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Take a second and count how many pairs of glassDr. Robert Weinstock, MD es you own. 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
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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 See GLASSES, Page 19
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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 being able to find your readers, constantly fighting the “on, off, on, off ” battle and maybe even wearing glasses when
For 55 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, the New Year means that any new Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plans, or any changes to your existing plans, will take effect. If you signed up for coverage, it’s important to understand how your prescription drug costs may be affected. Even if you did nothing to alter your coverage, some features of your plan may have changed for 2017. Getting a handle on Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage is important to your health as well as your pocketbook. A survey by Walgreens showed that in order to manage prescription drug costs, some people have delayed fill-
ing a current prescription or occasionally skipped prescribed doses to stretch medication, said John Lee, senior director of Medicare at Walgreens. This is a real concern as it can pose significant health risks, so it’s vital to evaluate your medical situation, have a plan that best fits your needs and then understand how to get the most value from your plan and pharmacy. The survey shows that even though prescription drug costs are among the top concerns for Medicare beneficiaries, approximately one out of every five beneficiaries lacks a good understanding of their insurance plan. Roughly the same percentage falsely believes that all pharmacies charge the same copay and one-third of respondents didn’t know
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Why Are You Avoiding the Doctor? StatePoint Most Americans want to stay healthy and prevent disease and illness. For many, this means getting regular check-ups and using their health-plan benefits. For others, it seems that ignorance is bliss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans get their preventive services only about half the time, even though preventive care is fully covered at no cost by most health plans under the Affordable Care Act (note that administrative changes at the federal level may affect these provisions). Preventive services save lives and decrease suffering from advanced illnesses. Vaccinations prevent life-threatening diseases. Health screenings can find serious conditions early. Managing diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can prevent heart attacks, strokes or kidney failure. Despite these benefits, there are numerous types of people who avoid their doctors. “Understanding why you avoid getting your needed preventive care is the first step in taking action for your health,” said Dr. Christina Stasiuk, senior medical director for Cigna. Dr. Stasiuk and the experts at Cigna identified six types of peo-
ple based on common perceptions. Thinking about where you fit can help you see why you may put off preventive care: • Procrastinators: Procrastinators fear that a check-up will reveal a condition that needs to be addressed and will impact them personally and financially. They delay or avoid getting a check-up to try and cope with their apprehension. • What-If Worriers: What-If Worriers spend a lot of time thinking about unpleasant hypothetical situations and things. While some worriers see a doctor for every ache or pain, others avoid check-ups altogether because they anticipate unfavorable diagnoses. • Solitary Sufferers: Many people don’t get help from their doctors to avoid revealing personal issues or concerns -- especially related to mental health or substance use -because they’re ashamed and worried about being judged as weak by others. This fear also keeps them from using their Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) at work. • Super Savers: Super Savers always look for a good deal and hate to pay full price for anything. They pinch every penny and may think check-ups cost more than they’re worth. Some don’t even realize their health-benefit plans cover preventive care services with no out-of-
pocket costs, or that advanced diseases may cost much more time and money. • Workaholics: People in this group value work over any other activity. They may consider a checkup to be a waste of time, and don’t realize that poor health can impact the work performance they prize. • Self-Diagnosers: Self-Diagnosers feel confident that they are engaging in healthy activities and that the need for check-ups doesn’t apply to them. They may not con-
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Senior-Geared TV Ads Are Creepy By Jean Mlincek
It’s creeping me out. It seems that almost all the commercials on my TV lately are about dentures, hearing aids, reverse mortgages, rate-lock life insurance, and adult diapers. I’m talking almost ALL of them. I know that, awhile back, advertisers realized they were missing out on seniors’ spending power and took steps to target that market, but, really, how would they know I’m a little old lady on a fixed income without somehow invading my privacy right here in my own living room? Is my TV really a two-way monitor? I remember when I first discovered that my computer was watching me. That was spooky, too, but at least I understood how advertisers knew what I was interested in since they could track the websites I visited. If I looked up Mazdas, for example, the next time I went to read my email,
there would be a Mazda ad alongside the email. Same with lamps, bed frames, you name it. It was bad enough the marketers knew my interests, but at least they didn’t know my age. I would have pitched a fit if wrinkle-cream ads started appearing alongside my email on their own, so why shouldn’t I be spooked by the age-geared TV ads? Frankly, I’m tired of seeing nursing-home-abuse ads and grandma laying on the kitchen floor, unable to get up. Geez, Louise, can we have some happy ads? I miss Spearmint’s Doublemint Gum twins (“Double your pleasure, double your fun…”). I miss Tony the Tiger. He was G-RR-E-A-T! And cigarettes aside, I miss that hunk of a Marlboro Man. Thankfully, I used to get at least one ad on my TV that wasn’t agerelated—that wonderful Lincoln Navigator ad where Matthew McConaughey talks with his dogs, “passengers” in the back seat, about what to have for dinner: barbecue or sushi.
Problem with that ad, however, is that the monthly payment for a Lincoln Navigator is, well, about equal to my Social Security check. If the seemingly age-related TV ads coming into my living room are supposed to be tapping into MY buying power, they are about to lose a customer. The ads are so depressing, I feel like jumping out of my fourth story window! Ads arriving via the U.S. Post Office aren’t any better. Now, instead of Arby’s coupons, I am getting pamphlets and flyers with titles like, “100 Things You Should Know About Funeral Expenses” or “Why You Should Consider Cremation.” Do these advertisers know something I don’t? Are 20-year-olds getting this mail? Again, I say, it’s creepy, creepy, creepy! I hit the road, hoping to get away from all this depressing communication related to my age, but, there, in flashing letters on the sign above the highway, are the words, “Silver Alert,” which means that grandpa got in the
car while still in his pajamas, hasn’t returned home all day, and is presumably on his way to San Bernardino. Only he doesn’t know that. My question is, why don’t we have “blonde alerts?” Or “redhead alerts?” I’m telling you…this whole mess is enough to put 10 years on anyone. And, no, that doesn’t make me a centenarian—in case a TV advertiser is reading this. Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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A Story of Pure Love!
As Valentine’s Day approaches I wanted to share a story I just read. While it is the story about the health of a US President’s, it is really a story of true love. Now put your political hats away and just appreciate these two for a moment. As many of you might know, President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara were both hospitalized during the inauguration due to symptoms of pneumonia or bronchitis. Both were given separate rooms, but it seems, during waking hours, that Barbara would not leave her husband’s bedside. The two barely left each other’s company and when one didn’t want a treatment the other chided them until they acquiesced. Growing up, as boys, we were told it is girly to show such love, or you are whipped when you care so much for a woman. Well this guy is as far from girly as possible: World War II bomber pilot, ran the CIA, VP and President of the US, just to name a few of his more admirable and manly assets. And there is Barbara never leaving his side. The two have been married for 72 years and are probably still in love as much as they ever were. When I saw this it reminded me about this New Year’s Eve, Deb and my 24th wedding anniversary. You know so many couples these days, especially the male part, remember how beautiful or fit or
“hot” their wife was on their wedding day. To make a long story short, I do remember walking by our wedding picture and noticing it, but I do know that my thought later that night was that she really is more beautiful today than she was 24 years ago. Now I am sure you are thinking…”come on” you are just being nice, but what I have found is that when you grow with someone over the years and you really come to appreciate that person you don’t look back and wish for what they were, you might wish you could go back and do it all over again with that person because of how enjoyable your life has been, but you don’t pine away for what she or he were. And I believe this is what the Bush’s embody…pure love. Too many, especially men, just chuck away the old for something new only to find out “the grass was not any greener.” A lesson we need to teach our kids and grandkids so they can have a happier life. I hope all of you enjoy, appreciate or find a little love on this Valentine’s Day.
FROM THE EDITOR In February, we designate one day to celebrate a crazy little thing called love. In honor of the month and one of the greatest artistic expressions of love ever penned, here’s a piece imagining some thoughts Romeo might have for those he left behind after losing his life and his beloved Juliet. Sore sorrowing view that grave ghostly gaze hath heavy now upon my soul bequeathed! Would that wisdom I attend to hither were counted precious counsel as I lived. From trappings of a reckless world released, mine eyes the woes of my mistakes do see and in chagrin, I pray thee attend and learn from these. Ruled by fiery flame, anon begun; love and I were wed e’en doth the bell toll twice from his steeple, a warning clang. My desire I glorified; obsessed— Aye, e’er my obsession mastered me: In bondage, two brothers didst my hand slay.
Love, noblest of the causes, glory great, blessing divine whence wisdom dwells; but I fell, prey of passion’s extremity, passion’s pressure the ultimate extreme. Remove the heavy cloak of fervent hate— would my life to thy lives a lesson lends. Thou wilt see that life of living hate is not a living life but living death. O Montague! Shouldst thou pass sow only peace in thy passing through.
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Spice up Your Weekends Family Features Day-to-day schedules can get tedious. Bouncing between work, home and family obligations, it’s often hard to muster the energy and enthusiasm for making time for yourself. However, weekends are two-day opportunities that should be used to recharge and indulge in some much-needed fun and relaxation. By the time Friday and Saturday nights roll around, you might not feel like doing much of anything, so, instead of feeling the pressure to go out, try staying in to create your own memorable festivities. Cynthia Nims, editor and author of 12 cookbooks, including Gourmet Game Night (Ten Speed Press, 2010), focuses on the importance of unplugging and reconnecting with friends and families over entertainment at home. “Games are perfect for a night in with a group of friends. They are a fun reminder not to be too serious,” Nims said. “The lighthearted atmosphere makes it possible for both guests and hosts to relax and enjoy the genuine fun of sharing laughs over a favorite game or two.”
by Carolyn Shockey Have you had relentless times in life when it felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel? Did one negative thing after another keep cropping up to challenge your sanity? You know, I’m talking about those “why” moments that get us wondering when it would, if it would, ever end. I’ve had several of those times. One lasted five years, the other 12. Fortunately, most challenges don’t last that long. Yet they do come whether we want them or not. It’s how we deal with them that makes the difference. I’ve never been much for living in the past (generally once is enough), so I just try to keep plugging along, and, sooner or later, things work themselves out. I know this from experience, which does make dealing with issues easier to address, having faith that there is a solution that just hasn’t presented itself yet. One of my daily readings compared this to using a crock pot, which I thought was a fascinating metaphor. We all know that the longer and slower an item is cooked, the more tender
Nims recommends choosing your game-night games thoughtfully to ensure that it will be fun for everyone. An updated classic like Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It is more about knowing your friends than knowing the answers to obscure trivia. A game like this keeps everyone engaged and doesn’t put anyone on the spot. Players bet on whether their friends will get their questions right or wrong, and, for each correct bet, a player earns chips that can then be used throughout the game to buy wedge pieces for those categories they don’t feel like attempting. For a game night, Nims suggests easy nibbles that are upscale enough for a dinner party, but easily edible and mess-free enough for a game night. Some favorites are homemade pretzel sticks with a trio of mustards, pickled grapes and blue-cheese skewers, and green-pea-and-mint spread topped with crispy pancetta. For the host who doesn’t want to spend time in the kitchen, order some no-fuss takeout and suggest each guest bring a dessert. Guests will have the pleasure of trying small bites of several different desserts while also showing off their own favorite specialty. A raucous game of Taboo will do just the trick for
those who’ve had too much sugar. Players race to describe their clue without using any of the taboo words before the timer runs out. For more creative types, try a round of Pictionary where players must draw the word or phrase on their card in order to get their teammates to guess the clue. This quick-draw game will have everyone out of their seats.
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and tastier the outcome. Sometimes it takes time to step back and look at all the angles and evaluate what is needed to know and learn from the situation. One needs to have insight for others involved, seeing what they, too, need to learn before there can be resolution. In this process, we become more “tender,” and our personal transformation makes us more “tasty,” moving us a step forward. As I look back at my experiences, I see that this is what happened every time. The one that took 12 years to resolve involved several people. I believe each of us had to have the time to accomplish our resolution before it could end. I must add that the outcome was far better than I ever imagined it could be—but it was a very long wait. For the most part, our crockpot times are over more quickly. We know there is something to learn from the experience and find it rather than holding a pity party or keeping a why-me attitude. When we approach our situations positively, with openness, we come out on the side of goodness, our lessons learned in a shorter amount of time.
Whether you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud night of fun around the coffee table, or a rambunctious, outof-your seat game, gathering together good friends and food is the perfect recipe for spicing up your weekend with a stress-free game night in. For more fun ideas, visit www. Hasbro.com.
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Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyles Dr. Wesley Pool
When we were young, we could eat anything and “run it off.” As we mature, however, sedentary lifestyles can eat away at lean muscle mass, slow the metabolism, encourage runaway obesity, launch heart disease, and lead to disaster. Around 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year. I think everyone has noticed naturally occurring changes in their bodies after their early twenties. You gain body fat and your body feels less solid than it had previously. Frailty syndrome is the process of breaking down lean muscle cells only to replace them with subcutaneous fat cells. If we humans are not fighting against this process, we need to realize that our own genetics are slowly killing us off behind our backs!
The human body was never designed to live a sedentary lifestyle. Too sedentary of a lifestyle may dramatically hasten sarcopenia, osteoporosis, myasthenia, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colon cancer, hypertension, kidney disorders, deep vein thrombosis, anxiety disorders, and depression. A recent study by Harvard researchers, tracking the health of TV junkies from 1970-2011, indicated a direct health risk for those choosing such a lifestyle. Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology, wrote this statement post-research: “The message is simple. Cutting back TV watching can significantly reduce risk of type II diabetes, heart disease, and premature mortality.” Yet it is not just watching TV, but rather a lack a biomechanical movement of the human body for hours on end, which tends to doom us, no matter the activity. It is my opinion that as our society has progressed from an agrarian and sweatshop way of life to a more academic, skilled and sedentary lifestyle, we have endangered our own survivability. The human body does not respond well to countless hours sitting in front of a television screen, computer
monitor, desk or even steering wheel. Several studies have brought to light how a more sedentary lifestyle, either at work or for pleasure, has adversely affected our health, quality of life, and longevity as a species. A lack of mandatory mobility and physical labor have eaten away our healthy independence and replaced it with a steep rise in occurrences of illness, disease and rapid aging. Our intelligence works to make our lives increasingly easier. At the same time, our quality of life and our longevity demand physical and mental hardiness. Many think that lowering their chance of heart disease is difficult, but in reality just making a few changes in your lifestyle may give you a longer and healthier life. Here are seven things that you can start doing today to better your health and lower your chances of having a life-changing cardiac event. The American Heart Association refers to these tips as “Life’s Simple 7:” • Get active. There is no need to train like a professional athlete or become a treadmill marathoner. Just make it a resolution to move more. • Control your cholesterol. You can lower your overall LDL (bad) cholesterol by limiting red meat and full-fat
dairy in your diet. • Eat better. Shy away from high-fat and sugary foods, and make it a resolution to eat more vegetables and fruit. • Manage blood pressure. About 33 percent of all American adults have high blood pressure, but many do not even know it. Have your blood pressure checked. • Maintain a healthy weight. 69 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Make it a priority to reduce your overall waist size. • Reduce blood sugar. High blood sugar mostly derived from overeating or calorie-laden processed food can rapidly lead to diabetes and heart disease. • Stop smoking. Enough said! Live longer, enjoy life more and be healthier, one day at a time.
Connect to Nature, No Matter Where You Live
In this age of smartphones and streaming video, it is easy to forget about the world beyond our little screens. For the 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas, the natural world can seem even more remote. Yet experts say it’s important to find the time to disconnect, to unplug and appreciate what nature does for you. Surprisingly, you don’t have to travel outside your town to enjoy nature or benefit from it. “Your very own neighborhood is likely home to a wide variety of trees,” said Lisa Allen, Missouri State Forester and chair of the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) urban and community forestry committee. “From your backyard to the park, trees offer residents improved quality of life and a healthier local environment.” However, trees are at risk from several threats, such as invasive pests. A healthy community forest cannot exist without proper planning, management and community investment. Fortu-
nately for urban dwellers, thousands of communities nationwide understand the need for green infrastructure and are actively working with their state forestry agency to manage these landscapes. Beyond enjoying the trees around you, you can get involved by helping to raise awareness about the many benefits trees offer. Start a local eco-appreciation society, get involved in local street cleanups, or ask your children’s school to incorporate environmental education into the curriculum. Last, stay current on community forestry issues. To learn more about urban and community forestry, visit www.mytreeourforest.org. You can also consider ordering “My Tree—Our Forest” tree tags. Each recyclable, weatherproof tag informs people on the ways that trees make oxygen, keep drinking water clean, save money, make city life fun and keep streets safe. Along with your school or community group, hang the tags on local trees (be sure to check local ordinances for permission!) to remind your neighbors
to take care of the environment. Then spread the word on social media using the hashtag #MyTreeOurForest. Remember, you don’t have to leave your beaten path to enjoy the benefits
of trees. Thanks to efforts happening at the local level, trees are a vital component of many densely populated communities across the country.
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How Caregivers Can Provide Better Care for Loved Ones and Themselves
More than 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 years old every day, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This growth in the aging population has led to an increased number of people caring for loved ones in their homes. “While many people are happy to take care of aging loved ones, playing this caregiver role can still be physically, mentally and emotionally draining,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of Sam’s Club Consumables and Health and Wellness. “As a result, it can be easy for caregivers to forget about caring for themselves at times.” To help, Turner-Mitchael and the Sam’s Club Pharmacists are offering time-saving, stress-reducing tips to help caregivers support their loved ones while maintaining their own well-being. • Focus on food and fitness. Maintain a healthy, energy-boosting diet that includes organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein and vitamins. Try to stay active as well. To keep yourself accountable, consider using a wearable device that tracks your daily diet and activity level. • Log on. To save time and ef-
fort, shop online when possible. In today’s digital world, it’s easy to get everything you need with the click of a button. Companies like Sam’s Club provide everything from groceries to personal care products online for those who don’t have time to make it into a club. • Give yourself a break. Convene a family meeting to discuss any challenges that you’re facing and see what others can do to lighten your load. Identify someone who can fill in for you for periods of time, so
you can take breaks outside of the home to relax and refresh. Doing so will likely help you return to your role with even more energy. • Seek support. Find a caregiver support group that can help you make connections with others who understand your perspective. Seek out other existing resources that are designed to support caregivers, as well. For example, Sam’s Club recently launched a new program for family caregivers, including a dedicated
webpage that helps members find the products, expert advice and savings they need to make caregiving easier. Visit SamsClub.com/caregiving or the kiosks in select locations around the country for more information. “As the number of caregivers rises, so does the importance of offering resources that make their lives easier,” said Turner-Mitchael. “As a club of the community, we are working to do just that, so caregivers can focus on what is most important – the health of their loved ones and themselves.” • Engage your employer. Around 42 million Americans act as caregivers while also working outside of the home, according to AARP. If you are juggling work and home responsibilities, ask your manager about perks or policies that may help you find balance, such as flexible work schedules, emergency time off or on-site eldercare. Neglecting your own health does no one any favors, so don’t let caregiving mean the end of selfcare. With the right resources and resolve, rest assured that you can provide the best care possible while also maintaining your own health.
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New Year Plan For Optimal Health Dr. Anthony J. Adams, DDS, PA Again with the New Year, we resolve a new plan of action. My plan includes you! I resolve to reach you through this article, the internet, your friends and families. Basically any way I can for the purpose of making sure you are aware that in the interest of oral health and total body health it is an exciting new day.
Ask your healthcare provider to consider the connection between your current health status and your oral health. Depending when and where healthcare providers were educated, and also their interest after graduating, there will be a signiﬁ cant difference. I work with healthcare providers who collectively represent the whole spectrum. I learn from them and they learn from me. Together, we can offer plans that are so much more successful than the old sequestration of independent providers. Human metabolism is very complicated. To keep it optimally functioning and balanced, we must use all of the knowledge, new and old, we have access to. No one provider can possibly know it all and do it all. To believe that is ridiculous, but together we can. I have practiced long enough to see patients that have had many life experiences over the years. I have seen their oral health change as their bodies aged as life takes it’s toll. I have learned some people can do everything right and still have oral disease and loss. I have seen people do everything wrong and still have oral health and a dirty mouth,
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never the less, basically healthy. The diseases of diabetes, heart/CVD, thyroid, arthritis, autoim people can do everything right and still have oral disease and loss. I have seen people do everything wrong and still have oral health and a dirty mouth, never the less, basically healthy. The diseases of diabetes, heart/CVD, thyroid, arthritis, autoimmune and ﬁbromyalgia are of interest to me. I see the connection between these diseases and oral health. Metaphorically, putting air in a tire with a hole in it will not work long if the hole is not also “ﬁ xed.” One is the dental correction, the other is the medical/alternative correction. It takes both. Before either will work, we must understand the relationship. Unfortunately as witness would bear, not everyone does. This year our ofﬁ ce will be studying and re-searching any new technologies we can add to our tool box that will complement our abilities to bring our patients the best traditional and integrative dentistry. We will reach out to patients and other health-care providers who need and
want sustainable and complete optimal health. If our practice offers you promise, call us! If you have healthcare providers who you think would join us in a more comprehen-sive approach to your healthcare, please make them aware of our view. I would love to meet them. ◆ 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, www. healthybodydental.com. Hours of Service: Monday-Thursday 8-5pm.
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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 several 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 can-
nabis 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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Fucoidan – Complementary Cancer Treatment Cancer patients, when undergoing treatment they suffer from a cycle of side effects such as nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness, vomit, and hair loss. White blood cells are the cells tasks are to protect against viruses, bacteria that invade the body. When the immune system is compromised the effects weakness, fatigue and illness continue to persist.
Dr. Daisuke Tachikawa All cells are programmed to regenerate after a specific period of activity (metabolism) and eventually die. This process of natural cell death is called apoptosis. Cancer cells however, do not die which are then considered as “cells that never undergo apoptosis.” Instead they continue to grow and reproduce by absorbing oxygen and nutrients from normal cells. Cancer cells use blood vessels and create new ones through angiogenesis to obtain oxygen and nutrients to help them grow. It has been shown that cancer cells metastasize by using new blood vessels. This is why cancer treatment mainly focuses on directly removing the cancerous lesion via surgery, or by attacking the cancer cells using anticancer drugs (chemotherapy), or damaging them using radiation (radiotherapy). Dr. Daisuke Tachikawa, Vice Principal of Matsuzaki Memorial Hospital explains, “The word ku-su-ri (meaning ‘drug’ in Japanese) reads backwards as ri-su-ku (‘risk’). Anticancer drugs involve risk, and medical professionals must face the fact that many cancer patients fall ill because of th anticancer drugs they are taking.”
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How to Manage a Common, but Embarrassing Health Problem If you have experienced hemorrhoids, you know just how uncomfortable this condition can be. On top of the pain, you may have experienced feelings of embarrassment when discussing or addressing the symptoms with your doctor. Remember, an estimated 10 to 23 million individuals in the U.S. suffer from the same condition, and it is particularly common among pregnant women. Hemorrhoids, which may be caused by constipation, diarrhea, straining while going to the bathroom, increased pressure on veins, or hormone changes during pregnancy, are enlarged blood vessels around the anus, located either externally or internally. Luckily, there a few key habits you can adopt to help you alleviate the associated pain, itching and discomfort, as well as treatment solutions that offer quick relief. Here is what you need to know:
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SENIOR HAPPENINGS POT LUCK LUNCH AND VALENTINE SURPRISE
Sunrise Kitchen Restaurant, Largo Feb. 13
Senior Solos, a social group of single folks 55+, is having a pot luck lunch and Valentine Surprise at the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St N, Pinellas Park on Mon Feb 13 at 1:30 pm. All single seniors are welcome. For information call Wally 727-544-7183. ST. PETERSBURG CONFERENCE ON WORLD AFFAIRS
USF St Petersburg Feb. 15 to 17
SR. GOLF GROUP
Pasco and Hillsborough Counties 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 OVER 60 SOFTBALL-NORTH TAMPA BAY SR. SOFTBAL (NTBSS)
Collier Park Recreation Complex Friday mornings - Fall and Winter
Our Sr. Slo Pitch Softball League plays games in fall and winter on Friday mornings at the Collier Park Recreation Complex 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes FL. Our NTBSS League is for fun and fitness. Ladies 55 years and older can register and play. For more information on softball please call Jim McCausey 813-300-9110. and for other Sr. Sports, Golf, Tennis and Bowling please call Walt Bockmiller at 813-527-8211. TRI-COUNTY TENNIS LEAGUE FORMING
Pasco-Hillsborough and Pinellas
Play Men’s and Women’s team tennis (singles & doubles) in a fun filled Tennis League playing in 3 counties (Pasco-Hillsborough and Pinellas).You play League matches locally in your division area-home and away. Team play divisions are: 1.0,1.5,2.0,,2.5,3.0,3.5,4.0 and 4.5/open. Call Walt Bockmiller 813-527-8211 for more details. RUBY JUBILEE - FORTY YEAR CELEBRATION The Sunshine Senjor Center embarks on a 12 month celebration of their fortieth year. The Ruby Jubilee has themed its events to The Wizard of Oz. January everyone is to write their story on a brick from the yellow brick road. Health and Welness is the Center’s motto. The staff is famous for giving theme luncheons and teas that are so popular that tickets sell out in two days. Surprise gifts and gift cards are often included. There’s a Valentine Luncheon in February and a Mother’s day Tea in May. They are including games , Jeopardy, Canasta, WiFi Bowling Sky-diving. The monthly free newsletter reveals day trips and a week long excursion to New Orleans . St. Petersburg’s Sunshine Center is at 330 Fith Street North.
“Expand Your View” USF St Petersburg, 140 7th Ave. S.. USF St. Petersburg campus, University Student Center, 200 6th Avenue South. http://stpetersburgintheworld. com. Daily events and speaker activities. The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Multiple panels of distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts will discuss critical international issues of the day. The public, including students of USF St. Petersburg and other area universities, are cordially invited to attend the conference free of charge. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Our objective is to make available to the people of the Tampa Bay area information, and insights, on foreign affairs issues which are critical to our lives and well-being. GUMBO AND JAZZ FESTIVAL
Williams Park • St. Petersburg Feb. 18
Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave N. • 4 to 9 pm http://voaflorida.org/jazzgumbofest/. Kick off Mardi Gras by doing good while having fun! Enjoy great food, music from the Sauce Boss, and more! The Sauce Boss is a musician that supports homeless Veterans and gives back through music and hope. Not only does is the Sauce Boss a great musician with a good cause, but he’s a GUMBO CHEF! While one stage the Sauce Boss will make his coveted Gumbo. You can get a taste by purchasing a VIP ticket. VIP tickets are limited so purchase yours today! Parking is available on the street and two convenient parking garages are nearby (299 1st Ave N Street as well as 150 2nd Ave N St). Come join us for good music, good food, good fun and all for a great cause!!! Beach chairs & blankets welcome! Proceeds will benefit homeless Veterans via 501c3 nonprofits Volunteers of America of Florida & Rotary Clubs of the St. Petersburg & Gulf Beaches Area. BARBARY COAST DIXIELAND BAND COMES TO TRINITY
Trinity Clearwater Feb 18 - 7:00pm
Together since 1967, Barbary Coast Dixieland Band, is known for their musicality and humor. they have been performing authentic Dixieland jazz across the country and around the world for more than 50 years. A versatile and talented group of musicians, Barbary Coast specializes in that lively, toe-tapping genre that’s always a hit with live audiences. To add to the on-stage action, this group TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY WINTER SEASON CONCERTS plays 18 instruments --from banjo and bass to trombone, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, & Tampa at the Straz Center clarinet and more -- and occasionally switches them up mid-song! Join us for a toe tapping time at Trinity Feb. 12, 14, 19 This is a delightful progam that the audience will love. Clearwater, 2001 Rainbow Dr. (at Hercules and Gulf to The William Tell Overture starts with a gorgeous cello Bay). The concert is free with open seating - contributions solo played by Fred Gratta of the Florida Orchestra and are gladly accepted) For more info call (727) 446-6210 or www.trinityclearwater.com ends with the familiar “Hi-Yo Silver” Lone Ranger theme. The very difficult Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 BEER, BOURBON & BBQ FESTIVAL has passionate Russian melodies, and the “Spring” SymCurtis Hixon Park phony was written when Robert and Clara Schumann were happy newlyweds. Mark Sforzini’s Symphonic Chat Feb. 18 - Noon - 6:00pm at 7 p.m. on February 9 at Opera Central, 2145 First Ave. Grab your cowboy boots with 4,000 other people for a S, St. Petersburg, is an entertaining introduction to the festival around a day full of beer sippin’ (60 beers), bourconcerts. Also: the Young Artist Competition winner, bon tastin’ (40 bourbons), music listenin’, cigar smokin’, Chance Israel will play the first movement of Rach- and barbeque eatin’ at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront maninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. This is the 30th year Park. Admission includes a sampling glass so you can enthat the Tampa Bay Symphony has given a $1,000 scholar- joy unlimited sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the ship and an opportunity for a Young Artist Competition best barbeque vendors on-site, bourbon seminars in the winner to perform with the Tampa Bay Symphony, the ar- tasting theatre and live music all day long at the Beer, ea’s finest community orchestra. Mozelle Bell, Publicity Bourbon & BBQ Festival. ADMISSION OPTIONS: • $75 727-522-8459, firstname.lastname@example.org Advance VIP Bacon & Whole Hog Session. Valid Satur-
day 12–6pm. In addition to the all of the features above, the VIP Bacon and Whole Hog Session offers an exclusive tasting experience in the VIP Area (VIP Area closes at 5pm). Each guest will enjoy 10+ Tasting Stations featuring gourmet bacons from all over the country and local restaurants serving up their favorite BACON DISHES from Noon-2pm. Other benefits include 2 extra hours of sampling & much more. • $39 Advance Regular Admission Session Valid Saturday 2pm – 6pmIncludes a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of beer and bourbon, and all live entertainment. • $25 Advance & Onsite Designated Driver Admission Valid during any Saturday session. Includes admission into the event only. This ticket does not allow access to the VIP area. • KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE. This event is not designed for children. They are welcome but you will find very little of interest to them. BOURBON STREET JAZZ BAND
Banquet Master, Clearwater Feb. 19
The Suncoast Jazz Society will sponsor the Bourbon Street Jazz Band from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday February 19th at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. No, Clearwater Admission: $15/20 Information: 727-596-7142 or email@example.com DUNDU DOLE URBAN AFRICAN BALLET
Trinity Clearwater Feb. 25
The Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet will perform for our delight at 7:00pm at 2001 Rainbow Dr. Dundu Dole, meaning “Life Force,” was established in 1991. Since then, the Tampa Bay Area group has taken its electrifying performances, which showcase traditional African dress, dance and rhythms, across the nation, performing at such venues as New York’s Apollo Theatre and opening for such notables as Herbie Hancock and Ziggy Marley. Admission is Free with Open Seating and Contributions will be accepted. For more info: call (727) 446-6210. 12TH ANNUAL MUSICAL VARIETY SHOW
Peacock Center @ Seminole Gardens Feb. 25 - 7:00 pm
TO BENEFIT: MOFFITT FOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH” Peacock Center @ Seminole Gardens is located at: 8324 112th Street N., Seminole, FL 33772. Admission: Donation - $8.00 at door. February 18, 2017 GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC
Clearwater Feb. 25 -26
Road races for all ages and skill levels. Come out to Tampa Bay and test your endurance at the Gasparilla Distance Classic. Surrounded by the area’s beautiful weather (yep, it’s paradise), every stride you make at the race benefits charitable youth organizations across the Tampa Bay area. And since 1978, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has donated $3.9 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa, Girls Inc. of Pinellas, The Friends of Tampa Parks & Recreation and youth running related programs. Athletes of all levels can take on the 15k, 5k, half marathon, 8k, Michelob Ultra challenges, 5k walk, 5k stroller races, and more! Prize purses for various races and categories total over $40,000. Register online at tampabayrun.com. Saturday, February 25 - Sunday, February 26, 2017. Times will vary. FIRST ANNUAL ECO FUN FESTIVAL
Clearwater Feb. 26
Pinellas County Solid Waste will be holding the first annual Eco Fun Festival on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Solid Waste facility located at 11418 34th St. N., Clearwater. The free event will feature sustainable living exhibitors and presentations, facility tours, toucha-truck for children, food vendors and family-friendly fun. The event will be held rain or shine. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/ecofunfest for more information. Pinellas County is also offering new tools to give residents and visitors easy recycling options. The county has released the new 2017 Recycling Directory and converted its popular
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SENIOR HAPPENINGS A to Z Guide to a geo-locatable tool. Both are accessible online at www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/ recycling-directory/. To request a copy of the directory or learn more about recycling, visit www.pinellascounty.org/recycle or call (727) 464-7500. HABANA YACHT RACE
St. Petersburg Yacht Club Feb. 28 - Mar 5
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue. www.spyc.org. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is proud to announce the revival of the original St. Petersburg – Habana Race. Preliminary Schedule (Subject to Change) Feb 24-26: Arrival of vessels at SPYC Docks – Free dockage for boats entered.Feb 26: Registration – Competitors & guests reception. Feb 27: Monday evening – Departure celebration. Feb 28: The start at St. Petersburg Yacht Club. March 1 & 2: Racing to Habana/Hemingway International Yacht Club, Cuba. March 3-4: Welcome party, a regatta from Hemingway YC to Morro Castle and back, with Cuban sailors being involved. Exploration and enjoyment of the island and guided tours. March 5: Dinner party & awards presentations. The Habana Race Organizers will provide information about: The documents needed for the United States and Cuba. The hotel rooms for competitors and friends in Cuba and St. Petersburg. Flying to Cuba. For information about the St. Pete Yacht Club explore the website at www.spyc. org. For accommodations in St. Petersburg: click on “Sailing” on the home page, then click on “Regattas” and scroll down to the bottom of the page to “Hotels.” Guest Card: To enhance your experience during this event at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, you may obtain a guest card online. Click on Sailing at the top of the home page, then click on SPYC Guest Card. Fill out the information and your card will be waiting for you at the front desk. To be sure that your card will be ready for you please make this request 48 hours in advance of your arrival. GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa Mar. 4 - 5
Welcome to one of America’s highest rated outdoor fine art shows. Every year, downtown Tampa transforms into one giant outdoor museum when hundreds of artists gather for the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Imagine some of the world’s preeminent artists, hand-selected from over 1,000 submissions, all in one place. Since 1970, the festival has flourished in Tampa Bay, attracting more than 250,000 people every year. From pottery and photography to glass, digital mediums, paintings, mixed media, wood and water colors, it’s an imaginarium of the senses. The 45th annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is certain to inspire. Free Admission. GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Downtown Tampa Mar.11-12
Like No Music Festival You’ve Seen Before. The
Gasparilla Music Festival celebrates the best of Tampa Bay’s diverse music scene, highlighting local emerging acts and nationally recognized headliners. The 6th annual festival will host over 40 fun and eclectic acts to be announced. With two full days of music across four stages, the 2017 festival will be the biggest yet. The lineup also features many of Tampa’s best eateries including The Refinery, Malio’s Steakhouse, Ella’s Folk Art Cafe (the
chicken and waffle cone, it really happened) and more. The festival is kid-friendly with children’s activities offered early each day. Voted as “Best Festival in Tampa Bay” in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, GMF is a non-profit organization benefiting local youth music programs and art education. $30 and up, children 12 and under free. Order online at gasparillamusicfestival.com. GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Tampa March 2 - 9
Supporting film screening, production, and education throughout the Tampa Bay region. Times and locations will vary. The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is a cultural arts institution that inspires, educates and entertains through its annual celebration of film, year-round events, community outreach and social awareness initiatives, while also supporting and cultivating the film industry of Tampa Bay and Florida and making an economic impact on our region. First launched in the summer of 2006, GIFF has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity in Tampa Bay. Well-known for its annual film festival, GIFF is operated by the 501 (c)(3) non-profit Tampa film Institute and continually upholds its mission to provide year-long support for film screening, production, and education throughout the Tampa Bay region. “WAVE SEASON” CRUISE PLANNERS
Now that all of the corks are popped and the champagne is empty, let’s get to booking your Spring Break and Summer Travel for 2017! In case you didn’t know, we are in “WAVE SEASON” and all of the cruise lines and tour vendors usually have the hottest deals if you book this time of year. Of course, I can get all these special deals for you and help you navigate the best trip and price for you. Here are just a few of the reasons you should book with Cruise Planners: • American Express Specials (Pay with AmEx Points, Cruise Group Amenities, etc.) • Cruise price monitoring (I will reprice your stateroom if I see your category drop) • I can book all cruise lines, therefore, I will recommend a cruise tailored for you. • Stellar Customer Service. I am always here for my clients before, during, & after a trip. Please keep in mind that booking on the internet or direct does not give you a better deal and I never charge a fee. So, what do you have to lose? We like to say: ‘The Internet is for looking but a Travel Agent is for booking”! Now that we are well into the New Year, start thinking about where you’d like to escape to this year and give me a call!
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The Ruby Jubilee By June Hurley Young The Sunshine Senior Center has embarked on a 12-month celebration of their fortieth year. The “Ruby Jubilee” consists of events themed around The Wizard of Oz. For January, everyone wrote their stories on bricks from the yellow brick road. The Center’s motto is “Health and Wellness.” Center staff is famous for hosting themed luncheons and teas so popular that tickets have sometimes sold out in two days. Surprise gifts and gift cards are often included. There will be a Valentine’s Luncheon in February and a Mother’s Day Tea in May, which will include games like Jeopardy, canasta, and Wii bowling and skydiving. The Center’s free monthly newsletter provides information on day trips as well as a weeklong excursion to New Orleans, La.
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By Eric W. Olsen
On April 18, 1891, in Kipton, Ohio, a mail train collided with the Toledo Ohio Express passenger train. The mail train was running at full speed and struck the Toledo Express close to the spot where it would normally pull over to let the mail train pass. Six postal clerks and three engineers died. In the investigation that followed, it was discovered that the Toledo Express was four minutes slow. The engineer’s watch stopped for four minutes after he dropped it in a mud puddle. When his watch started again, the engineer didn’t realize it was four minutes off, resulting
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in the passenger train arriving too late to move to a side track and avoid the mail train. Prior to railroads, there was no real need for precise timekeeping. In 1883 standard timekeeping was adopted, including four different American time zones, largely because of the needs of railroads. Local railroad companies were still lax, and many continued to run on their own local time. Train
wrecks were common. The Kipton train wreck changed everything. Webb C. Ball, a Cleveland watchmaker, was entrusted with establishing accurate timekeeping standards by the local railroad company where the wreck occurred. Ball’s standards were soon adopted by all railroad companies everywhere in America. Engineers were required to buy their own Webb C. Ball watches. The Ball watches had the then-unsurpassed accuracy of not being off by more than 3 seconds a day. For years, if you wanted an accurate time, you checked with a railroad man. We have all heard the saying, “get on the ball.” It actually originated with railroad men, referring to the need for accuracy in timekeeping with their Webb C. Ball watches. Timing is important for seniors in different areas. As an attorney for nearly 40 years and the executive director of HELPS, a nonprofit law firm that helps lower-income seniors, I have learned areas where financial timing can be important for seniors, no matter what their income. When to begin taking social security? You can claim at age 62, but full retirement age is 66. If you delay claiming between 62 and 70, you get a higher benefit for each year you wait. Most advisors advise waiting if possible. Some seniors don’t have a choice. Others are in poor health, which might make taking social security earlier a wiser decision. Investigate what is the best timing for you. What to do about housing? Sometimes seniors keep a home for too long. Seniors can choose to stop spending precious retirement resources to maintain an expensive house payment they can’t afford. Seniors with equity can sell the home and get less expensive housing. Seniors with no equity can consider stopping a payment and living in a home while it is going through foreclosure. Married couples might consider if the surviving spouse can maintain the payments in the future. If not, they
could consider making an earlier decision about selling or changing houses. Seniors with enough equity might investigate a reverse mortgage. Lower-income seniors can also consider signing up for section-8 subsidized housing sooner than later because of standard waiting periods. Timing might also, for some, include a decision that maintaining credit-card and old-debt payments just doesn’t make sense. All seniors want to pay their debt. However, a frank look at one’s situation may show that isn’t possible. Some seniors, in order to pay old debt, borrow on existing credit until the credit runs out and they can no longer make payments, making a bad situation worse. Others spend their limited retirement income or sell assets until the extra retirement and assets are gone, and the debt is still there. Some cut back on food or medicine, paying old debt they don’t have to pay, which eventually affects their health. I have learned that most seniors don’t realize that their retirement income, including social security and pensions, is protected from collection. This money does not have to be used to pay old debt. Deciding sooner rather than later to stop payments for old debt can relieve pressure and preserve other precious, limited retirement resources. Making decisions about transportation often involves timing. Sometimes seniors keep making a car payment they can’t afford. Seniors do not have to stay locked into a car payment. Since their income is protected, they can decide to let the car go back. They can consider purchasing a less expensive car for cash or financing a car with a smaller payment. Some seniors may decide there are transportation alternatives that don’t include owning a car. Seniors have financial options they may have never considered. Making the best decision is always the goal. There are resources for seniors to receive advice on these important decisions. “Get on the ball” was good advice to engineers to keep trains on time and safe. “Get on the ball” remains good advice for seniors today. Eric Olsen is the executive director of HELPS Nonprofit Law Firm. HELPS educates seniors about how they can maintain their financial independence and protects seniors and disabled persons from unwanted collector contact. You can visit us on the web at www.helpsishere.org. Eric W. Olsen | President | Attorney Help Eliminate Legal Problems for Seniors and Disabled
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WHAT IS WISDOM? By Professor Abne M. Eisenberg Those under the age of 21 are seldom interested in wisdom. While exceptions exist, they are rare. Wisdom is shaped by a wide range of experience and the ability to see relationships, i.e., the big picture. Unschooled people can acquire wisdom. Simply stated, wisdom is an awareness of wholeness that does not lose sight of the particular or the concrete. Biologically, it occurs when the right and left brain come together, forming a conglomerate of related knowledge. Any discussion of wisdom needs to be approached holistically, rather than on an insular basis. There is no magic bullet that automatically guarantees someone wisdom. A popular misconception is that intelligent people are automatically considered to be wise. That is not true. Intelligence should only be viewed as the means through which a motivated individual can accumulate wisdom. Ironically, wisdom is in short supply among contemporary world leaders. The current political unrest in many parts of the world bespeaks this lack of wisdom at the top. If it does exist, it is cleverly disguised. A prime example of wisdom is the Talmud, a collection of Rabbinic writings created to act as a guidebook for life. It contains everything from how to raise children, grow crops, heal the sick, and run a business. Wisdom has its earliest roots in Egypt and Israel, in many Greek schools of thought, in an evolving Christian understanding of it,
the Renaissance, and the views expressed by present-day thinkers. People who are wise see the big picture -- the way things relate to one another and how those relationships play out in everyday life. Individuals with an inability to recognize that all things are directly or indirectly connected tend to live a cocoon, a one-size-fits=all existence. Those who know that they do not know possess wisdom. Those who think they know, but are not aware that they do not know, lack wisdom. The downside of wisdom is that it may not always lead to a solution. Seeing the big picture may not include ways of correcting a problem. Consider the field of medicine. There are physicians and researchers who possess a thorough and in-depth knowledge of a particular disease but are unable to come up with a cure. There appears to be a marked difference between knowing and doing. Copthorne MacDonald, in his book, “Matters of Consequence,” presents a variation on the concept of wisdom. To him, it entails a high level of relevancy, an intellectual understanding derived from science, the humanities and economics. It should then be integrated with a sophisticated sense of self-awareness. Wisdom does not exist in a vacuum, but is a context. When a wise person is confronted by a completely new situation, one with which they are unfamiliar, they should approach it logically and holistically. Although the wise individual would probably make a reliable
appraisal of the situation and propose a viable solution, there is always an element of risk, i.e., Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go
wrong will go wrong.” Wisdom is the key to the good life, the joy of living. It nourishes the brain and warms the heart.
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ENTERTAINMENT MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Sarasota Opera House Feb. 11 - Mar. 25
Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. From her little house on a hill overlooking the Nagasaki port, with a little boy at her side, Butterfly awaits the return of her beloved. Three years earlier, at the tender age of fifteen, she married Pinkerton, a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, and now he’s back to break her heart. Filled with Puccini’s most expansive melodies, Madama Butterfly is at the top of a very short list of most performed and best loved operas of all times. 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236 Box Office: (941) 328-1300 E-mail: email@example.com THE TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY - 3 WINTER CONCERTS
Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa Feb. 12, 14 & 19
The Tampa Bay Symphony, under the baton of Music Director Mark Sforzini, will give three Winter concerts in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. Featured will be Chance Israel, winner of the 30th Annual Young Artist Competition, who will play the first movement of Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, popularly known as “Rach 3.” The theme of these concerts is “Spring Awakens.” Robert Schumann wrote of his “Spring” Symphony No.1, “A little longing for Spring was in my mind when I wrote it. Concerts will be Sunday, February 12, at 4:00 p.m. in the Arts Auditorium on the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus at 2465 Drew St., made possible in part by the support of St. Petersburg College; on Tuesday, February 14, at 8:00 p.m. at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N in St. Petersburg; and Sunday, February 19, at 4:00 p.m. at Ferguson Hall, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults. Free tickets for students are available in advance and also at the door. Students 18 and over must show student ID. Mark Sforzini will host a Symphonic Chat, an entertaining and informative lecture and demonstration of the works to be performed, on Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m., in Preis Hall at Opera Central, 2145 First Avenue S, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $15 at the door. For additional information, please visit the website: www.TampaBaySymphony.org. Tampa Bay Symphony, P.O.Box 4653, Clearwater FL 33758, phone 727-827-8087.
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LET IT BE - A CELEBRATION OF THE BEATLES
THREE DOG NIGHT & AMERICA
Direct from London’s West End and Broadway, the show that has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide is introducing a brand new show for the 2016 touring season! See more at: http://www.thelakelandcenter. com/events/let-it-be#sthash.m3swiJ6x.dpuf
Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, celebrate their fourth decade bringing with them some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. Relive some of rock’s greatest hits. Tickets are *$150, $100, $72.75, $62.75, and $42.75. *$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.
The Lakeland Center Feb 13, 2017 7:30PM - 9:30PM
THE ROMANTIC SYMPHONY
The Lakeland Center Feb 14 • 7:30PM - 9:15PM
Imperial Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks Concert. Share a romantic evening with the ISO and special guest Kira Omelchenko from Florida Southern College conducting Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite and the exciting Rachmaninoff Concerto #2 in C minor for piano presented by Robert Fleitz. - See more at: http://www. thelakelandcenter.com/events/isomasterwork3#sthash. ZUajmxLr.dpuf CIRQUE D’OR
Ruth Eckerd Hall Feb. 14-15
With an array of the worlds greatest acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists, Cirque D’Or has been entertaining fans around the world for over 12 years. Their electrifying and mesmerizing stunts have been performed live on and above the stage with breathtaking aerial performances. The show travels with a cast of 30 performers from around the world and is a thrill-a-minute spectacle. Cirque D’Or is perfect for the entire family. Tickets are $62.75, $52.75, $42.75, $32.75. TWYLA THARP
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Feb. 15 • 8:00PM
Twyla Tharp – one of the century’s most treasured artists – continues to celebrate her 50th anniversary of groundbreaking creativity and dance. Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 953-3368 www.vanwezel.org
Ruth Eckerd Hall Fri, Feb 17 • 7:30 PM
THE PAUL THORN BAND
The Capitol Theatre Feb 18 - 8:00 PM
Mississippi – bred singer – songwriter Paul Thorn and his band make their Capitol Theatre debut! The Paul Thorn Band delivers a unique blend of roots music: blues, rock, and thoroughly Southern.Paul is joined by his dynamic band for an up–close and personal experience at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS
Sarasota Opera House Feb. 18 - Mar. 25
Dramma giocoso in two acts.. Music by Gioacchino. Rossini Lindoro’s attempts to escape Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers, have all been in vain. To top it off, he is now faced with a hand-me-down bride instead of his missing beloved, Isabella. But a unique turn of events brings Isabella right where she needs to be to save her lost fiancé. And she knows exactly how to get them out of this bind. NEWS RELEASE / CONCERTS on February 12, 14 and 19, 2017 / CHAT on February 9 THE PIANO GUYS
Ruth Eckerd Hall Feb 18 • 7:30 PM
Internet sensations, The Piano Guys arrive for one spectatcular evening on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30pm!
MICHAEL CARBONARO LIVE!
The Lakeland Center Feb 16 • 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Michael Carbonaro has performed over 500 comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic on his hit TV series, The Carbonaro Effect on truTV. Now, he is taking his show on the road for his live show, Michael Carbonaro…Live! If you have ever wondered what it feels like to be on the other side of the charmingly devious Carbonaro as he works his magic to make people believe the unbelievable, now is your chance to find out. Michael Carbonaro Live! is jam-packed with audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and a whirlwind of mindblowing magic performed live on stage. See more at: http://www.thelakelandcenter.com/events/michaelcarbonaro#sthash.p7SCBhz6.dpuf TOMMY EMMANUEL WITH ANDY MCKEE
The Capitol Theatre Feb 16-17 - 8:00 PM
Two-time GRAMMY® nominee Tommy Emmanuel returns to the Capitol Theatre on Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17 at 8 pm. One of Australia’s most respected musicians, Tommy Emmanuel’s professional career spans five decades and has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. His live shows are known for their humor, performance, passion and infectious joy. He is an Australian virtuoso guitarist and singer-songwriter best known for his complex finger-style technique, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. He was named as Best Acoustic Guitarist in the May 2008 and 2010 issues of Guitar Player magazine. Andy McKee will open the show. Tickets are $49.50 & $39.50. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater.
Chance Israel is the winner of the Tampa Bay Symphony’s 30th Annual Young Artist Competition. He will perform the first movement of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in the orchestra’s Winter concerts in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa in February 2017. He won the Lynn Conservatory Concerto Competition (2015), the Lyric Chamber Music Competition (2015) and First prize in the South Florida Young Artist Competition. He is a Master of Music candidate at Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Lynn University. He has participated in master classes with the renowned concert pianists Stephen Hough, Stanislav Loudenitch, Nikolai Luganski, and Boris Slutsky. He started playing piano at the age of eight in the University of the Philippines College of Music Extension program .
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ENTERTAINMENT Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys gained their immense success from their series of self-made music videos. They’ve made over 35 since joining forces in early 2011, including their hit video, an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful. But it’s the Guys’ highly original blend of classical music with pop that has really been the cause of an Internet phenomenon. Tickets are *$128.75, $88.75, $68.75, and $53.25. *$128.75 VIP ticket includes a post show Meet & Greet, one personal photograph with the band, and one singed photo. FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PRE-PERFORMANCE DINNER
The Mahaffey Theater Feb 18 • 6:00 PM
Enhance your spectacular Florida Orchestra evening with a delicious dinner buffet, beautifully prepared by Chef Joe Chouinard, at St. Petersburg’s most exclusive restaurant – the Mahaffey’s own BAYSIDE BISTRO! You’ll dine in style, right before the performance, inside our scenic glass-walled atrium on the water’s edge overlooking Tampa Bay. Please call 727.893.7832 with allergy or dietary restrictions. Cost is $28.95 (gratuity included), plus tax. Diners MUST also have a ticket to the performance. Entertainers do not attend the dinner. THE SUMMIT: THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER MEETS TAKE 6
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Feb. 19 • 7:00PM
Between them, these two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy® Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event! Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 953-3368 www.vanwezel.org LIVE FROM NASHVILLE
Ruth Eckerd Hall Feb 19 • 1:00 PM
Direct from Music City comes a troupe of singers, dancers, a bona fide band of Nashville musicians, dazzling staging and rhinestone-bedecked costumes, all designed to celebrate a century of celebrities and treasured songs. This incredible theatrical production brings phenomenal fiddling, fancy footwork and top-flight vocals to the theater in a trip through some of country’s greatest music—songs brought to life by Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton to today’s stars like Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. TFO: BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO.2
Ruth Eckerd Hall Feb 19 • 7:30 PM
The Florida Orchestra - Beethoven’s Symphony No.2 PIPPIN
The Lakeland Center Feb 20 • 7:30PM
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be ex-
traordinary. See more at: http://www. t h e l a k e l a n d c e nt e r. c o m /e ve nt s / pippin#sthash.KfPjAcEl.dpuf
the show. Tickets are $50 & $40. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater.
MASTERS OF ILLUSION
The Mahaffey Theater Feb. 20 • 7:30 p.m.
As if by magic! Direct from the hit TV show, Masters of Illusion is a fast-moving, family-friendly spectacular. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, eyepopping appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers - all rolled up into a live show! The entire audience participates and some lucky individuals even get picked to assist with illusions on stage. Scheduled to appear (dramatically) are Jonathan Pendragon, Greg Gleason, Ed Alonzo, Farrell Dillon and Bill Cook. Tickets $27.50-$57.50 TFO: AMERICAN CELEBRATION
Ruth Eckerd Hall Feb 22 • 7:30 PM
The Florida Orchestra - American Celebration BENISE STRINGS OF PASSION
The Lakeland Center Feb 22 • 7:30PM - 9:30PM LIFE EXPO FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS
The Lakeland Center
Feb 23, 2017 9:00AM • 4:30PM
ATTENTION SENIORS , THIS ONES FOR YOU! The Ledger PRESENTS LIFE: AN EXPO FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS on February 23rd at The Lakeland Center. Receive Free Health Screenings, sample products, shop till you drop and much much more! Don’t miss a Special Appearance by TV Icon Vicki Lawrence and a Special Appearance from her beloved character Mama. DOORS OPEN AT 9AM AND CLOSE AT 4PM PRESENTED BY The Ledger SPONSORED BY Watson Clinic and Simply HealthCare FREE ADMISSION TO THE EVENT See more at: http://www.thelakelandcenter.com/events/lifeexpo2017#st hash. hXf3kkIH.dpuf. Located at Sikes Hall Starts Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:00 AM. Ends Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:30 PM. The Vicki Lawrence Show Located at Youkey Theatre. Starts at Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:00 PM - Ends at Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:10 PM 12TH ANNUAL MUSICAL VARIETY SHOW
Peacock Center @ Seminole Gardens Feb. 25 - 7:00 pm
To benefit: MOFFITT FOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:00 pm, Peacock Center @ Seminole Gardens, 8324 112th Street N., Seminole, FL 33772, Admission: Donation - $8.00 at door SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY &ASBURY JUKES
The Capitol Theatre Feb 25 - 8:00 PM
For Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, ‘comfortable’ has never been a word associated with their brand of raucous, roots-tinged rock and bluesy reverie. “With the Jukes, you’re out there every night leading this great rock n’ roll circus, giving it everything you’ve got,” says Southside Johnny Lyon. Gary Douglas Band to open
Ruth Eckerd Hall Feb 25 • 8:00 PM
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eightmember troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms WICKED
Carol Morsani Hall - Straz Center Through Feb 26 Tickets: $52.50. WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz …but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin — smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships … until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” JUSTIN HAYWARD
The Capitol Theatre Feb 26 - 7:00 PM
Legendary singer-songwriter Justin Hayward returns with his The Wind of Heaven Tour in support of his latest album release All The Way. Enjoy an evening where Justin will be performing new songs from the album as well as Moody Blues favorites. Justin will be joined by special guest Mike Dawes. Mike will perform an opening set, as well as play guitar in Justin’s band. Mike is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitarists. Tickets are $69, $45, $35. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. RICK SPRINGFIELD
The Capitol Theatre Wed, Mar 1 • 8:00 PM
Rick Springfield returns to the Capitol Theatre with his FULL BAND for a night packed with hit after hit! Tickets are $225 (includes a meet & greet/photo op), $85, $69, & $49. Performance is a the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS SALE
The Lakeland Center Mar 02 • 9:00AM
Parking is free for our event - just tell them you’re there for JBF! Please enter using gate 5 or 6 and park in the parking lot near Entrance 2. Sikes Hall is straight ahead on the left once inside the Lakeland Center from Entrance 2. This entrance is quickest and wheelchair/stroller accessible! - See more at: http://www.thelakelandcenter.com/events/jbf2017#sthash. xKRaiCUw.dpuf CELTIC WOMAN VOICES OF ANGELS 2017
The Lakeland Center Mar 02 • 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Multi-platinum international music sensation and 2017 Grammy Nominee,Celtic
Woman, returns with their all-new tour, Voices of Angels. The tour showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairead Carlin, Eabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. See more at:http://www. thelakelandcenter.com/events/celtic-woman2017#sthash.BqieNebf.dpuf CLINT BLACK
The Capitol Theatre Mar 7 • 8:00 PM
Country music singer-songwriter Clint Black and his band are returning to the Capitol Theatre this March. Tickets are $85, $65, and $55. Performance is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater. NADER MARAS SOLID GOLD DOO WOP ROCK AND ROLL SHOW
The Lakeland Center Mar 08 • 7:30PM - 9:30PM ANNIE
The Lakeland Center Mar 09 • 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” - See more at: http://www. t h e l a k e l a n d c e nt e r. c o m /e ve nt s / annie#sthash.GJOLhHxo.dpuf
VENUE ADDRESSES AND CONTACT INFORMATION Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota FL (941) 328-1300 www.sarasotaopera.org The Historic Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street Clearwater, FL 33755 Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com The Lakeland Center — 701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815. Telephone: (863) 834-8100 www.thelakelandcenter.com The Mahaffey Theater 400 1st. St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 892-5798. www.themahaffey.com Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759. Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com The Straz Center — 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 229-7827. www.strazcenter.org Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 953-3368 www.vanwezel.org
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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
Raindrop Near Vision Inlay 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.
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can and do change from year to year. To make the most of your benefits and find potential cost savings for your prescription medications under your Part D coverage, here are three easy steps to get started: Use a less expensive brand or generic. The brand-name drug your doctor prescribed can do wonders for your symptoms but be worrisome for your budget. Many brand-name drugs have generic or other brand substitutes. First, make sure your doctor considers generic options. If those options aren’t available, there may be lower-cost brand-name drugs used to treat the same condition. Ask your pharmacist if you have that option, then talk with your doctor to see if switching brands makes sense in your situation. Finally, whatever your prescription may be, a 90-day supply from your pharmacy can be less expensive out of pocket than refilling every 30 days. Verify whether your plan has a preferred pharmacy network. Many prescription drug plans have a preferred pharmacy (preferred cost share) network where you can pay a lower out-of-pocket copay for the exact same drug. Walgreens is in the preferred pharmacy network for
many of the largest Medicare sponsors and, effective January 2017, offers copays as low as $0 on generic medications for select plans. Filling a generic medication at a non-preferred pharmacy could cost you $3, $5 or even $10 for the same drug. Seek out Medicare’s Extra Help program and other ways to save. Medicare offers an Extra Help program to help people with limited income and resources pay Medicare prescription-drug program costs, like premiums, deductibles and coinsurance. Make sure you’re taking full advantage of your insurance coverage, which may cover non-prescription items, like vaccinations and certain over-the-counter medications. Medicare beneficiaries seeking help navigating prescription drug costs can find additional resources and a list of Medicare plan sponsors at www.walgreens.com.
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