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Vol. 24 • September 2013

Back to School For the Fun of It! u

Uncle Sam Turns 200

u What’s New in Cruising u Grandparents Are the Best!


Back To School Now Means Learning Just for the Fun of It! Dear Readers,

“Learning is ever young, even in old age.”

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t’s back to school time. When I look through an old photo Janice Doyle, Editor album, my siblings and I stand side by side on the front steps dressed for the first day of school in a variety of plaids—dresses for the girls and shirts for the boys. Kids don’t wear plaid dresses and shirts to school anymore. They prefer to advertise for companies by paying big bucks to wear a name like Abercrombie.

Going to school now means fascinating classes, exciting field trips, vibrant book clubs, stimulating lectures, movies, trips, volunteer opportunities, new friends and much more. I hope you are going back to school yourself by taking one or more of the thousands of classes offered for seniors in west central Florida. This is your time to sit and discuss world events or read the classics or learn German without taking tests or doing homework. Did you know you can take actual on-campus college classes with the younger generation without paying tuition? It’s called the tuition-waiver plan (and doesn’t earn credits toward a degree). Students audit courses, are usually not required to buy books, but do pay registration, parking and other

fees. You’ll join many non-traditional students and, depending on your personality and willingness to join the discussions, you may even find yourself popular and in-demand for sharing a coffee at the student union. The world is changing—don’t be left behind by lack of computer use. Master that computer of yours to the level you care to know about. From basic to complex, computer classes are everywhere you turn! Classes for senior citizens teach financial and estate planning. Often lawyers talk to classes about wills and trusts; tax professionals may provide information about preparing an income tax form, filing income tax reports, planning a monthly/yearly budget and making investments wisely. As health issues multiply with age, seniors are very aware that healthy living is paramount in order for them to function both mentally and physically. From aerobics to line dancing to zumba and from taking supplements to having surgery, keep up with your health issues through classes. Lifelong Learning Yes, Lifelong Learning is what it’s all about. Many college campuses offer official programs as Osher Institutes. These are non-credit educational programs for those aged 50 and up with university connection and university support. The USF campus in Tampa hosts a Lifelong Learning Institute offering dozens of classes in many locations around the county. Eckerd College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) says its

“programs are an experience in active thought”—the hallmark of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. In Ocala the “Master the Possibilities” program at On Top Of The World’s Circle Square Commons Town Center will offer about 350 programs September through December. In Sun City Center, United Community Church hosts the Community Church College offering two six-week semesters per year. In Charlotte County, the Lifelong Learning Institute offers classes, trips, lectures, discussions and great new friendships on the Charlotte Campus of Edison State College. The Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University offers classes in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs, Naples, Marco and Estero. In Sarasota, the Lifelong Learning Academy uses the USF campus of Sarasota/ Manatee for its long list of classes, trips and special events. And in The Villages, residents find the Lifelong Learning College to help residents continually enrich their body, mind and soul. Check out your area. In addition to the specific organizations above, local senior centers, libraries, community centers and churches offer long lists of ways to have fun, enrich your mind and increase your skill levels in many areas of life. No plaid shirts or dresses required! This is not your childhood education relived. It’s a new day and the world is at your fingertips—as always—by way of education.

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Lake County, Florida—Where All the World’s a Stage I

n Florida, sometimes it’s difficult to realize just how much difference volunteers make. Little theaters are a great example of this. Completely volunteer-based theater organizations in Marion and Lake County offer performances seen by tens of thousands of residents and visitors. The theaters also host educational programs for children, preparing another generation to “break a leg” out there on stage. Here are just some of the area’s theaters, each with a long history and a full schedule to enjoy. Buy your tickets now!

Ocala Civic Theatre The group, which began as Marion Players, has many years worth of staging plays under its belt, first at Osborne Theatre on Silver Springs Boulevard. Great growth and a name change to Ocala Civic Theatre occurred before the decision to build a 400-seat facility in the Appleton Cultural Center. Ocala Civic Theatre is ranked among the top thirty community theatres in

theatre and for “moving pictures” with organ accompaniment. The first sound motion picture, The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson, had its southern premier at the State before theaters in Tampa and Miami. Then came movies and finally, in 1974, it closed. Seeing the potential, in 1975 a small group of theatre aficionados opened as The the country as they Bay Street Players open their 64th year. with a successful In recent years, they run of Hello, have performed to Dolly and live over 50,000 people theater took off in each season. They Eustis. Bay Street open with the popular The Bay Street Players. Players produce Les Miserables. five plays a year in their MAINSTAGE series in addition The Bay Street Players to hosting the Young People’s Theatre. The Bay Street Players theater group Recognizing the desire of audiences opens its 39th season this month. for “cutting edge” and alternative Over 20,000 patrons visit the historic theater, the ambitious group has also 1916-built Eustis theatre each year. The added Second Stage Series. This year’s State Theater first served as a vaudeville theater opens with a Neil Simon play.

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IceHouse Players In 1948, a theater group formed in Mount Dora and took root in an abandoned ice plant which needed much work but was deemed acoustically perfect. The IceHouse Players were on their way! Ten years later the current facility was built. Among the productions of The Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse for the upcoming season, look for Fiddler on the Roof and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. The Melon Patch Players The Melon Patch Players in Leesburg began in 1951 when members of the Leesburg Women’s Club offered use of their building for organizational meetings and rehearsals for a theater group. Since Leesburg at the time was considered the watermelon capital of Florida, the theater was named The Melon Patch Theater. Beginning shows were held in school auditoriums before the Patch built its current facility on 13th street in 1955. Other theater groups in the area prove that in central Florida “all the world’s a stage.”


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Clawgrass: Mark Johnson and Emory Lester. 7:30 pm. Banjo and mandolin play Bluegrass music. $20. Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center, College of Central Florida, Ocala. 352-873-5810.

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through 29 Theatre production of Spamalot. Moonlight Warehouse Theatre, Clermont. 352-319-1116.

trucks, car show and more. Citizen’s Circle, Downtown Ocala. 352-629-8444.

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through Oct 13 Theatre production of “Noises Off.” Sonnetag Theatre at the Icehouse, Mount Dora. 352-383-4616.

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Love That Dress Event. Shop for new and gently used dresses; silent auction, raffles, delicacies. Admission: $25. Proceeds benefit PACE Center for Girls. Ocala Hilton. 5 to 9 pm. 352-369-0571.

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through 29 Rifles, Rails & Living History Encampment. Civil War encampment. Formal ball, historic presentations, parade, ladies tea, cavalry demonstrations, drills, more. Wooten Park, Tavares. 321-377-8953 or www.riflesrailsandhistory.com.

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Florence Nightingale “The Lady with the Lamp” Lunch Event. 1 pm. $20. Winsor Rose Restaurant and Tea Room, Mount Dora. 352-735-2551.

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Food Truck Bazaar. Alexander Street will be lined with 10 to 15 unique trucks offering a wide variety of different food styles. Downtown Mount Dora. 352-383-2165.

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Summer Jams and Food Truck Fridays. 5:30 to 10 pm. Local musicians, food available from food

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Beatle Beat Again. $15 and $25. Mount Dora Community Building. 352-735-7183.

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Taste of Class at the Villages. Sample the the Tri-county area’s finest restaurants. Roarin 20’s theme; black tie, Gangsters and Flappers. $75. Savannah Center, The Villages. 352-753-3229.

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Spencer’s: Theatre of Illusion. Fusion of magic, illusion, humor, mystery, psychology and personality. Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center, College of Central Florida, Ocala. 352-873-5810.

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The Important Role of Grandparents BY MICHAEL E. GLASSCOCK III, Author of Little Joe and the Round Rock Series

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y own childhood was greatly influenced by my grandparents. What’s interesting is that my maternal and paternal grandparents were very different individuals from diverse backgrounds. My paternal grandparents were wire walkers in the circus and later in vaudeville. They filled my head with wonderful stories of their adventures all over the world. My maternal grandparents lived in a small town in Tennessee. My grandmother was a retired Latin teacher, and her husband was a handyman. Yet both sets of grandparents were very important in shaping my character. My grandmother spent hours reading to me when I was a child and was responsible for my lifelong fascination with fiction and my love of reading.

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Time Grandparents are in a unique position to influence their grandchildren in so many positive ways. To do this most effectively, grandparents need time with their grandchildren. Many factors account for the amount of time that grandparents spend with their grandchildren. More individuals continue in the work force past the age

of sixty-five and retire later than the generation before them. This means these grandparents may not have the time to spend with their grandchildren that previous generations had. I’ve talked to a number of grandparents over the years, and the majority of them feel that their children are not doing an adequate job of raising their children. Many grandparents feel their grandchildren are overscheduled. In other words, the children are hauled from one after-school event to another by a busy mother or father. This includes extracurricular activities such as sports (football, baseball and soccer) and artistic classes (dance, music lessons, etc.). Many grandparents wonder whether their grandchildren ever have time to themselves, and if they do spend any down time, is it consumed with television and video games? I can’t count how many times I’ve had grandparents tell me they’ve asked a grandchild to go outside and play. Usually the child looks at them with dismay. They say, “It’s too hot or it’s too cold. There’s nothing to do. I’ll get bored.” The generation of grandparents who grew up without technology has a hard time accepting these statements. These grandparents’ attitude is that the children will grow up without the benefit of developing an imagination, and many of them will not know how to entertain themselves.

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Geography Geography also plays a role in some families. If grandparents live in another city or state, it may be difficult for them to stay engaged with a grandchild. This is where the positives of technology come in: Technophiles are able to use video conferencing to connect with their grandchildren. All one needs is a computer with a video camera and access to the internet to play an important role in grandchildren’s lives! Spoiling Of course, sometimes grandparents are known for “spoiling” their grandchildren… but really, they can be quite influential financially if they’re able to

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be. If there is a single-parent household, grandparents are sometimes able to help their grandchildren financially and make a significant difference to the entire family in a time of financial distress. It is important to realize that some grandparents do not have a desire to be involved in their grandchildren’s lives, and this lack of involvement can be confusing for children. It makes them question whether they are loved. This, of course, is a personality issue. Some individuals are more caring and loving than others. And some individuals may love their grandchildren but have a difficult time showing it. I do believe, though, that grandparents who choose not to spend time with their grandchildren are missing out on a lot… and certainly their grandchildren are, as well. During this time when we celebrate grandparents, families should know that grandparents can be extremely important influences in a child’s life. It may be as simple as reading a story, or perhaps the grandparent teaches their grandchild to do something new (fish, change a tire or whip up the famous old family recipe). Maybe the grandparent even raises the child in place of the parents. When it comes down to it, grandparents excel at the little things in life. Quality time spent between grandparents and grandchildren is a priceless gift. The author is an Otolaryngologist in Nashville. His new book is “Little Joe,” the story of a boy growing up with his grandparents after the death of his parents during WWII. It’s also a story of childhood friendships and what they can mean. The story’s grandparents are good models for grandparents at any time.


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ou think I’m a computer dunce, don’t you? You’re wrong, sweetheart: I know a really big computer word: Skype. My dog walker, a very smart lady, has set up her brother-in-law’s computer so that he, she and her little dog Minnie can see and be seen by their family in Nigeria, chatting (and barking) back and forth across the world. Skype, I say, is a truly dazzling and useful modern miracle.

Skype, I say, is a truly dazzling and useful modern miracle.

on my screen, I say I’ll download it. Does it bother me that when I need to bring something up I say I’m going to load it down? Not anymore. When I got my new PC years ago, And I use some other computer my nephew turned it on for me and words too. (No, I am not referring in very short order we were looking to those dark hours when it flat-out at Felix the Cat, whom I had not met disobeys and I am surprised at some since childhood. When the nephew of the words I shoot at it.) For an unwent home, I tried to get rid of Felix. emotional everyday example: suppose He would not go. I tried to turn RAO Boon Mature Lifestyles.pdf 1 7/25/13 PM there is something I want to bring up off the2:12 computer. It would not turn

off. Desperate, I called in my neighbor, a keyboard virtuoso, who said, “It’s simple: You want to turn it off, you just hit START.” Well, of course—anybody should know that if you want to make something stop, you hit START.” It hit me like ice water down the spine that I was in the dead serious language-challenged world of High Cyber Tech where I spotted Alice and the Rabbit whizzing by. But what I see now is a bunch of smart-ass little boys who have built a tree-house and sit in it making up their secret language: “If we say red it means blue, and if we say blue it means green and if we say up it means down and…” And so on happily, giddily, into the night! Isn’t it time somebody’s mother called them in for supper and handed them their English homework? On the other hand, if they invented Skype…

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Veterans Corner

Uncle Sam at 200—Lookin’ Good, Dude! BY JANICE DOYLE

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e looks pretty good for a guy who’s 200 years old. He’s endured a lot and no one is quite agreed on his true origins, but we love him anyway. The generic “Uncle Sam” in red, white and blue attire and stars and stripes is a personification of the United States, formed from the letters “U. S.” The name became popular in the War of 1812 with England personified then as “John Bull.” The recruiting poster with Uncle Sam asking “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” in 1916 and using his portrait of “Uncle Sam” went on to become— The original 1917 according to its creator, poster (above) James Montgomery and modern-day Flagg—“the most famous parody (below) poster in the world.” Over four million copies were printed between 1917 and 1918, as the U.S. entered World War I and began sending troops and matériel into war zones. Because of its overwhelming popularity, the James Montgomery image was later adapted Flagg, creator of the for use in World War II. iconic “Uncle Sam The term “Uncle Sam” Wants You” poster. is of somewhat obscure derivation and different authorities give different versions. It’s worth noting that all the early references to Uncle Sam appeared in “peace” newspapers—that is, papers opposed to the War of 1812— and in every case the usage was derisive. This suggests Uncle Sam was dreamed up by critics of the government who simply wanted to personify the object of their scorn. Through the years, people have adapted the classic “Uncle Sam Wants You” recruiting poster to a variety of contemporary WWI political cartoon featuring Uncle Sam themes. The posters by Clifford Berryman; “March Seventeenth,” are intended to be both 03/17/1918. Library of Congress. patriotic and amusing.


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urning 65 has traditionally been associated with the start of a person’s retirement and, accordingly, his or her Medicare coverage. But if you are a baby boomer and you choose to work past the traditional retirement age, it’s important that you understand how this choice impacts your Medicare coverage. “Medicare enrollment can be confusing, especially if you work past age 65 and have employer-sponsored health coverage,” says Tom Paul, chief consumer officer, UnitedHealthcare. “Regardless of when you plan to retire, it’s important to learn about Medicare as you approach your 65th birthday so you have time to consider your options and can feel confident about the choices you make.” Keep these things in mind:

Timing Matters: Pay attention to your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP). The IEP is a seven-month period that includes the three months before your 65th birthday, the month of your birthday, and the three months after your birthday. You should understand how your enrollment choices during the IEP could impact your health care coverage both now and in the future. Keep in mind that many people choose to enroll in Medicare Part A (for hospital care) when they turn 65 even if they have employer coverage. For most people, Part A is available for no monthly premium and can be combined with some employer-sponsored health plans. Penalties and Gaps Are Possible: If you don’t sign up for Medicare coverage during your IEP, you could experience a gap in coverage later and could also incur penalties on your premiums for Medicare

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Part B (doctor’s visits) and Part D (prescription medications). To avoid these scenarios, be proactive in contacting Medicare to notify them of your delayed enrollment and make sure you understand the rules and requirements for future enrollment. HR Can Help: Your employer’s HR or benefits coordinator can help you understand your current health coverage and when you should enroll in Medicare. Some key questions to ask: • Should I enroll in Original Medicare while I continue to receive employer-sponsored benefits? It’s not always an either-or situation. Sometimes people can combine their employer-sponsored coverage with Medicare benefits. • Does my employer-sponsored plan offer prescription drug benefits that qualify as “creditable coverage?”

If the answer is yes, then you won’t need to enroll in Medicare Part D as long as you have your employer-sponsored coverage.

• When I am ready to retire, what steps will I need to take to fully transition to Medicare coverage or retiree benefits through my employer? Be sure to plan well in advance as it can take several months for your Medicare enrollment to be processed, meaning you could face a lapse in coverage if you wait until the last minute. If you would like further information on Medicare, the IEP and how Medicare differs from employer-sponsored health coverage, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY: 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit these websites: Medicare.gov and MedicareMadeClear.com. (NAPSI)


Time For Plan B BY PAUL TEMPLER

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ometimes life doesn’t seem fair and when that happens some people get caught up in the “this sucks!” story. But there’s also Plan B which can be extremely uncomfortable because it removes the view of yourself as a “victim.” Plan B here refers to those moments when we allow ourselves to get in our own way. Caught up in this story that “life’s dumped on me,” we often tranquilize ourselves with the notion that we have every right to indulge in a bout of heroic suffering. “Others” seem to not have the problems we do or they respond well in stressful situations. In reality, they are people who discovered that that attitude is optional and then took the time to do something about it. At first blush this might seem easier said than done. But, when it’s broken into steps, it’s not that difficult.

Retirement Living The first step is acceptance. You have to just face the situation head-on and come to terms with it. Until you accept what you’re confronted with, you simply can’t move forward. The next step is to understand that while you might not have the power to change your situation, you do have control over how you respond to it. Whatever happens next is entirely up to you. You might not like the choices you’re faced with, but you can have a happier and more productive outcome if you take action rather than wallowing in self-pity. Hard science states that our reactions to stress are largely biological: stress or danger—real or imagined—activates a “fight-or-flight” response. Respiratory rates increase, pupils dilate, sight becomes more focused, awareness intensifies, impulses quicken and pain thresholds heighten. Our perception of time seems to slow down. In this state,

we actually become more rigid, less resilient and focus on short-term survival, not long-term consequences. The tricky thing is that in most cases, once our fight-or-flight response is activated, we can neither run away nor fight. When faced with a “hippo”—whether it’s in the form of a cranky co-worker, a stalled car, or a missed commitment—we can either choose to face and accept them or act or respond in ways that are counterproductive to our survival. The key is to utilize the beneficial effects of stress to manage our own moods and influence the moods of others. Here’s a tried and tested and incredibly effective five-step process:

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2. Avoid unproductive moods—they won’t take you where you want to go. 3. Think about how others might perceive you by asking “Is the way I’m acting opening or closing possibilities?”

4. Ask yourself if the story you’re caught up in is taking you where you want to go. If it is, great! Be sure there is substance to your story. Are you caught up in the situation for needing to be right while someone or something else has to be wrong. What are the facts? How is what I’m doing working for me? 5. Rewrite the ending. Now that you’ve removed the drama and can clearly see just the facts, adjust the story you’ve been telling yourself and begin moving forward into your new story.

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BY EVELYN MACKEY

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t’s no secret that the recent recession and lingering economic downturn at the same time have taken a toll on the cruise industry. Still, cruises remain high on the list of activities for seniors, and now is a good time to think of a winter cruise or plan ahead for the 2014 season since companies are focused on getting their ticket prices back up, according to the 2013 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. The report says the companies have slowed down the introduction of new ships and routes in established markets, thus allowing demand to catch up. All the cruise lines realize that the future of the industry—barring any catastrophic world events—looks good so long as they operate their ships safely and continue to deliver a top-notch product.

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• Themed cruises are still hot! From quilting to single mingles, pick and theme and a cruise at the same time. The Country Music Cruise featuring Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Ronnie Milsap, the Gatlins and many more stars will cruise January 19 – 26, 2014, aboard Holland America’s M/S Eurodam. There’s still time to get tickets. (See ad in this magazine.)

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• Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas remain popular. These biggestever ships are destinations in themselves and prove that boarding thousands of people without waiting in lines is possible. The neighborhood design, entertainment and dining choices continue to impress cruisers. Beware the many add-ons at a charge.

• Could the Delta Queen steamboat sail again? Efforts are underway to allow the historic and beloved wooden steamboat sail the Mississippi River again. The 1927-built National Historic Landmark now operates as a permanently moored hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. A bill is before both the House and Senate to grant the Delta Queen a 15-year exemption from the federal law that bans overnight passenger operations on the wooden vessel.

• Cruise lines have begun posting alleged crime data on their websites after a Senate hearing. Cruise Lines Interna International Association reported that the data shows shipboard crime is far lower than crime rates on land. Examples: Norwegian Cruise Line showed just one Kenny Rogers report between Jan. 1 and June • Intimate yacht cruising on the Country 30 this year, a sexual assault offers real-time adventure! Music Cruise. allegation reported by a passen passenWindstar Cruises is adding ger. Royal Caribbean’s statistics three ships to its present for the April 1 – June 30 period fleet of three. The line’s appeal of eclectic ports of call, comfort and per- show three thefts of over $10,000. sonal service draws a diverse clientele. • River cruising in Europe is still hot. Tauck said the river cruise bookings • Shore appeal is big as cruisers look in France have leaped by 137 percent for new experiences. Hamburg Cruise since it opened for business on the Days, for example, ranks among Rhone River in 2011. The company’s Europe’s most popular and successful selections include three special public events. The big ships dock in the harbour located in the very heart of interest departures for families, culinary enthusiasts and art lovers. the city, which makes the town easily Lifestyles After 50 • September 2013 • page 12

Seabourn’s “White Christmas” cruise to Antarctica.

• St Petersburg, Russia, is a more popular spot than ever. In the first six months of the 2013 cruising season, the port recorded an increase in passenger numbers of 24 percent compared to the same six months last year. The Baltic cruise season is short—book now for 2014.

• P&O Cruises will offer a new fly-cruise program for the first time in spring 2015 featuring islands such as Bequia in the Grenadines, Cayenne in French Guiana and Trujillo in Honduras. The small-ship company also offers itineraries that include the Amazon River, rainforests of Central America as well as the popular Caribbean destinations. • Seabourn line is offering the ultimate white Christmas with a Christmas Day visit to Antarctica aboard the Seabourn Quest. The 24-day cruise also includes days exploring the Chilean coast and fjords, Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, the Torres del Paine National Park, Cape Horn, Montevideo.

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problematic symptoms. Eating more broccoli, which has aromatase inhibitors, will help prevent the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.

• Thinning hair? Avoid prematurely thinning hair by eliminating trans fats and adding more omega-3 fats into your diet. There have been studies with laboratory animals losing their hair when omega-3 fats were removed from their diet.

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• Want to avoid hunchback? Purchase a large exercise ball, about 55 cm around and lay backwards on it for three to six minutes a day. This will help your spinal cord, lungs and other organs function better. • Low Testosterone? Insufficient testosterone levels can cause emotional passiveness, osteoporosis, loss of muscle tone, loss of height, erectile dysfunction and many other

• Losing lean muscle? Reduce your carbohydrate intake. As you age, your ability to metabolize carbohydrates decreases. So instead of utilizing the carbohydrates for energy, your body starts to use your lean muscle. Also try eating more protein, which metabolizes as amino acids, not sugar. Dr. Bob is author of “Dr. Bob’s Guide to Balancing Female Hormones” alongside the new audio release of “Dr. Bob’s Men’s Health—The Basics.” He answers health related questions on YouTube via @DruglessDoctor #AskDrBob.

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Dear Ali, an Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN), also known as a waiver of liability, is a notice that Medicare providers must give you when they know or have reason to believe that Medicare will not pay for a particular health care service or item. The ABN explains that Medicare may not pay for your health care services and allows you to choose whether you still want to receive those services. Medicare providers will only give you an ABN if you have Original Medicare, the traditional Medicare program offered directly through the federal government. Your provider will give you an ABN for a health care service or item that Medicare may not cover. Bear in mind that providers do not have to give you an ABN for services or items that Medicare does not cover, such as

hearing aids or routine dental care. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, also known as a Medicare private health plan, you will not receive an ABN. If you have Original Medicare and you sign an ABN before you receive a health care service, you are responsible for the full cost of the service you receive if Medicare does not pay for it. If your provider does not give you an ABN to sign before you receive a health care service, you do not have to pay the full cost of the service if Medicare does not pay for it. Remember, an ABN is not an official denial of coverage by Medicare. If Medicare does not pay for a health care service you receive, you have the right to appeal (i.e. file a formal request for review of an official decision made by Original Medicare). —Marci


The Healthy Geezer BY FRED CICETTI

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: A friend told me that sinusitis could be causing a mild toothache I had, so I waited a while. Well, when my sinuses cleared, the tooth pain disappeared. Was my friend right?

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perience on this one. I had a bad toothache that sent me to my dentist. He did some x-rays and could find nothing wrong. He asked me about my sinuses and I told him I was fighting an infection. Bingo. Yes, infection in the sinuses located in your cheekbones can cause your upper jaw and teeth to ache, and your cheeks to become tender to the touch. Sinusitis is a nasty malady that can do much more than give you a toothache. Sinusitis, which is infection or inflammation of the sinuses, creates suffering for about 37 million Americans every year. The sinuses are four pairs of cavities: the frontal sinuses over the eyes, maxillary sinuses inside each cheekbone, ethmoid sinuses just behind the bridge of the nose, and sphenoid sinuses behind the ethmoids. Each sinus is connected to the nose. Acute sinusitis lasts for 4 weeks or less. Subacute sinusitis runs 4 to 8 weeks. Chronic sinusitis can continue for years. Recurrent sinusitis includes several acute attacks within a year. Unlike sinusitis, a common cold usually goes away without treatment in about 10 days. So, if you have what feels like a bad cold for longer than 10 days, go to your doctor for a check-up. Most cases of acute sinusitis start with a cold or allergy attack, which inflames the mucous membranes of

the sinuses. Swelling traps air and mucus in the sinuses and they cannot drain properly. The trapped mucus creates ideal conditions for bacteria to grow. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute sinusitis. However, untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and cheekbones that sometimes requires surgery to repair. Most people with sinusitis have pain or tenderness. Other symptoms of sinusitis can include fever, weakness, fatigue, nasal congestion, cough and sore throat. If you have acute sinusitis, your doctor may prescribe decongestants, antibiotics and pain relievers. Many cases of acute sinusitis will end without antibiotics. Many health care providers treat chronic sinusitis as though it is an infection, by using antibiotics and decongestants. Others use both antibiotics with steroid nasal sprays. Further research is needed to determine the best treatment. When medical treatment fails, surgery may be the only alternative for treating chronic sinusitis. The most common surgery done today is functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) to enlarge the natural openings and allow drainage. FESS is less invasive than conventional sinus surgery. With the endoscope, the surgeon can look directly into the nose while clearing the narrow channels between the sinuses. This type of surgery can be done under local or general anesthesia. One worthwhile way to help keep your sinuses clear is to use an overthe-counter saltwater nasal wash every day. Most pharmacies carry them. They help remove mucus and bacteria from the nose and sinuses. I use one myself and it has been beneficial. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How To Be A Healthy Geezer” at www.healthygeezer.com. All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Fred Cicetti.

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• Puffiness can be directly related to medication. • Heredity; your genes may have something to do with your puffy eyes. • Allergies may increase puffiness, irritation and redness around the eye area. The skin below our eyes is very delicate. Your best bet to get rid of puffiness is to have enough rest every day, remove any eye irritants and treat your eyes like the skin of a baby. Puffy Eyes Remedies to help get rid of your puffiness: First and foremost, make sure that your puffy eyes are not caused by other eye conditions. Cold Splash: Having puffy eyes can be nothing more than a problematic fluid circulation in your face. Splash

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• Muffins: Muffins may look like a healthier option than a doughnut, especially when sprinkled with a few oats or studded with blueberries, but don’t fool yourself. Made with refined white flour and plenty of oil and refined sugar, muffins are nothing more than cupcakes without icing. Many coffee shop muffins are mega-sized and can easily top 500 to 600 calories.

• Premade Smoothies: Most premade commercial smoothies are syrupy concoctions loaded with calories and sugar. The sugar rush these beverages provide can leave you with a subsequent energy slump. Keep the calories in check by making fresh smoothies with high-quality, nourishing ingredients like low-fat Greek yogurt, skim milk and fresh or frozen fruits. • Frozen Yogurt: Frozen yogurt is a delicious summertime treat made with low-fat or fat-free dairy ingredients, but it’s definitely not calorie-free. Most include a hefty amount of added sugar. Many of the live and active cultures added to frozen yogurt are not able to survive freezing, so don’t count on any probiotic benefits. Newswise

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apan has no indigenous tradition of breadmaking, but noodles have been popular there since they entered the country from China centuries ago. Japanese ramen noodles are a much-loved American staple for speedy, inexpensive meals. Expand your noodle horizons with this tasty main dish salad using ramen noodles. And the grandkids will have fun helping make a Skillet Noodle Pizza.

Warm Chicken and Cabbage Salad Dressing: 1/3 c vegetable oil 1/3 c red-wine vinegar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Salad: 1 large savoy cabbage, shredded 3 c water 3 pkg any flavor ramen noodle soup with seasoning packets 2 Tbsp flour 4 skinned, boned chicken breast halves 1 tsp vegetable oil

packets until dissolved. Pour over cabbage and toss to mix well. 3. Meanwhile, mix flour and remaining seasoning packet in a shallow dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cook in heated oil until done. Remove from oil. 4. Cut chicken crosswise in 1/2-inch-wide diagonal slices and serve over cabbage mixture.

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ear Marci, My doctor gave me an Advanced Beneficiary Notice. What is an Advanced Beneficiary Notice? —Ali

Dear Ali, an Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN), also known as a waiver of liability, is a notice that Medicare providers must give you when they know or have reason to believe that Medicare will not pay for a particular health care service or item. The ABN explains that Medicare may not pay for your health care services and allows you to choose whether you still want to receive those services. Medicare providers will only give you an ABN if you have Original Medicare, the traditional Medicare program offered directly through the federal government. Your provider will give you an ABN for a health care service or item that Medicare may not cover. Bear in mind that providers do not have to give you an ABN for services or items that Medicare does not cover, such as

hearing aids or routine dental care. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, also known as a Medicare private health plan, you will not receive an ABN. If you have Original Medicare and you sign an ABN before you receive a health care service, you are responsible for the full cost of the service you receive if Medicare does not pay for it. If your provider does not give you an ABN to sign before you receive a health care service, you do not have to pay the full cost of the service if Medicare does not pay for it. Remember, an ABN is not an official denial of coverage by Medicare. If Medicare does not pay for a health care service you receive, you have the right to appeal (i.e. file a formal request for review of an official decision made by Original Medicare). —Marci

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8 c water 4 pkgs (about 3 ounces each) any flavor ramen noodle soup 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 c spaghetti sauce 1 c mozzarella cheese, shredded 17 slices pepperoni, cut in strips 1/2 tsp oregano

Directions: 1. Bring water to boil, add noodles and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Drain. 2. Heat oil in large skillet. When hot, add noodles and press evenly to cover bottom of skillet. Cook 2 minutes or until browned underneath. 3. Spread sauce over noodles, sprinkle with cheese, pepperoni and oregano. 4. If skillet handle is plastic or wood, wrap it in a double layer of foil to protect it from scorching. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat source 2 minutes or until top is bubbly and cheese starts to brown. Let cool about 5 minutes before cutting in wedges to serve. (Recipes from Woman’s Day)

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ifting weights may do more than build bigger biceps. It could also reduce the motor symptoms and slow the progression of the disease in people with Parkinson’s disease. A recent study from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that participants who lifted weights seemed to slow the progression of their disease. They reduced motor symptoms more than a group of participants who did flexibility, balancing and strengthening exercises. “Slowing this progression or altering the progression is really the single greatest unmet medical need in Parkinson’s,” says Cleveland Clinic’ Jay Alberts, Ph.D. To Dr. Alberts, such research shows promise for patients where other approaches have fallen short. “To date, there haven’t been any positive pharmacological

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