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Vol. 24 • November 2013

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Branson Celebrates Veterans Feeling the Squeeze Holiday Fun at the Beau Rivage Potatoes With A Twist

President John F. Kennedy: Death in the Time of Innocence Dear Readers,


ost everywhere you turn this month, there will be reminders of that day 50 years ago when our innocence as a country was shat- Janice Doyle, Editor tered, the day our 35th president was assassinated. John F. Kennedy’s 1000-day presidency ended in a few dramatic moments on a street in Dallas. The Kennedy era was a transformative time for our country. We went from the staid, war-hero presidency of Eisenhower to the leadership of someone who lived a lifestyle known to only a narrow segment of our society at the time. The Kennedys played tennis, they sailed and they had houses in several parts of the country. Now, in 2013, many people live that way, but in 1960, not many did. Remembering that November period of time, it is as if the life drained out of our country for a few days. This month you will undoubtedly share your own memories with others. Walter Cronkite Dallas, Texas, Friday, November 22, 1963. Time was about to stand still. CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite— later voted “the most trusted man in America”—had the compelling duty to report the shootings of President Kennedy and Texas Governor John

Connolly. Shortly afterward, Cronkite removed his glasses and tearfully announced simply that President Kennedy had died at 1 pm Central Standard Time. Today, 50 years later, those of us “of a certain age” remember vividly where we were and what we were doing when we learned the news. Jim Patterson, CEO of this magazine’s publishing company, says, “To this day we remain fascinated by Kennedy’s life and legacy, intrigued by the circumstances of his death, enchanted by the associated imagery of Camelot and changed forever by all of it.” For many, the news came via a school’s crackling intercom system. Patterson says, “Lucy Bigham bolted from the chair in front of me and ran from the room in tears. Mr. Bunch sat behind his desk at the front of the room, his face buried in both hands, sobbing.” Patterson would see his own father weep that night as well. It was also a new time of tragedy for our country because we watched events unfold in the living room on television. Nancy Kuehne, our magazine’s sales and marketing representative in Lee County, says, “The small, two-room school I went to did not have a TV, so a parent invited all 15 students from grades five through eight to come to their house

to watch. I remember feeling as if I were right there in the crowd watching from the streets.” Nancy added something else we all remember— how quiet everyone was. Yes, it was a new era and it changed us all. Patterson was in 9th grade that day Mr. Bunch sat at his desk and sobbed. Three summers later, Patterson was in Washington serving as a Congressional page in the House of Representatives. He says, “I associated all of the sights of Washington with those I had seen on television that November weekend of 1963. I toured the White House and tried to imagine President Kennedy’s and Jackie’s presence in every room. I visited the Senate chamber and sat in the seat that was his when he served as the senator from Massachusetts and which was now filled by his brother Edward (Ted) Kennedy. I went to Arlington Cemetery and stood before the eternal flame and played back the images of Jackie, Bobby and Teddy lighting that flame on the day of the funeral.” And so this month, through the death of a president 50 years ago, we are bonded together by our shared memories. It seems so very recently—and yet so long ago—that we were so innocent we never thought it could happen.

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Lecture, “The JFK Assassination after 50 Years” with author and retired history professor Robert Dinkin. 10:30 am at Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. 941-861-1100.


aturdays Adult Dance Club of Sarasota/Manatee Dance Party. 7:30 – 10:30 pm at the YMCA, 1075 Euclid Ave., Sarasota. All welcome. Live band and DJ, free snacks and optional free dance lesson from 6:40 – 7:10 pm. $10. 941-756-8303. undays at the American legion Post 24. Breakfast from 8 am to 11:30 pm, afternoon dance from 2 – 5 pm with live music. 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. 941-794-3489.

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Random Acts of Giving Marathon (26.2, 13.1 and 9K). Proceeds benefit local charities. 7 am to 2 pm at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Ln., Sarasota. Info/register: 941-600-7135.


The Greatest Volunteer Fair on Earth. Volunteer opportunities in special events, fundraising, mentoring, restoration, animal care, office work and more. Entertainment by Sailor Circus students. 10 am to 1 pm at Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. Free. 941-953-5965.


Horticultural Therapy: Connecting People and Plants. Learn how to improve your body, mind and spirit by adding nature to your life. 6:30 to 7:30 pm at North Port Library. Register: 941-861-9807.

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Sarasota Bus Tour to Selby Gallery at Ringling College and Selby Gardens. 7 am to 8 pm. Leaves from Englewood Art Center, 350 S. McCall Rd., Englewood. Details at 941-474-5548. Simple Living Workshop. Learn how to declutter your rooms and closets as well as your mind. 2 to 3:30 pm at Gulf Gate Library, 8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-861-1230.

Haute for the Holidays. Lunch and fashion show to benefit Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, with clothing by Chico’s St. Armand. 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts. $59. 941-487-5518.

American Czech and Slovak Club of SW Florida meeting. For all interested in Czech and Slovak heritage in America. 1 pm at The Family Table Restaurant, 14132 Tamiami Trl., North Port. 941-833-4740.

2nd Annual Flight Source Fall Extravaganza. Music, fashion show, Food Truck Cook-Off, tastings and more. Adm: $35. One raffle ticket per donated nonperishable to All Faiths Food Bank. 4 to 7 pm at Flight Source International, 1244 Clyde Jones Rd., Sarasota. 239-410-8261.


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id you know that colon cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer? When detected early, as many as 95 percent of colorectal cancers can be cured. Thanks to advances in treatment, even those with advanced stages have a better chance of survival than ever before. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. It is important to know the risk factors that contribute to colon cancer. People who live in Westernized societies are at a higher risk for colorectal cancers because of their diets. Some studies have shown that diets high in red meat or processed meats or low in fruits, vegetables, calcium or fiber increase colon cancer risk. Age is a factor. More than 90 percent of men and women diagnosed with colorectal cancer are age 50 and older. Another factor is a personal history of polyps in the colon or colorectal cancer. A family history with a parent, sibling

or child with colorectal cancer Blake Medical Center more than doubles the risk. It is even higher if the relative developed cancer at an early age or if more than one relative has had colorectal cancer. A history of bowel disease is considered a risk as is race and ethnicity. Lifestyle factors including smoking, obesity and lack of exercise can put a person at risk. Eliminating these risk factors may even lower the risk of recurrence. Regular screening for colon cancer is recommended to begin at cancer over the course of several age 50 for people with average risk. years. Regular screening can detect African-Americans are at a higher polyps before they turn into cancer risk for colon cancer and screening when they can be easily removed, beginning at age 45 is recommended. or identify cancer at an early stage In a procedure called a colonoscopy, when it is most easily cured. a physician uses a flexible lighted Final diagnosis and cancer stage may tube to examine the interior walls of not be known until after surgery. Durthe colon and rectum. Most colorectal ing the surgery, the surgeon removes cancer begins as an abnormal growth not just the tumor itself, but also tissue called a polyp. Not all polyps become around the tumor and lymph nodes in cancer. Some polyps develop into the area where the tumor was found.

A pathologist will examine the tissue to determine the stage of the cancer. Depending on the stage and treatment goals, surgery may be used in conjunction with other colon cancer treatments, such as advanced chemotherapy and targeted therapies. It is important that physician members of the cancer care team are multi-disciplinary and board certified in their specialty. Blake Medical Center is a designated, comprehensive cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. When combined with the extensive cancer support network right here in this community, patients can receive the care they need, close to family and friends. Talk to your physician about your risks for colon cancer. Visit BlakeMedical for listings of free upcoming health events.

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NBranson Celebrates VeteransN Every Day, Especially in November BY FRED WRIGHT


here are so many U.S. veterans traveling to reunions in Branson, Mo., each year, you almost expect the town of 10,000 to be painted olive drab or battleship gray. To the contrary, Branson has retained much of its Ozark Mountain charm despite an eclectic mix of architecture and building styles. Its geographic location puts the town and its multitude of theaters within driving distance of half the nation’s population. It has an estimated 63,000 theater seats, more than Broadway. And as a perennial destination for an average of 600 military reunions big and small every year, Branson celebrates the flag just about everywhere you look.

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Each year, the school sends dozens of its honor students to overseas battlefields where they learn firsthand the military history of the U.S. While there’s an emphasis on World War II battlefields, other venues, including Korea, are also on the agenda.


“Approximately 30 years ago, we had our first ‘Welcome Home’ celebration aimed at Vietnam veterans,” explains Lynn Berry, director of communications for the Branson/ Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “That weekend, we The Veterans Day Parade had over 100,000 people here. It established a real camaraderie For example, just about every live and love for hosting veterans.” Each trip includes veterans from the show in town—as many as a hundred During the Veterans Homecoming four Ozarks states—Missouri, Oklain peak seasons—has a Salute the celebration, “Wartime Romance” is homa, Kansas and Arkansas. For the Troops feature. It may be a medley of staged at the Baldnobbers Theater. It’s past four years, 50 veterans have made patriotic songs, a display of flags or the trip as well, with all expenses paid. an intermission tribute. Often, military the story of a U.S. Marine Corps dive Sometimes, there are patriotic surprises members and veterans in the audience bomber pilot in World War II who finds “strength, hope and inspiration” from to be found in Branson. For example, are urged to stand up according to the 472–room Radisson Branson branch served or war fought. Then there the love letters he writes and receives from his girlfriend back in Kansas. doesn’t announce its commitment to the is always a rousing round of applause. Branson’s 80th annual Veterans Day military. Guests who happen to wander Parade will march through the historic down to the hotel’s bar will suddenly downtown, stepping off at the 11th hour see row after row of military servicemen of the 11th day of the 11th month—Nov. and women. The photo faces, many 11 at 11 am—in honor of when the brown with age, stare back—more World War I armistice was signed. than 1,700 of them. Here and there, The parade is one of the culminating there’s a shadow box or a storyboard events for the week-long celebration with information about an historical and one of the largest events of National event from World War II—a bit of Veterans Week in the U.S., drawing history about underage Americans who tens of thousands of veterans, active volunteered for service in World War As you might expect, Veterans military personnel and their families. II, some as young as 12, or the tragic Day, Nov. 11, gets a very special This patriotic spirit and fervor perme- story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the ship celebration each and every year and ates Branson year-round. Nearby sits that carried the Hiroshima atomic bomb there are patriotic events for days and the College of the Ozarks, a private and then was sunk just days before even weeks leading up to the national the war’s end with great loss of life. holiday. Nov. 11 is also Remembrance Christian liberal arts college with a thousand-acre campus. Students learn The collection “just happened,” Day (also known as Poppy Day and employable skills while they earn a de- explains Sarah Green-Hord, the Armistice Day) for Canadians. gree, pay no tuition and graduate with hotel’s military sales manager. A In Branson, Veterans Homecoming no debt. Locals call it “Hard Work U.” collection of photos was given space runs Nov. 5 – 11.



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on the hotel’s walls. Veterans attending reunions at the hotel began asking if their photos could also be posted. And in 2003, when the Medal of Honor Society chose the Radisson as the site for its reunion, the hotel created a Medal of Honor Room, a small but proud display of photos of Medal of Honor recipients. While not all medal winners are represented, selections include Mary E. Walker, the only female recipient, and Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in World War II who went on to become a movie star. There’s limited space left, however, with room for perhaps another 200 photos along the corridors, perhaps a few more Medal of Honor winners in the small side room. Where will photos go after that? Green-Hord says comfortably, “It’s ever evolving.”

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Some Important Reunion Dates Upcoming in Branson This Year: • Veterans Homecoming Week, Nov. 5 – 11 • Veterans Spouses Luncheon, Nov. 6 • Persian Gulf War Mini Reunion, Nov. 7 • Women’s Veterans Mini Reunion, Nov. 8 • Korean War Veterans Mini Reunion, Nov. 9 • Walmart Tribute to Veterans, Nov. 9 • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7 For more information about Branson, call 417-334-4084 or go to

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Artist Creates Veterans Portrait Project to Keep Memories Alive BY TRACIE SCHMIDT


f you’ve seen the faces of service men and women from bygone wars in detailed portraits at Iberiabanks on Marco Island and the Naples Backyard History Museum, you’ve seen the work of artist Malenda Trick. It’s all part of the Veterans Portrait Project, a series of paintings inspired by her love of war history and a trip to France in 2001, where she witnessed veterans celebrating the anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, VE Day. The armed forces are a large part of her family history, as well. Her daughter Jenny is an army veteran and her son-in-law Nick is a veteran of both the navy (a Seal medical corpsman) and the army. Her husband’s favorite uncle, Tom Howard, was a WWII veteran who entered battle on the third day of the D-Day invasion; he hit Omaha Beach. Trick decided to honor these men and women in the best way she knew how: by painting. She created a series

“Since I’ve painted the original 20 paintings I’ve already lost three veterans; it’s a way to keep their memories alive,” she said. “Look at the faces of the portraits. It was all encapsulated by one man’s remark, ‘Can you believe they left the fate of the world in the hands of a bunch of 18 year Malenda Trick olds?’” she commented. “The of twenty portraits valor of these people! One of of local combat them quit college to enlist and Veteran Nick Hale veterans who had jumped out of an airplane in given back in some the dark to blow up a bridge. way to their community. Veterans and One nurse, only 98 pounds, was their families supplied wartime photos picking men up off the battlefield on to Trick, who then masterfully rendered D-Day. These people are dynamic.” them in oil on canvas as they appeared She includes short autobiographies when they served in their youth, down with each piece so she can share to the last wrinkle in their uniforms. their stories with others. “I want “They look as if they could step out of viewers to feel the honor that I feel.” the portrait,” a patron commented to her It took her only 46 days to paint those at one of her art shows. Indeed, preserv- twenty portraits. Trick is a self-taught ing the images of these brave soldiers is artist who has been painting for over 40 why this project is so important to Trick. years. At a very young age, she sold her

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first piece of art to noted ceramicist Howard Kron, who gave her a nickel and this sage advice: never give away your art. But that never stopped her from giving back to her community. She gifted the original twenty portraits, which are estimated to be worth $2,000 each, to the veterans. She’s also involved with the Longboat Key rotary and donates large scale paintings to auction for charity. Since the success of her first twenty paintings, Trick has decided to continue the Veterans Portrait Project, taking commissions and exhibiting her work. The reaction at a portrait unveiling is not something to be missed. “We have the families stand in front of the paintings and we open it up for them; it’s very moving,” she said. You can see her work firsthand at the Legacy of Valor event at Senior Friendship Centers, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota on Nov. 11 at 1 pm. For more info about the event, call 941-955-2122. To learn more about Malenda Trick, visit


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Baby Boomers Bail from Divorce: Marriages at Alarming Rates



he term “gray divorce” describes the growing trend of couples in their 50s and older choosing to end their marriages by divorce. This phenomenon came into the public eye in 2004 when the AARP conducted a study called “The Divorce Experience: A Study of Divorce at Midlife and Beyond.” Since then, a number of high profile “gray divorces” have been played out in the media, including Al and Tipper Gore, who chose to split at the ages of 62 and 61, respectively, after four decades of marriage. Actors and executives alike, including Danny DeVito, Morgan Freeman, Sumner Redstone and Jack Welch, have all sought divorces in their 60s and 70s. However, these gray divorces are not limited to the rich and famous. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) recently conducted an online poll of 1,600 divorce lawyers, and 61 percent reported that they have seen an increase in the number of divorces among people over age 50. This number is supported by research done by Susan L. Brown of the Department of Sociology

and National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University. Brown found that the divorce rate among adults ages 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010. She further found that roughly one in four divorces in 2010 occurred to people ages 50 and older.

The divorce rate among adults ages 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010s. There are a variety of reasons why the divorce rate of Americans over the age of 50 is growing. Some attribute the trend to longer life spans and more people reaching the age of retirement. Others point to women’s increasing financial independence. Couples often choose to wait until their children have left home to separate. In addition, it is now easier to get a divorce and there is a greater social acceptance of divorce. It may be the culture and ideology of the baby boomers that has caused the increase in gray divorces. As a generation, baby boomers have constantly challenged and reframed traditional values. They epitomize the practice of self-examination, individual growth,

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reflection and self actualization. Baby boomers, according to Brown, entered marriages with expectations emphasizing satisfaction of personal needs. If those needs are not met, divorce may be an avenue to achieve life’s dreams. Whatever the reason, the gray divorce phenomenon appears to be a reality for older Americans. As these divorces usually follow lengthy marriages, there are a number of issues that can be especially contentious. The AAML survey found that alimony, business interests, retirement accounts and pensions were the most commonly fought over issues (in descending order) for couples divorcing after age 50. Along with memories and experiences, long marriages accumulate things. This means more assets, more deeply intertwined accounts and more liabilities to be divided when the marriage dissolves. If you are part of this group thinking about divorce past age 50, consider the following:

marital finances. Know what your family’s wealth and debt are. If your spouse has typically handled bills, learn how much things cost. Get records and make copies of them! This includes credit reports, bills, mortgage statements, investment documents, bank accounts and any other financial records. Be open to settlement. Mediation can be a great way to resolve any issues with your spouse, but only if you have completed the items above. Generally, having a stranger—such as a judge—determine one’s financial future is not a good plan. Trying to work it out between the people who know the relationship best, i.e. you and your spouse, is almost always preferable to going to court. However, get the input of a lawyer before any settlement is final.

Be prepared for change.

Depending on the length of your marriage, you have most likely become accustomed to a certain routine and lifestyle that will invariably change. Money may be tighter than it was during the marriage, as it is more expensive to run two households. Women may find themselves returning to the work force after many years at home. Additionally, keeping the marital home may be more of a burden than a blessing. Although change is hard, it does not Get help from an expert. The mean that there is not life after gray didivorce process is complicated, and vorce. Of those interviewed by AARP’s you should not navigate it alone. Arm 2004 study, 76 percent of divorcees yourself with experts who will have felt they made the right decision in your best interest in mind. Choose choosing to dissolve the marriage. individuals you can trust and who will Authors Robert D. Boyd and Jeanette provide you with legal advice, finanLinville are with Boyd Collar Nolen & cial expertise and emotional support. Tuggle LLC in Atlanta. Attorneys at the Get educated about your finances. firm counsel clients on a number of matMost divorce cases, especially gray ters related to divorce. Boyd and Linville divorces with more significant assets, may be reached at (770) 953-4300 or are dominated by financial determinaby email at or tions. You must be educated about your, respectively.

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in a balanced and diversified portfolio. That is enough! I have seen this work well with hat’s your number? It seems that $200,000, $2,000,000 or $20,000,000 we all have a number in mind, homes. Let’s use a $2,000,000 whether realistic or not, that if we get paid-for home as an example. The there, our financial future would be cost for a debt free home is about two secure and we could retire without worry. percent per year, so this home might For many, this “number” keeps growing still cost $40,000 per year to occupy and forever seems out of reach. For some including taxes, insurance, utilities this number is “a little bit more,” even and maintenance. Furthermore, the though they have long passed their reaverage household spends about 8 quirements for a comfortable retirement. to 12 percent of their home’s value a year in lifestyle and tax obligations. You may be living above or below your neighbor’s average lifestyle, I have a formula that creates a but if you had income of 10 to realistic target: 15 percent of your home’s value If you have a mortgage-free residence every year, it would be sufficient. that reflects your lifestyle, and you That’s where your savings comes in. have similar spending and vacation Yes, you will have future inflation, but expenses as your neighbors… it will not greatly affect your housing You will need two to three times expenses and you have a substantial the value of your paid off home principal balance to use as well.


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The Sandwich Generation: Boomers Feel the Squeeze BY DR. ALICE JACOBS VESTERGAARD, Ashford University


ealities of being in the Sandwich Generation create anxiety, stress and depression—more so than in any previous generations. A mere mention of the term conjures an image of people being squished into little flat pieces by overwhelming pressures squeezing the life energy out of some poor baby boomer’s soul. The Sandwich Generation is the 79 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 alive today. They make up more than a quarter of the U.S. population. This same group has anywhere from one to three other generational groups depending upon them for financial, emotional and/or caregiving support. Other generational

members may consist of the boomer’s parents, children and grandchildren. That’s a lot of pressure, and the lives of many baby boomers are more like pressure cookers than sandwiches. Responsibility overload is taking a toll on the generation that came of age during a time of prosperity, hope and the Mickey Mouse Club. Large portions of the boomer cohort are angry and bitter, struggling to exist. They’re not the “happy campers” they thought they would be at this stage in their lives. Some say they are “Prozac poppers” due to the amount of antidepressants now ingested by this group. Statistics of alcohol, drug addiction and suicide are alarming. According to the National Institutes of Health, between 2002 and 2011, the number of illicit drug users ages 50 to 59 tripled. Many have watched their retirement funding dwindle and are forced to remain in the workforce longer than anticipated while many boomers

were laid off from jobs prematurely. Foreclosures on dream homes, taking in kids and grandkids, giving up their empty-nester lifestyles for more mouths to feed have all taken their toll.

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ou use sunscreen at the beach, right? Just using sunscreen alone isn’t enough. You also need to know the moles on your body. But when is a mole just a mole, and when is it a sign of something worse? Dermatologists say it is never too late to start being skin-aware. Most moles and skin markings are non-cancerous, but the moles that are of greater medical concern first appear in adulthood and look different than other existing moles. Moles that bleed, ooze, itch, appear scaly or become tender or painful should be checked by a dermatologist immediately. What to Look For Examine your skin with a full-length mirror. Pay close attention to areas of your skin that are often exposed to the sun, such as the hands, arms, chest and head.

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November: National Family Caregiving Month


his year, 42 million women (ages 40 – 60) are family caregivers faced with the challenge of providing care to their loved ones each and every day. In addition, 30 to 40 percent of the caregivers of older and disabled family members are men. AARP’s Caregiver Assistance campaign says common stresses of caregivers include: • Frustration with the unpredictability of caregiving. Caregiving responsibilities can creep up on caregivers or arrive suddenly with the hospitalization of a loved one, and the hours spent can snowball to equal the hours of a part time job. Unexpected twists and turns leave caregivers figuring things out as they go and feeling like they aren’t doing the job well enough. Despite the fact that there are many caregivers in

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After Loss: Coping with Sentimental Attachments BY GARY JOSEPH LEBLANC


n unbreakable bond is forged during the years spent caring for a loved one who is seriously ill. Sadly, things will finally come to an end. That’s life. And death. Ultimately the time will come when you must sit yourself down in what was once a familiar house that now feels as if someone or something literally sucked the life right out of it. If your loved one had hospice care involved, weren’t you shocked by how quickly they removed their equipment? I sure was! The very next morning after my dad’s passing, a large hospice truck arrived, two large men got out and, in no time, loaded up whatever equipment was theirs. Then silence! It was eerie the way the spot where his bed once sat seemed to permeate emptiness throughout the whole house. The first thing I did once reality set in was to start working on the

interior of my house. Changes that I had been wanting to make for years were now possible. Before, my hands had been tied as I knew that change would upset my father’s routine. Not only did I feel the house become a home again, I found all of this activity and change to be very therapeutic. Happily, working on the house occupied my mind and left me with the feeling I had accomplished something.

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had nothing to do with the fact that my father had died in that room. I never experienced any ill or odd feeling because of that. In fact, I found it to be the complete opposite! I was grateful that my father got to spend his last living days in the comfort of his familiar surroundings. The truth is that I had suddenly developed a sentimental attachment to his belongings. I’m not a hoarder, but I had an urge not to throw anything of his away. If you are left with a whole second house full of possessions, you may want to consider having a professional liquidator come in and help you. The trick is finding a reputable one. Spend the extra time to

thoroughly go through their references. If you find yourself being overcome with depression from being surrounded by the memories, it definitely may be healthier to have someone with you and not go about this project alone. Going through your loved one’s belongings is a difficult task. Try to stay strong. You know what your loved one would wish for you to do. Gary Joseph LeBlanc, is author of the books “Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness” and Managing “Alzheimer’s & Dementia Behavior,” and co-author of “While I Still Can.” LeBlanc is also the founder of the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Project.

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– 10 Sarasota Orchestra presents Dawning of a New Season with music by Eller, Rachmaninoff and Dvorak. Friday and Sat. at 8 pm, Sun. at 2:30. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. 941-953-3434.


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Monthly magazine for adults 50 and older