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Volume 14, Issue 8
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought I'd write this month about a show I
I did many years ago called Playhouse 90. It
was a weekly 90-minute show that was done live at
the CBS Studios in Los Angeles.
It ran from 1956-1960. It had a wonderful reputation as being TV's
most distinguished anthology drama series. It ranked Number 33 in TV
Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of all time.
The year was 1959 and I was cast in an episode called “In Lonely
Expectation." It starred Diane Baker, who is best remembered as Margot
Frank in "The Diary of Anne Frank."
The story was about unwed mothers and each girl had her own little
story line. I was to be the youngest girl in the home, and my character
didn't know how I got pregnant!
I guess the character I was portraying wasn't the brightest bulb in the
chandelier! I must say that it was a fun show to be working on and the
wardrobe department made us a contraption that we all wore under our
clothes. It was like a little vest with a pillow sewn into it.
In this episode, one of the actresses decided she wanted to wear spiked
heels. She claimed it would help her "get into character” when carrying
The "baby" of course was a doll wrapped in a blanket. The director told
her not to wear high heels since her feet wouldn't show and it would be
too dangerous if she should fall while carrying her baby.
Well, the show was live
and she insisted on wearing
her high heels, and yes, you
guessed it - she tripped and
the doll went flying! The
camera man did his best to
turn the camera, but it was
obvious as to what happened.
In 1957, the show
transitioned to video tape
which made it easy for them to edit out any mistakes. I often wonder if
this incident had anything to do with it?
In the photo, that’s me with Jenny Maxwell. She is best remembered
with starring with Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii. I'm sad to report that
in 1981 at the age of 39, she and her husband were gunned down in the
lobby of their Beverly Hills condo during an attempted robbery.
She was a wonderful actress and friend. It makes us all realize just how
fragile life can be.
Until next time, remember: Do not regret growing older. It's a privilege
denied to many.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
hotmail.com. Check out her awesome, new website: www.
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Fact or Fiction: The Guardianship Form & Lockbox
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
As regular readers are aware, Publisher Dan
and I have worked diligently to secure a way
for seniors to choose who they want to care for
them in the future should the need arise.
After 3,000 readers signed our Vegas Voice petition allowing your out of
state relatives or friends to serve as your guardian, we submitted them to
the legislature and it passed into law during the 2015 legislative session.
The sample guardianship form written by Dan was welcomed by the
Nevada Legislative Council Bureau to be used by anyone.
Likewise, during the 18 months of work by the Temporary Nevada
Guardianship Commission (on which I served as a member) one of the
recommendations made to the Legislature was to take the nomination
form one step further. The Commission supported the idea of allowing
people to register the form with the Nevada Secretary of State by the
creation of another Lockbox; similar to the Secretary’s existing lockbox
provisions for Living Wills.
This too was passed into law and the with Dan’s Guardianship form as
a template, an “official Guardianship Preference form” will be used as of
January 1, 2018.
The Vegas Voice recently received an email from a lady who attended
a “seminar” by an attorney and then met with him to discuss having a
trust drawn. She related his claims that only his guardianship forms
would hold up in court since ours was a fake. The charge for his form
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is $100, however, if he prepared her trust (at a cost of over twelve
hundred dollars) he would throw in the form free of charge.
He went on to tell her that "the living will lockbox through the
Secretary of State was a joke and would not hold up in court," either.
We would like to be VERY clear about this. Dan’s guardianship
nomination form was reviewed and scrutinized by the Guardianship
Commission, on which sat several judges, two of whom are on the Nevada
Supreme Court. It then went to the Legislative Council Bureau attorneys
and with very minor revisions was modified into the official form.
Is there even a question that everyone should rely on the numerous
judicial and legislative opinions vs. an attorney who is charging $100
for a form that both The Vegas Voice and the Nevada Secretary of State is
making available FREE OF CHARGE to any senior that wishes to have it.
No strings attached.
As for that attorney’s comment that the Living Will Lockbox “is a joke”,
I would just LOVE to see him make that statement to Secretary of State
Barbara Cegavske considering the hard work she and her administrative
assistant, Gail Anderson put into maintaining and overseeing the entries.
Dan and I will be resuming our Guardianship seminars in January
and, of course, the official Guardianship Preference form will be discussed
and handed out without any charge. As for that attorney, I repeat what I
advised in my August column: “Keep your eyes on your wallet and
count your fingers after you shake his hand.”
By: Dan Roberts / Publisher
Are you serious? Even they can’t be that
According to comedy legend (and our Vegas
Voice columnist) Marty Allen, the definition of “mixed emotions” is
watching your mother-in-law drive off a cliff in your new Cadillac. I
now understand what Marty meant.
The opening paragraph was my response when our political editor,
Rana Goodman advised me that she was not chosen to serve as a
member of the new Nevada Guardianship Commission.
In all candor, I’m thrilled that my Ladylove will not be devoting
so much time and effort on the Commission. I’ve previously written
about the hours (and hours) that she spent reading and studying up
on the various guardianship proposals.
“Look at it this way” I cheerfully suggested. “Think of all that free
time. Perhaps you’ll start making dinners again.”
I quickly realized by her “look,” that she was not receptive to my
idea. I guess I can kiss goodbye the notion that my PILL (partner in
love & life) and I will be sharing home-cooked meals unless I start
learning where the pots and pans are.
But there’s another side (where the mixed emotions kick in); a side
that clearly demonstrates that despite her herculean efforts, the senior
community should be prepared for another round of guardianship
abuses and scandals.
Everyone reading this should be as outraged as I am that it now
will be left to the lawyers, judges and the guardians (both public
and private) to make changes within the guardianship system. Let
me ask you this question: Who do you think caused this cesspool of
corruption in the first place?
I am also offended that the Supreme Court order had the audacity
to request recommendations for the “rules for the qualifications of
non-attorney guardian ad litem or advocate.” What do you think
the lawyers and judges are going to do over this issue? You really
believe they’re going to make it easier for our senior volunteers to
review and investigate their behavior and actions?
I hope that this new round of scandals will not happen to you,
your family, friends and neighbors. Our solution? Starting in January
(when the reform law becomes effective) Rana, yours truly, and our
Vegas Voice family will, once again, be holding FREE presentations
on how to guarantee that you are not a future victim – including
handing out the new “official” guardianship forms.
(By the way, we keep hearing about certain lawyers offering
“guardianship protections for only $99.” I’ll save my rant against
these blood-sucking, ambulance-chasing shysters for our seminars.)
Anyway, as Rana climbed on her proverbial soapbox opining about
another need for her “Don(na) Quixote” quest, I was struck by how
incredibly asinine the Court was in its decision to exclude her.
I also remembered the crude (but totally accurate) quote by
President Lyndon Johnson over keeping then FBI Director J. Edgar
Hoover: “Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than
outside pissing in.”
Although my Rana has way too much class to engage in that sort
of activity (but I, on the other hand…) I was nevertheless reminded
with another reality: Don’t mess with the “Guardian Gladiator.”
She’s not done yet!
. Always try to keep a smile
on your face since it looks
crazy on other parts of your body.
2. My friend Herb started reading
about the evils of drinking, so he gave up reading.
3. Harry and Alice were out on a date. Henry said: “I want you for my
wife.” Alice replied: “What would your wife want with me?”
4. The three ages of men: Youth, middle age and “Wow, you sure look
5. A woman never forgets her age - once she decides on it.
6. Marriage is like a warm bath. After you get used to it, it’s not so hot!
7. Marriage is also like a long banquet with the dessert served first.
8. Wife: “Before we got married, you told me you were well off.”
Husband: “I was and I didn’t know it.”
9. An elderly man went to see his doctor. The doctor asked, “What’s
wrong now?” The old man said, “I can’t pee.” The doctor replied, “Don’t
worry about it. You peed enough.”
10. Marty’s Words of Wisdom – Never lick a steak knife!
Marty’s Top Ten
By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere
For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on
and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Praise the Lord: The pastor asked if
anyone in the crowded congregation would
like to express thanks for answered prayers. Suzie
Smith stood and walked to the podium.
She said, "I do. Two months ago, my husband Phil, had a terrible
bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was
excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help him.”
You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as
they imagine the pain that poor Phil must have experienced.
"Phil was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every
move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a
delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the
crushed remnants of Phil's scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it
Again, the men in the congregation cringed and squirmed
uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Phil.
"Now," she announced in a quivering voice, "thank the Lord. Phil
is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum
should recover completely."
All the men sighed with unified relief. The pastor then rose and
tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say.
A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium. He
said, "Hi, I'm Phil." The entire congregation held its breath.
"I just want to tell my wife; the word is sternum."
A Bill Blurb “thank you” to Marcia K. for her contribution.
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
September was a very busy month for shows
that The Vegas Voice presented and I had
the pleasure of producing. Four to be exact. And
in October, November and December we will have another 8 shows
covering every part of town.
In the north Sun City Aliante, Starbright Theatre in Sun City
Summerlin in the west, and Sun City MacDonald Ranch in the
east. Plus, our Twilight Affair shows at the Silverton’s Veil Pavilion. We
are scheduled to have a couple of Holiday Shows, and a few surprises as
For this entertainment editor, its nonstop until the end of the year. And
come 2018, we start all over again.
With all these shows that we’re working on, I barely have time to tell
you what else is happening on the local scene. From Jazz to Country to
Broadway, there’s something for everyone.
Let’s start with the LV Retro Vibe on the 2 nd Friday of every month in
Rocks Lounge at the Red Rock casino, to the cool jazz sound of Jonathan
Karrant on the 4 th Wednesday of the month.
Then there are different singers every night at the Tuscany’s Piazza
Lounge. Catch them at Trattoria Reggiano in downtown Summerlin or
the light ballard’s of Rita Lim on Tuesday nights at Osaka Japanese Bistro
on the East side of town.
Looking for jazz? You can try The Dispensary on the weekends, German
The Entertainment Never Stops
Vegas Duo Revive “The Fantastiks”
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
The barren black-walled warehouse was
reminiscent of a menacing film noir
scene; fifteen people were seated at the four tables
arranged in a square, heads bowed pouring over the manuscripts before
them. The room had fallen weirdly hushed.
The silence was broken by Jersey Boys alumnus Michael Erickson’s
deep, bellowing yet soft and melodic vocal contribution…Try to
remember the kind of September, when life was slow and oh so
Those opening lines of the opening song from The Fantastiks, lifted the
cloud that had descended over composer/arranger/conductor and nowdirector,
Bill Fayne. Fayne’s decades-long dream of bringing the longest
running musical to Las Vegas was crushed during production when the
Onyx Theater closed last year.
Unbeknownst to Fayne, Las Vegas hoofer Gary Colombo, recognized
by many for his Gene Kelly tribute, followed the ups and downs of
Fayne’s Fantastiks on Facebook. Colombo approached the folks at Super
Summer Theater who maintained a warehouse in an industrial area
near the Orleans.
A plan was developed to turn that space into a black box theater, a very
basic, stripped-down venue. Colombo, like Fayne, had fallen in love with
the show decades earlier; as a 19-year old he performed in the National
Tiki in China
Bistro on some
Let’s not forget The Vegas Good Fellas on Thursday nights at Siena
Italian Restaurant on West Sahara, where Kent Foote brings the locals
together to enjoy his music and occasionally cut a rug.
An old standby for me is the Italian American Club on East Sahara,
where performers entertain Wednesday through Sunday. Two or three
times a month there are shows in their showroom and they just started
lunch on the first Thursday of the month.
If you want an in-depth list of performers and venues, please go to my
web site and check out the Calendar of Events or send me your email
address and I’ll keep you up to date.
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.
com. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erickson, Fayne, Colombo
“I’ve been waiting 20 years to do this play in Vegas,” Colombo said.
After Fayne and Colombo met, new life was breathed into the project. “We
are both really passionate about the show,” Fayne said.
The full cast and crew gathered in early September for the first reading
with spine-tingling results. “I’ve never been to a better first reading,”
Colombo commented of his 47 years theatrical experience. The cast
quickly absorbed the power of Erickson’s opening notes.
Fayne, who first saw the show in 1963, promises to be true to the original
script, adding “I’m a romantic; it’s the most romantic show I know.”
The off-Broadway production of The Fantastiks opened in 1960,
running over 17,000 performances before closing last June.
The Fantastiks two weekend performances opens November 9 with 7
pm and matinee performances. For tickets, www.SuperSummerTheater.
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Overseeding the Course
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
Overseeding Season is upon us. Have you
ever wondered why golf courses go through
the trouble and expense of overseeding?
It’s simple. Most golf courses use Bermuda grass
which goes dormant during the cold season and turns yellow which is not
appealing to most golfers. So, golf courses spend lots of time, energy and
money to overseed with Rye grass which grows during colder months to
seed fairways, tee boxes and greens.
I would say 90% of the golf courses in the valley close for 10-14 days
in September and October to allow the new grass to germinate and grow.
Once golf courses reopen, they allow golf carts on cart paths only for
If you’re like me and have a bad knee, all this walking is painful so I
look for alternatives. Two golf courses that don’t overseed are the Boulder
City Muni and the Mountain Falls in Pahrump. And courses with 27 or
54 holes often close one 9-hole at a time so play can continue as normal.
See you on the links!
Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a member
of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood Men’s
Group. He can be reached at: email@example.com
Our Pageant Family
By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director
- Ms. Senior Nevada
Loyal readers already
know that Ms Senior Nevada
is in its 33rd year of service to Nevada seniors. Our
Pageant Family is composed of former contestants
and individuals with a desire to serve seniors.
We also have individuals that step up and take
leadership rolls. One of those special people is
Mary participated in the 2006 Ms Senior Nevada
Pageant and was selected as Ms Congeniality. Her
talent was singing and she had so much fun, she
was a contestant in 2007 and 2008. She has become a vital part of the
Mary has taken over the task of organizing the talent and presenting
the entertainment to seniors living in Group Homes. She often produces
three to five events every month; brightening the lives of those no longer
able to attend shows, but still enjoy the entertainment.
Mary works with the senior facilities who request a show and then
whips into action. Mary notifies members, does the line-up, emcees the
event and even sings a number or two.
Her able assistant, Stormy Caprice brings her talented husband, “Video
Vinney” to video each show. These tireless volunteers are just part of a
group of dedicated seniors that make Las Vegas a better place to live.
Zen Fully Yours
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
There's no doubt that the word Zen is an
American “buzz” word. Just Google Zen
and you will be amazed at how many products,
businesses, services, and topics appear. Yet ask random strangers what
Zen means, and most of them won't really know.
Zen's beginnings trace back to Buddha's famous Flower Sermon;
sitting before his disciples, holding and staring at a lotus flower. One
disciple, Mahakasypa was later entrusted with all that could be passed
through the special transmission between master and disciple.
When brought to China the teachings became Chan, and when brought
to Japan, they became Zen.
Zen is not a religion. In fact, God and religious philosophies are not
relevant to its practice. Zen is a philosophy that is based, mostly on
meditation (contemplative), and intuition.
Emphasis is placed on the experience, while, de-emphasizing the mind.
Its uncomplicated approach has no rigid expectations or any limitations.
The only requirement is for participants to walk their individual path of
awakening at their own pace.
There are various styles of Zen, yet, none are considered wrong, or better.
As in its teachings, there are many different paths to reach enlightenment.
Their "one size doesn't fit all" approach encourages individuals to seek
what works best for them.
Chan requires disciple
relationship with alternating
masters, even when seeming
irrational. The master's
objective is to pass on an
of the tradition.
Koan uses stories and
the great masters and
students answer paradoxical
questions, while Zazen
is a meditation practice;
emptying the mind and focusing only on the present
In Zen, questions are answered with questions, pushing you to figure
it out. Paradox is a part of its teachings. A paradox nudges the mind to
think "outside the box" by disengaging the rational mind and freeing
the intuition. It also leads us to a truth that cannot be rationally derived
Zen is experiencing the present fully and delighting in the basic
miracle of life itself.
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching,
classes, workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Carman Miranda, America's Portugueseborn,
Brazilian raised dancer, singer, and
entertainer, was named Carmen by her operaloving
father. Between 1930-1950s she was the highest paid entertainer,
top female taxpayer, and the 3rd most popular personality in the
Carman was discovered in Brazil singing (while employed in a hat
shop at age 14) and her mother then entered her in a contest. Her angered
father, beat her mother for allowing it.
She was best known for her Hollywood inspired musical numbers
where she wore a costume featuring a hat decorated with fruit. Carman
was called the “Lady with the Tutti-Frutti Hat”, an image she was never
able to shake.
Miranda brought Brazil's sensuous Samba dance with a Latin beat to
a worldwide audience. Her Hollywood image of a generic Latina blurred
the distinctions between Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, and Mexico. The
Samba, Tango and Habanera dance movements were likewise merged.
She danced with such grace of movement.
The fashion industry was likewise influenced by her style. The Carmen
Miranda fruit image inspired costume ideas and Chiquita Banana
capitalized on her image.
Some of her many musicals and TV appearances were in: South
American Way, That Night in Rio, Springtime in the Rockies, Carman
Miranda Dokumentti, and the Ed Sullivan Show. She appeared in
musicals with Don Ameche, Cesar Romaro, and performed for President
Franklin Roosevelt. In 2009, a 1939 recording of her singing O Que E Que
a Baiana Tem was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress.
Carmen was discreet about her private life. She married once, separated,
and reunited, since she did not believe in divorce.
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
For many of us, when we go to bed at night
we look far better than when we wake up in
the morning. Surprising, since this is supposed to
be beauty rest!
Outside the fact that age has brought on insomnia, suddenly I want
to rise at 3:00 am. While our bodies may be (somewhat) rested, our
faces often appear puffy; especially around the eyes.
As I’ve previously mentioned, sleeping on your back (whenever
possible) will help and it will also decrease the sleep lines on your face
the next morning. Watching what we eat the night before however is key.
While eating out is a fun experience, those divine dishes usually taste
extra special because they’re loaded with salt. Throw in a dirty martini
prior to a nice steak and by the next morning you’ll looking more
Michelin Man than Victoria’s Secret model.
As with everything else these days, moderation is our friend. Cutting
out salted treats and simply being mindful makes a big difference. But,
if you do find yourself with a case of the “morning puff”, it's time to ice
The Brazilian Bombshell
Michelin Man or Victoria’s Secret Model
In her final years, Miranda smoked and drank heavily, and suffered
from severe depression. Miranda returned to Brazil, then back to America.
She taped a strenuous song-and-dance number for The Jimmy Durante
Show, falling in the routine, getting up and finishing.
Miranda then had an extended party at her Beverly Hills home. Before
retiring to bed, she went to her bedroom, lit a cigarette, had a heart attack,
and died. She was only 46 years old.
A huge crowd attended her burial in Rio. Brazil and Portugal museums
honored her. She is on two Latin commemorative U.S. stamps; her
footprints are on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the American Film
Institute listed her as one of the “500 Great Legends of Cinema.”
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music
background, specializes in ragtime piano. She reports about
music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can contact her at www.
I take a bowl and fill it with ice cubes and water. I prefer soaking a
washcloth, wringing it out and placing it over my face, leaving it until
it warms, and repeating. Make sure it is really ice water and gently pat -
especially around the eye area.
If your eyes need extra attention, green tea bags soaked and dipped
in ice water and then placed over your eyes is also quite the morning
refresher! I find using a toner after icing is beneficial to closing the pores,
giving your skin a tighter and smoother look.
My company sells a rose toner that, of course I love, especially the
smell, but there are many good ones on the market. Getting up and active
will also help get things moving and eliminate that morning bloat.
The more we pay attention to what we put in our body and how it
responds, the less patching up we will have to do! So just be mindful!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
Like We Never Left
By: Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation
'm very excited about the return of our
show, “Listening to The Vegas Voice.” We
began last month on and will continue every
Tuesday from 10 -11 am, on KSHP 1400 am.
I'm also thrilled to be joined by my co-host, the man with the “Golden
Voice” - Jon “the Announcer” Lindquist to the show. We are so fortunate
to have him as part of our Vegas Voice family.
Once again, I have the great pleasure of interviewing local as well as
national stars and celebrities. My first guest? Who else but another Vegas
Voice personality and national treasure – Marty Allen.
And if you missed any of our initial broadcasts, take a look at our Vegas
Voice website (thevegasvoice.net) and just see and listen to what our
wonderful guests had to say.
Jon and I will once again, and as always, bring a fun and entertaining
interview show to Las Vegas. Please tune in and tell your friends as we
broadcast “live” on the radio.
Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer
& host of “Listening to the Vegas Voice” Radio Show. For more
information visit: www.richnatole.com. You can also contact
Rich at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Listening to the Vegas Voice”
our new radio
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Ru-u-u-un, Vicki, Ru-u-u-un!
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
As my parents began aging...and, ok,
me, too...I learned many ways to tell if
someone was (a) having a stroke; (b) developing
a cognitive function disorder; or (c) extremely drunk. Over time, I
became reasonably good at discerning those subtle differences.
Because of this recently acquired expertise, based on what happened to
me last month, I am thoroughly confident that I must be, (d) all of the
I called my children and, after relating the episode and my probable
all-of-the-above status, I just asked them not to put me in a home. Their
identical response? “Well, certainly not MY home!” (I don’t know where
they got that sarcastic sense of humor, but it’s very unbecoming.)
Let me just say at the outset that I am fine, everyone is fine, no laws
were violated (sort of), and there was no public indecency (sorry). In
fact, if anything, besides my possibly being all-of-the-above, it was clear
afterwards that my inherent athleticism is still with me...buried deep...
deep... deeeep inside.
It was late afternoon. I was tired. I had gone to water aerobics class,
done my knee exercises, gone to the bank, the post office and the grocery
But, being the “mother” of three dogs that are all - quite seriously,
as you will see - driving me nutty with their neediness, and since I was
driving right by the pet store, in the same shopping center, I thought I’d
just pop my head in (literally) and ask someone if they had a chew treat
I heard of called “Calm.” I figured a few of these with my morning coffee
might take the edge off.
So, I pulled up at the curb in front of the store - I know you’re not
supposed to park there, but I was just poking my freakin’ head in (what
are you, Pistol Pete?!) and grabbed some trash I’d accumulated, to pop
into the waste bin outside their door. I even left my car door open!
But, as I’m tossing the trash, I see in my peripheral vision my car...
slowly driving away.
This is where my athleticism shows up, because without thinking I
began to run. Didn’t consider that my knee is almost non-functional now,
or that the arthritis in my formerly-broken ankles may be terminal, or
that I haven’t run since high school P.E. at St. Joe’s, which I flunked...or
that I’m like a thousand years old. I just ran.
The car was going slow and sort of curving into the parking lot across
from the store - a lot filled with cars, one of which was backing out right
towards my oncoming RAV4. I screamed, “Look out!” as loud as I could,
and the guy took off (I’ve always prided myself on my voice projection
capabilities) and I powered on the afterburners, baby!
As I drew even with the open driver’s door, it flashed through my mind
that I was about to do something “they” tell you never to do - jump into a
moving car. (It also flashed through my mind that I was behaving rather
“Charlie’s Angels”-like, if I do say so myself.)
So, as my car traveled the final distance to several parked cars, I threw
myself sideways, hauled my legs inside and slammed down the brake
pedal. The car stopped - less than a foot from someone’s bumper.
A man standing nearby, who’d watched the whole thing in stunned,
wide-eyed wonder, simply stared at me and shook his head as he climbed
into his own car, no doubt thinking, “Women! Nothing’s been safe since
we gave them the vote!”
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Back in Perspective
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
The time for debating global warming,
political agendas and discrimination
should have ended a long time ago but sadly it did
not. As I watch the news and see the devastation across the hurricane
stricken parts of our country, I am praying that the light goes on for
those people still blinded by prejudice and divide.
So many claim to be true Americans, and yet they breed hate for the
very things we as a country stand for and use our freedoms to spread
their poison. Perhaps the destruction Harvey and Irma left behind has
awakened some to the idea that we are all in this together.
The survival stores are so heroic they leave me in tears. The mother
who died holding her baby safe, the people who made a chain in the
water to rescue a man from his truck, the man who gave up a generator
to a woman with a father on oxygen and countless others. My heart goes
out to everyone and most of all, my admiration and respect for those who
No one asked a victim to fill out an application to see if they were
worthy of help. No one asked their views or if they were conservative or
liberal. After all, what difference does any of it make anyway?
Let’s remind the world that we are all Americans that come together
if threatened; even if the threat is a natural disaster like a hurricane. Get
rid of all the preconceived ideas about politics, whoever you are. It really
doesn’t matter in the overall scheme of things.
Make a difference now. Be the one who moves closer to your neighbor.
Be the one to lighten the load for someone. And perhaps, most of all,
remember the basic acts of kindness you have received over the years and
pay it forward every day.
None of this is news to our readers. We are a bit older and have years of
experience, adventure and knowledge in our pockets. But many of us just
observe. These are the relaxed years of retirement and we can be isolated
Whenever you feel the tug on your heartstrings, give help in any way
you can. Get back in the mainstream and be a part of something bigger.
Rescue a dog, be a mentor, help someone navigate a difficult issue and
provide your personal expertise. We all have something to give.
Now more than ever, everything matters. The world is pretty scary and
I felt helpless to change it. And then I was shocked into reality by Florida
and Texas. Putting life back into perspective, I am hitting the “refresh”
button and doing something.
Adrea Nairne-Barrera’s writing focus these days are on
observations, celebrations and complaints about life in the 1960s
to being in your 60’s. You can contact her at: sixties2sixty@
Do They Really Mean It?
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
In 1865, Abraham Lincoln spoke the famous
words, “to care for him who shall have
borne the battle, and for his widow, and his
orphan.” And 65 years later, those 17 words became the motto when
establishing the Veterans Administration.
They were perfect words commanding this nation to care for its
defenders. However, that care has been a long time coming, and in the
meantime, much unfairness has abounded; even leaving ailing veterans
dying on the VA doorsteps.
For way too long, many employees at VA medical centers have “done
their thing” safe and sound in a protective bubble at the expense of the
veterans they are “supposed” to be working for. Up until now, it has been
difficult to fire those who have cheated and rested on their laurels within
the security of a “civil service” firewall.
Even when placed on administrative leave, they were getting full
salaries and bonuses. Somewhere along the funky bureaucratic line of
corruption and greed many VA caregivers got into a selfish rut; and while
they were saying “veterans first” they really didn’t mean a damn word
of it. And now the House, Senate, and President have had to step in and
figure out a way to get rid of the “bad actors” that are lazy and corrupt to
ensure that our vets get the best that they deserve.
Finally, it looks like the end is near for the kind of goldbricking that
has gone on. With the recent approval of the “VA Accountability and
Whistleblower Protection Act” the ship will be righted, and it appears that
everyone - from the President down is going to make sure that the new
law will be upheld.
The new law will increase accountability by expediting the removal
of poorly performing employees and corrupt managers who are guilty
of wrongdoing. As ridiculous as it seems, before this law, the VA could
not terminate anyone in a swift manner; which led to a lengthy process
allowing poorly performing or dishonest employees to continue collecting
a paycheck, which is a disservice to veterans and other VA employees who
are working hard and to always put veterans first on their jobs.
Those days are gone, and it is one step closer to all veterans getting
the benefits and services promised to us. We vets can be thankful that
there are leaders in our government who do listen and take action when
Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and
through that experience was led to address the many transitional
issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important
books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.
The Mystical Pueblo
When I was a little girl, on Halloween
Crystal Czerkas- my friends and I would gather in
Sarbacker our makeshift costumes to exchange
trick or treat information. We all wanted to know who was
handing out Hershey Bars or real nickels. As I got a bit older,
though, I tired of unlimited candy and wanted a real Halloween
adventure. So when some kids asked me to join them at
a nearby church cemetery candle lighting ceremony, I jumped
at the chance. We hid behind old tombstones and watched as
the faithful placed candles on grave sites. We overheard their
conversations and discovered they were lighting the way for
souls expected to appear that night. At first my friends and I
almost giggled. But this was no laughing matter. Eerie shadows
from the candlelight flickered and grew on the church
walls, and really scared me. Suddenly all of us jumped to our
feet and ran home as fast as we could.
as a giclee
This cemetery visit was very dramatic. But its impact on
me was due to the extraordinary beliefs of the candle lighters.
They were there to feel the presence of their departed
loved ones, and their faith was unshakable. It’s this capacity
for spirituality that sets us apart from other creatures, and
it’s evident in many cultures like those of our early Native
Americans in the Southwest. They honored their great spirits
and ancestors through traditions and customs passed down
through the ages. My Dad (Victor Czerkas) had great respect
for the unique heritage of these Southwest inhabitants and as
a family we often visited their Pueblos. So, my Dad’s Mystical
Pueblos series of paintings has always been my favorite.
Known simply by his last name, Czerkas, my Dad focused on
the spirituality and timelessness of the Taos Pueblo dwellers
in this impressionistic grouping. Original art and limited
edition giclees are available, and each comes with a signed/
numbered Certificate of Authenticity. For more information...
please call Ray Sarbacker at 702/463-0966
The painting shown here is by
Crystal’s Dad, the award winning artist Victor Czerkas, the only
known private student of the great Russian impressionist,
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Seniors & Kids
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
Something extraordinary is about to
occur at Sun City MacDonald Ranch
in Henderson. This senior community is
about to embrace kids in need!
Most know that the “Ranch” is home to a state of the
art, well maintained and very challenging executive golf
course. What many may not know, is that we have a longterm
contract with a former LPGA golf pro - Pam Bowers.
Pam provides, at reduced rates, lessons to the seniors in the
community AND sponsors a Junior League for kids aged 5-15.
Some of those kids are physically challenged in some way. A
few, have ALS. The Men’s Golf Club of the “Ranch” is looking
to provide the necessary funding so that specially made golf
clubs can be provided to those physically challenged. The
goal is that they may golf despite their limitations.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the face of
a child change from one of despair into a broad smile of
happiness when they are provided a set of specially designed
golf clubs. Their “limitations” seem to disappear!
There is also nothing more rewarding than seeing us seniors
transformed in such a way as to enhance our appreciation of
giving back to those in need!
Tax Reform Helps Seniors
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
Congress has a golden opportunity
before them that we haven’t had in
decades: to reform the U.S. tax code. As
folks across the country are struggling more and more to
make ends meet, the tax system continues to become more
complex, hurting hard-working Americans who deserve to
keep more of their money.
Our tax code has not been reformed since 1986. Can you
believe that? The last time it was reformed, the average cost
of a new house was $89,430. Not since the movie Top Gun was
released and The Oprah Winfrey Show began airing has the
tax system been updated.
For the first time in decades, we have a President and
congressional leaders that have identified tax reform as a
key part of their agenda and a specific legislative package is
expected to be released very soon. Among many of the other
proposals, it is likely that the plan will provide additional
money to retirees who are living on a fixed income.
We have a responsibility to leave this country in better
shape than we inherited it, and reforming the tax code is one
of the first steps to ensuring that. We must do everything in
our power to make sure Congress acts on this opportunity so
that the United States can reach its full economic potential.
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He served as Chair of the City of Henderson’s Senior
Advisory Commission. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Victoria with Rana. Victoria
announced last month that
she is running for Nevada’s 3 rd
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can
contact Victoria at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundation Assisting Seniors Hosts Basket Raffle
The Foundation Assisting Seniors is set to hold their Basket Raffle at
2:30 pm with doors opening at 1:30 pm on Sunday, October 29 in the
Ballroom at Green Valley Ranch Resort.
This is the third annual raffle and the first time the Foundation
Assisting Seniors will be hosting the event at Green Valley Ranch Resort.
All proceeds benefit the Foundation and their ongoing programs and
services. The basket raffle will also include an auction, themed baskets
and a gift card grab.
“We are happy to be able host another basket raffle this year and know
the community enjoys seeing all the baskets our volunteers have put
together,” said Phyllis Washburn, Chairman of the Basket Raffle. “It’s a
great opportunity not only to raise money for the Foundation Assisting
Seniors, but to get the senior community together in a fun and interactive
The Foundation Assisting Seniors was founded with the mission of
improving the quality of life for the senior community by assisting them
in times of illness, recovery, confinement at home, coping with the loss of
a loved one and other senior challenges, as well as to provide assistance
with everyday tasks such as household maintenance and transportation.
Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has responded to more than
100,000 requests for assistance services.
For more information on the event or for tickets, please call 725-244-
4200 or visit: FoundationAssistingSeniors.org.
Open Letter to Sun City Anthem Residents
While I’m the last person to get involved in Sun City Anthem politics, I
hope you’ll join me in voting for the recall of the 4 Board members.
My reason for the recall vote is due solely by their secretive actions
in forcefully removing a fellow Board member – Nona Tobin. I have a
fundamental problem in allowing the Board to play “Prosecutor, Judge &
Jury” in determining that Ms. Tobin violated the law.
Now I’m not saying that Tobin is innocent or guilty of the accusations
(whatever they may be, since the Board has not disclosed what they were);
it’s that these Board members came up with the charges, determined that
she’s guilty and then decided on the punishment.
I also have a problem that the Board acted without any notice to the
residents and everything was done in private. I remain incensed that,
rather than take their allegations to the proper authorities (Nevada Real
Estate Division, HOA Ombudsman, Nevada Attorney General, or any other
independent organization, entity or state agency) they simply threw her
off the Board.
We need to recall these 4 Board members so no future Board will ever
again act so recklessly. If there is any sense of fairness and justice, I hope
you feel this way too.
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By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
That phrase is spoken frequently, yet those
words can describe different scenarios. I’ve
heard that from some people at a Fitness Center.
They may play billiards, walk the dog, play cards or do some other type
They may say, “I’m on the go all the time, take care of my spouse,
do some gardening or…” Often, these people do move around a great
deal during their waking hours. They may even rarely sit. They may be
physically active, but they don’t exercise.
Compare that scenario to another example: “I get all the exercise that I
need. I walk three times a week for 30 minutes.” To their credit, they may
be following a standard exercise recommendation.
However, when you look at the rest of their waking hours, they may be
quite sedentary, spend hours in front of the television, while eating fatloaded
snacks. At any rate, while they do the 90 minutes of total walking
a week, they don’t move around much.
Exercise is a form of physical activity; it is planned and has intention.
Usually, the intention is to become more fit. So, who is better off: the
person who is physically active but doesn’t exercise or the person who
“I Get All the Exercise I Need!”
exercises but is not physically active?
Doing something is almost always
better than not doing anything. However,
we need to have a combination of both
physical activity and exercise. Being
more physically active has positive health
benefits, while exercise best ensures a balance of fitness.
Aerobic exercise is probably the most common form of exercise. It is
known to improve cardiovascular endurance, or the body’s ability to take
in, transport and utilize our oxygen level in the most efficient method.
Doing aerobic exercises strengthens the heart, allows us to breathe easier
and helps with sleeping.
Start off with an aerobics class gradually, especially if you have not been
exercising for some time. Join a club; take classes at any of the facilities
that offer a cardio workout. Start out slow and gradually build up.
You will benefit tremendously and feel better, stronger, and may lose
some weight. It can be done at any age.
Positive attitude and good health to all!
Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first
runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time dancer.
Mary can be reached at email@example.com.
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am a man of my word. Almost three years to
I the day that our grandson Jake was born, I
promised to take him to Disney World. We (the
three generations) made our first "adventure" to Florida.
It been over thirty years since I last took two toddlers to Disney. Yes, Jake
has a little sister.
The memory does fade as to the challenges encountered when taking
toddlers to Disney. Safe to say it was a very good thing that our daughter
Jessica and son-in-law Craig came along for the ride.
From Grandpa's point of view, it was an absolutely fantastic and
memorable trip. I'm not so sure Grandma Sharon would agree, since she
and our daughter were tasked with the diaper and clothes changing, as
well as chasing after the little ones.
I forgot that toddlers have a mind of their own and a huge amount
of patience and flexibility is required by us adults. Dinner plans at 5
pm, changed to a late lunch at 3. Walking by a puddle from a recent
rain shower requires a stop and a jump or two (or three) in said puddle.
Walking in and out of a glass sliding door can easily be a fifteen-minute
Once we understood the rules it got a little easier. My chief role was
to push a stroller now and then, sit with them on just about every
toddler friendly ride, take them to the hotel pool and most importantly,
take pictures of them with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto,
Chip and Dale and any other character that crossed our path. It's these
activities where memories were made and I will always cherish.
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President Holds God’s Power
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
In October 2012, I wrote about the Cuban
Missile Crises through my lens as a young
Air Force wife whose husband was on high alert
during the two-week Cuban Missile crises. In 2016, I saw a newspaper
article titled, “Abandoned Cold War base has stories to tell” with a subtitle
“Wisconsin installation stood guard during Cuban missile crisis”,
that town - Antigo, Wisconsin.
Few have heard of Antigo, though it is home to our son and his family.
Our daughter-in-law was born and raised there.
The article began “The radar base is abandoned, overgrown with weeds.
Buildings with broken windows and sagging walls . . . obscured behind
trees and bushes.” In 1952, a military radar squadron opened near Antigo,
to protect Americans against the threat of nuclear attack.
The improbable materialized as the Cuban Missile Crisis. If you are old
enough to remember the Cold War, especially the Cuban Missile Crisis in
October 1962, you know this was an extremely alarming event.
The United States and the Soviet Union stood-down over nuclear-armed
missiles. Six-weeks before, sixty-six intermediate range missile launching
pads were spotted under construction in Cuba and more than 600 Soviet
ships heading toward Cuba were identified by American U-2 spy planes.
All-out nuclear war was imminent.
Seventy-Five B-52’s from several air force bases stayed airborne 24/7
during this national emergency. Small remote missile bases, like the one
in Antigo were fixed to launch their missiles toward Cuba.
My husband remembers, “There was an intense sense of team and
mission. Everyone working on the flight-line was lost in their own
forbidding thoughts. This was a global game from both governments’
“Top priority at B-52 bases was to launch planes on 15-minute notice.
To have fresh crews flying round the clock, two flight crews flew on board
each aircraft. One crew slept while the other crew flew the plane.”
During the missile crisis, the President “held the power of a god and
the responsibility of a man.” If he stumbled, he could bring about the
obliteration of half, if not all humanity. Fifty-five years after the Cuban
Missile Crisis, that still holds true.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
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How to Avoid Buying a Flooded Vehicle
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
Between the hurricanes, tornadoes, and
monsoons, well over a million vehicles in
the country have experienced some type of flood
damage this year. With most cars, dented body panels and interior seats
can be replaced, so when you look at the car, it will appear undamaged.
But many items you can’t see can be affected by corrosion or other
water-related issues - like sensors, electrical connectors, computer chips,
and even wiring. Not to mention possible rust in the frame or floorboards.
How can you protect yourself from purchasing a flood-damaged
While most insurance companies will write off the vehicle and sell it to
a salvage yard, in some states, a salvage title isn’t required. This means
you won’t know if that vehicle has been in a flood then cosmetically
repaired. There are ways however, to protect yourself.
First, be cautious about buying a vehicle from eBay or Craigslist; even
though the websites are reputable, the sellers may not be. For less than
$50, you can run the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) through a
service like AutoCheck or CarFax to see if the vehicle has been damaged.
This also goes for non-flood damages as well, such as a car accident.
If you are purchasing from a dealership, many pre-owned cars
are bought at auctions, and a flooded vehicle may be sold there also.
Reputable dealers will be happy to run a check on the vehicle for you.
You also can do your own easy check. Does the carpet look brand new
on an older vehicle?
Does the car smell
the inside of the
exterior lights look
foggy? Any flaking
around the bottom
of the vehicle? Any
the vehicle to a
mechanic you trust,
not one selected by
the seller. Pay to
have a thorough
Spending $150 now
will be worth it to save thousands later if you made a bad purchase.
Remember, don’t be pressured into buying any vehicle at any time. You
can always walk away if you have doubts.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
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Pain in the Neck
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Many people suffer from neck pain
at some point in their life. There
are, however, far too many people who
suffer from chronic neck pain when there are easy and
effective means to treat this pain.
Like all medical problems, to effectively treat neck pain you must first
determine what the problem is before you can fix it. While imaging such as
x-rays and MRIs are many times necessary, sometimes simple orthopedic
tests and a little common sense go a long way to help understand the
There are only certain structures within the neck that can cause pain.
If you ask a patient to look up at the ceiling and this increases their pain,
it is highly likely that you have a problem with your facets. Facets are
where two vertebrae meet in the back part of the vertebrae. The facets
have a lot of pain sensors in them.
The body of the vertebrae (the front and larger part of the vertebrae)
is supposed to carry most of the weight load of the structures above them
and the facets are only places of contact between vertebrae to help keep
them stable. They are not supposed to carry the load.
However, in certain trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident where you
are hit from behind, the head is thrown violently backward slamming the
facets together. This traumatizes them and the nerves found within them
giving rise to acute pain. Chronic pain is possible if the trauma to the
facets is not resolved.
Another potential cause of neck pain is
damage to the vertebral discs. One way
to check for disc problems in the neck is
to have the patient put their chin on the
chest. If the pain increases doing
this movement, it is highly
probable that the cause of the
pain is a disc problem.
The reason for this is that when you bend your head forward, the
vertebrae above and below the disc exert the most pressure on the front of
the disc. This displaces the disc backwards where the nerves are located.
Worse still, if too much pressure is exerted on the disc, the disc can be
damaged. The substance in the center of the disc usually has no contact
with nerves. If the disc is damaged and this substance leaks out, it is the
equivalent to pouring battery acid on the nerves.
For those suffering from chronic neck pain, there are treatments that
can help relieve your pain. A machine known as frequency specific
microcurrent can help effectively treat disc and facet pain as well as other
problems of the neck.
If you have neck pain, do not suffer needlessly. Help is available.
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell
practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or
Is “Full Coverage” a Myth?
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
When I had my insurance agency, we were
faced with the “full coverage” myth
on what seemed like a daily basis. The truth is
you cannot really have full coverage on your auto policy unless you
purchased every coverage available from your own insurance company.
And companies do differ! So, it’s worth investigating that phrase.
Typically, when a person says they have full coverage, they have:
liability, comprehensive/collision, medical payments &
uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. These are the 4 major
coverages most people generally buy.
And, if they buy all 4, they think they have “full coverage.” But there’s
more! Here are few of the common ones:
Towing & rental pays for towing if you breakdown and a rental car
while your car is being repaired. You would not typically have this if you
have other coverage from AAA or some other roadside assistance service
Gap insurance is available if you are “upside down” on your
vehicle loan. In other words, if you owe more on your loan than the car
is currently worth. It is always advisable to buy this coverage from your
insurance carrier rather than the car dealership.
Why? Because if it’s on your insurance policy, you can cancel it once
you are no longer “upside down” but, if you buy it from the dealership, it
is added to your total loan and paid over the entire life of the loan - even
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when you don’t need it any longer! Additionally, gap coverage is usually
much less expensive on your insurance policy.
Add-on equipment insurance covers non-factory installed items
you may have added to your vehicle after you purchased it (e.g., stereo
equipment or custom wheels or rims).
Therefore, if you buy all three of those as well as the basic four, does
that then mean “full coverage”? Not necessarily!
Some companies offer things like accident forgiveness
and disappearing deductibles. The list of “special coverages”
that are used for marketing purposes goes on and on.
Therefore, using the English language as a guide and saying, “full
coverage” is truly a myth.
Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance
executive. He and his wife owned and operated their own
insurance agency for over 16 years. His primary purpose is to
give out real information that can be used to make intelligent
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
Recently I did a consultation with a patient
who was referred to my office from an
orthodontist. The young lady was 29 years old
with chief complaints of neck pain and pain located in front of her ears.
Upon my examination, I found many muscles that were sore with
palpation. Frequent headaches were a major complaint, many of which
occurred in the morning and then late afternoon. She attributed the
headaches to stress.
I discovered that many muscles of her jaw, head and neck were in
spasm. Judging by the wear of her teeth, clenching or grinding was
probably causing the pain and not stress.
Tempromandibular joint disorder (also known as TMD and more
familiarly as TMJ) affect as many as 10 million people. TMJ issues are a
result of a chronically degenerative disease that may take years to develop.
The jaw joints break down in stages and, as with any other joint in
the body, the sooner one seeks care, the better the prognosis to arrest or
stabilize the degeneration. The mouth is the most used organ of our
bodies, so it comes as no surprise that the jaw joint can be subject to
damage - especially if the bite and the joint position are not in harmony.
There are many causes of joint dysfunction: tumors, bony growths,
arthritis, to name a few. By far, the most frequent cause of jaw joint
dysfunction is an improper bite.
Noises such as clicks, pops, or grating of the jaw joint are signals of
damage within the joint, as well as muscles that are not working in
harmony. When muscles are antagonistic to one another inflammation
can occur with
pain, pain to chew).
The following are
some symptoms of
TMJ at some level:
or fractured teeth,
breaking of fillings
or crowns, pain
around the ears/
jaw joints, cold
sensitivity in select
teeth, jaw joint noises: clicking, popping, grating, head, neck, shoulder
and even back pain and/or decreased range of motion (mouth opening).
The lady in this example was in the early stages of disharmony of her
bite and physiological jaw joint position. I was able to relieve her pain
through bite splint therapy and then a correction to her bite.
The take away message is not to ignore jaw joint noises or frequent
head and neck pain. Early treatment is the key.
It never gets better on its own. The noise may go away (sometimes
for years) but the noise and symptoms will return, along with increasing
Leaving the Hospital? Tips to Prepare You for Home
By: Regale Harris / Your Kindred Team
If you find yourself in the hospital it can be
very exciting when your physician finally
tells you that you can go home. It’s important to
prepare for your return home to make sure your transition is successful.
How do you keep your home safe? What can you do if there’s a problem?
Before You Head Home
After your hospital stay, you may not be able to get around as well as
you once did, and you may need assistance. With that in mind, take a
moment to assess your home.
Practice using a cane, walker,
crutches, or a wheelchair before leaving
the hospital, if you can. It is especially
important to practice the correct ways to:
1. Sit down to use the toilet and stand up after
using the toilet.
2. Get in and out of the shower and use of
3. Go up and down stairs.
Ask your doctor if there are specific foods you should try to eat or avoid
eating. Then, ask a loved one or friend if they can help you get groceries
before heading home.
Make a list of your medications and dosage and when you should take
them. Then organize your medication in a pillbox so your loved ones can
help you take the medicine at the correct time.
Confirm bathing instructions with your doctor. Are there any special
instructions if you have an incision site or wound?
Preparations to Make Your First Day
1. If possible, enter your home without climbing steps. If you need to
climb steps, ask someone if they could be available to provide assistance
if needed. Make sure the handrails are secure and a light can be turned
on from the top and the bottom of the stairs.
2. Set up a “command center” near the chair you will be using most
often. Make sure to keep your phone near, all remotes needed and a water
bottle to stay hydrated.
3. Make sure everything you need
is easy to get to. Consider setting up a
temporary bedroom on the main level if you
must climb stairs to reach your bedroom. Make
sure a bathroom is available, ideally on the same
4. Remove small throw rugs, and make sure area
rugs have non-slip backing or are taped down with
5. Be sure a telephone is easily accessible in each room of the main
living areas. If using a cordless or cell phone, be sure the charger is easily
accessible and the phone is fully charged.
If you have healthcare questions, call 1.866.KINDRED to speak with
one of our Registered Nurses.
Regale Harris is the Manager of Volunteer Services and
Community Liaison for Kindred. She welcomes all questions and
inquiries and can be reached at: email@example.com.
“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
astering the art/science of dentistry takes
experience, extensive post-graduate education,
and a passion for the art of dentistry.
• Cosmetic crowns/bridges
• Turbyfill dentures
• Bridges on implants to replace dentures with
permanent teeth (what a concept!)
• Restorative care
• Experienced registered dental hygienists
• TMJ problems
• A full service office
Today’s senior dentistry is amazing!
CALL for a complimentary consultation.
Learn more about Dr. White at:
James J. White DDS
1140 Town Center Drive, # 170, Las Vegas, NV 89144
702/562-8833 • 702/562-7910 Fax
New Device Stops a Cold Before it Starts
By: Doug Cornell / To Your Health
New research shows you can stop a
cold in its tracks if you take one
simple step with a new device when you
first feel a cold coming on.
Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses
multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in
your airways and cause misery.
But scientists have found a quick way to kill a virus —
touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities
worldwide all agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes,
such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch.
That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper
to purify water and heal wounds. That’s why Hippocrates,
the “father of modern medicine”, used copper to heal skin
ulcers, and why Civil War doctors used it to prevent infection
of battlefield wounds. They
didn’t know about viruses and
bacteria, but now we do.
Researchers say microbe
cells have a tiny internal electric
charge across the membrane surrounding
the cell. The high conductance
of copper short-circuits
this charge and pops holes in the
membrane. This immediately
stops the microbe from reproducing
and destroys it in seconds.
Tests by the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) show
that copper surfaces kill germs that get on them. That way the
next person to touch that surface does not spread the germ.
As a result of this new knowledge, some hospitals switched
to copper for “touch surfaces”, like faucets, bedrails, and
doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses
in those hospitals by over half, and saved lives.
The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell
an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a
smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60
“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.”
It worked again every time he felt a cold coming
on. He reports he has never had a cold since.
He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked
for them, too, every time. So he patented CopperZap and
put it on the market.
Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback.
Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used
within 3 hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 days, if they
still get the cold it is milder than usual and they feel better.
Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,”
and “Is it supposed to work that fast?”
New research: Copper stops colds if used early.
“What a wonderful thing,” wrote Physician’s Assistant
Julie. “Now I have this little magic wand, no more colds for
Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas and
called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really
works.” Many users say they have completely stopped
People often use CopperZap for prevention, before cold
signs appear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used
to get colds after crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried
it several times a day on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen
flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.
Business owner Rosaleen says when people are sick
around her she uses CopperZap morning and night. “It saved
me last holidays,” she said. “The kids had colds going round
and round, but not me.”
Some users say it also helps
with sinuses. Attorney Donna
Blight had a 2-day sinus headache.
When her CopperZap arrived,
she tried it. “I am shocked!”
she said. “My head cleared, no
more headache, no more congestion.”
One man had suffered seasonal
sinus problems for years. It
was so bad it ruined family vacations
and even dinners out with
friends. His wife Judy bought
CopperZaps for both of them. He
was so skeptical he said, “Oh Judy, you are such a whack
job!” But he finally tried it and, to his surprise, the copper
cleared up his sinuses right away. Judy and their daughter
both said, “It has changed our lives!”
Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness, too, if
they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve
had in years.”
Some users have reported success in stopping cold sores
at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One family reports it has
worked to eliminate warts as well.
The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured
to improve contact. Tests show it kills germs on fingers to
help you stay well and not spread illness to your family.
Copper may even help stop flu if used early and for several
days. In a lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu
viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses were found alive soon
The EPA says the natural color change of copper does not
reduce its ability to kill germs.
CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure copper. It carries
a 90-day full money back guarantee and is available for
$49.95 at CopperZap.com or toll-free 1-888-411-6114.
Age Related Hearing Loss (ARHL) and Dementia
The term presbycusis is the clinical
term for age-related hearing loss
(ARHL). There are characteristics
of ARHL which have been studied for
As people age, the temporal lobe of the brain’s
ability to identify and locate sound deteriorates.
As a result, the ability to discern speech degrades.
Patients report this difficulty becomes worse while
in a noisy environment.
Cognition slows down as people age as well
which leads to processing problems. For example,
it takes longer to remember numbers and dates as
we age. It also becomes increasingly more difficult to understand the
clarity of speech when a person has untreated hearing loss.
In February of 2011 Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging
researchers performed a study and found seniors with hearing loss are
significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who
retain their hearing. Researchers compared volunteers with normal
hearing, to those with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss to be at
greater risk of developing dementia over time. The more hearing loss
they had, the higher the likelihood of developing dementia.
Long-term noise exposure can accelerate hearing loss; therefore, ear
protection while working in noisy situations or while doing hobbies is
highly recommended. When hearing loss becomes noticeable to either
the patient or family members,
the use of hearing aids might be
Fortunately, the team of caring
hearing health providers of Miracle-Ear provides
excellent quality hearing solutions for different
hearing losses and budgets. Patients can feel
confident in our team of licensed professionals to
receive superior service and outstanding products.
Miracle-Ear, has specialized in designing and
manufacturing customizable hearing solutions
that feature discreet, comfortable products
designed to meet each individual’s hearing loss
needs. Miracle-Ear boasts the largest and only nationwide network
of hearing care centers. We offer free hearing tests at 1,200 locations
across the United States giving our customers access to unparalleled
service across the nation.
Miracle-Ear has been servicing the Las Vegas Valley for over 30
years as a trusted resource for hearing health care, offering state of
the art technology and outstanding customer service at six convenient
locations. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.
We are sure you will agree that Miracle-Ear is the one to trust for all
your needs. That is because at Miracle-Ear, we don’t just sell hearing
aids, we offer hearing solutions. We look forward to gaining customers
for life and building a strong presence in the Las Vegas community.
As you near retirement, it's likely you'll have
many questions about Social Security. Here
are a few of the most common questions and
answers about Social Security benefits.
Will Social Security be around when you need it?
You've probably heard media reports about the worrisome financial
condition of Social Security, but how heavily should you weigh this
information when deciding when to begin receiving benefits? While it's
very likely that some changes will be made to Social Security (e.g., payroll
taxes may increase or benefits may be reduced by a certain percentage),
there's no need to base your decision about when to apply for benefits on
this information alone.
Although no one knows for certain what will happen, if you're within a
few years of retirement, it's probable that you'll receive the benefits you've
been expecting all along. If you're still a long way from retirement, it may
be wise to consider various scenarios when planning for Social Security
income, but keep in mind, that there's been no proposal to eliminate
If you're divorced, can you receive Social Security retirement
benefits based on your former spouse's earnings record?
You may be able to receive benefits based on an ex-spouse's earnings
record if you were married at least 10 years, you're currently unmarried,
and you're not entitled to a higher benefit based on your own earnings
record. You can apply for a reduced spousal benefit as early as age 62
or wait until your full retirement age to receive an unreduced spousal
If you've been divorced for more than two years, you can apply as soon
as your ex-spouse becomes eligible for benefits, even if he or she hasn't
started receiving them (assuming you're at least 62). However, if you've
been divorced for less than two years, you must wait to apply for benefits
based on your ex-spouse's earnings record until he or she starts receiving
If you delay receiving Social Security benefits, should you
still sign up for Medicare at age 65?
Even if you plan on waiting until full retirement age or later to take your
Social Security retirement benefits, make sure to sign up for Medicare. If
you're 65 or older and aren't yet receiving Social Security benefits, you
won't be automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.
You can sign up for Medicare when you first become eligible during
your seven-month “Initial Enrollment Period.” This period begins three
months before the month you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65,
and ends three months after the month you turn 65.
The Social Security Administration recommends contacting them to
sign up three months before you reach age 65, because signing up early
helps you avoid a delay in coverage. For your Medicare coverage to begin
during the month you turn 65, you must sign up during the first three
months before the month you turn 65 (the day your coverage will start
depends on your birthday).
If you enroll later, the start date of your coverage will be delayed. If you
don't enroll during your Initial Enrollment Period, you may pay a higher
A Few Things About Social Security
By: Todd Bauman / Financial Focus
premium for Part B coverage later. Visit the Medicare website, www.
medicare.gov to learn more, or call the Social Security Administration
Will a retirement pension affect your Social Security
If your pension is from a job where you paid Social Security taxes, then
it won't affect your Social Security benefit. However, if your pension is
from a job where you did not pay Social Security taxes (such as certain
government jobs) two special provisions may apply.
The first provision, called the government pension offset (GPO), may
apply if you're entitled to receive a government pension as well as Social
Security spousal retirement or survivor's benefits based on your spouse's
(or former spouse's) earnings. Under this provision, your spousal or
survivor's benefit may be reduced by two-thirds of your government
pension (some exceptions apply).
The windfall elimination provision (WEP) affects how your Social
Security retirement or disability benefit is figured if you receive a pension
from work not covered by Social Security. The formula used to figure your
benefit is modified, resulting in a lower Social Security benefit.
As always, if you should have any questions or need assistance please
feel free to contact me at 702.897.9997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advisory services are offered through Bauman Advisory
Group, LLC, “BAG”, a Registered Investment Advisor
in the state of Nevada. Insurance products and services
are offered through Bauman Financial Group, LLC,
“BFG”. BAG and BFG are affiliated companies.
BAG, BFG and Todd Bauman are not affiliated or
endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any