As many as three out of four people over the age of 65 experience persistent pain of some kind. Historically, pain has been viewed as just a normal consequence of growing older, and often dismissed. When you age you get more aches and pains, "they" say. So, older people have been conditioned to believe that they just need to learn to live with chronic pain in their bodies and joints. But why live with pain that can be prevented and treated just because you've gotten older? The good news is that people are challenging the attitude that pain and aging go hand in hand, and working to develop ways to help people live with less pain at all ages.
A group of Bradenton school children ranging in ages from 5 to 10 were left unattended for hours at their bus stop on 51st Street West in Bradenton the other morning. The children had boarded their school bus and had waved goodbye to their parents. The parents waved to the bus driver and most of them went on their way - believing their children were in the good care of the driver and were on their way to school. Then the fiasco began. The bus driver made a group of children get off the bus because it was too crowded. The frightened children were told that another bus would come for them soon. There the children sat and waited unattended for over two hours until another bus finally arrived.
You never know when you will be called to find your inner hero. On a recent morning, John Perry, owner of J&B Auto Repair on Ellenton-Gillette Road, along with his mechanic Romiel Wilfred answered the call when a smoking bus carrying wheelchair-bound passengers from a Palmetto group home for people with cerebral palsy came to a stop in front of their shop. The bus driver pulled the bus over after passenger Kristy Skulitz yelled out that she smelled something burning. The power-supply box for the wheelchair lift at back of the bus had caught on fire and the passengers needed to be evacuated.
Our local Sarasota and Manatee county children will return to school on Monday, August 18, 2014. It's important to remember that the first week of school is likely to be hectic and dealing with traffic near schools will be challenging. A positive attitude and patience will go a long way as you try to get where you need to go.
On October 9, 2013, Cathy Jo Ivancsits got into her SUV and ran over her 4-year-old daughter, Michelle, killing her. She and her husband were unaware that their daughter had come out of the family's home and was in front of the SUV - the little girl was too small to be seen through the windshield. At the time of the accident, Ivancsits was drunk and had marijuana in her system. After a nine-month investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol and Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office it has been announced that Ivancsits won't be charged with vehicular homicide or manslaughter. She'll face only a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Why?
Kids 5-12 will be able to get a free bicycle helmet and participate in a bicycle safety themed Bike Rodeo on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pride Park in Bradenton. Sponsored by Manatee County, the South County CRA and the Manatee Bike Club, the Bike Rodeo will include a bike riding skills course, bike inspections, door prizes and helmet checks. Free helmets will be given away while supplies last and bikes will be made available for those who do not bring their own. Pride Park is located at 63rd Ave and 9th Street East in Bradenton. For more information call 941-232-5678.
It's coming - Floridians are about to be bombarded with messages from both sides of the medical marijuana debate surrounding proposed Amendment 2 to the Florida Constitution. As we lamented in a previous post, it's hard to find objective information about medical marijuana because it appears that most of the information being circulated is coming from biased sources. For people interested in the medical marijuana debate, an upcoming "Community Conversation" at Bradenton's SCF campus will give the public a chance to sit in on a panel discussion of the issues.
Looking for a fun way to end the summer with the kids before it's time to go back to school? How about a night at a Bradenton Marauders baseball game? On Saturday, August 16, 2014, the Bradenton Marauders are having Back to School Night presented by Bright House Networks. The first 500 kids 12 & under will receive a free yellow and black Bradenton Marauders backpack that is sure to get the kids excited about returning to class. Manatee and Sarasota County School District Employees can purchase a ticket to the game for their entire household for just $1.00 per ticket with a valid school district ID at the Marauders Box Office.
In 1968, during a period some call the "Golden Age of the Outlaw American Biker," and a year ahead of the release of the movie "Easy Rider," photographer Danny Lyon, already widely admired for his civil rights movement photography, published "The Bikeriders." The Bikeriders featured portraits and candid photographs from the outlaw motorcycle subculture in a style that was considered unconventional and almost radical at the time of its release. Documenting in pictures a world that people were then and continue to be fascinated with, The Bikeriders has come to be viewed as an essential piece of American photojournalism.
Every year in the U.S. over 240 million prescriptions are given out for narcotic painkillers. Doctors and hospitals are required to dispense prescriptions responsibly for legitimate medical reasons, to patients who really are suffering from pain, and not to people who are faking pain symptoms to feed their pain medication addiction or to get drugs to sell to others. Prescription pain medication addiction and abuse has become a nationwide epidemic - some addicts and abusers are not hard to spot, but quite often the signs of addiction and abuse can be elusive.