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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Vol. 36, No. 4 EILEEN BRADSHAW President & CEO of LIFE Senior Services, LIFE PACE & Vintage Housing

KELLY KIRCHHOFF

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Senior Director of Communications

Men's and Women's Health: Latest Guidelines for Quality Aging

All About Teeth and Gums

DEE DUREN

Good health is key to maintaining quality of life and independence as we age. Prioritize wellness with this guide to understanding and preventing common health concerns affecting seniors.

Don’t get sidelined by gum disease or dental pain. Learn about new tools for maintaining oral hygiene as well as a list of places that offer affordable dental care.

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BERNIE DORNBLASER Advertising Director bdornblaser@LIFEseniorservices.org

LEAH WEIGLE Graphic Designer

CAROL CARTER Copy Editor

DICK MCCANDLESS ESTEBAN VALENCIA Community Distribution

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Drink Up: The Importance of Hydration

Time for a Tune-Up: Your Body's Maintenance Guide

Dehydration is a common cause of hospitalization in seniors. If you struggle to drink enough water each day, follow these tips to increase your intake.

24 How Practicing Mindfulness Benefits Health

Do you spend too much time thinking about the past or anticipating the future? Learn how to harness the power of the present moment by starting a meditation practice.

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Any vehicle benefits from a regular maintenance schedule, and your body is no exception. Follow this guide to keep the “check engine” light from slowing you down. 6 Letter From Eileen 8 Looking Back 10 Caregiver Corner Use Body Mechanics to Ease the Physical Challenges of Caregiving 12 Medicare & You Should You Enroll in Medicare Part D for 2022? 23 LIFE EDU 26 Dollars & Sense Finding Help with Healthcare Costs 28 In the Spotlight 30 Mindbender & Puzzles 31 Puzzle Partners 32 Share Your Time & Talent 33 Bunkering With Books 34 Noteworthy 35 Business Directory 36 People & Places 37 Classifieds 39 Vintage Friends

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LIFE’s Vintage Newsmagazine is published monthly by LIFE Senior Services (a Tulsa Area United Way nonprofit) and helps fulfill LIFE Senior Services’ mission to promote and preserve independence for seniors. This publication is printed and mailed at no charge. Donations of any amount are appreciated and will help offset LIFE Senior Services’ production costs. A donation of $25 per year is suggested. To make a donation, visit www.LIFEseniorservices.org or call (918) 664-9000. LIFE’s Vintage Newsmagazine accepts advertising to defray the cost of production and distribution, and appreciates the support of its advertisers. The publisher does not specifically endorse advertisers or their products or services. LIFE’s Vintage Newsmagazine reserves the right to refuse advertising. Rates are available upon request by calling (918) 664-9000. © LIFE’s Vintage Newsmagazine and LIFE Senior Services, Inc., 2021. All rights reserved. Reproduction without consent of the publisher is prohibited. Volume 36, Issue 4, October 2021 LIFE’s Vintage Newsmagazine (ISSN 2168-8494) (USPS 18320) is published monthly by LIFE Senior Services, 5950 E. 31st St., Tulsa, OK 74135. Periodicals postage paid at Tulsa, OK.

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LETTER FROM EILEEN Dear Vintage Readers, It’s me again, with my reminder that if you need assistance with getting a vaccine, including transportation, LIFE can help. Simply call (918) 664-9000, and we can help you get connected. As boosters become available, we can assist with that process as well.

Eileen Bradshaw

President and CEO LIFE Senior Services, LIFE PACE, Vintage Housing eileen.bradshaw@LIFEseniorservices.org

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That is a nice segue into the theme of the magazine this month: our health. This issue contains some great tips and a very informative article on preventive health measures to help you reduce your disease risks. Avoiding a diagnosis of cancer or heart disease is what we all want to do. But for many reading this issue, there may already be a diagnosis of one or more chronic illnesses. What then? We can’t just give up and forsake our power to improve our health. The focus must become optimization of our health, mitigating the effects of any existing conditions. Working with a doctor, seeking nutritional guidance and developing a sustainable exercise plan are all key pieces to managing your health. Some insurance plans will pay for these services if they are in conjunction with disease management. It is normal to feel sad or discouraged upon being diagnosed with a condition like diabetes or heart disease. Many people report feeling grief, guilt or even shame. However, if sadness persists or discourages you from taking measures to improve your health, take action. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about a third of patients diagnosed with a chronic illness develop clinical depression. This, in turn, can adversely affect their physical health, creating a cycle. If you or a loved one experiences depression after a diagnosis, it is important to bring it to a doctor’s attention quickly, as prompt treatment can prevent physical complications.

Sometimes a diagnosis leads to social isolation. It may be a self-imposed response, or perhaps one just doesn’t feel well enough to take part in everything they once did. In any case, isolation is the enemy to good health. It is important to make yourself connect. Everyone needs a support system, but when dealing with an illness or chronic condition, it is even more important. Fun, purely social interactions lift our mood. In-person is great, but chatting on the phone or by video allows us to connect as well. An exercise buddy provides motivation and accountability, so they are particularly great allies to cultivate. When it comes to health, it is wise to take the “carpe diem” approach – seize the day! It is never too late to try to do what is best for your health. Each day offers us the opportunity to eat the right way, take a walk and connect with friends, even if we weren’t successful the day before. We may never be perfect, but we need to keep trying. Finally, forgive me in advance for a bit of bragging. "Great Place to Work®" and Fortune magazine have honored LIFE Senior Services as one of the "2021 Best Workplaces in Aging Services™." Earning a spot means that LIFE Senior Services is one of the best companies to work for in the country! I love being a part of LIFE, and I was so excited to see this recognition because I think it reflects the level of commitment that our team has to the seniors we serve. Best,

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Looking Back Healthcare Heroes Tulsa Historical Society & Museum 2445 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa

A young child sits in a dental chair at the Variety Club Health Center at 538 E. Oklahoma St. in 1962.

Paula Pfeifer of Tulsa was the 1973 poster child for the National March of Dimes Foundation. She poses with Snow White and Dopey at Disney World.

Hillcrest nurses and a physician practice patient care with an iron lung machine during the 1950s.

Traveling American Red Cross nurses pose with their medical satchels during the 1920s.

All photos courtesy of Tulsa Historical Society & Museum

Photo Courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa.

This Month in History OCTOBER 5, 2011:

Co-Founder of Apple Inc. Dies

Steve Jobs started Apple Computer in his parents’ garage in 1976 despite completing only one semester of college. He became a multimillionaire in his 20s after launching the Apple personal computer with Steve Wozniak. Jobs left Apple in the 1980s and bought Pixar, the animation studio behind “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo.” Returning to Apple in 1996, Jobs led the company from near bankruptcy to phenomenal success before dying of pancreatic cancer.

OCTOBER 7, 2003:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Elected Governor

Bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger defeated 134 other candidates to become governor of California, the most populous state in the nation and the world’s fifth-largest economy. Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen after winning seven “Mr. Olympia” championships and starring in “Conan the Barbarian.” His most famous film was “The Terminator.” A Republican, he served two full terms before returning to acting in 2011.

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OCTOBER 11, 2002:

Jimmy Carter Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to “find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights.” A peanut farmer from Georgia, Carter mediated the peace talks between Israel and Egypt in 1978. Carter, who was to turn 97 on October 1, is the oldest living president and the longest-married president at 75 years. He was the third president to win the Nobel Prize.

OCTOBER 18, 1867: The U.S.

Takes Possession of Alaska

The U.S. took formal possession of the Alaska territory after buying it from Russia for $7.2 million – less than two cents an acre. At 586,412 square miles, the property was about twice the size of Texas. Many mocked the purchase, calling it “Seward’s Folly” after Secretary of State William Henry Seward. The state sparked a gold rush in 1896 and now supplies 25% of the country's oil and 50% of its seafood.

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OCTOBER 26, 1881:

Three Killed at O.K. Corral

Wyatt Earp, a former Kansas lawman, and his brothers represented law and order in the silver mining boomtown of Tombstone, Arizona. The Clanton-McLaury gang members were cowboys, cattle rustlers and murderers. The two groups – plus the Earps’ friend Doc Holliday – met in a vacant lot behind the O.K. Corral for a famous gunfight immortalized in many movies. After about 30 seconds, Clanton and the McLaury brothers were dead.

OCTOBER 28, 1965:

Gateway Arch is Completed

The Gateway Arch is the nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet tall. The structure was built in St. Louis near the Mississippi River to commemorate Thomas Jefferson’s vision of westward expansion. Architect Eero Saarinen designed the mid-century modern, stainlesssteel parabola. The arch was built to withstand earthquakes, high winds and lightning strikes. Trams take visitors to the top for a view from 16 windows overlooking each side, but no snack bar or restrooms.

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Guide to Successful Transfers 1. Assess – Is this something you can safely do alone, or do you need help? 2. Communicate – Give step-by-step instructions to help your loved one understand and prepare for your movements Have your loved one move toward their stronger side if possible.

Use Body Mechanics to Ease the Physical Challenges of Caregiving By Martha Rains, Caregiver Program Coordinator/Health and Wellness Coach, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.

Did you ever wish caregiving came with an instruction book? Day after day, caregivers are called on to do a variety of tasks, including lifting and transferring a loved one from one surface to another, often with no formal training. Many caregivers report difficulty and even injuries while trying to move their loved ones from one place to another, like from a car to a wheelchair. Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science reported in their caregiver study that: “The research, based on questionnaires and interviews with 46 informal caregivers, showed that across four weeks, 94% reported experiencing musculoskeletal pain in at least one body part, with the lower back (76%), knees, shoulder and wrist (43% each) being the most common sites for discomfort. More than 78% of caregivers said that the pain impacted their ability to provide care, and 66% said the pain impacted their overall quality of life.” The good news is that frequently, injuries and pain can be avoided by taking some simple steps to work more efficiently,

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improve our strength and move more effectively. The term “body mechanics” refers to using strength, good posture and mechanical advantages to do a task more easily and avoid potential injury. Body mechanics use proper body alignment, stability and the body's center of gravity to maintain balance while moving heavy objects (or family members) from place to place. Good body mechanics are important for any type of movement from lifting a box to doing a wheelchair transfer. Imagine a thread attached to the top of your head, pulling you upward into good alignment. Posture is the first step in good body mechanics. Next, look at your base of support. Your feet need to be about a shoulder’s width apart to maintain balance while moving your loved one. Bend your knees and tighten your stomach muscles to help protect your back. This will keep the center of gravity low and help you use your core muscles effectively. Be sure to keep the back straight and avoid twisting while moving. Transfers need not be painful. A little preparation, good communication and exercise can make life easier for both you and your loved one.

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3. Use Assistive Devices – Make sure assistive devices, such as a wheelchair, are close by and locked. Use a gait belt whenever possible. 4. Get Into Position – Position yourself as closely as possible to your loved one. Bend your knees and, if necessary, use your knees to block the knees of your loved one if they are weak. 5. Review and Direct – When properly positioned, review steps, then count “one, two, three” and move as a unit. Give short verbal directions as you move. Allow them to assist as much as possible. 6. Lift Correctly – Use the strength in your legs, not your back, to make the transfer.

Simple Exercises to Strengthen Your Back These exercises can be done in the comfort of your living room. YouTube is also a great resource for home exercises like “10 Minute Seated Core Strengthening Workout for Seniors." Remember to talk to your physician before starting any exercise program. 1. The Bridge – Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor about hip-width apart. With your arms at your sides, tighten the abdominal muscles, then lift and hold the buttocks in the air for five counts. Lower slowly and repeat. 2. Pelvic Tilt – Start in the same position as the bridge. Tighten the abdominal muscles so that the pelvis tilts backward and the lower back flattens against the floor. Hold five counts, then relax. 3. Opposite Arm and Leg Raises – Kneel on your hands and knees with your spine and head neutral. Raise one arm in front of you while extending the opposite leg behind you. Hold for five counts. Repeat on the opposite side.

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MEDICARE & YOU

Should You Enroll in Medicare Part D for 2022? By Kathy Jones, Medicare and Tax Assistance Program Supervisor

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edicare’s fall Open Enrollment Period is here, and you may be wondering whether or not you should enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D). The answer to that depends on your current situation, including whether you have drug coverage, your monthly income and how much you spend on prescription drugs.

If you currently have drug coverage that is as good as or better than Medicare’s basic drug coverage (i.e., “creditable”) and you’re satisfied with it, you probably should keep your current coverage. You can choose to join a Medicare prescription drug plan later without penalty. If your current drug coverage is through an Employer Group Health Plan, you can contact your Benefits

Coordinator through your Human Resource Department to find out whether your current drug coverage is creditable to Medicare.

If you do not have drug coverage or have drug coverage that is not as good as Medicare’s, you need to think about whether Medicare Part D will help you. The following are questions to consider.

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I have very low prescription drug costs, so why would I consider enrolling in a Medicare drug plan?

If you have low prescription drug costs, having Medicare drug coverage could cost you more now but protect you from high drug costs in the future and a late enrollment penalty with Medicare Part D. You may want to consider enrolling in a plan that offers a low monthly premium to ensure you have coverage if your prescription drug needs change. Can I get help paying for Medicare Part D if I have limited income and resources?

2. Yes, if your income is less

than about $1,630 a month in 2021 ($2,198 for couples) and your resources are less than $14,790 ($29,520 for couples). If you meet these guidelines, you should apply for Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), and then enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan. With Extra Help, most of your drug plan costs will be paid for by Medicare. LIFE’s

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Medicare Assistance Program can assist you with the application process. If I didn’t enroll in a Medicare drug plan when I was first eligible, can I enroll in a plan now?

3. If you did not enroll when

you were first eligible for Medicare Part D, you can enroll now during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period. However, you should know that if you didn’t have other creditable prescription drug coverage for 63 days or more in a row, you may also have to pay a late enrollment penalty. The penalty is 1% of the national average premium ($33.06 in 2021) for every month you were eligible for Medicare Part D but did not enroll. If you qualify for Extra Help, you will be granted a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan and will not have to pay a late enrollment premium penalty.

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Where can I get help enrolling in a Part D drug plan?

Comparing your plan choices is important, and help is just a click away with Medicare’s Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov. The Plan Finder includes all the 2022 health and drug plan cost information to make it as easy as possible to compare and select plans. You first have to create a Medicare account through www.medicare.gov. You can enter the drugs you take to find out how you can lower your costs and review the plan's ratings to compare plan quality. If you find a plan that meets your needs, you can join the plan online starting October 15. For one-on-one help, the Medicare Assistance Program at LIFE Senior Services offers Medicare Part D assistance clinics throughout the annual enrollment period. Medicare volunteer counselors will help you compare Medicare Part D plans to find the plan that best fits your individual needs.

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October 15 through December 7 The Medicare Assistance Program at LIFE Senior Services is offering more ways to help you determine if your Medicare Part D plan will still meet your needs in 2022. Both phone and face-to-face appointments are available to help you compare your options from the safety of your own home or at a location nearby. MAP on the MOVE will schedule in-person appointments at the Owasso Senior Center, Broken Arrow Senior Center, the Dream Center and LIFE’s Senior Center at Southminster. LIFE can even offer transportation to the appointment this year if you need it. Services will still be provided by our trained Medicare SHIP Counselors from LIFE Senior Services.

To schedule your Part D comparison appointment, call (918) 664-9000, ext. 1189.

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Here are some of the top health concerns for seniors, how men and women experience them, diagnostics to prioritize, and preventive measures to take to stay healthy.

HEALTH Latest Guidelines for Quality Aging BY KAREN SZABO

While the most common symptom for men and women is chest pain, the signs of a heart attack can differ. According to Go Red for Women, women might also have non-chest pain symptoms and less obvious warning signs, including pain or pressure in the lower chest or upper abdomen; jaw, neck or upper back pain; nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, fainting, indigestion and extreme fatigue. Symptoms for men include squeezing chest pressure or pain; jaw, neck or back pain; nausea or vomiting and shortness of breath.

“Practice good preventive health,” Dr. Kim said. “Control your blood pressure, follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly.” The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also recommends keeping your cholesterol and triglyceride levels under control, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, managing stress, managing diabetes and getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

Cancer Dr. Insung Kim

Geriatrician, Saint Francis

"I encourage my patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise at least three times a week and be as socially connected as possible."

“Americans are living longer due to steady improvement in our management of chronic conditions,” said Dr. Insung Kim, a geriatrician with Saint Francis Health System. “We now have better-tolerated incontinence medication, as well as better tolerated antidepressants. We have medications that slow the progression of memory disorders, we anticoagulate older persons with atrial fibrillation routinely and reduce strokes. Addressing fall risk and screening for depression are regularly done during office visits to implement interventions if needed to keep our seniors independent.”

Still, seniors often face a variety of health conditions that can affect their overall quality of life. Family history, age and lifestyle play a large role in your risk for certain medical conditions. Many health concerns for seniors can be prevented or the progression slowed, however, by making wise choices and visiting your doctor for regular screenings.

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According to the CDC, nearly one-third of all deaths among older persons are due to heart disease, including heart attacks and chronic ischemic heart disease. Although heart disease is the leading cause of death for both genders in the U.S., women are more likely to die from a heart attack.

While you can’t control some risk factors – such as your age, sex, race or ethnicity and family history – there are many things that you can do to reduce your chances of getting heart disease.

Maintaining good health is vital to the quality of life and independence of older adults. Use this guide to help prevent some of the leading health concerns for seniors. They say when you have your health you have everything. That’s a good thing for the 41% of adults age 65 and older who report that they are in good or excellent health, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It’s also good news considering average life expectancy is on the rise, with many of those 65-year-olds living to celebrate birthdays beyond the age of 80.

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Among cancer's many riddles and mysteries, one fact remains consistent across almost all types of the disease: The risk of getting cancer increases with age. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the median patient age at the time of a cancer diagnosis is 66. According to American Senior Communities, women become more at risk for cervical or endometrial cancers as they age, while men have a higher risk for prostate cancer. Studies show that adopting healthy habits may decrease cancer risk by as much as 40%. Lifestyle changes include maintaining a healthy weight, increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables, decreasing your intake of red and processed meats, engaging in recommended amounts of exercise and using sunscreen.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force and other specialty groups have put together the following screening recommendations: 1. Colorectal Cancer Screening – Recommended screening should begin at age 45 and continue until age 75. You may need to be screened earlier and more frequently if you have risk factors. Talk to your doctor to see what's best for you. Men should discuss the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening with their healthcare provider, especially if they are aged 55 to 69. 2. Mammogram – This is recommended for women starting at age 40. Pap smears are recommended for women every three years and an HPV test every five years, up to age 65. “For older women, I recommend annual mammograms until age 85,” Dr. Kim explained. 3. Bone Density Screening – All postmenopausal women age 50 or older should be evaluated for osteoporosis risk. Screenings are recommended starting at age 65. “A bone density to screen for osteoporosis is encouraged every two years. It is then left to the discretion of the primary care doctor.” www.LIFEseniorservices.org


Peripheral Artery Disease Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a slow and progressive circulation disorder. PVD may affect any blood vessel outside of the heart, including the arteries, veins or lymphatic vessels. If an artery becomes blocked, known as peripheral artery disease (PAD), and can no longer deliver blood to other areas of the body, such as the foot and lower leg, serious problems can occur.

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“PAD is an insidious disease that is most commonly caused by atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque that eventually blocks the arteries,” explained interventional cardiologist, Dr. Matthew Comstock, with Tulsa Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. “This reduction in blood flow can cause a range of symptoms, which may include walking impairment, such as fatigue, aching, numbness, or pain located in the buttock, thigh, calf or foot; pain at rest localized to the lower leg or foot, including night cramps; cold legs or feet, hairless legs, and poorly healing or nonhealing wounds of the legs or feet,” he said. Dr. Matthew Comstock

Tulsa Cardiovascular Center of Excellence

"Peripheral artery disease is extremely prevalent yet underdiagnosed."

The greatest risk factors for PAD are smoking or a history of smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, family history of PAD and age.

“PAD is extremely prevalent yet underdiagnosed,” he added. “PAD affects approximately 6.5 million people age 40 and older in the United States. Increased age is an independent predictor for developing PAD, and 12%-20% of Americans age 60 years or older are affected by PAD.”

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The best treatment for PAD is prevention with healthy habits and a healthy diet. Quitting smoking will significantly reduce the risk of developing PAD, which is the leading cause of amputations in the U.S. “Diabetics are at a much higher risk for amputation than non-diabetics, and approximately 85% of lower limb diabetic amputations were preceded by a foot ulcer,” Dr. Comstock said. “Survival following lower extremity amputation is poor with mortality ranging from 39%-83% at five years, depending on the site of amputation.” In general, women will develop vascular disease at a later age compared to men. Women who develop PAD experience a more rapid decline in functional ability and greater mobility loss than men. Women tend to have more complex PAD than men and are also more likely to undergo a major amputation secondary to PAD compared to a man. “These facts reveal a high prevalence of PAD, often with a delayed diagnosis, and many times amputations are being performed without an angiogram or revascularization, leading to increased amputation rates and tremendous amputation-associated mortality,” Dr. Comstock said. “This is why I am so passionate about PAD awareness and treatment – saving a limb saves a life!”

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MEN'S AND WOMEN'S HEALTH, continued from page 15.

Stroke Stroke is the third leading cause of death among Americans, killing around 140,000 people a year. About 75% of strokes occur in people 65 or older, and it has been estimated that the chance of having a stroke doubles every decade after 55.

You can learn your personal stroke risk at www.cvriskcalculator.com. Be sure to have a record of recent blood pressure and blood lipid results.

According to the Medical University of South Carolina, stroke afflicts about 800,000 people a year and is estimated to occur at the rate of one American every 40 seconds. Nearly 55,000 more women than men have strokes each year in the U.S. Common symptoms are a sudden weakness on one side, loss of speech and balance, and confusion. But women often have additional or different symptoms such as fainting, agitation, hallucinations, vomiting, pain, hiccups and seizures. Women typically have a worse recovery after a stroke, too. While only about 18% of strokes are fatal, it is the leading cause of long-term disability in this country, making prevention the key. Smoking tops the list of factors that you can control and or eliminate. Current smokers double their risk for ischemic stroke (the most common of strokes) over non-smokers with other similar risk factors. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, diabetes and heart arrhythmia, or atrial fibrillation, are all associated with stroke.

The CDC reports that people 65 and older who received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines showed a 94% reduced risk of COVID-related hospitalization.

You can learn your personal stroke risk at www.cvriskcalculator.com. Be sure to have a record of recent blood pressure and blood lipid results.

COVID-19 COVID-19 is a relative newcomer to the list of health concerns for seniors. “Currently, my biggest concern is the misunderstanding from some Oklahomans about the safety of the COVID vaccine,” said Dr. Kim. “I cannot emphasize enough that older adults have to be vaccinated.”

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The CDC reports that people 65 and older who received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines showed a 94% reduced risk of COVID-related hospitalization. If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, you should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.

Men are more likely than women to have serious cases of COVID-19, according to The Sex, Gender and COVID-19 Project at University College London. It may be because of an enzyme called ACE2, which may allow the virus to enter cells more easily. Levels of this enzyme are generally higher in men. It could be because men are more likely to have health problems, like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, that raise the odds for severe COVID-19 symptoms. Another possible reason is that women tend to have stronger immune systems than men, thanks to estrogen.

Alzheimer's Disease While some memory loss is common as you age, developing Alzheimer’s disease is not. It’s important to recognize the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, as early intervention and treatment can be key in slowing the progression of the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by progressive memory loss, personality changes and eventually a complete loss of function and ability. It is unknown what causes Alzheimer’s, and there is no cure, though there are some medications that can slow its progression slightly. A review published in 2014 found that former or active smoking is associated with Alzheimer’s disease, while a study published in Diabetologia found that those with high blood sugar had more rapid cognitive decline compared to those with normal blood sugar. Researchers from Rush University in Chicago performed a study that showed the MIND diet – a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets – reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53%. “I encourage my patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise at least three times a week, and to preserve cognitive health, be as socially connected as much as possible,” Dr. Kim said. The doctor also recommends brainstimulating activities like learning new skills, solving puzzles and reading. Nearly two-thirds of the 6.2 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, most likely because women live longer than men on average, the Alzheimer’s Association reports. Older age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s. www.LIFEseniorservices.org


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ALL ABOUT TEETH & GUMS BY LINDSAY MORRIS

Passing years – and the stress of the pandemic – have led to increasing dental problems for many Oklahomans.

If you’re one of them, check out these tips for oral health.

TOOLS FOR YOUR

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The pandemic has been tough on teeth, and not just for older adults who likely missed a cleaning or two in 2020. Many people have experienced increased dental problems in the months since COVID-19 entered the picture, according to one local expert.

“I have seen more broken, fractured and split teeth in the last two years than the last 10 years combined," said Dr. Neil Cornell, dental surgeon. “We all grind our teeth while sleeping, but unfortunately, stress causes us to do that more. The higher rate of broken teeth since the start of the pandemic is most likely stress-related.” Good oral hygiene helps your teeth last longer and look better. It also puts you at a lower risk of developing other diseases. It may surprise you to learn there’s a direct link between oral health and heart disease. When gum disease, gingivitis or periodontal disease exist, your body is home to bacteria. If left untreated, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and move to the heart and surrounding areas. Untreated gum disease can also contribute to pneumonia, diabetes, darkened teeth, dry mouth and root decay.

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HYGIENE TIPS The primary way to maintain healthy teeth and gums is to maintain regular hygiene appointments. “Most people need six-month checkups, but there are people who need dental hygiene more regularly and occasionally less frequently. It depends on how much tartar they build up, and how quickly they build it up,” Dr. Cornell said.

Good dental hygiene must also be maintained consistently at home. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day – in the morning and evening. Be sure to brush for at least two minutes to ensure thorough cleaning of all your teeth. Use toothpaste with fluoride. Be sure to floss daily as well. Other ways to maintain good oral hygiene include avoiding tobacco, increasing hydration and using an antibacterial mouthwash. AGING AND DENTAL HEALTH Older adults have some special considerations to keep in mind as they care for their teeth, according to the American Dental Association. Many of those issues relate to a condition called xerostomia, also known as dry mouth. It’s estimated to affect 30% of

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dental patients older than 65 and up to 40% of patients older than 80.

Dry mouth is more likely to happen to people who take more than four prescription medications daily, but can also result from conditions like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, the ADA reports. The loss of saliva and its benefits puts older adults at higher risk for developing tooth decay, which may develop into cavities. If you suffer from dry mouth, dentists recommend drinking or sipping water throughout the day. Limit alcoholic drinks and drinks high in sugar or caffeine such as juices, sodas, teas or coffee (especially sweetened). Another dental issue seen more commonly in older adults is root decay. Receding gums can expose more of the root surface, and about 50% of people over age 75 have root decay affecting at least one tooth. The dental association recommends using a rotating or oscillating toothbrush and daily fluoride use (through toothpaste and mouth rinse), as well as watching sugar intake.

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TOOLS FOR YOUR TEETH As we age, we may lose some dexterity, and using an electric toothbrush may be helpful. Dr. Cornell also recommends using a water flossing device like the Hydro Floss, which is similar to a Waterpik. Water flossing is a way to clean between and around your teeth using a handheld device that sprays streams of water in steady pulses. This tool removes plaque and reduce gingivitis. It may be easier for people with sensitive gums, bridgework and those who have trouble flossing by hand. “It is a good tool for those with dexterity issues. It does not replace flossing, but it aids in flossing,” he said. One dental issue Dr. Cornell believes everyone has is grinding teeth while sleeping, as evidenced by damage he sees on every patient’s teeth. “When I hear people say they have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and I ask them where it hurts, they rarely point to the joint. It’s almost always the masseter muscle. That tells me it hurts from the way the teeth are banging around at nighttime.” He recommends that patients use an appliance called a bite splint (not a nightguard) when they sleep. “The bite splint puts the teeth, muscles and the joints in harmony,” he said. When you visit the dentist, you may notice that the tools of the trade are updated. Dental X-rays now use digital radiography with a Nomad handheld system. This is a handheld X-ray device delivering low dose radiation, so that the person taking the X-ray may remain in the room. Dental implants have also been upgraded over the years. Unfortunately, some people lose teeth, and dental implants have come to the forefront of what dentists do to help people replace missing teeth. “The third generation of implants are minimally invasive compared to first- and second-generation implants,” Dr. Cornell said. DENTAL DISCOUNT PROGRAMS Not everyone is offered dental insurance through an employer, and it's not covered by original Medicare. We all know that dental care can be expensive, even if you do have dental insurance. One option is the Delta Dental Patient Direct Discount Program. Patient Direct provides discounts on a majority of dental services with nearly 800 participating dentists in Oklahoma. You pay the Patient Direct participating dentist a discounted fee for dental services at the time of treatment. Visit www.deltadentalok.org for more information.

LIFE’s SeniorLine Named “Champion of Senior Health”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma named LIFE’s SeniorLine referral program the 2021 “Champion of Senior Health” for protecting vulnerable older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. SeniorLine staff helped several thousand seniors get vaccinated when appointments could only be made online, navigating the state’s enrollment portal for those unable to do so themselves. Calls to SeniorLine rose to an average of 1,400 per day. “We had several people say we might have saved their lives,” said SeniorLine Supervisor Chelsea Edwards. “That was a wonderful feeling, and it’s an amazing honor to be recognized.” SeniorLine staff and volunteers who joined the effort set vaccination appointments through partnerships with county health departments and other providers. They also arranged free transportation for those who needed it. The average enrollment call was 22 minutes, allowing staff to alleviate some of the fear and isolation seniors were experiencing. “I am so proud of this group of employees and volunteers who jumped in and took on the challenge of getting our seniors vaccine help,” said LIFE President and CEO Eileen Bradshaw. “They are rock stars in my book!”

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Babies have the highest percentage of water.

The average human is about

Seniors have the lowest percentage of water.

Water is present in every body cell.

WATER.

The brain has the highest percentage of water.

Teeth have the lowest percentage of water.

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75% TO 85% WATER. BLOOD IS 50% WATER.

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45% TO 75% DEPENDING ON

sex, age, body type and what we eat and drink. Some medical sources say water is our most important nutrient.

Men over the age of 51 average 10% more water than females, so men need to drink more water.

How much water should you drink each day? HERE ARE SEVERAL FORMULAS TO CONSIDER. Older adults are susceptible to dehydration and need water and electrolytes – the minerals essential for staying hydrated. Electrolytes are lost through perspiration and urination.

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1. D  rink 1.9 liters every 24 hours. 2. Drink 1 ounce for every 2 pounds of your weight. In simple arithmetic – drink your weight divided by two. Make it easy. If you should be drinking 90 ounces of water a day, get a big cup that holds 30 ounces and fill it three times daily. 3. The old-fashioned, stand-by guideline still works: Throughout the day (not all at once), drink a minimum of four 8-ounce glasses and ideally eight glasses.

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SYMPTOMS OF

DEHYDRATION

1. Dark urine 2. Muscle cramps 3. Fatigue 4. Headache 5. Low blood pressure 6. Dry skin 7. Brain fog 8. Cravings for sweets 10. Bad breath 11. Feeling thirsty 12. Lack of sweat 13. Rapid heart rate 14. Swollen tongue 15. Irritability 16. Confusion 17. Dark eye circles

How Do You Know if You’re Dehydrated? Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink. If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. By then, you may have lost 2% of your body’s water, according to Dr. Thomas Kern at OU Health Physicians.

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2. Change the Source – Drink soup – but watch the sodium – herbal tea, smoothies and nutrition shakes. Try flavored water like Hint, LaCroix or Sparkling Ice. Make your own version at home with a SodaStream.

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4. Add Zest – Drop slices of fresh fruit, cucumber or herbs into your pitcher of water. These add flavor without sugar. Try liquid or powder flavor enhancers like MiO or Crystal Light. 5. Make it Routine – Every time you walk into another room, take a bathroom break, sit down at your desk, check the mail – any regular activity of the day – drink water. Make it a mindful, healthy habit. 6. Drink While You Wait – While you’re cooking lunch, waiting for the coffee to brew, staring at the microwave or waiting for your food in a restaurant, drink water. You’re not doing anything else, so put the time to watery use. 7. Be Tricky – Eat foods high in water content like watermelon, strawberries, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, cabbage, cauliflower and cottage cheese. 8. Cheat – Add extra ice and water to sweet drinks such as juice, lemonade and iced tea. You’re getting the sweet taste but also more water. 9. C  ount – Keep a tally in the kitchen or use a free reminder app on your phone like Water Reminder. Buy one of the new bottles that have amounts and even times of day marked on the side. 10. Keep Counting – Remember, alcohol is dehydrating, so balance every cocktail or glass of wine with a glass of water. Caffeine can have a diuretic effect, so drink a little water between cups of coffee.

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TIME FOR A TUNE-UP Your Body’s Maintenance Guide BY STEVE CLEM AND DEE DUREN Any vehicle benefits from a regular maintenance schedule, and your body is no exception. Here is a list of common conditions that may arise with increased mileage and advice for keeping all systems running smoothly.

Engine

Chassis PAINFUL FEET

COGNITIVE DECLINE

Decades of use take a toll on the feet, our body’s foundation. Common complaints include bunions, heel pain from plantar fasciitis, corns, toe and toenail problems. Chronic conditions like diabetes increase the odds of foot issues.

Dementia, most simply, is a memory problem significant enough to affect your ability to carry out your usual tasks. While some memory loss is common with aging, it’s important to recognize the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

1. Make sure your shoes fit. Many people over age 65 wear shoes that are too small because feet get bigger as we age. 2. Wash and inspect your feet regularly. If you are diabetic, see a podiatrist annually. 3. Avoid going barefoot, even at home. 4. Trim your toenails straight across, not at the corners or sides.

1. Eat a healthy diet and keep blood sugar under control. 2. Exercise at least three times a week. 3. Be as socially connected as possible. 4. Challenge your brain by learning new skills and doing brain-stimulating activities like puzzles, reading, gardening and ballroom dancing.

SLEEP DISTURBANCES

Sleep problems can affect quality of life and contribute to falls, injuries and other health problems. If you have trouble sleeping at night or feel sleepy during the day, tell your healthcare provider.

LOW BONE MASS

Osteoporosis, or “thinning bones,” makes the bones of older adults more fragile and easier to break. The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that around 54 million adults over age 50 have osteoporosis.

1. Avoid caffeine, tobacco and alcohol in the latter part of the day. 2. Exercise regularly, especially early in the day. 3. Follow a regular bedtime routine and avoid daytime naps. 4. Only use your bed for sleeping or sexual activity.

1. Get regular exercise. Weight-bearing, strength training

and flexibility exercises all help reduce the risk of fractures. 2. Get a bone mass density test. 3. Eat a healthy diet that includes foods rich in calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients.

Transmission DECLINING VISION

Most people experience difficulty reading small print and need brighter lighting as they age. More serious vision problems include cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

1. Schedule yearly visits to an eye specialist. 2. H  ave your medications reviewed regularly to determine if they have any side effects on vision. The most common problem reported is dry, irritated eyes. 3. M  ake your home brighter and objects more visible. Remove any obstacles that could cause an accident.

HEARING LOSS

About a third of adults over 65 experience hearing loss which can lead to depression, withdrawal and loss of self-esteem. Treating hearing loss can improve your quality of life and the interactions you have with loved ones.

Body BALANCE ISSUES

Sue Slama, RN at LIFE PACE, says falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for seniors but often go unreported. “Clinicians can play an active role in the prevention of falls when they know a problem exists,” she said.

1. Keep a fall journal. Note the time of day and conditions in which you fell so you can take safety precautions. 2. Wear no-slip footwear and keep clutter at a minimum. 3. Install grab bars and handrails where needed. 4. If you live alone, use an emergency alert device so you can call for help. 5. Wear proper shoes. Loose, worn or backless shoes increase the risk of a fall.

1. Be aware of the symptoms of hearing loss. 2. Make an appointment with a healthcare provider for a screening. 3. If prescribed, use a hearing aid or other assistive device.

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Auxiliaries RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS Lung functions decline gradually as you age. Conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can worsen as you age.

1. G  et regular checkups, and tell your doctor right away if you notice any sudden difficulties in breathing or shortness of breath. 2. D  on’t smoke. It’s the major cause of lung cancer and COPD.

DIABETES

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose). It can cause serious health problems over time.

1. T  alk to your doctor if you develop increased fatigue, hunger, thirst or urination; lose weight without trying or experience blurred vision. 2. If you have diabetes, managing blood glucose levels is essential. Follow your health team's recommendations for lifestyle changes and medication if needed.

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LIFE EDU OCTOBER 2021 “Ask SeniorLine” Friday, October 15 • 2 p.m. LIFE’s SeniorLine staff enjoys connecting with and encouraging LIFE followers while sharing tips on senior living, family caregiving, senior resources and more. This month Chelsea Edwards will be talking about “Home Safety and Fall Prevention" at www.facebook.com/LIFEseniorservices.

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Welcome to Silver Linings – LIFE’s weekly video series that reminds us all that attitude is everything – especially when it comes to aging. Check out LIFE’s Facebook page every Wednesday at www.facebook.com/LIFESeniorServices for positive videos to educate, encourage and inspire you.

“Medicare Open Enrollment and Finding a Part D Plan” Wednesday, October 6 Kathy Jones, supervisor of the Medicare Assistance Program (MAP) at LIFE Senior Services, will share updates about what you need to know for the Open Enrollment Period, which runs from October 15 through December 7. She’ll also share some tips on how to find the best prescription drug coverage (Part D plan) to meet your individual needs.

 Planning a Fulfilling Retirement" “ Wednesday, October 13 Carol Carter will be talking about the upcoming “Planning a Fulfilling Retirement” event on Saturday, October 23. Designed for those contemplating retirement, this event focuses on the “Nuts and Bolts” and “Heart and Soul” of retirement, and why it’s important to plan ahead for more than just the financial side of retirement. Learn more about the upcoming seminar in the Noteworthy column on page 34.

“The Orbit Initiative with the Tulsa Performing Arts Center” Wednesday, October 20 Jeremy Stevens from the Tulsa Performing Arts Center will tell us about the creative opportunities available for older adults through the PAC’s Orbit Initiative. Whether you enjoy creating artwork, singing, acting or even sewing, the Orbit Initiative has a place for you to use your talents, have fun and meet a variety of new friends. And all the fun will culminate in a June performance of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

“Crafting with Roxanne” Wednesday, October 27 Celebrate the change in seasons with Roxanne as she demonstrates how to make a fall flower arrangement or centerpiece. Supplies needed are an oblong or square plastic tub or basket to use as a flower container, a foam floral block to fit the bottom of the tub and a “thankful” decal or metal sign to place on the front of the container. You’ll also need black acrylic paint, three or four Styrofoam pumpkins in different colors, an assortment of artificial fall flowers and leaves, white chalk paint, a burlap ribbon and a paintbrush or foam brush.

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How Practicing

MINDFULNESS Benefits Health BY JULIE WENGER WATSON

Modern life is full of stress, both physical and mental. While a certain amount of stress is inevitable, too much can contribute to health problems. Eating right, exercising and getting adequate sleep are all methods of countering stress. Meditation is another.

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS MEDITATION? Put simply, meditation is a way to train the mind. Rather than ruminating on the past or worrying about the future, meditation trains your attention to bring you back to the present moment. There are many types of meditation, including religious contemplative traditions. Mindfulness meditation is a popular secular practice that focuses on paying attention to the present moment with an accepting, nonjudgmental disposition. It can involve breathing methods, guided imagery and other practices that relax the body and mind, which, help reduce stress.

Sister Ellie Finlay is a solitary nun in the Anglican tradition and the Director of St. John’s Center for Spiritual Formation in Tulsa. Finlay, known by her students as “Sister Ellie,” has studied with meditation masters and specializes in the practice of meditation. According to Finlay, meditation isn’t about “zoning out” or “escaping” what’s going on, rather it’s about being Meditation can help fully present. alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, “It’s not about getting rid of depression, insomnia stuff,” she said. “It’s about being and hypertension. with whatever is taking place in our minds and in our lives so that we can both be at peace and manage our issues skillfully.” BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS Meditation can help alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, depression, insomnia and hypertension. Research suggests it may also help with asthma, fibromyalgia, common menopausal symptoms and irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, it can improve attention, decrease job burnout, improve sleep and improve diabetes control. 24

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Research on mindfulness shows that it can help people disengage from repetitive thoughts or rumination, according to the American Psychological Association. Studies have shown that it can boost working memory, mental focus and the speed at which we process information. Other research indicates people who meditate regularly show less emotional reactivity and report greater relationship satisfaction. HOW TO BEGIN Mindfulness can be practiced in many ways, from simple exercises that you perform anywhere and anytime to more structured exercises, where you set aside time in a quiet place, preferably free of distractions or interruptions. Some examples of mindfulness you can incorporate throughout the day include simply slowing down and paying attention, experiencing your environment with all of your senses – touch, sound, sight, smell and taste. Focusing on your breathing when you have negative or distressing thoughts is also helpful. Working towards 10 to 20 minutes a day of more structured mindful meditation is a good goal. While mindfulness meditation won’t make all of your problems go away, incorporating a regular practice into your life will help you manage them. “The big benefit of meditative practice is that we’re not necessarily trying to change how things are, but rather we’re cultivating the strength and capacity for managing the difficulties, the challenges and the suffering that we may encounter,” Sister Ellie said. For more information on St. John’s Center, visit www.sjcenter.com.

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Sit comfortably in a chair with your back straight, feet flat on the floor and hands in your lap. Breathe through your nose and focus on your breath moving in and out at the nostrils or back of the throat. When thoughts or sensations interrupt your meditation, note the experience, then return to focusing on your breathing.

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WALKING MEDITATION

Find a quiet place where you can walk back and forth slowly for 10 to 20 feet. Focus on the experience and sensations of walking, being aware of subtle movements that keep your balance. Be aware of one foot setting down and the other lifting. When you find yourself thinking, return without judgment to noticing your movements.

4 SOUND MEDITATION

This can be a good meditation if you’re practicing in a slightly noisier place than you might prefer. Sit in a comfortable but alert position, either on the floor or in a chair. Notice any sounds as they arise, but instead of narrating or following them, let go of each sound and breathe. Other forms of sound meditation include listening to recorded nature sounds or music.

5 GUIDED MEDITATION

Meditation teachers hold live sittings online and post recorded sessions to YouTube and apps like Calm and Insight Timer. They generally guide listeners through some breathing exercises then take them through a body scan or imaginative journey to help them relax. Some of the most popular guided meditations are designed to help people fall asleep. Headphones or earbuds may be helpful.

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Finding Help With Healthcare Costs BY KIMBERLY BLAKER

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he rising cost of healthcare is a significant concern for most people. But it's especially true for older adults who will likely have an increasing need for access to medical services as they age and, at the same time, reduced income because of retirement. Without a significant amount of savings, one injury or illness can lead to devastating medical debt. Senior healthcare is generally provided through private insurers or government programs. Medicare covers those age 65 or older and younger adults with disabilities. Medicaid can be combined with Medicare for significantly lowincome individuals. For those who are not insured through Medicare or their workplace, the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov provides insurance that can be purchased directly from insurance providers. The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to have some type of insurance. Still, plans can be extremely costly with high out-of-pocket costs and possibly limited benefits or coverage. Private insurance has a wide range of costs and benefits depending on the provider, tier, deductible and other factors. In addition, insurance companies may deny membership or require increased premiums for individuals because of age or pre-existing conditions. 26

AARP MONEY MAP www.aarp.org AARP Money Map is a free financial support tool to help you manage your expenses, and you don't have to be a member to use it. It sets you up with resources and a plan for your finances to support you in managing healthcare costs. The Money Map tool can also assist in preparing for or paying off unexpected medical expenses. Go to www.aarp.org and search for Money Map. CARECREDIT www.carecredit.com CareCredit is a credit card specifically for healthcare use that helps with out-of-pocket costs for individuals, families and even pets. It works for health and wellness purchases, including cosmetic care, dentistry and vision care, that aren't covered by your insurance. More than 225,000 providers around the country accept CareCredit. It also offers several financing options with shorter and longer terms and opportunities for no-interest loans or a reduced annual percentage rate with fixed monthly payments. MEDICAL COST SHARING PROGRAMS Healthcare sharing programs consist of organizations with members who contribute and essentially share the burden of medical costs. Like insurance, you have a monthly contribution and an unshared annual amount that functions like a deductible. These programs are often offered through religious organizations and may have lifestyle requirements. Although the programs are not health insurance, they count under the Affordable Care Act and can cost much less than insurance. Each organization may have different membership rules regarding pre-existing conditions, lifestyle choices and types of benefits provided. PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS Prescription drug costs can be prohibitively expensive, even with insurance. Various programs and organizations offer discount cards to help, sometimes saving users hundreds of dollars. For example, AARP offers a Prescription Discount Card for its members and even a general card that's accessible to non-members on its website. GoodRx, SingleCare, and WellRx offer discounts widely accepted in pharmacies. Download the apps to get instant drug discounts at no charge.

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Other programs, as well as individual providers, offer discount programs for eligible individuals, including seniors. 1. BenefitsCheckUp www.benefitscheckup.org is a tool from the National Council on Aging to help match people with benefit programs in their area. You can also call their helpline at (800) 794-6559. 2. The National Council on Aging www.ncoa.org also has an Age Well Planner with a section on Health and Wellness Guidance. In addition to articles, you’ll find a tool to search by state for assistance programs and benefits on their website under the Age Well Planner tab at the top. 3. PhRMA

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has a Medicine Assistance Tool to help patients and caregivers find more information about healthcare and insurance along with resources to reduce outof-pocket medical costs. Their search engine can connect patients with savings cards and other discounts offered by pharmaceutical companies. 4. The Donated Dental Services Program www.dentallifeline.org offers free dental care to seniors and other vulnerable populations who qualify. 5. Beyond Type 1 www.getinsulin.org is the nonprofit organization behind www.getinsulin.org, a website that helps connect people with diabetes who are struggling to afford insulin with lower-cost solutions. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to get help.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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A Tulsa Woman Recalls the Glamour of Downtown Theaters BY STEVE CLEM

Laura Adene (Winston) Birdsong has witnessed a lot of Tulsa history in nearly a century of living. Birdsong, 98, recalled working in downtown Tulsa in the 1940s for the new book, "Tulsa Movie Theaters." Birdsong worked in the Ritz Theatre box office from 1943 to 1949. At that time, during and after World War II, 4th and Main was the epicenter of Tulsa’s commerce. And Birdsong was right in the thick of it. “I can still see it all in my mind,” Birdsong said, “where Brown-Dunkin was, and all the other stores – Seidenbach’s, Lerner’s and Peacock Jewelers. Palace Clothiers was on the corner of 4th and Main,” she added.

"I had always associated the Ritz with the glamour of the movies.” – Laura Adene Birdsong

Just down the block, on the south side of 4th, almost to Boulder, was Birdsong’s berth, the Ritz ticket booth. When you add in the Majestic, Rialto and Orpheum movie palaces, you have what were known as the Big Four theaters, owned by local theater impresario, Ralph Talbot. “All four were close together,” Birdsong recalled. A stylish 21-year-old, cover-girl-of-the-week for Tulsa’s Downtowner magazine, Birdsong says she felt privileged to get to work there. “I always associated the Ritz with the glamour of the movies,” she said. The Ritz, built in 1926, was indeed luxurious. The opulent auditorium, resembling an Italian villa, had special features. Its ceiling simulated the heavens, with embedded twinkling lights surrounded by clouds. “You could sit there and imagine that you were outside watching the sky,” Birdsong said. It still makes Birdsong sad that Tulsa’s downtown movie palaces are gone. “They were so beautiful, especially the Ritz with the stars and the clouds floating by.”

Laura Adene Birdsong today and as a 21-year-old cover girl on an issue of Tulsa Downtowner cover girl. Photo courtesy of Laura Ward

"TULSA MOVIE THEATERS" The Ritz, Orpheum, Majestic and Rialto are names that evoke fond memories for many Tulsans. Others remember good times spent at the Delman, Will Rogers and Brook. Those movie house memories, and many others, are captured in a new book, “Tulsa Movie Theaters.” The book contains more than 200 images of movie theaters throughout the Tulsa area and was co-written by Steve Clem, Maggie Brown and Tulsa Historical Society & Museum.

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SHARE YOUR TIME & TALENT To submit a volunteer opportunity, contact Dee Duren at dduren@LIFEseniorservices.org or (918) 664-9000, ext. 1215.

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O  klahoma Aquarium  The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks is looking for volunteers to serve as docents. Docents work as education specialists, leading hands-on animal presentations, helping with on-site field trip programs and mobile presentations at area schools and organizations. Docents must be 18 or older and pass a criminal background check. They receive benefits including guest passes for hours of service and discounts in the gift shop and café. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Chris Ray at cray@okaquarium.org or call (918) 296-3474.

Joy in the Cause Joy in the Cause provides backpacks for kids in crisis and care packages for those battling cancer and other life-altering illnesses. The organization is looking for volunteers who enjoy sewing to make clothes for stuffed animals or blankets for patients going through cancer treatment. The work can be done in the organization’s sewing room or at the volunteer’s home. Supplies will be provided. For more information, contact Joan at (918) 664-9000, ext. 1256 or email jhutchings@LIFEseniorservices.org.

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A nonprofit organization that operates mobile healthcare clinics throughout the community, Good Samaritan has volunteer opportunities available. They need volunteers in the roles of site coordinator, check-in desk, registration and runners. Medical volunteers needed include nurses, medical assistants and emergency medical technicians. Good Samaritan is also looking for volunteer interpreters, especially those who speak Spanish, Burmese and Zomi. For more information, contact Joan at (918) 664-9000, ext.1256 or email jhutchings@LIFEseniorservices.org.

LIFE Senior Services needs volunteers to help with its 2021 Holiday Project. Volunteers are needed to assist with checking in gifts and other donations for seniors in need from October 25 through November 5. Gift wrappers will be needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three Saturdays: November 13, December 4 and December 11. For more information or to sign up, contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Thompson at (918) 664-9000 ext. 1225 or email jthompson@LIFEseniorservices.org.

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Recommended Reads

Bunkering With Books ENGLISH NOVELS AS LOVELY ESCAPISM BY CONNIE CRONLEY As I write this, the dog days of summer are so hot and sultry, it feels like a big dog breathing on us. Lethargy is the prevailing emotion. Mean little thunderstorms can pop up out of nowhere. So, according to superstition, can mad dogs and bad luck. Often in Oklahoma, the dog days can hang around into the fall, and then they are even more miserable. When that happens, English novels let us escape to a cooler climate. Thanks to readers’ recommendations, I discovered two British novelists so addictive I roared through their books while dreading them to end.

JANE GARDAM Elma Briggs told me about author Jane Gardam’s “Old Filth” trilogy featuring an English barrister. Filth is an acronym for “Failed in London, Try Hong Kong.” Gardam, born in 1928, is such an extraordinary storyteller, prolific author and winner of a string of impressive awards and prizes, I am embarrassed that I had not heard of her before. Sir Edward Feathers, a respected judge, is the central character in the trilogy that tracks his life as a lawyer in Southeast Asia to retirement as a widower in Dorset. That dull summary should be ashamed of itself. The characters, place and history are so vivid, it’s no wonder this novel has been described as a literary masterpiece. Gardam did her homework. She researched history and biography – including Rudyard Kipling’s semi-autobiographical short story

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“Baa Baa, Blacksheep” – to tell of the custom of sending children born to British parents serving in India and elsewhere back to England for their education, to live with foster homes and to endure Dickensian mistreatment. The authenticity is chilling. “Old Filth’s” stories are riveting: Sir Feathers, his wife, associates and adversaries, are all cemented in the intricacy of class and manners yet buffeted by complications of their personal interactions and secrets. A British survey in 2015 voted “Old Filth” one of the 100 greatest British novels. “Old Filth” is by far the best of the trilogy which includes “The Man in the Wooden Hat” and “Last Friends.”

DOROTHY WHIPPLE The prolific author Dorothy Whipple was born in 1893 in Lancashire and writes books as English as her name. Unlike Gardam’s slender novels, Whipple’s books are long, 400 pages or more, and yet I didn’t want them to end. They reminded me of a lush coconut cake, rich with characters and details of their time, mostly between the two world wars. Patti Sellers, who introduced me to this author, says she “melts” into the novels. Good description. I sink into them, relishing that time and place. J. B. Priestly called Whipple “the Jane Austen of the 20th century,” and certainly she writes in beautiful yet simple prose about ordinary characters and the details of their daily lives and romances.

The novels tend to fall apart at the end as she wraps up things tidily. But oh, her characters, her style and her insight. Here is an example: “These women were old, time had softened them, they had learned something from loss, helplessness, loneliness; they knew that almost anything can happen to anybody; they were kinder than when they were young.” Her novel “Because of the Lockwoods,” 1949, begins this way: “Mrs. Lockwood decided to invite Mrs. Hunger and her children to Oakfield for New Year’s Eve.” Doesn’t that tell us exactly the kind of novel that lays before us? The Rev. Ralph Urmson-Taylor, formerly of Tulsa and now living in England, had never read her and shares my enjoyment of “The Priory,” which is set in his hometown. Whipple was enormously popular in her day, likened to Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene, and then became what the British online publication The Independent calls “a forgotten author.” She is being rediscovered. Persephone Books has beautifully reissued “Someone at a Distance,” 1953, her last book and often considered her finest. Many of Whipple’s books are out of print, but happily, there is the magic of interlibrary loan from Tulsa City-County Library which has helped me find many out-of-print books. Look for the MOBIUS link on the library’s website. And settle back with a pot of tea.

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Retirement Coach Featured at LIFE’s Free Seminar As you consider retirement, what questions come to mind? Maybe it’s: “When do I sign up for Medicare and Social Security?” or, “How much money should I have in savings before I retire?” Or maybe it’s just “How am I going to spend my time?” If you are considering retirement, please join LIFE Senior Services for “Planning a Fulfilling Retirement” on Saturday morning, October 23 at the Legacy Plaza Conference Center at 5330 E. 31st St. Topics include the “Nuts and Bolts of Retirement,” with information about the financial side of retirement as well as Social Security and Medicare. The second hour will be the “Heart and Soul of Retirement” and will feature Charlie Baker, retirement coach and author of the soon-to-be-released book “Dream Chapter.” He'll share insights for making retirement the dream chapter of your life, and tips for finding a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment in retirement. To register, call LIFE Senior Services at (918) 664-9000, ext. 1181 or go online to www.LIFEseniorservices.org/RSVP. COVID-19 protocols and social distancing will be observed. “Planning a Fulfilling Retirement” Saturday, Oct. 23 • 10 a.m. – Noon Legacy Plaza Conference Center 5330 E. 31st St. • Tulsa Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

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Take to the Stage with the Orbit Initiative The Orbit Initiative returns to the stage with in-person acting, dancing, improvisation and other art classes offered throughout Tulsa. It’s an exciting program from the Tulsa Performing Arts Center designed to bring people together through theater and the arts. “As a 100% community-driven project, it is designed to provide engagement opportunities between communities and community artists that don’t currently exist,” said Jeremy Stevens, Director of Community Engagement for the Tulsa PAC. “We will create ambitious works of participatory theater that involve as many in our community as possible.” The program has big plans for the year including a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” that will take place June 4-5, 2022, and will feature local cast and crew from all over the city. Their very popular acting and improvisation classes are back at LIFE’s Senior Center at East Side. You can check the schedule at www.LIFEseniorservices.org. The Orbit Initiative will also unveil a mentorship program, which will help community members gain useful experience in other areas of theatre that don’t involve being on stage, like stage management, scenic design and other technical aspects of the theater. Ready to join them in this new adventure? Contact Jeremy Stevens at (918) 596-7119 or email jstevens@tulsapac.com.

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Shop Vintage Market Days Start your holiday shopping early by attending Vintage Market Days, an upscale indoor/outdoor market that got its start in the Tulsa area. Vintage Market Days has grown to more than 125 events a year in 25 states across the country. The vintage and vintage-inspired market features original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade items, home décor, outdoor furnishings and more. There will be something for everyone, according to founder Dianna Brown. Brown started Vintage Market Days in 2012 at a pumpkin patch in Bixby. The event has been featured as one of Country Living’s “7 Flea Markets and Barn Sales Not to Miss.” Vintage Market Days will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17 at the Creek County Fairgrounds, 17816 W. U.S. Highway 66 in Kellyville. Tickets will be available at the gate or you can buy them online at www.vintagemarketdays.com. Admission is $10 on Friday and Saturday, $5 on Sunday. Get two tickets for $15 by buying them online in advance.

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PEOPLE & PLACES

University Village’s Ladies Ensemble brought down the house with a performance of “The Way That He Loves Me.”

Along with family and friends in attendance, Senior Star celebrated resident Nada Elaine Richert’s 100th birthday at The Arbors.

Kelly Kirchhoff and Bernie Dornblaser ably represented LIFE Senior Services at the Hospice of Green Country fundraising Pickleball SMASH Classic.

A beautiful peacock at Saint Simeon's shows off his feathers. Did you know Saint Simeon’s is a Natural Wildlife Habitat accredited by the National Wildlife Federation?

Members of LIFE’s Senior Center at East Side take part in art class with Miss Rainbow on Tuesday afternoons. The images below the group photo are beautiful pieces of artwork created in their class.

Residents of Country Club at Woodland Hills enjoyed a meet and greet gathering this summer.

Send Us Your Pictures Whether it's your traveling group, tennis buddies or a night on the town, we want your pictures. Submit high-resolution photos to dduren@LIFEseniorservices.org by the 1st of every month.

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AUTO REPAIR Strickland Automotive Strickland Automotive is locally-owned and – operated with over 40 years of auto repair experience. We perform all types of vehicle repair, from computer and electrical problems to engine and transmission overhauls. ASE Certified mechanics. Open six days a week, with towing provided. Call Gary (918) 832-7072.

BIBLE STUDY Weekly Bible Reading Session Join us in reading, explaining and discussing the Bible on Tuesday nights 7:00 p.m. CST and 8:00 p.m. EST. Questions are always welcome. Perfect for those who cannot get out of the house. Call (918) 872-1400.

CARPET CLEANING ALL PRO Carpet Cleaning Senior and caregiver discounts. Carpet, furniture, rug cleaning. Pet odor removed and Teflon protectant available. Emergency water extraction. Residential and commercial services. Professional truck mount steam cleaning. Carpet repairs and restretching. Prompt, professional, quality service at a fair price. Certified, insured. Veteran owned and operated. Call Thomas Fink, owner/technician, for free estimate (918) 636-6303.

CEMETERY LOTS 1 Lawn Crypt w/2 Rights Plus 16x24 Bronze Marker & Vase at Floral Haven in the Garden of The Last Supper. Call Robert or Patsy Fox (972) 867-4012. Floral Haven will handle all paperwork. $175 transfer fee to be paid by buyer. Valued at $15,000 or will sell at best offer. Arlington Memorial Cemetery 6 cemetery spaces all in the same section at Arlington Memorial Cemetery, 3400 N. Midwest Blvd, Spencer, OK. $3,000 per space plus 1/2 of the $750 deed transfer. If you purchase all 6, we will pay deed transfer. Call or text (405) 640-8044. Burial Spaces: Memorial Park Cemetery Just $1,823 for the pair! Section 44, Garden of Peace, Lot 10, spaces 1 and 2. $4,050 value; with 55% discount it’s just $1,823 for the pair! Buyer responsible for $45 transfer fee. Please visit the property on your own. Afterwards, to purchase: email jschuler@sbcglobal.net. Calvary Cemetery Calvary Cemetery, section 7, Way of the Cross. Two side-by-side spaces lot 204, space 6 and lot 257 (correction), space 4. Asking pricing is $3,600 for both. Price is negotiable. Truly a beautiful view. Call (405) 273-7071.

Floral Haven Garden of Remembrance Double-depth crypt with 2 interment rights and 1 open and close fee. Retail price is $9,420 ($7,995 for plot and $1,425 for open and close). Asking price is $6,000, will negotiate. Title transfer fee of $175 to be paid by buyer. Email lindasmith4@cox.net or call (918) 863-6363. Garden of the Prophets – Memorial Park 4 spaces at Memorial Park Cemetery in Garden of the Prophets. Section 57 Lot 232 Spaces 1 & 2. Section 57 Lot 233 Spaces 3 & 4. No Markers. $5,000 for all 4 or $2,500 for 2. Call Barbara (918) 633-2997. Memorial Park – Prime Lots Memorial Park Cemetery Tulsa Oklahoma three single spaces next to each other. Section 2, Lot 113, space seven, eight, nine. Monument privilege. Prime lots next to road. $2200.00 each. Contact Eugene or JoAnne Bowlin, (918) 698-7797. Six Nice Spaces in Memorial Park Spaces 1-6 in Section 35, Lot 254. Current value $2,850 each. Lot has upright monument privilege. Will sell for $1,800 each. If you purchase all 6, we will pay deed transfer. If interested, please contact Stephen Abney (281) 414-2924 or email seabney@comcast.net. Spaces at Memorial Park Multiple spaces for sale. Section 34, Lot 416. No burials there and no markers. Current value is $2,200/ea. Will sell for $1,900/ea. If interested, contact Cindy Taylor at Oxley.Plots@gmail.com or (281) 990-6223.

COMPUTER SERVICES Does Technology Frustrate You? Honest, patient, ethical help with your pc, router, Wi-Fi, cell phone, email, streaming, camera, password recovery, etc. 30 years of IT experience in Tulsa. Special rates for seniors. References available. Call Carmen Armstrong (918) 688-7453.

DAYTIME CARE Daytime Care For Older Loved Ones LIFE’s Adult Day Health offers convenient, affordable daytime care at three locations in Tulsa and Broken Arrow. For more information, call LIFE’s Adult Day Health at (918) 664-9000.

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ESTATE SALES 2MS Estate Sales...Tulsa’s Finest! Downsizing? Estate Liquidation? Let us take the worry away and Maximize your return. No out of pocket expense. We specialize in senior transitions, with over 20 years in the senior housing market. My team includes realtors, moving company, senior housing and attorneys if needed. Please contact Michelle Reed (918) 691-5893 or Atulsa@aol.com also Facebook 2MSestatesalestulsa for a Free consultation.

FINANCIAL/INSURANCE Medicare Assistance Program The Medicare Assistance Program (MAP) at LIFE Senior Services provides accurate information, counseling and assistance relating to Medicare benefits for Medicare beneficiaries, their representatives and persons soon to be eligible for Medicare. Call MAP at LIFE Senior Services (918) 664-9000 or toll-free at (866) 664-9009. Need A New Medicare Plan? The Medicare Supplement Store at Promenade Mall is your “One-StopShop” for Medicare Supplements, Advantage Plans, & Drug Plans. We can give you a quote from top-rated carriers like: Aetna, Blue Cross, Humana, GlobalHealth, UnitedHealthCare, Mutual of Omaha and others. For information, call Bob Archer today (918) 814-5550. True Freedom Home Care Plans These plans cover assistance with meal prep, bathing, laundry, grocery shopping, medication reminders and more in the privacy and comfort of your own home. No medical underwriting, no claim forms, no deductible, and no age limits. Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze plans available nationwide. Call or text Cindy Johnson at (918) 619-5919 to request a mailed copy of the plan brochure or appointment.

GARDENING/LAWN CARE AAA Lawns & More Total lawn care. Lawn Mowing. Leaf removal. Gutter clean-up. Specialist in fence/property line lawn cleanup. Stump grinding and small tree work. Dedicated to making your lawn look its best. Insured, honest, experienced and dependable. Veteran-owned. We are a small company with personal service. References available. FREE ESTIMATES. Call Larry. (918) 361-1299. Green Hibiscus Lawn & Garden Services Scheduled garden maintenance (weeding, planting, mulching).

Garden bed design and installation. Hedge & shrub trimming. Tree pruning & removal. Leaf clean up. Hauling green debris. Call Charles (918) 636-0298. Kimble Davis Tree Company Family-owned and operated. Specializing in all aspects of tree care: restoration, pruning/ thinning, removal, stump grinding, hedge trimming, firewood available. Serving Tulsa for 25 years. References. Member BBB. Insured. ISA certified arborist. Check us out at www.kdtreeco.com. Call Kimble at (918) 853-5383. Mower Repair / Maintenance All brands – Riders, ZTR's, Walk-behinds, UTV’s / ATV’s. Top Quality work, ASE certified Mechanic. Pick-up and Delivery available. Tulsa and surrounding counties. Maintenance specials include pick-up and delivery 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call Scott (918) 519-3869. New Season Tree Masters Specializing in tree removal and stump grinding. Tree trimming service available. Certified arborist on staff. Serving all of metro Tulsa with over 20 years’ experience. Fully insured. BBB accredited. Free estimates. Contact us at info@newseasontreemasters.com or call Todd at (918) 934-4868. www.newseasontreemasters.com.

HOME REPAIR/REMODELING A Handy Helping Hand Professional home maintenance, painting, and improvements. Whether you’re making overdue repairs, sprucing up your home and garden, or optimizing your home’s “sale-ability” potential, call Joe Surowiak with A Handy Helping Hand. Professional results. Competitive rates. (918) 520-0333. Allen’s Handyman Services of Tulsa “Your Home Improvement and Repair Specialist.” 21st year serving Tulsa seniors. “One call can do it all.” 10% senior discount. Insured. All work guaranteed in writing. No pay until job is completed. Plumbing, drain cleaning, grab bars, electrical, carpentry, painting, seamless guttering installation/repair/ cleaning. Dryer vent cleaning. Roof, tile and drywall repair. Wood siding/trim replacement. Deck repair, power washing, staining. Tree trimming. No job too small. For free estimate, call Allen at (918) 630-0394. Big C’s Plumbing Services Your one stop Plumbing Shop! Call us and I guarantee you will never have to call another plumbing company. Licensed, bonded and insured for your protection....Call

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CLASSIFIEDS (918) 855-9216, tell us you saw us in the Vintage Newsmagazine receive an automatic 10% discount....call us now. Bumgartner Plumbing Licensed, with over 30 years of experience. Rates are low and based on the job, not the hour. No service call fee or travel time charge. Senior and caregiver discount. Plumbing service and repair our specialty. Honest, professional service you can count on. Lic. # 82750. (918) 355-4747. Burton Painting Specializing in all aspects of exterior and interior home painting. Staining, sealing, and painting faux finishes. Decks, fences, cabinets and floors. Free estimates. 30+ years of experience. Reliable, courteous, professional service. Fully insured. (918) 378-2858. Dave’s Heat and Air, Inc. Licensed, insured, and bonded. Honest and reliable service for over 30 years. Competitive rates. Specializing in heating and air conditioning service and repair. All makes and models. Residential and light commercial. Tulsa metro area. Family-owned and operated. (918) 437-8101. Doc J’s Heat and Air LLC Avoid costly repairs and breakdowns and save on service, repairs and replacements with our yearly maintenance plan. Mention this ad and get $25 off our Fall Furnace tune-up service. Financing, free estimates and senior discounts. Call Doc J today (918) 921-4240, docj@docjsheatandair.com. GENERAL FRAMING WORK, LLC Check us out! Specializes in additions and remodels. Grab bars, Carpentry, Fencing, Painting, Drywall repairs. No job to small. (918) 896-9812. Handyman & Construction Services 30 Years Experience! All Handicap Accessories – grab bars, handicap access abilities; Framing, Drywall, Tape & Bed; Texture & Paint, Plumbing, Electrical, Tile, Laminate & Wood Floors. Free Estimates, Competitive Rates, Professional Service. Call Craig (918) 892-4168. Home Improvements Energy Efficient Windows. We offer custom made replacement windows to make your home comfortable and reduce your energy bills. Interior/ exterior painting, general remodeling and home improvements. 15% discount to those over 55. Free Estimates. Call Richard Johnson (918) 261-9999.

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Same Day Services Light Hauling /Light Moving – help you rearrange room furniture, lawns-grass mowing/small paint jobs/cleanup/ fence repair/light construction/sheet rock tile repair – We are honest dependable. References. Call (918) 313-5230. Scrap Metal Haul Off Free haul off/pick up of appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, hot water tanks and any scrap metal. Call John at (918) 313-4405.

HOUSING Senior Looking To Be A Roommate Would like to live in someone’s home. Share expenses and care. Would like separate area within home. Please call Karen at (918) 576-6083.

LEGAL Full Service Estate Planning Law Firm Trusts, Wills, Gift and Tax Planning, Powers of Attorneys and more! With offices in Sand Springs and Tulsa. Discount to Veterans and Retired Teachers. Willing to meet you in your place for no extra charge! Call Penni of the Skillern Law Firm at (918) 805-2511. www.skillernlaw.com Need Legal Help? Call Me First. Ramona Jones, Attorney at Law. Why travel when we can do a video conference? Wills, trusts, deeds, advance directives, powers of attorney, probate, divorces, civil, DUI, criminal, guardianships, adoptions and more. Also paperwork for limited scope representation. Credit cards accepted. (918) 585-2255. Protect Your Family. Preserve Your Legacy. Attorney Brian Crain can assist you through the legalities of all the big events in your family's life. Estate planning, probate, trusts, adoption, guardianships, real estate, elder exploitation and more. Call (918) 627-4400 or visit www.brianacrain.com.

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Tulsa Movers Dependable Movers! Low Rates. Free Estimates. Senior Discounts. Call (918) 836-3225.

OIL AND GAS Mineral, Oil/Gas Interests Want to purchase minerals and oil/ gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557, Denver, CO, 80201

PERSONAL ASSISTANCE Bobbi and Bob’s Personal & Business Assistance Personally assist in driving to beauty shop, medical appointments, and other destinations; provide accounting,

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secretarial, and specialized administrative assistance; help with business-related matters; serve as liaison with physicians/healthcare personnel; resolve Medicare and medical insurance issues. Bobbi Warshaw, MPH and Bob Warshaw, MBA(918) 852-5302, bobbi.warshaw@att.net Compassionate Senior Services We offer a wide variety of services for seniors. Whether it's: Rides, Errands, Meal Preparation, Companionship, or Sitting With A Loved One, we're here to help. We offer competitive rates and Smiles are always free. 24 hour Care Available. Contact Christie at (918) 934-7986. Financial Organizer/Liaison Do you or a loved one need help keeping up with mail, balancing a checkbook, paying bills, making phone calls, organizing or preparing for tax time? I can help! I will work with you or act as a liaison between family members. Call or email me to discuss options. Essential Strategy Consulting, LLC. Gwen Stevens (918) 557-5259, esc9315@gmail.com Home Health Services Tulsa’s Affordable Home Care offer’s compassionate, quality home care services to individuals. We provide the following services: bathing and dressing, companionship, exercise, grocery shopping, laundry, light housekeeping, medication reminders, meal planning and preparation, oral and personal hygiene, respite care for family caregivers. Please call (918) 622-7820 and schedule a free consultation!!! Kind Hands Home Care, LLC We are a team of dedicated health care professionals who work hard in order to keep our clients in their homes safely and well taken care of. 12 to 24 hour shifts available. For information please call or message Delia at (405) 714-8016. Ms Pac Ma'am Need help packing or organizing? I can pack boxes for moving, downsizing or decluttering. I can help organize rooms, closets, attics or garages providing you more space. Flexible hours – day or evening. Lots of experience. References available. Jacki (918) 922-9558. Rush By Your Side Registered LTC/CNA/HHA, *Companionship, *Errands, *Appointments, Excellent References, 9+ years’ experience, Long Term/Short Term, Need a vacation or a day off? Call Kami Rush (918) 810-6738.

PERSONAL SAFETY HALO Medical Alarms Worried about falling? HALO

provides medical alert services for those at home or on the go who may need help in an emergency. HALO allows you to get help at the push of a button which is worn as a necklace or wristband. We offer a variety of choices to best fit your needs. Check out the HALO products at our retail store – T-Town Mobility at 61st & Sheridan (918) 392-0566 or (877) 747-HALO (4256). SAFETY GRAB BAR SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION Including handicap accessories for Residential, Commercial, Decorative, Indoor/Outdoor, Stairways, Bathrooms, and more. Secure your space, whether existing, remodeling or new construction, we handle it all. Call before you fall! Free Estimates. Licensed & Insured with over 20 years experience. Grab Bars of Tulsa, (918) 619-7324.

PERSONAL SERVICES Affordable Hairstyling In-Home or My Shop With 35 years’ experience, I can help with all of your hairstyling needs. I will come to your home, the hospital, rehab or you can come to my shop. In-shop special: haircut $7 for first time customers only and perms for $45. Senior special pricing can’t be beat! Available Tuesday – Saturday. A Mane Event hairstyling, located near 11th and Yale at 937 South Canton. Call Mary Wilkinson at (918) 834-2686. Following CDC Guidelines – masks worn, temperature taken, safe environment. Salon Retro Hair care for men and women, specializing in senior clients. This month’s special - First time customers receive one of the following for $12: Haircut or Style or Manicure. $45 for cut and perm. Pedicures are $20. Very Experienced Hairdressers! Come see us in Midtown at Highland Plaza, 5661 East 41st Street (corner of 41st and Hudson). (918) 742-3440.

PET CARE Home Veterinary Care Experience Tulsa’s most convenient veterinary service in the comfort of your own home. Our goal is to develop a personal relationship with each of our clients and patients. Contact us today to schedule your house call appointment. Call (918) 892-9382 or email DrFielstra@gmail.com or visit us at www.homevetcaretulsa.com.

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SOCIAL Single Seniors (50+) Are you over 50, single, divorced or widowed? We are a fun-loving group of single seniors over 50. We meet every Wednesday, 11:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Buffet Palace, 10934 East 21st Street. We eat at 11:15, have a short meeting and then play cards. Join us for great fun and fellowship. Questions, call Beverly at (918) 272-1049. Women In Transition As We Age WITAWA Community Group is offering ground floor opportunity to qualified women willing to share our courage, strength and hope. We are active, independent women of faith with a purpose living in community groups. If this could be you, please call (918) 583-4141 (4-6 p.m. MonWed) for brief interview, meeting times, places.

TRANSPORTATION My Driver Transportation Service Let me do the driving. To and from work, airport, shopping, errands, post office, appointments. Also, LIFT VAN transportation available. Able to assist getting to and from bed. Senior sitting. Also, small breed dog boarding. 20 years experience. CLEET certified and licensed. References. Member, Better Business Bureau. (918) 491-9929.

VACATION SPOT Staycation in Sand Springs! Meadow Lake Ranch is fun for the whole family just 15 minutes from downtown Tulsa! Find your staycation in one of our beautiful lakeside cabins, offering private docks for fishing, tomahawk throwing, archery, shooting, hiking and much more! Visit www.meadowlakeranch.com to book your stay or give Susie a call (918) 494-6000.

VOLUNTEER JUST DO IT! If you've been looking for a way you can make a difference, consider joining the Millennium Hospice team as a volunteer. Caregiver relief is so important during this difficult time. Volunteers provide that by sitting with patients for an hour or so. Training is provided. (918) 493-6555.

Sue Addington Bill and Jewel Alsip Sadie Althouse Sue Ames Anonymous Carrie S. Barnes JB and Barbara Barrett Charlene Bassett Narvelle O. Beard Christina Beverstock Jack and Carolyn Blair William Boyington Stephen and Eileen Bradshaw Susan Braselton James Brill Frances W. Brown Pam and Dale Brown Laurie and Terry Brumbaugh Gloria J. Buehring Kevin and Melanie Burdick Tom Burken/American Legion Post 308 Norma J. Canon Carl C. Anderson Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation Leona Carr Wanda Chambers Michael R. Chase Doris M. Cheney Jonathan Christensen Church of St. Mary Paul and Virginia Churchill David Cleveland Ron Coates Peggy A. Coleman Sandra Collier Patrick J. Collins Marlyn Cooper Wanza N. Cox William Coyle Angela Cozort Brenda Craige Eddie and Eileta Creekpaum Robert and Susan Cronk Patricia M. Crowe James Cunningham Joseph and Mary Cunningham Charles Danley Joyce A. DeBoard Coby and Debbie Denton Helen Duckert Kathy Duffy Martha Earls Jeravonne L. Eastin

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Connie Penn Mildred V. Perry Kathy Perryman Janice Pike Dr. and Mrs. Richard R. Polk Mary Ann Porter Robert and Carolyn Powers Sue Pringle Helen Pummill Clara S. Rainwater John and Denise Redmond Roy Reid Mike and Jan Reynolds Nan C. Rhodes Gail Riether David and Arleen Riggs Shirley Jean Riggs Wilma Robins Carlton N. Rowton Barbara J. Sabourin Annette Sandberg Bobby D. Sayre Ruth Seefeldt Peggy Shafer Sandra Shea Paul and Norma Shireman Rita Siglin Judy G. Simmons David Singleton Vince J. Siren Earl Smith Dave Snyder Lana L. Sparks Charles C. Stanford Julius N. Stevak Douglas and Lori Stewart Farryl Stokes Chris Stoots Jeanne and John Sturges Diane M. Taylor Mary Ellen Thurman Ann Tighe Robert W. Traband Suzanne R. Tumy Wayne and Terry Underwood Jake and Charlene Unruh Barbara A. Vanderbeek Carmen L. Voigt F. Peter Wallace John and Jane Ward Jane Ward Judith L. Wilcox Carol Willett Shtztaron G. Williams Mary A. Williams Janie Woodard Linda Woodfin Clayton and Patricia Woodrum Vince and Beverly Zardus Bette and Wynn Zell Wozobski Dave Zucconi

IN MEMORY OF

Linda J. Baker In Memory of Charles D. Baker Gail Ball In Memory of Bobby Ward Gretchen Battaglia In Memory of John Battaglia Susan Blue In Memory of Elisabeth Ham Judy Brissey In Memory of Audrey Moore

Esau and Gloria Brooks In Memory of Kenneth Davis Vicki Campbell In Memory of Neil Campbell Ms. Joan Clanton In Memory of Frank Slane Kay Cowden In Memory of Jewell Collins Deanna Dent In Memory of Charles Dent, Jr. Charles and Annette Dudley In Memory of Mrs. Rita Diehl Kay and Dennis Dutsch In Memory of Dale Francis P. Ferrantino In Memory of Alfonso Ferrantino Theresa M. Finck and Mary Ann Finck In Memory of Theresa Ann Finck M.E. Gibson In Memory of Barbara McClintock Anna Guerrero In Memory of Alfred Norma Hollaway In Memory of Terry Delozier Betty L. Key In Memory of David Key Jim and Betty Lawson In Memory of our son, Robert A. Lawson Doris R. McGuire In Memory of Irvin McGuire Rosanne F. Miller In Memory of Deceased Military Brothers Lou Emma Newsome In Memory of John and Geneva Newsome Meg and Gary Otterstrom In Memory of Harold Otterstrom Jeroline Paine In Memory of Harold Paine Teresa Pax In Memory of Dana Sue Doll Dick and Gerry Pittenger In Memory of Kerry Vincent Lillian Reynolds In Memory of Gary Jeanne Sanders In Memory of Jim Sanders Bruce and Carolyn Stewart In Memory of Johnnie Barranco Dot Talley In Memory of Boyd Talley Lani Van de Wege In Memory of Don Van de Wege Carol L. Warnock In Memory of Gary L. Warnock, Sr. Carley Whisman In Memory of Lynn R. Whisman James E. Witter In Memory of Barbara A. Witter

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