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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Traditional Irish Fare Patient Advocates Navigate the Healthcare System Learn to Capture the Magic Happenings & Events Around Town

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

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

Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the Festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, exhibits of commerce and, of course, its world-famous strawberry shortcake.

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Getting Off the Beaten Path Can Lead to Little-Known Gems of Discovery

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ust look at that cover photo—a boardwalk leading to somewhere we can’t see. Knowing it is in Florida, we Janice Doyle, might guess there’s Editor a swampy area ahead (read: gators and cypress trees). I suppose we all feel like getting away sometimes. We think we’d like to get off the beaten path or boardwalk and go far from the busyness of the interstate highways and crowded shopping malls. It’s fun just to take a path, walk on it and enjoy peace and tranquility—at least for a little while. I’m afraid I’ve become so tied to my technology (gotta check the iPhone—someone might be texting me!) and conveniences (run up to the store and get eggs) that I’d not be a good candidate for being REALLY REALLY far off the beaten path very long. Getting off the beaten path means we pay less attention to comfort, convenience and what others consider best or right or timely and change to thinking more about a “fit” for our own needs. It’s times we find new thoughts, new ideas and perhaps new people. It means having less attachment to what we usually do or what others think about what we do. I want to follow such paths, but where? when? how? I started by

Black Bear Scenic Byway

Punta Gorda’s Third Annual Pedal and Play in Paradise

Live Oak’s Spirit of the Suwannee Music Events Wine & Cheese Cruise on Homosassa Springs

leaving my comfy living room reading chair and taking a new book out into Dear Husband’s beautifully landscaped back yard. Why not read outside? I just hadn’t done it for years. Now I have. And I’ve lived here over 30 years and had never gone to the every-single-Saturday-night rodeo at River Ranch. Now I have, and it was so very colorful and such fun—read about it in this issue. After more thought and research, DH and I are ready to load up the cooler and the lawn chairs and start checking out some of Florida’s more unique places. No mouse ears for a while, please! From the website’s section “Off the Beaten Path,” here’s our start-up list of places and events: 13th Annual Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin’ Festival (April 13) Wild Horse Rescue in Mims—volunteer for a day

Black Bear Scenic Byway Drive 15th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show in Apalachicola

It’s Greek to Me: Take Bouzouki Lessons in Tarpon Springs (Only $5)

Yalaha Bakery in Lake County for the fresh bread Find some of Florida’s Historic Cemeteries

Festival of Bacon in Orlando October 5 (Who knew?)

Greenville, Florida: Childhood Hometown of Ray Charles

So, Readers, I’ll see you on the Black Bear Byway or in a cemetery or on some other off-the-beaten path adventure! Enjoy!

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Around Town W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G M A R C H 2 0 1 4


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Safety Harbor Library (Mon., 10 am – 5 pm; Fri., 10 am – 4 pm) Sunshine Senior Center (Fri., 9 am – 2 pm) Clearwater East Library (Mon. and Fri., noon – 4 pm) St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Clearwater (Tues., 9 am – 2 pm) Gulfport Library (Mon. and Fri., 10 am – pm) Lifestyles After 50 • March 2014 • page 4

Seminole Library at SPC (Tues. and Weds., 9 am – 8 pm; Thurs., 9 am – 4:30 pm) Dunedin Community Center (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., 9 am – 1 pm) Bank of America – Eagles Park (Tues., Weds., Fri., 9:30 am – 1:30 pm) St. Petersburg Library (Weds. and Thurs., 10 am to 3 pm – closed during campus spring break) Oldsmar Library (Tues., 3 pm – 7 pm; Weds., 9 am – 1 pm) Clearwater Countryside Library (Mon. and Weds., 10 am – 2 pm) Largo Library (Mon., Weds., Fri., alternate Sat., 10 am – 4 pm) Tarpon Springs Library (Mon. and Tues., 10 am – 2 pm) Riviera United Methodist Church (Thurs., 9 am – 5 pm) St. Petersburg Beach Library (Fri., 10 am – 3 pm)

Exhibit: Reflections of a Survivor: Artwork by Michael Smuss. 10 am – 5 pm at Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg. 727-820-0100.

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– 23 “Boeing Boeing” at West Coast Players theater, Clearwater. Shows at 2 pm and 8 pm. 727 437-2363. Autos for Autism - Antique Car Show, Downtown Tarpon Ave. Chamber of Commerce. Time/info at 727-937-6109. Sunday Afternoon at the Movies – “A Night at the Opera,” starring the Marx Brothers. 2:30 pm. Straz Center, Tampa. Free: RSVP: 813-229-7827.


It’s Mardi Gras Time Dinner Concert. Richey Community Orchestra performs New Orleans-style jazz, blues and Dixieland music. Dinner/1:30; show/3 pm. $40. Sparton Manor, New Port Richey. RSVP/info: 727-919-3866.


Women Of The Florida Frontier. Elizabeth Neily will discuss the contributions of Spanish conquistadoras, Native American women and other pioneers. 2 pm at Heritage Village, Largo. Free. 727-582-2123.


Safety Harbor Garden Club meeting. Save time, money and water using Florida friendly landscaping. 9:30 am at the Safety Harbor Museum, 329 S. Bayshore Blvd. Public welcome, refreshments served, plant swap. 727-726-6159.


Family Cookout And Campout. Set up your tent before night nature hike and campfire tales. Dinner, breakfast and entertainment provided. $10. 5:30 pm at John R. Bonner Nature Park, Largo. 727-518-3047.


Suncoast Hospice Fashion Show and Luncheon. 9 am at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Palm Harbor. Price: $50; $75 preferred seating. 727-523-3419.







Encore Academy. Workshops, assessments and coaching to assist boomers on the path to their “Encore Career.” 9 am – 12 pm at The Greenhouse, 440 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Info: The Hit Men. Former stars of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons play classics and share stories. 8 pm, Palladium Theater. Tickets: 727-822-3590. to 16 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. 5 – 9 pm at the Coliseum, St. Petersburg. Admission: $6 or $10/3-day pass. 727-234-7759.


2nd Annual Classic Car Show. Vehicles from 1920 through 1990 judged; food truck rally. Armed Forces History Museum, Largo. 11 am to 2 pm. $15 admission. 727-539-8371.


Country In The Park. Festival and trade show, live music, arts and crafts, car show, plant sale and kid’s activities. Free. 10 am at England Brothers Bandshell Park, Pinellas. 727-541-0895.

“Legends of Song” A musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and more. Moose Lodge 1429, Holiday. Dinner and Show $17.50. Call: 727 937 3897. Barbershop Showcase. Enjoy an early dinner while watching a matinee show featuring area barbershop performers. $14. 2 pm at Largo Community Center. 727-518-3131. Family History Assistance Day. Bring what you know (names, dates, places of birth, death, marriage, residence) from parents through great-grandparents. The Pinellas Genealogy Society will help you find your ancestors. 12 pm at Largo Public Library. Free. 727-587-6715. Send Around Town news to News Connection USA, Inc., P.O. Box 638, Seffner, FL 33583; fax 813-651-1989 or email calendar@srnewsconnection .com. News must be received by the 10th of the month prior to event (i.e. March 10 for April event.)


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Have a Healthcare System Problem? Hire a Patient Advocate BY PAUL WYNN


highlighted the dysfunction of the healthcare system and showed the growing distance between people who need healthcare and people who provide healthcare, says Vicki Breitbart, director of the health advocacy program at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. “Patient advocates can help bridge that gap.”

in their infancy that are still creating standards and a code of ethics, says Breitbart.

hen questions arise over medical bills, treatment options, insurance claims, Advocacy in action undiagnosed symptoms, who do To find a health advocate, you turn to for help? Doctors, is a nurses, loved ones—maybe good place to start. All you Google. Turns out there are need to search the free directory professionals who can offer is an email address and zip answers—and provide help. code. There are about a half These professionals are dozen advocates on the called patient advocates, West Coast of Florida. sometimes known as health One of them is Lea Ann advocates or patient navigaBiafora with Beacon Ontors. While the profession cology Nurse Advocates in is in its infancy, it is slowly Saint Petersburg. Biafora achieving greater recognihelps patients and their tion as more people learn families work through about how patients can multiple issues related to benefit from their services. cancer—from evaluating “Just as many people now medical records, questions have a financial advisor, to ask their doctors to personal trainer or life treatment options and coach, more people are financial issues. “Our goal learning that they can hire Navigating the healthcare system can is to empower patients a patient advocate with and help them become be less confusing with a patient advocate insider knowledge and knowledgeable and by your side, but be prepared to pay direct experience about understand their treatment out-of-pocket for their services. how the healthcare system options,” she says. works,” says Elisabeth Paying for an advocate Schuler Russell, founder of Currently, there are an will most likely come out of Patient Navigator consultancy estimated 150 patient advocates your own pocket. Advocates’ and president of the National in the United States, composed services are generally not Association of Healthcare Adof nurses, physician assistants, covered by health insurance. vocacy Consultants (NAHAC). social workers, medical billers, It’s important to find out how Patient advocates provide insurance advisors and many much an advocate charges. a wide range of services. caregivers whose personal There’s no standard fee These services may include experience helping parents for patient advocates, but managing medical and hospital or loved ones with healthcare hourly fees range from $60 bills, filing insurance claims, decisions motivated them to to $250. Some advocates will choosing health or Medicare get involved in the profession. waive their fee for an initial plans, finding the right doctor, Russell says that as the baby consultation to learn more challenging insurance denials, boomers age, new insurance about your unique needs. researching medical conditions, options emerge through the Russell recommends asking accompanying you or loved ACA and treatment options for a written agreement or ones to medical appointments, become increasingly complex, contract that lists out the among many other things. there’s a growing need for services to be provided, patients to work with patient estimated hours and how Emerging trend advocates. But skeptics warn long the service will take. The Affordable Care Act patients that there currently is “Most advocates will put (ACA) most recently fueled the no certification or state litheir information and answers need for “insurance navigators” censure for patient advocates to you in writing without to help consumers research and no actual qualifications hesitation,” she explains. and enroll in health insurance are required. This is not “Don’t rely on verbal exchanges. The ACA has also uncommon for professions promises or commitments.”

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Finding a Patient Advocate

Hallmarks of an ethical and effective patient advocate:


Experience as a healthcare professional can be helpful in understanding the nuances of the medical system, but non-clinical backgrounds prove useful as well. Find out how much experience they have in handling similar cases.


Some advocates may have earned local certificates from universities or online training programs, but there is no national certification or licensure for patient advocacy.


Does the advocate belong to professional associations such as the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC) or the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA)? Membership is no guarantee for ethical behavior, but these two associations have set standards for their members.


Members of APHA and NAHAC abide by a code of ethics with the goal of providing compassion and respect to patients and their families. Other ethical conduct includes being transparent, maintaining patient privacy and avoiding discrimination.


Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find an advocate. However, each advocate specializes in different areas so match your specific needs to someone with a track record and relevant experience.

Work Load

Ask how many projects the advocate works on. It’s normal for advocates to be juggling a few cases at one time, but make sure your needs get the attention you deserve. Check online.

Florida Patient Advocates include:

Compass Care: 813-501-2000 Professional Advocacy: Partners: 352-326-2030 Aging Wisely: 727-477-5845 Patient Advocacy Group: 972-390-1101 Florida Patient Advocacy: 352-379-8259 Beacon Oncology Nurse Advocates: 855-490-8777 Paul Wynn has covered healthcare trends for the past 20 years as a freelance writer.

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Take A Ride Aboard The Jolley Trolley



he doors to the Jolley Trolley opened and a silver haired gentleman stepped aboard, asking driver Benny Negron for a senior pass. Negron squinted at him a bit and said, “I’ll need to see your ID.” The gentleman laughed heartily. “That’s the best compliment I’ve had all day.” It’s good to be a senior. $2.25 will get you an all day pass aboard the Trolley, which ferries locals, snowbirds and sight-seers alike to 24 destinations along north and south Clearwater Beach that include hotels, shopping centers, grocery stores, restaurants, public beaches and other attractions. The brightly-painted red and yellow trolleys offer plenty of comfy wooden benches, are wheelchair accessible and sport wide windows for taking in the view. I met Bill and Wanda Burges, vacationing from Georgia, as I was getting on the Trolley.

“It’s a great way to get around. This morning we saw Winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Aquarium and now we’re headed for lunch and the beach,” Wanda said. For others, the Trolley is their main source of transportation. Locals board with bags of groceries and chat with neighbors as they run errands. Negron has been with the Trolley for five years, first as an operations manager and now as a charter driver. “We get to know our regulars,” he says, “folks who have rode with us for a long time. They really appreciate the Jolley Trolley a lot. We get them to work, help them get around. “ I asked him what made people choose the Trolley over buses or taxis. “I think it’s the service we provide, above anything else, and the knowledge of the area,” he said. “We have a steady route and our drivers are pretty jolly, like the name says. We try to make sure everybody’s having a good time, so it’s not just a

Jolley Trolley driver Benny Negron.

transportation system. We consider ourselves a concierge on wheels.” Drivers pride themselves on knowing the area inside and out so they can recommend the best restaurants, shopping and sights to visitors. The top three must-sees on the Jolley Trolley route? Pier 60, Negron recommends, for shopping, art fairs and street performances. They have free movies on their screen outdoors on Fridays and Saturdays. Clearwater Aquarium is next on the

list, along with the Dolphin Tale Adventure. And then there’s the marina, where visitors can charter boats for fishing, board a dolphin tour or take kids on a pirate adventure. The Trolley’s main hub is at the Publix at Island Village in Clearwater, and on weekends they also have trolleys that leave from there for the sponge docks at Tarpon Springs. I asked Negron what he enjoyed most about working on the Trolley. “I’ve always liked driving and meeting people,” he said. “You meet people from all over the world— Canada, Europe, Australia. It’s a fun job; it’s on the beach and I enjoy it.” And the fare is pretty decent, he said. “$2 one way? If you call a cab and go two miles, that’s at least five, six bucks. And for fifty cents more, you can get a day pass and ride as much as you want. Price and service: I think that says a lot about us.” For route schedules and more info, visit

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Learn to Capture Magic Every Day of Your Life BY EVELYN MACKEY


t’s never too late to have dreams. Reaching mid life doesn’t mean dreams have to end. One man who dreamed big and acted on his dreams every day of his life was Walt Disney. Recently, the movie “Saving Mr. Banks” provided insight into the way Disney saw his past and present. Near the end when he revealed details about his childhood, audiences gained new respect for him. At no time had he let his past define his present or ruin his dreams. One book about Walt Disney, “How To Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life” also presents the man behind the myth. Authors Pat Williams and Jim Denney conducted over 1,000 interviews and then tied them all together

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to share lessons You and Walt they gleaned How can you be like Walt from this icon of Disney? How can you American family make your own dreams entertainment. come true? The authors Williams, whose made 16 observations from personal fascinathose 1,000 interviews. tion with Disney If your life seems to lack began when direction or if you’re asking he relocated to yourself “What next?” this Orlando in 1989 list may help you begin to to build a new “capture the Disney magic NBAA basketball every day of your life”: team, considers Tomorrow can be a Walt Disney wonderful age. to be one of his mentors. In fact, his team, the Magic, was named in honor of one of Disney’s The way to get started is to quit talking most famous creations, and begin doing. —Walt Disney the Magic Kingdom. The book is part biography, Live the Adventure part motivational speech, part self-help Be a Salesman book, part business guide, and it offers • Dare to do the Impossible many of Disney’s best features and • Unleash Your Imagination enduring qualities to incorporate into your own life. No matter your age. • Become an Animated Leader

• Take a Risk • Deal with Loss • Plus Every Experience • Be a Person of Stick-To-It-Ivity • Be a Sponge for Ideas • Ask Yourself – ‘How About Tomorrow?’ • Live for the Next Generation • Build Complementary Partnerships • Stay Focused • Accept Your Mortality • Make Family Your Top Priority How To Be Like Walt follows Disney from his humble childhood years on a farm until his death in December of 1966. What is clear throughout the book is a life of imagination, perseverance and optimism. The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in a building in The Presidio in San Francisco, also traces Walt Disney’s life and work. His dream? Oh, he never had just one at a time – he just kept adding new ones. You can too.

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more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations. 3. Take a Break Outdoors Take advantage of the healing power of fresh air and sunshine. Just five minutes outside on a balcony or terrace can be rejuvenating. If you have more time, 30 minutes of sunshine has proven positive benefits. 4. Check Your Posture Hold your head and shoulders upright. Avoid slumping or stooping: bad posture leads to muscle tension, pain and increased stress. If you are behind a desk during the day, avoid repetitive strain injuries and sore muscles by making sure your workspace is ergonomic, and take five minutes every hour to walk around or stretch.

5. Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Small, Nutritious Snacks Fight dehydration and hunger—they can provoke aggressiveness and exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress. Drink plenty of water and always have small and nutritious snacks on hand, such as fruit, string cheese or a handful of nuts.

6. Do One Thing Today Take control of your time. Every day, do at least one simple thing you’ve been putting off: return a phone call, make a doctor’s appointment or file the paperwork piling up on your desk. Taking care of one nagging responsibility will energize you and improve your attitude! You might even find that completing one task inspires you to move on to the next one. At the end of each day, try planning your schedule for tomorrow.

7. Reward Yourself after a Stressful Day At the end of the day, set aside any work concerns, housekeeping issues or family concerns for at least a few minutes. Allow yourself a period of time to fully relax before bedtime each day—even if it’s only 30 minutes. Remember, you need time to recharge. Don’t spend this time planning tomorrow or doing chores you didn’t get around to during the day. 8. Practice Letting Go When your next inevitably stressful situation comes up, make a conscious choice not to become upset. Just let it go. Don’t waste your energy on situations where it is not deserved. Managing your anger is a proven stress reducer. There’s no way to avoid stress, but you can be proactive in managing it. Here’s wishing you a happy life with less stress! Miller is the author of “The Serious Pursuit of Happiness: Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive.” He is a speaker, trainer, and consultant.

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Bald and Kind of Beautiful



was standing in line at the bank and noticed that all four men in front of me were bald, and the row of round, gleaming heads seemed kind of funny to me. I know it’s creepy, but secretly laughing at other people is one of my small pleasures in life. There was a young guy with a full head of hair behind me and I decided to share the joke, whispering, “I feel like I’m in a bowling alley.” The young guy smiled and then said, “I guess that happens when you guys hit a certain age.”

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of my head in an awfully long time. I anxiously continued my business at the bank. I was tempted to ask the teller if I was bald. However, maybe the bank has a special service charge for telling someone if they’re bald— they have charges for everything else. I went home and used the double mirror technique to look at the back of my head. And sure enough, there was fairly large bald spot back there. It was like a large pink grapefruit juice stain on a gray carpet. I felt like I was punched in the stomach— I realized I looked older than I thought I did. It was reminiscent of the first time I was given, unasked for, a senior discount. My first thought was that I was being punished for making fun of those other bald guys. But that was silly. My hair couldn’t fall out because of a bad joke. If that were the case, I would have been completely bald years ago. My second thought was to change the term bald to balding. That little “ing”

made me feel somewhat better. I wasn’t quite bald yet. Of course “balding” is an active word and it meant the spot was growing, spreading, taking over my head. My third thought was to fix the problem. I researched hair transplants, hair thickening, laser therapy, herbs, wigs, the Donald Trump comb-over, and that spray that kind of looks like you’re putting shoe polish on your head. I even thought of turning to religion. I’m a Reform Jew but if I became Orthodox I would always wear a yarmulke—hiding my bald spot. Okay, I realized I was going a little crazy. I also realized, during my research, that baldness isn’t necessarily a sign of getting older. There were many young people who were bald (and that made me happy). And also, there were some really good looking bald men. There was Bruce Willis and there’s, uh, Bruce Willis, and did I mention Bruce—okay,

I can’t think of anyone else right now but I’m sure there’s lots of them. Anyway, I decided to accept my situation. I wish I could say I learned some moral lesson about all this—don’t make fun of people because it will come back and bite you. However, the following week I was again at the bank and this time the four guys in front of me all had long shaggy hair. I turned to the man behind me and whispered, “I feel like I’m at the Westminster Dog Show.” And we both laughed (yes, I know it’s sad).

The Healthy Geezer BY FRED CICETTI


. Aneurysms are pretty scary things. Do they have any symptoms? Aneurysms are artery bulges. And yes, they are scary because, if they burst, they are lethal. Many victims of a ruptured aneurysm die before they get to a hospital. The type and location of the aneurysm will determine the symptoms.

Chest aortic aneurysms, which occur in the large blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body, may cause shortness of breath, a raspy voice, backache or shoulder pain.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms may cause pain or tenderness below your stomach, make you less hungry or give you an upset stomach. Cerebral aneurysms may produce headaches, pain in your neck and face, or trouble seeing and talking.

Ventricular aneurysms in the heart’s main pumping chamber (the left ventricle) may cause shortness of breath, chest pain or an irregular heart beat. Fortunately, aneurysms can be detected by a physical examination, x-ray, ultrasound and modern imaging systems such as a CAT scan or an MRI. The size and location of the aneurysm determines the treatment method. For example, aneurysms in the upper chest are usually operated on immediately. Aneurysms in the

lower chest and the area below your stomach are watched at first. If they grow too large or cause symptoms, surgery may be required. The standard treatment for aneurysm once it meets the indications for surgery is replacement of that weakened portion of the aorta with an artificial graft. Usually, a graft made from Dacron, a material that will not wear out, is used. In recent years, a treatment has been developed to repair an aneurysm using less-invasive surgery. In the procedure, a stent-graft made of a polyester tube inside a metal cylinder is inserted into the bloodstream at the end of a catheter. The stent-graft is positioned to carry the blood flow instead of the aneurysm. The following increase the risk of getting an aneurysm: being older than 60, plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure, smoking, injuries or infections of the blood vessels, a congenital abnormality, and inherited diseases. Most aneurysms are caused by a breakdown in the proteins that provide the structural strength to the wall of the aorta. These proteins can gradually deteriorate with age. But inflammation that is associated with atherosclerosis can accelerate this process. There are also naturally occurring enzymes that cause the breakdown of the proteins. An excess of these enzymes or other conditions that activate these enzymes may also contribute to the formation of an aneurysm, or its sudden growth. In rare cases an aneurysm may be caused by infection. The combination of early diagnosis with safer, simpler, and ever more successful treatments can prevent needless deaths due to ruptured aneurysms. If you think you or one of your family members might have an aortic aneurysm, see a doctor without delay. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How To Be A Healthy Geezer” at All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Fred Cicetti.

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spicy sauces, dips and condiments and bolder flavors. Chile sauce, cayenne, Sriracha, and habanero and ancho peppers are delivering the “new” heat. 8. Specialty cheeses account for more than two-thirds of deli cheese sales. Gouda, Brie, bleu and goat cheese are increasingly strong sellers as are Mediterranean and Hispanic cheeses. More U.S. cheesemakers and retailers are embracing affinage, the art of aging cheeses. 9. More than half of adults buy specialty chocolate, oils and cheese.

10. The percentage of all meals eaten and prepared in the home in 2013 was exactly the same as in 2012—73 percent, up from 70 percent five years ago. 11. Half of adults bought prepared foods at a convenience store in 2013. Hot dogs, followed by deli sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, pizza and other breakfast foods were the popular items. 12. Forty percent of specialty food consumers bought food online.

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Westgate River Ranch Vacation: Close to Nature Yet Far Enough Away to Be a Real Vacation



ee haw! Ride ‘em cowboys. Not long ago we had a hankerin’ to get out the Western shirts and boots and spend a weekend in the great Florida outdoors. Out where the star sightings aren’t filtered by city lights. It was a good reason for a trip to Westgate River Ranch east of Lake Wales. The River Ranch has been around for decades and has recently been renovated as part of the Westgate Resort family. It’s the largest dude ranch in Florida and a clean, safe place to go alone or with the whole family. Here’s what to look for:

1. Activities for everyone and for all ages: sit in the quiet with a book, go to The Saloon for a drink (including non-alcoholic), ride a mechanical bull, play mini golf. How about horseback riding, skeet shooting, swamp buggy, air boating, fishing or archery? On weekend nights there’s line dancing,

live music, bonfires, hayride/cookout, a small adventure park and the rodeo.

2. Try Glamping (glamorous camping). Each Glamping site is a sturdy fully-furnished canvas tent set on a platform in a wooded area complete with microwave, mini fridge, AC. Glamping sites include a key to a private bathroom facility with shower.

3. Convenient accommodations include new and older cabins and the renovated Lodge as well as a beautiful RV park. 4. Yee haw! It’s a Wild West rodeo every Saturday night! Eight seconds

may not seem like a long time, but when you’re watching a bull rider trying to stay on a bucking bull, it seems like an eternity. This rodeo is fun. Professional—and colorful—lady horseback riders make their acts seem easy and there’s a hilarious “calf scramble” for kid cowpokes. It’s a very patriotic, feel-good-to-be-an-American event with lots of red, white and blue and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” A Rodeo Dance immediately following the rodeo is an open time for everyone to dance to slow tunes, boot-scootin’ boogie and fun stuff like “Macarena.” 5. Natural Florida is right outside the door. From watching bison and horses in the pasture to hiking trails through ancient live oak woods along the water, you may find your only distractions to be the birds and critters. 6. The easy life is here. On site, the Smokehouse Grill, the Saloon

and the Deli at the General Store serve up meals. And there’s a Dinner Hayride. No Western wear? Buy a nifty cowboy hat or outfit at the onsite Western Store.

7. One-of-a-kind staff. Everyone is terrific and attentive—like they want to be there, and we found many who had worked at the ranch for years. These guys may be bull riders for the weekend rodeo, but they make great trail ride guides during the day! Days and hours of operation for restaurants vary by season; call ahead before visiting to know if you need to stop on the way for groceries. Accommodation prices: Lodge: $99 and up; Cottages and Cabins: $150 and up; Glamping tents: $179 and up; tent sites: $20; RV sites: $40. Sample activity prices: Rodeo: $15.50. Pontoon boat rental: $65/ hour + tax. Swamp buggy ride: $25. To learn more, call 863-692-1321.

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Shamrock’n Run. This St. Paddy’s-themed event includes a 5K competitive run, 1.5-mile walk, a kids Clover Dash, live music, food and drinks. Green attire recommended. 7 pm at Ulmer Park, 301 W. Bay Drive, Largo.Price: $15 advance, $20 after Mar. 8 (5K); $10 advance, $15 after Mar. 8 (1.5-mile); $7

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Claddagh—An Explosion of Celtic Dance and Music. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Celtic performance inspired by shows like West Side Story and Grease. Tickets: $24.50 to $34.50. Shows at 2 and 7 pm at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Dr., Largo. 727-587-6793.


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Make the Fox River Cities Area Your Summer Destination The Paper Discovery Center in an old paper f you’re traveling mill presents an through Wisconsin opportunity to this summer, stop in imagine our counthe area known as the try in the days Fox River Cities, just when water was south of Green Bay. king of manufacThe Fox River was Crafting at the Paper turing and production. Discovery Center. an early power source Take a look at the Fox and the industries, money and River from the overlook. The Center technology that power created have brought Appleton a long, rich heritage shows all facets of paper-making from tree to finished product. And since it’s of interesting people and events. sponsored by Kimberly Clark, there’s a section explaining the many health and hygiene paper products we use. See how they make those tissues so soft! From the youngest visitor to the Drawing from a wide area oldest—even grumpy old of northeastern men—all enjoy actually Wisconsin, Appleton making their own sheets is a regional hub of paper. The Center is of activity. a winning spot to visit.




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Faces and facts that define the area can be found in the History at the Castle. The castle experience begins with beautiful stained glass windows in lobby depicting the four seasons in the area.

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For a time Harry Houdini’s family called Appleton home, and the hands-on displays about Houdini are fun and engaging as visitors get an inside look at the renowned magician and performer. The idea of the museum is to reveal his secrets of illusion, so visitors can try duplicating some of Houdini’s tricks, picking locks on handcuffs, and so on. Trivia: Houdini’s massive head of hair? Good for hiding things in. Well, there were other body parts he used for hidings, too. Other displays: Bottoms up! the tavern history of the area; Spearfishing for sturgeon (see a fully equipped ice shanty); Food of the area from early settlers to recent settling by Hmong tribes.

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hen you’re in Wisconsin, you’re in Packers territory, so enjoy a meal at Lombardi’s Steak House in downtown Appleton. Filled with more than 400 Lombardi memorabilia and photos donated by his son and daughter, it’s part museum and part restaurant. Spend some time looking around. See hand drawn football plays, Lombardi’s draft card, three Coach of the Year trophies, a replica of the Lombardi Trophy. Lombardi’s “Commitment to Excellence” has been passed to the staff and menu choices. The food is superb: entrees such as prime cuts of beef and seafood entrees, family-sized side dishes and amazing desserts. The Steakhouse has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2005 for having one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world. Trivia: Lombardi Steakhouse hosts each challenging team for dinner the night before their game against the Packers. Lombardi would approve!

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ou could play a lifetime of bridge without pulling off a Devil’s Coup, but it’s worth a look purely for its entertainment value.

It looks like Partner has overbid again because you find yourself in the dreadful contract of 6♠. West cashes the ♥A at Trick 1 and now the success of your slam depends upon losing no trump tricks, missing QJ873. The chances of one defender holding QJ doubleton are pretty remote (8%, actually) and you can do better by not drawing trumps.

The Devil’s Coup At Trick 2, you ruff the Heart continuation, cash three Diamonds (ending in Dummy), ruff another Heart, cash ♣A and ♣K, and ruff a Club, reaching this position, with the lead in Dummy: Do you see how to win the rest of the tricks? Sure you do! You ruff Dummy’s ♥Q (even though it is a winner!) and, when the ♣T is led, the defense is toast. If West ruffs low then Dummy overruffs and you score the last two tricks with the ♠A and ♠K … if West ruffs high then Dummy overruffs and there is now a finesse position against East’s Queen! Devilish indeed! To bring off this small miracle, West’s distribution had to be precisely 3=4=3=3 or 3=5=3=2 and he had to hold one of the missing Spade honors. We don’t know if that offers better odds than the aforementioned 8%, but we are sure that bringing off the Devil’s Coup is so much more fun! Visit for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email To find a bridge club in Florida, go to D9Clubsmap.htm. Bridge article provided courtesy of St. Petersburg Bridge Club:

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oncertgoers can enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts at The Florida Orchestra’s next morning Coffee Concerts “Salute to Broadway.” Featuring music from South Pacific, The Music Man, A Chorus Line, Threepenny Opera and more, Stuart Malina conducts the orchestra and also shares insightful anecdotes about the music during these concerts, which are Mar. 5 at 10 am at Ruth Eckerd Hall and Mar. 6,at 11 am at the Mahaffey Theater. At the next Raymond James Pops concerts, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” the orchestra performs a salute to St. Patrick’s Day with traditional tunes of the Emerald Isle and other Irishthemed music. Vocalist Cathie Ryan will lift the spirit with her Irish band and dancers from Tampa’s ScariffHardiman School of Irish Dance. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads these concerts on March 7, 8 and 9 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

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Crustless Corned Beef and Cheese Quiche 2 Tbsp butter 1 onion, chopped 1 c chopped celery 1 c cooked corned beef, diced 1 c jack cheese, shredded 4 eggs 1 c heavy cream 1 c milk Salt and pepper to taste Saute onions and celery slightly in butter. Add corned beef. Heat through and spread in buttered quiche pan (or ramekins). Add cheese. Whisk eggs, cream milk and seasoning together and pour into pan. Bake at 425 about 25 minutes.

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Mingle with other chapters, make new friends and be sure to wear your best red hat as they plan to take lots of pictures to commemorate this springtime event. Cost for the one-day event is $10 per person. Spaces are limited; pre-registration is required by March 7. Get your tickets today by calling 727-587-6740 ex. 5004 or by visiting the Largo Community Center at 400 Alt Keene Rd.

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njoy dinner and live music at the Largo Community Center for the Annual Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus Show on Sunday, March 23. The show will feature a meal and a performance by the Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus. Dinner will be served at 2 pm followed by entertainment at 2:30 pm.

Tickets for the Annual Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus Show are $14 in advance for dinner and the show. All dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, but do not include a meal. Purchase tickets at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Rd. For more info, visit LargoCommunity or call 727-518-3131.

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Lifestyles After 50 Suncoast March 2014 edition  

Monthly magazine for adults 50 and older