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Dating: Does Age Matter? VOLUME 22, NUMBER 6


JUNE 2011

St. Simons Island



• Whose Body Is This? • D-Day Memorial: Remembering • Grilled Cheese Grows Up • “Boneing” Up On Vitamin D

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Grandma’s Big Adventure:

Showing Jake That Heroes Are Alive and Well and Living Among Us BY JANICE DOYLE

Dear Readers,


t’s true: Osama bin Laden is dead. On May 2 a Navy SEAL Janice Doyle, team appeared “out of Editor nowhere” in Pakistan and did what they had trained to do. My husband and I visited the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum across the state in Ft. Pierce in mid-May. We who are older still like real-life heroes, and the SEAL team holds our fascination in that regard this summer. People from around the world are sending thank you letters and cards to the Museum. We love to honor real heroism and bemoan the fact that so much attention is taken by fantasy heroes. Several years ago I discovered the treasury of history that is in Springfield, Illinois. There’s the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library, an incredible Illinois State Museum and numerous other history venues of interest. I determined that I would take each of my seven grandchildren there on a trip alone after they turned eight years old to introduce them to our sixteenth president. In early May this year I took the second grandchild on that trip. Eightyear-old Jake looked forward to it. He had read books about Lincoln and knew he would have my undivided attention for three days. He also knew he got to choose anywhere he wanted Jake with the Lincoln family. to eat and could order whatever he wanted. Plus, we would stay in a hotel where there was a heated swimming pool. The first grandson I took got very involved with Civil War history on his trip. Jake’s trip will be remembered for the real-live heroes he met besides learning about Lincoln.

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I planned to use the three hours of car time from his home in Columbia, Missouri, to Springfield, to help Jake learn the continents as well as to memorize all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. He was also our map reader and manned the GPS. Well, many times he played with it – at one point he discovered we were actually 232 miles from the closest Waffle House! “No waffles today, Grandma.” In Springfield, we toured Lincoln’s tomb and then we went to see the town’s WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Memorial. The WWII Memorial is centered by a huge white globe with stainless steel markers at the sites of major battles. An aging veteran stood on the Pacific Ocean side of the globe, pointing with his cane and talking to his son about the battles he had been in—Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and more. Jake and I sat down nearby and I told him what he was seeing—the globe, the continents, the battle markers, the veteran who had At the WWII been there. When Memorial with the veteran saw us, Mr. Anderson, I asked if I could veteran. take his picture with my grandson. Fifteen minutes and a history lesson later, Jake knew stories of ships and guns and landings. He’d also worn Mr. Anderson’s WWII Veteran cap.

Three days later, I took Jake to Shea’s Gas Station and Museum. It turned out owner Bill Shea went ashore on D-Day on Utah Beach, his entire unit’s first day in combat after two years of training. He was also at the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and crossed with his unit into Germany for the final push. “I never suffered so much as a scratch, but I was there,” Bill said. After the war the contentment and peace of running his now-famous gas station along old Route 66 satisfied him for the rest of his working life. Now in his 90s, he and his son run the family museum which is filled with memorabilia from simpler times along the highway as well as military items including the wool uniform of his WWII duty. On our return trip, Jake did indeed finish memorizing all 66 books of the Bible, and he proved he knew the names of the continents. At home he was himself a hero for a few minutes because he’d taken a trip the other three boys hadn’t been on. Then they wandered away, we got out the globe and Jake explained to his dad in eightyear-old fashion the meaning of World War II and what he knew about two of the heroes of that war. When he thinks of himself as a hero, I hope Jake realizes that deeper than everything else lies the core of a hero, and it’s not about super powers. It’s what the heroes of WWII showed him: Being a hero simply involves doing the best you can no matter the cost. And, yes, Jake, sometimes it’s possible to be more than 50 miles from a McDonalds and still survive!

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Fossil Collectors: “We’re Time Travelers!” BY BILL STOKES


ossil hunters and collectors Bonnie Cronin and Russell D. Brown lecture across central Florida on their favorite topic, “Florida’s Footprints in Fossils.” The couple, members of Florida Fossil Hunters, accompany their talks with displays of hundreds of specimens, many up to 65 million years old. Fossils, collected by the two over more than a decade, are all meticulously identified with scientific names. Brown can easily fill an hour-long engagement with non-stop stories and proofs of the existence of his specimens; Cronin assists by handing exotic fossil samples on cue as her partner of 13 years launches into yet another story of the appearance, life and disappearance of early animals on Florida’s landscape. Brown, a native Floridian, calls his pursuit a hobby that takes him hunting every weekend after his fulltime job as

Bonnie Cronin and Russell D. Brown

a postal carrier. He discovered fossils about 20 years ago and found a whole new world opening to him. He concentrates on collecting and cataloguing shark tooth fossils, but his interests broaden to the many other species that occupy several rooms in their home. Cronin is a former bookkeeper, a mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. She became interested in paleontology when she met Russell. While they both speak at community centers, libraries and for various civic groups, she is often a guest speaker at school science classes. “The elementary and middle school groups

are delightful,” she enthuses. “Their minds are open, they’re motivated to learn and they ask excellent questions. They keep me on my toes.” Brown reports that layer upon layer of sediment built up in Florida’s moist ground over more than 26 million years and contains corals, marine organisms, shells, fishes and barnacles pressed to depths of hundreds of feet. “But no dinosaurs,” he said, “as one might expect because Florida was under water.” He says Florida has more fossils than any other state because the state’s water sources (springs, ponds, swamps, creeks, lakes and rivers) supported minerals that would slowly seep into the matter and change bones or other remains into stone. Cronin and Brown bring hundreds of fragile items including fossilized animal teeth, vertebrae and, surprisingly, ear bones. Injuries attributed to sharks in swimming areas, he said, are inflicted only as the animal

checks out a possible snack. Brown explained, “The shark cannot bite per se any harder than a human being, but its teeth are naturally designed for grabbing, cutting or ripping.” Discussing the possibility of an enthusiastic collector digging on private property, Brown suggested, “Some owners who see you with a shovel in your hand may allow you to dig, others may not. Simply put, never push the issue; you‘ll find plenty of other locations.” Russell D. Brown and his partner Bonnie Cronin both truly are “time travelers.” They have devoted more than a decade to bringing Florida’s past into its future. Cronin suggests reading “Fossil Vertebrates of Florida,” (University Press). And she joins Russell in inviting their audiences to consider joining Fossil Hunters of Florida Club, at Contact the fossil collectors by e-mail at

The Cupid in Your Computer Part Three


hen it comes to dating, the internet has broadened and widened the playing field and deepened the pool,” says Dr. Joy Browne, author of Dating For Dummies®, 3rd Edition. Some of her “rules’”for online dating include the following: Provide only a cell phone number. When you are connecting online, it’s best to keep in mind that any person who finds you on the web is a stranger. So don’t give out your home phone number, which someone could use to track your address. Giving out only your cell phone number also offers the protection of caller ID, an off switch and mobility. It allows you to be anywhere without anyone knowing where you are. In the worst-case scenario, you can always get rid of the phone if you need to.

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Date within a 25-mile radius. Browne warns that long-distance relationships are initially thrilling but soon become poisonous because they’re often more fantasy than reality. Have people met other people on trips? Yes, but leave that happenstance. When you’re investing in the specific intent to find somebody, be reasonable and sensible and play the odds. “Find somebody who is in your zip code if possible, your area code preferably and your time zone certainly, so that you can actually get to know each other without the constraints that a long-distance relationship places on things,” she suggests. “Dealing with someone who is GU (geographically undesirable) is an avoidable hassle.”

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LIFE (social support group for widowed persons) lunch and program. Leesburg Community Center, 109 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg. 15 at Elks Lodge, 2540 Dora Ave., Tavares. Both locations: 11:30 a.m. Civil War re-enactor Bobby Grenier presentation. $10. Call (352) 787-0403 to RSVP or for more information.


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Senior Games Return To Kissimmee!

his summer, competitions promoting healthy lifestyles for men and women ages 50 and older will be held in the Kissimmee/St. Cloud, September 10 – 17. This will mark the 17th time Osceola County will host the Senior Games competition. Winners will move on to compete at the Florida State Senior Games Championship held in December in Polk County, and may then qualify to advance to the National competition.

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Activities include favorites such as archery, billiards, swimming, basketball shooting, bowling, horseshoes, track and field, shuffleboard, golf, cycling, race walking, 5k run, pickle ball, table tennis, tennis, mah jongg, cribbage, bridge and Texas Hold’em. One of the new offerings is corn hole! For more info, or to request a registration booklet, please contact the City of Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Athletics division at (407) 518-2504.

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ear Marci, I just joined a drug plan that does not cover one of the drugs I’m taking, but I heard I’m supposed to get one prescription refill for that drug. Is that true? —Yan

Dear Yan, Yes. Every drug plan must have a transition policy to ensure that new members have uninterrupted access to drugs they were already taking before they joined. Your plan’s transition policy must cover at least one 30-day supply of drugs not on the formulary (list of covered drugs) and override plan restrictions (such as prior authorization, quantity limits or step therapy) within the first 90 days you are enrolled in the plan. The pharmacist may need to ask the plan for its override code in order to bill correctly. If you are enrolled in a plan and your plan intends to remove your drug from its formulary for the next

calendar year or add new prior authorization or step therapy requirements, it must either help you change to a therapeutic equivalent, complete an exception request before January 1, or provide a 30-day fill of the medication (and waive step therapy requirements if applicable) and transition notice for the first 90 days of the new plan year. Transition fills are temporary. Take action immediately and have your doctor change your prescription to a covered drug or ask your plan for an exception. This way you will ensure that you continue getting the medications you need after your transition period has ended. Marci’s Medicare Answers is a service of the Medicare Rights Center ( To speak with a counselor, call (800) 333-4114. To subscribe to “Dear Marci,” e-mail

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aricose veins. Not only are they unappealing, they can also be painful, causing aching, restlessness and heaviness of the affected legs. Due to insufficient blood flow to the affected area and surrounding areas, they may cause swelling and changes to the skin including itching, eczema and skin ulcers. Long thought to be simply a cosmetic issue, varicose veins can pose genuine health risks, so treating them is more than an act of looking better, it’s about feeling better too. It is a way to preserve your quality of life and protect your health. The thought of surgery, however, is enough to persuade many people to just grin and bear them. What most people don’t know is that there are simple, safe and effective ways to treat varicose veins that are minimallyinvasive, cause little to no scarring and offer speedy recovery times. Treatments and diagnosis tools for varicose veins and venous 2011_GenPract_MatureLife_halfpg.pdf insufficiency include:

• Duplex Ultrasound, a painless, non-invasive diagnosis tool for varicose veins. Done while the patient remains in a standing position, Duplex Ultrasound is highly successful at showing the structure of the blood vessels and movement of blood through the vessels to determine the best treatment method. • Ambulatory Phlebectomy, a simple treatment used to remove superficial varicose veins that allows immediate standing and walking with no loss of work in most cases. • Endovascular Laser Venous System (ELVS), a superior and safer outpatient alternative to traditional surgery that uses laser wavelengths to close off the incompetent vein, involving minimal discomfort, high success rates and fast recovery times

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Do Age Differences Matter?


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istory has long shown a theme of older men going after younger women. But with recent celebrity couples setting the trend in 2011, it now appears perfectly acceptable for an older woman to date a younger man. Outside Hollywood, it looks as if the reaction is quite similar. According to a recent survey by, Match. com’s online dating site for those over fifty, 94 percent of women are itching to date a younger man.

Ashton Kutcher  and Demi Moore.

Retirement Living The results are unmistakably clear: as we get older, age differences between partners matter less and less. This makes sense because as long as both partners are adults, it becomes clear that the emotional and psychological compatibility between two partners is essential for the health and happiness of the relationship. Indeed, the crucial question to ask is whether two partners are compatible in terms of beliefs, values, life views and goals. Dating someone outside of your age group can sometimes be related to a “need” of one or both partners. For example, the younger man may be searching for a mother figure or for someone who is socially or financially superior to him. On the other hand, a “cougar” woman may be afraid of getting older, feel more youthful than her actual age, or want to retain her childlike qualities and view of life. SeniorPeopleMeet.

com’s survey found that half the women eager to date a younger man said they were motivated to do so because they felt younger than their biological age, citing that it felt “natural for them to be with someone younger.” Another 27 percent of women said they would like to date a younger man because they have more energy and are more open to new ideas and experiences. Nonetheless, given a large age difference, when older women date younger men, they may experience major obstacles down the line unless they handle or discuss them right up front in the relationship. Should you choose to move forward with an older woman or younger man, here are some tips to starting your relationship off right: 1. Discuss the future, not just the present. If this relationship is long-term, one of the biggest obstacles that can arise is that he wants children or a family down the road and you are past that point in your life. Other future topics to talk about are retirement goals. 2. Set clear expectations. Share your expectations; realistic expectations on both partners’ parts result in less frustration and disappointment. 3. Focus on what you can change. Although it is becoming more common and more acceptable to date outside of your age peer group, family members and friends may disapprove. Bear in mind that you can’t change anyone’s behavior or opinion. Focus on the positives in your relationship and don’t take the comments to heart—they usually say a lot more about the person who is thinking or saying them, than you.

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was Jack LaLane, the fitness and health guru, who told Wexler to walk while “punching the ceiling” and f you could take a pill and live gave him carrot juice to drink. In 500 more years, would you do it? England there was irascible Buster Award-winning photojournalist Mark Martin, who at 101 was still washing Wexler answers the question the way vans at his plumbing company and many of us would: “It depends on training for the next marathon. He what day you ask me the question.” smoked and drank beer every day. In producing and directing his Both men died after their interviews new documentary “How To Live with Wexler, proving that—at Forever,” Wexler found that when he least so far and regardless of our asked people that question, answers lifestyle—we can’t live forever. divided almost exactly down the Wexler tours a  “Ageless Diva” Suzanne Somers middle. About fifty percent said cryogenics lab. proclaims the benefits of bioidentical they wouldn’t take it for sure and hormone replacement to rebuild the other half said they would. that will be treatable by future from the inside after age 60. Thanks to medicine. He learned, however, that When the documentary opens her routine of 60 pills a day plus exin Tampa in June, viewers will right now the science is not there ercise, Somers claims to have beaten discover Wexler on a worldwide to restore the body so it could even what she calls “the Seven Dwarfs of trek to investigate what it means to receive new medical treatments. Menopause: Itchy, Bitchy, Sleepy, grow old and what it could mean to Wexler found a neurobic circuit trainSweaty, Bloated, ing facility which uses computer games live forever. Where would Forgetful and a person find answers? to train the brain to stay cognitively fit All Dried Up.” And what difference could for life. Madan Kataria had a laughter Biogerontolothe answers make? yoga group, believing that laughter gist Dr. Aubrey His search began when he extends life. Even Phyllis Diller talked deGrey, told turned 50 and his mother to him about laughter and health. Wexler that aging died of Alzheimer’s about A writer and philosopher named is a repair and the time he received his Pico Iyer came alongside Wexler to maintenance AARP card—a double ground his thinking: “Everybody’s problem, like any jumping on the bandwagon of extended harbinger of a new stage other compliof life. He says, “For baby life without looking at the shadowy cated machine. Boomers like myself, I side, the results of long life.” Although the wanted to see what the new Does long life mean a fulfilled life? aging process chapter would look like.” Left: Mark Wexler  There was Robert Young who meets fitness guru will not be travels the world tracking down the eliminated, he Jack LaLane; Above:  oldest people for Guinness Book of said, rejuvenaBuster Martin, 101. World Records. He said he’s found tion therapies that the oldest people are realistic to restore the body will be and “make the most of their lives.” available within 10 years. Okinawa is a hot spot for long life Nutrition? Wexler tries a “calorie where Shinei Miyagi, 94, explained restriction” diet meal as well as that longevity means you are a world class hot dog and fries at healthy and active until the day of the beach with a Los Angeles food death, then you die peacefully and critic. Would either way matter? quickly whereas long life means Health and Fitness long years whether healthy or not. Life extensions His search took him around the In America, Wexler found Tyrus Wexler asked: Can we extend world. Willard Scott says the Wong, 98, who spends his days flying life? Should we extend life? 100,000+ centenarians, many of elaborate kites on the beach. “I have a Could Cryonics be the answer, whom he introduces on TV, “have sense of humor, I don’t hold grudges Wexler wondered as he visited ALthat makeup in them where they are COR in Scottsdale, Arizona. Cryonics and I take the good with the bad.” resiliant—they don’t look back.” A 95-year-old heart surgeon said is the speculative technology seeking Among Wexler’s interviews were he still does surgeries because his to preserve human life in a state two polar opposites healthwise. First



body still responds to the challenge. And a quirky 94-year-old Japanese man told Wexler about his life creating “senior porn.” On the spiritual side, Loma Linda, California, is also a hot spot for long life. It’s home to many Seventh-day Adventists who believe the body is the temple of God. Adventists live out their teachings by not eating meat and keeping the Sabbath as a day of rest.

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What does it all mean? Pico Iyer concluded: “Craving a long life is not narcissistic but short-sighted, like a child who wants to stay up past his bedtime. He’s whining and miserable . . . It’s a matter of accepting limitations.” Death, he said, makes sense of what has come before. Not to think of it that way distorts everything. Wexler told me he started the film wanting to learn how to have a longer life. What he realized is that “results may vary” from person to person as the add-on to the title states. He learned that it’s more what’s going on in your brain, what you picture aging to be and how you manifest that in your life. He said, “I realized it’s not about length of life but about living in the moment. What you’re eating may be important, but not as important.” So, what does the new chapter look like for boomers? Wexler said, “We may not live forever but at least we can live well.” How To Live Forever opens in late June. Details at Mature Lifestyles • June 2011 • page 9

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General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe, was charged with planning and carrying out the assault on the coast of Normandy. Smaller busts show Allied leaders including Montgomery, Patton and others. Two Men On Beach Wading Ashore

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s children, we were told that we needed to drink our milk. Dairy products like milk are good sources of nutrients essential to bone health. Making us drink our milk was mom’s way of helping us build strong bones so we would be healthier and stronger as we grew. However, milk is not the only option when it comes to building a strong frame. And, as we age, our bones weaken and begin to thin, so maintaining bone density through nutrient-rich food can be one of your best lines of defense. “Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D are important at every stage in life,” says Steven Nadler, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at The Center for Bone and Joint Disease in Hudson, Fla. “Calcium supports your bones, while vitamin D enhances the absorption of calcium and improves bone growth. When we’re younger, these nutrients help our bones build mass and save up for the future. But even as we age and our bones stop building, calcium and vitamin D slow the progression of bone loss.” Got Dairy? While milk is definitely the superstar of dairy products, it is not the only dairy option beneficial to bone health. One cup of yogurt, for example, can contain as much calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk and is packed with vitamin D. Light or fat-free versions offer the same bone benefits but without the extra fat. One and a half ounces of cheese can have over 30 percent of your recommended daily value of calcium. But it’s often high in fat, so watch how much you consume.

For those who are lactose intolerant or follow a Vegan diet, calciumfortified soy milk products are a good alternative to dairy. Many brands provide the same levels of calcium, as well as a boost in protein that is also important to bone health. Certain fish like salmon and tuna also offer a host of bone-healthy nutrients. You can get more than 100 percent of your daily recommended vitamin D from a 3-ounce piece of salmon, and about 40 percent of your daily dose from 3 ounces of canned tuna. A 3-ounce can of sardines offers up to 35 percent of your daily value. Try sautéing them in olive oil and adding them to a salad for a lighter flavor. Collard and turnip greens contain about 25 percent of daily calcium needed in one cooked cup. Spinach is also another veggie high in calcium. How Much Do I Need? “A person’s age determines how much calcium he or she should consume on a daily basis,” says Nadler. “As we age, we need more of this nutrient to support bone health and fight against bone loss diseases such as osteoporosis.” Due to bone loss as we age, the recommended amount for people over age 50 is about 1200 milligrams of calcium and 500 international units of vitamin D every day. So it may be time to consider returning to some of those dietary habits learned in childhood. Even in adulthood, drinking your milk and eating your veggies will keep you big and strong.

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ging is a fact, but how you experience it is your choice. Julia Valentine, author of Joy Compass: How to Make Your Retirement the Treasure of Your Life, offers 9 Retirement Truths that will help ensure retirement is the treasure of your life: Truth #1: Aging brings wisdom, not decline. It has been said that what you think about, you bring about. Telling yourself you are going to flourish in retirement can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. At the very least, you might take slightly better care of yourself and, in turn, find your way into the virtuous circle of feeling better emotionally and physically,

Truth #2: Age is just a number. Chronological age is the number. of candles on your birthday cake, while psychological age is your perception of how vital and vibrant you feel. Since the latter is a subjectively experienced age, you have a great deal of latitude in constructing beliefs that will either help you or limit your ability to flourish after 50. Construct wisely.

Truth #3: Creativity helps design your lifestyle. Discovering and exploring your everyday creativity is going to make a difference between boredom and the pure joy of being alive. Everyday creativity is invoked when the object of your creative efforts is your own life. It fosters flexibility and resourcefulness, helping you choose new pursuits, evolve with the changing times and design a satisfying lifestyle.

Truth #4: Fulfilling true needs is essential. Knowing what you want and, more importantly, what you need for psychological health is difficult but critical. You cannot be happy without it.

Truth #5: Know your motivation. Understanding your own intentions and desired result of any decision or activity will result in clarity, less frustration, more of what you want, and less guilt about foregoing what doesn’t meet your needs. Truth #6: Fail to plan, plan to fail. A successful, happy retirement is impossible without planning based on self-examination. Beyond financial planning, it is imperative to take time to figure out what lifestyle needs must be fulfilled to make you happy, and then find specific ways to ensure those needs can be met.

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Truth #7: Evolution trumps fear. Change or evolution of life is an inevitability that should be embraced, not feared, as with change comes new learning and growth experiences - new opportunities and ways to contribute, to be significant for yourself and for the people around you. Truth #8: Joy requires harmony. A joyful life can be achieved if your life’s needs and direction are aligned with your inner resources, like attitude, abilities, talents, skills, experience and personality traits. Truth #9: Quality of life requires more than money. It is easy to mistake comfort for quality of life. An astonishing quality of life encompasses both material comfort and joy. So, identify and understand your emotional needs and actively work to meet them and the second half of your life will be even better than the first.

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St. Simons Island—A Restful Retreat BY CHUCK AND DENA BINGHAM


K. You’ve taken the grandkids to see Mickey and Minnie often enough to know the routine: Stand in line for 45 minutes for a five-minute ride; someone else’s crying grandkid just spilled a sticky concoction on your new izod shirt and the line for a $9 sandwich is twenty people deep. By late afternoon a whole theme park full of cranky three-year-olds are pitching a fit because they’re tired. You take two more Tylenol and head for the exit with your own grandkids in tow. Ah, but wait. You are parked on the other side of a lake that now looks endless and there are three thousand people in front of you waiting for the same ferry boat.

Travel This time do something for you… About an hour north of the Jacksonville airport is a quiet, laid-back hideaway just waiting for you. Take the Saint Simons Island exit off of I-95 and head for the Atlantic Ocean (about ten miles). Once you cross the causeway to St. Simons Island you can feel the stress melting away. You won’t find Ferris wheels, or tea cup rides, or 6-foottall rodents with big ears. What you will find is an upscale residential island that doesn’t mind sharing its seclusion with savvy, well-heeled vacationers. The grand old oak trees drip with Spanish moss as you make your way to the stately King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. Upon arrival the attentive staff quickly Mature Lifestyles • June 2011 • page 14

reacquaints you with Southern hospitality. Built in 1935, the resort was originally a dance club for well-to-do Northerners. It has consistently been upgraded to meet today’s discerning traveler’s tastes. Accommodations range from Oceanside Villas to private cottages to king-bedded rooms. Outstanding cuisine is a hallmark of the resort and is not to be missed. Venturing into other parts of town reveals an additional bounty of local dining pleasures. Kick back at George Stewart’s Saltwater Cowboy for great pub fare. Or, if you’re in the mood for finer dining, try Halyards where Chef Dave Snyder prepares an exquisite tuna tartare. Lunch at Palmer’s Village Café is a must as Chef John Belechak prepares the best Southern dishes with locally grown produce. For a truly unique experience, take the “Lady Jane” shrimping trawler into the shallows of the Atlantic marshes for a first-hand look at how

modern shrimping is accomplished. The tour comes complete with a marine biologist who explains in detail the ecosystem of the region and its importance to the local economy. To enjoy the laidback pace of the island, why not rent bicycles at Ocean Motion right outside the entrance to King and Prince Resort. A leisurely 10-minute ride gets you to the heart of town. For the truly adventurous, the island boasts 18 miles of paved bicycle paths.

If you’d rather let someone else navigate, try the Lighthouse Trolley which takes you (free) from the north end, where you’ll find the championship King and Prince Golf Course, to the south end, where you’ll find—you guessed it—the Lighthouse. Go in the lighthouse museum to hear about the great historical importance of this region.

There is so much, or so little, to do here…the choice is yours. If there is one drawback to this hidden treasure, it’s this: you may not want to leave… To learn more, contact The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort at (912) 638-3631 and, or visit the St. Simons Island visitors guide at

Whose Body Is This? BY ANN G. THOMAS


omeone stole my body. It must have happened when I wasn’t paying attention, because not only is my body missing, but it was replaced by another of inferior quality. This is a difficult adjustment since the replacement body is old, and from day to day I have no idea what to expect. Does an ache or pain signal a problem or is that simply how an old body feels?

Humor For example, vision became a problem when the phone company reduced the print size in phonebooks. I called to complain. The customer service person actually denied they had done such a thing. I tried arguing, but finally gave up and bought a pair of glasses, thinking this would resolve my vision problems. However, that same night I noticed a ring around the moon, the type of ring I always heard referred to as a fairy ring. Some nights later I was out with my daughter and noticed that each streetlight had a similar ring. I decided to not say anything, waiting to see what would happen. What happened, of course, was that the phenomena that began as fairy rings transformed into cataracts. I hadn’t seen a fairy-ring article in any magazines. Maybe AARP should look into it. Soon after, a pain developed in my foot. “It’s a gland,” my podiatrist

said. “You’ve lost fat on the ball of your foot, removing normal protection around the gland.” Now really! I’ve spent almost my entire life in the battle against fat, but of all the places I’ve tried shedding pounds, my feet have never even made the list. What really made me mad was when I discovered my weight had not decreased a bit as a result of losing this fat. Clearly it wasn’t lost. It simply relocated. Speaking of relocation, hair is a leader here. While hair on one’s head appears to thin, it is actually traveling to other places on the face and body. It’s not uncommon to wake up and find a six-inch long hair has grown from the middle of one’s neck during the night. If left alone, I have no idea how rapidly this neck hair would continue to grow, but I suspect elders who are found dead in their beds did not die of natural causes at all, but were strangled by mutant hairs. Skin is another issue. It’s useful, keeping one from oozing around, amoeba-like, but now, it too is a problem. My dermatologist views each new spot of mine through her magnifying glass, pronouncing in a disapproving voice that, while this is, so far, cancer free, it’s from the sun. “You don’t want any more sun,” she tells me. Well, there doesn’t seem to be any way to return the excess. I’d like some guidelines about how an old body is supposed to feel. Pediatricians say there is an age when teeth arrive. Is there an age when teeth leave? If it is normal for bladder control to develop at a certain age, is it normal for one to lose it at another age? I didn’t expect any of this. “How could it be unexpected?” a granddaughter asks. “There are old people all around. It’s not like you people have never seen anyone over forty before.” She’s right, although I do get a bit out of sorts when she says, “you people” as if we’re aliens. Did I mention sleep problems? Dr. Thomas can be reached at


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Hey Seniors! oin us for the 3rd annual Fun Fest and Jamboree, June 30, 2011 at the Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City. This event will bring all the great things that our Fun Fests are known for, plus more! Free Admission! Free Parking! Over 80 Senior Friendly exhibitors will provide information on services and programs in the area. Free Health Screenings will include bone

out...bring a friend and enjoy the day inside the air conditioned Strawberry Festival Expo building located off Reynolds St. in Plant City. Doors open at 9 a.m., and close at 2 p.m. Call (813) 653-1988 for information. Call (813) 752-9194 for directions. See you there!


Free coffee and goodies will be available, as well as $1,000s in giveaways—including two round trip tickets to Biloxi for a two night stay at the Beau Rivage resort and casino! Enjoy a delicious Senior Friendly lunch provided by Mr. Bill’s Fine Dining for only $3.50. Entertainment will include the popular Denise Looney, the “DJ with a Twist,” Fritzy the “One Man Circus,” Eddy Rivers, the Brooklyn Cowboy, and Richie Merritt of the Marcels. We’ll also be introducing Troy Coman, Bright Star Finalist 2011. Of course, there will be free Bingo, a fun sports area with putting green and corn hole toss for prizes. Come on

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f you’re a fan of Little House on the Prairie, you can cruise away from the banks of Plum Creek Nov. 13 – 20 on the Little House on the Prairie Reunion Cruise aboard the Carnival Splendor (recently redone) on the Mexican Riviera. Fans from all over the world (it’s still airing in 140 countries) can

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Grate-ful cheese: Grated cheese melts faster and more evenly than sliced cheese—the grating ensures the perfect melt before the sandwich burns. Buttered-up bread: Use salted butter for the best flavor, and butter the bread, not the pan. Thinly sliced bread and soft butter work best.

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