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VOLUME 40, NUMBER 2
FEBRUARY 2012
“Serving The Needs of Orange County & Long Beach Seniors Since 1974”
Judith Sheindlin
aka Judge Judy
Orange County • Long Beach
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February Calendar of Events
It may be February, but there’s a whole lot going
on around Orange County besides Valentine’s
Day. There’s everything from car shows to a
motorcycle fundraiser. Grab a warm jacket and
head out of the house to any of these fun events.
Rotary/CARE
Car Show to
Benefit
Rotary charities,
Capistrano Animal
Rescue
San Juan Capistrano
Feb. 4
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Car Show offers a chance
to glance at a variety of antique and classic cars and
trucks, as well as the “NewCar Row” from the 11 dealers
of Capistrano Auto Center. On
hand, too, will be South County Lexus and its new 2012 LFA
sports coupe. Enjoy entertainment, food from Las Golondrinas, exhibits and prizes. At
San Juan Capistrano Community Center/Sports Park.
Annual Dr. Joe
Cortese Memorial
Motorcycle Poker
Run - Irvine
Feb. 4
The annual
fundraising
event honors
the local vet who passed away
in 2008 with motorcycle rides
provided by sponsor Orange
County Harley-Davidson in Irvine. Participants ride through
various south Orange County
locations and end the fundraiser at the Annual Rotary/
CARE Car Show in San Juan
Capistrano. The cost is $35
for rider and $25 for passenger. Price includes coffee and
donuts, lunch, prizes for best
and worst poker hand, and
car show admission. Location
starts at Orange County Harley-Davidson, 8677 Research
Dr., Irvine.
Surf City (Pacific
Shoreline) Marathon Huntington Beach
Feb. 5
Run on
Pacific Coast
Highway
past the famous Huntington
Beach pier and wind through
the
breathtaking
surfing
beaches of Southern California. Retro surf bands entertain
along the way and the Finish
Line Party includes a beachside beer garden in the California sun. Finishers receive
surfboard medals. Held at
Huntington Street and Pacific
Coast Highway. Call, 888422-ORUN (0786).
Laguna Beach Music
Festival
Feb. 6-12
This festival features
an internationally
acclaimed
mentor
musician or ensemble along
with other talented artists in
a week-long blend of performances and education. Held in
Laguna Beach. Visit http://lagunabeachmusicfestival.com/
for more information.
Taste of San Juan San Juan Capistrano
Feb. 15
6-9 p.m.
Enjoy the
kick-off
celebration of the Fiesta de las
Golondrinas at The San Juan
Hills Golf Club. The Taste
brings together a variety of San
Juan Capistrano restaurants all
under one roof. Come taste and
enjoy the scenery. Admission
is $20.00 per person which includes all tastes. Held at San
Juan Hills Golf Club, San Juan
Capistrano. Call, 949-4931976 for more information.
Timberwolf 5 K Run/
Walk - Irvine
Feb. 18
8 a.m.
This USATF
Certified 5K
course was designed by former
NHS Track coach, Rob Duncanson, an age group winner
of numerous road races. Walkers and casual participants are
welcome. Race distances include 5K Run/Walk and 1K
Fun Run. Held at Northwood
High School, 4515 Portola
Parkway, Irvine.
Los Alamitos
‘Race on the Base’
Los Alamitos, Feb. 25
The race is held on the runways at the Joint Forces Train-
ing Base in Los
Alamitos
and
features helicopters, planes and
military vehicles with music
throughout the
course. Events
and activities for the whole
family. Call, 562-430-1073 for
more information.
Get Outdoors! OC at
O’Neill Regional Park
Trabuco Canyon
Feb. 25
12 - 3 p.m.
The day
will be filled
with outdoor
activities such as naturalist-led
hikes, nature crafts, and more.
Each Get Outdoors event is
at a different location with
various games and activities
depending on the park. Cost:
Free (This program is generously sponsored by a grant.).
Held at O’Neill Regional Park,
Trabuco Canyon. Call, (714)
708-3885 for more information.
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Judith Sheindlin
Judith Sheindlin, better known
as Judge Judy (born October
21, 1942), is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, and author. Since 1996,
Sheindlin has presided over
her own syndicated courtroom
show, Judge Judy, and is well
known for her no-nonsense legal style and powerful personality, sharpness, and quick wit.
Sheindlin passed the New
York Bar examination in 1965,
and became a prosecutor in the
family court system. In 1982
Mayor Ed Koch appointed her
a judge, first in criminal court,
then later as Manhattan’s supervising family court judge
in 1986.
Early life and
education
Sheindlin was born Judith Susan Blum on October 21, 1942
to German-Jewish parents,
Murray, a dentist, and Ethel
Blum.[1] She described her
father as “the greatest thing
since sliced bread”, and her
mother as “a meat and potatoes kind of gal.
Sheindlin attended James
Madison High School in
Brooklyn before going on to
American University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in government. She then
enrolled at the Washington
College of Law at American
University where she was the
only woman in a class of 126
students. She finished her law
school education at New York
Law School, where she graduated in 1965.
Marriages and family
In 1964 Sheindlin married
Ronald Levy, who later be-
violence, and juvenile crime.
By 1982 Sheindlin’s no-nonsense attitude inspired New
York Mayor, Ed Koch, to appoint her as a judge in criminal
court. Four years later she was
promoted to supervising judge
in the Manhattan division of
the family court. She earned
a reputation as a tough judge,
notorious for fast decisionmaking and wise-cracking
judgments.
Sheindlin in 2010
came a prosecutor in juvenile
court; they moved together to
New York and had two children.[1] The couple divorced
in 1976 after 12 years of marriage.
In 1977 she married Jerry
Sheindlin, also a judge and
also a divorcé. They divorced
in 1990, partially as a result
of the stress and struggles that
Sheindlin incurred after her
father’s death that same year.
They remarried the following
year. The Sheindlins have five
children between the two of
them as well as several grandchildren.
Legal career
Sheindlin passed the New
York Bar Exam in 1965, the
same year as her graduation,
and was hired as a corporate
lawyer for a cosmetics firm.
Within two years she became
dissatisfied with her job and
left to raise her two children.
She was soon made aware of a
position in the New York court
system as a prosecutor in the
family courts. In her role as a
lawyer Sheindlin prosecuted
child abuse cases, domestic
In February 1993 Sheindlin’s
outspoken reputation made her
the subject of a Los Angeles
Times article, profiling her as
a woman determined to make
the court system work for the
common good She subsequently was featured in a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes,
bringing her national recognition. This led to her first book,
Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell
Me It’s Raining, published in
1996. She retired as a criminal
court judge that same year after hearing over 20,000 cases.
After her retirement, Sheindlin
continued to receive increasing amounts of public attention.
has been the number one court
show since its debut, the only
original show on television to
increase its ratings yearly, and
has integrated itself into American pop culture.
The show’s ratings have been
very high, averaging approximately 10 million viewers
daily It is especially popular
among female viewers between the ages of 25 and 54.
Author Brendan I. Koerner
commented in regard to the
popularity of Judge Judy:
“Court-show viewers don’t
seem to want moral conundrums or technical wrinkles.
They love Sheindlin’s show because she offers them a fantasy
of how they’d like the justice
system to operate—swiftly, and
without procedural mishaps or
uppity lawyers. They get to see
wrongdoers publicly humiliated by a strong authority figure.
There is no uncertainty after
Sheindlin renders her verdict
and bounds off the bench, and
there certainly are no lengthy
appeals.[7]”
Not long after her retirement
in 1996, Sheindlin was approached about possibly starring in a new courtroom television program, featuring real
cases with real rulings. She
accepted the offer.
Judge Judy stands next to
a portrait of herself
Sheindlin’s syndicated courtroom series Judge Judy debuted on September 16, 1996. The
show met with instant success
and made Sheindlin a celebrity, becoming well known
for her strict, no-nonsense attitude and wit. The program
Sheindlin resides in Connecticut and New York, and travels
to Florida in the winter. She
commutes to Los Angeles every other week for two to four
days to tape episodes of Judge
Judy. Sheindlin extended her
contract through 2012–13 (its
17th season)[ due to high ratings as well as her belief that
people are still engaged in the
program. Sheindlin admits the
show is “seductive” and hard
to give up. Said Sheindlin,
“I’m not tired. I still feel engaged by what I do and I still
have people who like to watch
it.In 2005 Sheindlin’s salary
was US $25 million per year.]
Her net worth at the beginning
of 2007 was $95 million and
she ranked number 13 on the
Forbes magazine top 20 richest women in entertainment In
February 2006, Sheindlin received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame. As a result of
her stardom, she served as a
judge for the 1999 Miss America Pageant References to
Sheindlin as Judge Judy have
appeared on TV shows including Will & Grace, NBC’s The
Weakest Link, The Practice
and the Academy Awards, as
well as the book “America: A
Citizen’s Guide to Democracy
Inaction” by Jon Stewart, she
has also appeared in numerous cable news interviews In
December 2009 Sheindlin told
the story of her life and career in Family Court, as well
as “Judge Judy” and her published works in a two-hour
interview for the Archive of
American Television. In July
2010 Sheindlin’s contract was
renewed, so she now will receive $45 million per year to
tape her show, which is currently the top rated daytime
show in the US. On March 30,
2011, Sheindlin was admitted
to the hospital after she fainted
on the set of her show. She was
released the next day, and it is
not known what caused her to
faint.
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Living Alone and Liking it
By Susanna Starr
When I returned
to New York,
after 33 years,
to attend a wedding with my
daughter,
we
were invited to
stay with the
one and only
friend
from
those times that
I had kept in contact with. She
had visited me some years ago,
and we had been in contact
ever since.
Jennifer was excited to know
that we were planning on being in New York and enthusiastically and generously
offered to pick us up at the
airport on Long Island, take
us to her home for a couple of
nights and then send us off on
the Long Island Railroad to the
city where we would spend the
next couple of days.
The trip turned out to be so
much better than I had anticipated and being back in a oncefamiliar environment was
sweet. Having Jennifer pick
us up when we returned from
our city trip, taking us back to
her house,
meeting old
friends for
dinner, and
then
taking us to
the airport
the following morning was so
supportive.
And she smiled all the way
through the visit, interspersed
with laughter and good humor.
Yes, being with Jennifer was a
delight, but equally as delightful was seeing the life she had
created for herself. Divorced
from her husband for many
years, she was completely relaxed and satisfied with the
way her life had unfolded and
with the decisions she had
made.
A former librarian, she was
still actively involved with
the library in her small town
where she also worked as a
volunteer. She lived practically
in the center of this charming
North Shore town located on
Long Island Sound, which was
quaint and attracted tourists as
well as providing ferry trans-
portation across the Sound to
Connecticut. Her house was
small and easy to maintain and
she had close-by access to the
railroad when she wanted to
visit her children in the city.
Every year she traveled with
friends to a different part of the
world and seemed to thoroughly enjoy these trips. Another
avid reader, she had lots of
time to pursue her most enjoyable interest. It’s hard to think
of her except for a smile on her
face and laughter in her voice.
She’d like to lose weight but
feels that giving up her smoking habit was more important
to her health.
Of all the people I know, she
seems to have eliminated the
word “stress” from her vocabulary. Now, isn’t that a gift!!
Susanna Starr is the author of
“Fifty and Beyond: New Beginnings in Health and WellBeing.”
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Winter Colds
By Jim McDevitt
Everyone sooner or later gets
a winter cold. Right now, as
I speak with you I am fighting a head cold that is trying
to kill me. I shouldn’t say this
but I hate my cold. I really, really do. It’s personal between
the cold and me. I go through
boxes of Kleenex like ants go
through food dropped on the
ground at a picnic.
I was on the checkout line today with my groceries when
I started sneezing and blowing my nose. People left the
line to avoid me like I was the
walking plague.
Years ago, when I was working in an office, one of my
colleagues was sneezing and
coughing just as I am. He was
a new employee and we hit
it off, becoming friends. He
remarked how he wished he
could get rid of his cold. Having a sense of humor, I turned
to him saying, “You know
John there is an old Irish remedy that works and it’s been
used for years to cure a cold.”
“What’s that,” he asked.
Keeping my serious game face
on, I said, “You take some
Irish whiskey in a shot glass,
tilt your head back and pour it
down both nostrils, keeping it
there for a full 30 seconds and
it cures the cold.” The phone
rang when I finished giving
this advice and I answered it,
forgetting completely about it.
The next day John came to
work looking and sounding worse. He sat down still
coughing and sneezing and
turned to me saying, “Jim, I
tried your Irish remedy for my
cold. It just about killed me.
It burnt my sinuses but didn’t
help.” I almost bit my tongue
in two to prevent myself from
erupting in laughter.
After that event, I’m careful of
what I say to anyone in jest. I
just hope John doesn’t read
this story because I never had
the heart to tell him it was just
a joke.
There are good points about
having a cold but you have to
search long and hard to find
them. One is my wife treats
me as if I’m Typhoid Mary.
No longer am I allowed in the
kitchen. Everything I need is
served to me.
“I need some butter for my
toast,” I say to myself as I prepare to get up and go to the refrigerator.
“I’ll get it,” my wife says jumping up from her seat and into
the kitchen to retrieve butter. I
offer to unload the clean dishes
from the dishwasher and I am
told not to touch them. I offer
to set the table for dinner and
my wife says “No, no.”
Previously, when I was well,
I was pressed into service for
these jobs. I answer the phone
when it rings and when I am
finished with the call and hang
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up, my wife comes over, picks
up the phone, sprays a disinfecting spray all over the
phone and wipes it clean.
If someone were to invent a
pill that gave a man the outward appearance of having a
cold while actually not having
one, he could become rich. It
would be a pill for men only
advertised as: “Guaranteed to
keep you out of the kitchen.
Side effects are no housework
for the man of the house.”
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February Book Club
by Debbie L. Sklar
There has never been a better time than this month to start reading a good
book. Whether it is a good mystery that you like or something deeper, there
are plenty to choose from. Here is a short list of some of the latest and
greatest book finds.
In the Still of the Night
By Ann Rule
Pocket Books Publishers
“From true-crime legend Ann
Rule comes this riveting story
of a young woman whose life
ended too soon—and a determined mother’s eleven-year
crusade to clear her daughter’s
name.
da was coming home.
It was nine days before Christmas 1998, and thirty-two-yearold Ronda Reynolds was getting ready to travel from Seattle
to Spokane to visit her mother
and brother and grandmother
before the holidays. Ronda’s
second marriage was dissolving after less than a year, her
career as a pioneering female
Washington State Trooper had
ended, but she was optimistic about starting over again.
“I’m actually looking forward
to getting on with my life,”
she told her mother earlier the
night before. “I just need a few
days with you guys.” Barb
Thompson, Ronda’s mother,
who had met her daughter’s
second husband only once before, was just happy that Ron-
“At 6:20 that morning, Ron
Reynolds called 911 and told
the dispatcher his wife was
dead. She had committed
suicide, he said, although he
hadn’t heard the gunshot and
he didn’t know if she had a
pulse. EMTs arrived, detectives arrived, the coroner’s
deputy arrived, and a postmortem was conducted. Lewis
County Coroner Terry Wilson,
who neither visited the death
scene nor attended the autopsy,
declared the manner of Ronda’s death as “undetermined.”
Over the next eleven years,
Coroner Wilson would change
that manner of death from “undetermined” to “suicide,” back
to “undetermined”—and then
back to “suicide” again,” according to the publisher.
A Universe from
Nothing
Why There Is
Something Rather
than Nothing
Fatal Error
A Novel
By J.A. Jance
Pocket Star Publishers
By Lawrence M. Krauss
Free Press Publishers
“Lawrence Krauss’s provocative answers to these and other
timeless questions in a wildly
popular lecture now on YouTube have attracted almost a
million viewers. The last of
these questions in particular
has been at the center of religious and philosophical debates about the existence of
God, and it’s the supposed
counterargument to anyone
who questions the need for
God. As Krauss argues, scientists have, however, historically focused on other, more
pressing issues—such as figuring out how the universe actually functions, which can ultimately help us to improve the
quality of our lives,” according
to the publisher.
“Ali Reynolds begins the summer thinking her most difficult
challenge will be surviving a
six-week- long course as the
lone forty-something female at
the Arizona Police Academy—
not to mention taking over the
6:00 AM shift at her family’s
restaurant while her parents
enjoy a long overdue Caribbean cruise. However, when
Brenda Riley, a colleague from
Ali’s old news broadcasting
days in California, shows up in
town with an alcohol problem
and an unlikely story about a
missing fiancé, Ali reluctantly
agrees to help.
“The man posing as Brenda’s
fiancé is revealed to be Richard Lowensdale, a cyber-sociopath who has left a trail of
broken hearts in his virtual
wake. When he is viciously
murdered, the women he once
victimized are considered suspects. The police soon focus
their investigation on Brenda,
who is already known to have
broken into Richard’s home
and computer before vanishing without a trace. Attempting
to clear her friend’s name, Ali
is quickly drawn into a web of
online intrigue that may lead
to a real-world fatal error,” according to the publisher.
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Fat Eyes Can Make You Look Old
By Abigail Aaronson
Has anyone you known ever
asked you, “Do my eyes look
fat?” Probably not. So, why is
there eyelid surgery?
Actually, over time, fat does
accumulate in that area. There
is also a build-up of excess skin
and muscle, which creates a
droopy and puffy appearance.
Fat can also contribute to bags
under your eyes, which make
you look perpetually sleepy.
Look older or younger
Your eyes are probably the
biggest factor in whether you
look older or younger than
your age. Drooping, bags, and
puffiness make you look older
than your years, even if you’re
just over 30. But, smooth, tight
lids can take years off your
face, and give you confidence
about your appearance.
What eyelid surgery
won’t do
Before electing to have this
corrective procedure, there are
two things that eyelid surgery
will not do.
The procedure can reduce
droopiness and make you look
younger, but it won’t get rid of
“crow’s feet.” These wrinkles
have a totally different cause,
and if you want to get rid of
them, you must use a method
of wrinkle removal, such as
Botox or supplements.
Blepharoplasty
In the medical world, eyelid
surgery is called blepharoplasty. Before you decide to
have this procedure, here are
some basic things you should
consider.
Eyelid surgery won’t drastically alter your appearance. It is
best for those whose eyes are
droopy due to aging, or those
for whom baggy eyes run in
the family.
Who’s at risk?
If you have thyroid problems
or any ocular medical disorders, blepharoplasty may be
quite risky. Heart disease or
circulation problems may also
put you at risk. Be sure to tell
your doctor everything during
the consultation.
The entire process takes up to
three hours but rarely involves
a hospital stay. A local anesthetic is usually used.
The first step is your
consultation
This is very important. Tell
your doctor exactly what you
want done, and discuss with
them what you can expect.
Most importantly, follow your
doctor’s orders about what you
can eat, drink or do before the
operation.
Smokers
Smokers will have to quit cold
turkey for some period of time
before the surgery. It is very
important that you follow all
of your doctor’s instructions
carefully.
Incisions
Your doctor will probably perform the blepharoplasty there
in the clinic. You will be put
under local anesthetic. The
doctor will make incisions just
above and just below the upper and lower lids (depending
on which procedure you are
having) in a natural crease so
that the scars will not be readily visible.
Most surgeries involve removing extra skin and fat and trimming down the muscles. After
this is finished, the doctor will
suture the incisions and you
will be ready to go.
What to expect after
the surgery
After surgery, you may experience some soreness and swelling around the incision site.
For this, your doctor will give
you cold compresses and pain
medications. You can usually
return to normal activity in
about 10 days.
Within the first few days, you
will be able to watch TV and
do most things you regularly
do, but contact wearers will
have to wait longer before putting in lenses.
Eyelid surgery plus
Eyelid surgery is often used in
conjunction with other types
of plastic surgery, such as a
brow lift or a face lift. Through
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a combination of methods, you
can have a totally new facial
appearance, and take years off
your looks!
Abigail Aaronson is an expert
on skin care and cosmetic surgery.
This article originally appeared on the online website
“Let Life In.” Check out other articles of interest. www.
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Every January, the extravaganza known as the Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) in
Las Vegas is a mecca of gadgetry expected to hit the retail
shelves in the next 12 months.
What I found, however, was far
more exciting. Almost hidden
behind the behemoth booths
that occupy huge chunks of
real estate on the show floor
were scattered windows offering some spectacular views of
what’s in store for the future.
At auto shows, these windows
are called “concept cars.” At
CES, they are known as prototypes – mockups of products
Health kiosk
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by Les Goldberg
DriveCap
not quite ready for prime time.
What will consumer electronics devices look like in the not
too distant future? Join me for
a words-eye tour:
A must-see was the Quality of Life Technology
Center exhibit, sponsored
by Carnegie Mellon University and the University
of Pittsburgh. The center’s purpose is to “transform lives in a large and
growing segment of the
population – people with
reduced functionality due
to aging or disability.”
Here some examples:
VibeAttire
Takes listening to music, playing video games or watching
movies to a new level by allowing you to feel the vibrations of sounds, as if you were
at a live concert. A set of vibration motors are embedded
or sewn into ordinary clothing
and all you have to do is plug
in your MP3 player or other
mobile devices. VibeAttire is
especially helpful for therapy
and people with hearing loss.
Carnegie Mellon scientists
are working to create a homebased system for senior citizens to easily, conveniently
and affordably collect their
health vital measurements by
themselves, and communicate
them to their doctors when
needed. Nothing to wear, just
step in and step out and the information is collected, recorded and transmitted.
dWellSense
By attaching sensors to every
day objects, like pillboxes, telephones, etc., that seniors use,
valuable information can be
gathered to help assess cognitive decline without the need
of a clinician to provide input
every day.
Romibo
This is a pet-like, do-it-yourself toy robot kit designed for
therapy to improve people’s
emotional and social responses. It responds to touch, sound
and presence, and users can
change its appearance. It is
mobile (you can take it anywhere), and is compatible with
today’s standard hand-held
Smartphones and personal
computers.
Home Eploring
Robot Butler
Engineers are exploring ways
for robots to provide physical assistance in the home.
Seniors with mobility challenges can summon the robot
to “fetch” items, like food or
beverages from the refrigerator, a book from a shelf, or an
item of clothing in a closet.
Engineers also are working on
systems that will provide feedback to older drivers so they
can be more aware of their
own driving habits while offering guidance on vehicle operation. In addition, automated
systems are being developed
to give motor vehicles the
ability to park safely in parking lots.
And here’s something you can
use right now to help you keep
your New Year’s resolution to
lose weight:
iHealth Digital Scale
Uses Bluetooth technology
so you can weigh in from
anywhere. With the iHealth
Digital Scale App from Apple, it can read and record
your weight on your iPod
Touch, iPhone and iPad. You
can track your progress and
organize records with simple,
personalized graph tools, then
share the information with
your doctor or physical therapist. Price: $69.95 and batteries are included. Available
at www.iHealth99.com. The
app is free at the App Store.
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Saves Lives, But Many
People Don’t Get Tested
February
Spotlight
Senior Spotlight of the Month
by Debbie L. Sklar
This month’s Senior Spotlight
centers on Tom Berney, 55, a
mail carrier by day, and a motorcycle lover in his off time.
During his busy work days,
one can see Berney in South
County sorting and delivering
mail and packages, but as soon
as his shift is over, look out.
He likes to jump on his motorcycle and ride into the sunset.
Here’s a closer look at Berney
who doesn’t let age get in his
way.
Q: Where were you born and
raised?
A: Scranton, PA
Q: What is your full time job?
A: My father moved the family to Capo Beach in 1959 to
work at South Coast Hospital
as one of the first doctors on
staff. I went to San Clemente
High School and Fullerton
Junior College before working
as a dental technician. After
that, I joined the Civil Service
as a letter carrier in 1989. I’ve
worked for the US Post Office
for 25 years.
Q: What is the best part of your
job?
A: Getting to know my customers and taking pride in
Civil Service work.
Q: What keeps you young at
heart?
A: Keeping in good shape and
riding my Triumph Scrambler.
Also staying connected to my
daughters and their friends, because the more you know what
the latest trends are and if you
engage in meaningful conversations, we all stay young and
grow closer to each other. I
also say to choose a belief and
cultivate the God of your understanding. The God qualities
will then become who you are,
as we are all spiritual beings
having a human experience
and enjoying the here and now.
Any advice I would give to anyone is to stay in the moment
and live for today without any
regrets of any past mistakes.
Q: Tell us about your affection
for motorcycles.
A: My passion with motorcycles started when I was young
and it still is a passion. I used
to ride a dirt bike to high
school through what we called
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the ‘tomato patch,’ an old farm
field that went from Capistrano Beach to San Clemente.
My passion for motorcycles
was shared by my closest
friends who still also ride.
Q: Family?
A: Single, dating a nice woman, and I have two daughters,
19 and 22, and a cat named
Sammy.
Q: Where do you hope to be in
five years?
A: I hope to retire and move to
a mountain community, but I
love my job and don’t plan on
leaving any time soon.
Q: Any community volunteering?
A: I had umpired high school
teams and youth baseball for
19 years, I hope to start again.
Q: Spare time?
A: I feel connected to my religious science teachings and
continuously take classes
(NAPS)—One in three people
50 years old or older has not
been screened for colon cancer, yet screening could help
save their lives. This statistic
is just one of the troubling
findings of a na­tional study by
the Colon Cancer Alli­ance, the
leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated
to increasing colon cancer
screening rates and survivorship, and Quest Diagnostics,
the world’s leading diagnostic testing company. The two
organizations re­cently teamed
up to uncover the barriers that
prevent people from being
tested for colon cancer (also
known as colo­rectal cancer),
the second-leading cause of
cancer-related deaths in men
and women in the U.S.
Screening by colonoscopy, fecal immunochemical tests and
other methods helps identify
colon cancer in early stages
when it is still highly treatable.
For this reason, the American
Cancer Society recommends
screening for every man and
woman of average risk, beginning at age 50. African
Americans, smokers and anyone who has a family history
or other risk factors should
be tested even earlier. Yet the
Colon Cancer Alliance/Quest
Diagnostics study found that
many people 50 and over are
not being screened. Moreover, the barriers to screening
ranged from the lack of recommendation for screening
by a healthcare professional to
time and cost constraints. The
study also suggested that fear
of the bowel preparation, side
effects and anesthesia typically associated with colonoscopy are additional barriers.
“Screening tests like a colon­
oscopy do a superb job of
catching colon cancer in early,
treatable stages,” said Jon R.
Cohen, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer,
Quest Diagnostics. “Unfortunately, some people re­fuse to
undergo these proven tests because they find them inconve­
nient and unpleasant. Other
individuals simply do not understand the value of screening, in some cases because a
healthcare professional has not
talked to them about it.”
The study also found that 80
percent of respondents said
they’d be more likely to be
screened if a convenient blood
test were available. Blood tests
that detect the DNA of colon
cancer tumors shed into the
bloodstream are available in
the U.S. and Europe, but have
yet to be adopted into medical guidelines for screening.
Quest Diagnostics offers its
ColoVantage blood test to help
physicians evaluate colon cancer risk in patients who refuse
to undergo colonoscopy or
other guideline-recommended
tests. A positive test result requires further evaluation that
may include colonoscopy.
“Any death from colon cancer due to a failure to screen
is a tragedy that could have
been prevented,” said Andrew
Spiegel, chief executive officer of the Colon Cancer AlContinued on page 14
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Showing Compassion For
Community Cats
(NAPS)—It is no secret that
Americans love house cats.
Research estimates that more
than one-third of all U.S.
households have one or more
cats as pets. However, what
may be less well known is
that this affection does not end
with house cats.
Caring For Outdoor
Cats
“Americans care about outdoor cats, too, and want to
help them,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat
Allies, an advocacy group.
“Research shows that 40 percent of Americans have fed a
stray cat at least once in their
lives. Millions provide this
help every day, making sure
the outdoor cats in their communities have food, water and
simple shelter.”
Most of these cats cannot be
adopted into homes because
they are not socialized to people. These cats are known as
“feral” cats and are the same
species as domestic cats, but
are not accustomed to life indoors. Instead, they live outdoors in family groups called
colonies.
Science, said Robinson, shows
feral cats can be just as healthy
and live the same long lives as
pet cats, content in their outdoor homes.
The traditional response to
feral cats is called “catch and
kill.” More than 70 percent of
all cats taken to animal pounds
and shelters are killed there.
For unadoptable feral cats,
impoundment in a shelter almost always means a death
sentence. This approach, say
critics, is very costly and cruel,
and it doesn’t work to control
the cats’ numbers.
A Better Approach
In the past two decades, many
communities across the country have rejected catch and
kill in favor of Trap-NeuterReturn, a program that ends
the breeding cycle humanely
while respecting the cats’ natural life outdoors.
Photo credit: Jason Putsché
monsense ap­
proaches to
outdoor cats,” she said.
For more information, visit
www.alleycat.org.
Cats in Trap-Neuter-Return
programs have an “eartip” to
indicate they’ve been neutered
and vaccinated.
Benefits Cited
The experts at Alley Cat Allies
say that communities that have
embraced Trap-Neuter-Return
see huge benefits. The cats
are neutered, which means no
more litters of kittens. They’re
vaccinated, which broadens already successful public health
efforts for rabies prevention.
The cats also become better
neighbors, because once they
are returned to their colony,
behaviors associated with mating cats—such as yowling and
fighting—cease. Cats in TrapNeuter-Return programs have
an “eartip”—a small portion
of the left ear is removed while
under anaesthesia—to indicate they’ve been neutered and
vaccinated.
According to Robinson, TrapNeuter-Return respects Americans’ empathy for the four-legged creatures who share their
neighborhoods.
“We are an animal-loving
society. Americans want
compassionate and com-
Colon Cancer
Screening Saves
Lives, But Many
People Don’t Get
Tested
continued from page 13
liance. “I encourage patients
to talk to their healthcare providers about the importance of
colon cancer screening, their
risk factors for colon cancer,
and the different screening
tests available. With increased
screening rates, deaths from
colon cancer may one day be a
thing of the past.”
To learn more, visit­www.ccalliance.org or www.QuestDiagnostics.com/ColoVantage.
Over 50? Talk to your doctor
about getting tested for colon
cancer.
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THE SOURCE FOR SENIOR LIVING
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Aspen, Colorado
Subsequent renovation projects have continuously taken
place throughout the years.
The Hotel Jerome an Auberge
Resort is located at 300 East
Main St. in Aspen. For reservations phone (800) 331-7213
or
www.hoteljerome.com.
The hotel provides guests with
complimentary transportation
to and from the airport. Upon
landing contact the hotel for
pick up.
By Mel and Ronnie Greenberg
Photos by Mel Greenberg
Historic Aspen, a magically enchanting winter skiing
mecca is on par with Europe’s
finest. The presence of the surrounding magnificence of the
mountains can be felt and seen
on every corner of this legendary city.
Aspen’s origins were sparked
in 1879 when the cry of “silver” sent prospectors flocking
across the Continental Divide
into Ute City. By spring the
city with its awe inspiring natural beauty, and stunning panorama of mountains, became
known as Aspen.
Rich silver ore, two railroads,
and investments from wealthy
entrepreneurs, turned Aspen
Unpack Your Bags
The Hotel Jerome an Auberge
Resort has been Aspen’s crown
jewel since 1889, when mogul
Jerome B.Wheeler, built his
posh European style hotel in
the heart of downtown. Well,
over a century later, it’s still
said that, “if you haven’t been
to the Jerome, you haven’t
been to Aspen.” The 93 richly appointed guestrooms and
spacious junior double, double
king and one-bedroom suites
offer special touches, including beds with down comforters, feather pillows, bathrobes,
exceptionally roomy closets
and oversized baths.
The outdoor pool with a Jacuz
zi on each end provides year
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in the relaxed atmosphere of
Jacobs Corner located adjacent
to the airy hallway that leads to
the garden terrace. The menu
has a choice of breakfast essentials, soups, salads, sandwiches and specialties with
dishes ranging from traditional
favorites to current culinary
trends
For lunch and dinner, The Garden Terrace offers distinctive
American cuisine, seasonal regional specialties and Sunday
brunch.
Take a Guided Tour of
Historic Hotel Jerome
Enjoy viewing the old photos
and artifacts of the hotel that
was a paragon of hospitality in
1889. In its heyday, the Jerome
was a modern marvel, boasting
90 guestrooms, 15 bathrooms
with indoor plumbing, hot
and cold running water, steam
heat, elevator and was fully
lit by electricity. The “silver
crash” sent the Jerome reeling
until it was restored to its former glory in 1948. When it
Aspen Recreation
Winter sports fanatics will find
the skiing is intoxicating and
the powder heavenly. Aspen
offers skiers and snowboarders the power of four of the
world’s greatest mountainsAspen, 11,212 feet and a 14
minute ride to the summit on
the Silver Queen Gondola,
with 76 trails on 673 acres of
skiable terrain; Buttermilk,
9,900-foot summit with 42
trails encompassing 430 acres
of skiable terrain; Aspen High
The Library, marked by custom
wallpaper, carpeting, draperies, oversized leather sofas and
club chairs, is a sophisticated
lounge that offers an abbreviated menu from all the venues.
Featured are specialty coffee
drinks, premium liquors, wine,
port and an extensive selection
of Scotch and cigars.
into a boomtown. But boom
turned to gloom in 1893,
when gold replaced silver as
the national standard. Mining declined and farming and
ranching sustained the valley
until the 1940s when it was
re-invented as a ski town and
cultural center. Over the years,
the rich and famous made it a
haven for upscale shops, and
restaurants as well as luxury
homes.
round enjoyment. Tiles around
the pool are heated, and
there’s a hutch stocked with
warm towels, robes and slippers. Other amenities include
a video library, complimentary wireless and wired (high
speed) Internet access, ski
storage, spa tub and fitness facilities.
Hotel Dining
Enjoy breakfast and lunch
The J-Bar, an authentic saloon
ambiance with a brick and
wood bar, has been Aspen’s favorite watering hole since the
1890s. Lunch and dinner, plus
beer, wine and cocktails are
served at this après-ski hotspot
that attracts a diverse mix of
locals, tourists and celebrities.
began attracting artists, avantgarde writers, and movie stars
like Gary Cooper, Lana Turner, Hedy LaMarr and John
“Duke” Wayne, the Jerome
and Aspen were propelled onto
the world’s celebrity map. In
1985, restored once again, the
historic Jerome was recognized as an exceptional example of mine camp architecture.
lands at 11,675 feet; offers
131 trails on 790 acres of skiable terrain; and Snowmass
the highest of them all at 12,
510 feet. Together they form
one giant ski resort, which
can be accessed with multimountain life passes. Scenic
cross country trails are available for beginner, intermediate
and advanced skiers. Private
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and group ski lessons can be
tailored to individual levels of
skill.
If you get tired of skiing you
can explore the surrounding mountains on snowshoes,
glide across the snow on
horse-drawn sleighs, or go
snowmobiling and dog sledding. Ice skating is available at
Aspen Ice Gardens and at The
Silver Circle. The Aspen Recreational Center offers access
to a 32-foot climbing tower,
aquatic center, NHL–size ice
arena with grandstands and individual locker rooms.
Nearby Activities and
Points of Interest
The Wheeler Opera House was
built in 1889 when Jerome B.
Wheeler deemed it only fitting that there should be a truly
magnificent opera house, and
so he built one. Restored to
its Victorian splendor by the
city of Aspen in 1985, it is one
of the town’s most treasured
historic buildings. Today, the
Wheeler Opera House is the
Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, and a whole
lot more. www.wheeleroperahouse.com
The Holden/Marolt Mining &
Ranching Museum is set in the
1891 barn house that was part
of the extensive Holden ore
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processing mill. On view is a
9-foot square model of the site
as it was in the early 1890s,
and the actual machinery that
made the mining process work.
The Wheeler/Stallard Museum
is set in a 1889 house that was
built by Jerome B. Wheeler
The house and carriage house,
overseen by the Aspen Historical Society, serves as a setting for revolving exhibits and
headquarter for collections and
archives from Aspen’s history.
Phone (970)925-3721.
The Aspen Art Museum offers
year round exhibitions of fine
arts and architecture. Phone
(970) 925-8050 or www.aspenartmuseum.org
Hallam Lake Nature Preserve
and Learning Center are places
to discover and study natural
communities. The preserve has
been permanently set aside to
protect plants and animals native to the Aspen area. Hallam
Lake encompasses a marsh,
a wet meadow, a river, and a
pond. A half-mile loop nature
trail is available for visitors.
This trail meanders in and out
of wetlands and includes stops
at various observation decks.
www.aspennature.org
Ute Cemetery – In 1880 “Colonel” Kirby from Texas was the
first prospector to die in Aspen
and buried at was to become
Ute Cemetery. Continued to
be used by the town’s working class it is estimated that at
least 200 graves are located on
the site, over half of which are
unmarked. In the late 1990s local residents urged the city to
restore the cemetery. With well
attended volunteer work it was
completed in 2001. Two monuments dedicated to those who
are buried at Ute Cemetery
are installed at the entryway.
www.aspenpitkincom
The John Denver Sanctuary
is located in a peaceful park
near Rio Grande Park in Aspen, near the Roaring Fork
River beneath the mighty
snow-capped peaks of Maroon
Bells mountains. The memorial features many of Denver’s
songs carved into large granite stones. www.john-denversanctuary.
Dining
A premier dining destination
Aspen features restaurants
that appeals to every palate.
Popular ones include: Little
Annie’s Eating House established in 1972 and known for
its home-style cooking. Favorites include Rocky Moun-
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tain chili, beef stew, spinach
pie veggie plate, grilled veal
brat, grilled prime rib sandwich, and topped with Annie’s
apple crisp, vanilla or mocha
ice cream pie, or chocolate avalanche brownie sundae. (970)
925-1098; Woody Creek Plaza
is the place where locals and
celebrities love to hang out.
The tavern menu includes the
likes of wild caught smoked
Pacific salmon filet, smoked
trout filet, chicken and vegetarian chorizo flautas combination, New Mexico-style green
chile, and New York Black
Angus steak (970) 923-4585.
Other favorites are: Boogie’s
Diner for burgers and shakes;
Su Casa for traditional Mexican fare; Bruno for pizza and
pasta; and Ute City Restaurant,
a relatively new Americanstyle bistro.
Getting To and
Around Aspen
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport
is served by United, American
and Frontier and is located five
miles from downtown. Aspen
is also accessible via Eagle
Airport, a 75-mile drive from
Aspen, as well as Denver International Airport, which is
208 miles away.
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Guaranteed
Income For Life
by Valerie Schwait
Passing The Written
DMV Test
Are you worried
about passing the
written DMV test?
According to the LA Times,
you should be. They say that
50% of the first time takers
fail the test. That means that
nearly 400,000 Californians
fail the test every year. And
if you are a senior citizen, you
have to re-take that same test
starting at age 70.
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A recent study found that
when retirees were essentially
faced with a coin toss, where
if it came up heads they’d win
$100 and if it came up tails
they’d lose $10, half of the retirees wouldn’t take the bet—
even though the upside is 10 to
0ne. This has strong implications for fixed annuities. The
first one is that a significant
number of retirees won’t have
anything to do with the stock
market if they understand that
money can be lost. The key
here is the retiree understands
that there is a risk of loss.
The study also found the most
convincing annuity message is
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“this product can help you remain independent throughout
retirement because the money
will never run out.” All in all,
around 60 percent of retirees
thought the independence and
peace of mind that a lifetime of
annuity income provides were
worthwhile reasons to consider buying an annuity.
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For many people, reading a
driver’s manual makes comprehending the rules of the
road very difficult. That’s
why Powell Productions, an
Emmy award-winning firm in
Torrance, California, produced
“Passing the Written DMV
Test”. It’s an educational DVD
that translates all the information found in the sometimes
cumbersome Department of
Motor Vehicles handbook into
an easy 40-minute program
that guarantees viewers will
pass the written exam the first
time they take it or their money back.
The program can eliminate
the frustration that comes with
reading the driver’s manual,
which normally takes both
seniors and teenagers several
days to read. By incorporating
audio, visual and written cues
throughout the program, viewers learn the driving information in a fast, fun and friendly
manner. The program is based
on California Law, but works
for all 50 states and comes in
English and Spanish.
“There are several programs
that help people understand
the vehicle code. But in my
53 years in driving training, I
believe this is the best product
on the market,” said George
Hensel, Ph.D., former president of Driving Schools of
America. Additionally, the LA
Times headline raved: “Skip
the Book, Watch the Film.”
The program can be purchased
through the company web site:
www.passingthedmvtest.com.
Or you may pay by check or
money order. The DVD is
only $19.95 but with sales tax
and shipping and handling, the
total cost is $25.85. Our address is: Powell Productions,
2600 West 225th St., Torrance,
CA 90505. If you have any
questions, simply call Charles
Powell at 310-880-6427.
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Healing at Home
Thanks to OC Visiting Physicians
Who still make house calls
Remember when doctors actually
made house calls? Well, they still do.
One of the great things about
a physician paying a home
visit is that you get personal,
one-on-one service and who
doesn’t want that?
er to follow up.
Imagine a doctor spending more than the standard
5 minutes with you at home
because he isn’t rushing from
exam room to exam room.
He can more closely focus
on your medical needs that
might range from diabetic
wound care to Doppler imaging to checking the blood
flow to your legs.
At OC Visiting Physicians
we make house calls; that’s
our business.
And once he sees to all of
your medical needs, he’ll
leave with a smile and be
back in a few weeks or soon-
Another benefit is that they
can see you quicker than they
can at a traditional doctor’s
office where you might have
to wait weeks to get an appointment.
There’s no “take two aspirins and call us in the morning” with our service:
Our professional services are
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“We’re making house calls
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said Dr. Maryam Seyedi who
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•IV fluids and antibiotics
•Catheter placement
•Joint injections
•Coordination of other aspects of care such as prescription home delivery and obtaining medical equipment.
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Our OC visiting physicians
offer everything that a regular doctor’s office can do (see
a wealth of services) but right
in the confines of your own
home-sweet-home.
“We act as the patient’s primary care doctor,” said Seyedi.
The team is comprised of
two physicians, support staff
members, and Drs. Seyedi
and Jooryabi, who manage
medical conditions including diabetes, osteoarthritis,
high blood pressure, multiple
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Some patients come via referrals from nursing agencies
or doctors, while others find
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main requirement to use our
services is that a patient must
be either housebound or otherwise find it physically difficult to make it to a doctor’s
appointment. Referrals, unless your insurance requires
them, aren’t necessary.
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Patients like our service too,
because of the ease of our athome physician visits. Sometimes these visits result in patients avoiding a hospital stay
or being able to be discharged
from the hospital sooner. Our
doctors spend more than 15
minutes with patients, typically 45 minutes.
For physicians, treating a patient at home lets them see
the patient’s environment
first hand and check to see if
it is safe and healthy.
“This service is very much
under the radar, but it is
available and we are happy to
provide it to those in need,”
said Dr. Seyedi. “We really
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sooner.”
Want to know more?
For information about OC
Visiting Physicians call 949943-9976.
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Orange County Senior Center Directory
Senior Centers offer a wide variety of programs and services designed to meet the educational, recreational, social and human service needs to a vital and diverse aging
population. Activities vary from center to center and reflect the needs and interests of the community, as well as the resources. Programs and services my include, but are
not limited to:
All Orange County Senior Centers are listed below alphabetically by city. If additional assistance is
required in locating a senior center or service to meet a particular need, please contact the Senior
• Art Classes
Information and Referral Service at (714) 567-7500.
• Bingo
• Cards
• Caregiver services
• Dance classes
• Dances
• Emergency assistance
• Foreign language classes
• Gift shops
• Health and resource fairs
• Health screenings
• Information and referral
services
• Legal/tax assistance
• Mature driving courses
• Meals
• Medicare/insurance
counseling
• Music and drama programs
• Outreach services
• Special seminars
• Sports teams (volleyball,
softball, golf, etc.)
• Support groups
• Tai chi and yoga
• Travel opportunities
• Volunteer opportunities
• Walking clubs and more
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Senior Center Directory
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Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444
Charity Marathon Bingo
Wednesday, February 1, 2012—6:15pm
Wednesday, February 8, 2012—6:15pm
Wednesday, February 15, 2012—6:15pm
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25092 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo 92692
(949) 830-3557
www.mvelks.com
Charity Bingo fundraiser for benefit of youth, vets, special kids, police,
firefighters and other groups in the South Orange County and Saddleback
Valley communities.
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*NUTRITIONAL SITES
These senior centers sponsor a non-time meal program for seniors 60 years of age and older Monday through Friday. Oftentimes other supportive services are also offered.
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Integrative Medicine: An Alternate Path to Better Health
By Les Goldberg
With Congress squabbling
over how to combat the rising
costs of Medicare and medic al
insurance in general while attempting to slash the national
debt, many seniors are joining all Americans in search
of a better way to stay healthy
and live longer. Their search is
finding a solution in “integrative medicine.”
What is it? Integrative medicine combines conventional
Western medical practices
with non-traditional therapies,
including stress management,
lifestyle changes, massage,
herbal treatments, nutrition
and nutritional supplements,
acupuncture and much more.
“The main difference between
traditional medicine and integrative medicine,” according
to Kevin Barrows, clinical director of the Osher Center of
Integrative Medicine at the
University of California, San
Francisco, “is that the latter
is designed to treat the whole
person and not just the illness.
The old thinking was, ‘You’re
broken – now we’ll fix you.’ ”
More and more people are
switching to the integrative
medicine approach. A recent
national health survey showed
that 42.8 percent of women,
33.5 percent of men, and
nearly 12 percent of children
under 18 had used some kind
of integrative medicine – without abandoning conventional
medicine all together.
you eat, along with targeted
therapies and supplements to
boost metabolism.”
Today, more than 20 percent
of the nation’s hospitals offer IM, and medical schools
throughout the country now
offer courses in non-traditional therapies. And, certified IM
physicians and therapists can
be found in every community.
In Southern California, a respected and experienced IM
practitioner is Julian Whitaker,
MD, founder of the Whitaker
Wellness Institute and Medical
Clinic at 4321 Birch St., Newport Beach. Since Dr. Whitaker’s facility opened in 1979, he
has treated more than 40,000
patients who either were looking to overcome serious health
challenges such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension or
Parkinson’s disease or wanted
to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“Many of our patients come
to us because they hope to
avoid recommended surgery
or reduce their reliance on prescription drugs,” he says. “Still
others simply want to adopt a
healthier lifestyle within a
structured and supportive environment.”
Here’s how Dr. Whitaker approaches some of the most
common medical issues:
Weight Loss -- With more
than 60 percent of Americans
overweight or obese, Dr. Whitaker’s approach to weight
loss goes beyond conventional
medicine’s prescription of diet,
exercise and weight loss drugs.
“We emphasize not only exercise and caloric intake, but the
type and quality of the food
Anti-aging – In addition to
traditional anti-aging treatments, including drugs and/or
surgery, the Whitaker clinic’s
goal “is not to prolong life to
some unrealistically advanced
age, but to promote successful aging – staying healthy
and functional up to the end of
a long, productive life with a
focus on proven natural therapies to prevent and minimize
age-related diseases.”
Diabetes – “For a type 1 diabetic…insulin is appropriate
and necessary,” says Dr. Whitaker. “However, for the more
than 90 percent of all diabetics
who have type 2 diabetes, the
problem isn’t with an insufficiency of insulin, but with the
ability of the cells to properly
utilize it.
Taking prescription drugs can lead to high
levels of insulin. This may
result in lower blood sugar, ultimately increasing the risk of
heart attack. “Our approach
is twofold – we lower blood
sugar levels to reduce risks of
diabetic complications, and we
focus on diet, exercise and targeted nutritional supplements
that can actually improve insulin sensitivity.”
Chronic pain – Instead of
relying on conventional painkiller drugs and over-thecounter medication, the integrative medicine approach as
practiced by Dr. Whitaker is
to find the source of the pain,
whether is stems from musculoskeletal problems, fibromyalgia, migraine, neuropathy
or other conditions. “Rather
than masking the pain,” he
says, “we seek to relieve it
by addressing the underlying
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Helping Doctors
Help Patients
Stop Smoking
causes.”
continued from page 4
Anxiety – According to Dr.
Whitaker, the usual treatment
for anxiety is a prescription
tranquilizer such as Valium,
Xanax, or even antidepressant drugs like Prozac and
Paxil.
“These drugs mask
the symptoms…and do not
address the underlying cause.
Even worse, they can be addictive and cause serious side
effects. Our natural therapeutic approach is more likely to
provide long-term through a
program that includes targeted
dieting, exercise and nutritional supplements.”
This may open the door to successful intervention.
Be positive and encouraging. Smokers are often dealing
with shame or fear of quitting.
Congratulate the smoker on
the decision to quit and reiterate how you are there to help
them on their journey.
• Encourage smokers not to
give up. Smoking is a chronic,
relapsing medical condition;
the average smoker tries to
quit 6–9 times in their lifetime.
Remind smokers that quitting
is difficult, but can be attainable.
• Make sure smokers understand smoking for what it really is: a treatable medical condition.
In a paper commissioned by
the Institute of Medicine, it is
reported that the “widespread
implementation of an integrated medicine approach would
fundamentally transform our
nation’s current fragmented,
inefficient, expensive and reactive ‘sick care’ system to
one that is more proactive,
personal, efficient and appropriately focused on enhancing
the health of each person and
the population as a whole.”
The report states that the number of U.S. physicians who are
adopting the integrated medicine approach is growing rapidly as they rely more on teamwork, combine better physical
and mental health services, utilize more non-physician practitioners for patient education
and counseling and involve
more complementary and alternative medicine practices.
• Suggest patients consider evidence-based treatments, such
as over-the-counter or prescription medications, and refer them to counseling to help
them quit. Patients can call
the national toll-free quitline,
(800)-QUIT-NOW, for free
counseling or seek help from
no-cost websites such as www.
BecomeAnEX.org.
• Arrange follow-up contact
as necessary to try to prevent
relapse. More than 45 million
Americans currently smoke
and an estimated 70 percent
of them want to quit, but lack
the tools to do so. Committing
to quit is the crucial first step
toward becoming smoke free.
Speaking with your health care
provider can help you during
this process.
Most smokers want to quit.
Their doctors can help.
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These materials were developed in
collaboration with, and through a
sponsorship funded by Pfizer Inc.
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Fabulous Finds
by Debbie L. Sklar
This month’s Fabulous Finds centers on looking
good even though the outdoor elements are on
the cool side. It’s a great time to get in gear with
a variety of beauty products to make you look and
feel your best.
Luxe Face Cream
We all should pay more attention to Mother Nature’s
seasons when treating our
skin. Just like switching eye
shadow colors based on the
time of year, the same should
go for your facial moisturizer.
Wei Brian, Chinese herbal
beauty expert and creator of
Wei East, says the winter is
the time of year to replenish
your skin so it’s prepared for
the remainder of the seasons.
The new Wei East NutriGuard Face Cream contains
20 herbs that are legendary
for their ability to replenish
moisture and help restore
skin to its healthiest and
most youthful-looking appearance. Distilled down to
a super concentrated formula
and combined with advanced
technology, Nutri-Guard
helps defend your skin against
environmental aggressors
such as cold weather, indoor
heating and blistering winds.
Key Ingredients and benefits
include: Rehmannia Glutinosa
(Chinese Foxglove) – rich in
glucosamine which helps to
strengthen and protect delicate
skin, Angelica Sinensis (Chinese Angelica) – stimulates
skin to promote circulation
with a natural plumping and
firming effect and Euphora
Longan (Longan) – helps
combat free radicals and keep
skin cells free from damage
among others. Wei East NutriGuard Face Cream (1.69 oz)
retails for $40.00 and is available at weieast.com
cleanse, treat and moisturize
skin. Clean for a Day (Creamy
Face Cleanser), $15.00 (4
oz.), Startup (Exfoliating
Cleanser), and $15.00 (4 oz.)
So Refined Jojoba & Mint
Facial Scrub, $15.00 (2 oz.),
Balancing Toner, $15.00 (5.3
oz.), Cell Mate 10, $21.00 (1
oz.), Underage, $21.00 (1 oz.),
C The Change, $21.00 (1 oz.)
and Eyewitness (Eye Repair
Cream), $19.00 (0.5oz.). All
are available at major drugstores or at kissmyface.com
Pure Silver
Powder Hair Grip
Superb Skincare
It’s difficult to feel clean,
smooth and refreshed when
your face is covered in ingredients you can’t pronounce.
The Kiss My Face Potent &
Pure organic skincare system
combines the latest scientific research with beneficial
botanicals, vitamins, extracts
and minerals. The line can
be tailored to meet the needs
of all skin types, including
aging and acne prone skin.
Potent & Pure Organic Face
Care includes products to
and brassy blonde, lackluster
locks. Developed by Philip
Kingsley at his famed London
clinic, Pure Silver is infused
with violet hues and optical
brighteners to add shine to
dull, discolored grey hair and
brassy blondes. Hydrolyzed
wheat protein ensures hair
is kept strong and healthy
while lavender oils have been
added for a soothing fragrance
experience. The Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Shampoo is
available for $22 and the Pure
Silver Conditioner is available
for $28 at PhilipKingsley.com
Whether you call it pewter,
silver or grey, when your hair
starts to lose pigment, it’s
time to change how you take
care of it. This once maligned
hair hue has become a new
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Do it all with Redken’s latest
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FEBRUARY 2012
Good News For
Pet Lovers Can
Get Better
(NAPS)—There’s good news
for people who love animals.
The percentage of dogs and
cats in homes adopted from
shelters and rescue groups has
risen from 27 to 29 percent in
the last few years, while the
number of healthy and treatable pets losing their lives for
lack of a home has dropped
from 3 million to 2.7 million.
It would be even better news
if that number dropped to zero.
That’s the goal of The Shelter
Pet Project, the national PSA
campaign to encourage pet
lovers to make shelters the first
choice and desired way for acquiring companion animals.
The television, radio, print,
outdoor and Web public service ads direct audiences to
visit www.theshelterpetproject.org, where they can search
for a pet from a local shelter
or rescue group, read adoption
success stories and learn more
about pet adoption.
Approximately 17 million people will acquire a pet within
the next year, but many remain
undecided where they will acquire their pet. “Pets end up
in shelters through no fault
of their own—they are often victims of circumstance,”
said Wayne Pacelle, president
and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “If
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Spreading Love on Many Levels
By Carine Nadel
T
here are many people
who are considered to be “Renaissance” in nature but Jeanne
Sanner has the background to
prove the claim.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree
in psychology, a Master’s in
secondary education and a
Doctorate in spiritual studies is
only the beginning.
Sanner also owns her own acting studio, has held leads in
Summer Stock musicals, directed many of the old pros
productions, she is an orchestra
leader and a sought after motivational speaker, teaches and
coaches acting, volunteers at a
local hospital, written a Barnes
and Noble best seller (“The
Spirit of Unconditional Love:
A Handbook”) and is launching her new book during the
next SOUL Club meeting. The
title on this latest endeavor is
“Finding Unconditional Love
A Little “Peace” At a Time.”
SOUL stands for: Students of
Unconditional Love. Sanner
talked with me about her life.
CN: Of all your talents, do you
have a favorite?
JS: I love, in a different way,
everything I do. I like to say
that there is a core nucleus to
what I do, and the hope is that
what I do will be of benefit to
everyone is some way.
CN: Your new book, do you
consider it to be a sequel to
your bestseller?
JS: The two books are very
different. The first book was
more academic. My second
book is much more personal.
I share my personal experiences, and then I talk about how
my spiritual philosophy helped
me deal with the events in my
life.
CN: On the Old Pros site, your
bio states that you don’t know
what retirement means. Let’s
say you had to slow down,
what would you cut out?
JS: That depends on what was
causing the slowdown! If it
was a physical health reason,
I could still write. Depending on the role, I could still act
and probably teach. Directing
is very physically demanding,
so that might be the area. My
volunteering I could still do.
I’d like to think that as long
as I have an avenue in which
to give and help others I’ll be
fine.
CN: What has been the best
decade of your life and why?
How did it play into your new
book? You talk about some
very difficult experiences
through anecdotes and relate
them to viewpoints are you
glad you included them.
JS: Every decade has its own
beauty. Even during some
of the darker days in my life,
my opportunity to teach high
school and college gave me
great joy. I talk about some
very personal happenings.
Right from page one where
I talk about trying to end my
life and only because the gun
jammed am I still here. I do
not consider the writing of the
book cathartic since I had resolved the issues by the time I
wrote the book, but taking the
time to reflect upon the past
was enlightening.
CN: Tell us about the creation
of SOUL.
JS: About 8 years ago, I wanted to start an online church.
I had the license, I wanted
to help others and found that
what I was missing was seeing and ministering to actual
people! It was like that children’s finger game-here’s the
church, here’s the steeple,
open the doors and WHERE
WERE ALL THE PEOPLE?
It seemed silly, so I first wrote
the book, then I thought my
idea would make a great club
here in the Village. It was a
way to encourage everyone to
seek out their spiritual lives.
SOUL sponsors the class I
teach called A Course in Miracles. We all come and discuss
our lives, our experiences, how
spirituality and unconditional
love help us accept ourselves,
others and get us to grow.
CN: Who has been the most
influential person in your life?
JS: I can’t limit it to one. I’d
have to say three. Because of
the abuse at my father’s hand,
I’d have to say he was significant because for me to forgive
FEBRUARY 2012
him was quite the challenge.
But it was either I forgave him
or become a victim. I will never be a victim; I will always be
a victor.
Good News For
Pet Lovers Can
Get Better
That’s what I hope people will
get out of my new book- that
we can all say we’ve come
out as victors. That we are all
more than our physical beings
and we all are infinite in our
ability to love unconditionally.
My mom was a positive influence because of her strength
and character.
enough people in our nation
choose adoption, we can eliminate the euthanasia of healthy
and treatable pets in our country.”
The most influential though is
my partner of 33 years, Laura
Flynn. She truly taught me the
most about unconditional love
and has supported me throughout all of my ups and downs,
highs and lows.
CN: Do you have a personal
motto or mantra?
JS: In a way, there’s a song
that ends with “Reach out and
touch somebody’s hand.” I’d
like to think we can give something positive to all those we
encounter.
For those interested you
can find the hard cover
copy on either amazon.
com or barnesandnoble.
com for $30. A soft cover
version is available on
xlibris.com for $19.99,
search Jeanne Sanner.
For more information log
onto www.JeanneSanner.
com. Sanner will also begin a series of 5-minute
videos based on the chapters in the book on her site
around the end of February.
continued from page 26
The campaign hopes to encourage people to adopt from
shelters by explaining that “A
person is the best thing to happen to a shelter pet.”
The Shelter Pet Project is the
first animal welfare campaign
that the Ad Council has undertaken in its 60-year history.
The campaign was taken on in
partnership with The Humane
Society of the United States
and Maddie’s Fund®.
According to Maddie’s Fund
president Rich Avanzino, “We
are hopeful that the new ads
will also inspire the 14 million animal lovers who have
already adopted to tell their
friends why shelters are the
first and best places to go for a
new four-legged family member.”
The ads, created pro bono by
Draftfcb, focus on the relationship between shelter pets
and their owners by featuring
pets observing their humans’
quirky yet lovable behaviors.
“We are confident that the optimism of our message will
resonate with the millions of
potential adopters who are still
out there and bring us even
closer to our goal,” said Nick
Paul, EVP, global chief growth
officer, Draftfcb.
Each year, approximately 4
million pets are adopted.
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Celebrate The Sandwich
By Baking Delicious Bread
(NAPS)—This year, sandwich lovers are celebrating
the 250th anniversary of this
handy, ­
delicious meal. Since
the best sandwich starts with
homemade bread, the best way
to launch any celebration is to
bake some bread.
The 250th anniversary only
marks the naming of this classic meal. Bread has been eaten
with meat or vegetables since
Neo­
lithic times. During the
Middle Ages, slabs of bread,
called trench­ers, were used as
plates. Eventually, the sandwich ap­peared as a late-night
meal among the aristocracy.
The meal was named after
John Montagu, 4th Earl of
Sandwich, an 18th century
English aristocrat, who in
1762 ordered his valet to bring
him meat tucked between
bread. Others began to order
“the same as Sandwich!”
Here is a recipe to help you enjoy some classic sandwiches.
The whole wheat bread works
well with peanut butter and
jelly. The recipe uses Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast,
which reduces ­rising time by
as much as 50 p­ ercent, eliminating the first rise.
100% Whole Wheat Bread
Makes: 2 loaves
Prep time: 30 minutes
Proof time: 30 to 60 minutes
Bake time: 35 to 45 minutes
8 to 81⁄2 cups whole wheat
flour
2 envelopes Fleischmann’s®
RapidRise Yeast
2½ teaspoons salt
22⁄3 cups water
2⁄3 cup milk
1⁄4 cup honey
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
1⁄2 cup wheat bran
Combine 31⁄2 cups flour, undissolved yeast and salt in a
large mixing bowl. Heat water,
milk, honey and oil until very
warm (120˚ to 130˚F). Gradually add to flour mixture; beat 2
minutes at medium speed with
electric mixer, scraping bowl
occasionally. Add 1 cup flour
and wheat bran; beat 2 minutes
at high speed, scraping bowl
occasionally. With spoon, stir
in enough re­maining flour to
make soft dough.
Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic,
about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover
dough and let rest 10 minutes.
Divide dough in half. Roll
each half to 12 x 7-inch rectangle. Beginning at short end of
each rectangle, roll up tightly
as for jelly roll. Pinch seams
and ends to seal. Place, seam
sides down, in 2 greased 81⁄2 x
41⁄2-inch loaf pans. Cover; let
rise in warm, draft-free place
until doubled in size, about
30 to 60 minutes. Bake in preheated 375˚F oven for 35 to 45
minutes or until done. Remove
from pans; let cool on wire
racks. (Note: To test for doneness, internal temperature of
bread should register 190˚F in
center of loaf.)
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Don’t Pay For A Purebred—Adopt One
(NAPS)—Are you looking for
a certain kind of furry family
member? Consider adoption
as an option. Despite popular belief, not all pets needing homes are mixed breeds.
In fact, as many as 25 percent
of the 8 million dogs and cats
in the care of animal welfare
agencies are recognizable
breeds. All kinds of pets end
up homeless for a variety of
reasons—frequent­
ly due to
“people issues” rather than
problems with the pets themselves. As a result, local animal shelters and breed-specific
rescue groups are great options
for people interested in adding
a specific breed of pet to their
family.
113-pound gentle giant whose
family could not keep him in
their small apartment.
For example, when Destini
Hollis decided to get a dog,
she had her heart set on a
Bouvier des Flandres, a large
dog originally bred in Belgium. Rather than turning to
a breeder, Destini sought out
rescue groups that specialized
in caring for homeless dogs
of her preferred breed. She
soon found her match: Baku, a
“We did our research,” Destini
said, “and we found exactly
what we wanted. I highly recommend searching out a purebred rescue group if you want
a specific type of dog.”
Narrowing down your options
can be tough, but some online tools can help prospective
pet parents with their search
for the right pet and the right
adoption agency. The PetSmart
Charities Adoptable Pet Locator, found on its People Saving
Pets website (www.people-
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savingpets.org), allows you to
search for local adoptable pets
based on criteria such as size,
gender and breed.
FEBRUARY 2012
Making
Resolutions An
Achievable
Reality
Many homeless pets end up
that way because their original
owners couldn’t provide what
they needed. Every breed has
websites that can help you find
the right match for you. Here
are some basic criteria to consider:
1.
Space—Some pets do
just fine in an apartment; others need more room. Energy is
the key, rather than size. Many
large-dog breeds spend lots of
time sleeping and are content
with daily outings and play,
while some small and medium
breeds need more opportunities to run and explore.
2. Time and energy—Herd-
ing, hunting and other types
of dogs— and several cat
breeds—need to keep their
brains and bodies busy. Some
others are napping professionals. The time needed for training, attention, play and outings
can vary depending on breed
type.
3. Coat—Some dog and cat
breeds must be professionally
groomed to stay healthy and
to keep you happy. Almost
all dogs and cats shed, so ask
yourself how much hair you
are ready to handle.
Most pets available through
adoption come spayed or neutered, vaccinated, licensed and
often microchipped for a very
affordable adoption fee. You
can find a listing of local adoption agencies by using your
zip code to search on www.
peoplesavingpets.org.
Purebred pets are available at
animal shelters.
(NAPS)—Most resolutions focus on living a healthier life—
eating healthier, exercising
more or being less stressed—
but attempts to achieve that
goal can lead to more stress
and less success, found a recent
survey by Braun Research.
According to the survey, about
one in five women (19 percent)
admit they were not successful
in sticking to their resolution
to eat healthier and more than
a third of women (36 percent)
were not successful in attempting to exercise more.
Two in five women (42 percent) admit they were not able
to reduce their stress levels.
Less than half of women (45
percent) stuck to their resolutions for three months or less
while one in five (20 percent)
only stuck to their resolutions
for a month or less.
Breaking such goals into more
manageable steps may be the
key, says Kathy Freston, author
of “Healthy Living Conscious
Eating.” Keeping it simple can
make healthier eating a reality.
She suggests these tips:
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Your Body Reflects the Stories in Your Life
By Pat Samples
Our bodies are a great source of stories. Hidden in
our muscles and corpuscles is a record of all our
experiences and what we have made of them – the
stories of our lives. Indeed, our bodies have been
shaped, in part, by these stories.
Cause and effect
If we’ve been beaten down
often enough, physically or
otherwise, our chest may have
a caved-in tendency or it may
stick out in perpetual defiance.
If we’ve “held our tongue” like
we were taught in childhood,
we may experience TMJ in our
later years. If “hurry up” was
our family’s mantra, as it was
in mine, a tendency to rush
and its accompanying tension
may take up residence in our
neck and tummy muscles, and
more than the needed amount
of adrenaline and cortisol will
regularly overwhelm our bodies.
Rewriting our stories
This massive archive in our
somatic library is available for
24-hour checkout. The longer
we live, the more it seems to
invite us in for a look. But we
can also take notice of what’s
on the shelf before pain and
illness strike, if we choose,
and find some very interesting
reading. We can even rewrite
some of the stories, potentially
reshaping our identities and
our lives. This activity is especially powerful when shared in
community.
A freedom to live by
choice
In a course I teach, called
“Writing Your Own Permission Slip,” participants pay at-
tention to their bodies through
reflective and playful activities, and then do some writing
to discover the stories living
there. Once on paper, the stories become artifacts, separate
from the writer, and open to revision. A new freedom to live
by choice, rather than by circumstance, emerges.
Dusting off the body’s
hidden story
A retired engineer in his early
60s had lost all sense of joy
or pleasure. His only remaining destiny, as he saw it, was
to care for his wife who had
Alzheimer’s. This was obvious in his sober expression
and stiff torso, A therapist had
diagnosed depression. In this
man’s case, his body’s hidden
story of playfulness and creativity was dusty on a basement
shelf in the more remote corner of his personal library. In
fact, he said he had never really played in his life, because
he had to do farm chores and
field work from his earliest
years.
Re-activating the
senses
In the class, we played catch
and made faces and did other
activities that re-activated the
sensations and movement of
childhood pleasures. At first,
this man was quite stiff and
couldn’t recall having had
such experiences, but his body
chapter in her body’s story.
Tapping into the
body’s hidden wisdom
and healing stories
had not forgotten.
The feeling of connecting bat
to ball or of running from “tag,
you’re it” never goes away.
Soon, as the class acted out
one member’s wildest dream
— a fun fantasy of being
queen of the jungle, the man
with the no-play memory was
on all fours at her side, purring
playfully in loud tiger style.
His ability play imaginatively
with others had come back to
life. By the end of the class,
he had remembered the fun of
playing in his school band and
decided it was time to take up
guitar lessons. He also made
plans to find a tai chi class.
Our bodies, when
attended to, have
much to tell us that
will free us
Another student in the class,
who had suffered considerable discomfort for many
years from breast enhancement, found the courage to
reverse the surgery. In a class
writing exercise, she asked her
breasts to tell her their wishes.
After listening inwardly for
their response, she wrote out
their passionate request to be
returned to their original size.
In a circle of people who were
honoring the history and wisdom of their bodies, she found
the support to write a new
You can tap into the wisdom
and healing stories in your
body’s library. Try this exercise suggested in my book,
Body Odyssey: Lessons from
the Bones and Belly:
“Make a list of your chronic
body ailments. Choose one
of them. Give it a name and
a personality. (One friend of
mine called her tumor Penelope.) Write, dance, act out, or
tell the story of your ailment
from the point of view of the
personality you choose. If you
can share this expression with
a circle of the caring people in
your life, all the better.” You
may be surprised at the fresh
take you’ll get on your condition.
Pat Samples, MA, MFA,
newest book, Body Odyssey:
Lessons from the Bones and
Belly, offers a new view of the
aging body as a remarkable
resource filled with stories we
can learn from. www.bodyodyssey.biz.
This article originally appeared on the online website
“Let Life In.” Check out other articles of interest. www.
LetLifeIn.com
FEBRUARY 2012
Making
Resolutions An
Achievable
Reality
continued from page 32
Switch out milk for Silk in
your cereal. Whenever you
have cereal for breakfast, try
switching delicious Silk®
Pure Almond® Vanilla Almondmilk for your typical
dairy milk. Not only will your
hearty breakfast help keep you
satisfied, but you’ll also enjoy
an excellent source of calcium,
vitamins D, B12 and antioxidant vitamin E.
Eat an apple a day. Apples
are rich in dietary fiber and a
lower-calorie snack that can
help fill you up. According to
the USDA nutrient database,
apples are low in sodium and
contain a variety of essential
nutrients including B vitamins,
vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium and other minerals.
Eat them chopped, whole or
sliced but not juiced, as juice
can have too much sugar and
lacks fiber.
Stay hydrated—drink 8 ounces of water, eight times a day.
Water is crucial to your health
as every system in your body
depends on it. You can drink
glasses of water or eat plant
foods like fruits and vegetables that contain a lot of water.
For example, oranges are 87
percent water and cucumbers
are 95 percent water.
For more information, visit
www.Facebook.com/SilkUS.
One way to get the benefits of
plant-based nutrition is to substitute almondmilk for typical
dairy milk in your cereal.
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FEBRUARY 2012
Searching
for Top
Senior
Volunteers
by Les Goldberg
Do you know any senior volunteers who are making a difference in people’s lives? Are
you one of them?
If so, you or the person you
nominate could be recognized
as one of the nation’s most
outstanding senior volunteers,
an honor bestowed by Home
Instead Senior Care and its
“Salute to Senior Service” program.
Volunteers must be 65 or older
and give at least 15 hours a
month to their communities.
Winners will be chosen from
each state and then a national
winner will be selected during Older Americans Month
in May. State Senior HeroSM
winners will receive plaques
and their stories will be told
on the SalutetoSeniorService.
com website.
Also, $5,000 will be donated
to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.
To nominate yourself or someone you know, go to the SalutetoSeniorService.com site
and submit your story and fill
out the online form, or you
can request a form from Home
Instead, Inc., c/o Cat Koehler,
13323 California Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Deadline for
nominations is March 15.
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