The Senior Newspaper Serving Volusia & Flagler Counties For 23 Years—COMPLIMENTARY COPY
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April 25, 2014
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Anything Goes! or enthusiastic, inquisitive retirees, anything goes… for they know how to find out what’s going on. If nothing is going on, they make things happen! How long has it been since you went to the beach? Did you ever go deep sea fishing or down river on one of the local cruise ships? Are you aware of the sea turtles that migrate to shore to deposit their eggs? Have you ever visited the Planetarium? Did you know or visit any of the great art museums in the area. Ever consider taking a ride in a hot air balloon, climbing a mountain, or even a little hill? Have you been snorkeling? Have you been to Tomoka State Park lately? For people who work most of their adult lives, the possibilities available when they no longer punch a time clock, may come as a big surprise (after the shock of retirement settles). Some make daily commitments to television… The Millionaire Show or The View. They are probably the ones who have a problem adjusting to their change of lifestyle… perhaps because they lack imagination. There’s a lot taking place right in your own backyard. In 1994 the Kooky Ukes went to a club they had never heard of before… a ‘laughing’ club! The official name was Volusia County’s DeLand Chapter of the International Laughing Society. It was held in May with at least 300 in attendance. They gave an enthusiastic welcome to local stand-up comics, listened to The Outhouse Five Plus One and the Kooky Ukes from Daytona Beach. We had a wonderful time, though only a couple of us actually played the ukuleles we carried with us. (Since then we have learned more.) That same year, the City of Holly Hill was holding Country Music Jamborees every fourth Saturday. Hmmm! Wonder if they are still doing it? Motivated individuals see retirement as an opportunity to take up projects that were abandoned in their youth or busy themselves pursuing ideas and plans that were set aside until they had more available time. In swing time they find themselves busier than ever—doing what they have always wanted to do. Busy types and stress oriented individuals feel that all changes have to be challenging and creative. Many people have real musical talents that have been put aside for years. Now’s the time to bring forward the clarinet, banjo, drums, or keyboard and start entertaining yourself and others.
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Now I ask you, have you visited all the theme parks? Did you ever take a tour bus to other parts of the country? Did you ever go mid-state to see a dinner show? Have you volunteered your expertise for special projects like teaching adults to read or write? Are you writing your memoirs for the entertainment of your family—or the world? Are you networking and making new friends? After my first retirement, I truly planned to once again pick up a paint brush and learn to master acrylic painting instead of continuing to do oil paintings. I wrote about an incident that found its way in print and have been writing ever since. I never picked up that paint brush again Golfing, swimming, hiking, bike riding… anything goes if you have an active imagination. Enjoy! Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.
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What’s Happening Around Town… Caregiver’s Days
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 Sat., May 17 and Thurs., June 12 at First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach. This is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to have a break and know that their loved ones are being taken care of in a loving and safe environment. For more details, call Sherry at 386.677.3581, ext. 311.
Don’t miss a fabulous Italian Festival at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1014 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach May 1–4. Enjoy great Italian food (kids eat free on Thursday), olive oils & Balsamic vinegar tastings, wine tastings, arts & crafts, meatball cookoff, and the Kentucky Derby on a big screen on Saturday. Entertainment offered every day too! For specific dates and times, call 386.255.0433.
Don’t miss the fabulous rendition of Neil Simon’s comedy smash hit Plaza Suite presented by Seabreeze High School. Performances are Friday-Saturday, April 25-26 at 7 P.M. and a matinee on Sunday, April 27 at 2 P.M. All tickets are just $5. The Seabreeze High School auditorium is located at 2700 N. Oleander Ave., Daytona Beach. The building is handicap accessible with free parking. Refreshments will be available in the lobby during intermissions. For more details, call 386.258.4674, ext. 54685.
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Find out if dental implants are right for you at a free patient information day. Questions about the cost and how the implant surgery is done will be answered. The seminar is scheduled at the office of Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates at 4 P.M. on April 29 at 549 Health Blvd., Daytona Beach. Seating is very limited and light refreshments served. Please RSVP by calling 386.239.3600.
Safety Expo On Wednesday, May 7, 9 A.M.- 2 P.M. the Daytona Beach International Airport, 700 Catalina Dr., Daytona Beach, will be hosting a Health & Safety Expo. Bring ad in this publication for a free gift bag! Get useful health and safety information from local experts on topics such as simple self defense, fitness, nutrition, and much more. Plus, giveways. Free admission and parking. First 100 attendees get a free gift bag at the DBIA booth with ad from Seniors Today on page A-10.
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. Doors open at 11:30 A.M., lunch served at 12:00 P.M., and bingo begins at 12:30 P.M. Reservations are required by noon the Tuesday prior. Call the church at 386. 767.6542.
Women’s Health Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church, 105 Amsden Rd. offers an opportunities to get healthy this year. Join them on Sat., June 7 at 10 A.M., with a Celebration of Women's Health Month and a Chocolate Extravaganza. For details, call 386.441.0300 or visit the website: ormondbeachpc.org
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Florida Soup Come and enjoy local author and photographer Eric Dusenbery as he discusses Florida’s love affair with food and storytelling Monday, May 12 at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St. His free presentation will follow a brief Friends of the Library meeting that begins at 2 P.M. His book, Florida Soup: Putting History On The Table, explores the historic cooking habits, food production, and recipes that define the family and community in rural and small-town Florida. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 386.676. 4191, ext. 21084.
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 2 to 7:15 P.M. Thursday, May 8; 9:30 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. Friday, May 9; and 9:30 A.M. to 3 P.M. Saturday, May 10. A large selection of hard covers and large paperbacks will be sold for 50 cents each, and small paperbacks will be eight for $1. For more information, call the library at 386-822-6430.
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April 25, 2014—Seniors Today—Page A-5 What Type Of Diabetes Do I Have? iabetes mellitus (DM), or blood sugar diabetes is defined as a blood sugar/glucose elevation either in the fasting or after eating (post-prandial) state. If your blood sugar is 126 mg/dL or more before breakfast or 200 mg/dL anytime regardless of the time you ate, with and without symptoms, we can establish the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. Type of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes was formerly called juvenile diabetes/ insulin dependent diabetes. Type 2 diabetes or adult onset; gestational diabetes, diagnosed during the months of pregnancy; and finally other types. Other types result after organ transplant, the use of drugs or medications like cortisone or glucocorticoids, medication for cancer therapy, water pills, or medication for psychiatric conditions. It’s important to recognize other concepts or definitions such as prediabetes, formerly called borderline diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, a person has prediabetes if fasting blood sugar is between 100-125 mg/dL, or 1-2 hours after a meal the blood sugar is between 140-199 mg/dL. Also, recently the level of hemoglobin A1c has been used to establish diagnosis of diabetes as well, when the range is between 5.7–6.4 percent we classify this as prediabetes. We are going to disclose more information that tells about hemoglobin A1c in a future release. Diabetes could get you by surprise, starting at any age with no symptoms at all. It may present with very aggressive symptoms
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Dis-Asteroid by Peggy Goldtrap ’ve done it again—squandered 24 hours. I broke one of the Cardinal Rules of Childhood. I borrowed trouble. I was killing time in the quick check line at the grocery, scanning a shock sheet with ﬁrst pictures of Hillary Clinton’s alien love child. I usually speed read one scandal before being questioned: Are you going to buy that? Ahead, two genteel ladies “woe is me-ed” about usual upsets: low income, high blood pressure, love, and the lottery. Normally, I tune out chit chat, but something they said grabbed my attention. “Have you heard? There’s an asteroid heading toward earth?” Asteroid? Impact? The end of time? I manage a modicum of control over minor events, but major cosmological cataclysms, like a planetoid pancaking Ormond By The Sea, make me shudder. Terror’s tentacles tightened my throat. As my last earth purchases rode the black belt toward doom, I planned and pondered how to spend the ﬁnal 24 on the big blue ball. First goal, sleep late, roll over for another snooze before the eternal nap. An asteroid would providentially hinder anyone from working. Mankind would be annihilated, so no one could scorn sluggards. If the factory was ﬂattened, there would be no deliveries. Mortgages would be wiped out along with cars, homes, and furniture; Nature’s version of Rooms To Go. “Coupons?” The cashier’s monotone jolted my reverie. “It doesn’t matter—we’re all going to die,” I screamed. “Plastic or paper?” “Please, listen. A massive mélange of metal is gaining momentum through the ether world on a journey to eliminate civilization.” Cash or debit. Mindlessly, I swiped my card (no wonder earth is being destroyed, it’s impossible to ‘swipe’ something I own). My mind clouded; I couldn’t recall that open sesame to treasure, the PIN. I had on a necklace, earrings, a watch, but no PIN! Is anyone still out there? Can we be saved from a whipping with the asteroid belt? Your PIN number, please. “I can’t,” I cried, “There is no PIN. Will you take a check?” “Do you have a check card?” I had a ﬁstful of cards, vintage fake IDs, political cards I Still Like Ike, licenses, library cards, but no check cashing card. “Nada,” I replied, hoping she would validate my diversity training, “Is a Magic Kingdom Pass okay?” The cashier cut her eyes toward the corner of her mind where she stores facial recognition ﬁles of annoying idiots. Dizzily, I punched random numbers. Finally the DaVinci Code broke and my card was accepted. Accepted yes, but by whom or where? In India, of course! That’s where most CPAs, editors, doctors, radiologists, computer techs, and a telemarketer named Sanjeev Billy Bob from South Bombay, live.
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Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap “Paper or plastic?” “We’re teetering on the edge of an astronomical abyss, and all you ask is plastic or paper? All right, you win. My last decision on planet Earth is plastic.” I raced home, connecting the dots to death. I’ve lost 25 pounds on Weight Watchers, now no one will be alive to notice. If I’d had any suspicion an asteroid was aiming, I would’ve never quit chocolate. I must gather my loved ones into one place for a ﬁnal embrace. Cat’s curled in the corner of the closet; she hissed my warning to ﬂee. George was in the ﬁfth of a seven inning game. In the Over-70 Softball League, a wild woman shouting “your days are numbered” is old news. The grandkids are in Tennessee. I can’t buy airline tickets until 7 days before travel time, after 3:30 PST, on the eve of the new moon, ten days after a holiday… I call my friends. “Sorry the number you have reached is not in service.” “Hi, I’m out, but leave Lassie (Woof, Woof) a message and he’ll tell me you called.” (Lassie, do you hear me boy, you’ve got to save Timmy.) I call the minister. You’ve reached the Wholly Holy Church. If this is an emergency, Pray. Otherwise, ofﬁce hours tomorrow are… (There is no tomorrow! The sky is falling.) Since my warnings were getting me nowhere, I decided to go shopping. I splurged on three panties instead of a pair. I ran pall-mall grabbing the gusto; diamonds, furs, Go Gators tee shirts, Dell computer. Who cares if the battery explodes? I had an expiration date. I chugged caffeinated cola, straight without a straw. I sashayed in a Dolly Parton wig and related appurtenances. I spent like there was no tomorrow, because there wasn’t supposed to be. Suddenly, disturbing questions slowed the spree. What if the asteroid misses the earth? What if the military launches nuke packing rockets and blasts the rebellious rock to blithereens? Hurrah! The human race survives, but I’m dead. George will encourage my extinction when he discovers the debt I’ve dug. I’ll be forced to face my foibles and folly at the friendly customer service counter, which is none of the above. There, a team member named Charolesia P. who just signed on this morning after English class, will contact her supervisor about every UPC. Where is her supervisor? In India, of course, where Hillary Clinton Gave Birth To Her Alien Love Child, just as Sanjeev Billy Bob reported. Maybe nuking the asteroid is a bad idea.
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Guardian Ad Litem Needs You Special to Seniors Today Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program, announced that the Program has reached a milestone of 9,000 GAL volunteers providing a voice in court for Florida’s abused, abandoned, or neglected children. Guardian ad Litem volunteers advocate in court for the best interests of Florida’s children who are neglected, abused, abandoned. GAL volunteers ensure that during what is certainly the most difficult time in a child’s life, the child has a consistent advocate who listens to them, makes sure the court hears their voice and advocates for their needs. The GAL Program’s 9,000th volunteer is actually a group of seven individuals who characterize the exceptional quality of GAL volunteers in the GAL Program. The 9,000th volunteer is a student, in the Air Force, works in a law office, is 20 years old, is in their 60s, works in real estate, lives in South Daytona, lives in Coral Springs. They offer diverse backgrounds, ages, occupations, and
points of view, but all share a passion for children. The GAL Program is special because of the diversity and varied experiences all of our GAL volunteers bring to the table in advocating for children. In making the announcement Abramowitz stated, “Our 9,000th volunteer represents great progress in obtaining our goal of 100 percent representation for all of Florida’s dependent children. However, we know the only number that really matters is ONE. One voice, for one child, who needs one permanent, safe, and stable home. We hope many more potential GAL volunteers will make that one important decision to provide their time and passion for children and help us reach our goal—every child with an advocate—100 percent representation.”
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Elder Fraud: Protecting Yourself And Your Nest Egg Special to Seniors Today hile the elderly are often times targeted by scammers, there are ways you can protect yourself and those you care about. The Problem New fraud schemes emerge constantly and the scammers are relentlessly creative. Seniors may get official-sounding e-mails seeking a fee for a bogus service or collecting an inheritance. Homeowners are targeted with phony service calls. In one brazen scam, a criminal posing as a grandchild asks the senior to wire money to get the grandchild out of a jam. Caregivers and family members may try to take advantage of a senior’s dependence and ask the senior to sign papers that shift control to the caregiver, or simply forge the senior’s signature. Practical Tips For Protection Fortunately, seniors can understand the risks and protect themselves. Here are a few helpful tips. • Beware of robocalls; that is, a computerized message, instead of a person on the phone. • If anyone calls or e-mails you offering an opportunity to collect a prize by paying an up-front fee, remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it is. • Keep your Social Security number, credit card numbers, account PINs and other personal information to yourself. Your bank and other companies you do business with won’t call you to ask you to confirm this information. • Don’t be pressured. If you feel pressured to make a decision or purchase, or if you are unsure to whom you are talking, just say no and hang up. • Open your door only if you recognize the person there. • Never sign any document you don’t fully understand. If in doubt, ask a trust-
ed friend, family member or adviser. Never sign blank checks or forms. • Keep a close eye on bank statements, credit card bills, and invoices to spot any suspicious activity that could indicate identity theft. Requesting a free copy of your credit report annually (at www.annualcreditreport.com) is a good way to spot potential problems. • Shred your old bills and paperwork to make sure your information can’t be accessed by “dumpster diving” thieves. Make sure your mailbox is secure. • For home repair projects, always get a second estimate and call the companies’ references. Never pay for the work in advance—unscrupulous contractors may take the money and run. • Never use an untraceable wire service to transfer money. If you have to wire money, manage the transfer with your bank and make sure it can trace the recipient. Remain vigilant. If you think you or a loved one has been the target of elder fraud, contact the state’s Department of Consumer Protection to report the abuse. Being proactive about your own protection and safety is important for independent living.
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Healthy Meals Begin At Home oncern about health is leading some people back to the kitchen. With planning and a few shortcuts, it isn’t hard to prepare quick, easy meals that put you in charge of what and how much you eat. There are many ways to buy pre-prepared meals such as home delivery, takeout, drive-through, dining out, and deli. It seems that Americans are taking advantage of these and even depending on them. Some fifty-six percent of us eat out at least three dinners per week and forty percent eat at least four meals per week not prepared at home. What you eat does affect your risk for cancer and other chronic diseases. Healthy cooking means healthy eating. Including a variety of foods in our diet including 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day can reduce your risk of chronic disease by 20 percent. Combining a healthy diet with exercise and weight control can reduce your risk by 30 to 40 percent. The next step is controlling how much you eat. Portion size has gotten out of control. At the same time overweight and obesity has risen. By gradually cutting portion sizes, most people can stabilizes or even lose weight, without feeling deprived. Meals away from home have influenced our idea of proper portion sizes. Pumped up portions at lower prices gives a notion
Day Life …by Kathy M. Bryant that we are getting more value for our dollars. We also get more calories than one person needs. It boils down to this: If you want meals that have the right proportions, and include a variety of foods from the major food groups, you’re going to have to take preparation into your own hands. There are obstacles to preparing more homemade meals. I’m busy all day. When mealtime comes around I’m too tired to cook. Consider cooking large meals on the weekends and freezing in meal-size portions for use during the week. I’ve always depended on fast food and home delivery. I really don’t know how to cook. Anyone who can read a recipe can cook. Begin with simple recipes requiring just a few ingredients. Steer clear of exotic recipes until you master a few easy ones. Try viewing the food channel and get tips from some famous chefs. You may find that cooking at home is relaxing and fun. You’ll gain control over what your family eats, at least some of the time! Kathy M. Bryant is with the Volusia County Extension Office.
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What’s In The Stars For The Week Of April 28 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Putting yourself in someone else's shoes isn't easy for you. If you do it, you'll gain a better perspective of what you need to do to achieve your goals. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) There are still some problems you might have to deal with before moving on to your next project. It's good to accept help from those who share your objectives. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) It's time to recognize the difference between those who are truly concerned for you and those who simply plan to use your good nature to their advantage. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Depending on a promise made becoming a promise kept could be more than a mite unwise at this time. It's best to proceed on your own. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A recently revitalized relationship might not be quite what the Big Cat expected. Give yourself more time to deal with the changes. Good luck. VIRGO (August 23 to Sept. 22) A major change could prompt more adjustments. Some of them might be difficult to deal with. Hang in there, you'll be coasting to your next goal.
LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Your sense of justice prompts you to speak out against an unfair situation, even if you seem to be the only one who feels that way. Many others agree with you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Creating a fuss is not usually your style. That doesn't mean you should tolerate an ill-mannered attitude. Speak up for yourself, you'll earn others respect. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) You might have a few loose ends to tie up before you can stamp your project as complete. Once done, you might want to celebrate with someone special. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Disappointment darkens the Goat's mood. Close friends rally to pull you through. Use their confidence in you to rebuild your own self-esteem. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) An upcoming decision might be more difficult with inaccurate information. Best to recheck the data you have at hand to make a good decision. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) An offer you previously turned down might no longer be available. Do some checking around, you could find something else that would suit you just fine.
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Antiques Mr. Peanut by Larry Cox
Q: I have a Mr. Peanut novelty bracelet made of plastic and metal, probably from the 1960s. Do you have an idea what it is worth? —Rhonda, Albuquerque, NM A: Your Mr. Peanut bracelet is valued in the $25 to $35 range, depending on condition and style. There were several designs made of this bracelet, which usually were given away as premiums by the company. Other values include a Planter's Mr. Peanut display jar, $35; a plastic lapel pin, $15; and a ballpoint pen, $20. *** Q: I began collecting bottles as a teenager in Nevada. During the past 40 years, I have managed to find more than 400 bottles, many of them from saloons and pharmacies in Nevada. Since I now find myself downsizing, I would like to donate my collection to a museum or institution where it can be seen and enjoyed by others. —Sam, Las Vegas, NV A: I suggest you contact the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St.,
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Tails From The Front by Tyler Stover common issue many dog owners face is that they must leave for work each day, and cannot bring their beloved pet with them. For many dogs, this may mean up to 8-9 hours alone at the house. Some dogs adjust to this schedule very easily, but others may struggle with separation anxiety. In the worst cases, dogs may become abnormally loud and destructive in the household, or they may show signs of depression. If your dog shows signs of erratic or destructive behavior anytime you leave, this may be a sign of separation anxiety. Dogs
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help lighten the anxiety. The same goes for your return. Try to avoid touching your dog or giving them attention until they have a minute to calm down. This teaches them that your arrival is not a big deal. Never punish your dog for negative behavior stemming from separation anxiety. Punishment in these cases will usually increase your dog’s anxiety issues rather than encourage better behavior. Going to the bathroom in the house or showing destructive behavior in these cases is not due to disobedience improper training. Try to ease them into these situations by offering an interactive toy or treat that will keep them occupied for a while when
you leave the house. Start with shorter departures of just a few minutes and slowly extend the trips without pushing your dog too hard. Most of the separation anxiety is caused by the dog missing his owner speciﬁcally, not just from being alone, so leaving an item behind that smells like you may help your dog relax. If all else fails, you may look into a doggie day care or a friend that can visit your dog to help them get through the day.
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Tavernier made for the magazine during their cross-country assignment over a two-year period, 1873 and 1874. For readers around the world, these drawings brought to life the newly accessible territories, their diverse inhabitants, and the turbulent, changing frontier. Author Claudine Chalmers, an independent historian, focuses on the life and work of these two remarkable men as they visited such places as Pittsburgh, Missouri, Texas, the Neosho Valley in Kansas, Fort Gibson in presentday Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona, and Utah, eventually ending their journey in San Francisco during the summer of 1874. The illustrations in this book are extraordinary, from branding cattle in Texas to quarrying stone for the new Mormon Temple in Utah, and from Chinatown in San Francisco to encountering a prairie windstorm in Kansas. With pencil and woodblock, Frenzeny and Tavernier redefined American journalism and captured the American frontier as never before. Books reviewed in this column are available at your local bookstore.
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This Is A Hammer Drafty Windows by Samantha Mazzotta Q: Our front room windows have never been very good at keeping out drafts on windy nights, and in the summer, it's the hottest room in the house. Do we need to replace these windows? —Charlene T., via e-mail A: Drafty, leaky windows have a number of causes for—from warped or old frames to single-pane windows and more —but completely replacing the windows and frames can be quite costly. Your electric company may offer an energy audit kit—or can even send a professional to perform an energy audit—at low or no cost. A basic kit can determine that hot or cool air is escaping the house, while more detailed audits can determine where that air is escaping. Another way is to simply bring in a window replacement contractor to inspect the front-room windows, determine what's wrong and present an estimate for the cost of repair or replacement. This is the costliest option, so be certain the problem is severe enough to warrant window and/or frame replacement. Consider getting two or three estimates from different contractors to compare prices. In the long term, investing in new, higher-quality windows can save a lot in heat-
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Head And Ear Noise Annoying Dear Dr. Donohue: I have tinnitus. It sounds like roaring in my head. I take gabapentin for it. Do you know of anything else for it? —E.A. Answer: You have an affliction that would drive me crazy—tinnitus, a constant noise in one or both ears or the head that people describe in a variety of ways as ringing, whistling, buzzing, hissing, or roaring. An estimate of the number of Americans suffering from tinnitus (TIN-uh-tiss or tuh-NITE-iss) is somewhere between 16 million and 60 million. Tinnitus mostly happens to older people whose hearing is diminishing. Why tinnitus arises in them is explained by the fact that head noises are generated constantly. Outside noise entering the ears obliterates these internal noises. When deafness approaches, the volume of external noises greatly lessens, and the internal noises then become prominent and nerve-racking. If your hearing is growing dimmer, a hearing aid will help you hear more clearly and will dampen your tinnitus.
Other causes of tinnitus are as banal as a wax impaction in the eardrum, something easily taken care of by the family doctor. Drugs like aspirin and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (Aleve, Advil, Motrin) can bring on tinnitus if they are constantly used. If a cause cannot be determined, then other approaches have to be taken. A bedside radio tuned to a station that plays the kind of music you like can reduce the volume of tinnitus. Nighttime is the worst time for it. Tinnitus maskers, devices worn like a hearing aid, emit a constant sound that dulls tinnitus. Do get in touch with the American Tinnitus Association. It will provide you with a wealth of information on tinnitus and its treatments. You can reach the association online at www.ata.org. If you don't have a computer, surely a friend, neighbor, or relative does and can hook you up with the association. Readers may write Dr. Donohue or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.
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April 25, 2014—Seniors Today—Page B-7
Chicken Soup For The Soul A Little Piece Of Quiet uiet. This usually only happens for an hour or two. It's something I have only when my children go off to visit friends, or when my husband is out doing errands. To have the house to myself for a whole day is both delightful and perplexing. I find myself torn between doing something sensible, like scrubbing out cabinets, or doing something wicked, like looking for stashes of sweets. I should do something constructive, something for the family. Yet, I find myself drawn to doing me things, like taking a nap, and it's not even the afternoon yet. I would like to read a book from cover to cover. Then there are those dresses hanging in my closet, the ones that have been waiting patiently for those seven pounds to drop off. Trying them on requires privacy. I don't do any of those me things. Instead I organize the kitchen drawers. My mother tells me of the time when she enrolled me in preschool. “I'm going to use these few quiet hours and finally paint that dresser,” she had sighed to another mother. The other mother exclaimed: “Are you crazy? I'm going home to take a long soak in a bubble bath.” When I find myself surrounded by the family, I get things done. Now that it is quiet, I don't feel as productive. Do I only
function best with noise surrounding me? Do I need to have the hustle and bustle of the family to around me? When the youngest finally entered first grade, I realized that amazing possibilities lay ahead. I could paint the bathroom. Lounge in my pajamas. Take up the harmonica. Abandon common sense and binge on cheesecake. I did none of those things. I filled the hours with a part-time job. I confess—I couldn't face all that quiet at home. It was too quiet to me. I have had at least one child to account for and my husband to keep track of. It's going to take me awhile to reprogram myself to make decisions in solitude, while accomplishing something without the pressure of others demanding my attention. I need to get used to having peace in my quiet. So, in my quiet house, I am reminded of the maxim “Be careful what you wish for—you just might get it.” Today I have the quiet I so often longed for, and yes, it is pleasant. On the other hand, I realize that laughter, voices and the noise of my family fill up the empty corners of the house, making it a home. They are the sounds of love, the sounds that complete my peace. I realize it's just a piece of quiet I long for, more than peace and quiet.
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Businesses That Support The Seniors Of Our Community
ST PALs (Seniors Today Professional Advertising League) is a networking group organized by Seniors Today newspaper and made up of professional people in our community that all have businesses that serve our seniors. The group was the ﬁrst of its kind in this area, was formed over 15 years ago, and is the longest running networking group dedicated to seniors in the Volusia /Flagler area. ST PALS prides itself on constantly networking to improve senior resources, enrich senior lives, and provide quality services and care for our seniors. ST PALS is committed to meeting the needs of seniors in our community. The following is a list of professionals who share the ST PALs commitment. Please be sure to consider their businesses when you have the need for their services:
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