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  • Make No Bones About It

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Spring 2021

    Innovative once-a-week, 15-minute workouts reverse osteoporosis.

    Every member receives one-on-one coaching with every session When residents in western Tennessee woke up to find themselves buried under nearly nine inches of snow one day this past February, Sandy* was glad she listened to her husband eight years ago when he suggested they retire to Florida. “We lived in Collierville, which is a suburb of Memphis, and we had some snow days there but nothing like that,” Sandy remarks. “To have a snow day like that is very unusual, so I’m very glad we’re now in Florida.” While her husband retired from a position with International Paper, Sandy retired from a computer consulting firm she built up over 30 years of serving small ...

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  • Sight Savers

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Spring 2021

    Injections preserve vision threatened by age-related macular degeneration.

    Thomas reports the vision in his left eye is “90 percent” clear after one injection As a high schooler in the Bronx, New York, Thomas Lee was moved by the quality of his teachers, the companionship of his classmates and the social engagement afforded by the clubs he joined. Those dynamics inspired him to choose a career in high school education. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. After graduation, he taught social studies in Trumbull County, Connecticut, eventually becoming department chair. Thomas moved on to several other teaching assignments before electing to further his training....

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  • Back In The Driver’s Seat

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2021

    20/20 vision achieved with PanOptix replacement lens.

    “The most amazing thing to me… is how well I see things up close now.” – Mary When Mary Abbott’s longtime employer, a major tobacco company, offered her a buyout too lucrative to pass up, she took the money and ran — straight into retirement. Three months later, Mary was back at work. Not with the same company but in the same industry and doing roughly the same job. However, much has changed about the way Mary goes about her day. “I used to travel four days a week every week,” she says. “But ever since COVID-19 hit, I have not been traveling the way I used to. I’ve been working from home for a year now. The good thing is I found that I really enjoy being at hom...

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  • Build Better Bones

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2021

    Specialized, once-a-week bone-building program reverses effects of osteoporosis.

    “I would love to see more OsteoStrong facilities open because it’s a fantastic alternative to medication.” – Rebecca When two students from the University of Tampa earned financial backing from a “Shark Tank” investor for a scrunchie-turned-drink cover this past January, the students’ mentor, Rebecca White, celebrated along with them. For a little more than 10 years, Rebecca has run UT’s graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs. During that time, her students have launched dozens of products that are on the market, and respect for her programs has soared. “Our entrepreneurship programs were just ranked in the top 20 in the n...

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  • Customized Solutions

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2021

    Consultation, careful planning result in beaming new smile.

    Meredith Holroyd and her best friend from high school annually go on a weeklong getaway to Murrells Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. It has become such a staple in their lives that they even made the trek last year as the COVID-19 pandemic raged. Meredith Holroyd The trip is on again this year, but Meredith plans to extend her stay and spend a couple of weeks seeing other parts of the Atlantic Coast with her husband. She has time to do that now that she’s retired. “I just retired in February,” Meredith, 64, says enthusiastically. “I spent the last 10 years working as a customer service rep for HSN but was let go last June. When I didn’t find any...

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  • Laugh Out Loud

    Edition: Martin County, Martin/St. Lucie Edition, St. Lucie County, Published: Spring 2021

    A beautiful, functionally sound smile is your best accessory.

    A recent 15-year study conducted by Norwegian scientists showed that people who enjoy a couple of hearty laughs each day tend to live longer than those who don’t. Lucille Klein believes there’s a lot of truth in those findings. Lucille’s new smile provides the improved function she was lacking. Lucille will turn 88 this year. Laughter, she says, is what keeps her going. “My Fountain of Youth,” Lucille exclaims. “I can find a laugh in just about anything. Sometimes that gets me into trouble. But I definitely believe in the power of laughter. It’s very strong medicine.” Laughter isn’t the only thing keeping Lucille young. She also has a strong thirst for knowledge — s...

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  • The New Class

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Spring 2021

    Here’s the latest option in multifocal intraocular replacement lenses.

    Arvid recently became one of the first cataract patients to be fitted with the new Vivity replacement lens When Arvid Olson’s first two semesters of college left him with a grade-point average that only Animal House’s “Bluto” Blutarsky would celebrate, his father pulled the plug on funding and issued an ultimatum: “He said you can either join the military or get a job,” Arvid remembers. Arvid chose the former. Sort of. He joined the Army Reserve. He learned quickly, though, that he also wasn’t yet cut out for military life. So, he returned to school, and his GPA suddenly shot up from 0.8 to 3.8. Armed with the necessary grades, Arvid eventually chose to fo...

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  • Say No Thanks to Surgery

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2021

    Pain-free decompression therapy relieves neck, lower back pain.

    Since she married her husband more than 50 years ago, Amanda “Mandy” Dandy has had the pleasure of calling many places home, including Liberia, Belgium, Canada and a British merchant vessel called the London Citizen. Amanda “Mandy” Dandy “Yes, we’ve lived all over the place,” the 75-year-old native of Hampshire, England, says. “That’s because my husband worked as an engineer evaluating damaged ships for an offshoot of Lloyd’s of London. His work took us all over the world. “When we lived onboard the merchant ship, that was just after we were married in 1966. We did that for about a year, then went to Liberia. When we finished there we actually lived on a sa...

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  • A Game Changer

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2021

    Hyperbaric oxygen’s many uses include mobilizing stem cells in MS patients.

    Joni Zwick was a stay-at-home mom for 12 years. When her youngest entered kindergarten, she decided to reenter the workforce and contribute to her family financially. But not just any job would do. Joni Zwick “I needed a job that allowed me to be home by 1:30 on Wednesdays for early school release and by 2:30 the rest of the week so I could get my daughter off the school bus.” Joni, 59, explains. “My husband suggested real estate.” Having moved frequently over the years to accommodate her husband’s career as an engineer, Joni reasoned that she could do the job at least as well as the real estate agents she has dealt with, so she launched her career as...

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  • Get Your Life Back

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2021

    Implanted spinal cord stimulator hijacks pain signals to brain.

    Gail Stavru can hardly remember when she wasn’t beset with back problems. A retired elementary school art teacher, Gail credits her involvement in a number of auto accidents as the cause of her incessant pain. Gail Stavru The fact that so many physicians refused to treat her only made the situation worse. “I went to two neurosurgeons, and neither wanted to touch my back because there were so many issues,” confides the Massachusetts native. “They said if they started working on one vertebra, they’d end up having to work on the next one and then the next. They couldn’t guarantee I’d get enough relief from the surgery to make me happy.” Gail’s pain radiated into he...

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