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Library Article for July 28, 2015

There are four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers now, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.  Are YOU prepared to care for an older adult loved one?  Do you know where to turn for help as a caregiver?  Can your family afford the costs of long term care?  And what is the plan for YOUR own needs as you age?  Nashville Public Television just donated to our library two sets of their DVD series entitled “Aging Matters”, hosted by Kathy Mattea, Grammy and CMA Award-winning singer-songwriter who has experienced first-hand the challenges of being a family caregiver to her parents.  There are three DVD’s in each set:  the first named “Caregiving”, explores the many factors of being a caregiver through the personal stories of families, as well as interviews with professionals and experts in the field of long term eldercare.  The second DVD is “Economics of Aging” in which Nashville Public Television examines the costs and financial impact of aging and hears from people navigating financial decisions now.  They note that the average person turning 65 this year will live to be 85 years old.  But one in five will live to be 90, and one in ten will live to be 95. What is the financial outlook for the average American facing retirement?  What can we expect to spend on care as we age?  Have we saved and planned enough so our finances will last as long as we do?  The third DVD, “Aging in Place”, addresses what most of us say we want, to age in our own home until the end of our lives.  But aging in place is no guarantee of a high quality of life.  In this edition of “Aging Matters”, NPT explores what it takes to successfully age in place.  In this documentary, you hear from Americans facing decisions now.  What are the common challenges?  Are there examples of people making it work?  When the time comes, what do we really want?  What are our options?  Do check out these DVD’s so you can look at the realities of aging and learn what it takes to make our ideals match the reality.

New Best Sellers!

“The Melody Lingers On” by Mary Higgins Clark

Two sisters in World War II France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance in Paris.

“In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume

Secrets are revealed and love stories play out against the backdrop of a series of panic-inducing plane crashes in 1950’s New Jersey. 

We’re All about Information!

It is in season, very popular at picnics, oh so yummy and good for you:  watermelon!   Did you know that it has a high volume of Lycopene, an antioxidant that helps prevent and fight various types of cancer?  Also, being low in fat and free of cholesterol, it is a good source of Vitamins A and C.  Watermelon is so refreshing and sweet and it is very low in calories.  The water content exceeds 90%, making it a thirst-quenching food item.  Also interesting, this fruit comes in about fifty different varieties. The red flesh watermelon is the most common.  Other preferred types are orange flesh, yellow flesh and seedless.  If you are a dieter, here are some caloric facts:  1 cup of watermelon balls (up to 154 grams) equals 46 calories, 1 wedge of watermelon (up to 286 grams) is 86 calories, and 1 average sized watermelon (up to 4518 grams) is 1355 calories.

Stingy Schobel Says

Some major league baseball teams offer discounts; the Florida Marlins provide Free Ticket Thursdays for people 55 and up. Compare that with the $50 average price of a seat in the Marlin’s ballpark.  Check your favorite team for discounts while on vacation.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q.  What did the frog order at the Diner?

A.  French flies and a Diet Croak!


For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at  The library, at 3 East Street, is open to the public on: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Cumberland County Archives & Heritage Center, at 95 East First Street, is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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