Bob Hope On...
'You still chase women, but only downhill'.
'That's the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.'
'You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.'
'I don't feel old. In fact … I don't feel anything until noon. Then … it's time for my nap.'
Bob Hope On...
Giving Up His Early Career, Boxing
'I ruined my hands in the ring. The referee kept stepping on them.'
Never Winning An Oscar
'Welcome to the Academy Awards or, as it's called at my home, 'Passover'.'
'Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees.'
His Family's Early Poverty
'Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother.'
His Six Brothers
'That's how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom.'
Bob Hope On...
' I have performed for 12 presidents and entertained only six.'
Why He Chose Show Business As A Career
'When I was born, the doctor said to my mother, Congratulations, you have an eight pound ham.'
Receiving The Congressional Gold Medal
'I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it.'
His Early Failures
'I would not have had anything to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me.'
Going To Heaven
'I've done benefits for ALL religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter … on a technicality.'
LIFE & FAMILY
8 Steps To Tackle Clutter In Your Home
"I find it helps to organize chores into categories: Things I won't do now; Things I won't do later; Things I'll never do."
By Tracy Willard, Publisher of the Triad Edition
Most of us can identify with the overwhelming feeling associated with clutter in our homes. We see homes featured in magazines that are neat, organized and free of clutter and we think to ourselves how wonderful life would be if our home could look like a magazine cover. But, if you are anything like me, your home is far from it. There probably are years and years worth of items in your home you have somehow justified keeping. You might have items that have been passed down over the years to which you have attached some sort of sentimental value or items purchased on a whim or because “it was on sale”, that you just can’t part with hoping you will be able to use them one day, with the likelihood you never will. Some items were gifts and you feel you owe it to the person that gave you the item to keep it and hope to remember to set it out when they come over to visit. Throughout life we have been conditioned to think that bigger is better and that more belongings signify success. But, at some point in life, we have to stop and say “enough is enough!”
Below are several ways of going about the process of decluttering our homes. Of course, this process will not be done in one day, after all it took years (or if we are really good, months) to make it this way.
Start slow and take the time needed to follow through. You will find that decluttering is not as hard as you thought it would be and the rewards of having a clutter free home really outweighs the benefits of keeping unnecessary items.
1. Cupboards - Go through all you kitchen cupboards one at a time and you will be amazed at what you find that can be thrown out. When I cleaned mine out not too long ago, I found spices that were about 10 years old and more worn out plastic storage containers than I knew what to do with!
2. Bedroom Closets - The saying goes - If you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it. While it is hard to always be in agreement with that statement, I feel it is necessary to make some sort of guideline to follow. In the end I am always amazed at the clothes I get rid of (and how many I still have) when I clean out my closets! I also feel a certain sense of pride knowing that I am helping by donating clothing that is still in good shape and good fashion to the local thrift store.
3. Bookcases – Some tend to gather stacks and stacks of books, but I have a tendency to gather magazines. I keep them with the intention to refer back to them for home decorating ideas or for recipes that I would like to make, but rarely ever do. While you are tackling those magazines or books, make sure to go through knickknacks, papers, or anything else filling up those bookcases, as well.
4. Bathroom- We all know how cluttered vanities and medicine cabinets can be! Go through these items and be sure to toss anything out of date or if it has hardened, softened, or discolored.
5. Linen Closet- Upon cleaning out my linen closet recently I discovered close to 60 towels! I threw out any that were tattered and torn and was still left with a fairly large stacked of towels in good condition to keep. Also, check for sheets or curtains that are worn or out of style and toss those as well.
6. Organize-There are so many wonderful products out there for organizing. There are great color options, different sizes, etc to meet any organizing need you might have. Also check the local dollar store for smaller storage bins to use in your pantry, kitchen drawers, etc.
7. Throw out the old- One thing you must remember when decluttering your home is that you have to THROW AWAY the not used and the not wanted. Taking everything out and rearranging it all back is not a sufficient way to declutter!
8. Everything has a place and should return there- Once you have taken the time to go through each area in your home and declutter and organize, keep it that way. Taking the time to put things back after you use them helps to keep your home organized longer. But, even with a great system in place, most of us will still have to repeat this process yearly, if not sooner.
Remember to tackle one area at a time to avoid being overwhelmed throughout this process. Toss items that need to be tossed, but try to donate items that are in good condition to your local thrift store to be used by people in need in your community. Having a decluttered and organized home gives me a sense of achievement and control. While this might not mean much to some folks, getting control of this one aspect of your life could make the possibilities endless for tackling bigger issues to come!
TRAVEL & LEISURE
Submitted by Diane DuFour, Publisher of the Charlotte, NC Senior Living Guide & SeniorStyle Contributor
Written By Judy Ferring
Every place on earth is unique in many ways, including the dangers it may hold for strangers and the unwary. But there are also personal safety measures that are applicable pretty much everywhere.
Business travelers are constantly reminded of the risks they face and the safety measures they must observe; they are after all, important resources for their employers. And those employers have an array of services they can purchase to protect their travelers: the contracted availability of medical assistance and are wherever they travel, dedicated newsfeeds for individual travelers informing them of the current conditions at their destinations, the ability to instantly contact travelers and warn them of impending danger or other complications that have arisen, the ability to track their travelers, arrange their evacuation when necessary – the list is long and detailed.
But the best defense is within the traveler himself or herself: an awareness of the surroundings and a preparedness to deal with the unexpected.
The first rule is to never assume that you are safe. The truth is, you probably are safe but there is no guarantee -- anywhere. A US citizen is likely to take a trip to Miami pretty much for granted, and quite possibly will pick up a rental car at the airport. But many Europeans are still acutely aware of the fact that 15 years ago, six tourists were murdered by someone who followed them from the airport’s car rental lots. Five years ago, 13 foreign tourists – all women - reported being assaulted in the parking lots of the same airport.
Miami International and many other US airports with similar experiences have taken extensive measures to make their parking lots safer with security cameras, police patrols and quick access to the airport. But it’s still a good idea to be alert, move strongly and decisively, and try not to be isolated in any parking lot, especially at night.
The same level of awareness and look of strength and confidence that is important outside the airport, will carry you through inside. Don’t be weighed down with so many bundles and bags that you are a target; a good thief will know that sooner or later, you’ll likely to be distracted and he’ll have his opportunity.
Avoid crowds. Sure, that’s hard in an airport. But the first proactive thing you can do is so simple that many people don’t even think of it. Call ahead to confirm your flight. If there is a delay, you may also be able to delay your arrival at the airport and avoid the crowd. An alternative is to spend that time in an airline lounge, where the comfort is high and the crowds are small. If you don’t ordinarily have access to an airline lounge, check out a company called Priority Pass. A subscription to its membership program can give you entry to more than 600 airport lounges around the world.
Airports are now also centers for shopping and dining. It’s a major source of revenue and they are not going to jeopardize that income stream by allowing theft and violence. So go ahead and shop, or stop for a snack and cocktail. But don’t get drunk, and don’t get careless. Further, don’t sit next to a window or alongside heavily trafficked pedestrian routes. If any violence erupts, it’s likely to emanate from those crowded areas, quite possibly causing collateral damage from shattered glass.
In almost every country you might visit, there are unique precautions regarding the safest way to get from the airport to the city. Sometimes, the only danger is in being overcharged; sometimes it’s much more serious. Your travel agent should be able to tell you’re the best in your destination but there are general rules that always apply:
- Don’t get in a cab until you have negotiated the price, how it will be charged or gotten an estimate of the price – and don’t assume the meter works.
- Be wary of shared rides with strangers, or a friend of the driver who is sharing the front seat.
- Don’t stand on the curb while the driver gets in the cab after putting your baggage in the trunk.
- Make sure you understand how to lock and unlock the cab’s doors yourself.
Once at your hotel, it’s a good idea to get a business card from the front desk and keep it with you. If you ever find yourself uncertain of how to return after a day’s sightseeing, that card will tell a cab driver where you need to go. It’s a bonus if the person at the hotel phone number listed is able to speak English (usually they do) so you can call and ask for advice or directions.
At the hotel, as at the airport, avoid the crowds and large expanses of glass in the lobby. This advice, of course, is most pertinent to destinations where violence is probable. In a recent article concerning traveler safety in the Middle East, Travis Vincent, a security manager specializing in the EMEA and Central Asia for International SOS, writes “The ideal hotel will be low rise, set in its own grounds, away from roads and preferably not near any potential targets such as government or diplomatic buildings.” The lobby is the most likely target of a terrorist attack, he goes on, so travelers should not congregate there. Other security specialists have added that the same likelihood that an attack will focus on the lobby makes it wise to ensure that your guest room is not near that area, including the next floors directly above.
The same kinds of precautions should be taken in public restaurants. Add to that the usual admonition not to drink the water in many places. This includes making sure that the bottled water you are offered isn’t simply a recycled container that has been refilled and recapped without proper purification. In destinations where this is a very strong concern you are likely to be counseled as well to brush your teeth with bottled water and not to open your mouth in the shower.
But don’t be lulled into thinking that hotel security is strictly a concern in the Middle East. Attacks have occurred around the world, and other dangers are actually more likely. Thus Vincent adds “As with any hotel stay, always ensure you check the fire escape plan and familiarize yourself with the layout of the building.” More than one traveler in the United States has found that advice worthwhile.
Keep a low profile when you travel. Jewelry proclaims you a wealthy individual, whether it’s true or not. A famous lesson occurred in a traveler security seminar a few years ago when the speaker suddenly stopped his presentation to ask a woman in the audience were if her pearl drop earrings were real. “No,” she replied, “they’re just $15 fakes.”
“Too bad,” the expert replied. “In South America, a thief may not be able to tell the difference. You could have your earlobes torn for the sake of a cheap fake.” In poor countries, he went on, even a pair of fashionable eyeglasses or a knock-off Rolex can lead to trouble. Leave the glitz at home.
Likewise, it is usually the better part of wisdom to wear ordinary clothes that give no indication of your country of origin. No American flag pin lapel pin or sleeve patch, no varsity sports shirt, etc. … some specialists have even advised against wearing jeans or (before the fashion died) lounge and exercise suits. Once you’ve traversed a European airport with a group of travelers wearing exercise suits, you’ll get the point – they are as obvious as a dandelion in a rose garden.
For slightly different reasons, women traveling in countries where religious followers are particularly devout should be prepared to dress modestly; no bare arms or legs, no low necklines or even uncovered heads. Although failure to observe such acknowledgements of national senses of proper conduct may not lead to violence, they can at least provoke unsettling confrontations.
Cameras and mobile phones can be as enticing to thieves and pickpockets as wallets and wristwatches but are small and unobtusive enough nowadays that their risk is minimized. The camera, however, can pose a different risk. In many countries it is forbidden to take photos of government installations, buildings and personnel. It is a good idea to ask first – the hotel concierge or general manager can be a good source of advice about local laws. Photographs of local residents can also be problematical; sometimes seen as a simple invasion of privacy, other times – as with military personnel – a matter of national security; and sometimes as theft. (Members of the Beijing Opera, for instance, often expect to be paid if they are photographed them in their full regalia.)
And the mobile phone can actually be a safety device if it is equipped with the proper SIM card for your destination. Business travelers are often counseled to put a 24-hour assistance number on automatic speed dial.
In fact, many of the assistance services for business travelers are also available to leisure travelers. Whether or not they are worth the expense depends on the destination and your general health. International SOS’s Vincent advices travelers to the Middle East to make a realistic assessment of their own health to be sure they will be able to endure the oppressive environment they are likely to encounter.
Other countries present other conditions that could be threatening to certain travelers. Your own physician and health insurance companies should be your first resources but there are a myriad of organizations that also provide advice and assistance. A sampling starts with the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov), where you’ll find good information for travelers. For-profit international medical assistance companies offer a spectrum of services. For instance:
AirMed International (www.airmed.com) is a subscription-based service that provides pre-trip consultation, in-country advice and assistance and – its core differentiator – fully equipped medical evacuation services.
- The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (www.iamat.org) is a subscription-based service that maintains a network of English speaking medical people around the world. The site includes a listing of vaccinations needed before visiting each country.
- The International Society of Travel Medicine (www.istm.org) maintains a directory of travel medicine clinics.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Use It Or Lose It!
Submitted by Jill M. Willis, SeniorStyle Health, Beauty & In the Kitchen Contributor
Written by Nicole Deward
“If you don’t use it, you lose it!” This little cliché is so true especially when it comes to our aging bodies. Our bodies have over 300 muscles, including ligaments and tendons and 206 bones that form the joints permitting us to go about our activities of daily living. The heart is composed of cardiac muscle and your brain responds much like a muscle as well. It is important to exercise daily, physically and mentally, and also choose healthy nutrition in order to prevent heart disease and diabetes and… not “lose it!”
Physical exercise includes some sort of cardiovascular activity such as walking, dancing, biking, kayaking or any sort of activity that elevates your heart rate. The University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands completed and published a study that demonstrates the fact that aerobic exercise is not only good for the cardiovascular system but boosts cognitive functioning, attention, and memory in people who are fifty years old and older. They studied the results of published trials of aerobic exercise in places like the United States, France and Sweden. The results were consistent and convincing.
Another important aspect of physical exercise is strength training. Strength training is not only for those young people bench pressing in the gym. Strength training for older adults involves using resistance tools such as elastic tubing, hand held weights and/or a resistance ball in order to improve muscular strength and range of motion. It is so important that you exercise your muscles on a daily basis. You can reach overhead in a shoulder press so that you can get that box from the top shelf in your closet. How about stretching with your legs crossed and twisting the opposite direction so that you can continue to have the range of motion to look behind to back out of your driveway? Can you squeeze your legs against a resistance ball in a single beat rhythm while you are clapping your hands double time? All of these exercises, while simple in nature, are meant for improving your range of motion and using your brain… so you don’t lose it! These kinds of exercises are meant to improve your quality of life by making activities of daily living easier.
There is a great nationwide program called Silver Sneakers that is changing lives by opening the door to greater health for older adults by assisting them in these kinds of exercises. The award-winning* SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is a proven, results-oriented program that enables older adults, often burdened with chronic conditions, to take charge of their health and maintain an active, independent lifestyle. In the Triad area, there are over 20 locations that offer this fitness program at local gyms. In North Carolina, there are 4 Health Plans that participate with the Silver Sneakers program. For more information, please log onto www.silversneakers.com
You have heard it said that, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples have a good claim to promote health. They contain Vitamin C, which aid the immune system and phenols, which reduce cholesterol. They also reduce tooth decay by cleaning one's teeth and killing off bacteria. It has also been suggested by Cornell University researchers that the quercetin found in apples protects brain cells against neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer's Disease. The choices you make every day in regards to fueling your body is even more important than physical exercise. Have you ever heard of the 80/20 principle? It applies to most everything including your health. 80% is about your diet and 20% is about exercise. This tells us that we have to be very conscious about the calories we are consuming to be used as fuel for our everyday life. There was a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that discovered that people who started keeping a food journal and wrote down everything they ate realized that they had been underestimating their calorie consumption by an average of 1,053 calories a day which is a lot. Be sure to consult your doctor and get your recommended caloric requirements and spread this out in 5-6 small meals every day. Move your body in some sort of physical exercise and you will be well on your way to a new you!
No matter how old we are, it seems that we lose something every day. Maybe a fleeting thought or memory that you can no longer recall, or your keys that you thought for sure you left on the counter. Maybe you are struggling to lift your grandchild up on the swing or it’s the stairs you can no longer climb. You can change this pattern by incorporating fitness and nutrition into your life. Be proactive and use it so you don’t lose it!
For more information on Senior Fitness please contact Nicole Deward at 336-880-3997
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