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Gorgeous Images to Transport You

These images will continue only through Thursday, July 10. Come and enjoy!

This spring, we feature two talented photographers on the Anderson campus — and their lenses are focused on very different subjects.

Connie Wellnitz (left) says her art changed drastically when she got a digital camera and processing became much more affordable. 

“Now I could make minuscule adjustments, try various lighting scenarios and not worry about how I was going to pay for it later,” she said. 

Her favorite studio right now is her backyard, where her “painterly” images transform flowers into exotic close-up landscapes. Don’t worry, she edits out any bugs.

“I don’t want to look at bugs on my flowers,” she said.

The adventures of Carina del Rosario (right) provide an international photo lab where she conjures up the people, smells, sounds, and cultures of Madagascar and the Philippines.

Her personal images nearly pop out of their frames with their vivid depictions of extreme weather conditions, saturated colors, and the faces of real people who may be oceans apart, but show us our deep interconnection.

You can see Connie’s flowers at Anderson Plaza and Carina’s worldscapes at Anderson House from 8 AM to 8 PM every day through July 1. 



Take Good Care of Your Heart

February has always been the month to celebrate love and passion thanks to St. Valentine's Day, but February is also American Heart Month, focusing on the leading cause of men and women: heart disease. That's right, heart disease kills more Americans than all cancers combined.

In fact, every year, 600,000 people die of heart disease. That's 1 in 4 deaths. But the GOOD news is, heart disease is preventable and controllable. 

How can you reduce your risk? Here are the basic steps. Don't try to do them all at once, just take on one risk factor at a time.

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Monitor your blood pressure
  • Don't smoke
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Have your cholesterol checked
  • Manage your diabetes
  • Take your medicine

Combine these, of course, with a little romance, which does your heart a lot of good, too.

Visit the CDC's website to find out more about managing heart disease AND to discover the signs of a heart attack. 



Any Time is Right for Health and Fitness

It's never too late to get healthy. That was the message presented by Health Coach, Deenie Robertson from Activation Health Coaching. Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight and her clients deal with all the issues that make people unhealthy: a busy schedule, an addiction to fast food, and chronic disease.

Eating healthy and exercise can lead to lasting effects that will not only help you feel and look better, but also to live a better quality of life. This is especially important for people over 50 who are greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, increased blood sugar, and high blood pressure.


She shared some interesting facts:

  • When you lose 10 pounds, you also remove 40 pounds of pressure from your knees
  • When you gain 5 pounds of fat, you also gain 35 miles of blood vessels
  • 100 additional calories per day = 10 additional pounds per year.

Robertson advises a combination of lean proteins, nutritious carbohydrates, and healthy fats combined with portion control to start eating better. Six small meals can help you stay full throughout the day.

As for exercise, she demonstrated moves to improve strength, balance, posture, and flexiblity. She recommends a combination of those along with activities to increase heart health like swimming, running, biking, and walking. 

Her clients are more motiviated when they have a BIG REASON to get fit: keeping up with grandchildren, enjoying activities that requiring getting up and down from the ground such as gardening, or just living longer.

Find more fitness resources, including recipes and a confidential health assessment, at Deenie's Activation Coaching website.



Advice for Retirement Income

It would be a lot easier to make the most of our investments if we could predict the future. No matter how much we plan or save, we can never be sure of our life span or our long-term health.

So it was helpful when Retirement Investment Advisor Jeff Otis offered some ideas to make the most of retirement income at our "Smart Aging" Workshop entitled "Can We Afford Elder Care?"

He advises investors to start by answering three questions:

1. What assets do I have?

2. What are my sources of income?

3. How much does elder care or retirement living cost?

Once you know those figures, Otis suggests you brainstorm with your financial advisor about maximizing the return on your revenue-producing (money-making) investments. 

It might surprise you to discover options for long-term, moderate growth that don't put you at high risk. Ask about BB or BBB-rated corporate bonds, intermediate and long-term municipal bonds, Emerging Market Debt, and closed-end funds.

Whatever you decide, make sure your portfolio is highly diverse so your revenues are not dependent on a single market.

For more information, you can reach Jeff Otis at Evergreen/GaveKal (425) 467-4624 or jotis@evergreengavekal.com.

More investment resources for you: AARP offers many resources about money on their website and read the article entitled 8 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living here.