Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 25, 2017 10 THE GOOD LIFE THE GOOD LIFE 

Dear Savvy Senior, 

For the last six months or so, I’ve been having 
problems with my hips and legs cramping when 
I walk, although they feel better once I stop. I 
thought it was just because I’m getting old, but 
my friend was telling me about a leg vein disease 
called PAD and thinks I may have it. What can 
you tell me about this condition? 

Limping at 60 

Dear Limping, 

The health condition your friend is telling you 
about is known as “peripheral arterial disease” (or 
PAD), which is an under the radar disease that 
affects up to 12 million Americans.

It happens when the arteries that carry blood 
to the legs and feet become narrowed or clogged 
over the years with fatty deposits or plaque, 
causing poor circulation.

But you also need to be aware that because PAD 
is a systemic disease, people that have it are also 
much more likely to have clogged arteries in other 
areas of the body like the heart, neck and brain, 
which greatly increase the risks of heart attack or 

Few Symptoms

Unfortunately, PAD goes undiagnosed and 
untreated way too often because most people 
that have it experience few, if any symptoms. The 
most common symptom, however, is similar to 
what you’re experiencing: pain and cramping in 
the hip, thigh or calf muscles, especially when 
walking or exercising but usually disappears after 
resting for a few minutes.

Another reason PAD is under-diagnosed is 
because many people assume that aches and pains 
go along with aging and simply live with it instead 
of reporting it to their doctor.

Other possible symptoms to be aware of include 
leg numbness or weakness, coldness or skin color 
changes in the lower legs and feet, or ulcers or 

sores on the legs or feet that don’t heal. 

Are You at Risk? 

Like most other health conditions, the risk of 
developing PAD increases with age. Those most 
vulnerable are people over the age of 50 who 
smoke or used to smoke, have elevated cholesterol, 
high blood pressure, diabetes, are over weight, 
or have a family history of PAD, heart attack or 
stroke. African Americans are also twice as likely 
to have PAD as Caucasians. 

If you’re experiencing any symptoms or if you’re 
at increased risk of PAD, you need to be tested 
by your doctor or a vascular specialist. He or she 
will probably perform a quick and painless anklebrachial 
index test, which is done by measuring 
your blood pressure in your ankle as well as your 
arm and compare the two numbers. 

With early detection, many cases of PAD can 
be treated with lifestyle modifications including 
an improved diet, increased physical activity and 
smoking cessation.

If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your doctor 
may also prescribe medicine to prevent blood 
clots, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and 
control pain and other symptoms. And for severe 
PAD, the treatment options are angioplasty 
(inflating a tiny balloon in the artery to restore 
blood flow then removed), the insertion or a stent 
to reopen the artery, or a graft bypass to reroute 
blood around the blockage.

To learn more about PAD, visit the National 
Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at www.nhlbi. 

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, 

P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit www. Jim Miller is a contributor to the 
NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” 
I hope you had a wonderfulThanksgiving and that you’renearly through your leftoversby now! I also hope you enjoythis recycled article that I barelyrecall, which means you won’t remember it fromyears ago either.

 When was the last time you went hunting? Was 
it an exotic safari spanning the Serengeti. Did youload a rifle to take down an endangered elephant orrhino? Perhaps you


exceptions, Black 
Friday brings out the worst in humanity. We’ve 
all read about the fights at Walmarts and mallsacross the nation. What better way to celebratepeace on earth and good will toward men than toslug each others’ teeth out? Nothing says “silentnight” like a good shiner and an accompanyingconcussion. I hate shopping even under the best ofcircumstances, so you can imagine my trepidationabout going within a mile of a mall, Walmart, orBest Buy on that dreaded weekend.

Last year I made the mistake of procrastinatingtoo long when buying a gift for one of my closefriends, we’ll call her Cassandra. Cassandra 
frequently chooses clothing for my Christmas andbirthday gifts. I’m the first to admit that I need 
wardrobe help, so I wholeheartedly welcome all 

her clothing gifts.

 But last year I made the mistake of trying to buyHER some clothes. I asked a mutual friend what 
brands of clothing Cassandra prefers. Our friend 
recommended the Gap and Banana Republicoutlet stores at the Citadel. Noting my puzzledexpression, she patiently explained to me what theCitadel is. You can tell I love to shop...

 My husband gallantly drove us out to the Citadelat a day dangerously near Christmas. I’ve never 
witnessed such utter 

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during one holiday sale and still make a profit.

 These thoughts and others swirled throughmy over-stimulated mind that night, as I dodgedrunning children and tried to avoid tripping overpiles of discarded clothes. Reaching the parkinglot at the end of the night was like embracingthe promised land. However, the lingering stresscaused me to unconsciously clench my bag ofclothing for a good half hour after the lights of theCitadel faded into the distance.

 My friend probably didn’t fully appreciate mysacrifice in buying her gifts last year --which iswhy, this year, I’m ordering her present online.
Any shipping expenses are worth their weightin gold as far as my mental health is concerned.
Merry shopping! 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….November Birthdays 

Flo Mankin, Alberta Curran, Carmela Frontino, Kathy Wood, Lena Zate, Joe Pergola, 
Janice Kacer, Valerie Howard, “Mike” Ruggles, Joan Ruggles, Lois Stueck, Jean Wood, 
Shirley Yergeau, Kathi Jefferson, Pat Krok, Irene Nakagawa, Anna Ross, Mary Steinberg 
and Sue Quinn. * To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 
626.355.2737. YEAR of birth not required but you must be over 60. 
ACTIVITIES: Unless listed differently, all activities are at the Hart 
Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 

Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday morning from 10a.m. to 
11a.m. Join instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the art of Hula. 
Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! 
Everyone is welcome to join. Activity may be canceled if less than five people. 

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 11a.m. to 12p.m. No appt. is necessary. 
Brain Games - *New Activity*: Join us on Thursday November 16th, at 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m for 
Scattergories. A creative thinking game by naming objects within a set of categories. Everyone is 
welcome, and no experience is needed. What a great way to strengthen your brain and make new friends.
Activities are facilitated by Senior Volunteers. 

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, November 15th from 10:30a.m. to Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson isavailable for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Injury. Appointmentsare required by calling 626-355-7394. 
Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 11:30a.m. 
Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes 

include yoga and balance exercises. All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed!* A voluntary
donation of $5.00 per week is suggested but not required. 
Birthday Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free birthday cake
provided by the Sierra Madre Civic Club. 

Game Day: Every Thursday starting at 12:00p.m. Come join this group of Seniors in their poker game.
Other games are offered to all. 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays from 12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This energetic class
utilizes light weights, low impact resistance and training conditioning. Class equipment is provided. 


The Maloof House and Gardens 

.. (Alta Loma)
Date: Wednesday, November 29,2017 
Time: 9:15am to 2:30pmMeeting Location: Hart Park 

House Senior Center 
Cost: $20 (Does not include lunch)
Guided tour of the fascinating home handcrafted by renowned 
American woodworker Sam Maloof and furnished 
with examples of his signature furniture. The house is alsoa showcase of Sam and Alfreda Maloof ’s incomparable collection 
of 20th Century Studio craft and fine art. Followingthe house tour, take a self-guided tour of the Maloof Garden 
with its water-wise plantings and enchanting garden art and then visit the Museum Shop. Patronsare required to leave their handbags and other large belongings in a locked coat check room prior totouring the home. Lunch is on your own at Walter’s Restaurant in Claremont. Level of Walking: Medium.
Please call the Hart Park House 626-355-7394... 


Holida y Crafts Thursday, November 16th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m .
Participants will be painting and decorating repurposed wine bottles. Art materials and supplies
will be provided, however spaces are limited. Reservations are required to save your spot.
**Please call the Hart Park House 626-355-7394** 

Monday, December 4th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Kt Boyce will demonstrate paper crafts and ornament-making. Turn paper and charms into a beautiful
holiday ornament or a present garnish. Bring ornaments from home and share your personal stories.
Materials and supplies will be provided, but spaces are limited - Reservations at 626-355-7394. 


November 15th at 1:00 p.m.

Planes Trains and Automobile (1987) 

Neal Page (Steve Martin) is somewhat of a control freak.Trying to get hometo Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and kids, his flight is rerouted 
to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm and his sanitybegins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith(John Candy), whom he finds extremely annoying. Together they overcomethe insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destinations. Run Time:
1h 33m. 

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