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A Publication of Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. © 2013 Volume XXII – Issue 3

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e’ve been reading a lot about a simpler form of handling a computer, being addressed by the makers. That will enable older people to be more inclined to use them. It seems a very good idea. I remember it taking me about four years to understand enough to do all that I wanted to do with the mean machine. One thing the computer enabled me to do, once I mastered it, was to write a book. In earlier years, when using a typewriter, more pages went into the wastebasket than ever got read. I was a neat freak when it came to writing and every page with a mistake had to be thrown out. Imagine all the frustration I had.

The inspiration to write about the incredible computer was a message sent to me by Ruthie, a Florida gal who now braves the cold weather in Minnesota and loves every minute of it. This is a tribute to all the Grandmas & Grandpas who have been fearless and learned to use the Computer. The computer swallowed Grandma, Yes, honestly it’s true! She pressed 'control and 'enter' And disappeared from view. It devoured her completely, The thought just makes me squirm. She must have caught a virus Or been eaten by a worm. I've searched through the recycle bin And files of every kind;

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In the beginning, hearing that there was a computer class at DBCC on Saturdays, I decided to go… at least to find out what kind of computer I should buy. Attending only one class, I learned that the 386(?) was outdated and the thing to buy was the threedigit one that started with 4 (486?). Going in search, I found the right one and it had 8 megabytes of usable space on it! I taught myself how to use the computer. Never good at following instructions, I would do what I thought and then check with the booklet to see if it was right. We’ve surely come a long way since the first home computer came to be and you can’t help wondering how a computer with 8 megabytes even ran. Then there were the floppy disks that were soon to disappear and be replaced by CDs. If you had or have anything saved on a floppy disk, you had or have to search out a company that can transfer your information to a disk. Good luck!

I've even used the Internet, But nothing did I find. In desperation, I asked Google My searches to refine. The reply from him was negative, Not a thing was found 'online.' So, if inside your 'Inbox,' My Grandma you should see, Please 'Copy, Scan' and 'Paste' her, And send her back to me. We do not stop playing because we grow old;We grow old because we stop playing. If you haven’t done it already, you may as well give in and learn to use all the new stuff. Reading can be made easier by setting the print larger to read on a Kindle. Games are easier played on an IPad. Then there’s that gadget that can get you anywhere in your car by making all the turns the bossy lady tells you to make. I forgot what you call that one but, I know it’s a doozy! It’s been a long haul, but worth every minute of it ! ST

Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.

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Seniors Today is published and distributed free every other Friday to inform, entertain, and serve those over the age of 50. Deadlines: The deadline for advertising is Friday, 5 P.M., one week prior to the Friday publication date. Advertisements and copy: All advertisements and copy is believed to be truthful and accurate. Seniors Today reserves the right to edit, revise, or reject any advertising and/or submitted articles for publication. Advertisements are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. Advertisements and copy in Seniors Today are not meant to be an endorsement of any product, service, or individual. All editorial copy and by lined articles are the opinion of the writer and are not necessarily the view, opinion, or policy of Seniors Today. Errors and Omissions: Neither the publisher nor the advertiser are liable for mistakes, errors, or omissions. The sole liability of Seniors Today to an advertiser is to reprint the corrected ad in the next issue. Copyright Warning: Pursuant to Federal Copyright Law, all material contained within this publication which was created, designed, composed, written, typeset, imageset, or prepared in any way by Seniors Today remains the sole property of the publisher and cannot be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of Seniors Today. This pertains to the duplication of either advertising or non-advertising material. Notice of copyright appears on page one of this and all issues.

What’s Happening Around Town… Caregivers Meeting Have your questions answered free by a panel of experts on senior living on Wed., Feb. 13 at 11 A.M. at Grand Villa, 535 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. As a caregiver, learn what to do after hospitalization, when someone needs help at home, rehabilitation services, is assisted living or hospice options for care, answers to financial and legal concerns, and more. RSVP to 386-868-0723 to save your spot.

Balance Class Start your new year by getting fit and healthy with a new balance class being offered by ARC Physical Therapy at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona beginning on Feb. 19 and meeting each Tuesday for four weeks. Free assessment will be given on Feb. 14 by a physical therapist and then the cost of the class is just $10 per class. To register for an assessment appointment, call 386-322-1082.

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Bishop’s Glen, 900 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill has a series of free seminars and a super bowl party you won’t want to miss during the month of February. Events include: Super Bowl Party, Sun., Feb. 3 at 5:30 P.M.; Ask The Nurse on Fri., Feb. 8 11 A.M.; Halifax Urban Ministries on Fri., Feb. 15 at 11 A.M.; Caregiver Support Group on Wed., Feb. 20, 1:30 P. M .; Enhancing Your Life Through Wellness on Fri., Feb. 22 at 10:30 A.M.; and Parkinson’s Monthly Group on Wed., Feb. 27 at 2:30 P.M. Please RSVP to 386-226-9110.

Looking for how to spend the perfect evening with your Valentine? Show that special someone how much you care with a lovely dinner date. Make your reservations now to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Thurs., Feb. 14 at Vince Carter’s, 2150 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach. Call 386-274-0015 for reservations.

AARP AARP Chapter 1057 is holding its general meeting on Tues., Feb. 12 at Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church, Amsden Road. Everyone is welcome to attend. A program and lunch will follow the meeting. For more details, call 386-441-5642.

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Join Jim Geary for Bridge lessons starting Mon., Feb. 18 at 9 A.M. at 600 Driftwood Ave., Daytona Beach. The first lesson is free after that it is $6 for non-member and $5 for members for this weekly series of lessons. There will also be free refreshments and handouts. Call 386-441-7562 for information.

If pain interrupts your sleep, or you can not reach overhead or behind, or you have pain with playing sports—then this workshop is for you. Join Randy Thomas, PT at Thomas Physical Therapy, 100 Professional Blvd., Daytona Beach on Tues., Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7 P.M. Fee is just $10 or bring a friend and both attend free. Come find out the answers on how to deal with shoulder pain and how to become pain free. Call 386-257-2672 for more details.

Free Caregiver’s Day Need a break from caregiving? First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach is providing free Caregiver’s Days Out that includes food, fun, and special attention for care receivers. The days are from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Thurs., Feb. 14; Thurs., March 21; Thurs., April 18; and Sat., May 18 at First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach. For information, call Sherry at 386-6773581, ext. 311. This is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to have a break and know that their loved ones are being taken care of.

Genealogical Society Have you always wanted more information on your family? The Volusia County Genealogical Society will meet on Thurs., February 21 at 6 P.M. at City Island Library in Daytona Beach. Miles Gardner will speak on his genealogical research. The public is invited. We are actively seeking new members. Please contact the President at 386-257-7828. Volunteers from the Society staff the library's Genealogy Room and assist people with their research.

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Lunch Bunch Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona host Lunch Bunch every Thurs. at 12 NOON. Just $5 gets you lunch and bingo with non-monetary prizes. Reservations are required by noon the Tuesday prior. Call the church at 386-767-6542.

Book Sale The Friends of the Library will have its monthly used-book sale in the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave. auditorium from 9:30 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. Friday, Feb. 8; and 9:30 A.M. to 3 P.M., Saturday, Feb. 9. Hardbacks will be sold for $1 each, large paperbacks for 50 cents, and small paperbacks and magazines for 25 cents. Buyers can purchase books at pre-sale prices from 2:30 to 7:15 P.M. Thursday, Feb. 7. For more information, please call 386-822-6430. Learn more about upcoming programs at the Volusia County Public Library system at www. volusialibrary.org

Open Forum Educational Series Make plans now to attend this community open forum educational series and enjoy a complementary dinner too! Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation and HospiceCare, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast will host two seminars: Importance Of Establishing A Florida Domicile, with speaker attorney Michael D. Chiumento and then Charitable Giving In 2013 And The Impact Of The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012 given by tax attorney Rona S. Fingold. Seminars are from 6–8 P.M. on Wed., Feb. 27 at the Florida Hospital Flagler Lind Education Center, Classroom A/B. Call 386-586-4440 to RSVP.

Winter Art Show The 2013 Winter Art Show for the Ormond Beach Art Guild will be held at the Casements Gallery at 20 Riverside Drive from February 1 through February 21. On February 1 there is a reception open to the public from 6 to 7:30 P.M. The Guild will be displaying their art in the following mediums: watercolor, oil color, acrylics, and pastels. Gallery viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., and on Saturday, 8 A.M. to NOON. For information, please call Nancy at 386-6760157 or Carole at 386-671-1879.

Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees. Please call toll free, 888756-2930 for more information. Look Good/Feel Better Trained cosmetologists are available to help women undergoing cancer treatments with makeup and accessories. Cosponsored by the American Cancer Society, this group meets at Florida Hospital in DeLand. The cost is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Call The American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 more details.


Have A Heartfelt Valentine’s Day

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n the heart of winter, Valentine’s Day comes as a refreshing time to show how much you care about the one’s you love. Valentine’s Day means more than romance and gifts. Whether it’s a spouse, other family, a friend, or even yourself, show your caring attention and loving affection in creative and heartfelt ways. Here are some suggestions for making this special day and every day more meaningful. There are always the usual Valentine gifts of candy, flowers, and cards, but why not try something unique and creative to make someone feel cherished by you. Really concentrate on that special someone and focus on how special they are to you. Think about all the little things they do for you and what makes them special. What makes them smile and what are their passions? Then try to do the small little things on Valentine’s Day and every day, to make them feel more loved. To make that person feel special and loved bring to mind the uniqueness of your relationship and make your gestures of love natural and personal. Notes of remembrance and thoughts are a sure way to connect to a person each day. Leave a short note of why you appreciate them for a pleasant surprise. That will bring a smile to their face and a warm feeling. Go out of your way to do little things to reinforce what you say, because actions always speak louder than words.

Make the last moment of your day together special by kissing them softly, hugging them close, and letting them know how very much they’re valued.

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Life …by Kathy M. Bryant No one special to share Valentine’s Day with? Just because you don’t have a love interest doesn’t mean you shouldn’t commemorate the season. Remember, you are valuable to you, so why not pamper yourself. Take a candlelit bubble bath with a glass of wine, prepare yourself a special dinner and watch a romantic comedy, or treat yourself to a day of pampering at a spa. Treat yourself to an ice-cream sundae. Do whatever makes you feel special and enjoy the solitude of your own company. Priceless! ST

Kathy M. Bryant is with the Volusia County Extension Office. For further information, call 386-822-5778. All Extension Service programs and information are free and open to the public regardless of race, color, sex, disability, religion, or national origin.

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fter a six week lay-off, Florida’s Senior Softball Leagues opened in January. In the local league there were six good games, several very close, but none closer than this one. The weather was Florida perfect. Instead of names like Tigers, Cubs, etc., these teams go by shirt colors. My Glow-in-the-Dark Green team has several new guys. I don't know the names of half the players, but I will soon. At the end of the 1st inning, we were behind, 5-Zip. End of 2nd, the gap was wider. Their long ball hitters were hot and outfielders were blinded by the sun... time after time. We did gain a few runs along the way but we never led. In the 6th we got close, but were still behind. We missed several opportunities to stop the lickin' we were gettin' but failed. Once, we fielded what looked to be an easy double play but the throw went to the wrong base and instead of getting two outs, we got none. Several times, the throw to 1st was wild; 6 weeks off is forever for patched up senior players. We did not defend well and our bats were slow to wake up. Going into the 7th, we were again behind by 5 but we did have some meat coming to the plate. The first batter grounded out. Batter number 2 got on followed by number 3; number 4 hit a sharp line drive to center. It was fielded on one bounce but the runner going to 2nd was thrown out. There are now two outs, bottom of 7th, and runners on 3rd and 1st. We have narrowed the lead to two runs. The next batter tripled deep into the gap in right center. The on-base runners scored. We're tied and looking at possible extra innings. Everyone is hanging on the fence and pumped about the possibilities. The batter that tripled is on 3rd. He is the winning run. A very threatening heavy comes to the plate. He and the pitcher are eyeball to eyeball. The opposing manager looked at our lineup and realized that Jane, one of 5 co-ed players in our league and our 1st base player was on deck behind the heavy and had nowhere near the power of the batter at the plate. Maybe she is the third out needed to win the game for our opponents. Quickly the opposing manager called time and huddled with his pitcher and shortstop. Their decision as expected put on (intentionally walk), the heavy, and get to Jane, the seemingly weaker of the two hitters. They did. Now there are two on, the winning run on 3rd and a 'freebie' runner on 1st. The excitement builds. Jane has just returned to the game after missing two seasons to battle breast cancer. She’s healthy and rarin’ to go. Always positive and high spirited, the gregarious professional nurse has already had a couple of hits and is never an easy out, but she knows the game and understands the risk and possibilities. Jane touches the plate with her 28 ounce bat, and in effect says, 'I'm ready, pitch the

ball.’ Most batters take, (allow to pass), at least one pitch hoping the call will be ball one, thus equalizing their standing with the pitcher. If the call is 'strike' they are of course down by one, but most consider it worth the gamble. Maybe they can rattle the pitcher, especially in these very tight circumstances. Will it work this time?

Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap The eagle-eyed pitcher focuses on the plate and releases the ball. Jane watches it arch. She digs in, a fierce, determined look on her face. Will she let it go by? No!

Jane swings against the first pitch. Bam! A well elevated line drive right over the head of the midfielder low enough to hit the ground, but deep enough and unreachable by the outfielder. Jane has running room! The entire dugout is on its feet, yelling and chanting ‘Run Jane run,’ and ‘See Jane run!’ Jane reaches first safely on a well placed single, but more importantly she has driven in the runner on 3rd... the winning run and the win was locked up at 16-15. The team wanted to hoist Jane, their hero, on their shoulders, but alas, they might be charged with excessive celebration like the NFL farce. Instead, they paraded to the center of the field and met the opponents in the ceremonial display of good sportsmanship—each player high-fiving the opponents and offering an occasional compliment. When the game is over, they're still just kids at heart—and good sportsmen all. You could hear one of the opponents saying, just under his breath... just wait'll next time. Games like this are exhausting and mentally tiring but they sure beat housework, especially vacuuming. ST Information about the Greater Daytona Beach Senior Softball Association may be found on the web at GDBSSA.com or by calling George Goldtrap at 386-235-3900, or e-mail to georgegoldtrap@gmail.com George and Peggy Goldtrap are both actors, speakers, and writers and may be reached at georgegoldtrap@gmail.com


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lenn Ritchey, keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting of the Civic League of the Halifax Area addressed members and guests on Saturday, January 19 at Oceanside Country Club. The Beacon Award was presented to Howard Tipton for his leadership and coordination of the fire study, an independent and objective study of fire rescue services in Volusia County, commissioned and funded by the Civic League of the Halifax Area. Fire Study Background: The League recognized studies and numerous reports generated by various professional fire and rescue staff within Volusia County in recent years have pointed out the duplication in the delivery of these services. Due to the economic climate, the League believed it was timely to update operational and financial information and objectively begin frank public discussion on the subject. It is the belief of the League that the possibility of merging these services in some way would not only result in significant cost savings but better service the entire Volusia community. The prestigious J. Saxton Lloyd award was presented to Beebe White for her years of exemplary contributions to the Halifax area. Beebe’s extensive commitments to the community include twelve years on the Volusia County School Board serving as

(L to R) Beebe White, Cici Brown, and William McMunn

Chair for eight years. Among her many awards and achievements highlighted by presenter Cici Brown, Beebe was the first woman to receive the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce Lou Fox Award. Mr. Glenn Ritchey, former Daytona Beach Mayor, presented his key note address, A Look In My Rear View Mirror sharing his insights as mayor on both the advancements of Daytona Beach during his terms as mayor as well as the direction, challenges, and initiatives he hopes to see continue in the future. Retired Chief Judge David Monaco installed the 2013 officers: Mr. David Perryman, Chairman; Mr. Joe Petrock, Vice Chairman; Mary Greenlees, Secretary; Bob Coleman, Treasurer; and William H. McMunn, Immediate Past Chairman. ST

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February 2013 Sunday February 3 5:30 pm

Super Bowl Party Get ready for the greatest sporting event of the season. Bishop’s Glen own Super Bowl Party will be held in our auditorium on Sunday, February 3 starting at 5:30 PM. Come see a First Class event in our Spacious Auditorium on the largest TV screen in the area. Please call our Marketing Office for reservations at 386-226-9110. Of course, refreshments will be served.

Friday February 8 11 am

“Ask the Nurse” Cathy Dickinson, RN, BSN, Clinical Supervisor for MEDI Home Health will speak on The Do’s And Don’ts Of Medication, Some Things Mix And Some Things Don’t. Several topics will be discussed, including How Do I Manage All My Medications?, Are There Foods That Will Affect My Medications?, Over The Counter Medications— They May Or May Not Work Together!, What If I Miss A Dose Of My Medication?, and Talking With Your Doctor And Your Healthcare Team About Your Medications. Cathy Dickinson, RN, BSN Clinical Supervisor for MEDI Home Health

Friday February 15 11 am

Halifax Urban Ministries Mark Geallis, Director of Community Relations at HUM, will be presenting a brief overview of how HUM serves the community with its homeless prevention and intervention programs. He will then describe the impact of “volunteerism” on Halifax Urban Ministries and organizations like it. The altruistic/spiritual nature of volunteering and how it helps people grow, and the reliance on volunteers by HUM and others will be discussed. Mark Geallis Director of Community Relations at HUM

Wednesday February 20 1:30 pm **

Caregiver Support Group Stressed, Tired, Overwhelmed? Learn ways to decrease stress, balance the mind, body and daily activities, reduce feelings of guilt, and to take care of you. Michelle Jones • Bishop’s Glen Retirement Community Liz Knowlton • VITAS Innovative Hospice Care Please bring your loved one and Bishop’s Glen will care for them during the session.

Friday February 22 10:30 am

Enhancing Your Life Through Wellness In this seminar we will be discussing what Wellness truly means, and how staying active in different dimensions of wellness can benefit the aging adult. Optimal Health is defined as the balance of physical, emotional, intellectual, social, occupational, and spiritual health. Discussion and examples around these dimensions of wellness may help you decide what activities are best for you. There will also be discussion on opportunities in educational information such as current health information and research, consultative services such as 1-to-1 services, home safety evaluations, and activities/ classes such as balance management, nutritional and weight loss tools. Come find out more on how to “Enhance your life through Wellness.” Wellness is a dynamic process by which individuals become conscious of, and make choices towards, a healthier lifestyle. Angela Lehman • Wellness Coordinator Aegis Therapies

Wednesday February 27 2:30 pm

Parkinson’s Monthly Group. A Monthly Program Of Education And Support For Those With Parkinson’s Disease. Speaker: Randal L. Schecter, will discuss Medicaid Planning and Asset Protection. He will identify long care options for caregivers and their loved ones. This will focus on in-home assistance, Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Home care, and Daycare/Respite. Mr. Schecter has been an Elder Law Attorney in Ormond Beach, Florida for the past 27 years whose practice has focused on advance directive, estate planning, and Medicaid planning for seniors.

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tissues healing, improving range of movement, and decreasing pain by increasing amounts of natural pain relievers in the brain. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees the human body as an integrated being. It works with vital energies inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is a vital energy that flows through meridians, pathways that run throughout the entire body. Qi protects the body from illness and provides nourishment to cells, tissues, muscles, and organs.

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ince November was National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, I did an article on how to prevent the onset of this dreadful disease. Also that same month, I did an article on mitigating post election day stress. All Americans, the young, not so young, and mature adults, were subjected to a daily barrage of media overkill bordering on harangue. What we all needed was a little healthy comfort food and lots of TLC! What I would like to do with my first article of the year is to link the inflammatory response that leads to Alzheimer’s with the process that leads to premature aging due to unremitting societal stress. We already have Dr. M. Oz, Dr. A. Weil, and the oncologist Dr. Bernie Siegel, all M.D.s reminding us that stress kills. Remember, the pathway in which it kills is through CVD, cardio vascular disease. It is currently the number one inflammatory disease in the U.S. which in turn has inspired a decades long crusade against cholesterol. However, it was Harvard's Dr. Kilmer McCully M.D. who as early as 1981, was telling the world medical community that heart disease was not about cholesterol but about homocysteine. This waxy arterial plaque was created when the body was deficient in niacin (B3), B6, B12, and folic acid, especially “when the body was under oxidative stress incurred when the body was missing essential fatty acids from the Omega 3 family” (The Fall & Rise of Dr. Mcully, NY Times, 8/10/97). His B Vitamin/niacin therapy for hyper-lipidemia was often as effective as statin prescriptions. Other than some transient flushing, there was no toxicity compared to what current research has now shown with statin therapy: a high incidence of Alzheimer’s with long term use (read my article Beat Alzheimer’s by Remembering Your EFA's). What Dr. McCully was observing was that when the human body is deficient in these B vitamins (needed basically from meal to meal) along with a foundation of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, as in good cholesterol, an inflammatory cycle is established. The deficiency triggers the production of the house is on fire hormone: cortisol. Unregulated cortisol triggers a thyroid response. If the stress isn't resolved it spirals: hyper-tension and or hyper-insulinism. If you stay in the hyper-stressed state eventually the adrenal glands become exhausted along with thyroid function. A chronic state of low energy(CFS), weight gain, mood swings, PMS, and either difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep can ensue. So how do we break this cycle of endocrine chaos? First, try life style changes to either eliminate the source of the stress or manage it. Consume nutrient dense fresh wholefoods with little or no sugar... no nutrasweet. We at Love Whole Foods have been providing just such a food resource to our community for over two decades. To assist us in a food as medicine program, the

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Section B February 1, 2013 Tails From The Front ach year, an adult female cat can produce three litters with an average of four kittens in each litter, and a female dog can produce two litters with an average of four puppies. When cats and dogs are left free to reproduce, it leads to more animals taken in at shelters. Even inside pets should be spayed or neutered. We take calls several times a month from pet owners who cannot believe their pet is pregnant. It only takes one occasion of a pet sneaking outside or getting off its leash for it to reproduce. Puppies and kittens can be safely spayed or neutered as early as two months of age, or when they weigh at least two pounds.

Sterilization provides many positive health and behavioral benefits for pets. Spaying a female pet prevents uterine infections and breast cancer, which are often fatal ailments for cats and dogs. Neutering your male pet can prevent testicular cancer if done before six months of age. Sterilized pets are far less likely to urinate in the house to mark their territory. They are also less inclined to roam away from their home or attempt to escape. Spaying and neutering your pet is a costeffective measure as well. Surgeries at Halifax Humane Society’s Redinger Spay/ Neuter Clinic range from $20-90 for most animals. Low cost immunizations are available at the time of surgery as well. Com-

pare this to the cost of caring for an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens, which can cost several hundred dollars per animal or more in the first year. Most importantly, having your pet sterilized helps fight the pet overpopulation problem. Like most animal shelters, Halifax Humane Society is constantly at full capacity. According to the ASPCA, U.S. animal shelters take in 5-7 million animals each year. Some animal shelters will not even accept animals from the public. By spaying or neutering your pet, you guarantee that your pet will not add to this number. To have your pet spayed or neutered, you can contact the Redinger Clinic at 386-310-

4935. The clinic is located at 600 Mason Ave. in Daytona Beach, in the ARNI complex. Beat The Heat Right now, you can Beat The Heat at Halifax Humane Society by having your female cat sterilized for just $20! They will offer 300 female cat sterilization surgeries at its Redinger Spay/Neuter Clinic for only $20 in the month of February. This great rate also includes vaccinations and a registered microchip for your pet! ST Tyler Stover is the Community Outreach Director of Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach. He can be reached at 386274-4703, ext. 320, or at tstover@halifaxhu manesociety.org

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treatment of arthritis should include of a comprehensive exercise regimen in order to increase flexibility of the affected joints and to provide pain relief. In addition, exercise can help relieve stress, ensuring better sleep at night, and giving them more energy during the day. During exercise, the motion nourishes the joint by squeezing synovial fluid in and out of the joint space, delivering nourishment to the cartilage, and getting rid of waste products. Without motion, this vital exchange cannot take place, and therefore the joints become mal-nourished. The misconception that changes within some joints occur mostly because the disease process is quite interesting. In fact, joint changes can be a result of a lack of exercise or immobility. A joint that is immobilized initiates a series of changes resulting in joint damage, muscle atrophy, and tendon wasting. There are three types of exercise: 1. Aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, and cycling builds stamina and boosts cardiovascular fitness. Walking, a popular aerobic exercise can be easily adapted to your level of fitness by adjusting the speed and duration of the activity. Over time, performing regular aerobic exercise will increase your general level of fitness and endurance. Pain and stiffness can be relieved because of the release of

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Importance Of Establishing A Florida Domicile For the past 40 years, Mike has represented individuals, their families, and local businesses in all types of issues including personal injury matters, real estate, and business law, and estate planning and probate. Mike is a member of the American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, and Flagler County Bar Association. Mike now concentrates his practice in elder law, probate, and trust administration and estate charitable and family wealth transfer planning. Speaker #2: Rona S. Fingold, is a tax attorney with over 25 years of experience in estate planning and tax. Her topic will be:

Charitable Giving In 2013 And The Impact Of The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012 She currently serves as the Director of Tax and Estate Planning for Lexington Family Office, a multi-family office with its principal place of business in Daytona Beach. Ms. Fingold acts as Lexington's lead tax and charitable planning strategist and assists with the formation of Family Strategic Plans. As such, she provides sophisticated estate and gift tax planning services to high net-worth individuals and closely held businesses. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law where she also received her Masters of Tax Law. She resides in Ormond Beach with her husband, Dr. James Solomon.

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endorphins and the increase of blood flow to the affected joints. 2. Stretching and range of motion exercise maintains healthy ligaments, muscles, joints, and tendons. For best results, try stretching, particularly the affected joints, to the fullest extent possible for at least 15 minutes a day.

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3. Strengthening exercise, such as light weight lifting can help prevent muscle atrophy and build muscle to give joints strong support. As with any new regimen, you will want to start out slow and gradual. Focus on the joints that hurt, function poorly, or appear to be affected by your arthritis. You are your best exercise expert, because only you can judge how difficult, painful, or tiring a maneuver can be. With time, you will begin to feel improvement in your flexibility and joint pain, but only you will know when it is right to make changes to your individual regimen.

For more information, please call Dr. Tsai at 386-676-0307.

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What’s In The Stars

For The Week Of February 4

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be hurt by a colleague's harsh criticism. Don't let it shake your confidence in what you're trying to do. A more positive aspect starts to appear. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You're torn between your sensible self and the part of you that enjoys acquiring lovely things. Wait for an end-of-month sale, and then buy something wonderful. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your artistic side has practical applications this week, such as redecorating your home or redesigning your personal stationery. Someone special will like it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You could be drawn into a problem 'twixt friends or family members. Ask questions that go to the heart of the matter, then get them together for a group hug. LEO (July 23 to August 22) As much as you love being the center of attention, your big Lion's heart impels you to share the spotlight with a colleague who helped with that well-praised project. VIRGO (August 23 to Sept. 22) Your eagerness to act on a challenge is wisely tempered early in the week by a lack of necessary information. Things begin to clear up during the weekend.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) A relationship you'd hoped would keep going seems to be going nowhere. Close it out and move on to a brighter romantic aspect just beginning to manifest itself. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Things don't go completely as planned this week. Enjoy the surprises, even if you have to adjust your schedule. Some of them could be quite delightful. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Making choices is usually easy for straight-shooting Archers. A new development could deflect your aim. Try to put off decisions until you know more. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) While part of you might prefer taking a more familiar path, let your more daring and—admit it—super-curious self see what the unexplored has to offer. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Those nasty types have slithered back under the rocks and present no more problems. Now's the time to move ahead on that promising new relationship. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) A new offer could clear up that lingering money problem. A more confident attitude on your part might well help get that personal situation back on track. ST

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Books When It Happens To You Review by Rose McAllister Croke

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ctress Molly Ringwald makes a powerful literary debut by exploring themes of betrayal, infidelity, infertility, estrangement, and gender identity in When It Happens To You. The book, described as a novel told in stories, is centered around Phillip and Greta, a Los Angeles couple whose marriage is on the brink of dissolution. The characters reveal the darkest parts of themselves, with each character making either a terrible mistake or a life-altering choice. All of the characters muddle through their own emotionally eviscerating experiences and struggle to arrive at a place of forgiveness and acceptance. In The Harvest Moon, a stay-at-home mother struggles with her self-worth in the face of aging, infertility, and an increasingly distant husband. In Ursa Minor, a former children's television star re-examines his life when his acting career stalls after a stint in rehab. An elderly woman mourns the loss of her husband and her estranged relationship

with her only child in The Little One. In My Olivia, a conflicted single mother struggles to protect her 6-year-old son who wishes only to wear dresses and be addressed as Olivia. Finally, in the novel's title story, a betrayed wife chronicles her pain and pens a brutally honest letter to her husband's mistress. “When it happens to you, you will ask him why he would choose to forsake this good, sweet life that you carefully built together for a girl who couldn't begin to understand him,” Ringwald writes. “And then you'll realize that is partially the point. He doesn't want to be understood. He wants to be misunderstood because in the misunderstanding lies the possibility of reinvention.” In her debut novel, Ringwald examines the nuances of the most intimate of relationships and portrays how the ties that bind can easily become threads that fray if not properly nurtured. ST

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Stop Pain Now With Acupuncture and Physical Therapy No More Tears! By Mary Sue Baldwin For over 20 years, I have been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis of the neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands. My pain is so bad that I am always in tears most days between 5 and 6 in the evening. My Rheumatologist recommended that I try the combination of acupuncture and physical therapy at ARC. After my first treatment, I started having some hope again that I wasn’t going to have to live each day with debilitating pain. Following treatments just proved this! Just combing my hair, reaching into the cupboard for dishes, or putting my hands behind my back were extremely difficult tasks. Now with treatments, I can do those most days with ease and without tears!! Bring this Ad to your first visit to receive a 50% discount for the initial Acupuncture Treatment.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis by Jack Verhees, P.T.

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heumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease and not a condition of wear and tear like osteoarthritis. RA is a condition where your own immune system attacks healthy tissue causing inflammation that creates damage to joints. The infamous symptom of RA is pain or stiffness for at least 30 minutes in the morning or after a long rest. RA occurs at any age and can get worse over time. It is also associated with swelling of both hands or both elbows. RA will also include joint pain, redness of the joints, and decreased range of motion. Some people also experience fever, weight loss, fatigue, and/or anemia. Inflammation generally occurs in the knuckles and the joints closest to your hands, nearer the base of your fingers. Can acupuncture help with the pain of RA? Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles on specific points all over the body and it can definitely help ease the pain from inflammation. By stimulating acupuncture points, blood circulation is promoted around areas where the inflammation irritates the muscles. Increased blood flow to traumatized areas provides an optimum environment for healing. Healthier muscles eventually irritate nerves less, therefore, decreasing the sensation of pain. Furthermore, by stimulating acupuncture points, the brain releases endorphins which are natural pain killers

with the capacity of altering one’s perception of pain. With such a treatment modality one does not have to live with the debilitating effects of RA. There is definitely an effective way to deal with this type of pain. The combination of acupuncture and physical therapy can be used for best results. Acupuncture, manual therapy, and soft tissue massage can significantly reduce the pain, by treating the swelling around

Acupuncture & Physical Therapy various knee tendons and knee capsule. Secondly, gently increase the motion in the joint, and thirdly minimize the loss of muscle mass and knee stability by joint and muscle exercises can improve strength and flexibility. Modalities like electrical stimulation, ultra sound, ice, and heat are used to loosen up the muscle tissue and increase the blood flow to the injured area, and hereby starting the healing process by providing access of nutrition and oxygen to the injured area.

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Moments In Time The History Channel On Feb. 8, 1587, after 19 years of imprisonment, Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded in England for her complicity in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I. Her son, King James VI of Scotland, accepted his mother's execution, and upon Queen Elizabeth's death in 1603, he became king of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

On Feb. 5, 1631, Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island and an important American religious leader, arrives in Boston. Williams alarmed the Puritan oligarchy by speaking out against the right of civil authorities to punish religious dissension. In 1635, he was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony by the General Court.

On Feb. 6, 1917, a German submarine torpedoes and sinks the passenger steamer California off the Irish coast. The explosion of the torpedo was so violent that the 470foot, 9,000-ton steamer sank just nine minutes after the attack.

On Feb. 9, 1942, the Normandie, regarded by many as the most elegant ocean liner ever built, burns and sinks in New York

Harbor during its conversion to an Allied troop transport ship. A welder accidentally set fire to a pile of flammable life preservers, and by morning the ship lay capsized in the harbor, a gutted wreck.

On Feb. 10, 1957, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the best-selling Little House series of children's novels based on her childhood on the American frontier, dies at age 90 in Mansfield, Mosouri. In 1932, Wilder, then in her 60s, published her first novel, Little House In The Big Woods.

On Feb. 7, 1970, Louisiana State University basketball star Pete Maravich scores 69 points in a game against Alabama, setting a Division I record that would stand for 21 years. He died of a heart attack at age 40 in 1988 during a pickup game of basketball in California.

On Feb. 4, 1983, Karen Carpenter, a singer who long suffered under the burden of the expectations that came with pop stardom, succumbed to heart failure brought on by her long, unpublicized struggle with anorexia. She was just 32 years old. ST


Myths About Social Security by Blanca Taylor Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

Myth 1: Social Security is just a retirement program. It provides benefits to retirees, survivors, and people with disabilities who can no longer work. In fact, almost seven million disabled workers and nearly two million of their dependents get Social Security disability benefits. Six and a half million dependents of deceased workers (including two million children) get Social Security survivors benefits.

Myth 3: If I work after I retire, I’ll be penalized. Once you reach your full retirement age, there is no penalty and no limit on the amount you can earn. You can determine your full retirement age by visiting www. socialsecurity.gov/retirecharted.htm The earnings limit for workers who are younger than "full" retirement age (age 66 for people born in 1943 through 1954) is $15,120 in 2013. (We deduct $1 from benefits for each $2 earned over $15,120.) The earnings limit for people turning 66 in 2013 is $40,080. (We deduct $1 from benefits for each $3 earned over $40,080 until the month the worker turns age 66.) Keep in mind that if we withhold some of your benefits due to work, we will re-compute your monthly benefit amount when you reach full retirement age to account for those months that we withheld your benefit. There is no limit on earnings for workers who are full retirement age or older for the entire year.

Myth 2: I don’t need to save because Social Security will take care of me when I’m retired. Social Security was never intended to be a person’s sole income in retirement; it should be combined with pension income and personal savings and investments. Your Social Security Statement, available at www. socialsecurity.gov.mystatement is a great place to get an idea of what to expect during retirement. You can visit our Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator

Myth 4: To apply for benefits or do business with Social Security, I need to go to an office. Not only is this false, but we encourage you to do business with us the most convenient and fastest way: at www.socialsecuri ty.gov At our website, you can apply for benefits, use our Retirement Planner, get an estimate of your benefits, request a replacement Medicare card, and much more. You’ll find it all—along with answers to your questions— www.socialsecurity.gov ST

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ike any other successful and longstanding program or organization, there are a number of myths surrounding Social Security. Some of them are grounded in truth but just slightly misconstrued. Others are completely out of line with the truth. Let’s take a look at a few.

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t was about 10 o'clock on a Saturday morning. Having changed my baby daughter Holly, age 8 months, I decided to take a trip to the shops to get something for our lunch. I had lived in the village all my life, so I knew the road like the back of my hand. We arrived at the local shops, went into the bakery and the post office, and then I strapped Holly back into the car and we set off for home. The lanes in the village were never designed for heavy goods vehicles, and yet truck drivers still insisted on using them as a shortcut to get to the main road. As we headed home and approached the S-bend, I put my foot gently on the brake just in case a car was coming the other way. As I drove round the bend, heading straight toward us was a huge red truck. At the speed he was going, there was no way he would ever hit his brakes in time to stop, and he was heading directly for our car. I really believed that the truck was going to plough straight into us, so in a split second I hit my brakes, unbuckled my seat belt and threw myself over Holly. At least if I took the impact, she might survive. They say your life flashes before you, but that's not what happened to me. All that

went through my mind was, “Right, this is my time then.” My darling dad had a saying when he was alive: “When the white feather touches you on your head, then it is your time to go.” Suddenly everything went completely silent. So silent that I thought the impact must have happened and I was already dead, being transported to heaven or wherever it is we go next. There was no noise whatsoever. After what seemed like ages, I gingerly opened my eyes. I was still lying across Holly, I was still in my car, and the road was completely quiet. No traffic, no truck coming toward us, nothing. It was as if a huge hand had picked up my car, moved it out of the way and placed it back down on the road again. I looked in the rearview mirror, and there was no sign of the red truck. It had simply vanished into thin air. Shakily I carefully drove home. There wasn't another car on the road for the whole journey. When I got Holly out of her car seat, there in her seat was a small white feather. I keep the feather in my car as a reminder that angels were looking after us that day, almost 10 years ago, and I thank them every day for looking after us when we travel anywhere. ST Visit: www.chickensoup.com

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Dear Paw’s Corner: I've been thinking of getting my Border Collie, Jake, a set of those booties that fit over a dog's paws to protect them from cold ground and sharp objects. Do these really work? —Sarah in Chicago Dear Sarah: Booties can be very good paw protectors for dogs that are outdoors in the winter. The biggest considerations, besides price, are getting the right type for the kind of terrain and the level of activity your dog will have. For everyday walking on a sidewalk, there are many brands of booties to choose from, most for less than $30 per set. Booties with extra traction or customized fit cost a little bit more. You also can find fashion booties if you want your pet to look swanky walking down the street, although many of those look like they would be uncomfortable for your dog to wear. Be sure to buy booties of a size closest to the size of your dog. Try them on your dog's paws right away, in case they don't fit and need to be returned.

Protecting your dog's paws is just the beginning of cold-weather safety, of course. A dog coat that wraps comfortably around his torso will help Jake retain body heat much longer. Stay alert when out with your dog, and make sure he is not shivering from cold or limping from an injury to his paw. In either case, get him home right away, warm him up, and check his paws for cuts, debris, or other injury. ST Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com If your question or comment is printed in the weekly column, you'll receive a free copy of Fighting Fleas, the newest booklet from Paws Corner!


To Your Good Health Surviving On Thin Air Dear Dr. Donohue: Our 37-year-old daughter lives in Denver. She took her younger sister skiing where the altitude was 11,800 feet. Our younger daughter lives in Toronto, where the altitude is 250 feet. She felt discomfort or worse at the higher level. Is it safe for an unacclimatized person to travel to such an altitude so abruptly? How best should one treat altitude sickness? Are there any serious or lasting effects of altitude sickness? —P and H.M. Answer: At high altitudes the pressure of oxygen in the atmosphere drops, so less gets into the blood. Most healthy people can tolerate altitudes of 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) to 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) without difficulty. Older people and people with heart and lung disease might become short of breath at such heights. A person, trying to function at 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) or more, can run into trouble if the person doesn't make the ascent slowly. Above 8,000 feet, people should not ascend more than 1,000 feet a day without returning to a lower altitude to sleep. They can continue to go higher if they descend 1,000 feet each night to sleep. They are pushing too fast if a moderate amount of activity leaves them breathless and bushed.

Acute mountain sickness, a formidable illness, occurs to unacclimatized people in the first six to 24 hours at a given height. People become short of breath, dizzy, have a dry cough, and are nauseated. They often have a headache. High-altitude pulmonary edema, an even more serious illness and an emergency, fills the lungs with fluid. People cough, and the cough's mucus is pink or bloody. These people have to be taken quickly to a lower altitude, and personnel experienced in the treatment of this condition have to manage definitive treatment. People who fully recover from either usually don't have permanent damage. They are vulnerable to a second episode, however. Your daughter can protect herself by slowly ascending and by taking Diamox. It's a mild diuretic that affords good protection against altitude sickness. ST

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“Unless the label states otherwise, the best rinse temperature for clothing is cold water. It will help the clothing retain its shape and color better, and —bonus—it's the least-expensive setting to use.” —I.F. in Texas When whipping egg whites, make sure you bring the eggs to room temperature beforehand. They will yield a greater volume. Store asparagus in the fridge only for a few days before serving. Trim the cut end and use wet paper towels to wrap it. Keep it in the crisper drawer. Getting out your old deck of cards to play? If they feel gummy, put them in a plastic baggie, add a little bit of

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A: Unfortunately, I'm not Dear Abby, so I don't want to step into personal territory by suggesting how to handle relatives. I might be able to provide some suggestions on cutting the electric bill a bit and preserving some of your sanity. You probably won't be able to change their sitting-around habits (presumably watching television or tapping away on their laptops, if you say they're running up the electric bill). Talk with your wife about getting away together for an evening or two during their visit, or schedule a get-together with your friends one night. To save electricity turn the heat a few degrees cooler or turn the air conditioning a few degrees warmer. Not out of your comfort zone, but just a little less

intense. Running the central air or heat less can knock a little bit off of that electric bill. Shut off any unused rooms by closing the registers and then shutting the doors. As far as your workshop goes, that's pretty easy. Set limits. Politely ask, or have your wife ask, your in-laws to stay away from the shop area. You don't need to give an excuse. As added insurance, lock the door to the shop—as long as it doesn't impede safe exit from the house in an emergency. ST Send your questions or tips to ask@ thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.


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hen I read in the prophet Joel, “I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten,” I was thinking that could not be true. How could we recapture something that’s gone? Joel spoke the truth. Our past can become our present. We can even take these jewels of memory and polish them up. I just spent $154 to polish one the locusts thought they had eaten. It was an old Stella guitar my sister gave me because she knew I learned on a Stella. When I was a boy I was spellbound every time my Uncle Van took out his guitar and played. I told my Dad I wanted a guitar and he said, “When you learn to play, I will buy you one.” The only guitar I had access to was a Stella down the road at the home of Pop Adams. I frolicked a lot with his sons, Goose and Little Britches so each time I visited, I would work on some chords Uncle Van had taught me. One day when Dad came home from the hosiery mill I was waiting on our front porch with the Stella. I told him I wanted to play him a song. He listened to the first song I learned, Sittin’ On Top Of The World. He said, “It’s time to go get you a guitar.” We went to Tani Allen’s Music Store and I tried out a lot of guitars. The one I liked best was a Martin—the highest priced

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My Sunday Journal …by Dalton Roberts There are those who say it is not good to live in the past. I agree. To return there to find some jewels and bring them into your present is an entirely different thing. It works well with memories of old friends, events, pains, disappointments, guitars, books, and even old sweethearts. It matters not—with an old sweetheart or an old guitar—you can restore the years the locusts have eaten. ST Please mail comments to Dalton Roberts, 3327 Roberts Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37416. You may enjoy Dalton’s website at www.dal tonroberts.com

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At the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis, it was particularly hot. An icecream vendor was doing so much business that he ran out of the cups in which he was serving the ice cream. He looked to the other foodsellers to see if they had any spare containers that would be useful, but he had no luck. Finally, desperate not to lose any more business, he bought some waffles from a nearby vendor and wrapped one around each scoop of ice cream as he sold it. The result was even more popular than ice- cream in a cup, and thus the ice cream cone was born. ST The most common surname in Germany is Schultz. ***

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