VOLUME 2 NO. 5 NOVEMBER 2019
Why they walk
Men in the
One man shares his story
with breast cancer
Diet’s role in
Why you should own a Fixed Indexed Annuity A
By Andrew J. Cavaliere, CLTC k
People are always looking for the perfect investment. Clients want to earn the highest
interest possible without putting any of their money at risk. These sorts of investments
have never existed… until now. A Fixed Indexed Annuity (FIA) is a guaranteed insurance
product that offers above average returns with no market risk to principal and no
management fees ever1.
In this historically low interest rate environment, many clients are reconsidering where to
park their hard earned cash for the long haul. Certiﬁcates of deposit, savings accounts
and money markets are literally paying next to nothing and the stock market is at the
highest levels in recorded history. So where can clients position their money and earn
superior returns without worrying about losing a penny? FIAs offer real double digit
returns in up markets without any risk to principal in down markets. Folks everywhere are
not only taking notice, but investors are ﬂocking to FIAs.
So how does a FIA actually work? The annuitant buys a traditional guaranteed ﬁxed annuity that also allows him or her a
to participate in an external index via the carrier’s trading desk. The carrier purchases options against the index either n
monthly or annually. When the index is up, the options are exercised and the annuitant earns interest, usually subject
to a cap. When the index is down during the same time period, the options are allowed to expire and the annuitant is E
credited the contract’s minimum guarantee of 1%. x
So let’s review, when the market index goes up, the annuitant has the ability to earn superior interest and when the e
market index goes down, the annuitant earns 1%. Further, since the carrier is only tracking the index on a 12 month r
basis, annuitants do not need to worry about current market levels. Policies are only capturing gains in the next 12 t
month period. There is never any risk of principal or of losing any prior year credits which are all automatically reset
into the policy accumulation value on the policy anniversary.
Fixed Indexed Annuities offer clients the following 12 guarantees:
1. 100% Principal Guarantee
2. 100% Participation in S&P 500 Index
3. 100% Guaranteed Fixed Interest Rate Option
4. 2% Premium Bonus on ﬁrst three (3) years of deposits
5. 1% Minimum Annual Guarantee
6. No Sales Charges or Asset Management Fees ever
7. No Taxes are due until distributions are taken
8. Annual Reset Feature credits all interest into principal annually
9. Access to 10% of your principal annually
10. Loans available up to $50,000 in non-qualiﬁed accounts
11. Death Beneﬁts bypass probate
12. Income options you cannot outlive2
For almost two decades, we have seen scores of clients earn double digit returns in bull markets, while losing nothing
during down markets. Time and time again, clients are astounded by how they can earn so much interest with no
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Table of Contents
6 FROM DIAGNOSIS
8 THE AYURVEDIC
APPROACH TO DIABETES
9 FIGHT CANCER
WITH YOUR FORK
9 10 BETTER BODIES,
6 12 URGENT HEALTH
FACTS ABOUT TEEN
18 14 WALKING THROUGH
16 AN ANTIDOTE
17 CBD FOR HOLIDAY
STRESS AND ANXIETY
18 THE WEIGHT OF
17 20 WHEN AM I GOING
ON THE COVER 21 CALENDAR
Nancy Heller, a founder of Support Connection and
Katherine Quinn, Support Connection’s founding executive director.
PHOTO BY TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL
T here are so many di erent ways to de ne being healthy, and in this issue we cover them all. From what to eat,
to building a better relationship with yourself, we have advice from the experts about the foods that ght cancer
and the mental health exercises you can do to stave o stress. We also have stories from people about resiliency,
ghting cancer, and hitting personal records later in life. However, with all things health, it’s always good to remember that you are
the authority on your body. We hope these stories inspire you to think about how you approach health, broaden your de nition of
what healthy means, and empower you to tackle new challenges no matter what you’re facing. Be well. Jodi
We love to hear your feedback! To share your thoughts or sign up for an online subscription of Westchester Wellness, email ww@
halstonmedia.com. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/HalstonWestchesterWellness.
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Westchester Wellness Contributors
BARBARA CERVONI The Staff
Barbara Cervoni, LMSW, ACSW. She has been on sta at Support Connection
since 2004, where she is the director of services and communication. EDITORIAL TEAM
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NOVEMBER 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 9
Five Ways to Fight Cancer with Your Fork
BY PATRICIA TALIO
Proper nutrition is essential to cancer prevention.While no single food can completely protect you against cancer,studies show that diets rich in a
variety of healthy foods can o er the strongest cancer protection.Here,I’ll discuss ve ways you can ght or prevent breast cancer with your fork.
1. Eat the rainbow green, leafy vegetables. ese fruits tumor growth. Women should be herbs and spices to our meals is a
and veggies contain avonoids, eating two to three portions weekly. great way to get vitamins,minerals,
A complete diet includes foods powerful antioxidants with anti- 3. Fiber, fiber, fiber… and antioxidants in. It helps make
of many naturally occurring colors. in ammatory and immune system our food taste better, too!
bene ts. You should be eating two You should be eating 25 to 30
is is because natural foods get cups of fruit and two and a half grams of ber per day. Foods that 5. Limit added sugar
their color from speci c vitamins cups of vegetables every day. contain ber can help you maintain to 24g a day.
and antioxidants; for example, red
foods get their pigment from an- When we follow a colorful,
thocyanins, an antioxidant that (mostly) plant-based diet, we also a healthy weight and lower your All cells, including both healthy
can help prevent cell damage. A have a diet higher in ber and risk of breast cancer, diabetes and and unhealthy ones, use glucose, a
diet consisting mostly of white, lower in calories. Maintaining a heart disease.To increase your ber form of sugar,for their energy sup-
processed foods — or even whole healthy weight is the number one add the following to your grocery ply.While it is not necessary to cut
foods from just one or two color recommendation for the preven- list: 100 percent whole grain or all sugar from your diet, it is best
groups — is not as nutritionally tion of breast cancer. whole wheat bread, barley, brown to consume simple sugars (candy,
complete as a varied diet. 2. Up your omega 3’s rice,beans,peas,and other legumes. baked goods, and fruit juice) in
Diets comprised mostly of
4. Spice it up moderation and choose complex
plant-based foods aid in the pre-
vention of breast cancer. Limit carbohydrates (fruits, veggies, and
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in whole grains) more often.
your consumption of red meats seafood (like wild salmon, Atlantic Research has shown that spices For delicious and nutritious
(beef, pork and lamb) and pro- mackerel, sardines, black cod, an- such as allspice, basil, caraway, tur- recipes, visit nwhc.net/recipes
cessed meats (most deli lunch- chovies, oysters, tuna, and rainbow meric, cinnamon, clove and garlic
meats). When eating meat, choose trout), can help prevent breast can- (among others), may lower cancer Patricia Talio, MS, RD, CDE, CDN,
sh or poultry. cer by activating speci c genes that risk and a ect tumor behavior. Registered Dietitian at Northern
Be sure to eat berries and dark block the pathways responsible for Adding these colorful and agrant Westchester Hospital (NWH)
Is Your Biological Clock Ticking?
The Trend toward Later Motherhood…
Ask the Doctor Q: What’s behind the trend toward later parenthood? have the same degree of risk in pregnancy as that of
A: Women in the U.S. are waiting longer than ever to a younger mom-to-be.
Dr. Navid Mootabar have children, according to the Centers for Disease
Chief, Obstetrics & Gynecology Control and Prevention. In fact, the average age of rst- If you’re over 35 and considering pregnancy, you may
Northern Westchester Hospital time mothers is now 26, up almost two years since 2014. have to visit your physician more frequently to ensure
In the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve seen the average age that the pregnancy is proceeding smoothly. I recommend
Learn more about of rst-time mothers increase greatly, mainly because scheduling an appointment for both preconception
Dr. Mootabar, visit women are pursuing careers and education rst. counseling and genetic counseling. This will help your
nwhroboticsurgery.org/ physician identify and minimize any risk factors so
DrMootabar Q: I’m turning thirty. Should I be worried about you can improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
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you are most fertile and least likely to experience right for you and your family.
complications. Though there is a slight risk of declining
fertility by the age of 35, it’s only about 5 percent. Q: I’m worried that when I do decide to have
Egg quality and quantity decline after age 35, and children, I won’t be able to. What are my options
good ovulation cycles become less frequent. Eggs of if I can’t get pregnant?
poorer quality are released, making it more diﬃcult A: Advances in technology help many women over 35
to get pregnant. get pregnant and give birth to healthy babies. In vitro
fertilization is a process by which a woman’s eggs are
Q: Will older moms-to-be face risks? extracted and combined with a sperm sample, creating
A: A mere twenty to thirty years ago, the maternal age an embryo that is transferred to the woman’s uterus.
of 35 was considered advanced for childbearing; it was In vitro fertilization now includes a procedure called
also considered the age at which a woman became pre-implantation genetic diagnosis that helps identify
– virtually overnight and automatically – a high-risk chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ensuring
pregnancy. Today we know that if you’re a healthy physicians are implanting healthy embryos.
35-year-old woman who is pregnant, you may often
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Building better bodies,
Kids need a positive environment to grow
BY ADAM MCCAULEY
Negative in uences are everywhere. ey are present in the neighborhood and your children’s school. ey are on TV, radio, and the
Internet. Your little ones get exposed to di erent environments as they grow up. ese bad in uences exist in di erent environments.
ey expose your children to bad habits, attitudes, and behaviors, which they can easily pick up.
So, how can your kids stay positive when surrounded by negative in uences? How can they make smart decisions in your absence?
e answer is by promoting a positive environment. And this starts with you, the parent, being a role model to them.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT
While many parents fear bad in uences, there can be an upside in this scenario. Research shows that dealing with bad behaviors at a
young age can be advantageous. When children are exposed to negative behaviors, it can strengthen their character. ink about getting
exposed to bacteria, which helps bolster the immune system. It’s also the same with negative in uences.
But of course, children need to be prepared in dealing with such negative in uences. is is where positive environment comes in.
Positive environment starts at home. When you provide a positive environment, you encourage children to feel positive about themselves.
And when they feel positive, they’ll have a clear mind that can determine wrong from right.
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Urgent Health Facts About
Teen Vaping A pediatrician reviews the
health risks of this disturbing
trend DR. MASON GOMBERG
Vaping among teens is ex- e most popular brand of “pod change those brain cells, reducing
ploding into a very dis- mods” is JUUL, a device that the body’s ability to release its own
turbing pediatric health stealthily resembles a USB ash pleasure-producing chemicals, and
trend. In 2018, 21 percent of drive. e rechargeable batteries increasing the demand for higher
high school students and 5 and replaceable cartridges allow levels of nicotine to get the same
percent of middle-school stu- users to “customize” delivery; they e ects. Repeated exposure during
dents said they used e-cigarettes. can use “extra-strength” nicotine, adolescence can also impact learn-
ose numbers are on the rise, with for instance, or adjust the voltage ing, memory, and attention.
the CDC reporting that among for more a more powerful “hit.” Vapor exposure
high school students today, one While much about the long-
in four (28 percent) reported term e ects of this new teen
using an e-cigarette in the previ- danger are still unknown, recent Lungs are designed to inhale
ous 30 days. reports of serious lung complica- one thing: oxygen. Inhaling any
Initially positioned as a way to help tions and even death from vaping other substance is risky and dan-
adults quit smoking, vape products has allowed more information gerous. Without regulation of the
now pose serious health con- about potential health implica- substances in e-cigarette cartridges,
cerns for kids, who are at- tions to come to light. Here’s a we can’t be sure what’s in them.But
tracted to the “cool” devices with run-down of the risks parents based on the reports of injuries and
over 700 avors ranging from need to know about: deaths from vape products, they
candy and juice to alcohol. Nicotine addiction contain a number of toxic chemical
substances that have been associ-
ated with acute eosinophilic/aller-
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Walking Through Participa
the Years to Make 25th Annual Supp
BY BARBARA CERVONI
Each year, participants of Andrea Karl, Robin Perlmutter, Marlene Stager, Support Connection Peer Couns
all ages complete a 3-mile at the 2019 Support-A-Walk
walk, often in honor of loved
On Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, ones. ere’s a Survivor’s about breast and ovarian cancer. It Rich’s dream of helping others. In
thousands of people from Welcome Area where was a great success, with hundreds September 1996, Support Connec-
across the Hudson Valley and volunteers greet and welcome of people taking part. Right away, tion opened in Yorktown Heights
beyond gathered at FDR State cancer survivors. Walkers are Nancy and Rich knew they wanted supported by funds from that rst
Park in Yorktown to take part in encouraged and cheered by local to do more. So they invited every- Walk. Katherine was asked to be-
Support Connection’s 25th Annual bands, cheerleaders and other one there to join them in planning come the organization’s executive
Support-A-Walk for Breast and community groups. Even though another Walk and to help them nd director. She has been in that role
Ovarian Cancer. It’s an inspiring, the event has grown in size and a way to bring support to people af- ever since,leading the way as Support
uplifting community event that scope over the past 25 years, the fected by breast and ovarian cancer. Connection has grown in strength
brings attention to the needs of warm and welcoming atmosphere and impact. And every day, her trea-
people a ected by breast and and the important sense of purpose Katherine Quinn was at that rst sured memories of Isabel (whose life
ovarian cancer and raises funds for have never changed. Walk in honor of her dear friend was taken by breast cancer) serve as
Support Connection’s year-round e rst Support-A-Walk was Isabel who was dealing with breast her inspiration to continue helping
support services for those impacted held on Oct. 1, 1995, the brain- cancer. Katherine readily accepted others coping with cancer.
by these diseases. child of two local residents whose the call for volunteers that day, and
lives had been impacted by cancer: became part of a small but dedi- Today, Support Connection
Nancy Heller, a breast cancer sur- cated group of people who not only serves more than 500 people every
vivor, and Richard Adamski, who planned the second Support-A- year. Most of those individuals
sadly passed away in 2017 and Walk,but also gave life to Nancy and reach out for support multiple
whose wife, Myra, had died of
breast cancer. ey gathered a
group of like-minded volunteers
and planned the rst walk in tribute
to Myra and to increase awareness
NESS — NOVEMBER 2019 PAGE 15
ants in the
Lou and Denise D’Amico, 2019 Walk Ambassadors and part of the original
group of Walk and Support Connection volunteers; Katherine Quinn, Support
Connection Executive Director; Nancy Heller, Support Connection Co-Founder;
David Sacarny, the first Walk donor who also provided space and phones for
the planning committee. All of them have remained actively involved with
Support Connection and the Support-A-Walk since its inception.
selors ey serve as a safe haven where ere are education- spite of this growth and expansion
women and families can share al programs, such as of services, Support Connection
times through the year. e people fears, worries and questions. ey informational webi- remains dedicated to providing a
they reach out to are the three peer help those dealing with breast and nars and in-person human connection in an increasing-
counselors on Support Connection’s ovarian cancer realize they are not workshops. ere ly automated world, and is strongly
sta who are all cancer survivors alone, and that they have someone are social activities committed to the local community.
themselves in addition to being to lean on as they travel the often where cancer survi-
trained counselors. It was Nancy overwhelming path from diagnosis vors can meet and Because all of its services are
and Rich’s vision to create a place through treatment and beyond. spend time with oth- provided free of charge, Support
where women with breast and ers who know how Connection must continuously seek
ovarian cancer could speak with and Support Connection o ers many they feel in a warm contributions to fund these services.
gain support from other women other services to those dealing with and relaxing set-
who had also experienced cancer. breast and ovarian cancer. Like the ting. roughout the year, Support at’s one reason the annual Sup-
Peer Counseling program, they are Connection makes sure to provide port-A-Walk is so important. But
e Peer Counseling program is all free of charge and unlimited. a wide range of programs and ac- there are many other ways to become
the embodiment of that vision. tivities so those dealing with breast involved and help, for individuals as
ere are monthly support groups and ovarian cancer can choose well as businesses and organizations.
Peer counselors provide led by trained facilitators who are what best meets their needs. To learn more about this, to make
personalized one-on-one support cancer survivors. ere are wellness Support Connection’s o ce has a donation or to learn more about
and guidance by phone, email or programs such as yoga and tai chi. always been Yorktown Heights, Support Connection’s free breast
in person. ey o er empathy, though its reach has expanded over and ovarian cancer support services,
understanding and information. the years. Its toll-free cancer sup- visit www.supportconnection.org or
port and info hotline (800-532- call 914-962-6402.
4290) enables anyone to speak with
a peer counselor, no matter where Barbara Cervoni, LMSW, ACSW.
they live. ere are support groups Barbara is a writer and a social
in di erent communities across worker with more than 30 years of
Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess experience working in various not-
counties, as well as two that take for-pro t roles. She has been on sta
place via toll-free teleconference. In at Support Connection since 2004,
where she is the Director of Services
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An Antidote to Disease
BY ELIZABETH PASQUALE
In this article I will reveal to you one of the for us and thought that it was their responsibil- you’re about to criticize. “If you can’t say some-
root causes of disease and give you the an- ity to point out our shortcomings in order for thing nice, don’t say anything at all” is a worth-
tidote. us to be our best selves. We internalized that while adage.It’s actually easy to find nice things
First, the story that led to this discovery: A critic and continually bark at ourselves about to say to people and authentic compliments.
most curious wonderful thing happened to all kinds of perceived and imagined faults. In- Sincere compliments feel good because they
me while I was visiting the Field Museum in stead of making us better versions of ourselves,it come from love. Your kids will wonder what’s
Chicago. I was in the Egyptian exhibit when backfired on us. Criticism creates a negative self happening if you suddenly stop criticizing and
it happened, inside a simulated pyramid. You image,insecurities,lack of self-confidence,even- start complimenting. They’ll suspect you’re up
know how, in museums, they often keep the tual unhappiness,self doubt.From that develops to something. Persist anyway. They’ll soon love
lights very low in order to protect the art work? all kinds of personalities, from the overly meek it,even though they may not admit it,and teens
I was walking in this semi-darkness through a to the overly aggressive types. Low self esteem just may begin to act more kindly toward you.
narrow corridor, up some narrow steps, around leads us to feelings of unworthiness.We then try When you’re ready, you can try this.
a sharp corner, when I bumped into a woman to find our strength pushing ourselves too hard Throughout the day, when I look in the mirror,
coming around the corner from the opposite or bullying others, or by hanging back, believ- I say,“I want to love you more and more.I want
direction towards me. ing ourselves incapable.It gets worse because we to trust you. I want to be kind to you. I want to
It’s hard to fathom just how fast the mind carry that critic with us as we relate to our chil- be your friend.”
is working, how fast thoughts are coming. In dren, correcting them at every turn, until we’ve If you can’t say that,you can say,“You’re OK.”
that instance, I don’t think I was having an beaten that worst version of ourselves into them! or “I want to like you more.” You will feel your
unusual number of thoughts, but I remember The pain continues from generation to gen- self-acceptance begin to grow gradually every
them because of what happened next, and that eration.Maybe I’ve exaggerated but actually,no, day you say this and your health will improve.
there were many, in what must have been just a not at all.This creates a low level habitual stress. The reason this works is because your words
fraction of a second. I saw the woman coming It’s been shown that people living with low lev- are nonphysical energy streaming from you and
towards me, too late to avoid bumping into her, el stress over a long time are much more likely either increasing your resistance to your true
and the thoughts were, “Oh, what an attractive to develop disease than experiencing a sudden, nature or aligning with it.
woman, what a friendly smile! She looks so short-lived big stress. When you say these nice things to yourself
nice. In another circumstance, we’d be friends.” Our self-talk will create disease or well-be- in the mirror, you are aligning with your true
and then we bumped. But the crazy thing was ing, your choice.That’s the good news! You can nature, and naturally restore health, vibrance,
I didn’t bump into a person. I bumped into the do something about it! You can turn the whole and energy.
wall.The walls’highly polished surface served as thing around and become your own best friend When you persist in thinking/speaking/act-
a mirror! I bumped into myself. and your children’s cheerleader! ing other than love, persist in criticism, feelings
In that moment, I had one of the most pro- Those adults who criticized us told themselves of unworthiness, stressing, you resist this natu-
found revelations in my life in a way that I will and us they were doing it out of love, because ral flow of love that you are. That never feels
never be the same. they wanted the best for us.We say that too. I’m good and never results in anything good.
I don’t know about you, but my usual stud- here to tell you that there is no love in criticism. A root cause of disease is you resisting your
ied reaction as I gaze daily into the mirror, first Criticism does not feel good, either giving it or true nature. You are more than this physical
thing in the morning preparing for the day, has receiving it. Love feels good. So criticism can’t body that you see. You are physical and non-
not been what I experienced in that museum. be love. It’s all about vibration. The vibration of physical simultaneously. This nonphysical you
Far from regarding myself with joy and happy criticism and the vibration of love are different. is pure positive energy, love streaming forward
to see myself, I’m habitually critical. I can find You can’t possibly be loving when you are criti- throughout time.This non-physical you wanted
fault with my hair, my face, my clothes. I am cizing. It’s impossible. The vibration of criticism to be physical so you were born. And when you
not alone with this habitual reaction to myself. is deadening and creates disease. The vibration were born, you joined with a friend, your body.
As I talk to my clients, they are without an of love is enlivening and creates well-being. So An antidote to disease is: Befriend yourself.
exception also critical of themselves. I’m sure decide for yourself. Do you want to love or do
there are people in the world who greet them- you want to criticize? Of course you want to Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, NLP is the
selves warmly with love and appreciation, but love! That’s your nature. You are love. creator and director of Well On The Way® LLC,
this article is for the rest of us. Sometimes its hardest to start with yourself, holistic therapies in Ossining and White Plains.
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BY KAREN HAAS
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THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD
At 78, Mike Palen’s weightlifting feats have reached astonishing heights
BY BOB DUMAS
Mike Palen can lift 855 pounds. Let’s put wood to a Mount Vernon sporting goods “I decided to go to the Y where they had
that into perspective. A concert grand store to pick up weights and bring them back real professional equipment and develop my-
piano weighs nearly 950 pounds. to his garage. His friends started coming self.That where I discovered I liked competi-
Pretty impressive, right? But wait—there’s over, bringing their weights, too. He wound tion,” Palen said.
more. up with about 2,000 pounds of weights in his Palen’s idol was Tommy Kono, an Ameri-
Palen is 78 years old. dad’s garage. Eventually, those friends gave can gold-medal Olympian, who, back in
The longtime Mahopac resident, who up weightlifting. But Palen never did. Today, the ’50s, set world records in four different
grew up in the Crestwood section of Yon- he still has all those weights in his garage in weight classes.
kers, has been lifting weights since he was 12 Mahopac—all 2,000 pounds. “He was the one I wanted to be,” Palen
years old. “I was small in stature, but I was a scrap- said. “I would compete in my head with his
“I developed my own dumbbells from ce- per,”he said.“I was known as a small kid who totals. My friends told me that I should get
ment footings that were in a picnic table that could take care of himself.” into it because I was doing stuff no one else
my father had made,” he said. “I put them His older brother was a star football player was doing. I started doing it competitively—
together with a bar in the middle.” and Palen felt the pressure to live up to his lifting 150, pressing 150, eventually doing a
Like many young boys, Palen gravitated sibling’s reputation. But he ended up break- lot more than my body weight. I was doing
toward athletics—he played football at St- ing his leg twice and said it was probably totals that were close to Olympic standards,
epinac High School—but weightlifting, because he was trying too hard to live up to so my dream was to make it to the Olympics”
for reasons he can’t quite put his finger on, expectations. When Palen takes on a chal- Palen even won a few trophies, but he
seemed to call him. lenge, he doesn’t shirk. eventually decided that the rigid rules and
“Back in those days, bodybuilding was “But I think I was asking too much of my techniques required in competitive lifting
kind of shunned,” he said. “It didn’t become body at that point,” he said. weren’t for him.
popular until later on. But I found instant He joined the Air Force in 1962 and con- “I had good brute force, but trouble with
results.” tinued his weightlifting endeavors while in the rules of the lift,” he explained. “It’s very
He was so motivated that he and a friend the service. When he got out, he began to lift technical. When you do a clean and jerk,
made several trips on their bikes from Crest- competitively. you have to pause with the weight at your
PHOTO: BOB DUMAS
NOVEMBER 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 19
shoulders for a certain amount of time and He found he could press 250 pounds, lift a few beats before dropping it back onto the
wait for the judge to clap and then you go up. 235 pounds in the snatch and 315 in the clean rack.
I was able to do it, but on a couple of occa- and jerk. “I started with 300 pounds on my rst lift,
sions the lift didn’t count. ere were a lot of ough he was busy with many other en- then to 400,” he said. “To me, 300 pounds
technicalities that I didn’t like.” deavors (he owned a summer home in Ame- is light. Now I can lift 855 pounds o the
And something else happened along the nia in Dutchess County that needed tending, rack, my personal best this year. People tell
way that derailed Palen’s weightlifting ambi- and he had a pilot’s license for small aircraft), me I should look it up in the Book of Guin-
tions: Life. He got married to Sandra, whom he still found time to get into the gym and ness World Records. A lot of kids just stand
he met in Yonkers. e two moved to Ma- continue his workouts around and watch me. I love to give advice if
hopac and started a family. “I always found time to do it and all the they ask.”
“We couldn’t a ord Westchester, but I other exercises,”he said.“I could do more than Palen said he believes the mission of Silver
never thought of Mahopac,” he said. “I had a 2,000 sit-ups.” Sneakers is very important.
friend who moved up here and we would visit Ten years ago, he discovered a program “ ey are very supportive in getting older
them on occasion, and I thought, why not?” through his health insurance company called people to the gym,” he said. “If we got more
at was in 1965. Silver Sneakers, which provides free member- seniors to do that we wouldn’t have a lot of the
“We got married and had kids right away,” ships to senior citizens at participating gyms health problems that we have today. I want to
he continued. “New house, new job. I was 23 “ is got me out of the garage and back to inspire older people to get into some kind of
and weightlifting just got pushed into the the gym,” he said. tness program.You are only as old as you feel.
background. I stayed out of it until our second rough Silver Sneakers, he joined the It’s because I do this, God has blessed me. I
child was born. I was out of it for about four New York Sport Club in Somers. don’t have any limitations.”
or ve years.” “For me, it’s about maintenance and not Palen was asked what his biggest in uence
Now, with the Olympics and competitive overdoing it. I can do anything a 40-year-old was outside of the world of sports.
weightlifting no longer a goal, Palen got back do, including one-handed pushups,” he said. “My biggest inspiration has been Sandra,
into it for the self-grati cation and the health “My legs have not changed much and have my bride of 55 years,” he said. “She keeps me
bene ts.And growing older didn’t seem to slow a lot of strength in them. I could lift four or healthy, wealthy and wise. She de nitely helps
him down. In fact, he seemed to get stronger. ve people in the pool. I would go underwater, me lift the 855 pounds.”
“I found that weight training kept me and we would make this pyramid.” At 78,does Palen see a time when he’ll walk
stronger than normal, more able to play sports at led Palen to developing his own spe- away from the gym and retire from weightlift-
later into life,” he said. “I played softball into cial technique. e barbell is placed on a rack ing?
my 50s and played volleyball until about 10 about 5 feet o the ground. Palen, squats un- “No,” he said with a smile. “I will continue
years ago.” der it, grabs the bar, lifts it above the rack for working out until I drop.”
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‘When Am I Going Home?’
BY ANTHONY J. ENEA
My clients and their families It is a decision that is both com- Medicaid, there is no five five-year savings and no more than $879.00
regularly tell me that their plex and heart wrenching for the look-back period for the uncom- per month of income. If the ap-
spouses and loved ones who people placed in the position of pensated non-exempt transfer plicant has more than $879 per
are admitted to a nursing home or making the decision. I have expe- of assets (gifts) with respect to month of income, they can enroll
rehab facility regularly ask them… rienced first-hand the emotional eligibility for home care Medicaid. in a Pooled Community Trust
“When am I going home?” toll the decision to place a mother, Thus, if one were to transfer all of managed by a charity, and their
It has been my experience that father and/or grandparent in a their non-IRA/non-retirement income above the $879 can be
the vast majority of seniors would home inflicts upon oneself and the assets to their children and/or a utilized to pay their expenses for
prefer to age in their own home family members involved. Medicaid Asset Protection Trust, housing, clothing, food, heating,
rather than a nursing home and/or Fortunately, in New York City, on the first of the month following electrical, gas, taxes and insurance,
other long-term care facilities. the five boroughs, Westchester, the transfer the applicant would be etc. If the Pooled Community
The decision of whether one will Rockland, Putnam and immedi- financially eligible for home-care Trust is not utilized by the appli-
be able to age at home is contingent ate adjacent counties, the Medic- Medicaid services. Additionally, as cant,they would lose their monthly
upon a number of factors, such as aid home care program is acces- with the Medicaid nursing home income in excess of the $879. For a
one’s finances, eligibility for the sible and an obvious first option program, the home care program couple residing in the community
Medicaid home care services,phys- to nursing home care. Perhaps, also permits the spousal impov- needing home care, they can have
ical and mental condition, the level the most important factor in mak- erishment rules. Thus, if assets are up to $1,287 per month of income
of care one requires and whether ing Medicaid home care such an transferred from an ill spouse to and $22,800 of savings.
the home is suitable and/or can be important first option is that un- the well spouse, the well spouse There are numerous beneficial
made suitable to serve one’s needs. like eligibility for nursing home can refuse to utilize their assets and reasons for one’s health and men-
income to support the ill spouse, tal well being to remain at home
and can instead execute a spousal as long as possible. The Medicaid
refusal letter. This would allow the home care program in New York
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Medicaid subject to Medicaid’s home.
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