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NorthFulton.com | December 2013

Discreet transportation Doctor’s Hearing Center is now open in Johns Creek assistance for you By DYNNA BROWN Owner, Mobility Partners Do you want more freedom to travel when and where you want? Are you hesitant to ask friends and family to drive you to appointments? Do you wish there was a discreet transportation option? Regardless of your destination; whether it’s a medical appointment at Emory or a Musical at the Fox Theatre, you never have to worry about calling additional attention to yourself by showing up in a vehicle more concerned about advertising its own business than getting you safely and discreetly to your destination. “Our commitment to our clients goes beyond ensuring they make it to their appointments safely and on time… • It’s about maintaining a level of independence. • It’s about being discreet.

• It’s about our clients having a sense of pride when they need to schedule a ride.” With Mobility Partners you will never miss out on anything again! Our experienced Mobility Specialists understand the value of being courteous, and are sensitive to the needs of individuals with limited mobility. Each specialist is trained in client safety and passes a Mobility Partner’s background check. Call us today at 678-2214006 or visit our website www. MobilityPartners.org to schedule your ride.

Doctor’s Hearing Center is now open in Johns Creek to provide hearing care for the general community, diagnostic hearing and balance services for physicians and industry or academic hearing screenings. We offer hearing consultations, audiologic testing, the latest technology in hearing aids, hearing aid repairs, wax removal, tinnitus or ringing in the ears treatment and advice on hearing health programs available. Dr. Robin Andrews is an expert on correcting hearing problems. Physicians trust Dr. Andrews and for over 30 years have been referring patients to assist in patient diagnosis and management. He has been in private practice since 1984 and has helped many Georgians with their hearing health. Dr. Andrews specializes in the treatment of hearing loss

due to nerve damage and diagnostics for balance and dizziness. He has worked with Neurologists, Primary Care andrews Physicians, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons, Veterans Administration and many industries. Hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition presented to the primary care physician. The first is heart disease and the second is low back pain. How do you know if you have hearing loss or diminished hearing? Do You: • Hear but don’t understand what people say? • Ask people to repeat what

they say? • Get complaints that your TV is too loud? • Have difficulty understanding women and children? • Ringing or noise in your ears? • Miss common sounds like telephones and doorbells ringing? Hearing loss can occur if you have a family history of hearing loss, noise exposure, diabetes or heart disease. Join us in our excitement to be here in Johns Creek by taking that next step to help yourself or someone you know or love. Call 770-676-7208 or stop in at 11180 State Bridge Road, Suite 207, to set up an appointment to get the expert hearing care you need and deserve. –Dr. Robin Andrews Audiologist Board Certified

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Tapestry House assisted living facility staff during their groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 13.

Tapestry House Assisted Living expands ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell city leaders welcomed the expansion of 64 new suites at the Tapestry House assisted living facility. A groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the occasion took place Friday, Dec. 13 at 9212 Nesbit Ferry Road in Alpharetta. Milton L. Cruz, owner of Insignia Senior Living, was in attendance along with Dean Peacock, principal of Peacock Construction. Invited guests included Maria Rose of the Johns Creek Chamber of Chamber, Roswell city leaders, Julie Vickers, executive director of the Tapestry

House, Zee Jennings, executive director of Tapestry House, and Tracie Kolody, executive director of Carlton Senior Living in Sandy Springs. All three of these senior living facilities are owned by Milton L. Cruz. The health care real estate and investment group last year opened the first assisted living and memory care facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The latest project, a 64-suite addition to Tapestry House Senior Living and Memory Care will offer studio and one-bedroom apartments with assisted living amenities as well as medication manage-

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• Caregivers Available from 1 hr./day to 24/7 and Live-in • Assisted Living Placement Assistance • Custom and Flexible Schedules

ment. The facility will also accommodate a 30-day rehab stepdown program from hospital discharge. Construction for the expansion is expected to be completed by the end of September 2014. For more information, visit www.insigniaseniorliving.com. Senior Helpers: Matt Fredenberg, Elizabeth Jackson, Pam Hodgson, Hutch Hodgson

770.442.2154 Ask about our assisted living placement.

A Perfect Fit.

When two great teams unite you are ensured your loved one will receive optimal medical care and direction in a beautiful, secure, home-like environment. Please stop by and enjoy a tour of our beautiful communities and learn more about the services we offer. Contact Kelley Brown at 770-877-8175 for more information.

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Will it feel like their home How will your loved one’s next home feel like their home and keep them safe? Finding the right mix of “peace of mind” and economic value for the services rendered to a frail loved one, can be a difficult situation. Do you know their needs? Really? How will you speak on your loved one’s behalf if they are not able to do so themselves? Good questions. Experts recommend that you actually take a month (or two) and stay with your loved one in their current home so

you can know what daily needs are required to keep everyone in the best quality health. Additionally, during your month, take some field trips to the possible Assisted Living Communities around making sure to pay attention to their “Open Door” policy, their staff (and any turn over in staff), the mobility of the residents, etc. If you are still comfortable after 4or5 visits, then take your loved one with you. The time spent in the research is worth it… Think about how they carefully chose your first school, car or college.

Now it is your turn.   Hearthstone Personal Care Community prides itself on easing this process by providing peace of mind and financial certainty for our families thru transparency of care at one simple all inclusive rate. From the time that you enter our doors, you will feel the warmth and compassion that is an integral part of daily life here.  Our team values each person’s individuality and his or her personal needs with the respect that each person

Difficulty hearing?

Hearing but don’t understand?

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Your expert in holiday senior care for the past 8 years Caring for a spouse or an elderly relative is challenging, and can be especially so around the holidays. If you have a loved one with hodgson care needs and will be visiting with them over the holidays, please do not hesitate to call Senior Helpers for advice and care. Let Senior Helpers provide the extra one-on-one care your loved one needs this Holiday Season! Thank you for all you do and the way you love, the care and comfort you provide are so important. The Holidays are a time to rest, reflect and spend time with those you love. Since 2006, Pam with Senior Helpers has been helping families setup the care they need for their loved ones. Pam has a tremendous heart to serve the families of North Fulton with dignity and respect. Q; My mom and I went to her doctor last week and mom got offIcially diagnosed with Dementia. I am crushed, there were signs for sure, but I was so hopeful! Mom’s Doctor said that she is not safe at home alone so I needing help. How does scheduling work with Senior Helpers? Pam; First off, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother’s recent diagnosis. I took care of my grandmother who had

memory care issues for years so I know firsthand the difficulties of caring for someone you love who is going through this. My company is designed to help families just like you! We can provide a caregiver to stay with my from just one hour a day to 24/7. Schedules can be completely flexible and on an as needed basis. Many families will use us just a few hours a week and then use us around the clock during vacations and trips for full-time coverage while they are away. Call me at my office and we can figure out a custom care plan and schedule that fits your needs! Pam Hodgson owns Senior Helpers with her adult children, Elizabeth Jackson and Matt Fredenberg. Having lived in North Fulton for the past 30 years, Pam has a tremendous heart for helping families with caring for their loved ones. Located in Alpharetta, Senior Helpers is your Hometown solution for Private Home Care and Assisted Living Options. Senior Helpers has specially trained Caregivers (mostly Certified Nursing Assistants) that provide care anywhere from one hour a day to live-in and 24/7. Senior Helpers is Licensed in the State of Georgia and all employees are bonded/licensed and insured and have passed all background checks and screenings. Call Senior Helpers today at 770-442-2154 to discuss care for you or your loved one.

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Regular Eye Exams Are Important For Seniors •

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Check Your Credit Report Union. So now could be a good time to get a free copy of your credit report.

Missing objects when reaching

• Discontinuing everyday activities such as reading and writing.

“Knowing how much outstanding debt you have before you head out to the mall makes sense and a credit report is the best place to get the financial facts,” said Stuart K. Pratt, president and CEO of the Consumer Data Industry Association. “We encourage consumers to give themselves a gift this holiday season by getting their free credit reports now,” he added.

Simple, painless eye exams are crucial in detecting an eye disease or condition in its early stages, to help preserve your sight. During the exam, an ophthalmologist—a medical doctor who specializes in eye care— will provide a diagnosis and treatment of all eye diseases and conditions. Making Eye Care Available (NAPS)—Many seniors will be glad to learn that there are steps they can take to protect against vision problems—starting with an eye exam. A regular exam is key for seniors because some eye conditions and diseases do not show warning signs.

Despite medical evidence that healthy vision plays a critical role in overall health and happiness, many older adults in the United States do not seek regular eye care or face difficulty accessing and paying for health care services.

While it is commonly known that eye troubles increase rapidly with age— particularly after age 65—a lesser-known fact is that vision loss is also associated with a higher incidence of falls, injuries, depression and social isolation.

To ensure that all seniors throughout the country have access to eye care services, nearly 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists are available to provide eye care at no out-ofpocket cost to qualifying seniors 65 and older through EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which matches patients to volunteer ophthalmologists.

A Regular Examination As part of an overall health-maintenance strategy, the American Academy of Ophthalmology urges seniors to have a comprehensive eye exam, especially if they have not had one in the past two years, whether or not there are symptoms. The Academy also encourages seniors, their loved ones and caregivers to be aware of signs that indicate vision problems that require an eye exam. These problems can include: •

Bumping into or knocking over objects

Stepping hesitantly

• Squinting or tilting the head when trying to focus

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“Sight problems should not be ignored at any age, but particularly in seniors, as problems are more common in this group of patients,” said Richard P. Mills, M.D., MPH, chairman for EyeCare America. “The earlier a patient seeks medical diagnosis and treatment, the greater the chances for saving and recovering one’s vision, which contributes to overall health and happiness.”

(NAPS)—Generously stuffing everyone’s holiday stockings needn’t leave you with empty pockets. Fortunately, you can keep track of your finances. By law, consumers are entitled to one free annual report from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and Trans­

Many do just that. The Consumer Financial Protection Bu­ reau reports that 16 million consumers access their free credit reports annually, through www. annualcreditreport.com. Credit report literacy is an essential building block of overall financial peace of mind.

Active Senior Living!

The program is sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation with additional support from Alcon. To learn more and to see if you qualify, visit www.eyecareamerica.org. A regular eye exam is key for seniors because some eye conditions and diseases do not show warning signs.

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