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My Mature Times - October 2013

My Mature Times - October 2013

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Give Back, Seniors. Volunteer.
Everybody can benefit
from doing volunteer work but especially seniors. From making new friends to making a difference in someone’s life, volunteering is a rewarding way to spend free time productively. Seniors have a full lifetime of experiences to share. As former entrepreneurs, sales representatives, artists, farmers, nurses, teachers, and trades professionals, to name a few of their vast livelihoods, to hobbyists like fishermen, gardeners, knitters, mechanics, wood workers, the wealth of knowledge that they can contribute to their local communities is practically endless. Here are ten great reasons why the senior in your care should become a volunteer. These are taken from Senior Corps, part of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that connects American citizens of all demographic categories to give them the opportunity to improve their communities. • Volunteers are essential to the United States. Our country needs volunteers to continue thriving –especially in M E R I D I A N


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times of financial crisis. In 2009 the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act mobilized more than 135,000 volunteers who helped more than a million people. • American industry needs seniors now more than ever. Communities need active seniors. While all volunteers make a difference, experienced, knowledgeable seniors make an even bigger difference by saving organizations money that can be put to better use in other ways. The Senior Corps program RSVE (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is the nation’s largest senior volunteer network. More than 72,000 different organizations use RSVP to find volunteers, so all retired seniors can easily find an opportunity that works for them. • Senior volunteers help bridge the generation gap. The cultural differences between seniors and young people are huge! Differences like technology, workplace behavior and even political differences create a great divide. But when seniors and young people get the chance to work together and collaborate, there is reciprocal learning for all involved and results in a better understanding of each other. Continues on next page Ambulatory Aids To Daily Living Bath Safety Infusion/iv Supplies Ostomy Needles/Syringes Orthopedic/Soft Goods Incontinence Patient Care Enteral/Nutritional Home Diagnostic Personal Protection/Safety Professional Diagnostics Seating/Cushions Tracheostomy Care Wheelchairs/Accessories Wound Care Skin Care Urological HOURS OF OPERATION Monday thru Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Continued from page 3 • Senior volunteers can choose to do meaningful work. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t truly vested in the work that we do. We work because we have to. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities so senior volunteers can choose work that they find important, exciting and meaningful to them. • Volunteering helps seniors maintain mental well-being. A recent study found that seniors who volunteer in social programs not only maintain good brain function,

but their brain function and cognitive ability may actually increase. Volunteering can actually make a senior smarter! • Becoming a volunteer helps seniors maintain physical health. Volunteering is the only productive activity proven to help prevent frailty among seniors. A UCLA study specifically suggests that of all productive activities, volunteering may actually be the best at slowing down the aging process for seniors. Continues on page 9


Too Much Care in an Intensive Care Unit Is Futile
By Dr. David Lipschitz

I have
spent almost 50 years practicing medicine and have watched the most incredible advances in health care. More and more cancers are cured, and many diseases previously thought to be fatal are now curable. Most remarkable is the quality and quantity of lives saved in Intensive Care Units (ICU) where patients with devastating illnesses can be "brought back from the dead" to lead productive and long lives. Entering an ICU is an awe-inspiring and yet frightening experience. Needless to say, working in these units requires years of training and the skills of a large and varied health care team. But having this level of skill to valiantly attempt to save a life has a downside. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from UCLA reported that of 1,125 patients treated in ICU's over a three-month period, 123 (11 percent) received care that their physicians considered futile, and a further 98 received treatment perceived as possibly futile. In 51 percent of patients, the physicians believed that the burden of treatment grossly outweighed any benefit the patient would receive. Imminent death of the patient was frequently the reason given for care being futile as was the belief that the

patient's illness was so severe that survival outside the ICU was felt to be impossible. Not surprisingly, the prognosis of these patients was poor, with 68 percent dying in the hospital and a further 16 percent dying within the next 6 months. An editorial accompanying this paper took issue with describing care as futile because of its negative connotation. They recommend these treatments be called "potentially inappropriate." A reason for potentially inappropriate care may well be a physicians wish to save a life at all costs. But once in the ICU deciding who should receive more or who less aggressive care creates too great of an ethical dilemma for the staff. However, if asked, they should have frank discussions with the patient's family carefully explaining the dire nature of the underlying condition, the very low potential of success and the poor likelihood of good quality of life should some recovery occur. Far more important is to assure that patients near the end of their lives and with a limited prognosis not be admitted to the ICU in the first place. Those patients in whom care was considered futile were patients who were profoundly ill and very old or who were transported from a nursing home or a long term care hospital. While compassionate care should be the cornerstone of therapy, end-oflife care is very costly. Medicare spends 30 percent of its budget on patients in the last year of life, and

of this amount, 30 percent is expended in the last month of life. Everyone, no matter his age, must have an advanced directive and have designated someone as having durable power of attorney to make health care decisions if unable to make them for themselves. Patients and their families should consider limiting the aggressiveness of care if a patient is near the end of their life, bed bound, has advanced dementia and unable to recognize family members or is deemed by their physicians to have a terminal illness. Their advanced directive should include a "do not resuscitate" order that specifically indicates that the

patient will not be resuscitated if his heart stops. And there should be a specific wish not to be admitted to an ICU if his condition deteriorates to the point where hospitalization is needed. Whether it is the futility of care or the cost, much unnecessary suffering could be avoided if more physicians, patients and their families seek the involvement of a palliative and hospice care program. Not only are costs reduced but quality and dignity of remaining life is improved. In an article published in the Archives of Internal Medicine Dr. Susan Dale Block showed that with the involvement ..Continues on next page


Social Security column By Ray Vigil Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in El Paso, Texas YOU’VE JUST STEPPED INTO … THE RETIREMENT ZONE
You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of work and earnings, but of pension and leisure. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. You unlock this door with Social Security’s Retirement Estimator and online benefit application. Next stop … the retirement zone. That’s not exactly sticking to the original script, but some television viewers may be hearing the voice of Rod Serling ringing in their heads right now. The Twilight Zone television program first aired in 1959 and ran for five seasons — and continues to live on in reruns. The series took viewers through amazing journeys with each episode featuring characters who faced unusual or extraordinary circumstances. If you’re nearing retirement now, it may seem an extraordinary circumstance that these days you really can do it all from the comfort of your home or office computer. Amazing but true: you can do so much online, including getting an estimate of future benefits, testing out different retirement scenarios, completing and submitting your retirement application online, and much more! Picture a man. A man sitting at his home computer. He isn’t sure whether he should apply now, wait until he reaches full retirement age, or work a little longer and begin receiving benefits at age 70. He’s about to find out … with a visit to the Retirement Estimator. The Estimator uses his past earnings and allows him to enter variable future earnings and retirement dates to complete the picture of a retirement he’d like to live. Imagine a woman. A woman with a laptop enjoying a hot cup of java at her favorite coffee house. She’s done with planning and has decided it’s time to take the plunge and retire. Before going to a local Social Security office as her parents and older siblings did, she visits www.socialsecurity.gov and discovers she can complete the entire application online and submit it in about 15 minutes. As in most cases, there are no papers to sign and no documents to provide. She ventures from www.socialsecurity.gov to an audio book and closes her eyes to begin enjoying her retirement. Back when The Twilight Zone first hit television screens, the idea of testing out retirement scenarios or even completing and submitting a retirement application online would have been science fiction fodder fit for an episode of the program. Today, it is reality. Try it out for yourself. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov and take a visit into … the retirement zone.

Too Much Care...
Continued from page 5..of palliative care the less spent on end of life care the better the quality. As a physician spending all my time taking care of older patients, I strongly believe that one of my most important roles is to help patients die with comfort, dignity, surrounded by their loved ones and preferably in their own home. There is no question that a dignified death means a better life. Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging." More information is available at: DrDavidHealth.com



By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

October is a great month of the year. This is our first full month of fall. We start the mornings with cooler temperatures and end the day with highs typically in the 70s and 80s. It's also nice to attend all the fall gatherings whether that includes taking the kids on a hay ride or visiting the local corn maze.

outlook for autumn

normal temperatures extend up the Pacific coast. Precipitation is expected be more difficult to predict. The computer models are indicating "EC" for most of the country which stands for "equal chance." This means that we all have an equal chance to see above, below or normal precipitation. Perhaps portions of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are in a better position to get more. One other note - we had a great month of September with nearly 4.0" of rain for the month. We are about two and one-half inches above normal for what is typically our third wettest month of the year. Hopefully we'll exceed the normal for the year shortly.

Here is the forecast for the fall, according to the Climate Prediction Center. I know some of you are planning some fall trips across the country, while others will just stay here in town. Below is the 3 month forecast for October, November and December, 2013. You will notice that temperatures are expected to be above normal for El Paso, Las Cruces and all of the southwest. The above

Weather Trivia:
When is the best time to see the leaves changing colors in Cloudcroft and Ruidoso? A. 2nd and 3rd week of October B. Last Week of October, first week in November C. First two weeks of November D. Last two weeks of November
Answer: A - 2nd and 3rd week of October. The colors are just exploding.The best driving routes to witness the colors would be Ski Run Road, the road up to Monjeau Lookout and the lovely winding road that takes you to Cloudcroft, Hwy 244. Precipitation Outlook for October, November and December Temperature Outlook for October, November and December

“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.


Out & About
Continued from page 4 • Volunteering helps seniors stay involved in their communities. For many seniors, between half and three-quarters of their time awake is spent watching television at home. Social isolation is a major factor in senior depression, a condition that an estimated 6 to 6.5 million adults 65 and over suffer from. Seniors who volunteer spend less time a home and more time in their community which helps to increase their social and support networks. • Volunteering is rewarding. Giving to others can help make us feel vibrant, important and satisfied. Being a volunteer reduces stress and increases happiness. The Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) indicates that there are many health benefits associated with volunteering that result from the sense of accomplishment a senior volunteer feels when helping others. • Volunteering adds years to a senior’s life. The CNCS reports lower mortality rates for seniors who provide social support for other by volunteering and found that in states where senior volunteering is high, mortality rates are lower. •Senior Volunteers can work around their own schedules. When it comes to valued senior volunteers, most organizations offer flexible schedules so that even busy, active seniors can become volunteers. The individual talent and creativity of our seniors can make an important difference in the success of our communities. So, if the senior in your life is looking for a way to give back, help him or her enrich the lives of others and ultimately their own by becoming a volunteer.
References “Twelve Great Reasons to Become a Senior Volunteer,” “Senior Corps Fact Sheet,” http://www.seniorcorps.com.

Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso from Sept 27th - October 31st 2013

If you want your upcoming event listed in Mature Time’s Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to: editorial@spotlightepnews.com

NORThEAST/ CENTRAL Kicker El Paso Arenacross
– The motorcycle and ATV event is Friday and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28 at Cohen Stadium, hosted by Cycle City Promotions. Friday’s competition begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s heats begin at 1 p.m., main event at 7:30 p.m. Entry fees are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, plus pit pass. Pit passes are $20 per day or $25 for both days. Call for general admission cost. Information: 755-2000 or cyclecitypromotions.com.

dents); cash or checks only. Information: 831-5056 or epcc.edu/theater. At a well-planned birthday party for a friend, a spontaneous game of “truth or dare” has serious consequences for nine gay men who reveal more than expected secrets from their past. Mature subject matter.

‘Night of the Living Dead’
— El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents Lora Allen Ohm’s adaptation of the George Romero zombie cult classic Sept. 27-Oct. 27, with a special Halloween showing Thursday, Oct. 31. Directed by Moy Hinojos. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID; $5 students under 18). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.

tional one-time $12 gun range fee for all three basic gun classes (silent auction and game tickets sold extra). Military discounts offered. Registration is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Early registration recommended. Participants age 14-17 must attend with parent or legal guardian. Information: 532-8081, wito.elpaso@yahoo.com, womenintheoutdoors.org or on Facebook at Women In the Outdoors El Paso.

Nuestra Herencia: Pasos Hacia Nuestra Salud — La
Mujer Obrera and Museo Urbana present the healthy living event 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas. The event features an exhibit on “Encuentro Con Los Antepasados: Traditional Medicine in the Borderlands,” focusing on ancestral health practices. Also included are free dance and movement workshops, health screenings, information tables and more. Fresh produce available at the Farmer’s Market. Information: 217-1126 or mujerobrera on facebook.

Wildcat Mile Run/Walk —
The 9th annual 1-mile event hosted by St. Clement’s School is Friday, Sept. 27, beginning at Cotton and Yandell and ending at St. Clement’s Gymnasium, Yandell and Campbell. Proceeds benefit the St. Clement’s School Athletic Registration Information: 521-8068, 533-4248 or stclements.org.

Women in the Outdoors —
National Turkey Federation presents the day of outdoors-related classes and workshops 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club, 3730 Roy Johnson Ln. Registration is 8 a.m. with first classes at 10 a.m. Silent auction at 3:30 p.m. Registration: $40 individual by Sept. 7, $45 after, $75 mother/daughter; includes four classes (of the individuals’ choosing), continental breakfast and lunch, equipment and material for class and one year membership into “Women in the Outdoors” organization. Addi-

‘The Boys in the Band’ —
El Paso Community College’s Theater Ensemble opens its 9th season with the Mart Crowley play Sept. 27-29, at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum. Directed by Hector Serrano. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($10 non-EPCC students and military, $7 EPCC stu-

Ballet Folkorico Tonatiuh
— The folklorico group performs “Noche Mexicana 2013” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27-29, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, with dances from various regions of Mexico in colorful costumes, Continues on next page


Musical Travel Modes

1 Actress Anne 6 ___ E. Lee 10 Italian wine center 14 Brilliance 15 First name at Woodstock 16 Ilk 17 With 50 Down, a musical mode of travel 20 Term of endearment 21 See 56 Across 22 Bone-like 23 Quaker 25 Part of MIT 26 ___ house: emulates Travelgate? 29 Corkscrew-horned ungulate 31 Alpine abode 32 Kind of barrel 33 Gel 36 A musical mode of travel 40 Feminine suffix 41 Troubles 42 What a 24 Down does 43 After water or air 45 Medicine man 46 Lao's neighbor 48 Dry goods dealer 50 Major car part 52 Salt: chem. 53 Legal thing 56 With 21 Across, a musical mode of travel 59 " … fortune, ___ take

arms against … ": Hamlet 60 Muscle resiliency 61 Orange or river 62 Sugar suffixes 63 Design trailer 64 Spicy sauce

1 Part of ME degree 2 Kind of chamber 3 ___ King 4 Hair pad 5 He has an LLD 6 Princess, in Punjab 7 Start of Montana's motto

8 Like some coups 9 Glad rags 10 Emulate Hillary 11 London and NYC districts 12 Steelhead 13 Lance, and family 18 Black cuckoos 19 Z ___ zebra 23 Trade or shake leader 24 See 42 Across 26 Along ___ Jones : 1945 film 27 Dregs 28 Balks, in base-

ball 30 Branch 32 Area of denial 33 46 Across' homeland, once 34 She lost her pride? 35 Six or sub follower 37 Crew member 38 Role for Welles and Olivier: pl. 39 Stand 43 Ezio Pinza, et al. 44 Seine feeder 45 Baths 46 Heyerdahl, et al. 47 Ah Sin's creator 49 Editor Grant's portrayer 50 See 17 Across 51 Letter from Greece 53 Yemeni money 54 Ova 55 Mets' home 57 Brian, of ambient music 58 ___ casa: that house

Continued from page 9 Ballet Folkorico Tonatiuh ...accompanied by live music. Admission: $10. Information: 4780141 or dancing_at_heart@yahoo. com.

EASTSIDE Sun City Roller Girls
— The Roller Girls’ final bout of the season “Return of the Skull Wars” is 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at El Buchanan’s 11540 Pellicano, featuring the championship bout Las Catrinas vs. The Sexecutioners, with a showcase bout, Las Diablas vs. Las Viudas Negras. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door ($5 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger). Information: suncityrollergirls.com.

Child Obesity Prevention 5K — City of El
Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts the 5K walk/run 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Marty Robbins Recreation Center, 11620 Vista Del Sol, in observance of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The walk will be followed by a variety of free children activities, as well as vendor and informational booths. Information: 855-4147. Continues on next page


MISSION VALLEY Fiesta of the Nations — Open
Arms Community of El Paso presents its annual weekend of ethnic variety with continuous live entertainment, ethnic foods, and a variety of games and rides 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2829, at the open field at 8240 North Loop, east of Lomaland. Space is limited; visitors encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is free; parking is $2. Information: 595-0589 or openarmscommunity.org.

Dead” actors featured this year, including Irone Singleton (T-Dawg), Allen James Mccune (Jimmy), Vincent Ward (Oscar), Lew Temple (Axel), Henry Gajuardo, Juan Pareja and Noel G.

District along Anthony Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.

Trapfest — America’s Premier
Trap and Bass Music Tour featuring Brillz, Ookay, Bare and more is Saturday, Sept. 28, with an all-ages block party on Union Plaza. Tickets: $15; available at All That Music, J. Luxe Boutique, all Craze Yogurt locations and eventbrite.com.

DOwNTOwN/ wESTSIDE Life Teen Craft Fair and Bazaar — St. Luke’s Life Teen
Youth Group’s 3rd annual craft fair and bazaar is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28-29, at St. Luke Catholic Church, 930 E Redd, with more than 20 tables of crafts, along with food and live entertainment. Drawings held throughout the day. Proceeds benefit youth activities. Information: 356-8586.

Quixote,” “Coppelia,” and “Swan Lake.” Tickets: $22-$55 (Ticketmaster). Information: 204-0482, 6373704 or elpasocityballet.org. Excerpts from much beloved ballets will be performed by world-class dancers from across the globe all in an effort to establish a professional ballet company in our city of the sun.

Music Forum El Paso — The
Clarinet Consort, featuring music for 3 to 10 clarinets, performs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza. Admission is free. Information: 544-3081 or musicforum-elpaso.org.

‘Gala Gala’— El Paso City Ballet, under direction of Lisa Skaf, hosts its gala performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at The Plaza Theatre, featuring pieces from “Don

Socorro Mission Bazaar —
The annual event is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29 at La Purisima Catholic Church, 328 S. Nevarez (next to the Socorro Mission). The event is held annually in honor of the feast day of Saint Michael, with food booths, games, mechanical rides, matachines, dance groups and a car show. Information: 859-8351. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

‘Diamonds in the Desert’ —
The wine and tapas event benefiting El Paso Villa Maria in celebration of its 6th anniversary is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at El Paso Imports Co., 2201 E. Mills, with live music by Wildflower Band. Participants have the chance to dinners with local celebrities including Mayor Oscar Leeser, Paul Foster, Tanny Berg, Emma Schwartz, Sally Hurt, Artist Mauricio Mora, Coach Sean Kugler, Sister Helen Santamaria, and Father Ron Gonzales. Attire is cocktail. Admission: $50; advance tickets available at villamariadiamonds.eventbrite.com. Information: 544-5500 or villamariaep.org.

El Paso Comic Con — The
Walking Dead star Michael Rooker (Merle) and DC/Marvel artist Greg Horn are guests of honor at the 4th annual EP-CON 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27-29, at the El Paso Coliseum, with publishers, artists, vendors, comics, panels, performances, music and cosplay. Tickets: 3-day pass $35; $25 for Saturday and Sunday at the door; $15 for one day only. Ages 12 and younger admitted free. Information: ep-con.com. Rooker is one of several “Walking

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El
Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists are Saturdays in the Union Plaza

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