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Prayer scarves and shawls warm bodies and spirits 7H[WDQGSKRWRV %\67(9((89,12 )HDWXUH:ULWHU For Judy Bornstein, life began at age 70. Twice divorced from abusive marriages, she has not only discovered herself but also found ways to use her talents to help others. A member of First United Methodist Church of Valparaiso, Bornstein started the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prayer shawl ministry, which annually crochets items for agencies served by United Way of Porter County. This year, due to the increase in need due to COVID-19, the ministry is crocheting prayer scarves for clients of Meals on Wheels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to think of ways to make people feel good,â&#x20AC;? said Bornstein, 84, the mother of ďŹ ve, grandmother of 17, and great-grandmother of 32. roA Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteer since 2015, Bornstein has been a Crafting for Love volunteer, knitting tting and crocheting items to be donated to those in need, and a companionship volunteer, checking on those who are homebound or in hospice. Working with VNA Hospice in Val-paraiso, Bornstein has been a licensed hospice volunteer for 12 years. Known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;singing lady,â&#x20AC;? Bornstein visits hospices and senior living facilities, singnging old hymns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to go and sing and chat,â&#x20AC;? she he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It ďŹ lls me up with such peace andd joy because old people can be so lonely.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;? Although COVID has put a damper er on hospice visitations, Bornstein has enough to keep herself occupied. She walks three miles a day, then returns home to crochet for a couple hours. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a skill she learned from her grandmother. r.

Since the prayer shawl ministry beegan, this group of women, working mainly nly from home, annually knits and crochetss items for 16 different agencies. While the scarves are attractive and nd warm, Bornstein believes the prayerfull message attached is more important. Each scarf comes with this prayer: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is scarf is given to you as a reminder thatt our loving thoughts and prayers will warm you during the holidays and all the Continued on page 2






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Nina Stur named chief nursing officer at St. Catherine Hospital Nina Stur has been named chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at St. Catherine Hospital. She has served as the hospital’s interim chief nursing officer since January. Stur began her career as a registered nurse in the medical surgical unit of St. Catherine Hospital 37 years ago. After her start as a staff nurse, Stur wrote and put into place nursing care plans for patients. She was promoted to director of nursing and nurse clinician in 1990. In 1993, she became the hospital’s clinical case manager, serving as a consultant to physicians on diagnoses and to pa-

tients and families on discharge planning, medical reviews and excellence in health care. Most recently, Stur served as director of case management and associate director patient care services. She has had each of those positions for the past 10 years. The posts that Stur has held over her career have cultivated a solid understanding of hospital operations, its people and its departments. “Nina is a dynamic and wellrespected collaborator with extensive knowledge of the patient population, accreditation processes, wellness initiatives and innovative nursing practices,” said Leo Correa,

administrator and chief executive officer. “She is adept at directing teams in positive ways that ensure delivery of the very best in health care,” she said. “Nina’s an asset to a hospital where its environment of care matches its quality of care.” Stur, a Munster resident, said she is proud of the five-star rated hospital and its health care teams. Outside the hospital, Stur has managed a wellness program for steelworkers in East Chicago. Stur has been a panelist on health care-related issues, more recently at a Purdue University Northwest Symposium on palliative care.


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Prayer scarves Continued from page 1 days of the new year.” “A lot of these people are alone, with no one thinking of them,” Bornstein said. “This prayer scarf is a reminder that we are thinking of them.” As of mid-November, the church women had made 1,200 scarves – none of them alike – with the bulk of them going to United Way and Meals on Wheels. “We want these people to know we think enough of them to make a scarf and send a prayer,” Bornstein noted, adding there is no quota of scarves. “Whatever we have is done. We’re reaching one

person at a time. If they feel important, that’s all that matters.” According to Evelyn Harris, RSVP director for United Way of Porter County, “Judy is one of our RSVP volunteers who has so many talents. Every year, her ministry donates scarves to United Way. Judy has a tremendous heart full of love and is always caring for others.” A woman who loves her new life in a senior residential community in Valparaiso, Bornstein confessed she loves being old. “Age is an attitude. I have an attitude that there is nothing we can’t accomplish if we believe in ourselves,” she said.


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Pitcher-spiker keeps playing ball in park leagues %\67(9((89,12 )HDWXUH:ULWHU Doreen Corley began playing sports as a young girl. Today, at 53, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball or softball, this mother and grandmother continues to play. Corley plays softball and volleyball in Valparaiso Parks Department leagues. She also played walleyball (volleyball off a wall) for the Valparaiso Family YMCA when it was located in downtown Valparaiso. For Corley, sports is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good out.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a friendly atmosphere and it keeps me active. You meet great people and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to be competitive.â&#x20AC;? A softball pitcher, Corley plays for the HealthLinc squad. Her volleyball team is called the Volley Ranchers. While softball is played outdoors on local ball ďŹ elds, volleyball is an indoor game played at Valparaiso public schools. Due to the coronavirus lockdown, schools were closed to outside groups and there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any 2020 parks volleyball games. Normally, Corley would spend nearly half the year playing something. The mother of three and stepmother to three more, Corley and her husband, Jack, own a machine and fabrication shop in LaPorte. Her daughter Kacie has played park league

sports with her. Sports has been in Corleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood and background. Her interest in volleyball began as a eighth grader at St. Paul Catholic School. It continued through Valparaiso High School. Softball started earlier, in third grade. Although she did not make the VHS softball squad, she did play in community leagues. She continued playing intramural sports at Purdue University in West Lafayette. She also ran track in high school when girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; prep sports were still in their infancy and did not receive much press. Corleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents preceded her in competitive sports. Her mother, Theodora (Dora) Clifford, now 88, played volleyball for VHS and a local womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s league. Corley has a team photo with her mother from 1964; Corley was born three years later. Corleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Joseph Clifford, 90, played football for VHS and in the Army. One of ďŹ ve children, Corley said her three brothers played VHS football. Corley said sports has taught her â&#x20AC;&#x153;how to get along with people.â&#x20AC;? She explained that adult sports face such challenges as work, spouse or children creating conďŹ&#x201A;icts. Another challenge, Corley noted jokingly, is dealing with umpiresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; calls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re harassing

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Benefits will increase in 2021 %\'$1,(/6800(5 6RFLDO6HFXULW\ 3XEOLF$IIDLUV6SHFLDOLVW Nearly 70 million Americans will see a 1.3% increase in their Social Security benefits and SSI payments in 2021. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when inflation increases. This change means prices for goods and services, on average, are a little more expensive. Social Security’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) helps to offset these costs. January 2021 marks other changes that will happen based on the increase in the national average wage index. For example, the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security payroll tax in 2021 will be higher. The retirement earnings test exempt amount will also change. Read our press release for more information at www.ssa.gov/news/press/ factsheets/colafacts2021.pdf. We will mail COLA notices throughout the month of December to retirement, survivors and disability beneficiaries; SSI recipients; and representative payees. Want to know your new benefit amount sooner? You can securely view and save the Social Security COLA notice online via the message center inside “my Social Security” in early December, without waiting for the mailed notice. In order to receive the online notice, you need to have a

“my Social Security” account that was created by Nov. 18, 2020. Those with a “my Social Security” can opt out of receiving a mailed paper COLA notice and other notices that are available online. You can choose text or email alerts when there is a notice in message center by updating your preferences at www.ssa. gov/myaccount/opt-out.html, so you always know when we have something important for you. Be the first to know! Sign up for or log in to your personal account today at www. ssa.gov/myaccount. Go to “message center preferences” and choose email or text to receive courtesy notifications. This way you won’t miss your online COLA notice.

Take care, caregiver %\&(&,/6&$*/,21( 0DWXUH/LIH)HDWXUHV If you aren’t caring for a diseased or disabled relative, you probably know someone who does. About one out of four people in the U.S. and Canada is a caregiver for a family member or friend. An interesting sidelight indicates some 6 million American seniors live with grandchildren — and half of these elderly are the caregivers in the household. Statistics can serve as headlines on the subject, but do little to expose the stress and heartbreak caregivers Continued on page 7


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Boost retirement income with little-known benefits (NewsUSA) Retirement is a life-changing experience. For some older adults it can be relaxing, for others it can be energizing. Bu it should never be stressful. But retirement in the United States can be expensive, and even savvy seniors who have budgeted for this phase of their lives may feel squeezed in areas such as housing and health care. COVID-19 has made things even harder for many. Many older Americans, who have worked hard all their lives, are unaware that they qualify for a range of public and private benefits to help pay for food, medicine, utilities, and many more essentials that ensure a safe and stable retirement. Every year, $30 billion in benefits go unclaimed because eligible older adults don’t know the programs exist or how to apply. These programs are not scams, and they are not loans. They are legitimate public and private funds designed to help older adults boost their budgets. The National Council on Aging the nation’s oldest and most trusted nonprofit working on behalf of seniors, offers the latest information on benefits programs on its free and confidential website, BenefitsCheckUp.org. The site includes a simple search tool to help retirees and their caregivers safely and securely identify programs that may help meet their financial

needs. There are benefits that help pay for medication and other health care costs (including home care and nursing home care), as well as food, housing and utilities. For those living on a fixed income, an extra $200 to $300 a month can make a significant difference in their standard of living and quality of life. Approximately half of all Medicare beneficiaries live on incomes below $26,200 a year. For those who qualify, Medicare’s special programs can save them thousands of dollars annually on their premiums, medications, deductibles, and co-pays. BenefitsCheckUp.org also includes information on employment and volunteer programs, programs for veterans, property tax relief, travel and recreation discounts, and support for families and caregivers. To raise awareness about these valuable benefits, NCOA is introducing an educational campaign called “Boost Your Budget Week: Find Your Benefits to Age Well.” Planned for July, the week is a great time for older adults to learn about opportunities to boost their budget with benefits. Interested older adults can visit ncoa.org/Boost to start their free BenefitsCheckUp. Or connect with one of NCOA’s local community organizations across the country for in-person assistance. Partners can be found on ncoa.org/Map.


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I have diabetes and my insulin costs are overwhelming. During this open enrollment period, is there a plan I could choose to better cover my insulin costs? The new Part D Senior Savings Model aims to reduce Medicare expenditures. About 30% of all 2021 standalone Medicare Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans with drug coverage will offer coverage of different types of insulin at a maximum copay of $35 per month. While your current health insurance plan may elect to participate in this program, not all do. You may need to switch plans to get this new benefit. So you’ll need to switch before the end of the Medicare open enrollment period (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7). For 2021, over 1,600 plans nationwide will offer these benefits, with plan options for beneficiaries in each state. Plan benefits will include a maximum $35 copay for a month’s supply and start Jan. 1 with coverage in the deductible, initial coverage and coverage gap phases of Part D. People with Medicare can find a drug plan participating in the Part D Senior Savings Model through the Medicare plan finder at Medicare.gov/ plan-compare. The online plan finder tool now has a filter to include insulin savings. By clicking the “insulin savings” option, plans that offer capped out-of-pocket costs for insulin will be highlighted. The filter will be promoted with a call-out action for users who enter covered insulin in their drug lists. The Part D Senior Savings Model aims to reduce Medicare expenditures while preserving or enhancing quality of care for beneficiaries. It aims to provide additional Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) choices for beneficiaries who receive Part D coverage through both stand-alone PDPs and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans that provide Part D prescription drug coverage (MA-PDs). These model-participating plan benefit packages (PBPs) will provide stable, predictable copays for insulins that beneficiaries need. If you or someone you know has questions about the Part D Senior Savings Model, the plan finder tool, MyMedicare. gov, or any other Medicare related topic, call SHIP at (800) 452-4800 or (866) 846-0139 TDD, or go online to www. medicare.in.gov. You can also find SHIP on Facebook and Twitter. SHIP is a free, unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana State Department of Insurance.


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‘My Sweet Lord’ was Harrison’s first single George Harrison The Beatles ruled the music world from 1963 until 1970, when they released their “Let It Be” album. %\5$1'$/ With the &+,// arrival of $%RRPHU%ODVW that LP, 7R7KH3DVW they collectively threw in the towel as the world’s top recording act and each ex-member then

went to work carving out his own solo career path. Leading the way was George Harrison, who had spent most of his Beatle years in the long shadow cast by bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney. When Harrison’s first single of “My Sweet Lord” (released from his “All Things Must Pass” album) streaked to No. 1 right out of the gate, Harrison managed to stand alone in the spotlight for once and bask in the warm glow of worldwide adulation. For a while. Harrison, raised a Catholic, had abandoned the faith when he was 12. As an adult,

he chose to embrace Hinduism and, with “All Things Must Pass,” created a version of the 16-word Hari Krishna mantra while utilizing images of the Hindu god Krishna in his album art. “My Sweet Lord” became the best-known expression of Harrison’s spirituality, his lengthy single (it had a running time of 4:39) detailing Harrison’s desire to become close to God. This is evident in the refrains of “Hallelujah” (a Jewish/Christian term meaning “Praise God”) and the Hindu term “Hare Krishna,” which offers devotion to Lord Krishna. Drawing from

care for your loved one. Talking with other caregivers helps. So does consulting with your doctors and such volunteer organizations that

focus on problems you face, such as the Alzheimer’s Foundation and American Cancer Society.

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undergo. They can become overwhelmed and forego or forget about caring for themselves. It’s important to know that if you don’t take care of yourself first, you can’t take care of anyone else. In addition to following the usual motherly advice to eat well and get plenty of rest, it’s important to recognize that caregivers frequently face stress-induced depression, fatigue, feelings of guilt and helplessness, and the array of their own aches and pains. If you’re a caregiver, experts in the field suggest you start by seeking out and meeting with other caregivers. It’s a giant step toward getting useful advice on working with your own charge. How do you handle your father’s finances? Your aunt’s diet as she bounces in and out of dementia and forgets to eat? Their refusal to take care of themselves and skip visits to the bathroom that you have to clean up? And all of this without a thank you. You have to teach them how to handle the remote so they can watch television when you’re not around. You have to learn how to give someone a shower. You may have to show them how to open a snack package they like to dive into. Keeping track of their medications and medical appointments is your responsibility, along with making sure they eat well, sleep well and have not developed any new symptoms or sores. It’s a 24-hour job. At the same time, it’s essential to squeeze in time to care for yourself and your health. You need to visit with friends, to get out from under the caregiver cloud and relax. Consider having a friend, family member, volunteer or paid proxy fill in for you for a few hours each week so you can take in a movie or other pastime. Taking care of yourself is not selfish. You’re keeping yourself strong so you can

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different religions for his song might have struck some folks as strange, but Harrison apparently wrote his lyrics as a call to spirituality minus the taint of sectarianism. But then the issue of money — lots of it — suddenly raised its (often ugly) head. Some alert listeners noticed that the musical pattern of “My Sweet Lord” was identical to that of the No. 1 1963 Chiffons hit “He’s So Fine.” In 1971, the power people behind Bright Tunes — the company that held the publishing rights to the Chiffons’ million-seller — sued Harrison for copyright infringement, when his 45 was still on the charts. Harrison tried over and over to settle the issue out of court, but Bright Tunes wasn’t interested in what he had to offer. Finally, in 1976 a judge ruled that Harrison had indeed plagiarized “He’s

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patients and residents and it is a true honor to serve our community.â&#x20AC;? A continuing care retirement community, HartsďŹ eld Village is part of Community Healthcare System that includes Community Hospital, Munster; St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago; St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart; and specialty hospital Community Stroke and Rehabilitation Center in Crown Point. Being afďŹ liated with Community Healthcare System, HartsďŹ eld Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rehabilitation Center also offers home health services for those in need of physical, occupational or speech therapy in the convenience of their own home. Our professional health care staff provides a caring touch and helps to enhance recovery for patients and restore maximum mobility and independence. HartsďŹ eld Village offers rehabilitative care on an inpatient basis. Find out how HartsďŹ eldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continuing care community can provide a better quality of life for your loved one and peace of mind for you. Visit www. hartsďŹ eldvillage.com or call (219) 934-0750. HartsďŹ eld Village Rehabilitation Center is located at 503 Otis Bowen Drive, Munster.


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four counties daily. Meals on Wheels goes beyond just the meal. Volunteers are trained to deliver a personal connection and wellness check with every meal. Meals on Wheels has increased safety measures and has created a no-touch delivery system to protect its volunteers and clients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year has reminded us that one of the best and most precious gifts you can give is the gift of your time. Volunteering in your community is a way to turn your compassion into action,â&#x20AC;? said Misovye. The ďŹ rst 10 people to complete volunteer training and deliver a route will receive a $20 gift card, courtesy of Strack and Van Til. Meals on Wheels will host volunteer training at its ofďŹ ce, 8446 Virginia St., Merrillville, at 1 p.m. Dec. 8. Social distancing and masks will be enforced. For information, contact Misovye at (219) 756-3663 or email him at charlie@mownwi. org to register. Attendance is limited. Founded in 1977, Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana delivers 1,300 nutritious meals each day with a wellness check and friendly visit to people in Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties.


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:MPIJQTQ\I\QWV Fitness has a new focus during Medicare open enrollment time (NewsUSA) Regular exercise is an important part of healthy aging. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why many Medicare plans offer affordable exercise programs among their beneďŹ ts. Today, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a ďŹ&#x201A;exible ďŹ tness option is more essential than ever in helping seniors stay ďŹ t, strong, and healthy. To help seniors meet their exercise needs, the Silver&Fit program from American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc. (ASH Fitness) is available through participating Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans open for enrollment to Medicare beneďŹ ciaries now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The closing of gyms for seniors who were used to an exercise routine can have a signiďŹ cant impact on health,â&#x20AC;? said Jaynie Bjornaraa, PhD, MPH, PT, and AVP of Digital Fitness Solutions with Silver&Fit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Older adults who stop exercising can become deconditioned in as little as two weeks.â&#x20AC;? The Silver&Fit program offers a variety of exercise and ďŹ tness

options, including online or digital options, to accommodate all levels of ďŹ tness. Here are some of the choices. â&#x20AC;˘ 1,700+ On-Demand Fitness Videos. The Silver&Fit video library lets members customize their at-home exercise routines with a collection of workouts available through the Silver&Fit website or mobile app. â&#x20AC;˘ In-Person Gym Access. As gyms are permitted to open, and when members feel comfortable going back into the gyms again, the Silver&Fit network will be ready and waiting for them. The Silver&Fit program includes gym access and members can choose from a nation-wide network of more than 15,000 ďŹ tness centers, YMCAs, and ďŹ tness studios. â&#x20AC;˘ Live Telephone Coaching. Members seeking help with ďŹ tness goals or lifestyle improvements can work with a live coach to obtain advice on ďŹ tness, nutrition, sleep, and other healthy living habits. â&#x20AC;˘ Social Engagement for Emo-

Monitor your prescriptions %\&(&,/6&$*/,21( 0DWXUH/LIH)HDWXUHV As we age and acquire sundry types of aches, pains, disabilities and diseases, we build a medicine cabinet bulging with pills and potions prescribed to lessen the pain and thwart the invasion of debilitating disorders. As a result, we can wind up with conďŹ&#x201A;icting cures. For example, dosages designed to support a diseased liver might cause our diabetes pills to turn against us. Or a prescription for a newly acquired afďŹ&#x201A;iction might cause severe skin rashes, stomach upsets or dizziness and loss of balance. Adding to the confusion is the intake of any supplements (vitamins, etc.), which also may tussle with whatever else is in your system. Many medications come with their own set of issues. Some blood pressure drugs and painkillers can cause depression. Certain combinations of medications can bring on confusion and instability, which may then be misdiagnosed as dementia. Coping with medications gets worse as we age because our bodies lose their resiliency and ability to combat any ill effects. Compounding the problem is that most of us acquire more and more medications as we age.

If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done so yet, write down all the prescriptions and supplements you take, in what dosages and how often. Make an appointment with your family doctor (now known as your primary care physician) and go over the list carefully. Before agreeing to replace a current prescription with a new medication, discuss with your doctor how it will ďŹ t in. Do the same before deciding to ingest a new health drink or power bar. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re given a new prescription after a hospital stay or consulting with a specialist, review the situation with your family doctor before ingesting the medication. If, when you do make changes or additions, you experience dizziness, blurred eyesight, upset stomach, memory lapses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; anything â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sit down and review the matter with your doctor. Ask if there is any way you can drop a medication by doing more exercise, improving your diet, getting more rest or any other lifestyle changes. If your doctor agrees you can stop taking a certain medication, ask if there will be any ill effects if you drop it too quickly. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a good idea to use one pharmacy for all your prescriptions. The druggist can be another source of information on the interaction between different types of drugs. Mature Life Features, copyright 2020

tional Support and Community Connections. Social isolation can impact mental and emotional health, contributing to poor overall health. The Silver&Fit program links members to more than 120,000 organizations ranging from chess and painting clubs, to classic car and nature organizations. This resource allows members to browse the clubs that suit them and reach out to join in on their Zoom or other virtual or socially distanced meetings to safely connect with like-minded contemporaries. â&#x20AC;˘ At-Home Fitness Kits. For those who want to create or en-

hance their own workouts at home, Silver&Fit has developed home ďŹ tness kits. Kits may include an exercise DVD, a workout mat, hand towel, resistance band, dumbbells, or wearable ďŹ tness trackers. The Silver&Fit program also offers free daily workouts for the public on Facebook Live or YouTube. Anyone can join these popular exercise classes tailored to the needs of older adults. The initial intermediate classes, such as cardio, yoga, strength, and others, were so successful that began October 12, Silver&Fit added beginner and advanced

level classes, as well as classes hosted virtually featuring locations from around the world. All classes are taught by certiďŹ ed instructors with experience creating classes for older adults. To participate in a free exercise class, follow Silver&Fit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ SilverandFit or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/silverandďŹ t. For information about whether your Medicare plan includes the Silver&Fit program, contact your health plan or (800)-MEDICARE. Visit www.SilverandFit. com for more information about the program.

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Colorful tree lights glow with the hope of a cancer-free future and inspires hope.â&#x20AC;? Each brilliant pink and lavender light on the Lights of Life trees represents a donation made to the Community Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. The foundation supports important cancer research initiatives that improve the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s access to the latest advances in prevention, detection and treatment of breast and other cancers. The pink trees represent those with breast cancer and lavender trees symbolize all types of cancer. Anyone may participate and purchase a light for the Lights of Life trees to honor a special person in their life. Each light represents a $5 donation, which may be made to the Community Cancer Research Foundation. For a $15 donation, a pink breast

For the past 20 years, holiday lights on the Lights of Life trees outside Community Hospital in Munster have been illuminated. These serve as a reminder of the journey of hope that goes along with a cancer diagnosis. This year, the lights shine on despite the pandemic, although changes have been made to the outdoor lighting ceremony. For the health and safety of participants, donors and their honorees will be invited after Dec. 2 to view a virtual tree lighting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Participation in these uncertain times is more important than ever before to show support for those on a cancer journey so they know that they are not alone,â&#x20AC;? said Marie D. Macke, administrator of cancer care, Community Healthcare System. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It brings us together for a common goal

cancer awareness pin, a crystal cancer awareness pin or a lapel cancer awareness pin can also be sent to honorees, along with a gift card in addition to reserving a light. Much of the online ceremony will be the same as the actual ceremony at Community Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outpatient entrance in years past. Speakers for the virtual event include Community Healthcare System radiologist Jonathon Lee, M.D. and St. Catherine Hospital CEO Leo Correa. Musical performances at the ceremony include a solo by Krystal Kadar Quagliara and pre-recorded selections by the Munster High School Chorale group, directed by Luke McGinnis. The Lights of Life program began in 2000. To date, the



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Ways to stay connected, check on senior citizens while social distancing (NewsUSA) You know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all going a tad stir-crazy when a parody of the title song from Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma!â&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, Corona!â&#x20AC;?) gets almost 1.7 million views on YouTube. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far worse for seniors: Not only canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even their kids and grandkids visit them, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the extra stress that comes with the nagging suspicion that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be advised to remain on lockdown long after younger people begin trickling back to work. Whenever that is. In fact, the AARP Foundation has even come up with this dire comparison: Prolonged social isolation, for those aged 50 and older, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the health equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day.â&#x20AC;? Fortuitously, some of the niftiest technology offers solutions both to keep us connected and protect against some of the miscreants taking advantage of the situation. â&#x20AC;˘ Health checks. If you are worried that all the anxiety is harming your loved onesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; overall well-being, the machine-learning algorithms that analyze activity data as part of Alarm.comâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wellness solution can provide you with the very details youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve suddenly found yourself obsessing about. Did they open their medicine cabinet when they should to take their prescription? Have their sleeping, eating, and (yes) bathroom patterns changed? Are they up and about during the day? All that and more is done by connecting their home to yours via smart-home technology, with real-time smartphone alerts to let you know if somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amiss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here to protect you and let someone know if something does go wrong,â&#x20AC;? said Margarete Pullen of Dallas, Texas, whose

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This bread stufďŹ ng has more than your basic celery and onion--youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love the unexpected addition of mushrooms, red pepper, carrots and water chestnuts! And while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect addition to your holiday menu, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a great choice for serving with chicken or ďŹ sh any night of the week. 15 servings; Prep 25 minutes; Ready in 1 hour, 20 minutes. INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup butter 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks) 1 cup chopped onion (1 large) 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red bell pepper (1 small) 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried sage, crushed 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional) 12 cups light whole-wheat bread cut into 1-inch pieces and dried (see Tip) 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped 1 cup coarsely shredded carrots (2 medium) 1 (14.5 ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth 1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed or 2 eggs, lightly beaten DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, celery, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in sage, ground pepper and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Combine bread cubes, water chestnuts and carrots in a very large bowl. Add mushroom mixture; toss to combine. Add broth and egg, tossing lightly to combine. Spoon into a 3-quart casserole. Bake, covered with foil, 50 to 55 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 160 degrees F. NUTRITION INFORMATION: Serving Size: 2/3 Cup Per Serving: 108 calories; 3.8 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 227 mg sodium. 111 mg potassium; 13 g carbohydrates; 4.1 g ďŹ ber; 3 g sugar; 5.6 g protein; 1776 IU vitamin a iu; 9 mg vitamin c; 11 mcg folate; 66 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 5 mg magnesium; Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Fat, 1/2 Lean Protein

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Telehealth startup implements ‘digital reminiscence’ technology Telememory LLC a Kansas City-based telehealth startup that uses AI-based digital reminiscence technology to connect families with their memories and track emotional responses to improve happiness and health, announced an Alpha testing program with Delmar Gardens Enterprises. The month-long program seeks to connect memory care patients and families to their legacies while promoting the patients’ psychological health and well-being. “Telememory is on a mis0256(&2'(%5$&(/(76³'HEELH1DSLHUDQGRWKHUZRPHQVKRZRIIWKHLU0RUVH&RGHEUDFHOHWV sion to harness the healing DWDUHFHQW5HFRYHU\&RQQHFWLRQFODVV3KRWRSURYLGHG power of life stories. Stimulating long-term memory recall, keeping people connected to their legacies by way of emotionally engaging and informative digital experiences has a significant impact on everyone,” said Eliot Arnold, CEO of Telememory. “We are United Way of Porter County president and CEO of United Monday nights,” said Debbie helping families collect, curate Women United has donated Way of Porter County. “Through Napier, a Women United memand reminisce together pri$10,000 to support PACT Women United, we’re helpber for two years. “As often as vately and securely with our Recovery Connection and The ing to facilitate connection for possible, I volunteer to support next-generation software.” Caring Place. those that need support the these fierce and strong overThe program with Delmar The donation will support most.” comers. They have no idea how Gardens Enterprises Inc., Recovery Connection’s holistic Beyond financial support, spending an hour with them based in Chesterfield, Mo., approach to helping people Women United members volfills my cup.” launched this week. Specificalwith addiction reconnect to unteer at Recovery Connection Porter County Women United ly, Telememory will implement their community. The donaMonday nights to provide social donated funds through its antheir Reminisce+ technology tion will also help The Caring and skills activities for women nual spring fundraiser, Bunco that: Place’s emergency shelter who have struggled with addic- Bash. Women United Porter • Collects key information program for victims of domestic tion. Activities include cooking, County is open to women inter- about a patient’s life through violence. games, craft time, women’s ested in sharing their talents a digital biography process. “These programs are more health and budgeting tips. and passion. To learn how to • Curates personalized vital than ever in the wake “I am blessed beyond meajoin, visit unitedwaypc.org/ content including music, art, of COVID,” said Kim Olesker, sure by the women I meet on women-united. video, images purpose built for invoking long term memory recall, emotional responses and information sharing. • Allows families to stream and share content via narrowcasting and telepresence technology like Apple FaceTime. • Analyzes emotional and biometric responses to the memories to gauge recall. • Provides content recommendations and alerts based on responses.

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The patent-pending technology is unique in providing a digital means of re-living experiences with friends and family, remotely, while also measuring memory recollection and overall engagement. Launching a pilot with Delmar Gardens gives Telememory access to their deep domain expertise on Memory Care and is an important step in understanding patient and family needs, as well as beginning to understand how to objectively measure the beneficial effects of digital reminiscence. “COVID-19 has accelerated the need for more telehealth solutions that connect family and friends to our residents,” said Kathy Gilmore, senior vice president of Delmar Gardens Enterprises. “We pride ourselves on offering the latest and greatest technology to help our residents stay happy, healthy and engaged. Telememory is developing a groundbreaking solution that may be able to offer non-pharmacological means of improving mood, reducing anxiety and feelings of isolation.” Findings and feedback from the program will be incorporated into Telememory’s beta features. “When my father was diagnosed with dementia, I realized there was no technology purpose-built to help him stay connected to his life interests: art, music, bridge, family, friends. I started Telememory to address this challenge, as well as find non-pharmacological solutions for my dad to improve his mood, slow cognitive decline and stay engaged and fulfilled,” Arnold said. Telememory’s product also allows caregivers to scale these therapeutic solutions across more patients without increasing the cost of care.


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Residences at Deer Creek offers memory support options %\.$5(1$<560$1 ([HFXWLYH'LUHFWRU 5HVLGHQFHVDW'HHU&UHHN At Residences at Deer Creek, we have the pleasure of meeting many new and wonderful people daily. We hear many heartwarming stories from families struggling to make the decision to move their loved one into a senior living community, especially when their loved one is no longer able to make the decision themselves. What is even more challenging is making that hard decision during a worldwide pandemic. Recently, we met Ruth Buikema, a registered nurse accompanied by her mother, and their emotional state was understandably evident. We listened to amazing stories and the adventures that were her father, Art Vos,’ life — a handsome man with a great sense of humor and an outstanding career as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Given all his accomplishments and successes, it made it hard for his wife and daughter to watch him slip away from dementia. “As long as I can remember, my dad served his country. He served in Korea and then joined the National Guard. He commanded over 400 men when the death of Martin Luther King Jr. spawned riots in Chicago,” she said. She added, “When dad was promoted as lieutenant colonel, there was a large ceremony with 700-plus men and we were able to attend. When we entered the auditorium, everyone jumped up and saluted. You could have heard a pin drop. My dad looked at the crowd and returned the salute. To us he was just dad, but to hundreds of others he was so much more. We are very proud of our dad not only for his service, but for being a part of something

greater, which has a lasting impact for generations to come,” said Buikema. The Vos family decided it was time to consider memory support options. Buikema did her homework and selected Residences at Deer Creek. She felt the compassion and willingness of Residences at Deer Creek to care for her father in his current world was paramount. Additionally, the community’s state-of-the-art Snoezelen environment, designed to lower stress and increase relaxation, and certified dementia practitioners on staff, helped her solidify her decision. Now that Vos is comfortably settled into his new home at Residences at Deer Creek, Buikema is so appreciative that the staff genuinely cares for her father and is supported by a wonderful team of experts. For more information, call (219) 864-0700 or visit www. ResidencesSeniorLiving.com.


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Church outreach director seeks to share Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love %\67(9((89,12 )HDWXUH:ULWHU It was in 1972 when Bonnie Meyer, then a junior high student, joined First United Methodist Church of Crown Point. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still there, busy as ever. A FUMC member for nearly 49 years, Meyer works part-time as the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of outreach and missions. Among her responsibilities are mission outreach and family ministries, fellowship time, and new members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty,â&#x20AC;? said Meyer, who dropped another ministry, Buddy Bags, and started another, Community Help Network. A volunteer with that network, Meyer works to provide food for local students who, for the most part, are on the free and reduced lunch program. She and other volunteers provide meals and snacks for 448 students in elementary and middle school grades among eight schools in three school districts. Due to COVID-19 and virtual classroom settings, the revised program now provides some meals, but most of their students now receive supermarket gift cards. Meyer added that, during the quarantine, the network is researching other service areas, including the immediate needs of local citizens in a six township area.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for this pandemic to be over, so we can get back to normal,â&#x20AC;? Meyer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here so long, this church is like family. I feel I know everybody.â&#x20AC;? Another ministry impacted, but not stopped, by the coronavirus is FUMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international mission to Honduras. Since 2011, Meyer has taken local members to Roatan, an island off the north coast of the Central American country. The Crown Point church members helped build a church in Roatan. Now, due to the pandemic, FUMC provides supplies for food distribution. Another curtailed ministry is fellowship time. Prior to COVID-19, the church offered coffee and doughnuts before and after Sunday services. The coronavirus has put the temporary clamps on that, as Meyer â&#x20AC;&#x153;looks forwardâ&#x20AC;? to the return of socializing at the near-downtown faith community. Still, the Methodist community is far from idle these days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to call us the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;church that does,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Meyer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very busy.â&#x20AC;? In addition to a preschool, FUMC has been very active in the community, including fundraisers for local police and ďŹ re departments and a beneďŹ t for the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe haven baby box. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have lots of things for people to do,â&#x20AC;? Meyer said.

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Meyer takes the expression â&#x20AC;&#x153;living your faithâ&#x20AC;? to mean â&#x20AC;&#x153;every day I try to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for ways to help other people and share the love of Christ in what I say and do.â&#x20AC;? Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite passage from Scripture is Psalm 27,

Keep healthy with common sense %\&(&,/6&$*/,21( 0DWXUH/LIH)HDWXUHV SnifďŹ&#x201A;e season is here, that time of year when we try to defend ourselves from the colds, coughing and running noses that surround us. The stubborn COVID-19 has added more hurdles in our struggle to survive. Not to mention the annual arrival of the ďŹ&#x201A;u. Oldsters are under a darker shadow since they are more vulnerable to the coronavirus

than the younger population. Add to that the disabilities that grow as one ages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; arthritis, joint and organ inďŹ&#x201A;ammation, emphysema and autoimmune diseases that attack any and all parts of the body. The mantra â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain distance, stay home if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been accepted as basic for protecting ourselves and our loved ones. But reports of opening and

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which begins: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord is my light and salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It talks about the Lord being my strength,â&#x20AC;? Meyer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rely on my personal skills. I look to the Lord for strength.â&#x20AC;?

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closing businesses, second and third waves, and conďŹ&#x201A;icting analyses and announcements by an array of politicians, medical experts and television talking heads can add to the confusion. Amid all this chatter is resistance to available medical defenses. Rightly or wrongly, only 30% of the population gets a ďŹ&#x201A;u shot each year. And some folks are already proclaiming they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a COVID-19 vaccine when it gets here. All this clamor can distract us from what we know about staying healthy. So hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a friendly reminder of the basics: ¡ Get enough sleep. Eight hours every day. ¡ Eat right. Plenty of fruit and vegetables, as fresh as possible, should be in your daily diet. ¡ Stay active. A 10- or 15-minute daily walk works wonders. Just walk around the block! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only healthy, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to know your neighbors. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come to enjoy the time and might even decide to do it twice a day. As winter sets in, and snow and ice get in the way of this neighborhood jaunt, ďŹ nd a gym, community center or mall where you can walk safely each day. And as with anything involving your health and well-being, discuss all your problems and plans with your family doctor. Mature Life Features, copyright 2020


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Paul McCartney claimed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fun anymoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; On the night of Dec. 27, 1960, â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a chilly Tuesday evening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1,500 music fans jammed into the spacious Litherland %\5$1'$/ Town Hall &+,// in Liverpool, England. Promotional posters promised fans a grand night

of dancing and rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll, thanks to the debut of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Sensational Beatles (Direct from Hamburg).â&#x20AC;? Attendees that night, who logically assumed that the band came from Germany, would remark later how good the quartetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s English skills were whenever the group members chatted with the audience. Actually, all four Beatles had grown up in Liverpool. For the previous ďŹ ve months, though, they had been playing long

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary to offer virtual angel tree ceremony St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary will present its third annual Angel Tree of Lights ceremony as a pre-recorded event, set to debut Dec. 18. The Angel Tree of Lights fundraising campaign supports the auxiliaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scholarship fund. Donors and honorees of the program will be the ďŹ rst to access the online ceremony link. The recording will feature presentations by auxiliary members, the listing of donors and honorees, as well as the lighting of the tree located in the west lobby of the hospital. Angels symbolizing the remembrance or honor of a loved one will also be hung on the tree and will remain in place throughout the holiday season. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online version of the traditional in-person event was planned in consideration of the health and safety of the participants. Teresa Pedroza, director of mission integration and volunteers, said participation in the Angel Tree of Lights is important because so many people feel they need an angel in their life during these unprecedented times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hanging an angel on the tree to honor someone shines a light on their life and can represent special memories of those after they are gone,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition, the proceeds from this event beneďŹ t the St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. These scholarships help provide key sources of funding for students pursuing a degree in health care.â&#x20AC;? Anyone may honor a special person in their life with an angel on the tree. For a $10 donation, individuals, businesses and organizations can have an angel hung on the tree in memory or honor of a loved one. For a $25 donation, an angel is placed on the tree and an angel ornament is mailed to the home or made available for pickup. Donors are asked to submit an email to receive the link to view the Angel Tree of Lights event featuring Helen Engstrom, co-chair of the scholarship fund committee for St. Mary Medical Center. Appearing with her will be Melina Dixon, manager of volunteers,

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sets of American Top 40 hits in bars and dance clubs in the gritty Reeperbahm district of Hamburg. In doing so, they had morphed from a ragtag bunch of minimally talented musicians into a respectable â&#x20AC;&#x153;coverâ&#x20AC;? band that had become popular as headliners. Back at Litherland, as the Beatles waited behind a curtain drawn across the dance hall stage, the emcee snapped the crowd to attention with â&#x20AC;&#x153;And now, everybody, the band youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been waiting for! Direct from Hamburg â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;? But before the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beatlesâ&#x20AC;? could be uttered, a nervous Paul McCartney burst through the curtain, screaming his best high-octane Little Richard imitation: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna tell Aunt Mary â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bout Uncle Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;He said he had the misâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ry but he got a lot of fun.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Tall Sallyâ&#x20AC;? instantly fueled the crowdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rush to the stage to revel in the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

half-hour set as the leatherjacketed young artists staked their claim to history. According to numerous rock historians, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beatlemaniaâ&#x20AC;? was ushered in that night. Within two years, the Fab Four became UK stars, and by 1964 they ruled the international pop music world. Flash forward to Aug. 29, 1966. The Beatles are scheduled to play a concert at San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candlestick Park. Fans headed to that performance donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize that this will be the ďŹ nal live show of the quartetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career. (The foursome will keep the announcement to themselves until they return to England.) Who could blame the band for their decision? Worldwide fame, it seemed, had robbed the musicians of everything enjoyable about performing before an audience. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful Vox amps had become all but useless against the

nightly screamfest that rolled over the band like an oceanic tide. So pronounced was John Lennonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s malaise that he had begun calling the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; live act a â&#x20AC;&#x153;freak show.â&#x20AC;? Ringo Starr offered no argument. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody was listening at the shows.â&#x20AC;?) Even normally positive Paul McCartney confessed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fun anymore.â&#x20AC;? That night at Candlestick Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, the Beatles performed on an elevated platform erected over second base and surrounded by a chain-link fence for their last live gig. The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading rockers, amid chilly swirls of fog, performed their ďŹ nal concert in a cage. Their show, as usual, ran half an hour, and the last song sung was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Tall Sally.â&#x20AC;? For those who could hear him, it was said that Paul McCartney had never sounded better.



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COVID scams on seniors In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digital world, it seems there is always a new scam out there where criminals are seeking to steal oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identity or get their hands on banking information. Unfortunately, elderly individuals are the most frequent targets of fraud scams. Many fraud schemes against the elderly are performed over the telephone, door-to-door or through advertisements. Those over the age of 65 are more likely to have been scammed than someone in their 40s. Top COVID Scams On Seniors â&#x20AC;˘ Checks from the government. They tell you that you have a stimulus check from the government looking to get your bank information. Government never asks for bank

information over the phone. Never. â&#x20AC;˘ Donations to charities. Corrupt outďŹ ts will appear to facilitate honest efforts, such as raising money for those in need or distributing medical supplies. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difďŹ cult to refrain as the scam involves using the local community as a backdrop to their scheme. Check them out with the Better Business Bureau, www. give.org or www.charitywatch. org. â&#x20AC;˘ Online phishing scams and fake email. Phishing scams are used to gain personal information, such as Social Security numbers and banking information. Never click on attached links. Go to the website directly, if you know the institution. â&#x20AC;˘ Medicare. Fraudsters pose

as Medicare representatives to get seniors to give them their personal information, such as their Medicare identiďŹ cation number. The fraudster uses this information to bill Medicare for fraudulent services and then pockets the money. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share any information. â&#x20AC;˘ Counterfeit prescription drugs. Unfortunately, fraudsters are aware of this and set up websites that advertise cheap prescription drugs, which are usually counterfeit. Go to reliable sources or call a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce for cheaper alternatives. Housecall Doctors, P.C., provides at-home medical and podiatry care for elderly and homebound patients. For information, visit www.housecalldoc.org or call toll free at (800) 945-4654.

Community Hospital among first in state to receive coronovirus vaccine Munsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Hospital is one of ďŹ ve health care facilities in Indiana to receive the ďŹ rst doses of a COVID-19 vaccine this month, according to Indiana State Department of Health ofďŹ cials. The announcement was made during the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly coronavirus news conference Nov. 11

in Indianapolis. Community Hospital was chosen as a pilot site based on its ability to store the ďŹ rst doses from PďŹ zer at super subzero cold temperatures reaching minus 60 to minus 80 degrees Celsius. In accordance with federal and state guidelines,

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so I look like I married a younger woman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and one whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two feet taller than I am. And then, all you can see is the very top of my head. I know this because several people have texted my wife and asked her why my hairline receded so much during the pandemic. We sometimes use Facetime. We never know whether to choose the vertical or horizontal orientation on the phone. Mary Ellen and I sat on the couch once and experimented with different positions. (That sounds like a lot more fun than it was.) Last week, we decided to Facetime with our friends the Goslings at dinnertime and enjoy our meals while we chatted. The Goslings heated a pizza they bought from Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. We picked one up from a local pizzeria. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a competitive person, but our pizza looked a lot tastier than theirs, meaning it was greasier and less healthy. Without any warning, Dan reached out of frame for a garden salad they had prepared. Mary Ellen immediately switched off the camera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What are you doing?â&#x20AC;? I asked my wife. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so embarrassed. They are having vegetables. We just have pizza. This is not good for my reputation as a health-conscious person. They have green food,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All our food is red and brown.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pepperoni pizza, dear. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure the Goslings wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even notice.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course they will! See how thin and ďŹ t they both are? I bet they even have spinach on their pizza. This is so humiliating.â&#x20AC;? With that, Mary Ellen ran to the fridge, returning to the conversation a few seconds later with a coffee mug ďŹ lled with a healthy side dish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry,â&#x20AC;? she said to Dan and Noelle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I forgot the carrot sticks. We eat carrot sticks at every meal. Even breakfast. And between meals. And that darn pizza place forgot to put the broccoli and cauliďŹ&#x201A;ower on my half of the pizza.â&#x20AC;? We had a lovely dinner. The Goslings were so much fun to talk to, even though they were in a vegetative state.


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Health & Fitness

Fruits, veggies and the holidays

After a most beautiful fall and Indian summer, we are settling into the whirlwind called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the holidays,â&#x20AC;? which would normally consist of more social engagements, family gatherings and a party atmosphere from Thanksgiving until New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, but â&#x20AC;Ś yep, we are still in the COVID-19 season that will last into 2021. OK, so gatherings will be smaller and you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to bake, and eat the usual holiday fair and put on the holiday 10 pounds. This year, you can start your New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution early and make healthy side dishes and desserts that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave you feeling like you need a nap. In your everyday planning consider how you can get more fruits and vegetables into your dishes. Adding vegetables will displace higher calorie foods. A few examples would be: Breakfast Add veggies to potatoes. Have a fruit bowl instead of a piece of fruit so you get the nutrients of each type. Add fruit to your oatmeal. Add a smashed banana to your oatmeal as it cooks to give it a smooth banana ďŹ&#x201A;avor and more nutrients. Add raw greens like kale or spinach to your smoothie. Lunch When making soup or stews mince up some extra onion, celery and carrots and put them in the pot to help thicken, ďŹ&#x201A;avor and again, add nutrients. Create a veggie sandwich or add a mound of veggies on your sandwich to get your raw cruciferous veggies in for the day. Make a side dish of fruit or raw veggies instead of chips. Add fruit or a serving of raw broccoli to your salad. Dinner Add chopped veggies to your spaghetti sauce and serve over spaghetti squash.

Turn your chili into veggie chili with celery, carrots and corn. Add extra veggies to potato salad like grated carrots, chopped cauliďŹ&#x201A;ower and pickles. Grate carrots and zucchini into just about any casserole. This week I made a turkey meatloaf for my husband and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until he was eating the leftovers that he noticed vegetables inside the meatloaf because I had minced them ďŹ ne before adding them and did not have to use breadcrumbs or crackers to bind the meat. Sneaky, right? Every bite counts and if you ďŹ ll up on veggies and fruit you will eat less of the high calorie foods. Remember that enjoying the holidays doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to mean a food free-for-all. Keep your senses so you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to play the regret game come January. Wishing you all good health, happiness and Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blessings. Vegan Vegetable Chili Ingredients: 1 large yellow onion, diced. 2 large bell peppers, any color, diced. 2 medium carrots, diced. 2 stalks celery, diced. 2 cloves garlic, minced. 2 tablespoons chili powder. 1 tablespoon ground cumin. 2 teaspoons dried oregano. 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, preferably ďŹ re-roasted (do not drain). 2 (4-ounce) cans roasted green chilies, undrained-optional. 2 (15- to 15.5-ounce) cans beans, such as pinto, black, kidney, cannellini or garbanzo, drained and rinsed. 1 to 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided. 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained or 1 cup frozen. Water sautĂŠ using a few tablespoons of water â&#x20AC;&#x201D; add the onion, bell peppers, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano and stir to coat veggies. Add the tomatoes and their juices, green chilies, beans and 1 cup of the broth. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat as needed and simmer uncovered until the chili thickens to your liking, 30 to 40 minutes.

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83'$7(6 +$33(1,1*6,17+($5($ Send listings of events, hosted by nonproďŹ t organizations, to Senior Life, P.O. Box 188, Milford, IN 46542, by Dec. 23 for January events. With listing, include contact person and a phone number. (EDITORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTE: The calendar is listing regularly scheduled events. Due to COVID-19, events may be cancelled or postponed. Please reach out to the sponsoring agencies to verify if the events are still being held.) Bonner Senior Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Monday: Massage 9 a.m., yoga 9:45 a.m., ďŹ tness 10:30 a.m., Choraleers 12:30 p.m., Zumba 2 p.m. Tuesday: Fitness 10:30 a.m., dancing 12:30 p.m., pinochle, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday: Fitness 10:30 a.m., bunco 12:30 p.m., bridge 12:30 p.m. Thursday: Fitness 10:30 a.m., bingo noon, dancing 1 p.m. Friday: Fitness 10:30 a.m., shopping 12:15 p.m., bingo 12:30 p.m. Bonner Senior Center is located at 5800 Lexington Ave., Portage, (219) 762-1522. Maria Reiner Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Monday: Pickleball 8:30 a.m., stretching class 9 a.m., smart phone class 10:30 a.m., ukulele 11 a.m., pinochle 11 a.m., bocce ball noon, oil painting 12:30 p.m., beginner computer class 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday: Pickleball 8:30-11:30 a.m., breakfast 9-11 a.m. ($3), blood pressure checks 10 a.m. to noon (ďŹ rst and third Tuesday), dominos 10 a.m., walking club 10 a.m. to noon, genealogy 10 a.m., tournament pool play 10 a.m., jam session 11 a.m., Mah Jongg (experienced play) 11:15 a.m., ping pong play noon. Wednesday: Experienced art class 8:30 a.m., pickleball 8:30 a.m., stretch plus 9 a.m., hand and foot 10 a.m. (ďŹ rst Wednesday), scrapbooking class 10 a.m., bean bag toss noon,

movie and popcorn noon, beginner art class 12:30 p.m., euchre lessons and play 1 p.m. Thursday: Pickleball 8:30-11:30 a.m., bridge lessons (intermediate and advanced) 9 a.m., Y cardio 9:30 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($3), ping pong play noon, tournament pool play noon, canasta 12:30 p.m., bridge play 1 p.m., dominos 1 p.m., The Bible as Literature 1 p.m., Happy Hookers and Naughty Knitters 2 p.m. Friday: Yoga 8:30 a.m., pickleball 8:30 a.m., darts 11 a.m., bridge play 12:30 p.m., bunco (every ďŹ rst and third Friday) 12:30 p.m., bingo (every second and fourth Friday) 12:30 p.m., Ask the Doc computer class 1-3 p.m. Plus many special classes and presentations. $3 daily visitation fee for nonmembers. Interested in a membership? Call (219) 947-1864 or visit 705 E. Fourth St., Hobart. For more information, visit www.hobartseniors.com. AARP â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Crown Point Chapter No. 3210 meets at 12:30 p.m. every fourth Monday at the Crown Point Civic Center, 101 S. East St. Guests and new members welcomed. Various speakers and informative topics. Dues are $5 per year. Light refreshments. For details, contact Sue Mick at (219) 689-9168. Hebron Seniors Activity Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Blood pressure screening noon ďŹ rst Wed.; birthday celebrations ďŹ rst Wed.; monthly meeting third Wed.; volunteer opportunity third Thurs. (contact site coordinators Edwin and Ruby Montgomery for more details). Center is open to anyone for bingo or playing cards from 9 a.m. to noon MondayFriday. Located at 611 Main St., Hebron, (219) 996-5892. New Friends â&#x20AC;&#x201D; New

Friends, a club for single people 60 years and older, meets every Thursday to socialize and play cards. Members go to restaurants, plays, movies, have a yearly picnic, anniversary dinner and a Christmas party. Meetings are held at White Funeral Home, 921 W. 45th Ave., GrifďŹ th. For more information, call Marge at (219) 201-4174 or Barb at (219) 838-5415. Thursday Threaders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thurs. at GrifďŹ th Public Library, 45th and Colfax. Bring your own project to work on while enjoying coffee, snacks and the company of others. Call (219) 838-2825. AARP â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gary Chapter No. 4387 meets each month at noon the second Thursday (JanuaryJune and September-December) at St. Timothy Community Church, 1600 W. 25th Ave., Gary. Refreshments served. Guests and new members are always welcome. Dues $15 per year. Must belong to National AARP or join. Very informative guest speakers regarding senior concerns. For more information, contact Minnie Porter, president, at (219) 882-3093. St. John Lions Club â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Seeking donations of old eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids. Drop-off sites: Standard Bank, Route 41; Community Outpatient Clinic, Route 41; Stop and Shop; St. John Library; The Hammond Clinic, Route 41; Boric Religious Store, Thiel Street; St. John Town Hall, 93rd Avenue; VFW Post 717, 93rd Avenue. Whiting Lions Club â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Seeking donations of old eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids. Drop off in yellow collection box on 119th Street, Whiting.

Highland Lions Club â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Seeking donations of old eyeglasses. Drop-off sites are: Town Hall, 3333 Ridge Road; Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln St.; Centier Bank, 9701 Indianapolis Blvd.; McColly Realty, 2002 45th St.;

Dr. Ligget, 2940 Highway Ave.; Family Eye Care, 8417 Kennedy Ave.; and Johnson Opticians, 8128 Kennedy Ave., Highland. If interested in becoming a Lion, contact Tim Tintor at (219) 8388756.

Colorful tree lights glow with the hope of a cancer-free future For the past 20 years, the Lights of Life trees outside Community Hospital, Munster, have been illuminated and serve as a reminder of the journey of hope that goes along with a cancer diagnosis. This year, the lights shine on despite the pandemic although changes have been made to the outdoor lighting ceremony. For the health and safety of participants, donors and their honorees will be invited after Dec. 2 to view a virtual tree lighting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Participation in these uncertain times is more important than ever before to show support for those on a cancer journey so they know that they are not alone,â&#x20AC;? said Marie D. Macke, administrator of Community Health Care Systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Care Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It brings us together for a common goal and inspires hope.â&#x20AC;? Each brilliant pink and lavender light on the Lights of Life trees represents a donation made to the Community Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. The foundation supports important cancer research initiatives that improve the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s access to the latest advances in prevention, detection and treatment of

breast and other cancers. The pink trees represent those with breast cancer and the lavender trees symbolize all types of cancer. Much of the online ceremony will be the same as the actual ceremony at Community Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outpatient entrance in years past. Speakers for the virtual event include Community Health Care System radiologist Jonathan Lee, M.D. and St. Catherine Hospital CEO Leo Correa. Musical performances at the ceremony include a solo by Krystal Kadar Quagliara and pre-recorded selections by the Munster High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chorale group, directed by Luke McGinnis. The Lights of Life program began in 2000. To date, the Lights of Life program has raised more than $250,000 to bring cancer research programs to people in northwest Indiana. Cards and pins will be sent out until Dec. 31. All donations to the program are tax deductible and are used to sponsor local research trials for area patients. For more information on this program, call (219) 836-6875. Donations are also accepted online at www.myccrf.com.

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Two veterans of the WWII PaciďŹ c Theater 7H[WDQGSKRWRE\3$6725 *5(*/$:621 00LQ06: *XHVW:ULWHU (EDITORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTE: This is the second part of a two-part series.) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;oâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; While World War II Mishawaka veteran Ray Gervais was involved with his own Navy assignments in Okinawa, Garyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Johnny Bushemi was on the front lines as the Marines and soldiers fought to take control of many Japanese-held islands in the PaciďŹ c Theater of war. Staff Sgt. Bushemi was a worldwide known Army photographer, mainly for Yank magazine. For this Army paper, he would take photos of the troops in action and scenes of their daily lives and hardships. Bushemi was right on the front lines many times which put him at risk of his own life as much as the troops before him. Bushemi was not a

combat soldier, per se, but was right behind the combat men as they landed and advanced into battle; his camera capturing the action all the way. There were many times Bushemi would photograph Marines and soldiers after the battles on various islands. One such battle was the Battle of Hastings Ridge. While Bushemi did his job of photography, his partner, Mack Morriss, wrote the story that was sent back to Yank magazine with Bushemiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos. After the Battle of Hastings Ridge, the story and photos appeared in Yank magazine â&#x20AC;&#x153;on Nov. 19, 1943,â&#x20AC;? as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ďŹ ve-day attack on Hastings Ridge.â&#x20AC;? One week later on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nov. 26, 1943,â&#x20AC;? another story appeared in Yank magazine as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jungle Mop-Up.â&#x20AC;? Right after the Battle of Hastings Ridge, Bushemi took at least two photos of Staff Sgt. Clarence Terry of Arco, Idaho, as he cleaned the jungle dirt from his nails with his trench knife. Bushemi also took a photo of

Terry holding the steel helmet of Ervin Bonow after a Japanese grenade hit it. Bonow was laying in a fox hole with his helmet between his legs. When the grenade exploded, almost half his calf muscles were torn off. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not known if Bonow survived his injury. This writer is not sure exactly where the Battle of Hastings Ridge took place as far as what island group. Does any reader know? (Further information welcome to: Pastor/Dr. Greg Lawson, 1801 E. 3rd St., Mishawaka, IN 46544.) &200(025$7,9(%22.Âł 6KRZQ LV \HDUROG 1DY\ YHW HUDQ5D\*HUYDLVKROGLQJDFRP PHPRUDWLYH ERRN FRQWDLQLQJ WKH SKRWRV WDNHQ E\ -RKQ %XVKHPL 7KH OHIW SDJH VKRZV &ODUHQFH 7HUU\FOHDQLQJKLVQDLOVRIMXQJOH GLUW ZLWK KLV ´WUHQFK NQLIHÂľ 7KH ULJKWSDJHVKRZV7HUU\KROGLQJD VWHHOKHOPHWRI(UYLQ%RQRZDIWHU LWZDVKLWE\D-DSDQHVHJUHQDGH


Jean and Virgil Gassoway from Chesterton enjoyed a 5-week cruise around South America and Antarctica. Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic Ocean, is one of the stops they plucked their Northwest Senior Life newspaper out and posed for a picture. This group of 778 islands has a controversial history. With both Argentina and the UK assuming the land was theirs, an undeclared war developed in the 1980s, resulting in a British victory. Most come to this group of islands to see the wildlife: seals, whales, sea lions and penguins. The penguin population outnumbers the people population. Shipwreck diving, birdwatching and fishing expeditions draw the tourists as well. The mountainous and hilly landscape makes for great vistas, especially since the islands are treeless. Stanley, the capitol of the Falkland Islands, accounts for about 72% of the population of the group of islands. Even then, only approximately 3,000 residents dot the entire country. Places to visit in Stanley include the Historic Dockyard Museum, Falkland Island Totem Pole, the Gnome Garden at Kayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s B&B, the Shipwreck of Lady Elizabeth and Christ Church Cathedral, unusual for its whale jawbone arched entrance. Farther out, travelers enjoy Berthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach, a penguin populated beach and Boot Hill, a mysterious assortment of footwear atop stakes. Being a British territory, the official language is English. Thank you Gassoways for sharing your adventure with Senior Life.

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One of the leading cultural destinations in the Midwest is just a few hours away in Grand Rapids, Mich. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park that includes a botanical garden, a Japanese garden, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden, a sculpture park, natural wetlands and an amphitheater that hosts concerts featuring major artists. *5($7 While exploring the sculpture (6&$3(6 collection, visitors will come across %\52'.,1* works by the likes of Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Roxy Pain and many more. In fact, the collection has works of more than 200 internationally-acclaimed artists. But Meijer Gardens is not just for art and plant lovers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place for family fun, as well. Sculptures of a couple of huge bears greet visitors to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. Here there are a number of speciďŹ c areas on different subjects ranging from the Great Lakes garden to a winding sculpture walk that promotes curiosity and exploration. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dotted with animal sculptures and works made of bicycle parts that look like animals. They even provide live entertainment spring, summer and fall. Another great stop is Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm Garden complete with 1930s era farmhouse, barn, windmill, sugar shack and, of course, ďŹ&#x201A;ower and vegetable gardens. One of the most outstanding venues is the 8-acre Japanese garden that effectively uses space to highlight contrasts between still and rushing water, quietly intimate and expansive open spaces and manicured and natural areas. Contemporary sculptures are placed throughout the garden. Some of the plants, like bamboo and Japanese maple, are from Japan. Most, however, are native Michigan species. Inside, the 15,000-square-foot, ďŹ ve-story tall Tropical Conservatory features a rock landscape with waterfall and ďŹ&#x201A;owing creek and a variety of exotic plants from around the world. Next to it is the arid/ desert garden, carnivorous plant house and a greenhouse which changes its ďŹ&#x201A;ower displays with the seasons. March and April is a great time to escape the cold and mingle with more than 7,000 butterďŹ&#x201A;ies ďŹ&#x201A;ying freely in the Tropical Conservatory. A brand new, 60,000-square-foot welcome center is presently under construction and is expected to be open in mid-2021. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all part of a $115 million expansion and renovation project that includes a transportation center, learning center and rooftop sculpture garden. Meijer Gardens is open year-round and goes all out on its holiday decorations. Brightly lit and beautifully decorated trees celebrating traditions of countries from around the world turn it into a magical place. Visitors will ďŹ nd an amazingly intricate model railroad display and they can bundle up and take a tram ride through a winter wonderland. Admission is $11 for seniors (65 +), $14.50 for adults (14â&#x20AC;&#x201C;64), children (5-13) $7, children (3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4) $4 and children (2 and under) free. Hours are 9 a.m. to

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and three hours taking in the unique art and the beautiful ďŹ&#x201A;ower displays. And while there, have an enjoyable lunch in the cafĂŠ under an extensive Dale Chihuly glass sculpture on the ceiling. The gardens are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day.

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Dinner raises money to support VNA Meals on Wheels Don Quijote Restaurant, Valparaiso, and its patrons have raised more than $60,000 to support VNA Meals on Wheels program. Due to COVID, the program recently saw a 57% increase in need and needed a new walkin refrigerator to meet the additional demand. The funds raised will allow the program to serve 300 Porter County seniors daily with meal delivery and wellness checkups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thank the community enough for coming together to accomplish this goal,â&#x20AC;? said Kim Olesker, president and CEO of United Way of Porter County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feeding residents who have never needed assistance before is just one of the many needs that has arisen since COVID began.â&#x20AC;? VNA Meals on Wheels is

a partnership between VNA of Northwest Indiana, Pines Village Retirement Communities and United Way of Porter County. Thanks to a matching grant opportunity through United Way of Porter County, a portion of the proceeds will support other community feeding programs as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crises either splinter communities or pull us together,â&#x20AC;? said Bob Franko, president and CEO of VNA of Northwest Indiana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming together often takes the courage and leadership of key groups and people. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud of our United Way of Porter County in uniting us to do all we can to keep our families and friends safe.â&#x20AC;? To learn more about what United Way is doing and to donate, visit www.unitedwaypc. org.


Adult virtual programs at LCPL Lake County Public Library is offering the following virtual programs for adults this month. Registration is required for all programs. Visit www.lcplin.org/events or call (219) 769-3541. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monarch ButterďŹ&#x201A;y Migrationâ&#x20AC;? is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 10, Lake

County Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoom room. Take a live tour of the largest winter site for monarch butterďŹ&#x201A;ies migrating in the United States as users visit Oceano Dunes. You need an email address to register and attend. Hobartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s virtual book chat is from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Dec. 15, Hobart branch via Zoom. The December title is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Five People You Meet in Heavenâ&#x20AC;? by Mitch Albom. Pick up a copy by using Hobartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curbside service and join users for a virtual chat. Contact hobart@lcplin.org for event details. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mysteries of the Deep: Dis-

cover an Underwater Worldâ&#x20AC;? is from 4-5 p.m. Dec. 15, Lake County Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoom room. Join rangers on a virtual live trip to the depths of the ocean using underwater robots and see what creatures lurk there. You must have an email address to register. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warning: Volcanic Hazards

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