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onoring the group Tom Brokaw referred to as our Greatest Generation has become a pasJanice Doyle, sion to some in this Editor country. Among other things, Honor Flights from all across the country daily deliver groups of WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. They go to visit the WWII Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Korean Memorial and the Vietnam Wall. The veterans marvel at the size of the Pentagon, which was built during WWII. And some who go have never flown on commercial flights before. If all goes as planned, by the time you read this, I will have served as escort to one of three female WWII veterans among the 71 heroes on the fourth Honor Flight of West Central Florida group—watch for story and photos in our December issue.

Honor Flight History In May, 2004, when the World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., some older veterans dreamed of going but realized they would not be able to make the trip. They lacked the ability to make the trip alone, and their families and friends often lacked the resources and time to complete the trip to the nation’s capital.

Honor Flights began in 2005 when six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio, taking twelve World War II veterans on a visit to the Memorial. A waiting list of veterans wanting to make the trip led to flights on commercial airline carriers. Today, hundreds of veterans make the trip every week (except during the coldest winter months) and thousands of people support and honor them along the way. The flights include wheelchairs and walkers for the aging veterans, and loading and unloading the planes and buses takes more time than usual— much more time than it took the men to get around during WWII, for sure. The Ocala Honor Flight, making its fourth flight late in October, will take 98 veterans. Organizer Jim Hilty says, “We will have 98 veterans, 74 guardians, 6 paramedics, 3 doctors, 3 nurses and other medical staff going.” Trips are free for the veterans; guardians pay their own way. Hilty says each trip for the Ocala group costs $80,000. Many companies as well as individuals help support the flights financially. Honor Flights depart (very!) early in the morning and return late at night. Those from longer distances (like South Dakota, etc.) spend the night in Washington before the flight home. From the beginning, citizen support for Honor Flights has been terrific! All across the country, huge groups of ordinary citizens meet at the local airports to cheer for the men and women as they leave and as they return—no matter the hour. What they say Reports always say the Honor Flights are very moving, beautifully patriotic and an absolute joy to witness. A guardian from the Midwest told me this about leaving the plane with his veteran after the long day: “This was not a usual 10 p.m. deplaning process. Police and Boy Scouts lined

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the walkway saluting each hero. Flags waved. Inside the terminal was a crowd of hundreds—cheering, waving, crying, clapping, smiling, hollering, hugging! The heroes were in no hurry. They shook hands. They smiled. Johnnie (my veteran) had remained stoic and unemotional all day, but now he truly felt the love and admiration being poured on him. He felt appreciated. A Shriner’s band played the Army Song, the Navy song, the Marine song, the Air Force song. Johnnie just stopped and stared and took it all in. He was finally getting his hero’s ‘Welcome Home,’ 60 years late. After a while he said, “I’m ready to go home now.” All Honor Flight groups need financial support and volunteers, including citizens to greet the veterans at the airports. Note: Even though there’s a national Honor Flight website, always get applications and contact information through your local group’s website: Honor Flight West Central Florida: Ocala Honor Flight: Southwest: The Villages:

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Thanksgiving—the Perfect Holiday


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t’s easy to love Thanksgiving Day as a holiday. It’s not political, and you don’t have to buy gifts for anyone. It’s a holiday with a few longstanding traditions, all fairly innocent in the long run. It’s just about a big meal with a few standard dishes, morning parades and afternoon football. No gifts, just family and friends. No big expense for decorations, just a pumpkin or two sitting around and a pie in the oven. I keep hearing it called “Turkey Day.” Good grief! Every major religion’s checklist surely includes being thankful. Can we really have become a nation running scared of saying and showing thankfulness? I don’t think so. Here are a few ideas to make your Thanksgiving Day interesting.

Turkey Trivia: • The long fleshy skin that hangs over a turkey’s beak is called a snood. • The color of a wild turkey’s naked head and neck area can change to blue when mating. • When turkeys reach maturity they can have as many as 3,500 feathers!

• John F. Kennedy spared a turkey on November 19, 1963, three days before he was assassinated. There was at that time no tradition of turkeys being granted presidential pardons around Thanksgiving; Kennedy simply did it spontaneously. • Faster than a speeding bullet—wild turkeys can run up to 55 miles an hour! • Approximately 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, but more than 94 percent of Thanksgiving dinners include cranberry sauce. • In the past ten years, more men are enjoying cooking the traditional Thanksgiving meal. • The busiest air travel day of the year in America is the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The second-busiest day is the Wednesday before.

• For the first few years of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, animals from the Central Park Zoo marched along with bands, other entertainers and store employees. 1927 saw the appearance of the first big-animalshaped floats, such as Felix the Cat, but they were filled with air, not helium. The following year, floats were filled with helium. The rest is history.

Thanksgiving Jokes To Share The pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field. While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout. Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, “You’re terrific! Sign up for the season, and I’ll see to it that you get a huge bonus.” “Forget the bonus,” the turkey said, “All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?

Q: What’s a turkey’s favorite song? A: “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”

An industrious farmer was experimenting with breeding to perfect a better turkey. His family was fond of the leg portion for dinner and there were never enough legs for everyone. After many frustrating attempts, the farmer was relating the results of his efforts to his friends at the general store get together. “Well I finally did it! I bred a turkey that has six legs!” They all asked the farmer how it tasted. “I don’t know,” said the farmer. “I never could catch the darn thing!” Senior Connection • November 2011 • page 4

Frank Sinatra’s Special Thanksgiving

On the day Frank Sinatra died in 1998, Patsy’s Restaurant in New York City was packed with his friends and fans. Why? It was his favorite restaurant. Here’s the story: Sinatra’s career and personal life was in a serious decline in 1952 before his Oscar-winning performance in From Here to Eternity and before his reinvention as a crooner of the 1950s from his boy next door image of the 1940s. Patsy’s Restaurant owner and chef Scognamillo says Sinatra was alone at the restaurant the night before Thanksgiving, and many of the other customers walked right past him without acknowledging him. He was depressed. Sinatra said he wanted to eat Thanksgiving dinner at Patsy’s, and the owner didn’t have the heart to tell him that the restaurant was normally closed for the holiday. They made the reservation, called up the staff and told them to bring their families in for Thanksgiving and invited some other guests to fill out the restaurant. They opened for Thanksgiving for Sinatra who had a 3 p.m. reservation, and only later did Sinatra find out that it had been opened just for him.

Final Thought

Take time to be thankful. Remember the words of this old hymn: Count your many blessings; name them one by one. Count your many blessings; see what God hath done. Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

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Local Hikers See the World on Foot, Mile by Mile

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ampa bay residents Andy and LuAnne Anderson share a purposeful case of wanderlust. They recently hiked 700 miles in Israel, sharing whatever they could with whomever they met and the hospitality they received in return overwhelmed them. In 2006, the two began a “Walk Worthy” trail ministry using their passion for hiking to help other wilderness pilgrims and to talk about God’s guidance in their lives. Together the 56-year-old Andersons have hiked 15,000 miles including the Appalachian Trail (Georgia


to Maine), the Pacific Crest Trail (California/Mexican border to the Canadian border) and the Florida Trail. In hiking circles, their trail names are “Chuck Norris” (Randy) and “Tigger” (LuAnne). Their most recent adventure was prompted when they met eight Israeli hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail who invited them to hike Israel’s national footpath known as “Shvil Israel” (Path of Israel). The Israel they experienced impressed them by the hospitality they experienced on their trek, including frequently being invited to stay in homes along the way. “Israelis are incredibly appreciative of Americans who take an interest in their ‘Path of Israel,’ Randy said. “We were asked why we were hiking in Israel when our country is so big and beautiful?” “We would tell them a little about our faith and how much we love the Bible. That usually opened up great discussions,” LuAnne said. 2011–2012 SEASON PRESENTED BY HOMES BY HELEN



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“Even if they don’t believe as we do, they love the name of Yeshua.” Israeli hikers, they note, are serious hikers, content to use the heavier, military type packs left after their required tour of duty in the Israeli Defense Force. Randy says, “Europeans and Americans hike for fun, memories and the beauty aspect. Israelis see it more as an athletic challenge, hiking in duty to and respect for their country.” Jewish hikers invited the Andersons to join their families for the Passover celebration where they heard the detailed story of the meal’s symbolic elements. Randy calls the experience “meaningful and humbling because they were so proud to have us in their home.” It takes planning to be able to travel months at a time. Randy explains, “Once our kids left the nest, we downsized to the extreme. We live a frugal lifestyle, work seasonal jobs and keep expenses to a minimum in our 34’ travel trailer so we can travel

for six months.” Randy is a painter and LuAnne is a financial analyst. Randy continued, “We have traded a mortgage and possessions for time. We love the sense of freedom to go as God leads and do as we like. We don’t put anyone down because of their lifestyle. We’ve just made this choice. It’s easy for us to let go.” Healthwise, LuAnne enjoys the “sense of equilibrium within the body” achieved by the hiking. Although both genders build stamina, male hikers tend to lose weight while females build muscle mass. Both benefit from increased serotonin levels that increase happiness. The Andersons each carry a fifteenpound loaded backpack and their typical hiking day begins before sunrise and ends at sundown. Randy says their pace is never rushed because “nothing in nature is in a hurry.” To ask questions, share a thought or join the next hike en route, visit

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Veterans Salute and celebration of USMC 236th Birthday at Spanos-Pappas Community Center, Tarpon Springs. Speakers include Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Representative Peter Nehr, etc. Entertainment, raffles, dinner. $5 ticket includes dinner. 5:30 p.m.



“Mommie Dearest: Famous Opera Moms” presented by St. Petersburg Opera Company at Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. 6 p.m. Tickets $12/seniors. Tickets online at or (727) 823-2040.


American Idol-style Senior Talent Show at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. $5. Info at (727) 812-4530.

through 20 Man of La Mancha at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. 8 p.m. (727) 942-5605.


3rd Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament & Casino Night presented by Armed Forces Military Museum. 6 p.m. buffet; 7:30 p.m. poker tournament begins. $80/buffet and tournament. $40/ buffet and casino voucher. 2050 34th Way North, Largo. (727) 539-8371.



Upper Pinellas African Violet Society Event at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 2751 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater. Sale, information, supplies. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (727) 398-7457. Free admission.


“Spirit of America” concert by Clearwater Chorus at Ruth Eckerd Hall. 2 p.m. $15. (727) 791-7400.


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43rd St. Senior Citizen’s Club meets at noon, Christ Lutheran Church, 3451 30th Ave. N., St. Pete. Bring covered dish and $1 donation. Info at (727) 595-8648. through Dec. 24 Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband at American Stage, 163 Third St. N., St. Pete. Call (727) 823-PLAY. Blues Harmonicas at the Palladium. 8 p.m. Tickets at (727) 822-3590 or


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t’s that wonderful theater season of the year. Footlights come on at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota for the opening show, My Fair Lady. It will be a sell-out with matinee performances running November 19 through December 24. Hear the classic songs like “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” “Get Me To the Church On Time” and “I Could’ve Danced All Night.” Call 1-800-361-8388 for reservations at Sarasota’s Asolo Repertory Theatre. Mister Roberts takes us back to the Navy in World War ll. The ship’s in port in November at the Largo Cultural Center’s Eight O’Clock Theatre. It’s a time to reminisce. We’re much more relaxed now that we know how that war ended. Perhaps you

remember the movie starring Henry Fonda and James Cagney. The production is a benefit with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 or 14. Call (727) 587-6793 for tickets. The Largo Cultural Center is at 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Two matinees at Ruth Eckerd Hall are of note. A matinee at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12—Alex and the Kaleidoscope— is a multi-generational program for grandparents and grandchildren. Sunday, November 13, the Clearwater Chorus presents Spirit of America in a 2 p.m. matinee performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. For tickets and information, call Ruth Eckerd Hall at (727) 791-7400. The theatre is located at 1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater.

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elive the great songs of Frank Sinatra when The Florida Orchestra presents “The One and Only Frank Sinatra” concert November 25, 26 and 27. With guest vocalist Steve Lippia’s velvet voice, you can remember what it was like to have it “My Way.” America’s first real pop star, Sinatra was the right man at the right place during WWII, becoming the husband or boyfriend substitute through his songs. After the war, his timeless love songs carried through two more generations. And today? A younger generation has found that his songs have words they can identify with and feelings they are either experiencing or are longing to experience.

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Think “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “The Best Is Yet to Come” and so many more. Join The Florida Orchestra and Frank Sinatra on November 25 at the Straz Center, November 26 at Mahaffey Theater or November 27 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Call (800) 662-7286 or visit

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he Corporation for National and Community Service indicates that 18.7 million older adults—more than a quarter of those 55 and older—contributed on average more than 3 billion hours of service in their communities per year between 2008 and 2010. The yearly economic benefit of this service to the nation equals more than $64 billion. Robert Velasco II, acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service said, “We celebrate the impact of the more than 450,000 Senior Corps volunteers who are helping to solve problems ranging from poverty and illiteracy to helping seniors continue to live independently.” Three Senior Corps programs—Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companions—contribute to the health and vitality of their communities by meeting critical local needs.

Last year 29,100 Foster Grandparent volunteers provided one-on-one tutoring or mentoring to more than 200,000 at-risk children. RSVP, Senior Corps’ largest program, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and engages more than 400,000 volunteers served 62 million hours through more than 65,000 organizations. Senior Companions support independent living of older adults. Last year, 14,684 Senior Companion volunteers provided 12 million hours of service to more than 60,000 elderly adults, allowing them to maintain independent living in their own homes. To learn more about these programs, visit To read volunteer stories, check out the national service blog at To learn more locally, please call (727) 327-8690.

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Selecting Clothes for the Boomer Woman I

t’s hard to be women “of a certain age.” Relationships, bodies and fashions change – and here’s the boomer woman trying to decide how to develop a personal style that doesn’t look too young. Worse still, she doesn’t want to look frumpy either. Writers at made a list of mistakes boomer women need to avoid. Mistakes include: 1. Not realizing you need to change. You do! 2. Not accessorizing. Go after jewelry to rejuvenate your look.

3. Wearing “mom” jeans. At any age, it’s time well spent to find well-fitted jeans.

4. Being self-deprecating. Don’t draw attention to “this old thing,” etc.

5. Not spending enough on your clothes. That purple button-down shirt on the JC Penny clearance rack is $15. Why would you shell out $120 for pretty much the same thing at Nordstrom? Because it’s worth it. Clothes that fit right make all the difference in how good you look and feel. If they cost more, it means the designers have more spent time and effort making sure the piece will flatter its owner.

6. Comparing yourself to you 20 years ago. Don’t waste time pining for your “glory” years. Be the woman people say looks better now than she ever did 20 years ago. 7. Thinking there are hair rules. Hair varies as much as body type, so the same rules don’t apply for everyone. Consult with your stylist —or your friends—to decide what look suits you—just don’t be afraid to change for the better look.


8. Using the wrong makeup. Just because you’ve always used a certain color on your eyes, cheeks or lips doesn’t mean it still looks good. As your face ages, make sure that your makeup choices and application techniques adapt with it.

9. Wearing the wrong bra. Over 80 percent of women wear the wrong bra size. It’s unlikely you’ll stay the same bra size throughout your whole life, so spend 10 minutes and get properly measured at Victoria’s Secret or a department store. The right undergarment can have a huge effect on how the rest of your clothes fit, giving your figure— and your self-confidence—a boost. Here’s how to do it right! If these are what you can do wrong, what can you do right?

Kate Forgach has these suggestions for boomer women.

Shop for the right things. Look for tailored outfits that set off your best features without flaunting them. Well-cut fashions will look pulled together without screaming OLD!

Buy for your curvier shape. Especially larger ladies have a much harder time walking the fine line between too tight and overly ample—and risk looking frumpy if it’s not right. Shop well. Décolletage doesn’t do well on older bodies. Have a stock of chemises in the closet to fill in the gap of low-cut tops. Old cleavages aren’t usually fun to look at!

Granny arms? Bat wings? Whatever you call them, they’re part of aging. Cover them with lightweight cardigans with raglan sleeves and slenderizing styles easily available today. And shop thrift stores for great jackets—and love that air conditioning in Florida!

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Quick Facts About Aging

Professor, 90, Has No Retirement Plans Aaron Beck, a 90-year-old professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, still maintains a full work schedule training therapists, writing books and pursuing research topics. As experts in the field of happiness know, meaningful work is a key component of contentment. And Beck, despite some physical disabilities, has a very positive attitude. That’s no surprise: he’s widely recognized as the father of cognitive therapy which holds that you can help yourself feel good by thinking positive thoughts. Cognitive therapists help patients develop skills to change their negative view of themselves and their future.

From The Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 2011.

Older Entrepreneurs Coming on Strong Workers 55 and over are going into business on their own at a faster rate than their younger counterparts, the U.S. Dept. of Labor reports. After 33 years as a corporate executive, Barry Meinerth was forced to retire at age 60. He now spends his days running his own alpaca farm in Pawlet, Vermont. He sells the wool he harvests wholesale and through a small shop he’s set up on the farm. His real chance for profit, though, and the ability to hire some full-time help, lies in breeding alpacas. One of his animals, he says, could fetch $30,000. From ABC News, July 2011. From the MetLife Mature Market Institute.

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The USS Alabama—“Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead” BY DAVID LALMOND


obile Bay went into U.S. Naval history because of the famous order issued by Admiral David Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” Through the years, the saying became a part of American slang—it felt good to use the word “damn” and have it be in a famous quote. Who could argue with that? Keeping Mobile military history alive today is the WWII Battleship USS Alabama (BB60) which rests in Mobile Bay as a part of Battleship Memorial Park. The ship served in the Pacific during WWII, earning nine Battle Stars and shooting down 22 enemy airplanes. A tour of the Alabama is an impressive experience. The massive warship is 680 feet long (half as long as the Empire State Building is tall) and displaces more than 44,500 tons of water. Each of her four propellers weighed more than 18 tons and combined could move her through the water at speeds of up to 28 knots (32 mph). The Alabama is 194 feet tall (more than a 20-story building). Visitors have access to every part of the ship and see what conditions the sailors had to endure during their time aboard. Today’s visitor can walk the decks. From the main deck there are seven decks to explore upward and four decks below the main deck that are open to explore. Three tour routes are suggested and they include the bridge, the galley, the bunks and even a visit to the brig. Many visual displays of memorabilia bring memories of days past to visitors, especially former members of the Navy. Uniforms and equipment authentic to the naval service are displayed.

The stories of men who served aboard the Alabama are presented in a video that runs continuously aboard the ship. The Alabama has been used for various events including the Hollywood movie “Under Siege.” On the grounds of the park there are displayed many aircraft of vintage WWII through Iraqi Freedom. Also for visitors is a WWII submarine, the USS Drum (SS-228). You may walk the deck and “go below” while visiting the submarine that earned 12 Battle Stars during WWII. The Alabama, the Drum and the museum are great places to take grandchildren for a half day of exploration. There are no elevators.

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The Healthy Geezer BY FRED CICETTI

It’s time for a flu shot.

You can get the flu vaccine from your doctor, and at public health facilities, senior centers, pharmacies and supermarkets. The vaccine can be administered anytime during flu season. Adults over 50 are prime candidates for the vaccine because the flu can be fatal for older people. There are two types of vaccines: the injection and the nasal-spray. There are three different flu injections available: a regular flu shot approved for people ages 6 months and older; a high-dose flu shot approved for people 65 and older, and an intradermal flu shot approved for people 18 to 64 years of age. Fluzone, Fluzone High-Dose, and Fluzone Intradermal are all injectable influenza vaccines made up of the three flu strains most likely to cause illness during a particular flu season. Fluzone High-Dose is a new influenza vaccine designed for people 65 years and older. Fluzone HighDose vaccines contain four times the amount of antigen contained in regular flu shots. Antigen is the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody to fight the flu. The additional antigen is intended to create a stronger immune response. Human immune defenses become weaker with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. Also, aging decreases the body’s ability to have a good immune response after getting influenza vaccine. Fluzone Intradermal was introduced for the 2011-2012 flu season. The flu vaccine is a shot with a smaller needle that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle. It requires less antigen to be as effective as the regular flu shot. The nasal-spray flu vaccine is called Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (also known as LAIV or FluMist®). LAIV is approved for use in healthy people 2 through 49 years of age who are not pregnant. The 2011-12 flu vaccine protects against seasonal flu and H1N1 (Swine Flu), just like last year’s vaccine. However, the U.S. Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention warn that you should get another dose of vaccine this season. Flu season in the northern hemisphere can range from as early as October to as late as May. The peak month usually is February. More than 200,000 flu victims are hospitalized annually in the United States. The death rate from flu ranges from 3,300 to almost 49,000 a year. The flu strikes the elderly the hardest. About 90 percent of flu deaths in the 31 flu seasons between 1976 to 2007 occurred in people over age 65. Flu is a contagious illness of the respiratory system caused by the influenza virus. Flu can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, ear problems and dehydration. Droplets from coughing and sneezing spread the flu. An adult with flu can infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick. Children may spread flu for more than seven days. The best way to combat the bug is to get the flu vaccine. The vaccine does not prevent flu in all people. Contrary to rumor, you can’t catch the flu from the vaccine. The flu vaccine is not made from a live virus. The recovery time for the flu is about one to two weeks. However, in seniors, weakness may persist for a longer time. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How to be a Healthy Geezer” at All Rights Reserved © 2011 by Fred Cicetti.

A Clear Vision of Age-Related Macular Degeneration BY STEPHEN ROSE, PH.D.

But as the disease advances, they may experience blurring in their central vilurry vision and blind spots sion, especially during detail-oriented may be more than just signs of tasks like reading. Doctors diagnose aging—they can be indicators of AMD by identifying yellow deposits age-related macular degeneration called drusen that collect underneath (AMD). This complex disease affects the retina. Most people initially suffer more than 10 million Americans and from dry AMD, which occurs when is the leading cause of blindness for the cells in the eye’s macula slowly people over 50. Promising research break down to gradually blur central is advancing new treatments and vision. Some cases of dry AMD teaching us more about the disease, progress to the wet form, which causes but people must take preventive rapid, advanced vision loss because measures and understand the imporabnormal blood vessels grow under tance of early diagnosis to protect the macula and leak blood and fluid. their sight; especially as aging baby A person seeing straight lines as wavy boomers are becoming more at risk. is a classic symptom of wet AMD. Genetics often play a role in AMD, but the heredity link is complicated as many people develop the condition without family history of it, while Early diagnosis depends on detecting those with affected parents may warning signs and making regular vis- never suffer vision loss. A number of its to an ophthalmologist. A person suf- additional factors are associated with fering from the early stages of AMD AMD, including cigarette smoking, may not notice changes in their vision. bright sunlight, cardiovascular disease,



hypertension and diet. The National Eye Institute conducted the AgeRelated Eye Disease Study (AREDS), which found that a dietary supplement containing a combination of vitamins and minerals reduced people’s risk of developing advanced AMD. The supplement is available over the counter, but should only be taken after consulting a doctor. Studies have also linked consuming lower amounts of dietary fat to decreased chances of developing advanced AMD. Foods high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and nuts, as well as colorful vegetables rich in carotenoids may also help prevent AMD. Current research holds promise for new AMD treatments. The biopharmaceutical company Advanced Cell Technology recently launched a clinical trial of a cellular therapy derived from stem cells that could preserve

and restore vision of AMD patients. Oxford BioMedica is conducting a gene therapy human study that could be a long-lasting approach to halting vision loss from AMD, with only a single treatment. And, Regeneron is seeking FDA approval of a therapy for wet AMD that requires less frequent treatment injections than existing treatments like Lucentis, which is FDA-approved for AMD, and Avastin, a cancer drug which is often prescribed off label to AMD patients. Dr. Stephen Rose is the Chief Research Officer for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing research for AMD treatments and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. Additional AMD information and research updates are available at FightBlindness. org or by calling (800) 683-5555.

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To Salt or Not to Salt H

ere we go again! A new European study concludes that salt consumption is not dangerous and may in fact be beneficial. This is certainly contrary to advice from American Medical Association, American Heart Association and the CDC, which say higher sodium consumption can increase the risk of heart disease. It’s not unusual to see differing opinions, but what are we ordinary folks to make of the controversy?

The study followed 3,681 middleaged Europeans who did not have high blood pressure or heart disease at the start of the study. They were divided into three groups: low salt, moderate salt and high salt consumption. There were 50 deaths in the low-salt group, 24 in the moderate-consumption group and only 10 in the high-consumption group. In fact, the heart disease risk in the low-consumption group was 56 percent higher in the low salt group. What they concluded was that the less salt the participants ate, the more likely they would die from heart disease. The problem they say generally boils down to the effect (or lack thereof) salt has on blood pressure. Salt consumption does not seem to have the same effect on everyone, concludes the study. The main takeaway from all this is the importance of knowing what your blood pressure is and making an effort to do whatever is necessary to have consistent readings in the healthy range of 120/70 or less— including eating properly. (Newswise)

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Some in Nursing Homes Pay Almost Nothing; What Do They Know That You Don’t? BY BOB DECKER, RFC®, CSA®, CRFA™ Pres. of Bob Decker & Associates, LLC, A Registered Investment Advisor


simple answer might be that most folks don’t have a written retirement and estate plan in place. A retirement plan should include funding for income and any possible medical or long term care expenses. Your estate plan should specify who will make financial and medical decisions for you if you are not able to make those decisions yourself.

Isn’t estate planning just for the rich? ALL seniors should have an estate plan. What asset protection tools are available? You should look into purchasing Long Term Care Insurance, familiarize yourself with the “Florida Long Term Care Insurance Partnership Program,” check into Life Insurance or Annuity policies that include Long Term Care Benefits, get advice about how Medicaid Planning might help to protect a portion of your assets

and check to see if benefits may be available if you or your spouse are veterans.

What is Medicaid Planning? Medicaid Planning is the result of applying various legal options to help qualify for Medicaid sooner than otherwise possible.

But I’m healthy; why should I bother with this now? Nursing homes are full of people who were healthy but a sudden fall, stroke, accident or heart attack changed all of that in literally a heartbeat. O.K., so what should I do? Everyone’s situation is unique. The sooner you seek professional help, the more assets you can possibly protect.

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When the Nurse Comes to Your House



he scene is getting increasingly familiar. A knock on the door and the patient opens up to a strange person with a couple of bags hanging off her shoulders. “Hello. I’m your home care nurse.” From total knee replacements to infected wounds and from pneumonia to post-operative status, home care is on the increase. With limitations on the number of days people can stay in the hospital for specific diagnosis, technical assistance has found its way into the home. What do patients and families look for when the nurse comes to their home? At their door is another stranger in the medical field with which they must establish trust. With staffing down in all areas, patients may, in fact, see several nurses during the course of their recovery. In essence, home care has become like a mini-hospital on wheels with the objective being to

teach, comfort and prevent further complications that might mean going back into the hospital. The nurse usually comes in on the day of hospital discharge or the next day to see you, the patient. You must endure the home visit, which can take up to two hours and even longer if the nurse hasn’t honed her interview skills. The patient then will undergo a head-to-toe assessment. The nurse needs to ensure that the patient understands proper medication, dosage, side effects and changes to report to the physician. Follow-up visits to the doctors are documented. Patients may be assisted with appointment calendars and medication pre-pours. Do they understand their diagnosis and treatment? Are they compliant with their blood sugar checks as the doctor ordered? The nurse establishes a care plan with the patient, including how many visits are anticipated in the sixty-day certification period and specific steps

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of care to follow. Patients must be educated on changes to report to the medical staff, signs of infection and other diagnosis-specific functions. If the patient needs care beyond the certification period, orders are obtained from their physician to extend it, all within compliance with Medicare and Medicaid guidelines or private insurance authorization. Physical therapy, occupational therapy or social work may follow. The aim is to guide the patient and their family to independence. Patient and Nurse Responsibilities It is important for the patient and family to realize the truth that the health providers are there to serve them, not the other way around. If they find that the nurse is rude and seemingly has no “bedside” manner, they need to speak up about it. Someone close to the patient may help mediate between the patient and the nurse.

Time is another factor. The nurse is a professional and should demonstrate responsibility when it comes to arranging the visit time and then be there on time or let the family know they’ll be late. The patient needs to understand that the nurse has others to see and that she schedules patients to work progressively in the area. Openness and honesty are important. No questions should be off limits, such as knowing the purpose of a medication—even if the nurse needs to investigate it with the physician. It could be that you don’t need the medication anymore. In summary, an informed patient is a happy patient. Less anxiety by the patient and more trust in the home nurse help the healing process. Open communication is a must for both sides. Hopefully the time of recovery in your home will become a thing of the past that you can look back on with accomplishment and satisfaction, knowing that you participated in the plan of care to help yourself get better.

Word Search Nov. 2011 In the grid below, twenty answers can be found that fit the category for today. Circle each answer that you find and list it in the space provided at the right of the grid. Answers can be found in all directions – forwards, backwards, horizontally, vertically and diagonally. An example is given to get you started. Can you find the twenty answers in this puzzle?

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Sleep and Aging A

University of Chicago research team kept a group of healthy young college men in their 20s up until one o’clock in the morning every night for six nights. Then they woke them at five in the morning. After just six nights with only four hours of sleep, the young men had the cortisol levels typical of men in their 60s. Simply put, chronic sleep loss or inadequate sleep is aging and disease promoting, according to the book The Life Extension Revolution by the Life Extension Foundation. They offer these helps for those with occasional or chronic insomnia:

l. In general, vitamins tend to be

stimulating, while minerals are lightly sedating. Take your vitamins in the morning and any additional mineral supplements at night.

2. Baths with Epsom salts can also

help promote sleep. The salts contain high amounts of magnesium, which is absorbed through the skin. Use several

handfuls of Epsom salts in a bath of warm water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Exercising in the evening can create a surge of stimulating hormones that make it difficult to fall asleep. Try to exercise in the morning or afternoon.

4. If your hormone regimen calls

for progesterone, take it in the evening as it tends to be sedating.

5. Melatonin is a hormone produced

by the pineal gland that can help induce sleep by regulating the body’s circadian rhythms (the synchronization of our sleep/wake cycles with day and night). Published studies have found that 3 mg of melatonin at bedtime can increase the speed of falling asleep, the duration of sleep and the quality of sleep.

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will is a crucial document that must be taken care of well in advance of the end of your elder’s life. Do not allow your elder to die intestate (without a will). When your elder doesn’t have a will, the state may take over. It can become very complicated, and you’re sure to lose a hefty percentage of the true value of the estate. By making a will and assigning power of attorney, an elder will feel comforted that his/ her wishes will be carried out.

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document over time. And remember, anytime someone signs a will, there must be a witness. The original should be kept with the lawyer and a copy should be included with your elder’s other legal documents. Complications also arise when a second family or step-family is involved. All variables should be well thought out, such as who is included and not included in the will. One way to leave someone out of a will is to give them $1. This way, they can’t say they were overlooked or that your elder was incompetent. A plan was put in place to include them. I’ve seen this happen far too frequently. Anyone who contests a will can hold up the process for years, even if they have limited legal grounds to stand on. It’s very important to appoint the right person as executor or executrix of the will. Your elder must have

confidence that he or she will carry out the full instructions of the will. Often, the executor of a will has retired or died or moved or is otherwise unreachable. This is one reason why the executor is usually a family member, a trusted family friend or a lawyer. Someone must be named as the beneficiary to your elder’s estate or it will be left to the state. Sadly, I’ve seen this happen many times, and family members can do little except deal with their shock. Don’t draft your elder’s will yourself or allow him/her to do it either. If a will is not prepared in accordance with state laws, it could easily be challenged by other heirs and family members who are unhappy with its contents. This leaves the estate open to hefty legal fees and prolonged maneuvers that could have easily been avoided.

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Into America’s Wild West BY TRACIE SCHMIDT


unscreen. Check. National Parks passport, check. Stetson and riding gloves? Check and check. Look out, Wild West, here I come. This year, I left for Wyoming to fulfill a lifelong dream to visit Yellowstone and the Tetons, and to see how people live, work and play at one of the oldest dude ranches in the state.

The 7D Ranch Early in the morning, I headed north from Cody, WY to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, a wild ride across mountain passes and canyon lands. Halfway through, a road branches off into a wide valley rimmed with glacier-capped mountains. This is the Sunlight Basin, home to the 7D Ranch. It was purchased in 1958 by Dr. DeWitt “Doc” Dominick, and it’s been in their family ever since. Meade and Andrea Dominick run the show now, and they do their best to make every guest feel like part of the family.


The ranch is around 275 acres of aspen, pine and fir forest, red and yellow rim rock, meadows of aromatic sage and grazing land for herds of cattle and horses. They can accomodate up to 32 guests in spacious, cozy cabins and meals are home-cooked with ingredients straight from the ranch. This was my first time at a dude ranch, and I wasn’t sure what to do first. As it turned out, they had quite a

day planned. After a hearty breakfast, I met my companion for the trip—a spunky horse named Red Wyatt—and I was off for a day of riding. With trails named “Skyline,” “Indian Caves” and “Screaming Woman,” you were sure to find adventure no matter which one you picked. My group set out on a trail named “Memorial”—Doc Dominick’s favorite spot—and enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the ranch and the Abrasoka mountains. It was breathtaking. Days are filled with riding, fly fishing, skeet shooting, cookouts, children’s activities, games in the recreational hall or just lounging in a hammock. Pack trips and day trips into Yellowstone are also popular. At night, s’mores by campfire, hayrides or a Wicki-Up—a traditional Indian sweat lodge—are the order of the evening. I enjoyed a quiet night with new friends and saw a presentation on wolves by a local wildlife biologist. Then it was off to my cabin for a snooze by a crackling wood stove. The ranch is open from mid June to mid September, and different activities are available depending on the season. The 7D is a great place to bring your grandkids, but during adult-only weeks, it also offers a peaceful refuge. Norma Price, 86, was visiting with her daughter Nancy and son-in-law Tom. Tom and Nancy had spent their honeymoon on the ranch, and for the three of them, vacationing at the 7D was a tradition. I asked what brought them back. “The scenery, and the riding when I was able,” Norma said fondly. For Nancy, the variety of activities and accommodation of the staff make the ranch special. “Whatever you want to do—if you want to go fishing or go out on a hike, just ask; they’ll make it happen,” she said. To book a stay at the 7D Ranch, visit or call (307) 587-9885. Learn more and start your own Wyoming adventure: visit



ur national parks are our birthright as Americans, preserved so that every citizen can experience the same thrill of discovery that our country’s first explorers felt. You can spend weeks discovering all there is to see in Yellowstone. But if you are only there for a couple days, here are some must-sees.

Old Faithful Inn and Old Faithful: Visit the century-old rustic log resort, see the worldfamous geyser and other geothermal features, easily accessible by boardwalk. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: Follow trails along the canyon’s rim for spectacular views, or take a short hike down to Lower Falls. Mammoth Hot Springs: Explore an alien landscape of calcified waterfalls and multi-colored pools. The Roosevelt Arch is five miles north. Animals: Herds of bison and elk, as well as the occasional wolf pack or grizzly bear, frequent The Lamar River Basin and Hayden valley. Best times: according to locals, early spring and fall. Bring binoculars. Best Stays in the Park – Hotels: Old Faithful Inn, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Roosevelt Lodge, Canyon Lodge, Lake Hotel. Reservations recommended at least 4 –6 months in advance. RVs: Fishing Bridge. Camping: Canyon, Madison, Indian Creek and Norris. Good Eats: Old Faithful Dining Room (RSVP: 1-866439-7375); lunch at Lake Hotel’s 1920’s-style dining room; or Roosevelt Lodge’s Old West Dinner Cookout. For more information, visit or reserve at

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bout an hour south of Yellowstone is Grand Teton national park. Its highest peak reaches 13,775 ft., and this majestic range is a favorite spot for hikers, photographers and nature-lovers alike. Here are some ways to explore this amazing park: Ferry/Hike: At Jenny Lake, catch a ferry across to the base of the Tetons and enjoy a scenic hike to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point or Cascade Canyon. Scenic Drives: Take the 43 mile Scenic Loop Drive, accessed at Jackson Lake Junction, Moran Junction and Moose Junction. Side trip: Snake River Overlook for a panoramic view of the Tetons. Aerial Tram: At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, catch a cable tram ride to the top of Rendezvous Peak, 10,450 ft. $20 – $25. Visit Whitewater Raft or Float Trip: The Snake River flows past the base of the Tetons. Spot wildlife, enjoy mountain scenery or ride the rapids. Dave Hansen Whitewater & Scenic River Trips: (800) 732-6295. Best Stays in the Park: Jackson Lake Lodge; Jenny Lake Campground (tents only); Colter Bay Village campground and marina. More info: or Senior Connection • November 2011 • page 27

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It’s A Small World, After All W hen Henry Biernacki was 17 years old, he hopped a Greyhound bus from Colorado to Mexico with nothing but a small backpack, the clothes on his back and a few bucks in his pocket. He hasn’t stopped moving since. Today, Biernacki is an airline captain with Virgin America and he has traveled to more than 120 countries, but his travel habits haven’t evolved much since his teen years. No five-star hotels or limousines for him. Most of the time, he’ll get on a plane the same way he boarded that bus—backpack, clothes on his back, a few bucks in his pocket. In fact, back in 1997, he toured 40 different countries over 11 months, spending only $3,700 the entire trip.

He slept on the streets, in airports and, at times, in a guest house. And that’s why he thinks he’s been so fortunate. For him, it wasn’t about seeing the world—it was about meeting the people along the journey. “I know how to speak four languages, but I found the one universal language is human kindness,” said Biernacki, author of No More Heroes (globalhenry. com), a novel loosely based on the true stories of his travels. “Once you get past the politics and the religions and the cultures, people all around the world value pretty much the same things we do. They respect a hard day’s work, learning about someone new and living a healthy pleasant life.”

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ssociated mostly with the fall months, it’s time once again to enjoy one of fall’s most familiar sights—pumpkins at your neighborhood fruit stand. Archeologists throughout North and South America dig up pottery representing the many varieties of pumpkins and squashes grown by Native Americans who were growing these tasty vegetables for hundreds of years before the Europeans arrived.

Recipe Native Americans of the eastern U.S. considered them nearly as important as corn and beans. Even the seeds were ground into meal for gruel or bread. Colonists ate them daily, according to food historians. Today gardeners revel in growing bigger and better pumpkins for

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Pinellas Auditions: January 18 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Japanese Garden Mobile Estates 19709 U.S. Highway 19 North Clearwater, FL 33764-1006 Senior Talent Show: February 11, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. Largo Cultural Center 105 Central Park Drive • Largo, FL 33779 SENIOR IDOL SHOW – APRIL 4, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 McMullen Booth Road • Clearwater, FL 33759

Hillsborough Auditions: January 18 - 9:00 a.m. to noon Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce 1651 Sun City Center Plaza • Sun City, FL 33573 January 25 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m Brandon Community Center 502 East Sadie Street • Brandon, FL 33510 Senior Talent Show February 18, 2012 - 3:00 p.m. Spoto High School 8538 Eagle Palm Drive Riverview, FL 33578

Participants must be at least 55 years young. Only solo & duet acts, no groups please. Please bring your own instruments and your own tape/cd or accompanist to the audition. A piano will be available. Audition on first-come first-serve basis. No Entry Fee to audition. Ten Acts will be chosen from the auditions to perform at the show!

For Information call: Pinellas: 727-329-2618 – Susan Juhl and Nicole Woodring Hillsborough: 813-436-2296 – Andrea White and Chrissy Crumpton Senior Connection • November 2011 • page 32

Seniors Getting Together


4023 SEEKING CUTE 59 –65YO HONEST, ONE-WOMAN MAN. IQ, “Patriotic,” conservative with SOH. Love travel, have RV? Love Ford Mustangs (rear-drive), beaches, sm Dogs! NS/SD/NDrg. I’m 5’5”, HWP, Pretty w/blonde hair. Let’s dance—make Bucket list! Florida. 4055 HISPANIC LADY 70 YO, 5’3”, C, WW, NS, ND, good values, loving. Likes gym, travel, music, gardening, reading, etc. Seeking nice gentleman. Please send a recent photo. 4057 ATTRACTIVE BLONDE, 5’5”, HWP, NS. Looking for caring, honest, faithful SWM 75+. I enjoy movies, travel, dancing, dining out, time at home. Lets share good times. I’m caring. Zephyrhills. 4061 PRETTY DBF, 54, CURVY, looking for a S/DWM who can be monogamous, sensual, funny and patient, and can picture himself in LTR with me. Pinellas County. 4063 HEALTHY, SLENDER ,ATTRACTIVE, CARING, WWF seeks 75-plus gentleman friend for togetherness, sharing good times. Enjoy life’s many pleasures, like dancing, beaches, dining, travel, having fun, much more. St. Pete.

4065 HISPANIC, 70, FIT, LOOKS YOUNGER, feels 30, likes gym, travel, dancing, dining out, beaches, adventures, church and family. Seeking younger man, 56 – 65, fit, active and same likes. Tampa. 4067 ISO BICYCLING COMPANION, 62 to 70 YO, who likes to ride on paved trails. I am a 67 YO SF who loves the outdoors and prefers to live a simple life. 4069 1943 CLASSIC SEEKS TALL, sincere gentleman for meaningful relationship. I enjoy most anything two people can do both indoors and out, but going out 2x week is a must. Send phone number. Tampa.

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I’m SWM, 66, 5’8”, 155 lbs. Your photo description gets mine – thanks. 4064 RETIRED BI-LINGUAL PASTOR, in excellent health, no medications, NS, SD, ISO affectionate caring lady, 65+, SOH, who enjoys music, reading and traveling. LTR. Bay Island, South Pasadena area. South Pasadena. 4066 RETIRED WW, NS, ND, likes to play cards, eat out. Very friendly. Go to movies. SOH, W, American. Dade City. 4068 SEEK CARING LADY, late 60, early 70. I am 74. Going for walks, dining out, relax at home, movies, flea markets. Share life together. Brandon.

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From The American Contract Bridge League


Stay Fit, It Pays Make Friends To Count C


efore seeing the auction, imagine that you are South, playing in 2♠. Looking just at the N-S hands, how would you tackle the trump suit? The percentage play to avoid a second loser is to cash the Ace (a precaution against West having the singleton King), then cross to Dummy and lead towards the Queen. That gets the job done whenever East has the King and it is doubleton or tripleton. As you can see, that is not a success on the actual hand. Declarer loses two trump tricks and ends up going down one. Now let’s replay the hand, this time bearing in mind the auction.

West leads the ♣A and East plays the Queen (showing the Jack). Clubs are continued and you ruff the third round. Next, you cash the ♠A, and lead a Heart which East wins. A Heart comes back, won on the board, and it’s time to lead a Spade. Is there any reason for Declarer to be inspired

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now and play a low Spade from hand? Yes, there is! Declarer needs only to remember West’s Double of 1♠ and do some counting. West has 7 points in Clubs, a maximum of 3 in Diamonds and none in Hearts. That’s not enough for his bidding! He surely has the ♠K and Declarer’s only chance is that West started with King doubleton. Such an easy hand for those who take the trouble to do a little counting. Visit for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email To find a bridge club in Florida, go to http://www.district9acbl. org/D9Clubsmap.htm.

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Senior Connection Suncoast Nov. 2011 edition  

Monthly magazine for adults age 50 and older.