Aging Outreach Services

Vol. 1 Issue 2

March 2010


utreach NC

Navigating all your aging needs

Athlete ready for

Senior Games

From Ireland to

Southern Pines

Retired horses call

Aberdeen home

Salute to



Local women

share their

stories of service


Moore visitors...

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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

Alzheimer’s Association...................................33

Ask the Expert......................................................4

Centurion Club & Birthdays.................................32

Consumer Beware.................................................7

Creative Retirement.............................................18

Gadgets & Good Finds.........................................17

Good Medicine.....................................................15

Grey Matter...........................................................28

Hometown Happenings.......................................30

Hospital Health.....................................................12

Literary Circle.......................................................21

News to Know........................................................6

Planning Ahead....................................................25

RSVP Volunteer Program.....................................31

Senior Athletes.....................................................29

Senior Moments....................................................24


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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 amylpn@connectnc.net.


: 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 jenniferg@connectnc.net.

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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Physician Focus

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

whenever possible.

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.

Source: http://www.seniorjournal.com

submit their ideas, read

and discuss what has

been posted, and vote

on the ideas that have

been submitted.”

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:


Source: http://www.seniorjournal.com

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

Consumer Beware

Beth Morgan

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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 disaster@leo.gov.

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 bethm@connectnc.com 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

Women’s Reserve.

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

Ahlswede Baker,

86, left her home

in Sturgeon

Bay, Wis. for

Green Bay to

attend Bellin

College of

Nursing, where

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

Staff Writer

“I helped the doctors

and worked helping in the

operating room. It was just

like a regular hospital,”

she said.

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


Dorthea Brick

– 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

said laughing.

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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Ora Harroun

– 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.

Sarah Patterson

– Born November 24, 1921 –

Civilian Contractor

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

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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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Mental Health

Mark Marquez

communicate with

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


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.


OutreachNC • March 2010 13

There are many

steps people can

take to prevent

heart disease.

You can start by


on key lifestyle


areas such

from page 12

as eating,

e x e r c i s e ,

smoking and

drinking, and

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.

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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

Estella Lawson

Certified Nursing Assistant

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

emotional support.

Remember that to

gracefully receive

care from others is

a skill that requires

practice. It requires

commitment to reach

out and ask for help. It

requires commitment

to accept the offers

made by friends and


Just as the needs of

the person you care

for change, so will

your needs. Know

yourself, acknowledge

your feelings, and

commit to finding

and using sources of

replenishment every

day. Be patient and

gentle with yourself

as you assume the

challenges ahead.

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

Good Medicine

Mark Smith, RPh

In this hectic time

when insurance

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

that maintenance

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

OutreachNC • March 2010 15

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

are equivalent.

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.

H.S. Dreher

Investment Counsel


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

15 years.

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

Staff Writer

Coach gives

Senior Games

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

Senior Games.

“We’re always looking for players and volunteers,”

Hussey said.

Gadgets &Good Finds

OutreachNC • March 2010 17

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



Relief • Correction • Rehabilitation

Dr. Jason Clewis, D.C.

Dr. Tommie Clewis, D.C.


315 Page Rd • Suite 11 • Pinehurst


built-up cases

and soft grips

are found

ever ywhere.

A radically Equipment Technology

new model

Connie Hess

is the Finger

Grip pen.

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

(910) 246-5155.

18 OutreachNC • March 2010

Creative Retirement

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.


service begins

with warm


By Carrie Frye

Staff Writer


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.

OutreachNC • March 2010 19

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,”

Newton said.

Malan’s focus is community, civic and

politics. She has been a precinct worker for

30 years and a proud Tea Party participant

last year.

“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

Staff Writer

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,”

said Woodard.

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

open lobby.

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

(910) 215-0900.

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.

Literary Circle

Book Review: South of Broad

By Pat Conroy

Book Review

Cos Barnes

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



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

somewhat begrudgingly.

Then there are Leo’s

friends. It is almost

impossible to believe

that the connection his

high school friends build

while playing high school

OutreachNC • March 2010 21



intact for life -

and they get each

other in and out

of trouble. There

are Starla and

Niles Whitehead,

dirt poor brother

and sister orphans;

Sheba and Trevor

Poe, twins who

move into his

neighborhood with

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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22 OutreachNC • March 2010

Montroys offer

Irish hospitality

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

Staff Writer

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

Irish heritage.

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.

OutreachNC • March 2010 23

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

tea and

s c o n e s

to eggs

and fried

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

Senior Moments

Barb Cohea


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

of drapery.

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

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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

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variable annuity companies, though less competitive

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Critters &Creatures

Horses retire to Morning Glory Farm

By Carrie Frye

Staff Writer

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

Jim, 64.

On 20 acres, seven horses along with two more on

a neighboring farm are enjoying their golden years in

greener pastures.

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.

Critters &Creatures

OutreachNC • March 2010 27

“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,”

she says.

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

for photos.

“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

green pasture.”

28 OutreachNC • March 2010

There Across

1. “Catch!”

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 ...”

18. Reached

19. Macy’s, e.g.

22. Guinea pigs, maybe

23. Consumed

24. On the move

27. Level of equality

29. Beef cut

33. They may have abs

of stone

34. “All kidding ___...”

36. Grassland

37. Food passageway

40. Affranchise

41. Unclear

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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• 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

59. Expert

60. Halo, e.g.

61. Append

62. “By yesterday!”

63. Type of acid

64. Be theatrical

65. Calendar abbr.

66. Addition column


1. Drove

2. Ashtabula’s lake

3. Coarse file

4. Avoidance of reality

5. Lip relief

6. Acclivity

7. Soon, to a bard

8. Anxiety

9. Water cannon target

10. “Do ___ others


11. Big pig

12. A chip, maybe

14. Café ___

20. Look over again

21. Late

24. Ever

25. Type of fish

26. Hackneyed

27. Church song

28. Breezy

30. Arm bones

31. Breakfast, lunch

and dinner

32. Buddy-buddy

34. Above

35. Skin problem

38. Civil War side

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39. Hot air balloon pilot

44. Faucet

46. In a lather

48. Absurd

49. Theoretical

physicist Paul ___

50. Spoil, with “on”

51. Mosque V.I.P.

52. ___ lily

53. “Good grief!”

54. Con

55. Fix

56. “___ Brockovich”

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Senior Athletes

OutreachNC • March 2010 29

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

and back.)

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

Basketball Shooting

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Heritage Arts

Literary Arts

Softball Throw

Softball Tournament

Spin Casting


Table Tennis

Track Events


Performing Arts

Visual Arts

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,

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To register,



30 OutreachNC • March 2010




March 23

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

March 23.

For more information on Moore

County Parks and Recreation events,

contact (910) 947-2504.

Hometown Happenings



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.



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

March 18

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

Palustris Festival


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

are scheduled

during the 4-day

event. For more

information on

events, locations

and tickets, visit

the website

listed above.

Grey Matter Answers







OutreachNC • March 2010 31

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

nursing homes

• 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

Quarterly Newsletter

• Annual Recognition

Awards & Special Events

• Supplemental Accident

and Liability Insurance

• LGCU Credit Union


•Mileage reimbursement

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-

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Centurion Club & Birthdays

“Life’s Journey”


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

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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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Alzheimer’s Association

OutreachNC • March 2010 33

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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American Society of

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Pinehurst Medical Clinic Endoscopy Center is nationally

recognized by the ASGE for high quality endoscopy care.

Available for all GI & Liver Problems

New Patients Welcome

Services provided by PMC Gastroenterologists:

•Colonoscopy •EGD •EUS •Remicade

•Sigmoidoscopy •Capsule Endoscopy

Our Team...

Our Physicians: (Top row left to right) Dr. Wayne Lucas & Dr. Thomas

Swantkowski. (Bottom row left to right) Dr. Diane Williams, Dr. David

Martin & Dr. Ravikant Varanasi. Not Pictured: Dr. Eric Frizzell.


Pinehurst Medical Clinic

Endoscopy Center

Advanced Medicine, Genuine Compassion

205 Page Road • Pinehurst

34 OutreachNC • March 2010

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

Jess Dishner

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

• Brick

• 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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