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Local Area Is “Crown Jewel of Bird Watching” BY CHRIS PATTON, Hometown Highlights of Lake County


he crown jewel of bird watching in Lake County is also one of the most prized conservation areas in all of Central Florida. And what separates this area from other preserves is the over-four-mile wildlife drive which makes up-close viewing and listening possible. Although the 7,089-acre preserve known as the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area is almost a secret outside of the Sunshine State, local bird watchers and environmentalists rave about its large and diverse wildlife population. After only a decade of rehabilitation, the St. Johns River Water Management District, along with support from the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society, has accomplished an astounding feat of creating a viable conservation area and an ecotourism attraction.

The Emerelda Marsh is a favorite destination because of its diverse and immense habitats that are favorites of migrating birds. However, from bald eagles to bobcats, wildlife populations at the conservation area are plentiful, including one of the highest alligator production areas in Central Florida. “The most striking thing about Emeralda is it is just a big, big habitat, and that tends to attract not only big numbers, but occasionally rare birds,” said Dr. Peter May, an avid bird watcher and a professor at Stetson University. “So you get stuff out there that unexpectedly shows up one time and then you don’t see it again.” Right after the hurricanes several years ago, for example, there was a bird that showed up called the Purple Swamphen, which is an introduced species in Florida. They are similar to Purple Gallinule, but they are bigger and they are from Australia and Asia. They have been in the Miami area for about 10 years, but

The Snowy Egret (top left), Great Blue Heron (top right), Northern Mockingbird (bottom left) and Anhinga (bottom right) are just a few of the birds that can be found at Emeralda Marsh.

they had never been north of Lake Okeechobee before that season. While all bird watchers are in search of the unordinary species sighting, some birders flock to Emeralda Marsh to witness the sheer numbers of some of the more common sorts.

“One day at Emeralda” begins local bird watcher Greg Gensheimer. His story is like many other fortunate birders that have been to Emeralda Marsh to see the thousands of Common Moorhens, Egrets and Herons that breed in the area. For Gensheimer it was the remarkable sight of witnessing hundreds of Blue-Winged Teal taking off. “It was so loud you could hear the wings,” he said. “You don’t see that everywhere, it was just incredible. It was almost like an Andy Warhol painting, and that’s what makes this place so cool.” A handicapped-accessible wildlife viewing platform is available. Directions: From U.S. Highway 441, turn east on to County Road 44. Turn left on to Emeralda Avenue. When road comes to a “T”, turn left and follow Emeralda Island Road. For more information about park hours, call the St. Johns Water Management District at (386) 329-4404 or log on to

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Meet Me At The Fair Dear Readers,


ebruary is my favorite time of the year! Annual festivals, celebrations and fairs will be taking place all over the state. Kathy Beck, Check your local Publisher calendar for some in your area. Many of these events are free or have a small entrance fee, and they include entertainment, education, fun and food! One of my favorites is the Florida State Fair, which has been held in Tampa since 1904. It has grown over the years, but it still holds that hometown Florida feel with the daily parade that includes high school marching bands, horses, themed floats and clowns. Artisans display their crafts, and Cracker Country’s view back into the pioneer days of Florida is a hands-on education for every age.

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I love to take the grandkids to see the 4-H youth (Ag) show of animals, rabbits, chicken, roosters, llamas and more…and don’t forget the moo-turnity ward and the new born piglets. I’ll never forget the surprised look on my grandson’s face when he tried to help milk a cow! This year the fair will be held from Feb. 9 – 20. The Lee County Fair takes place from Feb. 24 – March 4 and offers the theme of “Where old friends meet and fun begins!” Of course there are smaller events and local celebrations of all kinds thoughout the state. Folks come from

all over to enjoy the annual Strawberry Festival in Plant City, featuring country music stars and, of course, homemade strawberry shortcake. This year the festival will be held from March 1 – 11. Check out our feature story about Brenda Lee, who will perform at the festival on Mar. 6. While our northern friends fight snow and ice, we have the opportunity to get out there and meet new people and enjoy events happening all over the state of Florida. I’ll see you at the Fair! – Kathy J Beck, Publisher

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his publication, which includes Mature Lifestyles magazines in Tennessee, has been a part of News Connection, USA, Inc. since 2005. The following is an announcement of recent developments. News Connection, USA, LLC is based in Nashville with operations in Tennessee and Florida. The company will continue providing magazine-type publications and other services to the 50+ community and recently announced that it has acquired the business operations and assets of four related Florida businesses, each of which provides similar services. The companies acquired are SR Media, Inc., D&D Events, Inc., Web Concepts, Inc., and 50+ Concepts, Inc. News Connection publishes and distributes its papers across seven counties in Middle Tennessee under the brand name Mature Lifestyles. In Florida, five editions are published in eleven counties along the west coast. The Florida papers are published under two brand names, Mature Lifestyles and Senior Connection,

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have a 20+ year history and have won numerous awards over the years for content, design and editorial features. In addition to the publications, News Connection conducts events and expos which showcase vendor products and services of interest to the 50+ community. James K. Patterson, President of News Connection, said: “The addition of these Florida businesses provides us with a tremendous opportunity to expand not only our geographic footprint but also our product and service offerings to the 50+ community. The addition of D&D Events will allow us to exponentially grow the expo segment of the business and the addition of Web Concepts and 50+ Concepts provides a quantum leap into the modern day utility of the internet and social media. Through these proprietary, web-based programs we will now be able to offer our advertising clients a lead-based utility to identify and deliver customers to their doorstep no matter where these customers may reside, domestically or abroad.”

David Tarantul, a principal in the acquired business said: “We are very pleased with this acquisition. News Connection is a much larger company with more resources and access to new markets that will enable us to expand the combined business more rapidly.” Tarantul has been employed by News Connection as General Manager of the combined Florida operations. Patterson added: “In most business acquisitions, the most important asset you get is people. We feel like we have struck gold in getting Dave Tarantul and his team to join ours. Kathy Beck, one of the founders of our Florida business, will continue in her role as Publisher but will assume the added duties of Director of Marketing and Events. We now have two veterans and real pros to lead the growth and development of our multiple business segments, freshen our image and consolidate our multiple brands under a new, uniform brand and logo. We expect to roll this out over the next two to three months.”

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ednesdays Farmer’s Market. 4 to 7 p.m. Town Center at Cagan Crossings, Clermont. (352) 243-9005.

hrough 26 Theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Nunsense.” Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala. (352) 236-2274.

hrough 26 Theatre production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Bay Street Players at the State Theatre, Eustis. (352) 357-7777.


LIFE Luncheon (social support group for widowed persons). Leesburg Community Center. 15 LIFE Luncheon at Elks Lodge, 2540 Dora Ave., Tavares. Both locations: $10 for lunch and musical entertainment. RSVP or more info at (352) 787-0403.


“Just Desserts” Restaurant Sampling Event. Benefits New Beginnings Homeless Recovery Programs. 7 to 10 p.m. $10. First United Methodist Church, Clermont. (352) 404-6946.


“Magic Mark,” illusionist, and The Johnny Mello Show of ‘50s and ‘60s music benefit for Have a Heart for Companion Animals. 7 – 10 p.m. Silver Springs Shores Community Center, 590 Silver Rd., Silver Springs Shores. $10 tickets. (352) 687-1776 or


Fox Run Fair/Garage Sale (S.R. 19 in Tavares, then one mile on Dead River Rd.) 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (352) 253-9390 for information.


and 12 Stringfever USA, family quartet. 25 and 26 Jim Stafford from Branson. Concerts at Williams Auditorium, Lake Sumter Community College, Leesburg. (352) 365-3506.


Guitars and Cars Swap Meet and Show. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features door prizes, awards, vendors and more. $2. Renningers Twin Markets, Mount Dora. (352) 383-8393.


“Cooking With the Calamari Sisters—Manga Italiano!” Delphine and Carmela Calamari cook up family anecdotes, wacky dishes and crazy song-and-dance routines.

7:30 p.m. $26. Fine Arts Center at CF Ocala Campus. (352) 873-5810 ext. 1416.


Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra Performance. Featured: “A Tribute to Guy Saint-Clair” with his “Slavic Fireworks” compositions. $42/advance, $45/door. 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mount Dora. (352) 589-1500.

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Sun Cycle Center 100 W. Burleigh Blvd. (Hwy. 441) Tavares, FL 32778

– 19 Mount Dora Music Festival. Schedule available at (352) 383-2627. “Ben Franklin Speaks” program at Lakeside Terrace Mobile Home Park, 24 Sunrise Lane, Fruitland Park. 7 p.m. $10. (352) 728-8892.


Mardi Gras Ball “A Crowning Event.” 7 p.m. Formal or costume attire. Leesburg Opera House. (352) 365-0053.


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CORNERSTONE HOSPICE SEEKING DONORS OF REAL ESTATE If you have been thinking about making a substantial gift to CORNERSTONE HOSPICE Cornerstone Hospice – perhaps you should consider Real Estate. Horses for Hospice Trail A gift of cashOF or securities this time may not be practical.Your SEEKING DONORS REALatESTATE Ride on the Central Florida

Fine Arts Festival at The Plantation, 25201 U.S. Hwy. 27 S., Leesburg. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (352) 323-8364.


personal residence, farm, vacation home, commercial property, Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in If you have been thinking about making a substantial or parcel of undeveloped land might be more suitable. Ocala. 8 a.m. registration. Entertaingift to Cornerstone Hospice – formerly Hospice of ment, lunch by Tommy’s BBQ, door A present or future gift offers you the opportunity for valuable Lake and prizes. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Sumter – perhaps you should consider Real income tax and estate tax savings. You A togift of cash or securities at this time may not also can free yourself Marion County. MinimumEstate. donation burdensome management and problems involved in selling ride is $30. Nonriders maybe purchase practical. Your of personal residence, farm, vacation the property or leaving it to estate liquidation. $10 ticket to enjoy lunch andhome, entertaintime share, commercial property, or parcel ment. Info/register: (352) 854-5218. of undeveloped land besell more Whether wemight keep or the suitable. property, you will make a satisfying and enduring contribution to Cornerstone Hospice to benefit “The Great Caruso,” Central A present or future gift offers you the patients during their final journey of life. Florida Lyric Opera. 3 p.m. opportunity for valuable income tax and estate tax $25/ seniors. Fine Arts Auditorium For more information You also can free yourself of burdensome on at Lake Sumter Communitysavings. Col“How to GiveinReal Estate,” contact management and problems involved selling lege, Leesburg. (407) 292-2143. Nick Buchholz at Cornerstone Hospice: the property or leaving it to estate liquidation. Send Around Town news to Senior (352) 742-6800 or e-mail: Connection Magazine, 1602Whether S. Parsonswe keep or sell the property, you will make Cornerstone Hospice & the Hospice Hope Chest are currently looking Ave., Seffner, FL 33584; please fax a satisfying andfor enduring contribution to Cornerstone gently used furniture donations. For information on how you can (813) 651-1989. News must be received Hospice to benefit patients during their final journey ofatlife. help, please contact Chandra 352.742.6819 or by the 10th of the month prior to event (i.e. February 10 for March event.)


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Ways to Show Your Love Every Day


ere are some tips to keep your love healthy on Valentine’s Day and every day, according to Todd Patkin, author of the new book Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In. 1. Recommit yourself to your marriage every single day.




2. Evaluate where your self-worth comes from.


3. Verbalize to your spouse the things you love and appreciate about him or her all of the time. BRENDA LEE

4. Acknowledge the little things your spouse does, and return the favor.





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5. Learn—and then do—what makes your spouse feel most loved. 6. Don’t let resentment build.

7. Take responsibility and stop trying to fix your partner. 8. Figure out what your strengths are and play to them. 9. Date your spouse again.

The author says, “It’s true: Everything—and especially our own happiness—really is, to a huge extent, about our relationships with other people. And I think Cupid would agree!”

February in The Villages

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t The Savannah Center in The Villages:

The Jim Stafford Show from Branson. Tickets: $27.

“Let’s Twist Again” with Chubby Checker and his band, the Wildcats. $29.


– 18 “American Bandstand Remembered.” $22.


“The Unexpected Boys Show,” musical tribute to the Four Seasons and Broadway’s Jersey Boys. $27. At Laurel Manor:


The Keister Family Fiddlers, Canadian family of fast fiddlers and humor. $20.

Prices shown are for non-residents. For tickets and information for all shows, please call (352) 753-3229.

For The Love of Animals Fundraiser


or an evening of fun and an opportunity to help animals, see The Johnny Mello Show and Adult Magic Demonstrations at “For The Love of Animals Gala.” The Gala benefits Have a Heart for Companion Animals and will be held Saturday night, Feb. 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.

in the Silver Springs Shores Community Center, 590 Silver Road, Silver Springs Shores. Tickets are $10, and bring a bag of dry pet food as a donation for local rescue groups. Info and tickets at (352) 687-1776 or visit

America’s Little Miss Dynamite Will Light Up the Strawberry Festival BY JANICE DOYLE AND TRACIE SCHMIDT


Though “I’m Sorry” was not released as a country song, it was among the first big hits to use what was to become the Nashville sound—singing with a string orchestra and smooth harmonized background vocals.

he Beatles’ own John Lennon once described Brenda Lee as “the greatest Rock and Roll voice of all.” How did he know? Simple. The Strawberry Festival Beatles toured with Appearance Brenda Lee in Europe We talked with Brenda as her opening band on Lee by phone about her a UK tour in the early show at the Strawberry 1960s. She was already Festival in Plant City a star, but they were a on Tuesday, March 6. then-little-known beat She said, “You’ll hear l of al H ic us M group from Liverpool. ry nt just about all of the ou C Lee da en Br , ar st Born in 1944, Brenda e m Fa oldies. Let’s see; ‘I’m Lee’s career started with Sorry,’ ‘Jambalaya,’ her big voice and a catchy song— ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ ”Jambalaya”—in 1955. At 4 feet 9 ‘Break It to Me Gently,’ ‘As Usual,’ inches tall, she received the nickname ‘Sweet Nothing’ and some others.” Little Miss Dynamite in 1957 after Now 67, Brenda Lee placed 37 recording the song “Dynamite,” and in songs on the American singles charts 1960 she recorded her signature song during the 1960s. In the 1970s, she ‘“I’m Sorry,” which hit No. 1 on the re-invented herself with country Billboard pop chart. It was her first music, saying, “It’s the honesty that gold single—28 more would follow as appeals to me, people relate to the well as five gold and platinum albums. feelings expressed in country songs.” The little girl from rural Georgia was Later still, Brenda Lee would find one of the earliest pop stars to have a that rock music and its “plain all-out, major contemporary international unadulterated energy” carried her following. along. She found herself with new entertainers who shared “the sheer love of music that we were all inventing at the same time, not knowing what the heck we were $10 adult admission inventing,” she Senior Day: March 1. 60+ years told one writer.

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old/$2 off gate admission. Free Jimmy Sturr Orchestra for listening and dancing, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Brenda Lee concert: 3:30 p.m., March 6. $15 and $20 tickets (in addition to regular gate admission) Phone (813) 754-1996 for tickets.

Brenda Lee’s Successes: • On September 23, 1997, Brenda was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was the first of the baby-boomers and the youngest person to ever be presented this prestigious honor. • She has sold over 100 million records—more records than any other woman in the history of recorded music. • Charted in more categories (including Pop/Rock, Rock, Easy Listening and Country) than any other female in the history of recorded music. • Brenda made a Royal Command Performance before Queen Elizabeth II of England on Nov. 2, 1964. She sang “All the Way.” Married to the same man, Ronnie Shacklett, since 1963, Brenda Lee continues to wow audiences, has appeared on every major TV show ever produced and has traveled the world with her music. We asked the star what has grounded her to stay vital in the music world and not lose her personal focus on family and values. She said, “I had a good mother who taught me a lot about perseverance and discipline, and those are some really great traits to have. I took those to heart, really tried to adhere to them. When you grow up really poor like I did, it will make you one of two ways – either really bitter or really happy to be alive and grateful, and I was one of the latter.” Brenda Lee has always understood audiences, and she knows older audiences appreciate her music for the memories the songs carry for them. But, she added, “An audience is the same the world over. Give them a good show, be glad they’re there and appreciative of them, and they’ll respond back to you.” The Strawberry Festival audience will most likely respond because they’ll know both her and her songs. She said, “I’m still short, I’ve still got big hair, I still look pretty much the same. I’m older though.”

Young people have often discovered Brenda Lee from listening with parents or grandparents. A new generation first heard her sing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” in the 1990 movie Home Alone. That original 1958 Christmas song is now the No. 4 all-time Christmas radio hit, and Brenda herself sings it every year wherever her annual live Christmas tours take her. Brenda said we’d hear ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ at the Strawberry Festival. We can also tell you that when she talked about her grandchildren, she said, “My youngest grandson sometimes comes on the road with me and sings ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.’ He’ll be in Plant City, so you never know what you’ll see!” We’ll be welcoming Brenda Lee and she’s looking forward to coming to Plant City and said, “I look forward to being there and putting on a great performance, and seeing and saying hello to folks.” Brenda Lee truly is one of America’s living legends. Go to the Strawberry Festival and let her touch your memory bank and your emotions with her warm personality and high-spirited voice. You won’t regret it.

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Travel Tips For The Heart Smart Among Us F

ar too many people see taking vacations as a free pass to eat whatever they want and worry about the consequences afterwards. How many times have you yourself promised to go on a diet as soon as you returned from that luxury cruise or holiday visit to see the family? We’re all guilty of that. But for those of us who are at elevated risk for heart disease, there’s no such thing as taking a vacation from a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the most helpful heart healthy travel tips to help keep you on track while you vacation.

Plan heart healthy travel activities. Wherever you go, there will be plenty of opportunities to get your exercise, even if you’re on vacation mode. Hopping aboard a cruise ship? There’s plenty of room to walk around each day to keep your heart and muscles pumping. Cloistering up in a romantic hotel for a few days? Seek out nearby health clubs where you can get a day pass, or find out if the hotel you’ll be staying at offers gym services. Create a daily agenda and stick to it. There’s nothing easier to do than to fall into relaxation mode because you’ve got nothing special planned and are in no rush to do it. But if you make sure to plan out your activities in advance, you won’t have the opportunity to let last night’s dinner go to work on your waistline—you’ll be too busy being on the move, which is one of the best possible heart healthy travel tips.

Eat smart. Heart healthy travel is only an impossibility if you’ve convinced yourself that there’s no way in the world to eat healthy when you’re on vacation. Fortunately, as long as you recognize that’s just an excuse to enable you to ignore your heart health, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to eat smart wherever you are. Opt for heart healthy or vegetarian dishes when you’re dining in restaurants and choose fruit desserts instead of cardiovascular no-no’s.

Be aware of your surroundings. Vacation destinations that experience extreme climates (whether hot or cold) can be unhealthy for those with existing heart issues. Plan ahead by researching the climate of your destination and by finding out what the expected forecast will be when you’re there. Pack vacation attire that matches up well with the expected climate. Over-exerting yourself in hot or humid weather is bad for you, but so is overdoing it in cold weather. Altitude is another important consideration, because the higher the altitude, the less oxygen your body gets—making your heart work harder even when resting. You don’t have to avoid vacation destinations with high altitudes, but it’s a smart idea to hold off on any high energy activities until you’ve had a couple of days to acclimate. There are many ways to achieve heart healthy travel that won’t cause you any major health setbacks, but in the end it’s entirely up to you to ensure you make those smart choices. Article provided by

Older Americans Want “There’s no place like home...” to be Like Betty White but maybe there is P

eople chose Betty White as the notable personality over the age of 60 that they most want to be like in retirement— because she knows how to laugh. Betty beats out Jimmy Carter, Martha Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steven Tyler, Jack Welch and George Foreman, according to those who responded to a new survey gauging attitudes, opinions, reflections and projections of people who are within 10 years of retiring versus those who have retired within the last 10 years.

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• When asked what song they’d use to describe the retirement they have, or the one they hope to have, the song most often chosen was (I Did It) “My Way.”

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Top 10 Movies Guaranteed to Inspire You to Better Heart Health


here comes a point in everybody’s life where a gentle push is all that’s needed to help get us back on track. Movies are one of the most powerful art forms that frequently inspire us to be better and to do better. If you’re needing a swift kick in the posterior and are looking for that inspiration on the silver screen, look no further than the following cinematic works of art: 1. Rocky Balboa. At a spry 60, Sylvester Stallone was no spring chicken when he decided to revive the main character of his Rocky movies for one last go. This inspiring tour de force that shows us that heart and determination can overcome the limitations of age. 2. Pumping Iron. Bodybuilding was a fringe sport when this documentary came out in 1977, but afterwards, the sport exploded in popularity. If you’re looking motivation to pick up those dumbbells and pack on a few pounds of muscle, this is the movie to watch.

Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner.

5. The Natural. Robert Redford’s touching and inspiring performance as an aging baseball player shows that sometimes, physical ability can outlast the expectations of even the most optimistic. 3. Harold and Maude. This classic, often overlooked gem is evidence that you don’t have to work your muscles to the bone to lead a rich, fulfilling life as a senior. Ruth Gordon’s performance as the octogenarian Maude shows that finding adventure at a ripe old age is simply a matter of having the nerve to look for it.

4. Space Cowboys. There’s nothing quite like a troupe of “old timers” showing the younger generation how it’s done to emphasize the virtues of experience over physical ability. Starring the fit-as-a-fiddle Clint Eastwood,

6. The Rookie. With a tag line like “It’s never too late to believe in your dreams,” you know going into this movie that you’re in for something special. Dennis Quaid plays an aging baseball coach who decides to give his dream of being a pro baseball player a shot. 7. Never Say Never Again. At 53, Sean Connery returned to the role he made famous as James Bond, showing that age is no encumbrance to attractiveness, mobility and general on-screen heroics. He’s also an inspiration to those who feel that their best years may be behind them.

The Healthy Geezer



. I’m a geezer planning to have surgery in a few months. I was wondering if I can I donate blood to myself in advance?

A: Yes you can. This is called

“autologous” blood donation. It’s done in the weeks before non-emergency surgery. The blood is stored until the operation. Autologous donation is most often employed in surgery on bones, blood vessels, the urinary tract and the heart, when the likelihood of transfusion is high. This form of blood donation is good for the patient, but it’s beneficial to society, too. People over the age of 69 require half of all whole blood and red blood cells transfused, according to the National Blood Data Resource Center (NBDRC). Giving blood to yourself cuts down on the demand for blood.

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Typically, each donated unit of blood, referred to as whole blood, is separated into multiple components, such as red blood cells, plasma, platelets and antihemophilic factor, for transfusion to individuals with different needs. With an aging population and advances in medical treatments requiring blood transfusions, the demand for blood is increasing. On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed. Volunteers donate almost all the blood transfused in the United States. Using current screening and donation procedures, a growing number of blood banks have found blood donation by seniors to be safe and practical; if you’re a geezer, you probably can help the cause. To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be in good health. In general, donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. Most blood banks have no upper age limit. Donors are screened for AIDS, hepatitis, other diseases and other possible problems.

8. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If there’s any sixtysomething actor in Hollywood that can make growing old look good, it’s Harrison Ford. His superior physical shape in the last of the Indiana Jones movies may not inspire you to take on the world with a bullwhip in hand, but it’ll certainly show you that being over 60 doesn’t have to be an invitation to the old folks’ home. 9. Red. Helen Mirren delivers a rocking, rolling performance as a gun-toting, sexy sixty-something that proves just because a woman is verging on her seventh decade doesn’t mean she can’t take care of herself and look fabulous in the process. Ladies, take note.

10. Machete. This movie may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying that seeing 66-year-old Danny Trejo lay waste to his mortal enemies with a physique that would shame most twentysomethings could inspire anyone to better physical health, regardless of age.

Adult males have about 12 pints of blood in their circulation and adult females have about nine pints. The donor’s body replenishes the fluid lost from donation in about 24 hours. The red blood cells that are lost are generally replaced in a few weeks. Whole blood can be donated once every eight weeks. What is the most common blood type? The approximate distribution of blood types in the U.S. population is as follows. Distribution may be different for specific racial and ethnic groups: O Rh-positive – 38 percent O Rh-negative – 7 percent A Rh-positive – 34 percent A Rh-negative – 6 percent B Rh-positive – 9 percent B Rh-negative – 2 percent AB Rh-positive – 3 percent AB Rh-negative – 1 percent

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Vietnam Veterans and the Diabetes Mellitis Connection


eterans who develop type 2 diabetes mellitus and were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service do not have to prove a connection between their disease and military service to be eligible to receive VA disability compensation and health care benefits. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body’s ability to use blood sugar for energy. In type 2 diabetes mellitus, the body does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells ignore the insulin. Signs and symptoms of diabetes type 2 (untreated) are: blurry vision, excessive thirst, fatigue, hunger, frequent urination and weight loss.

Some questions and answers: 1. What veterans will be affected when this condition is added as a presumptive condition for those exposed to herbicides/dioxins? Honorably discharged veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during the period January 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975 and have “adult onset diabetes mellitus” will be affected. This does not include veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam before January 9, 1962. 2. What does “presumptive condition” mean? Normally, the claimant must show proof of relationship between service and the condition being claimed. Under presumption of service connection, VA presumes the service-connected relationship exists based on the other qualifying criteria, such as dates and location of service and that the condition being claimed, in this case, is associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

3. Must I have served “in-country” Vietnam to be eligible? To have presumptive service connection granted for diabetes mellitus-based on Vietnam service, the claimant must have served in-country. 4. What does “in-country” mean? What if I served in support of operations in Vietnam, for example, on board a ship in the Gulf of Tonkin? During the period 1/9/62 through 5/7/75, you must have physically served or visited in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), including service in the waters offshore if the conditions of service involved duty or visitation in Vietnam. This means the ship must have come to port in the RVN and you disembarked. 5. I applied for service-connection for my diabetes and was denied. The condition was, however, rated as non-service connected. Will I need to reapply for service connection? Vietnam veterans who were previously denied service connection for diabetes should reapply by contacting his or her local VA office at 1-800-827-1000 or by email through the VA webpage. 6. If I am already service connected for diabetes, will I be eligible for medical treatment? Even if you decide not to file a claim based on exposure to herbicide, you can still get a free physical examination at the nearest VA Medial Center. You may also be entitled to free ongoing medical treatment at a VA medical facility. You should contact the nearest VA medical facility or you can obtain information and an application for health benefits at the Veterans Health Administration website at htm or by calling 1-877-222-8387. Info from the Department of Veterans Affairs website:

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riving off into the sunset—many older drivers have no plan in place after they hang up their car keys. Florida is home to one of the highest percentages of residents ages 65 and older in the United States, but very few of them have thought ahead to a time when they will no longer be able to drive a vehicle safely or considered how they will get around without a car, according to a new survey developed by Florida State University and the Florida Department of Transportation. In fact, 13 percent of survey respondents indicated they would not stop driving at all, with three percent expressing the opinion that they would die before they would stop driving. The findings reflect a serious issue in Florida—and across the nation—that older drivers are at a disproportionate risk for being involved in a fatal vehicular crash, according to John Reynolds, director of the university’s Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy. To address the problem, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) awarded the Pepper Institute grants totaling $475,000 to assist it in establishing and implementing a statewide coalition to create a statewide Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan.

Retirement Living Recent findings: Most older drivers don’t plan for a future day when they may be unable to drive safely. Eighty-three percent of survey respondents ages 65 and older, and 92 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds, reported that they have no “transportation retirement plan.” When asked to describe how they might transition from driving in the future, many indicated they would rely on family, friends or neighbors, but many more replied that they did not know or had not ever thought about it. Very Mature Lifestyles • February 2012 • page 14

few stated that they planned to use a community driver program or paratransit service such as Dial-A-Ride. Many aging road users see no alternatives to driving in their communities. When asked about ways they get around besides driving a car, riding with family or friends or walking were options, and 15 percent said there was no other way to get around other than driving.

Responses revealed that overall, older drivers consider roads in the state to be fairly safe. “Though many aging drivers in Florida view our roads as very or somewhat safe, we found a lot of concern about the other drivers who are on them,” Reynolds said. “People responding to the survey voiced frustration, and sometimes anger, at other drivers who are talking on their phones, texting or are otherwise being careless while they drive. This concern is being heard all around the country.” Residents ages 65 and older make up almost 18 percent of the Sunshine State’s population. In 2008, 447 older adults were killed in automobile crashes on Florida roads, making up about 15 percent of all crash fatalities in the state. “There are so many groups and agencies throughout the state that are committed to making our roads and communities safer for older adults,” Reynolds said. “The coalition brings these groups together to work as a team on the objectives and goals identified in the strategic safety plan.” (Newswise)

10 Tell-Tale Signs Your Aging Parents Can’t Live Alone



ith an estimated 13 million baby boomers throughout the U.S. caring for elderly parents, throngs of adult caregivers struggle with determining if their parent is fit to remain living alone. Here are 10 tell-tale signs that can give you peace of mind making this all-important decision: 1. Mom or Dad has always been a great housekeeper, but the house just doesn’t look like it used to: Ask your parent if help is needed with the clutter, but do it in a nonchalant way that could prompt a conversation indicating assistance is needed here. 2. The bills and other mail are piling up: Basic tasks that were often dealt

with quickly and easily when younger, but that are now falling by the wayside, are signs that your older parent could be getting overwhelmed and not able to manage daily affairs.

3. The checking account balance is wrong and bills are going unpaid: You may also discover amongst mail issues that your parent’s checking account ledger balance is wrong or in arrears. These are also signs that your parent is having memory issues or difficulty with simple math cognition. 4. Your parent is losing a lot of weight: A parent who may have lost their partner or who is generally depressed often loses interest in eating due to a reduced appetite.

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5. They have forgotten the basics of hygiene: If you notice that your parents are wearing the same clothing day in and day out or that their hair or skin appears dirty on a fairly regular basis, they may have lost the motivation, ability and/or forethought to look after themselves.

6. They appear in inappropriate clothing: There is cause for concern if your parent dons summer clothing in the dead of winter or leaves the house in a nightgown and slippers. 7. There are signs of forgetfulness in the home: All too often there are stories of older people who accidentally burned their houses down or have flooded the home due to forgetting.

8. Your parent regularly misses appointments and other important items: Forgetfulness, absentmindedness and memory issues may also show up when it comes to keeping certain appointments, recognizing key dates or taking meds. 9. They are just acting plain weird: If you see signs of paranoia, fear, strange phone calls and conversations and nervousness, these should not be overlooked.

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attention to our past can strengthen us by reminding us of how we survived challenges, loss, injury, failure or misfortune in the past. When we are sad or discouraged, it can be uplifting to remember that we are still the person who had been happy, strong and productive at times in our past. Our sense of who we are is closely related to how we see ourselves in relation to others. Research has shown that nostalgia can strengthen a sense of social connectedness by helping us appreciate what we have meant to others as well as what others have meant to us. Nostalgia can help a person cope with loneliness by enhancing the sense of social support that comes from knowing that each of us is someone’s daughter or son, mother or father, sister or brother. Nostalgic memories can help someone who is mourning the death of a family member by reminding us that the bonds we share with those we love survive physical separation. (Newswise)

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“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.” —Dr. William Butler, 17th Century English Writer

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part from tasting simply delicious, strawberries have beneficial effects on your health. They are low in fat and calories, naturally high in fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants.

2 cups strawberries 2 tbsp. mint (ground) 1 cup whipping cream 2 egg whites 1 1/2 cups yogurt 2 tbsp. powdered sugar

Strawberry Mint Cream


Recipe Compared to fruits like apples, oranges or bananas, they score highest in most of the nutrients. So, enjoy the season’s bounty of berries.

Strawberry Vegetable Salad 8 oz. lettuce 8 oz. fresh spinach 1 avocado, peeled and chopped 1/2 pint strawberries, halved 1/2 cantaloupe, scooped into balls 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced 4 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

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Directions: Whip cream and egg whites. Carefully mix in the yogurt. Add sugar till you like it. Cut strawberries in quarters and add gently to the mixture. Pour into glass bowls and decorate with the ground mint.


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Seniors Getting Together Attention SGTers!

Screen respondents carefully. Always meet in public places and have your own transportation. Don’t divulge your home address. Be sure to provide a way for your correspondent to respond to you – phone number, e-mail address or Post Office Box address. Contact the authorities if you feel threatened or harassed by an individual. Be patient and careful – a good relationship and your personal safety are worth the wait!

WOMEN SEEKING MEN 4080 SEEKING NICE GENTLEMAN Hispanic, kind and loving, white, Christian female, never smoke, wine with my dinner (a glass). Honest, healthy, music, exercises, travel, etc. Please send a recent photo. 4083 SERIOUS AND LOVEABLE WSF, 81 YO, excellent health, NS, ND, NDrg and don’t drive. Love dogs, no cats. Don’t care to cruise or go to Vegas. Like NFL, NBA, reading, TV. Prefer Villages or nearby. Reply with photo and phone number. No games—life is too short.

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BY CHUCK AND DENA BINGHAM Jubilee (joo´ be-le´) n.: 1. A special anniversary e.g. a 60th anniversary. 2. A season or occasion of joyful celebration.

Olympics (o-lim´piks) pl.n.: In ancient Greece, a Pan-Hellenic festival of athletic games and contests.


f ever you considered traveling to Merry Olde England, or if it has been some while since you’ve been, pack your bags and head to the British Isles this summer. To kick off the summer season, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, her 60th anniversary as Reigning Monarch. The festivities will extend from June 2 to June 5. With a queen-sized array of special events and functions, this promises to be a truly royal experience.

Travel But, if that’s not enough to get you to cross “the pond,” consider this: London will host the XXX Olympiad—the 30th modern-day Olympics from July 27 to August 12. Athletes from every corner of the world will compete in 26 sports. In London, everywhere you look you see signs of preparation activities for these two monumental occasions. Buildings are being cleaned and pressure-washed, revealing beautiful architecture hidden by

Buckingham Palace – Each room is more resplendent than the last. Make sure you see the Changing of the Guard. Go online for timing, which varies throughout the year. Remember it’s Jubilee; prepare for long lines. Mature Lifestyles • February 2012 • page 22

time and circumstance. Multilingual signs and icons are in place to guide visitors to their destinations. If you should need assistance, however, you can count on an affable Brit to help you find your way. And here was an unexpected treat—the cabbies were friendly, knowledgeable, and… they spoke English! My California brother and wife met my Florida wife and me in London. We started our tour of London from our hotel—Marriott’s Grosvenor House on Park Lane in historic Mayfair. This iconic hotel, built in 1929, is directly across from the 350-acre Hyde Park. A two-day Hop On / Hop Off bus pass from Golden Tours allowed us unlimited off and on opportunities at any of their 44 different stops. For our first outing, we stayed on board, hopping off only to enjoy a hearty lunch near Trafalgar Square. Buses run continuously throughout the day, so it was only a few minutes’ wait until we hopped on the next bus and continued our journey. We traversed the city in about five hours, making notes on our bus schedule of the major points of interest for future reference. Each bus has a tour guide on board who points out rich historical events along the way. Next day, we emerged from our hotel and hailed a taxi (unless you have a death wish, you’ll want to take taxis everywhere—remember there are 7 million people driving on the “wrong”

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side of the road, sitting in the “wrong” side of the front seat!). We took a taxi to the Tower of London—really a castle. There are over a dozen “towers” within the two concentric walls of the fortress. Started in 1066, it has been an armed fortress, a royal residence and a prison. It currently houses the Crown Jewels and serves as a working museum of almost 1,000 years of English history. Spend the day, it’s worth it. That evening we made our way to the West End theater district, which is like New York’s Broadway but with a posh British flair. All the world-class stage shows are here, as well as eateries and pubs for every palate and pocketbook. We started our third morning with a hotel change to the Lancaster London, which offered a panoramic view of Hyde Park, Knightsbridge and Oxford Street from our 18th floor room. After breakfast we headed to Buckingham Palace, where we were treated like—you guessed

it—royalty. It is difficult to illustrate the opulence that surrounds you. You can take a guided tour or rent a headset that explains the origin of the contents of each room. This is a must-see venue while you are here. Then it was back to our hotel where the ladies enjoyed afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and sweets. That evening we had reservations for the London Eye River Cruise at dusk and the London Eye at night—think huge Ferris wheel which tops out at 440 feet. The enclosed gondolas give you a spectacular view of London by night. Awesome. Our fourth day in the city allowed us time to explore the shops from Hyde Park to Knightsbridge, including Harrod’s. A trip to London is not complete without a visit to this must-see shopping mecca. That evening, we found a delightful backstreet neighborhood pub for dinner. We raised our glasses and toasted family reunions. It was a perfect ending to a perfect visit.

Grosvenor House – This quintessentially British hotel caters to the discerning worldwide traveler. Service is impeccable, as are the accommodations. The award-winning menus are a must to be experienced.

Tower of London – The famous landmark is rich in history; you’ll want spend an entire day here. This double–walled castle fortress actually has over a dozen “towers” and is steeped in the folklore of “Olde England.”


From The American Contract Bridge League



ast month, we were trying to avoid finesses in favor of better alternatives. But this week, we are actually going to take a finesse. Eventually.

N-S take the express lane to 6♥ and West leads the ♣Q. You will win that and draw trumps in two rounds, but then what? You have 11 tricks, can you find the 12th? This hand appears to depend on a successful Spade finesse and, if the

No Safe Exit ♠K is with West, then 6♥ makes. But that King is with East on the actual lie of the cards. Does that mean it’s down one? Not at all! Having drawn trumps, Declarer cashes those minor suit winners, and leads a Spade to the Ace. Then he crosses back to hand with a trump and leads a Spade towards the Queen. East wins the King but has no safe exit. With nothing left but minor suit cards, whatever he plays will give Declarer a ruff and sluff. Declarer will pitch the Spade loser from his hand and ruff on the board. Making 12 tricks. Taking the delayed finesse gave Declarer a second way to win. He would still make his slam whenever West had the ♠K, and he would also succeed when the King was doubleton with East. But only if Declarer cashes his minor suit winners first, forcing East to concede that ruff and sluff after winning the doubleton King. Visit for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email To find a bridge club in Florida, go to Bridge article provided courtesy of St. Petersburg Bridge Club:

Don’t Worry—Be Happy W

orrying is one behavior shared by just about everybody. Yet we all know that worrying never landed a job, got a project done or solved a personal problem. The following is timeless, practical advice on handling problems in a high pressure world.

Rely on a productive problem solving approach by asking these four simple questions:

a. What is the problem? b. What is the cause of the problem? c. What are all possible solutions to the problem? d. What is the best solution? Information from Mature Lifestyles • February 2012 • page 23

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