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The Dallas Arboretum’s Therapeutic Horticulture
Program: G­rowing Plants, Nurturing People
H
ave you ever noticed
how you feel after
wandering the
pathways through the Dallas
Arboretum’s gardens?
Have you enjoyed the sense
of accomplishment following an
afternoon of hard work tending to
your yard? Do you look forward to
that first harvest of fresh tomatoes or
squash from your vegetable garden?
Direct interaction with nature
provides countless
benefits for people.
Plants and gardens
provide a source of
comfort and respite
away from hectic
schedules and daily
stress. Metaphors about
life can be drawn from
what nature teaches
us – plants, like our
personal relationships,
thrive when we take
care of them, and with
each passing season,
we recognize life’s inevitable changes
while looking forward to what’s next
around the curve. Research shows
that participation in horticultural
activities or simply viewing a nature
scene reduces stress and anxiety,
lowers blood pressure, elevates mood,
and improves self-esteem. Gardening
activities also provide opportunities
for social interaction and physical
exercise.
In recognition of the vital
people-plant connection, the Dallas
Arboretum recently launched a new
Therapeutic Horticulture program,
providing horticultural therapy
activities to senior care agencies,
retirement communities, hospitals,
human service organizations, and
the general public of the Dallas-Fort
Worth community. Horticultural
therapy is the purposeful use of
nature and gardening activities that
are professionally conducted to
promote the health and wellbeing for
participants. This outreach program
incorporates hands-on plant- and
natural craft-oriented activities
modified for participants’ abilities and
therapeutic goals. Planned activities
range from pressed flower artwork to
plant propagation and are designed
to actively engage each participant
in an indoor setting. We also offer
the opportunity to develop custom
activities for groups that may have
outdoor planting areas and other
special program requests.
For more information about the
Therapeutic Horticulture program at
the Dallas Arboretum, contact Susan
Morgan at 214-515-6595 or [email protected]
dallasarboretum.org.
Arlington : Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Garland : Friday, May 11, 2012 | Las Colinas : Saturday, May 12, 2012
SYMPHONY ARLINGTON
Performances begin at 7:30PM
817-385-0484
GARLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Performances begin at 8:00PM
972-205-2790
LAS COLINAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Performances begin at 8:00PM
972-252-4800
Join the Symphony Orchestra for a spectacular Season Finale!
The Symphony Orchestra will feature Mozart’s Overture to La Clemenza di Tito and Mendelssohn’s Overture
and Incidental Music from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”!
This performance will also feature pianist, Jan Jiracek, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major!
ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
224 N. Center St., Arlington, TX 76013
www.SymphonyArlington.org
GRANVILLE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
300 N. Fifth St., Garland, TX 75040
www.GarlandSymphony.org
IRVING ARTS CENTER
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062
www.LasColinasSymphony.org
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E DITORI A L
Dearest Community
Editor, Carol Butler
W
e welcome you
to the new look
of The Senior
Voice with our May/June
2012 issue! With the help of
Square 205 in Denton, Texas,
our publication has taken on
a fresh transformation and
we invite you to share in our
excitement!
Along with the changes we’ve brought
to the cover of this month’s issue of The
Senior Voice, Tarrant County Account
Manager, Linda Shelar has provided us
with our new tag line….Life Projected.
Having given thorough consideration
to the message we wished to convey, we
Life Projected
were excited to arrive at a phrase that
connects our mission, our publication
and our message to our audience.
In addition to the modifications
you will find in print, we are thrilled to
introduce our new companion website
coming to you May 10th as part of an
extension to our publication. Within
the website, you’ll find an abundance
of useful information, tips, and links
to help in navigating the world of
what’s available to you, our market and
audience. Stop by for a isit at www.
theseniorvoice.com and learn more about
the people behind the scenes who bring
this publication from our office into
your home. As always, we welcome your
suggestions, event announcements, and
article submissions at The Senior Voice.
Your light adds to our light and allows us
ALL to shine brighter.
Life Projected. What a simple yet
LOOK
A BRAND NEW FRESH
& INTERACTIVE WEBSITE FOR
Stay up to date with news, events, health, arts &
theatre, sports, and more of what you care about!
Coming May 10th to TheSeniorVoice.com!
eloquent turn of phrase. Join us as we
celebrate our past and look forward to
this exciting time of transition at The
Senior Voice.
Carol Butler
OPER ATIONS
We are highly honored to have Larry
Hagman gracing the front cover of The
Senior Voice this month, as we launch
our new look! Mr. Hagman granted
Barry Rogers a fascinating interview
and we couldn’t be happier than to have
this loveable bad guy featured as our
cover story. Larry shares with us, the
trials and tribulations he has endured
with health issues, but also discusses
his positive outlook on life, the return
of the Dallas series, and the changes he
has implemented which have altered his
living environment.
With summer just around the bend –
grandkids will soon arrive for seasonal
fun. We have placed some great ideas
inside for you; places to go with the
grandkids in and out of the heat and
family friendly websites to enjoy together.
Visit www.grandparents.com. This site
is filled with great information – easy to
navigate – and provides us with some
excellent information to pass on to you.
Remodeling expert Adam Mandel,
discusses modification suggestions to
make your home more senior friendly.
Adam provides ideas on maintaining a
modern design while creating a safer and
more manageable place in which to live.
Fitness instructor Valerie Rogers
delivers useful information regarding
the benefits of Chogaflow yoga. Valerie
addresses five questions regarding this
approach to strength building, increased
balance, improved flexibility and more,
while minimizing strain on the knee
joints.
Now that the 2011-12 season for the
Dallas Stars is behind us, Bo Carter
invites us to look forward to this season
with great enthusiasm and promise.
Under the leadership of returning head
coach Glen Gulutzan and new owner
Tom Gaglardi, things are going to
improve even more in 2012-13.
Have a glorious spring!
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Larry Ratliff
Barry Rogers
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EVENTS
Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas Summer Musicals 72nd season of presenting the Best of Broadway at the Music Hall at Fair
Park continues with MEMPHIS, THE MUSICAL, May 15-27.
From the underground dance clubs of
1950s Memphis, Tennessee, the hot new
Broadway musical bursts off the stage with
explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a
thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.
MEMPHIS was the winner of four 2010
Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.
Next up, MAMMA MIA! returns to
the Music Hall May 29-June 3 with a story
about a mother, a daughter, 3 possible dads
and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget.
Over 50 million people around the world
have fallen in love with the characters and
the music based on the songs of ABBA.
CATHY RIGBY IS PETER PAN flies
into Dallas July 10-22, as Tony Award®
nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all
new production of PETER PAN. Discover
the magic all over again of this two-time
Emmy® Award winning and two-time
Tony Award® nominated production.
The State Fair Musical will be THE
ADDAMS FAMILY, A NEW MUSICAL
COMEDY, October 2-21. The smashhit musical comedy brings the darkly
delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle
Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley,
and, of course, Lurch to spooky and
spectacular life. Direct from Broadway,
this magnificently macabre new musical
comedy is created by Jersey Boys’ authors
Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama
Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew
Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer
Sergio Trujillo ( Jersey Boys) and Olivier
Award-winning director/designers Phelim
McDermott and Julian Crouch.
Single tickets, priced from $15-$75,
are on sale at The Box Office, 5959 Royal
Lane #542 in Dallas, or any Ticketmaster
outlet. Tickets are also available by calling
Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online
at www.ticketmaster.com. Mini-packs
of three or more shows are also still
available for purchase at The Box Office.
For groups of 15 or more, please call
214-426-GROUP. For more information
about Dallas Summer Musicals, their shows
or outreach programs, please visit www.
dallassummermusicals.org.
For more information
about foot and ankle
health, contact
one of the foot and
ankle specialists at
Methodist McKinney
Hospital .
Methodist McKinney Hospital
8000 W. Eldorado Parkway
McKinney, Texas 75070
(972) 569-2700
www.methodistmckinneyhospital
.com
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EVENTS
LECTURES
2012 BROWN BAG SERIES
Dallas Historical Society
Join us at 12pm (noon)
May 8th, 2012– Protest at the Piccadilly:
Civil Rights in Dallas.
June 12th, 2012– All Roads Lead To Eastham
On the second TUESDAY of every month.
DHS explores a variety of different topics about
local and state history. HALL OF STATE -3939
Grand Avenue, Dallas 214-421-4500
Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind presents
Learning About Braille through the Art of
Weaving
The fourth Saturday of each month
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The WORKSHOP IS LIMITED to 10
participants. A complimentary lunch will be
served. RSVP by the Wednesday before.
The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate
the Mayster Braille Loom and to provide
opportunities for workshop participants to have
a hands-on experience in weaving a tactile code
on a loom. For more information go to: Dallas
Lighthouse Business Services Center, 4225
Office Parkway, Dallas Contact Blake Lindsay
at 214-420-9419 or by email: [email protected]
dallaslighthouse.org
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May 21
Battle of Antietam Presentation
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Don Gates will talk about the infamous Civil
War Battle of Antietam.
Greenway Village 948 Wiggins Parkway Mesquite R.S.V.P. to Vivian at 972-698-2604
MUSIC
On the First and Third Friday Nights
The Bo Brothers Band
We play for an hour about 6:30-7:30 and break
for Pot-Luck dinner- then re-start and bring
up folks that want to sing with the band. There
is no charge, but we do pass the ‘Kitty” and
accept donations. The Masonic Lodge hosts the
event as a community service. Hurst Masonic
Lodge - 725 Mary Drive, Hurst - 817-282-2907
May 5
North Texas Gospel Grass
Music: Bluegrass, Gospel Bluegrass Gospel
Music Festival - jamming, concessions on
site, activities for kids at the Harmony Baptist
Church, located 3 miles south of I-20. Go 3
miles south on Tin Top Road, turn right on
Harmony Road. Church is 1/2 mile on the right.
(242 Harmony Road). Fun for the whole Family!
10 am - 10 pm. Free admission. Concessions
on site provided by the Harmony Youth Group
- chicken ‘n dumplings, chili & cornbread,
hamburgers. Camping near the church at the
Back Acre RV Park. Ken Clary, (940) 682-7701.
May 17-19
Pickin’ in the Pines
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/
Acoustic, Jazz
What is Pickin’ in the Pines? If you ask a
musician that question, they will tell you it’s
“An Acoustic Jam Fest”. This is the musically
correct explanation. Music fans that attend year
in and year out will tell you it’s even more then
that. It could also be called “Pickin’, Campin’,
Vistin’, Barbecuin’, Story Swappin’, Relaxin’,
Sippin’, Strollin’, and Listenin’ in the Pines.
It’s a weekend event, so most folks arrive with
tents or self-contained camper trailer and it’s
BYOB. Guitar, flute, banjo, harmonica, fiddle,
and mandolin are just a few of the instruments
to enjoy and sing along with. Bring your own
instrument of choice or just come and be a fan.
Greenhorn campers enjoy a hot water shower
and restroom for the guys and gals. If you can’t
camp out, you’re still welcome to “come and go”
just for Friday and/or Saturday night concerts if
that is your preference. Pine Mills; Intersection
of FM 49 and 312 5700 FM 49; Mineola (903)
857-2253
Through May 18th
North Richland Hills Sounds of Spring
Concert Series
Looking to make your entertainment dollar go
further? Join us to celebrate another season of
live music with four Friday nights in a row! See
four of your favorite bands for one great price,
FREE at the 11th annual Sounds of Spring
Concert Series! Make plans to attend every
Friday night through May 18 on the grounds
of NRH2O Family Water Park starting at 7:00
p.m., with gates opening at 6:00 p.m.
Bands scheduled to appear include:
Friday, May 4 – Seryn (folk)
Friday, May 11 – The Kildares (alternative
Celtic rock)
Friday, May 18 – Petty Theft (Tom Petty tribute)
The series takes place on the grounds of
NRH2O Family Water Park located at 9001
Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills. Beaker’s
Cookin’ Shack at NRH2O will be selling tasty
snacks and the Kidz Zone will be jam packed
with activities and crafts for those little music
fans at all four shows! Seating will be on the
lawn, and spectators are encouraged to bring
blankets and lawn chairs. Sounds of Spring
is free and for all ages. For additional details,
please visit www.soundsnrh.com or call 817427-6620.
THEATRE
May 9 – May 26
One Thirty Productions, Our Senior
Matinee Series
Shiloh Rules by Doris Baizley.
Two Experienced Civil War reenactors – one
EVENTS
older adults. *Please note,
though some parking will be
available on-site for health fair
attendees including those with
handicap stickers, additional
parking will be available at
Westside Baptist Church, 900
W. Bellaire Blvd. in Lewisville.
We will provide free, on-going
transportation to and from the
health fair.
a Yankee and one a Confederateare training recruits in the Shiloh
State Park late at night and the park
rangers ARE NOT HAPPY!. But
the reenactors are busy staging the
Battle of Shiloh and you will see it all
unfold on the Bath House Cultural
Center stage. And to make matters
more interesting, these are female
reenactors. You’ll laugh and “you
will long remember what we do here”
Abraham Lincoln
Performances are Wed thru Sat at 1:30
pm. 214-532-1709
June 22-July 15
DCT’s National Touring Company Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
The Caldecott Award winning
Cinderella tale returns to Rosewood
Center after standing ovations at
the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s
Winspear Opera House and critical
acclaim across the nation! When
a great African king desires a wife,
only the most worthy and beautiful
maidens in the land are invited to
meet him. This summer, celebrate
goodness, generosity and love with
traditional chanting, rhythmic
drumming, and glorious African song. Dallas Children’s Theater - Rosewood
Center for Family Arts - 5938
Skillman Street, Dallas. DCT Box
Office: 214-740-0051 Tickets also
available on-line! www.dct.org
VOLUNTEER
OPPORTUNITIES
AARP Driver Safety
If any of you 50 year old & older men
& women are retired and are willing
to volunteer please attend one of our
sessions & see if you would like to
instruct. FRANK J. KORMOS (972)
231-2152 [email protected]
Job Description: I am looking for
20-25 people to be “on call” to help
me present the life-changing “Virtual
Dementia Tour” to Senior Housing
companies, Home Care and Home
Health companies, Non-Profits
as training in Best Alzheimer’s
care. This is perfect for cognitively
whole Senior Citizens, students,
homemakers or anyone who has
time on their hands and wants to
contribute to helping families who
have a member with Alzheimer’s or
other related dementias. This is a
volunteer position with occasional
sub-minimum wage pay.
Company: ThirdAge Services LLC
Contact: Carole Larkin at
214-649-1392 or via email at
[email protected] for
details.
Volunteers Needed at Baylor Medical Center
at Irving!
Areas of need include clerical, patient support,
retail, and guest relations.For more information
please contact:Dorothy Nance, Manager,
Volunteer Services Baylor Medical Center at
Irving 1901 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving 972579-8149 (o) 972-579-4379 (f ) [email protected]
baylorhealth.edu
EDUCATION AND JOB FAIR
May 4
Summer 2012 – Back-to-School Kickoff
9:00am – 11:30am
FREE! Cool Retreat.... from the Summer Heat!
Hot Classes in Cool Rooms! Sabine Hall Room
118. Come meet the professors.
Computer, Fitness, Gemology, Line Dance
Movies, Music, Politics, Religion & more.
To register for this FREE KICKOFF 972238-6972 - Limited seating! Coffee, Pastries &
Socializing at 9:00. www.richlandcollege.edu/
emeritus
June 5
FREE Admission for Attendees
Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce
Business and Career Expo
10:00 am – 2:00pm
Jobs Available – Bring your resume!
Holiday Inn Select, 2645 LBJ Freeway, Farmers
Branch. (972) 243-8966
It’s all about HEALTH
May 4
Lewisville Senior Health Fair
8:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Complimentary Lunch at 11:00 a.m.
2012 Annual Lewisville Senior Health Fair
Memorial Park Recreation Center
1950 South Valley Parkway, Lewisville
Free on-site health screenings such as glucose
and blood pressure checks, balance testing and
cholesterol screenings provided by Medical
Center of Lewisville, as well as many others.
Carter Eye Center of Dallas will provide senior
vision and cataract screenings. Following the
vendor exhibit, there will be a complimentary
lunch at 11:00am and an insightful presentation
given by Ms. Kristin Whitehill, doctoral
candidate from the University of Texas at
Arlington School of Social Work. Ms. Whitehill
will speak on keeping resilience alive among
May 5
2012 TALK WALK at NorthPark
Center
To Benefit People with
Parkinson Disease
9:00am – 1:00pm Registration
is $30 for adults and $15 for
children (13 and younger) and includes an event
t-shirt and tote bag, meal voucher, discounts
at participating NorthPark retailers, one door
prize entry, and valet parking. Registration and
walk start and finish is in NorthCourt (next to
XXIForever). Valet parking is located between
Macy’s and Nordstrom, just outside the door
nearest registration. A voucher for breakfast or
lunch is included with registration and will be
redeemable at Luna de Noche, Corner Bakery,
or Maggiano’s Little Italy. Participants can
register online at www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.
org.
May 23
Free Memory Screenings and Oral Cancer
Screenings
10:00am-1:00pm & 4:00pm – 7:00pm
In conjunction with The Alzheimer’s
Foundation of America and The Head and Neck
Cancer Alliance individuals can take advantage
of free, confidential memory screenings and
oral cancer screenings to promote proper
detection of memory problems and to promote
oral cancer awareness and prevention.
Town North Family YMCA. 4332 Northaven
Road, Dallas
June 8
Aspects of Hoarding Behaviors
2nd Annual Hoarding Conference
8am – 5pm
Cost: $25 per person includes continental
breakfast, lunch and .6 CEU’S for Social Work.
Featuring Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., LCSW,
Director of Boston University’s Hoarding
Research Project. For more information contact
Ricardo at [email protected] or call
214-871-2420. Windsor Senior Living Center Conference Room - 7750 LBJ Freeway, Dallas
people to prevent accidental injury and death,
reduce falls and wipe out accidental prescription
overdose. Our vendors provide giveaways, door
prizes and refreshments for your benefit and
amusement. 600 W Avenue A, Garland - 972
205-2769
Festivals and More
May 4-6
Texas Scottish Festival and Highland
Games Music: Children’s, Folk/Acoustic,
World Beat, Celtic Fiddling contests, Music
Festival. The Texas Scottish Festival and
Highland Games includes Scottish music and
dancing, Scottish breed dog show, sheep dog
trails, fiddlers contest, shortbread contest,
photo contest, and a bagpipe contest. Live
continuous entertainment in four tents.
Maverick Stadium at UT-Arlington; 1307
West Mitchell Arlington Highland Games
Association (800) 363-7268; (254) 675-3992
May 5-6
The Cottonwood Art Festival
10:00am – 8:00pm – Saturday
10:00am-6:00pm - Sunday
Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Beltline Rd., in
Richardson, TX 75080. Admission and parking
are free. Full details are available at www.
cottonwoodartfestival.com or 972-744-4581.
May 12
North Texas Beer Festival
Sample 100’s of craft, specialty & imported
beers & wines, cooking classes, speakers,
demonstrations, live music & more
Irving- 509 West Las Colinas Blvd 214-8849300
May 12 -May 13 Spring Festival
7th Annual, Arts, Crafts, Food & Music w/
Raiderette, Legends of Crossroads
Winnsboro, Texas - 115 E. Elm 903-342-5267
May 25-27
46th Annual National Polka Festival –
Ennis
Arts/Crafts/Food Parade featuring Miss Texas
2011, Kendall Morris, as Grand Marshal,
polkafest run, 13 live polka bands, horseshoe
tourney, special country concert, and more!
www.nationalpolkafestival.com 972-878-4748
June 14
Health, Safety and Wellness Fair
9:00am – 12:30pm
June is National Home Safety Month. This is
the 13th year that the Garland Senior Activity
Center has planned a wellness event to benefit
older adults in our community. There will be
health and wellness related screenings as well as
information about assistance services available
in our community and sources for safety and
wellness products. Our goal at the Garland
Senior Activity is to educate and influence
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IN THE NE W S
For Women
Volunteer and Educate
edical Center of Lewisville is hosting an All Right
Now: Solving Shoulder, Hip and Knee Pain event
to educate women on the benefits of joint surgery.
Women are invited to learn about how early, correct diagnosis
and surgical treatment can be the answer to solving their
painful problems.
A fulfilling volunteer opportunity
awaits local residents who would like to
learn more about Medicare. The Area
Agency on Aging of North Central
Texas will conduct volunteer benefits
counselor training sessions starting
Friday, July 13 for five consecutive
Fridays. Prospective volunteers must
register for all training sessions.
Potential volunteers will learn how
to provide information and counsel
individuals about various federal and
state assistance programs. Attendees
will also receive in-depth training
regarding Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare
Savings Programs, and Extra Help with
M
Dr. James Heerwagen, Orthopedic Surgeon, will discuss the symptoms, risk
factors and surgical solutions for shoulder, hip and knee problems. This free
program will also include a spring fashion show featuring MCL nurses presented
by Coldwater Creek – Highland Village. A light dinner will be served. The
program will be held in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Medical Center of
Lewisville on Monday, May 7 at 6:30pm. To register or for more information,
please call 972.420.1880 or email [email protected]
Parkinson’s Support
Though many people diagnosed
with Parkinson’s feel alone, more than
1.5 million Americans are living with
the disease. Though the exact cause of
Parkinson’s is unknown, the primary
symptoms of the disease -- including
tremor, stiffness, slow movement, and
difficulty with balance and gait -- are
caused by death of a type of cell in the
brain that produces a chemical called
dopamine. This chemical is responsible
for helping muscles move in a smooth
and coordinated fashion. As dopamineproducing cells die, the brain and body
produce less and less dopamine, resulting in
progressively more severe symptoms.
These symptoms are treated medically
through a combination of the drugs
carbidopa and levodopa. These and other
similar medications replace or mimic the
action of dopamine in the brain to reduce
symptoms.
While medications can be very effective
in managing the primary motor symptoms of
Parkinson’s, there are other motor and nonmotor symptoms that are not well managed
by these drugs. These symptoms include
cognitive dysfunction, sleep difficulties,
constipation, depression, and difficulty
with speech and swallowing. Because of
their relative lack of response to traditional
Parkinson’s drug therapies, these symptoms
can be the most debilitating aspects of a
person’s struggle with Parkinson’s.
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Speech and swallowing in particular,
however, can effectively be treated through
an intensive speech therapy program. One
such program available in the Dallas area is
called SPEAK OUT!, offered by Parkinson
Voice Project, which targets the typical
speech difficulties seen with Parkinson’s,
such as a softer voice accompanied by
hoarseness, slurred speech, and rushed
or halting speech. SPEAK OUT!
works by helping patients improve their
speech through an exercise program that
strengthens the muscles used for speech
and training the person with Parkinson’s to
use a voice that feels louder.
In
addition to the SPEAK OUT! voice
program, Parkinson Voice Project offers
a comprehensive maintenance program
called The LOUD Crowd that helps to
motivate patients to maintain their ability
to communicate with their family, friends,
and co-workers. Parkinson Voice Project’s
programs have been shown to improve the
quality of life for 95% of patients, and their
improvements have maintained as long as
nine years, proving that while Parkinson’s
is incurable, significant improvements can
be gained and maintained.
For more information about Parkinson
Voice Project, call (469) 375-6500 or visit
www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.org.
Medicare Part D. Volunteer Benefits
Counselors will also increase their
awareness about optional insurance
plans, veterans’ benefits, consumer
fraud, and how to refer persons needing
other community services to the
appropriate sources.
The training classes for volunteers
are designed for individuals who are
interested in helping to provide some
services in behalf of the Area Agency
on Aging of North Central Texas. Free
continuing education units are offered
to social workers. For more information
contact Tania Veliz at 1-800-272-3921
ext. 7201 or email [email protected]
TCC Offers Wide Variety
of Courses for Seniors
Tarrant County College is no latecomer
to being aware of the importance and
contributions of our senior citizens.
Programs designed especially for seniors
actually began in the early 1970s when what
was then Tarrant County Junior College
offered swimming classes and a course
called “The Techniques of Preparing Gift
Packages.”
Today, senior citizens can choose
among dozens of classes offered through
TCC’s Senior Education Program for
people age 55 and older. For only $20 per
semester students have unlimited access to
courses in a wide array of topics at all five
campuses.
Health-related courses range from
non-strenuous topics such as learning
nutrition, CPR and diabetes management
to physically demanding pursuits such
as weightlifting and racquetball. Power
walkers can be spotted trekking across
Southeast Campus. At Northwest Campus,
seniors can pursue stress awareness, water
exercise, yoga, tai chi and aikido. Trinity
River Campus offers “Healthy Lifestyles,”
belly dancing and yoga. Students at
Northeast Campus work their bodies with
hula dancing and even billiards.
Various dance courses – from highenergy Zumba Gold and Dancercize to
graceful ballroom steps – are among SEP’s
most popular avenues for helping seniors
maintain optimum health.
From wood-carving to piano, history
and learning a new language, TCC offers
seniors the opportunity to develop new
hobbies or revisit long-forgotten ones.
For many seniors, the quest for
knowledge intensifies during retirement.
TCC offers dozens of SEP classes to help
satisfy that drive to learn, from religion and
psychology to history and computers. With
a wide range of SEP technology courses on
the TCC campuses, seniors can enrich their
lives with growth and learning. Plus, there
are no tests, grades or college credit!
For more information, contact
the Tarrant County College Senior
Education Program Office nearest you.
TCC Senior Education Offices
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828 W. Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054
817-515-4233
M AY/JUNE 2 012
SmartWear
L
ess than six months
after founding ‘Smart
Wear Clothing’
from her home office in
Murphy, Tx., LeaAnn Yost
has established a small but
lucrative niche in wellness
and fashion.
Yost, co-founder of Smart Wear and
registered nurse for more than 15
years, recalls her ‘ahh-ha’ moment as
unexpected and life changing – but,
it’s the source of her inspiration
that touches members of the senior
community and continues to fuel her
appetite for success.
“During my nursing career, I have
witnessed the pain, discomfort and
difficulty that individuals suffering
from nerve damage, neuropathy, stroke
and arthritis go through. They simply
can’t dress themselves, and worse, don’t
have the option to wear anything but
hospital gowns and sweats, it’s sad.”
Most of Yost’s customers are seniors,
but some, like 41 year-old Mary Foster,
are middle-aged rehab patients who use
Smart Wear to supplement their rehab
program.
“Mary’s situation is a perfect example
of our products versatility; while
recovering from invasive rotator cuff
surgery she needed adaptive clothing.
It felt great to help keep her life on
track during the rehabilitation process,”
Yost said.
While her patient’s hardships offer
ample motivation, Yost attributes her
personal conviction to her grandfather
George Brewer, a 94 year-old war
veteran who served under General
Patton. Despite his age, Brewer’s
ambition is fully intact, as he is
currently an active co-founder of the
Smart Wear brand.
“My grandfather has given so much
to me, my family and the community.
I really wanted to help make his life
easier and more comfortable. It was
hard watching him struggle in and out
of clothes - so, we teamed-up to create
a practical solution,” Yost said.
Smart Wear offers a range of stylish,
quality made adaptive clothing for
men and women. The brands apparel
is fitted with Velcro closures that are
sewn-in behind traditional buttons
and zippers, giving users the “look”
of conventional clothing without the
trouble of actually putting them on.
The line includes; dress shirts, dress
pants, blouses and specialty items
for all shapes and sizes. Visit www.
smartwearclothing.com for online
shopping, vendor show dates, news and
testimonials.
Pictured L to R - Owner, LeaAnn Yost
and grandfather, George Brewer.
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M
2 012
HEAY/JUNE
A LTH
ChogaFlo:
Q&A
What is the difference
between regular yoga and
Chogaflow?
With Chogaflow we receive the same benefits as a traditional yoga practice without
ever having our knees touch the floor.
We have the option of using a chair when
necessary for stability and balance, helping to eliminate any strain on the knee
joint. With emphasis on correct alignment we build strength, increase vitality,
and improve flexibility, circulation and
balance.
How can practicing
Chogaflow help me get
healthier?
Linking breath with movement we begin
to release blocked areas and stagnant
energy. We start to notice more freedom
and move with less restriction. With
proper, complete breathing we nourish
our body & mind. When we breathe better we feel better. We begin to feel more
alive. Our physical body becomes stronger, our nervous system is nourished and
we remain calmer in stressful situations.
We increase oxygen supply to our cells,
improve blood circulation, help eliminate
toxins, enhance our immune system, and
improve sleep patterns.
I sometimes have a sore
lower back. Can Chogaflow
help with this?
Practicing the poses, we access and
strengthen the core muscles which help
to protect and support the low back. We
stretch and strengthen the laterals and
abdominals. We learn how to stabilize the
lower body, hips and core to protect and
strengthen our low back. We learn how to
stand and move with correct alignment.
Our balance and posture improve.
Will Chogaflow help my
joint stiffness?
As we move and breathe, our circulation
and lymph flow improve. As toxins are
cleared we begin to open new pathways
for nourishment to flow, our joints become more flexible and range of motion
improves. As we become more flexible in
our hips and shoulders, the larger joints,
it helps to relieve pain and stiffness in the
smaller joints. We build muscle strength
which helps to support the ligaments
and tendons surrounding our joints. The
poses also help build bone strength.
Will Chogaflow help
with my scoliosis?
All of us are muscularly asymmetrical.
Through stretching and strengthening
the muscles that support our spine and
body we learn how to actively engage
muscles to help realign ourselves and
allow for more nourishment. We improve
habitual misalignments and patterns of
a unique chair yoga practice
Valerie Rogers is the creator of Chogaflow™, a unique chair yoga practice, done both seated and standing,
integrating breath with movement. Chogaflow™ is ideal if you are new to practicing yoga, if physical
limitations prevent you from getting up and down from the floor easily, or if you prefer a less strenuous
class. Chogaflow™ emphasizes alignment, allowing you to explore poses in an anatomically correct way.
You will enjoy the many benefits of a traditional yoga practice without ever having your knees touch the
floor.
Join Valerie as she guides you through a fun, easy-to-follow, safe journey of self exploration. Through
her clear explanation of postures she brings awareness to harmonizing the energy within to reverse the
effects of aging, restore vitality, rejuvenate the nervous system, strengthen the body and calm the mind.
Open your heart, open your mind, go with the flow, and set your spirit free.
DVD AVAILABLE AT WWW.CHOGAFLOW.COM
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movement, and begin to develop more
symmetry. Strengthening the muscle
groups that support the spine may help
alleviate symptoms of lordosis, scoliosis,
and osteoporosis. Shoulder and neck tension are relieved, our posture improves.
Chogaflow focuses on lengthening the
spine, nourishing the discs, spinal column, and central nervous system.
For Dallas area class schedule:
www.chogaflow.com
For more information contact:
[email protected]
The Senior
Voice ‘projects’
- happy body
equals happy
mind!
B OOK
M AY/JUNE
S A ND F2ILM
012
Film review: Hugo
by Larry Ratliff
Will there ever be another movie year
that lights up projectors with as many
quality productions as 1939?
Probably not. Hollywood’s muchrevered “golden year” filled movie
screens with a grandiose romantic warmelodrama (“Gone with the Wind”),
a bizarre romp to a crazed world
somewhere in the sky (“The Wizard of
Oz”) and took audiences along for a wild
stagecoach ride through Indian Territory
(“Stagecoach”).And that was just the
beginning when it comes to the movies
of 1939. Jimmy Stewart earned his first
Best Actor Academy Award nomination
as crusading Senator Jeff Smith in Frank
Capra’s patriotic drum-beater “Mr. Smith
Goes to Washington.”
That was also the year Greta Garbo
drew her first Best Actress Oscar
nomination as the no-nonsense Russian
title character falling in love in Paris
in the romantic-comedy “Ninotchka.”
Audiences were treated to snappy
dialogue like this:
Ninotchka: “Why do you want to carry
my bags?”
Porter: “That is my business.”
Ninotchka: “That’s no business. That’s
social injustice.”
Porter: “That depends on the tip.”
Not that there aren’t movies around
these days with quality dialogue.
Several of this year’s Academy Award
nominees for Best Picture, in fact,
turned meaningful and comic phrases
with a deft touch. “The Descendants,”
starring George Clooney, Woody Allen’s
“Midnight in Paris” and “The Help,”
the mesmerizing tale of inequality in the
1960s were all verbal stand-outs.
The point is they are becoming
more difficult to find. We don’t have
as many dialogue-driven movies or,
it could be argued, quality films in
general in the 21st century. Need
proof? A couple of years back, the
Academy Awards decision-makers
decided to rivert back to a practice of
placing 10 nominees in the race for
Best Picture.
In 2012, only nine films were
deemed worthy of a Best Picture
nomination.
When Bob Hope took the podium
for the first time (of 18) as Oscar
host at the Coconut Grove at the
Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles
in 1940, “Gone with the Wind” had
to beat out nine strong contenders,
including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Dark
Victory,” “Stagecoach,” “Mr. Smith
Goes to Washington,” “Ninotchka,”
“Wuthering Heights” and others
to claim the movie industry’s most
coveted prize.
The modern era’s computercrazed generation of movie-goers and
movie-makes has, with some blessed
rare exceptions, substituted gadgets
for dialogue. They assume – wrongly,
I think – that those who still attend
movies at movie theaters are content to
accept computer-generated monsters
and heroes in place of intelligent,
clever words strung together.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be
all hardware over heart, of course.
In fact, with this year’s Best Picture
winner, “The Artist,” and Martin
Scorsese’s excellent, hypnotic “Hugo,”
a call for nostalgia has emerged; a
yearning, if you will, for quality films
mirroring Hollywood’s golden past.
A shift in that direction can’t
emerge soon enough, if you ask me.
And don’t call a movement such as
that nostalgia. Call it a return to better
judgement.
If filmmakers fail to hede the call
and continue to feature giant heartless
mechanical monsters clashing as titans
on the big screen for too long, quality
movies as we know them and our
parents knew them will be gone with
the wind.
Book Review: Blessing Our
Goodbyes by Judith Helburn
2012 Blessing our Goodbyes: a
gentle guide to being with the
dying and preparing
for your own death.
Kathie Quinlan. Resource Pubs,
2011. ISBN:139781610973137
Indeed, a gentle guide
written by hospice director,
Kathie Quinlan, who presided
over two-bed Isaiah House
dedicated to serving poor
dying patients.
“One thing is quite certain:
our death will come. Much
anguish would be spared, both
for individuals and society, if
each of us could come to terms
with this anticipated, natural,
and momentous event in our lives... We know
neither the hour nor the day, but at some
point each of us will be in the throes of its
mystery and majesty.”
With stories of some of her charges,
references to resources and her own
experiences, Quinlan guides us towards the
acceptance of what will certainly come. The
subject may be intense, but Quinlan shares
smiles, even laughter along the way. She
reminisces about her mother dying. “Mom,
do you think you might be dying?... And
her reply? ‘I don’t know. I’ve never done it
before.’”
People do not want to feel
abandoned as they finish their
life work. They want to be
remembered, so listening to their
stories is part of helping one exit
this life. When family become
distressed because a loved one
is not connecting, they must
remember that dying is an inward
journey and they do not have the
strength to be both inward and
outward.
Quinlan’s chapter three is
about being with those who are
dying. Much of it is just being
there—even in silence. Quinlan
coaches us to listen and feel
compassion. Later, she writes of some of the
Hospice movement history. Then, she guides
us through the grief process. “The pain
we feel is just a reminder than we loved so
deeply.” She counsels us to consider our pain
like a stormy sea which will eventually calm.
The last chapter, different in tone,
suggests way for us to prepare for our own
death, including the writing of our own
legacy or ethical will. Blessing our Goodbyes
is a short, quiet and lovingly written guide.
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M AY/JUNE 2 012
Dallas Based Brain Study
Links Alzheimer’s Marker
to Deficits in Healthy
People by Tara Marathe
Would you or someone you know like to take part in a
research study involving brain imaging?
Would
We are currently looking for adults age 50-89 who
have 10-15 years of education.
The study involves four or five visits each lasting about
2.5 hours. You will be compensated for your time.
12 May/June 2012 t h e s e n i o r v o i c e .c o m
S
cientists at the
Center for Vital
Longevity at the
University of Texas at
Dallas recently completed
a research study that
may help shed light on
the earliest signs of
Alzheimer’s disease.
The study involved measuring the
level of amyloid in a large group of
healthy adults in the Dallas Lifespan
Brain Study. Amyloid is a protein
whose toxic buildup in the brain is
a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease
and many scientists now believe that
buildup of this protein can precede
symptoms of memory loss and dementia
possibly by as much as a decade or
more. Therefore, examining the brains
of middle-aged adults may be critically
important for diagnosing Alzheimer’s
in its earliest stages.
In the new study, a team of
researchers led by center co-director Dr.
Denise Park measured levels of amyloid
protein in the brains of 137 healthy
people between the ages of 30 and
89. Using a special imaging agent that
allows scientists to measure amyloid
levels noninvasively using a simple PET
scan, the team discovered that amyloid
level increased with age and that about
20% of adults aged 60 and older had
especially high amyloid levels. Among
this older group, the more amyloid
individuals had in their brains, the
worse their memory, processing speed,
and ability to reason—three important
facets of cognition.
“Even though our initial tests
showed that our study participants
were in good cognitive health, we saw
subtle changes in mental performance
with increase in amyloid load,” said
Dr. Karen Rodrigue, a research
scientist who helped lead the study.
“Imaging the brains of participants
when they first show signs of cognitive
impairment may help us determine their
risk of future disease.”
Long-term follow up studies
are already underway to help
researchers determine whether high
amyloid burden in healthy people
necessarily predetermines occurrence
of Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
“Knowing that could lead to the
development of treatments to stave off
cognitive decline that can be given in
middle age, before irreparable damage
to the brain is done,” Dr. Rodrigue said.
Center scientists are interested
in recruiting new participants for
their research studies. They currently
have slots for people aged 50 and
older who have between 10 and
15 years of education (less than a
bachelors’ degree). All participants are
compensated for their time.
If you are interested in
participating in the Dallas Lifespan
Brain Study, please call 972-883-3733
or go to dallaslifespan.com.
“Imaging the brains
of participants when
they first show
signs of cognitive
impairment may
help us determine
their risk of future
disease.”
M AY/JUNE 2 012
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13
Q&A:
L
BARRY ROGERS
Interviews the
legeNdary
larry hagman
“
My personal motto is:
Don’t worry, Be happy,
Feel good.
“Who shot J.R.?” were three words that helped
catapult actor Larry Hagman to an iconic status. He
was already a television legend, loved by millions
for his role as Captain Tony Nelson in I Dream of
Jeannie, when Dallas came along.
Pictured L to R: Larry Hagman, Mary Martin, Bruce
Forsyth and the Queen Mother.
14 May/June 2012 t h e s e n i o r v o i c e .c o m
It was actually his wife Maj who encouraged Larry to take on
the role of J.R. Ewing. He wasn’t immediately sold on the project.
Not even he could have predicted that his portrayal of the villain
that everyone loved to hate would take his fame to a whole new
level.
Larry was so good at playing the scandalous J.R. Ewing
that it became very easy for the public to believe that he was
his character. This interview reminds us that Larry is not the
fictional Texas oilman whose only devotions in life are to money
and power.
In fact, the only power Larry seems devoted to is solar
power. He turned his mansion on the West Coast into the largest
home property in America to run entirely on solar energy. The
only money he was enthusiastic about in our talk was his utility
savings and the gas money he saved on his eco-friendly Prius.
Larry’s also devoted to his wife of over fifty years, along
with their kids and grandkids. He’s tried to teach the Hagman
offspring about all the good things in life that have very little do
with material possessions.
Now, let us assure you that art will not imitate the life and
good deeds of Larry Hagman this summer. He’s back along with
Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy as they reprise their roles as J.R.,
Sue Ellen and Bobby in Dallas: The Next Generation on TNT. June
13th is the date in which we’re invited back to South Fork as a
new generation of Ewings have their say in the family dynasty.
J.R. of course will be sure that his son John Ross understands
that life is all about money and power.
I spoke with Larry by phone, and attempted to understand
the reality of an iconic actor that does an amazing job of making
us believe.
Larry, on November 21, 1980, three hundred and fifty
million fans from fifty-seven countries around the world
tuned in to see who shot J.R. Ewing. What was it like to
be at the epicenter of this whole saga? Well it was quite a
phenomenon. Nobody knew the show was going to do that.
Also, I had been holding out for little more salary. I missed
ten days of shooting. We had a lot of litigation going on there,
but it all worked out very well for everybody. We went on to
do another eleven years.
Did you ever find that level of fame of overwhelming? No.
I was used to fame. You know I come from a theatrical family
so I was kind of used to that. Plus, I also had I Dream of Jeannie,
which was very successful. It’s still on the air after forty-six
years.
You were born in Forth Worth, Texas to Broadway legend
Mary Martin. What important lessons did you learn from
your mother about show business? She taught me to know
your lines, hang up your costumes and stay reasonably sober.
Well I did two of them at least.
She got to see quite a bit of your success. What did she
think of your Dallas fame? She was very happy with it. She
was also happy with I Dream of Jeannie but Dallas was such a
huge success. She was quite happy with it all.
What is your impression of the Dallas area in recent
years? I was down there for four months recently shooting
Dallas: The Next Generation. It’s like the recession never hit
Dallas. I don’t know what it is. There’s so much building and
everything going on. Everybody seems to be so full of energy.
I didn’t see any recession going on down there.
What was your immediate feeling when you got the call
that Dallas was coming back to the air? I was very happy
that I get to work with Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray again.
We’re all good friends. We see each other often, even when
we’re not working.
Can you describe the chemistry that you have with Linda
Gray and Patrick Duffy? These are my buddies. Patrick lives
up in Oregon. He comes down for different jobs. Anytime
he’s in town, we have lunch or dinner. Ms. Gray and I see each
other about twice a month for lunch or dinner.
What are some of the
most important elements
that you wanted to see
in the new version of
Dallas? Oooooh…. that
J.R. is revered and feared.
My son ( John Ross)
has inherited my fatal
mistakes of course. He’s
doing very well with it.
I’m teaching him what I
can.
You know J.R. Ewing in
a way that the rest of the
world does not. Can you
tell us something about
him that we may have
missed? I can’t think of
a single thing. The guy’s
Mary Martin and Larry Hagman.
a bounder. His son is a
bounder. What can you say
nice about J.R.? Nothing really. He enjoys life. He lost about
two billion dollars. His wife took it. Everybody thinks he’s
rich, but he’s not anymore. Sue Ellen has all the money. Bobby
has the ranch. J.R. has to fight to come back. But you know,
he’s been in the same house all these years with his family. He
was there with his wife, his brother and his brother’s wife. I
mean that to me was always so bizarre. Can you imagine all
those people living in the same house?
J.R. is facing some challenges in the new series. You’ve
also dealt with challenges of a different kind over the
years. Did having the liver transplant change you on
an emotional or spiritual level? I had an out of body
experience, you know. I saw the white light that people
talk about. I loved it. I think it all made me much more
compassionate and loving.
How are you doing in regard to your cancer treatment?
Very good. Right now they say I’m cured.
That’s incredible to hear! Larry, what is a creative outlet
for you when you’re not acting? Well, I’m into green stuff
now. I have the largest solar home in America. It brought my
electric bill down to less than a hundred dollars a year. I also
had to have a Prius. We now have five Priuses in the family.
Everybody has one. Now I can just plug my cars in and that
takes care of the gasoline prices.
When did you become so environmentally conscious?
I had this ranch. I had my own water system… my own
helicopter pad. I grow my own food. The one thing I needed
for my food is water to irrigate it. I needed a source of power
for that, which was not on the grid. I put it in solar power for
my irrigation. I liked it so much, so I put it in for the rest of
my house. It just makes me feel good to use this clean energy.
This is great because as a public figure you’re inspiring
a new way of thinking for a lot of people. Not only that,
but I’m known for being the biggest oilman since Rockefeller.
You know, I’ve also switched to vegetarianism. I’ve lost
about twenty-five lbs because of that. I thought it might help
with going through the chemotherapy recently. I also grow
vegetables without all the chemicals. Just let the bugs get
half of what you’re growing. I just plant a lot of it. It’s a little
challenging finding places to eat and cooking for yourself, but
I really feel good.
Do you believe that humans have a connection to the
earth that we need to get back to? I think we have a
connection to ourselves. We need to connect with our brothers
and sisters to make
their lives better too.
The earth of course
is our spiritual guide,
and is getting mad at
us. That’s why we’re
having tsunamis and
earthquakes and all
that kind of stuff.
It seems kind of
like an immune
system response
from a planet
trying to heal
itself. Well we just
passed seven billion
people recently on
this planet. Isn’t that
something?
Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie.
You’re a funny guy! Well especially when I get down to
Texas and they want to talk about politics. You can’t talk about
politics anymore. People get so upset. I go to a party down
there and they’ll ask me a political question. I say, “I’m sorry. I
only talk about sex, drugs and rock and roll!”
What do you try to teach your kids and grandkids
about life and just being human? Compassion is a learned
response. There’s a potential in everyone to have that
compassion. Try to keep compassion and be helpful to people.
Have a positive outlook in life. That’s my thing. My personal
motto is “Don’t worry. Be happy. Feel good.” It works, you
know. [Larry pauses as his granddaughter suddenly enters the
room] Wow! My granddaughter’s here! I haven’t seen her in six
months! I have five granddaughters. She’s the oldest.
What a big coincidence that she shows up right as we ask
about your grandkids! Yeah, and she’s coming over to give
me a kiss right now!
Can we ask her what she thinks the most important thing
that her granddad has taught her? [Larry now speaks to
granddaughter.] Ok, I’m having an interview here on the
phone. What do you think the most important thing is that
your grandfather has taught you? [Granddaughter answers:
“Don’t worry, be happy, feel good!”]
That’s awesome! Larry, what is your general attitude
towards life these days? Be as compassionate as you can. Try
to help your brothers and sisters. As you get older, people get
cranky. Trying to keep a sense of humor is the most important
thing I think you can do. Also remember… Don’t worry, be
happy, feel good and pass it on!
When you reflect on your life, what are some of the
“happiest” moments? Getting married to a wonderful
woman… Having kids was wonderful. Having grandchildren
is pretty good too. You can be a grandfather and not have to
be the bad guy. You can just let them have fun. Solar power
makes me happy. It makes me happy to see people that I can
make happy.
What age do you feel
like in your mind?
Sixteen... I haven’t changed at all since I was sixteen. I have
the same mindset, but a little more compassionate.
What do you see in the faces of random people in public
who notice you? Recognition. You know, for such a bastard,
J.R.’s loved by a lot of people. Well they loved to hate him. A
lot of men want to be him. A lot of women want to get a hold
of him and change him of course.
What is that sixteen-year-old mindset? Oh you know,
regular old… sex, drugs and rock and roll! :laughs:
For more information on Larry and Dallas: The Next
Generation visit: larryhagman.com
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With the
Grandkids
Top 8 Places To Go!
1. Cavanaugh Flight Museum
4572 Claire Chennault Street
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 380-8800
Spend an afternoon immersed in this
historically compelling museum. Since 1993,
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum, a nonprofit
organization, has been educating and promoting
aviation heritage. The museum staff restores,
operates, and maintains these old planes,
keeping them in excellent condition. Your
grandchildren will see famous war aircrafts,
such as the German Me-109, P-51 Mustang, and
the Sopwith Camel. When your visit is over, you
and your grandchildren can meet the mechanics
who maintain these incredible pieces. The
museum is also equipped with an outdoor picnic
area, aviation art gallery, and gift shop.
2. KIMBALL ART MUSEUM FAMILY
FESTIVALS
3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 332-8451
A great to start to your grandchild’s
appreciation for art is at the Kimbell Art
Museum. For 35 years, the Kimbell has been
bringing an intimate but beautiful collection of
350 art pieces to Fort Worth. Be sure to check
out the Family Festivals, which take place every
Saturday. You and your grandkids will hear
storytelling, and work together on art projects
that relate to the museum’s world-class exhibits
and collections, which include antiquities, PreColumbian and Picasso, among many others.
3. Legends of the Game Baseball
Museum and Stadium Tour
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 273-5600
To see some baseball with your grandkids in the
off-season, you can take them to the Legends of
the Game Baseball Museum and Stadium Tour
at the ballpark and show them about how the
game was played when you were a kid. Lots of
memorabilia and interactive activities.
4. Museum of Nature and Science
3535 Grand Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 428-5555
One of the best things you can do as a
grandparent is instill in your grandchildren’s
minds a curiosity about the world around them.
A great place to do this is at the Museum of
Nature and Science. You and the grands will
have a good time looking at the dinosaurs,
fossils and even a big meteorite that fell from
the sky right here in Dallas County. But leave
plenty of time to check out the planetarium and
its state-of-the-art, overhead digital projection
of the galaxies. Far out.
5. Dallas Heritage Village
1515 South Harwood Street
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 428-5448
Show your grandkids what life was like before
the Xbox at the Dallas Heritage Village at
Old City Park. Right near modern downtown
Dallas, Old City Park is a place where time has
stopped in the mid-1800s. You can interact with
live human beings (called interpreters) who
dress, act, and talk as if they stepped out of a
history book. See a blacksmith work, talk to
the bartender in an old saloon, or tour historic
homes.
6. Wild About Harry’s Frozen Custard
and Hot Dog
3113 Knox Street
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-3113
If you’re treating hungry grandkids to
something their mother hardly ever lets them
eat, take them to Wild About Harry’s Frozen
Custard and Hot Dogs. Kids dig the lively
atmosphere and Harry’s fresh made frozen
custard recipe. The delicious hot dogs, served
as plain or as dressed up as you like, will be
something you can appreciate as well
7. Dallas Children’s Theater
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 740-0051
Dallas is home to one of the finest children’s
theaters in the U.S. The Dallas Children’s
Theater has a full season of shows for young
kids, teens and everyone in between. Their
website lets you know for what ages a particular
show is appropriate. Some of the stories recently
brought to life include: The Velveteen Rabbit,
James and the Giant Peach, and Sleeping Beauty.
8. Dallas Summer Musicals
909 First Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210
214-565-1116
There’s a reason Broadway musicals are
massively popular — they’re super entertaining.
Take your grandchild out for some songs and
dance of epic proportions. Dallas Summer
Musicals give you and your family a chance
to catch some of Broadway’s latest hits right
here in the metroplex. Figure out the family
friendliest they have to offer (there’s always
something), and you’re sure to give your
grandkids a fabulous gift.
www.grandparents.com/gp/events/dallas.
html
CAMPS FOR KIDS CHECK OUT
WWW.NORTHTEXASKIDS.COM
Top 6
Websites to
Visit!
1. PickYourOwn.org
Who wouldn’t want to spend a day outdoors,
picking ripe, delicious fruit with their
grandchildren? Now, thanks to Pick Your Own,
you can find any of the hundreds of PYO farms
and orchards across the U.S. with just the click
of a button. Search by your state and region, and
you’ll get contact information, exact locations,
and lists of the produce that’s in season. That’s
not all – Pick Your Own also has links for
pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Christmas tree
lots and more. Happy picking!
2. Hubblesite.org
www.hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire/
hires/true/
It doesn’t matter if your grandchildren are
future astronauts, or if they’re struggling to
pass their science classes – this breathtaking
gallery of planets, stars, galaxies, and various
stellar explosions will keep them riveted to
their computer screens. The Hubble telescope
has been collecting the images ever since its
1990 launch, and they’re as thought-provoking
as they are beautiful. Use them to start
conversations about the Milky Way, or as pretty
desktop wallpaper.
Fort Worth Museum of Science &
History
IT’S GREAT BEING GRAND!
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is extraordinary place for all ages, but especially
for grandparents and their grandchildren. Time at the Museum can provide a lifetime of wonderful
memories for you and your grandchildren. Our staff experts – many of whom are grandparents
themselves – are pleased to offer the following suggestions to help fill your experience with delight.
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 255-9300
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EVENTS
3. Insanewiches.com
http://www.insanewiches.com/?p=808
You can use the Internet to do good deeds.
You can use the Internet for important personal
business. But mostly, the Internet is great for
looking at cool stuff with your grandkids, like
the creative
lunches at
Insanewiches.
Made Webfamous by
the Rubix
Cubewich,
a threedimensional
enigma of
meat and
cheese, the site
is a treasure
trove of fun
and inventive
sandwich
photos. Since
it’s all about inspiration, there are no recipes
included, but one look at the Giftwich, the
Dadwich, or the cleverly assembled Swine N’
Cheese and you’ll start stocking up on cold cuts.
4. Kiva.org
http://www.kiva.org/about
Giving to charities is good. Wondering how
your money is being used is bad. That’s one
reason why microlending sites like Kiva, which
allow you to donate directly to individuals, have
become so popular in the last few years. “Kiva
works with microfinance institutions on five
continents to provide loans to people without
access to traditional banking systems,” reads
the non-profit organization’s official site. Those
loans, which can be for as little as $25, help
entrepreneurs across the globe begin sustainable
businesses, from bookstores to small farms.
With a 98.7 percent repay rate and more than
500,000 people funded in 60 different countries,
Kiva is a wonderful way to make a difference.
5. Khanacademy.org
www.khanacademy.org/
Imagine a website containing videos that cover
every conceivable school subject, from simple
arithmetic to the polymerization of alkenes
with acid. With more than 2,400 clips placing
special emphasis on math, science, and SAT and
GMAT prep, Khan Academy is that website.
“A not-for-profit with the goal of changing
education for the better by providing a free
world-class education to anyone anywhere,” it’s
everything your grandkids ever wanted to know,
without that $40,000 university bill.
6. Any Soldier.com
www.anysoldier.com/
If you read the papers or watch 24-hour news
networks, you’d never know the U.S. remains
engaged in two ongoing wars. The media seems
to have forgotten that thousands of American
soldiers are still deployed overseas, away from
their friends and loved ones. Any Soldier was
started in 2003 by the Horn family to bring
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those enlisted men and women a little relief
via letters and care packages. Simply visit their
site to learn how to get involved. And if you’re
interested in pitching in for a specific branch,
try AnyMarine, AnyAirman, AnySailor, or
AnyCoastGuardsman.
or something outdoors. It’s a great
season for turning the kids on to
helping others less fortunate.
7. Build a birdhouse.
Read more: http://
www.grandparents.
com/gp/content/
expert-advice/youyour-grandchildren/
article/bestfamily-websites.
html#ixzz1relRZQrI
Top 20
Simple
Pleasures
1. Plant flowers or vegetables
in your garden or in a window
box. Get kid-size tools and let the
grandchildren get dirty.
2. Spread out an old sheet on the
grass and paint your hearts out.
3. Tour your local firehouse.
Call ahead to make arrangements;
ask if your grandchild will be
allowed to climb on a fire truck or
sit inside and steer.
4. Take a walk around your
neighborhood, picking up interesting
stones and leaves as you go. Then
make a natural sculpture in the
backyard. If you don’t have a
backyard, make the sculpture in a
park’s grassy area.
5. Take photos of each other
posing at local landmarks.
6. Find volunteer opportunities
either helping people out of the heat
that high-pitched, piercing whistle.
If that doesn’t work, try two blades.
14. Have a board-game
tournament on the lawn.
15. Name the constellations
visible in the night sky or look up
and view the next lunar eclipse or
meteorite shower. For extra points,
borrow a reference book from your
local library to guide you along.
8. Set up a lemonade stand. Make
unusual flavors like apple lemonade
and pineapple lemonade along with
the traditional favorite.
9. Introduce the grandkids to
lobster. Have a burger handy for
when they freak out.
10. Go to a farmer’s market,
making a game out of finding one
item for each letter of the alphabet
(apples, broccoli, carrots, etc.)
11. Browse a garage sale, giving
your grandchild a few dollars to
spend.
12. Get yourselves to a county fair
and do as much as you can. Enter
a pie-eating contest, strong-man
challenge, and go on the bumper
cars. Forget the cholesterol and don’t
forget the funnel cake.
13. Pluck a thin, flat blade of
grass. Stick one end between
the tips of your thumbs and
the other between your thumb
heels. Straighten your thumbs out
gradually until the grass is taut,
pucker up and blow so that the air
makes the grass vibrate, producing
16. Get the schedule for local
outdoor concerts and theatre and
bring the grandchildren. shakespeare
in the park not your speed? The boss
is on tour, too!
17. The longest days of the year are a
great time to teach preschoolers
how to tell time. Better yet, make
a sundial.
18. Go camping — your local
woods, a scenic campsite, ­your
backyard.
19. Invite neighbors over for a
high tea. Have grandkids involved in
invitations and baking.
20. Sit in a hammock and swing
for a while – sharing stories and
your love.
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The Dallas Stars were so close and
yet-so-far in the 2011-12 NHL race for the
playoffs.
Something tells even the most casual
fan that under returning head coach Glen
Gulutzan and new owner Tom Gaglardi
things are going to improve even more in
2012-13.
The 1999 Stanley Cup champion
franchise when it played at good old (and
now long gone) Reunion Arena is on its way
back after missing the 2012 playoffs by two
points last April.
Gulutzan, a non-nonsense younger
mentor with a penchant for the game
from his youthful days in Hudson Bay,
Saskatchewan. Coming from a family of
teachers, he also studied education at the
University of Saskatchewan and has parlayed
his skills into one of the NHL’s top coaches
in terms of fundamental hockey.
While the Stars finished 42-35-5 in
2011-12, it was equally better in the win
column with six fewer ties and much more
solid defense than the previous campaign.
The most recent squad allowed 10 less
goals under the steady tending of standout
netminder and nine-year NHL veteran Kari
Lehtonen with some nifty penalty killing,
especially on home ice.
The head coach in his typical fashion
pulled no punches throughout the 2011-12
campaign and sees a glimmer of hope for
2012-13 with some key draft picks, free-agent
signings and offseason acquisitions.
“Guys are accountable,” the first-year
NHL coach explained. “They know what our
identity is; they’re hard-working and defenseminded. We want to be hard to play against.”
The Stars accomplished just that in the
early stages of ’11-12 before some costly
injuries placed large dents in the starting
lineup. The team jumped out to a 6-1 start
under Gulutzan’s steady gaze and patient
teaching, slipped to 25-21-1 at the end
of January when captain Mike Ribeiro
missed seven games with an injury, and
then suffered through a patch where goalie
Lehtonen missed several of the 22 games
when he was absent due to illness or injury.
Captain Brenden Morrow also was out for 25
games with injuries.
When standouts such as Ribeiro, Morrow
and Lehtonen were healthy, the Stars were
almost indestructible on the ice.
“We won’t make any excuses for our play
when people were injured,” explained the
head coach. “We did not play our best hockey
in some of those games, that’s for sure. I was
happy that we got our game back in order
and started playing well later in the year.”
“They take losses pretty hard,” he noted
of his players, “and they want to rebound
well. That’s the sign of a good character
team: that they don’t lose back-to-back.”
Besides better team attitudes and gameto-game consistency, Gulutzan saw some
high-powered offense from standouts such
as Loui Ericksson (70 points, 26 goals, 44
assists), Ribeiro (63 points) Jamie Benn (63
points), goal-scoring leader (35) Michael
Ryder, and Morrow (rugged defense and 26
points).
“We have the nucleus to get back into
the playoffs,” he continued, “and I hope
our crowds are going to be big and loud and
continue to energize the team next season.”
With the intense and energetic Glen
Gulutzan calling the shots, there is a strong
feeling in many quarters that the rejuvenated
Stars can climb well past the “Playoff Eight”
and into the upper echelon of the NHL for
years to come.
TR AVEL
Some Travel
Discount
Ideas:
you 50 percent off charges for expanded
amenities, such as camping, swimming or
boat launching.
Amtrak gives a 15 percent discount to
riders who are 62 or older and regularly
offers bigger breaks on particular routes.
Early this spring, for example, senior
passengers traveling along the New
England coast got a 50 percent break
on fares. Eurail offers senior passes to
travelers 60 or older in various countries;
as of this writing, discounts were available
in Ireland and Romania. Greyhound takes
5 percent off the price of unrestricted
fares for passengers 62 or older.
I
f you’re retired (or
working part-time
near retirement), you
may have one obvious
advantage: You can make
last-minute plans, travel
during the week or take
off-peak vacations far
more easily than younger
adults.
Your best bet is to remain flexible about
the timing of a trip, use an online engine to
compile available deals, and only then call
the most attractive airlines or hotels to find
out if better offers are available for seniors.
We recommend Road Scholar
www.roadscholar.org (800-454-5768) a
program run by the nonprofit Elderhostel
that sets up educational guided tours for
seniors. Road Scholar programs include
single-day excursions, cruises, small-group
Road Scholar trips and grandparents
grandchildren travel. And the organization
is wooing boomers in an effort to reduce
the average age of its customers, which was
73 in 2009.
Consider the America the Beautiful
Senior Pass http://store.usgs.gov/pass/
senior.html (888-467-2757), formerly the
Golden Age Passport, to be the single best
travel deal in the country. If you re 62 or
older, this pass lets you, plus up to three
other adults and any number of children
traveling in your vehicle, get into national
parks, forests, monument grounds and
recreation areas. It costs just $10, and it
never expires. The senior pass also gives
Sources:
Peter Keating , www.smartmoney.com,
Travel Discounts for Seniors: How to Cash
In - Smartmoney .com
www.cheapflights.com, Senior Traveler
Discounts
http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html,
America the Beautiful - National Parks
and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
CLOSER TO HOME
FORT WORTH – MAYFEST
May 3 - May 6
Features live entertainment, arts and crafts,
food and more. Trinity Park.
Phone: 817-332-1055
CANTON – FIRST MONDAY TRADE
DAYS
May 3 - 6, 31 - June 3, 28 - July 1, August
2 - 5: First Monday Trade Days
Phone: (877) 462-7467, (903) 567-1849
www.visitcantontx.com
Largest trade days event in the nation
includes more than 7,000 vendors on 400
acres. On I-20 in Canton from exits 523,
526, 527 or 528.
throughout town and at the Historic Onion
Shed, 151 S. Main St.
Phone: (214) 782-9678
www.swca-inc.com
Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo
Drive.
WINNSBORO – SPRING FESTIVAL
May 12 -May 13
Winnsboro, Texas - 115 E. Elm
7th Annual, Arts, Crafts, Food & Music
w/ Raiderette, Legends of Crossroads
Estimated attendees-1500 (903) 342-5267
ADDISON – SONGWRITER
SATURDAYS
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Phone: (972) 450-2851
www.addisontexas.net
Begins at 8 p.m. Beckert Park, 5
044 Addison Circle Drive
FARMERSVILLE – YARDS AND
YARDS OF YARD SALES
June 2:
Phone: (972) 782-6533, (972) 784-6846
www.farmersvilletx.com
Features a plethora of yard and garage sales
DENISON
June 9 – D-DAY CELEBRATION
Phone: (903) 464-4452
www.cityofdenison.com
Bruce Hoff portrays Gen. Dwight D.
Eisenhower during the ceremony, which
includes time for the audience to have an
“open conversation” and ask questions
about Eisenhower’s life and career as both
general and president. Hours are 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Eisenhower Birthplace, 609 S.
Lamar Ave.
FORT WORTH – TRINITY
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
June 12 - July 1
Phone: (817) 257-7625
www.trinityshakes.org
Features professional, live stage
performances of “The Merchant of Venice”
and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
presented in repertory. Ed Landreth Hall at
TCU, 2800 S. University Dr.
GRAPEVINE – REDS, WHITES AND
YOU WINE TRAIL
June 30
Phone: (817) 488-6789
www.grapevinewinetrail.com
Visitors can taste three varieties of wines
from each on the six wineries on the
Grapevine Wine Trail and enjoy food and
other offerings.
Looking for a wonderful getaway in the beautiful Texas Hill Country?
VISIT JUNCTION RIVERS WINERY!
MESQUITE – SOUTHWEST
CERAMIC ASSOCIATION CERAMIC
AND CRAFT SHOW
May 4 - 5
& RESALE
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Featuring delicious handmade wines, high quality
bistro foods and a big Texas welcome.
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Junction Rivers Winery
210 N. 6th Street
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325-446-2600
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Thursday and Friday: 2pm - 10pm
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Reviewed
by:
Harriet P. Gross
The CopyRighter
H
ow can young
children learn
and understand
what a whole lifetime is all
about? Lynn Weiss makes it
happen with her new book.
Simple, wholesome words
and appealing stick-figure
drawings carry its profound
title message for all ages: “I
Like Company.”
An educator specialilzing in child
development, author Weiss realized, both
from her studies and from mothering her
own sons, that “adult-child bonding is the
most important requirement for la sting
healthy growth.”
What can promote healthy bonding
better than an adult reading to a child?
And what can be better to read than a
storybook about liking the company of
other people throughout life, from prebirth to the senior years?
Ms. Weiss’s book was born not too
long after her children, with the idea of
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an infant liking the company of mama
from the inside, even before entering
the world. As her boys grew, so did the
evolving story of liking more and more
kinds of company: while being held -being rocked in a cradle or in daddy’s lap
-- being with friends, and teachers, and
grandparents as well as with mom and
dad.
This universal story is also a very
personal one: Ms. Weiss makes her
own life come alive as a happy lesson
for children by carrying the tale into
adulthood and through marriage, having
children, watching them grow and go
off on their own, and finally, becoming a
grandparent. And always, at every stage,
the emphasis is repeated: it’s good to
have company.
“I Like Company,” meant for children
18 months to five years of age and their
caregivers, has the very special feature of
being bilingual, with English and Spanish
sharing every page. And it is endorsed by
readers at every life stage and level, from
Ph.D.s to first-graders. It is available
at Amazon.com or online from the
publisher, http://KohoPono.com.
2012
Harvest the
Bounty of
Your Career
.
Deborah F Windrum with art by Michele
Renee Ledoux. Axiom Action, 2009. ISBN:
139780980109023.
H
arvest the bounty
of your career is
a thoughtful book
made beautiful with art by
Michele Renee Ledoux.
Windrum uses the metaphor of
a tree to take anyone through the
journey of discovering her encore
career or adventure. She guides you to
the harvesting of what you have sown
by asking you to examine your roots,
branches, fruits, and seeds. The book is
intended for women in the autumn of
their lives who are ready to evaluate their
past and plan for their future. The seed
for the book was planted by Deborah and
her friend Susan Anthes when they began
piloting workshops on retirement.
Windrum says, “The bounty is a
complex of results and outcomes, both
more inner or personally felt and more
outer or socially recognized by others.”
She considers a woman’s career to be
more often a spiral or circular than linear.
You will find, at the end of each chapter a
multitude of exercises and considerations
which will deepen your experience. She
suggests you chose those which appeal to
you.
What kind of relationships have
you had in your career? How have you
benefited from experienced colleagues?
Have you mentored others? How will
you celebrate your accomplishments?
Might you consider a parting ritual? “…
consider how much change is occurring
around us in every moment, but so
slowly that it defies our sense, until we
arrive at a marker of time that renders
it discernable.” Windrum draws us to
decisions by asking us to consider the
sum of our actions.
One of the last few chapters is about
the seasons of womanhood in general.
Instead of using maiden, mother and
crone, she has chosen to use maiden,
maker, maven and muse which upon
reading will make sense to any modern
woman. Another chapter suggests ways
for us to present this work to a group. I
found her question sets by chapter and
theme to be provocative and useful.
Lastly, Windrum leaves us with a
comprehensive list of books including
some about the physiology of trees.
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Universal Design
By Adam Mandel
Q:
My husband had a stroke and now uses a
wheelchair. What can we do to make the house
more wheelchair friendly?
A: We have a lot
of clients who use
wheelchairs or walkers.
They find that their
homes are very
difficult to navigate,
particularly the
bathroom.
In the bathroom, there are a lot of
options to improve safety and accessibility.
We often create “curbless” showers.
These are showers that allow you to walk
or roll in without going over a step. We
either convert an existing shower or
remove a bathtub and turn it into an
accessible shower. In addition to the great
functionality, these showers look beautiful
and contemporary and will never remind
anyone of a nursing home or hospital.
Another convenience in the bathroom is
an accessible vanity. They have knee space
under the sink so they can be used by both
a standing or seated person. We often use
granite tops and beautiful woods so they
look great and allow our clients easy access
to perform everyday activities like brushing
teeth and shaving.
Our discussion of the bathroom is not
complete without a mention of “comfort
height” toilets. They are a few inches
higher than normal toilets and are much
easier to use. Our clients love them and
are amazed at how much difference a few
inches make.
In the rest of the house, we look at
access and flooring. Most homes have steps
at all of the entrances. There are a variety
of ramp solutions to allow safe entry into
the home. When considering flooring,
be aware that carpet is often difficult for
wheelchairs and walkers. We recommend
wood floors or tile.
Adam Mandel owns Independent
Living Design, a remodeling company
that specializes in home modifications for
mature adults, people with disabilities and
anyone who wants a beautiful, accessible
home. He can be reached at 214-505-6051
or [email protected] . The company
website is www.ILDdfw.com.
We Are All In This Together
By Daniel Bradburry
L
ast month, I had
the pleasure and
opportunity of
assisting a well-travelled
gentleman with his Gmail
account.
After a short session of identifying
and resolving his issue, we sat down for a
lengthy conversation in his living room,
which turned out to be one of the more
enjoyable experiences I have had in recent
years. At the end of the meeting, I think
it would be fair to say that I was as much
in awe of his life experience as he was of
mine.
It was something that he said which
really surprised me, although I have
always known it to be true: often times
the ‘computer illiterate’ are embarrassed to
seek out assistance or advice. I find myself
completely agreeing with his statement,
although it need not happen. Upon
graduating from academia, I chose my
path in life – the professional vector that
would sustain me and my family. When
I allocated my life’s pursuits to IT, I also
excluded myself from other career paths
that could benefit my community.
I am quite proud of the direction I
chose in life, but don’t ask me to build a
fence or tar a roof. If you want your house
burned down I’ll gladly come over and
cook for you, and I’ll be right over to fix
your plumbing if you’ve always wondered
how it feels to have a flooded home. In our
society, we each play a part contributing to
not only our own financial stability, but to
the overall community as well. I need each
of you to do what you do, just as much as
this gentleman needed me for my particular
skills. There is no shame in asking an
expert for help, and I am glad to lend it,
just as I am comfortable in asking any of
you for the same.
I implore each of you to not be a
stranger to each other. As they say, ‘with
age comes wisdom’, but in these eyes
it’s something more. With age comes
the enviable pride of a life well-lived,
and an indelible legacy of lives touched
for the better. Don’t be constrained by
your fear of technology, see your lack of
knowledge as an opportunity to make new
connections.
Daniel Bradburry is the owner of
McKinney IT, an onsite PC services
company that serves the needs
of residential and small business
customers in the DFW area. He can be
reached at 214-663-4452, or by email
at [email protected] Visit his
website at www.mckinneyit.com
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M AY/JUNE 2 012
Aaaachoo! – Are you ready
for spring allergies?
T
his year it seems like
much of the United
States has skipped
over winter and jumped
straight to spring. While most
people welcome the longer
days, blooming flowers and
budding trees, for allergy
sufferers this time of year
also means itchy eyes,
coughing, sneezing, and a
runny nose.
It is estimated that 35 million
Americans suffer from spring allergies
triggered by the release of pollen from
those beautiful flowers and trees.
While there is no cure for seasonal
allergies, there are ways to combat
them and be more comfortable during
this season.
The first step is to become a
weather watcher so you know when
pollen counts will be at their highest.
Windy days are typically more difficult
for allergy sufferers because pollen
is carried through the air on the
breeze. Rainy days, however, typically
lower the pollen count because the
water washes the allergens away.
Thankfully, April showers do bring
May flowers – and allergy relief! Also
remember to keep your windows
closed during the spring months to
avoid bringing pollen inside your
home.
For some people, spring allergies
are a minor inconvenience that can
be easily managed with over-thecounter (OTC) medications such as
antihistamines, decongestants, nasal
spray and eye drops. But be mindful
that some antihistamines can cause
sleepiness, so be cautious when taking
them during the day.
If your symptoms remain severe
and the OTC remedies aren’t helping,
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consider talking to your doctor about
allergy testing. This process will allow
you to find out what in the spring air
you’re allergic to, whether that’s mold,
tree pollen, or a type of flower.
If your sinus problems are causing
headaches and constant congestion,
you might also want to make an
appointment with an ear, nose, and
throat specialist (ENT) at Methodist
McKinney Hospital who can check
to see if you’re suffering from a
condition known as chronic sinusitis,
or a sinus infection. Both surgical and
non-surgical treatments are available
for sinusitis.
Many of the ENT services at
Methodist McKinney Hospital can be
performed on a convenient outpatient
basis. These procedures include
closed reduction nasal fractures, nasal
septal reconstruction, nasal/sinus
reconstruction, surgical perforations
of the eardrum and ear tube insertion,
removal of the thyroid gland and
surgical or cosmetic shaping of the
nose. ENT doctors also treat injuries
to the jaw, face and nose and cancer
of the ears, throat, face or neck
For more information, please
contact the Ear, Nose and Throat
(ENT) specialists at Methodist
McKinney Hospital.
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8000 W. Eldorado Parkway
McKinney, Texas 75070 •
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www.methodistmckinneyhospital.
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M AY/JUNE 2 012
Federal Budget Cuts Target Seniors
By: Lori A. Leu & Erin W. Peirce
T
he federal budget is always a political football, but
never so much as during an election year. And,
unfortunately, the level of benefits provided to seniors
is being tossed around as part of the list of items subject to
reductions.
Care for seniors in our country has been an evolving process over the past
century. In 1935, Congress enacted the Social Security Act, which provided
the first federal assistance focused on the elderly. Although Social Security is
now the foundation of most seniors’ retirement, at the time of enactment, it was
a controversial program that was viewed as a step toward socialism. In 1965,
Congress enacted Medicare and Medicaid as part of the Social Security Act, and
passed the Older Americans Act to provide social services to people over age 60
through a variety of programs focused on allowing seniors to remain independent
longer. Currently, more than 8 million Americans receive support each year from
these programs, which include such vital programs as Meals on Wheels.
Surprisingly, the Older Americans Act expired in 2011 and the programs
thereunder have continued only because funds were already appropriated in the
current budget. At a time when 10,000 Americans are turning 65 each day for the
next 19 years, it is important to pay close attention to the possible expiration of and
changes to the programs relied on by our senior population.
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with the right blend of compassion and
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More vital changes for seniors are found in the latest budget that recently
passed out of the House of Representatives and included ending Medicare as a feefor-service system and replacing it with a premium-support subsidy, cutting more
than $700 billion from Medicaid, and cutting other programs that affect seniors,
including food stamps. Some refer to the proposed Medicare private system as
a “voucher” program, under which seniors would be given vouchers to purchase
health insurance in the public arena. This could be a disadvantage for many
seniors, who find themselves in the group of insureds who are at higher risk for
health care expenses.
Health care and other benefits for seniors will be a political focal point for
the foreseeable future, so seniors need to be involved in that discussion. Few
legislators have experienced any of the daily frustrations felt by many seniors.
Don’t allow your opinions to be limited by political sound bites found in e-mail
strings and Internet hyperbole. Be part of the process. Learn the issues and share
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M AY/JUNE 2 012
How Do You
Know? by
Barbara Glass
A
few weeks ago, I
attended a board of
directors meeting.
There were roughly 20 of us
there. When one director
in particular spoke, we all
listened carefully because
his speech was difficult to
understand.
It was not hard to tell he had a serious
health problem. The rest of us admired
his determination to keep contributing
to the community in a meaningful way.
Tomorrow, I will attend his funeral.
How do we recognize that moment
when we will never see someone again? I
can’t say that we were close friends, but
we worked together and had common
goals for the group we serve. If I had
known I would never see him again, I
would have been a little kinder and spent
Call to learn more about
a few more minutes with him and told
our Grandchildren’s
him what a fine person I thought he was.
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I’ve thought about this a lot lately.
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vacation. No health problem here; just
here one day and gone the next. I wish
together in college, some of which I still
“Keep in touch” (this was way before
I had known the last time I said hello to
have. What would I say to her now?
him in the hallway would be the last time email or cell phones!) If I saw them now,
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I would ever see him. He had such vigor
never
see
you
again
and
that
you
were
where we left off and absorb their life
and a twinkle in his eye. I will miss him
one of the best friends anyone can have”.
in the years since we last saw each
and wish I could have told him so.
I would also wish her well on her journey.
other. For most, I will never have this
This thought isn’t just for folks
It would be so helpful to know in
opportunity.
passing away. There are friends from
advance
when that final moment is
I have tried using the alumni office
high school and college who I haven’t
occurring. I would take a little more time
and Facebook and Linked In to reach
seen since then. Friends from special
some. Names change, people move about with this person, tell them how much
places in my life that I would love to see
they have meant to me and wish them
and sometimes disappear by choice.
again. If I had known the last time I saw
safe travels. I would hold them close
I learned that one of my best friends
them would be the very last time, what
even as they depart because we never
in college moved to Ireland and has
would I have said? I was much younger
know when the last time is right now.
never returned. We used to write poetry
then: “It’s been great knowing you”? or
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M AY/JUNE 2 012
Stand Up
For Your
Feet
T
eachers, restaurant
workers, and nurses
spend most of their
working hours on their
feet. The rest of us average
Americans walk 8,000 to
10,000 steps a day – the
equivalent of walking five
times around the earth
during a lifetime.
Your feet need regular care to support
you during those miles. Here are some
tips from wound care specialists at
Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at
Dallas Regional Medical Center.
•Your feet contain a quarter of a
million sweat glands and you should
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always wear socks with shoes. Change
your socks daily and purchase
seamless socks made out of synthetic
fibers that move moisture away from
the foot.
•If you purchase custom-made inserts,
don’t buy more than one at any given
time. The size and shape of your feet
may change and you should be fitted
every four months.
•Shop for shoes in the afternoon when
your feet are at their maximum length
and width since feet swell during the
day. Most everyone’s left and right foot
are different sizes so it is important to
have both measured while standing
up for an accurate reading.
•Running puts three to four times
more pressure on your feet than
walking. Joggers should buy new
running shoes approximately every
400 miles and daily walkers need
to change shoes every six to nine
months.
Chronic foot ulcers that don’t heal
properly may require hyperbaric
medicine, a treatment option available
at the Wound Care and Hyperbaric
Center. This method speeds healing
by exposing the wound to 100 percent
oxygen under increased air pressure,
encouraging oxygenation of the tissues
around the wound. Patients sit or lie in
the hyperbaric chamber for prescribed
periods, usually on a daily basis, until
healing has sufficiently progressed.
If you do not have a personal physician
for ongoing preventative care, call
the Dallas Regional Medical Center’s
Physician Referral Service at 972-6983789.
For more information about wound
care and hyperbaric services, contact
the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center
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•Cut toenails straight across at a
length slightly longer than the tips
of your toes. Use an emery board to
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•People with diabetes should never go
barefoot, even indoors.
•Inspect the inside of their shoes worn
by a person with diabetes daily for
torn linings and foreign objects.
•Check your bare feet every day for red
spots, cuts, swelling and blisters. Use
a mirror if you can’t see the bottom of
your feet.
•Every person with diabetes should
have their feet examined during
regular health care visits or at least
four times a year.
If you are a person with diabetes, good
foot care becomes even more essential.
“Many people living with diabetes have
some form of diabetic nerve damage
which impairs the sensation of feeling in
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