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The Senior Newspaper Serving Volusia & Flagler Counties For 21 Years—COMPLIMENTARY COPY

A Publication of Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. © 2012 Volume XXI – Issue 6

March 16, 2012

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Through An Artist’s Eye


ur nice city, Ormond Beach, Florida, is filled with all the arts of life that we hold dear. So often the artists who create lovely paintings, sculptures, storyboards, music, dancing, singing, and versions of famous Broadway shows, find a venue here. The Casements, originally John D, Rockefeller’s home is the place to be for art classes, exercise classes, cooking classes… you name it. Complete with all the amenities, The Casements is rented out for weddings, social events, memorials, business meetings, and seminars. Plans are underway for art classes aimed at serious art students at the 4th and 5th grade levels, to prepare them for a future in their chosen field. Rockefeller Gardens is the perfect sketching area. The Gardens is also where Memorial Day, the Native American Festival and special events are held. Much is known about John D. but I recently heard that Rockefeller had a search team out looking for the most healthy place for him to live and they came up with the location of the Casements in Ormond Beach. The Performing Arts Center (OBPA) is home to Show Club Follies, Kopy Kats, Theatre Workshop and Children’s Musical Theatre and is available for concerts and other performances. Like everything else, there comes a time for remodeling and that required OBPA to allow the painting over of some special artwork that was placed on the walls by a young artist, Lucinda Carpenter, some years ago. The painters seemed reluctant to cover the work, recognized and enjoyed by children who grew to adulthood with the artistic renderings as background for their special talents. That art is not lost, however, as it was captured in photographs of numerous special events.

The city provided the land for the National League of American Pen Women to build a labyrinth on Hammock Lane in Central Park. A labyrinth is like a puzzle. I had to think about what that meant to us so I researched and came to the conclusion that the words of Alex Pattrakos, Ph.D were especially descriptive: “ …In so many ways, the labyrinth is like life. The cen-

You Name It …by Kitty Maiden

ter is there but our path takes us through countless twists and turns. Sometimes we are at the heart of our life experiences, sometimes we are at a playful turn, sometimes we share our path with others, sometimes we don't. No matter what, we are still on the labyrinth. It holds all our experiences in life and also in our work."

Lucinda Carpenter, 2003, preparing for her artwork in O.B. Performing Arts Center

One thing I enjoyed when we came to Ormond Beach many years ago was crossing the bridge at Christmastime and seeing Christmas trees trimmed with blue lights glittering in the middle of the river, reflecting their beauty in the water. So many things have changed and improved since then, but the memories are still there and always will be. ST Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.

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What’s Happening Around Town… 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., April 12; Sat., May 19; and Thurs., June 14. For information, call Sherry at 386-6773581, ext. 311. This is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to take a break!

Travel Club You are invited to join a new travel club sponsored by High Performance Cruise & Travel. There is no membership fee and you will receive a quarterly newsletter. The meeting will be held Wed., Mar. 28 from 9:30–11 A.M. at the Daytona Beach Municipal Golf Course Club House Restaurant. Featured guest speaker will be Mel Figueroa, District Sales Manager from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The seminar is free and breakfast is on your own. Please call 386-252-4423 or e-mail danny@highperformancetra for an application

Seniors Today Spring Fling Fling into spring! The Seniors Today newspaper once again is hosting a day of entertainment, fun, food, exhibits, door prizes, and more. This fun-filled event is totally free and open to all seniors on Tuesday, March 20. Come any time from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. All this fun takes place at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road in South Daytona. Bring a friend and enjoy a free lunch! To find out more, call Seniors Today at 386-677-7060.

Assisted Living Help Did you know that Long Term Care Insurance can help pay for Assisted Living? You are invited to a free seminar at Grand Villa, 535 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach and presented by Lou Espada Jr., Allstate Specialist on Wednesday, March 21 at 11 A.M. Get all the details on Long Term Care Insurance and have your questions answered. Refreshments served. This seminar is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 386-868-0717.

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Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 724 Big Tree Rd. in South Daytona sponsors a “Lunch Bunch” every Thurs. beginning at 12 noon. Just $4 gets you lunch and bingo with non-monetary prizes. Reservations are required by noon the Tuesday prior. Please call 386-7676542, Tue. thru Fri. for reservations.

Come and enjoy a free luncheon as you learn how to make decisions that will benefit your family from now on. You will also receive a free Wills Planner Guide on Thurs., April 5 from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Florida Hospital Flagler, 60 Memorial Medical Pkwy., Palm Coast. Attorney Marc Dwyer will be there to answer your questions and you will also receive a copy of the multimedia book, Provide & Protect. For details or to RSVP, call 386-586-4440.

Easter Services You are invited to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona for Easter services. Maundy Thursday service is offered April 5 at 11 A.M. and 6 P.M.; Good Friday, April 6 at 6 P.M.; and April 8, Easter Sunday at 8 A.M. and 10 A.M. Bring the grandkids at 10 A.M. for Kidstuf and an Easter Egg Hunt during the service. For more information, please call 386-767-6542.

Digestive Health Dr. Ramon Gutierrez, Doctor of Oriental Medicine will host a free seminar on April 2 from 12:45–1:45 P.M. on the benefits of acupuncture for digestive health at the YMCA of Port Orange, 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange. Dr. Gutierrez will discuss success stories with a variety of digestion disorders including, but not limited to, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, IBS, and chronic inflammation. Seating is limited. Please call 386-675-8406 to RVSP. You may also visit: YourPain

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Long-Term Care Do you know the true answers to questions about long-term care costs? You are invited to a free informational workshop on government benefits and planning for payment of long-term care presented by Scott Selis of The Chiumento-Selis-Dwyer Attorneys At Law at 2 P.M. on April 10 in Daytona Beach and April 11 in Palm Coast. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Call 386-868-5337 to RSVP.

Shores Senior Center Looking for some fun activities and a way to meet new friends? Then come to the Daytona Beach Shores Community Center at 3048 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores. There are activities for all ages and you can registers for the new Group Personal Training class now being offered. For details, call 386-763-7597.

Parkinson’s Association The Parkinson Association of Daytona Beach is pleased to announce that Dr. Roger Accardi, PharmD, with Accardi Clinical Pharmacy will address its association member group with an open forum called Ask The Pharmacist allowing people with Parkinson’s the opportunity to ask questions regarding different medications used to treat symptoms of the disease. The event will be held at Bishop’s Glen Retirement Center at 900 LPGA Blvd. in Holly Hill on Wednesday March 28, 2012 from 2–3:30 P.M. Seating is limited—reservations for this event are required. To RSVP or more information, call Vince Kinsler at 386676-6375.

Pilots Go Italian The Pilot Club of the Halifax Area will host the 2nd Annual Pilots Go Italian Spaghetti Dinner at Central Baptist, 142 Fairview Avenue, Daytona Beach on Sat., March 24 from 4–6 P.M. You can enjoy a fun two hours with vocals by Joe Cerio, Spaghetti dinner, divine chocolate desserts, and an Italian gift basket drawing. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 under age 5 and over 70, for either dine in or carry out. Contact: joy or Cindy at 386547-0335. The Pilot Club is committed to Brain Health and serving the community through it’s fundraising projects.

Support Group Caregiver Support The Council on Aging offers several dementia caregiver support groups each month throughout Volusia County. Respite Care is provided at all Council on Aging Support Groups for those in the early to mid-stage of dementia. Please call 386-253-4700, ext. 204 for all locations, times, and dates of the meetings. 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. Alzheimer Support Are you taking care of your loved one? The A.C.E.S. (Alzheimer Caregiver Education & Support) offer caregivers support and practical care suggestions and tips for everyday living. The group meets the 2nd Saturday each month at Our Lady Of Lourdes, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach. For more information, call 386-214-3833.

Changes To Power Of Attorney Law


he law regarding durable powers of attorney changed dramatically on October 1, 2011. Many of the provisions in the new law affect only powers of attorney signed after October 1, but it is wise to execute a power of attorney following the new law in order to be certain the power of attorney will be honored. The highlights (some of which apply only to powers of attorney signed after October 1, 2011) are: 1. A power of attorney cannot be general. It must list every power that the agent is able to exercise. 2. Unless signed in a state that does not require witnesses, or signed as a military form, it must be signed by two witnesses. 3. It must be effective when signed; it cannot become enforceable upon a certification of incapacity. 4. Unless it says otherwise, a photocopy or electronically transmitted copy is as effective as the original. 5. Unless it says otherwise, if more than one agent is named, either can act alone. 6. Powers such as creating trusts; amending, revoking, or terminating trusts; making certain gifts; creating or changing rights of survivorship; creating or changing beneficiary designa-

tions; disclaiming rights to receive assets as beneficiary of estates or survivor annuities must be initialed by the person making the power of attorney.

Elder Law …by Michael A. Pyle

7. If a third party rejects a power of attorney for a transaction authorized by the power, and for which the principal had authority, there are time limits to provide notice of rejection. If the third party improperly refuses to acknowledge a valid power, the third party can be liable for damages, attorney’s fees and costs. This statute represents significant changes in the law authorizing durable powers of attorney. While prior powers of attorney remain valid, there is a concern that a third party could refuse to honor an older one when they do not see the current requirements. Attorney Michael A. Pyle, of Pyle & Dellinger, PL, 1655 North Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite 1, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32117 Telephone: 386-6159007. E-mail: or

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by Peggy Goldtrap


s there rehab for an ice cream addict, or is the condition terminal? My addiction started in childhood. My father got me hooked on the ice-cold, vanilla sweetness combined with crunchycrispness. The soda shop was at the bottom of a hill, and we’d walk the route every night in the summer, just the two of us on an adventure. Special times, and most certainly special memories. Unfortunately, the affections and confections of childhood do not translate to adulthood. Ice cream, custards, gelatoes, sherberts, yogurts, and their accouterments end up on derrieres. I love ice cream, and I crave frozen yogurt. I’m a plain vanilla girl and proud of it. When ‘my friends’ go on sale at the grocery, I cast aside all goal setting, moral fortitude, and will power. From ‘pounds’ of experience I know, beyond a shadow of doubt, that I cannot, should not, must not allow myself to be anywhere near a dairy freezer, but BOGO or a 2-for-half-price can erase conscience or consciousness. My descent into a frozen Hell begins with a lie. I tell myself: ‘George needs this. It’s good for him. It’s not fair that he can’t enjoy his milk shakes, just because I’m Our Lady of Perpetual Diets. My good-intention is to buy the frozen vanilla yogurt for GAG, and maybe, every so often, from time to time, I’ll have a small serving just to be sociable. Oh yes, GAG likes chocolate syrup with his milk shake, so I’ll get two bottles; another BOGO! I’m so thrifty. Aha, small size cones are onsale. They’re so light and airy and practically transparent, almost-zero calories.’ My sanity is brief. Scooping a humongous, gigantic, piled to the heavens serving for GAG, I watch the chocolate syrup meander seductively between the crests and valleys of the white mountain. Stoically, I count my Weight Watcher points for one-half cup serving of low-fat, vanilla yogurt. One-half cup looks pitiful and forlorn, weak and anemic. Onehalf means another half is missing, so I use the back of my spoon to smash the onehalf cup into a hard-as-concrete ball. My cup runneth over. An addict’s mind is capable of Eisteinian contortions. Older women need calcium, right? Osteoporosis is a major health problem, so the more calcium I get the healthier my bones, right? Yogurt is packed with belly-biotic-stuff that aids digestion. Scientists have discovered that people need fat to keep skin smooth and supple. I’m hooked on a bone building, yummy tummy, anti-wrinkle comfort food. Life is good.

Eventually, I reason that by skipping breakfast and snacking at lunch my daily calorie allowance is in deficit. No doubt, a half carton of frozen yogurt for supper fulfills requirements. Besides, a recent medical report said that a glass of milk before bedtime aids sleep. Why should I join the ranks of the sleep-deprived when a cup, a large container, a pail, a turkey roaster full of ice cold, sweet dripping vanilla creaminess can soothingly transport me to the arms of Morpheus.

Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap Daily tensions, stress, worry, anxiety, hideous brown spots, hair loss, eye problems, political campaigns, nail fungus, maladies of epic proportions can all be calmed by a carton of velvety. Happiness, depression, anxiety, anger, empathy, celebration, any and all emotional turmoil can be eased by ‘spoonfuls of sedatives.’ I’d have to wear a hockey mask 24/7 to keep me from reaching into the freezer. My only defense is to never, ever bring ice cream or frozen yogurt or chocolate syrup home. Cones of any size or shape make me lie, cheat, deny reality. That carton of sweet sin is stronger than I am. Hundreds of times, I’ve scooped and jammed only to see a small, lonely portion left in the carton; certainly not enough for a full serving. I can’t waste it, that’s immoral. What to do? Only one choice, eat half of my serving, then go back to the freezer, scoop and give the ‘tiny dollop’ a new home. Promises are worthless. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve sworn, and doubledog vowed to go on the wagon, I’d be a gazillionaire. Someday, my family will find me, stone cold on the sidewalk in front of a creamy dairy den of iniquity; empty Styrofoam cups by my side; milk tracks running down my crepey neck, splintered plastic spoons supplying stark evidence of a chaotic attempt to lick to the last; thousands of crusty crumbles coating my sticky clothing offering testimony of an out-of-‘cone’trol binge. Cause of death? Brain freeze. ST

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A Unique Approach To Shingles


aricella-Zoster virus (VRZ) is known to cause two diseases: chickenpox (varicella) and shingles (herpes zoster). Chickenpox is a common contagious disease of children that usually has a benign course. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of latent VZV, commonly seen over age 50. Weakening of the immune system from aging can make people more susceptible to shingles. A particular problem is that patients with the disease go on to have persistent pain afterwards known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). With about one quarter of these patients still experiencing pain after one full year. The risk of post herpetic neuralgia increases with age. It can be as high as 50 percent in patients over 60 years of age and 75 percent in those over 75 years of age. According to a study in the British Journal Of General Practice, patients treated with the most popular antiviral and corticosteroids, versus placebo, have not had any statistically significant reduction in pain after one months of treatment. Perhaps this is why more patients are considering alternative and complimentary forms of treatments in addition to care provided by their primary care physicians. Acupuncture, for example, can stimulate the immune system. One research study shows significant increase in CD3 and CD4 values after acupuncture treatment. (Journal Of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1998 March.)

By the time most PHN patients seek help, their condition has become chronic. They have both primary and secondary pain. The primary arises from pain from shingles that damage the nerve, causing spontaneous firing of the nerve fibers. The secondary comes from muscle tension due to chronic postural deviation such as guarding and adaptation.

Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Ramol Gutierrez, D.O.M. Acupuncture Physician Acupuncture along the damaged nerve route can depolarize the abnormal electrical imbalance; thus correcting or reducing the spontaneous firing of nerve impulses. Furthermore, scarring created by the shingles can cause adhesion called fibrosis along the nerve route. Physical therapy techniques such as soft tissue work can accelerate healing by softening the adhesion and reducing the choking effects of nerve entrapment. Acupuncture combined with electrical stimulation can likewise change the permeability of the local tissue, improve circulation, and change polarity of the electrical imbalance thereby stimulating tissue healing. Don’t think twice… help is just around the corner! For more information, please feel free to call 386-615-4800.

Stop Pain Now With Acupuncture and Physical Therapy A World Of Difference! By William Lendemer “I had an outbreak of shingles. My left forehead, eyebrow, and eyelid were very itchy and tender. I tried everything including Preparation H which didn’t do anything. Finally, I went to ARC and told the staff that the itching around the eye was about a 10 plus on the scale. After just a few acupuncture treatments, I could not believe the reduction in symptoms that I felt. For the first time in a long while, I was able to sleep without favoring only one side of my head. It’s been a life changing experience for me!”

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Please Join The Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation for a FREE Luncheon Seminar: The Provide & Protect seminar will show you how to make decisions that will benefit your family from now on. When you attend this FREE luncheon seminar you benefit in several ways: • Attorney Marc Dwyer of Chiumento Selis Dwyer, PA, will be there to answer your questions. • You will receive lunch and a FREE copy of the multimedia book, Provide & Protect. • Attendees will also receive a FREE Wills Planner Guide and complimentary Online Wills Planner account.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You're correct to want to help someone who seems to need assistance. Be careful that they aren’t pulling the wool over those gorgeous Sheep's eyes. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your Bovine optimism will soon dispel the gloom cast by those naysayers and pessimists. That good news you received is part of a fuller message to come. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Feeling jealous over a colleague's success drains the energy you need to meet your own challenges. Wish them well, and focus on what you need to do. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You're likely to feel somewhat Crabby these days, so watch what you say, or you could find yourself making apologies. Your mood starts to brighten. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your pride might still be hurting from those unflattering remarks made about you. Cheer up, you're about to prove once again why you're the Top Cat. VIRGO (August 23 to Sept. 22) A misunderstanding with a co-worker could become a real problem unless it's resolved soon. Allow a third party to come in and assess the situation.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Call a family meeting to discuss the care of a loved one at this difficult time. Be careful not to let yourself be pushed into shouldering the full burden on your own. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) An upcoming decision could open the way to an exciting venture. There are some risks you should know about. Ask more questions before making a commitment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Personal matters need your attention during the earlier part of the week. You can start to shift your focus to your workaday world by midweek. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) You've been going at a hectic pace for quite a while. It's time now for some much-needed rest and recreation to recharge those hardworking batteries. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) This is a good time to upgrade your current skills or consider getting into an entirely different training so that you are prepared for new career opportunities. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Keep a low profile in order to avoid being lured away from the job at hand. Focus on what has to be done, and do it. There'll be time later to enjoy fun. ST

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012.• 9:30–11 A.M. Clubhouse Restaurant, 600 Wilder Blvd., Daytona Beach RSVP Required • 386-252-4423 Mel Figueroa, District Sales Manager from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will be our guest speaker.

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The Follies Return Special to Seniors Today


pring has come to Florida again and with it the azaleas are in bloom, the sand is warming on the beaches, and the much anticipated annual production of Follies is about to ring back the curtain. The Follies, which opens on March 23 and runs for four performances through March 25 at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, is directed, produced, and performed annually by local talent and has become recognized as some of the best entertainment to be had in the area. Based on the burlesque formula of the early 20th century the show tips its hat to the Ziegfeld Follies —though with a no frills local budget —and offers a kaleidoscope of dances, songs, and comedic sketches. One of the highlights of this year's show is a medley of song and dance that takes a look at wet feet as a staple in the entertainment world. Starting with a duet from Off-Broadway's longest running musical, The Fantastics, to a choral rendition of the timeless Singing In The Rain, to a fast paced choreographed version of the 80s disco staple It's Raining Men, done with all the energy of a real Florida cloud burst.

Other numbers by the award winning Jerome DeVito of South Beach Dance Studio going from dream airline stewardesses to transylvanian townsfolk dancing away the nightmare of a monster on the loose. The Follies chorus, under the direction of Marty McCamley, revisits some beautiful standards and of course there's the perennial rousing tribute to our armed forces through song. This year's production is being directed by Bruce Heighley, who's recent run of Over The River And Through The Woods brought the house down at the Flagler Playhouse. ST All seats are $15. Reserve your seats by calling the Ormond Beach Performing Arts box office at 386-676-3375.

The National Award-Winning Follies Dancers Will Perform On Their Hometown Stage

Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center US 1 at Wilmette Ave. Fri., Mar. 23, 7:30 P.M. • Sat., Mar. 24—2:30 & 7:30 P.M. & Sun. Mar. 25—2:30 P.M. Tickets $15 • All Seats Reserved Call The Box Office At: 386-676-3375

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • 11 am • What is Long Term Care Insurance? • What is the REAL cost? • What are the types of Long Term Care Policies? • What does Long Term Care Insurance Cover? • Will Long Term Care pay for Assisted Living?

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ne popular sales technique is to let customers try it before they buy it, otherwise known as the trial offer. This is when the customer can test a product or service for a certain period of time for a small charge, or even no charge at all. This is meant to be a chance to see if the purchase is right for you before you commit a lot of money to it. You have to be careful, though. Trial offers are not always what they seem to be and can have surprise conditions tucked away in the fine print. First you have to determine if the company you are dealing with is trustworthy. A legitimate company will be easy to contact. The company should be straightforward in all parts of the transaction. You should be given a description of exactly what is being offered in the trial offer and the later full purchase. What are the cost, benefits, restrictions, payment options, and cancellation policy? When you consider the trial offer, pay attention to the details like: • The date the trial offer starts and ends. • Limitations on your use of the service or product during the trial period. • How frequently you will receive the service or product. • If you are trying out a product, what is the return policy and who pays for the shipping to return it?

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You need to be especially careful when it comes time for the trial offer period to end. Make sure to mark your calendar and decide whether you like the product or service before that date. Make sure you understand all the terms of the offer before you agree to the trial.

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…Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson You may feel safe in letting the trial period expire without canceling if you didn’t give your financial information when you signed up for the offer. However, if you’ve had dealings with the company in the past, the company may already have your information on file. You could be surprised by an unexpected charge once the trial offer is over. This will then force you to take several extra steps to resolve the problem. Always call to cancel the service. You should always review your bank and credit card statements every month, as a matter of habit. This will keep surprise charges from building up over time. You can check out a company before you agree to a trial offer by contacting the Better Business Bureau. If you run into problems, make sure to report any wrongdoing. ST

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ong ago, when we were newly married, my husband and I were invited to a 50th wedding anniversary party. The celebrants, Max and Molly, were neighbors of my parents. I can still remember stepping into the grand ballroom of a city hotel and being dazed by all I saw: chandeliers, women in gorgeous gowns ablaze with bugle beads, and a huge orchestra playing the kind of music one hears in dreams. At some signal, the orchestra suddenly struck up the familiar The Anniversary Waltz. Then, with infinite grace and tenderness, Max led his Molly to the center of the dance floor, and they began gliding back and forth, letting the music gently carry them. Such an abstraction to newlyweds. Such an unfathomable number. Ahead of us, waiting in the wings, was life. And we created it together, year by year, experience by experience and, as it turned out, baby by baby. Then those children left us. Cars and homes got smaller again. It was back to just the two of us. After so many balls in the air, it took some getting used to. The quiet seemed to climb the walls, until grand-

children came along and brought with them their joyful noise. How we welcomed it! Our marriage reached a new plateau, rich with something more permanent, something built on respect and a wonderful deep, deep connection. We have walked on beaches as the sun was setting... and wondered how we ever got so lucky. Now it's our turn to mark 50 years. How can it be? What happened to all those days and nights, weeks and months, years and decades? For our golden anniversary, there will be no ivory invitations to a dinner dance in a ballroom. The gifts we exchange will be meaningful, but we've never been much for lavish. We surely recognize, at this 50-year mark, that being married gives us a history that is ours alone. Maybe this 50th anniversary will be marked by some family party, small and plain. That's the vibe we'd want. Then it will be home again, because home is our happiest place now, our shelter from the storms. I say that in joy, not regret. If we can possibly find an old recording of The Anniversary Waltz, maybe we'll play it. And dance in the living room. ST

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ave you ever noticed how much food goes to waste? It has been noted that the average American family throws out about $1,600 dollars worth of food a year. We could certainly save money and help reduce the food waste by just following a few smart shopping and cooking tips. To begin with, plan your shopping trips. Start with a list of what you need. Check your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to see what you already have and list the items you really need. Use grocery ads and in-store flyers to find items on sale. Use coupons only for foods you would normally buy or for new items you really want to try. Fresh vegetables and fruit are great but stay away from pre-cut fresh foods as you can save money by cutting your own. Select canned over fresh if you cannot use produce before it spoils. Compare prices of store brands and national brands. The former often cost less and are of equal quality. Only buy what you can consume before it goes bad or expires. Check the shelf label for the unit price and buy the larger package it is cheaper. Store food properly to keep it safe. Freeze foods that won’t be used right away. Chop and store fresh fruits in the freezer for use in smoothies and freeze leftover vegetables to use later in soups and casseroles.

Consider the following in cooking: Stretch ingredients over multiple meals to avoid waste and save money. Add leftover vegetables to pasta or combine to make a salad.


Life …by Kathy M. Bryant Transform leftovers into a new meal, for example, leftover mashed potatoes could be combined with broth with other vegetables to make a hearty soup. Consider making leftovers lunch for the next day either at work or home. Adapt recipes to fit your needs. Make changes to recipes based on the foods you have on hand, including leftovers in your fridge. Adopt several or all of these practices to help reduce the food waste in your home and save money too. ST

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Plastic holiday tablecloths can be a festive addition to any family celebration. But what to do if you unpack yours and it's wrinkled? Get those wrinkles out in a hurry with a hair dryer. Set the hair dryer to a low setting, and gently run the warm air over the wrinkles. Then smooth and set the table. To freshen rugs without the heavy perfume smell of store-bought brands, simply sprinkle a little baking soda on your carpet and let it sit for about 10 minutes before vacuuming. Wrap the lint from your dryer in 6inch strips of wax paper. Roll it up, twist both ends and you have a perfect fire starter. “For light and unbelievably fluffy pancakes, try subbing the water in your recipe with club soda. Yummo.” —E.S. in Florida “Add a few drops of water to votive cups before adding a candle. The wax

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Veteran’s Post Post-Deployment Brain Tests by Freddie Groves


ilitary personnel that have served in Iraq or Afghanistan should have been given a post-deployment test specific to Traumatic Brain Injury, in addition to the standard post-deployment health assessments. In 2008, Congress mandated that all military personnel be given tests of brain function before and after being deployed. Initial tests would set a baseline. The after tests would show differences and discrepancies, if any, and anyone needing care for TBI would get it. National Public Radio, in conjunction with ProPublica, conducted an investigation into how all that testing-plustreatment was working out for veterans. What NPR and ProPublica discovered was that while most military personnel (millions) were given the tests pre-deployment, a scant few got the tests later—when it would matter the most. The test, called Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric, either was or wasn't designed to reveal TBI, depending on whom you ask. (If

the media stories are correct, no other test was considered because the Army itself developed the program.) Some medical types thought that any test was better than none, especially if the after test was done quickly. Others wanted to wait until the right test came along, so after test results were ignored. The Army wants a good test so it wants to compare others that are available—which will take years. Meanwhile, how many cases of mild TBI won't be diagnosed? To read the long NPR story go to: and put “Military's BrainTesting Program a Debacle” in the search box. Follow the links in the article to the companion piece on ProPublica, Brain Wars. For another version of this story, go online to Stars And Stripes at www. and put “Testing program fails soldiers” in the search box. ST Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail to

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f the diagnosis is Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer's disease, would you want to be told? Does it matter whether it's about you, or about a family member? Does that make you change your mind? Dozens of studies were brought together to explore all facets of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease. One of the studies revealed that between 30 percent and 60 percent of doctors don't disclose a diagnosis if it's dementia for fear of causing additional stress in both the patient and the families. Patients with MCI who already have stress didn't get any worse after being told the diagnosis, and sometimes the stress levels went down for both the patients and their families. Families and patients want to know that the memory or behavior problems have a name, a diagnosis. Three-quarters of individuals in another study said it was important to know so they can explore all possible treatments and plan for the future.

When it comes to Alzheimer's, 93 percent of people want the diagnosis disclosed if it's about them. The reasons were possible early treatment and the basic right to know, as well as planning for assistance and learning to cope. Only 76 percent of families felt that the diagnosis should be revealed to the patient —which means there could be Alzheimer's patients who won't get told, if the families have their way. Now the issue of labeling has taken a turn: It's been proposed that many patients who've been diagnosed with very mild and mild Alzheimer's could more rightly be labeled as having Mild Cognitive Impairment, based on their ability to carry out daily activities. ST

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Gout: The King Of Diseases And The Disease Of Kings

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out is caused by the deposit of uric acid crystals in the joints, resulting in severe swelling and pain. This disease mostly affects men between the ages of 30 and 45 and women between 55 and 70. Gout is commonly seen in people who are obese and suffer from diabetes or hyperlipidemia. Uric acid, a substance from the breakdown of purine from food or our own body, usually dissolves in our blood, passing through the kidneys, and then excreted though urine. However, if the body produces more uric acid than the kidneys can excrete, the uric acid can accumulate in the joints and kidneys. When uric acid builds up in our joints, creating urate crystals, it can trigger intense swelling and pain. This process can occur in almost any joint such as ankles, knees, or elbows. However the big toe is usually the first one to be affected. A gout attack is normally very sudden and is triggered by fluctuations in serum uric acid, produced by excessive intake of certain foods and alcohol, trauma, or diuretic therapy. A person can go to bed feeling fine and wake up with an excruciating painful, hot, and swollen big toe. Between attacks, the patient can feel

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On March 23, 1836 the U.S. Mint unveils its first steam-powered press. The new-fangled contraption helped crank out coins more efficiently. On March 25, 1911, at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York's Lower East Side, a fire quickly engulfs the factory and claims 146 lives. Because management had locked the exit doors, many of the garment workers either expired from asphyxiation or leapt from windows. The factory's owners were eventually found guilty on charges of manslaughter. On March 20, 1920, Bugatti delivers its first car to a customer. The Bugatti was a symbol of wealth and status. The renowned American dancer Isadora Duncan was riding in a Bugatti when her trademark long scarf caught in a rear wheel of the vehicle, and she was instantly strangled to death. On March 22, 1947, President Harry Truman issues an executive decree establishing a sweeping loyalty inves-

tigation of federal employees in every department and agency. It uncovered only a few whose loyalty could be reasonably doubted. On March 19, 1952, the one-millionth Jeep is produced. The name "Jeep" is reportedly derived from the Army's 1941 request that car manufacturers develop a General Purpose vehicle. G.P. turned to Jeep somewhere along the battle lines. On March 21, 1971, The Andromeda Strain, the first movie to use computer animation, opens. The sci-fi thriller, featuring scientists racing against time and an alien virus, was the first of many films to be made from a Michael Crichton book. On March 24, 1989, the worst oil spill in U.S. territory begins when the supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in Alaska. An estimated 11 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the water, polluting more than 700 miles of coastline. ST

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eciding to add a pet to your family is a big decision. Many factors should be considered before bringing a pet into your home. One must remember that pets are a long-term commitment. It is important to find a pet that matches your personality and energy level. Luckily, at Halifax Humane Society and many other animal shelters, there are trained professionals ready to help you through the process. Take your time when looking for a pet. Do not become discouraged if you are unable to find the perfect match on your first trip to the animal shelter. Try not to judge animals on their personality when inside a cage, where they may be nervous or scared. Instead, spend as much time as possible with animals outside of their cage, as they tend to behave much differently when they are in a more comfortable environment. Find the pet that matches your life-style and home environment. If you are looking for a large dog, it is best to have a big yard, or have the time and ability to take the dog on long walks or to a park to get it enough exercise. If you work long hours, you need to find a pet that does not require constant attention to avoid loneliness. You will also need to consider how you will train the dog if you are gone for long periods of time during the day. Halifax Humane Society can help match you to a pet. We offer individual counseling from our professional staff to anyone looking for a pet. We also have begun the use of Canine-ality and Feline-ality, which are two components of the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program. These programs work by using performing a series of assessments on each dog or cat to determine their personality traits, and then having potential adopters complete a survey. The results are used to match adopters to a pet that is a good fit with their personality and lifestyle. Let our staff help you find the perfect companion and it will bring a new joy to your home! ST

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ccording to Mayo Clinic, trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve which carries feeling and sensations from the face to the brain. Trigeminal neuralgia affects women more often than men, and is more commonly occurring in people older than the age of fifty. Initially, trigeminal neuralgia occur in short mild attacks progressing to longer more frequent bouts of pain. Mild stimulation to the face will trigger bouts of trigeminal neuralgia. The symptoms often associated with trigeminal neuralgia pain include twinges of mild facial pain, severe episodes of shooting pain similar to an electric shock, several attacks lasting days, weeks, or months, chronic pain in cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, eye, or forehead and pain affecting one side of your face at a time. Trigeminal neuralgia may occur as a result of aging, in accordance with multiple sclerosis, or any other related disorder that damages the myelin sheath protecting trigeminal nerves. In some cases, a tumor compressing the nerve can trigger pain during daily activities such as shaving, eating, drinking, brushing teeth, talking, and smiling. Noninvasive trigeminal neuralgia treatments that alleviate pain include acupuncture, ice packs (acute) and warm compresses, resting the jaw, eating soft foods,

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ey there Music Lovers! Still got that old band instrument stashed somewhere in the house? A trombone lurking in the attic? Or, maybe a clarinet or trumpet hiding in the back of a closet? If you have a love of band music, used to play back in the day, and/or are in the process of deciding whether to turn that French Horn into a lamp, a planter, or to put it on the front lawn for the annual yard sale, then there’s good news for you! The Daytona Beach Concert Band is presently seeking members to help fill out its ranks. We number about 30-40 musicians of brass, woodwinds and percussion, and are constantly on the lookout for woodwind/brass players and percussionists. First, a little history: The Daytona Beach Concert Band (DBCB, as it is known amongst its members) is in its twentieth year of activity around the greater Daytona area. Preparations are now being made for our annual Spring Concert to be held in Ormond on April 15th and the annual Memorial Day Tribute held at the Casements, also in Ormond. Founded in 1982 by Ed Lewis (the Bandmaster), the band attracts players from New Smyrna, Flagler, Palm Coast, and even Plant City. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7–9

P.M. The rehearsal facility—kindly provided by Mr. Lewis is located on the southeast corner of Ridgewood and Madison in Daytona. As a non-profit organization, the band is self-supporting, but does gratefully accept and acknowledge its financial supporters. The cost of maintaining our rehearsal facility, copy machine, vast music library (donated back during the demise of the original Daytona Municipal Band), and inventory of instruments all add up, especially in today’s economy. Any kind of help toward the support and continuation of live band music in our area is greatly appreciated. Most of the folks who play with the band are retirees, some are snow birds, but all have a deep and abiding love of playing good music. Several have professional credits to their name, others are retired music teachers, some have studied music at the college level, many are amateur players, others have had a hiatus from playing for as long as 20-30 years. It is a cohesive, fun group with which to play, and the ensemble improves itself on a regular and on-going basis. ST If you would like to join us please contact: Don Travis, dtravis@cfl.rr. com Mary Brammall, mnbrammall@google or Gordon Russell, g.russ68 to set up an audition.

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Q: I have posters that are souvenirs from two political conventions, the 1988 Democratic Convention in Atlanta and the 1988 Republican Convention in New Orleans. Each poster states they were printed on recycled paper gathered from the convention floor. They are commemorative prints, and I wonder if they have any value. —Virginia, New Port Richey, FL A: I spoke to several serious collectors of political memorabilia, and they

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Answers 1. The Shirelles, both in 1961. The songs reached Number 4 and Number 8 on the chart, respectively. 2. Sir Thomas John Woodward saw his first U.K. chart topper with It’s Not Unusual in 1965, which was only the second song released by the Welshborn singer. It reached Number 10 in the United States. 3. In 1973, at the Coventry in Queens, New York. There were few people in the audience, it’s said. 4. Donna Summer. The extended version of Try Me on her 1976 Love Trilogy disco album ran 18 minutes. 5. Former Beatles John Lennon wrote the song in 1969. This was his first solo effort. It only reached Number 14 on the chart. 6. Berlin, in 1982. ST


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Medicare Advantage Plan NAPSA ith 2012 well under way, many Medicare beneficiaries have some experience using their health care benefits and may be starting to realize what they like—and dislike—about their coverage. The following tips can help enrollees maximize their coverage in 2012: 1. Leverage the plan’s additional benefits. Medicare Advantage plans cover all of the preventive services covered by Original Medicare, such as certain cancer screenings and an annual wellness checkup, usually at no additional out-of-pocket cost to the member. Many Medicare Advantage plans also provide additional benefits that can help beneficiaries maintain or enhance their health, such as gym memberships, disease management programs, and 24/7 access to registered nurses. 2. Take advantage of cost savings on prescription drugs. Beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes drug coverage should check their plan details to see if they could save money on their prescriptions, such as by using mail-order pharmacy benefits, switching to generic or lower-tier drugs or taking advantage of special programs available with some plans. 3. Stay in network as much as possible. Most Medicare Advantage plans negotiate special pricing with doctors and pharmacies, which meaning lower costs for mem-


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bers. Beneficiaries should use in-network doctors and pharmacies to save money. 4. Look for extra plan discounts on everyday health care items and services. Medicare Advantage enrollees can rack up valuable savings by taking advantage of discounts on things they already use, such as hearing aids. 5. Plan yearly health care expenses with the out-of-pocket maximum in mind. Medicare Advantage plans are required to cap their members’ annual out-of-pocket expenses. In 2012, the maximum amount a Medicare Advantage enrollee can be asked to pay out of pocket for in-network medical services is $6,700. This cap on health care costs can give beneficiaries the peace of mind of knowing that expenses associated with an unexpected illness or hospitalization are limited. ST For updates, tips, and reminders visit: Med More information is also available at

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Aging In Place, What Americans Want NAPSA any Americans prefer to remain in their own homes as they age, but that may mean preparing for long-term care, if needed. Long-term care is ongoing assistance with basic activities of daily living— eating, bathing, dressing, etc. The need often stems from disability, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment (like Alzheimer’s disease) and is far more common than most think. We have a great deal of freedom when it comes to getting care. Few plan ahead and save enough money to pay for the services that they may need or want. To help federal employees and their qualified relatives, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management sponsors the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP). Here is a look at some of the FLTCIP’s most popular benefits (a detailed listing of benefits is at mdetails/index.html): • Services by formal and informal caregivers at home reimbursed up to 100 percent of the daily benefit amount or if provided by family, reimbursment is up to 500 days in an enrollee’s lifetime. • The stay-at-home benefit allows for care planning visits, modifications to your home (e.g., a wheelchair ramp or bathtub handlebars), emergency medical response systems, durable medical equipment, caregiver training, and home safety checks.


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• Respite services are covered up to 30 times your daily benefit amount per calendar year. This means that if a friend or family member is providing your care, the FLTCIP will pay for formal services so that your caregiver can take a break.

So what can you do to plan ahead? First, recognize the potential for the need for longterm care needs and research how the cost of care could impact your future income and retirement savings. Next, research all your options. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Clearinghouse for LongTerm Care Information at www.longterm and the Online Consultant Tool at are excellent resources for information about paying for long-term care. To learn more about the FLTCIP, visit or call 1-800-LTCFEDS (1-800-582-3337) (TTY 1-800-8433557), to talk about your particular situation, coverage options and the application process, and get the answer you need. ST

A Season For Sharing NAPSA

old and flu season is in full swing, which means people will be sharing more than just friendly visits. Every year, more than 62 million cases of the common cold are reported in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and as many as 24 million people report suffering from a sore nose. All that nose blowing and wiping can make a nose feel sore and add to the discomfort and misery of the common cold. While there are steps you can take to alleviate the discomfort associated with a cold— drinking plenty of hot liquids, taking a cold remedy, and getting plenty of rest—your poor sore nose may suffer. Reaching for a soft, soothing tissue may offer your nose a bit of relief. In addition to reaching for a tissue, here are three simple tips to help you get through this years cold and flu season. Hopefully these tips can help shorten your symptoms.


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1. First, blow your nose. Wipe your nose with a soft tissue. Be careful not to rub too hard. Then, blow as hard as you can to get the mucus out. 2. To soothe sore, chapped skin, apply lip balm, moisturizer, or any unscented medicated lotion. 3. Share selectively. Germs are awfully easy to spread, and nobody wants to share a cold. On the other hand, if you know someone who’s coming down with a cold, you can share those home remedy necessities! You can help stock up on cans of soup or herbal tea. As many as 24 million people report suffering from a sore nose each year during winter. Keep in mind your seniors are more vulnerable and you may need to postpone visiting with your senior family and friends if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms. Seniors have a much more difficult time getting over a cold or flu than their younger family members. Share the tips above and schedule a visit after your cold or flu symptoms have subsided. ST

Nutrition: A Key To Health For Seniors NAPSA any believe that the idea you are what you eat has particular significance for seniors. That’s because following a healthy diet can often lead directly to a better quality of life, including being more alert, having a stronger immune system, more energy, faster recuperation times, and the ability to do a better job managing chronic health problems. Stay Hydrated Part of a proper diet is making sure you drink enough water. Seniors can be prone to dehydration because their bodies may lose some of their ability to regulate fluid levels and their sense of thirst on a regular basis. Drinking water with meals can help them avoid urinary tract infections, constipation, and possibly confusion. Take Your Vitamins Even those who pay attention to nutrition can sometimes benefit from taking a vitamin supplement, particularly when it comes to getting enough vitamin B and vitamin D. • After age 50, a person’s stomach produces less gastric acid, which can make it difficult to absorb vitamin B12, needed to help keep blood and nerves vital. It may be necessary for some to take a supplement to get the daily amount needed. • As people get older, their skin is less efficient when it comes to synthesizing vitamin D, which, together with calcium, can help to protect older adults from osteo-



porosis, so taking a supplement may be to your benefit. In both cases, as with any vitamin or nutritional supplement, it’s best to consult your doctor before beginning a supplement program.



Get An Assessment Since poor eating habits are a primary concern among the senior population, home health care aides are playing an increasingly important role in providing support for those who might be at risk. If you feel you could benefit from an assessment, contact your local home health agency to schedule someone to come to your home. The benefits of healthy eating can often lead directly to a better quality of life for seniors—particularly, increased alertness and a stronger immune system. ST

Health And Your Family History

ow many people do you know have been affected by heart disease or stroke? How many have been your family members? The Problem Heart attacks and strokes cause one of every three deaths in the U.S. Americans suffer more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year, and every day, 2,200 people die from cardiovascular disease. If you’re over 20, there’s a 50 percent chance that you have at least one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or you smoke. What’s Being Done To help Americans understand these risks and control them, there’s now a national initiative by the Department of Health and Human Services called Million Hearts™. It aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years. What You Can Do Take the Million Hearts™ pledge: • Prevent heart disease and stroke in your family by understanding the risks. • Know Your ABCs—Appropriate aspirin therapy, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol control, and of course Smoking cessation.



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