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May 2013

Senior Austinites Keep on Keepin’ On

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by Jann Brown

Janet Ragsdale, 88, and her husband, Ken, 95, work out at the gym with their trainer, Rusty Gregory, once a week. It is not easy.

In addition to their advanced age, the Ragsdales have a number of obstacles to overcome as they work toward their goals of mobility and healthy living. Janet is blind in one eye and uses a walker because polio left her with a nonfunctioning left leg 84 years ago. Ken has recovered from prostate cancer and is a diabetic.

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Community Spotlight – A Dentist That Considers the Whole Body

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by Sandra Yeyati

Joan Sefcik, DDS, decided to be a dentist in seventh grade, when a retainer straightened her teeth and she could smile again.

“I always liked to do artistic things and work with my hands, and it seemed like a good profession,” she says. Her dentist, Dr. George Parma, was a family friend. He offered encouragement when she expressed an interest in his profession, inviting her to watch him work with patients.

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Letter From Publisher – May 2013

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After A While

"After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul. And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises. And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child. And you learn to build all your roads on today. Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers And you learn that you really can endure… that you really are strong. And you really do have worth. And you learn and learn… With every goodbye you learn."

~Author Unknown

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