Empty Nest, March 2014
Appen Media Group Empty Nest March Special Section 2 northfulton.com Empty Nest Sponsored Section • EMPTY NEST March 2014 Sponsored Section NorthFulton.com | March 2014 Personal Care Community the way it used to be …. One inclusive fee, No levels of care and a 2 year rent guarantee! All this to simplify your life! 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. To avoid surprise expenses it is imperative that families carefully explore all options available. This can seem to be a daunting task but in the end the security of knowing your care choice is one that you can feel good about long term is worth the extra effort. A move can be hard on an aging loved one; every effort made to assure it is a positive long term decision will be worth it. 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 deserves. We work to enhance the life of each individual producing comfort and security. Come for a tour of our cozy, tranquil assisted living community located in the heart of Roswell. We are a small 24 suite property providing the utmost in personal care and attention for your loved one and all for one low monthly fee of $ 2895 with only the addition of Supportive Care for residents requiring assistance with incontinence issues.. Come home to peace of mind, come home to Hearthstone. Ask Pam, Your Expert in Senior Home Care Since 2006. Spring is here and with it time for new beginnings. Spring is a good time to introduce new things and to take care of things that were forgotten over the winter. So many of our elderly parents and loved ones need extra attention and care and Spring is the time to make the change and start fresh. Call Senior Helpers today to set-up the extra care that your loved one needs. Q; My Father is moving into our basement soon and I am nervous that he isn’t going to adjust well, but he needs to be closer to us after his stroke this past winter. He has so many friends in New Jersey so the move here is a tough one. What do you suggest? Pam; You are making the right decision by moving him closer. I know the move will be hard on him but we have helped so many families in your position with their loved ones. I would make sure that his new living space has some special elements that make him feel at home and comfortable. I would also arrange for him to have a caregiver to give him the one-on-one care that he will need during this transitional time, having a friendly and consistent companion can really ease the move and make it better for everyone. I know I change is harder for me than I anticipate and when you are dealing with an elderly person it is often amplified. 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. Call Senior Helpers today to learn more about caring for an elderly parent or loved one. 770-442-2154. Or visit Senior Helpers online at Www.seniorhelpers.com/ northatlanta When You Need to Provide More Than Love CAL OR A TOU LF lusive All inc rate p 5 9 8 2 $ with a th n o er m ent rR 2 Yea antee! Guar R • Alzheimer and Dementia Care • Transportation and Errands • Bathing, Dressing and Light Housekeeping • Fall Risk Care • Caregivers Available from 1 hr./day to 24/7 and Live-in • Assisted Living Placement Assistance • Custom and Flexible Schedules Intimate assisted living community in the heart of Roswell with a ranch style home-like setting and 24 personalized suites. Hands-on Local Ownership 3 Home Cooked Meals Daily Weekly Housekeeping, Laundry and Linen Service Medication Supervision On-site Physician Care 350 Market Place | Roswell, GA 30075 770-552-1091 | www.hearthstoneofroswell.com Senior Helpers: Matt Fredenberg, Elizabeth Jackson, Pam Hodgson, Hutch Hodgson Come Home to Hearthstone 770.442.2154 Your Local Senior Care Expert. March 2014 EMPTY NEST • Sponsored Section northfulton.com 3 Milan Eye Center chosen to be the first to use the Ziemer Laser What is a cataract and what is cataract surgery? Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and today cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older. At some point in our life, we will all develop a cataract. The natural lens of the eye yellows and becomes cloudy with age as a result of biological changes of the proteins inside the lens. The function of the human lens is to focus incoming light onto the back of the eye. As your lens ages, light from the outside worlds becomes more and more distorted as it enters your eye. Difficulty reading, needing more light to read, experiencing glare and haloes at night and, even poor sleep patterns can be explained by cataract formation. The treatment for cataracts involves a painless, 10 minute surgery to remove the “clouded lens” or “cataract” and replace it with a man made intraocular lens implant. It is the most common surgical procedure in the US and around the world and is considered to be an extremely successful and safe procedure with a success rate approaching 99.5%. What is laser cataract surgery? With traditional cataract surgery, all the steps of the surgery are customarily performed “manually” by the surgeon using handheld tools. Laser cataract surgerythe next evolution of cataract surgery with the Ziemer Z6 laser offers a greater amount of precision, predictability and safety to these steps leading improved visual outcomes and more precise targets. With the Ziemer Z6 Laser System, your surgeon can offer you unmatched accuracy and a more predictable and customized cataract procedure. Based on your medical history and pre-operative evaluation, you and your surgeon will discuss the options available for your desired visual result. Together you can discuss a treatment plan which may include using the LDV Z6 to create the precise laser incisions in the cornea along with an advanced lens implant that may allow for improved near, intermediate or distance vision. This tailored treatment may reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery. How is laser cataract surgery different from traditional cataract surgery? In traditional cataract surgery, incisions in the cornea are made using handheld instruments including blades to access the cataract. Your surgeon will then use a surgical device to manually create a circular opening in the lens capsule of the eye that holds the cataract. The Ziemer Z6 laser can be used to make the corneal incisions precise and the opening in the lens capsule as circular as possible, in the right location, and sized to fit the replacement lens. Your surgeon can also use the laser to break up and soften the hard cataract. Softening the lens with the laser enables your surgeon to then remove the cataract more gently and with significantly less ultrasound energy than is used in traditional manual cataract surgery. What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery? A highly customized treatment A treatment with little or no discomfort A more precise and predictable treatment A gentler and easier cataract removal Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-focal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery Am I a suitable candidate for laser cataract surgery? Your surgeon and you will decide whether you are a suitable candidate based on your eye anatomy, type of cataract and type of lens implant that you desire. Most patients are candidates for having some of the steps of cataract surgery performed with the Ziemer Z6 laser. Cataracts? Worry no more! Bladeless laser surgery is now available. Milan Eye Center is the ﬁrst practice in the United States to offer bladeless cataract surgery of its type. How long has the procedure been performed? Thousands of cataract procedures have been successfully performed using femtosecond laser systems, and femtosecond lasers have been used in eye procedures for decades. The most familiar use of femtosecond laser technology is LASIK. Femtosecond lasers represent an advanced standard in precision laser cataract surgery and the Ziemer Z6 platform was FDA cleared in 2013. What should I expect on the day of surgery? Your day in surgery should be no different than a routine cataract case. The Ziemer Z6 laser is positioned next to the surgeon and is utilized seamlessly during the cataract surgery process. You will be given mild IV sedation that will likely keep you pleasantly unaware of the goings on in surgery. There is no pain, needles or stitches as part of the procedure. What should I expect after surgery? After surgery, you can generally expect your vision to be improved within 24 hours. Generally, patients experience no pain after surgery. Slight scratchiness of the eye is common and they prescribed eye drops will help with any of these symptoms. Many patients return to work or normal activities the next day and even drive themselves to their post-op day one appointment! How long does the procedure take? You can expect to be at our center for 2 hours. And you will be in the procedure room for 20-25 minutes. Call Milan Eye Center at 678688-4575 for more information. Milan Eye Center is excited to announce that we have been chosen to be the ﬁrst practice in the United States to use the Ziemer Z6 Laser for bladeless laser surgery. Now, Atlanta residents have the option to have a safer, quicker and more precise way of removing cataracts by utilizing our new bladeless laser procedure. Look for our ad series and visit us at www.MilanEyeCenter.com for more information on speciﬁc services and ways to learn more. Milan R. Patel, M.D. Niraj Desai, M.D. Cataract & Refractive Cataract & Refractive Surgeon Surgeon 2011 and 2012 One of America’s Top Doctors by U.S. News and World Report Gina Borgnini, O.D. Optometrist Priyal Gadani, O.D. Optometrist 6300 Hospital Pkwy, Suite 325 | Johns Creek 970 Sanders Rd, Suite 100 | Cumming Learn more at www.MilanEyeCenter.com Call today for a consultation 678-688-4575 4 northfulton.com Sponsored Section • EMPTY NEST March 2014 We Have Exciting News! In the last five years (2008-2013) which media use is increasing? 47% 48% Survey Question: “Which of the following news sources would you say that you rely on the most for news about issues and problems in Johns Creek? 18% 13% 5% 5% 9% 3% Johns TV Stations Creek From Neighbor** Atlanta 1% 7% 4% Other 4% 5% 10/1/2008 5/2/2013 17% 15% Atlanta Journal Constitution Johns Creek Herald Johns Creek Patch* Internet Unsure or Refused APPEN MEDIA newspapers reach 40% more (over 30,000 more homes) in North Fulton / South Forsyth than the next closest competitor and is by far the preferred source for local news. If your business depends on reaching buyers in North Fulton or South Forsyth, we deliver. Why settle for less? Let us connect you. Call now for more advertising information 770-442-3278. Circulation Comparison AppenMediaGroup.com Survey of Voter Attitudes in Johns Creek, Georgia conducted from April 30 - May 2, 2013 by The Tarrance Group for the City of Johns Creek. Question #QD7. *Listed as Johns Creek Post in 2008 survey. ** Not included in 2008 survey. AJC WEEKDAY 16,481 AJC SUNDAY 29,241 NEIGHBOR 43,250 APPEN 73,500 Data based on the following: 2013 CVC Audit for Appen, 2013 ABC Audit for the AJC, 2013 CAC Audit for the Neighbor. Comparison only of circulation in Alpharetta, Roswell, Milton, Johns Creek, and Forsyth county.