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The Senior Newspaper Serving Volusia & Flagler Counties For 20 Years—COMPLIMENTARY COPY

A Publication of Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. © 2011 Volume XX – Issue 7

April 1, 2011

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appy Birthday Seniors Today! This years marks the 20 year celebration of publishing Seniors Today newspaper. What a wonderful, interesting, exciting, and fascinating journey it has been. Although the dynamics of actually putting the newspaper have changing greatly, the spirit the Schillingers established behind publishing the newspaper have remained the same... to give seniors in our community fun, entertaining, and informative articles and stories they can enjoy bi-weekly. Twenty years ago, the process for design was quite different. Without the advanced computer systems we utilize today, ads were oftentimes hand carried back and forth for approval. The entire process for laying out and designing the paper was much more complicated and took much longer. Then once completed, it had to be hand delivered to the printer which was two hours away. Today it is simply sent electronically with the click of a computer mouse. As the saying goes... we’ve come a long way baby! Several of our staff writers, Kitty Maiden and George and Peggy Goldtrap, have been contributing to our paper for many of these years. They continue to inspire, enlighten, and entertain us with their articles today. They are like family to us! We have been able to share in their joy of their children getting married, birthdays, family reunions, and the beautiful gift of ‘grands’ throughout their years of writing for us. Another loyal and dedicated family member of Seniors Today is editor, Bonnie Gragg. She has been with the newspaper almost since its inception only taking time off to give birth to her two daughters, Savannah and Sydney. Since she is the person responsible for putting the newspaper together, she has really noticed the mechanical changes of the day to day operations of producing a newspaper every other Friday. She states, “Although there have been some challenging times through the years, I have really enjoy my position as editor for the newspaper. Watching it change, grow, and evolve has brought great satisfaction to me. Since I love new technology and ideas, moving forward in production and operations has been very rewarding for me. I love a challenge and am always ready for something new.” Speaking of dedication, we would be remiss if we did not mention our advertiser, some of whom have been supporting our newspaper since we began. We thank them for their devotion all these years. In addition to printing the newspaper every other Friday, some new ventures have spun off of Seniors Today. Now, twice a year, Seniors Today hosts a Spring Fling and Fall Festival for all the seniors in our community to enjoy. These events are free, fun-filled days to give our seniors a day that focuses on them. It even includes a free lunch! There are all types of vendors on hand to play games with the seniors, vision and hearing screenings, and live music to dance the day away.

Seniors Today Owners; David and Bonnie Schillinger Seniors Today President and Owner, Bonnie Schillinger reflects on how these days evolved: “Part of the joy of publishing the newspaper, and one of our goals when we bought it, was to be able to give back to the seniors in the community who support us in our business and are loyal readers of our newspaper. So the whole idea of having a special free day for them seemed like the right thing to do. We have hosted these events at several different venues and have finally settle on a central location, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in South Daytona. These events have become quite popular and are attended by many. We also changed our front page several years ago to give the paper a more modern, updated appearance. That new look was met with many compliments from our readers. Another new addition to Seniors Today has been the development of our website: The website allows readers to go online to read the current issue and any back issues they may have missed. Be sure to check it out. In addition, as we move into our 21st year, Seniors Today has ventured out into the franchising arena. We have had numerous inquires into just how you go about publishing a senior newspaper with folks interested in starting their own business. A recent article in the Delta Sky Magazine (February 2011) written by Jack Gordon states that the senior services are among the fastestgrowing businesses. Why? Because more than 70 million Baby Boomers are edging into retirement. The 85-and-older population in the United States is expected to triple in the next 40 years. In other words, the market for seniors promises to big for a long time. So with that thought in mind we have put our franchise program on the launching pad. What better way to celebrate twenty years of success than to multiply and spread the joy! So what is in store for the next twenty years? More great issues of Seniors Today, that is for sure. We have learned a lot but are always open to adding new features and changing it up a bit to keep it interesting, and we plan to grow. So here’s to our next twenty years and expanding Seniors Today newspaper so seniors in other markets across the country can enjoy it as well. Cheers! ST

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am Pusado… a very elegant name, which is a combination of syllables from three of my peers. I am Persian. Though I was born and raised in America, my lineage comes from Persia. “I look like a lion, but that’s only my latest cut. When I was driven to the groomer, they asked my caregiver and best friend if I wanted a modified hair cut or a full cut like a lion. I let her know (with my grrrr-iest meow) that I wanted the full cut. Now that I live in Florida, my usually full mane would be a bit hot. “I came away from the groomer with a new lease on life. I must say I strutted my stuff for Bertie and Bob… and that huge ole aging friend of mine… the dog, Bailey. (She looks like a butler in her black coat and white vest). “Last year, Bertie and Bob came down and remodeled my future home in Florida making it comfortable… and quite lovely. I gave them a free hand at the decorating and arrived to find pastel paintings, soft pillows, lots of sunshine, and a sliding glass door where I spend much of my time studying the outside world.” “Ho hum. I’ve been around Bob so long that when he goes for a walk, I have to tag along. He says I am just like a ‘dog.’ Well! I’m not so sure about that! Just because I seize the opportunity to check out the neighborhood. He’d better be careful what he says about me. I could consider returning to my native land… back to my heritage. But then… I may never have anyone like him around… who would hold my bowl for me while I eat. Who would brush my long fur? “Some people think I am spoiled. I think I am quite deserving of special

treatment. So does Bailey. She’s very protective of me… a giant of a guard dog who has cared for me for at least a dozen years.”

You Name It …by Kitty Maiden

Well, my friends, when I first saw Pusado, I was peering at a newly decorated room… and on the bed was a huge beautiful ball of fur. I thought it was an accent pillow placed on the bed but it didn’t move. I really did wonder about the odd placement of it… off center on top of a sleep pillow.

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Seniors Today 360 S. Yonge Street Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Phone: (386) 677-7060 Fax: (386) 677-0836 Website: Published by Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. Chairman Of The Board David Schillinger General Manager Bonnie Schillinger Editor Bonnie Gragg Staff Writer Kitty Maiden 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… Health Screening Prevention Plus, Inc., is conducting tests for stroke, arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, osteoporosis, heart scan, and more on Thursday, April 7 at Daytona Beach Shores Senior Center, 3048 S. Atlantic Ave. and Saturday, April 16 at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club, Port Orange. Early detection saves lives. These reasonably priced tests don’t require a doctor’s prescription. To register, call 1-888-667-7587.

Natural Smile Seminars Do you have missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures? Come find out if dental implants are right for you. Questions about the cost and how the implant surgery is done will be answered, plus much more. The seminars are scheduled for April 21 at 4 P.M. in Daytona Beach and May 19, 4 P.M. at the office of Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates in Palm Coast. Please make your reservation by calling 386-437-6885.

Lunch Bunch 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.

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Retirement Seminar Retirement can be an incredible time of your life—but it can also last 20 or more years. Join us for our free Annuities And Your Retirement seminar presented by Jose Silva on Thurs., April 14 from 12–1:30 P.M. at Edward Jones, 555 W. Granada Blvd., Ste. H-10, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Call Nora at 386-671-9488 to reserve space for yourself and a guest at this free educational seminar. Lunch will be served.

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Seniors Today Spring Fling Fling into spring! Seniors Today newspaper once again is hosting a day of entertainment, fun, food, exhibits, health checks, door prizes, and more. This fun-filled event is absolutely free and open to all seniors on Tuesday, April 5. 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, South Daytona. Bring a friend and enjoy a free lunch! To find out more, call Seniors Today at 386-677-7060.

Learning, Living & Laughing Series Bishop’s Glen, 900 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill has a series of free seminars during the month of April. Some of the topics include: Living Healthy onWed., April 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 9 A.M.; How To Live With Arthritis on Mon., April 18 at 10:30 A.M.; Caregivers Support Group, Wed., April 20 at 1:30 P.M.; Parkinson’s Support Group on Wed., April 27 at 2 P.M.; and a 2011 Health Fair on Mon., April 29 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. This fair will have multiple vendors sharing important information, low priced ultrasound evaluations, and free mouth cancer screenings. Please RSVP to 386-226-9110.

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 planning for payment of long-term care hosted by Chiumento, Guntharp, & Selis, P.L. on April 12 at 2 P.M. in Daytona Beach and April 26 in Palm Coast. Seating is limited. Call 386-868-5337 to RSVP.

Easter Services You are invited to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona for Easter services. Maundy Thursday service offered April 21 at 11 A.M. and 6 P.M.; Good Friday April 22 at 6 P.M.; and April 24, 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, call 386-677-7060.

Wellness Fair You are invited to “Simplify Your Life” at a wellness fair at Ormond In The Pines, 101 Clyde Morris Blvd., Ormond Beach on April 16 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Enjoy door prizes, entertainment, and refreshments. For more information, call 386-676-7463.

Jammin’ In The Park Please join the New Smyrna Beach High School Band for a fun-filled day of music, food, and games on Saturday, April 9, from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. This fundraiser is to support the Band and admission is a donation. Local students will play, sing, and entertain throughout the day. For more details, visit the website at

Veterans Benefits Seminar Veterans and spouses may be entitled to little-known benefits through the VA Aid And Attendance program. Join Ormond In The Pines, 101 Clyde Morris Blvd., Ormond Beach on Thurs., April 7 at 4 P.M. to learn how you could receive up to $1,945 per month. RSVP today to 386-676-7463.

Kopy Kats Do you love to dance? Like to perform on stage? Ladies and gentlemen, join our adult show group–the Kopy Kats. We’ll teach you jazz, tap, and/or Hawaiian. We also need folks for individual lip-sync numbers and back stage assistance during the show. Come to our general meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 3 P.M. in the Blue Room at the Performing Arts Center in Ormond Beach and hear about exciting plans for Revue 2011. You may call 386-437-8100 to ask questions or for more information.

Caregiver Seminar You’re invited to a unique and informative meeting for caregivers presented on Wed., April 20 at 10:30 A.M. at Grand Villa of Ormond Beach, 535 N. Nova Rd. Topics discuss include: What to do after hospitalization when someone needs help at home, rehabilitation services, how to find the best home care, and much more. Bring your questions. The seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Please RSVP to 386-868-0723.

Support Group Osteoporosis Support Group The National Osteoporosis Foundation of Ormond Beach Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 12 at 4 P.M. at the Ormond Beach Library Auditorium. The topic will be Nutrition That Is Good For Your Bones presented by Lisa Sixma, RD, LD/N, Dietician, Cardiac Rehab at Halifax Health. Please call 386-673-3535 for more information and to reserve seating for the meeting!

Grenade Scare In Volusia County


orgotten weapons of war can kill again. This could be a war veteran’s worst legacy—unexploded munitions brought home as souvenirs and winding up in the hands of unsuspecting family members. In the last year, the Volusia County Sherriff’s Bomb Squad has been called out several times to safely dispose of smoke bombs, mortars, and grenades. Bringing home battle trophies is a tradition as old as war itself. Vets have been known to bring home anything from grenades to knives, pistols, to fully automatic machine guns as trophies which they knew how to handle back in their days in the service. Years later these often forgotten war trophies wind up tucked away in the attic, the garage or, in the case of one war veteran, a live bazooka shell was being used as a door stop. Grenades are one of the most popular wartime souvenirs because they are small and easy to carry home inside a returning vets gear. They are found on trophy shelves or desktops with the pins still in them, often painted as a showy souvenir from wartime service. With more WWII and Korean War veterans passing away, unexploded munitions are being passed down, or found by people who do not realize they could be handling active bombs. Live grenades and

ammo have even wound up tucked away inside a Salvation Army donation box brought in by an innocent veteran’s widows.

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…Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson Then there are the stories that just make you shake your head in wonder, like the case in West Volusia County handled by VCSO’s Bomb Squad. Two grenades that once belonged to a now deceased combat veteran were left to his widow. She gave one to a man with no idea how to handle a potentially deadly explosive device. The pin was even pulled on one grenade to prove it was a “dud.” The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was called to the scene and both grenades were safely disposed. However, deputies are relatively certain these were real grenades, with the potential to kill or maim. Veterans and their spouses should discuss this to make sure that live munitions are located and disposed of properly. Don’t take any chances. If you have discovered any wartime munitions in your home, do not move them. Call in the experts. It is not always easy to tell if the explosive device is live or inert. A picture, medals, or a uniform are the best souvenirs to honor your service to our country. ST

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hat maxims maximize your life? What Sage do you savor? Whose verbal-arrows pierce our heart and puncture our ego? Like ‘old friends,’ through thick and thin, truisms pass time tests. Other quotes are new to the scene entering awareness through ages and stages of life. You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep, or vice-versa; you can tell a lot about a company by the person they keep. A penny saved is a penny earned; Waste not, want not: twin aphorisms etched in collective consciousness. A woman wastes more with a spoon than a man brings home in a wheelbarrow. Don’t air your dirty linens in public. (That would end reality TV.) I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel laureate It’s easy to be positive about someone else’s pain. Willard Pyles, minister As the pain that can be told is but half a pain, so the pity that questions has little healing touch. Edith Wharton, novelist The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings. William Hazlitt, essayist Jeremiah 31:4, 5—I will hold you up again; and you will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful. A very popular error: having the courage of one's convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one's convictions. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher It ought to be plain / how little you gain / by getting excited / and vexed. / You'll always be late / for the previous train, / and always in time / for the next. Piet Hein, poet, scientist

When one has been threatened with a great injustice, one accepts a smaller as a favor. Jane Welsh Carlyle, letter writer There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, statesman

Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap

I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time. Josh Billings, columnist, humorist Kid’s honesty shreds protective cloaks of double-speak and hypocrisy. If I live to be 100, will I be dead? Papa’s closed (napping). We don’t play with doo-doo: especially applicable during political campaigns. ‘Forever wise,’ Thumper the Rabbit posited: ‘If you can’t say thumpin’ nice, then don’t say nothin’ at all.’ That one takes daily practice. When world worries wake me, these words comfort: Romans 8:37-39. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Hope you’ve enjoyed this philosophical potpourri of eclectic quotes. Please, share yours. There’s strength in numbers. ST George and Peggy Goldtrap are both actors, speakers, and writers living in Ormond By The Sea. Contact them at or peggy

Keep Spring Break Safe


t’s that time of year and Flagler County youngsters are already looking forward to having fun during Spring Break 2011. For many families, this means a vacation. It also means you need to be conscious of your surroundings in order to keep yourself and your information safe during travel. Vacationers are easy targets for identity thieves since they never take a vacation. Don’t let your vacation be ruined by them.


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• Carry your personal information in a close fitting pouch or fanny pack. Remember to take all of your personal information out of your purse and back pack upon your return home. • When you are leaving your home, remember to secure your home and lock up all valuables and personal information in a safe place. • Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home or you can contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s COPs volunteers who will put your home on their watch list while you are away. The COPs may be contacted at 386-586-2621. • Avoid paying with personal checks while on vacation. ID thieves only need to have a checking account number to steal your financial information. ST For more crime prevention tips, visit our website at

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hese days eating habits and portion sizes are at the center attention for a healthful diet. Maybe you are noticing the numbers on the scale creep upwards. If so, you’re not alone. Weight gain is a natural part of aging, but gaining too much weight is not healthy. In the aging years, our activity level declines but the amount of food we consume may not. The result is bulging waistlines. Most of us like our food, eating is one of the few activities we still enjoy. There are so many weight-loss diets out there and most concentrate on just one food group. Some eliminate a group altogether and others concentrate on the consumption of one group. Research shows that when people are repeatedly exposed to a food with a single flavor, they enjoy it less and eat smaller amounts. Thus they lose weight. However, as variety increases so does the amount of food consumed. Consider the buffet, do you just pick out a few foods or do you sample something from each dish? So, how can you eat the foods you enjoy and maintain control of your weight? Try eating smaller portions and including plenty of variety in your diet. Nutrition experts have touted moderation and variety for years. Exploring a variety of healthful, lowcalorie foods can make a weight-loss diet both satisfying and successful. Here’s how to make variety work for you:

Look for variety in textures, colors, and tastes of plain, unflavored foods (such as plain chicken pieces in a green salad). All of these factors may influence satisfaction and how much you actually eat.


Life …by Kathy M. Bryant Choose more low-calorie foods and less high-calorie foods. Limit the amount of commercially prepared and processed foods. Include more whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits, and beans. Use healthful herbs and spices to give a robust flavor to them. Other low-fat flavors like tomato sauce or lemon juice will also put pizzazz into plain food dishes. When using oils remember to use in moderation and choose healthy fats like olive and canola oil. If time is your concern, then prepare recipes on the weekend that has several servings that you can freeze in single portions for the week ahead. Also, fresh fruits and vegetables that have been pre-cut are available at most grocery stores for your convenience. ST Kathy M. Bryant is with the Volusia County Extension Office. For further information, call 386-822-5778.

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Wellness Chats—How To Live With Arthritis With three common types of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout arthritis) affecting nearly 70 million Americans, one in three adults will at some point need to learn to live with arthritis. Taking proper precautions and making a few simple lifestyle changes can allow arthritis sufferers to control their pain and make life a little easier. Patty Craig, RN, Care Transition Coordinator Amedysis Home Health Care

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Round Table Discussions: Parkinson’s And You Participate in small group discussions with others who have Parkinson’s Disease, and their loved ones, and share your experiences, successes, and challenges with Parkinson’s Disease. Diane Trask, Community Relations Manager Bishop’s Glen Retirement Community Parkinson’s Association of Greater Daytona Beach

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Bishop’s Glen Retirement Community 2011 Health Fair “New Year, New Day” Theme focuses on action individuals can take to encourage looking forward to a New Day! tomorrow. Multiple vendors, including: Heart of Volusia, Shine, Parkinson’s Association of Greater Daytona Beach, and more. Low priced ultrasound evaluations for various medical conditions, and free Mouth Cancer Screening.

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hey are finally returning!! We are talking about the Encore Concert Performance for the Stars From The Platters, The Cornell Gunther’s Coasters, The Drifters, and The Temptations Salute the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The performance will be at The Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center Friday April 15, 2011 at 7 P.M. This show was sold out last October. Just three simple Myles Savage notes. For Myles Savage, Lead Singer From The Platters, it's hitting those first three notes of that golden oldie Only You that reminds him of why he loves to perform. “As I hit those first three notes, people just go crazy. I love being able to look out in the audience and see their faces, and see the tears in the eyes of the ladies. It grabs you from way back to a time when you first discovered love.” “I must say it has been a wonderful career. Along the way, I have had the pleasure to perform with not only great friends in the industry, like Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, The Penguins, and other great Doo Wop acts, but also old friends like Cab Calloway in the Broadway show, Bubbling Brown Sugar, and many more. I had a barrel of fun as the Tin Man in The Wiz. Once I got

a call to go on a tour all over Europe with George Gershwin’s Porgy And Bess and play Robins. The breaks between The Platters were nice, but my heart will always be interwoven with songs like Twilight Time, My Prayer, The Great Pretender, Harbor Lights, and Only You.” For the Ormond Beach, concert, Myles Savage will be joined by Lawrence Maurice Jones, lead singer from The Cornell Gunther’s Coasters, Donald Pinkney, lead singer from The Beary Hobbs Drifters and Terry Forsythe from The Richard Street's Temptations. Each of the performers will perform his group’s classic songs, while backed by members of the other groups. “We’ve all taken time to learn each others routines and adapt to each others styles,” Savage said. “The difference between The Platters and The Drifters is that The Drifters are very flamboyant with the style of their dance steps. With ours, everything is very cool and elegant, but it’s fun to get kind of wild.” Myles Savage will make a special guest appearance at the Seniors Today's “Spring Fling” at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona, Tuesday April 5, 2011, 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. He and his beautiful wife, Karin, who is the first runner up for Miss Norway 19??, will sign autographs and have Platters memorabilia, and take pictures with you. ST For ticket information, please call The Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center Box Office at 1-386-676-3375.

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was told that my lab results showed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in my blood. Does this mean I have rheumatoid arthritis ? Rheumatoid factor (RF), an antibody (protein) detected in the blood, is extremely useful in diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), because about 80 percent of RA patients have RF in their blood (seropositive RA). RF can also be present due to other inflammatory diseases. Even some healthy patients have persistent positive RF, without presence of other inflammatory arthritis or other disease. I have hand pain and swelling, but my RF is negative. Could I have RA? Yes, possibly, due to the fact that 20 percent of RA patients lack RF in their blood (seronegative RA). The prognosis of seronegative RA is better than seropositive RA because the higher the RF concentration, the more severe the rheumatoid arthritis. I have a positive ANA. I have no other symptoms, do I have Lupus? Over 95 percent of patients with lupus have a positive ANA, which can, however, also be present with other diseases such as RA, Sjogren’s syndrome, Polymyositis, Scleroderma, hepatitis, or interstitial pulmonary disease. Moreover, 20 percent of healthy women, especially the older we are, have a positive ANA without evidence of

Lupus or other inflammatory disease (which is called a false positive). Therefore, a diagnosis of Lupus cannot be solely based on a positive ANA, but must include a detailed medical history, physical examination, and further testing such as anti-ds DNA, anti-ENA, and anticardiolipin Ab.

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In fact, because lupus is relatively rare, it is far more likely that a positive ANA will be a “false” positive rather than a “true” positive. Why did my doctor order an antiDS DNA, anti-ENA, and anti-cardiolipin Ab after finding out I had a positive ANA? Because patients who have lupus or other connective tissue diseases possess several different antibodies, these tests offer more information for a final diagnosis. For example, if you have positive ANA with positive anti-ds DNA or with positive anti-cardiolipin Ab, the chance of lupus would be higher. For more information, please call 386676-0307.

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A whining singsong, prayer-calling instrument that makes bagpipes sound melodic, piped us on board for our cruise on the Nile. We had a frantic, though luxurious, buffet. A belly dancer entertained us along with whirling dervishes, wearing Cuban heeled boots under their white belted robes and blue headscarves. Stella, our “interesting passenger,” was encouraged to get up and dance with the professional company. She’d been a widow for nine years, now living in Houston, but had been born and raised in Louisiana’s Cajun country. She had to have been a size two at the most, but stood five-foot nine. Her husband had worked for US Steel. She kept the decrepit dance hosts breathless on the ship. Her dancing was very entertaining and we were happy we had the opportunity to see her dance. Bedouins, in black dresses and scarves kept their distance. Some were from Iraq

and Yemen. As our bus traversed the dry road, we saw camels, horses, gazelles, and jackals. A police escort kept the animals at bay. Checkpoints with evil looking guards peering at us from towers followed us all the way to Qena, pronounced Canna.

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We arrived at the pyramids. There are about 110 pyramids in all of Egypt. The sun sets on the western side of each one. They were so symmetrically designed that one obscured the other at certain angles as we passed by. They are at a perfect 51.52-degree angle and can never collapse. At Giza, the sand around the Sphinx was especially soft and deep, walking was like trying to manage in snow. On the way to the Valley of the Kings, we passed a good-looking glass building called the Applied Research Center for Medicinal Plants. Cairo has encroached on the ancient sites. One can take a picture of antiquity with clotheslines, run-down buildings, and satellite dishes in the distance, a terrible anachronism. Turning toward Cairo we see a sandy haze of smog and desert mist. This is not your tan desert of Lawrence of Arabia fame. This looks more like the gray powder of Iraq. ST

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ter Park) co-chaired a U.S. Congressional Delegation mission to Afghanistan recently. Mica said that, “This was my first visit to the war-torn nation which included stops in Kabul and three provinces; Bastion, Helmand, and Kandahar.” Mica went on to say, “While the meetings with President Karzai, Provincial Governors and U.S. officials were valuable, it was my greatest honor to meet with U.S. servicemen at each stop. In a remote forward post in Southern Afghanistan, I met with young Americans serving under the most difficult conditions, while protecting Afghans living without power, running water and in an extremely dangerous environment every day. I met some of the most incredible Floridians in my life, including soldiers from Oviedo, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Clearwater, and other Florida cities. I especially remember one proud man from Orlando who will be home later this week to attend the birth of his first child, a son.” “Before leaving for Afghanistan, I voted against a resolution on the immediate withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Afghanistan,” Rep. Mica continued. “Last week before departing, I able to meet with General David Patraeus to discuss the status the

Afghan War prior to my visit to the combat zone, and while my visit to Afghanistan confirms my position against immediate

7th District Congressman …John Mica withdrawal, it is my hope that we can craft an exit strategy to this costly and long drawn out conflict. I witnessed firsthand the significant gains our brave troops have made in combating the Taliban and that progress must not be reversed. However, we must return Afghanistan to the Afghans and do it as soon as their security forces strengthen.” Rep. Mica also led the Congressional Delegation today in discussions with Italian President of the Chamber of Deputies, Gianfranco Fini, regarding the current situation in Libya and joint efforts in Afghanistan. Before returning to the United States, Mica and the Delegation will meet with Italy’s President to continue discussions and to review both the current and future plans for mutual international action in both areas of conflict. Congressman John Mica is Co-Chairing the five member Congressional Delegation. ST

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ary came into the store last week and said she was concerned about her thyroid gland. I knew she was a twenty-three year veteran, airline flight attendant. I had helped get her thyroid in balance with the help of her OB/GYN when she stated menopause. She had tried Synthroid (the #1 synthetic hormone prescribed in the U.S.) but the side effects and the weight gain weren’t acceptable. We found a doctor that would prescribe a natural alternative called Armour thyroid. Since then her blood work had showed her T3/T4/TSH numbers to be balanced. I asked her what was up? Her response: her blood pressure along with what her doctor described as heart arrhythmia. She had also just gotten back from Tokyo. As she got off the plane she was handed a health notice concerning the risk factors impacting pilots and crews of planes flying from and over Japan. I gave her my article entitled Oil Your Thyroid (2011) where I discussed Dr. Guy Abraham M.D.’s paradigm shifting medical text: The Iodine Project. Mary affords all of us the opportunity to think about our thyroid gland and do an inventory of how much radiation modern life has exposed it too. The airline pilot and flight attendants association have both taken the position that Japan’s nuclear crisis does not pose an immediate health risk. What does concern both groups is the effect of long term ionizing radiation from a career of flying at thirty thousand feet. When you add the new exposure mandated by TSA full body scans, dental X-rays, medical scans (especially those using radioactive iodine markers), and chest X-rays, we should be aware of the cumulative effect of all radiation exposure over a lifetime. Many readers have called and asked me to address the risks of airport full body scans. When I flew to visit my mom over Thanksgiving, I was given a choice. I opted for the full body pat down. For those who aren’t comfortable with the invasion of their personal space, here is the latest TSA published report on the health risks associated with airport scanners. The TSA has stated that the “back scatter” full-body scanners now used in 78 airports expose a person to approximately 0.0025 millirem of radiation. They can not produce more than 0.005 millirems per scan by design. In comparison, a chest X-ray exposes a person to 10.0 millirems depending on the age of the machine. The FDA’s position for an adult: maximum exposure to man made sources of radiation is 100 millirems/year. Assuming these government figures are accurate and truthful, then this new assault on our privacy in airports appears to pose a minimal risk. An assessment of risk to children and seniors will be addressed in a future article as the crisis in Japan unfolds. So where does this leave Mary? I suggested she take Dr. Abraham’s home iodine

test (available at LWF) for whole body sufficiency and get an up to date blood test to see how her thyroid is absorbing iodine. As I mentioned in my previous article, most Americans, and Mary is typical, have high stress jobs, poor eating habits, and have skipped salt for fear of hypertension or they have it. Use sea salt as a better choice. I also recommended that she take Dr. Michael Murray’s Thyroid Health Formula at his suggested two capsules/day (A.M. and P.M.) to provide a daily foundation of 100mcg of the potassium iodide, the chelate issued to nuclear power plant workers. Dr. Murray’s research mirrors Dr. Abrahams. Iodine is not just a thyroid supplement. It is really needed by virtually all three trillion cells of every human body. Iodine absorption is enhance by critical co-factors. One of these is the amino acid L. Tyrosine which allows the iodine uptake process. When iodine is chelated with magnesium, it allows the heart muscle to absorb both of these critical nutrients to keep the heart beating normally. Dr. Abraham points out that one of the most successful drugs for treating Mary’s arrhythmia is “Amiodarone.” Its active agent is a chemical form of iodine. It may just be necessary to resolve an iodine deficiency to eliminate this heart challenge. Work with your doctor to determine what is best. Where does this leave Mary? She can’t escape ionizing radiation at 30,000 feet, from airport scanners, or her mammograms. I had her read last month’s article: Kiss Your Liver And Tie Your Telomeres. It outlined how radiation is the most damaging factor to human DNA. It causes the “telomeric caps” to unravel the double helical before its time. Resveratrol comes to the rescue as the most powerful natural agent to neutralize the corrosive effect of this radiation be it from Japan or a bad sunburn. As Dr. Murray pointed out, it not only lowers the risk factor for cancer but actually slows down the aging process. How good is it? Dr. Oz rates it as one of his essential four must take supplements. Now there is even more research coming from the University of Texas (Journal Biological Chemistry, 10.1074/jbc.m 110.188 144) on this cellular cleaner. They confirmed the previous research showing its ability fight cancer, diabetes, and aging. They identified the process of how it works: it stimulates the production of the hormone Adiponectin which is the hormone the body needs to burn fat! To quote Mary: “Do you mean all I have to do is take some iodine and then do a Reseveratrol chaser to clean up the mess and I’ll burn some fat too?” Yup, just do the test to dial it in and follow the directions. Amore, ya’all

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Family Reunions


couple of weekends ago I went to a family reunion down in Crystal River. I had a good time and I really enjoyed being around my cousins. As part of the third generation there are not as many of us left. Ironically, our family has dwindled down to where only cousins are left. This was my mother’s maternal side of the family and it was the 60th Conant reunion. My grandmother was one of 12 siblings born to my great-grandparents. You see, it was common back 100-plus years ago to have large families. My grandmother Mada was born in 1888 and was the middle child. Families needed children back then; it was a way of life to have a large family. In comparison, very few of us cousins had more than two children, some had none, and those that had more than two only had three or four. To my knowledge nobody had 12 or even close to that many children. I noticed something else. I was the third youngest person at the reunion; in other words, there were no children. Reunions don’t last without children. If the child-bearing age group does not keep up the traditions like family reunions then family reunions will no longer exist. To me that is sad. It is alright to look up your heritage on the internet, but it is much better to talk to those who are your kin. In my case, I have been lucky because I grew up around my relatives on both sides of my family. I cherish those times in my life when I was able to spend time with my aunts and uncles. I knew some of my great aunts and uncles when I was growing up, primarily because of the reunions.Those great aunts and uncles that were around my grandmother Mada’s age and younger I remember well. They were good salt-of-the-earth-kind of people. They were farmers, business people, police officers, and some were entrepreneurs.They were a cross section of their era and I knew them personally. Some were funny and enjoyable to be around and others were a little dry, but always personable. My great uncle Bud was a small man who looked a lot like Jimmy Durante and was be a good example of one of the original siblings. He was a card and made me laugh a lot. Almost every summer my brother, Eddie and I would spend time in Lake County with relatives. On more than one occasion Uncle Bud picked me up and I rode with him on his route. Back then he was a freight delivery man who contracted with the railroad to deliver freight. He told me many stories about his growing-up years and the type of life they lived on a farm before 1900.

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He would stop by his house at lunch and Aunt Pansie would fix us a couple of sandwiches and we would sit in the carport and eat and talk. She did not want two hot and sweaty fellows in her house, she would tell us.

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Another great aunt, Lonabelle (her husband had died before my time), was a laugh a minute. She would keep Eddie and me laughing at her antics. She was always telling us silly little jokes and rhymes. Aunt Lonabelle owned a farm outside of Eustis and her son-in-law wintered his circus there. I remember in those days going to that farm and seeing the elephants and lions housed in the barn. My great aunt Cora Mae, who lived in Jacksonville, was always at the family reunions. I remember well visiting her at her condo on a trip to Jacksonville after I was grown. Uncle Archie also lived in Jacksonville and had a small business making mattresses for motels. I visited him on several occasions and was able to see him shortly before he passed away in 1987 with cancer. He was the last surviving Conant of the original 12 who started the family reunion. Uncle Archie was a charterer and a little bit the black sheep of the family. He worked hard and played hard as well, and was always good for a laugh even if it was on him. It was important to me at the time to be with him. I will always cherish those few hours and although he had been slipping in and out of a comma, the time I was there he knew who I was and called my name several times. We talked for a long time and he clutched my hand as I stood next to him. When it came time to leave he did not want to let go of my hand. I just stood there until he finally released my hand, neither of us saying a word. It was hard to leave and I told him I loved him and hoped he would get better. I knew this would be the last time I would see my great uncle Archie on this side of heaven. His family told me later that it wasn’t long after I left that he slipped back into the comma and never woke up again. You do not get that from the internet search engines. That is why I do not like to see people drift away from having family reunions. There is just too much to lose. ST

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Acupuncture & Sinusitis


here are many types of sinus problems, including allergy symptoms. A couple of practitioners view sinusitis as being related to a person’s genetic disposition. Traditional Chinese medicine looks at sinusitis as fluid stasis, or the inability of the lungs to disperse water, with excessive fluid retention causing the problem. We know that many times sinus problems get worse when the weather is damp; the sinuses being adversely affected by moisture. Sinus allergy symptoms occur when the body is hypersensitive to allergens. The body’s reaction is increased secretion. This over-reaction to an allergen is the body’s way of trying to flush out the allergen. Symptoms such as tearing eyes and a runny nose are evidence of this flushing out process. If the sinus cavity is blocked, backup pressure can cause a secondary headache and a stuffed-up nose. Under these circumstances, many patients will not respond well to antihistamines or steroids, except for systemic injections of steroids directly into the blood stream. As practitioners of Chinese medicine, we notice many people develop allergies later in life and that oftentimes these people also have an associated digestive disorder or lung problem. Persons with Fibromyalgia, kidney, or liver problems may have increased incidence of allergy discomfort because these conditions can reduce fluid circulation in the body. With fluid trapped,

circulation slows down and the body cannot wash the allergens out in a timely manner. Acupuncture, when gently applied to the face, has proven to be highly affective in increasing fluid circulation in the sinus cavity. Patients have reported the experience as having opened the flood gates. Through acupuncture, we effectively flush out allergens and reduce swelling of the sinus cavity, which relieves discomfort such as headache and pain in the face.

Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Ramon Gutierrez, D.O.M. Acupuncture Physician Another way that we approach this problem is through a combination treatment with manual therapy. By applying manual techniques to the neck, we are able to reduce pressure build up from tight muscles that impinge on nerves that come out of the spine. Whenever these tiny nerves are irritated by tight muscles, they cause a lot of pain and pressure symptoms around the nasal areas which are being supplied by these nerves. The integration of eastern and western medicine gives the patient the best that two different worlds have to offer. For more information, please feel free to call 386-615-4800.

Antiques Commemorative Coins by Larry Cox

Q: I am tempted to purchase something I saw on television, but thought I would get your advice first. A company based in Chester, New York, has issued commemorative coins bearing images of the World Trade Center and the U.S.S. New York. They are made with silver retrieved from ground zero after 9/11. The coins are $29.95 each, a price I think will certainly increase in the future. — Charley, Davenport, Iowa A: I would not purchase medals or coins from this company. For starters, the National Collector’s Mint is not affiliated with the United States Mint, and the coins they issue are not legal tender but rather what I call “instant collectibles.” Instant collectibles rarely, if ever, increase in value. If you have doubts, talk to people who purchased “limited issue” plates throughout the 1980s and ‘90s and are now trying to sell them. The National Collector’s Mint was cited as recently as 2004 by New York’s attorney general for false advertising and

forced to pay $2 million in fines and penalties. The company claims in its television ads that a portion of the profits from the sale of the coins will be used to benefit the Secret Service Uniformed Division Benefits Fund, which on closer examination is a private group that runs a gift shop in Washington, D.C., not an official U.S. agency. Before you decide whether to buy, check out the official Website of the United States Mint, which has posted a warning about the National Collector’s Mint. ST

Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol. com Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Please do not send any materials requiring return mail.

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he greatest boss I ever had was a woman: Frances Wyatt, she was the supervisor of school social workers. When she had a mastectomy for breast cancer and I wanted to be by her side, she left instructions that no one was to visit her. She fought it for several more years, bravely and quietly. I had the good fortune to be assigned to her. She literally made me a man. She helped me overcome a deep underlying well of pure anger. How that anger got there is another matter and I have never addressed it except in the autobiography I am now writing. It is enough for this article to just state that certain things activated a high level of anger in me—particularly injustices and any kind of cruelty or infliction of pain. One thing that really set me off was mistreatment of children. Here I was in a job where I saw children neglected and abused all the time. It didn’t take her long to see this reservoir of anger. One day she told me it would destroy my effectiveness if I didn’t bring it under control. She said, “There are no jobs for enraged people.” I reviewed my cases with her and when I would launch into orbit over some abuse a child was suffering, she would just stare out the window and let me curse and thrash around. Then she would calmly ask, “Did that help this child? How can you put together a plan for this child when you are blinded by rage? Do you want to curse and scream or do you want to help this child?” She said, “The most wasteful thing in the world is righteous indignation. It makes no one feel good except the person who wants to unload a ton of anger. You cannot help anyone until your mind is calm and deliberate.” I would protest and say, “Anyone would be crazy with anger if they

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I found out how tough she was when I stood up to a principal. This principal required everyone late to school to come to his office. Almost every week I would go and bring three children to school. Their mother was usually drunk and very promiscuous even with all of her children in the house. So when I took the children by his office, he told them, “If your mother wasn’t a whore you might get an education” I decided to never take a child to his office when I brought them in. He threatened to get me fired. I told Frances about his threat and she said, “Darling, if he gets your job, I will walk out the door with you. He’s a victim of anger like you used to be.” When she said “used to be,” I felt like I had graduated from the school of anger control. No one ever gave me a greater gift. When I ran for office she sent me a $50 check. I kept it to remind myself that she believed in me. ST Please e-mail comments to downhomep You may also enjoy Dalton’s website at

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looked at the situation this child is in.” She would say, “You’re the only one with a chance to reach the child in this situation, and you cannot do it by screaming and cursing. So how can we bring you under control?”

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Benefit Concert With Jazz And Oldies Special to Seniors


o you remember dancing the night away to sounds of the oldies? Are you a Jazz fan? On Saturday, April 9 Florida Hospital HospiceCare will host a benefit concert, Musical Extravaganza, of Jazz and Oldies, at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center to support the

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The Knights To Remember work of Florida Hospital HospiceCare in our community. This two-hour event will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature two great local groups. Sal Ronci and his Jazz Band will entertain you with a variety of jazz styles including Dixieland, Big Band, Swing, and more. The Knights To Remember, an Oldies Revue, features songs from the past that will get you

Sal Ronci on your feet dancing and singing to the tunes of yesteryear. Come take a musical trip down memory lane. This will be a sell-out event everyone will enjoy, so be sure to reserve your seats now! All proceeds from this event will be donated to Florida Hospital HospiceCare and will be used to provide hospice services to our community. ST Sponsorships are still available. For details, please contact Skip Keating, Event Chairman, at 386-672-4536. Tickets for reserved seating can be purchased in advance at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center Box Office, 399 N. U.S. 1 for only $20 or you may call the box office at 386-676-3375.

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Chicken Soup For The S oul


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ookie was a working cat. He lived in a New York grocery store that he kept mouse-free. Cookie was no slouch, and there wasn’t a self-respecting mouse that would dare cross his path. After patrolling the nooks and crannies of the store at night, he had the run of the neighborhood, where he would spend his days wandering. As evening approached, you could almost set your watch by his return to the store. He would arrive promptly five minutes before the store closed. One cool October evening, Cookie disappeared. The store’s owners and their children searched for him in vain. The kids were brokenhearted. As autumn turned to winter, the snow began to fall, covering the streets. Everyone worried about Cookie, alone in the freezing weather. “How will he survive?” the kids asked. Miracle of miracles, the following spring, Cookie magically reappeared, looking healthy and clean. Everyone figured Cookie must have been sowing his wild oats in another neighborhood. Everything went back to normal at the store. Cookie once more checked all the nooks and crannies of the store to make certain there had been no unwelcome visitors while he was away. He did his job perfectly, until autumn, when Cookie once again disappeared!

Once more there was considerable consternation by his owners and their children. How would Cookie weather the winter snows and the freezing cold? The next spring, when the leaves started to sprout, Cookie returned again! Cookie’s owners began asking neighbors for any information as to where he might have been. The kids asked their friends if any of them knew where Cookie went during the freezing winter months. No one seemed to know. Finally, one of the children rang the bell of an older couple who lived in a private house near the grocery store. “You say, a big black cat?” the woman asked. “With white little paws? Oh, yes. My husband and I hated to see him out in the cold. So I gave him a saucer of warm milk. After that he hung around our house almost every day. We were going to Florida for the winter, as we do every year. I felt so bad about leaving that poor little creature here with no one to take care of him in the freezing weather. So we bought a cat carrier, and we’ve been taking him to Florida with us every year for the past two years. He seems to like it down there. Has loads of friends. Between you and me, I think he prefers New York in the summer. I think he has a girlfriend up here.” ST Visit the Chicken Soup For The Soul website:

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Veteran’s Post Caregive Help Delayed by Freddie Groves


he Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act was signed in May 2010 to give much more assistance to the caregivers of wounded post-9/11 veterans. The program was to be fully up and running by the end of January 2011. Included in the bill was a monthly stipend equal to the cost of home health assistance, mental health support, training, respite, and health insurance for the caregiver. The goal of the act was to keep wounded veterans at home and out of care facilities. Now the January deadline has passed and all of the program isn’t in place yet. Two weeks after it was to be fully operational, a Department of Veterans Affairs contingent went to Congress with a plan in hand to get it going. They issued a press release that says, in part, “Many of the other significant newly enacted benefits will require the issuance of regulations... now the law requires detailed regulations for determining eligibility, designating and approving caregivers ... .”

The VA wants to approve the caregivers who have already been doing the work, without any help, many giving up their jobs and health insurance? One major disappointment is that about 10 percent of those seriously wounded are covered— that is a mere 800 veterans. There is a bit of help now: the VA’s toll-free Caregiver Support Line at 1855-260-3274. Go to and look around. You’ll find information on home equipment and modifications, caregiver resources, and contacts. If nothing else, click on VA Caregiver Services and scroll through the services. Bookmark the site and check it frequently. That’s where you’ll discover what parts of the program have been activated and which services are available at this time. ST

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The Prince Of Keegan Bay Special to Seniors Today


hen the American born heir to the kingdom of Kushawa is hidden in an age-qualified retirement community, a battle of wits and tactics develops between the Kushawan Alliance of Royal Princes (KARP), determined to eliminate the infant, and a group of senior citizens equally determined to save him. Doll Reynolds pulls the residents into a unified group while the baby's mother, Moira Robbins, risks her life to lure the KARP assassins away from her child. Veronica H. Hart, of Daytona Beach is pleased and proud to announce her book, The Prince Of Keegan Bay, is available from Champagne Books of Calgary, Canada “Having my work contracted by a traditional publisher proves to me that continual study, attending workshops, and persistence does pay off,” Ms. Hart says. “I lead a writing group for the FWA the first and third Saturdays at the City Island Library in Daytona Beach which not only provides critiquing and instruction for the attendees (open to the public) but I also learn something new from every session.”

The Florida Writers Association is a non-profit organization supporting established and emerging writers in the state of Florida. Area writers in Volusia, Flagler, and Putnam Counties are invited to monthly meetings in three different locations in the East Central Region. See the website at ST For further information at the Saturday workshops, contact Veronica at 386-492-6157.

Humane Society Update No Adoption Fees For Public Employees Kevin Hancock, Community Relations Director, Halifax Humane Society


nyone living in Volusia County over the last few years knows how hard this area is being hit by the economic downturn facing the entire country, and anyone reading the papers over the last month also knows that these times have been especially difficult for public employees. The trickle down effect of the poor economy has meant that many public employees, even those that provide essential services to our community, have seen unpaid furloughs and in some cases even layoffs. Those of us at the Halifax Humane Society know how much comfort our dogs and cats bring us when we are going through difficult times and trials. Our pets are always on hand to love us unconditionally, no matter what the news is saying about the state of the state. With those factors in mind, the HHS is announcing that through Friday, April 22, 2011, all adoption fees will be waived for public employees. Any public employee or active military that can produce a valid identification card will be eligible to have all adoption fees waived. The standard HHS adoption criteria will apply. All adoptable animals are included in this fee reduction, including our obedience —trained Prison Pups N Pal dogs, cats, and rabbits. The adoption will include all shots, micro-chipping, spaying, or neutering as necessary, 30 days free ShelterCare pet health insurance, and a free health check at a participating vet within 10 days of adoption. Call 386-274-4703, ext. 337 for more information about adopting these deserving pets. ST

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discrimination and contrast sensitivity. Participants who received daily dietary zeaxanthin supplements also expressed significantly improved confidence in their night driving ability. Dr. Richer’s research showed that glare recovery does improve significantly with supplementation of zeaxanthin and lutein. Imagine driving at 60 mph with your eyes closed for five seconds: You would travel 440 feet without seeing where you are going. Dr. Richer found photostress recovery time is directly related to the amount of MP in the eye: Subjects with high MP density recover about twice as quickly as those with very low MP density. Another study by Dr. Billy Hammond also showed that supplementation with 2 mg of zeaxanthin and 10 mg of lutein resulted in an increase in MP that was related to improvements in glare disability and photo-stress recovery times. Protecting and enhancing the ability to drive can be as simple as supplementing your diet with dietary zeaxanthin: Adequate levels of zeaxanthin in the center of your eyes help you maintain and improve your ability to drive and keep you safe. ST More information can be found at

When To Take Social Security NAPSA e who hesitates is sometimes saving, it would seem, when you consider Social Security payments. That’s because monthly benefits will be higher for the rest of your life—you can get as much as a 76 percent boost in retirement benefits—if you delay claiming them from age 62 to age 70. “When to stop working and when to take Social Security are two of the most important financial decisions that people make,” said Virginia Reno, Vice President for Income Security at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI)—a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. “Conventional wisdom often favors taking Social Security at the earliest opportunity, yet waiting to claim benefits can bring the greatest financial security to a retiree over the long term.” Her organization has come up with some important questions, and their answers, that could help you decide: Q: What should I consider in deciding when to take Social Security? A: Consider that: • Social Security is one of the few sources of retirement income guaranteed to last for as long as you live; • Social Security is adjusted to keep up with the cost of living; and


• Social Security does not put individual recipients at risk of volatility in stock market returns. Q:If I wait, will Social Security still be there when I need it? A: Social Security’s finances are much stronger than many people fear. Changes will ensure that benefits will be paid on time for the next 75 years and beyond. Social Security is the safest and most secure source of retirement income most people have and it grows more important at older ages. According to a NASI brief funded by The Actuarial Foundation, “When to Take Social Security Benefits,” nearly six in 10 older Americans get half or more of their income from Social Security. “An important principle in deciding when to take benefits is to avoid unnecessary financial hardship caused by reducing the secure income one has available,” explained Janice Gregory, President of NASI. “Delaying receipt of Social Security benefits recognizes the value of Social Security as insurance against the common financial risks retirees face.” To see the entire brief and for more information, visit or call 202452-8097. If you wait until age 70 to claim Social Security, your benefit will be about 76 percent greater than if you had claimed benefits at age 62. ST

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eye doctors instruct parents to “penalhe new 3D Gameboy came ize” the strong eye with the use of out on March 27. Called the patches or prescription eye-drops that 3DS, this new handheld device blur vision. This gives the weaker eye can produce three dimension time to re-grow its nerve connections. graphics on its tiny 3-inch screen. Re-growth potential decreases with age, Some doctors think this new device and once a child reaches 7-10, very might actually be a good thing. Dr. little can be done to improve the lazy Timothy Root, an ophthalmologist in eye at that point. Ormond Beach, thinks this new 3D Amblyopia is hard to detect, as gadget might be helpful for detecting young children don’t complain of poor amblyopia, a condition vision in one eye— commonly known as a for them this seems “lazy eye.” normal. “Some children have a Dr. Root hopes the “lazy eye”—which is an new 3D gameboy will eye that doesn’t work as be one more screen well because of disuse. for parents to detect This disuse can occur bemore vision problems cause of far-sightedness, at home. crossed-eyes, or even a “I already use vicongenital cataract. If the deo games for some lazy eye isn’t detected at Dr. Root is a Ormond Beach of my pediatric ama young age, the visual native and newest partner of blyopia patients. deficit becomes permaTomoka Eye Associates. Gameboys can be nent and can’t be fixed great incentive for amblyopic chilwhen the child is older.” dren to keep their eye patch on at Amblyopia is common, with the home. The tiny screen forces them to prevalence in the USA of 2-5 percent. use their lazy eye to see fine details in The visual nervous system contin- their video game and kids can play ues to grow until 6-9 years of age. visually stimulating games for hours.” During this time, the wiring between the This new 3D device may pick up eye and the occipital cortex in the more eye problems... if kids are develbrain is still developing. Any visual oping eye strain, dizziness, or can't see problem during this critical period the 3D effect in their game, they may can alter this developmental wiring, have an eye problem that needs to be resulting in permanent visual loss that evaluated.” can’t be fixed by corrective means Nintendo is hedging its bets and recwhen they are older. ommends children under 6 shouldn't “As children mature, the nerves use the 3D effect, which can be turned from their eyes to their brain are still off on the 3DS. The jury is still out in growing. If one eye sees much better the optometric and ophthalmic comthan the other, the strong eye's nerves munity whether 3D games are helpful will proliferate at the expense of the or harmful. If your child or grandchild lazy eye.” complains of eye-strain with 3D movies The situation can be reversed—but or these new 3D games, you might only if poor vision is detected early want to have their eyes checked by a enough. When amblyopia is detected, professional. ST



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Older Workers Bring Experience NAPSA ncreasingly, older workers are putting off retirement and are staying on the job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2018, 22 percent of older workers will forego retirement and continue to work. This may be good news for both workers and employers, given the favorable characteristics that are often attributed to older workers. Some workers are still on the job at age 100 and beyond. In fact, one organization, Experience Works, celebrates this fact with an annual award that recognizes America’s Outstanding Oldest Workers. Nominees for the award must be 100 years of age or older, currently employed, work at least 20 hours each week for pay and involved in their community. Additional information, including the nomination form, is available at The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2011. Last year’s honorees were 105-yearold Emilio Navarro of Ponce, Puerto Rico and 101-year-old Sally Gordon of Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Navarro is thought by many to be the world’s oldest former baseball


player, softball player, and coach. Known by the nickname Millito, he has been inducted into the Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame and the Puerto Rican Sports Hall of Fame. He currently works for a company that he founded after his baseball career. The first female sergeant at arms for Nebraska, Ms. Gordon continues to serve the state’s legislators. With an employment history that spans 84 years, she has worked for three of Nebraska’s governors and several other government agencies. Her experience also includes court reporting, advertising, retail work, and professional modeling. Experience Works is a national nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of low-income older people through employment, community service, and job training. In 30 states and Puerto Rico, Experience Works operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide skills training, work experience, and community service for low-income older workers. ST To learn more, you may visit www. or you may call 866-397-9757.

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Seniors Vs. Crime by a Senior Sleuth

t’s all in a day’s work. That says it all at the Seniors vs. Crime office in South Daytona. Every Tuesday and Thursday, seniors are coming to the small office to tell us their story of how they have been scammed. Many are embarrassed, most are angry and we are there to help them retrieve the money that they have lost. Are you the victim of a gouging, of shoddy work, or just plain robbery? So, what is it like in a day’s work at Seniors vs. Crime? It’s really a storytelling session of how a senior lost money to a contractor who said he would replace her windows. The contractor took a deposit of $5,000 and then said he was unable to get the windows she wanted and would refund her money. A year later he still had not refunded the money and the senior came to us for help. Next an elderly couple comes in who have been swindled out of $10,000 in an unwise investment. The loan which was to have been paid back within a year at a rate of 10 percent was made to a local businessman recommended by a friend of a friend. We were told that other couples also have been taken. After receiving one payment of $1,000 last year, the businessman closed down his business and has yet to be found.


Another gentleman purchased a second-hand automobile with an agreement that if his wife’s wheelchair did not fit in the trunk, he could return it. That very day, he returned the automobile only to find out that in addition to returning the car he had to pay an additional $7,000 to repurchase his car. After the last hurricane, a senior came into the office with pictures of paneling put in on a slant, the window was never replaced, and flooring half done. Since he had received nearly all of the payment, the worker never would answer her calls or come to finish the shoddy work. Another woman had a bathtub removed but after a year had past she had never received the new one. One gentlemen had a mobile home replaced after a hurricane but could not have it inspected due to the contractor taking off. He had not put in the steps and did not connect the electric and plumbing. Eighteen months later the owner still was not able to live in his new mobile home. If these cases seem strange to you, just remember that they are happening everyday here in Florida. Seniors vs. Crime is located at the Sunshine Mall, 2400 Ridgewood Ave. #15, South Daytona. Please visit our office or call 386-767-5347. Office hours are Tues. –Thur., 10 A.M.–2 P.M.

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Special to Seniors Today he melody for the Happy Birthday song was first written by two sisters by the names Mildred and Patty Hill. It is thought that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire. They were largely due to the prominent religion at the time, Mithraism, which was later supplanted by Christianity. Although you might celebrate your birthday every year, your actual birthday only occurs once every 7 years! Not counting the leap years, the date you were born on moves each year to the following day of the week. This means your annual celebration is actually for your birth date—not your birthday—and in truth your birth day i.e. the actual day you were born on occurs only every 7 years! Children who are on the leap day of February 29 often celebrate their birthdays on March 1. Germans take birthdays very seriously, sometimes receiving a half-day of vacation. The most common gifts among friends include flowers and wine. In England, when you reach 80, 90, or 100 years of age, you receive a telegram from the Queen.


In India, black and white gift wrapping is considered unlucky. The French and Italian celebrate Name Days more so than birthdays. In Korea, the two important birthdays are the 100th day and the 60th year. In the Islamic world, green is a good color to use for wrapping. A Golden Birthday happens only once in a person's lifetime. It happens when the person's age and the date of the day they were born is the same. More people celebrate their birthdays in August than in any other month. The two other months in which birthday rates are high is July and September. Close to two billion Birthday Cards are sent each year in the U.S. alone, accounting for nearly 58 percent of all cards sent. The world’s largest birthday cake was created in 1989 it weighed 128,238 pounds, 8 oz. and used 16,209 pounds of icing. The most common birth date is October 5 and the least common is May 22 in United States. The day of the week in which the most babies are born is Tuesday while Sunday is the lowest day. Anne Frank’s world famous diary was given to her when she was thirteen years old. ST

Meals On Wheels Really Delivers Special to Seniors Today eals on Wheels are provided to homebound seniors over the age of 60. The meals are from a varied menu and provide one third of the daily nutritional requirements, with no added salt, butter, seasons or sugar. A hot meal is delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday between the hours of 11 A.M. and 1 P.M. Frozen meals for weekend consumption can be provided based on individual need. This program has no set fee, but graciously accepts donations. Dining Sites • Daytona Beach Windsor Dining Site 524 S. Beach Street 386-257-7384 7:30 A.M.—1 P.M., Monday—Friday • DeLand DeLand Dining Site (Lion’s Club) 400 N. Garfield Ave. 386-736-9706 8 A.M.—2 P.M., Monday—Friday • Deltona Deltona Sunshine Senior Center 980 Lake Shore Drive 386-574-0060 8 A.M.—2 P.M., Monday—Friday


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• Holly Hill Holly Hill Dining Site 1065 Daytona Ave. 386-236-2997 8 A.M.—2 P.M., Monday—Friday • Orange City Orange City Dining Site First Congregational Church 259 W. University Ave. 386-774-0001 8 A.M.—2 P.M., Monday—Friday • Ormond Beach Ormond Beach Dining Site 351 Andrews Street 386-677-1549 8 A.M.—2 P.M., Monday—Friday • Port Orange Port Orange Dining Site 3738 Halifax Drive 386-788-8892 7:30 A.M.—1:30 P.M., Monday—Friday • New Smyrna Beach Brannon Center 105 Riverside Drive 386-424-2280 8 A.M.—2 P.M., Monday—Friday

FL Department Of Veterans’ Affairs Special to Seniors Today he Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs proudly provides representation for some of the following accredited veteran service organizations. While not all veterans’ organizations are listed here, these are generally those that offer national service representation and are Congressionally chartered. American Ex-Prisoners Of War PO Box 13753 Mexico Beach, FL 32410 850-648-8533 Paralyzed Veterans Of America 3799 N. Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 954-565-8885 800-683-2001 (Florida Only) The American Legion 104 Magnolia Drive Lady Lake, FL 32159 (352) 636-6103 Reserve Officers Association 29632 Forest Glen Drive Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 (813) 994-8007 Amvets 1545 Warmwood Dr. Grand Island, FL 32735 352-669-8490 Disabled American Veterans 8030 Cauarine Drive Port Richey, FL 34668 (727) 869-3337 Veterans Of Foreign Wars 4444 Royal Fern Way Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 (561) 906-8317 Vietnam Veterans Of America 2292 Stonegate Drive Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 790-4020 Marine Corps League 1755 Sweetwater W. Circle Apopka, FL 32712-2481 (407) 884-9508


Military Order Of The Purple Heart 2985 Giverny Circle Tallahassee, FL 32309 (850) 668-5203 The Retired Enlisted Assoc. 5273-8 Tunbridge Wells Lane Orlando, FL 32812 (407) 765-0128 Military Officers Association Of America 3132 Sterling Street Tarpon Springs, FL 34688-7613 (727) 943-9414 Korean War Veterans Assoc. 811 Orangewood Ave Deland, FL 32724 (386) 822-9068 County Veteran Service Officers Asso. 2401 SE Monterey Road Stuart, FL 34996 772-320-3011 Association Of The United States Army 5609 Cannonade Drive Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 813-994-0454 Blinded Veterans Association 3801 Coco Grove Ave. Miami, FL 33133 1-800-669-7079 (BVA National) Waves National 2062 Los Lomas Drive Clearwater, FL 33763-4118 727-447-0865 Central Florida Veterans Assn. 1485 Florida Mall Ave. Orlando, FL 32809 407-438-6000 Air Force Association 622 West Palm Valley Drive Oviedo, FL 32765-9215 407-359-4063(H) Air Force Sergeants Assoc. 1038 Hayden Rd. Rockledge, FL 32955-2204 m?Section=Home



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