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When swallowing becomes a matter of life and death

3 Ways Dysphagia Can Shorten Your Life, and What to Do About It For most of us, ketchup is just a condiment, and chocolate sauce is a treat. But for Kate Proctor, ketchup and chocolate sauce are tools of her trade. That’s because her job is to help people eat. Kate is a speech-language pathologist at Heritage Health Care Center in Globe. Part of her job is to help people learn to speak again after a head injury, stroke or severe illness. She also works to improve patients’ ability to communicate when conditions like dementia hamper speech. But Kate’s favorite area is a condition called dysphagia. Dysphagia – pronounced dis-FAY-gee-ah – refers to problems with swallowing. The ability to swallow is important because it affects the ability to eat. And it’s fairly common, affecting about 15 out of 100 elderly people. That number, however, is much higher in nursing homes, where about 7 out of 10 have swallow problems. Swallow problems tend to get worse as we age, Kate says. According to Kate, there are three ways swallow problems can shorten a person’s life: 1. “First, you can choke and die from lack of oxygen, or the event can cause ... Read More »

Copper Basin Coalition announces new “Santas for Seniors”

  The Copper Basin Coalition is working with the Globe and Miami High School Anti-Tobacco Squads to present a new program this holiday season benefitting Seniors.  The program, “Santas for Seniors”, will benefit local senior citizens in Heritage  and Haven skilled nursing facilities that might not have cheer this season according to the organizers.     Read More »

Stuff a shoe box; feel the true spirit of Christmas

Contributed Article Imagine the sheer joy on the face of a needy child opening a Christmas box; then imagine you’re the reason the child gets to experience that joy. It’s possible through Operation Christmas Child. The international project collects donations of shoe boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys for children living in poverty in other countries. There are instructions at www.samaritanspurse.org on how to fill a shoe box, but it’s easy and fulfilling for people of all ages. Last year, members of the Boys & Girls Club in Globe filled many shoeboxes. “It was a sobering moment when many of our members realized that many kids in other countries have never received even one gift at Christmas,” said Aimee Staten, executive director of the youth club, which is now called Cobre Valley Youth Club. “We had been dealing with several members who were mad that they hadn’t gotten everything on their Christmas lists from years before. This was a perfect way to teach them about gratefulness.” This year, each Club kid is a members of a tribe, which will compete to fill shoe boxes. Churches, families, individuals, classes and teams are encouraged to pick up boxes from ... Read More »

An Hour at the Roosevelt Lake Visitor’s Center with LuAnn Peeks

By Patti M. Daley There’s a humble, hidden treasure of the Tonto Basin to be found just a short drive from Globe. It’s easy to get there: drive north on Highway 188 to Roosevelt Lake. At mile marker 242.8, you’ll see the sign. You’ve reached the Roosevelt Lake Visitor’s Center. The building, built into the landscape, is barely visible from the highway. When you enter, you’re greeted by a beautiful view of Roosevelt Lake and an easygoing introduction to the wildlife and history that surrounds it. Every Tuesday through Saturday, from 7:45 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon, LuAnn Peek will be there to welcome you. Employed by the USDA Forest Service as a Customer Service Rep, LuAnn answers questions and helps travelers explore the region. She does it with a love and knowledge of the Roosevelt Lake area that comes from a lifetime of living there. LuAnn grew up in a large family of fishermen, hunters and campers. “When we had our last Easter Picnic here, we were five generations,” she remembers. “What a blast it was.” She moved away only once, when she and her husband, Tom, went to work at the BHP Copper mine in ... Read More »

Community Pool or Aquatic Center pose No easy answers.

Cobre Valley Country Club Pool

A swimming pool is generally the most popular and populated recreation site in a community during the summer, so what happens when one local option has permanently closed and the other two are failing? According to several area leaders, it is time to think regional. “The time has come where we need to approach new projects and ideas as a region (because) it has become extremely difficult to get funding standing alone, especially in rural communities,” Globe Mayor Al Gameros said. “We are a stronger force when we collaborate and work together.” Read More »

How to Conquer the Fear of Falling and Lead a Full Life.

Seniors living the good life.

    If you’re afraid of falling, you’re not alone. Many people, as they get older, begin to fear falling and the potential injury that can come from a fall. As a result, they begin to limit their activities and social engagements. Enjoyment of life decreases, and the fear of falling can lead to a downward spiral of physical decline, social isolation, loneliness and depression. But it’s possible to avoid this negative chain of events and stay active – while reducing your chances of a fall, too. By learning some simple guidelines for preventing falls, you can reduce the chances of falling in your home. And by staying active, you can maintain your physical strength and balance to reduce the chances of falling even further. It’s wise to be careful about avoiding falls. For older Americans, falls are the number one cause of injuries as well as deaths from injuries. The consequences of a fall can be severe, including fractures, dislocations, head trauma and soft tissue injuries. Every year, falls result in 800,000 visits to the hospital and 27,000 deaths, according to the National Council on Aging. Read More »

Want to help Hurricane Harvey victims?

For those looking for a way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas: Houston Coalition for the Homeless: www.homelesshouston.org/hurricane-harvey/ Offers up-to-date information about space in homeless shelters and accepts cash donations at http://www.thewayhomehouston.org/partners Trusted World: https://trustedworld.org/hurricane-harvey-volunteers/ Current needs: New underwear and socks (all sizes), non-perishable food, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, baby diapers, wipes and formula Samaritan’s Purse: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/relief-units-rolling-texas-hurricane-harveys-punch/?utm_source=Bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=m_YYHH-B17V_HHSP Direct relief USA: www.directrelief.org Click on “Direct my Donation to” and choose Hurricane Harvey All of the food banks in the following cities are also accepting donations: Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. Read More »

Stand Out announcements: New Program launched by GMT featuring milestone events, custom design

If there is one thing Globe Miami Times is known for it’s our  graphics, photography and overall look and feel of the products we publish.  So when I was talking to my managing editor recently and we discussed the possibility of publishing your life events as so many papers offer, we knew we wanted to do it our way. We wanted to add style and sass to these BIG LIFE moments that make you want to shout out to the world . Weddings, Births, Anniversaries, Youth Achievement!… if it’s important to you, we can help you make a memorable STAND OUT statement. Read More »

CCYS Globe Miami Piranhas say Thanks!

The CCYS Globe Miami Piranha Swim Team had an amazing 2017 swim season.  We want to thank everyone who was involved in making it another successful year.  It takes a team effort beyond the swimmers to make our program continue year after year.  We give a big credit to Head Coach Noah Gardea, Assistant Coaches Ed Gardea and Jennifer Werrell. Read More »

GCC College Hiking Classes Begin Aug. 27th. FREE for residents 55 and up.

GLOBE-  The Gila Community College Hiking Classes,  begin 7 a.m. Sunday, August 27 at the Wellness Center, on the campus up Six Shooter Canyon. Two classes are offered and will meet together for this first day. Listed as Beginning Hiking I and Beginning Hiking II, the two classes are being conducted by Bob Zache, who has been teaching them almost nine years. Beginning Hiking I is also called Urban Hiking and features hikes closer to town, most of which are a little easier. In Beginning Hiking II, Mountain Hiking, students will experience more difficult trails in surrounding mountains.      The Mountain Hiking class schedule this semester includes Armer Mountain, Angel Wings, Salt River Peak, Picket Post Mountain, Haunted Canyon, Upper Parker Creek, Javelina Butte, Margarita Saddle,  and a hike all the way around Picket Post Mountain. Urban Hiking includes Timber Camp, Globe Cemetery, Diversion Dam Tunnel, Boulder Canyon, Old Superior Highway to Claypool Tunnel, Copper Crawl, and the Old Superior Highway at Top of the World.      Because of the fires on Pinal Mountain last spring, access to trailheads is blocked so no hikes will be scheduled there until next spring.     At the orientation Sunday, Aug. ... Read More »