Aging Well April 29th 2014

Senior Living April 29th 2014
I think most of us have realized that we won’t live forever. But do your loved ones and health care providers know what kind of care you want at the end of your life? Because according to the National Institute on Aging “more than one out of four older Americans face questions about medical treatment near the end of life but are not capable of making those decisions.”
Two tools that you can use to express your wishes and have better control over your care and treatment in medical situations when you are unable to communicate are an Advance Directive and a POLST. I will give a quick explanation of each but for more information, PK Swartz will discuss both as well as organ and tissue donations at the Center’s next 11:00 Tuesday Lecture on May 6th. Or you can go online by googling Oregon Advance Directives or Oregon POLST.
The POLST and Advance Directive are not the same thing but complement each other. Both are voluntary, and both give you control over your advance care planning if you are unable to speak for yourself.
But there are several differences.
Advance Directive is recommended for anyone 18 and older; is a legal document that goes into effect only if you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself; and guides inpatient treatment decisions by telling the health care team at the hospital what you generally want or don’t want.
Advance Directive allows you to appoint a Health Care Representative who can make decisions for you such as whether to withhold or remove life support, food, or hydration.
But it does not guide Emergency Medical Personnel. And should not be confused with a general Durable Power of Attorney, which is for financial affairs, and does not include authority to make health care decisions.
A POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) is not for everyone, but for persons with serious illness — at any age; is a medical order completed with and signed by your health care professional to assure you receive the care you want; and when it is made available, a POLST guides actions by emergency medical personal and inpatient treatment decisions. And since a POLST is a medical order, a copy is kept in your medical records so it is easily located during an emergency.
In addition to helping you make decisions in advance to insure you receive the treatment and care you want, another important benefit that you should not be overlooked is an Advance Directive and POLST may take some of the burden off of your loved ones during difficult medical situations.
The Center will hold its annual Rummage Sale on the third weekend in June, but in the meantime the Center needs to make room to store all the donated items – which means BAG SALE! The Center will be selling nice used clothing, fabric and craft yarn by the bag on Saturday May 3rd from 9:00 to 2:00 in the downstairs of the Center.
During the month of May at the Center’s Tuesday Night Music, there will be pie and ice cream for sale to satisfy your sweet tooth and help support the Center. And on the 6th of May starting at the top of the batting order is Andre and the Strawberry Mountain Band. And as regular as the sun setting in the west, music starts at 7:00 and wraps up by 9:00. And everyone is welcome.
The answer to last week’s “Remember When” questions are two Gales: Gale Storm, star of My Little Margie and her own show; and Gale Gordon who played Principal Osgood Conklin on Our Miss Brooks. (And the winner of Saturday Breakfast is Nadine McCracken.)
This week how about one more “double your pleasure” set of questions where the answers have something in common. Who was the American actor and cultural icon born in 1933 and starred in only three films including the 1955 movie Rebel without a Cause? And who was a country music singer born in 1928, recorded the hit “Big Bad John”, and hosted his own variety show from 1963- 66 that helped bring country music into the mainstream? For five free Quilt Raffle tickets, e-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or drop it off in a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder with a pound of premium pork sausage.    
Well, it has been another week trying to stay grounded while the wind blows. Until we meet again, there comes a time when you realize you no longer need to keep score. 
“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” Charlie Chaplin 
Wednesday (30) Roasted Pork and Gravy
Thursday (1) Spaghetti with Meat Sauce 
Friday (2) Lemon Pepper White Fish 
Monday (5) Salisbury Steak
Tuesday (6) Meat Loaf with Au-Gratin Potatoes

Aging Well April 22nd 2014

What do you want? Have you really thought about it? After the 2007 movie “Bucket List” was released, many folks made their own list of things they wanted to accomplish before they died. And that is a start. But there is much more to consider than what you want to do. How do you want to live and where? Near friends, family, someplace warm in the winters? How do you want to be treated by your health care providers? Who do you want to make health decisions for you if you are unable? What do you want your loved ones to know?
Often we are too busy taking care of our own immediate concerns – like trying to maintain our own bodies; or helping others such as loved ones, friends or volunteering in the community, to seriously consider these kinds of questions.
If you haven’t started considering what you want in this broader sense, the next two 11:00 Tuesday Lectures can help. On the 29th, I will show a video produced by the SCAN Foundation with Dr. Bruce Chernof discussing the “Ten Things You Should Know about Aging with Dignity and Independence”. Topics that will be covered include how to initiate conversations with your family about your wishes, questions for your doctor, knowing when to ask for help and much more. Then on the following Tuesday, May 6th, Dr. PK Swartz will explain Advance Directives, POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and Organ and Tissue Donations.  .
From these two presentations you will learn more about some of the tools to help you maintain control of your own life, improve the quality of your care, and live with greater independence and dignity as you age.
Here’s another scam you can put in your long term memory bank. Helen Lynch, who seems to be a magnet for telephone scams, shared with me the latest one she just received. She was called by an alleged computer company (often they mention Windows or Microsoft) asking her to turn on her computer to make a correction. But she can smell a scam ten call centers away, and after she played along for a while, she hung up. As Helen did, never allow anyone access to your computer. As the Better Business Bureau points out, allowing a stranger access to your computer is like inviting a stranger into your house, letting them snoop around and take whatever they want before they leave. To learn more about this scam and others, go to the Center’s website and click on the tab Scam Alerts.
As part of the Cherry Festival activities, the Center will again host a Cherry Festival Breakfast on the 26th sponsored by the Center’s good neighbors to the north – Cherry Heights Retirement Community. Breakfast will be served a half hour early starting at 7:30 – for the early risers preparing for the parade, and will stay open until the parade starts at 10:00. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage along with fruit and your favorite morning beverage. On a busy parade day, why bother making breakfast when it can be waiting and ready for you at the Center. $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under.
The Dufur Boys aren’t in the Center’s regular rotation of bands, but we try to schedule them for the fifth Tuesdays which fortunately will be this coming Tuesday on the 29th. As usual the music starts at 7:00 PM and concludes by 9:00 PM. Everyone is welcome and donations are always appreciated.  
“We do not live in this world alone, but in a thousand other worlds,” was announced at the opening of the soap opera Another World which ran on NBC for 35 years. (And the winner of a Cherry Festival Breakfast on April 26th is Alice Mattox.)  
For this week, here’s another “double your pleasure” set of “Remember When” questions with the two answers having something in common. What actress and singer starred in two television series, My Little Margie as well as her own show; and what actor started his career in radio and then appeared on television in Our Miss Brooks and The Lucy Show? E-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or mail it with a 45 recording of the 1955 hit song “I Hear You Knocking”.   
Well, it has been another week making the best of what I got. Until we meet again, don’t let what you can’t do nothing about, bother you.

 “Trust that little voice in your head that says “Wouldn’t it be interesting if …” And then do it.” Duane Michals – Photographer

Aging Well April 15th 2014

Over the last six year since I turned sixty, I have found getting older is a series of adventures: never knowing what to expect next. And I never knew how many of those adventures would have to do with this body of mine: the occasional broken hip, incapacitating dizzy spells; hearing loss (my hearing in one ear is so bad it doesn’t need a hearing aid so hearing aids are half the price!), a nose that springs a leak without any warning  foretelling things to come?, anxiety dreams about forgetting words during conversations – do I need to go on?
And even though the body isn’t always cooperative, there are advantages to growing older. Really. I can take a mid-day nap without anyone raising an eyebrow; I feel entitled and sometimes even compelled to give unsolicited advice about life to fortysomethings; if I forget or misplace something, I am excused because, you know, older folks are like that; and I have learned so much about health problems I could start my own medical practice.
I am sure there are still many more adventures left – some good and some I wish I could avoid. But with the many role models I see every day who are my guides showing me the cliffs to avoid and the mountains to climb, I am looking forward to the making the best of the many years ahead. 
The Center hasn’t scheduled any trips yet, but most every month, Community Education Services of the Hood River School District offers a Mystery Trip usually on the third Wednesday of the month. The mystery and the fun is that no one except the bus driver knows where you are going. But the trip always includes some kind of adventure plus lunch for only $40.00. The bus leaves from the LDS Church parking lot in Hood River at 9:00 and returns by 4:00. The next trip is scheduled for May 21st. To register call Hood River Community Ed at 541-386-2055 or email them at 
At every one of the 11:00 Tuesday Lecture at the Center, I guarantee you will learn something new and useful. For example, last Tuesday, Ann Stanley from Gorge Spine and Sports Medicine explained that in order to reduce your risk of falling you need to not only work on balance, but also improve your strength, flexibility and endurance. There are many places where you can do that such as The Fitness and Court Club, Water’s Edge, and at the Center which offers the Chair Yoga, Seniorcise, Tai Chi and Strong Women classes.  
As a part of the Tuesday Lectures, the Center with the help of Joyce Powell Morin and MCMC, has lined up a Fourth Tuesday Spring Lecture Series called “You and Your Health” focusing on health issues facing older adults. On April 22nd, Nicole Clark, an Acupuncturist at Water’s Edge, will explain the many ways acupuncture can improve your health; on May 27th, Andy Roof, physical therapist, will discuss how to manage living with persistent pain; and on June 23rd James Petrusich, audiologist, will explain what you can do about hearing loss.  
Okay, you had a week’s break so now it is time to start working out again at the cerebral gym. See if you can decipher this week’s music announcement for the Center.  
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The name of the automobile that was every young man’s dream fifty years ago was the Ford Mustang. (And the winner of a Cherry Festival Breakfast on April 26th is Lyn Dalton.)  
For this week’s “Remember When” question let’s again go back fifty years to May of 1964 when this daytime soap opera debuted on NBC and ran through 1999. What was the name of the show that for fifteen years  was NBC’s highest rated soap opera, and included the plot line of a love triangle with  businessman Steve Frame, schemer Rachel Davis and the more sophisticated Alice Mathews. E-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or mail it with a stamped envelope postmarked from the town of Bay City.   
Well, it has been another week realizing once again, I don’t really have a clue. Until we meet again, laugh, love and enjoy every sandwich.   

“You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.” Warren Buffett 

Aging Well April 8th

How many times do you hear of new products or research findings that will help you live longer? Take this pill or that, eat less fat and more fiber, hit the gym, and lift those weights.
But many folks ignore it all because they believe when their time is up, there ain’t nothing you can do about it. So why change old habits. “Que Sera, Sera. Whatever will be, will be”.
But in many ways the focus on living longer is not really the point. More importantly, the reason you should consider eating better, moving and stretching more, and exploring new possibilities is to enjoy the years you have left – no matter how many there are. Or to paraphrase “It’s not to add years to your life, but to enjoy the life in your years”.
These latter years are not a mere holding pattern – riding an antique Piper Cub going nowhere as it circles for its last and final landing. But a time to play with the grandchildren, write your life history, learn to use a smartphone, or even meet a new love and dance the night away. So consider what you can do to stay as healthy and active as possible in order to enjoy “the life in your years”.
I often mention the various activities and programs at the Center, but there are other services the Center offers that are often overlooked.

At the top of the list is the Center’s loan closet: used medical equipment to borrow for any length of time for a small donation. But we can only lend what has been donated. And currently the Center is in need of wheelchairs, commodes, and transfer benches. But we do have walkers, crutches, canes (including quad canes), and a few toilet seat risers.

You may be thinking of downsizing or “de-cluttering” and that often includes confidential documents. Gorge Security Shred (541-490-7078) will be happy to make arrangements to pick up your documents. But if you have smaller amounts, less than twenty pounds, you can drop them off in the secure container at the Center for a donation of forty cents a pound. Or you can catch Gorge Security Shred around noon, most every Friday when they stop by the Center.
The Center also received a donation of large print books that are now available to borrow. And the Center has a collection of old classic movies to loan – mostly VHS from John Wayne to the Marx Brothers.  

And lastly, if you have any questions about services for older adults from phone numbers for Legal Aid to in-home care options, give the Center a call. I won’t guarantee we will have all the answers, but if we don’t, we will do our best to direct you to the right place.

With the Uplifting Elevator fundraising campaign in full swing, I was asked what happened to the donations made during the previous fundraising campaign in ‘08 to build the more expansive addition. I can report all of those donations, totaling nearly $35,000, have been saved. And with the approximately $10,000 raised in the new Uplifting Elevator campaign, we are almost halfway to the $100,000 needed for the local match requested by foundations to show community support for the project. Thanks to everyone who has contributed over the years to help make it possible to install an elevator at the Center.

As I promised, the Center’s music announcement is straight with no chaser. At the Center on Tuesday April 15th, Truman will be playing his Country Gold, Silver and Bronze. The doors open at 6:00, music starts at 7:00 and you can be in your car with your gal leaving for the drive-in by 9:00. Open to everyone and donations are always appreciated.
The comedian who was a child actor, a radio show regular during the 30’s and 40’s, and known as Mr. Television was (Uncle Miltie) Milton Berle. (And the winner of a Cherry Festival Breakfast is Evelyn Uhalde.) 
Okay, this may be another easy one, but it’s timely. What was the name of the automobile, first of its kind introduced 50 years ago in April of 1964, that was affordable (base price $2368), and compact with a sporty image. E-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or send it with the James Bond movie Goldfinger in which the car appeared.
Well, it has been another week trying to make heads or tails of the ups and downs of life. Until we meet again, keep searching for the new and novel, while savoring the old and reliable.

“There is only one alternative to getting older, so suck it up.”m Whoopi Goldberg                                                                                                  

Aging Well April 1st 2014

Being active in your community is both good for the community and good for your health and well-being. This community involvement is often called Civic Engagement – April’s theme in your Passport to Happiness Calendar. An example is represented by the photo for April: The Dalles Floozies on the Queen of the West – a group of local individuals with a flair for the dramatic and the comical, having fun greeting the cruise ship tourists to make their visit to The Dalles a memorable one.

Voting is another example of civic engagement and your next opportunity is the primary election on May 20th. And because it is a mail in ballot you need to make sure to update your registration when your residence or mailing address changes – even if you are only changing rooms in a senior living facility. You can update your registration by going online at or stopping by the Clerk’s Office in your county.

No matter your age, you can still contribute, whether by volunteering, working on a political campaign or joining the Floozies. There is no better time than now to make a difference.

Now several weeks into spring, I see more folks out walking and enjoying the warmer weather – although I can’t say drier. Walking is one of the best and simplest movement exercises, much better than sitting on the couch watching TV, and is an essential activity for independent living. But while I haven’t seen anyone fall off a couch, falling is a definite concern when walking – whether you are walking the dog or walking to the bathroom. At the Center’s next 11:00 Tuesday Lecture on April 8th, Ann Stanley will discuss “Walking and Aging: How to keep moving and prevent falls”, and will demonstrate a simple test to help determine your risk of falling.

I promised Betty and Martha I wouldn’t forget to mention that the Nu-2-U Shop is now restocked with fine used spring clothes. The shop is open from 9:00 – 3:00 Monday through Friday. And although the shop is small, what it lacks in size, it makes up in quality.

This is the last week for the Where in The Dalles is the Elevator? contest. You can find all four sets of clues for the five elevators (well, there aren’t exactly five, but you’ll figure that out.) on the Center’s website at Or you can pick up the clues at the Center. And whether you identify all five or only one, email, snail mail or send them by carrier pigeon – I don’t care, as long as you get your answers to the Center by 5:00 on Friday April 4th.

Last week I reversed the letters in the words and the week before I reversed the words in the sentence, so what’s up this week? A double whammy. I’m doing both. But don’t just skip over the music announcement. Novel challenges are good for the grey matter in that skull of yours.

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It wasn’t Ralph Miller, but Slats Gill who was the Oregon State University coach during their three consecutive trips to the NCAA Basketball Tournament from 1962 – 1964. And the top scorer in the 1963 NCAA tournament was Mel Counts – who Don McAllister remembers seeing in Wallowa County sometime in the 70’s-80’s sitting in the Cowboy Bar in Joseph, Oregon. You can’t miss someone who is 7’3” in Joseph. (And the winner of a Cherry Festival Breakfast is Rayburn Parker.)

This week’s “Remember When” question is about a comedian who was a child actor in many movies including the Perils of Pauline; was a regular on various radio shows during the 30’s and 40’s; and then moved to television to host the Texaco Star Theater. Who is considered by many the first star of television and was known as Mr. Television? E-mail your answers to, call 541-296-4788 or send your answers with a tape of the 1939 radio comedy show Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One.

Well, it has been another week trying to see what I can learn from this body of mine. Until we meet again, seek the wind that will fill your sails, but watch out for those sandbars.

“Almost half of all people over 40 believe they look younger than they are. This says something important about older Americans: We have terrible eyesight.” Dave Barry