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ways to turn back the clock

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Table of Contents Being your best 9

Fun & Games Humor, quotes, and quizzes.

10 My best tips Dianna Sorenson, doctor, professor, baker, and mom has some words of wisdom.


12 Musical inspiration Gretchen Gondek has been playing the music for 30 years.

26 Best moves No matter your age, balance and flexibility are attainable.

43 Friends Women on a mission and having fun.

13 10 Ways to turn back the clock Re-energize your life.

27 Feel young Pain and age don’t have to go together.

43 Crystal cafe Where friends and food meet.


28 Health Essentials: What your mom didn’t tell you.

44 Help for the journey Finding peace of mind and people who care.

29 Good communication skills benefit your health

45 Three On The Road Band Keeping the music playing.

30 Eyes over 40 Vision changes as we age. Let’s be proactive.

46 Bingo! Something special is going on at Chick-fil-A.

Seasons 16 Fashion for fall Dress your best for cooler temps. 17 Bring in the clowns Funny business has taken Jenny Herrick from China to the 9/11 tragedy.

31 Fall football Get into the game. 32 Embracing autumn Don’t miss any of it. 36 O Tannenbaum It’s all about the right tree.

Health & Fitness

38 Festival of Trees Supporting Active Generations.

21 Barbie doll creator Feeling good about “the girls.”

39 Holiday tips for smaller spaces Big decorating for scaled-down places.

20 Walk this way Taking steps to prevent falls.

22 Diabetes and the eye See a clear future. 23 Alzheimer’s: Hope is coming Giving families peace, plus insight on how to cope.


Better together

42 Be social It may be more important than you know. Oct / Nov / Dec 2016



55 Salt: Still a four-letter word? Recipe makeover and info on eating less sodium. 58 If only eating right was easy The NuVal way at Gary’s Food Town.

USA made

59 Brown sheep company Yarn made in the USA.

Have faith

47 The gift that keeps on giving Celebrating the best gifts of Christmas. 48 Painting en Plein Air Celebrate in color with Wilma Shaffert.

62 Veteran’s day Honoring the cause of peace.



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t’s time to bring out the fall coats and kick up some leaves! Let’s spend some time reminiscing and learning together. We’ll introduce you to people who are making a difference in small communities every day. The best seasons are here! Open your pantry and bring out your favorite fragrances of cinnamon candles, apples, and pumpkins. Looking forward to the big game? We have your favorite chili recipe and stadium blankets just for football parties. The mornings are golden and bring reason to drink several cups of hot apple cider. So pack away the shorts, put on your woolly hats, and be cozy. After that, it’s almost Christmas and time to deck the halls in style.

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I am so grateful and excited to bring the premier issue of Senior Lifestyle Advantage magazine to you. The purpose and hope of this publication is to encourage life at any age while providing resources to help you find assurance along your journey. I give God the glory for strength and direction as I am overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness to my family and friends who encouraged the dream. I hope you enjoy a great cup of coffee with this read. Joyously, Judy Oct / Nov / Dec 2016




November December Holiday Collections Craft Fair

November 19-20 The Sioux City Convention Center will host the largest holiday craft show in the area. Enjoy free parking, door prizes every hour, and food vendors.

Sheila’s Country Gardens

Pumpkinland . Open through October

Enjoy a fall fest of autumn produce, crafts, baked goods, a petting zoo, corn maze, and FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! 4123 Jackson Avenue, Orange City, IA. Open Mon-Sat 10 am to dark.

Go Red For Women . October 14

Let’s unite to prevent heart disease and stroke. Let’s Go Red For Women at this year’s luncheon. Join us! Marina Inn Hotel & Conference Center in South Sioux City, NE.

November 5 A special day to browse the homemade crafts, gift shop, and holiday decor. There will be a homemade meal, fresh pies, and each guest will get a gift from Sheila. 87930 NE-57, Hartington, NE. (402) 254-6379

Mosaic Holiday Dinners . November 3, 10, 11 Mosaic in Northeast Nebraska will hold holiday dinners for people with disabilities and their families who support them. Dinners will be held in Fremont, Columbus, and Norfolk. Find out more on their website

Tour of Homes . November 17-19

Tour beautiful homes decorated for the holidays to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland. Homes are in the Whispering Creek area. Starting point will be Sunnybrook Church, Sioux City, IA. Go to the website for tickets.

Holiday Festival of Trees

November 21-December 1 Local groups decorate trees to benefit the Siouxland Center for Active Generations. View and bid on trees at Ho-Chunk Centre, 600 4th Street, Sioux City, IA. Trees auctioned at 6:30 pm December 1.

Wakefield Balloon Days . October 14-16 See hot air balloons launch all three days in Wakefield, NE. Enjoy lots of food and fun. Parade, color run, car show, street dance, and more. For the schedule go to 6

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Christmas at Morningside

Holiday show

December 3 This year Jill Miller celebrates 10 years of holiday shows benefiting Sunrise Retirement Community. This year’s show will be better than ever! Jill and her musical friends will kick the season off right! Get your tickets early. Show starts at 7 pm Orpheum theatre, downtown Sioux City, IA,

December 2 Morningside College presents its 21st annual Christmas at Morningside concert. Groups performing include the Siouxland Master Chorale, Morningside College Choir, Eclectix Jazz Choir, Choral Union, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Morningside Brass Ensemble. Free and open to the public. Eppley Auditorium, 7:30 pm, Sioux City, IA.

Little Red Hen Theatre

November 18, 19, 20 For over 20 years the Little Red Hen Theatre in Wakefield, NE has been putting on shows. This year’s holiday show is ”A CHRISTMAS CHAOS” that opens the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Laurel Night of Lights . December 1

During the Night of Lights in Laurel, NE businesses are encouraged to stay open from 5-8 pm and many host giveaways or serve refreshments for their patrons. Other activities generally include a Christmas tree decorating contest, Soup Supper and Vendor Fair at the City Auditorium, photos with Santa Claus, hay rack rides, a live Nativity scene, a raffle drawing, and the annual lighting of the Community Christmas Tree by Santa Claus.

Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland

December 3, 4, 10, 11 Enjoy this authentic Pioneer Village festively illuminated for the holidays. Take a horsedrawn sleigh ride on a beautiful winter’s night. Live Nativity scene and musical performances. Roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate around a campfire in the snow. Plymouth County Fairgrounds, 500 4th Ave. NE, LeMars, IA. Oct / Nov / Dec 2016


Local Variety Shop and relax Laurel, NE

At the Main St Apothecary you can enjoy something from the coffee shop, get prescriptions filled, and find great gifts and decor. 201 E. 2nd St., Laurel, NE. 402-256-3511

Experience the seasons

Hartington, NE

Come and find special treasures, holiday decor, and fun events at Shelia’s Country Gardens Hwy 57, Hartington, NE. 402-254-6379

Nearly Me . Norfolk, NE

Home Health Medical Equipment carries Nearly Me products. The prosthetics are available for women who have undergone a mastectomy. The costs are billed with insurance and Medicare.2604 W. Norfolk Ave, Norfolk, NE. 402-371-6550

A unique boutique

Sioux City, IA

A La Mode is a unique boutique where you’ll find the latest fashions. In Lakeport Commons 5001 Sergeant Rd #390, Sioux City, IA. 712-274-5977

Looking good Wayne, NE

Keep your hair and nails looking great with style and products from Bailey’s Hair & Nails. 305 N Pearl St, Sioux City, IA. 402-375-2700

Great gifts . Norfolk, NE

The Abbey has cards, gifts, jewelry, Christian books, and more. 2100 Market Ln # 500, Norfolk, NE. 402-379-0712


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Fun & Games

Fun quotes

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.

I intend to live forever. So far, so good.

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

-Will Rogers

-Theodore Roosevelt

Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.

-Steven Wright

Brain builder Suduko - medium difficulty.

-Danny Kaye

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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. -Abraham Lincoln

Humor for word lovers I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me. When she saw her first gray hairs she thought she’d dye.

Each of the nine blocks has to contain all the numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number can only appear once in a row, column, or box.

Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis. A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s two tired.

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My Best Tips

Dr. Dianna Spies Sorenson PhD, MBA, RN, CNS doctor, professor, baker, mom Favorite quote

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. -Chinese proverb

Live a full life

Live your life fully; every day is a gift to be enjoyed NOW. As a hospice nurse, dying patients who grieve the most are those who die with the regrets of not having fully lived.


I don’t know about you, but I am addicted to doing too much. Where I try to keep my activities “contained” I find myself stretched for time. I find simplifying vs. eliminating things to be the best solution to helping juggle a full schedule. For example, I plant perennials instead of annuals in my flower garden.

Enjoy what you do

If you don’t enjoy your work, look for a job that fulfills you and isn’t just a “paycheck.” If you’re “stuck” in a job, actively seek to find something that you enjoy about it. Focusing on even one thing you enjoy can transform drudgery into something you look forward to.

Decrease health risks

Save money

Instead of buying coffee at the local coffee shop, buy a reusable thermal coffee mug and brew your own specialty coffee at home. While it’s brewing, preheat your mug with a “dose” of hot water. You will save yourself time, money, the environment, and you can select the exact blend you love!

Offer advice wisely

With adult children and aging parents I say, “I have an opinion on that. Do you want to hear it?” If they say, “NO!” I walk away knowing I provided an opportunity to share my wisdom, without over-stepping boundaries. 10

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Wash your fruits and vegetables. This regular practice decreases the chances of contracting infectious diseases, and will also reduce the amount of contaminating chemicals/pesticides. Dr. Dianna Sorenson has a PhD in nursing, a master of business administration in health care, and a clinical specialization in psychiatric/mental health nursing. She loves baking and worked as a pastry chef in Sioux Falls for seven years. Currently, she’s a professor of nursing at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA and makes her home in Sioux Falls, SD. She’s an “ageless wonder” with five children, two son-in-laws, three granddogs, and four grandcats.

Being your best Think positively, speak carefully

People are their own worst enemies. People often create their own unhappiness not only by looking at the negative sides of situations and relationships, but by expressing those negative thoughts to others. Be careful of what you think, because thoughts become words, and words become actions. We can work backwards to “fix” our “stinkin’ thinkin’.” Tell yourself, “It’s okay to have an unspoken thought!” Then work to see BOTH sides of a situation, the positive and negative.

Finally, work toward viewing the positive side of things first.

Trust the dough

What I’ve found most helpful in baking is, “trust the dough!” The biggest problem with baking is that people become “married” to the recipe and fail to become in tune with what they are making. If you want to perfect a baking item, make it repeatedly and touch the dough to get an idea of what that dough should feel like. I’ve worked hard with my children when they make cookies to touch the dough to feel what the consistency should be like to prevent too much spread or hard

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cookies. Any recipe varies on any given day based on the humidity, the size of the eggs, and other variables that the physical recipe doesn’t account for. Always trust the dough; it’s never wrong!

Try new things

Sometimes life isn’t what you expect. Instead of bemoaning the “good old days” (that probably weren’t all that good), embrace the opportunity to learn something new. The “old” way is probably more comfortable, but it isn’t always the “better” way. Maybe with renewed perspective you can be the person to make a difference in this new world!


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Musical inspiration feed your soul with Gretchen Gondek


She had a long list of favorites but narrowed down some greats. Here are seven she loves (at right). Gretchen’s appreciation of music got us excited and we left eager to listen to the list she provided. Maybe the thing that stood out to us most was this inspiration: “Masterpieces are stirring to the soul, a reminder of what it is to be human and, for perhaps a moment or two, to touch the Divine.”

-Gretchen Gondek


Gretchen’s Fav’s

1. Handel’s Messiah 2. The Mozart Requiem 3. Beethoven’s 9th 4. Bach Cello Suites 5. Mahler’s 1st Symphony 6. Schubert’s Unfinished 7. 5th Symphony of Vaughn Williams

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er first day on the radio, Gretchen Gondek was so bad people called to complain. Even her mother told her she was terrible. She cried. And then she got motivated. Gretchen grew up listening to classical music in Northwood, IA. In college, she studied communication and music appreciation so her passion for music grew. When her first opportunity came to play classical music on the radio she was thrilled. But that’s when the complaints came─she mangled the German names of the composers. Wanting to do justice to the masters who wrote the great works she was playing, she wiped her tears and learned. Now, after more than 30 years in radio, Gretchen left the air this year. As KWIT-KOJI’s general manager, she said, “I was honored to bring my passion for classical music to the station every day. The classical music library I have developed at the station is the legacy I leave behind.” Gretchen shared that the mission of Siouxland Public Media is “to enhance the quality of life by providing public radio that informs, entertains, and expands the mind.” She agrees that all of that happens but it is even deeper for her. As Gretchen reflected on her love of music she remarked, “Music has a very spiritual aspect. Music is for the soul.” For those who are not familiar with classical music, we asked for some suggestions to help people get their feet (or rather, their ears) wet.

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ways to turn back




hen asked if they wanted to go back in time, perhaps surprisingly, the majority of seniors polled weren’t interested. While we may not want a complete do-over, we all have a list of things we’d change if we could. A lower number on the scale, seeing a smoother face in the mirror, and being able to put on our shoes without injury.

So how do we turn back the clock on things that make us feel old─and set ourselves up to have a future with no regrets? Today is a brand new day, so let’s take responsibility for ourselves and do things that improve our lives. Things to help us look our best, feel great, and actually be better. Follow our 10 steps to start aging backward.



Be 80% sensible

Get your Zzzs Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. The Sleep Foundation reports that while we sleep our brain moves short-term memories to stronger long-term ones. Having long periods of sleep allows us to grow muscle, repair tissue, restore, and rejuvenate. After sleep, retention and memory tasks improve.

Fitness guru Denise Austin’s food formula has always been the 80/20 rule. Eat well 80% of the time (veggies, fruit, nuts, lean proteins, whole grains) and enjoy treats 20%. Your body will get the health-building nutrition it needs and you won’t feel deprived.

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“Remember when we were young and couldn’t wait to grow up? What were we thinking?!”

Remember when

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A Harvard University study showed that when people were placed in an environment that resembled their past—with movies, music, and memorabilia from their youth—they had marked improvements in their memory, vision, happiness, and overall health.


They removed younger bees who were caring for the babies (larvae). They moved older bees into the “nursery” and they took over the work normally done by the younger bees. The mature bees were able to learn new things and stayed mentally alert and competent. Not only did they regain their ability to learn, they also showed a change in two proteins of their brain. One of those is the same in humans and is believed to be responsible for preventing dementia.


Face facts Moisture is key to keeping skin looking fresh. According to drinking water is a good start but the reality is that “water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there. This will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.” They suggest applying a hydrating moisturizer and including hyaluronic acid which holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. It attracts water to the skin and keeps it there.


A group of scientists from Arizona State University did a study on bees and found that brains of older honey bees become young again when given an important responsibility.

Trade up We asked Dr. Holdiman, doctor of internal medicine for 30 years, “What would you tell someone to do to improve their health?” His reply, “I don’t know of anything that ages you inside and out as fast as smoking.” It’s time to trade your bad habits for good ones. Find something new to focus your attentions on that will improve your life.

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What reminds you of your youth? Listening to Dean Martin, The Beatles, Flock of Seagulls? Maybe watching Grease or Gone With The Wind. Doing those things could actually improve your memory.

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Move it

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Make friends Studies shows that social connections are the key to feeling emotionally well. People who are married live longer. Simply being with others improves our lives. Join a group, volunteer, go to church, invite people for cards or dinner or collecting shoes for needy people in third world countries. You’ll feel so young when you’re thinking of others.

“A rocking chair moves back and forth without moving anywhere. So does worrying. Move forward with positive thoughts and prayer.”


Exercise can be something you look forward to every day, so lace up some shoes. Yes, you can bring your dog on a walk or exercise right where you’re at. Turn on some tunes, get some friends, and just move. Start slow and go easy. Reach for the sky...with both arms, try some shoulder rolls. Get those toes and fingers moving too! Rotate your hands and ankles in circles. You can just feel yourself getting younger each moment.

“Every time I think I want to be young again, I remember algebra and physics.”

~ Ruth Brown


Stress less A recent article on listed nine side effects of worry. Everything from hair loss to weight gain and break-outs to back aches. It’s just not pretty. So how do you stop worrying? The Bible says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

We all know we should be exercising regularly─which means pretty much everyday. Skipping exercise leaves us with body aches, limited range of motion, and stiffness. Moving more is the key.

Think different Think positively. Expect that the best is yet to come. Set goals and work to achieve them. Meet new people. Go to new places. No matter what the circumstances, focus on the good. Choose to be positive and you’ll feel peaceful, lighter, and hopeful. With a new mindset, you may find you feel differently about age. Enjoy each moment.

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Fashion for fall by Jen Claussen


ind chic style─dressing fashionable is easy! The Midwest may have an unpredictable climate, but you can be ready no matter what the weather with a few style tips. Swan’s Apparel in Wayne Nebraska provides some suggestions for everyday essentials. Accessorize: Style each outfit with accessories. When choosing jewelry, select pieces to complement your frame. Small to medium builds look best with small to medium pieces. Larger-built bodies can wear medium to chunkier items. Layer it up: Layers have always been a big part of fashion, but lately it’s even more prevalent. This is a great way to add color, dimension, and warmth. Try tees, tanks, camisoles, and scarves. Grab a jacket: Pick up a basic jacket, structured blazer, or sweater cardigan. These are easy staple pieces that never go out of style. Be brave: Try a new print, go for a bold color, and have some fun! Fashion is a way to show the world your personality. Play around with new concepts and embrace a bit of trend.

Jen Clausen is the owner of Swan’s Apparel in Wayne, NE where they say, “Leave fashion to us.”


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Bring on the Clowns

when you need a nose job by Jenny Herrick


y career as a healthcare provider─nurse, caring clown, and coordinator of junior hospital volunteers─spans five decades of stories and faces. Some of my fondest memories come from 12 days in September 2000 as part of a Fun Medicine Delegation to the Republic of China led by the world-famous clown/ physician, Dr. Patch Adams. Jenny Herrick’s graduation photos from clown college. She also is one of only 4000 certified Laugh Leaders in the world.

Jenny Herrick and Dr. Patch Adams.

We had enjoyed such an experience that, before we left China, my clowning friends and I agreed we’d have a reunion the following year. Then came 9/11. There would be no clown reunion. Or would there? One of our group who lived in New Jersey wrote, “We traveled halfway across the world to spread mirth air; I think we’re needed right here at home. Let me see what I can do.” She got the OK from New York City authorities to “bring on the clowns.” She then readied her townhouse for lots of guests, their greasepaint, and their big red shoes!

We’d be clowning at Ground Zero, barely two months after the terrorist attacks. However, we were told that we could come, provided that we concentrate our efforts on the rescue workers─police officers, fire fighters, construction workers, ambulance personnel and others. Only 12 of us were able to commit to this Ground Zero Mirth Aid Mission. Among the 12 were myself and a clowning friend I had invited, Diane Paugh (also known as Sparkle the Clown) and her husband, Mike, who served as our official photographer. You thought the millions of people in China threw us for a loop? That was nothing compared to visiting Ground Zero. We had no idea what to expect! Would the silliness of a clown be seen as disrespectful? Would we be accepted? Would we be able to make a positive difference? This was something that really took some prayer on our Oct / Nov / Dec 2016

part─what would it be like to see clowns at Ground Zero? But we had a mission and wanted to do the best job we could. So we put our mission in God’s hands, asking Him to help us achieve whatever He wanted us to in our visit. Right off the bus and onto the street of lower Manhattan, I walked up to the serious-looking, handsome young officer who was standing at attention, saving a parking spot for our bus. I reached out with a red nose destined for his face. “Ma’am, I’m on duty,” the young officer told me, thinking words could keep my alter-ego, Lottie-Da, away from her appointed duty. “Yes, I know you are,” I replied, not stopping my forward momentum, “but trust me, you need this!” Bossy, wasn’t I? I still can’t believe I didn’t earn my first pair of heavy silver bracelets that day. But my fellow clowns and I continued spreading smiles, red


Being your best noses, and more. We worked our way through the thick throngs of visitors, looking for the rescue workers. Thank goodness clowns wear bright-colored clothing and hot pink wigs; that made it much easier to keep track of one another! We constantly reached into our pockets for red noses (I had brought

lar as our noses! We had big, burly New York firemen asking for tickets for hugs and smiles. We had police officers whistling from squad cars, asking for “one of those little green tickets if you still got ‘em.” Guess what? We ran out of the tickets for free hugs or smiles

hundreds with me on the plane; can you imagine what the airport security inspector must have thought?) We also packed water bottles and power bars, knowing this would be a long, challenging day just a block from the ruins. Among the food, water, and noses were handmade tickets printed on bright paper that said, “This Ticket Entitles you to a Free Smile!” or “This Ticket Entitles You to a Free Hug!” I remember obligingly taking mine from the clown who was sharing them, thinking, “Those macho rescue workers are not going to be wanting these little pieces of paper!” Throughout the day, we were directed to spots where rescue workers were known to be working, eating, and resting. We handed out hundreds of noses, hugs, and smiles. As for the tickets? They were our best sellers! OK, we gave them away, but they were nearly as popu-

─that’s how powerful they were! Throughout the day, we stayed in lower Manhattan, giving nose transplants, singing, and handing out tickets, high fives, and thumbs up while doing our best to spread some smiles. As we walked through the crowds, not knowing what these folks were thinking when they saw a clown entourage, I began to understand that we had made the right decision to come. I suspected it as I saw the looks on peoples’ faces as they shook our hands and gave us high fives. One woman reached up to give me a high five, and exclaimed enthusiastically, “God bless you!” Wow! That did it. I knew this is where we belonged at this time. And just in case we forgot, the warmhearted folks of New York


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reminded us often with their words: “Thank you for coming! You’re just what we need!” Our confidence grew along with our smiles. Police cars did U-turns to come see us. They shouted “thanks” over their squad car loudspeakers. I can’t tell you how many times we were hugged by total strangers. Once, standing and looking toward the smoldering ruins, another clown and I suddenly felt strong arms around our waists. One big man, grabbing us both, told us in his thick New York accent: “Thanks for comin’! My shop is right there, and you dunno how nice it is to see somethin’ like you in front of my shop because I’ve been looking at THAT (the ruins of the World Trade Center) for the last nine weeks.” Another time, a man came out of nowhere to embrace me in a huge bear hug. Then he backed up at arm’s length and looked at me with his hands held over his heart, tears streaming down his cheeks, “You Americans... you Americans!” We visited police precincts and fire houses, sharing red noses and hugs and posing for photos. We heard story after heart-wrenching story. One fire lieutenant said: “I love clowns. A clown saved my daughter’s life.” He told us how his 4-year-old

Being your best daughter had needed heart surgery and had to blow into the breathing machine to keep her lungs clear. She was afraid to do so until a group of clowns (the Big Apple Circus Clowns) came into the room with bubbles. She was soon helping them make bubbles, which helped her lungs to clear. How did we feel about our Ground Zero trip once it was behind us? Thankful. Grateful. Privileged. We met people from all over the world. We were humbled by their stories, their faith, their optimism, and their smiles in the shadow of this overwhelming tragedy. I know that we left so much undone, but at least we were able to provide a few needed moments of diversion, humor therapy, stress relief, compassion, and love. And hundreds and hundreds of red, foam noses. We learned a lot in those 48 hours at Ground Zero─most importantly, perhaps, that we should never, ever, underestimate the value of a clown. I’ll never hear the song, “Bring on the Clowns” again without realizing just how great clowns really are!

Time to laugh (red nose optional) In class

A teacher, giving a lesson on blood circulation asked, “Class, if I stood on my head, the blood would run into it, and my face would turn red. But why is it that when I’m standing, the blood doesn’t run into my feet?” A young fellow shouted, “‘Cause your feet ain’t empty.”

At home

A couple was watching a medical drama when the husband turned to his wife, “Honey, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids to keep me going. If that ever happens just pull the plug.” The wife got up, unplugged the TV, and dumped out his beer.

Say a little prayer

“Anyone with needs to be prayed over, come forward,” the preacher declared. Leroy got in line, and when it was his turn, the preacher asked, “Son, what do you want me to pray for?”

“Preacher, I need you to pray for my hearing,” Leroy replied. The preacher put his hands over Leroy’s ears and prayed. After a few moments, the preacher removed his hands and asked, “Leroy, how is your hearing now?” “Well, I don’t know Reverend,” said Leroy. “My hearing isn’t until Wednesday.”

The face off

A scientist approached God and said, “Listen, we’ve decided we no longer need you. Nowadays, we can extract stem cells, clone people, and do all kinds of things that were once considered miraculous.” God heard him out and said, “All right. To see whether or not you still need me, let’s have a little man-making contest.” “Great!” The scientist agreed. “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam,” God said. “That’s fine,” replied the scientist and he bent down to scoop up some dirt. “Whoa there!” God said, shaking his head. “You get your own dirt.” “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” -Victor Borge

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Walk this way steps of prevention


s we age our risk for falling goes up. Not just a “skin your knee” tumble, but a trip to the E.R. According to the CDC, 2.5 million seniors wind up in the emergency room every year from falls. Let’s take some precautions so we don’t end up proving them right.

Eliminate obstacles

Most falls occur in the home─in fact, over 55%. And most of those falls happen on a flat surface. So what are we falling over? Area rugs and slippery bathroom floors are the biggest culprits. Make sure rugs have a non-slip backing. If you already struggle with walking, getting rid of throw rugs is probably a good move.

Find your balance

The second most common reason people fall is because they get off balance. In many cases, lack of balance has nothing to do with age. Some medications can affect your equilibrium. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about remedies. Balance isn’t just for the young. Simply doing exercises that stimulate your balance reflex is key. Start by holding onto a chair or counter. Lift one foot up and release the chair. Balance for a few seconds. Repeat with the other foot. Continue each day and your balance will quickly improve. (For a great exercise program that can help, see page 26.) Sloppy shoes, flip-flops, floppy slippers, and worn shoes can trip you up. Wear shoes that fit well and that are appropriate for the conditions you’re walking in.


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Barbie creator gets real


Melanie and Mashaela, who showed us the products at Home Health, said when they give demonstrations around the area, women are always amazed. Mashaela said, “They don’t realize they can have this. Some have been going around with socks in their old bras.” Melanie added, “You can just hear the excitement in their voice when they call to ask if their raspberry bra is in yet!” Ruth passed away in 2002 but her creations go on. Unlike the Barbie, her Nearly Me® line wasn’t created to make money. Ruth told an interviewer, “I didn’t make a lot of money in it. It sure rebuilt my self-esteem, and I think I rebuilt the self-esteem of others.”

uth Handler created the Barbie doll that hit the shelves in 1959. This doll was much different than the baby dolls and paper dolls that most little girls were playing with in the 1950s. Her doll was a doll that girls imagined themselves being in the future. It was a doll that represented style, beauty, possibilities, and femininity. It was a doll with breasts. Both Barbie and Ruth became huge successes quickly. Ruth led the Mattel Corporation as their CEO until the early 1970s when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She

Barbara (aka Barbie) and Ken were the names of Ruth’s kids. had a double mastectomy. As Ruth recovered, she went in search of suitable breast prosthetics. She thought they were terrible. She realized they were being designed by men who didn’t have to wear them. So, she took charge and developed the Nearly Me® line. Over 35 years later, the products remain one of the leading brands in the U.S. and around the world. Their line includes silicone breasts and mastectomy bras, plus garments, breast forms, and accessories. These are high quality products and, just like us, they come in lots of shapes and sizes. Lots. You won’t have any trouble picking out what you need because the gals at Home Health Medical Equipment in Norfolk carry the line and they are




e carry all your medical supplies and equipment including the Nearly Me® line of bras, prosthetic breasts and accessories. Call us for a fitting appointment and any questions. 2604 W. Norfolk Ave. Suite 600 Norfolk, NE 68701

experts on getting you just the right size and accessories you need. The only thing you’ll have to do is choose what style you want. If you like simple and classic, need a sports bra, or want something daring with zebra stripes, you can get it. Oh, and one really, really great bit of news: You may qualify to get it all for free. Most insurance companies and Medicare cover the cost of the prosthesis and bras throughout the year. Oct / Nov / Dec 2016 800-672-0036 or 402-371-6550


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Diabetes and the eye being proactive is key

by Dr. Beth Bruening

Dr. Beth Bruening is a board certified ophthalmologist trained and licensed in the detection and medical and surgical treatment of diabetic eye disease, cataracts, and glaucoma.



40 - 45% of diabetics have some stage of diabetic eye disease; only half of those are aware of it.

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iabetes remains the leading cause of blindness among working age American adults. November is Diabetic EYE Awareness month─an opportunity to take proactive steps necessary to prevent blindness caused by diabetes. Diabetes is a condition where the body has an inability to regulate its blood sugar levels. This leads to the potential for systemic organ damage. While most people are aware of diabetic complications such as heart disease, circulation and foot problems, and kidney failure, many are unaware of the associated ocular problems that can result. Not only do diabetics face the challenges of diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy but they also have a two to five times higher incidence of cataracts and nearly double the risk of glaucoma.

While 40 to 45% of diabetics have some stage of diabetic eye disease, only half of those are aware of it. Diabetes can cause retina blood vessels in the back of the eye to bleed and leak. This results in swelling or abnormal blood vessel formation leading to distorted, decreased, or loss of vision. Early stages are not symptomatic and not noticeable to the patient. While treatments exist for these changes, the best way to prevent diabetic blindness is early detection. Vision lost to diabetic eye disease is sometimes irreversible, but early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of blindness by 95%. Preventive measures include

taking medications as prescribed for good blood sugar control, cholesterol and lipid control, and blood pressure control, as well as healthy eating and remaining physically active. And every diabetic should undergo a yearly dilated eye exam by their ophthalmologist, trained in the detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease.

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Alzheimer’s HOPE is coming

with Deb Fischer

Senator Deb Fischer is serving her first term as the senior U.S. Senator from Nebraska.

expand Medicare to cover comprehensive Alzheimer’s care and planning services. This legislation would give patients and their families peace of mind. They could rest assured knowing that treatment plans to address Alzheimer’s and its underlying conditions would be covered under Medicare. Alzheimer’s is a hardship no one should have to endure. If we can continue efforts like the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, I’m optimistic that we can reach a day when no more of our loved ones have to suffer from this disease.


lzheimer’s is a devastating disease. As someone with a family member dealing with Alzheimer’s, I understand firsthand the enormous toll this disease takes not only on those affected, but also on their family, friends, and loved ones. In Nebraska and across the country, the Alzheimer’s Association works tirelessly to increase care and support for people suffering from this disease. The organization is also devoted to finding a way to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at least 74 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias also face other

chronic conditions. These often include hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes. Living with Alzheimer’s makes it more difficult to manage these other conditions. Mishandling treatment can lead to more hospitalizations, which in turn increase Medicare costs. Currently, Medicare provides coverage for Alzheimer’s diagnostic services, but it does not cover the time doctors and medical professionals spend developing a comprehensive care plan for these patients. In the U.S. Senate, I am a cosponsor of legislation known as the Health, Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act. The bill would Oct / Nov / Dec 2016


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Life with Alzheimer’s When you know and how to cope

by Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson and his wife LuAnne who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Brad serves as caregiver, Alzheimer’s Advocate, and Ambassador. They live in Lincoln, NE.


friend I had not heard from in a while recently texted me asking how my wife LuAnne was. I replied, “LuAnne has been in long term care since September 2014. She has not been able to walk since October 2015 and can only say a couple words.” My friend was shocked. “Wow! I had no idea Alzheimer’s could affect a person’s ability to walk and talk,” he said. My friend, like the majority of other Americans, had no idea that Alzheimer’s is more than forgetting your keys. Alzheimer’s is not forgetting, it is the slow death of your brain, one synapse at a time. When you have Alzheimer’s your thoughts are dying, and you along with them. The Alzheimer’s epidemic is here, but we fail to see it. To be honest, I didn’t see it either. Not until LuAnne was diagnosed in 2010 at age 55. Unlike what we may have previously believed, Alzheimer’s is not normal aging, and


it is not an exclusive disease of the elderly. This lack of understanding led medical professionals to simply discount memory issues as the frailty of aging. If your doctor acknowledged that you had Alzheimer’s, there was little they could do to help. The medications currently available for Alzheimer’s are not disease modifying medications. They may improve cognition for a short time but they do nothing to slow the disease. There were many symptoms I noticed early on that made me think this was more than memory loss, and many more that I can now see when I look back. I think the tipping point for me was the day LuAnne was looking out our front window onto the porch. When I walked up beside her she asked me, “What’s that?” I said, “What’s what?” She pointed and said, “That.” I saw a bird where she was pointing so I said, “That’s a sparrow.” She said, “A sparrow? I’ve never seen one before.” Senior Lifestyle Advantage

I don’t recall how I responded but my heart stopped. I also recall that at about the same time as the sparrow incident, we had gone to a family funeral and LuAnne had not recognized a cousin she had grown up with. This was a cousin she had been with every day for several years and she had no idea who this person in front of her was. This added to the sparrow incident but, with her young age, the last thing we were thinking was Alzheimer’s. I was clueless. I had no idea what we were in for. The reaction from medical professionals and knowledgeable family members when we shared her diagnosis made it clear to me how serious this was, and I kept hearing the nurse at her neurologist office saying, “I’m so sorry, this is a terrible diagnosis.” The first thing I did was search the web for information, and I contacted the Lincoln, Nebraska office of the Alzheimer’s Association to find out what information and resources they could provide.

What to do

Legal. The most important thing is to make sure your loved one’s power of attorney, health care directive, and will are updated and signed while they are still competent to sign them. If you do not have an attorney you should find one that is

Health & Fitness familiar with elder law. The Alzheimer’s Association can provide a list of elder law lawyers in your area. Personal. Also, find a support group─either a formal support group or maybe just a few people who are going through the same thing as you. Just having lunch once in a while with some other caregivers can be a tremendous help. I found in our area that most of the support groups met in the daytime during the work week. With LuAnne’s young age and my working full time, a daytime support group was not a good fit. The Alzheimer’s Association maintained a list of support groups and I found one that met on Tuesday evenings once a month. LuAnne’s brother would stay with her on that Tuesday evening so I could go to the group. It is a big help just being able to talk about whatever I wanted and never have to explain yourself. I went to this support regularly until I connected with a couple other caregiver husbands like myself, and we started having lunches together. After LuAnne was placed in a facility I found I needed these lunch gatherings more than ever. We are all in the same situation and we all “get it.”

Moving forward

We were open about her diagnosis from the start and we made no attempt to hide it. With no effective treatment or hope for a cure, I decided to get involved with the Alzheimer’s Association. Along with searching the web, they were my first resource when I started trying to understand what was happening. LuAnne was diagnosed in July 2010 and we participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s that September. We did interviews for the TV news and a newspaper article.

I needed to speak up on LuAnne’s behalf because she could not speak up for herself. I became her advocate and, in that moment, became an Alzheimer’s Advocate. I recall on the day after that first television interview was broadcast, LuAnne had an appointment with an eye doctor. We were sitting in the waiting area and a woman kept staring at us from across the room. Finally she said, “I saw you on TV last night and I thought it was wonderful that you are talking about it. Too many people try to hide it. There are a few folks where I live that should be talking about it.” She was right. We all need to talk about it and I have been doing so ever since. I have become a passionate advocate for Alzheimer’s. In January 2015, I became a volunteer Alzheimer’s Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter in January 2015, and act as a liaison to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, working to make sure he is aware of the needed funding the National Institutes of Health has requested for Alzheimer’s research. Our current level of funding is not even 50% of what the expert panel of scientists in 2012 told us we needed. I also make sure Congressman Fortenberry is aware of important Alzheimer’s-related legislation like the HOPE Alzheimer’s ACT (H.R. 1559) which he is co-sponsoring. At the state level, I advocate with our state senators for Alzheimer’s related legislation and funding, and locally, I have been giving talks on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association about my wife LuAnne’s dementia for several years during the United Way/Community Health Charities funding campaign. On April 18, 2016, I was honored to receive the Speaker of the Year Oct / Nov / Dec 2016

Alzheimer’s Ambassador Brad Anderson and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry.

award from the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. I am grateful that our emotional bond has remained intact. LuAnne hasn’t known my name for about two years and she hasn’t recognized my face for longer than that. Yet somehow she recognizes me. Somehow she knows that we matter to each other and she always gets excited when I come to visit her. I am grateful for that.


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Best Moves no more odd stuff by Jennifer Winquist

less than half an hour. In Sioux City, I watch it on PBS at 6 am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. Check public television schedules in your area for airing times or purchase a DVD and work out at your convenience. No more odd stuff. Let’s just do workouts that actually work.

Classical Stretch



are some really great programs out there. The one I most recommend for virtually anyone is called Classical Stretch. Miranda Esmonde-White is a former ballerina. And no...this is not just for women. She came up with a workout that builds strength while improving flexibility. This is especially important for those of us who find that we aren’t as limber as we used to be. That can all change. Miranda works with professional hockey players, Olympic athletes, regular Joes, Janes, and seniors. I’ve been doing it for the last couple of years and I’m probably in the best shape of my life (and I’m in my 50s). It’s a combination of tai chi, Pilates, yoga, and ballet. It looks easy but it’s challenging. The good news is that you’ll see physical improvements, plus it’s something quick, enjoyable, and free. Anyone can do it and it takes Senior Lifestyle Advantage

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or several years I wrote a health and fitness newsletter and in doing so I tried a whole lot of exercise programs. Things that worked, things that you thought might work (if they didn’t kill you first), things that definitely didn’t work and some that may have helped in one area (like weight loss) but ended up causing problems in another (like taxing your joints), and let’s just say it, some pretty odd stuff. Probably the strangest one I ever tried was one back in the ‘80s. A highly permed blond bombshell in a slinky leotard had you hold odd positions while gasping in air. It was all about unusual breathing techniques. I can’t remember if I quit doing that one because it didn’t work or out of fear someone would walk in and see me doing it. Thankfully, science and body knowledge have evolved and there

Benefits • Builds strength while increasing flexibility • Improves balance Who • Suitable for all ages Commitment • Less than 30 minutes Supplies • No equipment necessary Access • At home • Free on public television • DVDs available

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Feel young whatever your age

Wellness awaits you

with Dr. Cliff Meylor


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aseball legend Casey Stengel once said, “The trick is growing up without growing old.” How are you doing with that? If you have hit middle age you’ve probably had your share of physical issues that whisper, “Well, you’re just not as young as you used to be.” Our bodies, and society, try to tell us that aches and pains will have to be our new normal. Get used to it. The good news is that they are wrong. We don’t have to be this way. Dr. Cliff Meylor explained how we overcome pain and aging. Chiropractic care can make four big differences. 1. Have less bad stuff. When people have pain they tend to take more medications to try to conceal that pain. Meds don’t typically fix the pain, they just make you forget it for awhile. Plus, prolonged use of some medications may cause significant side effects. By addressing the cause of the pain, we can often reduce or eliminate the pain all together.

ments as needed, you’ll be amazed at how much more alive you feel.

Your journey to wellness begins here.

3. Find your balance. Literally. When your body is out of balance, it’s a struggle to keep your footing. Once your frame is realigned, do activities that will stimulate your balance reflexes (like standing on one foot). Your balance and coordination will improve quickly. As you age this will be important to reduce your risk of falls.

If you are suffering from body pain, don’t wait to begin your road to recovery! At Meylor Chiropractic Offices, our chiropractic techniques can assist patients with the rediscovery of health and wellness. Just listen to what our customers experience:

4. Be better. Studies show that people who receive chiropractic care often sleep better, have more energy in their daily routine, and are less likely to require nursing home care. When people feel better their quality of life is improved. We believe in miracles, and healing takes place through chiropractic care every day. We love being the catalyst of your wellness.

2. Go through the motions. The more active you can be the better you will feel. By stretching, strengthening, and keeping your body in full motion you will feel young again. The key is keeping all your joints, ligaments, muscles, and tissue aligned and moving. By doing simple exercises (that we can show you) and getting chiropractic adjust-

Not wanting back surgery, I read about Dr. Meylor and acupuncture without using needles. I had pain in my back and leg, decided to try acupuncture before back surgery. Thank you Doctor Meylor! - C.E.H. Before I started treatment I could not do hardly anything without being in pain and could hardly move! Since treatment I can do my job and the stuff I like to do without pain. - Kevin S. I had an accident 2 years ago. No broken bones, but I was black and blue from head to toe on my right side. He adjusted me on the first day and used acupuncture without needles. I slept good that night for the first time in a long time. I have a great attitude and love for life again. Dr. Meylor gave me at least 20 more years of great life to live! - Lorrettia T. The first day I went I was so sick with a headache. By the time I left, I felt 50% better. After my 3rd visit I felt like a new person. Dr. Meylor has saved my life! - Selma “Sally” T.

Meylor Chiropractic Offices

2608 Hamilton Blvd. Sioux City, IA 712-255-5511

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Health essentials what your mom didn’t tell you

by Judy Stanton

Get some Zzzzs.

Sleep provides healing and wellness. Benefits of snoozing: 1. A consistent 8 hours

each night can increase metabolism. 2. Helps relax the spine, realign, and rest. 3. Heart rate decreases and blood circulation reboots so you feel more energized when you wake up. 4. As you sleep the digestive system relaxes. Works better than beans. 5. Restores skin cells and collagen.

Move it.


Find friends...and do stuff. A recent study suggests that keeping in touch with friends more frequently reduces the risk of dementia. Socializing with friends who are supportive encourage good habits. Simply having friends reduces stress levels, and planning activities together renews hope. Pick activities that encourage conversation and stimulate brain activity. Try singing, dancing, playing cards, reading, and other stuff that moves you.


Chuckle, laugh, smile.

Never stop laughing or smiling. People who tend to smile have reduced stress. Participants in one study who smiled were less stressed doing various tasks than those with neutral facial expressions. Stress levels were especially low in those with genuine smiles. Even those who forced a smile during an unpleasant task seemed to have lower stress levels. A good sense of humor makes the journey easier. Benefits of smiling: 1. Makes you look better─and

younger. 2. Helps relieve pain by releasing endorphins─a natural pain reliever. 3. Boosts your immune system─so you’re sick less. 4. Reduces stress levels and improves mood─refocus on positive feelings and events. Senior Lifestyle Advantage

Do things you love with the ones you love. Smile, laugh, and have fun and your days and your health will be wonderful! Mom knows best. Always consult with your physician about new exercise routines, sleep habits, medications, health education, and wellness.

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om probably covered lots of good stuff like, “Because I said so, that’s why.” Or, “Don’t sit so close to the television or you’ll go blind.” Mom had good intentions but not necessarily good science. Here are some things mom may want you to know to be healthy.

It’s no surprise that exercise can improve and maintain wellness. But, did you know that exercising reduces fall risks and broken hips? Low density activities like walking, gardening, or social dancing reduced the risk of a broken hips in women. Choose activities that you feel good about and make it a positive experience and your strength and health will increase.

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Good communication skills benefit your health by Judy Stanton

Is there something visible you’ve noticed? A new experience, feeling, or uneasiness you want to discuss?

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e’ve all visited the doctor’s office and left feeling like no one understood the reality of our situation ─ or we struggled trying to explain it. Do you feel you give your healthcare provider every piece of the puzzle or do you later remember things you left out that were important? Being honest and open with your healthcare provider and team will benefit your health. The more information you can provide them, the better decisions they will be able to make. Chronic illnesses particularly are best controlled and managed through ongoing support and services. The healthcare team comprises all the health care professionals that work with you and your family toward the common goal of wellness and patient health. It’s easy to forget that you are not only part of that team, but the most important member of the healthcare team. This is especially important when you, the patient, are managing

chronic illness each day. Here are some questions to consider before each healthcare appointment: 1. What is the purpose for my appointment? What do YOU want to

You might also ask your healthcare team about additional information they considered to be important before you visit their office. Your healthcare team needs to know about important changes, and your health is priceless. Lifestyle changes, positive and negative, affect your health. Being proactive about your health and sharing all your insight and concerns will speak volumes to your physician. Understanding yourself and communicating your insight, desires, and expectations will encourage and contribute to receiving quality health care.

get out of it?

2. What has changed with my health? 3. Do I have a current list of all medications, and healthcare providers I’ve seen in the last 3 months?

You know they always ask for this.

4. How are my medications working?

Did you stop a medication and then continue it? Are you taking any new vitamins or supplements? 5. Were there any recent changes in my lifestyle? Did you change jobs,

move, have a loved one die, change your diet, have an accident (maybe a fall), start or change exercise programs, etc.? 6. Do I have a list of recent health issues that I’m concerned about? Oct / Nov / Dec 2016


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with Dr. Scott Ronhovde, O.D.

Look behind the scenes

Nobody ever gets excited about having their eyes dilated during an exam but there are some things that can only be detected by doing that. It gives the doctor better depth perception and a broader field of view behind the eye. This is especially important if you are at risk for eye issues─like if you have diabetes. He recommends having an exam every couple of years and every year once you hit age 60.


here you are, minding your own business, living life, and then BAM! Around age 40 it’s like someone flips a switch and suddenly you can’t find the menu button on the remote or read what shade your lipstick is anymore. What the heck happened?! Dr. Ronhovde, O.D. (everyone calls him Dr. Scott) says for eyes, age 40 (or thereabouts) is the time of upheaval. Your eyes are going to change and reading glasses are probably going to be necessary. Dr. Scott says every 5-10 years your odds go up for having some vision problems. So what can we do to be proactive with our aging eyes? Here are a few tips from Dr. Scott.

glare and make a huge difference in visibility especially when driving.

constantly as we tend to stare and not blink as often. Try to give your eyes a break and keep eyes moist. If your eyes feel dry after blinking refresh them with saline eye drops. When we’re out and about, the sun’s UV exposure can be reduced by wearing sunglasses. Polarized shades are the best for cutting the

Be proactive

No one wants to find out they have glaucoma or macular degeneration, but if you have either the sooner you know the better. Treatments for both diseases are working wonders to slow the progression and in some cases, may not even be a problem for you. Dr. Scott works at Magnuson Hopkins Eyecare PC in Wayne, NE.

Reverse Spinach Tomato Omelet

A healthy you equals healthy eyes. Nutrition is important for eye health so eat good stuff. Two big eye nutrients are lutein and zeaxanthin. Leafy greens and eggs (with the yolks) are a good start. Whip up a spinach omelet for a double dose of eye health.

Eye feel good

As the days grow colder, they also grow drier and so do your peepers. We don’t help by viewing our computer and device screens


Directions: Beat four eggs with 2 T water. Heat a small, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add a handful of fresh baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, and 2 T of water to pan. Stir and cook until spinach is wilted. Add eggs and stir just enough to keep eggs moving until they are done. Top with cheese if you like. Senior Lifestyle Advantage

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Listen to Popeye


Fall football kickoff the season


or die-hard pigskin fans, fall means football. If you are among them you’re in good company. College football fans are the most numerous of any sport boasting 100 million followers. Preparing for game day is part of the passion that we all enjoy. We want to leave no doubt who we are cheering for so game gear is essential.

Game day grub

You need some food to sustain you through hours of football viewing. If you’re having a crowd, chili is a nearly fail-proof option.

Show your spirit

College Covers in Hartington, NE has been selling team pride for years. In 1997 they started with their Comfy Feet line of slippers. In 2007 they started offering bedding and other items

with your team’s colors and logos. New this year are their smaller stadium blankets. At 50” x 60” they are perfect for tailgating, keeping warm in the stands, or just on your couch. Find them at Gather your gear and your grub and you’ll be set to kick off the season right.

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Game Day Chili

In a big pot, season 1 lb. ground beef with salt and pepper to taste. Then add 1 small chopped onion and brown. Stir in 32 oz of stewed tomatoes, 32 oz of water, and 1 T of chili powder. Add three cans of beans. Try a mix of chili beans, kidney beans, pork-nbeans, navy beans, and garbanzos. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Top with cheese if you like. Enjoy!

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Maybe the best thing about fall is that it seems to come with its own palette of colors, flavors, and scents. The pinks and purples of summer flowers fade and bright red, orange, and gold warms up the beds. Harvest sets in and sweaty icetea glasses are put aside and mugs of pumpkin spice lattes, hot apple cider, and warm chai teas take their place.

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Spicy scents of cinnamon and cloves drift through the air drawing us back to memories of grandma in the kitchen and holidays. Unfortunately, fall seems to come and go so quickly. How can we make it last? By savoring it deeply, being intentional about taking in as much of it as we can, and embracing autumn fully. Here

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fter winter’s grip, spring is the reward. Is it the beauty of autumn that slows us down from summer’s activity and gently ushers us back into winter? Everyone loves fall─from the changing leaves, to the cool mornings, and the crisp evenings that draw us toward snuggling or sitting by the fire.

Seasons Enjoy nature

You can enjoy falling into autumn each day by being outside. Going from your house to the car to work doesn’t count either. Be intentional to get out and see the changing leaves, pick up some acorns, or gather some pine cones. Display your treasures in a container to bring the fall in.

are some ideas to get the most out of the season.

Take part

There are lots of events going on in the fall. Many for little to no cost. Check out an apple orchard, see a football game (middle school and high school games can get exciting), go to a craft show, or to a nearby pumpkin patch where there’s lots of fall fun to indulge in. There’s a really great one in Orange City, IA.

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Find a favorite

What’s your favorite fall flavor? If it’s pumpkin, make a point to try at least one new pumpkin dish this season. Do you like apples? Try at least three different kinds to discover which one you like best.

Dinner in a pumpkin Ingredients:

1 medium pumpkin, with top cut off and insides removed 2 T butter 2 T brown sugar 1 lb hamburger ¾ c celery, diced ¾ c onion, diced Salt & pepper to taste ¼ c soy sauce 4 oz can mushrooms, drained 1 can cream of chicken soup 2 cups hot cooked rice Mozzarella cheese

Directions: Rub inside of pumpkin with butter and sugar. Brown hamburger with celery, onions, salt, and pepper. Add soy sauce, mushrooms, soup, and rice. Simmer for 10 minutes. Spoon mixture into pumpkin. Place top on pumpkin (if it fits in your oven). Place on greased baking sheet and bake 1 hour at 350°. Top with cheese and serve from pumpkin. Oct / Nov / Dec 2016





eading out to a pumpkin patch may seem like it’s just for kids but fall fun is for everyone. We took a trip to Orange City’s Pumpkinland and got inspired to celebrate fall in ways that are as cool as October air. Dave & Helen Huitink (and their crew) have been puttin’ the welcome sign out September through October for over 25 years.

It’s a tidy, happy place where you can find everything from baked goods, picnic areas, fire pits, crafts, a corn maze, petting zoo, produce, and pumpkins galore. You’ll want to grab several pumpkins for recipes, outdoor decorating, and clever party ideas (like the ones shown here). All aboard! The corn maze express awaits. This year’s design will feature a train. Take the adventure

Get your goat

Baby goats and all sorts of furry and feathered friends are part of Helen & Dave’s petting zone.


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Party pumpkins

A cleaned out pumpkin can serve as an ice cooler or a base for a centerpiece. Add drinks and your party is ready to go!



PUMPKINLAND offers a unique fall fest of autumn produce, crafts, baked goods, a petting zoo, a corn maze, and


Last year’s maze featured a Dutch windmill. 200 visitors try their skills at navigating the maze each year.

through the twists and turns of the corn stalk rows. Most intricate works of art don’t crunch beneath your feet but this one does and it covers six to seven acres! The plans start early in the year and the design must be complete by early July. When the corn is just starting to come up, family and crew head out to the rows with spray paint. Then the field is mowed into that year’s theme. Past designs have included a cow jumping over the moon (below), the Old West, and a farm yard. This fall, take the trip to Pumpkinland for a day to fully embrace what autumn offers.

COME VISIT US THIS FALL! Open September and October Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.–dark


Dave & Helen Huitink

712-737-8364 4123 Jackson Avenue Orange City, IA 51041 2-3/4 miles north of Orange City

Cooking spaghetti squash Directions:

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Spaghetti squash is very hard to cut so cook it whole. Prick the outside all over with a small knife. Place it in a baking pan with edges and bake at 375° for 40 minutes, turn, and bake another 40 minutes. When cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Scrape squash with a fork to remove flesh in long strands. Serve with butter or top with a sauce. You can even make it a meal by adding your favorite spaghetti sauce.

Oct / Nov / Dec 2016



O Tannenbaum let the season begin!

with Earl May


he tree is one of the most iconic symbols of Christmas so it’s no wonder that people get passionate about getting just the right one. If you want to bring the beauty and fragrance of a real Christmas tree into your home,

you don’t have to be a Griswold and venture out into the wild. We went to Earl May to get some insight into choosing the right evergreen. As soon as the Christmas trees arrive at the store, they open them up so the tree can breathe fresh air. Next, every tree is hung by a rope so the customer can walk around the tree and appreciate the full view at 360 degrees. You’ll be able to get a better perspective of not only how tall it is, but how wide it is so you can pick one you know will fit when you get it home. Earl May exclusively features the Frasier Fir tree because it is the “Cadillac” of Christmas trees. They have a wonderful scent with longevity. The branches of the fir tree are blue green with silvery undersides. The boughs are sturdy and hold family-crafted ornaments easily. Like the snowy look on your branches? Earl May Garden Center can flock your tree if you like. If you need some help with setup or delivery they’ll do that too. They want to make sure you start your holiday with no hassles. Master Gardner John Kluver says, “There are two people who make perfect Christmas trees, God and Earl May.” Choose your tree and let the season begin!

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% When are Christmas trees cut? About 40% of Christmas trees are cut during the middle of November.

To make sure you get just the right tree, a few guidelines will help.

Christmas Tree Tips 1. Make sure you know where the tree will go. Measure the space you have for the tree, both height and width. 2. Put the tree in a sturdy commercial Christmas tree stand that holds water.

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3. Saw 1� off the base of the truck before placing it in the stand. 4. Check the water daily. Water is the essential ingredient in keeping your tree fresh. 5. Once inside, place the tree away from heat sources like heaters, fireplaces, stoves, and sunny windows. 6. Use good, heavy duty extension cords. 7. Close the drapes during the daytime to keep the sun from drying out the needles. Oct / Nov / Dec 2016



Festival of Trees support the gift

with Active Generations


he holiday season brings so many gifts—the gift of family, friends, faith, and memories. Here at the Siouxland Center for Active Generations, we know many of us are blessed with all of these. Some of us are blessed because of the relationships developed here —no one is alone at Active Generations, during the holidays or anytime! Decorations, music, seasonal crafts, special meals and snacks, holiday parties—the whole building steps it up a notch and kicks into

holiday gear! Members say what a fun place Active Generations is throughout the year, and it becomes extra special during the holidays. And this year will be even more exciting—since being chosen as the 2016 not-for-profit partner of the acclaimed Festival of Trees to be held at downtown’s Ho-Chunk Centre. View fabulously-decorated trees created by community businesses, civic organizations, service clubs, and individuals while being entertained by musical groups and other talent. The trees, on display at the gorgeous Ho-Chunk atrium, are auctioned off to support the programs at Active Generation. A silent auction period runs from the Downtown Holiday Parade kick-off, Monday, November 21st, until a live auction brings the tree-bidding to a close at 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 1st. Come join the fun and support a good cause! What is Active Generations? It’s a place where seniors remain active, educated, independent, and healthy. Over 250 seniors come

daily to participate in over 60 activities offered each week from educational programs, computer classes, health classes, recreational activities, or financial issues. Please come visit us—we love to give tours to prospective members and to the general public! Ho-Chunk Centre Festival of Trees 600 Fourth Street . Sioux City, IA Siouxland Center for Active Generations 313 Cook Street . Sioux City, IA (712) 255-1729

Need a gift idea?

Consider a holiday season Gift Membership to Active Generations for a special someone.

Local businesses and organizations get creative and decorate the trees on display Nov. 21 - Dec. 1. All proceeds go to support Active Generations. (Above) Tiny Christmas tree dancers entertain the crowd.


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Holiday tips

for smaller spaces

bow topper, trim it with everything you love, then cover and store it decorated at the end of the season. The chances of damage is lessened since you are handling it less. Plus, the smaller size tree is easily moved to storage by one person. With red, white, and evergreen, this welcoming wreath from Magnolias is perfect for Christmas but works just as well in January with its winter scarf accent.

A small tree gives you an opportunity to showcase your all-time favorite and family heirloom ornaments.


f you live in an apartment or have downsized recently, you may need to rethink your normal traditions when it comes to decorating for the holidays. This can be a fun exercise in making new memories while embracing what you love best from the past. Here are a few tips from Magnolias in Norfolk, NE on impactful decorating in small spaces.

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1. Make an entrance

Everyone’s got a door. Your front door sets the tone for your home! Add a wreath of about 26 inches or a garland around the door frame to welcome your guests. Other touches could include a vintage sled propped nearby with trims and bow, a basket of pine and cones, or a mini tree staked in a garden pot. ​Light everything if you can! ​

2. Trim the tree

With pre-lit trees on the market, there is no reason why you can’t decorate it once, then store it decorated with lights on! This year select a small, slim tree or maybe even a table top tree. Decorate your tree with floral picks and a Oct / Nov / Dec 2016


Seasons 3. Warm it up

Create a soft glow with a tray of ​ real or flickering flame L ​ ED candles. Your coffee table or console table will look inviting when you group together​candles with p​ ine and glittering floral picks to make your focal point sparkle. LED candles now have timers and remotes​ for added convenience.

4. Let it glow

Balance a little sparkle around your room. Top a picture with a Christmas swag. Add a centerpiece to your table. Small touches in more areas will feel festive without overwhelming your room. Invest in tiny LED airy light strands that operate

Create a focal point by combining everyday elements with holiday items in a box, basket, bowl, or tray. Add lights along a span of railing or around an end table display for instant holiday ambiance (left). Pair winter naturals with seasonal pieces. Re-purpose each month by swapping out add ons like leaves, poinsettias, crocheted snowflakes or hearts.

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on timers. Set them to turn on at 5 pm for a fun event each evening!

5. Be timeless

Many people enjoy classic red poinsettia​s until Christmas and then feel the letdown of a drab room when removing them after the holiday. Why not switch out the decor to ice and frost accents or snowmen? Leave them out through the dreary month of February. Enjoy your lights a little longer and move them into those designs as well.


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hen shopping for those who have downsized, Gina Veach, at The Heritage at Northern Hills in Sioux City, IA has some simple gift tips.

Be sentimental

Reflective pieces that bring joyful memories are always good. Consider gifting photos, scrapbooks, or even a game they can enjoy with others.

Invest in experiences

Almost everyone values experiences over stuff. Think about their interests. Tickets to events and activities they enjoy, outings, and time with loved ones are the best of all.

Practical is good

Snowman mug Elena Shashkina/; Candy Irina Fischer/

If mom needs new socks then get her some. Gift cards to restaurants and places they shop often will be welcome gifts. Even better if there is an invitation to go together.

We’re committed to making your life better.

Something to smile about indeed. Independent and Assisted Living •All meals served daily in our full-service, restaurant-style dining room •Activity room available for parties and social gatherings •Housekeeping and laundry •Pets welcome Short stay Assisted Living available— perfect during winter or for rehab. Independent Living residents can choose Apartment Style or Resort Style Living. Transportation, activities, and much more!


iece of Cake, cake shop and bakery owner, Michelle Bomgaars, sees people buying sweet treats for those on their gift list.

Give tastefully

Michelle says, “Edible gifts are terrific for people who have everything. “We have one guy who comes in with cards written out for people he’s buying for and we deliver them along with the goodies he orders. He’ll give pies and treats to his family as well as to people who care for his mom—the activities director, care providers, etc., as a thank you. “We have many treat options available including gluten-free sugar cookies and cupcakes. Plus we have a large variety of candies: salted nut rolls, peanut butter balls, truffles, fudges, and more.” They also do cookie decorat-

Talk about decorating a small about a coffee mug? Whether you serve up some homemade eggnog, a hot toddy, warm coffee latte, or all time winter favorite—hot chocolate—you can make it festive. With just a few big marshmallows, pretzel sticks, candy corn and melted chocolate you can construct this happy snowfriend to take a dip. Smiles are guaranteed!

ing classes during the holiday season. It’s a great day out for moms and grandmas to treat the kids to. Whether it’s you or someone else in a smaller space this holiday, with a little planning and an open mind, it can be your best yet.

Piece of Cake is at 25 Central Ave. SW LeMars, IA 712-541-6046 Pieceofcakeiowa@

For details call or visit us 4000/4002 Teton Trace . Sioux City, IA 712-239-9400 Oct / Nov / Dec 2016


Better together S

Be social it’s a big deal

ome things are just better together, like coffee with friends. Social media may have its place, but physically being with people is more important than we may know.


As we get older especially, the likelihood that we may live alone increases. There are some perks to being alone occasionally. An article on says, “...solitude can stimulate creativity and even improve our attention span.” But, it goes on to warn that too much solitude isn’t good.

Find a mentor

What have you always wanted to know? Find what classes are available at local colleges, libraries, senior centers, churches, and shops. Does your neighbor know how to quilt, repair bikes, or speak Spanish? Ask them if



What are you passionate about? Whether you want to help the sick, repair cars for single moms, or read to kids there are ways to help, groups to join, and friends to make.

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A study published in the Psychological Science journal reports that even when people don’t consider themselves lonely, social isolation increased people’s likelihood of dying early. The great news is that connecting with others can be easy. Here’s how...

they will teach you. Maybe you can share your skills with them in return.

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Better together

Friends a little bit of sunshine


his fun group of ladies was sitting at a table near us at Panera recently. The voices of loud giggles were heard across the room. We had to find out what was so amusing. We discovered that this group of eight ladies was just part of a bigger group of about 15. They call themselves the C.E. Party. “C.E.” stands for “Continuing Education.” Just between us, after we visited with them, we referred to them as “The Sunshine Ladies” for two reasons. Thirty-nine years ago, a few of them started meeting at the Sunshine grocery store cafe. They referred to their meeting as a “diet group.” What really happened was deep friendships were born. Over the years the group has grown along with their purpose for meeting. They only have one rule: No gossiping about each other. If someone can’t attend, then talking about them (gossiping) is off limits. Faithfully, every Friday morning they meet and talk about life, make

plans, and share experiences. They mentor and minister to one another. When LaVonne lamented that she had a black thumb when it came to gardening, Marylee (who is a master gardener) stepped in to tutor. LaVonne’s yard has recently been on the Tour of Gardens. They’ve walked together through Camille’s breast cancer, “celebrated” losses with hot fudge sundaes, took turns housing one of their members who was in danger, and taken spectacular vacations together. Sometimes they invite their husbands along for trips to the symphony or getting together for potlucks. This band of women vary by decades in age and background but they all have a passion for living and, more importantly, a passion for each other. With the way they light up lives, it’s not hard to see why we call them the “Sunshine Ladies.”

ou may have to be over 50 to remember a time when gas stations pumped your gas, when restaurants served made-from-scratch pies, and when food wasn’t exactly like anywhere else. In South Sioux City, NE you’ll find such a place. Although the gas station is modern, if seniors let them know that pumping their gas is a struggle, the attendant will come out to do it for them. Inside the cafe you’ll find people stopping in from all over. Truckers and travelers brag about the coffee, their favorite breakfast item (like the sticky buns or chicken fried steak), and one visitor referred to their bacon as “legendary.” The main attraction is always their mile-high cream pies that are made from scratch daily. Stop by and have a piece of pie, some coffee, and conversation. It’s like a good memory. 4601 Dakota Ave South Sioux City, NE

Part of the C.E. Party above (L to R): Front row: Camille, Ruth, Marylee, and Joann. Back row: LaVonne, Bonnie, Sharon, and Charlene. Oct / Nov / Dec 2016


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Help for the journey Finding peace of mind


for as long as possible. The first-ofits-kind program in Iowa, Siouxland PACE provides a wide range of services including primary and specialty medical care, medications, PACE Center, medical transportation, rehabilitation, and in-home support. To be eligible to enroll in PACE, participants must be 55 years or older, be determined by the State of Iowa to meet nursing facility level of care criteria, and reside in Woodbury, Plymouth, Monona or Cherokee county. Although PACE participants must be certified for nursing level of care to enroll in the program, only seven percent of PACE participants nationally reside in a nursing home according to the National PACE Association. “PACE offers peace of mind for our participants and their loved ones,” says Randy Ehlers, Director of Siouxland PACE. “It provides a Senior Lifestyle Advantage

unique opportunity for participants to work with a team of professionals committed to their health and well-being.” Siouxland PACE has seen tremendous growth since it first opened, leading the program to outgrow its previous space in the Siouxland Center for Active Generations. In the spring of 2016, the program moved to the former Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield building, located at the intersection of Hamilton Boulevard and Interstate 29 in Sioux City. The new facility provides an additional 20,000 square feet, allowing Siouxland PACE to grow from 158 participants currently to approximately 270 participants in the future. In addition, the program looks to add 20 staff members in the future. “The expansion was a vital step in ensuring Siouxland PACE can care for the increasing number of baby boomers in our area. We want to ensure the benefits of the PACE program are available for Siouxlanders who desire to stay in their homes for as long as possible,” adds Ehlers. It is something the Erwins know firsthand. “With PACE, I don’t feel like I am the only one involved in Wylie’s care,” says Dorothy. “I have somebody to support me, all while providing my husband with the physical, emotional, therapeutic, and social support he needs. There is not a day that goes by that we are not thankful for Siouxland PACE.”

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debilitating stroke forever changed Wylie Erwin’s life. The once avid golfer found himself nearly unable to walk, speak, or do anything on his own. For nearly a year, his wife Dorothy become Wylie’s sole caretaker before she reached out to UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Siouxland PACE, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly – for help. “Getting him in and out of the bathtub safely, as well as keeping myself safe, was becoming more of a challenge,” recalls Dorothy. “I was really concerned about it.” With help from Siouxland PACE, the Erwins discovered a new world and an important lesson: there is life after a stroke. Since 2008, Siouxland PACE has been assisting adults like Wylie Erwin by providing medical, social, and support services to keep participants healthy, safe, and independent

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What’s offered

Fun, music, laughter the best medicine

All of the services offered through Siouxland PACE are designed to help participants maintain their health and independence for as long as possible. Here is a sample of some of their services:

• Primary care and specialty medical care • Medications • Therapeutic recreation • Transportation • Durable medical equipment • Rehabilitation and restorative therapies • Dietary services • In-home support and care • Social work services • Respite care • Hospitalization and emergency care • All other services provided by Medicare and Medicaid

The 3 On The Road Band playing at a local senior center.

“Everything is right with the world when we play music.”


he 3 On The Road Band was formed in 2011, by Terry Durr. The original group consisted of Terry, Don Christie, and Wayne Longtin. The intent was to keep them all playing the music they loved. All three started out their music careers at early ages and are accomplished musicians. Terry plays guitar, drums, bass, and vocals. His dad taught him to play the guitar at age 12 and at age 14 he started playing drums for The Orville Durr Dance Band. He played there for 25 years. He also played for Claude Gray out of Texas, Charlie Groth in Florida, and Oklahoma’s Don Christie to name just a few. He’s been involved with music for 55 years playing a variety of music from old standard big band swing to country and early rock ‘n’ roll. Don Christie was born into a musical family. He plays fiddle, banjo, piano, guitar, steel guitar, bass, and does vocals too. At an early age he learned to play fiddle and at 14 was playing for square dances. At 16, he went on the road as a fullOct / Nov / Dec 2016

The 3 On The Road Band (L-R): Terry Durr, Nancy Rodgers, and Don Christie.

time musician, having the chance to open for many Nashville Opry stars. He’s played the Southwest, Midwest, and in Canada. Today, he keeps it more local. Wayne Longtin played guitar, bass, and sang. At an early age he traveled all over the states, playing whenever and wherever he could. Wayne passed away in April 2012 leaving a big void. That’s when Nancy Rodgers became a full-time member. She plays auto harp, tambourine, some guitar, and sings. They say, “The bottom line is we all have fun, love the music, have mutual respect for each other, and it shows on stage. Our motto is ‘There is no better medicine than music and laughter!’” The group plays at senior centers and other venues. Before the year ends they will become The 4 On The Road Band with plans to add another musician to their entourage.


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BINGO! You know you want to Bingo hosts

Kevin Locke, team member and resident Bingo Caller with Marketing Director, Kristine Schrad.


ome to Chick-fil-A at Sergeant Road in Sioux City the last Wednesday of every month and you’ll see a restaurant full of senior citizens talking, laughing, and enjoying coffee along with a few rounds of Bingo games! Why do they host monthly Bingo parties? Look around and you’ll see that Chick-fil-A is much more than just fast food. It’s a place for kids, families, and adults to come and enjoy great food, fun, and fellowship. Kristine Schrad, Chick-fil-A Marketing Director says, “One thing we wanted to do when we opened in November of 2012 was monthly events. We had kids and family events when we were at the mall but we wanted to open it up and do something special for the senior citizens as well.”

Once 9:30 am approaches, Chick-fil-A team member Kevin Locke appears. Kevin has been the “Resident Bingo Caller” For each event Kristine orsince the very first event. He ders prizes which include items has a grand, booming voice that like umbrellas, t-shirts, golf kits, allows everyone in the restaucoffee mugs, and notebooks. rant to hear the numbers being There are also Chick-fil-A coucalled! He also has a great rappons and the ever popular port with the Bingo players even Chocolate Chunk Cookie six though occasionally he gets some packs that are given away. At grief for not calling the “right” numChristmastime, special prizes bers! are awarded including the fa Kevin says, “I look forward mous Chick-fil-A calendars. to the Bingo events every month Kristine comes early to set and enjoy seeing how much up and players come early for fun the seniors have, especially breakfast like Chicken Biscuits, when they win a prize!” Chick-n-Minis™, or Breakfast When the Bingo events first Burritos. Every Bingo player started around 20 players came gets free coffee during the event each month. Today they average and Kristine samples additional around 50 people per event. menu items for snacks. Many of the same faces can be seen each month but there are always new ones as well. People come for the fun, camaraderie, and of course the prizes! Karen Blohm, one regular Bingo player says, “I love to go to Bingo at Chick-fil-A. Everyone is so friendly and I have met some new friends. The prizes are great and we all love Kristine and Kevin. The treats aren’t too bad either!” Next time you are in the area on the last Wednesday morning of the month, be sure and stop by Chick-fil-A at Sergeant Road and enjoy a few games of Bingo.

One of the players, Bonnie, with her good luck mojo she named Sadie.


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Have faith

The gift that keeps on giving

Blue pine background Anna Omelchenko/; Nativity Anneka /


few years ago, working for a senior living facility, I wanted to give the residents a great Christmas. Some of them had no families that would be visiting them during the holidays. It crushed me to think of them being sad on such a joyful day. I went in search of some holiday spirit to share with them but I truly had no budget so I decided to try the thrift store. The frosted doors opened and my eyes found shelves filled with colored glass, cookie tins, snowman plates, and twinkle lights. The store was vibrant and I was filled with the hope of finding the perfect gifts. As I walked up to the counter, I saw a beautiful blue tinsel tree that would be perfect! I asked if it was for sale. The clerk said with a polite grin, “It’s already been purchased.” I discussed my goal with the clerk and went to look for other possibilities. As I walked slowly down the aisles, a lady with a red baseball cap came over. She stopped and said, “That Christmas tree is for you.” The beautiful blue tree. She had purchased it but now she

was giving it to me. I couldn’t believe it. I stood amazed and a feeling of joy spread across my face as I told her thank you. I said, “You don’t know how much this means to our residents!” She said, “I do. It’s because of you our families have Christmas.” I was so excited because the hope of bringing joy to people is what life is all about. A moment later, she took my hand and held it, for only a second, and she was gone. I looked down and saw the hundred-dollar bill she’d pressed into my palm. I used the money to buy a gift for each one of the residents that Christmas. Her gift to me was a gift for many. There is one gift that is so precious and it is a gift to many. It is the gift God gave the world on Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (ESV)

Oct / Nov / Dec 2016


Painting en Plein Air story behind the painting

Painting by Wilma Schaffert BA, KWS Wilma is a full-time, professional artist and signature member of the Kansas Watercolor Society.


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with Wilma Shaffert


y husband and I decided to visit Rocky Mountain National Park in the fall. Leaving for a trip anywhere, I always pack painting supplies and my camera.

The weather ─ Early the next morning we headed off

in the dark as the sun had not yet touched the ridge in a heavenly glow I knew only God could make. We drove to the Old Fall River Road to End Valley where the aspens were a bright yellow orange fall color. We stopped at the pull out where I quickly set up my pochade box on my tripod and set out my acrylic paints on my palette. The day’s forecast was for highs in the 30s and the wind chill near zero.

My process ─ When painting a landscape, I usually paint

from the top to the bottom. I layered in the sky and mountain shapes paying attention to the shapes of the darks and lights of the mountain peaks. Along the way, I stop to take a photograph of the scene because the sunlight changes fast─then I can work in my studio later if needed.

My passion ─ I love painting outside, even when it’s cold. Once, a woman drove up beside me and asked how long I had been out there. I told her that I didn’t know. She said she was surprised anyone would be out painting as cold and windy as it was. I told her that I wasn’t staying much longer as she drove away. I should have told her that I was a crazy artist because I didn’t let a little cold keep me from painting.

Why I paint ─ As an avid outdoor person, I thrive on

spending time painting in nature and photographing the wildlife. It refreshes my soul and creates a happy, peaceful, and calming strength in my life not possible any other way. As always, for me the process of painting is the most important part. “It isn’t about the painting, it’s about the doing, seeing, hearing that leads to something more.”

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Have faith

Near death experiencing the unexpected As a doctor for more than 30 years, and the current medical director at Hospice of Siouxland, Dr. Dale Holdiman shares a special story of one young man he treated who had a near death experience.



must be going on. He felt so bad he was certain he must have cancer or some life-threatening disease. He was right, but the ER doc on the floor that night didn’t see anything wrong. He told him if he didn’t feel better to come back the next day and Dr. Holdiman would be there to see him. He did return on Sunday, which happened to be Mother’s Day, with a very unhappy wife in tow. This was her day and he was ruining it with this rabid hypochondria. How many times did someone need to be told they were fine before they believed it?! After yet another round of tests, questions, and observations, Dr. Holdiman came back─again with Senior Lifestyle Advantage

negative test results, but with an idea of the problem. He was certain Joe was dying, and it was very serious. He asked Joe a question, “Are you worried about dying?” “Yes!” Joe blurted. That had been the crux of the problem all along. Dr. H must see that I am dying. Finally someone understands! Dr. H did understand, but medicine wasn’t going to fix the problem. Joe was going to have to embrace a big truth in order to get better. Dr. H asked a question Joe didn’t expect, “Where do you think you’ll go when you die?” Joe said he figured he’d go to heaven. But he wasn’t really sure. “Why do you think you’d get into heaven?” Dr. H pressed. “Well, I figure I’ve lived a pretty good life. I haven’t done anything real bad.” Dr. H had often heard this philosophy. People believe God simply grades on a curve. If the good outweighs the bad, then you’re in. Or if you’re just better than most of the others you’re in. The truth was, Dr. H himself used to believe that way. “Joe, when I was young, I thought I’d get into heaven if I just worked hard and did good things. Looking back, I see that thinking played into my becoming a doctor. I figured spending my days helping sick people would get me big brownie points with God and heaven would be a sure thing. “A couple of times in college, some friends told me that I was completely wrong, but I didn’t lis-

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oe*, a young, very fit-looking guy came into to see Dr. Holdiman. He was certain something was wrong. Very wrong. He didn’t really have any symptoms that he could put his finger on but he had a sense of uneasiness. Dr. Holdiman assessed him, questioned him, but nothing seemed wrong. Joe went home. He returned in a week, unable to shake the sense of dread he felt. He was certain something was wrong. He asked Dr. H to check him out again. All results came back negative─nothing was wrong. On a spring night, Joe ended up in the ER. Not a great way to spend your Saturday night, but he was still overwhelmed that something dire

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Have faith ten. Then, when I was finishing up my residency we got invited to this pastor’s house. He started talking about Jesus and how he is the one who saves us. At first I was trying to argue with him, but then the light went on that this was what I was searching for all along. “The truth is we all fall short. We are all sinners. In God’s eyes you have to be perfect to satisfy God’s requirement. No one can be perfect so we deserve hell. The Bible says, ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ “The only way to solve that problem is to ask Christ into your life. If you accept, Christ has already taken your sins to the cross and they are all taken care of. The Bible says, ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’” As Dr. H spoke, Joe’s eyes widen and he was nodding furiously. Dr. H could hardly get the words out fast enough.

“God made the great exchange for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, ‘For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.’” Joe understood. He was dying but the good news was that there was a cure and his name was Jesus Christ! Dr. H asked Joe if he wanted to accept Jesus and start a new life with Him. Joe definitely did, but he didn’t want to without his wife. Joe asked Dr. H if he’d go get his wife and tell her the Good News too. Dr. H cringed a little on the inside as he remembered Joe’s unhappy wife. A quick thought to tell Joe to deal with her later went through his head but he squelched the idea. As Dr. H reached the waiting room he was greeted with Joe’s brooding wife. He felt her anger and bitterness as he approached. Expecting to hear the same nothing-to-report diagnosis, her arms were folded across her chest

Dr. Dale Holdiman, Director of Medicine, in his office at Hospice of Siouxland.

in knowing disgust. They loosened only slightly when Dr. H asked her to join them in the exam room. Tentatively, Dr. H explained that he’d like to share with her what he’d been explaining to her husband. As he repeated God’s plan, her demeanor softened. She started to lean in. To nod her head. That day they both decided to give their lives to Jesus and accept God’s gift of eternity in heaven. Joe knew that he was dying but death was defeated that day, not by a medical procedure or pill, but by God’s grace. The hope and joy is found in Jesus Christ. He is waiting to meet you. “You have filled my heart with greater joy.” Psalms 4:7

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Today, Joe and his wife are living happy, healthy lives with their kids.

*Name changed for privacy.

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Have faith

The hoary head do you have one?

by Pastor Todd Thelen



Scripture is suggesting that the silver-haired head is a reward for righteous living that the wisdom gained through all the years of experience is deserving of respect and reverence. The aged are to be celebrated, appreciated, and valued. The contributions of wisdom and understanding from the “hoary head” to contemporary generations are invaluable. I don’t know what number you’re at on the scale of the aging process. Maybe your hair is more of a salt and pepper mix, or maybe your hair has abandoned you and you are proudly sporting a “chrome dome.” By chance, or possibly by artificial assistance, you may keep your youthful color longer. However, hair color, for the most part, Senior Lifestyle Advantage

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ave you ever heard the word “hoary?” It is a somewhat archaic term that is seldom used anymore. As a matter of fact, its origin can be traced back to biblical times. The Hebrew language of the Old Testament used the word hoary to describe the color of an aged person’s hair. Thus, hoary depicted hair that was white, gray, or silver. Silver sounds so much more attractive than drab, old gray, doesn’t it? Proverbs, that Old Testament book of wisdom, states in chapter 16 and verse 31, “the silver-haired head – the hoary head, is a crown of glory.” The Bible is quite complimentary of the hoary head comparing it to a crown – a glorious crown at that.

is indicative of a person’s age. Yet a person’s age is not necessarily indicative of their usefulness or effectiveness. A person who “appears” to be past the age of meaningful contribution to society still has so much to offer. Don’t let society set you on the shelf of insignificance. The sum of knowledge acquired and wisdom gained through life’s lessons learned is a storehouse of valuable insight and information. It is the semination of this insight that aids a society in sustaining itself. It is essential that the aged are heard. God, our Creator, is in the process of writing a life’s message in and with all of our lives. He has ordained, or established, the number of the days of our lives when as yet there were none of them. God has determined how many chapters our life’s message will contain. May the content of each chapter be such that it is worth hearing or reading. May your life message be a blessing and a source of encouragement to others. Might they say of your life, “It’s a classic.”

Eating Well A new life reaching the goal with Jenni Durant


f someone had told me four years ago that I would achieve my goals and dreams, I would have told them they were crazy. But my way of life has changed completely.

Today, I am 107 lbs. lighter and in the best shape of my life at 46. I have so much energy and I’m happy. Eating right, exercising three times a week, and walking or running a couple times a week have been the best way for me to live. Because of this healthy lifestyle I beat type 2 diabetes and I’m off all medication. My medication used to cost me $300 a month so living a healthy lifestyle is saving me money!

No skipping

To eat your way to a healthier you, remember that you have to eat and not skip meals. That actually slows down your metabolism. Smaller portions is what it is all about.

Eat your way healthy

What works for me is filling half my plate with veggies, then adding fruit and lean protein. I have a glass of almond or skim milk too.

Jenni Durant, skiing at Black Bear in Sioux Falls. She is a certified weightloss instructor by the Cleveland Clinic, certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor by Fitour and a certified Zumba instructor.

If I eat out I never guess what might be a good choice. I go online and check out the restaurant nutritional information so I can make the best decision. Oct / Nov / Dec 2016


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Going red going strong

with Linda Jochims

% of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. AHA Siouxland chapter Go Red For Women committee. Co-chairs Sonja Nielson (far left), Judy Stanton (back right), and Summer Cord (front right) with Director Linda Waldo Jochims.


ur mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends are at risk. Did you know that 1 in 3 deaths among women each year are caused by heart disease and stroke? That’s more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. That’s why the Go Red efforts exist. Each October, the Siouxland chapter of the American Heart Association sponsors a Go Red Luncheon for women. Their team has worked tirelessly for years to educate and advocate for heart


health. No one more so than Director Linda Jochims who just retired after 16 years. We had a chance to chat with her about the future. “Several people have asked me, ‘What will you do now after your fast-paced job and schedule in your retirement?’ It is really nice to have the freedom from a busy schedule and look forward to spending time with my husband, Ronnie. “We are free to do all of those things that we are interested in doing without a schedule. We have so much to be thankful for and pray for continuous good health in retirement. I do treasure my health now and will give it a boost by making

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sure that I stick to “heart healthy” in my daily life. This includes eating lean meat and fish, raw vegetables, fruit every day, and some type of exercise. “Ronnie and I will keep busy with our various activities. We plan to go cycling and has been said that if you sweat once a day, the illness keeps away! We really enjoy playing cards and will do more of that. Traveling is definitely on our agenda to see as much as we can in the USA!! “I have several pictures that need to be organized and put into an album for our children. There will never be a dull moment in retirement as always, activities will keep us very busy!! I thoroughly enjoy entertaining our friends and family. “Staying active was a great motto from my parents─Francis B and Julie Wadedo─who were extremely active in the Siouxland community. Ronnie and I are both active and also have different hobbies which will keep us very busy. “We have two daughters and one son: Lanny and Melissa Johnk, and Rochelle McGill. There are six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.”

Eating well

Still a four letter word?

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e hear it over and over to eat less salt. Multiple studies have been done on how sodium affects our health. Eating some sodium is necessary to be healthy, but basically everyone agrees that our society consumes far too much sodium and our health is suffering because of it. According to the FDA, “The Dietary Guidelines recommend that the general population consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about a teaspoon of table salt).” The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a lower 1,500 mg per day. They contend that for athletes and others expending a lot of sodium, and some with special medical or dietary needs, this number may be low. For most of Americans, 9 out of 10, we are exceeding both of those limits taking in an average of 3,400 milligrams a day. That’s more than double what AHA suggests.

If you have a history of heart disease or diabetes you definitely need to watch your sodium intake.

Salt vs. Sodium

Salt isn’t really the problem─it’s sodium. Table salt is a combination of about 40% sodium and 60% chloride. Sodium occurs naturally in some foods like celery, beets, and milk and is also found in other food additives like baking soda.

So, what’s the problem?

Too much sodium gives you high blood pressure. The consequences of this rears it’s ugly head in a number of ways: heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease are the biggies. Our kidneys rid excess sodium from our bodies. When we take in more than the kidneys can handle, the excess builds up in the blood and attracts water. Bloating occurs and blood volume swells, putting pressure on your system. Your heart Oct / Nov / Dec 2016

has to work harder to move blood through the body. This equals high blood pressure. The ongoing stress of elevated blood pressure is going to tax your heart and kidney function─more so if you already have heart or kidney problems.

1in3 One-third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Only half of those who have it have it under control.


Eating well Where it’s lurking

We consume the bulk of our sodium from processed foods. Readyto-eat foods from the grocery store and eating out make up three fourths of our daily allowance. AHA lists the six biggest culprits─foods you may not even guess as the sodium heavy hitters: Sodium heavy hitters: 1. Breads and rolls 2. Cold cuts and cured meats 3. Pizza 4. Soup 5. Sandwiches 6. Poultry Remember, salt is used not only to enhance the flavor of foods, it aids in food preservation, enhances color, and can provide a firmer texture. Sodium in baking soda helps foods rise.

How to reduce it

The easiest way to reduce sodium in your diet is to make your own meals. Your first line of defense is to eat as many natural foods as possible─fresh fruits and veggies, raw nuts, dried beans, etc. Read the labels when you gro-

cery shop. The Nutrition Facts label that appears on food packaging lists the “% Daily Value” (or %DV) for sodium. Foods listed as 5% or less for sodium are low in sodium. Anything above 20% daily value is considered high. Check different brands of the same food. Some items can vary greatly from one brand to another. Eating out can be a little tricky, but many restaurants will have the sodium info for items on their menu. A 2015 law requires chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to provide nutrition information. If it’s not on the menu they will have it for you if you request it. Or, you can check out options on their website typically too.

77% of the sodium we consume comes from packaged, prepared, and restaurant foods.

5 painless ways to shake salt off

2. Drain and rinse canned beans (like chickpeas, kidney beans, etc.) and vegetables. This can cut the sodium by up to 40%. 3. Pick poultry carefully. Make sure your bird isn’t injected with a high-sodium broth.


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4. Watch out for foods described as pickled, brined, barbecued, cured, or smoked. Also watch broths and sauces including au jus, soy sauce, miso, and teriyaki sauce. 5. Choose low- or no-sodium canned goods when you’re making a casserole or chili. With many flavors you won’t miss the salt.

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1. Instead of salting food, try onions, garlic, herbs, spices, fruit juice, and flavored vinegars.

Eating well The final word

Simply because of our culture we’ve gotten used to the taste of saltier food whether we wanted to or not. The good news is, as you reduce the salt in your diet, your taste buds will get used to that too. Start backing off in a few areas and before you know it you won’t even miss that old friend. Your heart and your kidneys will thank you.

Not your worst enemy


Only 6% of most American’s sodium intake comes from the salt shaker.


Sea Salt a better choice?

What the label means

[Sodium-free Less than 5 mg of sodium per serving and contains no sodium chloride. Be aware that “No salt added” doesn’t mean sodium free. Check the label.

[Very low sodium 35 milligrams or less per serving.

[Low sodium 140 milligrams or less per serving.

[Reduced (or less) sodium At least 25% less sodium per serving than the usual sodium level.

[Light in sodium

Processed foods are the biggest culprit of added sodium in our diets. Pizza image Denizo71/; Salt shaker scottlitt/; Sea Turtle Shane Myers Photography/

Sorry. Sea salt, kosher salt, and table salt all have about the same amount of sodium.

Sodium is reduced by at least 50% per serving.

Recipe Makeover to lower sodium Chicken, Tomato, & Arugula Pizza

Processed pizza crust can have a lot of sodium. Making your own isn’t that hard and you can greatly reduce the sodium. Ingredients:

Directions: In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and brown sugar in warm water. Let sit for 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the liquid 1 cup at a time gently kneading it. Dough should be soft and not sticky. Cover and let rise for 20 min. Prepare your toppings and preheat the oven to 425°. Work the dough onto a greased pizza pan, cover with sauce, toppings, and cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden. Oct / Nov / Dec 2016

1 T active dry yeast (sodium-free brand) 2 t brown sugar 11/2 c warm water 3 1/4 c flour 1/2 t sodium-free baking powder 1/2 c low-sodium pizza sauce 3 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese Grilled chicken Cherry tomatoes Arugula


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If only eating right was easy It just got easy


ometimes we have every opportunity to do the right thing but that doesn’t mean we’ll do it. For Gary Anderson, owner of Gary’s Food Town in Laurel, NE, he had healthy food at his disposal. Yet, it took a heart attack to get him to lose weight and think about heart health. Today, Gary and his wife Charlotte are big nutrition advocates. So much so that they have implemented a new system in the store that helps shoppers make healthier choices. It’s called NuVal®. NuVal isn’t a diet; it’s nutritional guidance. Most of the items in Gary’s store have a NuVal rating from 1-100. The higher the number the better the nutrition. A whole bunch of really smart doctors got together and developed the system. The method they use to give each food a score is grounded in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, FDA-USDA regulations, and evidence-based science. Remember, the higher the NuVal score the better the nutrition. The number is based on looking at all the healthy components like how much fiber, Omega-3s, vitamins, and minerals there are against any negatives like trans and saturated fat, sodium, added sugar, and cholesterol.

Look for nutrition scores on shelf labels throughout the store.


Being able to see at a glance which options are better for you can make a big difference in making healthy choices. Don’t wait until a medical crisis gets your attention. Let the NuVal numbers guide you to being a healthier, happier you.

What is really interesting is seeing like items on the shelf side by side. The numbers can sometimes vary quite a bit between them... and sometimes the numbers can be surprising. For example, a can of tuna in water scores lower (55) than the


29 ®

100 ®

15 ®

Owner Gary Anderson


84 ®

same brand of tuna in oil (84). Most of us would imagine the tuna in oil would be more calories, and therefore less healthy, but this is about overall health. The higher scoring tuna is packed in soybean oil, which is a source of healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats and also contributes omega-3s. Take a look at different forms of one food. An apple scores 100! But, applesauce loses quite a few points at just 29. Apple juice even less at 15. With processing, nutrients are lost and sugars are concentrated. Senior Lifestyle Advantage

Gary’s Food Town

102 W 2nd St., Laurel, NE. Check out for recipes, healthy ideas, meal planners, and wine pairings.

USA Made Brown sheep Let’s spin a yarn

with Peggy Jo Wells


rown Sheep Company, Inc. is a family-owned and operated yarn spinning mill, located in Mitchell, NE. But please, do not look for the brown sheep, we do not have any. I, Peggy Jo Wells, daughter of the founder, Harlan Brown, have been occasionally referred to as the black sheep of the family, but never the brown sheep.

The Beginning

The land that this company sits on was purchased over 100 years ago by my great grandfather, E.W. Brown. He purchased a half section of land in western Nebraska and moved his fledging family out west. He was attracted by the fertile farmland of the North Platte River Valley which gave him room to grow and have his small flock of sheep. When he passed away, he left his small flock to none other than my father and a new chapter began.

A change is coming

The late 40s, 50s, 60s, and early 70s were good farming and sheep and wool production years. But in 1975, farming

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Brown Sheep Let’s spin a yarn

industry for years to come. In 2010 and 2011, Robert put Brown Sheep on the map in a whole new way. Since we are in a semi-arid climate surrounded by farmland, water is extremely valuable. We currently dye about 600-800 pounds of yarn per day, and each pound of yarn requires 10 gallons of water for the dyeing process. So Robert researched and developed a new program that allows the company to reThe Brown Sheep Company, Inc. is a family-owned and operated yarn spinning mill, located in Mitchell, NE. They are proud to stamp “Made in the USA” on their products.

prices were far from good and markets for lamb were diminishing, causing Dad to look for alternative methods of making a living from the land that he loved. After five years of extensive research, another page was turned.

The mill is born

January of 1980 saw the arrival of the first truckloads of used equipment to spin yarn. This equipment had been used in the Southeast where the textile industry had flourished after the Second World War until the 1980s. Of course the equipment, which this farmer had never seen in his life, came without any operational manuals. By July 4, he had spun his first ball of yarn. When his trunk was full, he hit the road to try to pedal his wares. During his first selling trip he was told everything from “No” to “You


must have stolen the yarn” to “I will take the whole trunk full.” Needless to say, Dad’s perseverance paid off and the little-millthat-could did indeed flourish.

Into the 21st century

By the late 1990s, Dad had a growing company and was seeking some assistance. My husband, Robert, and I decided to give up careers and life in Ft. Collins, CO to join the family business. Robert with his PhD in Radiation Biology brought with him a tremendous amount of valuable knowledge. He directed his research skills towards equipment and new technology for the business. From 2004 until 2010, 90% of the old used equipment was replaced with new, state of the art textile equipment. This made Brown Sheep a viable “Made in the USA” member of the yarn Senior Lifestyle Advantage

USA made use 70 to 90% of its daily waste water. So Brown has gone green, even if we do dye over 1,000 different colors.

The future

Brown Sheep Company, Inc. is here to stay and a new generation is coming on board. All we can say is we are here to continue to produce a high-quality USA product.

The wool goes through a process to get it to the proper thickness for spinning. At this stage, the wool looks delightfully like frosting.

Brown Sheep produces two dozen different styles of yarn in hundreds of colors. You can find their yarn in over 1,200 shops across the country.

Special processes allow Brown Sheep to reuse up to 90% of their daily waste water. Brown has gone green, even if they do dye over 1,000 different colors.

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Veteran’s Day honoring the cause of peace by Scott Stanton


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Old Glory art by Justin Stanton

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n November 1919, one year after the armistice ending WWI, President Woodrow Wilson declared the commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the council of nations…” The holiday known as “Armistice Day” would become an annual legal holiday in 1931 when congress approved a bill that made November 11th officially Armistice Day to honor the cause of world peace and primarily World War I Veterans. In 1954, after World War II, the law was amended from “Armistice” to “Veterans” and November 11th became a day to honor veterans of all American wars. Veterans Day continues to be observed each November 11th regardless of what day of the week it falls on. The observance of Veterans Day not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but brings attention to the importance Oct / Nov / Dec 2016

of the day: A celebration to honor American Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve our country for the common good. Today many businesses and restaurants honor veterans with discounts and free meals on Veterans Day and in many ways freedom is celebrated like the 4th of July. To all Veterans of all wars and peace time: Thank you for your service and may God Bless the United States of America!

Sugar Shack Bakery has sweet treats for the vets in your life. 700 Jennings St, Sioux City, IA


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