Memory Care America - February 2020

After a Beautiful Life, the Lewey’s Love Story Continues at Memory Care America 7 Decades of Love

A WORLD OF YOGURT A Look at 3 Types of Yogurt

T his past Christmas was the first holiday that Bill and Mildred “Midge” Lewey spent apart in over 70 years. “Our courtship wasn’t much. It was just one of those things where we decided we were in love, and we got married,” Bill says. “The good Lord has been good to us.” The couple met in high school before Midge’s family moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Bill and Midge would frequently write to one another, and they kept in touch while Bill entered the military and Midge finished her senior year of high school. Around Christmas 1948, Bill decided Midge was the woman he wanted to marry, and despite the fact that she was seeing another classmate of theirs, he asked to see her. He didn’t waste time asking Midge to be his wife. But she didn’t give him the answer he expected or was looking for.

If you walk down the yogurt aisle of any store today, you’ll see more varieties than ever before: Greek, Australian, Icelandic, whipped, and probiotic-packed — not to mention yogurts made with soy, coconut, and almond milks. And, of course, you have all the classic yogurt brands and tons of flavors to choose from. But what’s the difference between all of these yogurt varieties? What sets Greek apart from Australian? What is unique about Icelandic (Skyr)? We’ve gone ahead and broken it down for you. Greek yogurt is one of the more common varieties on the market. It’s typically a thicker consistency with roughly double the protein of traditional, strained yogurts. Most brands of Greek yogurt have less sugar and fewer carbs, as well as fewer ingredients overall. A high-quality Greek yogurt will typically only have 3–4 ingredients: milk, live active cultures, and any flavorings (vanilla, honey, fruit, etc.). If you see any fillers like corn starch or corn syrup listed on the ingredients label, it’s probably not the real deal. Australian yogurt (or Aussie yoghurt) is newer to most stores, and one of the biggest brands in the U.S. is Noosa. Because it’s typically made with whole milk, it’s rich and creamy — you won’t be saving any calories here. It’s not quite as thick as Greek yogurt, but it’s not runny either. It’s often described as silky smooth and sweeter than other varieties of yogurt, thanks in part to the whole milk. Honey and fruit mix in exceptionally well, and like Greek yogurt, this variety is packed with protein. Skyr, often referred to as Icelandic yogurt, has a lot in common with Greek yogurt in terms of consistency and protein content, but it’s actually not a yogurt at all. It’s a cultured dairy product classified as “fresh sour milk cheese.” But don’t let that put you off. It’s thick, smooth, packed with nutrients and probiotics, and lower in sugar than traditional yogurt. Skyr is most commonly made with skim or low-fat milk, but since it has gained global popularity, you can find varieties made with 2% and whole milk, too. Yogurt (dairy and nondairy) is a rich source of gut- healthy probiotics, and while there are some differences in terms of texture, flavor, and nutritional content, any of these three types are a great choice for your diet.

Instead, she just said, “When?”

Six months later, the couple was married, and their life together was full of highs and lows. They moved to Texas, where Bill would train members of the military on Lackland Air Force Base. The couple had two children and have enjoyed their lives together as grandparents. Their love continued to grow as their

number of anniversaries climbed. When a preacher once commended them for their long marriage, Midge simply said, “Well, we didn’t intend to, but he worked so hard that he couldn’t go down and file for divorce!”

But that’s always been Midge — confident and humorous.

Fourteen years ago, Midge’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis tested their marriage. Bill took care of Midge for as long as he could, often keeping tabs on her whereabouts and supporting her through this diagnosis and battling his own health concerns as well. But this past September, Bill knew it was time to get help, and that’s when he decided his wife needed to live at Memory Care of Westover Hills.

“I think it’s a wonderful place,” Bill says. “I wish I was still taking care of her, but I just can’t do it anymore. We think the people are great out there.”

After more than seven decades of supporting one another through better, worse, sickness, and health, it’s no surprise that Midge still recognizes Bill when he comes to visit, even if she doesn’t know his name. Their dedication proves that seven decades of love can withstand nearly anything. If you know of a family who could benefit from our services, don’t keep our work a secret! Referrals are the best compliment you can give us. Direct them to or find us on Facebook.


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