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entire procedure to me as a flashback of sorts and while reading the article I got to experience the whole event once more. I, too, have the “tattoo,” although, not sure of the pattern. My neighbor is a retired surgical nurse so the first time she came over to clean the buttons she was dressed in her cute nurse hat and white coat and was ready to do the deed, but lost her composure when faced with all these little rods inserted in my breast. I told her she needed to work on bedside manner when she exclaimed “OMG! What happened to you?” One of the more humorous things happened when my son came over to visit during the week of radiation, not knowing I had taken photos and posted them on my computer in a slideshow. He looked at my computer just as the slide show was running and he turned quite pale. To this day he reminds me that I should have another desktop photo. Anyway, thank you for posting the article and making others aware of this option for those of us fortunate enough to take advantage of it. I am seven years clean and feeling good. Hey, if you can’t understand much of the many new rules and laws, it’s because the rude, crude and greedy are winning and the
The Curmudgeon A Profile in Leadership
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magine that you reside in a tiny country about the size of New Jersey and are one of eight million citizens surrounded by other nations determined to annihilate you. Also imagine that in your country’s 66-year history you’ve had to fight seven wars, numerous other skirmishes, and that at any time today you may be subject to a rocket attack and have at best 60 seconds to find shelter. You’re in Israel, the only democratic state in the Middle East and a staunch ally of the United States. It takes a particular kind of person to lead a nation that is under constant siege, someone who is both warrior and diplomat, someone who can be respected as a reliable ally and feared by an enemy, someone who has an educated mind combined with
common sense, someone who values the distinctive difference between governing a nation and ruling it. Someone like Benjamin Netanyahu. This is a serious man with serious credentials: Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate, business executive, author and lecturer, soldier and combat veteran, counterterrorism authority, ambassador to the United Nations, minister of finance, foreign minister, and currently serving as prime minister of Israel for a second time. Since its founding in 1948, Israel has asked for only one thing from its neighbors and the world: recognition of its right to exist. This sounds like a simple request, but is actually loaded with complexity. With contrasting cultures, conflicting religious beliefs,
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more honest are standing aside and allowing the evilness. Think it will just blow away? Lots of luck, poor suckers. Have you noticed television reporters’ information is getting funnier every day? Just stick a microphone in front of any citizen’s face. They open their mouth and the ignorance falls out. I’m dying myself falling on the floor. There goes the newspaper business, thanks to rancher (Cliven) Bundy’s wandering opinions. None of us over 50 will dare
call in with any kind of wandering opinion. Too bad, yet now we all know we’re some kind of slaves to the nitpicking Washington politicians. As if we didn’t already know that. If someone can’t speak privately to a friend, and another can’t tell what his mind wonders without some busybody nitpicker broadcasting it all over social media, there is no freedom of speech in America anymore. Busybody, busybody mind your own business. ...continues on page 8
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dissimilar forms of government, along with diverse territorial and political agendas all clashing in a Middle East stew of centuries-old hatreds and tribalism, it’s no wonder that peace in the region seems so elusive. In such a hostile environment, Israel rightfully retains a vigilant and powerful defensive posture. “Peace is purchased from strength,” said Netanyahu. “It’s not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats.” What I admire about Netanyahu is that he’s a man of both substance and style. One example of his engaging public persona was his May 24, 2011, address to the U.S. Congress, saying, “You don’t need to do nation-building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it. And you don’t need to send American troops to Israel. We defend ourselves.” He went on to say, “Liberty is not paved by elections alone. It’s paved when governments permit protests in
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town squares, when limits are placed on the powers of rulers, when judges are beholden to laws and not men, and when human rights cannot be crushed by tribal loyalties or mob rule. Israel has always embraced this path in a Middle East that has long rejected it. In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out. It is different.” Unlike political ideologues who say and do anything to get elected, unlike those who lie with impunity, who cover up scandals and draw meaningless lines in the sand, Benjamin Netanyahu, like his country, stands out and is different. If only we could have statesmen like him. Drew Alexander, also known as “The Curmudgeon,” is a monthly columnist writing about political issues. Send comments to email@example.com or to Drew Alexander, in care of Lovin’ Life After 50, 3200 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
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ecently, I was outed by a co-worker. We were on a business trip a few months ago in Dallas, where culinary diversity means T-Bone or Porterhouse. When our host graciously offered an array of steakhouses for our dining pleasure, my co-worker poked a thumb my way and threw me under the bus. “He’s a vegan,” he said. Our host regarded me with a look of horror. Veganism is still a throw-down issue in parts of Texas. Only after a day full of sidelong stares did he begin to believe I wasn’t going to sing Hari Krishna or hand him a pamphlet. “So why did you...become a vegan?” he asked. “Well,” I began, “Netflix didn’t have ‘Chariots of Fire’…” A disclaimer, here: Yes, this is a column on being a vegan. I did not call it that because, honestly, who would read that? (“Hey, an article on veganism! I’ll save that story on suspicious moles for later!”) I’m not here to condemn anyone for eating meat or dairy. Believe me, many a cattle drive has passed through the high country of my colon, bound for parts unknown. But the experience has taught me the surprising things that life can offer you if you are open to change. I never knew vegans even existed until about 10 years ago. My first experience with one was the ropy, long-haired tech guy at work who always screamed at me for taking his parking space. I came away thinking that vegans were gnarly, taciturn Gollums, embittered by a lack of Grand Slam breakfasts. I never had qualms about eating meat, either. Where I came from, vegetarianism meant a smaller cheeseburger. All that changed one movie night. “What do you want to watch tonight?” my wife asked. This was our weekly ritual when my wife suggests a film with strong characters and thematic layers; then I suggest something with face-kicking and explosions. “Chariots of Fire” seemed a good compromise—plenty of running and shouting, but they also sing Gilbert and Sullivan. But I couldn’t find it on Netflix.
“Let’s try this documentary,” she said. And so we watched “Forks Over Knives,” and I became a vegan. (If I’d found “Chariots of Fire,” I might have become a member of the 1924 British Olympic Team.) “Forks Over Knives” is actually very compelling. Instead of proselytizing, it presents the stories of people struggling with the ailments that Americans often face in mid-life: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. Then it puts them on a plant-based diet and you follow them around as they drop pants sizes, shed medications and watch their blood chemistry detoxify. “Now, who is this guy?” I’d ask my wife. “He’s the guy from the beginning of the film.” “No, he’s not!” “He is,” she insisted, “with fewer chins.” The film delves a little into doctrine: lower cancer and heart disease rates in rural China, where meat and dairy consumption is negligible; the power of meat and dairy lobbies, and how that affects U.S. nutritional standards. But the meat of the movie (so to speak) is the profound positive change wrought on these people who embark on a plant-based diet. What distinguishes it from an infomercial is the absence of accessories you absolutely must buy. The guideline, as one gentlemen says, is simple: “Don’t eat anything that had parents.” “We should try this!” my wife said as the credits rolled. I agreed. Marriage taught me, long ago, not to reject anything on concept. Better to try it—like we once tried inversion tables and our “no-TVnight”—and cast it off in a week when it gets too irritating. So, we tried it. A year and a half ago. We’re still trying it. Not because it’s incredibly easy (it’s not!) but because of all the discoveries I’ve made: • “You’ll be surprised how easy it is!”—Someone said this to me when I was just starting this diet. I wish I could remember who that was
so I could hit them with a shovel. It’s awkward and difficult—for the first 30 days. But once you’ve established what you can eat... • Your Biggest Obstacles are Social—Finding places you can eat with nonvegan friends; explaining why you’re ordering a la carte at the nice restaurant, or why you’re just having salad at the company pizza party—without making people feel weird—becomes your biggest challenge. • Cheese over Chocolate—At college, my unofficial major was cake and crème pies. So, I thought desserts would be the hardest things to surrender. Not so. You miss cheese more. Cheese is to food what John Goodman is to movies. It’s in everything. It binds humanity together. Wisconsin, the Persian Gulf of Cheese, wields enormous power over us all. • There’s Still Good Food Out There—People tell you that, without steak and chicken wings, food is blander. Well...they’re right. But like a blind person who develops an acute sense of hearing, you better appreciate the taste, texture and character of the foods you do eat. Seriously. But the clincher for me—the thing the keeps me saying stuff like, “Wow! That’s a tasty carrot!”—is the dramatic change in the list of things I worry about.
I’ve traded into a much better list. “It’s about all the things I don’t have to worry about anymore,” I told the guy in Dallas. “I’m surprised more people don’t do it. And I think a lot more will be doing it in the years to come.” “But you’re not opposed to eating animals?” “Oh, no,” I said. But that was months ago, and to be honest, I feel a change there, too. Like former smokers now repelled by cigarettes, the sight of a rare steak is kind of nauseating now. The faces of livestock land a little differently on me. I’m not saying that’s better or worse—I might be going soft in the head—but I would just rather stare into a plate of beans. The other day, on Facebook, someone posted a photo of a Dixieland group playing music at a pasture fence. All the cows came over to listen, and I was just glad I no longer ate anything that might share my love of jazz. Michael Grady is a Valley-based freelance writer, reporter and playwright.
Things I Used to Worry About: Heart disease/stroke My blood pressure My cholesterol numbers Looking like the Graf Zeppelin when I step out of the shower Love handles so big I’d eventually have to name them Digestive issues Keeling over like Don Corleone while playing with my grandchildren Things I Worry About Now: Finding a vegan friendly restaurant Finding something I can eat in the fine print of the menu at a regular restaurant Alienating friends at their dinner parties Vitamin D supplements Drilling an extra hole in my belt Convincing my family I have not joined a cult Thanksgiving
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... from page 6 Well, the criminal raped a Have you noticed “entitlement” year-old child and the bleeding is the latest social disease? It’s hearts of the nation are crying a rare habit for anyone to say because the poor guy had a tough “thank you” anymore. It’s just obsolete. death. Boo hoo. Who’s crazy in this world? People saving their money for This is in response to a woman dogs and letting children suffer the rest complaining about having her of their lives with scars? People killing bills deducted from her bank children, they must have a peaceful account. I have six utility bills deducted death. I’m sick of living here. I’m from my credit union that doesn’t gonna leave it pretty soon, whether it’s charge me a dime. I save $36 a year an easy death or not. But I’m sure glad in stamps and the bills are deducted to get the heck out of here, with all the on the due date. I don’t think I’m so nuts! ignorant. Maybe this person ought to join a credit union. They don’t charge Have you noticed diplomacy a dime. would work if only the diplomats were allowed to Why do these rich Republican proceed without interference by the sore loser bullies keep throwing eager-for-fame egomaniacs? Let the stones at dead issue blank diplomats work, you dummies. You’ll walls? Do they really not believe that be remembered but it won’t be the way stones do not bounce back? Where are you want to be. their brains? Surprise? You’ve been in the military and you’re suddenly surprised at the Washington bureaucracy screw ups? You’ve not been paying attention.
How did that famous phrase go? “Stupid is as stupid does?” Or is it “Stupid does as stupid is?” Oh, that’s right, it’s spelled “Benghazi” again. Do it again and
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again with the same results. You should have learned something by now. We were Gallup Poll informers for 10 years until they decided people without a computer must be uninformed, too old or disinterested. Wrong. The post office still does work with a stamp. Have you noticed, Gallup Poll? You’re missing a few hundred thousand people. Answer to “Republicans had 40 years to end abortion.” Not true. Democrats had 40 years of stopping Republicans from ending abortion. The Republican Congress passed a bill to ban PBA (partialbirth abortion, the most grotesque barbaric, inhumane, pre-meditated, cold-blooded murder of the most innocent defenseless children of God in the midst of their birth). Clinton vetoed all three bills. The Republicans voted to override and the Democrats stopped it. The Republicans put a plank in their 2012 National Platform to be pro-life. The Democrats put a plank in their 2012 national platform to be pro-abortion, but called it prochoice. Note: It was pro-choice that
murdered 56 million unborn children. Not pro-life. Obama voted for and still supports “live birth abortion.” (LBA killing is a failed abortion that was born alive.) Part of Obamacare (passed by Democrats) appropriated $7 billion to fund abortion all across America and around the world. Pro-abortion Democrats are having their way on Earth in America, but it’s only good for 100 years or less. Then what? Then where?—Charles Dragovich Hey city fathers: I know there are ordinances and such about dogs being kept on leashes and having their waste picked up. I’d like the same exact same ordinance for cats. There are 50 states in America, all united, and almost 50 disunited countries in the continent of Africa. It’s past time for them to solve their own self-made problems. No more foreign wars for the North American countries of United States and Canada. The countries of South America learned how, and the Far East is learning fast. Did you know that, Mr. Reader? ...continues on page 38
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y right breast is deformed. Two surgeries and a five-day intensive radiation treatment have changed the structure of a perfectly beautiful breast. The skin is still smooth and the nipple looks identical to the original— it’s the implant itself that has dropped leaving the right breast lower than the left breast. The lumpectomy, sentinel node biopsy and radiation treatments have altered the shape along the right quadrant, causing a dimpling in the skin leaving my right breast an anomaly. It’s now more than a month since the radiation was completed. It’s six months since the lumpectomy and four months after the sentinel node biopsy. I rejoiced on the last day of radiation. I wonder now what I was celebrating. I thought the cancer was behind me, that the radiation killed every cancer cell in the area, but that’s just what I and every cancer patient wants to believe. The fact is that I have cancer. I am not a cancer survivor and will never call myself one. There is no such thing as a cancer survivor because one never knows when or if this terrible disease will sneak up on them, attack the same area or a different one. All of us who have had a diagnosis of cancer live with the likelihood of having cancer return sometime in their life. The trick is to learn to live life as if you were never touched by this awful disease or to live as if it the cancer will never return. I’m afraid I’ve failed horribly at my own advice. I’m feeling worse now than before treatment or during the treatment. I try and think about people
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News Briefs- June 2014 Arté Becomes Andara as New Owners Upgrade Managers of the property formerly known as Arté, a luxury community for independent and assisted living seniors near Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, have added a name change to a list of improvements. According to the San Franciscobased Reliant Group, which purchased the 170-unit property last year, the upgrades and new name are part of a drive to position the property as one of the most upscale senior living communities in Arizona. “The name change wasn’t part of our original plans, but as we improved the design elements, it became obvious to us that a name change was needed,” says Eric Karnes, asset manager for the Reliant Group. “We feel the name Andara better reflects our property’s new appearance and feel.” Improvements to the community include new furniture, flooring and lighting, as well as a palm-shaded sitting area with a fountain. Andara is located at 11415 N. 114th St., Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.andaraseniorliving.com. 70-Year-Old Volunteer Honored Seventy-year-old Vinna “Lee” Brimmer of Ahwatukee earned $500 for her charity of choice recently when she was named the Arizona winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service award. Since picking up litter for the first time in 1970 in honor of the first Earth Day, Brimmer has made a point of cleaning up litter in every city she has lived. After moving to Arizona three years ago to be closer to her children, Brimmer captured the attention of local residents and media, including ABC Channel 15 local news, when she began picking up litter along Ray Road for two hours every day while riding her adult tricycle. Brimmer’s Salute to Senior Service nomination came from a resident and noted that passersby stop and thank her and drivers honk and wave in appreciation. “Lee represents so well the dedication and commitment that
make senior volunteers such a value to their communities,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead Inc. For more information, visit www. salutetoseniorservice.com. Hospice of the Valley Seeks Volunteers Hospice of the Valley is calling for volunteers who can visit, run errands, read or offer emotional support to patients and caregivers in the East Valley. The local not-for-profit serves patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Hospice of the Valley says most of its care is provided in patients’ homes. For those interested in becoming volunteers, the agency is hosting four volunteer orientation sessions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Redemption Church, 1820 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert. Volunteers must attend all orientation sessions. Registration is required prior to orientation. Apply at www. hov.org/volunteer. Duet Helps Seniors Raising Grandchildren Duet, a local charity founded in 1981, takes aim at the financial challenges of grandparents who are primary caregivers for grandchildren by offering money for summer camp, classes and school activities. The organization notes that in the 2000 U.S. Census, almost a third of the nation’s 2.4 million grandparent caregivers lived in poverty. Duet’s unique service to grandparents is available for individuals 55 years or older who can demonstrate they are raising their grandchildren. Recipients receive funds for part or all of the costs for activities including summer camp, local day camps or music lessons. The nonprofit also offers several free services to grandparents, including support groups, seminars and legal services. For more information, visit www.duetaz.org. Freedom Plaza Helps Fill Banner Children’s Toy Closets Freedom Plaza Retirement Community in Peoria hosted a toy drive that delivered 150 toys and games to
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Lending a Hand
Residents and staff at Freedom Plaza Retirement Community in Peoria donated 42 blankets and 150 toys, many handcrafted, to help stock the toy closets for pediatric patients at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale. Photo by Marla Levine.
toy closets in the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale. Banner Thunderbird maintains several toy closets and opens them to children at the hospital to offer needed relief. Adding know-how to generosity, Freedom Plaza residents constructed many of the donated items themselves. According to Claudette Morrison, Freedom Plaza’s marketing events coordinator, residents transformed $300 of fabric into 42 blankets for the hospital. The Freedom Plaza’s Woodshop Group also contributed wooden toys to the drive, including a tractor, airplane, helicopter, and pull-string hummingbird. Resident Nellie Goodfellow made stuffed animals and dolls. After the Freedom Plaza residents and staff delivered items to Banner Thunderbird using the community’s bus, the pediatric wing buzzed with activity as children at the hospital picked toys and painted watercolors alongside Freedom Plaza residents, says Jodi Rall, Banner Children’s child life assistant, and Courtney Smith, a child life specialist. Wendy Pauker, Banner Children’s child life manager, welcomes other Arizonans to donate items to the hospital’s numerous toy closets. She says in addition to the pediatric wing, the emergency room and radiology department also have toy closets. To contribute new toys, books or games to Banner Children’s toy closet program, contact Jodi Rall in the Child Life department at (602) 865-4789.
KJZZ Music Director Helps Raise Funds Blaise Lantana, a host for National Public Radio member station KJZZ 91.5, served as master of ceremonies for an April fundraiser for Duet, a Valley nonprofit organization offering free services to homebound adults, caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren. The event marked the 33rd year of the organization’s annual fundraiser, the “Duet Cabaret.” The night featured dinner, live jazz and silent and live auctions. Nearly 300 guests attended this year’s event. Duet announced that the evening generated $71,491 for its free services. Sagewood Restaurant Lets Diners Choose Ambiance Sagewood, a senior living community in north Phoenix, recently unveiled the Mesquite Grill and Lounge, a 100seat restaurant with lounge and patio featuring intercontinental cuisine combined with Sonoran-inspired décor, The new restaurant offers diners a choice of three spaces: a relaxed, casual area featuring an open-air design with exhibition kitchen and grill; an upscale lounge; or an outdoor patio with misters and heaters for yearround comfort. Stewart Ingram, executive director of Sagewood, says the restaurant will focus on “fresh and seasonal cuisine including regional favorites.” Mesquite Grill and Lounge is Sagewood’s third restaurant.
Ask the Old Bag Advice for the Over-50 Crowd
: : by Gayle M. Lagman-Creswick
ear Old Bag: I am the woman who wrote you while back that my husband and I had been miserable with each other on every vacation we took together. You advised us if we could not work it out, we should take separate vacations. So, last year we took separate vacations and we both had a wonderful time. I am planning my second annual vacation for this summer and he is planning his. A side benefit of this has been a strengthened relationship between us. We missed each other and were happy to be back together after vacation, instead of being mad at each other over our miserable vacation. I want to tell other couples out there: if you do not enjoy your vacations together, vacation separately. My husband was against this at first, but now is all for it. Signed, Happy Camper
ear Happy Camper: Thanks for writing. Glad to hear that distance made the heart grow fonder. O.B.
ear Old Bag: I retired three years ago at age 62. My husband retired this year at age 66. I have enjoyed my three years at home doing things I was unable to do those working years. This is my problem. In the three months my husband has been home I have become a raving maniac. He is driving me crazy. This guy who never washed a dish now thinks he can tell me how to wash dishes, do laundry, even vacuuming! I will have a nervous breakdown if this continues. Signed, Help!
ear Help: Your problem is common. It also happens in homes where the woman never worked, then the man retires and they lock horns over everything. I thought my sister-in-law had the right idea. She told her newly retired husband that she was retiring, too ... from housework. He took over cooking, cleaning, and laundry. They lived happily ever after. O.B.
ear Old Bag: While I might not get as insulted by your title
and graphic as BN did, I do also take some issue with it. That is because it does tend to promote a stereotype that older people don’t need. It seems to me that there is enough discrimination/ prejudice against older people without adding to it and tolerating it ourselves. If you remember one thing that the black community did back in the ‘60s was to denounce and demand an end to stereotypical and demeaning humor. Does Amos and Andy ring a bell? Actually, I believe that seniors need to consider following this example and stop tolerating demeaning and degrading humor toward them. Sure it’s great to have a sense of humor, everyone needs that, but to laugh at oneself in a way that allows for disrespect and prejudice does us no favors. Signed, SN. P.S. I enjoy your column. It is the main reason I pick up Lovin’ Life.
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ear SN: Thank you for writing. Hmm. I never once looked upon my column title the way you and BN do. However, I am trying to see how you must see it, and now I wonder if your opinions are widespread. So, I am asking my readers to let me know how they feel about the title. I am willing to change it. If you want me to change it, please make a suggestion about a new name...and please do not suggest “Dear Gayle.” It does not grab my attention. Please see letter below. O.B.
ear Old Bag: I am fed up with people being so concerned with what is politically or socially “correct.” It is almost impossible when speaking or writing without offending someone. I think people need to funnel their concerns into important things and brush off these little things. I like the title of your column because I am an “old bag” like you and proud of it. Signed, Another Old Bag
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ear AOB: What can I say? I do not want to offend my readers with the title and graphic. I will wait until my readers weigh in before I make a decision. O.B.
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June 1 Sunday Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:10 p.m., Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, $12 to $150, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. June 2 Monday Yoga for a Healthy Back, 10 a.m., repeats June 16, 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. This class combines yoga poses and relaxation techniques to reduce tension, relieve back pain and improve health. Adult Bible School: Celebrating the World, 5 p.m., through June 5, Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, 13459 Stardust Blvd., Sun City West, $36, (623) 5844602. The keynote speaker for the Bible school will be Dr. T. David Gordon, a professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College. Cost includes four dinners. Caps for the Cure Knitting/Crochet Group, 1 p.m., repeats June 16 and June 30, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Chair Yoga, 11:30 a.m., repeats June 16, 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. Chair yoga is a gentle, healing practice that enables seniors and people with injuries or mobility limitations to do yoga while sitting in a chair. Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays in June, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, email@example.com.
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June 3 Tuesday MS Disease Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays in June, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, firstname.lastname@example.org. Intermediate Line Dancing Lessons, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in June, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-5707. June 4 Wednesday Continuous Chest Compression CPR, 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. Join the Surprise Fire Department to learn the continuous chest compression method of CPR. This is a noncertification class. Fibromyalgia Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays in June, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail. com. Healthy Cooking Farmers Market Event, 10 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Canasta, 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Cellphone Basics, 10 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free, registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. Learn the ins and outs of using cellphones—from smartphones to tablets. June 5 Thursday Acupuncture, 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. Join licensed acupuncturist Julie Sandschafer as she explains the many benefits to this alternative healing model. Situational Awareness, 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. Join personal protection instructor Cliff Saylor and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jerry Wilson to learn techniques to keep you safe as the organization observes National Safety Month. Chronic Pain Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays in June, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail. com. Beginning Dance Lessons, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Movie and Popcorn with “Philomena,” 2 p.m.,
Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707.
June 9 Monday
Yoga for Every Body, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays in June, SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free, registration required, (855) 9017226, ext. 3420. A gentle yoga class specifically helpful for seniors with movement disorders.
Yoga, Relaxation and Meditation, 10 a.m., repeats June 23, 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. Experience a combination of traditional and flow-style yoga that utilizes breathing, yoga poses, relaxation and meditation to create balance and inner peace.
Zumba Plus, 10:45 a.m. Thursdays in June, SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free, registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. A Latin-inspired dance and fitness class for those 50-plus.
Better Breathers Club, 2 p.m., The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth. org. Monthly education and support group for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
June 6 Friday
Blood Pressure and Exercise, 2 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach Rhonda Zonoozi explains how regular exercise can make a difference when managing high blood pressure.
Music Therapy for Dementia, 9:30 a.m., The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. Teri Mock, MTBC, explains how music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements. Tai Chi, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays in June, 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 that is wonderful for fitness and stress reduction. Arthritis/Neuropathy Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays in June, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, email@example.com. Euchre (9 a.m.), Mahjongg (10 a.m.) and Canasta (1 p.m.), Fridays in June, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Pink Panther Ice Cream Party, 1 p.m. Fridays in June, SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free, registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. Join like-minded Peter Sellers fans each Friday in June for Pink Panther movies and an ice cream social. June 7 Saturday Singles Dance, 8 p.m., Crowne Plaza North Phoenix, 2532 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix, $10, (602) 765-0200, www.AZsingles.org. Enjoy a DJ, dancing, the personal ad wall and more. For ages 40s to 80s.
Doc Talk: Osteoporosis, 10 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Crafters Group, 1 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Sun Lakes Democratic Club, 7 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, donation of nonperishable food, (480) 895-1162. Guest speaker is Sharon Thomas, a candidate for the Arizona superintendent of public instruction. June 10 Tuesday The 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. Dr. Ralph Heap discusses the effect that ObamaCare has had on the private practice of medicine and his patients. iPad 101, 2 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, registration required, (480) 325-4707. Dehydration Prevention, 9 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free, registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. Learn why water is important, what happens to seniors when they become dehydrated, and common sense tips for prevention. June 11 Wednesday
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... from page 13 Workout Wednesday—Circuit Training, 10 a.m., victim to a number of common scams in this class taught Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community by Tempe Police Officer Julie Werhnyak. Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. Stations June 17 Tuesday will be set up around the room featuring resistance bands, Ice Cream Social, 6:30 p.m., Sunland Village, 4601 small hand weights, stability balls, steps and more. E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa, $3.50, (480) 832-9003. Ticket Nutrition Series: Nutrition for Men and Women, 11 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., free, (480) 325-4707. Organic vs. Nonorganic, 10:30 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free, registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. One of the hottest topics in nutrition is learning what organic actually means and if it’s worth it for seniors to spend extra money on organic foods. June 12 Thursday Fall Prevention, 10 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. Find out what those risk factors are, and how to make your home and surroundings safer.
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Treating Your Pain, 9 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Movie and Popcorn with “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” 2 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. June 13 Friday Father’s Day Salute, 1 p.m., Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, $5 residents, $7 nonresidents, registration required, (480) 312-1700. Enjoy burgers, hot dogs and “The Bob Hope Road Show.” June 14 Saturday Singles Dance, 8 p.m., Crowne Plaza North Phoenix, 2532 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix, $10, (602) 765-0200, www.AZsingles.org. Enjoy a DJ, dancing, the personal ad wall and more. For ages 40s to 80s. June 15 Sunday Happy Father’s Day from Lovin’ Life After 50. June 16 Monday
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Sunland Village Merchant Craft Expo, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunland Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa, free admission, www.sunlandartsandcraftleague.com. Personal Protection, 9:30 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free, registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. Seniors will learn how to reduce their risk of falling
includes ice cream sundae and music by Rick Ricci. De-Cluttering, 10 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free, registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. For seniors who consider themselves organizationally challenged, this class is not to be missed. June 18 Wednesday Personal Safety, 9:30 a.m., The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. Officer Chris Tovar, City of Surprise Crime Prevention Unit, provides valuable tips for staying safe and preventing crime. LifeSync: Safe and Secret, The Power of Prevention, 11 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Workout Wednesday—Indoor Brisk Walking, 10 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. The class starts with a one-mile walk and then adds two more miles. What to Look for When Seeking Placement, 2:30 p.m., Fairway Recreation Center, Arizona Room 4, 10600 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth.org. Placing a loved one away from home can be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. This free Sun Health Community Education class is presented by Certified Geriatric Care Manager Jeannean Sabatina. Healthy Cooking Demonstration, 10:30 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free, registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. “Beat the Heat” offers way to prepare a great meal that won’t cause a sweat. June 19 Thursday Diabetes Prevention Class Series, starts 1 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $160 out-of-pocket, (623) 832-9355. This is a 16-week class for pre-diabetics and those at risk of diabetes. Call about full admission fee. Movie and Popcorn with “Labor Day,” 2 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Recalibrating: When Retirement Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned, 11 a.m., Coco’s Bakery
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June 20 Friday Birthday Celebration, Ice Cream Social, 12 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. June 21 Saturday Sunland Village Karaoke Night, 6 p.m., Sunland Village, Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa, $2 donation, (480) 832-9003. Donation includes soda or popcorn ticket. West Valley Singles Dance, 7:30 p.m., Peoria Pines Country Club, 8411 N. 107th Ave., Peoria, $10, (602) 765-0200, www.AZsingles.org. Enjoy a DJ, dancing, personal ad wall and more. For ages 40s through 80s. June 22 Sunday Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:10 p.m., Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, $12 to $150, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. June 23 Monday Diabetes and Exercise, 2 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave. Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach Rhonda Zonoozi demonstrates how even with a diagnosis of diabetes, you can exercise safely and effectively. Charity Crafters Group, 1 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. June 24 Tuesday Do It Yourself (DIY) Workshop, 2 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707. Residential Redo: Post-Retirement Housing Options, 9 a.m., Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, 4514 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, free, reservations required, (623) 2666399, www.seniorfinancialfriends.org. Explore downsizing— is it right for you? Complimentary lunch will be served. June 25 Wednesday Diabetes Connection Support Group, 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Join the group for its first Diabetes Connection Support Group meeting, geared toward individuals with diabetes or who know someone with diabetes. This first class is an opportunity to help plant the seeds for future monthly meetings. Getting Control of Household Expenses, 11 a.m. Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, 2026 N. 7th St., Phoenix, free,
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pending his winters in Scottsdale’s Gainey Ranch, Creedence Clearwater Revisited drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford has longed to play Talking Stick Resort’s Salt River Ballroom. “We wanted to get into that venue for so long and our good old friend Danny Zelisko got us in there,” says Clifford, who summers in Reno. “I’m excited about it. I could easily walk there, but I won’t be there in June—except to play.” Thanks to the longtime Phoenix promoter, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will bring the hits to the venue at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15. “We play hit after hit after hit,” Clifford explains. “That’s what we do. We play 21 songs—all hits and some of them are better known than others. But hits are hits. It makes it fun. It’s a little surprise when people forget about songs and then there are other songs that were genuine hits. “Either they’ll go, ‘Oh, I didn’t know they did that one,’ or, ‘Oh, I forgot that they did that one. Then, of course, there are the obvious ones like the ‘Proud Marys,’ ‘Who’ll Stop the Rains’ and the ‘Fortunate Sons.’ Those are the obvious ones.” Clifford is the co-founder of Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which he started in 1995 with fellow former Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook. The band didn’t intend to play for the public. Instead it wanted to focus on private shows, but Creedence Clearwater Revisited snowballed. It was brought to a complete halt, temporarily, two years later when a legal injunction by John Fogerty, the exCreedence Clearwater Revival singer, forced the group to change its name to Cosmo’s Factory. However, the courts ruled in Cook and Clifford’s favor and it returned to CCR—Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The music of CCR—whichever one listeners prefer—has stood the test of
Fun & Games Around The Valley June 2014 Gary Allan WHEN: Sun., June 1, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $25 to $150 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.talkingstickresort.com Gary Allan made waves on the country music scene in 1996 with his mega-hit single “Her Man” and has been captivating audiences ever since. DSB: Journey Tribute WHEN: Fri., June 6, 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 With outstanding musicians and an unparalleled grasp of Journey’s hits, the band has been rocking audiences from around the country for years.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited—Kurt Griffey, John Tristao, Stu Cook, Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and Steve Gunner—performs on Sunday, June 15, at Talking Stick Resort. time. Clifford says he sees fans ranging into the “rock star” label. “In four days, I’ll be celebrating my from ages 8 to 80 at his shows and he 46th wedding anniversary,” he says has a theory for that. “They’re good songs, kudos to John proudly, before adding he’s expecting Fogerty as a songwriter; the fact that his fifth grandchild. “I’ve been with my we were a band who started playing wife for 52 years. We went steady for instruments and being a band at age six years. Before we were married we 13 gave us a unique sound,” Clifford were teenagers. We were high school sweethearts. That puts me in a certain explains. “We’re very dedicated to making class. “Not too many rock stars do that, that sound successful. It took us 10 years from when we started to when we that’s for sure. I’ve never bought into had the first hit. We maintained that it. Plus, you start believing all that work ethic throughout the projects and stuff, you lose yourself and you miss hence we have the legacy of music that everything that’s truly meaningful in your life. Part of that is my career. we have.” Clifford, who is in the Rock and I’m fortunate in my career and in my Roll, the Grammy, the Independent personal life. I keep it at the right place Record and Distributors and the where it should be. I fully enjoy it. I Classic Drummer halls of fame, still, love playing and I love our fans. I’m admittedly, gets a kick out of hearing living the dream as it were.” Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs his music on the radio. “Our music has staying power and at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Talking the ultimate test for the pop medium is Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., the test of time,” he says. “We seem to Scottsdale. Tickets are $40 to $125. For more information, call (480) 850-7734 or be weathering that challenge.” But, Clifford says, he never bought visit www.ticketmaster.com.
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Barry Neal featuring Debbie Praver WHEN: Fri., June 6, 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 Barry Neal is as comfortable as a comedian in front of Las Vegas audiences as he is entertaining at military bases around the country, or as a guest performer on Comedy Central, NBC and MTV. Frank Lucero featuring Bruce Heppler WHEN: Sat., June 7, 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 Frank Lucero’s antics will keep guests laughing nonstop. Garth Guy: Tribute to Garth Brooks WHEN: Fri., June 6, and Sat., June 7, at 7 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Casino Arizona, 101 and McKellips Road, Scottsdale COST: $12 INFO: (480) 850-7777 or www.casinoarizona.com/ entertainment Dean Simmons’ onstage persona, Garth Guy, has been captivating country fans for more than 20 years with his tribute to the country legend.
Entertainment Fun & Games Around the Valley Jimmy Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton WHEN: Sat., June 7, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $25 to $45 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.talkingstickresort.com The man who once lent his wah-wah pedal to Jimi Hendrix first made a name for himself with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Bobby Vinton WHEN: Fri., June 13, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $29 to $69 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com Bobby Vinton’s classic love songs include “Roses are Red” and “Blue Velvet.” All My Rowdy Friends: Hank Williams Jr. Tribute WHEN: Fri., June 13, 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 From outstanding slide guitar playing to playing spoons and washboard, this band will make the audience get up and dance. Sinbad WHEN: Sat., June 14, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $30 to $69 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com The laughs are constant when superstar comedian Sinbad takes the stage. From classic TV sitcoms “A Different World” to hit movies, such as “Jingle All the Way,” he’s entertained for years. Creedence Clearwater Revisited WHEN: Sun., June 15, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $40 to $125 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.talkingstickresort.com Its hits “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” and “Long as I Can See the Light” will be featured on the setlist. Cultura Profetica WHEN: Wed., June 18, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $18.70 to $23.41 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com
Its ingenious musical creations are contemporary in character and universal value, without forgetting the importance of spontaneous, fresh and very poetic sense of composition. Air Supply WHEN: Fri., June 20, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $34 to $99 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.wingilariver.com Don’t miss Air Supply at the Ovations Live! Showroom when the band performs mega hits like “All Out of Love,” “Lost in Love,” “The One That You Love” and many more. Gregg Allman WHEN: Fri., June 20, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $40 to $150 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or www.talkingstickresort.com As a founding member of The Allman Brothers, Gregg, helped shape the face of rock.
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She and husband Dick Moore starred in just 18 other feature films she says, but her parents “had this Performing the “How Could You Believe Me When I purchased a home in Wilton, Conn., between 1944 and 1958, although in planned.” about 30 years ago, dividing their time later years she played more dramatic Within months, she was Said I Love You” routine with Fred Astaire. between Connecticut and New York. roles on TV and in theater to great preparing for her first film “Song of the Astaire go head to head, matching “We found this perfect house which acclaim. Open Road,” in which she witty banter, singing and dancing to a was built in 1875 and didn’t have to do played, quite prophetically, a song with the longest title in any MGM On the big screen, she much remodeling,” says Powell from was a reliable actress who child film star named “Jane musical: “How Could You Believe Me Wilton. “I love to cook, so we added a could also sing and dance Powell.” The character’s When I Said I Love You When You new kitchen, built an office in the back with the best. In “A Date name appealed to the studio Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life?” and put a gazebo in the garden.” heads, and young Suzanne with Judy” (1948) she That routine perfectly showcased And at 85, she could be considered held her own against the was re-christened Jane. Powell’s on-screen energy, enthusiasm a role model for seniors’ health. “I love brilliant Elizabeth Taylor; Today, her most known and comic talent. 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Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., and has written features, columns and interviews for more than 400 magazines and newspapers. His website is www.getnickt.com.
Entertainment Air Supply Celebrates 40 Years ::by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
orty years into his band’s career, singer Russell Hitchcock of Australian-born Air Supply admits that sometimes touring can take a toll. There are the long lines at security, flight delays, early morning departures and “not-so-nice hotels.” But, the former sixyear Flagstaff resident says it’s how you end the day, not start it. “Once the house lights go down and you hear your audience’s response to you being there, it’s just a breeze,” Hitchcock says. He and musical partner, guitarist Graham Russell, have spent four decades playing hits like “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.”
“I joke from time to time with Graham, I’ll be 65 this year,” Hitchcock says. “I can’t imagine I’d be 65 to start with, I certainly don’t feel it. I’d tell my daughter all the time when she was a kid in school when she’d say, ‘I can’t wait for school to be over and get into the real world.’ I’d tell her, ‘Time flies.’ Here it is now and it’s nearly 40 years for Air Supply.” In those 40 years, Air Supply has sold more than 100 million albums. Graham, who lives in Utah, and Hitchcock, who resides in Atlanta, will come to Wild Horse Pass’ Ovations Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, to play a decades-spanning set. “We’ll be playing stuff that people love like ‘Lost in Love,’ ‘Here I
Am,’ ‘Sweet Dreams,’” he says. “Graham has a really beautiful solo piece during the show. We have a great band. There are a couple of pieces that Air Supply fans who haven’t seen us for a long time will enjoy. It’s a very energetic passionate, loud rock ‘n’ roll show and we’re very proud of it.” Air Supply will also throw in a new tune, the dance music-influenced “Desert Sea Sky.” “It’s very different for us,” he says. “It’s a dance tune. It was mixed by a couple guys who specialize in that format. They’re out of Israel. It’s been getting a great response so far. We’ll see what happens. It’s always a bit of a crapshoot when you release any kind of music. We’ve been around enough, nearly 40 years. We’ve
certainly had our ups and downs with getting music played on radio, but we’ve got our fingers crossed for this one. We think it’s very special.” Air Supply performs at 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Wild Horse Pass’ Ovations Showroom, 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Tickets are $34 to $99. For more information, call (800) 9464452 or visit www.wingilariver.com.
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NAVIGATING MEDICAL CARE Patient Advocates Provide Care and Assistance for Those Who Need Help
Certified geriatric care manager Jeannean Sabatina has been caring for Ralph Iacuessa for more than two years.
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nn Lewis fondly remembers the father of her childhood—a strong, proud man who headed up the buildings and grounds department at a college in Massachusetts. Ralph Iacuessa had a passion for sports and was an avid golfer, water skier, snow skier, handball player and ice skater. He loved spending time with Lewis and her brother, Bob. He built them a double swing in their yard and a sail fish to use on summer vacations in New Hampshire. Sundays were the best, Lewis recalls. Sundays were all about afternoon drives and ice cream. When their parents retired, they moved across the country to bask in the warm sunshine in Sun City. All seemed fine until the phone call came. “It is time to take care of us,” Lewis says her father told her brother. When her brother arrived at his parents’ home, things were even worse than he and Lewis had imagined. Their parents weren’t eating right. They would pick up their prescriptions and throw them, unused, into a kitchen drawer. Their dad came home one day and there was a scrape down the side of his car. He couldn’t remember how it happened.
Lewis and her brother realized their parents needed more help than they could give them. That’s when they found Jeannean Sabatina, a certified geriatric care manager and owner of With Love, Jeannean, a care management agency based in Sun City. “I can’t even tell you how she charmed my dad and mom,” Lewis says. “It was wonderful.” When their mom died two years ago, Sabatina was there to console him. Today, she continues to care for their dad, now 96 years old and living in an assisted nursing facility. She takes him to doctor and dentist appointments and keeps track of his medical records and bills. She makes sure he has all the right medications and has a nurse monitor them. Sabatina keeps in constant contact with Lewis and her brother, updating them on their father’s health and well-being. When Lewis and her brother travel to Sun City to visit their father, they always see Sabatina. “There is no way that Bob or I could give the life that dad has without Jeannean,” Lewis says. Sabatina is just one of many who have joined a relatively new profession of ...continues on page 26
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Navigating Medical Care ... from page 24
patient advocates. Some are geriatric care managers like Sabatina. Others are registered nurse patient advocates and health advocates. Many are former nurses or social workers. Retired doctors are also entering the field. The one thing they all have in common is that they work independently of hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. They focus entirely on their clients.
A Growing Profession It’s difficult to determine just how many “patient advocates” there are in the United States. There’s no real way of tracking the numbers because there’s no national certification for patient advocates. But anyone in the field will tell you it’s growing because they see firsthand the real demand there is out there. “We have more and more Baby Boomers and they’re not only patients themselves, but the children of elderly parents,” says Trisha Torrey, founder and director of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, a membership organization for patient advocates, and ADVOConnection, an online tool to help people find patient
advocates across the United States. “We have far more access to information and we are the most educated generation to come along,” Torrey says. “We are becoming less and less satisfied with the care we’re getting.” But Torrey doesn’t place all the blame on doctors. “Doctors have hospitals telling them what to do and insurance companies telling them what they can and can’t do. You have to wonder who is really practicing medicine,” she says. The fees for patient advocates vary depending on how much time they spend with a patient and what kinds of services they provide. Navigating the Health Care Maze Many seniors have a half dozen different specialists caring for them. Patient advocates help people navigate their way through the health care maze by keeping track of medical records, prescriptions, medical tests and medical bills. They make sure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.
“We make sure a physician has the information from a previous physician,” Sabatina says. “Many doctors aren’t aware of the over-thecounter medications people are taking. We have a complete medication list and we make sure the doctor has all the information in hand before we get there. These things help doctors make better decisions. Doctors are very receptive. Communication is key and that’s what physicians appreciate the most.” Dr. Jack Wolfson, a cardiologist in Paradise Valley, is one of those appreciative physicians. Some of his patients are accompanied to his office by registered nurse patient advocate Mary Aime-Juedes, owner of RN Patient Advocates of Scottsdale. “The benefits are really extraordinary,” Wolfson says. “Every patient would benefit from having a nurse advocate like Mary. Mary is able to act as a go-between for the doctor and the patient. She asks the right questions and translates them into a language that’s understandable for the patients.” Although Wolfson spends 45 minutes with his patients, most doctors only have 10 minutes to 15 minutes to spend
Through the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates and ADVOConnection, Trisha Torrey helps people find patient advocates across the United States. on a typical office visit. Advocates like Aime-Juedes can make sure that short time is as productive as possible. “It’s important to have an advocate in your corner,” Wolfson says. “They ask the right questions and make sure the patients get their answers.”
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Enter Karen Mercereau, an independent RN patient advocate and founder of RN Patient Advocates in Tucson. Among other things, Mercereau did a forensics review of all Clinco’s medical records dating back to 1980 and did an extensive health history. She created a “Medikey,” a tool she developed which included a five-page summary of every visit Clinco made to a physician, every diagnostic test and blood work result and a list of all medications and supplements Clinco was taking. She identified the areas that most needed investigation in order to reverse Clinco’s chronic illnesses and researched a full range of treatment options. She accompanied Clinco to medical appointments and assisted in referring her to other practitioners. Today, Clinco is reaching her goal of optimum health. “I’ve reversed two of my chronic illnesses,” Clinco says. “I am confident that I am doing everything I can to live a quality life and to stay well.” Seeing clients get better is the best part of a patient advocate���s job. “We can open the doors to understanding and healing,” Mercereau says. Finding A Good Patient Advocate Anyone can call themselves a patient advocate, so it’s important to do your research when looking for someone to assist you with your health care. The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates suggests asking the following questions when interviewing a potential ...continues on page 28
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Navigating Medical Care ... from page 27 patient advocate: time to handle the work I need to have done? • Have you handled other cases similar to mine before? • Do you have references? • What are your credentials? Do • Are you on call 24/7 or do you have you have background, training or specific hours? experience in this • Is your location in service? proximity to the patient? (Many services do not • What do you charge require the advocate to for your services? be nearby.) • Does anyone else pay you for helping me? • Do you provide (Some advocates are reports on services you paid a commission provide in my absence? for placing patients in a specific nursing Aime-Juedes would home or with other also add one more services. They may question to the mix: be less objective.) • Who covers for you • Do you have an Karen Mercereau is an if you are out of town approximate idea of independent RN patient or have more than one advocate and founder of client emergency/need the amount of time RN Patient Advocates in at the same time? it will take you to Tucson. For more information handle the services I need? If not, how can I get an on patient advocates, check out the ADVOConnection website at www. estimate? • What is your caseload? Do you have advoconnection.com.
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Protecting Your Ears
Don’t Let Everyday Items Damage Your Hearing
::by Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and Arizona Relay Service
ou use cotton swabs to clean and dry your ears after the shower. You turn up the volume on your favorite song in the car. You listen to your mp3 player loud enough to drown out the surrounding noise. You may not know it now, but you just might be damaging your hearing. There are more than 40 million Americans across the country who report having some degree of hearing loss and the research shows that 1 in 5 teens at least a mild hearing loss. And, many people do not know that items they use every day can damage their hearing. What can cause damage? Using Cotton Swabs to Clean Your Ears After a morning shower or an afternoon swim in the pool, one of
the first things we do is grab a cotton swab to clean and dry out our ear canals. But, did you know that you are taking the chance on damaging your ear drum almost every time that you use them? Most people who use cotton swabs have at one time or another inadvertently jabbed them inside the ear, which can cause damage to the ear drum and possibly permanent hearing loss. So, ditch those cotton swabs! Remember to not put anything in your ear that is smaller than your elbow. That means no cotton swabs, bobby pins, pens or pencils. Turning Up the Volume Just a Little Louder We are all guilty of turning up the volume on our televisions or when our favorite song comes on the radio. But by turning up the volume in the
car, you are putting your hearing at risk. Safe listening levels are below 85 decibels (dB). Normal conversation is 60 dB but some car stereo systems can exceed 100 dB. Turning up the volume for just one song in the car, can cause permanent damage to your hearing. For safer listening, lower the volume and limit listening time. Listening to Your mp3 Player Just a Little Bit Longer Did you know the maximum volume on most personal music players rings in at 100 dBs? That is equal to the sound of a jackhammer. That is too loud to listen to with ear buds or headphones! A good rule of thumb is that if your friend can hear your music coming out of your ear buds, it is too loud. There are some solutions to help alleviate the noise. Noise-reducing or volume-limiting headphones, ear buds and mp3 players are a good investment.
How Do I Know If I May Be Damaging My Hearing? Every day things may be damaging your hearing. If you experience any of the following, it might be time to evaluate the situations that are causing you harm: • Ringing or buzzing in the ears. • Slight muffling of sounds. Difficulty in understanding speech. You can hear all the words, but you can’t understand them. • Difficulty in hearing conversation in groups of people when there is background noise. • If you experience any of these early warnings signs, your hearing may have been damaged. Have your hearing checked by a hearing health professional, or have your ears examined by an ear, nose and throat doctor. For more information visit www. acdhh.org or www.azrelay.org.
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Bear Market Report Three Investing Wishes
: : by Teresa Bear
properties are sold, or the manager takes it public. Before buying a private REIT remember that this investment has a potentially high return—but is high risk and illiquid. Annuities: Annuities also have liquidity issues—as most have surrender penalties for up to 14 years. If you purchase an annuity, you should definitely have other liquid funds available for emergencies. A variable annuity also has stock market risk, so like the REIT discussed above, it fails the same two out of three wishes that most investors have. A fixed annuity doesn’t have stock market risk and generally provides a higher rate of return than comparable low risk investments, so it passes two out of three wishes that investors have for their money. One word of warning about annuities! Many annuities are sold with a “guaranteed” rate of return between 5 percent and 8 percent. Because there are no investments currently available with that high of a guaranteed rate of return, these
quoted rates are for income riders that are in the contract—often with an additional fee. I call this part of the contract Monopoly money. Beware that this is not real money that can be withdrawn from your account! Because there is no perfect investment, be sure and find out where the imperfections lie. There are strings attached to every investment. Ensure that you understand the strings that are attached before your invest.
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the Russian Revolution. Millions of tourists come to St. Petersburg every year to see its museums and cathedrals. A visa is required to tour the city on your own, and therefore I strongly recommend booking a land tour through the Voyager. Attractions include the Hermitage Museum, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Russian Museum, Mariinsky Theater and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Riverboat excursions, concerts, shopping expeditions and day trips can also be arranged. Make sure, though, you are dressed appropriately because this former Imperial capital city of 4.8 million people offers only 31 days without snow or rain. Tallinn, Estonia Peter the Great said that if he would have seen Tallinn first, it would have been the location of choice for his “Window to the West.” I would agree, considering the city’s limestone foundation and towering cliffs. Today, the capital of this small Baltic nation of 1.3 million is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world. Estonia has experienced less than 50 years of independence in its entire existence and the varied architectural style of past conquerors remain throughout this former hanseatic city. Once again a Tallinn Card— accepted in nearly 100 locations—proves the best way to explore this enchanting enclave of 400,000 people in an eight-hour period. Lunch at the Olde Hansa medieval restaurant was an unforgettable experience that no one should miss when visiting the city. Helsinki, Finland Our splendid guide escorted us to the Presidential Palace, City Hall (used in the film “Reds”), the Sibelius Monument (in honor of national composer Jean Sibelius), the Temppeliaukio (The Rock Church)
(built into solid rock) and the Parliament building. Quite simply, Helsinki is a jewel of a city. We took a small boat for a tour to Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest sea fortress islands. For lunch we had reindeer in a berry sauce. “Isn’t it the best you’ve ever had?” asked my guide. “Indeed, it is,” I replied. I didn’t mention it was also my first gastronomic experience with my favorite childhood animal. Copenhagen, Denmark All good things must come to an end and the Voyager docks at Copenhagen’s harbor at 8 a.m. This is another city that demands extra time spent before your flight home. Copenhagen is a forwardthinking, vibrant city of green spires, copper-roofed buildings, medieval streets and canals. Established in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park which reportedly inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland. Take a stroll on Strøget, Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping street. Better yet, experience it from a bicycle—the city provides them for free. Regent Seven Seas Voyager Experience I have read about cruise lines that are selling cabins on their vessels, and it occurred to me that Regent Seven Seas Voyager might be my choice. Not only did the all-suite, all-balcony ship have spectacular creature comforts of four dining venues (one operated by Le Cordon Bleu of Paris), complimentary wine, an outdoor grill, guest lecturer programs, spa and a staff that does not work for gratuities, but it also features some of the highest staff to guest ratios at sea. I made a note to ask the front desk if I could purchase my suite. For further information about Regent Seven Seas Voyager, log on RSSC.com.
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... from page 8 Hey Lovin’ Life After 50 people, Plains were admitted to the union, get busy. Don’t plan on politicians concocted what became the taking any kind of nap in the greatest land-grab in history. Laws were afternoon. Some regarded dummy will enacted so that all the vacant land in only disturb it looking for Robert Wolf. the western states was not deeded to the He owes money, I guess. Or they’ll states but remained the property of the tell you your credit card payment is federal government. Great areas were overdue even though you don’t have set aside as federal parks in violation one. Who is it that hides the list of of the Constitution, which limits the do not call phone numbers? Anybody size of federal property. The Bureau of Land Management was set up to know? How can we get rid of him? manage millions of square miles of This is for the person who was land which should have been available wondering if all knives should for homesteading. So little of the state be banned because a student of Nevada is privately owned that, were stabbed 20 others in Pennsylvania. Not it not for the casinos, the state would one of those unfortunate students died, not have enough revenue to operate. but if the student had a gun probably Half the area of the western states 20 or more people would have been belongs to the federal government in killed. I don’t think we should ban violation of the states’ rights. Thank knives. I think we should ban guns. The God for Bundy and those who backed NRA is getting far radically right. Too him for bringing this problem to the many people are dying. We need good attention to the ignorant people of our background checks. People don’t need country.—Pete Davies, Sun City to be walking around with machine guns. It’s ridiculous. Thank you. I just would like to say that I hope Harry Reid comes to my hospital room to visit me. I Were you in one of the lines to see the Chihuly exhibit in the am an 11-year breast cancer survivor once-famous Desert Botanical and an eight-year melanoma survivor. Garden, famous for the natural, open Because I now have “pre-existing” displays of the greatest Sonoran conditions, I would love to thank Harry Desert vegetation? Now it’s lost in the Reid for being instrumental in pushing overwatered, overgrown jungle of feral through the Affordable Care Act. I am trees badly in need of weeding and now guaranteed that my screening tests trimming. What a disgusting loss of our will be covered by any insurance policy once-famous Desert Botanical Garden. I purchase; and that should the cancers return, the treatments will be covered! It’s all about the money. Sickening. Media bias happens at both wings of When a territory became a the political spectrum. state in the early days of our country, all the unoccupied What a wonderful article land in the state was deeded over to the about Mickey Rooney by state by the federal government. Then, Drew Alexander. Many years before the states west of the Great ago, I was what was called a “bit
player” in Hollywood, and was in two of Mickey Rooney’s films. He was a big star then, but treated me as an equal. Mickey was great fun to work with, but he took his acting roles seriously. Thank you, Mr. Alexander, for your insightful remembrance of the one and only “Mick.”—Gloria Lasalle The newest way of doing business for seniors: Did you get a phone call you’ve won a free prize just for answering a survey? It’s a phony. The salesman shows up with all the equipment to bring into your home to sell you a new kind of filter. Wow. When you don’t fall for it, he just insultingly waves you off as an old bag. How about that? Make sure it’s not you. Hi! I’m calling about dogs in Scottsdale. We’re having a big problem. We have dogs going in the grocery store. Isn’t that nice? They pee and do doody and have bugs. I saw one of the ladies last week in a store. I won’t say which one because you’re all familiar with it. She put two dogs in a cart and went grocery shopping. I complained to the manager. He said there’s nothing they can do about it. This was not a service dog because there were two of them. Service dogs, they walk. They do not ride in a cart, where you put your groceries and I put my groceries. By the time we get home, we will have bugs and all kind of germs in our food, thanks to someone who’s brilliant out there. If losing builds character, then the Arizona Diamondbacks are choirboys. All of these non-Arizona-born legislators need to go back to where they came from and bury their own state’s history. Go back, you killers of desert beauty. At least I will always have Arizona Highways magazine for 60 years to show my great-grandchildren. What will you have? A voting record that stinks? In nature, animals, vegetables and fish take care of reproducing themselves in limited numbers. It’s only humanity that resorts to war to get rid of the extra people. Only humans are killing themselves with overpopulation everywhere. Besides the overkill, people
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are selfishly stupid. And look what they brought themselves to. A third and probably last world war. I hope they’re happy they’ve been so stupid. Oh goody. Our uncle nonviolent offender who’s been in jail for five years and learned all the prison ways to be a different offender is coming home now to teach the nephews how to stay alive in today’s jungle civilization. Way to go, lady justice. Better late than never. Thanks politicians, thanks. I’m commenting about the owner of the L.A. Clippers being (slammed) for the recorded message. I’m curious to what all is going on. This woman he’s having a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship with may be an embezzler and in order to try and deflect the charge of embezzlement she’s released a recording that purports to show this guy a racist. I find it hard to believe he’s a racist. He’s paying many black people a substantial amount of money to perform in the game, to keep the team running, to keep schedules. I’m just a little flabbergasted, the way this older guy used the term “black people” and not having this woman being associated with Magic Johnson. Pet owners nationwide spent nearly $56 billion on their animals in 2013. Yet, 16 million kids go to bed hungry every night. Only in America. Centuries ago, the axmen and the hangmen were anonymous and protected. The bloodthirsty were entertained in public. Apparent civilization hasn’t changed much since then. How sick are we going to be? I’m so happy to hear that SkySong’s going to add another building, another restaurant or store for the people. It’s going to be so great for the people in the neighborhood to do their shopping. Isn’t that wonderful? We’re going to get another diaper added to the diapers there already? We know what happens once the diaper’s filled. So much for SkySong adding to the community, helping the neighborhood. They haven’t done anything except take up the street. You can’t even go down the
street with all the apartments. So much for SkySong. Let’s give them a big hip, hip hooray. Poor misguided Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church passed away recently. They say you shouldn’t say anything about someone who has died unless you can say something good. He’s dead. Good. Hillary voters, here’s a thought. When she was running against Obama, she said what if you get the call at 3 in the morning? Who do you want answering it, her or Obama? I guess people decided they wanted Obama. What a fine job he’s done. Hillary is starting to run 2016. If you want someone to answer the phone at 3 in the morning, do you want the same person who allowed the Benghazi debacle to occur? Who helped to create a false story about some bizarre video that no one’s ever heard of and try to blame the terrorist attack as a protest that got out of hand? Think about that when it comes to be time to be voting. Do you want to vote with another Democrat who’s got a whole lot of baggage? Or do you want to try something different? Try to look at Libertarians. Déjà vu pictures in Europe: Hitler in Austria, Putin in Ukraine. The world has gone upside down again. Are all the other leaders just as forgetful or truly this stupid as we do today? God help the world. The Veterans Administration no longer warrants the special trust America has reposed in it. It’s time for bold and decisive leadership. Please spare us a blue ribbon panel, which after 24 months, will typically issue a 300- to 400-page report replete with nothing but empty bromides.
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hen we’re basking in the air conditioning this time of year, it makes us wonder a couple things. One, how much further can we lower the thermostat before the electric bill gets totally out of hand? Two, just how did people 100 years ago deal with this heat? It’s no wonder Phoenix has had a boom in population over the last couple decades—water and air conditioning technology have finally got us to a place where the desert is actually inhabitable during the summer. But let’s not forget about the poor souls who risked their lives just to get a taste of the Old West. Well, it wasn’t so old to them back then. They were busy making history and paving the way for us freeloaders to soak all of the cool and comfort of the A/C. To honor Arizona’s pioneers, we have some old-timey history trivia from the Old West to tickle your brain.
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Wyatt Earp was a hunter of what animal?
Based on available records, when did construction begin on eastern Maricopa County “ghost town” Tortilla Flat?
What is the term for the belief that settlers of early America were meant to expand west?
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was popularized when what author wrote an account of the fight in 1931, which was later deemed to be mostly fictional?
In what year was Jerome incorporated?
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The Moistest Carrot Cake Ever : : by Jan D’Atri
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Moist Carrot Cake 1 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 3/4 cups sugar 1 small can (or 1 cup) crushed pineapple, not drained 2 cups shredded carrots (2 large carrots) 1 cup golden raisins, marinated for several hours or overnight in 1/2 cup Grand Marnier or other orange liquor 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1 cup coconut, toasted until golden brown 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt Soak raisins in liquor. Toast coconut in dry skillet on medium high heat until golden brown. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing well.
Pour batter into a 9 inch by 13 inch greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until toothpick comes up clean. When done, place cake on a cutting board and put in freezer to stop the cooking process. Keep in freezer for 30 minutes. When chilled, frost cake.
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Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix until well incorporated. Note: Keep cake refrigerated.
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t’s not that I fancy myself a carrot cake expert by any means. I just know a darn good carrot cake when I taste one and this is the best I’ve ever had. I owe a big thanks to Paradise Valley resident Michael Garrett for sending in this “gotta have” version of one of America’s favorite desserts. What makes this recipe so unique? Well, its incredibly moist texture is a result of a couple of fantastic ideas. First, Michael soaks the golden raisins in Grand Marnier, so you get a flavor burst with each bite. Although you can’t taste it, there is crushed pineapple in this recipe, which adds to the moistness. Finally, Michael’s tip for freezing the cake right out of the oven instantly stops the cooking process. Overcooking, of course, can sometimes cause cake to end up a little dry. (The second time I made the cake I didn’t freeze it. Michael’s right. Freezing it makes it much better. I follow this procedure now for all of my cakes and cupcakes.) Also, the recipe calls for toasting the chopped walnuts and the shredded coconut. The result is a
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FRIENDSHIP ADS DRAWER 9791P WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS CLUB Come join us for lunch the last Wednesday of each month. Black Bear, 6039 W. Bell Rd. at 11:30 am Call 602-843-0404 GREAT WAY TO MEET NEW FRIENDS DRAWER 9792P DIVERSITY SINGLES CLUB (AGE 60 PLUS) Meets Mondays 8:00am at Golden Corral Restaurant, 1868 N. Power Rd in Mesa for breakfast Prospective Members Welcome! DRAWER LL1448 Single Hispanic Christian lady, easy-going with a sense of humor in her mid-60’s, seeks Christian male for friendship first. Race is not important, but honesty is! Loves nature, music, laughter, togetherness & the simple things in life. No vices and No games please.
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Brighten and Heighten Your Interior Design with 5 Simple Tips for Summer A
s warm weather arrives, the changing scenery outdoors is natural inspiration for homeowners to update their interior design. Luxurious textures, bright colors and bold accents help to define today’s most popular summer decor trends, adding emotion and energy to any space. For those redecorating or looking to make a change in their home, the season’s top interior design tips and trends will help you inject magazine-worthy style into your home for an elegant look guaranteed to impress:
Wood Alternatives The organic look of wood is timeless, providing a warm and rustic elegance to rooms. Wooden walls and floors have broad appeal, but homeowners often tire at how quickly dents and scratches appear. In addition, these blemishes require
constant maintenance and upkeep. To avoid this expensive maintenance, many homeowners in are turning to wood porcelain tiles. Choose traditional patterns or get creative with unique inlays for a look that’s one of a kind, durable and easy to maintain. Metal Hardware One of the easiest and most affordable ways to update interior spaces within a home is to replace hardware. Just as accessories pull together an outfit, knobs, backplates handles and hinges help to define a space and give it personality. Oil-rubbed hardware continues to be popular, and gold tones are gaining interest once again. Mixing various metals in different sheens and textures adds a unique element that dresses up a space instantly.
Tile Trends More designers are paying special attention to how textures and patterns effect the emotion of different rooms, and tile is being used to achieve stunning results. The “suede” wall tiles are designed with reliefs that form overlapping patterns emulating pressed cement. The result is flowing patterns of curvilinear lines that add beautiful texture to walls. Another top tile trend is hand-assembled mosaics made from geometrically cut tiles to create spectacular wall and floor coverings. Accent Colors Warm weather often calls for refreshed color palates within home design, but it’s not necessary to do a complete overhaul to inject the season’s hottest hues. Whether you go for vivid tones like radiant orchid,
the Pantone color of the year, or you prefer more subdued gray and blue hues that are currently trending with interior designers, home decor accents make it easy to integrate color for seasonal updates. For example, swapping pillows, throws, paintings and photography takes minimal effort and little investment. Crystal Elements A touch of sparkle is an attractive addition to rooms, particularly in unexpected spaces. Light fixtures like crystal chandeliers are no longer reserved only for dining rooms and entranceways—many now grace bedrooms and powder rooms, adding visual drama. Try mixing crystal accents with organic materials like marble or wood for a striking and chic contrast look.
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Dietary Supplements: Is More Better? Dietary supplements are classified as a special type of food that is taken with the intent of supplementing the diet. They are manufactured to be taken by mouth in forms such as tablets, capsules, liquids, or powders. Dietary supplements contain one or more dietary ingredients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs or other botanicals. While research has shown evidence that certain dietary supplements are beneficial for health, most dietary supplements have little to no scientific evidence of any health benefits.
and quality of dietary supplements. The “seal of approval” from any of these organizations indicates the product has met higher safety standards than products without a seal. Tips For Dietary Supplement Users Research all dietary supplements you might take. Talk to your healthcare provider about all of your medications
Should I Take A Dietary Supplement? Dietary supplements may provide the nutrients that might be missing from your daily diet; they are not intended to cure, prevent, or treat diseases. However, most people who eat a variety of healthy foods do not need dietary supplements. Also, dietary supplements affect each person differently and so while one type of supplement may be beneficial for some, it may not be helpful and even harmful to others. For example, iron supplements could be beneficial for those who are fatigued due to iron deficiency. On the other hand, they can also increase the risk of liver disease in people with hemochromatosis, a hereditary disease in which too much iron accumulates in the body. Furthermore, dietary supplements can interact with other medications. For example, St. John’s Wort can decrease the effectiveness of alprazolam, a medication used to treat anxiety. Safety Unlike medications, dietary supplements are more loosely regulated. In fact, they are not required to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety or effectiveness before they are sold in the stores. It is not until after the products are marketed that the FDA evaluates their safety through reports from consumers, healthcare providers, and the manufacturer. Also, proof of effectiveness of dietary supplements is not required for them to be marketed. Furthermore, the contents of dietary supplements are not regularly verified by the government. A few private groups such as the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), NSF International, ConsumerLab.com, and the Natural Products Association (NPA), offer additional voluntary verification services to ensure the safety
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and medical conditions so an appropriate health plan can be developed for you. Finally, when choosing a product look for a “seal of approval” from one of the reputable organizations listed above that verifies the contents of supplements. For more information about dietary supplements or possible drug interactions between supplements and your medications, talk to your Walgreens pharmacist today!
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T HE F INISH L INE Arizona’s Leader in Senior Fitness Coach Morrison Retires Long-time volunteer coach Hugh Morrison is retiring from Arizona Senior Olympics track and field team after 27 years of dedication to the program. Morrison has seen ASO through the many changes that have taken place and has been a part of the growth in service to thousands of athletes. Track and field meet management is not as easy as it appears. Seventeen events must be managed for 10 age groups, and volunteers must be recruited and trained for nine field events and eight track races. Volunteers are needed to manage, measure and time. Then there are the logistical necessities such as equipment, facilities and safety. There are thousands of details to ensure that the event will meet USATF standards. Morrison has overseen all of this with a calm, quiet spirit and the expertise of a true professional. He has worked with great athletes whose expectations were
high and not-so-great athletes who barely knew their way around the track. He has worked with gentlemen and unpleasant folks, but he has never lost his grace or temper. To the volunteers he has been grateful, to the athletes he has been helpful and understanding, and to the ASO staff he has been a dear friend. Morrison spent his career as a high school coach in football and track. At one school he became known as “the hugger” because of his fondness for the young people and because he was always ready with a word of advice and guidance. The track and field athletes often heard “Say that you can or say that you can’t and you’ll be right.” He was a true encourager for the elite and the struggling athlete. After he retired from coaching high
school, Morrison continued to serve in the area of track and field and is widely known throughout Arizona. He is in demand as a certified USATF official, always rendering fair and objective decisions. Athletes who arrive at the ASO track and field meet seek out the 90-year-old Morrison, whose physical limitations have kept him from running around the field as he did in his early years. He has been an effective and valuable leader. “We’ve been dreading this day, not just because Hugh is such a great member of our team, but because he is a good friend and an example to everyone who knows him,” says Irene Stillwell, ASO executive director. “He can’t be replaced, but as we look for a new track and field commissioner, we will try to find someone with the same great qualities.”
The Finish Line Newsletter is produced by Arizona Senior Olympics, founded by:
T-Shirt Design Contest Here is an opportunity to have the 2015 Arizona Senior Olympics athlete T-shirt designed by you. Keep in mind that these shirts will be purchased by senior athletes to wear throughout the year. The deadline is Aug. 1, so get your pens, pencils or brushes out and start designing.
in partnership with the cities of Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe and the communities of Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand
Rules: 1. Design must include the words: Arizona Senior Olympics 2. No dates. 3. Can be full color or less. 4. Design for front of shirt only. 5. Can be on white or a colored shirt. 6. No obscenities or double entendres. 7. Design must be suitable for screen printing. 8. Design will be digitized for production.by screen print artist. 9. Judges’ decisions are final. 10. Designs cannot be returned.
Arizona Senior Olympics P.O. Box 33278 Phoenix, AZ 85067-3278
Winner will be notified by Aug. 10. The prize is free registration in the 2015 ASO Games and a free T-shirt of your design. Send entries to: Arizona Senior Olympics, P.O. Box 33278, Phoenix, AZ, 85067-3278. www.lovinlifeafter50.com
web site: www.seniorgames.org
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ASO Says Goodbye to Paul Hall Volunteers Needed By Irene Stillwell, Executive Director
The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote several years ago for an appeal letter. My inspiration was Paul Hall: “He’s old; 94 in fact, and yet he continues to run. He runs because he knows that stopping could be permanent. He runs because it makes him feel better. He runs because the camaraderie of the track feeds his soul and strengthens his selfesteem. He runs because life is worth celebrating, especially at 94. Arizona Senior Olympics exists so that runners and swimmers and ball players can continue to be active; so that they will have a reason to put aside the aches and pains that accompany aging and get out there and do something that’s good for the
body, the mind and the soul.” Hall died a few weeks ago at the age of 98. The last time he ran in the Senior Olympics track meet he was 97. Many people did not know that Hall was an ordained minister and served his entire adult life in the ministry. When he finally retired, he continued to serve the church and groups such as Habitat for Humanity, where he got to know former President Jimmy Carter. He was a man of principle and passion. We are blessed that one of his passions was Arizona Senior Olympics. At his services on Saturday, May 10, his family proudly displayed his medals. The words of St. Paul seem to fit his passing so well. He has “finished the course,” he has “run the race.” We’ll miss him.
Breathing Made Easy Did you know that 12.7 million people in the United States have COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Many people get out of breath and think that it’s probably because they’re out of shape and need to exercise more. Of course that can be true, but it’s also possible that they have COPD, which can be caused by allergies, smoking, family genetics or exposure to air pollutants. Simply put, COPD is a diminished ability to breathe efficiently due to damage to the lungs. Although there is no cure for COPD, the symptoms can be managed so that you can breathe easier. Here are some tips to help: • Stop smoking. • Purify your indoor air. Keep doors and windows closed during high pollution (www.airnow.gov), keep your house clean. • Avoid breathing in toxic chemicals. • Get a flu shot to prevent further damage. • Wash your hands often.
• Get a pneumonia shot. • Take prescribed meds. Your lungs are a beautiful and necessary gift. Take care of them and breathe easy.
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Arizona Senior Olympics is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer. Although many people volunteer during the games, they are also needed throughout the year. These are the volunteer positions we need to fill now: Planning committee members. Attend a monthly meeting, help to plan the 2014 Games, give support to one or two sports. Ambassadors for promotion:
Health Notes Above-Normal Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia According to HealthBeat Newsletter, there’s another reason to keep your blood sugar under control: preventing dementia, the loss of memory and thinking skills that afflicts many seniors. A report in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that above-normal blood sugar is associated with an increased risk of developing dementia. Beating Diabetes A 15-minute walk after meals can help reduce the risk for diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels for hours, says a new study in Diabetes Care.
Take fliers or brochures to various businesses and sports clubs or events. Speakers bureau: Give speeches to groups regarding the benefits of exercise, sports and Arizona Senior Olympics. Sports mentors: Help people take up a sport. For more information please call the ASO office and speak to Irene Stillwell at (602) 274-7742. Thank you!
New ASO Office Hours
Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Mondays and Fridays are reserved for meetings and appointments).
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.
Experience in the sport Friendliness Able to share your knowledge Willingness to be a resource
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN ASO VOLUNTEER MENTOR CALL
(602) 274-7742 BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 4 P.M. TUES. THROUGH THURS.
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:
Mail to: Arizona Lifelong Fitness Association P.O. Box 33278 Phoenix, AZ 85067-3278
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