FITNESS TIPS Exercise Is Essential

Volume 10, Number 3
May - June 2012
Exercise Is
How To Live
On A Smaller
A Quilting Legacy
“Berkeley Senior Services is a funded partner with United Way of the Eastern Panhandle.”
Please designate your CFC
and United Way donations to
Berkeley Senior Services
Do We Really Need To Exercise?
4-5 Senior Spotlight
Activities and Wellness-May & June
7-8 Event Calendars
How to Save Money & Transportation
10 AARP and Birthday Bash
11 Senior Support Service & EGO Club
12 Bus Trips
13 Volunteer of the Month
14-15 A Look Inside Our In Home Care
16 Puzzle & Brain Fitness
17-18 Menus - May & June
19 Thank Yous & Wish List
20 Adult Day Services
21 Family Caregiver Support Groups
22 Best Exercise for over 60 Crowd
How To Reduce Prescription Costs
23 Assessing Your Driving Abilities
Senior Spirit available online!
click on Senior Spirit
and find it also at
Published by
415 Wilson Street • Martinsburg, WV 25401
(304) 267-9983 • Fax (304) 263-7106
Display Ads: [email protected]
Our mission at Berkeley Senior Services is to offer a network of
programs and services to enable Seniors to remain independent,
participating members of our community.
Berkeley Senior Services is funded by the WV Bureau of Senior
Services, Upper Potomac Area Agency on Aging, Berkeley County
Commission, The City of Martinsburg, United Way of the Eastern
Panhandle (CFC # 98181), and by private donations. The Senior
Center will provide services to persons 60 years of age or older,
irrespective of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, political affiliation,
belief, or handicap. Persons under age 60 are welcome guests to our
programs and services and certain restrictions and fees may apply.
Fourth Wednesday of Every Other Even Month at 3:00
Meetings are open to the public
On the cover:
Chris Strovel receives an award for
Years Of Service on the Executive Board
Page 2
Shepherd University’s football players donate their community service
hours for their “Inclusive Recreation” Class. Left to Right: Dameon
Hairston, offensive guard; Anthony Weisenmiller, tight end; Robert
Hayes, defensive tackle; and Sean Hull, offensive center. Capture the
“Spirit” with BSS Exercise Instructor, Nancy Burke !
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Whether you have just entered
your 20’s, reaching your mid 40’s,
or celebrating your golden years,
proper exercise is essential to a
healthy lifestyle. While many
seniors stop exercising for a variety
of reasons, it is very important for
the body to continue to move. It’s
equally important that these
workouts include 4 different types
of exercise seniors need. These
endurance exercises, flexibility
exercises, and balance exercises.
Fran Unger, Leads the OWLS PALA +
Fitness Challenge with Seniors
* Strength training
As we age, our bodies begin to
lose bone and muscle mass which
makes us weaker, slower, and less
able to do things. A great way to
prevent and perhaps even reverse
some of the damage is to do
regular strength training exercises.
* Endurance exercises
While some seniors find it easy to
walk, run, or do other strenuous
activities; others find it difficult just
walking down the hallway. For both
types of people, it is important to
participate in exercises that
endurance and stamina. This could
include walking, using cardio
equipment, or even doing some
gardening during the spring and
* Flexibility exercises
Some things that were once easy
may now be more difficult. Much of
this is because bodies lose their
flexibility and become much more
rigid. Even the simple act of
walking or opening a door may
become a challenge. Exercises
that can help with flexibility include
yoga and simple daily stretches.
* Balance
Nothing can be more devastating
than a serious injury, such as
breaking a hip or dislocating a
shoulder because of a loss of
balance. It is very important to
exercise muscles to improve
Whether you are looking for a
program using state of the art
equipment or an Exercise and Fun,
Tai Chi, or Line Dancing class, to
enhance balance and flexibility, the
fitness program at Berkeley Senior
Services has something for
Instructor Nancy Burke leads
classes with as much or as little
movement to suit the needs of
everyone. She also partners with
the Shepherd University having
students’ complete internships and
assist leading activities designed to
help our seniors remain physically
For more information on the
fitness classes available, please
check our activities calendars in
this issue, or contact Rhonda,
Activities Director, at Berkeley
Senior Services at 304-263-8873.
Taí Chi Class with Eldon Winston
Wednesdays 9:30am-11am
Silver Age
We Are Just Like Home
Healthy Meals
Personal & Longterm Care
1000 N. High St. • Martinsburg, WV
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
XPRESS Painting and Roofing
• Gutters
• Roofing
• Painting
• Shingles
• Interior
• Metal
• Exterior
• Standing Seam
• Residential
• Maintenance Free
Licensed & Insured
• Business/Farms
• Metal Roof [email protected]
Paint/Repair/Replace Over 30 Years Experience • Deck Staining
Call Us Today! FREE ESTIMATES! Thank You and God Bless!
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Page 3
A Quilting
Legacy of Love
Continues at the
Senior Center with
NaJibe Sanders!
Submitted by NaJibe Sanders & Rick Bell
Olive’s 91st birthday.
It has been a lot of research
and long hours of slow hard
work, but I’m glad to say that
this project has reached
presented to Ms. Olive Bell on
April 21st as a gift.
When I started quilting classes
six months ago at the Senior
Center, I had not sewn anything
for about thirty years! I didn’t
even have a sewing machine.
My teacher, Jean, let me borrow
one of hers.
Five years ago, I moved to
Martinsburg with my “bucket list”
in hand. I was able to complete
all but one-learning how to quilt.
One day, I heard a lady (Jean
Vogel), talking to Rhonda about
teaching quilting at the Senior
Center, and I became hopeful
and excited! I was the first to
sign up for class.
A few months ago, while
keeping company with a newly
met family, I was introduced to
Olive Bell, an elegant lady of 90
years young, and we began to
talk about her life in a place
called Jane Lew, WV, in Lewis
She showed me
pictures of a dirt road town of a
few hundred people. She had
her son Rick show me
crocheted and quilted bed
covers that her mother and
grandmother had done. Rick
then pulled out a very old,
beatup box and very old, soiled
and stained muslin squares,
with hand-embroidered bonnet
girls on it, called “The Sun
Bonnet Sue Quilt”. Ms. Olive
said she remembered working
Page 4
with her mother on these pieces
when she was a little girl, and
that they never finished them.
Ms. Olive told Rick to show me
the old Singer Sewing Machine
her husband gave her as a gift
on his return from WWII. She
said she made her children’s
clothes on it (Rick and Linda
We went to the
basement, and there it was,
covered with cobwebs.
Olive said to Rick, “Give her my
machine, I won’t need it
I had the machine picked up
and taken to a shop, and
completely overhauled.
runs like a dream now! To thank
Ms. Olive for this wonderful gift, I
decided to have her quilt
completed, if possible, but was
surprised to find that it would
cost more than the family
wanted to spend. So, through
words of encouragement from a
quilter named Honey, and help
and fabric donations from
another WV quilter named
Kathy, I decided I would try my
best to complete this quilt for
Thanks to Jean Vogel for
starting this class at the Senior
Center, which led me to Ms.
Olive Bell, and my addiction and
JOY of learning to quilt, and the
opportunity to meet so many
talented WV quilters. I now
belong to three quilt guilds/clubs
in WV.
One of Jean Vogel’s class
projects was quilting adult bibs.
Ms. Olive’s caregivers were
using towels for this purpose at
her meal times, and I was able
to quilt 3 decorative bibs for her
that have made a big difference!
Call me to see how much you can save.
Safe drivers cost everybody less. That’s why they pay less. But at
Allstate, they pay a whole lot less. In fact, safe drivers save 45% or
more on car insurance. Protect your home with Allstate too, and
you can save an extra 10%. Why wait? Call me today.
Cheryl Walls
(304) 754-5750
35 Collins Dr.
[email protected]
Insurance subject to terms, qualifications and availability. Actual savings will vary. Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company:
Northbrook, IL. © 2010 Allstate Insurance Company
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A Quilting Legacy
of Love continued...
The pictures depict the legacy
of quilters over the span of
many years! Because of Jean
Vogel’s quilting class at the
senior center, Najibe was able
to preserve this generational
piece of art, using materials to
protect the integrity of the 100year history, and make it
possible for Olive Bell to pass
this quilt on to another
Henry and
Aura Belle
Olive’s Great
Flodia Belle
Romine Hitt &
Olive Smith Bell
(Olive’s Mother)
Rick Bell holds a
crocheted by Flodia
in 1920’s
Olive Smith Bell, born 4-21-21, to Dess L. and Flodia Romine
Smith. She married Virgil R. Bell in 1942, in Weston, WV. The
family moved to Martinsburg in 1952. Olive is a member of the
EGO Club, that now meets at the Senior Center.
Olive Bell is presented the finished Sun Bonnet Sue Quilt by
NaJibe Sanders and son, Rick Bell at her home, as a gift for her
91st Birthday, Saturday, 4-21-12.
Flodia Belle Romine Hitt, born on 9-26-1896, (Olive’s Mother).
She moved to Jane Lew when she was three years old, and her
parents operated a restaurant grocery store until 1923. Flodia
moved to Martinsburg in 1980. She was active in DAR, Eastern
Star, Farm Women, Senior Center Kitchen Band, and other
activities until her death in 1996 at the age of 100.
Ring Quilt”
made by
Aura Belle
in the
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Page 5
Rhonda Singer, Activities Director; Ext. 117
Dianne Waldron, Activities Assistant; Ext. 106
Maria Hamilton, owner of MedCap Pharmacy accompanied
Robert Cyparski, pharmacy rotation student from
Shenandoah University, and presented Nutrition Education
Brian White, City Hospital Wellness Center
Leads Warm Ups at OWLS PALA+ Kickoff
Berkeley Senior Services
collaborates with the Wellness
Center @ City Hospital, for the 4th
challenge for seniors.
of others who are not as well off
as ourselves, but still have a
great attitude! We never stop
growing and learning new thingsage is just a number!”
Older Wiser Living Stronger
Please read the activities
calendars for May and June on
Pages 7 & 8 carefully, and find the
activities that interest you. Come
on in and join us! A volunteer will
give you a welcome packet and
offer a tour of the senior center.
Call Rhonda at
304-263-8873 Ex. 117 for more
Check the menus too on
pages 17 & 18, and sign up for
lunch before 9:30 am on a given
day in person or via telephone,
(304) 263-8873 Ex. 116.
40 seniors, led by Fran Unger,
participated in our 12-Week PALA+
(Presidential Active Lifestyle Award)
Challenge, whose goal was to
exercise at least 30 minutes each
Nutrition Education presentations,
as well as some yummy samples,
were presented to participants on
warming up and walking together at
the Senior Center!
Barb Kwiatkoski had a stroke
19 years ago, but her comment
is, “I had the stroke, but the
stroke didn’t have me!”
Barb has never missed a
challenge presented at the
Senior Center, and this was no
exception. She said it helped her
work harder on varied fitness
activities and to learn new ideas
about nutritious food. “Working
on challenges together is always
much more fun, and reminds us
Page 6
Auditory Processing Testing
Chemotherapy Monitoring
Ear Wax Removal
Hearing Tests
Hearing Aid Fittings
Hearing Aid Repairs
Noise Measurements
Tinnitus Evaluations
A udiology, Inc.
400 W. King Street
(corner of W King & S Church)
[email protected]
Jean Bibby
- Monuments
- Markers
- Bronze
- Engraving
Quality Craftmanship
Locally Owned & Operated
Double Monument $950.00
Single Monument $650.00
Flat Marker $200.00
Providing Professional
Hearing Care in Martinsburg
for over 20 years.
Walking together on Wednesdays
Michael Zagarella, AuD
Doctor of Audiology
How’s YOUR Hearing?
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
839 E. Moler Ave., Martinsburg, WV
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Events for
Fri. May 4 @ 10:00-11:45 am: Senior/
Senior Prom with Hedgesville High
School Leadership Class-Theme is
“Arabian Knights”; Music with DJ-Rick
Rohn; Dancing; Refreshments; Games;
Prizes; Great Food, and tons of fun!
Don’t miss it! Call 304-263-8873 Ex. 116
to sign up!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Wed. Thurs. & Fri.; May 23, 24 & 25: The
Annual Robert W. Jackson Senior
Conference at Cedar Lakes, Ridgeley, WV.
Come to the Senior Center to get
information and registration packet. There
is a $100 scholarship available that can be
used several ways.
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Friday, May 11th @ 10:30 am: Mother’s
Day Celebration
Theme is “Mothers wear many hats!”
Entertainment with the Opequon
Elementary School 2nd Grade Singers! A
time to Honor moms and grand moms and
share a delicious lunch together! See
Page 17 for the 5-11 menu for details!
Page 7
9th Annual ROCK-A-THON
Hosted by Martinsburg
Cracker Barrel Restaurant
Sign up at the Senior Center lobby, to
rock, and pick up a Sponsor Sheet
Saturday, June 2, 2012
9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
For more information,
Call Berkeley Senior Services
304-263-8873, Amy Orndoff Ext. 130
Or Fundraiser Co-chairs
Rose Straley--304-274-1125
Dorothy LeFevre--304-274-1910
Proceeds to benefit Berkeley Senior
Services Transportation Program
Rock-A-Thon will take place
rain or shine
Cash or checks made payable to
Berkeley Senior Services
Page 8
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
As many baby boomers enter the
retirement age, they join the ranks of the
seniors who are living on a fixed
income. This means they will also have
to implement strategies to live
comfortably on less money.
retirement, many retirees are faced with
quite a reduction in income and the
reality of making ends meet with this
new level of income sets in. Those who
are successful are often those who are
adapting and are able to budget
cleverly. Here are some ideas to do just
Set priorities - What are the
necessities that you cannot skimp on?
They may include mortgage or rent,
utility bills, or other existing loan
payments. These amounts must be
deducted from your monthly budget
before you will discover how much
money will be left over for other things.
Downsize where possible - There is
an option to cut back on certain things to
free up more money. Many people find
it is wise to sell their home and move
into a smaller condo or apartment. Not
only will this lessen a monthly payment,
the maintenance will also lessen with a
smaller living space.
340-263-8873 Ext. 100
Melodi Shull, Ext.100
Transportation Assistant / Receptionist
Beverly Gerlach, Ext. 104
Transportation Supervisor
Consider shopping at consignment
stores - Many times the merchandise in
consignment stores is brand new or has
only been used once. This could be the
ideal place to turn for housewares,
clothing, accessories, and even gifts for
Get crafty - Sometimes things that are
sold at stores for a high price can be
replicated at home easily with just a few
materials. From curtains to decorative
pillows, chances are with a little creativity,
you can make these items yourself. Or
enlist the help of a friend or family member
to assist you in a project.
Berkeley Senior Services is a great
place for a variety of activities for anyone
on a limited income. Whether you are
looking for a nutritious lunch (fee for lunch
is a suggested donation, based on your
income if you are 60+), need
transportation to a doctor’s appointment,
or want to participate in any of our
numerous recreational activities, BSS has
something for everyone!
For more
information on the services offered,
contact us at 304-263-8873.
Please welcome our new driver
Doug Dolan.
Need a ride to your doctor or the hospital?
Do you want to come to the Senior Center
for lunch?
We offer transportation to and from the
Senior Center and Medical transportation.
If you are on Medicaid and need
transportation, you will need to contact
Beverly at Berkeley Senior Services at 304263-8873, Ext 104 for pre-approval to ride
the Berkeley Senior Services vans.
If you would like to come in to the Center for
Special Activities, give us a call and we will
do our best to put you on the schedule.
Big Cheeseburger
50¢ OFF
Any Size
Limit 4
Expires: 6/15/12
Limit 4
With This Coupon. Not Valid With Any Other Coupon.
Expires: 6/15/12
FREE Car Wash
& FREE DQ Treat
Expires: 6/15/12
Bronze Wash $6.99, Silver Wash $9.99, Gold Wash $12.99
1016 N Queen St. Martinsburg, WV (Behind Dairy Queen)
Wednesday, May 2, 2011
With This Coupon. Not Valid
With Any Other Coupon.
Martinsburg • Ranson • Inwood
Martinsburg • Ranson • Inwood
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
with Oil Change
Expires: 6/15/12
• 10 Point Oil Change & Filter 1016 N Queen St.
Martinsburg, WV
• Up To 5 Quarts Of Oil
(Behind Dairy Queen)
With This Coupon.
Not Valid With Any Other Coupon.
Winchester Ave.
Page 9
AARP/ Driver Safety Program
announces special
Educators’ discount for
classes in July and August
for the months of March and April
In special recognition of educators and their dedication, AARP/
DSP is offering a special fee of only $5 during July and August
when taking the class. This includes teachers, administrators, bus
drivers, custodians, PTA members, parents, teacher aides - the
list is endless!
Our regular classes for May and June are as follows: May 16 & 17
from 9 to 1 at BSS with Alan teaching (call him at 304-258-3427
for reservations.) June 18 & 19 at Ranson Senior Center, 9:001:00, call Roger at 304-876-0249, and June 20 & 21 at BSS from
9:00-1:00. Call Helene at 304-267-8756 for reservations.
The AARP Driver Safety classroom course is the nation’s first and
the largest course designed for drivers 50 and older.. You’ll learn
proven safety strategies to help maintain your confidence behind
the wheel, so you can make new memories on the road. Plus, you
could get a great discount on your car insurance! Ready to sign
up? Call the instructors listed here, or Helene Brill for further
information at 304-267-8756.
March King & Queen
Junior Green and Dorothy May
April King & Queen
Louis Hilliard
(Honorary) and
Hazel Marie Crosby
AARP Safe Driving instructors meet with Governor
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin chose the students’ parking lot of
Musselman High School for the ceremonial signing of
Senate Bill 211 into law, making it a primary offense to text
while driving. Joining the staff and students of the school
were AARP/DSP instructors (left to right) Cathy Clark, State
Coordinator Bill Clark, Gov. Tomblin, Helene Brill (seated)
District Coordinator, and Roger Kyger.
AARP/DS has urged the passage of this safety bill since its
inception, and they were pleased to be included in the
signing ceremony.
Page 10
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
and Viola
during a
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Senior Support Services
Supervisor SHIP Counselor, Ext. 104;
Stephen Englebright Senior Support
Assistant SHIP Counselor, Ext. 105; Kelli
Richard, Senior Support Assistant, Ext.
131; Don Stevens, our new Senior
Support Assistant, Ext. 122
from 9:00am-11:30am. This service is for
seniors 60 and older in Berkeley County. You
must have a scheduled appointment in order
to meet with Mr. Peters. For more information,
please call the Senior Center at 304-2638873, Ext. 104
Notary Services
are available for Living Wills,
ENSURE Program
We order Ensure on the 1st and 3rd Medical Power of Attorney, and more.
Wednesday of every month for seniors 60 Donations are appreciated so that we may
years or older. (suggested minimum continue to provide this service.
contribution per case). Call Kelli Richard,
West Virginia SHIP Program
Monday thru Wednesday, Ext. 131.
Senior Support Services SHIP
(Senior Health Insurance Counselor)
Grocery Shopping Assistance
and essential errands
For seniors 60 years or older who live in Steve Englebright and Beverly Gerlach are
Berkeley County, please call at least five able to assist you with Medicare Part D,
business days in advance to be scheduled obtain assistance in Medicaid, and enrollment
(suggested donation rates based on a sliding helps towards Medicare Part D. Personal
counseling sessions for beneficiaries and
scale will be provided).
their families by appointment only.
Senior Farmers’ Market CouponsMust be at least 60 years old, a resident of Please donate generously, so we can
Berkeley County and meet the income continue to provide Senior Support Services.
guidelines. You must have a picture ID.
Annual Dues: $10.00
Monthly Dinner: $10:00/per person
P. O. Box 1060
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419
Contact Rose Straley: 304-274-1125
EGO holds a catered dinner meeting at
the Senior Center, 217 North High Street,
Martinsburg, WV, on the 3rd Monday of
each month.
There is a scheduled
speaker or entertainment.
For EGO Dinner Meeting,
reservation and payment must be paid by
the Thursday before the Monday dinner
meeting date. The caterer needs this
information on Friday.
Please call after June 15th to see if you
qualify and to be put on a schedule to
pick up the coupons.
May 21, 2012
Pork BBQ Sandwich,
Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Brownies, Ice
Cream, Coffee or Ice Tea.
DHHR Representative
(Department of Health
and Human Resources)
June 18, 2012
Tossed Salad, Roast
Pork Loin with Sage Stuffing, Mashed
Potatoes and Gravy, Roll/Butter, Steamed
Summer Squash and Sherbert.
Representative: Mike Peters will be at the
Senior Center. Appointments are scheduled
for the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month,
Chris Rose answers questions
regarding VA Health Benefits
July 16, 2012 BBQ Chicken Breast,
Fresh Fruit Dish, Potato Salad, Baked
Beans, Apple Pie and Ice Cream Cup.
August 20, 2012
Tossed Salad,
Chicken/Broccoli Alfredo over Pasta,
Garlic Bread and Pineapple Fluff.
September 17, 2012
October 15, 2012 Tossed Salad, Pot
Roast with Redskin Potatoes and Carrots,
Roll/Butter and …clair Cake.
Anyone interested in joining EGO and
learning more about the club, please
come join us!
Call and make a
reservation. 304-274-1125
St. Patrick’s Day Fun!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Page 11
For additional information
regarding trips, call:
Rose Straley
Dorothy LeFevre
Martha Miller
Dot Parrott
Cancellation insurance available
upon request for all trips.
Wildwood New Jersey
4 Days - 3 Nights
June 19-22, 2012
Depart 9:00 am
$340.00 per person
(double occupancy)
Package Includes:
• 3 Nights lodging
• 3 Breakfasts
• 3 Full course dinners while
in Wildwood
• Visit to Atlantic City and
the casinos, including
a casino bonus
• Dolphin Watch sightseeing
• Experience the spectacular
Wildwood Boardwalk
• Visit to historic Cape May
• Enjoy the finest and safest
bathing beach in the world
• Daily activities
• Fabulous entertainment
• Souvenir gift
• Luggage handling
• All taxes and meal gratuities
• Motorcoach transportation
Mercersburg, Pa.
“Fabulous 50’s Music”
Lunch at “Mountain Gate”
Buffet Style
Cost $77.00 per person
“WICKED” - at the
Hippodrome Theatre in
Baltimore, Maryland
October 6, 2012 2:00 PM
More information on cost,
meal, departure time will follow.
Package Includes:
• 2 Nights lodging at
an oceanfront property
• 2 Breakfasts
• 2 Dinners
• A Dickens-style Christmas
at the Boxwood Inn
• Virginia Beach’s Holiday
Lights at the Beach
• Virginia Air & Space Museum
• Christmas Imax Movie
• Virginia Living Museum
• Newport News
Park’s Celebration in Lights
• Planetarium Show- “Star of
Wonder: The Mystery of the
Christmas Star”
• Guided tour of
Colonial Williamsburg
• Souvenir gift
• Baggage handling
• Taxes and standard gratuities
• Motorcoach transportation
2 Days and 1 Night
December 3 & 4, 2012
Depart 9:00 am
$285.00 per person
(double occupancy)
Package Includes:
• 1 Night’s lodging
• 1 Breakfast
• 1 Radio City Music
Hall Christmas Spectacular,
featuring The Rockettes
• Guided tour of Lower
Manhattan by Bus, to include
Ground Zero
• Rockefeller Center
• Fifth Avenue shopping
• Macy’s Herald Square
• Souvenir gift
• Luggage handling
• Taxes and meal gratuities
• Motorcoach transportation
Virginia Beach, VA
3 Days - 2 Nights
November 26-28, 2012
Depart 8:00 am
$314.00 per person
(double occupancy)
Page 12
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Charles is an Amazing Man!
He is not only on the BSS
staff as a van driver, but also
contributes greatly to our
volunteer team in the
Activities Department! He is
a substitute Line Dancing
Teacher in the absence of
Maria Brassfield, who has
been out with broken bones
from a bad fall several weeks
ago. Charles is always
dedicated, enthusiastic, and
possesses strong leadership
He spends many hours
learning steps to the dances
to teach to the classes on
afternoons, from 1:00-4:00
pm. He is patient and loving
and thoroughly enjoys what
he is doing. He knows that
line dancing is an excellent
way for him and other
seniors to stay fit! Charles
also started and leads
Sanctioned Duplicate Bridge
on the fourth Thursday each
month at the Senior
Center—another great love
of his and the others who
join him. His lovely wife,
Sue, is the hostess for the
group, making sure all is
taken care of during the
games. Charles puts his
heart and soul into all he
does and impacts many
seniors through his van
volunteer commitment at
BSS! Thank you Charles!
Submitted by: Rhonda
Singer, Activities Director
Jerry is an incredibly active board
member and Chairperson of our
Fund Development Committee. He
is also the Executive Director of the
Washington Redskins Alumni. I
have had the privilege of working
closely with Jerry on planning the
Celebrity Breakfast, and what an
amazing “go getter”!
On Saturday, March 31st Berkeley
Martinsburg High School Head
Football Coach Dave Walker, at
their annual Celebrity Sports
Among those who
attended were, NFL Hall of
Famers, Sam Huff and Charley
Taylor. Other Washington Redskin
Alumni who attended were Roy
Jefferson, Ron McDole, Mike
Bragg, Pat Fischer, Jimmie Jones,
and Ron Saul. Sam Huff award
February Volunteer of the Month
Jerry Olsen and Martinsburg High
School Head Football Coach Dave
Walker at the Celebrity Breakfast
recipient and Martinsburg High
School Senior, Logan Jenkins,
also attended the event.
The buffet style breakfast began
with welcoming words from Jerry,
followed by each of the Redskin
Alumni, speaking on the impact of
high school coaches on their own
Jerry is a fantastic leader, as well
as an invaluable team player!
Whether attending the board
meetings or serving a meal, he is
more than willing to jump in and
assist wherever and whenever
needed. Thank you Jerry for all
you do!
Submitted by Amy Orndoff
Resource Development Coordinator
From left to right, NFL Hall of Famer Charley
Taylor, Martinsburg high School Head
Football Coach Dave Walker, NFL Hall of
Famer Sam Huff, and 2011 Sam Huff Award
Winner, MHS Senior, Logan Jenkins
“I wanted to give seniors, who
never had the chance to take lessons, to
experience that great joy!” said Elaine
McLaughlin, a year ago in March, when
she started teaching piano to seniors on
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday afternoons
at the Senior Center. And JOY it has
been for each of the 15 piano students
that Elaine has taught, primarily at the
beginner level!
Each student has a positive
testimony. When asked, “How do you like
piano lessons with Elaine”, Phyllis
Michael said, without hesitation, “I love it!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
My patient instructor is why I love it. I’ve
had many piano instructors, but Elaine
has been the most patient.”
We are all very grateful for Elaine,
who gave generously of her time, coming
in three days a week, and giving back by
sharing her gift of music with seniors and
enriching their lives over the past year!
She plans to continue teaching piano
in the future, at her home, for interested
Submitted by:
Rhonda Singer, Activities Director
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Elaine enjoys teaching Phyllis
Page 13
A Vital Service offered by Berkeley Senior Services!
Mr. Marvin “Jimmy” Bowers was
diagnosed with a debilitating and
progressive disorder that causes him to
require assistance with his activities of
daily living. Jimmy’s family support has
been the back-bone of his care; however,
the family decided to pursue other means
of assistance in addition to the family
support, to help meet Jimmy’s needs.
Jimmy’s mother, Ms. Betty Bowers, made
a phone call to Berkeley Senior Services
and was able to speak with the Aged and
Disabled Waiver Case Manager, Ryan
Bird, LSW. After discussing the additional
care Jimmy would need, beyond family
support, in order to keep him at home,
Ryan, Ms. Bowers and Jimmy agreed that
the Title XIX West Virginia Medicaid Aged
and Disabled Waiver Program could meet
those needs. Therefore, Jimmy applied
for the program. Once approved for the
WAVIER program, Ryan was able to
connect Jimmy with Homemaker services,
apply for appropriate assistance through
WV DHHR, refer him to appropriate InHome Skilled Care, and set a support plan
in place, that Jimmy and his family agreed
would meet the wide range of Jimmy’s
needs. Before Jimmy’s annual medical
recertification for the WAIVER program
came due, Jimmy had a medical set-back
that caused his need for assistance in the
home to increase. Jimmyís Homemaker,
RN, Robin Raines, and his Case Manager,
Ryan, were able to work with Jimmy, his
family, and his physicians, by advocating
for additional homemakers hours. Those
extra hours were awarded. With the
addition of these extra homemaker hours,
Jimmy was again able to have his needs
met in the home, without having to pursue
placement into a Skilled Nursing Facility.
With continued support from family,
friends, and the WV ADW Program, Jimmy
has remained in his home with his family in
a dignified manner, according to his
wishes. Ms. Betty Bowers has stated to
Berkeley Senior Services In-Home Care
Department staff on numerous occasions,
“If it wasn’t for you all [Berkeley Senior
Services In-Home Care Department,
including Jimmy’s homemakers], Jimmy
would not be here in his home with the rest
of his family. Thank you for all you have
done for us.”
It remains the goal of Jimmy, his family,
and the Berkeley Senior Services In-Home
Care Department staff, to keep Jimmy in
his home as long as possible according to
his wishes.
Not all programs through the Berkeley
Senior Services In-Home Care Department
are exclusively for what is referred to as
seniors/60 years or older, but adults that
are physically disabled, such as Jimmy,
that require assistance with the Activities of
Daily Living. The programs are there to
supplement and/or assist the family, but
never to take away what the family and
clients are capable of doing for
Our staff takes great care helping, not
only seniors, but other disabled individuals,
members. If you are interested in what InHome programs may be available to you,
please call the In-home Care Department
at our Direct Line of 304-596-5514, or stop
by the office at “The Pink House” right next
to the Berkeley Senior Center.
Submitted by Ryan Bird LSW, Disabled
Waiver Case Manager
IHC Employee of the Month for January
IHC Employee of the Month for February
IHC Employee of the Month for March
Tonya Mesner
Norma Ryder
Darcia Hess
Page 14
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
304-596-5514 - 304-596-2491
Robin Raines, IHC RN, Supervisor: Ext. 119;
Shirley Huntzberry IHC RN, Supervisor: Ext.112 ;
Ryan Bird, Case Manager: Ext. 115;
Wendy Webber, IHC Program Manager: Ext. 121;
Dianne Boyd, IHC Program Coordinator: Ext. 124;
Molly Greenfield, IHC Program Coordinator: Ext. 124
Berkeley Senior Services
providing quality care for seniors
and persons with disabilities for
over 40 years!
3rd Annual
Mother’s Day
A good time to stop and reflect on those women
who have selected this very tiring, challenging
(and many times unappreciated) role in life.
Sunday, May 13 • 2PM
Rosedale Cemetery
917 Cemetery Road • Martinsburg, WV
Berkeley Senior Services is Your
First Choice
for In-Home Care for Our
Community’s Seniors!
Pastor Dave Caplinger
and wife Linda Officiating
The House of the Lord, Martinsburg, WV
Balloon Release donated by
Roses Garden & Treasures Florist & Gifts
Let us help you regain your
independence and your quality of life.
The staff at Berkeley Senior Services In-Home Care Department
is dedicated to keeping our clients healthy, comfortable and
independent in their homes for as long as possible. We provide
our community with quality and compassionate care. Our staff
and Fantastic team of 100+ In-Home Care Aides make their
Stony Pointe Apartments
19 Tevis Circle, Martinsburg, WV
(Behind United Bank and Arby’s on Edwin Miller Blvd )
For a fulfilling career, become an In-Home Care Aide with us.
Our Aides are trained in CPR, First Aid, and also receive
additional eight-plus hours of IHC standard training. It is also
mandatory for our caregivers to attend classes for continuing
education on health issues. They also receive state to state
background checks and fingerprinting. Hepatitis B Vaccine is
offered, but not mandatory. If you are a caring and reliable person
with a valid driver’s license and automobile, please fill out an
application at the
“Pink House”
217 N. High St. Martinsburg, WV
Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm
304-596-5514 - 304-596-2491
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
For more Details Call (304)283-8631
or visit
Property Amenities Include!
Water and Sewer included in Rent
Large yard space
High Speed Internet Ready
Basketball Court • Picnic tables
Grills • Central Air Conditioning
All units include patio/balcony
Full size washers and dryers
Units with Fireplaces and
Cathedral Ceilings Available
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Page 15
The vast majority of people who think
about exercise, really only ever consider
the exercise that goes into the human
body. In reality, however, it is important for
you to make sure that every part of your
body is as fit as possible. This would
include the brain, which is not only
necessary for thought, it can actually help
you in many ways to overcome barriers
that you may be experiencing in the gym.
Here are some brain fitness exercises
that will help you to get the most out of
this all-important part of the body.
One of the most important things for
you to understand is that in order for the
brain to be sharp, you need to exercise it
regularly. This is something that many
people have lacked, simply because they
spend most of their time watching TV or
mindlessly surfing the internet. A number
of things that can assist you in doing so
would be mind games, such as crossword
puzzles or sudoku. As a matter of fact, as
people age, their doctor may recommend
Page 16
that they do these puzzles regularly in order
to keep the mind sharp.
Another thing that can really affect the
function of the brain is our diets. There is an
old saying, you are what you eat, and our
brain is going to get the lions share of what
we put into the body. The reason why this is
the case, is because it is responsible for so
many different functions that go on within
the human body and it must be nourished in
order for everything to function properly.
Eating a diet that is high in raw fruits and
vegetables is a great way to start. You
should also make sure that you are feeding
it throughout the day so that you do not
experience any highs or lows in your sugar
One of the most essential things that you
can do is to make sure that your brain is
getting enough water as well. The human
body, and especially the brain is made up
almost entirely of water and if you are
depriving yourself of this natural resource,
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
you’re really depriving yourself of the
ability to lead a normal life. Hydrate
yourself thoroughly by drinking half of
your body weight every day in ounces of
water and you will notice a huge
difference in the function of your mind.
Although it is not really one of the brain
fitness exercises, such as puzzles, it is
equally or more important to do regularly.
Finally, make sure that you’re getting
enough rest as the brain needs rest in
order to grow mentally. Most of us tend to
push ourselves and only get six hours of
sleep a night or less, but the human brain
needs much more than that in order to
function properly. Whenever you put all
these things together, diets, hydration,
proper rest and the use of a few brain
fitness exercises, you will really have a
resource that will benefit you in many
different ways.
Article Source:
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
to the
lunch trays
for the
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Nutrition Program
(304-263-8873) Ext. 113 or 126
Join us for a nutritious meal every
Monday through Friday at the
Senior Center. Meals are served
from 12:00-12:30 in our beautiful
dining room. See our menus online, in our Senior Spirit, or come in
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
to the Senior Center and pick up a
current copy.
Check our menus and sign
up before 9:30 am on a given day
or call 304-263-8873 to get your
name added to our list. Also, be
sure to sign up for our “special
occasion lunches”, such as the
Birthday Bash, the third Friday of
each month!
Meals are delivered to:
* Senior Towers
* North Site
(2nd Tuesday of the month)
* Ambrose Towers
* Stonewall Haven
* Homebound Seniors
We count on your generous
donations to continue to provide the
lunch program for you!
Page 17
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Recipe source by the West Virginia
Bureau of Senior Services, Food and
Fitness, Susan M. Poindexter
1 pound carrots, sliced (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley)
2 to 4 gloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. paprika
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
Page 18
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Cook carrots in a small amount of water
until they are tender but not soft, about
five minutes.
Drain and set aside.
Combine remaining ingredients in a small
jar, seal, and shake until mixed
thoroughly. Pour over carrots; cover and
let sit for about an hour so spices can
permeate the carrots. Serve chilled or at
room temperature.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Shepherd University - Office of Student
Community Services and Service
Learning (100lbs. of Sweet Potatoes),
Jerry Mays, Gerry Whitford,
Dan & Joanne Hit, Dolores Brown,
Bennett Family, Tracey Behn.
Donations to Adult Day Services:
Nancy Burke, Barbara Meller, Rick
Pickwick (Edible Arrangements) and
Two Anonymous
Thank You for Your Support!
Activities Department Wish List
Monetary Gifts from BSS Friends:
Barbara A. Asgari, Larry Redman,
Sharon McDonald,
Pearl Terrell,
Edward Files
Potters Bowl Donations: The Center
for Positive Aging, Robert E. Bowen,
M.D., Sylvia Sanders, Cathy McCalister
with Highmark West Virginia an
Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association, G & Triple
T LLC- Carol Anne Tabler
* Hardback and paperback books
* DVDs
* Books on Tape
* Birthday, Sympathy & Get Well Cards
* Cosmetic items for
Men & Women’s Birthday Gifts
* Ironing Board- New or in good condition
for quilting class
* Cotton Fabric for Quilting Class
Call 263-8873 for more details
on any items.
Hedgesville Church (Seniors) in
Honor of Mary Murphy:
Jim and Betty Bowers in Honor of
Marvin Bowers “Jimmie”:
Clara R. Evans in Memory of Clara V.
Adult Day Services Wish List
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
We are very grateful to the businesses
and individuals who support our nutrition
program. Thanks to the Lord’s Table
Food Bank for the English Muffins; Arden
United Methodist Church for donations of
vegetables and fruits; for Petrucci’s ice
donations on a regular basis; Martin’s
Food Store for weekly breads and
sweets; Gene Detrow for the donation of
Pork Roasts; and to Rick Lowman, for the
consistent donations of goodies and
boxes of non-perishable food items!
Please-No magazines or VHS tapes
Contributions in Memory & Honor of
Family Members & Friends:
Donations of items and services: J.
Scott Boyd from South Berkeley
Pharmacy, Rick Pickwick of Edible
Arrangements in Martinsburg,Chick- FilA Restaurant, Kathleen Keisecome,
Pauline & John Hornberger, David &
Cathy Staubs, Melodi Shull, Marie
Crosby, Luther & Pearl Terrell, Alice Ott,
Bernie Cookus, Tracey Behn, Delores
Bailey, Clifton Brooks, Jr., Linda Humes,
Bill Ashforth, Penny Malcom, Diane
Steece, Dorothy LeFevre, Ryan Byrd,
Paula Greenfield,
Jo Fridinger, Mary C. Myers, Marvin
Wilson, Mary Cleminson, Rick Frye,
Donna Barbour, Catherine E. Smith,
Nutrition Program
*Easy handy-work projects for men
*Potting soil *Flower seeds *bird seeds
*bird suet supplies (peanut butter,
shortening, flour) *Hand sanitizer *facial
tissues *moist towelette wipes *Craft foam
*Craft paint *laundry detergent *snacks
including low sodium/sugar (pudding,
cookies, ice cream, PB & J, unsweetened
drink mixes, non-herbal tea bags, instant
tea, and decaf. coffee). Food items must
be in unopened, unexpired store
packaging. All items are tax deductible
and donations will be acknowledged
in our Senior Spirit.
American Legion Post 14
Doors Open 5:30pm
Early Birds 6:30pm • Regular Bingo 7:00pm
~ Refreshments Available For Purchase ~ Handicap Accessible
$4.00 Eat In • $5.00 To Go
STEAK NIGHT 5:00PM to 8:00PM
First Saturday of the Month
9oz. Steak includes $10.00 Advance
Veg., Salad, Roll $12.00 At Door
125 W. Race Street • Martinsburg, WV
For More Info. Call 304.267.6100
Help Us Help Veterans!
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Page 19
Caregivers’ Book
of Experiences
304-263-8873, Ext. 114
Celebrating 16 Years!
Supporting Families in Adult Caregiving
[email protected]
Program Manager: Kathy McIntyre, BSW, LSW(15+) Ext. 114
Activities Coordinator: Katherine Donovan(5+) Ext. 118
Activities Assistants: Dale Bradfield(5+), Carrie Carper, Deana
Keplinger(5+), Sarah Melchek, Shelley Lynn(5+), Lily Pryle,
Jessica Seibert, Gloria Simmons and Kathleen Teter(New!).
Adult Day Services is provided to assist family caregivers
*Respite support at the center and at home by providing
supervisory assistance to a loved one while family gets a break
from the constancy of care.
This respite time enables the assisted adult loved
ones to receive supervision (and help as needed) in doing
meaningful activities of their interest with others as a way to
maintain current abilities and interaction with others.
*Counseling on methods of support at home and alternate
care options.
*Support group opportunities to gain fresh insight and feeling
of not being alone.
*Educational opportunities on related issues to help family
caregivers provide the best care for their loved one while also
caring for themselves in the process.
If you are a family caregiver, an assisted adult, or
someone looking for a worthwhile volunteer experience,
now is a great time to check out what ADS is all about and
how we may be just what you are looking for.
Come to the Senior Center and fill out an application. Learn
all about of our ADS or other BSS volunteer opportunities!
Contact Veda McDowell at 304-263-8873, Ext. 103.
You are welcome to visit our day program between 8:00am
and 5:00pm weekdays or simply call us for more information.
assists in
Egg Hunt
Page 20
Due to expressed interest by
local family caregivers, we are
coordinating the production of a
book that will educate, comfort,
inspire, & sustain family
caregivers. Submissions to this
project can also help bring
healing and closure to individual
caregivers who have completed
their caregiving journey.
If you are currently caregiving
for an assisted adult family
member or friend, or have done
so in the past, you are welcome
to share something about that
experience. It can take the
form of:
* a poem of a single event or
your feelings during the journey,
* a diary entry of a particularly
challenging or rewarding day,
* your own created drawing of
the life of a caregiver,
* a list of wise statements of
* one single sentence in
particular that impacted you,
* a short story of a particular
event, or
* any other way you wish to
express an aspect of your
caregiving experience.
“A thought I could submit
would be ìIn looking back to
that last few years with my
parents, I remember being a bit
confused why mom would have
a small photo in her sock
drawer, a poem written by a
niece in her scarf drawer, other
little mementos in another
drawer, and wondering if there
may be some dementia
developing, never having the
opportunity to go through her
drawers before. I concluded
that this discovery was her way
remembrances around so that
evoke warm
memories as she went about
her routine day. What a secret,
yet positive, habit she had!”
There are no wrong ways to
express the most memorable
thoughts, feelings, experiences
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
as all can be used as a learning
or confirming tool.
It is expected that there will be
submissions that will shed light
on the dark, suffocating, prisontype
caregivers understandably feel.
Other folks will share the joy,
strength, and reward they gained
through their journey.
Some submissions will include
situations that will make you
laugh (because life is funny and
humor is therapeutic). I know of
a caregiver who said his father
used the toilet brush to clean the
kitchen table! - Not funny at the
time, but now he can laugh
about it.
Other submissions will pull at
the heart strings. I remember a
caregiver who shared that she
was always the “black sheep” of
the family. Yet she was the one
who ended up caring for her
mother with Alzheimer’s-and it
was the best their relationship
had been, ever!
So, have I convinced you to
share a bit of your caregiving
journey with others? Please
submit your information via
e-mail at [email protected]
you can mail or hand-deliver at
217 N. High St. Martinsburg, WV
You are welcome to submit
more than one entry. If you are
comfortable with doing so, you
can add your name, name of
person you are or had cared for,
your relation, and even perhaps
something about your loved one
such as former bank president,
avid storm tracker, or known for
her homemade rolls and
Additional book details will be
forthcoming once adequate
submissions are received.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
For more information regarding any of the
following listings, call Kathy McIntyre at
304-263-8873, Ext. 114. In the event of
inclement weather, please contact the
meeting location to confirm status of
meeting. Any postponed meeting will be
rescheduled the following week.
TBI Support Group
Providing information and support to
brain injury survivors of all ages and/or
their loved ones, this group meets the
second Tuesday of every month at the
Berkeley Senior Center, 6:30pm8:30pm.
Meetings include an informative speaker
or encouraging activity. Time is provided
For more information:
* call Lindsey Sipes at (717) 860-3404,
* e-mail [email protected],
* and/or check our web site:
Lunchtime Alzheimer’s Support
If your loved one has memory concerns
due to Alzheimer’s or a related dementia,
you are welcome to attend a new
lunchtime support group to meet at the
Berkeley Senior Center, 217 N. High St.
Martinsburg, the second Friday of each
month, 11:30am-1:00pm.
Time will be given to share challenges
and successes in your caregiving journey.
Experienced family caregivers will provide
an understanding ear and share honest,
helpful information about what to expect
as well as suggestions that work. Helpful
take-home literature will also be available.
See related flyer in this Senior Spirit for
additional information.
LunchOut gathering. Contact Kathy ahead
to reserve adequate seating.
Brain Fitness Club
This monthly first Monday 10:00am11:30am educational group is attended by
folks concerned about their memory health,
may have confirmed early memory loss, or
wish to attend with a family member with
early memory loss.
For more information contact Shari
Scolaro at [email protected] or call
Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias
Support Group
Meets--Second Friday each month
11:30-1:00 pm;
This new monthly group is open to anyone
affected by Alzheimer’s or a related
dementia and their family members. Onsite adult respite care is available and lunch
with advance notice.
We encourage
employers to support their employees who
care for an adult family member with
dementia, by allowing them a lunch break
opportunity to attend these helpful and
beneficial meetings.
Beginning in June, the meetings will
include a half hour educational video:
June 8
July 13
August 10
September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14
January 11
February 8
How to care for someone
on bedrest
How to help someone who uses a
Wheel chair
Infection control
How to manage medications
Fall Prevention
Fire Safety
Elder Abuse and Neglect
Personal Care
Caregiver wellness
For more information, contact Kathy
McIntyre at 304-263-8873, Ex. 114.
First Friday Lunch Out
Treat yourself to a midday break in a
light-hearted atmosphere to talk about
“everyday topics” as a way of breaking the
constant focus on caregiving.
Family caregivers are also supported in
the sharing of challenges and solution
ideas of current caregiving situations.
You are welcome to attend any
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Barb Meller leads exercise with ADS
A two-part training for anyone responsible
for the care of individuals with Alzheimer’s
or Related Dementia
Topics to be covered
Defining Dementia & Alzheimer’s
Effective Communication
Understanding & Managing Behaviors
Effects of Dementia on Daily Living Tasks
Making Activities Meaningful
Working with Families
$40 Course Tuition.
FREE to family caregivers.
NOTE: This course includes a take-home
manual for the cost of $7.00 to be paid to
the instructor the day of class. Students
who attend the entire course will receive a
certificate of completion.
Summer Training
Date & Time to Be Announced
Call Kathy McIntyre to be put on training
call list at 304-263-8873, Ext. 114
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Page 21
Best Exercises for the Over-60 Crowd
The human body needs exercise to operate at full
capacity. Exercise is important at any age, but can be
particularly beneficial for individuals in their golden
years. The key is finding exercises that are both safe
and effective.
Benefits of Exercise
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
report that 28 to 44 percent of seniors ages 65 to 75
are inactive, meaning they don’t get enough daily
exercise for optimal health. Studies indicate that there
are many reasons that seniors should engage in
regular exercise.
* It can help stave off illness and chronic conditions by
keeping the immune system healthy.
* It paves the way for better sleep, including falling
asleep easier and sleeping more deeply.
* Exercise releases natural endorphins, which help a
person feel good about him or herself and can boost
* Regular exercise can promote weight loss,
especially when done in conjunction with a healthy
* Improved muscle tone can take pressure off of joints
and help with mobility.
* Research indicates that exercise can boost brain
function and keep dementia at bay.
* When participating in social exercise, seniors realize
companionship and stress relief.
* Exercise can keep systems of the body in check,
reducing constipation and helping circulatory issues.
Engaging In the Right Exercises
While it may have been the norm to do multiple,
rigorous repetitions of exercises during one’s youth,
older adults should employ different strategies. Certain
exercises are better than others and can help reduce
the risk of injury.
Before starting any type of exercise regimen, seniors
should talk with a physician about the pros and cons of
certain activities. The doctor may be able to provide
guidance as to which activities are better for specific
conditions a person has.
How to reduce prescription medication costs
For the millions of people who rely on
prescription medications every day, the
day when a drug faces generic
competition is one many circle on their
calendars. That’s because generic
prescriptions are often significantly less
expensive than brand name medications,
and consumers are able to save
substantial amounts of money once a
brand name drug faces generic
But many men and women currently
taking a brand name prescription might
be quick to point out that, while generic
medications cost less, brand name
prescriptions often rise in price in the
months before they face generic
competition. Such was the findings of a
2011 study from the AARP Public Policy
Institute that examined the 217 brand
name drugs most commonly used by
people in Medicare. Prices of drugs
facing generic competition in 2010 rose
by an average of nearly 14 percent in
2009, an increase that was nearly twice
the amount of all other drugs. So while
drugs might be more affordable once
they can be purchased generically,
consumers can expect brand name drug
manufacturers to drastically increase
their prices in the months prior to facing
manufacturers are, in a way, looking for
one last big revenue score before their
patents expire.
* Ask for generics. If there are generic
alternatives to brand name medications
available, always ask a physician for
those medications instead of their more
expensive brand name counterparts.
Your Retirement Destination
Independent Living • Assisted Living • Health Care Center
A Continuing Care Retirement Community Serving Active Seniors.
16505 Virginia Avenue • Williamsport, MD 21795
301-582-1750 • Toll Free 1-877-849-9244
Page 22
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
How to manage medications at home
Turn on the television and you’re likely to be
inundated with commercials for the latest prescription
medications that should be discussed with a doctor.
According to “Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs
Are Altering American Lives, Minds, and Bodies,” by
Greg Crister, the average number of prescriptions
drugs taken per person, annually, in 2004 was 12. It is
estimated that people will spend over $400 billion on
prescription drugs by the end of 2011. Individuals who
take multiple medications may find it difficult to
manage them all.
The challenge of managing medications can be
difficult for anyone but particularly for seniors. Some
organizational strategies and a little help from others
may be the keys to getting meds straight.
It can be challenging for many people
to keep track of all the medications
and supplements they need to take.
First and foremost, it’s important that doctors and
pharmacists know of all the medications that are being
taken. It’s a good idea to use one pharmacy to fill
prescriptions. This way it will have a record of
medication use and can alert to drug interactions that
may be dangerous, which could otherwise go
undetected. And
supplements, vitamins and medicines count, too. They
should be mentioned at the doctor’s office or, at the
very least, when getting a new prescription filled at the
pharmacy. Herbal remedies and other items -- even
foods -- can interact with certain drugs. For example,
it’s best to avoid grapefruit juice while taking many of
the cholesterol-lowering statins available.
step to getting drugs in check. There are a number of
different styles and sizes available. Seniors may want
to enlist the help of a family member to sort through
pills at the beginning of each week and place the right
pills in each compartment.
Knowing which days to take each medication is
sometimes not enough. Certain medications must be
taken at different intervals each day, often inviting
confusion. A chart listing the times of each medication
posted next to where the prescriptions are kept can
help. A watch with a timer or an alarm clock can be
programmed to chime as a reminder. Tech-savvy
people can program smart phones or PDAs with
reminders to alert when it’s time to take a pill. There
are even advanced pill dispensing systems that can
be programmed to dispense medication according to
a set schedule. The Maya from is one
to consider or the Philips Medication Dispensing
Service at
People who are worried about an elderly relative can
enlist the help of medication reminder services that
can call or message a person to keep track of pills.
They also may provide reminders about doctors’
There are a number of options available to help
make organizing care a little easier. Safety should be
the top priority when there are many different
medications that need to be taken.
Purchasing a medication organizer can be the next
Assessing your abilities as an aging driver
Aging drivers should weigh a host of factors when
determining if it’s still safe for them to be on the road.
When a person first earns a driver’s license, they’ve
earned more than just the right to legally operate an
automobile. To many drivers, a driver’s license is
symbolic of freedom and self-sufficiency.
The significance of a driver’s license never truly
dissipates, which makes it difficult for aging men and
women to address their abilities as a driver and
whether or not they can still safely share the road with
other motorists. Though many drivers can safely stay
behind the wheel well into their golden years, others
begin to recognize their skills are starting to diminish
as they approach senior citizen status. For those who
want help gauging their abilities as a driver, some
self-examination can help.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Assess your eyesight
Healthy eyes are essential to being a safe driver, and
drivers can assess their eyesight in a number of ways.
In addition to visiting an eye doctor for an eye
examination, drivers should look for signs that they’re
having difficulty with driving. If signs and street
markings aren’t so easy to read anymore, you might
need a new prescription for eyeglasses. When the glare
of headlights at night makes it difficult to see, your
driver’s seat might need to be adjusted or you might
want to consider antiglare eyeglasses that make it
easier to see at night.
Assess your comfort level
Safe drivers are also comfortable drivers. To assess
your comfort level as a driver, ask yourself the following
questions before getting back behind the wheel.
* Is it troublesome to look over your shoulder and
change lanes?
* Has steering become difficult?
* Has your reaction time when switching from the gas
pedal to the brake pedal decreased?
If you can answer “yes” to any of the questions above,
then it could be that you’re beginning to lose strength,
coordination and/or flexibility, which can make it more
difficult to operate a motor vehicle. Answering “yes”
doesn’t mean you have to give up your driver’s license.
In fact, your doctor might be able to prescribe therapies
or medicines or suggest a fitness regimen that can
make it easier for you to comfortably drive a car. In
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
addition, if you’re having trouble steering or operating
a motor vehicle in any way, you might just want to find
a vehicle that’s easier to drive, such as one with an
automatic transmission that has power steering and
When assessing your comfort level, also examine
your mental state while driving. If other drivers make
you uncomfortable or traffic signs are confusing, this
can make it difficult to safely operate an automobile.
Such feelings when driving could also be a side effect
of a particular medication, so discuss the issue with
your doctor to see if that’s the case and if there are
any alternatives.
Honestly address loved ones’ concerns
Aging drivers are often the last to notice if their
abilities behind the wheel are starting to diminish.
Loved ones are often put in the position of talking to
aging drivers about their abilities, and this can cause
friction. If loved ones have expressed concern about
your abilities as a driver, honestly address these
concerns, even if it’s initially hurtful or embarrassing
to do so. Your loved ones are sharing their feelings
out of genuine concern for your well-being, so don’t
look at it as an assault on your self-sufficiency. Some
organizations, including the AARP and AAA, offer
driving classes for mature drivers to help them more
adequately handle the challenges aging drivers might
See page 10 - AARP Safe Driving Classes.
Page 23
In order to continue to provide quality services to seniors!
Please check amount _____ $25 _____ $50 _____ $100 _____ $250 _____ $500 _____ Other
Restricted Contribution: Nutrition In Memory of Transportation ADS In Home Care Other: _______
In Honor of : ___________________________________________________(name of individual)
Please send your contributions to:
Berkeley Senior Services
217 North High St.
Martinsburg, WV 25404
(Make checks payable to Berkeley Senior Services)
Your Name _______________________________
Address _______________________________
Thank you for your generous support!
Peace of Mind
• Guaranteed Costs for the Future
• Your Choices • Medicare Qualified
Call Today For Info On:
• Preplanning Guide
• Up To $200 Off Pre-Arrangements
Some services offered by Brown Funeral Homes include:
Traditional Services
Memorial Services
Non-Traditional Services
Caskets & Cemetery Vaults
Public Speaking
Cremation Services
Cemetery Coordination
Memorial Marker Assistance
Out of Town Arrangements
When you need a place to live,
choose a place where you can
really live. A place that cultivates
friendship and an adventurous
spirit, where caring is something
we all do for each other. That’s an
Elmcroft assisted living community.
Call to schedule your visit.
Irrevocable Funeral Trusts
Call or Stop in Today for a Convenient Appointment and PrePlanning Information
327 W. King St. • Martinsburg, WV
304-263-8896 •
200 Gloucester Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Robert C. Fields, LIC
Stephen W. Hedges, Preplanning
Martinsburg • Inwood • Charles Town
Page 24
Buyers Guide Senior Spirit
Wednesday, May 2, 2012