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Hurricane Season Threatens
Remember back in January, when we had all those days of freezing temperatures? Meteorologists say a weather phenomenon called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation changed the jet stream for a few months dumping Arctic air in our front yard. And while we were all glad to see El Niño’s departure, get ready because his little sister, La Niña, is coming for the summer. It’s likely to be a busy hurricane season. The El Niño/La Niña cycle repeats one or twice each decade on average, bringing colder than normal winters and warmer than normal summers. In Florida that translates to the possibility of stronger and more frequent hurricanes. And while that’s the bad news, the good news is with planning and preparation, even the worst hurricane can pass without having disastrous effects on what’s really important: the health and well-being of our family, friends, neighbors and ourselves. Many more deaths, injuries and illnesses occur after a storm than during the storm itself; and most of these are preventable if you have a plan and the right supplies. Next time you’re online, visit www. floridadisaster.org, where you can generate a personalized plan for protecting your family. Senior Voice has recommended using this site since it first came online. If you have created a plan in the past, it’s still there. Just update your old plan to include changes in your household. The latest recommendations will automatically become part of your new plan, which will include shopping lists, maps and everything you need. The site also offers plans for businesses and a plan for making sure you have adequately protected your home. It only takes a few minutes to enter the information at www.floridadisaster. org, and the report you get is wonderfully detailed. Most importantly, your custom report includes evacuation routes from your home, and links to the Red Cross and evacuation shelter maps. The shopping and preparation lists the site generates even consider if your pets include a dog, a cat or both. The site calculates quantities of items for you; and if you register with the site, your plan is stored online, where you can update it any time. Even though your home may only have one or two full-time residents, if your grand kids will be visiting, go ahead and list them, too. You’ll want to include their needs in your preparations. Finally, invite your neighbors to visit the site as well. You may not have pets of your own, but you may be foster-human to a neighbor’s best friend while they’re at work or on vacation. If a storm threatens and they can’t get home to evacuate their pet, you’ll want to do what you can to help. Getting to know your neighbors is also a good idea, because you never know when they will have air conditioning while you’re waiting for the power company to show up. If you live in a mobile home or a lowlying area, you will be among the first to evacuate when a storm threatens. Evacuations can be stressful and dangerous especially for people with special needs. David Nutt, Executive Director of The Princess Martha, an active adult living community in downtown St. Petersburg, has worked at other facilities in his career and seen both a full-scale evacuation and a facility where residents can ride out the storm in the community. He says he’s pleased that The Princess
At first, it looked like Hurricane Katrina (upper left) might visit the tampa Bay Area in August 2005, but a front stalled over the Midwest, allowing the Category 5 storm to travel north to strike Louisiana and Mississippi. In 1960, this AP headline warned that Donna might find tampa Bay. Donna moved across Hurricane Alley and turned north and east toward orlando and the Atlantic ocean. Since the Senior Voice began publication in 1980, our area has seen three evacuations due to named storms — and flooding from countless no-name storms. Let’s get prepared…
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Reverse Mortgages Could Help Seniors Weather Economic Storm
Almost everyone is being affected by the nation’s troubled economy—especially those living on fixed incomes and trying to manage with diminished retirement savings. What’s more, it’s also difficult to acquire credit. “Options such as home equity loans or lines of credit that seniors might have used in the past to supplement their finances may no longer be a viable option these days,” says Chris Bruser, reverse mortgage consultant with MetLife Bank. “Even when these types of loans were easier to obtain, the borrower still had to make monthly payments and this can be difficult on a fixed income, no matter what the economic environment.” Fortunately, there’s one option that could make sense for homeowners 62 or older and who’ve paid off or mostly paid off their mortgages: a reverse mortgage. “For most people, homes are their number one asset,” Chris explained “However, the equity that’s been building for years doesn’t provide a ready source of funds to pay for things like living expenses and health care costs. A reverse mortgage allows people the ability to use their equity to fulfill a variety of needs.” Also important during recession times: A reverse mortgage does not require credit approval and there are no monthly payments—the loan is not repaid until the last surviving borrower permanently leaves or sells the home. Of course, this doesn’t mean that a reverse mortgage is free. There are closing costs; interest accrues on the loan to be paid at the time it becomes due; and the principal amount is also repaid at that time. Other fees and costs may apply. But best of all, borrowers continue to own and live in their homes — with greater financial flexibility. “Reverse mortgages have allowed may seniors to live a better, more comfortable life,” said The key to getting the most out of this important financial tool is to get all the facts to make an educated decision. And, you want to do business with a strong and reputable company like MetLife Bank, which is a member of the MetLife family of companies.” Those interested in obtaining more information and a free, no-obligation educational video about reverse mortgages from MetLife Bank can contact Chris Bruser at (813) 464-5221.
Finding support for women with metastatic breast cancer
Facing a diagnosis of breast cancer can be terrifying for any woman. And that fear is compounded when the diagnosis is metastatic breast cancer – cancer that has spread beyond the breast. While there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, it is treatable and today, more and more women are living longer, fuller lives with the disease. Still many women with metastatic breast cancer can feel isolated and neglected by a lack of information geared toward the unique issues they face. They are not alone: in 2007, approximately 155,000 women in the United States were living with metastatic breast cancer and by 2011, that number is expected to increase to nearly 162,000.1
“Women living with metastatic disease have different psychosocial and medical concerns than women with other types of breast cancer,”
said Jean Sachs, CEO of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a breast cancer organization that assists women at all stages of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. “She may not relate to the term ‘survivor.’ For women with metastatic breast cancer the goal of treatment is to keep the disease under control for as long as possible while trying to enjoy the best possible quality of life.” Thankfully, the medical community and support organizations are turning their attention toward women living with metastatic breast cancer and offering their support.
What’s Right For Your Sight?
There are many misconceptions about eye care. Specifically for contact lens wearers, there are several steps that can help keep eyes healthy, clean and comfortable. Did you know that you’re supposed to: • Replace your contact lens case monthly. • Fill your lens case with fresh solution every time you store your lenses. • Put in your contact lenses before applying makeup, in order to avoid potentially contaminating your contact lens. • Discard solution remaining in the bottle 90 days after opening. • Use approximately one 12-ounce bottle of solution per month when used as directed to properly clean, disinfect and store your lenses. • See your eye care professional annually to check your eye health. Renu fresh helps your eyes feel clean and fresh now comes in a clear bottle that allows you to see how much solution is left. The new clear bottle is easier to recycle as well, making it more environmentally friendly. For more information and tips on proper care and cleaning of your contact lenses, visit www. renu.com. ARAcontent
“What a woman needs to know once she’s been diagnosed with metastatic disease is that there are other people like her,”
said Ms. Sachs. “New programs and resources are cropping up to fill the information gap and provide critical support to patients and their loved ones. Programs like the Many Faces of Breast Cancer allow women to meet others who are facing the same issues they are, while learning more about living with this disease.” The Many Faces of Breast Cancer is an educational initiative that addresses the critical concerns of both the survivor community including those with metastatic breast cancer disease. Sponsored by AstraZeneca, in partnership with cancer centers and breast cancer organizations nationwide, the Many Faces of Breast Cancer is connecting women with leading medical experts to address their unique needs. Through educational programs and events, these women and their loved ones are empowered with new information about breast cancer, treatment options, nutrition and diet, methods to help them cope with the disease, and more. Equally as important, the program connects these women with other local women living with metastatic disease. The Many Faces of Breast Cancer is expanding its reach online, offering information, links, downloadable video and audio talks with leading breast cancer specialists and organizations, and announcements about upcoming educational events. To learn more about the Many Faces of Breast Cancer, visit: www.Facebook.com/ManyFacesofBreastCancer. For information and support services for women with metastatic breast cancer, visit Living Beyond Breast Cancer at www.lbbc.org.
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COLOR PAGE JuNe 2010 AD PROOF SeNior VoiCe you’ll want to plan on a place to go further inland. If you’re not in an evacuation zone and you’re prepared to live as much as five days with no water, electric or gas, you’ll want to find a safe zone in your home. The best safe zone will be an interior room. A windowless closet or bathroom is a good choice. You’ll want to have your hurricane supplies with you. If there is not room for people and supplies, put the supplies in a similarly safe place. Your dishwasher is a great place to store supplies or even important document. Just don’t forget about them. It’s been a decade or more since the Tampa Bay area has seen a major storm. In 2004, we had some close calls; and a major hurricane that was predicted to hit here turned to attack Port Charlotte to the South. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the surrounding area. In all these storms, there were far more deaths and injuries after the storm than during the storm. Almost all of these could be prevented. Until any evacuation orders are lifted, stay home unless it’s an emergency. If you have followed your plan, you should be well supplied. Don’t go sight seeing. Driving through flooded streets is a common way to damage your car, get injured or even drowned. Stay home. Make sure you are safe, your neighbors are safe; and if your home is safe structurally, stay put — even if you don’t have electric, water, etc. Listen to the radio or watch TV for news and information. Be prepared with a plan and supplies; and even if a bad storm should find our community, you can stay safe. SENIOR page 3 VOICE
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Martha is a fully prepared non-evacuation community. The Princess Martha was built on one of the highest parts of downtown in the 1920s, and the renovations of this historic structure included new hurricane-rated windows, making it one of the few non-evacuation senior communities in the region. “I had to evacuate a large senior community during Hurricane Charlie,” Nutt says, “and I’ve had to hunker down in another senior community. It’s much easier on a senior to hunker down.” Nutt says when a storm is approaching all his staff remain at the facility around the clock. (It’s a safe place for them, too.) The Princess Martha medical team is in place; and the community has its own emergency generators, at least seven days of food and water; and medication and medical supplies (like oxygen) for all its residents. He says even a resident’s pet is included in The Princess Martha storm preparations. “There’s a lot of seniors out there with no where to go but a shelter,” Nutt says. “There are very few shelters that can meet their medical needs, and very few shelters that can take care of their pets.” To learn more about The Princess Martha, see Page 3 of this issue of Senior Voice or visit http://bit.ly/9ohse9, which will connect you to their home page. For those of us not lucky enough to live in a non-evacuation community, we’ll need to decide if we will stay at home (conditions permitting) or evacuate early. If you live in a RV or mobile home, or a home that you’re not completely sure about in terms of its construction,
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Hurricane Preparedness: Medication Plan
When disaster strikes, you may be on your own for a few hours or even for several days. Emergency services may not be able to respond right away. One of the most important things to include in your disaster survival kit is a two-week supply of your prescription medications. Did you know that in 2006, the Legislature passed the Emergency Prescription Refill bill? This law requires all insurers and managed care organizations to suspend refill-too-soon restrictions when a patient seeks a refill in a county that is either currently under a hurricane warning, declared to be under a state of emergency, or has activated its Emergency Operations Center and emergency management plan. This law also allows patients outside of these areas to get an emergency 72-hour refill if the pharmacist is unable to readily obtain refill authorization from the doctor. A hurricane’s direct or even near hit to Pinellas County would force hundreds of thousands of mandatory evacuations. Do you know what evacuation zone you are in? If not, call (727) 453-3150. Don’t take the threat of a hurricane lightly. Know your zone. Leave early. Don’t take your safety for granted. Get out of harm’s way! Do you know where you would go? If you plan on leaving the area, leave in time to avoid traffic jams. Call ahead to where you are planning on going. Being prepared should be your primary goal. Lincourt Pharmacy can help you get prepared by working with you insurance company, your doctor and you! We can also deliver the medications to you for free! Give us a call to start receiving the services you deserve from your community pharmacy at (727) 424-3429.
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Better Than Another Ugly Tie
By Edward G. Izzo, M.D. Although typically not motivated by the appearance of their legs, many men suffer from venous insufficiency. Leaky veins are not just an issue for cosmetic reasons, but can lead to significant health issues particularly for patients with significant venous insufficiency. Symptoms of venous insufficiency include edema, skin changes and ultimately skin ulcers. Chronic venous insufficiency can also lead to the feeling of heaviness in the legs, chronic achy discomfort, so called restless leg syndrome and cramping discomfort. Venous ultrasound, which is a noninvasive painless diagnostic test, allows us to evaluate presence of venous insufficiency and come up with a treatment plan. The vast majority of cases can be implemented as an outpatient in our office setting. Most leaky or varicose veins no longer require stripping which is invasive surgery with multiple incisions. They can now be treated with an ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, which is a technique that requires a minimal incision, minimal downtime and the ability to return to work on virtually the same day of the procedure. Because this involves a chronic health issue despite its obvious cosmetic advantages, this is covered by most insurance plans. If the Dad in your family suffers from chronic vein issues, it is certain to be worthwhile for him to be evaluated as venous disease rarely fails to progress and indeed never regresses. Even though Dad’s motivation may not be to have legs as nice as Mom’s, certainly feeling better and having healthier venous circulation is a worthwhile goal and evaluation is a useful Father’s Day gift as opposed to another ugly tie. Contact our office for an evaluation. We have four convenient locations and will be glad to assist you in all matters of treatment.
Better Living for Seniors Honored by Area Agency On Aging of Pasco-Pinellas
Better Living for Seniors was recently honored for its long-time financial support to the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., at the AAA’s Annual Luncheon. 2009. While AAA has been a big beneficiary of BLS’s work, the 250-plus-member volunteer organization also raises funds for other worthwhile causes. One of these is an annual BLS Scholarship Fund, which has donated thousands of dollars over the years in the form of scholarships to students who are focusing on a career in nursing. Born in 1988, Better Living for Seniors works to promote continuing service excellence to seniors through proactive, visionary and ethical leadership in networking, education and collaboration.
The AAA’s special award was presented in praise of BLS’s unwavering efforts that has helped to make a difference in local seniors’ lives and build a solid, long-lasting partnership for more than two decades between the two organizations. While the Area Agency on Aging is a government funded agency, the financial need of the organization has for many years outweighed what government dollars have provided.
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This is where BLS has stepped up to the plate, raising tens of thousands of dollars for AAA over the past 20-plus years. As examples, in 2008, from one event alone entitled “A Night To Remember” BLS raised $6,500 for AAA and BLS managed to donate another $5,000 through efforts in
For the benefit of its members, the organization stages a business networking function four times a year known as the BLS Consortium. At the Consortium, various programs are conducted in support of BLS’s mission on behalf of its members. For more information about these consortiums or BLS in general, please visit: www. blspinellas.org. Individuals or businesses interested in making a donation to the AAA may do so by sending their contributions to the Area Agency on Aging, 9887 Fourth St. N., Suite 100, St. Petersburg, Florida 33702.
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Stop Your Foot Pain now! and Your Ankle, Knee, Hip, Back and Even neck Pain, Too!
By Dr. Bonnie Sanchez, D.P.M. Most foot, ankle, knee, hip, back and even neck pain is caused by how you walk and stand. If you walk and stand with better posture, you can get rid of most of your pain. Biomechanically, your body is like a machine, a system of pulleys and levers and good posture is the result of proper alignment. So, when the arch in your feet is out of alignment, you cannot develop the biomechanical “windlass effect” also known as “the spring in your step.” A misalignment foot and arch makes your ankles, knees, back and neck overcompensate and rotate to different angles. These joints have to adjust just to keep you from toppling over. This is right up to the highest joint in your body at the base of your skull. Misalignment strains your joints and wears them out leading to joint damage, pain and injury. And without your feet in proper alignment, no amount of knee, ankle, hip, back or neck surgery will ever have you in proper alignment. To realign your foot you need a biomechanical corrective supportive insert. A gushy gel insert will not help correct your problems. So, biomechanically you need to realign and support your feet in your God-given ideal arch position for each individual foot through out its gait cycle. In other words, put the spring back into your step. In my practice I use the most cutting edge specialized 17 point methodology along with decades of experience to capture your ideal therapeutic arch position during your complete gait cycle. I then have the only doctor owned and operated lab using only the most advanced Space-age polymer technology to manufacture the finest Orthopedic Orthotics in the United States. This gives my patients complete support with just the proper amount of flexibility and cushion for comfort in the insert while keeping the Orthotics’ corrective realignment function. I find this has my patients walk with little or no pain, stand taller and improve their health and quality of life. Dr. Bonnie Sanchez is a board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. She is dedicated to exploring all alternatives before recommending surgery or prescribing medication as a last resort. She has been in private practice since 1990 and has offices in both Hillsborough (813) 645-1993 and Pinellas (727) 824-5100 counties.
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The Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill provides proper footwear and inserts for people with diabetes who qualify under Medicare Part B. Each calendar year, Medicare will pay 80 percent of the cost of one pair of extra depth shoes specifically approved for the diabetic foot and three pairs of heat molded multiple density inserts specifically made for the diabetic foot. “This program was designed to help prevent complications such as lower limb ulcers and amputations for individuals who suffer from diabetes,” says Lauretta Fernandez, licensed certified pedorthist and owner of Foot Solutions. Who qualifies? Those under the care of a Physician for Type I or Type II Diabetes and who, in the opinion of their Doctor, have one or more of the required conditions specified on the Statement of Certifying Physician Form and are enrolled in Medicare and have Part B coverage. Ask your Doctor to complete and sign the Statement of Certifying Physician Form (download at www.footsolutions.com/forms/PhysicianStatement.pdf) and give you a prescription for one pair of extra depth footwear and three pairs of diabetic inserts. Call Foot Solutions to schedule an appointment for a fitting. Return the Statement of Certifying Physician Form and the prescription (both completed by your physician) to Foot Solutions at your fitting appointment. “Be sure to deal only with an approved or licensed facility with trained personnel,” concluded Fernandez. “This will insure you are fit properly and receive follow-up attention if necessary. Foot Solutions is an approved provider for the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program.” Medicare has an annual deductible that has to be met every year. The remaining 20 percent that Medicare DOES NOT pay is usually covered by the customer’s secondary insurance or will be an out of pocket expense to the customer. In most cases, we submit the Medicare claim on your behalf so the out of pocket cost to the customer is minimal. If you have a Medicare HMO, your benefits under the Therapeutic Shoe Bill must be administered and provided by the HMO, NOT by Foot Solutions. Foot Solutions is located in Largo, (727) 585-4200, in the Largo Mall, at the corner of Ulmerton Road and Seminole Boulevard; in Palm Harbor, (727) 781-3668, at the corner of U.S. Highway 19 North and Curlew Road (next to Publix); and in St. Petersburg, (727) 345-3668 at 2014 66th St. N. All stores are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by appointment and are closed Sundays and Holidays. Visit www.tampabayfootsolutions.com for more information and for Special Offers.
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DriNkiNg leSS Sugar may lower BlooD preSSure Drinking fewer sugary beverages maylowerbloodpressure, according to new research published in the medical journal Circulation. We’ve all heard warnings about sugar and obesity or diabetes. Now comes evidence linking it to blood pressure. Drinking one less s u g a r- s w e e t e n e d beverage daily was associated with drops in blood pressure in a study of 800 adults with elevated blood pressure. Adults consume an average of 2.3 servings (28 ounces) of sugar-sweetened beverages daily. In this study, these were defined as drinks sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup including regular soft drinks, fruit drinks, lemonade and fruit punch.
COLOR PAGE JuNe 2010 proState HealtH Every man over the age of 50 should have his prostate examined regularly and receive an annual PSA Test, an exam that detects antigen in the blood. High levels of this antigen could indicate a prostate problem that isn’t necessarily cancer, necessitating further study. Those with a family history of prostate cancer or who are at higher risk — such as African-American men — should begin testing earlier. The American Association for Cancer Research has established that weight gain and obesity, especially among inactive men, can increase risk of prostate cancer recurrence. So proper diet and exercise are critical. Experts recommend five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, particularly greens high in Vitamin C content like bell peppers, broccoli, snow peas or cauliflower. Foods high in zinc, like oysters, crab, duck, lamb and lean beef, also can help. elDer affairS SHiNe program SeekS VoluNteerS The Florida Department of Elder Affairs, along with the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, invites you to join the award-winning SHINE team of volunteers. This program helps elders make informed decisions about Medicare, health insurance and prescription drug plans. SHINE volunteers provide individual counseling and assistance to elders and their caregivers about Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare plan choices, longterm care planning and prescription discount drug programs. Volunteers may also make educational presentations to community groups and participate in local health fairs, senior fairs and other outreach and educational events. If you would like additional information about this exciting opportunity and would like to become a SHINE volunteer in Hillsborough, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee and Polk Counties, please call the Elder Helpline at the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging at (800) 336-2226. SeNior VoiCe page 7
Bon Secours: Palliative Care to Yield Abundance
Matt Lohmeier, M. Div., Director of Mission Bon Secours St. Petersburg Palliative care is — according to cynics — the flavor of the day in healthcare. They suggest that it is nothing new — just old wine in a new wineskin. As much as I hate to admit it, they are partially correct. The wine is old; but as with each of us as we age it has become the distillation of wisdom and it has the potential to anchor this society’s chaotic approach to health care reform. To gain insight into the wisdom, I offer the following analogy. Palliative care is to conventional health care as organic food is to conventionally grown food. For those who have embraced the organic food movement the belief is that prior to the industrialization of our food supply, food was healthier. It was not treated with toxins intended to maximize yield. It did not have the huge carbon footprint associated with a globalized food supply. People in some areas ate what they grew or what a nearby farmer grew. All accounts suggest that the food not only tasted better… it was better for us. A similar phenomenon occurred in the realm of healthcare. A century ago doctors and nurses cared for people afflicted with disease. Decades later the era of specialization resulted in practitioners caring for diseased organs. The person/ patient became the forest that got lost through the trees. Just as the organic food movement reminds us that the old way actually had tremendous wisdom in our efforts to produce life sustaining food; so the palliative care movement reminds us that we are caring for human beings — body, mind and spirit. It is a holistic approach to caring for people who experience suffering but are not defined by those experiences. The palliative model revives the focus on the whole person in the context of family and community. Similar to hospice care, it seeks to alleviate physical pain and psycho-social-spiritual forms of suffering. In contrast to hospice, palliative care is available for those with life limiting and life-threatening illnesses that may not have received the diagnosis necessary to qualify for hospice care. This means that people living with long term debilitating illnesses can receive a level of care focused upon the multiple dimensions of their lives that may be affected by their condition. Palliative care can be accessed even as one seeks a cure which makes possible abundance of life as one struggles to survive lifethreatening illness. Recipients of this care enjoy appropriate support to deal with the emotional and spiritual challenges that accompany illness and corresponding loss of independence. Family is intentionally integrated into the care team with the awareness that those with life-limiting conditions do not exist in a bubble. At Bon Secours St. Petersburg, palliative care is a return to our roots. When the Sisters of Bon Secours began providing care in 19th century France, they were experienced by the people of Paris as being Good Help To Those in Need®. Responding to needs and alleviating suffering are part and parcel to the Catholic identity of Bon Secours Home Care, Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center and Bon Secours Place assisted living facility. As our palliative culture continues to evolve to meet the needs of both those entrusted to our care and those with whom we care, you can rest assured that the wine and the wine skin complement one another gracefully.
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Senior Care a Major Economic Player
By Paul Hogan The effort to rein in galloping health care costs — which no less a figure than Warren Buffett has described as “a tapeworm eating at our economic body” — is rarely mentioned in the same sentence with job creation. In fact, most policymakers probably assume the two goals are on a collision course. It doesn’t have to be that way. To deal with its exploding population of senior citizens, the nation will need to add millions of new jobs in the years ahead. If Washington approaches this phenomenon wisely, the U.S. can reap the benefits of that job growth without sending the health care bill spiraling. running profit and nonprofit hospitals, to home-care agencies, to retirement and assisted living communities, to hospices. But the private side of the senior-care system isn’t growing fast enough to meet the coming need. That’s why the public sector should step in with incentives and subsidies. It’s a win-win-win situation. A growing elder-care industry will create millions of jobs, generating income- and sales-tax revenues for cash-strapped governments. It will relieve government of the full cost of caring for the senior boomers. And it will make it possible for seniors to age with care, dignity and comfort. How big is the potential senior-care job market? To cite just two of many categories, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimates than in the next 15 years the nation will need to add 260,000 nurses. The number of new home-care workers required in just the next six years is 1 million. Washington can take many steps to stimulate this job growth, for example: • Low interest loans for students specializing in geriatric care. • Tax credits for graduates who pledge to work in underserved regions of the country. • Creation of a Senior Corps similar to the Peace Corps and Americorps. • Tax credits for long-term-care insurance policies that cover affordable options like home care. • A public education campaign to help seniors make the wisest and most affordable choices. That last point is a special concern. A survey sponsored by my company found a disturbing lack of information among seniors and their adult children about care options and their costs. The danger is that poorly informed people will make choices that are both too expensive — for example, a high-cost nursing home instead of low-cost home care — and wrong for their stage in the aging process. The first step is for policymakers to understand that quality senior care and job creation are a perfect match. The realization is bound to dawn eventually — demanding boomers will see to that. So why wait? Start now. Paul Hogan is CEO of Home Instead Senior Care and with his wife, Lori, co-author of “Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions.”
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Horizon Bay Wins Two Best of the Best Awards From Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America has awarded Horizon Bay Retirement Living, headquartered in Tampa, Fla., two prestigious 2010 Best of the Best Awards, a national recognition reserved for the nation’s most innovative and effective business practices in the senior living industry. All 2010 winners will be profiled in the May/June issue of ALFA’s flagship magazine, Assisted Living Executive. Horizon Bay received the awards during the ALFA 2010 Conference & Expo, May 25-27, in Phoenix. “These innovations recognize companies that have put their imaginations to work to continually improve and streamline operations, enhance resident care and services, train and retain quality employees and much more,” said ALFA President and CEO Richard P. Grimes. “Plus, the industry-wide benefit of the Best of the Best Awards is the program’s ability to multiply excellence as these and other companies in senior living adopt these best practices as their own.” “Horizon Bay is honored that ALFA has, once again, chosen to recognize the hard work and dedication of our resident program team members,” said Thilo D. Best, Chairman & CEO of Horizon Bay Retirement Living, one of the top 10 seniors housing operators in the United States. “These prestigious awards serve as well-earned validation for all of the people who put their heart and soul into these programs. We’re proud of the great work they do each and every day,” Best said. Horizon Bay Retirement Living was recognized for two separate innovative programs, both developed by the resident programming team at Horizon Bay as part of its LiveWell! Lifestyle Programs & Events. Each program was recognized within Assisted Living Executive magazine and during the Awards Program at the 2010 ALFA Conference & Expo: • The SMILE Program was developed to increase awareness of and participation in various activities at Horizon Bay communities. SMILE, which stands for Schedule, Motivate, Invite, Listen and Escort, is a collaborative effort by all community staff to encourage residents to become more engaged in community life. As a result, overall group participation has increased throughout the communities. • The “Your Story Continues Here…” Resident Welcome Program was designed to help make new residents feel welcome. Components include a special welcome during the initial tour; a final apartment inspection before move-in; personalized welcome signs, gifts and welcome card; an interview to find out the resident’s interests; a community orientation with staff; and a “Meet Your New Neighbors” social with current residents. Based in Tampa, Fla., Horizon Bay Retirement Living is a privately owned seniors housing management company focused on managing large portfolios of retirement communities across the United States for institutional real estate investors. With 91 communities in 18 states, the company has grown beyond traditional property management into a fully integrated service platform. The Horizon Bay portfolio includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care and continuing care retirement communities. For more information on Horizon Bay, visit www. horizonbay.com. Founded in 1990, the Assisted Living Federation of America is the only national association exclusively dedicated to professionally operated senior living communities. ALFA’s member-driven programs promote business and operational excellence through national conferences, research, publications and executive networks. ALFA works to influence public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality care and accessibility for all Americans seeking assistance with long-term care. Visit www.alfa.org for more information.
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Summer Jazz Series
JuNe 14 Hernando Cooperative Extension Service
Florida Friendly Gardening
Father’s Day Weekend at the Zoo
Coffee and Crafts Workshop
Bring your broken, mismatched jewelry and create new pieces in ‘’Making Something New From Something Broken’’ workshop. Bring scissors, pencil and paintbrushes. 10 a.m. $4.50. Garden Club of St. Petersburg is located at 500 Sunset Drive S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.gardenclubstpetersburg.org or call (727) 381-8920. JuNe 11
Garden Club of St. Petersburg
”Jazz: the Art of Music” is a weekly series featuring area artists. This week features the Jeremy Carter Group. Tickets are $15. $10 for members. Museum of Fine Arts is located at 255 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.finearts.org or call (727) 896-2667. JuNe 12-13
18th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival
Museum of Fine Arts
Classes for an easy maintenance landscape. This week’s class: Landscape Ideas to Make the Most of Summer Rains. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service is located at 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. For more information, visit www.co.hernando.fl.us/county_extension/ or call (352) 754-4433. JuNe 15
Hidden Treasures in Your Home
Fathers are admitted free with purchase of full-price child’s ticket on either day this weekend. To get the discount, you have to purchase the ticket on either of the two days that the offer is valid. Lowry Park Zoo is located at 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa. For more information, visit www.lowryparkzoo.com or call (813) 935-8552. JuNe 19 Downtown Gulfport
Lowry Park Zoo
This free concert series reveals the diversity of local musicians from 7-9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. Indulge yourself at any of the many wonderful restaurants conveniently located only blocks away along West Bay Drive, Seminole Boulevard and Clearwater-Largo Road. Bring a picnic to dine on at elegant Ulmer Park while enjoying the live music. Ulmer Park is located at 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. For more information, visit www.largo. comegov/docs/1200601356449.htm. JuNe 11 St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center
Celebrating its 18th year, the Carnival will include performances by Caribbean music stars, live steel music, DJs, ethnic foods and crafts. This year’s headliners include the undisputed “Queen of Soca” Alison Hinds and Shaggy. The Pretty Girls Fete after-party at the West Tampa Convention Center will be Saturday night. Vinoy Park is located at 501 Fifth Ave NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.tampacarnival.com or call (877) 318-0073. JuNe 12 Foodies • St. Petersburg
Beyond White Bread
Hidden Treasures in Your Home, the value of antiques in an internet world, Dale Smrekar, Professional Estate Liquidator and Certified Personal Property Appraiser, 2-3 p.m., RSVP (813) 684 2395 Apostles Village, 525 E. Sadie Street, Brandon JuNe 16 Gulfport Public Library
Five hour bread-making workshop, take home loaf of fresh-baked bread, plus one to finish at home, snacks included. $90. Foodies is located at 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.foodies. net or call (727) 209-1418. JuNe 12-13
Butterfly, Herb and Native Plant Fair
A monthly get together for a movie viewing and social discussion. June’s feature is the 1992 remake of Wuthering Heights starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes. Free. Gulfport Public Library is located at 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. For more information, visit www.mygulfport.us/gpl/index.htm or call (727) 893-1074. JuNe 16
Help for Problem Plants
Event features local artists, fine crafts, antique dealers and art demonstrations, glass blowing demos and 20 minute lessons at the Industrial Arts Center. Live entertainment throughout the waterfront district. Also, if weather permits, sidewalk astronomy with the St. Petersburg Astronomy club. Free trolley rides. The event is very pet-friendly. For more information visit www.gulfportma.com or call (727) 322-5217. JuNe 21
Safety Harbor Garden Club
This popular summertime activity is back in St. Pete Beach. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs every Friday night for the fun. Admission is limited to the first 150 people so get there early because it’s fun to float and swim while your favorite films are showing. To kick off the Dive-In Movies season, “Toy Story” will be on the big screen. $3 per person, 8 p.m. St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center is located at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. For more information, visit www.stpetebeach.orgNew/PublicServ/Recreation/ AquaticsHP.asp or call (727) 363-9264.
Find butterfly and native plants for your garden, plus an array of herbs; talks include: beekeeping (10 a.m. June 12), birds of Florida (11 a.m. June 12), butterfly gardening (1 p.m. June 12). growing herbs (11 a.m. June 13); kids activities include caterpillar petting zoo, snake pit, plus observational beehive $5. University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. For more information, visit www.cas.usf. edu/garden/ or call (813) 910-3274.
USF Botanical Gardens
Got garden questions? Find answers to common landscape, pest and garden problems from Master Gardeners at weekly plant clinic. Free. For more information visit www.tblc. orgphl/ or call (727) 784-3332. JuNe 18
Creative Cooking Show
Palm Harbor Library
Learn how to improve your landscape at monthly meeting of the Safety Harbor Garden Club; bring a small arrangement for show or trade. This month, learn about African violets from Lynn Wilson of the African Violet Society. Flower arrangement theme: Something Purple. Safety Harbor Library is located at 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. For more information, visit www.cityofsafetyharbor.com or call (727) 724-1525. JuNe 24
Safety Harbor Library
Learn new and healthy ways to prepare meals for yourself and your family. Largo Community Center is located at 65 Fourth St. NW, Largo. For more information, visit www. largocommunitycenter.com or call (727) 518-3131.
Largo Community Center
Dual seminars: Medicaid Benefits, Amanda Wolf, Elder Law attorney; and Liquidating a Loved One’s Home, Dale Smrekar, Professional Estate Liquidator, 2-4 p.m., RSVP (727) 781-8686. Harbor Chase Assisted Living, 2960 Tampa, Rd, Palm Harbor.
aNNouNCiNg a New Support group: familieS HelpiNg familieS A new support group for family members and caregivers of Alzheimer’s and Dementia meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The group is facilitated by Jenna Elwart, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist with Sunshine Geriatric Services, LLC. Be sure to call or email early to reserve your seat at this event. Elder respite care will be provided by qualified staff. Please ask for this service when making your reservation. Light refreshments will be served. Event to be held at Arden Courts of Largo, 300 Highland Avenue, NE; Call (727) 559-8411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make your reservation.
Voter eDuCatioN aND regiStratioN • JuNe 8 The Princess Martha The Princess Martha is hosting a Voter Education and Registration Event in their independent living community on Tuesday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can register to vote, update your address and signature, sign up to receive ballots by mail and volunteer to work at the polls in the future. There will also be a demonstration of the paper ballot optical scan voting system. The Princess Martha is partnering with the Pinellas County Elections Office for this free event. Coffee and muffins will be served. The Princess Martha is located at 411 First Ave. N just across the street from the open air post office in downtown St. Petersburg. For more info, call (727) 894-6788.
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JuNe 26 Brooker Creek Preserve
Dance to the Rhythm Kings
Mindful Moves: Dance for the Wise
Healing Meditation for Cancer Survivors
Create a backyard oasis for butterflies using plants and other features. Free. For more information visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org or call (727) 453-6800. JuNe 26 Pinellas County Extension
Pinellas Park Senior Center
Senior Center participants must be age 50 or older. Registration fees are $5 for Pinellas Park residents, $25 for non-residents. The Pinellas Park Senior Center is located at 7625 59th St. N. For more information visit www.pinellaspark.com or call (727) 541-0776. moNDayS aND friDayS
Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
Learn the essentials of collecting rainwater in a recycled plastic barrel to use in the garden; attendees can purchase rainbarrel for $30. Pinellas County Extension is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. For more information, visit www. pinellascountyextension.org or call (727) 582-2100. JuNe 26 Sunken Gardens
An interpretive dance class for seniors to help them get exercise through creative movement. $6 per class, $20 per month. St. Pete Beach Community Center is located at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. For more information, visit www.stpetebeach.org or call (727) 363-9245. tHurSDayS
Food Addiction Meetings
St. Pete Beach Community Center
Ongoing healing meditation class for cancer survivors and those currently in treatment. Hosted by the YMCA North Pinellas Branch. Free. Allegro at Eastlake is located at 1755 East Lake Road, Tarpon Springs. For more information, visit www.theallegro.comel/ or call (727) 943-8878. friDayS Largo Community Center
Combines water buoyancy and the warmth of a heated pool to create an ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. $6 per session. Calypso Divers is located at 401 E Bearss Ave., Tampa. For more information, call (813) 9693483. tueSDayS
Ball Room Dance Classes
Garden experts make it easy to improve your garden space. Michael Polen of Art Stone Orchids shows how and when to mount and repot orchids for best growth. Free with Gardens admission: $8, $6 seniors, $4 kids 2-11. Sunken Gardens is located at 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.stpete. orgevents/index.asp or call (727) 551-3100.
Food Addicts Anonymous is a 12-step program for individuals struggling with their weight. Do not enter Hospital, park in west garage, follow signs to basement/classroom No. 1. Entrance from garage. 6 p.m. St Anthony’s Hospital is located at 1200 7th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, visit www.foodaddictsanonymous.org or call (727) 521-3854. tHurSDayS
Free Yoga for Stress Relief
St. Anthony’s Hospital
Every Friday night from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. $5 per person. Largo Community Center is located at 65 Fourth St. NW, Largo. For more information, visit www.largocommunitycenter.com or call (727) 518-3131. friDayS The Pier — St. Pete
Pinellas Park Senior Center
Senior Center participants must be age 50 or older. Registration fees are $5 for Pinellas Park residents, $25 for non-residents. The Pinellas Park Senior Center is located at 7625 59th St. N. For more information visit www.pinellaspark.com or call (727) 541-0776.
Ongoing free stress relief yoga classes offered as a gift to the Tampa Bay community during these challenging times. Lotus Room Yoga is located at 1101 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa. For more information, visit www.yogalotusroom.com or call (813) 254-6777.
Lotus Room Yoga
Salsa Dancing returns to Captain Al’s on Friday evenings, beginning June 4. FREE dance lessons are from 8:45-9:15 p.m. and then you can Salsa, Merenge, or Tango the evening away from 9:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Don’t forget to tip your bartender and have fun. For information on Captain Al’s, visit www.captainalsrestaurant.com The Pier is located at 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.stpetepier.com or call (727) 821-6443.
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Thursday, June 17 | 2 to 6 p.m. Silent Auction from 2 to 5 p.m.
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Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Proceeds benefit LifePath Hospice Care
LifePath Hospice Care in Tampa provides palliative care and relief for people with life-limiting illnesses.
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The Palace Restaurant and Theatre
An interactive murder mystery with prizes for the audience. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Show tickets are $9. The Palace Restaurant and Theatre is located at 3858 Sun City Center Blvd., Sun City Center. For more information, visit www.palacedinner.com or call (813) 938-5886. wHat tHe raBBi Saw
Through June 20
hiding under wedding gowns, slipping on ice cubes, dodging bullets, falling off buildings and jumping in and out of closet doors which seem to have minds of their own. Carrollwood Players is located at 4333-5 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Tickets are priced from $13 for seniors. For more information, visit www.carrollwoodplayers.com or call (813) 265-4000. Sweet CHarity
The Show Palace
a dance hall hostess? Popular musical numbers include “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” and “Too Many Tomorrows,” “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.” The Show Palace is located at 16128 U.S. Hwy. 19, Hudson. Tickets are priced from $37 for the show and from $48 for the show and dinner. For more information, visit www.showpalace.net or call (727) 863-7949. fuNNy moNey
Early Bird Dinner Theater
BeeHiVe, tHe ‘60S muSiCal
Florida Studio Theatre
This crazy slapstick farce takes pre wedding jitters to nightmare proportions. In a posh New York hotel just before Walter and Wendy are scheduled to say “I do,” Walter’s zipper becomes attached to his bride’s sister’s dress during a last minute act of infidelity. Meanwhile Wendy is having a fling with the best man. This finely tuned exercise in physical comedy zips from one hilarious situation as all try to hide their exploits and make it to the church on time. Full of silly, zany madcap antics at a rapid fire pace. Endless pratfalls, door ballets and bits of physical comedy have actors diving under beds and into suitcases, getting hit with silver platters,
Through June 19
Sweet Charity tells the story of an optimistic young woman, Charity Hope Valentine, who not only wears her heart on her sleeve; she’s had it tattooed to her arm! As the play begins, Charity finds herself dumped by the married man on whom she had pinned all her hopes and dreams and she vows never again to be taken advantage of. Through a series of comic misadventures Charity looks for love in all the wrong places. One fateful night, she finds herself trapped in an elevator with a claustrophobic tax accountant who soon sweeps Charity off her feet. It becomes clear that this man is different — that he actually wants to marry her — but will he still feel the same way when he finds out that Charity works at the Fandango Ballroom as
Through June 20
A showcase for some of the exhilarating hit songs of the ‘60s, an eara when women led the charts. Includes some best of the best known songs of the time and music from Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. Tickets priced from $19. Florida Studio Theatre is located at 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information, visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org or call (941) 366-9000. meNopauSe tHe muSiCal June 3-27 An all female cast celebrates the sisterhood of hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. Upbeat music includes parodies of the music from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. Tickets priced from $11. Mertz Theatre at FSU Center for the Performing Arts is located at 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.asolo. org or call (941) 351-8000. tHe DrowSy CHaperoNe
Golden Apple Dinner Theater Mertz Theatre
Henry A. Perkins, a mild mannered CPA, accidently picks up the wrong briefcase one full of money. Henry assumes it is illicit cash and he decides to keep it. Knowing that the former owner must have his briefcase, he rushes home to book one way fares to Barcelona. He tells his confused wife to leave everything behind; if she doesn’t like Barcelona, they can go to Bali. In fact, they can buy Bali! The doorbell rings as they wait for their taxi. The police detective at the door thinks Henry was soliciting in the men’s room of the local pub actually, he was sitting in the loo counting the cash. The bell rings again. Another detective arrives thinking Henry is dead; a man with bullet holes in his head and Henry’s briefcase were found in the Thames. Henry’s inept attempts to extricate himself from this impossible situation lead to increasingly hysterical situations. Early Bird Dinner Theater is located at 200 South McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets for dinner and the show are priced from $30. For more information, visit www. earlybirddinnertheatre.com or call (727) 446-5898. DeaD maN’S Cell pHoNe
Through June 20
Welcome to The Drowsy Chaperone, the new musical comedy that is swooping into town with tons of laughs and the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway! It all begins when a diehard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and the show magically bursts to life. Golden Apple Dinner Theater is located at 25 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. For more information, visit www.thegoldenapple.com/ or call (941) 366-5454. tHe maN wHo Came to DiNNer
Masque Community Theatre
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man — with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of “The Clean House” and “Eurydice.” A work about how we memorialize the dead — and how that remembering changes us — it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. The Jobsite Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, visit www.tbpac. org or call (813) 229-7827.
Through June 20
A comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, about the antics of a pompous house guest who overstays his welcome. Masque Community Theatre is located at 8825 56th Street, Temple Terace. For more information, visit www.masquetheatre.net/ or call (813) 983-1710. StageD reaDiNg of “NerVe”
Play by Adam Szymkowicz about a control freak on a bad date with a nymphomaniac. $5 at the door. The Jobsite Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, visit www.tbpac. org/ or call (813) 229-7827.
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NoVemBer June 11-27 American Stage presents David Mamet’s, new comedy, a riotous, oval office romp which proves once and for all that there is no lower place than the highest office in the land. Be prepared for very strong language. American Stage is located at 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.americanstage.org/ or call (727) 823-7529. JuNe 19 Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks A night under the stars, on the historic sponge docks features live Greek music, Greek dancing and instructions, free lessons in tavli (Greek backgammon), dining and more. Free. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks located at Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope and Athens streets. For more information, visit www. spongedocks.net. tHe VagiNa moNologueS June 25-27 Eve Ensler’s whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices. Part of American Stage Company’s After Hours Series. Tickets priced from $15. American Stage is located at 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.americanstage.org/ or call (727) 823-7529. triVia weDNeSDayS Madeleina Cottage Restaurant Hosted by “Danny Mac” formerly of Grace O’Malleys. Free. Madeleina Cottage Restaurant is located at 357 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. For more information, visit www.madeleinacottage.us/ or call (727) 367-1727. g. DaViD HowarD Weekends Stand-up topical humor, political and observational comedy. G David holds the record for the longest stand-up act (He told jokes for 16 hours straight with no repeat jokes.) Tickets are $15, $7.50 with dinner. For more information visit www.brewmastersonline.com/ or call (727) 595-2900. upStairS/DowNStairS SuNDayS Henry B. Plant Museum Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life. Admission is by donation. 2 p.m. Henry B. Plant Museum is located at 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
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Miss Abigail’s dating and realtionship advice may not actually help you find that perfect mate but it will leave you laughing. Tickets from $30. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, visit www.tbpac. org/ or call (813) 229-7827. tHe BoyS Next Door
West Coast Players
June 9 to July 3
The Boys Next Door is a play, written by Tom Griffin. It deals with four mentally disabled men who live in a group home. It takes place over roughly a two month period of time and consists of brief vignettes about their lives. Though the play is quite humorous in its non-mocking way of dealing with the handicapped men in real situations, the play takes a surprising turn as Barry’s one-armed father comes to visit and Jack (their caretaker) accepts a new job. West Coast Players is located at 21905 US 19 N, Clearwater. Tickets are priced from $20. For more information, visit www.wcplayers.org or call (727) 734-7100. arSeNiC aND olD laCe
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This hilarious dark comedy takes you on a frantic romp through the Brewster home. It’s a place where insanity more than runs in the family … it practically gallops. You’ll meet the lovely Aunts, Abby and Martha who gleefully help older men find peace, the permanent sort. And when the horn blows don’t worry it’s just Uncle Teddy who is conveniently digging the Panama Canal in the basement which seems to be filling up with fresh graves. St. Petersburg Little Theatre is located at 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.splt. org/ or call (727) 866-1973. almoSt, maiNe
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Almost, Maine is a romantic comedy with a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is located at 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are priced from $13. For more information, visit www.tarponarts.org/ or call (727) 942-5605.
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By Capt. ric Liles As a charter captain I never know what kind of angler I am going to get on the boat when I book a trip. Most of the time, probably in the neighborhood of 99 percent, I get great people that have reasonable expectations of what’s in store for them on an outing. I do not know if I just failed to explain my business when I took the phone call and booked the most unpleasant trip in the history of fishing or if it was just an undoable task — in that I mean pleasing Mr. Grumpy. Thank goodness Mr. Grumpy brought his wife to the party and I have to say I’m not sure why they are together. She was as sweet as Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith show. Normally, pleasing a couple in their early 80s is not a problem. I kinda pride myself in the way I cater to the different needs of people while on my boat. Mr. Grumpy’s big adventure started when my boat was not big enough, then we were going too slow followed by going too fast. The one thing I know about cleaning fish is this, you cannot put the skin back on after it has been taken off. All I could think of when they drove away was who was going to be the next victim of Mr. Grumpy. Sorry, but I had to get that off my chest. Fishing has been steady with good catches of Trout, Redfish and Spanish Mackerel. The winds have kept me away from the Grouper and Tarpon but I suspect that they are eating good as well. If you have children and want them to love to fish then now is the time to get them out and introduce them to the sport. The bait disappeared for a couple three days after the full moon but is starting to slip back onto the flats and should stay there all summer. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember: don’t let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing. Ric Liles offers fishing charters out of Ruskin, Fla. You can reach him by calling (813) 645-6623 or (813) 601-2900. You can email him at email@example.com. His website is www.reelsimplecharters.com.
Hall of Fame baseball icon Wade Boggs and Capt. ric Liles with a couple of overslot trout Wade caught while fishing with Capt. ric and reel Simple Fishing Adventures.
I started slow at his request I might add. Then there was an issue with not having a toilet on the boat, which meant that Aunt Bee could not drink any water, they did not bring anything, because she would be put in a bind. At this point I was the one feeling the bind. This guy wanted to fish the flats aboard a 54” Hatteras. It progressed into me being a bad host for not bringing them anything to eat or drink, are you kidding me? Turns out Mr. Grumpy was diabetic and somehow that was my fault as well. This whole debacle came to a climax at the end of the day when I cleaned their limit of the Trout and cleaned them wrong. I never heard of frying trout with the skin on, that’s a new one for me.
By Judith Sabghir Gannon I consider myself a relatively intelligent woman, but I fully acknowledge that I have one serious flaw. Whenever I take a trip, I definitely pack too much. Having just returned from a five day trip to Maryland, I realize that I had packed enough to be gone a month. Since my last trip overseas, I have been working diligently to break this habit. Besides having incurred extra fees for baggage which exceeded weight limits, lifting certain bags is also difficult. Lucky for me, most suitcases are on wheels. This particular trip to my hometown had two special events in one weekend. For a religious service, I required something dignified. For a dressy evening reception, I wanted a sophisticated party dress. On the following morning, I would be attending a baby naming which called for something casual but tasteful. Naturally I had packed assorted outfits. The weather posed a bit of a problem since one day might be cold and the next very hot. With that in mind, I decided to take several blouses, some cute sleeveless tops and a few jean jackets in different colors. I also brought along a few pairs of jeans and some lightweight pants. These outfits were extremely colorful and I couldn’t resist taking shoes to match. Fortunately, my suitcase was large enough to hold them; however, my hanging bag with its huge pockets continued to get heavier and heavier. I was perplexed about something else. How many new packages of stockings should I take with me? Faced with a new dilemma, I carefully evaluated whether I should use brand new pairs, or simply use ones which might already have snags. Not wanting to waste any pairs, I also brought along several slightly older and gently used hose. Perhaps I wouldn’t even need the new ones at all. Toiletries posed another quandary. How many creams and ointments should I take? I knew that the friend I stayed with owned every conceivable ointment, cream, hair product, nail item and so much more since she runs a daycare in her home. I also knew it was ludicrous to pack three pairs of scissors. In my mind, they each had a specific function related to their sizes — small, medium and large. On the day I departed, a very close friend drove me to the airport. A seasoned world traveler, she took one glance at my luggage and asked, “When did you get here?” I sheepishly answered that I had arrived just five days earlier. When I finally returned home, another friend suggested that I should only pack garments in two colors — black and white. Then I should pack only what matches these colors. I might attempt doing this for my next trip in July. I’ll keep you informed on my progress. Meanwhile, I sincerely hope that all of you have a great summer. May you travel safely on the roads, on the rails and in the sky. Your safety and that of your loved ones is the most important thing of all — not the baggage! Judith Sabghir Gannon is a freelance writer who resides in Wesley Chapel. She spent many years teaching adults and children in the public and private sector. For the past 20 years, she has devoted herself to improving the quality of life for senior adults. Jewish liturgical singing and leading prayer services is her passion.
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Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, is inviting residents to help share that word with potential visitors by sharing their photos on a new website: visitfloridalive.com. At the Florida Live site, Florida’s visitors can see local webcam and Twitter feeds on events and beach conditions as well as photos taken by Florida residents. The goal is to enable potential visitors to make their Florida vacation plans based on real time information from local sources. “Florida’s clear beaches, blue waters, sunny skies and classic getaways haven’t changed — and the best way to share that word is to show it,” says Will Seccombe, chief marketing officer at visitfloridalive. com “A picture is worth a thousand words and a real person’s view is worth a thousand paid photographers. That’s why we’ve taken the step of hosting consumer generated content on our official site. Visitors want to see what’s really happening, not just what the ‘marketing guy’ is posting.” Visit Florida’s newest online feature, Florida Live, is the latest social media platform being added to Visit Florida’s award-winning tourism website. At visitfloridalive.com, users can see photos and tweets being shared in real time by people in the Sunshine State. Other features at Florida Live include live webcam feeds from destinations around the state, Google map-based Twitter feeds that provide local updates on beach conditions, weather and activities from cities and towns across Florida and an extensive collection of vacation deals for a variety of Florida destinations.
“Florida is a trusted destination that hosts more than 80 million visitors a year,” says Chris Thompson, president and CEO at Visit Florida. “We know our visitors come back again and again — we have a relationship with them. We want them to know they can always trust Visit Florida to give them authentic and real information for making their travel plans. That’s why Florida Live is a great resource for travelers.”
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S W F WD 70s, I’m sensitive, loving and affectionate. I’m also lonely and seek an honest sincere gentleman to share my life and find happiness. I like to eat out, cookouts, cards, baseball and travel. (727) 278-2339, Hermitage, Tennessee. Fun Times I am seeking a male for fun times. Someone who loves flea markets, yard sales and dancing. Must be a smoker. (813) 963-7101, Tampa.
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tueSDayS Fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood in a festive environment with local art vendors. Gulfport Fresh Market is located at 2914 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. For more information, visit www. gulfportflorida.us/tuesday-morning-fresh-market or call (727) 667-7531. tHurSDayS Outdoor shopping in charming Ulmer Park offers healthy choices of fresh produce for your body, specialty foods and delectable sweets for your taste buds; green themed goods for our environment; and original creations by local artists and craftsman to inspire your mind and your spirit. Ulmer Park is located at 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. For more information, visit www.largoevents.com or call (727) 587-6740. friDayS Fresh produce, plants and herbs, cheeses, seafood, meat pies, pet treats, organic products and more. Pioneer Park is located at Main Street and Douglas Ave, Dunedin. friDayS Looking for fresh produce and lunchtime fare as you walk through downtown Tampa? Then this weekly market is just for you. Stroll along more than 50 vendors offering crafts, fresh local vegetables and fruits. The are ready to eat foods or foods to take home to prepare later. Lykes Gaslight Park is located at 410 Franklin St., Tampa. SaturDayS Al Lang Parking Lot • Downtown St Pete
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As summer approaches, many local fresh markets are preparing to close for the season. But one local market is and always has been available to the community year-round: the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market. Local residents and local, independent vendors are the mainstay of the Gulfport Fresh Market. More than just a tourist attraction, the Market provides a valuable service to the community. The Gulfport Fresh Market takes place each Tuesday on Beach Blvd. below 29th Ave. South. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Week in and week out, the Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables (including locally grown seasonal produce from farms in our area), as well as fresh bread, cheese, seafood, live herbs, plants, fresh flowers, nuts, honey, pet treats, smoothies, hand-made soaps, local art, crafts, jewelry, candles and healing lotions and oils. Charter a kayak tour at the Market with Kayak Kurt of Kayak Nature Adventures. Consult with an astrologer or try on a henna tattoo. Watch a pottery wheel demonstration. Visit with rescued parrots from the Pinellas Suncoast Parrot Sanctuary on the first Tuesday of each month. Nearly 25 vendors offer these items and experiences to customers who appreciate the opportunity to support local merchants, artists, crafters and non-profit groups. New vendors join the Market nearly every week. Free transportation to the Market for seniors can be arranged on the first Tuesday of each month. The Gulfport Senior Center’s GEMS transportation service will take seniors to and from the Market free of charge from 9 a.m. to noon. Personal assistance will be provided if necessary. To arrange for your ride, call (727) 893-2242. The Gulfport Fresh Market is sponsored by the Gulfport Merchants Association. For more details or for vendor information, contact Daniel Hodge at (727) 366-4086 or email email@example.com. Or visit the Gulfport Merchants Association website at www.GulfportMA.com.
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Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or looking for an adventure on your own or with a bunch of friends, getting more for less is almost always at the top of the list. “To travel to amazing destinations or explore other cities expands our horizon and perspective on life. Traveling takes you out of your comfort zone and routine and opens a whole world of possibilities,” says global traveler Dr. Vivienne Flavia Finnegan, whose new book, “Flavia’s Global Adventures,” encourages women to empower themselves and to look at travel as a way to explore life and appreciate the wonders of culture, food, people and beauty. “In these times of recession and strain, travel is still a great bet for relaxation, fun and excitement,” she adds. What better way to relieve stress than to save some bucks when planning that next vacation? Here are some tips from Flavia, who has traveled across the U.S. and to dozens of countries globally, to help you become a savvy traveler: • Be Flexible: Bargains are available if your travel dates and destinations are flexible. Just prior to the hectic high season is the more affordable shoulder season. Cost savings and fewer crowds make this the ideal time to visit your chosen hot spot. • Consider Less Popular Destinations: Get off the beaten track and take the road less traveled and less expensive. Venture away from popular tourist destinations to reap these rewards. • Join Loyalty Programs: There are many loyalty programs from hotel chains and frequent flyer programs. Loyal hotel guests also are more likely to get upgrades. Join at least two frequent flyer programs for a wider choice of deals.
• Create a Package: A combination of hotel and flight package can provide big savings, whether booking online or through a travel agent.
• Negotiate: It’s often possible to garner some extras to stretch your travel dollar. By negotiating directly with someone like the reservations manager, you may be rewarded with a complimentary breakfast or dinner. • Hotel Launches: New hotels often provide a great opportunity for special introductory prices.
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Vendors offer fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, plants and flowers, featuring local artist, live music, organic growers and green products. Relax and enjoy a delightful afternoon in the shade of the garage and the cool breezes from the waterfront. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Market is located at 400 First St S, St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.saturdaymorningmarket.com or call (727) 455-4921. SaturDayS Farm-fresh produce, natural products, gardening items, crafts and more. Heritage Village is located at 11909 125th St N, Largo. For more information, visit www.pinellascounty. org/Heritage/default.htm or call (727) 582-2123. SuNDayS Shop for organically friendly foods at this family and dog friendly market with live music and tips on how to eat healthier. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm is located at 6942 West Comanche Ave., Tampa. For more information, visit www.sweetwater-organic.org or call (813) 887-4066.
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“With a little planning you can rest easier knowing you’re a smart traveler,” concludes Flavia, whose new book includes photos, essays and even drink and food recipes from the many places she has visited.
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These dining room table treats feature peas, peppers and pineapple. Plus, the plates are easy to make, helping provide punctuality for the pressed person.
2-1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken 2/3 cup salsa 1/3 cup sliced green onions 3/4 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 6 flour tortillas (8 inches) 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese Sour cream and guacamole
In a skillet, combine the first six ingredients. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Brush one side of tortillas with butter. Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture over half of unbuttered side of each tortilla. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese; fold plain side of tortilla over cheese. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 475° for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Cut into wedges; serve with sour cream and guacamole. Yield: 6 servings. Easy Equivalents: If you need 2 cups of shredded, cooked chicken for a recipe, start with 3/4 pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts or about 1-1/2 pounds of bone-in chicken breasts.
Zippy Beans and Rice
Uses less fat, sugar or salt. Includes Nutritional Analysis and Diabetic Exchanges.
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained 1 cup frozen corn 3/4 cup water 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped 1 teaspoon salt, optional 1 cup uncooked instant white or brown rice 1 green onion, sliced
In a skillet, combine the beans, tomatoes, corn, water and jalapeno (and salt if desired). Bring to a boil; stir in rice. Cover and remove from the heat. Let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with Onion. Yield: 6 servings. Nutritional Analysis: One 3/4-cup serving (prepared with brown rice and without salt) equals 197 calories, 414 mg sodium, 0 cholesterol, 40 gm carbohydrate, 8 gm protein, 2 gm fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat Editor’s Note: When cutting or seeding hot peppers, use rubber or plastic gloves to protect your hands. Avoid touching your face.
the quesadillas look so good you might want to grab your camera before you grab your fork or napkin. If there are any hot pepper rookies out there: use rubber or plastic gloves to protect your hands when working with peppers, and avoid touching your face. recipes courtesy of Best of taste of Home’s First 10 years.
Cheesy Olive Snacks
Olive lovers will snap up these easy appetizers. The topping can be made ahead and they bake for only 7 minutes.
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup chopped green onions Triscuit crackers
Berry Pineapple Parfaits
3 cups whole fresh strawberries 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar 12 scoops vanilla ice cream 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple Whipped topping Reserve six strawberries for garnish. Slice the remaining strawberries and toss with sugar; let stand for 10 minutes. Spoon half of the sliced berries into six parfait glasses. Top with half of the ice cream and half of the pineapple. Repeat layers. Top with whipped topping and reserved strawberries. Yield: 6 servings.
In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Spread on crackers. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 7 minutes. Serve immediately. Yield: about 4 dozen.
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Part Two: Power Meditation
By Vincent Paradis, Meditator Here is a technique for those of you who want to make some changes in your life. The technique is called Power Meditation. It is a highly effective technique to use when you want to influence yourself, your performance, behavior, etc. for the better. Change for the better, this is something I know a lot of people want to do… I know I do. I always want to be better and feel good, I guess it’s the hedonist in me. So how do you do Power Meditation? Well, there are two main things that you will need to do: First of all, you will need to bring your mind’s attention and consciousness to a high level. And second, when you do meditation, when you do thinking about a topic, you do it in a particular way. 1) A high conscious state: Consciousness and your range of consciousness, you are very familiar with; you are conscious, awake and alert, during the day and you go all the way to becoming unconscious and asleep at night. Also, you know your degree of consciousness depends on your energy level. And since what you want is a high conscious state, if your are feeling a little tired, get some sleep first. You want to start your meditation session from a well rested, high awake conscious state… bright eyed and bushy tailed. Your conscious awake state also involves your attention. You want a high attention level. To get a high attention level you need to minimize distractions in your environ and from yourself. A distraction is anything that draws or can draw your attention away from where you want it to be. Distractions can be loud music, noises, physical discomforts, too cold or hot, body tension, emotional upset, busy mind, interruptions, etc. If you can ignore it, it’s not a distraction. You can achieve a high conscious state by getting yourself into a meditative state, a relaxed state of mind and body. The meditative state you want to get into to do power meditation is similar to the state of mind you would be in when you are involved in reading a book, doing a project, or watching an interesting movie; a high conscious state where your attention is on the subject and not distracted by other things. 2) The next part to power meditation has to do with how you meditate, think, on the subject you have chosen. Before you begin your power meditation session, you need to know what it is your want to accomplish. What is going to be your topic, subject, of meditation? For what purpose, what results do you seek? What is your objective? For example, Let’s say you are a golfer and want to improve your game. Next, you have gotten yourself into a high conscious state. Now comes the meditation part. If you mentally talk to yourself, you want to be able to hear your voice in your head loud and clear as you talk. “You will play better, you will be more a ease, you will have a smoother swing,” for instance. And then you can visualize, imagine yourself being on the green and see yourself playing like a pro. The clearer and more complete the scenario is imagined or visualized the more influencing power it has. Then add some feelings, some emotion, mood and attitude. You are feeling good, confident, at ease and enjoying the game. Get the feeling, feel it. Feel like a million bucks. Every time you do a power meditation session, you will influence yourself and you will be playing golf better… most assuredly. Some people practice just the second
part, they call it Mental Rehearsals. And it works, but I expect that it would be more effective if they did power meditation on their topic. That is, start from a high state of conscious and attention and then fully experience what they want… hear it, see it, imagine it, feel it… and as if by magic, change for the better will begin to happen. It does not matter what aspect of yourself you want to influence for the better, the technique is the same. Well, that’s all folks. Power Meditation 2010 In a previous writing I wrote about the Secret of Meditation which tells the tale about how to get into a meditative state. If you want a free copy of the article, email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Become a Mentor and Laugh with a Child
By Susan ryan You can just tell listening to Jose and Toby Hurtado laugh and talk about their times with 8-year old Dominic, what a great experience mentoring is for them. “We genuinely look forward to being with him,” Jose said in a recent interview. “He is so much fun and enjoys everything — beach trips, museums, building model airplanes together. We laugh a lot!” The Hurtados moved to Florida from New Mexico almost two years ago. They were both retired educators ready for a new life and were interested in mentoring. Jose had mentored before. They saw the Adult Mentoring Children program with Gulf Coast Community Care advertised in the paper and Jose applied. During the interview with Dominic’s case manager, Toby become interested also so they decided to mentor as a couple. Mentors provide a one-on-one relationship with a child and serve as a positive adult role model. Dominic has the added advantage of having a positive “couple” role model in this match as well. “Volunteering is a luxury for me after a lifetime of working,” Toby says. “Doing this is just so much fun. Our main goals are to build positive relationships and have fun.” One seems to lead to the other. Dominic is in what is called “kinship care.” He is being raised by his grandmother. Many relatives, most often grandparents, for various reasons find themselves raising children again and it isn’t easy. A mentor can add an additional adult support for a child to help him realize his full potential. They add to the child’s and the grandparent’s, support system and give a fulfilling experience to the child and to the mentor. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Dominic is an out-going, friendly, bright child who is enjoying and learning from new experiences with his mentors. Toby sums up: “when he asks for us to repeat something we’ve done before, I know we are building good memories. That makes me feel very good!” They encourage others to become mentors with the Gulf Coast Community Care program. No experience is needed, just a desire to help a child. Training is provided. There are no costs. If you want to find more information on mentoring a child, please call Adults Mentoring Children at (727) 479-1841. A background check is required of all volunteers. Every child deserves a mentor. Funding is through the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County.
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