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You’ve Gotta Have Heart; All You Really Need Is Heart!
his is the month for hearts. Take your pick. You can focus on the physical heart health care/cardiology kind of hearts Janice Doyle, since it’s American Editor Heart Month or you can go with the Valentine’s Day kind of heart care—love, candy and roses. Heart is used in the Bible to mean the very center or core of what a man is: his mind, soul, spirit and understanding. Jesus said that the good or evil a man does comes from the good or evil stored up in his heart and that it is from what is stored there that we say what we say (Luke 6:45). But there is another kind of heart, too. There’s the kind from the famous song, “You Gotta Have Heart” from the 1958 musical Damn Yankees. Remember those baseball players singing and dancing in the locker room? It’s such a singable, uplifting, encouraging song that has been used for many situations. So many songs about heart—Billy Ray Cyrus gave us words for our “Achy Breaky Heart” right up there with Elvis’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” Celine Dion sang “My Heart Will Go On” and, of course, there’s Frank Sinatra’s “Young at Heart.” I found a list of 124 songs with heart in the title! February can be a tough month for someone with any kind of heart problems. For the “I have a cardiologist” kind, the internet provided some facts and fun about that beating heart. Here’s what I found.
The Heart Of The Matter: • The average weight for a woman’s heart is eight ounces and for men, 10 ounces. • Your heart beats with enough strength to shoot blood a distance of 30 feet. • On average, a million barrels worth of blood is pumped through the heart in a lifetime. • Your heart is made up almost entirely of muscle. It is strong enough to lift approximately 3,000 pounds—roughly the weight of a compact car. • Clench your ﬁsts and put them side by side. This is roughly the size of your heart. • Women’s hearts beat faster than male hearts. • The human heart begins to beat as early as four weeks after conception. Scientists believe that by eight weeks, when the embryo is only an inch long, the heart is fully developed.
That Heart/Love Thing Then there’s the other kind of heart thing in February. Whatever your romantic state and whatever condition your beating heart is in, here are some fun ways to look at the male/female/love thing. • Two out of every three people tilt their heads to the right when kissing instead of to the left.
• Think about the long marriages some of our readers have enjoyed. Having a romantic relationship makes both genders happier. The stronger the commitment, the greater the happiness! • We spend over $13+ billion on Valentine’s Day every year. We exchange 180 million Valentine’s Day cards and give 196 million roses for the day. Men buy 73 percent of the roses while 85 percent of the cards are bought by women. • 53 percent of women surveyed said they would end their relationship if they didn’t get something for Valentine’s Day. (I say to those women, “Grow up!”)
So, here’s pretty much everything you need to make conversation in February— use the information to astound your friends, remind your spouse and make a contribution to the economy.
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Welcome to the Edison Festival of Light BY JANICE DOYLE
t’s like an unwritten code that you don’t mess with anyone’s reserved spot along the parade route,” says Karen Ryan, Public Relations Director with Lee County Electric Cooperative, one of the sponsors for the Edison Festival of Light. “Some people have had the same parade spots for years and years.” Beginning in November, areas along SR 41 sidewalks are marked off with duct tape or lawn chairs set in place by those who want a good seat at the Grand Parade ending the Edison Festival of Light… a 75-year-old, fun-filled celebration. It is the largest night parade in the Southeast U.S. “Fort Myers celebrates Thomas Edison and all his inventions,” says Ryan. “He was a winter resident here, and he was very community minded. Edison was always out and about trying to bring the community together. In other areas, he spread the word about this area.”
Among the events are the Edison Pageant of Light, and it is a big thing here to have been on the pageant’s Royal Court of Edisonia. “We have lots of past kings and queens in the area,” Ryan says. Many go on to volunteer for the event for years and years afterward. Another event is the Science and Inventors Fair held at Florida Gulf Coast University. It is coordinated with the school system and is the regional competition with winners going on to state and maybe international competition. Crafts on the River and Vintage Marketplace draws vendors with handcrafted items to antique items.
Day of Discovery brings exhibitors who create interactive displays at Imaginarium. “What’s nice,” says Ryan, “is that it’s free and every display is interactive. Businesses and inventors come, but so do some children’s groups who may dance or perform to show their type of ‘discovery.’” The Festival of Light, according to Ryan, is a generational thing. “There’s a lot of heritage and history here. One board member was on a junior float as a child; later, she herself was a part of the main parade, and now her grandchildren are participating.” The parade used to start downtown and go down Hwy. 41 to the high school where it disbanded and everyone went on their way. “Five years ago we were trying to build up the downtown area so we reversed the parade route. It has been wonderful for the community.” Not only does the space at the high school make staging
the parade easier, but it also puts all parade people in one place. It created space for a pre-parade party with lots of food, fun and comaraderie. “A bonus for merchants is that the parade ends downtown and now that has taken on a life of its own with live music and shops staying open. The restaurants open and make downtown a place to stay for fun.” Some of the activities:
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10 Junior Parade 11 Edison’s Birthday Party (Estates) 15 – 17 Crafts on the River &
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Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing at First Presbyterian Church, Fort Myers. Three seatings: 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Free admission; bring canned goods or cash donation for CCMI. (239) 334-2261.
through June 24 On Golden Pond, an elderly couple face their twilight years together. Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford, Ft. Myers. $20 tickets. Call (239) 218-0481.
Brazilian Jazz Sunset Concert at Alliance for the Arts. Bring chairs, blankets & coolers. Tickets $20/ door or $15/Alliance for the Arts. Info at (239) 939-2787 or at ArtInLee.org.
Chocolate Fair! Yacht Club Ballroom, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Samples and purchase. $1 entry fee. Details at (239) 574-0807.
3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Art, music, food vendors. $5/car entry to event. (239) 992-0311.
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Dancing and Romancing Tribute to Fred and Ginger by Gulf Coast Symphony at B.B Mann Hall. (239) 277-1700.
Edison Festival Grand Parade, 7 to 9 p.m. downtown Fort Myers. (239) 334-2999 or edisonfestival.org. “Voices” concert by Up With People students from 20 countries. Host families needed. Concert $15 tickets online at upwithpeople.org/fortmyers/ or at the Alliance for the Arts. (941) 939-2787.
– 23 Southwest Florida Food & Wine Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, Ft. Myers. Benefits Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and includes Chef Vintner Dinners held in host homes. Grand Tasting and Auction. Info at (239) 278-3900 or online at swflwinefest.org/
– 13 Creative Coast Weekend (2nd weekend of each month) on Pine Island, Bokeelia and St. James City. Quaint fishing village offers galleries, classes, entertainment. 2120 Pine Island Rd., Matlacha. (239) 283-0888.
and 14 Sweetheart Express. A strolling violinist completes your romantic evening aboard the Murder Mystery Dinner Train. 6:30 p.m. departure. $79/ person tickets. 1-800-226-4853.
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Burrowing Owl Festival. Education and information; activities and speakers. Rotary Park Environmental Center. 5505 Rose Garden Rd., Cape Coral. (239) 980-2593. $5 fee.
Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet at the Beach Seafood Shrimp Docks, 1100 Shrimp Boat Ln., Fort Myers Beach. 3 p.m. Festivities noon to 5 p.m. (239) 463-6487.
arch 1- 3 Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 8210 Cypress Lake Dr., Ft. Myers. Food, rides, live music, vendors, raffles. $5/ whole weekend. Information at (239) 481-2099.
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Bobby Vinton: Still Smooth as Blue Velvet and Coming to the Strawberry Festival Staying in shape I asked Vinton how he keeps in such great physical shape. He said, “You have to be smart. It’s a full-time job. I drink a lot of water and push half the plate of food away. I live on the beach and walk a lot.” He added, “My mother looked young at 92 and was still dancing on stage. She had a young spirit. You gotta have that spirit that you love life and that you’re happy. I possess no hate for anyone.” Hate “…shows on the face and makes you old.” So, make your plans to see Bobby Vinton on stage March 5. He promises a show to love. Now, start humming one of his songs and get tickets: (813) 754-1996 or online at flstrawberryfestival.com. (Regular gate admission is $10—watch for specials. For example, March 5 is Red Hat Day/$2 off. Senior Day/$2 off is Feb. 28.)
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You remember the words...
She wore blue velvet Bluer than velvet was the night Softer than satin was the light From the stars
Vinton was raised around
lue Velvet”—just one of Vinton performs on “The music, and learned to Ed Sullivan Show,” 1969. Bobby Vinton’s many hits play several instruments. that made him “the all-time most Polish. He didn’t want to, To make extra successful love singer of the rock but responded like a good era,” according to Billboard magazine. money, he and his son and wrote “Melody band would play Now 78, Bobby Vinton still jumps Of Love” with Polish lyrics. It was a backup for the greats of the era, onto the stage to give audiences a number one record, and Vinton said. including Sammy Davis Jr., Frankie good show—and he’ll be doing a “It’s still kind of my theme song.” Avalon, Fabian, Chubby Checker and show at the Strawberry Festival in Vinton survived the Beatles invasion Connie Francis—“I knew them all. Plant City on March 5 at 3:30 p.m. by singing songs like “Blue Velvet” I recently talked with Bobby Vinton, I studied them to see what there was and “There I Said It Again” which about their music the audience liked who now lives in Sarasota. He said, adults loved. Vinton recalls that he and what they did as performers that “When I go onstage there in Plant lost the teenage sales, “…but I was audiences liked or didn’t like. I have City, that’s my audience. I am there still selling a million records to adults. been able to use that over the years.” to give them what they want. I’ll I was still able to be on the His music studies in college made be doing all the old hits, playing charts and continue in him proficient on instruments several instruments and my daughter the business.” including piano, clarinet, saxophone, and I will be singing music from trumpet, drums and the oboe—a talent Phantom of the Opera together.” that he displays in his shows today. Like all recording artists, the stories behind his hits make for good telling. To get his first recording “Red Roses Mr. Lonely for a Blue Lady” played, he hired a Blue Velvet young woman to deliver the record and a dozen roses to hundreds of area Blue on Blue deejays, convincing them to play it There! I’ve Said It Again (remember the era when audiences Roses Are Red (My Love) • 12 Gold records decided the hits by calling in their Bobby Vinton’s Band requests?). The song was a hit. Please Tell Her That I Said Hello • Bronze star on Hollywood As a lonely army guy, Vinton’s Vinton was the son of a Big Band Take Good Care of My Baby Walk Of Fame buddy told him he should write conductor “back in the day.” By To Know You Is to Love You • The most #1 hits by a solo male a song about being lonely. He the time he was 15, Vinton had his artist from 1962 to 1972 responded by starting to play I Love How You Love Me own band playing for school dances with the words “Lonely, I’m in the Pittsburgh area. What many • Over 75 million in record sales My Melody of Love Mr. Lonely,” and he later people don’t know is that Vinton • Starred in two John Wayne movies: Sealed With a Kiss wrote the song “Mr. Lonely” later graduated from college with a Big Jake The Train Robbers which became an instant hit. Beer Barrel Polka degree in musical composition as • Owned the Blue Velvet Theater in Branson At one point, his mother a classically trained musician who for several years suggested he write a song in played oboe in symphony orchestras.
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Valentine’s Day and Single? Aaaargh!
Acts of Service Singles can spend the day in a meaningful way by spending time with the needy and downtrodden. You may visit an orphanage or old age home and spend time with the inmates there who are always in need of love and affection. Visiting hospitals and giving roses to sick can also be a touching way of experiencing bliss on Valentine’s Day.
argh is right if you’re single and wanting a romantic Valentine’s Day. So much hype. So much candy and flowers to lure the ones in love. Sometimes the sense of isolation becomes so strong that many singles tend to “hate Valentine’s Day.” Singles can make the most of Valentine’s Day by spending the day in the company of those they love or by indulging themselves with something luxurious. Here are some tips and ideas on how singles can celebrate the Valentine’s Day in charming and memorable fashion:
Valentine’s Day Ideas for Singles Pamper Yourself Buy yourself cute Valentine’s Day gifts which could be flowers or a stuffed animal. Maybe indulge yourself by going in for spa or head-to-toe beauty treatment. Indulging in books, CDs and gourmet meals can be a good way of enjoying the day for some. Freak Out with Friends Plan out a dinner or movie with best friends. You may also throw a “singles party” or “Un-Valentine’s Day Party” at your home and have a fun lunch or dinner.
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Friendship Force: Changing The Way You See The World such a visit. The local club recently hosted a group from the Ukraine ages 8 through 78, and in 2014 they will host a group from Peru. Guests stay in local member homes, typically two people per home. Both single and married guests are in groups. After a welcome party on their first night, the host club plans day trips for guests. They show off our area treasures such as Sanibel Island and the Everglades. If a club member isn’t hosting guests in their home, they may provide transportation, be a day host, or perhaps have a small group dinner. Jansen says, “We get good information about visitors. Do they smoke? Have allergies? Their ages? We want to place them in the right homes for their stay here.” “Those who open their homes to guests are friendly people just like us, only in a different culture.”
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smile, a handshake, a shared meal at a kitchen table—all can be part of a path to world peace in the philosophy of Friendship Force, a group which brings people from around the globe together to promote understanding. Friendship Force of Southwest Florida is a local club which meets socially, organizes trips to other countries and hosts groups from around the U.S. and the world. John Jansen, president of the local club, says the members are “People who are friendly and want to meet people. They’re curious and have an adventurous spirit about the world. They want to know more.” The local club plans at least one international exchange a year. In 2013, Ft. Myers club members will be traveling to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. In addition, club members host international groups as well as have Domestic Exchanges with U.S. clubs where there is a mutual interest in
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“Even though we sponsor the trip to Japan, if there are spots left, club members from anywhere can join the group,” Jansen says. He and his wife have traveled on several trips organized by other FF clubs. The local club is a very social group. Jansen said, “Some of our group don’t travel any more but want to be a part of the club and the activity here. It’s Friendship Force meets in Costa Rica. all about friendships.” When I looked at the FF Friendship Force began in Atlanta International website, I found an in 1977 with the support of President amazing catalog of trips for 2013. Jimmy Carter and has been so successful Members can apply to join any in its purposes that the organization was of the trips listed if there is space. nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in Anyone interested in meeting people 1992. An international office in Atlanta locally or from around the world may coordinates the 360 clubs around apply to join an incredible force for the world, plans exchanges, sets up friendship (dues are $35 per year). schedules and conducts training for local To contact Friendship Force of Southleaders. From there, FF builds global west Florida, email or call John Jansen: understanding one friendship at a time. Johnyjansen@aol.com. (239) 313-1220.
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History of Valentines Howland arranged with her father, who owned the largest book and stationery store in Worcester, Mass., to have paper lace, floral decorations and other materials sent to her from England. So many orders for her creations came in that she recruited friends to help her A portrait of Esther Howland keep up with the demand. and her valentines on display. She eventually turned the assembly line operation that began very year on February 14, children exchange valentine greetings in her home into a thriving business with their schoolmates and adults send grossing $100,000 annually. She retired in 1881 and sold her business them to those they love and cherish. to the George C. Whitney Company. The American tradition of sending Her alma mater, Mount Holyoke valentines originated with a young College, has a valentine collection graduate of Mount Holyoke College. that spans the 1840s to the 1980s and Esther Howland was inspired to displays the stylistic shifts within the create her own elaborate rendivalentine industry over the years. tions of the cards after receiving Every year in February, Mount Holyornate English valentines sent oke displays part of the collection. to her by a family friend.
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ocal wildlife photographers have captured the mating habits of the Great Blue Herons with their cameras for display at the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge Center. Located on the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel, the Refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States and is famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations. The Great Blues in Love exhibit features 27 photos that will be on display through Feb. 28 in the free exhibit area of the auditorium. Photographer Sallie Rich, a resident of Shell Point Retirement Community, has a photo in the exhibit. “I found a spot on Captiva and positioned
myself there every day for three weeks,” said Rich. “I’ve never worked so hard but was ecstatic the whole time about what I was seeing.” Photo by Sallie Rich
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ellness means different things improving upon, each individual sets to different people. For some, personal MyQuest goals for the year. wellness represents the ability to wake up in the morning and get through the day. For others, wellness is characterized by the drive to eat healthy and exercise regularly. There is no “right answer” for how a person interprets wellness. Yet, one thing that most people can agree on is that wellness is important and that striving for a Bobbi Brown, Resident personal balance in the areas of mind, body, and spirit can lead to greater Resident Bobbi Brown identified wellbeing and personal satisfaction. her MyQuest goals during the launch Continuing its tradition of taking a of the program. She shared, “I am a positive approach to active aging, Shell busy person. I have a crazy schedule, Point Retirement Community launched and I love it! But, when you get too an innovative program called LifeQuest busy, you can lose sight of some of in January of 2013. The new initiative the most basic things. The LifeQuest promotes personal wellness and comprogram has given me the ability to munity involvement by focusing on six focus on some very basic things that dimensions of wellness: physical, emoI really need in my life. Volunteering tional, spiritual, educational, community is a big part of that. LifeQuest made and social, and natural environment. me stop and think about the things The whole-person wellness model is that are truly important to me.” designed to encourage each individual LifeQuest is supported by OurQuest, a to challenge themselves to set goals team of Shell Point staff members who for a more balanced life. With that, are committed to maintaining the sucresidents have access to the resources, cess of the ongoing initiative by evaluatsupport systems, programs and servic- ing the programs and goals to determine es that allow them the freedom to be opportunities for enhancement. as active or engaged as they choose. While there are no defined time “Shell Point offers frames or boundaries related a seemingly endless to LifeQuest at Shell Point, array of programs and residents are continuously services that support encouraged to consider the questhe six dimensions tion: What’s Your Quest? of wellness.” said Shell Point Retirement Dawn Boren, director Community is a not-for-profit of resident life at continuing care retirement comShell Point. “Those munity located in Fort Myers programs and services Dawn Boren, Director just off Summerlin Road and have always been an McGregor Boulevard, two miles of Resident Life important part of who before the Sanibel causeway. we are. At the beginning of the year, we Shell Point has received national launched LifeQuest to offer residents a accreditation from CARF-CCAC, formalized program to support the posi- and is a nationally recognized leader tive trends we have been recognizing in in the retirement industry. The comthe fields of wellness and active aging.” munity offers retirement living in To become engaged in LifeQuest, a resort-style environment with an Shell Point residents are encouraged 18-hole championship golf course, to reflect on their present level of deep water boating access, and involvement in each of the six dimen- recreational and fitness facilities. To sions of wellness. With an understand- learn more about Shell Point, visit ing of areas that they are interested in shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.
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For information call Maureen at (239) 466-1131 or 1-800-780-1131 or visit www.shellpoint.org/openhouse.
15101 Shell Point Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33908 Shell Point is located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, just off Summerlin Rd. and McGregor Blvd., 2 miles before the Sanibel Island Causeway. Shell Point is a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc.
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The Best of Charlotte County
ondays “Monday Night Dancing. Live music. 7:30 – 10 p.m. Cake and coffee served. $5. ri. and Sat. Bingo. 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $12. Pantyhose-Free Zone Women’s Expo and Arts and Crafts Show. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. My Funny Valentine at the Cultural Center Theater. 7 p.m. $20. “Moonlight Series Dinner - “A Night of Neon Lights.” 5:30 p.m. $16.
All events at Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte. Tickets, times and info: (941) 625-4175.
FEATURED EVENTS • Charlotte County Fair, Feb. 1 – 10. The fair returns with your favorite shows, rides, agriculture, arts, crafts and food. Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte. Times, tickets and more info: thecharlottecountyfair.com or (941) 629-4252. • Pet Parade & Festival, Feb. 9. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Edison State College, Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. A fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association. Pet costume contest, vendor exhibits, pooch smooch booth, prizes, raffles and a border collie demonstration at 11 and 1 p.m. Details: call Jennifer Cohen at (941) 637-5658.
Open Mic Night, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Center Stage at Fishermen’s Village. Special Valentine’s Day Program! Come read, sing, listen and enjoy! Presented by The Peace River Center for Writers. Call (941) 637-3514 for more information. Valentine’s Movie at Dusk. Meet at sunset and bring a picnic. Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Rd., Charlotte Harbor. For more information, please call Bayshore Park at (941) 235-5013.
• Charlotte Chorale Presents: Feb. 24. World premiere of internationally renowned choral composer Mark Hayes’ composition of the Gettysburg Address. Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Rd., Punta Gorda. $20. Visit charlottechorale.net or call (941) 204-0033.
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• R.S.V.P. (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program): (941) 613-2299. • Meals on Wheels/Friendship Cafe Dining Sites: (941) 255-0723. • Elder Helpline of Southwest Florida: 1-800-398-4233.
Helping Hands Muttini Mingle, “A Pawtastic Yappy Hour” 5:30 – 8 p.m. Social time for people and their pets! Music by Reconnections Band. Call Salty Paws at 575-7599 for info.
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Senior Centers and Resources • Senior Friendship Centers: (941) 255-0723 or friendshipcenters.org. • Senior Choices of Southwest Florida: 1-866-413-5337 or srchoices.org. • O.C.E.A.N. (Our Charlotte Elder Affairs Network): (941) 235-4500 or ocean-fl.org.
Music and dancing with “Mercy”, 5 – 9 p.m., center stage. “Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Fun”. Dixieland Jazz with” Leslie D. Saxman” 12 Noon-2:30 pm, Center Stage. Mardi Gras drink and food specials at Village Restaurants. Music by One Eyed Cat, 7 – 9 p.m., center stage.
Fishermen’s Village is on the waterfront in Punta Gorda. Call (941) 575-3007 for details.
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he Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra offers a number of exciting events this month. Ol’ Man River Cruise fundraiser aboard the JP Paddlewheel Boat at City Dock, Ft. Myers. Music and lunch $35.50 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
“Johnny Johnson Presents Sinatra” and keyboard presentation of great pianists’ styles. Cape Coral First United Methodist Church. $30.
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Concert at Schein Hall, BIG ARTS, Sanibel Island. Strauss’ Prelude to Capriccio, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1. 8 p.m.
14 Great Fairs and Festivals This Month D 9 Same concert at Village Church at Shell Point. 7:30 p.m.
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rive a little; enjoy a lot, at these Florida events.
Rio de la Paz Festival, South Florida State College, Arcadia. Artists, authors, craftsmen, environmental groups, food, live music and local businesses celebrating the Peace River. 2251 Turner Ave. (863) 494-0630.
engines, farm equipment, flea market, food. (863) 773-2161.
ar. 2 Chili Cook Off, 12210 83rd St. East, Parrish. Vendors, rides, beer and live music. (941) 504-5518.
K9s In Flight has appeared on Animal Planet, Ringling’s Greatest Show On Earth and performed during half-time at NFL games. This weekend they are at the new HOME TOWN EXPO.
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Musician’s Anniversary Party honoring two of the orchestra’s long-time members Concertmaster Reiko Niiya and Principal Flutist William Larsen. Royal Palm Yacht Club. 5:30 p.m. $65/person.
– 24 111th GeorgeFest in Eustis. Theme is “Let Freedom Ring” with a parade, fireworks, carnival, food, bands, contests, vendors and more. (352)-357-3434.
– March 3 45th Pioneer Park Days, 2828 Pioneer Blvd., Zolfo Springs. Antique tractors,
ar. 2 and March 3 Florida Azalea Festival, 623 St. John’s Ave., Palatka. Arts and crafts, cars, entertainment stages, pet show, bowling tournament, bike rides, kayak runs, children’s area. (386) 312-6266.
arch 2 and 3 Calusa Wood Carver Show, Veterans Park, Hudson. This is the 32nd year for this show with demonstrations, food, vendors and assistance at all levels of carving. Info at (727) 376-2180.
Road Reading: Books to Take Along on Adventures
Florida Sports he same black “muck” that built the sugar empire and put veggies on the nation’s tables also produced “raw football talent” on the legendary Belle Glade Central Raiders football teams. Year after year, the povertystricken farm workers and migrants turned out star football players. An incredible 27 players from the school have gone to the National Football League since 1985 (five were drafted in the first round). Muck City tells the story of the kids from a town who get one chance of getting out—some through football and the rest through hard work and luck.
Papa’s Famous Drinks To Have and Have Another: a Hemingway Cocktail Companion by Philip Greene opens the gates to the
Hemingway drinking habit—but with a twist. From Hemingway’s novels, history of the era and stories about the author and his surroundings, Greene offers dozens of authentic recipes—all with narratives about Hemingway himself. Remember the martini in A Farewell to Arms? Now you can know how to make it! Greene points the way to other memorable literary libations, including the Dripped Absinthe from For Whom the Bell Tolls and the Jack Rose from The Sun Also Rises. Florida Politics If politics is your game, Red Pepper and Gorgeous George will lead you through the brawling candidates who challenged each other
and the status quo in Florida’s senatorial election of 1950. It’s the drama, controversy and chicanery of one of America’s most memorable elections. The book details the strategies of McCarthyism, the victory of Smathers and shows how the South went through a complete reversal of political power that had been in place since the 1860s.
directions to) a particular location, an overview of the local community and an extended profile of one of that cemetery’s most interesting ‘residents.’ Haskins also includes a pet cemetery and a racehorse cemetery and the stories of a ghost dog and a horse that got a speeding ticket.
A Panhandler’s Guide History of the Dead Brian Rucker’s For a unique look at Florida history, Treasures of the visit Napoleon’s nephew’s grave or Panhandle: A Journey find the five graves of people from through West Florida one family who died in the 1918 flu provides a guide to the epidemic. Fifteen Florida Cemeteries area sometimes called by Lola Haskins tells both gruesome a “Redneck Riviera” and restful stories. There in tourism brochures. Travel with the are the graves of nuns book through an area full of natural buried 400 years ago, a wonders and historic treasures—12 gravestone that read ‘See counties, 24 state parks, three state Reverse Side’ and some forests, one national forest and a spooky tales as well. national seashore make up the area. Each chapter features Add to that caves, the world’s largest a substantial descripair force base and lost treasures—and tion of (and driving you’ve got an area worth the trip.
How Affordable is Assisted Living atThe Springs? For starters, how about Lunch on us? Comprehensive Fee Starting at $2,995/mo. Immediate Occupancy
You and a guest are invited to a complimentary Lunch & tour of The Springs. The Springs offers the ideal setting for those who desire independence but may need some assistance throughout the day. With beautiful surroundings and Shell Point’s proven reputation, The Springs may just be the perfect option for your loved one. Whether you are looking for a short term stay or a place to truly call home, The Springs offers an affordable private-pay option on a month-to-month basis.
You Choose the Date! To reserve your Lunch & Tour, call (239) 454-2077 13901 Shell Point Plaza • Fort Myers, Florida 33908 • www.shellpoint.org The Springs Assisted Living is part of Shell Point’s Integrated Healthcare System. Shell Point is a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc. ©2012 Shell Point. All rights reserved. SPG-084-12
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What Should Families Keep in Mind for Their Returning Veteran? Editor’s note: We commend those of our readers who are now helping children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren adjust as they return from the current battlefields.
o matter how welladjusted returning or returned veterans appear, they are likely carrying wounds that cut deep, and that pain sticks with them for the rest of their lives, says Vietnam Ord Elliott veteran Ord Elliott. “When I came back from the war, I filed all that pain away as ‘personal,’ but it invariably came out in my creative writing, and I think that kept me much more sane,” says Elliott, a former platoon commander with the Marines and author of The Warrior’s Silence. “I still feel a sense that something was lost within me from that war, and it kills me to think that our country’s most recent wars have done the same to the latest generation of military personnel. When I hear reports of alarming suicide rates among soldiers and problems with drugs and homelessness, it reminds me of friends I’ve lost, and the lives they weren’t able to have.” Elliott found himself writing about his war experience, and it became an extremely helpful, therapeutic activity, he says. Unfortunately, many of today’s younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are expressing their pain through alcoholism, drugs, crime, depression and violence. There are many avenues available to vets if they’re having a hard time adjusting to civilian life after combat, he says. “But I think it’s safe to say all vets who have seen combat are haunted by what they’ve endured.” Although most civilians can never understand the horrors of war—of perpetually wondering what that last
moment of life might be like—there are ways in which the families of veterans, and others, can help…
• Make creative expression available: Elliott has heard story after story involving vets who simply do not want to talk about their combat stress. Many simply do not know how to find catharsis in constructive ways. Thoughts and emotions, however, can also be expressed—released—in creative pursuits such as writing, art, music, even cooking.
• Patience and understanding: “You won’t go wrong with loving tolerance while seeking the help of a trained professional to help your veteran work through problems like depression and anxiety,” Elliott says. “It’s important to provide emotional support, including helping vets who need it to get to appointments and joining in on family sessions.” • Thoroughly consider leadership: There are many outstanding efforts going on with non-profits that help today’s returning vets, but the best medicine is prevention, he says. In 2001, when the Iraq War was gearing up, that same feeling of anticipation—excitement—washed over Elliott that he experienced before entering Vietnam. “I was surprised that I could feel that way, but then I quickly remembered all that I’ve been through with the reality of war,” he says. “If families and citizens really want to help the men and women of the U.S. military, they will be wary of politicians who haven’t been in combat and who are all too quick to the war trigger.”
Ord Elliott was a Marine Rifle Platoon commander in Vietnam. He had a career management consulting and has authored several books.
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Don’t Ignore Long Term Care Insurance
any Americans Financing of Long Term Care work hard There are three basic ways to to maintain good pay for long term care in a nurshealth, and those ing home: Medicare, Medicaid or efforts are really payprivate pay (out of pocket or by ing off. As a nation, using long term care insurance). we are living longer In 2009 the average cost for a and enjoying a year in a nursing home averaged higher quality of life $73,208. This can be ﬁnancially than ever before. But devastating, especially if a patient to enjoy our senior stays the average of three years or years to the fullest, even longer. Long term care exyou need to carefully penses can easily total $250,000 By Dr. Steve Flatt protect your financial to $500,000 or even more! health as well. Medicare You insure your home, your health, Medicare is the federal program that your car and even your life. And will pay for nursing home care for you carefully plan your savings and those who need a skilled level of care investments for retirement. But all after a three-day hospital stay. Skilled of those plans could be for nothing if care is best described by the type of you or your spouse should need long care you need due to a hip fracture term health care, one of the largest or stroke—therapy on a daily basis, expenses older Americans face. or skilled nursing services daily. The reality is, the longer you live, the Medicare is limited in the number greater the chance you will need some of days it will pay for nursing home form of long term care, such as excare—up to 100 days. Medicare pays tended care in a skilled nursing facility, 100 percent of the ﬁrst 20 days (after assisted living community or through a the three day hospital stay and only if home health agency. When you look at skilled care is needed), beginning on the facts, it is easy to see that ﬁnancing day 21-100 there is a daily co-payment long term care is a serious problem fac- required with Medicare. Most seniors ing the nation. As our population grows have a Medicare Supplement policy. proportionately older, the problem will Medicare supplements will pay in only get worse. Consider the following: conjunction with Medicare. Once • Two of every ﬁve Americans over Medicare stops paying for care, most the age 65 will need nursing home supplements will not continue to pay. care. There are already some 1.8 Medicaid million nursing home patients. If you have exhausted Medicare pay• Another 9 million people ments the only other options are Medicreceive long term care at home or in aid and paying out of pocket (private other centers such as adult day care pay). Medicaid is available for those indiof assisted living communities. viduals that have low income or limited resources. Medicaid is the state/federal • About a quarter of the American welfare program and has limitations as work force now has elder care to the amount of assets you can own and responsibilities, and that will increase the amount of income you may receive to 40 percent in ﬁve years. each month before you are eligible. • Many young adults also need long The federal government has instituted reterm care due to conditions such as strictions on the transferring of assets out car accident injuries, brain tumors, of an estate to qualify for Medicaid. There multiple sclerosis and strokes. is a look back period of 36 months or 60 • The average annual cost for long months if a trust has been established. term care today in a skilled nursA law was passed in 1996 making it a ing facility or through an 8-hour crime to shift assets to become eligible shift of home care is $74,208. for nursing home Medicaid coverage. • Costs are projected to nearly A drawback with Medicaid is limited triple in the next 20 years. choices of where to receive care. Not all
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nursing homes accept Medicaid patients and depending on the state in which you live, Medicaid may not be available for assisted living centers or home health care.
LTC Insurance Besides paying out of your own pocket, you can purchase long term care insurance. This insurance must be purchased prior to needing long term care. The eligibility for the insurance is based on your current health. If you currently need long term care, you will not be insurable. Most ﬁnancial planners recommend that LTC insurance be purchased in your late 50’s or early 60’s. In this range the cost is quite affordable and your health is probably still pretty good. The premiums are based on your age, health, and the type of plan that your purchase. The primary reason people are purchasing long term care insurance is to maintain choice, and consequently, independence. If you are the type of person who enjoys being in control, a long term care insurance policy may be the only thing that makes it possible for you to stay in control by guaranteeing that you will have decision making power when you need long term care, such as choices other than a nursing home—assisted living, home health care, adult day care etc. So, don’t pass the buck. Stay in control of your life by taking responsibility for your own long term care by purchasing a long term care policy—the private sector’s solution to the real health care crisis. LTC Insurance Beneﬁt Considerations When purchasing LTC insurance you must make three main decisions, and a few optional decisions. These decisions, along with your age and health determine your premium. Daily Beneﬁt—the amount of money you will receive from the insurance company on a daily basis for your care. You usually can select between $50 and $300 per day. Find out what the current cost of care is in your area and it will help you make the decision as to what daily beneﬁt you want (also see inﬂation protection below). Beneﬁt Period—the length of time you will receive payments from the insurance company once you need care. You
usually can select a speciﬁc number of years (2,3,4,5,6) or lifetime plans are also available. The average length of stay in a nursing home is 2 1/2 to 3 years. Elimination Period (deductible)—the number of days that you will be responsible for paying for your care before the insurance begins to pay. This works like most insurance deductibles except it is stated in a number of days instead of dollars. Most plans have a variety of options like 0 days, 20 days, 60 days or 100 days. Be sure to check if this deductible is once in a lifetime or if it can repeat. Also, there are three optional decisions that can be added to your plan. Inﬂation Protection—this ties back to your daily beneﬁt and allows it to grow on an annual basis to help keep your plan in step with inﬂation. It is built into your original premium and therefore will increase your annual premium. You may have choices of 5 percent simple or 5 percent compounded. You do not have to add this to your plan—but it is certainly recommended if you are under age 80. Home Health Care Coverage—most policies will also give you the option of receiving insurance beneﬁts in your own home. This option will allow you greater choice as to where your care can be paid for by the insurance. It may cover community care life, Adult Day Care Centers as well as care in the home. This option will increase your premium. Nonforfeiture—this option provides some form of paid up beneﬁt if the policy should lapse. This option increases your base premium.
I hope this brief column will give you some insight into the need to prepare for long term care. As a premier senior care company for over 40 years, NHC is pleased to offer assistance in providing long term care insurance. NHC works with several of the nation’s leading long term care insurance carriers. These companies all share NHC’s commitment of pioneering ways of providing the best product at the best value to give you peace of mind. Call us at (615) 890-2020 or visit our website at nhccare.com for more information. — Dr. Steve Flatt is President of National HealthCare Corporation
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ruce Paul, owner of Mobility Medic, does not want to see people left behind because of a medical condition that has placed limitations on their ability to be mobile. His company provides mobility equipment to keep people moving while providing for quality of life. Mobility Medic is a family-owned business, proud of its attention to personalized, caring service for each and every one of its clients. Bruce provides
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Holocaust “Twins Experiments” Survivor: “Forgiveness is a Modern Miracle of Medicine” E in 10 countries around the world were eventually reconnected. “I do believe in the need for medical research and ethical human experimentation,” she told the audience of scientists and physicians. In 1995, Kor met face to face with repentant Nazi physician Hans Munch, and they traveled together back to Auschwitz to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp. On that journey, she said she discovered a way for her to heal both her body and her soul. “I forgave the doctor who oversaw the gas chambers where the rest of my family was killed,” she said. “And I realized I had the power to even forgive the Angel of Death. Now, I am no longer a victim of Auschwitz. “This act of forgiveness is an act of self healing. I believe forgiveness is a modern miracle of medicine.” (from Newswise)
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“It was very easy to die in Auschwitz,” Kor said. “Surviving was a full time job.” Eva stole potatoes to keep her and her sister alive. Guards sometimes looked the other way when she stole food, because the girls were protected by Mengele. “As long as he wanted us alive, no one would harm us,” she said. Then, just four days before the girls’ 11th birthday, Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Army. The twins were marched out of the death camp before Russian movie cameras, and eventually they were allowed to move to Israel. Eva met and married Michael Kor, another Holocaust survivor, and moved to Indiana. Her sister Miriam also married but stayed in Israel. The sisters worked together to organize CANDLES, Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors, to help locate other survivors of Mengele’s deadly experiments. Through their efforts, 122 twins living
va Kor will never “Nothing can prepare forget the day her a person for a place like childhood ended. The Auschwitz,” she told the images of that day, audience. Upon seeing bodand the weeks after, ies of children sprawled on are burned into her a bathroom floor, Kor said memory, as brutally she pledged to herself to permanent as the tatsurvive any way she could. too on her left forearm. “Each day I was deterIn 1944, Kor and her mined to live one more twin sister Miriam, 10 day,” she said, “and survive Eva Kor years old at the time, one more experiment.” became part of a group of children used Even at such a young age, Kor said for human experimentation by Josef she and her sister knew they had no Mengele, known as the Angel of Death. choice but to submit to Mengele’s Now 78 years old, Kor shared her experiments if they hoped to memories with a group of physicians, survive. They would often sit naked researchers and other medical profesin a room for up to eight hours at a sionals at The Methodist Hospital time, as blood was drawn from one Research Institute. Identical twins arm and unknown substances were Eva and Miriam Mozes were chosen injected into the other arm. The WOW_80385_49633_10x4.75:WOW-80385_10x4.75 1:05 PM Page 1 for experimentation by Mengele, who rumor1/22/13 spread around the barracks subjected children as young as two was that if one was taken to the hosto horrific surgeries and injections. pital, that person never came back.
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he number one reason people over age 65 go into the hospital is congestive heart failure (CHF), or simply heart failure. If you have CHF, your heart can’t pump enough blood. This condition develops over time. Heart failure is most common in older people, and is more common in African-Americans. Men have a higher rate of heart failure than women. But, because women usually live longer, the condition affects more women in their 70s and 80s. In normal hearts, veins bring oxygen-poor blood from the body to the right side of the heart. It is then pumped through the pulmonary artery to the lungs, picking up oxygen. From there, the blood returns to the left side of the heart. Then it is pumped through a large artery called the aorta that distributes blood throughout the body. Heart failure is caused by other diseases or conditions that damage the heart muscle. It is often caused by coronary artery disease, including heart attacks. Diabetes and high blood pressure also contribute to heart failure. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. It happens when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become hardened and narrowed. People who have had a heart attack are at high risk to develop heart failure. There are a number of things that you can do to reduce risk of coronary artery disease and heart failure. For starters, you should keep the following levels down: body weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, sugar, alcohol and salt. Exercise regularly. And, if you smoke, quit.
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Retirement? It Takes Personality! BY SUZANNE S. AUTIN-HILL
n spite of being financially and emotionally ready, my personality type presented the real challenge to my transition into the leisurely, carefree days known as retirement. I hope those contemplating retirement, near retirement or struggling in their retirement will consider the impact their personality may have on their own transition. For thirty-five years the grains of sand in the hour glass of my life as a mathematics educator fell in predictable conical patterns and shapes. This predictability suited my personality perfectly. (Or was it the other way around?) Regardless, I was comfortable with the ways in which I used my time and my time used me.
During the summer I allowed my days to be somewhat open-ended and peppered with spontaneity. But as June turned into September, I grew antsy and weary of working so hard to plan “unplanned” days. I could hear my daughters breathe a sigh of relief when television ads featured “school bells.” “It’s time for Mom to go back to work before she drives herself (and us) crazy!” I imagined they said to one another. In retrospect this nagging anxiety and unrest was a harbinger of what I would experience during the first two years of retirement. The ancient medical concept of humorism suggested that four temperaments affected human moods, emotions, behavior and personality traits. Galen, a leading scientist of his day, named them: • Sanguine (pleasure-seeking, sociable) • Choleric (ambitious and leader-like)
• Melancholic (introverted, thoughtful) • Phlegmatic (relaxed and quiet)
In modern times these categories can be found in psychological inventories such as the Personality Plus test (Personality Plus by Florence Littauer). A year before retirement, this inventory was an assignment in an American Sign Language class I was taking. The intent was to determine the challenges one might face on an interpreting team. My “score card” read, Melancholy 11, Sanguine 5, Choleric and Phlegmatic 2 on scales of 20, respectively. The professor said that extremes among the totals in each of the four categories “…were bad.” My results would prove to be yet another harbinger of my upcoming challenge. If retirement was a second chance to ride the merry-go-round of life pressure-free, I was going to flunk! To a melancholic who assesses, makes lists, evaluates, and analyzes, doing whatever whenever was very disconcerting. Each morning I awakened with restlessness akin to my summer angst and reflective of my “score card.”
To transition successfully, I allowed retirement to open up a window in my mind so that a new possibility could drift in, i.e., I could be myself! I developed the terms and conditions of my retirement to do it as Frank Sinatra said “…my way!” Knowing my personality type helped me to face the angst and restlessness that challenged my retirement. I negotiated a happy medium between the wonderful open-endedness of retirement and my need to know what’s next. Every day I have a plan that ends with a sense of completion. I read, write, sing in the Senior Choir, volunteer as an interpreter, attend workshops on a variety of subjects, spend time with my grandchildren and travel. Sometimes I plan to stay home in my pajamas and do absolutely nothing! I’m sure you know you need to be ready financially and emotionally. But, is your personality ready? Consider including a personality inventory in your retirement planning. Suzanne S. Austin-Hill ©2012
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