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w c THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 30 - NEWS AND VIEWS ABOUT SENIORS TODAY B Jazz piano master class, 2:30-4 p.m. in Rorim 191 Hnmanitips RiiiMintr Palm Beach Coill- mnnitv Tnllpopo rpntr.il rainnus in Lake Worth. Ted Rosenthal will be the presenter. Free. Call 439-8218. H iveyooaru uonversa- . A TL. - iH.vinAD tion. j D.m. at uuncan i ne- Kil" I ater of Palm Beach Communi- Looking at long-term care insurance Be creative in . helping parent eat proper meals By KENT S. COLLINS j. Los Angeles Times Q. The doctor says my 73-year-oW mother is frail, partly because of poor nutrition. He's ordered her vitamins,' and he's ordered me to get Mother ta. eat properly. How do I do that? She takes orders from no one. K.L.L. A. If you need to try the tough-lote approach, take your mother to a nursj ing home so she can see where poor;; nutrition sometimes leads. Tell her ; that if she won't take care of herself, nursing XUET "' home j00 nC :; aides will CLcMIAD r s -m Sixth avenues, Lake Worth. Features pianist Jeffrey Siege!. Tickets $15. Call 439- TAR OF THE WEEK Dear Anita: I've been looking forward to my retirement for years and thought that I had it all together. My insurance agent has been trying to get mc to buy long-term care insurance and, at my age, it is quite expensive. Do you really think I need it? I am a widow and have a good investment portfolio. ' j Florence Schwartz Florence Schwartz has very specific ingredients for staying young. "Just being active and having a good, positive outlook on life, having a sense of humor, and trying to keep healthy. I know that if I don't keep active I'm going to get into a rut and I don't look forward to anything like that," says the "over 70" retired registered nurse. do it for -itmVIl her. ww FORUM: I Also, Dear Reader: Just like car and fire insurance, you never need it until you need it. It's true, that as one grows older, life insurance and long-term care insurance is more expensive because the odds that you're going to have to use it and the insurance company is going to have to pay for it is greater. According to all the long term sales agents I know, they say Medicare, HMOs Schwartz, who lives in West Palm Beach, is serving her 7th year as program chairman of the Cypress Lakes ChaDter of Hadassah. Anita Finley STARS I , f J She also does volunteer work at 8141. The Scots Guards Regimental Band and u the Black Watch Pipes and Drums, 8 p.m. at , Dreyfoos Hall of the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Features the tunes that once inspired soldiers to battle. Tickets $20- " $40. Call 832-7469. Ventriloquism, 10:30 a.m. today and ; Wednesday at Puppetry Arts Center in Gulfstream Mall, 3633 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. Cost: $3. Reservations necessary. Call 737-3334. COMING WEDNESDAY An evening of networking and sharing, 4- 6 p.m. at Pleasant City Multicultural Center, 501 21st St., West Palm Beach. Includes entertainment and refreshments. Sponsored by Seven Pillars Group and Asili Resource Center. Call 659-0775. Sunsets in the Park, 6-9 p.m. along the Intracoastal behind the Jupiter-Tequesta-Juno Beach Chamber of Commerce office, 800 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter. Features artists, food, music. Free. Call 746-7111. Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade with pianist Charles Wadsworth, 8 p.m. at the Society of the Four Arts, off Royal Palm Way, Palm Beach. Tickets are $25 and $20. Call 655-7226. B Blood Brothers, 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at Meyer Hall, School of the Arts, just north of the Kravis Center on Tamarind Avenue, West Palm Beach. Tickets $10. Call 802-6061. B Pattl WicksKevin Campfield, 8-11 p.m. as part of Jazz in Jupiter at Sprazzo restaurant, 201 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter. Call 575-9509. uic iayiaii jcwiaii iuiiiiiiuuiiy center, and has combined her Hadassah choral group, the Hadassah Hearts, with the Mr. and Mrs. Chorus at the JCC for some fun programs presented to the community. "We sing oldies and Broadway hits," she says. Schwartz and Medicare supplements do not cover long term custodial care costs. In the 1995 Medicare Handbook, it specifically says that Medicare does not cover custodial care. And according to the Florida State Agency for Health Care Administration, when asked why we have large numbers of people on Medicaid, they answer that part of the problem is an unwillingness to invest in the alternatives. Buying long-term care insurance may be the best part of your investment portfolio. If you need custodial nursing care, and have to pay for it out of your investments, it will eat it up very rapidly. Consult with a few long-term care insurance agents and make sure you understand what you're buying. consider this letter from a reader of ' The Senior Forum, who is the daugh-. ter of a retired woman found to be ' wasting away. "I swear, my children with their book bags and bellies full of junk food eat better than Mother does . . . .' "I discovered this problem months after Dad died. For a while, I couldn't' bring myself to correct her lousy eating habits. She was grief-stricken about Dad's death. But I never saw her eat. a' real meal. "Mother would eat if lured to it, but she would not do it on her own. She " ate properly if I hosted dinner. But she wouldn't go to much trouble to make ' herself a decent meal at home. I thought I saw her getting thinner and rundown, and, after a while, I began to lure her into eating traps. ;" "Now, once a week she comes to" my house for dinner. I control the plate. I tell her not to come unless she contributes a homemade salad or cas' serole. That nudges her back into the' -habit of fixing food, rather than nibblirtg out of a chip bag. I've convinced my brother to take Mom to lunch on Fridays. That's a convenient day for him. By pestering him, I control that plate, too. Also, I've told him if we have to ; send Mom to a nursing home because poor nutrition ruins her health, her I But Beatrice Siller, who nominated Schwartz for the STAR of the week, notes that Schwartz founded the Hadassah singing group and that she has written and directed much of the group's material. Schwartz has been the recipient of the Excellence in Programming award from the national chapter of Hadassah, as well as being named Woman of the Year. Additionally, she likes to exercise, swim, and do aerobics. And she helps her husband, Dr. Elliot Schwartz, who serves as a volunteer chaplain at the Martin Correctional Institution. Why does she volunteer? "Maybe my nursing career has something to do with that, I have seen an awful lot. There are people my age who are withering away because they have a negative attitude about their future and I don't see it that way." CAROLYN SUSMAN ED HECHTMAN LOOKING AHEAD Anita Finley 's STARS Seniors Taking Active Roles in Society specializes in seniors' concerns. Write to her co The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. THE BEST YEARS AO.... I ASKED t$8t$ 2J KkIM....I NEVER IN ) YfioL I ASKED estate will be gone by Leap Year. "And I go to the supermarket with FOR A RAISE! B 13th Annual Palm Beach Boat Show, Thursday through Sunday on the Intracoastal Water-way along Flagler Drive between Clematis and Fern streets in West Palm Beach. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $7; $2 kids 6-12. Call 833- 5711. B Career Fair, 9:30 a.m.-l p.m. Thursday on the first floor of Building A of the Palm Beach Community College south campus, 3000 St. Lucie : Ave., Boca Raton. Call 367-4629. fl Clematis by Night featuring Sister Sara, acoustic rock, 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Square, West Palm Beach. Free. Call 659-8007. B Limoges trunk show, 2-6 p.m. Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Bloomingdale's in The Gardens mall, 3105 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. To be presented by porcelain expert Francis Soichet. Call 625-2234. Mother once each week, helping her pick out items that she can prepare in one-serving portions, rather than havfc to cook it all enough for a family."' Mrs. G. Ifvour Question fits this sbace, send f ! it to The Senior Forum, co the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, LA yooM. . It's a cold fact: Ice-skating fever is sweeping the country 1997, the number of female hockey players has jumped more than ' fourfold, to 23,830 from 5,573; according to USA Hockey Inc., the governing body of amateur hockey in America. The number of male . hockey players, by comparison, . has risen 74 percent, to 338,629 from 195,125. One big reason is the growing popularity of in-line skating. "It makes the fundamental element of our game a neighborhood sport," says the NHL's McBride. Another is the series of Walt Disney Co: movies about a kids' ice-hockey team called the Mighty Ducks. The back-to-back Winter,' Olympics of 1992 and 1994 with ; gold-medal performances by American skaters and the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan knee-whacking melodrama also ' raised skating's profile. And NHL expansion into the South and West, plus greater TV coverage of hockey games, has bolstered in-, terest, too. have to compete with municipal rinks. At the moment, most U.S. skating rinks are owned and operated by towns or cities, which subsidize their operations. Heartland's Morrow, whose rink is in the Chicago suburb of Lincolnwood, also worries about another shakeout such as one that swept rinks in the 1970s. In the greater Chicago area alone, the number of rinks has increased more than 50 percent in three years, to about 40. Ten more are under construction. "You could find that rinks go the way of racquetball courts," Morrow says. But most rink builders shrug off that concern, saying demand for ice time is so strong that any shakeout is years away. The Skating Institute estimates that the ranks of recreational and figure skaters have risen 20 percent since 1993. Interest in hockey, particularly among girls and women, is even more explosive. From 1991 to Just as builders of office buildings try to prelease space before going ahead with construction, ARC books ice with local hockey leagues and figure-skating groups before proceeding with a rink. It also tries to gain a competitive advantage by exploiting its size-cutting architectural and engineering costs, for example, by using one of the three designs it has commissioned for new rinks. Owning multiple rinks also means it can cut better deals for the hockey sticks, skates, pucks and other paraphernalia it sells at its rinkside pro shops. The rink builders face huge costs from heating, cooling and labor. "The economics are difficult at best," says Lewis Kostiner, owner of Johnny's Ice House in Chicago. He estimates he's making a 2 to 3 percent return on his investment in the single rink he owns, which is only a year old. Builders of ice rinks face another big challenge: They often the NHL brand and professional hockey's following. In all, an estimated 200 rinks are under construction in the U.S., with many more on the drawing board. In Canada, where hockey has long been popular, 5,500 rinks serve 30 million people. In the U.S., there are only 2,200 rinks for 265 million people, according to the NHL. After two years of operations, Arnold Tenney, chief executive of ARC, figures his rinks will earn a return on investment of more than 20 percent before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. ARC has already rolled out rinks in Rockville, Md., and plans to start construction on three more in Danbury, Conn.; Chesapeake, Va., and Lansing, Mich. Family Golf tries to locate its rinks at driving ranges that have 300,000 to 500,000 people within a 10-mile radius. Its target is customers with household incomes of $45,000 to $55,000. won a gold medal and figure skater Tara Lipinski's victory over Michelle Kwan won the best ratings of the Games for CBS. To respond to the demand, the nation's biggest round of ice-rink building since the 1950s and 1960s is under way. Toronto-based ARC International Corp. expects to construct a minimum of 25 rinks over the next five years. Family Golf Centers Inc. of Melville, N.Y., is building ice rinks next to many of its 75 driving ranges. General Growth Properties Inc., a big Chicago mall developer, is adding rinks at its shopping centers. Even the National Hockey League is getting into the act. It plans to announce a partnership with a real-estate company to build nearly 100 rinks in the next 10 years, says Bryant McBride, director of new-business development at the NHL. The league figures it can make money from skaters and perhaps spin the rinks off as a public company as it builds The Olympics, NHL . expansion and in-line 'Skating spur an ice-rink building boom. By Robert Berner The Wall Street Journal Ice-skating is so hot there's an ice shortage and a binge of new rink construction. '" "We are jammed from 7 in the morning until midnight," says Stephen Morrow of Heartland Ice Arena outside Chicago. The Sky Rink at New York's Chelsea Piers is open 22 hours a day, 363 days a year, but it still can't accommodate everyone who wants to play hockey, says Jensine . Mayor, the rink's daytime opera-jfions manager. (Downtime between 2 and 4 a.m. is used to groom the ice.) i f And ice-skating is likely to get I another boost from the Winter : ;6lympics in Nagano, Japan, where ihe U.S. women's ice-hockey team ! ! mm SI? Children Will Learn: Knot tying and tackle selection from West Marine Cast netting from West Coast Nets Casting a rod and reel from Florida Department of Environmental Protection Boat safety from Towboat One They'll also see a short film in the "Guy Harvey Theater of The Sea" Each child and accompanying adult w ill get free admission to the Boat Show ($9 value). Rods and reels will be given away at the clinics (while supplies last). presented by Child's Name AJuli's Sime AJJress . Cicy State 7.ip . Day Telephone . S.hc4 REGISTRATION FORM Bring this registration form with you to the Kids' Fishing Clinic Check-in at the Clematis St. Boat Show entrance on the north side of the library Arrive no later than 15 minutes before your child's clinic time. 4 Saturday, March 28 or Sunday, March 29 3 clinics to choose from: 1 1 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. On the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach at thej7y fiecicl fc()Clf J7lOW Owned & Sinsored by Marine Industries Assoc. of Palm Heath County Produced & Manatdjby Ya.htni Promotions, Inc. ' Presented by: NationsBank B-irnttt Aft CIRUtONE i-y "-11 12 -Id As lh parent or rujirilijn 4 it alinf tluM. ! Iirff-b rjni Tlw Pjim a li Pts4 ami fVwt Shm priihrt thr rif;ht to u the ruiw, vmr nJ p'waotr.ipliM likrorM, 4 ihc (hM m fw spaprr irhK prrst rr irjv-i and itkiKv-vuiro pnm ins

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