2014 Spring Senior Expo • Pg. 2 WELCOME TO THIS SPRING’S SENIOR EXPO Thanks for joining us at the Senior Expo. Whether you’re a first-time guest or a longtime visitor, we’re happy to have you here. Over the past 20+ years the Expos have become a tradition for area seniors. And they’re something that we and our exhibitors also await eagerly. Now held twice a year, the Senior Expos in Yakima keep gaining in quality and popularity. There’s always something new and different, which is what keeps bringing visitors back time after time. As always we have a great lineup of vendors and ser vice providers from all around Central Washington, all of whom have one thing in com mon: They love working with our valued “seasoned citizens.” You can find a little bit of everything here at the Expo. Maybe you’re interested in learning what options are available in local health care. Or maybe you’re looking at alternative living ar rangements des igned especially for seniors. Do you need good in vestment advice to strengthen your finances? Or help in planning a trip? The latest
in home imp rovem ents? Yo u ’ l l f i n d i t h e r e . The publication you’re read ing makes it easy to track down the people you want to see today. Read through it, then take it home after the Expo: It will be an easy refer ence when you’re looking for goods or services later. The phone numbers, addresses and descriptions are right at your fingertips. And remember: The companies you see at the Expo ar e her e bec ause they are interested in you. “The Senior Expo is Central Wa s h i n g t o n ’ s g r e a t e s t concentration of information of value to senior citizens,” said Central Washington Senior Times Publisher Bruce Smith, sponsor of the shows. “Whatever you’re interested in, you’r e likely to find somebody here to answer your questions,” he said. “It’s that kind of face-to-face interaction between vendors and consumers that makes these shows work so well.” By meeting these vendors and providers in person, and getting a clear idea of what they of fer, you don’t have to spend hours visiting or
calling individual businesses on your own. They’re right here under one roof. “It’s the simplicity that appeals to many of our senior visitors,” Smith said. “It’s a one-stop-shop ping approach, and it gives people a great oppor tunity to make com parisons. “Besides, it’s done in such a relaxed, informal and fun atmosphere that it becomes d o w nr i g h t e n j o ya b l e . ” Most Expo vendors are giving away free samples and gift items, so take the time to wander around and visit all of them. By the end of the day, you’ll have a big collection of “freebies” to take home with you. And don’t forget the popular Treasure Hunt game. Just complete the Treasure Hunt form and you’re automatically eligible for some great prizes. There’s one more important elem ent that makes the Senior Expo so successful — the seniors themselves. Have a great time meeting new friends.
Pg. 3 • 2014 Spring Senior Expo MODERATION IS KEY TO STAYING HEALTHY AS A SENIOR ATHLETE Aging affects multiple organ systems, from the heart and lungs to your bones and metabolism. Of all the changes, musculoskeletal issues have the most impact on the aging senior’s sport. These include: 1. An overall decrease in muscle and bone mass 2. Stiffening of muscles 3. Weakening of tendons and cartilage The good news is, staying physically active can help manage or prevent many medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and osteoarthritis. The key is avoiding total inactivity for any length of time, which can lead to loss of flexibility, strength and bone mass, as well as reduced heart function. Also important is allowing time for rest and recovery and modifying your activity.
CARE FOR INJURIES
To avoid chronic problems and longer rehabilitation times when an injury does occur, seek treatment immediately. Initial care consists of protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. This should be followed up by a guided and progressive rehabilitation program. Physical therapy should focus on restoring function and include range of motion, flexibility and strengthening exercises.
ARE YOU JUST GETTING STARTED?
If you’re a senior wants to become more physically active, start by talking to your doctor. Do this before you start any exercise routine so you can move ahead safely into a more active lifestyle. The following are generally recommended for seniors, depending on their ability: 1. Low-impact aerobic or endurance exercises such as walking, swimming and dancing 2. Strengthening exercises such as weight machines
As you age, it’s a matter of understanding your body’s cues and following some preventive measures. To prevent injury, seniors should: 1. Warm up. Both a good warm-up before, and cooldown after, every activity are critical. 2. Be consistent .This includes frequency, duration Continued on page 4� and intensity of your activity. 3. Alternate days of intensity. It’s good to push yourself sometimes, but not all the time. Alternate days of more intense activity with less strenuous workouts. Briarwood Commons is a senior/adult community that lets you experience a 4. Pay attention to the weather. Older unique and remarkable quality of life. We athletes need to be mindful of temperoffer spacious one bedroom apartments ature-related illness. Heat illness can where you can enjoy an atmosphere of peaceful living. occur because of an increased risk of dehydration, decreased sweat gland 1001 South Chestnut • Ellensburg function, and impaired blood flow in re509.933.1888 sponse to elevated core temperatures. briarwoodcommonsapts.com Medications, such as beta-blockers Call or stop by today to make and diuretics, also increase the risk Briarwood Commons your new home! of heat illness. 5. Eat right and stay hydrated. Amenities: Maintain proper nutrition and hydration Monthly Activities • W/D Hookups • Air Conditioning • Private Patio/Balcony Next to Hospital & Shopping • Garages • Swimming Pool to promote good health and optimal Senior Recreation Center • Bus & Shuttle Services athletic performance.
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or elastic bands. Be sure to get medical clearance and consider a personal trainer for proper technique. 3. Tai chi or senior yoga for balance, strength and flexibility by applying many of the same guidelines used by younger athletes for training, injury management and injury prevention -- and being more aware of the physical changes that occur as part of the maturation process -- the senior athlete can stay active for a lifetime. (WhatDoctorsKnow is a magazine devoted to up-to-the minute information on health issues from physicians, major hospitals and clinics, universities and health care agencies across the U.S. Online at www.whatdoctorsknow.com.) (c) 2014 WHATDOCTORSKNOW.COM DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.
PARSNIP FRITTATA WITH CHIVES AND PECORINO Serves 8 to 10 as a side dish
and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, pulling the sides in with a wooden spatula to distribute raw egg around the pan, until the center is curdlike but still wet. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until just Preheat the oven to 425 F. In a 12-inch ovenproof nonstick sauté cooked through. Invert the frittata onto a warmed serving pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until smoking. Add the parsnips and cook until platter, cut it into wedges, and serve. (Mario Batali is the award-winning chef behind they are very soft and golden brown, 8 to 10 twenty-four restaurants including Eataly, DelPosto, minutes. and his flagship Greenwich Village enoteca, Babbo. Meanwhile, mix the eggs, cheese and chives In this column, Mario answers questions submitted in a bowl, and season with salt and pepper. via social media and by people he encounters daily in Pour the egg mixture into the sauté pan Downtown Manhattan. Keep asking!) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 medium parsnips (approximately 12 ounces), peeled and cut into matchstick julienne 8 large eggs 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Pg. 5 • 2014 Spring Senior Expo RETIREMENT: STARTING OVER IN A NEW JOB Say you retired six months ago and claimed benefits, then went back to work full-time and don’t need t h e extra income. You can undo your claiming decision by repaying the money, as long as you do so within a year of enrolling. Given the pluses of waiting until age 70 to collect benefits, “it’s almost always worth paying the money back,” says Rande Spiegelman, vice-president of financial planning at the Schwab Center for Financial Research. (Jane Bennett Clark is a senior editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. And for more on this and similar money topics, visit Kiplinger.com.) (c) 2014 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance; Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
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When a new company took over the packaging company where Pat Baines was vice-president and asked him to transfer from Charlotte, N.C., to California, he chose early retirement, at age 62. That early retirement, plus paying for his sons’ higher education and the effects of two subsequent bear markets, left Pat and his wife, Bonnie, seriously short on retirement savings. Enter Baines’s second career, as a full-time mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. To bolster the couple’s savings, he shovels money into his pretax retirement account; they live off the rest of his pay, along with Social Security and a few modest pensions. Baines plans to retire for good in two years -- when he turns 80. Keeping the job you have is almost always easier than finding a new one, especially at age 66, says Tim Driver, of RetirementJobs.com, which lists jobs for people 50 and over. Still, some industries are waking up to the fact that many customers and clients prefer dealing with older workers. “The caregiver category is huge,” says Driver. “If you’re taking care of people in their eighties or nineties, you are typically rewarded for being a little older.” Other categories friendly to seniors include retail positions and driving gigs for, say, retirement communities. Eager to leave your career job for one that makes the world a better place? Check out the section at RetirementJobs.com that lists jobs for nonprofits, including the Peace Corps. Encore.org, which encourages second careers with a social purpose, also posts nonprofit jobs, including those in health care, education, government and the environment. Most of these jobs are relatively low-paying; expect to do well but not to get rich. With a new full-time position, you’ll have access to whatever benefits other full-time employees get, including health insurance. If you’re already enrolled in Medicare but have access to employer coverage that pays first, you can take it and drop Medicare parts B and D. You may re-enroll without penalty when you re-retire. If you have retiree coverage from a previous employer, ask the benefits administrator there what happens if you drop it while you work. Chances are, you’ll lose it forever. With Social Security, you may have to backtrack.
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RAINIER MEMORIAL CENTER
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Funeral service and prearrangement plans.
Health Insurance and Financial Protection Products
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KEELER’S MEDICAL SUPPLY
303 East D Street #4 Yakima, WA 98907
W. Lincoln Ave. Yakima, WA 98902
Vision for Independence Center is a non-profit low vision clinic & store. Our mission is to offer hope and maximize quality of life for people with vision loss.
Prestige Nursing and Rehabilitation - Grandview, Sunnyside, Toppenish and Parkside.
FIELDSTONE MEMORY CARE
1010 N. 34th Ave. Yakima, WA 98908
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CITY OF YAKIMA HARMAN CENTER 101 N. 65th Ave. Yakima, WA 98908
509-576-6402 Ron Anderson
WEST HILLS MEMORIAL PARK
Scott D. Holt Financial Investments, Retirement, 401k and Bank Services.
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CICOTTE FOR CONGRESS
COMMITTEE TO ELECT BRIAN WINTER FOR SHERIFF PO Box 537 Selah, WA 98942 Tammy Winter Elect Brian Winter for Yakima County Sheriff. Come meet Brian. Show your support!
LIVING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY 211 N. 40th Ave. Yakima, WA 98908
509-965-5260 Carleen Belton Full Service retirement community offering independent apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing all on one campus.
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VALLEY HILLS FUNERAL HOME
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Information regarding the cemetery.
An opportunity for seniors to learn more about Congressional candidate George Cicotte and the issues he will solve when he is elected to the House of Representatives.
509-453-5500 David Humpherys Valley Hills Funeral Home. Yakima’s only family owned funeral home. Honesty, integrity and compassion are still valued here.
Pg. 9 • 2014 Spring Senior Expo FRIENDS OF BEN SHOVAL
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Ben Shoval is a strong conservative Republican voice for lower taxes and smaller government. Ben Shoval is running for 14th district State Representative to bring his conservative Republican values to Olympia.
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PO Box 996 Naches, WA 98937
Charles Ross for County Auditor!
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509-469-0875 Our practice proudly provides Affordable Dentures® and related denture and tooth extraction services. We are located in Yakima, WA and opened in 2008.
CPAP machines & masks, oxygen, wheelchairs, walkers, aides to daily living & more, home medical equipment & supplies.
PEOPLE FOR PEOPLE 302 W. Lincoln Ave. Yakima, WA 98935
509-248-6726 Teresa Sanchez Information booth providing community with 211, Transportation, Senior SNP Basic Food, Employment/ Training/Senior Nutrition.
CENTRAL WASHINGTON EYE CLINIC 3902 Creekside Loop, Ste. 110 Yakima, WA 98902
509-452-6611 Donna Hatch, LDO Full service eye clinic. We are well known throughout the Pacific Northwest as a leader in cataract and glaucoma surgery, specializing in laser treatments, diabetic retinopathy and all visual disturbances.
CITIZENS FOR TROY CLEMENTS Prosecutor – Republican 2612 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Ste. 101-141 Yakima, WA 98902 Troy Clements Please Vote for Troy Clements for County Prosecutor.
CAMPAIGN TO ELECT JANELLE RIDDLE FOR CLERK 101 Oak Flats Lane Naches, WA 98937 Janelle Riddle Elect Janelle Riddle for County Clerk
2014 Spring Senior Expo • Pg. 10 DON’T FORGET TO RE-NEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO THE SENIOR TIMES! Just once a year we ask you to help us produce the Senior Times by paying a voluntary subscription of $19.95, or whatever you can comfortably afford. Each year, our subscription revenue becomes more and more important -- and we appreciate your support. This has been a tough year for many businesses, including ours. You may have read about the troubles facing newspapers … and I can assure you those troubles are very real. The changes are so dramatic that we recently saw the Seattle PostIntelligencer close its doors after more than 100 years of service. We are pleased to say that the economy may slow us down, but the Senior Times is still a very viable operation. As a small, family-owned newspaper, we strongly believe in our dual missions of providing a quality newspaper to our senior readers and offering an effective marketing tool for our advertisers. We have weathered tough storms before and will outlast this temporary situation. But producing and mailing 11,000 copies of a newspaper is an expensive proposition. We can use all the help we can get — especially this year. If you are financially able, please consider paying a voluntary subscription of $19.95. If just one out of every 10 people who receives the Senior Times bought a subscription, it would make a tremendous difference. As always, we enjoy hearing your comments about the newspaper ... what you like and what you don’t. Please send us your comments. Thank you in advance for your support.
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1 Cpls.’ superiors 5 EMT’s skill 8 “Cultured” gem 13 Spy novelist Ambler 14 Bread buy 16 Exhorts 17 __ IRA 18 SeaWorld attraction 19 Fathered 20 Exhortation to the engine room 23 Prepare, as tea 24 Down Under runner 25 Had some wallop 33 Dreamer’s acronym 36 House division 37 Loud cry 38 Inventor’s starting point 40 Princess’s headgear 43 Worry 44 Ford of the ‘70s 46 Festive affair 48 Cause of Cleopatra’s undoing 49 Self-important sort 53 Brother in a monastery 54 Phi Beta __ 58 Interviewer’s booby trap 64 Kind of jacket named for an Indian leader 65 Ambiance 66 Way to get out 67 Send payment 68 Give some lip to 69 Shine partner 70 Test for purity, as gold 71 Doris who sang “Que Sera, Sera” 72 Burpee product
1 Feudal workers 2 Tile installer’s need 3 Information on a book’s spine 4 Carry with effort 5 Hoofbeat 6 Minute skin opening 7 Event at a track
8 Exercises done in a prone position 9 Southernmost Great Lake 10 Indian tourist city 11 Clarinetist’s need 12 Drug “dropped” in the ‘60s 15 Lost luster 21 Train in a ring 22 Dr.’s group 26 Simple bed 27 Colorful Japanese carp 28 Some Kindle reading, briefly 29 TV dial letters 30 Romance writer Roberts 31 Sticks by the pool table 32 Web address letters 33 Tears 34 Work on a column, say 35 Restaurant host’s handout 39 Justice Dept. enforcers 41 Part of a cheerleader’s chant 42 Baba of folklore 45 Taxi’s “I’m not working now” sign 47 Ships like Noah’s 50 Prior to, in poems
51 Mamas’ mates 52 Spuds 55 Impish fairy 56 Model’s asset 57 Tossed a chip in the pot 58 Popular jeans 59 Units of resistance 60 Soprano’s chance to shine 61 Campus area 62 __ Minor: constellation 63 “No problem” 64 Second Amendment backer: Abbr.
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A recent review casts doubt on supplements for disease prevention. Are they still worth taking? Following the news on supplements is a little like trying to keep up with a fast-paced game of ping-pong. One study finds supplements improve health, and then another questions the benefit of taking them. Back and forth they go. In November 2013, the U.S. Preventive S e r vices Ta s k
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Force— a panel of disease prevention experts— conducted a comprehensive review of the research published over the past decade. They concluded there isn’t enough evidence to support the use of vitamin and mineral supplements for preventing heart disease, cancer, or deaths from these diseases in healthy adults. An editorial in the December 17, 2013 Annals of Internal Medicine even urged consumers to “stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements.” But does this close the book on supplements for disease prevention? Not quite, says Dr. Howard Sesso, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A number of clinical trials in the past have Continued on page 14�
Pg. 13 • 2014 Spring Senior Expo Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen
BABY CARROTS WITH HONEY, CUMIN, AND GARLIC Serves 4
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound organic baby carrots, trimmed, scrubbed, and cut lengthwise into thin slices 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Juice of 1/2 lemon Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high. When the oil is hot enough to swirl easily in the pan, add the carrots and saute, stirring continuously, until they’re slightly softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the honey and continue sauteing, stirring continuously, until the carrots are tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle in the garlic and cumin, and stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the carrots to a heated serving dish and drizzle with the lemon juice and the remaining olive oil. Serve immediately.
MASHED YUKON GOLD POTATOES WITH LIGHT PESTO Serves 4
1-1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cut into uniform chunks Kosher salt 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/4 to 1/2 cup Light Pesto (recipe follows) Freshly ground black pepper Put the peeled potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover them generously. Season with salt. Put the pan over medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil. Partly cover the pan and boil the potatoes until tender enough to pierce easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes, checking and adjusting the heat to
make sure the water does not boil over but continues boiling. At the same time, bring the buttermilk almost to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to very low and keep warm. Drain the potatoes thoroughly in a colander or strainer. Pass the potatoes through a ricer or a food mill into a heatproof bowl. Vigorously stir the hot buttermilk and Light Pesto to taste into the potatoes until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If not serving immediately, cover the bowl and set it over a pan of simmering water to keep the potatoes warm. When ready to serve, transfer to a heated serving bowl.
LIGHT PESTO Makes about 1/2 cup
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon cold water 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Put all the basil, garlic, olive oil, water, and lemon zest in a mini food processor, mini blender, or in the blending cup of an immersion blender. Process until smooth. Pulse in salt and pepper to taste.
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found no advantage to taking most high-dose individual vitamin and mineral supplements for chronic disease. “That was old news and was not a surprise,” he says. “But this review does allude to the fact that multivitamins have some benefit.” In the Physicians’ Health Study II trial, multivitamins did reduce cancer incidence in men. Whether these supplements might have the same effect in women will require more studies involving our gender. A few individual vitamins and minerals also warrant further study. “There are still many promising supplements for chronic disease prevention that deserve more research and the public’s attention,” Dr. Sesso says. “For example, there’s a plethora of observational studies that suggest vitamin D may help with chronic disease prevention, but we lack good long-term randomized controlled trials.” To that end, he is currently working with colleagues on the VITAL trial, involving more than 20,000 men and women, which will study the effects of vitamin D (as well as omega-3 fatty acids) on cancer, heart disease, and stroke risks. YOUR REASONS FOR TAKING SUPPLEMENTS While the research might not yet be consistent or Paid for by Brian Winter for convincing enough Sheriff Committee, Republican, P.O. Box 537, Selah, WA 98942. to make sweeping recommendations
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for women about supplement use, your own health can dictate whether you take them and which ones you use. For example, if you have or are at risk for osteoporosis, your doctor will likely recommend calcium and vitamin D supplements. Anyone over age 50 may need a vitamin B12 supplement, because this nutrient becomes harder to absorb from food as we age. If your diet in general is less than perfect, it may be a good idea to consider adding a daily multivitamin. “It’s often forgotten that the primary reason we take a multivitamin should be to prevent deficiencies or a lack of enough essential vitamins and minerals,” Dr. Sesso says. “Given the fact that we don’t believe there are any short- or long-term risks from taking a multivitamin, along with its ability to fill in gaps in the diet, I don’t see any downsides to women considering the use of a daily multivitamin.” CHOOSING A SUPPLEMENT Even trickier than determining whether you need a supplement is figuring out which one to take. “When you go into the supplement section of any store, even if you’re just trying to get a multivitamin, you’re confronted with shelves and shelves of options, and that can be confusing,” says Dr. Sesso. He suggests sticking with the major multivitamin brands, which are well tested for safety and stability and are more likely to parallel the recommended low-dose daily amounts of vitamins and minerals. Dr. Sesso generally advises against trying one of the specialized multivitamin formulations—for immunity support, heart health, energy, etc.—”unless you have a conversation with your doctor that suggests a particular formulation would be beneficial,” he says. However, if you are over age 50, a vitamin designed for seniors may be a good idea, because it may contain more appropriate vitamin and mineral levels for people your age. If you do take a multivitamin, it might be tempting to rely on it as an easy fix for an unhealthy diet, but that’s not its intended purpose. “Improving your diet is where you always want to start, and then consult with your primary care physician about whether a multivitamin or any other supplement may fit into that strategy,” Dr. Sesso says. © 2014 Copyright Harvard Health Publications
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