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Young at Heart

April 2021

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Don’t judge a treatment by its setting Inside Young at Heart BY JIM FEROLIE


of such a wonderful treatment that at minimum is fantastic and safe palliative care.

quarter-mile across the U.S.-Mexico border, in the city of Nogales, is a small room where up to a half-dozen cancer patients are getting injections on any given weekday.

Unfortunately, this is what entrenched power structures have always done. The giant machines punish and often destroy upstarts.

Tucked in the back of a basement-floor dental clinic run by a man whose wife operates a spa above, it’s in an old, crusty building in direct line of sight of a 20-foot-high steel-and concrete border wall. I’ve spent many days in that building, chatting with a man who called himself Dr. Ruben but who would in America be called Dr. Rios, listening to his Christian music played on an endless loop and hearing him talk about how the diabetic crash my mother-in-law was about to take is perfectly safe. At other times, he’d explain how a supplementary diet including milk thistle, Tahitian Noni and a handful of other products would improve her liver function and help keep her Stage IV pancreatic cancer at bay. For many of you, this probably sounds questionable at best, a scam at worst. And that’s why I’m writing this heavierthan-usual introduction to this spring’s Young at Heart magazine, rather than connecting it to our much lighter cover story on the benefits of nature. Im writing this because our family had the good fortune to have a reason to bypass that skepticism. Three times in 2019, my family flew to Arizona to set up for eight times crossing that border and back over a two-week period for my mother-in-laws treatments. Sixteen times, I scrutinized carefully every procedure, every note taken by the doctor, every reading on his glucometer. Eight other times, her brother did the same. And two years after her visit 21 months

That is why it’s so important in our modern Information Age to do your own research, rather than going by gut feel or what other people think. And not just when someones life is at stake. after she was expected to die Becky remains spry, witty, cheerful and as healthy as one could expect. She’s taken a bit of a turn over the past couple months, having skipped traditional chemo for more than a year before her test results showed her tumor growing. And we’re told that there’s a good chance she doesn’t make it through the summer. We’d have been back already if not for COVID-19. Persistent travel fears make that a touchy situation. But I can tell you without a doubt that her treatments have added not just time for her but quality life. She had already been on chemo when we started this treatment, so she’d lost her hair, but I’ve met patients who never did. And she never once felt sick after it. That’s because this kind of chemo, using the same normal chemo drugs you see everywhere, uses a lot less to accomplish the same or better results. It’s a long story why this will never be a mainstream treatment in the United States, but it relates to the inability to make enough money to be widely accepted. And that brings me back to the crummy surroundings and relative inaccessibility

In my case, I had a fortunate connection the older brother of a best friend from my teen years. Tom, 10 years my senior, had suggested to me 30 years ago I should go into journalism when I was unhappy with engineering. And here I am, doing exactly what I was meant to do. He happens to be a cancer researcher who helped create this mostly unknown protocol, the Warburg Way, and as of two years ago, he had set up 29 clinics with it in hospitals across China. Yes, evil, totalitarian, semi-communist China, who doesn’t care about people. But there are some things the Chinese understand particularly well, and among them is a sense of the health of the whole person. If you want to know more about the clinic or treatment, feel free to email me or call and I’ll be happy to tell you all about it. What is more important for you to remember is that not everything that feels weird or sketchy is what you think it is. Often, a deeper look can reveal something genuine and worthy of admiration.  Jim Ferolie is the general manager of Unified Newspaper Group, which publishes Young at Heart magazine.

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5 scenic trails around Dane County to visit Story by Emilie Heidemann


s the weather warms, Wisconsin wildflowers again bloom, prairie grasses grow and native birds sing familiar songs. Such are the signs of summer, and you can experience them at many of Dane Countys scenic trails. Upon arrival, can also revel in the therapeutic effects of hiking or walking. Afterall, the activities remain some of the safer ones amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

And whether youre my age of 100, theres something charming and nostalgic about taking an afternoon stroll at any of the five locations Im about to recommend. You could peruse the fairyscape that is the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, located just outside the City of Middleton, or the Cottage Grow entrance to the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. That, or you could take a trek along

any stretch of the otherworldly Ice Age Scenic Trail. If you want an unmatchable view of the City of Madison skyline, the Lake Monona Bike Trail is for you. Or, if romantic hikes along a boardwalk suit your fancy, you could visit the Lower Yahara River Trail. No matter what, youll be in for a visual and olfactory treat. Thats particularly true if you remember to stop and smell the flowers once in a while.

The creek provides millions of gallons of water to Madisons Lake Mendota and the Yahara Chain of Lakes. The corridor can provide a shaded oasis on a warm summer day, the Friends website reads.

The Pheasant Branch Conservancy, according to the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy website, comprises oak savanna and lowland wetland prairies. Photo from the Friends courtesy of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy Facebook page.

Pheasant Branch Conser vancy Entrance at 4864 Pheasant Branch Road pheasantbranch.org

The Pheasant Branch Conservancy, according to the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy website, comprises oak savanna and lowland wetland prairies. Its entrance, within City of Middleton limits, is located at 4864 Pheasant Branch Road. With trails for biking, hiking and walking, the 300 acre Dane County Unit of the Conservancy, has spacious uplands with open skies with grasses and mature hardwood stands. The lowlands are traversed by Pheasant Branch Creek, lined with trees and radiant wildflowers during the warmer months. Speaking from experience, walking the trail is like entering an alternate reality.

The Glacial Drumlin State Trail parallels State Highway 18 and Interstate 94 between Milwaukee and Madison. Photo courtesy the Glacial Drumlin State Trail Facebook page.

Glacial Drumlin State Trail Parallels State Highway 18 and Interstate 94 between Milwaukee, Madison dnr.wisconsin.gov

The Glacial Drumlin State Trail parallels State Highway 18 and Interstate 94 between Milwaukee and Madison. Ive personally visited the trail from the Cottage Grove access point, located at County Highway N going to Junction Road. The 52-mile stretch, going through Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha counties, offers various looks at Wisconsins native prairie and wetlands.

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The portion Ive walked is framed by trees, with pockets of human life and suburbia along the way. Around 13 miles have asphalt as its surface, while 39 miles offer crushed stone. Eventually, according to the state Department of Natural Resources website, it may connect to the Capital City and Hank Aaron state trails. The eastern half of the trail begins at the Fox River Sanctuary at College and Prairie Avenues in Waukesha.

Lower Yahara River Trail Entrances on Moorland Road, Lake Farm Road parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com The 2.5 mile Lower Yahara River Trail, according to the Dane County Parks website, includes the longest inland boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America. Users can access the trail from the east at McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland, or from the west at either Lewis Nine Springs E-Way parking lot on Moorland Road. Another entrance includes the parking lot on Lake Farm Road across from the Lussier Family Heritage Center. When I checked the trail out for myself, I was with some friends in the dead of winter. I was either overlooking a frozen lake, or surrounded by native Wisconsin trees and shrubs.

The Lake Monona Bike Loop is one of my favorite Madison trails, with an entrance located at Olin Park along John Nolen Drive. Photo by Emilie Heidemann

The views of the water were unbeatable, as the boardwalk, covered with snow, added an air of charm to our excursion.

Lake Monona Bike Trail Entrance on Olin Park along John Nolen Drive visitmadison.com The Lake Monona Bike Loop is one of my favorite Madison trails, with an entrance located at Olin Park along John Nolen Drive. The loop is for more than just biking, of course.

And the John Nolen Drive portion offers an amazing view of the City of Madison skyline, particularly if youre walking or hiking along the trail at night. The 13-mile route is paved for easy navigation. With Lake Monona on one side, youll pass the Frank Lloyd Wrightdesigned Monona Terrace Convention Center, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, beachers and some smaller parks. It might be hard to traverse the stretch without stopping at one of Madisons many restaurants and retail establishments depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

The Ice Age Trail is a recreational hiking and backpacking trail, according to the Dane County Parks website, that starts at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway on the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota. It winds its way for over 1,000 miles across Wisconsin to Potawatomi State Park in Door County. Photo courtesy of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Entrances on St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and Potawatomi State Park danecountyparks.com While Ive only hiked portions of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, what Ive observed has been unforgettable. The trail is a recreational hiking and backpacking trail, according to the Dane County Parks website, that starts at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway on the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota. It winds its way for over 1,000 miles across Wisconsin to Potawatomi State Park in Door County.

The 2.5 mile Lower Yahara River Trail, according to the Dane County Parks website, includes the longest inland boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America. Photo courtesy of the Lower Yahara River Trail Facebook page.

The corridor passes through Dane Countys west side. That includes Lodi Marsh in the Town of Dane to the Brooklyn Wildlife Area in the Town of Montrose. The Ice Age trail traverses the terminal moraine of Dane Countys last glacier, passing through oak savannas, prairies, as well as hickory and maple forests.

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My life story, told a week at a time My Blood Type is Coffee BY RHONDA MOSSNER


hh, Spring! Finally, the seasonal Alps have melted in the yard and we see green growth once again. While many of you have been out tilling gardens and planting seeds, I’ve been doing some homework. I’ve been completing weekly writing assignments gifted to me by our sons for Christmas. I will admit that it sounds like one of those presents that rank up there with soap-on-a-rope or new underwear. I was skeptical at first, but it’s turned out to be quite enjoyable. It’s helped pass the long days of winter and the pandemic quite nicely. In fact, at times I’ve found myself amazed at how quickly we turned the pages on the calendar. The gift was a book that I will write myself over the course of a year. Now, before you consider running down the street with your hands in the air from the idea of writing your own book, let me tell you it’s possible. In 52 steps, it’s possible. Each week, we are sent a question about our lives to write about. Our Monday morning breakfast conversations have gone from wincing over pandemic numbers to what question we were each

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Some I’ve personally written about include, “What was your first job?” “How did your parents pick your name?” “Did you like school?” “What was your favorite book as a child?” and “Can you tell us about your best friend from childhood?”

I guess he was willing to spring for the basic book-writing package but refused to consider his mother’s tendency to embellish the stories now and then.

Our kids told us that they handpicked 52 questions they wanted answered, so I try to stay with the question assigned, but sometimes the topic isn’t applicable or I choose to hold my cards on the topic a bit closer to my chest and search out another from the list of thousands provided on the site. There is an option to list emails of people you’d like to receive your weekly contribution so our kids can get a little entertainment out of my stories as I go. One of the people I have mine sent to is my older sister, who sometimes responds that she doesn’t quite remember things exactly as I did. We then have to negotiate how we’d like a story to be told for future generations to read. The first week, my financial analyst son quickly emailed me back after he received his first story. “Mom, remember we are on a limited page plan. You need AGING BRINGS CHANGES. WE PROVIDE OPTIONS. stoughtonseniorcenter.com

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I’m not saying what I’m writing isn’t true. I’m just saying I might have added some details that embellish situations and at times add characters to the tales. I am a fiction writer, after all. Perhaps I should insert a disclaimer somewhere on the title page. On a serious note, the whole experience asks you to consider people and experiences that you’ve tucked away somewhere for years. A few weeks ago, my question was, “What were your grandparents like?” I noodled on that one for three days before I started writing. Sometimes there are so many memories that it’s hard to decide which to use. I incurred yet another page limit warning from the budget-conscious son on that one. I have a year to complete the book, at which time, I will simply hit the Publish key, and within a couple of weeks, a solid bound book will arrive on my doorstep. There is no free editing involved, so that’s part of the process as I go along. My husband and I plan to edit each other’s work before printing. This is a fun project that is great for those who like to share stories both verbally and in writing, and you don’t have to buy into a purchased program to do it. Just ask your children and grandchildren to write out some questions they’d like you to answer and type them up on your own. A simple Google search, “How To Write My Life Story,” will help you get started. Happy Writing!  Rhonda Mossner is a professional speaker, freelance writer, quilter and chef who lives in Verona.

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Elders who live alone need extra attention Senior Living BY STEPHEN RUDOLPH hen my mother-in-law was still with us, she lived next door, but she lived alone. We had built a duplex home so my in-laws could live next to us and age in place while we were nearby to assist. We made efforts not to intrude on their lives, and we would even call them before we went over to see them. After her husband passed, we were concerned about keeping tabs on her physical safety and emotional health. My wife is a registered nurse, so she could help her mom with her diabetes, her nutrition and other ailments. She also made certain her mom saw her physician on a regular basis. However, not all elders live close to their children, and sometimes they go without any help from their neighbors or friends. Thats an unsafe situation, both physically and mentally, so if you know someone who lives alone, please help that person by giving him or her your time. According to the Pew Research Center (pewresearch.org), U.S. adults ages 60 and older also are more likely than their counterparts around the world to live as a couple without young children at home. Almost half of Americans in this age group (46%) share a home with only one spouse or partner, compared 31% globally. Census figures suggest about 14 million seniors are aging alone. According to a post by senior care referral agency A Place For Mom, elder loneliness resulting from living alone can result in health complications, increase the rate of dementia, increasing unhealthy habits and higher instance of elder abuse. Senior isolation is both common and dangerous and while living alone doesnt inevitably lead to senior loneliness, the two often go hand-in-hand, it points out. If you are not close enough to your

elderly loved one to check in regularly, perhaps a friend or neighbor can do this or you can hire someone. Meal delivery and cleaning services might also be a good idea. A home care company in the area that specializes in home care for the elderly could assist. If your loved on requires a bed with railings and/or appliances that assist them to remain in their home you can contact a durable medical equipment (DME) company. My mother-in-law lived to age 90 and wore a necklace that would allow her to call for help if she fell. When she fell the first time, we were able to be with her within five minutes. If there is tension between you and your loved one, now is the time for forgiveness. Mathew 6:15 says But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Providing this kind of care to your loved one can feel like a burden on your shoulders. But remember that as children, your loved one did not have a very easy time caring for us. (Thats especially true for someone like me!) One way to check in regularly is starting some rituals you and your elder can enjoy together.

For example, you could enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast with them once a week or take a car drive, pray together, read together or watch TV together. My wife and I enjoyed playing cards with her mother and her mothers husband and preparing a meal for them at least once a week. You could encourage them to do some exercise because it is good physically and emotionally. Plan to visit with them as often as you can, especially if you live nearby. Encourage your family members to visit as circumstances permit. And if your loved one has grandchildren or great-grandchildren, encourage them to visit, too. In their innocence, children secure great wonder and joy from elders because of their life experience and their wisdom that comes with age. The point is to carve out some time for them each week to do something together you both enjoy.  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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Jim Ottney and Jay Hatheway found that sitting in their garden surrounded by plants was a safe and enjoyable pastime during the COVID-19 pandemic. While they have one of the largest lots in Stoughton, they agree that gardening can be any size.

Tending the garden and your well-being After months stuck inside, getting out and enjoying nature is beneficial in many ways Story by Molly Carmichael - Photos by Emilie Heidemann and Molly Carmichael


elf-proclaimed “Earth Mother” Jane Qualle has been gardening nearly her whole life.

Now retired, Qualle spends her days tending to her Madison-based, chemical free garden. Pulling tens of feet of creeping charlie out of the dirt, adding

to her compost bin and keeping an eye for the deer who stop by from Cherokee Marsh are just a few of her usual tasks. And while it sounds like hard work, Qualle has found gardening to be a lifelong hobby that keeps her stress levels down and her body active. And

she’s not alone, as others around the area have found gardening to be a particularly helpful tool to get through these difficult pandemic months. For Stoughton couple Jim Ottney and Jay Hatheway, these months of social distancing have provided a

great opportunity to be active outdoors, and some time to take their gardens to a whole new level. Retired public health worker Barb Hill turned her restlessness during the COVID pandemic into activity in her garden, and finding calm in getting back to nature. The benefits of gardening go beyond having fresh produce at hand or catching the eye of a passerby. While being cooped up in her home and isolated from friends because of COVID-19 guidelines, Qualle said that tending to her garden kept her feeling happy during a time when much else wasn’t. But it doesn’t take much experience or Earth Mother status to feel these same effects. Gardening, especially after this past year, can help seniors boost their spirits, stay active and take a step back from the screen to connect with one another. Jonquil Nelson, founder of Sage Gardeners in Bozeman, Montana, is currently featured on the AARP website for her work with seniors and gardening. She said growing plants has a powerful effect on seniors, and she encourages them to plant seeds indoors “because it starts this sense of hope.” “It’s something to do every day, to check on it, water it, look forward to something -- food on the plate,” she says. “It’s powerful.”

Soul-calming work Qualle jokes she doesn’t let guests leave until they compliment her garden. Her yard during the spring and summer months is full of vibrant perennials such as butter-yellow daffodils, flourishing hostas and marigolds -- but these serve a purpose greater than wooing visitors. Continued on page 12

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No garden? No problem Not everyone has a spare acre or so, but there’s no need to have a full-blown garden to reap the overall emotional and physical benefits of getting outside and gardening, said UW-Extension horticulture outreach specialist Julie Hill. “I don’t think everybody has to have a vegetable garden in their backyard,” Hill said. “But just having those kinds of interactions with plants and nature in any way that we can is really beneficial.” Just keeping a few low-maintenance plants in your home can be helpful. Madison-based gardener Jane Qualle said she always keeps a few sturdy plants inside year-round to brighten up her house. One of those is a Christmas cactus which she’s had for nearly 50 years, as well as some hardy jade plants that can survive a few missed waterings. She explained that keeping these easygoing plants around is a great way to bring those soothing aspects of her garden indoors, but also not have to worry if she leaves for a vacation.

Madison’s Jane Qualle has found gardening to be a particularly helpful tool to get through the pandemic months.

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GARDEN TENDING from page 11 Growing up, helping in her mother’s garden and begrudgingly pulling weeds was one of her least favorite chores. Today, she says digging into the ground and scouring her yard in search of random thistles or dandelions is quite therapeutic. For Qualle, this connectedness takes a spiritual form -- digging into the dirt isn’t just a way to get the ground ready for her perennials. A self-proclaimed “Earth Mother,” she said it helps remind her to take care of the Earth and enjoy all it has to offer. Qualle said even a quick peek out of the window to see her blossoming flowers, butterflies dancing around and the more than occasional deer will soothe her anxieties. She said it’s the best way to destress and decompress after a long day -- or from just being stuck inside. “It’s sort of meditative,” she said. “It’s a chance to just set off the rest of the world and just enjoy nature and what have you.

“The Earth is just like everything to me, so when I’m out and I’m able to dig in the dirt and everything, it just calms my soul,” she added.

“The Earth is just like everything to me, so when I’m out and I’m able to dig in the dirt and everything, it just calms my soul.” - Madison-based gardener Jane Qualle Over the past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has turned normal life upside down, Qualle could find much-needed solace in her garden. It was a way to ease her mind and stay busy and not fixate on things she can’t control, she said. “What better stress release than to be in touch with Mother Earth, to dig into the soil and appreciate what Mother

Earth has to offer us?” Qualle said. “It has a way of turning off my mind and just letting my mind wander into things that are positive and happy. “I am on the verge of 70 years old, and I can’t believe it because I feel like I’m 35.”

A needed break Even before 2020, Ottney and Hatheway found gardening to be a great way to shake off the work day. Ottney, a retired graphic designer, and Hatheway, an Edgewood College professor, use it as a way to break away from the screen and put a pause on stress. “When I’m out gardening and just away from the rest of the world it is really, for me, always a very relaxing activity,” Ottney said. “Even when it was hard work, it was still kind of a distraction from everything else going on in life and not worrying about my work life.” The calming, zen-like effects of

Jane Qualle has kept busy in early spring, pulling weeds and preparing her garden for another growing season.

gardening have been “amplified” during the pandemic, he said. There weren’t many activities besides sitting around the house all day and worrying. And for folks who are looking to get started, Ottney thinks there are two things to keep in mind: size and budget. “Gardening can be any size, but you need to know what your budget is,” Ottney said. “You have to understand that gardening can be expensive, doesn’t have to be, but it can be and you need to know how much you want to spend,” Ottney said. Start with a few things and work from there. It can be laborious, he said, more so for those who aren’t retired or working from home and will need to squeeze a lot of projects into the weekend.

“I am on the verge of 70 years old, and I can’t believe it because I feel like I’m 35.” - Madison-based gardener Jane Qualle Then again, for those who are looking for some extra cardio work, gardening can provide that. Hatheway said he’s never liked the gym and found gardening to be a better form of exercise -- especially now that it’s closed, he quipped. “It was very, very, very useful during quarantine,” he said. “It gave us an opportunity to get out of the house and do something physical and make stuff nice.” It’s never repetitive exercise, he said. Sometimes there’s bending down to weed, other times there’s crouching to dig into the dirt -- but it’s never the same thing like running on the treadmill for a half-hour or doing bench presses and stressing his body out. Sitting in their pergola, surrounded by vibrant tulips,

hostas and other perennials, Ottney and Hatheway said that the best summer evenings were spent in their pergola, with a glass of wine, a plate of cheese and a view of their hard work. And since most entertaining and relaxing pastimes have been out of the question over the past year, the garden served as the primary way for the two to escape the home office drudgery and connect with one another.

Keeping busy during COVID Hill said when the pandemic hit last March, she knew she’d be stuck at home for the next few weeks. When it began to warm up, and that began to turn into months, she said her routines grew fuzzy, her husband a bit restless. Luckily for Hill -- an avid volunteer and treasurer at Anderson Park Friends, a community garden in Oregon -- her sprawling flower and vegetable garden behind her home helped her maintain a sense of “normalcy.” She had a set of tasks ahead of her each day. Sometimes that entailed chasing out Japanese beetles with soapy water, scanning the garden for weeds, checking the perimeter for evidence of pesky gophers or just tending to her tomatoes and onions. Gardening has always been a way for Hill to keep herself busy and active, she said. But as a senior, it was crucial over this past year, as lockdown forced many senior centers completely halted in-person events and clubs. Like many of her peers, she said she found calmness right in her own backyard, and is looking forward to getting back to gardening as spring approaches. Hill said being able to immerse and lose herself in gardening work was the best way to relieve any type of anxiety.

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Boosting mind, body and spirit The benefits of gardening go beyond having fresh produce at hand, catching the eye of a passerby or upholding routine during a pandemic. Gardening and getting outside doing nature-based activities can help seniors boost their minds, bodies and spirits, said UW-Extension horticulture outreach specialist Julie Hill. Extensive research has shown a positive relationship between getting out in nature and reducing stress, she said, and studies have found those who take time to tend to plants or take a quick walk through a forest preserve can have less negative feelings. Getting fresh air, surrounding oneself with plants and being out in the sun can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, Hill said, particularly during the pandemic. Gardening and nature-based experiences can also be a great way for seniors to stay physically active and healthy. Hill said for seniors with physical disabilities or injuries, gardening might be an ideal exercise option with modern technology. For example, container gardening -- using pots and other receptacles as planters -allows seniors to keep things at standing level or put them in a wheelchair and walker-accessible locations. Opting for raised beds rather than ground planting is easier on the back and knees, Hill said. There are alternatives, we can still do gardening, even if we dont have a lot of mobility, she said. On top of the obvious benefits of exercising through gardening tasks like lifting pots or pulling weeds, getting outdoors can boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and heart rate. Hill said that being outdoors and taking part in nature-based activities can also foster a sense of connectedness. Even for those who do not consider themselves spiritual, it can create a bond to the Earth and just a general sense of belonging, she said. This connectedness to the surrounding environment is important, given how difficult it can be to make social and emotional connections these days. Its that feeling of connectedness that I think nature brings out in us, she said. Its not necessary to be religious, but still, some people are very connected to their faith and these experiences help with that.

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GARDEN TENDING from page 13 Oregon. There she helps maintain the park, choose what produce to plant and donate some of it to food pantries around the community.

Community gardens Seniors looking to combine their love of gardening with community service might be interested in volunteering at a local community garden. Community gardens contribute to the overall well-being of a neighborhood by increasing access to healthy produce and helping to foster social bonds between residents, according to a report by Public Health Madison and Dane County. Places like the Anderson Park Friends in Oregon or the Sugar River Edible Gardens in Verona are always welcoming new volunteers to help maintain and run the gardens. Garden club Joining a club is a way to meet other gardening enthusiasts, share tips and tricks and take part in service projects. The Wisconsin Garden Federation has several locations, including four different locations in the greater Madison area. Most clubs meet monthly for members to plan civic beautification projects, learn about horticulture, address sustainability concerns, make garden crafts, arrange flowers and take garden tours around the state. Wisconsin Horticulture Based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension, Wisconsin Horticulture connects and educates gardeners and nature lovers throughout the state. Master gardeners lead conversations on topics like tree diseases, testing for soil health and dealing with pests Many programs are virtual and available through local community centers, libraries and the Wisconsin Horticulture website, hort.extension.wisc.edu.

Through this community gardening, she is able to feel connected in a more literal sense. This past summer, she was able to work amongst other volunteers in a safe, distanced outdoor environment--all while facilitating donations throughout Oregon and Brooklyn. Jane Qualle keeps a few hardy plants around, like this Christmas cactus, as a low-maintenance way to brighten up her home.

She said the smell of the damp ground, feeling the dirt in her hands, hearing the birds chirp and feeling the sunshine on her back while digging put her at ease. “For me, it’s just one of the things I love to do, and if you love something, it’s not work,” Hill said. Hill is an avid volunteer at Anderson Park Friends community garden in

While it seems the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, Hill said that gardening is a way to take back some of that control. With gardening, the possibilities and personal benefits are endless, she said. “Because of the pandemic a lot of people felt that they lost control over their lives,” Hill said. “They’re suddenly being told to do this, do that, or you can’t do this, you can’t do that, but with gardening, there aren’t really any ‘cant’s.’ You could try anything.” 



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For better health, see more seafood To Your Health BY KARA HOERR


s a dietitian who works with families with picky eaters, I frequently hear the long list of vegetables, textures or flavors disliked by kids. But the one food that tops the list for adults and kids alike is seafood. Regardless of whether or not you like seafood, most of us arent eating enough of it. Federal dietary guidelines recommend adults eat at least two meals containing seafood per week (or eight ounces per week). Most of us average less than three ounces per week of seafood. The reason for the low intake is partly because we simply arent familiar with it or know all the different types of seafood available to try. Being in the Midwest, certain fish just arent readily available year-round or can be intimidating to try Im looking at you, shellfish. Even if youve ruled out all seafood, its a pretty diverse category, and there might be some types or preparation methods you havent tried yet. So we know we need to increase our consumption and theres a reason why dietitians are encouraging folks to give it another try. There are several essential nutrients in seafood (such as choline, selenium, calcium, vitamin D, zinc, and iron) with the standout nutrient being Omega-3 fats. Its not found in high amounts in many other foods, making it all the more important to give fish a try. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in most fish, specifically EPA and DHA, have been shown to have a big impact on long-term health. These healthy fats have a significant role in brain function, eye health, and heart health. It is essential for developing kids brains and nervous systems and it

may help reduce cognitive decline in aging adults. The main hurdle still is how to incorporate seafood into your meals in a way that works for you and your family. Here are some ideas that may help. If youre currently not a big fish-eater, start mild. Cod, tilapia, and salmon are all milder in taste. Your family may be more on board for trying one of these fish when its used in a familiar dish already, such as tacos or mac and cheese. Fish can get pricey, especially when its not in season, but dont let that deter you from getting your weekly intake. Keep it budget friendly by using canned tuna or salmon, which is often less expensive than fresh. This takes away the prep work and is a fast way to add protein into your pastas, salads or on sandwiches. When out to eat, choose a new seafood entree or appetizer for the entire table to try and share. Itll give you an idea of what that type of fish tastes like and how you could prepare the fish at home later, if you discover you like it. Try out new seafood recipes with familiar flavors or use familiar recipes

but swap out the protein. For example, taco seasoning, soy sauce and ginger, barbecue rubs, or lemon pepper are familiar flavors you can add to fish. Or swap out a familiar protein for seafood add clams or shrimp to your favorite spaghetti or alfredo sauce, use cod instead of chicken in a curry dish, or create a burger using tuna or salmon. If getting enough fish in your week sounds daunting, think outside of dinner. Try adding smoked salmon to a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast, add canned fish to your scrambled eggs, make a frittata or quiche using crab meat, or have a packet of tuna with crackers for a snack. Just dont forget the breath mint! Here in Wisconsin, a Friday fish fry is a great place to start. From there, challenge yourself to add another serving of seafood throughout the week. Be adventurous you might be surprised what seafood you like!  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 kara@karahoerrnutrition.com, or call 608620-4461. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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Sturgeon Bay writer tells of fathers WWII heroism 40 Thieves on Saipan

Joseph Tachovsky with Cynthia Kraack Regnery Publishing ISBN 978-1684510481



oe Tachovsky’s father Frank mentioned being in World War II, but it wasnt 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 fathers World War II mementoes, 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 wars bloodiest battles. In 40 Thieves on Saipan, Tachovsky brings to life the antics and humor, horror and heroism of his father, Lt. Frank Tachovsky, later retiring as colonel, and

his men who spearheaded the invasion of Saipan June 15, 1944. Tachovsky sought out his fathers 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.

unit. Lt. Tachovksy lauded Duleys heroism, both as a soldier and a Marine.

Tachovsky and Kraack were able to tap into the poignancy of his fathers Marines, showing their human side as well as their unselfish performance in battle, many making the ultimate sacrifice. Tachovsky tells how his fathers thieves liberated alcohol from Navy stores, stole a captains jeep and acquired chickens and pigs for an impromptu barbeque. Even more remarkable is how Don Evans recruited talked 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

While the numbers speak for themselves 300 Japanese soldiers surviving from a force of 30,000 and 3,000 American dead and more than 13,000 wounded its the Marines personal stories of valor and sacrifice that make the book. That makes 40 Thieves on Saipan far more than a history. Its 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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Protect your property from nursing home care costs Estate Planning BY DERA L. JOHNSEN-TRACY


any individuals and families are concerned they might require nursing home care in the future and that it could deplete the hard-earned assets of their estate. The concern is genuine. The national annual median cost for a nursing home facility is $93,075 for a semiprivate room and $105,850 for a private room, according to an annual Genworth survey. Those with limited assets can get the cost of this care covered by Title 19, also referred to as “Medical Assistance” or “Medicaid.” But this joint federal-state welfare program has

limitations for income and assets.

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Certain assets are exempt, or not treated as “countable” assets toward the limit, which in Wisconsin in 2021 is $2,000 for unmarried individuals or $2,000 for a married applicant and up to $130,380 for the spouse.

The three most common methods for protecting assets are giving assets to your children, creating an irrevocable Medicaid asset protection trust and acquiring long-term care insurance.

The most common exempt assets are your homestead, your automobile, household and personal items and prepaid burial arrangements. Be aware, however, that Wisconsin will be able to make a claim on your entire estate at your death, and also on your spouse’s estate at his or her death, for reimbursement for money the state

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Aging men and women may be tempted to eschew home cooking entirely. After all, there are plenty of convenient frozen or take-out foods available that can be whipped up in a snap. However, there are certain benefits to cooking your own meals. John Moore, DO, an Aetna medical director and senior health specialist, says that cooking can be good for helping to stave off cognitive decline. Dr. Moore notes that, when cooking, the mind is put to use following a recipe and learning new skills and tasks. Furthermore, cooking for oneself can boost seniors’ self-confidence, reassuring them that they can handle an important daily task without having to rely on their family for meals. As long as it is deemed safe (i.e., no sign of cognitive decline or forgetfulness), seniors should be encouraged to continue cooking.



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There are so many ways we can help Fitchburg couple in third year delivering for Meals on Wheels Story by Neal Patten - Photos by Mandi Miller


fter several hospitalizations later in life made cooking for herself more difficult, Kathy Lyngaas mother benefitted from home-delivered meals.

While Lyngaas was thankful for how that service provided for her mother, as a mom herself raising two sons while working full-time, she didnt have much extra time to volunteer to give back. That was until just after she had retired, when she saw an ad seeking help for a Meals on Wheels delivery program, posted by Fitchburg Senior Center volunteer and nutrition site manager Mandi Miller. As she was familiar with the service because of her mom, she decided to volunteer. Her husband Rick was also interested in helping deliver meals, and they thought it would be fun to work together. Theyve now been delivering meals together for about two and a half years, helping their neighbors in need -- and having a blast at the same time.

Kathy and Rick Lyngaas

When people can pair up to deliver meals, whether it be a team of spouses, or a team of friends, it makes the volunteer experience so much more fun and doable, Miller said.

Q&A with Kathy and Rick Lyngaas What is the most rewarding part of this volunteer work?

What is the shift of a meal volunteer like?

Delivering meals to people in some cases helps them remain in their homes, maybe just while recovering from an illness, but in other cases for longer periods of time. That will be important to us some day as well.

We have a consistent assigned schedule. When we arrive at the Senior Center to pick up meals for delivery, the amazing kitchen volunteers have already packaged meals for the people on our route. We load the coolers in our car and off we go, following the list for our route.

Helping others is very satisfying and we feel lucky to be able to do it. What is the most challenging part? Its not really challenging -- its easy to do and the senior center staff are very supportive. It is sad sometimes when one of the people we delivered to regularly is no longer on our list and we hear that they need more care or have passed away.

Usually I drive and Rick drops off the food. We try to greet and see each individual receiving a meal, although that has been more challenging during the pandemic. Once we finish, we take our coolers back to the senior center and record our time and number of meals delivered. If we encounter anything of concern, the staff are available to follow up.

Did you have to stop volunteering for a while due to the pandemic? No, we chose to continue during the pandemic. We were more careful -we used masks and gloves and left meals on porches instead of going into homes -- but most of the people receiving meals are not in regular contact with lots of other people, so we felt the risk was minimal. What would you say to someone interested about volunteering? There are so many ways we can help each other in our community -- there is surely something that is a good fit, even if its not delivering meals. We owe it to each other to do what we can when we can.

For more information on Fitchburg Senior Centers Meals on Wheels program, visit fitchburgwi.gov/639/Meals.

The couple, who will be married 45 years this August, deliver meals on Fridays two to three times per month and fill in for other drivers when they can. Each route takes about an hour. The Lyngaases usually do the country route near Williamsburg Way and down through Dunns Marsh unless they are filling in for someone. They have helped so much during the pandemic by picking up routes and being such solid volunteers, Miller said. They are so easy to work with and are willing to go with the flow of whatever comes up. Im so fortunate to have such amazing volunteers. 

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How To Help Want to volunteer? Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers are needed from 10:20-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Volunteers deliver hot meals to the Fitchburg Senior Center’s clients, who are mostly home-bound. The time commitment for each route is about one to two hours, and you can be reimbursed for your miles if you choose. If interested, email volunteer manager Mandi Miller at mandi.miller@fitchburgwi.gov or call 608-270-4293.

Benefits of Meals on Wheels According to the Fitchburg Senior Center website, benefits of Meals on Wheels include: not having to find a ride or drive to buy food, not having to walk through a store to find food, not having to stand beside a hot stove to prepare a meal, not having to wash dishes after eating, not having to plan a menu and not having to think about preparing or shopping for food.

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Eat more Wisconsin cheese...

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Flaky Parmesan Palmiers

Wisconsin-Style French Onion Soup

1 box (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed 1 large egg 1 tablespoon milk 5 ounces Sartori SarVecchio® Parmesan cheese, finely shredded and divided (13/4 cups) 3 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper, divided

5 tablespoons butter, cubed and divided 3 pounds medium onions, halved and thinly sliced Salt and pepper 1 teaspoon sugar 12 ounces lager beer 4 cups (1 quart) beef broth 8 ounces pretzel rolls, buns or bread, cubed 10 ounces Blaser’s Mild Wisconsin Brick cheese, shredded (21/2 cups)

Heat oven to 375°F. Unfold one sheet puff pastry on a lightly floured surface; roll out pastry to a 12 x 9-inch rectangle. Whisk egg and milk; brush over pastry. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup parmesan and 11/2 teaspoons pepper. Score a line lengthwise down center of pastry with a knife. Tightly roll up pastry to score mark, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Tightly roll up remaining long side until the rolls meet. Brush inside each pastry roll with egg wash, and press rolls together to seal. Wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for 30 minutes. Repeat steps with the remaining puff pastry. Cover and refrigerate egg wash. Cut each pastry widthwise into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices cut side down 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan. Bake for 12 minutes. Flip pastries. Bake for 2-3 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Curried Chicken Salad Sliders 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup mango chutney 1 tablespoon curry powder 3 cups shredded cooked chicken 6 ounces Renard’s Cherry Cheddar cheese, diced (11/2 cups) 1/2 cup chopped salted roasted cashews 1/2 cup diced red onion 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple 12 small dinner or Hawaiian rolls, split Whisk the mayonnaise, mango chutney and curry powder in a large bowl. Stir in the chicken, cheddar, cashews, red onion and pineapple. Cover and refrigerate salad for at least 1 hour. Fill rolls with salad mixture.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a Dutch oven over low heat. Add onions; cook, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in sugar. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 35-40 minutes or until onions are deep brown, stirring frequently. Gradually stir in beer; allow soup to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes. Stir in beef broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes longer or until broth is slightly reduced, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, heat oven to 400°F. Melt remaining butter; toss butter with pretzel bread on a 15 x 10-inch baking pan. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until bread is toasted, turning once. Ladle soup in eight ovenproof serving bowls. Top each with bread cubes; sprinkle with brick. Broil 3-4 inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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