Not even a second retirement can keep Dave Geddes away from mentoring young athletes

March 2012

Formerly The Senior Times


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Dave Geddes, left, talks strategy with Days Creek High School head coach James Ellis at a Days Creek basketball game last month at Umpqua Community College.

Not even a second retirement can keep Dave Geddes away from mentoring young athletes


ic Baker admits he was pretty stubborn back when he played football and basketball at Camas Valley High a couple of decades or so ago. “I was always going to do it my way. I thought I knew better,” he said. One day he butted heads with Dave Geddes, who coached both teams. As Baker recalled, Geddes asked the teenaged Baker if he wanted to be the coach. Baker quickly replied “Sure,” then started barking orders to players. “He watched me for about five minutes, then grabbed me and took me outside and told me who was boss,” Baker said. Now 39 and the Camas Valley boys basketball coach, Baker has a broader per-

spective on Geddes’ job. But even as a teen being chewed out by Geddes, “I didn’t have a problem with him. I knew he was right,” Baker said. Asked for the most important lesson he learned from Geddes, Baker replied: “You’ll get out of something what you put into it.” Those who know Geddes say he’s never hesitated to devote his time, attention and expertise to young players. After a teaching-coaching career that took him to posts at Camas Valley, Glide and Riddle schools, Geddes decided at age 72 it was time to leave paid employment. “I was at Riddle, and I thought it was not good to croak and leave kids with someone new having to take them through classes and practices,” he recalled. He waited until
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his senior-heavy team graduated, then said farewell as basketball coach for the Irish. But it didn’t take long for Days Creek High School boys varsity basketball coach James Ellis to ask Geddes if he’d come on board as an assistant coach. Now about six weeks shy of his 78th birthday, Geddes just concluded his fifth season volunteering with the Wolves. “He’s disciplined and he’s organized, and he’ll tell you I’m not organized, so he’s that half of me,” Ellis said. But more than that, “he genuinely cares about kids.” Ellis’ observation is echoed by Riddle High School Principal Terry Prestianni. “There’s no doubt at all that he was in it for the kids, “Prestianni said. “He’s there to teach kids what they need to know to survive, and he’s there to get the job done.” “He cares about kids,” Baker said, sounding a familiar refrain. “Once you’ve been under him, he never forgets you, and day or night, he’s there to help you out. “They don’t come too much better.” While teachers, coaches, administrators and former students pile the praises on Ged, as he’s known to most of them, the Lookingglass resident deflects credit. According to him, he’s simply the luckiest guy in the world. “I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve been in the right place at the right time, and I’ve met a lot of people that I have a great deal of respect for,” he said. Geddes’ 2006 retirement wasn’t his first. The 1952 Roseburg High graduate had a hitch in the Navy, worked at then-Roseburg Lumber for a short time and was employed by General Electric’s major appliances division in Portland before returning to Roseburg and becoming an insurance agent. After about a decade, Geddes sold his business and decided he

He earned his bachelor’s degree in education in the early 1980s — a master’s degree followed in 1991 — and got his first teaching job at North Douglas High School. He followed that part-time post the next year with a fulltime job at Camas Valley, teaching physical education and coaching girls basketball. He was also the assistant football coach when the Hornets took the Class 1A state title at Parker (now Reser) Stadium in Corvallis. MICHAEL SULLIVAN/The News-Review Though his Days Creek High School assistant coach Dave Geddes watches teaching, coachthe action from the sidelines at a Feb. 18 basketball game at ing and athletic director duties Umpqua Community College. varied over time was ready to retire to his 75 acres in Lookwherever he worked, Geddes’ dedication ingglass and raise cattle. to students remained constant. Eventually, though, Geddes grew rest“He’s the kind of guy who will take kids less. It seemed natural for his thoughts to home (from games) if they don’t have turn to coaching, given what he describes rides, or will pick them up,” Ellis said. “If as his competitive nature. a kid has a roadblock to be in a program, “I don’t like to lose, if it’s checkers or he goes out of his way to help that kid.” whatever. Since I’ve always liked sports, Prestianni said there were many kids in the thought crossed my mind it would the Riddle School District “who basically make sense to (coach),” he said. would not have made it without his supA couple of close friends in education port ... he’s given his time to kids who advised him on options for returning to really needed something more than college and preparing to teach and coach.

just coaching.” While Geddes said he wishes he were still young enough to teach both basketball and football, he’s grateful to have the chance to keep his hand in the game on a volunteer basis. He said he also appreciates that Ellis doesn’t keep him on as a token old guy. “If James hadn’t called me, it would have been easy to vegetate,” Geddes said. “He gives me things to do that hold me accountable for (the players) ... Staying involved with kids, without the pressures of being the paid person, has probably added five years to my life.” Ellis, 45, said he decided to give Geddes “total freedom” on the team’s defensive mind-set. As a result, he’s modified his own style to accommodate Geddes’ nine defensive rules. “The kids get the foundation and I tweak it to fit our personnel,” Ellis said. Ellis also credits Geddes’ wife of 52 years, Corienne, with pulling together the team’s shot charts and stats for each game. The season ends this week with the Wolves at the 2A state tournament for the second straight year. Afterward, Geddes will have other pursuits to keep him occupied until a new season starts in November. He’s restoring a 1949 Chevrolet coupe and a 1938 Chevrolet pickup, the latest in a line of antique cars that have been the objects of his tinkering over the years. He also enjoys observing the achievements of various former athletes he mentored over the years. Many of them embody what Geddes says is the most important part of any competition, which carries over into life. “If you strive to be the best, and do the best job, at the end of it all when it’s said and done, you’ve run your race and you’ve been a successful individual.” • You can reach Encore Editor Tricia Jones at tjones@nrtoday.com or at 541957-4216.

Anniversary of historic blaze sparks pause for reflection


y wife is a volunteer at the Myrtle Creek Library. A few weeks ago she brought from the library a book that she thought I might like to read. It was called “Inferno” by Joseph A. Spencer. I wasn’t interested. I let it lie around for a few days. Then I picked Ronald Culbertson it up and Musings started reading it. I couldn’t put it down again. March 18 marks the 67th anniversary of the event described, but the writer made

the scene as vivid as if it were unfolding today. The book was about the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin during World War II. It was a part of the naval armada that attacked Japan just before Okinawa was invaded. Our fighter planes were just warming up for the takeoff from The Franklin when a kamikaze dived through the clouds and released two 550-pound armor-piercing bombs. The pilot streaked for home, 50 miles away, but didn’t make it. He was shot down. The first bomb penetrated the hangar deck and exploded, killing the mass of men who were lined up for chow. Black smoke from the paint was everywhere, and it was hard to breathe. The men in closed spaces died. Our planes, loaded with ammunition and rockets, exploded.

The engines and whirling propellers did more damage. As the carrier grew even hotter, the men were cooked. Crowding aft, they jumped overboard. The destroyer Hunt, one of several, picked up the men who had jumped, some of whom were dead. They worked all the rest of the day and rescued 400 sailors. I had a cousin, Bob Crow, who was on the Hunt. He never mentioned that battle. He only said that the kamikazes licked our Navy. A Catholic Priest, Father O’Callahan, read last rites for the dead and dying. He is seen at work in a photograph seen around the world. He led 200 men to safety and was one of three men who organized the firefighting crew to combat the blazes. At first, the hoses would only emit steam. Finally, they got a kind of pump

called the Handy Billies to work and men sprayed water on the fire. Father O’Callahan was awarded the Medal of Honor, along with one other man who lead an additional 200 men to safety. It took three days to put the fire out, and still it smoldered. Two other carriers, the Bunker Hill and the Bataan, were hit, but not as badly. When they entered Ulithi, a port in the South Pacific, the sailors there were astounded to see the wreck of the Franklin proceeding under its own power. The Franklin had 807 killed and nearly 500 were wounded. Nine hundred men brought it home. Indeed, it was an inferno. Ronald K. Culbertson, a retired Umpqua Bank CEO, shares his musings from time to time with Encore readers.

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March comes in with lion share of volunteer opportunities
ADA DUNCAN For The News-Review

Decisions on remains can be made before death


ver wonder what attracts people to Roseburg? Just ask your friends and acquaintances why they chose to move to this small community from the big city and, in some cases, away from their children or other family members. One person from New York recently told me it was the friendly people. “They are the friendliest I have ever seen,” she said. Some of those friendly people greet strangers to the Land of the Umpqua at the Roseburg Visitors & Convention Bureau. Would you like to be among those who share with travelers the quality of life here, direct visitors to area attractions, places to stay, dine or fish? If you are a welcoming type of person, you can fill this niche in a morning or afternoon weekly shift, but you can also be an on-call volunteer. For details, call Wanda at 541-672-9731, ext. 14, or go to volunteers@visitroseburg.com. Other areas that can use your volunteer services include: Veterans Services of Douglas County is looking for two volunteers to help with office support duties from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday or from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Contact Sam at 541-4923917 or e-mail her at sam.likens@ucancap.org. The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center needs drivers to transport patients to and from appointments in the VA van. You will need a valid license and personal insurance. You must also pass a driver’s physical test and a tuberculosis test. Orientation and training will be provided. Call Sam at 541-492-3917 to find out more. Mercy Medical Center is recruiting volunteers to greet patients and visitors to the emergency room, assist with their wheelchairs and escort them to their cars. Shifts are noon to 4 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. Call Mercy Volunteer Services at 541-677-4465 or United Community Action Network Volunteer Services at 541-492-3917 if you can help.

Douglas County Cancer Services needs four to six volunteers to interact with patients and help them with personal needs. Call Dodie at 541-459-1512 or Sam at 541-492-3917. The Family Caregiver Support Program is offering a two-day training workshop to certify class leaders in the Powerful Tools of Caregiving. Certified volunteers teach those tools to family caregivers in fourhour classes one day a week for six weeks. Also needed are helpers with the newsletter in four-hour increments once a month. If either opportunity is for you, call Nancy at 541-440-3677 or Sam at 541-492-3917. Umpqua Valley Rehab and Care Center is looking for a man who can relate to interests of the male residents and would like to visit with them. For more information, call Gina at 541-464-7108 or Sam at 541-492-3917. Manor House Memory Care Community is looking for volunteers to come and share their interests with seniors once a month. If you bake, crochet, paint, garden, sing, play an instrument, create scrapbooks, do woodworking, produce crafts, dance or enjoy reading inspirational stories, your talents are needed to share with residents. Find out more by calling Sandy at 541464-5600. Foster Grandparent Program volunteers share their time with children in a classroom setting and become their role models, mentors and friends. Service is in a public school under teacher supervision. Contact Berta at 54-492-3917 or email her at berta.greeson@ucancap.org for more details. UCAN’s Head Start Program needs volunteers in the classrooms, the office and the kitchen. The program is an important support for children and their families. A list of Head Start school locations is available at www.ucancap.org. SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) is dedicated to helping children with their reading skills. If you can commit one hour a week to this effort, call Nancy at 541672-6477 and sign up.


pon a person’s death, disposition of his or her body may be directed by the following people, in order of priority: 1) the decedent’s spouse 2) a son or daughter, age 18 or older 3) either parent 4) an Elder Law adult brother or sister 5) a guardian of the decedent at the time of death 6) someone in the next degree of kindred to the decedent 7) the personal representative of the decedent’s estate 8) the person named in the decedent’s last will as his or her personal representative 9) a public health officer. People may delegate authority for disposition of their remains to another adult who is not in a category described above. This is generally done by signing the appropriate form, which requires two witnesses. People also may direct disposition of

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their remains by completing a written, signed document or by arrangement with any licensed funeral service practitioner. Provided there are funds available at the time of death to pay for the directed disposition of the remains, such directions are not subject to cancellation or revision. Funeral homes often provide ways to receive notification of instructions regarding disposition of remains, including cards that name the person to contact in the event of the client’s death. If disposition of the remains has not been directed and authorized within 10 days of death, a public health officer may do so. An organ donation takes priority over directions for the disposition of a decedent’s remains, if the decision to donate was made by the decedent. This is also true if the donation decision was made by someone of the same priority or higher than the person directing how the remains will be disposed. There are separate requirements pertaining to donation of organs. These will be discussed in an upcoming column. Bruce R. Coalwell has been an attorney in Roseburg since 1981. He is with the law firm of Dole, Coalwell, Clark, Mountainspring & Mornarich.

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Some simple tips can make for a healthy, tasty plate


ost people want to eat healthfully. The greatest barriers seem to be price and time, according to a survey sponsored by the anti-childhood hunger organization Share Our Strength. This survey polled 1,500 low-and middle-income Nancy families about their efforts to Goodale Graham plan, shop for Nutrition and cook healthy meals. Eighty-five percent of families said that eating a healthy dinner was important to them, but closer to 50 percent were actually achieving that goal. Even though price and time were named as barriers to healthier cooking, most families felt they could overcome these obstacles. Not surprisingly, families that reported budgeting and planning meals were more likely to eat healthy dinners. All of us can use a little help with planning to make our dinner plates healthier. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors and promotes healthier eating with National Nutrition Month each March. This year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Here are a few tips to help all of us make our dinner plates healthier: ■Make half your plate fruit and/or vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables are great. Frozen (think berries!) and vegetables are also highly nutritious. Adding fruit and vegetables as part of dishes are easy ways to increase intake. Consider fruit salads, homemade salsas, vegetable soups, and salads. ■Make half your grains whole grains. Great choices include oats, brown rice and quinoa. Look for 100% whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, and bulgur (cracked wheat). Be sure the first ingredient on your

2 cups cooked (or canned) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon coriander Pinch cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 3/4 to 1 cup dry bread crumbs Sesame seeds Olive oil for sauté Mash the garbanzos until thick; don’t use a blender because the beans will be too thin. In a food processor, chop the onion, parsley and garlic until smooth. Stir the onion mixture into the mashed garbanzos. Set aside. In a small bowl mix together the egg, salt, cumin, pepper, turmeric, coriander, cayenne, lemon juice and olive oil. Stir this mixture into the garbanzos. Then add the dry bread crumbs until the bean mixture holds together, but is not too sticky. Form eight balls and flatten them into patties. Pat a few sesame seeds into each patty. Heat the olive oil in a pan over mediumhigh heat. Sauté the patties in the olive oil until golden on each side. Alternatively, packaged bread says “whole grain flour.” Wheat flour is not whole grain. Nor is unbleached wheat flour. ■Vary your protein. Chicken, fish, pork tenderloin, and very lean cuts of beef are fine, but expand your protein choices to include beans and fish. Include fish at least twice a week. A tuna sandwich counts as a fish serving. ■Start a new tradition with Meatless

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Falafel accompanied by cucumber sauce is a tasty way to increase protein intake and incorporates a Mediterranean element to a meal. bake the patties on a baking sheet in a 375-degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until light brown. Finely chop the cucumber; drain off any accumulated liquid. Put the cucumber in a bowl and add the yogurt, dill, salt and pepper. Mix and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving with the falafel. Falafels are great when stuffed into pita bread and sprinkled with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and topped with salsa. tional tools and nutrition education resources. Nancy Goodale Graham is a registered dietitian who teaches and counsels in the Cardiovascular Wellness and Rehabilitation department at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. You can contact her at nancygoodalegraham@gmail.com.

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Uncle Sam needs you for the 1940 Census


he National Archives and Records Administration of the United States will release the 1940 census on April 2. By law, all census information must become public 72 years after it is col- Patricia Gausnell lected. Family Tree Tens of millions of people living in the U.S. in 1940 are still living today, making this a record set that connects people with recent family records. Many of these are part of what has been called the Greatest Generation. These are people who survived the Great Depression, fought in World War II, pioneered forms of technology, practiced thrift and compassion, and sacrificed in the name of freedom. We genealogists were very excited when the 1930 census was released 10 years ago. This time, however, instead of simply making images of the census available for checkout on microfilm, the Archives plans to also make scans of the census schedules searchable online. Keep in mind, though, that on April 2

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The following free genealogy classes will be held this month at the Family History Center in Roseburg. “Hands-on Ancestry.com,” taught by Shannon Agee, is scheduled at 10 a.m. March 9. “Familysearch.org,” taught by Jim Henson, is scheduled at 7 p.m. March 15 or 10 a.m. March 16. All classes are at 2001 W. Bertha Ave., Roseburg. Reservations are requested as class size is limited. Information and reservations: 541-6721237.

there will be no index. You will not be able to enter a name and then be immediately taken to the page where that name appears. Instead, you will need to search the census images in the same manner that genealogists search unindexed records on microfilm: one page at a time. The 1940 Census Community Project is a joint initiative between three large genealogical organizations: familysearch.org, archives.com, and findmypast.com. These partners will make these valuable records searchable for free in an online index.

Volunteers are needed to index batches of the U.S. 1940 census upon its release in April. You just need a home computer; software download information is provided. Indexing experience is not required. Instructions and project updates will be emailed to you. Complete publication of the index will depend on how many volunteers like you can help. About 135,000 people are currently indexing. Many more are needed to get the 1940 census index online quickly. Volunteers are also needed to index many other genealogical records to make them available online for free. Get started now on some of these to get in practice for the 1940 census. Go to www.family-

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The slithy toves are having a Letter to an editor who good gyre in this household lives on and still inspires


he other day my wife asked me to “teak all the goo rags.” I was tempted to ask her where the goo rags were and what had we done with the teaking kit, but I knew that I had simply misheard what she had said. Bob Mayo A lot of Now That I Think About It mishearing goes on around our house these days. Mishearing is like misunderstanding, only different. We humans have learned to communicate through language, and whenever our brains receive sounds that simulate language, they are determined to create words out of those sounds. The words may make phonemic sense. But when one attempts to assign them meaning, they are no more intelligible to us than were the verbalizations of “Jabberwocky” to Alice as she peered through her looking glass. So when my wife asked me to “teak all the goo rags,” I

could come up with only one response: “Huh?” “Huh?” “What?” and “Come again?” have become commonplace replies in my conversations with my wife. It’s as if we are playing verbal tennis. More often that not, our first serve lands outside the lines. Huh? What? Second serve, please. This time with less velocity but more volume. “I said, will you please take out the garbage? It’s starting to overflow.” “Oh. Sure.” It is a widely held belief that, in the dying process, hearing is the last sense to go. That may well be. But, among the living, age-related hearing loss is a common occurrence. It’s the deterioration of those tiny hairs inside our ears that is apparently to blame in many cases. The hairs help us hear by detecting sound waves that are transmitted via our nervous system to the brain. When those hairs are damaged or die, we experience hearing loss. According to audiologists, we can also fault family history, exposure to loud noises, and other lifestyle factors for hastening our hearing loss. But the reality is that ears, like car tires and running shoes, wear
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ear Billiam: I write this piece from Johannesburg, South Africa. I have been traveling in Europe and Africa for the last six weeks. I just received a text from my husband reporting your sudden passing. Bill, I am devastated. Why is it that we are always Around the World shocked when we hear someone has passed from this life to the next? We all know we aren’t going to get out of this life alive, and yet it hurts like a kick in the stomach when we get the news that a friend is gone. My first thought was of Ada and your children. “No, no, this is too much, they all too recently lost their son and brother Barry.” Then I tried to think of when I saw you last. Was it way back in September at the Conference on Extraordinary Living? I checked my email box to see when I last had an email from you. I knew I would be out of the country for quite awhile. I didn’t want to feel pressured to get a column ready for The Senior Times upon my arrival home, so I sent you four columns in advance. How could I have known that you would probably never read those pieces? Nor will you read this piece, but I must write it. I call you Billiam or Prince William; you call me the flea because I am always flying around. You are the one who got me started writing a travel column. I was afraid to submit that first column to you five years ago, because of your critique. I was overjoyed when you wrote a note to me saying, “This isn’t too bad” (a huge compliment coming from an editor at the top of his game). You edit my columns and write the headlines. You are a taskmaster and I feel honored that you accept my work. I remember we had a chat once about how we hoped when our “time” came that we would be standing in a circle holding hands with other friends and family. I can just see you in that circle right now with

Gloria Johnson

the dozens of friends and family members who are thrilled to be with you. Thank you for taking me to the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center on occasion and introducing me to your friends there. Thank you for being a patriot, for serving proudly as a Marine. I asked you once if you had seen battle in war and if you would tell me about it. It was the only time you told me you wouldn’t answer my question. I knew not to press further. Thank you for being good to your darling wife, Ada. Many times I have thought she deserved a medal for putting up with you. Then once I saw you at a community event gently take her hand and lead her to the refreshment table. I remember your childlike glee when you asked me to help plan Ada’s 80th surprise birthday party. Then I understood this crusty old Marine is a marshmallow at heart. Bill, I don’t believe in referring to people who have left this life in the past tense. I believe you just aren’t here right now; you have moved on to that big newsroom beyond. I started writing this note to you only minutes after hearing of the accident; I finish it now some weeks later still with a lump in my throat. At the time someone passes there is a lot of commotion, and, in your case, lots of press and community attention. Then, all too soon, folks move on and it’s over. I like to wait for a while and remind myself and others that it is never over. I miss you Billiam, you irascible old character. I don’t know who is going to edit my columns, or write my headlines. What I do know is that I will keep writing just for you, and I hope you will keep reading them. Until I see you in that circle, please save me a place close by. I know you are not finished teasing me and I am not finished giving it right back at you. Your friend, Glo (the flea). Editor’s note: Bill Duncan of Roseburg was editor of this publication from 1984 until his death in a Nov. 18 car accident. Gloria Johnson is a tour conductor and world traveler. Her next group trip will be to New York City from May 28 to June 3. You can reach her at gloriousideas@hotmail.com. provide free blood pressure screenings at the following sites in March: • Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Roseburg Valley Mall, 1444 N.W. Garden Valley Road • Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Douglas County Family YMCA, 1151 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg • Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Walmart (depending on construction schedule), 2125 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg Information: 541-677-4464.

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Roseburg Oregon, Page 9

Embrace whatever it is we were talking about a minute ago


was talking to whatshisname the other day. You remember, the one we met last week over at watchamacallit? I know I wrote that name down somewhere. Now, where did I leave my glasses? Does this conversation sound familiar? Welcome to the wonderful world of Wise Grandma aging and memory loss. I could argue that my grandkids forget their homework, lunches and jackets on a regular basis and they are not out of their teens. Or that my 2-year-old granddaughters remember and repeat every word I say, despite their diminutive size and lack of schooling. But it really is of little comfort, so why go there? What you really want to know is if it is normal or the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Try as you might, dark thoughts creep up when you can’t find your keys … again. And they especially weigh heavily on your

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mind when you forget a name knowing it is on the tip of your tongue. Well, guess what? It’s normal. At least according to the band of experts Martha Weinman Lear interviewed for her book, “Where Did I Leave My Glasses?” Her interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists and evolutionary biologists form a backdrop for insights into the frustrating problems with memory we all experience as we age. The anecdotes are poignantly real and hilarious as Lear reassures the reader we are all in this together. Lear provides information about this normal aging process, empowering the reader to embrace rather than fear memory loss. The book talks about the 57 Heinz varieties of memory and why there are some things you will never forget. For instance, we all know the name “stove.” It is a piece of equipment in the kitchen that we use to cook our food. It doesn’t matter how many different brands, models or types. It is still a stove. But people claim a different and unique name for every individual. That adds up to quite a few names to remember. We grab onto any lifesaver as we drown in those awkward moments. We invent

games and rhymes, like counting down through the 26 letters of the alphabet. Later, inexplicably, the name will come rushing forcefully to the surface at the most inopportune moment. The good news is that all of this is normal memory loss. Of course, the bad news is it is part of the aging process, universal and irreversible. If you must blame something, then blame it on the hippocampus, the area of the brain that receives and distributes information. As we reach age 30, it begins to shrink. By 40, we begin to notice the loss. This doesn’t mean the information that was once at our fingertips and has slowly moved to the tip of our tongue is now lost. It means, like the rest of our body, it is moving a little more slowly. It takes longer to sift through all the data, retrieve it and send it. Ergo, you find yourself popping out the name in the middle of dinner, or at a party. That seemingly elusive name finally made it back up to the top. Lear points out the evidence of what is normal and what is not but also details “that holy quartet of imperatives that the memory experts keep touting: a healthy diet, a good night’s rest, avoidance of stress, and regular exercise both physical For information about these sessions, call the numbers above or visit www.aarp.org.

and mental.” Although these imperatives will not restore or change the decline, they can help with attitude and the ability to adjust to the changes in memory, as we do for arthritis or the other aches and pains that signal things ain’t what they used to be. Forgetting someone’s name is normal. Forgetting the name of your mother or your father is not. Forgetting to occasionally turn the stove off is normal. Forgetting what the stove does is not. It is a comfort to me to know that so many of us share the malady of memory loss, and I can find humor in the awkward moments. Memory loss cares little for race, gender, color or religion. It is reduced to a common denominator — age. So stop looking for the paper with old whatshisname and I am sure your glasses will show up on top of your head. That’s what a wise grandma would do … if only she could remember why she came into the room. Eularee Smith is the grandmother of six, a teacher and executive director of UpStart Crow children’s theater in Eugene. Visit her blog site at www.eularee.com. For information about future classes, or to request a class for your organization, call Pete Benham, district coordinator, at



AARP offers driver safety classes

Alzheimer’s group sets meeting

The Alzheimer’s Support Group is scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m. March 20 at Callahan Court Memory Care Community, 1770 N.W. Valley View Drive, Roseburg. There’s no fee to join. The group meets from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Information and registration: 541-6733900.


Grief support groups gather

The Bereavement Support Group is scheduled to meet the second and fourth Tuesday of this month at Linus Oakes in Roseburg. Participants will gather from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 13 and 27 in the main building chapel at 2665 Van Pelt Blvd. Admission is free. In addition, the group is planning its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21 at Karen’s Coffee Cup, 2445 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd. The group meets for lunch on the third Wednesday of each month. Information: 541-677-2384.

The Douglas County AARP Driver Safety Program Team is offering three classes for the month of March. The course is designed for drivers aged 50 and older; however, it’s open to younger people as well. You do not need to be a member of AARP to take the course. Course fees are $14 per person. AARP members will receive a $2 discount. Oregon law requires all auto insurance carriers to offer a discount on premiums to qualified graduates, age 55 and older of approved programs such as this one. Beginning this year, the course has been consolidated into six hours of instruction during one session. Participants must complete the six hours to graduate and receive the benefit. All classes will be held between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Each participant is encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Following is a schedule of area classes for this month. • March 15 — Mercy Community Education Center, 2459 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg. Instructor: Pete Benham. Call 541-679-9571 to register. • March 27 — Linus Oakes, 2665 Van Pelt Blvd., Roseburg. Instructors: Gene and Trish Keller. Call 541-677-4800 to register. • Jan. 19 — Room 4, Oakland City Hall, 637 N.E. Locust St., Oakland. Instructor: Bette Keehley. Call 541-6799571 to register.

You’ll love having dinner served to you in our beautiful dining room. Your daughter? She’ll love the 24-hour security. Who knew the “kids” would be such worriers? Which is why Linus Oakes has all the amenities you both are looking for — independent living, safety and security. We think that’s a pretty great combination. We’d love to show you around and tell you more. Call us today. (and yes, please bring your daughter along.)
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Roseburg Oregon, Monday, March 5, 2012

There’s no time like the present to preserve your past
Editor’s note: Roseburg resident KatSue Grant, who is affiliated with several local writing and poetry groups, makes her debut this month as an Encore columnist. This is the first of a two-part series.


f there’s one fact I’ve learned about mature people, it’s that most would like to make sure their childhood memories are recorded for their kids and grandkids. Or they’d like to preserve recollections about experiences in the armed services, the Great Depression or their Everyday Inspiration careers, to be shared with friends, and maybe society at large. Actually, that’s one of the benchmarks of becoming older. There’s a strong desire to look back at our personal experiences and decisions, evaluate how well we fulfilled our dreams, reached our career goals or raised our families. Most of us feel the need to make sense of what happened to us, and then deal with any subsequent remorse and regret. We

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also want to savor the rewards of what we’ve accomplished. We want to feel we’ve led meaningful, productive lives that mattered to someone, however limited the effect. Writing memories down on paper or typing them into a computer would aid you in doing those things. It would help you to remember more exactly what you experienced and when, how you felt about those situations at the time, and to eventually realize the effects those events, decisions and behaviors had on your actions in subsequent years. Understanding yourself is a valuable tool in living the rest of your life fully and happily. Once you have retired and possess more of the leisure time to accomplish this, how do you begin? Begin by just doing it — write down one memory. That’s the easiest way to start any sort of autobiography, and then to keep adding further memories onto what you already have, one by one. Eventually you will have enough recorded to see where you may be headed, whether it has a theme, and what you want to do with all of them when you are done. (Always remembering that “finished” is a relative term when it comes to written compositions.) I strongly advise against beginning with your birth, although the urge to do that is strong. After all, that was the beginning of expression when I told her (or so she heard me say) that I was going outside to “slaver the conroy.” I knew she had misheard me, so I repeated the message more loudly and with greater vocal precision. She smiled and nodded. “While you’re at it,” she said, “why don’t you go ahead and gang the issel fire.” Beware the Jabberwock! He is alive and well and doing his best to create bedlam in our household. Bob Mayo of Roseburg worked in the public schools system for 17 years and has been a Douglas County resident since 1990. His passion is writing fiction.

your existence. But if you do that, you’ll become bogged down with recording all the minutiae of your childhood correctly in all its events, emotions and statistical details. You could easily give up on the whole project, and wouldn’t that be a pity? So start by asking yourself, “What do I most want to write about?” Something gave you this writing idea in the first place. What was it? Grandkids asking questions about what it was like when you were little? You and the guys exchanging war stories? You and your friends deciding to give a booklet of handy hints to your daughters and sons on what parenting techniques worked for you in various situations? Nostalgia for your college days or career years? Or the funny things your children said or that happened when they were little? Whatever first inspired you is the best place to begin your writing. Inspiration is a precious gift, never to be ignored or squandered. You’ll soon find that after the first or second episodes are jotted down, others start popping into your mind like popcorn in a popper. It would help to keep a list so you don’t forget any of them again; just jot down a phrase or two about each one that will pop that memory back out again when you have time to write. The mind (subconscious into conscious) works by finding correlations and contexts, so when it

realizes what kind of things you’re remembering, it will automatically line up further pertinent memories for you. Also, the more you reflect and compose, the fuller and more precise your memories will be. Wonderful how this works! Another natural boon to take advantage of. Always remember that for first drafts, you don’t need to be concerned about remembering every little thing accurately or detailing events chronologically. Nor about making your writing perfectly grammatical, accurately spelled, etc. Just keep those words flowing! You can sort out all the details towards perfection later — or not at all, depending on your purpose. Right now what matters is putting your remembrances DOWN ON PAPER as they come to you. Otherwise your wonderful word choices and phrasing, and even whole memories, could be lost forever, as I know from my own experience. Allow your creativity to inspire itself. Just write! Next month: organizing what you have written, and what to make of it. KatSue Grant taught writing, English literature and psychology courses at California State University at Stanislaus and several community colleges. She’s a professional manuscript editor and is a member of several writing groups in Douglas County and statewide. Center, 2459 Stewart Parkway. Meets first Wednesday of the month. Sutherlin — 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 8, Sutherlin Community Center, 150 S. Willamette St. Meets the second Thursday of the month. Canyonville — 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 15, Chapel, Forest Glen Senior Residence, 200 S.W. Frontage Road. Meets third Thursday of the month. Winston — 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 28, Wooley Board Room, Winston Community Center, 440 Grape St. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. All meetings are free. For information, call Nancy Hudson, 541-440-3677.



out with use over time. It is a foregone conclusion: You age, you hear less well. My wife and I recognize this. We both have experience interacting with friends and relatives of The Greatest Generation whose hearing loss ultimately led them to use hearing aids — those amplifiers at once praised and cursed by their users. So we try to be understanding when it comes to dealing with our own increasing tendency to mishear what we say to each other. Recently my wife exhibited a puzzled

Caregiver support groups to meet
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As spring nears, let’s give thanks to year-round cleanup crews


ear Reader, She was wearing jeans, a T-shirt and tennis shoes. Her dark brown hair was tied back in a ponytail, there was a big, friendly smile on her face. And she was carrying a pair of yellow rubber Suzanne Beecher gloves. Most Footnotes people wouldn’t even notice her, but to me she was an angel. Well-rested and ready to dig in, she was-

n’t interested in taking any shortcuts (because she’d already been working for hours). Nope, this woman, who felt like a savior and looked like a princess to me, was ready to work. Three years in a row I’d organized and served a free Christmas dinner in our church’s dining room. Hundreds of guests were served. Filling the volunteer sign-up sheet never concerned me, except under the heading of Cleanup. There’s not a lot of glory in being part of a cleanup crew, yet my angel in the T-shirt and tennies signed up every year. People who volunteer to clean up life’s messes face the end, when things aren’t pretty any more. They ask for nothing in return, but those people should be given awards — bigger awards than anyone else.

A friend of mine volunteers every year to pick up water cups the marathon runners drop in the street as they’re running the race. There’s no glory in her job. By the time she shows up on the route, the spectators have all long gone. My husband is the cleanup crew when I garden. I pull the weeds and trim the bushes, and, magically, stacks of debris are bundled and waiting on the curb for the next day’s garbage pickup. When I make my messy Hawaiian Chicken, my husband appears just as I’m sliding the pan into the oven. “Go relax, Suzanne, and let me clean up the mess.” A woman volunteered at a center where homeless people can take showers and get their clothes washed. She’d signed up to fill the washing machines, but instead,

when she noticed the showers needed cleaning, she rolled up her sleeves and took on the task. No one asked her to do it, no one expected her to do it — especially on her first day. Angels in T-shirts and tennies, and yellow rubber gloves. Smiling, ready, and more than willing to clean up life’s messes. God bless them. Thanks for reading with me. It’s so good to read with friends. Suzanne Beecher, author of “Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life,” invites you to read at her online book clubs, found at www.DearReader.com. She can be reached at Suzanne@EmailBookClub.com.

Mental lapses, disoriented behavior may follow surgery


ast month I was asked by a friend to go with her to a pre-op family conference for her 88-year-old Aunt Martha, who is soon going to undergo surgery to replace a failing heart valve. The doctor sat us down in his office and for most Nurse News of the meeting, I just listened and took notes. He did a very good job of going over all the points everyone should understand before undergoing surgery. These included: ■A description of the medical problem that requires the surgery ■An explanation of the procedure itself and how it will “fix” whatever the problem is ■ The name of the doctor who will be performing the surgery (Martha’s doctor is a cardiologist, not a surgeon) ■A discussion of the risks of having the procedure as well as the risks of not having it ■A few words about the overall success rate of this particular surgery (this can be tailored to the patient’s particular pre-procedure condition. Obviously, those in good general health before surgery do better than those who are frail and in ill health) ■The doctor’s general idea of how long Martha might need to stay in the hospital, barring any complications (and by the way,

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what are the most common complications? And how common are they?) ■The expectations regarding Martha’s chances of being able to go directly home after the surgery (assuming all goes well) and if so, a list of any help/aids/devices/accommodations she will need at home. The doctor was quite thorough as far as he went. But when he got up to shake our hands, signaling the end of the meeting, I was a bit surprised. What he hadn’t mentioned (until I asked him, at which point we all sat back down) was the issue of post-operative cognitive dysfunction, a mental state that may or may not befall Martha but that certainly should be discussed. When older patients come out of surgery extremely confused and disoriented, with holes in the memory and an inability to concentrate, that’s an indication of POCD. Other signs are experiencing vivid delusions and hallucinations and not knowing who they are or where they are. This lessens over time but still lingers for days, weeks and sometimes months. It is shocking and scary for the family, to say nothing of how it must be for the patient. POCD is quite common, affecting to at least some degree from 10% to 50% of older surgical patients. It’s of increasing concern as the population ages and more older folks undergo surgery. POCD also has a tremendous impact on the level of care patients will need when they go home. Is it the anesthesia that causes this mental scrambling? Or the body’s inflammato-

ry response to surgery itself? Is it all mixed in with being in an unfamiliar environment, being tended by those with unfamiliar faces? Does pre-surgery cognitive level have an influence on post-surgical mental status? Research in all these areas is ongoing, but there are no definitive answers yet. If you are included in one of the “family meetings” regarding any proposed surgery

of an older relative or friend, don’t forget to address the subject of POCD and what current medical and behavioral steps will be taken to manage it. Gloria May is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in health education and a certified health education specialist designation.

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