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don’t want us to know how much the price goes up, almost every year. We, the public, can’t help it that technology has sunk the popularity of the firstclass letter. I am thinking that the postmaster general will try to sell us a zillion Forever stamps and then “run” to Congress and tell them they need a “bailout” because now they really need help from Washington. Then if the postal service goes “belly up,” then we will have a bunch of worthless Forever stamps, and they will be as worthless as our folding American money may become! I am Ken Unwin...a former (27 years) postal employee. Have a beautiful day!

Drew (Alexander) bemoans the lack of leadership of the U.S. political class, however, our president has been able to lead this country out of the worst financial crisis since the Depression with little cooperation from House Republicans. He achieved the near impossible by making affordable health care available to millions of uninsured Americans, again without Republican cooperation. He also brought swift justice to Bin Laden, something G.W. Bush gave up on. Not a bad leadership record, considering he’s forced to work with a do-nothing Republican majority in the House. No, Drew, lack of leadership is a Republican characteristic.—J. Wilson, Tucson

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I just bought 20 Star-Spangled Banner Forever stamps at my local gas station (postal contract office) and they cost me $9.80. When the Forever stamp first came out, we could buy 20 for $8.20! The reason the post office doesn’t put a per-price amount on each stamp is because they

Remember when all the census and work applicants had to mark “M” or “F” and listed white or other? Then began the division of the “other,” to account for Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Aleutian Native Islanders, etc., and born different humans. At least they

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eginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Barack Hussein Obama is the 13th president of the United States so far in my lifetime. Of these chief executives, I have never seen one more detached from the nation and its people than Obama. He loves the perks, prestige and power of the presidency but has no taste for the daily challenges of governance and tough decision-making. Obama is missing in dutiful action on so many fronts, it’s hard to determine where to begin looking for him. In his promised government transparency, for one, he has remained appallingly nontransparent regarding the facts behind the Fast and Furious gun running debacle, and the Benghazi and Internal Revenue Service coverups. His response to these and other

mounting scandals is to assume the stance of the outraged bystander, mouthing such twaddle as “this is unacceptable,” instead of actually exhibiting some forthright and consequential leadership. Despite all the sophisticated communications tools and intelligence gathering entities at the president’s disposal, not to mention an ostensibly informed White House staff, Obama is always caught by surprise when something problematic happens, actually telling us with a straight face that he learned about it through the news media. For instance, Obama was surprised that the IRS was furtively targeting conservative groups and dismissively told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” at

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all walked upright and acted human. How do you like this new cyberworld politically correct created world? How are you doing dad? How are you doing mom? Lots of luck from now on. In Saturday’s Arizona Daily Star under “world issues” was a short article about a woman in Saudi Arabia who received 150 lashes for driving a car and resisting arrest. Those of you who saw the movie “12 Years a Slave” witnessed the brutal whipping of a young black girl for a minor offense. If you did, you were horrified and appalled that such

inhumanity existed back then. This news article reaffirms that atrocities are still occurring in the Muslim world today. Our leaders choose to ignore these happenings as our thirst for their oil resources continues unabated. We spend billions annually maintaining our fleets in the area to assure the free flow of oil without compensation. Only an aroused citizenry can bring this to the table to be ended. There are many options that can be used to get their attention. I particularly ask American women to speak out and demand these ancient barbaric practices be stopped. ...continues on page 8

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the IRS. The president was clueless how his badly conceived Affordable Care Act—which the majority of Americans dislike—was further compromised by the inept rollout by the Health and Human Services Department. Then there was that bloody night in Benghazi and a phantom president who, to this day, has not revealed his whereabouts at the time and why no military action was initiated in response to Ambassador Chris Stevens’ pleas for aid. As a presidential candidate, Obama promised that the care of our veterans would be among his highest priorities. As commander in chief, Obama has failed to keep that pledge. Evidence exists that the Obama administration knew in 2010, and possibly sooner, that the Department of Veterans Affairs was keeping secret lists of veterans waiting for medical treatment; some have died waiting. Yet, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president learned about it from news reports. If we had this so ill-informed president back in the 1930s and ‘40s

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instead of FDR, he would be saying, “The Great what?” and “Adolf who?” The American economy was declining before Obama took office in 2009, and has continued to seriously tank since. Under his watch, the president’s destructive policies, such as not approving the Keystone pipeline, his war on oil and coal, and a weak response to one world crisis after another are all indicative of a man long on political ideology and short on the right stuff to be president. I’ve heard some people use the Titanic as a metaphor for present-day America and Barack Obama as its captain. I disagree. Obama is not the captain of the Titanic. He’s the iceberg. Drew Alexander, also known as “The Curmudgeon,” is a monthly columnist writing about political issues. Send comments to or to Drew Alexander, in care of Lovin’ Life After 50, 3200 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

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was sitting in a restaurant the other day, when a young woman suddenly bounded through the doorway to join her friends at their table. This is what she said: WOMAN: Oh, my God—it’s so hot! Can you believe this? This heat is just wearing me out! (Drops her purse dramatically and sits.) It’s too early to be this hot! So spring is over, now? It’s going to be like this from here on out? I don’t know how I can take this! And this is what they heard: WOMAN: Oh, my God—I’m so boring! Can you believe this? My whining will just wear you out! (Drops her purse dramatically and sits.) It’s too early to be this boring! So spring is over, now? I’m going to be like this from here on out? I don’t know how you can take this! It’s July as you read this. So you don’t need me to tell you about the weather. If you’re a native Arizonan, you have come to accept the fact that life is a journey, and June through early October is the uphill part of that journey. This time of year, the high desert is populated by three kinds of people: 1. Those who have accepted the high temperatures. 2. Those who have no other place to go. 3. Those who have succumbed to heat stroke and are being eaten by javelinas. So if the temperature comes as a surprise to you, then you need someone to hand you a juice box and read you a story. This column is for that dramatic young woman in the restaurant, and for Arizona newcomers and for all the triple-digit poets who will regale us with details of their discomfort in the months to come: We know. We also live here. And we, too, have nerve endings and sweat glands! We have heard every possible lament about heat, sweating, sunburn, car temperatures, metal surfaces and dehydration. But in all of our collective Arizona summers, none of us have ever heard this: MAN: Wow! Your whining has turned the air frosty! Please continue your rant! We cannot change the temperature. So we try, with the fortitude of our pioneer

forebears, to soldier on in spite of it. And occasionally during the summer, we achieve that blissful state where our attention rests on something beyond the fact that we all live in an oven. Then you come in, with your stunning declaration that “it is hot.” Thanks! Do you know who the first person eaten in the Donner Party was? This guy: GUY: Wow, I’m starving! Can you believe how starving we all are? Hey, how long has it been since we’ve eaten? I don’t know what we’re going to do! Gosh, I’m so hungry! I’m willing to bet he tasted like chicken. The best approach to this time of high heat is the one Roger Craig took when he became the manager of the San Francisco Giants. At the time, the Giants played in Candlestick Park—a horrible venue that combined cold weather and high humidity with vicious, random crosswinds that could carry a fly ball anywhere. Craig’s first rule: You can’t complain about the home field. Stripped of their primary villain and leading complaint, Craig’s players began to accept the reality of Candlestick and play better because they had to focus on other things. So, rule No. 1 about the heat? Handle it the way Fight Club members handle Fight Club, or Puritans handle sexual tension—Don’t talk about it! Rule No. 2? Don’t try to solve it. The second stage of newcomerism is looking to find a way to minimize, avoid or defuse the heat. When I worked at the newspaper, we all dreaded the annual “Ways to Beat the Heat in Arizona” assignment. Because it always boiled down to this list: 1. Swim 2. Move 3. Die early I write this not to depress you. (If it does, you should try swimming.) I write this because acceptance of the heat is how we separate the natives from the greenhorns out here. Heat acceptance is the secret Masonic handshake of the Arizonan. “Ditat Deus,” Arizona’s state motto, is Latin for “Under God.” But it’s

also an ancient Aztec phrase, meaning, “What’re gonna do?” That’s why, when Arizonans encounter a newcomer, the conversation always runs this way: FIRST ARIZONAN: How long have you been out here? NEWCOMER: We came out in February! SECOND ARIZONAN: So, you haven’t had your first summer yet? NEWCOMER: Not yet! (Knowing glance between ARIZONANS.) See, native Arizonans take a kind of perverse joy in the utter horror newcomers display when they first encounter the heat. It’s like having a practical joke played on you, then getting to see the same joke played on others. If you’re a newcomer, please know that your wide-eyed, outraged stories of scorched skin and damp clothing, your desperate efforts to acquire cooling tips and wisdom and your unanswered questions about “how long can this go on?” are the closest that most of us will ever come to dinner theater. Acceptance is your only hope. Searching for reasons or relief is a draining, useless exercise that distracts the rest of us from lying prone and

waiting for football season. Once you accept the comic book temperatures, you become aware of subtle graces that can be found under God’s own heat lamp: Lower hygiene standards: Do you really think anyone will notice that whiff of Chanel you’re wearing, when we all smell like dead muskrats in a hot metal box? Stop trying so hard! As long as your personal aroma doesn’t chip the surrounding paint, it’s all good. Justified lethargy: The heat is a wonderful catch-all excuse for underperforming in any arena of life. “I’m sorry I (was late for work/forgot our anniversary/robbed a liquor store and pistol-whipped the clerk/ whatever)’s just...this heat!” And people will understand. Enjoying the misery of others: Anyone who said joy cannot be found in another’s misfortune has never watched a Wisconsin native try to sit on a vinyl car seat in an Arizona August. It is their brutal rite of passage—and an unofficial dance of our native land. Enjoy! Michael Grady is a Valley-based freelance writer, reporter and playwright.

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Oh put it this way, if you can’t stand politics or understand diplomacy bring your thoughts back to your basic daily life. You have a neighbor, a co-worker or relative you just can’t stand but you have to live with them anyway. That’s diplomacy. That’s applying it everywhere around the world, rather than have a family fight. Even Putin and the Taliban got the message, but they will still be the people to watch, the sneaky uninvited relative at the next wedding party. Can you figure it out now? They’re working for the betterment of everybody that you have to live with whether you like them or not. Well calm down. If our POWs get to go home, so should the enemies. If they go home to fight again, what did you expect? Ours go on TV and make news for the Congress. Common sense died in 9/11. Religions have been fighting for 5,000 years and al-Qaeda is the new modern way. Common sense can also control when people vote and the fight will go on forever. We have to get along with the good, the bad and indifferent. ...continues on page 34






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ou have to listen real hard to hear anything at all: The sound of tippy toes on wood stairs, the soft tap of a paw on the bedroom door, the digging around in her bed to find a perfect spot for the night, the sound of shuffling cards as she shakes off excess water, and the gentle click from the flap on her dog door. We bought our Bedlington last Memorial Day. We were spending the weekend on my boyfriend’s sailboat in Harbor Island when we scheduled a meeting with a breeder. We talked for months about getting a dog. We’d search the Internet to look at dogs late at night. We called it Internet dog-dating but, just like any kind of Internet dating, we are reduced to making judgments based on physical appearances. As anyone who’s hoping for a lifetime of companionship knows, looks are the least of it. We met her for the first time outside of a Subway restaurant, when a woman standing in a shaded area appeared holding a 9-week-old dog in the palm of her hand. It’s difficult not to fall in love with a puppy that fits perfectly in your arms and whose hair is softer than a favorite stuffed animal. But I didn’t let myself get taken with the “Ah, she’s so cute” routine. I told myself, “It’s just another puppy and along with raising a dog comes extra work.” The holiday weekend fell five days after I found a lump on my right breast. Not sure if I should use “on” or “in” because both words define the characteristics of this lump. I hadn’t told my boyfriend about my discovery, partly out of fear that it might somehow change our direction, and because there was so much about this lump that I didn’t know yet. My hesitation included our relationship as a couple. We had been living together for five months and I seemed to be stuck in the “dating” mode, not wanting to give up the newness of our romance for daily routines. There is something to be said for the beginning of a relationship—it’s fresh, sexy, romantic and exciting. We returned to the boat to think things over. My boyfriend seemed excited to

bring her home. He kept asking me if I wanted her. I’d reply, “She’s cute and so sweet.” I left out the rest of my thoughts: “Not at this time.” I couldn’t say what I felt to him because I knew he had already fallen for her. I held Gracie in my lap for the entire ride home to Phoenix. We named her “Say Goodnight Gracie” the day we picked her up. When we arrived home, I didn’t let myself get attached. He was the one who set his alarm to go off at 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. to feed her and take her for walks. He taught her to use the dog door and trained her to sit and stay. I kept our relationship at a distance. I lived with Gracie and my lump for the same amount of time before having surgery. After an ultrasound in June, the radiologist told me that it was “probably benign.” That seemed to appease me for a while, but I still needed more scientific proof to ease my mind. During the weeks leading up to surgery, Gracie greeted me each day after work. She was my daily yoga, my meditation and my personal therapy dog. She seemed to know when I needed her to comfort me—the way she rested her long face against my neck. Gracie and my boyfriend stuck by me through the initial surgery, which diagnosed the cancer, and the lymph node biopsy that followed. She allowed me to snatch her up in my arms and tickle her underside after each of my brachytherapy sessions. The bonding between us happened despite my efforts to stay unattached. Even when she ate my favorite pair of slippers, had an accident on the carpet, bit my best friend (very lightly without consequence), I took her side. Sometimes love does not have the most honorable beginnings, and the endings, the endings will break you in half. It’s everything in between we live for. OK, say goodnight Gracie. Terry J. Ratner, RN, MFA is a health educator at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Visit her website at www.terryratner. com. Send comments to

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News Briefs- July 2014 Sun Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club Welcomes Newbies The members of Sun Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club are inviting Chandler-area residents to try out their club by attending Thursday morning games in the Fellowship Hall of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23914 S. Alma School Rd. These games, which include a short lesson with a hand-out, are appropriate for those who have played some social (rubber) bridge and who might wish to improve their skill level for either social or duplicate bridge. The weekly lesson, conducted by director Deborah Watson, begins at 8:15 a.m. Play starts about 8:40 a.m. and is over by 11:30 a.m. Individuals may, but need not, arrive with a partner. The cost is $7 per game for guests and $6 for members. Sun Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club is a nonprofit, memberowned club that holds games four days each week year-round, all on a walk-in basis. It has close to 380 members of all skill levels. The regular games are at 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. Saturdays. Annual dues are $10. For more information about the Thursday novice game, call Deborah Watson at (480) 227-5221. For help in finding partners of appropriate skill levels, send an email to bridgepards@ For more information about the club, call Jim Utter at (480) 802-8300 or Lindsay Cantoni at (480) 883-8294. Silverado Welcomes Residents to New Community Peoria’s Silverado Memory Care Community celebrated its grand opening on June 5 with a ribboncutting moment that included Peoria Vice Mayor Ron Ames and the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, as well as the community’s first residents and their families. The Silverado team includes 24-hour licensed nurses and a medical director. The new community features progressive design elements that cater

specifically to memory-impaired residents: • Numerous innovations help loved ones regain confidence, such as memory boxes; each resident is given a memory box that families fill with keepsakes to showcase the identity of their loved one and to help them independently find their room. • Residents experience freedom and feel success again with access to expansive and secure outside spaces, engaging music programs, cooking clubs, gardening, art and more. • The 4-acre property’s outside space includes gardens, a gazebo, a putting green, a playground for visiting children and walking paths. • The community caters to people at any stage of a memoryimpairing disease through different “neighborhoods” that address residents’ specific needs, abilities and interests. Silverado Peoria, located at 13391 N. 94th Dr., will serve about 90 people with memory impairments. Learn more at Peoria or call (866) 522-8125. Springfield Community Seeks Arts and Crafts Vendors The Springfield Arts and Crafts Fair is offering vendor tables for its event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the SanTan Ballroom, card room, lobby and patio, 6495 S. St. Andrew’s Blvd., Chandler. Tables, reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, are $15. For more information, call (480) 883-3312. Arizona Ranks 23rd for Senior Health Arizona ranked 23rd for senior health this year, according to the second edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. Nationwide, seniors are showing encouraging gains in key health measures and taking more steps to improving their health. Notable gains for senior health include declines in

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Dual Celebrations

Sun City West couples Jack and Charlene Hawn, and Jewett and Evelyn Conradson have celebrated their wedding anniversaries together for 35 consecutive years. The foursome, who grew up in Southern California, met more than 70 years ago. Except for Hawn’s four years of Army service, the couples have not lived more than a few miles from each other. Jack Hawn retired from the Los Angeles Times in 1991 after a 43-year career covering sports and entertainment. He released the book “Blind Journey: A Journalist’s Memoirs” in 2010.

physical inactivity, improvements in quality of nursing home care, reductions in avoidable hospitalizations, and increased preparation for end-oflife care. Arizona’s Overall Health The America’s Health Rankings Senior Report finds that Arizona has its share of strengths and challenges. Arizona’s Strengths • Low prevalence of obesity • High use of hospice care • Low percentage of hospital deaths Arizona’s Challenges • High prevalence of underweight seniors • Low percentage of volunteerism • Low flu vaccination coverage To see the rankings in full, visit: www. Maravilla Scottsdale Teams with GCU Nursing Program Maravilla Scottsdale, a luxury retirement community in North Scottsdale, is pairing with Grand Canyon University (GCU) on a program that will allow students from the GCU Bachelor’s Degree Nursing Program to perform a semester of clinical rotations prior to graduation. The partnership will allow students to gain hands-on, real-world experience in their chosen field. It also will provide Maravilla Scottsdale residents an

opportunity to receive weekly oneon-one medical attention, including head-to-toe assessments, nutritional counseling, health screenings, and health and wellness tips, among other services. A group of up to 10 students, supervised by a clinical faculty member, will be available for assistance with the identified activities. The students will be assigned approximately eight, eighthour clinical days, which will occur every Monday. Maravilla Scottsdale’s continuum of care community includes a mix of casita and courtyard residences offering independent living, assisted living and memory care (Alzheimer’s/ dementia) residences. For more information, contact Maravilla Scottsdale at (480) 538-5600 or visit Furst Named Executive Director Life Care Center of Scottsdale, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, is welcoming a new executive director, Victoria Furst. She recently served as an administrator in training at the facility. Before coming to the Scottsdale facility, Furst was director of sales and marketing for Life Care’s 18 buildings in Arizona. In that role, she oversaw the implementation of a hospital liaison program at each facility. In September, she won one of two President’s Awards for Life Care’s Southwest Division. ...continues on page 27

Ask the Old Bag Advice for the Over-50 Crowd


: : by Gayle M. Lagman-Creswick

ear Old Bag: This year I discovered that many colleges, junior colleges and universities offer noncredit classes in a huge variety of subjects for seniors at very low, affordable prices. I have taken three classes on subjects that I knew very little about. Also I made some new friends! Please tell your readers about this wonderful opportunity! Signed, You can teach an old dog...


ear New Learner: (I am not going to call you an “old dog.”) Thank you for the info. It is especially timely with the information that has come to the forefront about how new learning can be a deterrent to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It can help to keep your brain from shrinking! Readers, if you are not already taking these classes, call your local learning institutions to see if they have a program you might like, and sign up! Signed, O.B.


ear Old Bag: Why is it some who come to vacation with us are so great to have, while others are dreaded? And the ones you enjoy seem to spend such a short time, and the ones you dread want to stay on and on? Because we are older, and my wife is not healthy, we pretty much stay close to home. Most company we enjoy, but what can we do about those we don’t? Signed, Tired


ear Tired: What a conundrum! If I were you, I would ask your wife if you may use her poor health as an excuse when the undesirables ask you if they may visit. “My wife is just not up to a visit at this time.” It sounds as if people love to visit you—probably because you see to it that they have a good time? The other thing you might try is to bore them so they won’t want to come back! Good luck. Signed, O.B.


ear Old Bag: When I first began reading your column years ago, I didn’t like the name of it. However, after I learned how you got the name

for it, I chuckle every time I see it. My husband and I look forward to reading it and are not offended. Keep it up! Signed, Loyal Readers


ear Loyal Readers: I am receiving emails from both sides of the aisle on this matter. I will publish some of both next month and make a decision whether to change the name or not. Send in your opinions! Thank you, O.B.


ear Old Bag: I have just learned that my dear wife has dementia. I knew something was drastically wrong, but was still not prepared for this. Honestly, I don’t think I can handle it. She was always the strong one, the active one, the one everyone depended on. This is more than I can handle. I think our whole family is in a state of shock. What now? We are in our 60s. Signed, Hopeless


ear Hopeless: First of all, as long as there is life, there is hope. And at this time there is nothing you can do to alter the diagnosis, but you can and must change your attitude about it. You need help—help from family, help from a professional, help from a support group and help from God. Please begin with professional help. You will find that you have hidden strength that you didn’t even know you had. Learn as much as you can about the disease. My heart goes out to you. Blessings to you and your family. One little tip: As her disease progresses you must find healthy ways to take care of yourself—which includes regular time away from your wife and her illness to avoid burn out. Signed, O.B.


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July 1 Tuesday Add Strength to Your Routine, 2 p.m. to 3 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. This informational class will present the benefits of adding strengthening exercises to your routine. MS Disease Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesdays in July, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free but reservations required, (480) 389-5431,

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July 2 Wednesday Healthy Cooking Demo, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., free, (480) 325-4707,

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Canasta, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesdays in July, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., free, (480) 325-4707,

Yoga, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., repeats July 16, Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5, registration required, (623) 455-5633, Skin Cancer Awareness, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, 1-800-982.ARTS (2787) Groups 15+: 480.965.6678 *plus applicable service fees

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Nutritional Strategies for COPD, 10 a.m. to 11 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. Yoga for Every Body, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in July, SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420.

Chair Yoga, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., repeats July 16 and July 30, Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5, registration required, (623) 455-5633,

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Fibromyalgia Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesdays in July, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free but reservations required, (480) 389-5431, July 3 Thursday Society for the Arts, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ZuZu Lounge at Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, charge for food plus $2 hospitality fee, (480) 421-7997, www. Join the fun with other active singles 50 and older while supporting the arts in Arizona.

July 4 Friday Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Lovin’ Life After 50! July 5 Saturday Master Gardener Q&A Session, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, free, (602) 652-3000. Master Gardener volunteers will be available to answer desert gardening questions, including, but not limited to, plant selection, irrigation, fertilization, pruning techniques, pest management and problem diagnosis. July 6 Sunday Hollywood Costume Exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, $10 to $20, (602) 257-1880, Visit the exhibition before it ends its run today. July 7 Monday Facebook 101, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free but reservations required, (480) 325-4707, Yoga, Relaxation and Meditation, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., repeats July 21, Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5, registration required, (623) 455-5633,

Introduction to the Mediterranean Diet, 2 p.m. to 3 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. Craft Day, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., repeats Monday, July 21, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, www. Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mondays in July, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free but reservations required, (480) 389-5431,

July 10 Thursday Movie and Popcorn with “Non-Stop,” 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, Brain Fitness: Growth Throughout Life, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Grandview Terrace, Santa Fe Dining Room, 14515 Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth. org.

July 11 Friday

Diabetic Carb-Counting Workshop Part 2, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707,

Euchre (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Mahjongg (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and Canasta (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), Fridays in July, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, www.

Healthy Living: Chronic Disease SelfManagement Program: Eight-Week Series, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, inquire about costs, registration required, (623) 832-WELL. July 9 Wednesday East Valley Michigan Club, 2 p.m., repeats 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa, charge for meals, (480) 986-7085, (480) 6109864 or The club meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday for lunch, and at 9 a.m. the fourth Wednesday for breakfast. Sleep Series Seminar—Sleep Myths, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, Patients are from Mars, Doctors are from Venus, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but reservations required, (623) 455-5633, Meditation: It’s More Than You Think, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, (623) 455-5633, Staying Physically Fit with COPD, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, (623) 4555633,

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Diabetes Self-Management Education: Eight-Week Series, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, possible out-of-pocket charges, but physician referral and registration required, (623) 832-WELL.

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... from page 13 Low Sodium Nutrition Made Easy, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Join the fun with other active singles Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community 50 and older while supporting the arts in Arizona. Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, Movie and Popcorn with “3 Days to Kill,” 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325Doc Talk: Alzheimer’s, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 4707, E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, www. AARP Fraud Watch, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., PORA Headquarters, 13815 Camino Del Sol, Sun City West, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www. Caps for the Cure Knitting/Crochet Group, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., repeats July 28, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, July 18 Friday Ice Cream Social—Birthday Celebration, 12:30 July 15 Tuesday Around the World in 60 Minutes—Brazil, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 3254707, Acupuncture: What’s the Point, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 4555633,

p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, Introduction to the Mediterranean Diet, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., La Loma Care Center, Community Education Room, 14260 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.

Hospital@Home, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Grandview Terrace, Santa Fe Dining Room, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633,

Navigating the Dementia Journey: Legal and Financial Preparation Tips for Families Dealing with Dementia, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., El Dorado of Sun City, Second Floor Presentation Room, 10330 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633,

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July 19 Saturday

National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association (NARFE), 11 a.m., Brother’s Family Restaurant, 8466 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, charge for meal, (623) 935-4681, Wear red, white and blue and join the group to share information about government careers. All current and retired federal employees and spouses are invited.

Final Exit Network Arizona Affiliate Open Forums, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Unity Spiritual Center, 10101 W. Coggins Dr., Sun City, free, (520) 235-5646, JLAvet@, John Abraham, M.Div., F.T., will speak about “The Next Civil Right: The Right to Die.”

Sleep Series Seminar—Daytime Sleepiness, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, Advancements in Management of Diabetes, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, The “Heart” of Exercise, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, July 17 Thursday Society for the Arts, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., La Prima Donna, 7704 Doubletree Rd., Scottsdale, charge for food plus $2 hospitality fee, (480) 659-4139, www.

July 20 Sunday Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m., Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, $15 to $165, (800) 745-3000, July 21 Monday Diabetes Part 2: Eating Right with Diabetes, 11:15 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, Keeping Your Bones Strong, 2 p.m. to 3 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. July 22 Tuesday Lavender Crafting Workshop, 1 p.m., Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, free, (602) 652-3000. In this workshop, students will be making lavender wands. The instructor, Patti Byhoff, has been teaching lavender crafting for the past 16 years at festivals in New Mexico. July 23 Wednesday Stay Safe in Your Own Skin, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Grandview Terrace, Santa Fe Dining Room, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633. Workout Wednesday: Circuit Training, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5, registration required, (623) 455-5633, www. sunhealthorg. The Food and Mood Connection, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, Diabetes Connection Support Group, 3 p.m. to 4 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. July 24 Thursday Summer Sizzler Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., repeats 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave., Peoria, free admission, (623) 773-8650, Hot deals on paperbacks, hardbacks, CDs, DVDs, cookbooks, children’s books, holiday books, arts and crafts books and more. All sales benefit the Peoria Public Library system. Movie and Popcorn with “Ride Along,” 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., repeats Thursday, July 31, Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, July 25 Friday “Rosie on the House” presents Home Improvement Tips, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Mesa

Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, www. July 26 Saturday Karaoke Night, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa, $2 donation includes soda or popcorn ticket, (480) 832-9003.

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July 27 Sunday Chocolate, Chili and Cochineal, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, $13.50 seniors, (602) 252-8840. Explore chocolate, chili and cochineal dye, which will be celebrated through both art and special programs during this exhibit (including a giant cacao tree in the gallery).

Come and enjoy a 90 minute narrated public Cruise. Relax and see exotic wildlife, towering canyon walls and dramatic vistas. Experience the magnificence of both desert beauty and natural wildlife on one of the valley’s hidden treasures, spectacular Saguaro Lake. Located within the Tonto National Forest, just 20 minutes from Mesa, Arizona.

July 28 Monday Financial Health: Edward Jones, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mesa Humana Guidance Center, Falcon View Plaza, 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 325-4707, Yoga for a Healthy Back, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Well-being, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5, registration required, (623) 455-5633, July 29 Tuesday Skin Cancer Essentials: What You Need to Know, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth. org.

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Boston Finds ‘Life, Love and Hope’ in New Music ::by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

oston guitarist/vocalist Gary Pihl doesn’t remember much from his days of living in Phoenix as a sixth grader, but as he’s aged, he’s been able to further explore the Grand Canyon State. When he’s not touring with Boston—who performs Wednesday, July 23, at the AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, and Friday, July 25, at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix—he indulges in photography. “One of my hobbies is photography,” Pihl says during a recent phone interview. “I love it up there in the northeast corner— Monument Valley, Painted Desert and Canyon de Chelly. “It’s just spectacular country that makes for some spectacular photos. If you’re driving around and you have a rental car, there will be stations in Navajo. I always thought that was interesting, too. It gives you a flavor of the area.” Touring with Boston allows Pihl to explore plenty of the United States. These days, the classic rock band is gigging behind its 2013 album “Life, Love and Hope.” More than a decade in the making, “Life, Love and Hope” features 11 tracks embodying the classic Boston sound, as well as the latest in the evolution of singer-multiinstrumentalist Tom Scholz’s musical artistry. On the road, Scholz and Pihl are joined by Tommy DeCarlo (lead vocals, percussion, keyboards), David Victor (guitar, vocals), Kimberley Dahme (guitar, flute, vocals), Tracy Ferrie (bass guitar, vocals), Jeff Neal (drums, percussion, vocals) and Curly Smith (drums, percussion/vocals). One to eschew modern technology, Scholz recorded “Life, Love and Hope” on analog tape, giving the album a warmer feeling. Pihl says the band admires that fans love to

sing along with hits like “More Than a Feeling” and “Amanda,” even though it has released new tunes. “There’s no better feeling in the world when we’re playing one of the old songs and people are smiling, singing along, waving cellphones—instead of lighters—back and forth,” he says. “There are artists out there who say, ‘Oh my gosh. If I have to play that song one more time, I’ll Boston guitarist/vocalist Gary Pihl is a one-time Phoenix resident. The band returns to the state to shoot myself.’ That’s play shows in Tucson on July 23 and Phoenix on July not the case with us. 25. We’re all just loving performing with December People, a doing it. I appreciate the fact that people still want to hear charity act that, naturally, only plays around the winter holidays. it. How lucky can we be?” “It’s traditional songs but in the style One of his favorite songs to perform is “Walk On,” a tune that he calls of our favorite classic rock bands,” he says with a laugh. “We’ll do ‘Santa “very challenging, musically. “It’s a long song, eight or nine Claus is Coming to Town’ that sounds minutes or something,” he says. “It like ZZ top. Or we’ll start a song with has a lot of pieces to it. There are an acoustic guitar that sounds like some tough guitar playing, but Tom The Who doing ‘Pinball Wizard,” but instead of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ we’ll does a wonderful organ solo.” He says he feels that a lot of Boston’s sing ‘Joy to the World.’ It’s all for fun. My whole career is fun.” music is pretty intricate. “I certainly think there’s a lot of Boston plays the Ava Amphitheater at Casino musicality in there,” Pihl says. “They may sound like simple songs, where del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson, at 7 fans may say, ‘Gee, I can sing along p.m. Wednesday, July 23. Tickets are $30 to with that.’ But there’s a lot going on $375. For more information, call (855) 765in the background—the guitar parts, 7829 or visit Boston and Cheap Trick perform at 8 p.m. the vocal harmonies. All seven of us on stage sing so we can get a pretty Friday, July 25, at the Comerica Theatre, good choral sound when we really try 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets are $35 to $95. For more information, call at it.” When Pihl isn’t taking photographs (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster. or touring with Boston, he’s com.

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Fun & Games Around The Valley July 2014 Art Garfunkel WHEN: Thurs., July 3, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $50 to $150 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or Since his career started alongside Paul Simon in the early ‘60s, Art Garfunkel has helped change the pop landscape with songs like “Homeward Bound,” “The Sounds of Silence” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire WHEN: Fri., July 4, 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 Rusty Evans and The Ring of Fire is a Johnny Cash tribute. The Police Experience WHEN: Fri., July 4, and Sat., July 5, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Casino Arizona, Loop 101 and McKellips Road, Scottsdale COST: $12 INFO: (480) 850-7777 or venues/showroom/ The Police Experience delivers the high energy show the Police were known for in the 1980s. Kenny G WHEN: Fri., July 4, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $40 to $99 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or Kenny G, master saxophonist, will perform his jazz sounds. The Fabulous Thunderbirds WHEN: Sat., July 5, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $16 to $39 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or The Grammy-nominated blues-rock band scored a hit with “Tuff Enuff.”

Entertainment Fun & Games Around the Valley Paperback Writer: Tribute to the Beatles WHEN: Sun., July 6, at 3 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 The Beatles experience takes its audience on a trip through the musical years of the world’s most popular rock group of all times. Boz Scaggs WHEN: Thurs., July 10, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $60 to $125 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or Boz Scaggs’ music explorations are in blues, R&B, rock and jazz. Powerdrive WHEN: Sat., July 12, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Vee Quiva Events Center at Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, 15091 S. Komatke Ln., Laveen COST: General admission is free INFO: (877) 840-0457 or The 10-piece group has provided the best of funk, Latin and old school jams. Banda Machos WHEN: Fri., July 18, 8 p.m. WHERE: Vee Quiva Events Center at Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, 15091 S. Komatke Ln., Laveen COST: $25 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or Banda Machos will perform at the events center. Crimes of Passion WHEN: Fri., July 18, and Sat., July 19, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Casino Arizona, 101 and McKellips Road, Scottsdale COST: $12 INFO: (480) 850-7777 or venues/showroom/ Crimes of Passion, a tribute to Pat Benatar, has dedicated itself to channeling the energy, passion and sound of the rock diva. Russell Peters Almost Famous Tour WHEN: Fri., July 18, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $50 to $150 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or Straight off of NBC’s hit show, “Last Comic Standing” and the critically acclaimed movie “Chef,” Canada’s No. 1 stand-up expert, Russell Peters, returns with all new material for his Almost Famous World Tour.

Chris Isaak WHEN: Sat., July 19, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $57 to $99 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or In the course of Chris Isaak’s career, he has released 14 extraordinary albums, 12 singles and has been nominated for two Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures and starred in his own TV series.

The Go Go’s and The Motels: Replay America WHEN: Wed., July 23, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $60 to $150 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or The Go-Go’s are known for their tracks “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Vacation.”

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Revocable Living Trust allows you to create the legal framework for your assets to be handled if you become incapacitated or upon your death. Here are 5 of the top reasons to have a trust:


Without a trust, a court conservatorship will be required if you want to leave more than $10,000 to minor children or grandchildren. Conservatorships involve annual disclosure of assets, limitations on use and annual expenses, and the funds are dispersed at 18.


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Bingo Happenings- July 2014 Fort McDowell Casino WHEN: Seven days a week, various times WHERE: Fort McDowell Casino, 10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Fort McDowell COST: Charge for cards INFO: (800) THE-FORT, ext. 4380, or www. The bingo experience is intense at Fort McDowell Casino’s state-of-the-art and award-winning 1,700-seat Bingo Hall. Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino WHEN: Seven days a week, various times WHERE: Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, 15091 S. Komatke Ln., Laveen COST: $2 to $32 INFO: (800) 946-4452, ext. 1942, or www.wingilariver. com/index.php/vq-vee-quiva-hotel-casino/gaming/ bingo-park Gamers who stop by Bingo Park enjoy picturesque National Park views in the state-of-the-art, 550-seat bingo hall. Lone Butte Casino WHEN: Seven days a week, various times WHERE: Lone Butte Casino, 1077 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler COST: $2 to $32 INFO: (800) 946-4452, ext. 8928, or www.wingilariver. com/index.php/lone-butte/gaming/bingo The state-of-the-art and spacious bingo hall features 850 seats and has morning, matinee and evening sessions. The morning sessions include five regular games and two specials, with three for $10 and $1 specials. Sunland Village East WHEN: Sundays, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Sunland Village East Auditorium, 8026 E. Lakeview Ave., Mesa COST: Charge for cards depends on number purchased INFO: (480) 986-9822 or (480) 313-7033 Prize money will vary during the year based on attendance. Mesa Adult Center WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 1 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Adult Center, 247 N. Macdonald St., Mesa COST: Various costs, call for pricing INFO: (480) 962-5612 or Twenty-one games, win up to $500 in Losers Bingo, Social Bingo and Big Game Bingo. Social Bingo WHEN: Mondays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Apache Junction Active Adult Center, 1035 N. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction

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Fit After 50

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ue Pepper, a special education teacher who lives in Chandler, figures she’s gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the years. There wasn’t a fad diet she hadn’t tried. She would lose weight, get back into her clothes and then go right back to her old eating habits. Breakfast was bagels and cream cheese and coffee with cream and sugar. There would be huge lunches with coworkers. Snacks were chocolate bars, chips and sometimes a dozen donuts in one sitting. When she’d get home from her former fabric sales job, she would eat while she was cooking dinner and then sit down and eat dinner. “I always ended up leaving the dinner table full, but there was always room for dessert,” she says. It didn’t take her long to regain the weight she’d lost. Her closet was filled with clothes in a number of sizes. Regaining the weight was always a big blow to her self-esteem. “I was a wreck,” she says. “I felt like a failure and a big disappointment.” Today, at 54, Pepper is in the best shape of her life. She’s just one of many people who are determined to stay as healthy

and physically active as they can be as they age. Pepper’s wake-up call came just days before her 42nd birthday when she had a heart attack. Married and the mother of three small children, the heart attack came as a surprise. After all, her cholesterol and blood pressure were normal. She had no history of heart disease in her family. The only things she had going against her was an unhealthy diet and the 50 extra pounds she was carrying on her 5-foot 3-inch frame. Pepper had battled with her weight since she was a teenager and became what she calls an “emotional eater.” From then on, she was on the gain-lose-gain rollercoaster. The heart attack made her seriously reexamine her eating habits and her sedentary lifestyle. Back then, exercise for her was “chilling out in the park on weekends,” she says. It was time for a change. The Weight Loss Journey Pepper knew from years of experience that a fad diet wasn’t the answer, so she decided to give Weight Watchers a try. ...continues on page 24

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Fit After 50 ... from page 22 She remembers her first meeting well. “I just got on the scale and cried,” Pepper says. “I was at my highest weight ever.” Pepper’s journey began by writing down everything she had been putting into her mouth. “I was shocked with how unhealthy the food was,” she says. Pepper says she also had “portion distortion.” When she began measuring everything, she realized she was eating much more than she thought she was. When Pepper lost almost five pounds the first week alone, it inspired her husband, Allan, to join Weight Watchers, too. The food in their refrigerator and pantry is much different today than it was before Weight Watchers. The sugar-laden cereals and high-calorie snacks are gone and have been replaced by lean meats, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fat-free yogurt, almond milk, baked snacks, nuts, guacamole, salsa, hummus and plenty of water. There’s even room for ice cream, though it’s the nonfat kind. They even enjoy some chocolate and a glass of wine from time to time.

“You could eat food on this program and still lose weight and to me, that was amazing,” Pepper says. Within six months, Pepper lost 50 pounds and her husband lost 60. “We worked together to become a healthier couple,” Pepper says. “We changed what we ate and how much we ate. We’ve learned how to enjoy healthy food.” It’s Not Just a Diet. It’s a Lifestyle Pepper used to hate to sweat. Exercise just wasn’t in her vocabulary. Then one Sunday morning, some of her friends invited her to hike South Mountain with them. “The last time I was breathing heavily, I was having a heart attack,” Pepper says. “I thought, ‘What am I doing out here?’” Her friends cheered her on, telling her she could do it. And she did. “I got to the top and cried,” Pepper says. “It was such an amazing feeling. I couldn’t believe I did it.” Her friends asked her to go with them the following weekend and she did. And she kept coming back. Pepper

fell in love with hiking and she’s since have to get all of her exercise in at stood on many mountaintops. She once. Sometimes it’s 10 to 15 minutes even hiked the Grand Canyon. Gone two or three times a day. Pepper, now a Weight Watcher’s is the woman who once hated to sweat. “I fell in love with hiking,” Pepper group leader with a clean bill of health says. “I feel so free when I’m hiking from her cardiologist, says people just and I have so much fun with the girls. It beginning their journeys to health and fitness need to find does not even seem like something that works for exercise. What I love them. For her, it was Weight about hiking, besides Watchers, but it isn’t for the beauty, is that it’s everybody. a great workout. I get “Find something that cardio and muscle works for you and make a resistance exercises all small change each week,” in one activity.” she says. “It’s easy, tiny Pepper encourages baby steps which got me to others to try something my goals. It’s about making new. little changes.” “You can always do whatever you put your mind to,” Pepper says. Before Sue Pepper Feeling Good Debbie Huffert, a 63-year“Fear holds us back. started on her fitness journey, she had never old office manager who Don’t be afraid, just do realized how unhealthy lives in Peoria, had always it.” Pepper hikes on the her eating habits were. been active. She went to weekends when the weather is nice, but the gym, taught step aerobics and ran when it isn’t, she still finds ways to fit marathons at age 50. But recently, she exercise into her life six days a week. decided she wanted to get into better She walks and swims with her dog, shape. That’s when she joined Curves, Cayenne, and rides a stationary bike. a fitness center for women best known Sometimes she just runs up and down for its 30-minute circuit training. Huffert joined Curves in August 2013 her stairs. And she says she doesn’t

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Fit After 50 ... from page 25 Pace, who lives in Winslow, started competing in bike races on the Navajo Reservation back in 1983 when her youngest child went off to college. Today, she competes in bike races and triathlons with the Arizona Senior Olympics, a program of the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation. Arizona Senior Olympics offers people 50 and older the opportunity to compete in 32 different sports. The program also offers yearround wellness and sports programs. Pace has been competing in Arizona Senior Olympics races for 14 years. Her races have taken her across the state and across the country, from Kentucky to California to Houston and to Cleveland. She has more medals, trophies and ribbons than she can count. To stay in shape, the retired librarian who Donna Hall of Tucson and fellow Senior Olympian still works two jobs says Dick Baltimore of Phoenix dance during a postshe rides 10 miles every Arizona Senior Olympics dinner in Tucson. morning, sticks to a healthy diet and senior coordinator for the Senior Olympics in Tucson, and in 1998, she doesn’t smoke. What is Pace’s advice to other started competing in local, state and seniors just setting out on a fitness national competitions in badminton. She’s competed in Senior Olympics regime? “Just go outside and do something for competitions across the country and a least 30 minutes,” Pace says. “More has a number of gold medals to show is better. Of course, I recommend a for it. In addition to the competitions, bicycle because it’s easy, but walking Hall also enjoys the social activities that Senior Olympics offers. There is good.” The purpose of the Arizona Senior are dinner parties, bowling parties Olympics is to entice seniors to get and other get-togethers. “It helps you stay active, it’s good for active and to stay active, says Irene Stillwell, executive director of the your social life and it’s just fun,” Hall Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation. says. Hall says even seniors who aren’t “We’re the carrot in front of the rabbit,” Stillwell says. “With 32 sports, inclined to do sports can still get out we hope everyone can find something and do something that gets them they love to do and will keep doing the moving and around other people. For rest of their lives. It’s never too late to instance, they can volunteer at their start and stay with a fitness program.” local library, hospital or children’s Donna Hall, 82, of Tucson, is center. “Get off the sofa and get involved another senior citizen who doesn’t let in something you’re interested in,” a little thing like age get in her way. Hall, retired from a career in public Hall says. “Your social life will relations, loves the spirit of competition improve. You won’t have time to feel and has been involved in sports her bored or depressed because you’ll be entire life. In 1992, she became the involved.”

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fireworks off yourself, you will experience the noise first hand. So sit back and enjoy the show! • Watch the fireworks from inside a home or car. You will be far enough away from the loud noise and close enough to still enjoy the beautiful display. Taking precautions to protect your hearing can be very beneficial. Even though aging is the main contributor to hearing loss, noises such as fireworks, loud cars, television volumes and sirens can take its toll over time and lead to accelerated hearing loss. How do I know if I may be damaging my hearing? While you are out enjoying the fireworks and festivities, if you experience any of the following, it might be time to have your hearing checked: • 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.

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The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall :: by Ed Boitano


n 1962, a dozen seniors escaped from East Berlin by way of “Der Seniorentunnel,” the Senior Citizens’ Tunnel. Led by an 81-year-old man, the group spent 16 days digging a 160 foot long by 6 foot tall tunnel from a chicken coop to the other side of the wall in West Berlin. The tunnel was tall because the group wanted to walk to freedom with their wives, proudly and unbowed. This is among the amazing stories of escapes from East Berlin to West Berlin, where several thousand people made it safely across the wall. At least 136 others suffered tragic deaths. Backstory After the Allied powers’ defeat of Germany in World War II, Germany was divided into two countries, with the West occupied by the United States, Great Britain and France, and the East controlled by the Soviet Union. Berlin, situated in the middle of communist East Germany (GDR), was also divided. West Berlin became an enclave of a capitalistic democracy, experiencing rapid economic growth and a high standard of living. In the East, under the thumb of the Soviet Union, the economy dragged and individual freedoms were severely restricted. By 1961, no longer able to tolerate the repressive living conditions, more than 2.5 million East Germans fled to West Berlin. East Germany and East Berlin were losing their labor forces, and desperately needed to stop the mass exodus. The Berlin Wall—coined the “anti-fascist wall”—was erected, preventing East Berliners from fleeing to West Berlin, or even going to their jobs or visiting relatives in the West. The wall stretched more than 100 miles, cutting West Berlin off from East Berlin and the rest of East Germany. A dual inner-wall was built facing the outer

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wall. The barren strip between was known as “no man’s land” or “the death strip.” Any person found in this stark landscape was shot on sight. On Nov. 9, 1989, following an escalation of massive protests, border crossings were opened. Millions celebrated across Berlin and around the globe. Thousands chipped away at the wall as East and West Berliners embraced each other. Celebrations commenced. German reunification would soon follow. 25 Years Later From Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, Berlin will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the “Fall of the Wall” with events and exhibitions, covering the Berlin Wall, the Cold War and the German reunification—events that have radically changed the course of world history. A light installation will follow the wall’s former path over 7.5 miles with 8,000 illuminated helium-filled balloons. The installation will allegedly be visible from outer space, weather permitting. The emotive theme of the event is to focus on the “Fall of the Wall” as a symbol of hope for a world without walls. Recommended Highlights Berlin Wall Memorial: The commemoration takes place along a mile-long former border strip, showcasing Central Berlin’s last expanse of the wall. A new permanent exhibition, “25 Years Fall of the Wall,” will be unveiled on Nov. 9. East Side Gallery: This is the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, decorated by 118 artists from 21 countries. A must to visit. Yadegar Asisi’s 360 Degree Berlin Wall: This must be seen to be believed. The artist transports visitors back to the Cold War with a cylindrical steel


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parents be to let known child molesters sleep under the same roof as their children? If it happened just one time the odds are that it will happen again! I have heard so many stories of children going to bed only to be awoken in the middle of the night by a family member touching them and the parent has no clue! Come on parents, open your eyes! If you have guests spending the night make sure you keep your bedroom door open, have your kids leave their door open and keep your ears open. Why not check on your child during the night? And if you think, “not my uncle, not my dad, not my grandpa” get your head out of the sand and think again because it happens way more than you think and yes, it very well can be your uncle, your dad or your grandpa! Stop assuming that these child molesters are creepy shadows lurking on the street corners! Nine out of 10 times it is someone that you know! They are sick pigs and need treatment! Educate your children as early as you can about these jerks and start paying attention! Looking for a body in the early morning hours? Why isn’t somebody smart enough to at least have a cadaver dog working? They’re everywhere else in the country. What’s the matter with the Phoenix departments? I recently took two of my granddaughters—ages 10 and 12—to a Phoenix Mercury basketball game. The quality of play truly surprised me, as did the number of female couples “making out” throughout the arena. Such behavior in a public venue before impressionable preteen boys and girls is in poor taste. Years ago, I left a message on a similar answer line to a similar newspaper in Tempe. It was tongue in cheek. I talked about how we needed to have comfort stations for all the illegal Mexicans crossing the desert. It was just intended to be sarcastic. We have all these illegals and we’re acting like they’re deserving to be here. Somebody picked up on that, and it wasn’t long before we started hearing about how we needed to provide more comfort as they crossed the desert. I never regretted anything more than calling in that statement. These Mexicans are illegal, as are all the ones who are coming from other

countries. They don’t belong here. I’m sick to death of deciding how we can best treat them and their children. They need to be shipped back to the country they came from. The United States is overwhelmed financially and we have so many people going to bed hungry at night. We do not need these illegal immigrants. If people want to apply and wait it out, that’s what they ought to do. We do not need illegal people coming into this country and we do not need to worry about how well they are once they got here. It was their choice. It’s sad and unfortunate that a young man is missing and people are looking up the mountain for him. He’s not the first young man to park a car and walk away. I know of three of them myself and it’s something almost every family in the Valley has heard of. You never know what’s behind it all. The current big news story in our state is about the abysmal treatment of our veterans in the VA health care system. Then, we read about the heavy-handed IRS treatment of our citizens, the EPA putting little fish ahead of water needed to grow needed crops and causing our electricity and gasoline bills to rise due to an apparent animosity toward energy production, and finally, the BLM using military force to tell states how to use land that should belong to the states to begin with. These are all federal government agencies regulated and controlled by the administrative branch of our government. Does it not seem apparent that the increase in the number, size, complexity and cost of all of these federal agencies has ballooned to such gigantic proportions that nobody is really in control? At least that is what we hear at all the congressional hearings, “I had no knowledge of that,” or “I don’t remember anything about that,” or, “That wasn’t my department.” There is a way, however, that we, the people of the states, can impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office of federal government officials. That remedy is an Article V Convention of States. Some folks talk about a Convention of States like it’s some kind of conspiracy, but here’s the truth: A Convention

of States is more legitimate and less conspiratorial than any other means of curbing Washington’s power. Article V of the Constitution (the Supreme Law of the Land) explicitly describes a “convention for proposing amendments.” This isn’t a conspiracy. This isn’t secession or Snowden or the X-Files. This is a legitimate tool the founders gave the states for stopping an overreaching federal government. A short history lesson might clear things up. The founding fathers included a Convention of States in the Constitution for a specific purpose. George Mason realized the states had no way of proposing amendments. So, he suggested the states be allowed to call an amendments convention, and the motion was carried unanimously. That’s it. You can read it for yourself. The framers wanted the states to call a Convention of States when, like today, the federal government began getting out of control, overstepping its bounds and abusing its power. Toward that end, Citizens for Self-Governance has launched the Convention of States Project. Please get involved by visiting their website, www.conventionofstates. com. If you like what you see there, you can actively further the cause by emailing your state representative and your state senator and urging them to take action on this issue. This is definitely a volunteer and a nonpartisan effort. I believe this is the only way to preserve liberty for future generations. Please join us. Let’s give this country back to the people.—E.L. Goheen, Scottsdale Quite predictably, John McCain, who has consistently voted against any increased funding for the Veterans Administration, is now righteously outraged. Why doesn’t Johnny Mac demonstrate he is a true leader of character by withdrawing from the best health care plan in the world, which he enjoys as a member of Congress, and immediately enroll in the VA system. Go Johnny go! RE: Marine Andrew Tahmooressi in a Mexican prison. If you go to the Internet you will find all the information you need to take action. This Marine who served tours in Afghanistan took a wrong turn at the border of Mexico and was imprisoned April 1, 2014. There

is a petition you can sign to Obama. There are over 100,000 signatures so far requesting him to take action to have Andrew returned. I added my name. I have e-mailed both senators and my congressman and this morning called the three offices asking for their effort to resolve. I am requesting that you add your voice as well. Obama just released five terrorist leaders for a soldier in Afghanistan. Why is it so hard for him to do the same to release this veteran who has served his country well? The only way he will be released is if Americans demand it. Please add your voice. I find it humiliating that Mexico can do this to one of our own. RE: The Up Side: Looking at Life through the A La Carte Menu. I enjoyed Michael Grady’s article on being vegan. My husband and I became vegans early this year. Physically, we feel wonderful with our lifestyle change and wish we had come to the party a lot sooner. We wish everyone could be enlightened with the information that led us to make this change in our lives. We live in a retirement community and do have a few challenges finding appropriate food choices in our dining rooms, but have no problems at home or when dining out. This is for the person who feels the 50 U.S. states shouldn’t solve Africa’s problems. You are correct—there are 50 states. We are united under a constitution, a federal government system, a market economy and a common language. However, to imply simply that we are “united” is what I would call a halftruth (one only has to look at the red versus blue state scenario). To state that 50 countries on the continent of Africa are disunited is inaccurate on two counts. First, there are precisely 54 autonomous countries on the continent, each with a capital city (like our Washington, D.C.) and their own form of government, and some have more than two national languages. America, an autonomous country, is divided into 50 states, then inevitably into counties (parishes or boroughs). Each of the 54 African countries is also divided into either regions, provinces, districts and/or counties. On top of the 54 autonomous countries, there is another 10 nonsovereign states, two partial recognized territories, and

another two as dependent territories. All but two of these 14 have ties to various European countries. To imply that some 68 countries is similar to our 50 states is comparing apples and oranges. If you had said two countries in North America to 50 countries in Africa, then you would be closer to the truth (a unique set of circumstances created the two countries in North America). Second, is there 100 percent unity within North American, let alone all the Americas....Not that I have heard. South America has 13 nations; Latin America and Caribbean equals 29 nations; North America has two nations. I feel that each of these geographic areas is united under various trade agreements, and economic unions/markets (i.e., NAFTA, APTA, COMESA), but to imply that they are united as our 50 states is inaccurate, but could they? Maybe...! I have traveled within most of the East African nations and some of the Southern African nations. I read that there are some 3,000 languages spoken on the continent of Africa. Each of those 68 nations has its own political system, economic and monetary system. On top of that, there is the diverse landscape...all of this and more are contributing to a very beautiful, yet unique set of nations on the continent. If they were to unite, it will be a great accomplishment. The hurdle to get over—historically, some of these nations have only been independent since the 1960s (some before, some after, some haven’t). So ask them the question about unity in another 150 years. But before you ask, be sure to take out all the colonial interests of minerals, timber and other assets mined on the continent; and then remove all boundaries that were set by foreign colonial governments. America was settled over 200 years ago, and over the years we have set our own borders (sometimes due to a war), mined and exhausted our natural resources (my personal opinion)...but we did it ourselves, mostly for ourselves. The continent of Africa did not have that exact opportunity. It would be difficult to duplicate in just 50 years, in our modern era. Lastly, do we have a moral obligation to help those that live on the continent of Africa...go there... see what is happening (the good and the not so good), then make a decision. Personally, we have a moral obligation to help all—which makes everyone better.—Larry, Phoenix

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Watermelon Cake and Strawberry Pie : : by Jan D’Atri I t’s July and we’re looking for ways to stay cool, eat lighter and maybe give the slow cooked oven recipes a rest. The heck if I’m going to give up my sweets, though. So what better way to kick off July than with two scrumptious desserts that require very little effort? Watermelon cake is all the rage online these days. I have to admit that I was not a believer that you could actually frost a real

watermelon and decorate it like an actual cake. But you can, if you follow my instructions, and I think you’re going to love it! The second recipe for strawberry pie is an all-American favorite and this recipe really brings out the true flavor of fresh strawberries. I hope you enjoy both! Stay cool and I’ll see you next month.

Watermelon Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting



1 watermelon Fruit for garnish: (1 pint blueberries, 1 pint strawberries, 6-7 Kiwi, 2 cups grapes, 1 large orange) 2 pints whipping cream (or more for large watermelon) 1 small (3 oz) package Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar

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Cut rind off entire watermelon. Make a slice through the bottom to make a base so it will remain steady on a plate. Cut watermelon the size and shape you want your cake. (A flat top cake is easier to garnish with fruit.) Pack paper towels around the entire watermelon to soak up watermelon


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juice. (The dryer the watermelon, the easier it will be to frost.)

For the Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting:

For each cup of whipped cream used, add 1 tablespoon of instant vanilla pudding and 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar. For sweeter frosting, add more powdered sugar. Whip together until stiff peaks form. Frost cake with spatula or place frosting in piping bag with large star tip. (I use a 14- or 16-inch piping bag.) Garnish with fresh fruit and slice in wedges. Serve immediately.

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Strawberry Pie

1 deep dish pie shell plus 2 teaspoons sugar 6 cups fresh strawberries 1 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons cornstarch 3/4 cup cold water 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 heaping tablespoon powdered sugar Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of sugar over pie shell and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. When done, arrange 4 cups of whole strawberries in pie shell, point up. With a small food processor, fork or potato masher, thoroughly puree

remaining 2 cups strawberries and combine with cup of sugar in a medium saucepan. Add lemon juice. Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 5-6 minutes, stirring often. Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell. Chill for several hours before serving. In a small bowl, whip cream and powdered sugar until firm peaks form. Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Bear Market Report ‘Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain’


: : by Teresa Bear

ay no attention to that man behind the curtain” was a famous quote from “The Wizard of Oz.” When Dorothy entered the wizard’s great hall, she was greeted with an impressive sight—the face of the wizard was enormous! Smoke and flames radiated around his image. The lion was so terrified, he jumped through a window. However, when the wizard was later unmasked, Dorothy discovered that the “Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz” was an ordinary man. The creation of the wizard persona was nothing more than smoke and mirrors and special effects. Regrettably, in the financial services industry, I see a lot of smoke and mirrors in the presentation of financial instruments. In my experience the most egregious examples come when advisers sell annuities—particularly those with income benefits. There are generally three ways to withdraw money from an annuity: Annuitize: This is where the insurance company makes payments for either a certain period of time or for a lifetime (or sometimes two lifetimes—in the case of married couples). When a lifetime annuity is selected the payments end with the death of the annuitant. Withdrawals: In a deferred annuity, the account balance (referred to as the accumulation value) can be withdrawn just like any ordinary investment account. The accumulation value increases for earnings and decreases for losses, withdrawals and fees. When the accumulation value is zero, the contract is closed. Income Benefit: An annuity with an income benefit takes the best features of the two withdrawal methods above. Like the annuitization option, an income benefit is paid to the annuitant(s) for as long as they live. However, if the annuitant dies before the accumulation value is exhausted, the remaining balance is paid to their heirs. An annuity with an income rider is a terrific alternative for retirees who are concerned about outliving their money.

However, with the dizzying array of contracts that are marketed to retirees, it is often difficult to truly find the best product to meet their particular needs. The confusion often comes in with the way that these income benefits are marketed. You may see advertisements in the newspaper where an annuity is purported to provide 5 percent, 6 percent, 7 percent income benefits (with a lot of indecipherable fine print at the bottom). Remember the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” This credo holds true for these purported income claims. After all, with interest rates as low as they are, it’s hard to believe that any investment can pay you that high of a rate of return. In reality, an income benefit (often referred to as a Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit or GLWB) is really a cash flow benefit. When the “income” is paid out, the payouts will eventually begin to deplete your original investment. Also, the 5 percent to 7 percent increase in the value of the GLWB account is not real money. It is what I refer to as “Monopoly money.” When you play Monopoly, you know that the money inside the game cannot be spent somewhere else. Likewise, the increases of the GLWB base are generally not real money that you can cash out or pass on to your beneficiaries. It is merely a means to calculate the cash flow that will be paid to you for the rest of your life. So are annuity income riders good or bad? If you are in a situation where you are concerned about running out of money, an annuity may be a wonderful solution to meeting your needs in retirement. However, I often see people who have adequate retirement income who are sold an annuity based on the increase in the GLWB base and only to find out later that this was Monopoly money. When you are shopping for an income benefit annuity, ask the following questions:

• What is the amount of the rider charge? Are there other fees and expenses? • Are there additional benefits if I become disabled? • Do the income payouts increase? Most importantly, find out what are the strings attached to the annuity that you are considering. There is no perfect investment. Find out about your potential investment’s imperfections. This will allow you to cut through the smoke and mirrors and find out if an

annuity (or any investment) is right for you.


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

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rivia Contest


ith everything going on in the good ole U.S.A., it’s easy to forget just how good we have it. Between the “us versus them” mentality in the highest levels of government and talking heads on the nightly news blowing fluff stories out of proportion instead of focusing on what really matters, it’s easy to throw your hands up in the air and revert into a perspective of patriotic cynicism. But the fact that we live in a country that fosters free speech—even the dumb kind—is pretty great. We have a whole lot of liberty in this country that we often take for granted. But July is a time to celebrate our independence, both from the British motherland and our own independent spirit; the fact that millions of people from wildly different backgrounds come together to form something really kind of great. We’ve stopped rolling our eyes at the Senate for a second to celebrate America—the idealistic, wide-eyed America we all know and love—in this month’s trivia.

American History Trivia

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Who said “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions?” Who allegedly proposed that the national bird should be a turkey? (This was later disproven by the U.S. Diplomacy Center.) Who is the author and brainchild behind the seminal American pamphlet, “Common Sense.” Who was the first European to set foot in America? In what year did John Smith and the Virginia Company found Jamestown?

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On a sheet of paper list the correct answers in order 1 through 5. Include your full name, mailing address, phone number and an email address (if you have one). Mail your trivia contest entry to: Lovin’ Life After 50 Attn: Trivia Contest 3200 N. Hayden, Suite 210 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Or email your entry to: The deadline for entry is the 15th of each month. Please be sure to have your entry postmarked by that date. If you’re a winner in our drawing we’ll contact you via telephone. Good luck!

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Last Month’s Answers

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B uffalo was the animal Wyatt Earp hunted.


Stuart Lake was the author that wrote a mostly fictionalized account of the Gunfight at O.K. Corral.


1 899 was the incorporated.

1 904 is when Tortilla Flat was founded, according to available records. Manifest Destiny is the term for the belief that settlers of early America were meant to expand west.




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Constipation: ‘Regular’ Help Constipation is a common complaint among older adults and is generally defined as having fewer than three bowel movements per week, straining to have a bowel movement and/or having hard stools. Although the occurrence of constipation increases with age, it is not a result of normal aging. Constipation may be due to intestine dysfunction or secondary to several factors such as minimal physical activity, poor diet, use of certain medications and other medical conditions. If you have been experiencing symptoms of constipation lasting for more than two weeks, consult your provider to rule out more serious conditions. The following are nonmedication treatments to help relieve constipation. Regular exercise: Inactivity and immobility is associated with an increased risk of constipation. Exercising regularly may help to stimulate the movement of intestinal muscles and decrease the risk of constipation. Diet: Having an inadequate amount of fiber in your diet is a common cause of constipation. Fiber helps to form stool and stimulates intestinal muscle movement. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the recommended dietary fiber intake is 20 to 35 grams per day. Fiber intake should be increased by 5 grams per week until the recommended daily amount is reached to prevent excessive gas and bloating. Fiber-rich foods include bran, whole grains, fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and nuts. Medical conditions: Diabetes, hypothyroidism and hyperparathyroidism may affect the muscles or nerves used for normal bowel movements. Psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression may also contribute to constipation. These conditions should be treated and managed by your provider. The following are some products that can be purchased without a prescription to help relieve the symptoms of constipation. Bulk laxatives: Contain soluble (psyllium or Metamucil) or insoluble (cellulose or Citrucel) ingredients. These agents absorb water from the intestine and causes stool to soften and increase in mass. Those without intestinal dysfunction may benefit from these agents. Stool softeners: Contain docusate (Colace) and act by increasing water entering the intestines. This helps to soften stool, however, it may be ineffective when used in chronically ill adults. Osmotic laxatives: These agents

use osmotic activity to increase the amount of water entering the intestines. Magnesium hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia) and magnesium citrate are generally well tolerated but may cause electrolyte imbalances. They should be used carefully by individuals with congestive heart failure and kidney insufficiency. Lactulose and polyethylene glycol 3350 (MiraLAX) are alternative agents that have a lower risk of causing electrolyte imbal-

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ances but may cause gas and bloating. Stimulant laxatives: Contain senna (Senokot) or bisacodyl (Dulcolax) and work by increasing the motility of the intestines. This action may cause abdominal cramping and should not be used in patients with an intestinal obstruction. As mentioned previously, certain medications may cause constipation. Agents that are commonly associated with constipation include the following: antacids containing aluminum or calcium; iron supplements; agents with anticholinergic

properties such as oxybutynin, scopolamine, and Benadryl; calcium channel blockers such as verapamil; and opioids. If you feel you are experiencing constipation due to a medication, talk to your provider about ways to minimize this side effect. Your local Walgreens pharmacist can help to identify any medications that may cause constipation and can aid in selecting an over-the-counter treatment for constipation. For more information, talk to your Walgreens pharmacist today!

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T HE F INISH L INE Arizona’s Leader in Senior Fitness Turning 65? Know Your Medicare Options By Dr. Mark Kiffer, Arizona Medical Officer for Humana’s Senior Products Approximately 11,000 adults be- that provides the health care coverage come eligible for Medicare every day, you need and maximizes your health reflecting a dramatically increasing care dollars. Your options include senior population, and that number Original Medicare (Parts A and B); is only going to grow. Here in Ari- Medicare Supplement plans; a Medizona, the state’s senior population is care Prescription Drug Plan (PDP), or Medicare Part D; and Medicare estimated to climb to 2.4 Advantage (Part C), which typically million by 2030, accordprovides extra benefits, services and ing to Administration on prescription drug coverage and may Aging, 2005 data. or may not require an additional preNine of 10 older mium. adults are living with at Know Your Enrollment Timeleast one chronic condition, according to the National Coun- frame. This year, during the Annual cil on Aging 2011 fact sheet. Mak- Election Period (AEP) from Oct. 15, ing matters worse, these conditions to Dec. 7, seniors who are eligible for place a significant financial burden Medicare can review Medicare Adon seniors and caregivers. As a result, vantage and Medicare Part D plan there’s a clear need for access to af- options and select health care coverfordable health care that meets the age for 2015. However, people turning 65 before October can enroll earlier. needs of individuals as they age. Arizona seniors should keep an eye They have a seven-month window— out for materials from the Centers the Initial Enrollment Period (IEP)— for Medicare and Medicaid Services to enroll, including the three months (CMS) in the months leading up to before their 65th birthday, the month their 65th birthday. Following are tips of their birthday and the three followto help seniors and their caregivers ing months, says Know Your Medical Cost Hislearn about their Medicare options, tory. Review your records to see how including when they can enroll and the types of health plans available, as much you spent on health care durthey begin the Medicare plan selec- ing the past year, including hospital expenses, pharmacy costs and doctor tion process: Know Your Options. Find a plan bills. Then try to calculate your best

Join the Ambassadors! Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation (ALFF) needs you! The Arizona Senior Olympics’ parent corporation needs volunteer ambassadors to spread the word about health and fitness to seniors in their area. What does an ambassador do? • Tells the Senior Olympics story • Invites other seniors to participate • Shares brochures, fliers and

posters in their area • Attends expos and events where seniors gather and represent the ALFF and ASO. Qualified ambassadors must be friendly, outgoing, interested in people, enthusiastic and a good communicator. To sign up for the September ambassador training workshop, call (602) 274-7742.

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estimate for health care costs in the year ahead. Know Your Resources. If you are considering a Medicare Advantage plan, research the costs, benefits and network of doctors and hospitals associated with each plan. The government’s Medicare website, www., is a good resource that lets you find and compare Medicare health and prescription drug plans. CMS makes it easier to navigate the Medicare landscape by rating health plans on a five-star assessment grade. Compare Benefits. Insurers often offer multiple Medicare Advantage plans from which beneficiaries can choose to fit their specific life, income and health situations. Benefits from these plans may include primary care and specialty office visits, routine physical and preventive care and membership in fitness classes and lifestyle enrichment programs. If you’re approaching your 65th birthday, it is important to start considering Medicare options to select the plan that best fits all of your needs. Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Humana. For more information on Humana’s senior products in Arizona call (602) 760-1700.

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National Senior Games in Minneapolis-St. Paul

St. Paul is one beautiful city. Senior Olympic athletes, their families and friends will be heading to this beautiful city where part of the National Senior Games will be held in July 2015. Here are some things you may not know about this great, historic metropolis: • St. Paul has the longest residential Victorian boulevard in the United States, stretching 4.5 miles from the Mississippi River to the Cathedral of St. Paul. • St. Paul boasts more city shoreline on the Mississippi River than any other

in its path (29 miles). • St. Paul was a Prohibition-era hotbed for gangsters, gals and whiskey runners. The city became a haven for notorious names like John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis and the Barker gang. • Founded near historic Native American settlements as a trading and transportation center, St. Paul rose to prominence when it was named the capital of Minnesota Territory in 1849. The area features 104 landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic

Prevention Magazine Lists Three Best New Health Apps A recent article in Prevention Magazine listed three new apps that may be helpful to seniors who have iPads, iPhones or Androids. The app 52 Weeks for Women’s Health is offered for free by the National Institutes of Health. It’s available for download to iPhones or iPads from the App Store or to Android devices via Google Play. ZOCDOC will generate a list of nearby physicians who meet your criteria when you enter your location, insurance and the specialty you need when you are away from home. EPOCRATES RX helps those who are concerned

about medication interactions. The app allows the users to identify prescription and OTC pills based on color and shape. Then you can check interactions and warnings, etc. Seniors can take better care of their health by using the many resources of the Internet.

ASO Launches Essay Contest Senior Olympians are welcome to enter a new essay contest with the theme of “Why Senior Olympics is important to me.” The deadline is Sept. 1. “The purpose in having the contest is to inspire our Senior Olympians to stay fit, based on their own experience and that of their peers,” says Irene Stillwell, director of Arizona Senior Olympics. The rules are: • Essay must be typed, double space • The maximum is 500 to 750 words • The piece must be totally written by the author

• The essay must be written by an active Senior Olympian, someone who has competed within the last two years. Judging will be done by a panel of volunteer and professional writers and will be based upon theme, grammar, style and appeal to reader. Prizes include the opportunity to read the essay at the 2014 ASO opening ceremony; a framed copy of the winning essay displayed at the ALFF office; essay published in The Finish Line and on the ASO website; and lunch with the ALFF board chairman.

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Places, many of which can be seen on local tours. • Free walking tours are available in St. Paul from May through September at 10 a.m. on the first, third and fourth Wednesdays. Tours are “Great River,” “Rice Park” and “Heart of the City.” Senior Olympians planning to compete in the National Senior Games should book early. All are welcome at the National Senior Games, and nonathletes will have a wonderful time as the city rolls out the red carpet for seniors.

T-Shirt Design Contest Still Open Now is the time for you to work on the 2015 Arizona Senior Olympics athlete T-shirt. 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.

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.

A panel of seniors and volunteers will judge the contest. The winner will be notified by Aug. 10. The prize is free registration in the 2015 ASO Games and a free T-shirt of your own design. Helpful hint: Many seniors like to have an “Arizona” look to the shirt; others prefer a more sports-oriented design. Use your imagination. Search the Internet for ideas—something that everyone will like!

Send entries to: Arizona Senior Olympics, P.O. Box 33278, Phoenix, AZ, 85067-3278.

AARP Myth Busters In this society that is highly saturated with marketing, it’s very easy to take things we hear on the radio or see on television as the real thing. “Reality” shows have worn our sensitivities so thin that it’s often difficult to distinguish truth from fiction. AARP to the rescue! In a recent issue of AARP The Magazine, former President Robert Romasco cleared things up for us: Myth: Older people are really a drain on the U.S. economy, leaving the next generation with less. Fact: The economic contribution by older Americans—$7 trillion a year—is expected to double by 2032. Plus, taxes from the economic activity generated by their spending make up half of federal tax revenue and more than half of state and local taxes. Myth: Social Security and Medicare benefit only older Americans.

Fact: Nearly 1 in 5 Social Security beneficiaries is younger than 60 and more than 4.4 million children get benefits. Seventeen percent of Medicare beneficiaries are younger than 60. Social Security death and disability benefits are lifelines for the millions of young people and their families as well. Myth: The young and old are rivals in the struggle for scarce resources and the old are winning. Fact: One day the young will be old and they will need Social Security and Medicare just as much as older adults today. There are those who would like to do away with Medicare and/or Social Security. The question? Is America ready to face the impoverishment that would accompany the dismantling of these programs which are so vital to the health and well-being of millions of older Americans?

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

Mail to: Arizona Lifelong Fitness Association P.O. Box 33278 Phoenix, AZ 85067-3278

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