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Garson Kanin once said, “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.” This quote is included on a picture I have hanging on a wall in my home. If we live, we age, and sometimes, we really need to think about “God’s” work of art. We are all individuals, and each of us ages differently, both physically and mentally.
My 11-year old grandson, Ezra, always says his most favorite person in the world is my beautiful mother, his great-grandma, whom he calls “Grandma Cookie.” He loves to visit with his great-grandparents, when- ever he comes to stay with me. Ezra is blessed to know both sets of his great- grandparents. Both his great-grandfa- thers, Carl Angelo and Mike Bramble, played baseball together for Grand Rapids Sullivan’s, traveling overseas and proudly representing the United States through this wonderful sport.
On a recent visit, Ezra mentioned
to me that he wants to get “Papa and Grandpa Mike” together, so they can reminisce about their days of playing baseball. Ezra spends time with both of his great-grandparents, and both of them have their moments with memory loss. What a wise and loving thought for an 11-year old to suggest getting two men together to bring back great memories of younger days. I only wish everyone could think the same way. I would say Ezra recognizes the beauty of the art in the age of old.
When looking at the statistics listed, I would like all of us to remember the gift of youth, while looking at the art of aging. For anyone that spends time with
the elderly, please do your part to help in changing these facts.
• According to statistics, over 500,000 older adults are abused or neglected nationwide each year.
• Elders unable to protect themselves are the victims of neglect and exploi- tation because they are unable to protect themselves, due to either advanced age and/or physical and mental impairment. The perpetrators of the abuse are often family mem- bers, friends, neighbors, and even their caregivers, with the abuse typi- cally occurring in the home.
• There are six types of abuse that may happen to people over 60: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, abandon- ment, and financial abuse.
Common physical and behavioral indicators of abuse and/or neglect are:
• Frequent arguments between care- giver and the elderly person.
• Unexplained signs of injury like bruises, welts, or scars.
• Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, or dehydration.
• Unsanitary living conditions.
• Desertion of the elder in public. • Significant withdrawals from the
elders financial accounts.
• Threatening, belittling, or controlling
caregiver behavior that is witnessed.
If you suspect elder abuse is occur- ring, please call 1-855-444-3911. If they are in immediate danger, call 911. Additional information can also be found at
no excuse for
Trooper Kristi Angelo, MSP, Special to Senior Times
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With “A Healthy Heart”
By: Glin Winsor, Store Manager Walgreens, Battle Creek
High blood pressure, also known as the silent killer, often has no symptoms but can damage the heart, brain, and kidneys. Many people don't know they have high blood pressure. One in three American adults – about 80 million – have high blood pressure, which increas- es the risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure and other serious health issues.
Here are five steps you can take to prevent or treat high blood pressure:
1. Know your numbers. Get your blood pressure checked regularly – and check your pressure yourself at home. The top (systolic) and bottom (diastolic) numbers of a blood pressure reading
are measured as millimeters of mercury (mmHg).
Systolic: less than 120 Diastolic: less than 80
Prehypertension ("at risk")
Systolic: 120-139 Diastolic: 80-89
Systolic: 140 or higher Diastolic: 90 or higher
2. Keep your weight in check and exercise. Keep your weight at a healthy level. A heart-healthy diet promotes good blood pressure, while drinking too much alcohol is associated with high blood pressure. Also, regular, moderate exercise – at least 30 minutes daily – can lower your blood pressure as well as benefit your overall health.
3. Reduce your salt intake. Too much salt can raise your blood pressure and put you at risk for health problems. The recommendation is 1,500 milligrams per day for anyone with high blood pres- sure; those with normal blood pressure and no other health conditions that don't allow for higher salt intake should use no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt (about a teaspoon) daily.
4. If you have hypertension, take medicine as prescribed. Medicines only work if you follow your doctor's direc- tions. You can sign up and receive auto- mated reminders when it's time to refill your prescription.
5. Learn more about heart health.
Learn about how to live a heart- healthy life by accessing the American Heart Association's My Life Check health assessment tool.
Many pharmacies including Walgreens offer free blood pressure test- ing. Plus, pharmacists can answer many of your health and medicine questions.
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Be well, stay well!
Taken from an article written by Andy Stergachis, Ph.D., R.Ph. Director of the Global Medicines Program at the University of Washington.

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