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t shouldn’t be this much fun to keep happy healthy chickens in your own backyard… but it is!” (from the online Janice Doyle, blog: Chicken Editor Keeping Secrets) These days if I wonder where Dear Husband is, there’s a good chance he’s out back on a “tour de coup.” Our mixed-breeds “girls”—hens named Katarina and Ophelia (blacks), Click and Cluck (reds) and Dominique (black and white)—require some sort of checking on five or six times a day. Reality? Nothing much changes in their coop or attached chicken yard during any 24-hour period. We find it fun, however, to just go out and watch their antics. Or toss them some (quite expensive) cracked corn. Or just stand and talk to or about our girls. How we became suburban chicken ranchers is one of those marriage things. I said: “I always loved chickens growing up on a farm.” DH heard: “Janice wants chickens.”

The new-aluminum-porch-salesman said: “Hauling away the old wood is included in the cost.” DH heard: “We’re planning to take cedar 4 x 4s and 2 x 8s to the dump! Some of it is past using, but the rest…” A day later I asked: “What’s your new book?”

DH replied: “Raising Chickens for Dummies.” And that’s how DH became Facilities and Maintenance Director for our little chicken ranch and I became Acquisitions and Distribution Manager. His hand sketches and lists of supplies were free. Wire fencing, nails, hinges and locks were definitely not. He was “man, the provider” as Senior Connection • March 2012 • page 2

with the other girls. he flashed his credit To say “sounds like card at Home Depot a bunch of old hens” and wielded his power makes sense as we listen saw on boards stretched to their universal sound over sawhorses. The of braaaaap, braaaap. man and his tools beA good alpha rooster came a thing to behold. tells the world when the And then one day our sun is about to rise and pleasant chicken kingthen crows again when the dom was completed. sun has followed up on Our future girls would the statement. We don’t go in and out from think our neighbors would coop to yard on a clever Katarina enjoy that information, so ladder; their covered there will be no alpha rooster on our yard fence would allow no predators. ranch. That means no fertilized eggs. A wire floor on the raised coop area I never explained that to Katarina, and offered the Maintenance Director she recently tried to “brood,” sitting on easy cleanup for the anticipated six a nest day and night like a good “mothor seven pounds of manure each er hen.” We didn’t leave her “nest egg” chicken is predicted to provide each under her (lest it become “a bad egg”). year (think flower beds here). You get the picture. We have We took DH’s credit card and made our way to the Tractor Supply store in fresh eggs which I, as Distribution Manager, figure are now costing us Plant City to shop for supplies. Waabout $5 each considering expenses terer? Check. Feeder? Check. Grower mash? Check. Magazines for backyard to date. Because of the girls’ mixed heritage, one red hen lays dark brown chicken people like us? Check. eggs, the other lays large creamIt was time to find our first girls. colored eggs, and our little black From ads on Craigslist, we finally hens lay small creamy white eggs. chose four babies and settled in to get For us – empty nesters that we connected in a small way to the earth, to the reality of food sources, to nature. are – raising chickens has become a point of conversation, a joint Cliches based on chickens come endeavor we created together. to mind. The fresh eggs? Well, they’re “Pecking order”: Katarina and really all they’re cracked up to be. Ophelia were—and still are—at the And, if this makes you homesick top of the pecking order. Guess what? to have chickens, it’s cheaper to They’re just a family of siblings watch a flock live on hencam.com. who’ve had to work out how to I’m not kidding! Someone put a live together, as one writer said. webcam on their backyard flock. We added Dominique recently We’ll not be doing that. and discovered that our girls didn’t want a stepsister and the pecking became real. She now has her own little coop next to the bigger yard, and Cluck sometimes still rushes the fence trying to henpeck her. In the ad “Great Senior Events” Ophelia was “mad as a wet hen” that ran in last month’s edition, the when we carelessly left the nest box date for the Senior Fun Fest at the door open and she “flew the coop.” I St. Petersburg Coliseum was incorfound her circling the chicken yard, rectly listed as March 28. The event rushing headlong at the fence every will be held on March 27, 2012. few feet trying desperately to get back

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St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art Celebrates Human Creativity

BY JANICE DOYLE

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ven if you’ve never before been held spellbound by a study of ancient Egypt, the current special exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is likely to do just that. “Ancient Egypt – Art and Magic: Treasures from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art” is at the museum until April 29. The private collection—here in its world premiere—tells the story of how the elite of a society prepared for their journey into the afterlife. Art pieces on exhibit provide insights to the key ideas of Egyptian civilization: the materials (stone, alabaster, papyrus, wood), colors (from natural sources and preserved by the dry Egyptian climate for thousands of years) and writing. Much of the art of the culture portrayed in various ways the magical powers of regeneration around them. The color black, for example, represents fertility because black was the color of the silt deposited in the Nile Valley during annual floods which regenerated the desert soil for crops. The exhibit’s first gallery traces the 14 periods of Egyptian history over 4,000 years. One gallery shows impressive stone and alabaster vessels. Another room contains a collection of shabtis, small figures placed in a tomb to do the ritual work in the deceased’s afterlife. There’s a granite statue of Rameses the Great and, in the last gallery, two notable sarcophagus lids. Museum Director Kent Lydecker said the exhibition contains 101 objects, all telling stories and “. . . each story is more fascinating than the one before.” Of the Museum of Fine Arts, Lydecker said, “I’m enormously proud of this museum. Nobody does it better (than this staff). We offer quality, excellence and engagement.”

He described the museum as “encyclopedic,” meaning that it has a comprehensive art collection which “celebrates human creativity of all times and all places throughout history.” Lydecker came to the museum a year ago as director, he said, in part because of its extensive collection. He also complimented the vision of the museum’s founders who emphasized having an education component which serves the area well. (All school children who visit with their classes leave with a family pass, for example.) On a museum tour, Lydecker pointed out that as visitors move from room to room, they also move from one part of the world to another through art: India, China and Japan, Greek theater, America, Europe. One unique piece I found was a Medieval ivory piece. A lovely little collection of photography puts the old photos we have as family into perspective as art. On the second floor, nineteenth century photographs of Egypt from the museum’s collection capture the land of the pyramids before tourism. “Give yourself permission to slow down,” Lydecker suggested, as a way to really appreciate the true treasures which make up the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. Good advice. And you won’t be sorry you did. Through April 29: “Ancient Egypt: Art and Magic” special exhibition. Open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Info at (727) 896-2667 or online at fine-arts.org.


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Live the Sporting Life for

BY EVELYN MACKEY

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hen all is said and done, it’s not the shots that won the championship that you remember, but the friendships you made along the way.” Seniors universally know that regular exercise, along with a good diet, good medical care, good genes and a bit of luck, can postpone getting to that place called “old.” And today’s seniors are redefining “sports” as they accommodate damaged knees or hips—or as their bodies just plain say “slow it down, buddy.” The thing is that they want to be outside living the sporting life because they still enjoy competing. An added bonus is that they don’t have to prove anything to anyone anymore as they adapt to less strenuous sports. Here are some of the sports enjoyed in Florida:

Paddling Kayaking has become the favorite water sport for senior paddlers. Kayaks are faster, easier to steer (because of the low profile) and easier to manage in strong wind than canoes. SOTs (Sit On Top) kayaks even come with a small wheel mounted under the stern to make it easy for one person to pick up and walk it to or from the water. Paddle boats are yet another type of kayak propelled by your feet on pedals much like a cyclist would pedal—especially good for those with arm or shoulder problems who can’t wield the conventional paddle.

Lawn Bowling The sport of lawn bowling takes on the look of a scene straight out of The Great Gatsby with people dressed in white moving gracefully around a green court. It’s a fun lawn or court game where the objective is to roll slightly asymmetric balls so they stop close to a smaller ball (or bowl). Here in Florida it’s an outdoor sport which draws dozens of people who enjoy it as a low impact, therapeutic form of exercise.

Pickleball Pickleball is a court sport, sort of a combination of tennis and ping pong. It’s played with lightweight paddles and whiffleballs with four players per court. Look around for a local group.

Shuffleboard Now being considered a “retro” sport by a younger generation, shuffleboard is a peaceful sport.

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There’s a soothing, quieting effect to the gentle scraping sound of the pucks on the court. Players use broom-shaped paddles to push weighted pucks down a narrow and elongated court hoping they’ll come to rest within a marked scoring area. Of interest: The world-famous St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club is experiencing a surge in popularity by turning the club into a complete Friday night experience for all ages. Hundreds attend for food, music, dance and a feeling of acceptance. Trivia: In its heyday of the ‘30s through the ‘60s, the St. Pete club had 110 playing courts and a membership of over 5,000.

Horseshoes Horseshoes is an old sport, historically played most anywhere horses were found. The goal is to throw horseshoes at a stake in the ground with scoring based on how close the horseshoe gets to the stake. Men and women who love this sport attest to its physical and mental attributes as an aid to staying young. Physically there’s lots of walking, bending, resistance, etc. The mental workout includes using mental math, thinking for strategy, decision-making skills and much more. Add the social component and it sounds like the perfect sport!

Friendship

Cornhole Toss Cornhole or Corn Toss is a great driveway sport for ages 2 to 102. It’s similar to horseshoes except you use wooden boxes called platforms and corn bags. Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. This sport is more portable than horseshoes because it doesn’t require sandpits, so once you have your platform it becomes a takealong sport which builds flexibility and balance. It’s also great for those with mobility issues. Other sports to consider are bocce ball, disc golf, badminton, archery—and good, old, free walking! Helen Hayes was right when she proclaimed, “Resting is rusting.” We can’t stop the clock, but we can slow its tick and enjoy life with sports and teammates. Senior Connection • March 2012 • page 7


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inyl siding was introduced in the late 1950s as a substitute for aluminum siding. Ongoing changes in the product’s chemistry and installation techniques have improved its performance and furthered its acceptance by builders and homeowners. It is known for easy installation and reduced maintenance, especially when compared to wood siding. Vinyl siding costs can vary widely based on the manufacturer, the specific product type (Premium Dutch Lap, Vinyl Shake, Board & Batten, etc.), warranty details, the thickness of siding, the installer you use, the scope of your project and more. Installation costs for any exterior siding depend on the quality of the contractor and the architecture of your home. For typical products, installation will normally cost about $1.60 per square foot, since it is a much easier process for vinyl than other products. (Cedar clapboard siding, for example, requires painting and more labor time, which costs about 2.5 times more than vinyl to install.) Because installation is so important, check references of any contractor you’re considering. Request written estimates, then visit past jobs and a current project to give them a thorough once-over.

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Shuffleboard—A Game for All and a Game for Health BY MARY BETH RUSSELL

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rive by any mobile home park that has shuffleboard courts and you will likely see residents out in the fresh air enjoying the game in our beautiful Florida weather. Shuffleboard is a challenging game that is gentle on your joints, stimulating to your mind, economical to play and gives you a social outing. Many mobile home communities have shuffleboard leagues that are designed to provide opportunities for players at all different skill and experience levels. Categories range from basic play in a “Friendship League” to the more competitive “A” and “B” teams which typically compete weekly in “Park against Park” competitions. Who shuffles and why? Both men and women can play this game. Size and strength is not a factor.

An experienced 90-year-old player can make it look easy while a novice 50-year-old has a lot to learn! Seniors who have had hip, knee and/or shoulder surgery find shuffleboard gentle on their joints. Those with arthritis and aching backs find the weight-bearing exercise improves their mobility and balance. What is shuffleboard? Shuffleboard is a game of strategy, skill and luck! It is played on a long unique cement “court” with a large painted triangle outlined at each end. Points are gained in certain areas with 10s, 8s, or 7s being scored. Landing in the dreaded “kitchen” is 10 points off the score. Most courts require the sprinkling of special “beads” that facilitate the smooth sliding action of the disc as

it is shot toward the opposite end of the court. Players use long cues or “shuffleboard sticks” to shoot yellow or black round discs down the court to score by having their disc stop in one of the specially marked areas of the triangle. Players use four discs each for a round of play. The game can be played as “singles” (one player opposes one other player) or can be played as “doubles” (two players are a team). Scoring is done in frames and most games are comprised of 10 frames or the first person/ team to reach 75 points completes the game. Focus and strategy are important parts of the game. Making the right shot to clear an opponent’s disc and to score your own keeps one’s mind alert!

The Clearwater Shuffleboard Club, located at 1020 Calumet Street offers 26 indoor and 26 outdoor courts for play. Here, 150 members all at different skill levels enjoy this challenging game as well as the social interaction. The club offers free lessons by a previous world champion Wednesdays at 1 p.m. The club also hosts numerous tournaments for both amateurs and pro players as well as “fun–shuffling days” for members. The large clubhouse, complete with full kitchen facilities and clean restrooms, also houses the world “Shuffleboard Hall of Fame.” Here the history of the game is told, world tournament winners are acknowledged and trophies are displayed. You may contact the club at (727) 446-3306 for further information.

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Yearning for the Past While Driving into the Future BY JOHN C. LIBURDI

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ven though many decades have passed since the Beatles song “Drive My Car” was a hit, Paul McCartney’s words still ring in our collective ears: “Baby you can drive my car.” Given that Paul was to be chauffeuring a lady star of the screen, the car had to be a grand automobile. Such a car was easy enough to find back then, but a magnificent automobile might be rather difficult to find in this era of advanced technology and futuristic vehicles. My senility notwithstanding, one would have to agree that most of today’s cars look to be cold techno toys, not unlike scary UFOs. Back in the day, cars had real personality and powerful presence. I yearn for the elegance of the sculptured fenders that graced my postwar Pontiac Torpedo, beautifully flared out with sweeping curves. Like many other cars of the ‘40s, 50s and ‘60s era, its wheels were

adorned with big silver hubcaps, looking like four huge jewels. I also miss the art deco hood ornaments that used to be on those cars, gleaming figures of jet aircraft, exotic animals and semi-nude women, all truly inspiring. Then there were those massive, curvy chrome bumpers of yesteryear, each one heavier than a trendy Smart car. And much like that grouchy old lady at the counter in the burger joint once asked, “Where’s the beef?” I’m asking today’s automakers, “where’s the fins?” The dramatic evolution of the automobile is clearly evident in today’s advertising hype. Forget about the car’s mechanical attributes; instead, everyone is excited about how many channels the satellite radio receives, how the navigation system leads the driver by the nose to a given destination, and how upscale cars autonomously maneuver into a parking spot while the stupid humans inside just watch.

Now everyone is suddenly fascinated with those highly innovative push-button starters, like our cars had way back when. Of course, people who market high tech autos hide the fact that a driver can’t yell at his kids in the back seat anymore; to do so would get the car’s computer all confused about the voice commands he previously screamed into the dashboard. It’s true that my lingering love for old cars is largely a matter of infatuation, but it’s not that I’m stubbornly stuck in the past. The new cars are just becoming stranger and stranger to me as technology evolves. I guess some of us are simply destined to suffer from future-shock. Indeed, the day is coming when cars will travel without a driver at the wheel.

Research engineers are eagerly working to bring that concept into being. When it happens, we’ll all be relegated to mere passenger status and, sad to say, Paul McCartney won’t be able to drive that big car for his Hollywood diva anymore. On the bright side however, the two of them will be able to enjoy more time together in the rear seat, just like we did back in the good old days! (Liburdi lives in the Charlotte, NC metro area. His recent book ItalianAmerican Fusion: Italy’s Influence on the Evolution of America is available at internet bookstores and on the Kindle e-reader.)

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All New Senior Fun Fest Comes to the Coliseum!

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Entertainment Enjoy live performances on stage throughout the day. Celebrate the ‘60s with Richie Merritt of The Marcels, William “Duece” Hulett—the “Best in Country Entertainment” as well as Denise Looney, “The DJ with a Twist!” Don’t miss Bill Castner, “King of Dance,” and Luis of A1Magic with his amazing balloon art. Of course, Fritzy the “One Man Circus” will be there, along with many more entertainers! Games and Prizes Activities of the day include free Bingo games and the Senior Friendly

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Sports Area. Try your sports skills to win prizes! Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away throughout the day, including tickets to Busch Gardens and the Florida Orchestra. The Grand Prize drawing at the end of the day will be a two-night stay at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, including round trip airline tickets compliments of the St. PetersburgClearwater International Airport. Honor our Veterans At 1:30 p.m. we will hold the most important highlight of the day. Help us show our gratitude to our esteemed military veterans for their service. Veterans Funeral Care and Suncoast Hospice will present a special pinning ceremony. We encourage everyone to join us and witness this ceremony, which will include the following:

• An Honor Guard to call appointed veterans to the stage • Speech by a military veteran • Presentation by an active-duty officer • Gift of an antique 48-star flag to the oldest veteran on stage • National anthem

“Grandkids are the Greatest” Again this year we present the “Grandkids are the Greatest” Photo Contest. The photos will be on display throughout the day. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. The entry deadline is March 20.

Easter Egg Hunt Since Easter is late this year we decided to have our Easter Egg Hunt early. Official Senior Connection Easter Eggs will be hidden in the Coliseum throughout the day. Find one and win a prize! Admission and parking are free. For more info, call (813) 653-1988, or for directions, call (727) 892-5202. Visit seniorconnectionfl.com. See you there!

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eople in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But the simple fact is that, as we age, our health and nutrition needs change. To stay fit, it’s important to get the right amount of nutrition in your daily diet. But even if you know which nutrients you need every day, if you don’t have much of an appetite or if health problems make eating difficult, it’s sometimes hard to fit in the calories, protein, vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy aging. Complete Nutritional Drinks can help seniors fill the nutritional gap that their meals don’t cover. BOOST® is offering samples of their product at upcoming Senior Fun Fests in St. Petersburg and Port Charlotte. (Learn more about BOOST Complete Nutritional Drinks at boost.com.) As part of a 20-week Florida Sampling Tour, a number of expos and events attended by senior communities will be offering samples of different BOOST flavors and formulations.

BOOST is also partnering with Walmart to sample the product at more than 70 stores. Giveaways include coupons, educational materials and a BOOST reusable tote bag. In addition, consumers can try the “Which BOOST is Right for You” iPad app. “We are pleased to reach out to the Florida senior community through the BOOST Sampling Tour,” said Abigail Buckwalter, Marketing Manager. “The tour will offer an immersive experience that educates seniors about the benefits of BOOST and inspires them on the road to healthy living.” Join us for a great opportunity to meet our friends from BOOST at these upcoming Senior Fun Fests. March 27 at the St. Pete Coliseum, 535 Fourth Avenue North, St. Petersburg from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, (727) 892-5202. Also on April 12 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (941) 625-4175. For more information about the Senior Fun Fests, call 1-888-670-0040.

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omen over 67 with normal bone mineral density scores may not need screening again for 15 years, according to a new study. Prior to this, how often women should be screened was a topic that remained controversial and undecided. “If a woman’s bone density at age 67 is very good, then she doesn’t need to be re-screened in two years or three years, because we’re not likely to see much change,” Margaret Gourlay, M.D. said. “Our study found it would take about 15 years for 10 percent of women in the highest bone density ranges to develop osteoporosis. That was longer than we expected, and it’s great news for this group of women,” Gourlay said.

They also learned that older postmenopausal women with a T-score -2.0 and below will transition to osteoporosis more rapidly, while women with T-scores higher than -2.0 may not need screening again for 5 to 15 years, Information from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Quick Facts About Aging

An Upsurge in the 90-Plus Population ver the last 30 years, the ranks of Americans 90 and older have tripled, with three women for each man. They now total 1.9 million, and a report from the U.S. Census Bureau says the number could reach 9 million by 2050. Factors fueling the aging boom include the decline in smoking, improved nutrition and public health, diabetes control and fewer strokes. Another factor: a higher educational level, which has been linked to better health. Forty percent of the men in the 90-plus group were married; 80 percent of the women were widows. “Ranks of people reaching age 90 tripled since 1980: report” Reuters, Nov. 2011

Marathon RecordBreaker Is 100 Years Old It took him eight hours, and he came in dead last, but Fauja Singh was smiling when he crossed the finish line at the Toronto marathon. No wonder. At the age of 100, he had become the oldest person to ever complete the 26-mile run. Singh, who was born in rural India and wore a yellow turban for the race, entered his first marathon at age 89. He attributes his good health and longevity to his vegetarian diet, which does not include alcohol or cigarettes, and daily exercise—a walk or run of up to 10 miles a day. Ed Payne, “Centenarian completes marathon, sets record” CNN, Oct. 2011

Lifestyle Changes May Boost the Memory Some basic lifestyle changes may help with age-related memory loss and perhaps more serious cognitive problems, according to a recent study published in the journal Lancet Neurology. Summarizing evidence from hundreds of studies, the findings indicate that up to half of all Alzheimer’s cases are associated with a group of risk factors that people can control including midlife obesity, depression, smoking and a couch-potato body and brain. Experts also point out that occasional memory lapses are rarely signs of incipient Alzheimer’s or dementia. When younger people are forgetful, it’s usually because they’re distracted and not creating memories efficiently. “Forgetfulness at an early age is rarely a sign of early dementia” The Washington Post, Oct. 2011

International Aging Traditionally, younger members of Canadian families have seen to the care of their parents as they aged. In fact, Canadian friends and family provide 80 percent of such caregiving. But according to a new report from the Institute for Research on Public Policy, that arrangement may be threatened for a number of reasons, including an insufficient number of family members available to provide care. It is estimated that by 2031, 25 percent of women aged 65 or older will have no surviving children. “Caregiver shortage ‘major cause of concern’” The Montreal Gazette, Nov. 2011

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What Is It About Coffee?

Health The caffeine content of coffee varies greatly depending on the beans, how they’re roasted and other factors, but the average for an 8-ounce cup is about 100 milligrams (mg). Tea has about half as much caffeine as coffee. Decaffeinated coffee has some caffeine, but the 2 to 4 mg in an

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8-ounce cup is a smidgen compared with the caffeinated version. The lethal dose of caffeine is about 10 grams, which is equivalent to the amount of caffeine in 100 cups of coffee. Caffeine gets absorbed in the stomach and small intestine and then distributed throughout the body, including the brain. The amount circulating in the blood peaks 30 to 45 minutes after it’s ingested and only small amounts are around eight to 10 hours later. In between, the amount circulating declines as caffeine gets metabolized in the liver. Tobacco and marijuana accelerate caffeine metabolism, which reduces the time caffeine circulates in the body. Oral contraceptives slow it down, so they have the opposite effect. Researchers have identified genes that influence a person’s natural risk of caffeine metabolism, which might explain why some people are

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The Healthy Geezer

BY FRED CICETTI

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A: More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month and more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn daily. Heartburn is more common among the elderly. Heartburn two or more times weekly may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. See a doctor if you have heartburn too often. The doctor can test for GERD. GERD makes stomach acid flow up into your esophagus. There is a valve at the lower end of the esophagus that is designed to keep acid in the stomach. In GERD, the valve relaxes too frequently, which allows acid to reflux, or flow backward. A hiatal hernia may contribute to GERD. A hiatal hernia occurs when the

upper part of the stomach is above the diaphragm, which is the muscle wall separating the stomach from the chest. The diaphragm helps the valve keep acid from coming up into the esophagus. When GERD is not treated, you can suffer from severe chest pain, narrowing or obstruction of the esophagus, bleeding, or a pre-malignant change in the lining of the esophagus. One study showed that patients with chronic, untreated heartburn were at substantially greater risk of developing esophageal cancer. The following are some symptoms that may mean there has been damage to your esophagus: difficulty swallowing, a feeling that food is trapped behind the breast bone, bleeding, black bowel movements, choking, shortness of breath, coughing, hoarseness, weight loss. You can control infrequent heartburn by changing your habits and using over-the-counter medicines. For example, you should avoid heartburn-producers such as chocolate, coffee, peppermint, tomato products,

alcoholic beverages, greasy or spicy dishes. Quit smoking because tobacco inhibits saliva that helps with digestion. Tobacco may also stimulate acid production and relax the esophageal valve. Lose weight. And, don’t eat two hours before you go to sleep. For infrequent episodes of heartburn, take over-the-counter antacids, such as Alka-Seltzer and Rolaids. Or, you can take an H2 blocker. H2 blockers are available in both over-the-counter and prescription forms. For example, Pepcid and Zantac are over-the-counter H2 blockers which are available by prescription at higher doses. Then there are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a group of prescription medications that prevent the release of acid in the stomach and intestines. Doctors prescribe PPIs to treat people with heartburn, ulcers of the stomach or intestine or excess stomach acid. PPIs include Prilosec and Prevacid. GERD is a chronic disease that calls for continuous long-term therapy. To

decrease the acid in your esophagus, raise the head of your bed or place a foam wedge under the mattress to elevate the head about 6 – 10 inches. Avoid lying down for two hours after eating. And don’t wear tight clothing. Surgery is an option if other measures fail. A surgeon can improve the natural barrier between the stomach and the esophagus that prevents acid reflux. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How To Be A Healthy Geezer” at www.healthygeezer.com. All Rights Reserved © 2012 by Fred Cicetti.

THE KEY TO BECOMING A GREAT CAREGIVER IS EDUCATION Tuesday, March 13th

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm “Finding Freedom in Caregiving: Emotional Freedom Therapy” Featuring Guest Speaker Juli Steinocher, MA, LMHC, LMT Mind Body Therapist Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including: • Acupuncture • Neuro-linguistic programming • Thought Field Therapy If you are a caregiver of a loved one living with memory loss who often feels guilty, angry, stressed or frustrated, EFT can help to improve your emotional and physical health.

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Monday, March 19th

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Alzheimer‘s and Lewy Body Dementia Support Group Facilitated by Deborah Langrock,RN,CSA The informational and supportive group design makes it possible for families to learn more about the disease as well as understand their feelings about the changes dementia has made on their daily lives. Family caregiver support groups will help you: • Learn practical caregiving information • Get mutual support • Learn about your local community resources • Find solutions to challenging behaviors

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Veterans Corner

Ex-POWs: Surviving the Unimaginable and Dealing With It POWs He talked about POWs. “Two things dward Dement, 88, is Commander are foremost in the memories of of the Florida Gulf Coast ChapWWII POWs held in Europe: winter’s ter of the American Ex-POWs and cold and the lack of food. The POWs former National Director of were young, but the the group. It is an elite group ones who suffered who have survived the unmost were the men imaginable and lived to talk who had a wife and about it, if not to outsiders, child back home. then at least to each other. I was assigned to DeMent’s easy smile and deliver mail and I articulate speech make it easy saw their agony.” to forget that, during WWII, Some ex-POWs he and five others parachuted don’t want to join, from a damaged B-24 (part DeMent said, of the 456th Bomb Group) because they don’t in April 1944. He weighed like groups, but he Edward DeMent and 160 pounds that day over feels that as you framed memories of Yugoslavia and remembers get older there’s his POW days. hearing a dog bark as he more locked in landed in a fir tree and fell to the your mind and sharing helps you deal ground, dislocating both kneecaps with it. Men often don’t talk about and suffering many other injuries. their experiences to non-members but The captured men were treated enjoy sharing with other ex-POWs. well for a time in a camp supplied A few years ago, the director of the with food rations by the Red Cross National Prisoner of War Museum and with books and athletic equip(at Andersonville, Georgia) asked ment by the YMCA. (The pilot told DeMent to help them find a way the men to bail out, thinking he to extend the impact of the POW would go down with the plane.) Museum. DeMent has worked with When Russia closed in to liberate the museum in planning and developthe camp, the men were forced ing a new mobile museum called to leave in twenty below zero “Victory from Within: The American weather, marching toward Stalag Prisoner of War Museum.” Luft III outside of Munich. When DeMent will be honored later this that camp was liberated by General year at the unveiling of the 1,200 Patton himself on April 29, 1945, square foot traveling exhibit which DeMent weighed only 110 pounds. will introduce the public to the He went back to Chicago, married, prisoner of war story through worked and raised a family. Like present-day experiences. most POWs, Dement experienced Edward DeMent and others who flashbacks. A picture on the wall survived the unimaginable will of his Temple Terrace, Florida, then have a part of their story told apartment shows the crew of nine more widely. Other parts of their who flew over Yugoslavia on the story they talk about only among fateful day in 1944. Dement is the others who, like them, survived. only one still living. Also on the Other Ex POW chapters meet in wall are his Silver Star, three Purple Spring Hill, Port Charlotte, Sarasota Hearts, two Presidential Citations, and Dunnellon. For information, call four Battle Stars and much more. Edward DeMent at (813) 985-3783. BY JANICE DOYLE

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Hearing loss may prevent you from hearing important conversations with family and friends, watching your favorite TV show, listening in noisy environments or talking on the phone. Island Audiology’s goal is to provide the most technologically advanced solutions to the communication challenges of the hearing impaired through expert diagnosis and treatment. We Offer: • Free Hearing Screening • Comprehensive Diagnostic Audiological Testing • Tinnitus Assessment and Management • Hearing Aid Batteries • Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection • Hearing Aid Repair/Service/Cleaning • Hearing Protection • Custom Earmolds • Swimplugs • Hunter’s Earplugs • Musician Earplugs • Assistive Listening Devices • Bluetooth Accessories • Aural Rehabilitation

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logical advancements has created breakthroughs in the identification of how we hear. This greater understanding has led to audiological advances for hearing loss treatment, making help available for almost anyone with hearing loss. The audiologists at Island Audiology can help determine the type and degree of your hearing loss, as well as the style and type of hearing aid that would most appropriately fit your hearing loss. “Dr. Roberts has made a significant difference in my life,” said George F. of Seminole. “Being able to hear is wonderful!” Located at 13999 Gulf Blvd. Suite C-4, Island Audiology, LLC is an audiology center serving the hearing impaired of Pinellas county beaches and surrounding communities. For additional information on Island Audiology, visit islandaudiologyfl.com or call (727) 329-8683.


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recently had stents placed in two coronary arteries. The doctors, of course, told me to quit smoking. I told them, as I have told all of my other doctors, that I have tried to quit but just can’t. I have tried the patch and Chantix, but neither worked. Support groups aren’t for me. I have cut back, but that’s as far as so-called willpower goes. Hearing over and over again that I need to quit leaves me feeling depressed and weak. Is there some news about current or future approaches that might give me and others like me some hope?

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let me congratulate you for having tried to quit smoking and urge you to try again. It often takes smokers several “tries” before one takes hold. As you have discovered, nicotine is a highly addictive substance. For most smokers, “willpower” alone is not enough. Fortunately, smokers today have a number of tools to fight tobacco addiction. Quit-smoking aids include nicotine replacement (nicotine patches, gums, lozenges, inhalers, and sprays), bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin), varenicline (Chantix), counseling and behavior-change therapy, and social support. None are miracle workers. You mentioned having tried the nicotine patch. Dr. Nancy Rigotti, director of the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, said that some smokers find success

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by adding to the patch a short-acting nicotine replacement product, like nicotine gum, lozenges or an inhaler to handle breakthrough cravings the patch can’t counteract. You also mentioned that Chantix didn’t help you. Some people find that Zyban works better for them than Chantix. Researchers are testing whether combining Zyban or Chantix with nicotine replacement is a safe and effective treatment for smoking cessation. You also said that support groups aren’t for you. You don’t have to join a group to get support. You can get free, helpful support from the comfort of your home by calling the national quit line at 800-QUIT-NOW. For some people, support is the missing piece of the solution, says Dr. Rigotti.

For most smokers, “willpower” alone is not enough. Fortunately, smokers today have a number of tools to fight tobacco addiction. Several new treatments are under development and investigation. On the medication front, a class of drugs called cannabinoid receptor antagonists may someday be used to help smokers quit. Also in the development pipeline are several anti-nicotine vaccines. They prompt the body to make antibodies to nicotine. When nicotine enters the bloodstream, these antibodies bind to it. If cannabinoid receptor antagonists or vaccines pan out as safe and effective smoking cessation aids—and that is a big if—it will be years before they are on the market. Please don’t wait for treatments that may never materialize. You have already made a good start by cutting back. Now work with someone who specializes in smoking cessation to figure out a plan tailored for you. I hope this answer doesn’t make you feel weak but that it gives you some hope and power. —Thomas Lee, M.D., Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter.


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veryone experiences occasional episodes of forgetfulness. When an older loved one has a few episodes of forgetfulness, friends and family members may wonder whether those misplaced keys or trouble finding the right word in a conversation is the result of normal age-related changes in memory or an early sign of something more serious. The characteristics of these forgetful moments often offer clues as to whether Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia may be the underlying problem. For example: Recognizing and discussing episodes of memory loss. If the person complains about memory loss and can provide details about the episode of forgetfulness, normal aging is more likely. With dementia, it’s common that the person affected will only complain about memory problems if she’s asked about them and won’t be able to recall specific instances. Worry about memory loss. When dementia occurs, the person affected is often much less concerned about memory loss than her family members are. The reverse is true for normal age-related memory problems. Losing the way. If your loved one doesn’t get lost in familiar surroundings but does sometimes pause momentarily to remember the way, normal aging is likely. But if

she gets lost in familiar territory while walking or driving and takes hours to return, Alzheimer’s or dementia should be a concern. Word-finding problems. Occasional trouble finding the right word probably isn’t worth worrying over, but frequent wordfinding pauses and substitutions—for example, calling the telephone “the ringer” or “that thing I use to call you”—are typical of dementia.

Changes in abilities and social skills. While it isn’t uncommon for an older adult to be unwilling to operate new devices or to fumble a bit with their cell phone or DVR, it’s a warning sign if the person has trouble operating common appliances like the dishwasher or has trouble using even simple new devices. Also, if the person has lost interest in social activities or if his or her social skills are in decline, it’s worth noting. Of course, while these tips can help distinguish between normal age-related memory changes and dementia, concerns about memory problems should be brought to the attention of a doctor. The above is from the book“A Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease,” available for $18 from Harvard Health Publications, online at health.harvard.edu/Alzheimers0112 or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free)

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he next Honor Flight of West Central Florida (HFWCF) is scheduled for Tues., April 3. The one-day flight will take 75 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built on the National Mall as a tribute to their service. Veterans will fly free and will be

accompanied by a guardian. Volunteer guardians must be under age 76 and make a $400 tax deductible donation to help cover expenses. Both guardians and veterans go to honorflightwcf.org to complete the application. Mail to HFWCF, P.O. Box 55661, St. Petersburg, FL 33732.

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edicare Savings Programs (MSPs) help pay your Medicare costs if you have limited finances. There are three main programs: QMB, SLMB and QI. Each program has different income eligibility limits. You should call your local Medicaid office for exact rules on how to apply for an MSP in your state. Many states allow you to submit your application online, through the mail or through community health centers or other organizations. The list of documents that you will need to include with your application varies by state. Contact your local Medicaid office to find out what documents you need. Examples of documentation that may be required include:

• Social Security card • Medicare card • Birth certificate, passport or green card • Proof of your address, such as an electric bill • Proof of your income, such as a Social Security Administration award letter, income tax return or pay stub • Information about your assets, such as bank statements, stock certificates or life insurance policies —Marci Marci’s Medicare Answers is a service of the Medicare Rights Center (medicarerights.org). To speak with a counselor, call (800) 333-4114.


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Aging In Place Solutions

ost everyone wants to stay in their own home as they age. Today, that is referred to as “aging in place.” Often a simple solution can make that possible for you or someone you love.

Challenge: Difficulty getting up from a seated position from a chair or sofa.

Solution: Furniture risers can lift the legs of a couch up 3 – 4 inches. Ask a carpenter to put 4-inch risers on the back legs of a sofa and 3-inch risers on the front legs of a sofa.

Challenge: Getting in or out of bed

Solution: A bedrail/bedcane slides easily between the mattress and box springs of most beds. A bed pull-up strap will also enable someone to pull up (or turn to the side) of a bed from a prone position.

Solution: An electric seat assist is best used on a sofa or seat with a softer cushion.

Solution: Have a handyman build a 3-inch platform under a recliner to make getting up and down simpler.

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Free Tax Preparation Assistance M ore than 12,000 free tax preparation sites are open nationwide this year. The IRS sponsors both the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. The VITA program offers free tax help to people who earn less than $50,000. Most locations offer free electronic filing. The TCE program offers free tax help to people who are age 60 or older. Taxpayers can search the word “VITA” in IRS.gov and click on the option “Free Tax Return Preparation For You by Volunteers,” followed by ”Find a VITA site near you” to find site info, or call the IRS toll-free number: 1-800-906-9887. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help for older taxpayers and people with limited incomes. Go to the site listed during the following times to schedule an appointment unless a phone number is given. Do not call a public library to make an appointment. For addresses, please visit aarp.org/applications/VMIS Locator/taxAideLocations.action.

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Safety Harbor Library (727) 724-1525 (Mon. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thu. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Sunshine Senior Center (Fri. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

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St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater (Tue. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Gulfport Library (Mon. and Fri.10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Seminole Library at SPC (Tue. and Wed. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thu. 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Dunedin Comm. Center (727) 298-3286 (Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Bank of America – Eagles Park (Wed., Thu., Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) St. Petersburg Library (Wed. and Thu. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Saint Mark Village, Palm Harbor (727) 785-2577 (Fri. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Oldsmar Library (813) 749-1178 (Tue. 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Wed. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Largo Library (Mon. and Wed. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Tarpon Springs Library (727) 943-4922 (Mon. and Tue. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

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ake Tai Chi classes taught by Gary Israel and Natalie Flank: St. Pete Beach Community Center and The Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Instructor Israel describes being in debilitating pain and poor health five years ago. Today he is pain free and his knees and hip joints are completely flexible. St. Pete Beach classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Boyd Hill classes: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Classes are $10 each, or you can purchase a “Ten Class Pass” for $69. Your first class is free! To register for classes, call (609) 432-4243.

Seven Ways to Exercise on the Cheap

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f you’re having trouble keeping up with highimpact aerobics and jogging, maybe you can still find ways to get your exercise. Try these tips:

1. Go It Alone: It takes discipline to maintain your own workout schedule, but joining an expensive health club isn’t really a necessity. We tell ourselves paying for membership will force us to exercise, but the thinning crowds after January attest to the fallacy of this concept. 2. Bring It Home: More than 10 million Americans use elliptical trainers. An equal number prefer a reclining stationary bike. Both

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machines reduce stress on joints while eliminating the aching-back syndrome. Fortunately, a lot of people buy such equipment and then use them as expensive clothes hangers. That means you should never have to buy a new machine. Craigslist is just filled with ads for home exercise equipment and some dealers offer refurbished machines. The key is to give it a whirl before handing over your cash or you, too, might end up with a pricey coat rack. If you don’t already have an MP3 player, this should be your second investment. Nothing impels you through a home workout like hot tunes or an hour-long podcast of “Car Talk.” 3. Stay Limber: Stress is not the only province of youth; nor is muscle elas-

ticity. Yoga helps soothe frayed nerves, improves flexibility and, not incidentally, provides a great aerobic workout. Pilates has many of the same advantages, but without all that Nirvana stuff. There are countless DVDs and CDs to lead you through these exercises at home, but it’s important to be selective. You want an instructor who gives detailed instructions, like “keep your stomach flat,” “push away from the floor,” etc.

4. Get Outside: Recumbent road bikes are fairly expensive, but you can always pick up a traditional bike for cheap at garage sales, thrift stores, FreeCycle.org or the inevitable Craigslist. If you have shoulder or back problems, invest in high-rise handlebars and have a professional adjust the bike to your body shape and size.

5. Walk It Off: It costs nothing to cruise the neighborhood, checking out houses for sale while listening to music that moves you. Walking regularly with

a friend is a great motivator and maintaining a conversation while keeping a steady pace allows you to monitor the amount of exercise you actually get. An article in AARP reports overweight people who walk 30 minutes per day, five days per week, can reduce their risk of diabetes by nearly 60 percent.

6. Pump It Up: Even if you just add weights to your arms and legs when walking, you’ll increase your body strength while getting a good cardio workout. 7. Mix and Match: Performing just one form of exercise won’t ensure you stay fit. A full regimen combines strength, flexibility and balance training (the latter provided by yoga and Pilates). Mixing it up each day also keeps the doldrums away. The author is a Baby Boomer consumer specialist for Kinoli Inc. She has written about senior issues for 11 years as a Cooperative Extension specialist and for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines.


Don’t Miss These March Matinees

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f you don’t drive at night any more, don’t miss these matinee opportunities. First off, on March 6 Maurice Hines sings and dances in Cole and Sinatra with Love at the Mahaffey. Tickets start at $19.50. Call (727) 892-5798 for reservations. The Florida Orchestra has 10 a.m. Coffee Concerts – March 6: “Vienese Delights” and March 16: “Voices of Spring.” Eight O’Clock Theatre at the Largo Cultural Center features Funny Girl, the biography of Fanny Brice, in matinees March 4 and 11. Call (727) 587-6793 for tickets.

The mystery/ comedy matinee See How They Run plays at St. Petersburg’s City Theatre March 4, 11, and 18. Call (727) 866-1973 for tickets.

Yentl, the classic story made famous in a film with Barbra Streisand is now adapted for the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota. A girl who wants to learn has no opportunity in Poland, so she dons men’s clothes and becomes Ansel. March 11, 15 and 24 performances begin at 2 p.m. Call 800-361-8388 for reservations.

You Can Teach an Old Hear the Voices of Spring Dog—or Cat—New Tricks! at the Florida Orchestra H S ure, the old expression reads that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But, when it comes to showing unconditional love and being ready to move into a new home, the older animals have it all over the younger ones. That’s why Pinellas County Animal Services is starting their Seniorto-Senior program— an effort to match older pets with more experienced owners. If you want a new pet without issues of chewing, housebreaking and all that energy, this is for you. These could also be perfect for young, active families who want to get right at the enjoyment features of having a pet.

Pinellas County’s shelters have many older pets up for adoption which—tragically—have a difficult time finding a new home. Cats and small-breed dogs chosen for the program are at least eight years old, with largebreed dogs at least six. All pets selected for the Senior-to-Senior program have been spayed or neutered, had all of their necessary shots and were selected for their loving and friendly personalities, and there is a special half-off $20 adoption fee. If you are interested in the Senior to Senior program or adopting a pet from Pinellas County Animal Services, visit pinellascounty.org/animalservices or call (727) 582-2600.

ere’s what’s new at the Florida Orchestra this month: ar. 8: Coffee Concert – Viennese Delights. This program includes Strauss Jr’s Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro Overture and Lehar’s The Merry Widow Overture, along with music by Brahms, Schubert and Von Suppé. Enjoy free coffee and donuts. 11 a.m. at Mahaffey Theater. ar. 9 – 11: Pops Concert – Rock On Broadway. Broadway vocalists Andréa Burns and Ron Bohmer sing hits from rock musicals: Rent, Chess, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Godspell. Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater. ar. 16 – 18: Masterworks – Voices of Spring. Stefan Sanderling and the orchestra share the stage with soprano Indra Thomas in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915

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on a program of spring-themed works, including Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring in the original 13instrument composition. The concert also features Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Spring. 16 at Mahaffey; 17 and 18 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Offering the same affordable ticket prices of $15, $30 and $45, the 2012/ 2013 season will feature concertos and symphonies by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and more. The two Coffee Concert series and the Morning Masterworks will offer familiar symphonic favorites, and the Pops Concert series covers a scope of swing dance hits, holiday favorites, Latin rhythms, Broadway show tunes, best-loved film scores and more.

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Reporting an act of discrimination is the first step to ending it. In addition to investigating discrimination complaints, the Commission serves as an invaluable resource for the state of Florida. They are responsible for maintaining the directory of 55+ housing communities. Additionally, they are working to establish partnerships with community organizations to ensure that everyone’s civil rights are protected and that employers understand their legal responsibilities. By the year 2015, Florida is predicted to be the state with the highest percentage of adults over the age of 65. The Florida Commission on Human Relations is ensuring that your rights as a senior are not being ignored. For more information on the Commission or their services, please call 1-800-342-8170 or visit their website at fchr.state.fl.us.

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Common Mistakes in Medicaid Avoiding Ruffled Feathers: Asset Protection Planning Safety And Tech Tips For Snowbirds BY BOB DECKER, RFC®, CSA®, CRFA™ Pres. of Bob Decker & Associates, LLC, A Registered Investment Advisor;

• Failing to disclose all gifts or transfers made in the 60 months prior to the Medicaid application.

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• Confusing the IRS $13,000 yearly gift tax exclusion with Medicaid rules concerning disqualification penalties caused by the transfer of assets.

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edicaid planning is not a matter of greed as some mistakenly believe. It is wise to preserve a reserve fund to pay for expenses not paid by Medicaid. Following is a list of many other mistakes made when it comes to Asset Protection Planning: • Spending down assets by waiting too long to begin asset protection planning.

• Thinking that assets in any type of trust will not be counted in the available asset total.

• Thinking that it is too late to begin the planning process. • Believing that Medicare pays for long term nursing home care.

• Missing the use of exempt assets in the planning process.

• Relying on advice from someone who is not an expert in the Medicaid program.

• Confusing gross income with net income, the amount actually received after deductions for such things as income taxes, health insurance premiums, etc.

• Failing to get a durable power of attorney signed before a person is incompetent. • Neglecting the possibility that the well spouse may die before the sick spouse. • Skipping the fact that both spouses may need nursing home care. • Failing to take advantage of spousal protection regulations. • Confusing the look-back period and the transfer disqualification period. • Causing an extension of the transfer disqualification period by applying too soon. • Transferring the home to the children without understanding the homestead laws in Florida. • Ignoring exempt transfers that do not result in a period of disqualification.

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• Failing to consider the tax consequences during the planning process.

• Lacking knowledge about how annuities can be used to gain Medicaid qualification quickly.

• Transferring assets without understanding the Medicaid transfer rules and penalties.

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f you’ve spent the winter here, you’ve joined almost 1 million North American “snowbirds.” With technology has come new considerations for closing up the winter house and heading north. Best tips for leaving a house behind until next winter include:

• Applying for Medicaid for a person whose gross income is greater than Florida’s income cap and who does not have a Qualified Income Trust. • Failing to fund the Qualified Income Trust each month of Medicaid benefits.

Security and Remote Monitoring Before the bags are packed, you may want to investigate new products that put technology to work while you’re gone. For peace of mind, new services now remotely monitor and control your home’s security and thermostat from a smartphone or computer. You can remotely arm or disarm the alarm system and control lighting, household appliances and the thermostat. With connected cameras, you can monitor the home from anywhere in the worldeven receive instant text messages when doors are opened or closed.

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• Omitting any asset or source of income in the Medicaid application. • Failing to keep accurate records for submission to DCF. • Neglecting to notify DCF of any changes in assets or income after approval. Hopefully, this article provides some insight about how to approach planning for medical issues that are often overlooked in retirement planning. The information in this article should not be interpreted as giving legal advice. The author may be contacted with questions at (800) 913-9660 or bdecker@bdeckerassociates.com.

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Don’t Forget the Basics Gizmos are great, but remember to turn off your refrigerator or turn it down to the lowest setting and unplug your electronics. For those items that can’t be unplugged, be sure to use a surge protector. Consider new devices that power down appliances and tech devices that consume phantom power (power you continue to use even after you hit the off button) saving you money on your electric bill. For more tips and ideas on how to smooth your annual snowbird migration, check out cablemover.com. (NAPSA) Senior Connection • March 2012 • page 29


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hen spring is in the air, it’s the perfect time to bring family and friends together for a welcoming brunch. When planning your menu, be sure to have plenty of savory dishes on hand to satisfy your guests. And rest easy, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare your feast. Using ingredients already full of flavor, such as Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage, lets you create memorable brunch dishes without a lot of work.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes; Cook Time: 25 minutes; Yield: 12 servings. 3 cups refrigerated shredded hash browns 3 tablespoons melted butter 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 12 links Johnsonville Original Breakfast Sausage 6 eggs 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper Chopped fresh chives or green onions, for garnish

Place 12 paper liners in a muffin pan; spray liners with cooking spray. In bowl, combine hash browns, butter, salt and pepper. Press hash brown mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin cups. Bake at 400°F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, cook sausage according to package directions; cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Divide sausage between muffin cups. Combine eggs, cheese and bell pepper. Pour over sausage. Sprinkle with chives. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until set.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 15 minutes; Yield: 16 roll-ups 1 package (12 ounces) Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links 2 containers refrigerated crescent rolls (16 rolls total) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons sugar

Prepare sausage according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Unroll crescent roll dough according to directions on package. Place one cooked sausage onto one end of a dough triangle. Roll dough around sausage according to directions on dough package and place on jelly-roll pan with the seam side down. Repeat with remaining sausage and dough. (You will have 2 extra rolls. Bake and enjoy with jam.) Mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle evenly over roll-ups. Bake according to directions on dough package. Serve hot. Suggestion: Serve with warm maple syrup, honey or your favorite preserves for dipping. (FamilyFeatures.com)

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To start with, please locate a sheet of paper or your morning slice of toast (marmalade side facing up). Place it diagonally across the diagram, so that only the West and North hands are showing. As West, your opening lead is the ♣A on which Partner plays the Seven and Declarer the Nine. Next, you cash the ♣K (everyone following the suit), then the ♥A. You’ve cashed your three winners, where’s the setting trick? A Diamond ruff? No, Partner

A Couple Of Upper-Cuts had two Clubs, and can hardly have more than two Spades. He cannot have 2=9=0=2 distribution, with that shape he would surely have pushed on to 5♥. The only other possibility is a trump trick. Yes, indeed! The magic card here, amazingly enough, is the Spade Six! You lead another Club, and if East ruffs with the Six he forces Declarer to overruff with an honor, promoting a trick for your ♠J! This form of trump promotion is known as an upper-cut, and East must ruff with the Smashing Six to deliver the knock-out blow. Ruffing with the Feeble Four would be no more than a tickle under Declarer’s chin. A Second Upper-Cut! Next, imagine that East is Declarer, playing in 4♥. South cashes the ♠A, ♠K, and leads a third Spade, which North ruffs with the ♥J. Another upper-cut, promoting South’s ♥T? No, Declarer simply pitches away his Diamond loser and makes his contract. Let’s have a do over. After cashing the top two Spades, South cashes the ♦K, and then leads the third Spade. Now Declarer really is done for, this time the upper-cut sets the contract. 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: stpetebridge.org.

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t’s hard to keep up with new technology since today’s technological world requires conveying a message in several styles and methods, depending on which social media you’re using. Let me try to explain. We’ll start with something we understand: an old fashioned, handwritten (in perfect cursive penmanship!) touristy postcard to Aunt Suzy. Dear Aunt Suzy, I’m back in Iowa visiting the old hometown. Since Mom died, the house here has sold and the new owners have painted it a horrible blue color. A few changes in town – Main St. Donut Shop is long gone. I’m sitting in a Dunkin’ Donuts next to the super WalMart north of town on the new bypass. See you in June. —Love, Betty

Here’s the way that it’s done in social media: Twitter: I’m eating a donut. Facebook: I like donuts. Foursquare: This is where I eat donuts. Instagram: This is a vintage photo of where I eat donuts. YouTube: Here I am eating a donut. LinkedIn: My skills include eating donuts. Pinterest: Here’s a donut recipe. Last FM: Listening to “Donuts.” G+: I’m a Google employee who eats donuts. Whew! Now the world knows!

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Y ’all Come. Let’s Go to Callaway Gardens! New at the Gardens is an adventurous two hours on the TreeTop Adventure. All four of us are in the very late 60s to mid-70s age range, but there we were lined up in helmets and safety harnesses letting guides get us started on the obstacle ropes and zip line course for all ages. The brochure says you can “leap, swing and whiz” your way through it. We didn’t do any of those specifically, but we took it one challenge at a time, cheered each other on, laughed a lot at ourselves and enjoyed the whole thing immensely.

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’all come.” The words are the Song of the South. It might be an invitation to experience places with a long history, beautiful flowers, long walks on wooded paths and charming cottages amidst pines and azaleas. So, y’all come and meet us at Callaway Gardens!

Travel If you have friends you’d like to relax with—or if you want to just stop on your way to somewhere else—there’s no place like Callaway Gardens. Any time of year is a good time to be there, but the Gardens are especially wonderful in the spring as the azaleas bloom. It’s time to go! Located on I-85 southwest of Atlanta, it’s a day’s drive from west Florida to Callaway Gardens. My husband and I joined our good friends there. We stayed in one of the two-bedroom, two-bath cottages nestled into the woods, brought our own food, and everywhere we looked for two days, the woods were full of azalea bushes. An inn and villas are also available for lodging, and you’ll find several restaurants on the grounds. Senior Connection • March 2012 • page 34

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Year-round fun Every season provides a great reason to visit Callaway Gardens! Beyond ongoing superb golf and tennis possibilities, there’s a full schedule of things to do. Don’t think it’s all about spring azaleas, by any means. Robin Lake Beach turns into the center of activity for family activities and festivals. There’s a hot air balloon festival for Labor Day, a Spangled Beach Party for the 4th of July, a Fall Festival and, during the Christmas season, Fantasy in Lights has become an annual tradition for many people.

Winter at the Gardens (January through March) finds programs which connect people socially—think of staying in a cozy cottage with a fireplace by night and enjoying social activities like bridge or tennis by day. Maybe you’d like a class or a Mystery Dinner Weekend. The calendar is packed with possibilities, and many special rates are available throughout the winter.

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A don’t-miss side trip Warm Springs, a hidden jewel in central Georgia, is a 15-minute drive from Callaway. Franklin Roosevelt’s Little White House is there. It is where he came to soak in the springs. You’ll enjoy the history and learn how the Georgia mountain people affected his presidential decisions. Warm Springs Village is lined with quaint streets and 100-year-old restored buildings—just lovely. For more information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit callawaygardens.com.

What’s at Callaway Gardens? You’ll find floral beauty in the 40-acres of azaleas and other garden delights as you drive the roads or hike the trails through the property. Better yet, pick up a bike and follow the 10-mile paved trail that winds through the woods, with stops at all the major attractions. At the John A Sibley Horticultural Center, it’s easy to spend an hour or more wandering through the five acres of gardens: a tropical rain forest, a Mediterranean garden, a desert plot and much more. We loved the sculptures and the indoor waterfall. Landscape Photography – Azaleas: March 31 – April 1: $115. The Gardens include the Virginia Close-up and Macro Photography – Butterfly: April 21 – 22: $115 Hand Callaway Discovery Center, a lovely building full of Herbaceous Plant Propagation: March 10 or March 17: $75 displays and informaPlant Fair and Sale: March 22 – 25, tion. A Backyard Callaway Gardening School: March 22 – 23, Fees vary. Wildlife Habitat and Vegetable Gardening A to Z: March 30: $55 Birds of Prey program interest the critter Planting your Season Vegetable Garden: April 21: $45 crew in a group. Spring Watercolor Painting: April 21 – 22: $225 More than 1000 Special 3-Day Plein Air Painting: April 23 – 25: $395 The Butterfly Center butterflies live in Pine Needle Basket Making: April 28: $65 the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. After spotting Gemstones & Freshwater Pearls Jewelry Design and Making: May 5: $115 four or five, we slowed our steps Workshop fees include admission to Callaway Gardens. To register, and looked more closely to find the call 1-800-225-5292 or email education@callawaygardens.com. hidden beauties among the plants.

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