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AFTER 50

Vol. 24 • May 2013

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Inside this issue Unleash the Power of Age Making Every Minute Count Wardrobe Wake Up Dead Men Tell Tales


Unleash Your Hippie Power for Today’s Good

Dear Readers,

Remember these? Tune in, turn on! Flower Power Far out Peace Janice Doyle, Love the one Editor you’re with Groovy Yes, they’re sayings from the days of hippies, those free-spirited children of the 60s. Hippies drove VW vans painted in psychedelic colors, wore tiedyed clothes and smoked pot for fun. They said they would never trust anyone over 30, and they set about going against society by rejecting it. It was a decade of pursuit—for equality for races and women. There were the anti-war protests, an environmental awareness movement and a longing for a simpler, earth-friendly way of life. And there was the music. From Joan Baez to Jimi Hendrix, the music of the 60s lives on. In the book Hippies A to Z, writer Skip Stone says of that music: “The songs had an impact on the consciousness of not just hippies but all society…they hit us deeply, made us think, made us dream, made us feel as one people.” Not every young person was a stoned and commune-living hippie, of course. The American dream was alive and well. It was a great time to get a low-cost education; small business loans were out there for everyone, and

an individual could make a choice to become anybody he or she chose. We experienced the power of songs and speeches and marches, of protests and plays and events like Woodstock. Whether we participated in major movements or watched from the sidelines, we watched our world change as a result of the youth of our country. Fifty years have passed. Both hippies and non-hippies became mothers and fathers, teachers and scientists, soldiers and airmen, policemen and bankers. Now the society hippies said they didn’t trust supports them in their retirement.

A 1963 declaration Something else happened in 1963 that we were too young and cool to notice—May was declared Older Americans Month (originally Senior Citizens Month). Every year since then has seen a formal declaration for the month by the president and a challenge for everyone to recognize the older Americans as a part of the community. So here’s the thing. On this fiftieth anniversary of that designator, the theme of Older Americans Month challenges you to regain the passion and power of the hippie days as you “Unleash the Power of Age!” We the older generation include some of our country’s best resources. When the kids grow up and leave us with an empty nest or when we retire and leave the workforce, we have the opportunity to unleash our intellectual property, experience and know-how to better our communities.

No protest is needed. You can march or run or use a walker. You can teach, create, grow, develop or use your skills in any one of a hundred different ways. From basic telephone skills to helping construct new paths on the Appalachian Trail, you can unleash your power. If you’re still singing, find a way to help others enjoy singing. If you are an environmentalist tree hugger at heart, engage in some “flower power” by planting trees. Join a group like Senior Environment Corps or the Passport In Time program in national forests. Do psychedelic colors still intrigue you? Consider painting houses with Habitat for Humanity or the elderly in your neighborhood. (Well, maybe not in psychedelic colors.)

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ondays Beginner Tai Chi Classes for Adults. 10 to 11 am at Life Enrichment Center, Tampa. $8.Call 813-932-0241 for details.

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“A Trip to Vienna” spring concert by the Tampa Bay Symphony with Music Director Mark Sforzini. Ferguson Hall, Straz Center, Tampa. 4 pm. $20 tickets. Information: TampaBaySymphony.org. 727-827-8287.

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– 11 “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood,” an irreverant jaunt through Sherwood Forest. 8 pm at Plant City Entertainment Inc. community theater, 1501 N. Wheeler St. $12/seniors. Visit pce-inc.com.

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“Blind” Willie James, renowned singer/pianist, classmate of Ray Charles, performs blues and gospel. 8 pm at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $23/seniors. 813-269-1310.

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National Train Day. 10 am at the historic Union Station, 601 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Live music, tours of Amtrak equipment, model railroad displays and exhibits, telegraph demos, food trucks and a history program. Free. 813-221-7601.

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Miles for Moffitt. Choose from 5K, 5-mile or 1-mile chip-timed races. $35 entry benefits Moffitt and the fight against cancer. Start: 7 am at University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Info/register at 813- 974-3004.

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A Red Carpet Event. Inspirational music from the stage and silver screen by the Community Chorus and Broadway Bound at Carrollwood Cultural Center. 8 pm. $14. 813-269-1310.

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Elder Law Seminar. Learn about legal issues and how to plan for incapacities and long term care with emphasis on public benefits. Medicaid, Medicare, and V.A programs will be discussed. 2 to 4 pm at Southshore Library. 813-273-3652.

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Ageless Spirit: The latest research on the benefits of such spiritual practices as meditation, gratitude and leaving a legacy will be discussed. Presentation by Jim Concotelli from Brookdale Senior Living. 12 – 1 pm at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Lunch will be served. 813-342-1313.

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Golfing for Kids Classic. The four person scramble, shotgun start, includes breakfast, lunch, range balls, awards, prizes and contests for longest drive and hole-in-one. Benefits the Epilepsy Services Foundation. Price: $90. 7:30 am at Westchase Golf Club, Tampa. 813-374-8907

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Free Health Fair at Gardenville Rec Center, 6219 Symmes Rd., Gibsonton. 9 am to 2 pm. Health and wellness exhibitors, Zumba demonstration and more. 813-672-1120.

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American Association of University Women, Tampa Branch. Installation of officers. 11 am at Temple Terrace Country Club. Cost: $20. Call Joyce Ellsworth at 813-971-6731 or Adele Ida Walter at 813-932-6902. Visit orgsites.com/fl/tampaaauw.

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Alzheimer’s VS The Bucket List—Making Every Minute Count playing the drums or traveling the country in their RV. They even decided to learn Spanish, and joined a Spanish church in Palmetto and back up north so they would have some way to practice. They soon made fast friends.

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f someone told you that you only had about 10 years left to enjoy life to its fullest, what would you do? Patti Kuhn, a retired teacher and nurse, knew she was at risk for Alzheimer’s disease; both her mother and grandmother had it. She went in for testing at NYU to be sure. “I’m in seven research studies,” she said. “The first study I was in determined that I have the gene for Alzheimer’s. I also found out that parts of my brain are unable to efficiently metabolize the glucose it needs to run. There are other things in my body that indicate I will probably have Alzheimer’s in five to ten more years,” she told me. Given that diagnosis at the age of 60, Kuhn decided to set out and learn and do everything that she always wanted to do with what time she had remaining to her. Where to begin? Dancing, she said. The Bucket List Kuhn spends winter in Palmetto and summer in Pennsylvania. She started with swing dancing lessons and joined a local Kuhn in Las Vegas team up north. at the 2006 Senior Kuhn impressed America Pageant her teammates so much that she was asked to perform for Senior America as a contestant for Ms. Senior Pennsylvania. “I wasn’t allowed to have a live partner, so I made a dummy,” she said, hoisting a manikin in a WWII uniform, hat and shades next to her. “He’s named Sam, after his Uncle Sam, and I performed and won Ms. Senior Pennsylvania dancing to the song “Bugle Boy.” She went on to the Senior America competition from there and eventually became involved in the organization, performing for senior events, nursing homes, retirement centers and hospitals, “just encouraging people to get up and move, and enjoy life and keep learning,” she said. The most rewarding part of her journey, Kuhn mentioned, is the people

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Patti Kuhn, “Sam” and Jerry Hottinger.

she meets. At the VA hospitals she visits, Sam in his uniform often Flying lessons: power brings back strong memories. glider and helicopter. “We meet wonderful, wonderful people with “At both Spanstories,” Kuhn said. ish churches “When we danced, a lady they don’t speak called me over and told any English. We me the whole story of her went in knowhusband who served and ing only ‘Si’ and had Agent Orange and ‘No,’ but we died. So I dedicated that persisted with one song to her husband that and even Richard. I cry a lot, just though we get a because people’s lives touch me.” lot of things confused, we have a good But even Sam could only keep up for time with them and they have a good so long; Kuhn needed a true partner. time laughing at us,” Kuhn smiled. She found one in Jerry Hottinger, a retired statistician and mathematician. On The Road With Patti “Jerry went to work for 35 years, “I met Jerry five years ago on a 8 to 5, and all of a sudden I come dance team. He’s a ballroom dancer along and his life turned upside and didn’t really know swing, so down,” Kuhn said about her partner. I taught him swing and he taught I asked Jerry Hottinger why me ballroom. Now we’re partners he decided to take on all of in the dance of life,” Kuhn said. It was only the beginning for the two of these activities as well. “We met at a turning point in our them. Hottinger shared Kuhn’s passion lives,” he replied. “Basically, we both for trying new things, and it soon took wanted to do things we didn’t do them beyond dancing into volunteering earlier in life now, while we are physiwith the IRS, preparing taxes for senior cally and mentally fit. What we do is citizens and low-income residents. She usually something new and challenggot a real estate license, motorcycle ing. Our only regrets are if we don’t license and pilot’s license at age 60 do something we could have done.” and flies a Robinson 44 helicopter for I asked him how he felt when he the coastguard on search and rescue learned that Patti was at risk for and observation missions. Hottinger Alzheimers, and if he was prepared is learning boat crew duties as well. for how it may change their life. When they’re not volunteering, “When she told me very early on, I you can find them checking other knew I wanted to be there for her and things off the list: skiing, golfing, help as best I could if it did indeed kayaking, entering the Senior Games,

happen,” he said. “At this time, it is hard to believe that it will happen. But if it does, I think it will be much later in life. To be prepared, I try to learn from her and others (including staff at NYU and researchers) coping with the disease and to be as prepared as possible.” There are two things about Patti that he believes will never change, no matter what: her determination and adventurousness. Fighting Alzheimer’s Not only are Kuhn and Hottinger doing all of this for the fun of it, but studies suggest that the onset of Alzheimer’s may be slowed or prevented by regular physical and mental activity. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in the study of 800 men and women aged 75 and older, those who were more physically active, more mentally active or more socially engaged had a lower risk for developing dementia. And those who combined these activities did even better. Physical exercise, even a limited amount of light exercise like walking, gardening or doing yoga for 30 minutes a day, helps blood flow to the brain and wards off Alzheimer’s risk factors like heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. And keeping the brain active through enriching activities and social experiences helps create new mental pathways, generate new brain cells and strengthen old connections. So the future is not necessarily set in stone for Patti Kuhn, and while she has taken on more activities than most people would attempt at once, she shows no sign of slowing down. “You know, a lot of people think that I’m crazy for doing all of this, and that’s okay because I’m old, I don’t really care what other people think.” she laughs. “I’m doing it for myself. Knowing that I have the gene and I have maybe five or ten more years, that does make a difference. But time is short for everyone; we never know how short our time is.” Her next great adventure: becoming a magician’s assistant. Keep an eye out for Patti, Jerry and Sam—you never know where they’ll turn up next.


Wardrobe Wakeup—My Clothes and I: We Just Don’t Get Along Anymore BY EVELYN MACKEY

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oomers and seniors know the romance is over when the clothes that made them feel confident, successful and put together years ago no longer work. Bodies evolved into new shapes but wardrobes haven’t, according to Lois Joy Johnson, fashion editor and author of the book Wardrobe Wakeup. Johnson has worked more than 20 years re-defining how women dress after 40. She wants women to have more style and flatter from their same old clothes through updating and restoring “lazy” clothes.

“Clothes are a necessity, fashion is an option and style is your choice.”

At this age, says Johnson, “When it comes to clothes, our relationship is emotional. We used to dress to fit in, stand out or move up. Now we dress only for ourselves…at least that’s our line and we’re sticking to it.”

She says bodies change, sag and shift even if weight goes up, down or stays the same. What to do about the clothes for such a body? Here are some tips:

1. Edit. Anything beyond rejuvenation goes out. If it’s frayed, pilled, stiff, too mini, too clingy, way too big, too saggy or small—out! Then organize by color. After color, group and organize by fabric texture, tailored or not, print or floral, solids, etc. Once completed,

layering and accessorizing will be easy. Hang or shelve like items by color (cluster jackets, tops, pants, etc.) 2. Wear one color head to toe. “Big-time designers like Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Georgio Armani often use the one-color strategy in their collections,” notes Johnson. An exact match gives you the slimmest look, but don’t drive yourself mad; just stay in the same color group for a sleeker line. 3. Wear black with navy like fashion editors do, pairing them by color intensity (same degree of darkness or brightness, etc. Black with navy, charcoal or brown with burgundy are examples). Do the same with light colors, say white with sand or rose with coral. 4. A longer neck and legs are game changers. Use skin-tone flats or

pumps on the bottom and necklines that dip below your collarbones. Johnson cautions that if you go too low and reveal cleavage it can sabotage the whole mission. Unbuttoned shirts form a good V-neck, for example. 5. A nip and a tuck freshens everything. Tailoring tricks include getting rid of shoulder pads and raising shoulder lines. Nip waists for a thinner look on straight-cut jackets, etc. Pants are tough, says Johnson. New styles with improved proportioning and design details solve a lot of issues. Ditch the old ones for best fit possible. 6. Layer clothes like a stylist for an updated look, but beware creating a sloppy, frumpy look. Learn to let go of the old-time perfection that came with shirts buttoned up to the neck and cleanly tucked in at the waist. That look dates you! Johnson is the author of “Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.”

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A Place for Generations To Remember Our Heroes BY ELLE LAYNE “...Generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream.”

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hese words were spoken by General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain during the Civil War. The local veterans who established the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa had a similar dream in mind—to provide a place for future generations to come and learn, and a place where soldiers could visit, remember, and find the comraderie of others. The Freedom Memorial was dedicated there to all American veterans in 1997, and the park’s founders have grand plans for its future. What to See The Veterans Memorial Park is designed to bring people into the stories of those who gave all to preserve the

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freedoms of others, whether it is through exhibits of personal items, uniforms and war memorabilia at the Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. museum, or immersive displays like the Vietnam Memorial, which features Huey and Cobra helicopters standing sentinel by a multi-column granite wall that bears a large mural and the names of soldiers from Hillsborough County that were killed in action. Visitors can attend quarterly ceremonies at the Field of Honor, where the names of those killed during Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom are read while flags are placed in dedication. The park also holds regular living history demonstrations and reinactments. “This is a unique park that not only contains these memorials, but also is a place to recreate, fish, walk and enjoy the outdoors,” says Raul Duran, Park Manager. “This is a focal point for the community to gather and pay respect to all soldiers and their families, and hopefully when they leave, they have

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a greater respect for all that have sacrificed their lives for this country.” What’s Coming The park and museum are free to all visitors, and are dependant upon county funds and the generosity of others to grow and expand. Dedicated individuals and groups like the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County and the Parks and Recreation department have been raising the funds to establish 15 war memorials, or “Theaters of War,” on an accessible walkway called the Freedom Trail. These monuments

will honor local soldiers from wars throughout history, from the Mexican-American War and the Civil War all the way through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afganistan. “The biggest challenge has probably been funding for the memorials,” says Duran. “Also, getting different ideas of designs for each theater, and the actual construction of some of the memorials.” It’s an ambitious project; so far only two of the 15 theaters have been completed. The newest one, The Iraq Veterans Memorial, is scheduled to open in the next few months. “It has been rewarding, getting the recognition of veterans and the military for our Veterans Park and seeing some of these vets come out and enjoy the different memorials,” Duran says. They’re excited to see the park grow and encourage visitors to visit for their annual Memorial Day celebration, held on May 26 at 11 am. The park is located at 3602 N. Hwy. 301, Tampa. To learn more, call 813744-5502 or visit veteransparkhc.org.


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music’s iconic superstars. The cruise is destined to become a vacation destination in the years to come.” The voyage gives fans the rare opportunity to see so many of their favorite singers all in one location, but for it to all take place among breathtaking ocean and island vistas on one of the most magnificent ships at sea is a rare and spectacular treat. “I couldn’t be more excited about performing on the Country Music Cruise and being a part of a vacation that my fans will never forget,” adds Kenny Rogers, who will bring 50 years of beloved hits to the stage onboard just weeks after his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. While on the ship, vacationers will experience the very best in fine dining and beautiful accommodations while being pampered by the superb Holland America staff aboard Holland America’s m/s Eurodam, one of the world’s premier cruise lines. The ship will dock in several picturesque Caribbean towns, where travelers can explore the majestic beauty and vibrant culture of Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos), San Juan (Puerto Rico), and Philipsburg (Saint Maarten). One of the little-known treasures of a cruise filled with as much entertainment as this one is the inclusive rate. When travelers book their cabins, they’re not just making a hotel reservation; they are booking a vacation brimming with amenities. All concerts, entertainment, premier dining (including never-ending dessert buffets and round-the-clock room service), concerts, parties, activities and more are included in the fare. Cabins are available now at www.CountryMusicCruise.com or by calling (toll free) 1-855-332-6868. Early reservation Country Music Cruise fan rates start at just $1,925 per person.


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on the need. Former apartments now provide individual rooms with lounge areas and community kitchens. Residents (both men and women and currently ranging in age from 24 to 65) work with staff to develop their life plans and set goals. If they have income, they must pay 30 percent toward their rent. Assistance is given to finding necessary health or counseling services.

Rodriguez says, “A lot of what we do here is encouragement. Change is uncomfortable and difficult and sometimes the need is to talk to the proper person who can help. They can come here and regain their self-sufficiency. They each knew how in the military and we want them to do that again.” Finances for Volunteers Of America’s program comes from VA grants, federal and state funding sources. How can you help? Call or visit The Ocala Veterans Village and offer whatever skills you have from possible classes you might teach to speaking to community groups to bringing your group for a special project. Gently used furniture is also welcome. Volunteers Of America has similar veterans housing programs throughout Florida in Gainesville, Lake City, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Punta Gorda, Tampa (women), Key West, Miami, Pensacola and Cocoa. They can all use volunteers and donations. The agency also provides similar services for elderly and special needs populations. Info: Dolly Rodriguez, 352-562-7872 or email Wendy Whitescarver at wwhitescarver@voa-fla.org.


The Healthy Geezer BY FRED CICETTI

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current, manual pressure, low-frequency lasers or even bee stings. Most acupuncture patients feel little or no pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. Relatively few complications from acupuncture have been reported to the FDA. However, inadequate sterilization of needles and improper administration have led to complications. When done improperly, acupuncture can cause serious problems such as infections and punctured organs. Western scientists don’t know how acupuncture works. However, studies show that stimulating acupoints causes multiple biologic responses. For example, this stimulation can prompt the release of the body’s natural pain-killing endorphins. If you are interested in acupuncture, ask your doctor about it. Healthcare practitioners can be a resource for referrals to acupuncturists. More medical doctors, including neurologists, anesthesiologists, and specialists in physical medicine, are becoming trained in acupuncture. About 10,000 acupuncturists practice in the United States. Most are state-regulated. About 4,000 doctors have completed a recognized acupuncture training program. Look for an acupuncture practitioner who is licensed and credentialed. And, check with your insurer before you start treatment to see whether acupuncture will be covered for your condition. 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 © 2013 by Fred Cicetti.

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The Wisdom of “Rhoda” BY STAN CRAIG

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Retirement Living Valerie Harper knows what we all know—that every member of our family, everyone we are acquainted with, everyone—will die. Beyond that, here is the wisdom of “Rhoda:”

• Immortality is not reality.

Nearly all of us live our lives as if we are immortal. Procrastination is one of the key traits that every human shares,

especially when it comes to preparing for the end of life. We somehow believe that death is going to happen to someone else. At least 5 of 10 of adults who have family do not have a will. Without a will, the state will decide everything. That can have tragic consequences.

• Talking about death can lift away the curtain of fear.

Talking about death can allow us to prepare ourselves and our family for what we all know is inevitable. A living will is a vital document that every hospital will ask about upon patient admission. A durable power of attorney for healthcare allows you to appoint someone to speak on your behalf if you are no longer capable of doing so. Appointing an executor, writing a final letter of gratitude, preparing and planning your own funeral or memorial service can take away much of the uncertainty surrounding serious illness and death. There is even medical evidence that

understanding, discussing and accepting hospice and palliative care can extend your life. Harper says in her interview, “It feels awfully good to be open and honest, face it and see what you can do.”

• Optimism is a gift we give ourselves and those around us.

Even in the midst of the sadness of a terminal and incurable brain disease, Valerie Harper remains hopeful and optimistic. “I am more than hopeful,” she says. “I have an intention to live each moment fully.” She had a choice to either sit at home in a dark room, buried in grief, or to step out, face what was coming and do so with grace, dignity. The choice she made sends a powerful message to all of us.

• Living each day as fully as possible makes it possible to face even difficult days.

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around her brain and is being treated with chemotherapy. Even so, she is planning to appear on an upcoming episode of a series,” Hot in Cleveland,” that will unite many cast members from the “Mary Tyler more Show.” “I’m alive. I’m feeling good. I’m trying to live every moment as much as I can.” It’s an attitude we would expect from someone as filled with life as “Rhoda.” Just knowing what Valerie Harper knows can make a difference both now and tomorrow for you and for your family. Stan Craig is author of “ForeTalk: 7 Critical Conversations for Living in the Season of Now.”

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There are a number of therapeutic therapies intended to improve health and well-being. These therapies may increase comfort or relaxation, maintain, improve or restore health and harmony of the body, mind, and/or spirit, improve coping mechanisms, reduce stress, relieve pain and/or increase your sense of well-being. They are used either in addition to, or in place of, conventional treatments. Join us to learn more about this form of therapy.

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n the past, retirement was a destination,” Dorian Mintzer, a therapist and board-certified retirement transition coach based in Boston, told USA Today. “You had your retirement party and bought your condo in Florida. Now it’s a process. It’s a journey that can be daunting but can be very exciting, too.” Many boomers will have to reinvent their lives, and they may have given the matter little thought, the January article noted. It further describes Mintzer and others like him as being in a new category of specialists. They are retirement coaches who aid in setting goals and making plans. Another group—certified senior advisors—find the most appropriate senior housing complex or guide healthcare decisions.

“What are you going to do when you retire?” someone may ask a 60-year-old. The funny answer is “Whatever I want to whenever I want to do it.” That may be easier than it sounds, especially for dual career couples who may have different ideas of when and how to be retired, the USA Today article pointed out. A financial planner may be valuable in helping decide aspects of retirement by taking a good look at your finances and setting boundaries on future spending ability. Some questions he or she won’t be able to help you answer might be the following: 1. What are your goals for your retirement years? Do you know what you want to be able to say you’ve accomplished in the 20 or 30 or more years left in your life? 2. How will you define your life week by week, month by month, year by year without the job descriptions you’ve lived with?

3. What new opportunities do you look forward to with the added time? Travel? Adventure? Mentoring? Volunteering?

4. What skills do you have to make the future happen the way you see it? It’s easy to be pulled in many directions by the whims of family and friends who now see you with time that could be spent with them. It is often very difficult to set your own schedule and define your own retirement.

Do you need a retirement or life coach? AARP figures show that one of the more than 76 million boomers turns 50 every 7.5 seconds. Every coming year, over 4 million men and women will join the ranks of the 50-plus age group. People turning 50 today have half of their adult lives ahead of them, according to William Novelli of AARP.

Goal-oriented boomers are known for consumption and may be wiser about what money does and doesn’t provide. But they may need a coach to help them decide how to use that knowledge. They’ve found a gap between where they are in their current lives and where they would like to be. A coach may help them expand their thinking, clarify goals and hold them accountable for working to achieve their vision. Following dreams requires planning. Without proper planning and commitment (and maybe coaching), a retiree who had dreams of taking on worthy projects or pursuing an education might wake up at age 75 and look back at the jumble of the prior 15 years spent doing whatever someone else suggested and feel the years have amounted to very little compared to the possibilities he or she imagined.

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he days of Marcus Welby, MD, coming to see you in the hospital are long gone. Today you’re greeted by a crowd of specialists, technicians, therapists and nurses. With so many older people suffering from multiple chronic conditions—diabetes, arthritis and high or low blood pressure—different specialists are called in to monitor each part of their care. Let’s say that your mother is admitted to the hospital for hip surgery, but during the course of her stay, her blood pressure skyrockets and her blood sugar plummets. Neither of these conditions will be treated by the orthopedic surgeon. So who decides to do what? It’s done by a relatively new type of doctor—the hospitalist. This physician oversees a patient’s care from start to finish during the entire hospital stay.

He or she orders tests, coordinates treatment plans with other specialists, prescribes medications, consults with the primary care doctor and arranges for discharge. Most hospitalists are internists, and they know how to work the hospital’s system on a patient’s behalf. Their mission is to get the entire medical team on the same page and ensure that no patient falls through the cracks. The hospitalist interacts with family members and patients more than the other specialists. If you have questions about your loved one’s care, ask for the hospitalist. Tracking him or her down will be much easier than trying to catch a surgeon during early morning rounds. The hospitalist can also take the time to explain the many moving parts of your loved one’s care. Taken from the book “The Essential Guide to Caring for Aging Parents” by Dr. Linda Rhodes.

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ow long have people been enjoying massages? Try centuries! Evidence can be found in Egyptian tombs and ancient Chinese medical texts. Today’s massage therapists manipulate tissue to achieve deep relaxation and promote healing. Applying skillful touch and pressure, they help treat injuries and health problems. Massage therapy can also prevent injury and enhance wellness. But some myths about massage therapy persist. Below, Center for Integrative Medicine massage therapist Tracy Segall helps counter misconceptions.

Health Myth 1: A massage is a massage —no matter where you go. Fact: Not all massages are created equal. In the spa setting, massage techniques involve the whole body and promote relaxation. Massage therapy in a clinical or hospital setting is given by licensed professionals who are trained to find and focus on problem areas. You may come in with backache, for example, and learn that the problem begins in your ankles. Massage therapists promote healing and may work with other medical professionals to improve the results of treatment. Myth 2: Massage therapy mainly involves moving muscles. Fact: Massage does more than manipulate muscles. Massage can stretch tightened areas of the fascia, a seamless tissue layer connecting muscles, bones and organs. Massage can manually move fluids to loosen joints, reduce swelling and make movement easier. For example, synovial fluid, which normally lubricates the joints, can build up painfully in arthritic joints. And lymph, a fluid that normally moves through the body to fight infection, can cause painful swelling. Massage may help increase circulation of the blood, which moves nutrients through the body and speeds healing.

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Name: Address: Myth 3: The effects of massage are temporary. Fact: A good massage therapist does more than address temporary aches and pains. He or she wants you to be as comfortable as possible after the massage’s effects wear off. Muscles have a long memory. Holding them in an awkward position—such as craning your neck forward to see a computer at work—can cut off nerve pathways. This triggers neck and shoulder tension, upper back pain, and sometimes numbness and tingling down through the hands. Regular massages let a therapist address your pain patterns and re-educate muscles to improve body mechanics and posture. Myth 4: Massages don’t help migraines—lying down in a dark room is the only cure. Fact: Massage therapy is a complementary treatment for migraine headaches. Applying pressure to trigger points in the neck, shoulders, head and even face can help release tension. This may interrupt pain signals that would otherwise travel up to the blood vessels supplying the brain. Problems in the way these blood vessels function are believed to produce migraine symptoms: severe headache, visual disturbances, nausea and light sensitivity. Myth 5: Don’t interrupt a therapist during a massage, even if it hurts. Fact: Massage therapy is unlikely to be painful. You may feel uncomfortable while a massage therapist applies deep pressure to release a “knot” of muscle tissue. But if pain or discomfort persist, speak up. Sensations that are painful in a “good” way should be temporary. Don’t hesitate to talk to your massage therapist about any discomfort. He or she will want to know and will make adjustments accordingly.

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hat would motherhood have been like without the late Erma Bombeck’s humor? Have a laugh for Mother’s Day.

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When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway. – Erma Bombeck

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Accommodations include hotels, bed-and-breakfast facilities and farmhouses that welcome guests. Driving throughout the compact region is easy, on well-paved and clearly marked roads. An alternative is the excellent public transportation system, which includes postal buses, trains and cable cars that provide easy access throughout the area. Traveling to several of the Tyrolean villages around Innsbruck, I first was struck by their similarities. A graceful church usually occupies the central position. Traditional alpine houses—made of pine that has weathered to a rich, dark patina, and balconies festooned with an explosion of colorful flowers—stand adjacent to rambling farmhouses up to 500 years old that were enveloped as the towns grew around them. Lovely miniature places of worship, often built and used by several neighbors, are enticing. Many of these tiny chapels, most with only four to eight narrow pews, were constructed during

times of plague, as convenient places at which to pray for health and for the souls of the dead. Today, they are used primarily for local funeral services. Each mountain village has intriguing differences. Seefield, a town of about 4,000 residents, is only a 15-minute ride outside Innsbruck up a winding, hilly road. Although one of the more touristy villages, it doesn’t present a crowded feeling in summer. Of special interest is the Baroque Seekirchl Church, with its eight little pews. The town of Igls helped launch the area’s tourism business beginning in the 1920s. The focus then, as now, was on health and the clear mountain air that visitors come to breathe. Little Lans is known for several outstanding restaurants and for a lake area where locals gather to swim, sun and socialize. Gasse is easy to miss. Home to only about three dozen families, the village offers an opportunity to see mailbox-like structures in front of homes that are used by residents to deposit a note with their order for fresh bread, which the local baker leaves the next morning. Whenever I hike now, even near home, I conjure up these and other images of the Tyrolean area of Austria in all of its beauty. I’ll also remember and abide by Wolfgang Wippler’s wise words of advice. For more information, contact the Austrian National Tourist Office at 212-944-6880 or austria.info.


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Walkers with the most steps at the Brandon “Lets Move” walk: Men: Willie Davis 5387, Anastacio Acevedo 3617, John Kelly 3271. Women: Foluke Obahnjoko 4868, Mary Davis 4055, Connie Hammond 4012.

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recognition for the Brandon Senior Center Walkers made everyone proud as they all shouted “Let’s Move Tampa!” and took off walking. Each walker registered their steps and got t-shirts and certificates after completing the walk. The next “Let’s Move” walk will be held at the Ruskin Senior Center and Park. This month’s walk theme is Young at Heart Intergenerational walk. The Ruskin elementary school

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has arranged for some of their 1st and 2nd graders to join the walk, too. All walkers receive a continental breakfast and a pedometer to record how many steps each person takes during the walk and the event. Free health screenings will be available at the Ruskin Center after the walk along with other important health information. Each pedometer will be turned in at end of the event and walker’s steps will be counted. The goal for each person is to reach more than 20,700 steps by the end of the “Let’s Move!” program in December. The total of steps from the Brandon walk came in at 108,958. Exercise is lots more fun when you have company, so get out your walking shoes and join us for one-mile Fun Walks throughout Hillsborough County. The walker with the most steps at the last event in Dec. will receive four tickets to Busch Gardens. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place will also include tickets to the Florida Orchestra and tickets to MOSI. Register for next eight walk events; a one-time $5 fee covers any and all walks. Keep the dates handy so you can join the fun—Let’s Move! All walk registrations start at 8:30. Warm-up is at 9:15 with Silver Sneakers and the walk will start at 9:30. Health Screenings and entertainment will be inside until 11:30 am. Call Paula for more info at 813-714-8735.

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Notable Deaths Using The New York Times obituaries as a cultural barometer, he analyzed 100 years of obits from 1900 – 2000, working from the newspaper’s “notable deaths” section. Nolan expected his theory to hold true, but what he didn’t expect to find was just how strong the evidence would be. “Most striking are the simultaneous increases in celebrity obituaries and declines in religious obituaries. They document the increasing secularization and hedonism of American culture at a time when personal income was rising and public concern was shifting away from the basic issues of survival,” Nolan said. “The magnitude of these trends is seismic. While the Greeks may have looked to their gods for guidance and entertainment, we’ve turned increasingly to our celebrities – entertainers and athletes.”

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The Twitter for the president of the United States ranks No. 6, trailing behind rock stars Justin Bieber and Katy Perry by millions of followers. Why the differences? We live in a time of surplus, of producing more than what is needed to keep people clothed, fed and housed. Nolan said, “Surplus creates options. A person who once made $5 beyond their basic needs for food and shelter had to decide whether to save it or buy something. A person who makes more than $100 after paying their bills has more options. That’s when thinking shifts from survival to how to spend one’s time, including leisure activities. The economy has generated this potential.” It’s easier to lazily cater to our passions, pace and appetites with plenty of money. Nolan said, “Obesity wasn’t a major problem 100 or 200 years ago when people struggled to get enough food. Now we’re banning 16-ounce sodas and cutting down fast-food in school cafeterias.” Newswise

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Caring For Your Pet It was not, however, until my high school physiology course that I began to seriously consider a career as a veterinarian. The detailed study of the various body systems and the ongoing dissection of a cat intrigued me. In order to put this career choice to a real life test, I acquired a summer job after graduation at a large, thirty-plus veterinarian referral hospital during late night emergency hours as a

technician. My desire to in the two mile event, be a vet grew with this or the mile repeats experience. Observing during daily workouts, these veterinarians in I felt that I could not surgery and in their intake one more step, but teractions with animals I never once stopped and their owners gave to walk. I discovered me a realistic descripthat I had the desire to tion of this career. It achieve my goals and the involves, among other determination to endure things, compassion until they were realized. for animals and those That determination with whom they live, a kept me going through working knowledge of three years, including Dr. Sarah Hilario veterinary medicine and summers, of an underits applications, good graduate degree, and then communication and business skills and four intense years at The Ohio State a determination to enhance the quality College of Veterinary Medicine. After of life of the animals under one’s care. graduation, I accepted a position at In high school, I ran cross-country Boyette Animal Hospital and moved and track at the varsity level. Through to Florida. I have been an associate these sports I learned what it means veterinarian at Boyette for five years not to quit, no matter how frustrated now. I am blessed to have a career or discouraged I was. Sometimes, that not only fascinates and intrigues while enduring those eight long laps me, but also a career that I love.

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n the day I was born, the nurse wrapped me in a pink baby blanket and brought me to Mama who took one look and began to cry. The nurse chalked it up to postpartum depression, so she was unprepared for what happened next. “I don’t know whose baby this is, but it’s NOT mine,” Mama wailed. “Take her back and bring me MY baby.” The nurse persisted that it was her baby. Mama took another look and shook her head. “There is simply no way I gave birth to a child this ugly. Take her back. Now.”

Humor I don’t know who convinced Mama otherwise, but I went home with her and she decided to turn me into a Shirley Temple doppelganger. She often recited the tale of my first day on earth while attempting to transform me into Shirley. She sang, whistled and hummed to me. She put bubbles in my bath water.

When I looked at myself in the mirror, Shirley Temple did not look back at me. On my seventh birthday, instead of a new doll she gave me a Toni home permanent. Mama said Shirley didn’t play with dolls; Mama said Shirley had curls. Ringlets. And since Shirley was the holy grail of seven-year-old girls and their mothers, she was determined to put enough ringlets in my hair to make my head bounce like a slinky. She plopped me down in the bathroom one morning to begin the arduous work of transformation. Home perms were the rage at that time and they were cheap. Instead of paying $15 for a professional perm, the frugal

housewife could have curls for $2. It was a nobrainer for Mama. The permanent wave solution smelled like rotten eggs, but the stink was nothing compared to the tight curlers Mama used on me. “Ow! Ow! That hurts,” I whined for the three hours it took her to wrap each strand of hair on my head for what she hoped would be transformed into sausagelike ringlets, Shirley-style. Madam Makeover continued winding me up and nearly snatching me baldheaded. “All done,” she finally announced, grinning like she had discovered plutonium in the back yard. When I looked at myself in the mirror, Shirley Temple did not look back at me. The stringy blonde locks that had previously hung down to my shoulders like coils of dirty rope were no longer there. I found not one ringlet either sausage-style, banana-style or Shirleystyle. Corkscrews sprang from my head in no particular direction, poking out harem-scarem from here to Sunday as if each lock of hair had been forced into an electric socket till it sizzled. Daddy came home right about that time. He took a long look at me as if I were somebody else’s child and then suggested to Mama that they might ought to take me to see Doctor Cone. She spun around big as you please and looked him square in the eye. “She’s not sick. She’s my little Shirley Temple girl. Isn’t she pretty?” “Oh for gawd’s sake,” Daddy said before moseying on down to the kitchen to pour himself a stiff one. At school the next morning, Miss Dibble announced, “Today is school picture day. Be sure to smile for the camera.” To this day, I totally hate Toni home perms.

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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 Principal Flute Clay Ellerbroek brings to life the wonderfully joyous, playful and tuneful melodies of Liebermann’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra on this concert with Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Tito Muñoz conducts.

May 17 - 19

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Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring The concert opens with Messiaen’s symphonic meditation Le offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings)…followed by the raw energy and breath-taking beauty of nature with the surging seas of sound in Debussy’s La Mer. The evening concludes with the pagan-intoned orchestral power of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Tito Muñoz conducts.

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