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VOLUME 22, NUMBER 4

The Wild Side of Quebec

The Cupid in Your Computer • Get A Job ... Your Age Can Help! • Parkinson’s Foundation Helps Families • Question About Social Security • Mom Always Loved You Best!

SARASOTA • MANATEE

APRIL 2011


Our Peers in Japan—Their Suffering and Comfort in the Tsunami Disaster

BY JANICE DOYLE Dear Readers,

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ecause of modern technology, we are tied to the rest Janice Doyle, of the world through Editor instant visual images. As I observed the devastation caused by the tsunami in Japan, I couldn’t help thinking that thousands of those shown in shelters were my peers, people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s whose desire for the comforts of home are very much like mine. Now they are without food, water and their own homes. Most have lost family members. All are suffering greatly. I have lived in Japan. It is a unique country in all ways, from geography to architecture and from art to the customs and personal discipline which make it “work” in spite of the dense population in such a small geographical size. One day I entered a middle school gymnasium to be a part of a program. The entire student body was being seated as I arrived. As the several hundred students came in, class by class in order, they each stopped quickly and quietly to remove their shoes. They weren’t kicking them off into random piles, either. As the first classes entered, they turned so the heels of their shoes touched the wall, toes pointed forward, until the wall was lined. Subsequent classes created lines of shoes in front of that, finally reaching several feet out into the gym. All the shoes were black and similar in style, yet at the end of the program, each pair was quietly claimed without a single problem. Last week I read that in the shelters in Japan all the shoes are lined up inside the door. It was easy for me to imagine. It would not have occurred to them to have done otherwise. And no one would have argued. A picture in the March 19 Wall Street Journal shows a group of Mature Lifestyles • April 2011 • page 2

seniors in a shelter lined up doing stretching exercises. It is an integral part of their society to take care of the little things (like shoes and daily stretching exercises) with self discipline and then look after the big things as they arise. Big things —like recovering from a tsunami. In 2004, Hurricane Charley wreaked havoc on communities here in Florida. Some of our readers could detail from that experience the immediate frustrations the Japanese seniors face (except that the Japanese are cold instead of hot). Many of you could walk them through the decisions they have to make as they rebuild their lives.

Nuclear threat What Floridians didn’t face is the radiation from the nuclear power plants. All Japanese people know family stories of health problems from radiation exposure after the WWII bombings. They know the diseases well. They know what might happen. I have visited both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. I have seen the museums which tell the stories of August 1945 and the results of the bombs. The people of Japan made the transition then, quickly and boldly, from weapons of destruction to rebuilding their homes and communities. They will do it again, going from this natural disaster to rebuilding. Sometimes now, years after living in Japan, a sight, a smell or a sound takes me back in my mind to the community in southern Japan which I knew best. Because of that familiarity, I can picture the communities destroyed by the tsunami—the shops, the signs, the children, the food. One afternoon, my friend and I stopped to watch some boys about 10 or 11 years old playing baseball in a small corner of a park. Soon

they offered to let us take a turn at bat, and so we became a part of an American-Japanese baseball game, laughing with them as we ran bases, caught fly balls and pitched to them. Children having fun, like many caught up in the tsunami. But as I write this, I also remember the Buddhist temple I passed every morning and evening on my way to and from work, with its huge iron bell just inside the door. As the months passed, I witnessed people making daily offerings, and I was also witness to occasional weddings and funerals. Although I didn’t understand the words at funerals, I often stopped to sit on the steps and listen to the chanting of the sutra and smell the incense. It was such a contrast to my familiar Christian traditions.

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Rebuilding Life’s changes are often marked in cultures through religion. Although most Japanese claim no religion today, many of the living will help the country’s dead pass on to the afterlife in Buddhist temples. For the older generation of Japanese—my peers— the pain will be intense, the feeling of loss overwhelming. But they will find comfort in the familiar chants, in the burning of incense and in the deep, resonant ‘bong’ of the temple bell. Then they will begin to rebuild. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

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lowns are supposed to be funny, aren’t they? They work to entertain us, often by silly antics that make us laugh. An unbelievable number of them emerge, center ring, from a tiny car. They squirt water from a flower in some unsuspecting person’s face. They trip and fall, although it appears nothing is in the way. This is the humor of the unexpected that we knew and loved from the time we were children. But the idea of clowns in Nursing Homes puzzled me. Surely, in that setting, those unexpected behaviors would be inappropriate, maybe even dangerous. Nursing home residents are at an entirely different stage of life, often preparing for death. It’s hard to see what’s funny about that. It turns out that therapeutic clowns behave differently from those who entertain in the circus. Shobi Dobi, a world-renowned caring clown, author and teacher, explains the difference this way: “The circus…clown directs and entertains…the (therapeutic) clown listens to the (person) and then acts accordingly. The focus is on the connection. (Clowns) can be found sitting, quietly listening to a patient… whatever is needed at the moment.” According to Clown Patty Wooten who is also a nurse, author and leader in the field of therapeutic humor, clowns in nursing homes are there because people need to know Mature Lifestyles • April 2011 • page 4

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stay fully absorbed in the moment. With a clown by your side, you are no longer alone on your path. And, with a clown by your side you may, for the moment, step away from any regrets of the past, fears of the future and pain in the moment. From the moment when you nod yes, inviting into your room that clown who is shyly peeking around the door, you are engaged in uis Campaneria a “now-time” heart of A-1 Magic to heart connection has entertained with magic that might, perhaps, and balloons full time for put a twinkle in the past 22 years. your eye or even a “At last count, I can make about smile on your face. 1000 different balloon animals, not So, please, to mention how many balloon hats Send In A Clown. and many other types of balloon Photos by Tina Brunner creations,” Luis says. “The smiles on seniors’ faces makes it worth every balloon that popped while learning this art. When I meet a new event I love to hear them G H coordinator, U comment, ‘Balloons? Does he A L E know there aren’t going to be P L e’s a clown, O any kids here?’ All I have to PE an actor, a say is, ‘watch!’” juggler and a friend who Visit his website at makes it his mission to bring A1magic.com. about the laughter that causes healing to the body, spirit and soul. He’s Charlie Chaplin, a unicyclist and a four-legged man who keeps seniors laughing wherever he goes. Fritzy, the one-man circus, is a regular at the Fun Fests and Senior Extravaganzas hosted by this publication. He says, “I’ve never met a senior I didn’t like. Seniors are never concerned about being the first one to laugh, and they also love to be hugged!” Once at a Fun Fest, he said out loud, ‘Free hugs today!’ and seniors “actually started a hug line. Don’t tell any of them, but it’s me who really needs all the hugs! They love attention and I’m just the guy to give it to them.” “I love them all!” says Fritzy, the clown who creates laughter that “does the heart good like medicine.” Visit Fritzy’s website at fritzybrothers.com.

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that someone cares about them. Everyone needs a safe space where they can relax and feel nurtured. Therapeutic clowns are able to provide this safe space partly because they have no other agenda. They are not responsible for medications, meals or laundry. They are free of the “rush” and “fuss” that come with those other jobs. They are not there to “fix” the person. They are there only to connect in a caring and loving way to wherever that person is at the moment. In this way their purpose seems to be similar to other caring visitors, including those of the four legged variety. So then, why are they in clown costume? Why go through the extensive training and expensive perfecting of costume when it seems it could be done in everyday clothes without training? The answer is that the costume changes things, both for the clown and the patient. The costume helps the clown move outside of their ego. They, like any actor, become someone else and are able to put aside personal needs and assume an open vulnerability, an open heart. And, for the patient, there is an instant recognition that the clown is not part of the staff and therefore not someone who either requires something of them or is intending to do something to them. The visual recognition says, without words, that the clown is someone who understands play and therefore, like anyone who knows how to play, is able to

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Arts, Crafts, and In-Between at Meadowland. Homemade gift items, fun and food! 8 a.m. at Meadowland Church of God, 8893 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. (941) 342-4344.

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Annual Artist Brunch and Fashion Show. The Village of the Arts will be rocking to the ‘60s. Platters will be spun by DJ Tommy DiSarro as friends of the Village model wearable art and

fashions from Village artisans and galleries. The Bits and Pieces garden will showcase sculptures and paintings from Village artists. Items are available for sale. Seating is limited to 85 participants. For reservations, please call Vicki Rollo of Hearts Desire at (941) 302-1069. Admission is $25 per person. 10:30 a.m. at Bits and Pieces Gallery, 1303 13th Avenue West, Bradenton.

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The Top Hats, featuring swing/big band music, 5 – 9 p.m.

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Salty Paws Easter Bone Hunt, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call (941) 575-7599 for more information.

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Peace River Center for Writers Open Mic, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Father/Daughter Duo Magen & Mike perform variety and dance music, 5 – 9 p.m. Fishermen’s Village is on the waterfront in Punta Gorda. Please call (941) 575-3007 for more information.

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Tropical Nights at Renaissance on 9th. Dancing, complimentary cocktails and Mediterranean cuisine. Enter to win prizes; silent auction. Tickets: $150 to benefit local charities. Details at (941) 749-0100.

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“Singles on the Go” Travel Club meeting. 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, N. Beneva Rd. and 12th St., Sarasota. Presentation of travel opportunities and social activities for adult solo travelers. Refreshments served. Free. Visitors welcome. Call (941) 371-8937 for details.

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eekends from 9 – 17 See “Coast-2-Coast: Hitsville, USA,” ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s musical revue. Tickets: $25.Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. Info at (941) 552-5325.

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Monday Night Movies at the Ringling. Playing: Sophie’s Choice – 7 p.m. $7 at Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd. (941) 360-7399.

11 a.m. at Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Details: (941) 525-2553.

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Butterfly Walk. Join Laurel Rhodes on a leisurely onemile hike to discover how to find and identify butterflies in the springtime. 11:10 a.m. at Myakka River State Park, 13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota. Cost: $15. Details at (941) 316-8139.

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Viewpoints Lecture: Ten English Flower Gardens. Join Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum in London as he presents some of the finest. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. $20. Call (941) 360-7399.

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and 17 Air Fair 2011. A fly-in of civilian, Warbird and sport airplanes. Concessions, sunshelter. 9 a.m. at the Sarasota RC Model Airplane Airport, 8730 Bee Ridge Rd. Donation to Civil Air Patrol for parking; event is free. (941) 378-7813.

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Stand-Up Historian. Jeff LaHurd is a walking encyclopedia of regional history. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear something new! 7 p.m. at Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota. Free. (941) 364-9076.

Reels at Rossi Waterfront Park. Free outdoor movie at sunset, third Friday of each month. Third Avenue West, Bradendon. Bring blankets and lawn chairs or park your boat on the Manatee River and watch it from there. Food and drink for sale. More info at (941) 840-0013.

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– 17 Suncoast Boat Show. 10 a.m. at Marina Jack #2, Marina Plaza, Sarasota. $8. Price and compare new and used boats, marine electronics, products and accessories. Food/drinks on site. (954) 764-7642.

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2nd Annual BBQ Bash. BBQ and chili cook-off contests, live music, cooking demos and folk dancing. Proceeds benefit the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children.

33rd Annual Siesta Fiesta. Stroll along the beach and enjoy arts, crafts, green market and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5124 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. Details at (954) 472-3755. ay 1 Spring Garden Tour. 10 a.m. Visit landscapes that incorporate Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Principles. Learn how to conserve water, reduce waste and pollution, create wildlife habitats and prevent erosion. $10. (941) 861-9815.

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Finding Friendship Through Meals on Wheels BY KRISTINA RODRIGUEZ Director of Community Engagement and Nutrition Services

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ost people are familiar with the term “Meals on Wheels,” or MOW. But there is a very unique subprogram within the Meals on Wheels family, an Older Adult focused program. Senior Friendship Centers offers this “aging specific”-designed meals option to our local seniors who may be experiencing food insecurity. Any person who is age 60+ and is experiencing difficulty accessing food (shopping, walking around the store), affording food or preparing food (bearing their weight at the stove, reading instructions, etc.) can request to be screened for our Friendship MOW program. Our food is prepared at a local USDA inspected kitchen, meets all the enhanced food safety guidelines for serving frail

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again—the same stong feelings,” Hille said. “I felt young again—like my old self. I was amazed that I had the nerve to interview the people I did.” The most challenging part has been adjusting to the new technology. “I had a new recorder that I had to learn to use; I was so used to tape,” Hille said. She’s also been working with her son to learn Audacity—a program that enables her to turn her show into a podcast that can be downloaded online. She told me how she’d noticed radio change over the course of her career. “I think it’s absolutely amazing that someone my age can do all of this with a computer,” she said. “Radio was so big, and then television came along, and then movies and things like that. I think computers have completely changed the world. We can get news instantly on the computer; it’s just so fast.” You can find “Good News for Seniors” on jstyer.podomatic.com. As the host says at the end of her show, “This is Sally Hille, signing off. Life can be fun, no matter how old you are!”

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n the majority of the world’s countries, people are having fewer children and they are living longer. Even in the least-developed parts of the world, for the past 20 years fertility rates have been steadily declining while life expectancies have been on the rise. Although the financial markets are influenced by many forces, especially over short time periods, demographic forces can have a powerful pull on long-term market performance. Understanding how the three trends below may influence the performance of various investments may help you maximize your portfolio.

Finance Trend 1: More people around the world are in their prime earning years. Right now, the world median age is about 29, though it’s close to 40 in developed countries1. Middle-aged people in their prime earning years are more inclined to save than the young or old. Result: A large and growing number of people are socking away money for retirement. As populations age, the supply of capital is likely to continue to grow, helping tamp down interest rates and support prices of financial assets. What you can do: You may find it challenging to earn acceptable returns in a low interest rate environment. Step up your savings while you can in the highest-yielding investments with which you’re comfortable. Trend 2: People are living longer. The average life expectancy worldwide now stands at almost 68 years. In developed regions, it’s about 77 years. Result: Many people are postponing retirement and working longer. That, along with shaky public pension and healthcare programs, may motivate people to seek investments that retain the buying power of their money over time, even if it means taking on greater risk.

What you can do: Despite the poor performance of the past decade, equities have historically outpaced inflation more consistently than other investments. There’s a strong case for maintaining a portion of your assets in equities, even after retirement.

Trend 3: The retiree segment is growing. Not only is the world getting older, but the population of older persons is itself aging. Among those 60 years or over, the fastest-growing segment is age 80 and over. Result: Most people have an innate desire to minimize risk, and that tends to grow more acute in retirement when they start utilizing their savings and investments to maintain their lifestyles. A secular shift toward greater risk aversion would likely favor bonds over stocks. What you can do: Diversification and innovation are likely to become more important in coming years. Consider balancing your stock/bond portfolio with investment products that provide guaranteed income. While it’s good to be aware of the demographic trends that may affect the markets, don’t let them dictate your plan. Stay focused on your objectives and work with a financial professional to identify strategies most likely to help you achieve your personal financial goals. The source for the statistics cited in this article is the United Nations World Population Database. This article provides insights from M&I Wealth Management that may be useful to you in assessing risks and opportunities in the current environment related to your financial and wealth planning needs. The information contained herein should not be construed as tax, legal, or investment advice, and readers are encouraged to consult their tax, legal and investment professionals with specific questions applicable to their own financial situations. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. 1

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arkinson’s Disease is a chronic and progressive brain disorder named after the British physician, James Parkinson, who first accurately described its symptoms in 1817. Very simply, Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of the chemical messenger dopamine in the movement centers of the brain. Besides a lack of dopamine, PD can be aggravated by genetic factors, exposure to pesticides or industrial toxins and the process of aging itself.

Health The four primary symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw and face; rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability or impaired balance and coordination. Patients may also have difficulty walking, talking or completing other simple tasks.

The disease is both chronic and progressive. Parkinson’s is not usually inherited. Early symptoms are subtle and occur gradually. Typically symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease begin on only one side of the body, although later they appear on both sides. Often the patient manifests slowness and difficulty of movement at first, then perhaps notices tremors in his hand when it is relaxed but which go away when he moves. Amanda Smith, Creative Director of the Parkinson Research Foundation in Sarasota, notes that there is no cure for the disease which affects as many as a million people in the U.S at this time. The newest method of treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s is DBS or Deep Brain Stimulation. This is a

surgically implanted, battery-operated medical device called a neurostimulator—similar to a heart pacemaker and approximately the size of a stopwatch—that delivers electrical stimulation to targeted areas in the brain that control movement, blocking the abnormal nerve signals that cause tremor and PD symptoms. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Smith says, “What sets us apart from other Parkinson’s Disease organizations is that we provide tools and resources for our patients who live with the disease. Michael J. Fox gives the disease a lot of exposure, but we work to help the patients.” The Foundation sponsors two cruises a year for patients and their

families and/or caregivers. Smith says, “We take experts in the field like neurologists and we invite patients and families. The best part is to see patients who when they have a tremor in the grocery store might be looked at funny, but on our first cruise we had 125 patients so when they all had a tremor no one even noticed. We see them come alive.” Presentations at sea, classes like yoga and voice aerobics, caregiver sessions and doctor availability make it a unique experience. Smith says, “It’s a strictly physical disorder and the mind is not affected. So they have great spirits and are eager to learn. We love providing them with a unique way to have access.” One Parkinson’s patient who thought his traveling days were over, said, “This cruise has given me back hope for the future.” Parkinson Research Foundation information at (941) 870-4438 or online at parkinsonresearchfoundation.org.

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more brain “hardware” is able to maintain memory and thinking skills even when some of the hardware is damaged. The second element, cognitive reserve, reflects the brain’s ability to develop and use alternative nerve pathways or thinking strategies when disease or injury damage parts of the brain. People whose brains have alternate networks or cognitive strategies are less likely to experience disruption in their mental processes. Many things can reduce brain reserve capacity, including strokes, injury and toxins, and there is little you can do to rebuild this genetically determined brain feature. But you can influence cognitive reserve. The bottom line: Virtually any activity that stretches your brain can bolster your cognitive reserve. Engaging your brain with intellectually stimulating activities will afford your brain greater protection down the road.


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for blood pressure and C for cholesterol. Three quarters of people with diabetes have high blood pressure. any old dogmas about type 2 diabetes prevail even though Old Dogma: recent research has led to new Losing weight will always rapidly understandings and treatment options. control blood glucose. The dogma The new reality? Take action early people hear from their providers and often. Don’t delay; don’t deny. that, if you’d only lose weight, your Here are four old dogmas dispelled blood glucose would be lower. and the new realities explained: New Reality: Old Dogma: Research shows that the greatest imType 2 isn’t the serious kind of pact of weight loss on blood glucose diabetes. Typically diagnosed later is in the first few years after diagnosis. in life, people just need to follow a In fact, the biggest bang per pound is healthy eating plan, lose a few in the prediabetes phase (when most pounds and perhaps over the years, people don’t know they have prediabethey’ll need a “diabetes pill.” tes). With loss of 5 – 7 percent of body weight and 150 minutes of physical New Reality: Recent research underscores that type activity, research has shown people can prevent or delay the progression to 2 is a progressive disease and the progression is typically kicked off nearly a type 2. Once insulin production is on its dwindling course, weight loss will decade before diagnosis. Insulin resistance due to excess weight mixed with have less impact on glucose control. a positive family history is the common The reality is that if blood glucose is out of control, it’s time for medication. culprit. By the time of diagnosis, most people have already lost half to Old Dogma: three quarters of their insulin-making People with type 2 diabetes must pancreatic beta cells. Expert guidelines follow a low carbohydrate diet. now recommend starting individuals New Reality: on a medication to treat the insulin Nutrition recommendations for resistance right out of the starting gate. people with type 2 diabetes from It’s now known that insulin production the American Diabetes Association will dwindle further over time. Most and other health authorities echo people will need a progression of the recently unveiled U.S. 2010 blood glucose-lowering medicines over Dietary Guidelines for carbohydrate the years. The good news: research consumption: about 45 to 65 shows early, aggressive management percent of our daily calories should to control blood glucose can slow this come from carbohydrates. progression. Healthy eating, losing To get and stay healthy with a few pounds and being physically type 2 diabetes means facing active will always offer an assist. the diagnosis promptly, taking Old Dogma: action immediately and continuBlood glucose control is goal number one. ously tracking and controlling blood glucose, blood pressure and blood New Reality: cholesterol. Don’t delay; don’t deny. Having type 2 diabetes, it is said, Hope Warshaw, a registered dietitian carries a risk factor equivalent to and certified diabetes educator, is the having had a heart attack or stroke. best-selling author of eight books inThe most common complications cluding Diabetes Meal Planning Made of type 2 are heart and blood vessel Easy, Real Life Guide to Diabetes and diseases, not eye or kidney disease, Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating. as is often thought. Focus squarely on Learn more at hopewarshaw.com. the ABCs: A for glucose control, B

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different ways. Some people have problems with rashes, bumps, hives, blisters hotoaging refers to the damage that or red splotchy areas. Certain beauty is done to the skin from prolonged products and soaps may also make you exposure (over a person’s lifetime) more sensitive to the sun, including to UV-ultraviolet radiation. Most of perfumes, cosmetics and hair dyes. the skin changes that occur as we get Although there is a long list of drugs older are accelerated by sun exposure. that may make you more prone to a Examples of skin changes from sun allergy, some of the more common photoaging include hyperpigmentation, ones include the following: antibiotics wrinkles, poor elasticity, broken blood such as tetracyclines, thiazide diuretics, vessels, leathery skin and skin cancers. sulfonamides and chlorpromazine, depression medications, arthritis The three approaches to counter medications and blood pressure photoaging are as follows: medications. You should always check 1. Avoid the midday sun. with your doctor and pharmacist when you receive any new medication to see 2. Practice prevention by using how it may interact with what you’re photoprotective agents such already taking and whether or not you as sunscreen and clothing. should be extra careful when in the sun 3. Use skin rejuvenation treatments. or if you should avoid it completely. We offer excellent treatments for What about allergic reactions to photoaging and allergic reactions, the sun? Sometimes even after only a short time many of which are covered by your insurance. Call us today at 1-800of sun exposure, allergies to the sun can develop and may present in several 488-7336 for an appointment.

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During the fourteen years as an Executive Director for Assisted Living and Memory Care, I have met numerous residents with all stages of memory deficits. Family members that visit often become extended family themselves; the reason for this relationship between staff and family members is the common ground we walk on. All of us are trying to provide the very best for their loved one, while we can. Mary had been a resident for over seven years and was now in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. A nurse for over 35 years, she was very aware of the changes taking place and never failed to remind me of her skills as a nurse as she paced from one end of her hallway to the other. As time went on, Mary grew less and less talkative until we could rarely get a word out of her. Mary continued to pace. I believe Mary may have walked at least four miles or more a day and would wear herself to exhaustion if not encouraged to sit for lunch and dinner.

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Dear Clayton, Yes. Medicare covers 80 percent of the cost of an annual (every 12 months) glaucoma screening if you are at high risk for glaucoma, after you pay your annual Part B deductible. The screening must be performed or supervised by an eye doctor who is licensed to provide this service in your state. If you are in a Medicare private health plan, you should contact your plan to see what rules and costs apply. In addition to people with a family history of glaucoma, those at high risk for the disease include people with diabetes or high blood pressure, African-Americans age 50 and older and

Mary’s daughter visited often and always took the time to stick her head in the door of my office to say hello. Her love for her mother was obvious as she helped feed her small bites of food during lunch time; always talking softly about family events or flowers that had grown around their home. Mary would stare at her daughter and fidget, wanting to continue her tour of the hallways. In August of 2010, Mary stopped walking. In September, Mary passed away. Mary’s passing left an empty hole on our Memory Care Floor; the staff missed Mary and her daughter. About a month later, Mary’s daughter and I met for lunch. I expressed my condolences and let her know how much she and her mother were missed by the staff. She told me how much it meant to her to have the time to talk to her mother. She smiled and said, “I know, I know…she probably didn’t understand or remember my words. But I was able to say them and that meant the world to me.” I asked her why. She replied quietly, “You see

I didn’t know my mother until I was 31 years old; she had given me up for adoption when she was 15. I had so many questions and went on a search to find her.” She continued, “I am so happy to have found her when she needed me the most and now I have been able to let her know that all is well.” Every family member of a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease has a story. The partnerships with our family members give us the insight to provide the best possible care, kindness and love. News Alert: At Summerfield Retirement Residence we are now in process of developing a “Snoezelin Room.” This is a multi stimulus environment that will give our residents the opportunity to experience light, sound, aroma and stimulation. Please call us for further information about “Snoezelin” and how it can help your loved one. Join the memories, one moment at a time. Call (941) 751-7200.

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Hearing…Use It, Don’t Lose It H

earing loss is often a gradual process. It is sometimes not noticed for months or years, and usually the last to know is the one with hearing loss. Slowly, the ear apparatus that nature provided can wear out; it’s simply part of the aging process. So if you or someone you know suspects hearing loss, address this limitation quickly. In other words, when somebody listens to the TV too loud it’s time for them to have a hearing test. Then, There Is The Brain Not only do hearing nerves weaken over time, the hearing centers of the brain, under-utilized, tend to weaken as well, causing areas of the brain responsible for hearing to be “deprived” of many different sounds. This makes it difficult to receive and process sounds and causes words to get mixed up. This results in someone having difficulty understanding words; it makes one word sound like

another word. When this happens, some people ask, “what did you say?” Sometimes people stop trying to communicate—or worse—avoid doing social activities. Has this happened to you or someone you know? Causes Of Auditory Deprivation In Adults The fancy term used by hearing professionals is “Auditory Deprivation” and the most common cause is simple. The person with hearing loss chooses NOT to do anything; and when that is the choice, the nerves can become “deprived” of stimulation and slowly become damaged, making it difficult to recognize sounds related to word understanding. The key to hearing better longer is to keep the ear active. Use it—Do Not Lose it. Seek help early when you or others around you first notice hearing loss. This will ensure you’ll enjoy a better quality of hearing longer.

Can Hearing Aids Overcome Auditory Deprivation? YES…There is a definite correlation between how much help someone can receive in relationship to how long they do nothing about their hearing loss, which is a big reason hearing aids can become limited on how well they help you. To overcome the effects of auditory deprivation, recognize hearing loss, admit it and seek hearing help. The quicker you take action the more success you will have wearing hearing aids—giving you better hearing and understanding of words for a long time. Research shows the sooner you get help for hearing loss, the better outcome you will have with using and adapting to hearing aids. Keep your hearing nerves stimulated; Use Them—Do Not Lose Them. There Is A Solution! If you’ve suspected (or known) you have hearing loss, instead of turning

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he speed at which you walk could determine how long you live, says a new study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh. Researchers looked at nine studies of 35,000 seniors and discovered that just 19 percent of the slowest 75-year-old male walkers lived 10 more years, compared to 87 percent of the fastest walkers. For women, the figure was 35 percent of the slowest walkers versus 91 percent of the quickest. The study results may lead some physicians to incorporate walking speed into a routine assessment since it can provide many clues about vitality. (“Your Walking Speed May Predict Your Life Span” The Boston Globe)

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Working in Retirement As the New Normal Today, one in five

workers age 50+ has retired from a previous career and has what is aptly called a “retirement job.” A report released by the Families and Work Institute in 2010 found that working in retirement is a new career stage. The majority of working retirees are full-time and enjoy what they do and 75 percent plan to keep working. The motivating factor was not necessarily the money, but rather making a contribution, being productive and keeping active. (“Working in Retirement: A 21st Century Phenomenon” Families and Work Institute)

An Aging Population Prefers to Age in Place Older adults who wish to remain in their homes as they age are getting help from 3/24/11 8:43 AM which Page are 1 cropping senior “villages” up around the country. With 55 existing and another 120 planned, these communities provide their members

with medical, shopping, social services and activities. These villages are aimed at keeping people in their homes into their 70s, 80s, and possibly 90s. By 2020, the 55+ age American households are expected to reach 45 percent. (“Senior Villages Take Root As Movement Matures” usnews.com) Beatitudes Nursing Home: A Blessing for Alzheimer’s Patients There is no effective medical treatment for dementia, but at the Beatitudes Nursing Home in Phoenix, Arizona, the Alzheimer’s patients receive a good dose of unconventional, non-pharmaceutical care that calms them and can even make them smile. This seemingly revolutionary caregiving solution is giving them what they want. New research suggests that positive emotional experiences can diminish stress and behavior problems. The nursing home allows

patients to eat what they want when they want it, take baths in the middle of the night and engage in activities that they did before they became ill. (“Giving Alzheimer’s Patients Their Way, Even Doses of Chocolate” The New York Times, Jan. 1, 2011)

Still Collecting a Paycheck in Her 90s Five hours a day, 98-year-old Rosa Finnegan reports for work on the production floor of a manufacturing company, Vita Needle in Needham, Massachusetts, where close to half of the employees are well past retirement age. Rosa says she didn’t expect she’d need a paycheck at this stage of life, but after becoming a widow in her 80s, she needed a new life plan. Along with her paycheck, working at Vita Needle has given her a new sense of community. (“In Their 90s, Working for More Than Just a Paycheck” NPR “Morning Edition) “Quick Facts About Aging” is from Met Life Mature Market Institute.

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emember thrillers? You know, the really good ones with brilliant plots and plenty of twists and turns; the edge-of-your-seat kind of thriller. You laugh, you gasp, you try to figure it out only to find nothing is what it seems. You get that big rush when all is revealed and you can’t stop talking about it afterwards. If you miss that kind of thrill ride, you don’t want to miss Deathtrap by Ira Levin, at Asolo Rep from April 1 –May 14. Written by the man who gave us those monumental spine tinglers—The Stepford Wives, Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys from Brazil and A Kiss Before Dying—Deathtrap holds the record for the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway.

Director Peter Amster tells us why this record-breaking play still feels completely fresh to the audience. “Deathtrap is a surprise machine… The rhythm of ‘is this real?...it isn’t real... ohmygod it IS real!’ keeps us as deftly and continuously off-balance as it did over 30 years ago. It is brilliantly-crafted storytelling; it is witty and literate; it is peopled with interesting, amusing, recognizable characters. And it still has the power to scare the bejeezus out of us.” To reserve tickets or learn about the plays, call Asolo Rep at (941) 351-8000 or go to the website at www.AsoloRep.org.

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enice Theatre presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, April 14—May 1. Brush up your Shakespeare; the bard is back! After a 13-year break, three fast and funny actors are together again for a show the New York Times calls “irresistible” and the Los Angeles Times raves is “wildly funny and masterful.” In 1998, local critic, Jay Handelman, called VLT’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged “light and lively.” Once again under the direction of Murray Chase at Venice Theatre, this three-man cast will perform all of Shakespeare’s plays in less than two hours. They’ll even pull off Hamlet in 43 seconds! How? You’ve gotta come and see for yourself. The Today Show claims, “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!”

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unning now through April 10 on the Golden Apple stage, “Avenue Q,” a new breed of savagely funny, yet surprisingly poignant, three Tony Award-winning musical. Out of work, out of luck and desperate for purpose, this mix of human and puppet characters is a hilarious show you’ll want to see again and again. Tickets range from $38 to $43 with our full buffet. Every Friday, join Ms. Beneva Fruitville and Ms. Lindsay Carlton as they

call out the lucky numbers and treat audiences to an evening of entertainment with “Drag Queen Bingo!” AisleSay.com says “‘Drag Queen Bingo’ is, after all, theatre more than truly a game” and Scene Magazine calls “Drag Queen Bingo” a “freewheeling, hell-raising, couture-conscious evening of gender-bending decadence and rib-tickling fun.” It’s Sarasota’s newest MUST SEE! Free Admission!

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his year marks over fifteen years with Steven Vincent as Director of Dance with The Players Studio. During this time, he has taught hundreds of kids not only how to dance, but how to find the joy in it. Steven’s energy is infectious as he shares his knowledge of dance with students of all ages. It’s obvious that Steven enjoys passing on his expertise and love of dance. Steven Vincent coaches young performers. facilities and nursing communities Steven’s professional career in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice started in tours of major musicals. for over twenty years. Steven is a He performed in the national tour of key factor in keeping residents active George M! with Mickey Rooney and and motivated with his daily visits. he even enjoyed a stint on Broadway Several times a year, Steven compartnering with Ann Reinking in bines both of these passions and takes Wild and Wonderful. Locally, he the Players Kids into area nursing has choreographed over twenty-five musicals including Singin’ In the Rain homes. This gives the students important performance experience and at the and 42nd Street which both earned same time entertains local residents. him Best Choreography awards. Steven is a treasured staff member, a During the day, hundreds of positive force in the community and a seniors know Steven as the consummate professional who always “exercise guru.” His Movement has a smile and a kind word for others. Magic exercise program has been The Players is proud to have him! a favorite activity at retirement

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Senior Job Seekers…Your Age Is An Asset

BY DR. JOHN DRAKE

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inding a job in today’s economy is tough; it’s even tougher for the 50+ crowd. While age discrimination is illegal, younger job competitors outnumber us and often are favored. Like it or not, age bias is prevalent in the job marketplace. The good news is that seniors have assets that younger job seekers often lack: broad work experience, maturity, strong work ethic and often a history of company loyalty. Seniors also bring stability to the job. “If seniors don’t let their age trip them up, most of them can make a good case for being hired,” says John Drake, co-author of Finding A Job When Jobs Are Hard To Find. Here are some actions you can take to reduce age bias:

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early twothirds of white Americans age 70 and older have hearing loss, compared to one-third of those of black race, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers. Researchers found hearing loss ranged from mild to severe and that older males were more likely to have hearing loss or more severe hearing loss than younger or female subjects. Despite the number of older adults with hearing loss, the study found that only one-fifth use hearing aids, with only three percent of those with mild hearing loss taking advantage of these devices. (Newswise)

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1. Overtly display energy and vitality. You will need to back up statements about your energy level by mentioning (in cover letters, applications and resumes) your participation in activities such as the sports you play, gym workouts, volunteer work. During job interviews, weave in comments about your activities and ability to work long hours (if that is true about you). Look vital. Sit erect and, without being “gushy,” express enthusiasm and excitement about the job in question and about the organization. For example: “I am really excited about the challenges this job offers” or “I can’t wait to get started on a project like that.” Practice in front of a mirror creating a more positive image by smiling more often and emphasizing thoughts via use of hand gestures. 2. Become computer/electronics savvy. You should be at ease with MS Word and Excel. If not, take a few computer classes. If you don’t have one, get a smart phone. Be conversant

about popular apps and be skillful in using them. You don’t want to appear to be rooted in outdated technology.

3. Don’t draw attention to your age. Be careful about numbers used in resumes, applications and during job interviews. Specifically: Don’t provide the years of your graduations, list only jobs from the past 15 – 20 years and try to avoid providing your driver’s license number. 4. Capitalize on your contacts. By far, the biggest slice of your job searching time should be spent on networking. 5. Psychologically prepare for your interview. Your interviewers will often be significantly younger than you and may come across as disrespectful of your age and/or achievements. By expecting such behavior and gearing yourself to “go with the flow,” you will be able to minimize any defensive responses. 6. Overcoming the “generation gap.” An issue of concern for many interviewers is your ability to fit in

with a much younger work group. You can counter this concern by subtly weaving into the interview how you are in touch with current lifestyles via your high school/college age children, your participation in groups comprised of younger members—civic, church, etc. and situations in which you successfully adapted to a quickly changing job demand or environment. The bottom line is that by making your job search your full time job and by thinking positively about your age and maturity, you can get ahead of the pack. Keep in mind that your age is not a handicap but rather an asset that brings with it strengths that younger candidates cannot offer. Author John Drake was CEO of the world’s largest outplacement firm and is co-author of “Finding a Job When Jobs are Hard to Find.” Dr. Drake is also author of the best selling “The Perfect Interview: How to Win the Job You Really Want.” Copyrighted 2011 by John D. Drake. All rights reserved.

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nsurers and consumers spent $52.2 billion on prescription drugs in 2008 for outpatient treatment of metabolic conditions such as diabetes and elevated cholesterol, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Metabolic medicines were the class of drugs with the highest level of spending in 2008. According to data from the federal agency, purchases of metabolic drugs by adults age 18 and older accounted for 22 percent of the nearly $233 billion spent overall to buy prescription medicines in 2008. Ranked by total spending, here are the four remaining top therapeutic classes of outpatient prescription drugs in 2008:

• Central nervous system drugs, used to relieve chronic pain and control epileptic seizures and Parkinson’s Disease tremors —$35 billion.

• Cardiovascular drugs, including calcium channel blockers and diuretics—$29 billion.

• Antacids, antidiarrheals and other medicines for gastrointestinal conditions—$20 billion. • Antidepressants, antipsychotics and other psychotherapeutic drugs —$20 billion.

Overall purchases of these five therapeutic classes of drugs totaled nearly $156 billion, or two-thirds of the almost $233 billion that was spent on prescription medicines used in the outpatient treatment of adults. (From Newswise)


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oods with a high glycemic index are digested more quickly than foods with a low glycemic index. Rapidly digested foods can flood your bloodstream with sugar. A quick surge of insulin to clear the sugar can leave your blood sugar too low after just a few hours, and when this happens you feel hungry; you’re apt to overeat and possibly gain weight. Fiber slows digestion and therefore lowers a food’s glycemic load. By increasing the bulk of foods and creating a feeling of fullness, fiber may also help you avoid overeating and becoming overweight. Snacking and eating healthfully needn’t be mutually exclusive. There are plenty of healthy foods that are quick and easy to eat such as fruits, veggie sticks and moderate amounts of nuts. Because typical snack foods like

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Retirement Living Long-term care isn’t only about nursing homes. There are many options for care and support that can help you stay at home longer or even avoid a nursing home altogether. The “homeand community-based services” that can help you stay at home range from homemaker help, such as help preparing meals, to care provided by health professionals like nurses, and a lot in between: personal attendants can help you with daily activities and adult day services and respite services can give family caregivers a needed rest. You may want training to learn new skills if, for example, you start having vision trouble, or perhaps home modifications can help you get around your house better so you can keep living at home. What services are available will depend on where you live. Many seniors rely on state programs, like Medicaid, for their care. In states whose Medicaid programs invest more on home- and community-based services, there are generally more of these services available for everyone-even for people who don’t use Medicaid.

The Affordable Care Act The good news is that the Affordable Care Act-the new health care law-includes several new programs that will help people who need longterm care stay at home longer. New programs will give states financial incentives to expand the home- and community-based services they offer. Educational grants will ensure that there is an adequate, and adequately trained, workforce to provide home care as the population ages. Starting in 2014, the spouse of someone receiving care at home will be protected from having to spend all the couple’s assets in order for their husband or wife to qualify for Medicaid; today, that protection exists only if the person needing care is in a nursing home. The law also includes a new voluntary federal long-term care insurance program, Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS), that will help pay for care. CLASS will be available to working adults, regardless of age or health, probably in 2013. To be eligible for benefits, you’ll first need to be enrolled for five years. After that, if you need long-term care, the program will provide an average benefit of at least $50 a day ($18,250 a year), adjusted for inflation. You can use that money to pay for assistance or other things you need to help you stay in your home. The program pays as long as you need care. You still need to do your homework – plan your finances and learn what’s available where you live. The Administration on Aging’s ElderCare Locator, at 1-800-6771116 or eldercare.gov, can help you find services in your community. You can learn more about the new options in the long-term services section of Families USA’s website, familiesusa.org.


Staying at Home: The Preferred Choice for Long-Term Care BY ROSEMARIE HURLEY, CSA Long-Term Care Insurance Specialist

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et’s say you own a Long-Term Care policy; you have paid premiums for a while and now you need to use it. After all the years I have worked with people helping them to create the right policy to suit their needs, when it comes time to go on claim, this is what obviously reinforces the purchase. The policies sold today allow for care to be given in many places. It depends on what happened and what your doctor says will work for your particular circumstances. Most people are interested in receiving care at home, naturally. This is always a first choice. And if home care will be the best way to recover or sustain the patient, then that is what will happen. There are many types of home care. Sometimes therapy is necessary, for example, following a stroke or a broken hip. Sometimes people need help with simple tasks…things we take for granted like bathing, preparing meals, paying bills, etc. Sometimes all that is necessary is a companion—someone to “keep an eye on things.” All claims are different and require different levels of care to provide a solution. The policy provides the dollars needed to purchase the care. Policies don’t necessarily reduce the stress involved when someone you love needs help, but they do alleviate the potentially devastating expenses connected with providing the care. Simply loving a person is not enough. There are many circumstances where you would like

to be the “caregiver,” but it is not physically possible to do so or you are not trained to provide the care needed. That’s when the policies really help. Having a policy to provide the dollars actually helps family members stay involved in the caregiving as supervisors of the care rather than actual caregivers. This is vitally important so that the family member(s) stay healthy and free of injury. This is a point that oftentimes people forget. I have had many a family member become injured …hurting their back trying to lift the patient, or just simply “wear out” with the day in/day out requirements of care. Sometimes you just need a break. Please remember, staying at home is always preferred, and having a policy to pay for the professional caregiving is really the best solution. We never know what or when will be needed as we grow older, but as I am always saying, it is never too late to plan ahead. And the younger you are in the planning stage, the better. But if you didn’t plan ahead, provided you are insurable, it is not too late. Questions? Please call me. Rosemarie Hurley, President of Senior Insurance Solutions, has worked in the senior healthcare market for over 20 years. She is a Certified Senior Advisor and has been a Long-Term Care Insurance Specialist for more than 17 years. She is the Past President of Health Underwriters, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Estero, Member of the Bonita and Estero Chambers of Commerce, and a graduate of Toastmaster’s International. She represents all of the finest insurance companies in the industry. Can be reached at (239) 274-6678 in Estero, or at her website: www.longtermcareinsurance-online.com.

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uebec is a province where culture and nature are inseparable. Glacier-carved fjords, maple forests and arctic seas teeming with marine life coexist with cities powered by wind and water, where people delight in the arts and celebrate the connection between man and the environment. If you’re traveling by RV or only visiting for a week, Gaspe peninsula and the shores around the Gulf of St. Lawrence are great places to experience the natural beauty of Quebec.

Travel Perce I started my journey in the coastal town of Perce (French for “pierced”), which gets its name from an arched limestone formation just off of the mainland. Ferries make regular trips around Perce Rock as well as stops on Bonaventure Island, home to the largest colony of gannets in the world. After about a 45-minute trek across the island up a gentle incline, I was met with a raucous sea of birds. White-colored gannets with black-tipped wings and patches of light orange on their heads swooped by, landing only a few feet away from me. When summer is over they head back to the Gulf of Mexico, where they can be seen flying solo off the coast of Florida. Stay: Hotel-Motel Le Mirage. Dine: Maison du Pecheur.

Exploramer Next, I headed northwest along the coast to SainteAnne-des-Monts. This drive is part of the Quebec Lighthouse Trail, and I couldn’t resist stopping by the town of La Martre to see North America’s last working non-automatic lighthouse. I felt like a kid again as I climbed the narrow stairs of the red wooden lighthouse, listening to the gears turn and seeing the town far below through faceted lenses. In Sainte-Anne-des-Monts you’ll find Exploramer, an interactive aquarium and museum. Visitors can get hands-on with the marine life in the Gulf of St. Lawrence by taking a sea excursion or exploring touch tanks. Inside, I saw creatures uniquely adapted to life in the arctic, explored an undersea garden and lounged in a beanbag chair while ocean images floated overhead. If you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby Blue Fork—a restaurant specializing in sustainable seafood—offers creative dishes with ingredients like sea urchin and sea cucumber. Stay: La Maison William Wakeham, in Gaspe. Gaspe is a great base point for most of the destinations on the peninsula. Dine: Brise Bise Restaurant. Matane Reserve A short drive from Sainte-Anne-desMonts is the Matane Wildlife Reserve, a 60 sq. kilometer conservation park that is famous for its moose. This is one of those rare places where you can travel for miles without seeing another living soul. The cabins there are spacious and comfortable, and being so far from civilization meant zero noise and light pollution—nights were filled

with the stillness of the forest and countless stars. At dawn, I traveled by kayak down a nearby stream in hopes of spotting a moose, and later on I climbed an observation platform on one of the many trails and heard a female calling her calf a few feet away. Stay/tour packages offer a host of guided treks, programs and activities; plan to set aside a few days to truly explore this wonderful reserve. Reford Gardens Continuing along the coast to the southwest will bring you to Grand Metis, home of the Reford Gardens. Created in the 1920s, the gardens are unique for their success in adapting rare species to Quebec’s climate. I visited in June and was treated to a rare sight: Blue Poppies in bloom—a flower that is usually only found in the Himalayas. At the Estevan Lodge Restaurant, Chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry uses flora from Reford Garden in his dishes. I tried a “Flowering Spoon”—a small salad of begonia, lemon basil, pansy and other flowers and herbs with a touch of sea salt and honey. It was like a bite of Spring.

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back whales and dolphins. Dressed in warm layers, I climbed aboard one of Croisieres AML’s zodiacs and was amazed by what we were able to see in a single excursion. Minke whales breached beside our boat, rolling over to display their pink bellies before dipping back beneath the waves. A pod of white beluga whales followed in the wake of a nearby ship, and a fin whale—the second largest whale in the world—surfaced just beyond the zodiac to exhale a plume of air and seawater before arching its long body into a dive. It was a sight I’ll never forget. Stay and Dine: Hotel Tadoussac. Photo by quebecmaritime.ca

Whale Watching After taking the Rimouski-Forestville ferry across the St. Lawrence River, blue signs with white whales on them began appearing on the side of the road—clear markers that I was on the Whale Route. The town of Tadoussac, overlooking the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Conservation Area, is a famous destination for whale watching. I stopped by the Marine Mammal Interpretation Center to get a better idea of what I’d be seeing. The plankton-rich waters of the estuary draw all types of wildlife, from grey seals and seabirds to hump-

Jardin Des Glaciers Northeast of Tadoussac in Baie Comeau was the last stop on my journey. Jardin Des Glaciers, a new state-ofthe-art science and exploration center, tells the story of the ancient geology and peoples of Quebec in an immersive multimedia presentation. It’s worth spending a couple days here—you can see how fossils are excavated from an ancient seabed or zipline through the Adrenalin Zone. A must-see for natural history and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Stay: Le Grand Hotel. Dine: Hotel Le Manoir dining room. To learn about more outdoor experiences, visit quebecmaritime.ca./en.

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or those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies. 1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

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At Taco Bell, the secret is to skip the nachos, which are deep-fried tortilla chips, taco meat and a covering of nacho cheese sauce. The problems lie in the fried chips, of course, but also in the fact that their cheese sauce is made with partially hydrogenated oil. Skip it! Taco Bell is quite a good place to enjoy fast food if you stick to the two-item combos, which are usually below 600 calories and 25 grams of fat.

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Easter Fun in Sarasota

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and 23 Musical drama, “The Victor” by David Clydesdale portrays the Easter story from the raising of Lazarus to the resurrection of Christ. St. John’s United Methodist

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Eco Fest. Discover new products, services, technology, programs and research that make our lives more environmentally friendly and learn more about urban and global environmental issues. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Sarasota, adjacent to the Farmer’s Market. Free. (941) 351-3740.

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Earth Day Tampa Bay. This year’s theme is “Pride of Place.” Enjoy exhibitors, demonstrations, arts and crafts, community groups, live music, food and children’s activities focused on living healthy, sustainable lifestyles. Admission and parking are free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. For more information, visit their website at usf.edu/earthday.

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Center for Autism Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) 5K Run. The event will begin and end on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. 7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. 5K Run Start; 9:30 a.m. 1 Mile Fun Walk. Admission: $20 for 5K; 1 Mile Walk free. (941) 758-4529.

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Empty Boxcars Screening I n honor of Holocaust remembrance this month, New College of Florida will be screening Empty Boxcars on April 14 at 4 p.m. at the Sudakoff Center, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota. Empty Boxcars is a complex tale of the mass murder as well as mass rescue of Jews in the Kingdom of Bulgaria during World War II. The Bulgarian

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