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Dear Friends, What’s your hobby? I have enjoyed several over my lifetime. I used to collect the little charms that were once interspersed in gumball machines. I have been contemplating ways to display them: on an antique window or mirror or on a glass table top? I still have my collection of toy horses (pictured). I can still recite their names and when and where I got them. I also collect fruit-and vegetable-shaped teapots.
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Tanya J. Tyler, Editor | Share your story: firstname.lastname@example.org My grandmother used to collect salt and pepper shakers. She kept them in a locked glass-front cabinet, and I spent many hours gazing at them. My favorites included a roast turkey and its platter and John F. Kennedy in his rocking chair. My son claimed the remnants that my mother had and now I help him collect new ones. At the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, I found
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Hobbies Are Good for Your Health
The ideal hobby fulfills three roles: as a diversion (escape from daily life), as a passion (engaging in something you love) and as a way to create a sense of purpose, says Michael Brickey, author of DON’T DISCOUNT THE CONCEPT Defy Aging. Left to our whims, we often OF FREE TIME opt for passive leisure activities, by Angela S. Hoover, ease stress, lower blood pressure such as TV viewing and surfing and total cortisol levels and help Staff Writer the Web. But we are much more reduce body mass index. invigorated by active leisure that Hobbies help us Do you have a psychologist structure our time. hobby? Hobbies Mihaly CsikszenAccording to Parcan give meantimihalyi calls Research kinson’s law, “Work ing and purpose to your life in flow activities. expands to fill the retirement. As Robert Putnam When we get lost has shown time available for points out in his book, Bowling in a sport, art its completion.” In Alone, it’s easy to discount the project or other other words, things importance of hobbies and social challenging, abpeople who take as much time engagements. Putnam details sorbing activity, as you have. So the widespread decline in civic experience have hobbies we when a day or an engagement, from PTA memberflow as Csikszentevening stretches ships to neighborhood potlucks defines are generally mihalyi and bowling leagues. Over a couple out unscheduled the term. Time before you, it can of generations, Americans have flies, self-conhealthier. misplaced the concept of free time. feel lonely and sciousness disappointless. But a Yet research has shown people pears and you’re hobby, especially who have hobbies are generally fully immersed in one that requires you to go somehealthier and have lower risks of the activity at hand. Hobbies keep where at particular times, forces depression and dementia, accordyou present in the now. When you you to get tasks done more quickly. are caught up with something you ing to the American Psychological Ironically, hobbies can create more enjoy, you are not focused on the Association (APA). Hobbies help time by encouraging efficiency. physically in several ways. They future or dwelling on the past.
For retirees, hobbies can play a critical role in sharpening cognitive ability, keeping the mind active and engaged and preventing the symptoms of depression that can lead to serious health problems. Some retirees sail smoothly into retirement, spending time on hobbies and with family and friends. But others experience anxiety, depression and debilitating feelings of loss, says the APA. “People can go through hell when they retire and they will never say a word about it, often because they are embarrassed,” said Robert Delamontagne, Ph.D. and author of The Retiring Mind: How to Make the Psychological Transition to Retirement. “The cultural norm for retirement is that you are living the good life.” Hobbies add layers to your identity and richness to your self-concept. Other people like to be around those with passions, a sense of curiosity and stories to tell, all of which hobbies can provide. You’ll also have something interesting to talk about and share with others. Your hobbies will not only inspire you, they may also inspire others as well.
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Special People by Katie E. Finnell, J.D., LL.M., Bluegrass Elderlaw, PLLC
Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future. Special Needs Planning typically involves creating a Special Needs Trust or designating the ability to create a Special Needs Trust in the future (see below). These trusts are established by placing funds or other assets under the control of a trustee who will use the funds for the benefit of the special needs individual without disqualifying the person from government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Life insurance can be used to fund or add to the trust in the future. It is extremely important that the language in the trust is written correctly to comply with the
restrictions and requirements set forth by the law. It is also important to remember the funds in the Special Needs Trust are to supplement, not supplant, the government benefits. These funds are strictly used to provide financial assistance for any care above and beyond what the government provides. Lily is very young, but her parents and I have already had a conversation about what her care might look like in the future. If Lily develops the ability to understand her finances and can provide for her own health-care needs, she may be able to appoint a power of attorney when she turns 18. This would allow whoever she appoints, typically her parents, to assist her with her finances, if necessary, and be involved in her medical care when needed. If Lily does not develop an understanding of finances, health care, or have the ability to care for herself, she would lack the capacity to appoint a power of attorney. She will, however, still need assistance in these areas. Someone, typically a parent, would petition the court to be appointed Lily’s guardian in
order to legally be allowed to make decisions for her. Lily’s parents are also planning for their other children. While none of them currently have any medical issues, there is no way to predict the future. This is where their Last Will and Testament comes into play. As most couples do, their wills list each other as the primary beneficiary of their estate. All the children are listed as the secondary beneficiaries if something happens to both parents. In order to protect the interests of all the children, they have listed several other family members as guardians for the children. Additionally, their wills have Special Needs Trust trigger language in them. This means the will directs (“triggers”) the disabled beneficiary’s inherited funds to a Special Needs Trust if he or she qualifies for SSI or Medicaid at the time of the inheritance. (This trigger also applies if the beneficiary is a disabled surviving spouse.) If none of the beneficiaries of the estate are special needs, the trigger language is not applied. Without the Special Needs language in the will, the funds automatically get distributed
to the beneficiaries. Having the Special Needs language in the will and not needing it is much more desirable than needing the language and not having it. In developing a plan, it is important to work with an attorney experienced in special needs planning and who is familiar with the governmental agencies providing the benefits. A clear understanding of how a person’s income and assets affects his or her SSI and Medicaid benefits is crucial to prevent the disruption or termination of benefits. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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attention through sensory curiosity, such as smelling a bouquet of flowers, viewing an elegant portrait or reading an intriguing article, editorial or book. Challenge:
Expanding your understanding of social, political or religious issues by attending a series of lectures strengthens your ability to challenge yourself beyond an already existing belief. Control:
Why We Enjoy Our Hobbies Relax, reflect, clear your mental palette and keep learning by Dr. Tom Miller, Staff Writer
The MerriamWebster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape. When you get that urge to withdraw or hide from the realities of daily life, don’t. Instead, find a hobby to zone in on, something that gives you time to refocus and collect your thoughts – and maybe some tangible items,
such as teapots, clocks, snow globes, etc. Focusing on a hobby can induce a relaxing, meditative state. When I am working on a manuscript, my desk is near one of my hobbies — a model train layout. If I get stuck trying to figure out where I want to take the reader in my story or article, I shift to working on the miniature world of my model trains. Allowing myself to enter another realm takes me away from the more difficult challenge of the moment. By making that shift and focusing on the hobby I have enjoyed since childhood, the creativity I utilize in one domain helps me transition to another. When our brain is involved in something it enjoys, an intrinsically motivated transference can occur. This is a scientific term defined as performing an action or behavior because you enjoy that activity
itself. Acting on extrinsic motivation is done for the sake of some external reward, but the inspiration for acting on intrinsic motivation can be found in the action itself. In work settings, for instance, productivity can be increased by using extrinsic rewards such as bonuses. However, the actual quality of the work performed is influenced by intrinsic factors. If someone does something he finds rewarding, interesting and challenging, he is more likely to relax and open his mind to come up with novel ideas and more creative solutions. In psychology, intrinsic motivation distinguishes between the internal and external rewards in life. Intrinsic motivation occurs when we act without any obvious external rewards. We simply enjoy an activity or see it as an opportunity to explore, learn and actualize our potentials. Some examples include planting a garden, painting a picture, playing a game, writing a story or reading a book. The psychological factors behind intrinsic motivation include the three Cs: Curiosity, Challenge and Control. Curiosity:
Intrinsic motivation increases when something in the physical environment grabs the individual’s
The intrinsically motivated learner controls the learning process in her life and seeks new ideas and perspectives just for the enjoyment and satisfaction of self-actualizing her whole person. Having a hobby you really like brings joy and enriches your life. Hobbies give us something fun to do during our leisure time and affords us the opportunity to learn new skills. There are entire Web sites devoted to hobbies and interests. A Web search is bound to uncover one that suits you. Consider becoming an intrinsically motivated learner and find the perfect hobby that opens for you the experiences of curiosity, challenge and control in living well whatever your age. SOURCES AND RESOURCES
• 13 Hobbies That Are Both Cheap and Fun. (www.thebalance.com/cheap-and-fun-hobbies-4125444) • National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (https://miniatures.org) ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.
MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT
Financial Professional What kind of lifestyle do you hope to have in retirement? Do you have a strategy to get there? If you don’t have confidence in your plan, it may be time to engage a financial professional. But how do you choose one that’s right for you? These days, you have more options than ever, including so-called robo-advisors. Roboadvisors typically use algorithms to assemble investment portfolios, with little to no human supervision, after customers answer questions online. Generally, robo-advisors are fairly cheap and their recommendations are usually based on sound investment principles such as diversification. However, when considering a robo-advisor, you should determine if an algorithm can address your needs as well as a human being would – someone who actually becomes familiar with your life and all aspects of your financial situation. Furthermore, a robo-advisor can’t really handle the new wrinkles that will inevitably pop up, such as when you change
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5 Money-Making Hobbies Make your pastimes pay by Harleena Singh, Staff Writer
One of the best ways to both be retired and bring in some money is to find a way to generate cash from your hobbies. It’s a great idea to have several different hobbies because that will give you more opportunities to make more dough. Here are a few hobbies that can help seniors make money: Writing
If you are a writer, visit your library or bookstore and look at the current Writer’s Market, an excellent yearly publication that tells what book and magazine publishers are looking for. You can also easily self-publish a book by using Amazon’s system for Kindle books. Writing has all kinds of possibilities. You can be a freelancer, sending pitches to magazine editors, or you can sign up on sites such as Fiverr or People Per Hour, where you can offer your services for open bidding. You could even
start your own blog, and if you get a steady flow of visitors to it, soon enough the opportunity to add advertising may appear, as well as affiliate deals, thus creating an income stream. Photography
Photography is a pastime that’s part hobby and part artwork. If the photos you’re taking gravitate more toward art, it’s entirely possible you’ll be able to make some money with this hobby. There are several ways to monetize photography. A number of major Web sites, such as Flickr and Shutterstock, provide photos to various users across the Web. You can earn money by setting up an account on those sites and adding your photos to sell to potential clients. Another idea is to market your work directly to actual clients. Professional photographers are quite expensive, so you may be able to sell your services as a discount to people who need photos for graduations, weddings and other events.
You can earn money by painting, sculpting, scrapbooking, quilting, knitting, sewing or making jewelry. You can create wall hangings, centerpieces, necklaces and other decorative items or sell your art online on sites such as Etsy or create your own retail art store online. Art can be a social activity with friends or family members, which ensures seniors mingle with other people. Other hobbies such as cooking, baking and catering are some more ways to make money after retirement. The key to making money while still enjoying your retirement is to do something you already enjoy so the hours you spend seem less like work and more like play. Best of all, you can control when, where and how much you work.
If you can build or repair furniture, you can build a side business in carpentry with very little competition. Carpentry is especially lucrative if you have the capability to restore antique furniture. That’s a skill all its own; by properly restoring an antique piece, you can increase its value considerably. Music
This is one of those hobbies that lends itself very well to tutoring. You could start by teaching piano, guitar, drum or violin lessons. There are hundreds of other instruments out there. You could help both children and adults master the craft. If you’re an outstanding piano player, you could get a gig at a church or play for weddings and at event venues – even funerals.
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by Jennifer Lord, Young Living Essential Oils Distributor
By now you probably have heard of essential oils. It seems we all know of someone who is using essential oils or has spoken of their value. You may find them to be a passing phase. You may even think they are a young person thing. But whatever your opinion, essential oils are gaining the attention of young and old alike. What are essential oils and why are so many people using them in their everyday lives? An essential oil is a volatile substance derived from plants containing the natural smell and characteristics of the plant. From the beginning of time, cultures have used plant oils and extracts. If you have ever broken off an aloe vera stem and rubbed it onto a burn, then you, too, have experienced the benefits of essential oils. The oils from the aloe vera calm the discomforts of the burn while at the same time encouraging skin repair. Essential oils in the very same way provide our bodies with natural building blocks to support cellular functions. Today, instead of growing our own plants and distilling oils,
we can buy them. But buyer be aware: Not all oils are the same. Depending on how the plant is grown, its distillation process and the attention to purity, oils on the market can be nothing more than fragrances. They can also contain toxic chemicals. Therapeutic grade essential oils, when used as intended, can provide a powerful complement to your daily health regimen. Because essential oils contain the actual building blocks of plants, their cellular make up is similar to ours. Essential oils cross over our cellular membrane, encouraging and supporting overall health. Their aromas go beyond smelling wonderful. Essential oils can be used to stimulate and support our body systems. How do essential oils work? The body is equipped with systems that regulate it. The endocrine system secretes hormones that regulate cell activity. The pituitary gland secretes stress hormones or cortisol. Both of these systems keep us alive and balanced. They help us respond to danger and they help us relax and rest in the off hours. Unfortunately, these systems can be overstressed. Our jobs, our environment, life’s demands – all can keep us in a constant state of stress. Our bodies are not made for constant stress. When our immune
Smell is the only sense directly linked to the emotional center of our brains.
system is constantly under stress, we can become more vulnerable. Essential oils can help support these hormone systems of the brain. Did you know smell is the only sense directly linked to the emotional center of our brains? This emotional center, known as the limbic system, is in charge of decoding smells and sending the appropriate message to the brain’s switchboard. The limbic system helps control body temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue and sleep. These hormone responses help the body regulate itself. In a nutshell, we smell an odor and our brain quickly decodes the odor’s message. Depending on that message, our body produces the necessary hormones. If the smell is paired with a good memory, the body relaxes. If the smell is paired with a stressful experience, the body sends stress hormones for action. The hippocampus, which is the seat of memory, and the amygdala, which regulates emotions, are where we can see this concept in action. By inhaling an oil that has a pleasant association, it is possible to ease tension because the brain sends the message that all is well. Coupled with massage, essential oils can foster deep relaxation,
which can alter our perceptions. If my brain says I’m okay, I must be okay. Helping ease the stress on the body and encouraging it to relax allows these important centers in the brain to function and perform at their ultimate capacity. With all the demands of today, who couldn’t use a little more natural help? And who knew one of the keys to well being could be right under our noses? SOURCES AND RESOURCES
• Young Living Essential Oils Pocket Reference (2016) Life Science Publishing, 7th Edition • Buckle, Jane. Shyness: The New Solution. Psychology Today, January 2000 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer Lord is an office director and distributor of Young Living Essential Oils. She has a personal commitment to whole-body wellness, with emphasis on nutrition and fitness. For a free consultation on the benefits of essential oils and how to implement them into your daily regimen, follow her on Facebook at “Nature’s Essential Truth” or contact her at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATTITUDE PETS CAN LEAD TO A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER LIFE … OR NOT
by Frank Kourt, Staff Writer
I often come across feel-good articles written by everybody from veterinarians to cardiologists that talk about how having pets can boost your health. These articles claim pet ownership can lower blood pressure and stress levels and even relieve depression. This is all well and good, but I can assure you, these writers have never met my cat, Magic. Take my evil, satanic cat … please! Magic came to us about four years ago. We returned home from vacation and he was just … there. The cute little all-black kitten with a white star on his chest and bright green eyes of course immediately attached himself to me. I couldn’t go in or out of the house without my little shadow meowing at me. He seemed to be saying, “I know I belong in a house, so why won’t you let me in … or at least feed me?” Feeding strays is the last thing they tell you to. After all, I already had a cat, a very nice, quiet indoor resident named Jerry, so I decided against feeding the newcomer. Bright and early one morning,
I arose feeling somewhat unsure, but as I peered out the window, it seemed my strategy had worked. My new little buddy was nowhere in sight. As I headed out the door to retrieve my morning paper, congratulating myself on my resolve, from under the car came … you guessed it. He was still meowing and looking lost and very hungry. My resolve shattered immediately, and I not only fed him, I brought him into the house. I reasoned, “Maybe he wasn’t abandoned. Maybe even now someone is looking for their lost kitty.” I would be sort of a foster parent and try to locate his lost family or, failing that, find him a good home. I decided to take Magic to the vet and get whatever he needed health wise in the interim. The vet told me Magic needed to be sedated just for a routine checkup and necessary shots. I should have had an inkling of what was to come right then. After an audible cha-ching, I brought the newcomer back and, since he had been out in the wild, I fastened a flea collar around his little neck. The next morning, I noted something wrong with the cat. He had managed to get the flea collar in his mouth, like a horse with a bit. I got a pair of scissors,
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Vision Therapy and Acquired Brain Injury
by Dr. Rick Graebe, Family Eyecare Associates and Vision Therapy
The eye is amazing. Did you know more than 1.9 million fibers come from the eye into the brain? Each of those fibers creates its own pathway to the brain and has its own distinct function. So when someone has a stroke or other acquired brain injury (ABI), vision is often affected. ABIs include concussions suffered in severe sports-related hits or a car accident, as well as cerebral or vascular strokes. An ABI can affect both neurological pathways in the eye, the focal or parvocellular pathway, which is related to central vision, and the ambient or magnocellular pathway,
which are those things that are in the background that you don’t focus on. The ambient pathway also encompasses peripheral vision. Simply put, the ambient vision system provides information about where you are in space and where you are looking and contributes to balance, movement, coordination and posture. In addition, it controls how well the eyes point and track. The focal system, on the other hand, provides information about what you are looking at. With an ABI, one of the first things to go is eye-tracking ability. This may cause the patient to have double vision or perhaps perceive printed words on a page as “swimmy” because the eyes aren’t aligned property. The patient may have trouble with spatial awareness, judging distances, catching balls or other activities that require
the eyes to work together. Other symptoms of an ABI include blurred vision; light sensitivity; difficulty concentrating, reading and comprehending; headache; and visual field loss. You may also have trouble shifting your gaze quickly from one point to another after an ABI. Stroke is a change in or lack of blood flow to some areas of the brain. It can also cause bleeding on the brain. Patients who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury may lose half of their right or left side vision. This type of side vision loss is called hemianopsia. Patients who just have a hemianopsia are aware of the side vision loss and often can be easily taught to scan their eyes in the direction of the hemianopsia so they can compensate for the field loss. This helps them not miss things that are
The patient may have trouble with spatial awareness, judging distances, catching balls or other activities that require the eyes to work together.
on the side of the hemianopsia. Fortunately, the brain is quite adept at training itself how to recreate and reconnect pathways or even create new ones. No one is born knowing how to use their arms and legs, much less their eyes. Through interaction with the world, we learn to walk and talk and to point and use our eyes. Once you understand space and where things are, the brain creates neurons that will fire together and you will point, track, focus and otherwise engage your eyes subconsciously. Vision therapy or vision rehabilitation can help when ABI interferes with these vital abilities. You may be fitted with corrective lenses such as yoked prism lenses or receive light therapy or syntonic optometry. Vision therapy, as with all other types of therapy, is very personalized. 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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Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience must be seated by 6:45 pm. Show starts at 7:00 pm. (Through December 17, 2018). Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, Lexington. $10. 859-252-8888 for details.
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The Kentucky Artisan Center celebrates 15 years in 2018, and this exhibit recognizes the contributions of 39 artists from all across the state. Over the years, these artists have shared their talents by giving demonstrations at the Center and bringing the creative process to life. Presented by the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. 859.985.5448 for information. 9am–6pm, 200 Artisan Way, Berea, KY.
Down to Earth 2018 Community Benefit Every May, the Down to Earth Garden Club holds a special plant sale community fundraiser. The plants are grown, nurtured and generously donated by each club member. This wonderful community benefit will be held rain or shine. Natives, Herbs, Fruits, Vegetables, Perennials, Wildflowers, Grasses, Hostas, Shrubs, Trees, Annuals, Container Gardens, Succulents, Irises, Decorative Containers, Gardening Books, and many plants for sun or shade will be available for purchase during this spring event. Come support your community while adding beauty
Eat, Move, Lose Weight Support Group 12 – 1 pm, Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Dept. South, 2433 Regency Road. Free weight-loss support group appropriate for anyone wishing to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Share struggles and ideas with others. Held first and third Tuesdays most months. For more information and to confirm the group is meeting, call 288-2446.
Freedom from Smoking Class Series 5:30-6:30 pm (weekly to June 26), LFCHD South, 2433 Regency Road. Sessions are free, and 4 wks of free nicotine replacement therapies (patches, lozenges, and gum) will be provided for participants who attend all classes. To register or for more info call 859-2882457 or email Angela.BrumleyShelton@ky.gov.
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IN HOME CARE (NON-MEDICAL) Accessible Home Care 366 Waller Ave. Ste. 112 Lexington, KY 40504 859-313-5167 www.accessiblebluegrass.com
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Staying Active Moderate, daily training is the key to keeping fit
by Charles Sebastian, Staff Writer
There seems to be no escape from the universal maxim, “Move it or lose it.” Doubleblind studies are not necessary to know and understand that if we stop moving, we disintegrate and eventually stop moving forever. Sure, people live to age 100 years with little physical activity, but the quality of their life remains in question. Staying active for health and wellness has never been an issue of wondering if it’s true, at least not in the way smoking was once thought to be good for you. The real issue with activity lies more in the willingness of the owner of the active body. Do all of us know that diet fads don’t work? Of course we do. Will people continue to buy the hope these programs offer because they would rather not do a few push-ups or go for a halfhour walk? Of course they will.
Do people want to face the truth that it’s really about eating one less cupcake and doing one more lap – that it’s a numbers game of input vs. output? No – because that, like so many other things, is simply not what they want to hear. While many faddish programs for exercise come and go, the basics stay. Some of us are old enough to remember Jack LaLane and his workout program. A whole industry was built around this idea. While LaLane wasn’t the first to jump on the exercise bandwagon, he was certainly an innovator. Remember Sweatin’ to the Oldies with Richard Simmons? Then came Billy Blanks and Tae Bo (these VHS tapes can be found on Goodwill shelves across the
country). We’ve endured P90X, Insanity and on and on. Most of these programs are abandoned now, reduced from the premium price tags of their heydays to costing a few bucks on Amazon or at a local garage sale. Bill Durbin, author of The Enlightenment of Exercise, claims moderate, daily training is the key to better health and longevity. People get into an excited state of mind and decide to get active. Great, but then they overdo it and hurt themselves, or at the very least they find they can’t keep up with an unreasonable daily regimen. Then they bail on all of it. With each backslide, it becomes more and more challenging to get started again and stay motivated.
Moderate, daily training is the key to better health and longevity.
If you are determined to stay active, patience and regular daily effort is required, Durbin says. He should know. As a martial arts teacher in Frankfort for nearly 50 years, he hasn’t missed a day working out since the 1970s. In his classes, he goes through hundreds of push-ups and crunches daily, in addition to following a stretching routine. Currently 64 years old, he’s more like a 20-year-old Olympian. He has set the example of moderate, daily training over many years, leading to better health and quality of life. His many books, most of which are available on Amazon or on lulu. com, espouse the same admonition: “Moderate, daily training.” Durbin is proof there is no need for the highly veneered programs that have led to so many injuries and have proven to be unsustainable for health and wellness. Get moving – and keep moving.
Writing a Memoir Share your story with your children and others by Jean Jeffers, Staff Writer
Are you a story teller? Do you have treasured memories you would like to set down on paper for your children to someday read to their children? Perhaps you have always harbored a secret yen to publish a book you have written yourself. Today, people are doing amazing things by taking things they’ve written and putting together a finished book. You could avail yourself of such a benefit or you may more formally get published or perhaps even self-published on a site such as Amazon. Memoir writing affords you this opportunity. It may also be a hobby, an escape, a time of reminiscing. It could become a life-affirming process for you or a meaningful gift for family and friends. It may help bring other people’s stories alive, too. A memoir often contains a valuable perspective, one only you can share. Memoir writing is a way to tell a story, a true story – your story. A memoir could be about your recollections of someone in your
family, such as your grandmother. A memoir need not include your whole life story. In fact, it is not supposed to. Your memoir could be about a special time in your life or an examination of a few relationships that are significant to you or a turning point in your life. It could be about a personal hardship and recovery or achievement and development. The time could be a segment of childhood, young adulthood, career years or your golden years. Key relationships to write about include a marriage memoir, an adoption story, a parenting memoir, a story about a mentor and your time together or just stories about friends. Recording your own personal history or that of a family member is a good addition to a genealogy. The memoir could focus on a historical event: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, the Iraq War, life as a soldier. It could detail your participation in the Civil Rights Movement or delineate your political views. Your childhood memories, says
Memoir writing is a way to tell a story, a true story – your story.
Audrey Hunt in How to Start Writing Your Own Childhood Memories for Posterity, are a part of your family history. They can be quite valuable in beginning a memoir. Writing about your childhood, Hunt says, builds bridges and binds families together. Future generations will be mesmerized by your account of times past. They will find themselves captivated as they are introduced to their great grandmother or great aunt or uncle. The story could be done in scrapbook form using old photographs. It could be a memory book, a journal collection, a collage or a quilt. It could be something quirky, different and creative, such as a cookbook. It could be done in the form of blog posts. Once you begin putting words on paper, you may bring up a whole repertoire of memories for you to enrich your family’s life and vision. Whether your words evoke sadness or pleasure, they are your words and it is your history. Many times emotions seep from the
written word; it is hard to escape these emotions once you are into the writing. Sometimes in memoir writing, it is difficult to separate your feelings from your words. When writing about others, it is always advisable to seek written permission from them first. When you are writing about someone in particular and your words do not shed good light on them, having permission will help you avoid repercussions. SOURCES:
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Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines. Look for her first novel, “Journey Toward Healing” in bookstores soon; it is planned for publication by 2019.
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Woodworking Classes Offered at Woodcraft Learn about woods, create or complete a project by Charles Sebastian, Staff Writer
Visit the Lexington Woodcraft Web site at www.woodcraft.com/stores/lexington or call (859) 231-9663 for more information.
Woodwork can take a number of forms. It includes building houses and framing walls as well as the vast world of wood furniture and antiques. Toward the finer, more specialized end of the scale is wood carving. These all require a solid knowledge of the properties of the wood being used. While wood may seem pretty much the same in our day-to-day dealings with it, not all wood is created equal. The Janka Hardness Test is the standard for measuring the denseness of wood. This is useful for wood that must withstand a lot of pressure, such as hardwood floors and heavy doors. In the United States, this test is measured in pounds-force (lbf), the amount of force needed to dent a piece of wood with a steel ball. This test demonstrates the range from the hardest wood (Australian buloke) to the softest (balsa). Woodcraft, which has been in the Lexington area since 1928, offers classes in finer wood carving as well as woodwork in general. “Making Your Wood Work” is the store’s motto, says general manager Will Atwood. “We offer laser engraving classes, millwork (cutting a piece to a specific size and cleaning it up) and computer numerical control work, which involves a router working three-dimensionally,” he said. “People want advice on how to do things, especially with so much misinformation online.” In beginner-advanced classes, the materials and hands-on
knowledge are provided. “They simply sign up and dive in. Woodcraft teaches safety and how to use the tools without getting hurt,” Atwood said. “There are also project classes, where people can come in and finish a project they’ve had in mind for awhile. One of our most popular classes recently is the Appalachian banjo class, where you make a banjo over a two-day period. We take these projects from beginning to end, though some people come in just for the finishing classes.” Atwood says domestic woods in this area of the country are a bit softer and paler. “Exotic woods are more dense and many times harder to use,” he said. “Respirators need to be worn with many of these woods due to their toxicity. We get wood from all over the world and we sell all of the safety material so people can work with it without doing harm to themselves or others.” Because there are not many companies keeping these finer arts alive, Woodcraft tends to be the go-to place for all things high-end wood-related. “We have people come from many states away just to see us due to our novelty,” Atwood said. “We love having young people here because we’re trying to pass on our craft. We also have couples who come in and want to spend time together and have some fun. Every week we have specials that can help people get going and find out how enjoyable woodworking can be.” Visit the Lexington Woodcraft Web site at www.woodcraft.com/ stores/lexington or call (859)2319663 for more information.
Have the Talk of a Lifetime by Kim Wade, Community Relations Director, Milward Funeral Directors
Now that it is finally Spring, it might be a good time to start crossing off those tasks on your to do list you couldn’t get done during this year’s long Winter. However, don’t just include chores. Set aside time to enjoy family and friends while sipping on some sweet tea. While you are visiting, make sure to begin having the Talk of a Lifetime. What is the Talk of a Lifetime you might be asking. Having the Talk of a Lifetime means sharing your story and experiences with those you love so they can remember you the way you want to be remembered. Think about it…you talk about
everything. You share the big events and small victories. There’s so much we experience in our lives. There are the big moments that shape us - graduation, a first job, falling in love and getting married, having children, seeing children grow into adulthood. When we reflect on our lives, it’s these memories and milestones that may come to mind first. But a life story is so much more than that. The small moments and people we meet along life’s journey are a part of us and helped shape who we are and what we value. Although we may know about some of the big moments in the lives of our loved ones, we may not know much about the other experiences and people who helped shape them. Sitting down with our loved
ones to talk about their lives can be rich and satisfying. Learning about memorable events and people, places and favorite activities, values and lessons they have learned, can help bring us closer to those we care about most. Having the talk of a lifetime can make the difference of a lifetime. It can reacquaint us with our loved ones and help us get to know them in a new and different way. Finding a way to start talking with a loved one may be the most difficult part; however we might find that once the conversation starts, it may be hard to stop. Your conversation can take place at any time - not just at the end of life. Sometimes, using a visual prompt, such as a photo album, souvenir or memento, can be a great way to start a conversation.
Sometimes, using a visual prompt, such as a photo album, can be a great way to start a conversation.
Memorable locations, such as the church where your loved one was married or a favorite park can also help someone begin to open up and share their story. As much as you will gain by getting to know your loved one better, having the talk should be a dialogue. It’s an opportunity for you to share some of the ways they have impacted your life and the lives of others. You may also want to visit BeRemembered.com, an online community where you can record and share how you want to be remembered, even upload video messages to share with your loved ones. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kim Wade has been a marketing consultant for more than 20 years specializing in the funeral industry. Currently, she is the Community Relations Director for Milward Funeral Directors, the 37th-oldest continuously operated family business in the United States which operates three locations in Lexington including its Celebration of Life center at 1509 Trent Boulevard. Kim can be reached at email@example.com or 859-252-3411.
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Memory Care Neighborhood Enhances Quality of Life RESIDENTS WITH DEMENTIA RECEIVE FOCUSED CARE, FAMILIES FIND SUPPORT by Bruce Maples, Sales and Community Outreach Coordinator
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. As the size and proportion of this segment of the U.S. population increases, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will grow, too. For families with a loved one suffering from memory loss, a key concern is finding a place that can deal with such a diagnosis and enhance the individual’s quality of life. The Memory Care Neighborhood at Liberty Ridge
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offers families the peace of mind they seek. Residents in the Memory Care Neighborhood receive personalized attention from professionals trained to deal with memory loss, earlystage Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Neighborhood offers a secure, home-like assisted living environment specially designed for these residents. There are no more than nine residents in each Neighborhood. The individual apartments have safety-equipped bathrooms, and laundry and housekeeping services are included. Residents may also receive assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming. Your loved one’s quality of life will be enriched and strengthened
with daily routines that emphasize reminiscence activities, exercise, social stimulation and occasional excursions. A secure courtyard and covered patio are available for enjoying the outdoors. The Memory Care Neighborhood staff knows how to communicate effectively with people who have dementia. They focus on the individual’s life story and help residents reflect and share. The staff annually completes 12 hours of dementia-specific courses. There is a higher ratio of staff to residents to facilitate monitoring their safety and security. The Memory Care Neighborhood ministry is modeled after the Best Friends approach to dementia care. The staff attempts to meet each resident’s needs based upon their capabilities, interests and daily routines. The activities program encompasses educational, spiritual and recreational events designed around the challenges of memory loss. The goal is to daily provide every resident with opportunities to enjoy life. It isn’t only the residents who benefit from the caring atmosphere in the Memory Care Neighborhood. Families and caregivers receive muchappreciated peace of mind, realizing their loved one is in a safe place with understanding people helping them. They are encouraged to visit often and participate in their loved one’s daily lives. Knowing welltrained staff will be overseeing their loved one’s care eases any burdens of guilt or fear the residents’
children and relatives carry. Liberty Ridge also offers a monthly support group where families and friends can share their experiences with others who are going through similar situations. To determine if an individual is suitable for Memory Care, Liberty Ridge’s community director, the resident and a responsible family member will assess the individual, considering such criteria as wandering, level of incontinence, ability to transfer, special diet req, behavior and medication requirements. The resident’s doctor will complete a health history and physical form, which includes medical diagnosis as well as cognitive and behavioral status. Liberty Ridge is a non-profit ministry of Eastland Church of God and is open to people of all faiths. For more information about its Memory Care Neighborhood, call 1-800-2640840 or (859) 543-9449. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bruce Maples is the Sales and Community Outreach Coordinator at Liberty Ridge. He has worked with seniors and senior care organizations in a sales/advisory capacity for the past 33 years. A native of Gadsden, Ala., he has lived in Mt. Sterling for 21 years. He and his wife, Angie, have two daughters, a son and three wonderful grandchildren. bruceamaples @bruce_maples id=100012474464213
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Ask any grandparent what he or she enjoys doing, and he or she will probably say, “Spending time with my grandchildren.” While just being in their grandchildren’s presence and talking with them is joyful enough for grandparents, it’s even better if the time spent together fosters bonding and exploring. Sometimes it can be difficult getting out of a routine rut and coming up with new ideas on what to do together. So here are some to consider. When in doubt, look to the skies. Look at the clouds during the day and the stars at night, describing what they look like. This can be done at home, while driving or at the many green spaces around Lexington. The Farish
Planetarium at the Living Arts and Science Center offers planetary shows suitable for ages 5 to 16+ years, as well as Discovery Nights. The center also offers field trips and hosts birthday parties and special events by reservation. There’s plenty of nature beyond the skies. Take an interactive nature walk together. Identify insects, birds, trees and flowers; catch frogs or fireflies; pick wildflowers or berries. Then follow up your exploration exertions with a picnic and lazing in a hammock or on a blanket on the grass. Walk around the neighborhood and pick up interesting stones and leaves to build a natural sculpture. Take a bike ride together. Build an outdoor tepee with sheets and poles. Get sidewalk chalk and draw or play hopscotch. Put on
your swimsuits and run through the sprinkler. Bet on bug races or have a watermelon seedspitting contest. Make and then go fly a kite. Plant flowers, herbs or vegetables together. Dig for worms, make an old-fashioned pole from a stick and go fishing. Create a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood. Teach your grandchildren silly, obscure things such blowing on taut blades of grass for the vibratory kazoo sound or making little trumpets out of hollowed reeds. Show them how to skim pebbles on a pond. Teach them to play marbles or how to make a paper airplane and see whose can fly the farthest. Shuck corn or snap green beans together. Have a lemonade stand with unusual flavors such apple- or pineapple-lemonade. Make a sundial. Teach
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Consider issues of security, privacy and courtesy when you’re hospitalized by Lisa M. Petsche, Staff Writer
As you age, there’s a good chance you will be hospitalized at some point, especially if you have chronic health conditions. Here are some helpful hints to help you navigate institutional expectations and practice good patient etiquette. Security
• Put your name on all belongings. • Limit the number of valuables you bring. Keep them with you or store them out of sight. • Alert staff if you’re concerned about unwelcome visitors who may pose a threat. Privacy
• Use discretion whenever your conversations are not private. • If you need to discuss a sensitive matter with staff, ask if there’s a private space available. Confidentiality
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–Don’t ask intrusive questions. –Don’t share information about them and don’t take photos of them unless you have their consent. Health Precautions
• Wash your hands often. • Follow instructions if you’re on special precautions for infection control purposes. • Ask friends and family not to visit if they don’t feel well. • Don’t use toiletries with a strong scent. Most hospitals are fragrance-reduced environments for the comfort of patients and staff with allergies. Courtesy Towards Co-patients
• Exercise tolerance with roommates whose circumstances and needs may be quite different from yours. • If you’re upset by the behavior of roommates or their visitors, let the nursing staff know so they can address the situation. • Respect other patients’ need for calmness and quiet to facilitate rest and recovery (or
a peaceful death). Specifically: –Use earphones when watching TV or using electronic devices. –Turn off your cell phone ringer and use vibrate mode. If possible, leave the room to make calls or when you receive a call that may be lengthy. –Don’t make phone calls in your room or the hallway early in the morning or late at night. –Speak softly on the phone and with visitors. –Refrain from using language that may offend others. –Conduct visits outside your room if possible. Otherwise, ask friends to visit one or two at a time. –If you expect to be in the hospital for a short time, limit visitors to a few significant others. Courtesy Towards Staff
• If you’re in a rehab program, make therapy a priority. Let friends know about good times to visit. Missing therapy for social reasons is not appropriate. • Give advance notice of outside
appointments. Staff may need to make preparations and adjust your care routines. • Use respectful language at all times. • Don’t ring for assistance with things you can safely do yourself. Hospital staff should never be treated as servants. • Do ring when you have a legitimate need for help. It’s not OK to suffer in silence because you don’t want to bother the nursing staff. • Exercise patience with nursing staff. They may not be able to come right away when you ring for assistance. Inform the person answering the call button if your need is urgent. • If you have a concern with a staff member that can’t be resolved, ask to speak to the charge nurse. If you’re not satisfied, ask for the clinical manager. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa M. Petsche is a hospital social worker and freelance writer specializing in boomer and senior health matters.
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