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Enjoy a Great American Staycation This Summer Dear Readers,

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ur snowbird friends are gone. Summer heat is upon us, and we bless the inventor Janice Doyle, of air conditioning. Editor Are you the only one left on your street? It’s interesting where people go. Your neighbors may have fled to their cabin in North Carolina, a cottage at the beach or the family’s lake camp in upstate New York. Maybe they’ve gone to a villa in France, a casita in Mexico, a pensione in Rome or a condo in Colorado. If they went back to their roots, they may be spending the summer on the family homestead or in a bungalow in small-town Indiana. Many of our neighbors are in motorhomes enjoying cooler climates. Here are the rest of us, tending our Florida homes. If that describes you, consider taking one or more “staycations” this summer. What’s a staycation? Staycation: a vacation in which the vacationer stays at or near home while creating the environment of a traditional vacation. The term first became popular in 2008 when the financial crush caused everyone to take a second (and third) look at spending money. Oh, and gas soared to $3.75 per gallon. People suddenly planned closeto-home vacations to spend less on fuel. Here we go again. It’s a good idea. Let’s take a fresh look at Florida and how we can enjoy our own backyard area. I know it’s hot, but I also know it’s nice to sleep in my own bed at night. So how can we make this work? Look at the definition again. The secret seems to be this: “Create the environment of a traditional vacation.” Hmmm. I did some research and found a few tips for making that happen.

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For a really sizzling staycation:

1. Plan ahead to unplug from your regular routine. Decide whether you want to stay local only or travel across the state for a few days. 2. Adopt the feeling of splurging even though you’re saving money when compared to a vacation to a distant place. It’s all about getting out of your rut. That means no cleaning out the garage. Maybe it means eating at a more expensive restaurant than usual.

3. Enjoy the home environs, particularly local places you’ve never visited, ethnic restaurants you’ve never tried. 4. Plan only what you and your spouse/companion can handle without stress—remember it’s hot outside.

5. Think outside the box for ideas. That might mean a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney or a local TV studio, etc.

6. Play tourist in your own hometown. Think small community museums, area winery tastings, historic homes. Maybe stay in a local B&B. 7. Think simple. Go bowling; play miniature golf; explore the local and state parks.

So, don’t stalk your neighbors and suffer from vacation envy as they drive off for the mountains or airport. Pull out the Florida map—how long has it been since you visited Jacksonville? St. Augustine? Tallahassee? Google your home town places of interest. Reserve a night at a resort on the beach you’ve heard about but never visited. Getting ready for a vacation was never easier. No shutting off the water, cleaning out the fridge or finding a sitter for your plants. You’ll be home every night or two—or maybe three. Now, isn’t that easy. Take out your iPhone or iPad and try some travel-related Apps:

• Urban Spoon is a restaurant guide for major cities in North America. Search by neighborhood, cuisine or price.

• Gas Buddy finds the cheapest gas on the go—for free! In one click, locate gas stations near you and see current gas prices. • Sutro Media has travel apps for cities across the United States; You’ll be amazed at the destinations right within your neighborhood. (Sutro Media is a free app. Within it are apps for Florida Gardens at $1.99, Florida State Parks at $1.99, etc.) Have a great summer whatever you decide to do. I’ll be home following staycation advice with a week in the Adirondacks to cool off in July.

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The Healthy Pleasure of Their Company—the Pets Among Us BY JANICE DOYLE

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udy Elliott spends her afternoons at the Pinellas County Animal Services facility matching senior pets (over age 6) with senior citizens who want to adopt a pet. She says most of the seniors who adopt senior pets have had pets before and know the benefits of pets in the house. Life occurs in stages, and as we move from infancy to adulthood—and eventually into our senior years—our needs and wants change. A 50-year-old may choose a different breed of dog than he got when his children were small. An 88-year-old woman won’t want to worry with having to step carefully because of a Labrador dog that flops down in the middle of the floor or a kitten darting out from behind the chair.

Why get a pet in the first place? While the primary benefits to animals are obvious—to place them in loving homes and keep them from being destroyed—the benefits to seniors of all ages are ten-fold (versus non-pet owners). A person who has a pet usually has: • Lower blood pressure and pulse rate • 21 percent fewer visits to the doctor • Less depression • Enhanced ease in making friends • More active lifestyle with something to nurture and care for • Affection and unconditional love • Ease in the loss of a loved one • Less feeling of loneliness • Higher level of taking care of themselves • Sense of security Lifestyles After 50 • June 2012 • page 4

Why get an older pet? Puppies and kittens may be cute, but they also have high energy levels and can require almost constant attention. Adopting an older pet may be the best idea. Think about an older pet because: • Older animals love to sleep and cuddle. They are happy for you to join them in a nap.

What to consider before getting a pet Beware of making a decision based on “going down memory lane.” Just because you once loved a German shepherd doesn’t mean that breed is best for you at this point in life. If well trained, of course, it might be, but it might be too big for your surroundings or for the care you are able to give it. Go for your present comfort level so it’s a good fit for both you and the pet. Maybe, instead of adopting a pet, yours would make a good foster home for a pet. Sometimes animals need transition time and space (such as when they’re taking a round of heart worm medicine) and rescue facilities need temporary spaces.

You might also work with pet therapy dogs which are specially trained to be taken into nursing homes and schools. Many financial accommodations can be made if having a pet is beyond your means. Most local agencies have ways to help. (For example, Purina®Pets for People in Sarasota County qualifies anyone 60 years and over for reimbursement of adoption fees.) Besides county-run facilities, also look for smaller groups that adopt out pets. Adopting a senior pet can often open a new world for seniors. To find out how to adopt senior animals in our area, contact your local animal shelter. Adoption information by county: Charlotte (941) 833-5690 Hillsborough (813) 744-5660 Lee County (239) 533-7387 Lake County (352) 343-9688 Manatee County (941) 742-5933 Pasco (813) 929-1212 Pinellas (727) 595-5822 Sarasota (941) 955-4131

• Adult dogs have learned many life lessons. They know “shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.” • They are mostly housebroken or litter box trained.

• Adult pets require less time than a puppy or kitten. • What you see is what you get; senior pets tend to settle into the household more easily.

In Sarasota County, Kristi Dorman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Sarasota County, says a staff behaviorist assesses all incoming dogs “for temperament, likes and dislikes, how the animal responds to children. Do they play well with others? Are they aggressive or not?” Volunteers also walk the dogs and note behaviors, making matchmaking easier when a senior comes looking for a pet.

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Mummies Of The World Comes To MOSI

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he Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa is known for hosting some of the world’s most fascinating exhibits, including the controversial Bodies. Their newest exhibition, Mummies of the World, manages to cast this well-studied culture in a whole new light.

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the afterlife. Egyptian citizens would work and save their whole lives to afford a copy of the book as well as the best possible embalming process. The exhibit includes a page torn from an actual Book of the Dead. Carlisle Stoup, a museum volunteer and an anthropology student at the University of South Florida, said that visitors’ reactions to the surprising collection vary greatly. “[The adults] are usually very fascinated,” she said. “Most are surprised to know about the mummies in the other parts of the world, and how they are mummified. Kids are very different. Sometimes it’s ‘ew,’ while others are excited about what they see.” Visitors can see a variety of one-of-a-kind specimens, including a howler monkey preserved on a pole and dressed in a grass skirt for unknown reasons. Perhaps one of the most fascinating specimens is a Peruvian mummified child that is estimated to be 6,500 years old.

The 20 mummies on display in this exhibit, lost since World War II, were recovered in 2004 from a vault in a German museum. The German Mummy Project used revolutionary new forensic methods, such as noninvasive DNA analysis, to preserve Pages from the them without further damage. Book of the Dead. Mummies of the World also displays several animal specimens found in environments that contribute to naturally occurring mummification, such as desert, bogs and caves. The animals on display include cats, squirrels, rats and even a hyena. The exhibit attempts to educate and often shock the visitor by revealing lesser-known facts about the familiar “What excites me about it is how subject of mummies. For example, much you can learn from a mummy,” many people know that ancient said Stoup. “How much you can Egyptians worshipped cats. What they learn from a culture’s way of life just may not know is that the animals were from studying their past people.” often bred specifically for the purpose Mummies of the World will be of sacrificing them to the gods. on display daily at MOSI through The most attention is given to the September 9. Tickets are $18.95 Egyptians, though they were not the for adults, $12.95 for children ages first peoples to mummify their dead 2-12, and $16.95 for seniors 60 and (that distinction actually goes to the older. Children under 2 receive free Peruvians). Egyptian culture held admission. Add-ons for the museum’s that in order to pass successfully regular exhibits, IMAX, and the from the world of the living, one ropes course are available. Group must have in their possession a copy rates for adults and seniors are availof the Book of the Dead, a detailed able. Call (813) 987-6320 to make instruction book for the journey to reservations or for more information.


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Eastern Airlines Silverliners (or other former flight attendants) luncheon at Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 2425 Rocky Point Dr. N., Tampa. 1 p.m. Please contact Barbara Reed at (813) 671-3078 for information.

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Honor Flight for West Central Florida World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.—volunteer as guardian or join the “Welcome Home” parade at airport. All information/guardian applications at honorflightwcf.org (do not apply on national website). (727) 480-7112.

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Northdale OWLS day trip to Hardee Phosphate Complex in Bowling Green, FL. 8:30 a.m. departure. $22. Information: Ruth at (813) 962-0397.

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“Retro-Fitting A Traditional Irrigation System To Microirrigation” Workshop at Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Rd. 579, Seffner. Free. Required registration at hillsborough. ifas.ufl.edu or call (813) 744-5519.

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Vintage Tampa Storefronts and Scenes by John Cinchett, book signing from noon to 3 p.m. at Ybor City State Museum, 1818 E. 9th Ave., Ybor City. 17 Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Downtown Tampa. 2 to 5 p.m. Info at (813) 841-4355.

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Good Vibrations: A Tribute to Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Rock bands, surf bands, jazz, Latin, percussion group, a laptop ensemble. 8 hours, 20 bands/performers, 75+ songs. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. 4 p.m. to midnight music. $12 advance / $15 door. (813) 971-0666.

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Get Ready for Sock Hops, Prom Night and Beach Parties “A

ll the singers on the Malt Shop Memories Cruise are not just going to be on the stage,” said Frankie Avalon. “You’re going to be rubbing elbows with them. It’s a very unique kind of cruise where you can talk to them and take photos with the performers out and about on the ship.” Legendary singer Frankie Avalon will return for his second Malt Shop Memories cruise when the ship sets sail October 27. The luxury liner, Holland America’s luxurious m/s Eurodam, will travel from Fort Lauderdale to Turks & Caicos, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay before it returns on November 3. Avalon, along with many other icons from the ‘50s and ‘60s, will perform and make special appearances throughout the journey. One of the talented members of the “Philadelphia school” of rock-n-rollers, Frankie Avalon was the reigning teen singing idol from 1958 through 1960. Devotees of American Bandstand hold affectionate memories of such Avalon top-tenners as “Gingerbread” and “Venus” and his later Beach Blanket movies. In an interview with Cinestar’s Brittany Umar, Avalon said that what is so special about the cruise is that the theme—‘50s and ‘60s music—has to do with a part of his life and that of many others who want to “reminisce, have a good time and hear some great performers.” Mention “Lifestyles After 50” when booking and receive $100 onboard credit! He remembered the first Malt Shop Memories cruise as a time when people talked to him about their memories. “They came and told me when they saw the movies I was in or heard me sing,” he said. “It’s unique to work with some of the singers I started out with, like Bobby Rydell and Dion.” Avalon considers this cruise an extension of all those years gone by, a time for the singers “to get together and have fun.”

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Inspired by Time Life’s popular Malt Shop Memories CD series, the voyage “The reviews are will be highlighted by performances in and MSMC (Malt by some of the biggest artists of the Shop Memories Cruise) era. Look for Ronnie Spector and 2011 was the “pick hit” of the Drifters Darlene Love, The Original Drifters, week and has gone platinum.” The Duprees and many, many more. —Yahoo Group: doowopcafe.com

y l m ife...” f o k c a r t “It was the sound “. . . Frankie Avalon made an appearance at the Sail Away Beach Party and the memories had begun to accumulate by the time the ship sailed under the bridge.” — Linda Coffman, CruiseDiva.com This 2012 cruise will also celebrate the memory of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley. The Malt Shop Memories Cruise will host the richest Elvis contest at sea featuring some of the most well-known and talented tribute artists in the world competing for a cash prize of $5,000. So, ladies, get out the poodle skirt and crinoline and get ready for an incredi“The legendary ble line-up of concerts, parties and ‘50s era of the late 1950s to and ‘60s-themed activities throughout early 1960s boasts some of the ship for the entire length of the the most romantic lyrics and cruise. You’ll grab your blanket for engaging harmonies popular the beach party, kick off your shoes music has ever embraced.” for the sock hop, spin the hula hoop, —Lisa Torem, dress in your finest for Prom Night. 2010 cruise Tickets for the cruise are available at MaltShopCruise.com or call (877) 700-6258 (MALT). The cruise is nearly 80 percent sold but great verandah cabins are still available. Florida residents who book between now and July 15 will enjoy free deluxe motorcoach transportation between the port in Fort Lauderdale Passenger photos by Rhonda Lane and seven Florida locations..

“No bonding required; we were all of the same mindset and were soulmates before the first doowop note rang out. The fun, the dancin’, singin’, strollin’, twistin’, hoppin’ and boppin’ never stopped.” —Gay Nagle Myers for Travel Weekly, 2011 cruise


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• have had an allergic reaction to a previous XIAFLEX injection. • have a bleeding problem. • have any other medical conditions. • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if XIAFLEX will harm your unborn baby. • are breastfeeding. It is not known if XIAFLEX passes into your breast-milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive XIAFLEX. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you use: a blood thinner medicine such as aspirin, clopidogrel (PLAVIX®), prasugrel hydrochloride (EFFIENT®), or warfarin sodium (COUMADIN®). If you are told to stop taking a blood thinner before your XIAFLEX injection, your healthcare provider should tell you when to restart the blood thinner. How will I receive XIAFLEX?

What is XIAFLEX?

Your healthcare provider will inject XIAFLEX into the cord that is causing your finger to bend.

XIAFLEX is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with Dupuytren’s contracture when a “cord” can be felt.

After an injection of XIAFLEX, your affected hand will be wrapped with a bandage. You should limit moving and using the treated finger after the injection.

In people with Dupuytren’s contracture, there is thickening of the skin and tissue in the palm of your hand that is not normal. Over time, this thickened tissue can form a cord in your palm. This causes one or more of your fingers to bend toward the palm, so you can not straighten them.

Do not bend or straighten the fingers of the injected hand until your healthcare provider says it is okay. This will help prevent the medicine from leaking out of the cord.

XIAFLEX should be injected into a cord by a healthcare provider who is skilled in injection procedures of the hand and treating people with Dupuytren’s contracture. The proteins in XIAFLEX help to “break” the cord of tissue that is causing the finger to be bent.

Keep the injected hand elevated until bedtime.

It is not known if XIAFLEX is safe and effective in children under the age of 18.

Return to your healthcare provider’s office as directed on the day after your injection. During this first follow-up visit, if you still have the cord, your

Do not try to straighten the treated finger yourself. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have: signs of infection after your injection, such as fever, chills, increased redness, or swelling; numbness or tingling in the treated finger; trouble bending the injected finger after the swelling goes down.

Your healthcare provider will provide you with a splint to wear on the treated finger. Wear the splint as instructed by your healthcare provider at bedtime to keep your finger straight. Do finger exercises each day, as instructed by your healthcare provider. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions about when you can start doing your normal activities with the injected hand. What are the possible side effects of XIAFLEX? XIAFLEX can cause serious side effects. See “What is the most important information I should know about XIAFLEX?”. Common side effects with XIAFLEX include: swelling of the injection site or the hand; bleeding or bruising at the injection site; pain or tenderness of the injection site or the hand; swelling of the lymph nodes (glands) in the elbow or underarm; itching; breaks in the skin; redness or warmth of the skin; pain in the underarm. These are not all of the possible side effects with XIAFLEX. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. General information about XIAFLEX Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed here. This is a summary of the most important information about XIAFLEX. If you would like more information, talk to your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider for information about XIAFLEX that is written for health professionals. For more information visit www.XIAFLEX.com or call 1-877-663-0412. Registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction after an injection of XIAFLEX: hives, swollen face, breathing trouble, chest pain.

XIAFLEX may not be right for you. Before receiving XIAFLEX, tell your healthcare provider if you:

healthcare provider may try to extend the treated finger to “break” the cord and try to straighten your finger.

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3. Allergic Reactions. Allergic reactions can happen in people who take XIAFLEX because it contains foreign proteins.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before starting treatment with XIAFLEX?


Where In the World Can I Take Yoga Tai Lates? BY JANICE DOYLE

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oga Tai Lates” is the listing for classes offered by Carol Lana Stalder at three area locations. If you look at the word, you realize it’s a combination of yoga, tai chi and pilates. And that’s just what it is, Stalder says. The first important note is that Yoga Tai Lates is all done standing, which is important, Stalder says, “...because many people have issues with using the mat, getting up and down in typical yoga and pilates workouts.” The tai chi is good for balance and eases joint pain. “Then you add strength from the standing yoga poses,” says Stalder. And a portion of pilates builds in core strength. It creates a full body workout of strengthening and stretching. Meg Jordan, Ph.D., a spokeswoman for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, says that blending the best of yoga and pilates, “...is

time-efficient. You “I wanted to have can address all the something for those who major muscle groups” feared getting down in the combination. on the mat,” she says. Stalder then adds “By making the classes tai chi to those two all standing, those who exercise methods needed it most could and says bringing in enjoy the benefits. the tai chi, especially And it’s a really good for the over-60 age workout. Participants group, safely really love ending each improves balance and session on a positive physical strength. She note with end-of-class creates her classes stretch and reflection around a “flow” contime accompanied by cept, moving gently soft, classical music.” from one movement Having been a Carol Lana Stalder, to another so that lifetime professional Yoga Tai Lates instructor participants have an dancer, Stalder says, ideal workout for improving range of “Working all day with motion as my motion, balance and mobility. That tool is what I’ve always done.” means that Yoga Tai Lates exercises She says exercise builds energy, the body in an integrated way. so when you take a class like Yoga “Most people end a session feelTai Lates, you can add more walks, ing rejuvenated and come back classes, other activities to your life week after week,” says Stalder. as well. You’ll have the energy.

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Veterans Benefits Questions and Answers

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he following questions and answers may help readers in dealing with veterans benefits.

Q: How much are a VA widow’s

survivors benefits reduced by any earned income?

A: Widow’s dependency and

indemnity compensation (DIC) benefits are not reduced by any other income. Widow’s pension, however, is need-based, so it is reduced dollar-for-dollar against any Social Security or other income.

A: You cannot “force” the VA to give

you a disability rating, like it’s your right to have one! They have people that review your medical records to determine if you should have any disability rating; then, if you’re found to be disabled, they will assign a percentage rating to your disability. Once you have the percent that you’re disabled, then your payment is according to that percentage rating. Tables of such disability benefit payments can be found at the VA website. You might talk with a veteran service office or call/write the regional office to find out what the delay is. Have they told you they were going to schedule you for exams? However, I would NOT, if I were you, cop an attitude with the VA.

Q: My dad was a veteran and

Q: My mother is experiencing some early cognitive issues that make her unable to live on her own. She is now living with me in another state. My question is this: Does she have veteran military benefits from my dad being in the military for over 30 years (he is now deceased but she is receiving his Army pension.) If so, who would I contact to confirm or process? Also, would benefits vary by state? A: VA Benefits do not vary based on state residence. However, each state has an office of Veterans Services that may provide benefits separately. If your father was receiving or entitled to VA Benefits, dependent on his status, your mother may be eligible for DIC. Q: How can I force the VA to give me a disability rating? The VA has been delaying my claim for asinine excuses for more than 454 days.

passed away 10 years ago. My mom has never filed a claim for veterans benefits. Now she needs surgery and after care. Might she be qualified for some benefits?

A: Anyone at the VA helping your

mother will need more information. Be prepared to furnish the following: What were the dates of your father’s service, branch and type of discharge. Did your father ever apply for Benefits from the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs?

Q: I am receiving DIC (dependency and indemnity compensation) payments right now. Will it continue after I file for social security? Do I pay taxes on this? A: DIC should not affect your SSI. VA benefits are non-taxable, and your DIC will continue unless you re-marry. It also should not be affected by any other SS income you may be eligible for.

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Grandpa’s Boy: How One Grandfather Learned to Connect with His Autistic Grandson

BY SHARON FUENTES

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recently went back home to celebrate my parents’ anniversary. I love my parents but I must admit I was nervous to go back. I was concerned about how they would handle having my kids in their home for over a week, especially when one of those kids happens to have Asperger’s SyndromeHigh Functioning Autism. Asperger’s is a neurological disorder. My 11-year-old son is very verbal and extremely smart. Looking at him, you might not know there is anything different about him. There is a reason, though, that Autism is called the “invisible disability!” What you cannot see is that Jay’s senses work, but the information they send to his brain can get misfiled or come in on the wrong pathways. Imagine having a million radio stations playing at the same time and you don’t know how to filter out the unnecessary to hear what’s important. This is what my boy faces every day. Understanding other people’s body and indirect language or even intonation is a challenge for Jay. What can seem like common sense does not come naturally; it must be taught. He is anxious, frustrates easily and is prone to meltdowns if things change or he just feels overstimulated. He is also brilliant, loving and funny. You might have to look a little harder to see all that. But, when you find a way to connect, what happens is almost magical. This last trip home, I sat down and for the first time since my son was diagnosed really spoke with my father. We shed many tears and laughed so hard that my side ached. The result of that conversation was a mutual understanding that my father did not need to fix my son; there was nothing wrong with him to fix. He just needed to find a way to connect with

him, to accept him for the wonderful person he is now. He doesn’t need to feel sorry for him but he does need to recognize when he becomes frustrated and what to do when that happens (because it will happen). It wasn’t easy at first as Jay had no interest in watching a basketball game together or passing a football back and forth. What did pique his interest was the chess board he found in my father’s closet. When he asked my father if he would teach him how to play my dad knew he had found his “in.” Dad doesn’t let Jay win, but I have seen him make a bad move on purpose from time to time when he sees him starting to get frustrated. They even play chess via Skype now…their way to connect with one another even though we are 1,000 miles away. According to the CDC, one out of 88 children in the United States has a disorder on the autistic spectrum. Autism can be an isolating disorder... but it doesn’t have to be, especially if Grandpa and Grandma are around! Check out Sharon’s blog at www.blog.mamasturnnow.com.

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The Healthy Geezer: Secondhand Smoke

BY FRED CICETTI

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A: Tell him he may be killing you

with his secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke—also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)—is made up of the “sidestream” smoke from the end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the “mainstream” smoke that is exhaled. Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke absorb the same 4,000 chemical compounds that smokers do. More than 60 of these compounds are known or suspected to cause cancer. About one in a hundred deaths worldwide is caused by secondhand

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smoke, which kills an estimated 600,000 people a year, according to World Health Organization (WHO) researchers. Each year, in the United States alone, secondhand smoke is responsible for about 40,000 deaths from heart disease, and about 3,000 lung-cancer deaths. Secondhand smoke causes increased cardiovascular risks by damaging blood vessels, decreasing your ability to exercise and altering blood cholesterol levels. Some research indicates that people exposed to a spouse’s cigarette smoke for several decades are about 20 percent more likely to have lung cancer. Those who are exposed long-term to secondhand smoke in the workplace or social settings may increase their risk of lung cancer by about 25 percent. Some of the components found in tobacco smoke that are known to cause cancer or are suspected to be carcino-

genic include: formaldehyde, arsenic, cadmium, benzene and ethylene oxide. Here are a few other chemicals in tobacco smoke along with their effects: ammonia (irritates lungs), carbon monoxide (hampers breathing), methanol (toxic when inhaled) and hydrogen cyanide (interferes with respiration). Throughout the world, governments are taking action against smoking in public places, both indoors and outdoors. Smoking is either banned or restricted in public transportation. Several local communities have enacted nonsmokers’ rights laws, most of which are stricter than state laws. Although air-conditioning may remove the visible smoke in your home, it can’t remove the particles that continue to circulate and are hazardous to your health, so don’t delude yourself that running the AC is the answer to secondhand smoke dangers. To solve your problem, you should try to get your son to seek help in fighting his addiction to nicotine.

There are many programs available. Call your doctor for some recommendations. Meanwhile, for your own health, you should insist that he not smoke in your house. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How To Be A Healthy Geezer” at www.healthygeezer.com. All Rights Reserved © 2012 by Fred Cicetti.


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How Are Baby Boomers Doing as Parents? They hover: Parents Weigh in on Children’s Job Hunt oomer helicopter parents’ intrusions in their children’s outside-the-home lives now extend to the workplace, according to a Michigan State University survey of employers who were hiring brecent college graduates. Almost a third of the employers said that parents had handed in their children’s resumes, sometimes without their children’s knowledge. A quarter of the employers said that parents had been in touch with them to plead their children’s cause. In some cases, parents sat in on their children’s job interviews. Enterprise, the car rental company, has adapted to the trend by mailing parents the same recruitment

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materials it sends their children and inviting parents to hear their children present their final projects as Enterprise interns. —Jennifer Ludden, “Helicopter Parents Hover in the Workplace” NPR, March 1, 2012 They support: Many boomers are helping to financially support both their parents and their adult children. Almost a third (31 percent) of relatively wealthy Americans are supporting older and younger immediate family members at the same time, according to a new Merrill Lynch Wealth Management survey of 1,000 people with investable assets of $250,000 or more. They question: “As boomers we raised our kids to have the things we didn’t. Our parents came from the World War era and they wanted us to have the life they didn’t have. We in turn gave just

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about everything to our children and I think this made a lot of them lazy and added to the “entitled” generation we see today. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Is it our job to keep supporting our adult children no matter where the economy is? Every family has to decide this question. —From the blog sweetiesreviews.com “Supporting their Adult Children.” They spend: According to a Vibrant Nation survey, a dramatic 84 percent of boomer women are paying more of their

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Weight Loss in the Senior Cat BY MICHELLE FERRERA, DVM

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Can You Cut Your Insurance Costs? H igher fuel prices affect a lot of other expenses in the family budget, from heating to food. The government estimates the average household is spending $150 per month more this year because of higher oil prices. You can try to ease the pain at the pump by using your car less, but you should also look for other places to offset that extra $150. Car insurance is a good place to start. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the national average auto insurance premium is $850 per year. Can you reduce that? Here are six ways:

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“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better,” said Albert Camus, the French writer. “The basis of a democratic state is liberty,” said Aristotle the Greek philosopher. So you see, this thing called freedom is older than you and is international. That’s what we celebrate—our peace of mind and the battles it took to get there here in the good old U.S.A. And Mr. Webster defines freedom as “the quality or state of being free as the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action.” Now that doesn’t mean you can become that grumpy old person everyone dislikes and exercise your freedom of speech and say everything that comes to your mind just because you can. But it means you have the freedom to just think it. And then there is the sitting around back home after the food or fireworks display. “Do you recall when? … Remember where we used to? … Then there’s the time. … Did you know?

… Can you recall? … Do you think we’ll ever . . ?” The warm radiance of a slight beverage buzz—or it could be the ambiance of old friends calling to mind memories—fills the room along with the faded sun. Old friends who hadn’t gathered for a while, some for a year, slow down, take the weight off their feet and relax in a comfort zone built by years of experiences together. The distractions of the present are left at the door like muddy boots. The 4th of July is more than just about the past, it is enjoying the good times and friends of the present. You probably aren’t going to spend the day talking about Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson, although they were a big part of the original festivity. More than likely you will be talking about Pete the barber, or Joe the bartender, or even Gigi the checkout

lady at the market—people of your generation and an important part of the celebration of life all year long. That’s the real wham bam of freedom’s sound. (SENIOR WIRE)


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MEN SEEKING WOMEN 4113 SCM, 57, ISO HEALTHY YOUNG attitude Christian lady who wishes respect, total love. Let’s travel, walk, talk. Your age unimportant; interest in fitness is. I’m finanially secure. Send photo and phone. St. Petersburg. 4120 WANTED SLIM ROMANTIC FEMALE nonsmoker who’s tired of being alone to relocate to new home, share new life, love, companionship,

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