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Vol. 24 • June 2013

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It's All About Dad

Inside this issue Celebrate With Fireworks and Music! Bamboo...the World’s Most Useful Plant Veterans Corner

21st Century Superdads Don’t Always Look Like Our Dads

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ads, this is your month. June 16 is Hallmark’s day for dads. Spend some time in the card aisle and you’ll see that Doyle, Hallmark has created Janice Editor a card for just about every kind of dad relationship out there. Generationally speaking (and, of course, there are exceptions!), today’s seniors had fathers and dads who were the traditional married breadwinners and disciplinarians in the family. They seldom, if ever, changed a diaper or cooked a meal or said “I love you.” Over one third of children today do not have a father in the household. However, other thousands of dads are out there being amazingly interactive in new ways with their children. They’ve broken from the ‘traditional’ structure and moved to a more functional ‘tag-team’ structure to managing home and children. I have two sons who are among this crop of 21st century dads. My sons are breadwinners, yes, but several years ago they could also talk about which was the best brand of binky on the market. And one year I asked for suggestions of what to get a toddler for Christmas and Son 3 said, “Well, we can never have enough sippy cups. We’re down to one.” (This from a man whose father changed maybe a

total of 20 diapers for three children.) These two sons choose to share in child rearing and participate in running the household, actually pretty necessary in order to manage their massively hectic lives. Their wives can leave for an hour, a day or a weekend and know the kids’ schedules won’t be affected much. There are obvious challenges for dads like this in balancing the gray area of a caring, nurturing dad and a protector, rock-solid, ‘50s and ‘60s kind of dad. It’s not easy. They are rugged, strong men and to their kids they are indestructible super-heroes. They’re just supermen who can do a load of laundry while cooking dinner and listening to stories from school.

Our challenges Many in the over-50 age group say they never got a hug or heard a parent say “I love you,” and they don’t know how to say it to their kids and grandkids. Moms cuddled and Grandmas hugged and kissed young grandchildren (mine chose the nape of a kid’s neck to be her special kissing spot), but that was about it. Men shook hands with boys in greeting as they got older and uncles might do the side-byside arm around the shoulders thing. What can you do if you grew up in a family that didn’t say “I love

you” but you want to let your family know you care. Where do you start at any age if “those words” weren’t part of normal conversation? Psychologists say get over it! Whether or not your family is comfortable expressing their love for each other, you tell them. Maybe raise a toast and say “You’re my family, and I love you all.” Or in a private, unguarded moment, give your dad/son/daughter/mom a hug and tell them you love them. It doesn’t have to be all gooey and sentimental—just a statement of fact. Or you can choose the beer commercial line “I love you, man.” Just keep in mind that this is not about romance and sex, this is about friendship, family friendship. We’ve probably all realized that, sooner or later, a son comes around to being like his Old Man and a woman turns into her own mother. Hopefully we can take the good qualities in our parents, add the best of what the younger generation has learned in being 21st century parents and be participants in warm, loving family relationships. A last thought: Whatever the family relationship, face it. Look for the qualities you respect in the person and let them know. It’s the 21st century!

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At Noni’s, Find Artwork ‘Painted By Trunk’ BY SUSAN BOURRILLION


f you stroll along Donnelly Street in charming Mt. Dora, stop in for a wonderful surprise at Noni’s at the Olive Branch Gift Shop, 418 N. Donnelly. You will instantly notice the variety of eclectic gifts, but don’t miss the large pictures behind the counter. They are elephant paintings, a stunning feature of the quaint shop. Owned by Mike and Susie Brown, the shop has been in business more than ten years, but has carried the Asian elephant paintings for about five years. “We have a friend that lives 15 miles from an elephant reserve in Thailand. One day they said, ‘What do you think of selling these in your store?’ We thought, ‘No one’s going to believe this,’ but we hung the paintings up and they were gone in a week,” said Mike Brown. That was the beginning of the elephant art business in Mt. Dora, and to date, the Browns have sold more than 300 paintings. They have visited the herd in Thailand and have had their pictures taken with the elephants. They display their photos in the shop along with a video of the artists at work.

Elephant Artists The elephant artists come from Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand, home to around 70 elephants. The reserve specializes in the care and training of Asian elephants, as well as education, conservation and breeding programs to help raise awareness and bolster their dwindling population in the wild. In behavior studies, elephants have been proven to express moods, sympathies and emotions, so an ideal enrichment activity at the reserve is painting. Usually six to eight females are chosen to paint, as the males are a bit “bullish” to work in close

proximity to each other. The elephants are provided with canvas and a variety of non-toxic acrylic paint colors, and a brush that they manipulate with their trunks. They paint a variety of subjects from trees and flowers to abstract designs. The pictures, which are framed with a photo of the artist on the back, sell for around $350 to $700 and the proceeds go to support the elephants and their caretakers.

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Brown noted some of the similarities between the way a human and a pachyderm paint. “First off, the elephants have to visualize what they are doing or they couldn’t do it. If you watch them paint, it’s not the handler saying ‘move left’ or ‘right.’ It’s the elephants visualizing what they want to paint,” he said. “They are very smart animals—much smarter than we give them credit for.” I saw one couple on their way to their daughter’s new home. They had stumbled across the pictures and bought one as a housewarming gift. “Our daughter spent a year in Thailand and knew all about the herd,” the couple said. “We were thrilled to find the perfect gift for her.”

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hrough 9 Theatre production of “Guys and Dolls” at Ocala Civic Theatre. 352-236-2274.

The Porterville High School and Community College Studio Band. An evening of Swing Jazz and more. 6 pm. Tickets: $10. Church on the Square, The Villages, Lady Lake. 352-753-3229.


Aloha ‘O Ka Hula Dance Troupe. A performance of Hawaiian music, Hula and songs. Tickets: $5 – $15. 6 pm at Church on the Square, The Villages, Lady Lake. 352-753-3229.


Guitars and Cars Swap Meet and Show. 8 am to 3 pm. Features door prizes, awards, vendors and much more. Admission: $2. Renningers Twin Markets, Mount Dora. 352-383-8393.


Tampa Taiko performance. This a fun-filled, interactive program that covers the history of taiko, the music of Japan and modern drumming performance. Free. 11 am at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Leesburg. Info: call Alicisa Nelson at 352-728-9790.


and 26 Let’s Learn to Sew Together. Members of the community meet to learn or improve sewing skills. Activities and crafts will be suggested by the group. Free. 2 to 4 pm in Conference Room 221, Cooper Memorial Library, Clermont. Info: call Diane Merchant at 352-432-3921.

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Ride for Wounded Warriors. 8 am to 3 pm. A fundraising event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Hwy. 441/301, Marion County. Details at 352-671-4720.


American Cancer Society’s Manto-Man, Ocala Group. Get questions about prostate cancer answered and share your story. Spouses welcome! 7 to 8 pm at Urology Health Team, 3201 SW 34th Street, Ocala. Free refreshments. Info:


through July 21 Theatre production of “Hairspray” at Bay Street Players at the State Theater, Eustis. 352-357-7777.


Mentalist Paul Cozen. 7 pm. This is an evening of mind games, comedy and magic. There will also be a drawing to win $1000. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Mt. Dora Community Building. Info at 352-735-7183.



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Classic Car Cruise-In. 5 to 9 pm. Downtown Eustis. More information at 352-357-3434.


and 16 Father’s Day Kayak Tours. Kayak rental and a picnic lunch for dads and their children (mom’s can join too.) Tour a portion of the Palatlakaha Blueway enjoying the sights of nature. $45 adults/$25 children. Depart 9 am from Cypress Cove Marina, 12540 County Road 561, Clermont. Call 352-406-0904.


through 23 23rd Annual Harvest Festival. 21 and 22: 10 am to 5 pm; 23 from 11 am to 5 pm. Wine, food, grape stomping, arts, crafts and live music. $2 admission. Lakeridge Winery, Clermont. 352-394-8627 or 800-768-WINE.

Gun Seminar and Self-Defense Session. Learn about firearms, concealed-weapon permits and Florida gun laws. Enter to win prizes. Vendors and food available. All ages are welcome. Free. 11 am. to 2 pm at Gator Harley-Davidson, 1745 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg. Info: 352-787-8050.

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Celebrating the 4th of July With Music and Fireworks Is 40 Years Old This Year BY JANICE DOYLE


he Fourth of July—Independence Day—means parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, family reunions and political speeches and ceremonies. It also means music and fireworks. The tradition of fireworks bursting in the sky over water while an orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” is 40 years old this year. It will be the birthday of the year Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler was urged to revive the diminishing concert in Boston by playing a few extra pieces, sort of a “keep people interested” kind of thing.

Boston Pops Orchestra’s annual 4th of July concert.

Travel Arthur Fiedler added cannons, fireworks and church bells to the concert so that, in his own words, “All Hell could break loose.” The traditional 4th of July concert has never been the same! In many cities, patriots young and old enjoy an evening of traditional patriotic music with a finale of sight and sound that marks America like no other event. This year, pick your spot to celebrate the 4th of July with live or radio music— and fireworks! • Boston hosts over 500,000 visitors to watch the evening Boston Pops Orchestra concert with fireworks on the Charles River Esplanade, while another seven million tune in on CBS to view the event live.

A fife and drum corps marches Constitution Ave. in Washington, DC

• In the Midwest, there’s nowhere Roger Popwell Photography to be but in St. Louis on the Mississippi Riverfront near • The Nation’s Capital, Washington the Gateway Arch for the 4th of July. DC, offers an all-day patriotic event starting with a parade down Constitution Avenue with more than 300 floats, • New Orleans hosts Go 4th on the River which is a Mardi Gras-style bands, military units and lots of flag party all day on the riverfront. The waving. The evening features a live renowned New Orleans Concert concert on the west Band plays at 7:30 followed by a lawn of the U.S. Dueling Barges fireworks display. Capitol Building featuring the National • Freedom Over Texas is Houston’s Symphony Orchestra party to prove that on the 4th of July and a huge fireworks “everything is bigger in Texas.” The display on the Mall. (PBS airs the program fireworks come at the end of an all-day celebration at Elanore Tinsley Park. nationwide.)

Fireworks at the Washington Monument

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Pyrotechnics over the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Photo Credit:

fireboats in the river shoot patriotic streams of fire high into the air as music is broadcast by local radio stations.

• In New York City, the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular reigns over the East River and brings out about two million spectators every year. In addition to the fireworks,

• Idaho Falls, Idaho’s Freedom Celebration is known as the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi River! It’s a huge pyrotechnic show with all the patriotic music you love to experience following a day of the Snake River area’s Liberty Festival on the Falls.

Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular, New York City.

• In Lake Tahoe the fireworks are shot from a barge on the lake for widespread viewing. Music is broadcast from radio stations and viewers gather on the shores, on docks, or from paddleboats on the lake to experience the extravaganza of light and sound! • La Jolla Cove, California, (San Diego area) features fireworks over the Pacific Ocean. Best seats in the harbor are on the flight deck of the USS Midway. You can buy tickets to the Wild Wild West 4th of July Fandango party on board which begins at 6 p.m. and ends with fireworks. The San Diego waterfront area offers lots of other possible places to experience the show. • Florida celebrates the 4th at Cocoa Riverfront Park where the Brevard Symphony Orchestra plays a free concert which concludes with pyrotechics over the Indian River. For more information, call 321-639-3500. Whichever venue you choose, take lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Check ahead of time, but most locations do NOT allow alcohol or coolers in the main viewing areas.

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hat if you heard that watching TV is good for your mental health? Could it be true? We hear all the time that we need to get off the couch, stop watching TV and get moving. One survey found that boomers average watching 170 hours of television per month, which is five to six hours per day. The average age for “NCIS” (the number one rated drama) is 57. And viewers 55+ make up over 60 percent of the viewers for “The Good Wife” and “Dancing With The Stars.” But what if watching TV under specific conditions could actually provide the mental boost you need to tackle a difficult task?

Jaye L. Derrick of the State University of New York in Buffalo found that watching a rerun of a favorite TV show may help restore the drive to get things done in people who have used up their reserves of willpower or self-control.

people form with the characters in their favorite shows. We find it comforting, mainly because we already know what the characters are going to say and do. All we have to do is sit back and enjoy it. “When you watch a favorite re-run, you typically don’t have to use any effort to control what you are thinking, saying or doing. You are not exerting the mental energy required for self-control or willpower,” Derrick explains. “At the same time, you are enjoying your ‘interaction,’ with the TV show’s characters, and this activity restores your energy.”

Here’s why it works Re-watching your favorite TV show taps into the surrogate relationship

Here’s the caveat But that doesn’t mean boomers should veg-out in front of any TV show!

Here’s the skinny The study showed that subjects who have engaged in arduous mental activity or had to maintain tight control over their emotions were far more likely in the following hours to seek out a rerun to watch. They overwhelmingly chose to watch a reliable favorite rather than to see a new show or movie.

Just watching whatever is on television does not provide the same benefit. And perhaps surprisingly, watching a new episode of a favorite television show for the first time does not provide the same benefit. Derrick explains that there is something special and comfortable about a “relationship” in which you already know what the other person is going to say and do, and all you have to do is sit there and enjoy it. In fact, the effects of this fictional “social surrogacy” may work better than actual social interaction with real people under some circumstances. That’s because human exchanges can also produce a sense of rejection, exclusion and ostracism, which may diminish willpower. So, go ahead. Think about all those favorite TV shows and call them up when you need a boost. (Newswise)

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une 7 First Friday Art Walk. Enjoy live music with jazz performances by Ocala Symphony Orchestra on the Citizens’ Circle Stage followed by a jazz jam session led by Nino Castaneda. Don’t miss new gallery exhibits, including Irish Rose’s Fairy Tale Pieces by Jessi Miller. 6 to 9 pm. at Downtown Square, Ocala. Free. For details, email


hrough June 9 Museum Exhibit: “Victorian International.” A show of 19th Century English and American decorative art, furniture, fine art and antiques from the period of Queen Victoria’s reign and up through the 1920’s. Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala. 352-291-4455.

une 14 Gallery Walk. Enjoy a night of art, music, wine, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment featuring local and regional artists. Free. 6 to 8 pm around downtown Mt. Dora. Details at 352-383-0880.


hrough June 30 The exhibition “Color and Light” by artist Ellie Diez-Massaro will be on display at the Lake Eustis Art Museum. DiezMassaro hand paints black-and-white infared photographic prints to create stunning evocations of color, light, and mood. 10 am to 4 pm. Free, but donations welcome. 352-483-2900.

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On Being a Father


pread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again. — Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968

I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. —Author unknown, commonly attributed to Mark Twain but no evidence has yet been found for this —Garson O’Toole • It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. — Anne Sexton • Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. — Gloria Naylor

• Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. —Bill Cosby • A father carries pictures where his money used to be. —Author Unknown • It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge. — Phyllis Diller

• Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.— Red Buttons • When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one,

• I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich. — M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter • Some of the greatest lies ever told by your children: “I forgot,” “I’ll pay you back later” and “It was like that when I found it.” — Bill Cosby

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“Abbamania: A Tribute to ABBA.” Tickets: $16 to $19. 7 pm at Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala. Call 352-854-3670 for details.


Sparkey’s Strummers perform at 6 pm. This show will feature music from the Golden Age of Music from 1900 through the 1950’s. Tickets: $5, $7.50 and $11. Church on the Square, The Villages, Lady Lake. 352-753-3229.


Doo Wop N’ Rock Summer Series. Two shows at 5 and 9 pm. Doors open at 3:30 and 7:30 pm. ‘50s and ‘60s hits with Joey Dee & The Starlighters. Tickets: $29 to $49. Located at Katie Belle’s, The Villages, Lady Lake. 352-750-9444.

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his November marks the 4th This luxurious seven-day full ship Set sail on the m/s Eurodam, sailing of the wildly popular charter truly allows passengers the Nov. 3, 2013! Malt Shop Memories Cruise—the 3rd opportunity to mix and mingle amidst time for 50’s teen heart-throb Bobby their idols from the sock hop era and Rydell. And Rydell’s excitement for truly relive those memories of prom, this unique cruise grows year over sock hops and drive-in movies. year. “You’ll see some of the best enEven Elvis wouldn’t miss this trip! tertainment from that wonderful era,” Make that 7 Elvises—the best Elvis says Rydell. “Mix and mingle with tribute artists will perform together, all of us and bring back those great highlighting Presley’s career in music memories while making all week long and leading fabulous new ones.” nightly after parties. High caliber talent, In a recent interview, indeed. Neil Sedaka, Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis The Four Tops, Petula and the Playboys, spoke Clark, Bobby Rydell, the excitedly about performing Righteous Brothers’ Bill on their first Malt Shop Medley, Little Anthony Memories voyage. “We’re 7 Elvises pay tribute going to have a ball,” and the Imperials, Lesley Gary Lewis & The Playboys perform. to “The King.” Gore, Gary U.S. Bonds he said. “I love hanging will have passengers out. If people want to DJ Jerry “The Geator we have removed anrocking around the clock aboard with the Heater” Blavat. other hurdle and created a talk to me, I’ll talk to everybody. It’s Holland America’s m/s Eurodam. very important to me because the And to make it easier wonderfully exciting and Meet Bill Medley Departing Ft Lauderdale on for central Floridians to comfortable way for them fans put me wherever I am. I care and other greats. November 3 and making ports of about them; I care about what I do. get to this party, there will to start the cruise. All they call in St. Maarten, Tortola, Nassau I realize what a blessing this gift of be round trip complimentary luxury have to do is board the bus with their and the private island Half Moon music is and I give back to the fans motor coach travel services from luggage and the next stop is the pier.” Cay, guests will be able to catch even as much as I can.” They’ll bring their several locations in Florida directly to A typical day on the Malt Shop more shows… imagine all the artists #1 smash hit “This Diamond Ring,” the ship and back. A fleet of coaches Memories Cruise might find you aforementioned along with Shirley “Green Grass,” “Count Me In,” “Save will depart from Sarasota, Tampa/ eating a gourmet breakfast next to Alston Reeves (original lead singer Your Heart for Me,” “Everybody St. Petersburg, Daytona and Jupiter Bill Medley, catching a wink and of The Shirelles), Gary Lewis & The Loves a Clown,” and many more. and deliver guests and their luggage hello from Jerry Blavat as he passes Playboys, Freddy “Boom Boom” Can- to the ship docked at Port Everglades For more info and to book your you on the lido deck while you are non, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Crystals, in Ft. Lauderdale. “One of our goals cabin, visit www.MaltShopCruise. soaking in the warm sun. Or if the and Chris Montez. Comedian Robert com or call 1-877-700-MALT. at Entertainment Cruise Productions sundeck isn’t for you, you could Klein will bring his mix of music The expert ECP staff will take you is to make the experience for our catch interesting panel discussions, and humor to the stage. And keeping through the reservation process, guests as easy as possible,” says cooking demos or fun trivia contests the party going all day and night, is assist you in selecting your cabin and Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director attended by the artists. And all of the hardest working man on the Malt method of payment, and answer all of of Entertainment Cruise Productions. this is BEFORE the real party starts Shop Memories Cruise, the 4-time your questions. “By providing a first class motor with nightly live entertainment in a cruise host and wildly popular oldies coach program for our Florida guests, variety of venues across the ship.

Shelley Kemp: I have been on other cruises but none compares to the Malt Shop Memories Cruise! The ports of call are breathtaking, the entertainment and lineup of famous entertainers are amazing, and they are all so personable and friendly! The entire ship relives the ’50s and ’60s era that we all loved so much! From poodle skirts and the Fonz to a great Motown show, its a blast! Ever since the first one, I was hooked and will never miss another one! I’m already booked and can’t wait until November!

Madeline Adkins: To those of you who are thinking about it or just signed up, we do it every year. It’s like a week back in time and the best week of our year. I’m counting the weeks ’til we set sail again. Elizabeth Baer Smith: I have booked my fourth Malt Shop Memories Cruise! I just can’t stop. It’s such an amazing time, I look forward to it every year! The memories I have made over the years with these cruises will stick with me for a lifetime. I have made so many friends who continue to book as well, that each year it’s like a reunion. We dance, sing, laugh.

Passengers boogie at the Sock Hop and poolside T-Shirt Dance!

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Wardrobe Wakeup 2 – Staying Contemporary But Not Too Young



ois Johnson, fashion editor, says that choosing fashion style which allows you to stay contemporary without looking too young requires balance. “You want to look youthful but not silly and fashionable enough to look new but not desperate. We all have an ageless side that’s experimental even if we confine it to food, travel, online dating or films.

Fashion after 50 can be a bit of a minefield as you negotiate between age appropriate and grandmumsy. Our responsible grown-up side comes in handy in relationships, work and dealing with the lemons life throws us.” She advises using that side to evaluate splurges, but to use the daring side in fashion to try new colors, prints and accessories. Trying on a new-for-you look each season does one important thing for everyone: It opens your eyes to possibilities. Take a chance either way.

Tips for looking agelessly age-appropriate:

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lasses offered this summer at Lake County Agriculture Center, 1951 Woodlea Rd., Tavares: June 18: “Savory Summer Suppers” – hands-on class, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. $12. Aug. 6: “Maintain Your Brain: Ideas for a Brain Healthy Lifestyle.” 10 to 11:30 am. Free; registration required. Aug. 13: “Sensational Salads” –hands-on class. 10 am to noon, $12. Lifestyles After 50 • June 2013 • page 12

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1. You can’t have it all. Make decisions. Very few women over 40 can pull off extreme fashion, for example. 2. Leopard is our neutral. Wear it naturally. Remember James Bond girl Ursula Andress in her leopard coat and boots? Says Johnson, “Wear the smallest, spottiest prints with solid black, brown or tan, but they mix well with red or orange too.” Save the big prints like zebra, tiger and giraffe for impact, such as in bags. “Here’s what not to get: leopard leggings, pantyhose or jeans. Ever.”

3. You can wear anything with the right underwear. “Smooth seamless microfiber panties may not be showstoppers but they are the next best thing to having a perfect body.” These or a pair of SPANX shapewear should get you into anything you want to wear. 4. Really crave color? “Adding more color to our clothes gives our complexion a real power surge when our skin tone changes due to age, sun damage or a decision to finally stop tanning,” says Johnson. Our skin goes pale or ashy with age, so we can energize it with vibrant nail polish colors like warm reds, roses, and corals. If skin has pigmentation issues like brown spots, blotchiness and dark under-eye circles, wearing white, cream, warm nudes and soft fruity shades will provide a glow. If skin has gone sallow or ruddy with age, cool, color-saturated blues and purples (plum, midnight or cobalt blue and fuchsia) will counteract yellow or pink undertones. 5. Keep your edge by staying curious and open to new things. One way to do that is with fashion as simple as a pair of sandals, a leather jacket or perhaps a brilliant purple scarf. Johnson is the author of “Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.”

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Living Well With Chronic Illness I

HOT TOPICS AT THE BRIDGE Tues., June 11th at 2:30 PM • A RESPIRATORY OVERVIEW This seminar will give you a basic overview of disease processes such as COPD, asthma, and emphysema. You will be informed on the prevention and treatment options available. Presented by TC Medical Supply. Tues., June 18th at 2:30 PM • THE INTERACTIVE METRONOME Interactive Metronome is a versatile tool and can be adapted for many limitations related to a stroke, including: Speech & Language, Cognition, Hemiplegia, Motor Control & Coordination. It has also been used successfully as part of therapy services offered for newly diagnosed Parkinson’s patients and those experiencing significant functional declines. Sira Botes OTR/L,CHT will be presenting this seminar. Fri., June 28th @ 9:30 AM • MUSIC & MAGIC Raushan Hammond, star of Steven Spielberg’s “HOOK”, will mesmerize you with his “Master Entertainer” show. Many of his illusions are new, while the favorites remain. Raushan Hammond has a wonderful voice that complements the magic. This includes over a dozen big band artists in which Raushan sings , while keeping you entertained with magic. .

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ncurable and ongoing chronic disease affects approximately 133 million Americans, or 45 percent of the country’s total population. About one fourth (33 million) of these are limited by their chronic condition. Richard Cheu maintains that America’s healthcare system is organized for last century’s health problems—acute diseases. In his new book Living Well with Chronic Illness, a Practical and Spiritual Guide, Cheu offers a guide to enjoying a better quality of life for these people. What are the key problems for those living with chronic illness? Fear of change is the biggest hurdle to living a full life, particularly for patients with physical chronic diseases. His book shows how to master fear and change through methods of coping and transformation.

Social isolation is the greatest mental health problem for the chronically ill. Over time, family, friends and acquaintances no longer include the patient in their social activities. They act as if the patient no longer exists. Patients can overcome social isolation and have a social involvement of their own choosing and making. Cheu comes to the information in his book through real life experiences. His first grandchild died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and his wife is afflicted with a rare and progressive brain disease. Cheu took the first experience and became an ordained Catholic deacon. In his role as cargiver, he has learned many lessons that may benefit other patients and their caregivers.

Planning a Hospital Stay?


ospitals can be scary places: They’re brimming with bacteria, viruses and fungi—the last things sick and injured people should be around. The good news is that there are steps patients can take to reduce the risk of being infected and bolster their ability to fight infection. Here’s how: • Hand washing: This is the No. 1 precaution recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “Wash your hands, ask visitors to wash theirs and don’t be shy about asking hospital personnel, including doctors and nurses, to wash up before treating or examining you.” • Monitor your bandages: Alert a nurse if you notice your bandage is

not clean, dry or completely attached to the skin surrounding a wound. • Get in the best health possible before a scheduled hospital stay: People in their best possible mental, nutritional and physical health are better able to ward off infection and their wounds heal more quickly, closing portals to infection. “Whether it’s physical therapy you need, or vitamin supplements—there are 13 with a demonstrated role in healing—patients should do what’s necessary to prepare before going to the hospital, particularly before a scheduled surgery.” • After discharge, watch for signs of infection: Symptoms that can indicate an infection include unexpected pain, chills, fever, drainage or increased redness around a surgical wound. If you have any of these symptoms, you should immediately contact your doctor.

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It’s Not Just for Your Grandma’s Furniture Anymore BY MARY PURDOM


amboo is not just for Grandma’s sunroom furniture any more. And it has a life far beyond the tiki torches around your patio. Now it’s also about bamboo floors, sheets, towels and clothing. If you’ve been trying to “be a little more green” to help preserve the Earth’s natural resources, you might well be looking at products made of bamboo, probably the world’s most useful plant. Today you will find bamboo everywhere from closets to tables to floors and everywhere in between.

The fun stuff Bamboo grows in what are called “brakes” and has historically found many uses. In Cambodia, an ancient train system is just now being replaced. Passengers hurtled through greenery with fierce speed on top of a large bamboo platform mounted on train axles powered by a small go-kart engine. In Japan, Burger King added a charred squid ink bamboo burger in 2012. The pitch black patty (paprika and tomato beef, slathered with black squid ink ketchup) is served in a bun made from dough mixed with bamboo charcoal. Rachel McAdams (of The Notebook and Wedding Crashers fame) has urged women to opt for bamboo lingerie for the betterment of environment. Her website,, lets you know that “A sexy green thing to do is to wear bamboo underwear! They sound quite painful but they’re actually quite soft!” A man in India climbed up a 30-feet long single bamboo stick Lifestyles After 50 • June 2013 • page 16

and stayed more than 36 hours, with help from marijuana and milk once in every hour.

What’s in it for you? As modern technology moved forward, bamboo was found to have characteristics which made it both eco-friendly and hygienic. Textile expert Rose Lacy says, “It is antibacterial, making it an excellent fabric for people suffering from allergies. Bamboo is softer than cashmere or silk and can be both machine washed and dried. Unlike the synthetic athletic clothes we’re used to, bamboo fabric is two to three times more absorbent than cotton.” Night sweats? How about bamboo sheets and bedding which are softer than cotton and are super absorbent? The 400 Thread Count bamboo bedding feels equal to about 1,000 TC cotton, according to Lacy. It’s no secret that sweaty smelly feet are a huge problem for many people. James Sands of Tampa says of wearing bamboo socks: “The difference was night and day. Even though my feet were sweating, the socks were not wet and my feet did not swell—or smell!” In one study, fifty people suffering from athlete’s foot found that wearing bamboo socks stopped the burning and itching associated with the condition within one to two days. Within two to six days,

the blistering and sores characteristic of the condition disappeared and the skin returned to normal. Bambooee Reusable Towels hang on any standard paper towel dispenser and can be machine washed and reused 25 times or more. One roll of Bambooee replaces 60 rolls of the average paper towel. (3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced each day.) Clothing made from bamboo has natural UV protection. Bamboo jersey fabric has a 94% UVA block and a 93% UVB block.

How do they do that? How do they make fibers from bamboo? Two ways. In the mechanical—eco-friendly—mode, the plant is physically crushed and natural enzymes are used to break the bamboo walls into a mushy mass so that the natural fibers can be mechanically combed out and spun into yarn. In the chemical, more costeffective, less labor-intensive, and extremely un-environmentally friendly method, a process of hydrolysisalkalization and multi-phase bleaching refines bamboo pulp from the plant, which is then processed into fiber. According to National Geographic’s Green Guide, despite the environmental shortcomings in fabric production, bamboo still has a much lighter environmental impact than pesticideladen conventional cotton and petroleumderived nylon and polyester synthetics.

…a tropical grass with an extensive root system that sends out an average of four to six new shoots per year …capable of growing to heights of 60 feet or more— some bamboo species grow up to 4 feet per day …ready to be harvested every 3 to 4 years …found to have the tensile strength equivalent to that of steel in some species …constantly removing CO2 from the atmosphere (combating global warming)

…organic (no pesticides, fertilizers or chemicals and no irrigation) …responsible for over 2.5 billion workers’ source of income


une is National Dairy Month, and we know that dairy products are not just for children. Yogurt is a healthy choice for getting the dairy nutrition your body needs. Here’s why:

1/2 c flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 2 Tbsp sugar 1/4 c butter 1/2 c white raisins (optional) 3/4 c natural yogurt

Recipe 1. Yogurt is easier to digest than milk.

2. Yogurt contributes to colon health, especially important in the older body.

3. Yogurt improves the bioavailability of other nutrients, acting to increase the absorption of calcium and B-vitamins.

4. Yogurt aids healing after intestinal infections and is a “chaser” for antibiotics, replenishing the intestines with helpful bacteria. 5. Yogurt is a rich source of calcium and an excellent source of protein. Beware of yogurt-coated foods such as raisins and nuts. They often give more sugar than yogurt. Try these recipes in June:

1 bag (20 ounces) frozen unsweetened peach slices 1 container (8 ounces) plain lowfat yogurt 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1/8 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry blender. Stir in raisins. Make a well in the dough and add yogurt. Mix to form a soft non-sticky dough. Turn out on lightly floured board and knead gently for 30 seconds. Roll to 1/2” thick and cut into rounds. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with a bit of yogurt. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 12 – 15 minutes. Yield: 10 to 12 scones.

Process slightly thawed peaches in a food processor until fruit resembles shaved ice. With processor running, add other ingredients. Process until mixture is smooth and creamy and serve immediately. (Also try with other fruits.)

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Veterans Corner

Recreational Therapy Helps Veterans Heal and Succeed BY JANICE DOYLE


hat happens when you mix 45 once-homeless military veterans ages 24 to 75 with a woman on a mission to help people build on their strengths? Well, toss in a secure place to live along with some Master Gardeners, a few garden clubs, some local businesses and organizations, and you can create a space to promote healing through horticulture therapy. Alee Karpf is a Certified Recreational Therapist who works with the VA in Gainesville. When she transferred to Gainesville from the Miami VA program for a slower pace of life a few years ago, she began working with a VA transitional housing unit called HONOR Center. (HONOR is an acronym for Hope, Opportunities, Networking, Outreach and Recovery. It is a part of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Health Care for Homeless Veterans.) Through the HONOR Center, like other transitional housing units across the U.S., homeless veterans gain access to housing, job skills training, medical services and mental health counseling. At Honor Center, Recreation Therapy is a part of each vets’ plan to help achieve optimal wellness. Although each facility within the VA system offers different programs, Honor Center offers a full catalog of classes from spiritually centered to writing skills and from fitness to computer or money management. Karpf has content specialist volunteers from the community leading the classes. Karpf’s Horticulture Therapy program is one of just a few such programs in the country. For her, it’s a perfect fit. She says, “I’ve had a passion for horticulture all my life. I worked with geriatrics in the Miami VA and had two homeless vets from one of our rehabilitation programs as

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my helpers in the garden. I saw their problems and knew I had something special to offer this population through applied horticulture therapy.” When a vet comes into the HONOR progam, Karpf says, “I give them an assessment to find out their strengths, and then together we create their goals to fit those strengths. Not all residents fit into the garden as a class. Some use it as a quiet place to go during the day.” The 20 x 60 garden area was built with veterans involved in every aspect as well as much community involvement. “Master Gardeners played a large role, including finding money. We got through phase one and then needed about $10,000 worth of concrete including labor.” Master Gardeners went out and talked to contractors, found supplies, helped with labor.” Garden Club circles donated credit at a wholesale nursery for purchasing plants. AT&T Pioneers and the Sunshine Clowns helped with the furnishings. Now, the garden boasts raised vegetable beds, ornamentals, paths, a fountain and benches. One vet said, “It’s like the ‘great experience’ to have this. We take food to sell in a booth at the Farmer’s Market, and we get to talk to other gardeners and see what they grow.” Jeff, a vet with anger issues, said, “It relaxes me and refocuses my mind to come out here. It helps me get control of my thoughts to be in the peace and quiet.” In 2012, the HONOR Center Garden won the Therapeutic Garden Design Award presented by the American Horticulture Therapy Association. Karpf says, “My uncles were all veterans and this is my opportunity to serve my country.” The veterans who enjoy the garden thank her for her service. For information, call 352-548-1834.

Independence Day Trivia I ndependence Day trivia questions can be a ton of fun on Fourth of July or any day when you feel like being a proud American. Test your knowledge of the good ole USA with this list of Independence Day trivia questions. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers; they are below. 1. What are the first seven words of the Declaration of Independence? 2. How many red stripes are on the American flag?

4. In what year did our current flag with 50 stars and 13 stripes become the current national flag? 5. Where was the first battle of the Revolutionary War fought?

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hen facing the sale of the family home Mom and Dad have lived in for many years, it can appear so overwhelming that the project gets put off until there is a health crisis. They are leaving the home where their younger years and golden memories are left behind! An accumulation of “stuff” and furniture can make the senior wonder where to begin at a time when children and grandchildren are busy with careers and family and are unable to help. This is when a “Senior Real Estate Specialist” or SRES is a good choice to make to manage the sale of the house. They understand the special needs of seniors and can assess their physical and psychological needs.

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It takes a village of senior specialists to help everyone make decisions and transition into a new safer, more conenvient environment. They can provide a list of movers who specialize in senior moves as well as active adult and community service organizations or referrals to a varity of resources for assistance. The SRES can help determine what kind of home or community is the right choice for a senior. All these services and more can be provided by the SRES, a realtor who has invested time in learning how best to help the “Forever Young Generation.” To find an SRES in your area, visit Terri Yanick is a Senior Real Estate Specialist. For more info, call 727-403-0017 or email her at

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y wife finally popped the old to give Chippy a Hollywood smile. Patti Page question, “How much We opted for an electric toothbrush, Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is that doggie in the window?” regular flossing and whitening strips. is the leading cause of blindness in people 55 The answer was acceptable back The dog seemed to enjoy having and older. It is a chronic disease affecting in the ‘50s, but 60 years later we’re my wife tend to this tedious work. more than 10 million Americans, and early talking sticker shock. Nevertheless, After two years of being chained detection is key to saving your sight. we bought a male terrier puppy to our dog at home, we decided to and named your him Chippy. go see a touring Broadway show. Protect vision from fading away. At first, were stinking Call the there Foundation Fightinglittle Blindness Chippy threw a tantrum while piles of poo over our Brazilian we were out and tore up house today for aall free info packet about wood floors. Then my wife hired slippers and broke several ceramic preventing and managing AMD. a PhD dog trainer to gently potty figurines. My wife quickly got over train the dog—something I could that when she went to assist at have easily accomplished by using our pregnant daughter’s house. A Cure Is In Sight a cattle prod. Eventually, I was the I was left home alone with Chippy. I 800-610-4558 guy who had to “walk the dog” heard the dog enthusiastically barking several times a day, small plastic bag into his karaoke machine downstairs. I in hand. Observing Martians would fantasized gory Alfred Hitchcock things have perceived the royally serviced I could do to that blasted dog as I rushed dog to be the superior being. and then tumbled down the stairs. I sprawled on the floor with a broken They wouldn’t let Chippy visit me hip. Well, that darn dog saw I was while I was in the hospital, but I in a bad way. Chippy came over and started licking my face. Then, I thought of him often. Obviously, very politely asked him to fetch my I had misjudged the little mutt. cell phone from the living room. He brought it over and set it right where Once Chippy matured a bit, new I lay so I could call 911 for help. outfits were in order. I was quite They wouldn’t let Chippy visit me peeved about his Starter jacket selecwhile I was in the hospital, but I tion—Packers instead of the Saints. thought of him often. Obviously, I Obviously, Chippy needed amusement had misjudged the little mutt. My so my wife raced to the big toy store wife may have been right about to buy playthings. I suppose the Furby Chippy deserving lots of spoiling toys were a good selection, and pampering. but why did she buy him Anyway, I’m out of the hospital now that karaoke machine? and I use a walker Then Chippy started to get around. The working his way up the dog that saved my food chain. After jars life sits on the seat of baby food came foil pad of the walker as I packets of gourmet blend move about. Perched puppy chow. Next, my wife there, this wonderintroduced sirloin steak ful little guy looks tidbits, and now he has nobler than the chrome prime filet at least once bulldog hood ornament a day. Chippy enjoys on a Mack truck. sparkling mineral water And then I ask: with all his meals. Honey, do you think Not surprisingly, Chippy would enjoy Chippy’s insatiable a relaxing session at appetite for rich the new pet massage food caused parlor downtown? some dental (SENIOR WIRE)

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4119 SEEKING CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN Former airline stewardess and model, 5’4”, 104 lbs., widow, slender, white with Ph.D. in healthcare. Fulbright scholar, eats healthy and exercises. Likes sports and animals. Loves the Lord. Florida. 4257 I AM A SINGLE WHITE FEMALE in my 50s, 5 ft. 6, slender built, looking for a single white man age 50 to 70s. I live in Lake County but would date a man in Lake, Sumter or Marion County. I like to cook and bake, watch tv and go to thrift stores. I like cuddling and passionate kisses and I am looking for my soulmate who is faithful, trusting, caring and loving. I like tall men, I like candlelit dinners and flowers on first date. I’m looking for someone to fall in love with, a committed relationship. I don’t drive or smoke or drink. I have blue eyes, short hair. 4266 SLEEPLESS IN OCALA Tossin’ and turnin’ over you! SWF

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MEN SEEKING WOMEN 4246 SHARE OUR HEARTS Share your dreams. Share my home. SWM 67, bluebrn. 6 ft. 198 lb. NS. Looking for SWF, 59 – 67, country girl, NS, HWP, SOH, LTR for long walks, sunsets and so much more. Home owner. Rainbow Springs. 4256 SWM, NS, SD, NDG likes fun, surprises, daily chats, computers, great food, dancing, exercise, travel. Christian, purpose-driven culture. Two great sons. 6’4”, 196 lbs., 68 Y. Downtown St. Pete. Must be over 25 < 75. 4258 ONE A LONELY NUMBER Looking for a lady—young at heart. Wants to share the good times and comfort during the bad. I miss the company of a lady friend. I’m

M, WW, 60 YY with lots of TLC. 4262 LOOKING FOR MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP SWM, nice looking, HWP, ND, NS, NDrg. Looking to meet a SW 62-73 in good health, HWP, who likes animals, cooking and home life and wants a meaningful relationship. Let’s get acquainted FF.

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f you or someone you know is an Alzheimer’s caregiver, check out these support group meetings. For more information: Alzheimer’s Family Organization: 727-848-8888. and 28 Somercet AL Facility, Tavares (respite care provided), 2 pm 352-343-6483. Bridgewater at Waterman Village (free respite care), 1:30 pm, 352-385-1133.

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