APRIL LOVE: It’s All About the Earth, Yourself and Those Pesky Gators


In March we said a final goodbye to our lovely niece-in-law, Elizabeth Crosby Reeves, who learned 13 months ago she had terminal bile duct cancer. It was a horrific battle for the 48-year-old mother of two, but one she fought bravely.

She was kind, beautiful, generous and loved — about 400 people showed
up for her memorial service.

Elizabeth was one among an estimated half-million Americans who will die from cancer this year. It’s the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. It can cause tremendous suffering for the patient, their families and communities.

April is National Cancer Control Month, a federally endorsed observation
that, since 1938, honors those have
battled the disease, encourages research,
and seeks to educate people on how to
prevent cancer.

Currently, record-breaking advances in cancer research are transforming
cancer treatment to make it more effective and less toxic. Many more
promising treatments and therapies are on the horizon. Immuno-oncology—
teaching the body’s immune system to attack cancer—is especially exciting.

And because of the Affordable Care Act, which came into force in 2014, insurers
must cover recommended cancer screenings and other preventative services.
They cannot deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions or limit coverage by putting annual dollar limits on most benefits.

Right now, though, the best way to combat the disease is through prevention and early detection. Experts say that nearly half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy eating habits, regular exercise, limiting sun exposure,
living tobacco-free and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption. Regular
physicals and cancer screenings give patients the best chance for successful


So why not make April the month
to start loving yourself a little more.
Following these preventative guidelines
will not only make your quality of life
better, but hopefully it will make your
life longer as well.


Whether you are spring cleaning or spring breaking, this issue Lifestyles
After 50 should be a pleasant distraction.

To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we’ll introduce you to America’s first
solar city — it’s going up right here in Florida.

And with our beautiful weather
comes increased gator roaming (they’re looking for love in all the wrong places), so, just in case you spot one floating in your pool, we’ve talked to one of Florida’s licensed nuisance gator trappers.

She’s fearless.

Been thinking about adding a pop of color to your décor? We show you how
with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet.

On these pages you’ll also learn about new Medicare cards, tax-deferred bonds, a
new shingles vaccine, new blood pressure guidelines, and other health and senior
news. For a special treat, check out our recipe for gator wings.

And of course, our his and her satirical columnists will keep you in stitches.

Visit lifestylesafter50.com for even more information and entertainment.

Terri Reeves

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday
but never remembers her age.
~ Robert Frost


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