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Hassle Free For the millions of Americans traveling over the holidays, the details of planning and pulling off a
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Ship Gifts Ahead Instead of lugging gifts on an airplane or having gifts take up space in the car, consider shipping them to your destination ahead of time. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before sending your gifts on their way. • Use the proper materials: a new cardboard box designed for shipping, professional-grade packaging tape, and packaging material such as foam packaging peanuts or bubble cushioning (at least two inches all around). • Put a label inside of the pack age, including both the desti- nation and return addresses. • Use a shipping option that provides a package tracking number. • Take batteries out of toys,
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trip can make the season anything but jolly. Fortunately, you can take some of the hassle out of holiday travel by planning — and shipping — ahead.
electronics, etc., before shipping, and wrap them separately inside the package. • Seal home-made holiday treats in an airtight container or plastic bag before packing them in a shipping box. Use an expedited air service, such as UPS Next Day Air. • If you don’t have the time or proper packaging supplies, or just need some help preparing gifts for shipment, you can take them to certified packing experts at The UPS Store and take advantage of their Pack & Ship Guarantee. • You can avoid long lines at the post office — The UPS Store has exten ded hours during the holidays and also offers USPS services.
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There may be a destroyer lurking in your medicine cabinet. If you fail to read the directions or mix unmixable drugs, you may be shortening your life, or at the least, making it more unpleasant. Let’s take Veronica as a case study. She had been taking her doctor-prescribed medication for twenty years. A talented artist, she had given up all hope of painting. Unable to get up and move around, she was in a wheel chair. She actually found it too hard to even brush her teeth. If it hadn’t been for an accident the night her husband fell, when she called 911 and accompanied him to the hospital, she would have
finished her life helpless and handicapped. After treating him for a broken rib, the ER doctor was concerned about Veronica’s frail condition. He asked her what medication she was on. He investigated and analyzed her medicine. Immediately, he took her off everything. It seemed See LIFE, Page 27
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How Fixing Cataracts Can Improve Your Health Remember the old song; the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone? Well here’s an interesting connection—better vision could lead to a 16 percent lower risk of hip fractures. Sure, fixing cataracts can restore clear, colorful vision, but according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, having cataract surgery lowers the risk of breaking a hip as well in adults 65 and older. How could cataract surgery affect hip fractures? “Seeing helps you navigate a new environment and helps with balance,” lead investigator Dr. Anne L. Coleman of Brown University told the New York Times. “You really need your eyes and vision to help you stay stable.” Older patients and those who were very ill benefited the most from having cataracts removed with a 23 to 28 percent reduced risk of hip fractures. Cataracts are more treatable than ever. That’s good news, considering half of all Americans will be diagnosed with cataracts by age 80. “In the U.S. alone, cataract affects over 24 million Americans 40 and older,” says Richard J. Mackool, M.D., director, Mackool Eye Institute, and senior attending surgeon, New York Eye and Ear Institute. Cataract surgery has come a very long way over the last 50 years. What was once a complicated surgery with a two week hospital stay is now a simple outpatient
pro cedure that takes a few minutes. “Cataract removal has
a very high success rate. Most people can return to normal routines within 24 hours,” says Dr. Mackool. About 3 million people have cataracts removed in the U.S. each year, making it one of the most common procedures. The eye’s cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. Traditional lenses can correct distance vision, but newer advanced technology lenses can also help correct pre-existing eye conditions like astigmatism and age-related presbyopia. These newer intraocular lenses can potentially eliminate the need for glasses. It’s important to know that medications, eye drops, exercises, and eating healthy can’t reverse cataracts. The only effective way to correct a cataract is to remove the clouded lens with minor surgery. It becomes a matter of “when” rather than “if” you should have the procedure done. This study suggests that acting earlier may help prevent other health problems that accompany poor vision such as falls. Cataract surgery can also mean more independence, since better vision allows you to confidently do more everyday things on your own. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only half the estimated 61 million adults at high risk for serious vision loss visited an eye care professional in the last
year. To make sure you are protecting your eye health, follow these few simple steps. • Everyone 50 or older should get yearly comprehensive eye exams. This allows for detection of eye diseases in early stages, before you experience vision problems, some of which may be permanent. • Adults over 50 should be mind- ful of symptoms of common age related eye diseases, such as cataracts, the leading cause of reversible blindness in the U.S. Blurry vision and needing more light to read even while wearing glasses can be early signs. With a cataract, the eye’s lens be- comes cloudy, allowing less light to pass through, making vision blurry. In early stages, symptoms may not hold you back, but vision may worsen as the cataract grows. It’s important to get examined as soon as you notice changes in vision, even if they seem minor. In later stages, you may expe rience poor night vision, colors looking dull, difficulty with glares or halos, and double vision. Seniors should talk to their doctors and visit the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute website, www.nei.nih.gov, to learn about cataracts and treatment options.
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Are we a Judeo-Christian nation? This election highlighted some type of a quantum shift in religious ideology in America. For hundreds of years, Americans have seen their country as a God-fearing, Judeo-Christian nation. The dollar says “In God We Trust,” our national anthem is God Bless America and aren’t we “One Nation under God?” Even our politicians say at the end of their speeches, “God Bless America.” But are we anymore a God fearing nation? Our public schools continue to disallow any sort of prayers, our government offices are under siege by individuals who do not want any sort of religious/holiday decorations adorning them, and we are endlessly being told to get God out of our lives. And worse yet, the Democratic Convention jeered the return of the use of “God” in speeches. But where does this come from? Have we as parents taught our children to no longer believe in God? Have we disavowed God? Today, people substitute religion for spirituality. And just like some choose Diet Coke instead of Coca Cola, choosing spirituality over religion leaves something missing. Additionally, we send our children to college to become educated and to give them the opportunity to attain a better career and future, only to find them return home to question everything they were taught, and that includes religion. Many of our universities have become a breeding ground for liberalism, a consternation of religion and a complete hate of anything conservative. I have friends that teach at colleges who, literally, cannot speak their mind due to the fear of being ostracized and, worse yet, terminated. When unforeseen calamity attacks, many people ask how God can allow this to happen. They question the Almighty on his plan and motivation. Yet these are the same people that push him from their lives and from the lives of others, push him out of schools and even look down on those people that follow their religion. Kind of ironic, no? At this time of the year, it is the perfect time to look inward and maybe look upward and see how we can be a better person, a better neighbor, friend or family member. We at Senior Voice America and Health, Wealth and Wisdom would like to wish all of you a very joyous holiday season and happy new year. God Bless You All.
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Evan Gold LETTERS TO THE EDITOR How can the president sit by like Whistler’s mother, while our valiant troops continue to return from Afghanistan without an arm or a leg, including all those heroes who return home, in a coffin draped with the American flag. Indeed, its quite obvious that our commander-in-chief has unwittingly turned the Afghanistan war into another Vietnam. Stop the killing, Mr. President. Bring all those honorable warriors home now, Dammit!! -Tony D’andrea
Dear Editor, My sister came for a visit and decided to move here and get an apt. in the same building with me. We were at Senior Citizens and there was a lawyer there doing legal work for the people. My sister talked me into making her my legal guardian and she would have power of attorney and I did. Immediately, she wanted money and still does. She wanted me to give her $30,000. I said no. I asked her what have you done for me and she could not answer me. I do my own work in apt., and ride the bus by myself and am very independent. She thinks I should be giving her money every month. Am I supposed to give her money, even though she does not do anything for me? I am worth about one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, 95 yrs. of age, good health and very active. Sincerely -Edith St. Petersburg, FL Edith, Thanks for your question. Your sister as power of attorney is not entitled to a fee unless you hire her and agree to pay her for her services. It appears that you should revoke the power of attorney to her and give it to someone else. -Attorney Joseph Pippen
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By Professor Abne M. Eisenberg When you look at a dog or cat, its image is not stored in your brain like a photo in a picture album. Nerves in your eyes, ears, and nose pick up information on how the animal looks, sounds, and smells and sends that information to specific areas of your brain. What you call your memory is actually an intricate collection of nerve patterns. When one piece of a pattern is stimulated, the entire image it represents it triggered. When you hear the barking of a dog, the sound instantly makes you think of a dog. It does not, however, tell you what kind of a dog it is. Your brain then searches for patterns representing the image of other types of dogs with which you are familiar. Here is why your memory is being called a trickster. Directly or indirectly, everything stored in your brain is connected. At times, we all experience a false memory in which a distortion exists of an actual experience, or a confabulation of an imagined one. Shared memories are seldom identical. Details are often manipulated to conform with an individualâ€™s attitudes, values, and beliefs. Reality is a matter of selective perception. We think, feel, and remember things that provide us with a sense of security and clear-mindedness, of being in touch with how things are, not the way we would like them to be.
When members of the same family get together, recollections of past events seldom agree. Identities are occasionally confused, actions or remarks are attributed to the wrong person. If this type of discrepancy can occur within the same family, imagine how commonplace it is in the social media. Throughout the history of civilization, memory has been the connecting link. When that connection is compromised, or tricked, we all may suffer the consequences. Memory cannot exist in a pure state, but as a multi-faceted phenomenon. The memory of a first date, a sweet-sixteen birthday party, or a Golden anniversary usually involved several of your senses. There was what was seen, heard, tasted, touched, and smelled. Each of these sensory pathways transmitted information to the brain and, an entire unit, constituted a stored a long or short-term memory.
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By Deb Goldman, Managing Editor November 5th 2012 -- that was the day that I had my vein treatment. You may have heard our Health, Wealth and Wisdom radio show live from the offices of Advanced Vein and Vascular Solutions. If not, here’s a quick overview of my experience, which was much easier than you might expect. I arrived at the office and was greeted by courteous staff members who answered a few of my concerns. The staff took their time explaining the procedure, which involved feeding a catheter through my veins in my leg, and answering my questions. I went back to the prep room to change into my surgical shorts, leaving my legs exposed to be treated. I was measured for my compressions stockings and walked to the treatment room. They offered to give me a prescription to relax me, but I declined any medication. Once I was lying down, they marked up my leg with a marker. Dr. Izzo came in and again explained what he would be doing. He said the hardest part of the procedure would be numbing the area around the catheter once it was in place. It felt like an injection of Novocain that you get for dental work and caused little discomfort. The entire procedure took about 25 minutes. I was cleaned up and dressed to go home.
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I NEVER thought I would be writing about my experience into a SILENT WORLD. Now more than ever, I can empathize with my clients and the effects of hearing loss; not only on general health but on their social life. Fortunately, now I can hear (thank the heavens!); albeit faintly, I CAN hear! A couple of months ago my world went silent due to damage caused by flying while having an inner ear infection. Yes, I went on a trip that required a long flight and even though I was sick, I decided to stick with my plans. The result of this decision? I lost 90% of my hearing, experienced depression because my world changed so drastically, and I was uncomfortable in my social network of friends and colleagues. So, what did I do? I stayed home. That’s right, I stayed home and cooked and ate (and ate some more!). Frequently, my wonderful clients will tell me they no longer want to go out with friends or take part in group activities or outings because they can’t hear. They are embarrassed or afraid that their friends don’t understand, so they stay home. This is not the answer. Be honest and up front with your friends and family. You might find they do understand. Ask them to REPEAT themselves when you can’t hear them. Believe me, they would rather you know what they are saying, than have you pretend or just go along not knowing. Go to a doctor, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, to find out what can be done. There are solutions and, even though they are
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I was offered a pain prescription or Tylenol for pain. The Tylenol I took was pre-emptive and I don’t think I would have needed it. I wore compression stockings for the first 24 hours, then during the day for two weeks. My leg felt better each day and I had no bruising or pain after the first night. They told me I’d recover quickly, but even I was surprised when I was back to teaching Jazzercise one week postsurgery. Since the surgery, I haven’t had a heavy aching leg, which was really bothering me before. It is fantastic to know this simple procedure saved me so much ongoing discomfort. If your legs feel like mine did, call Dr. Izzo for a complimentary screening to see if you are a candidate for treatment.
not always simple, they may be worth it. If appropriate, get evaluated by a Doctor of Audiology; you may benefit from hearing aids or an amplifier. Realize that science and technology have changed. Even if you saw a doctor years ago, it may be time to see what new resources are available to you. Whatever you do, please do not go to a hearing aid sales person and understand there is no miracle cure. Do not stay home. Go out and enjoy your friends. Here are some of the things I did to cope. First, I went to the doctor for a proper diagnosis and plan of treatment. I tried to be patient and asked others to be patient, as well. I informed my family, friends, and colleagues that they needed to speak up and talk slowly. I increased the volume on my television and radio. I bought a new phone that had higher volume settings and made sure my surroundings were quiet when I used it. I used my email more frequently to communicate with family and friends; this was probably the most beneficial for me. I took the appropriate medication as ordered by my doctor. While the process has been slow, my hearing is returning. So, listen up!! If you happen to be one of the millions of people who suffer from hearing loss and don’t know what to do, learn from my experience. If you have a concern, viewpoint or comment with regard to this subject matter, Let’s Talk! Provided by Ruth Fanovich, RN, LHRM, Owner, Care Placement Home Health Agency, Inc. and RMF Care
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Take Care of Your There’s a lot more that goes into a great smile than just keeping the pearly whites, well, white. Protecting tooth enamel plays an important role in having a beautiful and healthy smile. Enamel erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth, which can lead to the loss of tooth structure. The calcium that’s in saliva will usually help strengthen teeth after you have a small amount of acid, but too much acid prevents that from happening.
• Excessive consumption of car- bonated drinks — sodas and other carbonated drinks contain high levels of phosphoric and citric acids, which can dissolve the enamel on your teeth quickly. • Fruit drinks (some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid) • Dry mouth or low salivary flow • Diet (high in sugar and starches) • Medications (aspirin, antihistamines) • Genetics (inherited conditions) There are some simple things that you can do to help take care of your enamel and keep your teeth healthy:
Brush and floss daily. Keeping your teeth clean prevents enamel-damaging elements from building up. Be sure to brush for two minutes at least twice a day.
Use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is a tooth strengthener, so it should be a part of your twice-daily brushing routine. For fluoride toothpaste with enamel care built in, consider ARM & HAMMER® Complete Care™ Enamel Strengthening toothpaste. It’s the only toothpaste with fluoride and Liquid Calcium®, which strengthens enamel while gently removing plaque and whitening teeth. Learn more at www.ahcompletecare.com.
See a dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning. Not only will it help keep your teeth cleaner, but also your dentist can detect problems before you can — which means a small problem can be taken care of before it becomes a big one.
Enamel erosion can be caused by a number of things:
Drink sodas in moderation. Sodas can be 10 times more corrosive than fruit juices in the first three minutes of drinking, according to a study published in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) journal “General Dentistry.” The acids in the beverages damage your enamel, which then allows bad bacteria to get to the tooth. If you’re not going to avoid sodas or fruit juices, rinsing after enjoying these types of drinks can help.
Be careful about other beverages, too. Another study by the AGD found that the damage caused by non-cola and sports beverages was three to 11 times greater than cola-based drinks, with energy drinks and bottled lemonades causing the most harm to tooth enamel. Sports beverages contain additives and organic acids that can advance dental erosion. These organic acids break down calcium, which is needed to strengthen teeth and prevent gum disease.
Sip with a straw. Drink sodas and fruit juices with a straw, which helps acids to bypass the teeth.
Wait one hour to brush your teeth. Because acid weakens enamel, brushing immediately after consuming highly acidic food or drinks, like wine, coffee, citrus fruits and soft drinks, runs the risk of wearing away the enamel in its weakened state. Taking good care of your teeth lets you show off a great smile — and a healthy mouth — for a long time.
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NEW TREATMENT CENTER FOCUSES ON RARE CANCER Most people who develop mesothelioma – a rare but serious cancer – have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles. It can take as long as 30 to 50 Dr. Antonia years from the time of asbestos exposure and experiencing mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is a disease in which cancer cells are usually found in the pleura (the thin layer of tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs) or the peritoneum (the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen and covers most of the organs in the abdomen). These areas often fill with fluid (called a pleural effusion in the chest and ascites in the belly) and cause symptoms such as shortness of breath. Mesothelioma can also grow into nearby organs, such as the chest wall and cause additional symptoms such as pain. Although mesothelioma usually begins in the lungs, the disease can start in the abdomen or other organs. This cancer affects the tissue that lines the lungs, stomach, heart and other organs. By location, there are two main types of mesothelioma: Pleural mesothelioma (also known as mesothelioma of the chest) and peritoneal mesothelioma (also known as mesothelioma of the abdomen). In addition, sometimes mesothelioma can occur in the pericardium (the thin layer of tissue that lines the heart) or tunica vaginalis (the thin layer of tissue that lines the testicle).
Mesothelioma Research And Treatment Center Opens In line with Moffitt Cancer Center’s mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer, Moffitt recently opened the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center. This specialized program of Moffitt’s Department of Thoracic Oncology offers a multimodality approach with a strong emphasis on clinical research to develop novel treatments using immunotherapy and therapeutic vaccines. The treatment center is composed of a team of physicians with special interest and expertise in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The team includes medical oncologists Scott Antonia, M.D., Ph.D., and Tawee Tanvetyanon, M.D., radiation oncologist Craig W. Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., and surgical oncologist Jacques P. Fon-
taine, M.D. The vision of this center is to provide state-of-the-art treatment of mesothelioma to achieve a cure and restore quality of life for patients. Malignant mesothelioma is a difficult cancer to treat. Treatment includes surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or all three of these treatments. Surgery for mesothelioma includes complex procedures requiring highly specialized surgical expertise and experience. Very few centers nationwide possess this type of experience. Also, participating in a clinical trial may give a patient with mesothelioma more treatment options. Currently Moffitt Cancer Center is conducting a clinical trial, led by Dr. Antonia, to evaluate the immune response of the therapeutic vaccine CRS207 in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. CRS-207 targets mesothelin, a cell surface tumor antigen present on normal mesothelial cells that is highly expressed in many human tumors, including virtually all mesothelioma. Moffitt’s Thoracic Oncology Program is at the forefront of promising discoveries that will change the future for these patients. The thoracic oncology team is making great strides in innovative research, early detection and the advance of pioneering treatments in the effort to prevent and cure lung and thoracic cancers. Moffitt physician-scientists are working to develop treatments that use a patient’s own immune system to prevent various forms of lung cancer, as well as its recurrence. A better understanding of cancer biology and immunology is opening the door to new therapeutic approaches. As part of a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moffitt team members work tirelessly in the areas of patient care, research and education to constantly advance in the fight against all types of lung cancer and other cancers. Moffitt’s goal is to ensure that cancer patients – throughout the state of Florida and beyond – have increased access to cutting-edge research protocols that focus on the prevention and cure of cancer.
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By Lourdes M. Sáenz, Creative Director The holiday season is upon us, and with it come many wonderful moments to be experienced by most; times for family to gather around for delicious meals, decorations, lights, gifts and merriment. But what about those who, instead of feeling the joy of the season and the anticipation of the start of a new year, feel the blues and gloom of depression, and increased sadness and loss? It is not an uncommon fact that during the holidays, many sink into depression, and in the senior population, the numbers tend to be higher. The circumstances leading to this accumulation of negative feelings may come from different sources: • Mourning of a loved one who is no longer here to celebrate the holidays. • Being alone or far away from family and loved ones. • Age-related health problems that don’t allow for the same participation in holiday events, such as vision problems that prevent reading or sending out greeting messages or lack of mobility to travel to religious services. • Financial problems that prevent them from enjoying the “gift giving” traditions or extra expenses associated with the festivities.
For whatever reason, these may be hard times to overcome for the aging population. Those who are alone experience feelings of emptiness and sadness that are only increased by the nostalgia of the bygone years of celebrations and happy memories. It is hard sometimes to realize that symptoms like lack of appetite or sleep and general irritability can be the outcome of the depression felt during these special times. So what can be done? One way to avoid feeling the holiday blues is to recognize the problem for what it is, and perhaps take the advice of those who see a change in your personality. A good start to feeling better is a change of environment. Take a trip, visit new places, and meet new people. This provides an escape from all the surroundings and “old” memories that would trigger your sad feelings. Trying new activities will take things off your mind as well, and regular exercise is a great stress reliever and has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of depression. Also, any new activities or hobbies, like trying a new recipe or joining a club, will help. The holidays usually create busy days and there will be many events to attend, but when it’s hard for you, remember it’s a short time of the year that will soon be gone. If you make the most of the good it brings, then depression will not set in. So, be active, share with others, be altruistic if the economic situation permits it, and the feeling of helping others will help lift the spirit.
Depression During the Holidays
The holidays are full of brightness, color, special sounds and delightful smells. When you can, gather with others -- family or new acquaintances -- and think fondly of the past, with hope for the future, and enjoy life for today. Happy holidays!
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Helping Seniors Drive Safely Longer Since January 2011, nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, joining the fastest growing age group in the nation. According to a recent American Automobile Association (AAA) survey of that booming population, nearly half of seniors worry about losing their freedom and mobility when the time comes for them to transition from driver to passenger. From understanding how vision changes can affect your ability to drive at night to researching the effects certain medications can have on your driving ability, it’s important to get the facts about driving for seniors. Use these tips from AAA to help ensure you and your family members are driving safely.
Evaluate your driving. While most seniors are experienced drivers, it’s important to take time to consider your driving “health” and habits. For instance, how frequently do you wear a seatbelt? Do you use your signal and check for nearby traffic before changing lanes? Does traffic cause you to feel anxious? When was the last time you had an eye exam? You can take a Driver 65 Plus self-assessment at www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com to get a clear picture of just how good your driving skills really are, and you’ll also get suggestions for improving your driving.
Be aware of how aging affects driving habits. From hearing and vision loss to mental fitness and reaction time, seniors may not notice the gradual differences that can impact their driving ability. For instance, by age 60, your eyes need three times the amount of light to see properly compared to people 20 years old, which means it’s more difficult to see at night. Likewise, onethird of Americans suffer from hearing loss by age 65. This can pose a problem, as senior drivers may be unable to hear high-pitched noises such as emergency response vehicles while on the road. Reaction times can be slower for seniors as well. But preventative measures can go a long way. • •
When following other vehicles, seniors should increase the distance between their car and the car in front of them, to allow more time to react to sudden braking. Eliminating distractions in the vehicle and avoiding heavy traffic can also help seniors identify emergency sirens, and avoiding driving at night is another safer option for seniors.
Find the right fit. With the wide array of vehicles offering all sorts of convenience features, seniors may not realize that their car may not be optimally adjusted to fit them. For example, sitting too close to the steering wheel can interfere with steering and cause fatigue, as well as injury, should the airbag deploy during a collision. • • •
Make sure you have at least 10 to 12 inches between your chest and the steering wheel. When seated properly, you should be able to see the ground in front of your car within 12 to 15 feet and 1 1/2 car widths left and right. Visit www.car-fit.org to assess the safety of your vehicle, find the proper seat and mirror adjustments and more.
Take a refresher course. No matter how many years a driver has been on the road, a refresher course can help reinforce the basics such as identifying road signs, as well as provide information on updated driving rules and new vehicle technologies.
Talk with your doctor and pharmacist. Ensure that the medications you take — both prescription and over-the-counter — will
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Think healthy eating has to be expensive? Think again. Comparing cost-per-nutrients when searching for nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains and milk can not only save you money, but can affect your health in the long run. “We’re all watching our budgets these days,” said Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian, mom and author of the upcoming book titled, “Clean Eating for Busy Families.” But, says Dudash, “there are important health and nutrition trade-offs that we need to consider. The truth is, Americans need a crash course in ‘nutrition economics.’” Whether it’s picking the most nutrient-rich foods, or finding ways to keep the costs down within important food groups like fruits, vegetables and milk, she also emphasizes that nutrition economics doesn’t mean making everything from scratch – it means doing a little advance work to understand exactly what you’re buying. “Expensive” depends on how you measure cost, so to help navigate the supermarket, Dudash has outlined tips to make the most of your grocery cart. With these tips as a guide, learn the art of nutrition economics and save more while getting nutrients you need, all within budget.
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Nutrition Economics Basics • DO: Learn to look at costs per nutrient. Healthy foods can sometimes appear to be higher in cost but, when you look at the nutrients these foods provide, they often are a good value. Check your labels and ask yourself: “Is the food I’m selecting packed with nutrients to keep my family fueled?” Be sure to look at the percent daily value for nutrients you need like calcium, potassium and vitamin D. • DON’T: Spend on substitutes. Expensive alternatives are usually just that – expensive, and they often don’t deliver the value of the real thing. For example, look for the best value in the dairy aisle – milk. Un- like some of the other alternatives, you always know what you’re getting when you grab a glass of milk; nine essential nutrients for just a quarter a glass. • DO: Think about your drink. Drinks are often an overlooked part of your food budget, and can not only break the bank; they can also lack the nutrition you need, especially at breakfast. Take a look at your beverage closely and choose the options that offer the most nutrients for a healthy start. • DO: Maximize the seasons. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables only when in season and learn to maximize your freezer. By utilizing frozen produce in the off season, you still get the same nutrients at a much lower cost. • DON’T: Be a Spontaneous Meal Planner. Of course there’s room for fun when it comes to meals, but the more you plan, the more you’ll maximize your budget. We can all admit to giving in to the last-minute meal, but planning ahead can help you avoid costly quick stops, and too many fresh veggies tossed in the trash. To learn more about the value of a glass of milk, and for useful recipes your family will love, visit www.TheBreakfastProject.com.
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How to Save Money This Holiday Shopping Season Saving money while holiday shopping may sound impossible, but you don’t need to be a Scrooge to budget. Through smart strategizing, you can find the perfect gift for friends and family and keep your wallet intact. Here are some tips to give you a leg up on your New Year’s financial resolutions: Just Say No When it comes to purchasing warranties, there are times you can just say no. Refusing extended warranties doesn’t strip you of all protection. Reputable manufacturers will back products for three to six months and some credit cards extend or even double manufacturers’ warranties. If you do purchase a warranty, be sure the terms are worth the cost. Avoid Layaway Layaway may sound great, but without discipline, it can be costly. If you’re using a credit card to make small payments on your layaway purchase, and you don’t pay your balance in full, you may ultimately pay both a layaway fee and interest on your credit card. And if you cancel the purchase, you could pay an additional fee too. Stick to buying what you can afford today. Manage Your Money If you have trouble sticking to your shopping budget, consider using tools to help keep yourself honest. Traditional financial software programs, which help you set budgets and manage money, are now providing access from mobile devices. For example, Quicken 2013’s free iPhone, iPad and Android apps allow you to securely manage your money, view up-to-date information about your accounts and check your budgets, encouraging you to make sound financial decisions in real-time. “Consumers who go into debt from holiday shopping often do so because they are unaware of what they have in their bank accounts and are spending unmindfully,” warns Aaron Patzer, VP of Innovation at Intuit. “Tracking your budgets and spending as you go will help you stay on track.” Know the Refund Policy Not all stores offer refunds for returned items. When buying gifts, make sure you know a store’s policy before your purchase. Ask for a gift receipt so your friends and family can make exchanges or get refunds if necessary. Use Gift Cards Retailers must now honor gift cards for five years from the date of issue. So find those old gift cards, and use them toward your gift purchases, even if they have “expired.” The company can send you a new card or issue the remaining balance in cash. DIY Showing your friends and family you care about them should not put you in debt. If the holidays will cause an unreasonable financial burden, consider making presents. From baking to knitting, to writing your loved ones poems and thoughtful letters, homemade presents can be more meaningful than the store-bought variety. More money management tips for the holidays can be found at www.Quicken.com. By planning ahead and making informed financial decisions this holiday shopping season, you can start 2013 on the right financial foot.
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It’s not often we have the luxury of bringing you a book review, but a few months ago I was intrigued by a new book marketed under the auspicious of “humor.” So, I thought I would interview the author and see what it was all about. Since Mr. Carlo Federico Scarafiotti has hearing loss, our conversation took place by e-mail. I sent him about eight questions, and he spent an entire day typing his responses to me and humbly requesting that I read his book. Since I knew he also had Parkinson’s Disease, I was touched by his dedication and the time he spent to personally send typed responses to all of my questions. So, I waited for the book. Already enchanted by the sense of humor, self-effacing style, and a touch of sarcasm I found in his emails, I was further delighted by the stories this octogenarian laid out in his 75-page memoir of his life. I was fascinated by Scarafiotti’s account of his youth and his training as a “balilla,” “boys drilled by the Fascist Party once a week to become enthusiastic spinechilling warriors.” He describes his personal torment as he was forced to attend outrageous training sessions each Saturday morning with a mean and self-promoting drill sergeant of sorts, and how, in the end, through his own embarrassment involving shoes that were too large and the demand to march with legs straight out and high, “Charlie” the young boy was able to put the commander in his place. Scarafiotti’s labor of love is an easy read, full of curious yet entertaining anecdotes from his life, and by the end, you feel as if you’ve known (or wish you knew) this man for quite some time. He is highly intelligent, world-traveled, and unafraid in spite of his personal challenges. After a successful professional career as an industrial manager, Scarafiotti looks back on his earlier years before exploring his current life as an older, retired husband, father and grandfather who has lost most of his hearing along with his mobility and good health. His wise and compassionate letter at the end of the book to Ann, a 19-year-old girl suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), offers exceptional insights and hope along with some complex musing on the human complexities. In Scarafiotti’s closing thoughts to Ann, he invites her to “…drift together in a medium wider than spacetime… absorbing most of our attention and reducing our health hardship to a muffled background noise.” Carlo Federico Scarafiotti, now retired, worked for many years supervising industrial plant construction in developing countries. He attended Classic Superior School and Polytechnic Engineering University in Torino, Italy and the Senior Management Program at Harvard University. You can find Fun for the Crip pled in Paris at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com. Scarafiotti’s personal website is carlettoscara.blogspot.com.
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Do-It-Yourself Home Projects Help You This year, everyone is looking to save on their household budget. But, just because you’re scaling back doesn’t mean you can’t make some improvements around the house. Use these do-it-yourself home im- provement and cleanup tips from the experts at Grime Boss to help revamp your home, without spending a fortune.
Repaint the walls One great way to update your home without having to replace carpeting or furniture is to refresh walls with a fresh coat of paint. Determine the amount of paint needed by using an online calculator, such as the one provided at www.homedepot.com. To save even more, simply update the paint on doors, cabinets and crown molding, rather than the walls. Likewise, you can paint an accent wall along a hallway, or within your kitchen or living room, rather than the entire space.
Replace hardware If you’d love to renovate, but it’s simply not in the budget for this year, make small updates now that you can incorporate into later construction projects. One small trick is to replace the hardware in highly trafficked areas, such as the kitchen or the bathroom. Replace cabinet handles or knobs and drawer pulls. While replacing hardware, make sure to give your door hinges and drawer tracks a good oiling to prevent squeaking.
Install shelving in the garage Who couldn’t use extra storage space? For many, additional storage may mean looking beyond the house to the garage. Find a variety of storage solutions that fit within your budget – from fishing rod racks to cabinets and overhead ceiling-mounted shelving – at retail stores such as www.walmart.com.
Update flooring To cover existing flooring, use floating laminate pieces. Installing wood laminate in your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or living room is easy with snap-together pieces. Check out www. diynetwork.com for step-by-step instructions.
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Give your car a tune-up When it comes to saving, learning how to maintain your vehicle can go a long way in terms of managing your household budget. Remember, you should change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles or 3 months. Check out www.ehow.com for videos on how to check, fill or change your oil and other auto maintenance tips. For quick cleanup post tuneup, use Grime Boss wipes to remove oil and grime from your car, your surfaces, and even your hands.
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FL International Senior Games & State Championships Ft. Meade, Lakeland and Winter Haven Sports of the 2012 Florida Senior Games State Championships will be held at different locations of Polk county. The sporting competitions will include Badminton, Basketball Shooting, 3-on-3 Basketball, Bowling, Team Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Track & Field. For information on dates and location of event competitions: For information call: (866) 354-2637 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.flasports.com DECEMBER 1-23
Victorian Christmas Stroll Henry B. Plant Museum There is no time of the year that delights us more than Christmas. We trim the tree with ornaments keeping memories bright, hide gift-wrapped packages under the bed and plan a glorious feast with well-worn recipes. These rituals usher in this joyous season. Experience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at Henry B. Plant Museum’s 31st annual Victorian Christmas Stroll. 10am-8pm, tickets $11 seniors, $13 adults, and $7 youths. For information call (813) 258-7302. Henry B. Plant Museum is located at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 33606. DECEMBER 1-JANUARY 3
Oakdale Christmas Light Display Oakdale Subdivision Come see the 36th annual Oakdale Christmas Light Display! Never before in our history have we had so many Christmas items as we do this year. Hundreds of thousands of lights blanket the trees, shrubs and even the grass. This display is sure to put a little “Joy” into the lives of young and old alike! 6-10pm. FREE. For information go to christmasdisplay.org. Oakdale Subdivision is located at 2719 Oakdale St. S., St. Petersburg 33705. DECEMBER 4 11 18
Upper Pinellas Singles Our Lady of Lourdes
Tampa River Lights Festival Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Presents for Primates Lowry Park Zoo
The 2012 Class of Leadership Tampa Bay is hosting a FREE one of a kind event along the banks of the Hillsborough River to benefit Voices for Children of Tampa Bay. On December 8th, from 6-9pm, 10,000 illuminated river lights, representing children in need of Ad Litem representation in our own community, will be released into the Hillsborough River. Travelling the Hillsborough River from their starting point just north of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, to their collection point at MacDill Park, the glowing river lights will transform Curtis Hixon into a spectacular destination for a night of food, music and fun. For information call (813) 708-8423. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is located at 600 N. Ashley Dr. Tampa 33651.
Watch the primates open special presents from Zoo staff and docents as part of their enrichment program. Presents for Primates is included free-of-charge with Zoo admission. 11am. For information call (813) 935-5882. Lowry Park Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa 33604.
Tea with the Nutcracker Glazer Children’s Museum The timeless world of The Nutcracker is coming to the Glazer Children’s Museum. In partnership with the Straz Center and Next Generation Ballet, experience all the magic of The Nutcracker in a private setting. Meet The Nutcracker Prince, Clara, The King Mouse and the Sugar Plum Fairies while enjoying delicious finger sandwiches and tea service. 11am-1pm, tickets $20, $15 for members. For information call (813) 443-3861. Glazer Children’s Museum is located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza Tampa 33651. DECEMBER 9
Christmas Around the World Bethel Church
Odessa Food Truck Festival Odessa Organic Farmers Market Come out to the Odessa Food Truck Festival held the second Friday of each month beginning August 10th from 4pm-8pm! Enjoy vendors, LIVE MUSIC and 6 of your favorite Tampa Food Trucks!! 4-8pm. For information call (813) 944-8654. The Odessa Organic Farmers Market is located at 8701 Gunn Hwy. Odessa 33625. DECEMBER 15
Mistletoe Market Place of Eagle Lake City Hall Complex Mistletoe Marketplace is a 4-night holiday festival with Santa, hayrides, food, entertainment, craft vendors, children’s activities, lots of lights and decorations. The event provides fundraising opportunities for clubs, churches, and civic groups such as Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Mercy House Ministries, and more. 10am. For information call (828)658-2779. City Hall Complex is located at 75 S. 7th St. Eagle Lake 33839. DECEMBER 15
Behold the Lamb Of God Polk Theatre
Christmas Around the World, a music, dance & drama production celebrating Christmas traditions from Behold the Lamb of God, Andrew Petterson’s perforaround the world. At Bethel Church, Sunday, December mance, will be at the Polk Theatre on December 15th. 9th & Monday, December 10th @ 6:30 pm. Food Around 7:30pm-9:15pm, tickets $7. the World will be served after the program. Admission For information call (863)603-7777. Polk Theatre is is FREE and doors open at 6 pm. Nursery will be prolocated at 139 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland 33801. vided. Free gift for all children ages 1 – 11. For information call (813) 238-2348. Bethel Church DECEMBER 15 is located at 1510 W. Hillsborough Ave. Tampa 33603. Christmas Notes DECEMBER 11
Homeland Heritage Park
12 Gifts of Christmas Lakeside Village 18 Cobb Cinemas
Polk County Parks & Recreation presents Christmas Notes at Homeland Heritage Park. Admission is free to this Celebrate the wonder of the season with inspirational evening of live music, kids activities, and more! 5-8pm. For information call (863) 534-3766. Homeland Herstories, musical performances, holiday humor and a itage Park is located at 249 E. Church St. Bartow 33847. master illusionist. Host: Lisa Whelchel. 7:30pm. For information call (863) 937-0416. Lakeside VilDECEMBER 15 lage 18 Cobb Cinemas is located at Town Center Dr. Live at the Gardens Concert Series: Lakeland 33806. December 11
Sound Advice Hearing Solutions: Lunch and Learn Seminars FREE 11:30 am 3173 4th St. N., St. Petersburg. RSVP by Dec. 7th 727-822-2132 December 13
Sound Advice Hearing Solutions: Come meet like minded singles 50 and up, non-denomLunch and Learn Seminars FREE inational. Tuesday evenings at 6pm, $7 includes dinner. 11:30 am For information call (727) 729-7758 or (727) 736861 West Bay Dr., Largo. RSVP by Dec. 10th 0567. Our Lady of Lourdes (DuBois Hall) is located at 750 San Salvador Dr. Dunedin 34698. 727-518-1111
Wintersong by Tammerlin Bok Tower Gardens
Tammerlin returns to the Gardens once again with a holiday program featuring ancient and modern carols, poems, readings and songs to set the season. This concert is being held inside the Visitor Center with general admission seating. 7:30-9:00pm, tickets $25. For information call (863) 676-1408. Bok Tower Gardens is located at 1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales 33853.
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Tampa Bay Jingle Bell Run/Walk Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus
A Rockapella Holiday Tickets Tampa Theatre
Rock the Park Tampa Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Check-in begins at 7:30am and the run/walk starts at 9am. This family-friendly event features a 5k or 1 mile route, a holiday costume contest, kids’ activities and Santa chase, food, entertainment, beer and mimosas, and all participants receive an official long-sleeve Jingle Bell shirt, goodie bag and jingle bells! 9am-12pm. For information call (813) 555-1212. The Hillsborough Community College - Dale Mabry Campus is located at 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa 33614.
While this five-man powerhouse of vocal talent sweeps The monthly music series offers three to four local through sold-out venues across the country year-round, acts, food and beverages in picturesque Curtis Hixon Rockapella’s holiday show is a special seasonal treat. New Waterfront Park. 6:30pm-9pm, FREE. takes on holiday classics and original songs destined to For information call (813) 708-8423. Curtis Hixon Wabecome favorites, audiences will be touched. 7:30 pm. terfront Park is located at 600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa 33651. For information call (813) 274-8982. The Tampa JANUARY 5 Theatre is located at 711 N. Franklin St. Tampa 33602. DECEMBER 21
A Motown Christmas with the Sounds of Soul Carrollwood Cultural Center
Get ready to relive the hits of Motown and beyond sprinkled with some holiday classics. Back by popular deDECEMBER 15 mand, The Sounds of Soul present an exciting, high ener8th Annual Tampa Railfair and Model Train gy show featuring superior vocals and slick dance moves Show & Sale powered by pure soul. 8pm Florida State Fairgrounds - Special Events Center For information call (813) 269-1310. The CarrollOver 350 tables representing dealers from all over the wood Cultural Center is located at 4537 Lowell Rd., nation will have model items in all gauges and Railroad Tampa 33618. Antiques for sale. This is Florida’s largest combination DECEMBER 22 show, displaying items for both the “modeler” and “rail Who’s Birthday is it Anyway buff” alike all under one roof. The model railroader may Taproot Community Cultural Center choose from Lionel, American Flyer, LGB, Marklin or Ives Trains from the past or present. 9am-5pm, tickets $8. Who’s Birthday is it Anyway is an event that celeFor information call Alan Altman (813) 949-7197. The brates the true meaning of Christmas. Toy give-away to Florida State Fairgrounds, Special Events Center is located pre-registered families, food, fun filled games, a theater at 4802 North .S. Highway 301, Tampa 33610. production and more. To register for the free toys please contact Fruit of Glory Ministries at 813-642-7223. 12DECEMBER 15 4pm, FREE. 11th Holiday Concert: Reflections For information call (813) 642-7223. Taproot Community Cultural Center is located at 3040 W. Cypress HCC Main Stage Theatre The men of Una Voce perform the story of Christmas St., Tampa 33609. past and present. There is also a town Christmas tree lighting ceremony! 3pm, tickets $20 or $25 at the door. For information call (855) 862-8623. HCC Main Stage Theatre is located at 2204 N. 15th St. Tampa 33602.
Ybor City Saturday Market Centennial Park The weekly market includes gourmet foods and sauces, fresh-baked breads, prepared foods, coffees and teas, jellies, books, baked goods, herbs and plants, pet treats, honey, fine cigars, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products and candles. 9am-3pm. Centennial Park is located at 1800 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa 33605.
Highland City Community Market First Baptist Church of Highland City
Your local fresh market is open the 4th Saturday of the month from 8am to 1pm. The market features homeAARP Defensive Driving Class made food delicacies, fresh produce, hand-crafted items and food vendors. There’s always plenty of stuff for the Winter Haven Senior Adult Center kids to do and we are pet-friendly. 8am-1pm. The AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held at the First Baptist Church of Highland City is located at Senior Adult Center. Attendance is mandatory at both ses5410 Yarborough Ln., Lakeland 33812 sions for completion of the course. Upon completing the course, participants may be eligible to receive an insurDECEMBER 29 ance discount and/or a discount on roadside assistance Polk Root’s Plant/Seed/Tool Swap plans. Registration is required. 12:30-3:30, $12 for AARP Westminster Presbyterian Church members and $14 for non-members. Bring a flower, a shrub, a vegetable, a tool, a seed or For information and to register call 668-7241. The Winter Haven Senior Adult Center is located at 250 S. two, bring yourself. If you are new to gardening or don’t have any extra seeding or seeds - still come on out to the Lake Silver Dr. NW., Winter Haven 33880. swap...make a voluntary DECEMBER 18 donation to Community Planters, or bring a canned YouNight at Wiregrass- Christmas Edition food item or pet food and The Shops at Wiregrass get plant swap tickets. Stay, Come on out to the Shops at Wiregrass for some mingle,and exchange planChristmas fun as the St. James band takes the Center ting information. 10amCourt Stage (in front of Macy’s) to present a special edi12pm, FREE. tion of YouNight. You will enjoy all Christmas music, all For information call night... plus, the AMAZING tree lighting spectacular (863) 701-5546. Westmintakes place every hour on the hour (and you may even ster Presbyterian Church see a little snow! 6-9pm, FREE. is located at 730 S. Florida For information call (813) 994-2242. The Shops at Ave. Lakeland 33801. Wiregrass are located at 28211 Paseo Dr. Suite 100 Wesley Chapel 33543. DECEMBER 17 18
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Senior Voice America From TRAVEL, Page 1. suitcase in a box; or purchasing a luggage box instead of using a suitcase. By putting luggage in a box, you can protect your luggage and provide a good surface for a shipping label. Here are some helpful tips for packing and shipping your luggage. • Be sure to notify the place you will be staying that you are expecting a pac- kage. That way, they will sign for the package even if it arrives before you do. • Make sure you have the correct destina- tion address. Some hotels and resorts have a separate luggage receiving address. • Put an additional address label inside the luggage or box in case the outside label is damaged or lost. • Cut down on your hassle by having your shipment professionally packed at a local pack-and-ship retailer. Expert packing is especially recommen- ded for fragile items and odd or over- sized items. • By using a shipping option such as UPS, you can track your luggage all the way to its destination, even via cell phone or other web-enabled wireless devices. • If you are shipping your belongings ahead to your destination, you’ll probably need to send items back home as well. One option is to pack a flattened box and a roll of packaging tape for sending home gifts, souvenirs, or even dirty laundry. • Because of the duties and taxes associa- ted with international shipments, it is not recommended that luggage is shipped internationally. • The average weight of an empty suitcase is 10 pounds. To reduce weight—and ship- ping costs — skip the suit case, and pack your clothes and other items directly in a sturdy box.
Shipping Safely Due to FAA restrictions, you cannot ship hazardous materials, including colognes and perfumes, aerosol sprays, nail polish and cigarette lighters via air service. There are two good rules of thumb to follow to avoid shipping hazardous materials: • If it’s flammable, take it out of your luggage. • If you’re in doubt, remove the item from your luggage, or ask a UPS Store packing expert.
Be Prepared Minimize travel hassles by doing some prep work before you leave town. • If you’re checking baggage, don’t pack items you can’t do without. If your luggage gets lost or delayed, you’ll miss those essential items. Pack them in your carry-on bag. • Whether you’re driving or
flying, make t he t i me go f a s te r with plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Load up mobile devices with games, songs, e-books and movies. Give each child their own en- tertainment backpack with age-appro- priate toys and activities. • Make sure your vehicle is road- ready. Have it looked at by your local auto shop to be sure everything is in good working condition. Make sure tires are inflated properly. And pack a winter safety kit, just in case. With a little forethought and a bit of planning, a few proactive steps can help ensure your holiday travel goes smoothly. To learn more about rates and your best holiday shipping options, use the online cost calculator at www.theupsstore.com.
Key Dates for Holiday Shipping • Mondays are typically the busiest shipping days.
• The busiest week of the 2012 sea- son is expected to be December 17 to 21. • Most UPS Ground packages require five days or less to reach their desti- nation, but if you’re shipping coast- to-coast, it may take longer. • If you are shipping internationally, contact The UPS Store location nearest you to determine the best date to ensure on-time delivery. • The U.S. Postal Service says pac kages to troops in Iraq and Afghanis tan should be mailed by December 1 in order to arrive in time for Christmas; mail going to other military overseas APO/FPO locations needs to be sent by December 16.
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Hearing Loss and Invisible Hearing Solutions By Audrey Hawley, H.A.S, BC-H.I.S Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Approximately 36 million (17 percent) of American adults say that they have some degree of hearing loss. Roughly onethird of Americans 65 to 74 years of age and 47 percent of those 75 and older have hearing loss. Hearing loss comes in many forms. It can range from a mild loss in which a person misses certain high-pitched sounds, a wax build-up that creates a temporary hearing loss, to a total loss of hearing. It can be hereditary or it can result from disease, trauma, certain medications, or long-term exposure to loud noises. The most common form of hearing loss, presbycusis, is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most individuals, as they grow older. Sadly, many people affected with hearing loss are reluctant to seek help. Untreated hearing loss poses considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects. A thorough hearing test is the first
step in determining if you do in fact have hearing loss. A hearing test is a quick, painless and non-invasive test performed by a Hearing Healthcare Provider. The test begins with a thorough case history, which assists the hearing professional with specific health information that may provide insight into hearing loss causes and will assist them in determining the prescribed course of action. Following the tests, the hearing professional will discuss the results with you and may provide further recommendations, including treatment options like hearing aids. If you suspect you have a hearing loss it is important to have your hearing tested as soon as possible. The “use-it or lose-it” principle applies to our hearing; the sooner you treat hearing loss, the better the outcome of treatment. Today’s hearing aids are super-small (many completely invisible) and stylish, but it’s their performance that makes them so attractive. Ultra-miniature computers using parallel processing can analyze, shape and deliver sound to each ear’s prescription needs. This results in soft sounds being audible and speech clear, even in
background noise. If that weren’t enough, these hearing devices are now wireless, allowing for hands free Bluetooth connections to your TV, cell phone and even your car’s navigation system. As technology gets more advanced, it becomes more readily available at multiple price points. “Invisible Hearing Aids” have been receiving a lot of press lately, most recently with Matt Lauer on the TODAY show. During the segment they discussed different types of hearing devices available today and the Lyric Hearing device was specifically mentioned. Invisible hearing devices like the Lyric fit very deep in the ear canal and are worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even in the shower. Having “always on” hearing allows you to be at your best at all times and re-
moves the need for daily insertion and changing of batteries. There are many hearing solutions to bridge those frustrating communication gaps. Enjoy reconnecting with your loved ones again. It’s a New Year and a great time for new beginnings for better hearing. To learn more about hearing loss and hearing correction, or to schedule a free hearing test and consultation, call Sound Advice Hearing Solutions at 727-822-2132 or visit www.soundadviceflorida.com.
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Estate Planning for Married Couples By Joe Pippen If you are married, you and your spouse can benefit from these tips during your estate planning process. Q. Do married couples who own everything jointly need to worry about estate planning? A. Yes. Everyone should be concerned about estate planning. In 1981, a tax law called the unlimited marital deduction was created, which alleviated many of the tax concerns for married couples upon the death of the first spouse. Now, it is possible to give your spouse an unlimited amount of money during lifetime or upon death, tax-free. However, if a decedent dies with a will or trust that was executed before September, 1981 which expressly provided that the spouse receive the maximum amount of property qualifying for the marital deduction, that amount is deemed to be the prior maximum, not the new unlimited amount, unless the formula is amended after September, 1981, specifically referring to the new amount. Married couples should not delay their estate planning until the first spouse dies because . . .
• Both could die at the same time in a common accident; • One could become incompetent and the other one die; • Both could become incompetent within a very short period of one another; • After the death of the first spouse, the one surviving may not have or take the opportunity to adequately plan his or her estate.
If you are fortunate enough to be married, why not do your estate planning together as a team instead of leaving it for the surviving spouse to worry over? Married couples often have durable family powers of attorney for one another, which are excellent tools if one becomes incompetent or incapable of signing checks, stock certificates or other financial instruments. Powers of attorney become ineffective upon death or when one is adjudicated incompetent. Estate planning for children is important for married couples as well. Most parents will leave everything to their children outright upon death. However, some parents will choose to spread out payments to their children over a number of years to prevent the children from spending the entire estate very quickly. The choice of joint or individual ownership of assets should be carefully considered for married couples. Often second marriages result in individual ownership of assets, and couples with assets over the exempt amount should discuss the advisability of separating their assets. Married couples should also explore the advantages of trusts in their estate planning to avoid probate, plan guardianship, insure privacy, and ease the administrative procedures and swiftness of the estate distribution. There are many factors for couples to consider in estate planning, and they should consult with an estate planning attorney for specifics on their wants and needs.
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Ways to Make Your
H me Festive This Season
Though one of the best parts of winter is getting out of the cool, crisp air and into the cozy, comfort of your home, trendsetting crafters are bringing the beauty of nature inside their houses when decorating for the holidays this year. “This holiday season, the outdoors are in,” says Nicole Long, Manager of Inspiration for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Pine cones, evergreen, moss and grapevine can give your traditional décor a rustic, natural look.” If you’re having trouble getting inspired, here are some ideas: • Dress up the entrance of your home with an especially festive look. Wire a small twig wreath to a larger grapevine wreath and then deco- rate with dazzling embellishments, stems and greenery.
• Give your mantel a cozy makeover by hanging knitted stockings, em- bellished with berries and leaves. Then fill them with gifts galore!
• Deck the halls with pictures of loved ones and celebrations past. Turn a traditional pine garland of berries and pine cones into a personal keepsake of fond memories by adding handcrafted wire frames of your favorite family photos. • Paint pine cones red, gold, burgundy and green. Don’t be afraid to add a little glitz with a coat of clear glitter on each one. Showcase them in a simple glass container for a beautiful centerpiece or side table decoration.
• Fashion a hanging basket out of grapevine wreath. Place battery operated lights within the basket and fill with ornaments.
• For a delicious holiday goodie bag, dip peppermint sticks in melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles or chopped nuts. Place them in treat bags with ribbon then give to family and friends throughout the season. • Print Victorian-era designs onto paper, then decoupage onto wood shapes. Glitter the edges and tie on a shiny ribbon to create a lovely, vintage-inspired ornament.
For more tips and directions on transforming your home for the holiday season, visit www.JoAnn.com/projects. By bringing a bit of nature into your home this season, you can evoke its spirit throughout the house.
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Seniors vs Crime
Seniors vs. Crime is a project of the Florida Attorney General and has assisted a number of persons who have been taken advantage of financially in some way. We have seen those who allowed a high pressure salesman into the house and ended up buying something not really wanted and now that person does not know what to do about it. Florida law allows a homeowner to cancel a purchase made in the home by sending a certified letter or telegram to the address appearing on the purchase agreement. This notice must be sent within 3 working days after the purchase. Anyone who did or did not follow this step and needs assistance can call the Seniors vs. Crime office. We have assisted persons of any age, although the majority of those seen are of retirement age. Some elderly ladies have stopped at an auto dealership to look at cars and ended up buying an unwanted car or an unwanted extended service agreement.
They do not know why they did this and it may cause a financial hardship and regret. We have helped in such cases and encourage those considering buying a car to not go to the dealership alone. Some salesmen can be especially assertive and intimidating when dealing with an older customer. Then there are those who have paid a contractor to paint or do home repairs and the worker did not come back or did not finish the job. We have helped in cases like this as well. Our office helps in civil matters which law enforcement cannot address. Florida has 40 Seniors vs. Crime offices and two of them are in Polk County. The Lakeland office is in the Polk County Sheriff’s office in North Lakeland, phone number: 863-577-1672, open on Tues. & Thurs. from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Haines City office is in the Haines City Police Department on HW 27, phone number: 863-4193701, is open Mon. & Wed., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
By Dick Fearnow, Manager of Polk County Sheriff’s Office
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DRIVING From Page 10 not impair your ability to drive safely. In addition, make sure all your medications go through one pharmacy, so the pharmacists on staff can better assess any potential drug interactions. To help older drivers and their families deal with driving and mobility challenges related to aging, AAA has launched a new website (www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com) to make a comprehensive suite of tools and resources available at the click of a button. From an Ask-the-Expert feature to Roadwise Review — an online screening tool that measures functional abilities (like vision and reaction time) linked to crash risk — and more, all of the features are free to site visitors. The site also offers links and resources to help families find other means of transportation when their loved one is no longer able to drive safely.
Always wear a seatbelt. Adjust your mirrors and seat to ensure you can see properly.
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Prepare for a drive by adjusting your mirrors and seat to ensure you can see properly. Always wear a seatbelt. Eliminate distractions, such as the car radio, which can interfere with your ability to hear emergency response vehicle sirens and other important sounds. Avoid driving in bad weather, heavy traffic or at night. Making left-hand turns can be difficult for people with limited vision. Avoid left-hand turns at intersections with signals by making three right hand turns around the block when possible. Manage slower reaction times by increasing the amount of space between your vehicle and the car in front of you, allowing for more time to react to sudden braking.
Tips for family members If you’re concerned about the safety of a senior family member, look to resources such as their doctor or your local DMV, that can help identify their capacity to drive, and find transportation resources to help them manage daily needs: • If your family member has received two traffic citations, warnings or been involved in two collisions or “near misses” within a two year period, it may be time to look for other forms of transportation. • Make sure your family member speaks with their doctor and pharma- cist about prescription and over-the-counter medications that may im- pair their ability to drive safely. • Talk with family members, friends and neighbors about organizing a car pool to help seniors who need rides find transportation. Look to local public and supplemental transportation options as well. Read more about assessing your family member’s ability to drive, as well as where to find alternative transportation, at www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com.
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What is Your Eyesight Worth to You? By David Jeffery, Marketing Director, Eye Institute of West Florida It is a fact of life that vision changes as you age. But do aging eyes have to compromise your lifestyle? The answer is simply, “not any more.” By the onset of cataracts, most people have been challenged by the necessity of wearing glasses. What if you had the option to remove cataracts and eliminate, or reduce, the need to wear glasses again? What would life be like for you and what is it worth? Most know the inherent problems associated with wearing glasses, and many have worn them for the greater part of their lives. Glasses have a tendency to fall off the face, fog in the winter and drip sweat in the summers. The cost to maintain one or two pairs, in addition to the cost of prescription sunglasses, is a trade-off worth considering. Technology for cataract surgery has advanced rapidly in the past two years and the results are truly remarkable. To remove a cataract and correct astigmatism using computer guided lasers now enables surgeons to customize vision to individualized specifications with a very high degree of accuracy. Cataract surgery in the hands of an experienced physician can make life a lot simpler and more comfortable. This new level of precision resulting in better outcomes for patients, allowing for clearer, uncorrected visual acuity, and reducing patients’ need for glasses, comes at a price above standard cataract surgery using traditional methods. Of course, Medicare and private insurance will pay a large portion of standard care, but the result will not eliminate the need for glasses for a full
range of vision or correct astigmatism. Life will probably continue as before, wearing glasses daily and dealing with the added expense of maintenance for the remainder of life. It is not every day we are afforded options like advanced cataract surgery to turn back the hands of time to a day when our vision was great. Most surgeons will not over-emphasize the prospect of being glasses-free, but many patients do report no need for glasses again. For those that do, only a light pair of readers may be necessary to read fine print such as that on a medicine bottle. Many patients who undergo the advanced procedure also report seeing so well they are able to drive the next day and wishing they had the procedure sooner. Depending on the lens implant you choose, you should be able to read road signs and the car instrument panel, thereby increasing your driving safely. Judging distance and speed, bright sunlight or headlights of oncoming traffic at night will no longer cause a problem, and colors will be more vivid. You can enjoy doing all the things you love to do (play golf, tennis, swim) without the hassle of glasses or contacts. For that one chance, which will you choose – the advanced procedure or return to a lifestyle of glasses for a lifetime? Having to choose one over the other may have you weighing lifestyle versus cost, but know this: cataract surgery can only be performed once. What is your eyesight worth to you?
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From LIFE Pg. 1 miraculous that she became more mentally acute. In just two weeks, she had recovered her abilities and her strength. She can now walk and reason and function normally. The doctor explained that she had developed toxicity to her drugs. Over long periods of time, continual use of a medicine causes a buildup in the tissues. The drug’s side effects become severely enhanced. Many times these side effects are mistaken for symptoms of the disease they’re meant to treat. The patient becomes an invalid and fails to thrive. Not only does it rob them of health, it can cause death from the toxicity. The second case study concerns Margaret, who was taking a popular cholesterol-lowering drug. At night she had such leg cramps that she was afraid to go to bed. She consulted her doctor, a chiropractor, and a massage therapist but nothing helped. When she read the serious side effects of her prescription and discussed it with her doctor, he suggested she stop taking it for a while. She did and, shortly thereafter, had no leg cramps. She’s watching her cholesterol, losing weight and changing her eating habits, trying to control her cholesterol without drugs and, thus far, she’s free of leg cramps. Toxicity is a problem for any patients who take a maintenance drug for many years. Many Parkinson’s patients fall into this trap because taking carbidopa or lividopa for many years is a way of life for them. The most popular drug controls tremors but comes with the warning that it can cause “hypotension, lowering the blood pressure, dizziness, falling, fainting, freezing, anemia, drowsiness, seizures, hallucinations, dementia and more.” It also warns that consumption of alcohol intensifies the drug’s side effects. Bob had been without tremors for 13 years but he had such low blood pressure that he would fall four and five times a day and he slept most of the time. His doctor was concerned about his anemia. He was losing weight and was diagnosed as being in the final stages of Parkinson’s Disease. He had been dropped from the rehabilitation program when he was diagnosed with “failure to thrive.” He required assistance 24-7, but was no longer eligible for Medicare home health.
Senior Voice America His family was concerned about his forgetfulness and his bizarre behavior. Hallucinations and seizures began. No one investigated his medications. One doctor remarked about his drowsiness, “I think his meds have caught up with him, but only the neurologist can change them.” As he fell asleep during his meals he became malnourished and dehydrated. Had someone reviewed the side effects of the carbidopa and lividopa, they would have seen they matched the deterioration of the patient. In the last stages of his life, Bob, had the dosage lowered and finally eliminated. Without the drugs he had no symptoms of Parkinson’s but his body was
Page 27 so ravaged that he could no longer recover and he died. This is a warning that will affect the quality and the longevity of your life. Read about the side effects of your prescription drugs. Post them on the bathroom wall if you must, but don’t let them blight your life. If you have taken a maintenance drug for a long time, be aware that it can turn toxic and poison your body. There can be an enemy lurking in your medicine cabinet. Be informed about your prescription drugs. Perhaps the side effects are worse than the symptoms of the disease they’re supposed to treat. Don’t let mistakes steal your life and make you an invalid.
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Entertainment A DOLL’S HOUSE
American Stage Theatre December 1-23 It’s Christmas Eve and sweet, cheery Nora Helmer is reveling in her role as wife and mother. Her husband has just been made manager of the local bank, and it looks as though she and her family are finally on the brink of unadulterated financial freedom…until a knock at the door threatens to destroy her doll house of a world forever. Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece speaks just as powerfully today as it did nearly 150 years ago, questioning how we define ourselves as individuals and as a society in the face of the challenging realities of life. Call for times and ticket price. It Was A Very Good Year
Largo Cultural Center December 2 A musical tribute to Frank Sinatra brings him to life with video clips and the voice of Tommy Sands. As soon as the lights dim and the music begins,you’ll be on a nostalgic musical adventure, you’ll never forget. It’s one show only. 2 pm. The Lowe Family Christmas
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By popular demand they return this year with an all new Christmas show. Instrumentals, dances and harmonies celebrate the season. 2 pm and 7pm A Big Band Christmas
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A cabaret seating so when the tunes set your feet tapping, you can get up and dance. The swingy tunes are played by the local popular 10 O’Clock Swing Band. 2 pm WEST SIDE STORY
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall December 10-11 More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” 8pm, tickets $50-$80. AerOSMITH WITH CHEAP TRICK
Tampa Bay Times Forum December 11 America’s greatest rock band delivered absolutely killer sets on the first leg of their triumphant, sold-out Global Warming Tour, with critics dropping comments like “stunning,” jaw-drop-
ping,” “impassioned intensity,” “seamless swagger,” “epic rock moments,” “a wonder to behold,” “Aerosmith always managed to reinvent itself for the masses without losing its inherent musicality,” “Make no mistake, Aerosmith remains king.” 7:30pm, tickets $46.75$146.75. SISTER ACT
Straz Theatre for the Performing Arts December11-16 SISTER ACT is Broadway’s feelamazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it “RIDICULOUSLY FUN and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner ALAN MENKEN (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Times vary, tickets $46.50 and up. Cirque du Noel & Center Stage Buffet
The Lakeland Center December 12 Enjoy the magical mixture of circus performers and Christmas with Cirque du Noel. Trapeze performers and gymnastic clowns, magic, juggling, costumes, dance, and a jolly old Santa, in red coat and pants. Enjoy a hassle-free dining experience with our Spectacular Center Stage Buffet featuring a full selection of fresh salads, delicious entrees and delectable desserts for a great low price of $15.95. Dinner served from 5:30pm-7:30pm Show 7:30pm, tickets $40. Youkey Theatre (863) 834-8111 HOLIDAY INC.
Straz Theatre for the Performing Arts December 13-22 Holiday Inc. tells the story of Ivy, an elf who believes that the meaning of the holidays is getting lost because of the stress and hustle we place upon the day to make it special. With lots of surprises, humor and musical numbers ranging from swing, Broadway, Motown and disco to holiday favorites, this show appeals to young and old, leaving audiences inspired and ready to celebrate the season! Times vary, tickets $37.00. PYS-HOLIDAY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Ruth Eckerd Hall December 14 Pinellas Youth Symphony presents Holiday Chamber Ensembles Concert. String, Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles are under the direction of professional musicians from The Florida Orchestra. 7:30pm, tickets $5-$10.
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is teaming up with Hallmark Channel to present the live debut of the band’s multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve” for over 100 shows in 65 cities across North America, including a stop at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for two spectacular shows on December 15 at 3:00PM and 8:00PM. A modern classic that can stand side by side with a Charles Dickens tale, “The Lost Christmas Eve” is the newest chapter in the TSO holiday tradition. Tickets $30-$68. THE CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER
The Mahaffey Theatre December 15 The Chocolate Nutcracker has been a community project consisting of over 200 children from the Tampa Bay area. As one of the most talked about productions, Life Force has presented and produced The Chocolate Nutcracker. The prodution will again be a spin on Tchiakovsky’s classic, beginning with a Harlem Renaissance swing setting and then taking the audience to Jazzland, Gospeland, Land of Funk, Africa, Brazil and many more experiences. 2pm, tickets $17-$37. The Nutcracker
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Bay City Ballet presents the holiday classic. Join Clara on her journey to save her beloved Nutcracker from the giant mice who battle toy soldiers. Sat. 2 pm and 7:30 pm and Sun. 1 pm and 6 pm. FLORIDA ORCHESTRA BRASS QUINTET
Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center December 16 Ring in the holidays with the Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, who delivers Christmas cheer with virtuoso flair. The ensemble performs Handel, Bach, and a glorious fanfare of Christmas favorites such as “Joy to the World” and “White Christmas.” Known for their great versatility, entertaining narratives, and musical skill, the quintet is made up of principal players from The Florida Orchestra: Robert Smith (trumpet), Kenneth Brown (trumpet), Andrew Karr (horn), Dwight Decker (trombone), and William Mickelsen (tuba). 2pm, tickets $18-$22. A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Ruth Eckerd Hall December 19 & 20 In this beloved Dickens classic, ghosts of Christmases past, present and future guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas and a new life filled with joy and love. 7pm, tickets $25-$50.
Be transported to another time with three composers who found inspiration in the organized structure, poise, and crisp beauty of the Classical Era. Stravinsky’s witty Octet takes a sardonic look at the period and exhibits a brilliant sense of melodic play. Ravel’s gorgeous chamber concerto for harp (with accompaniment from flute, clarinet, and strings) is a resplendent work that situates his impressionist voice within an ambience of Classical grace. Schubert’s brilliant Symphony No. 5 sings with a distinctly Mozartean voice and exhibits a true penchant for melody and concise construction. 5:30pm. FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: HOLIDAY POPS
Straz Theatre for the Performing Arts December 21 The Mahaffey Theatre December 22 The 140 voices of The Master Chorale join the orchestra in this holiday celebration for the entire family with such musical chestnuts as “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Hanukkah in Santa Monica” and beloved Christmas carols such as “Joy to the World,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and more. 8pm, tickets $17.50-$47.50. WYNONNA’S ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS
The Mahaffey Theatre December 21 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall December 22 Blending a mix of classic Christmas favorites and her own holiday songs, plus some of her biggest hits, Wynonna Judd is excited to be out spreading holiday cheer with her band The Big Noise. “Wynonna’s Rockin’ Christmas” will infuse her signature style into traditional holiday classics like “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland” in this oneof-a-kind performance for the entire family. Mahaffey time and prices: 8pm, tickets $39-$69. Van Wezel time and prices: 8pm, tickets $60-$80. RINGLING CIRCUS NUTCRACKER
Ruth Eckerd Hall December 21-22 John and Mary Ringling’s Magical and romantic adventure under the circus big top brought to life through an all-new Sarasota Ballet Production of The Nutcracker. Fabulous sets, amazing new costumes, daring high-flying performers and the world-famous Peter Tchaikovsky musical score. 7pm and 2pm matinee, tickets $35-$75.
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Entertainment NEXT GENERATION BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER
Straz Theatre for the Performing Arts December 22-23 The Family Holiday Tradition Continues! From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with marching toy soldiers, a growing Christmas tree, giant mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy. 2-7pm, tickets $20.50-$65.50. FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: HOLIDAY POPS
The Mahaffey Theatre December 22 Ruth Eckerd Hall December 23 The 140 voices of The Master Chorale join the orchestra in this holiday celebration for the entire family with such musical chestnuts as Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, Hanukkah in Santa Monica and beloved Christmas carols such as Joy to the World, The Twelve Days of Christmas, O Come, All Ye Faithful and more. Stuart Malina conducts. Mahaffey time and prices: 2pm & 8pm, tickets $17.50-$47.50. Ruth Eckerd time and prices: 7:30pm, tickets $17.50-$47.50. AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center December 22 23 Performed by the Florida Lyric Opera and including Special Madrigalian Holiday Celebration The tender, heartwarming story of Amahl and the Night Visitors is one of the most popular American operas. Performed internationally every Christmas season. Only an hour in length, this one-act English-language opera with its beautiful score and touching libretto appeals to all ages and musical backgrounds. An inspiring story of how faith, charity, unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles. MARY POPPINS
Straz Theatre for the Performing Arts December 26-30 MARY POPPINS is bringing its own brand of Broadway magic to theaters across the country, and has the New York Daily News calling it, “A roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!” The consummate Disney production features the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft to make it everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show. Times vary, tickets $46.50-$81.50.
MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Lakeland Center December 27 Mahaffey Theatre December 28-29 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall December 30 Moscow Ballet announces the 20th Anniversary production of the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker. The production includes unique new “Dove of Peace” choreography in which two dancers become one soaring bird. The new choreography is inspired by work of Stanislov Vlasov. The 20th Anniversary production also features a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall; falling snow and Troika sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) to their Ice Palace in the Land of Peace and Harmony. Lakeland time and prices: - Youkey Theatre: 7:30pm, tickets $32.50 - $180. Mahaffey time and prices: 2pm & 7:30pm, tickets $32.50-$97. Van Wezel time and prices: 3pm & 7:30pm, tickets $28-$175. JACK HANNA INTO THE WILD LIFE
The Mahaffey Theatre December 30 Host of Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, a nationally syndicated television series and more recently Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. This unscripted and action-packed series began airing in October 2007 and was awarded an Emmy® for Outstanding Children’s Series! 3pm, tickets $22.50-$43.50. SALUTE TO VIENNA
Ruth Eckerd Hall December 31 Welcome the New Year with Salute to Vienna, patterned after Vienna’s world famous Neujahrskonzert, returning for a glorious 14th season with a fresh, new program. A festive New Year’s concert, featuring a brilliant new cast of over 75 musicians, stellar European singers and dancers in beautiful costumes. A light hearted blend of popular Strauss waltzes, polkas and famous operetta excerpts from “Die Fledermaus,” The Merry Widow and more-something for everyone to enjoy! 8pm, tickets $46-$72. NEW YEARS CONCERT 2013
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall January 1 Salute to Vienna Strauss Symphony of America. Dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and International Champion Ballroom Dancers. A fresh, new program with a lighthearted blend of popular Strauss waltzes, polkas and famous operetta excerpts from “Die Fledermaus”, “The Merry Widow” and more. Something for everyone to enjoy! 8pm, tickets $30-$69.
FLORIDA ORCHESTRA POPS: JUMP, JIVE AN’ WAIL
The Mahaffey Theatre January 5 Featuring award-winning swing dancers, it’s a night of dance tunes covering the Charleston, big band, boogiewoogie, blues and more with hits by Duke Ellington, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter, Glenn Miller, Louis Prima and other American masters. 8pm, tickets $17.50-$47.50. B.B. KING
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Since the 1950s, there has been only one King of the Blues: Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940s, he has released more than 60 albums many considered blues classics, like the 1965 definitive live blues album Live At The Regal, and the 1976 collaboration with Bobby “Blue” Band, Together For The First Time. 8pm, tickets $39.50$79.50. RITA RUDNER
Straz Theatre for the Performing Arts January 5 One of the country’s top comedians and a New York Times bestselling author, Rita Rudner is also an awardwinning television personality, screenwriter, playwright, Broadway dancer and actress. A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000, Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. 7:30pm, tickets $48.50-$99.50. CINDERELLA
The Mahaffey Theatre January 6 The State Ballet Theatre of Russia has travelled the world performing such exquisite pieces as “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Swan Lake” and holiday favorite “Nutcracker.” Now, enjoy “Cinderella,” one of the most popular fables of the 19th and 20th centuries. 3pm, tickets $24.75-$51.75
VENUE ADDRESSES AND CONTACT INFORMATION Largo Cultural Center 105 Central Park Drive Largo, FL 33771 Telefone: (727) 587-6751 The American Stage Theater — 163 3rd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telefone: (727) 823-7529. www.americanstage.org The Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center — 709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236. Telephone: 1(866) 508-0611. The Lakeland Center — 701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815. Telephone: (863) 834-8100 www.thelakelandcenter.com The Mahaffey Theater — 400 1st. St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 892-5798. www.themahaffey.com Ruth Eckerd Hall — 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759. Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com The Straz Center — 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 229-7827. www.strazcenter.org The Tampa Bay Times Forum — 401 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 301-6500. www.tampabaytimesforum.com The Tarpon Springs Performing Art Center — 324 Pine Street Tarpon Springs, FL. 34688 Telephone: (727) 942-5605. www.tarponarts.org Van Wezel Hall — 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. FL 34236. Telefone: (941) 955-7676. www.vanwezel.org
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