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Lifelong history enthusiast takes on new role as History Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director %\1,&+2/(77(&$5/621 6WDII:ULWHU South Bendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Museum recently revealed the appointment of Brian Harding as the new executive director. While his position as executive director at the museum is new, his involvement with the museum as a volunteer and on the board has been ongoing for the past 26 years, A lifelong South Bend resident, history has always been a passion for Harding. With his family lineage traced back to Warren G. Harding and Benjamin Franklin, a love of history was ingrained in him early on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so important to recognize where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been,â&#x20AC;? he remarked, commenting learning about history can help us to

learn from the past and build on previous mistakes. While he was president of the board in 2006, he was appointed to be interim executive director. When he was asked to serve as interim again in February of this year, Harding realized he is extremely active in his roles at the museum and could make more of an impact if he made it a full-time career. So he threw his name into the ring for consideration. As executive director, Harding is combining his 26 years of volunteering experience at the museum with his more than 30 years of work experience in management and as a director in both the health care and property management ďŹ elds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my hometown and I have an opportunity to pro-




mote that and also protect and preserve that,â&#x20AC;? he described regarding his role. Describing The History Museum as one of South Bendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-kept secrets, he stated he hopes to â&#x20AC;&#x153;polish the gem so it shines even brighter.â&#x20AC;? One of the most difďŹ cult items on his agenda was ďŹ guring out how to ensure the museum would survive throughout the pandemic. Harding expresses gratitude for the Friends of the Museum, museum members and regular visitors who helped with donations. He also used the money they had prudently and applied for government stimulus money. Harding thinks it is important to be cautious but also respectful of people when they visit the museum and take extra safety precautions when necessary. This includes wearing masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer throughout and allowing employees to work from home when necessary. Overall he wants to provide an inspiring, interactive, welcoming positive experience to all visitors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One visitor or 100 visitors, each visitor is important to us,â&#x20AC;? he emphasized. The museum has worked on adding technology to meet the needs of the community, including virtual programs and tours. Harding also highlighted the museum is more than just Copshaholm. There are seven exhibits throughout the museum as well as tours of the worker home and a cabin. He is also working on a collaboration war exhibit with the Studebaker Museum and looks forward to the possibility of further collaboration with other local theaters and museums. There are approximately 25 people in his museum family along with countless volunteers. As executive director, Harding makes it his goal to ensure they are taken care of and feel appreciated. His own son, who has a degree in history, is also interning at The History Museum after interning at Studebaker, the Smithsonian and in London. His passion for the museum is infectious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a job for me,â&#x20AC;? Harding stressed.


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St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; South Bendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy senior community %\7(5(6$'85%,1 5HJLRQDO'LUHFWRURI6DOHV DQG0DUNHWLQJ As 2020 ends, like it is so easy to do, we could reďŹ&#x201A;ect on what a challenging, stressful year it has been on our community, the state and nation. This negativity seems to seep into daily â&#x20AC;&#x153;water coolerâ&#x20AC;? conversations. But, even with all the negative happenings, illness, regulations, changes and stressors, there is always something to be positive about. For St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, this year marked a tremendous milestone. We celebrate our 40th year serving countless seniors in the South Bend and Michiana area. Although we were not able to have the gathering we desired, with much pomp and circumstance, we paused to celebrate our current and past residents, our dedicated staff, many families, volunteers and countless others, who have helped support our mission. This year we also celebrated the opening of our newly renovated apartments in The Inn, which is the location for our new service line â&#x20AC;&#x201D; longterm assisted living and memory care. Our legacy, Catholic tradition and strong Trinity Health brand deďŹ nes and sets St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apart from competitors. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sits on 33 serene acres in the south part of South Bend. We offer independent living, long-term assisted living and memory care. All our residence and common spaces are under one roof, which is a convenience and more neighborly for our residents. We offer ďŹ ve ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan op-

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Busy Hands stitching hope for the holidays %\/2,6720$6=(:6., )HDWXUH:ULWHU In a typical year, thousands of handmade items would be leaving the Busy Hands of Michiana facility bound for local nursing homes, autism therapists’ offices and other destinations. But, 2020 has not been a typical year. “Yes, this year has had incredible challenges,” said director Chris Deitchley. “But the dedication of our wonderful volunteers does not fail.

If anything, we are more determined to serve our community given the intensified difficulties those we serve are facing this year.” Like other agencies, the organization, which boasts a 20plus year history of providing handmade assistance items to the elderly, disabled and autistic children, is feeling the pinch of COVID-19. Nursing homes, which welcomed products like wheelchair and walker bags, handknitted or crocheted, adult bibs, shawls,

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scarves, hats and mittens and other useful things, are not accepting anything from the outside. This protects the residents from exposure to the virus. However, volunteers at Busy Hands are spending their hours at its new location making Christmas items for troops overseas and other handmade items. Deitchley has been the executive director for Busy Hands of Michiana for about three years and she’s been a volunteer for seven more. Next year, Deitchley said, she hopes “we get back to normal so we can distribute these products. We are stocking up so when things do open up, we can be ready.” Through October, volunteers have logged 16,911 hours creating 24,209 items. That’s almost double the amount of items created in 2019, that was 12,922. There are 45 volunteers and the majority work from home making knitted and crocheted products. Others are sewers who come into the organization once or twice a week to work on projects. “This is an amazing group of people doing great work,” Deitchley commented.

The origins of Busy Hands of Michiana can be traced back to Doris Gearhart. In 1996, she took action after hearing from people needing warm clothing. Gearhart used her talents to sew and crochet quilts, lap robes, afghans, hats, scarves and mittens. Buoyed by the support of her helper, Jean Stockman, and a growing number of senior volunteers, the program grew. It now serves senior homes, homeless agencies and cancer centers in nine counties. Busy Hands doesn’t deal with individuals directly. Instead it works with agencies and therapists that provide services to clients who use the products. While some of the products meet specific needs for the senior population, others are designed to comfort children with autism, such as weighted blankets and weighted vests. “We strive to do what the community needs and wants,” Deitchley said. Responding to those needs is illustrated by Busy Hands volunteers. They made 14,000 masks for adults and children during the pandemic. This year not only saw the impact of the virus on

the organization’s access to other agencies, it also marked the organization’s move from an 8,000-square-foot space to a much down-sized 1,800-square-foot space in the basement at River Park United Methodist Church in South Bend. An annual project, Busy Hands of Michiana makes 1,000 fabric Christmas bags every year for Blue Star Mothers to fill and send to troops. Last year, 107 Christmas bags and backpacks were made as a commitment of 1,000 to be filled and sent to troops overseas. Every year, Busy Hands makes fabric drawstring bags out of Christmas and winter-themed fabric for Blue Star Mothers. They fill the bags with goodies to send to the troops, bringing hope for the holidays. Despite the tighter quarters, the group has been welcomed by the church. “I wish this organization could be cloned in every community in the country,” Deitchley said. For more information, visit www.busyhandsofmichiana.org or call (574) 234-2515.

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Coach helps counterpunch Parkinson’s disease symptoms %\/2,6720$6=(:6., )HDWXUH:ULWHU An estimated 1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Osceola resident Don Sheliga is one of those. Sheliga is fighting hard to keep the symptoms at bay, literally, through the Rock Steady Boxing program. Two area gyms house the Rock Steady program, an approach to Parkinson’s disease that can help with the symptoms that accompany the disease. Sheliga, 60, was diagnosed with the disease about eight years ago. His wife saw a television special about the Rock Steady program in Indianapolis. The couple began attending there before he helped found the South Bend and the Osceola gyms. According to the national organization’s website, Rock Steady Boxing, a nonprofit organization, helps people diagnosed with Parkinson’s by providing a noncontact boxingbased physical fitness routine. This program improves their quality of life and studies have indicated that a focused, rigorous exercise regimen can slow the physical deterioration that comes with Parkinson’s disease. Sheliga serves as a coach to those who attend the local classes. He sees many benefits from the Rock Steady program, from the physical training to the camaraderie that develops among program participants. “Physical activity is extremely important [for those with Parkinson’s],” Sheliga said. “It helps with everyday activities.” The workouts consist of a 10-15 minute warmup in which participants are asked questions and encouraged to talk as loudly as possible. One of the symptoms of Parkinson’s is softer and more muted voice, he said. This warmup is followed by a series of eight focused exercise cycles and a cool down period. The class lasts about 90 minutes. “Short intense exercise, whether it is for Parkinson’s or not, makes people feel better and helps reprogram their brains,” Sheliga said. “They remember how to move their muscles and gets them out of the chair and gets them moving again.” The only requirement to be a part of the Rock Steady program is to have Parkinson’s. “This class is specifically for those with Parkinson’s,” Sheliga said. “Unfortunately, if you have Parkinson’s you qualify to take the class. We also have volunteers that help and without their help we wouldn’t be where we are at.” Those taking part learn the basics of boxing and training exercise taught in a three-day class in Indianapolis. They are shown proper boxing technique and then are welcomed into the program. About 80 participants are part of the South Bend-area Rock Steady program. Participants tend to enjoy the physical demands of the

program, but also relish the opportunity to hit something that can’t hit them back, Sheliga said jokingly. The program uses various types of boxing bags — speed bags and heavy bags — as part of the routines. But there is another benefit. Bonds form between the participants and with the volunteers. “The group’s camaraderie is fantastic,” Sheliga said. “They care about each other and support each other.” Although classes are not meeting now due to COVID-19, Sheliga has been making videos to help participants maintain their activity level at home. Even simple tasks can keep the muscle memory active, he said. For information on the Rock Steady program locally, visit www.michiana.rsbaffiliate.com. Coordinator Phil Miller will get those who are interested signed up.


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The company estimated there would be over 1,500 employees and guests at the party. News reports do not describe any decorations but we can learn that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Melody Boys,â&#x20AC;? a 16-piece orchestra of Mishawaka, will provide music and refreshments will be served. Christmas at the Mishawaka Orphanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home was held in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chapel on Thursday evening, the day before Christmas Eve. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Epworth league of the First Methodist Churchâ&#x20AC;? guided the children of the home in presenting a program of music, songs and singing. Featured that evening were a decorated Christmas tree and Santa who passed out gifts. From 100 years past, we

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Paul McCartney claimed ‘It wasn’t fun anymore’ On the night of Dec. 27, 1960, — a chilly Tuesday evening — 1,500 music fans jammed into the %\5$1'$/ spacious &+,// Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool, England. Promotional posters promised fans a grand night of dancing and rock ‘n’ roll, thanks to the debut of “the Sensational Beatles (Direct from Hamburg).” Attendees that night, who logically assumed that the band came from Germany, would remark later how good the quartet’s English skills were whenever the group members chatted with the audience. Actually, all four Beatles had grown up in Liverpool. For the previous five months, though, they had been playing long 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 “cover” 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 “And now, everybody, the band you’ve been waiting for! Direct from Hamburg —” But before the word “Beatles” could be uttered, a nervous Paul McCartney burst through the curtain, screaming his best high-octane Little Richard imitation: ‘I’m gonna tell Aunt Mary ‘bout Uncle John’ ‘He said he had the mis’ry but he got a lot of fun.’ “Long Tall Sally” instantly fueled the crowd’s rush to the stage to revel in the Beatles’ half-hour set as the leatherjacketed young artists staked

their claim to history. According to numerous rock historians, “Beatlemania” 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 Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Fans headed to that performance don’t realize that this will be the final live show of the quartet’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 group’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 Lennon’s malaise that he had begun calling the Beatles’ live act a “freak show.” Ringo Starr offered no argument. (“Nobody was listening at the shows.”) Even normally positive Paul McCartney confessed, “It wasn’t fun anymore.” That night at Candlestick Park, the home of the San

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New Forever stamps now available The U.S. Postal Service recently celebrated the majesty and visual mystique of the winter season by dedicating new winter scenes stamps. The virtual ceremony can be viewed on the Postal Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook and Twitter pages. These Forever stamps are available at post ofďŹ ce locations nationwide and at usps.com/winterscenesstamp. The booklet of 20 captures the serenity of snowy seasonal landscapes. The 10 photographs featured on the stamps show iconic scenes of winter in the northern United States. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps with existing images taken by

various photographers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The winter landscape shines with its own special beauty,â&#x20AC;? said USPS Delivery Operations Vice President Joshua Colin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Postal Service shares scenes of that winter allure on these new stamps that hopefully will add brightness, color and a bit of joy to your cards and letters.â&#x20AC;? Five of the stamps feature images of winter wildlife against their snowy habitats: a bright red cardinal, a colorful blue jay, two foraging deer, a majestic owl and a portly brown bunny. Two stamps feature barns, both a brilliant red that contrasts elegantly with the

surrounding snow and evergreen trees. The landscapes in two of the stamps focus on the beauty of freshly fallen snow; one shows a long lane bounded by tall trees with snow-covered branches and the other features two towering evergreens covered in snow, highlighted against a cloudy sky and far-off hills. The ďŹ nal stamp depicts the joyous romp of two large brown horses pulling a sleigh through the snow. The winter scenes stamps are being issued as Forever stamps, which are always equal in value to the current ďŹ rst-class mail

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Gunterman believes in serving her church Having been born and raised Catholic, Pam Gunterman firmly believes in doing what she can to support her church and church family. “Being involved within the church is something we’re called to do,” she stated. For her, it’s not just about going to mass Sunday. When it comes to church family, she believes they can be the ones who can provide the most support for others spiritually. She has attended St. Dominic Catholic Church in Bremen for 40 years. After getting married and moving to Bremen, St. Dominic’s is the only Catholic church and was her husband’s church. Continuing in her Catholic faith was of the utmost importance to her. “It’s a small parish and, in a small parish especially, you need to be willing to pitch in and help,” she commented. Previously Gunterman acted as a Sunday school and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher, which provides religious education to those attending secular schools. Now she helps to assist children attending confession, walking small groups from their Sunday school class to the church and back again. In preparation for a children’s mass, she also helps the kids practice and

prepare for reading aloud at church. Besides helping with the children, Gunterman is also a cantor and a lector. She became involved as a cantor at St. Dominic’s because she has always been involved in singing since she was a teenager. In seventh or eighth grade she began singing in the youth choir. In the 1970s she also participated in a guitar group that would play at Saturday night mass. She felt called to help and this was a way Gunterman knew she could do so. A regular attendant at the 8 a.m. Sunday mass, Gunterman commented they were in need of a lector and that’s how she got started. Despite singing in front of people for years, reading scripture in front of the church makes her more nervous. She explained the words she’s reading are extremely important, so she wants to make sure to get them right. During the shutdown Gunterman was also glad to assist by acting as cantor during the livestream masses. In March, following pandemic restrictions, she and a group of approximately 12 others decided to start sending a prayer, positive thought, scripture or reflection every day. Thanks to another member of the group, these are then posted to the church’s Facebook page for

everyone to view. Gunterman is also a member of a Bible study group. This group currently meets via Zoom, which she believes is a great way to see people, stay connected and interact when unable to see one another in person. They choose a discussion topic based on a scripture reading and then share reflections on the reading. She is also a member of an altar rosary group who meet to pray the rosary together. After finding a companion prayer related to the pandemic, the group has been saying that along with the mysteries of the rosary. They also provide prizes and snacks twice a year for the seniors living at Whitlock in Bremen. While they were unable to deliver the goodies in person in October, the group still made sure they made it to the senior living community. One thing Gunterman believes people are called to do is reaching out to others who may need it, helping those in senior living and others to stay connected. While she believes everyone needs a relationship with God, they also need a relationship with others. When it comes to her faith, Gunterman stressed, “It helps me to, most days, be more centered and remember there is something bigger than you.”

Survey finds pandemic contributor to older adults giving up hope Independa, innovators of the award-winning TV-based social engagement, education and care platform, announced the results of a commissioned U.S. consumer survey, finding COVID-19 has had a critical impact on older adults’ mental health and physical health. The results detail alarming new statistics about older adults abusing prescription drugs and alcohol, feeling despondent and being at an increased risk of committing suicide since COVID-19. On the positive side, the survey found older adults have largely exercised COVID-19 safety precautions, significantly limiting the amount of times they leave home. The nationwide survey of 1,000 American adults with an older adult parent (over 70) who lives alone found during COVID-19: • Three out of four (77%) are abusing prescription drugs. • Nearly two-thirds (65%) are abusing alcohol. • Over half (54%) have a diminished will to live. • Nearly half (49%) are believed to be at increased risk for self-harm/suicide. • Seventy percent of older adults ventured outside their home fewer than 15 times (14% haven’t left home once). “We have all been isolated

from friends and family during the pandemic, but no demographic suffers more than our older adults,” said Kian Saneii, founder and CEO of Independa. “The survey we commissioned shows just how badly our older adults are failing to thrive in isolation leading to significant health risks to an already vulnerable population.” Other interesting findings from the survey include: • Over half of men (51%) are at an increased risk of suicide and self-harm, compared to 37% of women • Seventy-six percent are experiencing mental health decline. • Sixty-eight percent are experiencing physical health decline. • Eighty-eight percent are more isolated from loved ones. • Out of all interactions, 53% report their parent misses “see-

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My Sweet Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first single George Harrison The Beatles ruled the music world from 1963 until 1970, when they released their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let It Beâ&#x20AC;? album. With the %\5$1'$/ arrival of &+,// that LP, they $%RRPHU%ODVW collectively 7R7KH3DVW threw in the towel as the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst single of â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Sweet Lordâ&#x20AC;? (released from his â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Things Must Passâ&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Things Must Pass,â&#x20AC;? created a version of the 16-word Hari Krishna

mantra while utilizing images of the Hindu god Krishna in his album art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Sweet Lordâ&#x20AC;? became the best-known expression of Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirituality, his lengthy single (it had a running time of 4:39) detailing Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to become close to God. This is evident in the refrains of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hallelujahâ&#x20AC;? (a Jewish/Christian term meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;Praise Godâ&#x20AC;?) and the Hindu term â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hare Krishna,â&#x20AC;? which offers devotion to Lord Krishna. Drawing from 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; lots of it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; suddenly raised its (often ugly) head. Some alert listeners noticed that the musical pattern of â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Sweet Lordâ&#x20AC;? was identical to that of the No. 1 1963 Chiffons hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Fine.â&#x20AC;? In 1971, the power people behind Bright Tunes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the company that held the publishing rights to the Chiffonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; millionseller â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 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 wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in what he had to offer. Finally, in 1976 a judge ruled that Harrison had indeed

plagiarized â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Fineâ&#x20AC;? but that he had probably done so unintentionally. Still, the exBeatle was ordered to fork over some of the proceeds from â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Things Must Pass,â&#x20AC;? plus 75% of the income generated by the tune in question. The total bill came to $1.6 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; quite a

punch-in-the-gut even for such a wealthy musician. For the next three years, Harrison, bitter and discouraged, released no new music to his loyal fans. As he told a Rolling Stone writer, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difďŹ cult to just start writing again after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been through that. Even now

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in each state. Plan beneďŹ ts will include a maximum $35 copay for a monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supply and start Jan. 1 with coverage in the deductible, initial coverage and coverage gap phases of Part D. People with Medicare can ďŹ nd a drug plan participating in the Part D Senior Savings Model through the Medicare plan ďŹ nder at Medicare.gov/plan-compare. The online plan ďŹ nder tool now has a ďŹ lter to include insulin savings. By clicking the â&#x20AC;&#x153;insulin savingsâ&#x20AC;? option, plans that offer capped out-of-pocket costs for insulin will be highlighted. The ďŹ lter will be promoted with a callout 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 beneďŹ ciaries. It aims to provide

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I made my photographer pull way back once I turned 65. I wanted viewers to know they were still watching the news and not a rerun of “The Walking Dead.” When we have Wi-Fi issues during Zoom services, my face freezes and people don’t know if I’m thinking about the sermon or have just fallen asleep. One of the newer church members forgot to mute herself and said to her husband, “He had a lot more personality on TV.” Not only that, but I slouch, so I look like I married a younger woman — and one who’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 Joe’s. We picked one up from a local pizzeria. I’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. “What are you doing?” I asked my wife. “I’m so embarrassed. They are having vegetables. We just have pizza. This is not good for my reputation as a healthconscious person. They have green food,” she said. “All our food is red and brown.” “It’s a pepperoni pizza, dear. And I’m sure the Goslings won’t even notice.” “Of course they will! See how thin and fit they both are? I bet they even have

spinach on their pizza. This is so humiliating.” With that, Mary Ellen ran to the fridge, returning to the conversation a few seconds later with a coffee mug filled with a healthy side dish. “I’m sorry,” she said to Dan and Noelle. “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 cauliflower on my half of the pizza.” 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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Studebaker National Museum debuts 2021 calendar The Studebaker National Museum has released next year’s calendar, showcasing vehicles from the museum’s collection. The 2021 calendar was produced in partnership with The Casaday Costume Company. It features period-costumed models in historically correct settings. Site partners include Indiana Landmarks Northern Regional Office; John Adams High School; Venues, Parks and Arts/Leeper Park and Studebaker Fountain; South Bend Community Schools; St. Joseph County Parks/Bendix Woods County Park; and Walnut Grove Mutual Housing Association. Calendars are available at the Studebaker National Museum for

$17.99 and can also be purchased online at www.studebakermuseum.org/store. The Studebaker National Museum is located at 201 Chapin St., just west of downtown South Bend. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for seniors over 60, and $6 for youth ages 6-18. For more information, call the museum at (574) 235-9714 or toll-free at (888) 391-5600 or visit www. studebakermuseum.org. For an additional cost, visitors can tour the exhibits and Oliver Mansion at The History Museum, which adjoins the Studebaker National Museum.

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Health & Fitness

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 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



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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 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. Mature Life Features, copyright 2020

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An increasingly familiar sight is that of individuals carrying a bottle of water somewhere. It’s a good reminder to themselves, and to us observers, to drink enough water to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle. Medical experts as well as health fanatics badger us to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. That’s two quarts.

Studies indicate as much as 75% of the population exhibits some level of dehydration. Lack of sufficient water in your system can leave you light-headed and lead to loss of balance and even losing touch with reality. The medical community has softened up a bit and identified enjoyable means of maintaining a healthy liquid intake. Along with water, coffee, tea, fruit juice and even soft drinks are acceptable ways to hydrate our bodies.

Even better, according to recent reports, is to munch on plant food. You can adjust whatever vegetable you pick — carrots, cucumbers, kale, tomatoes, beets or sweet potatoes — to your taste by packing them into a blender and making a smoothie. Toss in an orange, apple, banana or berries to sweeten it to your taste. For your snacks during the day, have a pear, wedge of lettuce or a slice of watermelon. Mature Life Features, copyright 2020

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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 conflicting 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 affliction 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 haven’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 fit in. Do the same before deciding to ingest a new health drink or power bar. If you’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 — anything — 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. It’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



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MEDICAL CLINIC NORTHSHORE HEALTH CENTERS Locations in Portage, Lake Station, Chesteron, Merrillville, Hammond & LaPorte By appt. or walk-ins welcome. (219) 763-8112 or (888) 459-2349 www.northshorehealth.org Affordable medical and urgent care regardless of ability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurance accepted. Discounted self-pay option.

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A rose by any other name is ... who? %\&(&,/6&$*/,21( 0DWXUH/LIH)HDWXUHV Remembering names is a lifelong thorn in most peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side. But the tools and tricks used to remember what to call any person are important to maintaining a reliable memory as you and your brain age. A co-worker years ago leaped over the remembernames hurdle by greeting everyone with, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello, Judge.â&#x20AC;?

Another version of this approach is the well-known, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi, neighbor.â&#x20AC;? Another colleague made up his own name for people around him, claiming he never used names â&#x20AC;&#x153;your mother called you.â&#x20AC;? He stopped that when a ex-Marine of dour character took him aside one day and declared, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My. Name. Is. Anthony.â&#x20AC;? The initial step to remembering a name is to pay full attention when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being introduced.

This becomes difďŹ cult at a wedding, funeral, service club luncheon or any gathering with a lot of unfamiliar faces. To help imprint a name in your mind, repeat it when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re introduced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nice to meet you, Mike,â&#x20AC;? will help you remember his name. So will repeating it a few times as you paint his face, hair color and other physical traits into your brain. You may be able to link him to a childhood friend, relative or movie star with

the same name. It can help, too, if his or her name has a visual connection. Rose can be linked easily to the ďŹ&#x201A;ower, Jay with a bird and Rocky with the movie of the same name. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re introduced to someone, or greeting a person you already know, include your name in the greeting to help them remember or recognize you. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve forgotten their name, say so and tell them your name.

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Mixing horticulture and culture 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 GREAT Meijer GarESCAPES dens and By ROD KING 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. While exploring the sculpture collection, visitors will come across 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 high-



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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light 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-squarefoot, ďŹ ve-story tall Tropical Conservatory features a Continued on page 19

TravelStarz closing permanently %\%(&.<:,(*$1' 7UDYHO6WDU] Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been considering this for months now and ďŹ nally feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to close TravelStarz permanently. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an excruciating, trying time mentally and ďŹ nancially in 2020, and I foresee it not getting any better in 2021. I just wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go through another year like 2020. I want to thank all the loyal travelers for the past 20 years. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely been the most wonderful and fun years of my life and I want to close with good memories in mind. Before I close my email address, etc., I will post a personal email address to keep in touch, if you choose to do so. I will also disconnect my business phone at the end of the year and will post my cell phone number, should anyone want to keep in touch. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long thought process in making the decision, but I ďŹ nd itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for me. Please know that everyone will receive refunds on the trips you have either made a deposit or payment on, but with the hundreds that I have to write, please be patient â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they will be coming.


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DD Resales looks forward to spring trips


The state is on the cusp of winter, but people can look forward to two spectacular trips planned for May 2021 by DD Resaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, Dennis Donathen. Fun times, expert planning and the fabulous locations of the Smoky Mountains and Mackinac Island are on the agenda for next spring. The ďŹ rst trip is May 17-22, 2021, and is to the Smoky Mountains. The trip includes: â&#x20AC;˘ Motorcoach transportation. â&#x20AC;˘ Five nights lodging. â&#x20AC;˘ Eight meals: ďŹ ve breakfast and three dinners. â&#x20AC;˘ Admission to Titanic: The Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Largest Museum Attraction. â&#x20AC;˘ Five live shows. â&#x20AC;˘ Free time in historic downtown Gatlinburg. â&#x20AC;˘ Guided tour of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. â&#x20AC;˘ Cost is $589 per person, based on double occupancy. Save $10 per person if a $75 deposit per person is made before Jan.

31, 2021. The second trip is just a couple of days later in case people want to do both. The trip is May 24-28, 2021, and is to Mackinac Island and northern Michigan. The trip includes: â&#x20AC;˘ Motorcoach transportation. â&#x20AC;˘ Four nights lodging. â&#x20AC;˘ Eight meals: four breakfast and four dinners. â&#x20AC;˘ Guided tour of Mackinaw City. â&#x20AC;˘ Visit to Mackinac Island, including a guided carriage tour. â&#x20AC;˘ Boat ride through the Soo Locks, free time and sightseeing in Sault Sainte Marie. â&#x20AC;˘ Gaming excitement. â&#x20AC;˘ Admission to The Cross in the Woods. Cost is $490 per person, based on double occupancy. Save $10 per person if a $75 deposit per person is made before Jan. 31, 2021. More details can be found at www.grouptrips.com/ddresales or Donathen can be reached at (574) 220-8032.

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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.

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