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It doesn’t exist here! See how young and old come together to make memories.

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Jack Resky works on some holiday fun with Olivia Rojas and Hassan Lopez, both 4, at Casa Community Services. Ellen Sussman

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Lots of winners when we mix young and old


hey say America’s most racially segregated hour of the week is Sunday mornings during church. That’s true to an extent, but just as unfortunate is that we’ve also been pretty good at keeping young and old apart. That’s why our cover story in this issue is so important.

They’re breaking down that wall at Casa Community Services and we should cheer them on. When you blend the wisdom of older folks with the inno-

cent excitement for living that a preschooler brings, only good things can happen. They’ve seen plenty of it over at Casa working on crafts, reading, playing games and painting. It works, and Casa should export the enthusiasm — and the fun. (Read more on Page 4.) As stories and history are shared, young people start to look past the gray hair and tentative steps and see men and women who once were very much like themselves — people who played sports, went to college, raised families and chased dreams. We saw some of this last summer when teens learned valuable lessons while paired with White Elephant volunteers, and in the spring when World War II veterans visited Sahuarita schools. For a few moments the kids didn’t see old people. They saw fighters — pilots, soldiers and sailors — and they saw heroes. Just the way it should be.

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Breathing freely just got a lot easier STORY BY ELLEN SUSSMAN Ex-smokers, people with asthma, emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other breathing disorders had their lives improved when portable oxygen tanks were introduced. Further advances now give active people the freedom they want with compact, easily portable systems. One of them makes oxygen delivery virtually invisible. Three common types of oxygen cylinders are available to deliver oxygen to a person while at home or traveling. Compressed oxygen cylinders come in a tank where oxygen is stored

as a gas. A flow meter and regulator adjust the flow, which is delivered through a lightweight, two-pronged tube called a nasal cannula. Tanks range in size from large and stationary to small and transportable. Portable canisters must be replaced when empty. Liquid oxygen systems include a large main tank and a portable one. Portable tanks, which generally weigh eight to 10 pounds, are used for traveling and when outside the home and can be carried with a shoulder strap or in a cart. Portable tanks can be refilled from a main tank. Oxygen concentrators concentrate oxygen from the air and deliver it to the body. They are usually sta-

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The adults made the pumpkins and the kids judged! Back row from left: Fern Polguin, Pat Risley, Frank Smith, Hans Spaargaren and Jim Rorabaugh. Front: Oliviah Valdez, Leonel Ohlmeier, Violette Hunter, Logan Zeller, Rosanna Lucio and Tayden Forbregd.

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Casa program brings together old and young cover story

hen seniors attending Casa Community Services adult day care share recreational time with children from the adjoining Los Niños del Valle Preschool Child Care Center it’s fun and beneficial for both. The interaction has worked so well that the time together has been expanded to three days a week. It isn’t unusual for grandparents of pre-schoolers to be in their 40s or early 50s, so sharing activities with those in their 70s, 80s and 90s opens up a new group of faces to the youngsters. Most seniors attend adult day care due to Parkinson’s disease, a stroke or moderate to advanced dementia, but the smiles on their faces when the kids walk in are priceless.

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Jack Resky and pre-schooler Rosanna Lucio enjoy play time with Wikki Stix. “Activities are planned that both preschoolers and seniors can participate in,” intergenerational teacher Fair Sobel said. “The children interact with seniors five or six at a time. We’ve found this works best.” Among the positives of multi-generational activities are one-on-one interaction, encouraging opportunities for sharing, increasing self-esteem through successful activities, encouraging self expression and creativity and encouraging older adults to exercise maximum independence by allowing them to participate as leaders, coordinators or helpers.

Doug Darlington has a good voice and loves to sing when the children arrive. In one session, while some seniors sang quietly and others listened, he sang “Good Morning, Good Morning” and “The More We Get Together” loud and proud as Sobel led the children. In one session, singing was followed by an activity with a large, colorful parachute. On another day, seniors and children worked together at tables building a tower, playing with Wikki Stix, using rubber stamps and cutting clay shapes with plastic pattern cutters.

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Gadgets we just love! STORY BY ELLEN SUSSMAN

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Manufacturers of kitchen gadgets are inventing easier-to-use products for an aging population. The Hamilton Beach Open Station Can Opener combines three easyto-use tools for six ways to open packaging, including hardplastic, glass bottle caps, plastic bottle lids and pop-top soup cans. A jar opener stores on top and easily opens jar lids of all sizes. OXO’s Good Grip Jar Opener is a cut above. A base pad keeps the jar in place, minimizing the force needed to open a jar. The patented handle provides a flexible, non-slip grip for easy opening of twist-off lids; the opening tool accommodates jars of all sizes and the contoured, non-slip handle provides good leverage. Another product in the OXO Good Grip product line is the nylon spaghetti server. The soft, easy-grip, comfortable handle makes the utensil easy to hold. The 11-tooth serving end gets a good amount of pasta in one dip, making this piece perfect for portioning pasta and noodles. A drain in the serving end helps avoid having to lift and drain a heavy pot of hot water into a colander.

be adjusted to the size of your fingers. Another model protects several fingers. Available in plastic or stainless steel.

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Eating utensils Soft built-up handle sets of eating utensils are ideal for anyone with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, which make grasping difficult. Foam handles on each utensil reduce stress on finger joints, allowing a person to grasp more easily. Different types of eating utensils are available at All items mentioned are available online. Some are available at kitchen supply stores and at supermarket kitchen sections.

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ENERGY! Get out and find yours

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etabolism is the biochemical dance of life.

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Health Matters, continued on pg. 8

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Health Matters, continued from pg. 7 What we eat becomes energy or is used to break down complex substances. As we get older, our metabolism changes. It often shows itself through weight gain, increased abdominal fat, lower energy levels, loss of bone mass, and muscle loss. It’s less commonly known how the “aging metabolism” affects cellular function leading to insulin resistance, visceral fat accumulation, decline in growth hormone, decline in sex steroids, and reduced resiliency of blood vessels. So what can be done to protect our aging metabolism that is safe and natural?

Following the general guideline of eating to live versus living to eat by reducing calorie intake appropriately will increase levels of Adiponectin, an anti-inflammatory hormone that increases insulin sensitivity.

Get moving!

Physical activity should become a priority as you age. Fat metabolization in fat cells is stimulated by epinephrine, and this hormone is released during exercise. Men naturally boost testosterone levels through exercise. Research finds women store more intramuscular fat, yet have greater fat oxidation Eat right! levels particularly during endurance exercise. In Nutrition is one powerful yet gentle way to comaddition, estrogen can positively lessen muscle bat these affects. Sugar, alcohol and refined white damage, inflammation brought on by exercise, flours, staples of the standard American diet, damage and increase bone mineral density. the immune system and affect metabolic rate. Ac“Choose an activity that you like doing, that cording to experts, foods that help detoxify, contain brings you joy, and reduces stress as well,” Oleantioxidants, and the plant-derived polyphenol res- hausen recommends. “Start where you are at. veratrol (found in grapes) should be incorporated. Even making small adjustments to diet and Additionally, foods specific in phytoestrogens activity can have large benefits.” (cruciferous vegetables like broccoli) help facilitate Contact your primary care physician for pathways that balance hormones in aging females. more individualized recommendations. Joni Olehausen, ND, Associate Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University California, Amber Walz has a BS in journalism, news-editorial from the recommends a primarily plant-based, whole foods university of colorado boulder, and has worked in health and welldiet containing a moderate amount of cold water ness for more than 11 years. She holds several certifications and fish and colorful varieties of foods. specializations in wellness, including corrective exercise specialist, “The more colorful it is, the more phytonutriperformance enhancement specialist, and yoga teacher training. She ents are within it,” Olehausen says. is currently working on a doctorate in naturopathic medicine.

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‘Super Foods’ that are healthy and tasty STORY BY ELLEN SUSSMAN No aisle in a supermarket is labeled “super foods,” but these nutrient-rich foods are available in every market. Chosen for their high concentrations of crucial nutrients, with some low in calories, these foods are being touted as helping to prevent the effects of aging, reducing cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, hypertension and certain types of cancer. Apples: Fewer than 50 calories each, apples are rich in antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin C and potassium. Asparagus: Rich in folate

and Vitamin B, this vegetable is an excellent food to help get you out of mental fatigue. Beans: Black, kidney, white or garbanzo beans contain fiber and protein and provide a feeling of fullness. Blueberries: Loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients, frozen blueberries are as healthful as fresh ones. Broccoli: Nutrient-dense with only 30 calories per cup this green vegetable is rich in fiber, polyphenols and anti-oxidants that help detoxify cell-damaging chemicals. Dark chocolate: Contains antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties that may help balance calories by increasing the metabolic rate.

Eggs: Are rich in protein and provide a feeling of fullness, stretching the time before a feeling of hunger sets in. Green tea: Keeps the body hydrated while increasing metabolism. Quinoa: This whole grain contains a good dose of protein. Salmon: Known for containing omega-3 fatty acids, salmon may help lower the risk of heart disease. Spinach: Rich in iron and important for healthy red blood cells. Walnuts: These hard-shelled nuts are loaded with tryptophan, an amino acid the body requires to create the feel-good chemical, serotonin. Source: and





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great books for healthy living “The Naked Foods Cookbook: The Whole-Foods, Healthy-Fats, Gluten-Free Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great,” by Margaret Floyd and James Barry This compendium of 150 gluten-free, nutrient-dense and additive-free whole foods will help readers lose weight while improving the way they look and feel. Recipes bring out the natural flavors in healthful foods including gluten-free pizza dough, sweet potato Shepherd’s pie and maple-sage pork tenderloin.

“What to Eat,” by Marion Nestle Nestle takes readers on a literary walk through every section of a supermarket while decoding food labels clarifying nutritional information. Learn about allergens, antibiotics, digestion disturbers, hormones and trans fats in food and be better able to choose healthy foods.

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This Food Network personality shares her tips for staying trim and fit and shares 120 healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts with nutritional information. To make the book appeal to all, recipes are gluten and dairyfree, include a calorie count and nutritional analysis.

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the eyes have it! Foods that will see you to good health

cooked kale, spinach, collards and turnip greens are loaded with antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Studies show they lower the risk of developing cataracts at your carrots. and macular degeneration They’re good for because they help filter out your eyes.” damaging types of light. Eating dark leafy greens Your parents said it, raw also provide lutein and you probably repeated zeaxanthin but in smaller it, and it’s true. amounts since more of STORY BY ELLEN SUSSMAN these vegetables fit into a But there are more ways the eyes function. It makes cup when cooked vs. raw. to eat your way to healthy for healthier eyes but won’t CITRUS AND BEReyes than carrots and other necessarily improve your RIES are low in calories orange-colored fruits and vision. and are known powervegetables. Lesser known are five houses of Vitamin C, anBeta carotene, which other foods that are tioxidants and flavonoids. gives foods their orange equally as important for Blueberries and strawbercolor, is converted to protecting eye health: ries help reduce the risk of Vitamin A that helps the DARK LEAFY macular degeneration and retina and other parts of GREENS including cataracts as they protect


against the free radicals in the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Eaten fresh or mixed in smoothies, these fruits provide a sweet fix and are healthy eye foods. EGGS, especially yolks, are a prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin. Eggs also contain zinc, which helps reduce the risk of macular degeneration. The National Institutes of Health found that the small adverse effect of cholesterol in eating an egg a day is counterbalanced by the positive effects of antioxidants, Vitamin B and other nutrients. FATTY FISH including salmon, tuna, mack-

issue no. 2 fall 2013 erel, trout, anchovies and sardines are rich in DHA (docosahexaenoic), a fatty acid found in the retina. A 2011 study in the Archives of Ophthalmology reports that eating fatty fish one or more times a week may reduce the risk of developing age-related macular generation (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in people 60 and older. Exactly how fatty fish and omega-3 oils help reduce risk for AMD is not fully understood but some research suggests chronic inflammation may play a role. “Omega-3 fish oils are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties so

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veryone knows that divorce is bad for your financial health — no one comes out of divorce with as much as they had going in — but did you know that it can also be bad for your physical health? It’s true, and it’s even more true for men than for women. University of Arizona psychology professor David Sbarra, an expert on social relationships and health, recently examined 32 published studies involving more than 6.5 million adults in 11 countries, including the United States. Virtually all of those studies came to the same conclusion: Divorce can lead to a shortened life. Divorced women in the studies were, on average, 18 percent more likely to die prematurely than married women, and divorced men were 31 percent more likely to die prematurely than married men. According to Sbarra, the

studies were statistically controlled for age, smoking, weight and preexisting medical conditions, so the increased mortality rates were not related to those factors. Why is divorce such a health risk, especially for men? For one thing, people can get depressed following a divorce, and depression itself is a major health risk. Although that’s true for both men and women, depressed men are much less likely than depressed women to seek medical help for their condition. And because the big majority of divorces are filed by women, many divorced men feel betrayed and angry. Without the support network that women usually have, divorced men often start drinking to excess or engaging in other substance-abuse practices. Poor eating habits go hand-inhand with alcohol and drug abuse, so a divorced man’s overall health can quickly degenerate. In contrast, married men usually have wives who urge them to eat better, drink less and see a doc-

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tor regularly. Some men may think of this as nagging, but they should be thanking their wives, not complaining. The social aspects of marriage also have a positive effect on a man’s health. It’s not uncommon that the only person in the world a man truly opens up to is his wife. Yes, he may have friends, but most of them are just activity buddies: guys he plays golf with or talks sports with. They’re usually not people he can confide his fears and frustrations to (and believe me, men have fears and frustrations). Not only can divorce deprive a man of the emotional comfort and support of a wife, it can estrange him from his kids. If the divorce was due to the man’s extramarital affairs or to his physical or emotional abuse of his wife, the kids will side with their mother, sometimes to the extent of shutting their father out of their lives forever. Of all the losses that can befall a man, losing the love and respect of his kids has to be the worst. I’m not saying, by the way, that people should stay forever in

toxic marriages solely to avoid the health consequences of divorce. A hopelessly bad marriage can lead to many of the same health risks that divorce can lead to, such as alcoholism and depression. Sad as it may be, divorce is sometimes unavoidable, even necessary. But I am saying that people in “good-but-not-great” marriages shouldn’t take for granted the physical and emotional benefits their marriage is providing. Too often, people give up on marriages that, with mutual effort and maybe some outside help, could be perfectly satisfying. And too often, people fantasize about divorce as an escape from their problems and a gateway to a better life. Most of the time it isn’t. Most of the time it’s just trading one set of problems for another. And the new problems can be worse. They might even kill you. Jim Duzak is the author of “Mid-Life Divorce & the Rebirth of Commitment.” Find him on the web at This column does not constitute legal advice, and is not intended to be a substitute for marriage counseling or other professional services.

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STORY BY ELLEN SUSSMAN La Posada resident Wendell Bauer knows the value of an education, and he has put that conviction to work to make lives better. A former faculty member at the University of Illinois and Oklahoma State University, Bauer, 87, is credited with starting a scholarship program at La Posada for employees. In summer 2000, La Posada CEO Lisa Israel called a group of residents together to look at forming a scholarship committee. Bauer saw tremendous potential and knew it would be time-consuming

but he volunteered to lead the new committee. The plan was for any funds collected from residents to be divided among employee applicants and not have all of it go to one person. At the first distribution there was an overflow crowd in La Posada’s Madera Room as residents came to hear three high school students tell how they were going to use the scholarship money. “It took off,” Bauer said

— then it expanded. “We asked Lisa if we could use scholarship money to help pay employees’ costs to study and apply for citizenship.” Israel said yes. In addition to helping with naturalization and test fees (currently $680), residents volunteer as tutors teaching employees English and U.S. history to pass the test. “Any time I’ve ever helped someone with citizenship I always went to the ceremony,” Bauer said. “That’s the reward. That, and seeing what the scholarships mean to our employees.”

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:I have trouble with prescribed sleeping pills, they make me do crazy things like sleep walk, eat and wake up family members in the middle of the night “just to chat.” What are natural options?

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DEAR PHARMACIST putting away dishes, folding laundry or vacuuming. Don’t! Make enough noise at that hour and your spouse will likely duct tape you to the bed post. For “Creepy Crawlers” I recommend Melatonin. It increases the number of hours that you sleep. You may be wondering if it’s OK with Ambien, Xanax or other medications. It should be fine since we make melatonin in our brains anyway, some people just run short. I’ve read research that suggests it might dampen your mood slightly, however, it is terrific for people who have autoimmune disorders. Ask your physician if it’s right for you. Antenna Heads: You climb into bed at a reasonable hour, but your brain becomes an antenna for

every thought on the planet. Some of you go into rewind mode thinking about the day and what you should have done, should have said, and needed to accomplish but didn’t! When you’re fully maddened and start cursing the sheep, you drift off at 2 in the morning! Antenna heads will do well with a relaxing herb about an hour before for bed, such as chamomile and lavender tea. Take 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile herb and one-half teaspoon dried lavender and steep that for two to three minutes, sweeten if necessary and enjoy. These herbs will settle your brain down, and calm a nervous stomach. They are also available as liquid herbal extracts. Bed Bugger: You fall asleep fine, even staying

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meeting people Richard Caldwell and Freda Brown married just over a year after they met.



once snug sense of love, companionship and security is all too often replaced by loneliness after the death of a spouse or a parting of the ways. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Couples say love is a healthy habit

Ralph Stachowiak and Doreen Baird of Green Valley can attest to that. After taking time to adjust to the loss of a loved one, you need •Accept invitations to socialize. Leaving the security of home to get out there and socialize. increases the chances of meeting new people; friends may be Why? Because it’s good to be found in unlikely places. with someone you care for and who cares for you. We need that. •Enroll in a local OLLI class. You’ll meet others with similar Age is not a barrier to emointerests. tions, experts say. The need for companionship does not change, •Attend GVR and other free lectures. Sign up for tai chi classes, and close relationships are vital a quilting group or a golf group to learn a new skill and meet to physical, mental and emopeople with similar interests. tional health. Nationwide, about 500,000 •If you like to cook, invite friends and neighbors over for dinAmericans 65 and older remarry ner; if you don’t like to cook invite them over for a potluck. each year, according to researchers at the University of Missouri. •Volunteer. Green Valley has a variety of places to choose A lot more aren’t even taking from, and the Green Valley Sahuarita Volunteer Clearinghouse can that step. The number of people help find you the perfect spot: over age 50 who are living together as couples has more than doubled, from 1.2 million in 2000 to 2.75 million in 2010, Meeting People, continued on pg. 20 according Bowling Green State

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They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much happier than this: Ralph Stachowiak and Doreen Baird.

University. The 50-plus group represents nearly one-third of 7.5 million people of all ages who were living together in 2010. Ralph, 87, and Doreen, 79, have taken another approach. When they met at a breakfast mixer at Los Agaves in January 2010, Ralph was smitten. He asked if he could sit next to her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I saw Doreen I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hmmm. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one who gets me,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Ralph recalled. Both are widowed and enjoy each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company and doing things together. They play Bingo at American Legion Post 66, go to the movies, attend shows at CPAC and have traveled together to the Caribbean and Rocky Point. In October 2012, Ralph was selected to go on an


After taking time to adjust to the loss of a loved one, you need to get out there and socialize. Why? Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to be with someone you care for and who cares for you. We need that.


Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., and Doreen went as his guardian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We go Dutch a lot,â&#x20AC;? Doreen said, with Ralph adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We laugh a lot. We hold hands.â&#x20AC;? Doreen likes to stay active and the two work around her busy schedule. Recently, she went to France for two weeks with the GVR singles group and Ralph kept busy playing poker but said he was getting quite lonely near the end of her trip. The two donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live together and the arrangement suits them fine with the right blend of privacy, freedom and companionship. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re comfortable with the status quo and their grown children are happy they have each other. They call each other every morning and twice a week have dinner at Ralphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do the entrĂŠe, Doreen does the appetizers and side dishes. We eat out often, too. We never say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to each other.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hit it off right away. We love having each other,â&#x20AC;? Doreen says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got the jackpot,â&#x20AC;? Ralph says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the happiest man in the world right now. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re healthy and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re enjoying life together.â&#x20AC;?

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meeting. Their first date one week later firmed it up. suggests initial meetings be held in a public place with a lot of people. Freda and Richard followed orders and when they met at the Olive Garden restaurant, Richard greeted Freda with a single rose. Richard was widowed in 2009, after 40 years of marriage. Freda was widowed in 2010, and both felt they had many good years ahead and wanted companionship and a soul mate. They married 14 months after meeting, had a reception at Quail Creek where Freda lived, and went on a cruise to Alaska for their honeymoon. Deciding where to live came easy. Living in north Tucson, Richard’s neighbors were far apart. “There’s more to do here ...,” he said. “I sold my home in a week.” “We do some golfing. We go out for lunch every day,” Freda said. And together they bought an 8-by-30-foot RV with three pushouts and are enjoying life on the road. Asked if they were ever concerned about what others might think, Richard didn’t give it a second thought. He has longevity on his side; his mother is 96 and his father lived to


95. His grandfather lived to 90 — and that was a few decades back. Richard felt he had many good years ahead so why not be happy and be with someone you love. It was different for Freda where neighbors and homes are close. “I’m sure there was a lot of criticism,” she said. “I know I was left out of group gatherings because I was single.” Following their hearts, both agreed it was easy to adjust to living together and to accept each other’s habits and ways. One nook wall in the house includes wedding photos and those of their children and grandchildren. It shows their families united. After being widowed Richard said he found himself thinking back to life years and years ago. “Give yourself time to adjust,” he advised. “Look for someone you’re compatible with.” From a female perspective Freda said, “Be careful. Check honesty. Like the same things.” “We don’t make a big deal over small differences.”

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ness depends on us. Prather said an extended power outage during Southern Arizona’s hot summers would be uncomfortable for everyone and could be life-threatening for anyone dependent on electricity to power their medical equipment. She said the time to plan for a potential outage is before it happens and emphasized having a complete backup plan ready. With a planned outage there is usually time to prepare and get extra supplies, food and batteries. Spontaneous outages don’t offer the luxury of time to prepare. Residents who have given up their landline home phone and depend solely on their cell phone should keep it charged at all times. Most cars no longer have a cigarette lighter as an alternate charging option. Prather advised everyone to have a minimum of three days of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water per person per day and a manual can opener. Medical devices vary, she said. How long does it take to charge? How long does a charge last? What is an alternative to using the device? Can the device use battery backup as a power source? “An oxygen air concentrator uses as much power as a room air conditioner... Read the pamphlet that came with the equipment,” she urged attendees. Arizona isn’t prone to

Caren Prather (left) and attendee Jenny Ryan talk after Prather’s presentation. tornadoes or hurricanes. However, downed power lines from microbursts, lightning and floods from summer monsoons can cause a loss of electrical power. Emergency power-planning checklists developed by the Pacific Americans with Disabilities Act, which includes Arizona, were distributed. They were developed for people who use electricity and battery-dependent assistive and medical devices on a daily basis.

Planning basics Essential plans suggest creating a strategy for an alternative source of power, reading equipment instructions, talking to equipment suppliers about backup power options, and letting local police and fire departments know you are dependent on power. They may be able to provide emergency backup. All medical equipment

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•Keep an organized schedule: Routine can be very comforting for AD patients, and a schedule can help caregivers stay on track and feel less stressed by day-to-day demands. Online calendars or apps for your mobile device can help you keep a schedule and stay organized. Be sure to schedule in some time to give yourself a break, along with doctor’s appointments and medication timings. •Avoid isolation: Withdrawal from society is common among dementia patients and can take a toll on those caring for them. Caregivers can feel isolated, too. It’s important to connect with others. Seek social interaction that will benefit you and your loved one with AD, whether it’s attending a weekly prayer meeting or a regularly scheduled dinner with family members. •Keep things in perspective: The Alzheimer’s Association outlines five key things to remember: Don’t take behaviors personally; stay calm and patient; realize pain can be a trigger for behavior; don’t argue; and accept upsetting behaviors as part of the disease. Remember, your loved one can’t control his or her disease, but you can control your reaction to disease-related behaviors.

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oral health care delivery and public health factors impacting the oral health of older adults, reveals more than half of the country received a “fair” or “poor” assessment when it comes to minimal standards affecting dental care access for older adults. One reason for the decline in oral health care is that many older Americans do not have dental insurance. In fact, only 2 percent of Americans who retire do so with a dental

benefit plan. In addition, transportation issues, mobility limitations, fear of dentists, and lack of awareness of available oral health services are other factors which impact dental care. According to the report,

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ers to cover 40 percent of the population. •High rates of tooth loss: Eight states had extremely high rates of edentulism - the loss of Teeth, continued on pg. 28

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Teeth, continued from pg. 27 all natural permanent teeth. Loss of teeth often results in a person forgoing nutritious food choices due to the inability to chew properly. â&#x20AC;˘Deficiencies in preventive programs: 13 states have about 60 percent of residents living in communities where fluoride is not added to drinking water, despite the fact that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been recognized for 68 years to markedly reduce dental decay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we are seeing improvements in certain areas of older adult dental care, there is still a lack of progress in advancing the oral health of such a vulnerable population,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Ira Lamster, professor, Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mailman School of Public Health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Older adults face significant health challenges if their oral health is poor, and there is no coordinated program to help fund necessary services.â&#x20AC;? In response to the need for reliable, readily available, cost-effective, and digestible oral health resources for older adults, Oral

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he Greater Green Valley Health Education Association has launched its website, The group is formerly the Green Valley Health Fair Task Force, producers of the Green Valley Health Fair held in March for the last 20 years. Its next fair is March 10 at the West Center. The Association is made up of more than a dozen members from for-profit and nonprofit organizations here and in Tucson involved in the Health and Human Services sector.

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The GGVHEA members decided in July 2012 to move out from under the protective umbrella of La Posada and form its own nonprofit so it could plan several educational events and services in the Green Valley and Sahuarita area. The group produces the Health Fair and the Health Fair Directory in partnership with the Green Valley News. In discussion for later this year are a series of mini-fairs, a speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bureau and an email newsletter covering all health and human services activities in the Green Valley/Sahuarita area. Find a signup sheet for the newsletter under the Newsletter link on our website.


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Nov. 7: Pima Council on Aging: “Living Well with a Diagnosis of Diabetes,” with a focus on the seven self-care behaviors. Canoa Hills Social Center, 9 a.m.

Nov. 21: Tucson Orthopaedic Institute: Dr. Edward Petrow Jr., D.O., will talk about “Relieving Joint Pain for Active Adults: Innovative Anterior Hip Replacement Approach,” degenerative joint disease and options for pain relief. East Social Center, 2 p.m. DECEMBER Dec. 5: Pima Council on Aging: “Better Body-Mind Connectedness” and the benefits of Tai Chi and the overall benefits of exercise programs on preventing falls. Canoa Hills Social Center, 9 a.m. Dec. 12: Tucson Orthopaedic Institute: Dr. Walter Calvin Damper, D.O., “Unlocking Back Pain: Physical Medicine for Staying Active.” East Social Center, 2 p.m.

Nov. 14: University of Arizona Arthritis Center: Newly appointed director Dr. C. Kent Kwoh will Dec. 19: Sarver Heart Center: “Heart Transplantation: The speak about new treatments and preventive measures to slow the progression of osteoarthritis Future and the Present,” Dr. Zain Khalpey. Canoa Hills and joint pain. Canoa Hills Social Center, 10 a.m. Social Center, 10 a.m. Lectures are offered by Green Valley Recreation, and are free and open to the public.

Nov. 21: Sarver Heart Center: NP and Ph.D. Betsy Dokken will talk about “Improving Cardiovascular Risks for Diabetes Patients: Is Moderation Enough?” Canoa Hills Social Center, 10 a.m.

JANUARY Jan. 16: Sarver Heart Center: Dr. Lorraine Mackstaller will lecture on “Sorting Out Heart News You Can Really Use.” Canoa Hills Social Center, 10 a.m.


Its about managing one’s personal health, staying fit, and maintaining or improving quality of life.

Arizona Living Well is a series of four (4) evidence-based health promotion programs for adults 60 years and older.

A Matter of Balance A workshop designed to help people manange concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Learn practical strategies to manage falls, identify ways to reduce falls and exercises to increase strength & balance.

Healthy Living: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions If you live with an ongoing health condition, this interactive workshop provides needed support, helps you find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, sleeplessness, decrease frustration and increase confidence.

EnhanceFitness An ongoing low to moderate level cardio and strength training exercise class offered at 8 sites in Pima County.

Healthy Living with Diabetes This interactive workshop will help you learn to manage symptoms, use relaxation techniques, healthy eating, communicate with your healthcare providers and more.

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Did you know? Pain, (back, sciatic, neck, knee, shoulder, sprains, dental, facial, headache, postoperative), digestive issues, primary hypotension, adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy, allergic rhinitis, hay fever, depression, PTSD are just a few of the more than 200 health conditions recognized by The World Health Organization (WHO) effectively treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. The number of hospitals in the United States offering acupuncture has steadily increased over the past decade. Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Massachusetts; St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Wisconsin; St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, just to name a few. Acupuncture is offered at many military hospitals including Walter Reed Hospital, McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews, and other Air Force bases in this country and in Germany. The US military began a program in 2001 termed “Battlefield Acupuncture”, taking acupuncture to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan as part of emergency care in combat and in frontline hospitals. Medical doctors refer more to acupuncturist than any other complimentary health care provider.


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“I heard about Rene shortly after moving to Green Valley. I had been suffering with constant lower back pain for over 5 years. In the past I had a herniated disc and was told by several doctors in the Denver area that I had lumbar degenerative discs and the back of an 80 year old (I am 56). It wasn’t a matter of if I was in pain or not, it was a matter of how much pain was I in. When I read that Rene offered a free consult, I thought why not. I’m so glad I made that appointment. After the first treatment I had relief, and for hours I had no pain. After a couple months of treatment, I am now on maintenance only. It’s still important for me to do the exercises that I learned in physical therapy and additional ones that Rene taught me. After Rene resolved the main reason I went to see her, my back pain, she noticed some other health issues. Whenever she asked if I had a problem with this or that she was right on. I hadn’t mentioned these issues as I had been dealing with them most of my adult life and thought that these things are just part of life. Rene has made me realize they don’t have to be. Rene is gifted with her ability to see and discover health issues that can be resolved. She has also referred me to people in the medical field that have been able to help. I now live in Goodyear AZ, but no matter where I live, I’ll make a few visits a year to Green Valley for my “Rene fix” as I call it. I can’t thank Rene enough for sharing her talents and care in order to give so many others and me a better quality of life.” -Lori R.

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