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Because lifelong learning never stops %\/2,6720$6=(:6., )HDWXUH:ULWHU The COVID-19 virus stopped a lot of activities from happening last year. However, it could not stop the learning process that goes on at the Forever Learning Institute in South Bend, albeit in a different format than had been done in the institute’s 46-year history. “We pivoted as many of our classes that we could to Zoom and online,� explained Executive Director Eve Finnessy. The course offerings went from an average of 120 classes each of the two semesters to around 37

classes for last year’s fall semester. Courses, such as ballroom dancing, pie baking and other learning opportunities that required close contact and hands-on practice, were tabled. But several other classes continued, such as foreign languages, knitting, history, investing and literature discussions, among others. The switch to an online style of learning was not without its challenges. “Zoom proved difďŹ cult because of the age group of our students and our instructors,â€? Finnessy said. “We have a large percentage of students that do not use computers who

are cut out of participating in the program until we come back.� The institute added a third semester — winter — to continue the opportunities. Winter had traditionally not been offered because of the potential for bad weather and that many of the students spend the winter in warmer locations. “Zoom has offered an opportunity to participate wherever the student is physically,� she said. Finnessy’s hope for 2021 is that the programs can return to its roots — providing learning opportunities, as well as times to socialize with others who share the same interest, she said.

Winter classes begin Jan. 4. The spring semester begins March 1 and will be a combination of Zoom and online sessions. “Our plan is that as soon as it is safe to have students gather physically (on-site), we will,� she said. “We will continue to do whatever we can.� The only requirement to attend the courses offered is that students be age 55 or older. Tuition is $45 right now. But Finnessy suggests that tuition may have to increase due to the added expense technology brings. Scholarships are offered to those who need one. Continued on page 5

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Kempf leads departments tasked with utilities, building maintenance %\/2,6720$6=(:6., )HDWXUH:ULWHU People who visit the University of Notre Dame campus are often awestruck about how big it is and how well-kept the buildings are. The responsibility for keeping the lights on and the buildings maintained falls on Paul Kempf. He is the university’s assistant vice president of utilities and maintenance. An alumnus, who is the son of an alumni, Kempf has been working in his department for almost 32 years. He started in 1989 as an electrical engineer. He was appointed to his current position in 1998. A recent merging of two, once-separated departments — utilities and maintenance — were added to his title and his responsibilities. His father held the directorship title, too. Kempf, 62, recalls being teased by members of his father’s staff that he would eventually be running the department, which he said he scoffed at. Kempf’s role is to oversee the operations of the two departments. This includes the operation of the power plant. His department is the utility for the campus, the size of a small city, but much more complex. “A city of 15,000 people doesn’t have a football stadium or a research facility,” Kempf said. That challenge is met daily

by his close-knit staff. He said that is one of the keys to running his department successfully and hiring good people is important. “Delegation is a two-way street,” Kempf said. “You have to learn to let go. Delegation is empowerment.” It was under his leadership that the university embraced sustainability in supplying the campus’ energy needs and diversifying the campus’ energy portfolio. This includes solar power, hydroelectric and geothermal applications. “All the world was not as focused on sustainability in 2008 as they are today,” he said. “Energy consumption is the most impactful measure. We saw it as an opportunity to advocate.” That was the year that the university enacted energy conservation measures. It began long-range planning to reduce emissions from the campus power plants. What was initially supposed to be a revised plan every five to 10 years has been more frequently reviewed and revised. “We just finished the final fifth generation of the original long-term plan,” Kempf said. With a papal mandate, the university has forged plans to reduce carbon emissions by 2030. Kempf said in 2020 the university met the goals it has set for 2030. Now, he is focusing on what’s next, looking at goals

for 2050 and beyond. “We make sure we deliver on what we say we are going to,” he noted. Looking back, Kempf is impressed that environmental awareness has grown by such a tremendous rate. For example, LED light bulbs didn’t exist in 2010, Kempf said. These changes in technology also mean his department must keep up with these changes. Older buildings are retrofitted with new lighting systems and responding to the coronavirus meant air handling systems also had to be looked at and adapted to strict standards. But, according to Kempf, the biggest challenge is just keeping things running. His department operates on a 24-hour per day, seven days per week availability. “We are here to respond,” Kempf concluded.

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Volunteer help needed for vaccine distribution The distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine is an important development in COVID-19 response. While doses have begun to arrive in Indiana, we are months away from the vaccine being widely available and to begin to see the impacts of a vaccine on COVID-19 spread. Therefore, individuals must remain diligent on risk mitigation strategies, such as mask wearing, physical distancing, hand hygiene and limiting of

social gatherings. The St. Joseph County Department of Health will have more information on vaccine availability, when and where one can get the vaccine, in the coming weeks. Once the community is ready to administer mass doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the county will need the community’s support through volunteers. Volunteer positions will consist of assisting with traffic flow,

registration or clinical services (if appropriate credentials). If interested in supporting the COVID-19 response by volunteering your time, find out more and sign-up at www. sjcindiana.com/health. The community can stay up to date by viewing the website and social media platforms as vaccine plans evolve. The St. Joseph County Department of Health urges the Continued on page 3


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A new year, a new you, a new home? %\7(5(6$'85%,1 5HJLRQDO'LUHFWRU RI6DOHVDQG0DUNHWLQJ No matter your age, the start of a new year often brings out the resolutions in all of us. And letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, there is always room for growth. The new year is a time of reďŹ&#x201A;ection and promises, the time of focus and change. We plan to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be better versions of ourselvesâ&#x20AC;? every January. I wanted to start by asking what that looks like to you. Is it the promise to meditate or pray more? To eat healthier or start a diet? To exercise or join a gym? Maybe the change wanted is peace of mind obtained by making a smart move? Resolutions of change can mean a variety of things to each of us. For seniors, it may be the change of rightsizing or downsizing. There is no better time to reorganize, renew and make a move. Moving to a senior living community can take the mundane task of upkeep and ďŹ nancial burden of home ownership off your shoulders. Transitioning to an independent living community can be rewarding and empowering. At St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, we offer many day-to-day choices to suit your lifestyle needs or wants. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focuses on the wellness of mind, body and spirit through our strong traditions and activity programming. Start your day listening to the morning prayer or having a cup of coffee in the serene garden area. Quiet time in the chapel

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continuation of the following actions: â&#x20AC;˘ Wear a facial covering that should ďŹ t snuggly over the mouth and nose anytime around people not in your household. â&#x20AC;˘ Practice extreme physical distancing. â&#x20AC;˘ Maintain at least 6 feet between individuals. â&#x20AC;˘ Wearing a mask does not eliminate the need for physical distancing. â&#x20AC;˘ Practice frequent and proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette. â&#x20AC;˘ Wash hands often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water, coughing and sneezing into your sleeve. â&#x20AC;˘ Avoid social gatherings and assemblies outside of your immediate family or household. â&#x20AC;˘ Stay home if ill. For all COVID-19 testing sites in St. Joseph County, view an interactive map at www. coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm; be aware that each site may have different criteria for testing and may not be up to date. For more information on COVID-19, visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.in.gov/isdh and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc. gov. For general questions as it relates to COVID-19 infection, call 2-1-1.

alone or routine devotions with Carole McCollester, director of mission and pastoral care. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has a full-time ďŹ tness and wellness director, Dave Stahl, who offers one-onone instruction, group exercise and ďŹ tness tips. Ranging from healthy eating to beneďŹ ts of holistic approaches to wellness, Stahl is here to assist and guide you in the best ways to healthy aging. Whatever your 2021 goals, St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers living options that enable you to live the way you want, with as much privacy or assistance as you need. From residential options, ranging from independent living apartments to assisted living and memory care, we can ďŹ t your needs now and in the future. For more information about St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3602 S. Ironwood Drive, South Bend, contact Michelle Shula or Teresa Durbin at (574) 284-9000.

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thing other than a full-time basis.â&#x20AC;? Filling those once fulltime hours, he travels with his wife, a retired nursing instructor, plays golf, reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lotâ&#x20AC;? and enjoys his model railroad layout. He also volunteers in the archives section at The History Museum in South Bend. The St. Joseph County native met his wife, Cindy, while both were in high school. The couple stayed

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together through college and married in 1972. They raised two sons, born 18 months apart. One son is an emergency room nurse in Rensselaer and the other manages a movie theater in Mishawaka. Fodness attended the University of Notre Dame to obtain his degree in architecture, an interest he acquired while still in school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was fascinated as a youth in buildings,â&#x20AC;? he recalled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;especially the artistic side of building.â&#x20AC;? That interest lead to a choice of two universities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Notre Dame and Ball State. His choice was decided by the scholarship he earned to attend Notre Dame. In his junior year, he was part of the second class to study abroad, spending his overseas studies in Rome. He started at the Troyer group while still in college. He worked part time, moving to full-time status in 1974. Fodness saw the ďŹ rm grow from a small ofďŹ ce to having more than 100 associates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was tough,â&#x20AC;? he said, being away from his family while opening the ďŹ rmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harrisonburg, Va., ofďŹ ce, but it was a nice experience. During his career, Fodness has witnessed the development of many architectural projects as well as historic rebuilds, locally and across the country. Fodnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; model railroad hobby was passed down from his father, who encouraged all his sons to pursue the pastime. He started building and acquiring his layout at the age of 16. It an activity that ďŹ ts in well with his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quilting, especially in the age of COVID. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have activities that we can do safely in our

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architect skills and problem solving. He has supervised several retirement home building projects for the organization. It also checked off something on his and his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bucket list â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the opportunity to live in a highrise in the heart of Chicago. Whether it is volunteering with the museum or serving as a project manager overseeing a building project, Fodness sees these as opportunities to keep his mind actively engaged. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It keeps you young,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you are doing problem solving, it keeps you sharp.â&#x20AC;?

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Because lifelong Continued from page 1 “Money should never be a reason for not taking a class at Forever Learning,” she said. “We never turn anyone down. We are committed to offering a platform for senior adults to continue fulfilling and interesting lives in every way.” The once-a-week classes are offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays only. Instructors are

volunteers, many of whom have advanced degrees or are in the education field. According to Finnessy, Forever Learning Institute allows these instructors to teach whatever they want. There is no structured curriculum. “If the class isn’t interesting, the students won’t take it,” she added. “We have a lot of dedicated volunteer instructors. They love what they do and need an

environment to continue it.” To find out more about the courses offered at the Forever Learning Institute, visit www. ForeverLearningInstitute.org. Finnessy can be contacted at (574) 282-1901 or by email at eve@ForeverLearningInstitute. org. Forever Learning Institute is located at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 Ironwood Road, South Bend.

Brookdale’s new program director is Rose Kaufman Rose Kaufman has always been dedicated to helping seniors. As the new program director at Brookdale South Bend, her focus on seniors continues. She has the important role of engaging residents through activities and companionship. She started her career with the city of South Bend Parks and Recreation Department, just a couple of years later becoming the director of the Howard Park Senior Center. She’s been making lives better for seniors ever since. At Howard Park, where she worked for 20 years, she created and provided programs, which people enjoyed and were safe while participating. She has a passion for most kinds of crafts, even owning a ceramics business for five years, as well as teaching ceramics at the Howard Park Senior Center. Kaufman began the Northern Indiana Senior Olympics that took place annually for 11 years. She partnered with REAL Services for the annual senior picnic and also provided activities for seniors at various nutrition sites. In recognition of her work, in 1996, she received the REAL Services’ Age of Excellence Award for Administrator of the Year. She also received a Recognition of Outstanding Service Award from former South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke for providing life-saving

measures to a man playing bridge at Howard Park. She’s been a member of the State and National Parks and Recreation Associations for 22 years, attending annual conferences to improve the events and programs she led. She offered many types of events, programs and classes, as well as travel for the community, including 17 different

bus trips with seniors. Kaufman is now working on her Indiana State Certification for Activity Directors, which will be completed in 2021. She has fully embraced Brookdale’s mission of enriching the lives of those served and are pleased she is now part of Brookdale South Bend. Visit www.brookdale.com or call (574) 208-1249.

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Pow! Oof! Crash! “Batman” featured an ear-candy theme song, barbaric death traps, innovative gadgets and repulsive villains %\5$1'$/ (each one &+,// represented $%RRPHU%ODVW by a celeb7R7KH3DVW rity guest). The show was played for laughs all the way and poked fun at melodrama while injecting pop-culture references into the action. With all this rolled into a presentation best described as “camp” — something so bad or corny as to be declared “good” — how could it have missed? The answer? It couldn’t. And didn’t. For a while. The executive producer of “Batman” was William Dozier. Before his 1966–1968 series went into production, Dozier read through

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REAL Services provides a hot, nutritious meal to those 60 and over on a donation basis. Call the closest nutrition site before 11 a.m. and order a meal for the next day. It is that easy. Have lunch with friends and your neighbors. Come be a bigger part of your community.

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minutes. Don’t you want to ask me something?” “I’m sorry. Do you want a tissue?” I then explained to her why her lack of interest and curiosity bothered me. “Dick, unlike you, I am always very focused when I am working on something. I block out everything else. Remember, I’m the one who does our taxes,

oversees our health care coverage and carefully analyzes our investments.” I was embarrassed. I was being self-centered and needy. “I am so sorry, Mary Ellen. You do handle most of the important responsibilities in the household. So what were you doing when I was weeping for two minutes?” “Sudoku.”

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Lerman men carry on hockey tradition %\/2,6720$6=(:6., )HDWXUH:ULWHU What does a saxophone have to do with hockey? If you are talking about Danny Lerman, these are two of his passions. Danny Lerman is the son of The Icebox founder, Dave Lerman. It was at the old Oliver Tractor and Bomb Factory converted into an ice rink that Danny Lerman, along with his brothers, learned to skate, as did generations of children and adults in the South Bend area. It gave families a place for more children to grow into the sport of hockey and hone their ice skills. Danny, 58, credits his father with instilling in him a love of the game. From playing hockey on roller skates in the basement of the family home to joining his father on the ice for an occasional pickup game, hockey is still an important family bonding opportunity for the Lerman family. Dave Lerman understands how hockey can be appealing. He said he was a fan of the game his whole life, but never had the opportunity to play until he was in his 30s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I heard about some beginners playing at Howard Park,â&#x20AC;? Dave

recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fell in love with the game.â&#x20AC;? Dave was fortunate to play on the ice with Notre Dame faculty and staff as the hockey program was developing. The ďŹ rst season ticket to Notre Dame games was purchased by Dave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really love playing with my sons,â&#x20AC;? Dave said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a special treat for me. All of them are pretty good hockey players.â&#x20AC;? Danny has found a way to allow his music career to intersect with this beloved game that has a family tradition. A world-renowned saxophonist, Danny sought opportunities to get a little hockey time wherever he travels. These opportunities have been found in Israel Greece, and in other places where Dannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music has taken him. Hockey is an intense game, both men said. Despite the physicality of the sport, it is also a mental game, developing skills like teamwork, strategy and boosting self-esteem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Being part of a hockey team means that) It is not all about you,â&#x20AC;? Danny said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You learn how to win and how to lose.â&#x20AC;? He is encouraged by his father, who still manages to play the game at 80 years old.

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Where to start 2021

Where do you start 2021? Right from where you are — and nobody wants to look back at 2020 because we are not going there again. So, where are you? Did you manage to eat healthy over the holidays? Kinda, sorta? No matter now as that is so last year — we are starting from here — this day, this spot. If you are still harboring baked goods, sweets or anything ooeygooey, throw it out. Don’t give it away as no one should be eating it, just throw it out. We need to reset our taste buds to get rid of the urge for salt, sugar and the “little something” after each meal (you know what I mean). A really quick, fun and yummy way to do that is what’s called the 50/50 plate, or on Facebook the page is called Fifty Fifty Plate. You take your plate and imagine a line down the middle

and then filled one half with low starch vegetables and fruits and the other half with higher starch vegetables. They can be hot, cold or mixed. Give this some thought — you will be eating fruit and low starch veggies on one half, which is going to displace the calorie density from the other half of high starch items such as potatoes, beans and grains. Eating this way for as little as four days will reset your taste buds to not crave the unhealthy, high calorie foods which may have been consumed during the holidays. Low starch choices are plentiful and may include about 60 foods of which a few are: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, all greens, celery, mushrooms, onions, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, asparagus, beets, green and yellow beans, zucchini and fruit. The higher starch choices would be: potatoes (no oil), sweet potatoes, corn, lentils, beans and intact grains. The possibilities are endless on how you could fill a plate with all these items. If you want seconds, go right ahead, but you should still maintain the 50/50 rule so you shouldn’t have a second sweet potato unless you also have more low calorie density foods as well. You could also combine them

by making a vegetable soup that has potatoes or beans in it or a mega salad loaded with veggies and topped with beans or a grain. I will often put a salad on one side of my plate and sweet potato with mushrooms on the other side. Chinese veggies over brown rice would work out well as a mixed plate, too. Sometimes simple is the best. Give it a try and I think you’ll see how quickly you reset into eating a healthier diet and get on track to take on 2021. Cheers to the New Year.

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Experience Continued from page 12 ing, but this is one of those areas that Silver Birch knows well. Marketing Director Kate McDonald worked for two years to qualify individuals for the Medicaid waiver, prior to working at Silver Birch. Not only is one of our own knowledgeable in this area, but there is an employee of that agency whom has their own office in Silver Birch and works with all our current and future residents. Silver Birch will complete the referral and work alongside the agency to help our current and future residents qualify for the Medicaid waiver. Another process that Silver Birch prides themselves on is Medicaid. Anyone who has had to deal with the Medicaid process, it can be frustrating. Silver Birch has an entire position dedicated to this — our eligibility coordinator, Quenita Brown. Brown also worked to qualify individuals for Medicaid prior to joining the Silver Birch team. Here at Silver Birch, we not only complete the application, but we also conduct the interview and assist our current and future residents with gathering the documentation that is required. That is what makes Silver Birch different than any other assisted living in our area. Call (574) 252-7225 to see what you need to qualify for residency. We hope to hear from you soon.

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‘I hear you knocking’ Dave Edmunds In early 1971, UK musician Dave Edmunds’ high-decibel guitar licks, nasal lead vocals and floor%\5$1'$/ stomping &+,// beat made his version of $%RRPHU%ODVW 7R7KH3DVW “I Hear You Knocking” a prime example of “pub rock.” Pub (short for “public house” or bar in England) rock was a musical genre popular in the UK during the early to mid1970s. Loud and raw, its primitive approach to the music flew in the face of the more refined “glam” style. (Think Queen and David Bowie here.) Pub rock laid the foundation for punk rock that came later in the decade. Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1944, Edmunds had drifted through several bands since age 10, when he and older brother Geoff formed a rockin’ piano

team called the Edmund Brothers Duo. Edmunds later played in a series of minor league bar bands. His first taste of success came as the lead guitarist in the Welsh rock trio Love Sculpture, which scored a British Top Five single with the rapid-fire instrumental “Saber Dance.” When the group disbanded, Edmunds turned to record production and worked with English rockabilly artist Shakin’ Stevens, whose material was often culled from classic 1950s American recordings. This is when Edmunds became aware of “I Hear You Knocking.” So had Edmunds perhaps heard the earlier hit version by an American woman? Gale Storm (born Josephine Cottle) was the pert, pretty and squeaky-clean star of the 1950s TV show “My Little Margie.” In 1955, she scored a No. 2 Billboard winner with “I Hear You Knocking.” Storm’s biggest career hit was a blanched offering of an obscure R&B (rhythm and blues) tune from earlier that year. Storm’s “cover” 45 was typical of many such releases at the time; major record labels fre-

quently brought in white artists to copy R&B best-sellers, which were usually released on small independent labels, in order to target record-buying teenagers with allowances to spend. While Edmunds may or may not have heard the Storm disc, he was probably more taken with the gritty original, a littleknown recording by Smiley Lewis. Louisiana native Lewis (born Overton Lemons) was once labeled by a music journalist “the unluckiest man in New Orleans.” It’s not hard to see why. Often when Lewis performed in Big Easy bars, he was handed only money from the tip jar. He usually rode to gigs on city buses after toiling all day at manual labor. Smiley’s nickname came from his having no front teeth. During his recording tenure, Lewis cut a few R&B winners, but three of his most popular became pop best-sellers for others. Besides Storm’s smash, Smiley’s “Blue Monday” from 1954 became a Top 10 single by Fats Domino two years later. And Lewis’s “One Night (of Sin)” was cleaned up in 1958 to provide Elvis Presley his 27th Top

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Older Americans are coping best (NewsUSA) Older Americans have actually been coping far better than younger ones during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research. The Edward Jones and Age Wave Study goes where few have ventured before in focusing exclusively on how different generations have held up emotionally and financially in the months since all the lockdowns began. And some of its findings are at least as startling as how quickly even 70-year-olds came to love Zoom. “COVID-19’s impact forever changed the reality of many Americans, yet we’ve observed a resilience among U.S. retirees in contrast to younger generations,” said Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., the founder and CEO of Age Wave, a leading research think tank on aging, retirement and longevity issues. While acknowledging upfront that the virus itself disproportionally struck aging adults, the five-generational sampling of 9,000 people age 18 and over revealed more than a few surprises. Among them: • While 37 percent of Gen Zers, 27 percent of Millennials, and 25 percent of GenXers said they’d suffered “mental health declines” since the virus hit, only 15 percent of Baby Boomers responded likewise. • Faring the best were those 75 and over - the Silent Generation that followed the so-called “Greatest Generation” - with a mere 8 percent of those respondents reporting any mental health deterioration. That would seem to run counter, as does the results for Boomers (age 56 to 74), to early dire warnings that prolonged social isolation made older adults especially vulnerable to depression, anxiety and cognitive decline. • Nearly 68 million Americans have altered the timing of their retirement due to the pandemic, and 20 million stopped making regular retirement savings contributions. Dychtwald attributed the two older generations’ resilience to

their having “a greater perspective on life.” “They’ve seen wars and other major disruptions before,” he said, “and they know that this, too, will pass. Younger generations feel like, ‘What happened to my life? I mean, I was supposed to go to college or I was starting a new job, and now everything has changed.’” Most retired Boomers and Silent Gens also had monthly Social Security checks to fall back on. Which explains why - though the pandemic has significantly reduced the financial security of a quarter of Americans - younger generations were slammed the hardest: Nearly one-third of Millennial and Gen Z respondents characterized the impact as “very or extremely negative,” compared to 16 percent of Boomers and 6 percent of Silent Gens who admitted to similar hardship. Looking for any silver lining that’s come out of the COVID-19 crisis? Well, 67 percent of respondents did say it’s brought their families closer together. “The pandemic has certainly thrown into sharp relief what matters most in our lives,” said Ken Cella, Edward Jones’s client services group principal. “And important discussions have taken place about planning earlier for retirement, saving more for emergencies, and even talking through end-of-life plans and long-term care costs.” And with the study also showing that an overwhelming percentage of retirees yearn for more ways to use their talents to benefit society, financial services firm Edward Jones believes it’s time to redefine retirement more “holistically” to encompass what it calls “the four pillars” of health, family, purpose and finance. Successfully addressing most of those pillars admittedly takes more financial savvy than many of us have, though, especially given ever-rising costs. But a financial advisor, like a local one at Edward Jones, has the perspective, experience and empathy to help.

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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. But 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

beneďŹ ts to help pay for food, medicine, utilities, and many more essentials that ensure a safe and stable retirement. Every year, $30 billion in beneďŹ ts go unclaimed because eligible older adults donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest and most trusted nonproďŹ t working on behalf of seniors, offers the latest

information on beneďŹ ts programs on its free and conďŹ dential website, BeneďŹ tsCheckUp.org. The site includes a simple search tool to help retirees and their caregivers safely and securely identify programs that may help meet their ďŹ nancial needs. There are beneďŹ ts 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 ďŹ xed income, an extra $200 to $300 a month can make a signiďŹ cant dif-

ference in their standard of living and quality of life. Approximately half of all Medicare beneďŹ ciaries live on incomes below $26,200 a year. For those who qualify, Medicareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special programs can save them thousands of dollars annually on their premiums, medications, deductibles, and co-pays. BeneďŹ tsCheckUp.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.

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Tiny Gasparilla Island is almost paradise Just what is it that draws â&#x20AC;&#x153;snow birdsâ&#x20AC;? to Gasparilla Island, Fla. every winter? It could be that the temperatures *5($7 during (6&$3(6 January, %\52'.,1* February and March range from the mid60s to the mid-80s under blue, sunny skies. Perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the wide, deep, white sand, shellstrewn beaches that stretch the entire length of the island along the beautiful pristine, greenish-blue Gulf of Mexico. Could it be the trendy little village of Boca Grande with its boutique shops, eclectic restaurants and yummy, hole-in-thewall ice cream shop? Actually, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all of the above. The narrow island, which is just a half-mile wide and only

seven miles long, is accessible by a series of three bridges extending from the mainland where SRs 775 and 771 intersect. Cost to enter the island on Boca Grande Causeway is $6, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small price to pay to experience paradise. First people to inhabit the area were the Calusa Indians around 5000 B.C. and on Gasparilla Island between 800 and 900 B.C. Nine ancient ďŹ shing village sites have been identiďŹ ed with large shell mounds containing pottery shards, ďŹ shhooks and arrowheads. Like the Indians, the ďŹ rst white settlers came to ďŹ sh in the 1870s. Spanish and Cuban ďŹ shermen salted and sent their catches to Havana and other markets. The island quickly became a sport ďŹ shing mecca and later earned the title of the Tarpon Fishing Capitol of the World. Folklore says that the infamous pirate Gasparilla (aka Jose Gaspar) had his head-

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quarters on the island and purportedly buried an enormous treasure here. Many came with shovels in hand to dig it up and become rich, but, if there was one, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still hidden. Around 1900, the whole pirate myth was exposed as a marketing ploy by the hotels and railroad to get visitors to the island. In 1905, the railroad connected Boca Grande to the outside world and the island became the terminal for the phosphate shipping industry. Trainloads of the ore arrived every day and were off-loaded at the port at the southern end of the island into ships for transport around the world. The railroad also brought tourists, many of whom stayed to make Boca Grande their home. When the phosphate shipping business dried up in 1979, the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary industry became tourism. President George Bush and his family found the island to their liking and often stayed at the Gasparilla Inn and Club, which is one of the largest and oldest resort hotels in the state. It was built in 1913 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Continued on page 19


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Continued from page 18 Centerpiece of Boca Grande today is the 1907 train station. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to the Loose Caboose Restaurant and where islanders can choose from more than 15 ďŹ&#x201A;avors of ice cream from a closet-size, walk-in/carryout shop. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually a line of people seated on the low wall along the sidewalk outside enjoying their treat.

Another must-see is Banyan Street. Huge banyan trees with their vine-like roots dropping from above line both sides of the block-long street forming a tall, shady tunnel that is at least 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding area. At the southern tip of the island is Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum which highlights the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and culture.

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of atlases to cover the attractions that can be reached by road. You can visit much of California history by dropping by any of the 21 missions established by Franciscan friars stretching from San Diego to San Francisco. The monuments in Washington, D.C., the Grand Canyon in Arizona and New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Niagara Falls can all be viewed with ease. To escape to a city doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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Blue Collar Antiques buys, sells a variety of antiques and collectibles %\0$77'$1%85< %OXH&ROODU$QWLTXHV My company, Blue Collar Antiques, buys and sells a variety of antiques and collectibles. We also purchase entire estates. The items that are selling best right now are military items, old toys, advertising items, coins and jewelry but that changes from month to month. This time of year, vintage Christmas items sell very well. The old aluminum Christmas trees can sell for hundreds of dollars. Old lights and ornaments are also very sought after. If your New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution is clean out your attic or basement, give me a call before throwing away any vintage items. You may be surprised to ďŹ nd out what some things are worth. I have always enjoyed antiques and I have a deep appreciation for history. I go to several auctions each week, which helps me stay current with what people are buying and how much items are selling for. I also subscribe to many research sites. I am able to ďŹ nd the market value for almost any item you may have. I have been in business for

almost 15 years. I believe in treating people fair. Because of this, a big part of my business comes from referrals or repeat clients. Before discarding items or giving them away, please give me the opportunity or someone with experience in antiques to take a look at it for valuation. Since I have been in business

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