Today the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Oklahoma City announced ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer, a new initiative engaging women of influence to raise funds directly supporting women-led cancer research. The program spotlights the life experiences and discoveries of women in research and aims to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue their dreams of a career in science.
“One in three Americans will battle cancer in their lifetime, and we need the best and brightest minds engaged in reduce the cancer burden in our communities,” said Jeff Fehlis, Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society. “Recognizing the unique challenges we face, women have expressed a strong interest in supporting scientifically sound women-led cancer research.”
ResearcHERS of Oklahoma City is chaired by Cynthia Black of Oklahoma City. Black, along with her husband Chris, are the owners of RK Black, a printing business that has been in their family for six decades. She will be supported by an elite group of Ambassadors committed to raise funds, serve as role models, and build awareness of the contributions of women in the fight against cancer.
“One brilliant idea or concept can save countless lives,” said Black. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and the next big discovery may come from a scientist funded by the ResearcHERS initiative.”
ACS is the nation’s largest, non-governmental provider of cancer research funding, with more than $4.8 billion invested since 1946.
“Our goal is to raise $50,000 during May, and I am thrilled to be carrying the torch for this inaugural ResearcHERS campaign,” Black said.

Intimate Portraits in Chamber Music

Oklahoma City, Okla., — The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present its eighth annual Summer Chamber Music Festival June 6, 8, 9 and 11 at the historic St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City (127 NW 7th Street at Robinson). This four-concert festival will explore that most celebrated aspect of chamber music—its intimacy. Intimate Portraits in Chamber Music gets up close and personal with classical music’s most intimate expression: sonatas, trios and quartets, featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Piazzolla and others. Parking is free just south of the cathedral.
Chamber Music has covered a lot of ground since Joseph Haydn developed the string quartet in the mid 18th century, but the art form remains at its very core what Goethe called “a stimulating conversation between intelligent people,” with us, the audience, listening in.
Works on the program are: Concert No. 1 – 7:30 pm, Thursday, June 6 – Sonatas Francis Poulenc, Sonata for Clarinet & Piano – Johannes Brahms, Sonata No. 2 for Viola & Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2 – Richard Strauss, Sonata for Violin & Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 18
Concert No. 2 – 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 8 – Duos and Trios Bohuslav Martinu, Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano – Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 – Carl Frühling, Trio in A Minor for Clarinet, Cello & Piano, Op. 40
Concert No. 3 – 4:00 pm, Sunday, June 9 – Trios with Strings The Mae Ruth Swanson Memorial Concert – Ludwig van Beethoven, String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3 – Ingolf Dahl, Concerto a Tre for Clarinet, Violin & Cello – Franz Joseph Haydn, London Trio No. 1 in C Major, Hob. IV:1 for Flute, Violin & Cello – Ernö Dohnányi, Serenade for String Trio in C Major, Op. 10
Concert No. 4 – 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 11 – Quartets Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Quartet in F Major for Oboe, Violin, Viola & Cello, K.370 – Astor Piazzolla, Libertango and Oblivion for Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano – John Mackey, Breakdown Tango for Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano – Antonín Dvorák, Piano Quartet No. 2 for Piano & Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 87
Musicians appearing in the summer festival are: Gregory Lee and Katrin Stamatis (violin), Mark Neumann (viola), Zachary Reaves (cello), Parthena Owens (flute), Lisa Harvey-Reed (oboe), Chad Burrow (clarinet), Amy I-Lin Cheng, Sallie Pollack and Ruirui Ouyang (piano).
Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, Oklahoma City’s own chamber ensemble, presents fine classical chamber music in the beautiful and acoustically-rich St. Paul’s Cathedral at NW 7th and Robinson near downtown Oklahoma City. Tickets are $20 at the door. Children, students and active-duty military personnel admitted free with ID. Free parking south of the cathedral. For more information, visit us at www.brightmusic.org


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Dear Savvy Senior,

What types of discounts are available to baby boomers, at what age do they kick in, and what’s the best way to go about finding them? Almost 50

Dear Almost,
One of the great perks of growing older in America is the many discounts that are available to boomers and seniors.
There are literally thousands of discounts on a wide variety of products and services including restaurants, grocery stores, travel and lodging, entertainment, retail and apparel, health and beauty, automotive services and much more. These discounts – typically ranging between 5 and 25 percent off – can add up to save you hundreds of dollars each year.
So, if you don’t mind admitting your age, here are some tips and tools to help you find the discounts you may be eligible for.
Always Ask
The first thing to know is that most businesses don’t advertise them, but many give senior discounts just for the asking, so don’t be shy.
You also need to know that while some discounts are available as soon as you turn 50, many others may not kick in until you turn 55, 60, 62 or 65.
Search Online
Because senior discounts frequently change and can vary depending on where you live and the time of the year, the Internet is the easiest way to help you locate them.
To do a search, start by visiting SeniorDiscounts.com, which lists thousands of discounts that you can search for by city and state, and by the category you’re interested in, for free.
You can also look for discounts at TheSeniorList.com, which provides a large list of national and regional business chains that offer them, or you can Google them individually. Just go to Google.com and type in the business or organization you’re curious about, followed by “senior discount” or “senior discount tickets.”
If you use a smartphone, another tool is the Sciddy app (see Sciddy.com) that lets you search for senior discounts and can send you alerts when you’re at an establishment that offers them.
Join a Club
Another good avenue to senior discounts is through membership organizations like AARP, which offers its 50 and older members a wide variety of discounts through affiliate businesses (see AARPdiscounts.com).
If, however, you’re not the AARP type, there are other alternative organizations you can join that also provide discounts such as The Seniors Coalition or the American Seniors Association. Or, for federal workers, there’s the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
Types of Discounts
Here’s an abbreviated rundown of some of the different types of discounts you can expect to find.
Restaurants: Senior discounts are common at restaurants and fast food establishments – like Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Wendy’s, Applebee’s and Golden Corral – ranging from free/discounted drinks, to discounts off your total order.
Retailers: Many thrift stores like Goodwill, and certain retailers like Banana Republic, Kohl’s, Michaels and Ross stores offer a break to seniors on certain days of the week.
Supermarkets: Many locally owned grocery stores offer senior discount programs, as do some chains like Albertsons, Kroger, Publix and Fry’s Supermarkets, which offer some discounts on certain days of the week but they vary by location.
Travel: Southwest Airlines provide the best senior fares in the U.S. to passengers 65 and older, while Amtrak offers a 15 percent discount and Greyhound offers 5 percent off to travelers over 62. Most car rental companies provide discounts to customers who belong to organizations like AARP. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival cruise lines offer discount rates to cruisers 55 and over. And, most hotels offer senior discounts, usually ranging from 10 to 30 percent.
Entertainment: Most movie theaters, museums, golf courses, ski slopes and other public entertainment venues provide reduced admission to seniors over 60 or 65. And the National Park Service offers a lifetime pass for those 62 and up for $10 (see nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm).
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital and the City of El Reno have reached an agreement for SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital to begin leasing a portion of the facility formerly known as Mercy Hospital El Reno. A definitive agreement was finalized on April 2.
Under the terms of the lease agreement, effective May 1, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital began operating the emergency department of El Reno hospital as a department of SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital. SSM Health St. Anthony will maintain a full service, 24/7 emergency department in order to serve the needs of the residents of El Reno and surrounding communities. In support of the emergency department, SSM Health St. Anthony will also offer outpatient services including laboratory services and diagnostic imaging to provide convenience for patients. Although acute inpatient services will not be provided, the freestanding emergency department will ensure seamless protocols for immediate transfer of any patients needing a higher level of care.
Services will continue to be provided at the current address on Parkview Drive while the City of El Reno constructs a new $9 million facility patterned after SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex locations with a campus featuring a freestanding emergency department, and diagnostic services. The City of El Reno will be the owner of the new freestanding emergency department facility. In addition, SSM Health will construct an adjacent building to house urgent care, primary care physicians and specialty physicians to round out the new medical campus.
In mid-May, SSM Health Medical Group will also provide urgent care and primary care services at 2315 Parkview Drive. Providers in this location will include Robert DiCintio, PA-C, Alex Rasmussen, PA-C, and Alina Quy, APRN-CNP.
“SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital is pleased to have been selected by the City of El Reno to be the community’s health care partner. We look forward to expanding our ministry into El Reno and keeping important health care services within the community,” stated Joe Hodges, President, SSM Health – Oklahoma.
“We have worked closely with SSM Health St. Anthony to develop a long-term approach to provide health care services for our residents,” stated Mayor Matt White. “Our partnership with SSM Health St. Anthony will ensure continuity of health care in our community.”
Miller Architects was engaged by both the City of El Reno and SSM Health for the design of the new health facility campus, and Waldrop Construction will serve as the construction manager. Miller and Waldrop have worked together on many successful projects for SSM Health.
For more information about our providers and urgent care service, please call 405-231-8866.

Date/ Day/ Location/ Time/ Registration #/ Instructor

May 2/ Thursday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Varacchi
Integris 3rd Age Life Center – 5100 N. Brookline

May 9/ Thursday/ Norman/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 307-3177/ Palinsky
Norman Regional Hospital – 901 N. Porter Ave.

May 10/ Friday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Edwards
S.W, Medical Center – 4299 S. Douglas, Suite B-10

May 14/ Tuesday/ Midwest City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 691-4091/ Palinsky
Rose State Conventional Learning Center – 6191 Tinker Diagonal, room 203

May15/ Wednesday/ Warr Acres/ 8:30 am – 3 pm/ 789-9892/ Kruck
Warr Acres Community Center – 4301 N. Ann Arbor Ave.

May 20/ Monday/ Shawnee/ 9:30 am – 4 pm/ 818-2916/ Brase
Shawnee Senior Center – 401 N. Bell St.

May 31/ Friday/ Midwest City/ 9 am – 4 pm/ 739-1200/ Edwards Midwest City Senior Center – 8251 E. Reno Ave

June 1/ Saturday/ Midwest City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/473-8239/ Williams
First Christian Church – 11950 E. Reno Ave.

Jun 6/ Thursday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Varacchi
Integris 3rd Age Life Center – 5100 N. Brookline, Suite B-10

The prices for the classes are: $15 for AARP members and $20 for Non-AARP. Call John Palinsky, zone coordinator for the Oklahoma City area at 405-691-4091 or send mail to: johnpalinsky@sbcglobal.net

South Oklahoma City Man Volunteers to Give Back for Blessings Received

National Volunteer Week was celebrated April 7-13

In his retirement, Fred Selensky enjoys his membership in the Oklahoma City Fiat Car Club and has built many friendships with other car enthusiasts over the years. But his weekly volunteer role has also brought new friendships into his life.
“When I retired, I was looking for a way to give back for the blessings I’ve received,” Selensky said.
So, he signed up to be a volunteer driver for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Central Oklahoma (RSVP) Provide-A-Ride program, which provides low-income seniors transportation to doctor’s appointments. Last year, 66 RSVP Provide-A-Ride volunteers drove more than 400 clients to 6,065 medical appointments.
“It’s fulfilling a need in the clients I take because they don’t drive and don’t have to pay for a taxi to medical appointments,” he said. “It’s really fulfilling for me, too, and I enjoy doing something people appreciate. It’s not a chore”
April is National Volunteer Month, a month dedicated to honoring volunteers and encouraging volunteerism. Selensky is one of more than 900,000 Oklahomans who gave of their time last year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Research shows that adults who volunteer are more likely to experience health benefits—longer life span and better mental health.
If you are interested in volunteering with RSVP as a Provide-A-Ride driver or with one of the many RSVP nonprofit partners, call 405.605-3110 or visit www.rsvpokc.org.

OMRF scientist Courtney Griffin, Ph.D., was recently named the scientific director of OCASCR.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded an Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist $5.9 million to study new ways to control bleeding like that which occurs in aneurysms.
OMRF researcher Courtney Griffin, Ph.D., received a seven-year grant to pursue novel research into blood vessel function and factors that lead to uncontrolled bleeding.
“Seven years is like paradise to a scientist. It allows us to address questions and take our research in new directions we couldn’t have before,” said Griffin, who joined OMRF from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. “This will give us the opportunity to dig in on basic science questions that could lead to new drugs and therapies for devastating conditions.”
The grant was awarded under a new federal granting program known as the R35, which was established to promote scientific productivity and innovation by providing sustained support and increased flexibility in research. NHLBI program officer Yunling Gao, Ph.D., said the R35 award is designed to provide long-term support to outstanding investigators like Griffin who are conducting research that breaks new ground or extends ongoing studies that are making significant contributions to the field.
“Dr. Griffin has been supported by the NHLBI’s programs over the past decade, and she has emerged as an expert in the field on protease-mediated regulation of vascular stability,” said Gao. “We look forward to her new breakthroughs and achievements for years to come.”
Griffin’s work is focused on proteases—proteins that chew up other proteins. At OMRF, she studies the role proteases play in a healthy setting and also the damage they can cause in blood vessel development when they go awry. When blood vessel integrity is compromised, they become weaker and can rupture, which can be fatal.
By knowing what vessels are susceptible and under what conditions, they can identify disease links that may be predictable and lead to the development of therapeutic interventions.
“The competition for these grants is fierce, and you must have an incredible track record to be considered for one of them,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “The NHLBI is betting on Dr. Griffin, and she is an outstanding choice for this award. I have no doubt she will reward them with her incredible work.”
The grant, No. R35 HL144605, is from the NHLBI, a part of the National Institutes of Health.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Tim Griffin, Ph.D.
OMRF physician-researcher Judith James, M.D., Ph.D.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in adults in the U.S., affecting more than 54 million people with more than 100 distinct types of the disease.
To make matters worse, there are no approved treatments for the most common form of arthritis—osteoarthritis. It stems from the loss of cartilage between bones and joints and will affect more than half of all Americans over the age of 65.
Understandably, this has led to much concern about the future of arthritis treatment.
“We all want to live long enough that we eventually have some wear-and-tear form of arthritis,” said Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Vice President of Clinical Affairs Judith James, M.D., Ph.D. “But we don’t want any disability or limitations from it that tend to occur as we age. What we need is a disease-modifying drug.”
James, a rheumatologist and internationally recognized expert on arthritis, said that advancements in treating other forms of arthritis offer hope for similar developments in osteoarthritis.
“In the past decade, we have seen big changes in treatment for several types of arthritis, including the introduction of drugs and interventions for less-common forms like rheumatoid arthritis,” said James.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic illness mainly characterized by inflammation in the lining of the joints, and it affects more than 1.3 million adults in the U.S. James currently serves as principal investigator on a clinical trial called StopRA, a prevention study for the disease.
“We are testing people who are at high risk of developing RA. Our goal is to get them on treatments that may help prevent the disease from ever occurring,” she said. If you are interested in participating or finding out more about the study, please call 405-271-7745 or email jackie-keyser@omrf.org.
The National Institutes of Health invests more than $500 million annually toward understanding and treating various forms of arthritis. Some of that work is happening at OMRF, including research by scientist Tim Griffin, Ph.D., who studies the effects of obesity on the development of osteoarthritis.
“Much of what we initially learned about osteoarthritis came from studying end-stage diseased tissues when people had their joints replaced,” said Griffin.
However, technological advances in imaging and biomarkers have allowed scientists to study earlier stages of disease. Griffin says that this has given new hope for a cure.
“We now think of early-stage OA as resulting from a family of different conditions, such as obesity, trauma, or aging,” he said. “Treatments that target the specific cause of osteoarthritis at the early stages may delay or even prevent disease.”
Multiple studies have shown that a diet avoiding inflammatory foods like saturated fats and refined carbohydrates can help protect you. Griffin’s lab recently found that diets high in saturated fats increased the risk of joint inflammation in mice—even before cartilage loss began.
“We are working on this disease in earnest and continue to understand more and more about it,” said James. “I am increasingly hopeful that we will see a treatment for osteoarthritis in our lifetime.”
But while we await the first osteoarthritis drug, what can we do in the meantime?
“‘Move as much as you can,” said James. “The more you sit, the stiffer and more painful your joints become. Other keys are to maintain a reasonable body weight and participate in joint-safe exercises like swimming or using an elliptical machine.”

Aneurysms in the brain are dangerous because, if they rupture, patients face a significant chance of dying within six months. To decrease that possibility, OU Medicine neurosurgeons are using a new medical device to prevent aneurysm rupture and recurrence — without major surgery opening a patient’s skull. Neurosurgeon Bradley Bohnstedt, M.D., has been using the Surpass Streamline Stent to divert the flow of blood away from an aneurysm, which greatly decreases its potential for rupture. The procedure is minimally invasive – via a catheter, the stent is inserted into a blood vessel near the groin, then Bohnstedt directs it all the way up to the aneurysm in the brain.
OU Medicine was the first in Oklahoma to place the Surpass Stent in a patient. The advantage of the device is that it is designed to treat larger aneurysms in more areas of the brain. The technology is called “flow diversion” for its ability to route blood away from the aneurysm.
“By diverting the flow of blood away from the aneurysm, it reduces the stress on the wall of the aneurysm and allows it to heal and shrink,” Bohnstedt said. “In six months to a year, the aneurysm takes on the normal shape of the blood vessel.”
Bohnstedt describes aneurysms as blisters on the side of a blood vessel. If an aneurysm ruptures, 10 percent of patients will die before they make it to a hospital. Up to 50 percent of people whose aneurysms rupture will die by six months because of ensuing complications, Bohnstedt said.
Because of readily available imaging techniques, physicians are finding more aneurysms today than ever before. Some aneurysms are small and never need to be treated, Bohnstedt said, but others are risky to the patient.
“It’s important when we identify aneurysms that we stratify their risk for rupture to determine which ones need to be treated,” he said. “Then we want to treat them sooner rather than later.”
The treatment of aneurysms has evolved as technology has improved. Traditionally, Bohnstedt would open up the patient’s skull and place a clip on the aneurysm to prevent its rupture. He still performs that surgery when necessary but, while effective, it is invasive and leads to a long recovery for the patient. With the advent of endovascular techniques, neurosurgeons gained a minimally invasive method of accessing an aneurysm by traveling through the blood vessels. The first and second generations of endovascular treatment involved placing coils made of platinum inside the aneurysm to keep the blood flow at bay. With this technique, patients faced far less recovery time, but the aneurysms recurred about 40 percent of the time.
The Surpass Stent, made of metal, is greatly improved in all areas – it works well for larger, more distant aneurysms and, once treated, they don’t seem to return.
“We’re treating far more aneurysms with the Surpass Stent than we previously treated,” Bohnstedt said. “We also hope to be involved with the study for the next generation of the Surpass device, which will have the ability to treat even more sizes of aneurysms in additional parts of the brain. OU has been an early adopter of new technologies after FDA approval, which allows our patients to be a part of research studies for devices that aren’t readily available to the public.”