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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Branson Celebrates Veterans Feeling the Squeeze Holiday Fun at the Beau Rivage Potatoes With A Twist
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President John F. Kennedy: Death in the Time of Innocence Dear Readers,
ost everywhere you turn this month, there will be reminders of that day 50 years ago when our innocence as a country was shat- Janice Doyle, Editor tered, the day our 35th president was assassinated. John F. Kennedy’s 1000-day presidency ended in a few dramatic moments on a street in Dallas. The Kennedy era was a transformative time for our country. We went from the staid, war-hero presidency of Eisenhower to the leadership of someone who lived a lifestyle known to only a narrow segment of our society at the time. The Kennedys played tennis, they sailed and they had houses in several parts of the country. Now, in 2013, many people live that way, but in 1960, not many did. Remembering that November period of time, it is as if the life drained out of our country for a few days. This month you will undoubtedly share your own memories with others. Walter Cronkite Dallas, Texas, Friday, November 22, 1963. Time was about to stand still. CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite— later voted “the most trusted man in America”—had the compelling duty to report the shootings of President Kennedy and Texas Governor John
Connolly. Shortly afterward, Cronkite removed his glasses and tearfully announced simply that President Kennedy had died at 1 pm Central Standard Time. Today, 50 years later, those of us “of a certain age” remember vividly where we were and what we were doing when we learned the news. Jim Patterson, CEO of this magazine’s publishing company, says, “To this day we remain fascinated by Kennedy’s life and legacy, intrigued by the circumstances of his death, enchanted by the associated imagery of Camelot and changed forever by all of it.” For many, the news came via a school’s crackling intercom system. Patterson says, “Lucy Bigham bolted from the chair in front of me and ran from the room in tears. Mr. Bunch sat behind his desk at the front of the room, his face buried in both hands, sobbing.” Patterson would see his own father weep that night as well. It was also a new time of tragedy for our country because we watched events unfold in the living room on television. Nancy Kuehne, our magazine’s sales and marketing representative in Lee County, says, “The small, two-room school I went to did not have a TV, so a parent invited all 15 students from grades ﬁve through eight to come to their house
to watch. I remember feeling as if I were right there in the crowd watching from the streets.” Nancy added something else we all remember— how quiet everyone was. Yes, it was a new era and it changed us all. Patterson was in 9th grade that day Mr. Bunch sat at his desk and sobbed. Three summers later, Patterson was in Washington serving as a Congressional page in the House of Representatives. He says, “I associated all of the sights of Washington with those I had seen on television that November weekend of 1963. I toured the White House and tried to imagine President Kennedy’s and Jackie’s presence in every room. I visited the Senate chamber and sat in the seat that was his when he served as the senator from Massachusetts and which was now ﬁlled by his brother Edward (Ted) Kennedy. I went to Arlington Cemetery and stood before the eternal ﬂame and played back the images of Jackie, Bobby and Teddy lighting that ﬂame on the day of the funeral.” And so this month, through the death of a president 50 years ago, we are bonded together by our shared memories. It seems so very recently—and yet so long ago—that we were so innocent we never thought it could happen.
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Astronomy Presentation and Telescope Viewing. Free. 7:30 pm at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. 813-273-3652.
The Bloomingdale Giveback Program. Learn to sew and crochet. Group donates hand-made items to shelters and nursing centers. 6 to 8 pm at Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. 813-273-3652.
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Book Discussion: “Killing Kennedy.” A series of gunshots ring out fifty years ago, and the nation is propelled into the deep divisions that characterize the Vietnam War era. 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library. (Copies of book available at library). 813-273-3652.
9th Annual United Methodist Church Golf Tournament. Chipping and putting contest followed by a shotgun start on the par 70 regulation course. 12 pm at Riverside Golf Course Community, One Pier Drive, Ruskin. $50 entry, dinner/ golf cart included. 813-645-2000.
Flavors of West Tampa. Cultural festival with live entertainment, special activities and a variety of food for purchase. Cash only. Benefits the Judeo Christian Health Clinic. 11 am at MacFarlane Park, 1700 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-870-2255.
“Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major,” fall concert by the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra. 4 pm in the Straz Center, Tampa. $20 at the door. Info at TampaBaySymphony.org or 727-827-8087.
Holiday Fashion Show and Luncheon by Brandon Christian Women’s Connection. 11 am to 1 pm at The Special Events Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon. All welcome; RSVP by Nov. 4 to 813-740-0098. $14.
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Photography for the Holidays. Tips and tricks from professional photographer Ron Slaton.
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Movie Matinee. After 30 years of marriage, Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) must find a way to rekindle their spark. Free. 2:30 pm at SouthShore Regional Library, Ruskin. 813-273-3652.
Turkey Toss Cornhole Tournament. 10 am at Hogan’s Beach, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. Each team is guaranteed four to five matches and a chance to win $1,000. $40/team. 1-877-820-2582.
Southport Springs Arts and Crafts Fair. 8 am to 2 pm. Admission is free. Southport Springs Club House, 3737 Southport Springs Pkwy., Zephyrhills. 610-698-1584.
“The Eagles” perform classic hits, 8 pm at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets/info: 813-301-2500.
Big Band Concert & Dance. Enjoy the sounds of swing with a free dance lesson one hour before the event. 8 to 10 pm at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd., Tampa. $15/seniors. 813-269-1310.
If Music Be The Food. Young musicians and mentors perform a classical music concert to benefit Tampa Bay Harvest. Admission: one nonperishable item. 2 – 4 pm at Carrollwood Cultural Center. 813-269-1310.
– Dec. 1 4th Annual Goals for a Cause. Teams of players 50 and older will compete in hockey for trophies. Raffle prizes and silent auction. 12 pm at Tampa Bay Skating Academy, 255 Forest Lakes Blvd. N., Oldsmar. $75. 813-854-4010.
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RETURNING TO TAMPA IN A DAZZLING ALL-NEW SHOW!
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eterans and families can enjoy dances, shows, free admission to area attractions and more this month. Come out and show your support for our heroes:
Veteran’s Recognition Walk. Anyone 50 or older can join this themed one-mile walk with a warm-up session, complimentary snacks, music and health discussions. 8:30 am at Progress Village Recreation, 8701 Progress Village Blvd., Tampa. $5. 813-671-7773.
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Honor our Veterans Dance at Plant City Social Dance Club, 8 – 11 pm. $7 admission; bring finger foods to share. Stardust Dance Center, 1405 S. Collins Street, Plant City. Info: 863409-7714 or stardustdancecenter.com.
Concert Honoring Veterans and Star Spangled Art exhibit at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd, Tampa. Concert at 8 pm by the Carrollwood Winds Community Band. Free
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Lowry Park Zoo, free admission to veterans and their families on Veteran’s Day. 9:30 am to 5:30 pm at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. Call 813-935-8552 for more info.
S.S. American Victory’s Salute To Veterans Cruise. Big Band era-style entertainment and refreshments aboard an operational WWII merchant ship. $99 adults; $69 military/veterans; $49 children (4 – 12). Benefits the preservation of the ship. Tickets available at www.ticketweb. com or 1-866-468-7630. More info at 813-228-8766 or americanvictory.org.
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Athletes Ready to Go for the Gold at Senior Games BY FLORIDA SPORTS FOUNDATION AND NICK GANDY
he Senior Games are back, and local athletes have been working tirelessly to train and qualify for the upcoming State Championships. The Senior Games invite anyone age 50 or older to compete in a range of sports from bowling, bag toss and shuffleboard to power lifting, track and field, racing and more. The goal of the Senior Games is to promote healthy, active lifestyles for participants over 50, and to establish a multi-sport festival that is open for all to compete with their peers at local, state and national levels. The program first started in Florida and has been around since 1974, when the Golden Age Games were created in Sanford. Soon after, local and state Senior Games events began appearing nationwide. The 2013 National Senior Games were held this summer in
Cleveland, Ohio, where 568 Florida athletes had a chance to compete. This year’s state championships will be held in Lee County from Dec. 7 – 15. Every Olympic year, the Florida Senior Games State Championships serves as a qualifier for the National Senior Games held every non-Olympic year. Local Athletes A regular competitor in the Games is 92-year-old Edith Traina. Besides powerlifting, Traina will be in shuffleboard, bag toss, billiards and darts events, according to Tampa Bay Senior Games Director Mary Clements Fowler. Traina set a Florida Masters Powerlifting record at the 2012 Florida International Senior Games &
State Championships (pictured left) and has set new goals for the Tampa Bay Senior Games: a 115-pound dead lift and a 65-pound bench press. Wesley Chapel’s Otis Perry (at right with family) will participate in twelve events. The first on his list was the 1-mile walk in October, and he continues with table tennis, darts, billiards, horseshoes, dominoes, basketball
shooting and bag toss. In the track and field events he will do the long jump, shot put and discus. Besides showing his athletic prowess, the former school administrator and athletic director is showing off his cooking talents in the baking contest. He plans to make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Louisiana pecans. Perry won a gold medal in the powerlifting 70 –74 age group in 2012 with an 80-pound bench press and 115-pound deadlift. To learn more about the Senior Games and upcoming events in your area, visit www.flasports.com/ and click on the “Senior Games” tab.
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requires far less downtime than the older surgical procedures available today. Dr. Castellano, one of the few double board certified facial plastic surgeons in Tampa, performs the Simplicity Neck Lift procedure to allow all the benefits of traditional surgery but requires a much shorter recovery period. With the Simplicity Neck Lift, Dr. Castellano uses fewer and smaller incisions to tighten the platysma muscle and to smooth the skin along the neck. A special pulley stitch will hold all the surgery into place and the results are permanent and dramatic. The Simplicity Neck Lift will reduce all the banding along the neck, remove the sagging neck tissue and improve the angle between the chin and the neck. If there is any excess fat in the lower face or neck area, facial liposuction may be recommended to provide the most attractive and natural outcome. If you would like to learn more about the Simplicity Neck Lift and find out if this innovative surgery is right for you, please contact the Jasin Facial Plastic Surgery and Body Rejuvenation Institute to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Castellano.
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NBranson Celebrates VeteransN Every Day, Especially in November BY FRED WRIGHT
here are so many U.S. veterans traveling to reunions in Branson, Mo., each year, you almost expect the town of 10,000 to be painted olive drab or battleship gray. To the contrary, Branson has retained much of its Ozark Mountain charm despite an eclectic mix of architecture and building styles. Its geographic location puts the town and its multitude of theaters within driving distance of half the nation’s population. It has an estimated 63,000 theater seats, more than Broadway. And as a perennial destination for an average of 600 military reunions big and small every year, Branson celebrates the flag just about everywhere you look.
Each year, the school sends dozens of its honor students to overseas battlefields where they learn firsthand the military history of the U.S. While there’s an emphasis on World War II battlefields, other venues, including Korea, are also on the agenda.
“Approximately 30 years ago, we had our first ‘Welcome Home’ celebration aimed at Vietnam veterans,” explains Lynn Berry, director of communications for the Branson/ Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “That weekend, we The Veterans Day Parade had over 100,000 people here. It established a real camaraderie For example, just about every live and love for hosting veterans.” Each trip includes veterans from the show in town—as many as a hundred During the Veterans Homecoming four Ozarks states—Missouri, Oklain peak seasons—has a Salute the celebration, “Wartime Romance” is homa, Kansas and Arkansas. For the Troops feature. It may be a medley of staged at the Baldnobbers Theater. It’s past four years, 50 veterans have made patriotic songs, a display of flags or the trip as well, with all expenses paid. an intermission tribute. Often, military the story of a U.S. Marine Corps dive Sometimes, there are patriotic surprises members and veterans in the audience bomber pilot in World War II who finds “strength, hope and inspiration” from to be found in Branson. For example, are urged to stand up according to the 472–room Radisson Branson branch served or war fought. Then there the love letters he writes and receives from his girlfriend back in Kansas. doesn’t announce its commitment to the is always a rousing round of applause. Branson’s 80th annual Veterans Day military. Guests who happen to wander Parade will march through the historic down to the hotel’s bar will suddenly downtown, stepping off at the 11th hour see row after row of military servicemen of the 11th day of the 11th month—Nov. and women. The photo faces, many 11 at 11 am—in honor of when the brown with age, stare back—more World War I armistice was signed. than 1,700 of them. Here and there, The parade is one of the culminating there’s a shadow box or a storyboard events for the week-long celebration with information about an historical and one of the largest events of National event from World War II—a bit of Veterans Week in the U.S., drawing history about underage Americans who tens of thousands of veterans, active volunteered for service in World War As you might expect, Veterans military personnel and their families. II, some as young as 12, or the tragic Day, Nov. 11, gets a very special This patriotic spirit and fervor perme- story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the ship celebration each and every year and ates Branson year-round. Nearby sits that carried the Hiroshima atomic bomb there are patriotic events for days and the College of the Ozarks, a private and then was sunk just days before even weeks leading up to the national the war’s end with great loss of life. holiday. Nov. 11 is also Remembrance Christian liberal arts college with a thousand-acre campus. Students learn The collection “just happened,” Day (also known as Poppy Day and employable skills while they earn a de- explains Sarah Green-Hord, the Armistice Day) for Canadians. gree, pay no tuition and graduate with hotel’s military sales manager. A In Branson, Veterans Homecoming no debt. Locals call it “Hard Work U.” collection of photos was given space runs Nov. 5 – 11.
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on the hotel’s walls. Veterans attending reunions at the hotel began asking if their photos could also be posted. And in 2003, when the Medal of Honor Society chose the Radisson as the site for its reunion, the hotel created a Medal of Honor Room, a small but proud display of photos of Medal of Honor recipients. While not all medal winners are represented, selections include Mary E. Walker, the only female recipient, and Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in World War II who went on to become a movie star. There’s limited space left, however, with room for perhaps another 200 photos along the corridors, perhaps a few more Medal of Honor winners in the small side room. Where will photos go after that? Green-Hord says comfortably, “It’s ever evolving.”
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Baby Boomers Bail from Divorce: Marriages at Alarming Rates
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he term “gray divorce” describes the growing trend of couples in their 50s and older choosing to end their marriages by divorce. This phenomenon came into the public eye in 2004 when the AARP conducted a study called “The Divorce Experience: A Study of Divorce at Midlife and Beyond.” Since then, a number of high profile “gray divorces” have been played out in the media, including Al and Tipper Gore, who chose to split at the ages of 62 and 61, respectively, after four decades of marriage. Actors and executives alike, including Danny DeVito, Morgan Freeman, Sumner Redstone and Jack Welch, have all sought divorces in their 60s and 70s. However, these gray divorces are not limited to the rich and famous. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) recently conducted an online poll of 1,600 divorce lawyers, and 61 percent reported that they have seen an increase in the number of divorces among people over age 50. This number is supported by research done by Susan L. Brown of the Department of Sociology
and National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University. Brown found that the divorce rate among adults ages 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010. She further found that roughly one in four divorces in 2010 occurred to people ages 50 and older.
The divorce rate among adults ages 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010s. There are a variety of reasons why the divorce rate of Americans over the age of 50 is growing. Some attribute the trend to longer life spans and more people reaching the age of retirement. Others point to women’s increasing financial independence. Couples often choose to wait until their children have left home to separate. In addition, it is now easier to get a divorce and there is a greater social acceptance of divorce. It may be the culture and ideology of the baby boomers that has caused the increase in gray divorces. As a generation, baby boomers have constantly challenged and reframed traditional values. They epitomize the practice of self-examination, individual growth,
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reflection and self actualization. Baby boomers, according to Brown, entered marriages with expectations emphasizing satisfaction of personal needs. If those needs are not met, divorce may be an avenue to achieve life’s dreams. Whatever the reason, the gray divorce phenomenon appears to be a reality for older Americans. As these divorces usually follow lengthy marriages, there are a number of issues that can be especially contentious. The AAML survey found that alimony, business interests, retirement accounts and pensions were the most commonly fought over issues (in descending order) for couples divorcing after age 50. Along with memories and experiences, long marriages accumulate things. This means more assets, more deeply intertwined accounts and more liabilities to be divided when the marriage dissolves. If you are part of this group thinking about divorce past age 50, consider the following:
marital finances. Know what your family’s wealth and debt are. If your spouse has typically handled bills, learn how much things cost. Get records and make copies of them! This includes credit reports, bills, mortgage statements, investment documents, bank accounts and any other financial records. Be open to settlement. Mediation can be a great way to resolve any issues with your spouse, but only if you have completed the items above. Generally, having a stranger—such as a judge—determine one’s financial future is not a good plan. Trying to work it out between the people who know the relationship best, i.e. you and your spouse, is almost always preferable to going to court. However, get the input of a lawyer before any settlement is final.
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n unbreakable bond is forged during the years spent caring for a loved one who is seriously ill. Sadly, things will finally come to an end. That’s life. And death. Ultimately the time will come when you must sit yourself down in what was once a familiar house that now feels as if someone or something literally sucked the life right out of it. If your loved one had hospice care involved, weren’t you shocked by how quickly they removed their equipment? I sure was! The very next morning after my dad’s passing, a large hospice truck arrived, two large men got out and, in no time, loaded up whatever equipment was theirs. Then silence! It was eerie the way the spot where his bed once sat seemed to permeate emptiness throughout the whole house. The first thing I did once reality set in was to start working on the
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phthalmologists advise seniors to be aware of the dangers of ignoring cataracts symptoms. They say delaying treatment of advanced forms of the common eye disease can increase risk of permanent blindness and injury. Cataracts are a leading cause of visual impairment that will affect more than half of all Americans by the time they are 80 years old. Delaying diagnosis and treatment of age-related cataracts can increase seniors’ risk of permaClouded lenses of cataracts (right) scatter nent blindness and can lead to both light, blurring vision and distorting colors. physical and psychological damage. falls or running into unseen objects, Cataracts are caused by the cloudas well as psychological harm like ing of the lens of the eye and are depression and social isolation. In most common among older adults addition, the longer advanced forms since the condition develops as the of cataracts are left untreated, the eye ages. Many seniors cope with more difficult it can be to successfully cataracts—accepting vision loss as an repair the damage caused to the eye. inevitable part of the aging process rather than seeking medical treatment. What to do Due to the incapacitation caused Adults age 65 and older should have by blurred vision, leaving cataracts regular eye exams to monitor for the undiagnosed and untreated can lead to development of cataracts, in addition physical danger such as injuries from
to other common eye conditions and diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma. People with diabetes, a family history of cataracts and those who smoke tobacco are at an increased risk of developing cataracts. Common symptoms include dull, blurry vision, colors appearing less vibrant and halos around lights which may begin to be noticeable as cataracts develop. Cataracts are nearly always treatable with surgery, but it may not be necessary until performing daily activities becomes difficult. If daily life isn’t disturbed, a change in a person’s eyeglass prescription may be all that is necessary until visual impairment becomes more severe. If completing everyday tasks is challenging, cataract surgery should be discussed with an ophthalmologist—a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions. “Seniors who find themselves giving up normal tasks like reading,
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The Sandwich Generation: Boomers Feel the Squeeze BY DR. ALICE JACOBS VESTERGAARD, Ashford University
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by Richard Sherman
When FineTuning Fails
in general, though my computers run 24/7, I have my monitors configured to go dark after two hours of non-use. Depending on your version of Windows, you can generally configure that by going to Power Management in the Control Panel > Display > Screen Saver > Monitor Power. You will see settings for the Monitor, Hard Let’s examine the facts: Drive and Standby. I have my desktop Your computer was running computers set to 2 hours, Never and fine. Your well-intentioned, semiNever. In otherand words, Moving is the best medicine. Keeping active losingthe hard drives gifted grandchild wasare then never shut nor does any system weight justgranted two of the ways that youdown, can fight permission forosteoarthritis what? To make your go into Hibernation or Sleep mode. pain. In fact, for every pound you lose, computer runthat’s finer?four Thepounds result less pressure (There are no moving on each knee. Forparts with of his diligentinformation effort: Problems or SS drives, so “alwayson managing pain, solid-state go to fightarthritispain.org. where none previously existed. on” is a natural state—not unlike my I would suggest requesting your Cousin Norbert, the Insomniac. grandson do a bit more fine-tuning Your computer was running and uninstall whatever he installed. fine. Your well-intentioned, If that doesn’t resolve the problem, semi-gifted grandchild was then run System Restore which you can granted permission to make your do on your Win 7 system by clicking Start > Search and type “System computer run...finer? The result Restore,” (without the quotes), then of his diligent effort: Problems select System Restore. Select a date where none previously existed. to restore to from the calendar that appears. In this way you should Hard drives are rated by hours bebe able to turn back the clock to tween failures and a typical new hard a time prior to the occasion when drive today is rated at 200,000 hours. your grandson worked his magic. Even at 100,000 hours, that’s a little over 11 years of 24/7 operation, so it I have an age-old question, is extremely unlikely that your drive Mr. M: Should I turn my is going to self-destruct as a result of computer off when I’m finished being on. You do need to pay attention using it or leave it on 24/7? to any strange noises emanating from the drive, its cooling fan(s), or your If you use your desktop gastrointestinal tract. If a fan starts to computer daily, I recommend make unusual noises, you can have leaving it on. I leave my computers it replaced for approximately $20. on for a number of reasons, not the If you do decide to leave your computleast of which is that most catastrophic er on, restart it once a week to clear out failures occur during power up when the memory and refresh system resourc—TUCK a surge adopted of electricity hits the cold, es, but that’s all you really need to do. 05-04-11 static computer components. Leaving By leaving my computers on, I have my a computer on maintains a stable, anti-virus and anti-spyware programs internal operating temperature which configured to update and scan in the is desirable. I have 11 computers middle of the night. (SENIOR WIRE) For answers to your questions here (Mrs. Modem is destined for by e-mail, or to subscribe to Mr. sainthood) and all of them run 24/7. Modem’s award-winning weekly Space constraints do not permit an exhaustive discussion of this topic, but newsletter, visit www.MrModem.com. My grandson offered to “fine-tune” my Windows 7 computer to make it run better, though it wasn’t really having any problems. He installed several programs and now I’m having problems where none existed before. Could the programs he installed be causing this?
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BY FRED. W. WRIGHT JR.
anta and his elves, Christmas carols and high-stepping dancers, more gifts and decorations than the eye can take in: The folks at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., really know how to put together a holiday celebration. The first seasonal surprise for guests is the size and volume of the Christmas decorations. The resort is already spectacular, borrowing many of its interior design styles from a very stylish sister property in Las Vegas, the Bellagio. Added in for the holidays are huge bright ornaments, tinsel, icicles, large nutcrackers, snowy displays, multiple decorated Christmas trees and the sweet scent of evergreen wreaths. And that’s just in the lobby. What many people who haven’t visited the Beau Rivage don’t realize is that the resort and casino property boasts a dozen upmarket shops that offer brands and styles not often found along the Gulf of Mexico coast. These well-known names include Gucci, David Yuman, John Hardy, Mignon Faget, Brighton and Vera Bradley with the best in classics and trendy fashions. There are gifts for every budget along this retail shopping promenade, including Everything’s $10 Boutique, featuring watches, fashion jewelry and accessories.
Travel The shops, of course, are thoroughly decorated, and something like 5,000 poinsettias are lining the retail corridor and lobby, filling the air with color. On Dec. 14, from 11 am to 6 pm, the Beau Rivage has its Annual Holiday Open house. The Long Beach Madrigal Singers will be on hand to provide the traditional Christmas carols. Since the holiday season is really a focus for families, the Beau Rivage has numerous family-friendly events on the calendar. That’s the true spirit of Christmas and that’s the name of
the Beau Rivage’s new live entertainment production: The Spirit of Christmas. It’s a lively live production full of costumes, Christmas carols and high-kicking dancers. Shows are nightly at 7 with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 pm. The show runs Dec. 3 – 29 in its resident theater, and there is a special $89.99 promotion that includes two tickets and room for one night. And that’s only part of the holiday family fun. For example, there’s a chance for a photo with Santa in his sleigh surrounded by the red and white colors of Christmas. In the resort’s buffet (and casinos are famous for the depth and breadth of their buffets), children under 12 eat free from 3 to 10 pm during the run of the live show.
At the Scoops, the Beau Rivage’s on-site old-fashioned ice cream parlor, there’s a Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer on any item from Dec. 14 – 29. Yum! The Beau Rivage literally towers over the other seven gaming venues in town with 32 floors and 1,740 rooms and suites, offering hundreds of slots and AAA Four-Diamond dining in its BR Prime steak restaurant. By partnering with its own Vision Airlines, the Beau Rivage brings in tourists from throughout the U.S., including the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport. The rooms themselves are very upmarket; the bathrooms come with separate shower and bath tub. Room service is quick and efficient. It’s easy to nest and forget all the tempting holiday entertainment a few floors below.
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The Beau Rivage Spa and Salon, one floor above the casino, has a fresh menu of tempting treatments for the body, from facial to pedicure. There’s a Mississippi Massage to detoxify the body with treatments lasting 50 to 100 minutes. Your choice. The Warm Stone Massage uses heated basalt stones which are rubbed smoothly and gently across the body. There are also couples massages (friends qualify), Mother-To-Be massages and even in-room massages. For those seeking even more selfindulgence, there’s an Age-Defying Facial (promoted as the Rolls Royce of treatments) or the Caviar and Pearl Facial. This treatment includes exfoliation and massage of the hands and feet as well.
New Year’s Eve and into 2014. For more details, visit the Beau Rivage’s website: www.beaurivage.com.
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Recommended items to bring include blanket, bottled water, flashlight, insect repellent, ponchos, sleeping bags (or sheet and blankets), sleeping pad or air mattress, tent and warm clothes. The Camp Out begins at 1 pm on Nov. 16 at Edward Medard Park and Reservoir, 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City, and ends at 9 am on the 17th. Price: $2 per vehicle (up to eight people). Info/register at 813-635-3519.
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his year I turned 65, and found I’ve acquired—along with plenty of aches and pains—a perspective on the world that I lacked as a younger person. The biggest problem with aging is routine; it’s absolutely the most debilitating thing we can do. Keeping imagination alive, holding on to a sense of adventure and preserving a willingness to learn new things are strategies that work for me. Like many baby boomers who have watched their parents age in less than perfect health, I’ve realized that being active is probably the single most important aspect to aging well. Fortunately, I’ve found the perfect two-part recipe for living well after fifty;
a plan that turns me on, inspires me and makes me happy. The first is mentoring. Over the years I’ve volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, school-based reading programs and library-based English as a second language programs. But my real passion is traveling. Since my caregiving days are gratefully at an end—mother-in-law, husband and mother—I’m free as the proverbial bird. Whether traveling, tutoring or mentoring, I find myself with people who are on an exciting journey. My biggest fear is being cooped up in my house with no new challenges, no new conversations, no new vistas to explore. That thought far outweighs any fears that traveling solo in a strange land might present. Friends are prone to comment how lucky I am being single and free to do as I please. My retort: Luck is good planning carefully executed, but with wiggle room for change. —Lil Cromer, Belleair
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estowed with numerous accolades, including “genius,” Stephen Hough is sure to please piano lovers with Tchaikovsky’s rhapsodic showpiece Piano Concerto No. 1. Teddy Abrams conducts this program that also features Rossini’s spirited Overture to La Gazza Ladra and Bartok’s tour de force Concerto for Orchestra, all on November 8, 9 and 10 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The Raymond James Pops celebrates a night of great dance tunes and styles with award-winning dancers showing their stuff with the tango, waltz, cha-cha-chá, Charleston, blues, swing, dance hits from Broadway and films, and 50s rock favorites including Blue Suede Shoes, I Got A Woman, Twistin’ The Night Away and Johnny B. Goode. Featuring American Idol contestant and vocalist Michael Lynche, Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra on November 15, 16 and 17 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
The following Tampa Bay Times Masterworks features orchestra Principal Cellist James Connor in Elgar’s noble and melancholically beautiful Cello Concerto. Mei Ann Chen conducts this program, which also includes Haydn’s lively and stately Symphony No. 88 and Dvorak’s sunny and idyllic Symphony No. 8. These concerts are Nov. 22, 23 and 24 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Continuing its highly popular Rock Concert series, The Florida Orchestra joins forces with a full rock band in a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with such timeless hits as Money, Learning to Fly and Comfortably Numb, along with signature sounds from The Wall. The featured vocalist is Randy Jackson, the lead singer of the band Zebra. Brent Havens conducts this concert on Nov. 29 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. For a free season brochure or to order packages or tickets, visit florida orchestra.org or call 1-800-662-7286.
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Renaissance of Life Artisan and Talent Festival at Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) 4801 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa Tuesday, November 19, 2013 • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Entertainment Paintings Crafts Talent Show Vendors Food Complimentary Breakfast Boxed Lunch $5 (Vegetarian meal available)
Awards & Prizes Best in Show Award of Excellence Honorable Mention People’s Choice
If you would like to enter the Talent Craft or Painting Festival please call Hillsborough County Aging Services for registration 813-307-3654.
nown as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday travel destinations, Christmas at Biltmore will run through Jan. 12, 2014. Candlelight Christmas Evenings with nighttime candlelight tours of Biltmore House take place Nov. 9 through Jan. 4. Biltmore’s elaborate Christmas celebration is modeled after the first time Biltmore’s founder, George Vanderbilt, hosted friends and family in his new home, Biltmore House,
on Christmas Eve, 1895. A 35-foot tall Fraser fir presides over the Banquet Hall while 56 other decorated trees are spread throughout Biltmore House. Miles of fresh garland and wreaths and 1,000 red and white poinsettias highlight the house. During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, choirs and musical ensembles perform Christmas music throughout the house while guests wander among the decorated rooms and the lawns glow with tiny white lights and 300 hand-lit luminaries. In Antler Hill Village, there’s Santa and winery tours and tastings. Around the estate you can also attend seminars on decorating, build a gingerbread house and eat at one of the restaurants on the grounds. To learn more, visit biltmore. com or call 877-BILTMORE.
Artists and Performers must be Hillsborough County residents, 50 years of age or older. Registration deadlines Nov. 8. No fee is required. Call to enter now! 601. E. Kennedy Blvd. • 25th Floor • Tampa, FL 33602 813-272-5250 • www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Aging
Lights, Gifts and Holiday Fun 8 23 – 10 Holiday Gift Market, 9 am at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa.Adm. $8. 813-254-1734.
2nd Annual Holiday Gift Expo. 10 am at the Strawberry Festival Grounds, Plant City. 813-752-9194.
Round the World in Music concert of Christmas music and customs at St. Stephen Church, Valrico. 7:30 pm. $15. Info: 813-541-1690.
and 30 Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, Tampa. Lights, snow, music, treats and more. $40/ adults, $10/children. 813-987-5600.
Salvation Army Tree of Lights Breakfast. 7:30 am at the Tampa Convention Center. 813-226-0055.
Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise, Yacht StarShip at Channelside, Tampa. $44.95. Info: 813-223-7999.
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exiphiles (lovers of words). Some of us just love words, you know…like, “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish” or, “I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger…then it hit me. To write with a broken pencil is… pointless. When fish are in schools they sometimes…take debate. A thief who stole a calendar… got twelve months.
Humor When the smog lifts in Los Angeles… U.C. L.A.
A dentist and a manicurist married… and fought tooth and nail. A will is a…dead giveaway.
If you don’t pay your exorcist… you can get repossessed. With her marriage, she got a new name…and a dress.
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eartworm disease is very common in Florida due to our warm weather. As pet owners, we should all be familiar with this disease, as the consequences of this condition can be fatal without proper treatment. In this article I will discuss one of the most misunderstood treatments of heartworm disease, the so called “slow-kill” method of treatment.
Caring For Your Pet But first, what is heartworm disease? The scientific name of the responsible parasite is Dirofilaria immitis and it is spread by mosquitoes. It is not contagious between dogs; it is only passed by the bite of a mosquito. It takes 6 months from the time a mosquito bites a dog for the worm to develop into an adult and travel from the skin into the heart and lungs. At this point, a simple blood test can be performed by your veterinarian
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to determine if your dog has heartworm disease. However, if a dog is tested before 6 months have passed since the mosquito bite, the test will be negative even though the dog is infected. A positive test result is distressing news, but thankfully there are treatment options. The American Heartworm Society recommends treatment with a drug called Melarsomine to kill adult heartworms. This drug is given intramuscularly two to three times over a month’s period and kills greater than 95 percent of the worms. This is the only FDA approved treatment option for heartworm disease. However, there is an alternative method of treatment meant for dogs with specific conditions that prevent them from receiving Melarsomine injections safely. This technique has become known as the “slow-kill” method, but contrary to its name, it does not kill heartworms. Typically, a heartworm prevention containing Ivermectin such as Heartgard is used monthly in this alternative treatment plan. This
medication will prevent the pet from obtaining new infections from mosquito bites and may even help shorten the lifespan of adult worms. Unfortunately, it may take years before the worms finally die a natural death and during this time they could permanently damage the structures of both the heart and lungs. Also, during these years the dog must be exercise restricted to help prevent a severe side effect of dying heartworms, pulmonary thromboembolism, a condition in which a dead heartworm blocks blood flow to the lungs. If you are faced with a positive heartworm test, consult with your veterinarian about the different treatment options before deciding which will be the best for your dog. Even though treatment of heartworm disease usually has a positive outcome, it is still much safer and less expensive to prevent heartworm disease in the first place by giving monthly heartworm prevention year round. So, did you give your dog its heartworm prevention this month?
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etter Business Bureau has joined with the National Cyber Security Alliance’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign to recommend the following tips to avoid falling for an email phishing scam: Be on your toes. Only open emails, attachments and links from people you know. Use anti-virus software regularly and enhance email filters to block threats. Watch out for unsolicited emails that contain misspellings or grammatical errors.
Don’t believe what you see. It’s easy to steal the colors, logos and header of an established organization. Scammers can also make links look like they lead to legitimate websites and make emails appear to come from a different sender.
Avoid sharing. Don’t reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email. Be wary
of any urgent instructions to take specified action such as “Click on the link or your account will be closed.” Pay attention to a website’s URL. Hover over any links to see where they lead. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different—but similar—domain. If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Contact the company using information provided on an account statement, not information provided in an email. Information about known phishing attacks is available online from groups such as the Anti-Phishing Working Group. Keep a clean machine. Having the latest operating system, software, web browsers, anti-virus protection and apps are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
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he seventh Let’s Move Walk of 2013 was held at the Sterling Heights Senior Center and Park. Breast Cancer Awareness was the walk theme and the Sterling Heights seniors wore custom made black shirts with individualized pink lettering and embellishments. Detecting and preventing breast cancer was discussed before the walk and self check guides were distributed to the interested audience members. 29 walkers registered and walked an accumulative total of 105,143 steps (or 45.7 miles) around the Sterling Heights park perimeter. Since the first Let’s Move Walk in last April, Hillsborough County seniors have walked 855,881 steps, which equals 372.2 miles. The distance from Tampa to Key West is 426 miles, which is the step goal for the year. The next walk is November 7 at the Progress Village Senior Center, 8701 Progress Village Blvd. Tampa, FL 33619. Please call 813-714-8735 for more information. The Let’s Move Walk Series Summary by the Numbers 7 out of 9 walks completed 191 registered walkers 855,881 steps taken 372.2 miles walked 2 walks left to walk 53.8 more miles and reach the goal of walking from Tampa to Key West. Sterling Heights Top Walkers Women Jana Alexander – 10,856 steps Carrol Santana – 10,500 steps Foluke Obahnjoko – 9,934 steps Men Tony Webb – 3,600 steps Clarence Seniar – 1,590 steps Bill Benton – 1,423 steps
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Give This Article To Your Kids BY WILLIAM R. MUMBAUER, Attorney
Don’t put off estate planning any longer. Call
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eople are concerned about the high cost of probate. So much so that in 2002 the Florida legislature attempted to put the brakes on escalating attorney’s fees in probate cases by passing into law Florida Statute 733.6171.
The Law And You • Free, no obligation consultation. • Single will $150 • Husband and wife wills $200 Costs, if any, extra The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask the lawyer to send you free written information about his qualifications and experience.
The statute sought to curb excessive attorney fees by establishing essentially a tiered fee schedule for small estates and capping attorney fees for estates exceeding $100,000 at three percent of the value of the estate. The statute also aimed at reigning in attorney fees in probate cases by reminding attorneys that, except in extremely unusual circumstances, a decedent’s homestead real property should never be counted as an estate asset for purposes of determining attorney fees.
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To insure the constitutionality of the new law—technically a “fee schedule” would be an unconstitutional restraint on trade—the statute states that an attorney can still charge a higher fee than what is mandated in the statute, but only if the client “knowingly” agrees to a higher fee. Implicit in this is that the client be made aware of the attorney fee statute limiting attorneys’ fees before agreeing to a particular fee. Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of attorneys who simply quote higher fees without giving their clients the benefit of knowing that the fees quoted are above and beyond what the law considers reasonable and fair. Under the attorney fee statute, it should cost the same to probate a homestead worth five million dollars or one worth $50,000—the value doesn’t matter. But in practice a small percentage of unscrupulous attorneys simply choose to ignore the fact that the homestead is a distinct and uncountable probate asset and, instead, lump it together with the truly countable assets in an estate to
arrive at a higher value for the estate and thus a significantly higher attorneys’ fee. But, as the saying goes, knowledge is power. Tell your kids, who will probably be making the decision as to who will handle the probate of your estate, to insist that the attorney they choose follow not only the letter, but also the spirit of Florida Statute 733.6171.
Mr. Mumbauer, a 5th generation Floridian, has maintained a law practice in Brandon, Florida since 1980 with emphasis on estate planning. Mr. Mumbauer takes special pride in representing the senior community by maintaining a sensitive and practical approach to problem solving. Mr. Mumbauer is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar and is a participating attorney in the AARP Legal Service Network. Mr. Mumbauer is also a Mentor in probate law and has been qualified by the Second District Court of Appeal in Florida as an expert witness in matters involving the drafting of Wills. Mr. Mumbauer’s Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating among judges and lawyers for Legal Ability is High to Very High and his General Recommendation Rating is Very High. His articles are based on general principles of law and are not intended to apply to individual circumstances.
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Aging Well With Social Connections M aintaining good health, particularly for seniors, involves much more than eating nutritiously, exercising daily and taking medicine. We all have a basic need to feel connected to others and positive aging research has established the importance of healthy social connections. The fact that one is aging does not mean we should become isolated or stop enjoying the company of others.
New friends and renewed relationships can help to make the older years a time of growth and renewal. Join a program about the importance of maintaining social connections, particularly for seniors. Don’t struggle with aging. Find a solution. Nov. 19, noon –1 pm at Memorial Hospital, 2901 W. Swann Ave., Tampa. For reservations, contact Linda at 813-342-1313 by Nov. 15.
Gardening Made Easy
Master Gardener: Cold Hardy Plants/Winter Warriors. Join the master gardeners as they discuss plants that grow in the winter. 6:30 to 7:30 pm at SeffnerMango Branch Library, 410 N. Kingsway Rd., Seffner. 813-273-3652.
Master Gardener: High Color, Low Maintenance Gardening. This presentation is for residents who
want colorful foliage in their yards, but who don’t want to spend a lot of time working on their landscape. Incorporate these “no fuss” beauties in your landscape, and you will have plenty of time to spend on the more “high maintenance” vegetation in your yard. 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa. 813-273-3652.
YMCA’s Healthy Living Program
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illsborough County YMCAs hosted a Senior Picnic at the Y’s Camp Christina last month. The event was organized by Kavita Marballi, who oversees many of the senior programs at the Valrico YMCA. “We always have something fun going on,” says Kavita. To learn more about the YMCA’s senior programs, call 813-224-9622 or 813-684-1371.
Golf For A Good Cause Holiday Cards for Soldiers
he second annual Golf Tournament for the benefit of Bridging Freedom will be held at Falcon Watch Golf Club in Kings Point on Thurs., Nov. 21, 2013. Great food and fun is what you can expect while helping a most worthy cause. Bridging Freedom’s mission is to combat the sex trafficking of minors
by bringing rehabilitation to those rescued and victim prevention to those they reach with their message. Men, ladies and couples are welcome to participate. Entry fee is $40 per person. Lunch is only $15. Lunch will be held in the Borini Theatre in the North Clubhouse, catered by Banquet Masters. Players must register for the tournament by Nov. 11 Call Chuck Weir at 813-633-1914 to sign up to play.
t’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of our fellow Americans serving abroad, it can be a time of loneliness and separation from loved ones. This year, you can give comfort to a recovering soldier by sending them a card filled with messages of love, support and encouragement.
When filling out your holiday cards this year, take a card and send to this address:
A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Local nursing homes and veterans centers also need cards – spread the word and send some holiday cheer! Lifestyles After 50 • November 2013 • page 41
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2. He could ____ questions just like a politician.
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Pinellas 2014 Auditions: January 15 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Japanese Garden Mobile Estates 19709 U.S. Highway 19 North Clearwater, FL 33764-1006
Hillsborough 2014 Auditions: February 15 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Brandon Community Center 503 East Sadie Street Brandon, FL 33510
Pasco 2014 Auditions: January 24 - 3:00 p.m CARES Elfers Center 4136 Barker Drive New Port Richey, FL 34652
Senior Talent Show 2014: February 12 - 7:00 p.m. Largo Cultural Center 105 Central Park Drive Largo, FL 33779
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Participants must be at least 55 years young. Only solo & duet acts, no groups please. Please bring your own instruments and your own tape/cd or accompanist to the audition. A piano will be available. Audition on first-come first-serve basis. No Entry Fee to audition. Ten Acts will be chosen from the auditions to perform at the show!
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