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Foster Mother: One of the Many Faces of Motherhood
otherhood can have many faces. I am an adoptive and a biological mother, a mother-in-law Janice Doyle, and a grandmother. Editor At one point, I mothered three students from Estonia. Four years ago I became a stepmother when I re-married. But before any of those, I became Foster Mother to Christy—a relationship that has lasted over 45 years. My ﬁrst husband and I were just 26 when we were asked if we would consider taking a 15-year-old girl into our home. We were told she was very bright. She was responsible for the care of seven siblings, ﬁve of whom were under the age of six. “She needs to be where there are no small children and she can just be a teenager,” the case worker friend said. Christy, angry and suspicious, arrived in a shapeless gray sweatshirt with a scowl on her face. Tom passed her the butter that ﬁrst night at supper and when she reached for it, he pushed it forward so her thumb went into the soft butter. She looked up to see him smiling broadly at his playful welcome and she started laughing. She laughed and laughed—and would later tell us it was the ﬁrst time she’d really laughed in months.
who live interesting, successful and Being foster parents was not challenging lives like Christy’s. always easy, but we had the We are close friends, Christy and privilege of giving her the space I, and we both realize not all foster she needed to gain her footing for parent/child experiences result in what became an extraordinary life. a bond like ours. At the same We offered her family, extended family, a church family, neighborhood time, we feel blessed to have this incredible extension to our lives. relationships, conversations, canoe trips, books, trips, security and the freedom to be a part of a peer group. And I think we laughed a lot! Christy has what iconic author Gail Sheehy has called “the spirit of survival.” She went to college and then moved to California over 30 years ago; for some years, we had random communications Editor Janice Doyle and her foster daughter Christy before settling into a enjoy a 45-year-long relationship. close adult friendship. In this issue, you will read about Christy earned two masters degrees, some Florida women who choose worked for the Los Angeles Times being foster mothers as their lifestyle. and married a wonderful man. They get up daily and deal head on Two years ago, I went to Los with children of adults who could Angeles for her 60th birthday party. not make life work out to sustain Ten women each told of the gracious, family life physically and emotionhappy and loving friend, companion, ally. We honor them this month of counselor and conﬁdante Christy has been to them. In the group were fellow May for the lasting changes they may bring to even one child. artists, a college dean’s wife, a poet, a librarian, an internationally recognized ukulele player, a sister-in-law, a Bon Apetit magazine editor—all women
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Looking for Your Encore Career? Help Is Here! BY EVELYN MACKEY
hat will 78 million boomers do in their 50s, 60s and beyond? Many of them are interested in new careers—encore careers, that is—giving them another chance to earn, this time something that combines personal fulfillment, social impact and continued income. In short, something that puts their passion to work for the greater good. As Encore.org says it: work in new ways, on new terms, to new and even more important ends. And older workers, according to one labor economist, will be a crucial part of the workforce in the future. That’s a good thing, because boomers make up the largest, healthiest, best-educated population of Americans. Those on the leading edge of the generation are pioneers in a new stage spanning the decades between middle and late life. Neither young nor old, they represent an extraordinary resource.
What about you? If you’re in that group longing to find an encore position, how will you prepare? “It’s exciting to help people find their passion,” says Bevan Gray-Rogel, President and Founder of Encore Tampa Bay. “It’s more than just deciding how to fill your day.” The organization’s mission is to provide pathways, programs and resources that help boomers discover and connect to their encore careers. “People are excited about doing something that aligns with their values and purpose, but there’s a lot of fear also.” Gray-Rogel is one of 14 Encore Innovation Fellows. Her focus is working with encore entrepreneurs. “I will be creating models and framework for community groups to find ways to tap into this windfall of talent, people over 50 who want to give back to the community and do other things than what they’ve always done.” Part of the larger
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Encore.org purpose is then to use these models all across the country. Gray-Rogel’s Encore Academy in St. Petersburg helps people become aware of what’s going on, the psychological and emotional issues involved in moving forward, letting people know they’re not alone in their struggle. Conversational Exploration and Discovery discussion groups help boomers get comfortable looking forward to what’s next and managing transition, topics that help people get comfortable with their new status. Beyond that, Gray-Rogel offers workshops and programs to help look at past roles and find what they might have wanted to do—imagining and visualizating, that “what if...?” permission to dream. Next Gray-Rogel helps put the pieces together to “see what that looks like.” Workshops help discover strengths and find out what’s out there.
She adds, “If a senior wants to start up a business, I’m here to help them recognize their skills, abilities and financial needs. We help a boomer get clear on what their passion is and de-mystify the entrepreneurial process, to understand what they’re able to bring to the table.” There are also great examples of organizations making this paradigm shift right here in Tampa Bay. Patina Solutions where seasons professionals want to continue working. And Boomerswork, which provides services that can match outof-work boomers with businesses. Encore Tampa Bay is making a difference in the Tampa Bay community by connecting passionate, experienced, talented older adults to organizations that are in need of this level of expertise and experience. Learn more about the Encore Academy and its founder, Bevan GrayRogel, at encoretampabay.com.
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hrough 10 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic “Oklaholma!” at Patel Conservatory, Tampa. Tickets/info: 813-229-7827.
Events with Northdale Owls: “Facial Rejuvenation” seminar from 11:30 am at Mack Center, Tampa. Refreshments provided. RSVP: 813-875-5437. 27 Disney/Lake Buena Vista Day Trip. Depart Northdale Park at 10 am, return 6 pm. $23. RSVP: 813-961-5649.
Butterfly Gardening Workshop, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Bloomingdale Regional Library, Valrico. Free. 813-744-5519 x 54145.
Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast with guest speaker Tony Dungy. 6:30 am at Tampa Convention Center. $30. 727-533-5196.
Centenarian Celebration. If you’re 100, or turning 100, join in an attempt to set the world record for the largest gathering of Centenarians. The current record is 29. 3 pm at Sun City Center Community Hall. 813-634-0172.
University of Tampa Spring Choral Concert. Free. 7:30 pm at Sykes Chapel, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-253-6212.
“Il Divo.” The classical crossover foursome will bring “A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live” to the Tampa stage. 8 pm, Straz Center, Tampa. 813-229-7827.
and 11 “The Merry Widow” classic operetta by Franz Lehar. HCC Ybor Main Stage Theatre, Tampa. 8 pm and 3 pm shows. $25. 813-884-5154.
Florida Orchestra Pops in the Park Concert. 7:30 pm at Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa. Enjoy a picnic, free ice cream. Blankets/picnic baskets welcome. Free admission; food and drink for purchase. 727-892-3337.
Brews with Attitude. Craft beer, cigars, food and music fest. $30. 6 pm at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, Tampa. Tickets at brewswithattitude. com; info at 813-626-6176, ext. 258.
– 31 Introduction to TV and Video Production Class. Tuesdays at 6 pm at Upper level of University Mall, Tampa. Free; reservations required at 813-977-5200.
AARP Safe Driver Class. Noon to 6 pm at H2U Brandon Hospital, Room 228, Oakfield Plaza, Brandon. $20. Register: 813-684-3316.
Walk A Mile For A Child. 5K walk or run; $25 entry to benefit children in foster care. 7:45 register/warm up, 9 am walk at Al Lopez Park, Tampa. 813-274-8184.
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REO Speedwagon. 9 pm at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa. Tickets/info: 813-627-7625. Civil War Round Table Meeting, 7 pm, History Center, Tampa. Call Jack Bolen, 813-685-4026 for info. Girls Night Out Comedy Show. An all-girl lineup with three hilarious women. $12 – $18 tickets. 8 to 10 pm at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa. 813-269-1310.
Crawfish Festival. Cajun food, live music, family fun and more. Free admission; $15 for crawfish meal with all the fixins. (Purchase meal ticket by May 15.) 12 pm at 11109 Winthrop Market St., Riverview. 813-368-2699. 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. May 10 for June event.) Summer Classes at Carrollwood Cultural Center Acting and theatre, art, ceramics, computer, dance and fitness, etiquette, language arts, music , photography, woodcarving and more. Semester starts June 9 – July 18. Register online now at www.carrollwoodcenter.org/classes or call 813-269-1310 for more info. Lifestyles After 50 • May 2014 • page 5
Don Clark, the Retiree Who Just Keeps Going BY CATHY CUTHBERTSON
hen Don Clark tells you he’ll be there at a certain time and hour, go ahead and set your watch by it. Don is Northdale’s unofficial ambassador of outings, the go-to guy when you need to get it done. He keeps the walkers, the runners and the buses moving on time. For Don it’s just a hoot. “I’m a member of the Northdale OWLS; that stands for older, wiser, lively seniors,” says Clark. “We plan outings and activities throughout the month for groups of about 30 to 55. Everything we do we go by bus. I book the times, the costs, a bus, and get information into the monthly bulletin. Then, a day or two before the trips, I usually call everyone and remind them.” Don’s words have a soft curl around the edges, the honeyed sound of peaches and red clay that point to Atlanta roots where he was raised.
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A devoted runner and walker, Clark has competed in 34 Gasparilla races and now volunteers for the Gasparilla Half Marathon and Miles for Moffit races. Most mornDon and Grace Clark lead a Senior Fun Walk. ings, he and his wife lace up their sneak“We moved here in ’69 and have ers and head out on a morning walk. lived in Temple Terrace 17 years,” Good citizens, they carry litter bags he says, with just the slightest and gather debris along the way. hint of Georgia still remaining in About 25 years ago Clark his voice. He retired—or so the took on organizing races for the rumor goes—16 years ago. It’s been Senior Fun Fests sponsored by non-stop ever since. With his wife Lifestyles After 50 magazine. Grace at his side, Clark coordinates “Kathy Beck, the publisher of countless social events, outings, races Lifestyles After 50, called and and marathons. It’s his calling . asked me to put on a race for her “Coming up we’ve got group trips at the fairgrounds,” recalls Clark. to the Port of Tampa, three Ray’s “Somehow I got to be the race games, the South Florida Museum in director for the one mile, and Bradenton, Mixon Fruit Farms and I’ve been doing it ever since.” an ice hockey game,” says Clark.
Clark puts his whole heart into it. “Don organizes and officiates at about a dozen Fun Walks for the magazine each year,” explains publisher Kathy Beck. “He has been an inspiration to me since we met at our first walk in 1989. After 25 years Don still has the same spark and enthusiasm for each walk as he did the first. When he yells ‘Go!’ his wife Grace starts the clock and the fun begins!” Clark’s life is directed by serving and giving. As a volunteer he leaves a smile and a footprint on organizations throughout Tampa Bay. “Just find something you love to do and keep going. Sometimes the more you do, the more you find you want to do,” declares Clark. Like volunteering at Tampa’s Straz Center as an usher for 26 years. “I’m one of the original 31 ushers still there. I’ve seen every show I wanted to see, and I enjoy plays and pops music and being with people, helping them out. I just love to go. And as long as I’ve got the energy and money, I’m going.”
Older Americans Month Recognized
ince 1963 the nation has celebrated May as Older Americans Month. Each year the President signs a proclamation in celebration of the achievements and contributions of the nationâ€™s older persons. This year, we are focusing on injury prevention with the theme Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries to this population result in millions of medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. With a focus on safety during Older Americans Month, the Administration for Community Living plans to use
this opportunity to raise awareness about this critical issue. By taking control of their safety, older Americans can live longer, healthier lives. So, this month, take a fresh look at your surroundings and look for ways you could reduce the risk of accidents. It will help make sure you have the healthiest possible tomorrow.
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We Honor Foster Mothers Who Pick Up the Pieces of Children’s Broken Lives BY JANICE DOYLE
ife is so complex out there. It’s gotten so rough for some of the children,” says Bobbi of St. Petersburg, a foster mother with 31 years of experience. Today’s foster kids come with lots of mental and emotional abuse. “We give them something they haven’t had before. And when they are in my home, they are mine.” Wendy and her pastor husband in Fort Myers have been married 40 years and have raised five kids of their own. Now they are foster parents. She says, “The difficulty comes because the kids all come with some history which may be drug or abuse related. That means they are very scared and very hurt and it takes a while to work through it.” Peggy in Ocala has been a foster mom 23 years. She says, “You don’t do it for the money, you do it for the kids who need love and care.” She’s seen older kids come in from parents who have taught them to do the wrong things and the kids don’t want to change. Peggy gives a hearty laugh and says, “But the little ones are still okay. I’ll take the little ones peein’ and poopin’ any time.” “You have to love them unconditionally so they can heal. They have all been through some sort of trauma and need to heal. We can help that process,” says Joy in Leesburg. “I would say the most important challenge is getting to know and understand each child and what they’ve been through and how it has impacted them,” says Victoria from Ocala. “One of the biggest mistakes we made in the beginning was to have the same expectations of foster kids as we did with our own biological kids.” Lifestyles After 50 • May 2014 • page 8
These women are all foster mothers Eckerd’s Director of Licensing And so, we honor these and around or beyond the age of 50. Laurallyn Segur says, “The older all foster mothers, who know that When their phones ring, they may be foster mothers bring experience and every day really is Mother’s Day asked to provide a safe place to live wisdom. They’ve raised families. when you’re making a difference for children who have been removed They understand parenting and in the life of a child. from their family just minutes or love children. Many have a lot to hours before. Many foster children offer and don’t want a house without have major physical issues. children in it. They’re ‘lifers’ as Experienced foster moms keep stashes far as children are concerned.” of clothes and child care supplies in closets and drawers for children who arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Their needs include support, encouragement, reassurance, self-esteem, selfworth and most importantly, love. Oh, and Victoria from Ocala food, schooling and her family. and toys, too. Foster moms have access to an array of counselors, therapists, Foster mom Bobbi What They Said: doctors and specialists— from St. Petersburg. all a part of the system which • “It’s very fulfilling and I’m never lonely.” tries to pick up the pieces of the broken • “Let it be fun, enjoy them; they will bless your socks off!” lives of families. And at the core of the system is the need for foster mothers. • “Successes come when there’s an adoption that goes well. The last infant I had was adopted, and I see him on Facebook all the time. I’m seeing him grow up.”
• “With five kids, the real challenge here is making sure that each child gets quality time in the evenings. And then on the 8th day …God created bedtime!” • “Every single day, you have to make sure these kids know they are loved and that you are committed to helping them walk through their challenges.” • “When I have a child at home I’m more organized and stay on schedule.” • “We have a young lady we had in foster care for two years when she was 9 to 11 yrs old. She’s come back to us at 22 and wants to be part of our family! She never forgot the influence we were in her life!”
Wendy and her husband. Ft. Myers.
To learn more about being a foster parent, google the words “foster parent” with the name of your city or county and follow the links.
“Grand Parenting Is Great!” Contest Winners
ongratulations to our two winners for our “Grand Parenting Is Great!” contest. They both won a Grandparent Membership to Glazer Children’s Museum (valued at $100!) Our judges had a tough time selecting just two entries from all of the fantastic grandparents out there—thanks to everyone who submitted a story or photo. Look for more great contests in upcoming editions of Lifestyles After 50!
1st Place: “GrandpaIn-Training”
Pictured: (L to R) Dunelle Burchsted, “Grammie”; Trey Burchsted, 4; Albert Burchsted “Grampie”; and Leo Sabatino (grandpa-in-training.
Comments from Dunelle and Trey Burchsted: “The grandfather in training, Leo, hopes to be a bona fide grandparent soon. His only son was married on Valentine’s Day this year. Our grandson, Trey, is 7 now and was thrilled to come to Plant City to be with us this Easter season (his first solo flight). We have plans to be with him again a couple of times while we travel this summer.”
2nd Place: “Love Comes In Many Faces” Pictured: Grandma Suzanne S. Austin-Hill and grandkids.
About Glazer Children’s Museum: Glazer brings kids and adults together in a fun environment that promotes learning and growth with hands-on activities, classes and exhibits that cover everything from health and science to economics and engineering. To learn more,visit glazermuseum.org or call 813-443-3861.
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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 tampaelectric.com/save to schedule your free Home Energy Audit today or call 813-275-3909.
A Special Day For Mom
Mother’s Day Tea & Luncheon. 1 pm. (Ladies only; $5/ person.) Don’t forget your hat. Town ‘N Country Senior Center, Tampa. Details at 813-873-6336.
Sounds Of Swing: Mom’s Special Night Out. 6:30 dance lesson; 8 pm concert. Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa. Moms are free; $12 – $18 others. 813-269-1310.
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Stop at our theStrawberry Florida State our table table on on January June 1223 at at the Festival Fairgrounds a.m. 3 p.m. Bring ad and Grounds fromfrom 9:0010 a.m. to 2top.m. Bring thisthis ad and receive receive a free energy-saving kit, made available through a free energy-saving kit, made available through Tampa Tampa Electric’s Energy Education Electric’s Energy Education OutreachOutreach program.program.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Maestro’s. 11 and 1:30 pm at the Straz Center, Tampa. $35.95. 813-229-7827. Mother’s Day Cruises. Brunch ($49.95) or dinner ($74.95). Departs 11 am, 2:30 and 6 pm. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Dr., Tampa. 813-223-7999. Lifestyles After 50 • May 2014 • page 9
BRANDON HEARING CENTERS May is Better Speech and Hearing Month Patty takes pride in her service to the community, celebrating more than 45 years in Brandon and Sun City Center.
Best of Brandon & South Shore 2007-2012 “We work together to ﬁnd the best Hearing Aid for your need.” –Patty Paddock
BY JANICE DOYLE
Patty Paddock, HAS, BC-HIS
Visit our OPEN HOUSE May 22nd and 23rd Free gifts and snacks
• Call for FREE Audiometric Testing • Demonstration of latest digital hearing aids Hours of operation • Credit and debit cards accepted 9:00am to 4:30pm Mon. thru Fri
Call for Saturday appointment
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This Month At Town ‘N Country Senior Center
own ‘N Country Senior Center is located at 7606 Paula Dr., Tampa; 813-873-6336.
Pickle Ball Demonstration by Russell Elefterion, Parks & Recreation Dept. Noon.
Annual Health and Wellness Expo - Vendors, free health screenings, literature and door prizes. 9:30 am.
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AARP Presents Life Reimagined Workshop, 1:30 pm. RSVP required. Fitness 4 Life Annual 2-mile Walk, 9 am (Pre-register 8:45)
National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Demos and snacks; noon.
Annual Elder Affairs Day, May 8 from 9 am to 2 pm. Fun, entertainment and lunch. Oaks at Riverview Senior Center, 101 E. Kirby St., Tampa. 813-272-6827.
Take Charge of Your Health
ampa General Hospital’s Community Health Education has moved from Hyde Park to the TGMG Family Care Center Lois at 2106 S. Lois Ave., Tampa. They invite the public to take advantage of their preventative and educational classes and screenings at this and other centers that include: • Nutrition, Active Living and Obesity • Blood Pressure, Glucose, vision and Cholesterol Screenings Lifestyles After 50 • May 2014 • page 10
Introducing the Angels of Bataan: Heroic WWII Nurses
• Flexibility and Performance Assessments, Balance • ADHD, Dementia and Parkinson’s • Supplements, Vitamins and Alternative Medicine • Chronic Disease, Heart Health, Hearing Loss, Diabetes and Cancer • Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga and Meditation And much more. For more information, contact 813-844-6397.
oday American women serve alongside men in the military and are trained to face combat. In 1941, that wasn’t the case, but 79 Army and Navy military nurses did face combat and near death. They were left behind when MacArthur was forced to retreat from the Philippines. Taken prisoner by the Japanese and subjected to hunger, disease and repeated bombings, the women survived and were saved when the American liberators arrived. Mary Cronk Farrell’s book, Pure Grit, pays tribute to the heroism and determination of these extraordinary women who cared for the sick and wounded while facing their own illness, lack of food and supplies, and the knowledge they might never return home. The stories of the individual women make for fascinating reading. For example, Ethel Thor arrived for duty in 1940 in heels, stockings and gloves. When young Frankie Lewey signed up, she told her mother, “If ever there is a war, I hope I get right in the thick of it.” Peggy Nash had been supervisor of surgery at US Naval Hospital in Guam and was preparing to leave to get married. In October 1941 she was transferred to Manila and became one of the eleven naval hospital nurses incarcerated in Santo Tomas Internment Camp. Maude Denny Williams ended up leaving her soldier husband behind as a patient in Hospital #2 in Bataan when nurses were evacuated to Corregador. Her husband did not survive to come home. Millie Dalton, an Army nurse from Georgia, said, “There was no way in the world we were prepared for war.”
Frances Nash, who learned life and death nursing at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, was told to “prepare to be taken prisoner.” She continued working, destroying paperwork to keep it from enemy hands. When she did get orders to flee, she took enough morphine pills to provide nurses with lethal doses if needed. Maude Davidson refused to leave the Filipino nurses behind when the Americans were ordered to evacuate Manila for Corregidor. Sally Blaine managed her hospital ward lying down on her cot suffering from malaria. The nurses ate meager rations and dealt with discomfort, pain and disease. When their clothes wore out, they made some from what few supplies were at hand. Through it all, they never forgot that they were nurses and made the comfort and care for any of the patients of utmost importance even after supplies and medicine were gone. Their attitude was always “I was just a nurse doing my duty.” When events much larger than they could control took over their lives, they chose to summon pure grit moment by moment… and finally were liberated in February 1945. When the nurses returned home, they began rebuilding their lives. However, there wasn’t the type of counseling or antidepressants needed to help recover (from what today is known as PTSD), so most suffered emotionally in silence the rest of their lives. The book is filled with photos and details based on research and interviews. Editor’s note: This book is written for young people. However, I found it fascinating reading myself and a great book to share with young people.
Late Bloomer/Baby Boomer BY PATRICIA FINN
am returning to college. I have advised my adult son of that so he can put SHE GRADUATED on my tombstone. When my peers are retiring, I will be entering the job market. I am learning that if you wait long enough, school becomes fun. Last semester, I sat in a classroom for the first time in thirty years. I loved it. The procedure is so simple. You are given information, you learn the information and then you are given a reward called a grade. You pay money for this, a lot of money. I am pleased to scream from the rooftops that I am an A student. I have heard it said that nontraditional students may have acquired time management skills that traditional students
lack. My best time management skill has been to take one class at a time. I am taking philosophy. I have become very thoughtful, contemplating such thoughts as: If life is one big school, who is the principal? Am I in trouble? Am I late? Where’s the nurse’s office?
A senior student, not to be confused with a graduating senior, does not have to worry about ruining their future. This is the future. So go ahead, mess up, it is too late to ruin your life. You might even be surprised and earn an A. Once I have my AA, I will get a BA, an MA and then a Ph.D. Unless I get a RIP. I could be teaching in a university when I am in my seventies. Another secret to my academic success is the undeniable parallel between age and the progressive
decline in one’s ability to have wild fun. This is very helpful. I have a definite advantage over the twenty-year-old sitting next to me with her head on her desk.
I am paying for my books by selling t-shirts printed with “Late Bloomer / Baby Boomer” with a picture of a turtle kissing a hare. I draw heavily from preschool influences. I have advice to give to other baby boomers who return to college. We tend to talk a lot. Don’t monopolize the classroom discussions. My next fundraiser is a discussion guide for “Baby Boomers: When Putting Your Foot in Your Mouth Is No Longer Possible.” Older is wiser. Anyone can be a Late Bloomer/Baby Boomer and return to school. Apply, register, do the process. Be proud, stand tall. Order and wear your Late Bloomer/Baby Boomer t-shirt. A senior student, not to be confused with a graduating senior, does not have to worry about ruining their future. This is the future. So go ahead, mess up, it is too late to ruin your life. You might even be surprised and earn an A. You can reach the author at email@example.com.
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Seniors are Sweet on Pickleball W
hile it was something of an underground sport for decades, pickleball’s time has finally arrived. A sport that’s been described as being played with an oversize pingpong ball on a badminton-size court with a tennis-size net, pickleball is a hybrid of those sports, with aspects of ping-pong and volleyball mixed in, too. A pickleball court is much shorter than a tennis court and the net is positioned lower, plus the serving is done underhand, so it’s easier on the joints and “tennis elbow” isn’t a problem. Fast-paced and easy to learn, pickleball doesn’t require a big financial investment: just some paddles and balls. Those who’ve tried it call the sport “addictive.” Pickleball was invented 1965 and gained popularity quietly and gradually for decades. But the number of active pickleball players has nearly doubled in the country since 2010. According to the USA Pickleball
Association, there are currently 1,900 places to play pickleball in the US with more courts being added each month. It’s popular with players of all ages, but seniors in particular are sweet on the sport as an alternative to tennis because it’s less physically taxing. Some players who’ve been sidelined from other sports with bad knees or feet find that they can play pickleball pain-free. In West Central Florida, there’s a strong pickleball community. Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation has introduced the sport to some local recreation centers and offers free lessons several days a week at selected locations. The Sun City Center Pickleball Club is one of the area’s largest and Kings Point, Meadow Pointe in Wesley Chapel and Valencia Lakes have pickleball clubs and courts of their own. Pickleball is consistently the biggest event at the Tampa Bay
Senior Games (held each October) according to event organizers. In addition to being an easy sport to learn (some say it takes only five minutes), pickleball is a very social sport. Some clubs allow those with physical limitations to join as social members and each club typically has an active social schedule. The social nature of the sport in part accounts for its rapid spread. Before the US Pickleball Association was formed in the 1980s, the sport spread primarily through word of mouth. The association now has over 20,000 members.
Wondering where to get started in learning about pickleball? PickleballChannel.com is a new website that just launched, aimed at providing resources for both novice and experienced pickleball players. The channel’s Executive Producer Rusty Howes says that with the lightning-speed growth of pickleball, there was a need to provide exciting digital content online to serve the sport’s growing fan base. Each week, the channel will debut new video content, and they’re always looking for new players, teams and organizations to feature. The site offers advice on anything from what shoes to wear for play to game techniques, as well as insight into the people who play pickleball. It may have a funny name, but pickleball is gaining a serious following that looks like it’s here to stay. If you’ve got a great pickleball story to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info on pickleball, visit usapa.org/what-is-pickleball.
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ear Marci, Does Medicare ever cover dental care? —Betsey
Dear Betsey, for the most part, Medicare does not cover dental care by law. In general, Medicare does not cover routine dental care or dental care that you need primarily for the health of your teeth. For example, Medicare will generally not cover routine checkups or cleaning. However, Medicare will pay for dental services in very limited circumstances if the services are required to protect your general health or if you need dental care in order for a Medicare-covered health service to be successful. For example, Medicare will pay for dental services if: • You have a disease like oral cancer that involves the jaw and you need dental services for radiation treatment;
• You need dental splints and wiring as a result of jaw surgery; or
• You need surgery to treat jaw or face fractures.
Note that while Medicare may pay for initial dental services for the reasons mentioned above, Medicare will not pay for any follow-up dental care after the underlying health condition has been treated. For example, if Medicare paid for a tooth extraction as part of a procedure to repair a facial injury you had, Medicare will not pay for any other dental care you need in the future due to the loss of your tooth. Keep in mind that some Medicare Advantage plans may cover limited dental care, depending on the plan’s specific benefits. If you get your Medicare benefits through a Medicare Advantage plan, contact your plan to see what dental services may be covered. —Marci
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Finding Peace and Solace After the Loss of a Loved One BY VICTORIA SCHMIDT Call today to receive your free consultation and emergency record guide 813-677-9494
osing someone you love is devastating. You have grief, pain, sadness, bewilderment and, even with the comfort of family and friends, you may feel very much alone. But, you are not alone. There are those you can call on to help you through the four stages of life that lead you to peace and solace…or you may undertake them on your own.
of your life? Not to worry. The time it takes is different for everyone.
Stage One The First Hurdle: The Shock and the Grief – Grieve. Cry. Talk…a lot. Grieve more. Grieve as long as it takes. Don’t punish yourself. Then, let go of your grief. Laugh, a lot. Evangelist Billy Graham, says, “Sometimes we need to be alone with our grief and memories. We just need to guard against making this our only response, for it’s not healthy.”
Stage Four New Life Options… Adventures – If you are ready to move on there are limitless options to consider: Single? A new significant other or a different type of relationship. Unconditional Love? Adopt a pet. Volunteer work, a new job, your dream job. Pleasurable pursuits, travel, new friends, take in the arts. Pursuits with a purpose, helping others. Pack up and move, when the time is right.
Stage Three The Bridge…The Passage – Have you achieved emotional and physical renewal along with financial security? Are you prepared to move on? Or should you repeat some of the steps in Stages One and Two to assure you are empowered to take charge
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Stage Two The Renewal – Prepare for your life without your lost loved one. Identity crisis? Learn to know yourself. Go slowly. Set goals. Have a plan. If you are alone, enjoy the unexpected gains of life alone: exercise, meditate, relax, be kind to yourself. Attain financial security.
Experiencing even some of the steps of the Four Stages of Life is, in itself, a distraction from your loss and sadness to help you move on. While you handle your grief, achieve renewal and undertake one or more of the adventures, you may come to realize and accept why it is you who are still here. You have happy memories to cherish, wonders in the world to enjoy and rewards from reaching out to help others. You will find solace and peace. It is just a matter of dedication and time!
Forgetfulness—Should I Be Concerned?
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veryone experiences a decreased ability to learn and memorize things over time, but while some degree of forgetfulness is normal, memory loss is not usual. For instance, it would not be concerning to forget the name of a movie you saw last weekend, but you shouldn’t forget that you saw a movie at all. Memory loss may be caused by emotional states such as anxiety or depression, uncontrolled metabolic disorders such as diabetes and thyroid
problems, hearing and vision problems, certain drugs, anemia, certain infections and brain tumors. From The Science of Staying Young by Morley and Colberg.
Americans Still Read the Bible
three-year Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis study of the Bible’s place in the everyday lives of Americans set out to answer questions of how, where, when and why ordinary Americans use the Bible. Here are some of their findings:
• The 400-year-old King James Version of the Bible is far from dead (half of the individuals and twofifths of the congregations surveyed still prefer the King James Bible). • Among African Americans: 70 percent said they read the Bible outside of public worship services (compared to 44 percent for whites, 46 percent for Hispanics and 28 percent for all other races).
• Bible memorization is highest among black respondents, 69 percent, compared to 51 percent among white conservative Protestants and 31 percent
among white moderate/ liberal Protestants.
• Roughly half of Americans have read religious scripture outside of a public worship service in the past year. • Most of those people read at least monthly, and 9 percent of all Americans read every day.
• Women were more likely to read than men; older people were more likely to read than younger; Southerners were more likely to read than those of any other region. • Psalm 23 – which begins “The Lord is my shepherd” – was the most popular Biblical passage.
• Younger people, those with higher salaries and, most dramatically, those with more education among the respondents read the Bible on the internet or an e-device at higher rates. (Newswise)
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tanton “Kenny” Kolansky, a zero risk of rejection. Once the stem Franklinville, NJ resident and cells are reinserted into the body, they chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can travel to the source of damage (COPD) sufferer, had learned to cope and inflammation in the lungs and cue with living with the everyday trithe body’s natural healing processes. als of lung disease. But when Kenny Unlike other stem cell procedures, became seriously ill late last year, his which can be invasive, time consumwife Diana and their children feared ing and painful, Kenny’s outpatient that he wouldn’t be with them for procedure was performed over the much longer. The Kolansky children course of three days, with each office knew that something had to be done visit only lasting a couple of hours. to prolong and improve their father’s quality of life. They began doing extensive internet research into the validity of stem cell treatments for lung disease, and after months of looking and ruling out multiple providers that weren’t a good fit, the family discovered Lung Institute, a stem cell clinic located in Tampa, Fla. The Kolanskys finally felt as if they had found the perfect place for Kenny to undergo his stem cell therapy. So, with the help of friends and family, the Kolanskys Stanton “Kenny” Kolansky’s treatments decided to make the trip from have given him the energy to play New Jersey to Florida. Kenny and with his grandkids again. Diana Kolansky aren’t the first to travel long distances to receive treatment at Lung Institute. The Patients that have received clinic’s acclaim has attracted patients autologous stem cell therapy from from across the United States and as Lung Institute are walking farther, far away as Canada, South Africa and going with supplemental oxygen less the Philippines. Lung Institute’s Medi- and breathing easier thanks to the cal Director, Dr. Burton Feinerman, restorative nature of stem cells and has been practicing stem cell therapies regenerative medicine. Kenny hopes for over seven years and is considered that his improved quality of life will an expert in the field of regenerative allow him to play with his grandkids medicine. Through his application and and give him the energy to attend research of stem cell therapy, he has more of their school events. “I have helped hundreds of people with dishope …I didn’t have that before I eases like COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, came here. This is going to change emphysema and many more improve my life back to some normalcy, like their quality of life and breathe easier. when I was a younger man. It is as Dr. Feinerman and the Lung Institute simple as that,” Kenny said. “Now I staff agreed that Kenny was a perfect have a chance to keep on keepin’ on!” candidate for stem cell therapy. If you or someone you love is sufferKenny received autologous stem cell ing from the life-altering symptoms therapy, meaning his own stem cells of lung disease, stem cell therapy can were collected and then given back to help. For more information about him intravenously. Since the stem cells Lung Institute and their treatment were his own, this procedure is conresults, visit LungInstitute.com sidered quite safe and effective with or call 855-313-1150.
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Healthy Ways to Spice Up Your Summer BBQ
n old-fashioned summer cookout is not always a healthy affair, but you can convert a fatty-food blitz into a healthy and tasty menu:
Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
It is not every day that you get a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce that also boasts a healthy dose of antioxidants. Try it with beef, chicken, pork or grilled shrimp.
• Throw some unexpected foods on the grill, like peaches, asparagus or even bread. • Incorporate veggies into your BBQ menu by making kebabs instead of burgers.
Recipe • Cut the calories in your potato salad, coleslaw and macaroni salad by using mustard, vinegar or lowfat yogurt instead of mayonnaise. • Chicken gets a fresh burst of flavor when you cut back on salt and season it with fresh or dried herbs, vinegars or citrus juices.
1 Tbsp canola oil 1 small red onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 to 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped 1/2 c bourbon 2 c fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries 1/2 c ketchup 1/3 c cider vinegar 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 Tbsp molasses 1/8 tsp ground allspice Cook onion in oil over medium heat 2 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno, stirring and cooking, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bourbon, increase heat to high and bring to a boil; cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in blueberries and remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes. May be made ahead and refrigerated.
Asian Barbecue Sauce
1/3 cup ketchup 1/4 cup Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce 2 Tbsp rice-wine vinegar 2 tsp minced fresh ginger 1 1/2 tsp chile-garlic paste
Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl. Brush on meat before grilling. May be made ahead and refrigerated.
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Why Happiness Matters BY HENRY S. MILLER
lthough some would have you think otherwise, the uniquely human pursuit of happiness is not merely some frivolous idle-time activity for the fortunate few. Far from it. Instead, it is a serious pursuit—a duty and responsibility for each of us. Being in a positive, optimistic and happy frame of mind seems to be what allows some humans to be more successful than others in obtaining life’s essentials: food, shelter, social support, even a mate. So it has always been and so it continues today. And if you still doubt the seriousness of pursuing a happier life, consider your loved ones. Fulfilling the duty of being happy benefits not just yourself but also those closest to you.
self-confident, more forgiving, more charitable, more sociable, and more loving. Compared to unhappy people, happier people are more trusting, more loving, and more responsive. They have greater self-control, can tolerate frustration better, are less likely to be abusive, are more lenient, and demonstrate enhanced coping skills. • Socially. Happy people have more friends, richer social interactions, correspondingly stronger social support and experience longer and more satisfying marriages.
• Work. In addition to bringing all their positive personal attributes to work, happy people have been proven to be more likely to perform better, achieve greater productivity and deliver a higher quality work product. They tend to receive a higher income as a result.
• Physical health. Happy people experience less pain, are often in better health, are more active with more energy and even, not surprisingly, live longer. They have lower stress levels and stronger immune systems that fight disease more effectively. By comparison, stressed and depressed people are more vulnerable to various illnesses. The Benefits Most of the benefits of living a happier life are familiar, yet they are powerful and seemingly endless—and they far outweigh the costs and work needed to achieve this state:
• Success. Overall, happy people are more successful across multiple major domains of life including work, social relationships, income and health. In addition, the relationship between happiness and success seems to be reciprocal: not only can individual success—whether in love or at work— contribute to feelings of happiness, but happiness also results in more success. • Personally. Happy people more frequently exhibit characteristics such as being strikingly energetic, decisive and flexible. They are more creative, more helpful to those in need, more
• Mental health. Happy individuals construe daily situations and major life events in relatively more positive and more adaptive ways that seem to reinforce their happiness. They are also less likely to exaggerate any criticism, however slight, that they may receive, as opposed to unhappy individuals who react to life experiences in negative ways that only reinforce their unhappiness. What’s at Stake Remember that one day, you will be sitting on that proverbial rocking chair on some front porch or veranda, maybe overlooking the ocean, and a stranger will sit down beside you and politely ask: “So, what did you do in your life?” What will you say? The stakes are high. The price of unhappiness is steep. And life is short. (Excerpted from the book The Serious Pursuit of Happiness: Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive)
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The gist of any slot tournament, Wayne, works like this: Players either congregate in a specific room of the casino, or at the site on the casino floor holding the tournament. Players are then assigned to a specific slot machine, given a set amount of time to play, and the person with the highest number of credits (points) won at the end is the winner. The tournament format that you were probably playing in is one that uses timed sessions with machines in free-play mode, meaning, you don’t have to put any money in the machine to play. The up-front entry fee, in your case, FREE, is your total cash outlay. Now if the tournament includes a FREE chuck wagon buffet, you just broke the bank. A typical format when playing free-play tournaments is to give each player 1,000 credits, and 20 minutes to play them, per round. Each time the player taps the spin button, three credits are deducted from their starting credits, and credits that they win are shown on a separate meter. When time has expired, the machine locks up to end play. As a slot tourney player, you have probably noticed more paying combinations when playing in tournaments than you get with normal play. That is because most casinos have a distinct
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y the time the Country Music Cruise docked in Fort Lauderdale this past January, passengers had taken to calling it the greatest fan fest on the high seas. They were surprised, and then some, that their weeklong cruise through the Caribbean wasn’t just back-to-back concerts, perfect days by the pool and visits to postcard-perfect island towns. Already the stuff vacation dreams are made of, the Country Music Cruise turned out to be seven days of getting up close and personal with country superstars who dropped by cooking seminars, classes on songwriting, guitar playing and jewelry making, line dancing lessons, and even each other’s concerts. “The level of interaction between our guests and the country stars was amazing,” explained Mike Jason, Senior Vice President of Live Entertainment, StarVista Entertainment/ Time Life and Executive Producer of The Country Music Cruise. “We’re so excited about it that we’re planning even more events for the 2015 cruise, with special meet and greets, autograph sessions, photo opportunities, panels where artists share their stories in front of audiences and live interviews. At last count, we had 30 events scheduled and are still developing more.” That’s music to any country fan’s ears, who will get to sail with Martina McBride, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Asleep At The Wheel, Restless Heart, Wade Hayes, Bryan White, The Roys, Canadian newcomer Brett Kissel and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys when the Country Music Cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on January 18, 2015. Lorianne Crook of the long running “Crook and Chase” television show will return as the special cruise host.
“To be able to have this many country stars in one place and to really get to sit down with them and talk to them about old times and memories that we’ve shared together is incredible,” said Crook about the star-studded cruise. “It’s great to be in such an intimate environment and so close to the audience,” added Martina McBride, who is planning something special for fans during her performances on the cruise. “We are incorporating some of the hits into the new show. They will be slightly different arrangements, but of course still recognizable. Me and the band are looking forward changing it up a little bit.”
blue water, this wonderful ship, the great events, the fabulous food, old friends, new friends, what could be bad about that? I love it.” The 2015 Country Music Cruise will sail from January 18 through 25 with concerts that quite literally fill the days and nights. With more than 50 shows in all, the “floating Nashville” is topped off by a Gospel Hour and a surprise tribute to a country music legend that will bring many of the Country Music Cruise artists together on stage for one all-star performance. Fans will hear 62 number 1 hits and 164 Top 10 smashes, and will have fun guessing which of Charley Pride’s 29 number 1’s he’ll be packing in his suitcase. The karaoke club, pool parties, trivia and dance contests, country music-themed films and documentaries and the nowlegendary Corn Hole Tournament keep the party—and the fun—going. And the food never stops coming, capped off by a Red, White and Blue Barbeque Martina McBride and special southern food selections at every meal. Charley Pride This year guests will enjoy a special exclusive afternoon on the private island of Half Moon Cay with its white sand beaches, glittering ocean bay, tropical fare and spirits. Holland America’s m/s luxurious Eurodam ship will travel from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau (Bahamas), St. Thomas, St. Croix and Half Moon Cay before returning to Fort Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Lauderdale. Cabin rates start at just The Gatlin Brothers had such a $2,150 per person, and include tickets great time on January’s cruise that to every single concert, all meals they’ll be coming back to perform and a wide selection of activities. on the 2015 voyage. “When I was Cabins on the Country Music a little boy and they told me ‘we’re Cruise 2015 can be booked going to pay you to sing’—I knew by visiting the website www. that was a good deal,” Larry Gatlin CountryMusicCruise.com or by joked. “When you throw in all that calling (toll-free) 855-332-6868.
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California’s Silicon Valley
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life-size model of a cosmonaut floats near the ceiling. A few feet away a green Statue of Liberty holds aloft a plasticized chocolate sundae. And sitting next to me are two men who might, just might, be making a deal that will change my life. This is Buck’s of Woodside, a restaurant in the hills surrounding California’s Silicon Valley. It’s a place known for comfort food, quirky décor and big deals, like the ones that resulted in funding for Hotmail, Netscape and PayPal.
This transformation from a region of bountiful orchards to one filled with some of the world’s most renowned high tech companies began just a few miles from Buck’s in a small garage at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. In 1939, Stanford graduates Bill Hewlett and David Packard pooled their life savings ($538) in order to start a small electronics company. Today Hewlett-Packard ranks 43rd on Fortune’s 2013 list of the world’s largest companies, and the small garage is on the National Register of Historic Places. The sign out front dubs the garage the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley.” My husband dubs the $538 a good investment.
“The Valley,” as it’s generally called, is centered in the fertile farmland between Palo Alto and San Jose. “This area was paradise back in the Sixties,” says Phil Consentino, who owns J & P Farms, the last commercial orchard in San Jose. Since then, the valley’s population has increased six-fold, and flourishing fruit trees have been cut down to make room for middle-class homes and apartments.
Comfortable shoes are a necessity here where workplaces are not clustered in high-rises but sprinkled across “campuses”—a word that connotes low-slung buildings interspersed with large open spaces and youth and conviviality. Some companies provide their employees with bicycles. Except for the Apple store, the buildings are closed to visitors, so we move on to Castro Street in the town of Mountain View.
The Google Maps Exhibit lets visitors to the Computer History Museum find their own house on a giant screen.
The Google campus is so large that the company provides bikes for its employees.
Stanford University was the incubator for new technology.
Another Silicon Valley landmark, the house where Steve Jobs lived from the mid-1990s until his death in 2011, is a few blocks away at 2101 Waverly Street. The two-story brick home, which sits on about a half acre, is fairly large but at the same time unpretentious and casual. People walk with purpose in the The garage where Bill Hewlett and Silicon Valley, but the suits of Mad David Packard started their small Men have morphed into the jeans of electronics company has been dubbed geniuses. During our week in Silicon the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley.” Valley, we see only four men in sports coats, none in ties. (The dress code for women is more liberal. The only rule: save the stilettos for after-hours.)
Unlike Buck’s, which is the restaurant where people make deals, Castro Street is filled with eateries where folks hatch ideas. Here, over salads and stir-fry, lattes and scones, ideas are floated, debated and often massaged into “the next great thing.” In the Red Rock Coffee Company we find a packed crowd taking advantage of the café’s free wi-fi. Most people are in baggy shorts, sandals and look to be about nineteen years old. Finally we set out for the geeky part of our expedition—a visit to three Silicon Valley museums that will, we hope, give us a layman’s overview of high tech wizardry. They succeed beyond our wildest expectations. At the Computer History Museum we see everything from ancient
abacuses to the first 1976 Apple computer to an interactive display that explains how street-mapping works. At the Intel Museum we learn about semiconductor technology, and at the Tech Museum, which is not as much about how things work as it is about how much fun you can have when they do work, we train like Olympic contenders by virtually bobsledding down a virtual hill. We spend the final day of our visit strolling among ancient redwoods at Henry Cowell State Park. It’s a delightful as well as humbling experience, reminding us that nature predates even the oldest man-made wonders. On the plane ride home, we reflect on what makes Silicon Valley so different from other places. Our conclusion: Silicon Valley is a state of mind as well as a geographical entity, a place where optimism and creativity are as much a part of the environment as buildings and museums. Tip: Silicon Valley lodging can be pricey. By luck we happened upon a modest B&B in a perfect location. It’s clean, reasonably priced and the owner serves up terrific chocolate chip cookies. madisonstreetinn.com. Lifestyles After 50 • May 2014 • page 27
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BY TARA EISNER
How Technology Brings Us Closer to Our Grandkids t’s tempting to see the various devices our grandkids won’t put down as “the enemy,” something that prevents face-to-face conversation. But as a grandmother of eight, I’ve learned that embracing screens—and using them—has been one of the best ways to stay connected. With six of my grandkids living out of town, applications like Skype and FaceTime have turned out to be a great way for us to share in each others’ lives. The kids have used these to show me everything from jewelry they’re designing to art projects in progress. I’ve tuned in to soccer games with the help of an iPad, watching them in real-time and then rehashing the details later via Skype. Whether they’re in Seattle, San Diego or Las Vegas, my grandkids use technology to bring me into their homes, show me their pets, their evolving growth charts on the walls and whatever new gadgets they’re into. Using technology has also brought me closer to my grandchildren who live near me; there seems to be something magnetic about a screen, and the kids are far more inclined to sit and chat with me when there’s a screen between us than when we’re together in a room.
So, I embrace it. In fact, I’m usually the one who has to end a Skype call! They may live close, but everybody’s schedule is a moving target, and visits are hard to plan. Technology lets me stay more involved in their daily lives than I would be without it. FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts,
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Thinking Outside the Basket BY SARAH A. BALAGUER, DVM, MS
ven though the Easter holiday has passed, it’s never too late to discuss holiday factors that could impact your pet’s safety. Holidays come with a number of different potential health hazards, such as chocolates, sugary candies, small toys and basket stuffing, which can pose a serious threat to your household pets. It is important to monitor your pets closely, especially when offering them special treats of their own for the holiday season.
Caring For Your Pet For example, the filling in stuffed animals can cause a pet that ingests an excessive quantity to gag or cough repeatedly from the irritation during the swallowing process. This is particularly troublesome for dogs that have a preexisting throat problem such as a collapsing trachea or chronic allergies.
Excessive filling ingestion can even pose a threat to the extreme of forming an intestinal blockage. Stuffed toys with plastic eyes or accessories can lead to oral cavity or digestive tract trauma during and after ingestion. Chocolate, depending on type and quantity consumed, can lead to hyperexcitability, gastrointestinal disease or even seizures. Sugar-free candies containing xylitol can lead to a dangerous drop in blood sugar levels that can ultimately lead to seizures, coma or death. Regular sugary candies can lead to vomiting and diarrhea of varying degrees. This can be a major problem for certain breeds of dogs that are highly susceptible to serious digestive issues such as pancreatitis or hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Artificial plastic grass found in gift baskets and Easter baskets can be extremely dangerous—particularly around our feline friends. Cats have a tendency to enjoy playing with and
eating string style items. Strings are an extremely dangerous digested foreign item as they can become attached to the base of the tongue. The string may saw into the tongue, leading to tremendous pain and an oral infection. Larger quantities of string can become lodged in the stomach and as the gastrointestinal tract continues to contract, the string can cut through the intestinal wall. This can lead to a very painful and life threatening infection or inflammation of the abdominal cavity. There are a slew of other dangers to consider during any holiday season when it comes to our curious furry friends. The most important thing to remember is to be aware of what your pets have access to and try to avoid putting your pet into a situation where temptation cannot be avoided. Store all potential toxins out of their reach. When getting your companion their own holiday toys or treats, be sure and choose wisely.
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Spouse’s Inheritance Rights Trump Trust BY WILLIAM R. MUMBAUER, Attorney
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Fact: The average debt held by senior citizens has ballooned to $50,000 in 2010, up 83 percent since 2001, according to Federal Reserve data. Fact: Many seniors are in debt because they borrowed big against their houses. They either took out home equity loans or they refinanced to have cash. Many are in debt because they extended the term of their mortgages.
Finance Fact: Only 24 percent of homeowners over the age of 62 had mortgage debt in 1992, but that figure soared to 45 percent in 2010.
saved dollars to your card balances with the highest interest rates. Sending in anything beyond the minimum payment, while still fulfilling your other financial obligations, is one of the best ways to get out of credit card debt fast.
What can the savvy senior do? If you’re in debt, you may need to get help. Consider NFCC (National Foundation for Credit Counseling) which can help in person, online or by phone. Don’t be tempted to take out a debt consolidation loan. Repeat: Do NOT start with that. Here are some creative solutions to help you get out of credit card debt fast: 1. Spend less than what you earn and pay more than the minimum amount due on your credit cards. If you can’t afford to pay for it now, don’t buy it. Live within your means and divert those
2. Avoid unnecessary expenses. Stop going to the movie; eat at home; cancel memberships until you pay off your debt. Redirect those savings toward your credit card balances. 3. Boost your income. Get a second job. Sell items you no longer need on Craigslist. Have a yard sale. Use your skills for extra income. 4. Use a debit card so you will buy only what you can afford based on the balance in your bank account. If the money is not there, you can’t spend it. 5. Remember cash? Making small-dollar purchases with a credit card may not seem like much individually, but they add up fast.
6. Review your budget OFTEN to manage your finances more effectively. 7. Call your creditors. If you’ve been making consistent payments, call your card provider and request an interest rate reduction or new monthly repayment schedule so that due dates fall after you receive your paycheck. 8. Plan for unexpected expenses.
9. Set a realistic goal and reward. Calculate a date when you’d like to pay off a credit card or bill and then enjoy a responsible dinner out or new item of clothing as a reward—nothing expensive, but there’s a psychological boost to be gained when achieving each milestone on the way to becoming debt-free. 10. Pay more every month and pay debts off smallest to largest to maintain a sense of accomplishment. Don’t be overwhelmed by debt to the point of doing nothing about it. Take charge of your finances.
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