Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Families of children battling cancer would go any distance to find a cure. This September, Alex’s Lemonade is setting off on a #Journey2aMillion and going 1 million miles to help raise awareness and funds for cures.

You can help them reach 1 million miles. Recruit friends and start a team or join by yourself.

Go to alexslemonade.org to find out more.

Make sure to keep reading the Times News this month for stories about local families dealing with pediatric cancer.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The annual Pink Light Walk, a breast cancer awareness event sponsored by the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club, will be held on Oct. 6 at the Lehighton Recreation Center, Eighth Street, Lehighton.

Registration is at 5:30 p.m. The walk begins at 6:30.

The walk is being held in memory of Kay Teets. The speaker will be Carla Bednar, caregiver and Teets’ daughter.

Register yourself or your team at Pinklightwalk@yahoo.com or call 610-379-4284 or 610-377-1053. For groups, the names of all participants must be included.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Carol Marak, an aging advocate and editor of SeniorCare.com, writes a weekly column called Aging Matters. Look for future columns on the Health page of the Times News.

In less than four decades, the senior population in the U.S. will double.

At the last count, the total was 41 million, and it will magnify to over twice that by 2050.

Globally, the number of people 65 and older expands from 531 million to 1.5 billion. Countries like Japan, South Korea, and Germany will find their majority population to be over the age of 50.

This July, the once in a decade White House Conference on Aging gathered. Senior care experts, members of the legislature and President Obama joined in the discussions.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Q. I was wondering if older people get bad breath more than younger folks.

I could find no direct correlation between aging and halitosis, which is the fancy term for bad breath.

However, I’m going to take a couple of educated stabs at the issue raised in this question.

Many older people have dentures. If they don’t fit correctly or are not cleaned often, they can collect food and bacteria; both can lead to bad breath.

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a condition that allows dead cells to accumulate in your mouth creating bad breath.

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — According to national surveys of parents and sixth-graders, tweens got a failing grade for knowledge about the proper use of over-the-counter medicines. Only about half knew such medicines can be dangerous when improperly used or mixed with other drugs.

On the parent side, about the same number said they didn’t believe their kids could effectively understand the drug facts on labels, let alone whether their offspring are abusing or in danger of abusing such medications recreationally.

Monday, August 31, 2015
College students are most likely to try marijuana, inhalants and alcohol for the first time during the summer, not the school year, according to a recent report. AP FILE PHOTO

CHICAGO — Parents worried that their college-bound children might succumb to the temptations of campus life may want to take note of a new analysis that found that students tend to experiment with specific types of drugs for the first time during certain times of year.

College students tend to try stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin for the first time in November, December or April, according to the examination of 12 years of government survey data.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Mahanoy City Senior Community Center will present its annual fall fashion show beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Proceeds will benefit center services.

The fashion show, featuring fall fashions for all ages by Bon Ton, Schuylkill Mall, will be held at the senior community center, 138 W. Centre St.

Event donation is $6 and includes light refreshments.

For information or to reserve tickets, should call 570-773-0738.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Even if you can’t shop the latest fashions from the runways of New York, Milan or Paris, haute couture is as close as your fingertips.

Burnished copper, dark plums and an array of grays are the hot new colors for fall.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, here are fall’s best new nail colors:

“Leggy Legend” (copper) by Essie, $8.50

“Charli” (taupe-gray) by Zoya, $9

“Miss Independent” (deep plum) by Deborah Lippmann, $18

“Regret the Moon” (pale ballet pink) by Smith & Cult, $18 (Available in September)

“Dyno-Mite” (medium copper) by Sonia Kashuk, $5

Friday, August 28, 2015

Shawna Slattery of Slatington received a bachelor of science in nursing from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Aug. 15.

She was among the 8,500 graduates during the university’s 29th semiannual commencement ceremony.

President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Charles W. Sorenson, delivered the commencement address.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Congested highways, parking problems, air pollution, road rage, traffic fatalities — Has the time come for bringing back passenger rail service to our region?

Just to our south, the mayors in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton think it is and they are leading the discussion to bring passenger rail service back to their respective cities and on through to New Jersey.