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Real Wellness, Climate Change, and Religion:

How Separation of Church and State Safeguards Well Being By Don Ardell







The real wellness concept, that is, attitudes and choices that promote positive lifestyles, is not a Republican or Democratic concept. It’s an apolitical commitment to disciplined thinking and behavior that advances health (its own reward) while preventing illness (an attractive side effect). Anyone who practices such a wellness lifestyle will know that wellnbeing cannot be sustained through personal efforts alone. No man (or woman) is an island, as John Dunn famously noted; other factors have an immense influence on the quality of our lives—most especially our immediate environment and the larger world of which we are a part. A wellness lifestyle will not get you far in a war zone, in a city besieged by a modern-day plague or a community engulfed by an ecological disaster, such as floods or famines of biblical proportions.

In late March, President Trump signed an executive directive to remove regulations that had helped mitigate the impact of climate change. This action will revoke the Clean Power Plan that would have closed coal-fired power plants, and wind and solar farms will no longer be supported. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a climate-change denier and a religious fundamentalist. This is true of most of Trump’s appointees. When supernatural dogma drive public policies, science is ignored. Climate-change denial is

founded on religious dogma, not scientific evidence. Rick Perry, Trump’s Secretary of Energy, is well known for mocking climate science. Other prominent climate denialists include Mike Pence, James Inhofe, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum. There is a reluctance to call out the influence of extreme religious belief as a potentially contributing factor in climate-change denial. However, the correlation between religiosity and climate-change delusion is clear. Consider the following: See REAL WELLNESS, Page 14

How To Deal With Aging

By Adele Ida Walter Being more than 82 years old, I have had to deal with my increasing age in ways that suit me and fit my needs. We are all different, and there is no definitive guide or roadmap for handling changes that occur over time. First, all senior citizens have one big thing in common: We did not die young and are so lucky to be alive, enjoying all these years. Think of policemen, those in the military, people afflicted with horrible early-onset diseases, and victims of both crimes and accidents. Those people did not plan or want to die young, but they are gone. We, the very lucky ones, are here enjoying the wonderful country we are so

fortunate to live in. To me, that implies an obligation to live well and do good with the time we have. Living well, with healthy habits, also gives one the reward of living even longer. So, do not overindulge in either food or alcohol, do not drive recklessly, and eat decent, well-balanced meals. Above all, have friends and many interests, and do not isolate yourself or spend days sitting in front of the TV or living a make-believe life at your computer. Emailing is all right, but people need real, in-person contact with live friends and actual conversations over telephones. There is now a whole digital world, but most of us who are senior citizens know how to function in See AGING, Page 14



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When a Reverse Mortgage Makes Sense By Eric Olsen, HELPS Nonprofit Law Firm Would you want someone judging your character based on false rumor and innuendo? Of course not. I am the Executive Director of HELPS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit law firm that helps lower income seniors maintain their financial independence. I don’t sell reverse mortgages or have any financial interest in seeing seniors obtain a reverse mortgage. I do understand reverse mortgages and how they work. I regularly talk with seniors who might benefit from a reverse mortgage. Often, when I mention a reverse mortgage, they will say, “No, I don’t want to do that. I have heard bad things about reverse mortgages.” When I ask what exactly they heard—it is usually that someone told them a reverse mortgage was bad—they can’t explain why. I have learned that many seniors simply don’t understand how a reverse mortgage works or how it might benefit them. In 1988, Ronald Reagan signed the law that started reverse mortgages. They were designed to help seniors tap into the equity of their home and avoid house payments for the rest of their lives. This allows many seniors with lower incomes to remain in their homes. When they pass, heirs have approximately one year to sell the home or pay the loan balance. Heirs are never responsible if the home isn’t sold. If sold for more than what is owed, the heirs, of course, get that money. You must be at least 62 years of age. A married couple can apply together. There must be a minimum of 55

percent equity in the home at age 62. For example, if you owe $45,000 and your home is worth $100,000, you have 55 percent equity and qualify. The older you are, the less equity you need, because the loan is based on your life expectancy. In other words, someone who is 72 years old will qualify for more money than a 62-year-old. Your mortgage is paid off by the reverse mortgage, and you stay in the home with no payments. You can still sell the home during your lifetime if you choose. You are required to maintain the property and pay property taxes and insurance. Sometimes these payments can be paid by the reverse mortgage. If there is enough equity or you own the home free and clear, you can receive a certain amount of extra income each month or have access to a line of credit. So, for example, a senior with $2000 in income and an $800 house payment, would, after a reverse, find themselves with an extra $800 per month in their monthly budget, less any property taxes or insurance. If there was enough equity, they might even get access to an extra monthly sum or a line of credit. There can be roadblocks, primarily if there is not enough equity. The house must appraise for a sufficient sum. Manufactured homes and condominiums have extra requirements. Credit rating or old debts are generally not an impediment. The interest rate on the balance owed is low. Reverse mortgages are regulated. It is not like buying a car, where you have to shop to get a good deal. However, an experienced broker is important. There is very minimal or no cost to apply. You have to participate in a counseling session over the

phone. If you get a reverse mortgage, the only one that “loses,” so to speak, is, possibly, your heirs. They may not get as big of an inheritance. Why? Because part of your homes’ equity was used to help you during your lifetime. However, I can’t imagine too many kids who wouldn’t want mom and dad to be more comfortable in their senior years. Several months ago, Loretta, age 71, called HELPS nonprofit law firm. Her husband had left her and she was stuck with a big mortgage payment and not many resources left. Her income, Social Security, and two small pensions totaled a little over $1800 per month. She was going through a divorce. I explained a reverse mortgage and how it might possibly help her. She was originally skeptical because of what others had told her. She started the process and had everything done, simply waiting for the divorce decree. She just called. Through this reverse mortgage transaction, her $116,000

mortgage was paid, which eliminated her $882 mortgage payment. Additionally, she is receiving a line of credit for another $33,000, which she can use for other expenses. She only needs to maintain the property taxes and house insurance. She was thrilled with the outcome and very grateful. Negative impressions about reverse mortgages originated in the first few years of the program when it was less regulated. They are still out there. When real-estate prices plummeted after 2008, laws were changed to require a larger equity cushion to qualify. Don’t believe everything you hear. For many seniors, a reverse mortgage can change everything. They can stay in their home without a payment for the rest of their lives and still provide an inheritance to their loved ones. Eric Olsen is the executive director of HELPS Nonprofit Law Firm. Visit www. to learn more.

Not your grandpa’s hearing aid (or hearing aid company)


re you frustrated with your hearing? Do you have problems communicating with your family and friends? You’re not alone. Studies have shown that roughly 27 percent of the country’s population have significant hearing loss. This number increases significantly to 40 percent and higher for seniors over 70 years of age. “Hearing loss is a gradual process as we grow older, and it shouldn’t be ignored,” said hearing aid professional Garry Williams. According to Williams, when someone in the family has a hearing loss, the entire family has a hearing problem. “People need to realize that hearing aids are for the family as much as they are for the hearing impaired,” he explained. “Everyone suffers when hearing loss is ignored. Good hearing aids put an end to these problems.” Williams experienced this first-hand through his own hearing loss. He understands what it’s like to not be able to communicate effec-

tively and hear the world around you, which is why he launched Hear Again Hearing Aid Company. At the independently owned New Port Richeybased practice, Williams helps patients identify their hearing needs and find the right hearing aid, which gives patients the joy of hearing clearly again – often for the first time in many years. Williams administers a series of comprehensive hearing tests at no charge to their patients. He then explains the test results simply and thoroughly, and is able to recommend a hearing aid that fits the specific type of hearing loss, lifestyle and budget of the patient. Hear Again’s patients usually leave the office with big smiles on their faces from their freshly revitalized hearing. “Our patients are so happy with the results that they often refer their friends, which has helped us continue to grow and expand our services,” Williams said. Speaking of growth, Hear Again now welcomes and serves all former New Life Hearing patients.

The hearing aid center has also beefed up its line of state-of-the-art hearing aids, now carrying more brands than ever before, while servicing all models of hearing aids on site for virtually all manufacturers. “We will match or beat all prices on hearing aids,” Williams added. “We welcome new patients to come give our top-quality service and products a try.” To hear clearly again and improve your overall quality of life, call Hear Again Hearing Aid Company today at (727) 8424564 for a no-cost hearing test and consultation. Be sure to ask about the company’s 30-day trial.

Hearing specialist Garry Williams helps give his patients the joy of hearing clearly again at Hear Again Hearing Aid Company in New Port Richey. Call (727) 842-4564 for more information.

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Just like your mother or father? What a gift! by Jean Mlincek Sometimes I could cry because I came into this world with my father’s nose. Think Jimmy Durante, or even the cartoon character, Snuffy Smith. Worse, my “genetic gifts” from my mother were heavy arms and thighs. Often, when we think of our parents, we just think of the negative physical things we’ve inherited from them: baldness, stocky build, big hips, bags under the eyes, squinty eyes, etc. Even in terms of personality traits, it seems as if the world sees only the negative aspects of our parents in us: a father’s temper or stubbornness, a mother’s nagging or complaining. And so, when someone says, “You are just like your father!“ or “You are just like your mother!“, the remark that follows is typically not complimentary. How sad. In truth, we need to celebrate the fact that we are “made in our parents’ likeness.” Both my parents are deceased, which makes Mother’s Day (May 14) and Father’s Day (June 18) rather bittersweet. I would love to send them a card, thanking them for some of the positive influences they had on me, traits and values I inherited from them that have made a remarkable difference

in my life. There are so many things I could say or list, but here are just a few: Neither of my parents were professional teachers, but they were teachers nonetheless. Although my dad was a blue-collar worker, he was also a scholar. Sometimes, that would irritate me, because he would research things to death. As a teenager, he worked on farms and was an excellent horseman. When I wanted to learn how to ride in my early teens, he was my mentor. I wanted to hop on a horse and ride into the sunset. He wanted me to sit next to him for eight weeks and study drawings of saddles and bits so I would be fully indoctrinated on how to properly mount a horse and use a bridle to guide it without hurting it. Even though I was too old for them, I can’t tell you how tempted I was to go find one of those coin-operated mechanical carousel stallions that used to be outside store fronts and stick a quarter in it and at least get to “ride” for two minutes. Looking back, however, I see that my Dad’s tedious focus on detail showed his amazing respect for knowledge, a trait that eventually worked its way into my own life. My mom would have made a great elementary school teacher. She made

learning phenomenally fun. When I had trouble learning how to count as a little kid, she brought out a bag of jellybeans. “Jeanie, how many red jellybeans are in this pile? How many black jellybeans?” I loved learning how to count from her, because I got to eat the jellybeans if the answer was correct. She taught me that creativity is a form of wisdom and that learning didn’t have to be drilled into a person. When I became a professional instructor later in life, it was my Mom’s creativity gene that fueled my teaching style. From an emotional perspective, my parents were as different as night and day. My mom was an emotional tsunami; my dad was the epitome of “still waters running deep.” I think I inherited a beautiful balance from them. My dad was quiet and liked to ponder things. He could sit on the bank of a river all day, supposedly to fish, but even if he didn’t catch any fish, he reeled in everything else around him, from the hush of the river, to the song of a bird, to the warmth of the sun, to the liquid rhythm radiating from the bobber in the water. My Mom was saturated humanity. She felt every emotion deeply. I mean, she was drenched. If she wept, she wept. If she laughed, she laughed. While my

dad kept feelings and thoughts private, my mom wore her heart on her sleeve. Sometimes she shared too much, cared too much, but this openness made her a trusted friend to many, particularly to the marginalized. I love that I have inherited my Dad’s reflective nature, but I am likewise glad that my Mom’s sensuality and deep emotions are part of me. If there is something special that you have “inherited” from either of your parents, the two approaching holidays would be a great time to thank them for it. Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.




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Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated annually as a tribute to all mothers and motherhood. It is celebrated on various dates in many parts of the world. Although the origins of the holiday date back to the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the modern form of the celebration of Mother's Day in the United States began in the early 20th century. Modern history It was first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis who, in turn, many years earlier had founded Mothers' Day Work Clubs in five cities. Anna Jarvis began a campaign to make the Mother's Day a national holiday and she succeeded in 1914 when the U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May a Mother's Day.

Mother's Day around the world Nowadays Mother's Day (or a similar event) is celebrated in more than 150 countries around the world, although at different dates. Many countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and many European countries, celebrate Mother's Day on second Sunday of May. On the other hand, in many African countries it is celebrated on 21 March. To summarize, most of the Mother's Day dates around the world fall in May or in March.

Happy Mother's Day


Notes from the Soul

Growing up, May always meant sunshine and spring and freedom as school drew to a close. In fact, the very first poem I ever wrote was inspired by a May long ago. Eight-year-old me called it, “Notes from the Soul.” Early morning rises the bird, Singing notes that just have to be heard. Notes from the soul that wash Away all thoughts of dismay From all the parts of people’s hearts. May birdsong bring joy to you, too, in the midst of all your mornings.

Lauren Potts


• May is one of the most beautiful months of the year in the North Temperate Zone. Usually the snow and ice are gone and the hot temperatures haven't arrived. The first garden begins to sprout in May. The wild flowers are blooming, and the trees and grasses have turned green. Many birds have built their nests, and mother birds are sitting on the eggs, which will soon hatch. • May's birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success. • May's birth flowers are the Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn. • On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened. • May is named after the Greek goddess, Maia, who is identified with the Roman goddess Bona Deam goddess of fertility. • May is the fifth month of the year. It was the third month on early Roman calendars. • The Anglo-Saxons called the month Hlyd monath which means Stormy month, or Hraed monath which means Rugged month. • May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says "Marry in May and you'll rue the day". • In the 1990 USA census May was the 264 most common surname • In America May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Jewish American Heritage, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and National Moving Month. • No other month begins on the same day of the week as May. • May 1st is May Day. • The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. It is the most famous horse race in the United States. • Many Mexican Americans celebrate what they call Cinco De Mayo, on May 5th. It is the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. It is a national holiday in Mexico. • Mother's Day is on the second Sunday of May. It was first observed in 1908. and was recognized officially by Congress and the President in 1914. • Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday of May. The United States honors the men and women of the military services. The Armed Forces Day Celebration combined the Army, Navy, and the Air Force in 1950. Prior to that year, they had been held at separate times. • Memorial Day or Decoration Day is observed on the last Monday in May. It is a legal holiday and is observed in memory of those who died while serving the United States in war. The graves of the war heroes are decorated with flowers. It was first observed in 1866.

MAY 2017




Turning Over a New Leaf

k l a T s eL t’ L

By Nurse Ruth Fanovich I recently made a life-changing decision. Well, I must admit that I did have some help in making the decision. My doctor informed me that I have high blood pressure. Being the nurse that I am, I decided to do what I could naturally. What I mean by that is lifestyle changes, (you know, those things you and I can control). By doing so, I will be in a better state of physical and mental health. I know you're wondering what those changes are. First, I realized my stress level was at its peak when I was listening to the news and reading the negative journalism. I'm sorry, but I am disappointed in the lack of unity in our country. So, no more TV (except of course, Animal Planet). Instead, I'm reading more books than before and enjoying it. Even though I'm not part of the "protected" class, I'm going to protect my sanity so I can continue to help others, which brings me joy and satisfaction. I am not going to worry about political correctness.

I also altered my diet. Well, let's just say I'm trying. Still can’t give up ice cream! And you know what? It's OK; I limit it to a weekend treat. Moderation in our lives helps us maintain more control. Exercise? No, I'm not one to go to the gym. I even failed at yoga. Yet I do have two legs, and I can walk, so I'm now routinely walking my dogs, which is good for both me and the dogs. I'm a bit out-of-sorts lately, as I said to my nurse friend, Debbie. I feel as though I have lost my sense of humor, so I told her about my decision to turn over a new leaf. I need to remember to start each day with a positive, happy thought. It's been proven; start on a positive note, and it will last all day... The glass half-filled comes back. Most importantly, I need to find and keep my sense of humor. Yes, I have said and done this before. Yes, it lasted for a short period of time, but the difference this time? I'm really sticking to it. All of it. Why? Because I felt my health was beginning to fail, and there truly are things I can do to help the situation. I have never taken medication, only vitamins, and now I have to take blood

pressure medication, and it's alright. So, if you're like me, and things haven’t been going smoothly, and your energy just isn’t there, decide to start each day on a positive note, eat better, and exercise. Walking at this time of year is wonderful. Enjoy daylight savings time, keep mentally upbeat, and always look at the bright side. Positive thinking. Volunteer somewhere. It’s a great esteem builder and energy booster. JUST SAY NO to stress, and don’t forget to treat yourself to some ice cream or something else you truly enjoy. After all, you deserve it. Have a comment or question? “Let's Talk". Provided by Ruth Fanovich, RN, LHRM, Owner, Care Placement Home Health Agency, Inc. and RMF Care Management, Inc.

Dental Care Division Dr. Anthony J. Adams Nothing stays the same. Change is inevitable. Changes are usually multifactorial with causes emerging to force an effective change. The delivery of dental care maintenance and therapy is rapidly changing. While it used to be a mom and pop, one-stop shop operation, that is no longer the case. Dental corporations are a powerful force now. Advanced diagnostic technologies which are not inexpensive are another force. Dental school graduates leaving school with a $200,000 to $400,000 educational debt is another. Diminishing demand for services from the population is creating increased competition in demographically dense areas. Dental benefit plans are inadequate. They are also misleading to the patient consumer who thinks their dental in-

surances will take care of them. Often, there is a huge discrepancy between what people want and what they need. The choice the patient consumer must make is often very confusing. Unfortunately, confusion leads to no choice at the demise of the patient. I coach patients this way. First, consider where and how the doctor was trained. Second, how much experience does the doctor have in the treatment modalities they are recommending. Third, what motivates the doctor to recommend that treatment over another. And fourth, in your heart do you feel trust for the doctor and the situation. As the delivery of dental care diversifies, you will have to vet and choose what is best for you and your situation. Science has verified that good oral health and good overall health go together. Every month, I see more new patients who want a dentist who works with their physician. I have more and more physicians sending their patients to me to help them as I treat the oral dental component of the patient’s systemic disease. We must consider oral health and overall health. There are so many tools that help us. These are some of the exciting but not com-

monly, or across the board, used tools: 1. Diagnodent – light absorption technology that helps determine decay in the pit and fissures of the teeth. 2. Carivu – helps spot some cavities without need for as many X-rays. 3. Intraoral Video and Still Camera – magnifies and presents the surface conditions of oral tissues. 4. Personal DNA – can foretell some personal susceptibilities. 5. Saliva Testing – can monitor acid-base PH which could contribute to oral disease or be indicative of systemic imbalances. 6. 3-D Imaging – can help visualize the internal parts of the whole three dimensional tissue. 7. AlCat – reports sensitivities to certain foods and helps plan less reactivity to foods. 8. Clifford Test – measures sensitivities to thou-sands of dental materials commonly used. 9. Velscope – much more accurate visual assessment of possible oral cancer. 10. Ozone – a field of therapy which helps the oxygenation of live tissue. 11. Microbe DNA Testing – identifies presence of specific pathogens and their relative presence.

12. PEMT (Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy) – effects cellular membrane energetic change that affects its function. There are others but these interest me the most in the current moment. In closing, the choices you make as to who you entrust your oral and then your systemic over-all health to will very much impact the quality of life you experience, the amount of illness you have and the lifetime cost of your health. Healthy Body Dental, Anthony J. Adams, DDS, PA, is located in the Cypress Point Shopping Center, 25877 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater, (727) 799-3123, Hours of Service: Monday-Thursday 8-5pm.



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Why It Is Imperative to Consume Water for Good Health

By Dr. Wesley Pool We are conceived in body fluid, mostly consisting of water. We are developed cell by cell for over 270 days, submerged in this water, and are ready to “jump ship� as soon as the water drops out. There are many important reasons for this to occur in nature. Conception itself is much more likely to occur in a body that is properly hydrated. Even though a male ejaculation consists of around 250 billion sperm, the odds are against any single sperm reaching its target (about a 30-minute trip). Our body knows that in a body lacking proper moisture levels, the risk of having an unhealthy pregnancy is simply too great. A full-term baby, when first born, is approximately 75 percent water and consists of only about 25 percent actual elemental matter. During life, the ratio of water to mass traverses from as high as 90

percent when we are younger than 25, to approximately 57 percent at mid-life, and then lowers to about 46 percent as we become elderly. Obesity could pull our hydration levels even lower, while lean muscle mass raises our hydration ratio. In human physiology, twothirds of the water within us is intercellular fluid. In other words, about 70 percent of the total amount of water within us is channeled into supporting every living cell. Onethird, or the remaining 30 percent, is extracellular fluid. The extracellular fluid includes: 1) blood plasma, the liquid that suspends the blood cells in whole blood, 2) interstitial fluid, the fluid that bathes and surrounds all our cells, and 3) transcellular fluid, the fluid that is contained within epithelial lined spaces and is found in cerebrospinal fluid, ocular fluid, and joint fluid. How important is it that we consume enough liquid to keep our

bodies well hydrated? It is crucial for the maintenance of good health. Even in a non-hostile environment, we can only live for about a week without water. Put us in the desert, and we would only last three days. Yet when I was growing up, I cannot remember even one instance of being told by teachers, parents, relatives, or friends of the importance of drinking water. So, how much water do we need to consume daily? Forget the antiquated 8 X 8 rule (64 ounces). You should consume about 60 percent of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Rather than pure water, much of the fluids we are consuming today consist of soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk, sweetened juice drinks, and energy drinks. Although these drinks incorporate water, they may also include chemicals that can have an influence on essential brain mechanism that prompt our feeling

of thirst or chemicals that work as diuretics, voiding away the valuable electrolyte-balancing minerals that help the body hold on to functional water. Moreover, some of our special drinks may also contain various types of sugar that increase our hunger, or chemicals that must be flushed out with even more water than that consumed, negating the value of the liquid altogether. All our body processes are regulated by water. When our water intake is low, the brain and body malfunction. This can lead to obesity, headaches, diabetes, kidney disease, liver dysfunction, heart disease, kidney stones, dull thinking, constipation, and bowel disorders. Would it not be incredible, and ironic, if we could prevent many forms of disease simply by drinking plenteous amounts of pure water every day? Solid scientific research proves that we can. How about a nice refreshing glass of water right now?

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Tune In

up somewhere, knowing that this too shall pass. It always does. Yet no matter how tempting it is to avoid paying attention to conflicts going on in the world, it will not work to our advantage in the long run. We must do what we can to protect the morals, rights, and freedoms that have always been a part of this great nation. This includes sorting truth from fiction in what is expressed in the media. In this way, we will avoid being hoodwinked into believing untruths, no matter how they are conveyed. By always being grounded in our own truths and beliefs, we will not get sucked in by the wild assertions thrown at us. On a personal level, we hear of knowledgeable people being scammed over a getrich scheme or being tricked into giving a credit card or Social-Security number over the phone. We know how easy it is to get caught when we are not aware of how people can take advantage of others for their own personal gain. Most of us who have had spous-

By Carolyn Shockey The other day, as I tossed my purse in the car, it must have hit the radio button. When I turned the ignition on, I was the recipient of static instead of my usual music station. It reminded me of how many times in a given day we are not tuned in to messages we are getting in our head or elsewhere. Have you ever had a time when you didn't act on a “message” or notion, only for it to come back to you, perhaps more than once, until you started paying attention and did something about it? If we would only take time to listen to our hunches, or the still, small voice within, we would save ourselves a lot of time, trouble, and grief. We can take tuning in to another level by listening, being aware, and keeping ourselves informed of what is going on in our life and the world. With all that is going on in the political arenaTAMPA and otherCLUB global BAY DANCING incidents, it is tempting MAY SCHEDULEto cocoon EVENT

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For short-term conditions that come on quickly, like the common cold, to chronic conditions, such as arthritis or allergies, homeopathic medicines are among the safest types of drugs, according to experts. “Homeopathic treatments offer another choice for those looking for lowrisk, over-the-counter options with natural active ingredients,” said Mark Land, president of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP), which represents the majority of the manufacturers, distributors, and marketers of homeopathic products. While many may be unfamiliar with homeopathy, Land and the experts at AAHP offered some useful facts that could help you approach illness differently in the future. What Is Homeopathy? Contrary to common belief, “homeopathy” is not a synonym for “natural” or “herbal supplement.” It’s a specific system of medicine that uses high dilutions of plants, animals, or minerals to relieve the same symptoms that they

can cause at full strength. For example, a micro-dose of a coffee bean can help alleviate nervousness. The medicines’ health claims are based on traditional uses of these 200-year-old active ingredients. Given their long history, the products are not evaluated through the Food and Drug Administration’s new drug approval process. However, the agency oversees their manufacturing and marketing. Safety Benefits With a long record of safe usage, these traditional homeopathic remedies demonstrate very little possibility of adverse events. In 2015, the American Association of Poison Controls Center prepared a report for AAHP. It showed that less than 1 percent of all pharmaceutical reports to the nationwide network involved homeopathic medicine. For the $1.2 billion homeopathic industry, this is proportionally below the rate of its market share of non-prescription drugs in general. Generally, homeopathic preparations have very low risk of side effects,



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overdose, or interaction with conventional medications or herbal remedies, according to the AAHP. They also don’t mask or suppress symptoms, which is helpful in the case of misdiagnoses. Where Can You Find Them? Local health-food stores provide an abundance of homeopathic choices for a wide variety of conditions, while national retailers, including drugstores, offer popular top sellers. Prices are competitive with their conventional counterparts.

What to Look for? Product labels provide familiar drug information, including what the item treats and instructions for use. The active ingredients are Latin for their source and are followed by a dilution level. For more information about homeopathy, visit The next time you are under the weather, consider a homeopathic remedy. Due to the safety features, these therapeutic options are ideal as a firstsign-of-symptom defense before a condition escalates.

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Tips for Improving Your Kitchen for Entertaining StatePoint If your home is the one your family and friends gravitate to for parties and seasonal celebrations, you need to make sure it can handle all that attention. Upgrading your kitchen can be one of the most rewarding homeimprovement projects for those who entertain frequently. Here are a few upgrades that can improve your kitchen’s visual appeal and utility for better entertaining. Open and Shut Is your kitchen storage bursting at the seams? Do those cabinets that once looked so great now seem tired? Today’s top kitchens employ a combination of open shelving and closed cabinetry to deliver stunning looks and top functionality. Install open shelving for things you use the most and for visually appealing dishes and glasses. It’s easy for you to

grab what you need and for guests to know where to turn for an extra plate or tumbler. And open shelves are terrific for showcasing that favorite set of after-dinner glassware or that sleek new cappuccino maker. At the same time, a well-designed kitchen also needs large cabinets to hide clutter and clunky appliances that consume precious counter space. Upgrade Your Range Upgrading your range is a simple way to take entertaining to the next level. Your range should be the centerpiece of your kitchen in terms of design and function. These days, designs that combine sleek industrial lines with classic retro touches are all the rage. Form needs to be matched by flexible function. Look for a range that comes in dual fuel, gas or electric, with choice of a single or double oven, such as the 36-inch professional style ranges from Verona, a luxury Italian brand

from EuroChef USA. Their new Classic Collection line comes in three colors, including stainless steel, matte black and gloss red, with a color-matched control panel, featuring teardrop control knobs, beveled doors, rounded handles, and elegant plinth legs. More information is available at No matter what range you choose, opt for one with high BTU sealed burners and easy-glide oven racks for easy access to your meals. Be sure to look for such advanced features as an infrared broiler and/or convection setting so you can cook quickly and precisely.

second sink is also great for a helpful friend to start cleanup. Dual-drawer dishwashers can help you complete post-meal chores faster. You can have one load of dirty dishes in progress while you enjoy dessert, and be able to fill up a second drawer with cutlery, coffee cups, and dessert plates after the meal. The key to upgrading your kitchen is to streamline it to make your life easier as host.

Proper Prep and Cleanup Double-basin sinks and dual drawer dishwashers don’t just look luxurious. They help speed prep work and cleanup. If you have the space, nothing beats a tandem sink, where you can use one basin for preparing the next course and the other for dirty dishes. That

Home Health Agency Serving Tampa Bay for Over 20 Years Names New Director of Nursing By Elaine Hagan Care Placement Home Health Agency announced the promotion of Deborah Lang, RN, to the position of Director of Nursing. She will have the primary responsibility of directing and motivating the scheduling department and nursing team. This includes overseeing client care plans and all aspects of client care services. “Debbie has proven herself to be an

excellent nurse with exceptional insight. Her assessment skills and understanding of the aging and disease processes have been of immeasurable value to our company and our clients for over eight years,” said Ruth Fanovich, RN, LHRM and owner of Care Placement. Lang joined the company in 2008 and has served as Nurse Supervisor during this time. Prior to this, she was an RN Case Manager with Mease Home Health/Independent Home Health Ser-

vices. She has over 20 years of experience in the hospital setting. She received her AS RN from St. Petersburg College and is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Care Placement Home Health Agency, Inc. is a licensed home health agency providing caregivers (CNA/HHA) on a private pay basis to care for the elderly and those with other physical and emotional disabilities. The agency is privately owned

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Medical Marijuana: Where Are We Now?

Just two years ago a proposed constitutional amendment failed to achieve the vote needed to make medical cannabis available to the more than one million Florida residents that qualify for its use. On November 8th, Amendment 2 passed by a landslide. So, what happened during those two years to change Florida residents’ views of medical marijuana? I propose that three main things influenced the change in Floridians perspective: First, Floridians have had the benefit of hindsight. The passage of Amendment 2 made Florida the 26th state to adopt medical marijuana. Floridians are intelligent. They have seen the benefits obtained by patients in other states that have previously passed legislation approving the medical use of cannabis. In November, Floridians were very vocal and relayed to their legislators that they wanted their family members, friends and loved ones to have the same access to this powerful herbal therapy. Second, the media has been diligent in educating Floridians of the potential

therapeutic opportunities afforded by medical marijuana. There have been powerful stories told of families having to relocate out of state, away from extended family and friends just to get access to medical therapy for children suffering with intractable seizures, cancers, and other debilitating diseases. Third, the authors of Amendment 2 took care to address some of the primary concerns of Floridians. This amendment is inclusive of the many debilitating conditions from which patients suffer. It gives credence to the physician-patient relationship, in that it allows a licensed and certified physician to have some discretion regarding what defines a debilitating condition. In addition, Amendment 2 respects the previous ban on combustable (smoked) forms of medical marijuana. Access of marijuana to adolescents and children is a major concern of many Floridians. Amendment 2 empowers the Florida Department of Health and the Florida legislature to create responsible rules and regulations that will direct the implementation of the amendment. There have been sev-

eral proposals made to ban edibles that appear appealing to children such as “gummies”, “lolli-pops” and candies. There is significant scientific research that demonstrates increased risk of addiction, psychosis, and other psychological disorders have been found in adolescents who partake in daily use of marijuana. This is not surprising. The same is found in adolescent research of opioids and other psychoactive drugs. One needs to appreciate that adolescent brain development continues until around age 25. Exposure to recreational drugs of any sort during early critical brain development can lead to deleterious effects. Consequently, children should not have access to marijuana unless under the care of a doctor and for a severely debilitating condition. The Florida Department of Health has six months to create new rules and nine months to implement them. Within the upcoming legislative session there are several bills that will be introduced to aid in the regulation of the young but potentially huge enterprise of medical marijauna. It will be an

interesting process to watch. Even though medicinal use of cannabis dates back over 2000 years and is found in all ancient cultures including Chinese, Hindus, Hebrews, and Christians, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that it became demonized. Due to political influences those demonic images of marijuana continue to be perpetuated even today. For an interesting review of the history of medical cannabis I encourage everyone to read Smoke Signals written by Martin A. Lee.

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Lose Your Glasses On Purpose The Eye Institute of West Florida | 727.456.8804 |   Take a second and count how many pairs of glasses you own. Dr. Robert Weinstock, MD Maybe it’s only one pair, and you wear them for distance. Maybe you have prescription eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses, since the latter is necessary living in Florida. You might be one of the lucky few who can see close-up without needing reading glasses. Or, more likely, one of the many with a pair of reading glasses in every room, your car, at work and in your purse, just in case. However many pairs and types of glasses you have, The Eye Institute of West Florida has a solution to eliminate the hassle of relying on them to see well. For those Relying on Readers Blurry vision is nothing new. People have suffered from blurry vision since the beginning of time; however, today we have skilled surgeons and technoloogy to correct blurry vision at any age. Twenty years ago, the only procedure available until you developed cataracts was LASIK. Thanks to advancements within ophthalmology, that is no longer the case. LASIK is still a viable option for patients between the ages of 18-40, but once you hit 40 your eye begins to change. One of the most common reasons for blurry vision is presbyopia, which is when the eye’s natural lens begins to harden and occurs beginning around age 40. It’s part of the aging process and the first signs are typically eyestrain, difficulties seeing well in dim light and trouble focusing on small objects or fine print. Eventually, the only option is succumbing to reading glasses, and with that ensues new frustrations: never be-

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ing able to find your readers, constantly fighting the “on, off, on, off ” battle and maybe even wearing glasses when you’ve never needed them before. Until recently, patients typically waited until they were ready for cataract surgery to correct their presbyopia. Often times, patients weren’t ready for cataract surgery until their late 60s or 70s, meaning they had 20 plus years of reading glasses ahead of them. Even worse, without the advanced technology available today, patients often still relied on reading glasses to see close up after cataract surgery. Thanks to Revision Optics Raindrop Near Vision Inlay®, this is changing. Raindrop is a first-of-its-kind, FDA approved procedure that corrects near vision, reducing or eliminating your need for reading glasses. Robert Weinstock, MD, Director of Cataract and Refractive Surgery at The Eye Institute of West Florida, announced that this revolutionary new procedure is now available exclusively in the Tampa Bay area at The Eye Institute of West Florida. The implantable device reshapes the cornea and is designed to restore the natural range of near vision without compromising distance vision. “Raindrop is the best option available for people over the age of 40 who find themselves frustrated with the constant battle of ‘on, off, on, off,’” Dr. Weinstock explains. “This procedure is

really the first of its kind. Until Raindrop was approved, there wasn’t a great way to correct near vision without affecting distance vision. It’s a major advancement within ophthalmology, and I’m excited to continue seeing amazing results with my patients.” The Raindrop is a hydrogel device, comprised of 80% water and at only two millimeters in diameter, it is smaller than a needle head and half the thickness of a human hair. The material resembles a contact lens and lays in the cornea, focusing light as it comes into your eye. “The Raindrop is specifically designed not to wear off over time. Even if a patient’s near vision continues decreasing, the Raindrop will not lose its strength,” Dr. Weinstock adds. The Eye Institute offers complimentary Raindrop evaluations at each of their locations throughout Tampa Bay. For those with Blurry Vision There are a variety of reasons why we need glasses or contacts to see well. As we age, we begin to develop cataracts. Cataracts occur when the eye’s crystalline lens begins to cloud as part of the natural aging process. Symptoms can include difficulty reading, colors appearing less vibrant and difficulty driving at night. With refractive cataract surgery, it is no longer a procedure to simply remove your cataracts and replace them with a standard Intraocular Lens (IOL). “There are many people who were born with imperfect vision and require glasses or contact lenses to see. Nowadays, we want those people to know that there are procedures available to correct those issues. At The Eye Institute, we perform laser cataract surgery with refractive lens exchanges. In that procedure, we use a laser to remove the

damaged lens and replace it with a new lens to correct the vision and give patients freedom from glasses.” One of the most recently FDA approved IOLs, Symfony®, improves vision at multiple distances using new technology called extended depth of focus. “This lens is very good in providing distance vision and also provides midrange vision without some of the downfalls we see in multifocal lenses,” explains Dr. Weinstock. He continues, “You can get glare and halos from any implant, but in the FDA study, glare and halos reported from the Symfony lens amounted to only three to four percent of patients, which is the same as for a standard monofocal lens implant.” The Symfony lens is also available in a version that corrects astigmatism, so patients who have high astigmatism now have a way of getting out of glasses. With all the technological advancements available to restore your vision, isn’t it time to lose your glasses on purpose?

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April 30, May 2 and May 7 - Featured is Jeffrey Multer, concertmaster of The Florida Orchestra, who will play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Tampa Bay Symphony. Also featured is Trifles by Allen Molineux.

The St. Petersburg Police Department’s Annual Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The event will commence at 7:45 p.m. at the Heroes of St. Petersburg Police Law Enforcement Memorial at Demens Landing Park in downtown St. Petersburg. The park entrance is located at 1st Avenue South and Bayshore Drive Southeast. The service will commemorate police officers, past and present, who by their faithful and loyal devotion have rendered a dedicated service to their community. The engraved ceremonial bell, which is kept at the police station during the year, will be brought to the site and rung once for each fallen officer as their name is read. The solid brass 24-pound bell is engraved with “St. Petersburg Police – Fortis Heroes,” and its clear tone will ring out in remembrance in the beautiful waterfront park. Although this service commemorates the fifteen fallen officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department, it also honors all officers that have lost their lives  or have become disabled in the performance of their duties. Please join us on May 16th as we remember our fallen officers and share our respect and reverence for the dedication of all law enforcement officers.


ORANGE BLOSSOM GARDEN CLUB OF LUTZ MEETING NOTICE The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Meetings are held at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 1st Ave NW, in Lutz across from the library. We will have a Plant Show with entries in different categories: Single specimen; Combination planting; Floral design; and Miniatures. In addition, we will have a presentation from Hollies Farm and Garden Center on preparing your garden for summer! Come join us! Members are asked to bring a small rooted cutting to trade (please label your plant) and a canned good for the food bank. Please bring your friends and let’s have a great turnout. Check us out on Facebook at Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida SR. GOLF PLAY EVERY WEDNESDAY YEAR ROUND ! Our Sr. Golf Group plays rotating courses each Wednesday in Pasco and Hilllsborough Counties year round. Meet new golfing friends and get a group rate. Call Walt Bockmiller at 813-527-8211 for more information. SENIOR SOLOS FELLOWSHIP MEETING Senior Solos, a social group of single folks 55+, will gather for food and fellowship   at 1:00 pm Wed May 3rd at Spring Garden Family Restaurant, 1018 62nd Ave, St Pete.   On Mon May 8th at 1:30 pm join us for a pot luck lunch, fellowship, and entertainment by Cookie & Dave at the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St N, Pinellas Park.  All single seniors are welcome. For information call Wally 727-544-7183. WORLD CULTURAL DIVERSITY DAY Sunday, May 21st 2017 St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, FL  1 to 6 pm SPIFFS, together with the Friends of the Sunshine Center, will celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development with a multicultural festival at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Ethnic food and entertainment from several countries will be featured. Crafters and other vendors are invited. World Day is set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity. ST. PETERSBURG JAZZ EXPLOSION

A FREE Concert will be presented by the South Pasadena Community Band on May 18. We are closing the season with a concert of “Easy Listening”. The program will feature the music of Ray Charles, Cole Porter, Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra along with a variety of marches. It will be performed inside at the South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive South. This free concert will start at 7:30 PM and is open to the public.  This allvolunteer band enjoys performing for the community and, in turn, the community loves to hear the band.  Come join us for an evening of relaxing entertainment.  Anyone wishing to join us next season may refer to our website,, or call 727-3989639. FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING Free Medicare Counseling offered to Medicare Beneficiaries’ in Holiday. Guidance now available for Medicare beneficiaries at Centennial Park Library. Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers, and family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco & Pinellas Country will be partnering with Centennial Park Library to provide Medicare counseling through the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program. On Tuesday June 13th specially-trained volunteers of the SHINE Program will begin offering Medicare presentations at Centennial Park library located at 5740 Moog Rd., Holiday FL 34690. SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that empowers elders to make informed decisions about their health care coverage. SHINE volunteer counselors through the The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco & Pinellas Country provide free, unbiased information and counseling at sites across Pasco & Pinellas counties and will now also help elders at the new Holiday location. Every day SHINE volunteers answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning, and more. The new site at 5740 Moog Rd., Holiday FL 34690 will allow the program to reach more community members who may be unaware of SHINE and the benefits the program offers. SHINE volunteer counselors can even assist eligible Medicare beneficiaries to find programs that lower prescription drug costs or provide prescription drugs at no cost. For more information, you may also call 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337), or visit us online at CRUISE PLANNERS Check out some of Cruise Planners Exclusive sales going on now.  Give me a call today!   (813) 527-6574.  Nancy Clark. 855-222-7245 | 813527-6574 Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, has a tremendous reputation for quality, service, and very competitive pricing for ALL of your travel needs. Cruise Planners travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, we specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you.

May 6 & 7 - North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Dr. NE., St. Petersburg Jazz Explosion. Vinoy Park 11 am to 10 pm. https://www.facebook. c om /St-Pe t e -Ja z z-E x plo sion- 812 0 9 6 0 6219 4 3 6 4 / This event provides a platform for our city’s aspiring musicians who may not have the means or opportunity to showcase their talent, may it be music or otherwise to larger audiences. It is our sincerest hope that by creating such an avenue for our youth we can open up pathways RUN FOR CHILDREN for greater opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. This project will also provide scholarship fund- May 13 - 2017 - Downtown St. Petersburg ing to one of our young musicians and would make a TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. LOUISVILLE CITY FC contribution to the charity which we are supporting this May 13 - Al Lang Stadium year, the local Sickle Cell Foundation.

MAYOR’S YOUTH SHOWCASE OF ACHIEVEMENT May 18 - Mahaffey Theater ST. PETE STREET FOOD FESTIVAL & NIGHT MARKET Food Truck Rally - St. Pete Street Food Festival & Night Market, Friday, May 19th 2017, Port of St. Petersburg , 250 8th Ave SE . 6 to 9 pm events/916812801787528. Enjoy the first ever St. Pete Street Food Festival. Shop vendors while enjoying some of the best food truck fare around at the future home of the Marine Discovery Center.  Fun for the whole family! Live music Waterfront seating - Inside and Out. Tour the Sir Winston cruise ship at the Port. Free admission and parking**See updated parking info below** Due to the overwhelming response to the Port Food Truck Rallies, we have expanded parking into nearby USF Lots.  Watch for Parking Attendants along 1st St., SE (at USF campus) and along 8th Ave., SE (at the Port). Lot parking is $5.  There is limited free street parking.  However, some street areas are marked as “No Parking” and some street areas are metered.  These areas are enforced.  WORLD CULTURAL DIVERSITY DAY May 21 - St. Petersburg Shuffle Board Club, 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, FL - Sunday, May 21st 2017 1 to 6 pm.  SPIFFS, together with the Friends of the Sunshine Center, will celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development with a multi-cultural festival at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Ethnic food and entertainment from several countries will be featured. Crafters and other vendors are invited. World Day is set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity. THE 97X BBQ May 27 - Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, The 97x BBQ, Saturday, May 27th 2017. Clean Earth Systems, Incorporated Presents The 97X BBQ – Endorsed by The Bud Light Party! Vinoy Park, Noon www.97xonline. com/s/97xbbq/. Experience a day of music & sunshine, waterside at Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg Saturday, May 27th. The best part… The 97X BBQ is FREE! That’s are free – All you have to do is stop by any of our ticket drops and be one of the first 100 people in line. Check out the Tickets and Experience pages for more info on how to meet your favorite band, win cool experiences, or upgrade to The Bud Light VIP Experience! That’s are free – All you have to do is stop by any of our ticket drops and be one of the first 100 people in line...PLUS each ticket drop has

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SENIOR HAPPENINGS the opportunity to win extra perks. Too lazy to make it to a ticket drop? Don’t have time in your schedule? You can also purchase tickets for $20 or upgrade to the Bud Light VIP experience for $75! You’ll enjoy a shaded area with private bathrooms, complimentary lunch from local St. Pete restaurants, seating, a private bar, and up close viewing area of the artist interview stage. Purchase your VIP tickets before they sell out! CORVETTES AT THE PIER SHOW 24th Annual "Corvettes at The Pier" Show , Saturday, May 27th 2017, North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Dr. NE. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. www. All Corvette car show featuring Corvettes from the early 1950's to this year, including stock, modified, custom and race-prepared Corvettes. Free to the public.  TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. ST. LOUIS FC

Abita Brewing Co., Big Storm Brewing Co., Bootleggers Brewworx, Bury Me Brewing Co., Cigar City Cider & Mead, Flying Boat Brewing Co., Green Bench Brewing Co., Green Bench Cider & Mead, Marker 48 Brewing Co., Stilt House Brewing Co. & others. Featured works this year include William Shayer, The Elder, Harbor Scene on the South Coast; Anonymous, Effigy Beaker (Kero); Thomas Hovenden, Breton Soldier, Randall Davey, Portrait of Paul Robeson, H.H. Bartram, Tattood Girl From Melbourne in Business for Herself, James Weeks, Untitled. The evening will also include a special “Florida” themed beer in celebration of the upcoming Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration, crafted by 2016’s Best of Show winner and the St. Pete Homebrew Club. Tickets: $45 MFA members, $60 non-member (advance), $75 Day of, Designated drivers are $30. “Wine passes” are available for an additional $5.  Must be 21 or older to participate. The admission price includes beer tastings, glassware, food and the galleries. Proceeds help to preserve works in the Museum’s collection.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Saint Louis FC. Saturday, May 27th 2017 Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 7:30 pm. Enjoy 90 minutes of non-stop action, family fun, SHINE OFFERS FREE MEDICARE ANSWERS -MEDICARE 101 PRESENTATION including face painting, Rowdies autographs and New River Library - Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills, more. Kids' tickets are always $10! May 18th at 11:00 am. A SHINE Volunteer will be TODD RUNDGREN - WHITE KNIGHT - THE CHIVALROCK TOUR Saturday, available to answer Medicare questions on ThursMay 27th 2017 - Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S. day at 11:00 am at the New River Library located at 8 pm. Todd Rundgren's 34043 Fl-54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543. For more prolific, four-decade career as a singer and song- information call 813-788-6375, Land O’ Lakes Liwriter has produced such classic songs as “Hello brary - May 20th  at 11:00 am It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light,” “Can We Still Be A SHINE Volunteer will be available to answer Friends” and “Love is the Answer.” His 34 career Medicare questions on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the albums range from incandescent pop (Something/ Land O Lakes Library located at 2818 Collier ParkAnything?, Hermit of Mink Hollow) to experi- way, Land O Lakes, FL 34639. For information, call mental hard rock (A Wizard A True Star, Initia- (813) 929-1214.   tion), spiritual electronica (Healing) and techno Hugh Embry Library Dade City May 25th at 2:00 (Global). To celebrate the release of his latest al- pm bum White Knight, the music legend brings A SHINE Volunteer will be available to answer White Knight - The ChivalRock Tour to the Ma- Medicare question on Thursday at the Hugh Embry Library located at 14215 4th St. Dade City, FL  haffey!   33523.  For information call 352-567-3576.  SHINE INK MANIA TATTOO & ART EXPO is a Florida Department of Elder Affairs program through which volunteers provide free, unbiased June 9 to 11 - Ink Mania Tattoo & Art Expo Friday, June 9th 2017. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth one-on-one insurance counseling and information Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL. www.inkmani- about Medicare options and prescription drug June 9 - 2 to 11 pm, June 10 - Noon to sistance for elders and their families and caregivMidnight, June 11 - Noon to 8 pm. More than 200 ers.  Volunteers are being sought to assist with the featured artists, live tattooing & piercings, tattoo program. For information about volunteering concontest, body painting, live entertainment, art fu- tact SHINE program manager Sue Samson at sue. sion wall, beer garden, car/truck/bike show, spe- samson@aaapp.or or 727-570-9696 ext. 234.  For a cialty vendors. Live art auction hosted by Joey volunteer application, visit Tattoo. Celebrity guest Robert Lasardo. Tickets join-the-team.aspx. available THE BEER PROJECT Friday, June 9th 2017, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL, 7 pm. www. Preserve a masterpiece by tapping into a one-of-a-kind evening! Sip and Savor the liquid interpretations of works in the Museum’s collection while lounging in artistically designed spaces. Brewing companies create limited batch brews for a one-night only exhibition at the Museum., Participating brewing companies include:

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Wayne S. Williams

As I take the path to my car, a band of lizards decides to play dare with me, incited I suppose, by the Florida sun, a feast of moths with their strange dusted wings, and mischief. One after another the creatures scurry like invincible teenagers, from the jagged blades of the front yard, onto the concrete walkway, where I stagger like a beast, dodging their fragile existence. It seems, this foolhardy game they play, to loom beneath the eclipse of my cordovan sole, satisfies some reptilian bravado. “Dammit,” I yell, with the fall of an off-balanced step. And I crush the slow one, the unlucky one who probably never did this chicken run, until today. They surely never told him, “You just have to go, don't pause!” and never mentioned, he couldn't time it that way. I stop for a moment and look, anguish over this small life I've sent to a different plane, two dimensional now. And as I drive away, I can't help but think about Rorschach abstracts: how one day, lying on the good doctors couch, he'll show me those terrible inkblots, twist his brow into rapt curiosity. “That one looks like a lizard,” I'll say. “And that one is definitely death, no doubt about it.” Of course I'll tell him, “That one looks like a butterfly.” And at least one will remind me of my dear old mother, just to make him smile and nod, a look that says, ah, now we're getting somewhere. "Dare" is an excerpt of Wayne S. Williams’ poetry book, "The Trunk," available on Wayne is the founder and host of Poets Live!, which is celebrating its eleventh year at the Largo Public Library. Meetings are held the second Monday of every month from 6-8:00 p.m.

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the real world and learned that first, so letting it go is stupid. Sadly, many in younger generations can only function digitally and do not know how to relate the way we do. If we succeed in living well and keeping ourselves healthy, we ought to be able to use all this time that both God and nature gave us to do a little good in this world before we have to leave it. Yes, I am talking about getting off your butt and actually doing something to make the world a better place. My own mother found meaning by volunteering at an orphanage and even received a small stipend for doing so. I have a friend of almost 92 who teaches computer classes, and another even older who still publishes beautiful poetry. My late husband found meaning

in feeding the homeless, was an amazing bowler, and helped me rescue stray cats, which I still, at times, do. For me, it is reading, publishing some of what I write, visiting nursing homes, helping Friends of the Library, running my house, feeding my six pets, and politics. It’s also taking the time to help anyone I think I can somehow help, even on the street. We all do what we can, but, in order to continue living meaningfully, we must not stand still. So, if you are reading this, get a move on and do your thing. You will find happiness waiting for you. Adele Ida Walter resides in Tampa, Fla. She can be reached at adeleidawalter@

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ENTERTAINMENT TFO: THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK Ruth Eckerd Hall Sun, May 14 at 7:30 PM The Florida Orchestra: The American Songbook - Then and Now. THREE MUSKETEERS Murray Theatre Thu, May 18 - Sun, May 28 Alexandre Dumas’ timeless classic, The Three Musketeers, comes to life in this new, fast-paced, action-packed adaptation written by Joe Winskye and Bianca Badia of Hat Trick Theatre. Three legendary swordsmen are joined by a would-be hero as they cross swords and match wits with Cardinal Richelieu and his men. This new spin on a classic tale of intrigue, romance and adventure is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Tickets are $24. Student & Military discount is available with valid ID in person at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office. GEORGE THOROGOOD Ruth Eckerd Hall Thu, May 18 at 8:00 PM One badder-than-ever guitar-slinger and his band are back to play like they still have something to prove. Classic rock legend George Thorogood and the Destroyers return to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2014! Thorogood's hits include Who Do You Love, I Drink Alone, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Move It On Over, Get A Haircut, and the anthemic, Bad To The Bone. The Rock Party Tour promises to raise the bar, rock the house and tear off the roof like never before. Special guest Damon Fowler will open the show. Tickets are *$125, $61, $41, and $30. *$125 Dinner Package includes a premium seat, pre-show dinner and a voucher for free valet parking. Valet service begins 15 minutes before pre-show dinner doors open. Artist does not appear at dinner. TFO:BEETHOVEN EMPEROR CONCERTO Ruth Eckerd Hall Sun, May 21 at 7:30 PM The Florida Orchestra: Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

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FRANKIE VALLI &THE FOURSEASONS Ruth Eckerd Hall Tue, May 23 at 7:30 PM Pop music icon Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall. This will be Valli’s 19th performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall and like his previous concerts, this one is expected to sell out quickly. The original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles. With unforgettable tunes like Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Rag Doll, December '63 (Oh What A Night), Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You and of course, Grease. Just this past year, their mega hit, Big Girls Don’t Cry, was inducted into the 2015 GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. Tickets are *$150, $118.75, $78.75, and $63.25. *$150 Dinner Package includes a premium seat, pre-show dinner and a voucher for free valet parking. Valet service begins 15 minutes before pre-show dinner doors open. Artist does not appear at Dinner. DAMIEN ESCOBAR Capitol Theatre Wed, May 24 at 7:30 PM Two-time Emmy Award winning violinist, Damien Escobar makes his Capitol Theatre debut with The Heart & Soul Tour! A constant creator Damien has had his hand in a plethora of entrepreneurial endeavors including penning his first children’s book The Sound of Strings, a signature line of violins, a partnership to develop his own line of wines and a nonprofit organization as well as a children’s focused music program. The people have taken note and so have the media, with major features in People Magazine, The NY Daily News and interviews with every major network on both the local and national scale. Damien can look back at his days playing the violin for change on the subway platforms of New York City to playing for Presidents in the White House. He is a musical pioneer dominating an industry that’s ready for change. The future of the music industry rests in his hands – and he’s ready. Tickets are $89.50 (includes a meet & greet), $45, $35. Performance is a the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. IDINA MENZEL Ruth Eckerd Hall Thu, May 25 at 8:00 PM After releasing her fifth solo studio album idina. last fall, Tony Award-winning superstar Idina Menzel is hitting the road and returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall Thu, May 25! Called “the Streisand of her generation” by The Denver Post, Idina has captivated audiences at sold-out concerts around the world with her irresistible charm, wit and unparalleled vocal prowess. Throughout the tour, Idina will lead audiences through a special journey of songs from Idina, as well as other classic pop, musical theater favorites and her own personal catalogue. With every online ticket purchased for Idina Menzel, you’ll receive a choice of either a standard physical or standard digital copy of her new album idina. You will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album within 2 weeks after ticket purchase. Tickets are *$200, $158.75, $123.75, $98.75, and $73.75. *$200 Dinner Package includes a premium seat, pre-show dinner and a voucher for free valet parking. Valet service begins 15 minutes before pre-show dinner doors open. Artist does not appear at Dinner. Idina Menzel Gold VIP Package - $449 per package - 4 Ticket Limit 1 Premium ticket in the front row. 1 Autographed idina Menzel Photo book, 1 VIP Laminate, 1 Post show personalized letter with set list, 1 VIP parking space (where available), Pre show hospitality with VIP host in attendance, Idina Menzel Silver VIP Package $399 per package - 4 Ticket Limit, 1 Premium ticket in rows 2-10, 1 idina Menzel Photo book, 1 VIP Laminate, 1 Post show personalized letter with set list, Pre show hospitality with VIP host in attendance, VIP Package Ticket limit per transaction: 4, Legal disclaimer: VIP Package Purchasers will receive an email from Warner Music Group approximately 5-7 days before the performance date with instructions regarding the fulfillment of the VIP package items and additional details regarding day of show

information. All VIP packages are NON-TRANSFERABLE; NO WILL CALL NAME CHANGES WILL BE PERMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Non-VIP Package purchasers will not be allowed into the venue early. VIP package purchasers may be required to arrive at least 1-2 hours before show time. All pre-show programs and times may vary date-to-date and are subject to modification at any time for any reason. At Warner Music Group’s discretion, VIP package merchandise will either be shipped directly to the address provided at purchase (alternate shipping addresses are not permitted) or available for pick-up the night of the show. If shipped, delivery of such merchandise may occur after the event date. Merchandise is not needed for entry to the show. By purchasing a VIP package, you will not gain or be authorized access into any venue specific VIP or backstage areas. No parental escorts without their own package purchased will be permitted. SISTER HAZEL Capitol Theatre Thu, May 25 at 8:00 PM Known for combining elements of acoustic rock, folk, and jangle pop, Sister Hazel makes their way to Clearwater for their Capitol Theatre debut! This group of Florida natives is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians and has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. All for You topped the adult alternative charts and the success propelled their album to platinum status. Recently the group crossed over and had their first showing on the country music charts, making a strong debut with Lighter In The Dark at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums. Special guests Greg Billings duo to open the show. Tickets are $49, $39, $29. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. BLAST: HOME COOKING III REH On The Road Fri, May 26 at 5:30 PM The 7th Annual Season of Blast Friday comes to a close with free, live Home Cookin’ music from local favorites Greg Billings Band and The Black Honkeys! This food and crafts festival features a free live concert on the Tampa Bay Times Stage located in the Cleveland Street District. Food trucks and vendors will be serving a wide variety of freshly prepared specialty food and beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages that will be available for purchase. A free art exhibit will be held at Studio 617, located at 617 Cleveland Street, from 7 to 9 pm. A limited number of VIP and SUPER VIP concert ticket packages are on sale now, details below. The Greg Billings Band makes a triumphant return after their sold-out show at the Capitol Theatre in January. The band is a continuation of a phenomenon that began when popular ‘80s Florida band Romeo signed to Epic Records and released its first album after a name change to "Stranger". The band features two members of Stranger, lead vocalist Greg Billings and bassist Tom ‘King’ Cardenas and also includes lead guitarist George Harris, drummer Mark Busto, guitarist Kyle Ashley and Rob Stoney on keyboards. Another local favorite, known for their soul, funk and rhythm ‘n’ blues music, The Black Honkeys have won awards in multiple categories for three years running in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Choice Awards. Front man, Brother Phil Esposito, is supported on vocals by the lovely Nicole Simone, with guitarist Greg Czinke, Will Harris on bass, Steven Tanner on drums, John "Dash" Dixon on keyboards, along with the fabulous Ebony & Ivory Horn Section with Scott Myers on trombone and Terry Clark on trumpet. If you are looking for a night of fun, look no further! $49 SUPER VIP Ticket includes: Priority seating in the first 3 rows, directly in front of the Tampa Bay Times Stage Chair in first come, first serve section, Two complimentary beers or wine, Access to The Capitol Theatre, including view of the stage from the balcony, private restrooms & complimentary snacks Meet & Greet with Greg Billings Band and The Black Honkeys* $29 VIP Ticket includes: Priority seating beginning in the 4th row, in front of the Tampa Bay Times Stage Chair in first come, first serve section, Two complimentary beers or wine, Blast Friday

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ENTERTAINMENT has festival seating. Personal blankets and chairs are welcome. No outside food or beverages permitted. This event is rain or shine. Dates, times, and bands subject to change and cancellation. *Meet and Greet details and artist attendees subject to change For more information, visit BRIT FLOYD Ruth Eckerd Hall Sat, May 27 at 8:00 PM The hotly anticipated rock event of the year returns, as Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, Pink Floyd Immersion World Tour 2017. The spectacle of a Pink Floyd concert experience is truly recaptured in high-definition sound and with a stunning million dollar light show and state of the art video design. The Brit Floyd show has truly become a phenomenon, widely regarded as the world's greatest live tribute to Pink Floyd. Faithfully recreating the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Division Bell tour, complete with circle screen and multiple moving light design, lasers, inflatables and theatrics, a Brit Floyd show really is as close as fans will ever get to experiencing the magnificence of a Pink Floyd show live. Tickets are *$125, $75.75, $45.75, and $35.75. *$125 Dinner Package includes a premium seat, pre-show dinner and a voucher for free valet parking. Valet service begins 15 minutes before pre-show dinner doors open. Artist does not appear at Dinner. If you already have show tickets and wish to purchase the $100 VIP package* *On arrival at the venue at 5pm on the show day, VIPs will be given a special Brit Floyd VIP M&G Soundcheck Experience tour pass and lanyard & will have an opportunity to browse through all the merchandise & to chat to the show personnel pre show. The VIPs will then be invited into the auditorium for the private soundcheck. Brit Floyd’s musicians will treat the VIP audience to a special bonus performance of two classic Pink Floyd songs not featured in the evening show, and then afterwards will come down from the stage to meet VIP. They will be happy to chat with the VIPs, sign merchandise and have photos taken. MARSHALL TUCKER BAND Capitol Theatre Sat, May 27 at 8:00 PM Making their Clearwater debut, the Capitol Theatre presents The Marshall Tucker Band on Sat, May 27! More than 40 years after forming, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to tour, performing more than 130 live dates each year. The Marshall Tucker Band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS Label (distributed by Sony/RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band's current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound. Current members include the highly respected drummer B.B. Borden, a former member of both Mother's Finest and The Outlaws, multi-instrumentalist Marcus Henderson of Macon, Georgia, plays flute, saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and

background vocals, Tony Black on bass guitar and Rick Willis on lead guitar and vocals, both of Spartanburg SC, are disciples of the Caldwell Brothers. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be a powerful force in the world of music. Country Music Television named the MTB’s Can’t You See the #4 Greatest Southern Rock Song. The MTB’s debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, reigns as Gibson Guitar’s #5 Greatest Southern Rock Album. crowned the MTB's Can't You See as the #1 Southern Rock Song and in 2013, GRAMMY® Magazine named the group's logo as one of the most distinctive and iconic brands in music. Tickets are $52.50, $42.50, and $32.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. TFO MASTERWORKS: BEETHOVEN'S EMPEROR CONCERTO Mahaffey Theater Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8 p.m. Described as both powerful and poetic, TFO debut pianist Dejan Lazic performs Beethoven’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” in the spectacular TFO season finale with Michael Francis on the podium. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Symphony No. 5. THE STUDIO DANCE COMPANY S.L.A.M. 2017 Mahaffey Theater S.L.A.M. 2017 Sunday, May 21 at 4 p.m. The Studio Dance Company presents: S.L.A.M (Sound Lives and Moves)! This is our annual production showcasing our incredible students' hard work from the 2016-2017 season!  Our dancers and choreographers have been working hard for months to put on an incredible show for family and friends. All are welcome! The show will include performances from all our students (and faculty!) in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Latin, Break Dance, Ballet, and more! You don't want to miss out on this awesome production! JAMEY JOHNSON Mahaffey Theater Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets $30-$65 The Washington Post calls 11-time Grammynominated singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson "one of the greatest country singers of our time.” His 2008 album That Lonesome Song was certified platinum for one million in sales, and his ambitious 2010 double album, The Guitar Song, received gold certification. In addition, Johnson won two Song of the Year trophies, for  “Give It Away” and “In Color,” both from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. In 2012, the Alabama native released his fifth studio album, a tribute project to late songwriter Hank Cochran. The Grammynominated Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran paired Johnson with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Vince Gill and Merle Haggard. Enhance your spectacular Mahaffey Theater evening with a delicious dinner buffet at St. Petersburg’s most exclusive restaurant – our own BAYSIDE BISTRO! You’ll dine in style, right

before your show, inside our scenic glass-walled atrium on the water’s edge overlooking Tampa Bay. Dinner is at 6 p.m. $33.95 per person TODD RUNDGREN To celebrate the release of his latest album White Knight, music legend Todd Rundgren brings White Knight - The ChivalRock Tour to the Mahaffey! As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist and interactive artist, Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. His prolific, four-decade career as a singer and songwriter has produced such classic songs as “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light,” “Can We Still Be Friends” and “Love is the Answer.” His 34 career albums range from incandescent pop (Something/Anything?, Hermit of Mink Hollow) to experimental hard rock (A Wizard A True Star, Initiation), spiritual electronica (Healing) and techno (Global). How about a fabulous preshow dinner in our Bayside Bistro? Click here! A special Meet and Greet package is available for $125 (you must also have a ticket to the show). This includes: Exclusive preshow meet & greet with Todd Rundgren, Personal photograph with Todd Rundgren, Specially designed Todd Rundgren tour shirt  (exclusive to VIP package only!) Collectible tour poster autographed by Todd Rundgren (numbered; limited print) Exclusive  Todd Rundgren VIP merchandise item. Official VIP meet & greet laminate Commemorative ticket Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets $35-$58. Enhance your spectacular Mahaffey Theater evening with a delicious dinner buffet at St. Petersburg’s most exclusive restaurant – our own BAYSIDE BISTRO! You’ll dine in style, right before your show, inside our scenic glass-walled atrium on the water’s edge overlooking Tampa Bay. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. $33.95 per person. FINDING NEVERLAND The Straz Center - Carol Morsani Hall May 30, 2017 - Jun 04, 2017 The Thursday, June 1, performance FINDING NEVERLAND is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of's Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart” (Time). Vogue cheers, "it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers.  With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

DARRIN BRADBURY Straz Center - Jaeb Theater May 15, 2017 Darrin Bradbury spent years as the front man for Big Wilson River before striking out on his own. A road-seasoned singer-songwriter, Bradbury brings an old school sense to his songs about the workaday people he befriends on the road. His latest release, Elmwood Park: A Slightly Melodic Audiobook, reveals Bradbury’s unforgettable mix of folk satire and the sweet reliability of good ol’Americana music. TFO - BEETHOVEN’S EMPEROR CONCERTO Straz Center - Carol Morsani Hall, Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm Described as both powerful and poetic, TFO debut pianist Dejan Lazic performs Beethoven’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” in the spectacular TFO season finale with Michael Francis on the podium. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Symphony No. 5.

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1. Protect Protecting your personal information is your best line of defense against healthcare fraud. Treat Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security numbers like credit-card numbers. Never give them to a Every day, Medicare fraud af- stranger, and don’t carry your cards fects people with Medicare and unless you need them for appointtheir families across the U.S., rob- ments. Medicare doesn’t call or visit bing them of hard-earned money to sell you anything. Outside of a trusted healthcare setting, never and peace of mind. Scammers know the ins and give this information to anyone who outs of the Medicare system, and asks for it. their attempts can be well thoughtout enough that it’s not always easy 2. Detect to know when and where fraud is No matter how careful you are, occurring. By remembering some you may be targeted for fraud. Alsimple but effective tips, you can ways review your Medicare state-

ments closely. Things to look for include charges for something you didn’t purchase or receive, duplicate charges, and charges for services not ordered by your doctor. Compare these documents to your personal records and receipts. Recording medical visits and procedures in a journal or on a calendar can help you keep track of what happened at each appointment and make it easier to spot inaccuracies. 3. Report If you suspect you’ve been a target of fraud, report it. This can help you and others at risk for fraud. If you have questions about your Medicare statements, call your healthcare provider. If you’re uncomfortable calling or are not satisfied with the response, help is available through your local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). SMP volunteers work with

Medicare beneficiaries and their families and caregivers to stop healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse. You can also report suspicious calls and direct general questions through this resource. You can find your local SMP program by calling 1 (877) 808-2468 or visiting Suspected fraud can also be reported to 1 (800) Medicare or by calling 1 (800) HHS-TIPS. Don’t hesitate if you need help. Funded by the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the SMP program provides outreach, counseling, and education by highly trained volunteers in a variety of locations. For free, confidential support, contact your local SMP program.


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