SINCE 1980 — VolUME 33 • NUMBER 8
THE QUIET DISEASE
Fun and Adventure for All Ages
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHOE
By Lourdes M. Sáenz, Creative Director Traveling is my favorite hobby, and searching for a perfect summer vacation can be a complicated subject when one has to consider the location, the favorite activities for all family members and most of all in today’s economy, the cost of the whole adventure. A couple of weeks ago, my family enjoyed two glorious weeks in one of our most favorite vacation spots, which is not only a splendid choice for the summer months, but it is a place that can offer wonderful weather and a taste of paradise all year long... Cancun! It is incredible to
think that four decades ago, this marvel of tourism, blessed with the beautiful shores of the Caribbean on one side and the Nichupte Lagoon on the other, was nothing more than a deserted area on the northeastern edge of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula; an unappreciated group of sand dunes, marshes, virgin jungles and unexplored beaches. Home to the native Mayans, the name Cancun (originally written Kankun) means “nest of snakes” in the Mayan language. The exploitation of its tourist potential which lead to the glory it boasts today, started with the decision of the Mexican government to construct a series of hotels, shopping centers, a golf course and a marina; the project started in 1970, followed by the building of the residential zone which expanded to the actual city of Cancun, the construction of the airport and the highway connecting it to the mainland. From then on, See CANCUN, Page 14
Medical Gobbledygook By Professor Abne M. Eisenberg
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Most patients are unable to figure out what certain medical terms mean. The problem is worse when patients don’t speak English. While doctors, nurses and technicians understand one another, patients consider their language as gobbledygook. Here is an anecdote that illustrates
this dilemma. A college student got a call from his mother saying his father was very ill and that he should come home immediately. When he arrived home, he asked his mother what was wrong with his father. She said, “Your father has a Flucky.” The son, not knowing what a Flucky was, immediately called the doctor’s office. Detecting urgency in the young man’s voice, the nurse put the doctor on
the phone. “You told my father he
Flucky and my family thinks his condition is very serious. What is a Flucky?” The doctor, in a reassuring voice said, “What I told your See MEDICAL, Page 23
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Five Things to Look For When Choosing a Dentist
Choosing a dentist can be daunting. How do you know if your dentist is upto-date with the latest technologies? That he or she has been keeping up on the latest in care? That equipment is clean? And that the billing process will be a smooth one? Some of us are so daunted, we simply avoid dentists altogether. This is not a smart strategy. According to the federal government’s “Healthy People 2020” program, studies link poor oral health to chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Regular visits to the dentist play a significant role in preventing these conditions. So how should you go about selecting a dentist? Look for these five things:
sarily determine the treatment you’ll need in advance, you can determine the quality of the staff experience by choosing an office offering a streamlined appointment process, pleasant interaction and a billing process that accepts most insurance plans. • Clean and Modern Office: Most people believe restaurant rest rooms are good indicators of kitchen cleanliness. The same might be said for the dentist’s office. If the surroundings are clean and modern, and the magazines current, chances are good the same can be said for the equipment and care. • Interest in Serving Others: A key • Up-to-Date Technology: Over principle for most dentists is a the last 25 years, dentistry has commitment to doing good. seen a proliferation of digital Some dentists, working through technologies that dramatically dental service organizations, improve quality of care. This is gather volunteers and communi- especially significant for dental ty partners to donate millions of x-rays, which are crucial to dollars of free dentistry yearly to detecting major oral health those in need. Others raise issues. However, in large doses, money to bring safe drinking x-ray radiation can contribute to water to developing countries, or oral cancer. Digital x-ray raise money for causes like technology can reduce radiation breast cancer treatment. exposure in patients by 90 percent. • Ongoing Education and Training: As the dental landscape evolves, For many decades, the skills many dentists are freeing themselves up needed by dentists and other to spend more time with their patients by dental professionals remained partnering with dental service organiza pretty much the same. This tions. These organizations bring dental isn’t true today. Over the offices advanced technology and training, past ten years, advances in focusing on the business aspects of run clinical and administrative ning an office. This allows dentists to fo technology mean dentists and cus their time and efforts on delivering their staffs need to regularly superior patient care. As a first step to update their skills to meet wards learning which companies support the needs and expectations of the dentists in these ways, patients can visit industry and their patients. www.dgpaonline.org/members.aspx. • Friendly and Responsive Staff: You may not look forward to going to A visit to the dentist is not high the dentist, but there are ways to ensure on most people’s list of favorite you are getting the most from this impor activities. While you can’t neces- tant healthcare treatment.
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Floridians Stand Strong Many of you probably were following the Zimmerman case. Some probably more than others, but I am sure you are all aware of the verdict. Floridians and our government are at a real crossroads. We are being pushed by outside forces to change our laws. And so many of these people are not concerned at all with the realities of the case or those of the “Stand Your Ground Law.” Many outside observers are describing Floridians as a bunch of gun crazy yahoos. Well, that could not be farther from the truth. California is clearly the winner in that category with the acquittal of the Rodney King police officers and then the acquittal of OJ Simpson. While I can understand the frustration with the verdict, I put a large part of the blame on the prosecution. They overreached, and as citizens of this state, we need to make our voices heard that the governor needs to make better legal decisions and forgo legal decisions based on politics. I clearly see this as a case of Reckless Disregard. And while that would not have gotten the “murder verdict” that many people wanted, it would have provided justice. Why Reckless Disregard? Here is the definition: An act of proceeding to do something with a conscious awareness of danger, while ignoring any potential consequences of so doing. Reckless disregard, while not necessarily suggesting intent to cause harm, is a harsher condition than ordinary negligence. In my opinion he was reckless when he left the car and having a handgun on him gave him the courage to do so. And since it was clear he could not defend himself without the gun, he had no business leaving the car. It is our job as citizens to hold our politicians to the standards the law allows, and in this case, they went beyond their reach and that is causing our state harm.
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Skills in Frugality May Pay Off It seems my life is full of family news these days – I guess that’s a good thing, right? Priorities in the right place and all that. Recently, my mother was cleaning out my grandma’s house. Grandma moved to an assisted living facility years ago, but her house was so full of little keepsakes and potentially useful items that it took a long time to clean the place out. After about three years of on and off cleaning, the place sold for $17,500 – a rock bottom price. This is a house – not a car. I was a little stunned. But, my point is that my grandmother, who was a child of America’s Great Depression, never grew out of keeping everything. She saw value and potential use in almost everything that came her way, and she kept it “just in case.” She was always like this, so we were not surprised to find collections of bread bag twist ties and little scraps of old soap she was keeping to melt back down into larger bars – which is why she saved yogurt cups as molds among her odd collections. Peculiar as it may sound, this extreme behavior started as a learned method of self-preservation. My grandma raised four children on a policeman’s salary in the 40s and 50s. She knew how to stretch a single can of tuna to feed six people, and that certainly explains why my own mother prefers adding water to just about any soup she makes – because she grew up eating watery soup. Moving on to today, I spent two days in the car last week listening to talk radio. It didn’t matter what state or what station we were listening to; the topics were exactly the same. The George Zimmerman trial. Detroit filing bankruptcy. Sprinkled in were other equally depressing topics that really brought me down. These days, it’s easy to start worrying and picturing a different America – one that is less tolerant and less affluent, but more restrictive and more oppressive. I fear the loss of liberty. I fear the loss of income. I fear the heavy hand of the government. I fear war. And I fear for the future for my children. I fear the fight we might have to undertake to protect and preserve our country and our lives – but I will fight if I have to. In the meantime, I am grateful for a family that never lost sight of shoestring living. My relatives, as well as those in my husband’s family, have already lived through several rounds of “tough times” and they made it through. The kids were happy. No one starved. But it was not easy. It might be time to remember what you may have learned long ago. If you haven’t started practicing a more frugal lifestyle, try it out as a choice, now, before it becomes a necessity later. Maybe you can still throw your soap scraps in the trash – but who knows? You could need them later. For now, here’s to wishing you a fulfilling life without excess!
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Anemia - the Quiet Disease By Robert Killeen, MD Anemia is prevalent across the United States to such an extent that thousands of people, each year, develop this illness and its manifestations. It crosses race and gender boundaries; it affects both the rich and poor. Yet the signs and symptoms of anemia are often ignored. They can be vague, easily ascribed to other medical conditions, or dismissed entirely as due to “old age.” Anemia can be seen acutely with hemorrhage but, if it slowly encroaches on the patient, it can be a quiet disease that progresses silently over time. Anemia can be present but disguised as its signs and symptoms are generally non-specific. Gradually, a patient may notice exhaustion and tiredness. Where once they could mow the lawn or carry groceries from the car without trouble, now they are fatigued. They may feel “tired and achy.” They have a decreased ability to do their job, more physical than mental. A patient may feel somnolent, profoundly weaker and wonder if they’re depressed. In advanced cases they may appear pale, particularly in the nail beds and the conjunctiva about the eyes. If a person has other (chronic) diseases, anemia can compound these illnesses. A patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may find themselves getting out of breath easier, with less exertion. A person with congestive heart failure may find it more pronounced. Sometimes anemia is stumbled upon in the medical workup of these and other complaints. There are many causes of anemia, the most common of which focus on nutrient deficiencies. The bone marrow can be thought of as the blood cell factory of the body. The bone marrow contains “stem cells” that produce the white blood cells that fight infection, the platelets that create clots, and the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body. The stem cells collect minerals and vitamins from the blood circulation to produce these cells. When the body is malnourished these compounds are deficient and blood cell production can fail. Beyond transfusions, anemias can be readily treated by supplying the missing elements such as iron, vitamin B12, or folate. Simple blood tests can help your doctor determine if you’re anemic and what element(s) are deficient
and need to be replaced. One of the most common deficiencies found in medicine is iron-deficiency anemia. With progressive blood loss from the body it can deplete itself of iron. This can occur with blood loss either through the urinary tract or via the bowel. Blood loss in the urine leaves a tell-tale pink color or reddish hue to the urine. Microscopic hematuria can exist without any overt sign. Small losses of blood, as from a polyp or tumor, can mix with the stool to such an extent as to be hidden. Special stool testing cards are the only way to detect this. Replenishment of the body’s iron stores with the oral administration of iron corrects the anemia. In all cases of this type of anemia the approach is the same; replacement of the deficiency but, more importantly, an investigation as to how the body became deficient to begin with. Anemias can occur secondary to other illnesses. For example, in chronic renal failure, a hormone produced by the kidney that stimulates red blood cell production is deficient. This hormone, called erythropoietin, can reverse the anemia if given to the patient. Another illness, myelodysplasia, leads to anemia due to a defect within the bone marrow production line. In addition, a patient’s white blood cells and platelets can be decreased in number. The anemia may be corrected by transfusions but, typically, these patients will require chemotherapy agents to rectify the situation. A small percentage of patients can develop leukemia, a cancer of the blood. For some patients, particularly the young, a bone marrow transplant, where the patient’s marrow is eliminated and replaced by another bone marrow, is advocated. Treatments of anemia in this particular category can be difficult as special attention must be paid to treating the cause as well as the effect of the anemia. Anemia is a very common illness. It can be a subtle, a very quiet disease that advances so slowly that it can be overlooked or mistaken for other maladies. The diagnosis of anemia requires simple blood tests and an examination by your health care provider. The most difficult task, sometimes, in initially diagnosing and treating an anemia in a patient may be just getting them to go to their provider.
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? s g e L Let’s Get REAL! Sexy When I was in high school, I actually had pretty nice legs. As an adult, I worked in retail where I stood for long hours, most of the time in high heels. Then came the babies, and yes, in my forties, I started gaining weight. Over time, my legs began to look ugly, but, more importantly, they hurt! They were hot and painful. By the end of the day they were swollen and my shoes were tight. I kept seeing all these ads where the picture showed a twenty-something-year-old woman’s legs that’d never had a varicose vein. That is not what I was after in my senior years. I just wanted to look my best, but, more importantly, I wanted to continue my active lifestyle painfree. Then I saw an article about Advanced Vein & Vascular Solutions. This article talked about the ugly legs. I saw pictures of ulcers and I knew I didn’t want my legs to get to that point. This practice claimed to concentrate on the
medi c a l i s sue s more so than the cosmetic issues. So I thought I would give them a call for the free screening that they offered. After all, what did I have to lose? When I called to make an appointment, I was told they had five locations in the Tampa Bay area. I was given a convenient appointment and Dr. Izzo himself saw me. We discussed my symptoms and he suggested I have an ultrasound to determine if I had venous insufficiency. He explained that this is a common condition caused when the blood in the veins returning to the heart have back flow. On my return follow up visit, it was con-
firmed that I did indeed have venous insufficiency. The procedure to correct this was explained to me in detail. The closure procedure is done in the office setting and I didn’t have to stop any of my normal activities. The best part was that it is insurance reimbursable and the staff at Advanced Vein & Vascular Solutions took care of the authorization process. I have now had two closure procedures, one on each leg. My legs feel considerably better. They started to look better too with the swelling down and the redness disappearing. And, yes, I opted to have a few spider veins injected to get the SEXY back in my legs. After all, I deserve it. Don’t you? —Submitted by Brenda S.
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The True “Material Girl”
By Jean Mlincek I swear my ancestors were hoarders. They had to be. That is the only explanation I can give for my car being a dumpster-on-wheels and my apartment a remote storage unit for Goodwill. Let’s start with my car. On any given day, it hosts no fewer than seven water bottles (six of them empty); a fly swatter; three sunshades (one “Deluxe”); two jackets; an umbrella that won’t open and one that will; an empty McDonald’s bag; two French fries that have fallen out of the McDonald’s bag; three or four mint flossers; half a dozen pens (none write!); 17 pieces of mail that I am too lazy to take upstairs; and one cheese puff, probably from a passenger back in 1912, since I don’t do cheese puffs. Oh, yes -- I also have one of those nifty long-handled pinchers for picking up trash -- in case I want to do a random act of community service along our highways someday. And, take my word for it, the back seat is just as bad. My apartment? Well, for now I can get by with calling my décor “eclectic,” which sounds so much better than “cluttered.” I have a lot of stuff. A lot. Oh,
calm down, you critics! I still have floor space. Wall space? Not so much. However, I can walk through the entire apartment without having to suck in my tummy and walk sideways. You have to give me credit for that. Plus my ceilings are bare, for the most part. (Gosh, ceilings are such a waste, aren’t they?) The few people who get inside my door think that I have children because of all the toys. I tell them, “Yes, a 3-year-old lives here.” I don’t feel obliged to comment further. Various sizes of Ernie dolls grace my sofa and love seat. One is 28-inches tall. I actually bought him an Ernie hoodie from K-Mart a few years ago on a rack marked “Infant boys: 12 months.” A giant Trendy Wendy (“It’s All About Me”) sits on my rocker whenever I’m off my rocker, which is often. A Tickle-Me-Elmo (the Extreme version) stands next to a bookcase, ready to fall down laughing for anyone amused by that kind of thing. A small Rug-Rat figure clutches my lamp pole. Oh, I forgot to mention that my living room has a semi-African motif, which is a more respectable way of saying I live in a zoo. Matt Damon would like me. Sure, sure -- my animal collection is mainly
wood, plaster of Paris, metal and chocolate (if you count the Easter Bunny in my frig), but visitors definitely feel as if they have stepped into a jungle. So far, Elmo and the Ernie clan have peacefully coexisted with the jungle menagerie. Unfortunately, I’m in a one-bedroom; I need five. To make matters worse, my “office” and sleeping quarters share the same space. Trust me, I need one of those clappers, not just to find keys, but also the phone, the top of my desk, my laptop ... and my bed. The bedroom is probably my worst nightmare. Every inch of wall space is covered with photos, paintings, placards, posters and an occasional cobweb. Mini-collections are here and there: diecast metal cars; model airplanes; bicycle sculptures atop dressers and oldtimey bikes (metal/ wire art) on the walls; and, suspended from the ceiling, a balsa wood replica of the Wright Brothers’ first airplane (which can be converted to
3,233,974 toothpicks if I ever tire of it). All this, mind you, competing with tons and tons of art supplies and clothes hanging in closets, on closet doors, on dresser knobs, and, occasionally, from the arc of a lamp pole. I am overwhelmed, but don’t try to get me to do the three-pile thing: Keep, Sell, Give Away. I already have enough piles, thank you. Besides, if push comes to shove, I can open a toy store, craft store, dollar store, or thrift shop right out of my apartment! Hoarder therapists try to console folks like me by saying it’s ok to have possessions -- as long as they don’t possess you. Anyone know a good exorcist? Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Did You Know? Five Facts about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease For many of the 12 million Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, breathlessness, coughing and mucus production may not be symptoms of a nagging cold, but serious, daily effects of a progressive, irreversible lung disease that includes the respiratory illnesses chronic bronchitis and emphysema. While COPD is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. and worldwide, many Americans are not aware that the disease even exists. “Awareness is important to help ensure people are being diagnosed and treated properly,” said Dr. Antonio Anzueto, a pulmonary specialist and professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. “Symptoms of COPD -- such as shortness of breath and a lingering cough -- can often be attributed to something else. With increased awareness, we are able to diagnose and treat COPD earlier, which can limit the amount of lung damage and help improve the quality of life for patients.”
Facts You Should Know About COPD • COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and kills more than 120,000 Americans each year. That’s approximately one death every four minutes. In recent years, COPD death rates for women have risen steadily. Today, more women than men die from COPD each year. • Only half of the people living with COPD in the U.S. have been correctly diagnosed, potentially leaving an additional 12 million Americans with undiagnosed COPD. One reason for under diagnosis is that the symptoms of COPD can be mistaken for other conditions, such as asthma, and other chronic in- flammatory lung disease. While COPD and asthma have similar characteristics, they are two distinct conditions with varying treatment strategies. • Smoking is identified as the most common risk factor for COPD. However, as approxi- mately 20 percent of smokers develop COPD, it is believed that genetic and environmental factors can also influence the risk of developing COPD. It is also now recognized that 10 to 20 percent of COPD patients have never smoked. Nonetheless, smoking accounted for as much as 90 percent of COPD-related deaths.
• The assessment of COPD should determine the severity of airflow limitation in the lungs, the impact of symptoms on a patient’s health and a patient’s future risk of events, such as a COPD flare-up or exacerbation that could lead to physician office visits or hospitalization. This evaluation helps determine the progression of disease and guide therapeutic recommen- dations for each patient. • While there is no cure for COPD, it is manageable. Lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessa- tion, healthy eating and exercise, are recommended for COPD patients. According to Dr. Anzueto, “Shortness of breath can steer COPD patients away from exercise. However, there are many health benefits from regular exercise that can help COPD patients.” Pulmonary rehabilitation, which includes breathing strategies and exercise training, can help improve COPD symptoms. Various prescription medications are also available to help COPD patients at all stages of severity manage their disease. Dr. Anzueto recommends that COPD patients speak with their doctor about the available treatment options. “Today, treatment options are available that can help people with COPD, no matter how severe their disease,” said Dr. Anuzeto. “When medications are combined with healthy lifestyle changes, many people with COPD find that they can continue doing the things they love doing.” For further information about treatment options and COPD, visit www.MoreMatterswithCOPD.com.
CANCER ANSWERS For Cancer Caregivers: Essential Self-Care Strategies According to the National Cancer Institute, many cancer patients today receive part of their care at home. Hospital stays are shorter than they used to be and frequently require extensive post hospital care at home. Many treatments no longer require overnight hospital stays or can be given outside the hospital setting. People with cancer are living longer, and many patients want to be cared for at home as much as possible. Caregivers who may be spouses, partners, children, relatives, or friends often provide this care. If you’re a caregiver for someone with cancer, you might be focusing most or all of your time and attention on what the patient needs. But caregivers also have to take care of themselves, or risk becoming exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally. Your ability to care for a loved one is dependent on caring for yourself as well. Giving care and support during this challenging time isn’t always easy. The natural response of most caregivers is to put their own feelings and needs aside. They focus on the person with cancer and the many tasks of caregiving. While this may be fine for a short time, it can be hard to keep up for a long time. And it’s not good for their health. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others. It’s important for everyone that you give care to you. “Caregiving – providing the patient with physical or emotional support – is a commitment that loved ones sign on for without actually knowing all that may be involved,” says Christine Healy, licensed clinical social worker at Moffitt Cancer Center. “Caregivers are not the ones with the life-changing cancer diagnosis, yet their lives are altered. They often must take on additional responsibilities to their already hectic lives, yet they don’t always feel entitled to complain or ask for support, reasoning that they should feel fortunate not to have cancer.”
The life of a family caregiver changes in many ways when cancer is diagnosed. These changes affect most parts of life and continue after treatment ends. Healy recommends the following strategies as some basic, effective ways to help cope and to avoid “caregiver burnout:” • Seek support. Connecting with other caregivers can help you gain information and feel less alone. Moffitt has several caregiver support groups that meet on a regular basis, including a Family and Friends Support Group, an adolescent and young adult (AYA) caregiver group called Meet Up, and a monthly brain tumor group for both patients and caregivers. • Ask for help. Friends and family often want to help but don’t know how. Keep a running list of assistance you need – help with transportation, sitting with the patient or even just bringing over a pizza – and share it when people ask what they can do for you. • Take time for yourself. You need it for your health because, if you don’t take care of you, you won’t be healthy enough to care for your loved one. Be sure to get enough rest. Find activities that soothe, calm and relax you and commit to making time for them every day even when time is limited. Eat regular, healthy meals and avoid using alcohol and food as a way to lessen pain and isolation. • Talk to someone. You need to have a safe place to talk and some one who knows how to listen with out giving advice or telling you to “just think positive.” Often, just allowing yourself to verbalize conflicting emotions can help you to move on. For more information about caregiving support services at Moffitt, call 813745-8407 to speak with an oncology social worker. Or visit MOFFITT. org to learn more about cancer support services.
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Nutrition and Exercise Go Hand in Hand If we are what we eat, I am bittersweet chocolate with no artificial flavor or coloring. As a little girl, chocolate was my weakness, and it is to this day. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants; it’s a feel-good guilty pleasure. “We now know that the most beautifully-colored foods are also the most nutritious … food is clearly more than just fuel. Food also provides energy,” according to “Simple Pledges,” written by healthcare professionals.
NUTRITION Good-looking food tempts us, not food that is good for us. It can be difficult to make good food choices. Consult a nutritionist who can advise you and help you reach your nutrition goals. A nutritionist can develop a healthy customized meal plan to aid in reducing sugar, fat, artificial col-
oring and flavoring from your diet. Proper nutrition can help you control your weight and blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, and increase energy. Become educated so that you can recognize nutrition myths and make healthier choices, such as choosing baked foods instead of fried and substituting lemon juice for dressing or chicken broth for oil.
EXERCISE Seniors need to get fit, but they may not have exercised in years or may have a disability or health-related concern that makes exercise difficult. A personal trainer can develop an exercise routine tailored to your needs or limitations. “I believe good nutrition and exercise complement each other tremendously. In my experience, making good food choices and exercising consistently are key to living a healthy lifestyle and
keeping my body at the same weight. The bonus is I feel great too,” shared our model, Terri Beach. She lost 50 pounds in eight months. Incorporating 30 minutes of physical activity into your day may help lower blood pressure, improve sleep, and assist with weight loss. Stretch to avoid injury and if something hurts, stop immediately. Always get your doctor’s approval before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine. Ro Martinez, author, acting 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.modelingatanyagebook.net or e-mail Ro at email@example.com.
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How to Choose the Right Shoe: Quick Tips for Back to School and Shoe Shopping
I find that many of my new patients use the wrong shoe. This is true with both young and mature patients who often only wear shoes for their style and not for their function. First and foremost, shoes need to fit. Foot size doesn’t stay the same; your feet tend to become bigger as you age. Your feet should be measured once a year. Since a child’s foot is growing, their feet need to be measured each time their parents or grandparents are buying shoes for them. With the children going back to school let’s make sure they buy shoes that will help them or at least not harm them. So, again make sure they are measured. Also, make certain your shoe is properly structured. A properly structured shoe is firm and supports the foot well as you walk and stand. Before you buy a shoe test the shoe. The shoe should only bend at the ball of the foot. Make certain you cannot bend the shoe at the arch! The shoe should not twist like a rag in your hands. The shoe also needs a nice firm heel counter (back part of the shoe upper). I have seen very expensive shoes that are unsupportive and lead to foot problems. I have also seen inexpensive shoes at discount big box retailers that are properly structured. Generally name brand shoes are your best bet and I
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recommend starting at the sale rack. There are stores that still offer full service sales floors including foot measurement, assistance with shoe selection based on activity level and activities as well as video gait analysis. I have identified several shoe retailers throughout the Tampa Bay area that have well trained personnel and properly structured shoes. Some of these retailers offer discounts to my patients for the shoes I prescribe. Also, a prescribed shoe may also be eligible for benefits under a health savings or flexible spending account. Shoes generally last between six to twelve months for active adults. Plan on the youngsters in your life on needing 2 or 3 pairs of shoes a school year based on growth and activity level. Less active adults should replace shoes at least annually. A worn out shoe will no longer support you properly and may even lead to foot problems from ingrown toenails to tendonitis or from corns to heel spurs. If you have foot problems the root of the problem may be your shoes. As a part of my podiatric examination, I often have you bring in your “favorite” shoes. I am not afraid of a bag full of shoes. I am more concerned that you or your loved ones will keep wearing the wrong shoe. Make sure a podiatrists evaluates your shoes.
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How You Can Prevent Motion Sickness
Traveling this season? Whether your dream of the perfect vacation involves sandy beaches, long country drives, cobblestoned streets or endless vineyards, it probably doesn’t include nausea. Unfortunately, motion sickness, which is caused by a discrepancy between the movement one sees and the movement one feels, is an all-too prevalent experience. Symptoms can range from mild unpleasantness to debilitating queasiness. Either way it can really put a damper on a trip. Wherever you’re going, and however you’re getting there, take steps to prevent motion sickness before it starts: •
Sit where there’s the least motion. In cars, drive or sit in the front passenger’s seat. On ships, combat sea sickness by reserving a cabin in the front or middle of the ship, or on the upper deck. By plane, ask for a seat over the wing. By train, take a seat near the front and next to a window, facing forward.
• Focus on the horizon or on a distant, stationary object. Keep your head still, while resting against a seat back. • Acupressure, the stimulation of specific points throughout the body, can provide comfort and nausea relief. Consider using drug-free acupressure wrist bands during travel. For example, Psi Bands, found at most drug stores such as CVS/Pharmacy and Rite Aid, can be worn at the first sign of nausea or just prior to travel. More information can be found at www.PsiBands.com. • Don’t smoke or sit near smokers. Get fresh air if possible. Crack a window, go on deck or open an air vent.
While you can’t control every aspect of your journey, such as flight delays, traffic and the weather, there are some things you do have the power to control. On your next vacation, make the prevention of motion sickness a top priority.
• Avoid spicy and greasy foods and alcohol. Don’t overeat. Opt for simple foods, such as dry crackers. Drink a carbonated beverage to help settle your stomach.
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PROTECT YOUR SIGHT What You Need to Know About Vision Health Everyone’s vision changes as they age, but some changes could indicate a more serious problem. Age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma are two of the most common eye diseases in older Americans. As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of macular degeneration, and more than 3 million have some form of glaucoma, according to the BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving brain and eye health. There may also be an association between untreated poor vision and cognitive impairment, which is another reason to take steps to protect your eyesight.
Age-related Macular Degeneration Age-related macular degeneration is an irreversible destruction of the central area of the eye’s retina, known as the macula, which leads to loss of the sharp, fine-detail, straight-ahead vision required for activities like reading, driving, recognizing faces, and seeing the world in color. It’s the leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older, and the second highest cause of irreversible blindness in the world.
Glaucoma Glaucoma is actually a group of eye disorders. They have few symptoms in the early stages, but eventually the optic nerve is damaged, leading to loss of side vision or complete blindness. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among African Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. Between the ages of 45 and 64, glaucoma is fifteen times more likely to cause blindness in African Americans than in Caucasians. All people older than 60 are at a greater risk of developing glaucoma than people who are younger.
Best Practices for Healthy Vision •
Eat right to protect your sight, especially fruits and vegetables, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such
as salmon, tuna, and halibut. • Exercise daily to improve your immune system and blood pressure and your eye and brain health, as well as to maintain a healthy weight. • Quit smoking. Toxins found in cigarette smoke have been linked to an increased risk for developing macular degeneration. • Wear high-quality sunglasses with a rating of 99- or 100-percent UV-A and UV-B protection. Also don a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors. • Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam regularly from an eye doctor.
Eye Tests Everyone Should Have Regular eye exams are crucial in maintaining eye health and catching any warning signs early. This is particularly important for certain forms of glaucoma, as those affected may not feel or see that anything is wrong until the disease has progressed to stages when vision loss occurs. Comprehensive exams should include these three tests: • • •
Visual acuity: using an eye chart to test your sight at various distances. Pupil dilation: widening the pupil with eye drops, allowing the doctor to see signs of disease. Tonometry: tests the fluid pressure in side the eye.
Warning Signs If you or a loved one experiences any severe or persistent symptoms such as these that can be associated with macular degeneration or glaucoma, contact an eye doctor immediately:
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Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure Whether you’re making a fast trip to the store or leaving on a two-week vacation, are you confident that locking your doors is enough to keep your home safe and secure? You can go a step further by investing in impact-resistant laminate glass in your windows, according to experts. Engineered to deter forced entry by intruders, these energy-efficient windows also resist high winds and flying debris during severe storms and reduce unwanted outside noise from entering your home. Similar in design to impact-resistant glass found in code-driven coastal area homes, special laminated glass known as SafePoint glass offers extra protection for homes, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. “This glass is designed to help make a home a safe haven,” says Ken Kubus of Simonton Windows. “In addition to helping protect the home, laminated glass provides excellent energy efficiency and serves as a barrier against heat transfer. It also plays a role in lowering heating and cooling costs while keeping interiors comfortable. And it screens out much of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage carpets, furnishings and artwork.” There are several other things homeowners can do to help keep their families safe at home -- especially when it comes to windows: • Children should be taught at a young age to stay away from windows for their own safety. Parents can help safeguard children by keeping furniture (including cribs) and anything else a
child can climb, away from windows. • If your home has double hung windows, open only the top part of the window that children can not reach, to allow for ventilation. • Never push on window screens, as they will not support the weight of a child or family pet. Remember, the primary purpose of a screen is to keep insects outside. • Lock windows when not in use to protect against intruders and make it more difficult for curious children to open windows. • Do not paint or nail windows shut. Every window in the home that is designed to be opened should be operational in case of an emergency. • Refrain from nailing or attaching decorative lights to the interior or exterior of window frames. • Plant shrubs or grass, and place “soft landsca- ping” like bark or mulch, directly underneath windows to help lessen the impact should some one accidentally fall out of a window. More window safety tips are available by calling 1-800-SIMONTON to request a free copy of a booklet entitled, “A few things to think about when thinking about your home.”
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TRAVEL From CANCUN, Page 1 the boom of tourist related business attracted many investors, from Mexico, Europe and the world, expanding and refining itself to become a world leader in vacation destinations. Today, there are over 32,000 hotel rooms to cater to all types of visitors, from luxury resorts that offer the convenience of the all-inclusive packages, hotels catering to businessmen in the downtown area, romantic boutique hotels, to the most economic rooms for those on a restricted budget. The marvel of vacationing in Cancun is that, no matter where you are staying, in the lap of luxury or a budget inn, you are surrounded by the most beautiful natural environment, powdery sand beaches, crystalline water with the most amazing shades of blue and turquoise, warm, inviting weather for most of the year, and the warmth of the Mexican culture that embraces travellers with an every day “fiesta” attitude. Tourists come to Cancun for many reasons, some of them being the aquatic activities within the natural wonders in its coastal waters. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef begins near its shores and continues along the length of the Riviera Maya southward to Guatemala and is the second longest in the world, offering a visual feast for the avid diver or snorkeler. For those searching to learn more about the history of the Mayas, there are many sources and vestiges of the life and heritage of this magnificent culture within close proximity of the city. Sites like Cobá, Tulum and Chichén Itzá offer visitors a glimpse of this civilization’s history, ruins of their magnificent architecture, their insightful knowledge of astronomy and calendar making, scientific discoveries and more. This past vacation was, as all others throughout the past years, a great success. With so many great places to visit and sophisticated luxurious resorts to chose from, we are loyal customers of one chain of resorts which was actually one of the pioneer builders in the coastal area of Cancun, Oasis Resorts. The Grand Oasis, which I call our home away from home, is a first class resort set on a beautiful stretch of the beach, with great location and offering the best options to any visitor. Built in the traditional pyramid shapes are a group of buildings, with the Grand being the central and tallest of the entire complex, topped with a glass cupola that lets in natural light over a central jungle style garden with waterfall fountains and a distinctive curtain of hanging tropical plants from all surrounding balconies. This central area is the site where nightly elaborate Las Vegas style shows are presented to all Oasis guests. All 613 rooms in the Grand Oasis offer either ocean or lagoon view and they are all tastefully decorated, filled with style and comfort, taking into consideration the smallest details to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. The beauty of this hotel, its groomed gardens, one of the longest river-shaped pools in all of Cancun, and the all-inclusive options that include 18 restaurants, 14 bars, two beach clubs and a night club/disco, are only paralleled by the great service provided by the professional and attentive staff. This makes Oasis a perfect option when choosing acomodations; their properties scattered throughout Cancun, give travelers options for any style of vacation, from family, to adult only and much more. From our arrival to our departure, we were
surrounded by comfort, attentive, professional staff willing to help with any situation, wonderful delicacies in all restaurant areas, a fun relaxing environment and a general positive experience to make this yet another dream vacation. An important part of any Cancun vacation, if looking to add excitement to your days, are the many tours to surrounding ecological parks, neighboring cities with Mayan ruins and adventures of all sorts that can include action packed and fun adventures. One tour we took and recommend is with Aquaworld for a visit to Isla Mujeres which includes time for snorkeling, relaxing on a section of the islands white sandy bay beach, lunch and time to explore the downtown area in the afternoon for some shopping for those so inclined. We enjoyed the ride to and from the island, on comfortable large boats where we were offered beverages and the crew played a variety of music to please all tastes. The snorkeling experience was a bit short, but enjoyable, and the weather was sunny with calm waves, which allowed for good views of the reef and the abundant tropical fish environment. This was followed by a visit to an enclosed area by the dock where visitors are allowed to take photos with Pepe, a friendly six foot nurse shark (for the cost of $2). A couple of relaxing hours at the beach area, with enough shade, seating at various locations, including hammocks, the use of kayaks, clean showers and bathroom facilities, and a nice buffet lunch, with open bar were much appreciated by all. Then the boat ride continued on to the other side of the island for the last stop for those wanting to visit and walk the small streets lined with shops offering a variety of souvenir items and local merchandise. This is a tour to be enjoyed by any group or families, including small children, and Aquaworld employees are courteous, professional and make the day a fun experience. Another tour I recommend if you are into adventure and adrenaline rushes, with the possibility to also be immersed in the mystery of the Mayan world, is the Alltournative tour called The Original Coba Maya Encounter. I had read some very positive reviews prior to our trip, and all that I read came true or was surpassed by our experience. Starting with our driver and tour guide Saul, who is very energetic and charismatic, we started our day with an hour and a half drive to our destination near a Mayan village. The following three and a half hours were action packed with hikes through the jungle, a visit with a Maya shaman for a blessing ritual, swimming in beautiful crystal clear cave cenote (a natural sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath), rappelling, two long and exciting zip lines and finally a well deserved break with a typical Mayan buffet lunch prepared by a group of ladies who remained in the serving area making fresh tortillas over a
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wood fire stove. Through the entire experience we felt very welcome in the village environment: all members we met or who worked with our tour were very friendly and helpful. The tour continued to Cobá, the site of the largest and one of the most important archeological sites from the IX Century, filled with remnants of Mayan temples and the legendary ball game area and Nohoch Muul pyramid (the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula). I am proud to say I climbed enough steps to make it three quarters of its entirety until my fear of heights kicked in and I stopped my ten year old son from continuing on. Here again we had a very enthusiastic lecture from our guide, learning many details of the time when Cobá was the heart of a booming empire. There is plenty of free time to explore by foot, rent bicycles or have a bike-taxi drive you through the paths to the different pyramid and ruin locations. This was truly a full day and a tour worth the money spent. I would repeat it again in the future and fully recommend it. In many of the other tours that are available, there are wonderful natural sanctuaries to visit and the opportunity to do things out of the ordinary: swim with sea rays, dolphins, sharks, swim in underground rivers, snorkel, scuba, submarine tours of the reef and even a subaquatic art museum MUSA with over 490 sculptures. Most of the sculptures are by the English artist Jason Taylor and they are part of two under sea reef exhibitions: Manchones at 32 feet of depth, close to Isla Mujeres; Nizuc at 9.8 feet depth, in the Southern part of Cancun near the hotel zone. All in all, plenty to do by ground, sea or even air, with the opportunity to fly over the beautiful beaches on a parasail or a Skyrider which offers a more comfortable option of sitting while you are in mid air. With so much to see, so many restaurants and night life to enjoy, the incredible beauty that surrounds you at all time, and the pleasant treatment of our Mexican hosts, Cancun is definitely at the top of my favorite vacation places on earth. It is with a sad heart that I say good bye to this amazing little corner of Mexico, a bit tired, a bit tanned, filled with souvenirs and photos and with a word to say to all that made this vacation possible, GRACIAS! Thank you to: Erika Mitzunaga — Director of Public Relations OVC Cancun Robin Perez — Oasis Plus (800) 44-OASIS • www.oasishotels.com Roberto Diaz — Aquaworld (877) 730-4054 • www.aquaworld.com.mx Nathalie Leño Bez — Alltournative (877 437-4990 • www.alltournative.com Photos by Lizbeth Mendieta or courtesy of Alltournative and Oasis Hotels
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Senior Happenings studies from the University of North Texas. August 30: Stolen Idols The tropical mood jazz of Stolen Idols will take you to gorgeous beaches, South Sea Islands, and Far East gardens—all in one night. You will never forget the journey. Admission is now $10 for everyone through September 30, 2013. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Groups of 10 or more adults pay only $8 each and groups of 10 or more students, $4 per person. On Thursday nights, when the Museum presents “UNCHartED: Random Acts of Culture,” college students with current I.D. pay $5 or can buy one admission, get one free. The Fl Resident Discount to Fantasy of Flight in August critically acclaimed MFA Café is open from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Fantasy of Flight The MFA is located at 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. August 1 - 31 Florida residents can experience an Attraction on a Petersburg, FL. For more information http://fineHigher Plane for less this summer. All month, Florida arts.org or (727) 896-2667. residents will receive $8 off adult general admission A Cure Is In Sight with a valid Florida ID or proof of residency. Lions Eye Institute Fantasy of Flight is located at 1400 Broadway August 10 Blvd. SE, Polk City, FL 33868. For more information Join April Lufriu, reigning Mrs. World 2012-2013, (863) 984-3500 or www.fantasyofflight.com. for a casino theme night starting at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy Computer Classes for Seniors delicious food from Castillo’s Restaurant, Montauro’s Restaurant and the Green Iguana Restaurant. ParticiSenior Citizens Services pate in a silent & live auction and enjoy live entertainAugust 6 (repeats every Tue. and Thur.) SCS Instructors are available by appointment every ment by the Mark Barrios Band. Tickets are $40/ Tuesday and Thursday between 11:00 am and 1:00 person (seniors 65+ for $35/person) $70/couple Lions Eye Institute is located at 1410 N. 21st Street, pm for a private computer consultation session for seniors. $20.00 an hour. Call to schedule your appoint- Tampa, FL 33605. For more information & to purment for a personalized, one on one session to learn chase tickets (813) 478-6116. everything you have ever wanted to know about your computer, tablet, laptop or smart phone. Topics including email, photos, file management, Facebook, Craigslist, Publisher, PowerPoint, Microsoft suite, office applications, YouTube, surfing the net and much more. Bring in your lap top, tablet or phone - or use one of our computers. Senior Citizens Services is located at 1204 Rogers Street , Clearwater, FL 33756. Please call (727) 442-8104 for appointment and more details or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/ clearwaterseniorcitizens. Sixth Annual Dinner and Jazz Series
Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg August 9 (repeats on Fridays) The MFA spotlights some of the best jazz in the area on Fridays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for museum members and their guests and $10 for nonmembers. This includes admission to the exhibitions in the Hazel Hough Wing. WUSF (89.7) is the sponsor. The performers follow: August 9: New York Guitar Cats. Another audience favorite, the Guitar Cats favor contemporary jazz and modern harmonies, with bebop, blues, and rock added for good measure. August 16: Cannonball/Coltrane Tribute Quintet. This group pays a swinging tribute to two of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever—Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. August 23: Sasha Tuck. This versatile vocalist, composer, and arranger has performed at more than 100 venues and festivals, including the Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas. She has been influenced by greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and holds a master’s degree in jazz
All White Celebrity Night Out w/ BET’s The Game - ‘Malik’
Hilton Downtown Tampa August 10 All White Celebrity Night Out! Party with BET’s The Game ‘Malik Hosea Chanchez. Come dressed to impress. Also in attendence will be the Bay Area’s top athletes and move makers. This is a rare opportunity to party in an intimate, upscale setting with the stars located at Tampa’s exclusive, luxurious Hilton. This is an upscale, classy All White Affair, not another typical club night. 10:00 p.m. Tickets $25 - $300. Hilton Downtown Tampa is located at 211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Fl 33602. For more information contact Elite Affairs (813) 336-1747. Alligator Walk
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7606 Paula Drive Tampa, FL 33615. For further information: email@example.com or Phone: (813) 873-6336, Ballroom Dancing
Sunshine Center August 13 Put on your dance shoes and get ready to swing and twirl every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. DJ Darlene entertains with some classic varieties including foxtrot, polka, swing, waltz, rumba and many other types of music. $2 admission. Cookies and coffee served. The Sunshine Center is located at 330 5th Street North St. Petersburg, FL. For more information on this or more programs for older adults, call the Sunshine Center at (727) 893-7101 or www.stpeteparksrec.org. Know Your Numbers
Memorial Hospital Auditorium August 15 Understand common laboratory tests: the good, the bad and the ugly… Dr. Alejandra Kalik, Medical Director Memorial Hospital Laboratory presents this seminar on the importance of interpreting laboratory test results. 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Memorial Hospital Auditorium is located at 2901 Swann Ave., Tampa, FL. RSVP (813) 342-1313. Opera at the Dali
Dali Museum August 15 Opera at the Dali takes place on the first Thursday monthly at 6:00 p.m. Experience Opera at The Dali, a new collaboration between The Dali and St. Petersburg College. Opera at the Dali introduces audiences to emerging opera artists through dynamic 20-minute performances held on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform on the spiral staircase. Cost: Free to all. Performances held on the Spiral Staircase in the museum lobby. Dali Museum is located 1 Dali Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL. For more information www.thedali.org or (727) 823-3767. Summer Concert Series
Bok Tower Gardens August 17
The 12th Annual Summer Music Series takes place inside the Bok Tower Gardens Visitor Center. A prepaid dinner will be served at the Blue Palmetto Café at 5:45 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Wiregrass, a cross-genre musical ensemble based in Polk County, Florida that combines the singing and songwriting talents of Catherine Price, the instrumental virtuosity of Clint Dockery, the exquisite, fiddle licks of Jason Baker and the stead-fast bass beat Intro to Tech Day Event of Ronnie (“Mack”) McGalliard for a unique blend of bluegrass, folk, blues, western swing, and gypsy jazz. Town ‘N Country Senior Center “Jazzgrass” Polk County style. Concert Only: $20 / August 13 Concert & Dinner: $40. Learn how to operate your technology. Bring your Bok Tower Gardens is located at 1151 Tower Boulecell phone, iphone, laptop or other electronic devise vard, Lake Wales, FL 33853. For more information you have and our Town ‘N Country Youth Council and (863) 676-1408 or boktowergardens.org. experts will be on hand to guide you on how to use your electronic devices. 9:30 a.m. The Town ‘N Country Senior Center is located at
Come learn about our alligators & search for them from the boardwalks in our swamp & marsh! 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is located at 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg FL. For more information www.stpete.org/boyd or (727)893-7326.
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Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest
Miles for Hope - Wig Out
Mahaffey Theater August 17
Our Lady of Lourdes Church August 23
S. Straub Park August 24
Meet over 1,500 50+ consumers face to face. Enjoy live music, dancing, free Bingo games, free coffee and snacks. Plus, take advantage of free health screenings, prizes, giveaways and more. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Church is located at 750 San Salvador Dr., Dunedin, FL 34698. For information (888) 670-0040 or (813) 653-1988.
A “hair-raising” fun run and make a splash to fight brain tumors. Miles For Hope is holding a wild and crazy wig out 5k event in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Come join the fun for a family-friendly day to include water slides, foam tanks, obstacle courses and lots of fun along the waterfront in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg. Onsite Registration opens at 6:30 am. The events starts at 8:00 am in 15 minute incremental waves of 150 runners. Register in advance online or by mail in the registration form. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit All Children’s Hospital. Enjoy a day of fun with us in downtown St. Petersburg at South Straub Park. We will have entertainment, clowns and games for families to enjoy as well as , food, and a beer garden for the adults. Stay after the event to dance, drink and have a great afternoon. South Straub Park is located at 198 Bayshore Dr., NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information call (727) 893-7335 or www.wigout.milesforhope. org.
Come and enjoy more than 100 types of craft beer as 97X brings the second annual Craft Beer Experience. Experience live music and hand-crafted beers and feed your senses with a delicious selection of downtown St. Petersburg’s finest restaurant offerings. Admission includes a commemorative 97X Craft Beer Festival cup. Guests will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes throughout the day. 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $30. Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First Street South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information (727) 892-5767. Big Night Out! Music Festival
Vinoy Park August 18 97X & Fat Harry presents an all-day music festival featuring Hoobastank, Fuel, Lit, Alien Ant Farm, Pitbull Toddler, SNAPM and more bands TBA! 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets on sale at www.ticketfly.com. Proceeds benefit the Historic YMCA Building. Vinoy Park is located at 701 Bayshore Dr., St. Petersburg, FL. Eyelid Cancers & Thyroid Eye Disease
Memorial Hospital Auditorium August 19 Presented by Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko, Board Certified ophthalmologist, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida and the past Chief of Surgery at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. A light lunch will be served. Memorial Hospital Auditorium is located at 2901 Swann Ave., Tampa, FL. RSVP (813) 342-1313. Night Hike
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve August 20
2013 Summer of Rum Fest
The Heights - Waterfront August 24
A celebration of all things rum at The Heights Waterfront in Downtown Tampa! Head out for rum served every different way, live entertainment and more! Kicking off at 4:00 p.m., the Summer of Rum Festival will feature multiple “rum zones” featuring a huge variety of different rum drinks throughout the outside waterfront area and inside the historical Tampa Armarture Works Building, also known as the “Trolley Barn.” Featuring live entertainment from musical headliners, The Landsharks as well as Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Great Apocalypso, and more Statewide Managed Care Health Care Reform for Seniors bands to be announced. Memorial Hospital Auditorium General admission tickets $15 in advance and $20 at August 27 the door if available. In addition to everything listed Presented by Cheryl Hamilton, President, Envista above, general admission tickets will get you access to Health & Envista Health Consulting. Covering the the Summer of Rum with all day re-entry privileges and rum drinks for only $5 (full 12 oz. drinks). Endless Rum topics: • What is the program? Cup tickets for $55 in advance or $60 at the door if • When will it be implemented? available and you’ll get and endless, 16-ounce commem• Who is eligible? orative rum cup which you can fill up at any of the festi• How does this impact you? val’s rum zones all throughout the evening. 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. The Heights - Waterfront is located at 1910 Ola Memorial Hospital Auditorium is located at 2901 Ave., Tampa, FL 33602. For tickets and more information on the 2013 Summer of Rum Fest in Tampa, Swann Ave., Tampa, FL. RSVP (813) 342-1313. visit www.SummerofRumFest.com. Zoo Fun Run 2013
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Let’s Talk By Nurse Ruth, RN, LHRM I’m angry and you should be too! What’s going on in our health care system today? Do people really think that using the Baker Act for those diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s is appropriate? Case in point: An 88-year-old gentleman living in an assisted living facility becomes agitated and combative. As a health care professional, my first thought is to remove this person to a calm, quiet environment to assure his safety. This would allow me to communicate with him in an appropriate setting and begin to work on behavior management. Unfortunately for this gentleman, and far too many others, this did not happen. Instead, the police were called and he was Baker-Acted, which, as you might imagine, escalated his agitated and combative behavior. If someone bothered to ask him, they would have realized his behavior stemmed from leg pain, his feel-
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ings that no one seemed to want to help him, and his neighbor at the ALF telling him she didn’t want to be friends. Now, his record will forever cause him to be “labeled.” And, because of this, facilities refused to admit him when he was discharged. Hard to believe? Well, it’s true! It’s time someone speaks up. Health care professionals should be educated and trained on how to respond to dementia behaviors. The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 is commonly referred to as the “Baker Act” and allows for involuntary examination of an individual. This is done when someone has a mental illness or is deemed to be a danger to themselves, a danger to others, neglectful of themselves. The Baker Act was NEVER intended to be used for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Our own attitude, fear and anxiety can influence whether a crisis is prevented or escalated. There are alternatives that should be utilized before going to such extreme measures as Baker Acting someone. I suggest that before you allow your loved one to be Baker Acted, make sure these alternatives have been exhausted: 1) Educate yourself on your loved one’s diagnosis and the behaviors that are “normal” for their diagnosis. 2) Learn how to divert or redirect their behavior. 3) Work closely with their doctor to ensure their medications are appropriate and learn how to time the doses so that they are taken before the unwanted behaviors kick in. 4) Get some help. Find a way to give them the extra one-on-one attention they need when they are having an episode. This does not only apply when your love one is at home;
this may apply even when they are in an assisted living, a skilled nursing facility, the hospital, etc. 5) Take the time to figure out what triggered their episode and ways to eliminate those triggers. Were they in pain? Did they feel threatened? Did they have a medical problem (e.g. urinary tract infection)? We must protect the elderly (and possibly ourselves). Make sure you understand your loved one’s needs, concerns and fears. Help them manage the progression of their disease and live out the remainder of their life with grace and dignity. If you have an opinion, concern, or comment on this topic, Let’s talk!
For more information, visit www. CarePlacementHH.com. 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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Happy Birthday Rose Marie By Nick Thomas Best known for her role as Sally Rogers in the 60’s CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, Rose Marie turns 90 in August. “I don’t feel it,” she admitted when I spoke with her recently. “I feel 60, and still keep busy.” In the past year, that included voiceover work for The Garfield Show on the Cartoon Network. “I love it. You don’t have to dress up or put on makeup. All you have to do is show up! Although I can do many different voices, the producer wanted my voice so people would know ‘that’s Rose Marie.’” Audiences have known Rose Marie for nine decades, since she began performing at an age when most children would still be potty training. Her phenomenal singing voice as a child (see www.missrosemarie.com) rocketed her to fame overnight. “I have no idea where that voice came from, I think God just gave me a wonderful gift,” she said. “When I was three, I won an amateur contest, and my family took me to Atlantic City. We saw a showgirl named Evelyn Nesbit perform and I started singing along. She invited me up on stage to sing with her, then people began throwing money.” Backstage, Nesbit suggested changing her name to Baby Rose Marie and her career soon took off. “I had my own radio show coast to coast on NBC when I was five.” But there were also doubters. “Unlike other child singers, I sang adult songs with adult phrasing and mannerisms. People would write to the station in disbelief saying that no child could sing like that and I must have been a midget. So NBC sent me out to play theaters to prove I was a child.” As her fame grew, the famous wanted to meet her. President Franklin Roosevelt invited her to the White House when she was just six. “After I sang for him, we played tiddlywinks with some poker chips I found in his office.” She caught the attention of the infamous, too. While working with Milton Berle in Chicago, a visitor came backstage. “It was Al Capone and he wanted to invite me to dinner! He picked me up the next day and we went out to eat with all the mob.” Years later as a young adult, she was invited to perform at the opening of the Flamingo Hotel, in Las Vegas, in 1946, along with Jimmy Durante, bandleader Xavier Cugat and other stars of the day. The invitation came from notori-
ous mobster and hotel owner, Bugsy Siegel. “We became friends and he was very good to me. I just didn’t think of those guys as gangsters.” At age ten, Rose Marie met Morey Amsterdam, who would become an important influence in her career and later her co-star on The Dick Van Dyke Show. “He was a popular writer for comedians like Fanny Brice and Fred Allen and become a comic himself,” she recalled. “We met when I guest starred on a radio program. He also wrote most of my nightclub material and become a life-long friend. I actually got him the Dick Van Dyke Show job.” As for Dick Van Dyke, she says it was a joy to work with someone so talented, and has only fond memories of Dick and the cast. “We were a close group and genuinely liked working together. Everyone came to work happy, and oh did we laugh!” Speaking from his Malibu home, Dick Van Dyke recalled meeting Rose Marie for the first time. “I knew she had been in show business since she was three, but never met her until the first reading of the script,” he said. “She just knocked me over. She probably had the most razor sharp sense of timing of anybody I ever worked with. She was a delight and still is.” Thomas’ features and columns have appeared in more than 300 magazines and newspapers, and he is the author of Raised by the Stars, published by McFarland. He can be reached at his blog: http://getnickt. blogspot.com
Top: Rose Marie poses with a hair bow and shoes from her Baby Rose Marie days donated to the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History in 2008. To this day, she wears a bow in her hair which has great significance for her, but she has refused to explain why in any interview throughout her life. “It’s a very personal thing,” she said. Left: With the cast of Dick Van Dyke. Bottom: With Johnny Depp. Turns out that Johnny is a HUGE fan and personally invited her backstage during a screening of the 2007 film “Sweeney Todd” at Paramount. He introduced her to Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and others at the screening. He treated her like she was the biggest name in the industry. Later, she said it was one of the best nights of her life.
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Entertainment Once Upon a Mattress
Omar K. Lightfoot Center August 2 - 18 Music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer. In this wonderful musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, you’ll meet Princess Winnifred, a rather unusual sort of princess, from the “land of the foggy, foggy dew.” She is put to the test by the conniving Queen Aggravain, who doesn’t think any girl is good enough for her son, Prince Dauntless. Will she pass the queen’s final test, will the king get his voice back, and will Sir Harry and Lady Larkin finally get married? Come and find out! Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 3:00 p.m. Omar K Lightfoot Center, 10901 N. 56th Street, Temple Terrace FL 33617. For more information (813) 983-1710. Justin Bieber
Tampa Bay Times Forum August 8 Canandian pop star/boy wonder Justin Bieber was barely into his teens when he released his platinumselling debut album, My World. Don’t miss the Biebs on his Believe Tour 2013 making stops throughout Europe, Africa, and North America. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $27 - $586. No Shame Theatre
Sacred Grounds Coffee House August 9 - 10 For writers, actors, poets, comedians and audience members! Come out for Tampa’s newest night of experimental theatre! A theatrical event in which anyone who wishes to explore the performing arts can do so. We just have 3 basic rules: 1) All work has to be ORIGINAL. 2) It must be 5 minutes or under. 3) It cannot harm the space or its occupants (physically) If your work fits those rules you can bring your piece to Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse at 10:30 the night of the show and you can be in it. Friday 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 a.m. Melissa Brethauer & Jeremy Hearn
Msgr. Lara Youth Center August 10 Nativity Youth Center is proud to present Melissa Brethauer and Jeremy Hearn. This concert will be
packed with praise and worship and original songs that will draw you in to Christ. This will be an inspirational night at a price that is right. $3 advance sale and $5 at the door. Melissa Brethauer (pronounced BRETT-how-er) released her debut CD, “Waiting,” at the end of October 2009 and has been writing more new songs since - not to mention performing them in the likes of Nashville and Las Vegas! The 23-year old singer/ songwriter plays guitar and is classically trained on piano, and the buzz around her has grown since “Waiting” came out. Melissa has had appearances on national TV, furthermore, three music websites have published positive reviews of “Waiting,” all of which can be read via the links on the In The Media page. Melissa has performed all around Florida, including, but not limited to, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Myers. Melissa currently resides in Atlanta, where she also plays with the worship band at her church. In 2012 she volunteered to do music activities with the attendees of a vacation Bible school near her childhood home in the Florida Panhandle. In high school and early on in college she was very active in the Young Life program. Jeremy Hearn started his music ministry at the age of 16. He was the co- worship leader at First United Methodist St. Petersburg and the founder of The Jeremy Hearn Band who led for K-Life Student Ministries and played at numerous events around the state of Florida. In 2006 Jeremy moved to Nashville, TN to go to school and take that next step in his career as a young Christian artist. While Jeremy did get the opportunity to have an assistantship with country artist Martina McBride as well as landing one of the most sought after internships in the Christian music industry with Emi CMG’s A&R Department; Jeremy decided it was time to move his focus back to his roots of leading worship. 7:30 p.m. The Center is located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511. Shrek the Musical
Ruth Eckerd Hall August 9 - 10 Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, “Shrek the Musical” brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage starring the talented students of the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute. Friday
10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets $15. Pink Floyd Animals
The Lakeland Center - Youkey Theatre August 16 Classic Albums Live returns to The Lakeland Center’s Youkey Theatre for another note-for-note recreation of Pink Floyd’s album, Animals. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $20. Concerts for a Cause: Category Three
Park Square at FishHawk Ranch August 16 Please bring a non-perishable food item to help area families who are in need. Last year, we collected nearly 2.25 tons of food, totaling more than 3,600 meals! Unlike any other cover band, Category Three not only plays amazing note-for-note versions of songs from artists as diverse as Michael Jackson, Van Halen, the Foo Fighters, and Flock of Seagulls, but they put their incredible spin on these tunes to give them new life and excitement. It’s rock you can dance to, and dance you can rock to! 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Park Square at FishHawk Ranch is located at 16144 Churchview Dr., Lithia, FL 33530. Shut Up and Laugh with Bruce Bruce
Mahaffery Theater August 16 Bruce Bruce, one of the nation’s favorite standup comics, started working right out of high school as a barbecue chef serving up laughs. Graduating to sales at Frito-Lay, Bruce did everything from shelf placement to performing his comedy sets during corporate meetings, He was discovered at Comedy Act Theater in Atlanta and appeared in BET’s Coast to Coast show three times,. His career took off after his first appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo. Bruce has appeapred in music videos with Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins. He can be seen in reruns in both Comedy Central Presents and BET’s Comic View. 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $29.50 - $65 The City Harmonic
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park August 17 Internationally acclaimed band, The City Harmonic, adds to its list of accolades with its widely acclaimed and first full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), garnering the band its first JUNO Award from The Canadian Academy of Re-
cording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) for “Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year.” The 42nd Annual JUNO Awards, hosted by Michael Bublé, aired on Canada’s most watched television network, CTV, Sunday, April 21. Continuing to resonate en masse as listeners instinctively join the chorus while the band’s music dynamically bounces from sparse intimacy to soaring celebration and back again, The City Harmonic is currently in the middle of its spring “I Have A Dream” headline tour. Not as interested in finding fans as they are looking for participants in the journey, the tour is billed as an immersive worship experience. The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is located at 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602. For more information (813) 363-3522. Victoria Justice
Tropicana Field August 18 The 2013 Rays Summer Concert Series begin shortly after select homes games conclude and are FREE with the purchase of that game’s ticket. Enjoy the sounds of the game and music with friends and family. The Victoria Justive concert will follow the Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays which starts 1:40 p.m. Twenty year old Victoria Justice began her acting career at the age of ten and gained fame as a star of the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101 and later her own hit TV show, Victorious. Justice’s vocal talents are highlighted on the show’s soundtracks Victorious, Victorious 2.0 and Victorious 3.0 as well as the show’s theme song, “Make it Shine.” The first season’s soundtrack, Victorious, was released on August 2, 2011 and reached number five on the Billboard 200 Chart. Her 2010 single, “Freak the Freak Out,” has sold more than 600,000 copies on iTunes. Other singles include “Beggin’ on Your Knees” and “Best Friend’s Brother.” In addition to her successful singles and starring role on Nickelodeon, Justice starred in her first full length feature film Fun Size, released October 26, 2012. Victoria says she “can’t wait” to hit the road this summer for her Here’s 2 Us tour. Tropicana Fields is located at 1 Tropicana Dr St Petersburg, FL 33705. For more information (727) 825-3250.
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Grammy Award-nominated, multiplatinum pop-powerhouse Backstreet Boys have solidified themselves as the biggest and best-selling boy band in history with sales exceeding 130 million albums worldwide. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $59 - $494. Hippiefest
Ruth Eckerd Hall August 24 Beginning this summer, Hippiefest hits the road for a string of dates across America featuring five well-known players who were initially inspired to pick up their instruments due to their love for rock and blues: Ten Years After, Edgar Winter, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer and Pat Travers. The Hippiefest marketplace offering beads, tie dyes and other iconic reminders of Woodstock, San Francisco and a generation that brought a whole new outlook to life will open at 5 pm. Bring your parents, your grandparents and bring the kids! 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $45 - $79. Kevin James
The Mahaffey Theater August 24 Kevin James, comedian and star of the hit movies, Paul Blart, Mall Cop, Zookeeper and Grown Ups will bring on the laughs at The Mahaffey Theater. James is known to fans as Doug Heffernan, the lead character of the sitcom, The King of Queens, that he created in 1998. The show, which garnered him a 2006 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, ran for nine seasons on CBS and continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world. James started his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene and was discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival. Kevin James’ big break on the big screen came in 2005 starring opposite Will Smith in Hitch. His latest film, Here Comes the Boom (2012), is about a high school biology teacher who becomes a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his beleaguered school. Grown Ups 2 will be released July 12. The film also stars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, David Spade, Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello. The comedian-actor’s versatility is also “heard” on the big screen: his voice has been featured in animated films Barnyard (2006), Monster House (2006) and Hotel Transylvania (2012). 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $52.50 - $75.50.
Catch a live performance from the charismatic singer with Bruno Mars tickets for an upcoming show. Since bursting on to the music scene in 2010, his catchy tunes have dominated the airwaves, making Bruno Mars tour dates a popular event whenever the singer rolls through town. Grammy Award-winning pop star Bruno Mars made waves when he appeared on the “Ellen” show to announce his 2013 “Moonshine Jungle World Tour,” which is slated to hit the road in support of his sophomore album, “Unorthodox Jukebox.” The star was pretty vague about the details then, but he did let everyone know that British phenomenon Ellie Goulding and American soul pop act Fitz & The Tantrums would join him on select dates as supporting performers. The five-month-long journey, started at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on June 22nd. In total, Mars will play 39 shows in North America. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $63 - $606. Toni Braxton
The Mahaffey Theater August 28 R&B, pop, jazz and gospel singer and the star of a hit reality series Toni Braxton will perform at The Mahaffey Theater for one night only. Ms. Braxton won two Grammys® as Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Another Sad Love Song” in 1993 and another Grammy® in the same category the next year for “Breathe Again.” She won a Grammy® for R&B vocal performance for “You’re Making me High” in 1996 and also two Grammys® in Best R&B and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance categories in 1997. Her signature song, “Unbreak My Heart,” ranks as the second top-selling single of all time by a female artist. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $45.50 - $99.50. Blake Shelton Easton Corbin & Jana Kramer
Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre August 30 Easton Corbin (born April 12, 1982) is an American country music singer. He signed to Mercury Records Nashville in 2009 and released his self-titled debut album in March 2010, featuring the two Number One hits A Little More Country Than That and Roll With It, as well as the top 15 hit I Cant Love You Back. Blake Shelton is back on the road with his “Ten Times Crazier” tour. He will be joined by special guests Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer. “My fans, country radio, friends, family, you name it -- they know I love to perform. With “The Voice” schedule, I was not able to go out
and perform as much as I wanted last year, but I plan to make up for it this year,” Shelton said upon announcing the tour dates this past January. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $29.25 - $59. Jason Aldean Jake Owen & Thomas Rhett
Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre September 6 With more than seven million records sold and 10 No. one hits under his belt, entertainer Jason Aldean recently released one of 2012’s most anticipated new albums, “Night Train.” The album’s first single, “Take A Little Ride,” has already had a three-week reign at No. one and set multiple sales and radio airplay records. His last album, the CMA Album of the Year, “My Kinda Party”was the top-selling country album of 2011 and the fifth-best seller across all genres. Aldean sold out every show on his My Kinda Party tour and has broken over 40 venue attendance records. The tour went on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets and he recently sold out the first stadium show of his career. The 2013 Night Train tour promises to bring his high-intensity show to a whole new level with new production, and stadium visits across the US. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $43 - $165
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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From MEDICAL Page 1. father is that he got off lucky.” Because the Internet allows users to download an infinite number of diseases, the public’s medical awareness has been markedly increased. Today, a patient might ask their physician, “Doctor, do you think I have neurothlipsis? In non-medical language, neurothlipsis simply means a pinched nerve. The patient has leveled the playing field by using the physician’s own technical jargon. A classic example of medical mumbo-jumbo can be heard in any teaching hospital. A patient has several interns standing around her bed while a resident physician describes her condition. “Mrs. Jones had a syncope episode last night without any evidence of arrhythmia. I don’t think it was vagal, but I ordered a 2D echo and halter. A vertebrobasilar event must be ruled out.” While the patient didn’t understand a word, the interns understood exactly what the resident meant. In addition to spoken medical gobbledygook, there is also written gobbledygook. While pharmacists are able to make sense of the chicken scratches made by physicians, patients cannot. A Utah university addressed the problem by issuing these guidelines. A prescription should be written without any abbreviations, its dose, duration, and frequency explicitly stated. To remedy this problem of medical illiteracy, a handwriting expert named Kate Gladstone offers seminars that teach doctors how to improve their scribbles. Perhaps that is why doctors are now asked to print their name below their signature. Older physicians were trained in a tradition referred to as “benign paternalism.” They were not expected to explain everything they did and why they did it. The reasoning behind this approach derived from the belief that patients, who lacked medical training, could not understand their secret language. Even if they did comprehend a term or occasional phrase, they still lacked an ability to put it into a medical context. A new federal program called the “Health Literacy Action Plan” is promoting simplified language nationwide. Its purpose is to make spoken and written medical jargon more understandable. Nine out of ten individuals lack the health literacy skills to manage their health and prevent disease. While some medical schools have attempted to remedy the problem by offering a specific “Doctor-Patient Communication” course in their curriculum, it continues to plague the healthcare community. Before leaving the case against the use of medical jargon, it has its positive side. In medicine, accuracy is critical. Rather than saying a patient has a high fever in simple language, a physician needs to know exactly how high it is in degrees. Instead of saying that a female is pregnant, obstetricians need to know the exact stage of the pregnancy. Pharmacists need to know exactly how many milligrams of a medication a physician has prescribed. Unlike the news media, where stories are interpreted differently according to the country in which they appear, medical jargon must convey exactly the same message universally. A French or British physician treating an American traveler who becomes ill in their country must be able to accurately interpret their imported medical records. The record cannot state that the patient has “a visual problem,” but rather diplopia or nystagmus. The use of traditional medical terminology in this case is in the best interest of both the physician and the patient. Finally, in whatever form medical gobbledygook is encountered, it should be challenged and made more understandable for the patient.
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