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Is That Pain Arthritis? For most of your life, you’ve paid little attention to your joints. Your knees worked just fine. Ditto for your fingers. Now, it seems, those once-trusty joints are falling down on the job. One of your knees or fingers is sometimes stiff or swollen. Routine tasks, such as opening a jar or walking up stairs, are often painful and difficult. If the above scenario sounds familiar, then you may have osteoarthritis (OA)—one of the most common diseases in the United States. Here is what you need to know about it.

What causes it? OA occurs when the cartilage that pads the ends of bones in a joint begins to wear away. This causes bones to rub against each other. OA most often affects the fingers, knees and hips. Growing older is the most common cause of OA. But it can also be triggered by an injury or overuse of a joint. Being overweight can lead to OA in the knees. And you’re at risk for developing OA in your hands if other family members have the disease.

that doesn’t stop even when you’re resting or sleeping. A joint affected by OA can become painful and swollen. Pain may be worse in the morning and feel better with activity.

How is it treated? There is no cure for OA, but it can be managed. Medicines can help control pain. Rest, exercise and physical therapy can make it easier to move your joints. It’s also a good idea to maintain a healthy weight. If other treatments don’t relieve your pain, surgery— including joint replacement— may be an option. Talk to your doctor if you suspect that you have OA. He or she will note your symptoms and examine your joints. Sometimes additional tests, such as X-rays, are needed to determine the extent of the disease.

How does it feel? OA symptoms can range from mild pain that comes and goes to pain

If you need a physician, please contact the Jackson Clinic at 334-293-8888.

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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.”

Volume 4 Issue 4

Carl Bard

Humor Advice Health Community

Thought Relationships Taste Inspiration

“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 MATCH MADE Adventures in Online Dating 9 Fantasy in Lights Callaway Gardens 12 BOOM! Cover Profile page 18

16 Replacing Volume Loss from Facial Aging Dr. Thomas Cawthon

Features 15 Clothes for Baby Boomer Women: Modern, Trendy, Stylish

Departments 10 This and That Have you heard...?


20 Aging Eyesight

19 Fight Off Depression Before it Starts

From Cataracts to AMD

Author Lisa Temple

22 Hear for the Holidays

28 {12} Things

Solutions for bored Boomers

24 Eating as We Age

30 Greg Budell

27 Art & Soul

The Legend of John Cathey



page 9 page 11 page 15 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 2013 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

A Garden Wedding 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.

The time has finally come for Jackie and me to be married. We’ve gotten to know each other very well over the past 1,019 days. She brings me joy. I make her laugh. We have much to share. On Saturday, November 9th in our garden, we will be married. We will share this momentous occasion with family and friends, celebrating a marriage neither of us saw coming but are very thankful for the blessing it has become.

Publisher/Editor Jim Watson, 334.523.9510

Associate Editor Kelly Watson

Contributing Writers Sandi Aplin Dr. Bettie Borton Greg Budell Dr. Thomas Cawthon Mia Hunter Rhea Kirk Vicki Lawrence Leigh Anne Richards Wina Sturgeon Lisa Temple

Cover Photography Lola Fine Art Photography 334.551.2700

Advertising Jim Watson, 334.523.9510

Design & Layout Lake House Graphics

Distribution Network Delivery

Printing Publications Press, Montgomery, AL 334.244.0436

Jim Watson, Publisher

For those of you needing some inspiration to write your first novel, author Lisa Temple, shares her thoughts about her first book, Illuminating Gracie. Leigh Anne Richards, in Fitness over Fifty, sits down with a nutritionist from Baptist Hospital to help us understand nutrition eating as we age and Greg Budell shares a story about a Minor League pitcher who had a Major League wife!

Since we all have aging eyes, I thought it would be helpful to understand what to look for when treating our eyes. So the good folks at Primary Eyecare Associates shared some things to look for as we age. When it comes to fashion, women over 50 are looking better than ever, our cover profile is a great example, so Vicki Lawrence, from The Shoppes at EastChase, shares a few fall fashion thoughts for your enjoyment.

There’s much more to enjoy about this month’s issue and I hope you find it to be the best reading experience in the River Region. Thanks for sharing BOOM! with your friends and sharing your comments with me. I appreciate the feedback and direction each of you provides. Our advertisers want you as customers so please consider their services when you’re thinking about spending that hard earned money. They will serve you well. With a sixtysomething brain I may have to rehearse even more for my wedding and practice my lines…I Do…I Do…I Do…now what did I do with her ring?


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With marriage on your mind it’s difficult to concentrate, but this month’s issue is a good one just the same. It starts out with a Cover Profile of a very interesting woman who has had careers in education, fashion, etiquette and now law. Her name is Rhea Kirk and some of you will know her from her days at Gayfers or maybe The Montgomery Academy, but either way, we have an interesting Q & A with her in this month’s profile. 334.324.3472 cell/text 334.523.9510 office

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This month is all about being thankful. Sometimes it is not easy to be thankful you are single…other times it is the universe’s biggest blessing. It’s a matter of time and place. I love being single when I’m exhausted and really just need a bath and a pint of Talenti Coffee Chocolate Chip gelato. Or when there is a great movie on at the same time as the Final Four game. Or when I really want to watch five episodes of Breaking Bad in one sitting. With a Chihuahua in my lap. In my flannel cowboy pajamas.

adventures in online dating with Mia Hunter

It’s not as much fun to be single during the holidays. The stretch between the end of November and New Year’s Day…. tis the season when singleness can spell loneliness. You look around and see all your friends, married or dating some fabulous man, going to parties, breaking bread, sipping wine by firelight, holding hands in church and you just want to crawl in a hole. And then you remember: YOU ARE AN ONLINE DATING GURU. And ‘tis the season for finding someone else in the same boat, looking for a rowing partner. My friend Tinkerbell uses the word “festive” a lot. She is very blonde, and often very insightful. Tinkerbell is younger than me by more than a decade, but wise beyond her years. She says we all need more festivity in our lives, and she is again, dingdingding, CORRECT! Why not make it your gift this season to bring that festivity to the table and share it???? Men are dolts when it comes to knowing the Laws of Attraction. But like moths, they


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are all attracted to the flame. We all move toward what makes us happy. Ever had a toxic friend? You will avoid them like they have the Black Plague. Nobody wants to be around someone who makes more withdrawals from our emotional banks than they do deposits. Be the winning lottery ticket. Put your own brand of festivity out there and see what it attracts. This means tweaking your profile, uploading fresh new photos, and showing the virtual Ken camp what you bring to the table. Fun. Happy. Thebestyoucanbe. I had a date with a man once who was about as exciting in person as a paint chip. We had good conversation on the phone, but when I walked in the restaurant to meet him I knew this was a man who did not know festivity. AT ALL. I brought my basket full of it to the table, opened the top and let it sprinkle all over him. He remained a paint chip. Festivity doesn’t stick to everyone. But you at least need to load it up and take it with you. On the other hand, you might go on a date and have an opportunity to sprinkle your unique brand of festivity all over a bunch of people. I went to a wedding in the country last weekend with a bunch of very festive people. Of all ages. There was festivity in the audience during

the vows, a very festive bride and groom, and we took festivity to the reception in the horse paddock. Everybody brought their own brand. All the single ladies rocked the dance floor with festive attitudes. The men noticed. I saw some flirting. There is not much more fun than a whole pack of festive people. So be the instigator. You can never go wrong bringing happiness to the table. And Lord knows, happy people are way more attractive than a bunch of morose mopers. Which brings me back to your online selections. Reach out and respond to only the ones who seem to have ,at LEAST, the potential to be fun. Who wants to take a paint chip to Thanksgiving dinner? Look for a man whose face at least looks like he knows what festive means. Even if only in the context of the aftermath of a big football win at Toomer’s Corner. It’s a good start - you can work with that. And you need to project the same spirit of fun and laughter in yours. Especially this time of year. There is no need to be sad because you are single. We singles collectively feel the chill of that part of the holiday season, so we are all primed for making a connection. This might be the best Ken Doll-building season of all. Spread some holiday magic. Tinkerbell also says there are only so many shopping days left til Christmas, so get going. In life and in love, what you bring to the table matters. Make it the best season ever!

Mia Hunter is a mother, grandmother and equestrienne. Born and raised in the River Region, she stays busy writing, riding her horses and feeding her creativity. She is still looking for Mr. Right. Send all comments to

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CALLAWAY GARDENS’ FANTASY IN LIGHTS This holiday season marks the 22nd anniversary of Fantasy In Lights® — named one of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler - at Callaway Gardens, a year-round destination south of Atlanta. Fantasy in Lights features 8 million lights stretching more than five miles, creating 15 larger-than-life holiday scenes. Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens sets Pine Mountain, Ga., ablaze from November 22 through December 30, 2013. Purchasing tickets in advance, meaning prior to the day of visit, is strongly advised and provide discounted price. Advance ticket prices starting at $17 for adults and $8.50 for children, with children 5 and younger 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. Visitors experience the light and sound extravaganza on the “Jolly Trolley” or by driving through the lighted scenes in their 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

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Saturday visits with Mrs. Claus add Christmas cheer. Guests can join “Storytelling with Mrs. Claus,” where guests can listen to Christmas stories, decorate cupcakes and more. Seating is limited.

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. Families experience the Christmas Village, a 22,000-square-foot indoor, heated area featuring opportunities to visit Santa and other holiday characters. Inside the Village, guests have the opportunity to shop for specialty food items from the Callaway Gardens Country Store®, unique gifts, nostalgic toys from simpler times and an assortment of holiday ornaments. An array of Georgia crafters are on hand making and selling their wares.

Specialty Nights will add some additional excitement to this year’s festivities. Between November 15 through the 21, guests can choose from a variety of unique ways to experience the millions of lights. November 15 is University Night. Those connected to a University or College can purchase specially priced discounted tickets, and can represent their higher learning organization by wearing their school colors. November 16 will be Bicycle Night. November 17 is the 20th anniversary of the March of Dimes Night Walk to benefit healthier babies. November 18 is Motorcycle Night, which will be the first chance in Fantasy In Lights history to ride a motorcycle through the lights. Relax and Enjoy More Than One Day A variety of Fantasy In Lights overnight packages provide the opportunity to enjoy Callaway Gardens at a more relaxing pace. Packages start as low as $99** per night in the Mountain Creek Inn. visit or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292)

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This & tHAT

A Phone App You will LOVE!!! Stylebook: People who enjoy planning their outfits will appreciate Stylebook’s powerful features. Not only can you use your iPhone, iPod or iPad to snap photos of individual items in your closet, you can remove the image backgrounds and then pull the images onto a white canvas several items at once to see how they’ll look together. If an item you pull into the ensemble appears out of proportion on the canvas, the resizing tool lets you scale it down to the appropriate size. Stylebook lets you shop for new items and even has a calendar so you can commit to wearing a particular outfit days, weeks or months in advance. Price: $3.99 at iTunes

Enjoy Wine and Cheese on Ruffner Mountain Head up I-65 on Saturday November 16 for a wine and cheese hike up gorgeous Ruffner Mountain in Birmingham. The moderate hike will head up to Hawk’s View Overlook to watch sunset while enjoying some great food, wine and fellowship. The hike is approximately 3 miles. What a great way to observe the fall colors in the mountains and also get yourself moving! Ruffner Mountain and its Nature Center host all kinds of events – from hikes to “Beer On The Back Porch” -so bookmark the location for future visits. The admission for this event is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and the hike starts at 4PM. Meet at 1214 81st St. S. Call 205-833-8264 for reservations (required).

Report a Pothole! City of Montgomery residents now have a new and easy way to report problems in their neighborhoods with the Montgomery311 app. Residents can download the app on an iPhone or Android-powered device, register and then using the app’s map report issues such as potholes, tall grass, fallen trees, burned out street lights, graffiti or a missed garbage pickup. The city of Montgomery’s planning department released that the QAlert system will provide automated routing to ensure that a request for action is quickly forwarded to the right person at the right city department. Residents are able to log into the app and keep track of pending submissions.

Harpsichord Ensemble Candlelight Chamber Music Concert Enter the true spirit of the Christmas season at the Harpsichord Ensemble Candlelight Chamber Music Concert in the beautiful Christchurch Sanctuary, 8800 Vaughn Road, on Wednesday evening, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to this free annual event. Featured artists are: Maestro Thomas Hinds, conducting; MSO Violin Fellow, Delyana Lazarova; World-renowned Cellist, Katerina Juraskova; Flautist, Dr. Robert Scott; Harpsichord, Margaret Cauthen; Vocalists Christina Burroughs and Leah Dubberly, and the Christchurch Chancel Choir. You are also welcome to stay for a Champagne & Dessert Reception to honor the musicians, and join in fellowship in this beautiful Christian setting. (Tickets on sale to benefit the Christchurch Pipe Organ Fund at $25.00 each), Obtain your tickets for the Champagne and Dessert Reception by calling the church, 334-387-0566, ext. 203, beginning Wednesday, November 13th. Visit for more details.

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Holiday Happenings at The Shoppes At Eastchase!! Starting with the arrival of Santa on Saturday, November 16, The Shoppes at Eastchase are bursting at the seams with fantastic holiday events!!! Santa’s Parade begins at 9:30AM followed by carriage and train rides til 2PM. Come for the day and stay for the annual Tree Lighting at 6PM near the fountain. Photos with Santa at Santa’s Workshop will be available beginning the 16th and on following Fridays until December 20. After Thanksgiving Gift Card Giveaway: Friday, November 29. Black Friday shoppers will get rewarded this year with a $5000 Gift Card Giveaway from 10-4 with $500 in gift cards given away each hour at Gap, DSW and Express. Find out more at

Color Vibe 5kRun! Runners, walkers and spectators are invited to the most colorful, fun filled event you can imagine! Montgomery Motorsports Park, 2600 N. Belt Drive, Saturday, November 16, 9AM. Get your friends and family members stretched out and ready for the Color Vibe – a charity run/walk like no other. Stations are set up along the route where you will be blasted with safe, non-toxic color powder that turns you into a human rainbow. You are the canvas and your participation benefits Family Promise of Montgomery. Registration information can be found at

St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Annual Bazaar The Episcopal Church Women of St. John’s Episcopal Church will present its Bazaar on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bazaar will be held in the education building of the church at 113 Madison Ave. in downtown Montgomery. This year’s shops will include a well-stocked Pantry full of homemade casseroles, dressings and baked goods, desserts, famous cheese straws, mayonnaise and cinnamon rolls, along with seafood gumbo cooked by the men of the church. The Treasure Attic offers an abundance of pre-owned goods including books, decorative items, toys, kitchen and housewares, artwork, linens and jewelry. The Handmade room includes crafts, unique gifts and holiday items created by parishioners. The Garden shop is filled beautiful plants large and small, decorative pots, and ornamental yard and garden items. Fine Arts boasts paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, folk art and jewelry by local artists. The Silent Auction is full of donated antiques, silver, crystal and decorative wares. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church Parish Hall. The menu consists of pork tenderloin marinated in an apricot glaze, sweet potato casserole, broccoli and red onion salad, and a variety of homemade desserts. The Bazaar is free and open to the public but tickets for the luncheon are $10 each and may be purchased in advance in the church office or on the day of the event. Take-out plates are also available. The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

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Rhea Kirk, Good Graces with Style This month’s BOOM! Rhea: My mother profile is Rhea Kirk. was probably the Rhea is a special biggest influence on woman who knows why I began teaching a lot about fashion etiquette. She used to and etiquette. She serve a formal meal in was the Director of our dining room once Fashion for Gayfers a week that included and has been candlelight, formal teaching etiquette place settings and for more than dinner music so that 30 years! In fact, we would be able to she just finished feel comfortable in teaching 100 law that type of situation. students the social I began my Manners graces of fine dining journey with Gayfers, and proper table teaching White Gloves settings. As a fan and Party Manners of Martha Stewart, for young girls; Poise you get a sense for junior high girls that Rhea embraces and Seventeen Beauty the qualities of fine Works for the high Recent fun trip to NYC with Mackenzie (granddaughter) for her 10th birthday living. She recently school teenagers. My and friends Loree Aronov and her daughter Josie. shared some of her teaching evolved from life’s journey with us and we think you’ll there and I continued teaching children, Rhea: When I moved to Montgomery, enjoy getting to know her as much as boys included, at private clubs around I was raising my children and was a we have. the River Region. Later, I began stay-at-home mother. I actually started teaching professional etiquette for local modeling and teaching manners for BOOM!: Please give us a brief biography, companies and organizations as well as Gayfers while the children were young. i.e. where you’re from, education, what Huntingdon College, Auburn University At some point, I became the Fashion, brought you to the Montgomery area, Montgomery, Auburn University and Public Relations, and Special Events did you raise your family here, schools, Jones Law School. One of the most Director for the Montgomery Gayfers married, family, etc? rewarding classes I taught was for stores and later became a co-Fashion the Auburn basketball team! It was Director for the Southeast group. I think Rhea: I was raised in Franklin, IN, a so rewarding to have the privilege of fashion for 50+ has changed over the wonderful place to grow up! I have educating those young men with life years. It used to be that you had to cut two sisters one of whom still lives in IN skills for their future. I don’t think that your hair, and wear more conservative and the other lives in Montgomery. I etiquette is a lost Art, I just think that we clothes once you hit the BIG 50, but, now attended Franklin High School and the have forgotten, in the rush of everyday I think we have reached a point where University of Kentucky, finishing my life, how to treat each other. Doing you can do anything with which you are student teaching at Franklin College. My everything quickly, with the internet comfortable...from your hair style to your degree is in Elementary Education. I am and computers making us so impatient, fashion favorites! married to Tommy Kirk and have 3 sons has made people forget to stop and and 3 grandchildren whom I adore! pay attention to others. Professional BOOM!: You have been a Professional etiquette classes remind people to stop Etiquette and Manners instructor for 31 BOOM!: How did you get from a career and think about how we treat others... years, teaching children, professional, in education to the Director of Fashion it’s really very simple. and civic organizations etiquette and for Mercantile Stores/Gayfers? Even social graces. How and why did you begin though you’ve been away from the BOOM!: You have had a rich variety of your etiquette and manners journey? fashion business many years, how would experiences in your life; you are now the What’s been the biggest reward in this you assess the fashion world for women Executive Director for National College of part of your life? Are etiquette and over 50+? manners a lost art?

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DUI Defense, Inc. Would you please tell our readers what you do there?

York City! That certainly didn’t hurt my feelings! Of course, I am a little afraid of where my two grandsons might want to go. I hope it isn’t mountain climbing or parasailing somewhere! A long time ago my friends started calling me “Rhea Mack.” We really can’t remember why. When I found out I was going to be a grandmother I knew I didn’t want to be called “Grandma” and they suggested MACK so that’s who I am...Mack!

Rhea: The National College for DUI Defense is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide the finest advancedlevel training available to the DUI Defense Law practitioner. BOOM!: Favorite As Executive vacation spot? Director, Any travel dreams I arrange planned for the seminars for future? our training programs Rhea: I love to and also travel, especially manage the Husband Tommy Kirk; Grandchildren Mackenzie, anywhere in the membership. It Carson, and Sebastian United States. is a great job! There are still plenty of places I haven’t been. I must say New BOOM!: How many grandchildren do you York City is a big favorite! have? What’s your special experience of being a grandmother? What do your BOOM!: What are you most grandchildren call you? passionate about? Rhea: I have three wonderful Rhea: grandchildren, ages 10, My number one 6, and 15 months. I passion is my remember when someone family! I love to once told me that being a garden, cook and grandparent was the best shop! And...I still thing ever! I thought to love fashion! myself...I’m too young to be a Granny! Well, being BOOM!: How do a grandparent is a truly you like to relax wonderful stage in life. You and wind down? have a chance to help mold a child’s life and make an Rhea: I think impact on that life, maybe sharing a meal even more so than being with family and a parent. A very special friends is the most experience to date is a relaxing thing to recent trip I took with my me. Spending granddaughter to New time together York City. I decided when Rhea and15 month old Grandson, Sebastian really helps me each grandchild turned to slow down and 10 I would take them on a focus on what’s really important in life. trip wherever they chose to go (within reason!) and Mackenzie chose New

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BOOM!: Do you have time to be involved in community, civic or other activities? Faith based organizations? Rhea: In my heart I can’t wait for the day when I can be more involved in worthwhile endeavors but for now my time is consumed by my professional responsibilities. Currently, I am limited to helping with a few specific special needs at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church. BOOM!: What is it about living in the Montgomery/River Region area that you like? Rhea: I love southern hospitality and all of the traditions that go along with it. I have also enjoyed being apart of a community that continues to develop and grow to enrich the lives of those of us who live here. The Rhea’s dog, Jackson new atmosphere downtown with great restaurants, baseball field and performing arts center is fun to have choices of things to do and places to go. BOOM!: As you’ve aged, how have your priorities changed? Rhea: I’m not sure that they have changed. My family, friends, and faith have always been priorities for me. BOOM!: Give us three words that describe you? Rhea: My friends would say fashionable, friendly and fun-loving, but, I would say Family-focused, faithful and fanatical sports fan! BOOM!: Do you have any hobbies or other activities that grab your attention?

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Rhea: Oh Yes! I love to garden, cook, play with my grandchildren, and follow my favorite sports teams! BOOM!: Many Boomers are “I love to garden!” experiencing a renewed sense of purpose, new goals, even in retirement. How would you describe this sense of renewal in your life? Any advice for the rest of us seeking renewal? Rhea: Since I am not retired, I am still pursuing goals in my professional life. I do realize that it is important to have a keen sense of purpose and for me that is to share what I have learned and try to help others. BOOM!: How has technology changed the way you do your work? How has it helped in your role as a grandmother? Rhea: Of course, the internet and computer have made my job much easier. As far as helping in my role as a grandmother I would have to say that it strengthens connections through Skype, texting and best of all...captured moments in pictures. BOOM!: As a former teacher and education professional, what do you think the keys to educating our children are? Rhea: Good parent-teacher relationships, parent participation and strong school leadership with the vision and the perseverance to see it through.

If you have any questions for Rhea, you can reach her at 334.264.1950 or We want to thank Rhea for participating in this month’s BOOM! Cover Profile. Also, thanks to Kim at The Studio at EastChase for shooting this month’s cover.If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please send them to jim@

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Clothes for Baby Boomer Women:

Finding clothes for the modern baby boomer woman is finally getting easier...

Modern, Trendy, Stylish

All Fashions Available at ANN TAYLOR

As a baby boomer woman, if you’ve been shopping for clothes that are modern, trendy and age appropriate, then you’ve probably been getting frustrated with the offerings made available in the department stores. But now your time has come... Strangely, with all the talk about baby boomers for years now, the fashion industry has been one area where you have been totally ignored. The marketing programs were aimed in the direction of the young, and many boomer belles have given up on normal clothes shopping habits and have turned to other outlets. Finally, however, some retailers have realized that they are losing a giant piece of business and are scurrying to catch up. In other words they are understanding that boomer belles are not their mother’s clothes shopper. Boomer Belles still feel young and fit and want to spend money on wardrobes.

Rhea Kirk is wearing a Chelsea Cashmere V-neck sweater $169, Pinstripe Perfect long sleeve button down, $69.50; modern slim leg jeans, $89.

Our size and strength is starting to win over the fashion industry, and clothes are being designed to fit your figures.

Ann Taylor champion’s the modern woman and her love of fashion, This high-quality collection offers a unique combination of fashion and flattering fit for working women and the over 45 to 50 crowd. Forget the dowdy, frumpy styles of the typical over 50 offerings and look to the elegant, modern go-to style of beautiful wear now and dressy pieces. Sizes: Regular (00-18), Petite (00-16).

Clothes that fit your lifestyle and that are modern and classic.

Rhea Kirk is wearing a leopard jacquard sheath dress $149 and a Botanical Statement necklace $89.

Helen Taylor is wearing a tie neck crepe blouse, $79, Colorblocked skirt, $89.

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We Love Women Over 50!

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Replacing Volume Loss from Facial Aging Presented by River Region Facial Plastics

Maintaining facial harmony as we age is a delicate balance. We often hear people say, “I don’t look on the outside how I feel on the inside.” Thanks to science and research, those with trained hands are now able to use products that can enhance one’s natural facial features. There’s the old saying ‘just because you have a hammer, doesn’t make everything a nail’ and the same goes for these products. Always remember that everyone is unique and therefore may require different treatment plans. For this month’s column, I will describe Sculptra® aesthetic, a non-surgical option to improve facial appearance. In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration approved poly-Llactic acid, better known by its brand name, Sculptra® aesthetic. Sculptra® is indicated for use in facial areas that lose volume as we age. Initially, the treatment was used for patients with an HIV diagnosis. HIV patients often experience an extensive amount of facial volume loss, particularly at the temples and in the hollowing of the cheeks. As the aging process continues, we lose the diamond shape of our facial structure to a more rectangular shape. Commonly we look into a mirror and see our reflection only to notice hollowed cheeks, sunken temples, and a loss of volume under the eyes - which draws attention to wobbles of the chin or jowls. The best news is yet to come! As we age, our skull will shrink, leaving the layer of skin to drape as ill fitted trousers would drape… this is all a result of volume loss.

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Restoring facial volume with fillers (such as Juvederm® or Restylane®),

weeks apart. This regimen yields a refreshed look to the face and lasts up to two years.

Sculptra®takes a little longer to achieve results compared with fillers (such as Juvederm®); however, the results last Before treatment twice as long. Results after 25 months (all photos unretouched) By injecting Sculptra®, your non-surgical procedures (such body responds by producing your as Ultherapy®) and products own natural collagen. Sculptra® that restore volume loss (such as is very safe, and since lactic acid is Sculptra®) can rejuvenate the face found naturally in the body, allergic and give very gratifying results. reactions are of little concern. Sculptra®(poly-L-lactic acid) is a synthetic material injected into areas of volume loss in the face and will ultimately replace lost collagen. Sculptra®is targeted to areas such as the temples and hollowed cheeks to revive the diamond youthful shape of the face. When the lost volume is replaced, wobbly jowls diminish, eyes become softer, and cheeks return to a more youthful state. Sculptra® is not recommended for use in the nasolabial folds. Other fillers such as Juvederm®and Restylane®are the products of choice for refreshing those areas. Sculptra®injections are not a painful process. We take great care to ensure comfort by using topical numbing creams applied one hour before the procedure. Sculptra® is manufactured to include a local anesthetic, which helps make the procedure quite tolerable. Sculptra® is commonly injected over a series of three sessions approximately six

Sometimes bruising may occur; however, with the use of blunt tip cannulas, we are able to push the blood vessels aside as opposed to pushing through them with a needle. The cannula has improved our technique, resulting in very little bruising. Sculptra®injections have no downtime and only require a gentle facial massage for about five days post injection. Make up may be applied if minor bruising does occur. At River Region Facial Plastics, not only are we are very pleased with the results of Sculptra®, but our patients are pleased as well! If you think Sculptra® may be right for you, please call our office for a complimentary consultation and Do Something Beautiful today! Yours in Good Health, Dr. Thomas H. Cawthon

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ILLUMINATING GRACIE Lisa Cheek Temple is a lifetime resident of Montgomery, Alabama, where she lives with her husband, Dana. They have one son, Temp. She has a BA from Huntingdon College and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. In Her Own Words It had never been a big dream of mine to write “The Great American Novel.” Though my gift for gab translated fairly well to the Author, Lisa Temple written word, I had never been particularly taken with the idea of creating a piece of literature. Not even as an angst-filled teen did I pen a poem to reflect a dark and introspective mood. My writing had been more “as needed:” to fill out a job application, help my son with his college essays or pass the Alabama State Bar Exam. All that changed for me several years ago when, quite unexpectedly, I sat down and began writing the story that would become my first novel, Illuminating Gracie. My motivation for writing the book was two-fold: to offer young women an alternative to the “booze, sex and rock n’ roll” literature popular at the time, and to, if only metaphorically, right the wrongs of my own past. I was watching my father fade away (he was eventually diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and he died in January of this year) and I was struggling with the guilt that came along with a seriously misspent youth. Illuminating Gracie was in many ways an apology to my parents for my youthful indiscretions. When I first began writing Illuminating Gracie, it was not meant for anyone to read – except for maybe my mother and father. After all, what good is an apology that never gets extended? No one was more surprised than I when my little story began to shape up into a book worth reading – worth publishing. At 52 years old, I suddenly have a whole new life and I can’t help but feel like this is in some way my father’s final gift to me. Had I not been so wrecked over his illness I would have never picked up a pen and begun writing. There certainly never would have been an Illuminating Gracie. Through the book I’ve made new friends and rediscovered old ones. I’ve overcome fears and jumped over obstacles and my future is no longer scary – it’s exciting! My relationship with my Lord has grown immeasurably, and for the first time in my life,

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I find I have a driving need to share that relationship with others. I’m working on the second book in the Illuminating Gracie series. Instigating Gracie will be available in early 2014. It seems that much like the heroine of my book, I’m finally learning to let my light shine! IN THE BOOK As an old woman’s lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that will be easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little more than sarcasm and self-pity to keep her company. But things are about to change for Grace. While delivering food for her family’s bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny. It’s on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men. Together, the group fights the demons that surround Gracie, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine. ILLUMINATING GRACIE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT: AMAZON.COM (PAPERBACK AND KINDLE), BARNESANDNOBLE. COM, BAM.COM (BOOKS A MILLION), TOWER.COM, AND MANY OTHER ONLINE BOOK SELLERS IN THE CITY AT: TWO BLESSINGS GIFT BOUTIQUE CAPITAL BOOK AND NEWS FLORIST PLUS PEPPERTREE STEAKS AND WINE RICHARDSON’S PHARMACY THE UNICORN SHOP AND IN ALEXANDER CITY – THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

Fight off depression before it starts It’s a scientific fact that people over 50 are more prone to cases of clinical depression. There are a number of proven reasons for it. You can take steps to eliminate those reasons and stop the “black beast” before it starts; or if you already have depression, you can lessen its hold or even get rid of it altogether.

The first step is to diagnose whether you do, in fact, have depression. The symptoms are universal. Sleep patterns change. You may find yourself waking up in the wee hours of the morning, unable to go back to sleep. There will be self-negating thoughts that haunt those with depression. They may think they are unworthy, or that they are a failure, despite obvious signs of success. They can’t feel any joy in their life. There are often problems with memory, because depression affects intelligence, and memory is part of intelligence. If you have the illness, you may forget appointments, birthdays, names, even your own phone number. You may have trouble reading, because it’s hard to retain what has just been read. Many folks with depression avoid social gatherings, preferring to remain alone, often huddled in bed. Sometimes it’s hard to get up in the morning because there’s a reluctance to get going and face the day. If the depression is serious, it can immobilize its victim. But a mild case can often be cured by attacking the reasons for it, without having to resort to antidepressants.

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By Wina Sturgeon

Among the reasons for boomer depression is lack of activity. Hundreds of studies have shown that regular physical activity helps prevent the condition. As we age, however, we often slack off in the physical activity area. You may have to force yourself to go for a 20 minute walk every day or take an aerobics class at your local gym, but you’ll have to put in the effort to make yourself do at least that much activity _ and more, if possible. Many boomers no longer spend as much time outdoors as they did when younger. Yet being outside, where the sun can shine on you and create needed vitamin D in your body, is important. Sunshine offers a lot of protection against depression. At this time of year, when there are fewer hours of daylight, you may have to take artificial sunlight _supplements of vitamin D. If you are depressed, double the daily recommended dose of D. Other nutrients which help minimize or even eliminate depression are phosphatydalserine (known as ‘PS’) and 5HTP. Both of these help boost serotonin, the “feel good” hormone, in the brain and central nervous system. While 5HTP is fairly easy to find at any store that sells vitamins, PS is usually only available at vitamin stores or online. It must be taken for about a month before its effect become noticeable.

Vitamin B Complex is a natural antidepressant, but you’ll need to take it with vitamin C for it to be fully metabolized. Many depressives are actually too incapacitated by the illness to take even basic steps to get rid of it. In those cases, it’s up to relatives and loved ones to push the person into eating the right food, taking the right nutrients and getting the right exercise. Since depression causes a feeling of hopelessness, there’s a tendency for those with the condition to feel that nothing will help them feel better. If you know someone who seems clinically depressed, in other words, there’s no obvious reason for it, you may have to take on the responsibility to get this person to start fighting the condition, especially if that person is your spouse. Get them outside in daylight. Get them active. Get them talking and socially interacting. With some of these actions, mild cases of depression can often be chased away for good. Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Aging Eyesight Presented by Primary Eyecare Associates

Good vision, which declines after age 50, is key to quality of life. People who see better also live longer, studies show. So it is worth your while to make eye problems a priority. After middle age, a wide array of agerelated eye problems may begin – and some have no symptoms. Vision often may be saved or corrected by early treatment. Thus, regular eye exams are essential, Montgomery area eye doctors said. “Vision should become one of your regular medical checkups after age 50,” advised Fredrick Jackson, O.D., an optometrist and owner of Primary Eyecare Associates in Montgomery. “Many will notice age-related changes in vision and need regular eyeglasses or contact lenses updates. But there also are some serious eye diseases that have no symptoms and early diagnosis and treatment is important.” Eye problems most common for people over age 50 include: dry eye syndrome, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and drooping upper lids, doctors said. In addition to treating those issues, services for older adults may include eye nutrition and LASIK laser vision correction. Dr. Jackson and other doctors at Primary Eyecare Associates treat and manage a wide spectrum of over-50 eye problems and services, including LASIK. They refer non-LASIK eye surgeries to Gregory M. Hoffpauir, M.D., of Montgomery and other area ophthalmologists. “I recommend an annual eye exam for people over 50,” Dr. Hoffpauir said, citing declining vision and emerging eye problems. Here is an overview of eye issues for older adults.

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DRY EYE SYNDROME – As many as 40 percent of U.S. adults have dry eye syndrome, said Dr. Jackson, a dry eye specialist. As we age, our tear glands may not function as well and our eye chemistry may become imbalanced. Dry eye syndrome isn’t only about dry eyes, he pointed out. Symptoms include eyes that are excessively watery, irritated, itchy, scratchy, red, burning, blurry, gritty, have mucus, or feel as if something is in them. Dry eye even may cause double vision. Untreated, it may cause disease of the ocular surface and corneal scarring. It is not enough to simply use artificial tears for relief - and many over-thecounter eye drops are detrimental. The underlying cause of the dry eye should be addressed and treated properly, Dr. Jackson said. Treatment improves vision and comfort. MACULAR DEGENERATION – Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for senior citizens. In AMD, the macula part of the retina starts to break down and lose its ability to create clear images in central vision – the part of our sight we use to read, drive and recognize faces. Early symptoms include seeing shadowy, fuzzy or distorted areas in your vision. In rare cases, AMD may cause a sudden loss of central vision. A retinal exam usually can detect early signs before symptoms occur. There is no cure for AMD, but treatments may delay its progress or improve vision. Eye nutrition, which is a specialty of Primary Eyecare Associates, is reducing the risk and treating AMD, Jackson said. Primary Eyecare Associates also has new, state-of-the art tests for AMD, including DNA testing and the Macular Pigment

Dr. Rick Jackson performing eye exam

Densitometer, which identifies adults with low pigment levels who are at risk for developing AMD. They monitor retina function with optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. GLAUCOMA – Glaucoma often has no symptoms until damage is irreparable, so regular checkups are essential. It is another leading cause of blindness, but is treatable if caught early, said Benjamin Harris, O.D., of Primary Eyecare Associates. Glaucoma is detected during routine eye exams, when the doctor uses a tonometer to measure intraocular pressure. Glaucoma typically robs your peripheral vision first. Treatment may involve medications, laser surgery, conventional eye surgery or a combination of these treatments, Harris explained. CATARACTS & LENS IMPLANTS – Nowadays, many people over age 50 almost look forward to cataract surgery, so they may get new vision-correcting lens implants. When cataracts develop, the natural clear lens in the eye becomes progressively cloudy or opaque, so vision is slowly impaired. Thus, during cataract surgery, that lens is replaced. “There’s an old saying among eye doctors that, if patients live long enough, they will get cataracts,” Dr. Jackson noted. Symptoms of cataracts include increasingly cloudy or blurry vision, or needing more light to see than in the past. New lens implants may correct The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and/or reading vision (presbyopia), with or without astigmatism. Dr. Hoffpauir’s specialties include cataract surgery, with the lens implants. DIABETIC RETINOPATHY – People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, another common cause of blindness in adults that may show no symptoms. It develops as abnormal changes in the eye’s blood vessels. Thus, eye exams with dilation are recommended annually or more often for anyone with diabetes. “Patients who have had diabetes ten years or more are at significant increased risk for diabetic retinopathy, but it’s very treatable if you catch it early,” said Dr. Hoffpauir, who performs laser surgery (panretinal photocoagulation) for diabetic retinopathy. Primary Eyecare Associates manages diabetic retinopathy and refers related surgeries to Dr. Hoffpauir.

Z-LASIK – Z-LASIK is a state-of-the-art, OCULAR NUTRITION – Many eye blade-free LASIK laser eye surgery that conditions and diseases may be permanently corrects nearsightedness prevented, slowed or even cured by (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) eye nutrition. For instance, specific and/or reading vision (presbyopia), vitamin and mineral supplements can with or without reduce the risk of astigmatism. The early stage ageprocedure is for adults related macular of any age, including degeneration senior citizens. (AMD) progression by 25 Primary Eyecare percent. Associates specializes Ocular nutrition in this all-laser LASIK is a growing field and offers free in eye care and pre-screening to is a specialty of Primary Eyecare Dr. Benjamin Harris using VISXWavescan technology determine if patients are good candidates Associates. for LASIK. They use a new Z-LASIK femtosecond flapmaker as well as highly BLEPHAROPLASTY – Also known as “lid acclaimed VISX CustomVue equipment. lifts,” this surgical procedure is a type of Their LASIK surgeon is Bret L. Fisher, cosmetic surgery that becomes essential M.D., who is board certified and has for many late in life as eyelids begin to performed more than 11,000 successful droop and block normal vision. Health LASIK procedures. insurance often covers this procedure for that reason. Dr. Hoffpauir’s expertise For an eye exam or for the treatment or management of any of these conditions, or for includes reconstructive and cosmetic eye surgery referrals, contact Primary Eyecare eyelid procedures. Associates at (334) 271-3900 or go to The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

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Healthy Hearing

By Dr. Bettie Borton Au.D.

HEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS This holiday season, The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging families to keep loved ones with hearing loss close by supporting and encouraging proper treatment of hearing loss.

“The holiday season is meant to be a time of thanks, celebration, and joy,” says Sergei Dr. Bettie Borton Au. D. Kochkin, Ph.D. former Executive Director of BHI. “But for many people, it is a time of year when unaddressed hearing loss can cause them to feel particularly isolated and depressed. Even when surrounded by loved ones a family member’s impaired ability to hear and actively participate in conversation cuts them off. Oftentimes, they are left with a sense of sadness, inadequacy, and emotional isolation. This is especially true when the hearing loss is either unrecognized or is being ‘hidden’ by the family member with hearing loss.” Hearing loss is one of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America. There are more than 36 million people in the United States with hearing impairment — roughly 11 percent of the U.S. population. Of those aged 46 to 64, about 15 percent already experience hearing difficulty, and more than half of the individuals with hearing loss are below retirement age. Untreated hearing loss can result in social seclusion and depression— a health issue that is already common during the holiday season. Current research suggests that people with certain medical conditions — such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, and heart disease — may be at an increased risk of hearing impairment. Additionally, there is evidence that untreated hearing loss can be related to a number of physical and emotional conditions, including irritability, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, withdrawal from social situations, reduced alertness,

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impaired memory, and reduced job performance.

In the vast majority of situations, hearing aids can improve hearing and understanding. People who wear hearing aids to treat their hearing loss discover improved relationships with family members, enhanced self-confidence, a better social life and higher self-esteem, according to a study done by The National Council on Aging. Studies have shown that hearing aid wearers experience increased quality of life; have significantly improved self-image compared to individuals who do not wear hearing devices; and their functional health status improves significantly after three months of hearing aid use. As the holiday season draws near, consider offering your loved one the gift of hearing. Take your loved one to see a Board Certified audiologist who can help find the appropriate hearing devices to match their lifestyle. Technology advances have allowed hearing aid users to have increased benefit understanding in noise, watching TV, listening to music, and talking on the telephone.

So this year, be particularly observant… if you see that Uncle Dan is quiet at a holiday dinner, consider the possibility he cannot understand you and needs your help in bringing him close to the family again. There are several social, emotional, and medical signs of hearing loss that people can watch for this holiday season:

Social— • Often require repetition, have trouble understanding in group conversations or conversations in noise, complain that people sound muffled, listen to the TV or radio at a loud volume, respond inappropriately to questions, have ringing in the ears, read lips when they speak with you Emotional— • Feel stressed from straining to hear, feel frustrated because they can’t understand, feel embarrassed from misunderstanding

what others are saying, feel anxious about trying to hear and understand, limit participation in social situations Medical: • Have a family history of hearing impairment, take medications that can damage hearing, have a history of diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems, have a history of noise exposure, “The good news is there are solutions to help loved ones with hearing loss regain the gift of sound so they don’t need to draw back in silence. Hearing loss can be easily diagnosed, and there are modern-day solutions that can help people hear better,” says Kochkin. If someone you love is experiencing hearing loss, try these tips to help them feel included in your upcoming holiday celebrations: • Keep the volume on the music and television down. Background noise makes it challenging for an individual with even mild hearing loss to follow the conversation. • Speak to your loved one from the side that he or she hears best. • Face the person when you are talking to them and keep distractions away from your face. • Speak clearly and not too fast. Remember not to yell.

“Most important, if someone you love appears to have a hearing loss, encourage them to get a hearing screening,” Kochkin urges. “Many people decide to get their hearing checked because someone they love suggested it and provided support.

Content adapted from The Better Hearing Institute Website. Dr. Bettie B. Borton is a licensed audiologist in Alabama, was the first board certified audiologist in Montgomery, served as National Chair of the American Board of Audiology, and has recently assumed her position as President of the American Academy of Audiology. Co-authored by Dr. Brittany Spahr and Casey Gonzalez, Doctoral Extern, LSU Health. For more information please contact Doctors Hearing Clinic at (334) 396-1635.

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Christmas for when you don’t feel like Christmas.

christmas eve candlelight worship

a service of prayer and worship for those experiencing loss, loneliness, or grief during the holidays. 6 pm Dec. 21 • Frazer United Methodist Church

5 p.m. Traditional Sanctuary

7p.m. Contemporary Wesley Hall

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Fitness over Fifty

By Leigh Anne Richards

Eating as We Age After age 50, we all know that our metabolism slows down. We seem to start developing that “middle aged spread” as women and those “beer guts” as men. How do we combat the inevitable? Leigh Anne Richards I summoned the advice of a licensed nutritionist on this article since I do not like to give information in which I am not as educated. Mike Polis, is a Registered Dietician at Baptist Hospital. Here are some of his answers to questions that I thought our 50 plus group would be interested: Take heed. How does the metabolism change as we age? The body’s metabolism slows as we age. As a result, weight gain is a common occurrence as people get older. The good news is that exercise, specifically resistance training, can help offset the unwanted weight gain associated with aging. Examples of resistance training: weight training, circuit training, resistance band work, calisthenics, swimming, cycling, and even increasing the resistance and incline on your favorite cardio machine. As part of the aging process, a decrease in lean body mass commonly occurs. Lean body mass refers to the metabolically active tissue in our bodies – specifically muscle tissue. Because muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, the total number of calories burned at rest decreases as lean body mass declines. Is there any extra nutrient we should be getting? A common misconception is that the body needs fewer nutrients because the body requires fewer calories as the natural aging process occurs. This is simply not true. The body actually requires an increase in some specific vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as we age. For example, women are at an increased risk for developing osteoporosis. A diet low in both calcium and vitamin D can make one more susceptible to bone loss. With that being said, women should ensure they are incorporating a variety of calcium and vitamin D rich foods into their diet. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are great sources of calcium and

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vitamin D – especially for those without any known milk allergies such as lactose intolerance. Other good non-dairy sources of calcium: soybeans, legumes (white beans especially), broccoli, spinach, salmon, and almonds. The Importance of Vitamin D The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. When we are deficient in vitamin D, we cannot produce enough of the hormone calcitriol – causing disruption in the body’s absorption mechanism of calcium from the diet. Good sources of vitamin D: Fortified dairy products (most milk), fortified breakfast cereal and grains, saltwater fish, and egg yolks. Other good sources of vitamin D: Sunlight! The Importance of Water As the aging process occurs, the response mechanism associated with sensing dehydration dwindles. For these reasons, it becomes increasingly important to stay adequately hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily. Remember, chances are you are already slightly dehydrated the moment you sense thirst. A word on Multi-vitamins Taking a daily vitamin and mineral supplement is a great idea to cover your nutrient bases. You should be able to cover most of your vitamin and mineral intake through proper diet, but look at a multivitamin supplement as a safety net in covering your needs. Talk to your doctor about a multi-vitamin right for you and to see if you need additional supplements beyond the multi-vitamin. Discuss protein intake as we age. Lean body mass is metabolically active tissue so feeding your muscles protein in combination with staying active through regular physical activity helps maintain musculature and promotes weight management. Amino acids found in dietary protein are the building blocks of muscle tissue. Consuming an appropriate amount of protein coupled with physical activity, specifically resistance training is vital in the growth and maintenance of lean body mass. Choosing complete proteins which are protein foods that contain all the essential amino acids are most beneficial for lean body mass preservation.

Individuals doing resistance training regularly should opt to consume 20-30 grams dietary protein per meal. Often times, we load up on protein at dinner but fail to incorporate protein foods throughout the day. Protein Sources Good sources of lean protein for nonvegetarians include: Greek yogurt, bonelessskinless chicken breast, egg whites and egg substitute, fish, pork tenderloin, turkey breast, and whey protein powder. Good sources of lean protein for vegetarians: beans and legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, and quinoa. Nutrition and Aging Maintaining lean body mass is the key to sustaining health into the golden years of aging. With these three tips, you can offset the loss of lean body mass associated with aging and improve your quality of life: 1) Focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient-density refers to the ratio of nutrient content to the total caloric content of a particular food. I like to refer to nutrientdensity as “more bang (nutrients) for your buck (calories).” Examples include: Fruits and veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, low-fat and non-fat dairy products. 2) Resistance train. Choose your preferred method. Whether it is weight-training, hiking, cycling, walking on the treadmill at an incline. Fun fact for those at risk for developing osteoporosis: resistance training promotes bone mineral density which can help offset bone loss associated with age. 3) Incorporate more protein foods into your diet. Greek yogurt has twice the amount of protein and half the calories as regular yogurt. Up the protein of your salads – sprinkle sunflower seeds over your salad or top your salad with grilled chicken or a hardboiled egg. A little creativity goes a long way! Information provided by Mike Polis MS, RD, LD, a registered dietician at Baptist Hospital. Leigh Anne Richards, MEd, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, General ManagerMetroFitness. For any questions or comments, contact Leigh Anne at The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

Celebrate the Christmas Season with Special Music at Vaughn Forest Church

Everyone is invited to celebrate the sounds of Christmas with the Capitol Sounds Concert band and the Montgomery Recreators, Thursday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the main sanctuary of Vaughn Forest Church, 8660 Vaughn Road. Enjoy the season with Christmas musical selections from “The Nutcracker Suite” including Miniature Overture, Six Characteristic Dances, and Waltz of the Flowers. The band will also perform a beautiful arrangement of the Carol of the Drum, and the Leroy Anderson favorite Sleigh Ride. Join in singing with a Holiday Sing-A-Long of your favorite Christmas Carols. The concert is free for everyone. For more information and directions call 334.279.5433 or go to For more information contact John Jackson, 334.625.4661


Montgomery’s Lattice Inn has again been recognized as the number one bed and breakfast in Montgomery! The two honors come from the world’s leading travel website, and The Montgomery Advertiser. Tripadvisor has awarded The Lattice Inn its Certificate of Excellence for 2013. The award honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The Lattice Inn has received this recognition every year since the award was established by TripAdvisor. According to Owner/Innkeeper Jim Yeaman, “We’re humbled by this dual recognition for the second year in a row. We work diligently to make sure that all of our guests are treated with respect and spare no effort to create a warm, welcoming and relaxing environment for our guests.” The Lattice Inn first opened for guests in 1993 and is located at 1414 South Hull Street, Montgomery, AL. To book a reservation or for more information, contact the Innkeeper at: 334.263.1414, via email: or visit the website:

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Fe at u re d A r t i st This Month, Roxy Rabb Roxy Rabb has been creating and designing jewelry, accessories and clothing since she was a teenager. Throughout the years, she has been able to focus on different mediums and styles. She tries to think outside of the box and to push the limits of her own creativity using turquoise, coral and anything that is earthy in origin. Her work is unique and affordable. We are very pleased to have her as a member of our group.

carries herself. She’s a stunner! Rabb continues, “My clients love my everyday pieces and push me to make those one of a kind pieces that no one else has. I

have many repeat customers that follow me to every show I do. As well as those clients, the ones who have become friends. They call me in a panic because they need something really special for the unexpected, last minute occasion.” Rabb says, “I also have a love for leather, those pieces that are classic in nature. However, my soul, my passion, my joy, my creations come from the experimentation of mixing materials and paring unlike mediums together.” Rabb’s clients range from your typical woman to that special woman, the one that catches your eye. She’s unique in her personality, dress and the way she 26 BOOM!

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In the last few years, she has had some amazing opportunities. She has been featured in the

Birmingham News twice. She was chosen as one of the up and coming Artists of Shelby County in 2012, she has an editorial piece coming out in Obvious Magazine this fall in the Body Issue (as of now, the cover has not been picked, she is in the running for the cover), B-Metro magazine has featured some of her pieces in their Frida editorial and one of her pieces is on the alternate cover. “Working with Stylists here and across the country for shoots and editorial spreads has been an incredible learning experience for me. I was chosen as the Personal Jewelry Designer and Supplier for a Folk Quartet out of Asheville, North Carolina.” Says Rabb “This is where I am now, I have great aspirations and goals that I hope to not only reach, but exceed. My largest show is at Moss Rock November 2nd and 3rd. My work can be seen at Gallery One Fine Art in Montgomery, Alabama.”

Visit Gallery One Fine Art 423 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, AL Gallery Director Sandi Aplin 334.269.1114

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By Sandi Aplin

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“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by man from the cruelty of man.” M. Gandi I was thinking the other day how fortunate I have been to meet so many like minded individuals who drift in and out of my life. People who wake-up in the morning excited about the possibilities of what will happen next. Mark Twain said “Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under different conditions.” An example of this happened last February. My friend Susan Moore called to say she had two extra tickets to the Vintage Affair Cancer fundraiser at Wynlakes Country Club that night, would I like to have them? Yes, was my answer. The next call I received at the gallery was from Shirley Esco to talk about her painting she was bringing to the gallery, I asked if she wanted one of the tickets and she said Yes. That night eight of us were sitting together and Dottie Blair waved her paddle, she won the trip for the Villa in Cartona, Italy. She looked around the table, asked is everybody going and we said Yes, including our new best friend Cheri Martin. She and her husband were sitting at the same table and he encouraged her to go with us. Remember Mark Twain’s quote? He was talking about all the people at that table and especially me, I haven’t left town for eight days in over five years, at age 65+, I love to work and enjoy every fun thing I do. Leaving town for eight days requires a lot of preparation as I am on three career paths right now (the Director for Gallery One Fine Art, Consultant for Rodan & Fields Dermatologists based in San Francisco, CA and Consultant for Carlisle Collection NY). My main concern was who will take care of my animal family while I’m gone. There’s Fred, my 105 pound Walker Hound who is easy to care for and then there’s Tinkerbell, Sheba and Laurie, very opinionated cats, they are not so easy!

Barksdale helped out at the gallery and with Rodan & Fields, Sue Groce took care of Carlisle NY, now what to do about the four family members? I started calling in July for my late September trip and everyone said basically the same thing, dogs do really well with boarding, cats do not, especially if it is the first time. So I called Rachel Williford my Vet and she recommended Heather Hogan the owner of Whiskers & Wags. Heather Hogan is amazing. I emailed Heather and this is what she emailed back. “I’ve always wanted to work with animals, so I decided to quit dreaming about it and make it happen. I started Whiskers & Wags pet services in April 2013. I know how stressful it can be to go out of town and have to make plans for the furry members of the family. Boarding isn’t always a favorite option for pet or owner. I believe if pets stay in their own environment while their family is out of town, it alleviates stress for everyone. I snuggle, give and receive kisses, play fetch, walk dogs, feed, medicate when applicable, clean up messes, etc. Fur, feathers or scales, I keep pets happy, that’s why I love what I do.” In addition to the many wonderful references she furnished, she is a volunteer

for two non-profit rescues, volunteers with the Humane Shelter and keeps rescued animals at her home while they are waiting to be adopted. All set with every detail worked out beautifully. I had a wonderful trip. In closing, I want to leave you with something I saw on a sign in front of a church on Highway 231 north of Wetumpka. “Lord, help me be the person my dog thinks I am.” If you need pet sitting services contact Heather, Sandi Aplin, Director of Gallery One Fine Art A free lance writer living in Montgomery, Alabama

Everything was falling into place; renewed my passport, Carol

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{12 Things} for active boomers and beyond


Greek Food Festival Greek Orthodox Church – 1721 Mt. Meigs Road (corner Mt. Meigs and Capitol Parkway) Friday and Saturday, November 1-2 12 noon Every year, the Greek Orthodox Church takes us back to the “Old Country” at the annual Greek food Festival held on church grounds. Serving classic Greek fares such as lamb, Athenian chicken, stuffed grape leaves, and, of course, baklava to hungry Montgomery residents, the festival is always a sell-out. Eat in and enjoy authentic Greek music, or take home to enjoy later. Either way, your taste buds will thank you! For information on purchasing tickets, call 334-462-7285.


47th Annual Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair Marks House Saturday November 2, 9-4 PM Head to the historic Marks House in Pike Road – the site of 1967’s film “The Thanksgiving Visitor” – for a day of fall fun on Saturday, November 2 from 9-4. Over 250 artists and craftsmen will display and sell their wares on the grounds. Take a break from shopping and have lunch in the tea room with homemade chicken salad sandwiches, pastries, and cakes – the famous Mocha Cakes will again be featured. Or dine on pulled pork at a picnic table under the trees. Homemade goods make this festival what it is, so bring your shopping bags and Christmas list! There will be live music and a drawing for a complete Thanksgiving meal too! Tickets are $5 at the gate. The Marks House is easy to find at 890 Old Carter Hill Road. For more info and a map visit


Ozan Vineyard Wine Excursion by Train Saturdays, November 2 and 9, 10AM Join other wine and train aficionados on these two Saturdays for Alabama’s only Wine and Train excursion! You’ll enjoy wine tasting and lunch on the grounds of the vineyard al fresco in

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the tasting area. Wine Trails USA says, “If you are pressed for time and can only visit one winery in Alabama, Ozan is a good choice.” The train ride will offer you a view of the gorgeous fall colors exploding in the area. Boarding is at 10AM and reservations are required. Want to know more? Call 205-668-6926 or visit


MADE Gallery presents “Interpreted Architecture” A&P Lofts, 505 Cloverdale Road, Unit 102 If you are a fan of photography,architecture or both, you will enjoy this unique exhibit featuring artists who use individual approaches to architecture as a vehicle for a narrative or story. The exhibit is interactive, and you can add your own impression – viewer participation is encouraged. The opening reception is from 6-8PM and the exhibit will continue by appointment. For more information on this unique event, call 334-223-4862


Sinbad in Concert Thursday November 14, 8-10PM Montgomery Performing Arts Center, 201 Tallapoosa St. Sinbad has ben hailed as one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Times” and we are in for a treat when he brings his own brand of funny here for a one night performance. He has entertained us on sitcoms and in movies such as “Houseguest” and “Jingle All The Way”. He’s the real deal where funny is concerned, so bring come friends for a night of belly laughs. Visit for ticket information.


ADT presents MISTLETOE Davis Theater, 251 Montgomery St. Friday-Sunday, November 15-17 This annual performance ushers in the holidays with over 90 The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

dancers and artists in an elaborate production of “Four Dances of Christmas” and the signature piece “The Messiah”, danced to Handel’s famous masterpiece. A dancing Santa Claus will perform again this year and children will have a chance to meet him after the Saturday and Sunday matinees. Friday’s performance at 7:30PM is dedicated to and in honor of our military. With a military ID, all active duty and retirees along with their families are admitted free. For ticket information call 334-241-2800.


A Rotary Southern Christmas Pelham Civic Complex Friday – Saturday, November 15-16

The Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club presents a festive two day holiday bazaar on November 15 and 16 at the Pelham Civic Complex. This “Southern Christmas” will be a great shopping excursion where you can shop for unique gifts for friends and family in all in one location. Many homemade and handcrafted goodies will be for sale, so come shop til you drop. Visit www. or call 205-414-3672. The Civic Complex is at 500 Amphitheater Road in Pelham.


Broadway presents “The Addams Family” BJCC Concert Hall Friday – Sunday November 15-17 They’re creepy and they’re kooky and they’re in Birmingham for one weekend! Baby boomers all remember Morticia, Gomez and the entire family from the famous television show. This magnificently macabre musical comedy is a “visually delightful, rib-tickling lunatic musical that will entertain you to death”, says the Toronto Star. Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you. Ticket information can be found at or by calling 800-745-3000. website


The Great Russian Nutcracker Montgomery Performing Arts Center, 201 Tallapoosa St. Tuesday November 19 7:30PM We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to experience the Moscow Ballet right here in Montgomery when they bring to the stage The Great Russian Nutcracker. Choreographed The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

by Stanislav Vlasov, former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, these world class dancers, stage with rolling background, and musical score together create an unforgettable holiday experience. Don’t miss it! Ticket prices are from $27.50- $102 and can be purchased by visiting or nutcracker. com


Joe Thomas Guitar Pull Tuesday November 19, 7-9PM Cloverdale Playhouse, 960 Cloverdale Road The Cloverdale Playhouse presents another great live music event in the intimate setting of the theater with Joe Thomas performing and discussing his original music from 7 to 9 PM. Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit for more information.


CeCe Winans in Concert Saturday, November 23, 7PM Montgomery Performing Arts Center, 201 Tallapoosa St. CeCe Winans is considered one of the sweetest and most inspirational gospel artists in the industry. We have a great opportunity to experience her talent for one night only here in Montgomery. CeCe and her brother BeBe have collaborated numerous times on award winning albums, and they have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Don’t miss this incredible performance! For ticket info visit


Handel’s Messiah Sunday, November 24 3-4:30 PM Riverchase UMC, 1953 Old Highway 31, Hoover “Messiah” is not only a great work of art, it is actually the first instance in the history of music of an attempt to see the drama of human redemption from an artistic standpoint. “Messiah” is a poem, and some believe, Handel’s greatest work. This performance by the members of the Alabama Civic Chorale is a gift you should give yourself this holiday season. Call 205-987-4030 or visit for more information. It ’s a Great Time to Be Booming! Please submit any events/pictures to

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By Greg Budell

The Mayor of BOOMTOWN

THE LEGEND OF JOHN CATHEY He’s not Willie, Mickey or The Duke. Baseball player John Cathey never made it to the Major Leagues. He did, however, pitch for pay in the minors for the St. Louis Cardinals. Count me among those whose inner “9 year old 4th grader” would love to have that on my resume. I have Mr. Cathy to thank for a moment of Great Internet Satisfaction.

I have my dog Hershey, to thank for making it possible. In 2006, “Manshtaweenie” was a pup, and we were exploring new routes in the neighborhood alleyway. One afternoon, Hershey suddenly bolted to the window of a house with no back yard and an open driveway. He put his paws on the window’s screen and began scratching. I ran up behind to pull him away when I realized he was simply trying to make contact with a cute little Maltese on the other side of the glass. These visits became a comical, daily occurrence.

It reminded me of a prison visit, the two of them trying to hold hands but blocked by the window. One day, to my horror, I realized Hershey’s passion for his little white friend had become destructive. The Daily Scratching (sounds like a good name for a dog newspaper doesn’t it?) had opened a nice hole in the window’s screen. Much as I loved the conjugal window visits, I didn’t want to deal with an angry owner. I dropped by the house a couple times to explain the hole and arrange a new screen but the owner was never home. One fine afternoon, Hershey and I crossed paths with a silver haired lady walking a cute little Maltese. It was Window Dog! Human and dog introductions were made.

That’s how I met Sue Cathey, John’s widow, and her Maltese named “Daisy”.

Sue couldn’t have cared less about the window screen. As we chatted, she said in her soft Southern accent “your voice sounds familiar- are you on talk radio?” I confessed and she said “I listen to you every day, you and Don Markwell.” I found this highly flattering. Only a year in town, I was still wondering if I’d find

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an audience among long term talk radio listeners in this very unique market. That this 70-ish, sweet Southern belle had become a fan made me feel hopeful I could carve out a career here. I talked about her on my show and dubbed her “The Maltese Goddess of Bellwood West”. In 2008, I bought the house directly across the alley from Sue’s place. I’d let Hershey out after my shows and he’d scramble to his love window to see Daisy. It became one of those innocent rituals in life that delivered the best free smile on the planet.

Other small dog owners in the neighborhood joined our walks so we became a fearsome street gang, “the Small Dog Walkers of Bellwood West”. Nothing sends a message to potential criminals like 6 people walking an assortment of furry, super-sized Beanie Babies stalking the sidewalks 2 or 3 times a day.

During one of these walks, Sue let it drop that her late husband John was a professional baseball player. As an ardent fan, I was eager for details but Sue’s memory was short on detail. I’d press and she’d try, but her beloved John’s baseball days were almost a half-century in the past. In 2010, after a nasty spill while walking Daisy at night, Sue told us she was leaving our little piece of heaven to take an apartment at Elmcroft’s fine assisted living center off Taylor Road.

The SDWs she left behind mourned this change. We all tried to change her mind but she was far more ready than we were. So what’s the next best thing? Sue’s daughter brings her to my house on occasional Sunday’s after church. I fix a lunch and we walk the dogs and chit chat. It was during one of those Sunday visits that John’s baseball career came up again and it hit me, maybe he is listed on-line?

I typed his name into the search engine at Baseball Reference dot com and there he was!

This quickly became my greatest Internet experience. For years, Sue has struggled to remember much of John’s career and now his 5 minor league seasons, the cities he played in and his professional record were there! Fuzzy details were now HD memories! Sue sat next to me as I scrolled John’s stats. A promising left handed pitcher, injury kept him stuck in the old low-level “C” and “D” leagues deep in the Cardinals farm system.

John’s career started in the long defunct Alabama State League playing for the Geneva Red Birds in 1950. He was promoted to Douglas (Trojans) in the Georgia State League in 1951. John’s minor league journey ended in Class C ball playing for the Harlan Smokies in the Kentucky State League- and that was as close as he would get to St. Louis.

John’s numbers said he lost more games than he won. He was a strikeout pitcher who gave up too many walks. He hit well for a pitcher, smashing home runs in each of his minor league stops. Sue got such a kick out of this miracle. “How did you meet?” I asked.

You haven’t lived until your now 80-something friend looks at you with a wink and says “I liked ball players!”

John Cathey was a ball player. He fell short of playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. But John sure as heck had a major league lady for a wife!

Greg Budell lives in Montgomery with his dog Hershey. 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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