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  • Non-Healing Wounds?

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2021

    Venous disease is the likely culprit.

    Juan Joseph Juan Joseph discovered the piano while growing up in the Dominican Republic in the mid-1990s. Years later, after he moved to Florida, the reverent Christian found a way to display his talent and worship the Lord at the same time. “One day after services, I noticed that the door to the church was open, and I saw a piano and started playing,” Juan recalls. “One of the deacons came out and said, That’s beautiful, and he asked if I would become a musician for the church. I said, Sure. “That’s how I became the piano player at First Haitian Baptist Church in Fort Myers, which is a Haitian American church. I’ve been playing piano there since 2007. I play a mix of contemporary song...

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  • Hearing Loss Is Exhausting

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2021

    The right hearing aids will halt the brain drain of listening fatigue.

    For most people, hearing is like breathing or blinking. It’s something that happens so naturally and effortlessly that it’s often taken for granted. For people with hearing loss, however, the seemingly simple act can be downright exhausting. Debra Salomonson is one such person. She was born with a hereditary hearing loss, the same as her father and grandfather. By age 28 she was already wearing hearing aids, but for years, she always felt as if her hearing could still be better. Outside of the home, where she was unfamiliar with speech patterns, Debra found it difficult to understand what people were saying. The situation worsened over time and recen...

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  • Ease the Pressure of Glaucoma

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2021

    Combo stent-cataract procedure brings clear vision without glasses, eyedrops.

    Bill’s peripheral vision is “100 percent better than it was before” surgery Bill Farrell is a natural manager. He was still a youngster when he first displayed management skills. “As a kid, I worked as an assistant manager for Bradlees Department Store in Boston,” details Bill, 76. “I moved around to different areas until they decided to close Bradlees, then I moved to New York.” In New York, Bill worked in management positions for several retail operations, including Kmart. “I was an assistant store manager for Kmart,” Bill recounts. “I oversaw the general operations and helped the manager run the day-to-day activities of the retail store. I m...

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  • Tired of Looking Tired?

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2021

    Modern surgical techniques correct droopy eyelids and brows to improve vision.

    It’s never too late to reinvent yourself. Just ask Sandra Keith. Six years ago, at age 67 and in the wake of a 31-year career in the life insurance industry, Sandra started renovating and selling homes with her husband. Now 73, Sandra was recently involved in a different kind of remodeling project – looking and seeing better. “It all started a couple of years ago after my husband and I bought another boat,” Sandra relates. “I realized I wasn’t seeing all that well. It was mostly my peripheral vision that was impaired. I wasn’t seeing as well out to the side. Thankfully, I have a new car that alerts me when someone is coming up on the side because I ...

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  • Defying Disability, Generating Hope

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2021

    Nonmedicinal therapy lifts fog of depression, clears pressure of brain injury.

    Jennifer is enjoying the benefits of TMS therapy For 12 years, Jennifer Haywood was a prosperous massage therapist in Kentucky, with professional athletes among her clientele. She was the sole practitioner in her area, so her services were in high demand. Appointments with Jennifer were booked four weeks out. Her career ended abruptly in 2010, however, after the car she was driving was T-boned by another vehicle and struck yet again by a third car. The impact caused Jennifer’s brain to slam against the inside of her skull, resulting in a traumatic injury. “It was just enough to disable me,” Jennifer shares. “I temporarily lost the use of my left l...

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  • Your Eyes Are In Good Hands

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2021

    Oculoplastic surgeons provide an array of treatments to enhance your facial appearance.

    First impressions are made at eye level. The look of the eyes and face says a lot about a person, which is why it’s essential that people take special care of these areas. Dr. Applebaum discusses his evaluation with one of his patients. When age, genetics or sun exposure affects the eyes and face, fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeons Craig E. Munger, MD, PhD, and Robert J. Applebaum, MD, MBA, of Florida Eye Specialists & Cataract Institute go to work. “Puffy or drooping eyelids can make people look old, tired or even mean,” Dr. Munger alerts. “While puffy eyelids are often hereditary, they become more pronounced with age.” To tr...

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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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