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Good of you to fess up, Drew. Thanks for admitting to what your more progressive readers have known all along—you are a shill for the extremist Tea/Republican Party. But attempting to make your confession sound like flippant, tonguein-cheek irony only cements how much you really believe what you wrote. You can channel Goldwater and Ray-gun all you want but they are no longer relevant to a political party so extreme that neither of them would recognize the party—let alone be welcomed into it.—J. Wilson, Tucson I have been observing the unintelligent and wasteful City Council decisions (in Tucson) since 1970, when my husband was transferred to Tucson by his company. I am sure everyone remembers the $100,000 “so-called art project” that resembled a bowel movement on the grass near the university campus. Now we have the street cars that cost enough to fix every road in Tucson. They are unnecessary and dangerous.
They will eventually injure or—even worse—hurt bike riders. The bike riders were doing just fine until they have had 86 accidents because of their wheels going into the tracks. That was announced on the 10 p.m. newscast on May 18 on Channel 13. We have had terrible roads all over Tucson for years that needed urgent repair. City Council could not find the millions for that project, so a lot of cars had damage to their cars. How did they find the millions for useless street cars and limit parking spaces near the street cars? My only hope is that an intelligent councilmember arises and directs our precious city funds in a more practical manner than in the past few years. Shame on all of you, and you can expect lawsuits from those bike people who get injured on the tracks. More funds for your foolishness.—Jeanne Allen, Tucson I used to enjoy watching TV, but not that much anymore. It’s bad enough that there are as many ads as the actual program. Too many of the ads are about medicine, side effects and dying. Then, there are those awful laugh tracks that interrupt programs. I can tell it is mostly canned laughter. If it’s funny, people at home can do the laughing. But anymore,
The Curmudgeon Time to Hire and Fire
: : by Drew Alexander
s American citizens, you and I have individual power that does not exist in most parts of the world. Your vote and mine at the ballot box determines who will represent us in the halls of government and, in doing so, sets the course of the nation in all domestic and foreign matters. You and I—not the president, not Congress, not bureaucrats—are the bosses of the United States of America. Despite the arrogance and sense of entitlement displayed by more than a few politicians (names like Obama, Reid and Pelosi come to mind), we the voting populace have the right to hire and fire office holders. And this is how we should approach elections—as employers deciding which employees to retain and which to dismiss.
Today’s political campaigning is largely conducted through the media, especially television. We are bombarded with incessant candidate commercials, most of them slickly assembled from a production-values perspective but nauseatingly trite and uninformative in content. As a former television and radio commercial copywriter-producer, I find the majority of political ads to be sophomoric and laughable. Worse, these spots are almost the only exposure most voters have to the candidates. In my view, the bulk of campaigning should involve much more direct contact with the citizenry. We need to have many more television and radio debates in which the topics and questions come from voters, not some broadcaster-host. There should
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there’s not that much to laugh about. I hope everyone has a nice day. My special thanks to Ed and Deb for making my day! I look forward to reading Lovin’ Life After 50 and was happy to see that there was an article, “It’s Harvest Season in Eastern Washington State.” It really brought back great memories, even after living in Sun City full time since 2006, and part time since 2001. I grew up in Sprague on a wheat and cattle ranch and moved to Spokane to start my work career. What a thrill for me to see a picture taken of Riverfront
Park. That was the view I saw when I looked out of my office windows from the 15th floor of the Paulsen Building after the park was created for the World’s Fair. I never got tired of seeing the Radio Flyer and all the children getting up in it and sliding down the tongue of it. I also used the clock tower as my personal timepiece. It was also good to be reminded of the merry-goround that was moved to the park from its original place after the fair. Good memories—but I love that “dry heat” is a lot easier to shovel than show!— Rosa Lee Litzenberger ...continues on page 8
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also be scores of person-to-person, eyeball-to-eyeball local town meetings conducted like a job interview. In this type of setting, no question may go unanswered and no speech-making is allowed. As the system now exists, political campaigning is a one-sided affair in which the candidates hand-feed the voters through the media whatever they want them to know and believe. No small or large private company would ever tolerate having an employeeapplicant dictate the parameters of the job qualifications and the personal interview. Similarly, we employer-voters should not accept a platform that does not provide us with full participation in the election process in which we fully vet candidates and tell them how we want our government to perform. Of course, debates, town hall meetings and advertising are meaningless if American citizenship is not taken seriously enough to vote. Voting is not only a right, it’s a responsibility, and I would say a duty. You may not like certain candidates.
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You may not agree with the philosophies of political parties. You may be upset and frustrated that our country is headed in the wrong direction. But short of being on your deathbed, nothing should keep you from voting—and voting intelligently. And the key word here is “intelligently.” Far too many Americans don’t make the effort to set aside emotion and biased thinking to study the issues and the candidates that will surely impact their lives. Ignorance is not a virtue and does not serve to give permission to stay home of Election Day. Nor is withholding your vote a legitimate form of protest. All you are doing is relinquishing your share of citizen power and any credibility to complain about anything involving government. Drew Alexander, also known as “The Curmudgeon,” is a monthly columnist writing about political issues. Send comments to email@example.com or to Drew Alexander, in care of Lovin’ Life After 50, 3200 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
The Up Side Ghosts of October
: : by Michael Grady
y thoughts always turn to ghosts in October. You got your Halloween, your early darkness. Your leafy foliage turning gorgeous colors as part of nature’s elaborate Dance of Death. So I’d love to tell a really good ghost story. But my background is not exactly thick with paranormal contact. Ghosts are a pretty rare phenomenon, and you can understand why. In the Charles Dickens short story, “The Lawyer and the Ghost,” a terrifying ghost appears in the rundown inn where he once lived. A lawyer asks him: “Why is it, when you have the opportunity to visit the fairest spots on Earth, you return to the very places that make you miserable?” The ghost hovers a moment, says, “Egad! That’s true, I never thought of it before!” and leaves. It’s not one of Dickens’ best stories, but it does have a point: Why would dead people linger around places they knew? Especially when the afterlife allows you to travel without TSA wanding or baggage fees? I believe we had a ghost when we first moved into our house. Things would go bump in the middle of the night. Stuff wouldn’t be where we left it. The cat would stare fixedly at nothing at all, then suddenly bolt out of the room. And balled-up socks would appear on the floor. In time, we came to realize: The cat was insane, my wife was absent-minded, and the socks were me. But the noises were genuine. They always happened at night, and they had a roaming quality to them. In the Midwest—where I’m from— you’d trace the ancestry of your house and find a sad and unfinished tale somewhere back there: A jilted spinster who died in her bedroom; a speculator who drank himself to death. Most of these tales seemed to date from the late 19th century, when spiritualism was rampant, emotions were suppressed and people—like Bruce Willis in “The Sixth Sense”—needed someone to tell them, “Hey, you’re dead.” In Arizona, however, there’s no dense lineage to sort through. Our house was built in 1996. My wife and I are only the second owners. The previous owners were also a married
couple, and the husband had died. So, if there is a ghost, I kind of know who he is. And it’s a little weird, but when a noise wakes us, and my wife makes me investigate, I poke through our dark house going, “Fred?” Ghosts may or may not be real, but they are not the hot Halloween commodity they used to be. I imagine that’s because Marvel Comics doesn’t own the rights to them, so they don’t have that massive marketing engine. The public fascination is zombies, now—which I attribute to “The Walking Dead,” and our collective desire to be stalked by something slow and rather stupid. Before that? Vampires. For awhile there, Hollywood cranked out vampire films in bulk. If I saw one more movie where a sensitive, pale kid had a secret, that secret damn well better be an iron deficiency. I did some investigating into Fred, to see if his twisted, agonizing spirit was creaking our floorboards in the wee hours. This is what I found: Fred was a doctor. Fred loved his wife. Fred loved his home. Fred was active in local charities. Some people described him as “a nice man.” But others differed, calling him, “sweet.” I thought: “What a disappointing ghost.” Still ghosts have always fascinated me—from my first Halloween, when I carved two holes in a fitted sheet, and went as a ghost with a water-retention problem. But for me, ghosts have always lingered in that gray area between paranoia and paranormal. What I’d think was a spectral phenomenon would always turn out to be a shadow from a nearby tree, a trick of the light, or my brother with a water balloon. The only person in my family with direct experience of a ghost was my grandmother, who once got a lift from one. “Mary!” The woman called to my grandmother from across the parking lot of her apartment building. It was raining cats and dogs, civil-defense sirens were blaring and people were scattering everywhere, so it’s a wonder my grandmother heard her at all. This was Eastern Pennsylvania, in 1972, and to hear her tell it, the devil had
possessed the Susquehanna River. This benign stripe of rust-colored water had risen 40 feet at the urging of Hurricane Agnes, rolling over guardrails and pushing apart sandbags. Moments before my grandmother had wandered down to the parking lot, it had torn out the Pierce Street Bridge, six blocks to the north. My grandmother was 75, dressed for church, with nowhere to go and no one but Jesus for company. My family and I were still three states away. “Mary, over here!” The woman stood near the open door of a station wagon. My grandmother—whose acute memory for faces and names stayed with her ‘til she died—wandered over, trying to place this woman who took no notice of the chaos or the driving rain. “We have to get you out of here,” the woman said. “Do I know you?” “I’m your ride.” I called her my grandmother’s ghost. That irritated her. “She was an angel,” Grandma’d say. “The side streets were rivers. It was very hard to see. She got me out of there. She knew just where to go.” Defensive-driving skills don’t make one divine, I argued, and if she was from the afterlife, would she really come back in a station wagon? “She knew my name,” Grandma insisted. “I was her only passenger. She spent the entire drive telling me I’d be all right. I
stepped out of the car at the Red Cross shelter, and in the time it takes an old woman to turn full-circle, my angel vanished. The car? Gone. No one else remembers her. And I never saw her again.” See, I got nothing like that. Sometimes, when I run in the predawn hours, I’ll see children or trolls staring at me out of the corner of my eye. But, on direct glance, they turn back into fire hydrants or trash cans or stations where you can get a free poop bag for your dog. That’s it, really. And Fred. My late night sojourns—tracking a suspicious noise through the dark house—happened a lot the last time I was laid off. I’d prowl slowly around the corners of my darkened home, simultaneously cherishing all my surroundings and wondering if we would lose them. I would never see an apparition, or find the source of the noise. But, for absolutely no reason, I’d eventually get this feeling that everything would be all right. I hope that feeling is Fred. If it is, I am grateful. And the rest of us should be so haunted. Michael Grady is a Valley-based writer. His eBook, “Death Calls a Meeting,” is available on Amazon.
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leader. Obama just wants all the perks of the presidency but isn’t interested in any of the work. He is putting all Americans in danger, by his lack of responsibility and not doing the job he was elected to do. God help America. We’ve just learned in Mexico and many European countries, cars traveled on wellmaintained toll roads. In the U.S., we have freeways—joke—tax paid. They quickly become auto-and-truck free parking. Which would you have if you had a choice: More taxes or toll roads? Think about it and get to work on it. Educated journalists still know enough to report the classic, who, what, when, where and why. Too many reporters express their opinions and try to move policy themselves. Walter Cronkite must be turning in his grave today. Five hundred years after a man called Jesus taught peaceful living and the Bible was later compiled, Mohammad organized other regional tribes and compiled his ...continues on page 46
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ords should be like a pane of glass you look through, not at. I have pursued writing since I was a young girl and published essays in a variety of places. My manuscript, written during graduate school in 2002, consists of a series of 25 essays dealing with issues of family, identity and loss—what I considered the bones of my first book. Instead of editing my “masterpiece” after graduation, I wrote for a variety of national and local publications. Then, for no particular reason, my rigid writing routine came to a screeching halt, and I wondered if my literary juice, talent and discipline had left me for good. I can’t pinpoint any particular day when my nonwriting state began, any more than someone might say the moment when they are overtaken with sleep. It’s only after you wake that you realize how long you were out. I never felt as if I was blocked as a writer. Lines would come to me and then quietly slip away. Before I knew it, months had passed without capturing my thoughts on paper. Then, like addicts who miss their drugs, I found myself feeling anxious and incomplete. I must qualify something first: I never completely stopped writing, if one counts emails and texting. My communications are full of metaphors and edited to the point of insanity, and I’m not one to use texting shortcuts like “r” or “u.” Acronyms don’t appeal to real writers—they have an uncontrollable desire to type actual words and not take shortcuts. To have silence and neither deadlines nor expectations for the first time in years was nice and at the same time troubling. Could I still call myself a writer? Instead of creating nonfiction, I buried myself in training at a local
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ear Frustrated: I think they love you very much, and they read every day about older people being attacked, which makes them afraid for you. I think a gentle nudge from you asking them to give you a little breathing room would suffice. Tell them there may come a day when you want and need them to do those things, but right now you crave your independence. I receive many more letters complaining about children who never call, never come, never pay attention, than I do letters like yours! Good luck. Signed, GG
ear Gabby Gayle: I am in a romantic relationship with a woman I highly respect and love. We have been dating for over a year. My problem is that none of her three kids are even speaking to her. When I ask her why, she says they all take after their father—impossible to get along with. While she may be telling the truth, I was raised that there are two sides to every story. Is this a red flag? What do you think? Signed, Wondering
ear Wondering: I would not jump into a permanent relationship just yet. It could be a red flag. Is she a widow or divorced? Do you ask her if she misses seeing her children? It is very hard for me to digest that
a mother would be estranged from all her children. I frequently hear about one child who is apart from the family, but all three? You are right to wonder. Give it some more time. Dirty laundry has a way of showing up. Signed, GG
ear Gabby Gayle: Last year, against the advice of our friends, we asked dad to come and live with us. He wasn’t able to stay alone for long periods, refused to go to assisted living and really needed us. He had lived alone for about seven years. Things went well at first, but he seems to have changed. He was neat, and now he is terribly messy. He used to be a quiet guy, and now he wants to monopolize conversations. He is very loud about his political views, which are different from ours. So far, we just grin and bear it. What else can we do? Signed, No Good Deed...
ear No Good Deed: The change in your father’s behavior should not be ignored. You need to tell this to his doctor and take him for a check-up. He could have brain changes, small strokes, medication reactions, depression—any number of things. It could be that the honeymoon has worn off, and now he is showing true behavior. Also, it would be good if you could take him to visit friends of his in assisted living, so he can see how wonderful these places can be. Good luck. Signed, GG
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If You Don’t Have Your Health...
: : by Chad Winn
man goes to the doctor for his annual checkup. “Everything is fine, you’re doing OK for your age,” says the doctor at the end of the examination. “OK for my age? I’m only 70. Do you think I’ll live to be 80?” asks the man. “Do you smoke, drink, eat fatty foods or engage in any dangerous behaviors?” the doctor inquires. “Of course not!” replies the man, full of indignation. “Well,” the doctor says, “then why on Earth would you want to live to 80?” Nobody wants to spend all their days doing without that which brings joy to their life. But focusing on healthy living can be an integral part of a successful retirement plan. A few years ago, Fidelity Investments conducted a study that found a couple retiring at age 65 would spend $240,000 on health care during their retirement. The same study indicated a person retiring in excellent health could expect to spend 20 percent less on health care than someone in poor health. Americans are living longer today than ever before. Our longer lives bring many rewards but also some unique challenges as health care costs continue to rise faster than general inflation. While we cannot accurately anticipate every health care expense that may be encountered throughout our entire retirement, nor can we prevent every illness by clean living, planning ahead for health care costs in retirement is a good step in the right direction. Understanding the A, B, C and Ds of Medicare is a good place to start. A study conducted by Nationwide Financial found that people who were near retirement routinely would wildly overestimate the percentage of health care costs covered by Medicare. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, it only covers slightly more than half of all health care services, and it does not cover long-term care. Bringing up long-term care insurance with my clients typically has the same effect on our conversation as dumping a huge bucket of ice water over their head.
Oddly enough, people tend to dislike discussing topics that remind them there is a possibility that their days on Earth may end. But it is my opinion that there can be no serious plan for retirement without a detailed discussion of how possible long-term care costs will be paid for. Many of my clients tell me they plan on having their kids take care of them if the need arises. Speaking from experience, adult children taking care of their parents in their old age is difficult. My grandma, who passed away a couple years ago, required significant care the last few years of her life. My family tried to take care of her on their own at first but found many of the duties to be uncomfortable emotionally for the caregiver while, at the same time, slowly stripped my grandma of her dignity. As time went on, we found having a paid aide allowed us to gather and enjoy each other as a family much more comfortably. The tradeoff was cost. My grandma wanted to keep her independence as much as possible, so for the last few years of her life she was paying for an apartment in an assisted-living facility and paying for a nearly full-time aide from an outside agency to pick up where the facility care left off. The cost for this care was about $9,500 per month. Fortunately, she had a government pension and a long-term care insurance policy. Planning that occurs during crisis mode is typically bad planning. So, while the benefit of exercise and diet can’t be overstated, the best time to plan for your future health care needs is before it becomes a need, if at all possible. Chad M. Winn is a financial adviser and chartered retirement-planning counselor for Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, 4051 E. Sunrise Dr., Suite 200. For more information, call 584-3017 or 240-4848. Call toll-free at (800) 548-3567. His email is chad.winn@ wfadvisors.com. Wells Fargo Advisors does not render legal or tax advice. Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered broker-dealer and a separate nonbank affiliate of Wells Fargo and Company.
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October 1 Wednesday Pima County Master Gardeners, 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Plant Clinic, 4210 N. Campbell Ave., free, 626-5161. Let a master gardener volunteer lead you through the beautiful gardens. Journey for Control: Diabetes Education, 1 p.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. The four-week group session gives participants the info and tools they need to stay in control. October 2 Thursday Mexican Baseball Fiesta, 5:30 p.m., repeats 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and Oct 4, and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, free to $15, $6 seniors 55 and older, 546-5466. This year’s event will include a group of the top instructional-league players from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals. October 3 Friday
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Oro Valley Classics Car and Truck Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Rd., $5, free for ages 10 and younger, $1 off for veterans and active duty military, 797-3959, www.saaca.org/ classics_oldies.php. The Oro Valley Classics Car and Trunk Show will feature awards on more than 150 automobiles, record painting, root beer floats, a hula-hoop competition and more. Marana Concerts in the Park, 7 p.m., Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Rd., free, 382-1950. From bluegrass and country to flamenco and jazz fusion, the musical menu for this outdoor event can entertain all tastes. October 5 Sunday Bob Kay, 4 p.m. Sundays, except Oct. 19, American Legion, 5845 E. 22nd St., $2, 883-5491. The singing drummer/DJ plays “oldies but goodies” at a nonsmoking dance. Dancers are asked to participate in a finger-food potluck. October 6 Monday Art Talk with Sandy Cord, 1:30 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, reservations required, 325-4800. Sandy Cord will give an in-depth presentation
on how Fredrick Remington’s drawings and paintings changed the view of many who felt soldiers remained in the cavalry after the Civil War because they could not succeed in civilian life. October 7 Tuesday Senior Savings Day, all day, area Walgreens stores. Seniors ages 55 and older who are Balance Rewards members, as well as AARP members, receive 20 percent off regularly priced items. Maintain Your Healthy Balance, 10:30 a.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, reservations required, 325-4800. Steve Ochoa and Barbara Applebaum will discuss balancing body and brain health. Parkinson’s Education: Exercise and Parkinson’s, 2 p.m. p.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. For people with Parkinson’s disease and their family members. October 8 Wednesday Improving Your Aging Voice, 10 a.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Dr. Daniel Boone will share why seniors’ voices change with age and what they can do to change that. Elder Circle, 10:30 a.m. TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Join the group for a safe place to share life experiences and celebrate achievements of aging. Comprehensive Stroke: Types, Diagnosis and Treatment, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Join Dr. David Teeple from the Center for Neurosciences for this lecture. October 9 Thursday Green Valley Stroke Support Group, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., La Perla at La Posada, 635 S. Park Center Ave., free, reservations required, 626-2901. 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. Oro Valley Concert Series, 6 p.m., Oro Valley Marketplace, southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads, free, 797-3959. The Town of Oro Valley and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance have created an evening concert series offering a community-enriching experience.
Positive Aging for Women Conference, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, 8051 E. Broadway, $10, registration required, 324-1960. October 10 Friday Friends of the Pima County Public Library’s Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 13, Book Barn on 2230 N. Country Club, free admission, 795-3763, www.pimafriends.com. Seniors ages 55 and older receive a 25-percent discount on Saturday. October 11 Saturday Pima County Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Pima County Cooperative Extension Office, 4210 N. Campbell Ave., free, 626-5161. Master gardeners will be selling a variety of fruit trees and shrubs, cacti and succulents, ground covers, vines and flowering plants. October 12 Sunday Bob Kay, 4 p.m. Sundays except Oct. 19, American Legion, 5845 E. 22nd St., $2, 883-5491. The singing drummer/DJ plays “oldies but goodies” at a nonsmoking dance. Dancers are asked to participate in a finger-food potluck. October 13 Monday Tucson Community Stroke Support Group, 10 a.m., University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 Campbell Ave., free, reservations required, 626-2901. Worried About Memory Loss? 9 a.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Join Terri Waldman, MSW, for an overview of how to know when it’s time to worry. Laugh Your Way to a Healthier Life, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 3244345. Dr. Gulshan Sethi will discuss how laughter therapy can reduce anxiety and stress, help manage pain and bolster the immune system. National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1874 Meeting, 11 a.m., Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, Ramada 22, free, 4003456. Current and retired federal employees, spouses, guests and visitors are invited to a potluck where primaryelection winners will be presenting their viewpoints. October 14 Tuesday History Talk with Sue Ward, 10:30 a.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, reservations required, 325-4800. Sue Ward, international-relations specialist, will lead a nonpartisan discussion on the nation’s voting process and some key propositions on this year’s ballot. Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids, 10 a.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Join
TMC audiologist, Shawna Bohn, as she shares information about hearing issues. Alzheimer’s Film and Discussion with “Alzheimer’s Disease: Facing the Facts,” 1:30 p.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 3244345. Documentary with the scientific facts, economic reality, and emotional toll of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mark your calendar for our free: •Wellness Lectures •Screenings •Demonstrations & Special Events Designed to help you live a healthier, happier, more active lifestyle.
October 15 Wednesday “Panama: Through the Rainforest and The Canal,” 11 a.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, reservations required, 325-4800. Dr. Howard Topoff will discuss the wealth of wildlife of Panama. Pro-Active Wellness Series: Golden Years, Golden Brain...Memory for Life, 10 a.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Join Jill Jones as she shares information to help participants make changes for a healthier life. October 16 Thursday Green Valley Genealogical Society Meeting, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley, free, 396-3701, firstname.lastname@example.org. Marsha Allen will discuss “Things I Wish I Knew at the Beginning,” while JoAnn Herbst and Edy Sly talk about “Bring Your Ancestors to Life.” Create with a Chef, 10:30 a.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Join the chef to learn how to make healthy harvest soup, then stay for a soupand-salad lunch. Lyric: The Invisible Hearing Aid, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Community Performance and Art Center, 1250 W. Continental Rd., free, 399-7633. Lyric is the only extended-wear hearing aid on the market. The seminar is designed to discuss candidacy for the product, pros/cons and overall expectations for the Lyric compared to other hearing solutions on the market.
Go to www.tmcaz.com/CommunityCalendar for details about all of our upcoming events. Wed., Oct. 8
Improving Your Aging Voice
Wed., Oct. 8
Comprehensive Stroke: Types, Diagnosis and Treatment
Mon., Oct. 13
Worried About Memory Loss?
Mon., Oct. 13
Laugh Your Way to a Healthier Life
Wed., Oct. 15
Golden Years, Golden Brain…Memory for Life
Thurs., Oct. 23
Women's Health Series: Breast Health
Sat., Oct. 25
Caring for and Coping with Tremors
Tues., Oct. 28
Health Enhancement Meditation
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10:00am -11:30am 2:00pm - 4:00pm
9:00am - 12:00pm 9:00am - 10:30am
– Dan Boone, PhD
– David Teeple, MD
– Terri Waldman, MSW
– Gulshan Sethi, MD
– Jill Jones
– Karen Narum, NP and friends
– Thomas Norton, MD and Scott Sherman, MD
– Marcey Rosin, LAc
October 17 Friday Hoarding 101, 10 a.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Join Lisa O’Neill, MPH, as she explains hoarding, why people hoard and discusses what does and doesn’t help. October 18 Saturday Arts in the Plaza Fine Art and Jazz Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Philip’s Plaza, 4280 N Campbell Ave., free, 529-2775, www.saaca.org/Arts_in_the_Plaza. php. The twice-annual outdoor festival offers musical performances, kids’ activities and more than 50 artists. ...continues on page 14
All listed events take place at: TMC Healthy Living Connections Seniors Classrooms El Dorado Health Campus 1400 N. Wilmot Road
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Caring For and Coping with Tremors, 9 a.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Learn more about essential tremors, including surgical management and patient coping skills. The Forum’s 25th Anniversary Family Fun Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, reservations required, 325-4800. Come enjoy a farmers market, new model car show, live entertainment and food trucks. October 26 Sunday Bob Kay, 4 p.m. Sundays except Oct. 19, American Legion, 5845 E. 22nd St., $2, 883-5491. The singing drummer/DJ plays “oldies but goodies” at a nonsmoking dance. Dancers are asked to participate in a finger-food potluck. October 27 Monday Better Breathers Club, 1 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, reservations required, 325-4800. This month, Jim and Mary Nelson speak about living well with lung disease. Jim had COPD before receiving a doublelung transplant, and Mary speaks about caregiver issues. October 28 Tuesday Health Enhancement Meditation, 9 a.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Marcey Rosin, Lac, introduces the theory of Chinese health therapies and teaches an easy meditative practice for stress reduction. Alzheimer’s Film and Discussion: Part One—The Memory Loss Tapes,” 1:30 p.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. This film provides an intimate and gripping portrait of seven individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. October 29 Wednesday
“Church Basement Ladies,” 7:30 p.m., repeats 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26, Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd., $12 to $24, 742-9079. The play is Waypoint’s first production in its new performance venue.
Digital Download for the iPad Help Session, 8:30 a.m., Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 W. River Rd., free, 594-5345.
October 25 Saturday
October 30 Thursday
Double Yard Sales, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saddlebrooke and Saddlebrooke Retirement Communities, free admission, 818-1000, 818-6010. Articles for sale include household items, pictures, linens, clothing and small furniture.
Shop Before You Drop: Funeral Expenses, 10 a.m., TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Rd., free, reservations required, 324-4345. Ruth Bennett of the Funeral Consumer Alliance will discuss important information people regarding paying for funerals.
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church Festival, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., repeats 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, 5910 E. Fifth St., $1, free for
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nJoy Thrift Stores is planning the official opening of its 24,000-squarefoot retail store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. The “donation station” has been open since May, accepting gently used items to be sold in the store. Part of the proceeds from the store’s sales goes to The Sheepfold of Arizona, a Christian-based, nonprofit organization that provides safe homes for victims of domestic violence in Tucson. The Sheepfold of Arizona is looking for a home in Tucson that would provide the area’s first safe home. The support that InJoy Thrift Stores provides will help with the daily needs of women and children who have escaped violence. The Sheepfold of Arizona plans to build or purchase additional homes throughout Tucson. In addition, part of the proceeds goes to D.O.O.R. International (Deaf Opportunity Outreach) to train and equip the deaf church leaders in their deaf communities worldwide. InJoy Thrift Stores is a collaboration of Christian business men and women to provide much-needed funding for local nonprofits. The concept of utilizing part of the proceeds from the InJoy Thrift Stores to fund other nonprofits started in North Carolina. InJoy Thrift Stores principal Mike Buus was part of the management team of another large national thrift store in Tucson several years ago. Buus has family and many connections in Tucson, therefore, it was a perfect fit for him to open the first of many stores in Arizona. InJoy Thrift Stores is upscale, with affordable prices, and a vast selection. “Thrifties” are going to love to shop at InJoy Thrift Stores, officials say. Volunteers are needed in the “donation station” and retail store. Gently used items are being accepted in the Donation Station from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No child car seats, mattresses, box springs or gas-powered equipment can be accepted. The store is located at 250 N. Pantano Rd., Tucson. For more information, call 396-3361 or visit www.InJoyThriftStores. com. Its Facebook is www.facebook/ InJoyThriftStoreTucson.
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Entertainment Boyle to Make Arizona Debut ::by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
ffable and laidback, Scottish singer Susan Boyle likes to poke fun at Arizona—and herself—while talking about her debut U.S. tour, which comes to the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix on Friday, Oct. 17. “I’m looking forward to coming to Arizona,” Boyle says via telephone from her home. “I’ve never been there before. It’s not bikini weather is it, by chance?” She releases a hearty laugh, but turns serious when she speaks about how special this tour is to her. Boyle began her singing career in 2009 on “Britain’s Got Talent,” surprising everyone with her mezzo-soprano voice. She took second place, and it shocked her that she was so loved. Boyle explains she didn’t think she would be taken seriously with the “general way I represented myself,” plus, “You never know how you’re going to do in auditions.” Since that year, she has been signed to Syco/Columbia in the United States. Her success has been phenomenal. The 53-year-old singer is the only person older than 50 to debut at No. 1 with a first album. Boyle is also the first solo act and only female artist to have two albums, “I Dreamed a Dream” and “The Gift,” at No. 1 in the United Kingdom and United States within one year. “I’ve had fantastic experiences of America,” Boyle says. “They’ve been so kind and welcoming. I think the welcoming at airports and people in the streets have been amazing.” She says fans take pictures with her and say that she’s “done well.” “I think the general attitude has been absolutely fantastic and very accepting.” Boyle’s success has gone worldwide. She has garnered more than 650 million YouTube hits, and her appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent” is the mostwatched clip of 2009. She chalks it up to “luck.”
Fun & Games Around Tucson October 2014 Kansas Celebrating 40 years, Kansas started out as a “garage band” from Topeka. It released its first album in 1974 and went on to become one of the most popular bands on rock radio stations in the country. WHEN: Fri., Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. COST: $39 to $96 INFO: 547-3040 or www.foxtucsontheatre.org Nils Lofgren American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Nils Lofgren was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January. WHEN: Sat., Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. COST: $22 to $55 INFO: 547-3040 or www.foxtucsontheatre.org
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Hearing Health Matters, Too
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ometimes it feels like you start to notice the signs of aging overnight. Do you need glasses to read the daily newspaper? Has your doctor told you to eat differently to keep your cholesterol low? Whether there are small changes happening that we notice ourselves or something your doctor regularly monitors, we need to remember to take better care of our bodies as we age. One part of our health that may be impacted as we get older is our hearing. It may surprise you to know that in Arizona there are more than 700,000 people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and this number will only increase with an increasing aging population. What Causes Hearing Loss? According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), some of the primary causes of hearing loss are aging and previous exposure to loud noise, such as construction noise or loud music. These things, among other loud noises, produce decibel levels that exceed safe limits and, over time, can cause
hearing loss. BHI research shows that physician screenings for hearing loss are declining, so it’s up to the individual to take the initiative to get tested if they suspect they have hearing loss. How Do You Know If You Have Hearing Loss? Here are some important signs to observe for any potential hearing loss: • Frequently ask people to repeat themselves; • Often turn your ear toward a sound to hear it better; • Understand people better when you wear your glasses or look directly at their faces; • Lose your place in group conversations; • Keep the volume on your radio or TV at a level that others say is too loud; • Have pain or ringing in your ears; or • Notice that some sounds remain clear (often low-pitched sounds such as the bass line in music) while others may seem fuzzy (frequently women’s
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The Big Stretch ... from page 22 every morning. It’s like meditation in motion.” But does it qualify as exercise? “People are often surprised,” Henritze says. “They come in thinking it looks easy, because it’s very low impact. It puts minimum stress on muscles and joints. It doesn’t require any equipment. You can do it indoors or outdoors, if the weather is nice. “But when they leave, they can feel the muscles they’ve used,” she adds, with a laugh. “They’re doing different movements with their bodies that they haven’t done before, or at least recently. But I find that when they leave, they’re happy.” “Yoga actually offers more exercise than it looks like it would,” says Susan Cypert, senior community resource specialist for the not-for-profit SCAN Health Plan Arizona, which offers free yoga classes at the SCAN Health Education Center in Tempe and the Medicare Health Benefits Resource Center in Tucson. “It’s not done fast. It doesn’t make you break out in a sweat. It’s done very slowly, in controlled, repetitive
movements. But they’re movements that increase a person’s flexibility and help them find their center of balance. So in the end, their whole body feels strengthened.” “You have to activate multiple groups of muscles just to stay balanced,” adds Thomas. “Let’s say you’re in a standing side lunge position. You have to contract your core—not just your abs, but your whole trunk—to keep your upper body balanced in proportion to the stance. Your arms are extended out to the side as well, so you’re activating all those muscles at the same time. “That can be challenging to some people,” she says. “But every good class offers modifications along with the regular program.”
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The regular, fluid movement of tai chi has many health benefits and can be done almost anywhere, alone, or in a group.
“Modification is the key,” affirms Jenny O’Callaghan, national trainer for Healthways’ SilverSneakers Group Exercise Program, which offers its yoga classes to more than 2 million Humana Medicare members nationwide. “That’s really important, that the program is customizable.” SilverSneakers’ YogaStretch classes give participants a choice of performing stretching exercises in both seated and standing positions. “Our classes incorporate the use of a chair; there is no mat involved,” O’Callaghan says. “Because frankly, for some of our older participants, getting back up off the floor can be difficult. We take traditional yoga poses and modify them to allow anybody to have the experience. Some people don’t use the chair at all. Others, if they’re doing maybe a standing balance pose, they have that chair right at arm’s reach in case they need it for extra support. “It’s really all about greater body awareness,” she says. “And truly, the acceptance of where we are physically.” Tim Howell, registered yoga teacher and founder of Joyful Hearts Yoga in Tucson, puts it another way. “The Baby Boomers are starting to realize that they can’t beat up their bodies anymore,” says Howell, who estimates that 85 percent of the practitioners who attend the classes he offers at 10 locations in Tucson are between the ages of 50 and 80. “American culture has taught us ‘no pain, no gain.’ Go, go, go. And yoga is just the opposite.” It may not be the fast lane, but Howell says yoga supplies the body a muchneeded “road map” to “bringing us back home” to optimum health. “As we grow older, our synovial
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$150 per day for days 1-7 in plan hospital; same cost sharing for non-plan hospital with prior authorization (different cost sharing applies to inpatient mental health).
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364 days in calendar year.
Out-of-Pocket maximum $3,400
Unlimited days for inpatient hospital. 100 days per benefit period for SNF. 190 lifetime days for inpatient mental health.
Skilled Nursing Facility
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Day 1 - 20: $0 copay per day; Day 21 - 100: $75 copay per day
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Covered in full after applicable copayments/coinsurance.
Members must continue to pay Medicare Part B premium
Members must continue to pay Medicare Part B premium.
You pay $0 for each primary care physician office visit; $25 for each visit to most specialists. You pay $5 - $300 for X-ray/ ultrasound; You pay $10 for each visit for occupational, speech, physical therapy or $15 for cardiac and pulmonary rehab (Medicare coverage limits apply). You pay $250 for each outpatient surgery. You pay $150 for each ground ambulance transport. You pay 20 percent coinsurance for durable medical equipment and prosthetics.
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Outpatient Prescription Drugs
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Travel Restrictions Out of Area
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Members must continue to pay Part B premium to Medicare
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Outpatient Prescription Drugs
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In this recipe, the pan-seared pork chop is finished in a casserole dish and smothered with sautéed mushrooms. Ah, the best of both worlds! To make this fall favorite even more delicious, I’ve given you a simple recipe for homemade apple chunks as a perfect accompaniment, too! Look for big, thick bone-in pork chops for maximum flavor and make a plan to dish up a plate of goodness for any weeknight or Sunday supper.
4 (1/2-inch-thick bone-in) pork chops 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 1 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup flour for dredging 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 cup (1 medium to large) sweet yellow onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, slivered or chopped 1 tablespoon parsley 1 1/2 pounds fresh white mushrooms, sliced 1/2 cup marsala or sherry wine or chicken broth Step No. 1: Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Step No. 2: Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge pork chops lightly in flour. Step No. 3: In a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Place pork chops in skillet and cook over medium high heat until browned on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer pork chops to a plate and cover. Step No. 4: In the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Sauté onions and garlic until soft and golden brown. Stir in mushrooms, parsley and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook for 10 minutes. Step No. 5: Grease with oil a casserole dish that is approximately 9 inches. Place half of the mushroom mixture on the bottom
of casserole. Place cooked pork chops over top of mushroom mixture. Top with remainder of mushrooms. Step No. 6: In same skillet, add wine and 1 tablespoon of butter, and gently scrape up all remaining browned bits in pan. Bring liquid to a gentle boil and then pour over top of mushrooms in casserole dish. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve with homemade apple chunks.
Homemade Apple Chunks
4 to 5 firm apples, peeled, cored and sliced thick 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 dash of fresh grated nutmeg 2 tablespoons brandy, optional 1 pinch red pepper flakes, optional 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt In a medium saucepan on high heat, add all ingredients and cook for about 5 minutes until apples are soft but still chunky. Serve hot or warm.
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asseroles are amazing. Their make-ahead versatility is a great helper in the kitchen. But casseroles also provide the opportunity to let ingredients meld, often creating more robust flavors as they cook. Then, there’s the pan-seared method of cooking, where ingredients cook quickly on the outside, searing in those wonderful juices. One of my all-time favorite dishes combines pan searing and casseroles.
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Journey to the Bottom of the Globe Exploring the White Continent of Antarctica :: by Ed Boitano | Photos by Deb Roskamp
s a travel journalist, I am constantly asked for my favorite travel experiences. The list is endless, but there is one destination that seems to raise the most eyebrows. That destination is Antarctica. Sadly, the cruise line I was on is no more, yet today there is a plethora of cruise lines that offer similar packages. A Look Back After setting foot aboard the deck of my vessel to Antarctica, I began asking passengers why they chose to take an eight-day cruise to the coldest, windiest and driest continent in the world, with a landscape that is 98 percent continental ice sheet and 2 percent barren rock, a continent so cruel and unforgiving that almost no life can survive on it. The overwhelming answer from my fellow cruisers was simple: “Because now I can.” It was a good answer. The more I thought about it, I realized it was my reason, too.
Back Story It was not confirmed until the early 1800s that there was even the existence of a “southern land,” when British, American, Norwegian and Russian expeditions began exploring the Antarctic Peninsula region. In 1840, Antarctica was established as a continent—the world’s fifth-largest—and not just a group of islands. Whalers and fur-seal hunters braved the rough seas. Following World War II, there was an upsurge in scientific research on the continent, with a number of countries setting up year-round research stations. Seven made territorial claims, and the Antarctic Treaty was negotiated in 1961. The first cruise ship exclusively for the sake of tourism sailed to Antarctica in 1950, in the austral
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summer, the only season in which the weather makes it possible. By 1970, as the cruise industry began to grow, so did tourism to Antarctica, and by 2005, 36 different vessels made it to the continent in one year. For many, it is a journey into history; for others an unparalleled ecological and sea-life experience. But for most, it is the trip of a lifetime.
Expedition Teams One of the pluses of most voyages is that a team of working polar explorers offer lecture programs. My team was easily accessible to answer questions regarding everything from polar glaciers to how sea life can survive in such an extreme environment. The team also educates guests on the sensitive nature of preserving this pristine continent from human harm.
Touring Antarctica is like being on another planet. Landings My expedition team conducted a series of excursions on pontoon motorboats for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and its islands. For many on the voyage, setting foot on the continent was the supreme goal. The weather, though, plays the defining factor, and flexibility is a key word on any voyage. If a certain passage is clogged by icebergs, the ship’s captain, ice master and expedition team leader will design another route. Fortunately, because of overall favorable weather conditions, we were able to make two landings: one on Paradise Harbour, considered the Riviera of Antarctica; and on the crescent-shaped Half Moon Island. Both locations offer stunning photo opportunities and close-up encounters with thousands of gentoo and chinstrap penguins. It’s austral summer, and the black sand seems almost warm on your feet. Parent penguins are feeding their chicks. The scope and vastness of the surroundings are unimaginable.
Crossing the Drake “Below 40 degrees, there is no law. Below 50 degrees, there is no God,” was the sailors’ creed about crossing the Drake Passage, a merciless, 400-mile-wide passage between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica. Named after Sir Francis Drake (who never passed through the route) it is considered to have some of the worst sea weather in the world. If you’ve ever contemplated taking sea-sickness medication, this would be a good time to start.
Antarctica Today Since my return, I am frequently asked what it’s like to journey to this spectacular, but almost hidden continent. No words adequately describe the experience. Quite simply, it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. There were some days when I stood on the deck of the vessel and quite literally felt like I was on another planet. My advice: Plan your trip now. The season is short, and the demand is great.
Ushuaia Billed as the southern-most city in the world, the ski-resort town of Ushuaia sits on the bottom tip of Argentina, where a dramatic mountain landscape falls directly into the sea. Once the home of a penal colony—which is now a museum and definitely worth visiting—this is where most embarkations from the Western Hemisphere begin.
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ctober is the Goldilocks season in the Old Pueblo and surrounding mountains. Not too hot, yet not too cold. No, it is just right! This is the perfect time of year to stroll around on the upper Catalina Mountain range before the cold winter winds take over and snow graces the mountain floor. Here is a fall hiking guide to some of the best trails for trekking close to home that feel like they’re in another world. This list will begin at 9,157 feet on the summit of Mount Lemmon and follow Catalina Highway down to 4,954 feet at Bug Springs Trail, where the shady oak and pine trees give way to the familiar Sonoran desert landscape. Don’t forget to purchase a Catalina State Park pass; it costs $5 per day or only $20 per year. Splurge and get the yearly pass as revenue goes to a great cause and pays for itself in just four trips.
All of these trails will be found conveniently off the Catalina Highway. From the intersection of Tanque Verde and Kolb roads, take Tanque Verde Road east for 6 miles until you reach Catalina Highway, turn north and you will begin to ascend the mountain. The hectic holidays are right around the corner, so treat your inner outdoor soul and enjoy the mountains this season. Mount Lemmon Trail to Meadow Trail Loop: Past the Ski Valley area, at the highest reaches of the mountain, one will find some extraordinary vantage points—a fire lookout and the Mountain Sky Center observatory. A great 4-mile loop for hiking on the highest reaches of Mount Lemmon is to take the Mount Lemmon Trail to Southerland Trail and back to the parking area through the Meadow Trail. The first two trails offer stellar views
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of Tucson and the rugged Pusch Ridge vistas. The ponderosa pines tower above the wide, rocky path and then, after trailing along the ledge of the peak, the path takes you up some soft, dirt switchbacks to get to Meadow Trail. This trail goes through a gorgeous, grassy meadow filled with wildflowers, bees and butterflies. To get here, take Catalina Highway all the way up the mountain and take a slight right at Ski Valley Road. Go until you see a closed gate and park in the dirt area on the left-hand side. When you are done hiking, you can always swing by the Ski Valley area and get a sky ride on the ski lift or drop by the restaurant to refuel. Marshall Gulch to Aspen Trail Loop: Below the Ski Valley area, you will find two of the most soughtafter hikes in the quiet little town of Summerhaven, located on Marshall Peak—Marshall Gulch (1.6 miles) and Aspen Trail (2.3 miles). Each hike can be done as an out and back. But the whole loop is far more rewarding and provides a spectacular and diverse array of plants and scenery. Marshall Gulch trailhead can be
found on the right-hand side of the park’s restrooms. It is a lusciously green trail that follows a trickling stream through the shade up to Marshall Saddle. From this point, you can take off on one of the many trails at the junction or head back to the parking area amidst a thick, white Aspen woodland on Aspen Trail. The trees are so dense in some areas of Aspen Trail that you cannot even see through them. There are breathtaking vistas to witness such as Rincon Mountains, Cathedral Rock and the Wilderness of Rocks area, which is very popular with rock climbers. To get here, take the Catalina Highway past the Ski Valley turnoff and continue with a slight left and follow the road through Summerhaven. You will find the trailhead at the end of the road in a big shady parking lot full of picnic areas. Bigelow Trail: The Bigelow Mountain peak has dramatic views all around the northern side of the Catalina Mountain Range and is named the second-highest peak in the area, rising up to 8,550 feet. The wide trail is very well maintained and considered to be
one of the easier hikes on this side of the mountain. Bigelow Trail also connects to Butterfly Trail, which is one of the most challenging and rewarding hikes. To get there, take Catalina Highway all the way to Incinerator Ridge Road and park at the turnout across the street—on the right-hand side—hike up to the junction of Butterfly and Kellogg trails and go left on the Bigelow Trail to get to the summit immediately. This area is also wonderful for camping spots, but also very popular, so get out there early if Hikers can look down at the city scenery from the beautiful Mt. Lemmon Trail. it may be a busy weekend. miles ahead you will see Solider Camp Butterfly Trail: This strenuous trek Trailhead also on the right-hand side will surprise and delight you, with its of Catalina Highway. natural-research preserve, an aircraft SPECIALIZED MEMORY CARE crash from 1957 and a plethora of Bug Springs Trail is one of the midIN TUCSON diverse forest wildlife at every bend. level Catalina trails that gets left out This trail is by far one of the most quite often. Between the desert valley unique passages through the Catalina and the high mountain forest, there is Mountains. It is great during the spring, a beautiful transformation of scenery summer and fall seasons. If you want to to be witnessed. Bug Springs Trail enjoy the outdoors under towering pine offers unparalleled desert and forest trees full of chipmunks, woodpeckers, views while you switch back through mice, horned lizards, beetles and the cacti and staggering century plants butterflies, this will be a great hike for to get up to the shady oaks. Whether Visit Us Online at you. There are breathtaking views in you are a hiker, trail runner or biker, all directions and plenty of shade for this trail will offer a pleasant challenge, sunny days. Plan for an all-day trip and and surprising milieu for photography www.pacificatucson.com an ambitious hike no matter which opportunities and solitude. direction you choose. There are a few This path measures 4.5 miles one Pacifica Senior Living features the different options for hiking, biking or way, with little shade for the first 2 respected and innovative Legacy™ caravanning from the trail’s beginning miles, so bring extra water and pile on to end. the UV protection. Program, a specialized memory care For a classic out-and-back hike, These are just a few of the hundreds program developed by Pacifica Senior one can expect 12 miles of rocky of trails that traverse the beautiful and Living. This program was developed switchbacks with some very steep areas. majestic Catalina Mountain range, a A great option is to bring two vehicles place that gives Tucson refuge from the to help residents rediscover and enjoy to caravan Butterfly Trail, leaving one desert heat and mystifies visitors from their remaining abilities. at the Palisades Ranger Station and the around the globe. other at Soldier Camp Trail a few miles Oktoberfest, a fun-loving German • Professional 24-hour staffing • Legacy Program up. I prefer to bring bikes and leave food-and-beer festival, will take over • Loyalty Pricing - or - Customized Pricing • Respite available them at the Palisades Ranger Station the mountains during the first two TOUR TODAY! • Group residents of similar ability levels in “cottage” environments and drive up to Soldier Camp to start weekends of October. Keep this in mind CALL the hike. If you decide to go this route, when arranging travel and camping • Accomodate the needs of difficult behaviors • Recently renovated the hike will be tougher with an extra plans as the traffic will be heavier and (520) 320-7505 • Beautiful walking paths • Ambassador Program 500 feet of elevation gain, but the bike camp sites limited. The weather is ride back up to Soldier Camp will be perfect for outdoor adventures so get much easier. It is only a few miles from out and take a trek this fall season to Palisades up to Soldier Camp but it’s recharge your spirit with nature and an awesome, lung-busting workout, good company. Happy trails! with some really fun descents once you Tucson get up the biggest hill. To check out more outdoor adventures around 2675 North Wyatt Drive • Tucson, AZ 85712 Take Catalina Highway until you see Arizona, like Niccole Radhe’s Facebook Call (520)314-9167 the restroom across from the Palisades page “Take a Stroll with Niccole,” or email Ranger Station on your right. A few firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pacificaseniorliving.com
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... from page 8 own Koran of rules. The religions were hard-earned tax dollars going for quickly hijacked by those who taught something like that. Who was Michael greed, hate, revenge and violence and Brown that warranted sending these still do. Today they’re just called ISIS, people? Did anybody attend Margaret Taliban and Al-Qaeda. We have to Thatcher’s funeral? fight the evil. According to USA Today, Michael Brown’s three siblings What a hoot! Drew Alexander’s will receive fully paid college column about taking his orders scholarships. Michael Brown robbed and opinions from Hannity, Limbaugh and Fox News was dead a convenience store and assaulted a on, not tongue-in cheek at all! Loved clerk. Break the law and your family that “Republicans swear to pollute will be rewarded. Sad, isn’t it? the oceans, (etc.) and impact the ozone layer.” Drew, the ozone layer Have you ever noticed that problem is being solved because the racists, religious extremists, U.S. government passed legislation to bigots and white supremacists reduce/eliminate CFCs and HCFCs all align themselves with the Republican over time. We lefties worry about Party? They are the party of hate, greenhouse gases and Republican and every time I read “Obama” did denial of man-made global warming. this and check it out and find it is not When it’s 101 degrees on Christmas true, I see another hater. When Bush Day in Phoenix, your party will block took office the debt was $5 trillion to legislation to cap carbon emissions $7 trillion, give or take. When Bush and say, “Why should we do anything left office, it was nearly $11.7 trillion. about carbon if China doesn’t?” Your That’s an increase of 89 percent. Under Operation Burka was hilarious! Why, Obama, it went from $11.7 trillion to you all love women! You all support about $15 trillion. That’s an increase the intelligent and selfless Sarah Palin! of 40 percent. Can the Republicans Who wouldn’t pay $99.95 a year to understand there is a difference here, watch her pay-per-view channel for a a big difference? Go the Internet, and good old-fashioned Obama whoopin’ check out these facts. I didn’t make and push her net worth up to the top 1 them up. How do you explain that? percent? Loved your column! Loved it! For you Republicans who complained Keep up the good work, and next time about Obama, virtually everything you don’t forget to bash gays, Mexicans, wrote is factually inaccurate and/or refugee children from Central America, based on incorrect understanding of the minimum wage and that silly fuss finance. I’d recommend some reading over nothing in Ferguson, Missouri. to you if I thought you’d actually do it. Do you actually understand what the The protestors in Ferguson are Tea Party stands for, or is this something shouting, “Justice for Michael your friends think and you don’t want Brown.” Where is the justice to actually let them think you know for Officer Wilson? In this country, you better, maybe because you don’t? You are innocent until proven guilty. The complain about his vacations. Well only justice the protestors will accept is check the facts on the Internet and that Officer Wilson will be found guilty see how many more vacations Bush took compared to Obama. A trip to and executed. Shame. his ranch is a vacation so be sure, and What long-ago American add them in. So you haven’t checked hero said, “I regret that I that out, either. Before you publish such have but one life to give for garbage, get online and find facts so my country”? Apparently, Mr. Foley you don’t make the rest of the so-called remembered his history lesson. Europe Republicans think you know what you should be paying attention, instead of are talking about. Then publish it in a huge town where people don’t make a paying the bad guys. fool of themselves by writing something It has been reported that so utterly stupid. Then turn Limbaugh Obama sent three officials and Fox News off and listen to real from the White House to news. I dare you...and then explain how Michael Brown’s funeral. I resent my the national news reported some of the
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to the House of Representatives since President Obama was elected, you have noticed the only agenda the House Republicans have is to make sure they block everything the president has tried to do. And for that we pay those guys a $184,000 annual salary for life.—Larry Vipond Remember the instant-print cameras that were so much fun for the funny show-offs? Ha, ha, ha. Today’s cry-baby exhibitionists are only getting what they stupidly pay for. Serves them right. That’ll show you to run around naked. It’s obvious what the White House needs now is another Truman, Eisenhower and a couple Roosevelts for the president’s spine to stiffen. Can anyone explain to me why it appears that an inordinate number of Arizona drivers are defacing their Arizona license plates? I usually am aware of what is going on around me. But this one has me baffled. Someone please enlighten me. No one I’ve asked has been able to give me an answer that makes sense. If you read the public-opinion pages of any newspaper, you will find unused wisdom and an overused blame system. Blame-iton- everybody-else information. When in reality it’s all daily a do-it-yourself world, for good or bad. What are you doing right now? Why are reporters, the public, the court, the judge, all as looney as the female convicted murderer making fools of the entire legal system? Why is she still allowed to be making her demands. It’s sick, sick, sick, and it’s all just something more for TV report. Granted, sports games are a great public release of stress, but the true Americans are out helping victims of floods, fires, tornadoes and accidents. Thank you, let’s bless them all. Poor old McCain. His needle is stuck on blame, while Congress does nothing, and he says nothing about that at all. He needs to retire for sure.
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You Don’t Have to Train for a Marathon Exercise can take many forms, from walking to running to cycling or kayaking, depending on your level of fitness. I have many patients in their late 60s who are, in fact, still running marathons and triathlons. But even for folks with more physical limitations, there are exercises that are effective from a chair or even from a bed. Exercise is not only open to everyone, but everyone can benefit from it.
but far more significant changes are possible. Some patients have even been able to stop taking medications to control their diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol. What I particularly like about exercise is that it’s good for your mood. As people age, it’s easy to feel down when you’re working through losses or life transitions. Exercising raises your neurohormones so you feel better. It may help your cognitive status as well. You Can Do It Safely There are ways to safely bring exercise into your lifestyle, even if you haven’t exercised in a while. The key is to start gradually. You might start with a slow walk, preferably on a level surface, and taking care to wear proper footwear to protect the feet and joints. Twenty minutes is fine in the beginning. If you find you are tired after some minutes of steady walking, rest and start again.
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Classified & Friendship Ad Information Write your ad in the space provided. All ads must be prepaid before each monthly deadline. Deadline for ads is the 16th of each month. Your name, address and telephone number will not be printed in your ad. We will give it a code. All mail we receive with your code will be mailed to you at least once a week. We reserve the right to edit ads. Check your type of payment and mail to: Lovin' Life Newspapers 3200 N. Hayden Rd. Suite #210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 • Call 480-348-0343 Name: Address: City/State/Zip: Telephone #: Email: Check/Money Order Visa MasterCard American Express Discover Acct# _________________________________________________ Card Exp. ____ / ____ /____ CVV#________________________________ Signature ______________________________________ CLASSIFIEDS INFORMATION Please check desired circulation: Tucson Sun Cities (Metro Phx) East Valley (Metro Phx) Southeast Valley Phoenix & Glendale Scottsdale $25 first 30 words. 50¢ per word thereafter. $10 per additional zone.
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T HE F INISH L INE Arizona’s Leader in Senior Fitness It’s Fall! Time to Get Fit!
he change of seasons always brings with it a sense of newness, an opportunity for change. Fall is no exception. After a long, hot summer, the weather will soon beckon us into the outdoors. Now is the time to dust off that bicycle, get out that tennis racket or dig out those golf clubs. It’s time to get fit! It’s widely known that as little as 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week can make a significant difference in health. The weather is exercise-friendly, and the requirement is small. So why is it that so many choose not to do what they know will be of benefit to them? Three common reasons for clinging to a sedentary lifestyle are: “I don’t have the time.” If you think that staying well takes time, try sickness! Aging brings with it
Pickleball Registration Deadline Oct. 15
certain challenges, and maintaining good health is one of them. Everyone has the same 24 hours in each day. It’s a matter of choice: wellness or illness. “I’m too old. It’s too late to start.” Many studies have shown that it’s never too late to exercise, regardless of age. People who have begun exercising in their 80s have shown marked improvement in overall health in aerobic capacity, strength and range of motion. Of course, one should always check with their physician prior to beginning to exercise, but it is probable that a doctor will welcome your intention to get fit. “I just don’t like exercise. It isn’t fun.” The Senior Olympics
movement inspires people older than age 50 to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Exercise not only can be fun, it can be addictive. Senior Olympians have found that their self-esteem is higher, their outlook more optimistic, and they feel better physically and mentally. They form friendships with other Senior Olympians, they gain a sense of control in health issues, and they feel proud of achieving the goals that they set. This fall is a great time to start exercising on a regular basis. Then go online to www.seniorgames.org and choose any one of the 32 sports offered by Arizona Senior Olympics. Determine to change your health and your life, and every season of life will be good.
It’s That Time Again The Finish Line Newsletter is produced by Arizona Senior Olympics, founded by:
he Arizona Senior Olympics’ Pickleball Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 23 to Oct. 26 at the Surprise Pickleball Courts. The deadline to participate is Oct. 15, and athletes are urged to register as soon as possible as it will be limited to 200 players. This year’s tournament is the Arizona qualifier for the National Senior Games in July in Minneapolis. New this year will be two divisions: The Age-Level Division will be for players who wish to qualify for the National Senior Games, and the Skill-Level Division will be for those who prefer that format. For more information about the tournament, including the schedule, players can visit www.seniorgames. com. A link will take visitors to www.pickleballtournaments.com for registration.
in partnership with the cities of Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe and the communities of Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand
Arizona Senior Olympics
It’s time to start planning for participation in the 2015 Arizona Senior Olympics, which take place from Feb. 21 to March 15.
P.O. Box 33278 Phoenix, AZ 85067-3278
web site: www.seniorgames.org
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From the Top of My Desk By Irene Stillwell, ASO Executive Director
e have been lucky through the years to find sponsors whose goals are similar to ours and whose interest lies in keeping seniors healthy and independent. ASO has been approached by many businesses who have something to sell to the senior market. However, our goal is to help—and not hurt—the over-50 population. We have never had an alcohol or tobacco sponsor, and we are very careful about products that do not have a proven benefit to the health and fitness of seniors. Our sponsors are interested in informing seniors about their services or products, and they hope that there will be a positive response. We at Arizona Senior Olympics hope that you will evaluate those products and services and that you will give them special consideration because of your interest in Arizona Senior Olympics. This year, we especially want to thank the following sponsors for their ongoing loyalty to Arizona Senior Olympics and for their positive impact on the senior community.
Missing The Finish Line?
he Finish Line, the Arizona Senior Olympics’ newsletter, is published monthly. It is sent out to an email list and can be found at Walgreens’ stores throughout the state (in the racks at the front door). Because of unforeseen circumstances, some of our readers may not have received their online versions for several months. Good news! Back copies can be found on our website at www.seniorgames.org. If you would like to be added to our email Finish Line list, just call and give us your email address and you’ll receive it by email each month. The ASO office can be reached at (602) 274-7742 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.
They’re Back! This is the most popular shirt offered by ASO. Many people were disappointed when they missed out, so we’re offering it again!
ASO Looking for a Few Good Men and Women Are you a leader? Do you have experience in managing a specific sport? Do you know how the rules and how the competition is conducted? Do you believe that sports are for all ages of people? Would you like to see your sport grow and flourish? If you can answer “Yes” to these questions, then Arizona Senior Olympics would like you to consider being a sports commissioner or assistant commissioner. ASO is fortunate to have many very dedicat-
ed and experienced volunteers in the 32 sports that are offered. However, many things can come up, requiring one of those leaders to move or retire, leaving their sport without the leadership it needs. ASO is looking for leaders for the following sports: basketball; dance; golf; horseshoes; pickleball; road races; and track and field. Volunteer to join the team! Call (602) 274-7742, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday for more information. Ask for Irene.
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Only $15 each Call the ASO Office at (602) 274-7742 to order www.lovinlifeafter50.com
www.seniorgames.org q Yes, I would like to be a friend of Arizona Senior Olympics Send your tax-deductible contribution by check, money order, credit card or go online to www.seniorgames.org. Amount Enclosed $ I am paying by q Check/Money Order qVisa qMastercard qDiscover qAmerican Express. You will be charged by Senior Games Payment Services if paying by credit card. If paying by check, please make it out to the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation. Credit Card. #: Expiration Date: 3 digit code on back of card: Name as it appears on your credit card: Address: City/State/Zip: Signature:
Mail to: Arizona Lifelong Fitness Association P.O. Box 33278 Phoenix, AZ 85067-3278
Purchase Fiesta Bowl Tickets Through Us!
rizona Senior Olympics has partnered with the Fiesta Bowl by participating in its new fundraising project for nonprofits. ASO will receive 20 percent of the ticket price for the Fiesta Bowl, which will be on Dec. 31 at University of Phoenix Stadium, and for the Cactus Bowl, taking place on Jan. 2 in Sun Devil Stadium.
Here is your chance to really help Arizona Senior Olympics and have a great time supporting your team. Everyone who purchases their tickets using our specified promo code will receive an ASO support bracelet. Get on the team! Tell your friends! Go to www.seniorgames.org to get your tickets today.
Join the Olympics!
ey Baby Boomers! If you were born between 1946 and 1966, you can be a Senior Olympian. Itâ€™s never too late to dust off those athletic shoes and get going. Better health, better life! More fun, too! Call (602) 274-7742 to get in on the action.
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CASH AND GIFT GIVE AWAY WIN YOUR SHARE OF $175,000!
It’s never too early to start thinking about your holiday shopping and we’re making it easy for you this year with the Holiday Cash and Gift Give-Away. Earn entries daily from
OCTOBER 1 – DECEMBER 7. Every Wednesday and Sunday during the promotion we’ll give away over $5,500 in cash, gift cards, free play and gifts. Mark your calendars for a special November 2 drawing with over $30,000 in cash and prizes. Don’t miss the Black Friday Bonus Drawing on Friday, November 28 for a chance at over $9,000 worth of gifts. We’ll wrap things up at the December 7 Finale where you’ll get another chance to win a share of over $30,000 in additional cash and prizes. Visit Club Sol for details.
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