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It is always fun to view your readers’ comments and bellyaching, like the approval of the Texas senator who tried to shut down the federal government and the person who wants Obama to stop playing golf, or the complainer about Washington fat cats for taking all the money. Oh! I sound like one of your bellyachers. But kudos to the few logical writers, like the person who cannot figure out how the homeless cook their free turkey. How do I say this: It’s not I dislike redneck Arizonans. I dislike Arizonans being rednecks. Hi. Everyone in Arizona hates government. It’s not pretty. It’s not efficient. It costs a lot of money. There are all kinds of ways to improve it. How come that never happens? The people we send to government come from Arizona. They are living here. They have to be residents. What’s the riddle there? We hate the

people we have living here. We hate the people we have to represent us. We also hate the idea that we have four levels of government and people are crazy about HOAs. Planned development and neighborhood associations are alright. People who just want to band together behind a wall, and have a hippy-like commune where nobody has a fence around their property and everyone’s allowed to wander up around their property. There’s no privacy and they gossip all the time. You’re right I’m talking about a retirement community. That just strikes me as a conflict. The people can’t figure out what they want. They don’t want more government, but HOAs are more government. Why do we need a fifth entity to tell us our weeds are too tall? I don’t get it. But it’s Arizona, folks. If you live here long enough your brain gets fried. Social media has Twitter awards? What next will advertise the general public’s ignorance and pettiness? Wake up, dummies! There is a war against education and you are its victim. Pay attention! Wake up! Are the Phoenix Suns a desert mirage or the real McCoy— and not Al McCoy, the

The Curmudgeon The Offense of Offending


: : by Drew Alexander

dministrators at a California high school sent five students home for refusing to remove their American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday, because it would be “insensitive” to be displaying Old Glory on another nation’s day of celebration. A rodeo clown was permanently banned from performing by the Missouri State Fair because he wore an Obama mask. All other rodeo clowns in Missouri are now required to take “sensitivity training.” Seattle officials have banned the words “citizen” and “brown bag” because one might be offensive to noncitizens and the other because of some remote, long ago racial connotation. A 6-year-old girl student in North Carolina was told to remove the word

“God” from a poem she wrote in tribute to her two grandfathers who served in the military during the Vietnam War. The Obama administration has banned all U.S. government agencies from producing any training materials that in any way link terrorism to Islam. In San Francisco, residents who have pets are no longer their “owners” but “guardians,” while in other parts of the country, gender neutrality dictates that a “manhole” cover should be called a “maintenance hole” or “utility hole.” On and on it goes, the manipulation of language into something considered more “acceptable” and less “offensive.” Instead of “gang,” it’s “youth group.” An “illegal alien” is now an “undocumented immigrant,” and an “abortion” is a “near-life experience.”

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franchise’s veteran radio broadcaster. May the “Suns” continue to rise on the watch of first-time general manager Ryan McDonough and first-time head coach Jeff Hornacek. I want to “Sound Off ” about that Drew Alexander. He thinks he’s so clever making fun of President Barack Obama by comparing him to Frankenstein. President Obama is a great man who is giving cheap medical insurance to millions of deserving people. Alexander’s disrespect and meanness toward the president is un-American.

He should be fired by your newspaper and should be investigated by the Secret Service.—Betty Jean Parker To Jim Wilson: I read Krugman and a lot of other guys with credentials. A Ph.D. and a commendable track record does not make a better analyst. One of Krugman’s recent pieces, “Raise That Wage,” promoted Obama’s suggestion to raise the minimum wage but omitted facts to support his position. A similar piece by Mark Calabria asked the same question, then gave facts to show ...continues on page 8

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It’s almost a capital offense to offend anyone in this era of political correctness. A common knee-jerk reaction to someone with whom one disagrees is to call for their silencing. Those upset at media opinion writers and commentators who hold views contrary to their own, routinely demand their firing instead of stepping into the arena of ideas to engage in forthright debate. I don’t see conspiracies lurking behind every unusual event or political movement. What I do see are certain repetitive historical patterns, among them an application of language filtering that leads to imposing conformity of thought. Tyrants have long known that when they control language they control the populace. The fascists knew this, the communists knew this, and so has every other despotic form of government. In Oceania, the dystopian super state in George Orwell’s classic novel “1984,” government-invented language was called “Newspeak,”

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chillingly corresponding to present-day politically correct speech. In Orwellian society, anyone harboring controversial or anti-societal thoughts was guilty of a “thoughtcrime.” In America, the majority of states have enacted “hate crime” legislation based on the fallacy that what is in someone’s mind and heart in the commission of a crime requires extra punishment for feelings exhibited toward the person or property victimized. This makes no sense. Hate is an ugly emotion, but it’s not a crime—at least not yet. The degrading of language is the means by which the right of free speech is eroded. As Orwell put it, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Drew Alexander, also known as “The Curmudgeon,” is a monthly columnist writing about political issues. Send comments to or to Drew Alexander, in care of Lovin’ Life After 50, 3200 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

The Up Side Attack of the Shadow People : : by Michael Grady


K, I’m going to sound old now. I’ve been trying to avoid this. There’s a subtle self-consciousness that settles over you once you reach the far side of 40: “Don’t say anything that betrays your age,” it tells you, “Don’t gripe about progress. Don’t lament the current era or compare it with a previous one. Don’t complain about new-fangled inventions and don’t EVER use the word ‘newfangled.’” You don’t want to be perceived as a geezer. Because, once you are, there’s no going back. Break off a single, “In my day…” and perceptually, people put you over by the pickle barrel with a checkerboard, a spittoon, and a pinch of tobacky. That’s why many of us middle-aged folk choose our observations carefully. We accept popular culture’s neverending and infantile obsession with superhero movies and video games. We pretend not to notice the Grammy Awards are now weird enough to resemble the “Star Wars” cantina. We accept the emergence of reality stars and the odd cable show-public disgracegossip magazine eco-system they live in—because, these are just societal trends. They come and go. And, as long as “Seinfeld” is in reruns, who cares? But when a societal trend almost crushes you, you realize the label of “old” isn’t really so bad if the only other choice is “dead.” Let me hitch up my geezer pants and explain: The other day, I was driving down the highway when, for some unknown reason, the car in the adjacent lane seemed intent on killing me. We’ve all experienced this, to some degree: the mystery car, shouldering ever-closer; crossing the white line—forcing you to weave and swear and cozy up to the howling 18-wheeler on the other side. And suddenly a routine errand has become the chariot race from “BenHur.” So you manage to cheat death with a defensive maneuver or two. Then, when you pass the offending driver and you look across, what do you see? Not the apologetic wave of shame. No circumstantial explanation—like

a wobbly steering wheel or a badger loose in the vehicle. No, this driver is on the phone. This person, unrepentant and unaware, is still absorbed in the conversation that almost killed you. Why are people allowed to talk and text on their phones when they drive? If getting behind the wheel with three vodkas in your bloodstream is a crime, why is driving one-handed, with an interactive distraction in the other, a good idea? Is this Natural Selection at work? Did nature create cell phones and texting as a way for our species to thin its own herd? Or did God just say, “People drive too well, now. They need more of a challenge”? I’m all for progress and mobile access and the “American Way” and whatever. But I don’t want to end up in the morgue, the victim of a phone-happy teenager, who died between choruses of: “You hang up!” and “No, you hang up!” Twice in one year, my wife was hit by drivers who were talking or texting at the time. On the second occasion, the driver got out of his car and actually told the cop: “Sorry, I just got this new phone and I was texting.” And the cop, utterly used to this phenomenon, asked him what kind of phone he got. What the hell? I don’t believe in the death penalty. But I do believe in poetic justice. And I think distracted drivers who cause accidents should be required to undergo some kind of invasive medical procedure while their surgeon trolls for kitten pictures on the Internet. Forget the blinding stupidity behind phoning and driving. Forget that future generations will look back on us as morons. (“You texted while driving?” They’ll ask. “Why not juggle while you were at it?”) They will regard us the same way we look at those who bled the sick with leeches, drove without seatbelts and smoked cigarettes as a “pick-me-up”—distracted drivers are the most dangerous expression of a societal trend that I find destructive and sad. We see it every time a phone caller breezes through a checkout line without so much as a word to the cashier. We

see it in restaurants, when two people sit down to eat and then one or both of them takes calls at the table. I see it every time parents glance away from their children to read or send a text. We are subdividing our focus so much, we are becoming a race of halfattentive shadow people. Technology now allows us to act with the powers of multiple people: we can sit at our desks at work, talking on the phone to clients across town as we email a colleague in another continent and scroll for shoes on Amazon to the music of a composer who died centuries ago. We have the capacity of being in so many places at once that we inhabit none of them fully. While this is tremendously attractive from a time management standpoint—and it really rocks your to-do list—it does have its long-term drawbacks. Very few of us are Einsteins in the first place. Even if you get my full attention, you’re not going to twitch under all that crackling cerebral wattage. But then, if you cut my attention in half—give me two tasks, a live conversation and a TV screen to follow—do you think I am more or less effective? (Ask my wife this question any time she’s talking and Paul Goldschmidt is at bat.) Halve it again: add a crawler on the TV screen; add a child in the background. Suddenly, your consciousness is playing a prevent defense, and it’s all you can do to keep up with the stimulus in front of you— let alone think about it. People spend

their days this way. People operate heavy machinery this way. People sit in boardrooms and make decisions this way. (Which, I believe, is the only reason why “American Idol” is still on the air.) The problem isn’t so much what we do (although I’m convinced the superficial sound bite politicians we elect depend upon our short attention spans) it’s what we miss: I wonder what if our critical thinking skills, creative problem-solving and literacy rates will suffer because we’re so busy walking into mall fountains as we scroll for the latest Grumpy Cat post. I know, as far as society goes, the multitasking toothpaste is pretty much out of the tube. We’re never going to go back to mud huts, where we live like shamans and watch grass grow. But the really powerful moments in life only come when we are fullyfocused on something, and we can’t lose the ability to do that. I want my grandsons to be able to contemplate the stars and their significance without wondering what’s on their Twitter feed. And I hope we carve out time to cultivate quiet for the solitary exercises that feed our souls: things like reasoning, contemplation, appreciation… And driving. Those of us who survived the “Me Generation” don’t want to be casualties of the “Huh? What?” Generation. Michael Grady is a Valley-based freelance writer, reporter and playwright. NOW A CCEPTING M EDISUN, SCAN, AVESIS EYEMED, UNITED HEALTH CARE, B LUE CROSS B LUE SHIELD, A ETNA, H EALTHNET AND MANY MORE.

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mediums between stage, TV and the movies. It is also what happened to current lack of originality that so much has to be copied. So much has to be copied because there’s no quality of education in the entertainment business anymore. Thank you for my opinion. My pet peeve with retail stores is that they never seem to have enough registers open! They’ll have one clerk checking customers out with eight customers in line, while they have numerous clerks standing around talking or stocking. Here’s the classic one: Someone just standing at the front door greeting people. I’d rather have help at the register versus someone telling me hello when I walk through the door. And what is up with the lack of inventory in stores? Seems to be no matter what time of the year stores are always out of mediums and size 8 shoes! And can you hire a 16-year-old to go out and collect carts once in a while? And to the clerks who bag: Please stop making our bags so incredibly heavy! I buy three of the liter-sized shampoos from a local beauty supply store and they always cram all three bottles in a

tiny thin plastic bag which has actually ripped on me a couple of times. Stop being so cheap with bags! Either double-bag our stuff, give us bigger bags or give us more than one bag! It’s a national mystery for those watching TV weather news. The reporters show bad roads, crowded airports and no electricity for homes everywhere across the nation. Are all these people holed up and staying in bed, or driving around in heated cars? And who’s watching TV besides California and southern Arizonans? Think about that. Where are all the people they’re showing on TV? Bundled up someplace freezing? I find it ironic that until Thanksgiving, my daily newspaper was totally underneath my car every single morning but now that we are in the “holiday season” all of a sudden my newspaper person suddenly seems to have better aim. My newspaper has not been under my car for almost two weeks now. Hmm, must be a “Christmas miracle?” Here’s a “tip” ...continues on page 10

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he surgery for an excision of a lump on my right breast was performed on a Monday morning. I’m groggy after my outpatient procedure and stumble around my house trying to act normal; clumsily fixing myself something to eat, tidying up the kitchen, and playing with my dog. After two hours, I tell my boyfriend I’m going upstairs to rest. I don’t remember much after getting into bed except when I opened my eyes again it was four hours later. The biopsy results will be in tomorrow or the next day. The surgeon asked me to call his office on Wednesday for the pathology report. I went to work the following day feeling confident that my lump was benign and I had no intention of calling the doctor for the results. I knew if the report wasn’t favorable, I’d hear from the surgeon soon enough. I was at work sitting at my desk the next morning when my surgeon dropped by. “I’m so glad to see you,” I said as he walked in and pulled up a chair next to mine. “I want you to take a look at the incision.” “Let’s not worry about that now,” he said. “Are you bringing me bad news?” I asked him knowing the answer by studying his mannerisms; his directness, his somber looking face, and hearing the sternness in his voice. “I just received your pathology report. The news isn’t good. You have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.” Just like that, I passed through an invisible membrane that separates the healthy from the ill. “How bad is it?” I asked holding in a cry which I knew was forthcoming sometime in the future, but not now. No, not at my office with an open door to patients, their families, the community—the same group of people who would often come here after receiving this type of news. I couldn’t possibly cry at my desk. Not yet. I placed my right hand on the doctor’s left thigh and said, “I can’t believe the news.” I wondered if my intimate action had breached some type of doctor-patient relationship. I didn’t

really care. I had known him for years, worked with him and respected him. He was the only one here to comfort me. We had this secret. Thinking back, the simple gesture of touching his thigh with my fingertips was a way for me to feel closeness with another human, a kind of support I needed after hearing the devastating results of the biopsy. It was a silent way to communicate. The surgeon and I had a long history— he operated on my husband when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He thought he got it all. He thought it might not spread. He was deeply moved when he told us six months later that the cancer had metastasized and he had tears in his eyes two years later when I told him I had just buried my husband. “I’m hoping we caught it early. This is what you’ll need to do,” he told me as if he had a list prepared in his head. “Wait one minute,” I said as I opened up Microsoft Word on my computer and positioned my fingers on the keyboard. “I’ll need to take notes because I’ll never remember what you’re about to tell me.” Somehow it helped me to comprehend the news by concentrating on the next steps needed for treatment. It was a way to process the information by categorizing it, organizing the instructions in terms of what to expect, what was to come, the exact order, including time constraints between each treatment. Small Grade I Invasive Ductal Carcinoma MRI of both breasts Second surgery in two weeks (Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy) Oncotype DX test Brachytherapy radiation versus partial breast radiation I thanked the surgeon for personally coming into my office to discuss the results. I sat in shock after he left trying to digest what he said, trying to convince myself it wasn’t a dream, it really happened. I have breast cancer. Terry J. Ratner, RN, MFA is a health educator at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Visit her website at www.terryratner. com. Send comments to info@terryratner. com.

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an increase in wood burning in my neighborhood. I thought it was due possibly to the fact possibly that people couldn’t afford heating anymore and they were chopping up their dresser drawers to keep warm. However, the wood burning started as soon as temps dropped below 100 in October and continued clear into July. I learned it’s the popularity of fire pits and fireplaces. This is a recreational form of wood burning, cooking and heating and that people were doing it because in Arizona we look backward, not forward. They were trying to capture the romance of ranchers who had no other way to cook or stay warm. Possibly they thought it was the lifestyle of the rich and famous and to have a fireplace and to burn the cross of Jesus on Christmas Eve. It was contributing to the air pollution. People in retirement communities hooked up to oxygen do not do well with wood burning. Arizona is blind, dumb and backward. The trends here are incredible. You can buy a bunch of wood in your grocery store, as if it’s a vegetable dish or something. It’s seasoned. You can light up your fireplace and think you are living the high life.

control in the house to do the bust. It’s a stupid law. It can’t be enforced. Taxpayers’ dollars are going down the drain. Sheriff Joe may not have all his marbles. He’s an older person. I live in a retirement community. We lose our mental faculties and we’re just not able to make good judgments about anything anymore. Our brains need oxygen to perform and we’re depriving ourselves of oxygen with the air pollution in this county and possibly in the state.

I live in Maricopa County outside the city limits. I would like the address of the state legislator to address the air pollution problem. My neighbors burn trash in their yard. I don’t know why it’s illegal in the city but in the county, which backs up to Mesa, it’s OK to do what you want to. I would like to question him about these drug ex-felons that are moving in the neighborhood.

Remember when President Grandfather Bush said, “Go to the charities, not the government, for help.” Well now all the charities need help. Don’t forget to donate all you low-percentage tax winners. After all, you can also take that off your taxes, too. Nothing like greed from the greedy.

Has anybody considered the fact that Sheriff Joe’s antics have cost the county so much money that it’s just about bankrupted the county’s coffers because all the other services we used to get from the county are no longer there? You can’t get through to the animal care and control hotline to report dogs wandering loose in the neighborhood or a stray to be picked up. You can’t control air pollution. There are no burn days. There is absolutely no way to call and report wood-burning smoke in the neighborhood, unless you are actually in the property and you live in the house where the wood is being burned, so you can answer the door and let the agents of air quality

Wake up, Sun Devil football fans. The 2013 team was not only one game away from the Rose Bowl, but also—and even more importantly—the lowly Texas Tech made ASU look like sun deviled eggs in the Holiday Bowl. Lovin’ Life After 50 is simply right wing trash.—Dan Doyle This message is for Drew Alexander. I just read your column in the After 50 and I don’t agree with anything you said. Have a happy new year.

Wow, what a contrast of big band singers of the past entertainment on PBS tonight to the New Year’s Eve so-called 30 best copycat look and sound alike screamers trying to imitate Whitney Houston. Well, maybe if they learned to wear clothes, stop wiggling around and showing their posterior, they might learn something about what music is supposed to be—entertaining not exploiting. Have you noticed presentgeneration musicians have discovered that old ‘40s and ‘50s hits actually have a story in their music, not just seven-word lines repeated ad nauseam. Thanks for good old PBS. Enjoy the music. ...continues on page 43

Ask the Old Bag Advice for the Over-50 Crowd


: : by Gayle M. Lagman-Creswick

ear Old Bag: This may seem petty to you, but it has become a sore spot that I am finding it hard to overcome. My husband of 45 years has complained about my food one too many times. The other night we had our neighbors over for dinner and my husband embarrassed me to no end. He said several things, but most notably he said, “What in the world did you put in this sauce? It is not good.” I thought it tasted good and my guests said they liked it and ate it all. I have the feeling that he just wants to embarrass me, and there is nothing wrong with my food. By the way, I have a reputation for being a good cook—maybe that is why it hurts. Signed, Fried


ear Fried: Maybe I am a spiteful person, but at a comment like that from my husband, that was so uncalled for and embarrassing, I would get up from the table, walk over and retrieve his plate, and scrape it into the garbage disposal, and say, “I am sorry you do not like the food.” Then I would sit down and finish my dinner. Furthermore, I would do that every time he complained about my food. It is hard enough to continue planning meals and cooking after years and years; none of us deserve to be unappreciated! Signed, O.B.


ear Old Bag: I would like to have your womanly opinion about this: My wife talks on her phone, texts or is on Facebook for at least six hours every day. I think this is excessive. She says it is normal and that it is what other women do. I spend about two hours a day total on my computer...none on cell phone. Don’t you think this is excessive? Signed, Bored


ear Bored: It sounds like the real problem here is that you are bored without her company? Maybe you should tell her something sweet like, “I really miss you when you spend the day communicating with others.” Or: “Honey, if you could

see your way to cut your hours on Facebook, I would take you to lunch and a movie.” Something tells me that she might be spending six hours a day communicating with others because she just might be bored with you? It is a challenge after many years together to keep yourself interesting and not boring to your spouse. You must be creative. Facebook, texting, email, have all given an outlet to people who would otherwise be sitting around twiddling their thumbs. This is the yardstick which I use to measure whether something is an excess: If it is causing problems, it is probably an excess. That goes for eating, drinking, texting, etc. Good luck. Signed, O.B.


ear Old Bag: I am a widower, newly retired and living in an over 50 community. Since I moved here, I have had a good number of casseroles delivered to my door and have made some pretty good friends. I enjoy the attention but I am not romantically interested in any of these women. However, there is a woman who walks by here every day with her dog that I believe I could like. We have spoken a few times briefly. Now I find out that her husband has Alzheimer’s and is in a facility. Would I be wrong to ask her out? Signed, Tired of Casseroles


ear Tired: Yikes! All I can say is: Each of us has our own ethics and morality. My morality may not be your morality. If you think I am skirting the issue, I am. If I tell you to ask her out, I will receive “Burn-inhell letters” from the moralists. If I say, “No, No, Never,” I will hear from the liberals. I say follow your own set of rules, whatever they are. You have to live with yourself. Good luck. I would like to hear how you decide and how it works out. Signed, O.B.

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2 p.m., Wednesdays in February, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free and reservations required, (480) 389-5431, Healthy Cooking Demo, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Humana Guidance Center, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Canasta, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays in February, Humana Guidance Center, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Feb. 6 Thursday Senior Mixer Dance, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson, Peoria, $5, (623) 773-7436, Michael Carollo provides the entertainment. Requests will be taken. “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” Luncheon Matinee with the Wisconsin Club SCW, 12 p.m., Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, $60, (623) 544-9757. Join the group for an afternoon at the theater. Chronic Pain Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thursdays in February, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free and reservations required, (480) 389-5431, Mainstream and Plus Square Dance, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays in February, Greenfield Village RV Resort, 111 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, $5, (480) 8323844. Tom Roper is the featured caller. Chordial-Aires Women’s Show Chorus, 5 p.m., Silveridge RV Resort, 8265 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, $10, (480) 373-7000. The ladies sing four-part a cappella harmony. Feb. 7 Friday The Engineers Club of the West Valley luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West, $18 and reservations required, (623) 544-0942. Jami Shah, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at ASU, will discuss “The Digital Sandbox: Computer Tools to Facilitate Human Creativity.” Arthritis/Neuropathy Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Fridays in February, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free and reservations required, (480) 389-5431,

Health Expo and Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Greenfield Village RV Resort, 111 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, free admission, (480) 832-3844. Sign up for blood drive by phone. Canasta, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays in February, Humana Guidance Center, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Euchre, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays in February, Humana Guidance Center, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Feb. 8 Saturday All Sun City Art Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., repeats Feb. 9, Bell Recreation Center 16820 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, free, (623) 876-3040. In this 40th annual event, the judged show features more than 200 entries. Sock Hop with The Real Tones Band, 7 p.m., Greenfield Village RV Resort, 111 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, $8 in advance, $9 at the door, (480) 832-3844. Feb. 9 Sunday West Valley Symphony’s “Sounds of Scandinavia” with Anna Han, 3 p.m., Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Pl., Surprise, $25, $15 (youth 18 and older), (623) 236-6781, www. Emerging young pianist Anna Han will perform the dramatic flourishes of Norwegian composer Edvard Greig’s “Concerto for Piano in A minor.” Then, the focus will shift to the images of cold winds, icy fjords and frozen lakes depicted in Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2 in D Major.” Feb. 10 Monday One Day Mahjongg Tournament Fundraiser, 8:30 a.m., Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West, $36, (623) 444-6156. Held by Tikvah West Valley Chapter of Hadassah, the event includes continental breakfast, catered lunch and snacks. Raffle, door and tournament prizes will be awarded. Sun Lakes Democratic Club Meeting, 7 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club’s Navajo Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, nonperishable food items accepted, (480) 895-1378, (480) 895-1162. Rep. Andrew Sherwood from District 26 is the guest speaker. Feb. 11 Tuesday Wisconsin Club SCW Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Tivoli Garden Restaurant, 12535 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, charge for meals, (623) 546-0853. Feb. 12 Wednesday East Valley Michigan Club, 2 p.m., Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa, charge for meals, (480) 9867085, (480) 610-9864 or The club meets on the second Wednesday at 2 p.m. for lunch and the fourth Wednesday at 9 a.m. for breakfast.

Legal Seminar for Women Considering Divorce, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Thompson Law Firm, 101 W. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, free but reservations required, (480) 634-7480, Attorney Christy Thompson will discuss issues that women face during the divorce process. Health Awareness Series: Heart Health, 9 a.m. to 10 am., Humana Guidance Center, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Health Care Reform Seminar, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Humana Guidance Center, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Feb. 13 Thursday Sun Lakes Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America Meeting, 12:45 p.m., Lecky Center of the E.J. Robson Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, free, (602) 652-3000,, Nancy Otte, a teacher for the deaf, will tell the story of her and her hearing dog, Quinn. Society for the Arts Social, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., La Prima Donna, 7704 Doubletree Rd., Scottsdale, $2 hospitality fee, (480) 659-4139. Tuscan-inspired Italian restaurant welcomes the Society for the Arts. Delicious food and wine at great happy hour prices. “Saudi Arabia—Past and Present,” 3 p.m., Crown of Life Lutheran Church, 13131 Spanish Garden Dr., Sun City West, free, (623) 546-6228, www.colchurch. com. Presentation by Hugh Renfro, former CEO of Arabian Chevron Oil Co., will also show his film “Arabia,” which was originally offered in IMAX format.

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... from page 13 Sun City Christian Women’s Club Brunch, 9 a.m., Jazz Sunday, 11:15 a.m., Sun Lakes United Church of Sun City Country Club, 9433 N. 107th Ave., Sun City, Christ, 9420 Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, free, (480) 895$15, (623) 933-0217, Guest 6317. As part of the worship service, Bob Confare, director speaker is Jake Billingsley who appeared on “Survivor: of music, will conduct a five-piece jazz band and joint choir Thailand.” The feature is “The Mystery of the Flag” by for rousing New Orleans-style Dixieland music. Judy Anderson, and music is courtesy of Don Henry. Scandinavian Club Southeast Valley’s Heritage Happy Valentine’s Day Celebration, 11 a.m. to 1 Dinner Meeting, 5 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club, p.m., Humana Guidance Center, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, $20 before Feb. 7, Suite 106, Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707., www.event (search Scandinavian Club)., www.scandinavianclubsev. Members celebrate the history and cultural Feb. 15 Saturday traditions of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City Iceland with musical entertainment and artifacts. A dinner West’s Valentine’s Dance, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., RH of pineapple roasted pork and salmon will be served with Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, $4 members, $6 guests, beans amandine. (623) 240-0098. Bring a sweetheart or come solo and have a “sweet time” at the semi-formal Valentine’s Dance and Dessert Buffet. Music by The Two Amigos and complimentary tango lessons offered. Musical Instrument Museum Volunteer Team Member Information Session, 10 a.m., MIM, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, free, (480) 245-6915,, volunteer/. The information session will cover what positions are available, how to apply, what training is like and more. Communitywide Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Springfield Adult Community, 6495 S. St. Andrew’s Blvd., Chandler, free admission, (480) 802-3841, (480) 247-2998, (480) 361-2123. Front and back gates to the community will be open to the public during the sale. Health, Safety and Pet Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greer Park, 112th Avenue and West Alabama Avenue, Youngtown, free, (623) 362-0605. Event features free food, health, vision, dental and hearing services and screenings, free nutrition and safety information and Valley View Community Food Bank Farmers Market. Pam and Dave Dance, 7 p.m., Greenfield Village RV Resort, 111 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, $7 in advance, $8 at the door, (480) 832-3844. Feb. 16 Sunday The Sun Cities Chamber Orchestra, 3 p.m., Willowbrook United Methodist Church, 19390 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, $5, (623) 974-5637. The orchestra, under the direction of George Zoske, will present a concert with the theme of “Talent from Within.” Sonoran Sounds Women’s Chorale of the West Valley, 3 p.m., St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 10233 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, freewill offering, (623) 876-1327, With pianist Ruth DiBene as accompanist, this concert’s program will include music by well-known English composer John Rutter, Anton Vivaldi, Richard Rogers, Fats Waller and Woody Guthrie.

Feb. 17 Monday The Limeliters, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. thru March 1 (excluding Sundays), The Mining Camp Restaurant, 6100 E. Mining Camp St., Apache Junction, $47, (480) 982-3181, The folk group The Limeliters, in its educational mission to pass its music on to future generations, will appear at the restaurant. Chordial-Aires Women’s Show Chorus, 7 p.m., Sunland Village East, 2165 S. Farnsworth Dr., Mesa, $5, (480) 380-0106. The ladies sing four-part a cappella harmony. Feb. 18 Tuesday Premier ABBA Fab Experience, 7 p.m., Carriage Manor RV Resort, 7750 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, $18, (480) 217-5393. Celebrates the music of ABBA. Feb. 19 Wednesday National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association (NARFE) Chapter 1395, 11 a.m., Brothers Family Restaurant, 8466 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, charge for meal, (623) 935-4681, com. All current and retired federal employees and spouses are invited. Nutrition Series Heart Healthy Eating, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Humana Guidance Center, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Feb. 20 Thursday “Bladder Health and Incontinence,” 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, free but reservations required, (480) 882-4636, A Scottsdale Healthcare physician will discuss overactive bladder, incontinence, common infections, surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, and more. Feb. 21 Friday Myron Sommerfeld and His Music of the Stars, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mesa Regal, 4700 E. Main St., Mesa, $8, (480) 981-5118,, www.

George Dyer Concert, 7 p.m., Greenfield Village RV Resort, 111 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, $12 to $18, (480) 832-3844. Birthday Celebration Ice Cream Social, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Humana Guidance Center, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Feb. 22 Saturday Apache Junction Rock and Gem Club’s Jewelry, Gem and Rock Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., repeats 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23, Skyline High School Cafeteria, 845 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa, $3, (480) 982-7760. Event features dealers selling their fine, handmade jewelry, gems, beads, cabochons, fossils, rocks, slabs, lapidary equipment and supplies and more. Myron Sommerfeld and His Music of the Stars, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sun Dial, Boswell Boulevard and 103rd Avenue, Sun City, $8, (623) 210-4087, www., The Fabulous Follies 2014, 7 p.m., repeats 7 p.m. Feb. 22 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Westbrook Village, Vistas Rec Center, 18825 N. Country Club, Peoria, $10, (623) 566-6178, Show features singers, dancers and comedians. State of Oregon Golf Tournament, 8:30 a.m., Palmbrook Country Club, 9350 W. Greenway Rd., Sun City, $55 members, $60 guests, (623) 972-8441,, Tee off with the State of Oregon Club golfers and duffers. No handicap is needed. All Oregonians and former Oregonians and guests are invited .Price includes golf, range balls, prizes and lunch. Needhams Twins Dance, 7 p.m., Greenfield Village RV Resort, 111 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, $7 in advance, $8 at the door, (480) 832-3844. Feb. 23 Sunday Brats and Bakers Dinner, 4:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club (Phase 1), Arizona Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248., $10, (480) 8951557. Hosted by the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ, the benefit features brats, pulled pork and baked potatoes as well as desserts. Entertainment by DJ Barry. The Arizona Classic Jazz Society’s Mardi Gras, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Place, Chandler, $20, (480) 620-3941, Come march, dance or simply sit back and enjoy the music in the San Marcos Ballroom. Nonstop entertainment will be presented by 52nd Street Jazz Band, the Crackerjack Jazz Band, the Dixie Cats from Tucson, and a JAM from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Chordial-Aires Women’s Show Chorus, 3 p.m., Sunrise RV Park, 1403 W. Broadway Rd., Apache Junction, free-will offering, (480) 983-2500. The ladies sing four-part a cappella harmony.

Feb. 24 Monday The Sun Cities Saddle Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Wooddale Village Retirement Community’s Activities Room, 18616 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, free, (623) 5845696,, www.saddle. A trail riding and social club for seniors, the organization limits membership to residents of Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand and Corte Bella.

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Wisconsin Derby Day, 12:30 p.m., Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, call for admission charge, (623) 584-3458. Event starts with buffet lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 • 8pm Starring Jim Curry

Feb. 26 Wednesday All Things Senior Expo and Trade Show by Scottsdale Senior Services, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, free, (480) 312-1700. Expo features information about health care, senior housing, municipal services, recreation, technology, transportation and entertainment. East Valley Michigan Club, 9 a.m., Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa, charge for meals, (480) 9867085, (480) 610-9864 or The club meets on the second Wednesday at 2 p.m. for lunch and the fourth Wednesday at 9 a.m. for breakfast. Arts and Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Greenfield Village RV Resort, 111 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, free admission, (480) 832-3844.

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Grammy Winner Roars with ‘Tiger’

lose to six million Americans carry the diagnosis of heart failure. Heart failure also is the leading cause of all hospitalizations in individuals older than the age of 64. Additionally, once hospitalized for heart failure, the patient carries a 30 percent risk of being readmitted with heart failure in the next 30 days. Can these admissions and readmissions be prevented or at least reduced? The answer is an astounding yes. The patient has a vital role in avoiding one of every five hospitalizations for heart failure. Furthermore, a dedicated patient may decrease the risk of annual readmission by almost 40 to 45 percent.

True-life tales from some of Arizona’s most fascinating residents.

Connecting with the Patient One would think that for such a common disease as heart failure, the treatment would Author/Grammy be universal and cutAward-Winning Singer and dry, as well.84Unfortunately, that is well as their friends, who Age: not the case. There is no cookie cutter included Cary Grant; Phil approach to heart failure. The treatment Challenging Project: Spector; Bill Medley of plan not only has tothecomplement the the Righteous Brothers; Penning book “Teach patient’s lifestyle, likeswas andmore dislikes, Me Tiger” diffibut cult Atlantic Records founder also has tothan be consistent his abilities Stevenswiththought. “I Ahmet Ertegun; Ozzie and habits.had Mostnever importantly, writtenthe a heart book and Harriet Nelson; Cher; failure treatment to conform in my plan life. Ihaslove to write Anthony Quinn; and Bobby to the beliefs of the patient. the Darin. letters; this certainlyAll wasn’t above-described patient characteristics a letter. I didn’t know how to have to beeven identifi ed, My recognized and Sage Advice: “Cary used begin. friend John acknowledged by the doctor. Sullivan helped me so much. to come to our house and The cardiologist must respect He said just to write the and way have spaghetti dinners. He accept these characteristics in her you talk. Put it all down and said, ‘Have fun on the way patients. then, if you have to, erase up because there are no certain things. I don’t type. rewards at the end. The fun Active Listener I had papers everywhere. I is trying to get there.’ He To be thought an active listener, this was going tothe be was right. He was absolutely cardiologist is lucky, as she already right. He was a wonderful the biggest book ever.” has the important ingredients of friend.” compassion and care. However, active Noteworthy Friends: listening also requires time and patience. Stevens and Tempo had the Info: To have time, the vital component support of their parentson as and her side, the cardiologist would need to schedule her Heart Failure Clinic with

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or Grammy Award winner April Stevens, penning the book “Teach Me Tiger” was a true labor of love. Stevens, who along with brother Nino Tempo earned the 1964 Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Recording prize for “Deep Purple,” admitted she wept while writing the autobiography. “There was a lot of crying going on,” she said. “I got lost sometimes, and I had to stop. I had a little ankle surgery. I thought, ‘Well, great. I’ll be able to work and just finish it.’ I didn’t even want to look at it. When you’re in pain and your body is trying to get well, you just can’t do anything like that.” April Stevens was born Carol LoTempio in Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1929. Blessed with a beautiful voice, she found success in the 1950s through 1970s, recording for a number of labels, including RCA Victor.


The Roles of the Doctor The role of the cardiologist does not stop after diagnosing and treating the failing heart with medications, surgery and/or devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. The role of the cardiologist is fourfold in such a setting. The cardiologist wears several hats. She not only has to connect with the patient, engage as an active listener, convey and deliver the treatment plan, but most importantly, she assumes the role of the patient’s coach, as well.

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The book “Teach Me Tiger” tells the story of her career and her life between 1950 and the present. It is named after her sexually suggestive 1959 hit, which peaked at No. 86 on the Hot 100 chart. “I remembered so much that I didn’t expect to remember,” said Stevens, who is married to Bill Perman. “I thought, ‘How will I remember every incident?’ But one incident reminded me of the next incident.” One of those memories is of her and her brother’s Grammy win. Stevens keeps the award on her mantle in her Scottsdale home and is contemplating taking it with her on book-signing events. “We never expected to win,” she said. “I had my mouth full of food. I was chomping away. I couldn’t believe it.”



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Home to Stay ‘Aging in place’ is the goal of nine out of 10 boomers, requiring high tech, smart building … and the perfect in-home caregiver. By Jimmy Magahern


t last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, silver was the new black. Beyond all the flashy curved TVs and in-dash car computers, two of the biggest attractions were the Digital Health Summit, showcasing new health and fitness gadgets like wearable health trackers and real-time remote monitoring devices, and the so-called “Silvers Summit,” focusing on tech innovations designed more specifically to meet the growing needs of the aging boomer population. In both showcases, the bulk of the new products introduced were technologies aimed at keeping older adults living independently at home longer. It’s a hot trend today in both tech and architecture, where practices like incorporating handrails in shower stalls and other unobtrusive accessibility features around the house are part of smart “aging in place” design. And for good reason: according to the latest data from the Center for Aging Services Technologies, 89 percent of the country’s baby boomer

generation (those roughly 78 million born between 1946 and 1964) say they prefer to live out their golden years at home, rather than go to assisted living communities—even if they or their spouse comes down with a debilitating illness. In addition, some 80 percent of boomers say they’re willing to pay $100 or more per month for technologies that will help them live longer and more independently at home—and 90 percent of them are counting on technology to develop apps for that, and soon. Michael Sumner, CEO of the Mesa-based in-home care provider Beech Home Care, was one of the more than 150,000 in attendance at this year’s CES, and says he was blown away by many of the new digital health gadgets on display. “I think by the end of 2014, technology will be starting to have a dramatic influence on home care delivery,” says the London-educated businessman, who still speaks with a commanding British accent. ...continues on page 20

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Home to Stay... from page 18 “Things like live monitoring systems, and devices that provide data back to the care agency on how well the client is doing. I think every home care company is certainly looking at the impact of technology, and wondering, ‘What if we can use that technology to allow people to stay in their own homes as long as they choose to do so?’” But Sumner, who also serves as president of the Arizona Non-Medical Home Care Association (AZNHA), a coalition that maintains credentialing standards and ethical guidelines for companies providing in-home care, believes tech alone will not be enough to fulfill the boomer dream of never leaving their well-appointed pads. “At the moment, it’s all about pulling it all together into a service offering where we combine the technology and the care together,” he says. “Because either one on its own is not enough. You have to integrate both into a single offering. And that’s where all the exciting developments are going to come. It’s all very well and good for these devices to be able to monitor your health. But what does all of that mean,

beyond just a lot of indecipherable data? How can I turn that into a service to make you safer and happier in your own home?” The answer, Sumner says, lies in that oldest of commodities: people. Specially trained caregivers who can interpret all that diagnostic data flying through the cloud but also fly to your side with the proper assistance when needed. Choosing a Caregiver Choosing the perfect in-home caregiver, though, can be trickier than picking the best smartwatch to monitor your biometrics, balance and bathroom visits. And Sumner says most of us wait until it’s too late to intelligently choose the partner that will, in all likelihood, serve as the last faithful companion for our loved ones or ourselves. “One of the problems in the industry is that very often when families go to look for care, they’re actually at a point in crisis,” he says. “So it becomes very complex and bewildering. And when you buy in-home care you’re never quite sure if you’re buying it from a

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reputable agency, which employs the caregiver and pays their occupational safety insurance, or from a registry, which is more like a dating service: they find you a caregiver who’s a good fit, and then you employ the caregiver.” The difference may seem subtle, adds Sumner, who recommends first checking to see if the company is a member of a state or national association representing home care providers, such as the AZNHA Stacey Goulet (far right)—with Ginny Caballero, or the Home Care Nancy Hogan and Maryanne Brookman—manages Association of America. about 45 caregivers through the Tucson office of “But it quickly becomes Senior Helpers. not so subtle if something goes wrong.” for seniors, with more than 1,000 franchises in 17 countries (including offices in Phoenix and Tucson). “They Relationship first “One of the biggest mistakes people think they’re looking for a cook or make when they seek out a caregiver is a maid to do some cleaning. But it’s that they start out thinking it’s all about really about relationship before task. the task,” says Erin Albers, marketing If the caregiver they hire can’t come director for Home Instead Senior in and have a relationship with that Care, the world’s largest provider of client, none of those tasks are going to nonmedical in-home care services get taken care of.”

For that reason, Albers says, Home to allow people to become the adult Instead spends a lot of time matching children again in those relationships— the right caregiver with the client, and or, if it’s a spouse taking care of the will sometimes try out several people client, for them to go back to being the before that perfect match is achieved— spouse again to the person that they one of the advantages of utilizing a love. That’s a really important thing.” company with a big work pool. “If that means going through five Old Souls : :the byright Gayle Valerie Sanders cares for one elderly different people to find one Lagman-Creswick for that client, that’s what we’ll do,” white woman who still calls her ear Old Bag: I am a 68-year- “colored,” ear Money: You have many but the African-American she says. old retired widow. 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Texting and Driving—It Can Wait ::by Rachel Brockway W e all do it. We get behind the wheel, start driving, our phone dings and, without even thinking, we pick up our phone and see what it is… and more often than not we will even answer. But everyone should think twice before answering that “very important” text or email. According to the National Safety Council, using a cell phone while driving makes it four times more likely that you’ll crash—while using handheld or hands-free devices. “But those who read and send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash,” said Lee Sams, outreach manager for Arizona Relay Service. “Would you put yourself at that much risk with anything else that you do?”

Some startling statistics according to • Five seconds is the average time a driver’s eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling 55 mph, that is enough time to cover the length of a football field.

• In 2011, at least 23 percent of auto collisions involved cell phones, equaling 1.3 million crashes. • Using a cell phone while driving, whether it is handheld or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. AT&T has a great “It Can Wait” campaign that is quickly catching the attention of millions. They have some great tips for drivers of all ages. Be smart Don’t text and drive. No text message is worth being distracted while you drive. Be in control Remember it’s your phone. You decide if and when to send and read texts, so take control. Consider turning your phone off, setting it to silent or even storing it in the glove box before hitting the road. Be caring Never send a text message to a friend who is driving to meet you, or to anyone

you know is likely behind the wheel. Wait for them to call or text you once they have arrived safely at their destination. Be a BFF Friends don’t let each other text and drive. Visit www. to take a pledge not to text and drive, and encourage your friends to do the same. Be a resource Share information about the risks of texting while driving. Be an example Don’t send the wrong message by texting while you drive. Your children and others will follow your example. “The message from AT&T is simple but important, when it comes to texting and driving, it can wait,” Sams said. “In the instance that you find that you can’t resist the temptation and you think you will still be tempted to text and drive, put your phone somewhere you can’t reach it, like the back seat of your car,” suggested Sherri Collins, executive director of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.

If you still can’t resist the urge check your phone when it dings, AAA of Colorado has some extreme tips to help. The first thing they recommend is that you turn off your cell phone. But if you can’t turn the phone off, let voicemail capture your voice and text messages and if you must to call or text while driving, pull off the road safely and stop. For more information on AT&T’s campaign visit txtngcanwait. And, if you’re on Facebook, visit att to take the pledge online and encourage your friends (and family) to do the same.

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lasting friendships and a sense of belonging. The Villas offer several floor plans and service plans enabling residents to choose an apartment home that fits their lifestyle needs. Each plan features a fully equipped all-electric kitchen, individual heating and cooling controls, utilities included (except telephone and cable TV), optional dining services, housekeeping, covered patio, covered parking, emergency response system, clubhouse, library, pool and Jacuzzi, putting green, wellness program, beautiful chapel, extensive social calendar and a community health service. Perhaps your children are grown with families of their own and you’re starting to think about downsizing. Maybe you’re just tired of spending all your “free”

time maintaining the yard and budgeting for new appliances and increasing utility costs. According to housing manager Jason Wright, “electing a community that fits your wants and needs is important. We want our residents to experience the joys of everyday living at Mesa Good Shepherd. However, we hope that as they learn more about us they’ll discover that our values reflect theirs. After all, living life to its fullest is so much more than joining a conga line; its finding a human connection and experiencing God’s love.” Mesa Good Shepherd is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services in the nation.

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efore switching off the bedroom light at night, we all like to imagine that we’ve had a meaningful and productive day. But each of us has our own definition of “a meaningful and productive day.” If asked to characterize it, the average person might include any combination of the following: going to work or school; taking care of the household; spending time with family and friends; or eating, exercising, and enjoying hobbies. Many of us take for granted our autonomy in being able to achieve a meaningful and productive day until we lose that autonomy – which is sometimes true when someone is requiring additional care due to health challenges. To assist in recapturing what is meaningful and productive for each resident moving into The Citadel we advocate the identification of an individuals’ past career, interests, and lifestyle preferences as a basis for planning our social and recreational activities.

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 44.7 percent of those between sixty-five and seventy-four and 33.7 percent of those seventy-five and over who are volunteering their time and services. And if we didn’t see own moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and neighbors volunteering their time and talent, we’d still see evidence. One example is former president George Bush’s June 1999 skydive on his 75th birthday. Or former senator John Glenn’s October 1998 flight on the space shuttle Discovery. The point is that members of the aging population can and should be productive if they are able. At The Citadel we recognize that keeping productive keeps them able. To that end we conduct thorough surveys, upon move-in and once annually to develop an understanding of The Citadel residents’ current values and interests – then programs are designed around the results. Before going further into the importance of this process, As a result residents at The Citadel enjoy participating in, let’s take some time to look closer at what we’ll call normal as well as attending musical performances, being engaged aging. The stereotype elder is a man or woman who is as volunteers (some examples include: acting as a Campus unproductive, chronically ill, and declining both physically Ambassador, helping the dining room staff in folding linen and mentally. According to John W. Rowe and Robert L. napkins, working in the campus gift shop, managing the Kahn in their book Successful Aging (1998), they shatter community library, overseeing a social event, taking care of some long-standing myths of old age and give specific animals, visiting a sick friend, sewing or knitting for those less steps anyone can take to ensure successful aging. Ten years fortunate), as well as working with management to oversee of research on the subject has supported their theories community operations through the Resident Council and and has yielded the three areas they maintain must be their committees – and this is but a short example of our attended to in order for a person to enjoy successful aging: resident’s engagement. • Productive physical and cognitive activity (volunteer or paid work); • Continued interpersonal relationships and socialization • Avoidance of disease through sensible health habits (exercise and good nutrition, including the use of nutritional supplements like vitamins and herbs).

The Citadel community, its residents and staff alike, extend an invitation for others to witness the vibrancy and active aging that occurs daily on their continuum of care campus – where everyone, from independent housing to assisted living enjoy life to the fullest. To set a private appointment please call (480) 832-7600.

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ow much mileage could a studio expect from a 1950s film starring a biologist with a fascination for a secluded fishpond? Quite a bit, when the scientist is beautiful Julie Adams wrapped in a skin-tight white latex bathing suit and the fish turns out to be an angry piscine amphibious humanoid—aka “Creature Still photo from the filming of the iconic sci-fi film “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” from the Black Lagoon.” Premiering 60 years ago, the success only biped Adams costarred with during of the now-cult film continues to astound her career. She received top billing with Adams who, at age 87, remains a popular less scaly characters such as William guest at fan conventions and film festivals Powell, Glenn Ford, Charlton Heston, across the country. In March, she will Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson and many be appearing at the Williamsburg Film others. “Rock and I were about the same age, Festival, WV. “It’s amazing the life this movie has,” so we became close friends and often says Adams, who portrayed scientist Kay played bridge.” One of her favorite costars was Jimmy Lawrence abducted by the infatuated Gill Man toward the end of the creature Stewart, with whom she appeared in “Bend of the River,” two years before feature. “It’s a classic beauty and the beast story, the “Black Lagoon.” Two decades later, with stunning underwater photography she reunited with Stewart in 1971 for the filmed at Wakulla Springs, Fla., because “Jimmy Stewart Show.” “After I read for the part of Jimmy’s of its clear waters,” says Adams, from her wife, he gave me a Los Angeles home. “The little nod as if to say lagoon scenes were shot ‘you’ve got the job’— at the Universal Studios and I did. Jimmy was backlot where ‘Gilligan’s wonderfully informal Island’ was filmed.” but professional, so it Underwater, Adams wasn’t hard to pretend was doubled by Ginger Stanley, while Ricou Julie Adams signs a replica of her to be in love with such a lovely man and talented Browning donned the nemesis on Halloween 2013 at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Fla. actor.” rubber creature suit for However, critics and audiences were swimming scenes. On land, the creature not so enamored with the show, which was played by Ben Browning. “Ben began going to fan conventions was cancelled after the first season. “It was quite a charming show, but in the 1990s and convinced me to attend my first one in 2003. It’s wonderful to came out the same time as more edgy meet so many people who still enjoy your sitcoms like ‘All in the Family,’” says Adams, who still remembers it fondly. work.” Fans have also shared some interesting “My idea of heaven was going to work with Jimmy Stewart every day for six admissions with Adams. “Some told me they became zoologists months!” Unlike the little-remembered TV or paleontologists because of the film. And I met a little girl who was named show, “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” continues to gain fans from new after my character!” In 2011, the Arkansas-raised actress generations. “Some projects just take on a life of self-published her autobiography, “The their own,” Adams says. “The Creature Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon,” coauthored with her son, still walks among us.” Mitch Danton. The book contains some Nick Thomas has written features and columns 200 photographs, many unpublished from her personal collection, with a for more than 400 magazines and newspapers. He can be reached at his blog, http://getnickt. chapter devoted to the “Black Lagoon.” Of course, the Creature wasn’t the

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Bear Market Report A 70 Percent Chance of Showers : : by Teresa Bear


ith 296 days of sunshine in Phoenix (and Tucson slightly behind with 284 days, according to Current Results), here in sunny Arizona we don’t worry much about rainy days. However, if you read “70 percent chance of showers tomorrow,” what would you do? Postpone your golf game? Cancel your picnic? Grab an umbrella? While rain in Arizona can certainly upset your short-term plans, nothing spoils a long-term retirement plan more than disability. Even more frightening is the forecast. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “70 percent of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care,” reports Thomas Day on Wow! That’s a huge number. Most people do not believe that disability can happen to them. To clear up some misconceptions, let’s dive into the facts and fallacies of long-term care with this quick quiz. True or false? 1. “Most people who need long-term care receive care in an institution.” 2. “I don’t have to worry. I’m covered by Medicare.” 3. “I’m a veteran—I’ve heard that I can get care.” “Long-term care is primarily a 4. woman’s problem.” Answers: 1. Most people who need long-term care receive care in an institution.”— FALSE Surprised? When people think of long-term care, they typically think of skilled nursing or assisted living facilities. However, approximately 73 percent of all long-term care is provided in the home—usually by unpaid caregivers. The primary caregiver for those needing in-home care is a spouse (38 percent), daughterin-law or daughter (33 percent), son or son-in-law (9 percent) with other friends and family members making up the other 20 percent, Day reports. I remember a colleague of mine— Elaine Beaver—the mother of three boys. She used to say to me (as the mother of one boy) “Be nice to your daughter-in-laws—because your son

is probably not going to take care of you.” This was her informal advice, but the statistics certainly bear this out. 2. “I don’t have to worry, I’m covered by Medicare”—FALSE again Many retirees assume that Medicare will take care of you when you are disabled. Unfortunately, Medicare is designed to fix you up and send you home—sort of like a MASH for retirees. Medicare will pay for rehabilitative care “under certain conditions for a limited time,” according to Like the 4077 MASH, Medicare patches you up and sends you off to “Tokyo General.” The problem is, that unlike the wounded soldier, the stay at “Senior Tokyo General” is not paid for after the first 100 days—and in some cases not at all! The rules are complicated, so check with your doctor or Medicare to find out if you are eligible for these limited benefits. 3. “I’m a veteran. I’m covered”— maybe TRUE and maybe FALSE If you are a wounded soldier or the widow of a veteran, you may be eligible for what is known as “Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits.” It goes without saying there’s lots of paperwork to claim this benefit, but it is available. It won’t pay the full cost of skilled nursing care, but it will help. To apply, write to your local VA regional office and they will determine if you qualify. Keep in mind that you must meet financial as well as medical needs tests. 4.“Long-term care is primarily a woman’s problem”—TRUE TIMES 2! Women often face a double burden for long-term care. Let’s take the case of an “average” American married couple. Statistically, the wife will be 3 1/2 years younger than her husband (in my case I’m 4.3 years younger than my husband). At age 65, according to the standard insurance mortality tables, the husband is going to live to be about 80. The wife will make it to age 84. Sad to say, but based on these averages, a married woman can expect to be a widow for 7 1/2 years. The

implications for long-term care for the woman is enormous. Remember the home caregiver statistics above? Thirty-eight percent of caregivers are spouses. In this case, the loving wife takes care of her husband until he passes away—and then she desperately hopes that her daughter (or daughter in-law)—the next 33 percent—will attend to her needs. However, if there are no family members who can care for her, she may well join the sea of female faces found in the cafeteria of your local assisted living or skilled nursing facility.

So after identifying the problem, what’s the solution? Next month, I’ll explore several options for planning for a potential disability. Teresa Bear, CFP, CPA (www.TeresaBear. com), specializes in retirement planning and asset preservation for retirees and those about to retire. Bear is the author of the new book “She Retired Happily Ever After.” Send questions to Investment advisory services provided by Brookstone Capital Management, LLC., a SEC registered investment advisor. The information in this article describes general guidelines and suggestions for preventing identity theft. In no way should it be deemed as advice for any individual circumstance or situation.

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1 (approximately 1 lb.) box of Oreo Cookies 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened 1 container dipping chocolate (approximately 7 oz. tub) or About 12 oz. chocolate chips In a food processor, grind cookies (filling and all) to a fine powder (pulverized). You can also place cookies in Ziploc bag and pound with rolling pin or flat pounder until pulverized. Place crushed cookies in mixing bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish. Add cream cheese and blend until fully incorporated. Roll into about 1-inch balls and refrigerate for about one hour. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in double boiler. Dip cookie balls in chocolate to coat. Remove and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle top with cookie crumbs. Refrigerate to harden. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

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Are Your Silver Fillings Making You Sick?

n the 1800s, amalgam became the dental restorative material of choice due to its low cost, ease of application, strength and durability. Dental amalgam is an alloy of mercury with various metals for dental fillings. It commonly consists of mercury (50%), Silver (~22-32%), tin (~14%), copper (~8%), and other trace metals! Amalgam is a very durable and strong material for dental fillings, however as it gets older it undergoes contraction and expansion, and could ultimately lead to stress on the tooth itself. These stresses caused by the amalgam can lead to fractures or breakage of a portion of the tooth structure, causing the need for more extensive care to the tooth. For many years the mercury itself has raised questions: should we be aware of health concerns with the mercury in the amalgam? There are environment concerns as well, leading to pollution, as well as global health concerns. It has been shown in certain studies to be a neurotoxin and highly toxic to the central nervous system which can lead to auto immune disorders, memory loss, mood swings and has been shown to cause tremors. The mercury that is in the amalgam fillings have also been shown to be released as a form of vapor during chewing and grinding. Recent findings from amalgam fillings have also shown that during normal tooth brushing some of the vapors of the mercury can be released as well. This can pose significant risk to most individuals that have numerous mercury fillings. Several European countries have banned the dental amalgam fillings all together in recent years. These movements have created a lot of controversy in the United States as well. There has been a recent movement in several U.S. dental schools to stop the use of dental amalgam fillings. Just over a year ago Costa Mesa, California became the first U.S. city and banned the use of dental amalgams. The American Dental Association maintains that silver fillings are safe and should remain an option for patient as a filling material of choice. Patients having dental amalgam fillings should consult with their dentist on how to best evaluate the condition of their amalgam fillings. Generally if the fillings are very old, or have decay, or leaking margins, corrosion, it is best to have the fillings removed and replaced. A thorough examination by a well trained dentist can evaluate the condition of the amalgam and propose a safe effective means of removal for the patient if necessary. There are a number of alternative restorations that can be used instead of dental amalgam. Some include composite resins, or porcelain fillings, which are tooth colored restorations. These restorations use adhesive techniques to bond the tooth together, which gives the tooth more support and is more esthetically pleasing as well. Research shows that people who have their mercury fillings removed have shown improvement in their symptoms.

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The MS Discovery, a 24-passenger catamaran used by Grand Circle Travel, stands by as passengers take a shore excursion to Taboga Island before beginning their full-daylight passage through the canal.

Panama: The Country, the Canal and a 100th Anniversary

:: by Andrea Gross | photos by Irv Green


My husband and I are in Panama ’m standing on the deck of a with Grand Circle Travel precisely 24-passenger catamaran, watching the sun rise over the Pacific. Yes, that’s because their tour offers country right. The sun is rising over the Pacific. culture as well as canal cruising. After Here, in the Central American all, there’s no doubt that the famed country of Panama, which is waterway has made the country a positioned between two continents place to be reckoned with. One hundred years ago this year, on and two oceans, I can see a bit of the Pacific that juts to the east, poking into Aug. 15, 1914, the SS Ancon made a portion of the Atlantic. So when the the first official canal passage between sun rises in the east, it appears over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. By eliminating the long trip around Cape Pacific waters. I find this intriguing but at the same Horn, the ocean-to-ocean journey was time unsettling. But then, many things shortened by more than 8,000 miles. It in Panama force me to rearrange my was a feat that transformed both global commerce and the country of Panama. mind. In 2015, after a $5.2 billion The hot pink hibiscus, the bright beaked toucans, the swirling skirts expansion is completed, the canal will be able to handle of the dancers larger ships, thus ... Everywhere I further fueling the look the country country’s economy pulsates with the and increasing its psychedelic colors importance. that inspired Paul We begin our tour Gauguin, and I’m in the capital of on sensory overload Panama, Panama for the first part City, which has of my trip. Then, morphed from bingo, I board the a 15th century MS Discovery for (now my cruise through A member of the Embera community takes settlement the Panama Canal. visitors to his tribal village in a motorized evident in the The bright colors dugout canoe. Along the way, he points out ruins of Panama disappear as I animals and birds that live in the rainforest. La Viejo) to a 17th enter a more ordered world, one that’s century Spanish colonial town (quickly muted, mechanical and often confined becoming the go-to neighborhood by the gray cement bricks of the locks. for after-hours fun) to a 21st century The right side of my brain wars with metropolis that is an international business center and a popular tourist the left.

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destination. The city’s history is fascinating, the atmosphere electric, but still, I’m glad when we head out to the rural areas. In line with Grand Circle’s philosophy that meeting local people is as important as seeing historic sites, we stop at an agricultural cooperative where farmers work together to bring their produce to market, a sugar cane farm where a husband and wife have a small candy-making business, a school where youngsters perform traditional dances and their mothers serve us a homemade lunch, and a private home where the owner teaches us to make one of his grandmother’s favorite dishes. At each place our hosts talk freely, giving us insight into their daily lives. I emerge from these visits well fed and well informed. We learn about yet another Panamanian lifestyle when we meet the Embera people, members of one of Panama’s seven indigenous tribes. I step out of our dugout canoe to find a village of thatched huts perched on stilts, an open-air schoolhouse, a soccer field, meeting hall, a woman weaving baskets and an entire community of

people in traditional attire. The tribal spokesman explains that opening their village to outsiders allows the Emberas to earn a living while continuing to live according to the ways of their ancestors. It’s a Margaret Mead experience, and I love every minute. In between people visits, we take mini treks through the rainforest. Unlike the men who built the canal, we’re

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and defibrillators. Actually, diagnosing and prescribing medical and surgical options are only the first steps in a long-term relationship between the cardiologist and the patient with heart failure. The role of the cardiologist is fourfold in such a setting. The cardiologist wears several hats. She not only has to connect with the patient, engage as an active listener, convey and deliver the treatment plan, but, most importantly, assumes the role of the patient’s coach as well. Connecting with the Patient One would think that for such common diseases as heart failure, the treatment would be universal—and cut and dry. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There is no cookie-cutter approach to heart failure. The treatment plan not only has to complement the patient’s lifestyle, likes and dislikes, but also has

to be consistent with his or her abilities and habits. Most importantly, the heart failure treatment plan has to conform to the beliefs of the patient. All the above-described patient characteristics have to be identified, recognized and acknowledged by the doctor. The cardiologist must respect and accept these characteristics in her patients. For such a relationship to exist and be cultivated between the cardiologist and her patient, a clear, concise and predictable routine would be needed. The simplest way to connect with a patient and execute such a plan of care would be to ensure that the same cardiologist sees the patient on all the clinic visits. Active Listener To be an active listener, the cardiologist is lucky as she already has the important ingredients of compassion and care. However, active listening also requires time and patience. To have time, the vital component on her side, the cardiologist, would need to schedule her Heart Failure Clinic with meticulous care.

The duration of these clinic visits may have to be clearly established from the onset. Adequate time has to be allotted to such visits. Thus a tailored approach for the treatment of heart failure is provided to the patient. This, of course, can only be accomplished if the patient and doctor engage in active listening. Conveyor of the Treatment Plan The cardiologist conveys the treatment plan for heart failure to the patient at the initial clinic visit. However, the subsequent clinic visits will help adjust and modify this treatment plan. The changes in this treatment plan for heart failure may reflect the changes in the patient’s current clinical condition and psychosocial needs. For example, traveling would render readjustments in the dose and timing of the water pill. Similarly, anticipated increase in salt consumption over the holidays, Super


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Bowl, and other events may render readjustment in not only the water pill but also the blood pressure pill. An unexpected episode of arthritis with its associated need for ibuprofen and nalidixic acid may require a revisit of the treatment plan. A new emotional stress or anxiety may be uncovered on one of the clinic visits, which may require a readjustment in the plan of care. Doctor the Coach Next comes the secret of successful heart failure treatment. The cardiologist

has to reach out as a coach to the patient to ensure adherence of the heart failure treatment plan. On each visit, the cardiologist asks the patient for any new challenges experienced by the patient. The cardiologist also interrogates the patient regarding issues that interfere with his or her medical compliance. An in-depth understanding of the patient’s support group or lack of one also enables the cardiologist to identify and offer options pertaining to psychosocial needs, meal planning and choice of medications.

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T HE F INISH L INE Arizona’s Leader in Senior Fitness

Humana-Healthways Renews Sponsorship Humana, one leading health providers, and popular “just for

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program, have once again joined forces to sponsor the Arizona Senior Olympics. The good news was announced

q Yes, I would like to be a friend of Arizona Senior Olympics Send your tax-deductible contribution by check, money order, credit card or go online to Amount Enclosed $ I am paying by q Check/Money Order qVisa qMastercard qDiscover qAmerican Express. You will be charged by Senior Games Payment Services if paying by credit card. If paying by check, please make it out to the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation. Credit Card. #: Expiration Date: 3 digit code on back of card: Name as it appears on your credit card: Address: City/State/Zip: Signature:

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recently by the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation Board of Directors. “We are excited and happy that Humana and Healthways/ SilverSneakers will once again be sponsoring our annual Arizona Senior Olympic Games,” said Irene Stillwell, ALFF executive director. “They bring to the table not only a much-needed financial resource, but they are active in recruiting volunteers from their employee family, to help with many aspects of the games.” Humana has long been connected to the senior games movement. It is not only a sponsor in Arizona but in other states as well. It is the primary sponsor of the National Senior Games held every other year and for which the 2014 ASO Games are a qualifier. SilverSneakers is well known in the senior community as the leading provider of exercise programs with more than 100 sites in Arizona and more throughout the United States. “We love SilverSneakers because they offer a way for all our athletes to stay in shape and for beginners to get in shape for participation in the games,” Stillwell said.

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ASO Volunteers Rock! Although the Arizona Senior Olympics involves nearly 600 people each year, there is a core group of volunteers who will be featured in this and the next issue of The Finish Line. Sometimes people ask why we have an administration fee for the registration of the games. That fee is what allows us to run an office, yearround, where volunteers can come to help with the work of planning and executing the games and other key programs.

Here are profiles of some of the great volunteers who work in the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation office. Roxie Allen Once a staff person, now a dedicated volunteer, her job is to assist in all areas of planning and implementation of the ASO Games. Allen helps out with many clerical tasks that are important to ASO. She works with registration and is a liaison for several sports during the games. Allen works Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is in charge of the design and sale of athlete shirts. Ellie Kallal Kallal comes all the way from Scottsdale to work in the ALFF office every Tuesday. She writes articles about health and fitness

for The Finish Line and works as a receptionist for guests who come in the office or telephone. Kallal does general clerical work as well as overseeing incoming calls and voice mail. She is an ASO racewalker and a certified official. She conducts free racewalk clinics for ASO throughout the year. Lilly Jovanovich When Jovanovich left Canada to come to the United States, it was our northern neighbors’ loss and our gain. She is a native of Serbia and an expert seamstress who works in the ALFF office on Wednesdays. Although Jovanovich is a relatively new volunteer, she does important clerical work and is organizing all of ASO’s lists of athletes on the computer. She has a gift for organization and works with the ALFF computer files.

HELP WANTED Arizona Senior Olympics is looking for volunteer mentors from each of our sports who would be willing to be a resource to those who are new to the games or the sport. ASO will provide training.


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