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April 24 2007 Senior Living Newsletter


GREETINGS FROM SENIOR LIVING at Bella Online! Welcome spring! It's beautiful in NE Ohio this week! Hope the sun is shining on you wherever you are, too.

This week's article is about senior safety. There are scam artists, thieves, and thugs out there crafting their plans to take advantage of you, me and everyone else. They seem to especially prey on the elderly

But there are other safety issues, too, and I'll be writing about them throughout the month of May, which, incidentally, is Older Americans Month and Family Violence Prevention Month.

The older, mature generation, many of whom are grandparents, can have a huge impact on the family. During the Virginia Tech Memorial Service last week the Islam religious leader mentioned that we all descended from Adam and Eve. When Glen Bush and his guest panel discussed the whys that such heinous acts could be carried out, their opinions were that the family needs to be rescued.

RELATED READING AND APPLICATION
I've just finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book, a Newbury Medal recipient, is about family, about memories, about life, and each reader can interpret and come to his/her own conclusions. For me, it suggests that we, this older generation, "SENIORS", have the memories of what a solid family, a happy family is. It suggests that we, the older generation, "SENIORS", could...should...must take up the gauntlet and mentor those younger than us, to motivate and encourage "family-ness." We face one of the most important challenges in our lives, in our world: Rescuing our families.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
And here is a question I'll ask at the forums: Are you as romantic-minded now as you were 30 years ago? And another question, would you read romance fiction for seniors? Do you think there is a market for it? You can email me at seniorliving@bellaonline.com.

SOMETHING FOR YOU TO TRY:
I also have a new recipe to share. I haven't tried it yet but I'll share it with you anyway because it sounds scrumptious and the sources said it's as good as it sounds.

DRIED CHERRY SCONES

2-3/4 cups Bisquick
1/4 cup Splenda
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 teaspoon Splenda
8 ounces low fat or fatfree yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix cherries with 1/2 teaspoon Splenda. Let sit while you mix Bisquick with 1/4 cup of Splenda. Mix clumps out with fork. Stir in cherries, add yogurt and mix til moistened. Turn onto floured breadboard and knead 4-5 times by hand.

Spray Pam on cookie sheet. Spread dough onto a 9-inch circle on cookie sheet. Cut into 10-12 slices. DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH. Score it. Sprinkle with sugar and bake 16-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

If you try the recipe, will you drop me a line at seniorliving@bellaonline.com and let me know how it turned out for you?

Upward and onward. I'm trying to get better organized so I'll be at the forums more regularly so we can get to know each other and I can learn what your interests are so I can make the Senior Living site the best it can be. I sincerely appreciate your support and your patience.

Don't forget. You can read the latest article from the Senior Living site at BellaOnline.com.

Keeping Seniors Safe
In an age when seniors are prey to scammers, thieves and others of the low-life variety, we need to have the right resources in our life skills toolbox.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art50542.asp

Please visit seniorliving.bellaonline.com for even more great content about Senior Living.

To participate in free, fun online discussions, this site has a community forum all about Senior Living located here -

http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=53

I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback!

Have fun passing this message along to family and friends, because we all love free knowledge!

Til next time, may the sun shine on your face and the wind be at your back.

Cathy

Cathy Brownfield, Senior Living Editor
http://seniorliving.bellaonline.com

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