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Flu Season Is Here Again
NEW WAYS TO SAFEGUARD SKIN YEAR-ROUND BEFORE AND AFTER SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS
WHY OUR DNA IS MUTATING
SIMPLE WAYS TO INCORPORATE EXERCISE INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE
Influenza, or “the flu,” is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The flu is often confused with the common cold, but flu symptoms tend to develop quickly (usually 1 to 4 days after a person is exposed to the flu virus) and are usually more severe than the typical sneezing and congestion associated with a cold. Influenza is often accompanied by: • Fever • Headache • Extreme tiredness • Dry cough • Sore throat • Runny or stuffy nose • Muscle aches • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are also common symptoms in children. A person infected with the flu virus will typically suffer from the illness for approximately 7 to 10 days, with 5 to 6 days of limited activity and about 3 days of bed rest. When that average is applied nationwide, the flu and its complications lead to more than 200,000 hospital stays per year and tens of thousands of deaths (primarily in the elderly). It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. In recent years, for example, it’s estimated that between 71 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flurelated deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older and between 54 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flurelated hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group. So influenza is often quite serious for people 65 and older. Each year, between 10 and 20 percent of the overall U.S. population is infected with the virus. Sometimes, the flu season can be more severe when a major circulating strain of influenza does not match any of the strains selected by world health organizations for the vaccine formulations.
An annual flu vaccination can help prevent the spread of influenza between individuals and may help save lives of those most susceptible of having severe and fatal complications from the flu. Who Should Get Vaccinated Against the Flu? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated against the flu every year. This recommendation is the same even during years when the vaccine composition (the viruses the vaccine protects against) remains unchanged from the previous season. Infants younger than 6 months old are too young to be vaccinated. Protect them by getting yourself, other children and family members, and close contacts vaccinated. This will help prevent spreading the virus to infants. What To Do If You Suspect You Have The Flu: Centra Care has a quick influenza test, which will tell within minutes if you have the flu. The earlier you are diagnosed can make a difference in how long the flu lasts or how severe it may become. Prescription anti-viral medications (like Tamiflu) are very effective in shortening the duration of flu, and all Centra Care locations carry this, BUT you need to start the medication within 48 hours of symptom onset or
they won’t work. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. With flu season just beginning, Centra Care physicians advise the public to practice flu prevention: • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and keep your hands away from your face. • Regularly cleaning countertop surfaces helps prevent the spread of flu causing germs. • Stay away from people who have the flu, especially if you are at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
Centra Care operates over 30 urgent care clinics across Florida with six locations in Tampa Bay. Most are open late, 7 days a week. Walk in anytime, or visit Centracare.org to schedule an Online Reservation. There’s no out-of-pocket cost to seniors who bring their Primary Medicare card.
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PROJECT SUGAR Teaching for Health Series, Vol. 2 No. 19 By Mary Gynn, RN, BSN, MSN/MS, MPH, Diabetes Educator
The development and outcomes of diabetic foot disease are influenced by the interaction of multiple factors that make management challenging. Many abnormalities, including underlying pathologies, are associated with diabetic foot disease. The loss of muscle and nerve function, alterations in skin elasticity, and bony changes are persistent and can lead to recurrent foot ulcers. Some of these underlying abnormalities can be addressed with corrective foot surgery or other measures, but are difficult to eliminate over the long term. Management is often palliative, with care suited to the needs of the individual.
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Management can involve continuous care that includes prevention, education with qualified diabetes educators, psychological approaches, family involvement and support, orthopedic surgeons, vascular surgeons, the primary physician, nurses, and rehabilitation providers. Treatment and the incidence of amputation has decreased in several countries, including the U.S., but hasn’t changed in others. In some cases, amputation may be the only answer and could improve the patient’s condition in some circumstances. When addressing foot ulcers, the healing process may take several months because of inadequate treatment related to lack of knowledge by some healthcare professionals. Patients become hopeless with ulcer recurrence and may avoid seeking medical care altogether. Unfortunately, podiatry and intensive foot care are not reimbursed by all insurance plans. Many patients with diabetic foot disease are elderly and low-income or have one or more major complications related to diabetes, as well as limited mobility. They may also be partially dependent on others for care. Restricting insurance reimbursement for these patients may increase the incidence of amputations. Diabetic patients should be taught to check their feet every night for dry-
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By Nurse Ruth Fanovich Know that I really mean it: Let's laugh. I've decided I'm getting too cranky and frustrated. It's sometimes hard being a nurse, and it's not always a happy time dealing with illness and hardships. I always need to find something to make me smile. In other words, I need to follow my own advice, and start each day with a smile. How do I do it? Well, I'll tell you. Every morning, my nurse, Debbie, sends a cartoon to the office, and, I have to tell you, some of them are outrageous and always make me laugh, or at least smile. What a way to start the day. I think I'm going to pass this information on. It's easy if you look hard
ness, cracking in the skin or between the toes, redness, pain, infection, unclean circumstances of the feet, and loss of feeling in various areas of each foot. Using a mirror to check the bottom of feet can be useful. At first sign of any potential problem they detect, or possibly following detection by a pedicurist, the diabetic needs to bring this concern to the attention of their physician as soon as possible. Additionally, it’s important for physicians to check the diabetic’s feet at each visit. Patients with artery or vein disease of the legs and feet or foot deformities, in addition to neuropathy, have a higher risk for foot ulcers. In many
cases, ulcers can heal within a few days or weeks with prompt and easy access to healthcare. It is advisable for pre-diabetic and diabetic patients to attend a diabetes education class conducted by qualified educators who discuss the many factors involved in foot care, easy and simple lifestyle changes, and family support. Also, having a good rapport with their primary physicians is extremely important. Mary Gynn, RN, conducts classes on pre-diabetes and diabetes and is certified in teaching diabetics. Contact her at (727) 433-8565.
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enough: You can find happiness or something to smile about. Remember the half-full glass. Remember the ups, not the downs. Yes, I know how hard it is to find that rainbow. Yet we must keep looking, because the alternative is depression, hopelessness, and a frown on our day. I’m determined not to let the daily bombardment of negativity get me down. I will keep looking for the silver lining, and, if I can't find it, I'll look up one of Debbie's cartoons. Let's all have a great day. If you're not, it's ok! Call me, and I will try to make you smile. Remember: Laughter is the best medicine. 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. www.CarePlacementHH.com.
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Garage Sales Are A Hard Sell By Jean Mlincek Never mind that I spent more than 500 hours preparing for the garage sale, or that I suffered separation anxiety for days over the idea of parting with my treasures. Never mind that I struggled with value and how to price things, even asking neighbors to preview my stuff to see if I was being reasonable. Thank goodness I had pre-printed price stickers, because I must have peeled them off half a dozen times on certain items that I just could not let go for a song. Getting ready for a garage sale is worse than moving, worse than going to the gym, worse than getting a root canal. It is both emotionally and physically draining and a lot of work. A lot. I went to the bank the day before the sale and got $100 in one-dollar bills so I could make change. I anticipated being so busy and successful that I worried $100 and a bucket full of coins might not be enough. In truth, $5 in ones, four quarters, and 10 dimes would have been more than sufficient for making change. Maybe even just the four quarters. The worse part about participating
in the garage sale was having to get up at 4 a.m. on a Saturday to set up two long tables for displaying my wares. Not a good idea when one stays up until 1 a.m. Saturday pricing those same wares. I tried to distinguish my tables by putting tablecloths on them, hoping this flair for decorating would attract buyers. I even contemplated making a cute sign to show off my marketing skills. What a joke! In a 6-hour period, exactly six people came by, and only two gave my tables respectable scrutiny. You would have thought I was trying to sell a pile of leftover socks whose mates got swallowed by the washing-machine monster. I had been warned that people want you to give away your stuff. Anything priced above a dime seems to insult the consumer. I mean, these were pretty decent goods that graced my two tables: purses that still had price tags on them, a Rawlings basketball that I dribbled maybe three times on asphalt, a Cyclone fan that would blow a 200-pound man to New York City, some official Tampa Bay Buccaneers merchandise, a gorgeous umbrella vase, etc. One lady pored over the two tables and said, “Wow! All these are reasonably priced!” Then why didn’t you buy
anything, Wilma? One gentleman zipped by and didn’t even look at what I had to offer. He asked, “Do you have any jewelry or old watches?” Before I could respond, he was making the same inquiry at the vendor next to me. Look, Elmer, if I had some jewelry and old watches, I’d do with them whatever YOU do, and earn more than seven cents an hour in this freakin’ heat! Contrary to general opinion, garage sales are not a way for hoarders to dispose of their junk. Most hoarders keep their junk. Sometimes a person has to downsize and get rid of a nice piece of furniture that just doesn’t fit their space anymore. Sometimes something has to be sacrificed because the person no longer has use for the item—like a bicycle or a vacuum cleaner or a lamp that doesn’t match the décor anymore. Or service for eight when there is only one of you. I tried not to look at the tables set up by other participants, although I was interested. I wasn’t about to spend my $7.56 earnings for the day on a $10 item next door. Heck, I even refused to buy a $4 breakfast sandwich for fear it would eat up my profit. . . IF I even sold anything! What kills me about garage
sales is the fact that the same buyers who snubbed my $3 wooden stool or $4 jean jacket will go to the local thrift store and pay $10 and up for the same things! Why do people pay higher prices at thrift stores when they can buy directly from the supplier—moi—at a much lower price? Go figure. Speaking of thrift stores, that’s exactly where my 208 items that didn’t sell ended up. And if I happen upon even one of my items at Goodwill or the Salvation Army with a price tag over $2, I’m going to scream. Seriously.
Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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A Cure for Loneliness
I have heard it numerous times and I continue to hear it from many senior citizens. Especially the widows and widowers. I saw it with my Grandfather years ago, after the passing of my grandmother. Many seniors become shut-ins after the loss of a partner. And many of them just wait for the inevitable. What is ironic, is that this isn’t just a senior citizen problem. I remember in my younger/single days, I would have friends who would have gone through a terrible break-up and go in the same direction. While they would get out of bed and go to work, some would just come home after work and never venture out. And this would go on for months. And if you are their friend, this can become quite annoying. So what’s a friend to do? I have always been one to never sit around idly. I could never see myself as a shut-in since I have very little desire or ability to sit still for more than 10 minutes. But, on the other hand, I have friends who I have seen crawl into their holes when things go badly. I believe all of us have our own tendencies. And when we survey our friends we should really take note of who and what they are. It really makes a difference in dealing with people when they go through depression. So here is what I do to get my friends up and moving, when they refuse or just find it too hard to get out of the house. 1. Don’t tell them to “call me if you need anything.” That is nothing but a platitude. So you want them to call you and they are the ones suffering? You should be calling them and checking in with them. 2. Go over and visit regularly. And don’t stop pushing them to get out and do something with you. Now maybe not in the first few days, and you also need to think about where you are taking them. They might not want to be inundated with people at the clubhouse. Maybe just a quiet lunch somewhere or to go for a swim, or to a movie. But something to give them a purpose to take a shower, get dressed
and get moving. 3. Enlist a few close friends to take turns calling, emailing, texting or visiting. 4. For the couples. Too many widows are left to themselves and the couples distance themselves from her. There are all kinds of kooky reasons. I have heard people worried that she will steal their husband. Really? Had she tried to steal him in the past? And what makes your guy such a prize she needs to have him? Some start to think about their own relationship and it makes them uncomfortable to see her going through this. Ya need to get over that and keep her a part of your life. 5. As for widowers. We know how strong guys need to be and we know how uncomfortable guys get seeing their buddies cry or totally lose it. Hey, we are in a time of enlightened men. We must accept that our friend is going through a traumatic time and we need to be by his side. There is no doubt it is tough to deal with these situations, but I believe that, as a friend, we become one of the most important part of their healing process. Too often those dealing with loss are left to themselves much too often and it only leads to further feelings of isolation and depression.
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A Gift of Magic
My mother’s birthday is in September, and it always makes me think of magic. Here’s why. When I was a little girl, I believed in fairies. I spent half my time imagining how fairies might look and live, roaming the forest behind our house in search of forgotten fairy garments, fashioning palaces out of Kleenex boxes and tree bark—and pretending to be a fairy myself, much to the amusement of our neighbors. One day, I started writing to the fairies. I left my letters folded up in the cups of tulips or tucked beneath tree roots. Unbeknownst to me, my mother saw me. And for the next year, she wrote back. In beautiful letters painstakingly crafted from scraps of purple paper, my mother wrote back as a fairy named Lilac who faced the same struggles that I did. Though hers was a world of glimmering wings and dresses spun from raindrops, she too dealt with timeouts from her elders, the occasional unkindness of friends and classmates, and many other matters very dear to the heart of a little girl. One day, the fairies had to move away. I was growing up. The last letter was from the Fairy Queen herself, who thanked me for being a friend to her subjects and reminded me of the important things I would need to keep practicing as I got older: things like faith, kindness and laughter.
Though the letters came to an end, the magic did not. My mother had given me the space to let my imagination flourish. She had given me the warmth of a friendship no less real for its mysteriousness. She was magical with that very particular kind of magic that lets daughters know they have been well and truly loved. On her birthday this year, there is no gift I can give my mother to equal the wonder and delight of my year as a friend of the fairies. I have watched her tackle painful life challenges far removed from the fantastical world she created for me. I have seen faith, kindness and laughter keep my parents together, endure through long illness, and grow my sister and I into women who will face life with bravery and grace. One day, I will have a daughter of my own who finds a tiny letter in the garden. I have learned a very particular kind of magic.
by Carolyn Shockey There was this guy in my old neighborhood who planted all kinds of bushes, trees, and hedges along and past his property line on either side, making a tropical oasis to keep others at bay. Not only did he set his own boundaries, but he took advantage of his neighbors as well. It got so out of control that his neighbors had to go to the expense of a surveyor to mark their boundary lines. I'm sure you've had similar experiences with people who exercise their power to invade your space by standing so close to you that you feel uncomfortable. There are those who insist on giving unsolicited advice on how we should do or handle something, insinuating their way is better. Family members or friends can have a way of shaming, belittling, or playing the guilt card in order to manipulate us. These tactics are a form of intimidation or bullying. They act to destroy a person’s self worth if permitted. This
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has been a hot topic lately with the younger generation and use of social media, where bullying has taken its toll on young lives that haven't had the support or experience to deal with these destructive individuals. By now, though, we have had enough life experiences that we should have an idea of where our comfortable boundaries are, and how and what to do to protect them. Placing limitations and drawing the line are the ways that we can take care of ourselves. It doesn't mean that ours is the only way, but just the right way for us. Part of it is also not being sucked into a guilt trip by family and others who may try to pull us into their behaviors, where we then end up being the fall guys. All of us are on our life path and at different levels on our journeys. There are many different ways to get there. Only we know which will be the best for us. We must then be able to embrace others on their way, even if it's
not the same as ours. Happiness in this realm depends on being able to take responsibility for our boundaries that keep us safe, comfortable, and at ease. It can be an invisible line that you set up so as not to feel violated, backing off from a situation that becomes uncomfortable, or avoiding others who are invasive physically,
Along The Way Dr. Anthony J. Adams I observe and listen to people from all levels of our diverse society. As I reflect on what they say and I reflect on my own life, it becomes immediately apparent that no one….I mean without exception, that no one does anything alone. We take the dreams, efforts, accomplishments as well as the losses, failures, sacrifices and pain of living that countless millions of people before us and alongside us experience now as we forge a life of our own. If I could do only one more thing, now in the fall of my life, it would be to personally thank those persons whose actions opened possibility for me---with no gain to themselves expected. The problem with that is, they are for the most part deceased. Maybe, and I do hope so, they are on some level aware of my recognition of what they did for me and the gratitude I have for them now. As a young man the immediate and immediate future was the only reality I could see. Now I am not so young and can clearly see I was never alone--neither in the physical or spiritual planes. I plan to acknowledge some of those lives in this and future writings. It is fitting. The chronology may not be sequential but the accuracy and significance will bear my intention to share and maybe provoke you the reader to recognize you have not been alone and are not alone now regardless of what
you may now think and feel. Upon high school graduation I entered a local junior college. My performance there was mediocre at best. For my junior year of college I entered a major state university. I was out of my league emotionally and academically. I had never had to study and hence did not know how to study. Within two fast semesters, I flunked out---out meant a minimum of one year suspension according to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Fast forward three years. The first year was spent working every miserable, dirty, unappreciated, low paying, grunt job you can imagine. The second and third years were spent in the US Army Intelligence Corp. By the fourth year away from the university, I had matured a bit but still did not know what I wanted to do. I knew if I could plead for a second chance to attend the university, it would be worth $300.00 of GI bill each month. Add to that some part time work somewhere and then I could buy groceries and pay the rent for myself and my wife… no children yet to bless our 450 square
foot apartment which had a coin operated air conditioner…50c for 6 hours. The demands of University seemed do-able and a 4.0 grade point earned was the reward the first term back. The deal was drop below 2.0 average and you are out for eternity. I did not hold a perfect 4.0 for the next two years. however my grade point average was very high. Enough that I wondered if I had a chance to achieve my original goal, which was to attend dental school. I secured an appointment with my histology professor Dr. Krivaneck, a very demanding, seemingly unforgiving, tough as nails tyrant who was also the pre-med and pre-dent counselor. I requested an appointment to appraise any possibility of acceptance to dental school considering my mediocre first two years and grotesque performance the third year. So to sum it up bad 3 years…good to excellent last year and a half. His advice was if he were on the selection committee it would be NO! His explanation was that I represented too much risk to the financial aspect the school would bear
mentally, emotionally, or verbally. If all else fails, we can plant a hedge or build a physical wall or privacy fence. No one should be permitted to invade or violate our space against our wishes. It's up to us to be the watchdog and to insure that others honor us and our space. if I went rogue and I didn’t make it. I understood the point he had made. I excused myself, thanking him for his time and his candid assessment. As I was reaching for the door, He said, “Adams, so what are you going to do?” My response was, “go to dental school. No disrespect for your opinion sir. I came for that. I wanted to know my chances…now I know. If I let your opinion stop me now, I would not have had much intention. Thank you Sir.” Little did I know then but subsequently, I heard he had been a med school drop-out who now years later had become very influential to medical and dental school selection committees. I don’t think it hurt that I had attained a very rare and sought after A in his histology class. I think my ticket to dental school was punched that day in his office. I’m the only dentist I know who flunked out of college to later have the opportunity of acceptance and then an amazing career. Even more strange is that only twenty-six months after our meeting due to a quirky strange set of circumstances, I was on the admissions committee at the dental school. Dr. Krivanck, you may have not finished with clinical degree, but you enabled me and I think I have made you proud. You see, Dr. Krivaneck, passed on before I came back to thank him. I do not believe without him I would have had the wonderful opportunities I have had to help others or enhance their lives. I believe God used Dr. Krivaneck to reach many, many people thru the hands and minds of students Dr. Krivaneck taught, lead, influenced, redeemed, and placed in medical and dental schools across our nation. We are never alone and the glory attained is not ours alone. It is shared.
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New Ways to Safeguard Skin Year-Round Before and After Spending Time Outdoors Michael A. Smith, MD. A day outdoors can be enjoyable, but keep in mind that this UV exposure can take a toll on skin health. Researchers are identifying new potential ways to promote skin health from the inside out, before, during, and after you spend time outdoors. “Maintaining healthy DNA function safeguards your skin before and after spending time outdoors,” said Michael A. Smith, MD. According to Smith, researchers have confirmed that nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, plays a significant role in producing Adenosine Tri-phosphate (ATP), the molecule that fuels all your cells and powers their intracellular machinery. By doing so, it also facilitates healthy DNA function. This is especially important as UV exposure can affect production of ATP in skin cells, sapping those cells of the energy needed for their protective mechanisms to function properly.
Smith said that, as one ages, skin loses some of its natural defense mechanisms. However, nicotinamide has been shown to support the natural immune response needed to safeguard against the age-related effects of UV exposure. Nicotinamide is found in dairy milk, yeast, and beer. To be sure you get your daily dose of nicotinamide, consider an oral supplement, such as Life Extension Shade Factor. Formulated to nourish skin from within the body, it provides 500 mg of vitamin B3. It contains an extract that promotes healthy DNA function and helps manage cellular changes in the body that can lead to premature aging from outdoor activity, as well as Red Orange Complex, which supports the body’s natural immune response. More information can be found at shadefactorsupp.com. According to Smith, this product is not a substitute for topical sunscreens. If you love the great outdoors, there is no need to give up your favorite hobbies, even as you age and your skin
becomes more sensitive. New research suggests an inside-out approach may be an effective way to help safeguard your body’s largest organ.
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National Curb Appeal Month: Tips to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior StatePoint Curb appeal is important in setting a welcoming tone. If your home is for sale, an attractive exterior becomes crucial. "Realtors tell us that potential home buyers make a 'street decision' in less than 12 seconds on whether or not to view a home," said Niki Decker of Fypon, a leader in the synthetic millwork industry. "That's a very short time to make a good impression.” August marks the first National Curb Appeal Month, a great time to focus on ways to add value and design appeal to your home’s exterior, whether or not you have plans to sell. The experts at Fypon are offering their top exterior upgrade tips: • Swap a rotting wooden porch system with a new structural synthetic balustrade system that includes porch posts, top and bottom rails, balusters, and all the other pieces essential to create a weather-resistant porch. • Trim out exterior windows. Use crossheads for over a window and top with a solid, decorative, or recessed panel keystone accent piece. On the sides and below the window, use moulding pieces with plinth blocks in
the corners to eliminate miter cuts. • Replace older, rotting wooden louvers with low-maintenance polyurethane louvers. Such functional louvers should have a noncorrosive fiberglass screen backing to keep insects out while allowing maximum airflow and ventilation to enter an attic. • A conventional older wooden door may be inefficient, worn out, or just plain ugly. Consider replacing your old wooden door with a solid fiberglass door, which is up to four times more energy efficient and resistant to rot, rust, dings, and weather. Constructed as a complete system of components, Therma-Tru fiberglass doors, for example, are engineered to work together for lasting performance, security, and energy efficiency. Throughout August, homeowners can enter the online “Door Do-Over Sweepstakes” for the chance to win a new Therma-Tru fiberglass entry door. To enter the sweepstakes, visit www.TodaysHomeowner.com/DoorDoOver. • Make smart upgrades with a proven return on investment. For example, adding energy-efficient vinyl windows, like those from Simonton Windows, as a mid-range project to a home can have a cost recoup value of 78.7 percent,
while adding vinyl siding can have a 78.2 percent recoup rate, according to the 2014 Cost Versus Value Study conducted by “Remodeling” magazine. • Add "top down" color to the home by starting with the roof. Polymer slate and shake roofs, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, come in 49 standard colors and unlimited custom colors. • Color plays a major role in creating curb appeal. Add and maintain colorful shrubbery and planters to give your exterior a natural burst of color. Look
to the front door, shutters, and trim to add pops of color that complement the rest of the exterior. For more tips, visit www.fypon. com. Throughout August, Fypon will provide daily curb appeal tips along with detailed curb appeal information and color advice from national color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color. This National Curb Appeal Month, make your home a more welcoming place by giving its exterior a facelift.
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What to Do to Stop Unwanted Phone Calls StatePoint Whether you use a landline, mobile phone, or both, you’ve likely received those pesky robocalls—phone calls that use a computerized auto-dialer to deliver a pre-recorded message. As a consumer, here is what you should know about this common annoyance to your home or personal line. • Robocalls are often illegal. However, keep in mind that some robocalls are permitted, such as companies you have done business with under certain circumstances, medical appointment confirmations and school closing calls. Political and charitable calls are among others that also may be allowed, along with banks and telephone companies, provided those companies make the calls themselves. Remember, many robocalls illegally disguise, or “spoof,” their Caller ID information or violate other rules. • Advocates are working to mitigate the problem. For example, NTCA– The Rural Broadband Association and its members of more than 800 independent, community-based telecommunications companies are working to provide information to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Robocall Strike Force to further develop and implement solutions to detect, assess and stop unwanted calls from reaching customers. • Never respond to a robocall. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends that, if you receive a robo-
call, you should simply hang up. They also warn consumers not to press any number to speak to a live operator or to unsubscribe from the list, as this will tell the robocaller that it’s reached a live number. • Don’t give out personal information: If you receive an unsolicited call from any company, including one you do business with, tell them that you will not give them information until you verify the call is legitimate. Then, call the phone number you know or that you get from the company’s website to
confirm. • Ask your phone company to block the number. Your carrier may be able to block certain numbers, although robocallers frequently change and disguise their numbers. • You can use technology to block calls. Various companies offer products or services that help you control what calls ring on your phones. They range from mobile apps for wireless phones to devices you can plug into your home phone jacks to block robocalls to your wireless phone.
The FTC encourages consumers to report unwanted calls to www.donotcall.gov or 1-888-382-1222. Complaints may also be filed with the FCC online or 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888225-5322). More information can be found at ntca.org/robocalls and fcc.gov/consumers/guides. As a consumer, you have more power than you may realize to control who calls you and when. Thanks to new resources, you can take concrete steps to help put a stop to robocalls.
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Why Our DNA Is Mutating
by Dr. Wesley Pool
Beginning at birth, our bodies change continually. Unless diseased or damaged, this process brings positive changes in our physical and mental abilities until around the age of 25.
Thereafter, these changes may bring enhancements, or mutate our cellular composition to something worse. Mutating DNA is the reason our bodies age and change. Although you may not notice microscopic changes within you, your DNA is changing. Cellular
regeneration is ongoing, and all cellular tissue of our composition is dying and being replaced continually. It is 98 percent correct to believe that we have changed out all the cells within us every seven years of our lifespan. Therefore, we have a nearly new body every seven
years. It would seem only logical that this would be an advantageous process. Nevertheless, unlike a new car, where every single part is manufactured carefully in a remote factory and shipped to the assembly plant, our new parts come See DNA, Continued on Page 9
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from within and have been influenced by a host of lifestyle factors, such as the food we eat, what we drink, environmental pollutants, smoking, drinking, pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs, mental and physical exercise (or lack thereof), activity or inactivity, body fat levels, sports endeavors, risk, and temperament. Illness, disease, injuries, and stress also play an integral measure. As our lives stretch out in longevity, this opportunity to influence our DNA increases in speed and ferocity. The longer we live, the faster we age. Conversely, physical and mental exercise, eating a diet consisting of more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water, and alleviating some stress in our lives can scientifically reduce unhealthy DNA mutation, even to the extent of preventing some illnesses and diseases. History has shown that environment and lifestyle habits can have an influence on the adaptation of a species’ DNA for that species to adapt to a changing environment and survive long-term. Researchers from Iceland and the U.S. proved that, during a period of 10-16 years, some human DNA
changes as much as 20 percent due to this influence. You simply do not consist of the same molecules today as you did yesterday. As we age, these changes become more pronounced. The DNA molecule resembles a twisted ladder in appearance and is referred to as a double helix in configuration. It consists of DNA, RNA, and Telomeres. If you can imagine a standing straight ladder, the long verticals would be DNA, the horizontal ladder rungs RNA, and the caps on the bottom of the long verticals would be telomeres. Validated scientific research of DNA reveals that not only is the quality of the DNA mutations enhanced by bettering our lifestyle choices, but it has a characteristic effect on the length of the DNA telomeres. Research proves that longer telomeres directly relate to extended longevity and a higher quality of life. A naturally occurring enzyme known as telomerase can lengthen DNA telomeres. Additional research has shown that moderate to intense periods of cardiopulmonary exercise and moderately heavy weight training are two proven methods of creating more
telomerase within us. Today, new scientific frontiers are expanding our understanding of genetics. Genetic research is among the most popular fields in science, and we stand at the edge of a new frontier of DNA experimentation. Some shrink at the thought. Change, especially dramatic change in science, government, or society, always bestirs a host of fears of the unknown. Although costly DNA research promises medical break-
throughs, controllable aspects of our lifestyles can have a dramatic influence on precisely how our DNA mutates, which can effect positive enhancements great enough to curtail some degenerative outcomes. We hold this power. Dr. Wesley Pool is the author of “Punch Back Aging: A Guide To Better Living
As We Age.” Learn more at PunchBackAging.com.
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National Preparedness Month: Keep Your Family Safe in an Emergency StatePoint
When it comes to emergency and natural disaster preparation, clean, uncontaminated water should be topof-mind. September, which is National Preparedness Month, is an ideal time for individuals and families to make certain that they will be able to hydrate safely throughout the duration of an emergency. Natural disasters, such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes, can compromise local water sources. Flooding can be especially dangerous, when harmful bacteria and contaminants that transmit life-threatening diseases can be present in nearby waterways. Unfortunately, flooding can occur after a number of emergency scenarios, from heavy rains to hurricanes to situations when snow melts too quickly. â€œContamination in fresh water sources continues to be a public health problem domestically and worldwide. During emergency scenarios, the issue is amplified as water can become un-
reliable for consumption,â€? says Alison Hill, managing director of LifeStraw, a manufacturer of water filtration systems. Consumers need to have the ability to filter their water following an emergency situation. Be sure your emergency supplies include a portable filter which can fit onto a wide variety of popular water bottle brands such as LifeStraw Universal. This versatile filter fits on most bottles you already own and offers two-stage filtration to remove 99.999999 percent of bacteria and 99.999 percent of protozoa, while also reducing chemicals, bad taste and odors. The LifeStraw Universal kit is available online and at specialty retail stores. â€œWeâ€™ve developed portable filtration technology to give consumers greater confidence that, in an emergency situation or natural disaster, they can have access to safe water for days, weeks, even months following a situation where their water supply is compromised,â€? says Hill. While most people donâ€™t like to
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Aging Eyes: 3 Ways Seniors Can Protect Their Vision StatePoint While you may take healthy eyes for granted, it’s important to know that, as you age, you become more susceptible to conditions that can impair your vision. The effects of vision loss can be devastating, harming one’s quality of life and independence. Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to see better and help keep eyes healthy. 1. Schedule an annual ophthalmology appointment. Regular ophthalmological exams are critical, especially for seniors. Even if you think your vision is unchanged, it’s important to make an appointment annually. A thorough eye exam not only assesses prescription updates, but it includes a range of tests looking for signs of cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Catching these issues early means earlier intervention and a better chance of preserving your vision. 2. Monitor and treat macular degeneration. More than 15 million Americans have macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive disease that can lead to severe central vision blind spots in both eyes. In the most advanced form, End-Stage AMD, it becomes difficult or impossible to recognize faces, read, watch TV, or complete tasks requiring detailed vision. However, new advances are helping those living with macular degeneration. For example, the CentraSight treatment program uses a pea-sized telescope implant. Implanted in one eye only, the FDA-
approved and Medicare-eligible device is proven to restore vision and improve quality of life those 65 and older. The other eye remains “as-is,” to maintain the patient’s peripheral vision, because some is lost in the operated eye after the out-patient surgery. “Remarkably, within a few weeks after the telescope implant surgery, my mom was able read her newspapers from front to back, every little thing. Thankfully, she is also back to knitting, and together we are watching English football on the weekends. It’s a huge relief to both of us that the surgery and
training was a success,” said Jennifer Rowe, of North Carolina. After surgery, people work with a low-vision therapist to learn how to use their new vision, practicing looking at things that are stationary or moving. The telescope implant is not a cure for End-Stage AMD. As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the telescope implant. Possible side effects include decreased vision or vision-impairing corneal swelling. Individual results may vary.
To learn more, visit CentraSight. com or call 877-99-SIGHT. 3. Eat right. Certain nutrients have been identified as good for eye health. Be sure to get plenty of zinc, Vitamins E and C, lutein, and zeaxanthin in your diet. While supplements can help you ensure you meet your daily requirements, you can also seek out foods that contain these nutrients. Sweet potatoes, flax seeds, leafy greens, eggs, citrus, and nuts are all good choices. These items can be good for your overall health as well.
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CELEBRATE COMMUNITY THEATER SAGES Senior Actors Guild & Education Services (SAGES) celebrates Community Theater with the comedy play, Get in the Game; a Meet & Greet session with hors d’oeuvres for theater lovers, actors, directors, playwrights; followed by a discussion on Community Theater: Past/ Present/ Future with Eileen Navarro, President, Gulfport Community Players, Mike Cote, President, Dunedin Showcase Theater and Rick Kastel, Producer, One Act Play Festivals. Anyone interested in Community Theater will want to be at the Catherine Hickman Theater for this first-of-a-kind event. Sunday, September 24th at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. The theater is located at 5501 27th Ave S, Gulfport, FL 33707. SAGES: 727-536-7076. SHINE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Come to our next SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Volunteer Orientation on Thursday September 21th at our Land O Lakes office. We will have coffee & breakfast bars at 10:00 am and discuss the many ways you are able to help seniors in Pasco County. SHINE is a Florida Department of Elder Affairs program through which volunteers provide free, unbiased one-on-one insurance counseling and information about Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders and their families and caregivers. Volunteers are being sought to assist with the program. Volunteers assist seniors in making informed healthcare decisions. As the number of Medicare beneficiaries needing assistance increases, the need for volunteers increases, too. The Area Agency on Aging office is located at 4111 Land O Lakes Blvd. (the tax collector building) Land O Lakes, FL 34639. We will be located on the 3rd floor in the conference room that day. For information about volunteering contact SHINE program manager Sue Samson at sue. email@example.com or 727-570-9696 ext. 234. For a volunteer application, visitwww.floridashine.org/ join-the-team.aspx. COMEDY “GRANDMA GOES OFF HER ROCKER” SAGES (Senior Actors Guild & Education) Fellowship Hall at St Paul UMC Largo. October 8 – Oct 15 The comedy play, Grandma Goes off Her Rocker, presented by SAGES (Senior Actors Guild & Education Services), has Grandma clashing with tradition. The first performance is October 8th, 2pm in the Fellowship Hall of St Paul UMC, 1199 Highland Ave, Largo. Additional performances are on Saturday October 14th, 7pm and Sunday October 15th, 2pm at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave S. Tickets $15 at the door or call SAGES at 727-536-7076 or email SAGESclearwater@gmail.com for advance purchase discount. BANYAN FALL HEALTHFAIR at Banyan Senior Apartments, 11390 US Hwy 19, Port Richey, Fl. Tuesday, September 26, 2017 9:00am until 12:00 pm. This healthfair is free to the public. There
INAUGURAL CHARITY FASHION SHOW Gulfside is excited to announce the inaugural Charity Fashion Show benefitting Gulfside Hospice has been set for Thursday, Nov. 16 at Heritage Springs Golf & Country Club in Trinity. The show will feature guest emcee Deiah Riley, morning anchor at ABC Action News, and fashions presented by Belk department store. All proceeds from the fashion show will benefit Gulfside Hospice and help provide care for hospice patients in Pasco County. Sponsor and vendor opportunities are available. Thursday, Nov. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Heritage Springs Golf & Country Club in Trinity. Proceeds will benefit Gulfside Hospice to raise money in support of hospice patient care and bereavement services in Pasco County. COST: $35 per person; $250 per table of 8
BELLEAIR TOWERS HEATHFAIR Thursday October 12, 2017. Belleair Towers 1100 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Clearwater, Fla. 9:00am until 12:00 pm. This healthfair is free to the public. There will be healthcare and wellness exhibits, health insurance options, vision info & screenings, audiologist, radiology options, blood pressure checks, primary care medical clinic, final arrangement information, a seminar at 10am entitled “Varicose Vein Treatments” PRINCESS CRUISES -HELLO TRAVELERS! and at 11am on “Captioned Phones for Hearing ImWe are in the final stretch of the year for booking travpaired”, and lots of giveaways. For more information. el. Cruise lines and land tour vendors are all having 727-825-0018 great sales. If you’re thinking about planning travel anytime soon, please give me a chance to give you a REGENCY FALL HEATHFAIR Tuesday October 3, 2017. The Regency Apartments quote. Some of these sales are even better than “wave 6711 Embassy Blvd, Port Richey, Florida. 9:00am season” sales. There are many more promotions than until 12:00 pm. This healthfair is free to the public. what is listed below. Give me a call or send me an email if you think you may be interested in booking There will be healthcare and wellness exhibits, health something, I will find you the lowest rate you qualify insurance options, vision info & screenings, audiolo- for! I hope to hear from you soon! Nancy Clark, ACC gist, blood pressure checks, primary care medical (813) 527-6574, Toll Free (855) 722-7245 clinic, final arrangement information, a seminar at PINELLAS COUNTY PRESS RELEASE 11am on captioned phones for hearing impaired, and lots of giveaways. For more information. 727-825- Hurricane Harvey reminds Pinellas residents to prepare . Residents advised to review and finalize flood0018 ing and hurricane preparedness plans. Florida DiviFREE 101 ESSENTIAL OILS CLASS sion of Emergency Management and state of Texas Free Essential Oils 101 Class Learn what essential oils recommend cash donations for those wishing to assist are and how to use them to support your health and Hurricane Harvey survivors. County to participate in enjoy toxic free personal care, toxic free home clean- National Preparedness Month this September on soing, pet care and so much more.. Receive a free oil gift cial media. In light of the current devastation in Texas and be eligible to win a free raffle. Join us Wednes- due to the impacts from Hurricane Harvey, Pinellas day, September 27th at 1:15 am to 2:45 pm at New County Emergency Management reminds residents River Library. 34043 FL-54 Wesley Chapel. Marti to take the time to review and finalize flooding and hurricane preparedness plans. and Deanna will present this class. Any questions, • Sign up for Alert Pinellas at www.pinellascounty. call 813-479-7724. org/alertpinellas to receive emergency notifications via phone, email or text message. TAMPA BAY DANCE CLUB • Download the Ready Pinellas app to help with emerDances Every Friday Night Music To The 50’S, 60’S gency preparedness before a storm and as a storm 7O’s, Latin & Country Western. We Like To Be Re- approaches. It is available for free download on the ferred To As “The Senior America Bandstand” Byob, Apple App Store and Google Play. Snacks & Setups Available At Reasonaly Prices. Ev- • pinellascounty.org/KnowYourZone, on the Ready eryone Is Welcome To Attend, Dress Code Causal Pinellas app, or by downloading the Pinellas County September Schedule: 09/01 Music By Dj-Mike Un- Doing Things mobile app. Evacuation zones changed win – Theme – Jimmey Buffett Night 09/08 Music By in 2017. The True Identity Band – Ice Cream Sundays $ 2.00. • Know your flood risk and learn about flood insur09/15 Music By Dj-Joey Royal- Celebrate September’s ance at www.pinellascounty.org/flooding or call (727) Birthday’s. 09/22 Music By Dj-& Singer Mike Lane 464-7700. – Theme Country Western – Bright Finger Food To The Florida Division of Emergency Management Share. 09/29. Music By Dj- Jeremy Eubanks - Pizza (FDEM) advises Pinellas County residents interested Night $1.00 Per Slice Doors Open @ 7Pm Dance in providing assistance to Hurricane Harvey survivors Starts @ 7:30 To 10:30 Pm, Admission Is: $10.00 that no donation drives have been set up in Florida. Non-Members / $8.00 Members Location: 5601 Han- FDEM and the state of Texas recommend cash donaley Road, Town N Country (33615) 2 Story Building tions to a recognized charity as the best way to assist Behind Family Of Christ West Church, For More In- those affected by the storm. Residents may visit the formation Call Roger @ 813-390-7160 National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website www.nvoad.org to donate. ORANGE BLOSSOM GARDEN CLUB OF LUTZ MEETING NOTICE Other resources to provide donations can be found The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will kick at the state of Texas website https://emergency.poroff the new program year at 10:00 a.m. on Wednes- tal.texas.gov/. The City of Houston has established day, Sep 6, 2017. Meetings are held at the Lutz Civic a website at ghcf.org/hurricane-relief and a phone Center, 98 1st Ave NW, in Lutz across from the li- number, (800) 924-5985, for residents, organizations, brary. Program feature will be Master Gardener Har- companies and groups to call between the hours of riet Gord speaking about “Tomatoes.” Members are 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to ask asked to bring a small rooted cutting to trade (please questions about making donations. This September, label your plant) and a canned good for the food Pinellas County is participating in National Preparedbank. Please bring your friends and let’s have a great ness Month on social media (hashtags: #NatlPrep and turnout. Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook. #PlanAhead) with a focus on emergency preparedcom/Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida ness. The theme this year is “Disasters Don’t Plan
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SENIOR HAPPENINGS Ahead. You Can.” The preparedness messages will be posted on the county’s social media channels (Facebook: www.facebook.com/PinellasCountyNews, Twitter: www.twitter.com/ PinellasCoNews, www.twitter.com/PinellasEM; and Instagram: www.instagram.com/pinellascounty). WEBB’S CITY THE MUSICAL, THE CONCERT VERSION Thursday, September 14th 2017, The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. https://www.mypalladium.org/webbs-city-the-musical-the-concertversion. The hit musical written and directed by Bill Leavengood with music, lyrics and musical direction by Lee Ahlin about St. Pete’s famous drug store returns to the Palladium in a concert format.
tional art exhibits and events throughout the city. Watch as international and national mural artists paint across St. Petersburg. The SHINE Mural Festival was created to illuminate the power of art in public spaces to revitalize areas, inspire dialogue and unite the community – while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.
2017 AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK ST. PETERSBURG Oober 6th to the 15th, 2017, St. Petersburg. Various St. Petersburg galleries and studios, www.americancraftweek.com, https://www.facebook.com/americancraftweekstpete. Celebrate the art of handmade American craft during American Craft Week, October 6-15, 2015 in St. Petersburg. Now in its eighth year, ACW is the FOOD TRUCK RALLY - ST. PETE ASIAN LANTERN FESTIVAL nation’s largest celebration of handmade AmeriFriday, September 15th 2017, Port of St. can craft. We began with a simple idea: what if Petersburg , 250 8th Ave SE, St. Pete - 6 to EVERYBODY who makes, sells, exhibits, teaches 10 pm https://www.facebook.comevents/ or celebrates American craft – what if we ALL 1858715594391995/. Enjoy the first ever St. Pete did something at the same time to spotlight an Taco & Beer Fiesta Food Truck Festival. Enjoy aspect of amazing American craft? What if we some of the best food truck fare around at the ALL tell the world what craft creates for Amerifuture home of the Marine Discovery Center. ca: jobs, vibrant communities, economic growth, Fun for the whole family! **All of our trucks and an exceptional national heritage and a beauwill serve up Special Asian Inspired dishes as tiful aesthetic for our homes and public places. well as offering their normal cuisine** Live mu- Whether you’re just starting out or are already an sic, Waterfront seating - Inside and Out. Tour established collector, we encourage you to supthe Sir Winston cruise ship at the Port. Free ad- port our craft artists with an item from one of mission and parking**See updated parking info St. Petersburg’s many unique galleries . https:// below**. Due to the overwhelming response to www.facebook.com/americancraftweekstpete the Port Food Truck Rallies, we have expanded Visit a St. Petersburg library and view a collecparking into nearby USF Lots. Watch for Park- tion of Craft Books and crafting classes and oping Attendants along 1st St., SE (at USF campus) portunities throughout the week., www.ameriwww.splibraries. and along 8th Ave., SE (at the Port). Lot parking cancraftweek.com/library, org * Craft Emergency Relief Fund+ donation is $5. There is limited free street parking. Howsite CERF+ provides relief to artists experiencing ever, some street areas are marked as “No Parking” and some street areas are metered. These personal or natural disasters which prevent them from contributing to our national cultural heriareas are enforced. tage and to the quality of life in our community. HONORING 50 YEARS OF THE WEEKLY CHALLENGER www.craftemergency.org Friday, September 15th 2017, The Coliseum, SPCA TAMPA BAY PET WALK 535 Fourth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL - 7 pm . www.stpete.org/coliseum. Take a walk Saturday, October 7th 2017, Vinoy Park, 701 Bay through history with The Weekly Challenger Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 8:30 am to Noon Newspaper! Come, celebrate our 50th anni- http://www.petwalk.org/ Walk to raise money versary as we honor the legacy of Cleveland to rescue and rehab homeless and abused aniJohnson and as we continue to make history mals in our community! Help SPCA Tampa Bay together with stories of local heroes, legends spread the humanimality! and leaders within our community! $50 per SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE person. VIP Reception - 5:30-6:30 pm Sponsorship Levels and Invitation Only Table Sponsor- Saturday, October 7th 2017, Albert Whitships available. Information: 727-420-2819 or ted Park, 480 Bayshore De. SE, St. PetersCelebrate50@theweeklychallenger.com. Spon- burg, FL Kick-off at 5:30 pm. http://suncoast. sored by the city of St. Petersburg, Dolman Law info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/SPB_ FloridaSuncoastAffiliate?fr_id=6982&pg=entry. Group, The Power Broker, Pointer Institute Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the SHINE ST. PETERSBURG MURAL FESTIVAL world’s largest and most successful education and Oct. 5-14 - Throughout the city www.shineon- fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. stpete.com. SHINE will transform the streets of The event raises significant funds and awareness St. Petersburg, Florida into a curated, open-air for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast museum showcasing large-scale murals by inter- cancer survivorship and honors those who have nationally renowned and local artists with addi- lost their battle with the disease.
ORANGE BLOSSOM GARDEN CLUB OF LUTZ MEETING NOTICE The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz’s second meeting will be a visit to the private home of a Master Gardner. If you would like to carpool, meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017. Meeting spot is Lutz Civic Center, 98 1st Ave NW, in Lutz across from the library. The facility will NOT be open. Program feature will be a field trip to Master Gardener Harriet Vaughn's home garden. Please bring your friends and let’s have a great turnout. Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida
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Aging Gradually with Extra Birthdays by Adele Ida Walter My 80th birthday came upon me suddenly, and was emotionally a lot more scary than fun, despite all the cards and presents. Reluctant to turn 80 (although I had no choice), I definitely did not have a party. I shared a quiet restaurant meal with a friend I had had since age 5. We made a pact that she would not utter a word to anyone in the restaurant about my new age or that it was my birthday. Rather than being grateful for the wonderful life I still had at 80, I approached that number like a criminal who had looted a jewelry store. I kept very quiet about my age. Now I am 82, and I have an entirely different attitude that gives me lots of birthdays and helps me sneak up on the big yearly one gradually. On the fifth of each month, I celebrate a monthly birthday, do something special, and even buy myself a present. My Long Island friend, Nancy, has for years done half-year birthdays, which works well for her. Taking her idea and carrying it even further, I decided last year to begin having monthly birthdays, and I cannot tell you the difference it has made in my attitude. Now that I have reached 82 and 10 months and have celebrated that date happily, I no longer see the number 83 with trepidation. I plan to use fully the time before then, yet I also look forward joyfully to the birthday's approach. What to do? I am thinking dinner theater. Why am I happier with my age now than ever before? I think it is because I have tried to become a better, smarter, and kinder person each year, and I believe I have done that. Living a good
and decent life, helping with causes, being kind to pets, visiting the sick, and, above all, reading and continuing to learn are all things that make us better human beings. Those of us who have been gifted with a healthy older age owe it to others to use our time wisely and try to make this world a better place. If I live to be 90 or more, I hope to have accomplished some truly amazing stuff by then! Our time on earth is a treasure to be spent as if it were gold. Adele Ida Walter can be reached at (813) 932-6902.
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Second Thoughts About Bucket Lists by Don Ardell
The other day, a friend asked if I had a bucket list. I don’t, never have, and don’t expect to start one. Given my advanced seniority on this earth, I’ve had ample time to do what appealed to me. I’ve traveled, had plentiful adventures and enough random good fortune to do what had to be done, looked interesting, and seemed worthy and fun. At present, I’m content and even somewhat serene. I’ve no desire to jump out of an airplane, climb Mount Everest, embark on a pilgrimage, streak Yankee Stadium, run for president, or do anything else that merits a todo-before-exiting list. On second thought, running for president has some appeal. I ran for mayor (Tampa, Fla. in 2003) and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially the candidate forums that facilitated my secular missionary zeal of explaining real wellness and sharing Ingersoll excerpts. But president? I don’t know. I’ll be 82 in 2020—a little old to appeal to the younger crowd—and my fellow octogenarians might assume I won’t last a single term. What’s more, I don’t have the name recognition or deep-pocket/special-interest fundrais-ing contacts to mount a viable campaign. As if this were not enough to doom my pro-spects for becoming the 46th president, there’s this: I’m not willing to spend days, let alone weeks or months, in Iowa or New Hampshire annoying primary voters in the dead of Winter. Thus, how could I ever gain steam in the polls? No, I’m not starting a bucket list. I won’t run for president in 2020 (even if nominated!). I will pass on the temptation to embark on a Holy Grail-worthy quest to become the new leader of the free world seeking to “Make America Rational, Respectable, and Decent Again.” Bucket list entries are not for me. There are no goals or experiences I wish to highlight as essential endeavors to enjoy before entering eternity. (Oh, and by the way, on the subject of exiting this “narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities,” like Ronald Reagan, Jr., I’m
“not afraid of burning in hell.”) This does not mean, I should make clear, that I lack interest in dozens and dozens of possible things to do daily. On the contrary: Every day has promise and adventure, which I (and I suspect most others) appreciate fully as each day comes and goes. From a real wellness perspective, you might want to think about the bucket-list question; specifically, why or why not have one? Bucket List Possibilities A bucket list (noun) consists of a number of experiences or achievements a person hopes to have or accomplish during his or her lifetime, goals and aspirations...things to reach for and look forward to. If you think everyone should have a bucket list because, well, I don’t know, just because, maybe, you can get ideas galore at a website called “Bucketlistjourney.net” (800 possibilities). No matter your personality or range of imagination, you’ll probably find a few that appeal. If none of the 800 “Bucketlistjourney” alternatives work for you,
try plain “bucketlist.com.” Here you will be given a menu of 10,000 suggestions. This site, by the way, claims 634,335 members who are said to be tracking 6,340,149 goals. Maybe one reason such lists are popular is due to the 2007 “Bucket List” movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, about two terminally ill men who escape a cancer ward in order to fully live again, if briefly, during a series of final life-enriching adventures that stem from an entertaining wish list of to-dos before dying. We know from the literature about man’s search for meaning and purpose that the most satisfying goals, the greatest satisfactions and joys, do not follow from selffocused accomplishments. Nothing wrong with such goals and achievements, but Viktor Frankl, Irving Yalom, and many existential deep thinkers believe that happiness ensues from good works, from service to others. Don’t overlook the fact that you may want to include, if not favor, initiatives that support the less fortunate, or that promote a cause for which you are passionate,
even if some might think your quest is worthy of Don Quixote. Summary Bucket list choices usually reflect a healthy curiosity about attractive ways to enjoy life’s moments. Some are personal (e.g., exploring novel, challenging, mind-expanding, and/ or body-sensation exhilarations), while others provide added meaning and purpose and thus added “jewels of joy” (Ingersoll’s phrase for moments of happiness) to self and others. Both kinds of bucket list items are laudatory. The latter, however, warrant special regard and consideration. Be well and, if so inclined, let me know what you think. Donald B. Ardell lectures on topics such as wellness, reason, exuberance, personal responsibility, and Robert Green Ingersoll, America’s greatest orator. He has written more than a dozen books, the latest being, Wellness Orgasms.”
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ENTERTAINMENT WEBB’S CITY THE MUSICAL, THE CONCERT VERSION Thursday, September 14-17, 2017 The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. https://www.mypalladium.org/webbscity-the-musical-the-concert-version. The hit musical written and directed by Bill Leavengood with music, lyrics and musical direction by Lee Ahlin about St. Pete’s famous drug store returns to the Palladium in a concert format. MARLON WAYANS Saturday, September 16th 2017 Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg, FL, 8 pm www.themahaffey. com. Get ready to laugh! Marlon Wayans has been selling out shows across the country as one of the top standup comedians of the year. As an actor, he’s best known for his films “White Chicks,” “Scary Movie,” “A Haunted House,” and “Fifty Shades Of Black” and starred on the hit TV shows “The Wayans Bros.” and “In Living Color.” Wayans is the star of the highly-anticipated new NBC sitcom “Marlon,” premiering on August 16 at 9 p.m. Loosely based on his life, the family comedy centers around a loving (but immature) father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. JOHN MULANEY - KID GORGEOUS Thursday, September 28th 2017 Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. S., Petersburg, FL - 7 pm www.themahaffey. com. Emmy award-winning writer and talented stand-up comic John Mulaney most recently starred in the Broadway hit, “Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 he released his stand up special and Netflix Original “THE COMEBACK KID” which the AV Club called the “best hour of his career.” In 2008, he began writing for “Saturday Night Live” where he appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent and co-created hilarious characters like Stefon with Bill Hader. He currently writes for IFC’s “Documentary Now” and for Netflix’s “Big Mouth” where he voices the character of Andrew. Mulaney’s first comedy album, “The Top Part,” was released in 2009. He released his second Comedy Central special and album “New In Town” in 2012. Entertainment Weekly hailed Mulaney as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.”
HD AT THE OPERA HOUSE Sun 9/17/17 1:30PM • Sarasota Opera House MACBETH - OPERA - FILM Sun 9/24/17 1:30PM • Sarasota Opera House I DUE FOSCARI - OPERA - FILM CLASSIC MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE Fri 9/15/17 7:30PM • Sarasota Opera House A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Fri 9/22/17 7:30PM • Sarasota Opera House THE GODFATHER CLASSICAL MUSIC CELEBRATION ESFM Entertainment and Intermedia Productions of Sarasota Present The First Classical Music Celebration Fri 9/29/17 - 7:00PM and Sat 9/30/17 - 1:30pm & 7:00pm Sarasota Opera House DR. STRANGELOVE Fri, Sep 15 at 7:00 PM • Capitol Theatre A film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and it played the situation for laughs. U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people. Watch your cult favorites inside a luxury loge box. Loges boxes are available for up to four people. Total cost is $60. Box includes bottomless popcorn and soft drinks for each ticket holder. Includes Buy 1 Get 1 Free Beer and Wine. Cash bar available for liquor. Please call Adam Burr at 727712-2717 to purchase or for more information. Free Movies at the Capitol Theatre! Limit 4 per person. THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER Sat, Sep 16 at 7:00 PM • Capitol Theatre Prepare to be Thunderstruck! Direct from Las Vegas, the Capitol Theatre presents the men of Australia’s Thunder From Down Under on Sat, Sep 16. Dynamic dance routines, barely-there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs have been making women swoon for over 22 years. There is no doubt that the internationally-acclaimed male revue, Thunder From Down Under, is the ultimate girls’ night out. Tickets are $57.50 & $49.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. THE FIFTH ELEMENT Fri, Sep 22 at 7:00 PM • Capitol Theatre In the 23rd century, a New York City cabbie, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the world in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth element, Leeloo needs to combine with the other four to keep the approaching Great Evil from destroying the world. Together with Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and zany broadcaster Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), Dallas must race against time and the wicked industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman) to save humanity. Free Movies at the Capitol Theatre! Limit 4 per person. PULP FICTION Sat, Sep 23 at 7:00 PM • Capitol Theatre Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer). Free Movies at the Capitol Theatre! Limit 4 per person MORGAN JAMES Wed, Sep 27 at 8:00 PM • Capitol Theatre "A phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep… This woman is on fire." - The New York Times Broadway superstar & Postmodern Jukebox featured vocalist Morgan James makes her way to Clearwater for her Capitol Theatre debut! She has starred in numerous Broadway shows, including Motown: The Musical, Godspell, and The Addams Family. James is also well known for her numerous musical collaborations with the viral sensation,
Postmodern Jukebox. On her sophomore album, Reckless Abandon, James casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice and a soulful poise resulting in a fusion of pop, funk, and R&B with a classic approach. Tickets are $39.50, $32.50 & $22.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. CHRIS ISAAK Tue, Oct 3 at 8:00 PM • Capitol Theatre Chris Isaak brings his smooth and sultry rock ‘n’ roll back to the Capitol Theatre for one night only! Channeling the golden-era of Sun Studios, Isaak's reverb-laden rockabilly and country music stylings, combined with vocals reminiscent of Roy Orbison, have made him one of the most recognizable voices in contemporary American country rock. With hits like Wicked Game and Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing, roles in television and movies, and a recent stint as a judge on the Australian X Factor, Isaak is a consummate performer and his live shows do not disappoint. In 2015, Isaak released First Comes The Night. The Boston Globe said “No one does heartbreak and yearning quite like this veteran singer-songwriter, who sounds renewed here with a streamlined sound in these 12 carefully observed, beautifully sung songs.” Tickets are $99 & $89. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. ROBERT RANDOLPH & FAMILY BAND Thu, Oct 5 at 8:00 PM • Capitol Theatre Robert Randolph & The Family Band bring the blues back to the Capitol Theatre! First gaining national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002, Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years—Unclassified, Colorblind and We Walk This Road — which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base. Randolph’s latest album Got Soul, was released February, 2017. Special guest Jessica Hernandez to open the show. Tickets are $50, $35, & $25. Performance is a the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. LEGENDARY VOICES OF ROCK Fri, Oct 6 at 7:30 PM • Capitol Theatre Legendary Voices of Rock featuring Mike Reno of Loverboy, John Cafferty of the Beaver Brown Band, Robby Steinhardt formerly of Kansas and Tampa Bay's own Stormbringer. Regular tickets are $65.00 and $45.00. Performance is at The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater $125 VIP Ticket includes VIP Orchestra seating in Rows D & E: * Artist Meet & Greet * 2 drink tickets * Swag Bag with poster for autograph(s) STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES Sat, Sep 9 at 8:00 PM • Capitol Theatre On tour in support of his new album So You Wannabe An Outlaw, GRAMMY® Award-winner Steve Earle and The Dukes make a stop at the Capitol Theatre! So You Wannabe
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ENTERTAINMENT an Outlaw is an homage to outlaw music and dedicated to Waylon Jennings, who died in 2002. “I was out to unapologetically ‘channel’ Waylon as best as I could.” says Earle. “This record was all about me on the back pick-up of a Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The singing part of it is a little different. I certainly don’t sound like Waylon Jennings.” Earle is a country rebel with a rock and roll attitude. His unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville or rock & roll meant that he never broke through into either genre's mainstream. Instead, he cultivated a dedicated cult following and racked up critical acclaim for songs such as Copperhead Road and Fearless Heart. Special guest The Mastersons will open the show. Tickets are $59.50 & $39.50. Performance is at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. BRYAN ADAMS AT COACHMAN PARK Sun, Sep 10 at 7:00 PM • REH On The Road Visit the eTix website for more information. Don't miss the return of multi-platinum selling recording artist Bryan Adams in concert with his full band at Coachman Park! Presented by Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road and the City of Clearwater. Concert is Rain or Shine. Bryan is on tour in support of his thirteenth studio album, Get Up, which was released in October 2015. Produced by famed ELO frontman Jeff Lynne and co-written with his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance, the album features nine new songs and four acoustic versions. As Canada's best-known ambassador, Bryan has spent the last three decades making music history. Ticket prices are $175, $70, $50 & $20.
JESSE COOK Sat, Oct 7 at 8:00 PM • Capitol Theatre Spend an unforgettable evening with guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook, a master of flamenco and jazz rhythms that he intertwines with styles from around the globe, as he returns to the Capitol Theatre. The Juno Award winner’s newest project, Beyond Borders, unites music from every corner with electronic textures and beats, where sitars and violin gorgeously share space with synthesizers in sonic tapestries. Cook’s performances are a rich and inspiring mix of music punctuated by the astounding guitar work of one of the most influential figures in nuevo flamenco. Cook’s music has been featured on episodes of Sex and The City, The Chris Isaak Show, and during several Olympic Games. Tickets are $45, $35, & $25. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater.
great Keith Whitley. Tickets are $55, $39, & $29. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater.
LORRIE MORGAN Sat, Oct 14 at 8:00 PM @ Capitol Theatre Country music star, Lorrie Morgan makes her way to Clearwater for her debut at the historic and intimate Capitol Theatre! One of the most successful female country musicians of our time, Lorrie Morgan didn't become a star until the early '90s, when she scored a string of Top Ten country hits such as Five Minutes, followed by What Part of No and I Didn't Know My Own Strength. She recently released her first new solo album in five years, Letting Go….Slow. It is a collection that showcases a rainbow of emotions, from darkest heartache to bright, shiny humor. Joining her is Jesse Keith Whitley, her son with the late
BODEANS Tue, Oct 10 at 7:00 PM • Murray Theatre American rock band, BoDeans make their Murray Theatre debut playing strippeddown, intimate versions of your favorite classic BoDeans hit songs! Best known for their catchy single, Closer To Free, the BoDeans have defined a generation that embraced songs like Good Things, You Don’t Get Much, Idaho, If It Makes You, Stay and All The World. The band’s accessible adult alternative sound has led to many a milestone, including Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll for Best New American Band in 1987, and performing with U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie and numerous others. BoDeans have a permanent installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland as part of their Midwest Artists exhibit. Their music is featured throughout the new Netflix original series, The Ranch, making a cameo in Season 1. General admission tickets are $39.50.
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STAR WARS LIVE IN CONCERT Tue, Oct 10 at 8:00 PM • Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience the Tampa Bay feature film premiere of Star Wars: A New Hope as never seen before with Ruth Eckerd Hall's firstever live performance of Star Wars Live In Concert: A New Hope. This concert will feature the full-length iconic film on the big screen with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performing the iconic music of John Williams. The Star Wars saga has grown into one of the most iconic film productions of our time, and it all began 40 years ago with Episode IV. Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy, as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force. Don’t miss the premiere of A New Hope in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall! Tickets are $102.75, $72.75, and $62.75.
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Botox® and other fillers and botulinum toxins to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The different laser treatments available at the Aesthetic Institute are designed to target your problem area, whether your goal be to minimize wrinkles, reduce facial scarring and increase firmness where skin has begun to lose elasticity or address unwanted blood vessels, Rosacea or redness of the face, reversing years of damage caused by aging and environmental elements such as the sun. Combined with the Obagi® skin care products available, your skin will look and feel better than you ever remember. No matter what your concern is, Dr. Mohadjer and the Aesthetic Institute are happy to help you become the best, most rejuvenated version of yourself. *Call (727) 456-8804 for your complimentary consultation* Jasmine Mohadjer, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist, fellowship-trained in Oculofacial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery from the Washington University School of Medicine. After completing her ophthalmic residency, Dr. Mohadjer was one of only 13 selected from around the country to continue a 2-year post residency fellowship. Dr. Mohadjer provides comprehensive consultations at The Eye Institute of West Florida and the Aesthetic Institute of West Florida for medically necessary and cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures. As an oculoplastics expert, Dr. Mohadjer performs many intricate procedures, including the treatment of: droopy eyelids; periocular skin cancers; tearing problems and other eyelid abnormalities. Dr. Mohadjer serves on numerous boards and committees, including the American Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Tampa Bay Ophthalmology Society, Preserve Vision Florida and Hands Across the Bay. NewBeauty Magazine has named her a Top Beauty Doctor six years in a row.
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