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‘Tis the Season! Make It Easy, Make It Fun, Make It Classy! Dear Readers,

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y trusty Bulova watch stopped in November, 2010. It was a sleek little number, with a gold rectangular face I’d grown accusJanice Doyle, tomed to. The narrow Editor black leather-look band was feminine and accentuated my thin wrists (which are the only part of my body I can call thin). I’d bought that little gem on a sale table for $13 in 1997 because another lady looking at the watches raved about it. She picked it up and said to no one in particular that it was the “classiest” watch on the table. I have very little flair about such things, so I snapped it up the second she laid it back on the table. Classy, I wanted! The watch became my all-in-one accessory piece, and I wore it daily. Admittedly, as the years passed and my vision changed, I learned how to angle my wrist so I could read the time. “Where is that minute hand?” I would ask myself. Still I never considered getting rid of it and replaced the band many times. When it stopped last year, I went totally out of character—I told my family that the only thing on my Christmas list was a watch. I even encouraged them to have fun with that request, to go a little crazy if they chose to. It seemed a ‘no-brainer’ for all concerned. Watches, after all, are easy to find, come in all price ranges and make an uncomplicated package. From my point of view, watches don’t take up much room and could even be re-gifted. I might even learn to like changing things up a bit! Reactions varied. My step-daughter Whitney is a discriminating, thoughtful and creative gift-giver. She didn’t particularly like the idea that everyone would be getting me watches. To her, it meant if she got me one and other

people did too, her gift wouldn’t be so special. (Instead, she gave me my all-time favorite pink knit robe.) From my two daughters-in-law, I do believe I heard an audible sigh of relief when I told them. This would be easy, I imagined them thinking—check off the motherin-law gift at the first store! So the word went out, and I sat back to see how people interpreted my wish.

It was great fun! I got a whimsical frog watch which I especially love wearing when I’m going to be with children. There was a unique red one—a large, round red watch face with the letters spelling out Liz Claiborne where the numbers would be (advertising and style all in one!) A very utilitarian LL Bean watch gives me time and date and is even waterproof. Two others are ordinary inexpensive watches to slip on quickly when I’m in a hurry. They are meaningful because they represent a decision, a choice about what Janice would like, and that makes them special. I didn’t hear my dear husband David’s actual sigh of relief at being given a gift idea, but I’m sure there was one. His watch came first, as my early December birthday gift.

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It, too, has a rectangular face, only this one is surrounded by tiny diamonds and has a lovely gold band. The perfect gift, lovingly chosen. This year? I’ve spread the word that I’m collecting scarves—bright, jewel-colored scarves. Let the shopping begin! And, yes, it’s that season again! We remember Christmases past, enjoy the seasonal music and look forward to being with friends and family perhaps. One of my Christmas memories almost seems unreal. I wonder if I would react the same way today. This would have been in the ‘70s when my three children were small. A young family’s car broke down on a highway near our house on Christmas Eve and a neighbor called to see if we could help them. Two young parents—very broke— were traveling from Illinois to Texas with a three-week-old baby named Elvis. Calls were made. Our church provided them a motel room for two nights. We picked them up for Christmas dinner with us. A parent wired money for their car repair the next day and they went on their way to family. I sometimes wonder what happened to baby Elvis. It reminds me of that other and familiar story of a baby far from home with his young parents. The difference is that I don’t know what happened to baby Elvis, but I do know what happened to the other baby, the one born some 2000 years ago. That was the baby whose life changed the world. The reason for the season! Blessings! Cover photo courtesy of SantaOnVacation.com

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“Carols of the Season” presented by Tampa Oratorio Singers at First Presbyterian Church, 404 West Reynolds, Plant City. Free will offering. (813) 247-3866. Christmas Show presented by Tampa Bay Heralds Of Harmony Chorus at Straz Center for the Performing Arts. $20 – $45 tickets. Call (813) 254-9115.

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Handel’s Messiah performed by The Brandon Choral Society. Over 80 singers from Tampa area under director Robert Romanski and Chris Westfall. Southside Baptist Church, 415 W. Lumsden Rd., Brandon. $10/advance purchase at Music Showcase or $12/door. 3 p.m. (813) 541-1690 or miecyjak@aol.com

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Bells of Christmas, hand bell music by three groups. In the Grand Salon of Plant Hall at the University of Tampa. Free concert. Also enjoy the Victorian Stroll through the Museum daily through Dec. 23; check prices and times at (813) 254-1891.

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Stargazing Party with astronomer, telescopes. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. SouthShore Library, Ruskin. Information at (813) 672-1155.

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Computer Class—How to Communicate with Friends and Family for Free. Lecture/ demonstration followed by Q & A. No registration required. 2 p.m. Oldsmar Public Library: oldsmarlibrary.org. (813) 749-1178.

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Right Thoughts/Right Moves/ Right Food classes, Bentley Commons Senior Living, 38130 Pretty Pond Road, Zephyrhills. 2 p.m. Free. Other classes offered. Call for schedule. RSVP: (727) 643-7159 or NancyFinck@gmail.com.

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Christmas and Movie Themes Concert by the Eastern Hillsborough Community Band at United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center. $5 at the door. (813) 569-1771 or visit ehcb.org.

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“Afternoons with the Maestro” featuring portions of La Bohéme plus holiday favorites by the St. Petersburg Opera Company. Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Dr., Sun City Center. Ticket info at (813) 642-2001.

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Boat Parade of Lights Holiday Spectacular. 6:30 p.m. on board the American Victory Ship in Channelside. View the lighted boats as they sail throughout the Channel. Refreshments available for purchase. Tickets: $12/adults; $7/youths 12 and under. Under three years free. Tickets available online at ticketweb.com or in person aboard the ship. (813) 228-8766.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Lessons and Carols at Community United Methodist Church, 207 E. Buckingham, Oldsmar. 7 p.m. (813) 855-1567.

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Ten-Dollar Christma$ BY TERESA AMBORD

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ot much money for Christmas presents this year? That might give you the blues, but it shouldn’t. Look at this as a chance to readjust your focus. If you put your heart into it, when your family and friends look back on this holiday, it won’t be the lack of presents they remember.

We divided it, and each set out with ten dollars to spend on the other. I shopped carefully for Mike’s present, then wrapped it and hid it. Looking back, I can’t remember what I bought for him. But I’ll never forget what he gave me. Years ago, the economy was thriving, but my husband and I were in our own recession. As a young man, Mike’s temper and other habits caused him to lose job after job. We barely covered our basic expenses every month. So at Christmas time we assumed we would not be able to buy gifts for each other at all. That was our life then. One year, some friends gave us a small Christmas tree which I decorated with hand-me-down ornaments. Just before Christmas, Mike got paid and we wrote out our bills as usual. To our amazement, there was an extra 20 dollars in the bank. It wasn’t much, but to us, it felt like found wealth. We divided it, and each set out with ten dollars to spend on the other. I shopped carefully for Mike’s present, then wrapped it and hid it. Looking back, I can’t remember what I bought for him. But I’ll never forget what he gave me. A couple of days before Christmas he went shopping. He was gone a long time, then finally he poked his head in the front door.

“I’m going next door to wrap your presents,” he said with a huge smile. An hour later he returned, carrying a bag and wearing a Santa hat that our neighbor, Pam, had given him. He made me close my eyes while he hid the bag. The next morning Pam came over for coffee after Mike went to work. “Mike must really love you a lot,” she said. “I hope so,” I said, wondering what made her say that. “When he showed me what he bought you, he was so excited his hands were shaking. It was so sweet. I had to cut the paper for him,” she said. Pam’s words were exactly what I needed to hear. My life with Mike was so full of difficulties that each day felt like a struggle. I knew he loved to give gifts. But I wasn’t so sure that he still loved me. Finally it was Christmas morning. As soon as the smell of coffee reached him, Mike bounded out of bed and dug in the closet. Then he appeared, carrying four small presents as if they were fine china. He set them in my lap, then sat on the floor in front of me, watching my face and waiting for my reaction.

The first package held green socks—my favorite color. Happily, I put them on. Then Mike handed

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me the next package, which was also socks, but red. He pulled off one of my green socks and replaced it with a red one so that I looked more Christmasy. “I got those because your feet are always cold,” he said. “And I know you love new socks.” He was right. I still love new socks. It felt good to know that, even in the chaos of our daily lives, he remembered the things and colors I liked best. Quickly he urged me to open the other two packages, one of which turned out to be a tube of mascara, and the other, a container of eye shadow. They were exactly what I would’ve bought for myself if I’d had a few extra dollars. The colors and brands were perfect. But I was baffled. Mike never paid attention to girly things like makeup. “How did you know what I wanted?” I asked. “I was almost out of both of these. And how did you know the colors and brands I like?” “Before I left for shopping, I looked in your makeup bag. I wrote down what you were running low on. I know you like to have makeup and nice things. But with our money, you can never buy anything for yourself.” My mouth fell open. I pictured my tall, rough-around-the-edges husband, plodding down the makeup aisle at the drugstore looking for the things on his list. Knowing Mike, I assumed the list was written on his hand, and it was. The thought he put into buying these things for me was amazing. No amount of money could’ve replaced that consideration.

That’s the Mike I want to remember. He was a troubled soul with seriously destructive habits that took a heavy toll on our family and on his body. Because of that, he passed away too young. Our years together were tumultuous, but they weren’t all bad. Some stand out like pockets of calm in a long storm. For me that Christmas, it boiled down to one thing. Mike knew me. He could have bought any old thing. Instead he went to great effort to see me smile when I opened his packages. That was the true gift. That was 26 years ago. But today when I think of Mike, that Christmas is the memory I choose. Whether or not money is short this Christmas, our extravagances should not be in the money we spend. It should be in the thought we put into finding what warms the hearts of our loved ones and makes them smile down to their souls. Anyone can do that. Teresa Ambord is a full-time business writer who works from her home in rural upstate California. For fun she writes family stories, with the inspiration and assistance of her small dogs.


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If you have more than one automobile and they’re insured with separate companies, wrap them up with one company and you could get yourself a gift with the savings. Start by thinking long-term. When your policy comes up for renewal, go for an annual policy instead of a six-month policy if you have the option. Why? Because you lock in the rate for the whole year. Knowing what to budget each month for auto insurance, especially during the holidays, can keep you feeling more like Santa than Scrooge.

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The same applies if you have more than one automobile and they’re insured with separate companies. Wrap them up with one company and you could get yourself a gift with the savings. The holidays could be a little cheerier for drivers age 55 and older if you’ve taken a driver improvement course. Some insurance carriers offer discounts for successfully completing the course. Talk with a AAA Insurance Agent about what carriers provide this discount, how much you could save and when you can sign up for the next AAA Senior Defensive Driver class. Who wouldn’t like a new iPod this holiday season? Well, one quick way to put some money toward that goal is to talk with your insurance agent about increasing your deductible. Believe it or not, deductibles can be increased or decreased any time during the policy’s duration. To find out what you could save, ask a AAA Insurance Agent. And Santa isn’t the only one who gives gifts to nice girls and boys. If you have a student on your policy and they are getting good grades (GPA of 3.0 or higher), you could be eligible for a discount that might pay for a stocking stuffer of music downloads. For more ways to save on auto insurance, contact a AAA Insurance Agent and ask for a free policy review. See ad on opposite page to find your local AAA office.


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veryone is always told that chocolate is bad for dogs and cats, but why? Is one type of chocolate worse than another type? How much chocolate does a pet need to eat before there is a problem?

Caring For Your Pet The main ingredient in chocolate that causes toxicity is theobromine, which is a methylxanthine. Caffeine is also a methylxanthine. When a dog or a cat eats chocolate in toxic amounts, an owner may observe a number of clinical signs including vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity/restlessness, and an increased heartrate. Sometimes an owner may even see muscle

tremors, seizures and weakness. These clinical signs typically occur within one to four hours after chocolate ingestion and if a pet does not receive treatment, death may even occur. Higher concentrations of theobromine and caffeine are found in baking chocolate and darker chocolates. Therefore, it takes less

of these for a pet to become toxic if they ingest it. Whether or not a pet will reach toxic levels not only depends on the type of chocolate eaten, but also on the size of the pet. Presumably, a smaller animal will reach toxic levels of chocolate more quickly than a larger animal.

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The Healthy Geezer

BY FRED CICETTI

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and why do I see it listed on so many products in my medicine cabinet? A: Acetaminophen is the most widely

used pain-reliever and fever-reducer in the world. It is contained in more than 100 products. Tylenol is the best known over-the-counter (OTC) acetaminophen product. It is also a component of well known prescription drugs such as Darvocet and Percocet. Acetaminophen also is known as paracetamol and N-acetyl-p-aminophenol (APAP). Acetaminophen is available without a prescription. Follow the directions on the package label carefully. If your doctor prescribes it for you, the prescription label will tell you how often to take it. Taking too much acetaminophen can lead to liver damage. The risk for liver damage may be increased if you drink three or more alcoholic drinks while using medicines that contain acetaminophen. The maximum daily dose of acetaminophen is 4 grams in adults. The toxic dose of acetaminophen after a single acute ingestion is about 7 grams in adults. The at-risk dose may be lower in some susceptible populations, such as alcohol abusers. When dosing recommendations are followed, the risk of liver toxicity is extremely small. Acetaminophen is one of the most common pharmaceutical agents involved in overdose, as reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. One of the problems with acetaminophen is its widespread use. You have to check your medicine cabinet to see what products contain acetaminophen. Then, if you’re taking more than one medication, be sure you don’t exceed the maximum daily dose. Adults should not take acetaminophen for pain for more than 10 days without talking to a doctor. Acetaminophen should not be taken for high fever, for fever lasting more than three days, or for recurrent fever without a doctor’s supervision. There are basically two types of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. Some contain acetaminophen and others contain non-steroidal anti-

inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Examples of OTC NSAIDs are aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen sodium (Aleve), and ketoprofen (Orudis). NSAIDs are associated with stomach distress. You should talk to your doctor before using NSAIDS if you are over 60, taking prescription blood thinners, have stomach ulcers or other bleeding problems. NSAIDs can also cause reversible damage to the kidneys. The risk of kidney damage may increase in people who are over 60, have high blood pressure, heart disease or pre-existing kidney disease, and people who are taking a diuretic. You should talk with your healthcare professional if you have questions about using an OTC medicine before using it in combination with other medicines—either OTC or prescription medicine. Combining prescription medicines and OTC medicines can lead to problematic drug interactions. All older adults should consult their doctors before taking any OTC medication or herbal. Often, older adults use many drugs at the same time, including prescription and OTC drugs. They also process drugs differently than younger adults. This is why older adults need to be especially careful about drug-drug interactions. If you’re a senior, talk with your doctor about all of the drugs and herbal health products you take. He or she can tell you whether you are at risk for having a bad reaction from taking an OTC drug. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How to be a Healthy Geezer” at healthygeezer.com. All Rights Reserved © 2011 by Fred Cicetti.

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Veterans Corner

A Day With a World War II Honor Flight WWII Memorial: H onor Flights are flights to transport WWII veterans to Washington, DC to be honored at the WWII Memorial. A day spent with 75 or more of the 85- to 100-year-old veterans starts early and ends late and is filled with smiles, tears, old memories and new friends.

4:30 a.m.: Arrive at

airport where veterans and their guardians (sometimes family members) meet for a 6 a.m. departure by chartered flight to Washington, DC. Veterans wear one color shirt; guardians wear another color.

Veterans spend time, often telling stories as memories rush in. Many groups are personally greeted at the memorial by former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole (a World War II veteran who received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star).

Army Nurse Hazel Murphy sat on a rainy visit remembering her four years of duty in the Pacific.

Washington arrival: Local volunteers cheer the group and assist in getting to chartered buses. One man, dressed in a WWII Army uniform, brought smiles with his sign “Lookin’ for Kilroy.” Remember Kilroy?

First stop: Iwo Jima Memorial

for a group picture. Other stops: Arlington Cemetery, the Vietnam and Korean Memorials.

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Mail Call:

Aboard the flight home, veterans open letters from a thankful nation. Letters come from school classes and friends as well as from anonymous strangers grateful to live in a free country. One seventh grader’s letter read, “Politicians say they’re going to Do It, Do It, Do It. You’re one who went out and Did It.” In the hometown airport, hundreds of people dress in red, white and blue to celebrate their heroes.

God bless America!


How to Volunteer with Passion “I

f you want to feel good, volunteer,” said Sellman, a volunteer with 16 different groups and author of the children’s book The Legend of the Wolves of Gunflint Lake. “There are few ways to feel as good about yourself as volunteering.” The key to discovering that feeling is to let your passion guide you when you decide to volunteer, she added. Her tips for beginning volunteers include: • Choose Wisely—Many people get “roped into” volunteering for an organization because their boss or family member is involved. Those can be rewarding ways to enter volunteerism, but only if the project is a match for your personal interests. The most important aspect to volunteerism is to find what you love. Just pick the right one, and your volunteer time won’t be a chore—it will be a joy.

• Watch Your Schedule—As much as you want your passion to direct your choice of project, you don’t want those volunteer projects to rule your schedule. Most organizations will take as much time as you offer them, but if you only have an hour or two each week, they’ll take that time, too. Your volunteer life should not consume your work or home life.

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Five Things You May Not Know About Second Opinions M ost people face at least one major medical decision in their lives. Sometimes the treatment choice is clear-cut—but when it isn’t, getting a second opinion is recommended. Second opinions can lead to less expensive tests and treatments, so insurers have an incentive to allow—and may even encourage— second opinions. Here are five other observations about second opinions from the Health Letter editors: 1. They’re less common than you think. A recent poll showed that about 70 percent of Americans don’t feel compelled to get a second opinion or do additional research. 2. Your doctor won’t be mad. It can feel awkward to bring up, but doctors generally welcome having their patients seek second opinions. 3. You may need to make your priorities known. Although your

primary-care physician may know you well, a specialist providing a second opinion may not focus on different aspects of the treatment. For example, cancer treatment patients may be more likely than providers to focus on possible side effects.

4. The first opinion may affect the second. An orthopedic surgeon may, for instance, be more prone to recommend surgery if a first physician has advised it, rather than a conservative approach. (However, no such effect was found among the neurologists.) 5. You may need to bridge a communications breakdown. Patients should contact the office of the second opinion doctor to see what medical records they should bring with them or have sent. Information from October Harvard Health Letter.

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The Fisher House—“Because a Family’s Love Is Good Medicine!”

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t’s Christmas. A young soldier has been badly wounded in Iraq and his parents, wife and children who live in Oregon want to be near this son, husband and father. Thanks to the Fisher House, they can live temporarily just steps away from James A Haley VA hospital where he is receiving care and rehabilitation. Also at the Fisher House is the brother of a female veteran recovering from surgery. For the holiday season, a church group has come in and put up lights and decorations and a Christmas tree. In fact, it looks a lot like Christmas around the house! The Fisher House in Tampa was built five years ago to provide a “home away from home” for military families simply because “a family’s love is good medicine.” Manager Paula Welenc said that because the Haley facility is one of five VA designated poly trauma hospitals across the country, “We get a lot of young soldiers out of Iraq and Afghanistan with head and spinal cord injuries who come here for rehabilitation. They have families as far away as Germany, Oregon, Georgia, all over. Their loved ones support their recovery and, in some cases, must learn to be their caregivers here.” She added that patients can have respite passes here as well – it’s a place with their families and “without beepers or buzzers or bright lights.” Family members who occupy the Fisher House have one of 20 suites, take care of themselves and their rooms, do their own cooking and have access to the beautiful communal kitchen, dining room, living room and laundry. Welenc said, “One day I realized that at any one time we may have five

generations in the house. Right now we have a mother and her newborn, but we also have older people, grandparents, and all ages in between. It’s a fabulous dynamic and very rejuvenating for everyone.” Fisher Houses (54 of them) are built by the Fisher House Foundation and then gifted to the facility, which covers basic expenses like utilities and maintenance. However, the VA does not include “creature comforts” such as linens, coffee and other staples for the kitchen. These must come from donations, either personal or from businesses or groups. 100 percent of all monetary gifting is put to use for the guests. “And we love to use volunteers’ time, talent and treasures,” Welenc says. Individual and group opportunities which can be coordinated with Welenc but do NOT require registering through the VA as an ongoing volunteer, include dropping off a prepared meal for about 30 people—can be breakfast (such as ready-to-bake breakfast casseroles delivered the night before), lunch (sandwich fixings, soups, salads) or dinners (think comfort food such as meatloaf and mashed potatoes, says Welenc). (No serving or cleanup needed.) Or you might bring a couple of friends and bake cookies or cakes or bread in their kitchen and fill the house with homey smells. An organization might have food drives or buy theater tickets and gift cards. Ongoing volunteers might help with administrative needs, mail or doing special things needed around a house such as cleaning out refrigerators, straightening linen closets, etc., must be registered with the VA and complete an orientation process. Call Paula Welenc at (813) 9103000 or e-mail paula.welenc@ va.gov to coordinate a way to help.


Handling Family Tension During the Holidays BY LISA M. PETSCHE

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he holiday season is a hectic time for many people. Staying sane is even more of a challenge for those who don’t get along well with their extended family. Every family has dysfunction, of course, because no member is perfect. But some families are prone to more interpersonal tension than others, due to diverse personalities, circumstances, values and lifestyles among members. Read on for some tips on how to cope with the almost inevitable stress inherent when relatives get together for the holidays.

Retirement Living Preparation Make it a point to practice self-care at this time of the year. Eat healthy foods, make time for exercise and get adequate sleep. Allow plenty of time to get ready for a family event, so you’re relaxed and feel your best. Conjure up compassion for relatives who emanate negativity, bearing in mind that they are unhappy individuals. Try to feel pity rather than anger towards them. Set realistic expectations about family members’ behavior. The narcissist, non-stop talker or chronic complainer is not going to change. Plan to steer clear of them if possible, otherwise limit the amount of time you spend with them. Give yourself a pep talk. Reassure yourself that you are up to the challenge of gracefully handling a few hours with anyone. If you are particularly anxious about a gathering, invite a friend along for support. Aim to cut your visit short as a last resort. Plan something to look forward to afterwards. During a Gathering: Do’s and Don’ts Avoid consuming alcohol; otherwise, limit yourself to one or two drinks. Disinhibition can cause you to say things you may regret.

Practice good listening skills: pay attention, don’t interrupt and ask open-ended questions. Be conscious of your non-verbal language, keeping your posture open (avoid crossing your arms), making eye contact and nodding periodically. Show courtesy towards everyone. When you can’t manage any more politeness towards a particular individual, find a reason to excuse yourself and move on. Count to ten and refuse to take the bait when someone tries to one-up you or goad you into an argument. Instead, adopt a “stupid and cheerful” demeanor – signature advice from syndicated radio host and licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Joy Browne. Stay away from contentious topics and change the subject if others raise them. Don’t participate in gossip or put-downs of others, or bring up unpleasant events. Engage relatives positively by reminiscing about pleasant times or inquiring about something meaningful to them, such as their children or grandchildren, work, a hobby or a recent vacation. Breathe deeply if you find yourself getting stressed. If that doesn’t help, head to the washroom or step outside, to compose yourself. Parting Thoughts If you keep in mind that you can’t change anyone’s behavior except your own, and that it’s always within your power to be civil and, yes, even kind to a certain degree, you will make it through family events, perhaps even better than you anticipated. If things don’t go well in spite of your best efforts to be congenial, plan a vacation over the holidays next year, so you can have a guilt-free break from family functions - and other sources of seasonal stress - and thoroughly enjoy yourself. Lisa M. Petsche is a social worker and a freelance writer specializing in inter-generational issues. Senior Connection • December 2011 • page 19


For Healthy Holiday Recipes, Get Creative With New Ingredients

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ating healthy during the holidays can be difficult. There’s no need to entirely forgo your favorite festive foods this season. Try substituting healthier ingredients into your favorite recipes. Instead of mayonnaise or cream cheese, use Chobani Greek Yogurt. It’s a great way to cut out extra calories without sacrificing taste. Greek yogurt also has two times more protein than regular yogurt and it’s a great source of calcium. Have fun in the kitchen with these two delicious and nutritious recipes. Find more at chobanikitchen.com. (Family Features)

Recipe Turkey Potpie

Yield: 4 servings 1 small onion, chopped 1 medium carrot, chopped 1/2 cup peeled potato, diced 1/4 cup celery, chopped 1/4 cup butter, cubed

1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup chicken broth 2 cups cooked turkey, cubed 1/2 cup frozen peas 1 cup 0% Plain Chobani 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry

In large saucepan, sauté onion, carrot, potato and celery in butter until tender. Add flour and seasonings until blended; gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in turkey, peas and Chobani; divide mixture among four ungreased 5-inch pie plates. Divide pastry into quarters. On a lightly floured surface, roll each quarter into a 6-inch circle; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges; cut slits to vent. Cover and freeze two potpies for up to 3 months. Bake the remaining potpies at 375˚ F for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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Cranberry Orange Bread Yield: 10 (3/4-inch) slices

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1 tablespoon grated orange zest 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped coarsely Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Set aside. In large bowl, mix together Chobani and sugar. Add egg and combine. Stir in orange juice. Add dry mixture to wet mixture. Mix only until just combined. Carefully, fold in orange zest, cranberries and walnuts. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully invert pan to remove, and finish cooling on rack. Wrap in plastic and foil. This bread is extra delicious on the second day. Nutritional Information: Calories 160, Calories from Fat 30, Total Fat 3.5g, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 230 mg, Total Carbohydrate 31g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 15g, Protein 5g

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To use frozen potpies: Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking. Cover edges of crusts loosely with foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375˚ F for 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake 15 – 20 minutes longer or until golden brown and filling is bubbly. Nutritional Information: Calories 510, Calories from Fat 240, Total Fat 27g, Saturated Fat 12g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 90mg, Sodium 900mg, Total Carbohydrate 36g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 7g, Protein 31g

y research suggests that drinking green tea can bring a 75 percent reduction in the risk of basal-cell carcinoma and squamous-cell carcinoma. How does green tea get its sunblock qualities? The answer lies in the powerful antioxidants, namely epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that acts as a sort of self-destruct button for wouldbe skin-cancer cells, causing them to die off before they can turn malignant. Health Tip Green tea is reportedly the most powerful antioxidant known to man. Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world (water is the first) and has been used medicinally for centuries in China and Japan. A number of beneficial health effects are attributed to regular consumption of green tea and dried/powdered extracts of green tea. Green tea comes from the leaves of the white-flowered tea plant, Camellia sinensis, a bush native to Asia. These tea leaves are

less processed than black tea and contain rich sources of antioxidants which protect the body’s cells from damage and fight diseases. The antioxidants, which are the beneficial particles in green tea, have been linked to cancer prevention, decreased risk of stroke and heart diseases, and lowered blood cholesterol. Catechin, a tannin derivative found in tea, is the main component that provides benefits in green tea and is present in higher amounts than in grape juice and red wine, which are also believed to reduce the rate of heart disease. Bottom Line You should drink six to eight full glasses of water a day. Green tea can be substituted for two of the glasses or can be drank in addition. Green tea is great for cancer prevention (including skin cancer), decreased risk of stroke, heart diseases and lowered blood cholesterol .

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Friendships: A Key to Longevity “M

ake two friends and call me in the morning.” The next time you ask us how to get healthy and live longer, that may be our answer. No, don’t go crazy signing up new “friends” on Facebook. It’s about quality, not quantity; about having the kinds of friends you can hang with for hours, call with big news or give a kidney to. If you’ve got friends like this, you have a 50 percent better chance of living longer than people who don’t have good friends, says a startling new analysis of 300,000 people and their pals. Put another way: Having friends is as powerful as quitting smoking (and way more fun). Not having them is even more life-threatening than becoming obese or so inactive that just

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• Get physical. Take exercise classes together, help in each other’s lawns, do early morning laps around the mall.

• Go out and give. Need a bigger social circle? Volunteer for a community center, a hospital or a park cleanup. You’ll connect with people who care about the same things you do.

• Organize a reunion. Don’t wait for a funeral to get together; have a happy gathering. Family pals are some of the closest friends you’ll ever have.

• Keep these important relationships alive. They’ll do the same for you.

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• Make way for baby boomers qualifying for “Original Medicare” at age 65. This year, baby boomers begin turning 65, which means more people will be enrolling in Medicare this year than in the past. All of these new enrollees will put more stress on Medicare enrollment experts.

• “Newbies” be aware of deductibles, coinsurance, out-of-pocket limits and prescription drugs. If you’re new to Medicare, it’s important to know that both parts of Original Medicare (A and B) have deductibles. And, the deductibles are not tied to a calendar year like they are with

traditional health insurance. Instead, they’re tied to a 90-day benefit period, with some exceptions.

• Get “star power” in 2012. The Affordable Care Act (health reform) requires a star rating system to be used for Medicare Advantage plans, beginning in 2012. Plans get a rating of 1 to 5, with a 5-star rating equating to an “Excellent Performance,” and a 1-star rating equating to a “Poor Performance.” If you’re lucky enough to have access to a 5-star plan, consider it as an option for your coverage. One benefit of a 5-star plan is that you can enroll in it any time, even outside of Medicare’s annual enrollment period. Ross Blair is President and CEO of Plan Prescriber, Inc. (www.PlanPrescriber.com)

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ew research has found that if you want some of the many health benefits associated with eating broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables, you need to eat the real thing—a key phytochemical in these vegetables is poorly absorbed and of far less value if taken as a supplement. The study is one of the first of its type to determine whether some of the healthy compounds found in cruciferous vegetables can be just as easily obtained through supplements. The answer is no. And not only do you need to eat the whole foods, you have to go easy on cooking them. “The issue of whether important nutrients can be obtained through whole foods or with supplements is never simple,” said Emily Ho, an OSU associate professor. “Some vitamins and nutrients, like the folic acid often recommended for pregnant women, are actually better-absorbed as a supplement than through food,” Ho said. “Adequate levels of nutrients like vitamin D are often difficult to obtain in most diets. But the particular compounds that

we believe give broccoli and related vegetables their health value need to come from the complete food.” A necessary enzyme called myrosinase is missing from most of the supplement forms of glucosinolates, a valuable phytochemical in cruciferous vegetables. Without this enzyme found in the whole food, the study found that the body actually absorbs five times less of one important compound and eight times less of another. Intensive cooking does pretty much the same thing, Ho said. If broccoli is cooked until it’s soft and mushy, its health value plummets. However, it can still be lightly cooked for two or three minutes, or steamed until it’s still a little crunchy, and retain adequate levels of the necessary enzyme. Although broccoli has the highest levels of glucosinolates, they are also found in cauliflower, cabbage, kale and other cruciferous vegetables. The same cooking recommendations would apply to those foods to best retain their health benefits, Ho said. But for now, if people want the real health benefits of broccoli, there’s a simple guideline. Eat your vegetables. Information from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

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Mobile, Alabama…Prepare to be Surprised! On the edge of Mobile Bay, the Five Rivers Delta Center offers outdoor activity and adventure in the scenic waterways, woods and wetlands where five rivers converge. The interpretive center presents background, live exhibits and is adjacent to the Bertram Canoe Trail. I enjoyed a kayak trip but guided trips are also available on pontoon boats.

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n Mobile, Alabama, the coastal way of life is lived out every day in food, music and festivals. Mobile still holds surprises for the traveler, whether for a day or a week. Prepare to be surprised as you eat your way along the bay, visit dozens of historical sites and get out on the water. Or join one of their many festivals. It’s worth a stop!

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Or go to Mobile when the gardens are in bloom, and that is When to go year-round in Mobile at BellinMARDI GRAS grath Gardens and Home – the in Mobile…the house that Coke built. Mr. Walter surprising original! Bellingrath was an early franchise The first known investor in the Coca-Cola CompaAmerican Mardi ny and today his famous 75-yearClimb aboard a real Gras celebration Mardi Gras float at the old estate on 65 acres presents took place in MoMardi Gras Museum. a horticultural bouquet where bile in 1703, even there are blooms most every day before New Orleans had one. Visit of the year. World-renowned for its Mobile Carnival Museum to see a secamellias in winter, 2,000 rose bushes lection of jeweled robes and crowns of in summer, dozens of azalea bushes past celebrations. Go aboard an actual in spring, magnificent Christmas float and learn about the two weeks lights and much more. Popular among of celebrations that culminate on “Fat travelers, it’s an easy drive off I-10. Tuesday” each year. Docents take you through the cultural and social aspects of local Mardi Gras traditions.

Or maybe go for New Years. On New Years Eve, you can relax with an RC Cola and a Moon Pie (or champagne) in Mobile. At midnight a twelve-foot illuminated MoonPie descends from a 34-story tower to usher in the new year, Mobile style. (Mobile consumes four million Moon Pies annually, so many that the city has adopted the delicious treat as an informal emblem.) So...enjoy MoonPie Over Mobile next New Years Eve.

In the Museum of Mobile, a “Human Cargo” exhibit shows how slaves were transported from Africa in the hold of a ship.

What to see In the Museum of Mobile, innovative and state-of-the-art exhibits help you relive the journey of some of the earliest Americans. Particularly impressive were the African-American stories and their influence in arts, sports and leadership. Civil War soldiers tell their stories. Natural disasters are portrayed as their impact changed the commercial fortunes of Mobile.

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Get up close and personal with the human heart at The Gulf Coast Exploreum

The Gulf Coast Exploreum is a kid’s field trip delight and the only science center between Houston and Tampa along the Gulf coast. High tech adventure in heart health awaits the visitor. The Ciba Lab offers lab coat and goggles so you can try your hand at table-top experiments. Hands-on interactive exhibits offer a chance to strum a tune on a laser harp. The Virtual Journeys Digital Theater uses powerful computers and digital projection systems the size of an 18-wheeler. You can relive baseball’s glory days at the Hank Aaron Childhood

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home and museum. His childhood in Mobile is presented at the Hank Aaron Stadium where the Mobile Bay Bears play (affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks). A walk through downtown Mobile, takes you to A & M Peanut Shop with an original Planters peanut roaster still in operation and Three Georges Ice Cream Shop. Stop for lunch at the Spot of Tea and then be sure to see the old Saenger Theater and the beautiful 19th century cathedral.

Where to stay The newly remodeled Battle House Hotel is one of the grand old hotels of the South. Located in downtown Mobile, the Battle House Hotel opened in 1852 and has been opened and closed a couple of times, but the recently completed renovation easily makes it the most desirable hotel stay along the coast. Rooms are luxurious, the pool and fitness area exceptional and service is genteel Southern. If you don’t have the time or inclination to stay at the Battle House, tours are available through the Beaux Art style lobby. Unique to the second floor is the “whispering arch” where one may whisper at one end of an arch and be clearly heard 35 feet away at the other end of the arch. For information, visit mobilebay. org or call 1-800-5MOBILE. Oysters at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Mobile, served “fried, stewed or nude” since 1938.

ear Mobile, the town of Daphne is world-known for the unusual phenomenon of “jubilee.” Once or more a year, environmental factors deplete the water of oxygen drawing shrimp, flounder, crab and other fish up to the surface close to the shore. The word goes out, phones ring all over the area—“Jubilee!”—and residents rush with their coolers to the area to collect immense numbers of fish, free for the picking up.


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hopping can be a big part of travel. Unique wares and low prices draw us to products created in exotic locations. But consider the cost and difficulty of getting it home before you buy. It seems easy enough to say, “I’ll have them ship it.” Not so fast. A fellow traveler at a pottery shop in Peru purchased pottery knickknacks for gifts and told the clerk to pack them for shipping. It turned out that the packing and shipping charges were $95 for her $50 purchases. I bought one very nice bowl and several smaller pieces and decided to carry them home. The shop wrapped them securely in a cardboard box, but I knew it wouldn’t fit in the overhead bin or under the seat. What to do? I

later bargained at the outdoor market for an inexpensive cloth bag which would fit under the airplane seat. Since then, I carry a very lightweight nylon duffel bag in my suitcase in case I find irresistible items. If I do, I pack the nylon bag with dirty clothes and extra shoes and check it as a second piece of luggage. My larger suitcase can be packed with my purchased treasures safely wrapped in other clothing or wrapped in native newspapers. Some travelers pick something specific and easy to carry to shop for in each location, such as unframed pen and ink drawings or watercolor prints or perhaps embroidered pieces which can be framed at home. To shop or not to shop? Why, shop, of course!

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Dear Readers, very month, Senior Connection and Mature Lifestyles magazines look forward to bringing you the latest and best information on health and wellness, travel, finances and retirement living. We celebrate our local heroes and encourage seniors like ourselves to stay connected to their community and live life to its fullest. We are proud to announce that Senior Connection and Mature Lifestyles magazines have won awards for excellence at the 2011 North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) convention last month. We could not have done it without the support of our readers and sponsors. Thank you!

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own Under in Australia, they call them “kippers”—“kids in parents’ pockets eroding retirement savings.” The 2010 U.S. census figures indicate that more than 80 million so-called American “empty nesters” now find themselves with at least one grown child living at home. U.S. pundits refer to these adult children as the “boomerang” generation. Some kids return home for economic reasons—this year over 18 percent of 16-to-24-year-olds were unemployed vs. 8.7 percent for people over 25. College grads with college loans may move back in with their parents— where life is comfortable and rent is either low or nonexistent—while they get their finances in order.

Of course, some return for personal reasons, to recover from a divorce or an illness, or just because they cannot afford their parents’ lifestyle living on their own. Focus on the Family, which has an extensive family-related website, offers these tips for maintaining a healthy relationship with your adult child: • Trust your adult children to make wise choices, even if they sometimes don’t. They’ll eventually figure things out. After all, didn’t you learn much the same way?

• Squelch the impulse to give advice unless it’s asked for. That’s easier to do when your kids are out of your radar range, but when they’re sleeping just down the hall, selfcensorship can be more difficult. You don’t want to sound like a nagging broken record of “You shouldn’t have” and “Why didn’t you?” • Communication is key. Set a regular time to discuss issues, clarify expectations or simply clear the air. Pray together regularly. • Practice grace—everyone. We all have bad days. Three or more adults living in one house is a challenge whether you’re related or not. Give each other some space! A New York Life spokesman notes that the return by adult children to the nest can become a financial burden that can derail the parents’ plans and jeopardize their financial future, especially their retirement, as they try to do too much for their children.

They offer these key suggestions for dealing with debt and helping your children out financially: 1. Help them restructure debts, rather than simply bail them out. Then teach them how to avoid new debt. One option is to match debtreduction payments with the understanding that they put away credit cards and live within their means. 2. Do not sacrifice your own financial future. Decide how much you want and can afford to help. Children tend to think their parents are wealthy, while some parents provide more financial support than they can afford. Having your children return to the safety net of your home can be a wonderful time of family closeness. Setting the tone, laying out the ground rules and making smart-money financial decisions can help create a positive, supportive environment that is in the best interests of you and your returning family members. Your role is to guide them.

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“I’m Leaving My No-Good Son Just One Dollar…” BY WILLIAM R. MUMBAUER, Attorney

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arely does a week go by that a misinformed client requests that I put a clause in their yet-to-be-prepared will to the effect that their out-of-favor child receive only one dollar upon his or her parent’s death. The rationale behind this slap in the face bequest, besides the obvious message it conveys, is that it somehow magically prevents the unfortunate child from contesting the will. This is a myth.

The Law And You First of all, it should be understood that with the exception of certain very specific situations involving homestead real property owned by a decedent who is survived by minor children, a parent who is a Florida resident has absolutely no legal obligation to leave his or her child anything, and certainly not one dollar.

Perhaps the confusion regarding a parent’s post mortem obligation to their children arises from the fact that many jurisdictions, including Florida, recognize the concept of entitlement by a “pretermitted” child. Under the pretermitted child law, a child born or adopted after the date their parent’s will was executed has the right to receive a share of the deceased parent’s estate equal to what the child would have been entitled to had the parent died without having made a valid will. Clearly this is a unique situation that rarely occurs. Finally, what of those cases in which the lawyer acquiesces to the client’s ill-advised wishes and actually drafts the will devising the one dollar (or similarly nominal amount) to a child? If the will is later probated, inevitably, the rejected child refuses to cash his or her disbursement check and all kinds of problems then arise, resulting in unnecessary additional expense and delay in closing the decedent’s estate.

Mr. Mumbauer, a fifth generation Floridian, has maintained a law practice in Brandon, Florida since 1980 with emphasis on estate planning. He takes special pride in representing the senior community by maintaining a sensitive and practical approach to problem solving. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar and is a participating attorney in the AARP Legal Services Network. He is also a Mentor in probate law and has been qualified by the Second District Court of Appeal in Florida as an expert witness in matters involving the drafting of wills. Mr. Mumbauer’s MartindaleHubbell Peer Review Rating for Legal Ability is High to Very High and his General Recommendation Rating is Very High. His articles are based on general principles of law and are not intended to apply to individual circumstances.

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The Greatest Human Strength Is Will Power

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epeat after me: “I will not eat ice cream, I will not eat ice cream, I will not eat ice cream.” Now, behold the luscious waffle cone heaped with scoops of rocky road and vanilla caramel ripple? Repeat after me: “Well . . . maybe just a little taste . . . .” Arrgh—don’t do it! At least not until you’ve read Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by FSU Professor Roy F. Baumeister. Baumeister learned that willpower “gives people the strength to persevere, how they lose self-control as their willpower is depleted and how this mental energy is fueled by the glucose in the body’s bloodstream.” His research shows that self-regulation, like a muscle, can sometimes be worn down. When subjects were given a task that required them to resist something—like a sweet treat or not thinking about a certain kind of animal—they didn’t perform as well on a subsequent assigned task involving willpower, a result of what Baumeister calls “ego depletion.” Even more interesting was that when the subjects were given a sugar-sweetened drink, self-control actually improved. Apparently, the sugar provided fuel for the brain to get back to work and restore the person’s willpower. And when subjects were asked to make moderate lifestyle changes, such as exercising, they eventually displayed greater overall self-control in their lives, which showed that willpower can be beefed up much like an unused muscle. (Newswise)

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BRIDGE BITES

From The American Contract Bridge League

A Little White Lie

BY BRIAN GUNNELL

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n defense, sometimes a little white lie is necessary in order to point Partner in the right direction. No more clues, here’s your problem:

You are sitting East, trying to beat 4♥. Partner leads the ♣A. Where can you find four defensive tricks? No doubt Declarer has the ♠A and the ♥A for that opening bid, so at first glance it may appear that the best the defense can do is to take its two Club tricks and the ♦A. Any ideas for an extra trick? OK, now that you’ve solved the problem, the full hand: That’s right, at Trick 1 East falsecards with the ♣8, showing a doubleton! East’s plan is to conjure up a

trump trick out of thin air. Look what happens! West next cashes the ♣K, and East completes his fake high-low. Then West plays a third round of Clubs and who can blame Declarer for ruffing that trick high in Dummy? Obviously he doesn’t want to get overruffed by East, and, anyway, squandering that high trump costs nothing if the trumps are 3-1 or 2-2. But they are 4-0, so East gets a trump trick and it’s down one! It was necessary to fool Partner as well as Declarer. If East had signaled honestly in Clubs, then, at Trick 3, West would no doubt have shifted to the ♠Q, hoping that East has the Ace and trying to grab a couple of Spade tricks before they disappear on the Diamonds. Visit acbl.org for more about the fascinating game of bridge or e-mail marketing@acbl.org To find a bridge club in Florida, go to district9acbl.org/D9Clubsmap.htm Bridge article provided courtesy of St. Petersburg Bridge Club; online at stpetebridge.org.

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Village unique. They are also excited about their brand new Memory Care Unit, “New Beginnings,” which will be opening in 2012! Open House Dates: December 11 (2 – 4 p.m.), January 12 (4 – 7 p.m.), and January 22 (2 – 4 p.m.). Where: 4100 E. Fletcher Ave. Tampa, FL 33613. For more information, please call (813) 632-2331.

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Florida Residents Can Enjoy Biking Every Day!

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hat is Florida living without a bike? We have the ultimate climate that is conducive to bike exercise. You can do it virtually every day of the year from January to December. In the cooler winter months, what could be more beautiful than biking on a sunny afternoon? Or in the summer, just get up early to beat the heat and watch our gorgeous sunrises. Either way, you are guaranteed to be able to use your bike to exercise and build good healthy habits every day. Many people want to ride bicycles but find getting on and off of one more than what they can handle. Biria USA is producing bicycles, called the Easy Boarding, that are specifically geared towards this growing market. The “Easy Boarding” bike makes cycling easier for older adults because it has a frame bar that is only six inches off the ground, creating a

step-through frame that is extremely easy to mount. Riders can mount the “Easy Boarding” bike simply by lifting their leg less than 6 inches rather than up and over the bike’s frame, like on traditional designs. With such advanced, senior-oriented features as upright seating (for less back pain), relaxed arm position (for more control), and a unique step-through design (making it easier to get on the bike), Biria bikes can be just the thing for the active senior! Imagine – healthy exercise, good conversation, fresh air,and a feeling of freedom, all while burning off fat and improving your health! Isn’t that why we live in Florida? For more information on Biria bicycles or to find a Biria distributor near you, visit www.biria.com or call 1-201461-1980. Please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.

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Seniors Getting Together Attention SGTers!

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