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Vol. 9 Issue 11 November 2013

A PUBLICATION OF THE COMMONWEALTH JOURNAL

TONY MASSEY

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Helping People Live Fully in Life’s Final Phase

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Don White

PUBLISHER Rob McCullough

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Ken Shmidheiser

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Tim Hyden Joan Kite Bill Mardis

Tricia Neal Janie Slaven Don White

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INDEX

Dedication to Excellence in Health Care

Take Advantage of “Open Enrollment”

Caregiving Support and Help...............27

Helping Hands..............................................26

Edward Jones..................................................9

Keeping Somerset Comfortable

Comfort Keepers...........................................31

LAP-BAND Surgery: Adding Years to Your Life

by Tricia Neal................................................17

The Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.................................20 Water Damage: Is Your Home Covered

Modern Systems, Inc....................................24

Kathy M. Lee

Gene McFall: How an ‘Ol Hillbilly from Nancy, KY followed his dreams

by Don White................................................32

Make a Donation of Good Health........36 Local Legends: Tony Massey

by Tim Hyden...............................................38

Mike McCollom

Senior Calendar......................................42

Amanda McIntosh Janie Gumm-Wright Craig Wesley

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Cover Photo: Former football player Tony Massey, Somerset High School Class of 1986, was chosen as the #1 Local Legend.

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News’ Horseshoe Barn & Art Museum

It’s hard to picture a better Veterans Day celebration than the one hosted by Roland and Sally New. Since 2009, area servicemen and women have been honored at the News’ Horseshoe Barn & Art Museum in the Grundy community. The picturesque building with a JLDQW$PHULFDQÀDJSDLQWHGRQWKH roof sits atop a hill on a beautifully ODQGVFDSHG¿YHDFUHWUDFW )LUVWWLPHYLVLWRUVDUHLPSUHVVHGE\ what’s on the outside, but most utter WKHLU¿UVW³ZRZ´ZKHQWKH\JHWD glimpse of the inside. November 2013

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Framed photos of dozens upon dozens of local veterans line the walls and even the ceiling of a large portion of the giant structure. Army veteran Jim Tarter was the ¿UVWSHUVRQKRQRUHG+LVGDXJKWHU Alicia, was having her wedding reception there when she suggested placing her dad’s photo on the wall. That action prompted Roland to think about hanging even more photos. ³,IHOWOLNHZHZHUHQœWUHFRJQL]LQJ RXUORFDOYHWHUDQVOLNHZHVKRXOG´ says Roland, a Navy vet himself, who was reared in the Oak Hill community where his parents, Herbert and Marie, operated a grocery. Thanks to the GI Bill, the second \RXQJHVWRI¿YHFKLOGUHQDQG graduate of Somerset High became WKH¿UVWLQKLVIDPLO\WRDWWHQG college. He met Sally, a registered nurse,

while attending Michigan State University and they wed in 1968. Two years later, Roland and his bride moved to Somerset, and she began a career at the local hospital, where she would advance to director of nursing. With a Master’s Degree in hand, Roland was uncertain as to what he wanted to do, but elected to go into land development. ³,ERXJKWDIDUPDQGWKDWSURSHOOHG PHLQWRWKHUHDOHVWDWHEXVLQHVV´KH says. Working with Empire Construction Company, he oversaw the building of more than 100 homes. Their successful careers have enabled Roland and Sally to aid others, including lots of people he has known since childhood. The collection of photos includes fellow church members from Redeemer Lutheran, high school

classmates, family members, even fellow Rook players. Roland points out that of the 96 members of his high school graduating class, 30 are veterans and all their photos are hanging on the wall. The Veterans Day program will include a luncheon and fellowship, SOXVDPLQXWHSURJUDPOHGE\-LP Merkel, pastor at Redeemer Lutheran. Each veteran present will be asked to come forward and be recognized. It’s a moment in the spotlight for SHRSOHZKRKDYHVDFUL¿FHGVRPXFK to aid so many, according to the News.

Don White is a freelance journalist/writer and author of The Kentucky Traveler

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FINANCIAL FOCUS Take Advantage of

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Here are three possibilities: Life insurance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; If your employer RIIHUVOLIHLQVXUDQFHDVDEHQHÂżWDQG\RX havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already signed up for it, consider adding it during your open enrollment SHULRG²EHFDXVHOLIHLQVXUDQFHFDQ EHLPSRUWDQWWR\RXUIDPLO\ÂśVÂżQDQFLDO security. If you already have life insurance with your employer, you may want to take the time, during open HQUROOPHQWWRUHYLHZ\RXUEHQHÂżFLDU\ designations. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced a change in your family situation, such as divorce or remarriage, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to update your EHQHÂżFLDULHVDVQHHGHG However, the amount of life insurance offered by your employer in a group SROLF\PD\QRWEHVXIÂżFLHQWIRU\RXU needs, so you may want to consult with DÂżQDQFLDOSURIHVVLRQDOWRGHWHUPLQHLI you should add private, or individual, FRYHUDJH<RXPD\ÂżQGWKDWLQGLYLGXDO coverage is comparable, in terms of cost, to your employerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coverage. Also, LQGLYLGXDOFRYHUDJHLVÂłSRUWDEOH´²WKDW is, you can take it with you if you change jobs. Disability insurance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Your employer may also offer disability LQVXUDQFHDVDORZFRVWEHQHÂżW7KH coverage can be invaluable. In fact, nearly one in three women, and about one in four men, can expect to suffer a disability that keeps them out of work for 90 days or longer at some point during their working years, according to the Life and Health Insurance Foundation

for Education (LIFE). Again, as was the case with life insurance, your employerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disability policy may not be enough for your needs, so you may need to consider additional coverage. Retirement plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Your employer may offer a 401(k) or similar retirement plan, such as a 403(b) plan, if you work for an educational institution or a QRQSURÂżWRUJDQL]DWLRQRUD E SODQ if you work for a governmental unit. All these plans offer the chance to contribute pretax dollars; so the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. Equally important, your earnings can grow tax deferred, which means your money can accumulate faster than if it were placed in an account on which you paid taxes every year. Consequently, try to contribute as much as you can possibly afford to your 401(k) RURWKHUHPSOR\HUVSRQVRUHGSODQ,I youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten a raise recently, consider boosting your contributions during open enrollment. Also, take this opportunity to review the array of investments youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve chosen for your 401(k) or other plan. If you feel that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re underperforming and not providing you with the growth opportunities you need, you may want to consider making some changes. You might also think about making adjustments if your portfolio has shown more volatility than the level with which \RXDUHFRPIRUWDEOH<RXUÂżQDQFLDO professional can help you determine if your investment mix is still suitable for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. Open enrollment season gives you the perfect opportunity to maximize those EHQHÂżWVRIIHUHGWR\RXE\\RXUHPSOR\HU So, think carefully about what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got DQGZKDWLPSURYHPHQWV\RXFDQPDNH² it will be time well spent.

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HOSPICE helping people live fully in BY

JOAN KITE

LIFEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FINAL PHASE

Patient rooms at the Jean Waddle Care Center are designed for the comfort of the patient and family. 10

Irene Sowder, 68, of Whitley County, thought she had nowhere to turn two years ago. +HUKXVEDQGRI\HDUV-DPHV William Sowder, suffered from Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and dementia. He had been hospitalized twice within a short period of time. His condition was worsening. Hospital workers suggested James needed a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, but there were no available beds in Somerset. James would have to be transferred to Louisville or Cincinnati. Âł1RPDÂśDP,KDYHWRVHHKLP HYHU\GD\´,UHQHVDLGEHIRUH

collapsing into tears in the hospital hallway. Someone from Hospice of Lake Cumberland (Irene canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember who) happened to be walking by, noticed her distress, and asked what was wrong. Before the day was over, Hospice workers had located an empty bed in a Somerset nursing home, the beginning of a ORQJDQGOLIHKRQRULQJUHODWLRQVKLS Âł,ZDVQÂśWDORQHEHFDXVHKRVSLFH ZDVWKHUH´,UHQHVDLGÂł7KH\ KHOSHGPHDQ\ZD\WKH\FRXOG´ A team from Hospice walked -DPHVDQG,UHQHWKURXJKWKHÂżQDO phase of his life with tenderness,

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Hospice workers at the Jean Waddle Care Center of Hospice of Lake Cumberland are always available to help patients, family and friends.

love and grace. Hospice provided support and assistance to the Sowders while James was in a nursing home and after he returned home. James died eight months later on July 17, 2013. Âł,ZDVKROGLQJ-DPHVÂśKDQGV´ ,UHQHUHFDOOHGÂł+RVSLFHWDXJKW PHZKDWWRORRNIRU+LVÂżQJHUV were turning blue. I told James Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be okay. He took two EUHDWKVDQGSDVVHGDZD\´ Hospice of Lake Cumberland workers continue to be there for Irene guiding her through grief and the aftermath of death. Hospice of Lake Cumberland is DQRQSURÂżWRUJDQL]DWLRQVNLOOHGDW KHOSLQJWKRVHZKRVXIIHUIURPOLIH limiting illnesses and their family members. Just as new mothers must learn to take care of their young infants, hospice serves to teach people how to take care of those who are dying and they teach November 2013

the dying how to live during the ÂżQDOSKDVHRIOLIHVDLG&KULVWLQH Dudley, director of development and public relations at Hospice of

Lake Cumberland. Life limiting illnesses include cancer, COPD, coronary heart failure, Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Lou Gehrigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Hospice can be approached at anytime by anyone, but the patient isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t admitted into hospice until a doctor agrees the patient meets hospice criteria. Once that has been established, the hospice team meets with the family. Like angels, they arrive to assess the familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs and make arrangements for medical HTXLSPHQWÂżQDQFLDODVVLVWDQFH counseling, and anything else a family might need. The goal of hospice is to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to reduce suffering and preserve dignity and peacefulness. Team members include doctors, social workers, nurses, counselors, HIÂżFLHQWDGPLQLVWUDWRUVDQGZDUP hearted volunteers. The patient is encouraged to become an active SDUWLFLSDQWLQWKHÂżQDOGLIÂżFXOW and inevitable decisions. Financial fears should never be a

Hospice of Lake Cumberland encourages families to contact them sooner rather than later.

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reason not to call hospice, Dudley said. Care is provided regardless of FRYHUDJH0HGLFDUHEHQHÂżFLDULHV pay little or nothing for hospice, and most insurance plans, HMOs and managed care plans include hospice coverage. Âł,ILWKDGQÂśWEHHQIRUKRVSLFH, ZRXOGKDYHJRQHFUD]\´VDLG/LQGD Cornell, 66, of Somerset. Cornell lost both her parents. Her mother, Irene Draughn, died Halloween night in 2007. Her father, Hiram Draughn, died on May 17 of this year. Hospice helped Cornell help ERWKKHUSDUHQWVÂł7KH\ÂśYHVDWDQG cried with me. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve held me. 7KH\DUHVWLOOFRPLQJWRYLVLW´ Many people misunderstand what hospice does and when hospice should be called, Dudley said. Typically, patients may have six months or less left to live. However, that is not a requirement. Hospice helped Cornell with her father for almost 11 months before he died People often call hospice later than sooner, many times, too late â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just days before someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, Dudley said.

Bereavement Counselor Laura Godby oversees the bereavement program for children at Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

Dudley works hard to educate the community about hospiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many available services. Some think hospice only tends to those dying of cancer. Anne Moore has been working with hospice for the past three years to tend to her son, Andrew. Andrew, only 20, suffers from a rare neurological syndrome that has destroyed most of his brain tissue. Âł+RVSLFHKDVEHHQDEOHVVLQJ´ 0RRUHVDLGÂł$WDQ\SRLQWZHKDYH

Hospice of Lake Cumberland Bereavement Counselor Laura Godby works with children coping with grief and loss.

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had any kind of issue, they are there to help. They try to help you IHHOPRUHDWHDVH´ In 2012, Hospice of Lake Cumberland helped 846 patients. That number has slowly increased every year, and Dudley and her colleagues actively reach out to help more families. The range of help is vast. This year, Hospice of Lake Cumberland opened its new Jean Waddle Care Center, a short term inpatient hospice facility on level 4R at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. The unit is designed to feel like home and welcomes children and pets. The Pet Peace of Mind program provides helping hands and ÂżQDQFLDODVVLVWDQFHWRKHOSSDWLHQWV with their pet care needs. The dying can be with their furry friends and rest peacefully knowing they have made arrangements for the care of their pets after theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gone. Hospice volunteers do everything from providing donated food to making scrapbook memories for a dying mother to give to her child to sitting with patients who are

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actively dying. They step in to give family caregivers a necessary respite. They provide vital guidance when trouble arises. Âł*ULHIEULQJVRXWWKHZRUVWLQ SHRSOHDQGWKHEHVWLQSHRSOH´ said Bereavement Counselor Laura Godby. In some families, death can tear families apart. Cornell has been FRSLQJZLWKFRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWVDPRQJKHU siblings after her father passed away. Âł7KHVHSHRSOHIURPKRVSLFHDUH DPD]LQJ´&RUQHOOVDLGÂł7KH\ÂśYH seen the good, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the bad, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the ugly. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given me a place to vent. You have to have someone to talk to. How do I get through it? What do I do QH[W"´ Cornell said hospice workers help answer these questions and offer light during a dark time. Âł7RXVKRVSLFHKDVKHOSHGXVEH

Thank You For Voting Us #1 In 2013!

PRUHUHOD[HGWRQRWZRUU\´0RRUH VDLGÂł7KH\ÂśUHVRUHDVVXULQJ They are here to make sure life is comfortable. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a huge KHOSDQGDFRPIRUW´ All who have experienced help from hospice encourage others to pick up the phone and make the call, despite doubts and reservations. The earlier hospice steps in, the easier it is for all involved, they say. Hospice of Lake Cumberland is located at 100 Parkway Drive in Somerset. Hospice is always in need of all types of donations whether it be money, items, services, or time.

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1 large red onion (sliced thinly) 1 cup mushrooms (sliced) 1 cup mayonnaise FXSVXJDU 2 tablespoons vinegar Dash of salt Combine mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar and salt. ,QODUJHERZOPL[EURFFROLUDLVLQVVXQĂ&#x20AC;RZHUVHHGV onions and half of bacon. Combine broccoli with mayonnaise mixture. Sprinkle remaining bacon on top of salad and chill.

FROZEN FRUIT SALAD (No Sugar Added) 2 cups boiling water FXSVVXJDUVXEVWLWXWH 1 package peach or orange gelatin (sugar free) 1 can crushed pineapple 1 can pineapple tidbits or chunks (with juice) 3 sliced bananas 1 pint fresh strawberries (sliced) Mix gelatin, hot water and sugar substitute. Cool, and then add fruit. Freeze and serve frozen or slightly thawed.

PADUCAH CHICKEN SALAD 3 chicken breasts (cooked and cooled) Slightly chop chicken breasts in food processor Mix 1 cup mayonnaise and approximately 1 cup orange yogurt In a salad bowl, layer chicken and three sliced bananas Pour mayonnaise mixture over chicken Sprinkle peanuts on top of salad Serve with crackers Holiday hint: Leftover turkey can be substituted for chicken.

BROWN SUGAR CAKE (Recipe from Kathleen Pence) 1 box yellow cake mix 1 box (small) vanilla instant pudding 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup oil 4 eggs 1 cup warm water 1 cup chopped pecans Combine cake mix, pudding, brown sugar, oil, eggs and water. Add nuts last. %DNHDWGHJUHHVIRUPLQXWHV )5267,1*FXSEURZQVXJDUVWLFNEXWWHU DQGFXSHYDSRUDWHGPLON%RLOPLQXWHV Allow to cool and beat until mixture reaches spreading consistency.

Linda Mardis is a former food columnist for the Commonwealth Journal and author of Kentucky Homecoming Recipes, a cookbook in its second printing. November 2013

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percent of individuals in the state of .HQWXFN\DUHRYHUZHLJKW´ Dr. Mobley says, for Type 2 diabetic patients who are obese, the only way to treat the diabetes is with weight loss surgery. So far, about 40 percent of his patients who are diabetic have opted to have weight loss surgery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and most of them no longer need diabetes medication.  Âł<RX KDYH WR JHW WKH ZHLJKW RII DQG keep it off, or the diabetes wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go DZD\´ 'U 0REOH\ VD\V 7KH SUREOHP with traditional diets is that, in most cases, patients are not able to keep the weight off on their own â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and as their body weight rises, problems with diabetes increase again. Dr. Mobley notes that many people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize they have diabetes until they experience bad symptoms. He says that, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re overweight, you should be tested for diabetes as a precaution even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suspect that you might have a problem. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to blindness, renal failure, or a need for amputations. If your BMI (body mass index) is 30

or over, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re considered to be obese. ,I\RXU%0,LVDWOHDVWLQPRVWFDVHV insurance companies will cover the cost of weight loss surgery, especially if you have diabetes. Dr. Mobley has successfully performed /$3%$1' VXUJHU\ RQ FRXQWOHVV patients, but he has another reason to be an advocate of the procedure. He had the procedure, and lost 110 pounds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performed the surgery on 32 of his own family members.  Âł,W ZLOO DGG DQ H[WUD WHQ \HDUV WR \RXUOLIH´'U0REOH\VD\VÂł<RXÂśOOEH healthier, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look better, and other health conditions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like diabetes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will JRDZD\,WÂśVDZRQGHUIXORSWLRQ´ For more information, contact the Commonwealth Bariatric Center at  RU

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks neurons and essentially robs people of their memory and language skills. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are therapies that can slow its neurological impact. Recognizing the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s can encourage people to begin treatments that can stave off some of the more debilitating symptoms of this disease. Though it’s most common among the elderly, Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The Mayo Clinic says that the reasons behind the inception and progression of Alzheimer’s disease are largely unknown. It is believed damage starts a decade or more before problems become evident. Abnormal deposits of proteins begin to form the amyloid plaques and tau tangles throughout the brain, and these formations are the hallmarks of the disease. Once-healthy neurons gradually begin to lose their efficiency and ability to function and communicate with one another. As more neurons die, entire areas of the brain shrink. The hippocampus, which is the area 20

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may have trouble following recipes. * Time confusion: Another indicator of Alzheimer’s disease is losing track of time. One may have trouble understanding something that isn’t happening in the present. Alzheimer’s sufferers often forget where they are and how they got there. * Misplacing items: Everyone loses something at a point in time, but those with Alzheimer’s may put items in unusual places. They may sometimes accuse others of stealing when they cannot retrace their steps and find items. * Decreased judgment: Decision-making abilities may be compromised. A person with Alzheimer’s may take unnecessary risks or give away sums of money. * Mood changes: People with Alzheimer’s may suffer from confusion, suspicious feelings, depression and anxiety. A person may upset easily or become anxious outside of his or her comfort zones. Age and family history of Alzheimer’s disease are the biggest risk factors. The liklihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles about every five years after age 65, says the Alzheimer’s Organization. In addition, those with a parent, child or sibling who have developed Alzheimer’s are more likely to develop the disease than people with no such family history. A physical and neurological exam, which may include blood tests and brain imaging, will be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals can learn more by making appointments with their doctors.

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The term “endocrinologist” may not be familiar to you, but many of the issues an endocrinologist treats are very common. Endocrinologists deal with conditions related to glands, metabolism, and hormones. Perhaps the most common disease connected to a problem with hormones is diabetes. (Insulin is a hormone which regulates blood glucose levels in the body.) Since September, the Endocrinology Center of Lake Cumberland has been opened, offering the services of endocrinology specialist Dr. Dennis Joseph and certified diabetes educator Veronica Boley, APRN. Joseph treats those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, and Boley works to educate community members – whether they have diabetes or not – about healthy lifestyle choices which can control or prevent diabetes. Joseph says the Centers for Disease Control has deemed diabetes an “epidemic” in the United States. “This is likely due to lifestyle changes that have caused so many people to become overweight,” Joseph says. “When you’re overweight, your tissues become less responsive to insulin. You have an increased risk of diabetes if you gain weight.” Type 2 diabetes is brought on when there is a decreased response to insulin, when there are changes in neurotransmitters in the body, and when there are changes in the hormones in an individual’s digestive system. For decades, diabetes has been treated with insulin injections and/ or a prescription drug called Metformin. Now doctors are beginning to believe that the only real cure for type 2 diabetes is bariatric (weight loss) surgery – which seems to be the only sure-fire way to maintain weight loss, thereby correcting the change in hormone levels in the digestive system. “Diabetes is curable with weight loss,” Joseph says. “It’s not as effective without bariatric surgery.” Most symptoms of diabetes are undetectable until the disease is in advanced stages. Dr. Joseph says it’s important to be screened for diabetes if you have other family members 22

Dr. Dennis Joseph and Veronica Boley, APRN and certified diabetes educator, say a healthy lifestyle can both prevent and control diabetes.

who have been diagnosed, especially if you’re overweight. Research shows that a loss of just seven percent of your body weight can help prevent diabetes. “Small changes can make a big difference,” Boley notes. Left untreated or uncontrolled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney damage, heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease. But some fairly simple lifestyle changes can give patients hope. Joseph and Boley recommend keeping up with your diabetes medications and regularly checking your blood sugar levels if you have already been diagnosed. Further, eating carbohydrates in moderation and increasing your activity level can ward off diabetes and help control symptoms for those who have been diagnosed. Dr. Joseph says a 30-minute walk five days a week is a good goal for most. Boley says, especially in the South, eating habits are a big barrier to a healthy lifestyle. “Whether we’re celebrating, mourning, or stressing out, we tend to involve food,” she says. “We’re trying to teach people to look at food differently.” Boley says most adults have grown up with their grandmothers’ or mothers’ “good” cooking, which typically includes fried foods or foods with a lot of butter or starch. “We can still have our traditions, but we can tweak them a little to help control the risk of diabetes by reducing the use of butter and by eating fewer carbs and starchy foods,” she says. “People don’t realize how much they can do to prevent diabetes just by making lifestyle changes. It’s a lot easier to prevent diabetes than it is to treat it after it appears.” You can reach the Endocrinology Center of Lake Cumberland by calling (606) 451-6060. Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal


Water Damage: Is Your Home Covered? Water damage is the 2nd leading cause of home insurance claims nationwide. But, insurance does not cover all types of water damage.

The best type of insurance you can have for water damage in your home is a leak detection device. Broken hoses, burst pipes or faulty appliances can cause catastrophic damage to your home if a water leak goes unnoticed. Having a detection device in place not only helps you avoid expensive structural damage, but by detecting the water leak as soon as it happens, you can also prevent dangerous health risks from the resulting mold after a flood.

Homeowners policies may not cover damages due to a flood, but they do cover other kinds of water damage. For example, they would generally pay for damage from rain coming through a hole in the roof or a broken window if the hole was caused by strong storm winds. On the other hand, if you have a hidden pipe leaking in your Based on a recent study by house and over time water damage the Insurance Research Council, occurs, that may not be covered. The only way to know for sure is to 60% of property claims are caused by faulty indoor appliances or review your home owners policy. plumbing leaks, 25% are caused by

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CAREGIVING SUPPORT & HELP Tips for Making Family Caregiving Easier As a family caregiver, you may ÂżQG\RXUVHOIIDFLQJDKRVWRIQHZ responsibilities, many of which are unfamiliar or intimidating. At times, you may feel overwhelmed and alone. But despite its challenges, caregiving can also be rewarding. And there are a lot of things you can do to make the caregiving process easier for both you and your loved one. These tips can help you get the support you need while caring for someone you love.

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Providing care for a family PHPEHULQQHHGLVDQDJHROGDFWRI kindness, love, and loyalty. And as life expectancies increase, medical treatments advance, and increasing numbers of people live with chronic illness and disabilities, more and more of us will participate in the caregiving process. There are many different types of family caregiver situations. You may be taking care of an aging parent or a handicapped spouse. Or perhaps youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re caring for a child with a physical or mental illness. But regardless of your particular circumstances, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re facing a challenging new role. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like most family caregivers, you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trained for the responsibilities you now face. And you probably never anticipated youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be in this situation. You may not even live very close to your loved one. At the same time, you love your family member and want to provide the best care you can. The good news is that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a nursing expert, a superhero, or a saint in order to be a good caregiver. With the right help and support, you can be a good

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PHPEHU²WKH\VLPSO\PHDQ\RXÂśUHKXPDQ What you may feel about being a family caregiver: Anxiety and worry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; You may worry about how you will handle the additional responsibilities of caregiving and what will happen to your family member if something happens to you. You may also fear what will happen in the future as your loved oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illness progresses. Anger or resentment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; You may feel angry or resentful toward the person youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re caring for, even though you know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s irrational. Or you might be angry at the world in general, or resentful of other friends or family members who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have your responsibilities. Guilt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; You may feel guilty for not doing more, being a ÂłEHWWHU´FDUHJLYHUKDYLQJPRUHSDWLHQFHDFFHSWLQJ\RXU situation with more equanimity, or in the case of long distance caregiving, not being available more often. Grief â&#x20AC;&#x201C; There are many losses that can come with caregiving (the healthy future you envisioned with your spouse or child; the goals and dreams youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to set aside). If the person youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re caring for is terminally ill, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also dealing with that grief. Even when you understand why youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling the way you do, it can still be upsetting. In order to deal with your feelings, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to talk about them. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep \RXUHPRWLRQVERWWOHGXSEXWÂżQGDWOHDVWRQHSHUVRQ\RX WUXVWWRFRQÂżGHLQ Places you can turn for caregiver support include: Family members or friends who will listen without judgment Your church, temple, or other place of worship Caregiver support groups at a local hospital or online A therapist, social worker, or counselor National caregiver organizations 2UJDQL]DWLRQVVSHFLÂżFWR\RXUIDPLO\PHPEHUÂśVLOOQHVVRU disability Family caregiving tip 2:

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do everything on your own, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re caregiving from a distance (more than an hourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive from your family member). Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need help from friends, siblings, and other family members, as well as health professionals. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t JHWWKHVXSSRUW\RXQHHG\RXÂśOOTXLFNO\EXUQRXW²ZKLFKZLOO compromise your ability to provide care. But before you can ask for help, you need to have a clear understanding of your family memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Take some WLPHWROLVWDOOWKHFDUHJLYLQJWDVNVUHTXLUHGEHLQJDVVSHFLÂżF as possible. Then determine which activities you are able to meet (be realistic about your capabilities and time). The remaining tasks on the list are ones youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to ask others to help you with. Asking family and friends for help Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always easy to ask for help, even when you desperately need it. Perhaps youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re afraid to impose on others or worried that your request will be resented or rejected. But if you simply make your needs known, you may be pleasantly surprised by the willingness of others to pitch in. Many times, friends and family members want to help, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how. Make it easier for them: 6HWDVLGHRQH RQRQHWLPHWRWDONWRWKHSHUVRQ Go over the list of caregiving needs you previously drew up Point out areas in which they might be of service (maybe your brother is good at Internet research, or your friend is a ÂżQDQFLDOZKL]

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broader your support network, the better. Physical needs of family caregivers Exercise regularly. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and boost your energy. So get moving, even if you’re tired. (DWULJKW:HOOQRXULVKHGERGLHVDUHEHWWHUSUHSDUHGWRFRSH with stress and get through busy days. Keep your energy up and your mind clear by eating nutritious meals at regular times throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and drugs. It can be tempting to turn to substances for escape when life feels overwhelming, but they can easily compromise the quality of your caregiving. Instead, try dealing with problems head on and with a clear mind. Get enough sleep. Aim for an average of eight hours of solid, uninterrupted sleep every night. Otherwise, your energy level, productivity, and ability to handle stress will suffer. Keep up with your own health care. Go to the doctor and dentist on schedule, and keep up with your own prescriptions or medical therapy. As a caregiver, you need to stay as strong and healthy as possible. Family caregiving tip 4:

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and the cost is often based on ability to pay or covered by the care receiverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insurance. Services that may be available in your community include adult day care centers, home health DLGHVKRPHGHOLYHUHGPHDOVUHVSLWHFDUHWUDQVSRUWDWLRQ services, and skilled nursing. Caregiver services in your community â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Call your local senior center, senior services organization, county information and referral service, university gerontology department, family service, or hospital social work unit for contact suggestions. In the U.S. call your local Area Agency on Aging. Caregiver support for veterans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; If your care recipient is DYHWHUDQLQWKH86KRPHKHDOWKFDUHFRYHUDJHÂżQDQFLDO VXSSRUWQXUVLQJKRPHFDUHDQGDGXOWGD\FDUHEHQHÂżWVPD\ be available. Some Veterans Administration programs are IUHHZKLOHRWKHUVUHTXLUHFRSD\PHQWVGHSHQGLQJXSRQWKH veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status, income, and other criteria. <RXUIDPLO\PHPEHUÂśVDIÂżOLDWLRQVÂą)UDWHUQDORUJDQL]DWLRQV such as the Elks, Eagles, or Moose lodges may offer some DVVLVWDQFHLI\RXUIDPLO\PHPEHULVDORQJWLPHGXHVSD\LQJ PHPEHU7KLVKHOSPD\WDNHWKHIRUPRISKRQHFKHFNLQV home visits, or transportation. Community transportation services â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Many community transportation services are free for your care recipient, while others may have a nominal fee or ask for a donation. In the U.S., your local Area Agency on Aging can help you locate transportation to and from adult day care, senior centers, shopping malls, and doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointments. 7HOHSKRQHFKHFNLQVÂą7HOHSKRQHUHDVVXUDQFHSURYLGHV prescheduled calls to homebound older adults to reduce their LVRODWLRQDQGPRQLWRUWKHLUZHOOEHLQJ&KHFNZLWKORFDO UHOLJLRXVJURXSVVHQLRUFHQWHUVDQGRWKHUSXEOLFRUQRQSURÂżW organizations. Adult day care â&#x20AC;&#x201C; If your loved one is well enough, consider the possibility of adult day care. An adult day care center can provide you with needed breaks during the day or week, and your loved one with some valuable diversions and activities. Find caregiver services in your area Explore the Family Caregiver Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Care 1DYLJDWRUDVWDWHE\VWDWHUHVRXUFHLQWHQGHGWRKHOS\RX locate services for family caregivers and resources for older or disabled adults.

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³(YHU\VFKRROSOD\WKDWFDPHDORQJ, JRWLQYROYHG´VD\VWKHJUDGXDWHRIWKH FODVVRI As a high school junior, he was selected to be in the annual senior play. The only son of the late Lloyd and Mary McFall spent 30 years traveling the world and becoming known as one of the greatest Will Rogers impersonators RIDOOWLPHZLWKKLVRQHPDQVKRZ He was always the class clown, according to his sisters, Sandy Frye, a 1963 NHS grad who has spent her entire life in the area and now resides at Faubush, and Judy Groseclose, member RIWKHFODVVRIDQGUHVLGHQWRI Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal


Nottingham, Pennsylvania. Their parents were highly respected Nancy residents, who tried to raise their children to be responsible adults. 0DU\ZDVÂłRQHRIWKHEHVWNQRZQZRPHQLQZHVWHUQ 3XODVNL&RXQW\´DFFRUGLQJWR*HQHDQGDÂż[WXUHDW1DQF\ 6XSSO\ZKHUHVKHZDVNQRZQDVÂł$XQW0DU\´WRVRPHDQG Âł0LVV0DU\´WRRWKHUVDVVKHGROHGRXWDGYLFHWR\RXQJ DQGROGZKRFRQÂżGHGLQKHU Âł6KHZDVOLNHGE\DOODJHJURXSV´VD\V6DQG\ÂłDQGZDV YHU\EOXQWEXWLQDQLFHZD\´ Mary died in February of last year while living in the house across from Dollar General, where she reared her family. Next door to the home is a large shop where Lloyd plied his trade as a machinist, earning the distinction of being one of the best in Kentucky. The shop was built in 1946 and paid for with money earned while working on the construction of Wolf Creek 'DPDWFHQWVSHUKRXU His offspring still marvel at the skills, honesty, and dedication exhibited by the man who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complete eighth grade, but never encountered a piece of machinery he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t repair or build from scratch. Âł+HZDVWRWDOO\VHOIWDXJKWDQGDOO\RXKDGWRGRZDV give him an idea of what you wanted, and he could draw it

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RXWDQGEXLOGLW´VD\V*HQH He seldom asked anyone to pay him the full amount for work done, but kept track of amounts owed in a small notebook kept in his pocket. When he would learn of a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death leaving a widow, he would discard the bill, saying he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to bill a woman for work ordered by her late husband. Lloyd died in 1971, well before the start of his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show business career. Gene is certain his father would not have approved of his new career; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t major in drama earlier in life. Âł,I,KDGWDNHQDFWLQJFODVVHV'DGZRXOGKDYHVDLG Âľ0DU\WKHER\KDVGRQHJRQHRIIϫ The safer choice was education, and that major led to teaching and basketball coaching jobs with stops DORQJWKHZD\DWQHDUE\6KRSYLOOH+LJKIURP 63, at Camp Dick Robinson in Garrard County, and in Covington. He also taught in Nashville while performing with country music acts as a comedian. Âł'RQÂśWIRUJHWWRPHQWLRQWKHIDFW\RXWDXJKWDW 1RUĂ&#x20AC;HHW6FKRROIRURQH\HDU´UHPLQGV6DQG\Âł6RPH people might read about you and think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve forgotten DERXWWKHP´ Teaching was putting food on the table, but Gene remained hungry for a career in show business. )RUWZRVXPPHUVKHSOD\HG6TXLUH%RRQH in the Daniel Boone Drama at Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg. He also did a lot of dinner theatre acting, and for awhile was on the staff of the Will Rogers Museum in Oklahoma. Finally, he got out of teaching altogether and hit the URDGWRSXUVXHKLVGUHDPRIDIXOOWLPHMRELQDFWLQJ Âł,I\RXÂśUHJRLQJWREHDQDFWRUDWVRPHSRLQWLQ your career you have to take a shot at New York City or Hollywood. After going to New York, I knew that ZDVQÂśWZKHUH,ZDQWHGWREH´ ,Q+ROO\ZRRGKHODQGHGVSRWVRQVRPHRIWKHEHVW ORYHGVKRZVRIDOOWLPHLQFOXGLQJÂł$OO,Q7KH)DPLO\´ Âł%HQVRQ´DQGÂł$UFKLH%XQNHUÂśV3ODFH´ Âł%HLQJRQWKHVDPHVHWZLWKSHRSOHOLNH&DUUROO 2Âś&RQQHUZDVDWKULOO,WEXLOGVFRQÂżGHQFH(YHQ though you are one of the peons, you realize there are thousands of people in Hollywood who would love to GRZKDW\RXÂśUHGRLQJ´ Early in his acting career, Gene had been told he looked a lot like Will Rogers and Will Rogers, Jr. While watching TV one evening, he saw James Whitmore, who portrayed Will Rogers for 30 years, Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal


GRLQJKLVRQHPDQ VKRZÂł:LOO5RJHUVÂś 86$´+HFRQWDFWHG Whitmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people and soon found himself as the famed actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understudy. Âł*HRUJH6SRWD the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner and producer, said I was the most right person for the show since Henry Fonda had auditioned for the part that went to :KLWPRUH´ Will Rogers Gene McFall never let stardom go to his head, but he did have to pinch himself every now and then to make sure he was living a dream. Âł2QHWLPH,ZDVRXWZDONLQJDURXQGWKHORWDW Paramount Studios thinking how cool this is for an olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; KLOOELOO\IURP1DQF\.HQWXFN\´ McCall is presently residing in Georgia, but plans to move soon to New Mexico, where he will join a daughter in the jewelry business in the Four Corners area. He was in Nancy recently for the school reunion held every two years and says he tries to get back home three or four times a year.

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Tony Massey participated in as a junior in high school at Somerset is still today, the fondest memory he ever enjoyed on the 2QWKHIRRWEDOOÂżHOGKHKDGWKHHQWLUH gridiron. Âł$3 $VVRFLDWHG3UHVV DQG7KH SDFNDJH²VSHHGDJLOLW\VWUHQJWKDQG Courier Journalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Litkenhous Ratings a burning desire to win and succeed. had Corbin ranked number one and we And, he also had the uncanny ability to rise up and deliver in the most critical of moments. The bigger the game, quite simply, the better he played. He was the HSLWRPHRIDZLQQHU²DPRQH\SOD\HU that delivered at crunch time when his team needed him the most. Simply put, he is in my humble opinion the greatest football player Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever covered at the high school level IURPRXUFRPPXQLW\LQP\SOXV years as a sports writer. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking of course about Tony 0DVVH\ZKRZDVDWZRWLPH)LUVW7HDP $OO6WDWHVHOHFWLRQGXULQJKLVSOD\LQJ days for the Somerset Briar Jumpers. ZHUHQXPEHUWZR´UHFDOOHG0DVVH\ Massey intercepted 26 passes during Âł&RUELQZDVDVHQLRUGRPLQDWHGWHDP his Somerset career, and was a First coached by Cotton Adams and Martin 7HDP$OO6WDWHVHOHFWLRQE\ERWK7KH 3HQQLQJWRQ²DWHDPPDWHRIPLQH Associated Press and The Courier DW.HQWXFN\²ZDVRQHRIWKHLUWRS Journal as a safety during his prep players. Martin was a senior on that career. team. They came to Somerset that year And, while Massey became a First and I have never seen a crowd like the 7HDP$OO6(&VHOHFWLRQGXULQJKLV RQHZHKDGWKDWQLJKWDW&ODUN)LHOG´ playing days at the University of Âł&RDFK&DLQKDGLQVWDOOHGDQHZ Kentucky as well, he was also a SOD\WKDWZHHNWKDWZHKDGQRWVKRZQ´ standout basketball player at Somerset, 0DVVH\FRQWLQXHGÂł,WZDVDWUDSSOD\ not to mention a solid member on the and Scott Price threw a great block Briar Jumper track team. on their end, and I went 82 yards on In short, Tony Massey could do it all, EXWLWZDVRQWKHIRRWEDOOÂżHOGZKHUHKH the second play of the game and I was never touched. We kicked the enjoyed his greatest accomplishments H[WUDSRLQWDQGZHQWXSDQGWKHQ and made a name for himself. Corbin scored, and we held them on In fact, a game that Massey DOUG EADS CJ CORRESPONDENT

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for eight weeks. It rained the whole week leading up to that Newport Central game, and I can remember coach Cain WDUSHGWKH¿HOGDOOWKDWZHHNEXWZHFDPHRXWDQGLWZDVSXUH PXGDQG1HZSRUWEHDWXVWKDWQLJKWIDLUDQGVTXDUH´ While at Somerset, Massey was a standout guard on the Briar Jumpers basketball team, and he was also a member of the Jumpers 4 x 100 relay team in his junior year, that JDUQHUHGDWKLUGSODFH¿QLVKDWWKH6WDWH7UDFNDQG)LHOG Championships. After high school, Massey signed to continue his football career at the collegiate level in the Southeastern Conference for the University of Kentucky. $QGZKLOHKHZRXOGPDNHDELJWLPHLPSDFWDW8.LW would be at a much different position than his high school days. +RZHYHUQRZRUULHVIRU0DVVH\²KHEHFDPHDQ$OO6(& performer for the Kentucky Wildcats as a defensive end. ³$IWHUWKH¿UVWZLQWHUZRUNRXWZKHQ,JRWXSWKHUH,JRW XSWRSRXQGVDQGP\VSHHGGURSSHGDOLWWOHELWDQGDIWHU VSULQJSUDFWLFH,UHDOO\OLNHGWKDWSRVLWLRQ´VDLG0DVVH\ ³'DYH/\NLQVZDVP\FRDFKDQG,UHDOO\OLNHGWKHSRVLWLRQ because I hardly ever dropped, but instead, I rushed the TXDUWHUEDFN´ ³,OHGRXUWHDPLQLQWHUFHSWLRQVP\VRSKRPRUH\HDUZLWK ¿YHDQGKDOIWKHWLPH,ZDVEOLW]LQJ²,GLGQœWGURSEDFN LQFRYHUDJH´VWDWHGWKHIRUPHU.HQWXFN\JUHDW³,KDGWZR LQWHUFHSWLRQVDJDLQVW2OH0LVV²RQHZDVDSLFNVL[,UHDOO\

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I was told that cost me First Team All SEC by The Associated Press. I was voted before my senior year at UK as a 3UHVHDVRQ6HFRQG7HDP$OO$PHULFDQE\ 7KH6SRUWLQJ1HZV´ Âł,ZDVQRWGUDIWHGEXW,GLGSOD\ in three preseason games for the ,QGLDQDSROLV&ROWV´KHDGGHGÂł5RQ Meyer was the coach and it came down to a numbers game. I was released, but I did play in the World League for two \HDUVZLWK2UODQGR´ 0DVVH\KDGLWDOO²KHZDVD YHU\JLIWHGDWKOHWHZLWK*RGJLYHQ athleticism, and yet despite all his accolades and successes on the gridiron in high school, college, and professional football, Tony Massey remained humble ²DWUDLWKHVWLOOSRUWUD\VHDFKDQGHYHU\ day. Âł,ÂśGOLNHWRWKLQN,KDGJRRGSDUHQWV as a kid growing up that taught me right IURPZURQJDQGWRRNPHWRFKXUFK´VDLG Massey. Âł,KDGWZRJUHDWFRDFKHVLQIRRWEDOODW 6RPHUVHW²-RKQ&DLQDQG-HII3HUNLQV´ 0DVVH\FRQWLQXHGÂł7KH\DUHERWKOLNH fathers to me. Coach (Jerry) Claiborne at .HQWXFN\ZDVDJUHDWPDQ²KHWDXJKW PHZKDWFKDUDFWHUZDV+HGHÂżQHGLW as the type of person you were when nobody was watching. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always stuck with me. I owe all of those people DORWRIJUDWLWXGH´ And, those of us who are avid football fans owe a great deal to Tony Massey. For four wonderful years, Tony Massey put on a show each and every )ULGD\QLJKWRQWKHIRRWEDOOÂżHOGWKDW even 30 years later we still remember vividly to this day. 0DVVH\ÂżQLVKHGQXPEHURQHRQRXUOLVW of the greatest athletes of all time from Pulaski County, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for good reason. On the gridiron, Tony Massey truly was number one.

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Honorable Mentions There has been thousands of great athletes throughout the years LQWKHORFDODUHDDQGWRSLFNMXVWWKH7RSZDVDGLIÂżFXOWDQG PRQXPHQWDOWDVN+HUHDUHRXUÂżYHDWKOHWHVZKRMXVWPLVVHGWKH Top 20, but received Honorable Mention recognition:

Danay Fothergill Southwestern High School - 2010 Basketball

Tarah Combs Pulaski County High School - 2004 Basketball

Cole Draughn Pulaski County High School - 2004 Football

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November 2013 Calendar Should there be a change in location, date or time for any Senior Friends event for which you have pre-registered, we will notify you prior to the event.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Senior Friends Office will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.

SENIOR FUN & FITNESS: EXERCISE CLASS Please join us for Senior Fun and Fitness each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Senior Fun and Fitness Exercise Classes. November 2013 through December 05, 2013. Lake Cumberland Cancer Treatment Center; 112 Tradepark Drive, Community Classroom. These are gentle exercises for EVERYONE- the overweight, the diabetic, those recovering from surgery, illness or injury, heart patients, and especially those who are sedentary. Every joint and muscle in the body will be utilized yet the exercises DUHQRWGLIÀFXOW7KHSXUSRVHLVWRUHJDLQ use and strengthen muscles and joints, improving posture and mobility, increase circulation and to enjoy fellowship with others. For more information or to register, since space is limited, call (606) 6783274. THURSDAY, NOV. 7 MOVIE-N-MUNCH LCRH Conference Center, Ste A; basement level of the hospital. 1:30 p.m. “White House Down” While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. Call (606) 678-3274 for your required reservations by Nov. 1.

MONDAY, NOV. 11 MONTHLY MEETING SENIOR FRIENDS’ RECOGNITION OF VETERANS The Neighborhood Assisted Living Facility 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Senior Friends and the Neighborhood Assisted Living partner to honor and remember our military Senior Friends 42

who have served America. Senior Friends Veterans and one guest are invited to join us for food, fellowship and an afternoon dedicated to thanking our veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to our country. Call 606-678-3274 for your required reservations by Nov. 4. TUESDAY, NOV. 12 DINE WITH THE DOCS LCRH Conference Center; basement level of the hospital 5:30 pm - Dinner 6:30 pm - Speaker: Dennis J. Joseph, MD - Specializing in Endocrinology Topic: “Aging Sweetly” Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for a special complementary dinner and an informative program presented by leading medical specialists. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Chatters Café & Grill. Program begins at 6:30 pm. Call (606) 678-3274 for your required reservations. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13 GET ACQUAINTED BRUNCH LCRH Conference Center, Ste A; basement level of the hospital. 9:15 a.m. Brunch in Chatters Café 10:00 a.m. Senior Friends %HQHÀWVSUHVHQWDWLRQ Have you ever been a Senior Friend? Our free brunch is designed to offer you a free one-year membership if you have never been a member before. Come to this “Get Acquainted Brunch” and enjoy some delicious food. We will SURYLGHLQIRUPDWLRQDERXWDOOWKHEHQHÀWV of your free NEW one-year membership – a $15 value! Call (606) 678-3274 for your required reservation by Friday, Nov. 8.

TUESDAY, NOV. 19 2013 OPEN ENROLLMENT, MEDICARE CHANGES & PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLANS LCRH Conference Center, Ste A; basement level of the hospital. 2:00 p.m. Do you have questions about Open Enrollment, Medicare Changes & Prescription Drug Plans? Gina with the Lake Cumberland Area Development District & Gary Greer will present the program on Medicare. Tasty fall refreshments will be provided. Call (606) 678-3274 for your required reservations by Nov. 12. THURSDAY, NOV. 21 BIRTHDAY PARTY LCRH Conference Center, Ste A; basement level of the hospital. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. It’s time for those November “Senior Friend” babies to come and party. Bring a friend and share an afternoon of fun, games, delicious cake and ice cream. Call (606) 678-3274 by Thursday, Nov. 14, for your required reservations. FRIDAY, NOV. 22 BUNCO LCRH Conference Center, Ste A; basement level of the hospital. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Senior Friends Members come and bring a $5.00 Donation to Harmony Hospitality House and spend the afternoon with “Friends.” A perfect time for fun, fellowship, and refreshments. Senior Friends will provide the highest scorer & lowest scorer prize. Reservations are required and must be received by Friday, Nov. 15. Please call (606) 678-3274 to reserve your spot.

THURSDAY, NOV. 28 & FRIDAY, NOV. 29 FRIDAY, NOV. 15 CLOSED THANKSGIVING In observation of the Thanksgiving holiday, PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP WKH6HQLRU)ULHQGV2IÀFHZLOOEHFORVHGRQ LCRH Small Dining Room the above dates. Jana and I want extend to 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. A support group for persons diagnosed you and your family our warmest wishes with Parkinson’s disease and their family for a Happy Thanksgiving! and friends. For additional information please call (606) 678-3274. Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal


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