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President John F. Kennedy: Death in the Time of Innocence Dear Readers,
ost everywhere you turn this month, there will be reminders of that day 50 years ago when our innocence as a country was shat- Janice Doyle, Editor tered, the day our 35th president was assassinated. John F. Kennedy’s 1000-day presidency ended in a few dramatic moments on a street in Dallas. The Kennedy era was a transformative time for our country. We went from the staid, war-hero presidency of Eisenhower to the leadership of someone who lived a lifestyle known to only a narrow segment of our society at the time. The Kennedys played tennis, they sailed and they had houses in several parts of the country. Now, in 2013, many people live that way, but in 1960, not many did. Remembering that November period of time, it is as if the life drained out of our country for a few days. This month you will undoubtedly share your own memories with others. Walter Cronkite Dallas, Texas, Friday, November 22, 1963. Time was about to stand still. CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite— later voted “the most trusted man in America”—had the compelling duty to report the shootings of President Kennedy and Texas Governor John
Connolly. Shortly afterward, Cronkite removed his glasses and tearfully announced simply that President Kennedy had died at 1 pm Central Standard Time. Today, 50 years later, those of us “of a certain age” remember vividly where we were and what we were doing when we learned the news. Jim Patterson, CEO of this magazine’s publishing company, says, “To this day we remain fascinated by Kennedy’s life and legacy, intrigued by the circumstances of his death, enchanted by the associated imagery of Camelot and changed forever by all of it.” For many, the news came via a school’s crackling intercom system. Patterson says, “Lucy Bigham bolted from the chair in front of me and ran from the room in tears. Mr. Bunch sat behind his desk at the front of the room, his face buried in both hands, sobbing.” Patterson would see his own father weep that night as well. It was also a new time of tragedy for our country because we watched events unfold in the living room on television. Nancy Kuehne, our magazine’s sales and marketing representative in Lee County, says, “The small, two-room school I went to did not have a TV, so a parent invited all 15 students from grades ﬁve through eight to come to their house
to watch. I remember feeling as if I were right there in the crowd watching from the streets.” Nancy added something else we all remember— how quiet everyone was. Yes, it was a new era and it changed us all. Patterson was in 9th grade that day Mr. Bunch sat at his desk and sobbed. Three summers later, Patterson was in Washington serving as a Congressional page in the House of Representatives. He says, “I associated all of the sights of Washington with those I had seen on television that November weekend of 1963. I toured the White House and tried to imagine President Kennedy’s and Jackie’s presence in every room. I visited the Senate chamber and sat in the seat that was his when he served as the senator from Massachusetts and which was now ﬁlled by his brother Edward (Ted) Kennedy. I went to Arlington Cemetery and stood before the eternal ﬂame and played back the images of Jackie, Bobby and Teddy lighting that ﬂame on the day of the funeral.” And so this month, through the death of a president 50 years ago, we are bonded together by our shared memories. It seems so very recently—and yet so long ago—that we were so innocent we never thought it could happen.
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hrough December New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Exploration. Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala. Call 352-291-4455.
Bobby Vinton concert. Savannah Center, The Villages. Lady Lake. 352-753-3229. “Majesty in Time of Mayhem,” concert of honor, remembrance and salute to veterans. By Florida Lakes Symphony. St. Patrick’s Church, Mount Dora. 8 Same performance at Family Christian Center, Clermont. 7:30 pm. 352-589-1500.
14 and 21 Lake County Farmer’s Market. 8:15 am to 1 pm. Lake County Expo Center and Fairgrounds, Eustis. 352-357-9692.
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– Dec. 1 “The 39 Steps” at Ocala Civic Theatre. 352-236-2274.
Hunter’s BBQ/Harvest Jamboree. Noon to 8 pm. Astor Community Center. 352-568-5051.
and 9 Scottish Highland Festival. Athletic games, bagpipes, live music, dancing, more. Downtown Mount Dora. Visit mountdorascotevents.com.
– 10 Holiday Open House. Wine, food, live music. Free adm. Lakeridge Winery, Clermont. 352-394-8627. The Not-So-Westminster Dog Show. Dress up your pooch and strut him or her in the show and parade. Free admission. At Downtown Leesburg Saturday Morning Market. 352-365-0053.
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“Simply the Best: A Tribute to Tina Turner.” Tickets: $14 to $20. Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala. 352-854-3670.
Marion County Chili Cook-off. $5. Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala.More information at marioncountychilicookoff.org.
and 10 Beef and Boogie Festival. Live music, beef cook-offs,
exhibits, beauty pageant, more. $10. Sumter County Fairgrounds, Webster. 352-793-3099. beefandboogie.com.
and 10 Ocali Country Days Festival. Experience Central Florida during the 1800s. $5. Silver River State Park, Ocala. 352-236-5401.
Art Fair at Fox Run, 440 Fox Run Blvd., Tavares. More information at 352-253-9390. “Salute to Veterans” by Marion Civic Chorale. First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. 3 pm. Free. 352-537-8833.
“Dance Your Pants Off” Show, features ballroom dancing at its best. Savannah Center, The Villages, Lady Lake. 352-753-3229.
Taste of Tavares. Admission: $25. Elks Club, Tavares. For more info, call 352-343-2531.
Community Day of Feeding. Enjoy a complimentary meal while being entertained. Tuscawilla Park, Ocala. 352-275-0503.
Chris Chan’s Musical Tribute to Barry Manilow. Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala. 352-854-3670.
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– Dec 15 “Fiddler on the Roof” at Sonnetag Theatre at the Icehouse, Mount Dora. 352-383-4616. Light Up Ocala in Downtown Ocala. 4 to 9:30 pm. Entertainment, food, fun. Ireland’s Tenor Anthony Kearns in concert. Savannah Center, The Villages, Lady Lake. 352-753-3229.
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Editor’s Note: From our online edition we asked readers to submit 260 words about their “Lifestyle After 50.” Here is one of the stories submitted this month online. To send us your story, go to www.lifestylesafter50fl.com:
his year I turned 65, and found I’ve acquired—along with plenty of aches and pains—a perspective on the world that I lacked as a younger person. The biggest problem with aging is routine; it’s absolutely the most debilitating thing we can do. Keeping imagination alive, holding on to a sense of adventure and preserving a willingness to learn new things are strategies that work for me. Like many baby boomers who have watched their parents age in less than perfect health, I’ve realized that being active is probably the single most important aspect to aging well. Fortunately, I’ve found the perfect two-part recipe for living well after fifty;
a plan that turns me on, inspires me and makes me happy. The first is mentoring. Over the years I’ve volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, school-based reading programs and library-based English as a second language programs. But my real passion is traveling. Since my caregiving days are gratefully at an end—mother-in-law, husband and mother—I’m free as the proverbial bird. Whether traveling, tutoring or mentoring, I find myself with people who are on an exciting journey. My biggest fear is being cooped up in my house with no new challenges, no new conversations, no new vistas to explore. That thought far outweighs any fears that traveling solo in a strange land might present. Friends are prone to comment how lucky I am being single and free to do as I please. My retort: Luck is good planning carefully executed, but with wiggle room for change. —Lil Cromer, Belleair
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Does Rain Increase Pain? W hy do rain and cold seem to increase arthritis pain? Do your joints ache when rain is in the forecast? People whose arthritis seems to flare before or after it rains wonder if damp weather is making their arthritis worse. Rheumatologists say they get this question a lot, even though not much evidence supports a link between sore joints and damp weather. Elaine Husni, MD, a rheumatologist at Cleveland Clinic, considers why arthritis pain goes up when the rain comes down. “Some people believe that when you drop the barometric pressure, your air pressure, that sometimes your tissues can swell.” Dr. Husni says. “When your tissues swell in an already inflamed joint, sometimes that can push against muscles and nerves in the area and make it appear more painful,” she adds.
Dr. Husni says that weather does not cause arthritis or make it worse. She says it just may alter the symptoms a bit for that day. Many of her patients tell her cooler, damp weather is worst, so Dr. Husni says to pay close attention to the weather report and anticipate what’s coming. She says if you know that damp weather bothers you, then you can make some arrangements for that day. “You might want to bring some extra sweaters or gloves, something that will kind of shield you from the cold and the dampness,” she says. Dr. Husni notices that many of her patients tell her warm weather actually makes their joints feel better, so summer offers them some relief. From Cleveland Clinic’s Health Hub
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Baby Boomers Bail from Divorce: Marriages at Alarming Rates
BY ROBERT D. BOYD AND JEANETTE LINVILLE
he term “gray divorce” describes the growing trend of couples in their 50s and older choosing to end their marriages by divorce. This phenomenon came into the public eye in 2004 when the AARP conducted a study called “The Divorce Experience: A Study of Divorce at Midlife and Beyond.” Since then, a number of high profile “gray divorces” have been played out in the media, including Al and Tipper Gore, who chose to split at the ages of 62 and 61, respectively, after four decades of marriage. Actors and executives alike, including Danny DeVito, Morgan Freeman, Sumner Redstone and Jack Welch, have all sought divorces in their 60s and 70s. However, these gray divorces are not limited to the rich and famous. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) recently conducted an online poll of 1,600 divorce lawyers, and 61 percent reported that they have seen an increase in the number of divorces among people over age 50. This number is supported by research done by Susan L. Brown of the Department of Sociology
and National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University. Brown found that the divorce rate among adults ages 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010. She further found that roughly one in four divorces in 2010 occurred to people ages 50 and older.
The divorce rate among adults ages 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010s. There are a variety of reasons why the divorce rate of Americans over the age of 50 is growing. Some attribute the trend to longer life spans and more people reaching the age of retirement. Others point to women’s increasing financial independence. Couples often choose to wait until their children have left home to separate. In addition, it is now easier to get a divorce and there is a greater social acceptance of divorce. It may be the culture and ideology of the baby boomers that has caused the increase in gray divorces. As a generation, baby boomers have constantly challenged and reframed traditional values. They epitomize the practice of self-examination, individual growth,
reflection and self actualization. Baby boomers, according to Brown, entered marriages with expectations emphasizing satisfaction of personal needs. If those needs are not met, divorce may be an avenue to achieve life’s dreams. Whatever the reason, the gray divorce phenomenon appears to be a reality for older Americans. As these divorces usually follow lengthy marriages, there are a number of issues that can be especially contentious. The AAML survey found that alimony, business interests, retirement accounts and pensions were the most commonly fought over issues (in descending order) for couples divorcing after age 50. Along with memories and experiences, long marriages accumulate things. This means more assets, more deeply intertwined accounts and more liabilities to be divided when the marriage dissolves. If you are part of this group thinking about divorce past age 50, consider the following:
marital finances. Know what your family’s wealth and debt are. If your spouse has typically handled bills, learn how much things cost. Get records and make copies of them! This includes credit reports, bills, mortgage statements, investment documents, bank accounts and any other financial records. Be open to settlement. Mediation can be a great way to resolve any issues with your spouse, but only if you have completed the items above. Generally, having a stranger—such as a judge—determine one’s financial future is not a good plan. Trying to work it out between the people who know the relationship best, i.e. you and your spouse, is almost always preferable to going to court. However, get the input of a lawyer before any settlement is final.
Be prepared for change.
Depending on the length of your marriage, you have most likely become accustomed to a certain routine and lifestyle that will invariably change. Money may be tighter than it was during the marriage, as it is more expensive to run two households. Women may find themselves returning to the work force after many years at home. Additionally, keeping the marital home may be more of a burden than a blessing. Although change is hard, it does not Get help from an expert. The mean that there is not life after gray didivorce process is complicated, and vorce. Of those interviewed by AARP’s you should not navigate it alone. Arm 2004 study, 76 percent of divorcees yourself with experts who will have felt they made the right decision in your best interest in mind. Choose choosing to dissolve the marriage. individuals you can trust and who will Authors Robert D. Boyd and Jeanette provide you with legal advice, finanLinville are with Boyd Collar Nolen & cial expertise and emotional support. Tuggle LLC in Atlanta. Attorneys at the Get educated about your finances. firm counsel clients on a number of matMost divorce cases, especially gray ters related to divorce. Boyd and Linville divorces with more significant assets, may be reached at (770) 953-4300 or are dominated by financial determinaby email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tions. You must be educated about your email@example.com, respectively. Lifestyles After 50 • November 2013 • page 9
Five Diversified Farming Operations You Can Visit This Month BY JANICE DOYLE
uanita Popenoe, Lake County Extension Director, is enthusiastic about showing local residents the many faces of Lake County agriculture. She will be leading the fourth annual agricultural tour on Nov. 22. “We do this tour so people will realize that agriculture is vibrant in Lake County,” says Popenoe. “A lot of people don’t see our farms because they’re on the main roads and see only the citrus. We want people to know citrus isn’t the only farming we do.” You can hop aboard one of the tour buses and your first stop will be Tedder’s Nursery in Lady Lake which does wholesale propagation of landscape plants, a big business in Florida. Next stop: A & A Orchards which has a U-pick peach orchard. Popenoe says, “There are no peaches this time of year, but they’re going to be talking about peaches that have been adapted for Florida and how people can grow
their own. It’s a new crop for this part of Florida, but the University of Florida has been doing a lot of breeding to get both peaches and blueberries to grow with what little chill we get here.” At Heather Oaks Farm, the farm’s diversity includes operating a B & B plus raising blackberries, grapes and blueberries for U-pick. They also have a Louisiana iris nursery. From there the tour goes to Grand Oaks Equestrian which is a big resort but also has 400 acres of pastures and big oaks. They teach carriage
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driving and offer carriage rides. “The resort offers polo and dressage and has a big horse show arena where our 4-H horse show is held. There’s also a large carriage museum there.” When the tour stops at Grand Oaks Equestrian, there will be a mini tour of the museum, a carriage driving demonstration and a tour of the breeds barn. The on-site deli will prepare box lunches to be enjoyed in the shady picnic area. Last stop: Sequest Farm Dairy, a dairy goat farm. Visitors will learn how they milk the goats and make cheeses and soaps, followed by a soap-making demo.
The day promises a look at farming’s diversity. Popenoe notes that because of recent disease and cold weather issues for the area’s citrus, “…many citrus growers are looking for ways to diversify. Some of the other diversification being tried right now is pomegranates and olives. The olive research isn’t looking good because of the environmental conditions at flowering which are opposite those in the Mediterranean. “And without pollination, nothing happens.” Growing pomegranates is another current research crop. Popenoe says they, too, are a very risky alternative right now because of diseases that come with high humidity. Pomegranates need a drier climate such as California provides. The Nov 22 tour meets at 8 am at the University of Florida Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Rd, Tavares. Return at 3 pm. A $20 fee includes lunch. Pre-registration is required at https://2013farmtour.eventbrite.com.
f you were in high school in the 1940s, you might enjoy Senior Prom by Judith Foard. The author takes on issues like social class, teen pregnancy (remember the disgrace of pregnancy in high school?) and feminism as they were seen during that decade.
Blood on China Beach by Paul J. Pitlyk is the author’s journey from medical school graduation to the jungles of Vietnam. The young neurosurgeon chronicles his journey as a brain surgeon on the front lines in Vietnam. His first surgeries there were in quonset huts with flashlights as lighting and only the barest of surgical instruments. Dr. Pitlyk explores his feelings as he patches up head wounds which he knows will leave the young soldier to a life with full-time care in a nursing home. As he perfects his surgical skills through the
experience, he realizes that many also die because of his lack of experience. The book is a view of medicine on the front lines, both physically and emotionally. As a memoir, Blood on China Beach illustrates the author’s reverence for life and his admiration for the bravery of the marines on whom he operated. Live Long, Live Strong: Keep Healthy and Fit For Life by Robert Hale is a guide to combining sensible exercise for the body and mind with a nutritional plan for older people. The author knows that older people often spend their golden years prisoners in their own homes due to physical or mental incapacity. His book is a guide with information on improving life and giving Old Father Time a run for his money.
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NBranson Celebrates VeteransN Every Day, Especially in November BY FRED WRIGHT
here are so many U.S. veterans traveling to reunions in Branson, Mo., each year, you almost expect the town of 10,000 to be painted olive drab or battleship gray. To the contrary, Branson has retained much of its Ozark Mountain charm despite an eclectic mix of architecture and building styles. Its geographic location puts the town and its multitude of theaters within driving distance of half the nation’s population. It has an estimated 63,000 theater seats, more than Broadway. And as a perennial destination for an average of 600 military reunions big and small every year, Branson celebrates the flag just about everywhere you look.
Each year, the school sends dozens of its honor students to overseas battlefields where they learn firsthand the military history of the U.S. While there’s an emphasis on World War II battlefields, other venues, including Korea, are also on the agenda.
“Approximately 30 years ago, we had our first ‘Welcome Home’ celebration aimed at Vietnam veterans,” explains Lynn Berry, director of communications for the Branson/ Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “That weekend, we The Veterans Day Parade had over 100,000 people here. It established a real camaraderie For example, just about every live and love for hosting veterans.” Each trip includes veterans from the show in town—as many as a hundred During the Veterans Homecoming four Ozarks states—Missouri, Oklain peak seasons—has a Salute the celebration, “Wartime Romance” is homa, Kansas and Arkansas. For the Troops feature. It may be a medley of staged at the Baldnobbers Theater. It’s past four years, 50 veterans have made patriotic songs, a display of flags or the story of a U.S. Marine Corps dive the trip as well, with all expenses paid. an intermission tribute. Often, military Sometimes, there are patriotic surprises members and veterans in the audience bomber pilot in World War II who finds “strength, hope and inspiration” from to be found in Branson. For example, are urged to stand up according to the 472–room Radisson Branson branch served or war fought. Then there the love letters he writes and receives from his girlfriend back in Kansas. doesn’t announce its commitment to the is always a rousing round of applause. Branson’s 80th annual Veterans Day military. Guests who happen to wander Parade will march through the historic down to the hotel’s bar will suddenly downtown, stepping off at the 11th hour see row after row of military servicemen of the 11th day of the 11th month—Nov. and women. The photo faces, many 11 at 11 am—in honor of when the brown with age, stare back—more World War I armistice was signed. than 1,700 of them. Here and there, The parade is one of the culminating there’s a shadow box or a storyboard events for the week-long celebration with information about an historical and one of the largest events of National event from World War II—a bit of Veterans Week in the U.S., drawing history about underage Americans who tens of thousands of veterans, active volunteered for service in World War As you might expect, Veterans military personnel and their families. II, some as young as 12, or the tragic Day, Nov. 11, gets a very special This patriotic spirit and fervor perme- story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the ship celebration each and every year and ates Branson year-round. Nearby sits that carried the Hiroshima atomic bomb there are patriotic events for days and the College of the Ozarks, a private and then was sunk just days before even weeks leading up to the national Christian liberal arts college with a the war’s end with great loss of life. holiday. Nov. 11 is also Remembrance thousand-acre campus. Students learn The collection “just happened,” Day (also known as Poppy Day and employable skills while they earn a de- explains Sarah Green-Hord, the Armistice Day) for Canadians. gree, pay no tuition and graduate with hotel’s military sales manager. A In Branson, Veterans Homecoming no debt. Locals call it “Hard Work U.” collection of photos was given space runs Nov. 5 – 11.
on the hotel’s walls. Veterans attending reunions at the hotel began asking if their photos could also be posted. And in 2003, when the Medal of Honor Society chose the Radisson as the site for its reunion, the hotel created a Medal of Honor Room, a small but proud display of photos of Medal of Honor recipients. While not all medal winners are represented, selections include Mary E. Walker, the only female recipient, and Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in World War II who went on to become a movie star. There’s limited space left, however, with room for perhaps another 200 photos along the corridors, perhaps a few more Medal of Honor winners in the small side room. Where will photos go after that? Green-Hord says comfortably, “It’s ever evolving.”
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Some Important Reunion Dates Upcoming in Branson This Year: • Veterans Homecoming Week, Nov. 5 – 11 • Veterans Spouses Luncheon, Nov. 6 • Persian Gulf War Mini Reunion, Nov. 7 • Women’s Veterans Mini Reunion, Nov. 8 • Korean War Veterans Mini Reunion, Nov. 9 • Walmart Tribute to Veterans, Nov. 9 • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7 For more information about Branson, call 417-334-4084 or go to www.ExploreBranson.com.
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The Sandwich Generation: Boomers Feel the Squeeze BY DR. ALICE JACOBS VESTERGAARD, Ashford University
ealities of being in the Sandwich Generation create anxiety, stress and depression—more so than in any previous generations. A mere mention of the term conjures an image of people being squished into little flat pieces by overwhelming pressures squeezing the life energy out of some poor baby boomer’s soul. The Sandwich Generation is the 79 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 alive today. They make up more than a quarter of the U.S. population. This same group has anywhere from one to three other generational groups depending upon them for financial, emotional and/or caregiving support. Other generational
members may consist of the boomer’s parents, children and grandchildren. That’s a lot of pressure, and the lives of many baby boomers are more like pressure cookers than sandwiches. Responsibility overload is taking a toll on the generation that came of age during a time of prosperity, hope and the Mickey Mouse Club. Large portions of the boomer cohort are angry and bitter, struggling to exist. They’re not the “happy campers” they thought they would be at this stage in their lives. Some say they are “Prozac poppers” due to the amount of antidepressants now ingested by this group. Statistics of alcohol, drug addiction and suicide are alarming. According to the National Institutes of Health, between 2002 and 2011, the number of illicit drug users ages 50 to 59 tripled. Many have watched their retirement funding dwindle and are forced to remain in the workforce longer than anticipated while many boomers
were laid off from jobs prematurely. Foreclosures on dream homes, taking in kids and grandkids, giving up their empty-nester lifestyles for more mouths to feed have all taken their toll.
Boomers have “…anywhere from one to three other generational groups depending upon them for financial, emotional and/ or caregiving support...” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 7 million grandchildren younger than 18 were living with grandparents in 2010. All this while having to cope with the infirmities and needs of their own aging parents. Boomers have their own changing healthcare needs—knees and hips, the beginnings of degenerative diseases, heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes are increasingly affecting this population at a disturbing rate. Wait a minute, what’s wrong with this picture? That little sweet child who
grew up wearing her pretty pink tutu in ballet dance class is now wearing the pretty pink hospital gown to have her EKG, MRI, and CAT scan… if she’s lucky enough to have health insurance. Boomers are worried about being able to afford retirement, healthcare; they’re worried about their aging parents developing Alzheimer’s disease and all that it entails in terms of financial and economic resources, in addition to providing food, shelter, clothing and/or financial assistance to their kids and grandkids. Growing up singing tunes such as “Puff the Magic Dragon” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” their new theme songs are “Where Have all my Retirement Investments Gone,” followed by “Puff the Magic Health Care Dragon Making it Hard for Me to Breathe Due to High Monthly Premiums.” Coming of age when the Beatles were a phenomenon, boomers tend to identify with “Hard Day’s Night” for a lot more reasons than they did in their younger years.
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in a balanced and diversified portfolio. That is enough! I have seen this work well with hat’s your number? It seems that $200,000, $2,000,000 or $20,000,000 we all have a number in mind, homes. Let’s use a $2,000,000 whether realistic or not, that if we get paid-for home as an example. The there, our financial future would be cost for a debt free home is about two secure and we could retire without worry. percent per year, so this home might For many, this “number” keeps growing still cost $40,000 per year to occupy and forever seems out of reach. For some including taxes, insurance, utilities this number is “a little bit more,” even and maintenance. Furthermore, the though they have long passed their reaverage household spends about 8 quirements for a comfortable retirement. to 12 percent of their home’s value a year in lifestyle and tax obligations. You may be living above or below your neighbor’s average lifestyle, I have a formula that creates a but if you had income of 10 to realistic target: 15 percent of your home’s value If you have a mortgage-free residence every year, it would be sufficient. that reflects your lifestyle, and you That’s where your savings comes in. have similar spending and vacation Yes, you will have future inflation, but expenses as your neighbors… it will not greatly affect your housing You will need two to three times expenses and you have a substantial the value of your paid off home principal balance to use as well.
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Passive-Aggressive In-Laws: How to Beat Them at Their Own Game BY DR. DEANNA BRANN
o you have a mother-in-law or a daughter-in-law who says she is “fine” or who says nothing at all, but then starts in with pouts, sighs and those “accidental” oversights? No matter what she says or doesn’t say, her actions are screaming the real truth: She is not happy with you. This is called passive aggressive behavior, and it’s very real! Dealing with this behavior (passive and unassuming on the surface, but nastily aggressive toward you underneath) can be difficult, draining and frustrating. Here are specific strategies for dealing with passiveaggressive mothers-in-law and also with passive-aggressive daughters-in-law. For Daughters-in-Law Dealing with Passive-Aggressive Mothers-in-Law In this situation, you really do have an advantage. I tell you this not so you can best your in-law, but so you can feel less helpless and start to see the situation in a different light.
These tips work because they allow you to both alter her behavior and feel better in spite of her actions. After all, it takes two to play, so if you change the rules on your mother-in-law, she can’t keep up her frustrating behavior. Here’s how to shake things up: 1. Shift the power from her to you with humor. When she tells you she is “fine” but then goes into drama mode, give a good-natured chuckle or laugh in that inside-joke kind of way that tells her you know exactly what she’s doing, but you’re going to ignore the behavior. You have to give her a message without outwardly challenging her.
2. Play naïve. Take her at face value. Assume that unless she says something directly, she really is fine with whatever you said or did. When she can no longer count on her behavior to get her way, she will be forced to either admit how she feels or to sit back and do nothing about her contrary views.
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For Mothers-in-Law Dealing with Passive-Aggressive Daughters-in-Law Here, you’re probably dealing with either hurtful, stinging comments or the malicious subterfuge of the undermining “accidental” oversights. For example, your daughter-in-law may not include you on special family events or she may either go into the other room when you come by or just never come out.
When she can no longer count on her behavior to get her way, she will be forced to either admit how she feels or to sit back and do nothing about her contrary views.
Here’s how to create a more balanced sense of power:
1. Take a few emotional steps back. Realize what she’s doing to you is, for the most part, not personal. She probably behaves this way because she feels she has no power. If she felt confident enough to deal with people directly, she wouldn’t resort to this behavior.
2. Be a role model. Instead of slinking away or showing your anger, help her see that having feelings is okay. Help her learn how to express her feelings and get results that are a win-win for both of you.
3. Acknowledge her feelings even when she won’t. If she doesn’t feel it is okay to talk about “bad” feelings, help her see that feelings are just feelings. Stating to her in a calm, compassionate way what you think she’s feeling brings those feelings out into the open. 4. Help her see you really do want to understand. When you show her that she matters enough to listen to her feelings, you start to create a neutral environment, allowing you to build a stronger relationship.
Deanna Brann, Ph.D., is an expert in mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships and author of “Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law” and “Mothers-in-Law and Daughtersin-Law Say the Darndest Things.”
BY GARY JOSEPH LEBLANC
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n unbreakable bond is forged during the years spent caring for a loved one who is seriously ill. Sadly, things will finally come to an end. That’s life. And death. Ultimately the time will come when you must sit yourself down in what was once a familiar house that now feels as if someone or something literally sucked the life right out of it. If your loved one had hospice care involved, weren’t you shocked by how quickly they removed their equipment? I sure was! The very next morning after my dad’s passing, a large hospice truck arrived, two large men got out and, in no time, loaded up whatever equipment was theirs. Then silence! It was eerie the way the spot where his bed once sat seemed to permeate emptiness throughout the whole house. The first thing I did once reality set in was to start working on the interior of my house. Changes that I had been wanting to make for years were now possible. Before, my hands had been tied as I knew that change would upset my father’s routine. Not only did I feel the house become a home again, I found all of this activity and change to be very therapeutic. Happily, working on the house occupied my mind and left me with the feeling I had accomplished something. Somehow his clothes were the hardest part.
A good six months had gone by before I finally called my sister and asked if she would come by and empty Dad’s closet and donate his clothing to wherever she felt best. It wasn’t as if I didn’t need the space. I did! And it had nothing to do with the fact that my father had died in that room. I never experienced any ill or odd feeling because of that. In fact, I found it to be the complete opposite! I was grateful that my father got to spend his last living days in the comfort of his familiar surroundings. The truth is that I had suddenly developed a sentimental attachment to his belongings. I’m not a hoarder, but I had an urge not to throw anything of his away. If you are left with a whole second house full of possessions, you may want to consider having a professional liquidator come in and help you. The trick is finding a reputable one. Spend the extra time to thoroughly go through their references. If you find yourself being overcome with depression from being surrounded by the memories, it definitely may be healthier to have someone with you and not go about this project alone. Going through your loved one’s belongings is a difficult task. Try to stay strong. You know what your loved one would wish for you to do. Gary Joseph LeBlanc, is author of the books “Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness” and Managing “Alzheimer’s & Dementia Behavior,” and co-author of “While I Still Can.” LeBlanc is also the founder of the Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Hospital Wristband Project.
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his year, 42 million women (ages 40 – 60) are family caregivers faced with the challenge of providing care to their loved ones each and every day. In addition, 30 to 40 percent of the caregivers of older and disabled family members are men. AARP’s Caregiver Assistance campaign says common stresses of caregivers include: • Frustration with the unpredictability of caregiving. Caregiving responsibilities can creep up on caregivers or arrive suddenly with the hospitalization of a loved one, and the hours spent can snowball to equal the hours of a part time job. Unexpected twists and turns leave caregivers figuring things out as they go and feeling like they aren’t doing the job well enough. Despite the fact that there are many caregivers in
the U.S. in the same situation, they feel isolated because everyone’s caregiving experience is unique.
• The many roles of a caregiver. Caring for a loved one means having a lot of responsibilities—from paying bills and doling out medicines, to making dinner, bathing and driving to and from doctors’ appointments.
• Providing expertise and empathy. Support groups, online or in person, give a caregiver a chance to get with other caregivers. They feel feel validated and supported and pleased that they learn so much from each other. AARP’s caregiver website (aarp.org/homefamily/caregiving) connects caregivers with experts, other caregivers and local resources for information, advice and emotional support through a Facebook community, a mobile app, monthly Twitter chats and a “TakeCare” blog.
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Tried-and-True Advice for Medicare Options I
f there’s one mantra for the open enrollment season, it’s “review your options.” Every year, the Medicare Rights Center advises people with Medicare to carefully consider how they get their Medicare benefits; most people are allowed to make a change only during Fall Open Enrollment. Here is some tried-and-true advice depending on the Medicare coverage you have:
Health • If you have Original Medicare and a supplemental plan (often called a Medigap) and are happy with your coverage, you do not need to make a change. • If you have a Medicare Advantage or Part D plan, you should review all of your coverage options even if you are happy with your current coverage, because plans change their costs and benefits every year.
• Read your Annual Notice of Change (ANOC), which you should receive from your plan by September 30. It will list the changes in your plan, such as the premium and copays, and will compare the benefits in 2013 with those in 2012. It is very important that you read your ANOC and consider all of your options, since many plans make changes every year, and your current plan may not be your best choice for 2014. • Shop around to find a plan that best meets your needs and makes the most financial sense to you. • If you decide to enroll in a new plan, do so by calling 800-MEDICARE rather than the plan itself. Health Coverage Options If you are considering enrolling in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan: • Even if you are happy with your current coverage, you should review all of your options, including Original Medicare and a Medigap.
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• Before making your final choice during Fall Open Enrollment, call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to find out if you will have the right to purchase a Medigap at this time, what options you have, and what consumer protections your state provides. • Make sure you understand how any plan you are considering works. Take the time to ask questions, such as: - Will I be able to use my doctors or other providers I want to see? - Are they in the plan’s network and are they taking new patients who have this plan? - Which specialists, hospitals, home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities are in the plan’s network? - How much will it cost to see my primary care physician? A specialist? For more questions to ask, see “What questions should I ask before joining a Medicare private health plan? “
Drug Coverage Options If you are considering switching to a new Part D plan, either as part of an MA plan or as a stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP):
• Review your ANOC and pay particular to attention to the summary of the new formulary (list of covered drugs). • If you use the online Plan Finder tool at www.medicare.gov to select the best plan for your needs, call the plan and confirm the information you’ve gathered with a plan representative. This will help avoid making a decision based on inaccurate information. • Don’t go by the price of the plan alone. Check to see if the plan you are considering covers all the medications you are taking. Also, see if the plan requires special permission before it will cover your medication (such as prior authorization, step therapy, or quantity limits). Information from Medicare Rights.org.
Don’t Ignore Cataract Symptoms O
phthalmologists advise seniors to be aware of the dangers of ignoring cataracts symptoms. They say delaying treatment of advanced forms of the common eye disease can increase risk of permanent blindness and injury. Cataracts are a leading cause of visual impairment that will affect more than half of all Americans by the time they are 80 years old. Delaying diagnosis and treatment of age-related cataracts can increase seniors’ risk of permanent blindness and can lead to both physical and psychological damage.
diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma. People with diabetes, a family history of cataracts and those who smoke tobacco are at an increased risk of developing cataracts. Common symptoms include dull, blurry vision, colors appearing less vibrant and halos around lights which may begin to be noticeable as cataracts develop. Cataracts are nearly always treatable with surgery, but it may not be necessary until performing daily activities becomes difficult. If daily life isn’t disturbed, a change in a person’s eyeglass prescription may be all that is necessary until visual impairment becomes more severe. If completing everyday tasks is challenging, cataract surgery should be discussed with an ophthalmologist—a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions. “Seniors who find themselves giving up normal tasks like Clouded lenses of cataracts (right) scatter reading, exercising or driving due to cataract symptoms light, blurring vision and distorting colors. should know that they do no Cataracts are caused by the cloudnot need to suffer in silence,” said ing of the lens of the eye and are Rebecca Taylor, M.D., spokesperson most common among older adults for the American Academy of since the condition develops as the Ophthalmology. “Cataract surgery eye ages. Many seniors cope with can help these individuals regain their cataracts—accepting vision loss as an sight and their independence. It is inevitable part of the aging process one of the most common and safest rather than seeking medical treatment. procedures performed in medicine, Due to the incapacitation caused so seniors should not resist seeking by blurred vision, leaving cataracts help. Getting treatment can vastly undiagnosed and untreated can lead to improve your quality of life.” physical danger such as injuries from For people without regular access falls or running into unseen objects, to eye care or for whom cost is a as well as psychological harm like concern, EyeCare America, a public depression and social isolation. In service program of the Foundation addition, the longer advanced forms of the American Academy of of cataracts are left untreated, the Ophthalmology, offers eye exams more difficult it can be to successfully and care at no out of pocket cost repair the damage caused to the eye. to qualifying seniors age 65 and older through its corps of nearly What to do 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists Adults age 65 and older should have across the U.S. To learn more about regular eye exams to monitor for the EyeCare America or to find out if development of cataracts, in addition you or a loved one qualifies for the to other common eye conditions and program, visit eyecareamerica.org.
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Join us to help raise money for PACE Center for Girls who provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling and advocacy. Raffle tickets will be sold for the opportunity to win items donated by businesses and individuals in the Ocala community. The evening will include entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres, chocolate fountain and beverages. PLEASE join us to help this worthy cause!
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anta and his elves, Christmas carols and high-stepping dancers, more gifts and decorations than the eye can take in: The folks at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., really know how to put together a holiday celebration. The first seasonal surprise for guests is the size and volume of the Christmas decorations. The resort is already spectacular, borrowing many of its interior design styles from a very stylish sister property in Las Vegas, the Bellagio. Added in for the holidays are huge bright ornaments, tinsel, icicles, large nutcrackers, snowy displays, multiple decorated Christmas trees and the sweet scent of evergreen wreaths. And that’s just in the lobby. What many people who haven’t visited the Beau Rivage don’t realize is that the resort and casino property boasts a dozen upmarket shops that offer brands and styles not often found along the Gulf of Mexico coast. These well-known names include Gucci, David Yuman, John Hardy, Mignon Faget, Brighton and Vera Bradley with the best in classics and trendy fashions. There are gifts for every budget along this retail shopping promenade, including Everything’s $10 Boutique, featuring watches, fashion jewelry and accessories.
Travel The shops, of course, are thoroughly decorated, and something like 5,000 poinsettias are lining the retail corridor and lobby, filling the air with color. On Dec. 14, from 11 am to 6 pm, the Beau Rivage has its Annual Holiday Open house. The Long Beach Madrigal Singers will be on hand to provide the traditional Christmas carols. Since the holiday season is really a focus for families, the Beau Rivage has numerous family-friendly events on the calendar. That’s the true spirit of Christmas and that’s the name of
the Beau Rivage’s new live entertainment production: The Spirit of Christmas. It’s a lively live production full of costumes, Christmas carols and high-kicking dancers. Shows are nightly at 7 with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 pm. The show runs Dec. 3 – 29 in its resident theater, and there is a special $89.99 promotion that includes two tickets and room for one night. And that’s only part of the holiday family fun. For example, there’s a chance for a photo with Santa in his sleigh surrounded by the red and white colors of Christmas. In the resort’s buffet (and casinos are famous for the depth and breadth of their buffets), children under 12 eat free from 3 to 10 pm during the run of the live show.
At the Scoops, the Beau Rivage’s on-site old-fashioned ice cream parlor, there’s a Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer on any item from Dec. 14 – 29. Yum! The Beau Rivage literally towers over the other seven gaming venues in town with 32 floors and 1,740 rooms and suites, offering hundreds of slots and AAA Four-Diamond dining in its BR Prime steak restaurant. By partnering with its own Vision Airlines, the Beau Rivage brings in tourists from throughout the U.S., including the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport. The rooms themselves are very upmarket; the bathrooms come with separate shower and bath tub. Room service is quick and efficient. It’s easy to nest and forget all the tempting holiday entertainment a few floors below.
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Fall Book Sale
he Friends of Belleview Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale on Nov. 15 and 16 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Friends Book Nook, 6007 SE/ Earp Rd. in the old Belleview Library building. Find used books in good condition, VCR tapes, CDs, DVDs, records, magazines, puzzles and more at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the library and childrens programs. 352-245-2767 or friendsofbelleviewlibrary.org.
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isit the many faces of Lake County agriculture on a bus tour Nov 22 from 8 am to 3 pm. See the following: Tedder Nursery, A & A Orchards, Heather Oaks Farm, Grand Oaks Equestrian and Seaquest Farm Dairy. Lunch is included in the $20 fee. Pre-registration is required at https://2013farmtour.eventbrite.com. The trip is a part of the University of Florida Extension Service.
Combine cheeses in a small bowl. Arrange half of the potato slices in a shallow 3-quart casserole, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese mixture. Arrange the remaining potato slices on top. Pour the cider mixture over the potatoes, and bake at 425° for 25 minutes. Remove from oven; press potatoes with a spatula. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese mixture, and bake an additional 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Let stand 10 minutes.
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ppalachian Christmas, a 34-year tradition, continues on Nov. 17 at the new BabyLand General Hospital, home of the Cabbage Patch Kids in Cleveland, Georgia. The day starts with a pancake breakfast with Santa, gifts, prizes and more. More activities throughout the day end with the annual lighting of a BabyLand Christmas tree. Info: 706-865-2171, ext. 501.
Animal Rescue Fundraiser
and 16 Have A Heart for Companion Animals fundraiser with Doo Wop, Rock-n-Roll and Country music, line dancing, prizes, Free pizza and wings buffet. 8 at Lady Lake American Legion Hall, 7 to 10 pm. 16 at La Hacienda Recreation Center, The Villages, 6 – 9 pm. Bring dog or cat food for local rescue groups. Get $20 tickets at havaheart.us or call 352-687-1776. Lifestyles After 50 • November 2013 • page 25
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by Richard Sherman My grandson offered to “fine-tune” my Windows 7 computer to make it run better, though it wasn’t really having any problems. He installed several programs and now I’m having problems where none existed before. Could the programs he installed be causing this? Let’s examine the facts: Your computer was running fine. Your well-intentioned, semigifted grandchild was then granted permission for what? To make your computer run finer? The result of his diligent effort: Problems where none previously existed. I would suggest requesting your grandson do a bit more fine-tuning and uninstall whatever he installed.
When Fine-Tuning Fails If that doesn’t resolve the problem, run System Restore which you can do on your Win 7 system by clicking Start > Search and type “System Restore,” (without the quotes), then select System Restore. Select a date to restore to from the calendar that appears. In this way you should be able to turn back the clock to a time prior to the occasion when your grandson worked his magic. I have an age-old question, Mr. M: Should I turn my computer off when I’m finished using it or leave it on 24/7? If you use your desktop computer daily, I recommend leaving it on. I leave my computers on for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that most catastrophic failures occur during power up when a surge of electricity hits the cold, static computer components. Leaving
a computer on maintains a stable, internal operating temperature which is desirable. I have 11 computers here (Mrs. Modem is destined for sainthood) and all of them run 24/7. Space constraints do not permit an exhaustive discussion of this topic, but in general, though my computers run 24/7, I have my monitors configured to go dark after two hours of non-use. Depending on your version of Windows, you can generally configure that by going to Power Management in the Control — BANDIT Panel > Display > adopted > 11-26-09 Screen Saver Monitor Power. You will see settings for the Monitor, Hard Drive and Standby. I have my desktop computers set to 2 hours, Never and Never. In other words, the hard drives never shut down, nor does any system go into Hibernation or Sleep mode. (There are no moving parts with solid-state or SS drives, so “alwayson” is a natural state—not unlike my Cousin Norbert, the Insomniac.
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Hard drives are rated by hours between failures and a typical new hard drive today is rated at 200,000 hours. Even at 100,000 hours, that’s a little over 11 years of 24/7 operation, so it is extremely unlikely that your drive is going to self-destruct as a result of being on. You do need to pay attention to any strange noises emanating from the drive, its cooling fan(s), or your gastrointestinal tract. If a fan starts to make unusual noises, you can have it replaced for approximately $20. If you do decide to leave your computer on, restart it once a week to clear out the memory and refresh system resources, but that’s all you really need to do. By leaving my computers on, I have my anti-virus and anti-spyware programs configured to update and scan in the middle of the night. (SENIOR WIRE) For answers to your questions by e-mail, or to subscribe to Mr. Modem’s award-winning weekly newsletter, visit www.MrModem.com.
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