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heresagroupoffolks50andolderwhoarehavingalotof funacrossthestate,nationandworld,andmanypeoplecould jointhembuttheyprob-ablydon’tevenknowit.CommunityFirstBankoffersaTravelClub,withSallyDukeasitsdirector.“It’sabankloyaltypro-gram,shesaid.“It’saprod-uctabankcanofferclientstothankthemforbankingwithus.”Itssimpletobeapartof it.YoujusthavetohaveaCommunityFirstBankac-countwithaminimumo$5,000deposited.Itrytoplanabout12tripsayearthatoffersome-thingforeveryone,”Dukesaid.“Somepeoplewon’tfly.Somewon’tgointerna-tional.Somelikedaytripsbecausetheyhavepetsathometheydontwanttoleave.Othersliketobegonefourorfivedays.” AdaytripmightincludegoingIndianapolisforashow,dinnerandatourof theIndianapolisMuseumof  Art,forexample.“Peoplereallylikeourmysterytrips,”Dukesaid.“Idon’ttellthemwherewe’regoingatall.Lastyear,wetookthemtoabuffalopre-serve.Theyputusontrucksandtookusoutinthemid-dleoftheherd.Thenwehadlunchofbisonandnoo-dles.Itrytofindquirkylit-tleplacestogoandthingstoseeanddo.”Laterthisyearthegroupwillbegoingonascandina- vianandBaltictrip.OnceinCopenhagen,thegroupwillcruisetodifferentdestina-tions,includingRussia.WhatmakestheTravelClubgreatforparticipantsisthatDukedoesalltheworkandtheyjusthaveto paythefeeassociatedwiththeparticulartriportripstheychooseandshowup.“Idoalltheplanning,andgivethemliteraturesayingthisisallthatsincludedforthisprice,shesaid.“Wetrytomakeitascarefreeas possible.Theyshowupanddon’thavetoworryaboutanything.Wealwayshavedeluxemotorcoacheswithbathrooms.Wecanwatchamovie.Theluggageishan-dledforthemasmuchas possible.It’sdeliveredrighttotheirroom.Wetrytotakecareofthem.”DukeplayedasimilarroleatanotherbankforyearsuntilitwaspurchasedbyalargebankthatwantedtotaketheTravelClubinadirectionDukedidn’tlike.“IloveCommunityFirst,”Dukesaid.“IloveMikeSte-gall.WhenhecalledmeaboutcomingtoCommu-nityFirst,Itoldhim,‘Iseethisasaministry.Idontlookatitasajob.Iseeitassomethingwedoforthecommunity.’Alotoftheseladieshavelosttheirhus-bands.Theyspenttheirwholelivessaying,‘Whenweretired,wewantto...Well,theystillwanttodothings,buttheyneedasafeenvironmenttodoitin.TravelingwiththeCommu-nityFirstBankTravelClubgivesthemthat.Theydon’thavetodoanyplanningandtheydonthavetogoitalone.”DukesaidshethinksoherjobasaministrybasedonJames1:27:“ReligionthatGodourFatheracceptsaspureandfaultlessisthis:tolookafterorphansandwidows...”Dukelikeswatchingthegroupdynamicasitchangesduringatrip.Par-ticipantswillboardabus,manytimesnotknowinganyone.Itsquiet.Then,theystarttalking.Bytheendofthetrip,peoplehavemadefriends.Ladieswhohavebe-comelifelongbuddies,Dukesaid.“Ilovewatchingasthefriendshipsareformed.Youcantputa priceonthat.”TheTravelClubhasevenledtosomemarriages.DukerecallswhenshetookagrouptoAustraliaafewyearsagothatthereweresomanyshehadtorenttwobuses.Shethoughtitwouldbesimpletodividethegroupbyputtingthegalsinonebusandtheguysintheother. Amancameuptoherandwaslookingathisfeet,timidlikeaschoolboy.Turnsouthe’dplannedonsittingnexttoawomanhehadacrushon.Dukechangedtheseatingarrangements.Thatcoupleendedupgettingmarried.“Ihavelotsofsweetsto-rieslikethat,”Dukesaid.“InmyofficeatthebankIkeeptwophotosonmywalloftwowomenwhowere18andatLakeShafer.Nexttoitisaphotoofthosetwowomenintheir80sandpos-ingonaHarleymotorcycleduringaTravelClubtrip.“Ikeepthosetheretore-mindmethatinsidethose80-year-oldbodiesarethose18-year-oldgirls,”Dukesaid.“Theydon’tchange;theirbodiesage,buttheystillwanttohavefun.ThebiggestcomplimentIre-ceiveisthatIdonttreatthemlikethey’reold.We justhavefun.Iloveworkingwithseniors.Theyknowhowtohavefun.Wehavetonsoflaughs.It’slikewe’reonebigfamily.”
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managing editor
editor@kokomoperspective.com
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hereisafountainoyouth.Mil-lionshavediscoveredit,thesecrettofeelingbetterandlivinglonger.It'scalledstay-ingactive.Findingaprogramthatworksforyouandstickingwithitcanpaybigdiv-idends.Regularexer-cisecanpreventordelaydiabetesandhearttrouble.Itcanalsoreducearthritispain,anxietyandde-pression.Itcanhelpolderpeoplestayinde-pendent.Therearefourmaintypesofexerciseandsen-iorsneedsomeofeach,ac-cordingtotheNIH,NationalInstituteonAging:•Enduranceactivitieslikewalking,swimming,orridingabikewhichbuild"stayingpower"andim- provethehealthoftheheartandcirculatorysys-tem•Strengtheningexerciseswhichbuildmuscletissueandreduceage-relatedmuscleloss•Stretchingexercisestokeepthebodylimberandflexible•BalanceexercisestoreducethechancesofafallOfcourse,allofthat variesbasedoneachindi- vidual’sability.Forexample,atSterlingHouse,“Wedomorningex-ercises,workingwithrub-
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aterfordPlaceHealthCampusandTheLegacyatWaterfordPlacearepleasedtoannouncethatfiveoftheiremploy-eeshavebeenrecognizedbyTrilogyHealthServicesLLCforhavingperfectat-tendancein2010.Thesestaffmemberswereamongmorethan600employeescompany-widewhodidnotmissadayoworkandwerenottardyfromJan.1,2010,throughDec.31,2010.Forthisachievementtheyreceiveda$250bonusandanaddi-tionaldayofpaidtimeoff,alongwithaplaquerecog-nizingtheiraccomplish-ment.FabianCalisto,executivedirectorofWaterfordPlaceandTheLegacy,said,“Wetrulyappreciatethededica-tionthattheseemployeesshowourresidentseveryday.WearefortunatetohavethemontheWaterfordPlaceteam.”Thefollowingemployeeswererecognizedforhaving perfectattendancein2010:LuanneHawes,LegacyNeighborhooddirector;KristySmith,cook;MaryannWoodruff,housekeeping;BarbaraZook,LPN;BethNichols,businessofficemanager.WaterfordPlaceandTheLegacyatWaterfordPlaceisaTrilogyHealthServicescommunity.Trilogycom-munitiesofferafullrangeof  personalizedseniorlivingservicesfromindependentandassistedliving,toskillednursingandrehabili-tativeservices,aswellasmemorycareservices.Tril-ogy’sseniorlivingservicesaredeliveredbystaffspe-ciallytrainedtohonorandenhancethelivesofourres-identsthroughcompassionandcommitmenttoexceed-ingcustomerexpectations.TolearnmoreaboutWater-fordPlaceHealthCampusorTheLegacyatWaterfordPlacepleasecall236.1239or visitourwebsiteatwater-fordplacehc.com.berbands,saidLoriHale,directorofadmissions.“Eventhosewithlimitedmobilitycandothoseexer-cises.”Butlocalfacilitiesalsomakesurethatseniorsstayactivementallyandso-cially.Forexample,atSterlingHouse,Bingoisbig,saidHale.ResidentsthereplayBingoseveraltimesaweek.AndonenightayearSterlingHousehostsFam-ilyBingoNight,whentheresidents’familiesgetto joininthefun.Localbusi-nessesprovideprizes.“Themoreyouplay,themoretheywanttoplay,Halesaid.SterlingHousegetscre-ative,too.Lastyearwebroughtsnowintothemandtheyallmadesnowmen,Halesaid.“Wecoveredtheta-bles,theresidentshadgloveson,andwebroughtthesnowin.Thenwegavethemsuppliesforarmsandnoses.Thesnowmendidn’tlastlong,butitwascoolnopunintended.”“Ifwecancomeupwithit,we’lldoit,”shesaid.Ourscheduleisvery
Lookingforthingstodo?Bingo!Facilitiesofferavarietyofactivities
byLisaFipps
managing editor
editor@kokomoperspective.com
complex,andit’srealfull,”saidLisaHutchinson,certi-fiedtherapeuticrecre-ationsspecialistandresidentactivitydirectoratWaterfordPlaceHealthCampusandTheLegacyatWaterfordPlace.“Everydaywedosomekindofexerciseprogram,likechairyogaorsome-thing.Weofferacardsgame/socialtimealways.Everydayweoffersomekindcreativewritingclass.Weoffercreativearts.Theydoalotofwatercolors.Wehaveanailandspatime
WaterfordPlaceHealthCampusand TheLegacyatWaterfordPlaceemployeesreceiverecognitionforperfectattendance
Last year webrought snow into them and theyall madesnowmen.We covered thetables, theresidents hadgloves on, andwe brought thesnow in.Then wegave them sup-plies for armsand noses.Thesnowmen didn’tlast long, but itwas cool — nopun intended.
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everyweek,whichisabiggeewiththeladies.Weofferspiritualservices,likeBiblestudies.Wearegoingtostartaceramicsclass.Wehaveacookingclass. Alwaysbeforemealswedotrivia.Wealwayshavemusicprograms.Theydooutings.” Andmostfacilities,in-cludingSterlingHouseandWaterfordhaveresidentcouncilssothatthosewholivetheregettohaveinputonwhatactivitiesaredone.“Trilogy(theparentcom- pany)reallywantstoknowwhattheresidentswantandwhattheirpreferencesare,”saidHutchinson.“Wekeepthemmentally,physi-cally,socially,andspiritu-allyactive.Itsthewholeholisticapproach.”
 
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SonnyCareisnotatypo.ItsnotmeanttobeSunnyCare.ItsnamedafterMari-lynErb’sfather,Sonny.ErblearnedalotabouthomecarewhenherfatherwasdyingofAlzheimer’s.“I’moneof10andallofuslivewithin75milesofourparents,somymomhadahugesupportsystem,”Erbsaid.ButIrealizedthatsomeonewhohasnooneoronechildwholivesfarawayorachildwhohasafamilyandafull-timejobhasnoonewhocanstepinandtakecareofthem.Iwantedtodosomethingtohonormypar-ents.”ConsideringshehadworkedatHowardHaven,thecountyhomeforeightyearsandusedtoworkingeriatrics,too,itseemedonlynaturaltostartSonnyCare.“We’refamily-owned,”shesaid.“We’rebigonfamily.Weneedtodosomethingtohelppeoplestayathome.”Erbworkedforahome-careagencyinanothertown.Ilearnedalotaboutthehomecarefield,shesaid,namelythatshesawalotof roomforimprovement.“Peoplewhohavetorelyonhomecaredon’tlikeare- volvingdoorofpeoplecom-inginandout,Erbsaid.“Theydon’twanttohavetowonder,Whosgoingtocomeintoday?’ Alotofagenciessendadifferentpersoneachtime,insteadofallowingaclientandhomecareworkertoformabond,tobecomeafamily,Erbsaid.Idontallowarevolvingdoorpol-icy.That’ssomethingmypar-entswouldn’thaveliked.”Workingforthatagencyinanothertown,Erbalsono-ticed,“Peopledidn’tlikethefactthatiftheyneededtogetaholdofsomeoneintheeveningthattheyhavetocallaserviceorleaveamessageonamachine.Weanswer24/7.We’realwaysoncall.”Shealsonoticedthatsomeagenciesarebadaboutnotkeepingclientsin-formed.“Ifsomeonewasgoingtonotshowuporbelate,no-bodycalledtheclients,”Erbsaid.“Thatwasabigissue.Therehastobesomeconsis-tency.Someofthesepeopleheavilyrelyonthehelptheygetfromhomecareservices.Mydadwouldn’thavelikedthat.”ErbsaysthatalotwhentalkingaboutSonnyCare,itsservicesanditsphilosophy.Wetryourbesttoputourselvesintheshoesothosepeople,”shesaid.“Wethink,‘Thisiswhatmymomwouldwant.’‘ThisiswhatIwouldlike.’‘Thisishowmydadwouldhavewantedit.SonnyCareoffersawide varietyofservicesallrelatedtokeepingapersoninhisorherhome.Thatincludeshelpingbatheclients,cook-ing,cleaning,offeringmed-icationreminders,takingaclienttoadoctor,shoppingforthem,runningerrandseverythingthatpertainstowhateveryoudoandneedthroughouttheday.”Plus,Erbnoted,“Weworkhandinhandwithotherhomehealthandhospiceagencies.Wecanprovidehelptwohoursadayto24hoursadaycare.Whatever’sneeded.It’sveryrewarding. Alotoftimeswhenyouwalkintosomeoneshouse,they’resohappytoseeyou.WhenIgetthosecallsfromfamilymembersandtheytellusthedifferencetheaidmakestothemomordad,that’swhatwarmsmyhearttoknowwe’remakingadif-ference.Sometimespeople justneedsomebodytocomeintotheirhouseandgivethemapurpose.Astheygetolder,theyforgettheyhavea purpose.Weremindthemthattheyhaveone.”SonnyCareisat109E.SycamoreSt.,phone319-3653.It’snextdoortoAreaV.
byLisaFipps
managing editor
editor@kokomoperspective.com
SonnyCarethinks:WhatwouldIwant?
Hasthishappenedtoyou?Youcan’thearthetelevision,soyouturnitup,onlytohaveeveryoneinthehouseyellatyoubecauseitstooloud?OrmaybeyoucanthearyourselfthinkbecausesomeonehastheTVupsoloud.Itslikelythepersonwhocranksupthevolumeishardofhearing.Thatpersonmightevenhaveahearingaid,butsometimeshearingassistivetechnologysys-tems,HATS,areneeded.HATSaredevicesthatcanhelpyoufunctionbetterinday-to-daycommunicationsituations.HATScanbeusedwithorwithouthearingaidsorcochlearimplantstomakehearingeasierandtherebyreducestressandfa-tigue.Thefollowingsituationsaredifficultforalllisteners,buttheyareespeciallydiffi-cultforpeoplewithhearingloss,accordingtotheAmer-icanSpeech-Language-Hear-ingAssociation.Di
 
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e:The farther away you arefrom a speaker, of course,the harder it is to hear thespeaker. This is because theintensity, or loudness, of asound fades rapidly as ittravels over distance. So,while you may have no diffi-culty hearing someone inclose range, you may haveconsiderable difficulty hear-ing the same person acrossthe room.Competing nois
 
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onment:Most rooms havebackground noise that com- petes with the spoken mes-sage or sound we want tohear. Examples of back-ground noise include ventila-tion systems, others talking, paper shuffling, computers,radios, TVs, outside traffic orconstruction, and activitiesin adjacent rooms. Back-ground noise can make hear-ing very challenging. Foroptimum hearing, speechshould be at least 20–25 deci-bels (dB) louder than anycompeting noise. This iscalled the signal-to-noiseratio, or S/N ratio.Poor r
 
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ation: Aroom’s acoustics are thequality of sound maintainedin the room, and they can af-fect your ability to hear ef-fectively. Sound wavesbounce off hard surfaces likewindows, walls, and hardfloors. This creates sound re-flections and echoes (called“reverberation”). The resultof excess reverberation isdistorted speech. Largegyms, cathedrals, and openmarble lobbies quickly cometo mind when we thinkabout reverberation. Rever-beration also can occur insmaller spaces such as class-rooms. We’ve all experi-enced how much easier it isto hear in rooms that are car- peted and have upholsteredfurniture (which absorbsnoise) than in empty roomswith tile or cement floors. Any one of these condi-tions (distance, noise, or re- verberation) can createlistening problems. Moreoften than not, they occur to-gether and have a debilitat-ing effect on the ability tohear and process speech.HATS can help you over-come these listening difficul-ties.Kathryn Little, an audiolo-gist with The Hearing Center,said one HATS option isPhonak.“Different hearing aidmanufacturers have theirown; mostly Phonak is aleader in this. There’s a TVlink hooked into the TV — itworks with a variety of TVs,you don’t necessarily have tohave a new one —and thenthe hearing aid user wears aneck loop that receives ablue tooth signal. The TVLink sends a wireless signal via blue tooth and the personis aid able to independentlycontrol the loudness of theTV. You can have it on mutefor everybody else in theroom, but you can still hearit. You don’t have to be upclose, either. It works within30 feet.”Little said the really nicefeature of that system is thatthe person with a hearing im- pairment is still able to heareverything else that’s goingon in the room. BeforeHATS, those who were hardof hearing had to were head- phones and then would missout on what others were say-ing.It also works with the tele- phone.“If the person gets a call, itoverrides the TV,” Little said.“They answer their phonethrough that. It’s all throughbluetooth. That’s where tech-nology is taking us, to moresophisticated situations. Andthe person doesn’t have to becompletely computer savvy.It’s easy to figure out.”
 
Now hear this: There are options for thosewho struggle to hear the T
by Lisa Fipps
managing editor
editor@kokomoperspective.com
That’s wheretechnology istaking us, to moresophisticatedsituations. And theperson doesn’thave to becompletelycomputer savvy. It’seasy to figure out.
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