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t the start of the year, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which, as is well known, raised federal income tax rates for wealthier Americans while avoiding such increases for everyone else. However, the Act also contained many other important, albeit less publicized, provisions. One of these created a oneyear delay in substantial cuts to Medicare physician payments. That provision is known as the “Doc Fix.” The need for the Doc Fix resulted from prior years’ legislation. For several decades, Congress has passed laws adopting formulas intended to constrain the aggregate growth in Medicare physician payments. The latest attempt began in 1997, with the adoption of the “Sustainable Growth Rate” formula, which, generally speaking, sought to limit the annual growth in payment levels to the rate of growth of the national economy. Within a few years, however, due in significant part to increases in the volume of services provided by physicians, application of the formula would have begun to require significant reductions in payment levels. Many observers, including members of Congress, feared that such reductions would cause decreased beneficiary access to physicians. As a result, for about a decade Congress has repeatedly - often at the 11th hour - passed Doc Fix legislation, temporarily delaying application of the SGR formula. The annual uncertainty over payment rates has plagued physicians and beneficiaries alike. Most experts have long agreed that the formula needs to be reformed, though agreeing on how to find an equitable way of doing so is extremely difficult. Recently, the Republican leadership of two House committees proposed a new framework for legislation to permanently change the formula. The framework proposes to (1) scrap the SGR formula; (2) establish a multi-year period of predictable payment rates; and (3) during that period, develop a payment formula that rewards value, quality, efficiency and
patient outcomes rather than volume of services. It asserts the changes must not increase the deficit. This type of reform is supported by a broad spectrum of stakeholders. However, the framework stresses the views of physician groups, deprecation of Medicare administration compared to private sector initiatives and current Republican policy positions. For example, it calls for giving physicians carte blanche to determine what reimbursable care they choose to provide, and for reducing their reporting requirements. It also calls for consideration of “complementary reforms,” including tort reform, repeal of the Affordable Care Actestablished Independent Payment Advisory Board, and unrestricted “balance billing” of beneficiaries and private reimbursement contracts with beneficiaries. Since Medicare spending has been increasing at a significantly lower rate than private medical costs, it is unclear how the framework proposal will avoid any increase in the deficit. Indeed, many Medicare advocates fear any such result will be accomplished by substantially increasing costsharing for beneficiaries - the same fear voiced about the recent “Ryan plan” for revising Medicare generally. It is hoped that a widely supported need for change will not be sidetracked by yet another partisan political fight. Michael Parks is with the Mandy Pino Center for Life Planning and Benefits Choices. An overview of the framework, prepared by Committee Majority Staff, can be accessed at http://waysandmeans. house.gov/uploadedfiles/sgr_ reform_short_summary_2013.pdf.
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friend recently said to me of hearing aids: “I tried them – hearing aids don't work.” So why do millions of people wear them? Many who say they don't work possibly had expectations that were too high. Hearing aids will not restore hearing to “normal.” They are designed to improve your hearing, allowing you to hear some sounds better than you would without them. They will also work better in some settings than in others. You will see inexpensive hearing devices advertised with wild claims about their effectiveness. These devices will often resemble hearing aids, but they are not. Such devices are like miniature loudspeakers stuck in your ears and only make sounds louder. Because they simply increase volume levels, if you have difficulty hearing the very high frequencies, these will not help. The lower, stronger frequencies will mask them, so that the wearer will hear but not be able to
understand. True hearing aids, on the other hand, can be “tuned” to match your hearing loss. They provide greater amplification to those frequencies you don't hear well, and on certain settings they provide no amplification to sound in the ranges not normally used in speech. Hearing aids do work better for some things than others. For example, you will hear better on the telephone - especially if your hearing aids have telecoils. Hearing aids will also help if you have trouble talking with friends in your living room. But for hearing and understanding in noisy restaurants, you could still have some trouble (though maybe a little less). If you can't understand the dialog in a production at the University of New Mexico’s Popejoy Hall, you probably still won't with hearing aids and will need to borrow a headset or neck loop at the performance center’s lobby information booth to do so. Those situations simply mean that you're expecting too much from hearing aids – not that they don't work.
It's quite possible that my “They don't work” friend was among those who buy hearing aids, try them for a week and put them in their night stand, never again to see the light of day. But those hearing aids didn't have a chance to show that they do work. It can take weeks, even months, for the mind to adjust to the sound of hearing aids. Having been deprived of the full spectrum of sound for perhaps as long as eight or 10 years while debating buying hearing aids, you may find the sudden auditory load more than just a little unpleasant. Give it time and you'll adjust to hearing things again that you possibly had not heard in years. Hearing aids are a prosthetic device just like an artificial leg. A person with a prosthesis needs time to learn to walk with it or allow time to become accustomed to the new device. The same is true of hearing aids. Any conscientious service provider is going to ask you to wear your new hearing aids for a week or so and then come back to discuss the experience. Adjustments to the settings of
your hearing aids will probably occur. The volume may be adjusted or telecoils activated. These are just a couple of the myriad tweaks that can be made to those miniature computers now worn in or behind your ears to personalize their operation to your specific needs. It could take many such visits before you and your provider are satisfied that they are set right for you. State licensing regulations require all hearing aid vendors give you a 45-day trial period during which time you can return the devices for a full or partial refund. Some of the more enlightened offices offer up to 90 days and a full refund. Steve Frazier is a hearing loss support specialist and the volunteer NM Chapter coordinator for the nonprofit Hearing Loss Association of America. Contact Steve at (505) 401-4195 or by email at hlaanm@ juno.com. Or visit www.HLAAnm. homestead.com.
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ave the date for the annual Prime Time 50+ Expo. This year’s event has been moved to the fall and has added some new aspects. The 2013 Prime Time 50+ Expo is now set for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 9, as opposed to April and May when it has occurred in the past. The move will mean the addition of new vendors and even some free transportation to and from the event from local city senior centers. “This year we had the opportunity to bring in some more health screenings and other exhibitors who wanted to participate in the middle of the week,” said Prime Time Publisher Dave Rivord. “We already have the mammogram mobile unit, health scans and hearing professionals on our list of screenings.” Each year, more than 80 exhibitors present at the Expo. They range from health professionals to fitness and remodeling experts. Rivord said the Expo is far more than just a health fair: “It’s a chance for our readers and friends to meet the Prime Time advertisers face-to-face and ask questions and pick up some information. Our goal each year is to connect people to the experts who can make their lives easier.” The free event includes entertainment and snacks for participants throughout the day. This is all made possible by Prime
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Hunger Can Affect Seniors of Any Income By Sheryl Inglat and Linda Schaffer, Comfort Keepers
Each year in May, Stop Senior Hunger sheds light on an epidemic facing many in our own community and across America. One sector of our community that suffers from hunger is our growing 65 and older population. To support our senior neighbors in need, Comfort Keepers® across the nation have launched Nourish Senior Life ™ events, including food drives and educational awareness activities to raise visibility for the tremendous need for senior nutrition programs, education, family detection and support. The need for this program is growing by the day. Today, one in nine seniors is at risk of hunger. The Meals on Wheels Association of America projects that by 2025, an estimated 9.5 million senior Americans will experience some form of hunger or “food insecurity,” about 75 percent higher than the number in 2005. We Can Help Seniors in Our Community Preserve Their Independence Over 50% of seniors at risk of hunger live above the poverty line. Among the reasons for hunger: changes in taste due to maturing taste buds, disease or medication; lack of transportation to obtain food; inability to prepare food due to health issues; limitations to chewing due to dental problems or dentures; or a general lack of interest in eating due to loneliness or depression. For seniors the implications are serious and could mean the potential for increased hospital stays, increased health complications, early entry into assisted living facilities or premature death. What You Can Do to Help Comfort Keepers® and the City of Albuquerque Dept. of Senior Affairs are committed to helping seniors live healthy and independent lives, and it is important our community and family caregivers join us in helping our senior loved ones eat and obtain sufficient, nourishing food. Here are some things you can do to Nourish Senior Life every day: • Donate to your local Comfort Keepers Stop Senior Hunger ™ food drive throughout the month of May at any Albuquerque Senior Center or Comfort Keepers office. • Offer your help. By asking a senior adult if they need help for something like grocery shopping, you are offering support. “Help” isn’t always monetary. • Be an advocate. Whether you are caring for an aging parent,
relative or family friend, you can be an advocate for them. Learn to detect the signs of malnutrition and hunger in your older loved ones. Pay attention to their eating habits, keep them company during meal time or invite them for a family meal. When you take your loved one for a doctor visit, be sure to discuss their changing nutritional needs with their doctor. • Find out where to get assistance. Local and federal programs are available to help seniors obtain nutritious food, including the Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Check out the local Dept. of Senior Affairs in Albuquerque, 764-8400, to see if there is a senior food distribution program in your neighborhood. • Understand what good nutrition means. Seniors can improve their quality of life and preserve their independence longer by making dietary changes. About 30 million older Americans live with chronic diseases for which nutrition therapies can be effective in managing and
treating, according to the American Dietetics Association. Making improvements in nutrition can play an important role in overall health for seniors. Please help Comfort Keepers and the City of Albuquerque as we work to raise awareness for this epidemic among our seniors and advocate to keep seniors here in our own community independent, healthy and full of vitality.
For more information on the Nourish Senior Life campaign, visit www.NourishSeniorLife.com or call Comfort Keepers at 2327070, 515-0001.
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What Does Your Safety Net Look Like?
s we navigate through life, we create a variety of safety nets that can offer us peace of mind. As a physician, one of my jobs is to help my patients create this sort of safety net through advance health care planning. Advance health care planning is simply thinking about what types of medical care are most in line with your faith, values and personal definition of quality of life. Spending time reflecting about what type of care you want or do not want, and how you want to be cared for, will allow you to develop a plan called an advance health care directive, which can offer valuable peace of mind to you, your family and friends. A written advance health care directive is a formal document that has two important parts. The first allows you to name a person or persons to act as a health care decision-maker for you if you are unable to make your own. Sometimes this person is referred to as an agent, or as having power of attorney. The second part of the document offers the chance to
describe how you want to be cared for and defines exactly what type of care you want or do not want to receive. This is sometimes called a living will. Each of these sections requires you to spend time thinking about what is uniquely right for you. Advance health care directive forms can be obtained through your medical provider or even online. You do not need an attorney to complete an advance health care directive. I am often asked for my thoughts regarding how to go about creating an effective document. I have found that there are three things a person can do to make sure that their wishes and values are followed. First, choose your health care decision-maker wisely. This should be the person who will be the best advocate for your wishes and who clearly understands the importance of this role. Sometimes this is a family member, but sometimes family is too emotionally involved. If you can, choose someone who lives in the same area as you so that they can be available quickly. Next, as you think about what
type of care you want or do not want, consider your individual health condition and what the “quality of life” means to you. Any medical care offers both benefits as well as burdens, so make sure you understand both the potential benefits and burdens of any care choices that you make. Your medical provider can help with any questions that you might have. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, start talking. Share your decisions with your health care decision-maker, your medical team and your friends and family. Sharing your care preferences is truly a gift because it allows the people you love to avoid having to guess in a stressful situation. What does your safety net look like? Have you chosen someone to speak for you if there were to be a situation in which you could not speak for yourself? Have you invested the time to consider what care choices match your values and personal definition of quality of life? Have you spent time talking with your friends and family about what matters to you? This year we acknowledge April 16 as National Health Care Decisions
Day. Throughout Presbyterian Healthcare we will highlight advance health care planning, and we will have volunteers at each of our primary care facilities to answer questions. Use this day to think about your safety net and to share your story with your loved ones. Dr. Nancy Guinn is medical director of Presbyterian Home Healthcare Services. She is board certified in family medicine, and palliative and hospice care. In addition, she has completed a fellowship in palliative and hospice medicine at Stanford Medical Center and is past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, New Mexico chapter. For more information, go to www. phs.org, or call (505) 559-1000.
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he City of Albuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs relies heavily on volunteers to ensure that seniors in our community have access to a variety of programs, activities and services offered by the department.
Department of Senior Affairs Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteer Janice Ouchi with Robert Sandoval, RSVP program supervisor.
During this fiscal year, 881 RSVP volunteers contributed more than 82,000 hours of volunteer service. These hours translate to approximately $1,700,000. In recognition of the volunteers’ time and effort, the Department of Senior Affairs Retired Senior Volunteer Program honored more than 100 of them at the Annual Years of Service Pinning Ceremony in late February. Volunteer service pins were awarded for service of between five and 35 years, in fiveyear increments. “I am thankful for each RSVP volunteer that gives back to our great city and congratulate them as they celebrate their years of service,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. One of the honorees was Janice Ouchi, who has volunteered with the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs for 35 years. Ouchi also volunteers at the Bear Canyon Senior Center and the Montebello on Academy. The Department of Senior Affairs provides a wide array of volunteer opportunities for individuals who are at least 55 years old. There are three nationally recognized
volunteer programs to consider when deciding how a person would like to share their talents in our community: The Foster Grandparent Program connects volunteers with children and young people with exceptional needs. Call (505) 764-6412 for more information on becoming a foster grandparent. The Senior Companion Program partners the volunteer with an adult in the community who has
difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living. For more information regarding becoming a senior companion, call (505) 7641612. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program offers “one stop shopping” for all volunteers who want to find challenging, rewarding and significant service opportunities in the community. To learn more about volunteering with the RSVP, call (505) 764-1616.
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ovelace Medical Center’s Cancer Care program is the first in the country to have a new technology added to its radiation therapy system that further minimizes radiation doses to healthy tissue. The technology, called Dynamic Jaws, is the most advanced on the market today to spare healthy tissue for patients undergoing radiation treatment. The patient will experience fewer side effects and decreased treatment times.
“With this new technology, we can treat the patient faster,” said Paul Anthony, medical director of LMC’s Cancer Care Program. “It provides pinpoint accuracy for every radiation therapy patient.” Last year, Lovelace Medical Center’s Cancer Care program added new cancer equipment that included the TomoHD, 21iX linear accelerator and 4-D computed tomography, giving the center the most advanced cancer treatment technology in the state.
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ow does author Robert Kresge explain his penchant for writing about the West even though he was born and raised on the East Coast? “A teacher once told me that Jack Schaefer, the author of Shane, hadn’t traveled beyond New Jersey until after he wrote his novel. It was said of him that he found the West within himself before he found himself in the West. I hope I’ve followed in those footsteps.” Kresge, whose three-novel historical mystery series, “Warbonnet,” is written with both male and female protagonists, Monday and Kate, offers insight into life in Wyoming in the 1870s, which Kresge says offers rich historical and cultural aspects for a well-crafted story. The novels in the series are “Murder for Greenhorns,” “Painted Women” and “Death’s Icy Hand.” Kresge’s latest novel, which will not be part of the “Warbonnet” series, is due out this month and is a Civil War spy novel, he said. Kresge said various events in his life have shaped his writing. Those events include: • “As a boy, I camped with my family across the West, soaking up the grandeur of our most scenic national parks, learned to ride in the Grand Tetons and saw firsthand the plight of modern Indians on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.” • “As an avid reader, I
decided early on I wanted to be a writer, so I got a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri. One course that stuck with me was “The Twilight of the Sioux,” taught by Dr. John Neihardt, transcriber of the famed memoir Black Elk Speaks.” • “In 2000, I founded a still-active writers group at the CIA (where he was a counterintelligence analyst until 2002) that grew to 180 members.” • “I took two courses in 2001 and 2002 - “The American West in Fiction and Film” and “The Worlds of Mysteries” under Judy Riggin at Northern Virginia Community College. That got me started writing “Murder for Greenhorns.” • “I studied writing under mystery author Noreen Wald (aka Nora Charles) in 2002.” In addition, he was one of the founders of the Albuquerque chapter of Sisters in Crime in 2004 and was its 2008 president. His “Warbonnet” series came about as a result of many aspects in his life, but a love of history was key. “History matters,” he said. “Life is sculpted from the raw materials of people, place and time acted upon by the forces of personality, culture and ideas. I enjoy looking back at crucial points in history to reexamine the interplay of these elements.” For more information on his books and his life, visit his web site at www.robertkresge.com.
Santa Fe Spotlight By Barb Armijo
Think Now About Opera Tickets
he 2013 Santa Fe Opera season, scheduled to begin in June, includes a world premiere, the first Santa Fe performances of another brilliant opera by Rossini, the return of a comic opera by Jacques Offenbach and two popular revivals. Among the returning singers are four who have become favorites with Santa Fe audiences: countertenor David Daniels, mezzo-sopranos Joyce DiDonato and Susan Graham, and tenor William Burden. The most anticipated production for 2013 is the world premiere of “Oscar,” composed by Theodore Morrison with a libretto by the composer and
John Cox. The two-act work, which depicts the life of Oscar Wilde looking back from his time imprisoned in Reading Gaol, was written for countertenor David Daniels. At the University of Michigan, Daniels was a student of Morrison, who has also written a song cycle for the singer based on the poems of James Joyce. With the season set to open on June 28, the time is now to think about ticket packages. The season begins with a new production of Jacques Offenbach’s comedy, “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein,” which has not been performed by the company in 34 years. Susan Graham appears as the grand duchess for her first time in the role. The same opera ends the season on August 24. Graham’s
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opportunities: • Single ticket prices. These are based on demand. The price list for each performance is displayed once the production and performance date are selected online at www.santafeopera.org. • Subscription and composeyour-own packages. Opera goers can save up to 20 percent and choose from seven renewable series or select the best dates to fit their schedules with these options. Go to www.santafeopera.org for information on these plans. • Make three easy payments plan. To take advantage of this option, simply call: (800) 2804654 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The payment plan is not available online. • Group sales.
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Latest Scams Targeting Older Adults By Barb Armijo
eniors and adults in the boomer generation are most likely to have a savings account, own their homes and/or have excellent credit—all of which make them attractive to con artists. The FBI and the New Mexico Better Business Bureau are busy trying to keep up with the scams.
The Common Fraud Schemes webpage, http://www.fbi.gov/ scams-safety/fraud/seniors, provides tips on how you can protect yourself and those you love from fraud. Seniors should be especially aware of schemes that deal with health care and medical equipment. Better Business Bureau (New Mexico/Southern Colorado
Region) spokesperson Connie Quillen said there is a particularly brazen scheme going around that authorities call the grandparents’ scam. The scammers comb through personal sources, often starting with the obituaries, to get names of older family members who have lost a spouse. The obituary typically has names of grandchildren. The thief then finds
the phone numbers of the grieving grandparent, calls the person and pretends they are the grandchild in need of money and asks for a certain amount to be sent. Often the grandparent dutifully takes down the information of where to wire the money and completes the transaction. “It is very disturbing, and we are hearing this happen more and more,” Quillen said. “The best way to avoid these crimes is to take down a phone number from the caller, then contact either a trusted friend or relative, as well as the BBB or law enforcement.” Seniors are frequent targets of Medicare schemes, especially by medical equipment manufacturers who offer seniors free medical products in exchange for their Medicare numbers. Here’s how the scammers operate: Because a physician has to sign a form certifying that equipment or testing is needed before Medicare pays for it, con artists fake signatures or bribe corrupt doctors to sign the forms. Once a signature is in place, the manufacturers bill Medicare for merchandise or service that was not needed or was not ordered. The following are some tips from the FBI for avoiding medical scams: • Never sign blank insurance claim forms. • Never give blanket authorization to a medical provider to bill for services rendered. • Ask your medical providers what they will charge and what you will be expected to pay out-of-pocket. • Do not do business with door-to-door or telephone salespeople in general. • Keep accurate records of all health care appointments. • Never give your credit card or any other personal information to anyone over the phone or through the mail until you double check that they have your best interest at heart and Continued on next page
Latest Scams Cont. are recommended to you by your physician. Telemarketing scams come in many varieties. The scam artist offers free prizes, low-cost vitamins and health care products, and inexpensive vacations. If you hear lines such as: “You must act now,” “The offer won’t be good,” or “You’ve won a free gift, vacation or prize,” just hang up. Other lines that are suggestive of a scam include: • “You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier.” You may hear this before you have had a chance to consider the offer carefully. • “You don’t need to check out the company with anyone.” The callers say you do not need to speak to anyone, including your family, lawyer, accountant, local Better Business Bureau or consumer protection agency. • “You don’t need any written information about the company or its references.” • “You can’t afford to miss this high-profit, no-risk offer.” The FBI warns that it is very difficult to get your money back if you have been cheated over the phone. Before you buy anything by phone, remember: • Ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity. If you get brochures about costly investments, ask someone whose financial
advice you trust to review them. But be aware that not everything written down is true. • Check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, state attorney general, the National Fraud Information Center or other watchdog groups. Keep in mind not all bad businesses can be identified through these organizations. • Take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won’t pressure you to make a snap decision. • Be sure to talk over big investments offered by telephone salespeople with a trusted friend, family member or financial advisor. It’s never rude to wait and think about an offer. • Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons. • Be aware that your personal information is often brokered to telemarketers through third parties. Contact the BBB at (505) 346-0110. Report suspected fraud on the BBB website serving New Mexico and Southern Colorado at www. newmexicoandsouthwestcolorado. bbb.org
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Spring Spruce Up Winter & Spring Landscape Spruce Up By Barb Armijo
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Roberts of Artistic Landscape Design and Trees. And the cost can be significant when getting rid of waterhogging grass, replacing it with a nice pond or fountain. One thing that has contributed to the continuation of this as a trend is improved technology, Roberts said. For example, the nozzles used to push out the water in fountains and ponds are much better, and they reduce the amount of evaporation. In the past, the nozzles have not been as high-powered, he said. There’s also no burnout in the popularity of fire pits, fireplaces and chimineas (chimneys). People are still attracted to the idea of a romantic backyard flame, whether it’s a rustic fireplace, a table top fire pit or even a very formal fireplace with outdoor seating. Because the trend still is strong, manufacturers of these elements are busy trying to come up with new designs all the time, Roberts aid. When it comes to a complete redesign for a backyard, Artistic Landscape has unveiled a new technology that allows lawn lovers the chance to have their grass and still maintain low water
usage. It is an under-turf watering system that started in California and is making its way to New Mexico. It is placed down as a net – almost like a drip irrigation system – and then sod is installed over it. The watering goes directly to the roots, instead of using sprinklers to spray water that mostly evaporates before getting to the roots. This system typically uses about half the volume of water than would a traditional lawn. When you have your landscape design in mind, timing is everything. Roberts said that a project cannot be started too soon - even as early as winter. Winter and spring are the best seasons to plant. When you plant in the winter, you set your plants up for strong root systems. Spring, obviously, is great because of moderate temperatures so that plants won’t get scorched early in the growing process. The other half of the Artistic Landscape business is trees, and Roberts and his team of experts can diagnose tree problems and treat them with a systemic injection that can last up to a year to fully protect a tree. The injections are far better than the spray on pesticides that treat only new problems, not existing ones. For a consultation, contact Sean Roberts at 505-306-4080.
Spring Spruce Up Declutter to Simplify This Spring By Barb Armijo
f you are spring cleaning this month, one of the best mottos according to organizing experts is: Have a place for everything. Get rid of what you don’t use. Start small. Jan Nolan, a professional organizer in Albuquerque, said her philosophy is simple: “My passion is to help people nurture themselves in their home environments.” What that entails is helping them get rid of the chaos that holding on to too much stuff brings, and to live in a clean space that promotes good health, both physically and emotionally, she said. Nolan, who has studied interior and landscape design, said the 50+ crowd has been hit hard by past generations’ need to “save everything for fear there wasn’t going to be enough in the future.” “Often, we are the ones left cleaning up after our parents or grandparents who had accumulated things they believed they were going to need later,” she said. “Estate sales are a good example of that. Everything in those estates are for sale, right down to used bottles of shampoo. It is incredible.” Getting organized ensures you focus on what is important. Putting things in the most effective place and using simple systems that work for you will give you an environment that allows you to live your best life, Nolan said. The Professional Organizers of New Mexico, www.nmor-
ganizers.com, is a valuable resource listing several certified professional organizers. Here are some tips from various organizing experts for spring cleaning done right: • Only live with what you love. • Take inventory of your things. • Learn to let go. This is a key component of ridding your space of clutter. We don’t have to hold on to everything for fear of not having enough. • When you clean an attic or garage, take out everything and only return things to those areas that actually belong in them. • Don’t be afraid to part with possessions: Be honest with yourself. If you haven’t used it in years, you probably can get rid of it. • If there is sentiment attached to your stuff, maybe take a photo of it and then create an online or print photo book to help keep those memories alive. • Have three sections to place items - one for items to donate, one for items to trash and one for those things you want to keep. • Start with small spaces/ rooms and work your way up to the larger rooms. One expert suggests, “Pick a room that bothers you the most and picture what you want it to look like, what is its purpose, what is its function. … If it’s a bedroom, start with
cleaning out the closet, emptying it out and going through the clothes, figuring out what doesn’t fit and donating it.” The bottom line is that every-
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he sun is shining and, hopefully, a few rain showers are going to help bring May flowers, even in Albuquerque. If the thought of getting down on your knees, bent over for hours trying to plant and tend to vegetables has you less than cheerful, consider container gardening. This gardening style means you can bring the work up to your ideal comfort level by placing the containers on shelves or table tops. According to the Albuquerque Master Gardeners group, many vegetables lend themselves well to container gardening. With some thought to selecting bush or dwarf varieties, almost any vegetable can be adapted to growing in a pot. Penny Goldstine, who wrote
an article about raised bed gardening for the Albuquerque Master Gardeners website, www.abqmg.org, recommends this type of horticulture activity for people with mobility issues and for those who have only limited space in which to work. “Your gardening design options are limited only by your imagination,” she says. “Raised beds can be built of bricks, plastic (recycled), rock or wood. And the containers can be a livestock trough, extralarge planters, wheelbarrow or a claw-footed bathtub.” Yard sales and thrift stores are good places to find containers without breaking the bank. No matter what kind of container you choose for your vegetable garden, it should have holes at the base or in the bottom to permit drainage of excess water. Be careful when using darkcolored containers because
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they absorb heat, which could possibly damage the plant roots. If you do use dark-colored pots, try painting them a lighter color or shading just the container, not the plants. The size of the container is important. For larger vegetables like tomatoes and eggplants, you should use a 5-gallon container for each plant. While you can grow these plants in 2-gallon containers, you need to give the plants considerably more water if you do so. Vegetables that take up little space, such as carrots, radishes and lettuce, or crops that bear fruits over a long period of time, such as tomatoes and peppers, are perfect for container vegetable gardens. You can combine your plants in one container. A tomato, a cucumber, and some parsley or chives can grow well together in a large (24- to 30-inch) container because they have the same water and sun requirements. By late summer they might not be very pretty, but they'll keep producing into the fall. This makes a great housewarming present, too. You can use soil in your container vegetable garden, but potting mixes are much better. Peatbased mixes, containing peat and vermiculite, are excellent. They are relatively sterile and pH adjusted. They also allow the plants to get enough air and water. Mixing in one part compost to two parts planting mix will improve fertility. Pots and containers always require more frequent watering than plants in the ground. As the season progresses and your plants mature, their root systems will expand and require even more water. Don't wait until you
see the plants wilting. Check your containers daily to judge the need for water. Wind can be a real hazard for any container-grown plant and tall vegetables, like tomatoes or trellised cucumber and squash, as they become top heavy when they produce fruits. Try to place your containers so that they are not in an overly windy location. The Albuquerque Area Master Gardener Program assists the community by providing gardening and horticultural information. Master gardeners provide this information as volunteers of the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service, in conjunction with New Mexico State University. For more information on services or how to become a master gardener, contact the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service, 1510 Menaul Extension NW (west of 12th Street). The phone number is 243-1386. The CES is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CES offices are closed for lunch from noon to 12:30. Call before visiting to be sure someone will be there who can assist you.
If They Could See Her Now ...
The Adventures of Charity: The Story of a Girl Who Wanted to be ... Loved!" That's the opening line of the 1960s iconic musical “Sweet Charity,” which Musical Theatre Southwest will be performing in April, the third time in the theater’s 50-year history. Conceived by Broadway icon Bob Fosse, with music by Cy Colman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and book by Neil Simon, the musical opened on Broadway in 1966. It starred Gwen Verdon and earned 12 Tony Award nominations. Charity continued to find a place in people’s hearts with a 1969 movie starring Shirley MacLaine, a 1986 Broadway revival starring Debbie Allen and another revival in 2005 starring Christina Applegate, adding eight more Tony Award nominations to the count. While the show might have a long, noteworthy history, it is probably best known for its music. "I have loved this show and wanted to direct it for years, having been in the ensemble of the 1988 MTS production. I'm
surprised when people are unsure of the title, but once I start talking songs, everybody knows it," says director Robb Anthony Sisneros. "I'm allowing that music, a talented cast, and a 'Laugh-In' style setting to help tell the story of Charity and her search for love." The story of Charity, a taxidancer in a 1960s style New York dance hall, is told through such recognizable songs as "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "Rich Man's Frug," "Rhythm of Life," "Where Am I Going?" "There's Gotta be Something Better than This," "Brass Band," "Baby Dream Your Dream" and "Big Spender." Charity's adventure leads her from the girls at the seedy dance hall to the world of the rich and famous, including the apartment of an Italian star of the silver screen, a 60s religious cult and, of course, to the potential love of her life. The musical will feature Albuquerque favorite Stephanie Burch in the title role, and music director Jonathan Gallegos and choreographers Larry Aguilar and Burnie Salazar are each adding
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services to mentally ill adults, especially seniors. A new facility, Haven Behavioral Senior Care of Albuquerque, is working to provide these needed mental health services in an inpatient setting for older adults who suffer from psychiatric, emotional and behavioral disorders. “(It) provides a warm and welcoming environment” for adults 60 years of age and older, said Lea Harrison, director of business development. “Not all geriatric psychiatric programs are the same. At Haven, we recognize that the older adult has different needs from the younger population. Haven takes the needs of the elderly and their families in mind when
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here are 239 species of ants in New Mexico and probably another 54 species that haven't been found yet. We have more species of ants in this state than in all of Europe. However, only a small number of them can be considered pests in homes. Acrobat ants (Crematogaster spp.) Crematogaster are commonly called “acrobat ants.” This is a bit silly as they don't do anything acrobatic except occasionally run around on four legs instead of all six. Acrobat ants are small, usually red and black, but there some species that are all black species as well. The abdomen (last segment) appears flat on top when viewed
from the side and is spade-shaped when viewed from above. There are two small spines on the thorax (segment between the head and abdomen). Acrobat ants are found over most of the United States. These ants are monomorphic, meaning all of the workers are the same size. Acrobats normally feed on the honeydew secretion of aphids and related insects that infest plants near your home. They may enter your home from the roof if there are any branches touching the house or from the ground. They will get between vigas and latillas in some homes and kick out a lot of loose sawdust. It looks like they are doing damage, but they aren't. They are simply making a mess. They will readily take sweet baits. You can make a bait with honey or Karo syrup, mixed with 2 percent boric acid or borax. Terro Ant Bait is also very good. Little black ants (Monomorium minimum) This species is commonly called “little black ants,” which is confusing as there are several species of little (small) black
in a colony and hence, have large colonies. These ants are found in all of the continental United States and adjoining parts of Canada and Mexico. They are probably the most common ant found in homes, except in areas where Argentine ants live. They do not bite or sting. The body of the odorous house ant is relatively soft and can be easily crushed. When this occurs, a very unpleasant “coconut” odor is apparently released. I can say that in more than 40 years I have never sniffed an ant, so I can't vouch for the smell. An average odorous house ant colony will have 10,000 to 40,000 members and several queens. Mating and swarming take place in the nest, and new colonies are formed by budding. A good bait for controlling these ants indoors is two tablespoons each of peanut butter and jelly mixed with a tablespoon of boric acid or borax. A good commercial bait is Terro Ant Bait, which is made from boric acid. Treat areas where they are entering your home with Greenbug for Outdoors. Other ants that are found in the Albuquerque area include harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex spp.), thief ants (Solenopsis molesta), Argentine ants (Linepithema humilis), carpenter St. Anthony’s ants (Camponotus Home Healthcare Services, LLC vicinus) and pyramid Offering At Home Non-Medical Services ants (Dorymyrmex Ofrecemos cuidados personal en el hogar - no medico insana). These ants will (505) 888-9618 be discussed in future 2917 Carlisle NE Ste. 105, ABQ, NM 87110 columns. (505) 865-6128 ~
ants. Monomorium minimum are very small, shiny black ants that are monomorphic. These ants are found throughout the United States and southern Canada. Usually they nest outdoors where they can feed on the honeydew secretion of some insects, but occasionally they infest homes. In a home, they will eat whatever is available, including bread, meats, sweets, fruits and vegetables. They will bite to protect themselves. They can be controlled using a bait made from two tablespoons each of peanut butter and jelly mixed with one tablespoon of boric acid or borax. Outside, you can treat any nests with Greenbug for Outdoors, which is a cedar product. Odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile) Odorous house ants are small, dark reddish-brown to black and are monomorphic. They will follow each other in single file when entering a building. Outside, they nest under objects such as rocks, boards or any kind of debris. When they come in the home, they can nest in wall voids. If the house has a crawl space, they will nest in that area and come into the house to forage for food and water. Odorous house ants have multiple queens
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I was invited recently by one of the world’s largest manufacturers of herbal medicines to visit its manufacturing plant in Tainan, Taiwan. It was an impeccable dietary supplement manufacturing facility built from five generations of herbal formulators and manufacturers. Taiwan is steeped in herbal culture, which is apparent throughout the land and in the business of producing herbal medicines. Its herbal remedy producers understand a significant level of culture surrounding the history of its formula to best determine how to develop and administer the product accurately. The country’s history set the stage for a wide range of cultures to influence how Asian herbal medicines were used throughout Asia for thousands of years. This context provides an enormous amount of data on how to effectively formulate products for specific medical conditions and how to safely prepare them. If the correct herbs are chosen to work synergistically, and if they are prepared according to classical methods that remove toxic impurities, the herbs are then best utilized by the body to restore health. Cultural convergence Originally, Taiwan was home to a collection of Southeast Asians. In the 1600s the Dutch colonized it. Then, the Han people from China moved in. A couple of hundred years later, the Japanese developed settlements in Taiwan and integrated their educational system and culture. The Japanese remained until World War II, after engaging Taiwanese as soldiers in the battle. In 1952, the Japanese surrendered Taiwan in the San Francisco Peace Treaty. The Chinese then claimed to take a “temporary” occupation, which turned out to be not so temporary, as they would impose 40 years of martial law on Taiwan. In the 1970s, significant reorganizations were made to clear Taiwan of Chinese authority and establish independence. It took until the 1980s and 1990s to put these plans into action and begin to recognize Taiwan as independent of China. What makes this history fascinating is to see the many Asian cultural influences converging to benefit medicine in Taiwan. These include the deep cultural roots of the Southeast Asians that began there, the infrastructure the Japanese put in place that set the
stage for extremely high standards and also Chinese classical herbal medicine. These contributions are unique assets that set Taiwan apart as a dynamic leader in herbal preparations. Herbal healing through the generations In Asia, herbs are everywhere. They are in the food, the drink and sold at every little shop in town. The people of Asia for generations have been handed down a cultural context focusing on herbal medicine for health. I firmly believe it is this cultural awareness of plant medicine that has provided the ability for these cultures to sustain health during challenging conditions and population density. The herbs build blood and defend against pathogens. Teas are given constantly to address whatever ails a person. Soups are prepared with bones, roots and herbs of every variety to provide nutrition as much as taste. The palate of the Asian eater is much more broad than that of the West. They enjoy a wide array of flavors. According to classical medicine, this flavor variety is a direct reflection of nutritional variety. Herbal medicine is a culture as much as a science, and no place does better at illustrating this than Taiwan. Herbs in the West The American diet, on the other hand, uses very few herbs. We could benefit from dietary supplements because of this. The less we cook with plant medicine, the more we need to consider taking it as a preparation. It takes a wide variety of nutraceutical agents to keep the body functioning optimally. Even in cultures where there is a pronounced presence of herbs in every meal, herbal supplementation is given. If you do choose to examine how to incorporate more plant life or herbal medicines into your daily regimen, please seek guidance. Chances are, you lack the cultural context necessary to apply the medicine appropriately. In that case, seek a trained herbalist who can help to set you on the correct path. I steer my patients away from “fad” herbal remedies and ground them in blends I’ve worked with for decades and that have thousands of years of case studies and written history supporting their efficacy. Abundant Blessings, Dr. Shellie L. Rosen, DOM, L.Ac. Crane Herb Pharmacy (CA, MA) | Bodyvolve, LLC. 2716 San Pedro Ste. A. | Albuquerque, NM 87112 Phone: 505.999.9468 Email: shellierosen@bodyvolve. com | Web:Bodyvolve.com| Craneherb.com
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Classifieds Seniors Helping Seniors! Only the highest quality, best trained caregivers work for Comfort Keepers, and we’re recruiting for part-time positions to work in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Must be at least 21, pass background check and have reliable vehicle. In-home care experience preferred. We only hire the best! If that’s you and you want to become a Comfort Keeper, apply online at: CK184.ersp.biz/ employment or call 232-7070 Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. EOE Now hiring top notch, experienced Caregivers. Are you available for long shifts and 24 hour shifts? We have the best pay and benefits. Call 217-7030 for more information on joining our amazing team at Home Instead Senior Care! CAregivers Only the best caregivers become Visiting Angels! We are seeking Experienced Caregivers to work Part Time with seniors in Albq. or Rio Rancho. Must pass background check, be 21+ and have a reliable vehicle with Ins. Call 821-7500 Mon thru Thu 9am to 3pm Insurance
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Palliative Care Services Santa Fe is in need of Practical Support Volunteers 2 weekends of training required. Training dates: March 8 (evening only), 9&10 (full days), March 15 (evening only) 16&17 (full Days) Information call – 505.913.1440
The City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is recruiting volunteers 55 years of age and older for following opportunities. Ronald McDonald House Family Room Volunteers to greet families and sign them in, Maintain laundry room, stock food and drinks and help families with their needs. Volunteers are asked to work one three hour shift per week. • • • •
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Catholic Charities needs volunteers for the following position. Senior Transportation Services Driver (Use of personal vehicle is required)
Albuquerque Reads Program: Volunteer tutors are needed for the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). The Albuquerque Reads Program is located at four elementary schools. Tutors will play an important role to help kindergarten students get on the early track to success through reading. Volunteer tutors are needed for: • One hour a morning • Once a week • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays New Mexico Veterans Memorial, Volunteers will have the opportunity to greet visitors and introduce them to the museum and are needed: • For at least three hours a month • Tuesdays and Wednesdays Ombudsman Program. Ombudsmen are advocates and problem solvers for residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. If you are looking for a rewarding experience that makes a difference in the lives of the elderly, call Nancy Hubert at 222-4512 by March 29th for the April 3013 training. • Time commitment: 3 hours a month, any day Monday-Friday. Volunteer Exercise Instructors are needed for the Department of Senior Affairs Mealsite Program. Prior Group Fitness leading experience is ideal but not necessary. We will train anyone with a passion for senior health. This is an excellent opportunity to stay fit while helping our senior members achieve and maintain their fitness goals. • Lead exercise classes • Almost every day of the week for an hour ABQ-Ride Data Collector Specialist: This is to ensure that ABQ-Ride is in compliance with the ADA guidelines. Volunteer will ride assigned city buses routes anonymously to ensure the automated systems on the buses are working correctly at intersections for ADA compliance. Volunteer must have the ability to climb on and off buses, standing if bus is
Classifieds full, check off pre-filled survey form. • Volunteers are needed Monday-Sunday Based on Bus Routes • Time Commitment: Volunteer decides. • Training will be provided Mileage reimbursement is available to RSVP volunteers. RSVP is part of Senior Corps and is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The purpose of RSVP is to recruit senior volunteers into public, government and nonprofit organizations to meet community needs. For this and other volunteer opportunities call 764-1616. ****** The Desert Willow Gift Shop is staffed by RSVP volunteers and is located in Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE. This is a very unique shop with many unusual gifts made by talented seniors. We have wooden toys, baby items, kitchen articles, leather crafts, a wide array of jewelry, scarves and various Spanish items. Everything is reasonably priced. Our shop is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for information call 888-8105. Project Heart Start – An Easier Way to Save a Life Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills 300,000 people annually. You can help change or reduce this number by learning hands-only CPR and how to respond in an emergency. Attend a short 1-hour training session and learn the simple steps of saving a life. This course is free and for all ages. Bring your family and friends. NM Heart Institute Foundation, phone (505) 8432814, www.nmhi.com • Call Senior Center of your choice to pre-register. North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Ctr.: Saturday, April 6, 10:00 to 11:00am. 7521 Carmel Avenue NW 87133, phone 764-6475 Palo Duro Senior Ctr. Wed., May 1, 10:30 – 11:30am 5221 Palo Duro NE, ABQ, NM 87110, phone 888-8102 THE NEW MEXICO CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT CITZEN REVIEW BOARD needs volunteers to provide advocacy and oversight for abused and neglected children in the state’s custody. Volunteers meet one day each month to review several cases. For information, call 866-8572976 or visit: www.nmcrb.org.
Barelas Senior Center Computer Lab Monitor: Volunteers are needed to Troubleshoot computer problems, Facilitate updates. Provide minor technical assistance to users. Hours needed Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Front Desk office Volunteers: Answer phones and assisting customers that come in to the center. (Monday-Friday 9 -12 noon). Volunteers are also needed to set up for special events/dances and to help serve refreshments during various events.
German Beer Steins – Collector looking for pre World War II. Call 298-6550 evenings only
WWI and WWII Memorabilia Korean-Vietnam Vet. Looking for military items. Call Bert at 505-254-1438.
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ACROSS 1. Piece of clothing 6. Night sight 10. Calculating experts, for short 14. Needing no encouragement 15. Sandwich variety 16. Rough, grating sound 17. Run and wed 18. Lunches 19. This: Sp. 20. Less familiar 22. Tantalizer 24. Discontinue 25. Crazy 26. __ oil 29. Do a grammatical task 30. Booth’s victim 31. Adamant refusal 33. Commerce 37. Peruse 39. Peso spender 41. Strike 42. Fudd or Gantry 44. Grandmas 46. “__ You Lonesome Tonight?” 47. Bigwig 49. Woman’s clothing size 51. Makes 54. Editor’s notation 55. Skate blade 56. Rhythmic flows 60. Footless creature 61. Manhandle 63. Big name in the Big Apple, once 64. Soccer great 65. 4840 square yards 66. Teach 67. Scorch 68. Suffix for dry or shy 69. Exchanges for cash
Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque is in need of volunteers in the kitchen any day Monday through Friday from 9am-11am and Drivers to deliver meals to the homebound any day Monday through Friday from 10:30 am – 12:30 am. (Use of personal vehicle is required). New Mexico PBS Member Services Needs volunteers to fold and stuff monthly renewals to send to members. Volunteers are needed on the 3rd Thursday of each month for at least 4 hours. Training will be provided. John Marshall Health and Social Services Center is in need of volunteers in the clothing bank Monday through Friday. Volunteer are needed to work at least two hours a week.
Ambassador Volunteer: The volunteer will assist directing airport travelers and visitors in navigating the Albuquerque International Sunport and provide answers to questions regarding a variety of information. Parking will be provided for the volunteers. This program operates 7 days a week. Please commit to at least one 4-hour shift per week. Please indicate below which shift you would most likely be interested in. Three different shifts to choose from. You can decide what day/days you would like to volunteer. • 6:00 am to 10:00 am Monday - Friday • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday – Friday • 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday – Friday
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Singles Over 60 Albuquerque Singles Over Sixty, (SOS), is a social group for singles 59 years of age or older. This is a great place to make new friends, enjoy a variety of fun activities, and to get some exercise from our many fun walks, hikes, and dances. To join this group, visit the SOS website at: http://www.meetup.com/ abqsos/ Once you have joined, you can sign up for any of the events that you like. It's Free!! This group is sponsored by PrimeTime Monthly, for New Mexicans 50+ so there are no fees to join or to attend our events. Here is our “Calendar of Events” for April 2013: Every Monday: 9:00 a.m. Walk Every Other Tuesday: Play Hand & Foot (nighttime & daytime-check calendar) Second Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. Lunch COMMUNITY EVENTS YOGA SCHOOL @ New Heart ….yoga for growing ageless…. Yoga Classes with Patsy Gaetano APRIL SPECIAL: Unlimited Yoga Classes for One Month for New Students $75 JUST SOME OF OUR YOGA CLASS OFFERINGS: 10:30-NOON Tuesday & Thursday SLOW PACED ACTIVE YOGA This class explores the full range of Yoga practices but at a slow pace. It is appropriate for most everyone including the older student, those with manageable injuries and those wanting a modification rich experience. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday and 12:30-NOON Sunday RESTORATIVE YOGA This is a gentle and slow paced practice emphasizing passive supported yoga poses and Yogic practices that encourage
Every Wednesday: 10 a.m. Bosque Walk Every Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. Social Dancing Second Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. Movie & Pie Fourth Wednesday: 11:30 p.m. Movie & Pie Every Thursday: 9:00 a.m. Walk and Brunch Third Thursday: 5:30 p.m. A Wonderful Dinner Every Friday: 7:00 p.m. Social Dancing Every Other Friday: 1 p.m. Play Hearts (nighttime & daytime-check calendar) Every Saturday: 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Canasta Every Sunday: 2:30 p.m. Walk First Sunday: 11:00 a.m. Brunch Second Sunday: 2:30 p.m. New Member Coffee Third Sunday: 12:00 p.m. Brunch (events may be added or cancelled during the month)
relaxation and renewal. This class often includes meditation and breathwork. Ten weekly yoga classes All classes are mixed level with adaptations offered and encouraged. email@example.com 505-281-0886 YOGASCHOOLatNH.com First Tuesday Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcome coffee, 10 a.m., at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. Make new friends and sign up for monthly luncheons, speakers, dining, outings and more. Free. Call 321-6970, or visit albuquerquenewcomersclub. org. 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, 7 p.m., at
Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, Conference Room B, 8300 Constitution Ave. NE. Call 2817227. Third Saturdays The Buffalo Range Riders, a SASS affiliated mounted shooting club, holds a practice/ fun match the 3rd Saturday (usually) of each month at Founders Ranch in Edgewood. Warm up at 10 a.m., match at 11 a.m. Practices depend on weather conditions. Call Icelady, 263-5619 to confirm dates. Looking for Volunteers The Breast Cancer Resource Center is a nonprofit organization located at 1009 Bradbury SE, Suite 16. Call Deborah Openden, 242-0605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. April 5, 6 Spend a weekend with Elvis in Old Town Plaza. Elvis Presley stayed at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed & Breakfast in April of 1956. Entertainment starts Friday evening with an Elvis karaoke concert, impersonation and look-alike contests. On Saturday morning, indulge in peanut butter and banana-stuffed French toast and enjoy the King’s greatest hits and more. Free. Call 311; visit, blog.bottger.com/2013/03/ spend-the-weekend-with-elvisapril-5-7-2013. April 9 Senior Citizens Law Office Seminar Speaker Series featuring Ellen Leitzer, J.D. and Nancy Guinn, M.D. on the topic of Advance Directives at the Albuquerque Mennonite Church, 1300 Gerard Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10 per person (cash or check; no credit cards) For more information see www. sclonm.org April 20-21 Fiestas de Albuquerque in Old Town, noon-5 p.m, free admission. Celebrate the birthday of Albuquerque honoring the first families and their ancestors, with events that fill the square, patios, courtyards and streets of Old Town. Call 311; visit, cabq.gov/ culturalservices.
April 27 Albuquerque Renaissance Faire at Albuquerque Balloon Museum 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy food, music, archery, fencing, arts, and activities all recreated from the Middle Ages. Admission: $7; children 12 and under free. Call 311; visit, cabq.gov/culturalservices/ balloonmuseum/events/ Albuquerque-renaissance-faire. ACTING CLASSES April 9 Theater Games for Adults Tuesdays, April 9- May 21 from 10:00a.m. to Noon Revisit your playful side and stimulate your imagination while learning valuable skills through exercises and games. Theater Games is a great way to get your feet wet and energize your spirit! This is a very easy class to jump into at any stage of the game, so if you don't get registered in time for the first class, don't fret; just sign up! www.solacting.com Sol Acting Academy , 5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Suite 114, Albuquerque, NM 87109, (505) 881-0975, info@solacting. com HEALTH Adapted Aquatics taught at the UNM's Therapy Pool on Mondays-Fridays. The warm water and buoyancy help the participants increase strength, flexibility and range of motion. The class works all parts of the body with special emphasis on increasing mobility. 50+ Sports and Fitness Program instructors conduct all classes. Call for costs and times, 880-2800. MUSIC First Friday The American Recorder Society meets at 7:15 p.m. in the adult annex at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy NE. All skills levels welcome. Call 228-8196 or visit rgrecorders.org/abq. April 6 The Enchanters annual Community Concert: a joyous 40-year tradition in Albuquerque – jazz, Broadway, pop and inspirational. Saturday, April 6, 3:00 p.m. Reception after
Calendar the concert. Carlisle Plaza United Methodist Church, 3023 Montclaire Dr. NE, Albuquerque, just north of Candelaria between San Mateo and Carlisle. Tickets at the door: Adult $8, Senior $6, Children under 12, $4 For more information, castlelark. com/enchanters, or call 6817319 or 363-1361 April 7 Concert: Mozart and Mendelssohn, 2 p.m. Enjoy a night of classical music from the New Mexico Philharmonic. Selections include Mozart, Piano Concerto, K488; Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3. Tickets start at $24. At National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth Street SW. Call 3234343; visit, nmphil.org. April 13 Concert: David Lindley, 8 p.m. Lindley's performances combine American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Tickets: $20-$25. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth Street SW. Call NHCC box office, 724-4771; visit nhccnm.org. MUSEUMS
April 18 Dinosaur Discoverers Symposium: New Mexico Tyrannosaurs, 7 p.m. When tyrant lizards ruled the Land of Enchantment. Admission: $4-$8. At the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW. Call: 841-2800; visit, nmnaturalhistory.org. THEATRE Through April 7 The Poe Project: Merely This and Nothing More by Blackout Theatre Co., at VSA North 4th Theater, 4904 4th Street NW, Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Genre: Suspense thriller. The poems, tales and essays of Edgar Allen Poe inspire the play. Blackout's tale follows Dr. Valdemar Usher, a prolific scientist, lost in his dark experiments. Seniors: $10. Call, (505) 672-8648.
April 4 Dos Tipos de Cuidado Golden Age of Mexican Cinema at the KiMo Theatre, 7-9 p.m. Free admission. In Spanish with English sub-titles. Jorge Negrete and Pedro Infante play a couple of wandering vagabonds who show up at a ranch where they try to avoid getting involved with the local female population, but it's a losing battle. Call 311.
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April 7 Cinema at the KiMo: Swan Lake from the Royal Ballet, 2 p.m. The battle between white and black swan unfolds in Swan Lake. Tickets: $12-$15, at the KiMo, 768-3522 or 311.
This Year’s Honorees Senior Hall of Fame Inductees are exceptional members of our society who have demonstrated a lifetime of community service and have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others
April 11 Teatro del Crimen, Golden Age of Mexican Cinema at the KiMo Theatre, 7 p.m. Free admission. In Spanish with English subtitles. A comedic twist on the familiar tale of the Phantom of the Opera about a Cuban dancer who is staked by a demented madman. Call 311.
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April 13, 14 New Mexico Young Actors presents: The Little Mermaid Jr. - The Broadway Jr. series, at KiMo Theatre, both performances, 2 p.m. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Tickets: $10-$12, at the KiMo, 768-3522 or 311. April 24 NM PBS & Film at the KiMo: The Island President (2011), 7 p.m. Free admission. Maldives President Mohomed Nasheed is confronting the literal survival of his country. Call 311 or 277-2121; visit or lwyckoff@ newmexicopbs.org. April 28 Opera in Cinema at the KiMo: Eugene Onegin, 2-5 p.m. An opera full of poignancy to the nuances of growing up and wrestling to understand your emotions, Eugene Onegin is inspiring vehicle for Kasper Holten’s first production for The Royal Opera. Tickets: $15-$20, at the KiMo, 768-3522 or 311.
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28 April 2013
history When Bathing Was A Chore 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 ptpubco.com under his columns.
exas author and journalist A.C. Greene, who died in 2002, once published a newspaper column titled “Early Texans Weren’t Fond of taking Baths.” When I ran upon that column in my Greene file the other day, I had to chuckle. The headline reminded me of a similar attitude toward bath-taking prevalent among New Mexicans. Greene had written that “some of our Texas ancestors were suspicious of bathing, and Texas society in general upheld this view.” I think he was referring to the ancient worldwide belief that baths, especially in winter, posed a health hazard.
The first mention of bathing in New Mexico that I have seen comes from the Espejo expedition of the early 1580s. It reported visiting a pueblo east of the Manzano Mountains where the Indians “danced and bathed in the plaza.” We probably shouldn’t jump to the conclusion they were actually taking baths, but rather it seems likely the native people were using water as part of a ritual. Colonial New Mexican adobe homes were not equipped for bathing, so I have not been able to find evidence of specialized tubs for that purpose. At El Paso in 1841 (then part of New Mexico), George W. Kendall stayed briefly in the home of a family that provided him with the luxury of “a bath in (a) studio.” That would seem to indicate that some sort of portable tub, perhaps of wood, had been dragged in by servants to accommodate the guest. We know that the clergy and some members of the upper class owned metal wash basins brought
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up from Mexico. With these it would have been possible to take a “sponge” bath, although I have looked in vain for any reference to washcloths or towels. In warm weather, occasional outdoor bathing at water sources occurred but more for recreation than for cleansing. Acequias were the handiest, but the practice must have added to the pollution of drinking water, customarily obtained from those irrigation ditches. Lt. Richard Smith Elliott, who came to Santa Fe with the Army in 1846, criticized the town for its general uncleanliness. The hands of Santa Fe residents, he complained, were “innocent of all intermeddling with soap and water.” Yet the lieutenant admitted that his own soldiers were “wretchedly dirty, even filthy.” Those who became sick were sent to the warm springs near Las Vegas, N.M., to bathe in the healthful waters, Elliott reported. New Mexico’s numerous hot springs, with their medical
properties, had long attracted bathers but for therapeutic rather than hygienic reasons. Pueblo Indians for centuries had appreciated the value of such thermal springs. A famous one was located a few miles outside of Socorro. After bathing there in 1854, a visiting American proclaimed in admiration that “the temperature of the health-giving waters was about that of new milk!” It appears that manufactured bathtubs, made partly out of tin, failed to reach New Mexico, at least in quantity, until arrival of the railroad in the 1880s. Still, indoor bathing did not become common, particularly in rural areas, until the next century.
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30 April 2013
Nothing to Sneeze At
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Dr. Gerard Muraida Dr. Gerard Muraida specializes in geriatric medicine and family practice. He is the senior medical director for VistaCare in Albuquerque.
hile April showers bring May flowers, April winds often bring allergycausing pollens. The wind is particularly important to New Mexican allergy
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sufferers because juniper, ash, mulberry and cottonwood produce lightweight pollens that can be blown around and wreak havoc in many locales. Anemophilous plants, including juniper, pollinate by wind distribution. This pollination process for juniper actually begins slowly in January. Add dust to the equation due to our drier than normal winters, and we have a pollen-dust mixture that wrecks our air quality. While juniper is the big culprit in the spring, Russian thistle, sagebrush and pigweed pollinate in late summer and fall. Tree pollens from oak, cedar and pecan are considered the worst allergy triggers. Birch and hickory trees as well as grasses also provoke allergies. The greater the exposure one has to an allergen, the increased risk of worsening sensitivities and heightened responses as the red, itchy eyes, sneezing and stuffy heads tend to intensify if left untreated. For most individuals, these symptoms are a nuisance. However, if you have reactive airway problems like asthma, these allergic reactions can lead to
serious complications, including hospitalization. In a survey of allergy sufferers, men and women alike stated that they altered their fitness regimens and curtailed their social activities during peak allergy seasons. In the same survey, individuals stated that “allergies ruined their day.” So how do we deal with this problem? Over-the-counter medications, herbal products and immunotherapy allergy shots are all touted to help. Immunotherapy is a slow process that must be started ahead of the allergy season. It involves an injection of a small amount of the offending agent daily until it is tolerated. This is also referred to as de-sensitization therapy. Over-the-counter medications usually include decongestants and anti-histamines. In the senior population, these medications are typically avoided due to side effects and drug interactions, so be sure to consult your health care provider before taking a so-called “safe” allergy medication. There are also an abundance of herbal remedies. Stinging nettle has long been used to treat symptoms
brought on by allergies. When taken internally, this plant reduces inflammation and bronchial congestion. For best results, begin taking this herb about two to four weeks before allergy season. You may need to continue to use it throughout the season, however. A naturally occurring antihistamine is quercetin. While you can obtain this by eating plenty of fresh produce, you may have better results if you take it as a supplement. For immune support, goldenseal root may help with symptoms as well. If you want to clear the sinuses, hot, spicy foods containing cayenne pepper, or certainly hot green or red chile can be effective. Finally, drink plenty of fluids. Keep the windows closed as much as you can. Stay indoors during peak wind times. Vacuum your carpets frequently, dust often, and consider an indoor air filtering system. Remember, seasonal allergies are nothing to sneeze at.
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