Aging Outreach Services
Vol. 1 Issue 2
Navigating all your aging needs
Athlete ready for
From Ireland to
Retired horses call
stories of service
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From the Editor
March marks the end of winter and the beginning
of spring as well as all things Irish and green. It
is also national Women’s History
Month, and in that respect, we
decided to feature a few local
women who served their country
during World War II. Our feature
story will introduce you to seven
ladies who shared their wartime
Carrie Frye, Editor
experiences with us. It was eye
opening to hear their stories, and
I hope you will enjoy reading
about them as much as we enjoyed meeting these
amazing women whom I believe to be true gems that
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now call the Sandhills their home.
The Senior Games kick off in April, and we would like
to introduce you to some local athletes still out there
competitively competing and readying themselves for
the games. And perhaps the story will entice you to
participate yourself, be a spectator or volunteer.
Pets are a part of everyday life for a lot of people,
and our Critters & Creatures feature will bring a new
story each month. Horses, like people, go off to retire
after their show careers end. This month, we would
like to introduce you to some of these retired horses
at Morning Glory Farm.
And what would March be without mentioning the
Irish? A first generation Irish descendant happily calls
Southern Pines home and agreed to share her journey
from Westport, County Mayo, Ireland to Moore County.
This March issue is packed with stories we hope
you’ll find to be page-turners. Until next month,
thanks for reading!
On the Cover...
Salute to Women of World War II....................................8
Senior Games Athlete Jack Hussey...............................16
Irish Descendant Honoria Montroy..............................22
Retired Horses at Morning Glory Farm......................26
Welcome Center Volunteer Eileen Malan....................19
Inside this Issue...
Age in Mind Home Design.................................34
Age of Technology...............................................20
Ages & Stages.......................................................14
Ask the Expert......................................................4
Centurion Club & Birthdays.................................32
Gadgets & Good Finds.........................................17
News to Know........................................................6
RSVP Volunteer Program.....................................31
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Ask the Expert
Jennifer George, MSW
Geriatric Care Manager
Amy Natt, MS
Geriatric Care Manager
Wayne Davies, MA, MS, LPC-A
Geriatric Care Manager
Our panel of experts will answer
any aging questions you might
have. Fax your questions
to (910) 695-0766 or e-mail
: My daughter thinks that I should move to
assisted living but I want to stay in my condo.
I think I’m living and caring for myself okay. Should I
move because she wants me to?
: One of the things we have learned is that
adjustment to any transition, especially a change
in residence, is a decision best made by the individual.
Of course, there are times when circumstances do not
allow for this, but ideally if you feel that you have
an element of control over your decisions and your
environment, you will probably be much happier with
the end result.
Have you asked your daughter why she would like
for you to move? Perhaps it would help if she can
make you a list of reasons, and the two of you can sit
down together and discuss each concern. My guess
would be that she has your best interest at heart, but
may not realize what your goals are as you age. If you
can determine the needs at the heart of the decision
(such as safety, getting nutritious meals, transportation,
socialization), it will help to foster a discussion and
decision making process that will ultimately provide
you with the care you need.
Planning ahead has great merit, and this may be
just the catalyst you need to come up with a future
plan that meets your needs as well as addresses your
daughters concerns. Research your options in the
area, identify home care as well as facilities, ask about
cost and waiting lists, so that you will be able to make
the right choices.
Amy Natt, MS, Certified Geriatric Care Manager at AOS
Care Management, can be reached at email@example.com.
: My son thinks that I should move closer to
him. However, I’m not sure I want to leave the
area I live in and the friends and community I have
here. What should I do?
: It’s always a difficult decision when considering
a move. Here are some of the factors to consider
when making your decision.
Relocating out of state to be near family can be a
wonderful option to enjoy spending time near people
that love and care about you. If it’s an area that you
are not used to, it’s important to make a visit first and
shop around for the the type of housing that may
interest you - especially if it’s to move into a retirement
community. It’s also important to research community
support systems you can link into. Sometimes we
make moves to an area to be near family and jump
right into their networks. It’s always nice to maintain
some of your own hobbies and interests.
If staying in your own home/area is an option,
it’s important to see what services are available to
you to maintain your independence and quality of
life. Tapping into retirement resources in your area
to see what options you have as your needs change
is important. Sometimes people choose to stay in
familiar surroundings as moves can be overwhelming
and traumatic. Start with your church and trusted
community friends and see what ideas they can
share for resources and options for ‘aging in place’.
Evaluate your financial resources and look at what
the costs associated with supplementing services/
care in your current home would be versus a move
to another area.
Stay practical, weigh your options and don’t be
afraid to take risks. Try and have an open conversation
with your son and see what ideas he had for providing
support and care if you did move out of state. It’s
always important to discuss realistic expectations with
family members when moving closer to them.
Jennifer George, MSW, Certified Geriatric Care Manager at AOS
Care Management, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ounce of prevention goes
long way against colorectal cancer
If you had a 5 percent chance of developing a
potentially fatal illness, and you could significantly
reduce this risk, wouldn’t you?
Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is
the second leading cause of cancer related death in our
country. It takes about 50,000 lives annually.
Yet there is so much reluctance to talk about colon
cancer screening. Just the thought of getting a colon
examination usually makes people squeamish. “You
want to put that tube where?” is a common response.
This March is the eleventh annual National Colorectal
Cancer Awareness Month.
If there is anything good about colon cancer, it is that
IT CAN BE PREVENTED. Most colon cancers begin as
polyps, small growths on the inside surface of the colon.
Polyps come in different shapes and sizes, and they have
different microscopic characteristics too. Certain polyps,
called “adenomatous” polyps, have the potential to turn
into cancer. It usually takes several years for polyps to
form and transform into cancer.
Unfortunately, colon polyps usually do not cause any
symptoms. So even when you may feel well and appear
to be in good health, colon polyps might be forming
and indolently progressing into a life threatening
If, however, you get screened for colon cancer with a
colonoscopy, your chance of getting colon cancer could
be dramatically reduced.
No one can argue that getting a colonoscopy is fun
or exciting. But after it’s over, most people who get a
colonoscopy marvel about how easy it was.
The day before the procedure is spent drinking a
clear liquid diet, culminating with drinking a laxative in
the evening in preparation for the exam. While this is
usually the most disagreeable part of the process, it is
...Generating peace of mind
also the most important.
The cleaner your bowel
preparation is, the better
your colon examination
will be. While the standard
preparation comes in a
four liter jug, there are
other options that you
can talk about with your
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Ravikant Varanasi, MD
doctor. Don’t allow fear of the laxative to increase your
risk of dying from a preventable disease.
The colonoscopy is done while you are under sedation,
so usually little to no discomfort is experienced. Polyps
are painlessly removed during the examination to
prevent colon cancer in the future.
It is recommended that all individuals 50 years and
older have a screening colonoscopy (45 years and older
for African-Americans). You might need a screening
colonoscopy at a younger age if you have a family
history of colon cancer or polyps or a personal history of
inflammatory bowel disease or other medical conditions.
There are many good websites where you can get
more information, including the American Cancer
Society (www.cancer.org), the American College of
Gastroenterology (www.acg.gi.org), the National
Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (www.
niddk.nih.gov), and the Cancer Research and Prevention
Foundation of America (www.preventcancer.org).
So if you haven’t done so already, talk to your primary
care provider about getting screened for colorectal
cancer. Having a colonoscopy will give you peace of
mind. And it might just save your life.
Dr. Varanasi, a gastroenterologist at Pinehurst Medical Clinic,
can be reached at (910) 295-9207.
116 Westgate Dr.
(Hwy 211 West)
Pinehurst (910) 295-3188
If your Medicare Supplement policy is
costing you too much, give me a call at:
Scoggin Insurance & Financial Services
Mary Scoggin, Owner
270 E. McCaskill Rd • Pinehurst
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Androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT), commonly used
to treat prostate cancer, can worsen heart risk factors
and may increase the risk of heart attack and/or cardiac
death, although the relationship between ADT and
heart attack or cardiac death has not been definitively
established, according to a science advisory published
by the Journal of the American Heart Association and CA:
A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Considerable data show that ADT can increase fat
mass, increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
— the “bad” cholesterol — and cause blood sugar
abnormalities, according to the writing group.
“Based on current data, it was appropriate to conclude
that there may be a relationship between ADT therapy in
patients with prostate cancer and future cardiovascular
risk,” said Glenn N. Levine, M.D., chair of the advisory
writing group and professor of medicine at Baylor
College of Medicine in Houston.
While some studies have found an association
between ADT and increased cardiovascular risk, other
studies have not detected the association, according to
News to Know
Prostate cancer therapy may increase heart risk factors
Social Security launches new
Open Government webpage
Social Security has a new Open
Government webpage available to
the public that will serve as the portal
for all agency activities that support
President Obama’s Transparency
and Open Government initiative.
“Our new Open Government
webpage gives Americans an
opportunity to give us their ideas
on how we can become a more
open and transparent agency,”
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of
Social Security, said.
“They will be able to post their
ideas on transparency, participation,
collaboration, and innovation that
should be included in our Open
Government Plan. I encourage
everyone to visit our webpage and
the advisory. The writing group called for future studies
to prospectively analyze heart risks related to ADT
An increased risk with ADT was noted in 1 percent to 6
percent of the study populations. Thus, “while there may
be some increased heart risk, the decision about whether
to initiate ADT should be based on weighing the benefits
of therapy with this potential modest risk,” he said.
Decisions about ADT should be made by the physician
treating the patient for prostate cancer without referral
to other specialists, according to the advisory. However,
given the metabolic effects of ADT therapy, patients
receiving ADT should be followed periodically by their
primary care physicians.
Patients with known heart disease should always
be encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyle changes
and receive the appropriate preventive therapies if
necessary, including lipid-lowering, blood pressurelowering,
glucose-lowering therapy and antiplatelet
therapies (such as aspirin), Levine said.
submit their ideas, read
and discuss what has
been posted, and vote
on the ideas that have
To submit ideas, click
on the link at the top right of the
webpage that says, “Share your
ideas on our open government
plan.” After agreeing to the terms
of participation, the link will take
you to a webpage that asks for
ideas on how Social Security can:
• work better with others inside
and outside the government;
• solicit feedback from the public;
• improve the availability and
quality of information;
• be more innovative and efficient;
• create an Open Government
Social Security’s new Open
Government webpage also
provides easy access to important
agency information such as the
Agency Strategic Plan, Freedom of
Information Act Report, as well as
program laws and regulations.
The agency will publish its Open
Government Plan in April.
Visit the the new webpage at:
Beware scammers trying to take
advantage of Haiti tragedy
In spite of an economic downturn,
Americans gave over $300 billion
in 2008. According to the Giving USA
Foundation, charitable giving was still more than 2
percent of 2008’s GDP. We’re a nation of givers. We
see a need, and we want to help. In fact, Americans
gave, per capita, three and a half times as much
to causes and charities as the next most generous
European nation, France. Sometimes our desire to
help is taken advantage of by unscrupulous predators.
Just one day after the Jan. 12 earthquakes that struck
the island republic of Haiti, the FBI issued a warning
to the public to beware of scammers. In the wake
of the disaster, which reportedly killed and injured
numbers in the hundreds of thousands, fraudsters set
to work to con people into giving to fake charities.
On its website, www.fbi.gov, the FBI reported
that the fraudulent activity is being conducted by
telephone, door-to-door, on the street and on the
Internet. Even social networking sites such as Twitter
and Facebook are being used as tools to steal money
from well-meaning donors.
What can you do to safely help Haitian earthquake
victims or those of other disasters? Don’t ever agree on
the spot to anything a stranger is asking you to do. Make
sure you check out any charities you’re being asked to
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consider for a donation. You can
research charities online by using
sites such as Charity Navigator’s
web site, www.charitynavigator.org. No
legitimate representative of a charitable
organization will take issue with your wanting to take
some time to learn more about his or her cause. Don’t
be afraid to simply say no.
Bob Temme, community services coordinator for the
Southern Pines Police Department, says that North
Carolina residents should report suspected scams to
the office of the North Carolina Attorney General. For
help, you can call (877) 5-NO-SCAM or (919) 716-
6000 or visit http://www.ncdoj.gov. Your local law
enforcement agencies are also there to assist you if
you’re not sure what action you can take.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from
a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on
behalf of Haitian earthquake victims, the FBI requests
that you contact the National Center for Disaster
Fraud at (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information
to (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to email@example.com.
You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations
or fraudulent websites to the FBI’s Internet Crime
Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.
Morgan, a managing partner with ConnectNC in Southern
Pines, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910)
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World War II was waged on
land, on sea, and in the air for
approximately six years taking its toll
on the United States. Early in 1941,
Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers
of Massachusetts introduced a bill to
establish an Army Women’s Corps.
However, the bill failed to receive
serious consideration until after the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor in December. When
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill
to “Establish a Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps” into
law May 14, 1942, he set a recruitment goal of 25,000 for
the first year. WAAC recruiting topped that goal by November,
Salute to Women
of World War II
at which point the Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson authorized WAAC enrollment at 150,000, the original
ceiling set by Congress. The Navy then began authorizing a Women’s Naval Reserve and the Marine Corps
Those who served during this period changed the role of women in the military forever. The month of March
honors women in history, and we located seven local women in Moore County, all age 86 or older who were
willing to share their experiences. All of these women were humble and told their amazing stories matter-offactly.
It was an honor to hear them and pass them on. No matter in what capacity, the service of these women
remains a turning point in American history.
Dorothy Ahlswede Baker
– Born June 14, 1923 —
Army Nurse Corps.
2 nd Lt. Dorothy
86, left her home
Bay, Wis. for
Green Bay to
she graduated in
1944. Baker then enlisted right away into the
Army Nurses Corps. and was sent to Camp McCoy,
Wis. for basic training.
Baker was ordered aboard the USAHS Wisteria,
a hospital ship in the Atlantic, which took German
POWs back to Europe and brought injured troops
back to the United States.
“We would get up early to get to work to take care
of our patients and work 12 hour shifts,” Baker said.
Forty nurses worked aboard the ship and bunked 4
to a room in double bunks making for tight quarters.
By Carrie Frye
“I helped the doctors
and worked helping in the
operating room. It was just
like a regular hospital,”
Aboard the Wisteria, the
ship was damaged and
sent to Newfoundland
for repairs forcing those
aboard to miss being
home for Christmas.
“All of us nurses got
together, sang songs, did
skits and shared what
we had, and the patients
gave us a show too, which really showed me the true
meaning of Christmas.”
Baker received new orders to serve with 7 other
nurses on the USNS Ainsworth troopship. It was
aboard the troopship where she was introduced to a
young surgeon, Dr. Horace Baker.
“That was my red-letter day,” Baker said.
After serving for two years, she married in 1947,
had 3 children, will celebrate 63 years of marriage
in June and now resides at Belle Meade in Southern
– Born May 22, 1920 –
Women ‘s Army Auxiliary Corps
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Cpl. Dorthea Brick, 89, of Long Island, N.Y. enlisted
in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942.
“I was patriotic, restless and wanted something to
do,” Brick said.
The Army filled that void for Brick by
sending her to a WAAC training center in Fort
Oglethorpe, Ga. After her initial training, Brick
continued her schooling at an Army dental
office learning to be a dental assistant. She then
spent two years stationed in the Mojave Desert
at Gardner Army Airfield during WWII rising to
the rank of corporal. Her war work consisted of
making sure her fellow soldiers received quality
dental care while receiving their aircraft training.
“I had fun, did my schooling in the Army and
used the G.I. Bill for schooling afterwards,” she
Brick now resides at Penick Village in Southern
Frances “Frankie” Hall
– Born July 14, 1919 –
Women’s Naval Reserve
Lt. Cmdr. Frances Hall, 90, grew up in Zebulon and graduated
from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina in
1940. Hall tried to enlist with the Women’s Naval Reserve in 1942,
only to be rejected because of not weighing enough as the Navy
was still using a height and weight chart for men. She then received
a letter of acceptance and orders to report to Midshipmen’s School
at Smith College in Massachusetts.
After three months of training, Hall was commissioned as an
ensign and trained as a communications officer. She received her
orders to go to Charleston, S.C. in January 1943. Communications
during the war went on 24 hours a day, and she worked a watch
there until a transfer to Wahiawa, Hawaii in July 1945.
“I worked in the middle of a pineapple field in a small, camouflaged
building encoding and decoding messages,” Hall said.
She was then transferred to Naval district headquarters at Pearl
Harbor and was there until the war ended. After the war, Hall went back to the University of North Carolina
on the G.I. Bill and entered law school.
“I really wasn’t planning to take the Bar exam, and if I hadn’t passed, I would never have taken it again,” she
Hall spent 20 years active duty in the Women’s Naval Reserve and also served as a N.C. Supreme Court
Librarian. She now resides at Penick Village in Southern Pines and loves to play bridge.
“There was an excitement of doing something back then and being a part of helping to win the war,” Hall said.
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– Born December 9, 1922 –
Women’s Naval Reserve
Lt. Ora Harroun, 87, was raised in Louisiana
and trained in Baton Rouge to be a nurse. She
took her skills and enlisted in the Women’s
Naval Reserve in 1943. Her training began
in Pensacola, Fla. before she was sent to
the Naval hospitals in San Diego and San
Francisco treating injured soldiers that came
in from the Pacific.
After the war, Harroun moved up the ranks
to a lieutenant. Harroun was recalled into duty when the Korean
War began and sent to Bainbridge, Md. There Harroun refused to
wear her glasses to the Officer’s Club, but always knew when the
right bartender was there as there would be two cherries in her
Manhattan, which would make her wave and say, “Hi Jim.”
In fact, when she first met her husband Jim who was enlisted, she
outranked him, so they never dated while they were in the Navy together and
were married after moving back home to Louisiana and an honorable discharge in 1955.
Harroun now resides in Pinehurst and remembers her service fondly.
“I enlisted because I felt a sense of duty and patriotism,” Harroun said.
– Born November 24, 1921 –
Sarah Patterson, 88, haled from Warren, Ohio.
She was in her senior year at Duke University
studying history when Lt. Fox paid the students a
visit and offered them the opportunity to learn to
decode messages as a civilian contractor.
However, Patterson didn’t immediately jump at
the chance. Instead she finished school, married a
lieutenant in the Army Air Corp and followed him to
Colorado for training. When her husband received orders
to go to China, she decided to call in the contracting opportunity and was sent a train ticket to Union Station.
Patterson began her work in Arlington Hall in Arlington, Va. in a makeshift barracks with 100 other women.
“Decoding went on 24 hours a day, and I worked the swing shift and learned to decode a message. It was
kind of like writing a term paper and balancing your checkbook at the same time,” she said.
She stayed there for two years working and wrote letters to her fighter pilot husband in China everyday.
“It was exciting to find a new address in the decoding. I always say, ‘I found them and he got them,’” she
said proudly. “I really feel we were doing something important, and I think every young person should serve
their country for two years when they graduate.”
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Elizabeth “Betty” Ray
– Born May 31, 1913 –
Women ‘s Army Auxiliary Corps
Col. Elizabeth Ray, 96, left her job as an editor at
small daily newspaper in Anadarko, Okla. in 1942
when she was recruited by the War Department,
where she served in the Public Relations Bureau.
She then enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxillary
Corps and completed Officer Training School at Fort
Des Moines, Iowa.
She had brief assignments at the
training center at Daytona Beach and at
the WAAC Headquarters in the Pentagon
before being transferred overseas in
June 1943. Ray was stationed at the
headquarters of Dwight D. Eisenhower
in Algiers, Algeria, then in January 1944
was appointed commander of a WAC
intelligence squadron at 15th Air Force
Headquarters in Bari, Italy leading a
troop of 100 women.
When the war ended, Ray came back to the states
and took a position at Mitchel Field, N.Y. commanding
another troop of women.
“I decided to make a career of the Army,” she said.
And then it was back to Washington where Ray served
as the deputy director of the Women in the Air Force
(WAF) from 1953 to 1955.
”Women were always on display and never
universally accepted, but World War II was definitely
a turning point,” she said.
Ray served on the Defense Advisory Committee
on Women in the Services with Mary Rockefeller. In
September 1961, she was appointed director of WAF
until her retirement as a colonel in 1965.
Virginia “Ginger” Service
– Born August 25, 1920 –
Women’s Naval Reserve
Lt. j.g. Virginia Service, 89, was the oldest of four
children from Pittsburgh, Pa. Her three younger
brothers were all serving in the war, two in the
Navy and the other drafted by the Army.
“I think the Navy is the best,” she said smiling.
Service enlisted in the Women’s Naval Reserve
in 1943 and was immediately sent to Smith College in Massachusetts for
training and commissioned as an ensign. She then was sent to Harvard
Business School to train for the Supply Corp. She was then stationed in
Sanford, Fla. for one year and then to Key West, Fla. as an assistant disbursing officer.
“The ships were all moving from the Atlantic to the Pacific and would stop in Key West to load up. The
officers would come through asking for payday for their men. I kept the records of crews and would approach
the ship with two bags of Uncle Sam’s money and say, ‘Permission to come aboard…’” Service said.
Service was then ordered to Bayonne, N.J. as a personnel officer for enlisted women.
“I really just made sure their hair was short enough and their skirts were long enough,” she said.
Service was in Time Square when the war was declared over.
“I remember people cheering, and everyone hugging and kissing.”
Service married in 1947 and went on to have four children. She now resides at Pine Knoll in Southern Pines.
“I never felt as complete as I did when I served in the Navy,” Service said.
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Top 10 tips for a healthy heart
Coronary heart disease occurs
when the arteries that supply
blood to the heart muscle become
hardened and narrowed due to a
buildup of plaque on the arteries’ inner walls. Plaque
is the accumulation of fat, cholesterol, and other
substances. A heart attack happens when an artery
becomes totally blocked with plaque, preventing
vital oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart.
Other cardiovascular diseases include stroke, high
Mental Health Minute: Normal Changes
Individuals go through normal changes as they age,
sometimes what they once considered normal may
also change. So how do we answer, “Is that Normal?”
Before we can decide if something is normal we have
to understand that what can be rationally considered
normal by one person could be different for someone
Let me use an example to illustrate: Early in my career
I was confronted with a case that I absolutely thought
was a Brief Psychotic Disorder if not the individual’s
first Schizophrenic break. The problem was that most
of the other features the individual was displaying
were well within what I considered normal. Thus, my
diagnosis did not seem to be correct. As a result I
presented the case to my clinical director who quickly
identified the client as Haitian and the disorder as
“boufee delirante”, a culturally-bound syndrome that
mimicked an episode of Brief Psychotic Disorder but
was “normal” in Haiti. I learned then that I was seeing
and responding to the world based on what I thought
was normal as opposed to what the client believed
to be normal. While certainly there are times that
someone else’s normal “just isn’t right” there can also
be situations when their normal is right, just different
from our cultural perspective.
The mental health profession has clearly had to
address that there are differences in “normal” as
demonstrated in the standard manual used by most
mental health professionals, the DSM. This manual has
a section specifically for Culturally-Bound Syndromes
which are locality/society-specific patterns of aberrant
behavior which may or may not be related to a
Heart Healthy Vitality
blood pressure, and rheumatic heart
disease. Heart disease is a lifelong
condition. Procedures such a bypass
surgery and angioplasty can help
blood and oxygen flow to the heart more easily. But
the arteries remain damaged, which means you are
more likely to have a heart attack. Making changes in
your daily habits can help improve yhe condition of
your blood vessels.
mental illness. Such as 1)
“zar” (being possessed by
spirits) for some North
African and Middle
Eastern societies; 2) “spell”
(in which individuals
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spirits) for some African
American and European
Americans from the
southern US; and 3) “shinbyung”
(dissociation and possession by ancestral
spirits) for some Koreans. Such behaviors would be
considered normal in the given societies but for
those not familiar with culturally-bound syndromes
they are likely to be considered abnormal. To treat
these syndromes as disorders is likely to be counterproductive.
We cannot underestimate the impact of early
cultural experiences or exposures on people. Even
if we think we “know” the person there may be
things we truly don’t understand. It is best that we
take into consideration any culturally related (be it
individual family, local group or larger society) beliefs
or behaviors before we decide if something is actually
abnormal and in need of mental health intervention.
This leads us to eSocialWorker’s “Is it Normal” InfoTip
#2: NORMAL CAN BE DIFFERENT.
Marquez, clinical director for the Sandhills Center, a local
management entity of the N.C. Department of Health and
Human Services, can be reached at (910) 944-2893.
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There are many
steps people can
take to prevent
You can start by
on key lifestyle
from page 12
e x e r c i s e ,
considering other factors
like family history, diabetes
and stress. Here are 10 top tips
for a healthy heart:
Stop smoking. Quitting smoking
1is the single most important thing a
person can do to live longer. If you are a smoker, you
are twice as likely to have a heart attack as a nonsmoker.
Cut down on salt. Too much salt can cause
high blood pressure, which increases the risk of
developing coronary heart disease. Avoid foods like
salted nuts, canned and packet soups and sauces, baked
beans and canned vegetables, pizzas and ready meals.
Watch your diet. Having a balanced diet,
containing plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables,
oily fish, starchy foods such as wholegrain bread,
pasta and rice reduces the risk of heart disease. Avoid
foods like biscuits, cakes, pastries and dairy products
that are high in saturated fats and sugar.
Monitor your alcohol. Too much alcohol
can damage the heart muscle, increase blood
pressure and also lead to weight gain. Limit your
intake to one to two units a day.
Get active. The heart is a muscle and it needs
exercise to keep fit so that it can pump blood
efficiently around your body with each heart beat.
You should aim for 30 minutes of moderate intensity
exercise a day.
Manage your weight. The number of people
who are overweight in the USA is rising fast
– already more than half of the adult population is
overweight or obese. If you are overweight or obese,
start by making small, but healthy changes to what
you eat, and try to become more active.
Check your blood pressure and cholesterol
7 levels. The higher your blood pressure, the
shorter your life expectancy. You can help lower your
cholesterol level by exercising and eating high-fiber
foods such as whole grain breads, beans, pulses,
lentils, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
Learn to manage your stress levels. If you
find things are getting on top of you, you may fail
to eat properly, smoke and drink too much and this
may increase your risk of a heart attack.
Check your family history. If a close relative
is at risk of developing coronary heart disease
from smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
lack of physical activity, obesity and diabetes, then
you could be at risk too.
Look for the early signs of coronary
heart disease. Tightness or discomfort in the
chest, neck, arm or stomach which comes on
when you exert yourself but goes away with rest may
be the first sign of angina, which can lead to a heart
attack if left untreated.
Pena, COTA/L, rehab director at Quail Haven Village
Community, can be reached at (910) 215-9667.
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14 OutreachNC • March 2010 Ages &Stages
Spirituality adds to caregiving...
Caregivers are people who know hunger and hope.
All people have spiritual needs. Even if you do not
belong to a church or identify with a particular religion
or even profess faith in God, you probably have a need
to find meaning in your life. People search for meaning,
for a relationship to something bigger than themselves.
When you can view your caring as an opportunity
rather than a burden, the stresses of providing care may
diminish. The spiritual need for peace and harmony is
enhanced when people have enough inner-strength
to help them care freely. If you provide care primarily
out of a sense of duty or obligation, the burdens and
stresses can seem great. The commitment to be a
Growing up in North Carolina in a time when spirituality
was taught to me at a very early age was a blessing. I
was raised by my mother and grandparents, who both taught
me how to care for others. This education showed me how to
rely on my spirituality to guide me throughout my life.
As the years went on my mother developed ovarian cancer,
this made it hard for her to get around and her normal body
functions started to fail, but I was right there by her side
to take care of her. She never complained when I had to
empty her bed pan or cut up her food and gently place it in
her mouth. A couple of years later I had to do the same for
caregiver must be made again and again.
One of the chief aspects of spiritual well-being is
self- knowledge. All people need to be recognized,
appreciated and loved. All people need social interaction.
When you assume the role of caregiver, those needs do
not disappear. Self-knowledge will enable you to be
aware of how much recognition, appreciation, love and
social interaction you need or can expect from others.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s elicits a wide
range of feelings in the caregiver. The acknowledgment
of those feelings is an activity of the spiritual life.
Particular feelings that arise are helplessness, anger,
aloneness, joy and delight, sorrow and loss.
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or physical
needs means that you must give much of yourself.
Acknowledge that you
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Caregiver, Moore Registry
my grandparents. My grandmother suffered a major stroke and a year later my
grandfather suffered from diabetes. This resulted in the amputation of both of his
legs. You can only imagine how he felt to have someone bathe him and feed him.
My grandfather was a proud man and very independent.
Working in this profession for over 30 years, I have learned a lot from my mother,
grandparents and the youth I cared for at North Jersey’s Development Center (and
of course my elderly parents). Some elderly will lose their self-esteem, they will
get fragile, weak and their eyesight will diminish. They will be unable to feed
themselves; they will spill their soup or break a plate or worse, fall and break a
hip. People should not look at them with hate but lend a helping hand, help them
to keep their independence. Show them that there are still people in this world
who think of them as a loved one.
What I was taught as a little girl in North Carolina still lives within me today.
Sometimes I take a walk for a half hour and I usually follow the same route
through my neighborhood and greet the same neighbors on their daily ritual. I use
my walk as a time for reflection and preparation for my day. I honor myself with
time for prayer and gratitude so that my day begins with a focus and perspective
which serves my spirit. It’s this spirit that allows me to give love, compassion and
respect to all my patients.
There is no doubt in my mind that what I learned from my mother, grandparents
and others has made my life worthwhile and my work as a caregiver rewarding.
also need to be cared
for. Allow others to
help you run errands
and to give you
Remember that to
care from others is
a skill that requires
practice. It requires
commitment to reach
out and ask for help. It
to accept the offers
made by friends and
Just as the needs of
the person you care
for change, so will
your needs. Know
your feelings, and
commit to finding
and using sources of
day. Be patient and
gentle with yourself
as you assume the
Information for this article
was obtained from the Rush
Alzheimer’s Disease Center. For
more information, visit their
website at: http://www.rush.edu.
Answers about drug interactions
as close as your local pharmacist
Mark Smith, RPh
In this hectic time
companies or employers
mandate where policy
holders file their
prescription, it is no
wonder that many
recipients may use more
than one pharmacy.
Many plans may require
medications be filled by mail order, while emergency
prescriptions may be filled at your local pharmacy.
This may put your pharmacist at a distinct
disadvantage when he or she attempts to monitor side
effects and drug interactions when mixed with certain
other medications. In order to accurately monitor a
patient profile, the pharmacist must know all of the
medications that are being taken.
A good example of such an interaction follows:
Plavix is a very popular medication that helps prevent
clotting that may increase the risk of heart attack or
stroke. This is usually a maintenance medication that
may be filled by mail order. If the patient suddenly
has problems with acid reflux and the doctor sends
him to his local pharmacy to fill a prescription. For
Nexium, which reduces acid Reflux, this combination
can be serious, because Nexium may reduce the
effectiveness of Plavix by 50%, which could lead to a
clotting incident. The pharmacist does not know this
because he doesn’t have all the patients’ information.
If the pharmacist had access to the patient’s entire
profile, he could have asked the doctor to change
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Nexium to Protonix or Pepcid or Zantac. These
medications are less likely to cause problems while
many people cannot control which pharmacy they
use, others can. It is important to pick a dependable
pharmacy and stick with them so that the pharmacist
is well informed about all medication. In the event
that this is not possible, keep a complete list of all of
your medications with you and have it whenever you
fill a prescription. This can save you from enormous
problems and speed up your recovery.
An important piece of information that many
Medicare Part D recipients do not know:
You are entitled to a one on one interview with a
pharmacist to discuss your medications, possible side
effects or interactions, and possibly receive some
good advice on how to save money by asking your
physician to switch to cost savings prescriptions that
Talk to your pharmacist, he can be your best friend.
Smith, a registered pharmacist at Town Center Pharmacy
in Southern Pines, can be contacted at (910) 692-7158.
CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, L.L.C.
275 S.E. Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
16 OutreachNC • March 2010
Southern Pines – March Madness
begins its full court press this time of
year. Rivalries heat up. Players and fans
suit up for competition. Some will be
watching college basketball, but others
like Jack Hussey, 70, will be playing it up
themselves in the Senior Games.
“I’ve always played, and it’s a lot fun. I’m
looking forward to the games,” he said.
Hussey is no stranger to the Senior Games
or competition. His sports trophies and
medals abundantly adorn his garage. He
has played in many of the Senior Games’
activities such as basketball shooting, 3 on
3 basketball and shuffleboard over the past
Participating in North Carolina, South
Carolina and Virginia has taken Hussey to
the Senior Games Nationals over the years
in San Antonio, Orlando, Virginia Beach,
Louisville and Tucson, where he finished
fourth in basketball. He carried the torch
for the 2009 North Carolina Senior Games
Basketball Finals. And with his partner
Daisy Watson, he even won a gold medal
for doubles shuffleboard in 2005.
However, basketball might just be in
Hussey’s blood as he grew up playing in
Robbins. He played in high school for West
Moore before transferring to Robbins. After
high school, Hussey played 2 years of basketball for
Presbyterian Junior College and finished his college playing
days at Atlantic Christian now known as Barton College.
Thus began Hussey’s high school coaching career
back at Robbins for one year before becoming the
head basketball coach at North Moore. With 31 years
of coaching under his belt, he is easily best known
around Moore County as Coach Hussey and made a
lasting impression on the lives of his players. Two of
his former players, Wayne Williams, 63, of Ellerbe and
Harold Flinchum, 63, of Eagle Springs, have teamed up
with Hussey for the Senior Games 3 on 3 basketball
The trio has played together now for 8 years. Hussey
“plays down” in order to team up with Flinchum and
Williams. Players may play down into a younger age
group if they are physically able but may not play up,
which keeps things as fair as possible although there is
never a lack of competition on the court.
“I fouled out for retaliating in the first game I ever
By Carrie Frye
full court press
Photo by Mollie Tobias
Jack Hussey recalled meeting a 98-year-old shuffleboard-playing Indian
chief at the Senior Games Nationals in Tucson, Ariz.
“Even though he was in a wheelchair, his great granddaughter would line
up the stick and disc. I volunteered to play with him that year, and then I saw
him in Orlando two years later, still playing at 100 years old. That’s my goal.”
played in the Senior Games,” Flinchum said. “These old
geezers play to win.”
Williams credits Hussey for inspiring him to become
a teacher and coach, a position he recently retired from
at Richmond Senior High School after coaching football,
basketball, softball, baseball and golf.
“I’ll play in the games as long as I can, and I may play
softball this year, too,” Williams said.
Hussey echoes that same sentiment. He missed
nationals a few years ago when he had to have both of
his knees replaced. During the surgery preparation, he
suffered a heart attack and then during surgery, cancer
was found on his lung. But with a complete and speedy
recovery, he was back on the court in record time.
“My motto now is ‘Everyday is great,’” he said.
These days Hussey stays busy officiating middle and
high school games, or you might find him at the Boys
and Girls Club gym in Southern Pines practicing for the
“We’re always looking for players and volunteers,”
Gadgets &Good Finds
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Product design with arthritis in mind
Products abound that
make small tasks of
living bearable, and I want
to review a few for people
with arthritis. Some of the
best have come to the
mainstream market, but
most are available only
online or through your local
medical equipment supplier.
Basic daily living tasks are divided into dressing,
eating, grooming, bathing, and toileting. Each of these
areas has specific challenges for people with arthritis,
and many inventive minds have created solutions. Timetested
aids for dressing include button aids, elongated
shoehorns, special zipper pulls, and stretchy shoelaces.
We use our hands constantly; and if it hurts to grasp,
each task becomes a test of
endurance. For those with
arthritis in the hands, a main
problem is gripping- and one
of the fastest fixes is to make
the item thicker. Inexpensive
foam tubing can make handles
instantly bigger. Eating utensils
are available in several weights
and thickness. Some even allow bending the bowl or
tines so the wrist remains straight. An excellent cup for
weak, painful hands is the Arthro® Thumbs-Up Cup.
It provides twist-free action, even weight distribution,
and easy control. Also to prevent the pain from twisting,
check out Black & Decker’s Lids Off® jar opener; it opens
all sizes of jars automatically.
Writing shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. Pens with
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and soft grips
A radically Equipment Technology
is the Finger
This ingenious pen takes advantage of
ergonomics; is virtually pain free; and was
recently at Staples. Other products to make tasks less
painful include special built-up key holders; adaptors to
change twisting door knobs to levers.
There is one last area that I am going to address. I
realize that many may find it indelicate, but for someone
trying to get through each day with dignity and grace,
this is important. Performing the functions of toileting
may be difficult in the best of circumstances; but when
your ability to grip is compromised, or you don’t have
the flexibility of your body that you used to have, then
good hygiene becomes difficult or even impossible.
There are several aids on the market that assist in the
delicate task of cleaning/wiping. The best style I have
seen has a built up handle with a tip that grips the
toilet paper or towelette. Then the handle’s simple
mechanism operates to release the paper into the toilet.
Find out more about this gadget at your local supplier
or search online using the term “toilet aid.”
You can use aids to assist in daily function and lessen
pain, and you can maintain your independence and
dignity. So what are you waiting for?
Hess, a certified Assistive Technology Professional at Health
Innovations Pharmacy in Southern Pines, can be reached at
18 OutreachNC • March 2010
Lori Venable Williams
Sa n d h i l l s
C o m m u n i t y
College, in partnership with Aging Outreach Services,
HomeChoice Network, the Department of Aging and
FirstHealth, is introducing a new program designed
specifically for those who are providing care for family
members. College for Caregivers, will provide basic
training and information for caregivers who are not
licensed but are performing much needed caregiving
duties. It will connect health professionals with valuable
information, resources and strategies to help caregivers
meet their needs.
“We have decided to host an event to bring awareness
of this need to the community and to provide those
caregivers not only a plethora of information from
Medicaid concerns to dealing with difficult personalities,”
said Dr. John Dempsey, SCC president.
Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. until noon on the Hoke
Campus, Upchurch Hall, there will be a roundtable
event featuring experts including Jennifer Garner, an
Elder Law Attorney; Lashonda Ely, Liberty Home Care
and Hospice Liaison; and Don Woods, Senior Services
Director in Hoke County to name a few. This free event is
also coordinated in conjunction with Leadership Hoke.
SCC kicks off College for Caregivers
Refreshments and registration sign-in will begin at 8:30
a.m. Vendors interested for the expo portion of the
event may contact Leah Leach at (910) 639-2055.
A full-day of activities is scheduled for Saturday, May
22 on the Moore County campus in Little Hall. The
morning session will begin at 8 a.m. with registration
and refreshments and will feature a team of community
partners, college personnel and area caregiving experts.
The afternoon session begins at noon with lunch and
concludes at 4 p.m. with a reception for all attendees.
Registration for the May 22 event is $35. Vendors may
also set up a table for the Caregiving Expo for a fee of
$50. Both fees will be used to offset costs for the event.
In the spirit of the “Make Someone Happy” theme, if
you would like to contribute to this cause, or sponsor
someone’s registration fee to attend, checks may be
made payable to College for Caregivers, Sandhills
Community College Foundation, 3395 Airport Road,
Pinehurst, NC 28374. Consider continuing your
charitable act by offering to stay with the loved one so
the stressed caregiver can attend this day of activities
designed to assist them.
For more information, about any of the activities,
contact Lori Williams at (910) 246-4943.
By Carrie Frye
SOUTHERN PINES –
Although the month of
March honors Women of
History, one woman within
the Moore County community makes her presence
known simply by her service. Eileen Malan, 70, came
to Southern Pines in 1973, started working in 1974
and hasn’t stopped since. As a local real estate agent,
meeting people and showing them around town might
be considered part of her job description, but Malan sees
it as more of a civic responsibility.
“One thing always begets something else,” she said. “I
believe we are classic citizens, not senior citizens and we
need to give back.”
And that is certainly the case with Malan’s community
service. As a member of the Rotary Club, she has served
as secretary for 5 years and was dubbed the ‘Sunshine
Girl’ and now keeps up with birthdays, celebrations or
the ill health of her fellow Rotarians as well as friends and
acquaintances. She is always quick to offer smiles, hugs,
warm greetings and cards.
Malan, a member of countless civic organizations,
committees and boards now and over the years has
been welcoming visitors as part of the Southern Pines
Civic Club and board of the Welcome Center at the train
station downtown since June 2007. She volunteers about
8 hours a month by giving a brief talk on Southern Pines
history and directing visitors to places of interest.
“I love being a part of what’s happening in town. It’s my
nature. I just love to meet people, and it is so much fun to
tell people where to go,” she said laughing.
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Photo by Kelli Massey
Eileen Malan volunteers at the Southern Pines Welcome
Center downtown. She welcomes visitors and give
a brief history of the town, such as the equestrian
history on display inside the welcome center.
Malan’s positive example also inspires
others to serve. Deirdre Newton, 75, of
Southern Pines, met Malan through real
estate but then joined her in the Business
and Professional Women’s group as well as
the Civic Club.
“Eileen does so much for the community
that when she asked me to help at the
welcome center, I just couldn’t say no,”
Malan’s focus is community, civic and
politics. She has been a precinct worker for
30 years and a proud Tea Party participant
“I am just following a family tradition. My
father was a selectman (mayor) for the Republican Party
in our small town of Hadley, Massachusetts.”
When Malan is not serving the community, she is busy
working in real estate. Her consistent presence in the
community has built her quite a system of referrals, often
finding herself working with a third generation of clients.
However, the current economy now has her helping
clients downsize out of larger homes often into local
retirement communities and facilities.
“I just try to listen and never push. I always tell them,
‘Your sixth sense and your heart will tell you where you
need to be,’” she said.
And her system seems to be working. She teamed up
with a fellow real estate agent Shirley Starkey to offer
consultant services to her older clients.
“We make a presentation and try to explain everything
while involving the entire family. Eileen really cares about
people, and it’s not just business. She strives to do the
right thing, not just the quick thing,” Starkey said.
And just what allows Malan to maintain such a positive
attitude? It could be the enjoyment of her favorite
pastimes: flying and golf. Malan is a member of The
Ninety-Nines women pilots group, the same group first
led by Amelia Earhart. Malan jokes about keeping a
“good altitude.” She also enjoys a round of golf as a
self-proclaimed “single, head of household, Polish, lefthanded
golfer” at the Southern Pines Country Club.
Malan’s motto may be good advice for all regardless of
age when she offered, “I love life and people and I get up
everyday looking for something to do.”
20 OutreachNC • March 2010
Seniors say Wii
By Carrie Frye
Technology and video games might be
considered to be only for the young,
but why not for the young at heart?
Betty Craven, 70, is already a ‘pro.’ She
mastered the Nintendo Wii’s bowling game
with just one lesson.
“I’m here for the enjoyment,” she said.
Craven came to the Moore County Senior
Enrichment Center on a rainy Tuesday
afternoon to participate in the center’s
monthly Wii class. Jared Woodard, 15, a
home-schooled student from Carthage,
teaches seniors at the center how to play a
variety of Wii video games.
“It started as a Boy Scout service project,”
Two years later, Woodard is still leading
a monthly class at the center and playing
alongside a group of elder friends while
earning citizenship in the community for
his scout program. Class participants play
on the large flat screen TV in the center’s
Craven suffered a stroke two years ago
and was first introduced to the Wii program
as a part of her recovery.
“It’s great for rehabilitation,” she said.
Wii offers a sports package and hand held
controller that require you to move as you
would during any sport combining exercise
with fun, all without having to leave the
comfort of the Enrichment Center lobby
or your own living room. The game system
averages around $300 at local retail stores.
And which game is Craven and Woodard’s
favorite? Bowling, of course. Craven didn’t
even have to warm up before rolling a strike in her first
turn with the controller.
The Moore County Senior Enrichment Center provides
the free Wii class on the second Tuesday of each month
at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the center at
Another group of avid bowlers reside at Penick Village.
The residents bowl against each other and have also
Age of Technology
Photos by Kelli Massey
Above: Betty Craven attended last month’s Wii class at the Senior Enrichment Center
taught by Jared Woodard. Below: Penick Village residents Sarah Patterson, left, with
Nancy and Gerald Peterson enjoyed a quick game of Wii bowling in the library.
competed in a tournament against the residents of
Pine Knoll at St. Joseph of the Pines. Brenda Esteves, the
Director of Arts & Leisure at Pine Knoll plans to make this
a regular event. The teams will faceoff again this month
when Penick Village hosts the tournament.
Southern Pines Parks and Recreation also offers free
Wii Fit classes Monday through Friday. They also offer a
Wii League featuring tennis, bowling, baseball, golf and
boxing. For more information, call (910) 692-7376.
Book Review: South of Broad
By Pat Conroy
I have been a fan of
Pat Conroy’s from the
start. I sympathized
with his teaching
plight in THE WATER
IS WIDE; I grieved for
his father’s treatment
of him in THE GREAT
SANTINI; I struggled
through his college
years at the Citadel
in THE LORDS OF
DISCIPLINE. I wept
over my favorite,
THE PRINCE OF TIDES; I even cheered for his team
through every page of MY LOSING SEASON. Through
it all I wondered what kind of a family had produced
this master wordsmith. He made no secret of the
peculiarities of his parents.
His style is seductive, his prose fluid, his descriptions
incredible. He is honest in his retelling of life as he knew
it. Yet I was disappointed in the eagerly-awaited SOUTH
At first, I was entranced with the young hero, Leo Bloom
King who is dominated by his mother and soothed by his
wonderful father who strives to do all the things fathers
do for their sons, particularly in light of the fact that
Leo’s older brother committed suicide when Leo was
only eight. He spends much of his young life in mental
institutions, and yet, he has a personality that triumphs.
He has a wonderful rapport with his neighbors as their
newspaper boy, he enjoys a special friendship with the
tailor of a local men’s clothing store. The community
service he does for an
ailing antiques dealer,
adding his own brand of
humor and medicinal help,
endears him to the man, if
Then there are Leo’s
friends. It is almost
impossible to believe
that the connection his
high school friends build
while playing high school
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intact for life -
and they get each
other in and out
of trouble. There
are Starla and
dirt poor brother
and sister orphans;
Sheba and Trevor
Poe, twins who
move into his
an alcoholic mother
and a prison-escapee
father and are
responsible for much
of his education; Chad and Fraser Rutledge, a social
couple who have never wanted for anything; Molly
Huger, Chad’s girlfriend; and Ike Jefferson, one of the
first African-Americans to be integrated into the public
schools of Charleston.
And the dramatic character in the book is Charleston,
the intoxicating city of gardens, flowers and culture.
The friends experience many heartbreaks, particularly
during Hugo, the hurricane
of 1989, yet they stay
locked in a friendship that
is unbreakable. Maybe
I find this friendship too
artificial, or maybe, too
good to be true.
The end brings many
surprises as these
characters’ lives interlock.
As with any Pat Conroy
book, it deserves a read.
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311 Teal Drive
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May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
By Carrie Frye
SOUTHERN PINES – This old Irish blessing
might be something you’ll hear more of as
St. Patrick’s Day approaches or as pints of
Guinness cling in celebration. However, a
Southern Pines couple embodies the spirit
of the blessing completely with their warm
hospitality. Honoria (Henri), 65, and Tom
Montroy, 68, own and operate Midland
Road Manor Bed and Breakfast in Southern
Pines and were happy to share a bit of their
Born in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland,
Henri was one of nine children of Thomas
and Rose Moran. Her father was a mailman
by day, a switchboard operator by night
and along with her mother was a caretaker
for the courthouse, where Henri was born.
Westport is a small town on the West Coast
of Ireland and home to the River Carrow
Beg and Croagh Patrick, a mountain St.
Patrick is said to have spent 40 days and nights upon
near the village.
Life in Westport was simple. The family ate in shifts
around a small wooden table made by her father that
is still a part of Henri’s home today. Potatoes were a
staple item along with homemade soda bread, fresh
vegetables, tea and toast.
“We ate lots of lamb, and I could have potatoes for
breakfast, lunch and dinner even today,” Henri says.
“Every Sunday after Mass, we had fried tomatoes and
black and white pudding (sausages).”
In 1962, Henri’s uncle Paddy Clark sponsored her
and paid her fare for an ocean liner across the Atlantic
to New York. From there, she boarded her first airplane
Photos by Mollie Tobias
Honoria (Henri) and Tom Montroy, who own and operate Midland Road Manor
B&B, share their Irish heritage and hospitality with visiting guests.
bound for Detroit, to go to the Irish Hills of Michigan,
where other family members had settled.
“I came to the states to make a better life,” Henri
says. “I found it fascinating and I always wanted to see
what was around the next corner.”
Since she had to pay her uncle back for the
sponsorship, Henri took a job at the hospital as a
nurse’s aide. She and her sister were looking for
something fun to do and decided to go to the dance
at the Gaelic League, an Irish American fellowship.
And like any good love story, Henri “found love at
first sight” with Tom, a young Irish American, although
Tom ended up escorting her sister home that night.
Henri and Tom dated for two more years before
marrying on Feb. 8, 1964.
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Top: Midland Road Manor
B&B. Far right: The table
Honoria’s father built that
used to be in the courthouse
in Westport where the
family would eat in shifts.
Right: Honoria’s father
Thomas (Tommy) Moran, right, his brother James, far left and her
mother Rose in white blouse. The photo was taken around 1922,
when Tommy would have been about 16. His uniform was one of a
telegram boy. The boys are playing an Irish button accordion.
Many years and three daughters later, the couple
decided they wanted to open a bed and breakfast and
looked at property in Southern Pines in the late 1990’s.
They purchased a home off Midland Road. After
extensive renovations and a décor devoted to their Irish
heritage, the Montroys opened the bed and breakfast,
which is made up of the Magnolia Suite, located in
the main house, and Rose Cottage, a separate cottage
living space named after Henri’s mother.
They tried to capture the feel of a traditional Irish
cottage. An Irish weaving of a cottage hangs over
the sofa, and the walls display beautiful scenes of
picturesque places in Westport.
The Montroys now welcome their guests to
Southern Pines with an open door and
plenty of Irish charm. Henri makes a
homemade breakfast with something
as light as
s c o n e s
tomatoes, however, not
Southern fried green
“I make a light mixture,
halve the tomato and
then put the tomato into
the mixture and fry it. I
serve the tomatoes with
Canadian bacon, eggs
and fresh breads.”
And when the guests
have checked out, the
Montroys still enjoy a
visit to a local pub for a
pint or two.
“It’s just a nice way to
finish up the day,” says
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Bald much more beautiful than comb-over
was standing in line at
a bank, minding my
own business, and taking
in the local culture when
my eyes were drawn to
the screaming neon sign
of hair loss on the head
of the teller I was waiting
for. The gentleman had a
. . . comb-over. And like
most comb-overs it yelled,
“Look at me! My hair’s
falling out!” I could not take my eyes off of him, or rather
his head. Here was a white-shirt and tied-attired fellow,
mid-40s, average weight, average height and although
no Robert Redford he certainly wasn’t a Frankenstein’s
monster either, who felt the compulsion, to do the
comb-over. What was he thinking? The very thing he
wanted to hide he managed to bring the most attention
to—which is the problem with the dreaded comb-over.
I have never understood why men do this, so seeking
knowledge I went online and found 144,000 entries
alone for comb-over, definition.
It is a noun. No shocker there, I mean “I have a combover.
You have a comb-over. It has a comb-over.” Noun.
It originates in 1980—how they can be sure, I don’t
know. The British say they invented the term combover
claiming, in American English, we say scrape-over.
I beg to differ; I have never ever heard scrape-over and
personally find it even more repugnant than comb-over.
Wily Brits trying to steal our English.
From among thousands saying more or less the same
thing the definition is “an attempt by a balding man to
conceal baldness by growing the remaining hair longer
on one side and combing it over the bald spot to give
the illusion of hair.” Let me draw your attention to two
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words—attempt, and illusion. Do either of these words
signify success? That would be, no.
As if the concept of combing longer hair from one side
of your head to the other isn’t simple enough, two guys
in Florida have patented a technique.
Frank J. Smith and Donald J. Smith (must be related)
both of Orlando, Fla., and I suspect suffering from partial
baldness, had way too much free time on their hands.
After much thought, and obvious experimentation,
they received on May 10, 1977 U.S. patent number
4,022,227 for Method For Concealing Partial Baldness.
Their method involves 3 equal sections of hair separately
draped at different angles over the bald spot and hairsprayed
(aka. glued) into place. They helpfully included
instructional drawings of a fake head in various stages
Let’s be realistic, a comb-over has no honor, especially
if you’ve got 15 hairs trying to do the job of oh, 4,500,000.
A lot of men don’t need hair. A balding man can be
quite the sexy devil. I know several women who are
married to one—not to the same one, I mean each has
her own balding man.
Look at Sean Connery, think he’d ever do a combover?
And then there’s the wind factor, nothing is less
attractive than a comb-over flapping in the breeze.
Except perhaps for one that is shellacked in place with
the bottom layer stuck to skin. Donald Trump has a
comb-over, probably an expensive one; don’t we all
make fun of him? Yes, because he looks awful.
All I’m saying is the gene for baldness has survived
since the cavemen and if comb-overs had any redeeming
social value cavemen would’ve started them. Has
anyone ever found cave drawings of the three-section
technique? If they flaunted their baldness, so can you.
Cohea, a freelance writer, lives in Beaufort and can be
reached at email@example.com.
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savings and earn a respectable return?
First question…what is a respectable
Many studies have been done to
determine an optimal withdrawal rate
from a retirement investment portfolio.
Without going into detail of how this
is determined…the conclusion is usually
4%-5%. In other words, if you keep
your withdrawals at 4%-5% and have
your retirement investment portfolio well
diversified, it is probable that the principal
will last until the end of your life.
So, where do you find such returns?
I think the answer may be in allocating
your retirement income assets in such a
way as to achieve modest, but sustainable,
growth of your investment value and
above average current dividend income.
Where do you go for that utopian
1) Buy stocks in solid companies with
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paying out a rising dividend stream.
Where do you find such companies?
Many different industries have these gems hidden
in their folds: pharmaceutical companies, electric
utilities, community banks, chemicals, and my
personal favorite…energy MLPs.
That being said, most folks should not be buying
individual securities because of inherent risks and
lack of diversification.
There are a few extremely well managed mutual
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plenty of opportunities in both bonds and stocks that
have fundamental value and great cash generation.
3) Finally, a much maligned yet incredibly effective
retirement income tool, is the Variable Annuity with
living income benefit guarantees. We do not have
time to detail these here, but the basic idea is that you
can actually pass the investment market risk off to an
insurance company. You insure all of your other large
assets…home, car, life, etc. This is not any different.
variable annuity companies, though less competitive
than they were two years ago, are still offering
substantial lifetime income guarantees for anyone
over the age of 60.
In summary, in these times of low investment returns
on traditional bank and bond products, it may be time
for you to speak with your
about some of these
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Horses retire to Morning Glory Farm
By Carrie Frye
Photos by Mollie Tobias
Jim and Cheryl Davis own and operate Morning Glory Farm in Aberdeen caring for retired horses. Sunny, left, and Goose are 2 of the seven
retired horses living on the farm off Highway 211.
Aberdeen – Horses may be more like people than
you might think. Just as people age and decide that it is
time to stop working and settle in a comfortable place
for retirement, horses with the help of their owners
look for the same thing in their later years. Several
horses have found a content equine retirement home
in Morning Glory Farm off Highway 211 in Aberdeen.
“Everybody here on the farm is retired,” says Cheryl
Davis, 50, co-owner of the farm with her husband
On 20 acres, seven horses along with two more on
a neighboring farm are enjoying their golden years in
With an average life expectancy to their late 20’s
to early 30’s, the Davis’ introduced us to two of their
oldest residents, Golden Boy a.k.a Sunny and Cloud
Cover a.k.a. Goose.
Although they were once show horses, they enjoy
carefree days now. Sunny, a 24-year old (approximately
53 in human years), now takes daily morning naps out
in the pasture. In fact, our visit shortened his naptime.
And Goose, a 34-year-old (approximately 75 in human
years) quarter horse, is “the oldest guy on the farm.”
The aged horses now eat senior grain feed that
is easier to digest and easier to chew since horses
usually have more dental issues as they get older.
The Davis’ soak the feed, beet pulp and hay cubes in
warm water for the horses.
“It dissolves into a mush,” Cheryl says. “Sunny can
still eat the dry food, but everything Goose eats gets
soaked. Goose eats four times a day and lives from
one meal to the next.”
And Sunny enjoys the perks of his elder stable-mate,
since he gets to eat four times a day as well. The two
horses have been together off and on since Sunny was
two years old, and were turned out together in 1993.
With age, horses like people face many more health
issues. Goose suffers from Cushing Disease, which
can cause kidney disease, a long, thick coat that
doesn’t shed well, loss of muscle, excessive drinking
and urination and affects the immune system making
them more susceptible to other diseases. He takes
regular medication to combat the disease along with
other supplements like Glucosamine and Chondroitin
for arthritis. And adding to their comfort level, every
horse also has his own waterproof blanket.
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“Cheryl tends the horses like a garden,” says James
Hamilton, veterinarian and co-owner of Southern
Pines Equine Associates. “She’s just a wonderful
caregiver and allows the horses to live out their lives
in a wonderful way.”
Cheryl credits her farrier and Southern Pines Equine
Associates for helping to keep the horses healthy.
“I couldn’t keep these old guys going without them,”
The Davis’ started the farm with an initial 10 acres in
1995 and built the barn in 1999.
“I put all the fences up myself,” says Jim.
And with the two horses they have across the road,
the farm is full up and is also a home to a pony,
sheep, pigeons and chickens making for “quite the
But the horses still have child-like qualities when it
comes to treats. Each happily took a cookie made of
oats, bran and molasses for their cooperation in posing
“Whenever I have the treats in my pockets and go
into the pasture, I am the like the pied piper,” Cheryl
Cheryl likes to see the horses out in the pasture,
because moving around is another sign that the horses
are healthy and happy. And it’s the Davis’ goal to keep
all of the horses that way until they go to the “great
28 OutreachNC • March 2010
5. Car accessory
8. Caribbean cruise stop
13. “-zoic” things
14. Been in bed
15. Curtain fabric
16. Type of computer
17. “Not to mention ...”
19. Macy’s, e.g.
22. Guinea pigs, maybe
24. On the move
27. Level of equality
29. Beef cut
33. They may have abs
34. “All kidding ___...”
37. Food passageway
42. Eager desires
43. Cleaning cabinet
45. Engine speed, for
46. At odds with the
47. Barbecue site
49. Audition tape
50. Deprivations of
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HOW TO PLAY
• Every row of
9 numbers must
include all digits
1 through 9
• Every column
of 9 numbers
must include all
digits 1 through 9
• Every 3 by 3
subsection of the
9 by 9 square
must include all
digits 1 through 9
58. Alpha’s opposite
60. Halo, e.g.
62. “By yesterday!”
63. Type of acid
64. Be theatrical
65. Calendar abbr.
66. Addition column
2. Ashtabula’s lake
3. Coarse file
4. Avoidance of reality
5. Lip relief
7. Soon, to a bard
9. Water cannon target
10. “Do ___ others
11. Big pig
12. A chip, maybe
14. Café ___
20. Look over again
25. Type of fish
27. Church song
30. Arm bones
31. Breakfast, lunch
35. Skin problem
38. Civil War side
See Grey Matter Puzzle Answers on Page 30
39. Hot air balloon pilot
46. In a lather
physicist Paul ___
50. Spoil, with “on”
51. Mosque V.I.P.
52. ___ lily
53. “Good grief!”
56. “___ Brockovich”
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Senior basketball hits local recreation courts
Moore County Parks and Recreation is getting
ready to start up its 50+ Basketball Program! Last
year the league had 4 different teams that competed
and it was a great season. Registration and Open Gym
is starting March 2nd at Farm Life Elementary from 6:30
– 8 p.m. Come out and get your team together!
• League Registration Fee: $30 per player
• $35 for out of county residents
• Late Registration Fee: Additional $10
• Registration Deadline: Friday, March 12
• Age Determined as of March 1
Form your own teams! A list of team members
and team color must be submitted to the Parks and
Recreation office before the registration deadline!
If enough individuals sign up that do not have a team,
a team will be formed of those individuals. Teams can
add players until the start of the third game (late fee
will apply to any player additions if player is added after
registration deadline). Each team is responsible for their
own jerseys. (Jerseys must have a number on the front
Games and Open Gym Location:
Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School
2201 Farm Life School Road, Carthage, NC 28327
Open Gym! We will be having open gym for practice
on Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 2, March 4, March 9
and March 11 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Regular Season Games will start on Tuesday
& Thursday evenings beginning Tuesday, March 16.
Games will be played at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Registration forms are available at the recreation
office at Hillcrest Park or you may get a form online at
Forms can be mailed or brought to the Recreation
Office or turned in with the registration fee at any open
gym date before the deadline.
For more information, contact Scott Kidd at (910)
947-2504. Mail registration forms to:
Moore County Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 905
155 Hillcrest Park Lane
Carthage, NC 28327
SENIOR GAMES IN THE PINES
April 19 - May 5, 2010
1 mile FUN WALK
Participants must be a resident of Moore County for a minimum of three consecutive
months of the year. You must be age 55 or better on December 31, 2010 to be eligible
to compete. North Carolina Senior Games requires a photo ID to verify eligibility.
Registration Deadline is April 2, 2010.
Senior Games in the Pines, Inc.
Aging Outreach Services
Douglass Parks & Recreation
Moore County Dept. of Aging/
Senior Enrichment Center
Sponsored in Cooperation With:
Southern Pines Parks & Recreation
Aberdeen Parks & Recreation
Moore County Parks & Recreation
Pinehurst Parks & Recreation
Senior Games is a network
of 54 local games held in
every county and region of
North Carolina. It consists of
two divisions of competition-
SilverArts for the creative
person and offi cial sports
for those more athletically
inclined. Senior Games is a
wellness and health promotion
program that includes fun,
fi tness and fellowship.
30 OutreachNC • March 2010
MOORE COUNTY PARKS
AND RECREATION EVENTS
CATARACT AWARENESS MONTH
More than half of all Americans
develop cataracts by age 80. The
world’s most common cause of
blindness is cataracts. Cataracts
occur when ultraviolet rays from
the sun cause oxidation of the eyes,
making the lens of the eye cloudy
and hard. Studies have looked at how
antioxidant compounds can prevent
or at least delay cataract formation.
We will have an ophthalmologist
to present information and answer
questions. Start time is 11:30 am.
KITE DAY • March 30
The Chinese were the first to make
kites about 2,000 years ago. We will
make our own kites and take them
outside to have a contest. Enjoy
a special brown bag lunch/game
day with a “flying machine!” Start
time is 11:30 am. Please register by
For more information on Moore
County Parks and Recreation events,
contact (910) 947-2504.
ABERDEEN PARKS AND
Art Classes • Every Wednesday
Aberdeen Parks & Recreation
provides you with the space for
whatever art project you are
working on. Participants must
provide their own materials. Class
every Wednesday at Aberdeen Lake
Park Recreation Station.
Bingo • March 11 & April 1
Held at Aberdeen Lake Park
Recreation Station from 2 to 3:30
p.m. Participants should bring a
wrapped prize of $5 or less.
For more information on available
programs, call (910) 944-1115.
SOUTHERN PINES PARKS AND
National Science Center of
Greensboro Trip • April 6
Leave from Campbell House
Parking Lot and travel to Greensboro
to enjoy the museum and animal
discovery of the National Science
Center. Cost includes transportation
and admission. Call (910) 692-2463
to register by March 23.
Life’s Journey Event
An event to educate the
community on end of life issues held
during the Life’s Journey at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, Pinehurst
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See page 32
March 25 - 28
The Palustris Festival is designed
to celebrate the visual, literary and
performing arts. With over 75 events
including a concert by Grammynominated,
Tift Merritt and more, art exhibits,
theater productions, tours, as well as
lectures and readings
during the 4-day
event. For more
and tickets, visit
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The mission of the Moore
County Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP) is to provide a
variety of opportunities for adults age 55 and
older, to actively participate in our community
through significant volunteer service. RSVP is a
part of Moore County government that promotes
volunteering by offering citizens the opportunity to
meet a variety of community needs through volunteer
service. RSVP administers a federal grant from the
Corporation of National and Community Service and
is sponsored locally by Moore County. Moore County
residents who are 55 years of age or over and desire
to serve are eligible. Volunteers serve in non-profit
and community agencies, governmental agencies, and
health care facilities and provide help to individuals in
need. Assignments include:
• Mentor and tutor children and adults
• Help in hospitals, assisted living facilities, and
• Assist with meal distribution to the homebound
• Assist thrift stores/donation centers
• Make hand crafted items for children, hospice
patients, veterans, and seniors
• Provide clerical assistance to partnering agencies
In Moore County last year, RSVP volunteers
engaged in approximately 55,000 service hours. The
Independent Sector equates that dollar value to over $1
million dollars. RSVP volunteers share their experience
Volunteer with RSVP
and expertise and invest their time, talents and energies
in significant, “hands-on” service. The result is a winwin
situation for all of us....lives changed, futures made
brighter, and your experience and leadership positively
impacting the lives of families and individuals of
Moore County. Volunteering provides the opportunity
for you to make a valuable contribution and improve
the quality of life for everyone in our community.
As an active RSVP Volunteer, you will receive:
• RSVP Membership Card
• Free Volunteer Placement
• Chamber Discount
• The Opportunity to use
your Experience & Skills
• Volunteer Voice
• Annual Recognition
Awards & Special Events
• Supplemental Accident
and Liability Insurance
• LGCU Credit Union
or tax voucher
Volunteers must serve
and report at least one
hour every three months
to remain active.
For more information
on the RSVP volunteer
program, contact Shiela
Klein at (910) 215-
0900 or e-mail her at
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Centurion Club & Birthdays
An event to educate the
community and offer assistance
through Life’s Journey,
during the end of life
Please Join Us!
Thursday, March 18
10am to 2pm
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Dundee Rd. off Hwy 211
This is your chance to
spend some time with:
In-Home Care Services
Medical Supply Companies
Elder Law Attorneys
Financial Advisors, Banks,
Construction, Security & more
Moore County End of Life Coalition
Lisa Timmel • 100 years old
Lisa Timmel was born on Feb. 23, 1910 in Germany.
She left Germany in 1916
during World War I. Timmel
describes her father as a
wonderful man, who was
very artistic and became a
designer and manufacture of
lace. During WWI her father
couldn’t serve in the military
because he had lost one
eye; therefore, government
allowed her father and the
family to move to Switzerland. Her father did business
in the United States and they decided to move to the
U.S. The ship ride was very exciting for her. The company
her father worked for paid for first class passage. They
landed first in Hoboken, New Jersey before moving to
Weehuaken, New Jersey.
Timmel now resides at Pine Knoll at St. Joseph’s of the
Pines in Southern Pines.
Dr. Horace Baker
88 years old
Dr. Horace Baker was born Feb.
11, 1922. He grew up in Lumberton,
attended the University of North
Carolina and graduated from Duke
University Medical School before
joining the Army in 1946. He served in the Army for two
years aboard U.S. Navy ships. After the Army, Horace
continued to serve his community as a physician.
Baker now resides at Belle Meade in Southern Pines.
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Social Security adds early-onset Alzheimer’s to allowances
In its effort to improve and expedite
the disability determination
process, the Social Security
Administration announced that it will
add early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
to its Compassionate Allowances
Initiative. The initiative identifies debilitating diseases
and medical conditions that meet the SSA’s disability
standards for Social Security Disability Income or
Supplemental Security Income. Inclusion in the
initiative allows for faster payment of Social Security
benefits to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
“As the leading research, advocacy, and support
organization for Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s
Association has actively sought the inclusion of
early-onset Alzheimer’s in the Social Security
Administration’s Compassionate Allowances
Initiative,” says Harry Johns, president and CEO of the
Alzheimer’s Association. “Now, individuals who are
dealing with the enormous challenges of Alzheimer’s
won’t also have to endure the financial and emotional
toll of a long disability decision process.”
Since 2003, the Alzheimer’s Association has been
advocating on behalf of individuals with early-onset
Alzheimer’s as they navigate the Social Security
disability determinations process. Until now,
individuals with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease have
faced a myriad of challenges when applying for
SSDI or SSI, including a long decision process,
initial denials, and multiple appeals. The decision
will simplify and streamline the SSDI/SSI application
process and decrease the wait time for benefits.
There are currently an estimated 5.3 million Americans
with Alzheimer’s disease. Although the majority of
Alzheimer cases are individuals age 65 and older, a
significant number of people under age 65 are also
affected by this fatal disease and have few financial
options other than the Social Security disability program.
In addition to Alzheimer’s disease, mixed-dementia
and Primary Progressive Aphasia were also added to
the Compassionate Allowances Initiative under the
SSA’s recent decision.
The Social Security Administration’s proactive efforts
to “fast track” certain conditions will help to reduce
the backlog of disability claims and, more importantly,
ensure those claims that fall under this initiative will
be decided within days instead of months or years.
For more information, visit www.alz.org.
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Building to age in place
As the interest in Aging-In-Place grows, so does
the demand for senior-appropriate new homes,
renovations and assistive devices. I have primarily been
a custom home builder over the past 20 years and I
am often asked to address the needs of older clients.
Whether the needs are for the owners of the home or
for the parents that come to visit, comfort and safety
are always a priority. Just today, I was meeting with a
couple in their mid-fifties to begin the design process
of their home.
They are both very athletic and have experienced
sports related injuries in the past which made it difficult
to climb stairs. Having the majority of their living space
on a single floor was essential to them. Planning a 5 by 5
foot clear/turn space in living areas, kitchen, bedrooms
and baths, with a minimum of 36” wide hallways, were
also important. They are not going to miss out on an
extra large walk-in shower with a rain head and full
body sprays in the Master
Bath. They are opting to
not have a tub in their
bathroom, but to have a
whirlpool tub in the guest
bath for visitors to enjoy
and available to them
when the soreness from
tennis occurs. Like many
Age in Mind Design
Accent Design Build II
families, they insisted on a split plan with the Master
Suite and Home Office space on one side of the house
and two guest rooms with an oversized Jack and Jill
bath on the opposite side. The only space upstairs will
be a large Bonus/Media room over the two car garage
with space for “future grandchildren” to play and sleep.
Their home will be a Southern Living Showcase Home.
Low Maintenance describes most of the specifics of
the houses that we build such as:
• 30 year architectural shingles
• All vinyl or clad windows
• Man made or natural stone
• James Hardie siding and exterior trim
• IPE decking or flagstone pavers
Even the landscaping must be “Low Maintenance”. All
entries should be well-lit and have an accessible path
from the driveway to the door. At least one no-step
entry is important. Many times this works out well in
the garage. Entry door side lights or a peep hole viewer
provide both privacy and safety. We recommend 36”
doors where possible and levered door
Many items that were once considered
“Convenience Features” have become
standard in most homes.
• Large kitchens with islands
• Solid surface countertops
• Outdoor living spaces
• Central vacuum
• Central intercom and music
• Built-in pet feeding system
• Water purification
• Energy demand controllers
• Alarm and fire protection
For more information on Accent Design Build II projects, e-mail Jess Dishner at jess@accent-II.com.
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