Living Well 60+ January/February 2019

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A RESOURCE GUIDE FOR YOUR GENERATION JAN / FEB 2019 VOL. 14 ISSUE 6

ENTERTAINMENT • HEALTH • BARGAINS • LIFESTYLE

NEW YEAR WELCOMING THE

CELEBRATING WELLNESS IN 2019

ALSO INSIDE Why You Need a Flu Shot

Reviewing Your Estate Plan

Is Technology My Friend?


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Contents

STAFF WRITERS

Jan/Feb 2019

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Why You Need a Flu Shot

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How to Spot and Prevent Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

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ELDER LAW: 5 Tips for Reviewing Your Estate Plan in the New Year

Angela S. Hoover

Jamie Lober

Jean Jeffers

Lisa M. Petsche

Frank Kourt

Charles Sebastian

ROCK POINT PUBLISHING Brian Lord / Publisher David Bryan Blondell / Golf & Special Sections Director Jennifer Lord / Customer Relations Specialist Barry Lord / Sales Representative

10 Alzheimer’s Association Offers Safety Tips for Cold Weather

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11 Take Charge of Your Health to Reduce Complications 13 Is Technology My Friend? Not So Much 14 How to Plan a Family Reunion

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16 EVENTS CALENDAR 18 SENIOR SERVICES DIRECTORY 22 FAMILY VISION: Ortho-K an Alternative to LASIK 23 Safety Tips for Traveling Alone 25 FUNERAL: Pre-Planning Your Funeral Spares Loved Ones Emotional and Financial Pain

26 Older People Can Benefit From Martial Arts 28 Do You Need a Power of Attorney?

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EDITOR Dear Friends, I started writing my list of goals for 2019 in November. Among those goals is writing a will. I want to be sure my assets, such as they are, will be distributed according to my wishes – to my alma maters and a couple of other organizations that are important to me. Although some people are leery about admitting to their own mortality, there really is nothing morbid in

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making plans for when you die. It is indeed a gift of peace of mind for your family to know what you want them to do with your estate. You will find some more tips about getting your documents in order in an article in this issue from Bluegrass Elderlaw. If you’re Living Well 60+ you probably feel you have lots of life ahead of you and you’re going to wring every drop of joy and pleasure out of it that you can! Good on

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you! I will reach that milestone of six decades later this year and I’m here to tell you, I’m not going to let it slow me down. My birthday gift to myself will be … skydiving! Wanna join me? Live life like you mean it!

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Why You Need a Flu Shot It’s not just to protect you but others all around you

If you are contemplating whether to get a flu shot, your mind should be made up.

by Jamie Lober, Staff Writer

“It is the best and easiest way to protect yourself and your family from the flu every year,” said Kevin Hall, spokesperson for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. Even the littlest members of your family are advised to get this tried and tested vaccine. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu shot for everyone ages 6 months and above,” Hall said. “But it’s even more important for people age 65 and older to get a flu shot because they

are most susceptible to serious illness and complications from the flu.” Young children who may not have had a chance to fully build up their immune system are also in danger. Scientists responded to the higher risk seniors face during flu season. “There is a high-dose vaccine that can provide extra protection for the elderly population,” Hall said. “Seniors may also want to talk to their doctors about the pneumonia vaccine.” There will always be exceptions to a rule, and the same applies to the flu shot. “There are some people who should not get it, such as people with egg allergies and underlying CONTINUED

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It is absolutely not too late to get the shot.

health conditions,” Hall said. “You should talk to your medical provider to make sure it is appropriate for you.” Knowing what to expect can make you feel more at ease when you get the shot. “Most people will have a little bit of soreness in their arm that feels like they have been punched in the shoulder, but you do not get sick from it,” Hall said. If you do not feel like yourself after receiving the vaccine, that is normal. “You may feel bad for a day but that is your body absorbing and letting the immunity build up,” Hall said. It is a misconception that the flu shot can cause the flu because a live virus is not injected into you. “You can still get the flu after the shot because it could already be in your system or be a strain that is not covered by this year’s shot,” Hall said. The flu has been shown up earlier each year, but usually starts to increase in September. “In Kentucky, the flu hits its peak in late January and early February, so it is absolutely not too late to get the shot,” Hall said. It takes some time for the shot to take

effect. “It takes about two weeks to build full immunity,” said Hall. It does not help that people spend a lot of time indoors in the winter and in close quarters with lots of physical contact, such as hugs and handshakes, around the holidays. The most common and best piece of advice is to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Take care of yourself if you catch the flu. “People should stay home when they are sick or have a fever so they do not spread it to others,” Hall said. As soon as symptoms such as a fever or body ache appear, you need to see your doctor. “People say they feel like they have been hit by a truck but there are medications that can reduce symptoms,” Hall said. “Then the flu has to run its course.” When you get your the flu shot, not only are you protecting yourself but you are also protecting the people around you. Do yourself a favor: Put getting a flu shot on your list of resolutions for 2019 and check it off as early as possible.

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HOW TO SPOT AND PREVENT ELDER ABUSE IN NURSING HOMES Any signs should be taken seriously and investigated by Jean Jeffers, Staff Writer

Over 3.2 million adults live in nursing homes and other long-term health care facilities in the United States. This figure is expected to rise as the number of elderly adults grows. The American Psychological Association (APA) reports an estimated 4 million older Americans become victims of physical, psychological or other forms of abuse and neglect every year. But that is not the full story; experts estimate that for every reported abuse case, as many as 23 cases go undetected. According to the APA, the quality of life of older individuals who experience abuse is

severely jeopardized because they often experience worsening functional and financial status. They also face progressive dependency, poor health, feelings of helplessness and loneliness and increased psychological distress. Research suggests older people who have been abused tend to die earlier than others of comparable ages, even in the absence of life-threatening disease. Up to 1 in 6 nursing home residents may be the victim of abuse or neglect every year. Signs of nursing home abuse may include: • broken bones or fractures; • bruises, cuts or welts; • bed sores;

• frequent infections; • signs of dehydration; • mood swings and emotional outbursts; • reclusiveness; • refusal to speak, eat or take medications; • unexplained weight loss; • poor physical appearance or lack of cleanliness; • changes in mental status; or • caregivers that do not want patients to be left alone with others. It should be noted that not all patients with these symptoms have been subject to nursing home abuse, but any sign should be taken seriously and be a cause for further investigation. CONTINUED

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There are different types of abuse. In a nursing home, it may be perpetrated by management, an employee, another patient or a family member. Abuse takes the following forms:

Only about 7 percent of elder abuse incidents are documented.

• Physical abuse — use of physical force or violence resulting in bodily harm, pain, injury or some other form of impairment to the victim. • Emotional abuse — can be verbal or non-verbal and include intimidation or yelling, making threats, humiliation, ridicule or isolation of an older adult, keeping them from activities they enjoy. • Financial abuse — may be discerned because of unusual spending patterns or withdrawals, large unexplained expenditures or bills going unpaid. • Sexual abuse — evident in unexplained anal and/or vaginal bleeding, torn or bloodied underwear, bruises around the breasts or genitals or even a genital infection or STD. Elder abuse can be prevented by putting systems in place that prevent abuse from the start, creating community supports and services for caregivers and older people and increasing funding to provide training about the prevention and detection of elder abuse for people who work in aging-related care. In addition, older people can be empowered through senior centers and intergenerational programs that reduce the harmful effects of ageism. Nursing homes face federal funding cuts when incidents of elder abuse occur. Many cases of egregious abuse or financial abuse are commonly left unreported by nursing home staff in order to save their jobs and/or cover for the nursing home. Only about 7 percent of elder abuse incidents are documented. Where can you go for help if you suspect your loved is being abused? Contact the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) at 1-855-500-3537 or visit its Web site (https://ncea.acl.gov). You can also contact the adult protective services in your state or an area agency on aging. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her first novel, Journey Toward Healing, will be published in early February 2019 by Amazon.

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5 Tips for Reviewing Your Estate Plan in the New Year

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Welcome to 2019! The beginning of the year is a great time to plan for your future. If you have already done some estate planning, it is time to review your documents. Here are some tips: 1. Review Life Changes

• Did you have any big changes last year? • Did you get married or divorced, have a child or grandchild? • Did your assets or income change or was there a death in your family? Your documents need to reflect any of these changes. 2. Review Your Powers-ofAttorney (POA)

• Are you familiar with the new POA law enacted in Kentucky in 2018? • Are your POAs durable? Durable means the document will still work even if you are disabled. This would likely be in all bold or capital letters near the end of your document. • Does your health care or medical POA provide Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) releases? This law

prevents doctors or other mediIf you do not trust the people 5. Keep Everything Together cal professionals from disclosing receiving under your will to Place all your important docuyour health care information distribute the assets fairly, pick ments in a folder together and put without your permission. someone else. them in a safe place. In addition • Does your legal/financial POA • What about guardians for your to your legal documents, put bank provide for unrestricted gifting minor or disabled children? account information and passpower? Many POAs only allow • Do you have any specific gifts words in the folder for your loved limited gifting powers. This is that need to be added? If you ones to find easily if necessary. If an unfortunate restraint if asset have specific items you want you are putting your documents preservation planning needs to go to certain persons, this in a bank’s lock box, make sure to be done some time in the should be memorialized in your loved ones know they are future. If your document does your document. Post-It notes there. Make copies of all your not specifically mention gifting attached to personal items are documents or scan them into your powers, your agent (also called not binding on the executor computer for easy reference. the attorney-in-fact) does not and could be moved. have authority to make gifts of any kind. 4. Review Beneficiary • Are the persons you named as Designation Forms ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW Call Today: 859-281-0048 your agent(s) still the appropri• Your retirement accounts, life www.bgelderlaw.com ate people to make decisions insurance and even some bank 120 N. Mill St., Ste. 201 for you if you cannot? Are the accounts may name a person Lexington, KY 40507 people you appointed mentally to receive the assets upon your  Asset Preservation Kenton - Mary Ellis Patton - Amy E. Dougherty competent, responsible and Carolyn L.death. This person is your  Estate Planning, Wills and Take Control of Your Future! Trusts reliable? beneficiary.  Medicaid Planning and Crisis Our dedicated, multi-generational, and experienced team of Planning Mary Ellis Patton • helps Askfamilies youraddress financial institution attorneys the planning and implementation Carolyn L. Kenton  Powers of Attorney issues of becoming elderly, dealing with disability, and handling 3. Review Your Will for the most current version of death transfers.  Guardianship • Are your executors (also calledWhen planning yourforbeneficiary  Medicaid Applications your future and thedesignation future of your loved ones, you peace of mind throughout the process. At the law office of  Special Needs Trusts and personal representatives) still deserve form. Make sure what they have Planning Bluegrass Elderlaw PLLC we listen carefully to your objectives, clearly and thoroughly explain theis options best achieve goals, and the appropriate people to on record stilltowhat youyour want. equip you to approach your future with confidence. serve? You should choose a • You may want to consider responsible individual to be adding a per stipes designation, Amy E. Dougherty Katherine E. Finnell your executor. This person split the proceeds according to 120 N. Mill Street, Suite 201 does not need to be one of different percentage or desigLexington, KY 40507 your children or your heirs. nate a trust. www.bgelderlaw.com | 859.281.0048 THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT

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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR COLD WEATHER FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAN AHEAD TO AVOID WANDERING Sixty percent of those with Alzheimer’s disease will wander at some point during their diagnosis. This is a significant safety concern for the more than 71,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Kentucky. A person living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia may not remember his or her name or address and can become disoriented even in familiar places. In cold temperatures and winter weather conditions, wandering can be dangerous – even lifethreatening. As weather becomes inclement, it is important to keep your loved one with dementia safe by taking simple precautions to prevent wandering. Carry out daily activities:

Having a routine can provide structure. Consider creating a daily plan. Avoid busy places:

Shopping malls and grocery stores can be confusing, causing disorientation. Night wandering:

Restrict fluids two hours before bedtime and ensure the person has gone to the bathroom just before bed. Also, use night lights throughout the home or facility. Locks:

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Camouflage doors by painting them the same colors as the walls. Cover them with removable curtains or screens. Cover knobs with cloth in the color of the door or use childproof knobs. Monitoring devices:

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Some people will not go out without a coat, hat, pocketbook, keys, wallet, etc. Making these items unavailable can prevent wandering. When temperatures plummet and staying indoors is encouraged, planning ahead for your loved one can be crucial for his or her safety. The Alzheimer’s Association can help with activity suggestions, communication and learning how to identify confusion and the triggers that increase incidences of wandering. Planning Ahead

• Enroll the person in MedicAlert®+ Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®. Call 1-888-572-8566 or enroll online at www. alz.org/safereturn. • Consider having the person carry or wear an electronic tracking GPS device that helps manage location. Comfort Zone® and Comfort Zone Check-In® are two options. Visit www.alz.org/comfortzone for further information. • Keep a list of people for the person with dementia to call when they are feeling over-

whelmed. Have their telephone numbers in one location and easily accessible. • Ask neighbors, friends and family to call if they see the person alone or dressed inappropriately. • Keep a recent, close-up photo and updated medical information on hand to give to police. • Know your neighborhood. Pinpoint dangerous areas near the home, such as bodies of water, open stairwells, dense foliage, tunnels, bus stops and roads with heavy traffic. • It’s helpful to know if the individual is right- or left-handed. Wandering generally follows the direction of the dominant hand. • Keep a list of places where the person may wander, such as past jobs, former homes, places of worship or a restaurant. Should a loved one go missing, especially in colder temperatures, experts recommend calling 911 as soon as possible so a Kentucky Golden Alert or other public notification can be issued. In addition, file a report with MedicAlert+ Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return at 1-800-625-3780. First responders are trained to check with MedicAlert+ Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return when they locate a missing person with dementia. You do not need to be enrolled in MedicAlert+ Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return in order to file a missing report. Kentucky Golden Alerts are a public notification system that may be used to assist in the safe recovery of a missing adult who has a verified mental or cognitive impairment, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease, and whose disappearance poses a credible threat to the health or safety of the person. ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

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Take Charge of Your Health to Reduce Complications Chances of hospitalization increase as we get older

by Lisa M. Petsche, Staff Writer

As we age, our chances of being hospitalized rise due to the increased likelihood of developing chronic health conditions. The good news is numerous risk factors are within our control. There are many ways we can help prevent or manage a variety of health problems, reducing our chances of complications and hospitalization. Follow these tips to preserve your well-being and independence or that of a loved one for whom you’re providing care. Physical Health

Eat nutritious meals, get adequate rest and exercise regularly.

• Get regular medical checkups. If you miss an appointment or test, reschedule it right away. • Have your vision and hearing tested regularly. • Ensure your vaccinations are up to date. • Get a flu shot annually. • Stay away from people with contagious illnesses. Keep a travel-size hand sanitizer in your vehicle, pocket or handbag. • Take medications exactly as prescribed. If the instructions on prescription containers

or over-the-counter products are unclear, contact your pharmacist for clarification. It’s important to fill all your prescriptions at the same pharmacy. • If you take more than a few medications or your memory’s not the greatest, ask the pharmacist about aids for organizing and remembering to take your pills. • Practice healthy lifestyle habits: Eat nutritious meals, get adequate rest and exercise regularly. If you smoke, enlist your doctor’s help to quit. • Do as much for yourself as possible to maintain your abilities. • Investigate available resources in your community, which may include grocery delivery services, meals on wheels, volunteer driver programs, accessible transportation, home health services and accessible senior housing. This information can be obtained from the local office on aging. Mental Health

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• Set aside daily time for relaxation – engaging in reading or listening to music, for example. • Keep in regular contact with friends. If your social network has diminished, make new connections. Taking a class, volunteering or joining a club are great ways to meet new people. Safety

Hazardous conditions in home environments are a major cause of falls resulting in hospitalization. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to reduce these hazards for yourself or a loved one. • In stairwells: Make sure steps are in good repair and have a non-skid surface. Keep them free of clutter. Have solid handrails installed on both sides of stairways and ensure adequate lighting. • In the kitchen: Keep regularly used pots, dishes, staple foods and other supplies within easy reach. Store the heaviest items in the lower cupboards. If you must reach high places, get a step stool that has a high handrail and rubber tips. Never use a chair. • In the bathroom: Have grab bars professionally installed by the toilet and in the bathtub or shower area. Use a rubber mat (the kind with suction cups) in the tub or shower and a non-skid mat on the floor. General Tips

• Wear slippers or shoes that fit well, offer good support and have a non-skid sole. • Remove throw rugs and scatter mats. • Keep walkways clear of electrical and telephone cords. • Avoid clutter in rooms and hallways. • Use night lights in the bedroom, hallways and bathroom. Get the kind that automatically turn on in dim conditions. Also get plug-in, rechargeable flashlights that activate when the power goes out. • Sign on with a personal emergency response service. They will provide a pendant or bracelet with a button to summon help in case of a crisis. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa M. Petsche is a medical social worker and a freelance writer specializing in boomer and senior health matters.

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Is Technology My Friend? Not So Much

by Frank Kourt, Staff Writer

Lately I have come to the reluctant conclusion that either I was born in the wrong century or I have let technology outpace me. The smart phones that seemingly everyone carries around not only bedevil but repel me. Only at the urging of my wife, who bought it for me, pays the monthly bill and listens to my rants about the thing do I even have a portable phone, which I refer to as a “Stupid Phone.” This is your basic flip phone of old, and all it does is make and receive phone calls. Yes, it does have a rudimentary camera and I could, if I wanted to pay additional money for the services, give it the capabilities for texting, hooking up to the Internet and playing video games, but those are the last things I want or need. I have no Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or other such social media toys, and I’m perfectly content with that. While others around me are staring vacantly into their phones, maniacally pushing buttons or watching cute kitty videos, I’m content to have normal conversations with any fellow Luddites who may be

around or to pick up a real page-and-spine book. Lest you think these are the typical rantings of an old technophobe curmudgeon, let me assure you I am at least basically computer literate. I have and use Internet access to communicate. I have an e-mail account and I am pretty good at the basics of Photoshop, to the degree I can crop and size photos and even restore some old ones. I make my own greeting cards, and I am proud to say they’re so personalized friends and relatives actually keep scrapbooks of them. It really isn’t the basics of using computers that I object to. It’s the personal devices people carry around with them slavishly, allowing them to suck all their attention away, eliminating things such as civil conversations and normal human interaction. Occasionally my wife, who has a smart phone and is tuned into her Facebook, will try texting a friend and complain about not getting an answer. My response is always, “Why don’t you pick up the phone and call her like a grownup?” Unfortunately, I sometimes get the

impression the feeling is mutual – that technology hates me back. Case in point: When they first came out with GPS devices, we got one. It worked pretty well getting us around, especially in town, but I discovered its darker side driving along a mountainous Kentucky road one day. Mountainous terrain can confuse these things, so as I was driving along, the GPS said in its annoyingly soothing voice, “Turn right here.” The only problem was, had I followed the instructions, I would have taken the car straight over a 90-foot cliff! “You evil electronic spawn of Satan!” I yelled. “You’re trying to KILL me!” My other satisfaction in not being burdened with personal devices is a practical one. During my entire career, I was chained to a desk with a phone and a writing device, such as an electric typewriter (in the early years; I used a computer more recently). When it’s time to relax, I want to get AWAY from this stuff, not carry it around in my pocket. So keep your personal devices, your Linked-in, your Facebook and other forms of social media. I’m perfectly happy in a unique old-timey way, thank you!

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How to Plan a Family Reunion Start planning now for a summer get together By Tanya J. Tyler, Editor Are you thinking of having a family reunion this year? Now is a great time to start planning for a summer get together. Your family members will have plenty of time to prepare if you start getting the word out now. With Facebook and social media readily available, putting together a committee and keeping everyone in the loop about the plans is fairly easy – you could even set up your own Family Reunion Web site. And there are plenty of sources on the Web that offer checklists and tips to help your planning go smoothly. Some of those tips include: • Gather everyone’s contact information (physical addresses, cell phone numbers, email addresses) and make sure everything is up to date. Keep this information in one place, such as special file or folder on your computer. • Break down all the major responsibilities – finding a date and venue, deciding about food and games or coordinating special activities – into smaller components and ask who’s willing to handle the different tasks. • Set a budget. With a ballpark figure of what the reunion will cost (for instance, if you have to rent a hall to hold the event or if you want to hire a DJ to provide music), you can ask attendees to chip in a certain amount to cover expenses. • Chose a venue. This will depend on how many people plan to attend. For a small reunion, you can reserve a shelter at a local park or a church fellowship hall. If there will


be more than 50 people, you may need to look into places such as lodges at state parks or a hotel banquet hall. Call around and get some estimates. • Decide whether the reunion will be a potluck meal or if the group would rather have it catered. Call different restaurants and catering businesses to see which ones fit into your budget. For food offerings, find old family recipes and have different people make various dishes, updating them if necessary. Will everyone pitch in to purchase plates, dinnerware and cups? What beverages will be available? • At least two weeks ahead of time, confirm with everyone who has said they will attend. If you have caterers or other suppliers and event planners, confirm with them as well. Double check the reservations you’ve made for the venue. • Send invitations so everyone can start planning. You can use an online service such as Evite or send invitations by traditional mail. Be sure to include the date, time, location, costs and event schedule. Include an RSVP date and an email address or phone number so people can respond or ask questions. You may also need to consider: • How will people get to the event? Will it be necessary to rent transportation such as a van or a party bus or will family members provide rides? • If people plan to stay a couple of days before or after the reunion, can you find a hotel that will offer group rates? • A nice touch is to have T-shirts made for everyone. Ask someone artistic in the family to design them or have the children draw a picture you can use. • Do you want decorations at the reunion site? Who will provide them and put them up? You may want to hire an event planner to handle those details. You could ask attendees to bring old family photos to display. • Think about different activities to offer. For instance, if you’re in your family’s hometown, take a tour of places that are important to your family’s history. If you’re in another city, arrange to visit museums or other tourist attractions. Check prices so everyone knows what to expect to spend. If you’re meeting in a park, bring equipment for outdoor games such as croquet, volleyball, soccer or softball. (If you’re going to an outdoor space, have a Plan B in case it rains.) • Take plenty of photos. Undoubtedly everyone will have their cell phones handy. But you may want to have a professional photographer take a commemorative group photo. This will make a nice memento. • Ask for volunteers to help with clean up after the reunion is over.

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FAMILY VISION

Ortho-K an Alternative to LASIK by Dr. Rick Graebe, Family Eyecare Associates and Vision Therapy

When you were first diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia), did you resign yourself to wearing eyeglasses for the rest of your life, thinking nothing else could be done to improve your eyesight? Many innovations have been made in the treatment of myopia over the years. Most people are familiar with LASIK or refractive surgery, but a viable alternative you may not have heard of is orthokeratology. Orthokeratology, also called ortho-k, uses specially designed rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contact lenses to change the front surface of your eye (the cornea). This reduces or corrects myopia. You wear the lenses overnight and wake up seeing clearly all day long without the hassles of conventional glasses or contacts. While you sleep, the lenses reshape the cornea to correct your vision. Today’s technology makes ortho-k easy to implement. To

assess whether a patient is a good in progressive stages. The goal is candidate for ortho-k, a scan is to make the cornea less curved made of the cornea and lenses are and more spherical. Most of the manufactured for a precise reduc- visual changes you’ll notice oction in the eye’s optical imperfec- cur in the first few weeks, and it tion. The cornea requires frequent is very elastic examinations You wear the and the ortho-k and progressive lenses basically lenses overnight lens changes. help it reshape Stabilization proand wake up seeing cedures follow itself. Ortho-k can be effective at a slower pace clearly all day. even if you have over the next a low degree of few months. The astigmatism. Ortho-k particularly time frame is usually between suits people who participate in one and three months. You must sports or work in dusty, dirty wear retainer lenses or the cornea environments that can make will revert to its original shape. wearing contact lens or glasses Most ortho-k patients are at least difficult. 18 years old. Your eye doctor will perform a Ortho-k offers several advanthorough eye examination before tages over LASIK surgery: Both you undergo ortho-k. This will eyes are done at the same time, give him a chance to assess the there is no post-operative pain or health of your eyes and deterhazy vision and changes over time mine how effective the procecan be handled without surgery. dure will be for you. The speed Perhaps most important of all, and accuracy of the treatment ortho-k is reversible and can be varies with each individual. If modified if necessary. And it is less your doctor determines you are expensive than LASIK. However, a good candidate for ortho-k, he should you choose to have LASIK will fit you with the RPG lenses surgery in the future, ortho-k does

not preclude this option. The goal of ortho-k is to correct your vision to 20/20 without having to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day. In FDA trials, more than 65 percent of patients were able to achieve 20/20 visual acuity after wearing the reshaping lenses overnight. For more information about ortho-k and to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure, call Family Eyecare Associates at (859) 879-3665. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.

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Safety Tips for Traveling Alone Keep aware when out and about, whether abroad or in your own neighborhood by Jamie Lober, Staff Writer

Seniors are increasingly independent, which is a hugely positive thing. But when you’re out and about, especially when traveling, it’s important not to leave safety by the wayside. If you’re hitting the road or taking to the sky this season for business or pleasure, remember to put safety first. Writing down and sticking to a checklist can make your trip go smoother. Keep critical phone numbers with you, such as close friends, family and doctors. Gather up all your identification cards, including driver’s license, insurance cards and AAA if you are a member. Keep medications as well as a list of what you take with you at all times – do not check it with your baggage. Basic first-aid essentials such as Band-Aids and something to help a headache or upset stomach can be beneficial. Since winter is cold and flu season, some people like to carry hand sanitizer or even wear a face mask to protect themselves when traveling. Little actions that seem safe – such as communicating your plans with someone or posting them on Facebook – may actually be harmful. “One of the things I see, especially with seniors leaving their homes, is that they will leave notes saying they are going for a walk and what time they will be back and someone breaks in the house during that time,” said Sgt. Donnell Gordon with the Lexington Police Department. Many even leave their doors unlocked,

which makes them an easy target for burglars. At night, seniors should never walk alone. “A lot of the bad things happen at night,” said Gordon. If you need to go out, have a friend accompany you. What may be equally as good as or better than the buddy system is having a furry friend by your side. “We suggest if you have a small animal to take him with you on your walk,” Gordon said. “A lot of times a dog picks up vibes and barks and alerts people, which

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deters criminals.” Get to know your neighbors. Having a neighborhood watch can make a difference. “You should know who should and should not be in certain areas,” said Gordon. If you see a car that does not belong in your neighborhood, make a phone call to police. Many times citizens actually help the police in making arrests. Look at people when you encounter them in your neighborhood. “Make eye contact with people,” Gordon said. “Sometimes you can get a good read on a person just by making eye contact.” Never confront a scene that could be dangerous. “Do not approach the person or call them out,” Gordon said. “Call the police and tell them about the behaviors they are showing. Give a description of the person and where they were last seen.” Technology can sometimes be distracting for senior walkers and

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others. Don’t get so caught up in checking your phone that you forget to observe what is going on around you. “We always try to tell seniors to be aware of their surroundings and look for any type of suspicious activity while walking,” Gordon said. Avoid carrying a large purse. If you will not be out for a long time, you may want to carry just an ID, a small amount of cash and maybe a credit card in your pockets. “Fanny packs are a great idea because they wrap around you and suspects do not want to fool with them,” Gordon said. But if someone does try to snatch your purse, let them have it. “It’s not worth trying to hold onto it and getting hurt,” Gordon said. Travel with confidence but be smart. “Anyone can be a victim at any point in time,” Gordon said. But if you stay alert and aware, you will greatly reduce your chances of having a dream trip turn into a nightmare.

Travel with confidence but be smart. Anyone can be a victim at any point in time.


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FUNERAL

Pre-Planning Your Funeral Spares Loved Ones Emotional and Financial Pain

by Jeanne Sledd, Senior Advance Planning Specialist and Funeral Director

If an accident happened to cause your death today, would your loved ones know how to arrange your funeral or life celebration? Who will notify your family and friends? Have you discussed the type of visitation, funeral or memorial service you’d like to have with anyone? Do you know what casket or urn you would like? Do others know your favorite song? Is there a favorite outfit you’d want to wear? Do you want a traditional burial or do you want to be cremated? Do you have military benefits that may pay for part of the funeral? And the questions go on and on. When a death occurs, survivors are naturally stunned, often emotionally devastated, and find it difficult to make decisions when they are simply trying to cope with their loss. Making the choice to pre-plan your funeral is a big decision, but it is something loved ones will appreciate very much at the time of your death. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the

average person finds themselves planning a funeral only once or twice in their entire lifetime. As such, it is perfectly normal to feel a sense of apprehension, uncertainty or even outright fear of this unfamiliar process. If a person does not have an advance funeral plan, planning is complicated by the feelings of great sadness one has when someone has died. With an advance plan, all necessary and difficult decisions can be made so families can devote their time and energy to honoring the memory of their loved one. They can concentrate on sharing sentiments and stories with each other, friends and associates during the visitation and celebration of life memorial service. If you do not plan for the inevitable end of life, then one day a great deal of responsibility will be placed on the shoulders of a spouse or children for final arrangements and the settlement of your estate. People buy life insurance to provide economic means for

survivors. But money from life insurance doesn’t console survivors dealing with their emotional pain from grieving. Lawyers draw up wills to ensure possessions in estates will be distributed according to your wishes. But an estate is not probated until after a funeral. By taking the time now to put your affairs in order for your funeral, loved ones can be spared emotional and financial burdens in the future. At the time of completing a funeral plan, individuals are given an option whether they wish to pre-fund the plan or just put their wishes on paper. Because we are living longer and our families are often scattered around the country, advance planning is the responsible gift that provides helpful guidance, emotional support and required information to those who will survive us. A funeral or memorial service is an opportunity for family, friends and associates to gather, reflect upon and honor the meaning and impact of the life of a deceased

It is never too early to pre-plan your funeral or life celebration.

loved one. It is a complex blend of religious, psychological, emotional, social and economic dimensions that are interrelated but individual for each service. A funeral or life celebration is a ceremonial event that must be planned to coordinate activities and people in a flowing sequence that will help provide a positive lasting memory for everyone in attendance. It is never too early to pre-plan and/or pre-fund your funeral or life celebration. You can always make changes to your plan if your circumstances change ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeanne Sledd is a senior advanced planning specialist and licensed funeral director. She has worked for Milward Funeral Directors for nearly 20 years. Milward Funeral Directors has three locations in Lexington. Jeanne can be reached at 859-252-3411.

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If older adults can do pushups and sit-ups, regular noncompetitive martial arts of self defense are a great way to improve their health.


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Older People Can Benefit From Martial Arts Gain health and longer life with proper training By Charles Sebastian, Staff Writer When thinking about who participates in the martial arts today, many groups are excluded. But even people who are Living Well 60+ could benefit from true, traditional martial arts to attain health and longer life. The trick with proper martial arts training is to first of all find someone who is a well-qualified instructor. Then, consider whether the instructor has the students’ best interests at heart. There are telltale signs this may not be the case. If you have come to a martial arts studio seeking good-quality training and instead there is compulsory sparring – especially if people are getting hurt – this is not good training. If competition and one-upmanship is all that’s emphasized and true learning takes a back seat to aggressive behavior, this is another sign of a less-than-ideal facility. Bill Durbin, the Soke, or Headmaster, of Kiyojute Ryu Kempo, has been training and teaching martial arts since 1970. His many books and articles on the subject of traditional martial arts are complemented by his dojo in Frankfort, where you can find him working out with his classes daily, teaching traditional, self-defensebased martial arts. “The best thing about teaching older people and senior citizens martial arts, whether Kempo Karate, Jujutsu, Tai Chi or other related arts, is watching them maintain their health and wellbeing,” Durbin said. “One of my students started Kempo training at age 56, and at age 82 she still trains at the dojo in Kempo karate, Jujutsu and many other arts. And she also helps teach a Karate for Kids class, working with children ages 6 to 13.” Durbin offers assurance to older adults who feel they can handle more vigorous exercise: “If older adults can do push-ups and situps, regular noncompetitive martial arts of self defense are a great way to improve their health in all three aspects of fitness: flexibility, endurance and strength.” For those who need lighter options, perhaps due to infirmity, Durbin says Tai Chi is perfect. “It improves all three aspects of fitness, but in a much more gentle manner,” he said. “The movements are slow, fluid and non-stressful. Medical research has proven Tai Chi improves the immune system, increases brain density, builds new neural pathways and increases general flexibility. It also strengthens the skeletal structure and improves muscular strength, all in a safer way than aerobic exercise or strength-bearing training.” The relationships and teachings developed from martial arts training, where everyone wants the best for everyone else, are invaluable and meaningful. “One of my favorite memories of teaching senior citizens was a lady in her 80s who was lamenting being unable to open jars any

more,” Durbin said. “She had her son come over to open her jars. I still remember the day she came in all excited saying, ‘I can open my jars again!’ This was due to the safe yet strengthening methods used in teaching Tai Chi.” Durbin first started teaching senior citizens when he was in his 30s. Now he is a senior citizen himself and has the skill, health and physical ability to demonstrate the nuances of the many martial arts of which he is a master to people of all ages. His youngest student is 6 years old and he has taught people as old as 100 years. “Most of all, training in the martial arts improves one’s mental health and disposition,” Durbin said. “Medical research has shown that training in Tai Chi and other martial arts helps fight depression.” For more information about top-quality martial arts instruction or information for all ages about self-defense training in general, call (502) 848-0060 or visit http://kiyojuteryu.com/home.html.

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Do You Need a Power of Attorney? Several situations make it practical to have one

Different types of POAs afford different levels of control.


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By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer A power of attorney (POA) is a document that allows one person to manage affairs on behalf of another individual. POAs appoint an attorney-in-fact – the person who will be making decisions on behalf of the other. Different types of POAs afford different levels of control. There are many situations that may make having a POA practical. An elderly person, especially one with dementia, would certainly benefit from having a POA. Other people who should consider getting a POA include someone who is single, lives alone and has no close family if he or she is scheduled for a major surgery; anyone diagnosed with a serious medical condition; and anyone with real assets, such as real estate, who is leaving the country. POAs are living documents that should be regularly updated as life events change. There are many types of POAs. A general POA gives broad powers to a person or organization, listed as the agent or attorney-in-fact, to act on another’s behalf. This can be for an individual, children, a business or organization. The agent can be an individual, organization or institute. These broad powers can include handling finances and business transactions, such as paying bills; buying life insurance; settling claims; operating business interests; making gifts; and employing professional help. A general POA is

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good for the average healthy person or someone who may leave the country and needs someone else to handle certain matters during their absence. This POA also works well for those who are physically or mentally incapable of managing their affairs. A general POA is often included in an estate plan to make sure someone can handle financial matters. A Special POA is more specific in stipulating which powers an agent may exercise. These apply when someone cannot handle certain affairs due to other commitments or health reasons. Examples of some specific powers that can be granted in a special POA include selling personal and real property; managing real estate; collecting debts; and handling business transactions. The agent may be authorized to sell items and collect and deposit the money into the person’s bank account, but they cannot access the account to make withdrawals, transfers or payments. A Health Care POA gives the agent authority to make medical decisions on another’s behalf if they are unconscious, mentally incompetent, etc. This is not the same as a living will, although many states allow a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) to be included in this type of POA. Some states allow combining parts of a health care POA and a living will into an advanced health care directive. A Durable POA safeguards against any problems that may arise after a POA is in place. Basically, it helps keep a POA valid in the event something drastically changes. A durable POA can be general, special, health care, etc. and has a durability provision to keep the current POA of any type in effect. The durable POA is a good provision to help in the event a person’s mental decline is too extreme for drawing up another POA to accommodate new circumstances. A POA is an important legal document that helps you and others handle all matters in unfortunate situations. An unexpected accident or car crash could leave you incapacitated indefinitely, but a POA would help ensure you get the care you need and your life and/or business affairs carry on seamlessly. Of course, it’s important to trust the person(s) you name as your agent. After choosing the POA that works best for you, review it every two years. Ideally, it should be rewritten every five years as laws and life circumstances can change.

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By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer Voicemail is easy to set up – it’s quite similar to the old-school cassette answering machines of the past. Different phones will have slightly different steps. Basic Android Set Up

TECH TIPS How to Set Up Your Voicemail Different phones have different steps

Verify that your carrier is set up as your voicemail phone number. This is the usual default except on the most basic of phones that use standalone SIM cards. Open the Phone app or click on the phone icon. Access the settings menu on the phone. It is usually in the upper right corner and is often represented by three vertical dots. At call settings, choose the voicemail option. You may see only My Carrier (or a similar phrase) or various options for voicemail phone numbers. When My Carrier is selected, your voicemail is activated and you need only set your password and record your greeting.


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Most Android phones have the voicemail phone number set to the number 1 on speed dial. Press and hold the 1 key on the phone dialer keypad and it should call your carrier’s voicemail phone number. Some phones will have a voicemail icon on the dial pad to quickly connect you to the voicemail phone number. Other phones may have a voicemail app icon. Call the voicemail phone number to finish setting up your account by following the prompts. To access your messages after set up, just call the voicemail phone number, enter your password and follow the prompts to play, replay, save or delete messages.

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• From the Home screen, tap the Phone icon and then go to voicemail (lower left). • If you’re switching to an iPhone from an Android with the same carrier, you may be directed to the automated voicemail system. If so, follow the voice prompts. If unsuccessful, dial *86 to manually set it up. • Tap Set Up Now. If the pop-up doesn’t appear, your voicemail has already been set up. Simply tap “greeting” in the upper left of the voicemail screen and record. Enter a password, then tap done. Tap custom to record a greeting. Default will be an automated greeting.

Basic iPhone Set Up

Advanced Options

The iPhone comes with Visual Voicemail through Apple. It functions just like Google Voice’s service. Your carrier may also provide voicemail service through its designated voicemail phone number. To set up voicemail on iPhones 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max or XR, follow these steps:

Adding a voicemail number to your Android phone may be necessary if you’re switching carriers or modifying the phone in some way. You may also want to edit the default voicemail number to a voicemail service other than your carrier’s, such as Google Voice. You can also create a new number to keep your cell phone number private. Just search for “free voicemail service” or “add

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free second line to phone.” To change the voicemail phone number, go to the voicemail option through your phone settings as outlined above. Tap on the voicemail phone number to enter or change the voicemail phone number. Google Voice provides a phone number for use on any device so you can text, call or check your voicemail through the app on cell phones, computers and tablets. It’s essentially a forwarding service that gives you a free phone number tethered to your Gmail account. You can also forward calls and messages to any of your devices. Visual voicemail reads your voicemails or transcribes them and sends them to you as a text or email if you prefer. To get this service: • Install Google Voice via an app store – it’s completely free. • After installation, open the app and follow the instructions to create a voice number. • Link your current phone number by following the onscreen steps. • Enable Visual Voicemail Notifications and other settings.

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