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opinion Sound Off Just picked up the latest issue of Lovin’ Life After 50. This is maybe only the third one I’ve seen, but I really like it! You folks put out a fine publication. I appreciate the diversity of the articles. The publication could not be considered an “old fart’s” newspaper by any reasonable definition of the word. I especially like the fact that you include a regular humor column. The Curmudgeon, by Drew Alexander, is the first thing I read each month! Good humor is hard to write, and Mr. Alexander is a master of it! Keep it up! Thomas Jefferson stated, “Most bad government results from too much government.” Boy that certainly applies to the Obama administration! Regarding the gay marriage issue and the criticism of those who oppose it as being “none of our business.” How dare you insist that we must accept it? Yes, it is being forced down our throats by the liberal,

left-wing, politically correct media. How dare man make laws above God’s law, which is marriage is a sacred sacrament between one woman and one man! Civil unions are acceptable, but same-sex marriage is not. What’s next? Are people now going to be able to marry their pets so that the pets will have rights? This country is going is the wrong direction very quickly. Whatever happened to: Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you? Jodi Arias using self-defense was insane. She had every opportunity to get out of that relationship because Travis Alexander was going to Mexico with someone else. It was her “revenge” that killed him in the shower. She should get two choices: (1) Depart this world with the same treatment she gave Travis, or (2) Take the easy way out on the electric chair. Believe it or not, in the 1990s if you knew why the Texas oilmen were in Baku, Azerbaijan, to help find a route for an oil shipping line through Turkey, Syria and Lebanon from the landlocked Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean ports, you would know why Russian and American ships are there today.

The Curmudgeon Interpreting ‘Govspeak’ : : by Drew Alexander


here’s the English language as you and I know it, then there’s the vernacular native to politicians and bureaucrats when pseudocommunicating with the hoi polloi that I call “Govspeak.” When you hear someone uttering Govspeak, you may think you know what you’re hearing but you really aren’t. This is because the surface words always have an underlying meaning. So it’s up to me, your humble word warrior, to interpret the true nature of what you are being told by the ruling class in Washington, D.C. Govspeaker says: “We are thoroughly investigating the matter.” Really saying: We’re going to sweep this under the rug and you people will soon forget all about it.

Govspeaker says: “The American people have a right to know.” Really saying: You little people out there may think you have a right to know, but nobody here is going to tell you what’s really going on. Govspeaker says: “I’m drawing a red line and if you cross it there will be serious consequences.” Really saying: I know I’m not scaring anybody, I just like sounding macho sometimes. Govspeaker says: “We are implementing these measures for the good of the public.” Really saying: You are too stupid to know what’s good and what’s bad for you so the government will make these decisions for you. Govspeaker says: “We need to invest more in the infrastructure of America.” Really saying: We want to raise your taxes so that we can spend more for programs

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Don’t be fooled again, Americans. It’s all about oil. It’s always about oil. Thank you. Pay attention and check your history books, although some of it is hidden so well you’ll never find it. Drew, stop slavering over the “attractive” talking heads on the Fox News picture box and let me help you understand tyranny. Tyranny is gassing your own citizens with chemical weapons. Tyranny is setting yourself up to be the leader of your country—for life. Tyranny is fabricating lies that mire your country in costly and unnecessary wars.

Tyranny is laws purging voters from voting rolls, and suppressing voting rights and voter participation. Tyranny is corporate advantage over “We the people.” Tyranny employs scare tactics—much like you and the Tea Party Republicans—as a strategy to keep people afraid and misinformed.— Jim Wilson, Tucson Isn’t it amazing all of the expert talking heads on TV trying to dump the president for years that now think he alone will have all the answers for the problems ...continues on page 35

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that don’t accomplish anything except to curry favor with our powerful constituencies that help us stay in office. Govspeaker says: “Education and the future of our children are my top priority.” Really saying: I know that most public schools are a disaster, but I can’t support any common sense things like school vouchers because I get campaign funds from the teachers’ unions. Besides, my kids attend a private school, so they’ll be just fine. Govspeaker says: “Congress is determined to reduce spending and to eliminate waste and corruption.” Really saying: I’m saying this because it sounds good, not because it will ever happen. Govspeaker says: “The president is evaluating the crisis and is consulting with his top security advisers.” Really saying: The president is out on the golf course. Govspeaker says: “The federal government employees in question have been placed on administrative leave.” Really saying: We don’t actually fire

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anybody. They just go home for a while and still collect their paychecks. Govspeaker says: “This is unacceptable.” Really saying: We say this when we don’t have a more meaningful comment about something bad that has happened. Govspeaker says: “We must have comprehensive (fill in blank) reform.” Really saying: By “comprehensive” we mean that every special interest group gets something they want while we in Congress tack on a few billion dollars worth of earmarks for the things that will make us look good to the folks back home. Govspeaker says: “We are referring this matter to a committee.” Really saying: You will never hear about it again. Drew Alexander, also known as “The Curmudgeon,” is a monthly columnist writing about political issues. Send comments to or to Drew Alexander, in care of Lovin’ Life After 50, 3200 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

The Up Side

Five Books that Altered the Course of My Life


: : by Michael Grady

rite a short essay,” my English teacher told us, “five books that changed my life.” This was, of course, some time ago. I was in high school—so only about 20 books existed at the time—and I had read just three of them. (I think I listed “Curious George Finds a Tick” twice.) The intent, then, was to shame us about our lack of literacy so we would dutifully march into the pages of “Beowulf.” But, unlike my sideburns and acidwashed jeans, that question is worth revisiting later on. Books can have a profound influence on your life. (I know a couple of folks who, but for “Catcher in the Rye,” might have done serious harm to themselves.) Books demand an investment of focus and imagination that’s almost unprecedented in our current multitasking world, and they offer so much more in return. At midlife, my English teacher’s question makes a great personal inventory. You can see how books influenced your own perspectives on literature, people or life itself. So: my English teacher’s question, posed 34 years late (I’m going to need one hell of excuse to get full credit) with a challenge to you, to complete it on your own.

• “The World According to Garp:” I was driven to literature by hormones. In 1979, I attended a family reunion that featured two extremely cute distant cousins whose Southern accents would send any 17-year-old male hurtling through puberty. They took one look at me and concluded, kindly, that I was the “brainy one.” I didn’t want to disappoint them. So on an excursion to a local mall, I purchased the thickest book I could find (without pictures!) and carried it around for the rest of the reunion. On the drive home, I stuck my nose between its pages to avoid conversing with my parents— and John Irving’s tragicomic kaleidoscope of tail gunners, falling children, feminists, wrestlers and one-eared Newfoundland dogs

seized my nose and held it hostage across three states. The idea that someone could create characters who would live and grow and die and make me care about them from the back of a Buick Wildcat was absolute wizardry to me. Was every book this good? A found copy of Jacqueline Susann’s “Once is Not Enough” soon told me, loudly, “no!” But “Garp” put me in awe of writers—and had no equal until it was flattened by:

• “The Grapes of Wrath:” “There are absolutely no grapes in this story,” I remember telling my Dad. “If there were, then maybe it wouldn’t have turned out so bad.” (That is, painfully, how I learned what metaphors were.) I was 18 and a black hole of self-absorption when I first read this, so naturally the trials of an indigent Dust Bowl family could not compare with the trials of a Michigan teenager forced to read 300 pages for a quiz on Monday. My dad, cleverly, made a game out of it: “Just get ‘em to California and you can stop,” he promised me. “They’re already in Oklahoma, so you just have to read ‘em across a few more states.” As my eyeballs pushed the Joads and their “crappy truck” across John Steinbeck’s bleak, Depression-era landscape, my anger began to shift from the family’s wordy troubles to the people who were cruel to them (“Why don’t do they feed them? Can’t they see they’re starving?”) to the horrid circumstances that befell them (“That Noah was never right!”) to their brutal disillusionment at their destination. “Kind of gives you a better perspective on your own life, eh?” My dad asked. And it did. It took weeks of focused narcissism to get my teenager card back. To this day, I taste dust in my mouth whenever I think of this novel, have a soft spot in my heart for the photographs of Dorothea Lange, and refuse to trust handbills offering jobs in California.

• “Ordinary People:” I had, until this book came along, the mistaken notion that drama belonged exclusively to people who lived in historic times, wore big, period costumes or killed each other in exotic, grisly ways. Judith Guest’s story is overshadowed now, by the Robert Redford film. But the book does an excellent job of putting powerful issues and compelling drama into the houses and hearts of people who could live next door. In the Jarrett family, the tragedy they suffer and the collateral damage that follows, you walk down a familiar suburban street into some very dark psychological places. And in Conrad Jarrett’s struggle to restart his life, you understand the challenge of jumping back into adolescence from a dead stop. • “Slaughterhouse-Five:” “How can a crazy person write a book?” I remember thinking, when I first started this story in college, “How do they keep him typing?” There is a rant-like quality to Kurt Vonnegut’s funny, free-associative tale of Billy Pilgrim getting unstuck in time. But somewhere between the alien abduction, the awkward family moments, the bombing of Dresden and Billy’s incarceration on Tralfamadore with porn star Montana Wildhack, you find yourself appreciating the very temporary and fragile quality of life itself. I considered myself

a well-read history geek when I came to this book, because I could recite casualty figures from World War II like stats off a baseball card—without a whit of empathy for what those figures meant. But “Slaughterhouse-Five” gives readers a deeper contemplation of life and loss than any battle saga ever could. And its introduction, where a buddy’s wife laments the disconnect between war stories and war itself, remains one of the truest things I have ever read. So it goes. • “Love in the Time of Cholera:” Very early on in this book, two married people have an argument about soap. It is not a dramatic or particularly important argument. It doesn’t feature clever exchanges or witty word play. But it is so utterly real and recognizable to anyone who has been married for any length of time that you have to keep reading. That’s the thing about Gabriel Garcia Marquez— you develop an affection for his writing without being able to understand precisely why. You just kind of go with it, and let its value sink in gradually later on. Kind of like my English teacher’s question. Agree or disagree, but I bet you won’t find my answers half as compelling as your own. Michael Grady is Valley-based freelance writer, reporter and playwright.

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Ask the Old Bag Advice for the Over-50 Crowd


: : by Gayle M. Lagman-Creswick

Note: Hello to faithful readers Frank and Lolly of Sun City, my delightful seatmates on my trip from Wisconsin!


ear Old Bag: In the August issue, an American Woman’s letter stated, “I would like your help in starting a movement” (this was in regard to each person treating the other with honor and respect). You answered, “Let’s do it. I’m in!” Sooo, I represent “U.S.,” United Society of Humanity. I pass on to you this pin representing your connection... May this be a help beginning the movement. Signed, S.N.


ear S.N. Thank you for the pin... I shall wear it and explain what it is when asked. It makes sense to me that we seniors should begin the movement around the world to treat all we meet with honor and respect. There is a little woman at the park where I walk. I do not know her heritage and she does not appear to speak a word of English. However, we are friends. We shake hands and smile warmly at each other, and she pets my dog. It occurs to me that seniors everywhere speak the language of friendship. We must teach the younger generations around the world to love. We can put an end to war. It is a huge undertaking, but I believe we are up to it. We are the Seniors For Peace in this World! An assignment for all this month is to smile at those you meet. Thank you S.N. Signed, O.B.


ear Old Bag: My friend takes care of a 93-year-old woman. She’s not a relative, but she was a friend of her mother’s. Out of the goodness of her heart, she has agreed to be this woman’s power of attorney, because she has no living children. When the woman became unable to stay at home alone, my friend moved her into a wonderful assisted living community with staff that really cares for her and about her. But even two years later, the woman is still unhappy and wishes to go home. My friend, who is a hospice nurse, explained to her why she can’t go home and that she has people here that will

care for her. The woman argues that in her last days, she wants to be happy and the only way she will be happy is at her house, where she can’t stay by herself. So my question to you is where do you draw the line between being happy and being safe? According to her, she can go home and live out the rest of her days happy, but she won’t be safe. Or she can stay in assisted living and die miserable. Any advice? Signed, Torn


ear Torn: You did not reveal the woman’s finances. First of all, if she can afford 24-hour care at home, I say let her go home. If she cannot afford that, then the answer to her is that her finances will not allow her to go home with care. Then you need to enlist the help of a social worker or mental health therapist to work with her in accepting her situation. There are some people who will not be happy, no matter what you do for them. I do not know if she is one of those. Good luck. Signed, O.B.


ear Old Bag: Just a note to say I enjoy your answers to letters. Having been a caregiver to many, I always wonder what you will reply to letters. A few years ago, I packed an elderly couple to move to Grand Junction, Colo. The lady in her 80s was sweet and kind. She had dementia and could not remember. She wanted to stay the night because she was lonely. Suddenly, I noticed her high school annual, and I asked her if she wanted it packed. The look on her face was blank. Then she opened the book and sat down and was in the past. She sat for two hours remembering old friends and good times. It was such a blessing for both of us. Signed, S.A. Parachute, Colo.

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: : by Terry Ratner, RN, MFA Ozzie Oswald Nelson, at age 13, was the youngest person to become an Eagle Scout. Oswald went on to become Ozzie Nelson, the father in “Ozzie and Harriet.” Though the show aired years before the advent of reality

television, Harriet was indeed Ozzie’s real wife; Ricky and David were his real sons, and, eventually, Ricky and David’s wives were played by their actual spouses. I remember watching the show and wondering if any father interacted with their family like Ozzie

did. Perhaps being an Eagle Scout helped prepared him for fatherhood. The current requirements for Eagle Scout make it impossible for anyone to ever beat Ozzie’s record. My father was never a scout of any kind. He grew up in foster homes. Most of his foster parents took him in because of money they received from the state. Only one foster parent professed to loving him, but by that time he was in his teens and the damage was irreparable. He never knew what it was like to have a father. Father Knows Best In 1954 Robert Young starred in the television series “Father Knows Best.” Young played Jim Anderson, an average father in an average family. I always wanted to be “Kitten” the part that Lauren Chapin played. I wanted to be called Kitten and I wanted a father like Jim Anderson. My family had no similarities to the television family of “Father Knows Best.” I don’t remember bonding with my father, although we did go to the beach a few times. We played together in the waters of Lake Michigan, me sitting on his broad shoulders while he waded in deeper. I also remember going to Riverview Park with him during my younger years. He enjoyed riding the rollercoasters as much as I did and he would scream as we headed downhill. Those screams didn’t scare me. It was the screams that were to come later in life when he would be chasing me as if he was the hunter and I was the hunted. Carp After the female Japanese carp gives birth to hundreds of tiny babies, the father carp remains nearby. When he senses approaching danger he will suck the helpless babies into his mouth, and hold them safely there until the coast is clear. My father was not like this. He was strict—an attorney and a colonel in the Air Force reserves. He would yell as the chase began. His face would become as red as a beet and I watched his neck pulsating and his Adam’s apple enlarge. I always

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knew what was to come, but I put up a good fight. There was no such thing as “child abuse” back then. Hugh Beaumont The actor who portrayed the benevolent father on the popular TV show “Leave it to Beaver” was a Methodist minister. Tony Dow, who played older brother Wally, reports that Beaumont hated kids. I don’t believe my father hated children, however, I think he disliked women because of his early childhood relationship with his mother. Side Note Hugh Brannum, not to be mistaken with Hugh Beaumont, played Mr. Green Jeans on “Captain Kangaroo” and I remember him as kind, funny, and extremely reliable. Emperor Penguins Once a male emperor penguin has completed the act of mating, he remains by the female’s side for the next month to determine if he is indeed about to become a father. When he sees a single greenish white egg emerge from his mate’s egg pouch, he begins to sing. Scientists have characterized his song as “ecstatic.” Who would you rather have as your father: Hugh Beaumont, Hugh Brannum, or an emperor penguin? 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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nswer: Wouldn’t we love to live in a perfect investment world? That world would have the following: • High Returns and • High Liquidity and • Low Risk Regrettably, in this imperfect world, you can’t have all three. Many retirees who want to reduce the risk in their portfolios are seeking investments that still provide a nice return for their money. Here’s the rub: If you want to increase your returns you basically have two choices: • Increase Risk • Decrease Liquidity (buy longer-term investments) Traditionally many investment firms have turned to bonds. However, bonds are not risk-free investments. One of the risks is that of interest rate risk. This risk to the bond price occurs if you do not hold your bonds to maturity. To illustrate this, let’s return to the playgrounds of our youth. When we were children, we would play on teeter-totters with our friends. When we clambered aboard, the teeter-totter was parallel to the ground. Similarly, at issue, the price and interest rate are at equilibrium. In the picture below, the price of the bond is on one end and the interest rate is on the other end. In this example, the issuer will receive $1,000 for the bond in exchange for a 4 percent interest rate. On the date that the bond matures, they will pay $1,000 to the bondholder (assuming they don’t default on the bond in the interim).

Between the issue date and maturity date, the teeter-totter will go up and

down according to interest rates. There’s an inverse relationship between bonds and interest rates. The next diagram shows what might happen to this bond if interest rates fall.

predict the rise and fall of the stock market. However, if the government suspends its quantitative easing policy that has kept interest rates low, that fall off the teeter-totter that bond investors experienced this summer may feel like a walk in the park! Teresa Bear, CFP, CPA (www.TeresaBear. com), specializes in retirement planning and

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October 3 Thursday “Seniors Mean Business,” 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Vi at Silverstone, 23005 N. 74th St., Scottsdale, free with advance registration at, (480) 355-2708, “Seniors Mean Business” is a new signature event from the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce designed to inform, engage and energize the growing senior population. National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ)’s Taste of the Biltmore, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Biltmore Corporate Center, 6001 N. 24th St. in Phoenix, $35, www. This highly anticipated kick-off to the fall social season will bring the best of the Biltmore community together to enjoy unlimited food and wine tastes from more than 20 local restaurants. Group Exercise, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Shadow Mountain Senior Center, 3546 E. Sweetwater Ave., Phoenix, free for paid members, $10 Phoenix residents, $20 nonresidents, (602) 534-2303. Low-impact bone builders led by a volunteer. Sunland Village Bingo, 7 p.m. Thursdays in October, Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., charge for cards, (480) 832-9003. Features $900 progressive pot. October 4 Friday The Engineers Club of the West Valley, 11:30 a.m., Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West, $18 and reservations required, (623) 5440942, Following the luncheon, Dr. Candace K. Chan will discuss “Energizing Silicon Materials for High Energy Density Batteries.”

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choose not to speak if they believe they may be hard to understand. Myth: Deaf individuals are not as smart as hearing individuals. Fact: There is no correlation between the ability to hear and intelligence. This is a highly offensive assumption of the deaf community. The 2013 Arizona Deaf Festival, in partnership with the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) and Arizona Relay Service, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St.. The event is free. The Arizona Deaf Festival is about raising awareness about deaf people and their culture and promoting the positive aspects of being deaf. As we (the deaf community) continue to face a variety of issues of barriers and oppression, we need to continue in being proactive with our actions, show pride in our identity as a deaf individual, and constantly embrace and cherish the uniqueness of deaf culture. Join ACDHH and Arizona Relay Service in celebrating deaf awareness in recognizing the past, present and future contributions and achievements that have paved the way to where we are today. For more information on the events taking place during the 2013 Arizona Deaf Festival, visit www.azdeafestival. org. Beca Bailey is a deaf specialist with The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. For more than 15 years, since July 2004, Bailey has worked with the deaf community in many different roles. Information and referral, community development and outreach education are among the services she helps provide. By informing deaf and hard of hearing individuals about their rights and the laws and programs available to support those rights, they, too, can become empowered as self-advocates.

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ike many seniors in Arizona, Joyce Walther has some concerns about the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Although the 62-year-old Tempe resident is getting benefits through her work, she says she is worried that her employer may decide to drop coverage as it may not meet the requirement, or it may too expensive for the new program. “Being a cancer survivor, I am very concerned that if I am forced to the exchanges, my coverage will be limited and very expensive,” Walther says, adding that she is also concerned that she may not be able to keep seeing her oncologist. “I had a high rate of reoccurring cancer and so this is or could be life or death for me...It all sounds very confusing and chaotic to me at this point. I definitely do not like the wait and see prospects.”

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Affordable Care Act... from page 24 its members. “The enrollment process and enrollment change periods stay the same. Their options to choose traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, as well as a supplemental plan, also stay the same. For people who are new to Medicare, they will follow the same processes currently in place to enroll and choose their options.” However, the Marketplace will not be open as a Medicare replacement, says Shay Bierly, SPHR for MJ Insurance Inc. in Phoenix. “There has been a lot of confusion about this, because the Marketplace open enrollment period will mirror the Medicare open enrollment,” says Bierly. ‘Traditional Medicare,’ Medicare Parts A and B Seniors who are currently covered under traditional Medicare Part A and Part B programs will receive additional benefits because co-payments and deductibles for preventive services and screenings/wellness exams for various conditions will be eliminated, says David Weissman, an attorney from Rose Law Group in Scottsdale.

“In addition, premiums for these plans have been fixed through 2017, following just a small increase in 2013,” he says. Alan Leafman, a health insurance expert and owner of Health Insurance Express in Mesa, says he anticipates that Medicare Parts A and B will be very minimally impacted by the ACA. “Of course, as has been the case nearly every year since Medicare’s inception, benefits under Medicare A and B will be decreased—through higher deductibles, hospital copayments and cost sharing—each year. This means that the need for Medicare supplemental coverage, sometimes referred to as Medigap coverage, will be increasingly more important.” Supplements are available in a number of different forms of coverage that were standardized by the federal government many years ago, Leafman adds. These supplement forms use letter designations “A – N” and the plans do not vary from insurance company to company. This standardization makes it easier for consumers to shop plans on price, he says.

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“Additionally, since between 10,000 and 11,000 people per day are aging into Medicare, a trend that will continue through the year 2029, more insurance companies continue to enter into the Medicare supplement marketplace,” Leafman says. “Demand for Medicare supplement plans is being further accelerated by the fact that many employers are dropping or increasing the cost of retiree medical benefits, forcing more consumers into Medicare.” These factors have created Shay Bierly of MJ Insurance Inc. in Phoenix, healthy competition among says that the Marketplace open enrollment insurance carriers and the period under the new Affordable Care Act beneficiaries of this competition will mirror the Medicare open enrollment process. are consumers, Leafman notes, adding that unlike health insurance supplements agree with Medicare to plans for younger people, there are automatically pay their portion of any virtually no differences from insurance claims that are approved by Medicare.” Although Leafman says it is not too company to company in the area of claims payment practices for Medicare well known, “Traditional Medicare”, supplements. “This is a qualitative or non-PPO or HMO Medicare, also concern of consumers but it is largely offers a no-cost initial wellness visit, unfounded because the insurance including a basic vision test, within 12 ...continues on page 28 companies offering Medicare

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Affordable Care Act... from page 26 months of enrolling in Medicare Part B. Thereafter, annual wellness visits are also covered at no cost. “Medicare Advantage Plans (Medicare Part C, HMO/PPO plan) which are an alternative to Traditional Medicare, also cover preventive services, and in nearly all cases these services are also covered at no additional cost,” Leafman says, adding that these plans do use physician networks, and services must be provided by a network physician or medical facility. Medicare Part C – Medicare Advantage Plans Those who are in Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans, which are private insurance plans that expand on traditional government-provided Medicare, will likely face higher premiums and reduced benefits due to upcoming reductions in the funding provided by Medicare to these private plans, Weissman says. In addition, he feels that dramatic cuts in general Medicare funding—more than $700 billion between 2013 and 2022—will impact reimbursements to physicians, clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing services, home health care providers and others. “This has caused both uncertainty and concern regarding the availability of adequate medical services for seniors as these cuts are implemented,” Weissman says, adding that as is the case with many aspects of the ACA, only time will tell.       Although Leafman is aware of the speculation about increasing costs and/or decreasing benefits for Medicare Advantage plans as a consequence of the ACA, he feels there is little concrete evidence to validate these concerns. “Today more than one out of four people on Medicare participate in a Medicare Advantage plan. Many of these plans are offered by the insurance companies for little to no monthly cost, largely because they are funded by Medicare,” he says. “Participants in these plans have chosen to accept the restrictions of a provider network, and

possibly higher copayments for service, in return for little to no monthly cost of coverage.” Just like Traditional Medicare, participants in Medicare Advantage plans are still required to pay the Medicare Part B (outpatient coverage) premium, which is approximately $110 per month for most Medicare participants. Medicare Part D - Prescription Drug Coverage Perikly says the ACA will bring some changes to the prescription drug deductible and to what is commonly called the “donut hole”—the gap between the initial prescription drug coverage limit and when prescription drug spending is high enough that coverage begins again. “Medicare beneficiaries who have higher spending for prescription drugs may spend less in 2014. Beneficiaries will enter the donut hole sooner, but will leave the donut hole faster and will have a larger discount while in the donut hole,” Perikly says, adding that this will be 28 percent in 2014 versus 21 percent in 2013.

on their medications until they have completed their tier two coverage under Medicare Part D,” he says, adding that the discount percentages will be phased in over time, starting at only 21 percent on generic medications in 2013. “The covered percentage of costs for brand name drugs is higher and by 2014 it will reach 52.5 percent for brand name drugs and 28 percent for generics.” Just like Medicare supplemental plans, Medicare prescription plan competition is also heating up, Leafman notes. “The unprecedented number of Baby Jaime Perikly, COO of Health Choice, Boomers aging into Medicare a provider-owned, management care has created a growing market organization, says that people who are in opportunity for insurance on Medicare will not need to do anything companies. Consumers are different under the Affordable Care Act. encouraged to shop their Part D marketplace for those whose coverage during open enrollment household incomes are less than 400 each year in order to monitor their percent of the federal poverty level, total cost of prescription medication,” Leafman adds, will greatly enhance he says, adding that personalized the availability and affordability of comparisons of plans, based on each health care for hundreds of thousands individual’s medications are available of Arizona residents. “It is important at: or through most to note that the federal government pharmacies. will fund 100 percent of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years of the program,” he says, noting that Medicaid Arizona is one of 26 federal funding will then gradually states that have chosen decrease to the ultimate level of 90 to move forward with percent by the year 2022. For seniors who are currently on Medicaid expansion. This expansion will Medicaid, Perikly says, it is important bring new federal that they renew their eligibility to funds to Arizonans, maintain their benefits. “Seniors who Leafman adds, many lose eligibility can find new options of whose lives will for health coverage on the Health be greatly improved Insurance Marketplace. People whose by easier access to household income is between 100 medical care. “There and 400 percent of the poverty line are nearly 600,000 are eligible for financial assistance nonelderly individuals in Arizona who to purchase health insurance in the currently, or will very shortly qualify Marketplace.” for Medicaid, double the number of currently covered individuals. Putting What impact will the ACA have this into perspective, 23 percent of on seniors’ wallets? Arizona’s population is uninsured.” Seniors who are eligible for The federal law sought to extend Medicare can choose from traditional Medicaid to all people who earn Medicare with a Prescription Drug less than 138 percent of the federal Plan, a Medicare Advantage Plan or a poverty level, which equates to just Medicare Advantage with Prescription under $16,000 for an individual and Drug Plan, Perikly says. $32,500 for a family of four based on While traditional Medicare current guidelines. offers flexibility in service area and This expansion, plus premium provider networks, she says Medicare subsidies through the public ...continues on page 30

“There are nearly 600,000 nonelderly individuals in Arizona who currently, or will very shortly qualify for Medicaid, double the number of currently covered individuals.” In addition, Weissman says the donut hole will be gradually phased out through discounts on prescription drugs until closed in 2020. “Most indications are that this aspect of the ACA has been received favorably,” he notes.   Overall, Leafman says, one of the ACA’s major initiatives is the reduction in out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications. “Initially, those who have exhausted their first tier of Part D benefits and have entered the ‘donut hole’ will receive discounts averaging 50 percent

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Seniors who are not eligible for Medicare may be eligible for financial assistance for health insurance through Medicaid or through the Health Insurance Marketplace. As part of ACA, seniors on Medicare will be able to take advantage of certain preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, without paying the Part B coinsurance or deductible, Bierly says. “The coverage that is part of the Medicaid expansion will meet the

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For most Medicare patients, the only time to make changes to their Medicare health plans or Medicare prescription drug plans is during the Medicare open enrollment period. The open enrollment period for 2014 Medicare plans begins Oct. 15 and extends through Dec. 7. Any changes made during this time will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. If no changes are made, your current coverage will remain in effect through the next year, subject to any changes in the coverage itself. It is very important to review the Evidence of Coverage (EOC) and Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) when choosing to keep or change your coverage. The EOC includes details about your plans coverage and premiums and the ANOC includes any changes in coverage, costs, or services effective Jan. 1, 2014. These documents were sent to you in September by your current Medicare plan. If you have not received these documents contact your Medicare plan. Medicare Advantage Dis-Enrollment Period: If you would like to dis-enroll from your Medicare Advantage Plan and

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“Oh, you’re retiring? Would you please watch the kids during the day to save me the babysitting costs?” Answer: No. “Can we count on you to join the board at the senior center?” Answer: No. “Will you sign up to deliver meals to shut-ins?” Answer: No. No, no, no ... at least until you get a handle on your free time once you’ve retired. Give it at least a couple of months. During that time, explore some of your options: a hobby you never had time for, uninterrupted hours in the library, sewing the new drapes that have sat untouched for years ... you get the idea. Then, once you learn what “free time” you really have, maybe you can say “yes” now and then. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail. com.


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wish I had known about this treat years ago when I was living in British Columbia, where it originated. (I was going to school at the Conservatory of Music in Victoria, and on the weekends my fellow classmates and I would drive up Vancouver Island to Nanaimo, a quaint and picturesque town on the waterfront just to get away from it all.) Little did I know then, as relatively few people know now, that it’s the home of the original Nanaimo Bar, a decadent, delicious no-bake three layer cookie bar that takes only one bite to win you over for a lifetime. Yes, it’s that good, with a bottom layer of packed chocolate, nuts, graham crackers and coconut. The

filling is a creamy layer of custard butter icing, and if that’s not enough, the top layer is a rich, firm chocolate! The Nanaimo Bar has been called Canada’s Favorite Confection and for years the recipe was imprinted on souvenir tea towels and aprons. I remember seeing it when I strolled around town, but it wasn’t until years later that I remembered its goodness. I think you’re going to like the Nanaimo Bar! This favorite from our friends to the North definitely raises the bar on a chocolaty layered treat.

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Sound Off ... from page 42 Jane” Fonda, a North Vietnamese Communist supporter played Ronald Reagan’s wife. I’m sure Ronald Reagan is rolling over in his grave now. The movie also depicts Reagan as a racist, which is another liberal Hollywood lie. Sorry “Hanoi Jane,” but every veteran from World War II to the present remembers you in the Viet Cong, holding a North Vietnamese antiaircraft gun, spouting off your antiAmerican rhetoric. “Hanoi Jane” also betrayed American POWs who asked for her help and then you turned them in to their Communist captors for more torture and eventual death. You’re a traitor and should have been charged with treason. Vets don’t forget.—Bill Spotts, Mesa Good morning. It’s not that America doesn’t care. It’s the matter of letting other countries fight their own civil, religious, poverty wars. America has its own problems, mostly because of those other wars. Dig down, Americans. Protect and prosper Americans. Remember God, Allah and all good spirits help those who help themselves and the evil destroys itself. You remember that, don’t you? Wonder why America’s broke? Where did all the savings go? Save England. Save Europe. Save Israel. Save South Korea. Save Cambodia. Save Bosnia. Save Iraq. Hey, world, save yourself for a change. We need a breather. The interesting information about SRP dam turbine repair costs finally explain the boost of customers’ bills. They should have informed us sooner. Secrets always make unnecessary damage. I am going to pose a question. We have been fighting against Al-Qaeda for over a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are a major factor in the rebel opposition to Assad. I equate this group the same as “The Brotherhood.” Their goal is the same, the installation of Sharia law over every nation. As far as I am concerned under Obama we have been on the wrong side. Gadhafi of Libya

kept them under control. We aided them in murdering him. Mubarak of Egypt also kept them under control. We threw him under the bus, as the old expression goes, and now Assad. Won’t it be great when “The Brotherhood” gets their hands on those stockpiles of chemical weapons? It won’t be so great for Israel. They will be the first victim followed by America. Our John McCain is pushing Obama. Please tell him to stop.—Jack B. Walters, Tucson There appears to be hundreds of reporters on commercial television news, but where are the journalists of information of truth kept from the American public, especially regarding the struggling refugee camps in need of water and waste controls? You’ll find the answers on PBS of course. I’m sure you missed it today. Don’t forget war is always the big boys’ game. Since Russia totally lost in Afghanistan it can now save face by sharing the credit with America over any resolutions in Syria. Oh yeah, grandma didn’t forget. It’s still about oil, remember? Marijuana for children this time? Didn’t Ritalin do enough damage to the last generation? More stupid people running the world than we can count. Well, another crane tipped over and makes it obvious the operator just did not get a good grade in high school geometry. See, you have to have some kind of a diploma to even drive a big kind of truck or any kind of useful machinery. Go back to school dummies. Go back to school. No one country can control another country’s civil war. No matter what material is used by man’s battle. Women and children have always been the cost and always will be until diplomacy rules. That’s what America tries to teach the world. Diplomacy rules, not civil war. America’s labeled the violence country. Why? Because hitting each other starts young. Kids play make believe—pirates with soft

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swords age ages 5 through 7; cops and robbers; cowboys and Indians with guns until teens. Then it’s boxing and football fans. It’s just another game accelerated by the various stages of greed we’re also taught. Why is America a violent country? We learn it from babyhood. Good morning, all grandma can say on Sept. 10 about the Charlie Rose Syria interview is “I told you so.” How ‘bout that. The old lady remembered well. It’s hard to believe the learned men of Congress are ready to vote negative to issues they do not know of the full contents for personal reasons of disagreement and dislike of one person in particular. Shame on them. No wonder we’re in such bad straits. No wonder Russia is going to take advantage of it, again. Of course Congress will vote for Russian resolution rather than give President Obama credit for his threats. That’s the way it is with the petty minds in Congress. Oh boy fun and games: No matter how they spend it, they’re all saving their oil line distribution. Liar, liar pants on fire. You’re caught in your own dirty war. Looky, looky, looky we finally got it—the war of the egos. Let the boys have all the war of the words they want. They’re finally learning how to do it without hurting everybody else. Ya think? In 1956, when Eisenhower was president, the Highway Revenue Act was approved to pay for the Interstate Highway System. The federal tax rate was set at 3 cents. In the 1950s, it was raised to 4 cents. In 1982 under Reagan it was increased to 9 cents, then under G.H.W. Bush it increased to 14 cents, of which 2.5 cents were designated for deficit reduction and lastly it was increased to 18.5 cents under Clinton in 1993. All of the increase designated for deficit reduction. There it has remained to this day. The fund continued to drop to where Congress authorized a transfer of $35 billion from the general fund

to shore it up between 2008 and 2010. Sen. John McCain and Hillary Clinton during their campaign to become president proposed a gas tax holiday. Hillary suggested making up the shortfall with a windfall tax on the oil industry. Since 2000, there have been half a dozen attempts by members of Congress to suspend the gas tax entirely. The fund is projected to become insolvent this year. Believe it or not the U.S. Chamber of Commerce actually supported raising the gas tax this year. All of the above data I gleaned from Wikipedia. Why take the time to write about it now? My reason is that in this week’s newspapers were two articles which caught my attention. The first had to do with increasing sales of large SUVs and pickup trucks, the second was a proposal to generate funds for highway and bridge repairs by installing toll booths as the only viable way to raise funds for road repair. Just think of the added cost of installing and manning booths and the travel delays that would be a result. So here you have it, the fund will go broke yet this year but no one in Congress or the president has the intestinal fortitude to state the obvious that the tax must be increased with all funds for construction and maintenance.—Jack B. Walters, Tucson Witness the Americanization of Putin clamoring for celebrity top billing in New York City. Of course Russia needs to keep the Baku pipeline open and all the world’s stock markets will now begin to thrive. Who do they think they’re still fooling? Boys will be boys. For all the meetings, negotiations, opinions and complaints, why is there such a big hole in the pronunciations that the three little letters o-i-l most importantly are still so obviously missing? Do all the big brains still think the little people are stupid? Well, maybe so, after all you still don’t know it’s still all about the oil. What? I just heard there are only about 50 people in Congress who are holding the other 300 as hostages? What bullies. Are you really going to allow them to get away with it? God help America, and God help you as a citizen if you

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oming in November,Wellsprings Therapy Department will have 2 of 5 Geriatric Aquatic Specialists in the country! After training with Inertia Therapy Services through ATU (Aquatic Therapy University) our therapists will be awarded this prestigious title. Inertia Therapy Services, a local Arizona company has been dynamic in bringing the aquatic industry to the forefront of the profession.


ellsprings is a locally owned and operated skilled therapy center. Recently the Arizona Department of Health Services awarded an “Excellent A-rating” along with an “Excellent 5-Star Rating” by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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t’s 9:30 in the morning, but the air is still cool. Nevertheless, I’m slathered in sunscreen and dripping with insect repellant. In other words, I’m ready to meet some alligators on a trip that will take my husband and me from Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, the largest blackwater swamp in North America, to Florida’s Everglades National Park, a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve as well as a World Heritage Site.

how to tell an alligator from a crocodile (It’s all in the teeth; a croc’s lower teeth overlap his upper); to judge the reptile’s length (Estimate the distance between the eye bumps and snout bump; that distance in inches pretty much equals the gator’s length in feet); and to escape one that’s chasing you. “Climb a tree, run in zigzags, or...” Chip laughs heartily… “outrun your friend!” It’s obviously a good day for alligators, but even on gatorless days, there’d be plenty to see. The swamp is home to a large variety of other reptiles, as well as amphibians, fish, mammals, butterflies and more than 230 species of birds, including egrets, herons, ibis, sand hill cranes and red-shouldered hawks. Chip puts the boat in reverse so we can better see a soft shell turtle, which instantly submerges to avoid us. No problem. Chip heads toward a flooded forest, where, he says, we’re likely to see a snake. “Most, but not all, poisonous snakes have cat-shaped eyes,” he tells us.

Okefenokee Swamp Along with a dozen other passengers, we climb into a 24-foot flat-bottomed boat and set out through water that’s the color of strong tea—a result of tannic acid caused by decaying vegetation. At 10:08, we spot our first alligator. At 10:12, there’s another one, and then another. At 10:32, one leaps out of the water, arcing in front of us. “Sometimes they leap 6 feet into the air,” says our guide, Chip Campbell, owner of Okefenokee Adventures. It’s a fact I find most disconcerting. By this time, the gators are appearing every two, three minutes. There’s one over there, curled in the grass, gazing at us with steely eyes. And that log over there...It moved! I stop counting when I realize I may be tracking fallen trees as well as prehistoric reptiles. In short order we become mini- A boardwalk along the Anhinga Trail in Everglades experts on alligators. We learn National Park makes wildlife viewing accessible to all.



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Since I have no intention of getting close enough to a snake to see the shape of its eyes, I dismiss this piece of information as superfluous. I’m more interested in learning about the medicinal properties of various plants—spotting those that will repel insects, relieve depression, grow hair and clean hands. “But there’s no remedy for folks who get their hands eaten while plucking plants,” says Chip, and I decide to stick with the pharmacy for my medications. By 11 a.m., as another gator glides by, we’ve seen so many that we’ve become blasé. We turn our heads but don’t rush for our cameras. Our memory cards are full, but even without more photos, we know we’ve had a trip we’ll never forget.;

farther away and during much longer expeditions. We get about 10 feet down the path when a giant black bird with a yellow bill hops on the rail in front of us. He’s waving a small fish in his mouth. We stand mesmerized for several minutes while the cormorant shakes the fish into submission, positions him in line with his throat and swallows him whole. A few feet farther, a large osprey spreads his wings, his white upper feathers looking like a fringed cape against the black background. We turn left along a nice plank pathway. With the water undisturbed by a moving boat, dozens of alligators sun in peace, some half submerged, others happily snoozing in the roots of swamp trees, others completely visible. The boardwalk makes a stable resting place for tripods, and there seem to be more photographers than gators or birds. Yet the mood is serene. Despite the manmade conveniences, we feel at one with nature.

Everglades National Park It’s a seven-hour, 385-mile drive from Okefenokee to the Everglades, and I didn’t want to go. When I read that the best way to see the alligators is to walk along a 0.8-mile boardwalk, I everglades-national-park turned up my nose. After all, I rode in a low-lying boat through a swamp in Georgia, so why would I want to peer down at gators from a raised walkway? So tame. So tacky. I was wrong. Everglades National Park is nature at its most convenient and abundant. A one-hour walk along the Anhinga Trail lets us get up close and personal with more alligators and birds Rental boats are available for folks who want to explore than we’d seen from Okefenokee on their own.

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DRAWER LL1087 Single white lady 77 plus and slender ISO man N/S, N/D who is seeking a long term relationship. Enjoy activities in AZ and dining out. I live in Glendale. Looking forward to hearing from you. DRAWER LL1223 SWF wants to meet a man who shaves regularly dresses in clean clothes, is fairly intelligent and has a sense of humor. No phone interrogations. Statistics unimportant. Life is short and there is too much to learn, see & enjoy. DRAWER LL1244 SHM 5’9”, retired, financially secure, ISO nice woman 45-60 for LTR. Must love music and have a sense of humor! Looking for someone to see the world with. Me – I’m not perfect, but I have a lot of love to give! Give me a chance!

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DRAWER LL1427 I don’t want wild crazy love, but I do want from a regular, normal, NS W Male soft sweet hugs & kisses with kindness, caring love, affection, honesty & lots of laughter.

DRAWER LL1354 This is not a fantasy ad stating all my credentials, using small letter characterizing what I do not want or want in a relationship. I am writing from my heart, seeking a congenial person to love and respect and receive the same. I love life and embrace the adventure of life with lots of love & kisses. WWF, 5’4 ½”, fluffy figure, expressive blue eyes, kissable lips, hair like the moon. DRAWER LL1403 Financially secure Scottsdale widow ISO senior widower or single WM, 5’9” or more to enjoy remaining years doing things seniors do: Birding, star-gazing, moon watching, learning to love again. Life is short; let’s meet for lunch, coffee or whatever. I will anxiously await your reply. DRAWER LL1416 SWM 62 ISO Female about 45-65, one that likes a dry sense of humor and at other times a bit on the raw side, but both can produce belly laughs – LTR. I’m 5’11”, blue eyes, about 180lbs, light brown hair & goatee. Mesa or Apache Junction area Hmm. DRAWER LL1425 Single Senior, BF, NS, ND ISO active male senior with same attributes to enjoy life and living. Enjoy travel, music, dancing, movies, concerts, and some sports. Reply with phone number. DRAWER LL1441 WWF, 58, blonde hair with nice figure, NS, very active and always on the go ISO European man with an accent, NS, 50-60 who is very generous, likes to shop, sight-see, fish & knows how to eat! Must be an animal lover. Please include phone number.

How do I Answer a Friendship Ad? Compose your response and address it to: Drawer # ________ Lovin’ Life Newspapers 3200 N. Hayden Rd., Suite 210 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 October 2013 : : Lovin’ Life After 50 : : page 55

Booths Selling Fast for the Expo!

A Partnership of Experience and Value This year, for the first time, Lovin’ Life After 50 and East Valley Adult Resources have joined forces in a partnership designed to bring additional value to companies and organizations with a need to reach the East Valley’s after-50 market. Together, these two organizations will host the 2013 Healthy Living Expo on November 21 at the Mesa Convention Center.


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T HE F INISH L INE Arizona’s Leader in Senior Fitness Healthways Shows ‘Age of Champions’ Statewide


Racewalk Clinic Returns Oct. 11


ummer has come to an end, so Ellie Kallal will begin her racewalking clinics again. The next clinic is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. Kallal is a medal-winning racewalker with years of experience in the Arizona Senior Olympics. The clinic is for those who want to learn to walk efficiently and avoid injury, but to increase their workout. Attendees will learn the basic rules of racewalking, as used by the Olympians, as well as how to improve technique and simply get a better workout when walking for exercise. Attendees should enter the Seventh Street entrance to Steele Indian School Park. The entrance is located just north of Indian School Road, on the west side of Seventh Street. Wear comfortable clothing—preferably shorts—and flexible running shoes. Walking shoes are too rigid. Attendees are urged to bring water. The clinics are on the second Friday of the month. The hour changes according to weather so that walkers will be cool, without being cold. For reservations, call Ellie Kallal at (480) 980-3366 or email ellie.kallal@

ealthways Silver Sneakers, sponsors of the Arizona Senior Olympics, is showing the documentary film “Age of Champions” throughout the state during the fall months. In September, this popular film was shown in Prescott, Kingman and Yuma to very enthusiastic audiences. In October, Age of Champions will also be shown in the following locations: • 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Goelet AC Beuf Community Center in Phoenix

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• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Peoria Performing Arts Center in Peoria • 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Via Linda Center in Scottsdale If you have not yet seen this excellent film, plan on attending one of the showings listed above. It’s free, and it might just change your life. For more information, call the ASO Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or visit www.

Going Once! Going Twice! Sold For ALFF! ::by Tom Stillwell, ALFF Board Chairman he Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation is seeking donations for our new eBay auction project. The board of directors has launched a project that will be a year-round fundraising effort. We are seeking items that we can put up for auction on eBay, and we will, of course, provide you with a receipt for the fair market value or the eventual selling price, whichever is greater! Be assured that every cent received for your donation will be used to support the programs of the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation, whose primary program is the Arizona Senior Olympics. You’ll be helping to


promote fitness education, activities and competitions for people who are 50 and better. Because of the time and effort involved in managing the auction, we are limiting our auctions to items worth $200 or greater. You can drop off your donations at the ALFF offices at Seventh Avenue and Indian School Road, mail them to us, or contact us to arrange pickup! For information, call (602) 274-7742. Watch this space in the future for details on how to locate the ALFF Storefront on eBay, and maybe you can also support us by bidding on someone else’s donation!

The News in Brief


n the winter of 1891-92, a Canadian physical education instructor, James Naismith (1861-1939), invented the sport of basketball to provide indoor exercise and competition for his students between the end of the football season and the start of the baseball season.

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He was an instructor at the YMCA Training School (now Springfield College) in Springfield, Mass. In 1959, he was voted to the Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield (its official name is the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame).

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Central Village Brings Communities Together


entral Village will be Phoenix’s exciting new choice that will enhance lives as we move through the many stages over 50! Central Village is not a place, but a way of life where members enjoy and support each other through sharing their abilities, talents and experiences by actively exchanging those gifts in cultural and social activities, and practical daily living support (rides, yard work, grocery shopping, etc.) The Central Village’s target area is Indian School Road to Glendale Avenue, Central Avenue to 19th Avenue and will be coming to this area in late January. The village is based on two successful models called Villages and Time Exchange (or Banks). There are villages and time banks all over the country, but there are none in Phoenix. Villages are membershipbased organizations that provide services as people age in their homes. A Time

Exchange is a cycle of reciprocity that values all time as equal. Time Exchange is the idea that everyone has something of value to contribute. When we share our time and talents we invest in relationships and respect each others’ ability to be both givers and receivers, which enriches the community. The Time Exchange is a way of bringing the community together, allowing us to recognize our interdependence. It’s a way to meet your neighbors and give back to other by doing something you enjoy! If you live in this area and would like to be a part of developing this exciting new village, contact (602) 279-5539 or

Getting the Maximum Benefit From Your Medicare Advantage Plan Take advantage of everything your plan offers to achieve optimum health and well-being

By Dr. Mark Kiffer, Medical Officer for Humana’s Desert Pacific Region f you’re one of the 14 million plans place a strong emphasis on Americans enrolled in a Medicare preventive health care services Advantage plan, you already know that help keep you healthy, detect that your plan covers hospital stays, diseases at an early stage, and avoid doctor visits and other major medical preventable illnesses. That’s why we needs. But are you aware of the encourage you to schedule regular additional benefits and features that health screenings fully covered by your plan offers? your Medicare Advantage plans, Being familiar with your Medicare as well as an annual medical exam. Advantage plan will not only help you These screenings can help your maximize the value you are receiving doctor catch things early when in benefits, but, in many cases, it will they’re easier to treat. also help you achieve better health and well-being. • Care Management: If you are living Here are five important ways with a chronic condition, such you can take “advantage” of your as diabetes or heart disease, Medicare Advantage plan. what educational programs and support does your plan offer? • Preventive Care: Medicare Advantage


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ASO Hosts ‘Make a Difference Day’ Challenge


o you believe that exercise is good? Do you feel like being active has made your older years better? Do you understand that older seniors have a harder time as they age? If you believe any of these things about being active in your older years, we hope you will take part in our Arizona Senior Olympics’ “Make a Difference Day” Challenge. Arizona Senior Olympics is challenging every Senior Olympian to share the gift of an active lifestyle with someone they know who is not active. Here are some ideas: • Invite someone to play a round of golf. • Teach someone to play pickleball. • Ask someone to go bowling. • Take someone for a walk. • Ask someone to play table tennis or badminton with you. • Do what you love to do as a Senior Olympian and get a sedentary senior to do it with you! After your outing, encourage your ex-couch potato friend to continue to Some Medicare Advantage plans offer personalized, telephonic care management, health coaching, education and support provided by registered nurses and other health professionals. These plans also offer a toll-free help line where you can speak with a registered nurse about your health concerns anytime.

• Wellness Programs:  Many Medicare Advantage programs offer fitness programs at no extra cost and, in some cases, even include a fitness center membership. Through your health plan you may also be eligible to participate in exercise classes specially designed for older adults.   • Immunizations: Flu and pneumonia shots are another important part of your covered preventive care, since people 65 and older are at greater risk of serious side-effects of these common illnesses. Because

join you regularly in an active sport that will get them off the couch and into fitness. Between Oct. 27 and Nov. 8, Arizona Senior Olympics will be accepting stories about your experience in getting someone started on an active lifestyle. Write about it and send in pictures if you like! Send your story (no more than 600 words please) to: Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation P.O. Box 33278 Phoenix, AZ 85067-3278 The winner will receive a T-shirt with “I Made a Difference” embroidered on the front, and both the winner and the ex-couch potato will receive a free registration in the 2014 Arizona Senior Olympic Games. this year’s flu season was one of the worst in recent years, make sure you are up to speed on your shots.

• Community and Financial Resources: If you have limited financial resources, you should be aware that there are plans available that provide extra services and lower plan costs for low-income beneficiaries, along with additional choices and benefits. If you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid you may also be eligible for significant support and assistance from the government. If you’re not sure, visit, or call 1-800-MEDICARE. These are just some of the benefits and features that can help you maximize your Medicare Advantage coverage and improve your health and well-being. Be sure to take a look at your health plan today to make sure you’re getting the most from your plan.

Robin Hood Archery Tournament Nov. 9


rchery Commissioner Angie Sullivan has announced that the popular Robin Hood Tournament will be held this year on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Papago Park Archery Range. Check in is set for 8 a.m., but advanced registration is required by visiting www. The following disciplines will compete: Olympic Recurve, Bare Bow Recurve (no sights), Compound/ Release, Bare Bow Compound (no sights) and Compound Fingers. Registration has begun. This is a popular meet in a beautiful setting so archers are urged to register early. This meet is held in cooperation with the Papago Pita Archers and those who are interested in learning about archery or are beginning archers are welcome to attend.

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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