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2 March 2018
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My Friend Marty
By: Nelson Sardelli About a year ago, I wrote an article about
Marty Allen. Not about Marty Allen my
friend, but the American show business icon, the comedy genius and
the American war hero.
I wrote about the 60 plus miles my wife and I had driven to Pahrump
to catch his show featuring his co-star and wife Karon Kate Blackwell.
I wrote what a great show we had witnessed and the fact that we would
have gladly traveled even farther to watch Marty in action.
At the age of 94 at the time, this nonagenarian clearly did not know the
meaning of that word, nor how to behave accordingly. Apparently, neither
did he want to be bothered by the chronological passing of the years.
He had no time for such trivialities. He had a show to be concerned with
and many other shows already planned for the coming years.
That was Marty. The true personification of show business. A man who
for many decades had been a force to be reckoned with in all facets of the
business; as a dancer, singer, actor, comedy genius - an inspiration for
hundreds and a provider of joy for millions.
I also mentioned that for many years, every Saturday, Marty and
I, along with a few close friends, had been having brunch. It suddenly
dawned on me that I had almost become unaware of what a gift those
moments were. I feared I may have taken for granted the magnitude of
Last month, once again, this time for the last time, my wife Lorraine
and I drove to California to see Marty. One trip we hated to take.
I wasn’t going to see a great show and hear “HELLO DERE.” I was
going to say goodbye, to see Marty put to rest. A painful trip indeed.
I know in my heart that he will be well-received in that mansion, not
built by human hands, eternal in Heaven and the angels will love hearing
him say: “HELLO DERE.”
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Remembering Marty Allen
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
loved Marty Allen.
He was a national
treasure and our Vegas Voice columnist. To say that I will miss his terrific jokes,
monthly lunch get-togethers and telephone calls is beyond an understatement.
I’m not going to use this space to re-cap his fabulous career; suffice to say (as
I have written previously) how many comedians can make America’s Greatest Generation, Baby
Boomers and Millennials laugh? He also proudly served our country during World War II and was
a genuine American hero.
But to me he was more than those headlines – a mentor, a fierce Vegas Voice advocate and my
adopted “uncle” who was there for me when my Amy passed away seven years ago.
Permit me to recite two (out of many, many more) stories about Marty that says everything about
this special person and only partially explains why I will miss him so much.
The Vegas Voice was hosting the “Spirit of 45” celebration a few years ago and I asked Marty if he
would serve as our “Honorary Grand Marshall.” I explained to him that he would open the show by
getting on stage and asking the audience to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
He agreed but wanted to limit his appearance to just that – no speeches and no prolonged onstage
presence. I repeatedly assured him that I would follow his wishes and there was no need to
be concerned since we were on a very tight schedule.
“Marty” I continually told him, “All you have to do is say ‘Please rise for the Pledge of
Allegiance.’ I promise, nothing else.”
After months of planning and numerous changes to fit our extremely tight time schedule,
the day arrived. At the precise moment, I called Marty up and as the audience applauded, he
approached the podium and said: “President Obama, a priest and two hookers walk into a
As I stood there dumb-founded (and along with the crowd laughing hysterically) he did an
Marty’s Top Ten
By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere
Publisher’s Note: Marty sent this column about two months ago
and I could not “not run it.” With deep regret, but with tremendous
pride, The Vegas Voice places Marty’s last column.
1. A parking space is defined as that area that disappears while you are
making a U turn.
2. A medical specialist is a doctor who reviews your case by feeling your
3. 99% of all lawyers give the rest a bad name.
4. Too many gorgeous women are spoiling their incredible beauty by
using four letter words like, “don’t, can’t” and “won’t.”
5. Some women take a man to the cleaners as soon as they “spot” him.
6. When she found out that the young, handsome millionaire was fond
of hunting, the pretty dancer told him she was “game.”
7. Marriage is like a long banquet with the dessert served first.
8. I have a friend who spent so much money on a girl over a two-year
period that he finally married her for his money!
9. My other friend’s marriage broke up when he told his dog to fetch his
slippers and the dog went next door to his neighbor’s house.
10. The irony in life is that by the time you have money to burn, the
fire has gone out.
For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on
and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.
blowing up our
schedule. He finally
At our Spirit of 45 show
Amy, Karon, Marty and the Publisher
at me and said,
“Oh” he finally remembered, and with that twinkle in his eyes and
beautiful, mischievous smile said, “Please stand for the Pledge.”
More importantly to me and to my forever-eternal appreciation, when
Amy, my wife of 35 years suddenly died in 2011, Marty was there. He sat
with me, listened and even told me his life story, since he knew what I was
He told me of the passing of his first wife; the sadness and loneliness,
and that no matter how difficult my life was, there would be joy in my
future. Marty told me about meeting and marrying Karon, the wonderful
difference between them, and that there will be, sooner or later, love and
happiness in my future.
Marty promised that he would always be there for me. He wasn’t “Allen
& Rossi”, he wasn’t the “Hello Dere” funnyman; he exposed himself as a
gentle, caring, compassionate soul.
As tears rolled down my cheeks, we shared a very quiet moment. He
then tenderly held my hands… and told me the most politically incorrect,
foulest and dirtiest joke I even heard. I never laughed so hard in my life.
Rest in peace Uncle Marty. Our (and my) world is a little sadder but I
have no doubt those with you in the heavens are smiling and laughing
a lot more.
Calling All Volunteers
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
To quote a now long-gone favorite TV show of
mine, “Hunter” I love it when a plan comes
together.” We are finally ready to gather together the
volunteers who would like to assist in forming the ground work for our
Our first volunteer meeting will be at Sun City MacDonald
Ranch Thursday, March 29th at 10:00am. We will be serving
light refreshments and if interested or even “maybe”
interested, please call at 702/251-4441 or email me: rana @
thevegasvoice.net to RSVP.
This work will be in a few stages. First, we need to strategically form
groups in several parts of the valley so that it will be as easy for everyone
to cover as much territory as possible.
Once we have made lists of the nursing facilities, assisted living and
group homes, we want to have groups of two volunteers check them out
for the things they would be interested in if they needed to place a loved
one there. For example:
How clean is it? How do they treat their residents and how do
those residents seem? Are they happy-content-sad–depressed? Are
their surroundings pleasant?
And most importantly: Would you want to live there?
Once we gather all the data, we will start building a reference
directory and add all the things seniors need via referrals. For example:
Our Temporary Guardianship
Lockbox Now Closed
By: Rana Goodman/Political Editor
As I mentioned in our January and February editions, for those
1,000+ readers who took advantage of our Vegas Voice temporary
lockbox and as the picture shows, your guardianship nomination form
has been shredded and forever destroyed.
Make sure you use the new form (you can download it from our
Vegas Voice website: www. thevegasvoice.net.) and please do not hesitate
to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
lawyers, handymen, gardeners, electricians, mechanics, painters,
window washers, etc. These we will compile by referral from you, our
We don’t want to just give you a list of names, numbers and addresses.
We want to let you know what we find - good, bad or in between, so that
you can make an informed decision before you spend a dime.
We will list doctors also and if any of you think of an area we are
missing that you have been searching for, don’t be shy, drop me a line.
Believe me, all ideas are most welcome.
It’s Not Us! By: Dan Roberts/Publisher
In planning our 2018 guardianship seminars, Rana and I met
with various officials from the Nevada Secretary of State. Since
this government agency has the “lockbox” responsibility, we asked
how we can easily put this together and transition from “signing
We did exactly what they requested. And they assured us that
once the notarized forms were filed with the agency, the individuals
would receive the appropriate receipts and confirmation within two
weeks. That hasn’t happened.
We are now told that the delay is due to the “new print stock.”
How the Secretary of State does not have everything in place (we’re
talking 8 months since the bill became law and if left to Rana we
could order the cards from Vista Print and have it in 24 hours –
but that’s another story) is why it’s called “the government.” It’s
really our fault for believing them in the first place.
Hopefully, sooner or later, the agency will get its act together.
In the meantime, if you want to follow-up on your filing, feel
free to contact the
And in case you
question why my
Ladylove wants to
pursue our Vegas
Voice Elder Hub
instead of relying on
the state government
– read the above
Rana delivering all signed
nomination forms from our
January seminars to Nevada
Secretary of State Lockbox
Program Officer Lupita Villanueva
8 March 2018
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought I’d write about a scary, little film I
I did with Lon Chaney Jr., along with a “scary”
actor by the name of Sid Haig. Now I realize that the
demographics of most of the readers of The Vegas Voice, are primarily
senior citizens and therefore might not be so fond of horror films -
but then, you never know.
Case in point: I was at a banquet dinner recently when a sweet, little
man (who was approximately ninety) came up to me with his walker and
asked if I would sign a DVD for him. Of course, I expected it to be either
“Old Yeller”, maybe “Shane” or even “Star Trek.”
Much to my surprise, he handed me “Spider Baby”! I was cast in this
quirky tongue-in-cheek film in 1964. The reason I was so excited was
because it starred Lon Chaney Jr. Add to that, the role I would be playing
- that of a deranged killer! Quite a stretch from any other role I had ever
Also in the film was Sid Haig. In the photo, that’s me on the end, Sid
(who was wearing a skull cap at the time to look bald) and Jill Banner. The
three of us played siblings who were affected by the “Merrye Syndrome”
which is...well, I guess you’d just have to see the film to believe it.
Next to Jill, is Lon Chaney Jr. By the way, Mr. Chaney also sang the
theme song and was a joy to work with.
For horror fans, you might recognize Sid from other films, such as
“Rob Zombies”, “Halloween”, “House of 1000 Corpses”, “The Devil’s
Rejects” or perhaps Quentin Tarantino’s film “Kill Bill: Volume 2.”
Sid is actually quite an accomplished actor, having studied at the
One of the biggest stars of the early rock ‘n ‘ roll
era, Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino had
36 pop hits, 65 million singles and 23 gold records in
the 1950s and 60s. He was second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial
Band leader Billy Diamond named Domino, “Fats.” At 5’5” tall, and
rotund, Fats Domino had an easygoing manner in performance.
His voice is said to have had a smile in it. He was also master of the
wordless vocal, making hits out of songs full of “woo-woos” and “lalas.”
Fats was almost entirely self-taught, (his formal education ended at
4th grade). At 10, when his family inherited an old piano, he had his
brother-in-law, Harrison Verrett, a jazz musician, write notes on a few
piano keys and taught Fats a few chords.
Fats practiced so hard, that his parents moved the piano to the
garage. As an iceman’s helper, if people had a piano in their rooms,
he’d stop and play.
He picked up ideas from the boogie woogie masters. He said he would
“hear ‘em, listen at ‘em 5 to 8 times and I could play it just like the
10 March 2018
Ain’t It a Shame
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
prestigious Pasadena Playhouse, where Gene Hackman and Dustin
Hoffman (to name a few) were also trained.
He was inducted into the Horror Hall of Fame in 2003, and if that’s not
enough, he was voted the “Most Vile Villain” at the First Annual Spike TV
Scream awards! Now, how’s that for an award!
The only sad note is that Lon Chaney Jr. and Jill Banner (who sadly was
killed in an automobile accident in 1982) didn’t live long enough to see
that now, more than fifty years later, this movie has become a cult classic
Until next time, remember to always try to be a rainbow in someone
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
record because I had a good ear for
White performers used his hits to
build their careers. Ain’t It a Shame
became a No. l hit for Pat Boone.
His innovations were a powerful
cultural movement - rock ‘n’ roll
became rhythm and blues. Even Elvis
acknowledged Fats was the real king of
rock ‘n’ roll.
As with great composers, Fats summarized his writings with, “I could
write songs that carry a good beat and tell a real story that old and
young people could feel was their story too.”
Fats performed with the great musicians of that era; including Chuck
Berry. He performed worldwide. On tour, he would bring his own pots
and pans, so he could cook.
Fats Domino is survived by his wife, Rosemary, and 8 children.
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.
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By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director -
Ms. Senior Nevada
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Rules are Rules: Hospital regulations require
a wheelchair for patients being discharged.
However, while working as a student nurse, Barbara
found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed
with a suitcase at his feet.
He insisted he didn’t need any help to leave the hospital. After a chat
about rules being rules, he reluctantly allowed Barbara to wheel him to
On the way down, Barbara asked him if his wife was meeting him. “I
don’t know,” he said. “She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out
of her hospital gown.”
Love is Forever: An elderly gent was invited to his old friend’s home
for dinner. He was impressed by the way his buddy preceded every request
to his wife with endearing terms: Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart.
The couple had been married almost 70 years and clearly, they were
still very much in love. While the wife was in the kitchen, the man said
to his friend, “I think it’s wonderful that after all these years, you still call
your wife those loving pet names.”
The old man hung his head. “I have to tell you the truth,” he said, “I
forgot her name about 10 years ago.”
But, then again: George was reading the paper when his wife walked
up behind him and smacked him on the back of the head with a frying
pan. He asked, “What was that for?”
She said, “I found a piece of paper in your pocket with ‘Betty Sue’
written on it.” He replied, “Jeez, honey, remember last week when I went
to the track? ‘Betty Sue’ was the name of the horse I went there to bet on.”
She shrugged and walked away.
Three days later he’s reading his paper when she walks up behind
him and smacks him on the back of the head again with the frying pan.
George asks, “What was that for?” She answers, “Your horse called.”
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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A friend’s sister provided a room and Denny’s provided a dishwashing
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For many of his co-workers, Tuscany Casino on Flamingo served as
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Today, nine years later, he continues to lead Tuscany’s team while
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clothing designers with gowns selling for upwards of $8,000.
The youngest of 14 children, Mencatto milked cows, made cheese
and sewed clothes for the family from potato sacks and discarded
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Penn & Teller Wowing Audiences
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
Penn & Teller’s family friendly and quirky show
has been entertaining audiences at the Rio
since 2001 with their endearing combination of
unique magic and original comedy. These guys are personable and
The production is mostly new material. Some of it was seen on “Penn
& Teller: Fool Us” - their TV show, but seeing it live is more engaging.
We brought our granddaughters to the show and elicited their
opinions. The eleven-year-old thought that they had very good stage
presence and, “a really good story line and funny jokes.”
She felt their sleight of hand was excellent and she enjoyed their
interaction with the audience. She particularly appreciated the chance
to go on stage – as many of the kids did.
Our thirteen-year-old felt that it wasn’t just magic, but a big dose of
comedy and well thought out. I agree with their assessment. It was just
plain old-fashioned fun and magic.
Penn and Teller build a story line – and then cash it in. Teller still
doesn’t talk on stage, but the two spend a good deal of time chatting
with fans and taking photos after the show.
The tricks you’ll see aren’t the same as in other magic productions.
It is balls, hats, coins, kids, magic and laughter. Much more laughter.
They don’t disappear and show up in the audience. They don’t even
make a plane or train, or helicopter or sexy woman disappear. They just
make you smile and wonder, “How did they do that?”
But they did make a cow disappear. No, not a real cow. And there was
a chicken. Now I got your attention, didn’t I?
This is not a big extravagant production. It is two seasoned
professionals who make you laugh and walk out feeling that you have
been entertained. Go early and you can check out some of the on-stage
props and music in the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio.
14 March 2018
In addition to The Vegas Voice, Dianne Davis is a reporter for Sun
City Anthem TV (SCA-TV) specializing in entertainment and is a
columnist for www.lasvegasroundtheclock.com.
To Bag or Not to Bag
By: Adrea Barrera / 60s to 60
Contrary to what anyone might think, this is
not about grocery bags, the environment or
even designer handbags. This is about the gifts some
of us get as we age, known as eye bags, affectionately referred to in my
world as face pillows.
They sneak up very quietly and then one day someone takes your
picture and there are these little half-moons under your eyes. At first, I
blamed it on the lighting.
No amount of concealer covers it up or removes the shadows of eye
bags. Suntans don’t help because bags don’t tan.
Anyway, we now know we must stay out of the sun, and the paler
you are, the more fashionable you are. That too is not an attractive
So now I am stuck with these damn things and my research begins
on what to do about it. The choices are interesting.
The whole cucumber routine just looks exotic on a spa website but
slapping cold cucumbers on your eyes for 25 minutes seems just silly.
You can also slice raw potatoes and wear them or grate & squeeze the
juice to apply under your eyes.
Did you know you can put honey under your eyes when you go to bed
too? How long would it take the dogs to start licking it off? There’s also
almond oil, cold used tea bags and a mix of buttermilk and turmeric - all
recommended as natural treatments for eye puffiness.
A few hints
your back to
fluid in the
eye area. If I
sleep on my
the snoring that follows is not appreciated.
Many years ago, before magic potions that cost $200 for ¼ ounce,
there was Preparation H. I heard that solution long before I knew what
hemorrhoids or eye bags were. I just can’t make the connection.
The most drastic of course is surgery that sucks the pillow out. You’ll
have black eyes for a while but when you heal, you’ll look great. Or so
My solution is simple. I smudge the bags out of every photo. I leave
just enough shadow to be genuine and I never retouch my wrinkles
because I earned every single one of them.
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
Insulted, Propositioned & Spurned
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
went out with my three best friends last month.
I We went to our favorite restaurant and had a
Afterward, as I knew they would, they all wanted to continue the
evening down the street at a local bar, and being generally of the
drinking persuasion, I was agreeable. What I am not agreeable to is
Now, I am not lazy, people. But in 1989 I broke my leg, and as a
result, my ankle is permanently turned in a little.
This means that at the end of a long day I have a slight limp. It also
means I wear tennis shoes every single day.
I can’t wear “big-girl” shoes for long before someone needs to carry
me around. I can’t walk in them any farther than, say, from the table to
the restroom and maybe, back again.
My friends are totally aware that I am “big-girl-shoe-handicapped.”
Yet, they consistently cajole me into walking places in them by insisting
that the distance is negligible...infinitesimal...almost laughably short.
“Look, see that blue light?” they point. “That’s it!” The only blue
light I see is approximately four football fields away. “We’ll take our
time, just a pleasant little stroll!”
They don’t get it. But, I am not a wimp, so I heaved a dramatic sigh
and off we went. It wasn’t pleasant. The only thing that kept me going
was that the blue light slowly became a sign, which became an image
of a martini.
When we had partied as much as four middle-aged educators can,
the other three offered to go get the car and pick me up.
This particular bar has a long, cushioned bench in the front, for both
customers and the occasional “big-girl-shoe-handicapped” passer-by
to use. I sat there waiting, watching people wander by, envying their
Suddenly, a man who was a tad “over-served” stood over me. “Hey!”
he said, no smile, and glanced into the bar, at those still carousing.
“They’re partying without you?”
I smiled, thinking: Dude…breath mint. “Oh, no. I’m waiting to get
picked up…(oops)...uh...by my CAR, I mean!”
“You know why they’re partying without you?” he asked, not
processing my previous response.
“Why?” I asked, curious despite myself.
He said (and I am not making this up) “Cause you’re too OLD to
party like that!” I was momentarily speechless, and he went on, “I’m
61, I know what I’m talkin’ about!”
“But, you know what?” and he sat down beside me! “What?!” I
blurted. “It’s okay,” he winked. “You and me; we’ll party together,” he
said, scooting a little closer. I searched passing cars frantically, looking
for my ex-friends, who had obviously stopped at another bar and
“I don’t think so, but thank you very much for the offer,” I beamed.
“I was raised to be a lady.”
He stared at me for about 30 of the longest, uncomfortablest seconds
of my life.
“HUH!” he stood abruptly. “Forget you, then!” And, he strode off.
At that moment, my friends pulled up. Mental note: Make new friends
Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North
Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s
book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com
16 March 2018
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Great Entertainment Is Everywhere
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
New shows are staring to appear on the strip.
Matt Goss at the Mirage, Cocktail Cabaret
at Cleopatra’s Barge in Caesars, produced by Keith
Thompson, Clint Holmes and Earl Turner at Westgate and many others
hitting the strip.
Things are continuously changing as is expected in Vegas. But most
of us do not get to the strip very often unless we have out of town guests
staying with us. Plus, the price to park and a drink costs a fortune.
So, what do we do? Let me tell you!
Start checking out the venues that you might not have thought
about before. Such as the Summerlin Library, Addison’s Lounge in
the Rampart Casino, the Copa Room next to the Bootlegger Bistro, the
Showroom at the South Point Hotel, the Majestic Theater in the Royal
Resort Hotel, Bourbon Street Cabaret in the Orleans, Vintner’s Grill, The
Golden Tiki, and dozens of other places you can go to hear your favorite
You can’t say “I’ve got nothing to do tonight.” And allow me to
let you inside a somewhat normal week for me and what goes on in
finding those hidden gems where locals should go.
Catch a movie in the afternoon and then happy hour at Del Frisco’s.
Sometimes we need to just kick back and chill.
Or head over to the Artifice for a Jazz Jam starting at 9 pm on any
given Monday. Tuesday grab lunch with a friend, catch a hockey game
at T-Mobile, and
then listen to some
crazy band at an
Irish Pub in New
York New York.
Now a little
heads up. As I
knows, I have the
great pleasure of
for The Vegas
Voice in most of
the active adult
Evan with Bill Fayne, Lisa & Ron Smith
communities. From Solera at Anthem, Sun City MacDonald Ranch and
Sun City Summerlin’s Starbright Theatre.
For those of you who missed our shows starring “Bill Fayne &
Friends” all I can do is shake my head and ask, “Why?” They were
April and May will bring the Broadway talent of Philip Fortenberry,
Randal Keith and Bruce Ewing right to your doorstep. Don’t miss this
talent and extraordinary performances, and oh yes: “You’re welcome.”
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.
Sun City MacDonald’s Ranch Annual Show
20 Years of Smiles & Cheers” is the title of Sun City MacDonald’s
Ranch annual variety show. This is the 20 th year the variety
players have been performing.
The 56 variety players have already begun their rehearsals. There
are comedy skits, dancers, singers, production - even a magician, and,
as always, a surprise finale.
The SCMR variety club is under the direction of president Joan
Underwood. Keeping seniors “moving” is their goal.
Save the dates: April 27 th , 28 th and 29 th . All performances begin at
7:00 pm in the Zion ballroom located at 2020 West Horizon Ridge
Parkway, Henderson 89012. There is no charge for admission. Bring
your families and friends to enjoy an evening of “smiles and cheers.”
18 March 2018
THE MUSIC OF
With Musical Director
Solera at Anthem
Sat, Apr. 7, 2018
Tickets: $ 20
Available at the
The rich and beautiful voice of Broadway
Singer Randal Keith delivers the incredible music
of Robert Goulet. Goulet’s music spans over six
decades and includes Tony, Emmy, and Grammy
award winning songs from some of the most
beautiful Broadway musicals ever written.
“Randal has a beautiful voice and showcased Robert’s
music with depth, sensitivity and understanding. Thank
you Randal for bringing a smile to my face. I know that
Robert was looking down upon you from his window
above and smiling.” - Vera Goulet
Doors at 6:30pm • Show at 7pm
Sat, May 12, 2018
20 March 2018
In Your Home
very year, Architectural Digest devotes
an issue to art in the home. Of
course, this extraordinary publication
features the most beautiful homes in
the world, but their message is quite simple...
Use art to enhance your home; to create a mood; to make a
statement about yourself. Art is one of the easiest ways to
enhance and personalize your home. Whether you’re a senior
like me who’s trying to simplify our home and eliminate clutter
or a new retiree who’s moving to the next chapter of his
life, this is the perfect time to commemorate the event with a
new art piece.
And don’t forget to select a subject matter that demonstrates
your special interests. Whether it’s travel, boating,
outdoors, sports, your favorite flowers or hobbies, the painting
you select tells us about you and what you like. Plus the
colors that attracted you to your new painting or artwork can
be used like a color chart to help you redecorate or spruce up
a room or an entire house.
Your new painting becomes
your home’s new focal point.
Imagine your new painting
over a sofa with pillows in
complementary colors on
adjacent chairs; or in your
dining room with flowers
and placemats set on your
table; or over your bed with
you get the picture.
A large painting
is a natural focal
point. But if you have
smaller pieces of art to display, group them together to add
importance to your collection. And add family keepsakes and
photos, to make your arrangement really unique. For example,
I’m considering putting together a wall grouping of some of
my Dad’s miniature drawings and the awards he won. But I
have a problem... How much space it will take to display over
a hundred awards?
Call Ray at:
The paintings shown here are by Crystal’s Dad, the award
winning artist Victor Czerkas, the only known private student of
the great Russian impressionist, Nicolai Fechin. Want more info?
We’d be delighted to arrange a private showing...
CBD’s & Neuro Disorders
By: Dr. Victoria Boyd
CBD and your body communicate via what has
been identified as CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1
receptors regulate the brain and nervous system, while
CB2 regulates your immune system.
Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson, Huntington and
Alzheimer diseases, and Neuropathy associated with conditions such as
diabetes, lupus and fibromyalgia are highly impacted by the support CBD
can provide to those suffering from these conditions. Cannabidiol acts as
a natural anti-inflammatory and potent antioxidant, which makes it the
perfect cocktail for neurodegeneration disorders and neuropathy.
Neurodegeneration refers to several conditions that result in
the loss of nerve structure and function. This deterioration gradually
causes a loss of cognitive and motor abilities impacting memory and
movement. Neurodegeneration is a key aspect of many diseases, however
it is generally associated with Parkinson, Huntington and Alzheimer
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS), your bodies gatekeeper, and
digestive imbalance play major roles in Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
PD presents itself with motor control impairment after the loss of 60-
80% of dopamine-producing neurons in a critical brain region. Research
demonstrated that CBD may help to manage PD symptoms and
regenerate some of the brain’s neurons.
Neuropathy is not one single disease. Unfortunately, around 20
million people experience peripheral neuropathy, caused by as many
as 100 diseases - including diabetes, endocrine diseases, some cancers,
kidney disease, and autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
This condition impacts the nerve cells in our arms and legs (peripheral
neuropathy) causing constant pain, tingling, numbness, balance
problems, temperature sensitivity, and sensitivity or pain from touching
objects. These facts illustrate just how serious neuropathy can be.
If you have neuropathy from diabetes, autoimmune diseases, or other
sources, you might consider CBD as a daily supplement. Conventional
treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs, opioid painkillers,
antidepressants, and other powerful medications, may mask the pain,
but don’t work on the cause.
In addition, unfortunately, these drugs don’t work for 42% of those
impacted. The good news is using CBD as a daily supplement, its antiinflammatory
and antioxidant power could benefit and help relieve
pain, reverse damage and often prevent it all together.
Fibromyalgia another chronic pain disorder, causes musculoskeletal
pain, fatigue and cognitive issues. A 2009 study published in the US
National Library of Medicine, and two additional studies found that CBD
can relieve inflammatory and neuropathic pain from nerve injury and
relieve some of the cognitive issues.
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Ask me a question or suggest a topic: DrVictoriaBoyd@gmail.com.
Dr. Victoria Boyd is an author, trainer, and host of The Wealthy
Teacher Show and sharing knowledge is the cornerstone of her
work. Attend a seminar every 3 rd Thursday on CBD at the Alta
Wellness Center. Learn more at www.DrVictoriaBoyd.com.
A Math Puzzle
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
Nobody in Las Vegas needs to be told that the
odds usually favor the house. Sports betting
establishments may have taken a soaking on the
Eagles’ upset of the Patriots in the Super Bowl, but big ventures can
spread the jeopardy widely, and skillful handling of the laws of chance,
employing big data and computer algorithms, enable them to carry on
The same principles, of course, underlie the insurance industry.
Which brings me to the topic of this month’s column – keeping tabs
on medical coverage.
This means actually looking over your Explanation of Benefits,
or EOB, as one keen-eyed reader of The Vegas Voice has been doing.
Without divulging specifics that are protected by federal privacy laws,
we can say that this person has discovered accounting anomalies in
insurance documentation for medical procedures.
An explanation of Explanation of Benefits is in order.
This individual’s Medicare Advantage plan has three basic branches
of coverage: It absorbs costs for certain services performed through
a network of designated providers, requires set “co-pays” for certain
other services within the network, and collects “co-insurance” for other
specialized or out-of-network services - generally 20% of approved
Some EOBs appear to raise the flag of “unbundling,” or the separation
of related costs into distinct procedures, possibly producing a higher
tally than a bundled charge. Only someone versed in the arcana of
Medicare could interpret this.
More baffling is a consistent discrepancy in co-insurance charges:
Instead of the typical 80-20 split, it turns out that a wee bit over 20% of
the cost is to be billed to the consumer, with a correspondingly wee bit
under 80% allocated to the plan.
The monetary amounts are miniscule. For one specialized neurology
test, billed at $1,108 with payment approved at $441.15, the patient’s
20% share should be $88.23 but is listed as $89.67, an evident overcharge
of $1.44; while the insurance covers $351.48 instead of $352.92.
A series of radiation therapy reports from a couple of years earlier
reveals similar discrepancies of one or two dollars per bill.
A mathematical puzzle indeed. Add the realization that once the
customer reaches a maximum out-of-pocket figure for a given year
(in this case, $2,500) the plan should cover 100% of any additional
approved charges, and the nickeling-and-diming makes even less
But one or two dollars many times multiplied would be something
else. So, here’s the question: Is this an isolated mystery, or a quandary
facing others as well? Are these blips or a pattern?
You can try to reach billing offices, claims departments, provider and
underwriter customer service representatives, and so forth by phone.
That is, if you want to encounter a myriad of keypad choices, get put
on interminable hold on countless occasions, be referred to other
numbers or promised callbacks that might or might not happen, and
occasionally get bumped up to a supervisor who remains as flummoxed
as you are, with those EOBs seemingly beyond reach.
Or you can let us know if anything similar has happened to you.
Again, submit your information and ideas by e-mail to: dan@
thevegasvoice.net or mail to The Vegas Voice.
Judy Polumbaum is a professor emerita of journalism and a
recent transplant to Las Vegas from the Midwest.
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
The 2018 elections will see candidates for
many offices up for election. Each of these is
important and worthy of our consideration and vote.
While you decide which person deserves your vote, I hope you will
also remember to cast a ballot for yourself - with a YES vote for Marsy’s
Law. Marsy’s Law is a crime victims’ rights measure which will be a
ballot question in the November election.
It will serve every citizen of Nevada with guaranteed rights that we
currently don’t have in the State. Marsy’s Law would help make sure
that crime victims and their families:
1. Receive information about their rights and services available to them;
2. Receive notification of proceedings and major developments in
3. Receive timely notifications on changes to the offender’s custodial
4. Attend court proceedings and provide input before a plea agreement is
5. Can testify at plea or sentencing proceedings or any process that could
lead to the offender’s release.
I was proud to support Marsy’s Law when I was in the Nevada
Assembly. It was long overdue that the victims of crime have their
rights enshrined in our state constitution, thereby leveling the playing
field with the rights of the accused.
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can
contact Victoria at: email@example.com.
Everybody Needs One!
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
When you think of the word “friend”, what
comes to mind? Many use that word freely
in describing most people they associate with. But
a friend is far more than just someone you know.
Years ago, I was at a movie theatre waiting to buy a ticket. In a
corner next to the box office stood a man, who I didn’t know, with
tears in his eyes. Most ignored him, but I couldn’t.
I cautiously approached and asked him if he was okay (a stupid
question to ask when someone is crying, but it was the only thing
I could think of). He answered “I have no friends. I am alone and
have no one to talk to!”
My immediate reaction was silence as I didn’t know what to say or
do. Then, without any further hesitation and somewhat of a shock
to both me and him I said - “You have one now! How can I help
For the next half hour (yes, I missed the movie) we talked. He
poured his heart out to me.
He was in such a deplorable mental state that he was contemplating
He didn’t and to this day this “stranger” is one of my friends. This
happened 30 years ago, and we are like brothers!
The moral of the story: everybody needs friends! The next time
you see one of yours, thank them for being in your life!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
22 March 2018
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What a Cruise!
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations
What an unbelievable cruise! The Vegas
Voyagers have had many group cruises,
but the recently completed Phat Pack cruise to the
Mexican Riviera, was the best ever!
Now I know, I’m partisan, but everyone agreed with me. If you
speak with any of the close to 200 Vegas Voyagers and Phat Pack fans
who attended, I think (know) they will tell
you that the Phat Pack put on two amazing
private command performance concerts.
The blend of original and show-stopping
music, performed by Bruce Ewing, Keven
Patriquin and Randall Keith, accompanied by
piano virtuoso Philip Fortenberry was simply
And the karaoke group participation show
coupled with a music workshop tutored
by Rhonda Patriquin-Carleson, was a real
Suffice to say, while there were a number of talented Vegas “Phat
Pack” Voyagers, none of us should quit our day jobs or come out of
retirement. Well, maybe 90-year-young Sam might consider an Elvis
impersonator gig as he channeled the King in his memorable karaoke
As for the rest of the cruise, it couldn’t have been better. The weather
was outstanding, the crew and staff of the Carnival Splendor provided
great service and
our stops in Cabo
San Lucas, Mazatlán
and Puerto Vallarta
The yearlong hard work of
organizing, coordinating and implementing this largest ever Vegas
Voyager group paid off. And Sharon and I could not have done it without
the help of Publisher Dan and his Ladylove,
Rana along with Vegas Voice project manager
& columnist Bill Caserta. Most of all, thank
you George and Donna who made the bus to
the boat rides to and from Las Vegas seamless,
easy and efficient. What a great team!
Building on this success, keep an eye out for
our second annual Phat Pack cruise. We hope
to announce the specifics in the next edition.
As good as our 2018 Phat Pack cruise was, I
know Bruce, Kevin, Randal and Philip have
even bigger plans and ideas for the next one.
Finally, the Phat Pack cruise would not have been the success it was
without our loyal and dedicated Vegas Voyagers. Thank you all for
participating and for your kind comments and suggestions.
And last, but certainly not least, a most sincere and appreciative
thank you to each and every Vegas Voyager for you trust and confidence
in Sharon and myself. We can now confirm what we already knew: The
Vegas Voyagers Travel Club is by far the best travel club in Las Vegas.
24 March 2018
Travel Especially for Active Seniors!
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Right now is the perfect time to
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Western Canada is filled year round with
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your vacation budget. Plus, there’s
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there are also stunning metropolitan
areas offering art festivals, concerts,
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advantage of all the exciting tours now offered in the
USA, Canada, and beyond.
Railbookers’ offers packages featuring train
reservations, hotel stays, special events and some
sightseeing, which are perfect for savvy seniors who
like to travel on their own. Because these vacations are
not fully escorted tours, seniors use professional travel
agents to schedule their flights and cruises, change
schedules, and revise itineraries.
For those of you who travel abroad, there
are new luxurious trains like Ireland’s Grand
Hibernian and Scotland’s Royal Scotsman,
And there’s so much more!
The Calgary Stampede,
July 6 - July 15, is called:“The Greatest
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For over 100 years the Stampede has been
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This trend towards luxury is coming to North America, too.
You’ll find international and domestic itineraries in the new
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We offer escorted tours hosted by
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well as independent trips tailored to your
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whether you want an extended visit or a
quick getaway, make 2018 the year you
really discover Canada!
Deep in the Heart of Texas
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
The popular American song “Deep in the Heart
of Texas” expands on the merits of Texas,
but you may not know of the small town of Brady,
positioned closer than any other town in the exact geographical centre
of the state.
Brady began as a cattle town, taking pride in the distinction for being
in the precise heart of Texas. The former Dodge City Cattle Trail, the
world’s longest cattle trail, terminated here. Brady was developed by wit,
will and work of courageous, hardworking cowboys and settlers with
characteristic freedom of spirit and mind.
No breeze stirred. Cruising ahead down a two-lane blacktop road
outside Brady, a ranch foreman pulls his pickup over to let pass a heard
of young bulls being trailed along the road. Beef production is America’s
largest single agriculture segment, with Texas the nation’s top livestock
In a state where the Prickly Pear Cactus is the official plant and the
Monarch Butterfly is the official state insect, Texas Longhorns aren’t
just cows –they’re legends. The most famous Longhorn is the mascot
for the University of Texas Longhorns.
When it joined the union in 1845, Texas became the 28 th star on the
United States flag. Every March 2 nd , Texans honor the signing of the
Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836, showing the rest of us a
streak of independence still runs strong through the nation’s 2 nd largest
Here, they want their state to be known as both the biggest and the
baddest. Indeed, “the stars at night - are big and bright - Deep in the
Heart of Texas.” The University of Texas Longhorn Band performs the
song during home games and it is performed during Houston Astros
and Texas Rangers baseball games.
Exploring America’s Southwest is a great experience and Texas is a
place with a tremendous amount of western heritage.
26 March 2018
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
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By: Linda Bateman - Gomez / Timeless Beauty
am always curious of the latest beauty trends
I and ideas to hit the market. While I’m not a big
fan of spending a lot of money on these little trials,
I do love the idea of buying something fun to treat
yourself every once in a while.
One such treat I came across recently is the concept of creating a
customized shampoo and conditioner formulated just for your hair. By
no means is this your $3 drugstore purchase. It is however a fun idea
and something you might want to test out.
The company I tried is called “Function of Beauty” and the whole
process starts out with a hair quiz! You’ll start by providing your hair
structure (fine, medium, coarse), hair type (straight, wavy, curly, oily),
and scalp moisture (dry, normal, oily). Finally, and the most fun, you
get to choose your top five “hair goals” - the color of each the shampoo
and conditioner, and the scent too! It is all tailored to you!
As with most things, the not so fun part is the price. Mind you, it’s
not crazy expensive, but maybe not something you will do all the time.
You have a few single-purchase options starting at $36 for an 8 oz. set
to the most expensive at $46 for a 16 oz. set. If, however, you really do
like it you can subscribe every few months for a discount.
I’d definitely start with a one-time purchase, to make sure it’s for you.
As a plus, the shipping is free.
Overall, I was happy with the experience and pleasantly surprised at
the results too! My hair is shiny, frizz free, and feels great.
I might not do the monthly subscription; after all, I’m more a
“drugstore beauty” type, but I would definitely try this again just to
be able to play with some of the other possible combos. I also think I
would gift this idea to someone!
Everyone likes to be pampered and it’s certainly a unique gift for that
someone that has everything!
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.
28 March 2018
What’s Your Reaction?
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
As we age, our reaction times slow down. That’s
a proven scientific fact.
Although we don’t notice this change, friends and
family can see it - especially when we are driving, and they are in the
passenger seat. In emergency braking situations, reaction time can
mean the difference between getting into - or avoiding an accident.
The good news for older drivers is that with the new driver-assist
technologies on today’s vehicles, the car can react faster than we could
ever do. It’s always watching out for us, through cameras, radar, and
The latest technology is called Automatic Emergency Braking, or AEB.
Many manufacturers combine this feature with other driver-assistance
guides like Adaptive Cruise Control and even pedestrian detection.
This means the cameras and radar embedded in the vehicle can see
how far the car in front is, and how rapidly you are approaching that
vehicle. It will, depending on your speed and if you are engaging the
brake pedal, slow down the vehicle.
With AEB, it can even come to a full and complete stop before you hit
the car, even if you never touch the brakes. With pedestrian detection,
it can sense if someone steps off the curb in front of you, and if you’re
traveling at a slow enough speed, can stop the vehicle completely
without your intervention.
Since these accidents are being prevented now, it can be difficult to
study their effectiveness because there are no accidents to report and
follow. Which is both bad and good news for those who developed the
It’s important, however, to remember, that no driver-assist feature can
overcome the laws of physics. If you are speeding and someone steps in
front of the car, chances are the pedestrian will get hit, but the AEB will
do its best to brake as much as possible to help mitigate the injury.
So, the next time you go car shopping, ask your sales consultant
about AEB. It’s well worth the price.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
If you watch golf on television, you’ve probably
heard of the Drive-Chip-Putt Contest that is
open to boys and girls, ages 7-15. But did you
know that local qualifying takes place from May -August?
The top 80 participants (40 boys and 40 girls) will earn an
invitation to the National Finals at Augusta on Sunday, April 7 th -
the eve of the 2019 Masters. As you can imagine, this contest brings
a lot of excitement to the kids.
What does all this have to do with seniors? I see many seniors
with their grandkids at the Desert Willows facility taking lessons
and practicing golf. What a great program to introduce these kids
I wanted to make sure that everyone who has grandkids that
live in the area and are involved with golf were aware of this
program and perhaps get their special little golfers involved in the
competition. Golf keeps youth out of trouble.
TPC Las Vegas qualifier is Friday, May 25 th . Plenty of time to get
your grandkids ready.
On-line registration is now open: www.drivechipandputt.com.
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
Before They’re Gone
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
At some point in every veteran’s life there
comes a time when we wonder if our sacrifices
still mean anything. Are they relevant in this fastchanging
In our hearts and minds they are - and the memories still linger. At
the time we served it happened to be the most meaningful experience
that most of us ever had in our young lives.
I can remember the cold night in Washington D.C. that I first visited
the Wall - the Vietnam Memorial. It was late and only a few people were
around as I approached the 1965 panel.
As I reached out to touch the name of one of my friends etched in the
black granite, my life changed in some indescribable way. All I knew
was how important it is for every veteran to make that same journey
to touch his or her past. It’s like going back to one’s roots and finding
Perhaps you heard of the Honor Flights, and maybe you have not.
They are designed to help veterans make that same kind of journey; to
re-visit a glorious and honorable time in their past.
The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created
solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Veterans are
transported to Washington to visit and reflect at their memorials.
Top priority is given to the senior veterans; especially World War II
survivors and other veterans who may be terminally ill. Of all the wars
in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very
existence as a nation.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640
WWII veterans die each day. This means that the time to express our
thanks to these brave men and women is running out.
If you are a WWII or Korean War veteran, or know someone who
is, please let them know that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity exists.
Every veteran has an escort, and often nurses and doctors travel with the
group to ensure their health and safety.
Pass the word. Visit Honor Flights of Southern Nevada for complete
details at their web site: http://honorflightsouthernnevada.org.
30 March 2018
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.
Nevada’s Automobile Liability
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
The new law which will become effective on
July 1, 2018 will, most likely, not affect most
of the readership of this article – however, it might
affect some of your friends, children or grandchildren. Currently in
Nevada the minimum required liability limits are 15/30/10.
Here’s what that means:
$15,000 for each person bodily injury;
$30,000 total for each accident bodily injury and
$10,000 property damage liability.
For example, if you are at-fault in an accident, the most your
insurance company will pay for the bodily injury you cause for any
one person is $15,000 and for all injured parties (if more than 1
person in the vehicle) $30,000 total. The $10,000 property damage
is typically the other person’s vehicle you damaged, but it could be a
light pole, house, etc.
Does this sound like enough coverage if you seriously injure
someone? Just the trip to the emergency room, ambulance, and a
night in the hospital could well exceed $15,000.
And if there are 3-4 people in the car and they are all injured, your
$30,000 is gone in a day. Once your insurance company has paid the
limit, they are done! This means the injured party or parties
can, and probably will, sue you for further compensation.
The $10,000 property damage liability would not do much for you if
you totaled any new car. So, you can see the dilemma of causing a total
accident with only $10,000 coverage, even allowing for depreciation.
The new required insurance coverage minimum limit beginning
this summer is going to be 25/50/20. That’s much better, BUT it could
still be insufficient for injurious accidents.
Many insurance companies have already raised the limit to
25/50/20 if you renewed after January 1 st of this year. Therefore, if you
had the current minimum limits you’ve already seen the increase.
All preferred insurance companies will always pay out the minimum
limits required of the state in which you have an accident regardless
of your policy limits. For example, if you have an accident in a state
with minimum required limits of 50/100/50 and you currently have
less than that amount, your insurance company will pay up to the
50/100/50 on your behalf.
All preferred companies offer limits up to 250/500/100 – some even
up to $1,000,000. If your policy coverage is at the state minimum,
you might be amazed to find out how little it would cost to raise it
to 50/100/50 or even 100/300/100. Most insurance experts highly
recommend everyone have 100/300/100 which would be sufficient in
Therefore, “a word to the wise” is really unnecessary. It’s the unwise
that need the advice.
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
Are you one of those people (like me) who
occasionally gets a “sleepless” night, where
the brain just does not want to shut down? I get
them frequently and have tried different methods to get those needed
hours of sleep.
A good night’s sleep can also help decrease the risk of dementia. And
I don’t know about you - but I intend to prolong or even eliminate the
possibility of me getting dementia or Alzheimer’s!
How much sleep is enough? There is no magic number, but the
National Sleep Foundation suggests adults aim for at least seven hours
of uninterrupted sleep per night.
First, make sure you are setting yourself up for bedtime success.
Stick to a regular schedule, trying to get to sleep and waking up at
approximately the same time each day.
I find myself very tired after working a long shift at The Smith Center.
When I arrive home, it sometimes is difficult for me to relax and get
into the “sleep” mode.
If sleep escapes you, don’t toss and turn in bed. Get up, read a book,
or listen to some soothing music until you feel sleepy.
Avoid eating or drinking anything with caffeine or highly acidic
foods at least two to three hours before bedtime. Exercise is terrific, but
if you work out too close to bedtime, you may find it interferes with
Still wide awake? If you experience chronic insomnia, make sure to
tell your doctor of your concerns so that you may be able to rule out
more serious causes, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a breathing
disturbance that wakes the sufferer throughout the night and can
cause some serious consequences.
When you sleep poorly, your mood, memory, creativity and problemsolving
Try different methods to relax at least a few hours before bedtime and
with proper sleep, you’ll wake up more refreshed, feel better and have a
greater lookout on life.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
32 March 2018
Sleep and the Aging Brain
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Are Those Golden Years?
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
I have numerous aches and pains. I’m
fatigued. I spend all my time going to doctors.
I’m taking twelve different pills and yet nothing
really seems to be getting better. I’m just simply falling apart.”
I have heard this too many times from far too many patients. Have
you ever wondered why some people have little in the way of health
problems or pain while others suffer quite a bit as they get older? I
have wondered about this.
One day, a patient of mine asked if I had read Dr. Steven Gundry’s
book “The Plant Paradox.”
I am always willing to learn and love to read but I am always
skeptical of the “latest fad” in nutrition or health care. To say that I
have been impressed by this book would be an understatement.
I always try to challenge myself to find more effective ways to treat
medical problems that are difficult for any discipline to treat. The
three I was predominantly focusing on were obesity, type 2 diabetes
and autoimmune diseases. These three have become epidemic in our
culture and are the cause of much suffering.
Dr. Gundry does an amazing job of explaining how changes in
our diets (from when we were hunter-gatherers to our current
diet) cause changes in our bodies which lead to obesity, type 2
diabetes, autoimmune diseases, fatigue, muscle wasting, dementia,
Parkinson’s disease and arthritis, just to name a few.
Dr. Gundry is not so much telling you what you should eat as
what you should NOT
eat – those things that
damage the body over
time. It should be noted
that this is not a quick
fix. The book provides
a logical means of
changing aspects of
one’s diet to eliminate
causative factors which
give rise to many
If you are tired of
suffering or if you are
tired of taking a lot of
pills, you might think
about picking up this
book and applying it.
The only thing you
have to lose is your pain
and health problems.
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
By: James J. White / Your Dentist
One of the most troublesome problems of my
older (60+) patient population is chronic dry
mouth. There are many causes for this condition
Medicines: There are a large number of medications that have a
side effect of causing reduced salivary flow (dry mouth). It is a fact that
people age 60 and older take three or more medications on a regular
basis. As the number of medications that one takes increases, so too,
does the probably of suffering from chronic dry mouth.
Diseases: The following is a list of diseases for which medication
is taken that can lead to dry mouth: cancer (radiation treatment &
or chemotherapy), Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, IBS (irritable
bowel syndrome), diabetes, glaucoma, anxiety, allergies, depression,
bladder/urinary tract problems, hypertension and heart diseases.
As one might expect, there are dental issues when a person has
chronic dry mouth.
1. A decrease in saliva can mean an increase in tooth decay. When
one has chronic dry mouth, oral hygiene care is more important than
It is important that one uses a tooth paste with a high concentration
of fluoride (Fluoridex, or Biotene) as well as seeing one’s dental
hygienist every three months.
The key is to arrest dental problems when they are small. When
having your teeth cleaned, the hygienist and the dentist will be vigilant
about noting any changes.
2. There can be difficulty in wearing dentures as the retention of
dentures is based on saliva holding the denture to the tissue forming an
adhesive condition. Denture retention is similar to two pieces of glass
with water in between. It is challenging to separate the two pieces when
they are wet.
3. A chronic dry mouth is often accompanied with halitosis. Good
oral hygiene, sugarless mouth wash and sugarless gum and mints can
There is nothing one can do to change a dry mouth condition
since it is usually a result of medications and one has to stay on their
medicines. If you suffer from dry mouth syndrome:
(a) Drink copious amounts of water, as it is both satisfying and
washes the oral environment.
(b) Sucking on sour sugarless candies can alleviate some of the dry
mouth discomfort as it will attempt to stimulate saliva.
(c) A product called Biotene will help to relieve the dry mouth
feeling. This company has mouthwash, toothpaste, as well as handy
carry along spray.
Do remember that it is extremely important to see your dental
professional on a regular basis if dry mouth syndrome is a problem.
As always, a smile will melt countless troubles and often avoid many
34 March 2018
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 as a gift and called it
“one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.”
Many users say they have completely stopped getting colds.
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.
“Listening to The Vegas Voice”
And anytime on: Thevegasvoice.net
Rich Natole and
36 March 2018
“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”
Is it SPRING yet?
It certainly has felt like it (most days), although the first day of Spring isn't until March 20,
2018. The pleasant weather certainly has spurred a lot of potential home buyers to be out
looking, with many homes receiving multiple offers. It's like an early Spring, and the result is
that I've been selling my clients homes for them for maximum value with minimal stress and
inconvenience to them. If this is the "Pre-Spring" market, I can hardly wait for the "real" Spring
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As the warmer weather settles in, so does the annual tradition of spring cleaning! Kicking up
a year's worth of dust and grime can lead to discomfort for allergy sufferers, but below I have
listed some simple tips that may reduce airborne allergens so you can breathe easy.
1. Use rubber gloves, a face mask, and goggles when tackling areas with lots of dust.
2. Before you start, drape a sheet or plastic cover over areas you want to keep dust-free like
beds or sofas.
3. Use a damp or treated dusting cloth that attracts particles rather than scattering them into
4. Vacuum areas of your home that are prone to collecting dust. Try to vacuum at least once
or twice a week to keep carpet and furniture allergen-free all year round.
5. Use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter that attracts airborne particles.
6. Open doors and windows for ventilation.
7. Replace heating and air conditioning filters on a regular basis, usually once a month (this
will help with your energy bill as well as a dirty filter makes your AC work harder).
8. Consider allergen-proof covers for pillows, mattresses, and comforters.
2017 was a strong year for real estate in the Las Vegas Valley, with a year-over-year increase
of 15.9% to an average sales price of $277,155 (in spite of a slight down turn in the 4th
quarter). Most areas saw increases of 8% or more in their home values in 2017, with Anthem
coming in at 9.1%, and the Green Valley area with 15.4% (with Henderson as a whole at a
What does it all mean? When I look at the overall housing market, taking into consideration
the current low housing inventory, home sales, price increases, interest rates (although
increasing, still competitively low), and employment growth, I predict that we will see
continued increases in the home values in our area in 2018. If you are thinking of selling
now or within the next year, I would be happy to give you an evaluation of your property
including information on what you could expect should you sell the home, and
recommendations on how to maximize its value at the time of the sale! Please call or email
me today to schedule your confidential appointment. I'm looking forward to assisting you!
Laura Harbison, ABR, AHWD, BPOR, BS, CDPE, CRS, DNB, GRI, RSPS, SRES
Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties
770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100
Henderson, NV 89052
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