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We’ve Changed Our Name to Lifestyles After 50! destination ideas. Looking for entertainment? Check our calendar each month. Looking for a good book? Watch for new book columns. And if you wonder how to turn on “that darn computer” or text the grandkids or manage a Facebook account or how to use an iPhone, you’re in the company of many other readers. We will offer content that is clear, current and practical to help you navigate the waters of today’s technological world. We’ll be here to help you shape your days so you can live them to your greatest potential, whether in issues of health or exercise or creating tasty dishes in the kitchen. Thinking about volunteering more? We’ll tell you about where and how other people are giving back to their communities. Looking for options in housing? Wow! There are many and we’ll show you around. Our advertisers will find that our new Lifestyles After 50 will maximize the value of their advertising dollars through the introduction of our proprietary, web-based, lead generation products found nowhere else. One thing you can count on not changing is the friendly, professional staff that you have come to know and count on over these many years; a staff that is optimistic about the future and dedicated to promoting

Dear Readers,


ee those streamers on the cover? No, it’s not New Year’s Eve. Rather, it’s a celebration of Janice Doyle, publishing the first Editor copy of the new Lifestyles After 50 magazine. The magazine you’ve known as Senior Connection / Mature Lifestyles is making changes to better serve YOU, our readers. The change of name is all a part of our continuing effort to deliver the most up-to-date informational, educational and entertaining news items and stories. Since there isn’t just one way to live life after the age of 50, we’re adjusting and adapting to help you find ways to take advantage of the many options available to you and to enrich your lives. Our west central Florida location offers an infinite variety of options in lifestyles: start a business of your own, go back to school, develop cultural and recreational talents and so much more. We are deeply committed to offering you new and fresh ideas for living the lifestyle you choose to the fullest. What you’ll find in Lifestyles After 50 will be suggestions for ways to cut to the chase and drop right into the next chapter of your life. Want to travel? We offer diverse

growth and diversity, both for the community and the individual reader. As Editor, my search for content will include finding ways you can enhance your life, whether you have just turned 50 and have that new AARP card in your wallet or whether you’ve just turned 90 and are in training for the Senior Games. And if you’re somewhere in between, I’ll be cheering you on no matter what lifestyle you’ve chosen. Kathy Beck is Publisher and Director of the many expos and events we sponsor. Watch for the next Senior Fun Fest or Senior Friendly Extravaganza in your area to find the very latest in products, services and information for your lifestyle. You’ll enjoy the entertainment, giveaways, prizes and fun at all of the events. Drop me an email (janice@ Give me your feedback and ideas on what new items you would like to see. Let me know how we can enhance your Lifestyles After 50 And I’m so glad you’re joining us for the journey forward.

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uesdays Free afternoon movies with friends at Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Boulevard, Venice. Details: (941) 861-1260


aturdays Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Open Dance Party. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 Laurel St., Sarasota. Cost: $10. Come with or without partner. Live music. Free snacks, BYOB. (941) 756-8303.


ondays and Thursdays Senior Over 60 Basketball at Woodmere Park. Pickup games Mon. mornings from 10:30 a.m. – noon. League games Thurs. night from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Good fun, comraderie. contact Ron Taitch at (941) 993-3579.

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Volunteer Morning at Pinecraft Park. Clean trails, remove exotic plants and preserve their mesic hammock. Bring long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and drinking water. 1420 Gilbert Ave., Sarasota. Info: ask for Jennifer Rogers, (941) 861-5000; .


Nia Fitness on Siesta Key Public Beach. Combines martial arts, dance and healing arts. Suitable for all ages/fitness levels. Every Tues., 9 – 10 a.m. at Siesta Beach Pavilion, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key. $10. Call Kathy Oravec at (843) 860-6661.


Afternoon Tea at the RitzCarlton. Seatings at 2 p.m., 2:30 and 3 p.m. Reservations recommended. $28 – $40. 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota. (941) 309-2000.


“Jazz at Two” concert from 2 – 4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Cost: $10. (941) 371-4974.


Free support group for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia-related diseases. 10 – 11 a.m. at Doctors Hospital Medical Office Building, 5741 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota. 1-888-685-1596.

Venice Army Base, 85th Anniversary. Aircraft and 1940s vehicles on display. Forties dance with Bill Millner Trio begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Venice Mobile Home Park Clubhouse.Venice Municipal Airport, Airport Avenue. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Info: (941) 486-2626 ext. 24005. and 20 9th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Street from Lemon Ave. to Selby Five Points Park. Homemade treasures, treats, green market and more. (941) 302-1344

Singles on the Go Travel Club meeting. 2:30 – 5 p.m., Faith Presbyterian Church, 1201 North Beneva Road, Sarasota. Travel and social club for adult, solo travelers. Travel presentation program. Visitors welcome. Free. (941) 922-3709.


Set for Storm Season: Preparing Your Home and Family. Learn how to assemble an emergency supply kit and other disaster-preparedness tips. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sarasota County Extension, University of Florida/IFAS, Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road. (941) 861-9804.


Meet the Sky: Observational Astronomy. Learn about the night sky. Telescope provided, weather permitting. Free. 8 – 9 p.m. at Siesta Key Beach Pavilion. For details, email


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Retirement Can’t Slow Down This Volunteer BY TRACIE SCHMIDT


ay is Older Americans Month, a time to honor those dedicated seniors who give back to their communities. Jim Ferri of Sarasota hit the world of retirement earlier than most—at 44—but like others, found himself asking, what now? “The only thing I can say that I can’t do is sit in front of a TV,” he said. Taking a cue from his parents—who Ferri said always found time to volunteer, even with two jobs—he decided to spend his time giving back to others. He didn’t have far to look for opportunities—some came about through personal interest, and others by chance. He’s been a volunteer at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for three years now. “I started because a friend of mine retired and was bored,” Ferri explained. “He asked, ‘will you come with me?’ And I ended up

Volunteer Jim Ferri, in his garden.

volunteering instead,” he laughed. On Tuesdays you can find him in the welcome center, greeting guests and processing admissions. He has also worked as a docent in the Selby’s old house, sharing information about the park and its exhibits. Ferri is also a regular at Mote Marine Aquarium, where he works as a cashier and helps with special events, like their annual sandcastle exhibit. Before that, he was a volun-

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teer coordinator at Ringling Museum of Art, and used his skills as a former IBM employee to help them develop some of their computer systems. “How could you be bored, especially in Sarasota?” he said. I asked him what he enjoyed most about volunteering. “Having a good time, working with good people, meeting other volunteers and staff,” he replied. “It’s just so rewarding. You get out, you meet people, find out where they’re from, what they do.” Ferri is also a firm believer that, when it comes to volunteering, whatever you put in you also get back out. Nothing could be more true about his volunteer experience with TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), an organization that promotes weight loss and healthy living. When he first joined the program, he was around 400 lbs. “I knew it had to be part of my life,” Ferri said. “In order to be thinner, I needed to get involved.”

Becoming a member ended up changing his lifestyle, and after winning a state award for weight loss in 2000, he’s back at a healthy weight and now spends his mornings biking 10 miles around his neighborhood. In addition to that, Ferri is now the TOPS coordinator for the north end of Florida. He is able to work from home part time while spending the rest of his week volunteering and working on his hobbies—photography and gardening. Ferri offers this advice for propective volunteers: “You can still live your life and yet help others.” Most organizations are flexible and can work with your schedule. He suggests finding something that interests you and talking to a volunteer area coordinator. And most importantly: “Keep moving and stay active, mentally as well as physically. You can always learn something every day you are out there.” To learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area, contact RSVP at (941) 556-3274.

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ust in time for summer, Sweet Tomatoes puts their healthy buffet at your fingertips for a special price. Seniors 60+ can enjoy the restaurant’s all-youcare-to-eat meal for only $6.99, Monday through Thursday from 2 – 5 p.m., including a beverage! Sweet Tomatoes lets you have it your way with a 45-foot salad bar loaded with nutritious and fresh veggie choices. Stack it on and add a side of fruit from the fruit bar! If you choose a soup, you’ll find choices that are hearty, or maybe thick and creamy, and others that are broth-y and light. Potatoes come in sweet or Idaho with all the fixings from chopped green onions to sour cream. Fresh-from-the-oven breads include cornbread, muffins or pizza to accompany your meal. Hint: come back for the chocolate brownie

muffin which makes a tasty dessert when topped with frozen yogurt. Sweet Tomatoes has enough options to accommodate every dietary consideration including vegan, vegetarian, omnivore and even gluten-free. The rotating monthly menu means guests experience new and delicious options, usually following the seasons. So, don’t sacrifice nutrition for cheaper, less nutritional staples at the price now offered. For more information on Sweet Tomatoes, visit

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Diane Keaton Reflects on Her Career and Life



conic actress Diane Keaton is still blazing her own way. At 67 she’s the still-never-married mother of two adopted children, ages 17 and 12. She has 50 movies and TV shows under her belt. In the ‘70s, she started a fashion trend for unisex clothes. Indeed, Keaton can dress “like a bag lady, among a host of women in spectacular dresses, and look individual rather than ridiculous,” according to one writer. Keaton is best known for playing eccentric, free-spirited characters who speak in rushed, awkward sentences and who laugh easily at life’s circumstances. It is those sentences and circumstances that make her endearing and charming to fans of all ages.

She and Woody Allen made a total of eight movies together.

This month marks the release of her autobiography titled Then Again, in which she reflects on the girl she was and the actress she became. As her mother was suffering with Alzheimer’s and having watched her father die of a brain tumor, Keaton took her mother’s 85 journals and began mixing her mother’s life story gently with her own life and feelings. One of the biggest revelations in Then Again is Keaton’s struggle with bulimia. “With bulimia, I never expected sympathy or for people to understand,” she said in an interview with AARP. “What I cared about was the secret I kept. It felt like a burden. I never told my mother. It’s amazing how the dark secrets inside us don’t matter much to the outside world.”

Her track to stardom Her breakout role was on Broadway in the ‘60s in Hair. As understudy to the lead, she gained attention by not removing any of her clothing. In 1971, Keaton won a part in The Godfather, holding her own opposite legends like Al Pacino and Marlon Brando. Two years later she reprised her role in The Godfather: Part II, and in 1990, she finished the trilogy in Godfather III. Keaton had a long relationship with Woody Allen and rose to fame in part through a series of his hit comedies. She would later say of that time: “When I first got to know

Her salary for making The Godfather in 1972 was $35,000. In 1990, her salary for making The Godfather, Part III was $1,500,000.

Woody and I was going out with him, What next? I noticed that people never wanted In an exclusive interview with AARP to hear anything that I had to say the Magazine, Keaton revealed how at all. They just wanted to be in the she feels about reaching age 67. She shadow of his light and I remember said, “Let me tell you the best part really having a hard time with that.” about getting older. The best part is But it was Woody Allen whose that I’m still here and, because the 1977’s Annie Hall brought about her end is in sight, I treasure it all more. first and only Oscar for Best Actress. That’s why I don’t worry about crying After Woody, she was in a scene anymore. Now soon paired with Warren it comes easily. I know Beatty. He cast Diane in the emotion’s all there. his sweeping historical You have to live life that epic Reds (1981), though way, you know? Take the two broke up risks. Do things you shortly following the can’t imagine. ’Cause release of the film. hey, why not, right?” Her comedy hits Would she have plastic included co-starring with surgery? She told the Steve Martin in Father interviewer: “I haven’t of the Bride in 1991 had it, but never say Diane Keaton wins an and Father of the Bride, Oscar for Best Actress never. Because when you Part II in 1995 and with do, you are definitely goGoldie Hawn in The First Wives Club. ing to go there. . . I’ve done all kinds Capitalizing on senior audiences to of things I said I wouldn’t do and, understand later-life love, Keaton of course, now I’m glad. Thrilled.” co-starred with Jack Nicholson in And what does her future hold? What 2003’s Something’s Gotta Give, which would she like to find as an actor? “A grossed $125 million in North Ameri- really out-there role where I let it all ca. Roger Ebert wrote that “Nicholson hang out. Get totally enraged. Go to an and Keaton bring so much experience, extreme. I have not really had that opknowledge and humor to their charportunity, and I hope it will happen.” acters that the film works in ways the You can view AARP the screenplay might not have even hoped Magazine’s entire article at for.” The following year, Keaton received her fourth Academy Award movies-for-grownups/info-03-2012/ nomination for her role in the film. age-defying-diane-keaton.html.

1995: Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” (#46).

2006: Her performance as Annie Hall in Annie Hall is ranked #60 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.

Next up, she stars in Darling Companion.

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Fun, Food & Fido at Ophelia’s Pasta House


f you own a dog, you know all about the “dog face”– that forlorn, droopy-eyed expression you get when you head out for a nice dinner, leaving your four-legged friend at home with his usual bowl of kibble. But even dogs need a night out now and then, and now you can take him with you. Ophelia’s Pasta House isn’t your typical restaurant. In 2008, Nancy and James Champlin, former Rhode Island restauranteurs and dedicated animal lovers, took their enthusiasm for international cuisine and transformed a small Sarasota restaurant into a bustling eatery that welcomes both human and canine guests. “Three years ago, one of our regular customers said to us, ‘I just can’t enjoy my beer at the bar when I know Fido is sitting at home alone,” Nancy says. “James and I always have been dog lovers ourselves, so we decided to apply for the appropriate license and invite area residents to come to Ophelia’s and dine with their dogs.” Inside, you’ll find an elegant dining room with a wood and marble mirror bar

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Meet Frankie Avalon and Other Greats on the Malt Shop Memories Cruise


fter the extraordinary success of the first two Malt Shop Memories Cruises, the next annual cruise will expand to a sevenday trip with more ports of call and additional performances by an incredible array of stars from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Departing on Oct. 27 (through Nov. 3) from Fort Lauderdale, the cruise will set sail on Holland America’s luxurious M.S. Eurodam for Turks & Caicos, San Juan, St. Thomas and the private island of Half Moon Cay. As a full ship charter, the Eurodam will be transformed into a floating ‘50s and ‘60s entertainment complex, treating passengers to concerts and special events such as sock hops, hula hoop contests, prom night, beach parties, and, of course, interaction with their favorite singers and much more.

Inspired by Time Life’s popular Malt Shop Memories CD series, the voyage will be highlighted by performances by some of the biggest artists of the era, including Dion, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, The Original Drifters, The Duprees, Sonny Turner (former lead singer of the Platters), Carl Gardner’s Coasters, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, The Chiffons, The Tymes, The Marvelettes, Al “Lil Fats” Jackson, John Kuse and the Excellents, The Dedications, The Encounters, The Acchords, Gino Monopoli/Dwight Icenhower and, returning as the cruise host, the wildly popular oldies DJ Jerry “The Geator with the Heater” Blavat. “You’ll see some of the best entertainment from that wonderful era,” says Bobby Rydell. “Mix and mingle with all of us and bring back those great memories while making fabulous new ones.”

In addition to the incredible line-up of concerts, The Malt Shop Memories cruise will offer non-stop events, parties and ‘50s and ‘60s-themed activities throughout the ship and the entire length of the cruise. Grab your blanket for the beach party, kick off your shoes for the sock hop, dress in your finest for Prom Night and get ready to meet the performers in person during specially designed meet and greets. In celebration of the memory of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley, the Malt Shop Memories Cruise will host the richest Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in the World. The event will feature some of the most well-known and talented tribute artists in the world competing for a cash prize of $5,000. Notes the Executive Producer of Time Life’s Malt Shop Memories CD collection, Alan Rubens, “They say you can’t live in the past—but it sure is fun visiting for a few days!” “Our staff had so much fun on the 2011 Malt Shop Memories

Cruise!” offers Michael Lazaroff of Entertainment Cruise Productions. “It was a joy meeting the guests, engaging the artists and bringing Malt Shop Memories to life. By moving the cruise to 7 days and to Holland America, the cruise now becomes a ‘home game’ for us and we promise that it will run like clockwork and the upgrades in rooms, service, food and amenities will only add to the fantastic musical experience.” The Malt Shop Memories Cruise was developed in association with Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC. Tickets for the cruise are available now. Visit MaltShopCruise. com or call (877) 700-6258 (MALT). Cabin prices start at $1550 per person including all meals, entertainment and onboard activities. The Time Life Malt Shop Memories CD collection, featuring a 10-CD box set, a 4-CD set and a holiday disc, has sold nearly 4 million CDs and remains one of Time Life’s most popular sellers.

Fun Tips for Solo Travelers


olo travel can be frightening at any age. Here are their tips for having fun while traveling solo:

1. Be Spontaneous One of the best parts about traveling solo is that you get to set the pace, pick the locations and decide how long to spend doing something. So, seize the day and take advantage of the freedom you have as a solo traveler to make it a trip worth remembering. 2. Who Said Safety is Only in Numbers? The number one thing solo travelers Lifestyles After 50 • May 2012 • page 10

worry about before embarking on their trip is safety. Be aware of the risks of your travel destinations beforehand so you know what to expect. If you ever feel like you are in a precarious situation try to get out of it by saying you are meeting up with someone at another location.

3. Join a Group Tour Making your own itinerary every day can get tiring, so why not take a day off and join a group tour to regain some mental traveling energy. Tours allow you to avoid the sometimes complicated public

transit and get a chance to really sit back and enjoy the sites.

4. Be Street Smart Looking like a solo tourist can leave a red target on your back, so take the necessary precautions to blend in and look like you know what you’re doing. Look at your map only in a private area where you feel safe. Be aware of your belongings. Wipe the clueless look off of your face when you have no idea where you are and play it cool until you get your bearings.

5. Practice Your Photography Skills Not only does taking photos give you a visual memoir of your adventures, but taking someone’s picture is a great conversation starter. You’ll find that in some countries people will flock to the camera spotlight and even ask for you to take their photo. Taking photos is also a great way to ease some initial awkwardness you might feel when roaming the streets alone. Tips furnished by Tours4Fun.

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Communal Living Attracting More 60-Something Women



ome say the ‘60s hippies are going back to the commune. Others call the growing number of female baby boomers rooming together “The Golden Girls phenomenon.” Author Martha Nelson, who at 65 is on the leading edge of a tsunami of retiring boomers, says it’s really all about choosing the company of friends. “As a group, we’ve been empowered more than past generations of women,” says Nelson, whose debut novel, Black Chokeberry (BlackChokeberryTheBook. com), is the story of three disparate older women who unexpectedly end up sharing a home. “We’re more worldly, stronger, financially savvy and healthier than our ancestors—through no fault of their own—and we know what we want.”

Increasingly, what they want is to actively age with the camaraderie, laughter, understanding and support of other women who share their ideas of healthy lifestyles, good food from their own gardens, green living and myriad activities on a moment’s notice. In 2010, 480,000 baby boom women lived with a least one unrelated female, according to an AARP analysis. The growing number of U.S. HomeShare programs, which help connect people interested in sharing a house, say their numbers have been steadily rising since the economy belly-flopped. Nelson notes that there are several reasons why women more than men

are gravitating to communal living as an alternative lifestyle. “Women typically live longer than men, and men are more likely to remarry quickly after a divorce or the death of a spouse,” she says. “And fundamentally I think it’s as much about the special bonds women share. We form these wonderful, supportive, ‘tell the truth’ friendships, which survive the demands of husbands, children and careers. Whether living alone or with a spouse or partner, women cling to their friendships. When a woman considers living alone as she ages, it’s a natural progression to seek the company of her best friends.” That’s what happened to Nelson, a former journalist and educator, whose long marriage ended in divorce when she was in her 50s. In regaining her balance as a single woman, she sought time alone to heal, then turned to her trusted friends as she stepped back into life. Her happiest moments came from long conversations over coffee, laughter over meals

and movies and, occasionally, indulgent tears she felt safe to shed. The movement for cohousing—where residents have private living spaces but share common areas and tasks such as cooking—started in Denmark and is catching on in the United States. Practical considerations of creating close living communities include health and safety, care in times of an accident or medical emergency, and saving money, Nelson says. But boomers are renowned for demanding more than creature comforts from life, she adds. “We want to be happy; we’re healthy, active and we want to enjoy ourselves as we age. We want to travel, go to a movie with a neighbor or housemate, cook a meal, share a garden, and feel that we are contributing to our communities. “What started with Rosie the Riveter has brought us to this,” says Nelson who is happily married again, but fascinated by the new movement of cohousing.

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ever-growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking as well as arts and recreational groups. Lifelong participation in social, creative and physical activities has proven many health benefits as we age. Older Americans also strengthen our communities by encouraging others to stay active. Young people who have significant relationships with a grandparent or elder report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals and life choices. We Salute our Older Americans this month and every month. Thanks for setting a great example for all of us.

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pring is in full bloom, and there is no better place to take it all in than a local garden. I decided to make a day trip to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens near downtown Sarasota, and found some wonderful surprises. The gardens—named after founder Marie Selby, who left them to Sarasota in 1971—house the world’s largest scientific collection of orchids and bromeliads. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the few botanical gardens in the country that specializes in ephiphytes—plants that grow non-parasitically on other plants, such as those you would find in a tropical canopy. This gives both visitors and scientists a chance to see and study plants that they might only find in the rainforests—some of which are vanishing in the wild. On a trip through one of their greenhouses, I saw a stunning array of orchids in hues of white, gold, pink and violet, and bromeliads with shoots of blood red and vibrant orange. The Selbys had a love of Asian decor as well, and along winding pathways there were meditating buddhas, a bonsai garden, bamboo groves and a tranquil pool teeming with iridescent koi. On the main lawn, towering banyans and fig trees with serpentine buttress roots made great places for kids to explore. I got a birds-eye view from a canopy boardwalk, then took a stroll through blooming cacti in a garden of succulents—plants that store water to survive in harsh, desert-like conditions. Florida plants are featured as well in a hibiscus

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Honor Guards Represent Military Well At a recent Senior Fun Fest, Honor Guard from American Legion Chapter 14, St. Petersburg, folded an antique 48-star American flag. It was presented to the oldest veteran present, 97-year-old Alexander E. Forbes, Army Air Corps (below). He piloted C-47s, mostly paratroop carriers in the European theater of war.



onor Guard units from numerous veterans groups across the country perform military funeral honors for fallen comrades. However, the groups provide “the colors” for many other ceremonial events. Veterans who join a group such as an American Legion all agree that providing funeral honors is an honor.” Mourners at these funerals often assume the military coordinates the ceremony, but in reality, the military is only required to send two active duty personnel to fold and present the flag. Other than that, the family or funeral home will request the presence of the Honor Guard. Joan Arcand was a Navy nurse during the Korean War. Today she serves as chaplain of Suncoast Chapter of the Korean War Veterans, Chapter 14, Pinellas Park. “We provide military funerals,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what war they served in, we will accept an assignment wherever a veteran has a service.” Her group is one of several in the area that provide this important service for veterans. “It’s a final thank you for their service. All veterans have stories to tell.” The honor guards represent those stories to the families. Chapter 14 has a dozen or more men Arcand can call upon to help her. “Providing Honor Guard service is something we’ve taken on as what

we want to do in our retirement. We don’t usually know the men we do funerals for personally, but we do know them in another way because we all served overseas, or in battle.” Arcand said she has prayers for various religious denominations which have been sanctioned for use. Three riflemen and someone to play Taps are with her as well. “I do a eulogy,” said Arcand, “and give a synopsis of their military life. Ministers who come take care of the vet’s soul; I take care of their military service. When I close, then we play Taps.” Arcand considers it “an honor to be serving people and doing this. I seldom have a difficult time getting people to serve with me at a funeral.” Besides participating in funerals, Chapter 14 also participates in other occasions when the “colors” require official presentation at ceremonies.

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he overuse of antibiotics is “slowly killing us,” said Shane Ellison, author of Overthe-Counter Natural Cures. “My daughter was three years old when she had her first emergency room visit. Suffering from high fever and chest pain, every muscle in her fragile body tensed for air. Her lungs were being attacked by pneumonia. The antibiotic penicillin saved her life,” said Ellison, who is known as “The People’s Chemist.” “Today, antibiotics are a luxury that previous generations didn’t have. But antibiotic overuse is slowly killing us. Igniting massive amounts of side effects, they’re also training bacteria how to evade our most potent medicines,” said Ellison. He notes that if current use of antibiotics continues, antibiotic resistance will soon yield all current medications useless according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And that means we have no more defenses against biological nasties—our longevity would go back to the Stone Age, where every infection was life threatening. Antibiotic medications should never be used as a first line of defense against common illness, according to the author. We need to start relying on our own immune system— innate and adaptive immunity.

Ellison said prescription antibiotics should not be used for: • Ear infection • Strep throat • Flu • Bee Stings • Common cold • Urinary tract infection • Preventive medicine during or after birth in hospital

Ellison said four of the safest antibiotics are: 1. Penicillin 2. Amoxicillin 3. Cephalexin 4. Erythromycin To further increase the safety profile of these medications, consume with purified water, milk thistle and probiotics, which help rebuild the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut that is destroyed by antibiotics. And never consume alcohol while taking meds.

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nization (WHO) recognize that Acupuncture is effective in treating several illnesses such as chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, digestive disorders, insomnia, menopause, asthma, and many more. Consider acupuncture for your healthcare. It is a safe, natural and effective treatment for you, the individual.

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These sound like simple wishes, but as she traveled through her clients’ despair, Bronnie was able to engage with the retroactive intentions of the departing to improve her own life, removing layers of personal doubt and sadness in order to live more freely and consciously choose happiness. Squaring off with death is a universal reality that touches us all. The book’s insights urge readers to live actively in the here and now. So, if today was your last day, would you be dying with any regrets? “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying,” by Bronnie Ware.

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ow often can you say at the tender age of 21. that you met a prisHomecoming meant the oner of war? I was lucky world to him as he was enough to sit with a man honored and given the who came back from what key to the city of Niles, he thought was his last IL. He was asked by the days and make a difference owner of National Super for future generations. POW Richard J. Rogala Market, “How can we Richard J. Rogala was help you?” He replied, born in Chicago in 1947. On Oct. 13, “I want to go to college.” He finished 1967, at age 20, he walked aboard the college and worked until his retireU.S.S. Pueblo. About three months after ment and relocation to Sarasota, FL. becoming one of the 83 crew members, Rogala is now filling his days the ship fell into North Korean hands helping veterans and working to get on Jan. 23, 1968. The crew, minus the U.S.S. Pueblo returned from North Korea to its rightful owners. He is one sailor, Dwayne Hodges (KIA, the Chairman for the Membership 1/23/1968), were all placed in prison Committee for the Sarasota County and tortured for the next 11 months. Just when hope started to fade, the Veterans Commission. His medals crew got the word that their freedom include: Ex-POW, Purple Heart, and was close. On Dec. 23, 1968 the crew Commendation, but Rogala is a true was released back into the care of hero in my eyes and we are very the United States. Rogala was given lucky to have him living among us. the choice to stay in the service or Thank you for your service. – Robert J. Harris, L.F.D., Owner/Veteran, Veterans regain his status as a civilian. He Funeral Service, (941) 377-1060. chose to come home and start his life Lifestyles After 50 • May 2012 • page 22


he baby boomer generation: 77,000,000 people are living even longer than their parents. Families live further apart than before due to job constraints and the housing markets. Preparing to keep our older generation safe is more important than ever. The latest published out of pocket costs for Long-Term Care for 2010-2011 have been released: • Skilled Nursing Facility Care: $83,585 annually • Assisted living Facility Care: $39,516 annually • Alzheimer’s/Memory Care Units: $85,045 annually • Home Health Care: $43,065+ annually The current economic troubles could not have come as a worse time for seniors. Many individuals who chose the “self-funding” approach to LongTerm Care future needs now realize that it is financially challenging. With a depressed real estate market and historically low CD and money market rates, the ability to self-insure has come under extreme pressure. If parents are in relatively good health, the time to consider LongTerm Care insurance is NOW. If it is unaffordable for your parents, family members are realizing that the premiums are far more affordable than the actual costs. Many families have come to me to work out an arrangement where the premiums are split between the children. This is a very doable solution.

There are many ways to accomplish this. There are plans that refund all premiums back to the beneficiaries if a person dies without using the LTC plan. There are shared plans—one policy to be shared by two people which helps with affordability. There are even plans for people who still own life insurance, who can “exchange” it for Long-Term Care benefits. The creative plans now available help to rectify the situation for those who failed to plan. And for the children, the baby boomers themselves, the time to create your own planning strategies is here. You will pay your premiums longer, however, your premiums, compared to those you might pay for parents, are drastically less. Begin the process while you are healthy to take advantage of the best possible rates. Planning ahead is smart and necessary to secure a happy, relaxed retirement. Shift the risk away from you and onto the insurance company. It makes good sense. For a free consultation about the various ways to accomplish this financial protection, please send me an email, visit my website, or pick up the phone and call me. Rosemarie Hurley, President of Senior Insurance Solutions, has been a LongTerm Care Insurance Specialist for over 18 years, brokers with only the finest insurance companies in the industry and is contracted with EVERY company offering a product. She is a Certified Senior Advisor and Past President of the local chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters. She is a member of the Bonita and the Estero Chambers, and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Estero. She can be reached at (239) 274-6678 or at her website:

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N-S stumble into 4♠ after a Stayman auction and West leads the ♣J. It looks like a simple enough hand, and so it is. Declarer loses two trumps and must avoid also losing two Heart tricks. How would you play the hand? You win the first trick with the ♣K and lead the ♠Q. East wins that, then cashes his second high Spade, and exits a Spade. You can cash some minor suit winners if you like but you already have all the information that you need to make the contract a virtual certainty. What was it which “did not happen”? That’s right, East did not open the bidding! He has already shown up with the ♠AK … and West’s lead of the ♣J denied the Queen. That gives East 9 HCP, so surely he cannot also hold the ♥K, that would be 12 HCP, and enough to open. So, you cash the ♥A and lead low towards the board. West is an expert and nonchalantly plays low, perhaps while stifling a yawn. But you are having none of that malarkey! You confidently call for the Queen and it’s 10 tricks for the good guys! Visit for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email To find a bridge club in Florida, go to district9acbl. org/D9Clubsmap.htm. Bridge article provided courtesy of St. Petersburg Bridge



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Dick Clark Remembered


ick Clark, the ever-youthful television host who, more than any other personality, brought rock ‘n roll into the life and times of American culture has died. He was 82. His American Bandstand went from a local Philadelphia show to a national phenomenon by being very simple. He once said, “I played records, the kids danced and America watched.” The show was on ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987.

Clark produced Our publication family and ultimately influencing integration. many game shows American Bandstand was a platform remembered Dick Clark: and was known for all artists like myself. Also special Senior events entertainer Ken for the year-end to me is the fact he was from PennsylBrady, of the original Casinos countdown from vania, like myself. He will be missed.” group, singer of “Then You Can Times Square. For a Tell Me Goodbye”: “He was Vicki Willis of Tampa was a teenager time in the 1980s, the the icon of music for everyone. in the ‘60s and says, “Every Saturday talk and game show Everyone who was anyone was I would hurry to finish my chores icon had shows on on his show. He was kind and and run to my girlfriend’s house to Ken Brady all three networks. gentle. There is no way anyone watch American Bandstand. It was As an iconic leader will ever come close to him. I always fun to see the newest styles in integration issues, he give black watched him every day. I watched and dances.” artists their due by playing original the dancers do ‘the Stroll’ for R&B recordings instead of cover From local singer James the first time on his show.” versions by white performers. Marvel: It was 1969 and I Clark endeared himself to fans across was with the band Mercy. Richie Merritt, formerly the country in 2004 Dick Clark had me on the with the Marcels and when he continued phone as his audience on a regular entertainer at performing even after American Bandstand was our events, said, “I am he suffered a stroke rating our song ‘Love so sorry to hear of Dick that affected his abilCan Make You Happy.’ Clark’s passing. He was James Marvel ity to speak and walk. Dick Clark said, ‘the an American Institution. with the band Yes, “the world’s kids love your song!’ The Dick was there before “Mercy,” late ‘60s oldest teenager” rest was history. Mercy there was a Motown. has died. He will went on to make the Top 10, second He was a visionary and a major Ritchie Merritt be missed. only to The Beatles’ ‘Get Back.’” force in changing pop culture

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much of the play taking place during the civil rights movement, it examines changes in society through the lens of two characters who, despite their differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other. The New York Daily News called the original production “a total delight.” Driving Miss Daisy won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. Showtime at Venice Theatre is 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 – $15 for students, $24 – $27 for adults, and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (941) 488-1115. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Driving Miss Daisy is generously sponsored by Jim and Julie Podewitz, and is directed by Executive /Artistic Director Murray Chase.

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The Players Summer Sizzler Season includes something for everyone starting with a nostalgic tribute to the best music hink that great theatre has to of the ‘50s in Tafettas followed by an end in the summer time? Think explorer drama about an expedition to again! The Players Theatre offers the South Pole in Terra Nova. The sumyear-round programming with a mer continues with an English comedy Summer Sizzler Series that is amazthat exaggerates and entertains in Lettice ingly flexible and affordable. For & Loveage and finally it ends with last only $45 a Summer Subscriber gets year’s New Play Festival Winner Stay, to see four shows and enjoy $30 in a locally written play about a woman gift certificates to Caragiulos Italian who convinces her husband he is blind Restaurant in downtown Sarasota! in an attempt to keep him from leaving. Did you know that The Players is For tickets or subscriptions, please Sarasota’s oldest arts venue and second contact The Players Box Office at oldest in the state of Florida? That (941) 365-2494, or single tickets doesn’t mean it doesn’t have new things can be purchased online at their going on though! This summer’s lineup website: BY MICHELLE RINACA


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The Hudson River Valley: “A Rich and Pleasant Land” BY JANICE DOYLE

The Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park


ore than 400 years ago, Henry Hudson said of the Hudson River Valley, “Nowhere have I ever beheld such a rich and pleasant land.” That remains a fitting description and tribute today. Remember Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman? How about Rip Van Winkle? These three Hudson River Valley literary characters were from the first literature defined as American. In fact, the first purely American art style began here as well—the Hudson River school of art.

Travel History is at every turn along the Hudson River, and the area has remained vital with a major presence by a variety of research/development, high tech and manufacturing firms. Just 90 minutes from New York City, Dutchess County, with Poughkeepsie at its center, my husband and I settled in for a few days to explore. Seven ‘don’t miss’ things to experience in Dutchess County:

Springwood, FDR’s family home

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt homes and presidential library in Hyde Park: The family home (Springwood), Eleanor’s cottage (Val-Kil) and the FDR Presidential Library make history come alive through excellent displays and stories by the docents. There are impressive Depression and WWII exhibits. My three favorite parts of the FDR complex included sections about FDR’s privileged childhood, his battles with the crippling effects of polio and the section telling the story of Eleanor Roosevelt as “first lady of the world” following WWII. Lifestyles After 50 • May 2012 • page 30

The Vanderbilt mansion: Next door to the FDR complex, you see “how the other half lived.” Tour the mansion, hear the stories, see the Roman statues and the rose garden; then find a place to sit and enjoy the view over the Hudson River to feel the elegance of a bygone era. Vassar College campus—You can get your exercise with a walk around campus to enjoy the trees and architecture; then tour the free world class Francis Loebman Art Gallery, one of the best small galleries in America. Vassar’s original 1861 charter included having an art museum, so the collection begins with early American works and continues with impressive additions from around the world. This is a good place to see paintings by Hudson River school painters such as Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Also take advantage of the college’s Powerhouse Theater for top-notch stage works. Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park

Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park with a breathtaking hilltop view of the Hudson River. The grounds are beautiful; student-led tours take you past windows to watch classes in action as students of all ages master baking and blending. Dining here is very popular. Reservations are recommended at the restaurants, including Caterina de Medici, American Bounty and Escoffier. The Hudson River school of art was a mid-19th century art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters. Its earliest landscapes depicted the Hudson River, the Catskill and the Adirondack Mountains using light in new ways. The movement flourished for 40 years, until the mid-1870s. Many of the artists’ homes and studios are open to visitors. The Walkway Over the Hudson is an old wooden railroad bridge across the Hudson rebuilt into a popular walkway. Spectacular views 212 feet above the Hudson await walkers, bikers, skateboarders and joggers from 7 a.m. until sunset, with

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Recipe Reduce belly fat. A recent study found that beans’ soluble fiber chases away deep-down, visceral belly fat—the toxin-filled kind that threatens your vital organs. Lower blood sugar. Beans are low on the glycemic index, which means they’re digested slowly, so they stabilize your blood sugar. Translation: Beans reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Black Bean and Salmon Tostados 8 6-inch corn tortillas Canola oil cooking spray 1 6- to 7-ounce can boneless, skinless wild Alaskan salmon, drained 1 avocado, diced 2 tbsp. minced pickled jalapeños, plus 2 tablespoons pickling juice from the jar, divided 2 c. coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed 3 tbsp. reduced-fat sour cream 2 tbsp. prepared salsa 2 scallions, chopped Lime wedges (optional) Position racks in upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 375°F. Coat tortillas on both sides with cooking spray. Place on two baking sheets. Bake, turning once, until light brown, 12 to 14 minutes.

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Combine salmon, avocado and jalapeños in a bowl. Combine cabbage, cilantro and the pickling juice in another bowl. Process black beans, sour cream, salsa and scallions in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a microwavesafe bowl. Cover and microwave on High until hot, about 2 minutes. To assemble tostadas, spread each tortilla with some bean mixture and some salmon mixture and top with the cabbage salad. Serve with lime wedges, if desired. Recipe from Eating

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