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February 2018

Love is in the air Special Valentine’s Edition

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Healthy heart isn’t just a Valentine’s sentiment

It is February, and there is still a chill in the air. But, it also is a month in which we celebrate matters of the heart — love. In this issue of Senior Life, you will find Valentine’s Day stories of enduring love and marriage, including some that might warm your heart and encourage you to celebrate your own relationship. Check out the response to our Senior Sentiment question concerning Valentine’s Day. There is another matter of the heart that we should draw attention to — Heart Health. February is considered the month to raise awareness about heart disease. In this edition, you also will find some helpful information about heart health. We also want to inform you about local celebrations of Black History Month and stories about veterans. This issue is packed with stories and information you can use, but we also are excited and can’t wait to share with you some of the things we already are working on for the next issue. As always, we appreciate the feedback we get from some of you. It inspires us and helps us to serve you better by bringing you the stories you care about. We invite you to become empowered through the exhibits, demonstrations and important information that will be available to you at this year’s Senior Life Boomer Guide Expo. The expo will be held at The Avenue Viera, next to Office Depot, on the south side of Carmike Movie Theater in the old Sports Authority building. It is a free event from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. that will include Brevard Seniors Got Talent — open to musicians, singers, orators, poets, dancers, comedians, actors who want to perform skits and others who want to take part in this fun-filled event. Don’t be afraid to participate. Call our office at 321-2421235 to register and be placed on the schedule. SL Jill Blue Gaines Senior Life Fla

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Groups work together to bring awareness to the importance of Black History Month BY KYLE MCDONALD Succeeding and persevering in times of great strife is central to the story of Black culture in America. To celebrate that fact and to commemorate the centennial of the end of the First World War, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is highlighting African Americans in every American War. The theme for this year’s Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War.” And according to the ASALH website, “Times of War inevitably provide the framework for many stories related to African American soldiers and sailors, veterans, and civilians. This is a theme filled with paradoxes of valor and defeat, of civil rights opportunities and setbacks, of struggles abroad and at home, of artistic creativity and repression, and of catastrophic loss of life and the righteous hope for peace.” Locally, The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex in Mims, has shown a spotlight on Black History and, more specifically, early civil rights pioneers Harry and Harriette Moore since opening in 2004. Sonya Mallard, cultural complex coordinator, shed light on the importance of this month and events that celebrate the contributions of Black History. “Black History Month is more crucial today than days gone by. We had men like Harry T. Moore, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, on whose

shoulders we are standing on today, as we still march for equal rights in America. Black History Month is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we continue to promote positive examples of poignant historical events, exemplary leaders and steps toward social change. This 30-day remembrance is not only deeply meaningful for the African American community, but imperative for the greater understanding of national and world history.” With the importance of this month at an all-time high, many local groups are working together to bring awareness to Black History. The following are the events The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Eastern Florida State College, Dr. Phil Simpson, provost, and the EFSC Black History Committee are providing throughout the month of February at the EFSC Titusville Campus: • Feb. 6 – Minority Male Town Hall, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Dining Room • Feb. 7 – Military Field Day, 12 to 5 p.m. in the Pavilion • Feb. 8 – “Red Tails,” 5 p.m. in the Community Dining Room • Feb. 19 – “Hidden Figures,” 5 p.m. in the Community Dining Room • Feb. 22 – Soul Food Regale, 12 to 2 p.m. in the gym • Feb. 28 – Service Day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Community Dining Room SL

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An Opportunity quilt named “Morning Glories” will be raffled and the proceeds will go to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Luanne Halleran, Laurel Merrill, Suzy Prickett, Pricilla Kalajian and Kathie Medley admire a quilt design by Linda Hahn.

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mental health and child welfare. Devereux Florida has a campus located in Viera, and it operates a broad spectrum of services. The quilt show will feature more than 200 quilts on display. They will be judged by National Quilting Association Certified Quilt Judge, Scott A. Murkin. Awards will be given in the following categories: Pieced, Hand and Machine Applique, Mixed Techniques, Small Quilts, Modern Quilts, Original Design and Special Techniques. Attendees of the show also will enjoy the Book Nook, the Guild’s “Boutique,” (items made by guild members for sale), a silent auction, small quilt raffle and a favorite of all quilters will be the vendors selling all things quilt and sewing related. Each attendee also will be able to vote on a favorite quilt for a Viewer’s Choice award. SL For information, call Kathy Baker at 978-265-0552, or go to or

The Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Guild will conduct its biennial Quilt Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Wickham Park Community Center at 2815 Leisure Way in Melbourne. This will be a new venue for the guild. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. For groups paying in advance, the ticket price is $8. Group tickets can be ordered online at Breakfast and lunch will be catered by Palm Shores Bistro. This will be the first time that a catering service is provided. This year’s theme is “Pieces of our Lives,” signifying the love and fabric pieces that each quilter brings to the quilts made. Every quilt has a story and every month at the Quilt Guild meetings each quilter in the 300-member guild has an opportunity to talk about the significance of those quilts which recently have been made. The mission of the guild is to educate, share, promote and keep alive the craft and traditions of quilting and also to serve the community. The community service committee members have donated many hundred of quilts to various local charities. The proceeds from this year’s “Opportunity” raffle quilt named “Morning Glories” will go to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Devereux is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare By Attorney organizations in the TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH country, serving many of the most 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL vulnerable members For A Complimentary Copy of our society in areas of autism, Phone 321 267 — 4770 intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty



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Ginsburg excels in second career as fashion designer BY MUFFY BERLYN Marla Wynne Ginsburg, 61, was forced to start over at the age of 56 after a lucrative career as a producer in TV and film with series such as “Highlander” and “La Femme Nikita.’’ She was cashing in six- and seven-figure salaries when the Hollywood writers’ strike came in 2007 and the Great Recession hit in 2008. When her financial ruin was imminent, she took action. She decided to start down an entirely new path — fashion design. She loved designer clothes, owned a closetful, and during work in Paris had formed friendships with people in the fashion business. “I went out and bought a sewing machine. Just that simple,” Ginsburg told Inc. magazine editor Leigh Buchanan in the March 9, 2017 issue. Although she is entirely selftaught in fashion design, she was able to secure a quarter-million dollars in purchase orders from Nordstrom and Home Shopping Network (HSN). She hesitantly filled orders using her credit line. “I knew if I didn’t make those first orders I would never get back in,” she said. Ginsburg said she designs clothes for women of her age because she believes they are

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Through the years, expos put on by Senior Life have become popular with Brevard County residents.

Senior Life’s Power of Age Boomer Guide Expo coming to Viera on March 9 SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE

The Power of Age is the theme for Senior Life’s eighth annual Boomer Guide Expo, which promises to be an exciting, informative and entertaining free event. The expo will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday, March 9 at The Avenue Viera, next to Office Depot, which is on the south side of Carmike Movie Theater. It will be held in the building that once housed Sports Authority. There will be exhibitors, activities and demonstrations of interest and importance that will empower Boomers and Seniors. Brevard Seniors Got Talent will highlight the entertainment. Singers, musicians, orators, dancers, poets, comedians, actors that want to perform skits and other performers are invited to showcase their talent in a fun-filled format. The free 2018 edition of the annual award-winning Boomer Guide magazine will be available for pickup at the Boomer Guide Expo. This will be the first opportunity to obtain the magazine. SL For more information about the expo or to participate in the talent show, call 321-242-1235.


Marla Wynne Ginsburg, 61, designs clothes for women of her age, whom she believes are ignored by fashion designers. ignored by fashion designers. “There were these sort of icky missy clothing companies,” she said. “There was Eileen Fisher, which was very pricey. Nobody was really making clothes to address the changing body and lifestyle of a Boomer. We may be dinosaurs, but we still need clothes.” Ginsburg brought on designers the same age as herself and her customers. “A young designer does not understand that. I don’t care how much time you spend in

the gym, your waist is going to thicken; your butt is going to drop; you’re going to get a little extra something on your back; your metabolism is shot … ,” she told Buchanan of Inc. Her company MarlaWynne Collection, featured on HSN, has more than $10 million in revenue. Working 15-hour days, seven days a week, Ginsburg’s daughter now works beside her, with hopes that her son may join them. Her children inheriting the business, she said, is “the secret bonus of my life right now.” SL




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Love on the Space Coast We invited our readers to share their love stories with us. Here are a few of the words of love that we received!

Irv and Barbara


“She has been my Valentine for more than 60 years, when I dated her at the University of Florida when we were young. I never imagined it would last this long. We created a wonderful family and every day my love for her increases. She is the best mother and partner a man could ever have.” Love, Edgar

Irv and Barbara Gelman


Edgar and Juana Jaramillo

“We have been dating for 17 years. She’s special to me because she’s my sweet lady.” Love, Bob


“She is my Valentine. We have been married for 53 years, and she tolerates me (said while laughing) and loves me for who I am. I couldn’t ask for a better wife.” Love, Jack

“Irv is my Valentine, my love, my rock and our 17 years together have been the best of my life.” Love, Barbara “Life is a dictated path I must follow. I wouldn’t have it any other way other than having Barbara by my side. I love her.” Love, Irv

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Peggy “She is my wife, my Valentine, my friend and I love her more than anything.” Love, Frank

Jack and Marti Bibb


“My Love Story — I will love you forever and always.” Your wife, Sandy Lynn

Frank and Peggy Hayes


“She brings out the best in me, so she is my loving Valentine.’’ Love, Maurice

Sandy Lynn and Michael Eldridge


“She is the love of my life and I continue to love her every day.” Love, Terry

Maurice and Mary Shaharabani


“She is the love of my life and my forever Valentine.” Love, Lenard

Terry and Carol Elliot

Aleen, Elaine and Joanne

“This Valentine’s Day, we are celebrating our friendship and how life makes and always brings new smiles and love.”

Lenard and Barbara Montono

Joyce Aleen Potter, left, Elaine Wolfe and Joanne Bourne, back

“We have been married 70 years, she’s my one and only, we have three wonderful kids and we are very happy together. I am very lucky to spend another year with her as my Valentine.” Love, Lou



“When I really get serious, I love music and poetry. There is a verse from a song in “The King and I” that describes my love and appreciation for my husband. A man who needs your love, he’s wonderful.’’ ‘This is a man who thinks with his heart, his heart is not always wise. Edith and Don Sourbeck This is a man who stumbles and falls, but this is a man who tries. This is a man you forgive and forgive and protect as long as you live. He will not always say what you would have him say. But now and then he’ll say, something wonderful.’ It ends with, ‘He’ll always need your love and so he’ll get your love.’” Love, Edith


Lou and Joyce Franzoi

Jean “I first saw Jean across the floor at the local dance hall. She was a knockout! After 55 married years, we still share lots of hugs and kisses.” Love, George George and Jean Butterworth

Love story endures for more than five decades BY MUFFY BERLYN For Kathy Steinert, it was love at first sight. And after more than five decades of marriage, the qualities for a good marriage still are there for her and her husband, Randy Steinert. After marrying at a young age, Kathy Steinert, 70, and husband Randy Steinert, 71, of Barefoot Bay, are celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary this month. The couple, who originally are from Oshkosh, Wis., reflected on their marriage together for Senior Life. Kathy, a retired sales representative, said that “the humor, the happiness, the sharing and the caring” is what has kept their marriage together for so many years. They met in the ninth grade. “I fell in love with him the minute I saw him,” she said. “He was a country boy and came into town. I was 14, he was 15. He asked me out during summer vacation to a ballgame. … He was a football player, stocky, big, with dark hair, beautiful eyes. And eyelashes that never quit. They still are there with the warm smile.”

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Kathy and Randy Steinert agree that “being good natured and good humored” are qualities important to a good marriage. Randy Steinert, a retired police sergeant from the Oshkosh Police Department, said his first impression was that he “thought she had definite possibilities.” “She dressed nice, but the skirts were always down to the knee,” he said. “But she had definite possibilities to improve and she did. She keeps right on improving and is now a very sophisticated, very competent, confident woman.”

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Kathy and Randy Steinert got married in Kohoka, a small town in Missouri with a population of 2,000. They visited St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where they got married, 52 years later. Randy said he feels the qualities important for a good marriage are: “someone who is loyal and will stick with you no matter what. Patience on both (sides), and being good natured

and good humored.” Kathy recalled how young they were. “I was 16, he was 17, when we got married,” she said. “We were juniors in high school and our son was on his way. That was 1964. Back in those days you were one of those girls, and you immediately had to quit school. We were madly in love with each other and so happy we were having a baby, and oblivious to our ages or anything.” With the permission of both sets of parents, they went in search of a place that would perform a marriage ceremony for a couple that young. After being turned down in Oshkosh, they went to Dubuque, Iowa. From there, they were sent to Kohoka, Mo. The legal marrying age was 15 for both a bride and a groom in Kohoka. They tied the knot at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. “From that time out, it’s always caring about the other person more than yourself and being together on every decision, everything we’ve done, everything we do,” Kathy said. “It’s just been a great, great marriage. It’s just been wonderful.” SL

Couples give insight on their happy marriages BY MUFFY BERLYN What makes for a long, happy marriage? As this Valentine’s Day approaches, local couples have responded to questions about their marriages and have provided varying responses as to what ensures a successful union. Bob and Alice Cole have been married 42 years and they have two children and two grandchildren. Alice, a retired mail carrier, is 63. SENIOR LIFE Muffy Berlyn “We knew each other as Bob and Alice Cole, who have been married kids,” she said. “We rode around for 42 years, have known each other since with a little red wagon and early childhood. tricycles … Bob and my brother, Tom, used to play together all the time. When we got older, my father said to me, ‘you know, Al, I don’t think he’s coming over to see your brother.’ ” Bob, 62, a retired heavy equipment operator, said of his secret to a long-term marriage, “I think [it’s] mutual respect … sometimes you have to be the best friend, and sometimes you have to be the lover.” Alice Cole acknowledged that a “give-and-take” and communication were important aspects of a long-term marriage. “Being able to talk about SENIOR LIFE Muffy Berlyn things and work together on Annie and Steve Steinert, who have been things, the projects we work married for 33 years, agree that “At the end on don’t always go smoothly. of the day, realize what you’ve got.” But, we can still work and get it done,’’ she said. you’ve got.” Steve and Annie Steinert have been Annie, 52, said she truly believes married for 33 years. They met in high that it takes a lot of love and a lot of school. patience. “I was definitely interested at “Too many people give up on first sight,” said Steve, 53, who is a things too easily,” she said. (You) computer technician. “My best friend “gotta find the commonality between sat next to her, so (I) had him put in a yourselves.” word. For us, we put each other first They agreed that a good sense of (and we) never doubt we have each humor is important in marriage. other’s back. We’re in this together, David Waterman of Barefoot Bay even if we disagree on the minutia of had a slightly different take. things. At the end of day, realize what “For me, it’s having the most


tolerant, patient wife on the face of the Earth,” he said. “For her, the longer we are together, 35 years and counting, the less I understand it.”

Tina Thibodeau said, “For us, 49 years married, (it) is treating each other as valuable individuals deserving of care and love.” SL

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What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Photos by Walter Kiely

Mary Brotherton

Sylvia Riley

“Valentine’s Day is an unnecessary nonholiday designed by marketers. People place too much stock in this day when every day should be an opportunity to show love and compassion.”

“Valentine’s Day is all about love. It’s not just family — it’s friends as well.”

Christy Cramer

Kelly Sanderson

“I just loves Valentine’s Day. It is a wonderful, beautiful day. It is all about love.”

“I am a single mother, so Valentine’s Day for me is about some sweets and a nice dinner for the kiddo.”



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Senior Living Witty Palm Bay resident celebrates her 103rd birthday SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE In 1915 the first stop sign appeared in Detroit, the same year Aleen Potter, banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller and singer actor Frank Sinatra were born. It was a few months after the start of World War I when Aleen Potter was born in Springfield, Mo. On Jan. 19, a gathering that included Palm Bay Mayor William Capote joined residents of RiverView Senior Resort to celebrate Potter’s 103rd birthday. “Aleen, I want to say Happy Birthday,” Capote said. “I wished I could have that same longevity. She asked me what for?” During the celebration, Potter kept fellow residents at RiverView laughing with some of her responses to questions. “Getting old isn’t for sissies,” Potter said. Asked about her secrets to longevity, she was quick with answers. “Have a glass of wine every oncein-a-while,” she said. “Don’t rush into anything. Think it over. Enjoy time

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Aleen Potter kept her guests laughing during her birthday celebration.

with friends and family.” Potter moved to Florida in 2011 to be near family. Considered one of the founders, in 2016 she became one of the first residents to move into RiverView Senior Resort in Palm Bay. SL

Correction from January issue: Nancy Lee is a resident of Buena Vida Estates. A story on page 10 of the January issue of Senior Life incorrectly identified her as a reverend. In the same story, a photo of John Kispert, a resident representative of the Buena Vida Foundation, was misidentified as someone else.



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New research: Copper stops colds if used early. New research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to kill a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities all agree, copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills viruses and bacteria, just by touch. That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. That’s why Hippocrates, the “father of modern medicine”, used copper to heal skin ulcers, and why Civil War doctors used it to prevent infection of battlefield wounds. They didn’t know about viruses and bacteria, but now we do. Researchers say microbe cells have a tiny internal electric charge across their membrane. The high conductance of copper short-circuits this charge and pops holes in the membrane. This immediately stops the microbe from reproducing and destroys it in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show copper surfaces kill germs that are left on them. That way the next person to touch that surface does not spread the germ. As a result of this new knowledge, some hospitals switched to copper for various “touch surfaces”, like faucets, bedrails, and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses in those hospitals by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too, every time. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 days, if they still get the cold it is milder than usual and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” “What a wonderful thing,” wrote Physician’s Assistant Julie. “No

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With headliners Willie Nelson and Don McLean, the Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival in Viera expects to draw crowds of 25,000 to the four-day event, Feb. 15 to 18. Giles Malone, the organizer of the event, and his business partner Tom Palermo prefer the new venue. It was in Cocoa Beach last year. “We needed a bigger venue with more and bigger parking,’’ Malone said. “This venue is ideal. It is centrally located in Brevard County.” Malone said Space Coast Daily Park is 30 acres just off I-95. There will be arts and crafts shows, marketplace and seafood vendors and activities for children. The festival also will feature fair midway games. The performances are: The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Don McLean, Willie Nelson and The Wailers. Tickets, which can be purchased at Walgreens or Ticketmaster, range from $8 for a festival daily ticket to $49 for a multi-day pass. Children younger than 10 are not charged an admission fee. Parking is $5 and VIP

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Pirates will flock to the Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival. There will be activities for people of all ages. parking is $10. The park is located at 6091 Stadium Parkway in Viera. Reserved concert tickets are only available at Ticketmaster at 1-800745-3000. For further information such as performance times, search online for Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival. SL

Willie Nelson comes to Viera to perform at festival BY MUFFY BERLYN His voice is a mix of hometown Abbott, Texas accent and an earthy hint of honky tonk recognizable the world over. Willie Hugh Nelson, 84, was born in a town whose population of 360 people hasn’t changed much since the 1930s. “It’s a long story,” Nelson said in his autobiography. “Might sound corny, but the truth is we were dirtpoor in material possessions but rich in love.” He was raised by grandparents, surrounded by music. “Fact is, I equated music with love,” he said. He moved to Nashville, Tenn. in 1960, where he recorded music until his ranch burned down in 1969. But, it was when Nelson moved back to Texas that he reached his breakthrough fame.

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At 84, Willie Nelson still is a standout musician. Nelson also is known for spearheading Farm Aid. His yearly charitable concert has raised tens of millions to help family farmers. Nelson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Viera at the Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival, one of six stops on his Florida Tour. SL

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Don McLean will break out new album in Viera BY MUFFY BERLYN Singer songwriter Don McLean is internationally famous for his epic songs “American Pie” (currently more than 76 million YouTube views) and “Vincent” (currently more than 11 million YouTube views),” among other critically acclaimed and successful works. He was focused but mellow as he spoke over the phone from Maui, Hawaii. “I’ve got this new album coming out called “Botanical Gardens” [to be released in March] with a dozen new songs on there and they are all different to me. Most of them are different from anything you’ve ever heard me sing before.” McLean, one of the main acts along with headliner Willie Nelson at the Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival this month, spoke of his upcoming album and of performing. McLean explained that one of the 12 new songs, “is a song about a man who goes for a walk, leaves the noise of the city and goes through black wrought iron gates. He goes through these gorgeous gardens and sees all these young women, beautiful young women, and starts to imagine being in love again when he was young. And then this whole stanza goes — the moonlight swims, and colorful birds and flowers, and as the day

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Don McLean will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 in the Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera. comes to an end, the gates will be closing, do I stay here forever or go back to the world? And of course it is like a ShangriLa or a heaven or whatever, metaphorically, so all the other songs key off of that in some fashion.” McLean thinks his new album will be well received by his fans. “I think they’re going to think it’s very good, [it’s] got a lot of rock and roll on it and song ballads,” he said. McLean, 72, said he is looking forward to his upcoming 2018 tours in the states and then the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“I want to do the very best I can do in one day, each day,” he said. “I’m very thankful to be working and to have so much enthusiasm around my job, my appearances…You know, I’m not on the road to be a tourist. I’m an artist. I’m there to be good on stage. I’ve seen a whole lot of the world, so I’m just really thankful to be active and have so many people excited about me coming to their town.” McLean performs in Viera SENIOR LIFE Wikimedia Commons at the Space Coast Seafood and Successful singer and songwriter Don McLean still is Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. performing, creating albums and touring at the age of 72. Friday, Feb. 16. SL

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year if received by Jan. 31 and $45 after that. It includes three dinners at the Panther Dining Hall and a social. Day trips, such as a recent visit to the Seminole Tribe’s American Indian Arts Celebration in South Florida, also are in the works. “The goal is to keep our mature population intellectually engaged,” Sharpe said. “A lot of people in Brevard County are highly educated.” From Kennedy Space Center to major corporations, retired military and many educators, Brevard’s population is rich with “people who have stayed in the know,” Sharpe said. Now celebrating its fifth year, the society has grown to 125 members. “Drones” is the subject March 22 presented by Dr. Cliff Bragdon. On April 22, Dr. Nasri Nesnas will present

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Brevard Veterans News New Veterans of Foreign Wars post ushers in a fresh era BY MARIA SONNENBERG

Merritt Island’s new VFW Post 12167 marks a fresh chapter in the history of the largest and oldest war veterans’ service organization, an institution that since 1899 has welcomed soldiers, sailors, Marines, guardsmen and airmen into its fold. The first post to open in Florida in eight years, Post 12167 has been designed as a family-friendly “Island Post” that is smoke, bar and canteenfree. Located at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island, the post officially opened at noon on Jan. 27, the same time and day when the Vietnam Peace Accords were signed in 1973. “The Veterans Center was a targetrich environment for a new post,” said Don Pearsall, district commander for the VFW’s District 8, which encompasses 13 posts in Brevard and Osceola counties. “This post is really unique.”

The area was ripe for a new post. “We had a post here that closed in 1998 and the closest other post is in Cape Canaveral,” explained Pearsall. In addition to its family-friendly atmosphere and enviable location overlooking the water, Post 12167 also boasts more women members than any other post in the district. At 47 to 50 years for the average age of its members, the post additionally has significantly younger demographics than traditional VFW posts. Post 12167 is a direct response to VFW commander-in-chief Keith Marman’s interest in a change of direction from the stereotype of smoke and drink-filled VFW posts populated primarily by old men. “He saw the need to get younger people involved,” Pearsall added. Post commander and Veterans Memorial Center manager Bob Doyle plans a full schedule of activities to keep both young and old members involved. “We will be hosting everything from

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with different groups and because of her advocacy for veterans. She is not a veteran, but has strong ties with veterans’ organizations. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and other groups. She knows she can get help for veterans in need through one of the local veterans’ organization or veterans advocacy groups. “I reach out and these groups step up,” she said. After years of being involved in helping others, Walsh now is looking to start an advocacy group that will

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“Heart healthy fat is 25, 35 percent if you eat 2,000 calories Since February is a day,” she said. heart healthy month, Kashdan registered dietician April recommends Kashdan, RD/LD of checking reputable HealthFirst and Balanced sources online such Senior Nutrition in Viera as the American and Palm Bay, shares Heart Association ways to heart healthy “because there is so eating. much information out Avoid saturated fats, there and trend diets.” fatty meats, poultry skin, Heart healthy sausage, whole milk, SENIOR LIFE Shutterstock foods include cream and butter, trans Reading labels when shopping for food and checking reputable websites monounsaturated fats fat margarine, shortening can be helpful in planning a heart healthy menu. and omega 3 foods and some fried and such as salmon, tuna has more than 300 milligrams per packaged foods made and mackerel. Aim to eat fish twice serving. with hydrogenated oils, Kashdan said. a week. Omega 3 also is found in “If purchasing frozen meals when If this seems to boggle the mind, walnuts, canola and soybean oils. Flax shopping, look at the labels and know Kashdan suggests planning the menu seed is another omega 3 oil that can what your limitations are. There are based on your daily calorie count. be placed in cereal or through omega some frozen meals that are better than “Prepare ahead of time before 3 pills. others. Switch to grains and beans, grocery shopping or going to a “Eating 20, 30 grams of dietary being realistic in what you can do.” restaurant so you arrive and know fiber per day is good,” Kashdan Kashdan suggests it is easier if you what you want to order,” Kashdan said. “Consume fruits, vegetables check the website for restaurant menus said. “Try foods with no more than and beans. Have at least 30 minutes at Many times, that 150 milligrams per serving for of exercise most days. The overall website has restaurants’ menus and the sodium. It comes down to reading labels when shopping. It is high if it calories and specifics shared. important factor is getting exercise. SL BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

LIVING WELL sponsored by Coronary Artery Disease: Fighting the Silent Killer By Guillermo Sanabria, MD Coronary arteries provide the heart with a constant flow of blood. Because they afford such a vital function, any disease afflicting these life-giving conduits places a person at a severe health risk. Coronary artery disease is a leading cause of death every year in the United States. In most cases, the disease results from a heavy buildup of plaque – a substance composed of cholesterol, fat, calcium and other materials. It cakes the inside walls of the blood vessels and hardens, restricting the flow of blood. This condition can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Drug therapy There are several options available for the treatment of coronary artery disease. Statin therapy is effective in many cases. A statin is a drug that lowers cholesterol levels in the blood to prevent the plaque from building up. Patients who are likely candidates for cardiovascular disease sometimes take the medication to reduce their risk. In addition to lowering blood cholesterol, statins reduce cellular damage, prevent the clumping of platelets and improve the lining of a patient’s blood vessels. Aspirin therapy is another common


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Other risk factors are outside of a person’s control. Being over 45 for men or past menopause for women puts a person at risk. African Americans have a greater likelihood of contracting the illness than Caucasians. Genetics play a role, too: People who have one parent with a history of heart disease are more likely than the general population to experience heart problems. Diabetes and high blood pressure are also high-risk factors.

A stroke victim who arrives in the hospital’s emergency room can expect to be treated as a high priority. The patient will undergo a battery of tests and scans to determine the nature of the attack. These can include X-rays and CT scans, as well as a list of oral questions about symptoms and risk factors.

In most cases, the material builds up over time and the disease’s onset is slow as the artery gradually narrows. Other times, the plaque ruptures suddenly and clogs an artery – an acute case. Symptoms of coronary artery disease include shortness of breath, palpitations and chest pains. People with extreme fatigue also may be suffering from the illness.

During that surgical procedure, a blood vessel is grafted onto a coronary artery, allowing the blood flow to “bypass” the constricted portion and enter the heart – like rerouting traffic around a stalled vehicle.

treatment for coronary artery disease. Under a doctor’s supervision, many patients take small doses of aspirin daily to prevent clotting and stave off a heart attack. Treating with surgery Surgical procedures, such as insertion of a stent, are used frequently to treat coronary artery disease. A stent is a mesh tube made of stainless steel that a physician inserts into a blood vessel. The expanding outward pressure of the stent holds the blood vessel open, preventing a life-threatening constriction. Coronary bypass surgery is sometimes necessary for patients whose blockages are too severe to allow for the stent insertion.


Immediate treatments for stroke patients in emergency include aspirin and “clot buster” medications administered intravenously. After a person is discharged from the hospital, his or her physician may prescribe various medications to stave off a second stroke. At-risk groups As with all diseases, the prevention of coronary artery disease is key, particularly among those in high-risk categories. Obviously, people with high cholesterol are at risk. But there are many other risk factors, some within a person’s control, some may be genetic. People who are obese, smoke or live overly sedentary lives are especially susceptible to coronary artery disease. A change of habits for members in each of these groups is advisable for prevention of the illness.

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Brevard County medical professionals are anticipating an active influenza season. “We are a little bit early for the state and county and about three weeks early from where we have been historically,” said Michael Schuffert, director of emergency services at Rockledge Regional Medical Center. “Only about 10 percent of the viral issues have come into the emergency room. If the indicators are accurate since the Southwest Florida is busy now, it will be a wild one. As seen in Arizona, California and Texas, the wait times there now in emergency rooms are up to three hours and the far Northeast is really getting hit hard now and the flu is rolling in this direction. The snowbirds are bringing that stuff with them and it will be here in no time. “The actual flu is a respiratory virus including stuffy nose, nasal congestion, body aches, chills, coughing and fever,” Schuffert said. “That doesn’t mean that some people can’t get an aggravated stomach.” But prevention to not getting the flu is common sense, Schuffert said. “Most basic is washing your hands, that is a huge impact in itself,” Schuffert said. “Avoid areas crowded with people. If you don’t have to, avoid malls and movie theaters that draw people in close proximity to one

another. In general health, don’t let yourself get run down, eat well and keep yourself hydrated.” Ah, but what if you do get it? “For most people, the flu is not a big deal since it is a common everyday virus. The very young and the very old — those are the ones we are most concerned about. Their immune health systems are very fragile. But for most people, stay home and out of the crowds and get lots of rest and take good care of yourself. “People that are sick should not go to work or go to school because all that does is spread the disease,” Schuffert said. Rumors and myths exist as far as the flu vaccine is concerned. Don’t believe everything you read online is true. “Unfortunately, this year’s vaccine is only 20 percent effective,” Schuffert said. “Every year prior to the flu season, the flu vaccine is based on trends put together with what they (manufacturers) think is going to be the strains in our area. Due mostly to production time, they must create the vaccine way in advance. They missed a little bit this year. The flu vaccine this year is mostly H2N3, but the virus this year is predominately Flu A that is hitting us. It (the vaccine) is still effective in preparing the body for the flu though.” SL

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How do I select a Medicare Supplement Plan? Dear Lance, I will soon be eligible for Medicare and have decided that I want Original Medicare Parts A and B, a Medicare Supplement and a Part D Prescription Drug Plan. Here’s the problem: I have spoken to several insurance agents that sell Medicare Supplement Policies, and they have steered me to different plan options and companies that offer these plans. I’m confused about how to go about selecting a Medicare Supplement. Confused Dear Confused, Choosing the Medicare Supplement (sometimes called a Medigap) policy that best fits your needs can indeed be a challenging process. This is because Medicare has designed 10 different plans (labeled A, B, C., etc.) that are called Standardized Plans. Each plan is different in one or more aspects from the others. Making the decision even more difficult is that numerous insurance companies with different monthly premiums offer each Standardized Plan. So, how do you choose? First of all, you should learn what benefits are offered by each of the Standardized Plans so you become familiar with options. Go to the website compare-medigap.html for an overview of the coverage each plan offers. The Medicare publication “Choosing a Medigap Policy” which is available online at Pubs/pdf/02110-Medicare-Medigap.


Lance Lance P. Jarvis SHINE guide.pdf is full of useful information. Another option is to request the free Publication 02110 from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Md. 21244-1850. It is full of useful information about making this important choice. It is very important for you to know that each insurance company that offers a particular Standardized Plan provides the same benefits as the others, which is why these are called Standardized Plans. For most, the cost of the premium is a major factor in choosing a plan. Just like any other insurance, the more complete the coverage is, the higher the premium will be. Some Medicare beneficiaries want their supplement to cover virtually all costs after Medicare pays its share (Plans F and G). They will pay the highest premium and are prepared to budget for the higher monthly premium. Others would prefer to pay a lower premium but take on greater financial responsibility. They might choose a plan that pays only some of the costs left after Medicare pays its share; then they would be responsible for the balance (Plans K and L). Other plans are between these extremes.

award-winning statewide volunteer program that provides free, unbiased and confidential counseling and information for people on Medicare, their families and caregivers. SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is administered in partnership with the state’s 11 Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). In Brevard County, our ADRC is the Senior Resource Alliance located in Orlando. To contact a SHINE volunteer counselor for confidential and unbiased assistance, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800963-5337, or call 321-752-8080 locally. SHINE has 12 counseling locations throughout Brevard County. Counselors can assist you by telephone or in person. To find a SHINE counseling site near you, go to or call the telephone numbers listed above.

Once a plan is chosen, selecting an insurance company that offers that plan is next. Again, remember that all companies which offer the plan of interest to you must provide the same benefits. To find the insurance companies that offer each plan and their premiums, go to the following website of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation: mcws/CWSSearch.aspx My best recommendation, though, is to contact a well-trained SHINE volunteer counselor who can guide you through the rather complex decision-making process, answer your questions and access the resources mentioned above. They can assist you in making a choice that best fits your individual needs. Additionally, they can help you to select a Part D Prescription Drug Plan that covers your medications at the lowest cost available. SL SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is an

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“(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” — Otis Redding, February 1968 BY RANDAL HILL Sittin’ in the morning sun/I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes Otis Redding was at peace — sort of — when he began his best-known creation on a friend’s houseboat in Sausalito, Calif. On one lazy, sunny afternoon in 1967, Redding strummed his acoustic guitar and softly sang whatever lyrics drifted into his head. He was going somewhere with a tune, he just didn’t know where. Looks like nothing’s gonna change/ Everything still remains the same Were those lines meant to be ironic? At that point, Redding was really all about change. He had wowed the (overwhelmingly white) crowd at the recent Monterey Pop Festival. Aretha Franklin had taken his “Respect” to No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart. He had been listening to Bob Dylan and the Beatles. He talked of starting his own record label. Born in 1941, Redding had grown up in Macon, Ga., the home of Little Richard and James Brown, both early major influences. Redding left school at age 15 and went on the road to sing with the Upsetters, Little Richard’s

former backup group. Later on, Redding hooked up as lead singer with another Macon outfit, Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers. They had scored a regional hit called “Love Twist,” and Atlantic Records was showing interest. In October 1962, Atlantic invited Jenkins to do some recording in Memphis. Jenkins didn’t drive, so Redding chauffeured his friend in a borrowed station wagon. The Memphis house band that day included a future Redding collaborator, guitarist Steve Cropper. The Jenkins session never came together, but in the studio that afternoon Redding cut an original soul ballad called “These Arms of Mine.” It became the first of 21 hit singles he would record in his brief lifetime. On Oct. 4, 1967, Redding met with Cropper in a Memphis recording studio to polish Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.” “We knew we finally had the song that would cross him over to the pop market,” Cropper would say later. But only Redding and Cropper believed in the future classic. The power people behind Volt Records (Redding’s label) hated what

was offered and condemned the song as being too “pop” for Redding’s hard-core fans. Where was that signature Otis Redding soul? And what was with that ad libbed whistling of Redding’s that showed up at the end? Three days after finishing recording “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” Redding died at age 26 when his small private plane slammed into a Wisconsin lake. He and his five-piece band, the Bar-Kays, had been heading to Madison for SENIOR LIFE Creative Commons a club date. One band Otis Redding wrote “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” member survived the in Sausalito, Calif. crash. realized and mature, as any record Cropper ended up tinkering with Redding’s work by ever made.” Music fans obviously adding sound effects of gently lapping agreed; by the end of the century waves. The result was a fine point on “Dock” had earned a phenomenal 6 what rock historian Dave Marsh once declared being “as whole, as fully million spins on the radio. SL

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Life can become bland in a hurry The older I get, the more bland life becomes. Gone are the days when I would hang out with my buds, draining the beer taps in the local bowling alley, talking about sports and the unforgiving boss, closing bars and partying until the sun comes up. In those days, I could eat anything without a second thought. The only exercise I got was 12-ounce curls. The only time I would run is if someone was chasing me. Oh, how times have changed. Now, I stop drinking beer when my belt runs out of holes. I walk the Garden Street Bridge in Titusville for exercise as often as possible. OK, I have a confession. They put a tiki bar under the bridge, and I walk at Happy Hour when draft beers are $1 each. I honestly never thought about my health until my first Shuttle launch. I worked a number of 12-hour night shifts with some Air Force guys. At 29 years old, I was working a console position and I couldn’t stay awake. They introduced me to coffee Air Force style. Their coffee was so strong the spoon stood up by itself. I found myself talking like that fast-talking guy on the old FedEx commercials, who could recite the complete “War and Peace” in about 10 minutes. Heart blips became a concern and, when I went to the doctor and told him how many cups I was drinking a day, he looked like he had just watched


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Funny thing is... Sammy Haddad Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First” routine. After he finished hysterically laughing, he convinced me to run even if nobody was chasing me. I started to exercise even before the tiki bar was built under the bridge, and I liked it. After that, I loved getting my annual blood test so I could listen to the doc tell me how healthy I was. Then, I turned 60. Uh oh. It’s like, when you hit 60, everything from the receding hairline to the floor revolts against you. After the last blood test, I went from putting extra salt on McDonald’s fries and dieting on sour cream and onion flavored potato chips to being on a low-sodium diet. Wow! And, that’s not all. Also, I have to avoid sugar. Now, my friends will tell you when there was cake they would always cut the corner with the most flowers off for me. So, maybe I should start eating shredded paper and some of those styrofoam packing peanuts and drinking unflavored water. Yep, no sugar, no salt. Isn’t life just bland. SL

Key Lime Festival seeks Guinness record for biggest pie BY LINDA HOLMGREN The seventh annual Key Lime Festival was held at Veterans Park on Merritt Island on Jan. 13. The Key Lime Pie Company of Cocoa Beach hosted the event. The Key Lime Pie Company mixed an astounding 480 cups of graham cracker crust and an incredible 13,000 ounces of filling to produce a 132-gallon pie weighing more than 1,000 pounds. It had a diameter of 12.2 feet. The sponsors hope this pie will crush both the original Guinness record set in 1998 of 7 feet and the 2015 Boston Key Lime pie record with a diameter of 9 feet, which used 6,000 key limes. Along with making the recordbreaking pie, the theme of the day was “Florida Family Fun.” The day included fun-filled activities, such as live music, street performers as well as food trucks and restaurants representing a variety of food tastes. Contests included a Key Lime pie eating competition, a Key Lime pie toss to determine who could throw a pie the longest distance, and a Key Lime hula hoop contest. The Brevard County Sheriff’s office, under the direction of Sheriff Wayne Ivey, displayed its newest equipment. That included motorcycles, the robotic bomb unit and one of the helicopters. The festival also included vendors displaying a wide range of Key Lime products that were offered for sale. The festival was well attended by people of all ages. SL

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Sandi Dix, the president of the Melbourne Garden Club, talks with a fellow gardener at the Florida Tech Botanical Festival. or three one-day tours each year. The club recently took a day trip to a Rock City nursery after having lunch. A trip to Country Care Roses in Fellsmere is scheduled for April. The club will have lunch during the excursion. “I love gardening … hands on, getting down and dirty,” she said. The club has speakers at its monthly meetings and organizes club activities outside of the meetings. Dix said Melbourne Village was going to add wildflower areas. The club teamed up to help them with the wildflower garden.

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BY MUFFY BERLYN When president Sandi Dix of the Melbourne Garden Club (MGC) moved to Florida in 1995, she “brought a lot of flowers from Alabama and they didn’t make it down here.” Within two years, she was attending meetings at the club to find out what could grow in Florida. Treasurer Kathryn Merry of MGC explained how her knowledge of gardening has expanded. “I’ve gotten heavily into Florida natives, with the education of how they support native pollinators,” Merry said. “I’m in the process of transforming my yard from ornamental to natives. The firebush is a wonderful plant for both butterflies and hummingbirds. Wild coffee doesn’t need to be fertilized or watered once mature. “Florida has a native plumbago, a wonderful ground cover with a white flower. Native Lantana has a white bloom. It’s not as showy as the purple and yellow ornamental Lantana that can become invasive and spread to the lands beyond your yard.” A member for about five years, Merry praised the MGC. “I think it’s a great opportunity to meet other gardeners — people looking to discover new topics.” Merry said the club schedules two


for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Melbourne. Tickets at the door are $25. The Fan Favorites concert is free for anyone 18 or younger or with a student ID. SL For more information, call toll free at 855-252-7276 or go to

There are four master gardeners in MGC and Dix said the members are “anywhere from knowledgeable down to newbies.” MGC celebrated its 90th anniversary in October 2017 at Melbourne’s Front Street Civic Center. The club meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Friday of the month from September to May at the Eau Gallie Public Library, which located at 1521 Pineapple Ave. in Melbourne. SL For more information, call 321-952-5618 or send emails to melbournegardenclub1927@yahoo. com.

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Watch the manatees at Eco Discovery Center

Riviera Beach’s new Florida Power and Light Eco Discovery Center is a day outing where families can explore the new complex, which features a funfilled calendar of events conducted throughout the year. Everything is brand new in this inviting two-story building featuring free parking and admission. Families will learn and be delighted with the interactive, educational and entertaining exhibits on the main floor. During Florida’s cooler months, endangered and unique Florida manatees in their watery habitat can be seen from the building’s twotiered decks. FPL discharges warm water from this plant into the waters of Lake Worth. Our group visited this complex in December, and the warm waters alongside the Discovery Center were full of manatees of all sizes feasting on the bottom sea grass. The best time to see Manatees here is from November 15 to March 31 There are other fun-family options that are offered at Manatee Lagoon throughout the year. Manatee Lagoon staffers have created an extensive calendar of free activities, ranging from art classes focusing on species found in the Lake Worth Lagoon, yoga on waterfront observation decks, educational aqua labs for children to stories and craft time for toddlers. Check out their their events calendar to access the schedule and registration details. Manatee Lagoon is one of Palm

Touring the Town John Trieste Beach County’s newest free fun and engaging family-friendly attractions, with interactive, entertaining exhibits that delight your curiosity about the environment of the Lake Worth Lagoon and the world of Manatees. FPL constructed Manatee Lagoon as part of its environmental mission to not only educate the public about the relationship it has with these wonderful creatures, but to “inspire communities to preserve and protect Florida’s environment and wildlife for future generations.” Manatee Lagoon at the Florida Power and Light Eco Discovery Center is located at 160 East Port Road in Riviera Beach. For information, call 561-626-2833 or go to It is open Tuesday through Sunday. It is closed on Monday. Getting to the Manatee Lagoon is about a two-hour drive from Brevard County. Take I-95 south to the West Palm Beach 45th Street exit. Go east on 45th Street to Route 1. Take Route 1 North for 14 short blocks to 59th Street. This is East Port Road. Go east on Port Road to the Manatee Lagoon parking lot. SL

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Simple routines add up to a lot of heart beats

Do you remember the slap on the back on your birthday? The doctor or midwife jolted your lungs and made you cry. Your heart already was beating. You were now alive and out of the comfort of the womb. As a child, your heart beat quickly when excited about Christmas gifts. Your heart might have nearly stopped when a large dog approached you face to face on the sidewalk. Fear, joy and other emotions set the heart in motion to cope with the conditions. While participating in sports events, the heart was charged as you accelerated with a winning performance. As a teenager and young adult, you experienced the fast beats of the heart when you fell in love. The impact of intimacy and marital love triggered faster beats. In mature adulthood, your heart jumped for joy with the birth of your children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. As we travel through life, the variety of events and experiences present challenges. We might live longer with various heart-healthy routines. Exercise, diet, mental fitness, regimes and pills keep the heart pump operating efficiently. Heart problems are corrected with medications, catheterizations, pacemakers, ablations, bypasses and even transplants. We get more beats. Recently, I learned of a family friend who ran out of beats. JoEllen Torresani was a most competitive athlete. From early youth, she trained and competed. She ran marathons, competed in triathlons and skied cross country in international events. On vacation this summer, Torresani dropped dead at age 55. The autopsy report showed “heart failure.” The doctor stated: “She used up all of her beats. Each heart has just so many beats.” When my aging father with heart problems was asked to run on a treadmill, he told the doctor: “I have only so many beats. When I was a research engineer, we put truck engines through tests to see when the pistons would blow out. You’re not blowing mine.” When I talk to centenarians, they share their secrets about heart beats that include: “I get up every day and thank God for a new day.” Another says: “I breathe and go for a walk.” The routines are simple. Those who enjoy a long life have maintained a balanced life with moderation, faith and a caring approach one beat at a time. SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be reached at


Thinking beyond the bin could save planet Plastic pollution is a great threat. In 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) projected that, if we carry on doing what we are doing, by 2050 we might have more plastic in the ocean than fish. Now in 2018, we actually saw the ocean spit out a tremendous amount of plastic right in our county, on the sands of beautiful Cocoa Beach. Unfortunately, it seems we are on target to witness WEF’s projection concretize. What can we do differently to avoid that fate? “The current plastics economy has significant drawbacks that are becoming more apparent by the day,” WEF states in its 2017 report. We could certainly minimize the impact of plastics if the industry committed “to design better packaging, increase recycling rates and introduce new models for making better use of packaging” as the report suggests. Their goal is to transition toward a “New Plastics Economy,” one that will create a “plastics system that works,” a circular economy that will reduce the current “significant economic losses and severe negative externalities.” Included in the recognized severe negative externalities is the negative impact on our health and the health of the planet. Plastics are functional, light and low cost. Because of that, “their use has increased twentyfold in the past half-century” and is expected to quadruple by 2050. If things don’t start to change now, we will be in serious trouble. Plastics are “produced by the

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conversion of natural products or by the synthesis from primary chemicals generally coming from oil, natural gas or coal,” according to the American Chemistry Council. Even though plastics are “often designed to mimic the properties of natural materials,” our current plastic is basically a man-made chemical soup that nature cannot process or repurpose on its own. As the WEF 2017 report indicates, there are some things that the industry can adjust and do better, but there are other things that everyone can do, too, if we just follow the 3Rs hierarchy: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Reduce, the most important one, encompasses rethinking how you use plastic to find alternatives to reduce the plastic waste generated; refusing single-use plastic by saying “No” to things such as plastic straws, plastic bags and plastic bottles; repairing what you have whenever possible instead of simply throwing it away. The second R, Reuse, has the goal of extending the life of already existing products so we don’t need to use water, energy and raw material

to make new ones. This means using things multiple times or repurposing them by creating new things out of what you already have. Reusing can take us a long way, but we need to be careful — some products are not built to be reused indefinitely and might pose risks. Recycle Brevard (RecycleBrevard. org) in Rockledge offers an alternative for locals to dispose of unwanted items and obtain reusable materials. Make sure to check it out. And as the last resort, Recycle. Contact the recycling program in your city to get a clear list of what is accepted, recycle whenever possible and support the effort by also purchasing recycled products whenever available. We need to start thinking beyond the bin. Trash doesn’t disappear just because we placed it in a bin. It doesn’t go away; it just changes place. To care for where we live, our oceans, our planet, we need to make sure that we focus on reducing and do our best to reduce the waste we generate and the pollution that ensues. Nature is resilient, but we need to stop abusing it. To survive, we need the fish not the plastic. We must find ways to live in harmony with nature because we need nature and nature needs us. But, as Jane Goodall perfectly puts it, "we can't live in harmony with nature while we're still destroying it." SL Email Marcia Booth at


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8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register: call 321-698-2311 Buena Vida Estates 2129 West New Have Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

It Don’t Mean a Thing: Melbourne Community Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Orchestral pieces with Swingtime Jazz musicians, Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-285-6724


National Thank a Mail Carrier Day



Music on a Sunday Sit ‘n Knit Afternoon: One Night Stan 3 p.m.

AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance

2 p.m. Jazz vocalist Stan “One Night Stan” Leavitt Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-784-1696

Beginners welcome, bring your needles & yarn and join our circle of friends Palm Bay Library 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. NE Palm Bay, 321-952-4519

Garnet Trail Hike

Overeaters Anonymous A Matter of Balance 11 a.m. Workshop Weekly meeting Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach. 321-784-8092

Feb. 6 to March 27 1 – 3 p.m. Grace United Methodist Church 65 Needle Blvd. Merritt Island, 321-806-3741




9 – 11 a.m. Naturalist Mark Prynoski Sams House at Pine Island 6195 N. Tropical Trail Merritt Island, 321-449-4720

Nat’l. Shut-In Visitation Day

4th annual Paws Run

9 a.m. Music with Doc Holiday, food, vendors, raffles, more KSU AL Post 117 189 Veterans Drive Palm Bay, 321-557-4437

Nat’l. Clean Your Computer Day

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-784-1696

Mardi Gras

Brevard Genealogical Brevard Federated Society Monthly Meeting Republican Women 9:30 a.m. Catherine Schweinberg Rood Central Library 308 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, 321-633-1792

11 a.m. Bonnie Sunquist Rogers Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212

2 p.m. Socializing for those with memory impairments DeGroodt Public Library 6475 Minton Road Palm Bay, 321-952-6317

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Personal Hearing Solutions will be on hand to share information and answer your questions about hearing loss and solutions Central Florida Winds Senior Place Concert “Out of this World” One 8085 Spyglass Hill Road 3 p.m. Viera, 321-253-6310 Music of Holst and Sousa Suntree United Methodist Church 7400 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-405-2359

entertainment, tours, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Lighthouse Road Cape Canaveral, 321-453-3994

7th annual Pioneer Day




1:15 p.m. “Cancer Treatments” Buena Vida Estates 2129 West New Have Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

7 – 10:30 p.m. Tropical Haven Ball Room 1205 Eddie Allen Road Melbourne, 321-427-3587

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Live music, vendors and more Sams House at Pine Island 6195 N. Tropical Trail Merritt Island, 321-449-4720

National Caregivers Day

Nat’l. Random Acts Kindness Day

2018 Chili Cook-off

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Space Coast Harley Davidson 1440 Sportsman Lane NE Palm Bay, 321-951-9998

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9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wickham Park Comm. Center 2815 Leisure Way Melbourne, 978-265-0552

7 – 10 p.m. Music by Janice and Rene Free snacks, BYOB. Martin Andersen Senior Center 1025 S. Florida Ave. Rockledge, 321-631-7556

Nat’l. Love Your Pet Day

Lecture Series with Ed Baranowski

Living Health with Diabetes Workshop

Special Needs Trusts

10 a.m. Attorney William A. Johnson 2 p.m. Feb. 21 to March 26 One Senior Place “Wisdom of the Heart” 2 – 4:30 p.m. Buena Vida Estates Six-week workship that will 8085 Spyglass Hill Road 2129 West New Have Ave. help you learn ways to self- Viera, 321-253-1667 W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060 manage your diabetes and Paint the Night Red take charge of your life. 5 - 7:30 p.m. Brevard Antiques and Presented by Aging Matters Physician’s lectures, tours, Collectibles Club of Brevard. screenings, hors d’oeuvres 1:30 p.m. One Senior Place Rockledge Regional Medical “Favorite Foreign Piece” 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Center Cafe Melbourne Beach Library Viera, 321-806-3741 110 Longwood Ave 324 Ocean Ave. Rockledge Melbourne Beach, 321-777-1374

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Nonfiction Book Club

AARP Driver Safety Class Coin Talk

5 – 8 p.m. American Numismatic Association’s Bob Mellor Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree 321-255-4404


Nat’l. Tooth Fairy Day

Suntree/Viera Library Book Club

10 – 11:30 a.m. “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir” Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree 321-255-4404

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Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Guild Quilt Show

Stomping Out the Violence

Singles/Couples Ballroom Dance

6 – 10 p.m. Fundraiser for Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Center Space Coast Convention Center 301 Tucker Lane Cocoa, 321-726-8282

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Feb. 9 – 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 11, 12 – 4 p.m. Cape Canaveral Public Library 201 Polk Ave. Cape Canaveral, 321-632-2922


2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Discuss “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes 2 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library Buena Vida Estates 2129 West New Have Ave. 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060 321-255-4404

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 4 – 7 p.m. One Senior Place Food, music, poetry, dancing 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Tony Rosa Community Center Viera, Register 321-698-2311 1502 Port Malabar Blvd. NE Palm Bay

Central Brevard Art Lighthouse Festival Association annual Art 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local seafood, music, Show and Sale

Melbourne Municipal FIT Lifelong Scholar Tropical Haven Contra Band Concert “Big Screen” Society Monthly Lecture Dance Feb. 14 to Feb. 15 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

Nat’l. Shut-In Visitation Day

Feb. 17, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Titusville Garden Club 5275 Sisson Road Titusville, 321-264-4266


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National Pizza Day

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cocoa Beach Woman’s Club Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-784-1696

Feb. 9, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 10, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mims United Methodist Church 3302 Green Drive Mims, 321-287-6202

1 – 3 p.m. Bring your project and join us Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree 321-255-4404



Feb. 2 to 4 10 a.m. – 6 p.m Charming Olde World Faire Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-458-3515

Rummage Sale

Sit-n-Stitch Group

Valentine’s Day

Mardi Gras Fashion Show and Luncheon

2 p.m. Annual Pops concert with vocalist Michelle Amato King Center 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-242-2024

Feb. 15 to 18 Space Coast Daily Park 6091 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-323-4460


4th annual Cycle 4 Alz Event Presentation with 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. wildlife photographer Brevard Alzheimer’s Joel Reynolds

Feb. 8 to 11 Free rides and shows Sand Point Park 101 N. Washington Ave. Titusville, 855-386-3836, ext. 6

Brevard Renaissance Fair

5 – 9 p.m. Area chefs and restaurants competition, music, auction Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 1 9050 Discovery Road Port Canaveral, 321-784-6444

6 – 9 p.m. Tradewinds at Duran 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7771


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Saturday Matinee – BSO Pops!

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Laura Capp, facilitator Titusville Civic and Youth Center 4220 South Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-383-0254


Memory Café

2 p.m. “The Wacky Search for Treasure” Buena Vida Estates 2129 West New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

National Boy Scouts Day

33rd annual Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist

8 – 11 a.m. MIHS Project Graduation & East Coast Christian Center host the event. East Coast Christian Center 680 N. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, 321-452-1060

5 – 8:30 p.m. Titusville Welcome Center Parking Lot 419 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-607-6512

Presidents Day

Author and maritime historian Robert Marx lecture


National Missing Person Day

Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner

Titusville Food Truck Mon. HomeFit Seminar

National Drink Wine Day

National Send a Card to a Friend Day


National Wear Red Day


Titusville Garden Club Space Coast Seafood and annual Plant Sale Music Fest Feb. 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Raffles, prizes, music, food DRS Community Center 1089 S. Patrick Drive Satellite Beach, 321-403-3971




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Calendar February 3

Saltwater Sweethearts 8:30 a.m. Presented by Coconuts on the Beach Junior Pro/Am Surfing Classic, cash purse and prizes Coconuts on the Beach 2 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach 321-784-1422 Bark Brew Fest 5 - 7 p.m. Dirty Oar Beer Company 329 King Street, Cocoa, 407-332-2840

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Ascension Lutheran Church 1053 Pinetree Drive Indian Harbor Beach, 321-773-1815

February 13

Our Government Under the Healing Unity of Divine Love Talk by Maryl Walters Oaks 10 Theaters 1800 Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne 321-383-0254

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Sip-n-Stroll 5 - 9 p.m. Stroll through your favorite shops, businesses and restaurants. Wine and food samplings Cocoa Beach Main Street 163 Minutemen Causeway Cocoa Beach, 321-613-0072 Lighthouse Festival 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Excellent local seafood, music, entertainment, tours, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Lighthouse Road, Cape Canaveral 321-453-3994

February 11

Pipe organ concert “Love and Light” 3 p.m. Performed by the Space Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

The Dedication of Converging Trails 10 – 11 a.m. Food and fun at the dedication for the Florida East Central Regional Rail Trail, a multi-use trail in northern Brevard where three major trail networks converge. Temple Baptist Church 1400 N. Washington Ave. Titusville, 321-269-1133

February 24

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Charity event 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kids games, vendors and a $10,000 grand prize raffle Fred Poppe Regional Park 1951 Malabar Road, Palm Bay 703-434-2756 Second annual Backyard BBQ, Blues & Brews Cook-off & Family Fest 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. EFSC Melbourne Campus Melbourne, 321-433-7055

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North Brevard Open hearts to pet adoption at SPCA open house BY FLORA REIGADA Pets will be available for adoption at the Share the Love Open House and Adoption Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the SPCA Adoption Center at 6035 Sisson Road in Titusville. Look for door prizes, games, food, music and more. “Adoption fees will be waived for pets six months and older,” said Susan Naylor, the public relations coordinator. “Pets will also be neutered, up-to-date on vaccines and micro-chipped.” Fancy Pants, a 2-year-old mixed-breed female, is among the dogs waiting for a forever home. She was found starving on the streets of Fort Lauderdale. “She was skin and bones and only a day or two from being euthanized when we rescued her,” Naylor said. “Fancy Pants is full of spunk and will need to be adopted into an active family.” Shadow, a 6-month-old black female cat, is waiting for the right home. She has a sweet, loving disposition and plays well with other cats. However, she tends to scare easily and that is why her “office mom” named her Shadow. Naylor spoke of older pets such as Delilah, a 10-yearold “sweet, couch potato female kitty” and Peanut, an 8-year-old mixed, male dog rescued from a flooded home in Cocoa, after Hurricane Irma. An adult-only home is preferred for Peanut. “Senior pets may have special needs,” Naylor said. “They need a quiet home where they can hang out.” SL For information, call 321-567-3615 or go to

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North Brevard Events February 2

Identity Theft Seminar 11 a.m. Presented by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

February 3

Chef Warren Caterson’s Cooking Demonstration: Florida Cuisine 11 a.m. Join Chef Warren Caterson Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-784-1696

February 6 SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Bill and Karen Colle

Bill and Karen Colle are still starry-eyed after nearly 60 years of marriage.

Couple serving in ministry show their love by caring BY FLORA REIGADA

Bill Colle of Titusville does not spell love as we might expect. “I spell it c a r e,” he said. This was evident during the 22 years he served as the worship leader at Park Avenue Baptist Church and the 14 years he was the chaplain at Hospice. It continues in the Manna Marriage Ministry he operates with his wife, Karen. Married nearly 60 years, they bring a wealth of experience. “We counsel couples and help churches establish their own marriage ministries,” Colle said. “We also teach seminars and conduct marriage retreats for churches and groups.” The couple practice caring in their relationship. “You can love me all day,” he said. “But I need to know you care.” Karen Colle attests that her husband lives out this teaching. “Bill listens to me. He loves to help around the house and he doesn’t need to be asked. He offers,” she said. “It’s good to hear him say how pretty I look and how proud he is of me. He encourages me in what I do.” She returns the favor with her respect and support. “Karen and I work well together, like a cup and saucer completing each other to make a good cup of coffee

or tea,” he said. “Whenever Karen’s teaching, I’m a cup and whenever I’m teaching, she’s a saucer. Cooperation is something we have learned over the years.” However, after more than 40 years in Titusville, the couple might be moving on. “We want to be closer to our children,” Bill Colle said. Tennessee is an option. David Rogers is one of the many lives they have touched. “Bill and Karen are faithful servants,” Rogers said. “He has personally counseled me in my relationships and his advice has been invaluable.” Rogers will apply this wisdom to his upcoming marriage. Colle also has penned a book, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven: But Nobody Wants to Die.” Along with stories of Colle’s hospice experiences, the book contains a checklist for getting one’s affairs in order. It is one more way that Bill Colle shows he cares. SL For information, go to books. Everybody_Wants_to_Go_to_Heaven. html?id=lAMBogEACAAJ or contact Colle at

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February 9

Hot Night in the City Dinner Dance 6 p.m. Fundraiser. full buffet dinner, dancing to the band, Delgado; silent auction, cash bar and silent auction. Freedom 7 Senior Community Center 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-783-9505

February 10

Titusville Mardi Gras Party & Parade 5 p.m. Family event featuring live music, delicious Cajun food, beads, beads and more beads Sand Point Park 101 N. Washington Ave. Titusville, 321-323-4460 Third annual Wagon’s Run Walk Roll 5K 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Create a group, join a group or individual participation. Chain of Lakes Park 2300 Truman Scarbourgh Way Titusville, 321-302-6011

February 24

Titusville Chili Cook-off 6 - 8 p.m. Benefits the Josh the Otter program Sand Point Park 101 N. Washington Ave. Titusville, 321-536-7111 Accordion Club Meeting 2 - 5 p.m. Members and guests are invited to play accordions or other instruments Elks Lodge 1532 315 Florida Ave. Cocoa 866-455-2322

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“For years I have been counseling my clients on the “Total Care” concept to address their concerns when a long term care situation arises. My“Total Care” approach means that I am able, through my close working relationships, to bring valuable professionals in the fields of accounting, tax, geriatrics, geriatric case management, long term care and finance to bear on your long term care problem. Combined with my legal expertise as a Florida Board Certified Elder Law attorney, I will provide you with a comprehensive plan for facing the future in uncertain times.”

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Meet Orange Blossom Orange Blossom is an 8-year-old female St. Bernard, who is adjusting to life as an older sister to a female St. Bernard puppy named Ginger. She is a gentle dog, who likes back scratches, chasing squirrels and sitting on the sofa while everyone watches TV.

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time machine In February... Feb.1, 2003 Sixteen minutes before it was scheduled to land, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart in flight above the western part of Texas. All seven crew members were killed.

Feb. 3, 1894 American artist and illustrator Norman Rockwell was born in New York City. He was best known for depicting ordinary scenes from small-town American life for the covers of the Saturday Evening Post, a popular magazine.

Feb. 8, 1910 The Boy Scouts of America was founded by William Boyce. It was modeled after the British Boy Scouts.

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Feb. 14, 1929 Seven members of the Bugs Moran gang were gunned down by five of Al Capone’s mobsters posing as police during the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago.

Feb. 11, 1990 Nelson Mandela was released from a South Africa prison at the age of 71 after serving 27 years of a life sentence for attempting to overthrow the apartheid government. Four years later, he was elected president.


President George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

Feb. 27, 1951 Feb. 21, 1965 Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot and killed while delivering a speech in a New York City ballroom.


The 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, limiting the president to two terms or a maximum of 10 years in office. Photo Images | Shutterstock | Creative Commons


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Health First Caregiving for Seniors Annual Conference Two for the Road: Giving Care and Taking Care

Saturday, March 17, 2018 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place OUR 2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:


Lori La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, which provides education and support for those dealing with dementia. She has a radio show and webinar series dedicated to dementia.

Please join us for our 14th Annual Caregiving for Seniors Conference, tailored to family caregivers providing care and support for their loved ones. This day will be filled with information and community connections to help you continue to provide quality care and find support. This day is for you…Relax, Enjoy, Learn and Connect.

After launching the first Memory Café in the nation in Roseville, Minnesota, La Bey sparked the first Dementia Friendly Community in the United States in 2013 in Watertown, Wisconsin. In 2016, she helped develop the Dementia Caregivers Re-Entry Initiative.


As a Platinum Sponsor in 2015, La Bey helped launch the film “His Neighbor Phil,” showing the emotions families struggle with while caring for someone with dementia. Her project in 2017 was a 7-Day Dementia Friendly Symposium and Caribbean Cruise for those with early to mid-memory loss, as well as families and friends.

Afternoon Session: “Planning for the Caregiving Journey” — Visa Srinivasan, MD, Medical Director of Health First Aging Services will moderate a Panel of Experts to help guide you on the different stages of your caregiving journey. Our panel will include a Social Worker, Nurse Case Manager, Elder Law Attorney and representatives from Health First Private Duty Home Care and Hospice of Health First.

La Bey is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer and advocate for new delivery systems toward those living and dealing with dementia. In 2013, she was appointed to be an International Ambassador for the Purple Angel Project, the new global symbol for dementia. La Bey is driven to provide a variety of 24/7 access to FREE RESOURCES to connect family, friends, professionals, advocates and those just interested in learning how to live positive and purpose-filled lives despite dementia.

Keynote: “Hanging by a Thread - Saving Yourself While Caring for Others” — Lori La Bey Second Session: “Family Gatherings and Traveling with Dementia; Driving and How to Address Challenges” — Lori La Bey

Exhibitor Resource Fair... “Ask the Experts”

If you need care for your loved one in order to attend the conference, please call SarahCare at 321.676.3460 after you register for our conference. They will kindly provide respite for your loved one for a nominal fee.

Senior Life February 2018  

Award Winning Senior Newspaper of Brevard County Florida

Senior Life February 2018  

Award Winning Senior Newspaper of Brevard County Florida