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INSIDE THIS ISSUE u Florida Cancer Specialists Celebrates 30 Years u Romantic Movie Night u Heart Attack To Do List


Sailing For Absolutely Everyone BY ANNE MCKAY GARRIS

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n a breezy day, Clearwater Bay, as seen from the Clearwater Pass Bridge, is a charming sight, liberally sprinkled with sailboats— big ones, medium-sized, child-sized. And just beyond the bridge on Sand Key island is the source of all that delight, the Clearwater Community Sailing Center. Everyone even remotely interested in sailing, or for that matter, stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing, can quickly become waterborne at the Center. Contrary to what some people think, This is not a private, members only club. It’s for the community and one-day rates get you in a boat, with an instructor, if you wish. Even memberships are only $350 a year, providing opportunities to race, participate in all the activities and become friends with other sailing enthusiasts.

Geared to provide sailing for everyone, there is the Sailability Program with special boats equipped to put even the most challenged person at the tiller. Or, as one director stated, “If you can do no more than blow in a straw, we can have you out sailing.” Many events for the “Wounded Warrior” The Clearwater Community Sailing Center program for veterans have It spread throughout United States demonstrated the truth of this boast. sailing communities after Rich White Then there’s the summer and vacation of the Center pioneered a sailing sailing camps where children as young program that improved the adaptabilas seven begin their sailing careers in ity of one youngster on the spectrum. the Opti Pram classes. Many go on Located on wide waters a short walk to become effective competitors on from a beautiful beach, near quality the Clearwater award winning teams, hotels, the Clearwater Community competing throughout the U.S. and Sailing Center is a popular spot for the world. Several Clearwater Sailing sailing and canoeing competitions. Center youngsters have advanced In November of 2013 they hosted the to international competitions. local Carlisle Classic with 114 boats Last year, Camp Awesome, a program registered including Optis, Windmills, for children with autism, began at the Lasers, 420s and even Windsurfers. Clearwater Community Sailing Center.

Among other recent activities at the Center were the Junior Olympic Entry Level Regatta and the Never Say Never Pirate’s Camp where, on one unforgettable weekend, amputee youth advanced from swabs to swashbucklers to first mates to “Never Say Never Pirates.” Still ahead for the Center is the excitement of hosting the 2016 World Championships of the 49er and 49erFX class, featuring the top international competitors. It will be the last event for this fleet before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The City of Clearwater will co-host the event. From international sailing champions to boys and girls enjoying a healthy hobby, and everyone in-between, the Clearwater Community Sailing Center offers it all with a cheerful bonhomie and welcome to all. The phone number is 727-517-7776.

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Valentine’s Day: He Said…; She Says… Celebrate the Other Person! Dear Readers,

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allmark, red hearts, roses, dinner reservations, love, romance and $1.6 billion worth of candy— Janice Doyle, Valentine’s Day. Editor “Everybody loves somebody…” Well, maybe so, but by this age, we know that Valentine’s Day is not always a huge success. It’s not always filled with romance, chocolate and eating dinner out. What to think? What to do? It’s a modern dilemma. Most men have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. Women, being hardwired to desire romance, want to know they’re special to someone. And if a woman is alone, it can be a fairly brutal and lonely day. David and I married four years ago, each of us the survivor in a marriage which had ended in a spouse’s death. We recently reminisced about our long histories with Valentine’s Day, starting with those decorated elementary school boxes stuffed with dime store Valentines.

He said…

David said, “We’ve been bombarded with a high level of expectation. I’m like a lot of guys and the whole thing doesn’t have traction for me. I gave Linda a card and helped the kids pick out a card and a gift for her. Nothing more.”

Translation: He’s lost in this new commercialized Valentine’s Day. Further translation: He makes notes to himself to remember to splurge on me for that day.

I say…

There was one Valentine’s Day when I opened my husband Tom’s gift of a small box of chocolates and found the candy wrappers all askew. He had showed it to our three young sons the night before, fallen prey to their begging and had let them each eat a piece of the candy. When I opened it, there were three sets of eyes waiting for permission to choose from the remaining candy and one very “Sorry ‘bout that” set of eyes begging my forgiveness. The next year he brought in a card—a very plain and unromantic card—and he’d put some cash in it with the message: “Go buy yourself a new dress next week. You know I don’t know how to shop for you.” Translation: He had good intentions but… Further translation: He’d forgotten the first Valentine he gave me. It was a silly little card, but he had written a long, personal love poem to go with it. And that was all I needed again!

He said…

“That was today?” Yes, Tom actually did that once. He forgot

the holiday. We laughed about it, and he promised to make up for it by taking me to a newly released romantic comedy—some day. Translation: Valentine’s Day isn’t about following a script. If a man is giving his best in a relationship or marriage, he doesn’t lose anything if he fails to conform to the hordes of those who follow the Hallmark script. Further translation: Most women will take the real romance of love and attention in the daily routine of life and can even absorb forgotten holidays.

I say…

Now, let’s get serious and talk about expectations for Valentine’s Day. Translation: It’s a woman’s holiday and women like to be doted on, to be celebrated. Further translation: The fact is, everyone wants to be celebrated, even for just a few minutes! Make February a month for celebrating others. Write a note to someone who needs to be doted on, male or female. Take someone a flower. Or chocolate. Or yourself. And if love and romance factor in, so much the better!

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Guitar masters Franky Vignola and Vinny Raniolo perform. 8 pm at the Largo Cultural Center. Tickets at LargoArts.com or 727-587-6793.

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Warhol Yourself: Self-Portrait Workshop. Your photos will be taken, printed out in black and white and then you color or paint them. Each portrait takes one hour to create. 3 pm at Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg. Price: $15 per portrait. 727-822-7872, ext. 2110.

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and 9 2Cool Art Show. 38 juried artists will show and sell their work at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. 10 am to 5 pm. Free parking/admission. Info: www. pavaartists.org or 727-916-0105.

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and 9 Clearwater Beach Uncorked, food and wine festival. Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. 1 pm. $85/day, $125 VIP. 954-960-6083.

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Golden Baton Award presentation to Marsha and Jay B Starkey, Jr. by The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg in Mahaffey Theater. 6 to 9 pm. Dinner buffet and silent auction; cash bar. 727-896-5097.

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Financial Fitness Workshop. Twopart class for people who want to live better on less. 6 to 9 pm at Pinellas County Housing Authority. Largo. 2nd class: Feb. 19. Free. 727-446-3532.

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Grandma Goes Off Her Rocker. The play explores how today’s seniors deal with life and love. Includes cast meet and greet with hors d’oeuvres, champagne and chocolates. $20. 6:30 pm at Temple B’nai Israel, Clearwater. Tickets: 727-531-5829.

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Tweed Ride and Shuffle. Wear your finest tweed on a bike ride through downtown St. Pete. After party at St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Refreshments and dancing. $15. Register/3 pm, ride/4 pm, party 5 pm to 9 pm. 727-822-2083.

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at Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg. $6/seniors. 727-551-3102.

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Ringling Museum of Art Day Trip. Bus will depart from and return to the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin. Cost is $45, lunch is on your own. Must pre-register. 727-298-3299.

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Guided Nature Walk and Bird Tour. 10 to 11 am at Fort DeSoto Park, St. Petersburg. $5 parking. Pre-register at 727-552-1862.

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The Odd Couple – a comedy by Neil Simon. 7 pm at The Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $10. 727-298-3299.

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St. Anthony’s Hospital Auxiliary Annual Card and Game Party. Join friends for whist, bridge and more to benefit hospital programs. $12. 11:30 am at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg. 727-866-3158.

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“Memories of Elvis” with tribute artist Chris MacDonald. Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. 8 pm – 10 pm. 727-822-3590.

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Mame. Set in New York City, this musical chronicles how a wealthy, eccentric aunt and her orphaned nephew cope with the Depression. 8 pm at Francis Wilson Playhouse, Clearwater. Tickets/info: 727-446-1360.

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Make February 14 a Romantic Movie Night

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rom can’t-miss classics to newer releases, these flicks are all worthy of watching on Valentine’s Day, or any other time you feel like a romantic date night with your loved one. In no particular order —and with some favorite quotes—here are some options:

• The Notebook (2004) starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, and James Garner. “So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, every day. You and me…every day.”

• When Harry Met Sally (1989) starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.

• Pride and Prejudice (1995) starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle “Perhaps I didn’t always love him as well as I do now, but in such cases as these, a good memory is unpardonable.”

• Love Story (1970) with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” • Pretty Woman (1990) with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

• Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard “You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, ‘Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.’” • Sleepless in Seattle (1993) starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

• An Affair to Remember (1957) starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Favorite Quote: “There must be something between us, even if it’s only an ocean.”

• Love Actually (2003) starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Keira Knightley. “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. It seems to me that love is everywhere…fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.” • Casablanca (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. “I can’t fight it anymore. I ran away from you once. I can’t do it again.” • While You Were Sleeping (1995) starring: Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. “Do you believe in love at first sight? Nah, I betcha don’t, you’re probably too sensible for that.”

• Dirty Dancing (1987) starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. “Me? I’m scared of everything…and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” • Shakespeare in Love (1998) starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes. “Love knows nothing of rank or riverbank! …So tell my lady, William Shakespeare waits for her in the garden!” • A Room with a View (1985) starring Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, and Julian Sands. • Out of Africa (1985) starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. “I don’t want to find out one day that I’m at the end of someone else’s life.” • Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson. “The moon looks different now …You didn’t ruin it, you just changed it, I guess.”

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Legendary Branson Performer Coming to Strawberry Festival BY JANICE DOYLE

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stage at our theater on the road with us, but we will bring all of the show’s elements with us, as well as the same people we work with in Branson.” Well, folks, you may not miss the lavish sets as you fall under the spell of his superb showmanship and the allure of seeing his many glitzy jackets.

Shoji Tabuchi

Keeping his edge! Tabuchi hosts two shows a day six days a week during Branson’s 9-month performance season. I asked him how he stays healthy and fit with that schedule, and he said, “I do several things. I try to eat healthy, including lots of fish.” The problem, he went on, “…is that I love fried catfish.” He also said that performing two shows a day keeps him moving, a good way to get exercise. He’s also an avid golfer and fishes the local lakes. How does he stay cool wearing the elaborately decorated jackets under the hot lights? He says he’s used to it and that on his own stage he typically stands under an air conditioner vent. He added with a chuckle that “because they are heavy, wearing the jackets offers me another way to get good exercise.” “Working with so many young entertainers keeps me young. Our whole group is contagious,” said Tabuchi. “And our audiences have remained very loyal and supportive and because of them I love performing.” Christine’s participation and creativity, he says, is bringing in younger audiences. “This past season we did Michael Jackson stuff, and they loved it.”

o matter where he entertains, Shoji Tabuchi says, “I have a fresh audience every performance.” And now the iconic Branson performer is bringing his show to an audience at the Strawberry Festival at The jackets! 3:30 pm February 27. At first you may not be aware of Tabuchi’s story is the it, but as the show goes on, you stuff of classic Americertainly note the many times can legends: How he Tabuchi changes jackets. If he was born in WWII enters the stage in ruby sequins, he Japan, began playing may soon sport birds-of-paradise a violin at age 7 and rhinestones before two as a teenager heard attendants assist him in Roy Acuff fiddling in Tokyo. changing to glittering Tabuchi went on to become a green or black. You’ll see country Western fiddler in his 10 or more jackets during own country before coming to a show full of country, America with $500 in his pockpolka, gospel, Cajun, et. Tabuchi went to Nashville Hawaiian, rap, rock, and and was granted a spot on the patriotic music (and a Grand Ole Opry in 1968 folshiny stars and stripes lowed by gigs around jacket). He typically ends the country. Over 30 the show in an elegant years ago he moved and blinding white jacket. to Branson, married His gentle jokes, his his producer wife light-hearted, often selfDorothy and built his deprecating, humor—all own 8 million dollar, are a part of every 2,000 seat theatre. show. So is his flawToday, The Shoji less fiddling, dancing Tabuchi Show is and singing. Daughter hands-down the Christina is present Branson show that for more and more has it all—the glamPictured above: Top - Young of each show, having our of Hollywood, the Shoji Tabuchi; Center - Tabuchi performed on stage with spectacle of Vegas, the and his wife, Dorothy; Bottom: her dad since she was 4. production elements Tabuchi’s daughter Christina performs with him on stage. of Broadway and the family fun of Branson. Under daughter Christine’s creativity, audiences enjoy leading-edge production, choreography, costuming, special effects and a supporting cast including one of the best bands in Branson. In a recent phone interview about his upcoming Strawberry Festival performance, Tabuchi (68) said, “We’ll play all kinds of music. There is no way we Tabuchi has missed his Branson shows only twice in over 20 years when he was invited to the White House to perform for the two Bush presidents. can bring the set pieces we have on Lifestyles After 50 • February 2014 • page 8

I mentioned that as we age we often like to go back to our roots. Does Tabuchi do that? He said, “I have been back to Japan several times, and I do like to think about home and family. When my mom and dad were alive, I went to spend time with them.” He has taken his American family back on an extended visit as well as going back to those important high school and college reunions to see how everyone turned out.

Trivia: The exotic restrooms at the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson are a tourist attraction in themselves. Every week the Ladies Room is filled with fragrant exotic flowers. The Mens Room holds a $35,000 billiards table. His bucket list! Does Shoji Tabuchi have a bucket list? Of course! He has said he’d like to spend more time as an artist and would love to do landscaping, but at the top of his list is “…taking my whole cast to do shows in Japan.” But before he does that, be sure you seeing the Shoji Tabuchi Show at the Strawberry Festival on Feb. 27. To get tickets, call 813-754-1996 or go online to flstrawberryfestival.com.


Great Entertainment At The Strawberry Festival

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et ready for the stars to come out this year at the Florida Strawberry Festival Feb. 27 through March 9. Over 24 headline entertainment artists perform every year. Just a few of those in 2014: Opening day will feature Branson’s Shoji Tabuchi and rock group STYX. Look for Ronnie Milsap, Charley Pride, Josh Turner, Brenda Lee, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Oak Ridge Boys 40th Anniversary Tour. So much more with Boyz II Men, Dustin Lynch, Crystal Gaye, Easton Corbin and The Band Perry.

Advance tickets for admission and for headline entertainment shows are on sale now online at www.flstrawberryfestival.com and over the phone at 813-754-1996. Free seating for each concert is also available in the grandstand located at the back of the Wish Farms Soundstage and is available on a first come, first seated basis. Ronnie Milsap, Brenda Lee and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra are just a few of the entertainers in this year’s Strawberry Festival.

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Love Is In The Air

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rom races with crazy costumes to elegant dinners and dances, it’s the month to celebrate all things romantic. Have fun with your sweetheart—or meet a future one—at these events:

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Spring Valley School Valentine 5K. Family friendly 5K race and one mile run/walk with guest celebrity host. Valentine costume contest, age group awards and prizes. 8 am at Spring Valley School, Palm Harbor. Register by Feb. 7 at springvalley school.com. 727-781-1234.

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Valentines’ Day Soiree, 6 – 9 pm, presented by the Tarpon Springs Historical Society. Info: 727-943-4624.

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Flowers for Valentines. The African Violet Society of Pinellas’ annual Valentine Sale. 9 am to 3 pm, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Dunedin. Free entry. Flower and garden Q&A. 813-920-7270.

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Big Hearts for Little Hearts. Dress in red and bring your sweetheart for a formal night of desserts and dancing to live music. at 9 pm. Upgrade to VIP for a pre-dance buffet dinner (7:30 pm). Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. Price: $32.50, $100 VIP. 727-893-7832. The Matinee Opera Players will present love songs from Broadway, pop and opera at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Avenue N., Pinellas Park. 3 pm. Parking is free; donations welcome. Intermission raffle. 727-547-0396. ar. 1 “A Starry Starry Night” Adult and Senior Prom. Live music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, prom photo and King and Queen crowning! Semi-formal. 7 pm at Largo Community Center. $15/ person or $25/couple; tickets on sale at the center, or call 727-518-3131.

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Brenda Lee Tue. Mar. 4, 3:30 $15 & $20

Kellie Pickler Tue. Mar. 4, 7:30 $15 & $20

Third Day Thu. Mar. 6, 7:30 $15 & $20

Crystal Gayle Wed. Mar. 5, 3:30 $15 & $20

John Anderson Fri. Mar. 7, 3:30 $15 & $20

Lee Brice Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Wed. Mar. 5, 7:30 Thu. Mar. 6, 10:30 $20 & $25 FREE

Boyz II Men Fri. Mar. 7, 7:30 $20 & $25

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Love and Theft Sat. Mar. 1, 3:30 $15 & $20

Josh Turner Mon. Mar. 3, 7:30 $20 & $25

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to taking action, less than one-in-five have specifically factored travel into their financial strategy for retirement. “Retirees were asked how they would have prepared differently for travel in their retirement. Of those with regrets, more than half wish they would have saved more,” said Catherine Collinson, president of Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. “People of all ages need to plan and save to make their retirement dreams of traveling a reality.”

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Travel also has cognitive benefits. Destination Healthy Aging reports that the novel and complex stimuli associated with travel, including navigating new places, meeting new people and learning about new cultures, can help delay the onset of degenerative disease. “It is intuitive that if we stay healthy we will be able to travel in old age, but it is now becoming apparent that the reverse might also be true: travel and the numerous physical and mental benefits associated with it are drivers of health across all stages of life,” said Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Coalition on Aging. “Investing in travel could also be a worthwhile investment in healthy aging.” Start saving and planning today for good mental and physical health! Information from the study: Journey to Healthy Aging: Planning for Travel in Retirement by The Global Coalition on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.


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here’s no denying that stem cells have been a topic surrounded by ambiguity in recent years. Many people have a misguided understanding of stem cell therapies and their potential, often recalling the controversy surrounding stem cell usage in clinical settings mandated by the United States government and even the Catholic Church. Let’s take a moment to separate fact from fiction and dispel the myths surrounding this scientific breakthrough. There are two primary categories of stem cells: 1. Embryonic stem cells – These stem cells are derived from a four or five-day-old embryo that is in the blastocyst phase of development. It is this type of stem cell that has been the subject of extensive controversy. 2. Adult stem cells – Also referred to as somatic stem cells, adult stem cells are found throughout the body in different types of tissues such as brain, bone marrow, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, skin and liver. Drawing many parallels to the public debate on the topic of abortion’s legalization, the harvesting of embryonic stem cells for medical use has been a hotly debated issue, with one side citing ethical concerns with destroying a conceived (or cloned) embryo for the sole purpose of utilizing its stem cells. However, this controversy does not apply to adult stem cells as they are safely derived from adult tissue. As a result, the potential regenerative qualities of adult stem cells used in clinical settings is inarguable, and people with a variety of diseases, including lung disease, are reaping the benefits of adult stem cell therapies worldwide. How are adult stem cells being used to treat lung disease? Once viewed as an alternative treatment for lung disease, adult stem cells have emerged in the last ten years as a viable treatment option for conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphy-

sema, chronic bronchitis, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis. Lung Institute, a stem cell provider located in Tampa, Fla., has harnessed the potential of adult autologous stem cells—meaning those derived from a patient’s own body—for the treatment of lung disease. Since the stem cells come from the patient, there is very little chance of rejection and these procedures are considered quite safe. What are the results? Patients who have undergone stem cell therapies at Lung Institute are depending on the use of supplemental oxygen less, Gary Barnard, walking further and patient breathing easier. Gary Barnard, a Lung Institute patient and COPD sufferer from Spring Hill, Fla. reports that his quality of life has improved drastically. “I’ve had four treatments and they went very well. I went from not being able to breathe to being able to breathe without oxygen for quite a while,” Barnard said. “I’m now able to play golf—which I couldn’t play for a long time—and now I’m back playing and enjoying it.” Lung Institute has gained national and worldwide attention for their innovative stem cell therapies, and patients have visited from places as far away as South Africa, Canada and the Philippines. Dr. Burton Feinerman, Lung Institute’s Medical Director, has been practicing medicine for over half a century and is considered an expert in the field of stem cell therapy. Remember, there is no cure for lung disease, but stem cell therapy is offering people a chance to get back to the things they used to do and enjoy life again. If you or someone you love suffers from the life-altering symptoms of lung disease, call Lung Institute today at 1-855-469-5864 or visit LungInstitute.com for more information.

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Your Heart Attack “To Do” List

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• Know the signs of a heart attack • Heart patient? Ask about nitroglycerin • Family member at risk? Learn CPR • Always have aspirin on hand • Alert family and friends to warning signs and calling 911

About Taking Aspirin • Take within 30 minutes of symptoms • Chew slowly • Take a 325 mg adult dose (a full aspirin) • Uncoated is best

Top reasons people delay calling 911 • Embarrassment or fear of “looking silly” • Denial or confusion • Responsibilities – don’t want to “stop their lives”

Survive a Heart Attack

“Time is muscle. If you don’t get to a hospital immediately, a larger portion of your heart muscle is damaged.” — Steven Nissen, MD, Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

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Everyone is different. You may only have one or two. • Sudden, increasing chest pain/ pressure (angina) • Pain spreading from jaw, throat, arm, back or belly • Sweating/cold sweat • Nausea/vomiting • Dizziness • Shortness of breath • Feelings of indigestion/heartburn • Rapid or irregular heartbeats • Extreme fatigue/weakness

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Veterans Corner

Great Ways to Support the Troops BY EVELYN MACKEY

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f you’re looking for ways to communicate your support to our troops, take a look at just a few available opportunities. The website troopsupport.com is a good place to start looking for a good fit. Here is a sample of what volunteer groups across our country are doing for American troops in today’s military. Adopt A US Soldier— this non-profit group connects civilians and deployed troops. The group’s easy-to-use website includes testimonials, a photo gallery and ways to get connected. www.adoptaussoldier.org. HUGS—a top-rated Nonprofit in 2013— successfully gets care packages overflowing with snacks, hygiene items, DVD’s and CD’s, Oreos, socks and other much needed items to service members in Afghanistan. They encourage helping by either sending items to pack, or with monetary donations to help with the cost of shipping boxes. Their website includes a list of needed items for the care packages and a donation page. And if you sew, the website include patterns for items you can stitch up to put in the boxes (fingerless gloves and more). All donations go directly to the supplies and care package items. www.thehugsproject.com.

Hugs for Heroes—sends ongoing shipments of essential items and notes of love and appreciation to troops. The website has instructions for organizing a collection of items to send as well as tips for writing notes that go into the shipments. School involvement with this project is impressive. www.hugsforheroes.org.

Operation Holiday Stocking—is a busy group that knits, packs and ships hundreds (about 5,000 in 2013) of Christmas stockings to troops overseas. Their website guides those who want to make their own stockings (including knitting directions) as well as those who can donate money toward the shipping costs and the cost of what fills the stockings. You can even purchase a stocking at the store and send it to be stuffed. A great list of stocking stuffer ideas is on the site as well. www.operationholidaystockings.com.

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NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-

inflammatory medications)—includes Advil®, Aleve®, Ibuprofen, Excederin®, Asprin, Naprosyn and Celebrex®. These pain and inflammation relieving medications soothe aches and pains, but they are also the #1 cause of bleeding ulcers in the United States, as well as causing stomach pains from gastritis and diarrhea. Side Effects: The best way to avoid these side-effects is to avoid taking them regularly. If you need to take them daily, antacids called protonpump inhibitors, such as Prilosec OTC® can protect the upper part of your digestive system from their bad effects. Some brands of NSAIDS are enteric coated. Unfortunately, medical studies show that this coating does not prevent side-effects.

Blood pressure/heart medications, especially calcium channel blockers—includes Amlodipine, Verapamil and Diltiazem—reduce your blood pressure by relaxing muscles in your circulation. Unfortunately, they also slow down the muscles in your digestive system, leading to constipation. Side Effects: The best initial approach is to keep things moving in your colon with plenty of fiber and water. I recommend my patients take 25 grams per day with at least 8 cups of water. And no, coffee and soda don’t count as water! If you can’t get enough fiber in your diet, try Citrucel® powder (one tablespoon in 8 oz of water daily to twice daily). If that’s still not enough, try Miralax®. Lifestyles After 50 • February 2014 • page 18

That medication gets its name “Miracle Laxative” for good reason.

Antibiotics—especially clindamycin, levaquin, and azithromycin—are notorious for causing diarrhea by killing off good bacteria in your colon along with the bad ones. Some antibiotics like azithromycin cause severe cramps a couple of hours after you take them. Clindamycin and levaquin carry the highest risk of causing the potentially life-threatening colon infection called C. dificile. Side Effects: The best way to curb diarrhea is to make sure you’re taking daily probiotics. I recommend my patients start with one to two yogurts a day, preferably Greek. If you are yogurt-averse, then consider pills like Align®. Be sure to talk to your physician right away if you develop horrible fatigue and/ or fever with diarrhea, as these may be the first signs of C. dificile.

Antidepressants—includes Fluoxetine, Paroxetine, Citalopram, Venlafaxine and Trazadone, to name a few—almost always cause some degree of digestive upset such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea and pain. Side Effects: Digestive upsets can be minimized by slowly increasing the medications to their goal dose. Most digestive upsets improve over time. When they don’t, be sure to talk to your doctor about dividing the dose into twice daily, or changing the medication. For instance, people are more likely to have diarrhea with sertraline (Zoloft®) and nausea with Paroxetine (Paxil®). If nausea is a problem, ginger and peppermint, such as a tea brewed double strength or tummydrops, can be very helpful. To your happy tummy. Dustin James MD, The Tummy Doc, is author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Digestive Health.” (Be sure to consult with your physician regarding your health related issues before initiating or changing any medicines.)


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o knock out either a cold or an allergy, knowing the difference between the two is important when planning your attack! The similarities between them can lead to confusion about which you are suffering from. One can easily mistake an allergy for a cold, and vice versa. The main difference between a cold and an allergy is the length of time the symptoms last. A cold will generally last a week; allergies last for a longer period of time. Yet, left untreated, allergies can cause more serious conditions such as sinusitis or ear infections. Frequently, patients say, “I never had allergies before… why now?” or “I had allergies as a child and thought that I outgrew them.” You do not inherit an allergy toward any particular allergen; instead you inherit a tendency to develop allergies when exposed to allergens. Most allergies develop in childhood, but an allergy can develop at any time. Many times you will outgrow an allergy only to develop another.

Common allergy symptoms – • Rashes or Hives • Hay fever • Itchy full ears • Dark circles under eyes • Watery, burning and itchy eyes • Fatigue • Headache • Congestion • Throat clearing • Clear drainage • Sneezing • Impaired sense of smell and taste How will your allergies be diagnosed? Once your ENT Associates physician has determined that

you are a candidate for allergy testing, you will meet with one of our specially trained, licensed Allergy Nurses who will discuss your allergy history with you. There will be time dedicated to education on allergy triggers, environmental avoidance measures and cross-reactions between foods and outside factors. This discussion will be tailored to your individual needs. The allergy testing panels will include trees, grasses, weeds, molds, insects, animal dander, egg, milk, wheat, yeast and soybean to start. What to expect during your allergy test… A combination of Percutaneous and Intradermal testing is the method used to test the skin for a local response to specific allergens. A drop of each allergen extract is placed on the skin. Then the top most layer of the skin under the drops is lightly broken.

This allows the extract to seep into the skin. Testing is done on the lower and upper arm. At the end of your testing session, you will know exactly what you are and are not allergic to and to what degree of sensitivity. Should you respond to one or more of the allergens tested, you have several treatment options available.

• Avoidance Therapy – Once it has been determined what allergens you are allergic to, a plan can be created to avoid these allergens if at all possible. • Pharmacology – Your physician may recommend a different medication or medication combination to manage your allergy symptoms. • Immunotherapy Allergy Injections – This form of treatment decreases and most often desensitizes the sensitivity to allergens and often leads to a lasting relief of allergy symptoms even after treatment has stopped. • Sublingual Therapy (SLIT) – This variation of immunotherapy delivers an allergen solution under the tongue rather than an injection. To learn more, please call ENT Associates at 727-791-1368 or visit their website at www.ENTflorida.com.

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rom its humble beginnings in February 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) has always placed the highest priority on: • Providing exceptional patient care • Personalized attention • Customized treatment protocols • Treating patients — and their loved ones — as family

“In the beginning,” says FCS Founder and President Dr. William Harwin, “when I opened my Fort Myers practice to treat local oncology patients, it was just my wife Marilyn and me in the office.” As his original practice quickly grew, Dr. Harwin soon recognized that he and other nearby small, independent hematology/oncology practitioners could help save more cancer patients’ lives if they pooled their resources. And thus — from a single, family-run, “mom and pop” doctor’s office

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— was born a group that is now the largest independent oncology/hematology practice in the United States with nearly 200 physicians, 100 nurse practitioners and more than 70 clinical sites around the state. Today, FCS serves patients on the Gulf Coast from Naples to the greater Tampa Bay area, north as far as Tallahassee, in Orlando and surrounding Central Florida communities, on the East Coast in Daytona/Palm Coast and now in Palm Beach County. IntegrAted network of ComprehensIve CAre What makes FCS so unique is that every doctor affiliated with the organization is committed to an identical goal: providing world-class cancer care using cutting-edge technologies, in a setting where patients can be close to home and surrounded by family and friends.


The team of folks at FCS knows how physically and emotionally challenging a cancer diagnosis is. That’s why extraordinary efforts are made to keep the ancillary and/or preventable challenges at a minimum. There’s nothing “institutional” about the FCS facilities, or the people who staff them. Rather, all FCS offices are positive, upbeat, welcoming places of healing and compassion. Several locations in Pinellas County offer onsite integrative oncology services such as yoga, massage and nutritional counseling. FCS physician Dr. Andrew Hano said, “We approach every patient in a holistic manner and take into consideration personal details of the patient’s life. Providing services that complement a patient’s medical treatment plan has been shown to reduce stress and give the patient a way to participate in their recovery.” From the administrative and support staff to the nurses and doctors, every FCS location is committed to positive patient outcomes. What’s more, the remarkable integration of this statewide network enables FCS to offer services other oncology entities simply can’t. Among them: • On-site specialty pharmacies for oral oncolytics • On-site radiation facilities • On-site pathology laboratories • Access to Phase 1 clinical trials in our Drug Development Unit • Opportunities to participate in Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials in many FCS locations These efficiencies not only assist in patient recovery, they also avail every patient to every service provided within the FCS network. For instance, when FCS began partnering a decade ago with the Nashville, Tennessee-based Sarah Cannon Research Institute, it opened up a vast

FCS facilities feature cutting-edge technologies.

array of clinical-trial opportunities for patients. Clinical trials offer patients access to new drugs not yet approved by the FDA in combination with standard, approved therapies. FCS has over 100 clinical trial options available for its patients.

groundbreaking clinical trials in an environment designed for healing right here in Pinellas County, so that patients no longer have to travel far from home to receive world-class cancer care.”

Over the years, countless FCS patients have benefited from earlier access to cutting-edge medications before they were approved by the FDA.

From the time Dr. Harwin founded his thenone-person practice to the current-day iteration of FCS, cancer treatment protocols — and, more importantly, outcomes — have become extraordinarily advanced.

Indeed, when FCS first expanded into Pinellas County in 2011, the practice was able to offer comprehensive services, including radiation oncology, to patients all under one roof in most locations. Today, FCS has eight convenient locations in Pinellas County, including communities such as St. Petersburg, Largo and Clearwater, to name a few. Jose Alemar, MD, who is an executive board member of Florida Cancer Specialists, said, “Our goal is to provide our patients the latest breakthroughs and state-of-the-art technologies, combined with the highest quality of personalized care. Community oncology is experiencing a time of unprecedented advancements, as well as the development of many new and exciting services. It is very gratifying as a physician to be able to offer patients streamlined cancer care with

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Long gone, says Dr. Harwin, are the days of “bombing” patients with dosages of chemotherapy drugs in hopes in destroying malignant cells and tumors. Rather, notes Dr. Harwin, “Because we understand the biology of cancer so much better now than we did then, we’ve been able to develop more effective, targeted medications that kill cancer cells while sparing healthy ones. What this means for our patients is that cancer is now a far more manageable disease — one that you live with, not die from.” And now the vast medical resources and expertise of Florida Cancer Specialists are available at eight conveniently located facilities throughout Pinellas County. n

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California Avocado Macaroni Salad 3 c macaroni 3 ripe avocados, halved, peeled and seeded 1/2 c low-fat plain Greek yogurt 1/4 c fresh basil, packed 1/4 c fresh mint, packed 3 Tbsp olive oil 3 Tbsp lemon juice, divided 1 tsp lemon zest 1 small clove garlic Salt & pepper to taste 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 1 c fresh corn kernels

Directions: Cook and drain pasta according to package directions. Cool completely. To make dressing, place an avocado half in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add the yogurt, basil, mint, olive oil, two-thirds of the lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper and process until smooth and creamy. Stir the dressing into the pasta. Meanwhile, cut the remaining avocados into 3/4 inch dice. Gently stir into the pasta with the tomatoes, corn and the remaining lemon juice. Season to taste, garnish.

Quinoa Avocado Salad 1/2 cup quinoa 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup more olive oil 3 avocados, cut in half and seeded 1/3 cup diced ripe tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes 1/3 cup peeled, seeded and sliced cucumber 1/4 cup orange segments 1/4 cup Italian parsley leaves 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Directions: Cook, rinse and drain quinoa according to directions. Cool. Combine garlic, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, vinegar and salt and let sit for 30 minute to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove the garlic and whisk in remaining olive oil. Combine dressing with remaining ingredients and toss well.

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quick and less painful, and are performed in-office without the need for a hospital stay,” explains Dr. Mackay. “By successfully performing these treatments, we’ve been able to help thousands of patients with venous disease.”

About Dr. Mackay In addition to being the first vein expert in Florida to perform the groundbreaking RF closure procedure in 1999 as well as the ClariVein® procedure in 2013, he was also the first in the Tampa Bay area to perform the innovative endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins. Dr. Mackay also serves as CoDirector of the International Vein Congress. He’s a world-renowned author, trainer and speaker for vein treatments. Medicare and most health insurance policies cover these treatments. To schedule an appointment or complimentary leg screening, call Dr. Mackay Vein & Circulation Specialist today at (800)-527-VEIN (8346). For info on vein disease, visit www.DrMackay.com.


Speaking of Love, There’s a New Heartthrob in Town BY SY ROSEN

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very Sunday afternoon in my mom’s assisted living facility, an accordion player, Ramon, comes to entertain. He is fifty, good looking, Latin and is the heartthrob of the facility—and he definitely knows it. He struts, he prances, he winks and the ladies all put on an extra dab of rouge when Ramon is there. Lately, however, Ramon seems bored and is just going through the motions like he would rather be somewhere else. When he played his half-hearted version of “You Send Me,” he was really sending everyone to sleep.

Humor I was sitting next to my mom last week and I could see that half of the seniors were dozing but Ramon didn’t seem to care. He knew he was the only game in town.

And then the game changed! My daughter Ann arrived with her 8-month-old baby, Summer. Even at eight months she was making a fashion statement with her bow matching her outfit. Ann put my granddaughter Summer in my mom’s lap. And there they sat, both of them smiling away. And then a strange thing happened. All sixty gray heads in the lobby turned in unison to watch my granddaughter with her great grandmother. Ramon was momentarily forgotten. The heartthrob had been replaced. So what could the accordion player do? Of course he stepped up his game to recapture the audience. Nobody was going to steal his thunder. He started to play faster and louder as he bounced around the room, desperately trying to get everyone’s attention.

He played “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Great Balls of Fire.” Both songs were crowd pleasers and the seniors turned towards him, but then Summer giggled and the audience turned back to her. It was like the seniors were watching a championship ping pong match. Their heads turned right and left. Ramon played his accordion faster and faster. He would crescendo and decrescendo. Everyone stared at him. Summer would answer with a coo and a gurgle and everyone would then stare at her. Ramon’s fingers flew across the accordion. And then he did something he hadn’t done in years—a quadruple bellow shake. In the space of one beat he hit a note four times. It was breathtaking and everyone watched him. Summer then made a sound, “boeleebboobbaa” and everyone turned towards her.

Finally Ramon decided it was time to stop fooling around and establish his superiority. He had to squash Summer and once again become the King of Assisted Living. And he tried to do it by playing “Bolero.” That’s right, he was going for the tango! He didn’t just play “Bolero.” He also grabbed one of the ladies from her seat and somehow danced with her while keeping his accordion at full blast. Everyone watched. And then Summer did something miraculous. She yelped, “Whoooo, whooooo” and wiggled her body as though she were dancing. Game. Set. Match. Summer had defeated Ramon. She had clearly become the Queen of Assisted Living. Ramon had no choice but to acknowledge her superiority and decided, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” He danced over to Summer while playing “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.” All eyes were now on Summer and Ramon. But really, they were just looking at Summer. All hail the Queen.

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Take Time to ICE Your Phone S

ince life is uncertain, be sure you ICE your cell phone. That means you load emergency contacts in your phone with the word ICE in front of the emergency contacts’ names. That’s so when someone finds a senior in trouble they know who to call In Case of Emergency. If you can’t do it yourself, find a neighbor, someone at your library or senior center. Emergency workers know to open a cell phone and look for ICE phone numbers by simply pressing the letter ‘I’.

How to ICE a Phone:

• Under ‘I’ in the cell phone contact list, load the In Case of Emergency contact names, beginning with the word ICE (ie: ICE Heather). • Make sure the emergency contact(s) agree to be an ICE partner.

• Include every phone number (home/ cell/work) of the ICE partner.

• ICE partners should know the seniors’ medical conditions, doctors’ names and medications they’re taking. Do it now and encourage your friends and family members to ICE their cell phones.

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osemite and its surrounding gateway communities are celebrating 150 years as a national park this year. Historians, artists, photographers, rangers, naturalists and just plain citizens will participate in many special events from now through September. Visit the iconic park and share the lure and lore of Yosemite this year. Information at nps.gov/yose/anniversary.


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The Scissors Coup

winning the ♠A, then underleading the ♦A to East’s hoped-for ♦K, and getting a Heart ruff for down one. As you can see, that plan is the winner. Well, not quite, because there is a clever counter-measure. How can Declarer deprive West of his ruff? Enter the Scissors Coup. Declarer wins the Heart lead in Dummy, and before touching trumps she cashes ♣A and leads another Club, pitching a Diamond when East plays low. By this maneuver Declarer trades a Diamond loser for a Club loser, in the process thwarting West in his plan to reach East with the ♦K. Now, with the defensive communications snipped, Declarer loses only the ♠A and a Club (but there is no Diamond loser and no Heart ruff). Post Script: As West you no doubt found that well-thought-out Heart opening lead. Then as Declarer you made a clever play to bring home the 5♠ contract. Next, imagine that you hold the East cards, but with the ♣6 replaced by the ♣J. Now, after Dummy’s ♣A has been cashed, when a second Club is played, we are quite confident that you would alertly hop up with that ♣J, foiling the Scissors Coup. Nice play! Visit acbl.org for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email marketing@acbl.org. To find a bridge club in Florida, go to district9acbl. org/D9Clubsmap.htm. Bridge article provided courtesy of St. Petersburg Bridge Club: www.stpetebridge.org.

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“I miss those days when celebrities still had mystery about them, and a glimpse inside their radar ranges seemed, for any fan, like a window into the world of glamour and excitement, which is why I put together this book,” says Frank. DeCaro is the former movie critic for The Daily Show. The Dead Celebrity Cookbook reminds us that before there were celebrity chefs there were celebrities who fancied themselves as chefs! For anyone who loves Hollywood memorabilia, is an entertainment junkie and loves to eat and cook—they will “relish” Frank’s great cookbook. For more information, please go to: www.deadcelebritycookbook.com.


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Chorale of Tampa Bay, Stuart Malina conducts on Feb. 14, 15 and 16 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. American pianist Andrew von Oeyen performs Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the next Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concert in a program that includes Michael Daugherty’s salute to Superman with his Red Cape Tango and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Daniel Hege conducts these concerts at the Mahaffey Theater, Feb. 21 at 11 am; Feb. 22 at 8 pm; Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm. at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Silent film fans can enjoy the comic antics of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp in The Gold Rush. The Florida Orchestra performs the “live soundtrack” to accompany the film, on Feb. 28 at the Tampa Theatre in Tampa and on March 1 at The Palladium in St. Petersburg. Both at 8 pm. For tickets, and information, call 727-892-3337 or 1-800-662-7286 or visit www.floridaorchestra.org.

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hoy, Mates! It’s time to put a European river cruise on your Bucket List. I’m talking about the Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise by Mayflower Tours. The only thing a mega ship/mega crowd Caribbean cruise has in common with the Legendary Danube River Cruise is, frankly, the word “Cruise.” We recently took the Danube River cruise as a celebration event with my brother and his wife. He was turning 70 and the two of them were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. My wife Dena and I worked with Colette Florido of Mayflower Tours to coordinate the tour beginning the cruise in Budapest, Hungary.

Travel Did you know that Buda and Pest are actually two cities that lie on opposite sides of the Danube River and together form the city known as Budapest? Our first afternoon in Budapest we took a guided tour of the city’s 20 centuries of history. We spent the next day in Budapest strolling on our own. This city is clean, vibrant and alive with energy, having thrown off the shackles of Communism in 1956. We shopped local stores for handembroidered table linens and a handsome beer stein. In the evening we were greeted by the captain as we boarded our ship, the MS Bolero. The 100-stateroom ship holds 850 cruisers and crew on its four decks. A river cruise is all about relaxing and enjoying the scenery and magnificent architecture of 2,000 years of history as the ship travels past Baroque churches, cathedrals, hillsides covered with vineyards and forests and old castles and medieval towns.

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The MS “Bolero,” our home for the Danube River cruise.

The ship’s accommodations were impeccable and our tour package included three meals a day on board. Meals were tailored to each day’s region with unlimited beer and regional wine served at dinner. English speaking guided tours were available at almost every port of call. 900 pupils attend the centuries-old Melk Abbey.

The cruise passes through the confluence of three rivers in Passau, Germany.

Our first port call was Bratislava, Slovakia. Again, we were in a beautiful city, rich in history and culture. If you cross one of the several bridges over the Danube, you are in Austria. Six miles downriver and you are back in Hungary. In fact, Bratislava was the capital of Hungary for more than 300 years. We enjoyed little cafés and large pedestrian-only shopping plazas tailored to meet every budget. Coming aboard that evening, a quintet of local young women musicians serenaded us.

The next day’s port call was the culturally and historically rich city of Vienna. However, it is arguably best known for the famous composers who were, at one time or another, citizens of the city—Strauss, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and others. During the day we toured Schonnbrunn Palace and at night we enjoyed a private concert of Strauss and Mozart compositions performed by a 20-piece orchestra.

Street performers in Linz, Austria, added to the charm of the city.

The 1,000-year-old Bratislava Castle is a National Cultural Monument.

The Danube meandered through the picturesque Wachau valley and on day five, we stopped in the tiny village of Durnstein, Austria. Look up “quaint” in the dictionary; you’ll see a picture of this beautiful hillside hamlet. Later that day we toured the monasteryfortress Melk Abbey. Founded in the 11th century, its current construction dates back to 1702. It still functions as a Benedictine Abbey with over 900 pupils. Farther upstream, on day six, we docked at the city of Linz, Austria. This dynamic city is the third largest in Austria and boasts a significant heritage. Street performers and outdoor cafes in the city’s Hauptplatz (Main Square) added charm to our day. After sailing northwest, our next stop was Passau, Germany, which is at the confluence of three rivers, making it a major gateway to Austria and beyond. A trip to the mountaintop monastery overlooking the town was a must-see. We downed locally brewed beer and ate hearty sandwiches while enjoying the dramatic view of the city below. That evening we said farewell to our captain and crew and joined a motorcoach tour to Prague, Czech Republic, for an afternoon tour of the city. Beautiful architecture, castles and cathedrals dominate the cityscape. At night the city comes alive with sidewalk cafés, street musicians and shopping until late in the evening. Our final day in Prague was spent window shopping along an endless array of high-end establishments and restaurants. It was there that I pried my wallet out of its resting place in my back pocket; Dena has the most gorgeous garnet and silver earrings, necklace and bracelet to match—a fitting way of remembering this vacation of a lifetime. Put the Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise from Mayflower Tours on your Bucket List. Visit Mayflower Tours at MayflowerTours.com. Lifestyles After 50 • February 2014 • page 31


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he Florida State Fair returns to the Fairgrounds in Tampa February 6 – 17, 2014! Senior Days – February 10, 11, 12, 13, offering special senior seminars; tickets are $9 at the gate. General gate admission is: Mon. – Fri. $11; Sat. – Sun. $13. Children 5 and under are free.

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Pay your U.S. bills online or on your mobile device.

Use your Canadian and U.S. assets,2 income and credit history to apply for a U.S. mortgage3 or a U.S. credit card.4

To open an account, visit a TD Bank Store near you or call 1-877-700-2913 anytime.5 TD Bank is TD Bank, N.A., a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. Member FDIC. Accounts issued by TD Bank, N.A. are not insured by Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. 1 Money transferred by wire transfer only. Incoming wire fees may apply and will be rebated the next business day. Foreign exchange conversion rates may apply. 2 Assets are only considered for mortgage applications. 3 Subject to credit approval and other conditions. Mortgages limited to property located in U.S. state where TD Bank, N.A. has locations. Equal Housing Lender . 4 Credit cards issued by TD Canada Trust or TD Bank, N.A. Subject to credit approval. Applicants for a TD Bank, N.A. issued card must have a U.S. address within the TD Bank, NA footprint (PA, NY, NJ, CT, NH, ME, MA, FL, VT, DE, MD, DC, NC, SC, VA or RI). Other restrictions apply. 5 TD Bank, N.A. is located in the United States and its support line, Stores, products and services are primarily serviced in English. ® The TD logo and other trade-marks are the property of The Toronto-Dominion Bank.

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Lifestyles After 50 Suncoast February 2014 edition  

Monthly magazine for adults 50 and older

Lifestyles After 50 Suncoast February 2014 edition  

Monthly magazine for adults 50 and older