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6 - Hinton News Tues., Oct 31, 2017 r--:- ! ! ~ ! T Myths And Facts: Clearing Up A Few Misconceptions About Eye Exams (NAPS)--People are constantly re- minded to eat right and exercise to stay healthy But what about eye health? Doz- ens of eye diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers, can be diagnosed and de- tected during a simple eye exam. This is because the eye is actually part of the nervous system. An eye phy- sician can detect abnormalities in the fine blood vessds at the back of the eye before they're seen in other parts of the body. Trouble spotted in the eye may signal health-related changes that may otherwise go undetected. Eye Health Truths Here are the facts on a few common myths about eye exams: Myth: Eye exams only provide a pre- scription for eyeglasses. Fact: "[here are two different types of eye examinations: 1. A comprehensive medical eye exam is typically performed by an ophthalmologist, a physician who specializes in medical and surgical eye care. Your ophthalmologist will dilate your eyes with drops ~his lets him or her thoroughly examine your retina and optic nerve, located at the back of your eye, for signs of damage from disease. 2: A routine eye exam determines whether you need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. You will be asked to read a standardized chari to determine how well you see at different distances. 1his exam is typically performed by an optometrist. Myth: An eye exam is unnecessary un- less you have a vision problem. Fact: Don't wait to notice a vision problem before you get an eye exam. Some eye diseases anti conditions have no early warning signs until vision is lost. If they're detected early, however, vision can usually be saved. :, Eye Exam Recommendations "The American Academy of Oph- thalmology recommends that people get a baseline eye examination at age 40, the time when early signs of disease or changes in vision may occur. 1his exam is just as important as a base- line screening for diabetes or certain cancers. If you're age 65 or older, have your eyes checked every year or two for signs of age-related eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. It's wise to have a professional check your eyes regularly. Sight-Saving Care If you are 65 or older and worry about the cost of an exam, the American Academy of Ophthahnology's EyeCare .America program may be able to help. EyeCare America provides medical eye exoms, often at no out-of-pocket cost, to eligible people through a network of approximately 6,000 volunteer ophthal- mologists: Nearly 2 million people have been helped through EyeCare America's two programs. "Ihe Seniors program connects eligible seniors with a volun- teer ophthalmologist for a medical eye exam at no out-of-pocket cost for up to one year, while the Glaucoma program offers a glaucoma eye exam to eligible individuals who are at increased risk for glaucoma, determined by their age, race, and family history. Program Eligibility: Seniors Prngram: U.S. &tizen or legal resident Age 65 or older Not belong to an HMO or have eye care benefits through the VA Not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years Glaucoma Program: , U.S. citizen or legal resident Not beloug to an HMO or have eye care benefits through the VA Not had an eye exam in 12 months or mt)Fe At increased risk tbr glaucoma, deter- mined by your age, race, and family history Learn More For further information about the program and to see if you, a family member or anyone else you know may be eligible, visit www.aao.org/ eyecareamerica. EyeCare America is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Fouudation, h~c., with additional support provided b), Alcou. "t Give The Gift Of Music For The Present Of A Lifetime (NAPS)--This year, you can make singing holiday songs extra special-- when you bring tbe joy of music home by purchasing a piano. Here are four reasons having a piano in your home is a gift that keeps on giving. 1. Playing music is good for your health. Even though you're sitting down, playing the piano is a workout all its own, and offers different physical and physiological advantages to players of all ages. For instance, regular piano playing sharpens fine motor skills and improves hand-eye coordination. Research suggests that piano lessons for older adults have an effect on increased levels of human growth hormone, which slows the adverse effects of aging. Bringing music into your life can also reduce heart and respiratory rates, cardiac complications and blood pressure and increase your immune response. Studying piano has even been shown to amazingly improve memory--particularly verbal memory--and build good habits such as focus and perseverance, diligence and creativity. 2. Playing music can be good for your career. Music has been an important part of the lives of many highly successful people, from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner to filmmaker Steven Spielberg. A number of such high achievers say music opened up the pathways to creative thinking and sharpened their qualities of collabora- tion. It improved their ability to listen and gave them a way of thinking that weaves together disparate ideas with the power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously. @ Your Whole family can benefit from getting a piano this holiday season. 3. Playing piano can makeyouhappy. "Ihe piano has been an unparalleled outlet for those seeking to decompress, express their creativity and simply have fun. Plus, studies show that people who make music experience less anxiety, loneliness and depression In many adults, playing the piano was the most effective activity for reducing cortisol levels related to stress. 4. Playing music is good for your family. For 200 years, the piano has been considered a part of the heart of a home, bringing together family and friends, and strengthening communities with the joy of music. It's something the whole family can cherish together, at auy age and any seastm. To help you bring nmsic into your home, you can download the Steinway & Sons Piano Buyer's Guide at www. steinway.com/buyersguide. It shows how to select the size and style of piano that's right fnr you--from new to certified pre-owned to suit just about any budget--and how to locate an authorized dealer. What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other. --George Eliot If a car is traveling at 55 miles per hour it will travel 56 feet before the aver- age driver can shift his foot from the accelerator to the brake. Tips On Trips Vacation Planning Simplified: Making Your Dollar Go Farther (NAPS)--Beach or mountains? Domestic or international? Deciding where to take a vacatiou can seem a daunting task--but it doesn't have to be. Although the explosion of online op- tions vying for travelers' dollars makes choosing where to book your vacation challeuging, the best option for many travelers is a full-service online travel agency. Why Use An Online Travel Agency Vacationin9 in a luxurious tree Here are three good reasons, house can be much better than be- 1. One-stop customer service: By ing up a tree about where to travel. using a full-service ouline travel,agen- cy, all parts of your trip, including car will automatically search for split tick- rental, hotel and air reservations, are in et options during any round-trip flight one place. Not only does that save you query and return them as an option if from having to track down lnultiple savings are identified. reserXzations from different providers, it According to Travelocity Director of also means that should a problem arise Online Marketing, Alan Cunningham, regarding any part of the trip, a single "When a split ticket option was select- point of contact is available to help re- ed, Travelocity customers saved about solve the issue 10 perceut on average compared to the Online travel agencies also offer a va- traditional round-trip itinerary" riety of benefits to make the entire travel 3. Unique lodging options: You may journey--before, during and after the think major hotel chains are all you'll trip--easier and more worry-free. In the find on an online travel agency site, but case of online travel pioneer Travelocity, with more than 321,000 lodging options the Customer First Guarantee offers such around the world, Travelocity.com has benefits as 24/7 social media customer thousands of unique properties that re- service, a price guarantee aod more. fleet the true nature of the destination. 2. Cost savings: Along with period- Some of these properties include a ic sales and promotions, another way 300-year-old hotel in Massachusetts, a to save money is a little-known "travel ' Wisconsin motel dedicated to recording hack" made available by online travel live music, an Arizona motel featuringa agencies known as a "split ticket" A split room 200 feet below ground and a luxu- ticket is created when the price of two ry tree-house hotel in Mexico. After all, one-way tickets on different airlines is who hasn't dreamt of spending the night less than the same itinerary booked as in a tree house? a traditional round-trip. Perhaps best of Learn More all, it doesn't require any additional ef- For further travel tips and facts or to fort. Many online travel agency websites book a trip, go to www.travelocity.com. Study Finds Too Many WV Kids Growing Up in Poverty Dan Heyman continue funding for the Children's Charleston, W.Va. - A high Health Insurance Program. proportion of West Virginia children According to the Race for Results are living in stubbornly persistent report, nearly 70 percent of West poverty, according to a major new Virginia's Hispanic children and study. The Annie E. Casey more than 70 percent of its African Foundation's "Race for Results" American children live in* report looked at a variety of health, households that struggle financially. education, family stability and Laura Speer, associate director income data by state. In West for policy reform and advocacy at the Virginia, it said, a quarter of the Casey Foundation, said it would state's children were living in make sense to h~vest more in helping poverty in 2015 the same their families succeed. "As they get percentage as in 2010. Sam older, these kids are going to drive Hickman, executive director of the local and state economies," she said. National Association of Social "They're going to contribute to their Workers, said research is finding communities, and they're really that adverse childhood experiences going to be the driving force in - more common in poor homes - can ensuring that we're all better off in limit a chiid for life. He said experts the long run. "Hickman said a state now can even predict some results Earned Income Tax Credit would be of a hard childhood, an effective way West Virginia could "Whether or not you will be help these families gain more divorced, whether or not you'll be financial stability. able to hold a job or become Too often, he said, poor families incarcerated," he said, "even to the are blamed for being poor, when the point of how many medications you real issue is a lack of resources. "If might be taking in your elder years, we have the supports - the working "Hickman noted that West Virginia environment, in terms of living does a good job of providing health wages and benefits - these are coverage to children; 97 percent now structural things that society can can access medical care when they influence," he said. "It's not personal need it. However, that progress is failing across the board. "The report threatened by Congress' failure to is online at aecf.org/raceforresults. BOOK FOR SALE ADDICTION SCREENINGS A book the founding and history Narconon can help you take steps of Marthas Chapel Church is now to overcome addiction in your family. available for sale. For information call Dean Call today for free screenings or rewferrals.. 1-800-431-1754. Bennett: 304-466-1402. Age is only a number. --Lexi Starling IO/l& Community oega,d~rtiom sa up ~spl,(~s a,d offered umy~ to be kind to animal~, prevent domestic violence, imprvt~' ottllne manners~ redme mad rae, and more. Vblto~s painted kind.ns rocks and childrot re.rived free boo~. Members of several local organi- zations teamed up with area bud- nesses to host nine days of kind- ncss activities in Hinton in Oct- ober. Motivated by the idea that kindness begins at home, these volunteers hope their example will lead all of us - classmates, co-workers, neighbors, and strangers - to be more tolerant and inclusive of one another. i~ i . Kindness ~jvit:ies !~n~!.d~ed, stock!qg a food pantry, at RE~HH. painting kindness rocks to leave outdoors for others to find, reading books with posi- tive messages to dementary school classes, aod chalking side- walks with uplifting and empow- Church, the Ministry Place, the Hinton, Summers Count), Com- etlng words and images. Women's Resource Center, mission, Summers County Sher- Participants included the Gn~nbrier Academy for Girls iris Department, He:net's Bah- Summers County Huddle, Drummers, the Animal Control ery, and Hinton Floral & Gifts. REACHH, First Presbyterian WdfareProject. SummersCoun- it is hoped that Stand up for Church, Ascension Episcopal ty schools, Summers County Li- Kindness Week inspin:s you to Churd~. St. Patrick Catholic brary, Ritz l"heatre, City of continue the effort year-'round. Pbmo ordit: Dhbi MeNe~r Photo by Taex Ta*ewdl *.leu oth~ru.4w cr~'td. Above: ~ ~ of utlvian kid~l ~rFtid~.~ October 13, at the $umm CoNnty High &hod Hometoml.g Gent Volunteers urved pdled pork sandwiches *nd d~ipt to ~pectntors at d.,y entered the stadium. Upper a~.d loa~r le~" Saturday mornin~ October 14, found volunteen and pasursb.v covering a doumtown H inton wall with chalked meuage~. Climate t~ange ~ d~j~,~a for the Summen County Huddle at a display duri.g 2nd S~t.rd~ ~'law: 10/15: Sevo~l ~burebes came t~at, er to pa.sent an interfaith ~,ice and dlsegoim~ on kindn~s. 10/I 7." REACtItf will ~oo. have a smallglve one-take one pmtt~, u4~er~ donatiom of non-perlsbable flmd itttm may be left, a~d hungry families may take tomething home, Relieving hunger makes both d~e gi~er and rbe eecei~r fed better about tltrmselt~ 10/18: More d~an a d~,en adulu and ~ildren In~wd pick up litur in downtotm* ttinton. Volanreen cd/a'ted eight bags of trash in las th.n two hour~, and were happ3 ro note dmt Hinton it, all in al~ quite uwll-kept. Summers Co. Farm Bureau Annual Dinner It is that time of year again The Summers County Farm Bureau would like to invite all to its County Members & their families to our annual dinner which will be held Nov. 4, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m. The Annual Dinner will be held at the Summers Co. Memorial Building, Hinton, WV. Please bring a covered dish & lets celebrate another year of membership, 1(I/19: Bullying ihas bren an issue thir yrar at Summers Caunt~ Middle .qt~l Vdunt~m painted ,natlvatlo~htl ,ness.tfe~ in both boyt'and irh' nstrooms, with t]~ hope t/mr wing their rrflrvtiom ,: ~ at,( ,( hl dm '~', w,~rd, u'ouM/radio a rrduction in t,armfid behavior b tee." Ad ,hs a ,ul students u,rot," mettaga on t/~e sidewalk* am1 ttep, 'war the middle school 10/21: ~mmt~ County Huddle members Debbi MeNtor and Shalom Tazm~l pictured on the right, te~med up with Maria Mad~ria,t~i of ~ Wmnen't Resource Center ta lma out treats for the annual community Tr*nk or Trmt etch:.