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The Fun Is Gone! Give Me Back My Simple Life With Chocolate Dear Readers,


he lazy days of summer are here. Time for lounge chairs, cool lemonade and a good book. Be grateful for Doyle, air conditioning, salad Janice Editor lunches (no cooking!) and long hours of daylight. I receive press releases and information from a multitude of sources, all of which want free publicity in our magazine. Most of such information comes by email these days, and I can delete anything that doesn’t fit our needs. Other times a newsy bit catches my eye and I keep reading. Let me give you an example. Chocolate! Chocolate used to be pretty straightforward—it came in a Hershey bar or chocolate chips or Ghirardelli if someone took a trip to San Francisco. Moms made chocolate cakes for special occasions. Life was simple. We now have so many choices, we’re picky about our chocolate. And we can blame it all on advertising. McCormick’s Flavor Forecast for 2013 noted these “trends” among those of us who are “chocolate consumers.” Who knew? Here are some examples of how we are labeled by manufacturers as chocolate consumers:

1. The Aware Shopper: This consumer is interested in products that are both environmentally-friendly and ethically produced, while also being convenient. Manufacturers use labels that are simple and transparent so consumers know exactly what they are buying. 2. Healthy Traffic Jams: These consumers look for brands that communicate a “healthy indulgence.” These products are often promoted for their naturalness or nutritional value such as a source of vitamins D and E, sugar-free, or antioxidantenriched. Dark chocolate is also often touted for being good for the heart and blood circulation. 3. Gray but Healthy: Consumers are selecting products that can help them age more healthfully, which makes chocolate that provides collagen, protein and calcium especially appealing. 4. Just Say No: Gluten and lactose-free, anyone? Chocolate products that target consumers with allergies or intolerances to gluten, soy, dairy, certain preservatives and others have become more popular.

5. Protein Overdrive: Protein is a hot topic and there are many opportunities for chocolate to deliver protein—especially from plant-based alternatives such peas, nuts and seeds. 6. Beating the Sugar Demon: With diabetes on the rise, chocolate developers are coming up with sugar alternatives that still maintain the indulgence of chocolate. The number of chocolate products with claims of “no added sugar” has increased 130 percent from the first half of 2011 to the first half of 2012. 7. More with Less: Environmentally friendly packaging for chocolate is on the rise. 8. Interest at the Extremes: Intense flavors such as wasabi are being added to chocolate products and can help the elderly enjoy the experience more if they have less receptive palates. Where do you fit? It’s too much analyzing for me. Just get a life, folks—a simple life with lots of chocolate for no particular reason.

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Around Town W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G J U LY 2 0 1 3


The 7 Secrets To Successful Living. Inspirational speaker Nyela Oluchi offers tips for dealing with stress and living a fulfilling life. 2 to 3 pm at West Tampa Branch Library. 813-273-3652.


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Exploring the Library’s Website. Discover Universal Class, a site that features hundreds of free online classes. 1 to 2 pm at North Tampa Branch Library, 813-273-3652.

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and focus on the important things in life. Let the energy experts at Tampa Electric show you how to save on energy costs. When you participate in our free Home Energy Audit, one of our energy analysts will visit your home and identify areas where you can save valuable energy. You’ll also learn about our other energy-saving programs including Energy Planner, Ductwork and more. Visit to schedule your free Home Energy Audit today or call 813-275-3909. Stop at State at our ourtable tableononJanuary August23 8 at the the Florida Sun City Center FairgroundsHall fromSouth 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring this9:00 ad and Community Campus event from a.m. to receive a free this energy-saving kit, made available through 2 p.m. Bring ad and receive a free energy-saving Tampa Electric’s Energy Education Outreach program. kit, made available through Tampa Electric’s Energy Education Outreach program.

Let’s Move. Themed one-mile walk, warm-up session, complimentary snacks, music and health discussions for participants 50+. $5. 8:30 am at Town ‘N Country Senior Center. Details at 813-873-6336.


All About Fossils. A look at the historical slides of Frank Garcia’s world-renowned fossil discoveries. A fossil will be given to each person attending the program. 7 to 8 pm at Brandon Regional Library. 813-273-3652.

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Mexican Train Dominoes Group. 10:15 am to 12:15 pm at Ruskin Branch Library. 813-273-3652. Eat at Joe’s Lunch and Concert Series. Food for sale, live music, free. Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, Kennedy Blvd. and Morgan St., Tampa. 813-272-5900.


Tropical Plant Fair. Plants for sale. Ground cover workshop and pepper decorating contest. 10 am at USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. 813-974-2329.


$6 Day at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Open at 9:30 am. 813-935-8552.

Planting A Vegetable Garden— Get Prepared! How and when to grow veggies at home. 4 to 5 pm at Austin Davis Public Library, 813-273-3652.

– Aug 27 Drawing By Observation Made Easy. Learn drawing basics at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd., Tampa. 7:15 to 9:15 pm. Cost: $105. 813-269-1310.


Celebrate Sinatra. Black-tie optional tribute to Old Blue Eyes and the Rat Pack with 17-piece big band. 8 pm at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. Tickets: $50/ adv; $60 after July 23. 813-247-2555.


Maintain Your Brain Workshop. Learn how to lead an active, happy lifestyle with practices that delay the effects of aging. 6:30 to 7:30 pm at New Tampa Regional Library, 813-273-3652. Send Around Town news to News Connection USA, Inc., P.O. Box 638, Seffner, FL 33583; fax (813) 651-1989 or email calendar@srnewsconnection. com. News must be received by the 10th of the month prior to event (i.e. July 10 for August event.)

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Stress Management Through Yoga. Gentle exercise and relaxation techniques. 11 am to 12 pm at Town ‘N Country Regional Library. 813-273-3652.

14 Sunday Matinee: “Lost in Yonkers” at Carrollwood Players Theatre. 2:30 pm. Call 813-961-4438.


19 Northdale Strutters “Hoe Down.” Bring finger foods and wear Country dance attire to line dance and socialize. $2. 5:30 pm. Info: 813-903-3482.


Star Gazing With Star Splitter Adventures. Observe celestial wonders through astronomer’s telescopes and ask questions. 7 to 8 pm at Brandon Regional Library. 813-273-3652. Elder Law Seminar. Learn how to plan for long term care with emphasis on public benefits. Medicaid,

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Medicare, and VA programs will be discussed. 2 to 4 pm at SouthShore Regional Library. 813-273-3652.

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Martha Stewart’s Sparkling Limeade

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here are plenty of reasons to love summer fruit drinks, and not just as a cool treat on a hot day. They also pack a punch when it comes to healthy aging. Studies have shown that consumption of pineapple regularly helps fight against conditions like arthritis and indigestion because of a helpful proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which aids in breaking down protein and has anti-inflammatory, anticlotting and anti-cancer properties. Citrus is another power fruit. Hesperidin, a flavonoid in oranges, helps to regulate high blood pressure. Limes, in addition to being excellent sources of Vitamin C, also contain calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women. In her book, “Alzheimer’s Disease, What If There Was a Cure?” Dr. Mary Newport describes how mediumchain fatty acids, like those found in coconuts, act as an alternative fuel in the insulin-deficient Alzheimer’s brain. Daily doses of coconut oil, she claimed, helped improve her ill husband’s cognitive function. Substitute green tea in your iced tea and gain an antioxidant boost, and do your eyes a favor by snacking on strawberries. According to a study by the Archives of Opthalmology, the berries can help decrease the possibility of contracting age-related macular degeneration by over one-third. Here are a few drink recipes that employ the benefits of fruit and take some of the heat out of summer afternoons: Lifestyles After 50 • July 2013 • page 6

1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, (from about 8 limes) 1 quart seltzer water Ice cubes Lime slices, for garnish (optional)

Cook 1 cup water and sugar until sugar has dissolved and mixture is clear, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a pitcher; cool. To serve, stir together sugar-water mixture, lime juice and seltzer water. Pour over ice and garnish with lime slices, if desired.

Simple Strawberry Spritzer 32 oz. strawberries (frozen, unsweetened, thawed) 49 oz. white grape juice, chilled 25 oz. sparkling water, chilled Puree strawberries in blender until smooth. Combine strawberry puree, grape juice and sparkling water in a large pitcher; stir well. Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemonade

For the syrup 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries 2 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp cold water 1 pinch salt For the lemonade 1 cup very hot water 2/3 cup sugar 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (the juice from 4 – 5 large lemons) 4 1/2 cups cold sparkling water or 4 1/2 cups seltzer water Granulated sugar, optional for rimming the glass

To make the strawberry syrup, puree strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, water and salt in food processor or blender. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds, pressing down to extract as much liquid as possible. To make the lemonade, combine the hot water and sugar in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Mix in the lemon juice and water. Stir in the strawberry puree. To serve, rub a wedge of lemon around the rim of a glass and then dip in sugar. Fill with ice if desired and then lemonade. Garnish with sliced lemon or strawberries. Serve immediately.

Sparkling Green Tea Lemonade

If you think green tea is boring and tasteless, then try this. The sparkling fizz makes it taste fresh and feel good on your throat, while the sugar, lime and green tea add a zingy sensation to the old taste.

2 cups very hot water 3 bags green tea 3 tablespoons white sugar 2 cups chilled seltzer water 2 teaspoons lime juice 1 lime, sliced (optional) Put tea bags in pitcher. Pour in the hot water into a glass pitcher and steep for 5 minutes; remove and discard the tea bags. Stir the sugar into the tea until completely dissolved. Chill in refrigerator for 35 minutes. Pour the seltzer water and lime juice into the tea. Float the lime slices atop the mixture.

Steps for Meeting Mr. or Ms. Right


ear, stubbornness, ignorance, procrastination and resignation are among the deadly sins, according to relationship expert Ernest Quansah. “These are the psychological traits that singles use as excuses,” says Quansah, author of Do’s and Don’ts of Relationships: Nine Steps to a Deeper, Richer Love Relationship. “I hear it all the time; singles say they’re not rich enough, or they need to lose weight, or they just don’t think they’ll find what they want. But I say nothing is perfect, and if you think that you’ll only be good enough when you’ve lost five pounds, or have a nice car or a bigger house, then you will never be ‘good enough.’” While self-improvement is important, singles should not use excuses to put off what could be a meaningful, lasting relationship says Quansah, who takes a holistic approach to relationships. Here are his six questions to answer while pursuing love and true happiness:

• What is my goal? Jot down what you are really looking for. Are you looking for a lifelong partner, just a date on Valentine’s Day? Many “serial daters” and “twice married men and women” claim they want the real thing; however, often their behavior indicates the opposite. • What am I doing to achieve my goal? Striking a balance is important. Doing too much, like spending a lot of money on a new look or being too negative, can be relationship killers because they are not permanent solutions and this makes achieving your goal difficult. If you act like yourself,





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something from them. Look back and do a review. If you have approached dating or relationship success in ways that keep failing, it is time to change! • What methods have worked for me? Everybody has qualities that make them good at some things and not so great in other areas. Focus on your strengths; if you have used methods that brought you success in dating or in your marriage, you should use those methods because they will yield result. But do not be afraid to test the waters with new ideas. • What will it feel like when I succeed? If you cannot envision the taste of success, you may be less motivated to go the extra mile for true love. Think about how nice it would feel to have meaningful companionship, bring someone home to meet the family, and maybe even start a family of your own. For more, see Ernest Quansah’s website:

The King Is Back


n July 20, The Elvis Tampa Bay TCB Fan Club will present the 11th Annual Elvis Tampa Bay Festival/Contest from 11 am to 8 pm at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 303 E. Lemon St., Plant City. The theme for this year is “Aloha in Hawaii,” featuring special guest Suzanna Leigh, co-star from Elvis Presley’s “Paradise Hawaiian Style” film.

Enjoy 18 to 20 tribute artists performing Elvis songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s in preliminary, themed and finals contests throughout the day. Memorabilia vendors, lunch and dinner will be available Tickets: VIP/$30 – includes meet and greet with tribute artists and reserved seats; All Day Admission/$25. Single Shows/$10 each. Call 813-977-6011.

Rollins Theater Summer Series M usicals and more are on the marquee this summer at Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Dr., in Sun City Center. Catch matinee and evening shows at 2:30 and 7 pm. For $10 tickets and more info, call 813-220-7913.


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you’ll be more comfortable and selfconfident—and those are attractive qualities! Remember who you are and what you love, but don’t be inflexible; love and relationship success are often about compromise. Taking note of what you have and haven’t done, and evaluating the effectiveness of those strategies, are the key to dating, relationship and marriage success.

“Life, Love and the Music Business” Scored by Lisa Palas, whose songs have been recorded by renowned country stars including Reba

McEntire, Alabama, Lee Greenwood, Kris Krostofferson and The Oak Ridge Boys. Showings on July 13.

“Broadway Baby” South Shore’s favorite soprano, Kathy Straub, sings the beloved music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. You’ll hear your favorite songs from classic musicals like “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I” and more. July 27. Lifestyles After 50 • July 2013 • page 7

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roadway Comes To Camp” is coming to the Florida College campus July 19 – 27. The 9-day camp features a cast assembled from seven states and one foreign country and will produce three performances of Joseph Stein’s Fiddler on the Roof on July 26 and 27. Royce Chandler, the producer, directed Broadway shows at Florida College in Temple Terrace for eleven years. Those productions drew a large following from senior citizens living throughout central Florida. He and Hope Chandler directed summer camps for the college for twenty years as part of the school’s student recruitment work. Now, they have combined the summer camp experience with that of producing a major Broadway musical. The Chandlers formed The Chandler Family Corporation for the Fine Arts, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation to produce the project and give individuals and families a chance to

participate, either on or off stage, in a Broadway musical. Fiddler will delight you with such famous songs as “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker,” and “Do You Love Me?” The production will be given in Florida College’s Hutchinson Auditorium, 119 N. Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace. Reserve seats now for the performance at 7 pm on Friday, July 26, and for the two performances on Saturday, July 27 at 11 am and 7 pm. Seniors receive a discount price of $12 on reserved seats, $15 for nonseniors. A Dinner & Reserved Seat Special ($28) is offered Friday night, and a Brunch & Reserved Seat Special ($27) is offered for Saturday morning. Tickets may be purchased via Pay Pal at or may be ordered by calling 813-784-8387. Reserved seats will be assigned on a first-call basis.

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Volunteers Bring Life Experience To Kids In Need

“I’ve taken him to Lightning games hen Alan Cohen of and Bucs games. Tampa was conHe’s fanatical templating retirement, about football. He doing some community can throw the ball work was on his mind. very well, catch it Then Big Brothers Big well, and he’s very Sisters (BBBS) held a fast,” Cohen says presentation at his office. of his charge. “I thought, well, Basketball clinics, this looks like an fishing, boxing interesting program. and biking are I’ve always liked “Big Brother” Alan Cohen just a few of the kids—maybe because activities that keep I’m a kid at heart,” says Cohen. the pair busy, and when they aren’t But most importantly, he wanted to playing hard, they’re studying hard. make a difference in a young person’s “One of the things I found with Sir— life. BBBS matches adult volunteers and it’s true with anyone in his social (called “Bigs) with children (“Littles”) status—the only way he’s going to get in need of guidance and companionout of the poverty situation he’s in is ship. Most of the kids come from through education. So I’ve been stresssingle-parent or low-income families. ing education to him a lot,” he says. BBBS matched him up with 7 year Cohen often tutors Sir at school or old “Sir,” and for the past four years takes him to the library so he can the two have been fast friends. pick out a book to read together.



“And he’s very good about it. He never says, ‘I don’t want to do it today’; he always has the right attitude, which is ‘I want to do better.’” The mentoring goes both ways. Cohen says what he learned from Sir is that you can have a great attitude, even if you don’t have a lot of monetary things in your life. Because of this, Cohen looks for chances to give Sir activities he’s never been able to experience—things that most people take for granted, like going to the beach, visiting the circus or even riding in an elevator. His greatest concern is that his Little will be able to overcome an environment of drugs and bullying, especially as he enters his teen years. “It’s a very difficult environment to grow up in,” he says. Cohen stresses that programs like BBBS are so important because they give kids hope and help break the cycle of poverty that keeps them from realizing their full potential.

“I think it’s making a difference, When he turns 18 and we’re no longer in the program, I hope to see him at his high school graduation and into college. I’m sure we’ll be friends for life,” Cohen says. Become a Big Right now, BBBS is hosting an initiative called 100 Men in 100 Days—a call to action to match over 100 boys from the agency waiting list with a positive role model. It’s easy to join: applicants start out by choosing one of three programs: Community based, Sports based or School based. These programs guide the activities that Bigs and Littles participate in. Applicants then interview with a Match Manager, who pairs them with a Little who shares similar interests. Volunteers are only required to spend a few hours a month with their Little, but even a short time can have a meaningful impact on a child. To learn more, or to join the program, visit or call 813-769-3600.

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he Sun City Center the award-winning golf, Area is a vibrant tennis, bocce ball and lawn and active part of bowling courses, there’s Hillsborough County no reason to stay inside. located between Tampa But if you want to, there’s and Sarasota with easy always yoga classes, the access to I-75. With computer club, mahjongg more than 17,000 tournaments and various private homes and acting groups and choirs. some 14 facilities In fact, there are over 200 providing a multitude clubs and organizations of senior living options, so you can indulge Sun City Center is a whatever hobby you have. lifestyle destination for Top-rated and highly those age 55 and over, respected physicians, boasting golf courses, specialists and dentists The staff of the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce walkways, fitness are here supporting our centers, lush landscapvery own South Bay ing and friendly people. We have Hospital. We also have lawyers, And speaking of access, did you access to anything you could want: financial advisors and businesses know our streets are open to golf professional sports, performing arts, representing 165 industry categories carts? We even have a decorated golf state-of-the-art medical care, lots as members of our Chamber, ready cart parade to kick off the holiday of shimmering water, a receptive to take care of your every need. season! You see, Sun City Center is business climate, and prime land for Our members are dedicated to maknot a retirement community. Our resifuture growth and development. ing Sun City Center one of the premier dents are too busy to retire. Between

adult communities in the country. To showcase what they offer, we host a spectacular Splash into Spring Expo and an Extreme Makeover: Sun City Center Edition Extravaganza in the fall full of incredible prizes and bargains for our residents. You can participate in our Golf Tournament, or network at Schmoozapalooza. And the first Friday of every month, we host golf cart poker runs with an After Party sponsored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In addition, our Chamber facility houses a 3,800 square foot banquet room which accommodates up to 210 people and is usually bustling with mini-trade shows, educational seminars, and the occasional wedding reception. We also offer a conference room for smaller meetings. So welcome to Sun City Center. Stop by and visit us and let us help you get acquainted with the area. That’s why we’re here!

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hink of Hollywood’s grand romances— like Bogie and Bacall or Newman and Woodward. But Bologna and Taylor? Sure you know them. Character actor Joseph Bologna has starred in numerous TV shows and movies, most notably as Michael Caine’s best friend in Blame it on Rio and as comic King Kaiser in My Favorite Year. His wife Renee Taylor is known as Fran Drescher’s mother, Sylvia Fine, on The Nanny for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy nomination. She’s also been in Happily Divorced, How I Met Your Mother and Shake It Up. More recently she co-starred in Tyler Perry’s Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor with Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Williams. In the movie, Taylor plays a pharmacist, but, from experience, could be the marriage counselor as she introduces her husband of 47 years as her boyfriend. She told a reporter, “It was a dramatic movie but it was about what happens when you commit adultery… how painful it is for everybody, and I guess I was the comic relief. Everybody else in it was very serious…but I had a wonderful time.” Her current live one-woman comedy show titled My Life On A Diet is about true diets she has been on, and the movie stars she met, from Joan Crawford to Marilyn Monroe, whose advice she sought about what to eat to make her as famous and as slim as they were. Lifestyles After 50 • July 2013 • page 14

50-year marriage In 1965 Bologna, an Italian Catholic boy from Brooklyn, married Taylor, a Jewish girl from the Bronx. Their wedding was telecast from TV host Merv Griffin’s studio.

is If Ever You Leave Me, I’m Going With You. Renee, 80, is known as much for her brilliant smile as she is for her capacity to look like a sad sack when her husband is her straight man on stage. It’s that famous face of hers, whether Renee Taylor and sad or smiling,

Now married for over 50 years, Taylor and Bologna have each had individual careers, but they’ve also made a name as a couple for their husband Joseph Bologna. writing. In 1970, they shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing of a Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for the silver screen version of their Broadway hit Lovers and Other Strangers. Highlights of their successful collaborations also include It Had To Be You, Bermuda Avenue Triangle and Acts of Love and Other Comedies. Taylor as “Sylvia” With great good on “The Nanny.” humor they tell how they renew their marriage vows every seven years…in a different religious ceremony each time (Catholic, Jewish, Hindu etc). A later stage collaboration which includes stories about their marriage

that made her ask Cindy Cohen, her personal makeup artist, to develop a firming serum that would immediately tighten her face and de-puff the area under her eyes before performing on stage and screen. Now Renee Taylor is becoming even more famous for creating a face tightening serum called faceLOVE™, which has received rave reviews for its ability to work instantly and effectively. With just a few drops of this better-than-Botox product, faceLOVE™ diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, de-puffs eyes and instantly tightens and smoothes skin. faceLOVE™ has peptides in it, protein, which is healthy for the skin and works in seconds… which is amazing. One $55 bottle will last for several months, and it comes with free shipping and a free lipstick. The name faceLOVE™ came, says Taylor, because she wants women’s faces to feel like when your grandmother holds your face in her hands and you feel loved. Visit www.rtfacelove. com or you can also call toll free at 855-502-3002.

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dressing hook at the tip to help retrieve shoes and socks, and pull them on. • Travel Seat + Cane. This handy, lightweight item provides people with a stable seat whenever and wherever they need it. It also functions as a walking cane with a comfortable grip handle. • Jar Opener E-Z Claw for opening jars, bottles, doorknobs and containers. Vitamins and Supplements: The enormous selection can be confusing! Focus on these: • Fiber supplements. • Food thickeners and ready to eat meals such as Ensure and Boost. • Multivitamins. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a product to meet your needs. Sherry Torkos is an award-winning pharmacist, author of 16 books and booklets and a fitness enthusiast.

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The Healthy Geezer: Alcohol Abuse



: My wife and I moved into a retirement community recently. I’ve noticed a lot of people I’d call alcoholics in this community. Do seniors drink more in these places?

A: I could find no information that

demonstrated residents of retirement communities drink more. However, these developments are, by nature, more social. So, perhaps you’re just seeing more drinking. With more drinking, you’ll find more people who don’t handle it well. Alcoholism is a serious problem among seniors: • About 70 percent of hospital admissions for older adults are for illness and accidents related to alcohol. • About half of older adults in nursing homes have an alcohol problem. • Older adults lose an average of 10 years off their lives because of alcohol abuse.

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• About 80 percent of doctors misdiagnose alcoholism as depression in older women.

• The highest growing number of alcoholics is among 75-year-old widowers. • About 10 percent of patients over age 60 who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are actually suffering from brain damage caused by alcoholism.

“Alcohol abuse among older adults is something few want to talk about or deal with,” said Charles Curie, former administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Too often, family members are ashamed of the problem and choose not to address it. Health care providers tend not to ask older patients about alcohol abuse if it wasn’t a problem in their lives in earlier years. Sometimes the symptoms are mistaken for those of dementia, depression or other problems common to older adults. Unfortunately, too many older persons turn to alcohol as a comfort

following the death of a spouse, a divorce, retirement, or some other major life change, unaware that they are markedly affecting the quality of their lives.”

Alcoholism is a disease with four symptoms: craving or compulsion to drink, the inability to limit drinking, high alcohol tolerance and physical dependence. Alcohol abuse does not include strong craving, loss of control or physical dependence. Alcohol abuse is defined as drinking that causes problems in your life such as failing at work, getting arrested for drunk driving, or hurting someone physically or emotionally because of drinking. Moderate drinking is defined as consuming up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people. A standard drink is 12 ounces beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. The American Medical Association publishes the following list of physical symptoms to diagnose alcoholism.

• Bruises, abrasions, and scars in locations that might suggest frequent falls, bumping into objects, physical altercations or other violent behavior. • Cigarette burns on the fingers. • Flushed or florid faces.

• Jerky eye movement or loss of central vision. • Damage to nerves, causing numbness and tingling.

• Hypertension, particularly systolic (the first number). • Gastrointestinal or other bleeding. • Cirrhosis or other evidence of liver impairment, such as swelling in the lower extremities and fluid retention. • Psoriasis. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How To Be A Healthy Geezer” at All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Fred Cicetti.

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he American Lung Association announced in June that more than seven million women in the United States currently have COPD, and millions more have symptoms but have yet to be diagnosed. The number of deaths among women from COPD has more than quadrupled since 1980, and since 2000 the disease has claimed the lives of more women than men in this country each year. The report is titled “Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women.”

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Can I have both Medicare and VA coverage? —Richard


ear Richard, yes, you can have both Medicare and VA (Veterans Affairs) coverage. If you have been honorably discharged or released from the military, naval or air service, you may be able to get health coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You can also have Medicare if you are eligible for Medicare due to age, disability, End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Lou-Gehrig’s disease (ALS). However, keep in mind that Medicare and VA benefits do not work together. Medicare does not pay for care that you receive at a VA facility. In order for Medicare to cover your care, you must receive care at a Medicare-certified facility that works with your Medicare coverage. Additionally, in order for your VA coverage to cover your care, you must usually receive health care services at a VA facility. Bear in mind that you may want to consider enrolling in Medicare Part B (Medicare medical insurance), even if you have VA coverage. Having Medicare Part B may guarantee you medical coverage outside the VA health system. Additionally, if you delay enrolling into Medicare Part B when you are first eligible to do so, you may incur a premium penalty and experience gaps in coverage. Some veterans use their VA drug coverage to get their medications, since VA drug coverage may offer more generous prescription drug coverage than Medicare Part D, the Medicare prescription drug

benefit. Since VA drug coverage is also considered creditable (as good or better than the Medicare prescription drug benefit), those who use VA drug coverage can get their medications from a VA facility and delay enrolling into Medicare Part D without penalty. If you have questions about VA benefits and coverage, contact the VA Health Administration Center at 1-800-733-8387 or 1-877-222-VETS (877-222-8387).—Marci The above is from Marci’s Medicare Answers, a service of the Medicare Rights Center (www.medicarerights. org), the nation’s largest independent source of information and assistance for people with Medicare.

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VA Tackles Long Claim Waits

On May 15, the VA announced that it is mandating overtime for claims processors in its 56 regional benefits offices through the end of fiscal year 2013 to help eliminate the backlog, with continued emphasis on highpriority claims for homeless veterans and those claiming financial hardship, the terminally ill, former Prisoners of War, Medal of Honor recipients, and veterans filing Fully Developed Claims. As of May 17, the paperless claims processing system known as the Veterans Benefits Management System, or VBMS, has been deployed to 46 out of 56 regional office locations, and about 18 percent of VA’s current claim inventory is in an electronic format. (From

Turn Chaos into Control After the Death of a Loved One S

settling the present and erial entrepreneur for planning the future. Susan Alpert capEach year, approximately tured the good life with 1.2 million Americans lose her husband of 46 years, their spouses. Alpert decided Larry. She had a great she would help these survifamily and a successful vors. She offers these tips career, including runfor handling the immediate ning several multimilaftermath of a spouse’s death. lion dollar companies. “After a fairy-tale wed• Define your workspace. ding, we lived ‘happily Susan Alpert Establish a workplace where ever after’—as happy you will deal with the paperwork, as real-life gets—except, of course, phone calls, etc. If you have that’s not really the end of the story,” says Alpert, author of “Driving Solo”. an office or guest room, either is a good choice. Do not use your living room, kitchen or bedroom—the places where you live. Your work space will be focused “Ten months after my husband was diagnosed with leukemia, I lost him— on the past, and your living space should be devoted to along with my passion and ability the present. Supply your to focus on a purpose for living.” workspace with stamps and She was overwhelmed with the envelopes, stapler, paper amount of financial, legal, civic and clips, file cabinet, etc. personal paper work necessary for

Retirement Living

• Keep a contact binder near your telephone to record the dates, names, numbers, and relevant notes regarding all phone conversations. This contact book is an essential resource that you will use often, and a great time-saver. This chronological listing makes it easy to identify at a glance with whom you spoke and when. Dedicate this binder to matters pertaining solely to the business aspects of your loss.

• Non-family notifications to make immediately: You will need to notify your lawyer, accountant, financial advisor, banking institutions and the Social Security Administration to advise them of the situation. Keep records of your calls in your contact binder. Make certain you ask what you must do to follow through. Have them repeat it. When possible, get it in writing. An e-mail or fax is as good as a hard copy. • Keep your receipts!: While it may be the farthest thing from your mind now, many of the expenses associated with this process can be reimbursed via the estate or itemized and deducted on your tax return. These include costs associated with documentation (e.g., photocopying, postage, and mileage) as well as records and receipts relating to funeral expenses. Later, you can check with your legal and tax advisors for current rules and regulations, and to discuss whether you qualify for these write-offs. For more information, visit the website at

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Oldest Boomers Retiring at a Quick Rate N

ow turning 67 years old, the first set of baby boomers, those born in 1946, continue to be myth-busters according to a new study: “Healthy, Retiring Rapidly and Collecting Social Security: The MetLife Report on the Oldest Boomers.” The report says the earliest boomers aren’t necessarily “working ‘till they drop,” as was predicted. More than half (52 percent) of the 1946 boomers are now fully retired. Of those, 38 percent say, “I’m ready,” while 17 percent cite health reasons and 10 percent attribute a job loss. Twenty-one percent remain employed full-time and 14 percent are working part-time; of those, most plan to retire fully by age 71. Sandra Timmermann, director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute said, “The boomer retirees are poised to remain active and engaged. As their nests empty they seem to be largely feeling healthy and positive. On the negative side, a good half of this group may not have achieved their retirement savings goals and are not confident about paying for the next phase of their lives.”

• 86 percent are collecting Social Security benefits; 43 percent began collecting earlier than they had planned. • Only 14 percent of oldest boomers are working part-time or seasonally; 4 percent are self-employed. • Long-term care rose to the top of the list of retirement concerns; 31 percent reporting concern about providing for themselves or their spouses. • Despite the fact that they are worried about long-term care, just under a quarter owns private long-term care insurance.

Survey Results • 82 percent want to age in place and do not plan any future moves.

• Eight percent are “upside down” on their mortgage, owing more than the value of their home. • The average number of grandchildren is 4.8.

• 79 percent of oldest boomers have neither of their parents living, but more than one in 10 are providing regular care for a parent or older relative; for many, the level of care has increased. • Oldest boomers continue to believe they will see themselves as “old” at the age of 78.5.

• 16 percent of the oldest boomers see themselves as being sharpest mentally now, in their 60s, but the largest group (30 percent) believes they were sharpest in their 40s. • More than 40 percent of the oldest boomers are optimistic about the future. Nearly a quarter of those are optimistic about their health, and two in 10 feel good about their personal finances. • More than half of the oldest boomers feel their generation is leaving a positive legacy for future generations. Values and morals and good work ethics were the top two items cited.

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If you have diabetes or you are at high risk for glaucoma, Medicare will pay for an eye exam once every 12 months to check for eye disease due to either condition.

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Step count leaders for the day were: Women Judy Bergendale 10,534 Foluke Abahnjoko 9,238 Yvonne McCoy 8,620

Men Willie Davis 4,826 Ivan Bardales 2,613 Arthur Bailey 2,611

Accumulative totals from the past 3 walks are: Registered walkers = 126 Steps = 457,588 Miles = 199 The next walk will be on July 9 at the Town ‘N Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa. The theme will be “Let’s Dance Walk,” so bring your best moves to this one! Walkers receive a T-shirt and continental breakfast along with games and prizes throughout the morning. Registration starts at 8:30 am. The walk starts at 9:30 am. Call 813-873-6336 for directions.

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Outsmarting Anger


tress and anger—what’s the difference? In the book Outsmarting Anger by Dr. Joseph Shrand, the reader learns that stress is a psychological and physical reaction caused by daily triggers large and small, internal (worry) and external (the bad driver who cuts you off).

Does Your Loved One Need Help? I f you’re wondering if your loved one needs day-by-day help or care, note these questions. If several are true, it might be time to look for help. 1. Difficulty walking – unsteady when standing or having had recent falls. 2. Poor grooming/ personal hygiene, soiled clothes.

3. Loss of appetite – changes in eating or cooking habits.

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6. Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Lifestyles After 50 • July 2013 • page 24

7. Reluctance to socialize.

8. Difficulty concentrating – poor judgment.

9. Memory loss – forgetfulness, confusion. 10. Mishandled medications.

11. Persistent fatigue – lack of energy. 12. Personality changes – irritability or sudden mood changes.

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Your body responds physically when there is a demand on you and, depending on the type of trigger, you experience varying degrees of the fight-or-flight sensation. The body releases hormones to prepare you for the action needed to follow through, and your body is then primed physically to fight or run. At its root, this stress response is a vital, survival-oriented physical response shared by humans and animals. So is anger. You feel and express anger because there is a threat and you need to change the behavior of the perpetrator or remove the obstacle. So anger is not just a negative emotion, but can be a

general response to the threatening triggers of a clear target. When you feel angry, you usually know the cause: the other person did something to you, causing anger which is the intense and aggressive feeling of wanting or needing to change the dynamic of the threat (often that means another person’s behavior). Feeling stressed in general is fertile ground for anger, as the body is already revving for action. The person who is successfully managing stress in his life is more likely to be able to control his feelings of anger. The stressed-out person is the one you want to avoid if he experiences anger. Too often the object of this person’s wrath will not be the actual “threat.” Instead, the anger is displaced onto the source of a much more minor stress trigger. Unfortunately, we have all done this—snapped at a child, spouse or someone who just happened to be in our way when we got home from a dreadful day. Stress fuels it, but anger makes it happen. Shrand’s book explains and clarifies and helps the reader deal with anger issues, whether his own or someone else’s. From the book “Outsmarting Anger” by Dr. Joseph Shrand, Harvard Medical School.

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A Will Is Imperative When The Beneficiary Is A Minor BY WILLIAM R. MUMBAUER, Attorney


reader asks: My daughter recently divorced. She has one minor child, my grandson. Despite my nagging, she refuses to make a will. My daughter insists that she doesn’t need a will since, under Florida law, her entire estate will go to her son anyway. Is she correct?

The Law And You Answer: Your daughter is correct that if she should die, even without a will, her entire estate would pass to her child. However, she is very wrong in thinking that her child’s interests will still be protected without a will. Here’s why.

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.S. Rep. Dennis Ross’s (FL-15) staff will host mobile office hours the second Tuesday of every month to assist with: Social Security and disability; VA claims and military service problems; SBA loan applications and interpretation of federal regulations; disaster assistance and federal grant application problems; IRS tax problems and more. Have questions? Get answers. The office will be at these locations July 9: Plant City: 8:45 – 9:45 am at City Hall, 302 W. Reynolds Street. Brandon: 10:30 – 11:30 am at Brandon Library, 619 Vonderburg Dr. Temple Terrace: 1 – 2 pm at Temple Terrace City Hall, 11250 N. 56th St. Lutz: 2:30 - 3:30 pm at Lutz Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road. Call 863-644-8215 for more info.

If your daughter dies without a will while your grandson is still a minor, your daughter’s ex-husband would have the legal right to serve as Personal Representative of her estate with all the opportunities for mischief this brings. But perhaps what’s worse, should your daughter die without a will, your daughter’s ex-husband would have the legal right to serve as legal Guardian for your grandson’s money. Finally, should your daughter die without a will, and your grandson then does before attaining adulthood (such as in a car crash with your daughter), your daughter’s entire estate would pass to your grandson’s father, your daughter’s ex-husband. It’s an outcome I doubt your daughter would appreciate. My advice: Make your daughter get a will, even if you have to drive her to the lawyer’s office.

Mr. Mumbauer, a 5th generation Floridian, has maintained a law practice in Brandon, Florida since 1980 with emphasis on estate planning. Mr. Mumbauer takes special pride in representing the senior community by maintaining a sensitive and practical approach to problem solving. Mr. Mumbauer 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 Service Network. Mr. Mumbauer 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 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating among judges and lawyers 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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ight in the middle of the country, Kansas City was once the jumping-off place for wagons headed westward. The city has come full circle and is a great destination for a few days of your summer and fall travels.


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Tour the Big Three. Jazz, barbecue and fountains—these beloved traditions thrive in a Kansas City summer. Sample KC’s signature sound at the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District. Then, find some barbecue. KC boasts more barbecue restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the US. Finally, no visit would be complete without a tour of the city’s beautiful fountains; there are more than 200 sprinkled throughout the metro.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Through more than 100 rare paintings, sculptures and photographs, you’ll experience a collection that highlights Mexico’s past and underscores the country’s enduring traditions through Aug. 18. Get your game face on. Think Kansas City Royals baseball – either take in a game or take a great tour of their Kauffman Stadium. Afterwards, take the field with legends at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum or step behind the anchor desk and call the shots at The College Basketball Experience. Shop in style on the Plaza. No trip to KC is complete without a visit to the Country Club Plaza, where shopping is elevated to an art form. This 15-square-block outdoor shopping and entertainment district is filled with romantic Spanish architecture, European art and dazzling fountains.

The buck stops here. Tour the impressive Harry S. Truman Presidential Library for a look at the president and the dramatic times he The American Jazz led. Follow his rise Museum tells the story of Give your wallet a break. this American art form with to leadership, the And what’s more affordartifacts such as a Charlie atomic bomb deciable than free? KC offers Parker saxophone. sion and the heritage more than 30 attractions at of his international no cost—including one of decisions, such as the creation of Israel. the nation’s largest monthly art walks, three acclaimed art museums and facRemember our nation’s heroes. tory tours at Roasterie Coffee, HarleyVisit the country’s only World Davidson and Boulevard Brewing Co. War I museum. The National WWI See Mexican masterpieces. Museum at Liberty Memorial is an Two of Mexico’s most celebrated American treasure, complete with painters, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, immersive exhibits and a stunning come together for a new exhibit at re-creation of No Man’s Land. Lifestyles After 50 • July 2013 • page 26

The Kansas City Royals play in Kauffman Stadium, one of the game’s most beautiful ballparks.

A monument to World War I, the Liberty Memorial stands 217 feet tall and offers views of Kansas City. Independence, Missouri is home to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum & Library.

Burn the midnight oil. Who needs sleep when Kansas City has so much to offer after the sun goes down? Check out Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway—home to 2,000 slot machines and 40 table games, all overlooking Turn 2 of the racetrack. Follow our Western Heritage. Beginning with the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804–1806, national trails heading west pass through Kansas City, including the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails. America’s Western heritage begins in Kansas City. Start your search at the National Frontier Trails Center in downtown Independence. Remember the Pony Express and Jesse James. North of the city find St. Joseph, where the Pony Express began and where Jesse James was killed on the very same date, April 3, exactly 22 years apart. There’s the Pony Express Museum and the Jesse James Farm & Museum. For information, go to

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he Florida Orchestra’s upcoming 2013/2014 season has lots of series to choose from to meet the needs of just about everyone’s musical tastes, budget and personal calendar, and with concerts in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, live symphonic music is always nearby. Subscribers enjoy various benefits, including a free friend voucher to invite a friend to a concert, 10 percent savings off single tickets and free flexible ticket exchanges for most concerts so that subscribers don’t have to worry about missing a concert due to a busy schedule. The orchestra’s main musical offering is the 14-concert Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, where you can enjoy the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mozart and others by selecting one of several different Masterworks packages, running the gamut of 14, 10, 7, 5 or 3 concerts, with a series selling for as little as $90. For those who prefer lighter fare, The Raymond James Pops season opens in October with the amazing artistry of world-record holding and awardwinning cirque performers in Cirque de la Symphonie on a series that also includes a wide selection of popular music from the worlds of dance and Broadway. You can also enjoy holiday favorites, a salute to James Bond, a St.

Patrick’s Day celebration of Celtic favorites, the swinging sounds of Benny Goodman and a Memorial Day weekend concert of spirited marches and other Americana hits. For the classic rock fans, the orchestra’s new Rock Concert series will showcase the music of The Beatles with the acclaimed “Classical Mystery Tour,” which is hailed for their spot-on vocal harmonies, note perfect arrangements and evocative costumes reflecting each of The Beatles’ breakthrough creative periods. There is also “The Music of Pink Floyd” in this 40th anniversary year of their groundbreaking recording of Dark Side of the Moon and “The Music of The Eagles” featuring some of the soaring hits from their various Grammywinning, number-one-selling albums. From October through May, the orchestra regularly performs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Ten different concert packages are now on sale or one can even select their preferred concerts with a Compose Your Own series. Most concerts offer affordable single-ticket prices of $15, $30 and $45, which go on sale August 12. For a free season brochure or to order a series package, visit floridaorchestra. org or call 727-892-3337 or 1-800662-7286, Mon – Fri, 9 am to 5 pm.

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ecognizing pain in our furry companions can be quite a daunting task. We will try and describe various clinical signs to watch for in your pets that may be an indication of pain. Although this list is not all inclusive, it will hopefully help you to decide if your pet needs to see their doctor soon.

Caring For Your Pet Starting with the front end, painful corneal scratches, pressure changes, hidden foreign objects, or an infection of the eyes can lead to excessive squinting, tearing or rubbing of the eyes. Pets will often tilt their head, whimper or shy away when petted on the top of their head when their ears are infected and tender. Oral pain can be exhibited by anorexia, excessive licking or drooling or rubbing of the face on objects or with their

paws. Hesitation to jump up on high surfaces, restlessness, stiffened posture, arched stance or gait, tail tucking, yelping when petted, tense abdomen, hesitation to urinate or defecate and hesitation to drink or eat out of bowls flat on the floor are all common signs of neck and/or back pain. Limping is a common sign of pain that can occur for various reasons on any of their four limbs. Front limbs can have arthritis in any joint (including digits), a traumatic fracture, bone tumors, an infection or even autoimmune disease (where multiple joints and or limbs may be affected). Hind limbs can have congenital or degenerative abnormalities of the knees, hips or ankles that may cause a dog to skip a step or hold up a leg, or even bunny hop while running. These types of conditions often are not recognized early on by pet owners because dogs and cats are excellent at masking the pain. Once the diseases become more progressive, often the

animals begin to show chronic problems that are deemed by pet owners as something new because the animal is too painful to hide it any longer. Abdominal pain can be recognized as a tense or tender abdomen on palpation. Anorexia, a bloated appearance, lethargy, flank watching, hesitancy to rise or lie down, or even repeated stretching in the play bow pose can all be signs of abdominal discomfort. Urinary or rear end discomfort can be shown by scooting, excessive grooming of the area and frequent posturing to urinate or defecate without appropriate production. We hope this article has helped to clarify a few areas where there is common confusion over if an animal is exhibiting signs of pain. If you simply are not certain, it is best to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible as the successful resolution of certain painful conditions is extremely important and could save your pet’s life.

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o more breaded Chinese food! Wok Chi is a new restaurant which opened just off I-75 at the Brandon exit. The “chi” in the name is for “life energy,” which the owners believe is from nutritious food. It’s done well—fresh food flashcooked in woks at over 800 degrees heat before your eyes to provide the healthiest version of Chinese food. Through a simplified ordering system (pick a base of rice or noodles Lifestyles After 50 • July 2013 • page 30

and veggies, add a meat and then the extras), this restaurant offers foods from slightly spiced to very spicy. Meats are fresh: angus beef, white meat chicken, shrimp and pork. And you can shake a meal up when you try the variety of sauces on the condiment bar as well. Sides include dumplings, won tons, and a tasty pork BBQ roll. Complimentary hot tea is always available and you won’t want to miss their two kinds of dessert buns. Thinking green these days? You’ll eat on dinnerware that is biodegradable, bamboo-based and reusable in an upbeat, bright setting with tables for one to a group. Basic meals are priced under $9. Wok Chi says, “Wok with us, and let’s get back to basics together.” They are located in Regency Mall. Visit for menu.


of the theatre with your favorite movies. Showings are held at 3 pm at the historic Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa. Tickets are $9. For more info, call 813-2748982. Here’s what’s showing:


“Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942). A discussion of the film, led by USF film professor Harriet Deer, will follow that is free and open to the public.

14 “American Graffiti” (1973).

21 “Moulin Rouge!” (2001)

28 “Dr. Strangelove

Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)

Aug. 4 “Jaws” (1975)

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etired and active military can enjoy free admission to MOSI and other area museums now through Labor Day. It is part of an initiative called Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,800 museums across America to reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.

“Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. The complete list of participating museums is available at http://www. For more information on Blue Star Museums at MOSI, call 813-987-6000.

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ecoding the meaning of words is a sophisticated process, one we often struggle with even within the same language. But add another language to the mix and the risk for miscommunication can rise starkly and often humorously. Some of the greatest business blunders have occurred when American companies exported certain products abroad without properly researching the impact of the local translation.

Humor For example, Kentucky Fried Chicken tried to translate its classic slogan “finger-lickin’ good” into Chinese characters. The unfortunate

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result was a plea for KFC consumers to “eat your fingers off.”

Coors beer encountered a similar challenge when translating its slogan “turn it loose” into Spanish. Would you really want to drink a beer that encouraged you to “suffer from diarrhea?

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When the pope was going to visit Miami, a region with a strong religious following among Hispanics, T-shirts that were meant to say “I saw the Pope!” (el Papa) instead joyfully announced that “I saw the Potato!” (la Papa). And who can forget the classic Ford Nova? When exported to Mexico, it did not do well. No wonder. In Spanish, “no va” means “doesn’t go.”


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Mediterranean Bean Salad

diet filled with cancer-fighting foods will lower the risk for many cancers. Beans of all kinds are among the foods which are considered among the good foods to eat. By combining several varieties of colorful beans you can create an attractive dish with plenty of fiber, vitamins and minerals. The kidney and garbanzo beans in this recipe are familiar to many Americans, but it’s the less well-known butter beans that provide the earthy quality in this dish.

Recipe Butter beans are a seed and considered a vegetable. There are two main varieties: the slightly curved flat green beans (often called lima beans) and the lighter colored ones called the sieva bean. Sieva is the butter bean referred to in Southern cuisine. Look for fresh or frozen butter beans. Mature

butter beans are dried and available to prepare as you would other dry beans. The onion, celery, tomato, flavorful herbs and simple dressing of olive oil, vinegar and lemon make this a garden-fresh salad. You can pair it with a sandwich of cucumbers and thinly sliced avocado for an earthy and satisfying meal. Want something a little heartier? Serve with a cup of tomato soup.

Salad 1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15-oz) can butter beans, rinsed and drained (cooked fresh beans may be substituted) 1 (15-oz) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 small red onion, chopped fine 1 celery stalk, chopped fine 2-4 garlic cloves, minced 1/2-1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine 1/4 cup basil, chopped fine (1 Tbsp. dried basil may be substituted) 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped fine 2 tomatoes, diced

Dressing 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp. vinegar (either white wine or apple cider work well) Juice of one lemon 1/2 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste In large bowl combine beans. Mix in onion, celery, garlic, parsley, basil and rosemary, adding tomatoes last to keep them from unnecessarily breaking apart. In separate mixing bowl whisk together dressing ingredients. Add dressing to beans and toss gently to coat. Chill for at least an hour to allow beans to absorb the flavor of the dressing. Re-toss gently and serve. Per serving: 190 calories, 7 g total fat, 26 g carbohydrate, 9 g protein, 8 g dietary fiber, 228 mg sodium. Recipe from American Institute for Cancer Research.

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