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April 25, 2009

Floridian Baby Boomers Want to have fun

Baby Boomers Just Want to Have Fun

There are thousands of Baby Boomers who live in senior communities in South Florida today. The majority of us are enjoying our senior years in adult communities where we golf, play tennis, swim, participate in aerobic and artistic activities and - in short - we're having the times of our lives!

When my husband and I first moved here, our adult children would leave messages on our answering machine, "Mom, dad, where are you? We are worried about you. You're never at home!"
Good, the shoe is on the other foot. We used to worry about them coming home late, too.
Seniors are no longer as sedentary nor as frugal as in previous decades. We tend to eat out frequently and to enjoy cruises and daily bus trips to casinos or gambling ships. We are a new breed of consumers in our 60s, 70s and 80s who are willing to experiment with technology. (just visit the library computer area). Seniors are signing up for classes to continue their education.
Read the ads for available classes in painting, ceramics, Yoga, Pilates, writing, and computers. Seniors want to keep our minds and bodies healthier, longer! We volunteer at schools to help students to learn to read and you can find us at hospitals, doing whatever needs to be done.

Lots of advertising is geared towards taking our money, too. Haven't you received at least one invitation to a lunch at a fabulous restaurant, just for listening to a spiel about investing?
How about the coupons for "early bird dinners" that attract us to eat more for our money?
Have you ever seen so many ads before for creams and other products that will make us "look years younger"?

Actually, we are probably the role models for banks and investments companies attempting to attract young couples to sock away their savings so that they, too, can live our senior lifestyles.
Think about this, folks. Baby Boomers are unique. There will never be another group like us again.

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April 18, 2009

Florida driver's license renewal - an experience

So, every ten years, the Florida DMV sends a notice (usually a
postcard) to drivers whose licenses are about to expire. A list
of necessary "proofs" must be provided, such as birth certificate and/or
passport, Social Security card, utility bill, and, of course, your expiring
driver's license. I showed up with everything. I decided it was time for
a new photo, so here I was, in person.
After arriving early for my scheduled appointment, I was treated to an
amusing script of excuses by some people for why one or more of their required "proofs"
were not available . In addition, their clothing, body ornaments, and hair
accessories worn for the photo taken (to last 10 years) was
nothing less than strange! This DMV morning could have been a comedy sketch
on Saturday Night Live.
Of course, on the day I was scheduled there wasn't enough ink in
the photo machine for the photo to have the proper color balance. Then,
the laminating apparatus was "off," so the finished product might or might
not have a crinkle (mine didn't). Everything was resolved, and my license
looks fine - even my photo!
If you happen to be a germ-freak (like me) you would NOT have placed
your face into the black eye-test screen area. "EWE!" I don't think any
germ-proofing cleaner has ever touched that gizmo......however, I DO
think there have been many runny noses, makeup, unshaven beards, etc.
Need I continue??
To say the least, today was an unusual experience. I can't wait to see what's
in store ten years from now, when I have to have my license renewed,
again.

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April 12, 2009

Cinnamon for your health

Cinnamon is an antioxidant-rich spice that has become the rage of The Super
Foods Rx Diet,
by Wendy Bazilian. Cinnamon boasts a rating of 6,956 ORAC
(Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), beating out even anti-oxidant-rich foods
such as blueberries and cranberries, according to the USDA.
A Study of the antioxidant capacities of 277 selected foods were released in
November, 2007, by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. The new
database provides easy access to antioxidant values for a wide variety of foods,
cinnamon having one of the highest ratings. It has also been suggested that
cinnamon may improve blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.

The database will be used by scientists to help guide current research into
how antioxidants affect our nutritional health. For example, many fruits
and vegetables are known to be good sources of antioxidant vitamins,
such as E, C, and beta carotene, a form of vitamin A. But these natural foods
also contain other compounds, collectively known as phytonutrients, that
may also contribute to better health.

Other healthy spice winners include cloves, oregano, turmeric, curry powder,
ginger, thyme, paprika, rosemary, black pepper, garlic powder, cumin and
chili powder.

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April 8, 2009

COWBRA meeting - April 18, 2009

Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations
(COBWRA) meeting

Time: 9:30 A.M., Wednesday, April 15, 2009,

Place: Quail Ridge CC clubhouse,
3715 Golf Road,

located on the north side of Golf Road, between Congress Avenue
and Military Trail

Program:

Installation of COBWRA Officers for 2009-10
Please bring non perishable food items to this meeting

Open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
Call 561-789-8140 for more information.

Jack Leicher, COBWRA Program Chair


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April 2, 2009

Volunteers needed at the V.A. Hospital

Volunteering is Rewarding, by Temi Horowitz, guest blogger

When I retired to Palm Beach with my husband Al, elelven years ago I thought I'd finally have plenty of time to do all the things I'd always wanted to do, but didn't have time for. Should take a course at the local college, try my hand at ceramics or painting or art appreciation? Perhaps, I would learn to play tennis or Mah Jongg.

Eventually, I took courses at F.A.U. in their L.L.S (Lifelong learning program); I joined a gym; I went bowling; I did try to learn how to play Mah Jongg, (I was terrible). I met friends for lunch. I was Busy, Busy, Busy.

It was all exciting and new, but, believe it or not, something was missing and I didn't know what. Then about five years ago, my husband became ill and we didn't leave the house, except to go to Doctors or the V.A. Hospital in West Palm Beach. While there, I heard about their volunteer program and I saw how much they seemed to enjoy helping people. I saw the camaraderie of the volunteers, and I decided to submit an application.

I was accepted into the program and I love it. I volunteer for about five hours, one day a week, which still leaves me free to take a course at FAU-LLS, go to the gym, and meet friends for lunch during the week. I'm happy helping others; it is very rewarding and I've made a batch of new friends. What could be better! And as my husband says, "It's one day less leaving money at the mall."

With the arrival of young Veteran Women, returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the Veteran's Hospital in West Palm Beach is seeing young children accompanying their parents when they come in for appointments. Some of the Volunteers have taken it upon themselves to bring in books for children to read, which are put in the women's clinic. Although we would also like to get some crayons and coloring books, we were told that onlyCrayola "Colorwonder" Crayons and Paper were permitted, so we have ordered that from the Crayola Company. This product only works together and not on "any other surface." The children, of course, love them.

If anyone would like to contribute these items, or If you are interesting in becoming a volunteer, call the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Volunteer Services, in West Palm Beach, at 1-561-422-7373. Temi is sure they would love to hear from you.

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TINA G. KORN
Boynton Beach has been Tina G. Korn's home for 14 years. She and husband, Abe, have been married 45 years and...

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