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Contents 8. Cover Feature

Toledo Clinic's Dr. David Kouba

10. Must Read Books 12. E-READERS FOR SENIORS 14. May Day Memories 16. Nutrition For Older Adults 18. Local Services 20. Oh My! 22. SCAMS 23. Tecumseh Senior Center

24. Senior Moments 26. Yoga Benefits 28. As For Me And My House Reflection With A Friend

30. Beat the Heat 32. Free Fishing Weekend 34. Container Gardening 38. Recipes

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THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY

As you get older, you may make the decision to relocate to a senior living community instead of aging-in-place in your own home. While a choice like this can be bittersweet, you can make the transition easier by researching to find a community that suits all of your needs. There are so many communities, and each differs in all sorts of ways – type, location, size, amenities offered – it can be hard to narrow down the perfect one. For a good starting point, here are five things to consider when choosing a senior living community. 1. Location. Are you going to be near family? Are you in a climate you can both handle? 2. What type of care do you need? There are several levels of care offered in senior living arrangements. You should keep your personal need in mind when

choosing a community. Are you looking for a retirement community with people your age and would benef it from independent living? Or, do you need some help with day to day tasks, making you a good fit for semi-independent or assisted living? There are also memory care options for those with Alzheimer’s, and skilled nursing care for people who need around the clock assistance. With each higher level of care typically comes a higher cost. 3. What amenities do you care about? Think about must-haves and what you can live without to make narrowing down your community choice a bit simpler. Amenities to consider are fitness centers and classes, a swimming pool, a beauty salon and/or barber shop, recreational activities, laundry service, and maintenance. One other important amenity that

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deserves special attention is food. Whether you’re relying on kitchen staff three times a day or for just an occasional meal, don’t hesitate to ask to try a meal to test the food when scoping out a potential community. 4. Transportation options. Can you have a car? Is this an extra cost? If you no longer drive, inquire how this need will be met for grocery shopping, pharmacy, doctor appointments, and entertainment opportunities.

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COVER FEATURE

Dr. David Kouba

The Toledo Clinic Facial Plastics & Dermatology

Dr. David Kouba By: Elyse Hawkins

“We always want our patients to know that we treat them in the exact same way as we would treat our own family members,”

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fter observing his mother’s career as a nurse, David Kouba’s dream since childhood was to become a doctor. “I think that is probably the biggest influence and inspiration,” he says. “Ever since I was a boy, because of my mother’s experiences, I wanted to be a physician.” Many years later, David is dedicated to serving his patients as he leads a team of medical personnel at Toledo Clinic: Facial Plastics and Dermatology. The journey to his current job at the Toledo Clinic was a long one for David. It all started in New Jersey, where he grew up. David then attended Haverford College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology. After finishing his undergraduate degree, David stayed in Philadelphia and got his master’s degree and Ph.D. in biochemistry as well as his Doctor in Medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College. David completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After exploring other specialties, he decided he wanted to pursue a career as a dermatologist. “From

that first week, I knew what I wanted, and that was to do dermatology,” he says.

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Following his residency, David worked for the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology. He mainly studied the origins of cancer, specifically looking at the relationship between the immune system and its effects on skin cancer, something that has remained an interest for David. David decided to move to Los Angeles, California to pursue specialties within the dermatology field of cosmetic surgery and Mohs surgery, a specific surgical technique used on skin cancer. He completed his surgical fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center. For family reasons, David left California and moved to Toledo, Ohio, where he took a job at Henry Ford Health System as a Mohs surgeon and Chief of Cosmetic Dermasurgery in the dermatology department. Soon after, David joined the Toledo Clinic as a Mohs surgeon. The Toledo Clinic has four different locations, two in Ohio and two in Michigan. David travels to each location weekly, meeting with patients and conducting surgeries. A big focus for the Toledo Clinic and David is forming relationships with patients, recognizing that medicine can be a scary thing, and making sure that everyone is always comfortable.


“We always want our patients to know that we treat them in the exact same way as we would treat our own family members,” he explains. Outside of cosmetic surgery and other general dermatology conditions, David works a lot with skin cancer and he understands how stressful a diagnosis like that can be for a patient. “Nobody wants to hear the ‘c’ word.” For David, the most rewarding part of his job is being able to relieve that stress in his patients and walk them through the treatment process with as little fear as possible. “It’s most satisfying to see a patient at their follow-up and they’re so relieved,” David says, “They look really like it’s just a weight lifted off of them.” David is someone who works largely with patients with various types of skin cancers; educating patients on prevention is very important, especially among seniors. “Not only do we remove cancers, but we

want to prevent skin cancers from ever happening,”

David says.

He explains most skin cancer becomes more likely with age, a result of years of DNA damage from over-exposure to the sun. David encourages everyone, but especially seniors, to be aware of what is happening on their skin and to seek help and treat-

ment early on. “Have a good skin sense,” he says. For those living active lifestyles outdoors, both young and old, David says protection from the sun is critical to preventing skin cancer. Seniors should be even more conscious of taking appropriate measures, like wearing hats and avoiding sunburns, to protect their skin.

“If anything, even more so because, as you get older, your body’s immune system, which has a critical role in preventing skin cancer, wanes,” David says. David’s team provides a lot of support to him in making patients feel at ease and giving them the tools and knowledge to remain healthy. “The whole experience, from when they come in the door, to when they leave, is all critical. It’s all intertwined,” he says. In his little free time, David enjoys spending time with his family, often going on ski trips or playing games. COVID affected their ability to travel as much as they would like, but they look forward to getting back to that soon.

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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Prime of Life

Told in the style of 1940s melodramas, this book is an excellent mystery with a touch of comedy. It’s a great read-out-loud book, as you and your loved one will share lots of laughs.

This book is for anyone who likes unexpected storylines. This one is about a doctor who leaves his luxurious career behind to become a janitor at a retirement community. It’s filled with humor and quirky characters.

By John Bishop

I'm Too Young to be Seventy

By P.D. Bekendam

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand By Helen Simonson

By Judith Viorst

Set in England’s countryside, this book features a retired British army officer and a Pakistani shopkeeper. They’re drawn together and overtime, fall in love. However, the challenges from culture and tradition, akin to Romeo and Juliet, make it a compelling read.

A Man Called OVE

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules

This is a wonderful collection of poems that are witty, wise and touching. It’s the perfect book for any older adults who don’t feel their age.

By Fredrik Backman This best-selling fiction novel features a cranky, bitter, 59-year-old widower, whom you can’t help falling in love with. It’s also a film, so when your parent is done reading, you can both watch the movie.

By Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg This book is about a group of seniors who are fed up with early bedtimes and soft foods and decide to reclaim their independence by committing a robbery. It’s a comedy of errors that keeps you turning pages until the very end.

Disrupt Aging

Rules for Aging

By Jo Ann Jenkins

By Roger Rosenblatt

Written by AARP CEO, Jo Ann Jenkins, this book changes the conversation about age. Jenkins focuses on three areas: health, wealth and self, and inspires people to live each year to the fullest.

Roger Rosenblatt gives practical advice through a wry sense of humor for those wishing to live longer, fuller lives.

Ivy Malone Mystery Series

Call It a Gift

By Lorena McCourtney

This series of mysteries is popular for its likable characters, including detective Ivy Malone — who’s also in her senior years. Your loved one will enjoy reading one mystery after another.

ByValerie Hobbs

This novel is about two people who meet each other late in life and fall in love, even though they are an unlikely pair. It’s a heartwarming, sentimental read — your loved one may need tissues.

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E-Readers – A Perfect Companion for Seniors While it is easy to rattle off a number of benefits that e-readers can bring in general, some of these benefits are extremely relevant for the elderly. The elderly are generally expected to have more time for leisure reading. For those who could move along with technology and embrace e-readers, they are able to access whole libraries from the comfort of their homes.

You Can Adjust Font Size

It is common among seniors to have lost a bit of eyesight. It automatically takes out a lot of small print that comes in paperbacks, unless you want to strain your eyes and read a 300page novel at the cost of aggravating your vision loss. In most e-readers, you will be able to select font size and therefore, you will be able to recover those lost pages that you could not read just because the font size was too small.

Lugging Around a Library?

This is probably the most generational difference between paperbacks and e-readers. You would need a truck to carry around 6000 volumes to read. With an e-reader (8 GB storage) you would still need just the e-reader – the 7 inch (on average) device that may fit into your jacket pocket. Of course, you may need to charge it a few times, but the point is reading suddenly is liberated from the burden of books. In fact, most e-readers weigh just as much as a single paperback and therefore, drastically reduces your travel luggage as well.

Making Frequent Trips to Refer the 5-pound Dictionary? Once in a while, you encounter that weird word while reading that simply will not let you proceed without you knowing the meaning of it. Well, you do not have to take refuge of your dictionary anymore, the meaning of the word will just be a click away with

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User Friendly E-readers

new e-readers, especially with Amazon Kindles.

Environment, Anyone?

Well, the more you read using e-readers, the fewer paperbacks are printed and the more trees you save. It is estimated that one tree is equivalent to about 60 books on average. Well, that means you saved one tree from being felled once you have read 60 books on your e-reader.

Kindle Paperwhite

Unparalleled Reading Convenience

With an e-reader, you can read effortlessly in a dark room, in strong sunlight or while eating, even when you are using both hands. You no longer have to care about your partner wanting the lights off while you are at an interesting juncture of your story. There is a fair degree of customization which you can play with to suit the screen brightness with your eyes.

Kindle Oasis

Your Best Friend if You are Mobility Challenged

As an elderly, if you have a disability or you are not feeling like stepping out for the day to the library to borrow books, well, you can just get the e-reader copy and start reading. It helps you to avoid non-essential travel.

Amazon Fire 10 Tablet

Bookmark

In old age, it is common to forget where you have read to. Physical bookmarks are flimsy and may not stay in place. You may forget to place the bookmark in the first place. In e-readers, bookmarks are automatically placed till the point or page you have read so that you can doze off with peace of mind and not care about the physical bookmark.

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Light-Weight

Holding a book open with your thumb while holding the weight of a book can become painful to those with arthritis. E-readers are light weight, and single hand user friendly. Relieve unnessary stress to your joints while you relax.

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What Can

BLUE Do to You? How To Protect Your Sight From Harsh Blue Light

Think back to a time when you didn’t spend each day staring at a screen – whether it’s your cell phone, a television, electronic games, a computer monitor or tablet. Chances are, those minutes and hours were only a fraction of what you spend on devices today, and your health, maybe even your vision, may be paying the price. Blue light is one of those environmental factors that has received some bad press. It’s a high energy light wave, most notably emitted directly from the sun. It’s true that electronic devices also give off blue light, but those emissions may not be concentrated enough to do us damage. What they do, however, is affect our sleep cycles, our energy, and our moods by stimulating the brain. Prolonged exposure can interfere with our natural ability to fall asleep. The real culprit is over exposure to screen time, which can cause eye strain and dry eyes. Excessive screen time also minimizes our access to physical activity for most people and can create other problems related to sedentary lifestyles.

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The American Optometric Association states that anyone using screen devices for more than three hours per day can be affected by digital eyestrain, resulting in headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, neck pain and double vision. These reported health concerns are not from the blue light, but from long, uninterrupted hours of staring and decreased blinking. How can you protect your eyes from screen time overuse? • Sit 25 inches from the screen, and increase your font size if needed; • Position the screen so you are gazing slightly downward, and reduce glare by using a matte screen filter; • Take regular breaks using the “20-20-20” rule: Every 20 minutes shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds; • Use night mode on electronic devices to minimize blue light exposure at least an hour before bedtime. Blue light isn’t harmful on its own, but turning off your devices from time to time is good advice.

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May Day Memories By: Deb Petticrew

Why is it that I can’t remember where I put my glasses, my tv remote, or my car keys but I can remember every last little detail about something that happened 60 years ago? May was always a favorite month of mine. Of course, it meant that the school year was winding down and summer vacation was coming soon. But it also meant that we’d be planning plenty of May baskets! My siblings and I would spend the month shouting “May basket” on our parents, neighbors and friends all month long, but the one that I remember the most was the May basket that we did on our teacher. I attended a two-room school house, and there were only three or four students in each grade. K-3 grades were on one side and 4-6 were on the other side. I was in the first grade that year and I remember hearing the older kids whispering about how much fun it would be to have a May basket on our teacher. Of course, this meant lots of secret planning and the bigger kids wouldn’t let the little ones help much but we managed to “help” as much as we could! The first thing on the agenda was finding the perfect box. It couldn’t be too small and it couldn’t be too big, so it could take some time to find the right one. Once the box was obtained, we went to work finding the decorations. Usually, we’d wrap it up in some pretty paper, sometimes adding fun drawings of our own, and of course, lots of pretty ribbon. I’m sure our mothers were bewildered at where some of their prettiest bows went!

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The next item on our list was the popcorn and candy. Each family popped up a bag of popcorn and provided candy for our basket. And so much candy there was!! Black Jacks, Tootsie Rolls, bubble gum, licorice, fudge, and caramels were some of the favorites. It was hard to contain our excitement as the big day approached and I’m sure the teacher had her suspicions with all of the giggles and whispering that was going on! Finally, our box was ready and the big day arrived. After the final recess of the day, our teacher, Mrs. Beal, rang the big bell that brought all of the kids to the door to line up to go in. All of a sudden, we all shouted, “May basket on Mrs. Beal”! and off we ran. The big boys all ran across the street, into the woods where they were sure that nobody could catch them. Us younger kids were smarter than that! We knew that if we were caught quickly, we’d have the first shot at the popcorn and candy!! Once the teacher tagged us, we could tag others, so we made sure to tag all of our little friends as fast as we could and went inside with Mrs. Beal to get the best candy. By the time the bigger kids got back, there wasn’t much left in the basket but they were happy that they got out of the last class of the day, so it was a good day for everyone! I guess that now it will go into my “memory basket”, where I can take it out at my convenience and relive some of the best moments of my life. Now I just have to remember where in the world I put that phone charger…


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Nutrition for Older Adults While taking the right medication and exercising regularly is important, the way you eat has a huge impact on your body as well! No matter your age, proper nutrition is essential but keep in mind older adults have unique dietary needs that they should watch out for.

SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS Aging can change how our bodies work, which means that the food we eat also needs to change. Everyone wants to eat healthier, but what that means will vary depending on your body.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has a large health impact on older adults. It’s most known for impacting bone health, but new research suggests that it could have an effect on many other illnesses that commonly affect older people, ranging from depression to cancer. Either way, keeping up with Vitamin D intake will help your overall health! One thing to remember is that as you age, the amount of Vitamin D you need increases, so make sure to supplement your current diet with more Vitamin D. There are many ways to add Vitamin D to daily meals. Many cereal and dairy products are fortified with it, and other foods like eggs and fish are great natural sources of it as well. Alternatively, taking a Vitamin D supplement can also be effective.

Fiber

Eating fiber has many benefits. Getting enough fiber can decrease the risk of heart disease and colon cancer, and it’s great for keeping the digestive system moving! To make the most out of fiber intake, you should increase your fiber intake slowly, drink plenty of water, and spread your fiber foods out over multiple meals. When it comes to finding foods with fiber, there are plenty of options. It can be found in fruits and vegetables, as well as in beans, whole-grain breads, and nuts and seeds!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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We’re often told that eating fats is bad, but omega-3 fatty acids are essential to health. They help keep the body working properly and can prevent diseases. Consuming omega-3 fatty acids can help the immune system and decrease the risk for heart disease and stroke. It can also reduce inflammation and even help protect against memory loss. The most common source of omega-3s is in fish. Salmon and tuna are some simple options that can be easily added to any meal! However, be careful to avoid types of fish with high mercury content, and remember to cook the fish in a healthy way. Chia seeds and walnuts are also good sources of omega-3s if you can’t eat fish. Supplements are also an option, but it’s recommended to get most omega-3 from food rather than supplements.


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Improve lifestyle. If you’re someone who doesn’t have

much of an appetite, adding more physical exercise to your daily routine and making sure that your foods have lots of different colors and textures can help you have more of a desire to eat. Additionally, meals are a great way to help you feel connected to your community while improving nutrition. If you have a special connection to your local church or any other community organizations, it could be beneficial to organize group meals.

Check for medical issues. Seeking the advice of a

doctor or nutritionist is always a good idea. Doctors or medical specialists may be able to help if you have trouble chewing or swallowing, and nutritionists can provide advice on the best foods or supplements to add to your daily routine. If any medication you take causes a decrease in your appetite, doctors may be able to recommend different medications or supplements as well.

Find supplements and foods. Depending on your needs, you may prefer to add some nutrients in the form of supplements instead of foods. The types of food you enjoy may also affect your decisions, so try to find recipes that can incorporate these nutrients into your diet.

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Eating healthier is important for staying healthy, so any step towards a healthier diet is great. Everyone has their own needs and tastes, but luckily, there are many delicious options out there!

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Oh My! By Shar Ann Packard

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A few weeks ago, this “thing” started happening at our house...a chain of events that led to me realizing change is not a good thing here on the farm! It all began when John decided for several nights in a row to place his glass on his stand while watching TV. When he sat it down it would tip and spill everywhere...this is not a little glass. We are talking about a huge tea glass...it could hold a liter of pop, I am sure. I found myself on my hands and knees, with several bath towels trying to clean up this ice tea mess at 10:30 pm. He was moving out his chair, moving the stand, and also trying to save all his “favorite” auction and farm papers from the tea-soaked towels I am throwing away as I clean. He was so happy with himself because unlike his last spill, most of this one went into the little wastebasket we have between the chairs. To this I was to be happy? He later tells me that the reason why he is spilling everything is because of the new “things” I put on the stand. They are too thick, and his glass doesn’t set on them right. Well, I thought they were so nice, and they soaked up the moisture and also saved the stand from water rings. On a good note, though, they did soak up a lot of tea when he spilled it! I was making lunch the other day, and I was so proud of myself as I remembered to get the cucumber salad I had made out of the refrigerator. As I was grabbing it out it tipped a little bit. Wow, I was surprised that the top was not on it. It was heavy enough that as it tipped over, half of it went everywhere...I mean everywhere. It was on the top shelf. It had spilled into every drawer, shelf, and every nook and cranny throughout the whole fridge. Then, as it spilled, I was trying to stop it, and it spilled all over the floor and under the fridge. I had to have John pull out the fridge so I could mop the floor under it. I am telling you it took forever to get it all cleaned up. The reason the lid was not on tight? John tells me that the new bowls I bought were hard to place the lids on. He said the old ones “pop” right on, and you don’t have to “burp” the dang things, and he just set it back in there instead of fighting it. Then, today he was heating his lunch up in these new glass microwave dishes I was so pleased with. When I got them, I was thinking


we need to move up from the plastic containers the lunch meat comes in. I told him when I bought them “they were just perfect!” Glass bowl, plastic lids that fit nicely, and just so much better than the “reusable” free ones. Just maybe when someone stops over at lunch time, we don’t look like our parents that used the butter bowls for everything from heating up and storing your left overs in. Well, my plan failed miserably. When he grabbed out his Chicken Parmesan after heating and dropped it on the counter top because the glass was a lot hotter and heavier than he was used to. It shattered and went everywhere. I looked up and yelled “Are you OK?” He just stands there with pasta sauce splattered all over him...and shattered glass all over the kitchen floor and counter top. He is barefoot, so I ran and got our shoes...grabbed the wastebasket, and he grabbed the paper towels, and we started cleaning. I have never in my life seen sauce splatter so far, and for a pretty little bowl it sure held a lot. Again, we had to pull out the fridge because that sauce splattered and ran under it. It was on every cabinet (they are white by the way) in the kitchen, on the ceiling, and even on the table. I think we could have set a world record on how far that splattered and on how many things it landed on! As I sat down after the mopping was done, I came to the conclusion that if you visit our home in the future, we will have paper napkins under our drinks on the stands, and I will even fold one nicely for you to use. I will be putting the “mug rugs’’ to good use as plant stand doilies. We also will be using bowls that the tops don’t match and are older than the hills...I am sure we have a few from our wedding in 1973! Our new 8 piece set of new colorful bowls will be used to put old bread and scraps for the chickens. I am sure they will appreciate them as much as I did! The best thing is, if we are blessed to have you join us for lunch, please forgive the butter bowls, and the cracked lunch meat containers. My beautiful new microwave bowls will be put on the porch for the cat that someone dropped off to us, because we need cats on our farm! I know in my heart that “Stranger” the cat has never seen such lovely dinnerware and he will eat out of it like the king he is! I’m done trying to change the old to new, I now realize it is OK! Change is not good for my farmer. I have solved our problem; I am hoping we have no more spills. I now know we are old school...nothing new and fancy here. We just can’t handle it! “OH MY!”

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time I get to the back door I can’t remember why I wanted to check it in the first place. I take the girl out for a walk when it’s time to do her business and nothing happens. I sometimes wonder if she’s waiting for me to do the business because once we walk around the block a couple times, she’s ready to come home. She lays down for what I think is a long nap then suddenly jumps up and wants to go out again. We barely get outside and she’s doing what we came out for 10 minutes ago. If I decide to run to the store and ask Olive if she wants to go with me she’ll jump into the car anxious to get moving. We drive down the street when I stop and ask her where we were headed and what it was we wanted. It’s obvious from her expression she has no clue so we go home. I try to remember what we wanted while she naps. There’s a TV show we both love, but neither of us can remember what day or time it’s on. We just know there’s a dog involved and that’s enough for us. I swear we spend an hour going through the TV menu only to discover it was on the night before. We promise each other that next week we won’t forget to watch … what was the name of that show again? Poor Olive. It’s as though she can’t remember who she is or what she’s doing! She’s … um, she’s … uh, … I forgot where I was going with this. I’d ask Olive, but she’s sleeping. She wouldn’t remember anyhow because she’s having another Senior Moment.


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Improved sleeping habits. Because yoga for seniors can be so relaxing, many individuals report that they are sleeping longer and more soundly, which can often be an issue for older adults.

Enhanced balance, flexibility, mobility and strength. The slow, measured movements involved with yoga poses can lead to better balance and movement, which can also help prevent falls. As falls are the leading cause of injury among seniors, yoga helps provide the tools you need to improve your mobility so you can get around more safely.

Lessen the risk for depression. Yoga is a mood-booster; the combination of movement, breathing and meditation can create an overall sense of well-being. Plus, because yoga is done in a class setting with your peers, you’re getting the benefit of staying socially active, as well.

Alleviate aches and pains. Even if you have some physical limitations, yoga can help ease the aches and pains associated with aging. Yoga can be especially beneficial to those suffering from osteoarthritis, teaching you how to breathe and relax through any chronic pain you may be dealing with.

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Retirement is the perfect time to try some new things and pick up some healthier habits you may not have had time to consider in your working years. If you’ve never tried yoga before, check out a class and experience some of the benefits of yoga for seniors like: •

Strengthened bones. Yoga for seniors can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis, which causes bones to become brittle or weak. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone can’t keep up with the decrease of bone mass and density that occurs with aging. Reduced stress. Yoga offers a relaxing way to let go of the tension you’re holding in your body, especially in your shoulders and upper back. It’s been known to help relieve some of the stresses that lead to hypertension, which in turn leads to not needing as many medications on a daily basis. Yoga also helps reduce anxiety, lowering your heart rate, blood pressure, and helping you breathe easier.

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If you’re interested in trying out a yoga class, make sure you do a little research before you jump right into it. Many senior centers offer yoga especially for older adults, and these instructors will be well-versed in the techniques most beneficial to seniors. Try a gentle class for beginners and if any of the poses are uncomfortable or lead to pain, know your limits. No matter what your current fitness level is, seniors can benefit from yoga every bit as much as younger adults.


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As For Me and My House Has your mindset needed a modification over the last couple of years?

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Previously, I set two objectives… and both failed. I desired a waterfront house with sunsets and a full speaking schedule to inspire audiences. God’s glorious sun-setting views, and encouraging audiences, ignite me. The pandemic hit. Boom! Lake houses soared in price, and all my speaking events got canceled. Bam! We adjusted. Unwilling to break our budget, we nixed the lake house after years of searching. We built a garage, and the boring wall became my view. No lakeview sunsets. My disappointment weighed me down until I altered my attitude. Taking action, I painted a pleasant view to lift my spirits and enhance the bare garage wall. I created a mural of our Victorian home and added the bible verse, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” (Joshua 24:15b NIV). My window view lacks a glorious sunset, but shines for God with my substitute-for-sunset mural. We love it. Our smiles beam. My mind shift extended to the little pond my hubster built in our backyard. It’s only four feet but hosts goldfish, lily pads, and the occasional frog. I named our petite pond “Lake Laura.” Therefore, we own a lakeside dwelling, don’t we? Giggle. My

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lake-house mentality took a twist. We created contentment with our current home. We shifted our mindset. As all major gatherings got canceled, I altered my ministry path, too. In lieu of speaking, I determined to write inspirational books and earn a ministry degree. Free time opened to accomplish these goals previously on the back burner. Reboot! My outreach direction shifted. I miss the speaking events, but pray my future books and education will impact others for Christ.

If we reject sulking over situations, we can create contentment with a mind shift. Bingo! Are there other areas you and I can reposition, rearrange, or recast our vision? Can we amend, adjust, and adapt objectives when calamity hits? Boom. Bam. Reboot…. Bingo! When life takes a spin, we can shift for the win. Our ministry mindset can move the direction of God’s U-turns. We can be mindful and amend our map when life flips. Don’t flop. Desires can dart new directions. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord… and adjust to God’s leading.


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Container Container Gardening Gardening For Senior Health For Senior Health

Containers, window boxes, and raised flower beds all lend themselves to senior-friendly gardens. You can make it even Containers, window boxes, and raised bedsare all lighter lend to easier by choosing resin or plastic blendflower pots that themselves to senior-friendly gardens. You can make it even move than those made from concrete or terra-cotta. easier by choosing resin or plastic blend pots that are lighter to move than those made from concrete or terra-cotta. A raised or elevated bed is another senior-friendly gardening solution, especially for those who struggle with balance or A raised or elevated bed is another senior-friendly gardening mobility. These kits can be purchased at a local lumber store or at solution, especially for those who struggle with balance or online gardening sites. mobility. These kits can be purchased at a local lumber store or at online gardening sites.

Here are a few tips about growing herbs, vegetables, flowers containers: Gardening is great exercise, has been proven to relieve stress and orHere are ainfew tips about growing herbs, vegetables, Planning a container garden can be a fun activity for families to improve healing, and rewards us with beautiful flowers, herbs, Gardening is great exercise, has been proven to relieve stress and or flowers in containers: and improve vegetables. Seniors limited space or a mobility challenge healing, andwith rewards us with beautiful flowers, herbs, can plant flowers, herbs, and vegetables in containers and and vegetables. Seniors with limited space or a mobility raised challenge beds. It’splant a great way to connect with natureinwhen the weather in can flowers, herbs, and vegetables containers and raised yourbeds. areaIt’s permits. a great way to connect with nature when the weather in your area permits. While gardening can be difficult, sweaty work, there are ways for seniors to reap allcan of the benefitssweaty – physical, mental, andways While gardening be difficult, work, there are emotional – without lifting. Container gardens for seniors to reapallallofofthe theheavy benefits – physical, mental, and are an easily accessible and can be keptContainer on the balcony or emotional – withoutchoice all of the heavy lifting. gardens are an accessible choice andYou canmight be kept the balcony terrace of aeasily senior living apartment. beon surprised by or of acan senior living apartment. You might be surprised by howterrace much you grow in container gardens – everything from howto much you can grow in container gardens – everything from azaleas zucchini! azaleas to zucchini!

doPlanning together, whether it’s researching plantsfor will do besttoin a container garden can be awhich fun activity families a particular spot, gathering supplies, or helping with the set up in of do together, whether it’s researching which plants will do best containers, soil, and tables. a particular spot, gathering supplies, or helping with the set up of containers, soil, and tables.

Engage The Senses While younger middle-aged adults tend to prefer gardens Engage Theand Senses

that are younger peacefuland andmiddle-aged still, older adults to gardens While adultstend tendtotolook prefer gardens for stimulation. Chooseand plants thetosenses. that are peaceful still, that olderengage adults all tend look toConsider gardens for the bright colors and fragrance flowers, or vegetables stimulation. Choose plants thatofengage allherbs the senses. Consider thedelight bright colors and fragrance of fountain flowers, herbs or vegetables that the palate, and a small for soothing water that delight the palate, and songbirds, a small fountain forsure soothing water sounds. (Water also attracts but be that the water (Water also attracts songbirds, but be sure thattoo.) the water is sounds. continuously moving to avoid attracting mosquitoes, is continuously moving to avoid attracting mosquitoes, too.)


Make It Accessible

Keep containers at the correct height for your loved one. Containers and tools should be kept at an easily accessible height that can be reached while seated in a regular chair or wheelchair.

Choose The Right Tools

Some garden tools can be unwieldy for seniors with arthritis or other physical limitations. Tools modified specifically for those with arthritis can be found online at arthritissupplies.com, while ergonomically designed tools with large handles can be found on amazon.com, and at many other retailers.

Water With Care

Eliminate the challenge of filling and carrying a large watering can by using a few small, empty soda bottles. These bottles can be filled and transported easily in a walker or wheelchair bag. Or, families can fill several during a visit and leave them closed within easy reach outside.

Reap The Benefits!

Studies have shows that time spent in a garden reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and encourages healing. Plus, gardening is one of the few hobbies where you literally reap the benefits, whether those are beautiful flowers, tasty herbs, or juicy tomatoes!

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Not your Grandmas Garden Gloves! While these Garden Gloves with Claws may look like something from a horror movie, they are actually a big help in the garden. Great for making rows to plant seeds and light digging.

RAISED GARDEN

Bamboo Gardening Gloves are quite a thing now. They are breathable and will keep your hands cool in the summer and warm in the fall. Their “bare-hand” sensitivity allows you to work with your phone touch screen without removing them.

BEDS FLEXIBLE

No room? No problem - Fabric raised beds are an easy solution if you don’t have a yard, or just don’t feel like digging. They are easy to set up – just unfold and fill with soil. They warm quickly but also release excess heat on those hot summer days and provide excellent drainage.

HOSE

Flexible Garden Hose - Like skin, the sun also eventually damages your garden hose. Wrestling with a kinked and brittle hose is not fun! This hose is made from a hybrid polymer that stays flat and flexible and the best part - It coils easily for storage.

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GARDEN

ROW COVERS

Garden row covers create a warm environment for your plants and protects them from critters, or in my case, cats that think the 4 x 4 raised bed is a litter box. The mesh top lets water in and warm air out, so your plants don’t overheat. This particular style provides loops for anchoring to the ground. It is also a pop-up which easily flattens for off-season storage.


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KNEELER

It’s hard to avoid kneeling or stooping down while you garden, which can take its toll on your knees and back. A portable padded garden kneeler and seat is a necessity. It allows you to sit or kneel comfortably and some provide side pockets to carry your tools. They also fold for easy, convenient storage.

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CARTS

Garden carts can prove to be very useful for toting supplies such as mulch, soil, rocks, dirt, and tools. Depending on your needs and preference there are many different styles to choose from.

GARDEN

SHOES & BOOTS These are a must in the garden. They will protect your feet from the environment and the grips will help to prevent slipping in the mud and wet grass. They are typically made of rubber and water resistant, so your feet will stay dry and clean as you muck around in the garden. When you are done, just grab the hose and rinse off the mud and dirt. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns if you are feeling stylish.

PRUNING

SHEARS

There will always be dead foliage, plants that need shaping, and stems and branches that need cutting. And lets not forget the beautiful flowers to display in your home or give as a gift. Pruning shears are perfect for all of the above. There are many different types, sizes, and weights so do your research and pick shears that best suit your needs.

JAPANESE

SOIL KNIFE This Hori Hori knife, also called a Japanese soil knife, is ideal for sawing off wayward roots and branches. The concave blade can be used for digging and has inch marks on the side you can use as a cheat sheet for planting bulbs.


TiKToK Pasta The pasta that took over the internet! How is that even possible? This simple, yet delicious recipe swept millions off their feet, making it an internet sensation with over 52 million views and still counting. Is it worth the hype? We think so!

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Baked Feta Pasta (Tik Tok Pasta)

INGREDIENTS 2 pt. cherry or grape tomatoes 1 shallot, quartered 3 cloves garlic, smashed

A fun twist on the Tik Tok Pasta for those that may not enjoy tomatos, here is a similar pasta dish that you may want to try.

1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 tsp. Kosher salt

Ingredients

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

2 medium zucchini, diced

1 (8-oz.) block feta 3 sprigs fresh thyme 10 oz. pasta Zest of 1 lemon (optional) Fresh basil, for garnish

7-ounce block of feta 1 leek, sliced (white and light green parts only) 1 shallot, thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, in their skin 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 pound pasta (chunky shape)

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large ovenproof skillet or medium baking dish, combine tomatoes, shallot, garlic, and all but 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and red pepper flakes and toss to combine. 2. Place feta into center of tomato mixture and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Scatter thyme sprigs over tomatoes. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until tomatoes are bursting and feta is golden on top. 3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup pasta water before draining. 4. Add cooked pasta, reserved pasta water, and lemon zest (if using) and stir until combined. Garnish with basil.

optional toppings - fresh lemon juice, pea tendrils, chopped parsley, chopped sage Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Combine the feta, zucchini, leek, and shallot in a 9x13 or 9x11 baking dish or on a sheet pan. Tuck the garlic cloves into the edges. 3. Drizzle the feta and vegetables with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then sprinkle on the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. 4. Bake the feta and vegetables for 35 minutes. 5. While the vegetables are roasting, cook the pasta in very salty water, according to package directions. Drain and set aside. 6. When the feta and vegetables are done, remove them from the oven. Remove the garlic cloves and squeeze the roasted cloves out of their skins. Mince and then add back to the pan. Stir to combine the feta and vegetables. 7. Combine the pasta and feta mixture. Top with optional toppings and serve.


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Balsamic Strawberry Vinaigrette INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 1 garlic clove, grated or finely minced ½ teaspoon dijon mustard 1/2 tablespoon strawberry jam (or jam of choice) salt and pepper, to taste DIRECTIONS 1. In a mason jar or small bowl, add all of the dressing ingredients. Shake or mix well to combine. Taste and add additional salt/pepper, if necessary.

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PREPPING YOUR STRAWBERRIES: Prepare strawberries for serving by rinsing, with caps still attached, under a gentle spray of cool water; pat dry with a paper towel. Wash the berries just before you plan to use them. Tip: To keep strawberries from absorbing

INGREDIENTS large quantities of water when washing 2 cups heavy cream them, place in a salad spinner to remove 1/2 cup powdered sugar excess water. 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 pound strawberries sliced 7.2 ounces graham crackers (1.5 sleeves) DIRECTIONS 1. In a stand mixer or with a hand-held mixer, beat the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. 2. Place a very thin layer of cream on the bottom of a 9×9 square pan. Next, add a single layer of graham crackers. Top with 1/3 of the whipped cream and smooth with a spatula. Add 1/3 of the strawberries in an even layer. Repeat layers 2 more times, ending with strawberries. Arrange the berries in a pretty pattern, if desired. 3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.

Strawberry Cooler INGREDIENTS 3 cups water

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

5 cups sliced fresh strawberries

1 cup ginger ale

3/4 to 1 cup sugar

Crushed ice

1/4 cup lemon juice

Additional strawberries, optional

DIRECTIONS 1. In a blender, process the water, sliced strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice and zest in batches until smooth. Strain the berry seeds if desired. Pour mixture into a pitcher; stir in the ginger ale. Serve in chilled glasses over ice. If desired, garnish with strawberries.


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