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Best Deal Ever?

The Burn Institute has an incredible program for seniors;
Free smoke alarms and CO2 sensors!

The battery on the smoke alarm last 10 years. Not a typo - 10 years. Takes 20 minutes. One alarm for each bedroom.

Go to the website for the Burn Institute and apply online, email them at  or call (858 541-2277) to make an appointment.

Link to Burn Institute     HERE    

             Annual Donor Drive Exceeds Goal!!                             

We are so excited about the success of the Annual Donor Drive, a drum roll is needed to announce the final number. With a goal of $14,000, thanks to all our wonderful committed members, we raised $19,100!!! Your generosity is appreciated so much.
Going into 2019 on a strong financial footing is also a true blessing for TVSD. 
Many thanks to all who contributed!


Security Alert!!
We have been advised that telephone calls have been received by some of our members with the caller stating that  they are Apple Support Advisers.  They ask you to press one of two keys on your telephone.  IGNORE THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND HANG UP!
Remember, Apple doesn't initiate unsolicited calls such as this!  

Here's another scam to be aware...
If a pop up appears on your computer monitor telling you need to clean up your computer and the guy says he's from Best Buy and is going to fix your computer virtually, do not fall for it! You have to call Best Buy direct and make an appointment for a Best Buy geek to come out to fix your computer! Also, do not give anyone your credit card information unless you know and trust that person.  
Use vetted people from the village Directory

Check Out These Recent Events!
Didn't make the gig, or just like to see some cool  pictures?  

Gem Museum See Photos     

Annual Meeting/Holiday Party             See Photos   

Parade of Lights 2018 See Photos

Lions and Tigers and Bears         See Photos

Halloween Party                                                                       See Photos
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Living Healthy
Important Information on Staying Healthy and Enjoying Life
1. Transportation Options: see above under RESOURCES then HEALTH AND WELLNESS LINK
2. Care Options including home health care, rehab, nursing homes: see above under RESOURCES then LINKS
3. Past Articles: see above under RESOURCES THEN HEALTH AND WELLNESS LINK


One of the ways some of us may stay in our homes is to obtain caregiving services or if a spouse or other family member needs caregiving, we may assume the role of caregiver.  For example, my wife is finding it difficult to walk, so there are some caregiving responsibilities that I have assumed that I did not have before.  This is not a major burden, but I have found that it can create some emotional issues and priority issues.  I do most of the cooking and cleanup, and all the driving. So I wanted to find out about the emotional stress of caregiving and share that information with our TSV community.

I found wonderful articles on caregiving provided by the Family Caregivers Alliance ( and the Mayo Clinic (  and will summarize them here with some sentences taken directly from these articles.  But if you want  please click on the links to read the article yourself.  They are short and concise.

The emotional toll of being a caregiver

  • Most caregivers tend to be female, but all caregivers face the same issues and the emotional toll on caregivers can be significant:  high levels of stress, frustration, anxiety, exhaustion, anger, depression, increased use of alcohol or other substances, reduced immune response, poor physical health and more chronic conditions.
  •  Most caregivers are ill-prepared for their role and provide care with little or no support; yet more than one-third of caregivers continue to provide intense care to others while suffering from poor health themselves. An influential factor in a caregiver's decision to place an impaired relative in a long-term care facility is the family caregiver's own physical health.

    The strategies for addressing this problem

  • Accept help. 
  • Focus on what you are able to provide. 
  • Set realistic goals. 
  • Get connected. 
  • Join a support group. 
  • Seek social support. 
  • Set and implement personal health goals.

The Mayo clinic article provides more detail on each of these strategies.

My personal challenge is to find a balance between taking care of my needs and those of my wife.  If I completely ignore my needs, then I become angry and impatient and that does neither of us good.  I need to be clear when I have reached my limits without expressing anger or frustration in a negative way.  The problem of the caregiver is as much a problem for the caregiver as it is for the person receiving care.  If the caregiver doesn’t remain healthy and emotionally solid, the one receiving the care suffers.  I think this is true even if the caregiver is paid and comes to you from an agency.     I have also reached out to friends to discuss my situation and am the process of finding a support group.  If you have more to add to this subject please email me.

Marc Narkus-Kramer, Co-Chair of the Care Committee

Each month this website and the Vibes provide information gathered by the Care Committee to help members deal with health-related issues.  There are two sources of information on this subject: external and internal.  External sources include reputable articles on a subject related to healthcare, and internal sources are experiences that members have lived through dealing with healthcare issues.  For example, my wife and I recently took a course on pain management that we felt was extremely useful and I wrote about it on this website. So, I am asking each member of TSV that if they have experiences that could be useful for dissemination to other villagers in our community, please write them up and send them to me:  Marc Narkus-Kramer

This month, Art and Bradlyn Mulvey share their positive experience with the Burn Institute. We were in the market to replace our fire alarms and carbon monoxide sensor and guess what? There was the article in the Vibes and on the website on how the Burn Institute was supplying alarms for seniors free of charge!!! We called the Institute to find out about this program. We were told the wait list was 3 months but we signed up--after all, free is free. Within the next week, however, the Institute called to schedule a time when the interns could come and install them free of charge! On the allotted day and time, an intern called to make sure we were home. A woman and a man--college interns-- came to the house, told us about where and why the alarms should be installed within our home, and then went about installing them. When they finished, they gave us a gift bag with a hot mitt, a Home Fire Escape Plan Graph, a pamphlet entitled, "Fire and Burn Prevention for Seniors" and directions on how to replace our new alarms in 10 years! Yes, these alarms are guaranteed for TEN Years and, if they fail before then, they will replace them free of charge. If they make the ten years, they told us to call the Burn Institute and they will replace them, free again!
What a great deal for alarms/sensors and the interns were very pleasant and filled with great information. Turns out, Art and I didn't really know where to appropriately put the alarms so it was great to have experts out to install fire alarms and to let us know about fire prevention.  Great experience and we'd recommend the service to our Villagers!

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The Village Smiles Dept.
Like a good story?  Try this>>>  Funny Stories  

Like to contribute to Village Smiles?  Send an email to  We'll see if we can work it into the site!

In a small town in Iowa, there is a rather sizable factory that hires only married men. Concerned about this, a local woman called on the manager and asked him, "Why is it you limit your employees to married men? Is it because you think us women are week, dumb, cantankerous...or what?" "Not at all, Ma'am," the manager replied. "It is because our employees are used to obeying orders, are accustomed to being shoved around, know how to keep their mouths shut and don't pout when I yell at them." 

After my wife died, I couldn't even look at another woman for 10 years. But now that I'm out of jail, I can honestly say it was worth it ! 

Got an e-mail today from a "bored wife 32, looking for some action!" I've sent her my ironing, that'll keep her busy.! 

The wife's been hinting she wants something black and lacy for her birthday. So I've got her a pair of football boots! 

My wife asked if she could have a little peace and quiet while she cooked the dinner, so I took the batteries out of the smoke alarm! 

Can’t quite remember one of our shamelessly
plagiarized jokes?  It’s probably in the archive

Village Funnies Archive


Anyone got an owner's manual for a wife? Mine's giving off a terrible whining noise! 

My wife apologized for the first time ever today. She said she's sorry she ever married me! 

My wife said that I needed to be more in touch with my feminine side, so I crashed the car, burnt the dinner and ignored her all day for no reason ! 

Scientists have discovered a certain food that diminishes a woman's sex drive by 90 percent. It's called wedding cake.! 

Things turned really ugly at my house last night. The wife removed her makeup.! 

My wife shouted at me this morning for not opening the car door for her. I would have, but I was too busy swimming to the surface.! 

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