Each Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm until April 15, AARP Tax Aide is offering free tax preparation services in the Business Center in Haden Hall near the Riverwalk Café. No appointment is necessary. Phone 828-210-4542.
Please bring the following with you:
• Social Security cards for all who will be listed on the return
• Picture identification
• Last year’s return
• W-2 forms
• All 1099 forms
• Other tax forms including form 1095-etc.
• Detailed lists of receipts for any itemized deductions
• All college expenses and your 1098-T
• Complete brokerage statement
• A blank check for direct deposit or payment information

Deerfield will host a presentation by Julie Goodwin, Outreach Coordinator, Better Business Bureau on March 27th at 4:00 pm in the Blue Ridge Room.

Scams are designed to either steal your money now, or steal your identity now in order to steal your money later. Scammers have all kinds of techniques to collect personal information. Once they have it, they can effectively become you, using your identity to open accounts, file taxes, or obtain medical coverage.

Tips to Spot This Scam:
• Look for unexplained withdrawals, charges, and accounts.
• Check your credit reports regularly for unauthorized inquiries and accounts.

10 Steps to Avoid Scams
1. Never send money to someone you have never met face-to-face.
2. Don’t click on links or open attachments in unsolicited email.
3. Don’t believe everything you see.
4. Don’t buy online unless the transaction is secure.
5. Be extremely cautious when dealing with anyone you’ve met online.
6. Never share personally identifiable information.
7. Don’t be pressured to act immediately.
8. Use secure, traceable transactions when making payments for goods, services, taxes, and debts.
9. Whenever possible, work with local businesses that have proper credentials and check them out at bbb.org to see what other consumers have experienced.
10. Be cautious about what you share on social media.

Deerfield residents can enjoy the beauty of a snowfall without the hassle of having to clear sidewalks and driveways.

One of the main goals at Deerfield for 2018 is CARF reaccreditation. CARF is the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services used in retirement communities. CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers - those providers that meet CARF standards have a demonstrated commitment to being among the best communities. Members of the Deerfield team are working diligently to prepare for the upcoming fourth CARF reaccreditation of the community. During this process of self-study every regulation is carefully scrutinized and assessed. The certification process requires the review and enhancement of dozens of standards, and a site visit every five years from a CARF survey team that consists of senior living professionals from top communities around the country. Of the almost 2,000 communities in the United States, 10% become accredited. This is a voluntary process that Deerfield chooses to commit to knowing that it continually makes us better.

Few of us notice that small changes, often with significant environmental implications, are taking place on the Deerfield Campus.
Here are a few:
• Beginning October 2016, Styrofoam containers for residents to take out food were replaced by compostable ones in the Bistro and Café. Containers are now discarded with garbage rather than recycled; but unlike Styrofoam, they degrade in the landfill without releasing toxic or harmful chemicals.
• The Dining Department continues to prepare and serve locally grown and produced products when available and affordable.
• The Facilities Department has incorporated energy saving projects that reduce both expenses and our carbon footprint. Projects geared towards sustainability this year include replacing: obsolete boilers in skilled nursing; laundry electric boilers with natural gas; skilled nursing HVAC in common area with more efficient units; and replacing windows in East and West wings of skilled nursing. A timer and pump will be added to the Tuton Hall water vault, to allow some pumps to shut down at times of lower demand, saving energy.
• Grounds and Landscaping Department continues to incorporate native plants in our landscaping, as these plants generally require less water and chemical use. They also collect the leaves and compost them for use in the Community Garden and other landscape projects.

Residents also make a difference in energy conservation. The electric rate between peak and non-peak hours is significant.

-The ad hoc Sustainability Committee

‘What a special place’ I couldn’t help but think to myself, as I pulled in the back entrance onto Lambeth drive, and wove my way up the hill through gardens, friendly waves, and the croquet course on my first day on my new job as Medical Director. I can’t help but reflect on those first impressions when asked to write about my new position and the relationship between MAHEC and Deerfield because each subsequent day has only reinforced what a remarkable community it is in which I work. About that work: as Medical Director, I bring another clinical voice to the already strong administrative team that works to keep you healthy when well and care for you when sick. Part of that job is keeping up with the administrative tasks that stem from a complex regulatory environment, but another part is working with the team trying to think innovatively about the same things that matter most to me as a physician—ensuring you are getting the most effective, highest quality care while providing as comfortable of a patient experience as possible. I also am quite excited to be providing direct patient care in both the Independent/Assisted Living Clinic and in the Skilled Nursing facility.

MAHEC (or Mountain Area Health Education Center), my employer, has been working with Deerfield to provide care to Deerfield Residents since 2006. MAHEC is one of several AHEC sites around the state, created by the legislature in the 70’s, to help train more health care professionals to practice in rural areas. The organization has grown dramatically since then, now not only offering primary care and OB-GYN services for thousands of patients in Western North Carolina, but also offering robust, well-regarded Family Medicine and OB-GYN residency training programs, a western hub for the UNC Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, new Psychiatry and General Surgery residencies, not to mention a key center for continuing medical education in Western North Carolina and the Southeast. Our relationship with Deerfield in particular has been a boon for educating our Family Medicine residents, who rotate through the Simonds Skilled Nursing facility, on the vitally important care of older adults. In turn, my goal is that, regardless of your provider, you are receiving the most evidence based, up-to-date medical care possible, while remaining grounded in the relationship with your doctor or nurse practitioner.

I also hope to further engage in the community, and am exploring ways to do this through educational and social events. Until then, I look forward to running into you in the halls or the clinic!

Deerfield’s in-house spa, Riverwalk Spa, invites you to experience the healthful benefits of treatments such as acupuncture and massage. Everyone has heard the old adage “when you look good, you feel good”, and who could deny the interrelated nature of how one looks and how they feel. This outlook has led to a dizzying array of industries generating considerable revenue around the globe in an effort to help us look, and feel good.

Let us consider the possibility that the old saying had it completely backwards all along. Here is where wellness comes in. A much-trumpeted buzzword, already heavily used in the health and beauty segments, it is a concept worthy of further investigation. Wellness, according to the World Health Organization is “a state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity”, or in the words of The National Wellness Institute, “a conscious, self directed and evolving process of achieving full potential”. The wellness approach could be considered empowering to the individual, holistic in nature, and based on the intention that people feel and look their very best.

A great example of this shift in understanding is massage therapy, once considered a luxury of the wealthy, now increasingly recognized as an alternative medical treatment. Research has shown massage therapy to enhance blood flow and improve general circulation, reduce the bodies production of proteins that contribute to inflammation, stimulates mitochondria-the energy producing units in cells that aid in cell function and repair, reduce cortisol levels and regulate the bodies sympathetic nervous system.

Not surprisingly, most of these benefits directly counter the negative effects that stress has on the body. Is it possible that the damages done to our bodies and spirits in the name of stress could be offset or even prevented by treatments such as massage and acupuncture?

A striking example of the wellness approach is China, one of the largest skincare markets, where acupuncture—which epitomizes wellness there—is widely used for beauty. Even the products we use for facials at Riverwalk Spa are integrated into this wellness approach. Product lines once touted for their ability to cover or correct undesirable symptoms now utilize natural and nourishing ingredients such as Manuka honey, to address the root causes, instead of the symptoms, and heal from within. That is ultimately our goal at the Riverwalk Spa, to nourish mind, body and spirit in an effort to heal from within. Will your next acupuncture treatment make you more beautiful or your next massage make you the picture of health? The answer is for you to decide, but if it feels right, then it may be a good start.