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The Parks and Recreation commission of Gilbert is changing Water Ranch Lake to catch-and-release artificial flies and lures only. Twice before (2004 and 2008) similar proposals were defeated with the Town Council voting against them. Hundreds of anglers—parents and grandparents with children, the elderly and the handicapped—use this lake weekly. Thousands who now fish this lake annually will be denied access unless they pay an additional fee above and beyond their urban license and only if they are physically capable of fishing with lures only and then release any fish caught. The Parks and Rec board members cite the recent opening of Discovery and Crossroads for anglers but they are aware that these ponds are too small to absorb the anglers now using Water Ranch. They claim that they will provide bait fishing at Freestone Park as another alternative. However, they know that unlike the deep well water charging Water Ranch, Keystone Park Lake is filled with reclaimed water unsuitable

for keeping and eating fish caught there and in fact...unsuitable to even sustain game fish, as previous efforts to stock it have failed. This proposed change is merely another under-handed effort by an elite group of “sportsmen” to establish their own semi-private fishing preserve. Hundreds of worm-dangling happy anglers and their families use this lake weekly. Help us. Please don’t let the elitists steal our lake!—Al Schneider Another total disruption of highways. Get the pictures, get the stories out of your way, you newshounds and lawyers of future courts cases. Dummies. Hello? I just have this to say: For those who say “Prove there is a God,” I say, “Prove you are worthy to know the answer.” Thank you. God bless everybody there. To the person asking about possible cellphone/text messages from Malaysia flight 370: You apparently have no idea how and where cellphones work. Unless they “happened” to pass near enough to a cellphone tower (usually one to three miles), and have a compatible phone (there are different standards across the

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’ve left it to others to write the tributes and reviews on the life and times and unequaled career of Mickey Rooney, who died at age 93 on April 6. Mickey Rooney, the child vaudeville performer. Mickey Rooney, who defined the 1940s generation of teenagers as “Andy Hardy.” Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland as America’s fresh, young and innocent film sweethearts. Mickey Rooney, the multitalented and indefatigable multimedia superstar who for nearly a century was a legitimate entertainment legend. That’s the big picture. That’s the CinemaScope version of a truly larger than life short guy whose talent stood taller than just about anybody else in show business. Mine is the small-screen version, a

day in the life account you won’t find elsewhere. I met “The Mick” in the early 1980s after attending one of his dinner theater performances of “Three Goats and a Blanket.” I casually asked him if he would do a speculative TV commercial for one of my advertising agency clients. To my surprise, he unhesitatingly answered, “yes.” Two days later I met with Mickey and had the shooting script for the product, a shampoo for women, written by me to specifically project his personality, his way of speaking, his infectious enthusiasm and energy. He read the copy out loud, using me as the camera, with the opening line, “I’m Mickey Rooney, and I know something about women and their hair.” His voice, facial expressions and gestures spontaneously

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world), and the operator of that tower has an agreement with that person’s cellphone provider to provide service, then and only then could a cellphone/ text message get out. This plane was traveling over open water, where there wasn’t even traffic control radar, much less cellphone coverage. Cellphones may seem like they have coverage and work everywhere across the world, but they don’t. The only thing that might have worked was if someone happened to have a satellite phone in their carryon, and was able to get to it, turn it on, wait for it to acquire service, and then call/send a text.

Is the Republican Party the new Third Reich? They hate the gays, they hate the Hispanics, they’re getting extremist. I don’t know what to do with these people. Hello. I just want to say how much we appreciate the U.S. Navy and National Guard for coming to the rescue of those people who had a 37-foot sailboat about 1,000 miles west of Mexico. You people really did an excellent job and I’d say above and beyond the call of ...continues on page 8

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meshed magnetically together into absolutely vintage Mickey. Our morning meeting was at his casita at a resort hotel where he was staying with his wife, singer Jan Chamberlin, who married Mickey in the late 1970s. At one point, quite abruptly, the couple got into a heated argument. I didn’t know what sparked the eruption, but it was a terribly uncomfortable scene for me, so I got up and headed for the door. Mickey quickly broke away from Jan and followed me out, apologizing for what happened, then smiled and said, “Let’s go get some lunch.” Maybe he wanted to delay returning home, but it was a long lunch, and the conversation was equally frustrating as it was fascinating. Every time I started to talk business, he jumped to a new idea that had popped into his cyclonic mind. It was impossible to keep up with him, to sort out one brainchild from the next. There were calmer moments, most notably when Judy Garland’s name came up. His eyes became glassy; his frenetic mental pace turned warmly placid. There was a remarkable look on that famous face, appearing to reflect

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something beyond anything he felt for any of the numerous other women in his life. On the darker side, I didn’t tell him that our paths had indirectly crossed years before. I didn’t tell him that Barbara Ann Thomason, his murdered fifth wife and mother of four of his children, was an elementary school classmate of mine. When securing major commercial talent, I was accustomed to first working with agents. In this instance, Mickey impulsively committed to my project without pursuing the nuts and bolts of prearranged contractual arrangements. Although the shampoo spot was shot and completed, it never aired because of the complications that followed. Still, the experience of once being inside the Mickey Rooney whirlwind was unforgettable. I like to think he’s now gone somewhere over that rainbow Judy sang about and that she’s there. Maybe it was only words in a song. Maybe there never was an actual somewhere over that rainbow. But there should have been.

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not a democracy. It’s a nation run by millionaires where the middle class has no say in how its country is run. Where I come from, selling your vote, your soul or your body is prostitution. That description pretty well applies to members of Congress where PAC money controls the political agenda of both the Republican and Democratic parties. And don’t be fooled by some of the patriotic names of PAC committees. Regardless of what they are called, it’s the same corrupting game.

“Come to These Rooms, Honorable Harry Reid.” Not only did it have a malicious ring to it, but was very biased. Both out of context for your publication. Whether it is true or not, the article sets a negative tone to the entire publication. If we want to read this kind of material, we can find it in other tabloids—not one like yours.

Well, generous donations are being made to save the biting dogs. But where is the help for the poor life-damaged children who were bitten? Americans are just crazy sometimes.

Thanks for the article on concierge doctors. However, I had my opinion formed in 2004, when my doctor of 10 years decided she was in it for the money, not for those of us who really needed her services. Just treat the rich—not those less fortunate. She knows who she is. Money, money, money, that’s all the rich ever think about. Doctors used to be people who cared.

There’s a new game in world politics: Russia has Putin. New Jersey has Christie. Guess who’s the best double talker in the world? God help us all. Have always enjoyed your newsy, light-hearted paper (but) the recent article by Drew Alexander was very disturbing—

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... from page 8 even better to notice how many more The cost is going up if you bother to opinions are being printed every month. read what’s on your statement and the Americans aren’t as disinterested as new cost for that system, as of May 24 the people in Congress seem to think. at some banks. What a joke. The poor Keep writing, keep writing. We need public is still so, so ignorant. your opinion. Remember this: If you vote Republican because you Interesting, but not necessarily don’t believe in abortion, progress. Preschools today in some states are free for Republicans have had a full 40 years my grandchildren. My generation of to repeal abortion, but they didn’t. Still Great Depression survivors went to believe in them? I got a bridge you the 1 to 12 grades free—free, what might want to buy. happened? My children had to pay for books in high school and fees for Good morning: Are you everything the school board decided among the proud or should-behad to be paid for by somebody else, of ashamed this morning news? course. What happened? Politics and The people in some countries are dying politicians and PTA, go on and on and to go vote, but too many Americans on. Poor students are at their mercy. are too busy to bother. If you’re not What happened? We’ve lost America watching PBS news around the world completely, it looks like today. showing reality, you’re watching the corporate profit commercial programs I was quite shocked when Ed that only blast out trivia. What kind Pastor endorsed Mary Rose of watcher are you? They’re voting Wilcox. Did he forget 10 to in Afghanistan. Have you noticed? 20 years ago that she was known as Thanks to everyone who went to help the “Slumlord of Phoenix”? She was those people. renting to fellow Hispanics in buginfested, filthy apartments. They need Oh gee, the Sunday morning young blood in Congress—not her. experts are all wondering again why the Fort Hood happened At a high school in Pennsylvania, again. They only have to check back to a student stabbed 20 people. the ‘70s—the “Who Cares,” the “Me, Will there now be cries to ban Me” generations. If only 20 percent of the public cares, the other 80 percent all knives? Just wondering. couldn’t care less. That’s what happens. I’m paying my bill for the cost Shame on all of you experts, you’re not of 49 cent stamps per bill. smart enough to know that yet—or Have you checked your cost to again. use the easy bank pay system? It’s all money in the bank—their bank, sucker. A vote for Republicans is a It costs much less to buy a few stamps vote to kill your grandmother. and use the U.S. mail than it does to Senior citizens can rack up 25 feed the greedy in the bank system. grand in one ER visit or one hospital

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visit for one day. In the new budget from Republican Paul Ryan, you get one voucher for eight grand to last you a whole year. How do you pay for doctors the other 364 days? By this standard, you’re 17 grand in debt after that. The hospital will hound you for life. You’ll wish you were dead. One day later and it looks like the Tea Party billionaire owners of the Washington business bubble is ready to make more war profits overseas. While landowners all over America are still trying to survive the oil-tar war in their backyards. What’s next? What’s next? If you’re watching the television showing of the Boston memorial today, it’s not rain, it’s the nation crying out in sympathy for the people who were hurt. Good morning, who covers their face when doing illegal deeds—burglars, thieves, al-Qaeda Muslims and Russians hooligans in the Ukraine. Understand now? Understand now? Russians are hooligans in the Ukraine. It’s finally obvious, even to schoolchildren, that political democracy is dying only with the help of the Supreme Court and the half-dozen greedy billionaires. The People’s Democracy is still at work helping the homeless, hungry and storm-damaged neighbors. Shame on Washington bureaucrats, Congress and bureaucrats everywhere. The people’s democratic vote will survive despite the billionaires’ TV propaganda. Americans will win back America. The citizens of Crimea were being abused by the government of the Ukraine so they voted to withdraw from the Ukraine and join Russia. The Ukraine moved troops into Crimea to try to force the citizens of Crimea to reverse their action. Russia moved troops into Crimea to protect the Crimean citizens from the Ukrainian troops. The Ukrainian troops withdrew. Not a shot was fired. President Obama issued sanctions against Russia in an attempt to make the people of Crimea return to the Ukraine. President Obama persuaded several of the major world

powers to join in sanctions against Russia. Russia had only one major seaport, Murmansk. It is ice locked during the winter. Sevastopol, the largest city in Crimea, provides Russia with a warm water port on the Baltic Sea. Putin is not about to give that up. The only effect of the sanctions will be to increase the hatred of the Russian people toward the United States. For half a century, ever since the Cold War, every president of the United States has done everything possible to improve relations between the United States and Russia. In one stupid move, Barack Obama has destroyed most of that goodwill. One by one, the other nations will, gradually, allow the sanctions to elapse. We, the people of the United States, will be left standing alone, with egg all over our faces. Congratulations, Barack! As a diplomat, you would make a good hangman.—Pete Davies It’s Peace on Earth Day, but if Putin and Russia are threatening all of Europe, then all of Europe should band together to stop him and not expect Americans to save him the third time. This means also the peaceful Arabs fighting their own cousins everywhere in the Middle East. No one sent help to Oklahoma City, New York or Boston. We had to take care of our own without any help. Even Canada has to fight off a new nut at work in Quebec, trying to build a new country for himself. Wake up all you lazy people that are just watching the sports stations. Wake up and see the world is falling apart at your silly feet. Wake up! The gentleman or lady who responded to my comment about the uselessness of the Department of Energy was partially correct, but he spoke of the ratio of the imports/consumption. I stated that the DEA was created to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The department was created in 1977. Imports of oil in 1978 was 3,419,000 barrels per day. By 2012 imports had reached 10,598,000 barrels per day. In 2013, that figure dropped to 9,794,000 due to the use of fracking, a process developed by the oil industry without the help of the DEA. The source of my information is the “Monthly Energy Review” published by the U.S. Energy Administration.—Pete Davies, Sun City

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: : by Gayle M. Lagman-Creswick

ear Old Bag: I find the title of your advice column and the graphic extremely offensive. Both are outdated stereotypes and have always been offensive. Both portray women in a negative light. I know you won’t change either but I am new to Arizona and shocked by the small-mindedness so much so that I turn the page quickly when I see your column. Signed, BN

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ear BN: Yikes! It does take a good sense of humor to like my title. I am thinking perhaps Arizonans have a better sense of humor than those in some other states? It is time again for me to explain how “The Old Bag” came into being. One thing is sure: It got your attention, didn’t it? Thanks for writing. Signed, O.B.

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ear Readers: Every so often, I get questions about how the title of the column came to be. Here is the story again: Years ago, as a regional officer, I had an office in a retirement community. One day, while waiting for the elevator, I saw three women sitting on a bench waiting for the dining room to open. They were visiting loud enough for me to hear. One woman asks, “Who is that woman?” Another replied, “I don’t know, but she sure looks like an old bag.” Hearing this, I looked around. I was the only other person around. They had to be talking about me! I stepped onto the elevator and proceeded to the first floor and went into the restroom and looked in the mirror. Egads! I said to myself. You do look like an old bag. And then I smiled. When I smiled I no longer looked like an old bag. From then on I tried to smile more. I told this story to my friend Peg who laughed her head off. From then on when she called my home she asked to speak to the old bag. When I was preparing to write the column I thought “Ask the Old Bag” would get more attention than “Dear Gayle.” And so it was born. I came by it honestly! Signed, O.B.

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many endeavors. However, I have no relatives in this country, and I want to be prepared for the future in case I need care. I mentioned to a friend that I was thinking of moving to an independent retirement community and my friend had a fit. She said, “You are too young, too active. Don’t even think about it.” Now I am having second thoughts. I would like to know what you think about it since your work was with retirement communities. Signed, Having Doubts

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ear Having Doubts: First, I applaud you for planning ahead. Many are caught unaware when they have unexpected needs! I could give you the sales pitch but I will not. Here are some bullet points which I have learned over the years: • If you wait until you need care, you will not qualify for an independent retirement community situation • Many people living in these communities still work and almost all do volunteer work • You are free to live your life the way you want to. You may participate in their program or in your own • People who discourage you do not understand the program • Most people living there often say they wish they had moved in sooner • I prefer a continuous care community with all levels, so if you do need care, you will not have to move again Best of luck to you. Signed, O.B.

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ear Readers: For those of you who are participating in our Kindness to Humanity to teach our younger generation about how to get along and respect each other, your assignment is to do a kindness to a child. Hopefully, something extra like telling them a story or telling them about your growing up. Something that says, “I care about you.”

If you have a question for The Old Bag, please send it to: Ask the Old Bag c/o Lovin’ Life After 50, 3200 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 or lagmancreswick@ cox.net.

Retirement Insurance Specialists Takes ‘The Mystery out of Medicare’ ::by Alison Stanton A

s a sales agent for Retirement Insurance Specialists in Chandler, Mark Molina spends his days consulting clients, explaining their options and helping them choose their best insurance options. “We are a licensed life and health insurance agency,” notes Molina, who is also marketing director for the 4-year-old company that specializes in supplemental Medicare products. It also provides consulting services for anyone who is looking for insurance. Although the company’s name implies that it only works with retired clients, Molina says anyone is welcome to contact Retirement Insurance Specialists for help with the often-confusing array of A licensed life and health insurance insurance options. company, Retirement Insurance “We do have clients who are Specialists is, from left, Mark Molina, under the age of 65, but our main sales agent/marketing director; Justin Bro, focus is on Medicare,” Molina sales agent/vice president of marketing; says, adding that it makes up about Mary Bro, president; and Brian Keep, sales agent/chief operating officer. 70 percent of its business. “We know that Medicare can be “There are a lot of products that we can provide; for example, annuity, a really confusing process, and so as one of our mottos says, we like to take dental, and final expenses.” One of the things that helps to set the mystery out of Medicare. People Retirement Insurance Specialists apart always have questions such as who is from other companies, Molina notes, covered, how much coverage they will is that it represents multiple insurance have, and how much they will have carriers. Working with more than 20 to spend, and we are happy to help different carriers allows Molina and his answer these questions for them.” Although this year’s general colleagues to offer their clients a wide enrollment period for Medicare ended variety of choices. “We are also licensed in multiple on March 31, Molina said anyone states, which means that if clients do who is turning 65 this year is welcome not live here full time, we can help to contact the company at any time during the year for help. them as well,” he says. Knowing that he can consult with his “It’s nice to know that when we walk into someone’s house to meet with clients who are at or near retirement them, we know we can give them a and help to educate them on all of number of solutions that will fit their their insurance options is extremely fulfilling, Molina says. needs and save them money.” “I just really enjoy helping my clients In addition, Molina says, unlike other companies that might be able narrow down their options, having the to help with one or two programs ability to provide them with a multitude related to Medicare, Retirement of options and making sure that our Insurance Specialists is able to assist clients have the best provider that fits with Medicare supplements, Medicare their needs.” Retirement Insurance Specialists is Advantage Plans and Medicare located at 1490 S. Price Rd., Suite 318, Prescription Drug Plans, and help in Chandler. For more information, people with their enrollment. “We really focus on those three call (480) 361-4630 or visit www. rismedicare.com. things,” Molina says. TIM SEALY

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May 1 Thursday “Burt and Me,” 1:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., various times through May 24, The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, $30 to $54 (depending on if dinner is purchased), (480) 924-6260 or www.thepalmstheatre. com. This romantic, musical comedy features 20 of the most popular songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Yoga for Every Body, 9:30 a.m., and Zumba Plus, 10:45 a.m. Thursdays in May, SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. A gentle yoga class specifically helpful for seniors with movement disorders. Zumba Plus is a Latin-inspired dance and fitness class for those 50-plus. May 2 Friday Spring Greek Festival of Chandler, 5 p.m., repeats 11 a.m., May 3, and 11 a.m. May 4, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler, $3, www.atasteofgreeceaz.com. A Taste of Greece celebrates all things Greek. Tai Chi, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays in May, Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5 per session, registration required, (623) 455-5633, www. sunhealth.org. Tai Chi instructor Carol-Ann Henritze teaches the traditional Chinese martial art. May 3 Saturday Sonoran Desert Chorale’s “Requiem for the Fallen,” 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa, $15 seniors, (480) 305-4538. The chorale will perform “Requiem for the Fallen” in anticipation of performing the program in Normandy, France. May 4 Sunday

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Sonoran Desert Chorale’s “Requiem for the Fallen,” 3 p.m., Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, $15 seniors, (480) 3054538. The chorale will perform “Requiem for the Fallen” in anticipation of performing the program in Normandy, France. May 5 Monday Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mondays in May, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free but reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com.

Blood Pressure and Exercise, 2 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. An exercise physiologist and health coach explains how regular exercise can positively affect high blood pressure. May 6 Tuesday MS Disease Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesdays in May, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free but registration required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com. AAA Mature Drivers Course, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mesa Public Library—Red Mountain Branch, 635 N. Power Rd., Mesa, call for fee, (602) 241-2945, www. mesalibrary.org. This course gives specific defensive driving instruction in a classroom setting by AAA Arizona Community Specialist Michael Duhame. The Diabetes Self-Management Workshop, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., May 6, May 13 and May 20, SCAN Health Education Center at 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. The interactive workshop offers participants a chance to learn goal setting, problem solving and action planning to gain the necessary skills to manage diabetes. Matter of Balance, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., May 6, May 13, May 27 and June 3, SCAN Health Education Center at 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. To help seniors avoid accidental falls that can cause serious injuries, SCAN is offering the continuation of this eight-week workshop. May 7 Wednesday Fibromyalgia Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesdays in May, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free but registration required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com. Diabetes and Exercise, 10 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. An exercise physiologist and health coach demonstrates how to exercise safely and effectively, even with a diagnosis of diabetes. Long-Term Care Planning, 2:30 p.m., Fairway Recreation Center, Arizona Room 4, 10600 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org.


Tai Chi and Qigong, 9 a.m., repeats May 14 and May 21, SCAN Health Education Center at 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. A form of moving energy derived from Chinese martial arts, the practices consist of a series of slow, fluid movements done softly and gently using breathing techniques for healthy biorhythms. May 8 Thursday Hearing Assistive Technology, 12:45 p.m., Ed Robson Branch Library, Lecky Center, 9330 E Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, free, halib72@gmail.com, reggiefaith@ gmail.com, (602) 652-3000. Cynthia Amerman and Elizabeth Booth lead the discussion about technology aids. Bring devices to share. Chronic Pain Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thursdays in May, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free but reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com. Society for the Arts, 5 p.m., Fleming’s Steakhouse, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, charge for food, $2 hospitality fee, (480) 596-8265. May 9 Friday Arthritis/Neuropathy Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Fridays in May, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free but reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com. Yoga for a Healthy Back, 9:30 a.m., repeats May 23, Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5 per session, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. Led by a certified yoga instructor, the class combines yoga poses and relaxation techniques to reduce tension, relieve back pain and improve health. Greater West Valley Christian Women’s Connection, 11:30 a.m., Corte Bella Country Club, 22129 N. Mission Dr., Sun City West, $23, (623) 2555352. Formerly known as SCW-Surprise Christian Women’s Connection, the group is hosting a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party featuring Mary Hollan, former Motown back-up singer. May 10 Saturday

Nutrition for Osteoporosis: Keeping Your Bones Strong, 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www. sunhealth.org. A registered dietitian will discuss what adults can do to keep their bones strong and prevent injury. May 13 Tuesday Sun Lakes Republican Club, 6:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club’s Arizona Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, free, (480) 802-0178, www.slgop.org. The meeting will focus on “Social Media and the Public Square” and Arizona elections in 2014 with candidates running for corporation commission. Taking Care of Your Heart, 9:30 a.m., Banner Boswell Medical Center, Support Services Building, Memorial Hall, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth. org. May’s featured topic is Emotional and Spiritual Care for the Heart. Diabetes Self-Management Education EightWeek Series, 10 a.m. May 13, Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. This eight-week class is for individuals with diabetes and will cover topics such as healthy eating, physical activity and medications. May 14 Wednesday Exercise is Medicine, 10 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. Find out how to use exercise as a “medicine” to prevent or manage many of the most common chronic health conditions. Eat Healthy, Be Active Six-Week Series, 2 p.m., May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11 and June 18, Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth. org. This six-week workshop is designed to assist people who wish to eat healthier and lose weight. ...continues on page 14

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... from page 13 Recipe for Health Aging, 9:30 a.m., Grandview done safely, regular exercise has a positive impact for Terrace, Santa Fe Dining Room, 14515 W. Granite Valley those with heart failure. Dr., Sun City West, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. This Q&A session with Dr. Introduction to the Mediterranean Diet, 2 p.m., Ed Perrin of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center will Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community provide insights into how to age successfully. Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth. East Valley Michigan Club, 2 p.m., Golden Corral, org. A registered dietitian will discuss the Mediterranean 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa, charge for meals, (480) 986diet and its potential benefits. 7085, (480) 610-9864 or jilanctot@cox.net. The club meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday for lunch, and at 9 May 20 Tuesday a.m. the fourth Wednesday for breakfast. Free Memory Screening, 9 a.m., Visiting Angels East Meal Planning Seminar, 10:30 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. Find out how best to plan for nutritious, tasty and budget-friendly meals. May 15 Thursday AARP Smart Driver Course, 8:30 a.m., Grandview Terrace, Santa Fe Dining Room, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West, $15 for AARP members, $20 nonmembers, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. The course is intended to help drivers live more independently as they age and remain safe on the roads. COPD and Nutrition, 10 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. A registered dietitian will discuss tips to improve mealtime and nutritional status. May 16 Friday Yoga, Relaxation and Meditation, 9:30 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5 per session, registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth. org. The class is a combination of traditional and flow-style yoga that utilizes breathing, yoga poses, relaxation and meditation to create balance and inner peace. May 17 Saturday Sunland Village Karaoke Night, 6 p.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa, $2 donation, includes soda or popcorn ticket, (480) 832-9003. May 18 Sunday Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:10 p.m., Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix, $15 to $165, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com, www. azdiamondbacks.com. The first 10,000 mothers receive a free pair of Diamondbacks slippers. May 19 Monday Heart Failure and Exercise, 10 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. When

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Healthy Living with Chronic Pain, 9 a.m. May 20, The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. This six-week series helps people learn to manage pain so life can be more satisfying and fulfilling. Tobacco Cessation Six-Week Series, 2 p.m., May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17 and June 24, Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. May 21 Wednesday National Active and Retired Federal Association (NARFE) Chapter 1395, 11 a.m., Brother’s Family Restaurant, 8466 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, cost of meal, (623) 935-4681, deb.at.NARFE@gmail.com. All current and retired federal employees and spouses are invited. Home Safety and Alzheimer’s, 9:30 a.m., Grandview Terrace, Santa Fe Dining Room, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. A memory care “navigator” will discuss how a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes it necessary to look at a home in a new light. Improving Blood Pressure with the “DASH” Eating Plan, 10 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. A registered dietitian discusses “DASH”—Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—an eating plan supported by research. Foods for Older Adults, 10:30 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center at 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. Learn which foods are the best to eat to support the special nutritional needs of seniors, specifically the foods that support bone and brain health.


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opefully, Elvis fans have been working on their lip curls and “uh-huhs” because “The King” will be remembered at Chase Field during the Arizona Diamondbacks-Los Angeles Dodgers game at 6:40 p.m. Friday, May 16. Fans are encouraged to don Presley jumpsuits and black leather. Purchasers of the special “Elvis Night” package will have the chance to take home a very special, custom-designed velvet print of Baxter, the team mascot, dressed in Presley regalia. One lucky Elvis impersonator will even make their sassy debut singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” for the home crowd. The evening will be filled with more Elvis surprises, including Diamondbacks’ players’ headshots reimagined as Presley. D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick is hopeful about the look. “Some probably won’t look so good, but others might,” he says with a laugh.

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WHEN: Sat., May 3, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $10 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com Empty Spaces brings to life the timeless sounds of Pink Floyd in a unique tribute event, complete with a synchronized laser light show.

A big Elvis Presley fan, Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick decided to remember “The King” on Friday, May 16.

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“He was the great music star of my boyhood, previous to The Beatles and others coming along in the ‘60s.” Kendrick’s love of Presley runs deep. He saw “Love Me Tender,” Presley’s first movie, with his girlfriend Longtime Fan at the time and More than your he watched Elvis average Presley fan, perform several Kendrick came up times. Even his with the idea for the wife, whom he met special event. later in life, turned “I’m an old, out to be a big old Elvis fan Presley fan. from boyhood,” Now, Presley is Kendrick says. “I always with him in grew up a teenager his car thanks to in the ‘50s and Elvis Each attendee will get the chance to SiriusXM, which took the world by storm at that time. take home a very special, custom- has an all-Elvis I remember buying designed velvet print of Baxter, the channel. From rock the very first album team mascot, dressed in Presley ‘n’ roll to gospel regalia. music, Kendrick is that he put out. It was a 78 wax record that I still have it a fan of it all. So when it came time to plan the special events for the year, because I’m a collector.

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Kendrick wanted to include “The King.” Special for Seniors The game falls on a Friday night, which means there will be a postgame fireworks display—this time featuring Presley’s music—sponsored by Gila River Casinos. A limited number of tickets are available for the Presley celebration. For more information, visit http:// mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/special_ events.jsp#elvis or call (602) 5148400. And if you can’t make it to Elvis night, be sure to check out the D-backs Senior Days. Use the code “SENIOR” when purchasing tickets online for the Wednesday, May 14, Tuesday, June 10, Thursday, June 19, Wednesday, July 9, Wednesday, July 23, or Wednesday, Sept. 17, games, and receive a special senior discount. For more information, visit http:// arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ ticketing/seniordays.jsp.

WHEN: Fri., May 9, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Vee Quiva Events Center at Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, 15091 S. Komatke Ln., Laveen COST: $10 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com Wildly funny and brilliantly clever in two languages, author and stand-up comedian Bill Santiago released the best-selling book “Pardon My Spanglish,” which is the foundation for his live show.

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The Raffle is more than just prizes. Since its founding, the Raffle has contributed more than $50 million to Barrow and St. Joseph’s. Dollars raised by the Raffle support research into new lifesaving medical care, education for young doctors and nurses, and healthcare services, both in the hospital and throughout our community.

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WHEN: Sat., May 17, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Showroom, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $45 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.talkingstickresort.com The cross-genre artist whose success has spanned over five decades is bringing back his hard-hitting show for fans.

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WHEN: Sat., May 17, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Vee Quiva Events Center at Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, 15091 S. Komatke Ln., Laveen COST: $10 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com The “King of Country” gets the ultimate salute from Kevin Sterner and Strait Country as they perform the music of George Strait.

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WHEN: Sat., May 17, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $25 to $50 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com Latino Fashion combines the distinct style and bold sounds of tango, flamenco and samba music and dancing.

Chance Tinder and Kentucky Rain: A Country Music Salute to Elvis Presley WHEN: Fri., May 23, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Vee Quiva Events Center at Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, 15901 S. Komatke Ln., Laveen COST: $10 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com Imagine for a moment that Elvis survived the late 1970s and found himself performing his greatest hits “country style” in current day.

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WHEN: Sun., May 25, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $71.50 to $151.50 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com See the fabulous Gipsy Kings perform their sizzling hits like “Bomboleo,” “Baila Me” and their Spanish-language version of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

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WHEN: Fri., May 30, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Showroom, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $40 to $100 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.talkingstickresort.com With the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward has sold millions of albums worldwide.

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WHEN: Fri., May 30, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $42 to $75 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com Rodney Carrington blends country music and stand-up comedy in an energetic stage show sure to incite laughter and spontaneous sing-a-longs in any audience.

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WHEN: Sat., May 31, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Salt River Grand Ballroom at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $25 to $175 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.talkingstickresort.com This hilarious man that made himself a fixture in TV viewers’ living rooms on the ‘90s hit “Home Improvement” has revved up a whole new show.

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Many seniors find that dating is easier the second time around because they know what they’re looking for and don’t feel a need to pretend to be something they aren’t.

hen Martha Sipple-Stevens found herself back in the dating pool a couple of years after her husband passed away, she was initially frightened about re-entering the singles scene as a fiftysomething widow. “I was married for 32 years, and then all of a sudden to be thrown out there again, it was very scary,” says the now-63-year-old Mesa woman. “You have friends who are trying to set you up on blind dates, or bring you along to the bars to try to meet someone. And I just found the whole thing to be very frightening.” Eventually Sipple-Stevens—who goes by “Marty”—ventured into online dating, which she preferred. “I wasn’t into the bar scene and I still work—I don’t have a lot of free time. And online, you can pick and choose from a lot of people.” After about nine years of trying out different sites, including a few like OurTime.com, tailored to older adults (the fastest-growing segment in online dating, according to industry analysts), Marty met Clay Stevens, a fun-loving divorcee who wound up being her perfect match. They were married in February 2013.

Now, Sipple-Stevens is an unabashed cheerleader for senior dating, encouraging other suddenly single friends in their 60s to embrace what she considers a much more enjoyable dating scene than the one she remembers from her 20s. “In your older years, I think you’re done playing any type of games,” she says. “You know what you’re looking for, and you’re not really trying to impress. I mean, you want to be nice and friendly, but you don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not. You’re set in your ways. You know what you want out of life, you know what you’ve done. In your younger years, you’re still trying to find your place out there. When you’re older, you’ve had your life experiences. You’ve had your children, you’ve had relationships. You’re not trying to find yourself. Who you are is who you are.” Not that you don’t still have to be careful hooking up with strangers. “You’d be surprised how many in our age group are still out there being very active, sexually!” she says, with a salty laugh. “And most of us don’t think we have to worry about safe sex. We figure we’re not going to get pregnant, and we’ve already lived through so much that the danger of it never ...continues on page 26

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crosses our minds. But it really needs to be a concern.” She also found a lot of younger men searching for older women to be their “sugar mommas.” “You have a lot of younger people out there who are looking for an older person, because they think an older person is established, they have money,” she says. Sipple-Stevens dated one man who was about 15 years her junior and a couple of others who were a few years younger than her. “I guess I did it just to see if I could attract younger men,” she says, laughing. “Kind of an ego boost.” But she discovered some of the younger suitors—and even quite a few her own age—were actually scammers, a growing trend in the online dating world, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. In 2012 alone, the group reports, members on dating sites were bilked out of more than $55 million through “romance scammers.” “If they lived out of town, you’d eventually get to a point where you’re trying to set up a face-to-face meeting,” she says, recalling a common scenario. “And then right before you were ready

to meet, something catastrophic would suddenly happen and they needed you to send them money. They’d say they would pay you back when they got into town—which I knew would never happen. There’s a lot of that going on. A lot of that.” Nevertheless, Sipple-Stevens insists dating as a self-assured older adult still beats doing it as a nervous, awkward youngster. “The biggest advantage is that you can be honest. You don’t have to play games. You can tell someone, ‘These are my expectations, and if you’re not going to meet them, then let’s move on.’ At our age, we’re not afraid to say that anymore. And that alone can make the whole experience so much better!” No Purse, No Nurse Joann Cohen, a Scottsdale-based dating coach and matchmaker, is in the business of matching, as she says, “successful men with attractive, smart women.” A good portion of her clients, she says, are wealthy North Valley men wary of the “gold diggers” known to haunt Scottsdale clubs, and many of them are in their 60s, 70s or beyond.

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who may view the newcomer in mom or dad’s life as a threat—both to their inheritance and to the undivided attention they’ve been receiving from an unattached parent. Often a pair of love-struck empty nesters will overlook their kids’ objections—until that kid suddenly re-enters their lives. “I know a couple who met, fell in love and got married and everything was great,” Gorman recalls. “And then, six months later, one of the woman’s daughters moved back in with her. And all of a sudden, it becomes a whole different relationship. There are always these little surprises.” Gorman himself has been surprised by a few of the things he’s observed about older singles. “One of the things I’ve learned is that a lot of older people do not want to get remarried,” he says. “Our company motto years ago was ‘Meet Mr. or Mrs. Right in just one night.’ We’ve changed, because we’ve had a lot of people come in and say, ‘You know what? I am set in my ways. I’ve got a house, I’m comfortable, I like what I do on the weekends, I like what TV shows I watch. I’m just looking for somebody to spend some time with. I want somebody to go square dancing with during the week; I want a golf partner on Sundays. But I sure as heck don’t want them living with me again!’ They’ll say, ‘I don’t want somebody telling me what to wear, or what I should not be eating!’” Gorman laughs. “That surprised me. But that is actually the mindset of the majority of people who come to our events now. The way they are is the way they’re going to be. And they don’t want anybody to change that.”

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Travel 67.5 miles by train between Skagway, Alaska, and Carcross, Yukon, traveling the same route that the Klondike “stampeders” traversed in 1898. About 450 tons of explosives were blasted though the solid granite mountainside along the White Pass.

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Skagway’s population of 862 doubles during the summer tourist season to serve the more than 900,000 visitors. down to the docks, ideally positioned to sell a railroad ride through the mountains to the tourists. Billed as the “Scenic Railway of the World,” the White Pass and Yukon Route reopened between Skagway and White Pass in 1988. As a heritage railway, tourists could step back in time and experience the Klondike Gold Rush. Still using vintage parlor cars—three with wheelchair lifts—the White Pass and Yukon Route runs on its original narrow-gauge track, rising from sea level at Skagway to 2,885 feet at the White Pass summit in only 21 miles. With steep grades up to 3.9 percent and cliff-hanging turns of 16 degrees, the railroad seemingly hangs on the mountainside for most of the way to the summit. A spectacular steel cantilever arches 215 feet above Dead Horse Gulch, once the highest railroad bridge in the world. It’s a breathtaking piece of country with a stunning panorama of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels and historic sites. Period-clad railroad men offer a folksy narration. A wood-burning stove keeps everyone warm. Today the White Pass and Yukon Route is Alaska’s most popular shore excursion, and is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Panama Canal. For more information, visit www.WPYR.com.

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his month, in honor of Mother’s Day, I pay tribute to Guadalupe Valenzuela Peyron Proctor or “Grandma Lupe.” She was the beloved mother and grandmother who left a treasured recipe behind for five generations to enjoy. Here’s the story from Grandma Lupe’s granddaughter, Hayley Gibbons. “When there’s a cause for celebration or a need for comfort, only one food fits the bill in our house—Grandma Lupe’s Tacos. “The fact that our family has Arizona roots five generations deep clearly made Mexican food part of our family culture. That these tacos took a special place in our family gatherings was more a factor of our abiding love for the woman who first fried them up and they’re darn good. “Grandma Lupe started making these tacos as a young bride in Tucson, on a small four-burner gas stove. It was 1920 and Arizona was in its infancy. A tiny woman (she wore a size 2 1/2 shoe), Lupe was known for her hospitality, her skill at stretching a meal and her tacos. “So enjoy, and when you do, think of our Grandma Lupe. Know that you’re enjoying authentic cuisine that’s seen a pioneer Arizona family through its dark days and great joys.”

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Grandma Lupe at her stove in 1920. Simmer the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 15-20 minutes. Prepare tacos. Press a thin layer (about 1 tablespoon) of raw ground beef onto on half of the tortilla. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Heat oil on medium/high in large pot to avoid oil splatter. (Fry a few strips of corn tortillas to test oil temperature. Oil should bubble and strips should get crisp.) If tortillas cook too slowly, they’ll be greasy when done. If they cook too fast, it will be difficult to shape taco shell or have Fry the tacos with the hamburger cook meat on top of the thoroughly. Once tortilla. oil is the right temperature, gently place the tortilla with ground beef on it into the hot oil. Almost immediately, fold tortilla over meat to form taco. If oil gets too hot, lower temperature to medium. With tongs, turn tortillas to get crispy on both sides (about 1 1/2 minutes) making sure the top of the taco remains open. This will make it easier to stuff later. When cooked, lay each taco on a paper towel to drain until all 12 are done. Fill tacos with tomato mixture (approximately 1 tablespoon). Add desired amount of cheese and lettuce. Garnish with radishes and about 2 tablespoons of peas. Taco sauce, salsa, guacamole or sour cream can be added if desired.

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t. Col. Ruth Peake, a resident of Mesa’s Citadel Care Center, has certainly served her country. Joining the U.S. Air Force as a nurse at age 21, Peake embarked on a career that would not only help others but bring her close to important moments in American history. Her first assignment was as a staff nurse on the neurological ward at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. After her two-year enlistment, she and a former nursing school classmate moved to Belmont, Calif. The love of military service, however, called Peake back. Eighteen months after her move, she reenlisted with the Air Force with the rank of captain and was assigned to March Air Force Base near Riverside, Calif. It was there she had one of the most awesome experiences of her life. Peake was the charge nurse of a multiservice ward and on March 19, 1968, she was notified that her assignment changed. She needed to accompany an internal medicine physician to Palm Desert, Calif., to help assess a health problem of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. “I was kind of shocked,” Peake says.

“I didn’t know what I was getting into. It was kind of a hurry-up, grab-yourhat, come-on-we-have-to-go type of thing, and I didn’t really know what his condition was or what was going to happen.” The problem only required a few days of rest at home. Peake and her roommate, Lt. Karen Heaberlin, who was also stationed at the hospital, stayed in the guest house next to Eisenhower’s house during this assignment. “Gen. Eisenhower was a very smart man, very kind, a family man,” Peake says. “He was very easy to talk to, and he didn’t particularly enjoy talking about when he was president, but he loved to talk about when he was a soldier.” When Eisenhower was feeling better, the women returned to their usual assignments. Several days later, they received autographed copies of Eisenhower’s latest book, “At Ease,” along with a note of appreciation for their care. It wasn’t the last time Peake would come to the aid of the five-star general. A month later, Eisenhower had to be hospitalized in the intensive care unit at March Air Force Base. He asked for Peake and Heaberlin, a well as one

Hearing Health Matters Protect Your Ears for the Future

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hink about the sounds that make up your day: cars honking, phones ringing, birds chirping or kids laughing. These are the ordinary sounds that can be heard each day. But imagine having a hearing loss and not being able to hear those sounds. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and in honor of the annual month of awareness, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) wants to remind people of the importance of hearing health. In Arizona there are more than 700,000 people who are deaf or hard of hearing, a surprising number of whom go undiagnosed. Oftentimes people dismiss signs of hearing loss as “no big deal.” In reality, hearing loss is a very big deal. Hearing loss can affect anyone at any time and impacts all the areas of your

life, including your relationships, your health and your safety. How? If hearing loss goes undiagnosed, one might encounter more misunderstandings in their relationships; earn less money at work and experience other health issues, such as dementia. Making phone calls becomes more challenging and isolation and depression are common, especially in the senior population. Educate yourself to ensure your hearing lasts by learning to identify the signs of hearing loss. According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), the primary causes of hearing loss are aging and previous exposure to loud noise or noise-induced hearing loss. This can be due to different types of occupational and recreational noise exposure: military service, construction workers, bartenders, dentists, landscapers or even things like

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additional nurse, to care for him. When Eisenhower recovered enough to return to Washington, D.C., he requested that his nurses accompany him as his guests. They flew with him to Andrews Air Force Base on Air Force Two and traveled to Walter Reed Hospital. His three nurses stayed in the nurses’ quarters at the hospital. “We were driven around the city by two Secret Service men,” says Peake. “They were not from Ike’s detail but from the Washington group because they knew the city better, and of course we saw every national monument.” After four days in Washington, the nurses were flown home. Peake was reassigned in September 1968 to the 20th Casualty Staging Flight at Tachikawa Air Force Base in Japan, where she cared for wounded soldiers flown in from Vietnam. The staging unit took in casualties and then either flew them by helicopter to area hospitals for care or to a hospital in the United States close to their homes. “The patients turned over every day—flights out in the morning and in during the afternoon and the same the next day,” Peake says. “We took care of a lot of patients in a attending concerts, riding motorcycles and/or listening to MP3 players. So, how do you know if you have a hearing loss? Do you: • Frequently ask people to repeat themselves; • Often turn your ear toward a sound to hear it better; • Understand people better when you wear your glasses or look directly at their faces; • Have trouble following group conversations; • Keep the volume on your radio or TV at a level that others say is too loud; • Have pain or ringing in your ears. For some, hearing loss may be inevitable. But for most, it’s completely preventable. Here are some tips from the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing on how to protect your ears and keep hearing loss at bay: • Keep the volume on televisions, music, radios and cell phones turned down to a moderate level. • Smoking toxins can negatively affect a person’s hearing ability. Don’t smoke.

short time. But it was rewarding taking care of the Vietnam casualties and giving them the care they needed. We enjoyed our work. We were with a good group of people; we all worked together, and if the nurses on duty needed help when the flights came in, those of us who were off duty would go in and help them.” During this time, Peake served as a staff nurse and as a charge nurse and was promoted to the rank of major. Peake served in several more locations after the war, retiring from the Air Force in 1984 after 20 years of service. She had achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, as well as earning four Meritorious Service Medals and three U.S. Air Force Commendation Medals. Peake moved to Arizona after leaving the military and continued nursing work as a civilian from 1988 to 1998. A Citadel Care Center resident since 2011, Peake stays in touch with Heaberlin. • Get your hearing and your child’s hearing checked routinely. • Wear ear plugs and other protective gear when operating noisy equipment. • Take regular breaks from loud noise— at least a 10-minute break every hour. • Avoid unhealthy eating. A poor diet increases the chances of being diagnosed with diabetes and thus puts an individual at a greater risk of developing hearing loss. Michele Michaels, B.A., CPM, is the hard of hearing specialist at the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. Michaels provides outreach, education, training, resources, information and referrals to Arizonans. A hard of hearing person herself and the daughter of a parent who progressively lost her hearing, she understands the challenges and opportunities inherent in hearing loss. She began working in the field of hearing loss in 1993. For more information on the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing visit www.acdhh.org or Arizona Relay Service visit www.azrelay.org.

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n the past, a solid income plan in retirement has been financed through a combination of pensions, Social Security and personal savings. By relying on these three funding mechanisms, retirees could count on income to last for the rest of their lives. Consider the humble three-legged stool. The three legs of the stool form a solid sitting surface. For the past 30 to 40 years, this three-legged stool analogy worked for most retirees. One-third of income needs were funded with a company pensions, 1/3 with Social Security and the final 1/3 through personal savings. But what about now? Which leg would you guess is the shakiest? Many people might answer “Social Security,” but in my opinion, pensions are in the most danger. According to the most recent survey by Towers Watson, in 1998, 90 percent of Fortune 100 companies offered a lifetime pension to their retirees. Now that number has almost completely flipped. By 2012, only 11 percent of these large companies offered pensions to new hires. Of course, the reason for the decrease is easy to figure out. Pension plans are extremely expensive. After all, to fund a guaranteed income for life, the pension plan needs to take on two big risks— stock market risk and longevity risk. Pension plans are subject to very stringent funding requirements set forth by the Department of Labor. Every year a team of actuaries determines how much the company needs to contribute to the plan to meet their obligations to their retirees. What if the year happens to be 2008 when there’s a big market correction followed by a recession? Then the company has two problems— first of all, they must make up for the market losses in the pension plan—at the same time that their revenues may be hurting because of the recession. The second risk is longevity. Consider this case in point: • This individual had the following health issues in his life • Suffered first heart attack at the age of 34. • At age 39, an on-the-job injury almost

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left him paralyzed. • For the next 13 years was addicted to painkillers. • At the age of 56, had another serious heart attack. • Is a type 1 diabetic. • Has had pulmonary fibrosis • And last but not least—has prostate cancer. With all these health issues, how long would you guess that he would live? Age 65? Maybe 70? Could he make it to age 75? On March 16, Jerry Lewis turned 88 years old! Employers have that same risk—that every medical advance means that they will need to fund their employees’ retirement for a very long time. That is why employers have turned to 401(k) plans. Regrettably (in my opinion), employees are the losers in this change. Instead of a professionally managed portfolio and income for life, their employers now furnish them with an 800 number and a PIN. Social Security is the second leg of the income stool. In 1935 when Social Security was started, the average life expectancy for women was 63.9 years and the retirement age was 65. Therefore, it was assumed that most people would not collect Social Security and it was a fallback position for those who lived longer lives. Today, due to the miracles of modern medicine, life expectancies have dramatically increased. According to the 2009 LIMRA “Retirement Income Reference Book,” if you are older than 65, there’s a 50 percent chance that you will reach age 86 and a 25 percent chance that you will survive to age 92. That means that if you take early retirement from Social Security, there’s a 1 in 4 chance that you will be retired and drawing Social Security for 30 years! At the same time that life expectancies have increased, the number of workers to retirees has dropped. According to Social Security, the number of workers to retirees is now only 3.3—versus 16.5 in 1950. Will Social Security disappear? I’m

no politician, but I would guess that Social Security will be here for the foreseeable future. However, I would guess that some adjustments will need to be made. They may include: • Increase the 7.65 percent tax rate for current workers • Increase the amount in wages that are subject to tax • Increase the tax that retirees pay on their benefits from the current maximum of 85 percent • Increase normal retirement age • Eliminate the early retirement option • Decrease the inflation adjustment • Some combination of all of these. The bad news is that with the decreasing ability to rely on employerfunded pensions and government-

funded Social Security, retirees are going to have to rely more and more on their personal savings to fund their retirement needs. 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 TBear@JCGrason.com. 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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Skin Care: It’s Never Too Late To Care For Your Skin Skin is the largest organ in the body, accounting for approximately 15 percent of the total body weight of an adult. Some of the major functions of our skin include: protecting other organs from the environment; helping to control the temperature and fluid balance of our body; and facilitating the transmission of sensations such as touch. Some common skin conditions that worsen as we age include dryness, itchiness and more frequent skin injuries. Also, damage due to chronic overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, either from the sun or tanning lamps, contribute to the development of age spots and even skin cancer in the most extreme cases.

1. Time in the Sun: Avoid direct sun exposure when the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Even when it’s cloudy, the sun’s rays can penetrate the clouds and cause sunburns. Also, avoid sunlamps and tanning beds. 2. Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher 15 to 30 minutes before exposure to sunlight. Sunscreen should

Skin Conditions Dry Skin: As skin ages, it becomes thinner and produces less natural oils leading to dry, itchy skin and an increased susceptibility to injuries. Recommendations to improve dry skin include: using mild soaps while bathing; bathing with warm water instead of hot water; and using moisturizers daily. Age Spots and Skin Tags: Age spots are flat, brown spots whereas skin tags are small, usually flesh-colored skin growths that are raised. Both are harmless, develop on various parts of the body, and can be removed by a dermatologist if bothersome. Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and may be curable if detected early. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends to selfmonitor new or existing moles and growths regularly for the five signs of skin cancer, also known as the “ABCDE’s” of skin cancer: A = Asymmetry; half of the mole or growth looks different from the other B = Borders are irregular or uneven C = Color changes or multiple colored moles or growths exist D = Diameter greater than 6 millimeters, the size of a pencil eraser E = Evolving; a change in size, shape or symptoms (itching, tenderness) of the mole or growth See your physician immediately if any of these signs exist. Healthy Skin Tips Skin is constantly producing new cells, so it’s never too late to start taking measures to decrease and prevent further sun damage.

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be reapplied every two hours and more often if you are swimming. 3. Protective Clothing: Wear hats that provide shade to your neck, ears, eyes and head. Clothing that covers your arms and legs can also help prevent sun damage. For more information about skin care or questions about medications that can increase your sensitivity to the sun, talk to your Walgreens pharmacist today.

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T HE F INISH L INE Arizona’s Leader in Senior Fitness Key Issues Highlight National Senior Games Conference 2014 Sponsors The National Senior Games Conference was held April 10 through April 13 in Minnesota with representatives from the state organizations convening from all over the United States. The conference is held annually to elect board members and to discuss and decide upon key issues affecting the national and state senior games. Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation Executive Director Irene Stillwell, who served on the board

for 12 years, represented the Arizona Senior Olympics. The event began with special session outlining changes in the games’ software by FuseSport Vice President Ian Fitzpatrick. The same evening, members were welcomed at Mall of America by the location organizing committee for the 2015 National Senior Games. The conference continued on Friday with a bus tour of the venues in Bloomington, St. Paul and

Minneapolis that will be used for the 2015 national games. The highlights of the tour were the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center and the stadium at St. Thomas University in St. Paul where track and field will be held. Coordinators from the four NSGA regions spent Saturday in meetings as well as round-table discussions. The association’s annual membership meeting was also held.

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Left to right: Beth Pinkney; The Mall of America; FuseSport Vice President Ian Fitzpatrick; University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Why Give Medals By Irene Stillwell, ASO Executive Director “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”—Dan Gable The giving of medals can sometimes be controversial. All of us remember times in the Olympic games when medals have been disputed and sometimes even taken away. Are medals really that important? The value of the medal is not in its material worth, but in what it represents. To the onlooker, it might represent an image, a dream of what could be, a model to be admired and

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imitated. To the recipient it speaks of values and priorities. Each year in the Arizona Senior Olympic Games, medals are presented ceremoniously to those who have won their competition. The medal ceremonies are meant to give honor and recognition for a job well done. ASO strives to set a high standard for the way in which the medals are presented. What does the ceremony and the receiving of the medal mean to the athlete? It has been said that the depth of value to the athlete may be in proportion to the amount of effort they put into obtaining it. The harder one has worked to achieve, the greater the

sense of achievement. We urge every athlete in the Arizona Senior Olympic Games to take pride in their achievement and enjoy their moment in the sun of recognition. Those who don’t make plans to stay for the recognition deny themselves that moment and deny their peers the opportunity “to dream of what could be.”

NOTICE: Athletes who have not received their medals may pick them up at the ASO office by appointment. Please call (602) 274-7742 between Monday and Thursday to set up a time.

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Staying Fit Lowers Risk for Breast Cancer Evidence is mounting regarding the benefits of staying fit in the prevention of breast cancer. More and more studies are showing that fitness is a positive factor in preventing the disease because it stops obesity, which is a major risk factor. A recent study showed that the intensity was not a factor but that about two hours of exercise each day yielded a 30 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer. However, gaining weight seemed to cancel out the effect of that exercise. Lauren McCullough of the University of North Carolina Gillings

School of Global Public Health says, “The observation of a reduced risk of breast cancer for women who engaged in exercise after menopause is particularly encouraging given the late age of onset for breast cancer.” If more evidence to encourage exercise is needed, Celeste RobbNicholson, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and editor in chief of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, says, “Exercise fights obesity, combats heart disease and diabetes, improves mood and memory, strengthens bones and possibly prevents breast cancer.”

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ASO Prepares 2014 Games Results Many people believe that when the ASO Games are over, the work is done. But really, the work has just begun. Office workers are in “results mode.” Sports commissioners will hand over to the games office the results of more than 100 events and the numbers will be checked for accuracy and retyped in the format required by the website and the NSGA. Athletes can qualify for the National Senior Games in two different ways— by winning a medal (plus fourth place, in some cases) or by meeting minimum performance standards. Commissioners list the medalists for each sport, however, office workers must check the results for athletes who achieved minimum performance standards. The

“Qualifying Down” policy must be carefully checked to ensure that Arizona athletes are not displaced by out-of-state athletes. The rule is that if the medalists are from out of state, “Qualifying Down” will allow going down until three Arizonans are identified and qualified to represent Arizona. In addition to paperwork, there is a good deal of postgames physical work involved. Equipment must be cleaned and stored for next year. Some items may have to be repaired or replaced. Medals and T-shirts must be inventoried. “We want all our athletes to know that getting their qualifying information to the NSGA is our No. 1 priority until it is finished,” stated Irene Stillwell, ASO executive director.

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ASO Bids Farewell to Dick Potter Arizona Senior Olympics was saddened to learn of the recent death of longtime volunteer Dick Potter. A familiar figure each year at the track and field meet, Dick was highly respected for his ability and expertise, whether it was working on the timing of track events or managing one of the field events. He was patient with the athletes, always willing to give a word of help or advice and his thorough knowledge of athletics guaranteed fairness to all. Dick had a long and successful career in education and was devoted to teaching. He was often heard saying, “I’m here for the kids.” As a USATF certified official, Dick was known throughout the Western United States for his fair judgment. “Dick was truly missed at our meet at the 2014 games and will continue to be missed by our staff, volunteers and athletes,” says Irene Stillwell, ASO executive director.

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 www.seniorgames.org. 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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