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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 91

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Tuesday, March 24, 1998
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S THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 3D NEWS AND VIEWS ABOUT SENIORS TODAY Be creative in helping parent eat proper meals B Jazz piano master class, 2:30-4 p.m. in Room 121, Humanities Building, Palm Beach Community Colleges central campus in Lake Worth. Ted Rosenthal will be the presenter. Free. Call 439-8218. Keyboard Conversa Looking at long-term care insurance tion, 3 p.m. at Duncan Theater of Palm Beach Community College, Congress and Sixth avenues, Lake Worth. Features pianist Jeffrey Sie-gel. Tickets $15. Call TAR OF THE WEEK 0 The Scots Guards Regimental Band and 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 me 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. the Black Watch Pipes and Drums, 8 p.m. at Dreyfoos Hall of the Kravis Center, 701 Okeecho- bee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Features the tunes that once inspired soldiers to battle. Tickets $40. Call 832-7469. ".. Ventriloquism, 10:30 a.m. today and Wednesday at Puppetry Arts Center in Gulfstream '.Mali, 3633 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. Cost: $3. Reservations necessary. Call 737-3334. Richard D. Levy As a boy growing up in Chicago, Richard D. Levy said he really missed out on a good Jewish education. . "I was just bar mitzvahed," recalled Levy, 68, of Boca Raton. "I never went to day school. I'm finding that the children who go to Jewish day schools are better equipped as Jews as they go through life." Toward that end. Lew has devot COMING WEDNESDAY Dear Keaaer: just nice 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, thev sav Medicare. HMOs ed a good chunk of his life to Jewish education. A former Miami resident, he was involved with the Jewish Federation of Miami and helped establish the first Jewish high school in North Miami Beach in 1981. Anita Finley STARS ji ton later that year, Levy became in- Vf1 vo'ved in the Jewish Federation of 'XtJ South Palm Beach County. He was By KENT 5. CULLIN3 Los Angeles Times Q. The doctor says my 73-year-old mother is frail, partly because of poor nutrition. He's ordered her vitamins, s and he's ordered me to get Mother to eat properly. How do I do that? She takes orders from no one. K.L.L. A. If you need to try the tough-love approach, take your mother to a nurs- v ing home so she can see where poor : nutrition sometimes leads. Tell her .; that if she won't take care of herself, ; ; nursing TUP home K? J5ENIOR : so FORUM consider this letter from a reader of .. The Senior Forum, who is the daughter 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"1 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 casserole. That nudges her back into the habit of fixing food, rather than nibbling out of a chip bag. I've convinced my '" brother to take Mom to lunch on Fri- 7' days. 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 estate will be gone by Leap Year. ; "And I go to the supermarket with; Mother once each week, helping her '. pick out items that she can prepare in one-serving portions, rather than have ; to cook it all enough for a family." ; Mrs. G. Levy appointed to me Doara oi wnai is now known as Donna Klein Jewish Acade ', 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 itJroup 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. '' D 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. '" 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. 'Tall 802-6061. " B Patti WicksKevin Campfield, 8-11 p.m. as part of Jazz in Jupiter at Sprazzo restaurant, 201 N. -U.S. 1, Jupiter. Call 575-9509. 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. B Anita Finley 's STARS Seniors Taking Active Roles in Society specializes in seniors' concerns. Write to her do The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. my in Boca Raton and went on to become its yice president and president. Levy, chairman of the board and CEO of Oriole Homes Corp., will be honored for his dedication to Jewish education and Donna Klein Jewish Academy at its 14th Annual Ball March 28. "I was definitely honored, definitely surprised," Levy said. The father of four, he said his own children did not fare much better than he did when it came to a Jewish education. However, he said his nine grandchildren are likely to do better, admittedly in part because of his own efforts. Levy, who has been married for 47 years to Beatrice, said he enjoys exercising when he is not working. "My plans are to continue to work for Jewish education as long as I'm able," he said. JENNY VOGT LOOKING AHEAD ED HECHTMAN THE BEST YEARS ----------------- W B 13th Annual Palm Beach Boat Show, Thursday through Sunday on the Intracoastal Waterway along Flagler Drive between Clematis and Fern 'streets in West Palm Beach. Hours: noon-8 p.m. i Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $7; $2 kids 6-12. Call 833- 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. . ' B 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. rtpnASg VfA KklM..J NEVER IN k AfO.... I ASKED i0.j rw boss, morris, jwK y3-ie pitS ' LAUGH 30 HARpy. W f(f); "g If your question fits this space, send it to The Senior Forum, do the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Times Mirror) Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053. It's a cold fact: Ice-skating fever is sweeping the country The Olympics, NHL expansion and in-line skating spur an ice-rink buijdjng boom. 1.- . 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 Dlav hockev. says Jensine 1997, the number of female hock-, ey 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 interest, too. 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 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 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 oerhaos soin the rinks 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 Mayor, the rink's daytime operations manager. (Downtime between 2 and 4 a.m. is used to gjrbom the ice.) And ice-skating is likely to get another boost from the Winter Olvmnics in Naeano. laoan. where $45,000 to $55,000. off as a public company as it builds the U.S. women's ice-hockey team Children Will Learn: n 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 Harv ey 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). no 0 n 0 lira presented by Child's Name Pilrnc. f nufcffufrm. jtiuhliMt Adult's REGISTRATION FORM Bring this registration form with you to the Kids' Fishing Clinic Address , Cny Zip , Check-in at the Clematis Day Telephone Shl 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 (cz?i Beaci ftoat dioco Owned & Sponsored" by Marine Industries Assoc. of Palm Beach County PrcxlixeJ &: Managed by Yachting Promotions, Inc. 12-16 -11 St. Boat Show entrance on the north side of the library. Arrive no later than 15 minutes before your child's clinic time. Ape nmtioNfc 4-6 As ilx purrne nr piurtlun ihr Jxivr iln'ij. 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