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The Cosmo Girl Was One Smart Cookie

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fter you’re older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.”

A perceptive statement. Quick! Who said it?

Janice Doyle, Editor

Hints: The author of the statement died at age 90 last year. Contrary to the way we were raised in the 40s and 50s, she was among the very public females who believed that women were just as smart and capable as men and could achieve anything they wanted. In the 60s she was one of the first women to break through the glass ceiling in the male-dominated business world. Who was it? Helen Gurley Brown, author of the 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl. The younger generation—if they knew of Helen Gurley Brown at all—thought of her as a joke. Just an anorexic old woman who was pictured when she was younger working from a pink silk-walled and leopard-carpeted office. But for an older generation, Helen Gurley-Brown was a the person who, more than anyone else, personified freedom from the personal and professional boundaries set by the women of her day. Decades before there was Sex and the City (which I’ve never watched), there was Sex and the Single Girl in 1962 (which I never read). Still,

I was aware that she shocked the world by publishing attitudes about women and sex that were as liberating as the birth control pill had been to their physical bodies when it was introduced in 1960. In her writing career with Cosmopolitan magazine, she became a powerhouse of business acumen as she put forth her ideas of career advancement for women. What I hadn’t realized until her obituaries is that she had a world of things to say about life and work which are sensible and realistic. Take this for example:

“Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody.”

It pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? We’re often bored by the talkers around us.

Another quote: “I hope I have convinced you that the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very, very hard.”

Helen Gurley Brown’s father died in Arkansas when she was ten (1932) and her mother moved her and her sister (paralyzed from polio) to California. Later Brown wrote: “I never liked the looks of the life that was programmed for me—ordinary, hillbilly and poor.” In high school, Brown set about working harder than anyone else, went to college and worked secretarial jobs before she became the first woman

to hold a copywriter position at an advertising agency. She was a hardworking career girl in a man’s world.

“My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.”

As editor of Cosmopolitan magazine she changed the Good Housekeeping type magazine into a publication which, at its height, had three million circulation in 27 countries. She was obviously onto something as a business woman. How did her common sense play into that success? Here’s one example:

“The faster you get back to people, the less brilliant you have to be.”

Wow! Talk about common sense. How much time have you spent waiting on phone calls in the last month? And who cared? She did in her day.

“Dear Pussycat.”

Have trouble remembering names? The older I get, yes, the more often I can’t for the life of me remember people’s names. Even as a young career girl, Helen Gurley Brown simplified her life by calling everyone “Pussycat,” making them feel loved and desirable and they loved her back. I think the lady was on to something! Her word—pussycat—doesn’t fit my personality, but maybe I can come up with something to be a generic catchall, an endearing loveable title to use when I see you without having to remember your name. Any suggestions?

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hrough March 13 The Marvelous Wonderettes, with songs from 1958 at Herb Strauss Theater, Sanibel Island. Tickets: $25 to $36. Call (239) 395-0900.

and Galanta at BB Mann Hall. (239) 481-4849 or swflso.org.

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Naples Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Shell Point Village. Hear Prokofiev, Tomasi’s Trombone Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. $36. Call (239) 454-2067.

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hrough March 23 Sanibel Music Festival, musicians from around the world. Weekends at Sanibel Congregational Church. $35. Phone (239) 344-7025.

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hrough April 6 The Sound of Music on stage at Broadway Palm Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Ft Myers, Tickets at (239) 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com.

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– 10 55th Annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. Parade, vendors, seafood at Lynn Hall Memorial Park, 950 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. (239) 463-6986.

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“The Wisdom of Age – Honoring the Female Spirit” is the theme of the Grande Dames Tea, presented by PACE Center for Girls of Lee County, that will honor three outstanding women from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd. $50. RSVP at pacecenter. org/lee or (239) 425-2366, ext. 25. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite party hat. Evening With the Authors, a mingle and dine event with Southwest Florida Reading Festival’s Best-Selling Authors. Presented by Lee County Library System. Reception and dinner. $45. Royal Palm Yacht Club, 2360 West 1st St., Fort Myers. (239) 533-4826. Bluegrass in the Theater presented by the Acoustic Music Society of SWFL. 2 p.m. $7/door. Foulds Theatre. Call (239) 939-2787 for details.

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Sunday Sunset Concert Series in the Ampitheater at Alliance for the Arts. Take lawn chairs, picnic, cooler, friends. 5 p.m. Members/$15; General Admission $20. Call (239) 939-2787.

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“Step Into Spring” Fashion Show & Luncheon to benefit Candlelighters of SW Florida (assisting childhood and adolescent cancer patients). Forest Country Club, South Fort Myers. Modeling by cancer survivors, siblings or parents. (239) 432-2223.

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through April 13 The Fantastiks, musical love story at ArtStage Studio Theatre. $25 to $45 at Florida Repertory Theatre, 2267 First St., Fort Myers. (239) 332-4488.

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Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Class. Learn principles for proper planting and maintenance of your yard. Noon to 4 p.m. $30. At Eco-Living Center, Rutenberg Park, 6490 South Pointe Blvd., Fort Myers. Call (239) 533-7504 to pre-register.

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Move Over, Annie Oakley: Women and Guns only thing I do with it...well, I have woodchucks that need to be gone,” said Margaret Dubois from Connecticut.

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s I stood there with the gun in my hand, I couldn’t help but notice how shaky my aim was. I was nervous, of course—it was my first time. “Grip it with both hands. Move your thumbs a bit down and to the left. That’s it. Now lean forward some. You want to be in control when it recoils,” instructed Dr. Gerald Colbert, a certified NRA instructor and former naval officer. It was a “dry firing,” part of the First Steps Pistol Course I was taking in Sarasota. One by one, students moved up to the front of the class, aimed at a target and pulled the trigger without ammunition, just to get a feel for how the gun handles. I was surprised by how light it was, by how easy it was to pull the trigger. That’s not all that surprised me. Every student that picked up the gun was female. “The class is typically around 45 percent women,” said Colbert. But he said it wasn’t unusual for him to see a class full. It’s a trend he’s noticed has been growing over the years, especially in response to local crime. Toni Parsons, 81, was taking the class with me. “My son is very much into gun shooting, and he took me shooting a few times. I want to improve at it, but basically it’s self defense,” she said. “I was always afraid to have a gun because I thought that, being a little old lady, a person would get the gun from me and use it on me. That’s partly why I’m taking the course, so I can become proficient in using it and feel that I can use it as protection.” She’s not alone—women over 50 are a growing demographic for gun permits, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing. The number of annual concealed weapon license applications for men and women rose from 28,618 in 1999 to 151,883 in 2012. In the month of January 2013 alone, 77,754 women aged 51 – 65 obtained a conceal carry permit—more than women from any other age group. Lifestyles After 50 • March 2013 • page 6

Dr. Gerald Colbert gives Toni Parsons instruction on aiming a firearm.

Put ‘em up? Taken that way, one would start to think that we boomer women are just waiting for the tumbleweed to blow by at high noon; but that’s hardly the case. I put forth the question: Why arm yourself? About thirty women over 50, from different states, political affiliations and walks of life, responded back. The overwhelming answer was self defense. Trish Shultz, 54, an Independent from Ellenton, said, “I’m single. I just think that the world has become unpredictable. People just want to protect their family and themselves. I don’t honestly agree with guns because it seems the killings have gone up, but I know I need a gun for self protection.” Earletta Maples, 71, a Democrat from Michigan said, “I carried a concealed weapon when I was a schoolteacher in downtown Detroit, Michigan, in the early 70s. I only had to pull it one time.” One night when she was stopped at a red light, someone approached her car. “He was looking in my window, and when I pulled my gun, he backed up all the way to the other side of the street.” Others carry for sport. Mary Sorge, 66, goes to the shooting range with her husband in Illinois and Arizona. Joann Altergott belongs to the Conto Wisconsin Gun Club. “I shoot mostly for recreation,” she says. According to the National Sporting Goods association, more women are participating in target shooting than ever. From 2001 to 2011, the number increased from 3.3 million women to just over 5 million. For hunting, it’s up almost 42 percent. A few women own a gun strictly for animal control. “I have a .22, and the

The Debate Of the women I interviewed, feelings about gun ownership varied. A little over half were against owning or using a gun personally, but not in favor of denying others the right to do so if they chose. Overall, most were against weapons like assault rifles, and in favor of background checks before weapons can be issued. Those who were for gun ownership believed in the right to self defense, their constitutional right to bear arms, and that stricter gun laws only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain firearms, while criminals find a way to acquire them elsewhere.. Mary L.*, a Republican, worked for the army for 32 years and has been around guns her whole life. “My stepfather had a gun. I’ve never lived in a house where there wasn’t a gun. I decided to carry one for self defense,” she said. “My first husband was in security, and I have his .38, and I believe in the NRA. Who wants to live in a house where you can’t protect yourself?” Those that were against believed that the number of guns in the populace is out of control and that the number of gun-related accidents, suicides and conflict escalations far outweigh the number of people saved by using a gun in self defense. Deborah Healy of Sarasota said, “There are too many guns out there, and there’s just no reason for anyone to have the big, automatic assault rifles. The police officers never know what they are going to face out there. My cousin’s a police officer, and I hear about all the kids that get shot accidentally—there’s no reason for it.” Still others believe that the issue might be resolved with non-lethal crime deterrents, like tasers, mace and so forth. Alice Valentine, 65, of Sarasota, is a firm believer in selfdefense of the four-legged variety. She said: “I’m more into German shepherds than guns. They keep me safe and give you love back.”

Having women weigh in on the debate yielded a familiar question: Does arming more people make a society safer or deadlier? Despite strong arguments on both sides, it’s an issue that the nation has yet to resolve.

Parsons presents her target after finishing the class.

After the Class At the end of the class, all of us ladies headed off to the firing range to practice with live ammunition. Toni Parsons was up first, and after a few minutes of applying what she learned in class, the 81-year-old came back with a target peppered with holes. “I want to bring it home and put it on my door—don‘t dare to enter here: sharpshooter inside!” she said as she held it up. I asked her how she felt after the class. “I feel safer knowing how to use a gun,” she answered. When my turn came, my experience was a bit different. I felt safer knowing how to use a gun as well—but safer from the gun, not necessarily from an assailant. Knowing how to fire it, handle it, store it, and how it worked gave me peace of mind should I ever find myself confronted with one, defensively or otherwise. In this country, everyone is given the right to bear arms to defend ourselves and our fellow citizens, but what we are not given is the responsibility and the competence to do it safely and wisely. That’s up to the individual. Firing a gun for the first time, knowing that I had the power to kill another human being, made me want to be a more responsible person. For all of the women I interviewed, the decision to own a gun was a personal one. All I have to say is: look out, bad guys, Toni Parsons’ in town.” *requested name be changed


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hatever our roots, St. Patrick’s Day and the wearin’ of the green are a part of March. Be sure to wear the green and enjoy these: Top Irish American Films: In America – an Irish family in New York City

Boondock Saints – twins and the Boston criminal element Far and Away – great fiddle music and Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman in a weak immigrant story P.S. I Love You – the old Irish sadness and great actresses (Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates) Yankee Doodle Dandy – James Cagney as first generation Irish American George M. Cohan The Sullivans – five Irish American brothers aboard the USS Juneau in WWII.

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A Good Irish Joke: The Fame of Red Adair At the height of the 1991 Gulf War, the expertise of Red Adair (that well known fire fighter) was called upon to go out to the Gulf and put out the oil rig fires. On his way his plane landed in Ireland for an overnight stop, so Red took advantage and visited the local bar for a pint of the black stuff. On entering the bar, two old Irish boys witnessed him walk in and one said to the other. “Isn’t that Red Adair?” The other replied, “No.” The old boy then said, “I’m sure it is and I’m so sure that I will bet you a pint if I am wrong.” The doubting one said, “Ok” and they both went over to Red. The one said, “Are you Red Adair?” to which Red said he was. The doubting Irishman said, “Are you still dancing with Ginger Rogers?” How To Say Hello Greetings in Ireland tend to vary

from place to place. In the southeast it might be “Well, boy.” Up north you might be greeted with “Bout ye.” In parts of Dublin, it could be “Howyiz,” while in County Cork you might be confronted with “Howsitgoin’ boy?” A more rural equivalent is “How’s she cuttin’?” A suitable reply is “Grand altogether” if you are in good form, or “Survivin’” if not.

Two Irishman Meet a Swiss Tourist A Swiss man, on holiday in Dublin, needed directions. He was standing outside Davy Byrne’s pub when he saw two youths walking by so he stops them and asks, “Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?” The two lads look at each other blankly and stare back at him. “Excusez-moi, parlez vous Français?” He tries. The two continue to stare.

“Parlare Italiano?” Still absolutely no response from the two lads.

“Hablan ustedes Espanol?” The Dublin lads remain totally silent.

The Swiss guy walks off extremely disappointed and downhearted that he had not been understood. One of the boys turns to the second and says, “Y’know, maybe we should learn a foreign language!” “Why?” says the youth, “That guy knew four languages, and it didn’t do him any good!”

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The Calendar Girls strike a pose in support of Southeastern Guide Dogs.

As they say, practice makes perfect, and the Calendar Girls are no exception. They devote two full days per week to perfecting their dance routines before each performance. 130 shows are given each year, which translates to about 13,000 to 15,000 attendees per year. Katherine says, “All the practice, coordination, booking and shows—we are all volunteers.”

A moment is taken during every performance to recognize veterans and raise awareness as well as cash to provide “a miracle with a tail” to an American veteran. Paws For Patriots is a part of the Southeastern Guide School of Palmetto which trains dogs for visually-impaired veterans. Training each dog for two years costs about $60,000 in donations. Katherine says, “The Calendar Girls are very proud of the fact that they have provided the money needed for the training of nine dogs, or over $540,000.” Paws For Patriots is not the only organization The Calendar Girls raise money for. They have planned and worked with various organizations including schools (many times with the guide dogs) that are considering or planning fundraising events for charitable causes. Both Shortledge and Linda Floyd have been members of the team since its origin in 2005. Linda says, “For me, it has been the ability to pay it

forward in the community, make new friends and help our heroes through the Paws for Patriots progam. It warms my heart every time we dance for the veterans and have our puppies-in-training in attendance. I think Lady Gaga hit the nail on the head when she said ‘I am changing the world one sequin at a time.’ This is what I feel the Calendar Girls are doing.” The Calendar Girls serve as a role model for women of all ages and prove that age is only a state of mind. “Maturity In Motion” says it all and is a phrase they have created and use as their motto. For all of them, it’s about the glamour, the dancing and raising money for Paws For Patriots. Other ladies interested should call about periodic open auditions. Call Katherine at (239) 850-6010 for information. If your group is interested in having the Calendar Girls make an appearance at an event, go to info@calendargirlsflorida.com.

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Back Home Again - A Tribute to John Denver. Starring Tom Becker of the New Christy Minstrels. 7 p.m. $18. All events at Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte. Tickets, times and info: (941) 625-4175.

The Best of Charlotte County FEATURED EVENTS • 13th Annual Charlotte County Fit For Life Senior Games,, Select dates/venues throughout March. Olympic-style events focus on athletic competition, camaraderie and recreational opportunities. Tennis, shuffleboard, basketball, track and field, cornhole, bowling, table tennis, cycling and more. Qualifier for State Championships. To participate or spectate, visit charlottecountyfl.com or call (941) 627-1074.

Get Your Green On Expo, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Learn about green building. Info: (941) 5753067.

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St. Patrick’s Eve Celebration. Travel ‘N Riverboat Show, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. parade with Lee County Pipes & Drums. Live music with Emily Ann Thompson Band from 6 – 8 p.m., center stage. Food specials. Fishermen’s Village. Info: (941) 575-3067.

• Bayshore Live Oak Park Community Dog Show: Mar. 23. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parade your pup in the amphitheatre. All dogs on leashes welcome. Prizes galore! 50/50 drawing. Music and food/drink vendors. See charlottecountyfl.com for $5 entry forms. Bayshore Park: (941) 627-1628 ext. 101.

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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.

Marcille Wallis & Friends in Concert, 5 – 8 p.m., center stage.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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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.

Military Heritage Museum will host a reception for women who have served in the military or as “Rosie the Riveters”, 4 - 6 p.m. “Salty Paws 4th Annual Easter Bone Hunt, 11 am-1 pm. Call 941 575-7599 for details.

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competitions, food and plenty of Irish beverages. On-theday festivities include early morning mass, followed by a parade passing fountains running green! 4. The huge ethnic community Fountains run green in Boston goes all in Savannah, GA. out with parades, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York City Irish comedy, theatre and concerts and a 20-site Irish Heritage Trail. 1. New York City sees 150,000 5. San Francisco goes green with marching band members, bag pipers a parade and all-day festival at and members of the Irish community the Civic Center Plaza. Eat your parade along Fifth Avenue. corned beef and cabbage here! 2. Chicago holds its parade the 6. Head for the Quad Cities for the Saturday before March 17. Look for USA’s only interstate parade. Held the Chicago River to run Irish green. on a Saturday, the parade is cheered from Rock Island, Illinois across the 3. Savannah draws 400,000 people to Mississippi River to Davenport, Iowa celebrate Saint Patrick’s contribution by tens of thousands of onlookers. to the Christian faith. Check out two (WorldWeb.com) days of live Celtic music, games, or the Irish and those that love a good party, here are the biggest, greenest and most Irish of all Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in the U.S.

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The annual Charlotte County Jazz Society picnic in the Bayshore Live Oak Park from 1 to 4 p.m. The rhythm section will feature Joe Delaney on piano, Don Mopsick on bass, Phil Tirino on drums, and Fred Capitelli. You will need to bring your own food, beverages (no glass containers) and chairs. There are some picnic tables available. Bring an instrument and join the “jam” session. Free.

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Diabetes And Eye Health: A Closer Look

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hose with diabetes should take a good look at their eye health. That’s the word from the American Diabetes Association. It reports that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes and 12,000 – 24,000 people lose their sight because of the disease each year. The American Optometric Association (AOA) encourages Americans with diabetes to schedule annual, dilated eye examinations to help detect and prevent eye and vision disorders that could lead to blindness.

contact a doctor of optometry if any of the following symptoms are present: sudden blurred or double vision, trouble reading or focusing on nearwork, eye pain or pressure, a noticeable aura or dark ring around lights or illuminated objects, visible dark spots in vision or images of flashing lights.

Health Diabetic Eye Disorders People with diabetes are at a significantly higher risk for developing eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy, one of the most serious sight-threatening complications of diabetes. Consider the following: • Those with diabetes are 40 percent more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without diabetes. • Those with diabetes are 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts. People with diabetes also tend to get them at a younger age and have them progress faster. With cataracts, the eye’s clear lens clouds, blocking light and interfering with normal vision.

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that causes progressive damage to the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. Damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina causes swelling of retinal tissue and clouding of vision. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness. Since early warning signs of diabetic eye and vision disorders are often subtle or undetected, the AOA recommends that people—especially African Americans and Hispanics, who have a higher risk of developing diabetes—look for initial signs and Lifestyles After 50 • March 2013 • page 14

Eye Health Tips In addition to having yearly, comprehensive eye exams, the AOA offers the following tips to help prevent or slow the development of diabetic eye diseases: • Take prescribed medication as directed. • Keep glycohemoglobin test results (“A1c,” or average blood sugar level) consistently under 7 percent. • Stick to a healthy diet that includes omega-3s, fresh fruits and vegetables. • Exercise regularly. • Control high blood pressure. • Avoid alcohol and smoking.

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Planning Ahead Eases Grief for Loved Ones

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hough it’s not a topic most of us want to think about, planning for what happens after your death and understanding your options can reduce the stress on grieving loved ones. The death of someone you care for, together with wanting to make the right decision, leaves many families overwhelmed. Often these decisions must be made when a family is grieving and is least prepared to deal with them. My name is Sam Harmon. I am a Pre-planning Advisor with the Dignity Memorial® network, North America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services. I can help you make a plan now, helping to assure those left behind that your wishes are being honored. I work to educate people on the benefits of prearranging your funeral. We can set a time to help you decide what type of service you want, if it

should have religious elements, if it should be intimate or large, and if there are any unique requests that can be accommodated. We can also discuss purchasing cemetery property and all the options available for memorialization and disposition of cremated remains. If you choose to fund your prearrangement, you can lock in today’s prices for products and services that likely will be more expensive in the future. I am available to meet by appointment in your home or at the location of your choice. For more information about funeral planning, contact me at SamRHarmon@aol.com or (239) 822-0185.

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The Healthy Geezer BY FRED CICETTI

Q of fevers as a kid, but now that I’m older, I don’t get them . I remember having lots

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he immune system doesn’t function as efficiently in older adults as it does in younger people. The body’s fever response to infection is not always automatic in elderly people. More than 20 percent of adults over age 65 who have serious bacterial infections do not have fevers. This brings us to germs, which are defined as microbes that cause disease. Infectious diseases caused by microbes are the leading cause of death. Microbes are microscopic organisms that are everywhere. Some microbes cause disease. Others are essential for health. Most microbes belong to one of four major groups: bacteria, viruses, fungi or protozoa. Bacteria are made up of only one cell. Less than 1 percent of them cause diseases in humans. Harmless bacteria live in human intestines, where they help to digest food. Foods such as yogurt and cheese are made using bacteria. Some bacteria produce dangerous poisons. Botulism, a severe form of food poisoning, is caused by toxins from bacteria. However, several vaccines are made from bacterial toxins. Viruses are among the smallest microbes.They consist of one or more molecules that contain the virus’s

genes surrounded by a protein coat. Most viruses cause disease. They invade normal cells, then multiply. There are millions of types of fungi. The most familiar ones are mushrooms, yeast, mold and mildew. Some live in the human body, usually without causing illness. In fact, only about half of all types of fungi cause disease in humans. Penicillin and other antibiotics, which kill harmful bacteria in our bodies, are made from fungi. Protozoa are a group of microscopic one-celled animals. In humans, protozoa usually cause disease. Some protozoa, like plankton, are food for marine animals. Malaria is caused by a protozoan parasite. We become immune to germs naturally and artificially. Before birth, we received natural immunity from our mothers. Once we are exposed to a germ, we develop natural immunity to it from special cells in our immune systems. Artificial immunity can come from vaccines. Handwashing is a simple and effective way to stop the transmission of germs. Health care experts recommend scrubbing your hands vigorously for at least 15 seconds with soap and water. It is especially important to wash your hands before touching food, after coughing or sneezing and after using the toilet. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How To Be A Healthy Geezer” at www.healthygeezer.com. All Rights Reserved © 2012 by Fred Cicetti.


Veterans Corner

An Untold True Story from the WWII Jungles of Bataan, by Bob Welch

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luding death. Banding together as one. With character tested, heroes emerge. These themes could apply to many World War II tales, but there are few that take readers to the far-flung Author Bob Welch battlefield of the Philippines during the Bataan Death March, and no other that shares the heroics of Lt. Clay Conner, Jr. He was an unlikely hero whose actions helped him and his men survive thirty-four months amongst an array of enemies. Resolve: From the WWII Jungles of Bataan, The Epic Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept by military writer Bob Welch is an intriguing blend of courage, perseverance and the absolute resolve to live, even if it meant becoming a member of a native tribe. On April 9, 1942, thousands of U.S. soldiers surrendered as the Philippine island of Luzon fell to the Japanese. A few hundred Americans placed their faith in their own hands and headed for the jungle. Among them was Clay Conner Jr., a 23-year-old Army Air Force communications officer—a Duke cheerleader—who had never even camped out before.

Resolve is the story of how Conner eludes World War II’s Bataan Death March and galvanizes groups of disparate people—among them, a tribe of arrow-shooting pygmy Negritos—to survive the relentless pursuit of Japanese and communist soldiers. As months—and then years—pass, Conner’s mother, Marguerite, refuses to believe her son is dead. Will he prove her right? As in Welch’s previously celebrated titles American Nightingale and Easy Company Soldier, the keen insight into the feelings, fears and foibles of his characters is ever apparent in Resolve. “One’s ability to withstand the toughest ordeals isn’t dependent on who we are when the challenge begins, but on what we become when forced to rise to the occasion or die,” says Welch. Conner persevered, surviving a relentless pursuit of the enemy and to keep a promise, emerging from a Philippines jungle to present an amazed lieutenant general with a tattered American flag on a bamboo pole, symbolic of an unlikely victory won. ““Resolve is more than a book about war,” adds Welch, “but about groups of people whose strength in a common purpose negates whatever differences might threaten to divide them. And, amid a horrific war, about an unlikely hero who forged peace among them—and within himself.” More about the author online at bobwelch.net.

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utlined below are several of the myths you may have read or heard and the truths behind some common wellness issues for senior adults.

your own groceries in your car and returning the cart to the store are all examples of simple weight training exercises. A productive element of resistance training added to your fitness program can be implemented and completed entirely in your own home using items you already have. No expensive machines to buy or need to visit a gym every day.

Myth #1: Improvement of my

heart health can only be attained by completing high intensity aerobic exercise for an extended period of time. If I’m not completely exhausted at the end of my workout I probably didn’t do myself any good.

Truth: A person does not need to

maintain lengthy periods of intense exercise to improve cardiovascular conditioning. A simple, consistent walking program around the neighborhood, at the mall or a local park will help you to increase your heart stroke volume, your energy levels and your well being. Grab a friend and do some walking.

Myth #2: Weight training is for

growing big muscles, and if I try to lift weights I’ll probably hurt myself.

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in your fitness level can be attained with moderate elements of weight training. Adding a few extra pounds to your shopping cart, placing

Myth #3: Eating healthy is expensive. Truth: It is true that engaging in a 100 percent organic diet is more expensive. But you do not have to exceed your food budget. Eating healthy means limiting high fat content items and concentrating on items that will help you fuel your body the right way. Utilizing a trainer or designing a program on your own will result in many improvements. Be sure to consult with a professional before engaging in any exercise program to be sure the details are right for your conditioning level and physical circumstances. As the famous sportswear company says ‘Just Do It!’ The author is a Certified Personal Trainer and Senior Fitness Specialist at 50andBeyondFitness.com or (727) 504-4613.

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care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree. Each state winner receives $500 for their favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s charity of choice. SalutetoSeniorService.com. for info and nomination forms: Completed forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.


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Baby Boomers Are Not as Healthy as Their Parents experience lower rates of emphysema and [heart attacks] than the previous generation.” Dr. Dana E. King, professor and chair of family medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown, led the study which found that 40 percent of the baby boomers were obese, compared to 29 percent from the older group. Many fewer baby boomers get regular physical activity as well. A whopping 52 percent said they aren’t active, while only 17 percent of the over-baby boomer-age group could say that. King expressed concern in one interview that boomers may be relying too much on medication to solve their health problems. He added that drugs should be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, not instead of one. Disability was defined conservatively said one researcher. “To be considered disabled you had to be walking only with an assistance device, such as

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t’s a boom that is turning out to be a bust! In baby boomer’s health, that is. Baby boomers have higher levels of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and higher rates of disability than their parents. They are also more likely to be obese and less likely to exercise. A new study compared health status, functional and work disability, healthy lifestyle characteristics and presence of chronic disease. “Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age,” the study authors wrote. “On a positive note, baby boomers are less likely to smoke cigarettes and

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a cane, or only able to climb up 10 steps, have trouble stooping down or walking a quarter of a mile.” Boomers consistently had a higher level of disability than their parents’ generation. Nancy Copperman, a public health initiatives director, noted that baby boomers are definitely moving less than their parents did. She said, “Our parents didn’t have the conveniences we have. Now, often both parents are working and spending less time doing manual

labor. Instead of mowing the lawn or cleaning the house, they might hire someone to do it,” she noted. Moderate drinking was more common among the boomers compared to the previous generation (67.3 percent vs. 37.2 percent). In addition, while life expectancy is higher for boomers than it was for the previous generation, more boomers are unhealthy by their own admission. Only one in 10 baby boomers reported being in excellent health compared to one-third of their parents who reported the same. It is predicted that as baby boomers move into their 60s and 70s, they will utilize the healthcare system more than ever before. Doctors’ offices will be busier than ever before, and the need for healthcare professionals will skyrocket in the next decade. “The Status of Baby Boomers’ Health in the United States: The Healthiest Generation?,” March issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.


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rash diets and calorie-restricted eating plans can lead to heart damage. Many diet pills being sold under the weight loss umbrella are also not FDA approved and have, in some cases, been linked to heart problems and even death. Repeated crash dieting can increase your risk of a heart attack and severe calorie restriction can cause heart muscle loss. “Cutting out too many calories and going on yet another crash diet could— literally—wear your heart out, says Mohammed Saghir, M.D., Cardiologist at Bradenton Cardiology Center. “The same goes for diet pills containing too much caffeine or other stimulants.” Overuse of diet pills containing caffeine can have very negative ramifications on the heart. “Excessive use may cause arrhythmia (or irregular heartbeat), elevated blood pressure and rapid heart rate. In extreme cases, the pills may trigger ventricular fibrillation, a lethal condition wherein the ventricles of the heart muscle develop a chaotic rhythm and cease their contractions, upon which the heart stops pumping blood to the rest of the body,” Dr. Saghir explains. While weight control is critical for keeping the heart muscle in shape—the food you eat matters just as much. A heart-healthy diet can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke by 80 percent, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. Saghir has these tips for healthy weight loss and how to eat to protect your heart in the new year.

1. Don’t “diet.” A crash diet may

work if you’re trying to fit into a dress by next month. But if you’re trying to improve your heart health, cycling through different fad diets won’t help. Diets that demonize one type of food—whether it’s carbs or fat—don’t work either. Instead, take a sensible approach. Focus on lean meats, vegetables and whole grains to get long-term benefits for your heart and your waistline.

2. Avoid caffeine. If you have

atrial fibrillation, caffeine and other stimulants can trigger symptoms.

3. Sea salt is still salt. Most

Americans think sea salt is a lowsodium alternative to regular table salt. The truth is it has the same amount of sodium. Any type of salt increases your blood pressure. The guideline is no more than a teaspoon a day. If you already have high blood pressure, you should eat even less. And, it doesn’t just come from the salt shaker. Up to 75 percent of the salt we consume comes from processed foods such as soups and frozen meals. If your food comes in a can or a box, check the sodium content.

4. Choose meats wisely. Red meat

is usually high in saturated fat, which is bad for your heart. That doesn’t mean you have to banish meat from your diet. Just be savvy. Choose the leanest cuts and always cut off the fat. Look for cuts such as sirloin, flank, rump roast, and tenderloin. Or, choose pork tenderloin, turkey or chicken breast, as an alternative.

5. A little wine may be good, but a lot is not. Yes, studies show that

drinking modest amounts of alcohol— not just wine—has heart benefits. “But don’t assume that if a glass is good, a jug must be better,” Dr. Saghir warns. Excess alcohol—more than one drink a day for women or two for men—increases your risk for heart problems. It drives up blood pressure and can trigger irregular heartbeats in people with atrial fibrillation. More information at (941) 748-2277.

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• Myth: There’s a magic pill (or oil, serum or balm) to grow our hair faster, stronger or thicker. Unfortunately, no. Hair growth is genetically predetermined and controlled by our hormones. Unless the magic pill affects our genes or hormones, there’s no hope that it might make our hair grow. (This includes prenatal vitamins. Credit the upsurge in hormone levels during pregnancy for those vibrant tresses!) Basic vitamin supplements can offer slight improvements in hair quality, but only if our body truly lacks the particular vitamin or mineral being taken.

• Myth: Trimming will make your hair grow stronger, longer, faster or thicker. Since hair is dead, cutting the ends has no effect on what happens at the scalp. Strands will grow at the same predetermined rate each month, and individual strands will grow in at the same thickness as before. While trimming or

cutting the hair does seem to give the appearance of thicker hair, this is only because all of the freshly trimmed hairs now have the same, clear endpoint.

• Myth: Expensive products do more! Not necessarily. Always look for ingredients over brand names. There are just as many poorly formulated high-end products as there are bargain ones—and just as many worthy expensive products as there are bargain ones, too!

• Myth: Products made for or marketed to a particular race/ethnicity cannot be used by those of other backgrounds. False! The ingredients in a product matter much more than to whom the product is marketed. In fact, most products have the same set of three to five base ingredients. Products for “ethnic” hair types tend to be more moisturizing and have more oils and proteins than those for other hair types. Damaged hair needs a good dose of moisture, proteins and oil to regain its healthy appearance. The

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Travel The gang met up in Galice, Oregon to load up and head out on our adventure. It was all adults this trip, many of them with grown children, but that didn’t keep us from acting like kids. On trips like these, days are spent lazing on the gear raft to the steady rhythm of the guide’s oars, enjoying the teamwork of a six-person paddle boat, or braving the Rogue’s class III rapids in a one-man inflatable raft called a “ducky.” The latter was a favorite among the guests. “The scenery is amazing—the adventure’s in the duckies,” said Jeffery Lewis of California, a retiree who spends his free time traveling and enjoying the outdoors. There’s plenty of time to try all three, whether you want to relax during a rough section of the river or test your mettle against the rapids. The guides make regular stops along the way to give everyone a chance to stretch their legs, enjoy a picnic lunch by the river or take in the sights, whether it’s a hike to an old gold-

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Sweet Ways to Cook with Sweet Corn F

lorida’s fresh corn is in, and these recipes make the most of it. Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services say, “From fritters and soup to enchiladas and corn on the cob with some surprising toppings, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this healthful grain.”

Recipe

each tortilla. Carefully roll up each tortilla, and place seam side down in sprayed baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over rolled enchiladas, spreading to coat all tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees until bubbly. Serve with diced avocado, salsa and sour cream, if desired.

Sweet Corn and Black Bean Enchiladas

10 6-inch corn tortillas 2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided 1 8-oz can enchilada sauce

1 Tbsp. oil 1/2 c. onion, chopped 1 c. fresh Florida sweet corn kernels 2 bell peppers, diced 1 tsp ground cumin 1 c. salsa 1 can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained Salt and pepper

Lightly spray an 11 x 7-inch (2-quart) baking dish with pan release cooking spray. Cook onion, corn and bell peppers for 3 minutes. Add cumin, salsa and black beans, and continue to cook for two minutes. Season. Remove pan from heat and let cool slightly. Place an even amount of the filling mixture and cheese in

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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Sweet Corn and Ricotta Fritters Yield: 4 to 6 servings 2 ears corn, kernels removed 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped fine 4 oz. low-fat ricotta cheese 2 eggs, beaten 1/3 c. self-rising flour Salt andpepper Olive oil (for shallow pan frying) In medium-sized bowl, combine corn, cilantro, ricotta, eggs, flour, salt and pepper. In a small amount of olive oil in preheated sauté pan, add spoonfuls

Big Rock

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elebrating St. Augustine’s heritage means a culinary history like no other. For March (or any other month), eat, drink and be Irish at Meehan’s Irish Pub on the waterfront in downtown St. Augustine. They’re serving up phenomenal food choices and ongoing stories by the staff about close encounters of the “spirit” kind in the 1914-era building. Look for the chef to cook up traditional food like corned beef and cabbage, but he’ll also incorporate Irish influences, such as Beggar’s Purse— pastry wrapped around chicken pot pie with an ale and cheese sauce. John Meehan, owner of Meehan’s, is hosting a 10-day Celtic Festival this month. Last year he brought in 50 musicians from Europe and had 10

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n Irishman by the name of O’Malley proposed to his girl on St. Patrick’s Day. He gave her a ring with a synthetic diamond. The excited young lass showed it to her father, a jeweller. He took one look at it and saw it wasn’t real. The young lass returned to her future husband.and protested vehemently about his cheapness. “It was in honor of St. Patrick’s Day,” he smiled. “I gave you a sham rock.”

days of music from 6 to 9 p.m. “Don’t look for green beer,” he says. “Meehan’s will give you the authenticity of both food and spirits.” His staff is trained to help visitors find their perfect combination of the two—and they’ll throw in a good story as well. Out back, Meehan’s Backyard is an island cafe and tropical bar with lighter fare such as Conch Chowder or a Sloppy John.

of corn mixture to hot pan. Cook on both sides until golden brown. Serve with low-fat sour cream if desired. (Family Features)

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Ireland and the Shamrock

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ven though the Celtic harp is the official emblem of Ireland, in the hearts and minds of people all over the world, the shamrock is the most universally recognized symbol of Ireland. It is the emblem of the official airline of Ireland, Aer Lingus. Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, Aer Lingus flies freshly cut shamrock to the Irish embassies all over the world so that Irish diplomats and

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