Home' Island Sun : ISN 012216 Contents 22B ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 22, 2016
Mom And Me
by Lizzie and Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce answer your ques-
tions and give advice about aging
concerns from a two-generational
perspective. A mother and daughter
team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health
educator, and Pryce is a licensed psycho-
therapist in private practice who special-
izes in the care of elders and people with
Dear Mom & Me,
I am a single woman -- a retired career
educator. My career was foremost so
I never married, but I now realize how
much I have missed.
After I retired, I was thrilled to be able
to stay in my home and enjoy the many
pleasures. But I now realize that this can-
not go on too much longer and I must
make a change, as I am completely on
my own with no family.
I have interviewed many complexes
and have one very basic problem: I am
terrified that I will not have the financial
resources to see me to the end, and then
I will be out on the street. What do I do
In today's economy, many singles
and married people are having the same
problem as you. Nobody knows for sure
what is ahead.
I would suggest that you get all of the
information you can about your financial
position and seek the counsel of an ex-
perienced, older financial advisor; maybe
she/he will have the answer for you.
So far as what you have "missed,"
many married women envy you. They
would have loved having a career and all
of the glamor in your life rather than a
life of domesticity.
What's to regret? What did you miss?
You made a life for yourself as a single
professional. You can make a life for
yourself as a retired single professional.
Being married is not a requirement to
participate in social activities and net-
working. Many single women (divorced
or widowed) are enjoying rich social lives.
The key is you need to take an active
role in creating your social connections
through church, senior centers, local
parks and recreation programming. Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce's email address is
Doctor and Dietitian
Of Vitamin D
by Ross Hauser, MD
and Marion Hauser, MS, RD
Vitamin D is getting more atten-
tion lately. That's good, because
this vitamin is packed with health
benefits. Many of us are familiar with
Vitamin D's role in promoting healthy
bones by aiding calcium absorption, but
it has also been shown to lower the risk
of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart
attack, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple
sclerosis. Vitamin D inhibits cancer
growth and regulates the immune sys-
tem. Taken in combination with daily
fiber, Vitamin D reduces the risk of
developing precancerous colon polyps.
This power-packed vitamin is pro-
duced by your skin in response to expo-
sure to ultraviolet B from natural sunlight.
The closer you are to the equator, the
easier it is to get Vitamin D from the sun.
However, if you live above 40 degrees
north latitude, like our friends in Chicago,
you won't make much Vitamin D in
the winter. In Florida, you can produce
Vitamin D most of the year.
An estimated 40 percent of the
U.S. population is Vitamin D deficient.
Remember, without enough vitamin D,
your body cannot absorb calcium, and
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteopo-
rosis, especially as we age.
Just as Vitamin D can help prevent dis-
ease, a deficiency in this vitamin is linked
to a spectrum of health conditions, includ-
ing diabetes and various cancers. Muscles,
nerves and the immune system all need
Vitamin D to function well. Chronic
Vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed
overnight, but takes months of supplemen-
tation and sunlight exposure to rebuild.
It is difficult to meet our Vitamin D
needs through diet alone. Vitamin D-rich
foods are not as common as you would
think, which is why a lot of milks and juic-
es are fortified with it. If you're not able
to get enough safe sunlight exposure,
consider a Vitamin D supplement.
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Caring Medical and Rehabilitation
Services has two locations: one in Oak
Park, Illinois, and one in Fort Myers.
It was established in 1991 by Ross
Hauser, MD, and Marion Hauser, MS,
RD. They can be reached at info@car-
Got A Problem?
Dr. Connie Is In
Q: I have always
had difficulty speak-
ing out because I
was told when I
was young to keep
quiet. I feel over the
years, especially in
adulthood, I have
stuffed my feelings
and I am having
some physical problems. I don't even say
much to my doctor. Can you help?
A: I have worked with many people
who have been shamed into being quiet
and they never really learned to speak
their truth. Often, this manifests into
issues on all levels, mind, body, spirit and
emotions. This can lead to how we do
(or don't) express our health concerns to
our physicians and you know your body
more than anyone. If you stay shut down
and don't speak your truth, this could do
more harm than good as your body is
screaming to be heard. You are in charge
of that voice within and it needs to be
You also need to have a doctor who
will hear you and listen. This will help you
feel more comfortable speaking up for
what you need. Don't allow anyone to
intimidate you for you are just as worthy
as anyone of being listened to and helped.
Being able to speak your truth has to
do with one of your emotional centers in
your body, the throat chakra. You might
want to find a professional who can work
with you at de-programming your core
belief that you must be quiet, and repro-
gram this belief of you have total permis-
sion to speak your truth.
Constance Clancy-Fisher, EdD is a
licensed mental health therapist, hypno-
therapist, author and holistic stress man-
agement instructor. She can be reached
695 Tarpon Bay
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Meta G Roth, MS
Pilates Mat Classes
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Ways to Fight
Cold And Flu
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
a real germaphobe
because I get very
next to me starts
when they don't
cover their mouth.
I'll let the first one slide but if it happens
again, I am apt to leave or hand them
a Kleenex. Cover it! Is it just me or are
you that way too? If you feel like you're
coming down with something, here are
1. Oil of oregano is a super strong germ
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