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Nourish & Flourish: Supporting Wellness Through Network Care By Colleen Watson

Would you like to have more energy, sleep better and wake up more energized? How about if you could feel more connected to your body? What if you could feel better than you’ve felt in years? When I was in my mid-20s, I was in an elevator in a Lincoln National Bank building and an older gentleman entered with a younger businessman. The older gentleman was talking about how it feels at his age and said, “You get to a point where time and the world seems to move faster and faster.” The elevator stopped on his floor and stepping off, he turned back and said, “And then, all you can do is hold on.” The elevator doors closed and the silence that remained was palpable. I’ve thought about that gentleman and his words on and off over the years and now that I’m close to my 20-something’s perceived notion of his age, I can see that his final comment was a bit flawed. You can do so much more than just hold on. In fact, you can get out there and experience life. Granted, you have to reassess where you are, how you’re relating to your body and if you haven’t already done so, reconnect with it. There are ways to feel great and honestly, I haven’t felt this good in years. So now, let’s go back to those questions I initially asked. August 2018 | 50 + Living

I responded, “Yes” to all of them, because how could you not, and then I did something about it. After surgery in January, I felt better, but I was still experiencing back pain, so I wanted to take my wellness regime even further. I was referred to Network Care by a friend who felt it was an important, innovative program that integrates body, mind and spirit. In Asheville, Network Care’s special healing services are provided at Nourish & Flourish by Dr. Brian T. Lumb and Dr. Chelsea Rae Verslues. Introduced by Dr. Donny Epstein, Network Care is a revolutionary system that enables people to reconnect with their body through greater awareness of their own natural rhythms of breath, movement and energy. I made an appointment and met with Dr. Lumb to discuss my concerns. In addition to an overview of the program and process, the initial consultation included some interesting diagnostic tools that read your muscle tension and stress levels of continued on page 5 Page 3

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your neurological system. They also take photos to analyze your posture and alignment. Following the consultation, I quickly decided that Network Care might be effective for me.

Dr. Brian T. Lumb

The human body is absolutely amazing and I’m certain that most of us have experienced how effective the body is at healing itself. If you haven’t, all the more reason to be curious and read on. Dr. Lumb says, “Our bodies contain the most advanced technology on the planet. There is so much emphasis being placed on technology (computers, smartphones, etc.), and the capacity of our body to heal far exceeds any technology we are able to produce.” Dr. Lumb has worked with thousands of people over the past two decades, dedicating himself to helping them be who they truly can be and helping them transform their trauma and stress into ease, vitality and fulfillment. According to Dr. Lumb, “True wellness can only come from your connection to your body, rhythms, and your innate capacity to feel joyous and whole.” Dr. Verslues knows that we innately have access to everything we need to express vitality and wholeness. She says that Network Care empowers her to help others heal in an authentic, powerful and life-changing way.

Dr. Chelsea Rae Verslues

Over the past several months, I’ve been treated to this amazing process. It works on retraining your body through a series of light touches that signal your brain that it’s all right to release all the stress that’s been housed there over the course of a lifetime. You can imagine the amount of stress that’s built up over the years, so it is a process, and it’s important to pay attention to what you are experiencing and what your body is telling you throughout the course of care. Network Care combines Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI). This is not your typical chiropractic care and is, most likely, unlike anything you’ve experienced. Network Spinal Analysis is an approach to wellness and body awareness that uses gentle precise touch to your spine, which sends specific cues to your brain. As a result, two gentle, healing waves are created that form new patterns enabling profound changes to occur in your body. Throughout the course of receiving Network Care, a person’s breath, movement and energy rhythms emerge, creating spinal refinements that spontaneously release spinal tensions and stress. Basically, the gentle touches in the neck and lower spine cues the nervous system to reorganize. These SRI rhythms are connected with internal states of consciousness and combined with NSA, improvements in all aspects of your health and wellbeing are realized. August 2018 | 50 + Living

There are points within the course of care where the same diagnostic readings and the postural photos taken on the initial visit are updated, and you can physically see the changes that have occurred. For me, it has meant that my posture has improved (actually rather dramatically), my pain has subsided, and my sleep patterns have ameliorated. I have an amazing amount of energy and feel better than I’ve felt in years. Throughout one’s life, we experience a variety of events that impact us. Our perceptions of these experiences, and the trauma and loss associated with many of them, are held within us, settling in the spinal area as tension and stress. Information that’s related to language, story, rules and sense of identity is stored in this area. This negatively impacts our health, our posture and our energy levels, and can be the cause of pain, illness and disease. continued on page 7 Page 5

Letter from the Publisher... August is upon us and the summer is quickly moving by. We’re looking forward to some great weather as we continue to enjoy the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. August is a great time to hike into the mountains and get out into nature. This month, we’re offering a wellness article that presents a unique take on chiropractic care through Nourish & Flourish. We’ve also included an article about staying connected with nature through gardening. Becoming an Extension Master Gardener through a certification program is a great opportunity for those interested in gardening and volunteering. The Garden Helpline, (828) 255-5522, also provides an excellent place to get answers to your gardening questions. Our passion is to provide our 50+ Living readers with knowledge and information that helps support an active lifestyle. We hope the content of the August issue is beneficial and provides you with material that encourages you to get out and enjoy life. WNC is a great place to access wellness programs that can support you in your efforts to remain active. We hope you enjoy our August issue. As always, we’re interested in hearing from you, so drop us a note and let us know what you’d like to see as we move into the autumn season. Your suggestions for other topics are always welcome.

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Just imagine more than 50 years of accumulated trauma settling itself as stress in our muscles and the nerve endings around our spine, the stress tightening in the lower back causing an increasing amount of pain and discomfort. This impacts our energy levels as well as sleep and our ability to enjoy life. Now, imagine throughout the course of your NSA care the changes that can be felt and seen as your posture improves and your energy and vitality increases. You become more attuned to your body as the stress is released and your mind becomes clearer as you experience more energy and joy. Throughout my course of receiving NSA, I’ve experienced Fitness and self healing through Nia some rather interesting dreams, feelings of great sadness and happiness for no apparent reason, Just because we’re over 50 doesn’t mean that we should feel followed by calm and clarity. The process has been fascinating like we’re much older. The difference in how we feel is not tied to and Dr. Lumb has encouraged me to allow my emotions and let age, but how connected we’ve been and are and how we’ve treated things go. The energy that you have when you feel great, sleep our body over those 50+ years. And, it’s never too late! well and experience joy combines to bring positive things into your life. When we feel well, we feel joy and we’re able to get out and experience life, not just continue to hold on. At this time in our If you have more awareness and you’re more connected, your lives, it’s important to engage, enjoy and experience what life has body is in a better position to access its own healing capacity. This to offer. This really can be the “time of our life.” then, is where the magic happens. I highly recommend that you check out Nourish & Flourish’s In combination with Somato Respiratory Integration, NSA Introduction to Network Care talk and demonstration, which can have a profound affect on your health and wellbeing. SRI will provide you with more information. They conduct these evtranslates as the Integration of Body and Breath. It incorporates ery month and you can check their website [nourishflourishnow. touch, breath, energy and movement to open pathways and access com] for the exact time and date. This month’s Introduction will your body’s resources. SRI educates you to your body’s rhythms be held at Nourish & Flourish on August 16, at 7:00 p.m. and inner wisdom. According to Dr. Epstein, “Through reconnecting a person’s breath, touch, focused movement and attention, you are able to experience the body more fully and instantly shift your state of consciousness to one that supports trust for the body-mind and your life experience.” SRI provides a tool for focusing your attention in a way that works for your healing and empowerment. We’ve all spent a good portion of our lives learning how not to pay attention to our bodies. Our culture actually is set up to distract us from our bodies. We have to change this and we have the ability to do so. Network Care is helping people’s bodies better connect and in so doing, remembering how to live and heal. August 2018 | 50 + Living

Other Nourish & Flourish Programs and Services

In addition to Network Care, Nourish & Flourish offers Nia, a wellness program that has fundamentally changed lives with its evolutionary approach to fitness and self-healing. This exercise program encourages creativity and self-expression through movement. Nia is the first cardio workout that incorporates a mixture of yoga, martial arts, healing arts and dance that engage your mind as well as your body. For more than 25 years, Nia has offered participants a fun way to cultivate fitness, health and wellbeing. It increases energy, strength, flexibility, mobility and continued on page 8 Page 7



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The Nourish & Flourish Organic Juice and Tea Bar offers a respite from the outside world; a calm place to enjoy the health benefits of organic juices or brewed teas. It’s a place for people to connect and enjoy the healthy benefits of organic, locally sourced juices. A variety of organic teas are also available. Their tea is provided by Rishi Tea and Asheville’s Tima Tea, which supports Rwandan tea growers with its organic, ethically sourced teas. Dr. Lumb has also created the Genius Generation program, which helps entrepreneurs, business owners and top performers access their Genius and live as aligned, authentic and energized leaders. Dr. Lumb believes that genius goes beyond mental intellect. While there are different kinds of intelligence, there is also a connection between intelligence and energy. Of this program, Dr. Lumb says, “There is this capacity to tap into energy and information that’s beyond our minds.” He feels that, “The more you understand the nature of you, the more power you have to impact and influence yourself and others.” Nourish & Flourish understands that the body’s habitual range of movement and capacity for breath, play a significant role in the expression of illness or wellness in individuals. Through a combination of spinal care, wellness education and exercises, Drs. Lumb and Verslues partner with you to create short and long term outcomes that produce immediate healing and sustainable transformation. Ee Nourish & Flourish is located in Asheville’s River Arts district at 347 Depot Street. For more information, check out their website at or call them at (828) 255-2770. 50 + Living | August 2018

only supplementing with fresh water when needed. Exclusively feeding dry food can result in a cat that becomes dehydrated but fails to drink enough water to make up for the loss. The addition of wet or raw food can solve this problem by providing extra moisture. Some experts recommend ditching the dry food altogether! Drastic dietary changes aren’t necessarily warranted; just make sure your kitty is getting some moist food.

Consider the water source

Preventing Dehydration in Cats: Make Sure Your Kitty is Getting Enough Water Many veterinarians warn that the average house cat isn’t drinking enough water. It’s not possible to force your cat to drink more water and cats are already known for being rather uncooperative. Dehydration can be dangerous and lead to serious complications, including kidney problems. What’s a concerned cat owner to do? Luckily, there are a few effective methods for helping your kitty stay hydrated.

Consider the bowl

Water bowls have already been covered but cats rarely make things easy! Many cats refuse to drink “old” water. This trait had an evolutionary advantage for their wild relatives; avoiding dirty or standing water meant lower chances of contracting a parasite or disease. Now, it mostly causes drama for domestic cat owners. Try changing the water a minimum of two times a day and be sure to wash the dish out regularly. Pet owners have a tendency to forget to include the pets’ bowls when washing dishes but it’s important to keep them clean. In true feline fashion, some cats are even pickier and won’t drink from standing water. These are the cats that will try to drink out of the bathroom faucet. Luckily, there are cat fountains and similar products available commercially. These types of dishes keep the water fresh and moving, enticing even the choosiest cats.

The round water bowl is a classic and favored by many pet Dehydration is potentially life-threatening to pet cats. Thankfully, owners. Unfortunately, they aren’t the best choice for cats. Cats it’s also preventable. Try evaluating the reasons for your cat’s have extremely sensitive whiskers that act as a source of important dehydration. The water dish is a good start! Ee sensory information. Whiskers can help cats get around in the dark and detect slight movements from prey. This sensitivity causes issues when it comes to food and water bowls. Many cats end up drinking less water because their whiskers are touching the sides of the dish. This unpleasant sensation discourages some cats from drinking or eating Broker / REALTOR as much as they’d prefer. Luckily, this problem is Because Excellent Service Matters easily remedied by switching to a fountain-style dish or a very shallow bowl. “I have bought/sold 20 properties in my life, in a number of states...and Julie Tallman is exceptional. Julie is an expert on every aspect of Asheville and the surrounding areas and has the patience to go with her extensive experience...From start to finish Julie was respectful of my time and my finances, was on top of every detail and helped keep the stress and work to a happy minimum!”

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Master Gardener Volunteers: An Invaluable Resource to the Community By Colleen Watson As summer winds down, it’s always a great time to assess your gardens to see how they’ve fared during the past several months. Some of the new plants may not have thrived in certain locations. Maybe they needed more sun or shade. Have some of them run shoots in another direction trying to reach what they needed? There’s something quite beautiful in getting to know your plants … no, really, I’m talking about really getting to know them by understanding their needs and what truly makes them flourish. Let’s take a seed for example. Most must wait at least a year before sprouting. Then some perfect trigger causes it to take a chance at living out its destiny. Some can wait hundreds of years. For a gardener, what a seed is waiting for—that perfect combination of something, sunshine, temperature, moisture—makes it that much more interesting for us as we coax it into life and help it thrive. If you have some time on your hands and you love to garsm den and help others, the NC State Extension Master Gardener program (EMG) may be a perfect fit. Page 10

In North Carolina, the EMG is part of the NC Extension Service, which provides education and research for advancements in the areas of agriculture and food, and health and nutrition. The NC Extension Service also is responsible for 4-H Youth Development programs. The Buncombe County Extension Massm ter Gardener volunteers are part of a vast national Cooperative Extension system designed to put research-based knowledge and horticulture practices into the hands of individuals, families and communities. The information is generated at NC State University, NC Agricultural and Technical State University and other land-grant colleges. If you’re a certified Master Gardener volunteer, you may have your own lawn, trees and garden, but you also promote community horticulture practices by volunteering your time in community and demo gardens, responding to inquiries through gardening helplines, and presenting classes and workshops. You may also work with community youth organizations and participate in plant sales or clinics, garden tours, or speaker’s bureaus. There are many volunteer opportunities and ways to support, teach and 50 + Living | August 2018

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Master Gardener, Marilyn Lonon working in the Rose Garden.

encourage your community gardeners. A visit to an Asheville Learning Garden where Master Gardener volunteers use sustainable agricultural practices is a poignant reminder of the important connections between community gardens and the local food security network. Providing horticulture advice and expertise promotes healthier food and communities and helps provide a sustainable, safe and nutritious food supply as well as protecting and preserving the landscape where that food is produced. The Learning Garden features several gardens growing herbs, vegetables, flowers and native plants geared toward supporting pollinators. According to Master Gardener volunteer, Marilyn Lonon, the gardens are educational and provide opportunities for demonstrations for those in the community interested in learning more about plants and nature. In Asheville, the demo gardens are located at the County Extension Office in West Asheville at 49 Mount Carmel Road. According to Marilyn, the gardens have been slower to grow this year due to the spring cold weather. She points out an interesting raised bed where squash and corn are growing symbiotically—the squash vines growing up the corn stalks as if they were poles—are fascinating. This type of “companion planting” is called a Three August 2018 | 50 + Living

Sisters Garden (corn, beans, squash), which doesn’t negatively impact the corn, and the squash is lifted from the ground and provided with better access to the sun. This summer marks the first year for their rose garden. They are featuring easy care, disease resistance varieties, and will be happy to provide information that can assist gardeners with planting or caring for their own roses. Similar to the US Department of Agriculture’s ‘People’s Garden,’ Master Gardener volunteers can help individuals of all abilities plant, grow and harvest a garden. According to Bill Hoffman, from the USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Master Gardener volunteers “bring to bear the science base of the land-grant university system in service to their communities, through the training and certification they receive as well as the research-based answers they provide.”

A Little History The program began in 1972 when Washington State University’s Cooperative Extension realized a need for urban horticulture and gardening advice. In 1973, the university officially established the EMG and a curriculum was created and training continued on page 12 Page 11

has been completed and an examination passed, Master Gardener interns must provide 40 hours of volunteer service to the Agricultural Extension programs and their community to become certified. Training sessions are held every year during the winter months, based on need. Once certified, volunteer service is imperative. Alison Arnold, Agriculture Extension Agent says there are many opportunities for Master Gardener volunteers to support the community. Their community outreach programs focus on limited access populations. They teach, advise and consult on such gardening issues as site locations, building raised beds, how to get a garden started and how to maintain them. According to Alison, they work with senior centers, low-income housing communities, new residents, churches and veterans groups. They have a garden club at the VA Center where they assist veterans with hands on gardening activities and help with garden maintenance.

Tobacco vines with Zinnias began. From there, the program quickly spread to other US states and Canadian provinces. In 1979, Wake County NC began a training program for Master Gardener volunteers and it has grown throughout NC ever since. While it’s a commitment, the rewards are many. Master Gardener volunteers not only cultivate plants, but also environmental stewardship. They provide programs on water conservation, water quality preservation, composting and management of earth friendly lawns. Through the Garden Helpline, Master Gardener volunteers provide unbiased, research-based answers to gardening and landscaping questions, guiding you toward environmentally responsible decisions to manage your yards and gardens. They are environmentalists focused on renewal and beautification.

Certification Program Requirements To become a Master Gardener volunteer, individuals must complete a rigorous training program presented by the North Carolina Extension Service, under the guidance of County Extension Horticulture agents. This is a 12-week course, with classes once a week for a total of 40 hours. Once the training program Page 12

There is also a school grants program that provides start up funds that is associated with Asheville city and Buncombe County schools and some charters. Alison points out that the seed money helps get gardens started, with Master Gardener volunteers advising on various aspects of the process, including staging expansions for existing gardens, where to plant and what to grow. In some schools, Master Gardener volunteers work directly with school garden coordinators. These curriculum-based gardens are used as teaching tools for a variety of topics such as math, botany and other sciences. Outside of the school program, the EMG also has a youth program. This summer, they completed a downtown camp at the Wesley Grant Senior Southside Center, in cooperation with Parks & Recreation. Alison says they’ve also partnered with 4-H groups and work with teens to tots. After certification, NC Master Gardener volunteers must complete at least 15 hours of continuing education through the local Extension office and provide 30 hours of volunteer service to the program annually to maintain their certification. Educational hours and service to the community is required for each year’s re-certification. Master Gardener volunteers keep track of their certification requirements through an online program. There are approximately 95 active, certified Master Gardener volunteers in Buncombe County and many more throughout North Carolina. In deciding whether the EMG is right for you, ask yourself these questions: • Am I interested in learning more about growing different types of plants? 50 + Living | August 2018

• Am I eager to participate in a practical

and intense training program? • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with others in my community? • Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and to serve as a volunteer? If you answered yes to these questions, the EMG could be right for you. If you don’t have the desire or time to become a certified Master Gardener volunteer, you can attend events and classes put on by the program and the Extension office. You can also take advantage of the Garden Helpline—in Asheville (828) 2555522—to ask your lawn or gardening questions. Master Gardener volunteers staff the helpline during the growing season—March through September—Mondays through Thursdays from 10a to 2p. You can call, or go directly to the Extension office. After gardening season, Alison will be available to answer your questions. The Extension office hours are Monday through Friday, 8a to 5p. The Buncombe County Master Gardener volunteer website ( provides access to many different resources. You can search for information about gardening or specific plants. The website also provides links to blog posts about such topics as Gardening in Small Spaces, Pesticide Use, Plant Propagation, Pruning and Soil Testing. Check out the Events section to find out about upcoming demonstrations. You can find Master Gardener volunteers at the Asheville City Market and the North Asheville Tailgate Market on alternate weekends. Check the events calendar for specific days. Also in August at the WNC Farmers Market, Master Gardener volunteers will be presenting information about the various composting methodologies. You can learn why and how to compost on Saturday, August 11, from 10a to 1p at Jesse Israel’s Garden Center, 570 Brevard Road. August 2018 | 50 + Living

Native plants are critical for many environmental reasons. As part of their ongoing Gardening in the Mountains series, on Thursday, August 16, from 10a to 12p, the Carolina Native Plant Nursery will present a discussion of Native Plants in Your Garden. This event will take place at the Extension office, and while the talk is free, registration is requested by calling (828) 255-5522. The website also provides you with information about native plants and why it’s so important to pollinators and wildlife to create native plant gardens. There are many benefits for selecting native plants for your own gardens and landscaping. • Once established, natives generally require little maintenance. • Native plants produce an abundance of beautiful flowers, colorful fruits and seeds, and brilliant and vibrant seasonal changes in colors. • There is less of a need for artificial fertilizers and synthetic chemical pesticides and herbicides, which are harmful to wildlife as well as people. • Native plants can help combat climate change, as many are effective at storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. • Because native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, they require far less water. • They provide vital habitat for birds and other species and nectar for our important pollinators including hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, moths and bats. Essential food and protective shelter is made available for all forms of beneficial wildlife.

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As you look forward to autumn, you may be considering what plants you’d like to see come spring. Master Gardener volunteers are an invaluable resource as you decide what you might be able to plant now or what should be held off until after winter. For NC contact information for your EMG agent, access and follow the links to your specific county. Ee Page 13

Taylor’d with Style Simple Summer Style By JeanAnn Taylor

It’s summer. It’s hot. And if you are like me, you are weary of trying to look stylish when you are struggling to stay cool and comfortable. An easy way to accomplish looking fashionable in the sizzling heat is by simply choosing two basic colors you can style in many different ways—black and white. Wearing black and white is a classic and timeless fashion trend. The reason: black and white look great worn separately or together. Before talking about how to wear black and white, it is important to understand a little about color theory. Simply put, the color “black” is not really a color at all. Black is actually the absence of color. Wearing black is considered slimming because it absorbs light and doesn’t reflect any color. This characteristic hides the lumps and bumps of your body. White reflects all colors, creating the opposite effect. White shows everything. This means the shadows Page 14

created by your body shape are in full display. The absorbing and reflecting of light also explains why wearing black keeps you warmer while wearing white keeps you cooler.

Now that we’ve got our black and white basics, let’s put a few outfits together! Wearing an all-white outfit is a 2018 summer fashion trend. Monochromatic outfits look fresh and are easy to style. Wearing one single color elongates your body creating one long, lean line. My favorite summer style is the feminine, flowing sundress. White dresses can be found in just about every lightweight fabric imaginable: eyelet, lace, chiffon, linen, cotton. Another stylish monochromatic look is white pants worn with a white blouse. Adding just a pop of summer color can actually emphasize the all-white look rather than distract from it. A sea-foam green band tied around a white, wide-brimmed hat, a pair of sunshine yellow shoes, an aqua blue belt, a bold turquoise necklace, or a coral clutch will add a touch of personality to your all-white ensemble. Soft shades of seashell pink or oyster gray will add a sophisticated element to your overall look. One garment that remains in fashion, through every season, is the “Little Black Dress.” This iconic dress is perfect for sweltering nights as well as chilly evenings. The difference is in your choice of fabric and silhouette. Choose a lightweight fabric and a breezy shape for the most comfort. Small floral prints with black backgrounds are very trendy and are perfect when you want to wear something cool, chic, and casual. Black pants are a year-round staple, but white pants make a strong summer statement. Currently, there is a focus on hemlines. You can find pretty eyelet, floral embroidery, sweet scallops, retro pompoms, colorful braided trims, and 50 + Living | August 2018

even unfinished frayed hemlines. These details add a touch of whimsy to an ordinary pair of jeans or pants. When wearing a black top with white pants, it’s important to wear the top un-tucked to avoid the bottom of the dark shirt showing through the lightcolored pants. Quality in fit and fabric is of the utmost importance where white pants are concerned. The fabric must hold its shape and be opaque. Nothing is more unattractive than see-through, baggy bottoms. There are endless ways to create different looks by simply choosing different tops to wear with your black or white pants or skirts. All colors work with black and white: pastels, bright and bold colors, jewel tones and earth tones. For a tropical look, choose a print with palm trees or pink flamingos. A sweet Bohemian look can be achieved with a small floral print accented with a touch of lace. Nothing says “nautical” like a striped tee. A crisp button-down will give you a stylish, urban look. The casual nature of summer makes this a great time to experiment with mixing different black and white prints. Try pairing polka-dots with stripes, or graphic prints with florals. This modern and fun look is perfect for steamy days that need a little pick-me-up. Ee

All ages and all body types can wear black and white, so keep it simple while keeping it cool with black and white fashion. Bookends Used Book Store at Pack Library offers gently used books of all genres, CDs, DVDs, and vinyls for sale at amazingly low prices. Proceeds benefit the Buncombe County libraries. Bookends is sponsored by the Friends of Pack Library. Friends volunteers donate many hours of their time to collect, sort, price, and stock items for the store.

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How Professional Financial Planning Secures Your Future - And Your Peace of Mind Modern society sets great store in accumulation of wealth, and it can be easy to get caught up in chasing an ever-higher bank balance.

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Planning for Your Present Making sure that your money affairs are properly managed is an important way of providing stability and calm in daily life. Whether it’s through having a comprehensive health insurance

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Planning for Your Future Nonetheless, time waits for no one, and an affluent, financially secure present is no guarantee of a comfortable future. Will your current wealth be enough to provide for you in the changing circumstances of later years? Will your retirement be spent in relaxed contentedness, or will money issues be an ongoing problem? Tax-efficient investments will help provide you with sufficient income for a comfortable retirement, while long-term care insurance could remove a financial burden from your family should your circumstances require it. The sooner you begin to set up a strategy, the more effective your financial planning efforts will be, and the more secure your future.

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they’ll be in a position to pass something on to their family. Whether this is through a legacy or a gifting arrangement, effective financial planning can set measures in place to ensure that as much of your wealth as possible is passed on to your loved ones, rather than being swallowed into the government coffers.

Financial planning is a lifelong process which needs to continually adapt to your changing circumstances, but having strategies in place to deal with present needs and future goals lets you rest more easily, knowing you’re prepared for whatever life has in store for you. Ee

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4 Favorite Dishes You Didn’t Know Pair with Champagne

(StatePoint) While you may think of Champagne as just for toasting, experts point out that it can actually be quite foodfriendly. “Champagnes with a higher proportion of Chardonnay in their blends -- such as the signature style of Champagne Taittinger -can be particularly versatile when it comes to food pairings,” says Chicago-based sommelier, Belinda Chang. For this purpose, Chang recommends the family-owned and operated champagne house, which offers a distinctive, light and delicate style, a longer aging period before release and sustainable production processes. “Every self-respecting foodie and wine geek knows to pair Champagne with a towering icy plateau of shellfish like chilled lobster, crab and oysters,” she says. “But you can get a lot more creative than that.” To help you expand your Champagnepairing palate, Chang is offering four of her August 2018 | 50 + Living

favorite suggestions. 1. Tacos and Bao. “I love a Taco Tuesday, a Taco Thursday and a taco every day, and to me, a bao is essentially a Chinese taco. I have enjoyed many an ice-cold beer and many a mediocre margarita at taquerias and food trucks, but I have learned that there’s a better match for my favorite tacos and bao: a chilled bottle of Brut La Française (SRP: $64.99) in my purse,” says Chang, who points out only a classic style Champagne that’s complex itself will handle the infinite permutations possible with tacos and bao. 2. Eggs. “Are you a breakfast for all meals person? I am!” says Chang. “Occasions like managing to perfectly poach an egg and getting the omelet to flip just like on TV are causes for celebration in my book.” Chang recommends popping that bottle of vintage, prestige cuvée Champagne continued on page 20 Page 19

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that you have been saving for the perfect pairing. While you may love a bellini or mimosa at your favorite brunch spot, restaurants are generally using low-quality sparkling wines that are best masked with other flavors. A great Champagne does not need anything but a bit of chill, a glass and your egg dish to take your meal to the highest heights. Consider adding a bit of caviar to your omelet and pairing it with Taittinger Brut Millesime 2009 (SRP: $102.99). Or, serve eggs benedict and shakshuka alongside Taittinger Nocturne Rosé City Lights NV (SRP: $98.99). 3. Burgers. “Every town in America has at least one outstanding burger, if not dozens. You’ve found your favorite and now it’s time to find the best thing to drink with it!” says Chang. “You might reach for that milkshake or red wine instinctively, but I would argue that a bright, high-toned Champagne is a perfect foil for any burger, from rare beef with mushrooms and Swiss on a brioche bun to a black bean veggie burger on whole grain.” 4. Bar Snacks. “Bar owners have always known this: customers will drink more and stay longer (and drink more) when provided with the right snacks. Delicious, salty, savory, crunchy chips, nuts and crackers are the yin and Champagne is the yang at my favorite watering holes.” At home, pair any of the Champagnes mentioned above with homemade potato chips sprinkled with sea salt, parmesan, pink pepper or even blue cheese, or fancy chips made from beets, sweet potato, taro and even okra. Serve with French onion dip, crème fraîche and caviar or any dip that you love. Ee Page 20

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and nutrition into a meal. And if you’re processing the toughest whole foods, like dark, leafy greens, be sure to use a highpowered blender such as the Ascent Series A3500, which offers five program settings, including one for smoothies. A recipe for the “Everything Smoothie,” which incorporates a wide variety of

Making the Most of Local Produce (StatePoint) Fresh, local produce is in its prime, making now the perfect time to take part in the farm-to-table movement. Whether you join a community supported agriculture (CSA) group or shop at your local farmers’ market, it’s easy to taste the elevated flavor profile of just-picked fruits and veggies. Make the most of the season with these tips for storing, cooking and savoring fresh produce.

Plan, Prioritize, Prepare Plan what produce you will purchase ahead of time. Many farmers’ markets and CSAs distribute eNewsletters or flyers that highlight what’s available. You can also search for seasonality charts in your region to get an idea of what items are at their peak, and plan accordingly. Once you’ve shopped, prioritize your goods. Use tender greens and any ripe fruits and veggies right away. Roots, bulbs and squash tend to last longer and can be saved for later in the week. Next, properly store produce to help to extend its life. If fridge space is limited, consider cooking down greens by either partially boiling or sautéing prior to putting them away, depending on what recipes you’ve selected for those items.

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Take advantage of tomato season, preparing pasta sauces to enjoy now or freeze for those months when they aren’t readily available from local growers. Try adding red and green bell peppers, and even carrot shavings, to boost the nutritional value of a veggie Bolognese. Soups make use of veggies now and later. Warm weather calls for cool concoctions like gazpacho or cucumber dill soup. A cabbage soup that combines hearty potatoes, onions and carrots can be made for cool fall nights or stored in your freezer for winter.

Use it Up Remember that nearly all parts of produce are usable. Vegetables like beets, carrots, kohlrabi and turnips have edible greens that make an excellent addition to morning smoothies or a nutrient-rich stir-fry. Compost any remaining scraps. Don’t be afraid of bruises or dents. Greens with slightly wilted leaves can be blended with a bit of water and frozen in ice cube trays for future use in soups or smoothies. If you see a great deal on fruit like strawberries or cherries, buy them and combine with sugar and pectin for an easy freezer jam, or dry them out for onthe-go snacks. Shopping for whole foods at farmers’ markets or joining a CSA is an opportunity to help local farmers and explore your culinary interests. The availability of specific fruits and vegetables ebbs and flows; capture each at its peak to enjoy the bounty throughout the year. Ee Page 21

“That news came as a shock, because I was young and felt great,” he said. His doctor recommended that Mandel use a statin. But it wasn’t long before Mandel became wary of the potential side effects, so he stopped taking it altogether. He didn’t tell his doctor about his decision to stop taking the medication - “out of sight, out of mind,” he thought. But in his mind, that wasn’t a problem. After all, he felt fine, and he figured his own efforts to ramp up his healthy diet and exercise program would be enough to get down his cholesterol levels.

WHY QUITTING YOUR HIGH CHOLESTEROL MEDICATION WITHOUT TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR IS A BIG MISTAKE (BPT) - For Howie Mandel, it was just a routine checkup. Because he was in his early 30s at the time, with a lean and fit physique, he was expecting nothing less than a clean bill of health. But the doctor did have news for the popular comedian, actor and TV-show host. Mandel learned he had high cholesterol.

But eventually, Mandel got caught. His blood levels revealed that he wasn’t properly managing his high cholesterol, and he had to admit that he hadn’t been taking his medication. To his surprise, instead of pressuring him to stay on his statin, the doctor prescribed him a different statin that helped to ease Mandel’s concerns about side effects. “That was a long time ago. Today, I’m feeling great,” he says. In fact, Mandel is hoping to encourage others to learn from his mistakes through the Take Cholesterol to Heart campaign, which aims to educate those who are struggling to manage their high cholesterol so that they play an active role in working with their doctor to find a treatment plan that works for them.

The truth about statins At least 100 million Americans are living with high cholesterol. When blood cholesterol levels get high, it’s important to manage them; untreated high cholesterol can lead to heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. To manage high cholesterol, doctors often recommend statin medications along with a hearthealthy lifestyle, which includes 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise to make the heart stronger, and eating healthy foods, especially lean proteins and fruits and vegetables. However, like Mandel, at least 50 percent of patients stop taking their statin within a year of starting. Many of them do so for similar reasons: They are experiencing uncomfortable side effects, such as muscle aches, dizziness, insomnia, flushed skin or nausea. High cholesterol doesn’t have symptoms that impact one’s day-today life, so, like Mandel, people don’t

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often feel the need to do anything about it. Sometimes, taking a statin to treat it can make you feel worse than before. These factors can cause people to follow the all-too-human response: They quit taking their statin medication and they don’t tell their doctor. But that’s a mistake. Not all statins are alike, and the body can process them in different ways, depending on the individual. Things like ethnicity, age and even your diet, can affect your body’s response to a given statin. Here’s another thing to consider: When the patient is already taking a supplement or medication, introducing a statin can increase the potential risk of drug-to-drug interactions. According to the ACTION survey, the average person who uses a statin is also taking nearly eight other medications and supplements, making the risk of drug-to-drug interactions with statins a serious possibility for many of them. ACTION: The Statin Survey (Understanding Patient Adherence and Concerns with Statins, and Medication Discussions with Physicians), was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Kowa Pharmaceuticals America. ACTION is one of the largest surveys of its kind, evaluating 5,014 U.S. adults aged 45 or older who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol and had ever used a statin to treat high cholesterol. The survey also found that seventy-nine percent of people say they were never told there

were other statins available to try that might work better for them. Too many people are unaware of their options.

Take Cholesterol to Heart When Mandel saw how easy it was to have a conversation with his doctor and get a treatment plan that worked for him, he wanted to let others struggling to manage their cholesterol know that they had options, too. That’s why he joined Take Cholesterol to Heart, a national education campaign by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America Inc. The goal of Take Cholesterol to Heart is to empower people to speak up before they stop their statin. The campaign arms people with the tools they need to understand that not all statins are alike, so everyone has a chance to manage their high cholesterol and feel good. “It’s so important for people with high cholesterol to talk more openly with their doctor and find the statin that works best for them,” Mandel says. “That’s why I’m so glad to be involved in Take Cholesterol to Heart.” Learn more by visiting where you can find useful tips on how to “master the cholesterol conversation” with your doctor, take the Discover Your Statin Status quiz, find heart-healthy recipes and more. Ee

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What to Ask Your Doctor About Parkinson’s Disease (StatePoint) Talking to your doctor about any health concern can be tough, particularly when symptoms catch you by surprise or cause concern. And when it comes to Parkinson’s disease (PD), experts say there are many symptoms that often go unreported at doctor’s appointments, making them difficult to diagnose and treat. For example, many people are aware of visible symptoms associated with PD, like resting tremors and loss of balance. However, more than half of people living with Parkinson’s also experience a lesser known aspect of the disease -- hallucinations and delusions. “Over time, these symptoms may increase in frequency or become bothersome, as a person with Parkinson’s becomes less able to distinguish between what is real and what’s not. Fortunately, these symptoms often can be addressed.” says Neal Hermanowicz, MD, director of the Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Program at the University of California, Irvine. Page 24

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To help you prepare for your appointment with a PD specialist, Dr. Hermanowicz says to consider the following statements, and if they apply to you, to tell your doctor at your next appointment. • I sometimes feel out of touch with reality. • Others tell me that what I am hearing, seeing or sensing (e.g., people, animals or objects) are not actually there (hallucinations). • I have beliefs or fears that a loved one (perhaps a spouse, caregiver or friend) is stealing from me or being unfaithful (delusions). Dr. Hermanowicz also suggests that caregivers prepare for the next appointment by considering the following statements and speaking to their loved one’s PD specialist if any of them apply.

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Lake Lure Olympiad Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, 2018

Events happening this month in the WNC area to enjoy! LEAF Downtown Asheville Friday, August 3 to August 4, 2018 International music festival at Pack Square Park downtown with three stages of music, food trucks and 90 local and artisan vendors on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday until 10 PM. More than 70 culinary and craft vendors (mostly local) are handpicked and roaming performers delight. They’ll also have the LEAF Art Dash 5k on Saturday at 9 AM Free.

Wood Day at Folk Art Center Saturday, August 4, 2018 Join Guild woodworkers for an exciting day exploring various forms of woodcraft. Featuring the Annual Carve Off Competition. 10 AM –4 PM. For more: southernhighlandguild. org/folk-art-center/

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One of the biggest sports festivals in NC, the event in the spectacular Hickory Nut Gorge is anchored by three major races: 10K Dam Run, Triathlon and Race up Chimney Rock. Events for kids, beginner athletes and spectators, too. For more info:

Sourwood Festival Saturday, August 11 to August 12, 2018 “Bee” sure to put this fun small-town festival on your list! The Sourwood Festival in downtown Black Mountain celebrates our bees and local sourwood honey. It’s presented by the local Chamber of Commerce. Stroll down several streets with 200 vendors, eat festival food and listen to big variety of live music. Since the festival is on several side streets, Black Mountain’s State Street (their Main Street) remains open, so you can also explore all the galleries, restaurants and stores. Saturday 9 AM-8 PM and Sunday 9 AM-5 PM. Admission is free.

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The 46th annual Village Art and Craft Fair continues a long tradition of bringing high quality crafts to Biltmore Village. Presented by New Morning Gallery and Bellagio Art-to-Wear, the outdoors art festival is on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. Free admission! The fair features 114 artists from 16 states, with full spectrum of craft media available to purchase in all price ranges - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more. Discover new artists. Talk with crafters one-on-one. Some 36 artists are from Western North Carolina. Hours: Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday Noon to 5 PM. Rain or shine. newmorninggallerync. com/village-arts-and-crafts-fair/

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Thirteenth annual Come to Leicester studio tour. The Come to Leicester studio tour is held every year on the third weekend in August; for 2018, that is 18-19 August. Our community of artists create in a variety of mediums, including painting, iron work, wood work, textiles, pottery, jewelry, and brooms. Welcoming you to their open studios.

Riverfest Saturday, August 18, 2018 A great day at New Belgium Brewery on the French Broad River near downtown Asheville with live music, food trucks, craft beers and more. Our favorite is the Anything that Floats Parade competition. Floats Parade. Watch the rafters arrive from their float from French Broad River Park. You are also welcome to enter the competition by building an outrageous raft, float or flotilla. Winners will be chosen in four categories: most creative, green machine, funniest and judge’s choice. Don’t forget the costumes! Free admission.

Dirty Dancing Festival Friday, August 24 to August 25, 2018 Join other fans of the cult-classic movie Dirty Dancing and relive memories of Baby’s first dance at the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure. The festival kicks off with a free lakeside screening of the original movie on Friday night. Throughout the day on Saturday, have the time of your life with music, dancing, watermelon carrying, art, food, beer, wine and the lake lift competition finale. Last year, the Dirty Dancing Festival celebrated the 30th anniversary of the film and commemorated Patrick Swayze’s 65th birthday. Ticket info and more:

Organicfest Sunday, August 26, 2018 Join us for Asheville’s 17th Organicfest Celebration! In Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, 10 AM-6 PM, with live music, organic local food and beer, cooking demos, samplings, natural arts and crafts. Free. For more info:

Shindig on the Green Saturday, August 18, 2018 Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region’s stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions outdoors in downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the “green.” Page 27

How New Technology is Improving Treatment of Strokes (StatePoint) For patients experiencing ischemic stroke -- the leading cause of disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- the time it takes to receive treatment is critically important for avoiding irreversible brain damage. While getting evaluated by a specialist used to take up to several hours, new in-ambulance technology being tested by hospitals nationwide is helping patients get evaluated within minutes. A new technology known as In-Transit Telestroke (ITTS) may transform the field of stroke treatment. With ITTS, stroke neurologists can examine patients by using video technology from ambulances, decreasing the time between a patient’s onset of symptoms and crucial treatment. “In the case of strokes, every moment counts, and thanks to ITTS, we’re able to deliver treatment faster than ever before,” says Gary Belt, M.D., stroke neurologist at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J., a not-for-profit multihospital system and the first in the country to implement ITTS technology. Recent research highlights the benefits of this technology: patients evaluated with ITTS in ambulances while in-transit to the hospital can be treated with the brain saving drug alteplase 13 minutes faster than those patients not assessed until they are in the emergency department (referred to as door-to-needle, or Page 28

DTN, time), according to a recent study by researchers at Overlook Medical Center and Atlantic Health System and published by the journal “Stroke.” The first-of-its-kind study assessed 89 presumptive stroke patients in ambulances over 15 months from January 2015 through March 2016. Atlantic Health System paramedics responding to neurological emergencies used an InTouch Xpress device -- a portable unit with a high-definition camera, microphone and screen -- allowing video communication with a stroke neurologist who performed a neurological evaluation of the patient while in-transit to the emergency department. Once the patients arrived at the participating hospital’s emergency department, the neurologist assumed care and, when indicated, administered alteplase, a tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) that breaks down blood clots to restore blood flow to the brain. “We are constantly looking for ways to treat stroke patients as quickly as possible, as each passing minute of lost blood supply translates to more brain damage,” says John J. Halperin, M.D., senior study investigator and chair, department of neurosciences at Overlook Medical Center. “Our observations suggest that pre-hospital evaluation with telestroke may provide a scalable, affordable way to speed stroke treatment, as well as more rapidly direct patients to the centers capable of performing the procedures that will serve their needs best.” Ee 50 + Living |August 2018

What to Know About Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes • Limit your exposure to pollen on high pollen count days. • Wash your face after being outside to reduce the amount of pollen on the skin. • Use cold compresses for some added relief. • Don’t rub your eyes, as this will increase your body’s over reaction to the irritants. • Remove contact lenses, which can attract allergens that accumulate throughout the day. Consider wearing your glasses or switching to daily disposable contacts during allergy season. (StatePoint) Suffering from itchy, watery eyes? You may have ocular allergies or you could have another issue entirely, such as chronic dry eyes. Experts say that getting the correct diagnosis is the only way to treat symptoms properly.

• Try over-the counter eye drops. There are a number of allergy drops that are formulated to relieve itchiness, redness, and watery eyes. But consult your optometrist to find out which are the best recommended.

“Chronic dry eye often mimics the symptoms of seasonal allergies and must be approached entirely differently,” says Arian Fartash, VSP network optometrist. “Many over-the-counter allergy treatments can actually make dry eyes worse, so make an appointment with your eye doctor to determine the exact cause of your discomfort.”

• Consider prescription medications. If the symptoms won’t go away, you might need something stronger. Go see your eye doctor to discuss if a prescription medication is right for you. You can find a doctor local to you by consulting the VSP-network at

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50+ Living is another publication of High Five Enterprises. Based in Asheville, NC we are a lifestyle magazine for 50+ active lifestyle adul...

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50+ Living is another publication of High Five Enterprises. Based in Asheville, NC we are a lifestyle magazine for 50+ active lifestyle adul...

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