. 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . August 2010 . Page 5 Continued on page 19 FEMALE PELVIC PROBLEMS Urogynecology It is not a normal part of a woman's aging process to develop uncomfortable, troublesome symptoms of incontinence or prolapse. Women don't have to live with these symptoms. Effective help is available through the services of a urogynecologist. What is a Urogynecologist? A urogynecologist is an obstetrician/ gynecologist who has specialized in the care of women with " pelvic floor dysfunction". The pelvic floor is the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and nerves that help support and control the bladder, vagina, uterus, and rectum. The pelvic floor can be damaged by childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease or surgery. What are symptoms of " pelvic floor dysfunction"? 1. Incontinence: loss of bladder or bowel control, leakage of urine or feces. 2. Prolapse: descent of pelvic organs; a bulge and/ or pressure; ' dropped uterus, bladder, vagina or rectum.' 3. Emptying Disorders: difficulty urinating or moving bowels. 4. Pelvic ( or Bladder) Pain: discomfort, burning or other uncomfortable pelvic symptoms, including bladder or urethral pain. 5. Overactive Bladder: frequent need to void, bladder pressure, urgency, urgency incontinence or difficulty holding back a full bladder. When Should I See a Urogynecologist? Although your primary care physician or OB/ GYN may have knowledge about these problems, a urogynecologist can offer additional expertise. You should see ( or be referred to) a urogynecologist when you have problems of prolapse, and/ or troublesome incontinence or when your primary doctor recommends consultation. For more information please visit www. MountainStatesUrogyn. com or call 303- 403- 3470. © 2010 Exempla Healthcare EXEMPLA LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER AND DR. ROBERT HAMMER DISCUSS ... Exempla Mountain States Urogynecology - Downtown 2005 Franklin Street, Midtown 2, Suite 600 Denver, CO 80205 303- 837- 7682 Exempla Mountain States Urogynecology - West 8550 West 38th Avenue Suite 200 Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 303- 403- 3470 Exempla Mountain States Urogynecology - North Community Physician Pavilion 300 Exempla Circle, Suite 250 Lafayette, CO 80026 303- 837- 7682 www. EPNdoctors. org Files on Your Computer Ever wonder how to find a docu-ment or picture you have saved on your computer? After all, your computer liter-ally has thou-sands of Files. A " File" might be a 3- page let-ter you wrote, but on the other hand it might be something you don't recognize at all. This is because some of the files came with the system and are only there to help run and man-age the computer. These are called " system files" and should general-ly be left alone. You only want to change your files. Windows has a program called Windows Explorer that you can use to see a listing of all the files stored on your computer. It looks like an indented table of contents. The listing also shows something called Folders. Folders are a handy way to group or categorize files Computers Marianna Madison together to make them easier to find. If you click on a Folder you will see files it contains and maybe also other folders beneath it. Your computer disk has a large storage area, and a folder is just one sub-section of that storage area that has been given a name. The folder " My Documents" comes with your system and is a handy place to put your own files. The computer will assume that is where you want to put things, but you can also create and name your own folders or sub-folders if desired, and save your files there. In Windows Explorer, you can control how the files are sorted and displayed. You can also copy or move them, rename them, and even delete them. Of course, you don't want to delete " system files". When in doubt, just stick to things you know you created your-self, such as your files in My Docu-ments or in your own folders. v Marianna Madison has a 20 year background in information systems and provides computer tutoring. For more information, call 303- 731- 7932. By Carol Thieszen- Culp, M. Ed. Center for People With Disabilities It is summertime in the Rockies and outdoor recreation beckons! Even with declining vision loss, one can continue to remain active outdoors. Golf. Change the color of the ball. The concept of " color contrast" can be implemented in a variety of contexts but the idea is to use a bright pink ball or whatever color " contrasts" best for the person with low vision. Color contrast together with verbal directions ( akin to a clock) and motion memory bank ( years of swinging a golf club) can make for an enjoyable outing. Croquet. By utilizing color contrast and having a person stand behind the hoop ( a visible target) and talk ( directional sound), this recreation can be adapted, too. Braille Trail. The Braille Trail utilizes a waist- high guide wire and interpretive signs which provides hiking experiences. Beaver Brook Braille Trail is a one mile loop owned and operated by the City and County of Denver in Genesee Park on Lookout Mountain. Accessible Trail. Wilderness on Wheels is a mile- long 8- ft wide boardwalk located approximately 60 miles southwest of Denver on U. S. 285. At the edge of the Con-tinental Divide of North Amer-ica, a trout stream, wildflowers and trees offer a melody of colors and sounds. Besides hiking, there's fishing, camping, grilling and pic-nicking. To obtain a listing of rec-reation ideas, contact the Senior Low Vision Program at 303- 442- 8662 ext. 115. Low Vision Recreation One of eight Senior Connection expos in 2010, the Westminster show is at the Event Center at Church Ranch on August 19th. Admission is free for this full day of entertainment, fashion shows, food, activities and information. The show runs from 9 am to 2 pm so come early and stay late! Lunch for only $ 8 is available starting at 11: 30 am, is a box lunch Annual Senior Connection Show in Westminster from " Just Have It Catered", in-cluding two choices of sandwichs, potato salad, and fruit. The compli-mentary dessert bar called Sweets for Seniors opens at 1: 30. The newly crowned Ms Senior Colorado, Kay Johnson is on hand. Guests win door prizes by playing the roulette wheel. Each person is given two tokens when they en-ter the ballroom. They can pick up additional roulette wheel coins as they visit the vendors. Activities on stage occur every hour on the hour. The entertain-ment begins at 10 am with a Se-nior Connection favorite, A Step Above Dance Team. Join Vern as he sings and plays old time favor-ites on his guitar in the Sentimen-tal Journey. A variety show of se-nior talent performs at noon with song and dance from " Cream of the Crop". Elvis is in the house! at 1: 00 as Don D'Angelo imperson-ates the King. Senior Connection is not just about entertainment, though. It showcases an array of products and services that cater especially to the tastes and needs of today's seniors. Vendors offer financial planning, health and fitness options, legal services, health care, insurance, cosmetic surgery, cruises, massage, assisted living, retirement commu-nities, handyman services, medi-cal equipment and supplies, travel
Page 6 . 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . August 2010 Continued on page 19 How To Choose An Investment Advisor It does not matter if you are a be-ginner or have been investing for many years; it's never too early or too late to ask questions. It's al-most impossible to ask a dumb question about how you are in-vesting your money. Remem-ber, it is your money at stake. You are paying for the assis-tance of a financial professional. Before you hire any financial professional, you should know ex-actly what services you need, what services the professional can de-liver, and limitations on what they can recommend, what services you are paying for, how much those services cost, and how the adviser or planner gets paid. The Securi-ties and Exchange Commission encourages investors to thorough-ly evaluate the background of any financial professional before any hard- earned cash is handed over. When you ask these questions, write down the answers and what you decide to do. If something goes wrong, your notes can help to es-tablish what was said. Let your fi-nancial professional know you are taking notes. He or she will know you are a serious investor and may tell you more. Taking notes also sends a signal to your financial pro-fessional: I am a smart and serious investor who wants to know more about the risks and rewards of in-vesting. Ask. What experience do you have, especially with others in my circumstances? Where did you go to school? What is your recent employment history? What Elder Rights and Adult Protection Helen Davis licenses do you hold? Are you reg-istered with the SEC, a state agen-cy, or FINRA? What products and services do you offer? Can you only recommend a limited number of products or services to me? If so, why? How are you paid for your services? What is your usual hourly rate, flat fee, or commission? Have you very been disciplined by any government regulator for unethi-cal or improper conduct or been sued by a client who was not hap-py with the work you did? How long has your firm been in busi-ness? What training and experi-ence do you have? How long have you been in the business? What other firms have you been regis-tered with? What is your invest-ment philosophy? Describe your typical client. Can you provide me with some names and telephone numbers of your long term clients? How do you get paid? By commis-sion? Amount of assets you man-age? Another method? How fre-quently do I get statements? Do I understand what the statement tells me? Tip: Choosing the right in-vestment professional is very im-portant. Do not rush. Do a back-ground investigation by checking with FINRA's BrokerCheck web-site or calling 1- 800- 289- 9999. v The Colorado Coalition for El-der Rights and Adult Protection ( CCERAP) provided this infor-mation, adapted from the Finan-cial Industry Regulatory Authority ( FINRA) and the Securities and Ex-change Commission For more infor-mation about investment fraud, visit CCERAP's website: www. ccerap. org or contact Helen Davis, Coordinator, CCERAP, ccerap@ comcast. net or call 1- 800- 773- 1366. Individuals with vision loss can re-main self sufficient by using avail-able resources and learning new techniques to accomplish everyday tasks. Taking action helps to re-duce fears that may be experienced by anyone losing their vision. A free resource that helps peo-ple maintain independence and stay connected is the Audio In-formation Network of Colora-do ( AINC). The non- profit was founded in 1990 under its original name of Radio Reading Service of the Rockies ( RRSR). Its mission is to provide audio access to ink print materials not available to Colora-do's blind, visually impaired, and print disabled residents. Programming is broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Listeners have independent ac-cess to nearly 100 Colorado news-papers ( including 50 Plus Mar-ketplace News); grocery/ discount ads; magazines; and other local publications. All publications are read and recorded by volunteers. Rocky Mountain PBS broadcasts the reading on digital channel 6- 5 in this region. AINC provides pre-tuned receivers at no cost to lis-teners who would like to hear the broadcast but do not receive this channel. There are two telephone options - calling the office number to connect to the broadcast or for Audio Access Increases Independence Less Time Inside Means More Time Outside The sun is out and there are a thousands of things to do outside. The last thing you want to do is sit in traffic on your way to the So-cial Security of-fice, or to wait in line once you get there. You could spend a lot of ex-tra time taking care of Social Se-curity business. Or, you could choose to visit www. socialsecurity. gov and complete your Social Security business in a matter of minutes with no com-mute whatsoever. There are so many things you can do at our online office. For example, you can apply online for retirement benefits. Our website makes it simple, allowing you to apply for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. In most cases, once you fill out the application, you're done. The direct link to ap-plying for benefits online is www. socialsecurity. gov/ applyonline. Not ready to retire yet, or not Social Security Today Mike Baksa sure? We have online resources that can help you plan ahead or make your decision. Our Retirement Es-timator allows you to enter differ-ent scenarios to find the best retire-ment plan for you. Find it at www. socialsecurity. gov/ estimator. You can apply online for Medi-care, if you're within four months of your 65th birthday. Most peo-ple, even those who don't plan to start getting retirement benefits, need to apply for Medicare cov-erage at age 65. The application takes about 10 minutes, from start to finish. Learn more at www. so-cialsecurity. gov/ pubs/ 10530. html. There are other things you can do online, such as apply for a re-placement Medicare card. You can learn about these and other online services at www. socialsecurity. gov/ onlineservices. So if you'd like to soak up some sun this summer, we suggest you take your Social Secu-rity business online. You may even be able to take your laptop outside and conduct your business in the great outdoors. See for yourself at www. socialsecurity. gov v Public Affairs Specialist Mike Baksa may be reached at michael. baksa@ ssa. gov.