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The Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD):

What Seniors Should Know

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Many seniors in their 60s and 70s have likely noticed some vision loss, and this can be a normal part of aging. However, an eye condition known as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, can impact the severity of the vision loss that is due to aging. This is why it is important to know the basic facts about AMD. The good news is, these facts include preventive steps seniors can take to reduce the risk of developing AMD.

Understanding AMD We rely on the macula, which is found at the center of the retina, to help us read fine print and do needlework and other similar tasks that require sharp focus. AMD is a progressive eye condition that affects this area of the eye, and there are two types: dry AMD and wet AMD. Dry AMD: According to Retina International, dry AMD accounts for 90% of all AMD and occurs when yellow deposits, called drusen, build up on the macula. This happens because a layer of photo receptor cells, which is part of the retina, starts to break down and dies. The result is vision distortion, especially when our eyes need to focus on small items or detailed tasks. A person can have these deposits and not have AMD, but having them does increase the risk for dry AMD, especially if they are soft and rather large. Fortunately, the dry form of AMD does not typically necessitate that the affected

person give up reading altogether. Wet AMD: Retina International reports that the wet form of AMD accounts for only about 10% of AMD cases, but the vision loss associated with it can be devastating. Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow in a part of the macula known as the choroid, a thin layer of cells. Eventually wet AMD leads to blood and protein leakage resulting in more severe visual distortion than occurs with dry AMD. If these blood vessels form scar tissue, the person can experience a permanent loss of central vision.

Know the risks and symptoms for AMD People in their 60s and 70s have the highest risk for developing AMD. While experts are not completely sure if AMD is genetic, it does tend to run in families, especially first-degree relatives (a person’s mother, father, and siblings). It is therefore important for patients who have family histories of AMD to make sure their eye doctors

know about it. The symptoms of wet AMD include visual distortion that causes straight lines to look like waves, blurred vision, and trouble seeing details (up close or far away). Advanced forms of wet AMD are more serious and include images similar to hallucinations. One of the most important facts about AMD is that is does not cause pain as a warning signal, so seniors should never skip routine eye exams. Sometimes seniors confuse the condition of AMD with other eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma, as well as a condition associated with diabetes called diabetic retinopathy. However, these conditions are not associated with AMD, do not increase the risk of developing AMD, and do not make AMD worse if it already exists.

Dealing with AMD The progression of dry AMD varies greatly from person to person. Continues on page 6


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The More You Learn, The Better Your Memory What is unique about the nun study is that regardless of the nuns' backgrounds and education levels, they all had very similar environments, ate the same foods, had identical access to health care, and maintained the same lifestyle. These facts made it possible for the researchers to exclude confounding variables, such as social circumstance, economics, marital status and many other factors that could explain why some women maintained better memories than others.

By Dr. David Lipschitz

showed that the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease was reduced by more than 50 percent in those proficient in a second language. While this was good news for many, it was bad for me. In high school in South Africa, Afrikaans as a second language was required. This was the only subject in which I could never ever make an A, and occasionally, and much to parents distress, I'd earn a D. Now I regret that I did not try harder, because perhaps it would be helping my intellectual capabilities as I grow older. The report does provide additional information, which states that lifelong intellectual challenge is an excellent way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Those with higher degrees, mentally challenging occupations or hobbies are less likely to have memory loss.

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A great deal of information has come from the study of 678 nuns conducted by Dr. David Snowden of the University of Kentucky. The goal of the study was to determine how different factors, such as education and mental activity, affect memory as well as the incidence of Alzheimer's. He found that nuns with the most education were the ones with the lowest risk of the disease, and that those who stayed mentally active by doing research or learning new languages

were more likely to stay healthy and retain a robust memory. Intriguingly, the nun study showed that women who from an early age were able to write complex sentences with excellent prose were less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those who wrote in simple sentences. Nuns who read from an early age and were read to on a regular basis during childhood were more likely to stay mentally active into their 80s and beyond.

The message to me seems very clear: Have an active and challenged mind, and being a lifelong learner protects the brain from memory loss. In this regard, "use it or lose it" may indeed be true. This is advice I now routinely give my older patients, those with Alzheimer's disease and their children who, because of a strong family history of the disease, appear to be at increased risk. Continues on p.4


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Social Security column

The More You Learn...

By Ray Vigil Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in El Paso, Texas

DON’T STRESS OVER FRAUD April is Stress Awareness Month, but one thing that should never cause you stress is doing business with Social Security. However, if you fall victim to fraud, it can really stress you out, not to mention damage your credit score and wallet. We encourage you to be cautious of suspicious email, letters, and phone calls or any time someone asks for your personal information. Generally, Social Security will not call or email you and ask for your personal information, such as your Social Security number or banking information. If someone contacts you and asks for this kind of information and claims to be from Social Security, do not give out your personal information without first contacting us to verify the validity of the request. It could be an identity thief phishing for your personal information. Contact our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1800-325-0778). Report suspicious calls to our Fraud Hotline at 1800-269-0271 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, or online at http://oig.ssa.gov using the “Fraud, Waste, and Abuse” link. When making a report, please include as many of the following details as possible: • The alleged suspect(s) and victim(s) names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers; • Description of the fraud and the location where the fraud took place;

• When and how the fraud was committed; • Why the person committed the fraud (if known); and • Who else has knowledge of the potential violation. Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America. If you or anyone you know has been the victim of identity theft, you should contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.idtheft.gov, or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261. Misleading advertisers may victimize people who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Such companies offer Social Security services for a fee, even though the same services are available directly from us free of charge. Especially upsetting are ads that make it appear as though they came directly from us. By law, such advertisements must indicate that the company is not affiliated with Social Security. If you see what you believe is misleading advertising for Social Security services from a company that fails to say it is not affiliated with Social Security, report it to us at: Office of the Inspector General, Fraud Hotline, Social Security Administration, P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, MD 21235. This goes for advertisements in print, online, or on television or radio. Also, advise your state’s attorney general or consumer affairs office and the Better Business Bureau. CONT/P/6

Continued from page 3 Read a lot and encourage your children and grandchildren to read. Do crossword puzzles, take classes at a university, and stay active and involved in learning, irrespective of your age or whether you are still working or are retired. The more you challenge your brain, the healthier your brain will be because you will constantly be forming additional neural connections. Even if you do develop the disease at a later stage, you may well have a larger pool of brain cells to help you stay mentally sharp. Obviously, there is no guarantee that being a lifelong learner will totally prevent Alzheimer's. We all know of very educated and bright adults who develop the disease. However, the information is compelling that more mental activities have kept them healthier until a later age than they otherwise might have been. Because the benefits of staying mentally active and staying occupied and involved appears to protect the mind, many have asked if retirement may accelerate memory loss. There is no evidence that retirement is bad for your physical or mental health. However, retirement without a plan and without a purpose is associated with a greater risk of illness, shorter life expectancy and either physical disability or memory loss. Those who continue to stay active both physically and intellectually tend to be healthier and mentally more agile than those who do nothing more than watch the grass grow. Remember a long and independent life is largely up to the way you embrace life and live. Happiness and health are the keys to an active and intact mind until a ripe old age. Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging.More information is available at: DrDavidHealth.com. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM


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The Healing Power of Touch By Dr. David Lipschitz

One of my best friends gave me a gift certificate for a massage as a birthday present. It took me about three months to finally schedule it. I never realized what I was missing. I just loved it. I felt relaxed, calm and found it a wonderfully nurturing experience. Since then, I have pampered myself by frequently getting massages. The best-known benefits of massage are that it reduces stress, eases tension and clears the mind. It promotes relaxation and tranquility. Massage helps relieve back pain, neck pain from injuries, and strained and

United States, the average couple touched each other twice hourly, and in London, couples almost never touched.

painful muscles. It can even improve athletic performance. Massage is soothing and sensual. It can help depression, anxiety and actually enhance your immune system. Touch is an essential emotional need. In a calm, safe setting, the benefits are substantial. Massage is beneficial for many chronic problems that are in part caused by or aggravated by stress. Massage reduces pain, stiffness and fatigue, and improves sleep. There is also evidence that massage can improve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, presumably by alleviating stress. It is also helpful as a component of therapy for chronic back pain. Research has shown that when administered by a well-trained masseuse, and in combination with physical therapy and pain medica-

tions, therapeutic massage is of great value and more effective than acupuncture. Touch is one of the most important ways of communication, and lack of touch has a negative effect, causing loneliness and isolation. Americans virtually never touch each other. An interesting study done in coffee shops in various countries showed that in Puerto Rico couples touched each other 180 times an hour, and in Paris, it was 110. By contrast, in the

Public displays of affection, or "PDA," as some of my best friends call it, is considered a cardinal sin. What a tragedy. Perhaps this is the reason massage is not more popular in the United States. We are resistant to massage therapy because of reluctance to be undressed and touched by strangers, and by viewing it quite erroneously as an erotic rather than therapeutic experience. Touch by itself is very important and beneficial for individuals of any age. For example, premature babies given three 10-minute loving massages daily gain weight 47 percent more ..Continues on next page


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Age-Related Macular Degeneration... Continued from page 2 It also develops slowly over a number of years, and can remain stable in between routine eye exams. Those who have dry AMD often develop the ability to work around the vision loss by learning to compensate with their remaining vision, although most people with advanced AMD do become legally blind. Wet AMD progresses faster than dry AMD and is more likely to cause severe vision loss. Even if a person’s AMD is not advanced, it can be dangerous to drive. As seniors age, they worry about the day they will no longer be able to get around by themselves as driving represents a symbol of remaining self-sufficient. However, continuing to drive with visual impairment is putting everyone who drives and rides in a vehicle at risk for accidents. Even though it is a difficult decision, their ability or inability to drive needs to be discussed with those who have developed AMD, and it is better to error on the side of caution.

Treating AMD There is currently no cure for AMD, although there are some treatments that can help halt the progression of the condition. In the case of wet AMD, there is photodynamic therapy, or PDT. This treatment utilizes a light-sensitive medicine, which is injected into the blood stream. Another treatment option for wet AMD is called laser photocoagulation. Doctors can determine if a patient is a good candidate for these treatments and may prescribe additional medicines that boost their effectiveness. Another important recommendation for those who already have AMD is adding an Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) formula vitamin supplement. Some of those that are on the market include

Bausch + Lomb Ocuvite PreserVision®, ScienceBased Health MacularProtect Complete®, and Alcon I-Caps®. Ask your doctor before taking an AREDS formulation supplement.

The Healing Power of Touch... Continued from page 5...rapidly and leave the hospital earlier than those who are not massaged.

The Most Critical Question

In patients with Alzheimer's disease, therapeutic massage and touch induce calm and reduce agitation and disruptive behavior. Nursing home residents who are frequently and therapeutically touched by trained staff remain healthier, lose less weight and are hospitalized less than those who are not.

After knowing and understanding all the facts about AMD, an important question remains: Can AMD be prevented? Fortunately, there are a variety of things seniors can do to help ward off AMD. All About Vision offers these tips:

One of the greatest benefits of owning a pet is the ability to touch and stroke it, and both give and receive unconditional love. These days, many nursing homes allow pets in their facilities and have outdoor farm animals and periods of actual pet therapy when residents are able to love and stroke cats or dogs.

• Do not smoke. • Improve their diet by eating dark leafy green vegetables, such as spinach; increasing their intake of fish; and consuming nuts and fruits daily. Doctors also recommend reducing refined carbohydrates. • Add supplements to their diet, including a multivitamin/multimineral supplement such as Centrum Silver® (They should ask their doctors for a recommendation.); and a fish oil supplement if their diet is lacks sufficient fish protein. (An enteric-coated fish oil does not have a fishy aftertaste or cause belching.) • Get plenty of exercise. • Keep their cholesterol, blood pressure and weight all in check. • Wear sunglasses outdoors that block UV and blue-ray light, the type of sunlight that may cause eye damage. • Get regular eye exams. References WebMD. (2011 July 20). Age-related macular degeneration overview. Retrieved from webmd.com/eye-health/macular-degeneration/age-related-macular-degeneration-overview Mayo Clinic. (2012 November 20). Diseases and conditions: Dry macular degeneration. Retrieved from mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/maculardegeneration/basics/definition/con-20075882 National Eye Institute. (2013 July). Facts about age-related macular degeneration. Retrieved from nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts.asp Knobbe, Chris A, MD. (2013 August 13). Eleven Steps to Help Prevent Macular Degeneration. In All About Vision. Retrieved from allaboutvision.com/conditions/amd-prevention.htm EyeSmart. (n.d.). What is age-related macular degeneration? Retrieved from geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/diseases/amd.cfm Macular Degeneration Partnership. (n.d.). What is AMD? Retrieved from amd.org/what-isamd.html

As a new massage addict, I would recommend it to all who can afford it. Cost, in my view, is the only good excuse not to have a massage. Being too busy, too tired or too lazy are good reasons to have one. And if you cannot afford one, remember the important roles that touch plays in fostering happiness and health. Sit and hold hands in the movie theater and in restaurants. Never, ever leave the house without a hug and kiss, and sit together on the same couch at night while relaxing and watching TV. And consider back and foot rubs. Who does not like them? We must always remember that many older people are isolated and deprived. Make sure you visit them frequently, and always touch and hug them, and hold their hands. Don't discourage older persons from having a pet just because of difficulties with upkeep. Choose an apartment building or assisted-living center that allows pets. Physical contact is an essential element of the way we interact with each other and promotes lifelong health and happiness. Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging. More information is available at: DrDavidHealth.com. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM

DON’T STRESS OVER FRAUD... Continued from page 4 You can visit the Office of the Inspector General online at http://oig.ssa.gov and select the “Fraud, Waste or Abuse” link. Learn more about identity theft and misleading advertising by reading our publications on the subjects at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. You may have enough stress already. Don’t get stressed over fraud.


Weather 101

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By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

At Least One More Month of Wind It’s been a fairly windy March. We’ve recorded 14 days of wind gusts at 30 or more miles per hour with a peak gust of 54 mph Saturday, March 15th when a cold front blew in.

reau registered 50 mph and continue to gain strength…The wind took down many of the city’s scare trees and ripped away telegraph, telephone and power lines, leaving the city without electric lights.”

Blowing dust and sand is a common phenomenon in El Paso this time of year. Meteorologist David Novlan and Michael Hardiman at the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa noted that during the months of March, April and May there is a 42% chance of encountering blowing dust on any single day. This had been the case since records were kept in El Paso. It was noted from a news article reporting on a storm in 1895 (Cox, 2005): “A Big Blow hit El Paso late on the night of April 4, 1895…by the midnight the anemometer (wind measuring device) at the Weather Bu-

What is the cloudiest city in the United States? A. Astoria, Oregon B. Seattle, Washington

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Did you know that El Paso averages 14.5 significant dust events per year? This is, in my opinion, the most unpleasant feature of our weather. The wind does not have to be considered excessive but because this is our driest time of the year

It should be noted that strong winds by themselves are not sufficient for a significant dust event. David Novlan says “the wind must be sufficiently turbulent to loft dust and it must occur in a reasonably unstable environment.”

“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.

C. Elkins, West Virginia D. Kalispell, Montana

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it doesn’t take a lot of real strong winds to elevate our dust and sand. This blowing dust causes many hazards. We typically must endure reduced visibility; the dusty conditions cause respiratory problems and the blowing dust can get in to moving parts and reduce the mechanical life of equipment. There are often more accidents associated with dust storms resulting in fatalities and roads being closed due to the poor visibility.

www.sunsetgardensep.com Answer: A – Astoria, Oregon. It has 240 cloudy days per year.


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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from April 2014 If you want your upcoming event listed in Mature Time’s Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to: editorial@spotlightepnews.com

salon and event house, owned and operated by Marie Otero, is at 1015 N. Florence. Information: 588-4247. Opening reception is 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, for “Making It Real,� an exhibit by artist Carlos Rodriguez, who specializes in hyperrealistic paintings. The exhibit runs through May 21.

‘Dial ‘M’ For Murder’ - El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents an original play written and directed by Ken Forestal March 28April 19. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fri-

day and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID; $5 students under 18). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately for him, things don’t exactly go according to plan.

Gloria Trevi Thursday, Apr 3 8:00p El Paso County Coliseum

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El Paso Opera: La Boheme Thursday, Apr 10 • 7:30p Sat, Apr 12 • 7:30p Abraham Chavez Theatre

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Celtic Woman Thursday, Apr 10 7:00p The Plaza Theatre In just a few short years, the unique musical ensemble known as Celtic Woman has emerged as both a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon. The

beloved ensemble’s evocative, uplifting music has transcended national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a devoted fan base that spans the globe. Since their formation in 2004, Celtic Woman's CD and DVD releases have been enthusiastically embraced by a large and ever-increasing audience, and their concert tours have become major events, while a series of Celtic Woman concert specials on the U.S. Public Television have been consistent ratings successes. The group has sold over eight million albums and DVDs worldwide.

Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend Fri, Apr 18 2:00p Fri, Apr 18 6:30p Sat, Apr 19 10:30a Sat, Apr 19 2:00p Sat, Apr 19 5:30p Sun, Apr 20 2:00p Abraham Chavez Theatre


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Rock of Ages Tuesday, Apr 22 7:30p The Plaza Theatre Tony Award Nominee and American Idol finalist, Constantine Maroulis, reprises his acclaimed performance when the five-time Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical Rock of Ages comes to the Center! In this tour de force nominated for five 2009 Tony Awards® including

Best Musical, a legendary rock club faces its demise at the hands of eager developers, and a young rocker, hoping for his big break, falls for a small-town girl chasing big dreams of her own. The score of Rock of Ages features numerous classic rock hits from the 1980s.

Casas for CASA Thursday, Apr 24 6:00p Grace Gardens El Paso, TX Casas for CASA is a fabulous silent auction, delicious dinner, and live auction of custom built playhouses. It is our annual signature fundraiser held each spring to support the programs of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of El Paso, Inc. CASA trains and supports volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children who ...Continues on page 11

SIERRA PROVIDENCE HEALTH NETWORK FREE SEMINAR If you suffer from back pain or pinched nerves, make plans to join us for a FREE seminar on April 3. Learn what may be causing your pain and what your treatment options are.

Thursday, April 3 @ 6PM with Dr. Pacheco at Sierra Providence East Medical Center – 3280 Joe Battle Classroom 1 RSVP: 577-7746


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Thursday, Apr 24 8:00p Abraham Chavez Theatre

Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Beck's music is known for its pop-junk culture collage of musical styles, ironic lyrics, samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and heady sound effects. Beck was born in Los Angeles, California, to David Campbell (a musician) and Bibbe Hansen (a former dancer for The Velvet Underground). His father is a Scientologist; Beck and his wife are also both practicing Scientologists. When his parents separated, Beck stayed with his mother and brother in Los Angeles, where he was influenced by that city's diverse musical offerings everything from hip-hop to latin music - and his mother's art scene all of which would later reappear in his recorded and published work. Although Beck's work defies easy

description, his eclecticism and genre experiments have sparked comparisons with Prince, though Beck was undoubtedly a less prolific artist, and drew on an absurdist, freeflowing lyrical style totally original when first exposed to mainstream audiences (indeed, some critics labeled him and his breakthrough single "Loser" as novelties - see below). Despite this individualism, Beck's music was very much a product of the 90s and the media age in general, with hip hop, indie/underground rock, electronic music and genrebenders like the Beastie Boys as notable touchstones; in addition, some critics could not resist likening his head-spinning lyrical aesthetic to a post-modern Bob Dylan sensibility.

SOUThERn nEw MExICO ‘The Lion in Winter’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, presents the James Goldman play that inspired the Oscar-winning film March 28-April 3. Directed by Monte H. Wright. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors, students, military; $8 per person for groups of 10 or more; $7 children under six). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org. King Henry II of England wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three of his sons want to rule and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution. Henry favors the youngest John, while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top.

EGG TREk AT THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT NATURE PARk Join us at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park on Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 am - noon to learn about our local egg layers. Go on a treasure hunt to discover how nests are built and who lays eggs. Bring the family to discover some nests, hunt for some eggs, and get a prize. $3 admission. Rain or Shine. It will be egg-cellent! The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park is located north of Las Cruces. From I-25 in Las Cruces, head east on Highway 70 and take the Mesa Grande Road exit (at Oñate High School). Make a U-turn under the highway to head west and stay in the right lane onto the frontage road. Turn right (north) on Jornada Road. Follow Jornada Road for 6.4 miles

and turn left at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park sign. Follow the entrance road to the parking area and trailhead. The Nature Park is open Tuesday - Saturday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Asombro Institute for Science Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing scientific literacy by fostering an understanding of the Chihuahuan Desert. The Asombro Institute for Science Education provides hands-on science education programs for more than 17,000 students throughout southern New Mexico and western Texas each year. Anyone interested in learning more about the Asombro Institute, membership, and volunteer opportunities should call the Asombro Institute office at 575-524-3334 or visit our website at www.asombro.org.



My Mature Times - April 2014