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Note to Self: Things to Think About in 2012 7. Laugh more! Yes, I want to laugh more in 2012.
t’s that time of year again. No, let’s don’t try making actual resolutions, since we’re old enough to have gone through Janice Doyle, many stages with Editor the traditional New Year’s Resolutions thing. There were years we were confident we could really change our weight or our income or a behavior. Other years we were so cynical (or so busy) that we didn’t even bother setting a simple goal. All of us have made resolutions which we didn’t keep. So I’ve made a list of, not really resolutions, but ideas I want to keep reconsidering this year. I want to come back to them every so often as reminders of the person I want to be. That way I won’t get down on myself if I don’t live up to all of them by March 1 or some other self-serving date. Maybe something here will stir you to join me in looking at others and myself in a new and more humane light in 2012. 1. This year I want to take time to remember that, regardless of what I might think when I ponder on the world situation, God is still in control and we are but a “blip on the screen” of His time. My part in that? Psalm 100: 4, 5 says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues to all generations.” So I will be more thankful and praise Him. 2. I will try to think about caregivers in my community more and do something for them when I can. After talking with TV personality Leeza Gibbons (see the story about her in this issue), I want to help. For me, at this time, it will be something simple that says, “I care.”
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8. Years ago Ann Landers advised to “Walk tall and smile more. You’ll look 10 years younger.” (10 years younger? Wow!) 9. I will say, “I love you” again and again. They are the sweetest words in the world. Some years ago I had a friend who loved to read, as I do. She became caregiver for her husband who had Alzheimer’s. I would take bags of books to her periodically. It was always a warm feeling to know my book choices were keeping her company during the long days and nights she sat with her husband. I’m sure there’s another reader out there! 3. This year I will think “local” whenever possible in order to boost my hometown economy. I will give gift certificates to locally owned beauty shops, use an independently owned car repair shop and buy my veggies at local produce stands. My home repairs and home improvement work will be done by people who are raising their families within my community. 4. I plan to do a little more exercise every week than I have been doing. Doctors tell us that just about anything we do to exercise makes a difference in our physical and emotional well-being. I walk several miles a week now—I’m just going to add a few more times around the block each week. 5. This is a hard one, but I will be better off if I cut a few hundred calories a week.
6. Most of all, I will remain flexible! Life is short, circumstances that are beyond my control will come up and my priorities will have to change. I can do this.
Humor Matters And now, just for fun, from the website Humor Matters™, take a look as Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D., a Mirthologist and Clinical Psychologist, gives us some just-forfun “affirmations” for the new year. Read them and laugh with me. And remember, they’re all in good fun— not recommended lifestyle changes!
• I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else’s fault. • My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of wisdom and judgment. • I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain. • I will strive to live each day as if it were my 50th birthday. • Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than “I told you so!” • I will no longer waste my time reliving the past; I will spend it worrying about the future. • Before I criticize a man, I will walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he’s a mile away and barefoot. Now, didn’t it feel good to laugh at how we sometimes think!
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Hal Linden: “I’m Old Fashioned,” entertaining song and musings show at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. South, St. Petersburg. Info: (727) 892-5798.
Cherish the Ladies, Irish band at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs. 8 p.m. Tickets, $28. Unique blend of instrumental, vocal and step dancing. Tickets: (727) 942-5605 or tarponarts.org.
aturdays Morning Market at Al Lang Stadium parking lot (1st Ave. and 1st St. S.) 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fresh and organic produce, gourmet baked goods, prepared foods, plants and flowers, arts and crafts. Info at saturdaymorningmarket.com or (727) 455-4921.
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– 15 Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show and Sale sponsored by the Pinellas Geological Society. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Dr., Largo. Info at (727) 894-2440.
– 16 Arts & Crafts Festival at Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Information at (352) 344-0657. “A Night on the Town with the Rat Pack,” a tribute to the originals of the ‘60s: Frank, Dean and Sammy. Largo Cultural Center. Tickets: (727) 587-6793.
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Film about Admiral “Bull” Halsey showing at 2 p.m. Countryside Library. Information at (727) 562-4970.
Pinellas Folk Festival—folk, gospel, country and bluegrass musicians on stages throughout Heritage Village! 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Suggested $5 donation. 11909 125th Street N., Largo. Please call (727) 582-2123 for more information.
– 29 St. Pete Beach Art & Craft Festival, 595 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (561) 746-6615 for details.
The Matinee Opera Players perform scenes from operas, including La Bohème, La Traviata and Aida at Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Free. 2 p.m. For more information, please call (813) 447-9152 or email TampaOperaNews@hotmail.com.
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The Sounds of Nature Featuring Debussy’s Clair de lune, Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons, and excerpts from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastorale, Stuart Malina conducts the morning Coffee Concert featuring Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer, with complimentary coffee and doughnuts served before the performance.
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e can hardly wait for the 7th annual Senior Fun Fest! to be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, in the Special Events building, Thursday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This FREE event features “Senior Friendly” exhibitors, information on health and wellness, senior lifestyles, travel and attractions, senior services and live entertainment throughout the day!
Entertainment: Enjoy all your favorite music from the 50s, 60s and 70s featuring Richie Merritt of the Marcels, Ken Brady of the Casinos, William “Duece” Hulett, Best in Country Entertainment, and Russell “Elvis,” Cortese. Bring your dancing shoes for some fun. And of course, Fritzy the “One Man
Circus” and Luis, The Amazing Balloon Man will be doing their best to make you laugh. Win prizes in free bingo games throughout the day. Get your own free caricature drawn by artist Art Pressman. Check out the all new Senior Sports Center. Take your chance on a hole-in-one and win a prize! Stop by the James Rivard Buick GMC area and check out the new 2012 cars.
Grandkids Photo Contest There is still time to send in your photos for the “Grandkids are the Greatest” photo contest. Photos will be on display during the event and winners and prizes will be announced at 2 p.m. that day. Call (813) 653-1988 or go online for entry forms at www.seniorconnectionfl.com. Free Health Screenings The Senior Fun Fest is a great place
to check on your health. The Healthy Vision Institute will provide a free DNA test to determine inherited risks for macular degeneration. Other free health screenings will include bone density, ear checks, blood pressure and glucose checks. These and other important screenings will be available throughout the day. The Alzheimer’s Association will also have their Memory Mobile on site for screenings and information during the day. Other screenings will be provided by St Joseph’s, Bay Care. The Parkinson Research Foundation will provide information and seminars at scheduled times during the day. Great Prizes and Giveaways There are lots of chances to win $1,000s in prizes and plenty of giveaways. Grand Prize: A two-night stay at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi. We have lots of good eats: free coffee and goodies from our friends at
Costco, a “Senior Friendly” lunch for $5, and a variety of lunch specials. Join The Senior Fun Walk The Fun Walk is Thursday morning, Jan 19. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; warm-up and walk begin at 9:15 a.m., in front of the Special Events Building. Call (813) 653-1988 or 1-888-6700040 for registration forms, or sign up on the day of the walk. There is a minimum donation of $3 for local charites. Walkers will enjoy free continental breakfast, a walk certificate, a sponsor “Goodie” bag and a T-shirt to the first 120 to register. Again, this year we are asking guests to bring in a donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry at ECHO. Admission is FREE. Parking is $3. for directions, call (813) 621-7821. For more information, please call (813) 653-1988 or visit online at www.seniorconnectionfl.com.
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From Leeza Gibbons to Caregivers:
Take Your Own Oxygen First the caregiver because we know that if we take better care of the caregiver, we will get better outcomes for the receiver. Taking your oxygen ﬁrst is the really most selﬂess thing to do.
BY JANICE DOYLE
lzheimer’s disease doesn’t discriminate. It strikes men and women, rich and poor, famous and ordinary. I talked by phone with TV personality Leeza Gibbons, whose firsthand knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease motivated her to become an activist for family caregivers. Her grandmother died of the disease at the same time Gibbons’ mother received her own diagnosis. Now, when she is not gracing the airwaves, Gibbons (54) spends her time heading up Leeza’s Place, a place both online and in real life working on behalf of caregivers. “It’s a place for caregivers to get educated, empowered and energized as they care for someone they love.” Gibbons said they teach caregivers to “take your oxygen ﬁrst, meaning nourish yourself, keep your body strong, take a break and forgive, forgive, forgive…the ﬁrst steps to caring for your loved one.” I asked her to tell us what she had learned.
Q: What are some practical ways to do that? LG: We advocate that
caregivers take the ﬁrst ﬁve minutes and the last ﬁve minutes of every day for personal reﬂection, to do some deep breathing and ask “where are my reserves? How am I doing emotionally? Am I feeling angry or resentful? Am I sad? Do I feel guilty?” Acknowledge those feelings. Realize that you need support, that you can’t do this alone. We’re not inﬁnite resources. People roll their eyes when we say to take even a ﬁve-minute walk every day. But it allows you to get out of your environment so you can cope with greater skill. It gives you oxygen to your brain and your heart so that you will have more physical and emotional reserves to draw from.
Q: What is a practical way to help a caregiver? LG: If someone asks to help, a great
ﬁrst response by the caregiver is to ask them to prepare some veggies or healthy snacks and put them in zip lock bags so when you want to eat, the snacks you grab are healthy ones.
Q: At Leeza’s Place, Q: What can caregivers do to you recommend “take your own oxygen ﬁrst”? scrapbooking. Why? LG: Scrapbooking and memorykeepLG: Walking the path of a caregiver is extraordinarily challenging and depleting at every level—spiritually, emotionally, ﬁnancially, physically. When we advocate “take your own oxygen ﬁrst,” the idea is to shift focus from the diagnosed individual to
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ing give us validation. When we take the time to elevate an experience—a trip, a shared hug, a moment in time that was special—it lets us know that our life matters and that’s all any of us wants to know.
When we scrapbook, we suggest that you pull out photos that will make a loved one feel competent and in control of their lives. It can be multigenerational. An 8-year-old and 80-year-old can both cut, add to a page, tell about a moment in time. Working together demystiﬁes the experience for the child. Kids feel more secure if they have information, and if we make them a part of the process, their fear lessens. And journaling forces you to think about feelings. Sometimes in caregiving, we hurt so much we run from our feelings.
Gibbons and her mother.
Q: Did you make a scrapbook with your mother? LG: I did. I had a sense
of urgency to record her incredible life, to make sure my children knew how funny she was and how fancy she was and the way she loved to celebrate. It also allowed me to rewind to a time before me, to see her as a girl. Doing it was very healing for me.
Q: What was she like as a grandmother? LG: My mom had been vocal and excited about having grandchildren. One time when she was visiting and my kids were very young, I remember feeling a cross between anger and resentment that my mother wasn’t really “present”
with the kids. I realize now it was the beginning stages of the disease and that she wasn’t comfortable in her own skin. One of her big dreams was to take her grandchildren on a cross-country train trip. She never got to do that, so part of what I scrapbooked was what my mom’s hopes and dreams were about the grandchildren.
Q: Any bittersweet stories you want to share? LG: When I was a little girl, Mom
would say, “When I die, don’t let your dad put me in high heels and pearls. I want to be buried in my pajamas.” I didn’t understand, but I carried that with me into adulthood. We buried her in this comfortable gown and buying it was the last dutiful daughter experience that I did for her what she wanted.
Q: What about your father through all of this? LG: My dad cared so lovingly for my mom. He’s an example of taking his oxygen. He found buddies that supported him, and I’m so proud of him. Resources:
What caregivers can do: Offer up Words of Wisdom for others who are struggling. Go to Alzheimersdisease.com through Feb. 29 to enter your caregiving tips. The top ten will receive gift certiﬁcates and be published on the site.
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Is It Time to Pursue Your Dreams? • Choose the back-to-school path and kick-start a dream or finish one you put on hold years ago. • Take a sabbatical to work at your dream. Getting away from the work routine can help you prioritize your goals.
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re you a Baby Boomer contemplating the question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” You may want to remain active and engaged, make a contribution to your community or recapture dreams that you let go earlier in your life. If you’re still working, those may just be dreams—how will you turn them into reality? Many paths can lead you to what’s next in pursuing your dreams. Here are a few ideas:
• The volunteering path lets you use your skills and can take you next door or around the world.
• Take a radical path—become an activist for a cause. Or maybe becoming an entrepreneur or innovator fits your life better.
One man’s dream “Ever since I was a child, I wanted
to be a pro golfer,” said Keith Gockenbach, who retired from a career as an engineer to take his shot at joining the senior tour. “When I finally got to a point in my life when I could take my shot, I did. I learned a lot more about living life than I did about golf.” Gockenbach’s book Inside, Outside and On The Ropes includes some life tips he found on the way to the dream:
spending two years on lessons and never becoming very good. And, I’ve certainly had more people say to me, “I admire you for chasing your dream,” than I’ve had say or even imply, “You’re crazy to try.”
• If you don’t enter, you can’t win. It’s easy to be stopped by the daunting odds that face a pro every week, trying to get on the Champions Tour. After shoulder surgery, I passed on entering three qualifiers where I could have qualified with a low round, as I later did at Sarasota. But when I didn’t enter, I eliminated that opportunity.
• Every stroke counts. I know from playing in the qualifiers that one shot here or there can make the difference between qualifying and going home empty-handed. Life works the same way. When you’re driving a car, focus on safe driving. When you meet someone, take the extra two seconds to learn their name. Give your full attention, even if it’s less than a minute. Every interaction in life deserves a positive approach and relaxed focus. It’s a good habit to develop.
• The greatest regrets in life are for things you didn’t do, not the things you did and did poorly. People usually regret stopping after only a few piano lessons a lot more than
So, if there’s a dream in your head, what can you do to start making it come true? As retirement years stretch before the boomers, there are dreams waiting in the wings.
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Seniors Can Partner with County Education System
BY JANICE DOYLE
f you’ve ever wished you could go back to school, the Gus A. Stavros Institute may be just the place for you. It’s where all Pinellas County fifth graders and eighth graders go for “real life” hands-on free enterprise experiences. Fortunately, the Institute also hosts opportunities for seniors in their special “real life” experiences as a part of the Pinellas Education Foundation. On February 24 the Pinellas Education Foundation will host its annual Senior Expo just for those, oh, ages 60 to 90ish. This year’s Senior Treasure Exploration will help seniors, says Jacqulyn Schuett, Associate Director of Planned Giving & Marketing. “We’ll help people look at all of the things you consider treasures and help answer questions. How do you determine what to save? How do you determine what to pass on? Is there something of my history to preserve in scrapbooking, archiving or other means?” Experts will help seniors determine if there’s someone to help
in the downsizing process and what documenting might need to be done. The Seniors and Scholars Breakfast Series (next one is Jan. 18) attracts retired educators and their friends to the Institute. Schuett says, “We’ve tried to keep people active and interested in what’s happening in education and informed them about activities we’re providing them to stay involved. The breakfasts offer a series of speakers relevant for seniors taking care of their health, wealth other concerns about staying useful and active and part of the community.” The breakfasts also include tours of the Institute and the Foundation, where some decide to become volunteers. Schuett says that all participants leave the breakfasts “captivated by
seeing that what we provide is a powerful way for students to learn real-life skills.” The Stavros Institute is integral to the Pinellas County Schools curriculums. Over 18,000 students a year spend a day there. Enterprise Village –attended one day a year by every fifth grade student in the county – teaches students about America’s economic system. They arrive after six weeks of study in their classrooms with an assigned job which they perform for the day in simulated areas of the Village (bank, radio station, Sweetbay, etc). There’s Finance Park which teaches eighth-grade students personal financial management in a realistic setting. Students arrive at the Park and are presented with a real-life situation (married
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heck out this calendar of events at Barrington Terrace Assisted Living & Memory Care Community: – Referral Networking Breakfast at 9 a.m. – Caregiver Support Group at 10 a.m. – Mother and Daughter Brunch – Time For Assisted Living? 10 a.m. All events are open to the public at no cost! Please RSVP to all events Location: Barrington Terrace 333 16th Ave. SE., Largo, FL 33771 RSVP – (727) 588-0020. Senior Connection • January 2012 • page 12
or single, income amount, etc.) and “spend the day determining how to spend their money and whether they will end up in red or black.” The Career Cove provides high school students with resources, including college scholarships. Volunteers may serve as mentors and tutors for the Foundation’s Doorways Scholars Program (in cooperation with Take Stock in Children). These scholars come from disadvantaged backgrounds and need extra help to become successful in further education or training. Schuett says other volunteers do mailings and office work assisting the busy staff at the Foundation. The Pinellas Education Foundation is rated #1 in the U.S. because of the outstanding partnership between education and the business community. It’s a partnership that pays off every day. To participate in any of the programs at the Foundation, call (727) 588-4816 or email by logging on to pinellaseducation.org.
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A Green Beret in Vietnam: When We Walked Above the Clouds
riter H. Lee Barnes lives in Las Vegas and teaches English and Creative Writing at the College of S. Nevada—a far cry from his days on the battlefield as a member of a Special Forces Author A-team in Vietnam. H. Lee Barnes Typical of many young men in the early ‘60s, Barnes was in college and drifting along as an average student when a letter from his Draft Board made the decision of what he would be doing for the next couple of years of his life. He enlisted in the Army and became, much to his own surprise, a member of the elite Green Beret. There are the legends of the Green Berets and their clandestine, special operations that are celebrated in story and song, and then there’s the reality of one soldier’s experiences. In When We Walked Above The Clouds: A Memoir of Vietnam by H. Lee Barnes, readers share first-hand the day-to-day loss and drudgery that more accurately conveys the daily grind and quiet desperation behind the polished-for-public-consumption accounts of military heroics. Barnes tells what it was like to be a Green Beret; first in the Dominican Republic during the civil war of 1965, and then at A-107, Tra Bong, Vietnam, where he eventually came to serve as the advisor to a Combat Recon Platoon which consisted chiefly of Montagnard irregulars. While Barnes sees his months of simply doing what the mission demanded as nothing to get excited over (after all, bad coffee, heat, insects, sickness, killing rats, cleaning guns and building bunkers make up the routine nature of war), he communicates how this predictability makes the
intensity of patrols and attacks all the more menacing, and his book makes for a very sobering read. He recalls a particular routine patrol that had gone wrong and four of his own and a large number of Vietnamese and Montagnard tribesmen were killed. As he lifted a buddy’s decomposed body off the ground, both a hatred for the enemy and the stupidity of the war emerged and he began his own patrols. He learned to do what few other Americans in his outfit could— climb the treacherous mountains and survive the unforgiving conditions as well as a native. Learning to trust the jungle and all its dangers, he felt more alive than he had before or ever has since. Barnes’s story is one of loss—of morale lost to alcoholism, teammates lost to friendly fire, of missions that were aborted and those that were endlessly and futilely repeated. As the story advances, so does the attrition— teammates get transferred, innocence is cast off and confidence in leadership dwindles. But against this dark background, Barnes manages to honor these men who nonetheless carried the day. Nearly fifty years later, Barnes writes that “Vietnam is the only thing in my life that isn’t fiction,” and his book stands as a tribute to the contribution the men of this elite group made, both the routine and the brave. Vet H. Lee Barnes today is a hiker and biker who loves to tour the highways of the southwest and occasionally rambles down its inviting back roads...just curious to see what’s around the next corner. For more information on this award-winning author, please visit: hleebarnes.net.
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“Tip of the Tongue” Forgetting
emember in November when Rick Perry failed to retrieve the name of one of the federal agencies he would abolish if elected president— namely the Department of Energy? That was most likely an example of a very common phenomenon called “Tip of the Tongue” or TOT, says a University at Buffalo psycholinguist. “TOT occurs when we know the meaning of the word or words we want to retrieve but are unable to access their sounds,” says Gail Mauner, Ph.D., Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. She says that often, when we are in a TOT state, we have partial access to the form aspects of a word or phrase—that is, we might be able to say what the first letter is
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or how many syllables it has but are not able to retrieve the entire word. These events are typically not a measure of intelligence, nor are they evidence of a lack of knowledge, she says. She noted that Rick Perry, as a governor of Texas, is likely to be quite knowledgeable about the Department of Energy. TOT states are more common for words that are infrequent (like “protractor”) and for proper names. She says such incidents increase as we get older. When a word is not produced very frequently, Mauner says the connections between its meaning and its sounds may be weak. (Newswise)
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Seven Ways Grieving Affects Your Health Eating disturbances.
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The nervous system chemicals that contribute to our emotional state also affect healthy hunger signals. Eating too much (trying to self-comfort using food) and eating too little (loss of appetite) are commonplace among those who’ve suffered a loss.
he toll of grief goes beyond an emotional cost. Our mental struggles also affect our physical health. Don’t hesitate to see your physician for advice and help as you go through this difficult time. Here are seven common symptoms that mourners experience.
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The inability to sleep easily, deeply and through the night is common under these circumstances and may take months or years to improve. Chronic insomnia can lead to chronic fatigue.
Abdominal pain and “heartache.” The emotional pain recognition site in the brain is located near the region that senses and interprets sensations, including pain, from the stomach and other abdominal organs. When we suffer emotionally, the brain responds by releasing neurochemicals we experience in our body as an intense aching in our upper abdomen and lower chest.
Mood swings and irritability.
Grieving people often feel as if they are going insane. That’s because anxiety is a frequent component of
Functional impairment. Anxiety and
stress resulting from extreme grief can cause the mourner to experience noticeable impairment in concentration, decision making and even physical reaction time, known as psychomotor retardation. It can be hazardous to your health to do any activity—such as driving, skiing, roof work, etc.—when you’re under severe duress from mourning.
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Intense grief leads to feelings of depression, rejection, despondency and
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you may be permitted to play golf, walk and dance. However, more strenuous sports, such as tennis or . I’m considering having a running, may be discouraged. hip replaced. What are the There can be complications from odds that this operation will work? joint-replacement surgery. These include infection, blood clots, loosA: The American Academy of Orening of the prosthesis, dislocation thopaedic Surgeons says joint reof the joint, excessive wear, prosplacement surgery is successful in thetic breakage and nerve injury. more than 9 out of 10 people. And There are remedies for all of these replacement of a hip or knee lasts complications, but sometimes the at least 20 years in about 80 percent correction will take more surgery. of those who have the surgery. Surgeons are refining techniques In the procedure, an arthritic or and developing new ones, such as damaged joint is removed and reminimal-incision surgery. There is placed with an artificial joint called a surgical alternative to total hip a “prosthesis.” Artificial joints are replacement. It’s called hip resurmedical devices that must be cleared facing. The primary difference in or approved by the FDA before they hip resurfacing is that the surgeon can be marketed in the United States. doesn’t remove the ball at the top The goal of surgery is to relieve the of the thigh bone. Instead, the dampain in the joint caused by the damaged ball is reshaped, and then a age done to cartilage, the tissue that metal cap is anchored over it. serves as a protective cushion and Hip resurfacing, unlike hip replaceallows smooth, low-friction movement, preserves enough bone to permit ment of the joint. Total joint replacea total replacement if it is necessary ment is considered if other treatlater. Resurfacing is not recomment options will not bring relief. In an arthritic knee, the damaged ends mended for patients with osteoporosis, of the bones and cartilage are replaced a disease that makes bones porous and vulnerable to fractures. Some with metal and plastic surfaces that are shaped to restore knee function. In healthcare experts advise getting a replacement hip joint, not a resuran arthritic hip, the damaged ball and facing, if you are older than 65. socket of this joint are replaced by a If you would like to read more metal ball and plastic socket. Several columns, you can order a copy of metals are used, including stainless steel, alloys of cobalt and chrome, and “How to be a Healthy Geezer” at healthygeezer.com. All Rights titanium. The plastic material is durable and wear-resistant polyethylene. Reserved © 2011 by Fred Cicetti. The two most common joints requiring this form of surgery are the knee and hip, which are weight-bearing. But replacements can also be performed on other joints, including the ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow and fingers. After total hip or knee replacement you will often stand and begin walking the day after surgery. Initially, you will walk with a walker, crutches or a cane. Most patients have some temporary pain in the replaced joint because the surrounding muscles are weak from inactivity and the tissues are healing, but it will end in a few weeks or months. Exercise is an important part of the recovery process. After your surgery, BY FRED CICETTI
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A: If you are an adult, you must be unable to work for a year or more because of a medical condition or combination of medical impairments. Overall, we use a five-step evaluation process to decide whether you are disabled. The process considers any current work activity you are doing. It also considers your medical condition and how it affects your ability to work. To be found disabled: • You must be unable to do work you did before you became disabled and we must decide you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition; and • Your disability must last, or be expected to last, for at least one year or to result in death.
Social Security pays only for total disability. We do not pay benefits for partial or short-term disability. For more information, read our publication Disability Benefits at socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10029.html.
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Technology—Of Lovers and Liars T
wo stories from the world of technology caught our eye recently. The first is heartwarming; the second shows that people will be people, no matter what.
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Hearing Loss and Invisible Hearing Solutions H earing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Approximately 36 million (17 percent) of American adults say that they have some degree of hearing loss. Roughly one-third of Americans 65 to 74 years of age and 47 percent of those 75 and older have hearing loss. Hearing loss comes in many forms. It can range from a mild loss in which a person misses certain high-pitched sounds, a wax build-up that creates a temporary hearing loss, to a total loss of hearing. It can be hereditary or it can result from disease, trauma, certain medications or long-term exposure to loud noises. The most common form of hearing loss, presbycusis, is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most individuals as they grow older. Sadly, many people affected with hearing loss are reluctant to seek help. Untreated hearing loss poses considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects. A thorough hearing test is the first step in determining if you do in fact have hearing loss. A hearing test is a quick, painless and non-invasive test performed by a Hearing Healthcare Provider. The test begins with a thorough case history, which assists the hearing professional with specific health information that may provide insight into hearing loss causes and will assist them in determining the prescribed course of action. Following the test, the hearing professional will discuss the results with you and may provide further recommendations, including treatment options like hearing aids. If you suspect you have a hearing loss it is important to have your hearing tested as soon as possible. The “use-it or lose-it” principle applies to our hearing; the sooner you treat hearing loss, the better the outcome of treatment.
Today’s hearing aids are super-small (many completely invisible) and stylish, but it’s their performance that makes them so attractive. Ultra-miniature computers using parallel processing can analyze, shape and deliver sound to each ear’s prescription needs. This results in soft sounds being audible and speech clear, even in background noise. If that weren’t enough, these hearing devices are now wireless, allowing for hands free Bluetooth connections to your TV, cell phone and even your car’s navigation system. As technology gets more advanced, it becomes more readily available at multiple price points. “Invisible Hearing Aids” have been receiving a lot of press lately, most recently with Matt Lauer on the TODAY show. During the segment they discussed different types of hearing devices available today and the Lyric hearing device was specifically mentioned. Invisible hearing devices like the Lyric fit very deep in the ear canal and are worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even in the shower. Having “always on” hearing allows you to be at your best at all times and removes the need for daily insertion and changing of batteries. There are many hearing solutions to bridge those frustrating communication gaps. Enjoy reconnecting with your loved ones again. It’s a New Year and a great time for new beginnings for better hearing. To learn more about hearing loss and hearing correction, or to schedule a free hearing test and consultation, call Sound Advice Hearing Solutions at (727) 822-2132 or visit www.soundadviceflorida.com. Senior Connection • January 2012 • page 21
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y mother is 85 and lives alone. She is adamant about staying in her own home, but I worry about her safety. How can I make sure her surroundings are as safe as possible? —Katherine, 58, Ohio
You’re right to be concerned; the most innocent rooms in the house can be potential danger zones for the elderly. But with a few common sense steps, you can make your mom’s home a safer place. I recently partnered with Medical Alert to develop a reference guide called Elder Home Safety (download it free at MedicalAlert.com). Some highlights: • Look around each and every room to assess potential hazards. Get rid of that electric blanket, toss those throw rugs in the hallway—they’re an accident waiting to happen! Check the batteries in the smoke and CO2 detectors. And so on.
• Increase the wattage of light bulbs for better sight, replace round doorknobs with levers for easier opening and set the temperature of the water heater no higher than 120 degrees F. • In the kitchen: consider replacing regular dishes with non-breakable styles.
• In the bathroom: I cannot say enough about safety rails. Add them inside and right outside the shower or tub and also by the toilet. • Consider technology: phones with larger buttons, computerless e-mail services, home monitoring systems that protect your elder while preserving their privacy, etc.
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e stopped recently in Sebring and spent several hours in the incredibly wonderful Children’s Museum of the Highlands with Brandon, 4, and Caitlin, 7. Linda Crowder, Museum Director, has spent over 20 years creating exhibits that children will love. There are more than 20 areas of play, and kids can spend hours just enjoying themselves. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to play as well—as I did with some of the more popular exhibits. They include a grocery store, a diner, a model train, a race car, an airplane, a fire truck, a postal truck, a fire tower, a construction area, a television station, a hospital, a theater stage and a bank area (complete with safe deposit boxes).
Each area is well-maintained and the quality of the exhibits speaks highly to the ingenuity of Crowder, who is the museum’s only full-time employee, serving as everything from director to maintenance person.
Brandon tries on wigs in the theater.
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Finding PEace on I-95–Road Trip Must-Sees BY STAN AND SANDRA PHILLIPS
hen the Martin Luther King Memorial opened recently on the Mall in DC, we started thinking about the other amazing statues you can see right off the exits of I-95. You can turn your next trip into a treasure hunt to find these carved jewels.
Travel DC – King of Peace
DC Exit 19B: 27 years in the making, a National Memorial to Martin Luther King opened to the public on the 48th anniversary of his “I have a dream” speech. The Mall in Washington, D.C., always a sacred place for monuments dedicated to expresidents, now honors King for his accomplishments as well. The sculpture shows King emerging from rough stone with his brow furrowed, arms crossed and looking out over the horizon. Long granite walls ﬂanking the sides feature 14 of King’s most famous quotes. The Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin wanted to show him deep in thought and named it the Stone of Hope. The words were borrowed from his speech, “From a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” King proves that one person can truly change a nation. mlkmemorial.org.
DE – Lady of Peace
DE Rte. 9 Exit: You can’t miss Our Lady Queen of Peace, high on a hill with her arms outstretched in front of Holy Spirit Church, with the sun bouncing off the 33’ high stainless steel statue.
Father Sweeney started the project with the power of prayer. A committee used “Rosary Checks” to record the number of rosaries that an individual prayed for the building of a statue. The goal was for 500,000. Not only did the number of rosaries prayed exceed this, but unsolicited donations came in before any formal fund raising began. This sculpture by Charles C. Parks is sometimes referred to as “Our Lady of the Highways,” since it sits majestically on the approach to the the Delaware Memorial Bridge. ourlady-de.org.
MD – Disturbing his Peace MD Exit 2A: In the newest city along I-95, National Harbor, see if you can ﬁnd the giant who appears to be emerging from the sand, struggling to free himself. It’s called “The Awakening,” and kids use him as a playground. Created in 1980 by J. Seward Johnson Jr., the sculpture is actually ﬁve separate aluminum pieces buried in the sand. The left hand and right foot barely protrude, while the bent left leg and knee jut into the air. The 17-foot high right arm and hand reach farther out of the earth. The bearded face seems to be yelling as he struggles to emerge from the earth. nationalharbor.com.
NC – End of War – Beginning of Peace
NC Exit 150A: Directly off this exit, at the entrance to the Quantico Marine Base, you can see a re-creation of the famous WWII Iwo Jima Statue created by Felix de Weldon. It is majestically lit up at night. In a 35 day ﬁght for Iwo Jima, an island that was crucial for U.S. bombing raids on Japan’s main islands, 6,821 marines were killed. On February 23, 1945 U.S. Marines from the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raised the U.S. ﬂag atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. After being cast in Brooklyn, NY, the original statue actually was driven down I-95, headed to Arlington National Cemetery, where you can still see it.
NC – Keeping the Peace
NC Exit 52B: “The original Iron Mike is a statue that represents all paratroopers in the U.S. Army,” said Paul Galloway of the Airborne and Special Ops Museum foundation. It’s a 15-foot statue depicting the airborne trooper who is always watching, waiting and alert. It has been Fort Bragg’s most prominent symbol since 1961, but was replaced there six
years ago with a bronze replica. Now everyone can see the original standing outside the Airborne and Special Ops Museum in Fayetteville, NC. The statue was the creation of the wife of a former deputy post chaplain. Mike’s stance reﬂects an airborne soldier who has completed a combat jump. PFC Michael A. Scambellure, an 82nd Airborne Division soldier who received the Silver Star for his heroic actions in Sicily, originally inspired the statue. Notice his jaw set with determination, the grenade at the ready, the trench knife at the boots and the Thompson 45. asomf.org.
ME – Piece of Chocolate
ME Exit 42: If you’ve come north to see a moose, you will not be disappointed if you stop here. Lenny the chocolate moose is made of 1,700 lbs. of milk chocolate. He was unveiled on July 1, 1997 after having been sculpted on-site in about four weeks. The shop was opened in 1926 by Len Libby, a master candymaker who was retired but bored. In 1949, Len Libby sold his business to Fernand Hemond, who had apprenticeed here while still in college. Since you can’t eat Lenny, you will have to choose amongst treats like raspberry cream, coconut roll, peanut butter log, molasses chip, chocolate pretzel and more. If that wasn’t enough, they have 18 kinds of trufﬂes and sugar-free options too. 419 U.S. Route 1. lenlibby.com. For an exit-by-exit guide on lodging, food, gas, fun facts, attractions and more, read “Drive I-95 5th Edition” or visit drivei95.com.
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Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed? Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery?” Why is “abbreviated” such a long word? Why is it that doctors call what they do ‘“practice?” Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons? Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food? Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes? Why do they sterilize the needle they use for lethal injections? You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?! Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains? Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress? If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
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National Park Service Passes Available by Mail
ifetime passes to America’s national parks for senior citizens and Americans with disabilities are now available through the mail or at national parks. Many parks have trails, campsites and picnic areas that are accessible to people with limited mobility and to wheelchair users. The Senior ($10) and Access (free and available regard-
less of age for those with permanent disabilities) passes provide admission to federal recreation sites that charge entrance or amenity fees. Both passes require a $10 processing fee to receive by the mail. Download and print applications at nps.gov.passes, complete along with proper documentation and applicable document processing fees.
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arking fees are going up to $5 at three of Pinellas County’s largest waterfront parks—Fred Howard in Tarpon Springs, Sand Key in Clearwater and Fort De Soto south of Tierra Verde. One daily fee allows visitors to visit any or all of these three parks. No feeding
the meters or watching the clock. All three parks in one day? Sure. Leave and come back later that day? Sure. An annual parking pass is $75 ($55 for seniors) for your favorite park. Information at pinellascounty.org/parks or call (727) 582-2100.
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mericans are mesmerized by superstar pin-ups, an attraction that can outlive the seductress herself. Case in point: Nearly 50 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe returned to the silver screen recently in “My Week with Marilyn,” starring Michelle Williams. With all respect to that blonde seductress, author and historian Michael Foster says an even older femme fatale could be an even bigger box-office draw. Alas, he notes, few know the name Adah Menken, darling of soldiers on both sides in the Civil War. The actress had more chutzpah than Monroe and showed a lot more skin than World War II’s favorite pin-up, Betty Grable, write Foster and coauthor Barbara Foster in their new biography, A Dangerous Woman.
“When the telegraph was Twitter, Adah owned the media. Her scandals made front-page headlines,” Foster says. “Long before Demi Moore posed naked on the cover of Vanity Fair, Adah was ‘“The Naked Lady.”And by the time she died at age 33, she had matched Elizabeth Taylor husband for husband—five—by the same age.” A number of recent movies and TV episodes have been based on Adah Menken. In “Bonanza,” she was played by Ruth Roman. “Sophia Loren played her in ‘Heller in Pink Tights’ opposite Anthony Quinn,” says Foster. “In the recent movie ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ Rachel McAdams plays an athletic, seductive Irene/Adah. The Sherlock Holmes story ‘A Scandal in Bohemia,’ filmed several times for TV, features Irene Adler playing a character clearly based on Menken.”
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f course they are! You just lead towards the AQ or KJ or some such holding, and, when fate is kind, an extra trick materializes. But, if they can, experienced players will avoid the whims of fate, as in this deal.
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West leads the Q♥, and Declarer can see a certain loser in Hearts and another in Diamonds. So, if 4♠ is to make, then Declarer must avoid losing two Clubs. Any ideas? One way to play Clubs (after drawing trumps) is to finesse the Ten, hoping that West has the King and the Queen.
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That’s somewhat unlikely (around 25 percent). Another possibility is to finesse the Eight, and later finesse the Ten, hoping that West has K9 or Q9. That’s a 37 percent chance. Or, Declarer might run the Jack, giving himself the extra chance that West might neglect to cover with his honor. Which finesse will you choose? The correct answer is that you don’t care for any of these finesses, you much prefer the 100 percent method! Draw trumps, cash the red suit winners and exit with a Heart (or a Diamond). The defenders can take their Heart and Diamond tricks but now their goose is cooked. If they lead another red card then Declarer pitches a Club loser from one hand and ruffs in the other hand (the so-called “ruff and sluff”). And if they break open Clubs then Declarer will lose only one trick in the suit. Yes, finesses are easy, especially when you can avoid taking them! Visit acbl.org for more about the fascinating game of bridge or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To find a bridge club in Florida, go to district9acbl.org/D9Clubsmap.htm Bridge article provided courtesy of St. Petersburg Bridge Club; online at stpetebridge.org.
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steaming hot bowl of oatmeal provides a delicious—and healthy—start to a day. And we’ve all heard that eating oats may help protect against high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Here are three ideas to boost the nutrition further:
Recipe • Make oatmeal with calcium-rich milk instead of water. Follow the same directions given for water, just use milk instead. • Kick the nutrition up another notch by serving oatmeal with antioxidantrich berries, either fresh or frozen. • Sprinkle oatmeal with cinnamon for sweetness and possible health benefits.
Stir mixture once more and transfer to an 8 x 8 baking pan that’s been coated generously with cooking spray. (You could also use two small loaf pans.) Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. To serve, cut into squares and drizzle each serving with maple syrup. Recipe from mrbreakfast.com.
Baked Banana Raisin Oatmeal
3 eggs 2 very ripe bananas, mashed 3 c. quick or old-fashioned oats 1 ½ c. low-fat milk ½ c. raisins ½ c. honey ¼ c. oil 1 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla Lightly beat eggs. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir until well combined. Let mixture set at least 10 minutes for oats to absorb some of the liquid.
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1 c. old fashion rolled oats 1 c. chopped apple 1/2 c. dried cranberries 1 tbsp. butter melted 1 tbsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. salt 1 c. orange juice 1 c. water
Spray the inside of slow cooker with non stick cooking spray. Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl. Poor into slow cooker. Cook on very low or warm for 9 hours. Serves 6.
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Seniors Getting Together WOMEN SEEKING MEN 4080 SEEKING NICE GENTLEMAN White, Christian female, never smoke, wine with my dinner (a glass). Honest, healthy, music, exercises, travel, etc. Please send a recent photo. 4087 SEEKING NICE GENTLEMAN White, single female, 71 years young, NS, ISO someone for companionship, eating out, movies and sports. 4089 HONEST, KIND, PRETTY, FUN young 75 WWF looking for kind, intelligent, healthy, gentleman open to love and true togetherness, friendship and more. Good music, conversation, reading, going out, all pleasantries. 4091 ATTRACTIVE DBF, 71, 5’5” full figure, healthy, BS degree, good values and morals, NS, SD, sincere. Enjoys God-given pleasures of life. Seeks same qualities in tall SBM, 70-plus for friendship. Will exchange photographs. 4093 CHRISTIAN WWBF, 63, ATTRACTIVE, honest, sincere, who loves the Lord. ISO a true Christian
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MEN SEEKING WOMEN 4081 EAST INDIAN MALE, 64 YEARS, professional, seeking a soulmate. White female, petite, attractive, into the spiritual nature. Photo. St. Petersburg. 4082 SEEKS BLACK FEMALE DWM, 58, 5’9”, 190 lbs., sense of humor, great personality, NS, SD. Enjoys beaches, basketball, dining, travel, casino and more. Seeking BF, any age. Please send photo and phone. Pinellas County. 4084 LETS TEE IT UP 76 YO WM, HWP, WW, financially secure, SD, NS, NDRG, ISO lady golfing partner. Ability not important; enthusiasm is. Also interested in dining, walks,
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Hillsborough Auditions: January 18 - 9:00 a.m. to noon Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce 1651 Sun City Center Plaza • Sun City, FL 33573 January 25 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m Brandon Community Center 502 East Sadie Street • Brandon, FL 33510 Senior Talent Show February 18, 2012 - 3:00 p.m. Spoto High School 8538 Eagle Palm Drive Riverview, FL 33578
Participants must be at least 55 years young. Only solo & duet acts, no groups please. Please bring your own instruments and your own tape/cd or accompanist to the audition. A piano will be available. Audition on first-come first-serve basis. No Entry Fee to audition. Ten Acts will be chosen from the auditions to perform at the show!
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Timeless Advice about Worry W orrying is one behavior shared by just about everybody. Yet we all know that worrying never got a project done or solved a personal problem. Here is timeless, practical advice on handling worry in a high-pressure world. Use this 3-step formula for solving worry situations:
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