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Senior Life

June 10, 2010



Senior Life Senior Center Offers Wide Variety Of Services

The Cheshire Senior Center, located at 240 Maple Ave., is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center is open to Cheshire residents 55 years of age and older or those whose spouses are 55 years of age or older. There is an annual user fee of $5 per family for in-town residents and $10 per family for outof-town residents. For information on classes and daily activities, call (203) 2728286. A list of current activities and special events is published in the Center’s monthly newsletter, which can be mailed to interested individuals or picked up at the Center. Activities and events are also published weekly on the Seniors page of The Cheshire Herald. The Senior Services staff can make referrals to state, local, and private agencies. Service referrals include: nursing homes, adult day cares, in-home services, housing, insurance, etc.

client does not respond, a neighbor or family member is contacted. If no one is available, the police crisis worker, senior social worker, or municipal agent will investigate. Senior Lunch Program A nutritious meal is served daily at noon. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance, before 11:30 a.m. There is a donation of $2.50 per meal. Menus are posted on the bulletin board at the center and on the Seniors page of The Cheshire Herald.

Telephone Reassurance Volunteers call local shut-ins on a daily basis to check on their health status for the day. If the

Social Worker The Senior Services Social Worker visits clients in their homes or in her office, and facilitates a monthly Caregiver Support Group and a quarterly meeting of local elderly senior service providers. She also maintains a list of companions available for seniors or caregivers to employ. Home or office visits with Senior Services Social Worker Sara Manning can be arranged by calling (203) 272-8030. She is available Monday through Friday, from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A daily morning call can be ar-

The Yoga Center of Cheshire, LLC has been open since 2006. Conveniently located on Route 322 in Cheshire, near the Southington border, we offer a wide

variety of Yoga classes designed for both beginning and experienced practitioners. The mission of the Yoga Center of Cheshire, LLC is to provide a

ranged if needed. Mini-Bus Transportation The Elderly and Handicapped Transportation System is a fourvan system that provides transportation both in town and out of town for medical appointments, shopping, socialization, cultural events, local restaurants, and senior center programs. This service is available to residents over the age of 55 or those over 21 years of age who are either temporarily or permanently disabled. Arrangements for rides are made through the Senior Center by calling at least 24 hours in advance. All four buses are liftequipped to handle wheelchairs and individuals that have trouble with steps. Riders make a suggested donation of 25 cents for in-town service and $2 for out-of-town service per entrance on the van upon entering. This money goes to a special fund to replace vehicles. GWTD Dial-A-Ride The Greater Waterbury Transit District (GWTD) offers free transportation to seniors age 60

and older and disabled adults every Tuesday and Friday and the third Saturday of each month. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., riders may go anywhere in Cheshire, Wolcott, Waterbury, Watertown, Naugatuck, Middlebury, Prospect, and Thomaston. This is a great opportunity to

go shopping, go to a restaurant, browse a bookstore, take in a movie, or visit a friend. Call (203) 272-0047 for an application. For more information on Cheshire Senior Center programs, call (203) 272-8286. For transportation arrangements, call (203) 272-0047.

We currently offer three classes per week specifically designed for beginning practitioners. If you have always wanted to try yoga and were afraid of what they might ask you to do, this is your place. Our beginner basics class on Saturday morning is the perfect place to begin your journey into the wonderful tradition of yoga. A well-designed yoga program has the potential to improve quality of life, increase social interactions, improve strength and flexibility and, ultimately, enhance the lives of participants. In addition, preliminary research indicates that participation in yoga can increase range of motion, improve standing balance, and decrease the risk of falling in individuals aged 62 and older.

In the United States, 38 percent of adults use some form of complimentary or alternative therapy (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2009). Yoga represents one of the top 10 most commonly used alternative therapies and is readily available in your community. We offer a variety of class cards and prices to suit the needs of our students. We offer a new student special: five classes for $55. This special allows our new clients to experience several different yoga teachers and classes to ensure the best fit for their needs. For more information, please see our full schedule on our Web site, www.yogacenterofcheshire. com. Thank you and Namaste!

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“During this recent period of continued budget shortfalls the “Money Follows the Person” program which allows seniors to receive continuing care at home has been short-changed. That is unfortunate and short-sighted. The investment of thousands could save millions and allow seniors to spend their later years at home with their families. I would like to see that program expanded for the health and well-being of our seniors as well as the economic health and well-being of the state.”

-Al Adinolfi Paid for by Al Adinolfi 2010, Gil Linder Treasurer. Approved by Al Adinolfi

Cheshire PD Warns Seniors Of Scam

There has been an increase in activity with the Grandparent Scam with money transfers to Canada. Fraudsters are calling grandparents and impersonating either their grandchildren or a person of authority such as law enforcement or attorneys. They describe an emergency situation such as bail, fines, or fees that requires money to be sent immediately through a money transfer service. If you are contacted by someone asking you to send money, the best course of action is to attempt to contact the individual to confirm they are actually making the request. If you aren’t able to contact the person, call other friends or family members to confirm the situation.

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Senior Life Time To Start Exercise Routine, No Matter Age

Just because you reach a certain age doesn't mean you have to give up exercising. Sure, it won't be as easy, but if you become inactive, you will lose flexibility, endurance, and strength. Your metabolism will slow down, and you may gain some weight. Exercise is important, even in your golden years. The type of exercise you do will depend upon the effect you want. If you are hoping to

gain flexibility, you will want to concentrate on stretching exercises. If you are hoping to improve your overall fitness and strengthen your heart, you will want to concentrate on endurance exercises. If you are hoping to gain muscle strength, you will want to concentrate on strength training. For the best results, you may combine the three. Before you start an exercise program, make sure you check with your doctor first. Building and maintaining strength is important for seniors. Strength training involves weights that you can buy at a sporting goods store or make using milk jugs filled with water or sand or socks filled with beans. You should start with a weight you can lift without much effort five times. As lifting becomes easier, you can gradually increase the num-

ber of repetitions up to 15 times in a set. Then you can increase the amount of weight you are lifting. Strength training works well when done two to three times a day for 30 to 40 minutes in the privacy of your own home. Here are some strength training exercises you can do at home: • Arm raises. Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor even with your shoulders. Drop your arms down by your sides with your palms facing toward your body. Raise both arms until they are at shoulder height. Hold this position for one second and then slowly lower your arms back to your sides. Repeat eight to 15 times, rest and repeat another eight to 15 times. • Chair stands. Place some pillows against the back of a chair. Sit in the middle or toward the front with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lean back on the pillows in a half-reclining position, keeping your back and shoulders straight. Raise your

upper body until you are sitting upright. Using your hands as little as possible, slowly stand up and slowly sit back down. Keep your shoulders and back straight at all times. Repeat eight to 15 times, rest and repeat another eight to 15 times. As your strength increases, try doing this while standing on one leg and alternating legs. • Back-strengthening exercises. Sit with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. With your arms relaxed and bent, pull back your shoulders as far as they will go. Repeat 10 to 30 times twice a day. • Hip flexion. Lie back with one leg bent. Straighten your other leg and raise it about six to eight inches. Slowly lower your leg. Repeat 10 to 30 times twice a day, alternating legs. • Quadriceps-squats. Stand on your tiptoes holding onto a countertop or the back of a chair. Squat down as far as you can and then stand up. Repeat 10 to 30 times twice a day. While exercising, there are

some things you should remember. Breathe. Exhale as you lift weights and inhale as you relax. Don't hold your breath, or it could affect your blood pressure. Use smooth, steady movements when bringing weights into position. Don't use jerky movements or lock the joints of your arms and legs into a strained position. Be prepared for some fatigue and muscle soreness for a few days. Don't overdo it, or sore joints, muscle pulls and exhaustion could occur. To avoid injuries while strength training, warm up and cool down with some stretching exercises for five to 15 minutes. There are stretching exercises for the back, chest, shoulders, arms, stomach, calves and thighs. Strength training can build your hips, ankles, legs, buttocks and lower back, which in turn can lead to better balance, more active participation in everyday activities, and more independence. Isn't that what every senior wants?

Learn To Tell The Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s And Dementia Physicians are asked almost daily, “so, what exactly is Alzheimer’s?” or “how do I know if Mom or Dad have Alzheimer’s or if they are just a little forgetful?” Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia and is the seventh leading cause of death. It costs over $172 billion annually, and over 5.3 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s. One person in 12 will get Alzheimers. As you can see, it’s a huge problem with all these numbers increasing as our baby boomers move through the natural process of aging. The umbrella of Dementia covers much more than Alzheimer’s, as even Parkinson’s falls under this umbrella. Dementia is the loss or decline in memory and other cognitive abilities, which is caused by

various diseases and conditions that result in damaged brain cells. The signs of Dementia are few and easy to remember, as they must include a decline in memory and at least one of the following cognitive abilities, and be severe enough to interfere with daily life: 1. Ability to generate coherent speech or understand spoken/ written language 2. Ability to recognize or identify objects 3. Ability to execute motor activities, assuming comprehension of the task 4. Ability to think abstractly – make sound judgements and plan/ carryout complex tasks. To further understand the defined and finite differences, Alzheimer’s signs are: A. Memory loss that disrupts

daily life B. Challenges in planning/ problem solving C. Difficulty completing familiar tasks D. Confusion with time or place E.� Trouble understanding visual images

F. New problems with words in speech or writing G. Misplacing things & inability to retrace steps H. Decreased or poor judgement I. Social withdrawal J. Changes in normal mood and personality

If you suspect your loved one may have Alzheimer’s or Dementia, please consult with your doctor. There are medications today that although they do not cure the disease they can slow it’s progression and provide a better quality of life. Another great resource is

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Senior Life Reduce Your Risk Of A Stroke With Aspirin

It's well known that, for many people, a daily aspirin regimen can help reduce the risk of heart attack. Aspirin is often recommended by 911 dispatchers when someone is actually having a heart attack, and many believe that this immediate dose of aspirin has saved their lives. There is mounting evidence that aspirin therapy can also be helpful for those at risk for strokes. Even the American Heart Association advocates for an aspirin regimen in some cases. Many people at risk for strokes are wondering if they should start taking aspirin regu-

larly. How do you know if the daily treatment will benefit you? What makes aspirin work against both strokes and heart attacks is that it is an anti-platelet medication. Platelets are actually very important as they allow blood to clot when there is an injury, forming scar tissue and stopping the bleeding. Excessive clotting, however, can lead to blocked arteries. Aspirin, as an anti-platelet, prevents these blood clots from forming. Aspirin isn't a foolproof anti-platelet. It actually only blocks one way of forming clots,

and there are several other ways. Stronger medications, under the control of doctors, can be warranted. The most benefit accrues to those who are at the highest risk. Most doctors will not recommend a daily dose of aspirin for those who are only at minimal risk. Aspirin is only recommended for people who have had ischemic strokes, those caused by blockages of the arteries leading to the brain, or for those who have transient ischemic attacks. Aspirin won't benefit those who have had hemorrhagic strokes or bleeding

in the brain. There can be side effects with a daily aspirin regimen, including digestive and gastrointestinal problems, and these should be weighed against the potential benefits. Stomach problems are the most common side effect of aspirin use, which is compounded by drinking alcohol. Aspirin might not seem like a very important "drug," but it is important to tell your physician about your daily use, even if you are only getting a cursory examination and, in particular, if you are having any kind of surgical procedure. Paying attention to your risk factors for a stroke is very important if you are in one of the at-risk categories, which include being obese, being a heavy smoker or drinker, or having a previous history of strokes. Statistically, African-Americans are at a much higher risk of strokes than any other segment of the population. Although taking aspiring during a stroke won't benefit the pa-

tient, a daily aspirin regimen might be exactly what the patient needs during the recovery period. How will you know for sure? Check with your doctor and let them know exactly what your condition and why you are interested. Don't start a regimen on your own, as you won't know how it will affect your overall health or other medications you are taking. There's a reason doctors are so expensive; they know what they are talking about.

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Dr. Apoltan’s practice promotes excellence in medical care. Attending physicians and the superb staff work together to ensure great communication with patients and their families. The aging population is facing complex and challenging issues and this is why we do work together as a team with multiple specialty offices such as geropsychiatry, ophtalmology, health care agencies, social workers so we can provide support that is necessary for a person who feels more vulnerable with respect to independent levels of functioning, issues related to inability to drive, for providing food and medicine, and much more. Here we focus on communication with the patient and families so they feel understood, comfortable, reassured. Dementia work-

up, depression, mental health, age appropiriate screening are just some of the problems that we develop as one advances in age. While we consider ourselves educators and advisors ,in our practice we think that mutual respect and trust is the one that should guide us in patient-doctor relationship. We want families to feel their loved ones are in good hands and we listen to concerns and develop plans on an individual basis that has patients’ values and wishes at the base of the decission making. Our staff is courteous and polite and problem solving is never an issue. We welcome those interested families and patients Please contact us for an appointment at (203) 699-8880, Monday through Friday.

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Where The Heart Is Ready To Help

Where the Heart Is has established itself as an affordable, non-medical, in-home care service that’s been contributing to the Waterbury and Naugatuck Valley area for almost a decade. Developed by Susan E. Griffin, Where the Heart Is strives to implement a way so that senior citizens can feel the sense of independence knowing that assistance is just around the corner. Griffin has developed an abundant amount of experience in home health care and emergency medical services. Through her experience and personal knowledge, she has set up a comprehensive screening and training of all the caregivers. Susan and her office staff work together as a team to set each client up with a caregiver that matches his/her personality and interests. Some of the services Where the Heart Is provides are in-home companion care, light housekeeping, errands, laundry, and overnights, if necessary.

For those who no longer wish to be behind the wheel, transportation to doctor's appointments and even grocery shopping is available as well. If more independence is requested, Where the Heart Is also provides Emergency Response Systems (ERS) and Automated Medication Dispensers. The ERS allows clients to live completely independent while adding the security for loved ones that 911 and/or emergency contacts will be at hand with a push of a button. The Automated Medication Dispenser dispenses medication at an assigned time to alert or remind the client when to take his/ her medication. If you or a loved one is looking for truly personalized care, it's Where the Heart Is. If you need us for two hours a day or seven days a week, Where the Heart Is will be ready to help. Where the Heart is are caring people caring for people.

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Make Sure Your Health Remains On Vacation Itinerary

You’ve just retired and, to celebrate, you and your spouse are taking a vacation in Europe. You can’t wait to see the bustling streets of London, the fantastic art in Paris, and the fabulous museums of Rome. You’ve got your passports and your plane tickets, and your bags are packed. You’re ready to go, or are you? Have you taken your health into consideration? Nothing can spoil a vacation like illness. As soon as you purchase your plane tickets, ask your travel agent what vaccinations you may need and have them done several days in advance of your departure, in case you have an adverse reaction. Study the areas you plan to visit. Once you’re familiar with the type of climate you’ll be dealing with, pack accordingly. If you’re

going someplace warm and humid, pack plenty of light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. To avoid sunburn, bring along a bottle of sun block with SPF 15 or higher. If you are going someplace cold, be sure to take along several sweaters and heavier clothing. Consider the wind chill and altitude, too, as wind combined with cold temperatures tends to make most people feel colder than it is. Take extra precautions if you wear corrective lenses or hearing aids. Pack an extra pair of glasses, in case you break or lose the pair you’re wearing. If you don’t have a spare pair, bring along an older prescription. Pack a spare pair of contact lenses, extra cleaning fluid and eye drops. Don’t forget your sunglasses, and make sure you have extra batteries for your hearing aids.

Double-check that you have packed your prescription medication and make sure you have a copy of your prescriptions from your doctor. Some brand names are not available in certain countries, so ask your doctor to include the generic names of the drugs. Keep all prescription drugs in their original containers, and if you have been prescribed a narcotic drug, ask your doctor for a letter stating that fact. It may make moving through customs easier. Be prepared, however, for your narcotic drugs to be confiscated, as some countries do not allow them under any circumstance. Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting to determine what prescription drugs you or may not take with you. Do not buy over-the-counter medications unless you are fa-

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Hello to all customers, past, present, and future. My name is Charlie and I have had the pleasure of serving the people of Cheshire and surrounding towns as the watchmaker at Gregman's Jewelers for the past 33 years. Though Gregman's is now a part of Cheshire's history, I still wish to continue to serve our communities with the best quality of service and convenience possible. The repair services I provide extend from vintage pocket and wristwatches to today's battery and solar-powered timepieces. My talents also include expert

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Be Smart When Picking The Right Dog Breed For Relative

Although he is up in his years, your great-uncle is in good health and lives alone. Most of the time, he seems content tinkering in his yard, playing cards with his buddies, and hanging out with whomever drops by. Lately, though, he has seemed a little lonely. You plan to make as much time as possible for him yourself, but you'd like to find him a dog that would give him the consistent companionship and contact he craves. In order to find the best dog for your great-uncle, you need to consider his lifestyle. Does he have the energy, time and money to care for a dog? If not, are you willing to step in and help out where needed? Will you take care of the dog when your uncle is away, walk it when your uncle can't, and drive it and your uncle to the vet's and pay for the bill? If a dog still seems like a good idea after answering all of these questions, then you will probably want to focus on smaller breeds that thrive on attention, require less maintenance and exercise, and are easier for seniors to handle. Some of the most popular breeds that meet these criteria include: • Boston terriers. These gentle, friendly dogs weigh 15 to 28 pounds and get along well with other pets and people. They are also protective and will let their owners know when they hear or see something out of the ordinary. • Chihuahuas. These spunky dogs weigh no more than 5 pounds and tend to bond with one person, making them ideal for seniors living alone. Like Boston terriers, they are also

quite protective. • Cocker spaniels. These gentle, loyal, patient dogs weigh 20 to 30 pounds and require little exercise, just a brief walk every day. They need regular grooming to keep their curly coats in good condition. • Maltese. These affectionate dogs weigh 3 to 7 pounds and love to play and do tricks. They do not shed and work well for seniors with allergies. • Pekingese. These affectionate, independent dogs weigh 8 to 14 pounds and get along well with other pets and people. They are wary of strangers, however, and can be protective. • Pomeranians. These intelligent, perky dogs weigh 3 to 7 pounds and get along well with other pets. They are fairly low maintenance and require very little grooming. • Pugs. These high-energy, playful dogs weigh 14 to 18 pounds and thrive on attention. They love to cuddle in their downtime and require regular grooming. • Schnauzers. These attention-loving dogs weigh 10 to 11 pounds as miniatures and 30 to 50 pounds as standards and love being around people. They require regular grooming and brief daily walks. • Scottish terriers. These intelligent, playful, loyal dogs weigh 15 to 20 pounds and can be aggressive with other dogs. They are very protective of their owners. • Shih tzus. These sweet, gentle dogs weigh 6 to 10 pounds and adore their owners. They do, however, require frequent grooming, unless their coats are trimmed short. • Toy poodles. These attention-

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loving dogs weigh 6 to 8 pounds and love being around people. They require daily exercise and regular grooming if their coats are long. They do not shed much, however, making them ideal for seniors who suffer from allergies. • Yorkshire terriers. These intelligent, playful, energetic dogs weigh no more than 7 pounds and get along well with other dogs. Although they can be high-strung at times, they make great lap dogs in their downtime. These are just some of breeds of dogs that seem to work well for seniors. You may purchase a dog from a breeder or adopt one from a shelter. Either way, the dog's temperament should match the senior's temperament. A reserved senior may not appreciate an outgoing dog, and vice versa. Keep in mind that the older the dog, the calmer and better behaved it may be. It may also require far less care than a puppy and work well for the senior in your life.

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A Splash Of Makeup Can Help All Ages Take Years Off

Well into your golden years and feel like makeup is your enemy? Ready to pack up all of your cosmetics and put them away forever? Don't! With the right application, makeup can benefit faces of all ages. If you are a mature woman and you're not sure how to apply makeup anymore, relax. All you need to do is select soft, subtle colors from your makeup collection and apply it in ways that will play up your best features and detract from the effects of age, like lines and wrinkles. Here are some tips to help you. Got a daily skin care routine? No? Well, then, you need to find one. Moisturizer will do wonders for aging skin. To find the best skin care products for you, shop around and do your homework.

The better condition your skin is in, the better your makeup will look. You should start the process with a foundation with a lightertextured base. This will help detract from lines and wrinkles. The foundation should be the same color as your skin and you should blend it around your jaw line. Next, you can concentrate on the flaws in your skin. For dark spots and blemishes, concealer is a must. Don't go overboard with it, but do use it to conceal as many flaws in your skin as possible. To reduce the lines from the edge of your nose to the corner of your mouth, use a highlighter. To reduce a saggy neck, use a nonfrosted powder in a shade darker than your skin tone. Aging eyes deserve special care. To fill in thinning eyebrows,

use an eyebrow pencil that matches your hair color. For eyeliner, gray or brown works better than stark black. If you have graying hair, you may want to use pink and gray eye shadow to soften it. According to some experts, frosted eye shadow will make you look younger, as long as you know how to apply it correctly. The lightest shade should go under the brow, a darker one closer to the lashes and the darkest on the crease. The three should be blended properly. According to others, matte eye shadow is better because it doesn't show wrinkles like frosted does. Use earthy tones to create depth and apply the darkest shadow to the outside of the lids. Blush and lipstick are next. For the best result, use cream blushes

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in warm copper and gold tones and sweep it from the cheeks to the temples in an arc. To keep your lipstick from bleeding and feathering, use blush to line your lips rather than lip liner. This will also allow your lipstick to remain longer. Use soft matte colors, like berry, coral, pink or peach, to make lips look fuller. Be careful with loose translucent powder. Use it sparingly. Apply it once in the morning and leave it at that. Don't reapply it

several times throughout the day; you will just accentuate any lines and wrinkles on your face. If touchups are needed, use a fluffy brush. These are just some practical tips for makeup application on aging skin. There are many others, and for further information, you should make an appointment with a makeup consultant. No doubt they will have further tips based on your skin type and condition.

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Regular Eye Care Very Important For Today’s Seniors

For today’s seniors, it is important to remember that the leading causes of visual loss in the United States are age-related. Fortunately, treatment is available for virtually all of these conditions, but timely diagnosis is critical. Modern advances in medical knowledge and technology have dramatically improved and preserved the visual quality of life. Your eyes become a senior as early as your 40s with the onset of presbyopia: the need for reading glasses. As time goes on, other minor conditions may set in besides just a new pair of glasses. Dry eye syndrome and irritation of the eyelids, called blepharitis, can make the eyes red and dry, with burning, blurred vision or even excessive tearing. An eye doctor can help reduce these annoying symptoms. By far the most serious conditions that affect vision of seniors are age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends routine eye exams every 2 to 4 years up to age 64, and every 1 to 2 years

from age 65 and up. There are two forms of macular degeneration, “dry” and “wet.” The majority of cases are of the less severe dry form, but can progress to the more threatening wet form in which new vessels grow behind the retina's macula, that part which is most important to central vision, and leak fluid and blood that obstruct vision. The signs can be similar: objects like straight lines can become wavy, letters may be missing from words, or parts of sentences missing or difficult to read; dark or missing spots may appear. Treatments can include oral antioxidants and supplements, laser surgery, or injections of medications that prevent and reverse vessel growth. Cataracts are caused by clouding of the eye's lens. More than half of Americans by the age of 80 have cataracts or have had cataract surgery. Some signs are blurry vision, difficulty driving at night due to glare or halos from lights, and frequent change of glasses. Cataract surgery is one of the most frequent types in the U.S. and is almost always done on an

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loss and, in extreme cases, lead to abnormal blood vessel growth within the eye with devastating consequences. Strict control of blood sugar as well as prompt initiation of laser treatment can slow down or stop the disease process entirely. America’s seniors are enjoying longer and healthier lives. Although diseases of the eye become more prevalent, regular dilated eye examinations can lead to lifelong excellent vision and ocular health. For more information, contact The Eye Center, 2880 Old Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT.

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Guardian Angels HomeCare has been named the number one preferred choice in home care for Connecticut. Based in Cheshire at 405 Maple Avenue, we provide homemakers and companion services to seniors all over the state. So, what is a homemaker and companion service? We are the eyes and ears of the family that cannot be there – we help the elderly get to a doctor appointment, pick up a prescription, or just check in on them to make sure they are okay. We can File photo prepare a meal, do laundry, general housework read to them, converse with them, play cards, Ed and Dee Tousey picked up their paint brushes and headed to go for a walk, remind them to work last month as they participated in the Mixville Cleanup Day take their meds on time, even stay event, where local residents turned out to try and spruce up the overnight or live in, when needed. Mixville Recreation Area. Day:FRI Size:4X10 Cust:ASSISTED LIVING OF MERID Last Edited By:EALLISON on 6/7/10 Ad#:1153528 Pub:RJ Date:05/07/10 A simple service but so important

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Make That 50th Anniversary One They’ll Never Forget

Your sister's 50th wedding anniversary is coming up, and because her kids live so far away, you've been elected to play host. A half a century of bearing life's ups and downs warrants something special, don't you think? Many couples don't make it to 10 years, much less 50. Here are some suggestions to help you make the anniversary party special. Start with the guest list first. No doubt the guests of honor have made a lot of friends throughout their 50 years together. If they're party people, feel free to invite the whole lot -- friends, family, neighbors, business associates and church members -- and throw a big bash. If they're more reserved, invite some of their closest friends and family over for an intimate dinner. To make the party even more special, arrange to have someone the couple hasn't seen in a while come to the party. Track down that cousin in Greece or old army buddy in California who served as best man and send them round-trip tickets. The time and expense will be worth it when you see the couple's faces light up with surprise at the sight of their long-lost pal. Next, choose a location for the

party. Snoop around and find out if there is someplace that has special meaning to the couple, such as the site of their first date. If the budget warrants, you could even opt to have the party farther away, such as the cabin in Wisconsin where the couple spent their 25th anniversary or the hotel in Las Vegas where they took their honeymoon. Whatever location you choose, make sure it is large enough to accommodate all of the party guests and activities you have planned. Once you've made up the guest list and selected a location, you can work on the details. Start with the food. Are you planning to make everything yourself or hire a caterer? Either way, make sure the menu includes foods that have special meaning to the couple. Serve an entrée from the couple's reception. Better yet, recreate the menu from that event. Top the anniversary cake with the same topper they used on their wedding day or something similar. The choice is yours, and the more thought you put into, the better the outcome will be. Music is another area you can make special by arranging to play the couple's song and asking them to dance to it. If they're not

dancers, hire a DJ or professional musicians to play songs from the couple's wedding or some other event. To top the party off, incorporate lots of gold, the traditional symbol of the 50th wedding anniversary, in your table settings and decorations. Cover the tables in ivory linens. Then add some gold charger

plates, white china, gold flatware and crystal goblets trimmed in gold. Tie gold tassels onto the chair backs and place a vase of white or gold blooms in the middle of each of the tables. Continue the gold theme in the party favors. Pass out chocolates wrapped in gold foil or pictures of the couple in gold frames. For a final touch, purchase a journal and have the

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You didn't want it, but you got it anyway: arthritis. Your grandparents had it, your parents had it, and now you have it, and you know the difficulties it can impose on the tasks of everyday living. Things that used to be so simple, such as opening a jar or brushing your teeth, are now getting harder. Lucky for you, manufacturers are aware of the problem and have produced a number of assistive devices for arthritis sufferers. Do a little shopping locally or online, and you're bound to come across a myriad of products that

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Your dad’s neighbor just called to tell you that your 79-year-old father sideswiped his parked vehicle and nearly hit a child standing nearby. Was it an isolated slip-up or the sign that it’s time for your dad to think about giving up his car keys? More importantly, how do you begin the discussion about such a potentially volatile subject? Sensitive issues like this prompted Home Instead Senior Care to launch a public education campaign called the “40-70 Rule,” aimed at helping adult children begin to address difficult issues with their parents such as driving, finances and independence.

“The ‘40-70 Rule’ means that, if you are 40 or your parents are 70, it’s time to start the conversation about some of these difficult topics,” says Andrew Clifford, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. At the center of the “40-70 Rule” is a guide of conversation starters for sensitive senior-care subjects. The guide was compiled with the assistance of Jake Harwood, Ph.D., national author and communication professor from the University of Arizona, who is the former director of that school’s graduate program in gerontology. Starting conversations early is particularly important for end-oflife issues, such as power of at-

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torney and wills, says Harwood, author of “Understanding Communication and Aging,” (2007, Sage Publications). Other topics may need to be addressed as well, he said. “On the earlier driving instance, you could say, ‘Hey Dad, Fred from next door called to tell me about your accident. What happened?’” Harwood explained. “Then take the opportunity to drive with your parent. Even a short drive would help you gauge your dad’s skills and deficits.” ‘Such conversations should be broached with care,” Harwood

added. “It’s crucial to begin these conversations assuming ‘if’ rather than ‘when.’ Many older adults continue to drive safely as they age. So, personal circumstances should determine how much discussion needs to occur,” he said. Physical space and place also influence communication. “A family reunion on a major holiday may well trigger a lot of memories and associations of childhood for all involved, not just the parents, ” according to Hardwood. “It may be helpful for the children to mix things up a little if the parental behaviors are a


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Spice Up Your Next Party With A Little Old-Time Trivia

So you’ve just turned 65 and you’re feeling a bit depressed. Sure, you can retire now, but you are also old enough to receive the senior citizen discount at your favorite restaurant. Worse yet, your family is throwing you a huge blowout for your 65th birthday. Don’t feel disheartened; rev up the party with some trivia that might stump some of your younger friends and family. 1) What was Walt Disney’s first animated feature film? a) Fantasia b) Bambi c) Snow White and the Seven Dwarves 2) What big band leader disappeared over the English Channel in December 1944? a) Glenn Miller b) Count Basie c) Benny Goodman 3) What was the real name of actress Rita Hayworth?

a) Lucy Johnson b) Margarita Casino c) Betty Joan Perske 4) How many of the Three Stooges were there in all? a) 3 b) 6 c) 9 5) What year was the first Academy Awards presented? a) 1927 b) 1932 c) 1945 6) In what movie were the legs of Ronald Reagan’s character amputated? a) Kings Row b) Dark Victory c) Desperate Journey 7) Who was the first primetime TV couple to be shown together in bed? a) Alex and Donna Stone b) Matt Dillon/Kitty Russell c) Fred and Wilma Flintstone

WHAT IS PROBATE COURT? Although the Probate Court is usually thought of as dealing only with the distribution of a person’s real and personal property after death, there are many other functions of the Probate Court. The following is a list of the other areas over which the Probate Court has jurisdiction. • Considering and approving adoptions • Terminating parental rights • Appointment of a Conservator of the Estate and/or Person on behalf of individuals incapable of caring for themselves • Appointment of Guardians of the Estate and/ or Person on behalf of a minor child • Committing those suffering from mental illness to an appropriate facility • Granting a Change of Name • Waiving the waiting period for the issuance of a marriage license • Reviewing and accepting the fiduciary accounts of Trustees, Guardians, Conservators and, in some cases, an individual acting pursuant to a Power of Attorney • Overseeing testamentary and living trusts • Processing passports • Construing the meaning and effect of wills and trusts

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8) Whose death in 1967 was marked in London with the turning off of all outside lights at West End Theaters? a) Jayne Mansfield b) Humphrey Bogart c) Vivien Leigh 9) What comic strip character did Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel sell their rights to in 1938 for just $130? a) Superman b) Batman c) Wonder Woman

10) When did Babe Ruth hit his first Major League home run? a) July 5, 1913 b) June 2, 1914 c) May 6, 1915

B-29 bomber that dropped the atom bomb on Nagasaki? a) Devil’s Lair b) Bledstone c) Bock’s Car

11) What illegal activity was John Wayne doing in the opening of the 1941 movie Shepherd of the Hills? a) Robbing a bank b) Making moonshine c) Kidnapping a child

Answers: 1) c, 2) a, 3) b, 4) b, 5) a, 6) a, 7) c, 8) c, 9) a, 10) c, 11) b, 12) c A party just isn’t a party without trivia. These are just some of the many questions you could ask. Make up a few more of your own, and show how wise you’ve become in your golden years.

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SCC Offers Pre-Habilitation Programs

Southington Care Center offers pre-habilitation programming through its outpatient therapy and Good Life Fitness program and, also, through a unique collaboration with the SouthingtonCheshire Community YMCA. Pre-habilitation begins with an evaluation by a physical therapist to assess baseline function and to establish appropriate exercises to meet the person’s goals. The exercise physiologist then leads the person through those exercises as a part of the Good Life Fitness program offered at Southington Care Center. If a person is a current member of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA, then following an outpatient physical therapy evaluation, a member of

the fitness staff at the YMCA can supervise the prehab participant’s exercise regime. Pre-habilitation or prehab, is the conditioning of the body and mind for surgery before the surgery. Studies have shown that patients who participate in moderate exercise before surgery experience an accelerated recovery. Prehab training programs incorporate a warm-up, cardiovascular activity, strength training, flexibility training, and functional skills. Preventing unnecessary atrophy and correcting muscle imbalance is a central part of helping the individual meet their postsurgical challenge. Following surgery, patients dis-

play higher levels of functioning and less pain compared to those who do not participate in prehab. “I attribute the greatest part of my success to the Prehab Good Life Fitness program at Southington Care Center,” says Pat Simard, a prehab client. “People ask me what I can do now that I couldn’t do before surgery – I can walk my dog, ride my exercise bike, climb stairs, the list goes on and on.” For more information about pre-habilitation at Southington Care Center, call the outpatient therapy department at (860) 3781234. Southington Care Center is a not-for-profit member of Central Connecticut Senior Health Services.

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he lifestyle you enjoy, and the peace of mind you deserve, are waiting for you at Mulberry Gardens. As a full service rental community, Mulberry Gardens offers: • 24 Hour Assisted Living and Memory Care Services • Studio and One Bedroom Apartments • Adult Day Program Seven Days a Week with Extended Evening Hours • Activities, Cultural and Special Events • Good Life Fitness Program Call Marie Terzak at (860) 276-1020 for a complimentary lunch and tour. Ask about rarely available apartments now open!

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Jalowiec Hopes To Serve Community As Probate Judge

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Miling Around For A Cause Jack McDonald was there to greet all the participants of the Irish Eyes Are Miling road race earlier this year, ready with a few teeshirts and a camera to capture the moment.

Cheshire Physical Therapy Helps With Aches

Cheshire Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine has been serving the Cheshire community since 1986. We offer complete rehab services for all your orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems including joint replacements, bursitis, tendonitis, sprains and

strains. We also offer programs for balance and gait disorders. We are conveniently located next to Cheshire High School and participate with Medicare and most major insurance companies. Visit us online at www.

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Attorney Matt Jalowiec is running for Probate Judge of the Cheshire-Southington District. His experience, integrity and commitment to families and individuals motivates him to protect the rights of the citizens of Cheshire and Southington. After graduating from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2000, Matt has gone on to establish a successful law practice. Over the past decade he has committed himself and the firm to providing a multi-disciplinary approach to legal representation. This approach extends beyond the courtroom. Matt understands that many people often face challenges that may prohibit their ability to travel. As Senior BODY DYNAMICS by Bergamo™

Partner, he has the flexibility to be readily available to citizens, whether they are able to travel to the court or are homebound or hospitalized. Matt is dedicated to individuals’ wellbeing and passionately fights for their rights, even after death. A large portion of his practice is dedicated to serving the special needs of the elderly. Matt works hard to protect estate assets, securing Grandparent’s Rights and handling Title 19 issues. In conjunction with the Connecticut Commission on Child Protection and the Children’s Probate Court, as well as the American Alzheimer’s Association, Matt has diligently represented children and adults for

years, passionately advocating for their needs in both Superior Court and Probate Court. Matt and his family have lived in Cheshire for almost a decade. His commitment to family values, integrity and community service motivates him everyday and is evident in all that he and his wife do within the community and raising their three children. Matt has been involved in many local services and organizations such as the Republican Town Committee, Human Services Committee & Temple Lodge 16. Matt is a life long Republican and a member of the NRA. To find out more about Matt, visit his Web site at www.


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During my time in the legislature, some of the most important work I did had to do with providing for seniors in Connecticut and their families as they entered their later years in life. As the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Select Committee on Aging, I worked to pass several “Senior Security” initiatives, which were intended to give seniors

more economic breathing room with the increased cost of living in the state. One measure would have exempted pensions and Social Security from the personal income tax, after a three year phase out period. Another would have expanded the elderly property tax freeze to include more eligible seniors.

The most significant portion of “Senior Security” was known as “Money Follows the Person.” The measure was designed to provide funds for seniors to move from nursing homes to home care or community care arrangements and allows the funding to move with them. This law allowed up to 5,000 Connecticut elderly and disabled

the ability to receive long-term care in their homes without having to go into a nursing home. This process is more desirable and more cost effective. I am not pleased that the “Money Follows the Person” has, unfortunately, not been used to its full extent. During this recent period of continued budget shortfalls, the program has been short-

changed. That is unfortunate and short-sighted. It is estimated that a small investment for home care, compared to the high cost of nursing home care, would save Connecticut tax payers millions of dollars. I would like to see that program expanded for the health and well-being of our seniors, as well as the economic health and well-being of the state.

Use Different Techniques And Exercises To Keep Memory Sharp by Dr. Harry Morgan, MD

Keeping mentally sharp is important to any older adult. If you are aware of bothersome memory problems, discuss them with your doctor. But, there is much you can also do. Physical and mental exercise promotes brain health. Physical activity can be modest and with-

in your doctor’s recommendation. You must work with your doctor to manage chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes. Avoid alcohol consumption. Eat well. If you feel depressed, see your doctor. Depression can be a common condition that can be treated effectively. A healthy brain needs to reside in a healthy body.

Using your mind exercises your brain. Read. Ask questions. Do something new. If you enjoy puzzles, do them. If you want to take up painting or listening to music, do it. Social activity is often an excellent way to be exposed to new and novel activity. New activities, interests, and brain exercise stimulates brain cell connections. This delays memory diseases

or improves the memory problems that may already be present. Push yourself to do things, but don’t waste your time doing activities that you do not enjoy or which are frustrating to you. Ultimately, the goal is to find enjoyment in your life from good physical and mental health. Mulberry Gardens offers a monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group each second Tuesday at

6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marie Terzak, Retirement Counselor, at (860) 276-1020. Mulberry Gardens of Southington is a not-for-profit assisted living, adult day and memory care services community and member of Central Connecticut Senior Health Services. Resources: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; Jennifer Doty, BSW.

Reflexology Can Help You Treat Everything From Stress To Insomnia

Reflexology is a complementary health support to promote natural healing and is not a substitute for medical care. It can be performed on the face, feet, and

hands. It is a scientific art that works with reflexes in the body. By accessing these reflexes with unique thumb and finger techniques, the

body has the opportunity to balance itself. It is very beneficial to those with various conditions such as: headaches, constipation, high blood pressure, insomnia,

sciatica, and stress, as well as side effects of chemotherapy. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Services uses reflexology to aid in reducing pain for the cancer patient. To receive reflexology, you will lie on a table or sit in a reclining chair. The reflexologist will then apply thumb or finger pressure to reflexes in the face, feet or hand. The more often you receive reflexology, the more benefits you are likely to notice.

Rita Painchaud is certified in Universal Reflexology and Hot Stone Reflexology. She has also received certification in Oncology Reflexology from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Service and Facial Reflexology Level III Sorensensistem. She is a Cheshire native and provides treatment for all ages. Present her ad with your first treatment and receive $5.00 off your first session. Gift certificates are available.

continued from page 9 and bird reports in The Cheshire Herald. At our monthly meetings our members get to exhibit horticulture and designs for awards points. Once a year, we sponsor a fundraiser at Aqua Turf with our Holiday Luncheon where our 300+ guests can shop at our boutique featuring homemade crafts and gourmet foods. We apply the proceeds from this event to our annual scholarship for high school seniors or college students. Throughout town you will find several gardens we designed, built, and maintain. There is the front garden at Artsplace on Waterbury Road; the butterfly garden at Dodd Middle School; the memorial garden in

Bartlem Park; the colonial garden in the courtyard behind the Hitchcock-Phillips House on the Green; and memorial gardens at Riverbound Farm Sanctuary on Cheshire Street. Have you ever seen our Beauty Spot of the Month pictures and write-ups in The Cheshire Herald? From April through October, we scout the neighborhoods in Cheshire for the most exceptional front yard garden. At holiday time ,we hand out awards for the most artistically decorated doors. And, if you like to work with senior residents, we hold monthly workshops at convalescent centers. To get more information, please call Grace at (203) 272-6239.

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The Hearth, the new memory support residence on the Masonicare at Ashlar Village campus, offers a home-like atmosphere in an assisted living environment with all the social, medical, and

functional support to promote independence. Designed by a team of healthcare professionals, dementia experts and architectural specialists, The Hearth allows those with a

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aged by arthritis or injury, it may be difficult for you to perform activities such as walking or going up and down stairs. After having a total knee replacement, it is expected that you will have post operative pain and swelling in the knee that can last up to six months or one year. Physical therapy is a critical component in getting you back to functioning. You need to regain your range of motion so you can get in and out of the car, go up and down stairs, play with the grandkids, and play golf! Movement of the knee is very important following surgery, despite the increased pain that you may experience with it. You should expect your knee to be able to fully straighten, 0-degrees of extension and it is optimal to get about 120-degrees of flexion. If you are going to have a knee replacement or you have had one recently, see your doctor and ask for a prescription for physical therapy. Then call our office and we will get you started on the road

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Back Pain Too many people suffer from back pain and do not know how it can be managed successfully by the patient themselves. I have just completed a fellowship at the McKenzie Spine Institute regarding low back pain, which includes herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative joint disease and a host of other problems. The role of the therapist is to determine which movements make you better and which ones make you worse. Following that an individual treatment plan is developed for you to assist you in the recovery. Patients who follow through have excellent results using the McKenzie system. On average, clients with low back pain are treated successfully in 6 visits in McKenzie clinics throughout the world. To find out more about McKenzie, Physical Therapy Center of Southington-Cheshire is located in Plantsville at 1090 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike. Call them at (203) 272-8490 or visit www.

diagnosis of dementia to live in the least restrictive environment possible and still reside in a community setting. Recognizing that some adults may need a little more assistance and prompting to complete activities, The Hearth has a higher ratio of trained caregivers on-site around the clock. Every resident receives an individualized program of care based on his or her medical and psychosocial needs. Stimulating recreational programming supplements the standard assisted living services of three meals per day, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and

assistance with bathing, dressing, and medication management. The Hearth’s 45 apartments offer comfort as well as enhanced safety features. “Every design element from color schemes to easy access showers has been selected to help make life safe and nurturing while accommodating the unique sensory issues of an individual with dementia,” says Hilde Sager, Director of Marketing. The Hearth’s four “neighborhoods” offer a numbers of shared common areas, such as dining rooms, an activity room overlooking a pond and a secured garden area with walking paths for

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Highlands Running Sub Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Program

The Highlands Health Care Center is proud to have recently launched one of the only sub acute stroke rehabilitation programs in the area. The Stroke Recovery Program at The Highlands Health Care Center was developed in response to the emerging trend toward specialization in health care. With three primary stroke hospitals located within 20 miles of The Highlands, the

need for this specialized program became apparent. “The needs of a patient following a stroke are unique” says John Zazzaro, administrator of The Highlands Health Care Center. “Our stroke recovery program was designed with this in mind and ensures a continuity of care as the patient transitions from the acute setting of a hospital into the rehabilitation phase of recovery.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and disability in the US. Stroke can happen to anyone at any age. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is either blocked or flooded. The two types of stroke are called ischemic (blocked) and hemorrhagic (flooded). There are also transient ischemic attacks, which are often referred to as mini strokes. Rapid treatment is important to limiting

the damage caused by the stroke, and the first six months are the most important to rehabilitative treatment. Stroke rehabilitation is the process in which the stroke survivor works with a team of health care professionals with the aim of recovering as much of lost function as possible. The Highlands inpatient program follows the initial hospital stay and is focused on maximizing the patients recovery with the ultimate goal of returning the patient home. The development of The Stroke Recovery Program at The High-

lands Health Care Center began in 2007. Consulting with physicians and hospitals the comprehensive plan was developed to address all the needs of the stroke patient. While the patient receives seven day per week therapies, innovative technologies and superior nursing care, the program also focuses on the psycho-social needs of the patient, family education and support as well as stroke prevention. For more information on the stroke recovery, or to schedule a tour, please contact the center at (203) 272-7285.

YMCA Programs Help Seniors Stay In Shape

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As the baby boomer generation gets older, active adults are turning to exercise to help turn back the clock. Regular exercise can reduce the risks of age-related medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers, improve the quality of life, and help adults continue to look great and feel fabulous. The Cheshire Community YMCA offers a wide selection of Fitness Classes for Active Older Adults that target balance, strength, coordination, cardio endurance, small motor flexibility and posture improvement. The SilverSneakers Muscular Strength and Range of Motion Class uses a chair for standing and seated support, hand weights, resistance bands, and rubber balls for resistance. Participants move with the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Flexibility, balance work, and relaxation are also components of this popular program. Zumba Gold is another fun program targeted toward seniors and

beginner exercisers. Zumba Gold offers the same fun Latin Dance inspired workout as Zumba, but at a slower pace and lower intensity. Dances that are specifically highlighted in this program include the Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha, Cumbia, Salsa, Rock & Roll (including Twist and Charleston), Belly Dance, Flamenco, and Tango. This workout is great for the heart and the soul. Beginner Strength Training and Yoga Basics are also good places for a novice exerciser to start. For those looking for a mental challenge, the YMCA offers social bridge on Tuesday evenings. A full schedule of classes offered is available online at Senior members of the Cheshire Community YMCA enjoy a lower monthly rate, user-friendly equipment and trainers who are dedicated to providing guidance and support at every level. Please stop in anytime for a tour and a 2-week trial membership. For more information, contact Donna Paxton, Wellness Director at (203) 2723150.



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Splash Has Been Keeping Cheshire Cars Clean For 13 Years

Splash Car Wash is entering its 30th year of business, having started with a single location in Greenwich. It now has 18 locations in Connecticut and New York, and is one of the 20 largest car wash operators in the country. Splash has served the Cheshire community for the past 13 years with its location on Highland Avenue. The site offers an array

of services including exterior car washing, full service (vacuum and windows), express, and full detailing. There are free self-service vacuums at the site for those buying any wash service. Splash uses the finest Simoniz soaps and waxes in its computer-driven wash tunnel. The wash equipment uses a combination of soft cloth and closed cell foam material to

gentle massage the car after it is prepped using pressure guns. The car is dried by automatic air driers and then finished with terry cloth towels. The result is a clean, shiny car in less than five minutes. Splash has always been involved in the communities it serves, and Cheshire is no exception. Splash has donated to several

organizations in the Cheshire area, including Sarah’s House, the Cheshire High Cheerleaders, and the D.A.R.E. Program of Cheshire. Splash has been named Best Car Wash of New Haven County for five years running, which speaks to the ongoing quality the car wash delivers, day in and day out. Jose Rodriguez and Henry

Johnson are there to ensure that customers always get the best experience available anywhere. Splash honors its senior citizen customers by offering a $1 discount off of any wash every day of the week. Splash is open seven days a week, 8 to 6 Monday through Saturday, and 9 to 5 on Sundays. For more information, please visit

Future Economic Challenges Will Demand Tough Choices

America’s seniors face tough choices and Peter Vescovi RR, IAR Covenant Financial Services, LLC, is there to help. As the economic landscape continues to shift in the United States, new challenges continue to arise as this country tries to rebound. For most seniors, financial goals are simple: preserve and protect assets for their posterity, protect their assets in case of illness, and have sufficient income to retire comfortably. However, with recent government spending sprees and

President Bush’s tax cuts ending, the next decade will bring with it monumental roadblocks to achieving those goals. Market volatility and improperly managed investments have taken its toll on both the assets and psyche of elderly investors. As they cope with a struggling economy and, in some cases, obliterated retirement savings, more retirees are going back to work, in order to subsidize their income. According to a recent survey, over 60 percent of seniors returning to work were looking for full-time positions.

Additionally, there are projections that frozen or terminated pension plans may increase from 25 to 75 percent over the next five years. A proposed National Sales Tax, plus additional taxes proposed by Washington, will severely cut into seniors’ household and discretionary income. Under the Bush cuts, seniors could protect up to $3.5 million of their assets from any federal estate taxation. At that level, 90 percent of seniors would have their entire estate protected from estate tax. However, starting in

2011, only $1 million will be protected, leaving a hefty tax liability of 55 percent on the remainder of the assets. With new challenges and changes, come new solutions. Many older investors are unaware of fixed investments that have the potential to pay lifetime income, or estate planning strategies that can protect family assets from excessive taxation. In almost every case, partnering with an experienced and knowledgeable financial advisor will help seniors plan for these roadblocks and navigate towards financial peace.

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Senior Life

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You worked hard for your retirement . . . enjoy it. Cleaning the gutters and keeping up with yard work is a distant memory for residents of Elim Park Place. Our countless conveniences and amenities will create a lifestyle that will give you the retirement you have dreamed of having. You worked hard for your retirement, now is the time to enjoy it! We invite you to join us at our June 24 Open House. We will offer tours of our community including our Fitness and Wellness Center and tours of several apartment homes too. Learn about our future Residential neighborhood, Riverbend.

You’ll be glad you came!

Come on in, the water’s great. Elim Park Place residents enjoy the water at the Fitness & Wellness Center.

June Open House Thursday, June 24 Program begins at 10:00am.

Call 203.272.7550 x141 to RSVP or for directions.

150 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT 06410

2010 Senior Life Special Section  

2010 Senior Life Special Section

2010 Senior Life Special Section  

2010 Senior Life Special Section