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Isolation can be deadly, and it’s about to get worse Inside Young at Heart BY JIM FEROLIE
very time I get annoyed or frustrated with the limited options I have during the pandemic, I try to remind myself lots of other people have things much worse. Aside from the fact that they’re mostly First World problems – like feeling cramped in our modest house, having limited choices for going out to drink a beer and watching my son work on his social skills with online video games and Discord chat – they’re also just not that bad. I do get to see other humans at a handful of restaurants and once a week at my office, and when I’m at home, I do have a relatively good Internet connection and the technical wherewithal to use it.
I also don’t live alone. Sure, I might be getting tired of videoconferences, and my wife and son might be getting a little tired of hearing them pipe up the basement stairs all day long, but when it comes down to it, we know we’re fortunate to have one another. I can’t imagine how frustrating it would be to be stuck inside with an underlying health condition and nothing but my TV and phone to keep me company. That’s the heart of the cover story for our inaugural issue of Young at Heart magazine. Longtime readers of our four
suburban newspapers might notice that this magazine is a blend of two products we’ve had for years – the senior-focused subject matter of the Young at Heart section and the format of the much more broadly focused Your Family magazine. The result, we hope, should bring some much needed entertainment and information to a demographic that’s been battered more than any other since COVID-19 captured America in March. Not only are seniors far more likely to die or experience severe distress from contracting the coronavirus, they’re also more susceptible to the effects of isolation and the toll it can take on mental and emotional health. Any senior center director can cite studies and provide anecdotal evidence of the importance of socialization on seniors’ health, especially as they move along into later decades. And as we head into our long Wisconsin winter, it’s also going to be more difficult for older adults to get enough exercise. The combination is a 1-2 punch that could be as deadly for some people as the coronavirus itself.
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If you’re prone to isolation – senior or not – or you know someone who is, make sure you reach out to someone before the short days and cold temperatures make getting out and about more difficult. We’ll need to help one another to make sure we all make it to the other side. Jim Ferolie is the general manager of Unified Newspaper Group, which publishes the Young at Heart magazine.
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5 apps to keep you active Seniors have plenty of choices, from brain games to health info STORY BY SCOTT DE LARUELLE PHOTOS SUBMITTED
taying connected with friends and family can be hard enough for seniors, but the COVID-19 lockdown has been particularly difficult for those used to in-person gatherings as a way to socialize and keep up on things. The good news for those seniors who don’t mind a little bit of screen time is
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Skype is a popular app that lets seniors have live video chats with friends and family around the world. With social distancing affecting normal gatherings and communication, a great way to stay in touch during the COVID-19 pandemic, while having some face time. The app also allows seniors to record calls and even have live subtitles, so they can also read the words being spoken during conversations. For information, visit skype.com/en.
there are a growing number of apps that many are using for a variety of purposes, including helping with daily tasks, staying up to date on news and events, or even making new friends all over the world. As the pandemic and its social distancing unfortunately look like they will be a part of life beyond 2020, there’s no better time to get acquainted
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with some of the many apps that are available for seniors -- and at no cost. Nearly half of all seniors own a smartphone, according to recent studies, and technology companies are increasingly targeting seniors with their new apps. Here’s a sampling of five popular apps for 2020 from Seniorliving.org’s list of top apps for seniors:
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With the price of prescription drugs seemingly always on the rise, this app lets seniors compare prices at more than 60,000 pharmacies to find the lowest one. The app can also notify seniors about savings alerts on any of their prescriptions. For information, visit goodrx.com/mobile.
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Can you see me now? My Blood Type is Coffee BY RHONDA MOSSNER
f there is one thing I have learned from this pandemic, it’s how to Zoom.
I never would have thought a simple action verb out of a Dr. Seuss book would become part of our regular day-today vocabulary in 2020. For my husband and me, it’s part of our morning conversation. Are you Zooming today? Don’t forget your Zoom appointment with your doctor this afternoon. Did you make arrangements to Zoom with your sister tonight? I admit, back in March, when we thought we’d be done with the whole COVID business in a few weeks, I didn’t see the point. I didn’t really want this in my life. Then, after several weeks of pressure from our kids in Indiana, we tried it out. “All you have to do is click the link that’s highlighted on the email. There’s nothing to it.” This from our youngest son who zips and Zooms everyday with banking clients all over the world at all hours of the day and night, wheeling and dealing. “Can’t we just talk on the phone?” I didn’t want to get out of my sweatpants and fix my hair just to talk to my kid and his wife of two years. “Mother! Good grief. It’s not a big deal. It’s going to be so much better than on the phone. It will be just like you are visiting here at the house. I’ll set it up and email you. We’ll chat at 4 p.m. Sunday. Just click on the link.” He sounded confident this was actually going to work. I didn’t want the stress of having to be the point person, so I asked him to email his father. This is the same child of ours who persuaded us to buy a sound bar, a Blu Ray player and a smart TV all on the same day, then left for Indiana, leaving us two connection cords short and no TV
until the cable company rescued us. He still owes us for that one. As the time approached, my husband found the link in his email. So we had that going for us. We decided to wait until the last moment to click on it, since our son said to wait until he let us into the meeting.
“Mother! Good grief. It’s not a big deal. It will be just like you are visiting here at the house. While I sprayed my hair, changed my shirt and threw on some makeup, my husband clicked the link. He had arranged a pretty backdrop for us on the couch. It was our standard go-to spot for big deals like Christmas pictures so we thought it would work for this. “Are you Zooming?” I yelled downstairs. “No. Nothing is happening.” I could tell he was less than thrilled with this whole situation. We had to interrupt our 80s sitcom marathon on Netflix to get online, and frankly, watching reruns from 40 years ago seemed more entertaining at the moment. “Did you click on the link?” I was kind of glad nothing was happening. Maybe I’d have to text and tell him it didn’t work and be done with this nonsense. I can at least say we tried it. “Of course, I did. There isn’t anything else to do. We are waiting for him to get online and start our meeting. Who are we having a meeting with?” He was as puzzled as I was. Finally, our kids appeared on the screen. They were sitting on their couch with their golden doodle on their laps. The
whole scene looked a bit staged to me. I guessed this was all part of the Zoom experience. “Well, there you are!” exclaimed my son. “See? It wasn’t a big deal. You guys need to get with the program. I’ve been Zooming at work on a daily basis for quite some time.” It was clear that he was proud to be a veteran Zoomer. “Just to let you know, time is ticking. We have 37 minutes. We have another Zoom meeting with the in-laws when we’re done. What’s on your mind?” Thus began the weekly ritual for several Sundays until we realized the pandemic was going to last much longer than we expected. About two months into this Zooming situation, my husband and I decided we were done. We talked to our son almost every day on the phone. This was just all too stressful. We found ourselves jotting down topics to discuss during the week and contemplated the option of visiting them in person to avoid Zooming. But the fear of COVID canceled that plan. Eventually, we went back to the phone calls, and everyone breathed a sigh of relief. But about the time I got comfy in my sweatpants and old T-shirts, my quilting buddies decided we should Zoom, and so did the nonprofit boards I’m on! Augh! I suppose this means I’m going to have buy more hairspray. Recently, I let it slip to my son how much I’m on Zoom these days. So you guessed it -- we’re scheduled to Zoom with the kids Sunday at 4 p.m. In addition to her blog, heDanglingThread. blogspot.com, Rhonda Mossner is a professional speaker, quilter and chef.
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Cyber Monday is a lucrative day for retailers. According to Adobe Analytics, which measured transactions from a majority of popular online retailers in the United States, consumers spent an average of $11 million per minute between 11 p.m. EST and midnight EST on Cyber Monday in 2019. And it wasn’t just the final hour of Cyber Monday that proved popular, as total sales in 2019 increased by roughly 19 percent compared to Cyber Monday a year prior. The internet has made holiday shopping easier than ever, and retailers capitalize on that convenience every year on Cyber Monday. Savvy consumers recognize there’s great deals to be had on Cyber Monday, but the popular shopping holiday also marks a great time for cyber criminals to target unsuspecting online shoppers. Holiday shoppers spend more time and money buying gifts online every year, so before the buying season begins it’s wise for shoppers to consider a few strategies for shopping safely this Cyber Monday. · Beware of malvertising. In recent years, cyber criminals have employed malvertising to trick online shoppers into taking them to websites that look reputable. But looks can be deceiving. Malvertising injects malicious code into legitimate online advertising networks. If consumers accidentally click a malicious ad, the malvertising can trigger a code that installs malware or adware on their computers, redirect users to a malicious website instead of the one the ad suggests or redirect users to a website that looks just like a legitimate retailer’s site, even though it’s not. Update antivirus and ad blockers prior to Cyber Monday. In addition, update browsers and plugins, which can often prevent malvertising attacks. · Update your software. Skipping or delaying software updates on a computer, tablet or smartphone can make online shoppers vulnerable to hackers and other cyber criminals. Install new operating systems on your devices when such updates become available, and check to see if any new updates can be installed
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Staying connected from a distance
Senior agencies trying to meet challenges, vulnerabilities accentuated by pandemic Story by Neal Patten - Photos by Justin Loewen
s the world responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, most businesses offering recreation, entertainment and leisure closed or sharply reduced their capacity, at least temporarily. While many have reopened, public health officials in many states still recommend against going to gyms, churches, cinemas and other places that typically provide social interaction and physical activity. For older adults – many of whom already struggle with getting enough of both – this year has been particularly difficult. And it’s not just the extra concern about the virus, which preys disproportionately on seniors. It’s also the necessary realities of physical and social distancing, and the effects they are having. Seniors tend to already be more isolated than younger adults or lacking support systems, and many are without access to or an understanding of technology that can keep them connected. That can add to the heightened sense of worry many seniors feel about the danger of COVID-19, said Oregon Area Senior Center director Rachel Brickner. “When you feel isolated, it’s harder to maintain a positive, optimistic outlook,” she said. While many people are experiencing challenges with mental health and social isolation during the pandemic, seniors are particularly vulnerable, and physical distancing protocols make providing them relief more difficult. While facilities and in-person services designed for seniors in Dane County have mostly remained closed to the public, caregivers and senior centers
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have adapted to offer services in new ways. Those include moving classes online, using technology to keep in touch with seniors through virtual case management and transitioning meal programs to a drive-thru format.
It also means accommodating a desire many seniors have to continue their normal schedule, as many are longing for social groups and exercise classes, said Verona Senior Center director Stephanie Ehle.
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Hitting the road for meal programs Meal programs have become more important than ever during the pandemic. As senior centers no longer offer congregate meals due to public health restrictions, other options have arisen to replace in-person gatherings. A popular one is drivethrough meal programs. The Verona Senior Center offers $5 readyto-go meals twice a week. Its meal program used to have 5-10 participants, but now numbers closer to 40-50 a week, said program manager Alasa Wiest. Part of the popularity of drive-through meals programs is they provide a brief social outlet, said director Stephanie Ehle. “For people who come through, it’s good to see another face,” she said. “That human connection is helpful. Just saying ‘hey, how are you doing?’ while dropping off meals can be a highlight of their day.” In Oregon, the senior center has partnered with Ziggy’s BBQ Smokehouse to provide a drive-through meal from the restaurant twice a week. Volunteers also made cards for Meals on Wheels recipients, said director Rachel Brickner. “People loved it; there were positive messages like ‘you are loved’ and ‘thinking of you,’” she said. “It was really precious and something you don’t get every day.”
STAYING CONNECTED from page 13 “It was definitely difficult when we shut the doors,” she said. “People didn’t know what to do with themselves. People come to hang out all day – go to coffee hour or classes – to have all that cut off was very difficult for them.” The switch to virtual programming has been a mixed blessing, with senior centers and senior living complexes facing difficulties navigating into the virtual world. The demographic they work with is more likely to struggle with technology, but for some lessmobile seniors who cannot easily get to their local senior centers, online meetings and programs actually offer more accessibility. Yoga, zumba, tai chi and qi gong are some of the movement and fitness classes now being offered online through live-streamed or pre-recorded sessions. They have been facilitated through Zoom – a video conferencing website and application that has become ubiquitous during the pandemic – along with Facebook and YouTube. Book discussions, art presentations, trivia and continued education have also moved to the Web to give people some more variety. “We’re trying to be helpful, but also fun, and bring a little laughter,” said Stoughton Area Senior Center director Cindy McGlynn, who said adding online programming has been in the center’s strategic plan for years. In some sense, the COVID-19 shutdown has served as a nudge into the world of online programming that’s been a long time coming. “Virtual is the future; it’s not going away,” said Verona Senior Center program manager Alasa Wiest. “It’s the new normal, we have to embrace it, but how do we get seniors on board?”
Mental health can be a struggle Seniors in general already faced a variety of challenges before the pandemic, including loss of friends, family members, independence and physical health. The pandemic has made these more difficult, as their support systems have changed or been put on hold, said Grace Pool, director of nursing at The Legacy in Verona, an apartment complex specializing in care for those with high-level needs. It’s also made the issues more evident, she said.
“Before the pandemic, an older person may have had a weekly visit with their grandchildren,” Pool said. “Looking forward to and having that weekly visit could be something that contributed greatly to that person’s well-being. (Now) those visits may have stopped, and now that person feels the isolation more than they ever have.”
“There is a reason solitary confinement is a punishment in jail.” Stoughton Area Senior Center director CINDY MCGLYNN Another example is someone who no longer drives and has relied on a friend to get to the grocery store, she said. That might not be an option, as they socially distance. “As a result, they feel the loss of their independence from driving in a deeper way than they did before,” Pool said. This can all affect seniors’ mental health. Depression, anxiety and other issues have been augmented by the pandemic, said McGlynn, but many people dealing with these might not be comfortable talking about their mental health and therefore not be diagnosed. That poses a problem that is largely generational, she said. “Older folks are not as comfortable talking about that,” she said. “The older generation is not able to diagnose it – maybe they don’t like to go outside anymore but don’t see that as anxiety.” McGlynn said during the pandemic, seniors are more vulnerable to mental health issues. “Maybe someone had bipolar their whole life but was able to work through it,” she said. “Now that they are isolated, they are physically less capable.” The effects of isolation also aren’t bound to any demographic, McGlynn said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you have, isolation is isolation, and when you have people used to connecting with friends over a card game or a cup of coffee, isolation is extremely devastating,” she said. “There is a reason solitary confinement is a punishment in jail.”
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While sheltering at home has separated many seniors, some have found clever ways to connect, with socially distanced picnics and walks. Others are too afraid of the virus to leave home or too frail to walk. To help, the Stoughton Area Senior Center has connected patrons with “phone buddies,” or volunteers that contact particularly vulnerable and isolated seniors, McGlynn said. “How do we provide services to break up the monotony of the day; how do we get them outside to get some fresh air?” she said. “We are trying to provide services with the same goal we have always had, to keep people safely and happily in their homes for however long we can,” Brickner added. That comes with some complications during a pandemic. Brickner said she used to have volunteers from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program take people on errands or to medical appointments, but it’s temporarily inactive. To help fill that role, senior centers
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“It’s a real blessing that service has been able to continue,” she said. Social and physical distancing has proven a challenge to case managers, as well, who before the pandemic, relied on visual information they took in during house calls to help diagnose their clients’ mental health. Now, they’re not able to make as many visits, which presents its own challenges, Brickner said, as they must make sure they’re asking the right questions during virtual “house calls.” “What you see is different from what they might say, and if you can’t see them, you can only hear what they’re saying,” Brickner said. “We feel in a way we have lost some sources of information, and we
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are trying to compensate for that.” To help home-bound seniors navigate the internet and social media, the Oregon Area Senior Center started programming by conference call in October, which she hopes will provide more social and educational programming and support group opportunities. “Groups who used to come in and meet and chat, we’re hopeful that people will find getting that group together on a conference call will be helpful to them,” Brickner said. “While we know face-toface is preferred, that’s not an option right now.” While some seniors already have the right technology to join virtual classes, many only use it for phone calls or texts. Still, many are curious and wanting to learn, said Verona Senior Center case manager Becky Losby, who added that staff are doing all they can to help. “We’re really trying to encourage a lot of people who have the technology but never really have had to use it,” Losby said. “There’s lots of time to figure that out right now.”
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are turning both to local volunteers and government programs such as Transportation Services of Dane County, which provides transportation resources that enable seniors, people with disabilities and veterans to access their communities. That can be as simple as being taken to get a chocolate bar at Walgreens or thrift shopping at a St. Vincent de Paul store, said Ehle.
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What we can give elders without giving them the virus Senior Living BY STEPHEN RUDOLPH
s my wife and I were playing a game of cards (Kings Corners) to pass the time at home in the early days of the pandemic, we started to talk about what elders can do to enjoy themselves somewhat during this time of strife. We decided that both young and old can get through coronavirus together even if we’re alone. I am not certain about others, but my wife and I have been mostly in our house for the past seven months. In the first four weeks, we left it once to go grocery shopping together. When we did so, we were the only ones shopping with masks and gloves! In the early days of the coronavirus we knew little, but we knew two things for sure: It forced most people into indoor isolation, and it was disproportionately lethal for elderly folks and those with adverse health conditions.
how much you care. They include checking in with loved ones over the phone, writing letters, sending care packages, going to the store for someone who can’t, delivering flowers, bringing games or puzzles and encouraging exercise.
We decided the ideas we came up with for this time of uncertainty, fear and loneliness were marvelous opportunity to show someone how much you care. Calling an elder doesn’t take much time, but it will probably make their day.
During our card game, we agreed that elders are more likely to live alone, and with regular social gatherings canceled, perhaps we could come up with some ideas to help elders remain sane while they stay at home. We decided the ideas we came up with for this time of uncertainty, fear and loneliness were marvelous opportunity to show someone
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Share a story, pray with them, ask them about their latest project, or just reminisce about old times. Perhaps sharing some photos or family experience will get your loved one talking. Remember stationery? And snail mail? Dropping a card or letter in the mail is a great way to cheer up your loved ones. Cards can be hung on the refrigerator or other places of prominence. When I was in college, there was no better feeling in the world than getting a care package from my parents. It served as a real reminder they were thinking of me.
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You could do the same for an elderly friend of yours. The lighter the items, the easier they will be to ship – or drop it off on their front porch if you live locally. Remember to use gloves. As we all make trips to the grocery store, be sure to check in on the elderly and infirm to see if they need anything while you’re out and about. Need their dog
walked? Trash taken out? Groceries? Yard work? While you’re at the store – if you can pick some yourself from your own garden – bring flowers. While you might not be able to sit across the table and share a cup of coffee with your grandmother, you can provide something for her to look at while she drinks hers. Many seniors depend on activities at senior centers and volunteer work to keep them active and social. But public health experts like Dr. Anna Chodos, professor of medicine and geriatrics at UCSF, say there are many other ways to connect with people without being physically present, according to “A Guide for Seniors on Coping in the Age of Coronavirus.” Chodos encourages seniors to call the Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line. It’s a hotline where older people can make a friend and have someone to talk to if they are lonely. If your loved one is a puzzle lover, you can have a puzzle delivered that contains 2,000 or more pieces. But also available are those with as few as 15 pieces, which might work well for people with dementia or less dexterity. If there are two elders living in the same house, think about games they can play together, such as Clue, Monopoly, Life, Scrabble or Sorry. If there is only one elder, make sure identical game boards are set up at your house and your loved one’s home. You and your family then can play the game over the telephone, talking about how the dice landed and what moves your game piece is making. A cellphone set on speaker will work well for this because games sometimes take hours. A video call also will add dimension but isn’t necessary if everyone commits to narrating their actions.
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To help elders stay active, try searching YouTube for senior-focused exercise videos. The National Institute on Aging has a series called Go4Life, and the AARP offers fitness videos. Discussions groups on sites like SeniorChatters offer a way for older adults to engage in different topics online. You can meet other seniors from all over the world and discuss your favorite hobbies. If you’re a reader, consider joining an online book club. Celadon Books shares their five favorite book clubs that you can join online. Many people find connection and
resilience through music. Organizations like the Seattle Symphony (seattlesymphony.org/live) are finding new ways to share their services during these challenging times. Enjoy free live broadcasts of the symphony from the comfort of your own home. Most importantly, communication is perhaps the most important thing for older people to do during these isolated times. This is not only essential for their physical health – if older people start exhibiting symptoms, they should contact a doctor or go to the hospital – but it’s also essential for their mental health to keep in touch with loved ones.
“At this moment in time, we’re not just combating the coronavirus, but we’re combating fear and anxiety and social isolation as well,” Bill Walsh, vice president of communications at AARP, told Recode for a story in March. “So it’s important to stay in touch with your loved ones and let them know that they haven’t been cut off or somehow marginalized.” Stephen Rudolph is a consultant for Comfort Keepers of South Central Wisconsin, a home care agency that provides skilled nursing and personal care services for aging adults, those with disabilities and others needing assistance.
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Think ahead to make the most of a grocery store visit To Your Health BY KARA HOERR
love a good deal.
I’m especially in my element when I’m at the grocery store. If there’s a way to stretch a dollar, whether that’s by finding a sale item or by simply purchasing something that’s in season, I’m likely to find it. Often, it’s thought that eating on a budget means sacrificing flavor or even health. The fresh produce, the lean cuts of meats and the foods in the “healthy” section can appear to be more expensive than the budget-friendly foods, typically found in the center aisles. However, that’s not always the case. Whether you choose organic strawberries or a bag of potato chips, both can add up quickly. I firmly believe it doesn’t have to be either/or. We can enjoy flavor, find nourishing and satisfying foods, and stick within our budget. While everyone always enjoys a good two-for-one deal, especially during the pandemic, many of us are trying to spend less and save more. Add trying to limit the number of times you’re going to the grocery store in a week for safety reasons, it can seem a little overwhelming and downright challenging to stay within budget. I use and recommend some simple strategies to individuals and families who are looking to limit grocery store visits while also sticking to a budget. Those include getting more out of the meat you buy, finding alternate sources of protein, buying dry beans rather than canned, buying items that are in season and putting together a meal plan. One way to stretch the meat you buy a little bit further is to add ground beef to a pasta, stir fry or curry, rather than turning ground beef into hamburgers. To help the meat go even further, add in chopped mushrooms, cauliflower or a can of beans to add bulk to the recipe.
It’ll also give you some additional fiber and nutrients that can help keep you satisfied longer. Another is to buy a whole chicken instead of individual chicken breasts or thighs. Buying a whole chicken is more cost effective than buying chicken breasts, which, per pound, are costlier. Roast the chicken in the oven and use it multiple ways throughout the week or freeze for later.
I use and recommend some simple strategies to individuals and families who are looking to limit grocery store visits while also sticking to a budget. A simple roast chicken can be turned into shredded chicken tacos, barbeque chicken sandwiches, chicken noodle soup and even chicken salads for lunch. Protein sources tend to make up the bulk of grocery budgets. Think of inexpensive protein sources you can purchase to have on hand between grocery visits. Peanut butter, beans and eggs are all great protein sources that be used a variety of ways. Top a sweet potato with black beans, salsa and an over-easy egg for a balanced and filling meal. When you buy beans, a one-pound dry bag can cost less than a single can and makes a lot more. I was skeptical of making this switch at first (canned beans are already so inexpensive and easy), but the taste is far superior when you cook the beans at home. It can be intimidating to start if you haven’t cooked dry beans before,
but it’s pretty straightforward, especially if you have an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Store what you don’t need in the freezer. Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh, but when you’re wanting fresh produce, look for items that are in season. These will often be lower priced and also taste better. Bananas, which are a year-round inexpensive fruit, can be purchased in higher quantities. When the bananas start to get too ripe, slice and freeze them to have for a refreshing snack later. The best way to prevent unnecessary trips to the grocery store and to stop you from those expensive impulse purchases at the store is to create a rough meal plan before you head to the store. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but think of simple meals you want to make for the upcoming week. This ensures you have the staples you need to make meals for the week ahead rather than random ingredients you don’t know what to do with when you get home. Finally, buy individual ingredients to make things homemade when you can. A box of macaroni and cheese seems inexpensive, but if you purchase a box of pasta and a block of cheese to make your own, the meal will make several more servings and stretch much further. Eating on a budget doesn’t have to be unhealthy, bland, or boring. With a little advanced planning and creativity, delicious and balanced meals can be enjoyed. Kara Hoerr, MS, RDN, CD, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Kara Hoerr Nutrition. To learn more, visit karahoerrnutrition.com, email Kara at email@example.com, or call 608-620-4461. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
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s k o o B by MICHAEL TIDEMANN
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Sturgeon Bay writer tells of father’s WWII heroism Joseph Tachovsky with Cynthia Kraack Regnery Publishing ISBN 978-1684510481
oe Tachovsky’s father, Frank, mentioned being in World War II when he was still alive, but it wasn’t until his death that Joe learned the real truth – the hard, brutal and bloody truth. When Joe discovered that truth in a box of his father’s World War II mementos, he was inspired to learn more. He found that his father had led a platoon of 40 elite Marines behind Japanese lines to help take the island of Saipan in one of the war’s bloodiest battles. In “40 Thieves on Saipan,” Tachovsky brings to life the antics and humor, horror and heroism of his father, Lt. Frank Tachovsky, who later retired as a colonel, and his men who spearheaded the invasion of Saipan on June 15, 1944. Tachovsky sought out his father’s former Marines and, after contacting Bob Smotts, Roscoe Mullins, Bill Knuppel and Marvin Strombo, found a wealth of information for this no-holds-barred memoir. Tachovsky and Kraack were able to tap into the poignancy of his father’s Ma-
rines, showing their human side, as well as their unselfish performance in battle, many making the ultimate sacrifice. Tachovsky tells how his father’s “thieves” liberated alcohol from Navy stores, stole a captain’s Jeep and acquired chickens and pigs for an impromptu barbeque. Even more remarkable is how Don Evans recruited Army buddies Norman Duley and Tom Arello into leaving their unit and going aboard their ship to fight in Saipan. After Arello and Evans were tragically killed while on the same patrol, Lt. Tachovsky wrote a letter for Duley, who had to return to his Army unit. Lt. Tachovksy lauded Duley’s heroism, both as a soldier and a Marine. While the numbers speak for themselves – 4,000 Japanese civilians dead by suicide or killed by their own army, 300
Japanese soldiers surviving from a force of 30,000 and 3,000 American dead and more than 13,000 wounded – it’s the Marines’ personal stories of valor and sacrifice that make the book. That makes 40 Thieves on Saipan far more than a history. It’s a testament to the Marines who fought behind enemy lines to make way for the main force. The book also brings to life the Marines who took part. Many books have been written about World War II. But few are able to bring to life those who fought it. Tachovsky and Kraack do just that – grippingly and poignantly. They have taken the war memoir to a whole new level. Michael Tidemann writes from Estherville, Iowa. His author page is amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann.
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COVID-19 presents extra planning concerns Estate Planning BY DERA L. JOHNSEN-TRACY
How will we get through this?
state planning is important for everyone, regardless of your financial circumstances.
contract COVID-19, you have already designated someone who can act on your behalf.
Without proper planning, even these simple matters could require a court proceeding.
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Here is list of the essential documents you should have in place now, or as soon as possible:
Your will A will appoints the executor of your estate upon your death and also designates how your estate will be distributed. Designations such as payable-on-death (POD) on bank accounts or real estate, joint ownership of accounts and direct beneficiaries named on life insurance policies and retirement accounts will override the provisions of your will.
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You should review your will, along with ownership and beneficiary designations for all of your assets, so you won’t need to worry about these matters should you become ill. Updating these designations will often require forms, notaries and/or witnesses, which can be difficult to obtain in the event you are diagnosed with, or display any symptoms of, COVID-19.
Power of Attorney for Finances A power of attorney for finances, also known as a durable power of attorney, authorizes an agent to manage your financial affairs. This document can become effective in one of three primary ways: 1) You are mentally incapacitated as determined by two physicians; 2) Immediately upon signing the document; or 3) Upon signing a certificate at a later time activating your power of attorney. It is important to make sure this document is in place now, so if you
A power of attorney for health care authorizes an agent to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. It can become effective if you are mentally incapacitated as determined by two physicians or immediately upon signing the document. Designating your spouse or another close family member as agent can provide some flexibility with regard to treatment decisions in the event you are unable to communicate well during intubation or while other medical procedures or treatments are in effect. You might also wish to write down your desires regarding end-of-life care through a living will and/or an optional addendum to your power of attorney for health care.
HIPAA authorization A HIPAA authorization designates an individual or individuals who are authorized to obtain your medical information, including basic information such as whether you have been admitted to a facility, your room number and your condition. Most health care facilities ask you to sign a HIPAA authorization, but the provided form will only apply to a specific institution or network and will expire annually. Signing a HIPAA authorization that will apply to any institution in the country and that won’t expire until after your death can ensure that trusted family members will have access to this important information if you become ill. Attorney Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy is a shareholder and co-founder of Horn & Johnsen SC, a Madison law firm dedicated to estate planning, business law, and real estate.
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Creamy Ham ‘n’ Broccoli
1 cup chopped red onion 1/3 cup chopped seeded poblano pepper 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic 11/4 pounds ground turkey 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 19-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 14-ounce can fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 cups cubed, fully cooked ham 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted 1 jar processed cheese sauce 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained 11/4 cups uncooked instant rice 1 cup milk 1 celery rib, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the first four ingredients; cook 6 minutes or until the turkey is done, stirring frequently to crumble. Stir in the chili powder and the next eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the cilantro. Serve with 6 lime wedges.
In a 3-quart slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours, or until the rice is tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with paprika.
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Cooking spray 1 13.7-ounce package fat-free brownie mix 1 6-ounce carton French vanilla low-fat yogurt 3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans 3/4 cup miniature marshmallows 24 chocolate kiss candies Preheat oven to 350 F. Place 24 paper miniature muffin cup liners in miniature muffin cups; coat with cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix according to the package directions, using French vanilla yogurt. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly with pecans. Bake at 350 F for 19 minutes. Remove cakes from oven. Place 3 marshmallows on top of each baby cake; place 1 chocolate kiss in center of marshmallows. Bake an additional 1 minute. Gently swirl melted chocolate kiss to “frost” each cake and hold marshmallows in place. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.
3/4 cup best-available olive oil 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian parsley 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or thyme or 1 teaspoon dried 12 colossal shrimp, shells on 1/2 cup kosher salt or coarse sea salt Preheat grill to medium-high heat. In a small bowl, prepare dipping sauce by whipping together 1/2 cup of the olive oil, the lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and oregano. Reserve. Using a paring knife, make a 1/4-inch incision down the backs of the shrimp. Devein them, but do not remove the shells. In a medium bowl, add remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and the shrimp. Toss the shrimp in the oil, then sprinkle salt overtop, and toss thoroughly so that the shrimp are coated in salt. Grill shrimp directly over the heat or pan cook for approximately 3 minutes per side, or until shrimp are opaque throughout. Serve with dipping sauce.
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