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Volume 1, Issue 2

Value of Pyrex | Ask The Expert | Recipe of the Month | Seniors Fitness Tip | Joke

What’s My Pyrex Worth?

Pyrex is one of the most popular types of kitchen glassware collectibles today. A lot of that has to do with its availability, affordability, durability, variability and of course, its immediate nostalgia factor. Many collectors need not go farther than grandma’s or even their own kitchen to find a piece of Vintage Pyrex. There are tons of different designs and colors of various rarity for collectors to choose from.

Pyrex glassware was introduced to the public in 1915 by the Corning Glass Works. According to Barbara E. Mauzy’s Pyrex: The Unauthorized Collectors Guide, there are 3 basic types of collectible Pyrex: Clear Pyrex Ovenware (introduced in 1915), Pyrex Flameware (1936 – 1979) and Pyrex Colors (1947 – ?). Of the three types, most people are familiar with the Colored Pyrexware because it is very distinct and there is a considerable amount of it still being used in households. There is a good chance that any antique store or flea market you visit will have a number of Pyrex items for sale.

As with any other collectible, there are a number of things that affect the value of your Pyrex, including:

  • The condition it is in, including the lid
  • How many pieces of the pattern were made
  • The desirability in the current marketplace
  • The position of the moon over the equator.

I jokingly mention that last point, because there is often no rhyme or reason to the price a piece of Pyrex will fetch on the open market. This writer’s own experiences have shown weekly fluctuations on the value of Pyrex, for seemingly no logical reason.

Our favourite resource for all things Pyrex is http://PyrexLove.com

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Ask The Expert

Q – I’ve been asked to be an Executor of my friend’s Will. What does that involve?

Being named in a Will as the executor or estate trustee reflects the high standing you have held with another person and is, perhaps, one of life’s highest compliments.
When someone entrusts you with the responsibility for administration and disbursement of their hard-earned and valuable personal assets to their family, friends and charities, it comes with a high level of responsibility and accountability and is not a task to be taken lightly.
ERAssure® has prepared an Executor Guide to assist you in the execution of your duties as executor or estate trustee (depending on your province). This package is not exhaustive and we recommend that an executor always obtains competent legal, tax accounting and other required professional advice in accordance with the specific details of the will and assets of the estate. To retrieve a copy of this guide, please visit http://www.erassure.com/free-executor-guide and select the appropriate guide.

From the Guide for Executors:

This guide is broken into three general areas that are intended to help you in your role as Executor.

The first part assesses Estate Risk issues and provides you with tools to help mitigate your risk. It’s difficult or impossible to predict when a beneficiary, creditor, or even a charity with some expectation of entitlement becomes frustrated with the speed of the process, amount of money available, decisions, or even the communication style of the executor and decides to take action.

The second part identifies basic but crucial information you should secure from the individual who has named you as executor. These basic insights will be invaluable at the start of the estate administration process.

The final part provides you with a list of key items and activities related to the executor role. Not all are relevant to every estate, but the framework will provide you some guidance in your administration role.

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Recipe of the Month

Happy senior couple cooking at homeWe hear it all the time from seniors and other folks living alone or as a couple – “There’s no point cooking just for me (us 2)”. Well, we couldn’t disagree more, given how important it is to eat healthy foods.
The challenge for most people is that their lifetime of recipes are designed for feeding 4, 6, or more people, and sometimes it’s difficult to downsize the ingredients, cooking time, etc. Well, thankfully, we found a fantastic solution for you. It’s a free pdf book titled ‘The Senior Chef – Cooking for One or Two” and you can download a copy of it HERE.
This book, courtesy of the Government of British Columbia, has lots of recipes, tips, conversions, and much more.

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Seniors Fitness Tip

8 Ways Exercise Fights Aging
By Anika Christ

We all exercise for different reasons: better health, more energy, better appearance. Did you know one of the best reasons to engage in regular exercise is the ability to dial back the physiological clock? Stiffness in the morning, decreased strength and stamina, chronic aches and pains, and all of the other perceived “symptoms” of aging can be minimized or avoided with the help of good fitness throughout our lifetimes. Ironically enough, as we get older many of us become more inactive during a time where we need it the most. If you find yourself looking for creative ways to fend off the effects of aging, be sure to include exercise in your daily routine, and check out the following eight ways exercise can fight aging!

Exercise can slow age-related muscle loss.

Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle tissue due to aging, typically beginning during our 40s and 50s. The rate at which we lose muscle tissue is completely dependent on our nutrition and lifestyle habits. Strength training is one of the most proven ways to build and maintain muscle tissue. Be sure to focus on getting enough strength training in each and every week (2-3 times per week). The more muscle you have when sarcopenia begins, the more muscle you’ll have decades later.

Exercise takes the creak out of your joints.

Chronic inactivity is the main cause of stiff and creaky joints. Think about dogs and cats when they wake up from a nap. The first thing they do is stretch. That’s because the body’s fascia actually starts to grow “fuzz” like a cocoon around your muscles and joints. Most of us have felt that stiffness and/or tightness if we’ve ever spent a day being lazy on the couch. The more movement that you get, every 20 minutes or so, the less you will allow your body to get comfortable (stiff) in that position. Take the initiative to move as often as you can every day, throughout the day.

Exercise can keep your bones stronger.

Got lunges? Weight bearing exercise builds density in our largest bones. This process continues throughout our lives. The more weight bearing activity your bones receive, the more that they will need to adapt to that “stress” by becoming denser. Weight bearing activities, such as squats and lunges, should be part of your exercise routine a few times each week.

Exercise can increase your testosterone.

Not only does testosterone gradually decline as we get older, but it’s also estimated that one in four men have lower than optimal testosterone, no matter what their age is. Strength training can have a dramatic impact on this hormone production and regulation. In fact, studies have shown that a single strength training session can have a positive impact on testosterone levels. This is increasingly important for men, since decreased activity and increased stress can dramatically reduce testosterone production.

Exercise can lower your stress.

It’s a well known fact that stress ages us. Today’s fast-paced and high-stressed lifestyles have left much of the population feeling older than we actually are. Conditions we often associate with aging, such as high blood pressure, achy joints, lower stamina, etc. are actually not age related at all but more symptoms of poorly managed stress or high/low stress hormone (cortisol). Exercise can be a great way to manage stress. Yoga, pilates and steady state cardio are great activities to engage in that can actually help lower cortisol. Many of my clients like to start their day off with exercise because it gets them feeling good first thing in the morning and helps set a healthy tone for the day.

Exercise can help your brain/mental capacity.

The brain can be seen as a muscle that needs exercise just the same way your body does to adapt and stay vital as you get older. There are many specific benefits that exercise offers. Working out for short bouts can help improve your brain’s ability to process and create. This supports the need for a midday workout if you’re feeling a little foggy in those early workday meetings. As your lungs takes in more oxygen, your brain will reap the nourishing benefits as well.

Exercise enhances your mood and emotional resilience.

We all know what it feels like after a good workout on a stressful day. Stress is the quickest aging catalyst around, and exercise is a spot-on antidote. What’s more, exercise can be a great way to excite the brain’s pleasure circuit, kicking in the proverbial “runner’s high.” Be aware, higher intensity exercise on/just after a stressful day may not be the best for your stress response system. On those days, reward yourself with a nonstrenuous yoga class, or get in some low intensity aerobic activity with some dry sauna time afterward.

Exercise offers you better quality sleep–one of the best anti-aging remedies.

Better sleep is one of the most commonly cited (and appreciated) benefits of exercising I hear from my clients when they begin a fitness routine. Sleep really is a general cure-all, and its restorative processes are critical for health, metabolism, and healthy aging. Not getting a quality 6-8 hours of rest can contribute to everything from high blood pressure to weight gain to skin aging. When you exercise, you actually raise your body’s core temperature. Following a bout of exercise, your body temperature actually drops lower than if you hadn’t exercised, and a lower body temperature can help you sleep better.

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader. Most of the links in this article point to an external web page, LifeTime Weightloss Blog
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Joke

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 MPH. He thinks to himself, this driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!”

So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over. Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies — two in the front seat and three in the back — wide eyed and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him, Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?

“Ma’am,” the officer replies, you weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.

Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly… Twenty-two miles an hour! “The old woman says a bit proudly.

The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that 22″ was the route number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask… Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven’t muttered a single peep this whole time, the officer asks.

“Oh, they’ll be all right in a minute officer. We just got off Route 119.”

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