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Vol. 24 • September 2013
Back to School For the Fun of It! u
Uncle Sam Turns 200
u What’s New in Cruising u Grandparents Are the Best!
Man with COPD Can Finally Cheer at Grandson’s Baseball Games handicapped him from performing some of life’s simple and most fulfilling hronic obstructive activities, such as going pulmonary disease to the grocery store and (COPD) is a progressive cheering on his grandson form of lung disease that at his little league games. restricts airflow into and Fortunately, Pike heard out of the lungs making about Lung Institute, a breathing especially regenerative medicine difficult. As the third Peter Pike company committed to leading cause of death in changing the lives of people suffering the United States, this debilitating from COPD and other debilitating condition affects hundreds of lung conditions. Located in Tampa, thousands of men and women Lung Institute’s highly trained across the nation. physicians have touched the lives Once diagnosed, many individuals are told that their options are limited. of patients from across the nation, and the world. This was the case for Cape Coral Dr. Burton Feinerman, Chief resident Peter Pike. In 2005, Pike Medical Director at Lung Institute, was diagnosed with COPD and had has been practicing medicine grown dependent on three liters of for over half a century and is an oxygen/hour just to go about his day. internationally recognized expert in His consistent shortness of breath
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stem cells and gene therapy. Through the application of regenerative medicine in patients suffering with COPD, Dr. Feinerman is aiding in the regeneration and restoration of damaged lung tissue, ultimately improving patient’s quality of life and helping them to breathe easier. Pike had been researching Dr. Feinerman and regenerative medicine for over five years. When he discovered that Dr. Feinerman was practicing at Lung Institute, he jumped at the chance to receive treatment. After undergoing stem cell treatments derived from his own blood, Pike’s symptoms have improved significantly. Before leaving Lung Institute, Pike was asked about his treatment experience. “To be honest with you, this was the best experience I’ve ever had at any medical facility,” Pike said.
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“I actually enjoyed it, I felt like I was on vacation. The staff was so friendly (and) nice… it was a positive experience.” When Lung Institute called Pike for his six-week follow-up interview, he proudly said that he can now shout and cheer at his grandson’s games. Even more interesting, he now purposefully parks in the back of the grocery store parking lot because he likes to walk the full distance to the entrance. To learn more about Lung Institute and to view Pike’s testimonial video visit LungInstitute.com. Our dedicated Patient Coordinators are waiting to speak with you. Remember, it is never too late to improve your quality of life. Call Lung Institute today at 855-313-1149 to learn how you can breathe easier.
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Back To School Now Means Learning Just for the Fun of It! Dear Readers,
“Learning is ever young, even in old age.”
t’s back to school time. When I look through an old photo Janice Doyle, Editor album, my siblings and I stand side by side on the front steps dressed for the first day of school in a variety of plaids—dresses for the girls and shirts for the boys. Kids don’t wear plaid dresses and shirts to school anymore. They prefer to advertise for companies by paying big bucks to wear a name like Abercrombie.
Going to school now means fascinating classes, exciting ﬁeld trips, vibrant book clubs, stimulating lectures, movies, trips, volunteer opportunities, new friends and much more. I hope you are going back to school yourself by taking one or more of the thousands of classes offered for seniors in west central Florida. This is your time to sit and discuss world events or read the classics or learn German without taking tests or doing homework. Did you know you can take actual on-campus college classes with the younger generation without paying tuition? It’s called the tuition-waiver plan (and doesn’t earn credits toward a degree). Students audit courses, are usually not required to buy books, but do pay registration, parking and other
fees. You’ll join many non-traditional students and, depending on your personality and willingness to join the discussions, you may even ﬁnd yourself popular and in-demand for sharing a coffee at the student union. The world is changing—don’t be left behind by lack of computer use. Master that computer of yours to the level you care to know about. From basic to complex, computer classes are everywhere you turn! Classes for senior citizens teach ﬁnancial and estate planning. Often lawyers talk to classes about wills and trusts; tax professionals may provide information about preparing an income tax form, ﬁling income tax reports, planning a monthly/yearly budget and making investments wisely. As health issues multiply with age, seniors are very aware that healthy living is paramount in order for them to function both mentally and physically. From aerobics to line dancing to zumba and from taking supplements to having surgery, keep up with your health issues through classes. Lifelong Learning Yes, Lifelong Learning is what it’s all about. Many college campuses offer ofﬁcial programs as Osher Institutes. These are non-credit educational programs for those aged 50 and up with university connection and university support. The USF campus in Tampa hosts a Lifelong Learning Institute offering dozens of classes in many locations around the county. Eckerd College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) says its
“programs are an experience in active thought”—the hallmark of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. In Ocala the “Master the Possibilities” program at On Top Of The World’s Circle Square Commons Town Center will offer about 350 programs September through December. In Sun City Center, United Community Church hosts the Community Church College offering two six-week semesters per year. In Charlotte County, the Lifelong Learning Institute offers classes, trips, lectures, discussions and great new friendships on the Charlotte Campus of Edison State College. The Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University offers classes in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs, Naples, Marco and Estero. In Sarasota, the Lifelong Learning Academy uses the USF campus of Sarasota/ Manatee for its long list of classes, trips and special events. And in The Villages, residents ﬁnd the Lifelong Learning College to help residents continually enrich their body, mind and soul. Check out your area. In addition to the speciﬁc organizations above, local senior centers, libraries, community centers and churches offer long lists of ways to have fun, enrich your mind and increase your skill levels in many areas of life. No plaid shirts or dresses required! This is not your childhood education relived. It’s a new day and the world is at your ﬁngertips—as always—by way of education.
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Around Town W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3
Self-Defense Class. Learn basic techiques for a variety of situations. Wear comfortable clothing. 2 – 4 pm at Bruton Memorial Library, 813-757-9215.
11;30 a.m. Greater AARP of Brandon meeting. J. Bowman will speak and disperse free telephones to the hard of hearing.Beverages/dessert served. Be our guest and bring a friend. Info: 813-689-2890
SUNDAY, OCT. 13
7:30 p.m CAROL MORSANI HALL
Master Gardener: A Garden of Bright Ideas including lighting, pathways, containers, themed garden rooms and more. 7 pm at Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 813-273-3652.
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JetSetters Lunch And Learn: Jewish Tampa seniors meeting. Presentation on culinary culture of ancient India. $5. 11:30 – 1:00, at the JCC on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Dr. RSVP: 813-769-2809.
Medicare Open-Enrollment Education Session. Learn about choosing a plan for 2014. 12—1 pm at Memorial Hospital Auditorium, 2901 Swann Avenue, Tampa. Lunch will be served. RSVP to 813-342-1313.
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Brews and Bites. Food trucks, beer garden, live music and more. 6 pm at Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Free admission. 813-373-1193.
Life Amplified SALUTES. A military appreciation event showcasing local spoken word poets, singers, dancers, comedians and other local talent of all ages. Benefits K-9s for Veterans. 1 – 4 pm at Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. $10. 813-416-2068.
Arts and Crafts Show, 9 am to 2 pm at the Brandon moose Lodge Hall, 804 S. Miller Rd., Valrico. Bake sale, snack bar, raffles. Open to everyone. Info: 813-655-0423.
Free Open Source Software. An introduction to free open source software alternatives to programs
like Microsoft Office, Photoshop and Windows. 1 – 2 pm at John F. Germany Public Library. Register 30 mins before class. 813-273-3652.
Cake Decorating 101. Join a Publix baker for tips and tricks on decorating a cake. Samples provided while supplies last. 7 to 8 pm, Bruton Memorial Library. 813-757-9215.
Retirement CPR: Creating Personal Riches. Financial Consultant Jon Lynn talks about money management, factors for success, obstacles to overcome and saving strategies. 6:30 to 8 pm at New Tampa Regional Library. 813-273-3652.
Celebrate Healthy Aging Month! Mind Fitness class with Peter Arizu, certified clinical hypnotherapist, 12 – 1 pm at Memorial Hospital Auditorium, 2901 W. Swann Ave. Please RSVP to 813342-1313 for lunch and learning.
Basics Of Alzheimer’s Disease. A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association covers symptoms and diagnosis, advice for caregivers, useful resources in our community and tips on maintaining a healthy brain. 2 to 3:30 pm at Brandon Regional Library. 813-273-3652.
Music for Organ and Orchestra, Univ of Tampa Concert Series. Sykes Chapel, University of Tampa Campus. Free. Seating is limited. Info at ut.edu/sykeschapel. 813-253-3333.
ct. 5 Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Hillsborough. 2-mile walk and tribute ceremony. 10 am at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free; donations encouraged. Details: 813-684-1296.
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The Important Role of Grandparents BY MICHAEL E. GLASSCOCK III, Author of Little Joe and the Round Rock Series
y own childhood was greatly influenced by my grandparents. What’s interesting is that my maternal and paternal grandparents were very different individuals from diverse backgrounds. My paternal grandparents were wire walkers in the circus and later in vaudeville. They filled my head with wonderful stories of their adventures all over the world. My maternal grandparents lived in a small town in Tennessee. My grandmother was a retired Latin teacher, and her husband was a handyman. Yet both sets of grandparents were very important in shaping my character. My grandmother spent hours reading to me when I was a child and was responsible for my lifelong fascination with fiction and my love of reading.
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Time Grandparents are in a unique position to influence their grandchildren in so many positive ways. To do this most effectively, grandparents need time with their grandchildren. Many factors account for the amount of time that grandparents spend with their grandchildren. More individuals continue in the work force past the age
of sixty-five and retire later than the generation before them. This means these grandparents may not have the time to spend with their grandchildren that previous generations had. I’ve talked to a number of grandparents over the years, and the majority of them feel that their children are not doing an adequate job of raising their children. Many grandparents feel their grandchildren are overscheduled. In other words, the children are hauled from one after-school event to another by a busy mother or father. This includes extracurricular activities such as sports (football, baseball and soccer) and artistic classes (dance, music lessons, etc.). Many grandparents wonder whether their grandchildren ever have time to themselves, and if they do spend any down time, is it consumed with television and video games? I can’t count how many times I’ve had grandparents tell me they’ve asked a grandchild to go outside and play. Usually the child looks at them with dismay. They say, “It’s too hot or it’s too cold. There’s nothing to do. I’ll get bored.” The generation of grandparents who grew up without technology has a hard time accepting these statements. These grandparents’ attitude is that the children will grow up without the benefit of developing an imagination, and many of them will not know how to entertain themselves.
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Geography Geography also plays a role in some families. If grandparents live in another city or state, it may be difficult for them to stay engaged with a grandchild. This is where the positives of technology come in: Technophiles are able to use video conferencing to connect with their grandchildren. All one needs is a computer with a video camera and access to the internet to play an important role in grandchildren’s lives! Spoiling Of course, sometimes grandparents are known for “spoiling” their grandchildren… but really, they can be quite influential financially if they’re able to
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be. If there is a single-parent household, grandparents are sometimes able to help their grandchildren financially and make a significant difference to the entire family in a time of financial distress. It is important to realize that some grandparents do not have a desire to be involved in their grandchildren’s lives, and this lack of involvement can be confusing for children. It makes them question whether they are loved. This, of course, is a personality issue. Some individuals are more caring and loving than others. And some individuals may love their grandchildren but have a difficult time showing it. I do believe, though, that grandparents who choose not to spend time with their grandchildren are missing out on a lot… and certainly their grandchildren are, as well. During this time when we celebrate grandparents, families should know that grandparents can be extremely important influences in a child’s life. It may be as simple as reading a story, or perhaps the grandparent teaches their grandchild to do something new (fish, change a tire or whip up the famous old family recipe). Maybe the grandparent even raises the child in place of the parents. When it comes down to it, grandparents excel at the little things in life. Quality time spent between grandparents and grandchildren is a priceless gift. The author is an Otolaryngologist in Nashville. His new book is “Little Joe,” the story of a boy growing up with his grandparents after the death of his parents during WWII. It’s also a story of childhood friendships and what they can mean. The story’s grandparents are good models for grandparents at any time.
Program Assists Seniors In Finding Jobs BY JANICE DOYLE
he days of losing a job, coming home and picking up the paper and finding another job in the classifieds are over,” says Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida state director. Unemployed people 55 and older tend to be out of work longer than their younger counterparts (57.7 weeks compared with 37.8 weeks, on average). One in three is jobless for more than a year, the federal government says. “That’s the situation for many of our applicants,” says Maxine A. Haynes, project director at Senior Community Service Employment Program’s (SCSEP) Tampa office, an AARP Foundation-administered site. “Their biggest concern is that they aren’t being hired because of their age,” she said. “We help them update their skills and résumés and instill confidence.” Applicants for AARP’s program must
Pat Fisher at the Women’s Resource Center
meet income requirements, be over 55, be unemployed and be a resident of the county in which they are applying. “People come to us from many career backgrounds,” says Haynes. Some have seen their positions eliminated. Many of those who apply are discouraged because they can’t get hired. “We give them assessments to find their strengths and then we design a training program. Our goal is to increase their skills.”
Employers may feel the older worker doesn’t have the technical skills they must have, so Haynes and her staff work with applicants to get either to a basic level of technical competency or upgrade their existing skills. “We help them represent the value of the mature worker.” Participants are placed working with a “host agency” for on-the-job training. These are typically with non-profits or government agencies such as City of Tampa and Metropolitan Ministries. There’s never any cost to the person. AARP pays their salary for the first two weeks to make sure it’s a good fit on all sides while making minimum wage. After that, they are paid at the employer’s going rate. Haynes says, “We also give the hiring organization a training description so everyone understands what is happening. The real value is in the exposure to the work force, the technical training and the lift in their confidence.”
One success story Haynes tells is about a man who was a highly skilled project manager and got laid off. He was placed with a school working with the IT manager of a corporation, and it was a complete success on all sides. And woman entered the program “very scared and with a medium level of skills” after her husband passed away. She began as a receptionist in a school and has happily stayed there. Pat Fisher of Brandon had a successful career background in office work, but after a move to this area was unable to find a job. She visited the Women’s Resource Center searching for help and learned of the AARP program. After her training she was placed as an employee with the Center. It has been a good fit for both sides while she searches for a long-term part time or full-time job. For info about the AARP Senior Employment Program, call 813-962-4600.
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Uncle Sam at 200—Lookin’ Good, Dude! BY JANICE DOYLE
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e looks pretty good for a guy who’s 200 years old. He’s endured a lot and no one is quite agreed on his true origins, but we love him anyway. The generic “Uncle Sam” in red, white and blue attire and stars and stripes is a personification of the United States, formed from the letters “U. S.” The name became popular in the War of 1812 with England personified then as “John Bull.” The recruiting poster with Uncle Sam asking “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” in 1916 and using his portrait of “Uncle Sam” went on to become— The original 1917 according to its creator, poster (above) James Montgomery and modern-day Flagg—“the most famous parody (below) poster in the world.” Over four million copies were printed between 1917 and 1918, as the U.S. entered World War I and began sending troops and matériel into war zones. Because of its overwhelming popularity, the James Montgomery image was later adapted Flagg, creator of the for use in World War II. iconic “Uncle Sam The term “Uncle Sam” Wants You” poster. is of somewhat obscure derivation and different authorities give different versions. It’s worth noting that all the early references to Uncle Sam appeared in “peace” newspapers—that is, papers opposed to the War of 1812— and in every case the usage was derisive. This suggests Uncle Sam was dreamed up by critics of the government who simply wanted to personify the object of their scorn. Through the years, people have adapted the classic “Uncle Sam Wants You” recruiting poster to a variety of contemporary WWI political cartoon featuring Uncle Sam themes. The posters by Clifford Berryman; “March Seventeenth,” are intended to be both 03/17/1918. Library of Congress. patriotic and amusing.
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Customer service and education are founding principles of And Services. Negron advises homeowners against trying to repair a home system themselves, or hiring a repair contractor without getting all of the information up front. “Ask as many questions as possible; understand what the technician is doing and what it will cost to repair or replace your equipment.” A common issue among senior homeowners, he says, is that they can be taken advantage of by disreputable contractors. “We pride ourselves on being able to tell our customers exactly what the problems are, and we give them multiple solutions so they can make the best decision for their needs.” If your system is in need of repair, contact technicians you can trust at And Services: 813-676-9059; 727-474-4174; 941-225-4560.
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We Did It! The Best Move We Ever Made! BY KATHY BECK, Publisher
fter 23 years of living in our beautiful home in Brandon, my husband Bill and I began to feel more pressure than we cared to feel with the responsibilities of keeping up a 2000 square foot house, a big yard and a pool. Then Bill got laid off from his job of 23 years. We realized that with our house, there was “always something” that needed to be done. Last year we had painted the trim on the house. This year we put in a new front door and new counter tops. Our garage served as our gym but it was always cluttered and had to be cleaned out on an ongoing basis. We also realized that at ages 59 and 63, we would rather go on a weekend vacation than work in the yard. Bill noticed that mowing the grass seemed to take longer and that pool maintenance was costing more than before. I was cleaning rooms we hardly ever used and—oh, yes—paying to air condition those rooms too.
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We no longer put the work and thought into hosting big parties. One weekend we left the grass un-mowed and the house not cleaned to look at a place we had driven by a million times—Strawberry Ridge, a 55-plus Manufactured Home Community just east of Brandon. It didn’t take long for both of us to say “WOW! We should have moved here a long time ago.” We looked at several homes for sale and fell in love with the idea of having a cute place with everything we want and minimal outside maintenance. We liked the amenities: two swimming pools, Jacuzzis, library, pool tables,
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ping pong and two beautiful club houses to have parties in. I could envision us using the exercise area with state of the art equipment. And we wouldn’t have to maintain it all. We went home and talked about our expenses, what lifestyle we wanted for our retirement life and then at what we could afford in the future. One phone call and our house was on the market. It sold! The next weekend we were back at Strawberry Ridge, deciding to buy a charming place with a similar layout to our living room and the bedrooms at our big house. This was the right move for us.
We could pay cash for our chosen modular house and the lot expense would be less than what we had been paying for electric, water, yard and pool maintenance. Six weeks later and you should know that we are so happy with our move. We love our new place. Our stress levels are down as is Bill’s blood pressure. Our bills are less than half of what they had been. We’re enjoying the pools and the new friends we’ve made. Strawberry Ridge has a definite sense of community even though there are over 860 homes. In the past, we knew most of our neighbors’ names but we never really did anything as a community. I look forward to the events and clubs and the opportunity to begin some creative projects again. For Bill, I see the wood working shop and a club or two in his future. This was the best move we ever made… Don’t wait; start enjoying your life now. Check out Strawberry Ridge in Valrico. You will be glad you did!
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apan has no indigenous tradition of breadmaking, but noodles have been popular there since they entered the country from China centuries ago. Japanese ramen noodles are a much-loved American staple for speedy, inexpensive meals. Expand your noodle horizons with this tasty main dish salad using ramen noodles. And the grandkids will have fun helping make a Skillet Noodle Pizza.
Warm Chicken and Cabbage Salad Dressing: 1/3 c vegetable oil 1/3 c red-wine vinegar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Salad: 1 large savoy cabbage, shredded 3 c water 3 pkg any flavor ramen noodle soup with seasoning packets 2 Tbsp flour 4 skinned, boned chicken breast halves 1 tsp vegetable oil
packets until dissolved. Pour over cabbage and toss to mix well. 3. Meanwhile, mix flour and remaining seasoning packet in a shallow dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cook in heated oil until done. Remove from oil. 4. Cut chicken crosswise in 1/2-inch-wide diagonal slices and serve over cabbage mixture.
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Directions: 1. Mix dressing ingredients in a very large bowl. Add cabbage and toss to coat. 2. Cook noodles as directed on package and stir in 2 (of the 3) seasoning
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8 c water 4 pkgs (about 3 ounces each) any flavor ramen noodle soup 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 c spaghetti sauce 1 c mozzarella cheese, shredded 17 slices pepperoni, cut in strips 1/2 tsp oregano
Directions: 1. Bring water to boil, add noodles and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Drain. 2. Heat oil in large skillet. When hot, add noodles and press evenly to cover bottom of skillet. Cook 2 minutes or until browned underneath. 3. Spread sauce over noodles, sprinkle with cheese, pepperoni and oregano. 4. If skillet handle is plastic or wood, wrap it in a double layer of foil to protect it from scorching. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat source 2 minutes or until top is bubbly and cheese starts to brown. Let cool about 5 minutes before cutting in wedges to serve. (Recipes from Woman’s Day)
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Feeling Stressed? Time For Plan B BY PAUL TEMPLER
ometimes life doesn’t seem fair and when that happens some people get caught up in the “this sucks!” story. But there’s also Plan B which can be extremely uncomfortable because it removes the view of yourself as a “victim.” Plan B here refers to those moments when we allow ourselves to get in our own way. Caught up in this story that “life’s dumped on me,” we often tranquilize ourselves with the notion that we have every right to indulge in a bout of heroic suffering. “Others” seem to not have the problems we do or they respond well in stressful situations. In reality, they are people who discovered that that attitude is optional and then took the time to do something about it. At first blush this might seem easier said than done. But, when it’s broken into steps, it’s not that difficult.
The first step is acceptance. You have to just face the situation head-on and come to terms with it. Until you accept what you’re confronted with, you simply can’t move forward. The next step is to understand that while you might not have the power to change your situation, you do have control over how you respond to it. Whatever happens next is entirely up to you. You might not like the choices you’re faced with, but you can have a happier and more productive outcome if you take action rather than wallowing in self-pity. Hard science states that our reactions to stress are largely biological: stress or danger—real or imagined—activates a “fight-or-flight” response. Respiratory rates increase, pupils dilate, sight becomes more focused, awareness intensifies, impulses quicken and pain thresholds heighten. Our perception of time seems to slow down. In this state, we actually become more rigid, less resilient
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and focus on short-term survival, not long-term consequences. The tricky thing is that in most cases, once our fight-or-flight response is activated, we can neither run away nor fight. When faced with a “hippo”—whether it’s in the form of a cranky co-worker, a stalled car, or a missed commitment—we can either choose to face and accept them or act or respond in ways that are counterproductive to our survival. The key is to utilize the beneficial effects of stress to manage our own moods and influence the moods of others. Here’s a tried and tested and incredibly effective five-step process: 1. Center yourself. Take a few deep breaths. 2. Avoid unproductive moods—they won’t take you where you want to go. 3. Think about how others might perceive you by asking “Is
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The Healthy Geezer BY FRED CICETTI
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perience on this one. I had a bad toothache that sent me to my dentist. He did some x-rays and could find nothing wrong. He asked me about my sinuses and I told him I was fighting an infection. Bingo. Yes, infection in the sinuses located in your cheekbones can cause your upper jaw and teeth to ache, and your cheeks to become tender to the touch. Sinusitis is a nasty malady that can do much more than give you a toothache. Sinusitis, which is infection or inflammation of the sinuses, creates suffering for about 37 million Americans every year. The sinuses are four pairs of cavities: the frontal sinuses over the eyes, maxillary sinuses inside each cheekbone, ethmoid sinuses just behind the bridge of the nose, and sphenoid sinuses behind the ethmoids. Each sinus is connected to the nose. Acute sinusitis lasts for 4 weeks or less. Subacute sinusitis runs 4 to 8 weeks. Chronic sinusitis can continue for years. Recurrent sinusitis includes several acute attacks within a year. Unlike sinusitis, a common cold usually goes away without treatment in about 10 days. So, if you have what feels like a bad cold for longer than 10 days, go to your doctor for a check-up. Most cases of acute sinusitis start with a cold or allergy attack, which inflames the mucous membranes of
the sinuses. Swelling traps air and mucus in the sinuses and they cannot drain properly. The trapped mucus creates ideal conditions for bacteria to grow. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute sinusitis. However, untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and cheekbones that sometimes requires surgery to repair. Most people with sinusitis have pain or tenderness. Other symptoms of sinusitis can include fever, weakness, fatigue, nasal congestion, cough and sore throat. If you have acute sinusitis, your doctor may prescribe decongestants, antibiotics and pain relievers. Many cases of acute sinusitis will end without antibiotics. Many health care providers treat chronic sinusitis as though it is an infection, by using antibiotics and decongestants. Others use both antibiotics with steroid nasal sprays. Further research is needed to determine the best treatment. When medical treatment fails, surgery may be the only alternative for treating chronic sinusitis. The most common surgery done today is functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) to enlarge the natural openings and allow drainage. FESS is less invasive than conventional sinus surgery. With the endoscope, the surgeon can look directly into the nose while clearing the narrow channels between the sinuses. This type of surgery can be done under local or general anesthesia. One worthwhile way to help keep your sinuses clear is to use an overthe-counter saltwater nasal wash every day. Most pharmacies carry them. They help remove mucus and bacteria from the nose and sinuses. I use one myself and it has been beneficial. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How To Be A Healthy Geezer” at www.healthygeezer.com. All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Fred Cicetti.
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Dr. Nissen says the benefits of daily aspirin outweigh the risks for patients who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery or a history of coronary artery disease. For others, there has to be a cluster of risk factors for heart disease for a doctor to prescribe aspirin. These risk factors include having diabetes, being a smoker, having high cholesterol and high blood pressure. “Once you have a cluster of risk factors, you start to look like someone who has already had a heart attack,” he explains. “But it is important for a doctor to review your case and determine that aspirin is appropriate for you.” Results of a study in 2012 showing that aspirin can prevent some cancers also has led to more people taking a daily dose without the recommendation of a physician. But the bottom line is “Do not take daily aspirin therapy on your own. You can’t ignore the serious health risks,” Dr. Nissen says. From Cleveland Clinic Health News.
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Timing Matters: Pay attention to your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP). The IEP is a seven-month period that includes the three months before your 65th birthday, the month of your birthday, and the three months after your birthday. You should understand how your enrollment choices during the IEP could impact your health care coverage both now and in the future. Keep in mind that many people choose to enroll in Medicare Part A (for hospital care) when they turn 65 even if they have employer coverage. For most people, Part A is available for no monthly premium and can be combined with some employer-sponsored health plans. Penalties and Gaps Are Possible: If you don’t sign up for Medicare coverage during your IEP, you could experience a gap in coverage later and could also incur penalties on your premiums for Medicare
Part B (doctor’s visits) and Part D (prescription medications). To avoid these scenarios, be proactive in contacting Medicare to notify them of your delayed enrollment and make sure you understand the rules and requirements for future enrollment. HR Can Help: Your employer’s HR or benefits coordinator can help you understand your current health coverage and when you should enroll in Medicare. Some key questions to ask: • Should I enroll in Original Medicare while I continue to receive employer-sponsored benefits? It’s not always an either-or situation. Sometimes people can combine their employer-sponsored coverage with Medicare benefits. • Does my employer-sponsored plan offer prescription drug benefits that qualify as “creditable coverage?”
If the answer is yes, then you won’t need to enroll in Medicare Part D as long as you have your employer-sponsored coverage.
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Hermit Crabs as Pets BY DR. MICHELLE FERRERA
ermit crabs are entertaining and unusual pets. I currently own four that I have had for several years. I often find them climbing about, exploring their food bowl or making a new burrow in the sand. I have even taken them to my childrens’ classrooms when giving an educational presentation.
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ou think I’m a computer dunce, don’t you? You’re wrong, sweetheart: I know a really big computer word: Skype. My dog walker, a very smart lady, has set up her brother-in-law’s computer so that he, she and her little dog Minnie can see and be seen by their family in Nigeria, chatting (and barking) back and forth across the world. Skype, I say, is a truly dazzling and useful modern miracle.
Skype, I say, is a truly dazzling and useful modern miracle. And I use some other computer words too. (No, I am not referring to those dark hours when it flat-out disobeys and I am surprised at some of the words I shoot at it.) For an unemotional everyday example: suppose there is something I want to bring up
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off. Desperate, I called in my neighbor, a keyboard virtuoso, who said, “It’s simple: You want to turn it off, you just hit START.” Well, of course—anybody should know that if you want to make something stop, you hit START.” It hit me like ice water down the spine that I was in the dead serious language-challenged world of High Cyber Tech where I spotted Alice and the Rabbit whizzing by. But what I see now is a bunch of smart-ass little boys who have built a tree-house and sit in it making up their secret language: “If we say red it means blue, and if we say blue it means green and if we say up it means down and…” And so on happily, giddily, into the night! Isn’t it time somebody’s mother called them in for supper and handed them their English homework? On the other hand, if they invented Skype…
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olks write poems about Mom and even sport tattoos praising her glory—and now the results of a new national survey should make moms feel even more special. Now a national poll reveals 70% of adult children do not want their parents moving in with them. But if they had to choose, 67% (2 out of 3) would overwhelmingly choose to move in their mom over their dad.
Housing Here are some results of a national survey of more than 1,100 adults, ages 40 and older with both living parents: Most say Mom would: • Help more than Dad with cooking and cleaning (86%) • Help more than Dad with the kids (79%) • Be neater (73%) • Be a better listener (64%)
Most say Dad: • Has worse hygiene than Mom (75%) • Is more likely than Mom to say inappropriate things (75%) • Is sloppier than Mom (70%) • Is lazier than Mom (68%) • Would want to control the TV more than Mom (69%) When asked what they fear about one or both parents moving in, respondents say: • Not enough room (55%) • Lack of privacy (49%) • It would cause conflict (46%) • They fear they’d have less intimacy/sex with partner (21%)
Is money a motivator? Two-thirds of those polled say they cannot afford to move their parents in with them. Yet more than half say they would move them in anyway. And here’s some heartwarming news—85% say money is no motivator—that they
would NOT be more inclined to move parents in if they got more of the inheritance. Is there a plan in place? Almost three-fourths of respondents say they don’t have a plan for how they’ll care for their aging parents. More than half say they haven’t even had a conversation with their parents about the type of care they want as they age. Will the family feud? It looks like it will. 46% predict some kind of conflict when deciding how to care for aging parents. 28% expect conflict with a parent, 25% with a sibling and 11% with a spouse or significant other.
(i.e. no spouse or children), 19% say the child with the most money and surprisingly only 3% said the child who got the most growing up.
Conclusion? There can be a lot of conflict in families over how to care for aging parents. Part of the problem is that most families decide about their parents’ care in crisis when it’s too late; emotions take over and it’s difficult to think logically and clearly. Meet before the need arises to decide on a solution that appeals to everyone involved.
So who’s responsible? 32% say the child that lives closest, 27% say the child with the least responsibility,
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Who To Trust When It Comes To Trusts BY WILLIAM R. MUMBAUER, Attorney
reader asks: I recently received an advertisement in the mail suggesting that all seniors would greatly benefit from a “living” trust. The company that sent the advertisement wants to send a representative to my home to discuss the benefits of a trust. Should I respond to this advertisement?
The Law And You My recommendation is to ignore the solicitation. Misinformation and misunderstanding about estate taxes and the length or complexity of probate provide the perfect cover for scam artists who have created an industry out of older people’s fears that their estates could be eaten up by costs or that the distribution of their assets could be delayed for years. Some unscrupulous businesses are advertising seminars on living trusts
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f your family is sharing care for an elderly loved one or both parents, you can create a shared Google calendar. This is an online calendar in which each person can make entries as well as read entries by others from wherever they happen to be. When a daughter speaks to her dad, she writes about his attitude and what they talked about. A couple of days later, a son talks with Dad and they share memories of a boyhood outing. Laughter, tears, worries, frustrations, love and those ever-needed doctor appointments and test results can be known by all concerned easily and efficiently.
or sending postcards inviting consumers to call for in-home appointments to learn more about living trusts. In these cases, it’s not uncommon for the salesperson to use high-pressure sales techniques to exaggerate the benefits or the appropriateness of the living trust and claim, falsely, that locally licensed attorneys will prepare the documents. And often the prices quoted are three to four times higher than what your neighborhood attorney would charge. Still other businesses are using estate-planning services to gain access to consumers’ financial information in hopes of selling them other financial products, such as insurance annuities. What’s a consumer to do? It’s true that for some people, a living trust can be a useful and practical tool. But for others, it can be a great waste of money and time. But how can you tell which tools and strategies will work best for your particular circumstances? It’s always best to seek the advice of an experienced estate-planning attorney.
Most attorneys do not charge for the initial conference and at this meeting all of your questions regarding whether or not a living trust is right for you or if other estate planning methods are more appropriate can be fully answered.
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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• Could the Delta Queen steamboat sail again? Efforts are underway to allow the historic and beloved wooden steamboat sail the Mississippi River again. The 1927-built National Historic Landmark now operates as a permanently moored hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. A bill is before both the House and Senate to grant the Delta Queen a 15-year exemption from the federal law that bans overnight passenger operations on the wooden vessel.
• Cruise lines have begun posting alleged crime data on their websites after a Senate hearing. Cruise Lines Interna International Association reported that the data shows shipboard crime is far lower than crime rates on land. Examples: Norwegian Cruise Line showed just one Kenny Rogers report between Jan. 1 and June • Intimate yacht cruising offers real-time adventure! on the Country 30 this year, a sexual assault passenWindstar Cruises is adding Music Cruise. allegation reported by a passen ger. Royal Caribbean’s statistics three ships to its present for the April 1 – June 30 period fleet of three. The line’s appeal of eclectic ports of call, comfort and per- show three thefts of over $10,000. sonal service draws a diverse clientele. • River cruising in Europe is still hot. Tauck said the river cruise bookings • Shore appeal is big as cruisers look in France have leaped by 137 percent for new experiences. Hamburg Cruise since it opened for business on the Days, for example, ranks among Rhone River in 2011. The company’s Europe’s most popular and successful selections include three special public events. The big ships dock in the harbour located in the very heart of interest departures for families, culinary enthusiasts and art lovers. the city, which makes the town easily Lifestyles After 50 • September 2013 • page 32
Seabourn’s “White Christmas” cruise to Antarctica.
• St Petersburg, Russia, is a more popular spot than ever. In the first six months of the 2013 cruising season, the port recorded an increase in passenger numbers of 24 percent compared to the same six months last year. The Baltic cruise season is short—book now for 2014.
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