Volume 28, Number 11
Lubbock, Texas 79401
‘Feed a Friend – It’s as Easy as Pie!’ Nov. 11-19 For a $5 donation to Lubbock Meals on Wheels, donors will receive a coupon for a free Sara Lee pie. Varieties include Homestyle Apple, Dutch Apple, Cherry, Pumpkin, Mince, Sweet Potato, and Peach. Donations can be made at any Lubbock United Supermarkets, Market Street,
or Amigos location (through the cashier, at the customer service counter, or to the Lubbock Meals on Wheels’ representative in the store) or at the Lubbock Meals on Wheels’ ofﬁce, 230434th Street. Coupons are redeemable at Lubbock United Supermarkets through Dec. 31.
In November Nov. 6 – Time change Nov. 8 – Election Day Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving Day
Home Health & Hospice Month Alzheimer’s Awareness Month National Caregiver Month
Texas Tech Football Nov. 5 – Texas in Lubbock Nov. 12 – Oklahoma State in Stillwater, OK Nov. 19 – Iowa State in Ames, Iowa Nov. 25 – Baylor in Arlington, Texas
Early Voting Oct. 24 - Nov. 4
Election Day: Nov. 8 National Ranching Heritage Center has 2 new exhibits Two new exhibitions focusing on Comanche Chief Quanah Parker and Texas artist Frank Reaugh are open at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth Street. “Both men shared the same time period in history, loved the same land, and became part of the history of that land,” said Dr. Scott White, the center’s director of collections, exhibits and research. An opening reception
included a presentation by Parker’s great-grandson, Bruce Parker, from Albuquerque, N.M. He performed a Comanche smoke blessing for the opening of the Native American exhibit. Austin filmmaker Marla Fields discussed her documentary film, “Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains.” To celebrate the exhibition of artifacts that once belonged to Quanah Parker, the Texas Plains Trail Re-
gion has temporarily placed a Quanah Parker Trail Arrow on the front lawn of the ranching center, making it one of more than 70 Panhandle locations with a tie to the last chief of the greatest tribe in America. “Only the Smithsonian Institute has a larger collection of Comanche artifacts than the National Ranching Heritage Center,” White said. “To preserve these very old and delicate artifacts, we (See Parker & Reaugh, Page 2)
Page 2 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
Parker and Reaugh exhibits at NRHC (Continued from Page 1)
keep them in a temperaturecontrolled room and rarely handle them. This is only the second time in 13 years that we have put some of the items on display.” White said that Parker and Reaugh shared 50 years in time and a love for the southern Great Plains.
Quanah was both a Native American warrior and peacemaker who lived on the southern Plains, and Reaugh was an artist who devoted his career to painting the southern Plains.” Reaugh lived long enough to see himself referred to as “Dean of Texas Artists,” White said. He created more
MEDICARE Open Enrollment
Enjoy free breakfast from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. provided by Mutual of Omaha while we answer all your questions about Medicare. Please RSVP to Krystal at 806-392-7428
Nov. 1st 8th 15th 22nd & 29th at the Golden Corral
5117 S. Loop 289, Lubbock
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday through Dec. 15
than 7,000 works of art, primarily in small plein air pastel sketches. “Frank Reaugh: View from the Easel” is an exhibit of 120 of Reaugh’s works. His interest in Western art was less on the human side than in the natural environment and animals, particularly the Texas The eagle feather headdress worn in this undated photo of Longhorn. Quanah Parker, last chief of the most powerful tribe in America, “Buckskin and is part of a new exhibit at the National Ranching Heritage B e a d s : N a t i v e Center. The exhibit focuses on Native American clothing and American Clothing artifacts once owned by Parker and given as gifts to three generations of the Burk Burnett family, owners of the Four and Artifacts” is an Sixes Ranch. The artifacts have been donated to the center. exhibit addressing The exhibits will be on the unique friendship be- gave to three generations of tween Quanah and the Texas the Burnett family and also display throughout the winter cattlemen, especially the includes clothing and arti- and into the spring months Burk Burnett family of the facts from other Plains tribes. 2017. Four Sixes Ranch. The exhibit features clothing and artifacts Quanah
Garrison Institute on Aging
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s” Hannah Ives Community Outreach Specialist, West Texas Chapter Alzheimer’s Association National Organization
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. TTUHSC, 3601 4th St. Academic Classroom Building Room 100 Free Event. Snacks Provided. For details, call 806.743.7821 or visit www.ttuhsc.edu/aging
The Texas Plains Trail Region has temporarily placed a Quanah Parker Trail Arrow on the front lawn of the National Ranching Heritage Center in recognition of a new museum exhibition featuring clothing and artifacts that once belonged to Quanah, the last chief of the Comanche tribe. The trail arrows dot the Panhandle landscape in more than 70 locations with a tie to the last chief of the greatest tribe in America.
fundraisers! BIG 2
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 3
Chamber meeting & awards luncheon set for Dec. 1 The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. This 5-Star celebration will include recognizing annual award winners and celebrating the 5-Star Chamber and its member businesses. This year ’s featured speaker will be Aaron Davis. For more than two decades, Davis has been teaching and encouraging others about the positive impact of choosing an Attitude of a Champion both personally and professionally. As a member of the 1994 National Championship Nebraska football team and working with companies such as PayPal, Goodyear, Wal-Mart and Cargill, Davis understands ﬁrsthand what it takes to perform like a champion and the incredible beneﬁts of a Full-Fledge Champion Attitude.
His speaking and consulting company, Aaron Davis Presentations, Inc., received the Chamber of Commerce “Outstanding Minority Owned Business” award and Toastmasters International awarded him the “Communication & Leadership Award”. He was also recognized by the Lincoln Business Journal as one of Lincoln’s 40 Under 40 business achievement award winners. Cost of the luncheon is $50. Chamber members get a discounted price of $35. A table of eight may be purchased for $400 for a silver level sponsorship, $550 for a gold level and $1,000 for platinum level. Deadline to purchase tickets is noon Nov. 28. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit LubbockChamber.com, call the Chamber at 806-761-7000 or email Sheri Nugent at sheri. email@example.com.
New Neighbors auction & bake sale, Nov. 11
New Neighbors will be having its annual live auction and bake sale at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11. This meeting will serve as a regular meeting and fundraiser for the service projects. Proceeds from the bake
sale will go to the Lubbock charities supported by New Neighbors. The meeting will be at Hillcrest Country Club, 4011 N. Boston. Cost is $20. To attend, call Judy Carnes at 806-407-3028 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. Mark Twain
Rum Bundt Cake
Order your Thanksgiving Day pies, and they will be delivered straight to your door.
Call Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers to place your order, 806-698-8085.
Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie
Buttermilk Chess Pie
The tours will take place on Dec. 8 from 10-2 and 5-8. Enjoy touring some of the most beautifully decorated homes for the holiday season! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers at 806-698-8085, or from any Lake Ridge Ladies member.
Lake Ridge Ladies is an organization Want to learn more? that provides support and comfort for Call 806-698-8085, all widows in the Lubbock community or visit through dinners together, game days, and community involvement. Facebook.com/LakeRidgeLadies
Page 4 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
Military hero honored at Coronado High School
A tree was planted at Coronado High School in honor and memory of 2005 Coronado graduate, Captain Jordan B. Pierson, USAF,
who lost his life in a plane crash in Afghanistan on Oct. 2, 2015, while serving his country. Coronado High School,
Vaccines are for ALL AGES!
Children need immunizations at Birth, 2, 4, 6, 12, & 18 months 4-6 years & 11-12 years
806 18th Street 806.775.2933
Adults need a Flu vaccine every year and other vaccines as recommended by a physician.
the Lubbock Independent School District, the Military Order of the Purple Heart- Chapter 0900, and Remember our Heroes hosted the tree-planting service in October. Before the tree was planted, Coronado choral students Pictured at the tree-planting in honor of Captain Jordan B. Pierson are sang the Na- Danny Koch, member of Remember Our Heroes; Steve Oien, commander tional Anthem of the local Purple Heart order; Berhl Robertson, Jr., LISD superintendent; and Coronado Benny; Jerry Adams, principal of Coronado High School; Steve Graves, teacher Tommy Jaime’s father; Abbi Trammel, Jaime’s sister; and Jaime Pierson, Heisser spoke Jordan’s widow. and Remember our Heroes men it produces but also by about his former student, Jordan Pierson. organizations donated the the men it honors, the men it R e p r e s e n t a t i v e s o f tree and were present for the remembers.” “The tree will be strong the Military Order of the event. At the ceremony, Danny and sturdy and will provide Purple Heart- Chapter 0900 Koch of the Remember Our shade for future Coronado Heroes organization in Lub- graduates,” said Steve Oien, 4642 N. Loop 289 bock, quoted President John commander of the Military 771-1352 Kennedy saying, “A nation Order of the Purple Heart2431 S. Loop 289 reveals itself not only by the Chapter 0900.
When it comes to physical therapy, you do have a choice. Committed to providing you with the best possible care, compassion, and respect in a safe and comfortable setting. Serving you today for a healthy tomorrow.
6202 82nd St. 687-8008 4138 19th St. 780-2329
2431 S. Loop 289 771-8010 Best trained & friendliest staff in Lubbock.
Come check us out & experience the many services of Wellness Today. Top of the line equipment, classes, cardiovascular machines, indoor walking track, free weight equipment, heated pool and hot tub, underwater treadmills, and more! Providers of the Silver&Fit and SilverSneakers fitness programs
Call for class schedules: 771-8010 www.WellnessTodayLubbock.com
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 5
H2YOU contest entries being accepted Students in grades 9-12 may participate in the third annual H2YOU contest sponsored by the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District. Deadline for entries is Dec. 5. Participating students must attend school or reside within the 16-county water district service area. “The H2YOU Contest encourages students to share innovative ideas about water conservation,” said Katherine Drury, education and outreach coordinator for the water district. “Each four-member team will design a detailed conservation campaign that proposes at least two new
ways to reduce water use by either agriculture, municipalities, or local residents,” Drury said. “The students have the option of selecting the water-user group for the campaign.” Each campaign centers around a conservation catch phrase and must include elements of writing, graphic design, and photography. The top three entries will present their proposal to a panel of judges at the water district office in Lubbock. Winners will be selected based upon the judges’ recommendations. First-place team winners each receive a $250 cash prize and an allexpense paid trip to Austin in early 2017. They will present their water
The city’s seasonal “time of day” water conservation measures ended on Oct. 1. Each customer can now irrigate any time during the day on the assigned days. During the summer months (April 1 to Sept. 30), no irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to prevent the loss of water due to the high evaporation rates. However, during the cooler months, this restriction is removed to prevent customers from irrigating when freezing temperatures occur. The city prohibits irrigating landscape when temperatures drop below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Stage 1 drought restrictions are still in place. Restrictions associated with Stage 1 include: Landscape irrigation allowed during two assigned days per week.
Irrigation schedules are based on the last digit of the house address: Addresses ending in 0, 3, 4, or 9 – Monday and Thursday Addresses ending in 1, 5, or 6 Tuesday and Friday Addresses ending in 2, 7, or 8 – Wednesday & Saturday Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, and hand watering are allowed any day at any time. City operations and wholesale customers must adhere to restrictions. Variance applications for irrigating new landscape material are available at water.ci.lubbock.tx.us/waterrestrictions.aspx. Residents and businesses are asked to be considerate and efficient with water usage to conserve water and reduce overall demand so water supplies are available for decades to come.
Lubbock seasonal water conservation measures
conservation project to their local state representative and/or representatives of various water-related agencies, including the Texas Water Development Board. The students will also be recognized during the 85th Texas Legislature which convenes in January 2017. Second place team winners each
receive a $200 cash prize and third place team members each receive a $150 cash prize. The H2YOU contest rules and entry form are available at www.hpwd. org/contest. Additional information is available by contacting Katherine Drury at 806-762-0181 or by email at email@example.com.
Page 6 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
The end of an era & a lasting legacy Retirement is the next chapter for pioneer of Covenant’s Palliative Medicine Program
In 2005, when Dr. Melanie Oblender started palliative care consultations at Covenant Health, she couldn’t have dreamed that more than 11 years later, the consultations would evolve into a dedicated 17-bed unit with two full-time physicians and three advanced-practice nurses and practitioners, as well as an outpatient clinic that have together seen more than 6,000 patients. Oblender, who has been with Covenant more than 20 years, retired Oct. 8. Dr. Jeremy L. Brown, incoming medical director for palliative medicine, worked side by side with her for the past seven years, and credits her with being willing to provide him on-the-job training when he joined the team in 2009. “Dr. O, as we all affectionately call her, is known throughout Covenant and the community as a ﬁerce
advocate for patients and managing their symptoms,” Brown said. “I’m forever grateful for the years of hard work and dedication she has put into the team, and I will work hard to ensure the same level of care continues in her absence.” The former military-veteran nurse observed a need for palliative care early in her career. Her passion has come full circle, as Covenant Medical Center’s Palliative Medicine unit recently received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Palliative Care Certiﬁcation. The certiﬁcation demonstrates Covenant Health’s focus on achieving optimum care for patients with serious illnesses. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reﬂects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
f o o t Te c h
The ultimate in safe: Pedicures Manicures Massages
For the Spa:
Dr. Melanie Oblender holds the Certificate of Distinction recently awarded to Covenant’s Palliative Care program. Pictured with Oblender are Susan Sayari, nurse manager of palliative medicine; Chris Shaver, regional vice president of human resources; Charley Wasson, executive director of Hospice of Lubbock; Oblender; Dr. Craig Rhyne, chief medical officer; and Karen Baggerly, chief nursing officer.
That ofﬁcial accreditation and recognition has been a long journey from Oblender’s early vision. “The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of patients and families facing life-threatening illness,” she said. “It differs
from hospice care in that palliative medicine does not require patients to give up curative or life-prolonging treatments. Palliative care staff focuses on relieving pain and suffering.” “We’re providing comprehensive care – spiritu-
When your feet hurt, call us! For men & women STORE HOURS Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Stylish & comfortable shoes & athletic shoes
Visit one of our specialists who can fit any type.
4206 19th St.
For the Shoe Store:
al, psycho-social, physical needs – to patients and their (See Dr. Oblender, Page 7)
1310 Ave. Q • Lubbock,TX 79401 806-744-2220 • 806-744-2225 Fax GOLDEN GAZETTE is published monthly by Word Publications, 1310 Ave. Q, Lubbock, TX 79401. News items, letters to the editor, photographs, and other items may be submitted for publication. All letters must include the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Letters may be edited. Advertising rates are available upon request. For a subscription, send a check to Golden Gazette for $24 for one-year, or $48 for two-years. Staff: Camila Boniﬁeld, Jo Anne Corbet, Bené Cornett, Mary Ann Edwards, Mike Lankford, Gary McDonald, Cary Swinney, Mary Valentini, Calva Ledbetter Contributing writers: Doris Akers, Joan Blackmon, Dr. Elva Edwards, Randal Hill, Dr. Sameer Islam, Margaret Merrell, Cathy Mottet, James K. White View the Gazette online at: www.wordpub.com
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 7
The Palliative Medicine staff celebrates the recent Joint Commission certification. Covenant Medical Center’s Palliative Medicine unit earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Palliative Care Certification.
Dr. Oblender retires (Continued from Page 6)
families, any time during the trajectory of an illness. We team with bereavement, chaplains, counselors - whatever the patient’s and family’s needs are.” Following up her nursing career with medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Oblender did residencies and fellowships in the 1980s including pediatrics, anesthesia and pediatric hematology/ oncology. She worked in private practice and became an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics at Galveston, immediately prior to coming to Lubbock. Oblender came to Covenant (then Methodist Hospital) as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist in 1995, and later became a pioneer in the area of hospice care and palliative medicine. In the past two decades she has held many titles and leadership positions, including medical director of Hospice of Lubbock, section chief and then chief of staff of Covenant Children’s, and
founder and medical director for the Palliative Medicine program. Her first exposure to hospice was in the early 1990s in Galveston. If one of her patients went on hospice, she remained the attending physician. As a pediatric oncologist, she made a practice of remaining as the attending physician for the children, supporting the child and family while on hospice. When she moved to Lubbock, and as a veteran of the Army and Air Force, she had an opportunity to help her fellow servicemen and women. Often when the VA would send them back from Amarillo, they needed a physician at the end of their life. It was an opportunity to thank those who had served. She would take over as their attending and work with the hospice until their death. In September 1999, Oblender accepted an offer to serve as an associate medical director for Hospice of Lubbock. She had a busy practice as a pediatric oncologist/hematologist, but had a passion for providing end-of-life care. She was the
medical director from 20052010, before stepping down to return to her service as associate medical director. In 2005, she approached the leadership at Covenant Health to advocate starting a palliative medicine program and saw the first palliative medicine consult in November 2005, building one of the largest programs between Dallas and Albuquerque.
Available to run your errands such as shopping, car services, prescription pickup, etc.
We maximize your personal time. Give us a call at
806-317-3951 or 806-401-2287 Visit our website for more information:
www.wecareconcierge.net Charley Wasson, executive director of Hospice of Lubbock, and long-time co-worker and friend of Oblender, calls her a pioneer who saw a need in this community, started it, loved it, and has watched the program grow because of her vision so many years ago.
“Dr. Oblender has worked hard to meet the needs of our patients and families. She looked for the holes and how to fill them. “She has always been dedicated, humble, funny, empathetic, and pushed everyone to be the best they could be.”
Page 8 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
GAZETTE SURVEY To readers of the Lubbock is more and more becoming a place for living ‘the good life.’ The Gazette is taking a “Straw Poll” to learn who is retiring here and why, and where some of your favorite places are. Please let us know? I live in Lubbock because: (Check all that Apply)
Grew Up Here
Cost of Living
Thanksgiving pie sale & a Christmas Tour Two big fundraisers are coming up for the Lake Ridge Ladies. The first one is the pie sale. Four items are available: bourbon chocolate pecan pie, buttermilk chess pie, rum bundt cake, and pumpkin rolls. Order Thanksgiving Day goodies, and they will be delivered to your door. Call Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers to order, 806-698-8085. The second fundraiser is the annual Lake Ridge Ladies Christmas Tour.
Other: _________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ My favorite places to eat: _________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ My favorite places to shop: _________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ I moved here from ________________________________ I’ve lived here since ________________________________ Year of retirement ________________________________ I Own / Rent ______________________________________
Send to: The Golden Gazette 1310 Ave. Q, Lubbock, TX 79401 Or fax to: 806-744-2225 Optional: Your name & contact info:________________ ____________________________________________
Lead With Experience
The tours are on Dec. 8 from 10-2 and 5-8. Enjoy touring some of the most beautifully decorated homes for the holiday season. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers at 806-698-8085, or from any Lake Ridge Ladies member. Lake Ridge Ladies is an organization that provides support and comfort for all widows in the Lubbock community through dinners together, game days, and community involvement.
By Cindy Hale, RSVP DIRECTOR Craft materials We are always in need of clean scraps of fabric, yarn, fleece, felt and anytime of fabric paint. We also accept books, DVD’s and VHS movies. We distribute these to several different non-profits here in Lubbock, to be used by their patients. Recognition Dinner “Puttin on the Ritz” is quickly approaching. Our Annual Recognition Dinner will be at The Clarion Hotel, S. Loop & Indiana Ave., Nov.3 at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are free, guests will be $10 at the door. It is going to be a great event.
Volunteer opportunities St. John’s United Methodist Church is looking for volunteers to work in the Thrift House at 1508 Ave.X. Volunteers can do as little or as much as they are able. They need people to greet customers, price items, straighten merchandise, and check out customers. Call Renee Haney at St. Paul’s on the Plains Episcopal Church for more info at 806-762-2893. Children’s Connections They need volunteers to answer the phone, varied shifts at 2514 82nd St. Call Sam for more information at 806-745-7995.
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 9
By James K. White Toussaint Charbonneau is not a name that is known to many except history buffs. However, his wife was quite famous for aiding American explorers Lewis & Clark in the early 1800s. Her name was Sacagawea, and her likeness is on one version of a U.S. one dollar coin. Sheridan, Wyoming, is a western town named after General Philip Sheridan of Civil War fame. For decades, the population has been steadily hovering around 17,000, and those inhabitants got a mostly unexpected thrill in 1984 when the
Queen of England and her entourage came into town. Elizabeth II dined at a local restaurant, and those close to her said that event marked only the third time in her life she had eaten food ordered from a menu. Herbert Hoover had never held any elected public office prior to being elected president in 1928. Approximately 100,000 people die from snake bites each year. That total is dwarfed when compared to deaths inflicted by mosquitos which cause more than 700,000 fatal diseases per annum.
Mosquitos thrive on all earthly continents except Antarctica. Most mosquitorelated deaths occur in Africa. The world’s most expensive colored gemstone is likely a Burmese stone named the Sunrise Ruby which sold for $30,000,000 in 2014. I used the descriptive “likely” because I hear that truly rich folks (oil sheiks, plumbers, newspaper editors, etc.) sometimes conduct very private transactions for rare pieces of jewelry. The longest freight train ever was a 682 car affair
that transported iron ore 170 miles in Western Australia in June 2001. Life in London during the 1850s was tough for the poor. Central areas of the city averaged 8 people to a room and 40 to a house. Filth and disease worked in tandem to affect high rates of infant deaths and short life spans for adults. Charles Dickens used the era and various sites as settings for several of his novels. Conditions were even worse than he portrayed. Perhaps a chuckle for you baseball fans: Disgusted announcer described his
favorite team’s new relief pitcher’s performance - “He has been throwing a ‘nudist ball’ – it has nothing on it.” One of the most famous and most expensive swords in the world is the superb sword of Joyeuse. Said to have been owned by Charlemagne, the weapon has been used in numerous coronations and is currently housed at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Well, be alert when you have lunch in Wyoming – you never know who you might see.
Page 10 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
How to make nighttime caregiving easier For the third time tonight, around 4 a.m., your mother calls out that she needs help getting to the bathroom. You wearily rise and groggily assist her. Tucking her back into bed, you ask yourself if you should even try to hit the pillow again yourself. You’ll have to be up in a couple of hours to get ready for work, anyway. Deciding you might as well stay up, you brew a cup of coffee and contemplate how you’re going to get through the day on six scant hours of interrupted sleep.
It’s a common scenario for family caregivers. Maybe you’re familiar with it. Many health conditions can prompt seniors to get up during the night. Overactive bladder, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain, and insomnia are just a few of the conditions that might plague seniors and cause them to wake up multiple times every night. And when they require assistance during these waking episodes, your own sleep becomes fragmented. Tips to make nighttime caregiving easier Fortunately, family care-
W. 82nd & Homestead Ave. 34th & Memphis Ave.
Lorenzo Nazareth Post Shallowater Slaton
givers can employ several strategies to make nighttime caregiving easier and more efficient, potentially minimizing sleep interruption for everyone involved. Here are some tips to help. 1. Frequent urination If a loved one formerly slept through the night but has begun getting up to use the bathroom frequently, you might want to consult his or her doctor to make sure the senior does not have a urinary tract infection or some other treatable condition. Seniors often do not pro-
YOUR #1 CHOICE FOR REHABILITATION Short-term & Long-term Rehabilitation We specialize in: • Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy • Stroke Recovery Care • Orthopedic Rehabilitation • Diabetes Symptom Management • Stroke Therapy • Wound Care • Pain Management EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
cess pain signals the way younger people do, so they may not express having discomfort with urination, even if they have an infection. If an infection has been ruled out, and the senior simply needs to empty the bladder frequently at night, then you might streamline the process by adding a portable bedside commode to make it easy and quick for a senior to get up, urinate, and climb back into bed. They also enhance safety, since seniors don’t have to walk a long distance in the dark to reach the toilet. 2. Chronic pain Aging often brings with it a host of aches and pains. These nagging complaints can make it difficult for a senior to get comfortable in bed and sleep through the night. Once again, a first step might be to have a chat with your loved one’s doctor, especially for new complaints of pain. A medical professional may be able to pinpoint the cause of pain and prescribe medication or make suggestions for alleviating the discomfort to make sleeping easier. However, if the pain is ongoing, try using pillows, a foam mattress topper, or even an adjustable bed to help the senior find a comfortable sleeping position. Through a process of trialand-error, try tucking pillows between the knees, behind the back, or under the head to find out what combination
relieves the senior’s discomfort. And an adjustable bed, the ultimate sleeping comfort item, might provide general pain relief. 3. Insomnia Many people think insomnia means being wide awake all night, but that’s not the case. Clinically speaking, insomnia refers to any type of chronically disrupted sleep. This includes periods of frequent waking. Insomnia occurs more frequently in seniors. Sometimes medications trigger insomnia, so if a senior family member suddenly begins having trouble sleeping through the night, consult the doctor for an evaluation. If a senior wakes frequently, make sure the bedroom contains a comfortable chair and low-level lights for reading or another nonstimulating activity such as knitting or completing crossword puzzles. Avoid using tablet computers or cell phones during these episodes because their “blue light” emission is known to inhibit drowsiness. If these techniques don’t work, and a senior family member experiences insomnia that causes you to sacrifice your own sleep for weeks or months on end, it might be time to call in a professional. Caregivers can provide overnight supervision of sleepless seniors so you can get a decent night’s rest without worrying about (See Caregiving, Page 12)
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 11
‘Good Vibrations’ The Beach Boys, November 1966 “We’re gonna have either the biggest hit in the world, or the Beach Boys’ career is over.” - band member Bruce Johnston Only Brian Wilson believed in it; everyone else in the group hated “Good Vibrations.” It wasn’t what their fans expected, they argued. It ran too long for radio airplay. Mainly, it was just plain weird. The Beach Boys had become superstars with hits about surfing, hot rods, summer fun and romance. Why mess with a winning formula? But leader Brian insisted he knew what he was doing, that they were all on the verge of something really, really big! Still, Mike Love put off writing the “trippy” lyrics until the day he drove to the recording studio. In his autobiography, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Brian explained his interest in cosmic vibrations. “My mom told me dogs discriminate between people. They like some because the people give off good vibrations. They bite others because they give off bad vibrations.” Early in 1966, Wilson felt he could create a masterpiece about some good, good, good, good vibrations. When the other Beach Boys hit the tour road that Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a rootcanal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
By Randal Hill firstname.lastname@example.org
summer, Brian stayed behind. Now he had the time to stretch out in the recording studio, push beyond boundaries, perhaps set new standards with his music. Into his mix went such eclectic musical instruments as a fuzz bass, a clarinet, a cello, and a harp, as well as an eerie-sounding electronic device called a theremin, a forerunner of the synthesizer. He later admitted, “I threw everything I could think of into the stew.” With no lyrics to guide him, Wilson spent six months in four different studios with a rainbow of new sounds swirling in his head,
everything wrapped around rich Beach Boys harmonies. “Good Vibrations” unfolded in three elaborate, highly textured phases that required numerous studio musicians. (The Beach Boys played no instruments this time.). Randomly taped chord changes and musical bits and pieces melded into a mosaic of fragments that he called “feels.” Dennis Wilson rehearsed the lead vocal, but when he contracted laryngitis, brother Carl stepped in at the last minute -- and nailed it. Later, Brian mixed the track four different times. When he had finished, “Good Vibrations” clocked in at an extremely long 3:35.
The tune, which began as Wilson’s now-iconic psyche70 disjointed hours of re- delic symphony. corded tape, cost Capitol Records $50,000 – more than $350,000 in today’s money -- and became the most expensive single ever recorded. In the end, though, Brian proved himself right. Released that October, “Good Vibrations” moved “We need to talk… 100,000 records in its first about Synergy HomeCare’s four days, shot to Number Arthritis Care Program.” One in both America and Scheduling, transportation & companionship for shopping England, and to date has & errands reportedly sold 16 million Watchful care during recovery copies. from routine treatments This was not just another Changing linens, laundry seven-inch plastic disc of & ironing music but a sonic masterAssistance with gardening piece and one of the finest & light exercise pop-music productions ever. Housekeeping, meal preparation and nutrition With its ethereal layering Help with bathing, dressing of melody and harmony, & personal care “Good Vibrations” showed Call for a free consultation the world how rock ‘n’ roll could be elevated to a valid art form, the indisputable proof being found in Brian
Quality End of Life Care
• Full-Time Medical Director
HOPE DIGNITY LOVE
• Pain & Symptom Management • 24 Hour Support for Patient & Family • Grief Recovery / Counseling Center
(806) 795-2751 or (800) 658-2648
Page 12 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
Golden Gazette Crossword Puzzle ACROSS
1. Lustful 6. Entreaty 10. Brassiere 13. Look for 14. Something lent 15. Tailless amphibian 16. Biogenesis 18. Posterior 19. Inquire of 20. Eurasian crow 21. Essay 23. Large cat 24. Garment 25. Elephant keeper 28. Act of furnishing bail 31. An abyss 32. The main force or impact 33. Fish eggs 34. Throw 35. Departing 36. Steals from 37. Exclamation of contempt
3 8. Monetary unit of Sweden 39. Shed feathers 40. Infinite time 42. Hesitates 43. Full of reeds 44. Rave 45. Wedgelike tool 47. German economist and socialist 48. French vineyard 51. Positions 52. Like an olive 55. Republic in SW Asia 56. Call to mind 57. Nimble 58. Comrade 59. Bottom of ship’s hull 60. Shades
1. Hindu music 2. Inspires dread 3. Stool pigeon 4. Caliginous 5. Rare metallic element
6. Abdomen of a crustacean 7. Watch 8. Organ of hearing 9. Any unnamed object 10. Rough and noisy 11. Wife of a rajah 12. Increases 15. Unit of heat 17. Shout in derision 22. Sword handle 23. Something that is lost 24. Sweatbox 25. Dull surface 26. Concerning 27. Hilarious 28. Salty 29. Aristocratic 30. Trials 32. Pillage 35. Traffic jam 36. Defeat decisively 38. Leg joint 39. Tailless domestic cat 41. Gum
4 2. Monetary unit of Yugoslavia 44. Entangle 45. Cut 46. Israeli round dance 47. Microscopic arachnid 48. Money
4 9. Dominion 50. Employs 53. Falsehood 54. Self-esteem Solution on P. 21
Caregiving during the night made easier (Continued from Page 10 )
your loved one’s safety. 4. Alzheimer’s disease Many seniors with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia engage in rummaging behavior during the night. Some theories suggest rummaging is tied to anxiety, but the behavior could have any number of triggers. While you may not be able to eliminate this behavior entirely, you can strive to manage the situation and get the senior returned to bed by: * Removing all dangerous objects such as scissors from the rummaging area. * Creating a safe rummage bag, drawer or even
room (like a walk-in closet). The rummage bag should include the types of item the senior seems to enjoy sorting through. Often this includes clothing, such as socks. Observe the senior’s behavior to get a sense of what types of objects they like to handle, and include these in the bag. * When the senior awakens to rummage at night, direct him to the designated bag, drawer or room. Do not disturb the rummaging. Keep lights low. Nighttime safety tips for all conditions No matter why a senior rises at night, consider several general safety practices to
avoid a fall or other accident. * Create adequate lowlevel lighting. This might mean installing several nightlights, mounting stickon LED lights beneath cabinets, or even securing rope lights to the floor or stair steps to illuminate safe walking paths. Be sure rope lights do not become a trip hazard. * Use a baby monitor to hear a senior moving around at night. Place the monitor in the most strategic location for your needs. For instance, if you are not concerned about the senior moving around his own bedroom, you don’t need to put a baby monitor there. However, if
you want to be alerted should the senior enter the kitchen, then place the monitor there. * Consider a bed alarm if a senior has advanced dementia and wanders. These devices alert you if the senior leaves the bed. * Consider bringing in outside help. Professional caregivers can provide overnight supervision, toileting assistance, and more. This oversight can help a senior
avoid falling or injury in another way. You give so much through caregiving, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your sleep. Family caregivers who experience chronic sleeplessness face a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other medical conditions. - www.caregiverstress. com
Raising teenagers is like nailing Jello to a tree. Wrinkles don’t hurt. Families are like fudge -- mostly sweet, with a few nuts. Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground. Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 13
City of Lubbock recognized for financial reporting est form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to the association. The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and the Young Pro- demonstrating a construcfessionals of Lubbock proudly announce the 2016 Twenty tive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its Under Forty award recipients. financial story and motivate Elaina Albarez, Goodwill Industries of NW Texas potential users and user Kody Bessent, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. groups to read the report. Sarah Bevers, United Supermarkets The City of Lubbock AcJeremy Cortez, Talkington School for counting Department was Young Women Leaders recognized for preparing the Missi Currier, Texas Tech University award-winning report at the Matt Ernst, RAMAR Communications Shaili Felton, Covenant Medical Group Eric Finley, UMC Health System Drew Gray, Stellar Family of Companies Erin Justyna, Texas Tech University Gulrez Khan, Vista College Ashley Knox, South Plains Mall Kristin Murray, Arbor Hotels Amy Punchard, First United Bank Miles Seybert, First United Bank Stacy Stockard, Texas Tech Transportation & Parking Services Justin Sullivan, United Supermarkets dba Praters Patricia Vitela, Texas Tech University Jake Webb, Centennial Bank This initiative aims to recognize outstanding individuals under the age of 40 who exemplify leadership in their careers, while actively participating in the community. Award winners will be honored at a banquet on Nov. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Llano Estacado Winery. For more information, contact Amy Marquez at 806-761-7000 or by email at email@example.com. Individual tickets are available online at LubbockChamber.com. For more information about the Young Professionals of Lubbock, visit www.yplubbock.org.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Lub-
bock for its comprehensive annual financial report. This marks the 12th consecutive year the city has received this award. The Certificate of Achievement is the high-
20 Under 40 Award Recipients announced
My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. - Jimmy Durante
Oct. 13 meeting of the Lubbock City Council. “Not all cities prepare the CAFR in-house – it is prepared by external auditors for them. However, the City of Lubbock prepares the CAFR in-house and is the result of many long hours on the part of several employees,” said Linda Cuellar, acting executive director of finance.
“FY 2015 was more challenging due to the implementation of the new pension accounting standard,” Cuellar said. “We not only implemented the standard, but received no comments regarding any corrections that need to be made for next year. So, I am pleased that we received the award again this year.”
EXIT REALTY OF LUBBOCK
2405 W. Loop 289 • Lubbock, TX 79407 Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated
806-759-8260 www.806moves.com Jeff@ExitLubbock.com
Jeff Prather REALTOR®
Page 14 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
Golden Gazette â€˘ November 2016 â€˘ Page 15
Leadership Lubbock class announced Gilbert nominated for National Advisor of the Year The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2017 Leadership Lubbock class that will begin with a mandatory full-day orientation on Jan. 18. Since its inception in 1976, Leadership Lubbock has continued to provide a leadership and community orientation program for selected Chamber business leaders.
This program provides a source of leaders for the Lubbock Community by ensuring that Leadership Lubbock participants receive necessary community information/orientation and leadership skills. Leadership Lubbock is open to members of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and they are selected through an application process.
Members of the Leadership Lubbock class of 2017: Philip Archinal, Suddenlink Communications Sonia Arismendez, Peoples Bank Texas Haily Assiter, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Robin Averhoff, Covenant Health Eileen Barker, StarCare Specialty Health System Sarah Bevers, United Supermarkets Jerry Brewer, Lubbock Police Department Christopher Coke, Centennial Bank Lindsey Diaz, Lubbock County Curtis Earl, EAKOM Engineering & Consulting Matt Ernst, RAMAR Communications Laura Beth Fossett, Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney Chase Gentry, Great Plains Distributors Jacob Gray, Benchmark Business Solutions, Inc. Ben Hart, Texas Tech Federal Credit Union Ashton Haynes, RPC CPAs + Consultants, LLP Melissa Huse, TXP Capital, LLC Brandi Ivey, StarCare Specialty Health System Jessica Jolly, FirstCare Health Plans Courtney Killian, RD Thomas Advertising Mike Lambert, Feed and Thangs Farm Store Stacey Lemons, Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC - SW Region
Yvonne Limon, Lee Lewis Construction, Inc. Zach Long, Field, Manning, Stone, Hawthorne & Aycock, P.C. Elizabeth Massengale, Texas Tech University Josh McKeever, Western Bank Carlos Mendoza, Llano Logistics/ United Supermarkets Murvat Musa, Reese Technology Center Tanner Noble, Century 21 John Walton Realtors Charles Parks, Wells Fargo Bank Andrew Paxton, City of Lubbock Myndee Pool, Mpressions Vicki Ramirez, Wells Fargo Bank Brian Riedel, Prosperity Bank Kimmy Shatley, Lubbock National Bank Neal Spradlin, Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, LLP Andrea Wade, Officewise Furniture & Supply Peter Warrick, Atmos Energy Misti Welch, American Cancer Society Lair Wells, Robert Madden Industries Nathan White, Lubbock Police Department Ryan Wilkens, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc. Mark Williams, Sanford & Tatum Marcus Wooley, Ferguson Enterprises Matt Zimmerman, Bustos Law Firm, PC
The Texas Association of Student Councils named Lisa Gilbert, student council advisor at Irons Middle School, as the state nominee for the Warren Shull National Student Council Advisor of the Year. Gilbert is an active student council advisor who has guided her council to numerous Outstanding Student Council and Sweepstakes Awards. Under her leadership, Ed Irons served as the host school for the TASC Middle Level Annual Conference, and she was elected to the TASC Board of Directors in 2015. Gilbert is a frequent presenter
at TASC Conferences and is the TASC Leadership Consultant for the TASC summer leadership workshop at Austin Lisa Gilbert College. TASC is the largest student leadership organization in the United States, and Gilbert represents those council advisors across the state who give of their time and knowledge to ensure student success.
Page 16 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
A Blue Ribbon Gift to all from Granny With all of the upcoming holidays and parties, I thought you may all want to make and enjoy my Blue Ribbon winning confections from this years’ South Plains Fair. This recipe has been a favorite of mine for so many years I can’t even remember how far back it goes. However, this is the first year I’ve entered these apricot confections in the culinary division of the South Plains Fair. They are so yummy but it still was a surprise to be a 1st place winner. My daughter, son-in-law, and I made the road trip to San Antonio for my great-granddaughter’s 2nd birthday. My granddaughter invited 40 guests, including the parents of all the adorable toddlers. I still had some left over “dough mixture” of this recipe in my fridge (it keeps for several weeks refrigerated or even longer in the freezer) and decided to take it to San Antonio and serve them to all the adults. Needless to say, these delicious morsels disappeared in no time at all. Everybody loved them! So here’s my 2016 Holiday gift to you. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Granny
No Bake amaretto apricot Balls 1 lg. box vanilla wafers 2 (6oz) pkgs. dried apricots ½ c. amaretto liqueur 1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 ½ c. chopped pecans 1 c. flaked coconut Powdered sugar
Chop apricots to small bits. Place into a Tupperware type container with a tight fitting lid and pour liquor over chopped apricots. Cover with lid and shake several times over 3-4 hours. You may then leave them overnight until the apricots are plumped and have absorbed the liqueur. Process the vanilla wafers into crumbs in a blender or food processor; then pour into a large mixing bowl. Pour marinated apricots into crumb mixture and mix well. Pour in ½ of Eagle Brand milk and mix well with a wooden spoon. Add coconut and finely chopped pecans and rest of Eagle Brand milk; mix well and at this point if mixture does not hold together to form ¾ inch ball, a little more liqueur may be added. Pour powdered sugar into a shallow bowl or sturdy paper plate can be used. Start rolling apricot balls into about a ¾ inch size and then roll in the powdered sugar to coat all over. Place balls in a large tin (with lid) and line bottom and in between each layer with waxed paper. Store in covered tin for 2 days to ripen. This recipe yields 5-6 dozen balls depending on size. These keep well in tins or freezer. For storage purposes any container may be used as long as it has a tight-fitting lid and the layers are separated with waxed paper.
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 17
Nov. 1 - All Saint’s Day Nov. 2 - Look for Circles Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. Nov. 3 - Men Make Dinner Day Nov. 4 - King Tut Day Holiday Extravaganza, benefiting Lubbock Meals on Wheels and other charities. At the Community Christian Church, 3417 96th St. Nov. 5 - Book Lovers Day Holiday Extravaganza, benefiting Lubbock Meals on Wheels and other charities. At the Community Christian Church, 3417 96th St. Fall Plant Sale begins at 9 a.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave, 797-4520. Fiber Arts Society – crochet and knit at the Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 401-6441 for more info. Nov. 6 - Saxophone Day Time Change Nov. 7 - Day for Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Nov. 8 - Election Day Lubbock Area Amputee Support
Group -- Furrs’ Cafeteria, 6001 Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Red Raider Room; purchase your own meal (or you do not have to eat); call 806-748-5870 for more info. Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group – Rawlings Senior Center, 213 40th St., Lubbock, at 10:30 a.m. Meet with those who understand. A safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia. alz.org/westtexas Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Center, 4215 S. University. For more info, 788-0856. Meets the 2nd Tuesday each month. Nov. 9 - Chaos Never Dies Nov. 10 - Forget-Me-Not Day Nov. 11 - Veteran’s Day New Neighbors auction & bake sale, 9:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Country Club, 4011 N. Boston. Cost is $20. To attend, call Judy Carnes at 806-407-3028 or e-mail newneighbors@ymail. com. Nov. 12 - Chicken Soup for the Soul Day Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. $5 ad-
mission for members, $7 for non members. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www.SquareDanceLubbockTx.com. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. Tanya Meadows, marketing director with the American Wind Power Center will speak. $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. Second Saturday Program – 10 a.m.. Plant Propagation given by Dr. Thayne Montague, associate professor of horticulture, at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave, 797-4520. Baby Sitter Training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $60, ages 13+. This workshop will cover 2 hours of babysitting techniques, training and recruiting customers, followed by 2 hrs of CPR instruction. Bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration required by noon Nov.
11, Hodges Community Center, 4011 University. Nov. 13 - World Kindness Nov. 14 - Operating Room Nurse Day UMC Better Breathers Club -- a support group for people with chronic lung disease such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Joining is free. Learn to manage your lung disease and live better. Meets the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UMC Activities Center at 5217 82nd Street, 82nd & Slide in Rockridge Plaza. Nov. 15 - America Recycles Nov. 16 - National Fast Food Healthy Aging Lecture Series - Garrison Institute on Aging – “The Basics of Alzheimer’s” by Hannah Ives, with the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 to 5 p.m. at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th, Academic Classroom Bldg, Room 100. Free event, snacks provided. Call 743-7821 for more info. Nov. 17 - World Peace Day Holiday Happening, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Nov. 18 - Occult Day Holiday Happening, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
Nov. 19 - Adoption Day Wolfforth Once-a-month Craft Fair - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wolfforth Library Meeting Room, 508 E. Hwy 62/82 in Wolfforth; Free admission; Handmade items / baked goods / direct sales. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. Jennifer Trengove with the American Red Cross will speak. $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. Holiday Happening, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Nov. 20 - Universal Children’s Day Turkey Trot Scramble, 1-5 p.m., $5, Lots of play for adults and juniors, Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center, 3030 66th St. Holiday Happening, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Nov. 21 - World Hello Day Nov. 21-23 - Thanksgiving Camp, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,
(See Enriching Lives, Page 20)
An online source of information designed to assist family caregivers in gaining information and insight during the journey of caregiving.
The source of information that will empower you to maximize satisfaction for the rest of your life.
806-744-2220 email: info@WordPub.com
HelpingCaregivers.com Committed to Caring for Caregivers
Page 18 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
How Should You Use Retirement Plan Distributions? By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs During your working years, you are (hopefully) putting money into your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. But once you’ve retired, how can you maximize the benefits you get from these plans? First of all, you need to be aware of the rules governing withdrawals from your retirement plans. If you are older than 59½, you can withdraw money from your traditional IRA without paying penalties, though the withdrawals will typically be taxable. But once you reach 70½, you generally must start taking “required minimum distributions” (RMDs) from
these accounts, with the annual amount determined by your age, the account balance, and other factors. The situation is different with a Roth IRA. If you are the original account holder, you are not required to withdraw funds from your Roth IRA at any age. You can choose to withdraw your contributions at any time, tax and penalty free. To withdraw your earnings tax and penalty free, you generally must have owned the account for at least five years and have reached age 59½.) So, assuming you do have a traditional IRA and a 401(k) or similar plan, what should you do with the RMDs? You’ll probably require at least some of these distributions for your living expenses, but if you don’t
need it all, what should you do with the “excess”? Here’s one suggestion: As part of your overall retirement investment portfolio strategy, you can reinvest the money into these three “buckets”: Near-term income bucket – For this bucket, you’re not concerned with high returns – you just want the money to be there when you need it for expenses and unexpected costs, such as a major car repair, a new furnace, and so on. It’s always a good idea to have an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses – and your short-term income bucket could be an ideal source to help build such a fund. Medium-term income bucket – During retirement,
you can probably never have too many sources of income, so you may want to fill a bucket with intermediate- and long-term bonds, which make regular interest payments. Long-term income bucket — Even when you’re retired, you will need some growth potential in your portfolio to help keep you ahead of inflation in the long run. So this bucket should be filled, not surprisingly, with growth-oriented investments. These investments can fluctuate in value, but as long as you don’t need to tap into them in a hurry, you may be able to avoid taking withdrawals when the price is down.
In addition to this “bucket” approach, you do have other options for your RMDs. For example, you could give your grown children some financial assistance, possibly for help in funding their IRAs. Or, you could contribute to a college-savings vehicle, such as a 529 plan, for your grandchildren. And you can always make charitable contributions, which allow you to support worthwhile organizations and, by doing so, earn some potential tax benefits. Clearly, you can do a lot with your RMDs. And you worked hard for them – so make sure they work just as hard for you.
I was visiting my daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper. “This is the 21st century” she said. “We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, use my iPad.” I can tell you this, that friggin fly never knew what hit him.
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 19
Optimism about the future of health care There’s always something to learn from looking in the rear view mirror. That goes for health as well as many other walks of life like career, relationships, and child rearing. I choose to laugh as we notice all of the folly in our lives. Otherwise, we might cry. When I was a child, it was very popular to remove children’s tonsils. I had mine out when I was 19 years old. I don’t remember us asking if there wasn’t something we could do to keep my tonsils. It never occurred to me, at that time, that I don’t have any spare parts. They appeared to be offending me, so we cut them out. Fast forward to 2016, and I can’t remember the last time I heard of a child having tonsils removed. Can you? And then there was butter. Remember how we were supposed to take all of the fat out of our diets? Fat was bad for you, would make you have a heart attack, and it would make you fat. And now, the talk is all about how we need to have enough fat in our diets. We are deficient in the “right” kinds of fats, and that makes us be fatigued. Our mind isn’t as sharp, and we are fatter when we don’t eat enough fat. And because we took fat out of the diet, we are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D Until I was 13, I thought my name was ShutUp. - Joe Namath
is a fat-soluble vitamin we only get in food that has fat. However, the sun is our body’s partner in giving us the vitamin D we need. I can’t blame it all on taking fat out of the diet. At about the same time, we decided that the sun is bad for us, and we need to wear sunscreen all the time so we don’t get the bad rays. However, no one talks about the fact that the rays the sunscreen blocks are not the rays that cause cancer. Nonetheless, we quit eating fat and wore sunscreen and now we are vitamin D deficient. That plan, to avoid the sun and fat in the diet, clearly didn’t work. And if you have noticed, we Americans are fatter than ever. I wonder about our creator from a perspective of the greater plan. Would we be given a sun that gives us wonderful sunshine if we should avoid it? The sun has been here much longer than we have, and sunshine seems so natural. What about all of those who came before us? Before you think I am a sunbather, I am not. I have sensitive, redheaded complexion. I know I have to limit sun exposure, but I did that long before we
had sunscreen. I don’t tan, just burn.. Common sense is needed. And the pendulum does tend to swing one-way and then the other. Sometimes we have to stand back and ask, “Does that make sense?” If we could fast forward 50 years into our future, I wonder what we will know then that we don’t know now about what is good or not so good for the body? What are we doing now that we will laugh about in the future? Frankly, I am very optimistic about the future of health care. If you have a bum knee, I’ll bet they won’t be doing replacements. They will have more options that we have today. The cutting edge today is to do PRP, which is protein rich plasma, injections along with stem cells. Would you rather have a few injections or would you rather have a construction crew work on your knee? I’d rather have a few shots. I believe that better options are coming our way from medicine. But these options do not take the place of taking care of ourselves to the best of our ability. We
know that it is wonderful to have a replaced knee, but it isn’t better than having the original knee when it was working correctly. I would prefer to keep all of my parts, and at the same time would be appreciative of a new part if I had to have one. I’m going to let you in on a secret.
I am taking a treatment that, I’m sure most of you haven’t heard about. I hadn’t until recently. And because you are my trusted readers, I will let you see for yourself the results. Be sure to read this column in two months when I will let the cat out of the bag.
HOUSECALLS • Tired of sitting at the doctor’s office? • Do you find it difficult to find a ride to your appointments? • Are you ready to have your healthcare on your own terms? • Take advantage of this covered MEDICARE service and let our physicians and nurse practitioners provide your primary medical care in your HOME. Brought to you by
L ubbock F amily Medicine
and schedule a housecall today.
What a difference your lunch hour can make! Once a week, or once a month, use your lunch hour to deliver a hot, nutritious meal to someone who is homebound.
You will make their day, and they will make yours. Call
806-792-7971 for more info.
Lubbock Meals on Wheels www.LubbockMealsOnWheels.org
Page 20 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
(Continued from Page 17)
Ages 6-12, Regular Rate $51/ child, Scholarship Rate $25.50/ child. Fun-filled days of arts and crafts, movies, games, & more. Bring a sack lunch; snack included. Registration required by noon, Nov. 18. Space is limited. Locations: Rawlings Center, 213 40th St., 767-2704; Simmons Center, 2004 Oak Ave., 767-2708; Trejo Supercenter, 3200 Amherst, 767-2705; Hodges Center, 4011 University, 767-3706; Maxey Center, 4020 30th St., 767-3796 Nov. 22 - Go For a Ride Day Nov. 23 - Tie-One-On Day Nov. 24 - All Our Uncles
are Monkeys Day Thanksgiving Day Nov. 25 - Buy Nothing Day Nov. 26 - Shopping Reminder Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. $5 admission for members, $7 for non members. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www.SquareDanceLubbockTx.com. Nov. 27 - Pins & Needles Day Nov. 28 - French Toast Day Nov. 29 - Square Dance Day Nov. 30 - Stay At Home Because You’re Well Day
Personalized Service for YOU.
• Medicare Advantage • Medicare Supplements • Health and Life Insurance James M. Hoodenpyle Independent Agent
firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 806-763-8482; Cell 806-778-1106
Coming in December Dec. 1 - Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Tickets are $50. Call the Chamber at 806-761-7000 or email Sheri Nugent at sheri. email@example.com. Dec. 2 & 3 - Kris Kringle Sale! Mahon Library Basement, 1306 9th St., 9 to 5 Friday and Saturday. Newly restocked books for sale. Friends of the Lubbock Public Library. Dec. 8 - The annual Lake Ridge Ladies Christmas Tour from 10-2 and 5-8. Tour some of the most beautifully decorated homes for the holiday season. Tickets are $15 & can be purchased by calling Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers at 806-698-8085. Dec. 10 – Miracles Christmas Parade Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.
Ingredients 3 cups cranberries 1 cup chopped pecans 2 cups sugar 2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons milk Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
Directions Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Generously grease a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Spread cranberries and pecans over bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the sugar. In a medium mixing bowl beat eggs with an electric mixer on high speed until foamy. Add remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, melted butter, and milk; beat on low speed just until combined (batter will be thick). Carefully spread batter over cranberries and nuts. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until top is brown and a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack at least 30 minutes. To serve, spoon warm cake into dessert dishes, cranberry side up. If desired, top with sweetened whipped cream. - Makes 12 servings.
Standards: Best or lesser 806-745-5800
The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the-bestversion-of-ourselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends. No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help make them great. We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 21
• Want Ads • Want Ads • Want Ads • Want Ads • RAINBOW DELIVERY SERVICE 745-6406
We will do your grocery shopping, pharmacy pickup, carry your beloved pet to your vet or groomer. Give us a call before all time slots are taken. Call 7456406. 12/16
LADIES gOLf CLuBS
Right handed. Lady Tour Brand. Call 806-785-1991. 4/16
SENIOR CARE @ COVENANt
Sign up for SeniorCare at Covenant. Benefits include medical, educational, and social. Call 806-725-4218.
Shelled pecans, $7 per pound. 6/16 Call 806-799-1549.
Full-time retiree for part-time work Join our staff on the Golden Gazette. We're looking for a highly motivated, self-starter to assist on advertising sales for the Golden Gazette. Must take an active part in contacting businesses, be a team player, and have own transportation. Work on commission basis.
Call 744-2220 or come by 1310 Avenue Q
Parttime local delivery route driver needed. Work Monday through Friday. Plaza Cleaners. Call 806-438-5834. 3/16
SOmEONE NEEDS A mEAL
Our volunteers deliver a lot more than a meal. One hour a day, a week, or a month can make a difference. Lubbock Meals on Wheels. Call 806-792-7971.
The Golden Gazette can come to you. Subscribe for one year for $24; two years for $48. Mail your address and check to: Golden Gazette, 1310 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401. rtn
SELLINg CEmEtERY pLOtS
Plots located in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Pampa, TX. In Garden of Good Shepard area are 4 plots. Reasonable $1,000 for 2 plots or $1,800 for all 4. Negotiable. Call 806-2208239. 2/16
Resthaven Inspiration -- Section U, 2 side-by-side plots. $5,000. for both. Seller will pay transfer fee. Call John at 806-4376120. 3/16
SENIOR VISION CARE
One Resthaven plot for sale. Section O, Lot 219, Space 1, Make me an offer!. Call 806762-3600. 8/14
hAVE ADVERtISINg SALES ExpERIENCE?
Have advertising sales experience? Want to sell advertising for the Golden Gazette? Come by 1310 Avenue Q and complete an application or bring a resume that lists at least 3 references. 3/16 806-744-2220.
Dr. Michael J. Dunn has provided Lubbock with 36 years of quality vision care. Call 745-2222.
“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” - IrvIn S. Cobb
CmA/CAREgIVER AVAILABLE fOR pRIVAtE SENIOR hOmE CARE
“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” - Samuel JohnSon
I have 13 years experience in all aspects of senior care. I am extremely reliable and have excellent references. References and resume will be provided upon request. If you or a family member is in need of senior assistance, please contact me at 806-507-0312. 10/16
10 for up to 30 words
10¢ per word above 30. Ads must be received & paid for by the 20th of the month for the next month’s issue. Email: email@example.com Fax to: 806-744-2225 Mail to: Word Publications 1310 Avenue Q
Lubbock, TX 79401
“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” - Paul KeatIng You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him/her. Old age is coming at a really bad time.
Subscribe to the
Please enter my subscription to the Gazette:
News and features mailed to you at the first of each month. Subscribe to Lubbock’s Senior Newspaper. Clip and mail the attached form along with your subscription check.
One Year Subscription for $24 Two Year Subscription for $48
Mail my copy of the Golden Gazette to:
Name ___________________________________ Address _________________________________
1310 Avenue Q Lubbock, TX 79401
Golden Gazette newspapers are distributed free at 70 locations throughout Lubbock.
Enclosed is my subscription check.
Page 22 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
Physical therapy achieves long-term benefits
Physical Therapy TODAY (PTT) is a locally owned outpatient physical and occupational therapy provider in Lubbock that includes highly trained and experienced hand therapy, pelvic health therapy, balance & vestibular evaluation, and specific training. PTT has been opened for 13 years and has received the Best of the West and the Best of Lubbock in physical therapy for all 13 years. PTT works with all area physicians and strives to be the best by providing the most efficient quality of care, striving for the best outcomes, and going the extra mile to see that every patient has a great overall
experience. PTT has always prided itself on being the best with customer service, extra clean facilities, walk-in appointments, 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. appointments available Monday through Friday, and convenient verification and billing insurances. PTT state-of-the-art equipment includes 21 underwater treadmills, Biodex balance testing and training platforms, PTT exclusive freestep cable with harness and track for safe balance and gait training, four heated pools for aquatic therapy, Alter G high performance treadmills, and the best cybex weight equipment and cardio machines.
The four locations include 2431 South Loop (next to McDonald’s), 6202 82nd St., 4312 19th (Crossroads Shopping Center), and the NorthStar location at 4642 N.Loop 289 Ste. 205. Ask your doctor about physical therapy. Wellness TODAY is a large medical gym with educated and encouraging staff that provides dietary consultation with dieticians, personalized training, Silver Sneakers classes, an indoor walking track, and more. Wellness Today is located in front of PTT at 2431 S. Loop 289. Call PTT at 771-8008 or Wellness Today at 771-8010. Start feeling better today.
5 ways to regulate sleep in dementia People with severe dementia sometimes begin to sleep more by day, only to awaken at night. The day-night mix-ups can disrupt an entire household. Some tactics to cope: 1. Mention changing sleep habits to the doctor. You want to rule out causes other than the progression of dementia (such as an infection or depression), since this change doesn’t happen with everyone. 2. Beef up bedtime routine. Habitual events like drinking warm milk, listening to soft music, and so on can provide sleep “cues” even if the person has slept earlier.
3. Use “wake cues” to shorten daytime naps. These include not closing shades in the room, not keeping things extra quiet, and letting the phone ring several times before answering. 4. Don’t let naps take place in bed. The sofa or a recliner will usually ensure shorter naps. 5. Make sure your loved one is exposed to daylight. In later dementia, people tend to be more bedbound and housebound. Getting morning light is important to help regulate the body’s internal clock, so try taking a walk or pushing the person in a wheelchair or sitting on a sunny porch. - Source: caring.com
If You Have Medicare Questions, We Have Answers!
Ask One of Our Licensed Insurance Agents Today Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Walk in's are welcome
1901 W Loop 289 # 8
Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 23
The rush is on - get ready for it By Margaret Merrell No matter where or how we spent the summer, we immediately put ourselves into a higher gear to prepare for the return to school and work. The next challenge comes from how quickly the calendars are filled with so many school activities along with traditional holidays and dates to recall and honor. One holiday that has had many changes over the years is Halloween. The gradual take over by the commercial world has been welcomed by busy parents and store owners. However, we know there are many members of families who miss the fun of prepar-
ing for Halloween in the homes. Children were involved with the making of their own, one-of-a-kind costume and keeping it secret until the night of trick or treating. Preparing the treats is a delightful time for all members of the family. Making cookies and candies, popping bags of popcorn are traditional. Here we are keeping up with all the parties and tailgating dates for all of the many football games. Some time is spent getting a place on the calendar for the many fairs, concerts, and arts and crafts shows in the area. Somehow, we stay on the
5 foods that help you sleep 1. Cherries. Fresh and dried cherries are one of the
only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep. 2. Bananas. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin. 3. Toast. Carbohydrate-rich foods trigger insulin production, which induces sleep by speeding up the release of tryptophan and serotonin, two brain chemicals that relax you and send you to sleep. 4. Oatmeal. Like toast, a bowl of oatmeal triggers a rise in blood sugar, which in turn triggers insulin production and the release of sleep-inducing brain chemicals. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which many people take as a sleep aid. 5. Warm milk. Like bananas, milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which turns to 5-HTP and releases relaxing serotonin. It’s also high in calcium, which promotes sleep. - Source: caring.com
run through it all, and if we are lucky, we have a few days to catch our breath and start preparing and planning for Thanksgiving. It is gratifying to see that many of our old traditions for Thanksgiving have not been lost. Schools and church groups remind us of the first dinner the pilgrims and Indians shared in peace. Many of us can recall the costumes worn in the many plays and presentations of the first Thanksgiving. Maybe you wore one. This time the fall rush includes many things happening in the world around us, especially here in our own country. Once the election of a new President for our beloved United States of America is over, we will have our traditional Thanksgiving celebration and be thankful for all of our many blessings. Take a quick rest and be ready for another big rush. Christmas is right around the corner.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer I wish there was a way to donate fat like you can donate blood. I may not be Wonder Woman, but I can do things that make you wonder. Every important decision we make can be referenced to something in our life history. To fully understand our decisions, we must excavate the past.
Best In-Home Care We help seniors at home, because home is where the heart is.
How We Can Help
Our highly qualified and trained caregivers are ready to help you and your loved ones with a variety of daily activities such as:
• Caring companionship • Meal planning and preparation • Incidental transportation • Running errands • Light housekeeping • Medication reminders • Monitoring of safety while bathing • Assistance with bill paying • Information and referral services
Our personalized services are available seven days a week and can range from a few hours daily to 24 hours and live-in care.
Call for a free, no obligation appointment.
806.368.7985 The Senior’s Choice ® The nation’s largest network of independent senior care providers.
We are fully bonded, licensed and insured.
Best In-Home Care
9102 Vicksburg #25
Lubbock, TX 79424
A PlainsCapital Bank Safe Deposit Box provides cost-effective, secure storage for your most important documents and valuables. Visit PlainsCapital Bank at 50th & University or in the Carillon Windsong building to take advantage of exceptional customer service and our special Safe Deposit Box offer: Get a 3x5 Safe Deposit Box for just $15 a year, plus a one-time key deposit of $20.
Keep your valuables safe for only $15 a year
Call 795-7131 for additional sizes and prices.
A Proud Member of
Page 24 • November 2016 • Golden Gazette
Local music CD available
“Lubbock Music NOW” – a new annual project focused on the people who provide the soundtrack for our city – is available. It’s a compilation album of original music by local musicians. The CD ($15 plus tax) will be sold in all United, Market Street and Amigos stores in Lubbock. Limited Edition Lubbock Music NOW 2016 T-Shirts are $15 plus tax. Local artists submitted studio-produced original songs for a chance to be included on the Lubbock Music NOW 2016 album. Out of more than 60 songs submitted, the final selections were made by the past and current members of the Texas Branch of The Recording Academy (Texas Grammy Board). This year’s winners are Don’t Fret - Wally Moyers Pieces - Ryan Todd Garza
Day After Day - Alma Quartet Working Hard - Caleb Jude Green As the Drifting Rains Encircle - Morri Hartgraves’ Flea Market Pickers I Can’t Sleep Through The winning artwork for the Lubbock Music NOW CD cover was submitted by Ashley This - Derek Saed of Smyer. Bohl Tonto - Jim Dixon Cicada - Curtis Peoples Long Hot Texas Summer Collective You & Me - Cathy Whit- - Ron Riley Country Jamboree - David ten Curfew - Fellow Ameri- Brandon All proceeds from sales can Devil’s Hand - Dustin of the CD and shirts will go to Civic Lubbock, Inc. to be Garrett Rare Flower - Hannah invested in local music projects including future years of Jackson Lubbock Music NOW. Wildfire - Hogg Maulies lubbockmusicnow@civiDying Day - Phlip Cogclubbock.com gins
First Friday Art Trail set for Nov. 4 Lubbock’s First Friday Art Trail, a program of LHUCA (the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts) is held on the first Friday of every month in venues around the city. Galleries, restaurants and businesses will open from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 free of charge to display local and regional visual and performing art. A free trolley service to and from venues is offered in the downtown area. The First Friday Art Trail works to promote art and outreach within the community of Lubbock by provid-
ing an opportunity to enjoy fine art and entertainment. For more information on the First Friday Art Trail, visit www.ffat.org. Celebración will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery at the Buddy Holly Center through Nov. 13. This exhibition of artwork explores the history and meaning behind the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It will include works by local, regional, and national artists, working in the medium of their choice, and sharing their interpretation of Día de los Muertos.
THE MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT GUY Kelly Springer, LUTCF
806-995-5046 or fax 806-398-9200 Free Accidental Death Policy with Appointment
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Lubbock's Senior Newspaper