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By Elvira Crocker I grew up vertically challenged. I’m 5 feet tall, but have always claimed another 1¾ inches. Why? God knows. You’d think I’d go taller. But I thought people would notice. I came by it rightfully. My mother was just under 5 feet; my maternal grandmother was…let’s just say shorter. My father never challenged the sixfoot mark. My paternal grandmother was a tall, beautiful woman. Clearly, I did not take after her. My siblings were generally of average height. Since I came towards the end of my parents’ procreation run, I was, naturally, referred to as “the runt of the litter.” Being from a large family, I’ve experienced every put-down or nickname about people of a smaller stature. In retrospect, that prepared

me for the greater world. I didn’t mind being short which is a good thing, because the taller human species never seemed to get over it. “Shorty, peewee, stubby, shrimp”…. taller people can be so unimaginative! It was all motivation to me. I just knew there was one way to beat them — by being smarter. It wasn’t all bad being short. In grade school, that meant being first in line. And if I had to go first in the cafeteria line, I could live with that. In pictures, I was always in the front row. Still am. I may have been small, but I always thought big. My two best friends in high school were the tallest girls in the building. That was very useful, particularly if I had to reach for something, or needed to intimidate a Photo by Rob Howes bully. They also had cars and could drive…easier for them The tall and the short of it: Kevin Stamper and Linda Barrow. to reach the pedals. In my softball years, I Otherwise, why is the item I want althink I was a good pitcher because I ways on the highest shelf of any store. was more closely aligned to the batI have met many friendly people of ter’s swing range. Think about it. the taller species at grocery stores by But never try to run a 50- or 100asking for their help. I think it makes yard dash with a woman whose legs their day, because they always walk are longer than you are tall. She will away smiling…or was that a smirk? win, every time, as she did in the fifth Over time, I realized that clothing and sixth grades. stores mess with small people all the I hated second place but I knew time. Go into any petite department. that if God wanted me to win he The item I want is always on the “upwould have tripped her. It was a great per” rack. What’s up with that? Why visual that made me smile at her each “upper racks” in petite departments? time she beat me by a length. The world was built for tall people. See Short, page 7

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Old organ bench gets new life By Tom Schaefer For his 84th birthday, John Buckner, a wood turner from North Newton, was given an organ bench from the largest cathedral in Scandinavia. Although the bench was in pieces, it was just what he wanted: a unique wood with which to make his works of art. “Everywhere I go I look for wood that I can turn,” said Buckner, whose twinkling eyes and ruddy cheeks welcome friend and stranger alike. “I have a real passion of using woods with history.” The craft of woodturning involves a wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut and shape woods around the axis of the lathe’s rotation. Buckner, a former music professor at Washburn University and a church organist, has been turning wood since he was 7 and playing music at church since he was 8. In retirement, he makes objects large and small that are aesthetically pleasing and whimsically enchanting. His one-car garage is filled with saws, shaping tools and plenty of wood. While a professor at Washburn, Buckner made a clock for band members who got married. “I did four of these, three of them grandmother clocks and the other a large shelf clock.” He also made several commemorative clocks for those obtaining doctoral degrees or who retired from the university. He recently finished turning the last cherry wood he has from Thomas Jefferson’s orchard in Monticello. “I used it to make conducting batons See Wood, page 10

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‘Age is just a number’ when pursuing dream By Leslie Chaffin As a child growing up in Newton, Mary Llamas Short experienced insults, bullying and even being locked in a restroom until her class returned from a movie. That was just in elementary school. Her grandparents didn’t speak English, and she was bilingual as her family had come to Kansas from Mexico. “I learned to hate going to school,” she said. “But I loved learning.” In high school, she wanted to be one of the students who handed out programs at games — they wore a uniform and caps — which she thought she would enjoy doing. A friend told her, “Mary, don’t embarrass yourself by asking. You can’t represent the high school publicly because you’re Mexican.” Mary’s senior year business teacher would select one graduating senior each year for whom the teacher would arrange a job and interview. Short was the chosen student. However, when she arrived at the accounting firm, they told her the position had already been filled. Her teacher was mortified, and Short added it to her list of experiences as a Mexi-

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can youth in a white community. Her school counselor discouraged her from going to college, telling her she would do better going to a trade school. She took courses in secretarial work at Wichita Business College, getting a job with Universal Oil in 1961. A girlfriend who was going to have a baby told Mary she would be taking

leave from her job as a secretary at The Enterprise Agency insurance agency. Mary applied and began working at the insurance agency, owned by George Short, in January 1962. Her girlfriend didn’t come back to work; Mary stayed. Llamas married Roque Gonzales in 1965. She stopped working in 1967 to have a family. Her daughters were born in 1967 and 1968. She returned to her job at the agency in 1972. She earned her Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) certificate in 1980 and purchased half the agency; Short and his wife wanted to travel more. Mary's 27-year first marriage was not happy, she said, but she made sure her daughters went to college. One now has a master’s degree, and the other is working on her doctorate. Mary had longed for a degree of her own. When she divorced in 1992, her daughters said they knew she was unhappy, and were glad she could pursue her own happiness. Circumstances also changed for George and his wife, who contracted heart disease which limited their travels. She passed away in 1991. George took a sabbatical afterward, and Mary

ran the agency while he was gone. When he returned, they began dating. They married in December 1993. Six years later, Mary became president of the agency, working side by side with George. When Newton High School was putting together the 50th reunion of her class in 2010, Short was asked to provide her best memory of high school. Her response? “I don’t have any good memories of high school.” When she got several invitations to luncheons and other functions, she suspects they were a result of her comment, and thought things had changed for some of her classmates. It was the first reunion she had attended in the 50 years since graduating. One evening in 2011, George asked Mary if there was anything she wanted that she didn’t have. “I want grandchildren and a college degree,” she replied. George said he couldn’t do much about grandchildren, but would support her going to college. She enrolled that fall at Butler Community College. See Mary, next page


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“The first semester was really tough as I had forgotten how to study,” Mary said. “It took me about a year to get my study habits together.” She finished her Liberal Arts Associates Degree in December 2016 and walked with her graduating class in May 2017. When she enrolled at Newman University she needed only 12 hours to finish her degree in business with a Spanish minor. In addition to her Butler credits, she also received credit for her decades of being a businesswoman. The summer of 2017 she joined a Spanish immersion trip to Guatemala. She and 17 other Newman students spent several weeks working in the mountains where some of the poorest people live, doing everything from building latrines and cooking stoves to teaching school children how to brush their teeth. The trip also included one week at a school on a mountain where the students were immersed in Spanish classes along with being paired with a local family. “After I signed up, I had some

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The health of many senior citizens has been improved through WellREP (Well-Rounded Exercise Program), an exercise program created at Wichita State University. Nicole Rogers, chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, designed this evidence-based, progressive exercise class for older adults. Trained WSU students lead the classes at Wichita-area senior centers and retirement communities. The program began as a research Courtesy photo collaboration between WSU and SeMary Short sits with students in a Guatemalan school. She nior Services of Wichita, Rogers said. shared information about the United State, and they talked to her “It has evolved into a free commuabout their country. nity service that serves about 150 older hesitation as I would be three times the gree by age 75, which she is now. But adults at 10 locations.” age of any other student on the trip,” since her birthday is before graduation, Its goal is to improve their health Short said. But not long into the work she’ll be 76. and functional ability, promote indein Guatemala, one student came up to Mary and George travel quite a bit. pendence and help prevent chronic her and said “you’ve shown me that age She said her Spanish comes in handy disease and disability, she explained. is just a number.” in their travels. But it is most helpful The exercises can be performed Short should be able to walk with in her volunteer work at St. Vincent seated or standing and are adapted to the Newman graduates in 2018 and DePaul. She helps members who speak meet participants specific needs. receive her degree. little or no English get connected to Rogers said participants enjoy the “This is a lifelong ‘bucket’ dream. housing and other services. classes so much that when the student I didn’t think I would ever do it,” she The degree itself ? It is “self-gratifi- teachers are on holiday, class members said. “But with my husband offering cation that I have done it,” she said. take charge to continue the classes. the opportunity and supporting me Contact Leslie Chaffin at Contact Nicole Rogers at nicole. through this, I will see it come true.” She hoped she could receive her de-


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‘Why don’t you build a stereo cabinet yourself?’ By Ted Blankenship When I was a high school freshman during World War II, “shop” was a requirement. I wasn’t very good at it. At the end of the year my footstool was a pile of walnut sticks in a cardboard box. Years went by and I stayed away from saws and hammers. I spent four years in the Air Force, got married and became a journalist. I have always loved music, and I wanted a cabinet to put a turntable and amplifier in. We didn’t have the money. “Why not build one?” said my wife. “Why would I do that,” I replied. “I haven’t the slightest idea how to build a stereo cabinet — unless it resembles a foot stool.” She suggested I ask our neighbor Morris, a wood worker. He told me to buy a sheet of ¾-inch birch plywood, get some plans, measure the pieces and cut them out on the small bench saw he would lend me. Then I could fit the pieces together, put some glue on the joints and screw

everything together. Why didn’t I think of that? What could be simpler? Lots of things, I discovered. I bought the plywood and decided it would be easier if I cut the sheet in half. I made a mark down the length of the 4 x 8 sheet and tried to balance the heavy piece of wood on the little saw. I couldn’t reach the switch, so I wrestled the sheet down on the floor and turned the saw on. Morris had neglected to tell me what the metal thing with a handle on it was. It was the fence. So what? I didn’t know how to use it anyway. I pushed the plywood through the blade without the fence, following a pencil line. Miraculously, it went through without kickback. I told Morris how I did it and after he had recovered, he said he thought I should use the fence the next time. I got all the pieces sawed out and

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it was complete, except for fitting the two doors onto the cabinet and making a bench for all the pieces to rest on. The unit was in five pieces: a cabinet with two doors and two speaker enclosures the same height as the cabinet. The bench would be the same length as the speakers and cabinet combined. All together they appeared to be one unit. I had saved two four-inch-wide, eight-foot-long strips of the plywood for the bench rails which would match the width of the cabinet and two speaker enclosures side by side. Four six-inch-long legs would be screwed to the bottom of the bench. It was about 1 a.m., and I was tired. The door hinges fit into grooves chiseled in the top and bottom of a

corner of each door, and backed by a piece of wood screwed into the side of the cabinet. Two pieces of plywood were stacked in a corner and I cut a four-inch length from each. I had cut them from the bench that would hold the cabinet and speaker enclosures. By then it was 2 a.m. and I decided that a 7-foot, 8-inch bench would do just fine. If the speakers had an overbite, the sound would still come out of them. Morris was happy to get his saw back. I couldn’t hurt myself if it was in HIS basement. Contact Ted Blankenship at

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Gig for YMCA Hi-Y show started his career Editor’s Note: One in a series of stories about African American musicians in Wichita from the 1930s-'50s.

By Patrick O’Connor When Donald Dunn’s family lived in Muskogee, Okla., he and his father listened to the phonograph a lot. “Sometimes we’d play one record for two hours, if we really liked the song.” His aunt gave him his first guitar when he was 12 so he could play gospel songs. When he was young, he earned money picking up bottles. “Oklahoma was a dry state, but they had bootleggers who needed bottles. So, I’d find bottles and sell them.” In the 11th grade, he trained to be a barber. Now his source of income was going to people’s homes to cut their hair. Donald’s first public performance was at a Hi-Y show at the YMCA in a band he and some friends had formed. After high school, Donald moved to Minnesota to live with family. A sister, who thought he had potential, bought him a ¾-size Rickenbacker, black and white. “I loved that guitar. I ordered a couple of albums by B.B. King and learned to play those songs almost note for note.” A brother who was in the Korean conflict had been a prisoner of war. When he was released he came to Minneapolis, but soon the two moved back to Muskogee. “I was supposed to be there to help him watch his money and stuff like that,” Donald said. “He was getting a lot of money, but he was drinking too much.” When the money ran out he went to work racking balls at a pool hall and hustled some pool games. “Some of the fellows that was in this Hi-Y show kept the band together, playing in Wichita. They heard that I was back in Muskogee. “One night, someone knocked on the door. I didn’t know them. Said they needed a guitar player. This was Little Jesse Anderson and the Blues

Donald Dunn, born in 1939, got his first guitar from an aunt when he was 12. Toppers.” Donald moved to Wichita. “Our main house gig was at the Sportsman (on Ninth Street). We would start 8:30-9, and play four sets. Jack Ponds (the owner) would want us to take breaks. His theory was if everybody was dancing he wasn’t making any money. “The Sportsman was second to the nicest Black club in Wichita. You could get 200 people in there. Like the name of the club, it was nice, but kind of sports dress-like. You couldn’t just come in there any kind of way. “It was dry, but you could buy half pints and pour them in a cup. Not too much violence there.” He said one of the roughest places was the Jack and Jill on Murdock. “You go down on Murdock, you can wear what you want. There wasn’t no rules. The last man left standing was the rules; and it stayed open all night. “The Esquire on North Broadway was real nice, you had food. Of course, like a lot of the places then, in the back room they had a little crap table. But it was organized. A few times I would go back there. You get a nice little rush

when you see those dice roll across the table, and you see everybody with the money in their hand.” Donald said he helped support himself by playing in a lot of “white places” such as Dearmore’s, Seneca Lounge and The Flame. Then he formed King Dunn and The Royal Subjects and got a steady gig at the Esquire Club." We played soul and blues. I think that soul was about the most gratifying music. My bass player went to California to play with Johnny Otis. “I was working out to Boeing and tried to get a leave of absence, but I couldn’t so I quit to go play with Johnny Otis. That was about in ‘67. I was there about five or six months.”

He said Otis played every week, but he wasn’t making enough money to take care of himself there and his family here. “I really didn’t like working with him, to tell the truth. I came back to Wichita, and the Starlight needed a band. I got Johnny Johnson, Jay Miles and Little Robin Murr playing drums. I felt good about myself, because I knew I had experienced something a lot of them hadn’t.” When disco came around he said he opened what he called a “Musician’s Club” at 13th Street and Hydraulic. “Wichita Police called it a speak-easy. A couple times they would come in and take my whiskey and beer. But overall, they didn’t mess with me too much because I was keeping the people off of the street.” Donald said when other clubs closed “they would come down there. It would be capacitated, 135-140. I was charging a dollar on the door. I had a DJ. I ran this from ‘72 ‘til about ‘78. I wasn’t playing at all.” Today he is living a quieter life. However, it wasn’t that long ago that he said he would sure consider a gig if something came along. This article is from Wichita African American Blues Performers: History in Music, based on interviews conducted at the Kansas African American Museum for the Wichita Blues Project, 1996-97. Copyright 2015, Patrick Joseph O’Connor. Most photos in this series were taken by Arthur Kenyon at the Museum, 601 N. Water.

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So, it’s either jumping (which attracts attention) until you can pull it down, or finding a clerk to help. As a professional writer, I was once in an elevator with a high-level government official in our nation’s capital. She greeted me and actually patted me on my head twice as though I were her pet. That was her way of saying “hello” but it sure felt like “there, there.” I didn’t know whether to purr or bark. In my senior years, my major fear is that I will shrink. I seriously cannot afford that. All this made me wonder what my vertically challenged sisters experienced, so I called a short meeting. This is what they had to say: Linda Barrow, a former receptionist and legal administrative assistant “over the age of 60,” recently made a stop at the grocery store after a trip to her gym. Attired in her workout clothes, she was stretching for an item (on a top shelf of course) when another customer came up from behind and said, “Oh my, I thought you were a teenag

er.” She marked that as a compliment and an advantage to being short. Growing up, she never thought of herself as short “until I started getting more vain.” And that’s the point at which she started wearing elevated shoes. She once attended a meeting at which all participants were seated. As she arose, a man walked up to her and said, “You look normal until you stand up.” I would have been tempted to reply, “You look normal until your mouth starts moving.” She’s nicer. “In my senior years,” she says, “I have come to accept that I am vertically challenged and want to make sure that I have plenty of step stools in my life.” Fran Belden, an 80-year-old retired licensed mental health counselor, doesn’t recall having fears about being short. And then she uttered those unbearable words, “but I have shrunk.” Among her experiences? “Dancing with guys more than 6 feet tall tends to be awkward but fun. Car seats are built for guys over 6 feet. Even petite skirts are too long.” Amen, sister. The advantages? “Being short helped me learn to be more assertive

with clerks and butchers behind the counter as they tend not to notice me. This assertiveness,” she adds, “practiced with kindness, also results in co-workers realizing I’m a real person.” And that’s the long and short of it.

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Page 7 What about vertically challenged males, you ask? What about them? All I have to say to them and to all my vertically challenged sisters is: “Onward and upward!” Contact Elvira Crocker at

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Curious about art? There’s a class for that By Amy Geiszler-Jones Being retired doesn’t mean your college days are over. Just ask Martin Eby who takes as many as three or more university classes a semester. For decades, Wichita State University has offered seniors age 60 and older the opportunity to audit classes tuition-free on a space-available basis at the university’s facilities. (Applicable admission and other fees still apply.) Since fall 2015, WSU has been bringing some of those classes to neighborhood senior centers, retirement communities and churches, and is now expanding into other communities including Derby and now Newton. This past fall, Eby took three of the six classes WSU offered outside of its main campus. He learned about the history of McConnell Air Force Base during a class at the Derby Senior Center, about rock and roll – even though he’s not a fan of the music – at Larksfield Place and about Kansas’ sacred places at Westside Baptist Church. Auditing classes means you don’t

get a grade, but you still get the benefit of learning from a university instructor. “I had a good education, but it was a narrow education,” said Eby, 83, who earned a civil engineering degree and ran Eby Construction for decades. “I didn’t have the arts, the history or a broad spectrum of classes.” Now he is learning about those things. While his company had been awarded the contract in 1951 “to build a tent city for officers to shiver in” at McConnell Air Force Base, taking the class on the base’s history allowed him to appreciate the role his company played in that history. When he turned 60, Eby said, he started taking advantage of the Kansas Board of Regents policy that allows seniors to audit classes at WSU. Parking was a bit of a hassle on the main WSU campus, Eby noted. Now he likes going to the off-site locations, in part because he can see “more real estate” and because one of the sites is within walking distance of his home. By going off-site with select classes,

Going back to college Senior citizens interested in taking college-level courses have some free or low-cost options at area institutions: • Wichita State University: Kansas residents 60 and older can audit classes without paying tuition on a space-available basis. Admission and other class-related fees apply. WSU’s off-site senior classes held at neighborhood senior centers, retirement communities and churches, seniors are free, with all fees waived, until Thursday, Feb. 15. Call 316-978-3731 for information. • Butler Community College: Seniors 60 and older who live in

Butler, Marion, Morris, Greenwood and Chase counties can audit or take classes for free at Butler Community College locations in Andover, El Dorado, Marion, McConnell Air Force Base and Rose Hill, along with culinary and hospitality classes at Wichita’s Boston Recreation Center. Students must pay the cost of fees and books. Call 316321-2222 for more information. • Hesston College: Seniors 60 years and older can sit in on any college course for $30 on a space-available basis. For information or to register, call 800-995-2757.

“(WSU) decided to take the classes to the people,” said Kimberly Moore, director of WSU’s workforce, professional and community education program. The facilities provide the space – along with easier parking, she admitted – while WSU provides the instructors and handles the registration and marketing of the classes. WSU also offers another perk with its off-site classes: Seniors can take the classes for free if they enroll by a certain deadline. For the upcoming spring semester, it’s Feb. 15. After Feb. 15, they have to pay applicable admission and other class-related fees, Moore said. The instructors often invite area experts and guest speakers to liven up class discussions. For example, in an upcoming neighborhoods class at Larksfield Place, the course will be taught by Jay Price, WSU’s history department chair, with an assistant curator from Old Cowtown Museum and researchers of local and community history. Other spring semester offerings are a music in film class at Newton’s Asbury Park retirement community,

a geology class at an Oxford Grand community in northwest Wichita, and two classes on literature and journalism in Kansas at the Kansas Masonic Home in west Wichita. This past semester, nearly 370 seniors took advantage of the off-site program, Moore said. Some, like Eby, took multiple classes. “It’s been fascinating to see the responses and the thirst for knowledge that exists among seniors,” she said, explaining that the class offerings are often determined by surveys among participants. “I love that we can provide this service.” Contact Amy Geiszler-Jones at

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How often should I review my estate documents? How do I make changes? The beginning of the year is a good time to take stock of your estate plan. The frequency of review varies widely among individuals as it does lawyers. I have colleagues that recommend an annual review, but I typically recommend you review them every three to five years. Tax law changes are on the horizon and by the time this is printed, the law will likely be different. Also remember that each state has its own rules. If you have relocated to a new state, you will want to determine if changes are in order. As for your estate plan, here is a recommended review list: (1) make sure the agents, attorneys-in-fact, executors, trustees and guardians are still appropriate and that you have a backup in place if the fiduciary cannot serve; (2) confirm

the beneficiaries under your will, trust, accounts or designations (has there been disability, a divorce, a death); (3) determine whether beneficiaries are still appropriate and the amounts you plan to leave; (4) check your plan to determine what happens if a beneficiary (or all of them) predeceases you; and (5) consider your own life changes and whether anything should be addressed. Making changes should be a relatively easy process which usually is a simple phone call to an estate planning attorney. Some documents can be amended while others should be completely replaced. One caution—please do not write on your original will or trust as there are very specific rules about making changes to those documents.

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It's never too late to learn By Rob Howes You are never too old for education. Three older adults at the Adult Learning Center at 17th and Chautauqua have proven it. The Center started life as the Urban League Learning Center at Ninth and Grove. Then it became Dunbar Learning Center on North Cleveland. Originally the program awarded a GED to those who successfully completed the program. After nearly 20 years, it now provides adults the opportunity to return to high school and earn a USD 259 high school diploma. It’s located at the Chester I. Lewis Academic Learning Center. Geraldine Washington, 70, has finished her studies and plans to graduate in the spring at the formal commencement. She had been out of school for 40 years. Washington was known in her family for taking care of everyone. She was a single mother for more than 30 years and supported her children by working in the health care and aircraft industries. She also drove a school bus to make sure her own children went to school. She dropped out of East High when she became pregnant her junior year. Her granddaughter inspired her to finish her high school education. She encouraged her grandmother to do something for herself for a change.

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Janis Jordan, left, Geraldine Washington and James Armstrong are earning their high school diplomas. When she got pregnant in the 10th Geraldine started her educational journey some 10 years ago at the Dun- grade she dropped out of school, but bar Learning Center and stuck with it. she never lost her dream of finishing her high school education. She has now completed all the When someone tells Janis she can’t requirements. do something, she works to prove them Janis Jordan, 58, and her brother, James Armstrong, 60, also are working wrong. She said that coming to Chester on their diplomas. They grew up in Lewis is the highlight of her day. EvHope, Ark. Janis was a housekeeper who raised ery time she is challenged she thinks two boys. She had a learning disability, and her third-grade teacher told her that she would never amount to anything. But with the support of her family and a friend who helped, she overcame that disability.

about the teacher who told her she would never amount to anything. James dropped out of high school in the 11th grade to provide for his family. For 32 years he worked as a USD 259 custodial supervisor As both a custodian and a member of the brotherhood at the greater Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, he has mentored young people and tried to show them a life beyond gangs. Throughout his life, he has stressed the importance of education. He decided to set the example and finish his high school education. He has had the support of family and friends, especially his wife of 35 years. “Your words come back to haunt you,” James said. Earlier this year he got discouraged and said, “I don’t need this.” His children pointed out that was not what he told them. The Learning Center is funded by USD 259, and the diplomas students receive are USD 259 diplomas. This learning center and several others are supported by Simon Malls. Contact Rob Howes at

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because Jefferson was a musician, a violinist.” Buckner has turned 50,000-yearold kauri wood from New Zealand’s kauri forests, among the most ancient trees in the world, to make large pens and small bowls. The magician wands he makes include a sheet with several incantations in Latin. But then there was the 40-pound organ bench (orgelpall). The tale of the bench goes back to 2012 when Buckner made his first of three trips to Sweden with friends. His travels included Uppsala, the fourth largest city. Its cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Uppsala, the primate of Sweden. Buckner was enchanted by both city and cathedral. Begun in the late 13th century and completed in the 15th century, the cathedral was used for the coronations of Swedish monarchs, and its chapels became the resting places of such notables as Gustav Vasa, 16th century

Wood from the old organ bench.

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John Buckner using his lathe.

King of Sweden who reigned during the start of the Swedish Protestant Reformation in 1527. After returning from his third trip to Uppsala in 2015, Buckner started thinking, “Surely there would be a scrap heap of unused wood at the cathedral or at the university.” A former student, Justin Church, planned to visit Sweden and said he would write to some cathedrals and universities in the region. “I explained that (Buckner) had been to Sweden several times and would love to turn something that had a connection to one of his favorite places in Sweden.” The first reply Church got was from the Uppsala Cathedral offering to give him the organ bench. He decided that the bench would be his birthday gift to Buckner. With several renovations of the cathedral, it was hard to know the bench’s age. A new organ for the cathedral’s west gallery was built in the early 1920s, making it unlikely the bench was used after that.

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Although its weight would make it too expensive to ship, Buckner was more interested in the wood itself, Quercus robur, commonly known as English oak, not usually found in North America. Church bought a handsaw and, with the help of a Swedish friend, moved the bench to the cathedral’s courtyard and began to cut it up. Church packed the pieces in a suitcase and returned to the states, opening the treasure in Buckner’s living room shortly before his birthday. “It was the most amazing gift anyone could give me,” he said with his infectious chuckle and broad grin. He plans to use the pieces to make chrism boxes for anointing oil. “I figured it would be a proper use of this hallowed wood.” Buckner sells his creations through various organizations, and he continues to teach woodturning to students from nearby Bethel College, as well as offering workshops throughout the region. He often drives his bright yellow Dodge Nitro to various parks and public places where he sets up his lathe to turn wood.

Work on Uppsala Cathedral in Uppsala, Sweden, “Turning wood on a lathe is instant gratification,” he said. “It gives you the ability to make beautiful, useful things from woods with meaning for people — the tree in the front yard, the window sill from grandma’s house as well as an old organ bench from Sweden’s archiepiscopal cathedral.” Contact Tom Schaefer at

Woodturner makes tops, stops... Pens, spinning tops, bowls, wine bottle stoppers, tree ornaments, wands, door stops and conducting batons, are among the items made by John Buckner. He also makes Scottish spurtles, a 15th-century wooden kitchen tool that is used to stir porridge and broths.

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‘Translator’ simplifies healthcare information By Debbi Elmore Health care can be frustrating, bewildering and overwhelming. As a physician assistant since 2000, Ann Gates watched countless times as patients listened to their healthcare provider and were immediately overtaken by a “deer in the headlights” look, which made it obvious they did not understand what had been said. She also noticed how rarely anyone questioned the doctor. “People don’t ask questions, or if they do, they don’t always understand the answers.” She says that it’s critical for the patient to totally understand what the physician is saying in order to comply with the orders and achieve the best outcome. Ann launched he business, Midwest Healthcare Advocates, so she could help “translate” for the patient. “We are committed to helping our clients and their families make informed healthcare choices,” she says. “We strive to make sure clients have sufficient information, so they can have an empowered voice in their care.”

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At the initial client meeting Ann goes through medications and obtains a health history; then she attends the doctor’s appointments. She sits with the patient in the exam room and takes notes about what the doctor discusses. Later, when she meets with her client, she makes sure that he or she

has a thorough understanding of the treatment plan and medications. “I’m not practicing medicine, but I am an interpreter.” “She’s fantastic,” says Wanda Werner, a client. “It feels comfortable having her there. She takes notes, and it’s reassuring to know she has the medical knowledge she does.” Ann also provides this service for clients in an emergency room or in the hospital. She says she has always enjoyed solving puzzles. As a child, she would take things apart to figure out how they were assembled. Her first degree was in mechanical engineering. She worked as a structural engineer at Cessna and Boeing for 15 years before deciding to do something more. She thought about medical school, but balked at putting her family through seven years of intense education. Instead, she attended the physician assistant program at Wichita State University. She spent the next six years in internal medicine and family practice, and then went to Spirit Aerosystems to work in their occupational

medicine clinic. “Having experience as an engineer in aerospace, it was a perfect fit,” she says. “I knew how stressful their jobs are, so it gave me a greater degree of understanding their health issues.” When her elderly mother developed several chronic conditions, Ann began accompanying her to her medical appointments. In the process, she noticed her mother was not the only patient who didn’t always understand the medical instructions. Wanting to help others, she went to work at an area women’s clinic. Her experience there further underscored the need most people have for someone to decipher instructions and clarify which medications treat which conditions. Those experiences were the impetus for creating her business. Ann says she wants to help clients and their families be involved so they can make informed healthcare decisions. To schedule an appointment, call 316-302-5112. Contact Debbi Elmore at

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New Mark Arts opens Jan. 6 Mark Arts’ new $20 million arts center at 1307 N. Rock Rd. will open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tours of the building will follow the ribbon cutting at 9:45 a.m. Visitors can see nine state-ofthe-art studios. Instructors will give demonstrations in ceramics, culinary, digital arts, drawing, metals, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The winter class quarter starts Monday, Jan. 8; those interested will be able to enroll in classes. The great hall will showcase local vocal and dance groups throughout the day. Its inaugural exhibition, the Mark

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January theatre options By Diana Morton Grab a friend and kick off the new year by attending a live stage production. Forum Theatre at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Words & Music Tribute Concert, The Queen of Gospel: Mahalia Jackson, an international gospel music star. 8 pm Sat, Jan 13, 2 pm Sun, Jan 14. Tickets $23-$25. 316-618-0444 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Yee Haw: Branson or Bust, by popular demand. Followed by a new country music revue. Fri-Sat, Jan 12-Feb 3. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26-$30; show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222. Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E. Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. The Golden Girls; four new episodes starring Tom Frye, Scott Noah, Kyle Vespestad and Monte Wheeler. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm

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Sun, Jan 26-Feb 25. Tickets $20-$30. 316-265-4400 Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore. In WW II Alan Turing broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee German maneuvers. He was later put on trial for breaking another code: being a homosexual. 8 pm Wed-Sat, Jan 24–Feb 4, 2 pm Sun. Tickets $14 or $12 for military/seniors/students. Opening night ticket Jan 24 is $10. 316-686-1282 WSR Signature Theatre, 332 E. First, Scottish Rite Temple. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman. It’s a boisterous, ribald and ultimately devastating story of a psychiatric clinic and its inhabitants. 8 pm Fri-Sat, Jan 19-20, 7 pm Sun, Jan 21. Tickets $10-18. 316-644-7018. Contact Diana Morton at

U.S. Figure Skating will be competing on the ice at Intrust Arena from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 24-28. The 2018 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships is the first competitive synchronized skating qualifying event in Wichita’s history. More than 2,500 skaters in more than 160 teams will compete. Their ages range from 5 to 71 years old. Synchronized skating features teams of up to 20 skaters performing themed routines, lasting less than five minutes and set to music that ranges from Disney classics and Broadway tunes, to jazz, hip-hop and classical. The sport started about 50 years ago, but has only had a national championship event since 1984. As a form of figure skating, synchronized skating is a spectator sport that involves 8-20 skaters performing a routine including several elements, in unison. From circles, wheels, lines and intersections to move elements, creative elements, spins and pair moves, skaters take to the ice for up to four minutes at a time to per-

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Skyliners junior skaters form their choreographed routines. There are more than 550 synchronized skating teams registered with US Figure Skating and more than 5,000 athletes who compete annually for their chance to head to the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, happening in Sweden this year. The top four teams will move on to the championships in Portland, and eventually to a world competition. Tickets are: One-day adults, $25; one-day 60+, $20; one-day 5-21. $15; all events adult, $65; all events 60+, $55; all events student 5-21, $40; under 5 free. They ae available at the arena or Select-a-seat. The arena is at 500 E. Waterman.

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Exercise effective prescription for joint pain From Harvard Medical School Joint pain can rob you of life’s simple pleasures — you may no longer look forward to walking your dog, gardening or chasing a tennis ball across the court. Even the basics of getting through your day, like getting into the car or carrying laundry to the basement, can become sharp reminders of your limitations. But the right exercises, performed properly, can be a long-lasting way to subdue ankle, knee, hip or shoulder


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A new monthly book discussion at Rockwell Branch Library meets at 1 p.m. the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The first is Jan. 10. The discussion topic is The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope J. Stokes. The library is at 5939 E. Ninth.

Genealogy research

The Wichita Genealogical Society wants to help you jump start your research for the new year. Get research tips at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian. Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society Library at 1201 N. Main has several free classes: 1:30 p.m., Jan. 9, Analyzing Photographs; 1 p.m., Jan. 13, DNA - learning our ancestors;


pain. Although it might seem that exercise would aggravate aching joints, this is not the case. Exercise can actually help to relieve joint pain in multiple ways: • It increases the strength and flexibility of the muscles and connective tissue surrounding the joints. When thigh muscles are stronger, for example, they can help support the knee, thus relieving some of the

pressure on that joint. • Exercise relieves stiffness, which itself can be painful. The body is made to move. When not exercised, the tendons, muscles and ligaments quickly shorten and tense up. But exercise — and stretching afterward — can help reduce stiffness and preserve or extend your range of motion. • It boosts production of synovial fluid, the lubricant inside the joints. Synovial fluid helps to bring oxygen and nutrients into joints. Thus, exercise helps keep your joints “well-oiled.”

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• It increases production of natural compounds in the body that help tamp down pain. In other words, without exercise, you are more sensitive to every twinge. With it, you have a measure of natural pain protection. • It helps you keep your weight under control, which can help relieve pressure in weight-bearing joints, such as your hips, knee, and ankles. Harvard Medical School has special health reports on more than 60 health topics. Visit to find reports of interest to you.

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Fan your creative flame with a 3-week Cabin Fever writing workshop at the downtown libraray. To apply, submit one creative piece (up to 20 pages for prose submissions, up to 10 for poetry) with your name and email to Applications are due by Sunday, Jan. 7; participants will be notified by Saturday, Jan. 13. The instructor is Luke Taylor Gilstrap, a writing intructor at Sterling College. The first meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Central Library, 223 S. Main. For information call 261-8590.

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Seniors’ book may be a 1st By Debbi Elmore In what is believed to be the first time in the U.S., members of several senior centers have published a book. Write On is an anthology that was produced under the direction of Starla Criser, a published author who teaches writing classes at the Downtown and Linwood Senior Centers. This is a book of memoirs, short stories and poems, written by 23 authors at the four senior centers operated by Senior Services of Wichita. The anthology was compiled during the summer of 2017. In addition to encouraging budding writers in the senior centers to contribute, the centers also sponsored a contest to design a cover for the book. Gerald McCoy was the winning designer. “This was a project to give these authors a chance to get something published, many for the first time in their life,” Criser says. “Every writer involved submitted something they felt passionate about and should be proud of this accomplishment. There are many collections available, but I don’t know of any other that was written by a group of seniors.” Linwood Center member Tom Elman reflected on what being part of the published book meant to him. “What a wonderful opportunity

Eats, beats at Coutts Museum

Singer Sky Smeed will perform at noon Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Coutts Museum of Art’s monthly Brown Bag Lunch Concert. This is his second stop on his Kansas Tour. Smeed, a native of Chanute, is celebrating Kansas this January and February, with a 20 date tour of the state. He hopes it will become an annual event. Bring your lunch and listen to the music. Admission is free. Water, coffee, tea and some light snacks are provided. The museum is at 110 N. Main in El Dorado.

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our ‘writer’s angel’ (Starla) has given all of us who submitted to the anthology. Those of the 20 plus writers who have never had anything published before are at last part of history. “This piece of work will be out there for all to read...forever. The greatest pleasure for me is to be able to say ‘I know them personally.’ ” The book has been nominated for the National Council on Aging Awards of Excellence for Programs in the categories of Fundraising and the Expressive-Creative Arts. They are available at Linwood Senior Center, 1901 S. Kansas. Paperbacks are $12.95; hardcovers $19.95. Call Starla Criser at 316-393-8195 for more information. Some of the proceeds will go to Senior Services to help the senior centers. Contact Debbi Elmore at

Hike into new year

What better way to start out a new year than with a walk? Join walkers at state and city parks on Monday Jan. 1. The Wichita Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring Take A Hike at 9 a.m. at Pawnee Prairie Park. Meet at the Nature Center off 2725 S. Tyler Rd. A group photo will be taken before the hike. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Other parks sponsoring hikes are Cheney State Park at 10 a.m. and El

Tax season is just around the corner. Now is the time to schedule your appointment with Tax-Aide. By the first week of February that month’s and most of the March appointments are taken. To make an appointment, call the number listed for your preferred site. Preference is given to those with appointments. The sites are open February through April at times and days listed. This year there are two new locations: Andover Senior Center and First United Methodist Church in downtown Wichita. If you’re interested in learning new skills and giving back to your community, AARP is still seeking Tax-Aide volunteers to provide free, in-person tax preparation assistance. Training is provided. Visit and select the “Become a Volunteer” option from the menu.

Sedgwick County sites

Colvin City Hall, 2820 S. Roosevelt, 316-303-8029, 9-2:30 Tuesdays, Wednesdays Derby Senior Center, 611 N. Mulberry, 316-788-0223, 9–3:30 Thursdays, 9-10:30 Fridays Evergreen City Hall, 2700 N. Woodland, 316-303-8042, 9-2:30 Tuesdays-Thursdays First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway (enter off Topeka, door D, NE corner), 316-258-5157, 9–3 Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Haysville Senior Center, 160 E. Karla, Dorado State Park at 1 p.m. Visit

Elizabeth (Betsy) Lea Henry

Henry & Mathewson, P.A. 310 W 205 ••Wichita Wichita 449 N. Central McLeanSte Blvd.

316-201-6868 316-263-7770

Practice focusing on Wills, Trusts, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Estate Planning and Family Law. More than 30 years of practice. “If getting to us is too difficult, I will come to you.”

316-529-5903, 9-2:30 Mondays LaFamilia Senior Center, 841 W. 21st, 316-267-1700, 9–2:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays Linwood Senior Center, 1901 S. Kansas, 316-263-3703, 9–3 Tuesdays, Thursdays Mennonite Church, 2401 N. Woodland, 316-303-804, 9–2 Saturdays Mulvane Senior Citizens Center, 632 E. Mulvane, 316-777-4813, 9-2:30 Thursdays Feb. 15; March 1 & 15; and 9-2, April 5 Northeast Senior Center, 2121 E. 21st, 316-269-4444, 9-2:30 Tuesdays-Thursdays Orchard Park Senior Center, 4808 W. Ninth, 316-942-2293, 9–2 Wednesdays-Fridays Park City Senior Center, 6100 N. Hydraulic, 316-744-1199, 9–2 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays Valley Center Senior Center, First United Methodist Church, 560 N. Park Ave., 316-755-7310 x 109, 9–1 Wednesdays Feb. 14 & 28 and March 14 & 28 Westview Baptist Church, 1325 S. Meridian, 316-943-1725, 9–4 Tuesdays

Butler County sites

Andover Senior Center, 410 Lioba Dr., 316-733-7885, 9:15–noon Mondays, 9:15–5 Wednesdays Augusta Senior Center, 640 Osage, 316-775-1189, 9– 3:15 Thursdays El Dorado Senior Center, 210 E. Second, 316-321-0142, 9–3:15 TuesdaysRose Hill Public Library, 306 N. Rose Hill Rd., 316-776-3013, 9–3 Thursdays Special-Events/First-Day-Hikes Brought to you by Bike Walk Wichita

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Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Tue: 1 pm Bridge, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Mon, Fri: 1 pm Line dancing, Comm Rm. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 2nd & 4th Wed: 2 pm Coloring & Conversation, Sr Center. 3rd Wed: 1:30 pm Book Club, Sr Center. 4th Mon: 6 pm Covered Dish & Program, Rec Center.

BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027

Open Mon-Fri: Coffee, cookies, exercise. Mon: 2 pm Line dancing, chair exercise. Wed: 1:30 pm Canasta. Sat: 8-9:30 am Breakfast, donation. 2nd Fri: 11 am Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Tue: 7 pm Game night, bring snack. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program. 4th Sat: 7 pm Movie Night.

CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot meal, reservations required, games. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 1st Tue: 6 pm Potluck dinner.

Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Thur: 10 am Bible study. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technologybring your device.

DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223

Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. Jan 8: 1 pm Inspiring Women, an account of Eleanor Roosevelt's accomplishments, some you probably don't know about. Multipurpose Rm. Jan 18: 1:30 pm January birthday celebration. Cake, ice cream, bingo, prizes. Sign up by Jan. 17. Jan 23: 6 pm Come roll the dice and have some fun. Teams of 4. Game Rm. $2.

DOWNTOWN New Location: West Side Baptist Church, 304 S Seneca, 267-0197

Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Jan 4: 2-4 pm Writing Craft (new time). The writing process: Prewriting and some basics with Starla Criser. RSVP: 267-0917 Jan 10: 1:30 pm Senior Legal Advisor: Wills. Cathleen Gulledge. Jan 16: 11 am Dining in Delano: Wichita Fish Company. RSVP: 267-0197. Mon: 9:30 am Wanda's exercise; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11am Well rep excercise.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles. Tue, Sat: 1-3 pm Pickleball. $2.

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BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121

CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332

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Sedgwick County Senior Centers GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155

Mon-Fri: 8 am Coffee. Wed: 1-3 pm RSVP work. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: 1 pm Birthday/anniversary celebration.

GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9-9:30 am Exercise. 1st & 4th Tue: 9:30 am-noon Cards. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10 am-4 pm Covered dish, cards, dominoes.

HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903

Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch, exercise. Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot Lunch; Noon Cards. Tue: 12:30 pm; Fri 9 am TX Hold’em. 1st & 3rd Wed: 12:30 pm Bingo. 1st Thu: 10 am Community Classroom. Tue & Thu: 10 am STEPS Last Tue: 6-9 pm Game Night. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday Dinner, Covered Dish. 4th Sat: 8 am Friends & Family Senior Breakfast. RSVP: 529-5903.

KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-0217, 744-1271

3rd Thu: 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting.

LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

Mon-Fri: Dance, exercise, pool, dominoes. 11:30 am-12:15 pm Hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise/Ejercicio. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon: 10 am English Class/Clase de Ingles; 1 pm Line dancing. Tue: 10 am Nutrition class/Clase de nutricion. Thu: 10 am Bingo/loteria. Last Fri: 10 am Music/musica; monthly birthdays.

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

Daily: Walk in the gym, coffee; hot lunch; computers, dominoes, puzzles, pool, book loan. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Yoga. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Zumba. 2nd Tue: 7:30-9:30 am Breakfast, $3. 2nd Wed: 11:30 am Blood pressure checks. 3rd Wed: Noon-1 pm Blood pressure checks. 2nd Thur: 11:45 am KFC potluck. Free. Last Fri: 11:45 Birthday Celebrations.

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444 Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Jan 5: 11:45 am Our Memory. What Is It? (Blood pressure checks before class.) Jan 19: 11:45 am The 411 on Taxes by the Taxpayer Advocate Service; 2-4 pm VIP/ Volunteers Recognition Party. VIP stands for Very Important Person. This party recognizes our volunters of all our programs. Stop by and show your appreciation. 1st Wed: Foot care by Michelle Steinke by appt. 946-0722 (leave message). Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 1 pm Bridge.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 11:30 pm Friendship meals; computers, treadmill. Mon: 12:30 pm Line Dancing. Wed, Fri: 10:30 am Chair exercise.120 am 1st Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 2nd Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers bingo. $1. 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Community bingo. $1. Every Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Every Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread. 1st Sat: 8-10am Breakfast fundraiser. $4.

LINWOOD 1901 S Kansas, 263-3703

Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Jan 8: 2 pm Super Foods for Seniors, tastings included. RSVP by Jan. 4. 263-3703. Jan 12: 10:15 am Organize Yourself in 2018! Find out about new ways of creative organizing from Sandra Schepis. Jan 19 10:15 am Differing Levels of Care With Senior Housing. Learn the differences between indpendent and assisting living and nursing care from David Northcutt. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance; 2:30 pm Belly Dancing for Women. Tue & Thu: 9-11 am Pickleball.

MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222

Regular activities: Open gym, walking, hot lunches, dominoes, cards, pool. Sun: 1-3 pm Quilting. Fri: noon-1:30 pm Sewing. Sat: noon-4:30 pm Classes: sewing, jewelry making. 2nd & 4th Tue: 10 am-noon Blood pressure checks.

MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956

Mon: 7-10 am Coffee, donuts; 11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch; 1-4 pm Cards. Tue, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise class. Tue, Wed: 10 am-3 pm Crafts, quilting. Thu: 9:30-10:30 am Line dancing. 1st Fri: Noon Senior Citizens’ lunch.

Andover Senior Dance, 410 Lioba Dr. 7-10 pm 3rd Mon. 733-4441

Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Jan 9: 11:30 am Lunch Out. Neighbor's Bar & Grill, 2315 W 21st. Jan 12: 11:15 am Tax Tips and Updates from the IRS Tax Payer Advocate. Jan 25: 9 am Breakfast Out: Jimmie's Diner, 2121 N Tyler Rd, #144. Mon, Wed, Fri: Pickleball Tues: Noon Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab. Fri: Noon Open pool tables; Social coloring.

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Dec 12: 11 am Holilday Cookie Exchange. Bring 2 dozen cookies to exhange with others. Holiday music, games. Turn in cookie recipe by Dec 12. RSVP, 744-1199. Dec 14: 2:30 pm Understand your medication, plus a BP clinic. Dec 19: 11 am Christmas Lights Tour in party bus. Holiday snacks, music included. $15. RSVP by Dec 15; call 744-1199. Mon: 6 pm Pitch. Tue: 1 pm Pool. Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise. Fri: 1:30 pm Dance aerobics. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise.

VALLEY CENTER Valley Center FUMC unless otherwise noted. 510 N Park Ave, 755-7335

Mon: 12:30 pm Troopons, clipping coupons for military families; 1:30 Line Dancing. Tue: 10 am Donuts & cards; 6 pm Pitch. Tue-Thu: 10 am WellREP exercise class; 10 walking; noon, lunch. $5. Tue-Fri: 8:30-10:30 am Pickleball, VC Intermediate; noon, lunch. $5. 4th Thu: 11 am Bingo Fri: 11 am Chair Yoga, need yoga mat.


Augusta Sr Center, 640 Osage. Country Jam & Dance, 7-10 pm every other Wednesday of every other month. Donation. Bring covered dish/ snack to share. Info: 755-1060 Derby Sr Center, 611 Mulberry. Commuity dance. 7-9:30 pm: 1st Tue, Honky Tonk Time Band; 3rd Tue, TBA. $3 donation, refreshments. El Dorado Sr Center, 210 E 2nd. 6-10 pm Thus: Dinner 6:30, CD Dance 7. $2 suggested donation, bring covered dish/snack to share. Linwood Golden Age, 1901 S Kansas. 7-9:30 pm Sats: Live music. $3. Goldenrod Golden Age, 1340 S Pattie. 7-9:30 pm Weds: Take 3 or Wildwood Band. $3, refreshments. Minisa Golden Age, 704 W 13th. 7-10 pm Thus: Honky Tonk Time. $3. Info 617-2560. Oaklawn Activity Center cafeteria, 4904 S Clifton. Barn & contra dance, usually 1st Sat. Lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7-9. $5. Info: Orchard Park Golden Age, 4808 W 9th. 7-9:30 pm Fris: Live music. $3, refreshments.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293

Park City Sr Center, 6100 N Hydraulic. 7-10 pm 1st, 3rd Sat, Wildwood Band. $4, bring covered dish or snack. Info: 755-1060 Prairie Wind Dancers: Learn circle, line & folk dances. 2 pm Mons: Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N Clifton. Joyce, 683-1122.

Oaklawn Activity Center, Village Steppers Square Dance, 4904 S Clifton. 7:30-10:30 pm 2nd, 4th Sat. Info: Terry 219.0100 or Gordon 721.6718. Community barn & contra dance, 1st Sat most months; lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7. $5, Westside Steppers Square Dance, Clare Hall, 861 N Socora (one block east of Central & Tyler). 7-9:30 pm 1st, 3rd Sun. Info: David, 992.7820; email: Wichita Solos Square Dance, Dawson UMC, 2741 S Laura. 7:30-10 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Fris. Couples/singles welcome. Info: Curtis,

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Butler County Senior Centers

ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441

BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St

Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Pickleball is played at the Andover Community Center,1008 E. 13th. Daily:11:30 am-noon Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed: Noon-3 pm Pickleball. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tue: Music at lunch; 8:30 am Pickleball. Mon: 12:30 pm Movie Monday. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 11 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Quilt Club; 7-9 Pitch; 5:30-7:30 pm Pickleball (recreation), 7:30-9:30 (competitive) Fri: 9-11 am Pickleball; 11:30 Lunch & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10 am Monthly breakfast.

2nd & 4th Tue: 9 am-4 pm Cards, games, occasional program. Covered dish.

CASSODAY Cassoday Senior Center 133 S. Washington, 620-735-4538

Tue: 10:30 am Round Table. Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise with WSU. 1st Mon: 2 pm Game Day. 3rd Mon: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, BP checks. 4th Fri: 2 pm Movie Matinee.

DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227

Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, lunch, reservation required. $5. 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. 3rd Mon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary covereddish supper, bring own service. Cards. 3rd Sat: 7:00-9:30 am Breakfast. $4.

EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142

AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189

Regular activities: Exercise, cards, dominoes, pool, line dancing, lunch daily at 11:30 am. Mon: 6:30 pm 10-point pitch. Fri: 9:30 am Prize bingo. Every other Wed: 7 pm Live Jam Session. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast. $4 donation. 4th Mon: 5 pm Evening meal. $6 suggested donation, reservations requested.

Sat: 6 pm Cards and games. 3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks.

LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905

Regular activities: Lunch served Mon - Fri. Reservations required by 9 am. Wed: 10 am Exercise class; 1 pm Pinochle. 2nd & 4th Tue: 1 pm Bridge club. 3rd Sun: 11am-1 pm Lunch; Drinks included. $8 donation; adults/$4 children.

ROSE HILL 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170

Regular activities: Wii, pool table, shuffleboard, home-cooked lunch (reservation required). Mon & Wed: 9 am Strong Women Stay Young exercise. Mon: 7 pm Pitch, games. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. Fri: 7 pm Card game. 1st Fri: 11 am Meeting, covered dish. 3rd Fri: Noon Covered dish. 1st Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast.


Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot 317 Main, 776-8999 lunch $3, support groups. Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri Mon: 12:30 Mexican Train dominoes. Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 Line dance; WHITEWATER 6 Prairie Port Seniors. Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. 2nd Tue: noon Potluck, program. 4th Tue: noon Potluck, movie.

Harvey County Centers

BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

1st Sat: 7-9 am Community breakfast. Mon: 7-8 pm Educational film. Tue: 9 am Bible study. Mon - Fri: 7-8:30 am Early bird coffee. Fri: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. 3rd Thu: 7 pm Movie. 4th Thu: 6 pm Potluck supper.

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

Mon & Wed: Games after lunch. Tue & Fri: 9 am Exercise. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Dine out/activity. 3rd Thu: 6 pm Potluck, meeting. 3rd Fri: 12:30 pm Movie in. 3rd Sun: 1:30 pm Movie out. 4th Thu: 7 pm Penny Bingo.

HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099

Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch.

Tue: 8:30 am Coffee hour; 9 am Film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am Health luncheon; noon, program. Reservations by previous Fri. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie night. 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community breakfast. 4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck dinner, program follows.

GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222

Sept 6: 5:15 pm Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention. $3 a session. Sept 14: 5-7 pm Fall Fiesta Fundraiser. Tostadas, music, line dancing for entertainment. By donation Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check. Tue: 1 pm Crafts: handwork. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch/dominoes. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling; 5:15 pm Tai Chi.

Senior Wednesdays

January 3 10 am Wichita Art Mseum. No progam 1:30 pm Water Center. Southeest Kansas current environmntal events. Allison Herring, district environmental administrator. Free January 10 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo. Learn how important crustaceans are to the world. $4 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library, downtown. The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic with Dr. George Dehner. Did it orginate in Kansas? Free January 17 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art. Director Bob Workman talks about how art creates social change, using art from an upcoming exhibit, We the People: American Art of Social Concern. Free

1:30 pm The Kansas African Amerian Museum. Art teacher and well-known artist Verlene Maholmes will discuss African American art. Free; parking tickets validaed. January 24 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Cowboys and Music in Kansas with Orin Friesen, a cowboy, broadcaster, musician and actor. $2 1:30 pm Exploration Place. Designing, Design Build Fly. How do you create an aviation exhibit in the Air Capital? Jan Luth will explain. $4. January 31 10 am Great Plains Nature Center. Out of Ashes by Ken Runson. Descriptions and visual images of the amazing recovery of the Red Hills since the wildfires of the past two springs. 1:30 pm Old Cowtown Museum TBA .$2

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

Mon: 1 pm Games, bingo, wii. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast; 1 pm Line dancing. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. Wed: 9 am Quilting. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party. 1st Thu: 1 pm Paint with Sue. 2nd Thu: noon Potluck luncheon & biz mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. Fri: 3 pm Bible study


Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298. Information: 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www.

Butler County Transit

Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Information: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-2793655. 48-hr notice required.

Harvey County

Transportation reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-6806802. Round-trip: $8 Newton (wheelchair only), $12 Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. AVI to Newton: Tue, 8 am4:30 pm from Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton.

Support Groups, Organizations Find Support groups at To add or correct a listing, call 316-9783566 or 1-800-445-0016. Clubs and Organizations are at www.theactiveage. com, Resources category. For changes call 316-942-5345 or email

Friendship Meals Aging Projects serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties. Reservations are necessary. For locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201. WEEK OF JAN 1 Tue: Ham & beans, potaoes & onions, parslied carrots, plums, cornbread. Wed: Chicken-fried steak, California mash, cream gravy, broccoli, mixed fruit, wheat roll. Thu: Tuna noodle casserole w/peas, combination salad, Mandarin oranges, garlic bread. Fri: Chicken pot pie, cole slaw, peaches, cranberry juice, gingersnap cookie. WEEK OF DEC 8 Mon: Harvest turkey soup, broccoli-carrot-cauliflower-salad, pears, crackers, lemon pudding. Tue: Pork roast w/gravy, sweet potatoes, herbed geen beans, stawberries, wheat. roll. Wed: Cheesy potato & egg bake, parslied carrots, grape juice, pineapple, bran muffin. Thu: Swiss steak, baked potato, spinach, applesauce, spice cake, roll. Fri: Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes & gravey, mixed vegetables, peaches, easy fruit cobbler. WEEK OF JAN 15 Mon: Meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, peas, Mandarin oranges, bread. Tue: Chicken w/set up OR fish w/tarter sauce, tomato soup, cracker, broccoli-raisin salad, apricots. Wed: Beef & noodle casserole, combination salad, pears, cranberry juice, garlic bread. Thu: Creamed chicken over mashed potatoes, pickled beets, peaches, biscuit. Fri: Ham chowder, black-eyed-pea salad, apple slices, crackers, peanut butter cookie. WEEK OF JAN 22 Mon: Salisbury steak OR liver & onions, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, blushing pears. Tue: Ham & egg casserole, parslied carrots, plums, cranberry juice, bran muffin. Wed: Chili, combination salad, peaches, cinnamon roll, crackers. Thu: Italian baked chicken, spinach, green lentil salad, pineapple, garlic bread. Fri: Salmon/tuna bake w/creamy cucumber sauce, cauliflower rice, peas, apricots, wheat bread. WEEK OF JAN 29 Mon: Prairie chicken soup, broccoli, stewed apples, grape juice, wheat bread. Tue: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, combination salad, Mandarin oranges, vanilla pudding, garlic bread. Wed: Turkey roast w/gravy, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, glazed blueberries, roll.

AARP Driver Safety Classes No classes scheduled.

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RestHaven, Beautiful Garden of the Gospels, Lot 42-C-1. Double deck crypt; Bronze headstone w/ vase. Valued over $10,000. Asking $7000. Seller pays transfer fee. Call 316-755-0923. Rest-Haven Garden of Freedom Lot 105-C- 2&3 $3,995 each OBO. Garden of Prayer Lot 125-C-1 $3995 OBO . Seller will pay transfer fees. Call Kaye 316-721-3940. Lakeview Gardens, Garden of Meditation. Two side-by-side spaces, Lot 265A- 5 & 6. Value for both $5,990. Selling together for $5,300. Seller will pay transfer fees. Call 253-569-0076, leave a message with a return contact number. Old Mission Cemetery. 5 side by side plots. Market value $2,080 each will sell $1,200 each. Call 316-207-4777 2 Vaulted Burial Plots with Companion Bronze Headstone. Resthaven Garden of Prayer spaces asking $12,000. Call Josh 316-258-2511.


abcd TECH Quality Tech help to simplify your life. Personalized help with computers, cell phones, printers WIFI & more, call 316.768.7832 F ESTATE SALES F KC ESTATE SALES Complete estate & moving sale services. We can do the sale at your residence or place your items with another sale. Expert pricing, selling & clean-up. Packing & moving services available. Excellent results. Free consultation. Call Carolyn Moshier. 316-634-0040 CUSTOMIZED ESTATE SALES

GREATER PROFITS WITH LESS STRESS Insured with 19 years experience Free Consultations

316-806-7360 Julie

Sale by Gayle Moving, partial or entire estate sales. Experienced and insured. Free consultation. Competitive rates., 316-838-3521 or 316-227-7640

F FIREWOOD F Seasoned split and delivered premium firewood. Premium Oak mix hedge, locust, pecan, hot stove mix. Any quantity. 316-807-8650.

F FOR RENT F Bring Tooth Brush & Clothes. Large Furn. Apt for Rent. All bills paid. Laundry, Garage, Private Ent. Rolling Hills Area. $850.00 316-722-5335


Foot Care in home. Home visit $40.00 Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.

FOOT CARE IN YOUR HOME Cheryl Rosine ~ The Foot Lady ICMT RN

• 316-312-2025 • $40: In-home, Sedgwick & surrounding counties Diabetic, thick toe nails, ingrown & callous care


Restore your antique furniture Quality work at a resonable price! Restore, Refinish, Repair, Cane Pick-up & Delivery FREE estimates & years of expertise

Clark Palmer Furniture Repair

316-250-9533 F GUTTERING F

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Dave’s Improvements Painting—interior/exterior. Doors and windows replaced, grab bars, wheelchair ramps. All general repairs. Guaranteed lowest rates. Senior citizen discount. Lic #7904. 316-312-2177 Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair Doors, trim, decks, ramps, patio covers, fences, siding, flooring. Basements, k itchens and baths. Painting. Honest and depend-able. S enior discounts. Free estimates. 35 years. 316-737-4646.

Leaky Basement Repair

Dirt Installation and Siding Repair

Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461.

Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970 Cowboy Construction Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488


Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New elec tric ser vice. Troubleshooting. Cell 461-2199.

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Snow Removal, Spring & Fall Clean-Up Brock Eastman 316.765.1677 F PAINTING F McCoy Painting 316-516-6443 Do you need any interior or exterior painting done? I’m your man. Free estimates, affordable rates. References available. Painting & Remodeling by Harley Worthey Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team. BBB. 316-648-4478

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Harnessing upsides of stress From Harvard Medical School Changing your mindset doesn’t mean taking a Pollyanna view of the world. The key isn’t to deny stress, but to recognize and acknowledge it — and then to find the upside. A full-throttle fight-or-flight response is not the only possible reaction to stress (at least when the stress does not involve a potentially life-threatening situation). In people with a more stress-hardy mindset, the stress response is often tempered by the challenge response, which accounts for the so-called excite-and-delight experience that some people have in stressful situations, such as skydiving. Like the typical stress response, the challenge response also affects the

MEDICAL cardiovascular system, but instead of constricting blood vessels and ramping up inflammation in anticipation of wounds, it allows for maximum blood flow, much like exercise. Another modification to the stress response is called tend-and-befriend. It explains why, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the 2016 massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando or the more recent mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music concert, people felt the need to reach out to friends and relatives in the community — to assure themselves that loved

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ones were all right and to comfort the distressed or bereaved. Connecting in this way actually helps reduce stress as opposed to, say, watching endless TV coverage. That’s because tend-and-befriend also involves different balances of hormones—in particular, increased levels of oxytocin, which enhances bonding between a mother and child or between sexual partners, for example. It makes the brain’s reward centers more responsive to social contact, and it’s an important part of resilience. Dialing back from full-on fightor-flight can be simply a matter of changing your mindset. Studies have shown that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does — by as much as one-third. How can you shift your mindset? The book, The Upside of Stress, by Kelly McGonigal gives multiple ideas: • When you notice a racing heart before you give a speech or initiate a tough conversation, realize your body is trying to give you more energy. Capitalize on that. • If you’re feeling nervous, pause to ask why. Is it because you’re doing something that matters to you and

therefore reinforces your values and gives meaning to your life. • Don’t deny the stress, but redirect your energy away from it and toward the task at hand. • If you’re feeling overwhelmed with work or cares, try doing some small act of kindness for someone and note the mental reward you reap. • Nurture your social networks. Caring creates resilience. • Try to focus on the larger purpose of whatever you’re doing. When you’re stuck in a traffic jam taking your daughter to school, remember that it’s because you love her and want her to get a good education. Whatever you’re doing, don’t pretend that stress doesn’t exist. People who deny it tend to isolate themselves and reinforce their fears. Instead, ask yourself why you’re experiencing this stress and look for any positive aspects to it. Are you learning something from it? Are you gaining strength? Are you connecting with people on a more fundamental level? Do you feel more intensely alive? Harvard Medical School has special health reports on more than 60 health topics. Visit to find reports of interest to you.


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Assistance dogs provide help, love By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? My sister, who’s 58, has multiple sclerosis and I’m wondering if an assistance dog could help make her life a little easier. Inquiring Sister Dear Inquiring For people with disabilities and some medical conditions, assistant dogs can be fantastic help, not to mention they provide great companionship and an invaluable sense of security. While most people are familiar with guide dogs that help people who are blind or visually impaired, there are also a variety of assistance dogs trained to help people with physical disabilities, hearing loss and various medical conditions.

Assistance dogs are highly trained canine specialists – usually Golden and Labrador Retrievers or German Shepherds. They know approximately 40 to 50 commands, are amazingly well-behaved and calm. They are permitted to go anywhere the public is allowed. Types of assistance dogs and what they can help with: Service dogs help people with physical disabilities due to multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, chronic arthritis or other disabling conditions. They perform tasks their owner has trouble doing, such as carrying or retrieving items, picking up dropped items, opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off,

assisting with dressing and undressing, helping with balance, household chores and more. Guide dogs are for the blind and visually impaired. to help their owner get around safely by avoiding obstacles, stopping at curbs and steps, negotiating traffic and more. Hearing dogs can alert their owner to specific sounds such as ringing telephones, doorbells, alarm clocks, microwave or oven timers, smoke alarms, approaching sirens, crying babies or when someone calls out their name. Seizure alert/response dogs serve people with epilepsy or other seizure disorders. They can recognize the signs that their owner is going to have a seizure and provide advance warning so he or she can get to a safe place or take medication to prevent or lessen its severity. They are trained to retrieve medications and use a pre-programmed phone to call for help. These dogs can also be trained to help people with diabetes, panic attacks and various other conditions. Finding a Dog Assistance Dogs International

provides a listing of about 65 programs in the United States on their website: After you locate a few, find out the types of training dogs they offer, the areas they serve, if they have a waiting list and what upfront costs will be involved. Some groups offer dogs for free, some ask for donations and some charge thousands of dollars. To get an assistance dog, your sister will need to show proof of her disability, which her physician can provide, and she’ll have to complete an application and go through an interview process. She will also need to stay at the training facility for a week or two so she can get familiar with her dog and get training on how to handle it. It’s important to understand that assistance dogs are not for everybody. They require time, money and care that your sister or some other friend or family member must be able and willing to provide. Send your questions to Jim Miller, Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit

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