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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 512010 5 Here's tO Health~~~1 Old Age is not a disease Submitted by Hidalgo County Health Consortium Written by MELMYN GELB RN, - MPH, CDE Rule out heart attack; rule out stroke - these were typical ' diagnoses for patients admitted through the emergency room to. , Bernalillo County Medical Cen- :ter, when I was a young nurse , (was I ever young once?) The ~' .... rule out" part meant the symp- , ' toms could indicate heart attack or stroke, but tests were still needed to be sure. However, one day the E.R. doctors sent us a patient with "rule-out old age." How do you rule out OLD AGE? What tests would you do? What blood levels do you 10ok for? ("excuse me sir, you look old. but .... are you having an attack of old age?") You see. old Lady Mavs to host District Tournament '. - Thursday The Lordsburg Lady Maver- icks volleyball team will host the District 6AA Tournament at home on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm. The Lady Mavericks will play the winner between CIoudcroft and Mesilla Valley Christian. The Lady Mavericks fin- ished their regular season last week and are seeded second in District 6AA. The winner of , Thursday's game will advance to ~ ~,the District 6AA Volleyball cham- "7'~pionship match at Tularosa on Saturday at 6:00 pm. Admission for the district tournament games is $5 for ev- _ eryone. The Lady Mavericks have had an awesome regular sea- son. Come enjoy the volleyball match and support the Lady Mav- ericks [ age is not really a disease. You can't, technically, die of old age. Your heart might give out, your brain stop functioning; you might even die of "natural causes." But, natural causes can happen at any age. Aging is an individual pro- cess and takes place at different rates for different people. When does old age begin, how old is old? Does it start at 65, 75, or even 85? We have all seen young 80 year olds dancing the night away and old 60 year olds barely able to breathe or walk. There are not. or should not be. stereotypes about old age. When Medicare came into being m 1965. only 20% of people in the United .States lived past age 65: now over 80% do. There are 100,000 people in the U.S. to- day over age 100. Yes, there are changes that occur as we grow older; but changes, and adjustments, occur mentally and physically at ev- ery stage of life. As we grow older, muscle size and strength may decrease, gums recede (not to mention my hairline.) We may have less lung capacity, and increasing calcification of heart valves. There can also be sen- sory changes with vision, hear- ing, and sense of taste, smell or touch. You notice, however, I use the word "may" as these changes are still individual and can occur at different ages for different people. Nevertheless, stereotypes continue to exist, even for people who are old enough to know better. Stereotypes like: "'to be old is to be sick.'" People attribute every ache and pain to "old age," even some doctors do. To be sure. about, half the people over 75 have arthritis. two-thirds have high blood pressure or 20% have diabetes; but many younger people have these problems and rarely do the problems get in the way of a full life. Studies show that people are more likely t~ age well than be decrepit. Only 5.2% of older Americans live in nursing homes; and 90% of thpse age 65-74 report no disability what- ever. Forty per cent of people over 85 report being fully func- tional. So why am I telling you this? Because it is never too late to bring wellness into your life, so that you can live life to the fullest. The quality of life mat- ters as well as the quantity. For example, there are studies which show people in their 80's and 90's improving balance "and strength by lifting light weights. Wellness. like health, ac- cording to the World Health Or- ganization, is not just the ab- sence of disease. Physical well being is enhanced with im- proved nutrition and increased activity. Intellectual well being is stimulated by being Imagina- tive. learning new things or teaching. Emotional well being incorporates joy, concern and love. Spiritual well being in- volves having purpose and val- ues. Cultural well being thrives on tradition and diversity. So- cial well being is nurtured by family, friends and community. Occupatt'~nal. material, financial and environmental well being are also important to our health and wellness. As for me: I wasn't old all those years ago as a young nurse. and now I prefer the definition of "old" in a quote from Ber- nard Baruch. former presiden- tial advisor, who said. "Old age is always fifteen years older than I am." Melvyn Gelb is a Diabetes Public Health Nurse for the Grant County Public Hea|th Office. Melvyn can be reached at melvyn.gelb@state.nm.u~ Or at 538-5318. Ext. 127 This article reprinted, courtesy of the Silver City Daily Press. e.nm. us. PAL Lower division wraps up season The Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PAL) lower division, ages 7-9, ended the 2010 season with 5 wins and 4 losses, taking third place overall in last weekend's championshi ps. Coaching the Maver- icks were Charles Madrid, Oscar Martinez, Ruben Mendoza and Skeater Lassiter. Courtesy photo NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City of Lordsburg, New Mexico wishes to inform all interested parties that pub- lic hearings will be held at the City of Lordsburg City Hall, 409 Wabash St, Lordsburg, N.M. on the following dates: Monday, November 8,. 2010 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon 2:00 p.m.. 4:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting will be to report on past CDBG program activities and to discuss and to solicit input on possible CDBG applications. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was established un- der Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, in order to assist communities in providing essential-community facilities, providing decent housing for residents, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment. The State of New Mexico estimates that approximately $14,000,000 will be appropriated for the 2011 funding cycle to be distributed state- wide on a com petitive basis. State and national objectivesof the CDBG Program require that assistance be made available for activities that address at least one of the following: 1) An activity identified and pnncipalty benefiting persons of low and moderate income 2) Aid in the prevention and elimination of slum and blight 3) Meet other community development needs of recent origin having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. Applications are limited to a maximum of $500,000, except for planning applications which have a limit of $50,000. Those unable to attend the mgeting may send written comments to .CDBG Grant Program Requests City of Lordsburg 409 Wabash St, Lordsburg, NM 88045 Youngsters participate in Volleyball Camp For that last few weeks,TriciaWashburn,Tamie Massey and Kay Peterson have hosted a junior mini- volleyball camp on Wednesdays in the Animas Middle School gym.They taught young players basic volleyball skills and each girl who participated in the camp received a T-shirt. The camp concluded last week with a pizza party. Thank you Mrs. Washburn, Mrs. Massey, and Mrs. Peterson for your efforts in putting on this volleyball camp for our future players.Your hard work was greatly appreci- ated! Pictured above are the girls who participated in the volleyball camp. Photo by BETSY WARD; Submitted by ELIZABETH RICHINS/Hidalgo County Herald Eckleberger Prescribed Fire planned for N0vember-by Gila National Forest Submitted by GNFISilverCity Forest Road 141 adjacent to The Reserve Ranger District Negrito .Firebase. of the Gila National Forest is plan- The goal of this project is to ning on treating approximately remove hazardous fuels (needle 10.000 acres on the Eckleberger cast, downed branches, logs) . project using prescribed fire. The prescribed fire is expected to last approximately two weeks begin- ning in November 2010. De- pending on weather and fuet'con- ditions, the dates are subject tO change. The Eckleberger prescribed fire project is located along the west side of Forest Road 28 and improve wildlife habitat, protect sensitive resources such as threat- ened and endangered species habitat, reintroduce fire, and pro- tect and improve soil and water- shed resources from high inten- stty fire events. When driving in the project area, please exercise caution as fire personnel will be working Dugan-Tarango Middle School Boy's 7th & 8th Grade Basketball 20010.11 DATE ~ OPPONENT TIME Tuesday, November 16 vs. Duncan, AZ 4:00/6:00 PM Tuesday, November 30 @ La Plata 4:00/5:00 PM Saturday, December 4 @ Morenci, AZTournament TBA Monday, December 6 vs. Morenci, AZ 4:00/5:00 PM Thursday, December 9 vs. La Plata 4:00/5:00 PM Saturday, December 11 @ Snell 10:00/11:00 AM Thursday, December 16 vs. MesillaValley Christian 4:00/5:00 PM Tuesday, January 4 @ Cliff 5:00/6:00 PM Thursday, January 6 vs. Snell 4:00/5:00 PM Tuesday, January 11 vs. Cliff 4:00/5:30 PM Saturday January 15 vs. Deming 10:00/11:00 AM Tuesday, January 18 Animas (8t" Only) 5:OO PM , Thursday, January 20 @ Hatch Valley 4:00/5:00 PM Satu rday, January 22 @ Mesilla Valley Christian 10:00/11:00 AM Tuesday, January 25 @ Animas (8'n Only) 5:00 PM Thursday, January 27 vs. Hatch Valley 4:00/5:00 PM Dugan-Tarango Middle School Girl's 7th ~ 8th Grade Basketball 2010-11 DATE Tuesday, November 16 Tuesday, November 30 Saturday December 4 Monday, December 6 Thursday, December 9 Saturday, December 11 Thursday, December 16 Tuesday, January 4 Thursday, January 6 T0esday, January 11 Thursday, January 13 Tuesday, January 18 Thursday, January 20 Saturday, January 22 Tuesday, January 25 Thursday, January 27 OPPONENT TIME VS. Duncan, AZ (7-8) 3:00/5:00 PM vs. La Plata (7-8) 4:00/5:00 PM @ Morenci~ AZTournament (7/8) (TBA) @ Morenci, AZ (7-8) 4:00/5:00 PM @ La Plata (7-8) 4:00/5:00 PM vs. Snell I7-8) 10:00/11:00 AM @ MesillaValley Christian (7-8) 4:00/5:00 PM vs. Cliff (7-8) 5:0016:00 PM @ Snell (7-8) 4:00/5:00 PM @ Cliff (7-8) 5:00/6:00 PM @ Deming (7-8) 4:00/5:00 PM vs. Animas (7-8) 3:00/4:00 PM vs. Hatch Valley (7-8) 4:00/5:00 PM vs. Mes Valley Chdstian (7-8) 10/11 AM @ Animas (7-8) 3:00/4:00 PM @ Hatch Valley (7-8) 4:00/5:00 PM I near or on Forest Road 28 and Forest Road 141. Drive with headlights on and reduce speed as the presence of smoke may re- duce visibility along area roads. For further information on the Eckleberger prescribed fire. please contact Reserve Ranger District at (5753 533-6232. M0rel0s wins Lil' Mavs raffle The Lil' Mavs Cheerleaders Hal- loween Raffle Winner was Tay- lor Morelos. A big thank you to everyone who bought tickets. Courtesy photo hehera.ld mnex .net NOTICIA AL PUBLICO La Cuidad de Lordsburg, Nuevo Mexico, quiere informar e invitar a todos los interesados a participar en unas audencias publicas en el edificio de las cuidad situado en 409 Wabash St., Lorsburg Nuevo Mexico en las siguentes fechas: Lunes el dia 08 de Novembre, 2010 a las 11:00 de la mafiana a la 12:00 de medio dia a las 2:00 de la tarde a las 4:00 de la tarde Esta reunion considerara propuestas de proyectos para aplicacion de fondos 2011 de Community Block Grant (CDBG). Esta estimado q ue el estado de Nuevo Mexico recibira aproximadamente $14,000,000 en fondos. El programa de Comm unity Development Block Grant fue establecido en 1974 bajo el Title I/Housing & Community Development Act para asistir 1) a comunidades y a residentes de pocos o moderados recursos, 2) ayudar a eliminar barrios bajos, sucios y manchados 3) y tambien estos fondos se pueden usar en condiciones de emergencias que pongan en peligro inmediato a la salud y bienestar de la gente. El programa esta administrado por el estado de Nuevo Mexico, Department of Fi- nance and Administration, Local Government Division. El publico esta invitado a hacer presentaciones, peticiones, y recomendaciones al consejo cerca de los proyectos que se quieran aplicar para el proximo ciclo de CDBG fondos. El maximo total para cada aplicacion es $500,000 excepto aplicaciones en la categoria de 0n plan de proyecte que tienen limite fijo de $50,000. Si usted o su organizacion tiene un proyecto que pueda ser elegible para consideracion, usted esta invitado a hacer su presentacion y peticion en esta re- union publica. Para los residentes que no hablan ingles, y requiere un interprete, contacten a la oficina de administracion, una semana antes de la reunion. Para la gente que no pueda atender la reunion publica, sus comentarios se recibiran en la siguenta direccion: CDBG Grant Program Requests City of Lordsburg 409 Wabash St, Lordsburg, NM 88045