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Valentine’s Day is approaching and all around are visual reminders of love, romance, gifts and plans to celebrate with those dear to our hearts. Over time, this celebration has taken many twists and turns from its origins based in the lives of early Christian martyrs named Valentine, one of whom was Valentine of Rome, a priest who was martyred around 269 A.D. As the traditions became a celebration of love and show of affection between couples, the 14th of February has become a special day of festivities in many countries around the world. In the United States, the exchange of the traditional “valentine” is not only reserved for a sweetheart, but it has extended to sharing special moments and gifts with friends, coworkers or classmates. Love is a great expression at any age and it is an essential part of the life cycle. It is a perfect combination of feelings that involve physical attraction, affinity in thoughts and likes as well as depth of caring for one another. In our youth, love is pure impulsive energy, passion, plans and dreams to conquer. Then as we mature, we settle into formal relationships that become the base for many families. And as we age, love and relationships revolve more around companionship and caring for one another; but for many seniors entering or living in their Golden Years who are widowed or living single, romance and the start of a new relationship may seem a difficult subject to face. There are many fears and influences that may come from upbringing and social pressure that prevent people from starting over with a new partner or a new romantic experience. Pressure may even arise from selfish family misunderstandings and dislikes for a new chance at a relationship or romance. But the basic fact is that every person is unique and has the right to have feelings rekindled at any age and under any circumstances. It is in fact a healthy step to new romance, many positive changes may lead to physical and emotional rejuvenation. In this new opportunity for romance and affection, senior couples can broaden their experience, and these new relationships can be more solid, mature and complete, with See ROMANCE, Page 23

Dental Implants: A Natural Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

By Kenneth M. Greenberg D.D.S.

Dental implants have been tried almost since humans began using technology. Even early civilizations recognized the benefit of tooth replacement with different kinds of implants. They date back hundreds if not thousands of years with varying degrees of success. The earliest attempts at dental implant tooth replacements on record were discovered in the Mayan civilization dating back to 600 A.D. Archaeologists have recovered ancient skulls in which teeth were replaced by materials ranging from carved stones, such as jade, to fragments of seashells. Despite primitive methods and materials, some of these early implants actually fused to the jawbone! Recent statistics show that 69 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26 percent of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. Years ago, these patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, See IMPLANTS, Page 20

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Health Roundup

Nutrition Tips for Seniors On-the-Go Today’s seniors are leading active lives, filling their time with travel and new experiences. While staying active is great for one’s general well-being and happiness, continuous travel provides many challenges to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Good nutrition and regular exercise can keep you feeling great and reduce your risk for diseases such as prostate cancer, diabetes and hypertension. And, as we age, our risk for developing these diseases increases, so it’s especially vital for aging men and women to protect their overall health. Next time you take a trip, don’t let your health go on vacation too. Here are some wellness tips that will travel as well as your wrinkle-free shirts: • Maybe it’s all that waiting, but something about airports makes people hungrier. Packing food may be your best bet for a wholesome meal. If you do buy airport food, you may want to couple it with a little exercise. Explore the termi- nal’s options before settling on the first fast food joint you see. Salads, low-fat sandwiches and smoothies abound these days. And, instead of snacking on high-sodium pretzels or crackers on your flight, opt for an immunity-boosting piece of fruit instead. • On road trips, pack a cooler filled with fresh vegetables, homemade sandwiches and water. If you do stop along the way, try and wait un- til you can find a rest stop with plenty of healthy food choices. • Incorporate cancer-fighting foods into your daily meals. Evidence from several studies suggests that fish can help protect against prostate cancer because they have “good fat,” particularly omega-3

fatty acids. Likewise, a lack of vege- tables in the diet is linked to a higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer, according to experts at the Prostate Cancer Foundation. • A buffet can derail a diet quickly. When possible, skip the all-you-can- eat food fest and opt for individual menu items instead. When you can’t resist a buffet, eat an entire plate of salad before hitting the main dishes. Just be sure to go light on cheese and dressing and heavy on vegetables like broccoli and cauli- flower. After the salad, stick with grilled, lean meats and whole grains. Keep the amount of fat you get from red meat and dairy products to a minimum. • When you’re cooking for yourself, you know exactly what’s in your food. Don’t give up that knowledge just because someone else is doing the cooking. Ask how your meals are prepared to avoid certain no-no’s like trans fatty acids, which are found in margarine. • Remember to exercise each day, whether it’s exploring a new location on foot, or taking a swim in the hotel pool. Beyond burning calories, endurance exercises are particularly effective at increasing the body’s natural levels of antioxi- dants, eliminating inflammatory molecules that drive cancer. • Relax and enjoy your trip. Reducing stress can lead to a longer, happier life. More wellness tips can be found at www.PCF.org. Just as you would never forget your itinerary at home, don’t leave town without your good habits.

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For some of you, I am sure you think of me as a youngster. This year I will turn 50. And if there is one thing I have learned, it’s that you just never know what is around the corner next. You are probably laughing now, thinking, “Oh, he doesn’t know the half of it.” But if you would have told me 20 years I ago that I would be a radio talk show host, I would have laughed too. Two years ago our company started a radio talk show targeted at the 45+ marketplace. Our goal was to bring the issues of aging to those that live in the Bay Area while bringing a positive outlook on life. I know the word aging is probably not the best word since we age from the day we are born, but I think you know what I mean. Hopefully, some of you have tuned in and gleaned a few things from our show. We have hosted some great guests and covered some important topics that have hit home with many of our listeners. Many of our guests have given me plenty to think about in my day to day life. As I was saying earlier, you just never know what is going to happen next. And that is just what happened. After being on air for nearly two years, we have been picked up by a new broadcasting company and offered a two-hour afternoon drive time show to expand what we bring to the Tampa Bay market. I feel very fortunate that we can bring you the paper each month, along with our daily radio show. And fortunately, for me, I get to do it with my wife and best friend. I want to thank all of those readers who have supported our advertisers, read our paper, contributed information and supported what we have done for 33 years. And for those of you who have followed our show, thanks to you too, and if you haven’t done so yet, please tune in and give us your feedback. We do take requests so if you have an idea for a topic on air or in the paper please feel free to share it with us. We hope you’ll tune on, Monday thru Friday from 4-6 p.m., at 1470 AM for Health, Wealth & Wisdom, and enjoy our new two-hour format. Thanks for your support.

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Health Roundup

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Even the most dedicated exercise enthusiast can hit a workout rut, but there are a few ways you can stay motivated, whether it’s adding a new class into your routine or ensuring you’re outfitted in the right gear. Read on for the latest trends in staying on track.

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Set goals, track progress – One of the best ways to stay motivated is to set goals, track progress, and share results. A great way to keep your goals and successes top of mind is keeping a visual chart on your fridge or bedroom wall. Not only will you feel accomplished when you check off the days you worked out, but it is also an easy way to track your progress and celebrate milestones.

Add variety – One reason people tend to quit an exercise program is boredom, so make sure you are challenging yourself. A great way to do so is mixing up your routine with the latest fitness workouts like TRX Suspension Training or Crossfit. Not only does a varied workout regimen prevent boredom, it also ensures you’re working different muscles and areas of your body. And speaking of mixing it up, downloading a new playlist can give you the right heart-thumping boost to keep your energy levels up.

Buddy up – Another way to combat boredom is working out with a friend. Scheduling a workout in advance ensures you’re more likely to stick to your fitness commitments. As the old adage says, time passes much more quickly when you’re having fun.

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Five Ways to Find Your Fitness Motivation Reward yourself – It’s important to reward yourself when you reach milestones – both big and small. In fact, if you set only major goals, you’re more likely to get frustrated and quit before you make much progress. Instead, set small, achievable goals for specific time parameters, as well as an overall goal. Don’t let setbacks get you down, and make sure you celebrate each time you reach a new level with something special, such as an ice cream cone, trip to the movies, or a massage.


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“Health, Wealth & Wisdom” Moves to News Talk 1470 WMGG AM Tampa Bay We’re moving! That’s right – our radio show, Health, Wealth & Wisdom has experienced another growth spurt, and this time we’re joining the Genesis Communications family of great programming. Starting Feb. 4, 2013, Health, Wealth, and Wisdom will be broadcasted on News Talk 1470 WMGG AM across the Tampa Bay area during the evening drive hours of 4-6 p.m. weekdays. Genesis owns and operates Florida radio stations NBC Sports Talk 1040 The Team WHBO, All News 820 AM WWBA, News Talk 1470 AM WMGG in Tampa; NBC Sports Talk 1080 The Team WHOO and All News 1190 AM WAMT in Orlando; and All News 1060 AM WIXC along the Space Coast. The company also owns the digitals publications www.newstalkflorida.com and www.sportstalkflorida.com. While our station affiliation is changing, our great programming is not. As before, our live, local programming from hosts Evan Gold & Deb Goldman will unite an audience age 40+ with resources and community based activities. From doctors to financial planners, Health, Wealth, and Wisdom will bring listeners closer to topics that will help enlighten their lives on a daily basis. “We are very excited to work with the Genesis team as we expand our show and add in a number of local elements that will make this a must-listen-to show on the drive home,” said host Evan Gold. Genesis VP of Programming, Len Weiner said, “We are very excited to add Health, Wealth and Wisdom to the News/Talk 1470 WMGG line-up. It’s a long running, successful show that will continue to entertain Bay Area listeners as they make their way home from work every day.” Health, Wealth & Wisdom, a production of Senior Voice America, start-

ed as a weekly radio show under a different name, Senior Voice America, in Feb. 2011. The show grew to two, then five days a week, moving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Now, at the two-year benchmark, the program is moving to a new station and adding an additional hour to better serve its listening audience and readers of Senior Voice AM M America. ON M 6P DAY We hope you will tune 4 -F RIDAY in daily and call in frequently for some direct access to local and national topical experts, entertainers, physicians, researchers, social commentators and more. And you can always catch shows you missed by visiting www.seniorvoiceamerica.com and viewing our radio page. We appreciate the support we’ve enjoyed over the past two years and look forward to having you join us on News Talk 1470 AM WMGG, Mon. thru Fri., 4 – 6 p.m.

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RELATIONSHIPS

Valentine’s Day Events This Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14, rekindle the romance in your life by enjoying a wonderful day or evening outing with your special sweetheart. Here are some options for romantic events, specialty dinners and more to make this the most spectacular and unforgettable day of celebrating friendship and love. Happy Valentine’s Day! In Tampa: Total Eclipse of the Heart at MOSI Make it a truly unique Valentine’s Day experience, full of romance and discovery under the stars of MOSI’s planetarium. Enjoy the timeless tales of ancient love stories as told by the stars while enjoying a romantic dinner underneath a changing sky. Explore the chemistry of love by creating your own signature scent while listening to the world’s most adored love songs. It is a night to be remembered. Limited seating available; preregistration required. Feb. 14 5:30pm. $100 per couple/$80 per couple for

members. 4801 E. Fowler Ave. • Tampa, FL 33617 • (813) 987-6000. Valentine’s Dance and Dinner with Don Juceam Listen to the romantic sounds of “Tampa Bay’s very own Frank Sinatra” Don Juceam and his orchestra while enjoying a dinner by Puff N Stuff catering. Feb. 15 7:00pm $75 per couple. T. Pepin’s Hospitality Centre • 4121 N. 50th St. • Tampa, FL 33610 • (813) 367-0040. Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise aboard Yacht StarShip Make this the most romantic Valentin’es Day, as you cruise and dine over the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay! This cruise will include an unforgettable prix-fixe menu, private table, DJ entertainment, and spectacular views under the stars. Sells out every year, so book your tickets in advance as soon as possible! Feb. 14 6:30pm to 10:00pm. $99.95 per couple Yacht StarShip • 603 Channelside Dr. • Tampa, FL 33602 • (813) 223-7999.

Sunset Champagne Cruise aboard Yacht StarShip Make this the start to a perfect romantic Valentine’s evening. This predinner sunset cruise with DJ entertainment for dancing includes a glass of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, petit fours, and one long-stemmed rose per couple. There will be a cash bar available on board. As this is a cocktail-style event, there will be no reserved seating. The perfect pairing to dinner reservations or for those who like to cook dinner at home! Feb. 14 5:15pm to 7:00pm Starting at $39.95 Yacht StarShip • 603 Channelside Dr. • Tampa, FL 33602 • (813) 223-7999. Special Three-Course Valentine’s Day Menu at Pelagia Trattoria Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Pelagia Trattoria by selecting from a variety of dishes exclusively created for this heartfelt holiday and specially priced at $60 per person (tax/gratuity not included.) The three-course, prix fixe menu provides diners with an impres-

sive array of appetizers, entrees and desserts that can be creatively combined to enhance the romance. Reservations are required from 5:30 until last seating at 10 p.m. Feb. 14 5:30pm to 10:00pm Pelagia Trattoria at International Plaza • 4200 Jim Walter Blvd. • Tampa, FL 33607 • (813) 313-3235 www.pelagiatrattoria.com. Jim Brickman Valentine’s Day Concert Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts: Ruth Eckerd Hall. Enjoy an evening of dazzling piano and vibrant vocals by this superstar and the best-selling piano artist. Award-winning Jim Brickman has revolutionized his genre with melodies such as Valentine, The Gift, Love of My Life, Simple Things and Peace that reaffirm idealism and romanticism. Feb. 16 8:00pm. $40-$63 Ruth Eckerd Hall • 1111 N. McMullen Booth Rd. • Clearwater, FL 33759 • (727) 791-7400. Please See VALENTINE’S, Page 27


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Dr. Malafa He had robotic surgery to remove prostate cancer five years ago at Moffitt. Patients who have had robotic and minimally invasive surgery reported high satisfaction thanks to the following: • Tiny incisions through minimally invasive surgery • Faster healing and less noticeable scars • Shorter hospital stays • Faster recovery time • Decreased pain and better pain management • Less blood loss during surgery – this reduces the need for blood transfusions and helps promote faster recovery Whitney urges people to take control of their health. He didn’t realize that his chest pain, unexplained weight loss, and a yellowing of the eyes and fingernails — known as jaundice — are symptoms of pancreatic cancer. Whitney is undergoing chemotherapy to combat stray cancer cells found in his liver, and he’s keeping a positive attitude. “I’m not ready to go anywhere. My mother loved living, and she was a great example for me. She used to say, ‘When the Lord comes calling, tell Him I’m not ready to pick up the phone.’ That’s where I’m at right now.” Dr. Malafa estimates that half of Moffitt’s Whipple surgeries can be performed robotically. Candidates eligible for the robotic Whipple procedure include patients with a tumor in the head of the pancreas that can be treated surgically. The patient must be able to undergo general anesthesia. For more information on Moffitt’s robotic and minimally invasive surgeries, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488) or visit MOFFITT.org.


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Nothing is Really Something By Professor Abne M. Eisemberg While this title may sound ambiguous, it could have innocent or serious consequences. If someone sends you an email and you don’t answer it, no answer is an answer. If they send you a letter and you don’t answer it, that, too, is an answer. Most of us say or do things that are either intentional or accidental. In either case, they trigger some kind of consequence. Consider all the forms we are constantly required to fill out. Leaving something blank invariably sends up a red flag. Again, nothing is something. Physicians are never faulted for ordering too many tests. However, if they fail to order one clinically necessary test, they place their professional reputation in serious jeopardy. And, from a patient’s perspective, getting a negative mammogram or EKG report showing no pathology gives them is a blessed “nothing.” Wives frequently ask their husbands, “What are you doing?” The answer they often get is, “Nothing.” But, are they really doing nothing? They might be looking out of a window, sitting quietly in a rocking chair, or mindlessly thumbing

through a newspaper. All these behaviors involve doing something that is considered to be “nothing.” Cultures treat “nothing” differently. In Buddhism, Nirvana involves a clearing of the mind allowing an individual to become completely focused on any thought at a level of intensity that would not be possible if they were consciously thinking. It is an extinction of the sense of self. Shakespeare’s famous line, “To be or not to be” also captures this state of nothingness. What does “not being” mean? Does it mean that your “not being” is nothing or is it something? Our language can be very confusing. Are the following phrases meaningless or do they mean something? “I have nothing to do.” “There is nothing new under the sun.” “That is nothing to write home about.” “Here goes nothing.” “Whispering sweet nothings.” The next time you encounter nothing, be aware that it is not simply the opposite of something. Nothing is always something.

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Health Roundup

AAA is a Serious Risk for Smoking Men Over Age 60

For a little background, most people know the aorta as the main artery that starts in the heart, but as it travels through the chest it’s called the thoracic aorta, and when it reaches the abdomen, it’s called the abdominal aorta. As a main part of the body’s vascular system, it carries oxygenated blood away from the heart, and then splits into the two iliac arteries that supply the legs with blood.

What are the symptoms? According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, many people do not feel symptoms at all. However, the following are warning signs that might prompt a screening for AAA: • A pulsing feeling in your abdomen, similar to a heartbeat. • Severe, sudden pain in your abdomen or lower back. If this is the case, your aneurysm may be about to burst. • On rare occasions, your feet may develop pain, discoloration, or sores on the toes or feet. AAA can be life-threatening if the aneurysm bursts, so if you experience any symptoms you

What is the treatment? If an aneurysm is confirmed, there are two primary types of recommended treatment, since no change in lifestyle will make the aneurysm go away. Endovascular Surgery: Some patients can undergo a catheter/stenting surgery, which is less invasive, involves a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery overall. However, not all patients qualify for this type of surgery based on the location and shape of their aneurysm, and this option does involve more follow up, future scans and possible maintenance to ensure the stent inside the artery is still working. Open Surgery: As the name implies, open surgery requires an incision in the abdomen. Then, instead of placing a stent inside the artery, the surgery actually removes the damaged part of the artery and replaces it with a graph, which is a plastic tube the same size as a normal artery that allows the blood to flow through. While there are some occasions where the aneurysm is small enough to merit a “wait and see” approach, whereby it is monitored every 6-12 months, a neglected or undiagnosed aneurysm can be deadly. If the aneurysm bursts, patients may suddenly feel intense weakness, dizziness, or pain, and may eventually lose consciousness. This is a life-threatening situation that requires immediate medical attention. For more information about AAA, related tests and surgical procedures, contact Dr. Edward G. Izzo, Jr. or Dr. Mark J. Alkire at Advanced Vein and Vascular Solutions, (813) 258-2273 or (727)871-8346. You can also visit www.izzoalkire.com.

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• Over 15,000 people in the U.S. died last year from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. • AAAs are the tenth leading cause of death in men over 60. • An estimated 1 million men and women worldwide are living with undiagnosed AAAs.

should consult with a vascular specialist right away. Typically, the aneurysm can be identified through an abdominal ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

If the aorta weakens in the abdomen, the vessel wall may dangerously expand or bulge while blood is pumped through it. This expansion is known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

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Ask a smoking male about his greatest risk due to smoking, and you’re likely to hear things like lung cancer, heart attack and stroke. But it’s rare that anyone would mention an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Known as AAA, abdominal aortic aneurysms are weak spots in the aortic artery, and they can be silent, deadly killers. Consider these statistics:

The illustration shows the placement of an endovascular stent graft in an aortic aneurysm. In figure A, a catheter is inserted into an artery in the groin (upper thigh). The catheter is threaded to the abdominal aorta, and the stent graft is released from the catheter. In figure B, the stent graft allows blood to flow through the aneurysm.

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Beauty At Any Age By Ro Martinez It has been said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Opinions vary on what constitutes true beauty. No doubt love, nutrition and physical activity contribute to both outer and inner beauty. Love can help us endure, and the endorphins created can make us feel like we are on top of the world. Proper nutrition results in clear skin, improved digestion, and healthy looking hair and nails. Exercise can help us get in better physical shape.

LOVE Individuals who have a close knit family may live longer and have fewer health issues. They have a built-in support system and constant companionship. Make time for important things like having meals together or vacationing away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Go for walks with your family and share your hopes and dreams with them.

NUTRITION Diet has become a four-letter word, with more negative connotations than going to the dentist. It does not have to be that way. Gradually changing your eating habits, making educated choices and learning portion control are ways to improve your lifestyle. Keep healthy snacks like raw almonds, celery and natural peanut butter or carrots and a healthy low fat dip with you to prevent you from binging on whatever is around your home or office. Learn to make healthier versions of the foods you love by reducing the fat and sugar used in your favorite recipes. Replace oil with lemon juice on vegetables or substitute fruit juice for processed sugar. Consult a nutritionist for advice.

EXERCISE Whether you exercise with friends or run around with your kids all day long, physical activity has many health

benefits, such as lowered blood pressure and weight control. Benefits I have personally noticed are reduced joint pain and added energy. Find opportunities throughout the day to get moving – like walking or swimming with your grandchildren. Begin slowly and listen to your body. Always warm up. If something hurts, stop doing it. Make sure you consult your physician before starting any exercise routine. The above suggestions are meant to enhance your life and help to add to your inner and outer beauty. Get out and enjoy life with family and friends and the resulting benefits will be well worth the effort. Ro Martinez, author, model and modeling coach, has been in the business for over 25 years. Her book Modeling At Any Age is a step-by-step, comprehensive, easy-to-read guide for modeling and how to flourish in the industry. For information on becoming a model or actress, visit www.modelingatanyage.net or email Ro at romartinezmodel@hotmail.com.

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Making Your Home Senior-Friendly Can Also Lower Your Bills

More seniors than ever before are choosing to stay in their homes as they age. According to a study by the AARP, only five percent of Americans ages 65 and older live in group quarters like nursing homes. From narrow hallways to steep stairs, design elements in typical houses can make remaining at home difficult in our golden years. However, basic upgrades, like handrails and ramps, can go a long way toward making homes safer for seniors. And there are other small seniorfriendly changes that can even make homes more environmentally friendly, which can help lower utility bills. “The aging process can be gradual for some, however others can move quickly from independent living to a cane to a walker,” says Joyce Polhamus, Chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design for Aging Knowledge Community. “You don’t need to completely remodel your home; there are small things you can do now to make it more accessible as the aging process evolves, while also making it better for the environment.”

Automate to Conserve One of the best ways to help ensure senior safety is to have a well-lit home. But it sometimes can be difficult to reach outlets and to remember to turn lights on and off as you move about your house. Installing sensors, so lights go on and off automatically when you enter and leave rooms, will cut back on electricity costs and ensure better visibility. As we age, tasks that formerly seemed simple, like watering plants, can be difficult and energy-consuming. Polhamus recommends setting automatic timers on sprinkler systems to eliminate the need to do this task yourself, while also helping to conserve water.

Update Appliances Emptying the dishwasher or putting a load of laundry in the washing machine, can put a strain on the body. Consider installing newer appliances designed to be more senior friendly. With newer dishwasher and refrigerator models, you can open doors and drawers between hip and shoulder height, which won’t require reaching up or bending down. Additionally, replacing older appliances with newer, more energy-efficient appliances can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

Or you can place existing appliances, like front-loading washing machines, on platforms. An architect can help you redesign any room around appliances to make it safer and more senior-friendly.

Seasonal Design The majority of heat gain and loss comes from windows. Electronic curtains can alleviate the burden of repeatedly opening and closing traditional curtains and are more airtight to better keep cold air outside. If electronic curtains aren’t an option, Polhamus recommends ensuring windows are properly sealed and considering shrubs or bushes outside to act as a buffer against wind and cold air. To find an architect who can help make your home greener and more comfortable for seniors, visit http://architectfinder.aia.org/. With a few updates, you can live in peace knowing your home is designed for aging.


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Let’s Talk Time to Start Anew PAPERWORK AND CLOTHES

By Nurse Ruth As with the New Year, let’s go out with the old and in with the new…with all of our stuff, that is, and make this a time to start anew! The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many of us. We’ve considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for our greatest passions. Are you ready to unclutter? Do you find that you are quickly tripped up by the very next question…where in the world do I begin? Consider taking a compartmentalized approach.

FREEZER, REFRIGERATOR, PANTRY Take stock and use what you can. Discard unrecognizable items in the freezer and anything that shows signs of freezer burn. Check the refrigerator and the pantry for outdated condiments and dry goods.

CLEANING SUPPLIES Do you use all of the cleaners under your sink? If it didn’t work or you just don’t use it, why keep it?

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Discard anything over 1 year old.

MEDICINES Check expiration dates on your prescription and non-prescription medications; discard those that have reached their expiration date. Check your first aid kit for expiration dates on ointments, medicated bandages, etc. and replace them.

Create three piles: file, deal with and trash. Going forward, sort your mail daily, to keep from building clutter. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. While this idea didn’t originate with Oprah, she was the one to help give it notoriety. Hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. This will identify wardrobe pieces that you aren’t wearing and that need to be cleared out. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. (Those on hangers which haven’t been turned around.) The One-Year Box. Take all of the items that you are afraid to get rid of … “I might need this someday.” Put them in a box, seal it and date it for 1 year in the future. When the date comes, whatever you haven’t needed to retrieve from the box can go straight to the drop off box for a local charity. But whatever you do, don’t look inside… you didn’t need whatever’s in there during the past year, you don’t need it now!

DONATION BAG Use a plastic shopping or trash bag to collect items you come upon from time to time that you know you won’t use again. When the bag is full, drop it off at your favorite charity and start a new bag. Last but not least, BEWARE of sales this time of the year. Stores are trying to clear their shelves for new inventory. Are you really sure you’ll wear that leopard vest or do you just want it because it’s marked 75 percent off? Is your favorite grocery having a BOGO (buy one, get one) sale? Remember, food items expire, check expiration dates and don’t overbuy. So remember, it’s never too late or too soon to start anew! Now is the time to make your life less cluttered. If you have a concern, viewpoint, or comment with regard to this article, Let’s Talk! Provided by Ruth Fanovich, RN, LHRM, Owner, Care Placement Home Health Agency, Inc. and RMF Care Management, Inc. www.CarePlacementHH.com.


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Great Ways to Save on Home Energy Bills

This winter, don’t let your windows keep you out in the cold. According to the American Institute of Architects, windows are the primary source of heat loss in houses. To keep your house warm and energy bills down, caulk around windows, door frames, and other trim, while using weather stripping to seal drafty doors. And don’t forget to close fireplace dampers. Planting trees and bushes around your house will help block out cold winter winds. This will help keep energy costs down and make your yard look great too. Finally, don’t forget to fix leaky faucets. Even minor leaks increase energy consumption and electricity bills. To find an architect in your area that can help prepare your home for winter, visit http://architectfinder.aia.org.

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Senior Happenings the whale shark can be as large as a school bus! Learn about all types of sharks, where they live, what they eat, and much more from 10 a.m. to noon, as we explore one of the ocean’s most revered creatures. Recommended for all ages. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Weedon Island Preserve Center is located at 1800 Weedon Drive Northeast, St. Petersburg, Florida 33702. For more information please contact (727) 4536500. Bunco Cocktail Party

Delaney Creek Lodge February 7 Super Speaker and Super Bowl party

Temple Sinai February 3 J Street and Temple Sinai present Dr. Gershon Baskin, lecturing on “The Secret Conduit to Freedomthe story of negotiations between Israel and Hamas to free Gilad Shalit” at 3 PM on Sunday, Feb. 3. Baskin was the veteran peace activist who was instrumental in creating the breakthrough that brought the abducted soldier Gilad Shalit home safely after being held for over five years in captivity.  Dr. Baskin will share the details and fascinating story of the secret and direct channels of talk that were held with Hamas. This is free and open to the public.  A Super Bowl party will follow the presentation.  Cost of the dinner is $20; please RSVP to 924-1802.  For more info: TempleSinaiSpeaker@gmail.com. 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd. Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 924-1802.

Please join us in our fight for cancer. Delaney Creek Lodge is hosting a Bunco Cocktail Party, Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 PM. The cost is $15.00 with all the proceeds going to The American Cancer Society. The evening will be full of laughter, food, cash bar, prizes and many new friends. Call to reserve your ticket or come and purchase them. You can also purchase a few extra and invite your friends. Delaney Creek Lodge is located at 320 South Lakewood Drive Brandon, FL 33511. For more information call (813) 655-8858. Florida State Fair

Florida State Fairgrounds February 7-18

Enjoy this annual event with extensive exhibits and fun galore, rides, food and entertainment for all ages. The FL State Fair is located at 4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610 There are 3 entrances into the Fairgrounds property: US Hwy. 301, Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Orient Road. MLK, Jr. Blvd. and US Hwy. 301 are only open when there are events African Violet Society of Pinellas County ongoing at the Fairgrounds. The Orient Road entrance is accessible seven days a week with 24-hour Cypress Palms security present. Please use the proper entrance idenFebruary 4 African Violet Society of Pinellas County will hold its tified for each event occurring at the Fairgrounds. For next regular meeting on Monday, February 4th, 7 p.m. more information call Phone: 813-621-7821 or Toll Free 1-800-345-FAIR. at Cypress Palms 400 Lake Ave NE in Largo. Free admission and parking, visitors welcome. Refreshments, PRANIC PSYCHOTHERAPY plant raffle and program on “Light—One of the EssenHilton Garden Inn tials for Growing.” February 8, 9 For further information call (727) 585-5170. Caregivers Support Group in Largo

Grand Villa Senior Living February 6 Caring for aging parents and loved ones with special needs can be stressful, overwhelming, and often leads to isolation. But the reality is, you are not alone. Resources, information, and other caregiver support is available right within our community. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to attend a free workshop or support group near you. 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Grand Villa Senior Living is located at 750 Starkey Road, Largo, Florida 33771. GOING COASTAL: SHARKY SCIENCE IN SAINT PETERSBURG

Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center February 6 Did you know there are about 350 different types of sharks? The dwarf shark is as small as your hand, while

Pranic Psychotherapy® is the application of Pranic Healing® techniques to healing and alleviating emotional and mental imbalances. Negative emotions and traumatic experiences are essentially negative thought forms and emotional energies lodged in the aura and in the critical energy centers. Pranic Psychotherapy®, however, offers you the ability to quickly and safely release these crippling energetic patterns. Learn advanced energetic extraction techniques on the affected chakras so phobias, compulsions and addictions can be alleviated in a very short time. During class time we encourage the students to do their best to completely remove reallife emotional issues that their partners have. Friday 6:30 PM - Saturday 7:00 PM Hilton Garden Inn is located at 5312 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, Florida. Clearwater SINGLES 50+ Dance

Colreavy Hall February 9

SCIPS - Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way, (corner of Myrtle Avenue, south of Druid Road, in Clearwater), on Saturday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. Live music by the ever popular “Alley Cats” band. Dress code: “dressy casual” attire. (No shorts, jeans, beach wear). Join SCIPS for a fun evening, meeting new singles, listening to entertaining music and socializing. Admission: $5.00/ members, $7.00/non-members. Door prizes will be awarded. Couples welcome! No reservations are necessary. You may bring your own snacks and beverages. Cups and ice are furnished, and sodas are available. Monthly dances, featuring live music, are scheduled for the second Saturday of each month. Other fun activities include dining out, theater, movies, picnics, sporting events, visits to museums, etc. SCIPS is a not-for-profit, non-denominational singles club, serving the Tampa Bay area for the past 33 years. http://scips.tripod.com For additional information, call (727) 253-4874 or (727) 461-7104. TET Festival

Coliseum February 10 Come and celebrate the Vietnamese New Year of Sunday, February 10 from 9am - 11pm. There will be plenty of food, music and entertainment. The coliseum is located at 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information, call (727) 892-5202. Learn about PVD

Memorial Hospital February 12 Join us on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. as Dr. Talal Hamdan tells you what you need to know about Peripheral Vascular Disease. His credentials include board certified physician with Palma Ceia Heart and Vascular, board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, and a diplomat of the American Board of Vascular Medicine and the American Board of Endovascular Medicine. Please RSVP for a light lunch and this special seminar in Memorial Hospital’s Auditorium at 813-342-1313. Memorial Hospital is located at 2901 West Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33609. For more information call (813) 873-6400. CITIZEN SCIENTIST WORKSHOP

Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center February 13 Join a national effort to collect valuable information on plants and wildlife. You don’t need to be an expert to join in. Be part of a volunteer effort to record data that is used in scientific studies. This training introduces you to the collection of local ecological information and provides an introduction to Nature’s Notebook. Participants must have access to a computer. Class size limited and registration required. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Weedon Island Preserve Center is located at 1800 Weedon Drive Northeast, St. Petersburg, Florida 33702. For information contact: Mary Campbell, Extension Director - mcampbell@pinellascounty.org.


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Senior Happenings Tampa Bay Bridal Show

Coliseum February 17 Come to the Coliseum on Sunday, February 17 from 12 noon - 4pm for the Tampa Bridal Show Cost of entry only $3. Come see plenty of vendors with displays to help organize your special day. The coliseum is located at 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information, call (727) 892-5202. HEARTS & HOLD’EM POKER TOURNAMENT

Quail Hollow Event Center February 16 Cost: Hearts & Hold’em Poker Admit One $43.19. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM The Quail Hollow Event Center is located at 225 Old Pasco Rd., Zephyrhills, Florida 33544. For more information call (813) 333-0033. hearing solution seminars

Sound Advice (2 Locations) February 19, 21 A one hour seminar on hearing loss, followed by lunch with the chance to talk with our specialist. Free hearing tests will also be offered. For your convenience we offer two events at two locations; St. Petersburg seminar will be on February 19, 11:30 a.m. The Largo seminar will be on February 21, 11:30 a.m. For information on the St. Pete event call (727)8222132. 3173 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, FL. For information on the Largo event call (727)518-1111. 861 West Bay Drive, Largo, Florida. ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE - THE SCOTTISH CHIEF AND THE BATTLE OF BALLAST POINT IN ST. PETERSBURG

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challenged. 515 East Boulevard Street, Bartow, FL 33830 Largo Central Park For more information call (863) 533-0055 February 23 polkseniorgames@verizon.net Climb Aboard and Explore the World of Health and http://polkseniorgames.org. Safety at Pinellas County Council PTA’s 4th Annual Living with reflux is not living Health and Safety Fair. A family friendly event with lots of hands on activities in our kid zone; entertainment by Memorial Hospital Knuckleheadz, Authentic Martial Arts, and The Balloon February 27th Guy; fun games, prizes and giveaways and so much Join us on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 12:00 more! Learn about health and safety education for chilp.m. – 1:00 p.m. as Dr. Gopal Grandhige discusses dren and families. There will also be a Bike Rodeo sponGERD and other forms of acid reflux. His credentials insored by Safe Kids through All Children’s Hospital and clude board certified physician with Suncoast Surgical they will be giving away free helmets. 10:00 AM Associates & on staff at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, Largo Central Park is located at 101 Central Park completed his Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery Drive, Largo, Florida. Fellowship at Yale University, and is a specialist in hiatal Non-Stop Dancing at Highland’s Zumba Bash and other hernias and surgical treatment of GERD. PINELLAS COUNTY COUNCIL PTA’S HEALTH AND SAFETY FAIR

Please RSVP to 813-342-1313. Lunch will be served. Memorial Hospital is located at 2901 West Swann Largo, FL – Come out for an evening of non-stop Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33609. For more information call dancing, healthy snacks, raffle prizes and much more at (813) 873-6400. Highland’s Zumba Bash on Saturday, February 23. 2013 Strawberry Festival From 6-8pm, join a team of Zumba instructors as they Plant City lead an exciting, fun and easy-to-follow dance class set to Latin and international music. All adults and children February 28 - March 10, 2013 8 and up are encouraged to come experience this great Enjoy this annual event featuring the famous Plant mix of music, fitness and fun. Comfortable clothing and City strawberries, with extensive exhibits and fun gadance shoes or sneakers are recommended. lore, rides, food and daily concerts packed with celebCost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Admission rities from the music industry, including Chubby is half price for children ages 8-17. Checker, Foreigner, Gloriana, Randy Houser, Alan Highland Recreation Complex is located at, 400 Jackson, Bobby Vinton, Martina McBride, Trace AdHighland Ave. For more information, visit PlayLargo. kins, Mel Tillis, Blake Shelton and more. com or call (727)518-3016. February 28th - SENIOR CITIZENS’ DAY: Patrons 60 years of age or older get $2.00 off the gate admission Big Band Ballroom Dance of $10.00 all day. Coliseum The Strawberry Festival is located at 303 North February 23 Lemon St., Plant City, FL 33563-4706. For more inforCome to the Coliseum for the Big Band Ballroom mation, call (813) 752-9194. Dance: A Tribute to Harry James and the Andrews Sisters. Come on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30pm. Entry fee is $22 (plus $1 service charge). BYOB, snacks and set-ups available. Advanced group rates for 15+. For more information, call (727) 892-5202. The coliseum is located at 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information, call

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Mike Terrell, underwater archaeologist from The Florida Aquarium, will present a talk on his research titled The Scottish Chief and the Battle of Ballast Point. This 2012-2013 Lecture Series will be held the third Thursday of every month through April 2013 at The Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History (727) 892-5202. Center. 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2013 Polk Senior Games Weedon Island Preserve Center is located at 1800 Sound Advice (2 Locations) Weedon Drive Northeast, St. Petersburg, Florida February 23 - March 11 -- Registration begins 33702. For information, reservation and cancellation January 7 -- Deadline to Enter: February 8 policies contact (727) 453-6500. LANDSCAPE DESIGN FOR RIGHT PLANT, RIGHT PLACE AND MORE

Home Depot February 23 At this FREE Pasco Extension Seminar a local Master Gardener will consider the use of hardscapes, water features, landscape lighting and plantings in the home landscape. Installation methods, choosing a designer and selecting a contractor will also be discussed. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM The Home Depot is located at 10017 US 19, Port Richey, FL. For questions about this class, contact the Extension office at 352-518-0156, 813-996-7341, or 727-847-2411, and ask for the Extension office.

Polk Senior Games provides an annual event of competitive athletic and recreational events for men and women 50 years and over. The Games promote an active, healthy lifestyle, an interest in sports, and volunteerism. The Games offer something for everyone - the serious competitor, the fun at heart, the seasoned athlete, and the physically

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FINANCES

What Taxpayers Need to Know About Government Pensions There has been a lot of talk lately about the costs of public employee pensions and whether governments have set aside enough money to make good on their promises. Concerns are real -- and growing -about these retirement benefits and what must be done to honor the obligations if enough money is not available to cover the benefits public employees have been promised. When local and state governments have not set enough money aside to adequately fund pension obligations, the conversation very quickly turns to whether making up for the shortfall could mean tax increases, service reductions, or cuts in retirement benefits. To best understand the size and impact of your government’s pension liability, you should find out what type of pension plan your government offers and its current pension obligations and funded status.

New Standards Offer Transparency In an effort to equip interested parties with the tools they need to evaluate government pension benefits, new pen-

sion standards issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)—which are set to take effect in 2014— will require state and local governments to plainly show their net liability for pension benefits on the face of the financial statements, alongside other liabilities. The GASB is the independent group that sets accounting and financial reporting standards for U.S. state and local governments. Under the new standards, anyone interested in pension information will be better able to assess a government’s overall financial picture as it relates to pensions by helping them evaluate such questions as: What pension promises has my government made? How much is it obligated to pay? How is my government doing compared to other communities?

Where to Find This Information While governments are becoming familiar with and preparing for the new financial reporting standards, there are steps that taxpayers and public employees can take to better understand their governments’ financial obligations: • Contact your government officials:

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Local Company Keeps Seniors on Meds with Low Prices By Julie Heidelberg, Editor If you haven’t done it yourself, chances are high that you know someone close to you who has ceased taking a necessary prescription because of the price. For many aging adults, daily medications keep blood pressure, cholesterol and depression/anxiety in check. People need blood thinners and insulin and statins on a regular basis – but many stop taking their meds because the prescriptions are expensive and their budgets are limited. It comes down to paying for electricity and food – or even housing – instead of purchasing necessary medications. Fortunately, people living in Tampa Bay have a helpful resource to turn to. Canadian Meds of St. Pete is a facilitator for people to order drugs safely and legally, directly from the manufacturer, at a 30 to 70 percent discount off of the U.S. price. As an added bonus, the medications are shipped directly to customers from the place of manufacturing. While some of the available medications are made in the U.S. or Canada, the majority are made overseas in countries like England, Pakistan, Singapore, India and Turkey. However, there is no difference between the Canadian Meds of St. Pete products and those purchased locally. Everything sold is safe, legal and FDA approved, and both name brand and generic medications are available based on the instructions prescribed by your physician. Nothing is ordered or sold without a prescription. If you take medication on a regular basis, you should investigate the money-saving options with Canadian Meds of St. Pete and place your order as soon as possible to start maximizing you savings. The average delivery time is 2-5 weeks, depending on customs, so it’s best for customers to get a 90day supply prescription from their physicians to keep their drug supply in stock between orders. Canadian Meds of St. Pete can also help you avoid the Medicare donut hole, depending on the amount of medication you require. As a discount drug supplier, they suggest that you purchase your expensive meds from a discount pharmacy on your own, outside of your Medicare plan, and save your Medicare Part D/private insurance money for less expensive generics and medication you cannot wait 30 days to get (like antibiotics). This will keep your Medicare claims low, keeping you away from the donut hole threshold, and meanwhile, you save extensively on the more expensive drugs by using a deep discount pharmacy like Canadian Meds of St. Pete. For more details on available drugs or additional explanation on avoiding the donut hole, contact Canadian Meds of St. Pete at 727-498-6432. Or stop by at 5545 Park St. North, St. Petersburg, in the Eagles Park Shopping Center next to Publix.

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From IMPLANTS Pg. 1 speak clearly and smile. Fixed bridges and removable dentures, however, are not always the best solution and may bring with them a number of other problems. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. People with dentures also find they have a decreased ability to chew, taste, and enjoy their favorite foods. Also of concern, fixed bridges can affect adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors can predispose fixed bridgework (as well as natural teeth) to early failure. Dental implants, first used in professional dentDental implants, first used in professional dentistry in the 1950s, are another option for patients who are missing permanent teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your dentist surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that “fuses” with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration,” dental implants don’t slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have “false teeth,” and won’t decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because a dental implant fuses with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem and is a restoration that is the closest thing to a natural tooth. If you are currently wearing full or partial dentures, dental implants can be an option to help improve your quality of life. Implants can often be used to replace fixed or removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture

Illustration of a dental implant making it much more comfortable. After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants continue to still function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Are Implants right for you? Who’s a good candidate for implant treatment? You are, if you are in generally good health and able to undergo routine dental treatment. A complete dental exam and x-rays should be performed to make sure you have healthy gums and bone needed to support an implant. Contact us at Dental Pros of Tampa to find out if implants are an option for you! Kenneth M. Greenberg, DDS & Nancy E. Freibaum, DDS, P.A. • (813) 920-6608 • dentalprosoftampa@ gmail.com. • www.dentalprosoftampa.com.

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How to Develop a Retirement Exit Strategy By John Lynn Most business owners spend time developing business plans to begin a new business and then work hard to build and grow it into a successful enterprise. But rarely do they consider or plan for an exit strategy. An exit strategy is equally essential when the owner wants to quit working full-time. There are only three options available; close the business, sell the business, or keep it operating. Having an exit strategy in place gives the owner control over future plans for themselves and the business. Successful businesses utilize budgeting to effectively grow and protect the enterprise’s staffing, inventory, operations and emergency planning, but rarely incorporate an exit strategy. Without proper planning and implementation, most entrepreneurs cannot successfully quit work when they wish to and are forced to retire when times are right. Having an active exit strategy enables the business owner to retire on their terms at a date and age that they control. Like all workers, business owners

cannot enjoy a secure retirement until they have a cash flow to sufficiently replace the income earned during their working years. An exit strategy is the only way to provide for this option and turn the hope into a reality. However, most retirement options do not provide the flexibility necessary due to external governmental rules and regulations that limit contributions or fund accessibility. 401-Ks, SEPs, and IRAs limit yearly amounts contributed and when and how funds are distributed. The most effective option available for an exit strategy is the Sec. 7702, which offers the most flexibility to the entrepreneur/business owner. Sec. 7702 is an IRS approved life insurance which offers tax-free growth and income, provides flexibility for contribution amounts in good and bad economic times, allows access to cash prior to age 59½ and does not have to be offered to all employees. Based on fund growth performance, the business owner can elect to retire sooner or later or reduce time managing the business and designate a replacement of their choice.

Sec. 7702 can be structured to be self-completing if the owner becomes disabled and provide sufficient cash for the owner’s family in the event of death. It also gives the family the option to maintain the business or sell it. Most importantly, the business owner is in control of the plan and can make necessary changes throughout the years. While not a tax-deductible budgeted expense, the funds grow income tax-free and are distributed income tax-free. The owner can elect who, other than themselves, can participate in the program such as family members or selected key employees. If you wish to discuss the advantages of the Sec. 7702 option contact Jon Lynn: phone 813-774-1862 or clynnlutz@aol.com.

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From ROMANCE Pg. 1 fewer complications such as the possibility of infidelity. Love at this stage of life is not normally based on the pure physical attraction, but on the more profound feelings and affection, common activities, love, respect and mutual companionship. Another positive aspect of today’s senior romances is that with the advances in medicine and access to education, a sexual life after 60 or 65 doesn’t have to be passive, but it can continue to flourish as the relationship grows healthily. To this fact we can add that there have been several scientific studies, one of them published by Dr. Tillman Krueger from the Technical University of Zurich, with proof that a healthy sex life can increase the body’s defenses and it can be a stress releaser that will prevent physical deterioration. Another advance that can aid seniors in their quest to find and renew relationships and romances is the technology available through internet and the social networks that allows many avenues of search and communication. There are ways to research and reconnect with friendships and loves from the past, as well as places to post personal information where new connections may lead to more. In our own publication, the “Senior to Senior” section is proof of the popularity of dating and search for romance among our readers. Romance is ageless... so feel young and in love no matter what the calendar says and feel sure that it is a positive step to regain self esteem, to rekindle and rediscover wonderful things, share experiences and fill this portion of your life with passion, tenderness and companionship without superficialities. It is a new age to walk hand in hand, to dance cheek to cheek, to feel butterflies in your stomach and to embrace the happiness that life has to offer.

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Entertainment The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Ruth Eckerd Hall February 4 An annual favorite, this 16-piece orchestra continues to pack venues across the country and remains true to the legacy of the band that broke attendance records up and down the East Coast and had 31 Top 10 hits in 1940. 1:00 PM. Tickets $25, $18 (Limited number of $35 VIP seats available). The Lowe Family

Ruth Eckerd Hall February 5 Direct from sellouts in Branson, this multi-talented family finally comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time, offering an incredible blend of show-stopping classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz, bluegrass, old-time favorites, spectacular dance, six-part harmony, gospel, and more. 1 PM. Tickets $25, $18 (Limited number of $35 VIP seats available). An Evening With Richard Marx

Ruth Eckerd Hall-Capitol Theatre February 7 On tour in support of his planned release A Night Out With Friends, GRAMMY® Award winner Richard Marx returns to the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District for a solo appearance. For more than 20 years, Richard Marx has consistently and powerfully made his mark on the music industry. Over the course of his career, he has written 13 #1 hit singles and sold more than 30 million albums, collaborating with such artists as Luther Vandross, Ringo Starr and Keith Urban. He has been nominated for GRAMMY® Awards three times and received an American Music Award nomination for favorite male singer. 8 PM. Tickets: $59.50, $42.50. MERLE HAGGARD

Mahaffey Theater February 8 Merle Haggard is a legend and outlaw country icon who has talked the talk, walked the walk and sang about it all on hits like Okie from Muskogee, Mama Tried and The Fightin’ Side of Me. Few and far between are the chances to see a guy like Hag in the flesh. So circle Feb. 8 on your calendar -- that’s when Haggard will be at the

Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $39.50-$89.50 7:30 PM.

that resonate with contemporary audiences. 8 PM. Tickets $110-$150.

Coffee Concert: War of the Romantics

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Mahaffey Theater Ruth Eckerd Hall Progress Center for Performing Arts February 6, 7

Ruth Eckerd Hall February 9

Teddy Abrams, conductor & piano Enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts at the next Coffee Concert with guest conductor Teddy Abrams leading The Florida Orchestra in a program of music by Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Wagner and more...with Abrams as the piano soloist in the Romanze of Clara Schumann’s Concerto for Piano in A minor. Wed., Feb. 6, 10 am Ruth Eckerd Hall, Thu., Feb 7, 11 am Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sponsored by:  Westminster Palms, Orange Blossom Catering  Tickets: $24, $29, $34, $42. An Evening with George Jones

The Lakeland Center February 7 With a stellar career of more than 35 years ago, George Jones performs all your favorites. Sit back and enjoy an evening with the Possum as he takes you on a country journey through his hits including “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will),” “A Good Year for the Roses,” “ The Grand Tour,” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Before concert Center Stage Buffet available, featuring a full selection of fresh salads, delicious entrees and delectable desserts for a great low price. $15.95. Dinner is served from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Advance purchase strongly suggested. For more information please call 863-834-8111. Parking $7. Concert without dinner, $40. The Philadelphia Orchestra

Van Wezel Hall February 9 Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Musical Director. One of the prestigious “Big 5” American Orchestras, The Philadelphia Orchestra is admired for its ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in musicmaking. While wholly committed to the exploration of classical music and repertoire, the Orchestra also continues to develop compelling programs

Van Wezel Hall February 11 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, just five years after its creation. With his remarkable baritone to falsetto voice, Frankie Valli has charted 71 hits including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight that made it to #1. From initial hit Sherry through Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (which made him a solo superstar), Grease, and his resurgence following Jersey Boys, he and the Four Seasons had sold more than 100 million records even before the invention of CD’s. 8:00 PM. Vienna Boys Choir

Ruth Eckerd Hall February 11 The Straz Center February 12 The world’s preeminent boys’ choir delights with purity of tone, charm, and a repertoire of Austrian folk songs, waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chants. Ruth Eckerd concert 1 PM Tickets $18-$35 The Straz Center concert 8 PM. Steve Miller Band

Ruth Eckerd Hall February 13 Call him the Gangster of Love. Call him Maurice. You can even call him the Midnight Toker or Space Cowboy. Everybody knows that Steve Miller speaks the pompitus of love. One of rock music’s all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His trademark blues-rock sound made him one of the key artists in classic rock radio. The Steve Miller Band is brand name rock that millions have come to trust. 8 PM. Kenny Rogers

The Lakeland Center February 14 Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s eve-

ning with this star of country music, known for instantly identifiable sweetly raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs. Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied 52 years in show business. His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 #1 hits - “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “We’ve Got Tonight” among them. 8:00 PM. Join us for a special Center Stage Café Valentine’s Day Spectacular Buffet! Serving begins two hours prior to show time and features an incredible assortment of fresh salads, delectable entrees and an amazing display of stellar desserts! Parking $7. Concert without dinner, $32-$52. Giuseppe Verdi’s A Masked Ball

The Straz Center February 7-10 Illicit love and political intrigue are woven through Verdi’s romantic tragedy. As conspirators plot a prominent leader’s death, the suspected adulteress -- desperate to extinguish her love for the ruler -- plays right into their murderous plans. She solicits the help of a sorceress to end her fervor, but too late! The secret’s out and a distraught husband dispenses revenge at the masked ball! Daniel Lipton conducts an international cast, plus the Opera Tampa Chorus and Orchestra. Thurs., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m. , Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m. Tickets $34.50 $84.50. 9 to 5: The Musical

The Players Theatre February 14-24 Three lovely ladies, Violet, Dora Lee and Judy, are working another hellish day at Consolidated Industries and are all having trouble with their lecherous boss.: Franklin Hart Jr. This is the premise of the exciting stage musical that is based on the 1980 hit movie “Nine to Five!” This area premiere features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, and a book by Patricia Resnick. This musical broke records when nominated for 15 Drama Desk Awards in a single year and has toured the country extensively. Tickets: $25.


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Entertainment Sheryl Crow

Van Wezel Hall February 15 Sheryl Crow makes her Sarasota debut! Free-spirited and fierce, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger and sold more than 35 million records worldwide! Since the now classic, “All I Wanna Do,” Crow has racked up hits such as “If It Makes You Happy,” “Everyday Is A Winding Road,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “Soak Up The Sun,” “Steve McQueen” and Cat Stevens cover “The First Cut Is The Deepest.” With Special Guest: Holly Williams 8 PM. Tickets $30-$110. Hooray for Hollywood

The Straz Center February 16 Ruth Eckerd Hall February 17 Fourteen singers and dancers (with 30+ songs and 300+ costume changes), movie clips, and a red-hot band take us on a nostalgic journey through 50 years of the most popular movie musicals. Ruth Eckerd show 2 PM. Tickers $50, $35, $25. The Straz Center show 8 PM. Tickets $30-$40. Beach Boys

The Straz Center February 17 Featuring Mike Love & Bruce Johnston. The Beach Boys return to the Van Wezel with all their great hits. The band’s timeless, chart-topping songs include “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Be True to Your School,” “In My Room,” “Fun Fun Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “California Girls” and so many more! 7 PM. Tickets $70-$30. American Legacies: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band

for music fans the world over to experience the planet’s happiest music. The Del McCoury Band is a worldclass bluegrass ensemble that performs original and traditional compositions with eloquent harmonies and “ferocious, purebred musicianship” (USA Today). Together in concert, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band create a seamless blend of soul-lifting traditional harmonies as the high and lonesome sound of the Appalachians meets the hot and lively jazz of New Orleans. Audiences will thrill to this very special opportunity to witness the coming together of two legendary groups of musicians from two distinctly American musical lineages. 7 PM. Tickets $45.50-$65.50. Zac Brown Band

1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre February 22 Singer, songwriter and guitarist Zac Brown grew up in Dahlonega, GA, and performed as a solo artist for a number of years before founding the Zac Brown group in Atlanta in 2004. Enjoy the music from this country/folk band which has shared stages with greats such as Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. 4802 N US Highway 301, Tampa, Florida 33610, right by the Florida State Fairgrounds. Tickets $31.50. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5

The Straz Center February 22 Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Rossen Milanov, guest conductor Principal Violist Ben Markwell performs Jongen’s Suite for Orchestra and Solo Viola with its gorgeous ethereal melodic lines and swelling lyrical harmonies ... in a night with Franck’s dramatic tone poem Le chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman) and Tchaikovsky’s beloved Symphony No. 5. 8PM. Tickets $17.50-$47.50. The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty

The Mahaffey Theater February 17

The Lakeland Center February 26

Since opening its doors to the public in 1961, it has been the mission of the Preservation Hall to showcase the national treasures of traditional New Orleans jazz music. Forty-eight years later, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band still represents the best opportunity

Sleeping Beauty is often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. The fairy tale, replete with a king a queen , fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lent itself perfectly to

an amazing evening at the ballet. The Russian National Ballet Theatre, founded in Moscow during the late 1980’s remains a vibrant company dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. 7:30 pm. Parking $7. Tickets $28-$63. Les Miserables

The Straz Center March 5-10 25th Anniversary Production! DREAM THE DREAM Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. 8PM on March 5-8, 2 and 8 PM on March 9, 1:30 pm and 7 PM on March 10. Tickets $60-$90.

VENUE ADDRESSES AND CONTACT INFORMATION The American Stage Theater — 163 3rd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 823-7529. www.americanstage.org The Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center — 709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236. Telephone: 1(866) 508-0611. The Historic Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street Clearwater, FL 33755 Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com 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 Players Theatre 838 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 Telephone: (941) 365-2494 www.theplayers.org 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. Telephone: (941) 955-7676. www.vanwezel.org

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Senior to Senior Woman Seeking Man I am a 64 yrs. old, 5’2”, short, petite, energetic, love bowling, movies, dining, and sharing things together. No games. I am an attractive lady, with a heart for anyone willing to do the same. (727) 560-1201. 55 yr. old BF 5’ 3” 142lbs, NS, healthy and attractive ISO Male for serious relationship either B,W or H, kindhearted, and fit gentleman between 55 and 65 yrs. old. Pasco (727) 389-7144. B S F C attractive, 5’8”, 175 lbs. NS looking for white male, NS SD, 50-65, active. I am educated and have much to share via telephone. Tampa (813) 390-0727. S W F NS ISO active gentleman, 70+ for companionship, travel, etc. I enjoy cards, travel, going to dinner, etc. Everyone needs someone. Clearwater (727) 599-2289. Pleasing, plump, pretty lady, young at 69 yrs., 5’6” S.P. hair, loveable, great SOH ISO LTR, dancing, live shows, etc. Seeking a gentleman with similar interest. Tarpon Springs (727) 938-8351. 71 yr. old lady seeks friend, M/F for platonic relationship. C NS ND SOH, any race, ok, North Tampa area. Love to talk. Wesley Chapel (808) 729-6086. 59 yr. old F, healthcare provider. Looking for a male veteran, 75-85, to take care of and friendship. St. Pete (727) 345-6169. D W F 70 NS, outgoing with a love for life, travel, music, good food, faith and sharing it with someone special. Zephyrhills (317) 379-5587. D W F 70, 5’6”, NS ISO W NS male 60-75 who likes walking, exercise, swimming & travel. Must be healthy, honest, financially secure and have a SOH. St. Petersburg (727) 367-8283. C W D NS blonde, blue eyes, 5’5” 140 lbs. ISO

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friend Seeking friend W F NS ND 60 seeking a lady friend to go shopping, out to eat or just enjoy company. Tampa (813) 802-5640. W F looking for healthy W ladies to travel with. Financially secure, between 55-70. Largo (727) 530-7116. S W M 58, 5’8” 180 lbs. ISO active, healthy, M/F under 60 for friendship and more. Largo (727) 644-8087. W C S M seeks friendship and conversation in French, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Farsi & Portuguese. St. Pete (727) 217-4936. S W M 63 5’8” 170 lbs., looking for M friend to go places, do things together. Dining out, beaches, movies, flea markets, LTR/roommate. Lakeland (863) 594-0446. S W Lady loves dance, travel, seeks outgoing fit male, 60-65, able to take me to what I like to do. No workaholics or couch potatoes please. I’m over 65. Tampa (813) 326-7071. S W F NS ISO Mr. Temporary. Must like dancing, socializing, food, and be as comfortable in golf shorts as in Tux.  Let’s talk. (727) 698-3311. Everyone needs friends. I am an outgoing petite D W F from New York and new tot the area. Let’s talk and become friends. Clearwater (727) 474-5040. Always a gentleman ISO lady friend for LTR for local events or ballroom dancing partner. 70 to 80 age group. Largo KRAAL@webtv.net. S W NS senior seeks same, to share home. I have cats. Huge furnished bedroom is private. Forest Hills Tampa (813) 933-7224.


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Pamper Your Sweetheart at the Spa Healthy Being Wellness Center offers Valentine’s Day Spa Packages for him and her in Tampa Bay. A full service Holistic Day Spa in St. Petersburg. Treat your loved one to a relaxing spa gift certificate this Valentine’s Day or come as a couple to relax and enjoy together. 2013 Valentine’s Day Spa Service Menu includes variety of facials and massages, and include a Couple’s Romance Massage 50 min, $130 per couple (massaged with warm chocolate infused body oil) PACKAGES: Sweet Love 60min, $60 Mini Chocolate Facial, Mini Rose Bouquet Therapeutic Massage Death by Chocolate 110min, $120 Chocolate Moisturizing Facial, Hot Chocolate Stone Massage Valentine’s Bliss 125min $120 Chocolate Moisturizing Facial & Rose Petal Body Wrap My Sweetheart Head to Toe Bliss 130 min, $170 Rose Petal Anti-Aging Facial, Stimulating Scalp & Moisturizing Hair Treatment, Hot Chocolate Stone Massage, Detox Foot Spa Cupid’s Rescue 125 min, $180 Chocolate Moisturizing Facial, Rose Petal Body Wrap, Hot Chocolate Stone Massage It’s All Chocolate & Roses 175 min, $260 Chocolate Moisturizing Facial, Rose Petal Body Wrap, Hot Chocolate Stone Massage Couple’s True Love 175 min, $350 (per couple) Side by Side Treatments – Couples Romance Massage & Chocolate Moisturizing Facial & Rose Petal Body Wrap Body Healthy Being Wellness Center • St Petersburg, Fl 33702 • (727) 502-3464. LUENELL & friends “Ladies Night Out Valentine’s Edition” The Improv Starring “BAD GIRL OF COMEDY” LUENELL Luenell is recognized by the mainstream and urban sectors of the population from DVDs such as Katt Williams’ American Hustle and Laffapalooza with Jamie Foxx. Luenell starred in the hip-hop cult classic film “Never Die Alone” in which she co-starred with DMX. She recently completed a 60-city tour with “Money Mike”. Katt Williams, who states. “Luenell is dynamic. Feb. 14. $25 ADV, $35 @ Door. Must be 21 & up to enter. 1600 East 8th Ave C-112 • Tampa, FL 33605 • (813) 864-4000.

CLASSIFIEDS SERVICE I’M A COMPASSIONATE, RESPONSIBLE CAREGIVER. Will work for couples or one person. Will do light housekeeping, cooking, doctor’s visit and errands. Ask for JoJo: 727-678-6740.

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Celebration Dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Celebrate Valentin’es Day any evening from the 14th to the 17th from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. Enjoy a Valentine’s Celebration Menu specially created by Executive Chef Russell Skall. Start off with one of our flirtatious cocktails or wine pairings to set the mood and finish the evening with a decadently delicious dessert. In addition, each couple who dines at Fleming’s Thursday, February 14th through Sunday, February 17, will receive a $25 Dining Card toward a future rendezvous at Fleming’s. $69 per person. 4322 West Boy Scout Boulevard • Tampa, FL 33607 • 813-874-9463 (WINE).

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Senior Voice America

FEBRUARY 2013

Senior Voice America - February 2013 - Tampa Bay Edition  

Senior Voice America February 2013 Issue