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JACKETS AND GRANDFATHERS Cherishing My Ever-Changing Halloween Memories
I ’ll never forget my Halloween nights candy tote in hand — only to have to bundle up in my jacket and snowpants as the chilly Illinois weather set in over the city. So much for dressing up, I guess. Now, raising my family in Florida, I can’t help but laugh at how different my children’s Halloween experiences have been. One tradition that my family has forged around Halloween that I will always cherish is my father’s visit from Chicago. Halloween is a “noncompetitive holiday” for me and my siblings. My parents don’t have to worry about making sure they see every family member before the holiday is over, and it’s a chance to make memories with our family, as we live the farthest away. So, my dad would fly down and spend a few days with our Floridian family to take the kids trick-or- treating. growing up in Chicago. I would suit up in the costume I’d been planning for weeks and eagerly wait to run out the door, My son’s costumes would always be a constant rotation of superheroes, his capes and candy sack flowing behind him as he ran ahead of us. As for my daughter, I can remember pulling her around to the different houses in our wagon when she was little, and as she grew up, some of her costume highlights included ladybugs, princesses, and Hannah Montana.
Now that they are 15 and 13 years old, the kids no longer spend the night traipsing around the neighborhood with me and their grandfather. Instead, they’re off with their friends while my wife and I hand out candy to the few kids who show up at our door. As my kids have aged, so has our neighborhood, and now only a handful of kids make it to our door every year. I will miss the years of memories our three generations made together, but we’ll always have those spooky nights of making our way through the neighborhood for a jacket- less Halloween. And I still get my trick-or-treating fix. Every year, the local preschools make their way through our office, and we reward them with full-sized candy bars. They’re at that perfectly cute age when they’re aware of what’s going on yet still full of wonder over it. It’s pure joy for our office, and while we love seeing our patients’ success stories unfold, it’s a rejuvenating break to see pure childlike happiness in our office. That’s exactly what Halloween should be. It has spooks and scary stories, but it’s really about dressing up in your favorite costume and soaking in the magic of free candy and your neighborhood coming to life — even if you have to wear a jacket to do it.
-Luke Kron, PT Managing Partne
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HOW TO REWIND LIFE’S CLOCK US I NG SOC I AL MED I A
There’s an App for That?
One of the hardest challenges of aging isn’t coping with the physical changes or new limitations associated with getting older; it’s finding new groups of people with similar interests, especially for empty nesters. Many adults build their peer networks around their children, making them the focal point of conversations with other parents in similar situations. But as children grow older and eventually leave home, parents are forced to adjust to their dwindling social lives. While some adults thrive in meeting new people, many struggle to find ways to connect with their peers. Fortunately, there are apps for that. EASY FACEBOOK FOR SENIORS The mother ship of social media can sometimes be more of a maze than a way to connect with others. Facebook took notice of
this and created a simplified version of the app specifically designed for those who want to avoid all the distractions. Ease of use makes the opportunity to connect with others who have similar interests simpler than ever.
SKYPE You don’t have to wait for the holidays for your next group gathering; Skype allows you the opportunity to have video chats with anyone who has a smartphone. Maybe your conversation about the football game got cut short at church, or maybe you never finished your discussion at book club. Whatever the occasion, Skype gives you the option to connect with the people around you, even when you don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your house.
OURTIME Dating in your 50s can be tricky,
especially when many singles are looking for specific requirements in a partner. Some are seeking casual relationships, while others are looking for someone to grow old with. OurTime is a dating app that allows seniors to find partners with similar values, priorities, and passions. It’s a great way to find new people to share the golden years with.
WHY IT CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR BALANCE What Is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
walking out to the mailbox because you don’t think your body can remain upright, it might be time to re-evaluate how your balance is working for you. When your balance suffers or you battle dizziness, you may not be living as full a life as you could be, but most patients who address these issues with vestibular rehabilitation have reported significant improvement. You need your balance, but your vestibular system may need you to actively help it along. If you think your balance needs improvement or if you struggle with bouts of dizziness, visit Four Corners Health & Rehabilitation online at FourCornersRehab.com .
be targeting the reason for your imbalance. Instead, consider the role of your ears.
Most of our balance comes from healthy, strong ears and senses. Vestibular rehabilitation places a focus on improving the function of your inner ear — or vestibular system — to improve your balance. Often, the work involved in this rehabilitation includes head exercises that essentially retrain and strengthen your vestibular system in order to keep you upright and balanced. Vestibular issues arise at a higher rate among adults as they age, meaning the risk for older adults is increased. When you can’t trust yourself to get in and out of the bathtub without falling, or if you get nervous
Staying balanced is essential to your ability to function every day, yet more than 40 percent of Americans experience dizziness and trouble maintaining proper balance. For older adults, this can be especially dangerous, as the risk of falls is already increased. Developing and expanding your balance may conjure up images of yoga and strengthening exercises, but while these moves can certainly help, they may not
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Are You Using Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Wrong?
Coconut Oil Better for baking than cooking,
Not all cooking oils are created equal. Some cooking oils have distinct flavors, while others are suited for high temperatures. Every oil is unique. Here are six common oils and their best uses. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil An often misused oil, extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) should not be used for cooking or frying. It’s simply too delicate and cannot withstand high temperatures, which can damage the flavor, ruining dishes. Instead, use it as a finishing oil — drizzle it over pasta, salad, or bread. Olive Oil Unlike EVOO, standard olive oil can be used for cooking and frying. It can withstand temps up to about 460 degrees. In many cases, you can use it in place of other cooking oils — just be sure you’re using plain olive oil and not EVOO.
coconut oil is generally solid at room temperature. It can be used for some cooking, but like EVOO it doesn’t play well with high temperatures. Keep it at 350 degrees or below and use it as a butter substitute. Canola Oil/Vegetable Oil A good option for high-heat cooking, baking, and frying, these utilitarian oils are completely neutral in flavor, but they’re not heart-healthy. Vegetable oil is a generic mix of oils, including soybean, canola (rapeseed), and palm oils, making it the most inexpensive cooking oil. Peanut Oil Great for high-heat cooking, frying, and deep-frying, peanut oil has a neutral flavor, so you can easily use it in just about any dish
that needs a cooking oil. It’s also a more heart-healthy option than canola and vegetable oils. Avocado Oil When you need an oil to withstand high temps, this is your oil. It has a smoke point of 510 degrees, making it perfect for grilling and stir-frying. What makes avocado oil particularly unique is it can also be used as a finishing oil, like EVOO. It’s light yet resilient.
Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine
WITH SUDOKU TAKE A BREAK
SPICED PUMPKIN SEED CRUNCH
This recipe combines pumpkin seeds, a seasonal favorite, with cashews, sunflower seeds, and spices. It’s a perfect homemade snack for the fall.
INGREDIENTS • 1 large egg white
• 1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds • 1/4 cup raw cashews, coarsely chopped • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
• 1 teaspoon light agave syrup • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala or curry powder • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
1. Heat oven to 300 F. 2. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. 3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg white, agave, salt, and spices. Add nuts and seeds and toss until evenly coated. 4. Using a slotted spoon, strain spoonfuls of mixture over bowl and transfer to baking sheet. Discard excess egg white mixture. 5. Bake 20–25 minutes, tossing once. 6. Let cool and serve.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1 2 3 4 LIFELONG HALLOWEEN MEMORIES TURN BACK TIME WITH SOCIAL MEDIA DIZZY? TRY VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION UNDERSTANDING COOKING OILS AND THEIR USES SPICED PUMPKIN SEED CRUNCH WHAT TO DO IN CLERMONT THIS OCTOBER STAY LOCAL IN OCTOBER
VISIT THESE SCARY-GOOD EVENTS
This month, you can visit Oz, get your BBQ and blues fix, and start a spooky fitness routine! Check out some of these local events in Clermont this October.
will have handcrafted items for sale. Learn more at lakeridgewinery.com .
Nightmare on the Clermont Trails 5K When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:45 p.m. Where: South Lake Trail near Clermont Historic Village Dress up like your favorite spook and hit the trail for this costumed 5K as part of the Harvest Festival. Can’t make it to Clermont that day? No worries! All Sommer Sports is offering a virtual option for out-of-town runners prior to race day. At the event, costumed runners will be eligible to win some of the $1,000 available in prizes. Awards will be given out for the top three runners overall, the top masters, and the top three males and females. Costume awards include most original, crowd favorite, best team costume, scariest, and best witch. Learn more at sommersports.com .
Journey to Oz When: Saturday,
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ BBQ and Blues Festival When: Oct. 12-13, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Admission: $10 for adults; free for children ages 12 and under Pair some BBQ with blues throughout this three-day festival and rib competition. Sample meat from five different competitors as they battle it out on the grilling gridiron to be crowned the Lakeridge Winery Rib Champion. Listen to some of the area’s top blues bands at the outdoor stage or relax with the solo acts at the wine and cheese bar. Included with the price of admission is a free winery tour and tasting, and arts and crafts vendors
Oct. 20, 3-5 p.m. Where: Clermont Performing Arts Center
Follow Dorothy to Oz in this adaptation of L.
Frank Baum’s tales of her adventures in the mysterious land
of Oz. The audience is invited to become part of the experimental production, including playing the roles of the munchkins, winkies, crows, and flying monkeys. Learn more at clermontpac.com .
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