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JULY 2011

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah-ing Over Gators and Crocs

watched assistants strap David in and do their safety check. I heard “Just take two or three steps and sit down.” hen the grandkids Imagine the scene. He was come, it may be standing harnessed and attached time for you to clip in and to the cable at the top of a ten-foot “zip” off with them on the square bright green platform which all-new Screamin’ Gator Janice Doyle, was tilted at a 30 degree angle. Zip Line at Gatorland in Editor Across the lower edge of said tilted Kissimmee. Even without platform there was nothing but air grandkids, zipping along at 25 miles and tree tops. Without a backward per hour through tree tops sounds look, he took two steps, sat down pretty cool. Or . . . downright stupid? I’m not one to miss a new adventure, in his harness and . . . off he went. Then I was at the top of the green so off my husband David and I went. tilted platform being safety inspected With tree tops and gators and big by Josh as he hooked my own harness crocodiles below, we did indeed straps and carabiners to the pulley. zip line 1,200 feet between towers I said to myself, “They wouldn’t which stand several stories tall. let you up here if wasn’t safe.” Zip lines owners take perfectly good “Take two steps and sit down,” money from people willing to be Josh said. I couldn’t retreat—going thrust off into thin air. That’s the economics. Here’s the physics: You move back down the steps would be too hard on my knees. So, two steps forward by gravity while wearing a down a platform with nothing to stop harness that is attached by belts and a me and I sat down in the harness. pulley to steel cables strung between It was awesome! I soared over tree towers. But it’s way more than an tops to Tower Two. Next I zipped economics and physics lesson!! over a pool where 30 gators sunned I first smelled trouble when we themselves. Then it was on to “de climbed several flights of wooden Nile” over gigantic African crocodiles. stairs to get to the top of the tower The highest and longest section of for launching. The second clue to cable traverses Gatorland’s breeding the truth of the situation was when I

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built in Belfast as an awe-inspiring man-made structure. The new building and visitor attraction is ast month I visited being built right beside the Northern Ireland, birthhistoric site of the actual place of my grandparents Titanic’s construction. The on my father’s side. Finding six-story building is shaped St. Malchys in the heart like three ship’s bows and of Belfast—the church will comprise nine galleries where my grandmother was which focus on the educabaptized in 1877—made tion of the social history, the Irish in me feel real. industrial development I thought of the hardships and engineering advanceshe and her family went ments then and now. through and what hopes Publisher, Kathy Beck, The new museum will they had for coming to outside of St. Malchy’s. open in April 2012. America in the early 1900s. I am proud of my Irish heritage It made me think about our freedom and that more people will have the and what our ancestors endured for us opportunity to visit this new attraction to have a better life here in America. The city of Belfast with its rich histo- and learn more about Belfast and ry is opening the doors for a new icon, Northern Ireland. I feel lucky! To learn more about “Titanic Belfast,” the “Titanic Belfast.” It is a tribute to go to 100 years ago when the Titanic was

Finding My Heritage


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David Lalmond and Janice Doyle soar over the treetops.

marsh. My calm abandoned me temporarily when I took the first of 83 carefully counted steps over a bridge connecting towers 4 and 5. Feet on two narrow boards, hands on cables on both sides and safety strap linked to a cable above. Finally (when I wasn’t scared any more) David and I were connected to parallel cables to “race” to the last tower over a peaceful pond with nary a gator is in sight. Luke, the zip line expert who trained the adventure staff, said, “The oldest person I’ve ever taken on a zip line was 86. We take care of the safety, but we can’t create the desire. That has to come with the person.” You decide for yourself. Are you willing to hook yourself to a pulley on a cable suspended in mid-air and hurtle safely out into space? If your answer is yes, and if you’re willing to pay a perfectly good $70 for the thrill of being so hurtled, put in your reservation at gatorland. com or call 800-393-JAWS. Look at it this way. It’s truly a grand adventure, and if nothing else, your grandkids will think you’re the coolest thing going!

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Senior Artists Shine


or more than 30 years, the Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services has sponsored the Senior Painting and Craft Festival in recognition and appreciation of the skill, creativity and commitment of seniors in the community. There were 85 entries in this year’s event. Five winners were selected from each category. Senior Connection sponsored $700 in cash prizes awarded to the artists. Lynn Norton, Director of Education for the Arts Council, judged both paintings and crafts. Congratulations to the winners: Painting: People’s Choice Award: Marie Schadt First Place: Dee DeVane Second Place: Robert Malcolm Third Place: Marie Schadt Honorable Mention: Louise Anders Crafts: People’s Choice Award: Shirley McKee First Place: Robert Messer Second Place: Kay Seymour Third Place: Kitty Champagne Honorable Mention: May Glass

People’s Choice Award winner Marie Schadt with her painting,  “Almost Sundown.” Special thanks to the University Area Community Development Corporation, Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation, and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County for furthering opportunities for seniors to participate in our community. To learn more about Hillsborough County Aging services, please call (813) 272-5160.

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Marilyn Monroe Tells Her Story BY TRACIE SCHMIDT


ears ago, she serenaded the President; now it’s her turn. Marilyn Monroe—actress, singer, model—would have celebrated her 85th birthday last month. While the pop-culture icon quickly rose to fame and spent most of her adult life in the limelight, her personal life was very different from her screen persona. Affected by a troubled childhood, she yearned to be accepted for who she was. The events that led up to her untimely death at 36—suicide or accidental overdose—are still a mystery. But if she could come back for one more night, what would she say to her audience? Marilyn: Forever Blonde is an award-winning one-woman play that gives Monroe the chance to tell her story in her own words. Actress Sunny Thompson takes on the role, and with music and quotes from the

actress’ life, brings the As an acting project it star back for an intimate interested Thompson, but evening on stage. she was hesitant to play the “It’s a real rollercoaster role herself. “What woman ride,” says Thompson, in her right mind would “There’s comedy, little want to be compared with serious observations, Marilyn Monroe!” she said. poignant things, ‘aha’ Nonetheless, her performoments—the whole mance and her uncanny thing is really a gift for resemblance to the famous an actress to play.” actress made her a shoo-in for Sunny Thompson’s the part. I asked her what it first experience with took to prepare for the role. Monroe was seeing “I spent 14 months in her movies as a child. research,” she said. “Every “I loved all musicals, person that comes up in the not just Marilyn’s— play—Joe DiMaggio, for Actress Sunny Thompson  there was Fred Astaire, example—you have to know as Marilyn Monroe. Ginger Rogers—all of your relationship to them.” those I loved, and that was my first All of Monroe’s mannerisms, from the experience with her,” she remembered. way she walked and spoke to the way Thompson was a singer and dancer she dressed and did her makeup—had in Las Vegas when her husband came to be spot-on. Thompson even sought to her with the script for the show, coaching by Jimmy James, a famous asking her to read a few scenes. Monroe impersonator from New York.

Taking on the personality of Monroe was another challenge. “She went from high to low in a second. She’d say something like, ‘Gosh, it’s wonderful isn’t it?’ then, “Life’s just a chore.” She’d go from zero to 90 just like that—and you see it in her movies and in her acting,” Thompson said. Thompson revealed two sides to Monroe; she was terrified of fame, but at the same time, believed that if she could become the most famous woman in the world, she could have the love and affection that she so craved. I asked Thompson what struck her most about the actress. “How terribly funny she was,” she replied. “She could be depressed, but she always saw the bright side of things. Very much so—and she needed to laugh—it was a survival thing for her.” Marilyn: Forever Blonde is playing at the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota through July 10. For tickets or more information, call (941) 351-9010.

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hrough summer “Henry Plant— King of Florida” exhibit outlines the secrets to Mr. Plant’s success and his vision, accomplishments and legacy. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. $7/seniors. Phone (813) 254-1891 for information.


hrough Oct. 12 “Women of Ybor—125 Years of Influence” Museum Exhibit at Ybor City Museum. A historical narrative of Ybor City with the female perspective. $4 admission. 1818 East 9th Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-6323.


Take the grandkids to Kids Ahoy! Aboard the American Victory Museum Ship. Ship-wide scavenger hunt, arts and crafts project, snack and souvenir. Every Sat. 705 Channelside Dr. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (813) 228-8766.


– 17 Mamma Mia! Broadway musical at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa. Tickets start at $38.50. Online at strazcenter. org or phone (813) 229-7827.


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“Ghosts of the Grey Lady” presented by Tampa Ghost Watchers. 9 p.m. to midnight aboard the American Victory Ship. 9 to 9:45 p.m. followed by time to roam the ship and maybe spot a ghost. $20/adults and $15/ seniors.Tickets at ghostseminars. com, (813) 228-8766 or aboard ship. 705 Channelside Drive.


Tampa Elvis Festival/Contest: a celebration of the King’s music. Elvis events scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Elvis tribute artists, Elvis memorabilia, food vendors, music/shows all day. At the All People’s Life Center, 6105 E. Sligh

Ave. Information at ElvisTampaTCB. com or e-mail elvistampatcb@yahoo. com. Elvis hotline: (813) 977-6011.


National Ice Cream Day with BlueBell Ice Cream at MOSI. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sample Ice Cream. Ice cream eating competition. 4801 Fowler Ave.,Tampa. (813) 987-6300.


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– 27 “Murder on Budget Cruise Lines” Mystery Dinner Show at Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City, 1911 N. 13th St., Tampa. $29.95/dinner and show. Info: (813) 248-1720.


“Frankly Sinatra & Friends” dinner dance evening presented by Don Juceam and The Don Juceam Orchestra. Italian dinner. Free parking. Cash bar. Pepin’s Hospitality Centre. $49.95 per single; $89.95 per couple. 7 p.m. to midnight. (813) 600-3134. Send Around Town news to Senior Connection Magazine, 1602 S. Parsons Ave., Seffner, FL 33584; fax (813) 651-1989. News must be received by the 10th of the month prior to event (i.e. July 10 for August event.)

Dragon Boat Races Volunteers Needed

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Motherhood and Mama Mia! Bring Summer Fun to the Stage


rab your daughters and girlfriends and see Motherhood the Musical playing through July 17 at the Straz Center in Tampa. It’s a laugh out loud stage presentation as three experienced mothers bring a very pregnant neighbor up-to-date on motherhood. In the style of Menopause, the Musical, story and song mix to convey a message—that motherhood is for life. Two favorite songs, originals for this

play, emerge: “Costco Queen” and a very tender “I’m Danny’s Mom.” Coming July 12 – 17 to the Straz is the rousing Mama Mia! The return of this musical gives the Tampa area one more reason to sing “Dancing Queen.” If you’ve resisted seeing it before, get out of the heat and indulge in this high energy soap opera-style plot of “Who’s the real father?” kicked into high gear for a fun wedding.

See The Movie Classics


uly is a good time to see these movie classics at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa. All shows at 3 p.m.

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and 10 Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman).

Gone with the Wind (Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel).

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and 24 Sing-a-long Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Burt Lahr, Jack Haley). African Queen (Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart).

ug. 3 Bringing up Baby (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant).

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Senior Friendly Fest!


ey Seniors! Join us for the 3rd annual Senior Friendly Fest, August 4, 2011 at the Sun City Community Hall, South Campus. This event will bring all the great things that our Fun Fests are known for, and more! Free admission! Free parking! A Senior Friendly lunch will be only $3.50, or bring your own lunch. Free coffee and goodies will be provided by our friends at Costco. Over 70 Senior Friendly exhibitors will provide information on services and programs in the area. Free health screenings will be offered throughout the day. Entertainment will include the popular Denise Looney, the “DJ with

a Twist,” Richie Merritt of the “Marcels,” and introducing Troy Coman, Bright House Networks Bright Star Finalist. Enjoy Luis of A-1 Magic with his magic and balloons. Of course there will be free Bingo, a putting green, bean bag toss and basketball throw for prizes. There will be chances to win $1,000 in prizes and giveaways throughout the day. Come on out... bring a friend and enjoy the day inside the airconditioned Community Hall, located at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. Call (813) 653-1988 for information. See you there!

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Denise Looney “DJ with a Twist” Singing and spinning your favorite tunes. Doo Wop by Richie Merritt, (The Marcels, The Clovers) Introducing Troy Coman Winner of Bright House Networks Senior Idol Finalist Magic & Balloon Art by Louis of A-1 Magic

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Military Retirees Provide a Helping Hand BY JANICE DOYLE


OAA lets officers—whether retired, active duty, reserve or National Guard—know that “We’ve got your back.” MOAA—Military Officers Association of America—as a national organization deals with issues such as pay, allowances, health care, pharmacy and TRICARE (the military’s health care program). Two local chapters, one in Tampa which meets at MacDill AFB and one in Sun City Center, support the national organization, but they also work extensively with local projects. Retired Navy Captain Frank Kepley says the Sun City Chapter has lunches and speakers, and that they provide scholarships and present awards to JROTC members in four area high schools. As a retired oral maxillary surgeon who worked in VA hospitals in Chicago and Tampa, Kepley recognizes

the importance of MOAA fighting for veterans eligible for care with service-related issues. As Congress promotes raising Tricare premiums for veterans, Kepley says, “We feel we paid our premiums by moving around with the service, being in harm’s way, etc.” That chapter as well as the 400+ member MOAA Tampa chapter pour financial and volunteer efforts into James A Haley VA The Sun City Center MOAA Chapter awarded Hospital’s Operation Helping Sarah Heyl a $2,000 scholarship. (L to R) Hand and Fisher House. Brigadier General, Royal Marines, retired Operation Helping Hand (OpHH) Colin Howgill, Sarah Heyl and Sun City was formed to provide assistance MOAA President Major, U.S. Air Force, retired and support for the families of Kirk Faryniasz. (Photo courtesy of MFST) active duty wounded and injured. Hand-in-hand with OpHH is the As the wounded come to Haley local Fisher House which both Veterans Hospital (one of five VA MOAA chapters also support. Fisher poly-trauma centers in the U.S.), they House Foundation donates “comfort must often stay from a few weeks homes,” built on the grounds of major or months to over a year. OpHH’s military and VA medical centers to help includes paying airfare for house family members to be close family members to come to Tampa, to a loved one who is injured. gasoline coupons, rental cars, etc.

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Donald Dvornik, a retired Navy public affairs officer and a vice president for the Tampa MOAA chapter, says, “Our chapter holds a monthly dinner right in the spinal cord injury center (at James A. Haley VA Hospital) for incoming wounded injured in Afghanistan and Iraq. They come with their families from other parts of U.S. This has become a real focus for our chapter.” Since there’s a huge turnover among the patients, the MOAA group present bouquets of roses to spouses or mothers as well as goodie bags which include gift cards to help with expenses while they’re here. “We want to tell them we’re there to help,” Dvornik says. It’s all a part of telling a fellow military member that “we’re covering your back.” For information about the Tampa Chapter of MOAA, call (813) 9682835 or online at For information about the Sun City Center chapter, call (813) 642-0801.

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or 25 years, the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sport Clinic has been helping Veterans find adventure in the mountains of Colorado. And for 25 years, Florida resident Clinton Hale has experienced it. Hale, 62, has been a participant in the Winter Sports Clinic every year since its inception in 1987. “Early on it was just a few of us…maybe 50. Now, it’s huge!” he says. Hale makes the journey to Snowmass from Florida each year, eagerly waiting his turn to hit the slopes. He’s learned a lot during his various Clinics, like the wisdom of waiting inside where it’s warm instead of standing in line in the snow for his gear. When it comes to ski equipment, he prefers the monoski because “it looks cool,” but for him, the trip to the mountains each year isn’t just about the skiing. “When I come here, I make it a goal to impart some of the lessons I learned in life to some of the new guys,” he says. “And I learn from them, too. They know things that I’m still trying to figure out.” He certainly has some life lessons to offer. Hale entered the Air Force as a Combat Controller in 1966, and in 1983, he injured his back while on a training exercise. “Life has inherent risks. You just deal with them as they come.” At an event with participants whose military service spans from World War II to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, “new guys” doesn’t just mean “young guys” at the Winter Sports Clinic. One first-timer is Frank Kozel, an 88 year-old WWII Veteran. Kozel, who was injured on a reconnaissance mission during the War, made the trip from Cleveland. Some might

question why an 88 year-old would strap himself into a ski apparatus and hurl himself down a mountain. Kozel’s answer is simple: “I believe that every day, you should do something that you fear—it keeps you young.” The Winter Sports Clinic has been a source of motivation and encouragement for both Kozel and Hale. “My first trip here, I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to do,” said Hale. For him, that means working, staying active and helping to raise funds for his Florida team to come each year.

Veteran Clinton Hale on a sit-ski.

That also means skiing with a broken leg. “I broke it trying to ski on my own the first year that the Winter Sports Clinic was at Snowmass,” he says with a laugh. “They put a cast on it and I was skiing again the next day.” The Winter Sports Clinic has seen many changes over the years. And after 25 years, what’s the best thing about the Winter Sports Clinic? “The camaraderie,” says Hale without hesitation. “I have developed some great friendships. I love to see some of the old-timers and make new friends. It’s like a family here, it really is.” That’s what keeps Hale coming back, and what drives him to spread the word to other veterans who are eligible to attend. His message to them is simple: “Get out here! You just don’t know what you’re missing. It’s the best event that VA has.”


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Patriotic Duo Brings Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin Back To Life BY BILL STOKES


merican heroes Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross never lived together, but their present-day impersonators do. Tavares residents Jeffry Gay and his wife, Connie, met at a high school drama festival in Massachusetts, again the next year at Salem College in Massachusetts and married six years later. They moved to Central Florida and their signature show, MurderWatch Mystery Theatre, was produced at Walt Disney World for 20 years. The couple’s business, Dreamland Productions, is a traveling theatrical troupe that interacts with dinner theatre or various group audiences far and wide. Several years ago, Jeffry looked at himself in the bathroom mirror and exclaimed in horror, “God, I’m getting old! I look like Benjamin Franklin!“ Voila—the character was born! Now, Jeffry transforms himself in one-man performances into the printer, inventor and statesman. His wife, Connie, produces “Tea with Betsy Ross” in her own solo program as the legendary flag maker. She runs music and sound effects for Jeff’s appearances; he is at the board when Connie is the performer. In a matinee enjoyed recently at Lakes of Leesburg, B. Franklin circulated among his audience of 100 residents, chronicling his life, family, friends and enemies made throughout his 84 years. Humor, drama and poignancy unquestionably brought Jeffry’s rendition of B. Franklin’s humanity home to his audience. Perhaps best known for his experiments with the nature of electricity, B. Franklin also invented swim fins, medical catheters and, in 1736, organized Philadelphia’s first volunteer fire department. Franklin also invented a more heat-efficient Senior Connection • July 2011 • page 10

stove (named after him) and because he felt it would help improve society, refused to accept a patent. Moreover, he promoted environmental improvements and published – Born Boston, Jan. 17, 1706. “Poor Richard’s – At 12, apprenticed in brother’s Almanac” under printing shop. an assumed name. – Wrote first article for brother’s newspaper, Mr. Franklin signed it “Mistress Silence Dogwood.” served in such au– Opens own printing shop in Philadelphia. gust political bodies – Married Deborah Read; starts “fire insurance” program. as the Second Con– Writes and publishes “Poor Richard’s Almanac.” tinental Congress. – Invents Franklin stove which works better He was ambassador than fireplaces to heat homes. to France, helped – Begins experiments with electricity. Invents lightning draft the Declaration of Independence and rod to protect homes from catching fire. was one of its signers. In 1790, only two – Becomes postmaster for all 13 colonies. Invents months before his death, he wrote a treaodometer to measure distance between routes. tise advocating the abolition of slavery. – Helps write the Declaration of Independence. Jeffry Gay as Jeff as Ben Franklin scattered laugh- Invents bifocals. Ben Franklin provoking zingers throughout his talk, – Helps write the U.S. Constitution. (above) and notably in his explanation of inventing Connie Gay – Dies at 84; over 20,000 bifocal eyeglasses: “I was enjoying a as Betsy Ross people attend his funeral. book during a voyage to England. My (bottom right). Source: AAA Going Places mission was to represent Pennsylvania /March-April in its fight with descendants of the Penn Connie confesses family over who should represent the Colony. I found I couldn’t see the horizon she cries at points during her interpretation of Betsy Ross, without changing my spectacles. Think“and,” she said, “some of my audience sheds ing it would be easier to have two-lens eyeglasses—one for distance and another a tear, too.” Such is the degree to which this couple’s audiences become involved. for near sight—I invented bifocals.” Jeff MurderWatch Mystery Theatre is a crowd asked for a show of hands from those wearing his innovation. Many hands went pleaser after 20 years, in which group or dinner theatre audiences are ensnared in up. “Ben” quipped, “You’re welcome!” a staged whodunit and follow clues to find the “real” perpetrator. All Dreamland The Rebirth Of Betsy Ross Productions’ shows are scripted, but are Connie Gay continues: “Our clients open enough for performers to ad-lib an began requesting another character to aside with the audience or to take advantage complement Jeff’s Ben Franklin. A close of an unexpected situation. Since all friend of mine had, years ago, taught me productions are enhanced by music, sound to cut a five-pointed star from folded effects and props, set-up takes several hours paper, so Betsy Ross seemed a natural.” for a one-hour show. Props are originals She has two versions of her oneor replicates the couple has acquired hour show: One with full sound and through the years of perfecting their arts. projected photographs, and another A telephone call to (352) 508-5523 or a visit online to www.murderwatch. more intimate presentation featuring com will bring an envelope of informative, colorful brochures explaining the a full service afternoon tea party. She wide scope of Dreamland Productions’ interactive offerings. All their shows enjoys the latter because it allows her are available for hire by communities, clubs, restaurants and hotels. (WSS) more interaction with her audiences.

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ooner or later, everyone sneezes. People who hear you sneeze, even in a public place, often automatically ask God to bless you even though they may not know you. They may not even like you. Ever since I can remember, everyone in my vicinity has been saying “God bless you” when I sneeze. I have no clue how this tradition started but I do know I have said “God bless you” all my life to anyone I hear sneezing. It was just the right thing to do, like holding a door open for a lady. Heck, when I was a cop and arrested someone I would say, “God bless you” if the perpetrator sneezed while I was putting him in handcuffs.

Humor Here’s the thing though. Lately I’ve noticed my wife only gives me one “God bless you” when I sneeze. Sometimes I sneeze four or five times in a row, but I only get one “God bless you.” When did it become fashionable to limit these blessings? Is there some kind of limit on blessings I don’t know about? I’m tempted to say “God bless me,” out loud to make sure I get all my God blesses. If my wife starts sneezing one sneeze after the other, I keep my blessings coming. I don’t have a limit. I was taught if a person is sneezing, you just keep those blessings coming until they stop sneezing. If my dog sneezes, I say “God bless you.” To find out more about these blessings, I did some internet research. Here is what I found out. There are several possible explanations for this tradition. In Eastern Asia, as early as 1000 B.C., there was a belief that a sneeze was a sign someone was talking about you at that very moment. One sneeze meant something being said about you was good, while two sneezes meant something bad was said. I

have discounted this belief because it would mean someone like President Obama would be sneezing all day long, since someone somewhere is always talking about him night and day and he’s not sneezing like that. In Polish tradition, there was a belief that your mother-in-law was talking about you if you sneezed. No explanation was provided if your mother-in-law sneezed. In Pakistan, there is a superstition that if a man sneezes, his wife is thinking fondly of him. I guess if you’re single, it’s just a sneeze. In Christian circles, some attribute the saying, “God bless you” to Pope Gregory the Great (540 – 604 A.D.) who became Pope at the start of the plague. I understand he started blessing people when they sneezed in the hope, no doubt, that they weren’t coming down with the plague. Current science says each sneeze can send 40,000 droplets flying around to spread disease to anyone within reach. Current advice to sneezers is not to use your hands to cover your sneeze, but to use your arms. They say using your hands means you will spread those 40,000 droplets all day long over anything you touch. The best advice I have is that if you are flying and seated next to someone who is sneezing, you should have a blanket handy and throw it over their head and say, “God bless you.”

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e weren’t the biggest, but we were told often that we were the best run games in the state,” declares Randy Fisher, athletics supervisor for the city of Kissimmee’s parks and recreation department. Not at all shy about his enthusiasm for the event, Fisher is one of the chief architects putting building blocks in place for the return of the state-sanctioned Senior Games to Kissimmee and Osceola County, September 10 – 17. Interest is high and things are taking shape quite nicely, according to Fisher. He has fielded upwards of 30 calls a week about the event since it was announced in March. Those calls are coming from seniors throughout the state and from various retirement communities. Most of the callers want to know about the events and how to register, which will officially open after the

Independence Day holiday. Other callers have said: “Thanks for bringing it back” and “It’s about time.” Such comments confirm what Fisher came to realize in 1993 when the concept of the games was first introduced as part of a statewide initiative from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Fisher knew then and now that seniors want and

actively participate in carefully structured athletic activities. He’s been at the front line of offering those activities. For 13 straight years beginning in October 1994, he helped coordinate the activities that would attract hundreds of athletes to the Kissimmee-St. Cloud Senior Games. During that period, Fisher estimates more than 7000 seniors made the trek to Kissimmee to compete in events such as archery, billiards, swimming, basketball shooting, bowling, horseshoes, track and field, shuffleboard, golf, cycling, race walking, 5k run, pickle ball, tennis, table tennis and more. That was before the economic downturn forced budget cuts and a three-year suspension of the games. Now, the event is poised for a triumphant return, thanks to a goldmedal team Fisher says is committed to bringing the glory back to the

Kissimmee-St. Cloud Senior Games. The team includes elements of Osceola County government, the city of St. Cloud, the town of Celebration as well as the Good Samaritan Village and the Osceola County Council on Aging. Together, they’re putting together a week-long slate of competitions that will be jointly promoted by the city of Kissimmee and the Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau, Osceola County’s tourism promotion department. Information on the events and how to register will be available on www. as well as on www.SRGames and VisitKissimmee. com. Callers may also get more information at (407) 518-2504. All qualifiers at the Kissimmee-St. Cloud Senior Games will be eligible to compete at the Florida State Senior Games Championship, to be held in Polk County, December 3 – 11.


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‘Til Death Do You Part…

For Richer or Poorer ingles need 40 percent more than couples to maintain the same retirement lifestyle. Put another way, it costs one person about 75 percent of what two would pay, according to the American Academy of Actuaries. In retirement planning for both groups, financial advisors are noting how couples can use their situation to an advantage. It may be pooling risks, with savings supporting the survivors, tag-teaming their investments so that their portfolios complement one another or purchasing a longevity annuity which could amount to considerable savings compared to what a single person would spend. Linda Stern, “Singles, Couples Face Own Retirement Issues,”


In Sickness and in Health How one long-married spouse fares emotionally and physically can greatly impact the other, a study conducted by the University of British Columbia and Pennsylvania State University reveals. The research looked at 1,700 couples ages 76 – 90 married more than 40 years over a 15-year span. Researchers discovered a strong association between such depressive symptoms as loneliness, unhappiness and restlessness, and physical limitations (i.e., cooking, climbing stairs). The link has been found among individuals, but never before to spouses, and suggests practitioners consider the health of the other spouse when treating their patient. “Physical and Emotional Health of Older Couples Linked for Better or Worse, Study Finds,” Science Daily.

Perturbed by Passwords BY RICHARD SHERMAN


hen filling out online log-ins and some forms, why do I have to type in my e-mail address and password twice? It’s not hard to do, but it’s a pain in the neck. Is there a reason for that? Yes, there is. Its primary purpose is, of course, to ruin your day, and secondarily, to make sure whatever you enter is correct. There is always a chance that a finger can slip when typing something the first time, resulting in an inadvertent tpyo. Typing it twice virtually eliminates that possibility. Because we’re required to remember so many usernames and passwords, while most browsers remember them, it’s a good idea to keep a copy in a

secure location in case you ever need to manually enter them. In the alternative, you can use a password manager such as Roboform ( I keep passwords in a document file that I renamed something only I know, changing the file extension in the process, and moving the file to an undisclosed location on an external drive. I also send the file to one of my Gmail accounts as an attachment, so it’s safe and secure in a remote location, out of harm’s way, yet I can access it at any time. I recently started using Gmail, thanks to your recommendation. I like it a lot, but what I can’t figure out is how to e-mail something I copied from Excel. When I paste a portion of my spreadsheet into the body of my Gmail message, it loses its formatting. How can I avoid that? I recommend sending data as an attachment rather than placing

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Soon-to-be Boomer Retirees Want Homes to Support Pursuit of Life’s Passions BY JEFF GERSH

oday’s boomers are well-connected online, describe themselves as “full of life” and say retirement is a time to reinvent and discover themselves, according to Trilogy by Shea Homes’ online survey of boomers. The survey drew over 85 percent of participants from Trilogy’s Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. It also found boomers are not only focused on connecting with others and staying near loved ones but also on making a difference, and they are not slowing down anytime soon. Boomers ranked traveling (58%), having a balanced lifestyle (51%), being more active (46%) and having more “me” time (46%) as priorities in retirement.

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American Care Medical Centers Reaches out to the Community


merican Care Medical Centers, which recently expanded to West Tampa, is not your typical doctor’s office. The practice focuses on meeting the social and economic needs of the community, as well as providing a caring atmosphere to people in need. The new center, located at 8726 W. Waters Avenue, offers primary care medical services and a multitude of other benefits.

“The combined goals of serving our patient population, as well as bearing in mind the economic needs of the communities we serve, make for a powerful win-win partnership for all concerned.” They have an on-site pharmacy, an on-site laboratory, an activity room with exercise equipment, and a nondenominational prayer room for their patients to use during office hours. They provide a monthly food supplement bag to those who qualify and, best of all, they even provide courtesy transportation to the primary care physician and specialist appointments. As if that isn’t enough, each medical center also has an office for people to go to apply for social services, such as Medicaid and food stamps. American Care truly brings the Medical Home model of health care to their patients! You may be wondering where they got their start. American Care Medical Centers began operations in August 1995 with one medical center in Miami-Dade County. In May of 2005, they opened and continue to operate the first Tampa location at 11211 N. Nebraska Avenue. Since then, American Care has grown to encompass

11 medical centers throughout the State of Florida, with two additional locations currently under construction and others in the planning phase. Despite their phenomenal growth, their mission remains the same: to provide the highest quality medical care and services for their members. American Care is dedicated to establishing and maintaining meaningful, successful, and long-term relationships with their Members and Providers. Carmen Garcia Wiedenhoeft, Community Outreach Manager, stated in a press release, “It has been our experience that the combined goals of serving our patient population, as well as bearing in mind the economic needs of the communities we serve, make for a powerful win-win partnership for all concerned” The West Tampa location currently accepts Medicare and Medicaid plans, including WellCare, CarePlus, Coventry and Physicians United Plan. They also offer two of their own commercial plans: HealthFlex, which costs $50 per month, but is subject to income restrictions, and the Premier Plan, which is available for $30 a month and has no income restrictions. American Care Medical Centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please call (813) 802-5404 or (813) 712-1726. You can also visit the American Care website at

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How Much Do You Know? W hile everyone needs to be careful when taking medications, older adults face particular challenges. Often, they take more than one medicine at a time and they may not metabolize drugs as well as they once did, raising the risk of complications. Answering these true or false questions from home care company Interim HealthCare may help reduce side effects and improve the efficacy of any medications being taken:

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5. If you can’t remember to take your medicine at the right time of day and in the right amount, use charts, calendars and weekly pillboxes. 6. Certain foods can interact with medications.


1. True. That way, your records are in one place. This allows the pharmacist to know what you are taking and tell you if a new drug may cause interactions if taken with another drug at the same time. 2. False. However, all drugs should be stored away from children and animals. Many must be stored away from heat and direct light and not in the bathroom or other damp place. If a drug is not stored correctly, it can reduce its effectiveness.

3. False. Some drugs should be taken as soon as you realize you missed a dose; with others, you should wait until the next dose. Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist how to proceed with the drug you are taking. 4. False. Take the medicine until you are finished or until the doctor tells you to stop. 5. True. All these reminder systems can work, but if you become more forgetful, supervision may be required.

6. True. Grapefruit juice can increase the levels of some medicines in your blood. Eating a calcium-rich dairy product can stop antibiotics from working. These are just two examples. Check with your physician or pharmacist for more insight. Always ask your doctor what each prescribed drug is, why you are taking it, when you should take it and what side effects to watch for. Supervising medication is one of the many jobs a home health care aide can perform. For more information, visit As seniors age, they may forget to take the medications that are prescribed to them and not report side effects to doctors. (NAPSA) Senior Connection • July 2011 • page 21

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Get Out of the Sand Trap: Treating Your Knee Pain BY DR. JOSEPH MARKENSON


any pros and U.S. Open contenders have endured knee pain and injury throughout their golf careers. But you don’t have to be a pro, or even a scratch golfer, to have knee pain. Approximately 24 percent of amateur golfers will find themselves sidelined by knee pain.

Health Many of my patients think that being diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis (OA), which impacts the lives of more than 10 million American adults, means the end of their favorite pastime. The good news is that golf is a very adaptable sport that can be modified to meet the physical capabilities of almost anyone. For immediate pain relief, and to decrease swelling, I recommend my patients elevate and ice the knee for

five minutes at least twice a day. Strengthening the muscles surrounding the knee through exercise will also help alleviate knee pain. One example is to do isometric quadriceps exercises, which can easily be done at home. Using the elliptical machine, stationary bike or just walking for twenty minutes are low-impact routines that will help strengthen muscles to support cartilage. You might also decrease knee injuries and pain by changing your golf equipment. The Arthritis Foundation suggests using clubs with lightweight graphite shafts and perimeter-weighted heads to help absorb shock and lower compression golf balls. Getting a golf bag with a wheeled cart and switching to spikeless golf shoes, reducing the chances of catching your foot and

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merica’s first pizza chain is a tricky place to eat without breaking your daily sodium bank. Want a pizza? Not even one of their 9-inch personal pies has fewer than 1,000 calories (the meat lover’s has 1,500 and 31 grams of saturated fat!). What does that mean? You can actually eat an entire medium (12-inch) Thin ‘N Crispy Ham & Pineapple Pizza for the same calorie count. Or stay on track with two slices of the Thin ‘N Crispy Supreme 14-inch pizza for 840 calories—but a LOT of sodium and fat. Whatever you do at Pizza Hut, avoid their The Edge Meaty Pizza (two slices of their 14-incher has 900 calories and 58 grams of fat, plus a whopping 2,480 mg of sodium). Get the wings! Six All American Traditional Wings can taste great for only 320 calories, 9g fat and 1,100 mg sodium. However, six of their Garlic Parmesan Bone-out Wings rack up 840 calories, 60g of fat and 2,430 mg of sodium.

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tripping, are also simple adaptations that will go far on the fairway. If your knee pain persists, you may want to speak with your doctor about prescription options; including oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or newer topical options such as a diclofenac gel, patch or solution. Topical NSAIDs are especially important to consider in adults aged 65

and older who may experience gastrointestinal issues. While treating your pain, be sure to ease back into your game by playing fewer holes and using a golf cart. Don’t return to a full swing prematurely, especially when using a driver or long irons. This might place enough stress on the knee to risk re-injury. Just as golf pros have been able to come back from knee pain and win the U.S. Open, you might be able to get back into your game by treating your knee pain Dr. Joseph Markenson is an attending physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. For more information, visit Arthritis Today at

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received many inquiries over the past month on how to select home health care and the questions that need to be asked to make an informed decision. Joe from Sun City asked; “I am bombarded with information, but all any agency seems concerned about is selling me services. In many cases, I am not sure what to ask.” Joe, believe it or not that continues to be the question that the majority of readers need answered. In an attempt to trim the information down, here are the top five questions any prospective client should be asking:

1. Is your agency licensed and accredited? Licensing and accreditation are the nucleus of any home health agency. Without licensing, they would cease to operate. Ask if they have had any violations, and what were the reasons. You should also go to the AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) for Florida. Here, you can look up past performance issues and see if they have been corrected. Accreditation is a little trickier as this has historically been an optional quality approval in Florida; but in 2010 it became mandatory for all new agencies. Regardless of whether the agency had to or not is irrelevant. Any agency concerned about quality will be accredited by one of three agencies: CHAP (The Community Health Accreditation

I would encourage you to e-mail me at or send your questions to: News Connection, USA, P.O. Box 638, Seffner, FL 33584, Attn. Editor – Home Health Mates. I will answer all questions you may have, including the ones that we do not feature in Senior Connection magazine. Senior Connection • July 2011 • page 24

Program), ACHC (The Accreditation Commission for Health Care) and JCAHO (Joint Commission). If they said this is not really important, then they just told you enough about their concern for quality. 2. Is your plan of care supervised by a Director of Nursing? Your plan of care should be assessed in the beginning and evaluated monthly by a RN with no extra charge. If they charge you for this service, then you have not done your shopping. 3. Do you have hourly minimums? You should not pay for service that is not needed. If the agency tells you that a minimum amount of hours is needed for their services, then you have not shopped around for the right agency. Don’t buy more than you need. 4. How do you hire employees, and are they your employees?

What is their process for hiring (experience of minimum one year in home health care). Licensed? Bonded? Insured? Ask to see the certificate of insurance. Do they work directly for the agency or are they contract employees? Private caregivers also increase your liability…in other words, if they fall in your house while working, then you’re personally liable. 5. What separates you from other agencies? What is their customer satisfaction rating? Do they even know? What percent of their customers end up in the hospital or rehab with the agency’s care? Does the agency let you meet the caregiver free of charge prior to the initial visit? Do you have a choice? These five steps will allow you to make an informed decision. As always, feel free to call me at 813-884-5040 if you have any questions, or visit my website at: tampa.php. Have a great month!

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eardrum than the outside, so the eardrum may cave in slightly. This causes that sensation of fullness. In serious cases, fluid Eustachian Tube accumulates behind the eardrum because pressure is so low that fluid from surrounding tissues and blood vessels gets pulled into the middle ear. Some people try nasal sprays and A. People with a persistent sensation of over-the-counter antihistamines and fullness in the ear should get it checked decongestants for eustachian tube out by a physician. Occasionally, dysfunction, but there’s no evidence hearing loss can create such a feeling. that they are effective for this purpose. Temporomandibular joint (sometimes Doctors are faced with problems referred to as TMJ) disorders, which that can’t be fixed. This may be one affect the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull, can also create the of those situations. I would think sensation. But a diagnosis of eustachian about trying biofeedback or some other kind of mind-body technique. tube dysfunction does make sense. The fullness sensation may not go The eustachian tube, which connects away completely, but people can train the middle ear to the nasal cavity, helps their brains so that bothersome, even to equalize the air pressure on either painful, symptoms are less troubling. side of the eardrum. If your eustachian tube is blocked or not working properly, — Jo Shapiro, M.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston there’s less pressure on the inside of the

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Tips for protecting pets from Florida’s dangerous heat: • Make shade and fresh water available and plentiful at all times. • Use caution at all times when exercising dogs. • Reduce risks to very active dogs that don’t know their own limitations. • Limit outdoor exposure of older pets, heavy-coated (fur) breeds, and brachycephalic dogs (those with

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to be medically unnecessary for you, and therefore, will not cover. Providers are not required to give you an ABN for services or items explicitly excluded from Medicare coverage. In addition, ABNs apply only if you are in Original Medicare, not if you are in a Medicare private health plan (HMO, PPO or PFFS). For more information, call 1-800-Medicare or visit

inancial health, like physical health, requires that a person has a goal and the discipline to take positive action to achieve that goal. Having worked in the financial industry since 1983, I have seen little change in the public’s financial health or habits. In fact, government studies reveal that only five out every 100 workers can successfully retire and maintain their lifestyle. Why, in the world’s richest country, is that true? Even if we have personal discipline and financial goals, there are three factors integral to a successful retirement.

Finance #1 is TIME. The sooner we start to save, the harder and longer our money can work for us! Using the “Rule of 72” we can calculate how quickly our savings will double, quadrruple, or more. #2 is CONTRIBUTIONS. The more we can set aside when we are younger, the greater our savings will be when we reach retirement. #3 is INVESTMENT RESULTS, which can drastically impact our retirement plans. Over the past decade, too many people have experienced losses of 30 percent to 50 percent of their retirement funds and are forced to keep working and are unable to retire. Once a person decides which investment option is best suited for their needs, they must further consider which investment strategy best fits their risk tolerance. The three strategies are fixed interest; the Market (either stocks or real estate) and Indexing. Fixed interest offers the least amount of risk. However, money market

rates and CDs are at historically low rates and currently not keeping up with inflation. Following the Rule of 72, a fixed interest account earning 1 percent will double every 72 years. Also, inflation is running around 3 percent and reducing our purchasing power.

The Market, either stocks or real estate, offers higher potential gain but also a major risk of loss. As we have seen in the 1987, 2001 and 2008 stock market drops, investors suffered significant losses, impacting their retirement plans. Likewise, as we have seen throughout the United States, the real estate market has experienced severe depreciation and losses in both commercial and residential property values. The Index strategy has been rising in popularity due to higher potential gains combined with eliminating the risk of loss of principal and any annually credited interest added. Indexing is tied to the various stock indices such as the SP500, NASDAQ 100 or the FTSE rather than stocks or mutual funds. Limited by participation rates and CAPs, the index strategy can offer double digit returns in up markets coupled with no risk of loss in a down markets. Should the stock market have negative results, the participant has no gain for the year but, more significantly, would suffer no loss. When the market recovers and begins to rise the participant will participate in the subsequent gains. Once you have decided on which retirement option to utilize and which investment strategy fits your risk/ reward tolerance; the most important step is to take action and begin protecting your retirement income. And of course, “Enjoy your retirement!” For more information, call (813) 774-1862 or e-mail the author at

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reader asks: I have a fully funded “living” trust. My home, my bank accounts and my non-IRA investments have all been retitled to my trust. Unfortunately, I seem to have misplaced the original copy of my trust agreement. Will this cause a problem?

The Law And You Response: Your situation demonstrates why when I prepare a living trust for a client, in an effort to avoid what happened to you, I always insist that a duplicate original trust agreement be executed with the duplicate original being kept in a separate and secure location. If your living trust cannot be found and you die or become incapacitated, a probate and/or guardianship will be required. But this would not be the worst of it. Because your assets are held by a trust—a trust which is now lost—

your personal representative and/or your guardian will be faced with the daunting task of clearing title to the assets. With your real estate, this could include the necessity of filing a lawsuit known as a Quiet Title action. With your cash, it could mean a lawsuit to establish a constructive trust. Such lawsuits are expensive, time consuming and generally unpleasant undertakings. Not to mention the fact that your assets may end up being distributed in a manner wholly different than what you had intended. Fortunately, as you are still alive and competent, you have the opportunity to correct the problem. Contact the attorney who prepared your living trust and ask the attorney to prepare a document known as a Restatement of Trust. The Restatement of Trust is, for all intents and purposes, a new living trust; but because it relates back to your original trust, all of the assets in the original living trust will be automatically absorbed into the new trust document. You might remind your attorney that had he or she prepared duplicate

originals of your living trust in the first place, the Restatement of Trust would not now be necessary and perhaps your attorney will waive or reduce the fee for preparing the new document.

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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3. Good pill cutter. Depending on the prescription, you may have to cut pills in halves or quarters to get the right dosage.

4. Over-the-counter oral antihistamine. Mild allergic reactions usually respond to non-prescription allergy medications such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl). A liquid or “fast-melt” type of Benadryl can be better than pills, if the reaction is in their mouth or if there’s stomach upset. And

always call for medical assistance before the problem becomes severe.

5. Latex or non-latex gloves. Gloves that are the right size are necessary to protect both the patient and the caregiver from harmful germs, and they can be used for protection in a variety of situations—from serving food to cleaning up messes. 6. Hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide is good for cleaning wounds, getting bloodstains out of clothing and bedding and being used like a mouthwash for mouth sores.

7. Rubbing alcohol. Now for the big guns! Alcohol is a wound sterilizer as well as a good cleaning agent for places like handrails and doorknobs. 8. Digital thermometer (with covers). Digital thermometers with plastic covers are fast, accurate, user-friendly and easy to read.

9. Good blood pressure monitor. There are plenty of fully automatic, accurate digital machines available for purchase for in-home use. Look for versions that measure blood pressure correctly on the upper arm at heart level with readings given on a digital display.

10. Plenty of paperwork. You’ll need to have a calendar for organizing appointments, tests and a schedule of caregiving help. Keep a three-ring binder for storing medical test results and patient notes in one place. Have all pertinent phone numbers posted near every phone. The note that doesn’t get documented or the question that doesn’t get answered may be the one that gets you into the most trouble. “While being a caregiver is one of the most challenging experiences of my life, it has also been one of the most rewarding,” Aldrich concludes. “Having the support and help of others who have been there can be a huge help. The peace of mind you’ll get from being prepared is one of the most precious gifts you can give yourself as a caregiver.”

Ask Boyette: Pets and Heat Stroke BY DR. SARAH STALNAKER


ince summer is upon us, I’d like to know more about heat stroke and how to prevent it.

Caring For Your Pet Summer can be a great time for outdoor fun at the beach or on picnics. Tragedy can strike, however, if proper precautions are not taken to prevent heat stroke. At our practice, most cases of heat stroke are seen in dogs, especially those that have a heavy coat, are overweight, or have a very short muzzle such as English bulldogs and pugs. Older dogs in general have more health problems such as heart or respiratory disease than younger animals. This makes them more susceptible to heat stroke. Heat stroke is an emergency that requires immediate veterinary attention.

It is therefore important for owners to recognize the early warning signs of this condition. Your pet may become less energetic and its breathing rate increase as its temperature starts to rise. Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat from their paw pads. Normally, they will pant to cool off, but in a crisis such as heat stroke, their body will be unable to compensate for the rapid increase in body temperature in this manner. Normal gums are usually pink with some black pigmentation. If the gums become pale pink or white, this can indicate that your pet is going into shock from overheating. Heat stroke can strike in a matter of minutes during the hottest days of the summer, so prevention is vital. Just like children, dogs and cats can overheat when left in a car for even a few minutes, regardless of whether the windows are left partially open or not. Without treatment, your pet can collapse, go into a coma or even die.

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Dogs that stay indoors in air conditioning should be watched while they are outside and exercised during cooler times of the day. Dogs that live outside should be kept in shaded areas with plenty of water available. A small children’s swimming pool can even be used by dogs to take a dip in when they feel hot, as long as it too is in the shade. Following simple precautions and keeping a close eye on your pets in hot weather can save them from this potentially fatal disease.

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ummer travel season is approaching with 62 percent of households owning one or more pets, “What shall we do with the cat and dog?” is now a common question on the checklist of many travelers. Here are tips to help pet owners consider the family pets in their travel planning: Carefully consider if your pets should stay or go. Think about your lodging accommodations and trip agenda. Be sure to verify that your hotel, resort or campground is pet friendly. Hotels impose restrictions that can include the size and number of pets, expensive non-refundable pet fees and rules against pets being left unattended in hotel rooms.


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Orlando – After Hours! Casual Elegance So you say you’ve “done Orlando”, Jupiter Beach eh? Experienced Disney, outlet Resort & Spa is ofmalls and the ubiquitous souvenir fering wonderful specials shops? But hey, we’re not kids this summer in Jupiter, Florida. anymore—so what’s there to Ah, the beach setting. For our daily do after the sun goes down? walk, we enjoyed stepping from As it turns out, the Orlando area the boardwalk and patio area is loaded with after-hours right to a tranquil stretch fun. For starters, there’s Jupiter Beach of beach. And one night the Sleuth’s Mystery Resort and Spa. we stretched out in one Dinner Theater on of the hammocks and International Drive listened to the waves in Orlando. At hitting the beach Sleuth’s, you step as we watched a into a world of full moon rise comedy where over the ocean. you become Dinner at the detective as Sinclair’s was a you try to solve seafood lover’s the night’s treat. (A don’tmiss menu item is the lobster crabcake appetizer at dinner.) Choose white tablecloth service or patio casual three meals a day. Resort amenities include the luxurious spa, where you can enjoy a massage and then their hot liquid chocolate (wow!). There’s a billiards room, an outdoor firepit and lounge area, fitness room, lighted tennis courts and a business center for checking e-mails. The Beach Boomers package, starting at just $169 per night, includes daily gourmet breakfast for two, two-for-one bike rentals and discounts at Sinclair’s. Take the

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Sleuths (Above) and Treasure Tavern (Below).

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ummer is here and so are delicious Georgia peaches. Each year, Georgia produces more than 2.6 million cartons—or 63 million pounds—of peaches between mid-May and midAugust, and expectations are that the 2011 crop will meet or exceed that level. Try these very cool recipes.

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Stir mayonnaise, milk and seasonings until smooth. Add chicken and toss to coat. Stir in other ingredients. Serve over lettuce.

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Salad: Combine 2 (4-oz.) balls of fresh, water-packed mozzarella, 4 ripe peaches, unpeeled, each cut into 8 wedges, and 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves. Cut cheese into 1-inch pieces and gently toss with peaches and basil leaves. Prepare dressing: Combine lime juice, zest, vinegar, water, honey and salt. Slowly whisk in olive oil and set aside. Whisk mint into dressing and toss about 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) with salad. Season salad with freshly cracked pepper and serve.

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intimacy with a resulting loss of inhibitions. When you’re dealing with strangers, as you are in online dating, inhibitions serve as a valuable and healthy function. So if you lose your inhibitions without knowing to whom you’re making yourself vulnerable, you put yourself in a careless and dangerous situation. “I know that receiving those first e-mails from an online dating prospect is a thrill,” says Browne. “But a week or two of fantasy fun is sufficient, and then it’s time to bite the bullet and actually meet face to face, with a brief pit stop at phone calls so you can at least be assured of gender and voice recognition. If you spend any more time in fantasyland, you’re creating an artificial sense of intimacy, which is very difficult to overcome. Remember that you want dating, not danger, as the eventual outcome.”


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ear Mark: A replay of the old Steve McQueen, Eddie Robinson movie “The Cincinnati Kid” was shown on TV. I assume you have seen it. Of course Texas Hold ’em has pretty much supplanted stud poker as the gambling game of choice, has it not? Is that because hope springs eternal as the common cards are turned, or what? Which is more intellectually stimulating? —Lawrence E. Near the end of “The Cincinnati Kid,” Lancey (Edward G. Robinson), called the Cincinnati Kid (Steve McQueen) $3500 and then raised him $5000 on a hand most rank amateurs of the game wouldn’t make: trying to draw to an inside straight flush. Folding is what most skilled players would have done. On the other hand, we’ve all had bad beats like the Kid, who lost to Lancey while sitting pretty with a full house of aces and 10s. “It gets down to what

it’s all about. Making the wrong move at the right time,” so said Lancey. As for poker, its earliest reference is in 1834 among the writings of Jonathan H. Green. Green mentions the rules to what he called the “cheating game,” then being played on Mississippi riverboats. Green, who couldn’t find reference to it in Hoyle, decided to name the game Poker. The game Green described was played with 20 cards and used only aces, kings, queens, jacks and tens. Up to four people could play; each was dealt five cards. The now-standard 52-card deck ultimately replaced the 20-card deck, and during the Civil War modifications such as open cards (stud poker), the straight and the draw were established. It wasn’t until 1967 that Texas Hold ‘em was introduced in Las Vegas by the likes of gambling legends Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim. It wasn’t many years thereafter for Hold ‘em to eventually replace

seven-card stud as the most popular poker game in U.S. casinos. Texas Hold ’em’s popularity at present is because of the granddaddy of all tournaments, the World Series of Poker which is based on Texas Hold ’em, the game’s exposure to film, television and literature, internet advertising and play, and the Cinderella story of Chris Moneymaker, who had never played in a “live” tournament before winning the main event in the 34th annual World Series of Poker Championship in 2003. My guess is that players in general would lean towards Hold ‘em as more “intellectually stimulating” because with draw poker, you wager only twice, but with Hold ‘em, you are betting four times, so tactical betting comes into play more. As for “hope springs eternal”: for some it comes from the community cards on the board, for others from the fact that Moneymaker—a rookie of just three years playing experi-

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Now you can create a seafood dinner of your very own! Choose from a special selection of seafood or fish. Personalize it with one of our exciting sauces. Have our chefs cook it just the way you like it and serve it on your choice of linguine, sautéed vegetables or rice! It’s just for you and it’s on our legendary Endless Dinner Buffet. Now, for a limited time.

Daily after 4 pm, Sunday after 11am

Personalize your entree with 1 of our special sauces!

It’s like having your own personal chef! Senior Connection • July 2011 • page 38


with beverage purchase

Valid Mon-Friday from open-4pm

Offer Expires 08/03/11. Not valid with any other offer or coupon or if copied, transferred or where prohibited. Dine-in only (no sharing). Valid at 1101 N. 56 th Street, Temple Terrace, and 6942 W. Hillsborough. Present coupon when ordering. Valid up to 2 people. Not valid on holidays.



$8.49 $10.99

with beverage purchase

includes juice

Valid Mon-Fri From 4pm-close & Sunday From 11am

Valid Sat & Sun Until 11am

Offer Expires 08/07/11. Not valid with any other offer or coupon or if copied, transferred or where prohibited. Dine-in only (no sharing). Valid at 1101 N. 56 th Street, Temple Terrace, and 6942 W. Hillsborough. Present coupon when ordering. Valid up to 2 people. Not valid on holidays.

Offer Expires 08/07/11. Not valid with any other offer or coupon or if copied, transferred or where prohibited. Dine-in only (no sharing). Valid at 1101 N. 56 th Street, Temple Terrace, and 6942 W. Hillsborough. Present coupon when ordering. Valid up to 2 people. Not valid on holidays.


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to Heather LaMae Armstrong from Zephyrhills

Who won two tickets to Cirque Du Soleil’s “Allegria”, which played June 22 – 26 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Look for more contest drawings in upcoming editions of Senior Connection magazine!

Humor: New Texting Codes


or late life texters, these are some new texting codes you might need: ATD: at the doctor. BFF: best friend fell. BTW: bring the wheelchair. BYOT: bring your own teeth. FWIW: forgot where I was.

GGPBL: gotta go, pacemaker battery low. GHA: got heartburn again. IMHO: is my hearing aid on? LMDO: laughing my dentures out. OMMR: on my massage recliner. ROFLACGU: rolling on floor laughing and can’t get up. TTYL: talk to you louder! We have to laugh, don’t we!

Seniors On The Road Tours B

oard your spacious video and restroom-equipped motorcoach and head toward beautiful Savannah, Georgia for a four-night stay!

Sept. 5 – 9, 2011 tour includes: • Motorcoach transportation. • 4 nights lodging. • 8 meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners. • Tour of gorgeous Beaufort, SC, “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands,” plus a visit to Penn Center.

• Tour of amazing Jekyll and St. Simons Island—see how America’s early millionaires lived and played! • Tour of charming Savannah, including a visit to a famous historic home. • Your group leader has arranged lunch at Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons Restauraunt. • And much more! For more information, contact Marilyn Martin at (813) 654-9562.

Thanks to everyone who made the Senior Fun Fest & Jamboree last month a big success!


Unique Vacation Hotel for Cats Only! ✦ Featured on Nationwide TV ✦ Reasonable rates ✦ Huge windows on tropical gardens ✦ Vet on call ✦ Soft music, lots of loving & petting

15501 Boyette Rd. Riverview



Seeking an Accounting Assistant, to handle accounts receivable, accounts payable, collections and other accounting office duties. This position requires the utmost accuracy and strong attention to detail. Required skills include QuickBooks, Excel, and Outlook, and ten-key by touch. Position will require a background check and verifiable references. Please send your resume to: Qualifications: • Computer experience • Strong communication • Ability to work unsupervised

Call Mike (813) 475-2136 Anytime

Check Us Out Online!

Free Boat Inspections

Senior Connection is now on

Every Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary–Flotilla 75 (Ruskin) provides free, no-obligation Vessel Safety inspections for recreational boaters. Inspections take about 15 minutes and are available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Simmons Park in Ruskin on the first and third Sat. of the month, and at Williams Park in Gibsonton on the second and fourth Sat. (813) 645-6984.

American Legion Hall

BINGO Post 26

Plant City, FL Baker & Woodrow Wilson

Every Sat. night 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Public Welcome

(813) 752-8608


“Follow” us or “Friend” us to keep up with Mature Lifestyles news, the latest information and fun events in your area. Get your “Smile for the Day!” or share your comments with us! Find our Facebook page at under “Senior Connection and Mature Lifestyles.” Or visit us on Twitter at www. (without the “e”). Senior Connection • July 2011 • page 39

Switch your auto insurance to AAA and save enough for a weekend getaway.

Compare up to 6 quotes in minutes! Switch to AAA from * Allstate and save: $529 Geico and save: $450 State Farm and save: $480

Call or stop by to get your free rate quote now! Brandon • 415 W. Robertson St. • (813) 681-5761 Carrollwood • 14755 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. • (813) 963-2121 New Tampa • 20315 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. • (813) 929-3430 Sun City Center • 717 Cortaro Dr. • (813) 633-4880 Tampa/Westshore • 1515 N. Westshore Blvd. • (813) 289-5800


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Senior Connection - Hillsborough July, 2011 edition  

Monthly magazine for Boomer age adults and older