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September 26, 2000

Deciding factors
Social Security, Medicare and prescription drugs are issues that hit home for many seniors. And they're listening to what the presidential candidates are saying.

Make it easier on family in time of grief
No one likes to think about it or talk about it. But it's absolutely guaranteed: At some point, all of us will be involved in planning a funeral.

On top of her game
Senior Games' outstanding female athlete five times in a row, she's ready to compete next month.

Years later, a prayer of thanks
Music is important in my life, even though it was forced on me as a child.

Grandma's urge to lurch still rises
My daughter's family includes my daughter, her husband, two growing boys, a dog, two cats, a gerbil, two rabbits and a superannuated, raggedy fish that lives in a brandy snifter with blue marbles at the bottom. One of the cats drinks water exclusively from that snifter: It doesn't covet the fish, it just likes the flavor.

And now, a time to savor the fury
I'm not middle-aged anymore. I'm 691/2. I'm old. Now, I'm an official curmudgeon, and I am "shocked, shocked" at the modern world and love to complain about it. I'm not alone. In his book The Force of Character and the Lasting Life (Random House, $24), James Hillman writes: "Fury in old age is a regular phenomenon."

Volunteer helps keep Shrine effort moving
Ernie Bach's spare time is taken up with volunteer work for the Shriners, where he shuttles children to medical care.

Lighting the way to change
I've had an interesting time this summer seeking out some of the lighthouses of Florida. Some are easy to visit, and others are less accessible. My friends Valerie and Ron were instrumental in my seeing the most unusual, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, which is not open to the general public. Most can view it only from a great distance, with high-powered binoculars, but we were able to go to it.

Volunteers stock gift shop, lend an ear
Citrus Memorial Hospital's shop provides a service, and the proceeds are used for donations and scholarships.

Take care of your shoulder: You can't get by without it
Meet the most flexible, the most fragile and perhaps the most abused joint in our bodies -- the shoulder. It is, along with one of its closest neighbors -- the rotator cuff -- very vulnerable to injury. When you consider the wide range of motion and the flexibility that the shoulder has to offer, it is easy to see how this joint can be susceptible to injury.  

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