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www.lowcountrysun.sc• AUGUST 20101
Volume 9, No 8AUGUST, 2010www.lowcountrysun.sc
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Retire Comfortably
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By April WilliamsonAs the Carolina sun lowers in the skyand gentle evening breezes cool the sum-mer’s heat, James Island resident ToniYoung, senses life ll her body and joy llher heart when she steps on a clay tenniscourt to teach her beloved sport to a groupof local seniors. Tennis is more than just ahobby or a job for Young; it’s the glue thatholds her family together and keeps themhealthy and connected to the community.It all began 30 years ago, when Youngmet her husband Jeff. “I have always beenan athlete,” Young says. “I was a softballplayer rst, and it was Jeff who got me intoTennis. He played and I gured that I betterlearn to play if I wanted to spend time withhim!” The couple will celebrate 31 years of marriage this August.Currently the 55 year old is the HeadPro at the Maybank Tennis Center of JamesIsland. She teaches lessons and is the Pro-gram Developer, in addition to personallyplaying tennis as well.Young says that Tennis is the “sport of a lifetime” and encourages mature adults toconsider learning to play. At Maybank theyhave tennis players ranging in age from 3to 83 and they have a huge group of about35 seniors who play regularly. “We have a‘50 plus group’, a ‘Super Senior’ group forplayers who are 60 plus, and a ‘Super DuperSenior’ group for those 70 plus. Young saysthat having the different age groups helpskeep the games competitive.“The ball is faster and you run better at50 than you do at 60 and so forth,” she says.“Having different age groups available forthe players to join makes it more enjoyable,competitive and keeps it fair. You mightslow down a bit as you get older, but youcan still get out there and compete.”Although recognizing that there are dif-ferences in the sport as a player ages, Younghas a very positive outlook on aging itself . “The older you get the further away youfeel old is,” she laughs. “And tennis is partof what helps me FEEL young. I love thecamaraderie, the exercise, the competitionand especially the endorphins that the exer-cise produces,” she says.Young has a deep appreciation for themany benets of an active lifestyle over age50. “I feel good,” she says. “I look forwardto getting up in the morning and I movewell without too many aches and pains. Itmakes me feel happy. And if you lose your joy as you get older, what is the point in be-ing alive?”And life is something Young haslearned not to take for granted. Four yearsago her husband Jeff had a massive strokethat almost took his life. “We feel like Ten-nis saved him,” Young says. “When it hap-pened, the doctors thought he was going tobe a vegetable. But the tennis communitysurrounded him. They became our family.They uplifted us with prayer and kindnessand love and generosity.”Young remembers the day that Jeff suf-fered his debilitating stroke. “He had playedtennis that day,” she says. “He’d had a matchthat day. He was a healthy, active guy. Af-ter playing he went to a friend’s house fordinner, and then worked in the yard. Whenhe came in that night he said he had a badheadache so he went to
bed early. When
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Toni Young practices an active lifestyle y showing students at the Mayank TennisCenter what tennis can do for one’s physical and mental health.
 A Sport to  Live For 
After a stroke almost claimed his life, Young’shusand Jeff credits his speedy recovery tothe tennis community
“Tennis is the sport of a lifetime...it helps me feel young!”- Toni Young
Do you have diabetes and not know it?Approximately seven out of 10 adultsaged 65 or older have diabetes or pre-diabe-tes and many don’t know it. Almost half of older Americans with diabetes aren’t awarethey have the disease.Fortunately, Medicare has been offer-ing free diabetes screening to those at risksince 2005. But utilization has been low andmany seniors remain undiagnosed. In fact,less than 10 percent of those eligible havetaken advantage of the tests.That’s why Oscar-winner Olympia Du-kakis and her husband, actor Louis Zorich,are urging at-risk adults 65 and older to getscreened. In partnership with Novo Nor-disk, a world leader in diabetes care, theyare spearheading an educational programknown as “Ask.Screen.Know.” The pro-gram encourages people enrolled in Medi-care to ask their healthcare providers aboutfree diabetes screenings in order to knowtheir blood sugar levels and what actions totake.For Dukakis and her husband, this pro-gram hits close to home. Having been mar-ried for 47 years, the couple recently gottested and Zorich learned he has type 2 dia-betes.“When we learned that less than 10 per-cent of people with Medicare have takenadvantage of the diabetes screening benet,we knew we had to do something,” saidDukakis. “So we joined forces with NovoNordisk to share our story. We asked, gotscreened and now know where our healthstands relative to diabetes.”With a history of diabetes in Zorich’sfamily, the time was right to be screened.“We want to be around for as long as pos-sible for each other, and our family,” saidZorich. “Now that we know I have diabetes,we can manage the disease the right way, byexercising more and eating better.”
Why Screen?
When your body doesn’t make enough
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Take Advantage Of Free Medicare Diabetes Tests
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I came up to bed shortly after, hewas actually having his stroke.”Young says they were fortu-nate enough to have family and afriend at the house that night, andbetween all of them, they wereable to get him to the hospital intime. “The worst news when wegot there,” Young says “is that hisbrain was swollen. If the swell-ing didn’t go down, they weregoing to have to go in throughthe undamaged area of his brainand try and relieve the swelling.They told us that the best thingwe could do was pray, that it wasin God’s hands.“So I called our wonderful,faithful friends and told them tofocus their prayers on the swell-ing and getting that to go down.Somehow through the grace of God, he pulled through.”Young relates that Jeff was atRoper Hospital for three monthsrecovering. Fortunately their sonRyan was home at the time andhe was able to run the tennis pro-grams that Young normally man-ages so that she could stay at thehospital with her husband.During this time, Young be-lieves that the wonderful cama-raderie they share with the entiretennis community helped herhusband quickly recover from hisstroke.“They sent notes,” she said.“They came and sat with him.One friend made him a DVDfrom a state championshipwhere his team mates told himhow much they missed him andwished he was there. They evenput together a fundraiser thatgenerated $20,000 to help payfor medical expenses. Their kindwords and excited ‘we know youcan do it!’ and ‘we want you topull through!’ really motivatedJeff to keep trying.”Young says that Jeff’s will tokeep trying is one of the thingsthat she admires in him. “I’m notsure how I would have reacted,had it been me,” she says. “Imight have just gotten frustratedand given up.” But Jeff did notgive up.As part of his rehab, Jeff played tennis. Young said thatthis is something that was com-fortable and familiar to him, andit kept him focused. “When hemoved his body it stimulatedthe neurons in his brain and thishelped him to heal,” she says. “Atrst he couldn’t stand up, or evenspeak. He had to be harnessed just to be able to regain his bal-ance into a standing position.They gave him a tennis racquetand he’d try to hit a balloon thatthey tossed at him. He could onlydo this for two to three minutes ata time at rst.”Young was inspired by herhusband’s determination andfaith as she watched him play athis rst real tennis match again just one year after his stroke.“He has touched so many livesbecause of his ghting spirit.”Young says. “Watching him re-cover from something so deephas really moved me personally.He has this glow about him andhe inspires everyone around himand brings us all joy. He is such aloving person.”A smile can be heard inYoung’s voice as she recalls oneof the ways her husband showedhis loving spirit. “It was truly thesweetest thing,” she says “therst time he was able to say ‘Ilove you’ to me again after thestroke. He’d been wanting to sayit and had been unable. Withoutme knowing it, he’d been work-ing with his speech therapists onmastering it, so that when I cameinto the room one day he said, ‘Ilove you.’ and it was so beauti-ful. This experience really drewus closer to each other and ourfriends”.“He’s faced so much ad-versity and yet overcome every-thing.”Young nds it ironic thather husband Jeff got her and thewhole family into tennis and then,it was through tennis that theirfamily and the community wereable to bring him back to the ac-tive life he’d so enjoyed.The Maybank Tennis Cen-ter where Young plays is locatedoff of Folley Road on James Is-land. Those interested in lessonsor other information may call thecenter’s administrator at 843-406-8814.
Young elieves staying active over 50 is what helps her feel youth-ful and enjoys sharing her passion with students of all ages at theMayank Tennis Center. Pictured: Josh And Monica Goldstein, LeanneSullivan, Hannah Leshorn, Toni, Molly, Jonathan Hogue and CharlotteWilson.
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insulin or prevents the insulin youproduce from working properly,this could lead to diabetes. Thecondition requires that individualsdo the work their bodies used todo automatically to maintain theinsulin/glucose balance. The riskof type 2 diabetes, the most com-mon form of diabetes, increasesas you get older, often becausepeople typically exercise less, losemuscle mass and gain weight asthey age.If left undiagnosed or unman-aged, diabetes can lead to blind-ness, kidney disease, foot amputa-tion, heart disease and stroke.But these issues often can beavoided.
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