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M SL THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 3D NEWS ANDMEWS ABOUT SENIORS TODAY Be creative in helping parent B Diabetes Alert Day, 8 a.m-noon at The Wellness Center at St. Lucie West, 1095 N.W. St. Lucie West Blvd., Fort St. Lucie, and The Rossi Wellness Center, 2195 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. The eat proper meals": By KENT S. COLLINS Los Angeles Times Q. The doctor says my 73-year-old mother is frail, partly because of poor(l nutrition. He's ordered her vitamins, -' event includes glucose screening. Participants must fast eight hours before screening. Call 223-49G6. B Health Fair '98, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Neighborhood Sub-Station, Indrio Crossings Looking at long-term care insurance and he's ordered me to get Mother toJ eat properly. How do I do that? She takes orders from no one. K.L.L. ! JTAR OF THE WEEK i Shopping Center, 4844 N. Kings Highway, Fort Pierce. Includes information on blood pressure, blood sugar, more. Call 462-3393. COMING WEDNESDAY A. If you need to try the tough-lovi; approach, take your mother to a nurs-' incr hrm& cn ch ran cf whprp nnor '' Dear Anita: I've been looking forward 3 my retirement for years and thought that I hac it all together. My insurance agent has been try: lg to get me to buy long-term care insurance ai d, at my age, it is quite expensive. Do you really hink I need it? I am a widow and have a ?ood investment portfolio. niirririnn snmpr mes lenus. leu net - ....... . . i t ir" UlcU u sue won i umc taic ui uiion,. . i tt: i Bill Ranee Bill Ranee, 64, of Port St. Lucie has found his niche as a volunteer teacher of personal money management in the classrooms of St. Lucie County. His success has made him one of five regional winners of Florida's 1998 Outstanding Senior School Volunteer. He and other volunteers statewide will be honored at a ceremony in Orlando. Meet the Mayor Night, 7:30 p.m. in the city council chambers, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. It is an informal meeting with an open agenda. Call 871-5159. Belly dancing class, beginning 7:15-8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the new Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E Airoso Blvd. The fee for the six-week class is $36. Call 878-2277. Dear Reader: Just) like car and fire insurance, you never need it until you jieed it. It's true, that as one gows older, life insurance and long-term care insurance is more expensive becausj 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 thejlong term sales agents I k(iow, they say Medicare, HIOs LOOKING AHEAD Anita Finley STARS I didn t realize I was doing anything differently than hundreds of other volunteers," says Ranee, who had a 40-year career in engineering management. "I was surprised." Last fall, Ranee developed and taught a 13-week course in personal money management for Lincoln Park Academy's middle and high school students in Fort Pierce. Subjects included budgeting, balancing checkbooks, mortgage and car loans, insurance, interest, credit cards and stock nursing TUS? home nC sk? Senior h "aiSo FORUM 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 1 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' : 1 1 V v --.if I Ranee and Medicare supplements do not cover long term custodial care cost. In the 1995 Medicare Handbook, it specifically'says that Medicare does not cover custodial tare. 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 te 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 co The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. THE BEST YEARS market investments. "My own kids didn't learn this in school," says Ranee, who also led sixth-graders in the Florida Stock Market Game. "That's what motivates me to do this." His lessons, subject research, the creation of spreadsheets and computer presentations represent more than 250 hours of his time. But Ranee isn't complaining. "It's to everyone's advantage to see children grow up with the best education they can get," says Ranee, the father of seven children. His course was so factual and informative that Ranee was asked to conduct a weekly seminar for teachers. "I'm basically teaching them the same thing," says Ranee. "But I'm correcting bad budget habits instead of B Creatures of the Night: Insects and Bats, a slide show presentation, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hobe Sound Nature Center, 13640 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. Marion Bailey of the Fish and Wildlife Service is the presaiter. Call 546-2067. B Beginner's scrap book class, 7-10 p.m. Thursday, at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd. The fee is $10. Call 878-2277. B Spring break camp, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday through April 3 at the Fort Pierce Community Center, 600 N. Indian River Drive. The camp, for children 5 through 12, will include games, movies, crafts and more. The cost is $70 per child. Daily rates are available. Call 492-1792. B Spring book sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bridge Road and U.S. 1 in Hobe Sound. Includes fiction, non-fiction, art, westerns, mysteries and large print books. Hosted by Friends of the Hobe Sound Library. Call 546-2315. IN PALM BEACH COUNTY fl Sunsets in the Park, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday along the Intracoastal behind the Jupiter-Tcquesta-Juno Beach Chamber of Commerce office, 800 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter. Features artists, food, music. Free. Call 746-7111. 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. Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $7; $2 kids 6-12. Call 833-5711. B Limoges trunk show, 2-6 p.m. Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Bloomingdale's in The Gardens mall, 3105 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. To be presented by porcelain expert Francis Soichet. Call 625-2234. habit of fixing food, rather than nibbling; developing good ones." SHARON WERNLUND ED HECHTMAN rj -- out of a chip bag. 1 ve convinced my brother to take Mom to lunch on Fridays. That's a convenient day for him. -By pestering him, I control that plate,"' too. Also, I've told him if we have to - ; send Mom to a nursing home because poor nutrition ruins her health, her , '. estate will be gone by Leap Year. ' ; "And I go to the supermarket with Mother once each week, helping her - pick out items that she can prepare in one-serving portions, rather than have ; to cook it all enough for a family." ; Mrs. G. I MZHMFi hlM.... NEVER IN k I rt. ... i nsrscu f&'r$ W4 Vi F'V MY LIFF SAW MV fj FOR A RAISE! rmW W boss. morris, JwK VS-ffS If your question fits this space, send it to The Senior Forum, co the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053. ", . It's a cold fact: Ice-skating fever is sweeping the country z 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. Another1' ' 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-t 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. l-l 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 NIIL 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 NIIL. 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 Bemer 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 operations manager. (Downtime between 2 and 4 a.m. is used to groom the ice.) And ice-skating is likely to get another boost from the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where the U.S. women's ice-hockey team 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 Harv ey Theater of The Sea" Each child and accompanying adult will get free admission to the Boat Show ($9 value). Rods and reels will be given away at the clinics (while supplies last). mm presented by Child's Name Adult's Name Address City Stale Zip . Day Telephone , 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. Sshool 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 k(jQci)i fteaci oattJ7ioco Owned & Sjxnsorcd by Marine Industries Assoc. of Palm Bcaili County Produced & Managed by Yachting Promotions, Inc. Presented by: NationsBank Harnett Ape C1RC1EONE 4-6 7-11 1.-16 As the parent or guardian of the ilx.vr iliild. I hrrrbv firam Ihr Pjlm Br h Post and Haul Shm prod in rf the rif-ht to us- the name, wme nd pboroj:rjphK likeness nt ihe ihild in newspaper art m Irs. press rek-avs and audio-video pmduitHmt Patrol. frmdfrrnl. (mnJum SjE-rt .