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Patrol Mount Carroll man went from a longtime lawman to business owner and never missed a beat BY PHILLIP HARTMAN For Sauk Valley Media

During his time as a cop, Joe Avila’s collars used to come with handcuffs. Now they come with a leash. After nearly 25 years as a beat cop with the Chicago Police Department, Joe Avila has found a new home in Mount Carroll, where he’s parlayed his passion for pets into a business, Bonnie May Pet Services. He started the dog training and boarding business in 2011 in Chicago, then moved to Arizona, where he sold pet products and provided pet boarding services for horses, goats and rabbits. CONTINUED ON PAGE 64 Joseph Avila and Cleobell take a walk around Mount Carroll. Avila owns and operates Bonnie May Pet Services. He says he has a special connection with his pets – “I call them my kids” – and he strives to give that same kind of care to his clients’ pets. Alex T. Paschal/

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Joseph Avila, shown here with Cleobell, stands by a display at the Kraft Building in Mount Carroll with some of the pet food products he sells. He had been selling items out of Bald Guyz Coffee & Bistro, but switched to selling via his website,, after the restaurant closed. Avila has found that many of his clients want to feed their dogs quality dog food, such as Bobbi Painter, BilJac, Taste of the Wild, Fromm Family Pet Food, Pro Pac, Merrick and others. Alex T. Paschal/

3CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Avila later moved to the Carroll and JoDaviess county area, working for 2 1/2 years with Safe Haven Humane Society in Elizabeth. Now 60, he lives in Mount Carroll with his Belgian Malinois dogs, Cleobell and Simba. “I call them my kids. I’ve got a special connection with dogs,” Avila said. The company is named for Bonnie May, one of Avila’s dogs that passed away. In addition to boarding dogs – only small ones right now – Avila trains dogs and sells specialty pet items. He had been selling items out of Bald Guyz Coffee & Bistro in Mount Carroll, but switched to selling via his website after the restaurant closed. The website,, also features a blog with pet food recalls, tips, and pet product news. “The majority of what I do is selling pet products and classes for dog obedience. The dog walking and dog obedience classes come in spurts,” Avila said. Avila has found that many of his clients want to feed their dogs quality dog food. He orders products from Bobbi Painter, BilJac, Taste of the Wild, Fromm Family Pet Food, Pro Pac, Merrick and other companies. Many of foods he orders are grain-free. He also can get items for cats.

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“A lot of them, they’d have to drive to Freeport or Sterling to get these products,” Avila said. He’ll also set up appointments with dog owners for obedience training sessions, and can help housebreak pets. It may seem like a long way, from

serving and protecting to serving and training, but in some ways it’s not all that different. As a beat cop walking the street, somedays Avila’s dogs would start barking. These days, the dogs are still barking, but that’s just fine by him – it’s music to his ears. n

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One of the steps in the right direction seniors can take on the road to a healthier lifestyle is to swap the sweet breakfasts for a fruit smoothie

3CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 Most baby boomers approach retirement age unwilling to follow basic healthy lifestyle goals established by the American Heart Association, said Dr. Dana King, professor and chairman of the department of family medicine at West Virginia University, referencing his university’s 2017 study comparing the healthy lifestyle rates of retired late-middle-aged adults with rates among those still working. Kaiser Health News interviewed three other prominent experts on aging and health about how seniors can find the will to adopt healthier habits. “People do financial planning for retirement, but what about retirement health planning?” King said. Motivated seniors can begin by following Kaiser’s 10-step program: 1. Buy great sneakers. Purchase a pair of top-quality sneakers specifically designed for walking, said Carolyn Rosenblatt, founder of, who started participating in triathlons at age 63 and continues to do them at age 70. Start by walking around the block. Expand that to 30-minute walks at least three times weekly – or set a goal to increase your walking distance 10 percent each week. And leave your sneakers by the front door. 2. Practice your balance. The best way to avoid falls is to retain a good sense of balance, said Rosenblatt. Practice standing on one leg with your eyes closed for at least 30 seconds. 3. Improve your breakfast. Stop eating the sweet roll with coffee. Consider substituting a home-blended smoothie with a banana, seasonal fruits, almond milk and protein powder or a protein patty without sugar. And cut out excess sugar in all your meals, Rosenblatt said. Replace soda with seltzer water. 4. De-stress wisely. Find ways to manage your stress that don’t involve food, alcohol or smoking. There are lots of meditation programs you can download on your phone and listen to for even 10 minutes, said Rosenblatt. CONTINUED ON 114

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To help keep their muscle mass in shape, aging adults should do resistance training, such as using barbells. 3CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 5. Practice resistance training. To keep your muscle mass from disappearing, do resistance training by lifting dumbbells or barbells or using weight machines, said Kay Van Norman, owner of Brilliant Aging, a consulting firm for healthier aging. “Your muscles are amazing, but if you don’t use them, you lose them,” she said. 6. Hit the floor. Aging adults need to regularly practice getting down on the floor and standing back up again. “If you don’t get down on the floor and back up, you won’t be able to do it after a while,” said Van Norman. 7. Challenge your speed. While it might not seem as if folks over 60 need to worry about exercise that involves speed and intensity, they do, said Van Norman. “Most people don’t even think about speed in order to stay healthy. But tennis players are doing that all the time. You need to do something to challenge your speed, not just your power.” That’s why sports like tennis can be terrific as you age, she said. 8. Believe in yourself. Faced with self-doubt and depression after several tragic, challenging events, Sharon Sultan Cutler, 71, turned to therapy to help her feel better about herself. “The first person you have to believe in is yourself,” said Sultan Cutler, an author. “People like to be around other people who believe in themselves.” 9. Tackle a project. Pick a project that has meaning to you. Sultan Cutler opted to co-author (with two other writers) her first book, “Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years, 19561963,” an inside look at her once favorite TV show, Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” Never mind that she’d never written a book before. Now she’s on her third book, “Your New You After 65: Valuable Advice to Inspire Your Awesome Aging.” “It’s like having a daydream that you can actually make happen,” she said. 10. Embrace self-improvement. Some call this lifelong learning. Living a healthier lifestyle requires constant learning and self-improvement, said Sultan Cutler. Seek out local learning resources like community colleges, where classes are often steeply discounted for seniors, she said. “Self-improvement isn’t just physical. It’s mental, too.” n

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Watching your health An Apple a day won’t keep the doctor away, but it’ll help you when you fall, and keep an eye on your heartbeat too BY RACHEL BLUTH Tribune News Service

For more than a decade, the latest Apple products have been a must-have for the tech-savvy – particularly the younger ones. But with the latest Apple Watch, the company is hoping to broaden its base and attract customers who remember when watches still had hands. CONTINUED ON PAGE 134

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Kaleidoscope Spring 2019 3CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 At first glance, the watch appears to be an ideal present for Apple’s most familiar market: the hip early adopters. Its promotional website is full of svelte young people stretching into yoga poses, kickboxing and playing basketball. But when Apple introduced its latest model in September – the Series 4, which starts around $399 – it was clear that it was expanding its target audience. This Apple Watch includes new features designed to detect falls and heart problems. With descriptions like “part guardian, part guru” and “designed to improve your health … and powerful enough to protect it,” Apple signaled its move toward preventive health and a much wider demographic. The watch represents the beginning of what analysts agree will be a wave of new health apps and wearable health trackers. “The health care market is obviously important to Apple,” Andy Hargreaves, an Apple analyst with KeyBanc Capital Markets, wrote in an email. The fall prevention and electrocardiogram apps are a “play to sell people more stuff” and bring health-monitoring apps beyond just “fitness people” to baby boomers who want to keep themselves and their

parents healthy, he said. This watch could be a perfect fit for those older people, said Laura Martin, a senior analyst with Needham. “People who wore watches their whole lives, plus fall monitoring?” Martin said. “Voila! It creates another on-ramp for another consumer in the Apple ecosystem.” The fall-monitoring app uses sensors in the watchband, which are enabled for people 65 and older after they input their ages. These sensors track and record the user’s movements, and note whether the wearer’s gait becomes unsteady. If a fall is detected, the watch sends its wearer a notification. If the wearer doesn’t respond within a minute by tapping a button on the watch to deactivate this signal, emergency services will be alerted that the wearer needs help. That minute also gives the wearer time to prevent false alarms, such as a dropped watch. Many geriatricians and medical experts agree that this app could help older people. Falls can cause fractured hips and head injuries, but even fear of falling can prevent older people from living on their own or participating in activities. Fall deaths in the U.S. increased 30 per-

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3CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 The Food and Drug Administration cleared this function for people 22 or older. However, it’s rare for anyone younger than 50 to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, said Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Research Institute. Doctors have expressed concern that scores of panicked Apple Watch users would flood emergency rooms with every heart rhythm notification and blip. “It’s mass use of a tool, and with that is going to come lots of unintended consequences,” Topol said. “It’ll lead to a lot of anxiety and expense and additional testing, and even then some people will get blood thinners inappropriately. “This is the opposite of individualized medicine, where you are using something on exactly, precisely the right person.”

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Wearables unleashed Consumers can expect more ways to track vital signs, such as blood sugar, and more apps that will use those numbers to help people prevent medical emergencies, said Ross Muken, an analyst with Evercore ISI. While health tracking isn’t a new concept, putting that data into an algorithm to help change behavior and get ahead of a health crisis is the next big frontier for wearable health technology products. Experts caution, though, that while the FDA “cleared” these new apps, it hasn’t “approved” them, which is a bureaucratic distinction that means they haven’t faced as much rigorous testing as something that has the agency’s approval. For example, there are no findings from studies or trials that offer evidence of the fall prevention or ECG apps’ benefits, Topol said. “We don’t have any data to review. These are unknowns.” Someday, he said, he expects the “medicalized smartphone” to be more common, cheaper and accessible. Right now we’re seeing the very beginning of this technology be put into use. “Technology is way ahead of medical practice,” Topol said. n




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