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We have, as usual, a pretty terrific and jam-packed issue for you this month. The big event is the cover/ centerspread piece on “Finding Love (& Marriage) After 50.” We chose a dazzling prism of color to illustrate falling in love, as that’s how so many describe the feeling. Being lonely is like living in a black-and-white world, while finding the lid that fits your pot releases prisms of Technicolor™. We salute the four couples profiled in the feature and only regret that others who initially contacted us decided later against going public with their search methods and results. But know
there are many out there still searching for love, even at our age. Especially at our age. Good luck to all of you. But the issue isn’t all the gooey sweetness of dating seniors. We also tell you where to find FREE MEDICAL CARE when you need it (including EYE care), call attention to a novel way to treat arthritis, explain why hydration is important to Those Of Us 50+, and we get very specific about the rights and benefits under MEDICARE HOME HEALTH CARE. We cover QUARANTINES, identity theft, one cause of unexpected SUNBURN, and GYMS. Then we profile “Dusty” Graham, learn how to quit cooking, have a great lunch at a Vietnamese place, look in on the LEFTOVERS, bring you some puzzles, a calendar of events, and let’s not forget the GOLD PAGES. And there’s more! Whew, I’m tired. TheBestOfTimesNews.com
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free or low-cost health care may be only a click away
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration offers a free website (www.ask.hrsa.gov/pc) which allows individuals to search for free or low-cost health care clinics by state and city. Federally-funded health center care is available, even for those who have no health insurance. Payment is based on what the person can afford, based on income. Health centers provide checkups, treatment during illness, care during pregnancy, immunizations and checkups for children, dental care, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse care if needed. Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas.
Don’t Lose Sight of Your Independence
EyeCare America’s new promotional campaign, “Don’t Lose Sight of Your Independence,” will run through August 31. This program provides a comprehensive eye exam and care for any disease detected in the initial visit for up to one year, at no out-of-pocket cost, for seniors who are without an ophthalmologist (a medical eye doctor). To see if you, a loved one or a friend, 65 and older, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, call 1-800-222-EYES (3937), available 24 hours, 7 days a week, year round.
Louisiana Drivers rank 37th in the nation on National Drivers Test
Results from the 2009 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test rank Louisiana drivers 37th in the nation for their driving knowledge. Louisiana drivers had an average score of 75.3% (70% or higher is required to pass the test); 28.4% of Louisiana respondents failed the test. In 2008, the state ranked 44th. To take the test go to gmacinsurance.com.
The Social Security Board of Trustees recently released its annual report on the financial health of the Social Security Trust Funds. The Trustees project that program costs will exceed tax revenues in 2016, one year sooner than projected in last year’s report. The combined assets of the Old-Age and Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds will be exhausted in 2037, four years sooner than projected last year. The worsening of the long-range outlook for the Social Security program is due primarily to the recent economic downturn and faster reductions in mortality than previously assumed.
Lack of Middle Name or Initial on Airline Reservations May Spell Trouble The Transportation Security Administration recently instituted the first phase of its new Secure Flight program, in which TSA will take over from the airlines the task of matching passengers names against the government’s terror watch list. This means that all passengers must now make airline reservations using their full name (including middle name or initial) as it appears on the government-issued ID (passport or driver’s license) they will show at the airport. Beginning in August, passengers must also provide their birth date and gender when booking a flight. The new rules are supposed to reduce the number of people who are questioned because their name is similar to one on the terror list.
Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Now Law
On June 22 the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law. The law allows the FDA to reduce nicotine in tobacco products, ban candy flavorings and block labels such “low tar” and “light.” Tobacco companies also will be required to cover their cartons with large graphic warnings. The historic action is expected to save lives, reduce health care costs, and help reduce heart and lung diseases, cancer, and other tobacco-related illnesses which kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. TheBestOfTimesNews.com
Area Centenarians Honored
WK QUICK CARE RECEIVES URGENT CARE DESIGNATION
WK Quick Care has been awarded “Certified Urgent Care” designation from the Urgent Care Association of America for both its Shreveport and Bossier locations. To achieve this designation, Quick Care was required to meet established criteria that affirm its centers are true urgent care centers designed to fill the gap between hospital emergency departments and physician offices. The designation demonstrates Quick Care’s ability to provide patients with access to appropriate levels of care and to provide it in a setting that offers walk-in, extended-hour medical attention with board certified physicians for a large scope of medical conditions. Quick Care now offers expedited registration with Zip Pass, allowing patients to register online at www.wkquickcare.com.
PAULETTE HARVEY ELECTED DISTRICT 50 TOASTMASTER’S INTERNATIONAL GOVERNOR
The Caddo Council on Aging hosted a Centenarian Celebration Event on Tuesday, June 9 at the Randle T. Moore Senior Center located in Shreveport. Eight-one seniors from in Caddo, Bossier and Webster parishes of Louisiana who were 100 or older were invited to attend this event with 16 attending. They were Belva Allen, Frances Bolt, Early Godfrey, Tony Greco, Sammie L. Holt, Veran Jones, Janie McCoy, Garner Pottor, Pearl Roediger, Dr. Joseph Shavin, Alphonse Smith, Lilla Smith, Annie Spencer, Beatrice Thomas, Ray Tiner, and Mississippi Winn. The oldest attendee was Mrs. Mississippi Winn of Shreveport at the age of 112.
Distinguished Toastmaster, Paulette Santoro Harvey, of Bossier City was elected to the top leadership position, District 50 Governor, for Toastmasters International. Ms. Harvey, an employee if the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, has the distinction of being elected the first Toastmaster from Eastern Division to achieve this high office.
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New Era in hepatitis c treatment
For patients with the most common form of hepatitis C, the addition of a hepatitis C–specific protease inhibitor called telaprevir to the current standard therapy may significantly improve the chances of being cured, and it does it in half the time of standard therapy alone, according to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
gum disease may help rheumatoid arthritis sufferers Treating
People, suffering from gum disease and a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis, reduced their arthritic pain, number of swollen joints and the degree of morning stiffness when they cured their dental problems, report researchers in the Journal of Periodontology. It was found that when patients with a severe kind of active rheumatoid arthritis eliminated infection and inflammation in the gums, they reported improvement on the signs and symptoms of that disease.
vaccine shows promise against advanced melanoma
A vaccine for advanced melanoma has shown improved response rates and progression-free survival for patients when combined with the immunotherapy drug, Interleukin2, according to researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
For some, virtual colonoscopy may be just as good
CT colonography, a less invasive option to colonoscopy, is an effective way to detect colon cancer in people who have an elevated risk of the disease because of family history or a personal history of colon polyps, new research has found. However, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that CT colonography (also known as “virtual colonoscopy”) is less effective at correctly identifying colon cancers in people who’ve had a positive fecal occult blood test, which means they have blood in their stool. A positive FOBT is a strong indicator that cancer might be present.
A blood test for triglycerides - a wellknown cardiovascular disease risk factor - may allow doctors to predict which patients with diabetes are more likely to develop the serious, common complication of neuropathy. In a study in the journal Diabetes, data revealed that if a patient had elevated triglycerides, he or she was significantly more likely to experience worsening neuropathy over a period of one year. Other factors, such as higher levels of other fats in the blood or of blood glucose, did not turn out to be significant. With a readily available predictor for nerve damage – triglycerides are measured as part of routine blood testing – doctors and patients can take pro-active steps while interventions can do some good. People can reduce blood triglyceride levels with the same measures that reduce cholesterol levels: by avoiding harmful fats in the diet and exercising regularly.
Severe sleep-related breathing disorders in older men appear to be associated with a greater risk of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In addition, different types of breathing problems appear more closely associated with different categories of arrhythmia.
Women More Likely to Experience Non-traditional Stroke Symptoms Each year, 800,000 Americans experience a stroke. It is the leading cause of serious disability and the third leading cause of death. But in women, doctors and bystanders should be paying attention to something else. The traditional stroke symptoms are well known and include a sudden onset of numbness or weakness on one side of the body,
trouble talking, loss of vision, or coordination problems. The non-traditional symptom that stood out among women was altered mental status, meaning confusion, disorientation or a loss of consciousness. Researchers state that the differences in symptoms may have consequences if slow recognition of stroke signs cause a delay in seeking medical attention and delay in treatment.
less frequent social activity linked to more rapid loss of motor function in older adults Loss of muscle strength, speed and dexterity is a common consequence of aging and a well-established risk factor f or death, disability and dementia. Yet little is known about how and why motor decline occurs when it is not a symptom of disease. Now, researchers have found that, among the elderly, less frequent participation in so-
cial activities is associated with a more rapid decline in motor function - a more than 40% increased risk of death and a more than 65% increased risk of developing disability. These data raise the possibility that social engagement can slow motor function decline and possibly delay adverse health outcomes from such decline (Archives of Internal Medicine).
New Strategy eyed for aids treatment
A radical new therapy could improve treatment of people with HIV-AIDS by destroying the viruses circulating in the body as well as those hiding in immune system cells, according to a new study. A team of American and Canadian researchers have high hopes for a combination of targeted chemotherapy and whatâ€™s known as highly ac-
tive anti-retroviral (HAART) treatments. When HIV viruses hide in immune cells, the researchers explained, existing HAART treatments canâ€™t reach them. But the study identified where HIV hides in immune cells and the â€œstealthâ€? mechanisms that enable the virus to elude existing treatments. This finding could lead to new therapies that are different than current treatments, they said.
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Heartburn meds may lead to bone breaks Older patients may have to pass on the heartburn drugs to spare their bones from fractures according. According to a presentation at this yearâ€™s Digestive Disease Week 2009, use of popular acidreducing heartburn drugs may raise the risk of hip fractures. The increased risks appeared two years after patients started taking proton pump inhibitors such as Prevacid and histamine-2 receptor antagonists, or H2RAs, such as Zantac and Tagamet. Other proton pump inhibitors include popular brands such as Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, and Aciphex. The study suggests long-term use of proton pump inhibitors - for at least five years - may raise the risk of hip fractures. Researchers advise patients taking acid blockers to continue treatment at the lowest effective dose, but people at risk of osteoporosis should talk to their doctor about other treatment options The Best Of Times
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Healthy Fats support brain and body functions
Foods rich in certain omega-3 fats called EPA and DHA can reduce cardiovascular disease, improve your mood and help prevent dementia. The best sources for the EPA and DHA omega-3 fats are fatty fish such salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and some cold water fish oil supplements. Additionally, these healthy fats help trigger the rapid transfer of “I’m full” signals to your brain, according to the National Institutes of Health.
fish oil supplements + aerobic exercise linked to weight loss
In overweight patients, fish oil supplements and regular aerobic exercise reduced body fat and improved cardiovascular and metabolic health, according to the results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Volunteers took six grams of fish oil daily and worked out three times a week. After 12 weeks, they’d lost an average of 3.4 pounds, while those who exercised exclusively saw minimal shrinkage.
licorice gargle reduces sore throat pain after surgery
Gargling with a licorice solution can help reduce postoperative sore throat, including pain on swallowing - a common and painful complication of anesthesia in patients undergoing surgery, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). In addition, patients who used the licorice gargle were less likely to develop postoperative cough: 10%, compared to 30% of patients who gargled with water. There were no side effects of the licorice gargle.
Invite cabbage to your next BBQ
Cabbage isn’t just a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals. It also has anthocyanins, which help keep hearts healthy. And cabbage even has special phytochemicals that may protect against both prostate and breast cancer. Add fermentation and you end up with even more health benefits, thanks to the cancer-halting, inflammation-cooling, and immune-system-boosting probiotics that fermenting creates. (RealAge.com tip)
Our bodies need water more than food, sleep or even exercise to stay active. Water cushions and lubricates brain and joint tissue, and helps regulate body temperature. So this summer, stay hydrated! • Have a beverage that you enjoy with every meal and snack. • Don’t exclusively rely on thirst. As we age, our bodies lose the ability to detect thirst. Also, certain medications can cause dehydration. • Eat more fruits and vegetables. Most fruits have 80 to 90% water content. • Use the color of your urine as a guide. If the color is light yellow or clear, you’re drinking enough fluids. If it is dark yellow, you need to drink more. (MRC)
Grapefruit Juice Boosts Drug’s Anti-Cancer Effects
For decades, pharmacists have pasted Do-NotTake-With-Grapefruit-Juice stickers on various pill bottles because it can interfere with the enzymes that break down and eliminate certain drugs which makes the drugs more potent. In a small, early clinical trial, researchers examining ways to exploit this property at the University of Chicago Medical Center have found that combining grapefruit juice with the drug rapamycin can increase drug levels, allowing lower doses of the drug to be given, and that the combination can be effective in treating various types of cancer. Some patients did experience elevated blood sugar levels, diarrhea, low white blood cell counts or fatigue.
eating Meat Not Tied to Breast Cancer in Older Women
Eating meat doesnâ€™t increase postmenopausal womenâ€™s risk for breast cancer. Researchers analyzed data on 120,755 older American women, including the types of food the women ate, how often they ate certain foods and how they prepared their meat. During eight years of follow-up, about 3% of the women developed breast cancer. The researchers found no evidence that the amount of red or white meat consumed or meat-
cooking methods (such as cooking at high temperature when meat is grilled or broiled) was associated with increased breast cancer risk. (published in the International Journal of Cancer)
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Medicare’s Home Health Care Benefit
Sometimes, people with Medicare need medical care at home. You may have just been discharged from the hospital; or perhaps you’re dealing with a flare-up of a chronic ailment. Medicare covers care and treatment in your home if you meet specific criteria: • First, your doctor must certify that you are homebound, and that home care is medically necessary. Homebound means that it requires considerable and taxing effort for you to leave your home. For example, you are homebound if you need crutches,
a walker, a wheelchair or help from another person to leave your home. • Second, you must need skilled nursing care on a parttime (less than eight hours a day) or intermittent basis (as little as once every 60 days to as much as daily, for three week periods, if there is a predictable end to your need for care) and/or you need skilled therapy services (physical, speech, occupational therapy). Skilled nursing services are those services that can only be performed safely and effectively by a licensed nurse. Tube feedings, catheter chang-
es, management and evaluation of a patient’s care plan are examples of skilled nursing. If you need only occupational therapy, you will not qualify for the Medicare home health benefit. However, if you qualify for Medicare coverage of home health care on another basis, you can also get occupational therapy. • Third, you must have a plan of care approved by a doctor. • Fourth, you receive your care from a Medicare-certified home health agency (HHA). Medicare’s home health benefit pays in full for skilled nursing services. Medicare will cover the full cost of physical, speech and occupational therapy in your home to maintain your condition and prevent you from getting worse (you do not need to have the potential to improve to receive these services). The costs of a home health aide are covered in full only if
you are also receiving skilled nursing services in your home. A home health aide provides personal care services, such as help with bathing, dressing and using the toilet. If you require only personal care, you do not qualify for the Medicare home health care benefit. Medicare will also cover in full the cost of medical social services (such as counseling) that help you with social and emotional concerns related to your illness; certain medical supplies (wound dressings, for example) used by the Medicare-certified home health agency; and evaluations by a skilled nurse or therapist. The Medicare home health care benefit covers 80% of the Medicare-approved amount for some “durable medical equipment,” such as a wheelchair or walker. There are some home care services that are not covered by Medicare’s home health care benefit. These include 24-hour care at home, homemaker or custodial care services (housekeeping services such as cooking, shopping and doing
laundry) unless they are part of other home health aide personal care services you receive if you need skilled nursing and/or skilled therapy, or meals delivered to your home. To get most prescription drugs covered, you need to join a Medicare private drug plan (Part D). If you are eligible for home health care benefits, a Medicare-certified home health agency will draw up a plan of care that describes the types of services that will be provided, how often you need those services, and for how long. A doctor must then approve the plan, which covers up to 60 days of care. At the end of the 60 days, the HHA, with approval from your doctor, can draw up a new plan of care as long as you continue to qualify for the Medicare home health benefit. To learn more about what is covered under Medicareâ€™s home health care benefit, go to Medicare Interactive Counselor at www.medicareinteractive.org. Medicare Interactive Counselor is a resource provided by the Medicare Rights Center, the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare.
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Skin Cancer Screening, Medicare Reimbursement, and Hospital Discharge
Dear Marci, I get sunburned very easily and have been getting screened for skin cancer since I was young. I will be eligible for Medicare this summer, and I would like to know if Medicare will cover these screenings. --Olivia
Dear Olivia, No, Medicare will not cover screenings for skin cancer. If, however, you see a suspiciouslooking mole, you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Medicare will cover a diagnostic doctor’s visit and any diagnostic tests your doctor considers medically necessary. You may be able to find a doctor who will give you a free skin cancer screening by visiting the American Academy of Dermatology’s website (www.
aad.org/public/exams/screenings/index.html). ~Marci Dear Marci, When I see my doctor, must I pay first and then get Medicare to reimburse me? --Harvey Dear Harvey, It depends on your doctor and on whether your doctor accepts Medicare’s payment as payment in full (this is known as “accepting assignment”). If your doctor accepts assignment: he or she can ask you to pay only the 20% coinsurance (50% for mental health services) up front (and your Part B deductible if you have not yet reached it—$135 in 2009). Your doctor files the
claims, and Medicare pays the doctor directly. If your doctor does NOT accept assignment: your doctor may ask you to pay the full amount for services in advance and charge you up to 15% more than Medicare’s approved amount under federal law (balance billing). Some states have stricter limits on what your doctor can charge you. Medicare will reimburse you directly for its part of the bill (80% of Medicare’s approved amount for most medical services; 50% for mental health services). ~Marci Dear Marci, The hospital my father is staying in wants to discharge
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him. He feels that he is not ready to leave and that they want him to leave too soon. Is there anything we can do? --Natalia Dear Natalia, If your father feels he is being asked to leave the hospital before he is well enough to go, he can ask for an immediate (expedited) independent review of his case. It is a good idea to ask a doctor (treating physician would be best) for support. Before being discharged, your father should receive a notice called an “Important Message from Medicare” that describes his rights as a patient as well as how to request an immediate review. (If he was in the hospital for more than a couple of days, he should have received this same document within two days of being admitted to the hospital.) If your father makes his formal request within the proper timeframe - by midnight on the day he is supposed to be
discharged - the hospital cannot force him to leave before a decision has been reached. He should be able to stay in the hospital for a few extra days at no charge while his case is being reviewed. Even if it is decided that your father does not need to stay in the hospital, he cannot be charged for any care he receives until noon of the next calendar day after he receives the review decision. ~Marci Marci’s Medicare Answers is a service of the Medicare Rights Center, the nation’s largest independent source of information and assistance for people with Medicare. To speak with a counselor, call (800) 333-4114. To subscribe to “Dear Marci,” MRC’s free educational e-newsletter, simply e-mail dearmarci@ medicarerights.org. To learn more, log on to Medicare Interactive Counselor at at www. medicareinteractive.org.
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Depression, extreme sadness Confused thinking, difficulty concentrating Hallucinations; hearing voices Misuse of alcohol or medications Disorientation Numerous unexplained physical ailments Difficulties coping with daily living Excessive fears, anxieties or suspiciousness July 2009
By Lee ARonson, an attorney
with Legal Services of North Louisiana one part of the swine flu media coverage that I did find interQuarantine: esting. In one foreign Keep Out! country, I forget which but I sure am glad that I don’t live there, the government I probably shouldn’t be actually started quarantining writing this. That’s because people. So I wanted to know I don’t want to be a fear if that could happen here in monger. So let me start out America. If the government by being very clear: I think became influenced by swine the chances of you or me flu hysteria and thought that dying from swine flu are I might have swine flu, could slim to none. Despite all the they lock me up? In the story recent hype about global I heard about, the foreign pandemics, this is not the country was forcing people end of the world. The sky into isolation at a hotel. Could is not falling. I don’t think it happen here? swine flu is something the Well, Louisiana does have a average American needs to few different quarantine laws. be worried about. One of these laws deals with That being said, there was people who have Tuberculo-
sis. Another deals with those affected by venereal disease. And another of these laws, which are referred to as commitment laws, deal with people who suffer from mental illness or substance abuse. These commitment laws give patients some basic rights that prevent them from arbitrarily being locked up against their will. For example, the mental health commitment law allows the government to lock someone up in a psychiatric hospital against their will only after the patient has actually been examined by a doctor. And the doctor must find that the patient is suffering from a mental illness that causes the patient to be either a danger to himself, a danger to others, or to be “gravely disabled” and that the patient is either unwilling or unable to seek voluntary treatment. And if the patient is to be detained against his will for more than 72 hours, then a second doctor must actually examine the patient and give a second opinion. But in 2003, Louisiana passed an additional quarantine law that didn’t apply to just people suffering from tuberculosis, venereal disease, mental illness or substance abuse. This law, known as the Louisiana Health Emergency Powers Act, allows for “isolation and quarantine by the least restrictive means necessary to prevent the spread of a contagious or possibly contagious disease to others.” But this law doesn’t have many specifics nor many patient protections. The statute merely goes on to state “Individuals may be subjected to temporary isolation without notice, but only when that meets the test of being the lease TheBestOfTimesNews.com
restrictive means necessary. All actions regarding isolation and quarantine shall receive priority on the dockets of the specified state judicial district courts. Those in isolation or quarantine shall be entitled to adequate communication with family and counsel.” Can a person be forced into quarantine without first being examined by a doctor? The law doesn’t say. In fact, the law doesn’t even say that you have to be sick in order to be locked up. Nor does it say for how long you can locked up. All of these details (and many others) were supposed to be addressed in a State “plan for responding to a public health emergency.” And for reasons that are beyond me, the law gave the responsibility for this plan to the subcommittee on Chemical and Biological Terrorism of the Homeland and Security Advisory Council, which is part of
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the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. But when I contacted that office, a spokeswoman was unable to provide me with plan because she couldn’t find it. I don’t think she was sure that the plan even existed. Now I still don’t think you need to be worried about swine flu. Nor do I think you need to spend one second worrying that you will be quarantined. But if we are going to have these laws on the books, then they ought to be well thought out and with enough detail so that they balance our freedoms as American citizens as well as giving the government authority to do what is reasonable and necessary to protect the health and safety of its citizens. Lee Aronson’s practice areas include consumer protection law, housing law and health care law.
By Jason Alderman, director of Visa’s financial education programs
cially devastating people are vicHard Times ways timized is identity Embolden theft, where someone steals your personal Identity information and uses Thieves it to open accounts, take out loans, make Unfortunately, as people purchases or rent an apartment, become increasingly desper- among other offenses. It might take months to ate during tough economic times, crime rates rise. What’s discover you’ve been hit and worse – those being targeted by then you could be out are often in dire financial thousands of dollars and have severely damaged credit – not straits themselves. One of the most finan- to mention having to spend
hundreds of hours sorting it all out. Here are a few precautions you can take to protect your personal identity: Think “low-tech.” Surprisingly, although high-tech crimes like computer hacking get more publicity, old-fashioned thievery accounts for the vast majority of identity thefts. Watch out for: • Pickpockets targeting your wallet, purse, checkbook and credit or debit cards. • Intercepted mail containing checks or personal information to and from banks, government agencies, retailers, medical providers or insurers. Some thieves even fill out change-of-address cards to redirect your mail, so pay attention when expected bills or correspondence don’t arrive. • People rifling through your trash. Always shred sensitive paperwork – and never leave purchase receipts behind at the store. • Strangers (and even personal acquaintances) who have access to your home or workplace – always lock up sensitive information. • People who “shoulder surf” while you enter passwords at ATMs or retail card machines. Always shield the keypad. Sound the alert. Keep handy phone numbers you can call to quickly report lost debit or credit cards or checks; also program them into your cell phone in case you’re away from home. In addition, if you are a victim of identity theft contact the three major credit bureaus and ask them to place fraud alerts on your files: They are Equifax (www.equifax.com, 888766-0008), Experian (www.experian.com, 888-397-3742) and TransUnion (www. transunion.com, 800-680-7289). To monitor your credit and spot errors or fraudulent activity, order one free credit report per year from each of the three bureaus at www.annualcreditreport.com. Each bureau tracks slightly different information, so it’s a good idea to stagger ordering reports from each throughout the year. Say no to “phishing.” Be suspicious of realistic-looking emails – supposedly from trusted sources – that ask you to supply or confirm account information, log-in IDs TheBestOfTimesNews.com
or passwords. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will never ask you to verify sensitive information by email. When in doubt, contact the organization yourself: Never click on the link provided within the email – it could take you to a copycat website capable of infecting your computer. The same advice applies to phone callers purporting to represent companies with which you do business: Before verifying or supplying any private information, call the main information number yourself (it’s usually toll-free) and verify that the call was legitimate. The Security and Exchange Commission’s Web site, www.sec. gov/investor/pubs/phishing.htm, discusses how to spot and avoid phishers. These are only a few of the precautions you should routinely take to protect your personal information. For more tips, visit Practical Money Skills for Life, a free personal financial management site sponsored by Visa Inc. (www. practicalmoneyskills.com/security). Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs. Sign up for his free monthly e-Newsletter at www.practicalmoneyskills. com/newsletter.
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author of “The 24-hour Pharmacist” the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun Many or tanning beds. It hapMedicines pened to me, luckily Spark Nasty just on the top of my hands and I can tell Sunburns you the burning pain of it, and associated pins and needles sensation Dear Pharmacist, I just started taking “dox- rendered me out of writing ycycline” for acne. The commission for two days. Photosensitive reactions prescription label says to “avoid prolonged exposure are very unpredictable. Some to sunlight” and the guys people get severe sunburns and in my apartment are razz- brown splotches in their skin, ing me because I won’t some get redness, tenderness, play tennis with them any- a rash, hives, or other types of more. My room mate says inflammation (such as swelling he took doxycycline before or generalized pain), while othgoing on a cruise and noth- ers, like your goading buddy, ing happened to him. He experience no reaction whatsobet me $100 to go outside ever. Some skin reactions are for an hour, to show me permanent. Also, just because that I won’t get a sunburn you do not have a problem reaction. Should I? CN, with medication now, doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing every Gainesville, Florida Don’t take the bet because time you take it. See why I told if you lose, you lose big time. you not to take the bet?! There are hundreds of other Only you, not your room mate, run the risk of turning offender drugs, here are some into a blistering red-faced relatively common ones: • Antibiotics: Sulfa drugs, Gator. Photosensitivity is a fairly common skin reaction tetracycline, doxycycline, cipthat is sparked by taking rofloxacin and nitrofurantoin • Antidepressants and medicine that interacts with
anti-anxiety meds: Elavil, Norpramin, Sinequan, Effexor, Zoloft, Remeron and Xanax • Accutane and Retin A used to improve skin • Allergy meds: Zyrtec, Benadryl, Claritin • Blood pressure pills: Capoten, Vasotec, Accupril, Altace, diltiazem, nifedipine • Diabetic drugs: Glipizide, glyburide, tolbutamide, glimepiride • Birth control pills or menopausal drugs • Statin cholesterol drugs: Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor • Diuretics: HCTZ or furosemide • Anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs: Ibuprofen, naproxen and prescribed agents If you are taking a medication that causes photosensitivity, please plan ahead by using sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats as well as clothing that covers you up well. If you happen to get a mild reaction, and it’s a small area, try applying aloe right from the plant. You can also rub pure essential oil of lavender on it. This almost instantly relieves the pain and speeds healing. Make a cool compress with a few drops of lavender oil in it, or a compress with baking soda to help take the sting out of the burn. You can bathe in oatmeal (Aveeno bath packets) or apply a pain-relieving spray like Solarcaine or Dermoplast. Did You Know? Cooking with fresh rosemary herb could very well protect against breast cancer and reduce inflammation. This info is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose your condition. Visit www.DearPharmacist.com. ©2008 Suzy Cohen, R.Ph. Distributed by Dear Pharmacist, Inc.
BY Al Bolton,
member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association Here’s a glance back at our July records. Our hottest July temperature of record was 107°. It was recorded four times - on the 16th and 17th in 1875, on the 13th in 1901, and on the 31st in 1998. The coolest temperature of record was 58° on the 7th in 1922. The wettest was indeed a soaker...25.45 inches in 1933. Are you making plans for July? The average daily normal high temperature is 93°. The average daily normal low temperature is 72°. Last July our hottest temperature was 103° on the 27th. It was one of four 100°+ days. The others were 102° on the 28th, 100° on the 29th and 100° on the 31st. The lowest temperature was 64° on the first. It was a very dry month. The official rainfall measurement was only 1.1 inches.
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When thunderstorms are in the area, always remain alert. Here are a few lightning safety tips to a keep in mind. Go indoors if at all possible. Don’t seek shelter under a tree. Don’t be the highest object around, that is, don’t stay on a hilltop, in an open field, or on a boat. Get off of motorcycles, bicycles, farm and construction equipment. Don’t get near wire fences as they might conduct electricity to you from a distance. Don’t use golf clubs or other metal objects. A severe thunderstorm watch means that there is a possibility of one or more severe thunderstorms developing within a designated area. A severe thunderstorm warning means that a thunderstorm has reached severe intensity and is capable of producing very heavy rain, strong winds, hail and the possibility of a tornado. The outline of a severe thunderstorm watch area is shown on television weather broadcasts, as is a tornado watch area.
By mirabai holland, M.F.A., www.MovingFree.com
With all these exercises, remember to exhale on the exertion. Simple In a matter of a few Summer weeks you should feel Shape-Up your body getting stronger and see it get shapelier. Warm-up by taking a 10Summer is one of the best times to jumpstart an minute walk. By the tenth exercise program. You can minute it should be brisk enjoy the weather while you enough for you to just barely carry on a conversation. get into shape. Stop at a wall, Here are 5 easy exa tree or a fence, ercises to tone you up; and do these 5 exno equipment necesercises: two for sary. Try doing them your upper body every other day. For and three for your the first three, start lower. off with 8 reps and build up to 16. For Standing Pushthe last 2 (isometric ups: Stand facing exercises) hold for a surface, with 10 seconds and build legs hip width up to 30 seconds.
apart and place hands shoulder width apart. Keeping your body straight, lower yourself down to the surface and then push back upright again. Muscles Worked: Chest, Triceps, and Shoulders Calf Raises: Face surface and hold on for balance. With feet together pointing straight ahead, slowly lift your body up on to your toes, while tightening calf, abs and buttocks muscles. Then slowly lower yourself back down again. Muscles worked: calves, abs, and buttocks. Squats: Face surface, legs hip with apart. Hold on for balance. Shift weight back into heels. Keeping back straight, abs pulled in; gently bend at the knees and squat to about a 90-degree angle. Hold for a moment, then, using just your leg muscles, return to an upright position. Muscles worked: Front of thigh (Quads), Back of thigh, (Hamstrings) Buttocks, Abs. Wall Sit: Stand against surface for back support. Holding on as needed for balance, slide down to a sitting position against wall, knees at about a 90-degree angle. Pull your abs in and
hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Muscles worked: Thighs and Abs. Upper Back Squeeze: Stand with your back to the surface, feet shoulder width apart. Place hands behind you on surface. Straighten your arms behind you and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Muscles worked: Back, Shoulders, Back of arms (Triceps). Mirabai Holland M.F.A. is one of the leading authorities in the Health & Fitness industry, and public health activist who specializing in preventive and rehabilitative exercise for people. Her Moving FreeÂŽ approach to exercise is designed to provide a movement experience so pleasant it doesnâ€™t feel like work. www.easyexercisevideos.com
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By Amanda Newton When you were in your teens and 20s, dating was probably pretty easy. People expected you to date. Your friends knew lots of single people to introduce you to and there always seemed to be opportunities to meet singles your age in fun and safe places.
So what happens now that you find yourself single in your 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s?
Is dating out of the question? And if not, how in the world do you go about finding someone to date? To answer the first question; no, dating is not at all out of the question. Whether you find yourself single due to divorce or the death of a spouse, dating is still a very viable option for you. If it is something that you want to do, then, by all means, put yourself back out into the dating game. The second question is a bit more complex. Finding someone to date or have a relationship with as an older single is not quite as easy as dating was during your school days. That is not to say it is impossible, but rather, it takes a bit of effort, some thinking outside the box, and maybe a bit of luck, too. Lynda Herzog-Pope was a “very young” 55 when she placed an ad in the Shreveport Times personals 14 years ago. At the time, the personals were free for those wanting to place ads and Herzog-Pope figured it was a safe way to meet potential suitors. She made a three minute recording that men could call and listen to. If they were interested, they could pay to leave a recording of their own for her to retrieve. The header for her ad read “Young for 50ish.” It pays to be honest when posting an ad of this type, or a profile on a dating site, and Herzog-Pope was. “I had said I was high maintenance, a social butterfly and a fashion freak,” she recalled. She received a total of 114 replies and promptly wrote up a 100 question survey of things she wanted to know about these men before she met them. Based on their survey responses and a phone call to hear their voices, she ended up meeting 20 of them in person.
Then, she went back and listened to the response left by the last person to respond to her ad. “His voice was so inviting and professional,” she said. “He had lost his wife three months prior to the day he saw my ad. He was looking in the car ads and his eyes somehow just went to the personal ads. He had been married 24 years and his wife, prior to her death, had been ill 10 years. I thought he sounded like a very devoted and loyal person.” The Best Of Times
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(Continued from previous page) After calling up the man Herzog-Pope now refers to as “The Pope,” they talked for three hours and she agreed to meet him. She had a friend drop her off at a local restaurant. Soon, a man walked in and caught Herzog-Pope’s eye. “Over leg of lamb we sat there and talked until we closed the place,” she said. “That is how it started. We have been married for 13 years and not apart since we met. When we fell in love it was almost at first sight.” Herzog-Pope and “The Pope” dated almost a year before marrying. She “had been married many times before” but has now found lasting love - and through the personal ads no less. “I could never get past the seven year mark with any marriage but I have almost doubled it with him. He is the end - the living end. I just wish everyone the same luck I had or that fate treats them so well.” Back when Herzog-Pope was using the newspaper personal ads, internet dating was not yet available. Today this option can be very useful for single seniors wishing to meet new people. Internet dating is what brought Shreveport residents Bob and Wilma Hicks together, despite the fact they were separated by about 2,000 miles when they first “met.” Bob, 79, was divorced and living in Santa Rosa, Calif. He had been on one dating site that was “ungoverned and had lots of wild stuff on it.” He quickly extracted himself from that site and found Christian Singles Dating, a site that was “a real clean operation. The least little thing and they will boot you right off the site, which I appreciated very much.” Meanwhile, in December of 2002, Wilma, 74, was widowed and living in Shreveport. A friend mentioned that several people she knew had used Christian Singles Dating and she helped Wilma set up a profile. It wasn’t more than a few weeks before her profile caught 2828June July July 2009 2009 2009
Internet dating is no longer viewed as an unusual way to find love or a suitable partner. As more and more single seniors enter the world of on-line dating, several sites are working hard to tailor their services to this growing demographic. As with anything, there are pros and cons to on-line dating. One of the main benefits to on-line dating is the large number of potential dates and future partners available. Sometimes, just knowing there are so many people in the same boat as you are is reassuring. There are free sites available for singles, but the fees charged by the specialized dating sites are relatively low. Some even offer money back guarantees if they are unable to match you successfully with someone within a certain time frame. By reading the profiles other single seniors post on dating sites, you get a good idea of not only their interests and lifestyles, but also their communication style. You get this kind of peak into the personalities of others before you even
speak with them or meet them. Lastly, and one of the main benefits of on-line dating services, is that communicating through e-mail is a safe, non-threatening way to get to know someone. If you do click with someone, then by the time the first meeting occurs, you know enough about each other to avoid that awkwardness that many people go through on first dates. There are, of course, a few drawbacks to on-line dating. If you go into it knowing that there are a few things to watch for, then your experience has a better chance of being pleasant. While there are free sites for people to post on-line dating ads, be aware that these sites may often contain the ads of people who would be weeded out by sites with a fee and strict screening process. Also, a married person who doesn’t want their spouse to see a charge for a fee-based site would be most likely to post on a free site. If you are living on a strict budget, the fees for some of the more reputable sites can be off-putting. You are often able to view several profiles on a site before joining, so carefully read and examine a site before you relinquish your credit card number. Be fully informed about all the fees involved and the rules of the site. Find out if your membership will be automatically renewed. If so, that means you will be automatically charged a fee again. Also, make sure you know how to go about cancelling your membership and if there is any type of refund available. TheBestOfTimesNews.com
Finally, just as people occasionally lie in their daily life in order to make themselves sound and look better, people will do the same on-line. The photo some people post might have been taken 10 years ago. They might also pad their accomplishments a bit or embellish when it comes to their social life. If you go into on-line dating aware that what sounds too good to be true usually is - and really, that is true with everything - then you are more likely to spot the less than honest posters and zero in on the ones who portray themselves in an honest manner.
Three Online Dating Sites That Do a Good Job of Marketing to Seniors:
Match.com has more than 15 million members and is one of the largest general interest dating sites on the Internet. Match.com reports that people 50 and older represent its fastest growing user segment. Match.com allows you to restrict your search to people in a specific age group. It is free to post a profile, browse the site, and search for matches. If you decide to contact one of the people who have posted a profile, you will need to pay a membership fee. There are a number of membership packages available and a basic one-month subscription is $29.99. Senior Friend Finder has nearly 500,000 members and claims to be the largest senior dating service on the Internet. Standard membership in Senior Friend Finder is free and allows you to post your profile, access chat The Best Of Times
rooms, have limited use of search tools, and gives you the ability to respond to 10 e-mails from interested members every 24 hours. If you choose to upgrade to a premium membership, you will gain unlimited communication, technical support and advanced search tools. The premium memberships average between $20 and $25 a month. eHarmony sets itself apart from other sites by using a scientific approach to matching people. eHarmony has 15 million registered members. You begin by filling out a 436-question relationship questionnaire that focuses on 29 key dimensions of compatibility. These dimensions are divided into core traits such as character, intellect and humor. Once eHarmony matches you with people of likely compatibility, you can choose guided communication or open communication. With guided communication, eHarmony walks you through the initial communication process. It is free to fill out the eHarmony questionnaire, receive your personality profile, and be matched up with prospective partners. You pay when and if you want to communicate with any of your matches. eHarmony offers four subscription rates: $59.95 for one month, $110.85 for three months, 173.70 for six months, and $251.40 for 12 months. The subscription is auto-renewed on all four rates and charged to your credit card at each new billing period until you cancel your membership.
Bob’s eye and he sent her a virtual bouquet. They began e-mailing back and forth and then Bob asked for her phone number and they began calling each other, some of the conversations lasting two or three hours. After two months, Bob said he would like to come out to Shreveport to meet Wilma. She reserved a motel room for him and they met at the Flying J. “I don’t think either of us was a bit nervous,” Wilma said. “When you get this age you don’t get too nervous over things like that.” The visit was apparently a good one because Bob told Wilma his trips would be more frequent. “I told her that I would most likely not let more than two
weeks go by that I was not here to see her,” Bob said. “We courted for six months and saw each other every two weeks, at the most every three weeks. I thought it was the best if I traveled, but she did come out (to California) with her son and her sister.” About five months after their first in-person meeting, the question was popped and the couple celebrated their sixth anniversary this year. Friends and family had some mixed emotions at first about the couple marrying after meeting on the internet. “There was general approval, but some disapproval,” Bob said. “I think a lot of times people remember the instances where there have been bad results from people meeting on the internet then planning to get married,” Wilma said “I have two sons and they were a little frightened for my sake and said I didn’t know anything about this man. They didn’t realize he and I had really been truthful with each other. We had really tried to be detailed in our life with each other before we decided to get married.” “It was not as if we were total strangers,” Bob said. “At least that’s how I felt. We were very up front and honest. And our ages kind of dictated that…I think all the game playing that people might do in their teens or twenties - that is out the window. At least it was as far as I was concerned. And remember, it was a Christian site.” Both Hicks think people’s ideas about internet dating have July 2009
Finding love after 50 (continued) changed over the years as more people become familiar with the concept. “I would hasten to say, along the way when we have had occasion to visit with people about this, I have always suggested to them to always to be cautious, especially the women,” Bob said. “I think we were both cautious.” While internet was very successful for the Hicks, it doesn’t work for everyone. LaMerle Rupe, 56, has tried internet dating for over six months without any success. After not meeting anyone for several years, she decided to give eHarmony, a popular dating site, a try but has not been pleased with the experience. “I went ahead and signed up and sent them payment,” Rupe said. “I started talking to people on the computer. I would get to talking to somebody and about the time I would get to know them, I would get a message that they had been dropped. No explanation; they had been dropped from eHarmony. Communication would shut off. I couldn’t get to touch with them and they couldn’t get in touch with me.” Rupe paid about $300 to use eHarmony and said she does not plan to give them another cent. Even though she has seen several people’s profiles on Match.com, another dating site, that she likes, she has decided not to put any more money into the endeavor. Rupe has been divorced for over 20 years and said it is very difficult to find suitable people to date. As a homebound teacher,
a teacher who teaches students too sick to attend school, she has limited contact with people during her work week. She is a member of her church’s singles group and goes out with them once a week. Still, she doesn’t feel that she has a safe way to meet new people, she said. According to Matt Day, who runs the singles group at Broadmoor Baptist Church, that is a common problem for the people in his group. “The goal of our singles group is not for people to meet and date, but for them to meet each other and connect with each other,” he said. “The hardest thing for senior singles, and even younger singles, is to find a safe place to meet other singles. Of course, some people do meet at church and in fact, I met my wife at church.” Rupe is looking for some-
one at this point that she can be friends with and marriage is not what is on her mind now. “As a homebound teacher I have days that are bad because those kids are in bad situations and it affects me more than I want to think about,” she said. “I am looking for somebody I can be a friend to - someone that I won’t mind picking up the phone and calling if I have had a bad day and I just need to talk.” If a friend of hers was thinking of computer dating, Rupe said she would steer them away from it. But she
hasn’t given up on finding the right person. “I will just leave it up to the fates. It will get better.” The fates certainly played a part in Jonnie Marshall’s
current happiness. Marshall’s first love, her boyfriend when they were both 17 years old, is now back in her life. When he was abruptly sent off to college at LSU, the relation-
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ship pretty much ended. Marshall enrolled in nursing school here in Shreveport and later served as a cadet nurse at Centenary during World War II. He was drafted into the Navy but did send her an engagement ring in the mail. “I told him it
lives. Marshall, 83, raised a daughter and worked up until about 6 years ago as a nurse. Two years ago, Marshall had been widowed for 14 years when John Jackson, her teen love, came back into her life. “Women can live by themselves,” she said. “I was accustomed to my life; did my charity work, traveled and spent a lot of time with my grandchild. I was happy with my life.” Jackson, who still lives in their hometown of Winnfield, had kept in touch through mutual friends with Marshall and began courting her again. “We have a good relationship,” she said. “It is nice to have
was too small and he got another and sent it back, thinking I was talking about the size and I was talking about the diamond,” she recalled with a laugh. She still has the ring. Both eventually married other people and lived happy
someone to take you out. It is a very relaxed atmosphere - very easy going.” Although Jackson wants to get married, Marshall said she is very happy with the way things are now. They have a lot of fun together and have gotten to know each others’ families. If a friend in a similar situation asked for her advice, Marshall has some at the ready. “I would tell them if they found the right person that they could have fun with (to go out with them), but not just to go out to take up slack in their time. They could devote their time
Finding love after 50 (Conclusion) in some other way unless it is a special person.” Apparently Jackson is a really special person. For senior singles, especially those who have lost a spouse, the fear that their dating might upset their children or grandchildren might hold them back. It really shouldn’t. In fact, Marshall’s daughter, Margaret John, couldn’t be happier about her mother’s relationship with Jackson. “I think it is wonderful,” John said. “It doesn’t take the place of my father, but it gives my mother someone she can feel comfortable with to do things with. I don’t see it as a replacement; I just see it as something that is good and healthy for her. It keeps her young.” The relationship has benefits for John’s son as well. “He will go to my son’s ball games which is good because both of my husband’s parents are dead, so my son really doesn’t have a grandfather. He is like a surrogate grandfather.” Most adult children want their parents to have a full life of their own. John sees her mother’s new relationship as a great way for that to happen. “It gives her an outlet besides me. Since I am an only child, it gives her another way to go and have fun. Then we can talk about the good times she had. It gives her something apart from me and my family to add to the conversation - another dimension to her life.” Sheri Davidson, MSW, LCSW, has a local practice and specializes in aging and care giving. She said the biggest challenge facing senior singles is that they haven’t
been out in the dating game in a very long time. These singles want to meet people but wonder how you go about that and how you know who is safe. Both the death of a spouse and a divorce bring about challenges for the newly single. “Being a widow or widower is a difficult issue but also very common,” she said. “With the loss of a spouse, there is a lot of grieving that goes on and that makes it difficult to know whether it is alright (to date). I think there are some conflicted issues about that.” Davidson said we have been taught to think of marriage being to one person and being forever. For some people, if they lose their life partner, they might feel that dating again is a betrayal of that person who has passed away.
Also, the grieving process used to be something that a person did for the rest of their life. If you think you are supposed to grieve forever, it can be hard to accept that you have a desire to become social again. There are guilt issues that must be dealt with. Women tend to live much longer than men and it is not uncommon to lose a spouse in ones 60s and continue to be widowed for 20 or 30 years.. “Very often, what I will say to a patient is ‘What do you think your husband or your wife would want for you. If you are going to live another 15 or 20 years, do you think that they would want you to be isolated and alone?’ Usually the answer to that is no.”
Companionship and socialization are very important in mental health, Davidson added. You don’t want to let an older person become isolated. “If you stop interacting with people, you essentially stop using your brain, which puts you at great risk for dementia,” she said. Senior singles who choose to re-enter the dating game are people who want
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a full life, she said. They do not necessarily want to remarry, but not necessarily for the reasons people think. Sometimes it is an economic issue. If you remarry, you give up the benefits a spouse might have had and that is not always an economically wise thing to do. One thing Davidson wants all people to understand is that older people still have a sexual life and still have sexual activity. It is, she said, a very important human experience. “Having a sex life past the age of 60 is not at all unusual. It changes, but is still a very important part of their life. Elderly sex is a very vital part of moving on with your life.” “The thing that comes with that that is most concerning to me in dating and sexual activity after the loss of a spouse is, for some reason, older
people don’t think about the necessity of safe sex,” she cautioned. “Safe sex is very important. Not because you are going to get pregnant. That is not going to happen, of course. The fact is the elderly population is a very high percentage of those who are contracting STDs, including AIDS. It is merely because we haven’t really educated the elderly public and nobody is talking to them about the fact they can get all of the same things that younger people can get if they have sex.” Safe sex is something you have to do throughout your lifetime, Davidson said. It is important to ask any potential partner if they have had other partners, and if they have been checked and tested. Although it is horrifying to many older people, they must visit their doctor and find out what they need to do to have safe and protected sex. “A lot of doctors are uncomfortable with this,” Davidson said. “We have made it such a taboo that we don’t even allow the ideas of older people having sex, much less being concerned with the same things younger people are. Older people so often can’t imagine that the person they are going to be having a relationship with could have contracted a disease, and, of course, they can.” Ultimately, if a person can get past the initial grief after the loss of a spouse, they will find themselves feeling open to the idea of dating again. “Generally, if you have been in a relationship and it has been a good relationship, you have expectations of being able to love again,” Davidson said. Have you got a story? Share it with us! Editor.Calligas@gmail.com
Staying in shape is a great way to save money. The healthier you are, the lower your medical bills and medication bills. If you want to get back into a fitness regimen, or if you are an exercise newbie, there are many gyms and fitness centers in the area which offer special rates or programs tailored for seniors. Remember, if you are beginning a new fitness program after years of inactivity, or you are thinking of trying a more strenuous exercise program than what you are used to, be sure and clear it with your doctor first.
WHEN home-made workouts just don’t do it. ABC Fitness Offers seniors a discounted rate of $25 a month plus tax. Contracts are available for one or two years. 8967 Greenwood Rd, Greenwood (318) 938-5330 Anytime Fitness For members 55 years of age or older, there is a 10% discount on membership fees. Some locations offer seniors half-off enrollment and availability of personal trainers. 5212 Airline Dr # E, Bossier City (318) 549-1247 2091 Stockwell Rd, Bossier City (318) 752-6650 4970 Barksdale Blvd # 900, Bossier City / (318) 746-1886 9250 Ellerbe Rd, Shreveport (318) 677-2600 Christus Schumpert Wellness Offers a senior rate to people 60 and older. A six month contract is $217.79 and a $100 enrollment fee. A 12 month contract is $411.37 and the enrollment fee is waived. Monthly payments can be electronically drawn from your bank account. Enrollment includes an initial free assessment, an explanation of cardio exercise opportunities and an explanation of the weight machines. 2541 Viking Dr, Bossier City (318) 848-2900 34
Curves Offers women a 30 minute workout that includes strength training, cardio and stretching. Curves participates in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. 5510 Airline Dr # 103, Bossier City (318)742-2693 2034 Highway 80, Haughton (318) 949-3131 9464 Mansfield Rd # A1, Shreveport (318) 686-7920 3000 N Market St # 186, Shreveport (318) 670-2005 1903 Benton Rd # C, Bossier City (318) 752-9906 5300 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City (318) 841-2878 1409 E 70th St # 101A, Shreveport (318) 629-2222 Drew Le Blanc’s Elite Fitness Participates in the Humana Sterling program (similar to SilverSneakers). 9025 Mansfield Rd, Shreveport (318) 688-7714 Element Fitness Participates in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. 990 Quail Creek Rd, Shreveport (318) 861-3535 Femme Unique Offers a discount to senior women 50 years and older. A 3 month plan is $105, a 6 month plan is $160, and a one year plan is $217. There are “Super Senior” TheBestOfTimesNews.com
classes offered each week. 2369 Airline Dr, Bossier City / (318) 747-4653
Fit Nation Participates in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. A trainer will walk new members through circuit training, strength training and aerobic programs. 1701 Old Minden Rd. Bossier City / (318) 741-2494 Fitness Lady Offers a discount to senior women. The enrollment fee is $99, but is discounted by 50% when you show your AARP card. The monthly rate is $40. They offer water aerobics and hydraulic weight machines. 1700 Old Minden Rd #180 Bossier City / (318) 747-1897 Fitness World Offers a senior rate to those 60 and older. The rate is $34 a month and the enrollment fee is $45, but is often waived for seniors (ask to have it waived). Enrollment includes 5 sessions with a trainer. Water aerobics are offered. 1450 E. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport (318) 524-0000 Plex Fitness Center Participates in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. 2015 Meriwether Rd, Shreveport / (318) 687-2582 Ron Dunigan’s Fitness Offers a senior discount to those 62 and older. There
is no enrollment fee and the senior monthly rate is $27. Three sessions with a personal trainer are included when you sign up for a membership. 1453 E Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport (318) 798-6064
Willis-Knighton Fitness & Wellness Centers For those 60 and older, the enrollment fee is $95. The monthly senior fee is $35. Members of Willis-Knighton Fitness and Wellness Centers can use any of the four area locations. Water aerobics classes are offered and chair aerobics classes are also offered. Chair aerobics is a program with a slower pace that includes both cardio and hand weight exercises. 2450 Hospital Dr, Bossier City / (318) 212-7475 9130 Susan Dr, Shreveport (318) 212-5475 8001 Youree Drive, Shreveport / (318) 212-3475 2474 Greenwood Rd, Shreveport / (318) 212-4475 YMCA Seniors 65 and older get a special senior rate of $37 a month. There is a $30 enrollment fee. Water aerobics are offered. Memberships can be utilized at both area YMCA locations with fitness facilities. 215 Carroll St., Shreveport (318) 674-9635 400 McNeill St., Shreveport / (318) 674-9622
In the list above, several of the businesses are listed as participating in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. It is available at no additional cost to individuals who belong to participating Medicare health plans or Medicare Supplement carriers. When you enroll in SilverSneakers, you receive a free basic membership at a local participating fitness center with access to all amenities available in regular memberships. If you belong to a Medicare health plan that offers SilverSneakers, you can enroll in the program by visiting a participating fitness center with your health plan membership ID card. Just tell the person at the front desk you want to enroll in SilverSneakers and start getting fit at no cost to you. Now that is a deal! --A.N. The Best Of Times
After her retirement from the telecommunications industry, Dustine “Dusty” Graham had earned the right to put up her feet and relax. Of course, that is not what she has done. Sitting around is not really in her nature. A few years ago Graham was reading the local paper and saw an ad for people to serve as extras in the film “Factory Girl.” Graham, 64, thought that sounded like something that might be fun. That resulted in her first of almost 30 jobs as a movie extra. The local movie industry has kept Graham pretty busy in her retirement, although there was a time during that first movie when she wondered what she had gotten
herself into. “After my first day, one of the young extras came up to me and said, ‘They offered me $150 to do a nude scene,’ and I kind of froze,” she recalled. “I asked if he did it and he said no, it was an orgy scene. I thought I probably wouldn’t call the relatives to brag about being in this movie. When it came out, and by then I had a pretty good idea of what it was about, I was at the premiere and there was a reporter from the “Shreveport Times” who wanted to interview extras. I put my hoodie over my head and ran out.” She said she has gotten over that initial embarrassment she felt when she worked Rrated type movies. In fact, after working as an extra in “Harold
and Kumar 2: Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” a movie that made it clear it set out to offend everyone; she proudly shocked a policeman at the movie theater. “My girlfriend and I, who is about my age, the first day the movie came out we had to go see it to see if we were in it,” Graham said. “When we got to the theater there was a policeman on each door and one of the policeman said, ‘I think you have the wrong theater.’ We looked up and said, no, this is “Harold and Kumar.” He asked if we knew about this movie. We said, yes, and my friend said that we were in itin the nude pool party scene. The policeman just kind of stopped and my girlfriend told him she was kidding about the scene, but that we were in the movie. We were probably the only two people over 40 in the entire theater.” Graham feels that everybody who wants to work as an extra should do it, but she doesn’t want to make extra work sound glamorous. Nor does she want it to sound terrible either. “For every time I have had to use a nasty outhouse and provide my own toilet paper, the next job was working in resort type ac-
commodations, so it balances out,” she said. Also, she says one of the reasons she has worked on almost 30 films is that casting companies know when they call her she will show up on time and won’t complain about working conditions. “I know it is a day or two and I will get a paycheck,” she said. “It is a job. Fifty percent of the movies I worked in, I ended up on the cutting room floor.” The film work doesn’t make her rich, but it does bring in a little fun money. She worked on “The Mist” for three and a half weeks of long days. That paycheck enabled her to rent a condo in Florida for a trip with her four grandchildren and bought her a little piece of jewelry, she said. Her next big trip is a bit more adventurous and one she is really excited about. For their 40th wedding anniversary, the Grahams are going to Cost Rica for two weeks. They visited almost 15 years ago and vowed to go back. The trip won’t be a highly planned tour excursion; rather they will hit the roads of Costa Rica alone in a rented car. “We will drive all over the country by ourselves,” she
said. “That is how we always vacation. We spend the majority of our money on a rental car so no matter where we are, we can go see everything that we want see and go everywhere we want to go. Because of our limited vacation budget, we know that we will probably go every place just one time. When we leave, we don’t want to say we missed something.” Sounds like the ideal way to travel for Graham, who said, “You have to have some adventure in your soul.” Graham’s proudest accomplishment is her family and she says her passion in life is people. The two often seem to go hand in hand, with her helping both family and friends get through the rough spots in life. “Right now I am not involved in any group charity activity,” she said. “I feel like it is important that you give back, and the way I am giving back right now is by helping my friends. If they are having a problem, I don’t care what I am doing, I am going to take the time to sit down and listen. I don’t always give advice because I think most people just need somebody to listen to them. Part of my work before I retired was benefits. So I help my friends with their benefit problems, like why their insurance is denying a claim, etc. I kind of consider that my charity and it satisfies my need to give back.” Graham is helping raise her oldest son’s two daughters and while it is not something every retired grandmother might choose, Graham seems to think of it as a blessing. It wasn’t always easy, though. When her oldest granddaughter came to live with her, Graham was still working full-time, sometimes 60 hours a week. I little girl, a demanding job and menopause were a lot The Best Of Times
to deal with, Graham said. “It finally dawned on me that I didn’t have to work 60 hours a week and others wanted that overtime,” she said. “My priority was raising a little girl. When I started getting my priorities straight, it wasn’t a problem anymore.” While still in the workforce and raising a little girl, Graham saw several co-workers going through similar experiences. The difference between her and others though, was pretty profound. “I had a couple of acquaintances at work that basically had the same thing happen to them. All the sudden they had a grandchild they had to raise, either because of drugs, or children in jail, or because their kids just had more children than they could support. They were too embarrassed to reach out for support. I was pretty good about reaching out for help.” Graham said a lot of older people don’t want to admit their own child is not raising their child and they have to do it for them. They are embarrassed because they feel they must have done something wrong and fear that everybody will look at them as a failure as a mother, she added. Graham wishes they didn’t have these feelings. She said there is help out there for grandparents who find themselves in these situations. If the shame they felt was removed, she thinks more of them would reach out for the help. Graham is extremely close to her oldest granddaughter and tells her she is like the daughter she never had. This summer, she is looking forward to spending lots of time with all four of her grandchildren and maybe doing a little more movie work, too. It’s a busy schedule and that is just how Graham likes it. July 2009
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As we’ve discussed here before, there are certain foods that create a craving. Once you give them a try you discover that you want to do that again. And again. Until there you are, “addicted” to Indian food, Chinese buffet, Tex-Mex, Southern “comfort” foods, spicy Cajun, cheeseburgers, or, in this case, Vietnamese. So it was a recent Sunday noontime, that I checked my dipstick and found that I was a quart low of Phở, the sensational soups of Southeast Asia. Tina, your favorite editor, is also so addicted and has a favorite place to supply her needs. We rounded up the usual lunch bunch and retired to Danh’s Garden Asian Noodle House for a Phở-down. Danh’s is an unassuming place in a nondescript strip mall along Youree Drive (you’ve driven by it a thousand times). It’s tidy inside
and out, and the welcome is warm and sincere. A very good sign: There are Asians eating here. The lady who so smilingly greeted us as we arrived turned out to be Lu, one of the most efficient and solicitous of any wait staff anywhere. With satisfyingly prompt service, our table soon was groaning under huge servings of classic Viet and Thaì dishes. Of special note: In addition to the fresh, beautifully prepared food with intriguingly exotic boundaries, I also enjoyed one of the most unusual sessions of “background music” ever. There he was, in full-throated glory, Frank Sinatra singing about Chicago, following numbers by Prez Prado, Brenda Lee, The Broadway Cast of “The Pajama Game,” and others obscure and ear-catching. It was like “America’s Top 40 of 1960,” as programmed by Dr. Demento’s dad. Seriously, even if slightly too loud, the wry-free music (it’s not intended as some sort of a cute gimmick) is worth stopping by for Spring Rolls. Speaking of Spring Rolls, we got four containing lettuce, noodles and succulent shrimp for $5.95, with a delicious peanut dipping sauce. Four svelte Egg Rolls for the same price, with a sweet chili sauce, were crispier-than-usual delights. Great tooth appeal. The menu is quite ambitious, covering a wide range of Asian cuisines, but the Vietnamese
side of their interests is where their greatness meets the day. My suggestion is to bring the ladies to lunch at this Phở case, (as seen in the photos above). The soups can be anything from creamy to fiery; from fascinating to familiar, but all of them are irresistibly delicious. Such a spot not only exemplifies the current maxim “frugal is the new chic,” but it’ll also give you something to talk about for weeks! ...Then you’ll find yourself going back... Alone if necessary. And again... Uh oh! You’re hooked!
East Texas Eye Doctor Helps Legally Blind to See Again Diplomate in Low Vision Care trains Dr. Larry Chism to help those with macular degeneration to keep reading and driving. By Elena Lombardi Freelance Writer
Donald Paquette, 72, a former assessor from Anaheim, California thought that his driving days were over. “I could not read the street signs soon enough and I couldn’t pass the vision test at the DMV office.” Gonzalo Garcia, 74, Albuquerque, New Mexico, wanted to be able to read and write more easily. He wanted to see the nails and screws when he tried to use them in home repairs. He wanted see his grandchildren singing in the church choir. But he thought those days were over when he was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. California Optometrist, Dr. Richard J. Shuldiner and East Texas optometrist, Dr. Larry Chism, are using miniaturized binoculars or telescopes to help people who have lost vision from macular degeneration or other eye conditions. “Some of my patients consider us the last stop for people who have vision loss,” said Dr. Chism, a low vision optometrist who has just completed training with Dr. Shuldiner in California. “Amazing!” says Donald. “I can read the street signs twice as far as I did before and even see the television better!” Dr. Shuldiner also provided special prismatic reading glasses to make the newspaper a little easier to read. Macular Degeneration is the most common eye disease amongst the senior population. As many as 25% of those over 65 have some degree The Best Of Times
Carole Buckels wearing bioptic telescope driving glasses. of degeneration. The macula is one small part of the entire retina, but it is the most sensitive and gives us sharp images. When it degenerates, Macular Degeneration leaves a blind spot right in the center of vision making it impossible to recognize faces, read a book, or pass the drivers vision test. The experts do not know what causes macular degeneration. But major factors include UV light from the sun, smoking, aging, and improper nutrition. Vitamins can help. The results of two studies, AREDS and LAST demonstrated a lowered risk of progression by about 25% when treated with a high-dose combination of vitamins. A new, proprietary supplement based on the scientific studies is available from these doctors. Nine out of ten people who have macular degeneration have the dry type. There is no medical treatment except for vitamins. The wet type involves leaky blood vessels that can sometimes be sealed with hot or cold laser. Unfortunately it’s a temporary fix. Newer treatments, such as Macugen injections try to prevent leakage. “Our job is to figure out everything and anything possible to keep a person functioning,” says Dr. Chism. “Whether it’s driving, reading, watch-
ing television, seeing faces, playing bridge…we work with whatever is on the persons “wish list”. Even if it’s driving. Louisiana and Texas allow the use of telescopic glasses for safer driving. Carole Buckles, 71 of Arcadia, California came on the advise of a friend. “I wanted to be able to keep driving and do the fun things in life.” One of those fun things is baseball. “I love going to baseball games and now I can see those close plays again,” she says. Bioptic Telescopic glasses were prescribed to read signs and see traffic lights farther away. As Carole puts it, “These telescope glasses not only allows me to read signs from a farther distance, but makes driving much easier. I’ve also used them to watch television so I don’t have to sit so close. Definitely worth the $1975 cost. I don’t know why I waited two years to do this; I should have come sooner.” “Telescopic glasses usually cost over $2000”, says Dr. Shuldiner, “especially if we build them with an automatic sunglass”. Not all low vision devices are that expensive. Reading glasses start at $500 and hand magnifiers under $100. Every case is different because people have different levels of vision and different desires. Dr. Chism also provides special prismatic reading glasses to make the newspaper a little easier to read. Dr. Larry Chism speaks to every patient on the telephone before scheduling the one hour low vision evaluation appointment.
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1 Window treatment 6 Beat walkers 10 Pen pal? 13 Accelerated 19 Causing goose bumps 20 Came down 21 Tide alternative 22 1959 Steiger title role 23 Device using pulleys 26 Self-conscious question 27 Carrere of “Wayne’s World” 28 Cuarenta winks? 29 Buds 31 Tale spinner 32 Like most light bulbs 35 Peruvian pack animal 37 Publisher __ Nast 38 Ming 2-Down 39 1957 novel with the working title “The Strike” 42 Arid Israeli area 45 Windblown soil 46 Crew tool 47 Plan likely to fail 51 Takes in 55 Net grazer 56 __ Lama 57 Like some boots 59 Film involving stage scenes 60 Extent 63 Comic Johnson 64 Dance, facetiously 71 Log variety 72 Preminger et al. 73 Averse 74 Puts dividends to work 78 Bluster 79 Previously 82 Takes umbrage at 83 Break in 87 Deli bread 88 Actress Davis 89 Lies next to The Best Of Times
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53 Suit basis 54 Org. probing for outer-space life 57 Coppertone abbr. 58 71-Across mo. 59 Starts the bidding 60 U.S. Army E-5 61 Funny Margaret 62 NBA tiebreakers 64 Norse god of war 65 Regretful type 66 First name among ‘70s netmen 67 “__ only a game” 68 Role in the musical “Two By Two” 69 Stun, as a perp 70 Draw
75 Words of action 76 Grammy- winning New Ager 77 Big stink 78 Musical place, briefly 79 “The Simpsons” Kwik-E-Mart operator 80 Understand 81 CIA forerunner 83 Ball user, maybe 84 Patricia of “Everybody Loves Raymond” 85 Hudson Bay prov. 86 An orchestra tunes to one 88 Fine particle 90 Gets to the point?
91 Painter’s choice 92 Indication of rank 93 Having status, in a way 94 Desire 95 Court sport 96 Lets go 100 Dismal turnout? 101 Blockhead 102 Threw in (with) 104 Shopper’s convenience 106 Texting device 107 Where Helen was taken 108 Top-shelf 111 __ Direct: online bank 113 Science guy Bill 114 High trains 115 Jazz fan July 2009
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AARP Driver Safety Program - An 8 hour classroom refresher course for drivers age 50+ which may qualify participants for an automobile insurance premium reduction or discount. Where 2 days are listed, participants must attend both days. Participants must preregister. $14 for non-AARP members; $12 for AARP members. • July 20 & 21 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. First Baptist Church, 301 Pennsylvania Ave., Minden, La. Contact: Cydni 318-377-4434; Instructor: James Smith • July 21 & 22 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3625 North Market Street, Shreveport. Contact: Pastor Barry Chance 318-2213357; Instructor: Claire Maisel • July 23 & 24 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Paradise Baptist Church, 1706 Hollywood Avenue, Shreveport. Contact : Sammie Robinson - 318-868-2229; Instructor: Malcolm Parker
Summer Party - The Krewe of Elders is having a party on July 19 from 1 - 6 p.m., at the American Legion Hall; 5315 South Lakeshore Drive. Hank Bowman band. $7.00 per person. Cash bar, raffle and door prizes. Food available for purchase. For info call 635-4901, 752-9175 or 518-8092.
2009 James Burton International Guitar Festival - August 21-23. Municipal Auditorium in downtown Shreveport. Three days of incredible music to benefit The James Burton Foundation. On August 21 there will be “The James Burton Birthday Bash” with local bands in concert. On August 22 at 2 pm, there will be an attempt to exceed the Guinness Book of Records for the most guitar players on stage playing the same song. On August 22, “The Tribute to Elvis Show” with noted celebrities and guest artists. For more info, call 318-424-5000 or log onto the website at www.jamesburtonmusic.com
silver screenings “The Quiet Man” - Tuesday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m. Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport The Academy Award winning 1952 film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, will be screened from a rare 35mm film print, followed by a seated luncheon at Abby Singer’s Bistro. To reserve tickets – $14 for lunch and film or $5.75 for film admission only – call (318) 459-4122. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Theatre luncheon Breast Cancer Survivors Luncheon - “Celebrating Life’s Gifts” honors breast cancer survivors and celebrates their courage and strength. Shreveport Bossier City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 11:30 a.m. on July 29 at the Eldorado Resort Casino. Tickets are $10 for breast cancer survivors and $20 for guests. Proceeds benefit the Shreveport Bossier affiliate. To make a reservation, mail your name, address and payment by July 17th to Shreveport S.G.K. for the Cure, Attn: Survivor Luncheon, P.O. Box 4269, Shreveport, LA 71134. If including guests on your reservation, please include the name and address of each guest with payment. For more information, call 318746-2588 or 318-635-1933.
Upcoming Special Events at R. W. Norton Art Gallery - Admission and all special events are free. 4747 Creswell in Shreveport • First Saturday Guided Tour - Saturday, August 1, - 2 p.m. The Dog Days of Summer Tour. Come inside and enjoy the air conditioning, the cool hues of the paintings, and the fresh musings of various authors about the laziest of summer days. Reading and art will illuminate the doldrums that accompany the end of the summer. • Second Saturday Speaker - Saturday July 11th - 2 p.m. “Shedding Grace: The Unlikely Stories of Our Unoffical Anthems “ by Michael Lasser. In association with the special exhibition “Stars and Stripes: The Fabric of the American Spirit,” NPR’s Michael Lasser will present a lecture covering what every red, white, and blue-blooded American should know about Old Glory and her hymns.
cultural evening Bollywood Night - The LSU Shreveport India Studies program will host “Bollywood” Night Saturday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the LSUS University Center Ballroom. Buffet dinner and popular dance numbers from Bollywood films. Dress is evening casual or Indian attire. Tickets are $25 and the deadline to purchase is July 9. Tickets may be purchased at Asian Groceries, Heart of Bossier Mall with cash or check payable to the LSUS Foundation only. Checks may be sent directly to LSUS at One University Place, Shreveport, LA 71115. For more information, contact Sanjay Menon at 318-797-5186, Asian Groceries at 318-752-8556 or Jesh Jesty 318- 655-6648.
theatre The Secret Garden - presented by the Performing Arts Center at First United Methodist Church, July 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30 pm and July 12 and 19 @ 2:30 pm. Call 318-429-6885, Tickets are $18 for Adults and $9 for Children.
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My grandchild complains of shoulder and back pain when in school. Could this be due to his heavy backpack? Yes. Backpacks are designed to distribute weight to larger muscle groups that can handle the load. Backpacks should have 2 padded wide shoulder straps, a padded back, and a waist strap (for heavier loads). Also backpacks should light and not add to the load. Rolling backpacks are an alternative, although stairs are a problem. Your grandchild should use both shoulder straps, tighten straps so the pack is 2 inches above the waist and closest to the body, not pack more than 20% of the child’s body weight in the backpack, and pack only what he needs. Pack heavier items close to the back and unpack unnecessary items in the locker. John J. Ferrell, M.D.
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Homemaker - Trained employees provide light housekeeping for seniors having difficulty maintaining their homes. $3/visit suggested. Caregiver - Support services are provided for family caregivers including in-home respite care for the caregiver, education for the family, and material aid and personal care for the patient. Legal Services - Education on elder legal issues. Counseling for individuals is accessible monthly with a local lawyer or by referrals. Congregate (Site) Meals - Hot, nutritious meals served at 11:30 AM
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Caddo Council on Aging 4015 Greenwood Road, (318) 632-2090. www.caddocouncilonaging.org Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org Info & Referral - 632-2090 Outreach/Individual Needs Assessment- Explanation of services and to enroll the elderly in service programs Home Delivered Meals - 5 meals/ wk delivered to homebound seniors. Suggested donation $1.25/day. Homemaker Services - Personal care and household tasks provided for homebound persons unable to perform tasks without assistance. $5/month donation requested. Personal Care - Personal care provided to homebound person. $5/month donation requested. Family Caregiver - Sitter and respite provided for full time caregiver of a senior. Donation requested. Telephone Reassurance - Volunteers make phone calls to seniors to offer comfort and support. Medical Alert - 632-2090 -Emergency response system that protects
seniors in case of accident or falls in the home. $20/month fee SenioRX Program - 632-5900 or 1-800-793-1198 - Assists seniors applying for pharmaceutical aid. Nursing Home Ombudsman - Professional visits to nursing home to investigate and resolve issues made by the elderly resident or the resident’s family. RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) 632-2113 - Provides volunteer opportunities for persons 55 years of age or older. Foster Grandparents (FGP) - 632-2199 - Seniors serve as mentor, tutor and caregivers to youth with social needs. FGPs that meet special requirements may serve. 20hrs/wk and receive a stipend. Legal Services - Referrals for individual counseling. Emergency Blinking Light Flashing light installed in your porch light by the Caddo Sheriff Dept. to help guide emergency medical personnel. No charge.
SOS Program - Sheriff’s Operational Safeguard. Helps identify and reunite lost, memory-impaired persons with families. Participants are given a bracelet engraved with the name and phone number of the Sheriff’s Office and an ID number. Confidential Call 681.0875 to register. No charge. Senior Centers and Meal Sites - 632-2080 - Area sites that offer fun activities, recreation, wellness, exercise, safety programs, sewing, crafts, bingo, and just plain old fun. Lunch served at all sites for a $1.25 donation. Transportation is provided to sites, call 632-2080 to sign up for a meal or transport to the sites. • Myrtle B. Pickering Senior Center - 4017 Greenwood Rd, Shreveport. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm. • Blanchard Cross Roads Church - 356 Warriner, Blanchard. Open Mon-Wed-Fri 9:00am-12noon. • Broadmoor Methodist Church - 3715 Youree Drive, Shreveport.
Open 9:30 - 12:30. • Canaan Towers Apartments - 500 North Dale, Shreveport. Open Mon-Wed-Fri 9:30am-12:30pm. • Cooper Road Community Center - 1422 MLK Blvd, Shreveport. Open Mon-Friday 9:30am-12:30pm • Greenwood Library - Hwy 80, Downtown Greenwood. Open MonFri 9:30 am - 12:30pm • Mooringsport Community Center-Lattimer Street, Mooringsport across from the school. Open Tue-Wed-Thurs 9:30am to 12:30pm • Morning Star Baptist Church - 5340 Jewella, Sport Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-12:30pm • New Hill CME Church - 8725 Spring-ridge Texas Line Rd, Keithville Tue & Thurs 10am-1:00pm • Oil City Community Center - Savage Street, Oil City Open MonWed-Fri 9am to noon • Vivian Community Center - in the City Park 522 E. Tennessee Open Mon-Fri 9am-12noon
Webster Council on Aging Minden Senior Center (3713056 or 1-800-256-2853), 316 McIntyre St., Minden, LA 71055; 8 am to 4 pm Cotton Valley Senior Center (832-4225), Railroad Ave., Cotton Valley; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Springhill Senior Center (539-2510), 301 West Church St., Springhill; 8 am to 4 pm Transportation – transporting older persons to and from community facilities and resources. Assisted transportation also provided and must be scheduled weekly in advance. The Best Of Times
Congregate Meals – nutritionally balanced meals for persons 60+ and spouses provided at senior centers, served 5 days a week. Home-Delivered Meals – Noon meal delivered to eligible homebound elderly (illness, disability or while caring for spouse who is), 5 days a week. Homemaker services – Provided to those clients meeting specific requirements. Recreation – Art, crafts, hobbies, games, and trips. Wellness – designed to support/
improve the senior’s mental/physical well-being through exercise, physical fitness, and health screening. Family Care-Giver Support – support services that provide a temporary break in the tasks of caregiving. For family caregivers who are providing care for an older individual who is determined to be functionally impaired because of inability to perform instrumental functions of daily living without substantial supervision and assistance. This service is provided to persons caring for a homebound relative 60+, for a
relative 60+ caring for a homebound child or grandchild. Information and Assistance – Provides the individual with current information on opportunities and services within the community. Legal Assistance – providing legal advice, counseling, and representation by an attorney. Lectures are scheduled on a quarterly basis. Medicaid enrollment center – take initial Medicaid applications Medical Alert – linking clients with in-home emergency response system. July 2009
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Ambulance Services Balentine Ambulance Service (318) 222-5358 More info on page 13 Artificial Limbs and Braces Snell’s Orthotics and Prosthetics (318) 424-4167 More info on page 43 Associations and Organizations BluePrint Louisiana (866) 483-3920 More info on page 39 Bossier Council on Aging (318) 741-8302 More info on page 49 Caddo Council on Aging (318) 632-2090 More info on page 49 Webster Council on Aging (318) 371-3056 More info on page 49 NWLA Employment Opportunity Network (318) 677-2559 More info on page 43 Robinson Film Center (318) 424-9090 More info on page 11 The Best of Times (318) 636-5510 More info on page 6 Care Providers Comfort Keepers (318) 934-0090 More info on page 48 Family Care Services (318) 671-1799 More info on page 9
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Home Assistance Services (318) 682-8182 More info on page 37 Northwest INCS, Inc. (318) 636-0390 More info on page 19 ResCare Home Care (318) 678-1890 More info on page 11 Seniors Club Personal Care Services (318) 635-0010 More info on page 21 Cemeteries/Funeral Homes Centuries Memorial (318) 686-4334 More info on page 47 Hill Crest Memorial (318) 949-9415 More info on page 47 Counseling Services
Genworth Financial T. Wayne DesLattes (318) 560-0299 More info on page 23 Serio Investments Phillip Serio (318) 221-0889 More info on page 15 The Singleton Law Firm (318) 631-5200 More info on page 17 The Law Practice of Joseph Gilsoul (318) 222-2100 More info on page 5 Flowers Flowers Forever, LLC (318) 925-2323 More info one page 23 Fitness Centers Curves (318) 670-2005 More info on page 34 Curves (318) 629-2222 More info on page 34
Gutter Helmet of North Louisiana (800) 284-9777 More info on page 52 Lex Plant Farm (318) 797-6035 More info on page 26 Miller Tree Service (318) 747-1568 More info on page 39 Simmons Cleaning Services (318) 636-3765 More info on page 37 Stanley Steamer Carpet Cleaner (318) 631-6655 More info on page 20 Home Health Agencies (Medicare Certified) American Nursing Services (318) 425-2641 More info on page 21 Ark-La-Tex Home Health (318) 747-6180 More info on page 26 Synergy Home Care (318) 550-0285 More info on page 16
Hospitals Brentwood Hospital (318) 678-7500 More info on page 17 Willis Knighton Medical Center – North (318) 212-4000 More info on page 2 Willis Knighton Medical Center – Bossier (318) 212-7000 More info on page 2 Willis Knighton Medical Center – South (318) 212-5000 More info on page 2 Wilis Knighton Medical Center – Pierremont (318) 212-3000 More info on page 2 Insurance Humana (800) 301-8998 More info on page 56 Insurance Agent Bobbie Thomas (318) 344-6633 More info on page 22
Insurance Agent Jennifer Doolittle (318) 458-7738 More info on page 22
Curves (318) 949-3131 More info on page 34
Hospice Compassus (318) 524-1046 More info on page 18
Sterling Health Plans (866) 217-3666 More info on page 54
Fitness Lady (318) 747-1897 More info on page 34
Odyssey Healthcare (318) 868-8788 More info on page 25
Medical Supplies and Equipment
Hearing Care Services
Bible Correspondence Course (318) 797-6333 More info on page 15
Shreve Hearing Aid Service (318) 797-7733 More info on page 25
St. Joseph Hospice (318) 222-8723 More info on page 21
Home Health Medical Supply (318) 631-1466 More info on page 48
Emergency Response Systems
Home Maintenance and Repair Services
Willis Knighton Hospice of Louisiana (318) 212-4697 More info on page 42
Medtronics XSTOP Spacer (866) 580-5242 More info on page 3
Acadian OnCall 1-800-259-1234 More info on page 23
C & C Electric (318) 424-4406 More info on page 19
The Center for Families (318) 222-0759 More info on page 12 Credit Unions and Banks TES Regional Healthcare Federal Credit Union (318) 681-4335 More info on page 13
Curves (318) 752-9906 More info on page 34
Home Infusion Services IV Plus (318) 683-5139 More info on page 15 TheBestOfTimesNews.com
Physician Services Cardiovascular Consultants, LLP Dr. Phillip Rozeman (318) 631-6400 More info on page 55 Dr. Britain P. Auer (318) 798-4623 More info on page 26 Dr. Bryan Vekovius (318) 675-3733 More info on page 30 Dr. Gary Booker (318) 227-9600 More info on page 36 Highland Clinic (318) 798-4500 More info on page 31 Mid South Orthopaedics (318) 424-3400 More info on page 48
ShoeBootyâ€™s Restaurant, Bakery, & Catering (318) 550-0444 More info on page 44 Senior Living Options Azalea Estates Assisted Living (318) 797-2408 More info on page 14 Kingsley Place of Shreveport (318) 524-2100 More info on page 10 NurseCare of Shreveport 318) 221-1983 More info on page 7 The Waterford at Shreveport (318) 524-3300 More info on page 32 Skin Care
Pierremont Eye Institute Dr. Chris Shelby (318) 212-3937 More info on page 33
Jean y Mitchellâ€™s Skin Technology (318) 347-3567 More info on page 48
Vision Source Dr. Larry Chism (800) 243-2020 More info on page 41
Mary Kay Cindy Dawson (318) 578-5965 More info on page 8
KWKH AM 1130 Radio Station 318) 688-1130
Cruises, Inc (318) 746-3745 More info on page 25
Real Estate Agents
Red River Coaches (318) 221-5797 More info on page 13
Century 21 Judy Holland (318) 349-6983 More info on page 47 Restaurants and Catering Cupcake Gallery and Coffee Shop (318) 752-2253 More info on page 30 Imperial Wok Chinese Restaurant (318) 687-6668 More info on page 47 The Best Of Times
Telephone Book User-Friendly Phone Book (318) 865-1280 More info on page 39 Weight Loss Counselors & Centers The Center for Medical Weight Loss (318) 629-8746 More info on page 24 June July 2009
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1 - (l to r) Valarie Gunn, Former NFL quarterback Doug Williams & Scholarship Committee member Candy Welch at the Shack Harris & Doug Williams Scholarship benefit. The annual event benefits children and families in greater Shreveport. 2 - Pam Parsons celebrates her birthday at Superior Bar and Grill with tennis friends (seated l to r) Jan Glasgow, Pam, Mary Lou Kizzia, Debbie Grand; (standing) Tina Calligas, Debbie Blum and Pat Laborde. 3 - U. S. congressmen Rodney Alexander and John Fleming were the speakers at a Healthcare Forum held at Christus Schumpert in Shreveport on May 28th. 4 - Empty Bowls, the annual fund raiser for the Food Bank of NW Louisiana was held on June 4 at the Eldorado Casino and Hotel. (a) Food Bank Executive Director Martha Marak with Ray Bragg, Chairman of the Board; (b) Rachel Scott, Alan Prater, and Paul Young. 5 - Ava Scott and Latonja Gafford from WK Progressive Care attend the CHEN University CEU Educational seminar on June 16th. 6 - The Best of Times Radio Hour producer Angela Thomas with guitarist James Burton when he appeared as a guest on the show. 7 - Carolyn Grimsley (left) with Susan Miller at the American Heart Association booth at the Ladies, A Fair! Resource Fair at the Bossier Civic Center on June 6. 8 - The 2nd Annual Author Author Book Festival on June 13th at the Municipal Auditorium. (a) Bill Keith (left), author of The Commissioner with Chester T. Kelley; (b) Authors Anne Wilson and Steve Smith. 9 - Jonathan Alexander Mijalis of Baton Rouge was introduced to friends and family at a gathering in his honor on June 6. (a) (l to r) Great-aunt Christine Cosse, and Great-Grandmothers Ntina Kastanos and Mary Mijalis. (b) Hosting the event were grandmothers Peggy Heacock (left) and Lily Mijalis. 10 - Area centenarians+ were honored by the CCOA. Among those being honored were (a) Sammie Holt; (b) Pearl Roediger; (c) Early Godfrey; (d) Veran Jones; (e) Belvia Allen; (f) Tony Greco; (g) Alphonse Smith; (h) Beatrice Thomas. TheBestOfTimesNews.com
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