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It’s beginning to feel a little like a change of seasons. The temperature is just a bit cooler. We won’t probably see snow here, but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And that’s not because of the weather, but because the celebrations began taking shape since Thanksgiving. Street decorations are up, stores have their holiday displays out and year’s end activities are in full swing. The first of the Christmas parades had long been set for Nov. 30 — Light Up Viera Holiday Parade. It is followed by several parades and celebrations the first week of December. You will find a listing of parades and holiday events in stories in Senior Life. You likely will find a parade or activity that lifts you and gets you in the holiday spirit, whatever year-end holiday you celebrate. In addition to the street parades, there are plenty of boat parades, concerts, street parties and Surfing Santas here on the Space Coast. In this edition of Senior Life, we also tell you about things you can do to help fight depression that could be an issue for some older residents living alone during the holidays. We also must remember that the holidays can be a stressful time for our pets. We remind you in a story of the many things that can pose a danger for pets. We also bring you a story about how exercise can be beneficial to all at any age, regardless of when you start. The experts tell us that no one is too old to start exercising. It might be your New Year’s resolution to start exercising. If it is, stick with it. But check with your doctor first. As for us here at Senior Life, as we head into a 2020, we plan to stick with the stories we know you enjoy reading. We also pledge in the coming year to continue coming up with stories that are informative, useful and enjoyable to you. Happy New Year! R. Norman Moody

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see manatees, of course. Just outside Brevard County, manatees like to gather at Canal 54 by Buffer Preserve Road in Indian River County. A manatee overlook area marks the spot where the gentle giants gather. Cape Canaveral’s flagship park, Manatee Sanctuary Park, is so named because it borders a section of the Banana River that serves as a protected manatee habitat. The manatees love munching on the sea grass along the park’s boardwalk. Wherever you find them, manatees are an endangered species. So instead of attempting to touch or feed the sea cows, just enjoy the awesome sight. • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is approximately three to five miles east of State Road 402 in Titusville. For information, call 321-861-2384. • Crane Creek Promenade Manatee Observation Area is at 1005 E. Melbourne Ave. in Melbourne. • Manatee Sanctuary Park is at 701 Thurm Blvd. in Cape Canaveral. SL

One of the Space Coast’s more endearing natural wonders are manatees, or sea cows. The humongous but gentle marine mammals enjoy Brevard County as much as humans do, so they visit the Indian River Lagoon by the thousands. While you can spot manatees anywhere at any time of the year along the lagoon, the animals tend to frequent some spots more than others. During the colder months, they often huddle for warmth in some favorite hangouts. So, if you see one manatee, chances are excellent you will see many more. Manatees Central is the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, particularly Haulover Canal, which connects the Mosquito Lagoon with the Indian River. On the east side of the bridge is a manatee observation area that includes a viewing platform, boat ramp, interpretive signs and a polarized viewer. In Melbourne, the Crane Creek Promenade Manatee Observation Area typically delivers manatee sightings, particularly during cooler months, when the warmthseeking creatures tend to congregate in the protected shelter of Melbourne Harbor. The promenade features a 10-foot wide lighted boardwalk and interpretive exhibit, all within easy walking distance from shops and restaurants in downtown Melbourne. By Attorney Brevard’s TRUMAN SCARBOROUGH network of canals also are must-visit 239 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL destinations for For A Complimentary Copy manatee spotters. Crowds of humans Phone 321 267 — 4770 flock the canals of DeSoto Parkway in Satellite Beach. Why are they there? To

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Surfing Santas expect to draw thousands on Christmas Eve BY FLORA REIGADA The idea came to George Trosset in 2009, as he watched a car commercial featuring surfers wearing Santa suits. “I wanted to be a surfing Santa,” the Rockledge native said. Hearing this, Trosset’s wife, Nihla, purchased a red raincoat from a thrift store and attached white fuzz to it. Trosset told his son, George Jr., about his plans. “He said, ‘I thought you’d stopped drinking, dad,’ ” Trosset recalled. Amused, Trosset’s son and daughter-in-law dressed as elves and joined him on Cocoa Beach that Christmas Eve. The only spectator was Trosset’s 3-year-old grandson. However, a Florida Today photographer happened to snap a picture. It was included in the paper’s Christmas edition and an 11-year-old phenomenon was created. The next year, 19 Santas took to the surf. Then, the year after 84, then 156. The numbers continued to escalate. Last year, 600 Santas, elves, Batman Santas, shark Santas and someone wearing a Nutcracker costume, rode the waves. More than 10,000 people came to watch. “Our 882 million media impressions, means we created that many smiles,” Trosset said. Each year, Anne Wolfe and her family add their smiles.





During the 11th annual Surfing Santas event at Cocoa Beach on Christmas Eve, hundreds of Santas will take to the waves, while thousands of spectators cheer from the shore. “We meet for breakfast, then go to Cocoa Beach for Surfing Santas,” she said. “It’s become a wonderful tradition for our family and for Florida.” Although the event is free, proceeds from T-shirt sales help support the Florida Surfing Museum and Grind For Life, a nonprofit organization that helps people with cancer. After making numerous preparations for Surfing Santas, Trosset and his helpers are exhausted when the big day starts. But something magical happens.

“By 7 a.m., hundreds of happy, smiling and excited people have showed up at the beach. “They create an energy that fires us up,” he said. “Surfing Santas is run by a bunch of seniors. We are surfing into our golden years and having the time of our lives.” Surfing Santas will take place 8 a.m. to noon along Cocoa Beach at the end of Minutemen Causeway. Watch the Surfing Santas facebook page for updates and information about the Free Picture With Surfing Santa schedule at SurfingSantas/. SL

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Think Humanity is one of many vendors at FLEAGAD Market every first Saturday. Their colorful booth displays merchandise such as textile bags, beaded jewelry, dolls, all of which are hand made by Achioli women in a settlement camp in Uganda. Think Humanity is a nonprofit organization based in Colorado and a community organization based in Uganda since 2007. Its mission is, “to help save lives and provide hope for refugees and underdeveloped communities in Africa by improving provisions for healthcare, clean water, education and socio-economic development.” The organization was founded by Beth Heckel, whose mother had traveled to Uganda in 2006. From the stories Heckel told of the devastating conditions refugees faced in a settlement camp, Think Humanity was formed, targeting assistance to those refugees. According to Deana Austin, who represents the Think Humanity’s Florida office, and also a sister of

the founder, 100 percent of the proceeds are returned to Uganda and directly applied to various projects in accordance with its mission. One example was the funding of a hostel for girls. Austin is a volunteer, as are all the organization’s staff. She reports that Think Humanity currently is in the process of launching a mosquito bed net campaign to help fight the spread of malaria. Their goal is to obtain 100,000 nets to distribute in Uganda next spring. With 20 million cases, Uganda has the world’s highest malaria incidence. It still is its leading cause of death. “Right now, my heart is in reaching this goal for the bed nets. At $5 apiece, we’re really saving lives. And, when people contribute and help us, they have no idea how much the impact $5 can make. About 95 percent of the people don’t get malaria after we provide bed nets. Malaria is not only treatable, it’s preventable,” Austin said. Think Humanity has an ongoing relationship with the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts — Florida Tech and it has partnered with the center on







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When a friend or family member sends a photo to your iPhone, after you take the time to admire the photo, you might think to yourself: “I wish I could have this picture on my computer and print it out and put it on the wall.” You can actually do this pretty easily by following these steps. First, you will need to go to the photo that has been sent to you, whether this be in your Messages app, Facebook Messenger, or WhatsApp. Once you see the photo, you will need to tap on it so the photo fills your phone screen. Next, you will tap on the icon in the bottom left corner of your phone screen. It should look like a rectangle with an arrow pointing up. This will show you many options on the screen, including pictures that represent

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One of the most powerful devices that has ever been widely available is something that can be carried in our pockets — the smartphone. The smartphone can do just about everything from running a business to monitoring daily health and fitness trackers. But, all of that utilization comes to a screeching halt when the battery runs out. Even in our modern life of hightech, we still need to keep our phones and mobile devices plugged into the wall — or do we? Wireless chargers offer a dynamic new solution to having a phone plugged into a wall, through a wireless charging station. Unlike standard cables, which tend to become nonresponsive or break over time, wireless charging ports allow for users to simply place their phones on the wireless dock and the phone automatically begins charging itself. While wireless charging seems like the perfect solution to wire-driven problems, there are a few issues with wireless technology that users ought to consider before buying. Wireless chargers work via electromagnetic induction, which is notably slower than normal, direct-cable charging by anywhere from a 5-watt to a 2-watt difference. This difference might seem minimal, but the charging rate is noticeably slower for wireless users. Another issue is that wireless chargers require phones/devices that are capable of functioning with the charger itself. If the device cannot accept the right type of wireless charger, it won’t be charging at all. Furthermore, even if a user has purchased the correct charger to match his or her phone, the electromagnet might not be able to access the phone through a case, which means the case

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might need to come off each time the phone needs to be charged. This completely negates the ease of use of a wireless charger. On top of these issues, the cost of wireless chargers might turn some users away from the technology since it is far cheaper to simply buy a plugin charger. Wireless charging technology is a somewhat new technology for the average buyer, which means that the kinks still are getting worked out. It might be worth waiting a while for the technology to become better adapted to tomorrow’s phones, or to see what new developments there are for wireless charging. There is one new development that seems promising, which theoretically offers ranged wireless charging. Users of this new technology would only have to be in the same room as the wireless charging dock, which would truly revolutionize wireless charging at home and even abroad. While this new technique still is in development, it might use some sort of Tesla-coil to charge devices at a distance — perfectly merging old technology with new. SL

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Edwards earns fitting celebration for elusive 100th birthday BY LINDA JUMP It took Bill Edwards a century to finally get his first real birthday party on Veterans Day — a fitting birth date for the World War II survivor. “My parents didn’t make a fuss about my birthday. I got presents sometimes, but my mother would always bake a pound cake,” he said. On Veterans Day, more than 75 people, most fellow residents of Buena Vida Estates in West Melbourne, gathered for Edwards’ patriotic bash. “I shook a lot of hands and was kissed by a lot of women,” he said. He met both of his late wives square dancing. “I’m not looking for another,” he

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Bill Edwards celebrated his 100th birthday on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

added wryly. His red, white and blue helium balloons had deflated at the foot of his bed, but his enthusiasm hadn’t, days later. Wearing his ever-present veterans’ cap sporting military and Masonic pins and medals, he reviewed a 3-inch pile of cards from his easy chair. “I have a large portion of leftover cake that I’m going to share at dinner.” But he kept two pound cakes from friends who knew his favorite. Edwards enlisted at 21 and was maintenance crew chief for B-17 bombers in England. Once discharged, he maintained airplanes as a civilian at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Va. and, in 1951, at the new Patrick Air Force Base. He retired in 1975 as a

procurement analyst at RCA. Edwards drove until he was 96 and walked unaided until about a year ago. He has few complaints about life as a 100 year old — his coughing spasms caused by a bronchial condition, and “I can’t read the fine print.” Gwendolyn Rose, a certified nurse assistant who cares for Edwards, called him “reserved, easygoing and very independent.” Glenda Mazza, the director of health services, said she has attended several Buena Vida celebrations for residents turning 100. “His was the most wellattended and best. He’s well known and one of the kindest sweethearts you’ll meet.” SL

we find time to talk. I love baking and doing crafts with her (Lou Ann),” Reagan said. Hal Solinger of Palm Bay, a Master Gardener, will surprise his three great-grandchildren with a kidsized garden where they can plant seeds. “And they can harvest my three watermelons and see their development,” he said. Susan Howard of Malabar likes to grow seeds with her grandchildren. “Just put micro greens on a wet paper towel and the roots will grow quickly,” she said. Her friend Dawn Cermak

suggested creating live art by planting seeds with a damp paintbrush onto a paper plate with soil. “They think it’s cool when the dogs get fur, and it only takes a week or two.” Karen and Frank Turner of Rockledge have six grandchildren ages 5 to 25, and the former preschool teacher and husband plan to bake cookies and make tree ornaments with them. “Mostly, we try to stay away from the stores,” Karen said. Frank’s the one to play with Legos and magnetic blocks. “They stick together, and then you can take them apart and start again.” SL

Creative ideas abound for Christmas fun with grandchildren BY LINDA JUMP

Once you and your grandchildren have enjoyed all the holiday events listed elsewhere in this issue, how can you make more Hallmark memories? “It’s hard to get them to put down their cell phones and tablets. It’s important to get them active,” said Palm Bay grandma Edith McEntaggart. Brevard grandparents suggest thinking green and being charitable. Lou Ann Hawes and granddaughter Reagan Hawes, 12, will continue their volunteer service for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG),

Salvation Army and Brevard Family Partnership. “For several years, giving back has been the center of what we do. We cook and bake and serve and my husband Jonathan dresses as Santa.” Reagan, the youngest of Lou Ann’s 16 grandchildren, is gathering books to give away at a GRG Santa breakfast to earn a Girl Scouts Silver Award. She plans to help cook and serve a waffle bar breakfast with Santa for foster children. And for the fifth year, the Hawes hope to serve Christmas community dinner at Salvation Army. “Whenever we volunteer together,

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Rosenfield awarded DAR’s Medal of Honor SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE

The Satellite Beach Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented retired U.S. Army Maj. George Rosenfield DAR’s highest award — the Medal of Honor. The award was presented Nov. 2 at a ceremony at the Beachside Doubletree Hotel in Melbourne Beach. Rosenfield received the honor for his service as a ski trooper in the famed Army’s 10th Mountain Division in World War II, as an engineer officer during the Korean War, and for his continuing service to the community. The DAR Medal of Honor is awarded to native-born U.S. citizens, who have shown extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism. The recipient must have made unusual and lasting contributions to the American Heritage by giving of himself or herself to his or her community, state, country and fellowman. Rosenfield is a member of the Military Officers Association of America, Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC) and the Jewish War Veterans of America. At the Nov. 8 ceremonies, Rosenfield also was recognized as the Jewish-American War Veteran of the Year. He received a Quilt of Valor. SL

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Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Brian Whalen, left, MOAACC board of directors; retired Army Col. Steve Bond, MOAACC vice president; retired Army CW3 Dan Smith, MOAACC president; Bonnie Charles; Maj. George Rosenfield; Roslyn Bates, MOAACC member; Mary Dunagan, MOAACC auxiliary chairwoman; and Elizabeth Whalen, MOAACC member, attended a ceremony to honor Rosenfield.

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Tim Morris, also known as Santa Claus, has brought smiles to homeless veterans and their families for more than 10 years.

Group brings cheer to homeless veterans BY R. NORMAN MOODY One group is not forgetting homeless veterans during the Christmas holiday. National Veterans Homeless Support’s (NVHS) program called Warm, Full, Safe helps and celebrates with the men, women and children. “We’ve actually had them in tears,” said George Taylor, the founder and CEO of NVHS. “They’re overwhelmed with Santa.” The nonprofit organization, dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans, each year, houses more than two dozen homeless men and their families for two days during Christmas. The homeless are treated to big meals, a party and




gifts, including clothes, supplies and other needs, during their two-day stay in a Titusville motel. Some are later moved into transitional housing operated by NVHS. “Just seeing the smiles on their faces makes my Christmas,” said Tim Morris, aka Santa Claus. “I get tremendous enjoyment out of it. It’s just great seeing the guys together.” Morris, an Air Force veteran, has been the Santa for the NVHS Warm, Full, Safe program since its inception10 years ago. Taylor said the organization also will deliver meals and presents to nine families with 14 children. “We spoil them at Christmas with presents and clothes,” he said. SL

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Belden just can’t shake 50,000-pound girlfriend BY MARIA SONNENBERG Wayne Belden’s 50,000-pound girlfriend follows him everywhere. That’s OK because the lady of such immense and Rubenesque proportions happens to be a warbird, an F-105 to be exact. Belden first met F-105 #60492 growing up on Long Island. His father had taken him to an air show where the war fighter was being showcased. “The serial number was the same as my dad’s birthday, so that is how I remembered the plane,” Belden said. After enlisting in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, Belden again met #60492 at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, where Belden was being trained in aircraft maintenance. While stationed in Thailand, he also kept bumping into the plane. Decades later, Belden was at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, which advertises in the Space Coast Fun Guide that Belden publishes, when he again ran into a familiar set of wings. Yes, it was the F-105, which had been donated by the government to the museum to be restored for display. “It goes wherever I go,” Belden said. Belden, who lives in Port Orange,

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An F-105 Fighter jet seems to show up at different places where Wayne Belden has worked or lived. helps keep Brevard County tourism humming with his Fun Guide. With more than 300,000 copies published annually for hotels, cruise ship passengers and locals, the Guide offers information and discounts on local attractions. The Staten Island native was a unique soldier, one who enlisted after he was drafted. After the Army requested his appearance on Nov. 10, 1965, Belden enlisted in the Air Force and reported for duty Nov. 9. At least he tried to report for duty since, while riding the New York City subway system to get to the airport, the famed Northeast Blackout of 1965 happened,

leaving him in the dark inside a subway. “No one knew what was happening and I thought it was the beginning of World War III and here I am just enlisted,” he said. After six years of service, including deployment in Southeast Asia, Belden left the military. “It was the biggest mistake I made,” he said. His parents had moved to Orlando while Belden was in the service, so he followed them and began a civilian career that included managing the first Pizza Hut in Orlando and later working in broadcasting. A Sarasota

publishing firm hired him for its visitors’ guides, including one for the Space Coast. “At the time, I didn’t know anything about Brevard, but I was very impressed by what I saw,” he said. When the firm decided to go in another different direction, Belden went his own way. In addition to the Fun Guide, Belden, with the help of his son, now is responsible for digital news sources such as the Daytona Beach Connection. The best part of the job — whenever he wants, he can visit with his 50,000-pound girlfriend. SL

Documentary premiere revisits the legend of China Beach BY MARIA SONNENBERG China Beach still lights up the eyes of Vietnam veterans. “Everyone wanted to be sent there because it had fantastic surfing,” said Donn Weaver, the special projects chairman for the Brevard Memorial Center and Museum on Merritt Island. The Veterans Memorial Center is certain to help rekindle many memories of the legendary beach when it screens the Central and South Florida premiere showing of “Back to China Beach,” a documentary that looks back at the history of China Beach and its role during the war. It showcases its present status as a

world-class surfing destination. “It is a very unique film that should attract veterans, film buffs and surfing enthusiasts,” Weaver said. The 20-mile curve of sand known as My Khe, or China Beach, played a critical role in the Vietnam War. On March 8, 1965, 3,500 United States soldiers disembarked here, marking the first time American ground troops had stepped onto Vietnamese soil. In his “Da Nang Diary” memoir, pilot Tom Yarborough noted that it was not unusual for Huey helicopters to swoop low above the sands of China Beach in the hope of catching nurses sunbathing topless. China Beach also was home to the China Beach Surf

Club, started by Pensacola resident Larry Martin. The famed location was later popularized during the 1980s in a television drama. The Vietnam-era destination for some well-deserved R&R has today gone upscale with high-rise hotels, golf courses, spas and private villas. “I know of several Americans who fought in Vietnam who have gone back to China Beach recently,” Weaver said. To catch up with or be introduced to the area, “Back to China Beach” offers the next best option to flying there. Producer Mike Cotton and twotime Emmy-winning director Dave Barnes interviewed more than 100 veterans for the documentary. The film

will be shown at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Gray Hall in the Museum complex, which will be open for visitors. Refreshments will be served. The producer and cast members will be on hand for a meet-and-greet and question-and-answer session. Tickets, which cost $10, went on sale Nov. 15 at the Veterans Memorial Center. Tickets also will be available at the door until it is sold out. For Vietnam veterans, the film should bring back some fond, old memories. For Brevard’s surfing community, “Back to China Beach” could help to nurture new ones. For more information, call 321-4531776, extension 5. SL

Local volunteers won’t forget Brevard County veterans Beginning just a few years ago, volunteers placed wreaths at the graves of veterans interred at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. This is the fourth year since the cemetery opened and volunteers expect to place 8,000 wreaths Dec. 14. It is part of Wreaths Across America, which was formed in 2007 after a couple of years of placing wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. The idea spread across the country and abroad where American service members are buried. By 2008, wreaths were placed on graves in more than 300 locations. This year, wreaths will be placed in 1,600 locations around the nation. Brevard County will not be left out. As is usual when it comes to advocating for veterans, Space Coast residents are present, whether it is


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volunteering their time or donating money. I have said this many times, and they never fail to support veterans’ causes. In Brevard, Wreaths Across America started with Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. This year, local volunteers aim to cover every cemetery in the county where there are veterans interred. Wreaths Across America location coordinators in Brevard, Betty Jo


Green, Sam DiBlasio, Dorothy Walsh and Bruce Rothschild, are volunteers who help to raise money from individuals and corporations to pay for the wreaths. They coordinate the fundraising for different cemeteries. “I try to do all I can for veterans’ organizations,” said Green, the location coordinator for Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. She said Brevard residents and companies have been generous in sponsoring the wreaths. “They embrace us quite well,” she said. “We welcome corporations to join us.” With about three weeks remaining, sponsors had been secured for 6,000 wreaths, leaving 2,000 more needed for the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. Volunteers such as Debbie Plaag,


a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, were expected to continue helping raise funds and awareness. Volunteers are needed to help place the wreaths during ceremonies Dec. 14 at cemeteries across Brevard County. There are four contact location coordinators for the different cemeteries in Brevard: • Betty Jo Green — bgreen@aol. com or 321-777-1007 • Dorothy Walsh — 321-426-6736 • Bruce Rothschild — 321-5149874 • Sam DiBlasio — 321-222-8738 For more information about Wreaths Across America go to ,SL

Honoring our veterans on the Space Coast BY DARRELL WOEHLER Residents gathered Veterans Day to honor those who served. Crowds gathered at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Veterans Day to honor those who served. Veterans from every military branch along with family members were present for the morning ceremony. Veterans service organizations and associations, including the Combat Veterans Association, Naval Sea Cadets, JROTC cadets from Merritt Island High School and others also were participants. The Naval Ordnance Unit participated in the ceremonies with the 21-gun volley. A nine-year tradition started at Duran Golf Club continued Veterans Day. Jerry McAnulty, a retired Air Force chief, and a few close military friends greeted foursomes on the 18th green by removing, then posting the pin which has the U.S. flag at the top. SL

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Senior, Boomer Expo entertains visitors

BY R. NORMAN MOODY Senior Life’s Boomer Bash Senior Expo drew more than 600 visitors to its Fly Me to the Boom themed event last month at the Hilton Rialto Place in Melbourne. Seniors and boomers from throughout the Space Coast were drawn to the exciting, informative and entertaining expo Nov. 8 Visitors came for the information, expositions and experience and stayed for the entertaining music of the Rat Pack era that included a sing-along. Some even danced to the music of Frank Sinatra. Some seniors said the expo offered them a few hours out of their homes for the wealth of information that they could collect in one place in a short time. For many, it also was a time to catch up with old friends. “We make the themes of our expos entertaining and informative,” said Jill Blue, the CEO of Bluewater Creative Group, the parent company of Senior Life, which sponsored the expo. “It’s nostalgic. It was fun.” The expo offered booths with information on day trips, travel, retirement options, finance and veteran resources, health screenings and included a photo booth with fun props that made people laugh as they prepared for their photo. Visitors also heard from guest speaker Timothy Gagnon, a mission patch artist for NASA. He displayed and discussed how patches are designed for each mission with visitors to his booth. For those who missed the expo, a similar event already is in the works for 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Feb. 18. The Boomer Guide Expo The Magic of Broadway will be at the King Center for the Performing Arts. The 2020 issue of the award-winning Boomer Guide magazine, the premier senior guide to the Space Coast, will be released at the expo. The first copies of the magazine will be available to visitors at the expo. Exhibitors wanting to participate in the next expo should call 321-242-1235 or email media@bluewatercreativegroup. com. SL



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Pet safety takes on new importance during holidays BY ERNEST ARICO We all look forward to the holidays and spending time with friends and family. However, the festive season can be a stressful time for many pets and their owners. And nothing can spoil holiday cheer like an emergency visit to a veterinary clinic. That’s why many Brevard County veterinarians, the SPCA and numerous animal rights groups recommend pet owners take special precautions to protect their pets during the holiday season. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website — — there are seven tips that can help prevent a holiday disaster with your pets. 1. Keep people food out of the reach of your pet, and ask your guests to do the same. 2. Make sure your pet doesn’t have any access to treats, especially those containing chocolate, xylitol, grapes/ raisins, onions or other toxic foods. 3. Don’t leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, a decorated tree or potpourri. 4. Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe and lillies) out of reach of pets. 5. Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat. 6. Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it. Hanging lemon-scented car air

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Dr. Linda K. Madyda examines a miniature pinscher that is being boarded at the Viera East Veterinary Center. Madyda recommends that pet owners take precautions during the holiday season. fresheners in the tree might deter your cat from climbing it. 7. Provide a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement (such as a kennel, crate, perching place,

scratching post shelf or hiding place) if you’re entertaining guests. If your pet is excitable or scared, consider putting your pet in another room with some toys and a comfortable bed.

Dr. Linda K. Madyda, who has been with the Viera East Veterinary Center for 23 years, said she has treated many pets that have suffered trauma during the holiday season. “It’s important for owners to keep to their routine with their pets,” she said. “Take preparations to get them ready for the holidays. It’s important for owners to understand the holidays can be a stressful time for them.” One of the AVMA’s safety tips recommends keeping tinsel off your Christmas tree, especially if you own a cat. Madyda explained that if a cat eats tinsel it could cause an obstruction, wrap around the tongue and create blockage of the intestine. Madyda also recommended that if you plan on buying a gift for your pet make sure the toys are pet safe and specifically made for animals. “Keep away from any small toys that they could swallow,” she said. “Anything that has button eyes is not good for the pet.” Finally, if you plan on taking your pet to any of the county’s holiday parades or fireworks shows, Madyda said to make sure your pet can handle the noise and crowds. “Many animals have an aversion to noise,” she said. “Owners have to prepare for that.” If your pet has a noise aversion, Madyda said some of the warning signs include hiding, whining, defecating in the house and trembling. SL

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Dec. 1 - 24 • 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Holiday Makers Market Handcrafted decorations, unique gifts and much more. Art Gallery of Viera 2251 Town Center Ave., Suite 105 Viera, 321-745-3710 Dec. 3 • 1 - 10 p.m. Big Kid Adventures Enchant Christmas Trip Singing, ice skaters and more. Leave from Kiwanis Island Park to St. Petersburg. Kiwanis Island Park 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road Merritt Island, 321-455-1385 Dec. 3 • 1 - 10 p.m. Grinchmas Come out and meet the Green Grump. Kids eat free with every adult purchase. UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill 8260 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, 321-255-1400 Dec. 6 • 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. BMW Margaritas for Mangroves Holiday Fundraiser Music, auction and more. Benefits Indian River Lagoon Restoration. Marine Resources Council 3275 Dixie Highway NE Palm Bay, 321-725-7775 Dec. 6 • 6 p.m. Holiday Concert in the Park A family and pet friendly event with live music. Riverfront Park 401 Riveredge Blvd. Cocoa, 321-631-9075 Dec. 6 • 6 - 8 p.m. Golf Cart Parade & Snowball Fight Call to preregister your golf cart. Viera Regional Community Center Judge Fran Jamieson Way 321-433-4891 Dec. 6 • 7 p.m. Messiah Sing Along Free holiday concert. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Community 5655 Stadium Parkway Viera, 855-252-7276 Dec. 7 • 7:45 a.m. Santa’s Shuffle 5K Come join us for the first Christmasthemed race of the season and the very first opportunity to see Santa. Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, 321-723-8323 Dec. 7 • 2 p.m. The Bible on Parade Costumed characters depicting the 66 books of the Bible with banners, floats and music. Starts and ends at Melbourne Auditorium Melbourne, 321-773-1489 Dec. 7 • 6 p.m. Celebration Fellowship Dinner Buffet after The Bible on Parade. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-773-1489


Dec. 7 • 3 - 7 p.m. Gateway to Christmas Live Christmas tree sales, games, silent auction, vendors and more. Gateway Community Church 2801 Tropic St. Titusville, 321-267-7064 Dec. 7 & 8 • 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Winter Art & Craft Holiday Bazaar Craft vendors, food, music and more. Kid and pet friendly. Free admission. Historic Cocoa Village Main Street 434 Delannoy Ave. Cocoa, 321-459-2652 Dec. 7 • 2 p.m. Cocoa Beach Christmas Parade Cocoa Beach street parade. Winterfest follows the parade. Cocoa Beach 2 S. Orlando Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-3200 Dec. 7 • 2 - 7 p.m. Winterfest Come downtown and celebrate Winterfest with Cocoa Beach Main Street. Cocoa Beach 2 S. Orlando Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-3200 Dec. 7 • 6 - 5 p.m. Golfcart Parade GolfCart Unlimited’s annual golf cart parade. GolfCart Unlimited 729 Colonnade Ave. Viera, 321-610-7011 Dec. 7 • 6 p.m. Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade Fun, tons of prizes and more boats. Starting at Sykes Creek Parkway Bridge and ending at Sea Ray Drive. Merritt Island Near Humpback Bridge Merritt Island, 321-877-2902 Dec. 8 • 3 p.m. Happy Holidays from CBOB Concert Community Band of Brevard Merritt Island High School Auditorium 100 Mustang Way Merritt Island, 321-338-6210 Dec. 8 • 3 p.m. Greater Palm Bay Senior Center Holiday Concert Performed by the Golden Tones and the Pretenders. Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Drive NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338 Dec. 8 • 3 p.m. Holidays with the Marstein Quartet Classical and pop Christmas favorites. Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library 308 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, 321-633-1792 Dec. 8 • 3 p.m. Savior of the Nation, Come A hymn festival. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-426-9378

Dec. 8 • 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Walking In A Winter Wonderland Show & Bazaar Featuring local vendors and crafters, and more. Ticket price includes a free dessert. Church of Our Saviour Catholic Church 5301 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-452-2046 Dec. 8 • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Santa Paws for the Cause For a $10 donation, receive a goody bag and a framed 4x6 color photo with Santa. All pets must be on a leash and have current vaccinations and county tags. Benefits The Animal Sanctuary. Myrt Tharpe Square (Gazebo) 9 Stone St. Cocoa Village, 321-305-4584 Dec. 10 • 5:30 - 8 p.m. Santa Night — Kids Holiday Party Take pictures with Santa, decorate ornaments and more. Kids eat free with every adult purchase. UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill 8260 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-255-1400 Dec. 11 • 6 p.m. Blue Christmas A healing service for those grieving this holiday season. Suntree United Methodist Church 7400 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-242-2585 Dec. 14 • 8 a.m. Reindeer Run 5K Holiday costumes are encouraged. Cheri Down Park 8492 Ridgewood Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-751 8890 Dec. 14 • 8:30 - 11 a.m. Breakfast with Santa Enjoy Breakfast with Santa. Ted Whitlock Community Center 1951 Malabar Road NW Palm Bay, 321-952-3231 Dec. 14 • 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Breakfast with Mr. & Mrs. Claus Enjoy breakfast with Santa. Fox Lake Park 4400 Fox Lake Road Titusville, 321-264-5105 Dec. 14 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Skydiving Santas A group of professional skydivers put on a show for locals and visitors. Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier 401 Meade Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-388-5672 Dec. 14 • 6 - 9 p.m. Holiday Art Show and Sale Central Brevard Art Association’s inaugural holiday art show. Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library 308 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, 321-632-2922

Dec. 14 • 6 - 9 p.m. Cocoa Beach Boat Parade Line the canals and celebrate Christmas on the river with a fantastic boat parade. Runs from the south side of 520 down the Banana River, through residential canals. City of Cocoa Beach 2 S. Orlando Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-3200 Dec. 14 • 2 p.m. Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker & A New Orleans Christmas Jazz up your holidays with a dazzling reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Viera, 855-252-7276 Dec. 21 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair An exciting pre-holiday adoption fair with the SPCA of Brevard County and Florida East Coast Real Estate 423 Merritt Island Causeway West Cocoa, 321-877-4800 Dec. 21 • 5 - 9 p.m. Stoney’s Christmas HO HO HOedown This event is to support and help fund the growing issue in our area of homelessness. Bake sale cookie decorating, hay ride and more. 4400 Fox Lake Road Titusville, 321-264-5037 Dec. 21 • 6 p.m. Satellite Beach Christmas SUP/ Kayak Boat Parade. Will take place at the north end of Satellite Beach Grand Canal and travel south. Dec. 21 • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Palm Bay Family Extravaganza Free event with live entertainment, goodies, activities and more. Fred Poppe Regional Park 1951 Malabar Road Palm Bay, 321-952-5725 Dec. 23 • 6 - 8 p.m. Interactive Nativity Presented by Club Zion Community Church, with a candlelight service to follow. Club Zion Community Church 830 S. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-799-4340

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Health & Wellness Events

Dec. 3 • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Ask the Doctor Lunch and Learn Series Must RSVP. Presented by VITAS Healthcare. Light lunch will be provided. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-751-6771 Dec. 4 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Visiting Nurse Association Have your blood pressure and glucose screened for free. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

Dec. 13 • 6 p.m. Next Generation Stem-Cell Seminar Seminar with Brevard Family Walk-In Clinic, Rockledge location. Brevard Family Walk-In Clinic 1950 U.S. Hwy. 1 Rockledge, 321-877-1855


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Combat holiday depression with new traditions BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER Depression during the holidays might exacerbate feelings for senior citizens and the elderly due to the loss of loved ones or past traditions, chronic health issues or loneliness. Approximately six million people 65 or older are depressed, making the holidays a bit more of a challenge, according to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation. “Generally, people think of the holidays as a happy time going to parties,” said Irvin Guyett, a psychologist. “But a lot of people are left out of that due to a senior left at home alone. It is an absence of those happy opportunities to participate in something. Happy times may no longer exist, gone into the past with family and friends.” Planning holiday outings is one way to help avoid holiday depression. Try caroling, decorating the home, making holiday crafts, driving around town to look at holiday outside lights and decorations or going window shopping. Find friends with whom to do these Christmas-related activities. “The best thing is to work at it during the year,” Guyett said. “Stay in


Outliving peers and family often leads to depression. touch with friends, especially those who like to share the same things as you. Get involved in activities that are going to sustain you when other people are not around.” He also suggests sticking with a routine all year long to help tackle the tough times when they do come along. Seniors residing in assisted living or retiree-oriented communities are encouraged to participate in the activities that are going on and provided in those environments. Share a movie night with holiday goodies or

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play board games with friends. Keeping active is the key. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers for depression such as financial stress or personal demands so you can combat them before they get serious. Be realistic and realize the holidays don’t have to be the same as last year. With a little planning, you can find peaceful joy. Guyett suggests that whatever a senior comes up with to keep busy, it will take the opposite direction of sense of loss. SL

Innovative robot helps seniors in so many ways BY JENNIFER TORRES

Whether you’re sad, happy, excited or scared — Pepper knows — and can respond appropriately. Originally from France and very popular in Japan, Pepper recently arrived in the United States. Researchers say this 4-foottall humanoid robot might provide exciting new advances in geriatric health care — particularly for people living with dementia. Pepper was just one of the technological marvels Fernando Montalvo shared during his presentation — Technology & Dementia: Coming Solutions — at One Senior Place on Nov. 8. As a doctoral student in the Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology program at the University of Central Florida and part of its Technology and Aging Laboratory, Montalvo, who is also a recipient of the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, is particularly focused on the use of social robotics and other technology to assist older populations with issues ranging from loneliness to disease management. As part of a field called assistive technology, Montalvo explained that robots such as Pepper can serve a multitude of helpful functions in memory-care facilities. It includes acting as a first responder to guide residents away from harm. For example, if a patient enters a room

they are not supposed to be in, the robot detects this and immediately alerts the nurse’s station. “The longest a human can be vigilant is 7 to 15 minutes, which leads to health-care worker errors,” Montalvo said. “Robots can fill the gap because they are always vigilant.” Algorithm-enhanced video monitoring also is at the forefront of Montalvo’s research. “Advanced cameras placed throughout a facility can perform a wide range of duties, including face recognition, gait analysis and fall detection,” he said. “This provides more comprehensive and current information on each individual.” Smart clothing is another area of interest with sensors built into clothing that can quickly detect a change in gait, which could lead to a fall. It reports the danger to caregivers in real time. And while most are familiar with personal virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Echo devices, researchers are working on devices tailored primarily to aging populations. “For people with dementia, these devices can provide verbal instruction to help with disorientation,” Montalvo said. “They can also react to patient movement, promote social engagement, track habits and control the environment.” In addition, the devices can serve

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Fernando Montalvo discusses technological solutions that could make living with dementia more manageable during a presentation at One Senior Place in Viera.

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diets and begin an exercise program. If the doctor tells you that you have a problem, then you should watch your diet and begin exercise plans. Changing your diet habits are extremely beneficial and can stop the onset of diabetes.” Both nutritionists agree that diabetes is scary, but note that lifestyle intervention is the key. However, one of the worst things to do is ignore the diet and continue to be sedentary and overweight. SL

BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER The percentage of Americans age 65 and older having diabetes remains high. What is phenomenal are the 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes every year, according to the National Diabetes Association. Seniors should be tested for diabetes through blood work with their primary care physician. “If diagnosed with prediabetes, portion control and exercise is what is needed to watch diabetes,” said Lynde Marwick, a dietician/nutritionist. The doctor will tell you to start exercising like more physical exercise such as water aerobics. A regular exercise regimen is what your doctor is looking at you to do.” Prevention includes proper diet and control of intake, notes Marwick. “The hand method for portion control is so easy. So, the palm of your hand is one serving, about a 3-ounce serving. A fist is one serving of vegetables. Cup your hand for a bowl of carbohydrate and the thumb is the serving for margarine or butter. That is how you develop a meal. Fats are nuts, butters and seeds. It is different for women than men. Men use the portion of both hands. Everybody’s hand is relative to their size, so they are handy to use it that way.”



Dietician/nutritionist Lynde Marwick, believes exercise is an important means to fight diabetes.

“The approach to diabetes management is very individualized,” said Tracie Wilbur-Bey, a licensed dietician nutritionist and certified diabetic educator. “For prevention, most people know what to do. It is just hard to do it, sometimes. A registered dietician can help. “Some people don’t even know they should be getting screened annually and talking to their physician. Many people, if prediabetics, should change their



egular exercise offers great enefits at any age BY JENNIFER TORRES Even though adults should be getting at least 150 minutes of exercise each week, a survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) shows a whopping 26 percent of Americans over the age of 50 don’t exercise at all. Suntree-based family physician Dr. Steve Badolato, who specializes in sports medicine, says he routinely encourages all of his patients to exercise on a regular basis — particularly older adults. “Regular exercise is especially important for seniors. It helps maintain their ability to live independently,” Badolato said. “Getting regular exercise has been shown to prevent the risk of falling and fracturing bones as we age.” To help get older adults moving, some health insurance plans offer free health club memberships. Fitness centers everywhere routinely offer senior discounts and classes specifically choreographed for older adults — like SeniorFit at Health First Pro Health & Fitness Center in Viera and Forever Fit at South Beach Fitness in Indian Harbour Beach.

Damien Share is a certified personal trainer and co-owner of South Beach Fitness where he says Forever Fit has become extremely popular. “The Forever Fit classes are designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and improve activities for daily living,” Share said. “A chair is used for seated exercises and for balance work and standing support. Members work to their ideal, and the class can be modified depending on the individual’s fitness level.” Share said increasing muscle strength is important in preventing age-related sarcopenia, preventing or improving osteoporosis and reducing the risk of falls. “Exercise can slow down the aging process. Exercise can also slow down arterial stiffening that often happens when people age and it also can delay age-related disability,” Share said. “Frequently, people who run or do other forms of cardio exercise, or other regular fitness routines, are more lean than non-exercisers and this may be one factor. Many studies support there can be a difference of more than 10 years before the first age-related

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Seniors should not be afraid to begin an excercise program. disability shows up.” The more you do — the better you age — is the basic philosophy of The Activity Theory, developed in 1961 by gerontologist Robert J. Havighurst, a scholar who firmly believed that older adults are happiest when they stay active — and social. “The social aspect is probably one of the most important benefits we see. Our members become friends, and these friends have lunches together, encourage each other and check on each other if someone misses a class,” Share said. “There are proven studies showing the connection between

exercise and the effect on the brain and memory in particular. It can also keep people happier and prevent depression.” Share also believes there are plenty of misconceptions when it comes to senior citizens and fitness. Too often, people think it’s too late to start and exercising now won’t make a difference. “This is untrue. We have many members in their 80s and 90s that are stronger and more fit than people much younger,” Share said. “It is never too late to start and anyone can improve their fitness level.” SL

multifaceted approach to improve the safety, access and mobility of Florida’s aging population. “By creating a safe, efficient and reliable network of different transportation options, we can keep Floridians safe, mobile and connected throughout their lives,” FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault said. “This resource will be an invaluable tool to help our older adults plan their transportation future.” With the guide, Brevard County seniors can learn about the keys to achieving safe mobility for life, which are understand, be proactive and plan. The guide helps older adults understand the impact aging has on driving; be proactive about safe driving, walking, taking transit, biking, motorcycling and using a golf cart, and plan for a safe transition from driving. The guide also includes worksheets to help develop a transportation plan for when they might no longer want or be able to drive and how to put that plan into action. Older adults living in any of Florida’s 67 counties might have

different reasons for transitioning from driving. The Guide to Safe Mobility for Life will allow Florida’s older population to learn how to drive safely longer and understand their unique transportation needs to plan and commit to trying other forms of transportation. “This all-in-one resource contains both county and statewide information to help aging road users achieve safe mobility for life,” said Shelby Villatoro, the outreach and media consultant for Global-5. Global-5 is a full-service public relations and marketing firm with more than 20 years of experience in transportation, construction, automotive, government and emerging technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles. Villatoro said all older adults living in Florida can order a free copy of Florida’s Guide to Safe Mobility for Life by going to For additional resources and educational materials, go to SL

Florida releases new guide to help seniors plan transportation BY ERNEST ARICO

The Florida Department of Transportation recently released Florida’s Guide to Safe Mobility for Life so older adults can learn how

to continue getting around their community safely, even beyond the driver’s seat. Florida’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition developed the new 164-page guide as part of its collaborative and



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‘Whole Lotta Love’ — Led Zeppelin

Did you ever wonder how Led Zeppelin came up with such a weird name for its band? The group had its roots in the Yardbirds, the blues-based mid-1960s UK outfit, whose members included, at various times, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. In 1968, with its popularity fading fast, it became the harder-edged New Yardbirds and, later that year, Led Zeppelin. Who members Keith Moon and John Entwistle teased the New Yardbirds that they would go over “like a lead balloon.” Proving the Who members wrong, Led Zeppelin soon became concert headliners. It eventually dispensed with opening acts and, instead, offered fans three hours of high-decibel and mind-numbing rock. Blues shouter Robert Plant and guitar wizard Page radiated ultimate coolness from the front of the stage. Everything about the band seemed larger than life, and Led eppelin became the first rock group to become fully realized heavy-metal gods. The band’s first hit song would knock the standard rock ‘n’ roll world back on its heels. “I came up with the guitar riff for ‘Whole Lotta Love’ in the summer of 1968,” Jimmy Page said. “I suppose my early love for big intros by rockabilly guitarists was an inspiration, but as soon as I developed the riff, I knew it was strong enough to drive the entire song, not just open it.” The song was recorded in one afternoon. Page recalls the watershed moment. “(Robert) kept gaining confidence during the session and gave it everything he had. His vocals, like my (guitar) solos, were about performance. He was pushing to see what he could get out of himself. We were performing for each other — almost competitively.” Led Zeppelin abhorred the thought of having its extensive album tracks become abbreviated 45s for the AM


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Robert Plant, left, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin perform at Nassau Coliseum on their 1975 North American tour. radio audience. However, Atlantic Records did exactly that in order to bring “Whole Lotta Love” to listeners who had yet to embrace the FM rock world. The tune ran 5 minutes, 33 seconds, which was acceptable for an album track but too long for an AM-radiooriented single. Despite Led Zeppelin’s protestations, Atlantic trimmed the song to a running time of 3:12. As with the other band members, Page was livid. “Weeks before its release, (Atlantic) sent me an acetate of the edit. I played it once, hated it, and never listened to the short version again.” But Atlantic’s decision turned out to be a good one. The shortened “Whole Lotta Love” shot to No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The story has a postscript. In 1985, blues guru Willie Dixon brought legal action against Atlantic Records since much of “Whole Lotta Love” had been gleaned from Dixon’s obscure

1962 Chess Records 45 of “You Need Love.” A YouTube comparison bears this out. The writing credits on “Whole Lotta Love” always listed the four Led

Zeppelin members — Plant, Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones — as the creators of the tune. Atlantic, though, gave Dixon a one-time payment and writing credit on subsequent releases of “Whole Lotta Love.” SL

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Remember the past at Pioneer Settlement in Barberville This month’s educational day trip is to the historic Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, located in the village of Barberville in nearby Volusia County. Take your children and grandchildren to a living Florida history museum and cultural education center that focuses on the way of life for early settlers and residents of rural Florida. After more than 30 years, the site has evolved into an outstanding village of 17 historic structures. The centerpiece of the campus is the original Central High School of Barberville. It is a National Register of Historic Places site. Other historical buildings and artifacts that would otherwise have been destroyed have been relocated to the grounds. Others are reproductions of 1900 era buildings, which house particular collections. The Settlement maintains a growing historical collection of more than 10,000 objects. It features two exhibition and educational venues, six annual festivals, daily tours and frequent educational programs and workshops. The Central High School located on the grounds opened in 1919 and served as a school until 1969. The building was reopened as a museum

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and education center in 1976 by the founders of the Pioneer Settlement. Several Florida history exhibits are housed in the high school, including the Old School House Museum, Women’s Work and many other timely themes relating to Florida pioneer life. In 2002, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The settlement is on 30 acres in rural Northwest Volusia County adjacent to Lake George State Forest. Barberville is a rural crossroads of the greater Daytona Beach, Orlando and Ocala areas. The Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, Inc. is located at 1776 Lightfoot Lane in Barberville. For information, call 386-749-2959, or go to It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is a modest admission charge.

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The original Central High School of Barberville is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is fairly easy and fast to get to the Pioneer Settlement from Brevard County. Take Interstate 95 north to exit 265. Then, take State Road 40 west 20 miles to the village of Barberville. The Settlement is located just west of the junction at U.S. 17 and State Road 40. I suggest packing a lunch and enjoying the meal at the grounds of the Settlement. If it is late in the day, I strongly suggest having an early dinner at the Blackwater Inn located in Astor, just west of Barberville. The Inn’s setting overlooks the beautiful St. Johns River. It has a great salad bar, fresh fish, beef and chicken. The Blackwater Inn

opens only for dinner at 4:30 p.m. For information, call 888-533-3422. Once again, I want to remind readers that all of our day trips and overnight trips from Brevard are educational, inexpensive and family friendly. We have a collection of marvelous trips that you can take with your family and visitors. Take advantage of all the many educational destinations that are located just an hour or two from Brevard County. Read Senior Life every month for more timely trips and go to travel. to read about past trips. SL

Avoid long lines to ring in Christmas holiday ’Twas the night of Cyber Monday, And for all who would play There was no place to go On their laptops they stayed.

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No long lines in stores, No one cutting in line All they had to do was login And everything would be fine. No battle gear was needed No armor would they need Because the only opponent Was their own Wifi speed. All the tech in the world Was at their fingertips And in the blink of eye They could make the world trip. If their prize isn’t available In New York or L.A. They simply switch sites in comfort

Sammy Haddad And check Seattle or Green Bay. You can set up your home To make life easier for you From computerized locks To Alexa, Siri and maybe Roku. With programmable thermostats To security cameras for your home Perhaps fit bits and health stuff Or the fanciest new drone. You can control your whole world

From the comfort of home Or from Paris or London All you need is your phone. Hey wait a minute, you guys This is not traditional stuff Because there’s no mall involved No Santa, no crowds, and no guff. And what about the battles For the last parking space, If there’s no fights or worries, What’ll I do with this mace? In my house, I won’t freeze, Or travel through snow or deep slush Or get pummeled by shoppers In their last-minute rush. While thousands are crushing Trying to get done on time I’m sitting watching Hallmark

And sipping fine wine. And during commercials All my shopping gets done Just click purchase and that’s it Oh, the movie’s back on. And in three to five days It all comes to my door. And I didn’t have to visit Not one single store. This is not normal Christmas And I’m really not upset Because on this Cyber Monday All my list will be met. Without toil or trauma And no trouble or spite I say Happy Cyber Monday to all And to all a good night! SL

Em race your dreams to live more fulfilling lives, remem er Wish Boo Remember the Dream Book? Sometimes, it was the Wish Book. Just before the school year started, the Fall and Winter Sears & Roebuck catalog arrived. My brother and I would wear out the pages making a list of what we wanted for Christmas. We slipped past pages of ladies’ underwear to get to the toy section. There were the Christmas songs on the radio. Bing Crosby sang “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” while we shoveled snow in Wisconsin. The magic of the birth of Jesus, the fantasy of Santa Claus and messages of goodwill from all kinds of people added to the festive season. We did not get all dreamed-about gifts. Family budget constraints, the rationing of the war years and other challenges in life forced dreams into


Challenges of Living to Age 100 Ed Baranowski the recesses of our minds. Reality set in. I dreamed of skiing, but my parents helped with decision making. “There are no ski hills nearby; get something practical that you can use all year round.” During childhood, there were the good and bad dreams. We were comforted by parents with a cup of warm milk. In our teens and young


adult lives, dreams turned into nightmares (bad dreams). The dream girl or dream boy might have stimulated our imagination or other parts of our being. Dreams turned into reality as we said: “I Do!” Those who have long marriages to the dream partner are known to have long lives. Yes, it is all right to live in a dream world. Now, daydreams are accompanying afternoon naps. Teachers, pastors and mentors challenged us. “Let your imagination wander. Poke around in the attic of your mind, where you have stashed away your dreams.” At work, managers asked, “What’s new? What do you dare to do? Go ahead! Dare to make dreams happen!” Parents and grandparents have

dreams for their children. They often live vicariously through their children, trying to fill their unfulfilled dreams. They cheer at sporting events, contests and events. Some get involved in influencing admissions to prestigious schools. Others provide financial support with prepaid college plans. Some focus on college, occupation, career and partner choices. Remember, it is their dream. As life goes on, dreams are fulfilled and shattered. There is love and grief. New love brings new dreams and challenges. May you always have Sweet Dreams! SL Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at




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11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This free event features local businesses, activities and more. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 843-936-1510

6 p.m. Creel Elementary will perform Christmas carols. The Avenue Viera Central Park Viera, 321-634-5390

Bill of Rights Day Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker & A New Orleans Christmas

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9:30 a.m. Information and answers 3 p.m. hearing loss with Space Coast Symphony Jazz about Personal Hearing Solutions. Orchestra One Senior Place Frank Wosar, jazz director, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road and the Space Coast Viera, 321-253-6310 Symphony Jazz Orchestra add holiday favorites with a New Orleans twist, for the season's jazziest greetings. Waxlax Center Vero Beach 855-252-7276



10 a.m. Make two stunning handmade cards. Central Brevard Library 308 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, 321-633-1792

10 a.m. North Brevard Senior Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-383-0735

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“Sing We Now of Christmas” Greater Palm Bay Senior

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2 - 5 p.m. Members and guests are invited to play accordions or other instruments. Elks Lodge #1532 315 Florida Ave. Cocoa, 866-455-2322

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2 p.m. "Living by the Stream" Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

6 p.m. Will talk about the difference between a medium and a psychic. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104

Chorus and Cookies Holiday Concert

7 - 8:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Come experience Word of Perennial favorites by Life's Spectacular Christmas the Indialantic Chamber production. Singers. Calvary Baptist Church Riverside Presbyterian Church 2980 N. Wickham Road 3400 N. Atlantic Ave. Melbourne, 321-254-8802 Cocoa Beach, 321-525-7825


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6 - 7 p.m. A holiday concert for everyone’s enjoyment. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104



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3 - 5 p.m. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Hosted by Vascular Vein Help decorate the house, Centers. greet Santa, enjoy goodies One Senior Place and drinks. 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Grant Historical House Viera, 321 -751-6771 5795 U.S. 1 South Grant, 321-723-8543 Holiday Celebrations Sing We Now of Christmas 7:30 p.m. Melbourne Community 7 p.m. Christmas choral favorites Orchestra plays holiday The Great Outdoors favorites. Community Church Melbourne Auditorium 144 Plantation Drive 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Titusville, 321-501-0833 Melbourne, 321-285-6724


Songs of the Seasons

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11 - 12 Melbourne Municipal Band Concert Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555



1:30 p.m. Subject of this meeting will be “Early Pictures.” Melbourne Beach Library 324 Ocean Ave. Melbourne Beach, 321-795-7363

Pipe organ, dinner, drama and discussions. Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-259-8515

National Maple Syrup Day Wednesdays in Advent Brevard Antiques and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 & 18 Collectibles Club

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New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner & Dance

7:30 p.m. New Year's Eve dinner and dance with Swingtime. Hilton Rialto 200 Rialto Place Melbourne, 321-339-7705

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6 - 9 p.m. Tree lighting and meet Santa and winter-themed beverages. Eau Gallie Square 540 Montreal Ave. Melbourne, 321-543-0638 Start the holiday season by dancing to Big Band music and some holiday songs thrown in. Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-339-7705


7 - 9 p.m. Featuring fashion and animal prints as our lovely diva parades adorable rescue furry friends that will be up for adoption. La Moda 6395 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-773-5234

9 a.m. or 2 p.m. A trunk show at Quilts & Lace. Quilts and Lace 7720 N. Wickham Rd. #111 Suntree, 321-622-8602



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6 - 10 p.m. Beginners welcome. Greater Palm Bay Senior Center 1275 Culver Drive NE Palm Bay, 321-724-1338



Pearl Harbor Rememberance Day Golfcart Parade

5:30 - 8 p.m. Golfcart Unlimited’s parade is back. The Avenue Viera 729 Colonnade Ave., Ste. 113 Viera, 321-610-7011

Swingtime Holiday Dance Skyfall - A James Bond themed gala 7 - 10 p.m.

Dogs & Divas Fashion Show Hatched in Africa

Home for the Holidays

6 p.m. A unique shop local and Christmas Marketplace experience. Local vendors, kids' activities and Santa. Downtown Titusville Washington Ave. Titusville, 321-362-5581

6 - 10 p.m. Benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard. Center For Collaboration 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Titusville, 321-241-6610


Christmas Party

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy a Christmas party with door prizes. Quilts & Lace 7720 N. Wickham Rd. #111 Suntree, 321-622-8602

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker & A New Orleans Christmas 2 p.m. Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra The Scott Center for Performing Arts 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, 855-252-7276


Ugly Christmas Winter Solstice Sweater Day Can you hear me now? Family Christmas Extravaganza 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch and Learn Seminar presented by Personal Hearing Solutions. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-253-6310

Friday Night Dances

11 a.m. Free community event featuring food, live entertainment, activities and more. Fred Poppe Regional Park 1951 Malabar Road Palm Bay, 321-952-5725

7 p.m. Proceeds go to Veterans' support. BYOB Veterans Memorial Center 400 Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island, 321-453-4253

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10:30 a.m. Beginners welcome. North Brevard Senior Center 909 Lane Ave. Titusville, 321-264-2776

10 - 11 a.m. Presented by William A. Johnson, P.A. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera, 321-323-7325




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Pies, Pints, & Trivia Nights Meet Astronaut Steve Smith 7 p.m. Florida Beer Company 200 Imperial Blvd. Cape Canaveral 321-728-4114

5:45 p.m. Benefits Satellite High School running programs. Satellite Beach Library 751 Jamaica Blvd. Satellite Beach, 321-751-8890

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Meet astronaut Steve Smith during a live presentation at Astronaut Encounter, included with daily admission. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Space Commerce Way 1-855-433-4210

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BY FLORA REIGADA Come celebrate Christmas in North Brevard County. All are welcome at the Home for the Holidays Street Party to take place 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 in historic Downtown Titusville. The free event is hosted by the Downtown Titusville Merchant Association and the area is decorated in its Christmas regalia. Activities include a shop local Christmas marketplace experience, as well as vendors, holiday music, entertainment and fun for the children. Santa Claus will be there to visit with and pose for photos with the young and young at heart. “Children have fun and I enjoy watching them while eating goodies from the food trucks,” said Heidi Thamert, who owns the Downtown Art Gallery with her husband, Jeff. “I also enjoy meeting people who visit the gallery and showing them our talented artists’ work.” Downstairs seats still are available for the Pritchard House Christmas

Visitors will be able to enjoy the parade from the porch at the Pritchard House. Parade Porch Party. The party will take place during the Titusville Christmas Parade from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets are $25 and include holiday snacks prepared by North Brevard Heritage Foundation


members. Music will be provided by Sound Traveler. “People have told me the porch party is a relaxed and enjoyable way to kick off the holiday season,” said Roz Foster, the North Brevard


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BY FLORA REIGADA Get ready for colorful lights, floats and fun at Brevard County Christmas parades. They will take place as follows. • Saturday, Nov. 30 • 6 p.m. The Light Up Viera Holiday Parade, starting with fireworks, takes place at Viera High School. Its theme is making Christmas memories. The parade sponsor is the Viera Community Institute. • Saturday, Dec. 7 • 10 a.m. The Merritt Island Holiday Parade will take place, proceeding from Merritt Island High School to Edgewood Junior/Senior High School. Its theme is holiday music. The parade sponsor is Brevard County Central Area Parks and Recreation. • Saturday, Dec. 7 • 10:30 a.m. The Mims Christmas Parade takes place, proceeding from Mims Elementary School to Parker Street. Stay for a fire truck display, barbecue and band at the Mims Volunteer Fire Department at 2476 Taylor St., which organizes the parade. • Saturday, Dec. 7 • 6:30 p.m. In Palm Bay, the Health First Hospital Holiday Light Parade takes place proceeding from the Eastern Florida State College campus to City Hall on Minton Road. Its theme is Stars and Stripes in Lights. The parade sponsor is the city of Palm Bay. • Saturday, Dec. 14 • 3 p.m. The Cocoa/Rockledge Holiday Parade takes

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Snow and fun were part of last year’s Merritt Island Holiday Parade. place proceeding from Rockledge High School to Lee Wenner Park. Its theme is holiday music. The parade sponsor is Brevard County Central Area Parks and Recreation. • Saturday, Dec. 14 • 6 p.m. The Melbourne Light Parade takes place starting at 1300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, proceeding to Gateway Drive. Its theme is Lighting the Season with Compassion. Spectators can bring a non-perishable food item, a new unwrapped toy or pet food for dogs or cats to be received by volunteers walking along the first float.

• Saturday, Dec. 14 • 6 p.m. The Titusville Christmas Parade takes place at Titusville High School, proceeding north to Broad Street. Its theme is a wacky tacky Christmas. The parade sponsor is the Kiwanis Club of Titusville. • Saturday, Dec. 21 • 11 a.m. The Port St. John Christmas Parade takes place, starting at Fay Boulevard at Waterloo Avenue. The parade route will be approximately 1.2 miles long. The theme is Christmas carols. Parade sponsors are Parrish Medical Center and Happenings of Port St. John. SL

Dec. 5 • 5:30 - 8 p.m. Parrish Medical Center’s 28th annual Gift of Light Tree Lighting Parrish Medical Center’s grand 50-foot tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Music will be performed by high school orchestras, bands, the Joyful Noise Choir and Titusville Playhouse singers. Fireworks at 6:45 p.m. Parrish Medical Center 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville Dec. 10 • 10 a.m. Writers Group New members are welcome. Cocoa Beach Library 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-868-1104 Dec. 26 • Noon - 4 p.m. Contract Bridge Titusville Public Library 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Titusville, 321-264-5026

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Swingtime continues its tradition of ushering in the season’s festivities with its annual Holiday Dance, beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. It will be held at the Melbourne Auditorium at 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Dance tickets are $12. Vocalists Len Fallen and Sally Hart will perform. “There’s nothing like the lively sounds of our Big Band and holiday favorites to get everyone in a festive mood,” said Art Martin, the Swingtime conductor. All Swingtime dance tickets are $12 and reserved seating at specific tables is available only by purchasing tickets online at the band’s website at For assistance, contact MMB Auxiliary President Marci Hutson at 321-339-7705. General admission (non-reserved) tickets are available at the door and at MMB outlets such as Marion Music, Guitar Haven, Ocean Sports World, Genesis Boutique, Bold Cup Coffee at The Avenue Viera and Jan’s You-FrameIt in Cocoa Village. The dance is BYOB. Snacks and mixers will be available for purchase. Dance lessons available from 6 to 7 p.m. with Laura Beers. (adancersvoice. com or 321-751-4766). The fee for lessons is $5, payable to the instructor. Swingtime is the 22-piece Big Band ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band, playing music from the 1920s to the 1970s. Swingtime Lite is a smaller version of the full band. SL



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Florida legislators need to protect Sadows i Afforda le ousing Act funds BY PAULA SCHROEDER For most Americans, the holidays mean being at home as families gather around grandma’s big dining room table for a traditional dinner. Increasingly, though, grandma is having a hard time keeping up with expenses. Housing costs are rising much faster than her limited and fixed income. The Florida legislature enacted the Sadowski Affordable Housing Act in 1991, establishing a dedicated revenue source to fund affordable housing programs through a document stamp tax paid on all real estate transactions. These funds were set aside to help with purchase assistance, home repair, gap financing, barrier free home improvements and foreclosure counseling. The taxes collected in each county would be returned to the county to help with these efforts. The Sadowski Fund contributes to SHIP and SAIL programs, which help the elderly repair or retro-fit their houses, allowing them to stay in their own homes rather than in far-more

Central Brevard Art Association will hold art show and sale SPECIAL TO SENIOR LIFE The Central Brevard Art Association will conduct its annual art show and sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central (Cocoa) Public Library. It will showcase the unique talents of local artists. Dozens of local artists will display and sell a variety of original fine art and prints, photography, jewelry, clay, sculpture, mixed media and more. Unique items will be available for holiday shopping. Gift baskets will be raffled with 100 percent going to the CBAA scholarship fund. The Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library is located at 308 Forrest Avenue in Cocoa. Admission and parking are free. CBAA is a not-for-profit organization of local artists serving Brevard County for more than 59 years. Through community support, CBAA also provides an annual scholarship award to a local graduating high school senior who wishes to pursue a college education in art and sponsors a scholarship at Eastern Florida State College for students pursuing the arts. For information, go to cbaaartists. com, or call 321-632-2922. SL


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