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September 2019

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Pawprints on Our Heart W hen I was young, my grandparents always had a new pet around the house. This was largely due to my grandfather’s big heart. He was always bringing home strays. It drove my grandmother crazy. Once, she wrote a story for him about a woman who was going to leave her husband if he brought home one more pet. I don’t think my grandfather got the hint. He kept bringing home strays, but my grandmother still loved him. That said, after he passed away, my grandmother never got another pet. I think she had her fill of them by that point. feel needed, something we all can relate to. Of course, owning a pet Pet Ownership and Senior Health

comes with challenges. There are situations in which a senior may not be able to care for a pet, or having a pet

I wonder now if I should have tried to convince my grandmother to get a dog or cat when she was older. In the last few years, there has been so much research into the health benefits of pet ownership. I’ve read articles about how caring for a pet reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, improves heart health, and even helps people get more exercise. Anyone can benefit from pet ownership, but pets can be especially valuable for seniors. Last fall, a poll sponsored by the AARP and the University of Michigan found that 88% of seniors who own a pet said their pet helped them enjoy life. Pets can also help combat loneliness. Of the seniors surveyed, 72% said their furry, finned, or feathered friend helped them cope with physical or emotional symptoms. This is really great to hear, because loneliness has been associated with numerous health problems, including poor sleep, higher stress, and inflammation.

around may pose a danger to a senior’s well-being. However, when appropriate, I’ve seen how the joys of caring for a pet outweigh any of the drawbacks. Though my grandmother never got another pet of her own, there was a neighborhood cat who came by the house almost every day. My grandmother called the cat Moochi because he was a mooch. Gram insisted it wasn’t her cat — she would even chase the cat out whenever he got into the house — but she always bought cat food at the store and worried when Moochi didn’t turn up for a few days. I remember how my grandmother would sit on the porch to have her morning coffee and how the cat would come along and keep her company. Moochi brightened her day and highlighted the value pets bring to our lives.


For seniors whose families live far away, their pets become their family. Being able to take care of a pet can help seniors

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Stay Toned by Lifting Weights at Home


In her best-selling lifestyle guide “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” Mireille Guiliano advises women in their 50s to invest in a set of free

own body weight (like pushups and situps), you build strength, muscle mass, and flexibility.”

You don’t have to join a gym to reap the benefits though; just pick up a set of free weights and a resistance band and research how to safely use them in your own home. recommends designing a workout routine that includes one or two exercises for each of the major muscle groups: legs, back, shoulders, arms, chest, and abs. Try 8–10 repetitions per set, but don’t push yourself to use heavy weights. Even options that are 10 pounds or less should be enough to keep you chasing after your grandchildren for years to come. One public figure who has taken the weightlifting creed to heart is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The documentary “RBG” shows the 86-year-old judge at the gym, pumping lightweight iron with her personal trainer, and she even walked spring chicken Stephen Colbert through her routine on “The Late Show.” Ginsburg has called her trainer “the most important person” in her life apart from her family, which is a ringing endorsement for lifting weights if ever there was one.

weights — nothing too heavy, perhaps 3–5 pounds — in order to maintain their toned, youthful appearance and range of motion. She

notes that lifting weights isn’t entirely necessary during your 20s and 30s, but it’s essential to maintain muscle tone and bone density in your later years. Though Guiliano’s evidence is anecdotal, the science confirms that lifting weights can be an indispensable aid to healthy aging for both men and women. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends strength training 2–3 times per week to lower your risk of health problems and preserve bone density, independence, and vitality. According to WebMD, “Muscle loss is one of the main reasons people feel less energetic as they get older. When you lift weights, work out on machines, use resistance bands, or do exercises with your


Why More Adults Over 55 Continue to Work

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, upward of 40% of people aged 55 and older are continuing to work past the normal retirement age. There are a number of reasons why people are choosing to stay employed, with one of the biggest being a lack of retirement funds, but some are also using work to keep their minds and skills sharp. In fact, most of the jobs that the 55-plus crowd goes after keep them engaged with the community and help them lead more active lives.

These seven jobs are projected to grow between 8–14% over the next six years according to BLS data. They often pay well and don’t always require a full-time commitment. Many even offer flexible schedules, which can help older workers spend more time with peers or loved ones. This balance is exactly what many older workers are looking for, especially those who are “part-time retired.”

More importantly, however, most older workers find these jobs fulfilling. They allow older folks to interact with the community and stay active, both of which, research suggests, are essential to healthy

The BLS categorized the jobs many older workers are currently pursuing:

• Real estate appraisers/assessors • Property/real estate/ community association managers • Technical writers • Tax preparers • Construction/building inspectors • Crossing guards • Clergy

living as people age. For many, working past retirement, or not

leaving the workforce entirely, can be a win-win-win: It’s a win for your bank account, a win for your health, and a win for the community.





It’s hard to think about what our lives would be like without our dogs, but it’s impossible for dogs to imagine their lives without us. For a loyal dog, their human guardian is the center of their universe. This bond can do wonders in the life of a senior. Unfortunately, many beloved dogs end up in animal shelters after their owner passes away. Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping senior dogs and senior people on California’s Central Coast. POMDR provides resources to make sure loyal pets can stay with their seniors for as long as possible. The organization helps reassure seniors that their pet will be cared for after they are gone. Their Perpetual

POMDR also helps unite seniors with canine companions through adoption. For seniors, adopting a dog can be a much better option than going to a pet store or a breeder. The dog’s personality and history are already known, so seniors can find a companion that best suits them. Furthermore, the calmer personalities of senior dogs, like those waiting at POMDR foster homes, are often ideal for senior people who don’t have the energy to chase after a puppy all day. Pets can make our lives so much fuller. Peace of Mind Dog Rescue helps seniors return the favor. Visit to learn how to enroll your dog in their program or find a senior dog in need of a good home.

Care Program has helped countless dogs in our area find safe, loving homes.

In addition to caring for dogs after their senior passes away,


Paleo Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients • 1/2 cup onion, diced • 1 red pepper, diced

• 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth (optional: substitute with water) • 1 tsp paprika • 6 eggs • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions 1. Heat oven to 375 F. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté onion, peppers, • 2 strips bacon, cut into squares • 1 large sweet potato, spiralized or grated • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 2 cups spinach bacon, and sweet potatoes until bacon is completely rendered and onions are translucent. Then, add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Finally, add spinach and continue cooking for another 3–5 minutes.

3. Transfer to a greased casserole dish. 4. In a mixing bowl, whisk

together eggs and pour them over casserole. 5. Bake for 20–30 minutes, let stand for 5 minutes, and serve.

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How Pets Improve Our Lives


Stay Toned by Lifting Weights at Home

Why Are So Many People Deciding Not to Retire?


Helping Seniors Look Out for Their Dogs

Paleo Breakfast Casserole


Local Events

Fun for All!


Mountain Community Theater: ‘Mamma Mia!’ Where: Mountain Community Theater, Ben Lemond When: Sept. 20–Oct. 20 Admission: See website for tickets Website: Here we go again! Audiences all over the world love “Mamma Mia!” and this fall, Mountain Community Theater is bringing the magic of ABBA’s hit songs to a stage near you. Sophie is getting married, and she’d love to have her father walk her down the aisle. The trouble is she doesn’t know which man from her mother’s past is her father. High jinks are in abundance in this story about love, friendship, and family, with catchy tunes that will leave you humming long after the curtains close. One Pot Ayurvedic Soups and Stews Where: New Leaf Community Markets, Santa Cruz When: Friday, Sept. 20; 6:30–9 p.m. Admission: $45–$50 Website:

body, and spirit. Food is a crucial component to whole- body health, and this simple cooking class examines how to make the healthiest meals for your overall health. Learn how to turn your favorite fall flavors into healthy, ayurvedic soups and stews. Capitola Beach Festival Where: Capitola Village, Esplanade Park, Capitola When: Sept. 28–29 Admission: Free Website:

The Capitola Beach Festival returns for its second year, ready to cement itself as a beloved community tradition. This free, family-friendly event is more than just another day at the beach. Prepare for a weekend full of fun activities, including a horseshoe tournament, fishing derby, sand sculpture contest, lighted nautical parade, concerts, and more! There’s truly something for everyone.

Developed in India over 3000 years ago, ayurveda is a form of holistic health that focuses on balancing the mind,

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