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  • 10/22/2019 “All parts of the body if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed, and age slowly; but if unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth, and age quickly.” - Hippocrates
    Few things benefit the body more than maintaining physical fitness. While doctors routinely recommend exercise for younger patients, we’re realizing how important it is for our older patients as well. Regular exercise, even in one’s senior years, can still reduce your risk of a number of health conditions, particularly heart attacks, strokes, and falls. It also may be one of the few things to slow the onset of dementia.
    Most communities are blessed to have many options available for exercise, especially programs that are supervised. I prefer these activities because a trained professional typically leads the group. This person can make recommendations to get the most out of a program in the safest way possible.
    Why is regular exercise so important for seniors? You may have noticed that as our bodies age a number of physiologic changes occur. We lose muscle mass and tone that leads to weakness and problems with balance. Flexibility becomes an issue (the most common cause of night time leg cramps). Our bones become weaker from a lack of weight-bearing activity. Balance problems and weak bones can lead to falls and fractures. Our hearts and lungs can get out of shape, resulting in reduced stamina and difficulty breathing with activity. This can lead to a reduced level of confidence & independence.
  • 10/22/2019 With the school year in full swing, Hoosiers are encouraged to remain vigilant to ensure safe schools as the nation recognizes America’s Safe Schools Week, Oct. 21-27.
    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb also proclaimed this as Safe Schools Week in Indiana, in alignment with the national designation. Safe Schools Week is a National School Safety Center initiative to motivate key education and law enforcement policymakers, as well as teachers, parents and students, to continue focusing on school safety measures while providing a safe learning environment.
    “It is the responsibility of all citizens to enhance the learning experiences of young people by helping to ensure fair and effective discipline, promote good citizenship and generally make schools safe and secure,” Holcomb indicated in the proclamation.
  • 10/19/2019 The candles I chose for my bath are called Homesick-Tennessee and 1969...not that I’m feeling melancholy. I thought I could make it home before having a great, spirit-cleansing cry, but I pulled to the side of the road and let it pour out.
    Not realizing it is the shared birthday of my two oldest children, someone randomly sent a picture of the house where I lived when my first (now 27) was an infant. We moved there after leaving my beloved Tennessee for Indiana. It is where I lived when my second child (now 25) was born. The house where I first wrote about being a mother. I hand-wrote a story on the back of an envelope and mailed it to The Institute of Children’s Literature, hoping to gain some education. 
    In this house, I first learned what a panic attack felt like, although, at the time, I didn’t know what it was called. It is where we lived for only one week before my young husband lost his job, and my dreams of being a stay-at-home mom were put on hold. 
    I wrote a poem in that house about trusting God in the hardest times. I wrote it after praying that I could find a place to buy $35 worth of propane because I didn’t have money for the required tank fill. 
  • 10/19/2019 NEWPORT, R.I. - When it comes to America's engagement in what is increasingly globalized marketplace and security, a number of Hoosier statesmen set the compass points for many of us over the past generation.
    There was the late Sen. Richard Lugar, who in tandem with Democrat Sen. Sam Nunn, established a historic cooperative threat reduction program and helped denuclearize a half dozen nations (including Ukraine), while rounding up and stabilizing a Pandora's box of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons guarded by padlocks and chain link fences as the Soviet Union crumbled.
    Congressmen Lee Hamilton and Tim Roemer helped establish the post-Sept. 11 security regime and Hamilton served on the Iraq Study Committee following the first American geopolitical blunder of the 21st Century with the Iraq invasion of 2003. The late Rep. Frank McCloskey literally saved tens of thousands of Bosnians from genocidal Serbs in the first ethnic cleansing of this century. Gov. Robert Orr opened up the Pacific rim to investment in our state in the 1980s, and there are now 200 Japanese companies employing more than 100,000 Hoosiers, and, according to Gov. Eric Holcomb, firms from India, South Korea and China are poised to join their ranks.
  • 10/19/2019 Ask Rusty – Income Tax on Social Security vs. the Earnings Test
    Dear Rusty: I retired from work this year (age 62) and I will receive my first social security benefits in September. Is there a special rule for the first year you retire that allows you to not pay taxes on your social security since you have earned no other income since you retired? Before I retired, I earned about $50,000, which I know is more than the usual allowed income. Signed: Retired Senior
  • Attic ‘experiments’ with Agatha Christie play
    10/16/2019 The Attic Theatre has been dipping its toes in the water. And now it’s wading a little deeper, testing the waters even more.
    The Elwood-based theater -- which has for the past couple of years, ventured into Hamilton County to perform its productions, mostly at the Ivy Tech Community College Auditorium in Noblesville -- has a history of offering three or four performances, maximum, over one weekend.
    But this season -- which kicked off with Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel -- is now going out of its comfort zone.
    The theater’s second show in the 2019-20 season, “Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” will take the stage six times over two weekends, opening Thursday and continuing through Oct. 26. Tickets are still available.
    Getting a little brave? Maybe.
  • 10/16/2019 Need a new pair of snow boots? After you read this column, you might want to run out and get them.
    Yes, it’s time once again to pull all the weather signs together to try to figure out what the coming winter will bring.
    I want to issue a disclaimer first, though — I am NO Clara Hoover.
    Clara was Sheridan’s resident expert on using folk signs to predict the weather. If she was still with us, she’d have had no trouble putting together a coherent forecast. I, on the other hand, lack her experience and skill, so I’m just going to pass along my observations and let you formulate your own predictions.
    First up — the fogs in August. According to Clara, the number of August fogs equals the number of big snows we can expect.
    So far, so good. I only counted four fogs and I’m not sure about two of those. (On two days WISH-TV’s fog map only showed fog in the far northeast or far northwest corner of the county. I don’t know if those days should be counted or not since the entire county wasn’t covered.)
    The next thing to note is the direction of the wind around the autumn equinox.
  • 10/16/2019 I told my husband, Peter, that our marriage was like stew—and that’s a good thing. 
    This is a second marriage for both Peter and me. We were both married for a long time and then divorced for quite a while. We dated other people and realized how tricky the whole process of finding a new partner was, after habits had been set and preferences settled. 
    When I met Peter, I was ready… I think. I had healed and spent time on my own and figured out who I was—single and over fifty and changed in many ways from the person I had been while married. 
    Peter had also done his homework. He was perfectly self-sufficient in every respect. He just wanted love. As it happens, this is something I had a good supply of. And so, we started dating and Peter asked me to marry him after only two months. We waited a year and got married on the one-year anniversary of our first date. 
  • New book shares tales of weird
    10/15/2019 As Halloween nears, it seems a perfect time to talk about weird and obscure things, doesn’t it? Well, there just so happens to be a new book out called Secret Indianapolis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. The author is lifelong Hoosier Ashley Petry and, according to her, is a tribute to the Circle City.
    “I love this city,” she told The Paper. “I am so excited to be able to share everything about it.”
  • 10/15/2019 “You’ve got to blow your own trumpet. You’ve got to toot, toot, toot your own horn.”
    Those are lyrics from a song that my daughter sang when she portrayed the Empress in The Belfry Theatre’s kids musical, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” when she was 9 years old. She even got to carry the horn and make some noise out of it.
    While I’m not carrying my own trumpet, I am making some noise. 
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