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Baseball: It’s Still About the Possibility of Perfection
he umpire calls “Play Ball!” and all’s right with the world. I’m heading to the bleachers as a Little League Janice Doyle, grandmother of six Editor grandsons. I support the grandsons totally; I remember only the good plays they make and the hits they get. It’s all good to me! Baseball is often considered too slow by today’s youth, parents and spectators. That’s too bad. There’s so much to learn from the game. Read this from a recent editorial in Myrtle Beach Online: Every swing brings with it the possibility of a home run. And no matter how lopsided the score, your team is never without hope…a comeback is always a possibility… And until the very last strike, the last throw to ﬁrst or the ﬁnal pop ﬂy, the game could still go either way…anything could still happen. Oh my, how much more fun life is when lived with hope and possibilities! Real life results After I did the interviews and wrote the story you’ll ﬁnd inside the magazine about avid baseball fans, I emailed Son 2 and Son 3 for a few memories of
their Little League days. Within minutes, they were pouring out their hearts. Here’s a bit of their wisdom as they now coach their own sons: Son 3: “I think of Mr. Dunn when I coach. Yes, I am channeling that leathery, chain-smoking-raspy-voiced guru. He was really a tyrant; he expected us to do things a certain way and not deviate from the right mechanics, and to do it thousands of times until we could do it in any situation. …When I go to opening day at Washington Nationals, I…can only appreciate the skill of a pro baseball player from the hours and hours and hours spent sweating at North Brandon ﬁeld.” Son 2 (with three sons playing this year): “I learned a lot about the agony of defeat in our championship games. Maybe that is why I love a good ﬁght and welcome the gauntlet to be thrown down before me. ‘Nobody beats our team.’ You learn that when you’re all alone on the mound or batter’s box, just you and maybe one
pitch away from winning the whole season. That kind of pressure builds something in kids. It’s a lonely place out there—just you and a piece of rubber on a whole hill of character between you and the bench.”
The fan base But there’s more…Little League families form fast friendships on the bleachers. From the bleachers we see our boy miss the pitch or get called out at second. We take it personally for a moment and maybe yell at the ump. Then we watch the boy regain his hope—that possibility of perfection. The perfect hit. The perfect catch. It could be his today!
Son 3 wrapped this spectator part of it up: “As a kid, I thought you and Dad came to our games to watch us. I realize now that you all really didn’t care so much about our games, but you had this whole social thing going on in the bleachers all those years. That’s baseball: The stadium.”
From Casey At the Bat
By Ernest Lawrence Thayer; 1888
The outlook wasnʼt brilliant for the Mudville nine that day: The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play. A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast; They thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at that Weʼd put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat...
Hey, it’s “Play Ball!” season. Since 1791, it’s the American game which holds that possibility of perfection for player and fan alike and from community ﬁelds to pro stadiums across the country. Enjoy a game or two!
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Discover New Ideas For Your Garden
Tavares. “I use raised beds to grow herbs at ccording to Cicero, home for cooking.” “If you have a library The Kitchen Garden and a garden, you have features a wooden everything.” Gardens deck, shaded seating and education go hand in area and raised Kitchen Garden hand at the Lake County with raised beds. beds, which make Horticultural Learning working in the area Center. It is part of a group of gardens easy on the back and provide excellent called “discovery gardens,” whose growing conditions for flowers, herbs, mission is to provide a place where vegetables and other edible plants. visitors can find environmentallyWildlife and Conservation friendly ideas for their home gardens Favorite attractions among garden-goas well as hands-on training from ers are the Butterfly Garden and Backthe Lake County Extension staff. Four acres and twenty themed gardens yard Habitat garden, which display ideas for attracting wildlife to your yard center around plants that grow well as well as native Florida plants that are in central Florida’s climate, providing proven bird and butterfly magnets. visitors with low-maintenance garden With a focus on conserving natural ideas that still offer plenty of variety. resources, several of the gardens display Themes range from cultural—like their Spanish, Southwest and Oriental alternative gardening methods. At their gardens, to natural—like their Wetland greenhouse, you can learn about hydroponic vegetable production. Recent trainand Subtropical gardens. “I love the ing workshops in the Wetlands Garden kitchen gardens,” says Lynn S. of BY TRACIE SCHMIDT
covered invasive plants and stormwater runoff management, and in their Xeriscape Garden, you’ll see plants that thrive in low-moisture environments, and learn how to use rain barrels to conserve water. Programs and Classes Lake County’s Horticultural Learning Center regularly hosts classes in horticulture, gardening, landscape design and natural resource management through the Master Gardeners program. Brooke Moffis, Master Gardener Coordinator with UF/IFAS Lake County Extension, offered some tips for new gardeners. “Start with the soil—it’s the most important thing,” she told me. “Florida soil doesn’t hold water very well, so we need to help build it up by adding compost and organic matter, which contain nutrients and help hold water.” Planting times, she said, are also important. Crops like broccoli, lettuce, kale and cauliflower do best during the colder months, while tomatoes, corn and eggplant thrive during the warm season.
If you’re interested in starting your own garden, the benefits are plentiful. “It gets you outside, out in sunshine and fresh air, for starters,” Moffis said. “Plus, if you grow your own food, you know exactly how it was treated and where it’s coming from. Just going into your backyard and being able to pick a tomato or some brussels sprouts to cook with is always very rewarding.” The Horticultural Learning Center can help you get started. Master Gardeners hold a plant clinic and answer questions from 9 am to 4 pm, Mon. – Fri. The Central Florida Landscape and Garden Fair will feature landscape vendors, presentations and speakers on April 20 and 21. And on April 24, the center will host a class called “Expanding Your Plant Palette -- Native Plants and Wildflowers of La Florida” from 8 am – 3:30 pm. To learn more, call 352-343-4101 or visit The Lake County Horticultural Learning Center and Discovery Gardens at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
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through 13 Theatre production of “Carousel.” Tickets: $18 and $23. Savannah Center, The Villages, Lady Lake. 352-753-3229.
2nd Friday Movie in the Park. Dusk. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Donnelly Park, Mount Dora. Free. 352-735-7183.
12th Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball. 6 to 11 p.m. Gourmet western fare, live music, silent auctions and dancing. Theme: “Dueling it out for a cure” with dueling piano band. Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Tickets: $125. Ocala Hilton. 352-629-4727 ext. 5820.
and 21 2nd Annual Central Florida Landscape and Garden Fair. Sat. 9 am to 4 pm, Sun. 10 am to 3 pm. Free. Seminars, workshops, goods and more. Lake County Agricultural Center, Discovery Gardens, Tavares. 352-343-9647.
United States Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus. 7 pm. Free. Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, Clermont. 352-243-4016. Tickets: www. armyfieldbandapril23.eventbrite.com
Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra Concert. 7:30 pm. “A Tribute to Guy Saint-Clair.” St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mount Dora. 26 Same program, 7:30 pm at Family Christian Center, Clermont. Tickets: $42/adv., $45/door. 352-589-1500.
“Stuffed and Unstrung” Puppet Show. This adult only puppet show features puppeteers from the Jim Henson Puppet Company. $22. 7:30 pm at Charles Dassance Fine Arts Center, College of Central Florida, Ocala. 352-873-5810.
Dining in the Dark. 5:30 pm. Your meal will be served in total darkness by Lake County SWAT Team, in night vision goggles, as part of a training exercise. Silent auction and cash bar prior. Lake Receptions, Mount Dora. 352-435-5040.
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through 28 17th Annual Leesburg Bikefest. Full schedule of events at www.leesburgbikefest.com. Downtown Leesburg. 352-365-0053. Planes, Trains & BBQ. 10 am to 5 pm. Air show, sea plane rides, train rides, state sanctioned BBQ competition, car show and music throughout the day. Free. Wooten Park, Tavares. 352-742-6176.
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BY JANICE DOYLE ...Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don’t care if I never get back, Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don’t win it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, At the old ball game.
there with being in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Now it’s possible that if you accomplish the first dream you can have the second one as well. Sports Travel and Tours Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame has inducted 46 individuals who have visited all the ballparks. Some people take a lifetime to visit them all; others make it happen in just a few years.
started with baseball at the age of four going to games with my father,” says Stephanie London of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She became a lifelong baseball fan and you can find the retired school librarian at Milwaukee Brewers games sitting six rows behind the umpire, talking the game with those around her. Red McGarry of Redington Shores, Florida, became a Yankees fan when he was five years old and his dad took him to Yankee Stadium for his first game. “There was my idol Mickey Mantle playing, and I immediately became a Yankee fan.” McGarry played baseball from Little League through college. He says the appeal of baseball is simple: “When you walk in the stadium and you see the green and smell the grass, and having played the game, you just think, ‘Ah, this is the “Big Leagues” of the game I love.’” Both London and McGarry, like many Americans, love the game and the ball parks where the game is played. “It’s all about baseball,” London says. A fan’s dreams Stadiums have changed over the years, but one dream common to avid fans is to attend games in all 30 Big League ballparks—a dream right up Lifestyles After 50 • April 2013 • page 6
McGarry says, “The logistics were all planned for us by STAT, and we never missed a first pitch. We really did see a game in every ballpark.”
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Red McGarry was the first person inducted into the STAT Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame. He and London were inducted after they were part of a group of nine intrepid travelers on a tour planned by Sports Travel and Tours in 2000: 32 days and 30 ball parks, traveling by plane, train and bus. Six of the nine completed the quest. Many of the teams honored them on the field and newspaper, radio and TV reporters pursued them for interviews and pictures. “It was our moment in the sun, if you will,” McGarry says. London adds, “We got to dance to the song ‘YMCA’ on the dugout in Philadelphia in the old Veterans Stadium with the Phillie Fanatic, and we sang ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ from the press box in Minneapolis.”
McGarry was living in the Tampa Bay area and has been a season ticket holder for the Tampa Bay Rays since they began in 1998. He says, “The Rays became my team when I moved here, but I still root for both the Rays and Yankees. I went in [the Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame] as a Ray, thinking I’d be the first Ray in the Hall of Fame. Vince Naimoli, Rays General Partner, attended my induction and had me throw out the first pitch at a Rays game a few weeks later. In 2004 the Rays inducted me into the Rays Wall of Fame with Dick Vitale and 5 others.”
Annual trips Every year, four members of that Millennium tour take a trip together to see a few games. What’s it like? McGarry says, “They [STAT] take care of everything. Everyone on the trip loves baseball and there’s no breaking the ice because it’s all about baseball. A host or hostess talks baseball, has trivia games, and you end up with a lot of friends over a five- or six-day trip.” “Each trip is like a family reunion,” says London, “with the best times being just sitting over a meal Baseball Stadium Hall of Fa me together, talking baseball.” Class of 2001: Red McGarry second Their 2013 summer trip will from right, and Stephanie London right. end in Cooperstown, New York, for the induction of 38 new fans When the trip started, the group to the Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame. decided to rate the ball parks as they McGarry says, “If you’re serious visited them and together they develabout baseball, walking down Main oped 18 different criteria for ratings. Street in Cooperstown is special. It’s Their ratings took into consideration so nostalgic, and you can buy anything factors such as access, transportayou want having to do with baseball. tion, restrooms, seats, people, the And ‘The Hall’ is very special.” scoreboard, announcers and so on. So, take them out to the ballgame, At the end of the trip, using their and then another, and another, and ratings system, the group declared another. For ‘Famers’ like these, Houston’s as the number one stadium. it’s all about baseball! By his 2001 induction into the STAT Sports Travel and Tours information Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame, at 1-800-662-4424.
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Multigenerational Friends Can Be Fun! BY ALISON COTHRAN, Author of Carlyn Meets Granny Girl’s New Friends
he elderly population in the United States has grown to more than 40 million, or 13 percent of the total population. This growing population creates multigenerational families—a truth that I see everyday as the owner of a 100-bed assisted living facility in Arkansas. I’m also a mother of four children, all of whom live on site with me, allowing daily involvement between my entire family and the residents of our facility.
Retirement Living I’ve watched children’s groups arrive for their first visit at the assisted living community with tense body language and concerned facial expressions. Similar to how a child reacts to a den-
tist visit, a lack of education concerning the aging process is often to blame for a youngster’s misplaced fear. Children can be taught about common ailments among the elderly such as Parkinson’s disease, vision loss, strokes and so on. They can be given a better understanding of what to expect when visiting an elderly community. In my book, Carlyn Meets Granny Girls New Friends, the sixyear-old protagonist has questions for her grandmother about the residents in her new assisted living community. The book is educational about the typical aging process. Many people go into an assisted living community with the intention of enhancing the lives of the
residents; however, they leave with an unexpected gratification. Throughout the book, I encourage and teach children that visiting a senior adult group can be a lot of fun! Here are three tips for educating your grandchild on the aging process:
1. Communication. Explain to children the importance of speaking slowly, clearly and loudly, so that people who are hard of hearing can follow along in the conversation. Good eye contact and gentle touch will also be helpful. And remember, some children may need conversation prompts, especially for the initial visits. You can help by having some topics for discussion in mind prior to the visit.
2. Insight. Children need to be asked to look beyond the evident and see value in the person. Although an elderly person may sound or act in a way that’s unfamiliar to kids, they are still people with real feelings and emotions. Conversely, make sure that you are aware of the child’s feelings, particularly during the first few visits, and be prepared to keep sessions short and sweet until the child feels comfortable. 3. Education. Prepare children for the visit by talking about typical and atypical aging processes. Many assisted living facilities provide pamphlets and brochures that discuss common symptoms of aging, which can help kids understand and become more comfortable in their surroundings.
The book is a great resource for the family that has a parent/grandparent who lives in an assisted living center. They can learn about wheelchairs and other equipment they might see on a visit as well as learn to talk to the person they are visiting.
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any veterans or spouses may not be aware that they qualify for a pension benefit. A war-time Veteran with 90 days of active duty, with one day beginning or ending during a period of war, is eligible to apply for the Aid & Attendance Pension. Only an estimated five percent of these potentially eligible veterans actually receive these benefits. This fact can be attributed to the complicated and frequently changing laws surrounding the rules and regulations. If you think you might need assistance in applying for benefits, contact your area Veterans Service: Lake County: 1300 S. Duncan Drive, Bldg. E, Tavares, (352) 742-6585. Marian County: 2528 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Phone: (352) 671-8422 Pinellas County: 2189 Cleveland St., Suite 230, Clearwater, (727) 464-8460; St Petersburg – 647 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg, (727) 582-7828 Hillsborough County: 10119 Windhorst Rd., Tampa, (813) 246-3170 Sarasota County: 4000 Tamiami Trail S # 139, Venice, (941) 861-3047 Manatee County: 1112 Manatee Ave. W, Third Floor, Bradenton, (941) 749-3030 Charlotte County: 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, (941) 764-5579 Lee County: 2440 Thompson St., Ft. Myers, (239) 533-8381 Need a Book to help? Barbara Steinberg, a Registered Financial Gerontologist™ and expert on eldercare financial planning has written Crack the VA: Discover Hidden Benefits For Your Parents, a guide to finding those hidden benefits. In it you will learn: • What benefits are available to aging Veterans and their surviving spouses • How to determine what they are eligible for • Which forms to complete and where to apply for benefits • How to fill out the forms to increase your chances of success
Homeless veterans will soon be a part of a national effort to reduce homelessness among veterans. Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc., was one of 38 projects around the country to receive a grant that will be used to provide a daily average of 25 beds for homeless veterans to promote increased housing stabilization. Housing will be provided at 5726 126th Avenue North, Clearwater, FL; and 8384 Bayou Boardwalk, Largo, Fla. The grants were awarded through a special program that gives Veterans the opportunity to take over payment of a lease instead of moving out after leaving certain VA programs, such as substance use counseling, mental health services, or job training. Usually, VA programs require veterans living in transitional housing to move out after 24 months. Called the “Transition in Place” model, it helps close the gaps in available housing for the nation’s most vulnerable homeless veterans. “Securing permanent housing is a vital step in the journey of our homeless veterans,” said Dr. Susan Angell, executive director for VA’s Veterans Homeless Initiative. “This is the last piece of the puzzle. It is crucial for them in continuing to lead independent lives.” Under the program, funds go to community-based programs that provide homeless veterans with support services and housing. Lisa Pape, national director of homeless programs for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which oversees VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program (GPD), said on a single night in 2011, a national count of homeless veterans totaled 67,495. To help a homeless veteran or veteran at risk of homelessness, refer them to the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, 1-877-4AID-VET, or direct them to va.gov/homeless.
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BY JANICE DOYLE
ational Geographic Traveler Magazine declared St. Augustine one of the 20 Must-See-Places for 2013. It’s time to head out and enjoy the town known for what the magazine says is the city’s “natural beauty and unique identity.” St. Augustine was old before Jamestown was founded. It’s so old it is celebrating its quincentennial—500 years since Ponce de Leon’s 1513 discovery of what would become the U.S. The city carries the distinction of being the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the nation. Remnants of the various occupants and their needs and cultures during those years are evident in the city’s history, layout, architecture, religious influence and defense system.
Travel St. Augustine’s is a long history of pirates who built the city to protect their treasure. The focal point along the coast is the impressive fort overlooking Matanzas Bay—the Castillo de San Marcos. Made of native coquina, the British at one time shelled the fort from across the bay, but the cannon balls could do nothing against the coquina walls. Religion and cattle came to St. Augustine with the Spanish explorers and the town remained a quiet coastal town until Henry Flagler brought early Lifestyles After 50 • April 2013 • page 12
Chocolate). One of the guides will take you on a tour including just enough walking that you won’t feel guilty tasting as you go. Our guide somehow wound the history of chocolate into Tiffany windows at Flagler College the history of St. Augustine and now they are forever linked in my mind. She guided us from espresso chocolate wine on the waterfront verandah of the Casablanca Inn to the Vino del Grotto (think chocolate orange wine) to The Tasting Room (wine cellar with 350 labels, 70 Spanish The Castillo de San Marcos wines; chocolate sea salt brownies) to the Gourmet snowbirds flocking in via the railroads Hut (white chocolate covered to stay in the resorts he built for them. blackberries) and to Claude’s with Flagler’s resorts, the Ponce de Leon a grand variety of chocolates (Earl and the Alcazar, are open now to the Grey Tea, Lemon, Mayan Spicy). public as Flagler College and Lightner Celebrating St. Augustine’s heritage Museum, respectively. At the college, means a culinary history like no other. student docents give tours, and From our home base at Casablanca you can see where college students Inn, steps away was the Irish blessing eat in a hall ringed by 79 Tiffany of food and drink in Meehan’s. windows. All in a day at school here! The Lightner is one of my very favorite museums with its splendid former Turkish baths and ballrooms and the old indoor pool which now houses the museum’s cafe and shops. Collections of shrunken heads, gilded furniture, glassware, musical instruments, buttons, dolls, clothing and so much more are here. Enjoy Old Town Strolling the Old Town streets is entertainment enough for a few hours, but you’ll also want to get on one of the city’s trolleys and get a larger view. You can hop on and off as you discover where you want to spend more time. Life is short; eat chocolate! Adam Schockey owns St. Augustine City Walks ($42 for the Tour de
Another night it was French cuisine at Bistro de Leon. Owner Chef Poinard offers authentic bistro fare in a casual, homey atmosphere. “His food elicits words such as glorious,” one food writer said. Think of comfort foods like cassoulets and pate, stuffed flounder and yummy warm desserts. Sitting literally in the center of the road overlooking the water, find O.C.
White’s Seafood and Spirits in a restored 1790 building. Just right are its patio or inside dining and specials like crab cakes and mahi. Ask about local “spirits” of the ghostly kind as well. Trivia: Regarding “spirits”: Most spirits in St. Augustine are playful ones. Bottles turn up in the wrong place, books are moved, doors open or are locked without help. You decide what to believe after you hear a few stories. On the water Part of the visual allure of St. Augustine is Matanzas Bay. It’s a short walk from anywhere in Old Town to the city pier and the opportunity to take an ecotour of the resource-intensive estuary. St. Augustine Eco Tours gives boating experiences that highlight the animals and birds which are the region’s real ambassadors. Such excursions may include sightings of right whales which come to the area to give birth. Trivia: The whales were called “right whales” because they were the right whale to hunt for oil/blubber, etc.
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night out this spring brings Broadway hits, variety shows, risque comedy and Sinatra’s smooth tones to the stage. Here’s what the theatre has to offer this month:
Sonnetag Theatre at the Icehouse, Mount Dora. 352-383-4616.
hrough 14 Theatre production of “Boeing Boeing.” Ocala Civic Theatre. 352-236-2274.
Showtime Tonite: Feelin’ Good Show. A high energy variety show. Tickets: $15 and $20. Laurel Manor, The Villages, Lady Lake. 352-753-3229.
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hrough 12 Theatre production of “Sex Please, We’re Sixty.” Ocala Civic Theatre. 352-236-2274.
hrough 14 Theatre production of “The Producers.” Dassance Fine Arts Center at College of Central Florida, Ocala. 352-873-5810.
hrough 13 Theatre production of “The Secret Garden.”
through May 5 Theatre production of “Dearly Departed.” Bay Street Players at the State Theater, Eustis. 352-357-7777.
28 and May 5 Theatre production of “See Rock City and Other Destinations.” Bay Street Players at the State Theater, Eustis. 352-357-7777.
Steven Maglio and his “Not Just Sinatra” Show. A Sinatra tribute show. Tickets: $21 and $26. 5 and 8 p.m. Savannah Center, The Villages, Lady Lake. -352-753-3229. Lifestyles After 50 • April 2013 • page 13
Planning Activities for the Memory Impaired Tips for planning 1. You’ll have the most success if you find a good fit between the activity and the person’s current abilities or interests. Otherwise they may find the activity too stressful or too infantile.
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f you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, knowing how to help them is often very difficult. Activities are one of the most powerful things you can do with a person with dementia to increase their wellbeing. Research shows that dementiafriendly activities increase positive feelings, help access buried memories and reduce challenging behaviors.
2. Most family members don’t realize that dementia causes one to lose the ability to initiate. The best of activities will fail if you don’t help start the process. Set up and demonstrate the activity by simply “doing” the first step with your family member. Some recommended items: Nature videos, once-familiar music, largeprint spiritual books and audios, pictures of people showing different emotions for discussion, old radio programs, simple children’s card games like Old Maid, scrapbooks of pictures. Information from ThisCaringHome.org.
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Plus, some of the presidents who en of the nation’s suffered strokes had unhealthy 44 presidents likely lifestyles. Chester Arthur was obese suffered strokes during and got little exercise. Franklin their presidencies or Roosevelt was a heavy smoker. after leaving office, acAndrew Johnson may have abused cording to neurologist alcohol. Wilson and Dwight EisenDr. Jose Biller. hower suffered nonfatal strokes Woodrow Wilson was while in office. (Unlike Wilson, Ike so incapacitated by a did not suffer serious disabilities). series of strokes that Seven presidents—John Tyler, his wife, Edith, became the virtual acting presi- Woodrow Wilson Millard Fillmore, John Quincy and his wife, Edith Adams, Andrew Johnson, Chester dent. Franklin RoosArthur, Richard Nixon and Gerald evelt died of a massive Ford—suffered strokes after leaving office. stroke on April 12, 1945, leaving the What happens if a president suffers presidency to an unprepared Harry a debilitating stroke while in office? Truman just as World War II was endThe 25th Amendment to the Constituing. And in 2000, former President tion provides a mechanism for the vice Gerald Ford began slurring his words president to become acting president during a TV interview. should the president be unable to perBiller said the afflicted presidents, beform his or her duties. ing men, were more likely than women Stroke treatments have significantly to suffer strokes. Seven of the 10 presidents were older than 65 when they improved in recent years. And the sooner a patient arrives at the hospital, suffered strokes. And, of course, the presidency is an extremely stressful job. the better the outcome, Biller said.
Atrial Fibrillation— Dispelling 6 Myths
utterflies in the stomach can signal excitement or nervousness. But fluttering in the chest can signal a short circuit in the heart’s natural electrical wiring, or arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib), is an off-speed rhythm in the heart’s upper chambers. A-fib may be linked to conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, heart failure, chronic lung disease or a clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism), among others. But in 10 percent of cases, A-fib is not associated with any other disease. Episodes can be triggered by stress, exercise, sleep apnea and hot flashes. A-fib can cause these symptoms: • Heart palpitations • Dizziness • Fatigue • Chest discomfort • Shortness of breath However, up to 30 percent of A-fib episodes cause no symptoms at all. Dr. Walid Saliba of Cleveland Clinic addresses some myths about A-fib:
Myth #1: If you have just one or two episodes of atrial fibrillation, it probably won’t come back. Fact: Atrial fibrillation is almost always a chronic disease. Lifelong treatment is needed to minimize symptoms and to avoid stroke and heart failure. Early on, episodes of A-fib tend to be sporadic. Over time, episodes usually become more frequent and last longer. Up to 30 percent of A-fib episodes cause no symptoms at all, but treatment is still needed to prevent stroke. Myth #2: Cardioversion can stop atrial fibrillation for good. Fact: Electrical cardioversion can “shock” the heart back to normal rhythm, but it does not guarantee that normal rhythm will be maintained. Medication may be needed to maintain normal heart rhythm and prevent stroke. These could be those that control heart rate, such as beta blockers; anti-arrhythmic drugs to maintain normal rhythm; and anticoagulants to prevent blood clots.
Myth #3: Your medicine isn’t working if you still get episodes of A-fib.
Fact: “Medication will not cure A-fib, but it will relieve symptoms by decreasing the frequency and duration of episodes,” says Dr. Saliba. Reducing a patient’s episodes from frequent to occasional is considered adequate treatment as long as the symptoms don’t trouble the patient. Myth #4: Catheter ablation won’t help you if it doesn’t ‘take’ the first time. Fact: Catheter ablation uses radiofrequency energy or cryoenergy (intense cold) to interrupt faulty electrical pathways in the heart. Sometimes more than one catheter ablation procedure is needed to get the best result. In other circumstances, maze surgery may be recommended. Myth #5: If ablation works, you can stop taking Coumadin®.
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Fact: “The decision to continue or stop Coumadin, an anticoagulant that requires frequent blood tests, depends upon the risk factors for stroke rather than on the success of the ablation,” says Dr. Saliba. Myth #6: If you take medication for A-fib and no longer have symptoms, you’re cured.
Fact: “A-fib cannot be cured, but ablation or surgery offers the closest possible symptom relief. There is no rush to undergo ablation if you are doing well on medication,” says Dr. Saliba. Episodes of A-fib can be triggered by stress, exercise, sleep apnea and hot flashes. Dr. Saliba advises patients to: • Quit smoking • Drink in moderation • Ask about exercise guidelines • Limit caffeine use • Read labels to avoid those containing stimulants • Seek treatment for sleep apnea
Information from Walid Saliba, MD, Cleveland Clinic. Lifestyles After 50 • April 2013 • page 15
Shoulder Problems: A Pain in the Neck? A
n aching shoulder may not signal a shoulder problem. And a sore neck may not indicate a neck problem. “People may come in with shoulder pain when they really have a neck problem,” says Eric Ricchetti, MD, a shoulder specialist in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Conversely, neck pain can mask a shoulder problem.
Health Shneck pain The way the body reports pain is somewhat unreliable, explain experts at the Clinic’s Center for Spine Health. Neck and shoulder pain so commonly overlap that some refer to it as ‘shneck’ pain. Why? Because the neck and shoulder are intimately connected by multiple nerve pathways. When injury occurs, the brain can’t always trace pain pathways back to their source, and what we feel may not be what is really going on.
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When the shoulder is the usual suspect Shoulder pain is most often caused by an injury to the rotator cuff, a group of tendons and muscles that stabilize the joint. The rotator cuff develops wear and tear with age, and can be easily injured. When this happens, we compensate by using different muscles to pick things up or reach for them, causing both shoulder and neck pain. You may have a rotator cuff injury or other shoulder problem if pain: • Develops in the shoulder itself or on the outside of your upper arm • Is dull and aching
• Occurs when you reach overhead or behind your back, or when lifting • Radiates into the upper arm, but not past the elbow
• Persists at night
• Improves when you rest your arm When the neck is the likely culprit Inflammation of any of the 14 nerves or eight pairs of joints in the neck can cause neck pain. The joints—or vertebrae—serve as a “hinge” that lets us nod or shake our heads during conversation (no wonder they wear out). In fact, 65 percent of 65-year-olds have arthritis in one or more neck joints. Because pain in one area can so often be confused with another, a thorough exam must be done, including range of motion, strength testing and provocative neck and shoulder maneuvers. You may have arthritis or nerve-related neck pain if pain: • Develops in your shoulder blade, or close to or on the side of your neck
• Is sharp, stabbing, burning or tingling
• Radiates down past your elbow or even into your hand • Persists at rest • Occurs when you extend your arms or twist them inward • Is relieved when you support your neck
It’s important to see a specialist to get a thorough physical examination of your neck and shoulder. To help with diagnosis, they may inject lidocaine (a local anesthetic) into the shoulder, or the joints or nerves of the neck. This diagnostic test helps guide treatment—if it relieves pain, it demonstrates where the problems are. Whether the problem lies in your neck or your shoulder, doctors at Cleveland Clinic note that conservative measures are usually tried first. Information from Cleveland Clinic.
For Book Lovers
and 6 Friends of Belleview Library Spring Book Sale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Friends Book Nook, 6007 SE Earp Rd. in the old Belleview Library building. Used books in all categories, as well as VCR tapes, CDs, DVDs, records, magazines, puzzles and childrens books. $1-A-Bag sales and more. Proceeds benefit the Belleview Public
Library and children’s programs. More info at 352-245-2767 or friendsofbelleviewlibrary.org.
Book Feast. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book Feast will gather Marion County’s local writers who will share their works and their experiences. Ocala Public Library. Call 352-671-8551 for more info.
Bring Your Binoculars 18 20 Bird & Butterfly Survey at Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale from 7 to 11 a.m. Participate in a monthly census of the birds and butterflies. Help the preserve monitor wildlife and the health of its habitat and have fun along the way. Experience a plus but not required. Must bring binoculars and field guide. To register for this free event, call Gallus
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Participate in an Outdoor Beginning Birder Class from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Pear Park Gateway, 4800 Universite Ave., Leesburg. This guided field trip with teach you the basics. To join this free class, Call Lake County Parks & Trails at (352) 253-4950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Excuses at Home or Traveling I just got back from a 9-day vacation and was reminded how easy it is to avoid exercise when traveling or to avoid even starting while at home! If you are traveling in a location without a fitness center there are a number of things you can do to maintain fitness: • Be realistic. Try completing about 65 percent of your normal routine, no matter what. • A simple back-to-basics room routine with sets of jumping jacks, push-ups, pull-ups, crunches and leg squats. Vary the intensity with short rest times in between sets. • Walk up and down hotel halls and climb stairs—it’s intense.
• Jumping rope is harder and more intense then you might remember. 3-minute rounds are a great cardiovascular workout.
• Resistance tubing offers weight-like resistance when you pull on them. Use the tubes to build strength in your arms and other muscles. • Buy a funky or funny exercise DVD for your computer or iPad.
• Core exercises, which train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen, don’t require specialized equipment or a gym membership. Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. If you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body. But strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass—at any age. If you don’t use it, you will lose it!
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ae Louis of Dade City has published a book titled “The Meaning of Life.” She says she spent four years on the book which is published by Balboa Press. As a survivor of both childhood abuse and cancer, she felt she had much to share with others from her spiritual
journey. A quote from the book: “Utilize determination to accept your faults or downfalls. Amend those mistakes before they escalate any further. Next, take appropriate action to rectify them because no one is going to do it for you.” The book is available on Amazon.
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Tips to Spring Clean Your Finances
pring is a time of rejuvenation and fresh starts. New tools can help take the fuss out of sprucing up finances. Review – Start by getting a complete view of your finances. Consider using a free online tool, such as Mint.com, to see all your financial accounts in one place. You can use the site to establish a budget, as it automatically categorizes your spending, making it easier to ensure you stick with your plan.
Finance Set yourself up for success – If you’re prone to go over your budget or miss important bill payments, sign up for email or text alerts about large purchases, late fees and bounced checks. By establishing clear goals and tracking your spending on-the-go from your phone or tablet, you’ll be more likely to save for the things you want in life and avoid debt.
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ear Marci: I heard Medicare covers preventive services. Does Medicare cover glaucoma screenings? —Emily
Dear Emily, Yes, Medicare covers glaucoma screenings if you are at high-risk for glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which damage to the optic nerve results in loss of eyesight. If you are at high-risk for glaucoma, Original Medicare covers 80 percent of an annual (every 12 months) glaucoma screening, after you’ve met your annual Part B deductible (the amount you must pay out-of-pocket before your health insurance begins to cover your services). Keep in mind that in order for the screening to be covered, the screening must be performed or supervised by an eye doctor who is licensed to provide this service in your state. Lifestyles After 50 • April 2013 • page 18
De-clutter – Your online banking information can get cluttered in much the same way as paperwork. Eliminate the “eMess” by tracking and managing all your account information in one place. For example, Quicken software lets you see your full financial picture in the form of charts and graphs. Learn where you stand and get motivated visually to meet your goals.
days such as standing room only or pay-what-you-can nights. Some even offer free admission on certain days of the month. Or simply let the great outdoors be your entertainment. Take a hike, make a picnic or host a backyard barbecue.
If the onset of spring is your cue to organize your finances, let new tools help you do so with ease.
Forgo the fancy gym membership and dust off those running shoes and bike, working out the old-fashioned way. Raining? Check out community centers in your area—some may be free, or charge only minimal fees.
Refinance – Pay off high-interest debt by refinancing with more competitive rates. Newer alternatives can eliminate the costs associated with traditional bank lending. If you have good-toexcellent credit, consider applying for an unsecured personal loan for up to $35,000 on a site like Lending Club. More information can be found at www.LendingClub.com. (From StatePoint)
Save – Saving money doesn’t have to mean forfeiting your social life or creature comforts. Many theaters, museums, zoos and parks offer special discount
Baseball Lives On
hot dog at the ball game beats roast beef at the Ritz. — Humphrey Bogart
I am convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile. — Tom C. Clark
You can’t win them all, but you can try. — Babe Didrikson Zaharias
You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain. — Leo Durocher
You got to be a man to play baseball for a living but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too. — Roy Campanella
Baseball Stadiums: Bet You Didn’t Know
he Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park has a retractable roof that can open or close in 10 minutes. It’s also the only ballpark that sells more sausages than hot dogs.
In Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, all the seats for Royals fans are blue except for a single red seat behind home plate honoring Buck O’Neill, star first baseman of the Kansas City Monarchs in former Negro League. Buck viewed Royals’ games from that very location for years. The Cincinnati Reds play in Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati. A Rose Garden marks the exact spot where Pete Rose’s record breaking 4196nd hit landed in the old Riverfront Stadium.
Fenway Park, Boston, has been renovated and upgraded numerous times over the years so as not to affect the overall look and appeal of Fenway Park the classic 1912 Fenway architecture. In the parking lot across the street from Turner Field, Atlanta, you’ll find the remaining section of Fulton County Stadium’s original left field wall over which Hank Aaron hit his epic 715th home run, surpassing Babe Ruth’s record. Every seat in Coors Field, Denver, is green except for a single row of purple seats in the upper deck of the ballpark. The reason: These seats are exactly one mile high! Now you know! Enjoy your journey.
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What Causes >>> Marks in Email?
I probably should not even bother you with this silly questions, but I’m curious: What causes all those >> marks that appear in the body of email? They can be very irritating and sometimes they even overshadow the text.
To access Gmail’s excellent Help, click the little gear icon to the far right, then select Help from the drop-down menu that appears. Gmail’s Help is one of the best there is, so any time you need to learn how to do something with Gmail, be sure to search its Help section.
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Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Is 50 Years Old A
merica’s first reality show, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom premiered on NBC 50 years ago and television hasn’t been the same since.”Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom brought the world’s most exotic places and creatures right into American living rooms,” said Jim Fowler, who joined the legendary Marlin Perkins as the show’s co-host. “Over the years it also became a Sunday evening tradition for families all across the country. And we pioneered a new television genre—the reality show. At the time we just wanted to create the most entertaining and educational show we could. Wild Kingdom received 41 major awards including four Emmys, and many people a career in zoology,
wildlife conservation or a related field because of Wild Kingdom. NBC was home to Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom until 1970, when it was syndicated on the Mutual of Omaha National Syndication Network. More than 200 local television stations joined the network, enabling the show to reach the largest audience in its history. From 2002 through 2011, the Animal Planet network was home to a new series of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom shows. These programs built on the Wild Kingdom heritage by offering viewers compelling wildlife stories in one-hour documentary format.Wildkingdom.com is the hub of all that is new and exciting in the Wild Kingdom, Fowler said.
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ruiseCompete, an online cruise marketplace presents a peek at industry trends cruise consumers can expect in 2013.
3. Demand swells for river cruises. Fourteen new ships are slated for 2013.
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4. Travelers want to see, not hear— go AllThingsCruise.com for a full video library.
5. Romance and love take center stage with couples massages, honeymoon specials, specialized shore excursions and more. 6. Giving back to areas around the world.
7. New family activities are even more important. Lifestyles After 50 • April 2013 • page 21
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aseball season is here and whether you’re following the grandkids on the Little League field or visiting a far-flung baseball stadium, food abounds. Enjoying ballpark fare while watching the game is all part of the fun. Here, American Institute of Cancer Research—AICR—experts rate some popular ballpark foods, relatively speaking. And if you’re wondering how many times you would need to run around the bases to work off that food, we have that, too. The Item
Working it Off*
Jog 37 laps around the bases (about 30 minutes)
Fiber: 1 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 1025 mg Calories: 110
Bike 91 times around the bases (about 37 minutes) Jog 13 laps around the bases (about 11 minutes)
(bags are often double the amount) Bike 35 times around the Fiber: 0 g bases (about Sugar: 28 g 14 minutes)
Calories: 285 Fiber: 2 g
Jog 36 laps around the bases (about 29 minutes)
Sugar: 30 g
Bike 89 times around the bases (about 35 minutes)
Jog 50 times around the bases (around 40 min)
Fiber: 2 g Sodium: 1615 mg Calories: 800 Fat: 70 g Sodium: 850 mg Protein: 35 mg Calories: 218 Sodium: 1480 mg Protein: 6 mg
Bike 122 times around the bases (about 49 min) Jog 103 laps around the bases (about 82 minutes)
Share – or get the snack size – and it’s a Homerun.
Bike 252 times Eat it by around the yourself bases (about and it’s a 100 minutes Strikeout. K! Jog 28 laps around the bases (about 22 minutes) Bike 67 times around the bases (about 27 minutes)
The Analysis Hot dogs are processed meat, which increase risk of colorectal cancer. If you love hot dogs with your baseball, make sure it’s an occasional treat and you could try a turkey dog to cut the calories.
Loads of sugar. Enough said.
Ice cream is a good source of calcium, riboflavin, vitamins B12, A and D. The downside is high saturated fat and relatively high calories for 1 cup. Lots of calories and refined grains. Although it does have some B vitamins, fiber is low and the sodium is more than is recommended in one day for many Americans. Peanuts contain plenty of protein, and healthful fats and compounds. Just watch out for portion; some stadium bags are 8 ounces. A palmful of peanuts is about 1-ounce, which is the standard serving size.
Hummus is made from chickpeas, which are high in iron and vitamin C. And if the pita were whole wheat, this snack would be a complete game winner.
* Jogging at 5 mph and biking at 10 mph for 150 pound person From AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research)
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