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In This Issue

The Spirit of Christmas in Action Elaine Marze

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My Father’s Laughter Dennise Aiello

10 Five Simple Ways to Go Green

Katherine Shirley

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Run for Life: A Father’s Journey

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Guy Fessenden

14 Remember When... 16 Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Make the Holidays Wonderful

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Coach Chez Wise

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History, Tradition and Uses

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20 Puzzles 22 The Best of Holly Clegg 26 Great Wolf Lodge Elaine Marze

28 What’s Different About Fitness for Seniors? Gibley Scott

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30 Christmas on the River

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The Spirit of Christmas in Action BY elaine marze

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It is the perfect season to write about this subject as all across Louisiana, individuals and churches collect food, household supplies and cash for Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and for Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home thus reminding us to give thanks to be living in intact homes where our needs are supplied and love abounds. For those children who are not blessed with parents willing and able to care for them, how wonderful that there are people throughout this state who are concerned about their welfare and seek to make their lives happier and easier. The tremendous work that LBCH and LMCH do in providing a stable, loving environment for little people who have been abused, abandoned and neglected exemplifies the giving spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas. www.savvyandsage.com

These homes are a far cry from early orphanages where the children often labored long hours on working farms. Survival depended upon food production and maintenance of dairy herds, poultry, and hogs. The children worked in the fields planting, hoeing and harvesting crops which were then canned and sometimes sold to the public. Hay and corn were harvested and stored to provide feed for the animals essential to farming. Sometimes cottage industries brought in extra income which helped the homes survive hard times, especially during the Great Depression. Discipline was often harsh by today’s standards, and many needy children had to be turned away due to limited space and funds. Something else that has changed from the “old” days is that, whereas in the past, most of the residents were orphaned, now children are there for the same reasons the state takes custody of foster children: abuse, abandonment or neglect. Marc Eichelberger, Director of Development and Public Relations, relates that Louisiana Baptist November /December 2010


Children’s Home & Family Ministries serves a 12 parish region and ministers to a variety of needs. They strive to offer the highest quality of services through a dedicated Christian ministry team whose mission is to provide love, care, and a positive Christian witness for children and families in need. (LBCH does not accept state or federal money.) Eichelberger explained that siblings are only separated when the staff feels it is in their best interest. “Our cottages are not necessarily set up by ages,” Eichelberger said. “We have cottages that are coed (girls’ hall, boys’ hall), all boys or all girls, with ages from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our social workers work closely with our cottage life director and cottage parents to try to find the best ‘fit’ for each cottage.” Among their Monroe services, LBCH & FM offers residential child care for children ages 5-17 and foster care for children, ages 0-12. They provide residential family care for homeless children and mothers as well as a foster and adoption network.

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Through Christian Women’s Job Corps of Monroe, women are taught job training, life and computer skills. LBCH & FM also sponsors the Sellers Maternity Ministries in Baton Rouge where they offer adoption services as well as crisis pregnancy counseling, post-abortion counseling and residential maternity care. Funding from individuals and churches provides 77% of LBCH & FM funding. Approximately 12% comes from the Baptist Convention. People who are interested in becoming monthly sponsors can call 318-343-2244. As in private homes, the holidays are special. Julie Cupples, Director of Communications, said there is a campus wide Thanksgiving service held in their chapel followed by a meal together (children and all staff). “Every year we have a Christmas Open House,” she explained. “Each cottage is open and serves lots of Christmas goodies. The children have the gifts provided by their Christmas sponsors displayed on their beds for guests to see. The cottages also usually have several Christmas parties hosted by various groups and individuals. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office hosts a party every year that is a lot of fun. They provide a police escort (complete with flashing lights) to the location of the event. The kids, of course, think that is really cool!” She also explained that most of their children go home to visit with family members during Christmas. www.savvyandsage.com

If not with parents, they may spend the holiday with grandparents, aunts and uncles, or if no family is available, there is always a cottage open throughout the holidays. Older readers may remember when children would spend holidays in private homes of citizens who volunteered to take them for these special times, but Cupples says that is

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rarely done anymore. Campus tours are available year round. Mable and Jim Grafton toured the facility along with other members of Prewitt’s Chapel Baptist Church. “You’ll never regret going,” Mable enthusiastically reports. “All my life I’d heard about the ‘cottages’ at LBCH, but they’re not what I’d call ‘cottages’. Those are big, beautiful, brick homes, and the kids all have their own desks for studying. Married couples live with the kids, and they all meet together to watch TV, have Bible Study and eat, like families do. The dining tables are huge. On our tour, they took us around and explained all about everything. Some of the kids live there all their lives.” Jim and Mable were also impressed with the “gorgeous” chapel, beautiful landscaping and pecan 5


and said the annual Fall Food Round-UP resulted in the front of their church filled with food and household products prior to delivery to LBCH. “It touches your heart to see how Brandy & Chris much a little country church like ours collected,” said Mable, “but it is because we believe they are doing a real good job ministering to those kids.” In a personal testiTiffany monial, Sarah Person, who came to LBCH Reba, Samuel, & Elizabeth four days before her fifth birthday, says, “I remember one of my first days in Feazel Cottage with the relief mom making me cheese toast. Growing Jade up my whole life at the Children’s Home was the best thing that could trees as well as the freedom of reli- have ever happened to me. I established my values there, and I still gion afforded the children. “They have them today. I was part of a great don’t cram the Baptist religion down high school, and through my stay in them,” Mable said. “If the kids are Grace Cottage, I got to attend the Catholic or another denomination, best church for me, Parkview Baptist. they’ll take them where they want to The Children’s Home will always be worship. And, on the tour they told a huge part of my life. The Lord is us that if siblings can’t stay together, faithful, and I’m blessed to be a part they make sure they can see each of the Children’s Home. The Home other often. We recommend everyis constantly changing, but the great body take the tour. Our Sunday love for God and care for children School class is making plans to go remains the same. I will always cherback again.” ish my days there!” As church treasurer, Mable Sarah graduated from Northreported that she recently sent a check western State University in 2009 with for $800 to LBCH which was cola major in Broadcast Journalism. She lected by Prewitt’s Chapel members, 6

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accepted a position at KPLC-TV 7, the NBC affiliate in Lake Charles. Speakers are available to speak to your church, group or organization, and some staff members are ordained ministers who are available for pulpit supply. Go online at www.lbch.org for more information. Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston has a sister home in Mandeville and a new location in Sulphur. According to Sonya Hawkins, Marketing Specialist for LMCH, “Many of the home’s financial donors are age 50 and above, several of whom also volunteer their time at our OWL Center in Dubach helping to make our salsa, while others are faithful participants in our Angel Tree program each Christmas.” LMCH has four campuses and five counseling centers across Louisiana. The Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center, “OWL,” is the site for outdoor education and training for children, families, youth and other church and community groups. Impressive by anyone’s standards, OWL is situated on 800 acres in the hills of north Louisiana near Dubach. OWL has numerous programs including Horticulture (they grow and sell ferns and mums), Equine, Summer Recreation Volunteer Work (where many youth do barn and stable duties, gardening, making and package salsa) and Basic Maintenance (changing tires, painting fences, trash pick-up). On the OWL campus, there are camping facilities, mountain bike trails, a Maze, fishing and horseback riding. To rent cabins or the bunkhouse (for groups), call the OWL November /December 2010


Sarah Person

“I established my values there (LbCH), and I still have them today.” ~ Sarah Person

center at 318-777-3460. To individuals who would like to donate to OWL, they have their own “Wish List” of items needed such as rope reins, bridles, manure forks and a feed cart. In 1999, green houses were donated to OWL, and staff and youth began a horticulture program which included growing and selling tomatoes. Determined not to waste any of their produce, the staff decided to make salsa. The sell of the first batch paid for their summer trip, and soon the operation became too large to handle on campus so a Pollock jelly and salsa maker offered his factory for their use until they were able to buy their own equipment. Now, Screamin’ OWL Salsa can be ordered direct from the OWL Center as well as various jellies. Youths grow, pick and sort blue berries, mayhaws, plums, and blackberries from which the jellies are made and packaged on campus. Sonya recommends the LMCH’s November /December 2010

website (www.LMCH.org) where interested persons can read about their mission statement, programs offered to youth and their families and how they can help in the ministry. There are numerous ways the public can support LMCH missions. Online donations can be made as well as gifts in memory or in honor of a loved one. Support can also come in the form of securities, stocks and bonds while some people give personal property like land, vehicles, and boats. Estate planning bestowing deferred gifts is another way to provide financial support. A non-profit corporation, additional revenues are generated from payment for services from state agencies and private families who contract with the home for residential services for the youth in their custody. Holiday plans at LMCH include a traditional Thanksgiving dinner prior to the actual day since some residents go visit family during this time, and those who stay on campus will have a second Thanksgiving meal. Sonya says that in December, their youth attend Christmas parties at local churches and organizations. (See Winter Pathways issues on the website.) A typical party would be the Louisiana Tech Baseball Team sponsoring one of the boy’s houses to a bowling and pizza party. Each child would receive a gift, such as a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. In addition to the sponsored Christmas parties, Sonya says they have Angel Tree parties at every house on campus where each youth

has made a wish request that has been fulfilled by church members (in most cases) or an organization. The Angel Tree gifts are delivered to campus and are sorted and wrapped prior to the parties. Everybody goes to chapel where the chaplain delivers a message on the real meaning of Christmas, and afterward, residents and staff sing carols, eat lots of great food and open gifts. Some residents will go to relatives for Christmas, but the children who stay on campus will wake up to filled stockings and more presents, and their Christmas dinner will be prepared by Chef Ronelle Lenoir of New Orleans. “Each year our youth participate in Operation Christmas Child which is the Shoebox Ministry,” reports Sonya Hawkins. “They have a competition between the houses for how many boxes they can put together, and how creative their decorating efforts are. A lot of them spend their

Particularly during these holiday seasons, giving to those less fortunate is at its highest peak.

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own money from their allowances purchasing small toys and things for the shoeboxes to send overseas to underprivileged children.” As I was researching the histories of the children’s homes it was inspiring to learn about the early years and the financial struggles waged by the founders and staff and the innovative ways they came up with to survive the hard times – especially without tax-payer financial help! During this 7


current administration of government bail-outs and government take-over’s of businesses, it seems significant that through hard work, private sponsorship, religious backing and, may I say it, Divine help, these institutions (LBCH and LMCH) have not only survived, but flourished while accomplishing much! Founded in 1902, the Louisiana Methodist Orphanage Home first opened its doors in 1904 in Bunkie where the goal was “to provide food, clothing, shelter and the love of Christ for orphaned children.” Tough times followed and their needs were great. And, after the name was changed in 1958 from orphanage to Louisiana

Methodist Children’s Home, their goals remained the same. Americans are known for their open hearts and open check-books when they see a legitimate need. Particularly during these holiday seasons, giving to those less fortunate is at its highest peak. This is an excellent time to take a tour of LBCH and LMCH as part of your Christmas plans. And, if you missed the Fall Food Round-up hosted by Baptist churches throughout the state, take this opportunity to donate food and household products needed for the homes. Or, take part in the Angel Tree or Wish List programs designed to provide each child with Christmas

gifts. At the heart of these institutions, solid commitments of following the teachings of Christ are deeply entrenched so how better to embody the spirit of Christmas than to take part in their missions? “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ ” Matthew 25:40 Elaine Marze is a freelance writer who also works in public relations and advertising. She can be reached at elmarz7@yahoo.com.

Gift Ideas for Children’s Homes Clothing • T-Shirts (teen appropriate), adult small through xxx • Pajamas, adult s-xxx • House slippers, s-xxl • Shoes (All shoes MUST be NEW), all sizes • Baseball caps/hats all sizes games • Handheld video (Fishing, Sports, etc) • Lite Brite • Simon or Simon 2 • Mancala • 20 Questions • Croquet • Badminton • Scattegories

• toys • Remote control vehicles (please include batteries) • Hot Wheels • Motorcycles • Monster Trucks • Collectible Cars • Legos (no large preschool size) • Kites • Larger stuffed animals sports • Footballs, basketballs, kickballs • Softball, Baseball Glove and Balls • Roller Blades • Fishing Poles and Tackle

individual items • Bags, tote duffel, backpacks, and sleepover size • Sleeping bags (boy or girl) • Watches, sports & casual (boy or girl) • Disposable cameras • Baseball or softball glove with ball (adult size) • Photo albums • Bath and body products • Journals and colored gel pens

boy’s items • Wallets • Belts (jr-adult sizes) • Boxers (adult sizes) • Baseball hats • NFL/NBA Sweatshirts or Throws • Car washing kits or accessories girl’s items • Shampoo & conditioner • Blow Dryer, Flat Iron, Curling Iron • Hairbrush, combs, hair accessories (clips, barrettes, ponytails) • Jewerly (teen style bracelets, necklace, earrings)

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My Father’s Laughter BY dennise aiello

There are some sayings and stories from childhood that should not be forgotten. Some things belong to another generation like thoughts about a time when life was simpler. My father had lots of silly sayings that he would laughingly repeat to me when I was a girl growing up in the 1940’s and 50’s. One of my favorites sayings would always come after we finished eating supper (you know that’s what we always called dinner in the south when I was young). My dad would say, “I have dined sufficient.” One of us kids (my brothers or I) would repeat back to him, “You say you went a fishin’?” “No, I’ve had plenty,” he’d say. “You say you caught twenty?” “Dadburn your old soul, I’m through!!” “And broke your pole, too!”

Why is that funny? I don’t know, but to this day I say it to my granddaughters for a little laugh. Daddy also sang a song about a preacher who went “a huntin’” on a Sunday morn. For years I wished I knew all of the words to this song, but could not remember them. I had heard Daddy sing it many, many times, but for some reason could not remember the words, only the general thought. A couple of years ago, my husband, Bob, and I visited Glacier National Park in Montana. We stayed at the big Lodge there. One night a group of college students who worked in the park during the summer put on a show in the basement of the lodge. Their performance was like a vaudeville show with lots of old songs and silly jokes and gags. To my great surprise and delight, they ended their show with a version of the song I remembered my dad singing so many times.

Dadburn your old soul, I’m through!

A Preacher went out huntin’, t’was on one Sunday morn He knew its against his religion, but he took his gun along He shot himself three mighty fine quail and one little measly hare And on his way returning home, he saw a great big Grizzly Bear

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Now the bear marched out in the middle of the road and waltzed to the Preacher you see, The Preacher got so excited, he climbed up a ‘simmon tree The bear sat down upon the ground, the Preacher climbed out on a limb Well, he cast his eyes to the Lord in the skies, and these words he said to Him Oh Lord, didn’t you deliver Daniel from the lion’s den Also, delivered Jonah, from the belly of a whale and then Three Hebrew children from the fiery furnace so the Good Book do declare Now, Oh, Lord, if you can’t help me, well then please don’t-cha help that bear.

My dad would make that last word sound like the bear’s deep roar and pronounced “bar”. After the show I asked the director if he could make me a copy of the music. I told him that my dad sang the song to me as a child. I think it pleased him to know that someone else liked the song as much as it pleased me to once again November /December 2010

hear the song my dad had sung with a chuckle in his voice so long ago. Dennise Aiello is a freelance writer/photographer who lives in Benton, Louisiana. Her email address is dbaphotos@aol.com.

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Five Simple Ways

to Go Green BY KATHERINE SHIRLEY

A quick search online about going green will find more “green experts” than you can imagine. No matter which side of the fence you are on about global warming, it seems like common sense (at least to this writer) to at least take a few steps in our everyday lives that don’t do further damage to our world. Listed below are five easy ways to go green. Bag It When you are shopping, bring along reusable bags. There is no need to buy something hip and groovy, you can choose to use the plastic bags that you are bound to have in your house. Whether you opt for a plastic bag or you use a cloth bag, be certain to clean the bag(s) regularly. Imagine the germs – potentially hazardous – that are lurking inside the bags, especially if they have been used to hold produce or meat.

Bottle It Stop buying those little bottles of water. According to the Clean Air Council, Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. Get yourself a water filter if you aren’t keen on tap water and fill a reusable bottle to take with you on the go. Stainless steel is believed to be a safer alternative than plastic. Turn It Off Remember to turn off the light when you leave a room. Make certain to unplug electronics and appliances when not in use. Also consider replacing your current light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Small acts like these will not only

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save energy, but will save on your electric bill as well.

Recycle It Once you start recycling, you will be amazed at how many items you once sent to the landfill. If your city has a recycling program, participate in it. Be sure to pay attention to what will or will not be recycled. Each recycling center is different. Set up stations at home to save your cans, bottles, papers, etc. Super simple!

Reuse It You surely have heard the saying “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Reusing items is another super simple thing to do. Reusing bags and bottles have already been mentioned, but have you thought of reusing the other side of your printer paper? What about that gift bag that still looks new? Could you use that wine bottle as an oil lamp? How about the empty egg carton as a painter’s palette? Start paying attention to items you use throughout the day. Think outside the box and be creative. Speaking of the box... you’re not throwing that cereal box in the trash are you?

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Julia Clark and Lois Nick enjoy lunch during a Ouachita Council of Aging event.

Artist Cally Hyams and Martha Young

Rose Marie Album and Sue Walker and Brenda Murphy Helped serve at the Ouachita Council on Aging Bazaar Beverly Stewart and Jenelle Graham selling La Association of Secretaries of Chiefs of Police cookbooks.

Christy Flanigen; President of the Junior League of Monroe helps Mayor Jamie Mayo of the City of Monroe to log on ,to vote for a grant for children. Dr Matt Turpin receives candy for the Operation Gratitude for the military from one of his patients ; Kathryn Hamilton . Dr Turpin each year does a candy buy back after Halloween.

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Publisher’s Note: I was genuinely moved seeing Guy Fessenden run through my hometown recently. So moved that it was decided to include his story in these pages. Love inspires parents to do incredible things for their children and this never ceases to amaze me. It is my hope that you will be as touched by this story as I am.

BY guy fessenden Nearly 28 years ago, I held my newborn baby, Suzanne. As I gazed at her, I understood what they mean when they say “the eyes are the window to the soul.” It was then, I swore I would keep her safe, protect her and never let anything bad happen to her. Then ‘life’ stepped in. Suzanne is schizophrenic, suffers from depression and has spent about seven of the past 12 years in psychiatric hospitals. Her day is different from yours and mine. She hallucinates and hears voices. These voices tell her she is an awful, terrible person who is a burden and unlovable and that she should kill herself. She wakes in the morning and the first thing she does before opening her eyes is cover her ears. Yet to anyone who has been fortunate to meet her, Suzanne is the most caring, sensitive and intuitive person I have ever met. Her ability to love and care for others while living her personal hell is truly remarkable. One is never too old to learn lessons from the young and she has defined for me the words “dignity” and “grace.” The last 12 years have been quite a journey and now, it is time to take the next one…for Suzanne and the millions of people who suffer from mental illness and those who have been touched by those who suffer…every day, every hour, every minute, for the rest of their lives. Some people choose to run away from this pain. I have chosen to run FOR this pain. I don’t sing. I don’t dance. I don’t paint and I don’t build things. But I CAN run and that will be my building block to create awareness of mental illness and raise money to support the organizations that support those we love. Beginning October 2, 2010 I will leave Savannah, Georgia on a cross country run. I intend to complete 100 marathons in 140 days, finishing in Los Angeles on February 19, 2011. The proceeds from donations

garnered along the way will benefit many deserving organizations. Two of the charities we are working with are: NARSAD, the Brain and Behavior Research Fund and NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness), the organization that supports families when they are dealing with challenges of having a family member or friend with mental illness. The schedule will be brutal but nothing compared to the brutality of the battles these people face every day. It won’t be easy. 25% of the time it will be raining, 25% of the time will be over 80 degrees. I will be badly blistered, lose toenails and have difficulty with everything from bugs and an 8,000 ft. climb to sunburn and bleeding while hoping that my 53 year-old body holds up. There are 4.5 million steps involved in crossing the country but it is something I must do. Lao-tzu, the Chinese philosopher said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.” My journey is made possible with the help of the Green Armada, a Tampa, FL-based 501(c)(3) non-profit group that helps other non-profit organizations succeed. Green Armada is dedicated to making the world a more beautiful place. Green Armada promotes clean air, water, land – and empowers people to make a difference by raising awareness to environmental issues and organizing eco-friendly events for thousands of volunteers to take action. The Green Armada volunteers hope that my journey be filled with clean air and water to power me through to my goal. Together we are raising awareness to mental illness. My journey will remind us to appreciate the world around us and care for it – just as we would our child. Suzanne’s future and the future of all our children depend on our success. I ask you to take this journey with me. Along the way, you can follow my blog, see video from the runs and track my progress on Facebook and Twitter. My route is published daily and you are welcome to join me for a few miles along the way. Mental illness is a horrible, permanent affliction that we can do something about. Starting now.

Mental illness is a horrible, permanent affliction that we can do something about. Starting now.

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Remember When... author unknown

Mom was at home when the kids got home from school; when nobody owned a purebred dog; when a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a huge bonus; when you’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny; when all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done and wore high heels; when you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked and gas pumped without asking, all for free, every time, and you didn’t pay for air, and, you got trading stamps to boot. When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents; when the worst thing you could do at school was smoke in the bathrooms, flunk a test or chew gum; and people went steady and girls wore a class ring with an inch of wrapped yarn so it would fit her finger. And no one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always 14

in the ignition, and the doors were never locked. And you got in big trouble if you accidentally locked the doors at home, since no one ever had a key.

a misbehaving student at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we all survived because their love was greater than the threat.

Remember lying on your back on the grass with your friends and saying things like “That cloud looks like an elephant.” Remember playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game because baseball was not a psychological group learning experience, it was a game. Remember when stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger. And with all our progress, don’t you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace and share it with the children of today. Remember when being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited www.savvyandsage.com

Go back with me for a minute.... Before the Internet or the IPAD... before semiautomatics and crack... before SEGA or Super Nintendo... Way back... I’m talking about Hide-and-Go-Seek at dusk, Red Light / Green Light, Kick the Can, playing kickball & dodgeball until your porch light came on, Mother May I?, Red Rover, roller skating to music, running through the sprinkler... and catching lightning bugs in a jar. Remember Christmas mornings with fruit and nuts in your stocking? Thinking back to bedtime prayers and goodnight kisses, climbing trees, getting an ice cream from the Good Humor truck, mosquito bites, November /December 2010


sticky fingers, jumping on the bed, running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard your stomach hurt, and your first crush... remember that? Kool-aid was the drink of summer; toting your friends on your handle bars; wearing your new shoes on the first day of school. Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, “Yeah, I remember that”!

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles; the worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team; water balloons were the ultimate weapon; and older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived in a simpler time when kids had less fears, more freedom and fewer reasons for stress!! Being our age has its advantages because we have some good times to remember ...

There’s nothing like the good old days. They were good then, and they’re good now when we replay them in our mind. I want to go back to the time when... Decisions were made by going”eeny-meenyminey-mo” and mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, “do it over!”

Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better; getting a foot of snow was a dream come true; and abilities were discovered because of a “double-dog-dare”. “Race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest; catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening; and it wasn’t odd to have two or three ”best” friends. November /December 2010

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Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Make the Holidays Wonderful BY coach chez wise ensure they understand the circumstances surrounding your loved one, and respect that you know what is best for them.

The holidays are expected to be a bright and cheerful time, filled with family and friends. For those caring for another it can be a time filled with stress, disappointment, frustration and sadness. For individuals who have been experiencing MCI, Dementia or Alzheimer’s, they may feel even greater distress and a deeper sense of loss. This is caused by the changes he or she has experienced. Caregivers far too often are overwhelmed. Family may want too much from the Senior and the caregiver as well. For the Caregiver, they can end up feeling pulled in many directions at the same 16

time. They may want to participate in the holiday hub-bub, and spend long periods of time with the other family members or have them to the house. This can be overwhelming physically, emotionally, and financially. Caregivers may be concerned about how family will react to the changes that have happened to the loved one as a result of the advancing of the disease. Get honest about your family. If they have not been involved all year long, then they do not understand the changes that have occurred. As the primary caregiver, it is up to you to www.savvyandsage.com

Some simple rules of thumb: Do not expect that any of your family members understand the changes that have taken place. They may not understand how the loved one will react with the entire family and extended family gathered together. You need to be the one to make sure everyone else understands that Dad or Mom may not be able to participate as they did in the past, and neither can you. Extremely long drives to the sister that lives 90 miles away may not be feasible. These drives can be physically exhausting, and the strange house may cause unnecessary anxiety and acting out. Large gatherings with lots of noise, and small children, are difficult. They may not be able to hear well with so many people talking and a lot of noise. This may very well cause your loved one much anxiety and fear. Your family may not have truly understood that Mom or Dad may not remember their names, or confuse or forget grandchildren. They November /December 2010


may take it personally, and have feelings of hurt and dismay. There is a lot you can do to make this a bright, happy, joyous holiday for everyone. What works for some may not be right for your situation. The most important thing you can do is leave tradition on the shelf and observe your loved one and yourself. Think about what makes them smile, what makes them anxious or fearful. What is their schedule? Take your loved one into consideration and determine how the holiday would best serve them. Imagine for a moment what would be the perfect holiday for them, and write it down. Let your family know what you need from them to have this “perfect” holiday. Allow them to be participatory. Find elements that can be done rather than telling everyone what can not be done. In doing this, you will be less anxious, and enjoy the company, and make them feel part of as well. Far too often we have been doing

everything by ourselves for so long, we forget that others would love to help, but do not know how. You can call and talk on the phone, write a letter or email, or speak directly to individuals. Send some literature from the Alzheimer’s association as well. They have numerous brochures and pamphlets that will help your family learn about Dementia and Alzheimer’s and what to expect. Most important be clear. Your loved one probably has good days and bad days. Just because it’s the holiday does not determine which it will be. Some simple actions you can take. Ask everyone to call before they come by. If your loved one is agitated by crowds, limit the number of people at any given time. Limit the number of small children and the length of the visits. Remind people that this can be great fun and to make it that way. It’s okay for it to be Christmas, 1956, for an hour. Have activities that family and friends can include your loved one with, such as looking at old photo’s, talking about favorite holiday movies or music. Look for the spark, and fan the flames, whatever the interest. It may be the 1,000 time you have heard the story about Stanford, but it is only the 10th for the visitor. Give them some questions in advance to keep conversation going. If your loved one has a strict schedule that is working, keep it going

If your loved one is agitated by crowds, limit the number of people at any given time. November /December 2010

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Let your family know what you need from them to have this “perfect” holiday. You can call and talk on the phone, write a letter or email, or speak directly to individuals. as much as possible. Make sure your family is aware of it and can incorporate it into the holiday festivities. You know your family best, and you know your loved one. Help the two create a great holiday together. As Senior Coaches, we have worked with many families in this situation. We have watched the holidays cause everything but joy and harmony. Understanding one another, and the unique situation of the caregiver and senior is very difficult for many. Coaching allows you to learn a new skill set for dealing with the family and well meaning friends. You need to take care of yourself during these holidays. Be clear about your boundaries and needs. The clarity of communication will go a long way to helping everyone have a merry holiday this year. Coach Chez is a recovery coach, helping individuals make lasting change in behavior and emotions. Senior Motivate 4 Success helps Seniors and Families find ways to deal with change as we age. 17


Christmas Wreaths History, Tradition and Uses

The word "wreath" originated from an old English word called "writhen" which means twist or writhe. Holiday wreaths are those which are made from metal or cloth and often covered with some jewels. With the passage of time the popularity of wreathes has grown to a large extent and with the increase in popularity some new ways are devised to produce the wreaths which are made of laurel leaves and twigs. The history shows us that in past the Romans and Greeks used wreaths as a headdress for the Olympic prizes, battle or military heroes, kings and so on. It is also said 18

that in ancient times, Romans used wreath as a victory sign as well. Let us make a distinction here between different types of wreaths used in the past as we have some historical facts before us. In past the laurel wreaths were meant for athletes and the wreaths made of olive branches were used for military or battle heroes. Beginning from the past, it is has now become the habituated tradition for the people and the ornamental wreath has now transformed into Christmas wreaths. The Christmas wreaths also symbolize life overcoming the forces of winter. Wreaths are also used as symbol of welcome to all guests. Wreaths are

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mostly in circular shape without having the starting or ending point. Due to its unique design, these are considered as the symbol of faith and also represent the mercy and eternity of God during the Christmas Eve. Different colors used in wreath or the leaves represent different things. For instance, the evergreen leaves and branches in the wreath symbolize the everlasting life and the love of God. On the other hand, the green color also signifies the new life and hope and sometimes also peace. In past, the Christmas wreaths were made of plants which were capable of maintaining their green shades throughout the entire year. Those wreaths were usually made of pine, holly and ivy. The purpose behind those wreaths was to show that the life is everlasting and the greenness of the leaves in the winter season truly symbolizes this fact. Most of the people around the world relate the holiday wreaths to the Christmas wreaths. But in fact, there are certain other kinds of wreaths also. An important thing here to mention is that wreaths never have any special connection to any particular religion. This is a common thought of many of the people that wreaths are meant to be in connection with some specific religion. Nowadays, wreaths are made from plastic, artificial flowers and fresh flowers along with other leaves, berries and branches. Many people used them as a decoration on their doors, windows, and fireplaces and even on tables. These are now made almost the whole year and not confined to the winter season. No matter what is the purpose behind using these wreaths, they are surely a great way to express one feeling either by using it as a decoration or giving it as a gift on special events. November /December 2010

Make your own wreath Christmas wreaths make beautiful decorations. There are so many choices of wreaths available – fresh ones, preserved or dry ones, and silk ones. While those would require much investment in time to maintain them, you can make your very own unique, long-lasting one using your leftover gift wrappers. The items you will need are your leftover gift wrappers, ribbon, a metal wire hanger, scissors, pliers, ruler, and a pen or pencil. First, using the pliers, bend the triangle part of the metal wire hanger into the shape of a circle. The hook should still be in shape. Second, lay out the leftover gift wrappers flat, then measure and draw out straight horizontal lines all the way to the end of the paper, 6 inches from each other. Third, rotate the papers to a 90 degrees angle, still laying flat. You will need to measure and draw lines perpendicular to the lines drawn earlier, all the way to the end of the paper. Each line should be 1 inch from each other. After that, the papers should look like a graph paper with 6” x 1” grids on it. Fourth, you will need to cut out the strips of paper according to the lines you had drawn. Each strip should be 6” x 1” in size. You can choose to either mix the different gift wrapper strips together, or decorate them in style later. Fifth, using one strip of the papers, fold it into half around the now circular part of the metal hanger. The fold should be folded onto the wire. On the loose end closest to the wire, twist the paper twice so that it holds onto the metal wire. This process is to be repeated until there are about 30 strips on the metal wire. Make sure they sprout in different angles from each other to get a fluffy effect. The wreath will take shape when you push the strips of papers together. The strips of paper should overlap one another, as gravity pulls the higher ones to fall on top of the lower ones. Continue to add more strips until the hanger is full, and you are almost done. To add the finishing touches, fasten a ribbon into the shape of a bow onto the part where the circularshaped wires meet the hook. You have made your very own recycled paper Christmas wreath.

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DOWN 1. Knock sharply 2. French pal 3. Strike back 4. Plead with 5. Actor ______ Gibson 6. “______ Twist” 7. Butter substitute 8. Cozy retreats 9. Flying saucer (abbr.) 10. Plant seeds 11. Poet’s “still” 17. Clinton’s party (abbr.) 19. Actress ______ Winslet 21. Raves 22. Happening 23. Mama’s boy

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25. Moving staircase 26. Sharp 27. Moves upward 31. Have a birthday 32. Snack 33. Entice 35. President Jackson 37. Baseball stat 38. Baseball teams 41. Garden tool 43. Kitty sound 44. “______ Maria” 45. Vermilion 46. Mule’s father 48. Lennon’s spouse 49. Shea player

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Sudoku Rules Sudoku rules are extremely easy. Fill all empty squares so that the numbers 1 to 9 appear once in each row, column and 3x3 box. Tips Use a soft erasable pencil. Double check before placing a number. Make small pencil marks to show which numbers are allowed in empty squares. This will come in handy when analyzing techniques are used. Never guess. Only make moves based on logical deductions.

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Food Savvy

The Best o Our savvy readers have spoken! Not a week goes by that Savvy & Sage doesn’t receive notes from our readers. More often than not, those notes include words of appreciation for providing healthy, tasty recipes from Holly Clegg. In this issue, we’re reprinting the favorite four. Happy cooking, happy eating!

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of Holly Clegg Easy Red Velvet Cake (Nov/Dec 2008) Makes 16–20 servings Perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion, this southern classic never goes out of style. Take a short cut by using cake mix to effortlessly prepare a beautiful and deliciously rich luscious cake. 1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix 2 tablespoons cocoa 1/4 cup canola oil 1 egg 3 egg whites 1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring 1 cup skim milk 1 tablespoon vinegar Cream Cheese Icing (recipe below) 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat three 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, cocoa, oil, egg, egg whites, and food coloring. In a small bowl, combine milk and vinegar, and add to mixing bowl. Mix until well combined. 3. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 15–20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool layers on a rack and ice with Cream Cheese Icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened 3 tablespoons butter 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until light. Add vanilla. Nutritional information per serving Calories 272, Calories from fat 29%, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 246mg, Carbohydrate 45g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 35g, Protein 3g; Diabetic Exchanges: 3 carbohydrate, 2 fat

Terrific Tidbit: For another fantastic dessert option, turn this cake into a trifle by layering cake, cream cheese icing, and nonfat whipped topping in a trifle or glass bowl.

southwestern soup

Southwestern Soup (jan/feb 2009) This hearty soup is a real family pleaser and stomach filler. 1 pound ground sirloin 1 cup chopped onion 2 cups water 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies 1 cup salsa 2 cups cubed, peeled, sweet or white potatoes 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups frozen corn 1. In large nonstick pot, cook meat and onion over medium heat until meat is done, about 5-7 minutes. Drain excess fat. 2. Add remaining ingredients, except corn. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, simmer about 30 minutes. 3. Add corn, continue cooking, covered, 15 minutes. Nutritional information per serving Calories 149, Calories from fat 17%, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 28mg, Sodium 289 mg, Carbohydrate 19g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 4g, Protein 13g; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 very lean meat


perfect pork tenderloin

Perfect Pork Tenderloin (may/jun 2009) Makes 6-8 servings Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of meat that can be kept in the freezer to pull out for a quick dinner. Select meat ending in “loin” or “round” for the leanest cuts. Coat the pork with this glaze that enhances meat with subtly sweet, spicy flavor.

2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed of excess fat 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar 2 tablespoons honey

refrigerate overnight, turning meat several times. 4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 160ºF. Slice tenderloins, serve.

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 2. In bowl, combine all ingredients except tenderloins. 3. Place meat in dish or large re-sealable plastic bag, pour marinade over meat. If time permits,

Nutritional information per serving Calories 160, Protein (g) 24, Carbohydrate (g) 5, Fat (g) 4, Calories from Fat (%) 24, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Dietary Fiber (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 67, Sodium (mg) 138, Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 other carbohydrate

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Greek Chicken Salad Bowl (mar/apr 2010) Makes 4 - 6 servings I toss in Feta in this chef-style salad and this is a time I use fresh mint as this gives the salad an adventurous personality. 1/2 cup lemon juice, divided 1 teaspoon dried mint, divided 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic, divided 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1-1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 pound fresh spinach, washed, stemmed, and torn into pieces 1-1/2 cups chopped tomatoes 1/3 cup chopped green onion 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled cucumber Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon olive oil Feta cheese, optional

greek chicken salad bowl

1. In large bowl, mix together 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon mint, 1/4 teaspoon garlic, and vinegar. Add chicken; toss, cover with plastic wrap, marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 2. Coat large skillet with nonstick cooking spray, cook chicken over medium-high heat until brown, turning frequently, 5 minutes. Add wine, reduce heat, simmer 8 - 10 minutes, or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan, refrigerate until ready to use. 3. In large bowl, combine spinach, tomatoes, green onion, cucumber, chicken. 4. In small bowl, mix together remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon mint, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic, and salt, pepper, and oil. Pour dressing over salad, add Feta cheese, if desired, toss to mix well. Serve immediately. Nutritional information per serving Calories 198, Protein (g) 29, Carbohydrate (g) 9, Fat (g) 4, Calories from Fat (%) 19, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Cholesterol (mg) 66, Sodium (mg) 141 Diabetic Exchanges: 3 very lean meat, 2 vegetable Pick

Holly Clegg

Holly Clegg has offered expert advice on quick, flavorful and healthy eating for nearly 20 years through her bestselling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series. Consisting of 14 books to-date, the trim&TERRIFIC® series includes the newly released women’s lifestyle cookbook Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age, in addition to the specialized trim&TERRIFIC® Diabetic Cooking and Eating Well Through Cancer. Holly has also released a free iPhone and Blackberry application, Mobile Rush-Hour Recipes, which brings her signature recipes to your fingertips. With nearly 1 million books sold, Holly reigns supreme when it comes to helping today’s busy person cook everyday meals that are fast and fit into an overall healthy lifestyle. Known as the “Queen of Quick,” Holly’s recipes are time, user and pantry-friendly. As a mother, wife and published cookbook author, Holly appreciates the ability to create a tasty dish that is both convenient and healthy. Perfect for the person on-the-go, Holly’s recipes never sacrifice taste or flavor, while still maintaining nutritional balance.

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Savvy Travel

Great Wolf Lodge BY elaine marze

Folks do not usually think of November and December as months conducive to wateroriented family fun, but there is a resort where swim suits are the preferred clothing choice for the Hagen and Papa whole family. It’s my opinion that Great Wolf Lodge was probably designed specifically for grandparents who want to take their precious ones to some special place to make wonderful memories without the danger of sunburn or freezing rain. This is one destination where you can take your little swimmers summer or winter that will score you points as THE greatest Grandma and Papa in the whole wide world! Of course, the designers could also have had in mind the hopes, dreams, and wishes of children everywhere who’s greatest desire is to immerse their bodies in as much water as possible, for as long as possible. And, when you combine indoor pools, waterfalls, slides and river tube floating with giant imaginative water toys of all shapes to ride --- well, this is the play park preference for people in the know regardless of age. Each area is enhanced with numerous squirt guns and dunking buckets where unsuspecting grandparents can provide entertainment for anybody with a sadistic sense of humor. This grandma learned the hard way NOT to wear contact lenses inside the free-for-all water fighting area! I should have left off the black mascara too because once a four-story giant bucket of water releases hundreds of gallons of water 26

over your head, forget finding the contact lenses which are swirling and sloshing away down the drain. By then my eyes were stinging and burning from the mascara so that I was blinded. Even by grabbing everybody over two feet tall whom I could catch hold of, it took a while to find a piece of fabric dry enough to wipe my eyes. The plus side was that my fouryear-old grandson, Hagen, got a laugh from me sliding and crashing around, groping blindly. If you are an “older” person you may want to wear goggles and a life-jacket into any area outside the kiddies’ pool. The Field Guide provided by Great Wolf claims it is North America’s largest family of indoor water park resorts and is a handbook for “exploring uncharted territories” on its properties. The prudent thing would be to read the guidebook BEFORE entering the zone – not afterward. The resort is divided into three different territories; the first is the featured indoor water park. With hundreds of thousands of gallons of flowing water running through huge slides, a massive wave pool and Howlin’ Tornado funnel slide, there is no shortage of wet and wild fun for the whole family. (Climbing the four-story stairs to the Howlin’ Tornado can put many seniors into a breathless state so that when their tube hits the first neck-wrenching jump-off point, it hardly even gets a terrified scream.) It was comforting to see so many nationally certified

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lifeguards throughout the park, and with older children it allows parents and grandparents to relax. However, Hagen is lightning fast and non-stop so it took all four of us adults to keep up with him, and since two of the adults in our party are not as spry as we used to be, we took turns on “Hagen duty” which is the only way we could have survived two days at Great Wolf. Some fouryear-olds were content to play in the kiddies’ pool, but our little man zipped from area to area like Lightening McQueen! (Review safety tips via their Web site prior to arrival.) Also within Territory A is the Cub Club craft and activity center which is billed as fun and educational. Kids in this territory can create unique craft projects or experience “Edutainment” which is designed for adults and children to explore themed activities. MagiQuest is a live action role-playing game which I admit I do not understand, but witnessed little people having a great time aiming magic wands at everything. Sometimes doors appeared and I saw a stump open up after receiving a beam from one of the magic wands. There are also over 100 games and ticket redemption at Northern Lights Arcade which we did visit for a few hours. It was easier to get Hagen to leave than it was to get his Papa away from the arcade games! Territory B includes bedtime stories in the Grand Lobby and animated woodland friends who come alive each day and share their stories. Territory C is where the Camp Critter Bar & Grille and Bear Paw Sweets & Eats are located. One day I want to go back to Great Wolf and take my granddaughters to Scooops Kid Spa because this unique spa treats little girls to pedicures and manicures while they enjoy ice cream treats. The whole theme is fun and indulges miniature, wanna-be women while catering to little girl desires for sweet treats! Our room was spacious and rustic as you would expect a lodge to be, especially with the name Great Wolf. The resort has 402 rooms and suites, including a KidCabin Suite which comes with a mini-log cabin and bunk beds. Get more information by going to GREATWOLF. COM or call 800-693-WOLF. It is located off Hwy. 26

in Grapevine, Texas across the street from the Gaylord Texan. While we were there to celebrate Hagen turning four, I have a friend who treats all her grandchildren to visits at Great Wolf from time to time. Because of the wide range of ages, she prefers to divide her grand’s up into similar-age categories for their visits. North Louisiana residents, who previously felt they could not afford to go to Great Wolf, now can and do, due to the unexpected bonuses of the gas money. Since the gas well boom, Great Wolf Lodge has benefited from a large number of families who have chosen to spend some of their windfall money there; an excellent choice in my opinion. Take advantage of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to take your little darlings to Great Wolf!

Each area is enhanced with numerous squirt guns and dunking buckets where unsuspecting grandparents can provide entertainment for anybody with a sadistic sense of humor.

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Elaine Marze is a freelance writer who also works in public relations and advertising. She can be reached at elmarz7@yahoo.com.

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What’s Different About Fitness for Seniors? by gilbey scott

Who Says Seniors Don’t Have Time For Health?

Feel The Burn and Set Calories On Fire

Senior health is a popular topic these days as aging baby boomers try to figure out the best ways to keep enjoying their golden years… which happily are lasting longer and longer. Senior fitness is also an important issue as technology and labor-saving devices have created a landscape where hard work is diminished… but so are the long-term health benefits that come from leading an active life. And senior health is also a key to a healthy mind. Numerous studies point to a strong connection between regular exercise and emotional stability, providing strong evidence that many seniors can literally exercise away their depression.

The ABC’s of Senior Exercise For optimum senior health, the ABC’s of older fitness is actually ESC – Endurance, Strength and Cardio. These three forms of exercise target different senior health needs and should all be integrated into your workout program. Endurance exercise increases blood flow and may protect older people from cardiac injury during a heart attack, according to a new University of Florida study. Strength exercises increase muscle mass and improve metabolism which aids in maintaining a healthy weight – a key challenge in senior health. Workouts that target the cardiovascular system promote heart health. Add stretching and balance exercises for a complete approach to senior health and overall senior fitness.

Fit Seniors Are Smart Seniors, Literally! When seniors exercise, their workout has a positive effect on muscles, joints, and bones. But the amazing news is that exercise for seniors provides far more than just physical fitness. Literally providing a workout for the brain as well as the body, exercise supports senior health by improving blood flow and increasing metabolism. Overall brain function is also improved thanks to better circulation. This can bring a dramatic improvement to a senior’s metal acuity and memory function. Seniors who workout regularly report that their exercise program leaves them feeling positive and happy, with a positive attitude that carries over into non-workout hours.

Seniors need to be aware of weight and its relationship to fitness. As the body ages, it becomes more difficult to maintain for seniors to maintain an ideal weight without a fitness program, regular workouts and exercise. If you can boost your metabolism, your body will be able to burn more calories per day. The good news for senior fitness is that exercise naturally boosts your metabolism. Your fitness level will get a real boost if you add weight training or progressive resistance exercise that builds muscle to your workout. Muscle burns more calories than fat, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even when you’re resting.

Senior Exercise Prevents Embarrassing Senior Conditions One of the secret benefits seniors enjoy from exercise is freedom from worry. Exercise strengthens muscles that hold the body’s organs in place to prevent many of the conditions that keep seniors from enjoying their lives fully. The positive effect on the muscles that hold the bladder is the reason many older fitness enthusiasts have found that keeping to a regular workout helps them put off some of the most common (and potentially embarrassing) signs of aging including urinary tract problems. Simple pelvic exercises performed for a few minutes a day several times a week can improve senior health exponentially.

The Secret of Success There’s no magic bullet that guarantees senior health and fitness. There’s not even a magic workout or exercise. If there’s any magic in senior fitness, it’s a magic word. That word is commitment. For any exercise program or fitness regimen to work, you need to follow it regularly… for life. A great way to stay motivated is to keep a daily exercise journal. Record the kind of exercise you did that day, your heart rate, and anything else that’s meaningful to you. You’ll feel great when you review the progress you’ve made in creating a lifetime of good health for yourself.

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Louisiana Couple Tours Alaska BY elaine marze

photos dean mulig (BillyBob) November /December 2010

Dean and Dorothy Mulig of Bossier City recently visited the North Pole and panned over $40 worth of Alaskan gold during their tour of Alaska. They were among a group of 48 church affiliated senior adults from Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi who received an up-close and personal look at the great state of Alaska. The Mulig’s are well known among the senior adult department at Bossier’s First Baptist Church where Dean is also somewhat famous for his photography evidenced by these photos of their trip. “Everyone has an idea of how to pan for gold from watching old movies,” says Dean. What he did not know was that his group would get such an education in gold mining during their time at the Eldorado Gold Mine. A train took them to the actual mining area where miners demonstrated “old timer” mining procedures using a trough and a pan before giving the participants their own pan so they could try their luck at finding gold among the sand and rocks scooped out of flowing water. Dean was not really interested in panning because he thought it would be a wasted effort. He concentrated on taking photos – until he witnessed others actually finding gold. “I had just figured it was pretty much a joke … giving us a pan to make us feel like we would find something,” said Dean. But once gold nuggets began showing up, gold fever struck, and in his words, “I became a Big Time gold digger!” After panning, each “miner” weighted their nuggets at the facility, and found out the dollar value of their labor. One of their tour members panned a $56 nugget! The Alaskan trip was one of many Christian-based tours planned and directed by Eddie and Glenda DeHondt. Each day of their tours begins with Bible devotionals and prayers. And, though Eddie says he is going to do less and less touring himself, he has planned trips to Israel in February and Hawaii in June. For more information on these and other tours, call him at 318-798-6938. www.savvyandsage.com

Elaine Marze is a freelance writer who also works in public relations and advertising. She can be reached at elmarz7@yahoo.com. 29


Christmas on the River Monroe • West Monroe

Christmas Shopping on Antique Alley! Southern Living calls this “a shopaholic’s delight” that “has pretty much anything a shopper with eclectic tastes could want.” Discover blocks and blocks of unique stores with everything from home decor, jewelry, clothing, European and American antiques, art and more. Stores will stay open late on both Friday and Saturday nights during the Christmas holidays.

Antique Alley 100-300 Trenton St., West Monroe

Santa Claus is coming to town! Come take advantage of this perfect photo opportunity for your family and friends while letting the kids whisper their gift ideas to Santa! Children visiting Santa will receive a free coloring book (while supplies last).

Pecanland Mall – JC Penney Court 4700 Millhaven Road, Monroe

November 28–December 20 Santa’s Christmas Village & Ice Skating

November 27-December 31 Dancing Lights Enjoy the lights that dance to music over Antique Alley in West Monroe.

Antique Alley Trenton Street, West Monroe

Rock the Holidays at Pecanland Mall! North Louisiana’s largest shopping mall, anchored by Belk, JCPenney, Sears, Dillard’s and Burlington Coat Factory. Browse through over 100 stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, Charlotte Russe, Bath & Body Works, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret and so much more! It’s also home to Cinema 10, a food court and a two-story carousel for the kids. The shopping does not end inside the mall. In Pecanland Plaza, you will find Kohl’s, Best Buy, Target, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Rue 21, Ross, Lifeway Christian Book Store, Pier 1, TJ Maxx and Toys R Us. Check with individual stores for holiday shopping hours.

4700 Millhaven Road, Monroe

Through December 24 Photos with Santa

Come and enjoy the many activities like walking through the snow, ice skating, make and take ornaments, cookie decorating, and taking pictures with the Snowman. Don’t forget about mailing letters to Santa at the Peppermint Post Office and story time with Mrs. Claus. And most of all, visit with Santa! $5 Admission; $10 Ice Skating

Children’s Museum 323 Walnut Street, Monroe

December 1-31 • Tu-Sat 10 am-5 pm Christmas at the Biedenharn “Unto Us a Child is Born” is the theme chosen by the Monroe Garden Study League for the Christmas decorations at the Biedenharn this year. Every room of the historic home will be decorated to celebrate the Christmas season. Fee: $3 for house tour ONLY

Biedenharn Museum & Gardens 2000 Riverside Drive, Monroe

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Share with all our military brothers and sisters, sons and daughters overseas. Bring your donations and add them with all your neighbors' to let our military men and women know that we're thinking of them this holiday season and all through the year. To make your selections easier, see the list of appropriate and approved items our military men and women need. Drop off your gifts for our deployed military men and women at any store on Antique Alley. Collection sites will accept your contributions through December 24.

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