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Seniors Reveal Life-Changing Effects Of Fitness I

f you are an older adult, exercise is one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, older adults should exercise for 150 minutes a week, with a good mix of cardio and strength training. Unfortunately, many people don’t get enough exercise to keep them healthy and strong as they age. Not only does

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adults and has helped thousands of people reach their health goals. For Priscilla Farrell, it was to walk on the beach with her granddaughter and to rely less on an oxygen tank. For George Jacobs, it was to step foot in a gym for the first time to improve his physical and social well-being. For Cecil Daniels, it was to overcome his diabetes and high blood pressure.

“SilverSneakers Fitness members like Priscilla, George and Cecil are not only changing their lives through fitness, they are leading a senior fitness revolution resulting in health improvements, higher quality of life and fulfillment at every age,” said Joy Powell, president of the Senior Solutions Division for Healthways. “Today’s active older adults are extremely dedicated to physical health through fitness, and they are more passionate and dedicated than any previous generation.” Bringing this to life, the 2013 SilverSneakers Fitness Annual Member Survey of more than 35,000 respondents in 50 states revealed that SilverSneakers participants are seeking personalized fitness options in record numbers, with nearly 46 percent joining a fitness center for the first time as a result of their SilverSneakers membership. While many are stepping foot in the gym for the first time, they are not doing it alone. Nearly 60 percent of SilverSneakers members participate in classes with a friend and 41 percent attend class to socialize, which can have a great impact on a person’s mental health and well-being. The annual member survey also showed that today’s older adults are more active than ever before, with four out of five participants doing aerobic activity three or more times per week. Physical fitness is vital to overall health, as 60 percent of SilverSneakers participants rate their health as “excellent” or “very good,” in comparison to only 47 percent of peer respondents to Medicare’s annual Health Outcomes Survey. SilverSneakers Fitness was founded in 1992 and today serves more than 11 million eligible members in more than 11,000 participating fitness and wellness facilities nationwide. For more information, to see if you are eligible for SilverSneakers and to find a class in your area, call (877) 210-1307 or visit

The Valuable Meaning Of Health Transactions I

n this digital age, the U.S. health care system has also become digital. Every day, millions of people interact with it. During these interactions, data is collected, processed and stored, creating a seemingly infinite amount of information—yet each single data point has meaning. The collection of data for any given individual offers valuable insight into his or her health behavior patterns. This data can be used to support individuals in their efforts to live healthier lives. For example, when a person participates in a health screening, the resulting transaction can generate a response that reinforces this positive activity. The response can be provided in the form of gift cards, co-pay adjustments, even encouraging text messages.

prescription refill his co-pay will be waived and that he can earn $50 in his health savings account if his child is vaccinated. Then there’s a busy sales executive who has not yet had an annual mammogram. The system sends a reminder on her mobile device to schedule the appointment. After the mammography, she gets a reinforc-

ing communication and an incentive. Later, after an unhealthy glucose reading at a biometric screening at work, she is prompted to enroll in a diabetes management program and learns she can earn additional incentives for each program session. Upon completion of all sessions, she is sent a congratulatory e-mail and a reminder of the incentives available in the next quarter if her glucose levels return to a healthy range. For both the steelworker and the

sales executive, the transactions take on real meaning. The data drives a self-monitoring system capable of delivering communications and incentives that support them on a daily basis. Originating from thousands of data sources, millions of health and wellness transactions are processed every day—and every transaction has the potential to improve the health of an individual. Learn more at www.chiprewards. com and

Data Can Accelerate Healthier Choices “Data writes a rich story of healthy actions and provides a road map for behavior change. Data transactions trigger a cascade of events that, through technology and behavioral science, can help improve health at the individual and population level. As a result, people are able to become engaged in the process of living healthier,” says Dr. Josh Klapow, Chief Behavioral Scientist at ChipRewards. ChipRewards is a behavioral science− based technology company that uses its proprietary Web-enabled platform to assist health plans, employers, providers and other industry stakeholders in developing and implementing large-scale health incentive and engagement solutions. The company adheres to established privacy standards, and uses technology created by BMC Software to build a secure environment for its data where it processes millions of transactions to reward and encourage healthy behaviors. For example, an aging steelworker had an annual physical for which he earned an insurance premium reduction. He also completed a biometric screening, making him eligible for a disease management program. Because he walked 8,000 steps in a day, he needs just 5,000 more to get a bonus incentive for the week. He also receives a reminder that after one more

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t’s no secret that chronic pain is a growing health issue in the United States today. I see chronic pain patients everyday in my practice at The Pain Center of Arizona. Defined as pain lasting longer than six months after an injury has healed, it is estimated that more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain annually. Chronic pain can impact a sufferer’s ability to lead a productive working, social and family life. Many patients undergo years of testing and doctors’ visits without a long-term solution. Neuropathic pain is induced by an injury or disease of the nervous system. A common cause of neuropathic pain is post-surgical nerve damage, which occurs in up to 35 percent of patients who undergo hernia surgery and 50 to 85 percent of patients who undergo amputations, according to the British Journal of Anaesthesia, 2008. Other causes include nerve damage caused by trauma or diseases such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Neuropathic pain is difficult to treat. Strong medications like opioids can provide relief but may not always be an effective long-term treatment option. For many years, neurostimulation has been a well-accepted, effective and safe method to treat neuropathic pain. Most popular is stimulation of the spinal cord. Leads (small wires) are implanted in the epidural space, an area around the spinal cord. A neurostimulator sends pulses to the leads. It is implanted in the abdominal wall or buttock, and is controlled via an external remote control. My practice in Phoenix is participating in a national study along with nearly two dozen sites across the country to evaluate a potential new therapy for chronic lower limb pain. The investigational Axium Neurostimulator System is the only spinal cord stimulation system that targets a branch of the spinal cord called the dorsal root ganglion (DRG). The dorsal root ganglion plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of chronic pain, as it processes pain signals as they travel to the brain. By stimulating the DRG, the Axium System interrupts pain signals before they travel to the brain. Recently published European data

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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

We sure will be glad when they take that screaming man off the Cox commercials. He’s such a pain in the neck. Who wants to hear that dummy every station you turn on? Cox, get a new commercial please!

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

The Curmudgeon The Phantom President


: : by Drew Alexander

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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: : by Michael Grady

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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... from page 6 Oh please, you news hogs, always need to blame someone else. All stop blaming everything they have to do is look in the mirror. that’s wrong on the current president. How about checking out the There’s no money for healthy previous three and all the problems that food for children in schools. were created in their administrations, Then should just serve what or can’t you count back that far, you Congress is served in their cafeteria. poor dummy? I bet it’s not Twinkies, chocolate and potato chips. How about that Mr. More disgusting politics from Smart Politician? the people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Can we just skip Congress like They have to make this president the Obama does and impeach him “Judas goat” for all the others who did as a people? nothing to change the VA. At least this president is working at it. You don’t So the typical naysayers of have to fire Eric Shinseki; they didn’t Congress chopped off his head fire any of the other ones that had the and said, “Oops, we needed same problems. At least he is working those brains. What do we do now? Go on it. Shame on all you stupid, greedy back to trying to hang the president? people who need a “Judas goat.” It’s all his fault, of course.” The Goodbye. dummies don’t do anything but more dumb things. Blaming someone for something they were not made Hello. My name is Joan (leaves aware of and not allowing phone number). I think it would time to fix it when they are as dumb be interesting if since you’re as the troublemakers hiding it in the targeting seniors, if seniors who have first place. Holy moly. The politicians been scammed or cheated and it has

not been resolved, if they could put their stories in the paper. I think that would be a very good idea. I know, myself, I have been cheated by a big auction house. It has not been resolved and chances are it would never be resolved. I would like to contact other people who have cheated by this same company. If you are interested in talking to me call me (leaves phone number again). Well, haste made waste again. What do you, those advisers in the White House, do besides make mistakes and give inadequate information? Who are they working for anyway? They sure aren’t working for the president or America’s best interest. Well, in the present brouhaha give the diplomats enough time to work out the kinks. There will be a Taliban in Afghanistan and other political parties in many countries in Africa, just as there will still be confederate separatists in South Carolina. Understand now, poor lame brainers who complain about everything? Understand the big, big picture?

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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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: : by Terry Ratner, RN, MFA

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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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


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.”

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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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Art Talk with Sandy Cord, 1:30 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free but registration required, 325-4800. Tucson Museum of Art docent Sandy Cord will give an in-depth presentation on the American artists that flocked to Paris after the American Civil War, to study, visit museums and exhibit their own works. July 8 Tuesday The Gardeners of Tucson (TGOT) Meeting, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Ward 6 City Council Office, 3202 E. First St., free but registration required, 622-0905. The guest, author Bruce Hyland, will discuss “Down and Dirty Gardening.” Hyland will offer a dozen tips for success in desert gardening and landscaping. History Talk with Sue Ward, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free but registration required, 325-4800. Sue Ward, international relations specialist, will lead a discussion on “Great Decisions: China’s Foreign Policy.” Tour of Hacienda de la Canoa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., repeats Saturday, July 19, Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. Interstate 19 Frontage Rd., Green Valley, free but registration required, 877-6004, Venomous and Poisonous Animals of Arizona, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Joyner-Green Valley Library, 601 N. La Canada Dr., Green Valley, free, 615-7855, July 9 Wednesday Elder Circle: The Wisdom Journey, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free but registration is required, 324-4345. Join Marney Farrell for a safe place to share life experiences and celebrate the achievements of aging. Alzheimer’s Association Younger Onset (Early Onset) Caregiver Support Group, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free but registration required, 322-6601. Sonoran Desert Weedwackers, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., repeats Saturday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 23, Pima County Tucson Mountain Park, 2020 N. Kinney Rd., free but registration required, 615-7855, eeducation@pima. gov. Join the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers to eradicate buffelgrass and fountain grass in Tucson Mountain Park. July 10 Thursday Green Valley Stroke Support Group, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Zuni Room, La Perla at La Posada, 635 S. Park

Center Ave, free but registration required, 626-2901. Facilitated by Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, and supported by The University of Arizona Medical Center, College of Nursing and Sarver Heart Center. For stroke survivors and caregivers to learn more about stroke, to find positive solutions to shared concerns and to unite in support of each other. Movie Day with “The Philadelphia Experiment,” 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free but registration required, 324-4345. July 11 Friday Lizards of Agua Caliente Park, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Rd., free, 615-7855, Join the group as it searches for whiptail, spiny, ornate tree and other lizards that roam Agua Caliente Park. July 12 Saturday Tucson Christian Writers Group Meeting, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Amphitheater Bible Church, 226 W. Prince Rd., free, The guest, Andrea Arthur Owan, will discuss “Overcoming Writer’s Block and Conquering Procrastination: How to Start That Writing Project...and Finish It! (Part 1).” Tucson Arts and Crafts Association’s Christmas in July, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., repeats Sunday, July 13, Tucson Hilton East Hotel, 7600 E. Broadway, 237-7899. Nature Night: Owling Walk, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tucson Mountain Park, Ironwood Picnic Area, 1548 S. Kinney Rd., donations accepted, 615-7855, eeducation@ Join this guided walk as the group explores the nighttime world of owls and other nocturnal birds. July 13 Sunday Bob Kay, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, Cactus Bowl, 3665 S. 16th Ave., $2, 883-5491. The singing drummer/DJ plays “oldies but goodies” at a nonsmoking dance. July 14 Monday Tucson Community Stroke Support Group, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., University of Arizona Medical Center, Cafeteria Dining Room C, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., free but registration required, 626-2901. Facilitated by Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, and supported by The University of Arizona Medical Center, College of Nursing and Sarver Heart Center. For stroke survivors and caregivers to learn more about stroke, to find positive solutions to shared concerns and to unite in support of each other. Summer Fashion Show and Open House, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, $10 suggested donation goes to the community food bank, registration required, 325-4800. Join the facility for its annual fashion show and open house. Enjoy light refreshments as the Forum models showcase chic and affordable fashions from Draper’s and Damon’s.

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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 20


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Fit After 50 ... from page 18 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


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Fit After 50 ... from page 21 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 year-round 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 still works two jobs, says she rides 10 miles every morning, sticks to a healthy diet and doesn’t smoke. What is Pace’s advice to other seniors just setting out on a fitness regime? “Just go outside and do something for a least 30 minutes,” Pace says. “More

is better. Of course, I recommend a bicycle because it’s easy, but walking is good.” The purpose of the Arizona Senior Olympics is to entice seniors to get active and to stay active, says Irene Stillwell, executive director of the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation. “We’re the carrot in front of the rabbit,” Stillwell says. “With 32 sports, we hope everyone can find something they love to do and will keep doing the rest of their lives. It’s never too late to start and stay with a fitness program.” Donna Hall, 82, of Tucson, is another senior citizen who doesn’t let a little thing like age get in her way. Hall, retired from a career in public relations, loves the spirit of competition and has been involved in sports her entire life. In 1992, she became the senior coordinator for the Senior Olympics in Tucson, and in 1998, she started competing in local, state and national competitions in badminton. She’s competed in Senior Olympics competitions across the country and has a number of gold medals to show for it. In addition to

the competitions, Hall also enjoys the social activities that Senior Olympics offers. There are dinner parties, bowling parties and other get-togethers. “It helps you stay active, it’s good for your social life and it’s just fun,” Hall says. Hall says even seniors who aren’t inclined to do sports can still get out and do something that gets them moving and around other people. For instance, they can volunteer at their local library, hospital or children’s center. “Get off the sofa and get involved in something you’re interested in,” Hall says. “Your social life will improve. You won’t have time to feel bored or Donna Hall of Tucson and fellow Senior Olympian depressed because you’ll Dick Baltimore of Phoenix dance during a postbe involved.” Arizona Senior Olympics dinner in Tucson.




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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

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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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ighty years ago, 16-yearold Marsha Hunt began her professional career with a prominent New York City modeling agency. But her real love since the age of 4 was acting. So, the following year, in May 1935, she headed to Hollywood. Within weeks of arriving on the West Coast her dream was realized with a Paramount contract. “It wasn’t about becoming a famous star,” says Hunt from her Los Marsha Hunt Angeles home. “I just wanted the joy of pretending to be interesting characters and convincing audiences that I was.” She was assigned leading roles in many of her 20 films released during the 1930s, appearing with costars such as John Wayne. “I worked with John Wayne before he was an airport!” says Hunt, referring to the many public locations now named after the legendary actor. The pair costarred in “Born to the West” (reissued as “Hell Town”) in 1937, two years before Wayne became an overnight superstar in “Stagecoach.” Hunt’s own star status continued to rise throughout the 1940s, clocking up another 30 films during the decade. In 1943, she was one of 65 top MGM stars who studio head Louis B. Mayer gathered for a memorable “class photo.” “It was MGM’s 20th anniversary and we were all summoned to a soundstage one day,” recalls Hunt, the last surviving actor in the famous photograph. “I had never met many of the stars, and we weren’t even given a chance to mingle before or after the photo, which was a shame.” Relations between the studios and some actors, including Hunt, took a dramatic dive in the late ‘40s as a wave of anticommunism paranoia swept the nation. When a Congressional

committee accused a group of writers of communistic affiliations, Hunt and others spoke out but found themselves vilified during the McCarthyera Hollywood blacklisting period. “We called ourselves The Committee for the First Amendment, hired a plane and Hunt worked with John Wayne in “Born to the West” in 1937, flew to Washington before his breakout role in “Stagecoach.” now more aware of my fellow man. I in 1947—the Bogarts, Danny Kaye, Paul Henreid, Ira wound up giving 25 years of my life to Gershwin and other actors, the United Nations to promote peace, writers, producers, directors— progress and unity.” Hunt’s life story is the subject of to defend our industry and the a documentary, “Marsha Hunt’s maligned writers.” Rather than being hailed champions Sweet Adversity,” by Emmy Awardof free speech, Hunt and others who winning director Roger C. Memos failed to repent their action were (see zeldacandance.html). banned by the Hollywood studios. Because the film is a nonprofit “I was punished by being denied work by the industry I went to defend!” Hunt project through the International says. “While it killed the momentum Documentary Association, funding is of my film career, I was determined still needed to complete the final stages to continue acting. Happily, Broadway of editing so it may be entered in major film festivals this opened up for me, September, a month then television before Hunt’s 97th and eventually birthday. movies. But I was “I’ve had an never again given interesting life film roles as richly with all the highs challenging, or the and lows,” says same billing or Hunt, who would salary. ” love to see the film If any good released this year. emerged from the “I’m touched they blacklisting, it was wanted to tell my when Hunt turned story.” her interests elsewhere. After a Nick Thomas teaches world trip with her at Auburn University husband in 1955, at Montgomery, she was touched by Ala., and has written the hardships and features, columns and poverty of other Marsha Hunt spoke at the Turner Classic interviews for more than nations. 400 magazines and “I came back a Film Festival in 2012. different person,” she admits. “I had newspapers. His website is www.getnickt. been so focused on my acting and was com.

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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

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

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

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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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rotunda that offers a 360-degree panoramic view of East Berlin and the wall in the 1980s. Cycling the Trail of the Wall: Berlin on Bikes specializes in guided tours along the wall’s path. Ask for guide Sascha, who is a cycling encyclopedia on all things Berlin. Palace of Tears: Situated at a former border crossing station, the museum focuses on the border experience and the steps toward reunification. Wall Museum: The museum at Checkpoint Charlie features the Cold War, construction of the wall and the fight for human rights. This is the crossing where United States and Soviet tanks faced off for 16 hours almost creating a third world war. Checkpoint Charlie is worth a visit. East German Watchtower: A memorial to the victims of Berlin’s former division, Memorial Günter Litfin is one of the few remaining authentic watchtowers. In a tribute to the wall’s first victim, the man’s brother generally conducts tours. How to Get There Travelers have been known to say that their favorite part of a trip is flying business class. I would not go that far, but flying in airberlin’s business class certainly made my direct flight from Chicago to Berlin enjoyable. The seats are in private cubicles that adjust to upright, relaxation and completely flat. There’s a private video screen, and the service is impeccable. The flight also features indigenous German food, wine and beer. I spoke to passengers in economy who enjoyed their flight as well—but probably not as much as me. For further information, visit and

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uffalo, New York, is a vibrant city filled with lots to do and discover for persons of all ages. At the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, you can see one of the world’s most impressive collections of modern and contemporary art, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Warhol. Across the street, you’ll find the stunning Burchfield Penney Art Center, which is committed to the art of Buffalo and Western New York. As you walk around our city, you’ll come across some of the finest architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson, Richard Upjohn, and Eliel and Eero Saarinen. Buffalo’s emerging Canalside district showcases the city’s waterfront and proud history of shipping along Lake Erie and the Erie Canal. The centerpiece of this district is the commercial slip, the western terminus of the Erie Canal dating from 1825 that has been re-excavated and restored. A system of bike trails, parks and boardwalks comprise Buffalo’s Outer Harbor and offer stunning views of the lake and city skyline.

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Entertainment abounds in Buffalo Niagara, which includes professional sports teams, annual festivals and the beautiful Niagara Falls State Park.

of its chicken wings (and no trip to Buffalo is complete without a stop at the Anchor Bar, where wings first took flight 50 years ago this year), we also have 400 independently owned restaurants, delicious local specialties, a pair of wine trails and vibrant farmers markets. Don’t miss some Western New York culinary favorites, including beefon-weck sandwiches, sponge candy and charcoal broiled hot dogs. Buffalo is also home to several breweries, including Flying Bison and Hamburg brewing companies. The first distillery in Buffalo since Prohibition, Lockhouse Distillery, opened in 2013. Shoppers will find everything from hip boutiques in Buffalo’s trendy Elmwood Village, Allentown and Hertel neighborhoods to major department stores at a number of local shopping centers and malls. Buffalo has a wealth of options for sports fans, including the NFL’s Bills, NHL’s Sabres, AAA baseball’s Bisons, world-class fishing, great skiing and fantastic watersports. Kayak through the city’s historic grain elevator district on the Buffalo River or rock climb up those elevators on Silo City Rocks, which is set to open this year. Spend a day in the natural splendor of the Tifft Nature Preserve, only minutes from downtown Buffalo, or admire floral beauty during a stroll in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. A series of parks and parkways throughout Buffalo designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted provides a scenic respite in the heart of our city. Our region also offers a host of family

friendly activities, from The Buffalo Zoo and Buffalo Museum of Science to the Explore and More Children’s Museum in East Aurora. Military buffs will be amazed at the submarine, destroyer and cruiser permanently docked at the Buffalo harbor, part of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, the largest inland naval park in the country. And Buffalo seems to have a festival for everything, ranging from the National Buffalo Wing Festival to the Allentown Art Festival to the Taste of Buffalo, the largest two-day food festival in the country. GardenWalk Buffalo, the nation’s largest free garden tour, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the Erie County Fair is celebrating its 175th. Buffalo also offers a host of ethnic celebrations, from two St. Patrick’s Day parades to the Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival, reflecting the city’s diverse roots. There’s even Dyngus Day, the day after Easter Sunday, when polka bands, Polish food and a parade ring in the end of the Lenten season. If incredible entertainment, dining, art and culture aren’t enough for you, we have one of the wonders of the world—Niagara Falls—just 20 minutes away. At Niagara Falls State Park, you can get up close with the roaring waters at the Cave of the Winds or venture to the base of the falls on a Maid of the Mist boat tour. For more information about events, attractions and things to do in Buffalo Niagara, go to www.visitbuffaloniagara. com or contact Visit Buffalo Niagara at 1-800-BUFFALO.




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... from page 8 Think about the other side. work on resolving some of the present Maybe the freed five have issues. This is appalling. learned their lesson and they want to go home to represent their Good gracious. How do some own Taliban in their own Congress. of you Tea Party fellas look Wouldn’t that be something special? in the mirror while shaving Think about it. Everything is possible without cutting your own throat? under the sun. Interesting, be careful, though. Your wife might bump your elbow one Are the last of the greatest morning. generation’s voters the only ones who remembered it Well, the two-faced war hawks was Reagan who opened the mental of Washington are happy for hospitals and fired the air traffic the surprise third-party attack controllers? and to lay more blame on the president. Of course they will take credit for more Why are all these troubled war supply product jobs. Remember people shooting strangers, it’s a religious war for the other guys. because they’re cowards and The U.S. doesn’t need to fight for oil can’t bear to face the people who create anymore. the problems they think they have? Talk to your kids and make sure they How are all these children are as well as you think they are. You being sent to America on a never know what a teenager is going to plane? Where does it land? think next or be influenced to do. Why can’t they fuel it up and send it back to where it came from? What’s the Did you notice the people of matter with all these stupid people in certain countries that do not Washington? Don’t they know how to understand any rules, except do anything, ever? Just send the people those of revenge, are now forming new back where they came from, stupid. ways to have their own copies of elected government parties? Wonderful. Let Surprise, surprise, some them fight it out with ballots or bullets weather expert named the to quote another fellow, “It’s not my calendar date for the start of problem, man. It’s not my problem, monsoon. What a joke. Every Arizonan man.” knows it’s the weekend before or the first one after Fourth of July. When Surprise, surprise a couple everyone goes up north to camp out of nit-picking-never-give-up for the rest of the season. Right? Right. Republicans who were of the 80 or 90 who were left out of the Oh when these crybaby secret exchange are still crying foul. Republicans remember Iraq Shame on them and their selfish egos. was their big mistake and These stupid people do not belong in start coming up with corrections, Congress. maybe they’ll have a chance in 2016. Meanwhile, shut up and cooperate I’m sick to death of having with diplomacy. Your future’s at stake the VA hospital denigrated. as well as the rest of us. Pay attention, What about all the millions of dummies. people who have been treated in these, many years since these wars began? Sunni, Shiite religious war. It’s Once George Bush started two wars, not a war. It’s an open door there weren’t arrangements made to insane asylum set loose on the take care of the veterans who would be world. coming back. The system was already busy, not overwhelmed, but busy. The It’s about time government vets were receiving wonderful care worked on making up its mind but it wasn’t possible after two wars. of legal maturity. Let’s go back Nobody talks about the wonderful care down from 21 to 18 to drink and drive they do provide. I think more attention and vote, etc. then be told science says ought to be given to that while they your brains aren’t mature until you’re

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19. It’s ridiculous. How about settling on age 20 for everyone. Why don’t you get on that citizen voter? Poor blood-thirsty Benghazi Republicans. They just can’t stand another presidential success. It makes you wonder about their sanity, really. OK, smart aleck Republicans, you don’t like the president’s plans. What’s yours? After all it’s your party in Iraq to begin with. Speak up or shut up. Be careful when the police call you and ask for a donation. It’s a scam again. As usual. Somebody’s always trying it. Police do not ask for donations over the phone. Print it in big letters for people to read: Do not answer the phone solicitors’ calls. Just get the number and the name of where we can catch them. I found the answer to what’s wrong with American education. I needed six 3-inch nails at the hardware store. They were $1.79 a pound. I had a quarter of a pound. The computer could not figure out how much they should be—neither could the new graduate at the register. I had to teach him how to do simple long division. Now we know where the U.S.A. is headed. The caves, the trees. Pitiful, pitiful. A belated Maya Angelou should inspire us all. She communicated with a passion, purpose and soul as few ever have. Indeed, an authentic American icon. I know that the molestation of a child can happen at any time during any day by a family member, friend or stranger, but I have been hearing more and more stories of men and woman complaining of it happening when they were children in their own homes during the night while their mom and dad slept. I’m not saying that parents need to take turns staying up all night if they have guests spending the night but it amazes me of how in a lot of these circumstances the parents knew that the family member or friend was a child molester because a lot of these parents were molested by this same person when they were younger. How stupid can some of these

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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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.

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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?


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