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Publisher’s Note: Hi Ho, Hi Ho ….

Harvey engineerFunny thing happened to me on the way to retirement.

I didn’t. 

Retire, that is.

And to my surprise, a lot of people—including well-intentioned friends and family—are having a hard time with that.

Okay, maybe it’s some kind of a sickness or an addiction (“Hi, my name is Harvey and I’m a workaholic.”) But I love my work and I love to work. It’s what I do. Maybe it’s even who I am, at least a little bit.

But here, as Shakespeare (also quite the workaholic judging by the number of plays he wrote) once said, is the rub: Some people just can’t understand why, once individuals can begin drawing on their pensions, they don’t cease and desist their professional pursuits in favor of spending their remaining years in pursuit of leisure.

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Kazanetti String Quartet

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Improving Communication Between Seniors and Doctors

improving-communicationToday’s seniors belong to a generation that tends to view doctors as authority figures who are not to be questioned. That mindset keeps many seniors from having the conversations they need to have with their healthcare providers.

During a recent webinar on patient/doctor communication, Dr. Amy D’Aprix, Executive Director of the DAI Foundation, shared the following story:

“My father was referred to a urologist because he was having trouble urinating. I spoke with him right after the appointment and he said to me, ‘Well, I feel good. The doctor assured me it isn’t prostate cancer.’ And I said, ‘Oh Dad that’s great! Well, what did the doctor say about the problem you’re having urinating?’ And his response to me was ‘Not much.’ And I asked him, ‘Well did you mention it to the doctor?’ And he said, ‘No, I figured if it was important, he would have brought it up.’”
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Baby Boomers Turn to Support, Tech for Long Distance Caregiving

Just a generation ago, aging family members typically had at least one relative living nearby. These days, many are being cared for by baby boomer children who live far away.

Balancing careers and kids of their own, these grown children may find it difficult to move closer to parents who have begun to need daily help.

Caregiving has become “an unexpected second career” for many people in their 50s and 60s, says Tamar Shovali, who studies gerontology and teaches at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Cafe 44

Have you been to Cafe 44 yet? What a great place to eat! Below is a snapshot of just some of their scrumptious dishes.

Like them on Facebook and pay them a visit as well.

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Eight Things You Need to Know about Long-Term Care

By Harold Lustig

Many of us don’t think about long-term care (LTC) until elderly parents need it or we come face-to-face with our own medical crisis. Myths about long-term care are legion, including “My spouse will take care of me” or “I’m too young to think about it.” Here are eight things you need to know.

LTC costs more in some parts of the country than others. The median cost of long-term care in New York State, for example, was $116,000 per year for a private room and $73,000 for a semi-private room in 2010, but only $52,000 a year in Louisiana. Would you send your loved one to a less expensive area? Not if you want them to live longer. People whose family, friends, and relatives visit them in a long-term care facility live longer and maintain better health than those who have no visitors.

Women are more likely to end up in a nursing home than men. Here’s why: Two out of 3 people 85 and older are women. Women over 65 are more likely to be living alone. Women are more likely than men to get Alzheimer’s disease, and they are more likely to suffer a debilitating stroke. And to make matters worse, many elderly women have no Social Security benefits.

LTC isn’t only for the elderly. The need for LTC can arise at any age. In fact, more than 40 percent of people who need it are under 65. Michael J. Fox was only 30 when he noticed a twitch in his finger that was later diagnosed as Parkinson’s. Christopher Reeve was 43 when he had his tragic accident that left him a quadriplegic.

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Harbor at Harmony Crossing in Lake Oconee

Blending local ownership with national expertise, Thrive Senior Living has partnered with Lake Oconee area residents to raise the standard of senior living with an innovative new concept in Assisted Living and Memory Care.  Combining advanced technology with compassionate care, The Harbor at Harmony Crossing will provide residents with top-tier care while supporting their dignity and independence, all in a luxurious resort-quality environment. 

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Living the Dream at Lake Oconee


This piece was written nearly two years ago but it’s more relevant than ever!  We welcome all area boomers to submit articles for consideration. Learn more.

All I could think about as I stared out at beautiful Lake Oconee is that I’ve been a fish out of water for the past seven years.

My wife Bernie and I moved south from Pittsburgh seven years ago, first to Florida and, later, Atlanta. Make no mistake, we found much to like about both locales, but in all honesty, neither ever really felt like home.

Don’t ask me to explain it. Certainly the climate here tops that offered in Pittsburgh, and we’ve been welcomed with open arms by everyone we’ve met. But it has been as if our roots were never severed up north, which meant we simply weren’t able to put down fresh ones here.

That is at least until now. That all changed when Bernie and I visited the Del Webb at Lake Oconee community in Greensboro and fell in love immediately. It was for us like a scene out of the movie Cocoon: We figuratively jumped into the pool and came out feeling all fresh, new and exhilarated. (We wanted to literally jump into the pool but our agent, Nikki Howard, thought it would make a bad first impression since we were fully clothed.)

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Don’t Miss Journey Unauthorized!

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Meet Me at The Plaza Outdoor Summer Concert Series Begins!

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The Naturally Acoustic Guitar Show

Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Naturally Acoustic Guitar Show
Crooked Pines Farm, GA
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$10 general admission  $30 workshops
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Crooked Pines Barn

Pure Chiropractic Welcomes Dr. Tilyr Dunklow

drtilyrPure Chiropractic is pleased to welcome Dr. Tilyr Dunklow to their Lake Oconee and Milledgeville locations. Dr. Tilyr graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University.  He was born and raised near Traverse City, Michigan. His Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology was earned at Michigan State University in May of 2010. 

Dr. Tilyr wanted to become a chiropractor to help promote a natural model of healthcare in today’s sick world. It is his personal mission to help each and every practice member reach their optimal state of health by removing vertebral subluxation.   He enjoys a wide variety of activities including basketball, tennis, football, mountain biking, water sports, and spending time with his girlfriend Kelly.

 “We are excited to have Dr. Tilyr join our team,” says Pure Chiropractic Founder Dr. Ted Smith.  “He brings an enthusiasm and fresh outlook to our practice and our community.  Along with Dr. Meagen Mateialona and myself, I feel we have the adjusting techniques and personalities to fit everyone in our communities–from infants and children, to pregnant moms, athletes, and retirees who want to keep their active lifestyle.” 

Pure Chiropractic’s mission is to educate, check, and adjust as many families as possible toward optimal health, through natural chiropractic care.   

 To meet Dr. Tilyr or to learn more about Pure Chiropractic, visit or call (706) 485-1010. Pure Chiropractic has two locations to serve you, Lake Oconee and Milledgeville.

Circle of Love Center Golf Tournament

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Smartphone Innovation Is About Seniors and mHealth

The recent Samsung and Apple announcements about health technology for consumers and developers tell us just how exciting the future is for mobile health solutions. These innovations are being pushed by an active yet aging population requiring personal control and centralization of health, wellness and fitness data, which has been siloed to date in medical databases and individual fitness apps. Apple is partnering with both Nike and the Mayo Clinic to ease integration with the new iOS 8 HealthKit platform and Health app.

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