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for Boomers and Beyond

Take Aim at the Flu More Vaccine Choices Are Available Getting vaccinated is still the No. 1 way to avoid the flu—a sometimes deadly disease. And these days there’s more than one way to get the vaccine. That’s good news for people who don’t like shots, are allergic to chicken eggs or want extra protection from the disease. What are your options? You can get a flu vaccine (called the trivalent vaccine) that safeguards against three strains of flu virus. This vaccine comes in a standarddose shot as well as a high-dose shot for people 65 and older who may need even more protection from the flu. You can get a standard dose of vaccine that is: • Grown in eggs. This vaccine is approved for anyone 6 months and older. •

Grown in cell culture. This vaccine is for people 18 years and older.

Egg-free. This is available for people 18 years old to 49 years old.

You can also choose a vaccine (called the quadrivalent vaccine) that will ward off four flu viruses. You can get this vaccine in two ways: • As a shot. • As a nasal spray. This is available only to healthy people 2 years old to 49 years old. Who needs the vaccine? Nearly everyone 6 months and older can, and should, get a flu shot. It’s especially important for people at high risk of complications from the flu. This includes: • People with chronic medical conditions. •

Pregnant women.

Children younger than 5 years old.

Adults 65 and older.

If you live with or care for people at high risk, including infants younger than 6 months, you should get a flu vaccination. People who have had a severe allergic reaction to eggs or to the flu vaccine might need to skip vaccination. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

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“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

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Carl Bard

Thought Relationships Taste Inspiration

Humor Advice Health Community

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

3 Jackson Hospital’s Health News 6 Publisher’s Letter 8 Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens 9 Sandy’s Dandies Southern Cookbook 10 Dating Advice How to contact an “Old Flame”? 11 Becoming a Contemporary Grandmother 16 BOOM! Cover Profile 20 What are You Giving Away Today?

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Features 24 SEX?

How Sex Boosts Your Brain Function...

28 Nursing Home... New Technology Will be Beneficial

22 One, Two, Three... Dr. Michael Bowman

38 Bucket List Adventure

26 Are Your Retirement Accounts Safe? Ask an Elder Law Attorney

Charleston & Wild Dunes Resort

27 MANE’s Raise the Roof 2014

Departments 12 This and That

Now You’re “In the Know”

44 {12} Things

30 This Holiday Season Give the Gift of Better Hearing

46 Greg Budell

Solutions for Bored Boomers


32 “Strengthen Your Core...” 33 Mood BOOSTERS! 34 Oh, and buy some hand sanitizer! with Brandt McDonald



37 Don Sawyer, Joins Gallery One

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41 The Gift of Hospice

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42 Essential Oils with Tracy Bhalla

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BOOM! The River Regions 50+ Lifestage Magazine is published monthly by River Region Publications, 6398 Eastwood Glen Pl., Montgomery, AL 36117. The phone number for voice and fax is 334.523.9510. Copyright 2014 by River Region Publications. No part of this publication can be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in BOOM! The River Regions 50+ Lifestage Magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.

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Publisher’s Letter

Newlyweds Forever November is a month when we stop and reflect on all the things we’re thankful for. In the United States, its the freedoms many have fought and died for. In our faith, its the liberty we have to worship our God, freely. In our love, its the people, the relationships that matter the most to us, family, friends and those in need.

The mission of BOOM! is to serve the folks of the River Region age 50 plus with information and ideas to inspire new experiences, better quality of life and new beginnings.


Jim Watson, 334.523.9510

Associate Editor Kelly Watson

Contributing Writers Sandi Aplin Elisabeth Cole Archer Tracy Bhalla

Dr. Michael Bowman Greg Budell

Stacey Burling Lisa Copeland Lois Joy Johnson Deborah Long Brandt McDonald Leigh Anne Richards Katie Slade Brittany Spahr Wina Sturgeon Raley L. Wiggins Susie Wilson Kathy Witt

Cover Photography Kim Bethea The Studio @ EastChase 334.239.3196

For me November has a special meaning. Jackie and I were married one year ago on November 9th. The time has moved through our lives quickly and sometimes we had to hold on to each other just to slow it down...but all is Jim Watson, Publisher good, very good. I’m not sure how long the term “newlywed” is supposed to apply to a marriage, but Jackie and I are still enjoying the newlywed phase and since we got married as sixtysomethings, I’m hoping we never outlive it. Happy Anniversary Jackie! This issue is has many interesting articles for your reading enjoyment beginning with our Cover Profile. Susie Wilson is someone that loves serving children with disabilities and what makes her approach unique is she does it with another love of hers, horses! She has been involved with MANE for many years and has enriched the quality of life in the River Region through her generous time and efforts to serve others. She’ll inspire your thinking when it comes to service and you might find yourself enlisting on her team of volunteers. I think you’ll enjoy her story and I hope you’ll share it with others. Some other topics we cover this month are Sex and your brain, nursing homes and technology and becoming a contemporary grandmother. Oh, there’s a short trip to Charleston and mood boosting foods and the value of using essential oils...and many more good reads from folks like Greg Budell who has a unique money tradition with his daughter; Brandt McDonald will provide financial insight for you and your money and Leigh Anne Richards has a little help this month from Boo Archer on “Core Values” and much more...So sit back and enjoy your copy of BOOM! (either digital or paper). As always, thanks for being part of what we do. Your comments are the most valuable part of publishing BOOM! each month. Please continue sharing, I love to listen. Remember, you can read and share the Digital & Interactive BOOM! online at Thanks again for being part of our BOOM! Community. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!



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Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens This holiday season marks the 23rd anniversary of Fantasy In Lights® - named one of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler - Fantasy In Lights features 8 million lights stretching more than five miles, creating 15 larger-than-life holiday scenes. You can experience the light and sound extravaganza on the “Jolly Trolley” or by driving through the lighted scenes in your personal vehicle. The sparkling, animated displays include Snowflake Valley, a winter wonderland filled with enormous snowflakes and thousands of white lights; Magical Christmas Garden with a 24-foot wreath entrance; and Santa’s Workshop, showcasing animated versions of Santa’s elves busy making toys for the big night. Two “don’t miss” scenes are on Robin Lake Beach and are both narrated: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Nativity. Each lasts approximately 10 minutes. Special Dates for Fantasy In Lights 2014: Friday, Nov. 14 is Pet Night. Bring your pet and peruse the brilliant lights by personal vehicle. Santa Claus will be available for pictures. Saturday, Nov. 15 is Motorcycle Night and Sunday, Nov. 16 is Bicycle Night. On November 21 will be the grand opening for the 23rd Fantasy In Lights season and will close on Sunday, Nov. 23 for foot traffic only for the March of Dimes Night Walk to benefit healthier babies. Fantasy in Lights runs from Nov. 21 through Dec. 30. Purchasing tickets in advance, meaning prior to the day of visit, is strongly advised and provides discounted price. Advance ticket prices* start at $17* for adults and $8.50* for children, children 5 and younger are always admitted for free. Tickets purchased on the same-day of visit are $28* for adults and $14* for children, and will be sold on a first-available basis. For more information visit or call 800.463.6990.


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Just in Time for the Holidays!

“Sandy’s Dandies Southern Cookbook has just been published by Sandra Neville Shell of Lake Martin. She always loved to create meals and bake for her family and the idea of this cookbook, which began in ninth grade at Cloverdale Junior High. has finally been completed, our Mother, has always loved cooking. She started this cookbook as a project in ninth grade at Cloverdale Junior High in Montgomery, Alabama. She has poured her heart and soul into this cookbook, and never imagined that she would actually have a published cookbook. We were very privileged as children because we arrived home every day to a home-cooked meal. Not only did we have a meal full of vegetables, meat and bread, our Mother always had some type of delicious desert. She baked more than one cake a week because we ate like ravenous pack animals. Her cooking is delicious and we know you will love this cookbook with all her delightful recipes.” Sandy’s Children To order a copy of Sandy’s Dandies vist or call 334.857.1887

Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake from Sandy’s Dandies Cookbook 2 c. graham crackers 1½ c. canned pumpkin 1⁄3 c. pecans, finely chopped 1½ T. lemon juice 5 T. butter, melted 3 T. light brown sugar 4-8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened 1 c. granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 4 eggs Praline Topping: 1 c. brown sugar 1⁄3 c. whipping cream ¼ c. butter 1 c. confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 tsp. vanilla

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a bowl until well blended. Press mixture on bottom and ½” up sides of 9” springform pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Beat cream cheese and next two ingredients at medium speed until blended and smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add pumpkin and lemon juice, beating until blended. Pour batter into prepared crust. (Pan will be very full). Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour, 10 minutes or until almost set. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven with door closed, 15 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven and gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan (Do not remove sides of pan). Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours. Remove sides and bottom of pan and transfer cheesecake to a serving plate. For Praline Topping, combine first three ingredients in a 1 qt. saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Gradually whisk in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Let stand 5 minutes, whisking occasionally. Immediately pour slowly over top of cheesecake, spreading to within ¼” of edge. Garnish, if desired

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With Lisa Copeland

How do you contact an “Old Flame”?

Dear Lisa, I have a dating question. I have been dating a guy for a little over a year and our original relationship has morphed into more of a friendship. I want it to be more and he knows that. There is no sex between us. I told him that I thought sex was a natural part of a relationship so he understood that was “in a relationship” and sadly, I doubt that either of us would consider we were in one. He occasionally will treat me like a girlfriend, and gets quite jealous of other fellows but we never cross that line. We are both in our mid 60s and I just need to know for sure if I should just stop seeing him or move on since he is not trying for a relationship with me? We are sooo close but he just won’t take it any further. I hate playing games but have thought maybe I should just pull away and see if he will take the step. It would be too awkward to have “the talk” at this stage. He has always known what I want. I have had patience but need to find my last lifetime partner. Please advise. _Cuddles Cuddles, Men are very honest about what they are thinking. He obviously likes your companionship and friendship. Either he’s not interested in an intimate relationship or it’s possible he has some type of sexual dysfunction going on that he may be embarrassed to share with you. If you are okay with a friendship knowing this is all he is capable of, then stay. If you want more, don’t play games with him. Share with him what you’d like in a relationship. Then ask something like, “What are you looking for?” The ball is in your court now and it’s up to you to decide if what he’s able to give is enough for you.

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Dear Lisa, How does a young, 70 year old woman whose husband of 42 years passed away 3 years ago go about initiating contact with an old flame? We’ve had no contact for over 40 years and I don’t know what his status is, I would just like to contact as an old friend but I’m not sure how to take the first step. I have only an address and phone number. I keep getting stuck at, “What do I say after I say hello!” Your thoughts? _Mary Ann Mary Ann, The easiest way to make this connection is by asking a friend to bring the two of you together. If that’s not possible, look on Facebook and see if he is on there. If so, you can either Instant Message or Friend him. See if you can get his email address from someone you both know. You can write an email or if you’re brave, call him and say something like, “I was looking at old yearbooks and saw your picture. It brought back some really nice memories and I was wondering what had happened to you. I asked around and so and so gave me your number so I thought I’d call to see how you are.” Most people love reconnecting from their past. The key is not having any expectations other than to say hi to an old friend. Let me know how it goes.

Dear Lisa, I have met someone and we have been together ... for three months, it has been so intense with the texting aspect, day and night. I have fallen in love and lost reason, and I cannot manipulate the relationship. He is still seeing his girlfriend of over a year. This is probably

the warning sign, but he has seemed so full-on with us, and I have become that way too, and now he has me, and when I become more demanding of him, he backs off saying he only wants a casual relationship, can’t commit and is still seeing the girlfriend. Can you advise me, about my stupidity? Thanks Lisa. _Michelle P.S. Your site is wonderful and what a sense of hope you provide us Michelle, Thank you for your compliment. As for your question, I’m sorry to tell you this but this man is using you. Run NOW ... don’t walk; find a true quality man to date who only wants to be with you. Men are super honest about what they want and this man’s been clear telling you he’s not looking for anything more than a casual relationship with you. You can’t change him and when you really think about it, I’m sure you’d agree you don’t want a man who thinks its okay to have a girlfriend on the side. If he did it to his old girlfriend, he’ll do it to you too and you deserve so much better. Lisa Copeland, “The Dating Coach Who Makes Dating Fun and Easier after 50!” Find out more at (c)2014, Lisa Copeland, Distributed by MCT Information Services

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By Lois Joy Johnson

Becoming a Contemporary Grandmother...Six Tips

Hold on to your Spanx, girlfriends. We’re going where no grandmother has gone before. Role models like Jane Seymour, Carole Middleton, Kris Jenner, Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Williams and Suzanne Somers have reinvented grannyhood with attitude, extra love and nonstop sizzle. Skip the mom jeans and support hose, the buns and bifocals (unless they’re leopard readers). We new Glam-mas bake kale, wear Lululemon and neon Nikes, dance like Beyonce, sing along to Katy Perry and Skype when we need a major grannie fix from far away. Want to know how to be a sexy, contemporary grandma? A few tips:

CREATE BALANCE Signing on as a grandmother does not mean you’re the designated baby sitter, available at the first ping. Go on with your own life: Stay in shape mentally, physically and emotionally. Sign up for Zumba or swim at the Y, read your Kindle, shop for shoes, spend an hour on Facebook, audit a film or art class, volunteer at the local shelter, meet friends for lunch, garden or walk in the park. Leave the guilt behind. GO BEYOND ‘GOOD FOR YOUR AGE’ There’s no stopping hormones and genes, but you can control the impact on your appearance and attitude. Don’t bother trying to look like you’re 25. Every day there will be a new diet pill, miracle cream, fitness craze and fashion trend to learn about and ignore. A Glam-ma doesn’t

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need cosmetic surgery, fillers, a personal trainer, nutritionist, salon spray tan or designer wardrobe. She can DIY with body shapers, sunscreen, good skin and hair care, daily exercise and a healthy diet. Clean up your act.

TEACH BY EXAMPLE Have friends of both sexes and all ages around. Bring in takeout meals with newfor-them foods, and taste everything. Insist on etiquette, but laugh your head off, too. Defuse arguments and tantrums with hugs.

BE A MAGNET FOR GRANDKIDS Get rid of frown lines, stained teeth and agespotted skin. These three things make us look angry, unapproachable, old and unhealthy. Botox your forehead crease or, for a cheaper alternative, cut camouflaging bangs, whiten your teeth with drugstore strips, and banish brown spots at the dermatologist. You can go lighter on foundation and your flawless hands will rock any shade of polish _ even shimmery mermaid blue.

Be a nouveau tech wiz, but teach them chess and take them to museums. Know who’s singing on the Top-40 station, but turn on Chopin and jazz. Wear fitted clothes that show curves (granddaughters pay attention to body pride) and never fat-shame, age-shame or gender-shame anyone _ ever.

BE THE PERMISSIVE ONE Grandies are allowed to be sneaky, impractical and even naughty. We smuggle in crunchy veggie chips, dark chocolate kisses and forbidden s’mores; buy complicated dresses (read non-machine washable) with glitter, applique or sequin trims and ridiculous cashmere onesies for newborns to poop in. We get the longed-for puppy or kitten birthday gift and retro toys like Barbie, checkers and crayons. Unlike moms, we like the unexpected and the reactions they inspire.

REDEFINE SEXY It’s not just about looks, decolletage or your bedside manner, glam-ma. After 50, the combo of brains and beauty is crucial. Watch your weight, but bulk up your mind with current events, history and politics, as well as whatever’s new in books, films, the arts, science, food and technology. Your everyday conversation and appetite for life are what’s really super sexy. Plus, keeping your mind alive reduces depression, anxiety and the urge to blow your IRA on something crazy _ like a face-lift, new porcelain veneers, a 30-year-younger boyfriend or a house in Costa Rica. Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who is writing a book on how to be a sexy grandma.(c)2014, AARP Distributed by MCT Information Services

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The Quatuor Ebène Le Quatuor Ebène (The Ebène Quartet) is a dynamic group of young musicians utterly devoted to their artistry. The Quatour Ebène is one of the top three string quartets in the world. While some quartets are incredibly adept at one particular era or style — for example, the Baroque period (c. 1700-1850), the Classical period (c. 1750-1830) or the Romantic era (mid-1800s to early 1900s) — the Quatour Ebène’s true brilliance lies in its ability to take on any style within the classical genre and play it equally fantastically. The quartet has received glowing reviews in prestigious Greek Ladies Philoptochos Bake Sale! publications such as the New York Times and Gramophone, winning plenty of awards along the way. Not content within one genre, however, the members of the quartet are also avid and proficient jazz musicians. This is evidenced by the quartet’s jazz and pop album “Fiction,” which includes a wide array of covers, including music of The Beatles, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and the theme song from the film Pulp Fiction. Thursday, November 18, 7:30 pm in The Wilson Auditorium located in The Montgomery Museum of Fine Art ( For more information call 334-277-3505 or visit and

Attend Free Workshop

Wednesday, November 12, 2014: Free estate planning and asset protection workshop hosted by Red Oak Legal, PC at the Archibald Senior Center (MACOA) from 2-4 PM. This interactive workshop, presented by local attorney Raley L. Wiggins covers: wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, living wills, probate administration, protecting assets from creditors, bankruptcy, divorce and remarriage, nursing homes, long-term care and Medicaid qualification Registration is required: Call 334-625-6774 today to reserve your seat or register online:

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Fall Tablescape Get ready for autumn and the Thanksgiving season with a beautiful centerpiece using fresh greenery and other fall materials. Floral Designer Vickie Rockwell will demonstrate how and help you to create an elegant arrangement to grace your table. Bring clippers if you have them. All other supplies will be provided. $35 per person. Hills & Dales Estate, 1916 Hills and Dales Drive, LaGrange, Georgia. 10-12pm (ET). Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 706.882.3242 or visit The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

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A New Thanksgiving Tradition for Boomers Thanksgiving Day Brunch At The Oak Tavern, November 27th Hot Buffet Includes: Roasted Turkey W/ Giblet Gravy + Cornbread Dressing + Baked Tilapia w/Shrimp Scampi + Candied Sweet Potatoes Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes + Honey Dill Carrots + Green Bean Casserole + Bacon & Country Sausage + Cheese Grits Action Station Includes: Carved Ham + Carved Roasted Top Round of Beef + Made-to-Order Omelets & Waffles Cold Buffet Includes: Smoked Salmon Display w/Accompaniments + Peel & Eat Shrimp w/Spicy Cocktail Sauce + Salad Bar w/Assorted Dressings Assorted Chef Made Holiday Salads + Fresh Fruit Display + Dinner Rolls Two Settings 11am & 1:30pm, Piano Player Don Darby, Complimentary Champagne & Mimosas Adults $29.95, Kids 7-12 $14.95, 6 and under Free, Reservations Suggested 334-290-2124 Marriott Legends 2500 Legends Circle Prattville, AL 36066

Dr. Cheryl Carter Receives Superior Leadership Director Award Leadership Montgomery is pleased to announce the naming of Dr. Cheryl Carter as recipient of the “Superior Leadership Director Award” by the Alabama Community Leadership Network (ACLN). Carolyn Bryan, President of Leadership Montgomery commented on this announcement. “Dr. Carter is the outstanding example of an executive leader,” she said. “She has taken Leadership Montgomery to new heights during her tenure as its Director and we know our program will continue to have an amazing impact on our community and the development of its leaders, thanks to her guiding hand,” Ms. Bryan continued. In the past seven years, her contributions to Leadership Montgomery have been immense and lasting. In 2008, Dr. Carter developed the curriculum for the Torchbearers, the River Region’s young professionals’ leadership class. That same year, under her direction, Leadership Montgomery created and established Emerge Montgomery, the Young Professionals’ Membership Program of Montgomery with over 600 current members and alumni. During that same time, her planning and directing skills included the implementation of the curriculum of the Legacy classes for both Leadership Montgomery and the Torchbearers classes, both of which are annual programs.

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3 Cool Ways to Revive Tired Eyes Eyes can look swollen from allergies, too much partying, too much computer time, too much (or too little) sleep, or loose under-eye skin caused by heredity or aging. Whatever the cause of puffed-up peepers, here’s how to deflate them fast. Just head for the kitchen and . . . Slice a cucumber. Dermatologists aren’t sure what’s behind the anti-inflammatory effects of cucumbers, but here’s a possible explanation: The veggies contain a combo of mild natural acids that reduce water retention. Some beauty pros say cucumbers work best when they’re cold, which makes sense: Because cukes are 90% water, chilled slices are like delicate mini ice packs. Reach for the peas. Any bag of frozen food will do, but frozen baby peas have a way of fitting into the nooks and crannies around your eyes. Put a soft cloth around the plastic package to protect your skin from the frigid surface, then chill out for 5 to 15 minutes while the cold shrinks the swelling. Make a milk bath. Milk is a natural soother if eyes are irritated as well as puffy. “Just don’t use skim milk, since it doesn’t contain fat, one of milk’s most soothing components,” says New York dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD. Other ingredients in milk that calm swollen skin: protein, amino acids, lactic acid, and vitamins A and D. Pour milk into a bowl of ice so it gets really cold, saturate a clean washcloth, and apply to eyes for up to 15 minutes. Soak and reapply when the cloth loses its cool.

Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival Enjoy an unforgettable musical journey where the white sand beaches meet the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. During this festival, being held November 6-16th, Grammy Award winning songwriters and the up and coming stars of tomorrow come into the spotlight to perform original songs in multiple locations in beautiful Perdido Key and Pensacola, Florida and Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama. Festival attendees enjoy an up close and personal concert experience and are often able to learn the stories behind the songs as told by the original author. Venues of all kinds welcome over 200 songwriters that come from around the country and around the world. Whether you are looking for a “listening room” experience, a pleasant dinner and music venue, a family friendly musical adventure or a gritty roadhouse, FBISF has a place for you. Most venues are free to attend, a few charge a modest cover at the door. For more information visit or call 850.492.7664

Retirement Advice

Stay connected. I enjoy using the Internet. I follow the stock market quite a bit. I read a lot of newspapers online. It saves me money because I don’t have to buy a lot of newspapers, and it keeps me informed of world events. _ Anonymoussan Francisco, California If others suggest you’re too old to do something, thumb your nose at them and do it. Find what makes you happy and do it. _ Emily Kimballrichmond, Virginia Take control. People who retire by choice enjoy happier retirements than those who are forced to stop working, whether due to illness or layoffs. The difference in satisfaction levels can be seen for up to 10 years. Avoid the void. Take steps to make friends outside of your workplace so you don’t find yourself missing the daily social interaction. _ Anonymous Do for others, and you will forget your own ailments. That is a big thing with retired people; when you’re sick and you think negative thoughts, it just drags you down. You’ve got to get up every day with a positive attitude. _ James Kolbjacksonville, Texas (c)2014, Hundreds of Heads Books, Inc. Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Charity Jewelry Sale River Region Facial Plastics just celebrated their second year anniversary and is giving back to the community by hosting a Charity Jewelry Sale. Sale dates are November 3rd - 14th (while supplies last) from 9 am to 4 pm at RRFP’s office, 11253 Chantilly Parkway Court in East Montgomery. Items will include scarves, clutches, jewelry and accessories with prices between $5 and $50; however, most items will be priced under $20. Those who visit and purchase will be able to enter their favorite local charity into a drawing to receive 100% of the proceeds. “We believe every business should support the community in which it serves. Our entire staff independently volunteers in the community in some way. The Charity Jewelry Sale is the perfect fit for our staff and the community service component of our business model,” said Arla Chandler, RN and RRFP Practice Manager. For more info call 334.270.2003 or visit

Jay and The Americans From 1962 to 1971, Jay & The Americans charted an amazing twelve Top Ten records. Their first recording was “Tonight” from West Side Story, but their breakout hit song was “She Cried.” The group’s next chart hit was “Only in America,” followed by top ten hits, “Come a Little Bit Closer,” “Cara Mia” and “This Magic Moment.” “Some Enchanted Evening” holds the record for most copies sold of this legendary musical masterpiece. In 2002, Jay & The Americans was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, placing them among the greatest vocal groups in Rock ‘n Roll history. Of the four performers, three are original to the group. Thursday, November 13 @ 7 pm. Enterprise High School Performing Arts Center. For more information call 334.406.2787 or visit

A Can’t Miss Moments with the Grandkids Get ready for Season’s Greetings, Saturday, November 15 at 9 am! It’s a parade for Santa’s arrival at The Shoppes at EastChase! Grab the grandkids and welcome him in style with a festive parade and party! The day will include a parade for Santa, carriage rides, cookies and cocoa stations, face painting and performances by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Carriage rides will run from 11-2 p.m. The grand finale of the parade will include performances of “A Christmas Carole” by Alabama Shakespeare Festival on Main Street in front of Dillard’s. The annual tree lighting with Santa will be at 6 p.m. near the fountain and fireworks will follow immediately after. For more information call 334.279.6046 or visit After Thanksgiving Gift Card Giveaway: Friday, November 28. Shop at The Shoppes at EastChase on Black Friday and get rewarded! The Shoppes will be giving away a total of $3,000 in gift card giveaways—that’s a $500 gift card given away every hour from 10 am – 4 pm during Black Friday at Express, DSW and GAP. Photos with Santa: Have your picture taken with Santa! Starting Saturday, November 15, you may stop by Santa’s Workshop on Main Street to visit Santa. Kids can enjoy the excitement of being in Santa’s workshop while getting their picture taken with Santa. Saturdays from 11 am – 7 pm (Starting November 15), Sundays from 1 – 6 pm (Starting November 16), Friday, December 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. *Pet Night, Monday, December 22 & Tuesday, December 23 from 11 a.m. – 7 pm Wednesday, December 24 from 10 am - 4 pm The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

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Susie Wilson, the MANE thing! This month’s BOOM! profile is Susie Wilson. She is one of the leaders at the non-profit organization called MANE, where horses provide therapy for children and adults who have physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. The River Region is blessed to have someone like Susie leading this effort. She is both determined and enthusiastic in serving children and adults with limiting disabilities. Her philanthropic effort had an excellent role model in her late father-in-law, Jim Wilson Jr. Mr. Wilson not only left a positive legacy through his commercial success he also provided leadership in service to our community. Susie and her family reflect his philosophy of giving back to your community and we can all share in the benefits to the River Region’s quality of life. We know you’ll enjoy getting to know Susie, we certainly did.

Jim and I see eye to eye, sometimes in an “I Love Lucy” kind of way

BOOM!: Please give us a brief biography, i.e. where you’re from, education, what brought you to the Montgomery area, did you raise your family here, schools, married, family, etc? Susie: I was born in Westchester, New York; moved to Lincolnton, North Carolina at age 11, owned and showed American Quarter Horses, graduated from The University of Virginia, and met my husband Jim Wilson III while working in marketing/advertising in New York City. We were married in Rye, NY. Jim worked in the real estate finance division of a large bank in NYC, before he moved back to Montgomery to work for his father, the legendary developer and philanthropist Jim Wilson, Jr. Both of our daughters were born and raised in Montgomery and received an excellent education from The Montgomery Academy. Lillian graduated

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from Dartmouth College and is an information specialist with FOXNews in NYC. Occasionally, we get to see and hear Lillian live on Shepard Smith Reporting and on the @ShepNewsTeam Instagram posts. Wesley, an avid horseback rider, graduated from The University of Virginia and is a financial analyst with Stephens, Inc. in Little Rock, AR.

lives of those who have disabilities and their families across our nation.

I currently serve on the Board of Directors of MANE (Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians) which provides safe and affective equineassisted therapy for River Region children and adults who have physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. I also serve on the Advisory Board of the Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), based in New York and San Francisco. DRA has inspired cultural considerations and costeffective municipal adjustments which have had a tremendous impact on the

Susie: Thankfully, each phase of my life has presented new challenges and new circumstances, including new opportunities to make a difference in some way!

BOOM!: Many people over 50 are experiencing a renewed sense of purpose, new goals, new careers, etc. How would you describe this sense of renewal in your life? Any advice for the rest of us seeking renewal?

My husband Jim remains my priority, calling, and most amusing, fastest moving challenge!! My authority as a mother has practically disappeared, but my influence as Lillian and Wesley’s advisor has increased. MANE has been

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normal, self-reliant and meaningful ways. Susie: Montgomery has been blessed I have had a life-long passion for with outstanding citizens such as my horses, one of God’s most amazing late father-in-law Jim creations. My own horses have been Wilson Jr., who was beautiful, courageous, loyal friends brilliant, generous and teammates. I agree with American and creative, cowboy superstar Pat Parelli, who says and led others that the relationship between horse by his dynamic, and rider exemplifies “success without altruistic example. I have found that force, partnership without dominance, He developed God takes our acts teamwork without fear, willingness shopping centers of service and without intimidation, and harmony such as EastChase, miraculously turns without coercion.” office buildings them into our throughout our own comfort and BOOM!: How do you like to relax and city, and residential satisfaction!! My wind down? properties such as recommendation to Wynlakes, which all BOOM! readers Susie: To stay relaxed, yet ready, I try to enhanced lifestyles Wilson daughters (L-R) Wesley and Lillian looking for more study the Bible each morning with help and brought new comfort and satisfaction is to come from authors John MacArthur, Tim Keller, businesses to our area. He supported join me at MANE, where horses change or Mathew Henry. sports, education, and arts organizations lives! Everyone who participates in the as well as hospitals program benefits in some way – even At the end of the day throughout the the volunteers. My 82 year-young or when traveling, I Southeast. Most Mom is a MANE volunteer on a weekly read historical fiction importantly, Jim, Jr. basis. Although she is nervous around or thrillers. My motivated others to horses, Mom is an inspiration to other favorite author is my give financially, and volunteers and a tremendous help in cousin Dave Hosp, to work tirelessly, MANE’s office. We need gardeners, who has published 7 to make the River photographers, party-planners, grant gripping novels thus Region an even writers, and fund-raisers, as well as those far. His colorful, quickbetter place to live who will work with horses and assist with witted characters and grow. riders during therapy sessions. Since make me laugh out it often requires 3 volunteers for each loud or cringe in My Jim and his client to ride, volunteers are MANE’s terror. Besides Dave, brother Will continue biggest, best asset, and we always need my other favorite to honor their Jim and I love the outdoors. more! MANE authors are Colleen father’s can boast McCullough, Margaret George, and legacy and support about Edward Rutherford. If I am too tired to many important arts thousands read, I watch Netflix or downloaded TV and humanitarian of personal shows on my iPad! organizations. For victories, example, the New Park some BOOM!: Many of us in the Boomer residential development incremental age look forward to the time when the surrounds The Jim Wilson, and some kids are finally out of the house, on Jr. Elementary School and absolutely their own, or off to college, so we can The Jim Wilson, Jr. YMCA. earth experience that “empty nest” syndrome. shattering. What kind of experience has that been BOOM!: What are you for you? most passionate about? BOOM!: Susie: I am devoted to The Jumbo-tron caught the Wilson girls cheering The people Susie: We never looked forward to Jesus Christ; my wonderful for the Virginia Cavaliers at the Sweet 16! of the River our daughters “growing out” of the husband, through whom Region have always had a “giving heart” house. Jim and I faced the inevitable by God has chosen to bless me unceasingly; when it comes to supporting our nonappreciating the freedom the two of us my girls; my family; and helping those profit organizations. Why do you think had to spend more time together. who have disabilities, to function in more that’s true? I experienced a fairly seamless transition my philanthropic focus for the past 16 years, and there is always a new project or event on the radar with this organization. I plan to be involved with MANE as long as my gifts, time and energy are needed.

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into the emptyCooper and Olivia Williams Among other provisions, DRA has been nest phase. New spent an hour a week with the impetus for the existence of closedtechnology – cell me for almost a year. A captioned news and entertainment; phones, texts, and few years and Bible studies wheelchair- accessible taxis, subways, emails - has made later, God blessed me with and voting polls in NYC; educational staying in touch so Lain Hodges, who became strategies to teach those who learn easy. I was very my “Titus II” lady. Another differently; and dialogues concerning fortunate to be invaluable resource that effective emergency evacuation plans able to visit both Montgomery has to offer in large cities. I believe that investing daughters regularly for Christian growth is Bible in provisions for safety as well as during their college Study Fellowship (BSF). accessibility of normally occurring daily careers. Lillian was activities for those who have challenges, Lillian Wilson as “Silvia” in often on stage in Montgomery is a wonderful will increase the productivity and Two Gentlemen of Verona on the Main Stage of Dartmouth Theater Dartmouth Theater place to call home. We have profitability of our country’s human productions. I only missed one of her lots of caring people, good shopping, resources. plays– but I caught the rehearsal, just fine restaurants, special events, beautiful prior to opening night! I cherished the weather, sports and all the arts/ BOOM!: Give us three words that time I spent with Wesley at my alma entertainment one can fit on a calendar! describe you? mater and watching her compete in horse shows in the Mid-Atlantic States. BOOM!: As you’ve aged, how have your Susie: Grateful, Joyous, Determined Now both girls have demanding careers ambitions changed? with even less time for parents. Gladly, BOOM!: Do you Jim and I were able to ease into this Susie: My new have any hobbies phase slowly. ambition is staying or activities healthy! More travel that grab your BOOM!: What is it about living in the and less routine attention? Montgomery/River Region area that you make finding time to like? work out daunting. Susie: In addition My new goal is to to my family, Susie: I am very thankful for the privilege exercise regularly philanthropic, and of living in a community where Judeofor better memory equine interests, Christian values are taught, esteemed and fewer aches and I enjoy tennis, and encouraged. I came to know Christ, pains. shooting, skiing, Wesley Wilson competing with her because I was surrounded by people who and Alabama teammate Game Face. patiently fed me The Word. God gave me I have another football. not one, but two, ladies just to teach me ambition that I am in the process of how to read and study the Scripture. Pat defining. It involves my interest in DRA.

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BOOM!: We know you’re very involved with M.A.N.E., please explain what the organization does and the value it provides to our community? What’s your role there and why do you serve? Susie: MANE offers a unique therapeutic interventional strategy that is literally irreplaceable. No other piece of therapeutic equipment has as broad a range of applicability for so many individuals. The horse’s movement and the warmth of the animal’s body provide a foundation for physical benefits for individuals who have muscle and movement disorders. When a rider straddles the back of a horse, the warmth of the animal’s body, combined with the three-dimensional rhythmical movement of the horse, helps to normalize muscle tone in the rider’s hips and legs. As the muscle tone becomes more normalized, the balanced reciprocal movement of the horse can provide a format for more normal responses from the rider. These responses, in turn, help to normalize muscle tone in the upper part of the body. Instructors use therapeutic horseback riding activities to take advantage of this more normalized tone to facilitate the development of more normal movements of the rider. The benefits the rider gains from the experience go beyond normal muscle tone and improved movement, however. Therapeutic horseback riding also helps improve balance, range of motion, and muscle control, as well as develop more efficient motor planning while strengthening muscles, joints, and tendons. The activities involved in therapeutic horseback riding have also been known to improve respiration, circulation, appetite and digestion. The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

Children experiencing many of the benefits of MANE

Benefits intrinsic to therapeutic horseback riding have also been noted for individuals who have visual or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, autism, or mental retardation. Mentally or emotionally challenged riders experience improved concentration, patience, self-discipline, motivation and interpersonal skills. These improvements provide a stronger foundation upon which traditional therapies can be more effectively implemented. The responses that a rider can elicit from a horse add some measure of personal control to the life of a person who is not able to participate in various normally occurring daily activities, increasing self-esteem and self-confidence. My role on the Board of MANE is the “beggar”! I am not the only one asking our generous community to make donations of time and/or money and/or in-kind services to MANE, but I probably ask more frequently than anyone else! I bring potential volunteers, donors, sponsors, riders, parents, and members of the media to MANE’s facility to see firsthand how horses change lives. If they can’t come out to MANE, I go see them! I also have a role as vigilant watchdog to make sure that every dollar is spent most efficiently and only as necessary. MANE most closely embodies Jim’s and my personal philanthropic philosophy

and represents everything that an outstanding non-profit organization should encompass - a “work smart” structure with very low administrative overhead, wonderful base of community and volunteer support, and a very high effectiveness index carefully documented with a variety of outcome measures. Indicators of the success of therapeutic riding come from rider and parent self-report of increased balance, coordination, muscle control, cognition, memory, motor skills, self-esteem and much more. When riders achieve greater mental and physical abilities and gain more control over their own lives, their care givers’ and family members’ daily activities become easier and they benefit emotionally as well as the riders. So, in my way of thinking, the impact MANE has on our community increases exponentially! Then, add to that sum the fact that every volunteer develops new skills; makes lasting friendships; and experiences some measure of personal growth, enrichment and satisfaction. In short, MANE embodies and reflects the very best of our Montgomery community. I am honored to be a part of the MANE program. If you have any questions for Susie, give her a call at MANE, 334.213.0909 or email To learn more about MANE visit As always, thanks to Kim Bethea from The Studio @ Eastchase for her professional cover photos. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please send them to

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What are you giving away today? One of the hardest times of life after you hit 50 years old is downsizing. The kids are gone, it’s just you and your spouse, or maybe you’re living alone. That home with the bedrooms and bathrooms and basement is just too big. The yard work is too exhausting, or too expensive to pay someone else to do. There comes a time when moving into a smaller space seems like a good idea. But once that decision is made, another reality hits home. What are you going to do with all your stuff?

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The problem with ‘stuff’ is that it seems to breed. You’re probably not a hoarder, but where did all this ‘stuff’ come from? No one wants to even TRY to pack all their stuff into a smaller space. But deciding what to do with it all is a serious issue. Here’s one solution that works well: use one room, or part of one room, as your giveaway site. For example, my friend Margie was moving from her big thingcluttered house into a two bedroom condo. Always logical, the first thing she did was to sell all the furniture in the guest room, leaving it totally empty. Next, she began filling it up. The lovely crocheted bedspread she never actually liked well enough to use went into what became her giveaway room. So did the delicate china figurines her daughter had collected as a child, but no longer wanted. The set of dishes Margie no longer used, the second computer that was only four years old but hadn’t really been used much, the plethora of plants that were a pain to care for, all that and more went into that no longer empty room. Then she began giving it away. Yes, she could have sold things. Some, like the sterling silver serving pieces, were actually worth quite a bit of money. But Margie said that giving these things away filled her with joy. It was as if she would go on, while those items were being used and treasured by new owners. She knows I have a big garden and several fruit trees, so she gave me her unused dehydrator. What a pleasure! I’d been meaning to purchase a new dehydrator for

a long time, and now I had one. The bulky salon hair dryer that rested in her master bath for so many years went to a woman who was opening a casual salon to cut and style neighbor’s hair in her basement. “I give something away every day, every single day,” Margie told me. Some things went to people who were nearly strangers. A familiar clerk at a local market had lost about 70 pounds on a diet. She asked if she could give him some gently used clothing, because he was now the same size as her deceased husband. The clerk, who didn’t earn a lot of money, could never have afforded the quality of the wool suits left behind by her husband. Though it was a wrench to give those clothes away, the man’s delight touched her heart. It was such a captivating idea that I decided to try it, even though I’m not downsizing. But I sure would like to get rid of some of the no-longer-used stuff taking up my space. After all, why does anyone need over a dozen bedspreads, even if they’re all beautiful and were very expensive? I have neighbors with six children; two of the bedspreads went to them. The decorative lamp and the small table it sat on went to a family that works in a nearby convenience store. Clinging to those things brought me no joy; I didn’t even really see them anymore. But each thing I gave away brought joy to others, and I loved seeing their delight at a mostly unexpected gift. It’s actually changed my life for the better. I find myself thinking about things I have, but don’t really need, that can add sunshine to the lives of others. I often wake up in the morning and take a moment of pleasure to think, ‘What can I give away today?’ At the same time, I’ve got so much more room that it’s like having a new house. The people I’ve given things to don’t even realize that they in fact have given space back to me. Wina Sturgeon is an active boomer based in Salt Lake City who offers news on the science of anti-aging and staying youthful at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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One, Two, Three... Presented by River Region Facial Plastics

One, Two, Three… Hello, This is Dr. Michael Bowman with River Region Facial Plastics. This month we are celebrating an anniversary and going into our third year Dr. Michael Bowman since River Region Facial Plastics’ grand opening. I would like to take a look at the things we’ve done over the last couple of years, and what is coming up in the future! We started River Region Facial Plastics to serve the many people around our home who want to look their best and desire a comfortable, private environment to experience the best products and services available for facial rejuvenation. Dr. Cawthon and I drew on our experience and passion to build a team capable of delivering an experience that would match the high quality results of our products and services. Since our doors opened, there have been many firsts. We are proud to be the first (and still only) facility in the River Region staffed entirely by board certified facial plastic surgeons. We have introduced new products and techniques to the area as well. Many of you BOOM readers have seen the before and after results of our QuickLift® procedure. In an hour or two, this face lifting type procedure gives the results of a full facelift but has the recovery of a minilift. We were the first QuickLift® providers in the state of Alabama and over 100 happy patients have helped freshen their look with the QuickLift®. Many of our patients are glad to know that we can safely perform the QuickLift® or other surgical procedure under local anesthesia in our office surgical suite. We have pioneered many wonderful new products. Sculptra®, a unique collagen stimulator and long lasting volumizer, has helped rejuvenate many faces around Montgomery and the River Region. At the end of 2013, we became the first practice in the area to introduce Voluma®. This long awaited and long lasting product is

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great for replacing the lost volume in the cheeks, temples, and brows. More recently, Artefill® has joined our lineup. Artefill® is the longest lasting filler that we have and can be used just about anywhere in the face except the lips. Because of its near permanent nature, Artefill® is a great choice for clients who have already tried temporary fillers and are ready for a longterm fix. Along with the new products, we have introduced the use of cannulas, which we use for the placement of fillers/volumizers like Juvederm®, Restylane®, Sculptra®, and Voluma®. This wonderful invention looks like a regular needle at first glance, but it is not sharp at the tip… it is blunt instead. This allows precise placement of the product without the bruising and swelling that accompanies the trauma associated with a needle stick. These cannulas have made bruising a very rare phenomenon at River Region Facial Plastics. The cannulas reduce the swelling as well, letting our clients get back to their regular routines even faster. Over the past three years, we have risen to become a Platinum Plus level Allergan partner. This means that we are amongst the top 5% of all Allergan accounts, and we are the only Platinum Plus account in the River Region based on injectables only. We also launched Radiant Skin Medical Spa, our skin treatment spa. Radiant Skin is staffed by our Medical Aesthetician, Amy Bierly, and offers a full line of treatments ranging from brow waxing and chemical peels, to IPL ‘laser’ treatments and dermaplaning. As exciting as the last couple of years have been, I’m even more excited about what is coming down the pipes! At Radiant Skin Medical Spa, we are pleased to be offering Dermapen® treatments. The Dermapen® is a micro needle device which is used for Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). The Dermapen® treatment is done after using a topical anesthetic so the treatment itself is quite painless. A series of 3-4 treatments can improve skin texture, tone, pore size and even improve deeper wrinkles in the skin of the face and neck. By the time you read this article, I’ll have had my second treatment.

In addition, we are excited to offer Cynosure® laser hair removal. Amy has been trained at the International Laser Institute and has years of experience in laser hair removal. Male or female, old or young, come see Amy to help get rid of that unwanted hair. As a part of our ever-present and ongoing refinement of our surgical techniques, I recently went up to spend a day with Dr. Dominic Brandy, the developer of the QuickLift® in Pittsburg, PA. He showed me some of his recent refinements and subtle adjustments. One of these refinements is the addition of the QuickLift® Extension, which is used to help get even more lift for our patients who have more pronounced jowling and heaviness in the neck. We are also developing an eye rejuvenation program, that we are calling “E2.” As has been said before, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” When we communicate with each other, we look each other in the eyes. For that reason, subtle changes and enhancements in the eyes can make a dramatic difference in your appearance. Because every face is unique, E squared (which stands for Eye Enhancement) is not a specific regimen, but more of a concept for rejuvenating the eyes. Your E2 program will combine different injectable treatments (as well as surgery, if appropriate) to help bring back the magic to your eyes. Finally, I am excited about becoming a certified trainer of Galderma Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Sculptra®, Restylane®, Perlane® and Dysport®. I will be a certified to train other physicians in my techniques of injectable rejuvenation. Thank you for your interest and support. I hope we will see you very soon! Yours in good health, Dr. Michael Bowman We want your input! Please call or email us with your questions or suggestions for next month’s column! 334.270.2003

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How Sex Boosts Your Brain Function...

New research shows it can improve your longterm memory, slow down aging, reduce anxiety & more. If you’re reading this, you’re likely old enough to know – and even appreciate! – something you may not have known when you were 20: The most important sexual organ human beings have is not located between their legs; it’s between their ears. Your brain is the seat of your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions. The slurry of chemicals, and the pathways they travel in your brain, help define your personality, and that’s pretty important in the bedroom. But while the brain has long been portrayed as command central, relaying orders to the rest of the body, the most recent science shows that the relationship is more subtle than this. In fact, the brain works in tandem with the other organs of your body. In other words, your brain can help your sex life but, conversely, your sex life also can help your brain. Can sex make you smarter? Earlier this year, a study done by a team of researchers at the University of Maryland found that regular sexual activity not only allowed for neurogenesis, or the creation of new neurons in the brain, but also improved cognitive function, potentially helping people think more clearly. We asked Dayu Lin, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and researcher at the NYU Langone Medical Center to explain, and she pointed out that the University of Maryland study was not the first to establish that sex incites neurogenesis.

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A study done in 2010 found that sexual experience causes cell growth in the hippocampus, a region of the brain that’s instrumental to long-term memory, explains Dr. Lin. This means sex can help prevent the decay that leads to memory loss and dementia. You glow, girl! Barry Komisaruk, Ph.D., and his team at Rutgers University have been studying female orgasms for 25 years. He and his team recently concluded a study that used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging, which measures brain activity by tracking changes in blood flow) to show that, in women, orgasm lights up as many as 30 areas

of the brain. Remember, those lights represent blood flow, and that blood is carrying a surge of nutrients and oxygen to your brain cells, which can definitely lead to a healthier brain. By contrast, crossword puzzles, sudoku, and memory games that are often used to stimulate the brain work only on localized regions. So, tonight, put down

the pencil and go for the – well, you know! Anti-aging benefits DHEA is a hormone that gets lots of news coverage as a supplement that may help fight the effects of aging. Turns out, taking DHEA may be risky for your health. In fact, the Mayo Clinic advises caution, noting that in high doses it has been linked to heart attack, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and recommends taking DHEA under a doctor’s supervision. But the good news is that you can naturally increase your production of DHEA with some good old-fashioned love-making, and this is a very good thing. This naturally-produced DHEA has been shown to improve brain function. And, according to a study done at the University of Wisconsin, DHEA may promote new cell growth, too. Bonus: DHEA supports the immune system and is good for your skin, too. So go for that afterglow! Nature’s tranquilizer “In clinical studies,” Dr, Lin told us, “researchers notice that sexual experience decreases anxiety levels.” There’s a good reason for this. When you have sex, your brain gets a delicious cocktail of hormones and

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neurotransmitters, including oxytocin (the bonding hormone), dopamine (the feel-good hormone), and serotonin (the serenity hormone), among others. Your brain generously shares this heady concoction with the rest of your body, and it acts as a powerful moodenhancer, increasing your sense of wellbeing and, ultimately, relaxing you.

says, “Orgasm is a special case of consciousness,” an altered state where you’re feeling, not thinking, so to speak. And the best path to a great orgasm is to keep our head in the game; to practice what is known as mindfulness – clear your mind and focus on the sensations.

In fact, according to Daniel Amen, M.D., the superstar neuroscientist who owns and operates the Amen Clinics, orgasm soothes the same part of the brain that is calmed by pharmaceutical antidepressants, which may be why depression is less common in people who have sex regularly. If you’re currently taking an antidepressant, be sure to let your doctor know if it’s interfering with your libido. This is a notorious side effect of some antidepressants, and if you’re experiencing it, your doctor will want to correct the problem. Sex or meditation? Women’s brains are designed for multitasking, which helps to explain why we can be thinking about the grocery list, that weird rattle in the car, or an argument with our daughter-in-law even when our man is trying to give us his best stuff. All this changes when we orgasm, however. As Dr. Komisaruk

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Having mindful sex isn’t just good for your relationship; it’s also good for your brain. Scientists now know that one of the areas of the brain most affected by orgasm is the same area that is affected by deep meditation, or the brain’s “religion center.”

More, more, more! Given the amazing health benefits of sexual connection, it’s all the more alarming that Americans are having less sex than they have in the past, and much less than people in other countries. While more than 80% of us believe that sex is important for our health and well-being, only 48% are satisfied with our sex lives, according to a Sexual Wellbeing study conducted by Durex in 2013. So how do we close the gap? The easy answer is to have more sex. In long-term relationships, dopamine levels can dip, meaning that sex is less exciting than it was when you first fell in love. But take heart! You can bring those dopamine levels up by trying new things together, and those things don’t have to be sexual. (Though they can be!) Visiting new places and trying new activities, like ballroom dancing or whitewater rafting, can increase your dopamine levels enough to make sex more exciting. Want an even easier point of entry? The Durex study suggests that for most of us – male and female – massage tops the list of things that would improve our sexual satisfaction. By Deborah Long Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Ask an Elder Law Attorney By: Raley L. Wiggins | Attorney at Law | Red Oak Legal, PC

ARE YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS SAFE? The golden years. Retirement. Most of kinds of retirement accounts are fairly us are saving for that day when we can well protected from other non-investment hang it up, punch the time clock one last risks. For example, retirement accounts time, and ride off to pursue the passions are usually managed by a professional we never seemed to have time for custodian who isn’t going to turn over your during our working years. We spend our money without the proper paperwork. working years contributing to one or more retirement vehicles among an alphabet But, all retirement accounts are not soup of options, whether it’s a CD, IRA, created equal. For example, a 401(k) is 401(k), 403(b), SEP or something different altogether. We look Attend Free Workshop: at our pay stubs and shake our heads as we add up all those Estate Planning & Asset Protection deductions for Social Security and Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Archibald Medicare benefits that (we hope) Senior Center, 2-4 PM. we’ll get the benefit of one day. Presented by: Local Attorney, Raley L. Wiggins, We stress about when to begin Red Oak Legal, PC drawing benefits, whether to “roll Topics: wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance over” one account to another, directives, living wills, probate administration, or whether we’re contributing protecting assets from creditors, bankruptcy, enough. divorce and remarriage, nursing homes, long-term care and Medicaid qualification All of these are great topics Registration is required: Call 334-625-6774 today to discuss with your financial to reserve your seat or register online: advisor. But, my job deals less with accumulating assets, and more with preserving what you’ve managed to accumulate. Which brings us to today’s topic: how safe are your retirement accounts?

The answer to that question depends upon what kind of retirement accounts you have, and what you hope to protect them from. Let’s start with something simple, the venerable Certificate of Deposit. Most people consider CD’s to be safe investments because they are not linked to the up-and-down swings of the stock market. But protecting yourself from a bad investment is not the same as protecting yourself from, say, a lawsuit, bankruptcy, or from someone who wishes to take advantage of you when (many years from now, I’m sure) you reach “little old lady” status. In those cases, a CD doesn’t offer much in the way of protection. Unlike a CD, an investment account like an IRA or a 401(k) may lose value—as anyone who was invested in the market in 2008 well remembers. On the other hand, these

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generally protected from being seized to pay a judgment (for example, if you are sued by someone who suffered a personal injury in your home). In addition, the money in these accounts is protected from being used to pay your creditors if you ever file for bankruptcy. By comparison, an IRA or Roth IRA isn’t treated the same as a 401(k). In the event of a bankruptcy, a maximum of $1 Million (adjusted annually for inflation) can be protected, while an unlimited amount held in a 401(k) or similar plan is protected. In some states, IRA’s only receive limited protection from civil lawsuits. Fortunately, in Alabama an unlimited amount may be exempt from being seized. Some retirees are less concerned with whether they will lose their retirement to a creditor, and more concerned with whether their children will handle the money responsibly. Many people choose to name a beneficiary of their retirement account, at least in part because they

feel as though the account will be safe from their children’s indiscretions. Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this summer that an Inherited IRA is not protected in bankruptcy, meaning that your hard-earned money could be used to pay a child’s creditors if they ever file for bankruptcy protection. Likewise, retirement accounts are not protected in the event of a divorce. When a couple separates, the divorce judge may enter what is called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) dividing the retirement account between the former spouses. For many retirees, their most valuable asset is their home. Most people celebrate the day that their mortgage is paid off, and they own their home free and clear. However, remember that a home is just another asset that can be at risk if something goes wrong. Unlike the generous protection provided for retirement accounts, Alabama law only protects up to $5,000 of equity in a person’s homestead (up to $10,000 for a married couple). This means that any equity in the home beyond that amount could be used to pay a creditor. Of course, as regular readers of this column will already know, almost none of these assets are protected in the event you require long-term care in a nursing home. In that case, most if not all of your assets must be spent on the cost of your care, particularly if you have not undertaken any pre-planning to protect your assets. As the end of the year rolls around, take some time to review your portfolio, make sure you understand how you own your assets, and ask yourself, “am I protected?” Raley L. Wiggins Attorney at Law, Red Oak Legal, PC 334-239-3625 | 401 Madison Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104

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MANE’s Raise the Roof 2014

Wintzell’s brings Seafood Celebration to MANE’s Poarch Creek Arena! Wintzell’s Oyster House prepared and served fresh seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico for MANE’s (Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians) Sixth Annual “Raise the Roof” Celebration on Thursday, October 16th. A fabulous array of grilled and fried oysters, fish, chicken, and shrimp, as well as bacon-wrapped shrimp, cole slaw, cheese grits, and other Wintzell’s favorites was elegantly served buffet style down long tables dressed in red linens. At an additional ice-filled food station, Wintzell’s staff shucked raw oysters as fast as MANE advocates could load their plates! All the food and the labor were completely donated by Wintzell’s Oyster House, courtesy of owners Bob and Buffy Donlon from Mobile, who attended the event. The festivities began at 6 pm. Approximately 300 guests parked along MANE’s Sensory Integration Trail and then climbed aboard a beautiful horsedrawn carriage. The Capital City Carriage Company transported party-goers, including Melissa Trehern and Elizabeth Black, in Cinderella style to the party scene. The MANE sensory trail itself spans more than 3 acres and has 8 carefullydesigned stations featuring activities to integrate sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch as well as providing opportunities to enhance gravitational security, balance, grasp release, and proprioceptive input while riders are engaged in therapeutic riding. The trail encompasses a beautiful memorial garden currently in full bloom; a Rotary sponsored covered arena; and an area filled with colorful “pool noodles” suspended in the air, which MANE riders love to giggle through on their steeds. The newest addition to the trail, a giant tic-tactoe game, was completed minutes before the start of the event by Max Koslofsky of MPK Designs, LLC and Trisha Mellberg. “Raise the Roof” helps MANE fund the construction loan on the building raised 5 years ago. Since 1994, MANE has been providing equine-assisted intervention for Alabama River Region children and adults who have physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. MANE moved to their picturesque Pike Road location in 2004 and completed the new facility in 2008. The facility houses The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

offices, classrooms, a break-room, a 15 stall handicapped accessible barn, The Kiwanis Korral (the resource room, where parents and caregivers can watch riders in the covered arena), The Kiwanis Kare Korner (horse washing/grooming area, tack room, and feed room), and mounting paddock, as well as the expansive covered riding arena, named for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for their generosity!

Ned Sheffield, Mike and Becky Bannan, William and Lynn Haynes, Anne and Beau Holmes, Charlene and Lex Holtsford, Bill and Julia Wallace, Lisa Temple, Bowman and Daisy Bear, Jim and Cathy Ridling, Bonnie Waters, Tina Brown, Gee Pinkston, Bill and Dee Coleman, Woody and Angie Rush, Cindy and Bo Torbert, Stuart and Noble Yelverton, and John and Mary Lee Yelverton with country hits.

MANE was honored to have many horse enthusiasts in attendance: the poised and beautiful Miss Rodeo Alabama Chelsea Maness, who volunteers at MANE each week and is adored by riders and Miss Rodeo Alabama Chelsea Maness, Buff and Bob Donlon (generous owners of horses alike, Wintzell’s Oyster House), and MANE fundraiser Susie Wilson champion After touring the barn area to meet the cutting-horse competitor Julia Beasley, horses, guests helped themselves to dressage rider Elizabeth Hunter and her the sumptuous Wintzell’s buffet and the husband Eric, professional trainers Sam troughs of beverages in the riding arena. and Susan Wainwright, Toni and Dickie Joe O’Hara, Wynlakes Golf and Country Flowers, Kim Alford, Anne Alan Jemison Club’s Chef and party-designer, once again and her husband Slaton and his parents created amazing centerpieces for the Susan and Mays Jemison, and Martha and dining tables. Pumpkins, pomegranates, Jud Blount. gourds, autumn leaves, grapes, barkcovered ornaments, and twinned branches MANE board members and spouses Jim were uniquely presented on tables draped and Beth Edwards, Kelly and Will Wilson, in red, yellow, and orange. Around the Frank and Jane McFadden, Michelle and arena, paddock and front entrance, Joe Chuck Parkinson, Jennie and Ronnie artfully arranged hay bales, pumpkins, Brown, Mike and Phyllis Ward, Heather Indian corn and colorful fall foliage. Two and Miller King, Cindy and Spencer state-of-the-art trucks from Stivers Ford Longshore, Cheri and Mark Jordan, Lydia added to the excitement in the arena. and Michael Beringer, Katharine and Mark Harris, and Susie and Jim Wilson III The Whiskey River Band from Tuscaloosa enjoyed the food, music, and connecting entertained their fans such as Ted and with friends. MANE volunteers appreciate Alison Hosp, Carl and Anita Bartlett, Ben the tremendous support and enthusiasm and Catherine Stakely, Colley and Mickey from our community and invite all to Griffin, John and Terri Mottran, Karen become involved with the program. For and Robert Granfeldt, Catherine and more information about MANE, readers Mark Davis, Kelly and Gaylon Thackston, can visit MANE’s website www.maneweb. Lucie and Frank Wadsworth, Janet and org or call 334-213-0909. R ive r Re gio n Bo o m . co m

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By Stacey Burling

Nursing Home meets Technology :-) seal named Paro. One gushed about the impact of individualized music play lists. Laura Hotinger, resident life coordinator for Kendal at Lexington (Virginia), called iPods “one of the biggest revolutions for activity programming.” One of her residents, blind, hard of hearing, and very anxious, cried when she heard her music through the headphones.

Nursing home recreation director selects a program from a computer with a Linked Senior program. Catagories include magazine, brain training, trivia, music and slideshows. (Michael S. Wirtz/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

Flower-arranging class at Barclay Friends, a West Chester nursing home with expansive gardens, was winding down when horticulturist Cheryl Bjornson pulled out her newest tool: a computer system called Linked Senior. It’s loaded with activities meant to appeal to audiences like Bjornson’s, 13 quiet, aged ladies with small vases of zinnias before them and one sleeping man.

stimulate as well as trigger memories and connect scattered families has only recently begun being tapped in a rapidly growing, but still small, number of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Companies like Linked Senior

To liven things up, Bjornson displayed a garden trivia game on a giant screen. A woman who used to work at Waterloo Gardens correctly chose the number of flower species (between 250,000 and 500,000). Her classmates clapped. Ninety-five-year-old Anna DiGati was a standout player, guessing the (Persian) origin of the word tulip and an unusual use for sunflower petals. Just for fun, Bjornson switched to a slide show of the animals that were apparently created for the computer. Yes, cats. Instantly, the ahhhs started. “Oh, that’s so cute,” one resident said. Computers permeate life for most of us, but their vast potential to entertain and

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and It’s Never 2 Late (IN2L) offer simplified gadgets and programming meant to appeal to people with limited exposure to computers and, often, brains in various stages of dementia. Some places are also using iPads and Wii games. A few are experimenting with a cuddly, interactive Japanese-made baby

“It’s a real change in how activities are done,” said Peggy Sinnott, Kendal Corp.’s director for health services. The Kennett Square-based organization is using Linked Senior in four of its facilities and IN2L in three. Barclay, an affiliate, has both. As baby boomers age, “we’re going to have computers in every room,” Sinnott predicted. The computers help long-term care communities offer more varied programming and more activities tailored to individuals. That dovetails nicely with the trend toward “personcentered” care and the growing realization that nursing homes should be caring not just for bodies but for souls. “Engagement” is all the rage these days, recognition that residents who join in activities that make them feel good are likely to have better health and behavior. When placed on an adjustable cart, the computers can be used for physical therapy. Residents forget they’re

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exercising if they’re enjoying playing games on the touch screen. The IN2L system also offers a flight simulator, a hit with aging pilots, and virtual biking. There are games to keep brains sharp and videos to help people calm down or reminisce. You can convert a family picture into a puzzle, “paint” a picture, or virtually visit your hometown. Linked Senior created localized slide shows of the Mummers and Amish country for Barclay. Skype is a big hit because it allows families to stay in touch.

people were. But the computers were too hard to use. It took nine years for the company to become profitable. The systems are now in 1,700 nursing homes, twice the total just 2 years ago. “It really has been a sea change over the last two years,” York said. Charles de Vilmorin started Linked Senior

“The residents just thought it was the coolest thing ever,” said Theresa Belczyk, an activities assistant at Holy Family Home in Southwest Philadelphia. She is 25 and estimates the average age of the residents is near 90. “ . . . It was hilarious.” One nursing home helped a resident watch her family open the presents she had bought them for Christmas. One woman in her 90s, who lived in a Brookdale Senior Living facility in Cleveland before her death, talked to her sister in another state every day by Skype. “They were never going to be in the same room again,” said Juliet Holt Klinger, senior director of dementia care for the organization, which runs 1,150 communities, “but they could see each other and have conversations daily.” Sunrise Senior Living, another large provider, began experimenting with computers two years ago. It is using structured programs like Linked Senior in 20 of its 270 homes and will soon start more pilots. Revera Health Systems, which operates nine facilities in New Jersey, is piloting Linked Senior. A Silicon Valley veteran, Jack York, founded IN2L about 15 years ago after he saw what happened when he donated computers to an assisted-living facility. Clearly there was a need. He couldn’t believe how disconnected the older The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

after observing his grandmother’s life in a facility in his native France. His company, based in Washington, D.C., is now in 200 locations, double the number 18 months ago. With 52,000 potential locations, there’s plenty of room for growth, he said. The obvious question is, “Why did this take so long?” Money might be part of it. Linked Senior costs $1,000 to $4,000 up front and, on average, $400 a month. IN2L has initial costs of $2,000 to $10,000 and an average subscription cost of $200 a month. De Vilmorin said many facilities don’t see engagement as a measure of care. What he hears is that “the organizations are in the care business and they’re not in the entertainment business.” Randy Griffin, a nurse who helps long-term care organizations improve dementia care, is blunter. People with dementia, she said, aren’t in a position to demand better care.

“It’s so easy just to do the same thing,” she said. “I can’t tell you the thousands of places that are doing the same old same old they were doing 30 years ago. Are they bathed? Are they clothed? Are they dressed? That’s it. “Who is this person?” Used well, the computer can help you find out. An Italian artist, who lived in a Vetter Health Services community, lost the ability to speak English as his dementia progressed. This summer, the staff showed him an IN2L art site that allowed him to “paint” on the touch screen with a blunt paintbrush. While he worked, they played Italian music. He painted for two hours. “He was singing and painting and smiling,” said Cameo Rogers, life enrichment coordinator for the Nebraska-based company. “It was incredible.” To calm one Catholic woman, a family videotaped the priest she grew up with saying the rosary, York said. Holy Family’s Belczyk said she uses the computers every day. It’s easier to start a conversation after the residents have watched a video of laughing babies or sung along with a favorite song. They like the trivia questions: How much did milk cost in 1912? Two of her residents play solitaire. It keeps one from sundowning in the afternoon. The other has trouble holding real cards. “The place is more alive,” she said. “I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent because of the computer. I think it’s because we can do so many activities.” IN2L’s York, who is, of course, biased, thinks baby boomers, who are making decisions for parents and will soon be residents themselves, will crave better use of technology. “Two or three years from now,” he said, “it’s going to be demanded.” (c)2014 The Philadelphia Inquirer Distributed by MCT Information Services

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This Holiday Season Give the Gift of Better Hearing The holidays are filled with great food, good conversations, and family and friends. However, for many people it can be a time of year when unaddressed hearing loss can cause them to feel alone and depressed. Even when surrounded by loved ones, the inability to hear and participate in the conversation can isolate them. If you have noticed that you or a loved one is becoming isolated during conversations because of hearing loss, schedule an appointment with one of our audiologist at Doctors Hearing Clinic (DHC) for a complimentary hearing screening. If hearing loss is detected from the complimentary hearing screening, a full diagnostic hearing evaluation will be recommended. With the results from the diagnostic hearing evaluation the audiologist can recommend the best treatment options in order for you or a loved one to be able to hear for the holidays. Hearing loss is one of the most unaddressed health conditions in the United States. When hearing loss is left untreated, it can lead to depression and isolation - a health issue that is already prevalent during the holidays. Additionally, studies indicate that unaddressed hearing loss affects quality of life, family relationships, increases the risk of dementia, and can affect almost every aspect of daily living. One of the most common treatment options for hearing loss are hearing aids. Hearing aid technology has rapidly advanced in the past several years. Hearing aids are digital, discrete, and are now able to fit a broader range of hearing loss than in previous years. Hearing aids come in a variety of styles that can allow sounds to come in more naturally and still provide the needed amplification. Additionally, some hearing aids can now connect to your iPhone®. The iPhone can be used as a remote microphone that can be placed on the kitchen table, or passed around the family room, and the signal will be sent directly to the hearing aids. Hearing aid technology also allows for better communication on the phone to

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help hear family members who aren’t in town for the holidays. Hearing aids can help everyone be able to be a part of the festivities and conversations this holiday season.

• Try rephrasing what was said if they didn’t catch it the first time. • When going to a restaurant, try to sit in a booth that’s away from the entrance or the kitchen.

Hearing aids are not the only solution to This holiday season try to be more aware hearing loss. Even though we HEAR with of the possibility that someone may be our ears, we understand with our brain. struggling with hearing loss and may be The ability for the brain to interpret the having difficulty following a conversation. message it hears is an important part of You can let them know that there are the hearing and understanding process. treatment options and you can also try There are entertaining brain retraining some conversation techniques listed applications or apps that can help you above. Some signs and symptoms of or your loved ones improve the ability hearing loss include: having trouble of the brain to hearing women and process sound children’s voices, and information. not being able to By Dr. Brittany Spahr and Dr. Katie Slade Contact Doctors understand the Hearing Clinic conversation in a to learn more restaurant or crowded about these fun room, and listening to and FREE apps. the television or radio too loud. While the listener, or For this holiday loved one with season, give the gift hearing loss, of better hearing! can address their hearing difficulties with Start by scheduling an appointment for hearing devices and brain retraining, the a complimentary hearing screening at speaker can also make some important Doctors Hearing Clinic. The audiologist modifications to their communication will determine if hearing loss is present, techniques. When loved ones are if so, a full audiologic evaluation will gathered around for the holidays it can be recommended. Following this often produce a noisy environment diagnostic test, the audiologist will be which makes listening to conversations able to recommend the most appropriate even more difficult. Here are some hearing aid and aural rehabilitation communication strategies to help hear options in order to provide access to for the holidays: better hearing for this holiday season • Face the person when you are speaking and many more to come. This year do to them, and keep your hands away not let hearing loss affect the joyous from your mouth when talking – most occasions, laughter, and memories made people with hearing loss use visual cues, this holiday season. Contact DHC at (334) lipreading, and gestures to help fill in 396 - 1635 to schedule an appointment what they may have missed. to make sure everyone around the table • Turn down the radio or television to can enjoy the holiday festivities and be a help avoid any additional background part of the conversations! noise. Content adapted from: • Talk clearly and slowly and do not shout pub.59/issue.1199/article.4963/ or yell at them. • Get their attention before talking to Authored by: Dr. Katie Slade, an ABA Board Certified them so they can better focus on listening Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Brittany Spahr, a Doctor of Audiology and a fellow of the American Academy – knowing where to listen is just as of Audiology, and Amy Davis, Doctoral Extern, important to the loved one with hearing University of South Alabama. loss.

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“Strengthen Your Core...” The core of our physical body is considered our powerhouse. It is a complex series of muscles, extending far beyond your abs, including everything besides your arms and legs. It is incorporated in every movement of the human body. Many of the muscles are hidden beneath the exterior musculature people typically train. Your core muscles are very deep muscles. We all strive to have a strong core because we are less apt to be injured if our core musculature is strong. As I was talking to my friend, Elisabeth “Boo Archer” one day she began to compare our physical core with our core values and how without our core values we are not a fit person and run the risk of mental or emotional injury. Wow- that was quite an eye opener to me because I deal with the physical body and the health of it. I want to share Boo’s thoughts with you about strengthening your core- just a different kind of core and a new perspective. “Listen Up Boomers” – Boo Archer, Life Coach Leigh Anne has emphasized many times the importance of “Core” body strength in her articles. Without the core, well, you wouldn’t be able to accomplish much. It is the trunk that holds your tree together! So this month I would like to talk a bit about another core part of you. This core determines WHO you ARE, what matters MOST to you, what your PURPOSE is, and it is crucial to know these things in order to establish permanent lifestyle change. They are your CORE VALUES.

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You see, we easily invest ourselves in what matters MOST to us. Many “Boomers” are extremely conscientious of their health, yet still struggle with making lasting changes that stick. The problem I see is that we are not focusing on WHY we are

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making these changes, or our reason for changing them is VAGUE or SUPERFICIAL. It lacks in its true value on a SOUL level-its true MEANING to us. A few questions I ask my clients to ponder may help you discover your CORE BELIEFS as well. When I have someone meet me with a healthy goal they wish to achieve, we collaborate and create an action plan. All it really becomes is a matter of the HEART, honestly!! For instance, I will ask them to 1) State their commitment. 2) What are you doing, or not doing now, that is holding you back from this commitment to yourself? 3) What would happen, or you perceive would happen, if you actually changed this behavior for good? 4) What are you afraid of? 5) What is it you honestly must WANT more than______? That last question is quite frankly, a very humbling one. You see, we may just want to be lazy! We may just want to take the path of least resistance, the one that feels good in the moment, the path that is just familiar! I have been there, done that, promise! You get me. What are YOUR Core Values for change? They

are different for us all, but I’d be willing to bet for a lot of Boomers, being fit and fun for grandchildren may be right up there...or how about having an active retirement, traveling, visiting children, being able to keep giving of yourself to others? These are the types of meaningful, life giving reasons people are able to use to make permanent lifestyle changes. You know, the longer we live, the more set we get in “our ways”. If “our ways” of changing for the better have NEVER worked - its time for some deeper insight as to why. And this can be a tough question for people to get to the root of. Once you realize why, and get to the core of what you really want for your life, for today and for years to come, it will “reframe your thinking”. You will focus more on the life you want, the one that matters to your heart, than the change and adjustments it may take to get there, no matter how physically or emotionally challenging. When you are having one of “those days”, you can refocus on that core belief, that heart of you, that matters. When you do that, it instantly motivates you because it ignites your passion for living. And isn’t that the goal for a healthy, happy Boomer? It is NEVER too late to be the best that you can be, permanent change is a matter of the heart, and as long as yours is beating, you can achieve your best life yet!!!! Elisabeth Cole Archer :) Life Coach Leigh Anne Richards, MEd, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, General ManagerMetroFitness. For any questions or comments, contact Leigh Anne at

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Five Food


Consider food’s purely sensory pleasures _ the cool, sweet slip of silky ice cream on your tongue; the spicy, aromatic complexity of a divine curry; the rich, crackly crunch of buttered popcorn. Along with a meal’s flavor and feel in your mouth, brain chemicals affect the joy you get from eating even before you lift your fork. Your brain releases dopamine in anticipation of eating good food, and that anticipation makes eating even more pleasurable, What’s more, certain foods, like these five, are blessed with compounds that lift your spirits.

1. Clams

Here’s a great reason to chow down at the clambake: Clams are packed with vitamin B12; low levels of that vitamin can lead to depression, as the brain needs B12 to make dopamine and serotonin. Depressed people who had low levels of B12 (and were taking antidepressants) felt much better 3 months after adding a B12 supplement. Bonus: even canned clams, including those in chowder, offer a B12 boost. If you can’t have clams every day, you can

get the vitamin from other seafood, including trout and salmon, as well as beef, chicken, dairy products, and fortified cereals.

2. Walnuts & Flax

Nuts and seeds, especially these two, are loaded with alpha-linolenic acid. In research from the Nurses’ Health Study, women who had the most ALA in their diets were less likely to be depressed. Here’s how it works: When your blood levels of ALA are low, so are you; low ALA levels fan the flames of inflammation, which has been linked to depression. What’s more, low ALA also decreases levels of the brain chemicals dopamine, which is responsible for feelings of joy, and serotonin, which inhibits anger and aggression.

3. Coffee

According to Nurses’ Health Study research, women who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day were about 15 percent less likely to become depressed; those who drank four or more cups were at 20 percent lower risk. We can probably

thank caffeine for the happy boost _ a psychoactive drug that works sort of like a harmless crack cocaine, increasing dopamine and serotonin transmission within just 30 minutes.

4. Chocolate

Woot! Here’s another great reason to indulge in rich, dark chocolate (the darker, the better): It’s loaded with chemicals, such as polyphenols, that might boost your mood (one polyphenol actually mimics marijuana’s moodboosting effects.). In a 2013 study, Australian researchers reported that volunteers who chugged the biggest dose of a dark-chocolate drink laced with zero, 250, or 500 mg of polyphenols, also got a shot of calm and contentment.

5. Apricots

These summery treats also are packed with vitamin B6, which a 2010 study says reduces depression in people 65 and older. And that’s not all: These bright yellow beauties contain the antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, higher levels of which are linked to higher moods. (c)2014, Prevention magazine Distributed by MCT Information Services


Oh, and buy some hand sanitizer! The scary month of October is not only reserved for the ghosts and goblins of Halloween. A ten percent stock market correction in the first two weeks of October is enough to scare anyone. And, it should serve as an important reminder to everyone that yes indeed there still is risk in the world. With a flood of headlines coming at us and extreme market volatility, what are the most important considerations we should all consider as we head into the final quarter of 2014? Regarding the global financial markets, there are really two sets of issues that we are grappling with: a slowdown in Europe and Asia and several unique and unpredictable stories that continue to develop with very low visibility. The European economy is clearly heading for a recession, if they are not already in one. The problem is that certain nations in the European Union are still in dire need of monetary stimulus – primarily the southern countries (Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, etc.) In the north, countries like Germany are not as eager to go along with a “money printing” exercise to support the entire union. Germany prefers fiscal reforms instead. In the meantime, the weak European economy is feared to spill over into the U.S. China continues to deal with its fractured, unregulated private banking system. And, Japan is pulling out all of the stops to generate any amount of growth. The United States is the only developed country in the world whose growth rate is accelerating. However, the current concern is that large U.S. corporations could begin to experience weakness in their end markets overseas. If that happens, it could lead to weaker revenues going forward and a subsequent drop in stock prices. The U.S. stock market is an incredibly efficient system when it comes to pricing in news that is yet to come. As a result, we saw a massive increase in volatility for the month of October that was primarily a result of global growth fears. A fundamental correction like this can be

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easily assessed and is often a bit more predictable and manageable. Unfortunately, the global markets have been presented with three very unpredictable story lines that I suspect are far from being resolved. with Brandt McDonald The Ebola virus has wreaked havoc in Africa and has now metastasized to the U.S., specifically Dallas, TX. As I write this, there have been no confirmations of infection in any other part of the U.S. The great fear is that if it shows up in another major metropolitan city, the U.S. could see a significant contraction in consumer spending. Specifically, airline traffic, hotel traffic, and overall foot traffic in highly congested areas (shopping malls) could see a precipitous drop-off that could certainly impact the U.S. economy in a negative way.

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ISIS continues its rampage across the Middle East and the on-going debate about America’s involvement in this new “war” seems to pivot around the idea that America might be forced to commit combat troops to the region. If and when this happens, the focus will be on the scale or the magnitude of America’s commitment of it citizens and resources to wage the battle. A re-allocation of these resources means less availability to promote U.S. economic growth. Vladimir Putin apparently still has his sights on the Ukraine and may be expanding his ideas of aggression to other Baltic states. Recently, he threatened to dramatically cut-off gas supplies to Europe. Russia continues to forge deeper alliances with other nations like China and Iran and has even begun trading in alternative currencies, completely by-passing the U.S. dollar as a vehicle of monetary exchange.

There is no question that we live in a world today where it is absolutely imperative that you have a thorough understanding of the types of investments you own, why you own them, and how they will react in various scenarios like the ways described in this column. As highlighted in last month’s column, a well-thought out, comprehensive plan is the only way you have a fighting chance at long-term financial success. The fourth quarter of every year is a great time to assess your overall situation. The fast approaching New Year is sure to bring change. A new congress will be committed to tax and regulatory reform. The U.S. Federal Reserve will contemplate changes to its interest rate policy. We have spent countless hours researching a whole host of scenarios that could possibly unfold in 2015. As we meet with our clients and conduct annual reviews, we continue to communicate our views and rationale around investment and balance sheet recommendations that address the current challenging global environment. To our loyal followers, I implore you to seek out professional counsel before the end of the year. Whether it’s with our firm or some other, find someone who you believe in, trust and have confidence in. Your future greatly depends on it. As I always say, never run with the herd, always be thankful, and look to the future with anticipation of what’s yet to come. Oh, and buy some hand sanitizer! Brandt McDonald, Managing Partner McDonald, Barranco & Hagen Wealth Management LPL Branch Manager Direct comments and questions to Securities offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC. The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. The opinions expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial.

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OCTOBER EXHIBITION: Gallery One Featured Artists

Model Boat Pond 30x24 oil on canvas Pam Wesley Copeland

Excess 40x40 mixed media Cecily Hulett

Island Resort 36x48 acrylic on canvas Don Sawyer

Petty Flash 4 48x36 oil on canvas Richard Mills

Finial 14x6 sculpture Ken Lever

Among the Woods and Waters 24x20 acrylic on canvas John Mazaheri John-Mazaheri

Team Work 14x11 oil on canvas, Anne Hugghins

View of Downtown 48x36 acrylic on canvas, Carol Barksdale

Not Over Yet 36x24 acrylic on canvas, Jane Segrest

Tosca Had Other Plans 36x24 oil on canvas, John Wagnon

The Gala 40x30 oil on canvas, Ginnylu Greene

Happiness Runs in a Circular Motion 30x24 mixed media on canvas Judith Ivy Hayden

Gallery One offers a wide selection of original art by gallery artist members. Style and price accommodate every taste and budget. As an Alabama not-forprofit cooperative gallery, Gallery One is actively engaged in the community.

Freedom 30x40 oil on canvas, Anita Westerberg

Endless Summer, 24x30 mixed media on canvas, Shirley Esco

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Art & Soul

Don Sawyer, Destin Area Artist Joins Gallery One Gallery One Fine Art is pleased to welcome Don Sawyer as a new member artist with our group. Originally from Dothan, Alabama, after high school graduation Half Drunk and Hollow Eyed 24x12 acrylic on board he attended Jacksonville State University for two years. Sawyer joined the United States Marine Corp in 1969, he served in Vietnam receiving two Purple Hearts, two Battlefield promotions, the Bronze Star with the Combat V, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam Service Medal.

There have been several turning points the last 15 years. He is the creator of the in his life. After returning home from internationally popular Hollywood Fish. Vietnam he met Glenn W. Turner Moving to Lake and moved to Jordan a few Montgomery. He months ago with went into the real Claire, his wife, is estate business, another turning our readers living point. in Montgomery Hollywood Bobby 12x24 acrylic on board Hollywood Bobby 12x24 acrylic on board in the mid 1970’s He is working on probably remember Don Sawyer Realty. a new series of dancers, musicians and He had one of the largest companies instruments and teaching private lessons. in Montgomery and was President of Sawyer says, “ I am excited about this the Greater Montgomery Area Board of concept and hope you are too.” Realtors when he was just 26 years old. Sawyers work can be seen on the In 1994, a temporary paralysis due to website Guillain-Barre Disease, was another life Don-Sawyer/ changing event which brought Sawyer back to his art for comfort and emotional support. Sawyer continues, “I am a colorist. My influences are Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, Monet and Renoir. These are the artist I have studied extensively. My style is a mix of all of them and is ever changing as I am still studying.” Sawyer operated galleries and shows in the Destin area for

Slapout Sisters 12x36 acrylic on canvas

Sandi Aplin, Director of Gallery One Fine Art A freelance writer living in Montgomery, AL

Don and Chipper, Vietnam

Don Sawyer shared,” Chipper, the service dog, was killed in action shortly after this photo was taken.” While in Vietnam, Sawyer used his free time drawing and wood carving. Sawyer says, “Art was important in those days, just as it is today, drawing and wood carving to pass the time as well as capture some of my experiences. Art records history for future generations.”

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Bucket List Adventure by Kathy Witt

Founded in 1680 as Charles Town, Charleston is South Carolina’s oldest city and famous for its aggressively preserved architecture, white-glove good manners and abundance of historic treasures, many of them tucked out of view. But you can see these and anything else you’ve got your heart set on when you visit; Charleston loves to show off its charms.

Charleston & Wild Dunes Resort

Walk through the doors of the Charleston Library Society, the oldest cultural institution in the South and the third oldest circulating library in the U.S., and enjoy some leisurely browse time among the stacks. Among the collections are letters from George Washington and DuBose Heyward’s handwritten manuscript of Porgy. With advance notice, you can go behind-thescenes and into the vault to see Colonial-era newspapers; the library has every colonial newspaper dating back to 1732, the year after the printing press arrived in Charles Town. “Whereas the late Printer of this Gazette hath been deprived of his Life, by an unhappy Accident, I take this Opportunity of informing the Publick, that I shall continue the said Paper as usual . . .” Elizabeth Timothy. The first woman printer and publisher in America and one cited by Benjamin Franklin for her business management style, wrote in The South-Carolina Gazette on January 4, 1739, upon taking over the newspaper from her deceased husband, “Whereas I flatter my self, that all Persons . . . will be kindly pleased to continue their Favors and good Offices to his poor afflicted Widow and six small Children and another hourly expected.” The steward for gems like this is bookbinder Brien Beidler, responsible for overseeing the repair and conservation of priceless tomes dating to the 15th century. Beidler writes about some of his favorite discoveries on his blog, a book bound with a pre-15th century medieval music manuscript; “An easy Method of detecting counterfeited Paper Currency” from the late 18th century; and a record of the first bookbinder mentioned in a city directory, Charles Morgan of Charleston (1782). Finding

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An aerial view of Middleton Place Plantation

these historical documents online is an unexpected treat; seeing them in person and perhaps even holding them in your hands is like touching the past.

Landmark situated on the Ashley River. The House Museum narrates the story of the Henry Middleton family and the slaves and freedmen who served it through original portraits, furniture and family belongings going back several generations to 1755. In one room, a silken copy of the Declaration of Independence (Arthur Middleton was a signatory) and South Carolina’s Ordinance of Succession (signed by Arthur’s grandson, Williams Middleton) hang on opposite sides of a wall. In another, a lady’s busy box hints at a homey slice of life long before electronics entered the picture. Family portraits by Benjamin West, known for his historical American Revolution-era paintings, are also in the museum.

Hidden away in the massive spread of gardens at Middleton Place Plantation, home to America’s oldest Visitors may take a guided landscaped gardens, tour of the house; tour are visually stunning the gardens by foot or garden rooms visitors by carriage; see the ruins simply happen upon of the main house and as they stroll the North Flanker burned by grounds. Accented Union soldiers just before with graceful statuary, the end of the Civil War; these rooms invite watch a blacksmithing, quiet reflection and weaving, spinning or other inspire photographers demonstration in the Stable both casual and yards; visit a freedman’s professional to capture residence, circa 1870; browse the symmetry and the thoughtfully stocked gift intricacies of the shop; dine on traditional landscape. No matter Lowcountry fare (she-crab the season, something soup, catfish stew, shrimp is always abloom, and grits) in the restaurant; centuries-old camellias and even overnight at the in winter; azaleas in 55-room Inn at Middleton Bookbinder at the Charleston Library Society spring; magnolias, overlooking the tidal river crape myrtles, roses and more in summer and where the rice plantation culture once fall. Flora scents the air year-round; especially flourished. intoxicating in early fall is the delicate, sometimes elusive aroma of the blooming Tucked away from the busyness of Charleston Fragrant Tea Olive trees. is Isle of Palms, a barrier island bordered In addition to the 65 acres of gardens, there is much to see at this National Historic

by beaches and marsh creeks and home to Wild Dunes Resort, a pretty, pastel-colored idyll ringed by palm trees. Staying here gives

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visitors to this part of South Carolina a chance to experience the best of both worlds: the cultured charm of Charleston and the more relaxed vibe of island living. Choose a beach condo; a studio, suite or even penthouse at the AAA Four Diamond-rated Village at Wild Dunes; or a room or suite at the oceanfront AAA Four Diamond Boardwalk Inn. At the heart of the resort is Village Plaza where you’ll find a grocery market, fitness center, Sand and Sea Spa and casual dining hotspots, the Lettered Olive and, a short walk away, the open-air ocean-side eatery Grand Pavilion Cafe & Bar. More formal dining is offered at the Sea Island Grill, located in the Boardwalk Inn and where Chef Jeff Miller performs nightly culinary magic with Lowcountry cuisine for seasonally inspired dishes: South Carolina moonshine tuna, truffle popcorn crusted scallops with sweet potato peanut puree, grilled Denver steak with black truffle croquette. You can be as lazy or active as you like at the resort, enjoying one (or more) of its four swimming pools, and attendant poolside service, water sports on the Intracoastal waterway, tennis, golf, biking, fishing, even a cruise on a covered pontoon boat to explore Capers Island where you’ll sit down to a cookout prepared for you on the beach. Of course, you can’t beat a day spent at the spa, and the Sand and Sea Spa offers several treatments steeped in scents reminiscent of the elements of the Lowcountry: earth, sun and fresh air.

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IF YOU GO Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau,, 843-853-8000. Charleston Library Society, Brien Beidler, director of the Bindery, teaches workshops on the art of the book, including bookbinding courses. There are currently no workshops scheduled, although Beidler is planning one for January, 2015. Check the website for dates and times. In the meantime, visit to see Beidler’s most recent finds from the archives. Middleton Place Plantation, There are also many special events scheduled throughout the year. Wild Dunes Resort, Special packages: Come One, Come Fall offers 20 percent off nightly rates for stays in the Boardwalk Inn and Village at Wild Dunes and select vacation homes and condos through Dec. 31, 2014. Arrive on Sunday through Wednesday and also receive a $25 dinner credit per day. See website for details and for information about other packages.

DON’T-MISS MOMENTS N Peek into the mid-1700s via colonial-era newspapers at the Charleston Library Society: ads for imported claret, a detailed report on hemp and notices like one placed by William Coote to “forewarn all Persons not to Trust (his wife Mary) on his Account,” since she “Eloped from her Husband on Thursday the 19th past, taking with her Money and Goods.” N Breathe and relax at Wild Dunes Resort in a Hatha yoga class with registered yoga teacher Laurie Clarke, whose specialty is adaptive and restorative yoga. The class will remind yoga practitioners why

they originally took up the discipline and leave beginners with the desire to master the downwardfacing dog pose. Clarke has been known to read to her students from a book written by her daughter, fellow yogi Carolyn Clarke. The read-aloud relaxation stories in Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids are equally effective on adults. N Spend the day sunning, swimming and shading in one of the new Boardwalk Inn poolside cabanas at Wild Dunes Resort. Enjoy the South Carolina sunshine, gentle ocean breezes wafting inland and a view that takes in beautifully landscaped grounds and a walking bridge spanning the pool. No need to rouse yourself for anything; you can order lunch and cocktails to be brought to you. N Lunch at Caviar & Bananas, more epicurean experience than lunch spot, this Charleston fave combines a gourmet market with casual eatery serving upscale foodstuffs, and boy, is it good: tarragon shrimp salad, pimento cheese BLT, duck confit panini, naked kale salad, Brussels sprouts coleslaw, carrot daikon salad, the list goes on and on. In the market find wines, chocolates, artisanal cheeses, and an espresso bar. It’s everything delicious under one roof, and that includes bakery goods and breakfast and brunch dishes. N Enjoy the best frites and flatbread you’ve ever salivated over at the Obstinate Daughter on Iles of Palms. Relax into a booth, enjoy the beachy decor and down an order of Geechie Frites served with salsa rosa and Obstinate Flatbread slathered with a decadent butterbean puree. Author, travel and lifestyle writer, and travel goods expert Kathy Witt feels you should never get to the end of your bucket list; there’s just too much to see and do in the world. She can be reached at or Distributed by MCT Information Services

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The Gift of Hospice:

Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end-of-life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted. Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available. No one likes to think about the end-oflife, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually.

One of the most important messages to help people understand is that hospice and palliative care helps patients and families focus on living. This specialized care and support helps make more meaningful moments happen for those facing end-of-life challenges. At the end of life, many Americans want to remain at home, surrounded by family and friends, free of pain. The hospice

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Montha time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care offer.

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If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now. One of the best ways to make sure you and your loved ones benefit fully from hospice is to talk about it before it becomes an issue. As the FIRST hospice in Alabama, Hospice of Montgomery has an unwavering drive to uphold the quality of care which it established with over 35 years of service to patients and families within a 50 mile radius in a 10-county service area that includes: Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, and Tallapoosa.

When a family is coping with a serious illness and a cure is no longer possible, it can be overwhelming. Most people don’t know where to turn for help. Hospice professionals deal with these challenging situations every day – that’s what they are trained to do.

Hospice provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life: comfort and dignity. Considered to be the model for highquality, compassionate care for people with a life-limiting illness, hospice care includes expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. Care is provided by an inter-disciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers. The wishes of the patient and family are always at the center of care.

Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, ALS and other terminal conditions.

team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family. Patients come to hospice facing serious illnesses of many kinds. Some hospice patients have cancer, while others suffer from heart, kidney or lung disease,

Founded in 1976 as a volunteer agency supported by the United Way, Hospice of Montgomery grew from a staff of two to a full team of healthcare professionals. Today the organization remains true to its founding principles. Hospice of Montgomery is still the River Region’s ONLY independent, not-forprofit hospice care provider; it is still guided by an all-volunteer board of directors comprised of highly respected community leaders; and Hospice of Montgomery is still proud to be the only area hospice supported by the River Region United Way. If you are considering hospice care, ask for us by name or just call Hospice of Montgomery at 334-279-6677 or visit us at

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Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. We can see 188 references to them in the Bible alone, the most famous being Frankincense and Myrrh of course. Also two of the most expensive.

There is documented evidence as early as 1550 BC that the ancient Egyptians were using oils both for treating ailments and for their aromatic scents. They were using an infusion method; similar to the one I told you about for storing herbs and spices in olive oil – steep it in there for long enough and the oil itself will be “flavored” by the plant that’s in it. This will not produce as potent an essential oil as the steam distillation method used today, (which was in fact discovered by the Romans,) but it is a method that you can do yourself at home and that, for cooking purposes, is most effective. High quality steam distilled essential oils can be pretty expensive, for example 1 pound of pure Melissa oil sells for $9,000$15,000. Although that sounds exorbitant, one must realize that to produce that 1 pound of oil you need 3 tons of plant material. Plus you only use a tiny drop at a time. Why use essential oils? A nutritional deficiency within the human body (which is the cause of most diseases,) is basically due to an oxygen deficiency within the cells. Essential oils are lipid soluble and are capable of penetrating cell membranes, even if those membranes have hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. The essential oil contains oxygen molecules that help transport nutrients to the starving human cells. By providing the oxygen needed, they also work to stimulate the immune system. They are also very powerful anti-oxidants and have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restoring balance to the body. You can find many websites dedicated to educating you about essential oils and their uses – which are many and varied. You can start with these if you like, I personally use both:

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You can use them topically - directly onto the skin, aromatically – diffused into the air, or internally – either taken in a vegetable based capsule, a drop in your water or tea, or you can use them in your cooking, which is what I’ll talk a little about now. One 15 ml bottle of essential oil contains approximately 250 drops of oil. When you consider that a buying a sprig or two of fresh rosemary in a supermarket will set you back $3-4 and you may only get to use it once or twice, then 8 or 9 cents for one single drop of essential oil, which lasts for an eternity if stored correctly, seems like a worthwhile investment to me. (Price quoted is based on current prices for Rosemary oil from NYR organics and from DoTerra.) Prices do vary from oil to oil and company to company, so it can be worth your while to shop around.

Thyme, Oregano, Basil and Rosemary in lasagna, pasta sauces, casseroles, etc. It’s just so much easier than dealing with fresh herbs and so much more flavorful than dried. Try adding a tiny drop of peppermint oil to your lemonade – simply divine – I cannot drink it any other way now. The recommendation is when adding it to cooking, to use a toothpick to dip into the oil and to stir it through the dish. That way you don’t get such a concentration in just one area, which with non-saucy dishes (such as the cous cous) is very useful. It also helps you to control the amount used. It is very easy to get carried away shaking drops into a dish, particularly when it is often difficult to see if any has actually gone in or not. Another method would be to use a small pipette.

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Add a drop, stir it, TASTE IT! If you need another drop, go ahead, but please taste it first as DO read the label! you really There should only don’t want be one ingredient it to end up – the essential overpowering oil itself. If there and you will are any other be amazed at oils listed, that how little you means it has been need. And diluted in a carrier remember oil and if there Tracy with her son Ashton, the healthiest eating all the other are any other 6 year old you’ll ever meet! benefits you ingredients on get from essential oils too. It really is a win there, do not touch it with a barge pole!! win. You only need one or two drops of a true Tracy Bhalla, essential oil to flavor an entire dish. For Owner/ Manager of Cool Beans Restaurant example, I used a drop of coriander oil 115 Montgomery Street, P: 334.416.8447 and basil oil to flavor some cous cous in Cool Beans last week. People loved it! And Trained as an architect! Worked as a teacher of just those two drops was enough for 6 product design and graphic design for 9 years servings. in England and Bermuda. Always had a love of

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I have added a drop of peppermint oil to chocolate cupcakes – delightful! Wild Orange oil to fudge. Lavender oil to shortbread cookies. I am always using

healthy, good-for-you food. Always cooking for friends and family. Married a cardiologist in 2007. We have a shared passion about eating healthily (and wine) and both love to cook, so when Cool Beans became available we jumped at it.

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{12 Things} for active boomers and beyond


National Peanut Festival Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery November 1-9

The National Peanut Festival is. The National Peanut Festival, located at 5622 U.S. Highway 231 South, in Dothan. The nation’s largest peanut festival, is held each fall to honor local peanut farmers and to celebrate the harvest season. Located in the southeast corner of Alabama, Dothan is known as the “Peanut Capital of the World” and is a prime location for growing peanuts. In fact, if you’re in Dothan you’re in the heart of peanut country, considering the majority of all the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100 mile radius of Dothan. Many days of fun, attractions and big name entertainers. For more information, call 334.793.4323 or visit nationalpeanutfestival. com


Montgomery Chorale “My Soul’s Delight: Songs of Life and Hope” Wilson Auditorium, MMFA Friday & Sunday, November 7th & 9th, 7-9 pm The Montgomery Chorale presents: “My Soul’s Delight: Songs of Life and Hope” on Friday, November 7 and Sunday, November 9 at the Wilson Auditorium at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Highlighting 20th century American composers and arrangers in a wide variety of styles, this concert will offer something special for everyone in attendance. The Chorale and those present will also say “thank you” to Becky Taylor for her many years of outstanding leadership and creativity. A reception will follow. For more information call 334.265.3737 or visit


Alabama Frontier Days Fort Toulouse - Fort Jackson Park Wednesday-Sunday, November 5th-9th, 9-4 pm Experience one of the largest and most authentic living history events in Alabama! See the south as it transitioned from Creek Indian lands to military forts and civilian homesteads during the period 1700 to 1820. Using Fort Toulouse - Fort Jackson Park as its

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historical backdrop, Alabama Frontier Days focuses on demonstrating life on the southern frontier during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The public can experience this “living history” as many frontier crafts and trades are demonstrated by specialists dressed in historic costume. Frontier Days illustrates how people from this fascinating period of Alabama’s past lived and worked. This snapshot of frontier life includes Creek Indians, French soldiers and their families, British traders who lived among the Creeks and American soldiers who fought in Andrew Jackson’s army during the Creek War. For more information call 334.567.3002 or visit frontierdays


Veterans Day Parade and Concert Downtown Montgomery Tuesday, November 11th, 11 am-1 pm The fifth annual Montgomery River Region Veterans Day Parade will take place on November 11 beginning at 11 a.m. in front of the State Capitol and will proceed down Dexter Avenue. Following the parade, the Capitol Sounds Band will perform a Veterans Day Concert inside the City Hall Auditorium beginning at 12 noon - Rain or Shine. For more information, call 334.625.2100 or visit


Sesame Street “Make a New Friend” Downtown Montgomery-MPAC Wednesday, November 12, at 10:30 am & 6:30 pm No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! For more information visit The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine


James Taylor and His All Star Band Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Arena Wednesday, November 12th, 8-10 pm Grammy-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor, whose hits include “Fire and Rain” and “Carolina in My Mind,” will bring his tour to Birmingham’s BJCC Arena on Nov. 12. Taylor, who last performed in Birmingham in 2011, became a star in 1970 with “Fire and Rain,” which reached No. 3 on the charts, following that up with “You’ve Got A Friend,” a No. 1 hit written by Carole King. The 66-year-old performer has won six Grammy Awards and is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. For more information visit

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA Santa’s Arrival/Parade The Shoppes at EastChase Saturday, November 15th, 9 am

It’s a parade for Santa’s arrival at The Shoppes at EastChase! Join us as we welcome him in style with a festive parade and party! The day will include a parade for Santa, carriage rides, cookies and cocoa stations, face painting and performances by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. For more information call 334.279.6046 or visit

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA Magic Tree House: Space Mission at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium Saturday, November 15th, 2-4 pm

Don’t miss the Magic Tree House: Space Mission at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium on Saturday,September 20th @ 2pm. Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they proceed to answer the questions left for them in a mysterious note signed “–M.” With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie are taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the Universe where Jack and Annie nearly get…well we don’t want to give it away, the adventure is just beginning! Great for all ages!” Admission: $6.50 per person. For more information call 334.625.4799 or visit


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accepted at the door and all purchases receive a 20% discount Now is the time to save for the holidays and support the ones who need it most. For more information call 334.263.0532 or visit


Artist Market and Preview Party The Museum Store at Museum of Fine Art Friday/Saturday, November 21-22, , 530-8 & 10-4 pm The Museum Store is looking forward to the 5th Annual Artist Market on Friday, November 21st from 5:30 to 8 pm and Saturday, November 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm in the Lowder Gallery, Rotunda, and DurrFillauer Gallery. Artist Market consists of local and regional artists who are represented in the Museum Store. There will be painters, potters, glass artists, jewelers, mixed media artists, a stone carver, and many more. Friday evening’s Artist Market and Preview Party event includes hors d’oeurves and a cash bar. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet and shop with approximately 30 artists on Friday night and Saturday. Mark your calendar for this great holiday shopping opportunity. BUY LOCAL, BUY HANDCRAFTED!


A Christmas Carol ASF November 22-December 24, various times Don’t miss A Christmas Carol at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, November 22, 2014 - December 24, 2014. An ASF tradition begins with the return of this holiday hit featuring Charles Dickens himself who, with sleight of hand and sense of humor, brings his magical story to life. When miserly Ebenezer Scrooge receives an unwanted visit from the ghost of his former business partner, an overnight journey of epic proportions begins. With a gorgeous set, period costumes, beautifully sung carols and a spectacular new ending, you and your family will be left totally enthralled! For more information call 334.271.5353 or visit

LOCAL BUSINESSES, ALABAMA Small Business Saturday Saturday, November 29th, All Day

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is November 29th. So spend some time and money in your locally owned small businesses...and thank them for being part of our community.

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By Greg Budell

The Mayor of BOOMTOWN

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING By month’s end, we’ll be preparing for Christmas, so let me tell you about a gift that keeps on giving. Black Friday, 1990. My daughter’s first Christmas was coming up so her mother and I hit Toys’ R Us, unsure what might enchant a 9 month old goose. We grabbed a buggy and the first item in was a large, plastic Coke bottle bank- a fun way to teach her to save! That special first Christmas came and went and the Coke bottle bank found a spot in a corner of Janelle’s room. I immediately began emptying my pocket change into it daily. Over the next 8 years, the bottle slowly filled and was approaching capacity when times got very tough for me in the late 90s. The marriage was long over. The happy house that hosted that festive first Christmas (and 7 more to follow) was near empty and in foreclosure. Creditors were calling and at a minimum I needed to make a car payment and an overdue electric bill. I eventually turned to the First National Bank of Coke for help. I felt like a thief and for good reason - I was a thief! This was Janelle’s money! Solemnly promising to repay the borrowed funds, I pried the lid from the bottle and dumped the contents on my bed. I began segregating the change by denomination and rolling it, an activity that induced Carpel Tunnel Syndrome from the waist down. I stayed at it with “rain man”

intensity until my bed was covered with more rolls than the Food Outlet bakery. I started counting and was astonished to find I had almost $1200 ready for a real bank - a lifesaving amount of money at that moment in life. I lost the house, but managed to keep the car and move on with my life. Like Mary’s little lamb, everywhere I moved the Coke bottle followed - along with the guilt. It took 3 long years before a little prosperity returned to my life. I resumed putting change in the bank, but to accelerate the savings process, I tossed in all one and five dollar bills, too. Then, disaster! I rented a room in a nice house owned by a very bi-polar woman named Moira. I moved the Coke bottle bank into the house under cover of a pillow case, and stuck it in the back end of my bedroom closet. I thought it would be safe there. Not long after moving in, I noticed a guy hanging out with Moira. She hadn’t mentioned a boyfriend. I got a bad vibe from this unkempt, heavily tattooed dude. One evening I decided to check my ‘bank balance’. I reached deep into the closet to pull out my plastic portfolio and knew instantly something was very wrong. The bottle was not only much lighter, the change in it rattled

loudly against the bottle’s side. Alarm bells went off and there was an abrupt knock on my bedroom door. Tattoo Man was there offering to share steaks he and Moira were grilling - but that wasn’t his real mission. He’d heard the noise of the rattling bank and knew what I was about to discover. I declined their meat and began counting the contents. I figured there should be $1,200 in change and bills, but stopped counting when it was clear there was less than $100 left. I told Moira of the theft and called the police. Her immediate offer of $600 to replace the loss convinced me she knew who took the money - and was hoping to keep the cops out of it. I took the money but didn’t budge on the cops. Soon, the Coke bottle bank, showing its age, was on the living room floor covered in black, finger print powder. Moira’s BF eventually confessed to a detective he’d robbed the bank to buy heroin. I spared him jail in lieu of full restitution and a trip to rehab. Then it became my time for restitution! I took the $1200 check from Moira, cashed it into $100 bills and drove straight to Janelle’ house. I told her the story of tough times, borrowing her money and to her wide-eyed

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astonishment, handed her the C-notes to put in a real bank. Life got better and better. I rented a nice little house for myself, immediately placing the Coke bottle bank in a spot where only a determined burglar could find it. I resumed filling it, launching a new holiday tradition. Every year since, on Christmas Day, in addition to her other gifts, Janelle receives a treasure chest containing that year’s pile of change. The first one contained a little over $300, and it has grown every year since. The Coke bottle bank is a quarter-century old and looks it as Christmas #25 looms. The plastic is yellow. The top part broke off and the remaining base is duct-taped to support the weight of change. My buddy, financial planner Brandt McDonald, teases me about this unique form of money “management”. I have a ready reply - “if the bottom falls out of this investment, I can duct-tape it back on”. Happy Thanksgiving! Greg Budell lives in Montgomery with his wife, children and dogs. He’s a 25 year veteran of radio who hosts the Greg & Susan morning show 6-9 am and Happy Hour 3-6 pm on NEWSTALK 93.1, Greg can be reached at

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