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The Inexplicable Hope of Mothers page 8

SKIN CANCER AWARENESS What’s Your Skin Hiding? page 12

NATIONAL NURSES WEEK Recognizing the Hand Holders page 24


8 Happy Mother’s Day

The Inexplicable Hope of Mothers

MONTHLY FEATURES 6 Veterans Benefits

Women Veterans Have Access to VA Resources




7 Legal Matters

Medicaid Expansion to Include Home Care


12 We Mustache You A Question ?? What’s Your Skin Hiding?

15 Social Security

Social Security Honors Our Military Heroes

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Mother’s Day Escape–The Perfect Week Away

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The saying goes that “April Showers Brings May Flowers.” I think that we can all agree that we’ve had our fair share of April showers and are ready to watch all of the blossoms that May brings. May is always such a sentimental time of year with celebrations such as May Day (May 1st) the return of spring, paying tribute on Cinco De Mayo, and honoring our Mothers, Nurses, and Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day. Mother’s Day is not just any other Sunday. It’s a day of reflection on mothers who are with us in any form, whether chosen mother figures, step-mothers, or our Mothers, they are unique and dedicated in every way. Whether present and celebrating the day by our sides, virtually from afar, or by tribute to those who are no longer with us physically, we have an opportunity to honor and celebrate them. For our family Mother’s Day is iconic, it’s a day to recognize the struggles, sacrifice, and dedication the Matriarch of our family has made. Holding everything together when life is moving in the best direction such as celebrating accomplishments, success, and each other; to times when we need a hand to hold, shoulder to cry on, and someone to reassure us that “this too shall pass and everything is going to be ok.” There are not enough words to describe the love and indescribable bond I have with my mother, the dedication that she provides not only to me but also my family no matter my age is beyond what I could ever imagine. To me she will always be my hero, I look at her and only hope that I can be half of the person to my kids and my family that she is every day. Happy Mother’s Day Mom! In the month of May, we also pay tribute to our Nurses with Nurses week May 6 through May 12. As a Nurse myself passion to serve others is within. I want you to know that you are Warriors. From being a stand-in family for those that don’t have family or the ability to see their families; to running off adrenaline providing life-saving measures to someone in need you truly provide rewarding heroic care every day. Thank you for all that you do. From our family to yours,

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In 2020, more than 23,500 transitioning servicewomen, including members of the Reserve component, learned about VA benefits as part of the VA Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The program’s VA Benefits and Services course, led by VA Benefits Advisors, helps transitioning service members navigate VA and its benefits. Transitioning servicewomen have an array of gender-focused services.

Women are the fastest-growing demographic in the U.S. military and Veteran populations, and VA stands ready to provide resources. There are currently more than two million women Veterans—and that number continues to rise, according to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. In fact, women are expected to make up more than 16% of the U.S. Veteran population by 2043. Women have served the country in many capacities throughout history, However, they did not receive VA benefits until Congress passed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in 1948. That act granted them permanent presence in the military, entitling them to VA benefits. VA benefits are a vital part of economic stability. In 2020, more than 4,900 women Veterans learned about benefits at nationwide woman-focused outreach events. More than 196,000 women Veterans used education benefits and more than 555,000 women Veterans received $10.7 billion in disability compensation. Hundreds of thousands also engaged VA with a pension, home loans, insurance, employment, and memorial benefits.

In addition to TAP, both transitioning servicewomen and women Veterans can take the online, self-paced Women’s Health Transition Training anytime, anywhere at This course educates transitioning service women about VA women’s health care services, benefits, eligibility requirements, and VA’s organization and culture. It also helps connect them with other women Veterans and networks. All women Veterans should use VA transition services and take the Women’s Health Transition Training to learn more about benefits. Learn more about the training at

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MEDICAID EXPANSION TO INCLUDE HOME CARE Do you know that the government might give you immediate financial assistance when you need a nursing home, but make you wait for financial assistance if you need care at home? I have had clients wait for years before the government will help them financially for home care. It makes no sense.

paying for care, only to end up in a nursing home when they run out of money.

Care at home is much less expensive than at a nursing home and receiving care at home might help an individual avoid the nursing home completely. And that would save the government a lot of cash.

But help is on the way!

Some in our government may have finally figured out what elder law attorneys have known for years: Providing financial support for home care is better for the individual and the government. Much better than requiring nursing home care that requires immediate financial assistance. While waiting, a spouse or adult child usually takes care of their ailing loved one. Some adult children leave their jobs to do so. Others go through their life’s savings

Sometimes, the ailing person and/or caregiver suffers an injury at home because the level of care needed is beyond the caregiver’s capabilities.

The American Jobs Plan, more commonly known as the Infrastructure Stimulus Bill, allocates $400B over eight years to expand the Home Care Medicaid Program. If passed, more needy people will get the care they need without having to move out of their homes. And who doesn’t prefer living at home to living in a nursing home? Scott Selis, Elder Law Attorney, estate planning, probate, long-term care, government benefits, (Medicaid, Veteran’s benefits). Scott was Assistant Chair of Florida Bar’s Elder Law section, and Elder Law Attorney of the Year 2016.

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HOPE OF MOTHERS by Adrienne Freeland

My maternal grandmother was born on January 2, 1925, 15 years and 9 months before the start of World War II. To me, as a child of the ’80s, World War II somehow feels like it was eons ago. Certainly too long ago that any of my immediate family members could have had memories of it. It’s hard to imagine how witnessing so much loss and fear impacted the way members of my grandparents’ generation lived and eventually the way they parented. In her youth my grandmother was tall, slender, and lovely, born into a wealthy family in the South. The 8

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world was wildly different than it is now. In her lifetime she witnessed unbelievable social and technological change. From world wars to civil rights movements, and from black and white television to the invention of the internet. In the 1950s after marrying my handsome grandfather, she began the next phase of her life: motherhood. Together they had three energetic and highly opinionated daughters whom she raised in a small home that my grandfather built. Like many families in those days, he worked out of the house making a good living, and she worked in the house and was responsible

for all of the duties therein. It was a lovely life that I’m sure her own mother was very proud of. My grandmother was whip-smart, funny, and strong. When she was younger, she had worked in the bank that her father owned, and odds are she was great at it. She excelled at most anything she tried. But, like many women of her generation, she gave up any chance of career to raise her girls. My mother is the middle of her three daughters. Like my grandmother, she is smart and stubborn. For the record, she passed the same traits on to me. When my mother graduated high school she went off to college

teacher didn’t allow her the freedom to stay home. But knowing her, I think she liked working too much to have considered it. Mom’s version of motherhood looked vastly different than her mother’s. She worked a full-time job out of the house and still juggled many of the duties traditionally ascribed to women inside the house as well. Since my grandmother lived just a few miles away she stepped in often to help. When I was in middle school, to avoid sending me home to an empty house, I rode the bus home to my grandparent’s house. It was there, under the watchful eye of my grandmother that I had my afternoon snack, finished my homework, and caught up on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. What I didn’t realize then is that I was the beneficiary of two different and complementary versions of the mothering spirit. Two women, whose lives looked so different, but whose hope and love for all that my future could hold mirrored one another. Two

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and then to graduate school and eventually became a social worker. She and her two sisters are each more educated than their parents, which I imagine was a great point of pride for my grandparents. In the ‘80’s she met my father playing sand volleyball and exactly two years and one day after they married I was born (followed four years later by my brother). My mom has always loved to work, but she also had to work. My father’s job as a

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mothers who bickered the same way that my mother and I still do. Some things are just genetic. Nearly 100 years after my grandmother’s birth, I am also a mother. Like my mom, I am married to a teacher which makes it financially impossible for me to be a stay-athome mom in the way that my grandmother was. But

What I didn’t realize then is that I was the beneficiary of two different and complementary versions of the mothering spirit. Two women, whose lives looked so different, but whose hope and love for all that my future could hold mirrored one another. the world is so much different than it was in the ’80s and ’90s. I stay home with our son every day, but I’m also a freelance writer who maintains a work schedule during nap time, in the evenings, and on weekends. I wonder if my mother or grandmother would have chosen this version of motherhood if they could have. The internet age has given me and millions of others the ability to work from home when and where we need to. It enables us more choice and the ability to craft a version of motherhood that fits our lives. Mothers like me can stay home with their children while continuing to keep their resumes active and up-todate. We’re able to make a living and still be present for every first step and knee scrape. It’s remarkable, and it’s exhausting. As I sit here and reflect upon my experience as a mother I can’t help but acknowledge how much responsibility has always been placed on women. How we’ve always been there to sacrifice ourselves, willingly, so that we can create the best lives we can for our children. Remarkably, when I pull back and look at the lives being created by the women in my family and circle of friends, I find that they’re all different. That there’s no right answer, no one version of motherhood that works best. And that we’re all tied together by the hope that what we’re building will give our children opportunities to build the lives they envision. My grandmother didn’t have a career. She spent her later years playing stand-in mother for my brother and me, playing golf and bridge, and knitting more socks than any of us could have ever worn. My mother will retire this summer at the age of 67. She’s worked hard all of her life, partially because she liked to, and often because she had to. While she’s not likely to get into knitting, she will soon have the opportunity to craft this next phase of her life. And I, like many other mothers around the world, fall somewhere in between them.

While our versions of motherhood are wildly different from one another we hold so many things in common. Motherhood is inherently sacrificial. But beyond any personal sacrifice, the real commonality that bonds all mothers is hope. Whether you carry your children in your womb or jump through hoops to bring them into your family another way, it’s our hope for a greater future for our children that drives us. As mothers, it’s hardwired into us to give of ourselves, to provide goodness, safety, and love for our children. Our hope is like a fire burning within us that takes our sacrifices and makes them sacred. If there’s a single, resounding truth that encompasses motherhood it’s that it changes you forever. It’s an undeniable blessing that many women still yearn to experience. It’s an unbelievable responsibility and incredible motivation. It’s the most hopeful endeavor to bring life into the world even when the world itself doesn’t look hopeful. In January of 1941, one month after the United States joined its allies in World War II when my grandmother was just sixteen, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech called the Four Freedoms. In it, he made one short but essential comment about hope. “We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” This is the essence of motherhood.

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WHAT IS YOUR SKIN HIDING? “Age is one of the leading risk factors for skin cancer,” said Dr. Bill Steffes, a board-certified medical and surgical dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery who has a special interest in early detection and treatment of skin cancer. As we age our body’s protection against the sun’s rays becomes less effective. UV rays cause our skin to produce more melanin, the pigment that produces a tan. These rays damage the DNA in our skin and our bodies are typically good at repairing that DNA. However, as we become ‘less young’ those repair methods become less effective, and we’re more likely to develop skin cancer.

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• Light Skin - Especially when combined with light hair, and blue or green eyes. However, those with darker hair and eyes and those with skin of color are also susceptible to skin cancer. • Gender - Skin cancer is more common in males. • UV Light Exposure - This is a major risk factor for most melanomas. Sunlight is the main source but can be intensified by tanning beds. • Family History • Personal History • Large Number of Moles or Atypical Moles • Weakened Immune System • History of Breast Cancer - There is an increased risk in patients with breast cancer and vice versa. • Visit to learn the ABCDE’s of melanoma. Moles or growths that change, itch, or bleed should be checked right away by your dermatologist.

Skin Cancer Goes Undiagnosed in 2020 as a Result of COVID-19

Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and accounts for almost half of all cancers. As a result of concerns by dermatologists about how reduced access to medical providers in 2020 (during the early days of COVID-19) would impact the detection and management of skin cancer, a national study 1 was conducted in large part right here at Ameriderm Research in Ormond Beach. That study concluded that more than a million skin cancers–including melanomas–likely went undetected last year. And while that’s a reason for great concern, the good news is a second nationally published study2 in 2020, simultaneously concluded that total-body skin cancer 12

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1,000,000 skin cancers went undiagnosed last year In 2020, COVID-19 caused many people to take a break from their health. As a result, your skin may be hiding a deadly secret. An important new study , led by an elite team that included Advanced Dermatology skin cancer experts and researchers, has shown that more than a million skin cancers went undiagnosed or untreated last year.

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“Patients are often surprised to learn they have skin cancer. Many believe they ‘never go out in the sun’,” said Dr. Steffes. “You don’t have to work outdoors, play golf or tennis, or sit on one of Volusia County’s world-famous beaches to be exposed to UV rays. We all interact with the environment every day, just doing daily activities like driving or walking the dog.”

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“When detected early, the survival rate for melanoma is 99%, but drops all the way to 15% in its more advanced stages,” said Dr. Steffes. A yearly total-body skin cancer exam by a board-certified dermatologist or other dermatology professional is crucial in finding skin cancer early and provides you with peace of mind. Leading-edge technology, like Nevisense, can help our dermatologists decide whether a biopsy or further study is needed. Sources: 1 Investigators Dr. James Solomon, Ameriderm Research and Dr. Matt Leavitt, Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, January 19, 2021 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD). Investigators Dr. James Solomon, Ameriderm Research and Dr. Murray Cotter, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Journal. 2

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HONORS OUR MILITARY HEROES by Harry Martinez , Social Security District Manager, DeLand, FL

On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who have given their lives for our country. As Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men (and women) have died to win them.” This is why families, friends, and communities come together to remember the great sacrifices of our military members and ensure their legacies live on. The benefits we provide can help the surviving families of deceased military service members. For example, widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. You can learn more about those benefits at We also offer support to our wounded warriors. Social Security benefits protect veterans when injuries prevent them from returning to active duty or performing other work. Both the Department of Veteran Affairs and Social Security have disability programs. You may qualify for disability benefits through one program but not the other, or you may qualify for both. Depending on your situation, some members of your family, including your dependent children or spouse, may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Wounded military service members can receive expedited processing of their social security disability claims. If you are a veteran with a 100% permanent and total compensation rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs, we’ll expedite your disability claim.



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MOTHER’S DAY ESCAPE The Perfect Week Away by Amanda Vallone

As a daughter of a strong mom and a woman who has a daughter, I love the quote, “I am a strong woman because I was raised by a strong woman.” Moms are always there for you. She’s the woman who gave you life, cared for you, sacrificed for you, taught you, and will always love you. So why not really show her how much you want to celebrate her? Moms and mom-figures are some of the hardest working people on the planet but are so often overlooked and underappreciated for what they do. This year, skip the flowers and chocolates and celebrate the mom in your life with something she wouldn’t give herself—true rest and relaxation. A VACATION! Here are some ideas for the vacation getaway of her DREAMS.


Nestled along the unending shoreline of the most exclusive, private white-sand beach in Jamaica, Sandals Montego Bay is an adults-only, all-inclusive getaway perfect for any mom to find herself again. She can relax on the beach, at the spa, or around one of the many fire pits on property with her favorite drink. And they’re known for Butch’s Steakhouse, as well as 20 other restaurants (all included) at the resort so mom can eat amazing food she didn’t have to cook to her heart’s content. With Jamaica being open for tourism and a direct flight from Orlando, it’s easy to get to and perfect for a Mother’s Day getaway.


Want a vacation the whole family can enjoy? Need to celebrate multiple moms in your life? Mom, Mother-inLaw, and Wife?

Beaches are a great option for you. The kiddos are welcome to come, but with the water parks, pools, nanny service, and entertainment (including an Xbox Lounge), they won’t be hanging all over mom. Mom can enjoy her vacation while they enjoy theirs. This amazing all-inclusive resort features a 45,000 squarefoot waterpark, 21 gourmet restaurants, pools galore, and a 12-mile beach with the most beautiful turquoise waters. In other words, the perfect vacation for both the family and the Moms in your life.


Not a beach-loving mom? A Mississippi River Cruise on a nostalgic paddle wheeler might be right up her alley. Has mom always wanted to visit New Orleans or Memphis? Does she love history and architecture? And are outdoor gardens in bloom her favorite? This is the trip for her. She’ll embark on a unique riverboat adventure along the Lower Mississippi River between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Memphis, Tennessee. This is the enjoyable and relaxing ship trip she needs. Mom can sit outside on the deck in a rocking chair as she watches the incredible scenery and the beauty of our country sail by. Not able to splurge on the full vacation but want to get mom started? Think of a gift certificate for her dream trip. At Roseborough Travel Agency, we have a team of advisors well versed in travel rules and regulations in today’s world. We can offer advice and recommendations on what is best for the mom in your life. We’re happy to put together a gift certificate and travel planning packet for you to gift mom. To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day, every day!

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While attending one of the most difficult events of my life, my mother’s wake in south Louisiana, I noticed a man standing alone. I thanked him for paying his respects for Mama. “I am here because your mom and I were friends. I stopped by one day to compliment her beautiful flower garden. She invited me for a walk and sent me home with seeds, bulbs, and cuttings. Over the years, she taught me that gardening was more than growing flowers; it was about the hours spent caring for the plants and healing that could come from time spent in the garden.” That man gave me an unexpected gift from beyond my mama’s garden gate; that healing from grief can also grow out of the experience of gardening. Getting lost in a project that brings us joy can offer us surprise blessings. While sitting on a large rock in my well-landscaped yard, mourning the loss of my mama, my daughter asked, “Whatcha doing, Mama?” “Oh, honey, I am thinking of your Grandmother.” “Well, this is the perfect place to think of her. She loved her garden.” Mama used to say to me, “Babies and gardens need the same care. When your kids get bigger, you can give that care to your garden. Your time will come.” It must have been my time. I began digging up dirt. I ordered truckloads of mulch to transform the Florida sand to fertile soil. When my daughters had horseback riding lessons, I filled large totes with manure for fertilizer.

As my children grew into teenagers, my garden grew bigger. One day my neighbor stopped by, “Cheryl, how far are you going to go with this thing?” I looked out over the expanse of my garden and replied, “I don’t know, I don’t crochet.” “What does crocheting have to do with gardening?” “Mama told me that gardening and crocheting helped her survive my teenage years. I have two daughters; I don’t crochet, therefore, I must garden more.” Years later I said goodbye to my south Florida home, dug up Mama’s Bridal Wreaths, and moved to a new life in DeLand. I created a space for them outside my kitchen window and began creating a new garden sanctuary. Remember my young daughter? She has two teenaged daughters of her own and she doesn’t crochet. Perhaps it’s her time to grow her garden where healing and stress release can blossom from soil to soul. Honoring all mothers in May, thank you for ushering us into this world, I dedicate this piece to my mom, Florence, 1919-1991. She loved Day Lilies in the month of May. Cheryl Floyd, Speaker/Storyteller and Heal your Life® Coach. Cheryl Floyd is a graduate of East Tennessee State University’s Master Storytelling program. Her career includes over thirty years in education, publishing, life coaching, public speaking, and storytelling.


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Being There for Your Aging Parent While Taking Care of Yourself by Jodi H. Underhill, MEd. LMHC

The time comes for many of us–sometimes suddenly, other times gradually–when our parent becomes more like a child. For some, there are mental changes in the way a parent’s capabilities to deal with their everyday lives. For others, there are physical changes brought on by illness or disease. In either of these cases many of us become fully or totally responsible for the very ones who have been there for these adult children since birth. Some call this “role reversal” while many refer to this transition as adult children becoming “caregivers.” In most families “the talk” never takes place as to what the wishes of the parent may be for themselves as they age or who will be taking on the responsibility of caring for them. Over time illness, whether physical or mental, dictates that the adult child becomes the one to make the decisions for their care, living arrangements, financial issues and most importantly the primary contact person for dealing with their elderly parent’s daily life whether the parent is at home, in the hospital or in a nursing home or senior complex. For this adult individual, how they deal with this role may very well depend on many issues: childhood relationship with the parent, caretaker’s current status in their own lives, family support, relationship with their parent prior to their current loss of physical and or mental capabilities. Regardless of these issues, being a caretaker or experiencing “role reversal” with your parent dictates many changes in the life of the caregiver to which they must compensate and develop coping skills in order to navigate the needs of these roles which are more complicated than they may initially appear to be defined. Often, those who have not had a good relationship with the parent that they must now care for have complications of the feelings of resentment, anger, and having never felt loved or safe enough as children. The now aging parent may have been overwhelmed with their own lives through work, divorce, their own family of origin or mental health concerns. As the responsibilities mount (for example, the nursing home calling often with the parent’s concern or complaints) the anger and resentment from these childhood issues may mount, making it more difficult for the caretaker to even feel their declining parent deserves their time and attention. Also, if there was another child in the family who was viewed as “golden” by the parent, at least in the perception of the caretaker, anger and frustration may disrupt 20

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the ability to attend to the elderly parent’s need due to dysfunction between siblings. Even if the childhood or current relationship between the elderly parent and his/her caretaking child is good, the increasing needs of the parent are difficult for many to incorporate into their daily lives. In addition, unlike little children who we accommodate and remind of needed skills constantly, the elderly parent is not going to become stronger in these skills as a young child does. As time goes by, they are to decline more and the caretaker will be called upon to become more patient, kind, responsive to their needs and develop a relationship with a changing person who was once the one they looked to for learning, support and love. Some parents with dementia do even forget their children at some point and these caretakers need to continue to give the parent all the respect, support and love they are capable of. Most experts suggest that this type of support of the elderly parent continue, despite their decline so that role reversal does not really become part of the relationship. While declining in skills, whether


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physical or mental…these senior adults are still adults, not children and should be addressed as such as much as possible. Many times, caretakers put impossible expectations on themselves as they assume aiding their elderly parents. Therefore, one often feels as if they are failing or out of control when so much of what is going on with their parent is not in the caretaker’s control no matter which setting they are in. Others are looking to heal long time issues with the care recipient and if that does not occur, anxiety and depression can become concerns for the caretaker. Some caretaking situations are more stressful than others. But despite the differences one who is providing the care must learn to recognize early signs of too much stress building up. Some of these include irritability, sleep problems, forgetfulness, anxiety and depression. Recognizing these can make a huge difference in one’s ability to deal this stress. Knowing your own strengths, activities, abilities, professional support opportunities reinstitute your emotional and physical “gas tank” so that when your “engine” needs the energy, it will be there. Some other options to help with keeping yourself available for not only the seniors needs but those of your own life are. 1. Attend to your own health care needs. 2. Proper rest and nutrition. 3. Exercise regularly. 4. Take time off without feeling guilty. 5. Seek and accept help from others in your friendship circle. 6. Acknowledge and accept your feeling. 7. Set attainable small goals and expectations. 8. Caretaker groups. 9. Mental health counseling. Caretaking for an aging parent is a difficult but possibly rewarding time. The key to managing this transitional journey for you and your parent is caretaker self-care. There is no right or wrong way to make this journey with your loved one; taking care of yourself and your feelings will allow you to give your aging parent their dignity as much as possible. As difficult as it can be, having a talk regarding their wishes with your parent prior to their time of decline can ease the transition and lower the stress for you both as you take on the role of caring for the one who cared for you as a child. Jodi H. Underhill MEd. LMHC is a counseling professional with over 40 years experience. She received her undergrad from Stetson University and graduate degree from University of Georgia. She has worked as an athletic coach, guidance counselor and mental health counselor in DeLand.


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In taking this pledge, they truly are angels among us, who make it their mission every day to tend to the physical and emotional needs of others. In this regard, we need to ‘thank a nurse’ whenever possible. It truly does make a difference.

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National Nurses Week 2021 in the United States will begin on Thursday, May 6, and is a perfect opportunity to recognize all nurses and their essential contributions. Whether rising above the challenging COVID crisis or continually tending to any patient in need, nurses put themselves on the ‘front lines’ to provide expert, essential care. In addition to assisting with daily activities, infection control, thorough cleaning, and sanitation, nurses and staff play an important role in expressing affection and love when family members may not be able to be present. Nurses also provide an important role with patients so that they will not feel isolated by creating situations and activities that create engagement.

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This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing. “I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.” 24

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There is still an ongoing effort to coordinate vaccines for new admissions, staff, family members, and residents. Nurses and healthcare staff play a critical role as the guardians of safety in ensuring that visitors always wear PPE (personal protective equipment) when interacting with residents and staff.

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ARROZ CON GANDULES Festive Aromas from Grandma’s Kitchen From gardenias in the front yard to the fresh cut roses on her kitchen counter, to the most amazing and festive aromas that come from having a culturally mixed meal; my Grandmother’s house was always filled with familiar smells of my childhood. I remember once asking my Grandmother around Thanksgiving, as she was making her famous rice and beans, if she would share the recipe with me. She said no, but that she would show me what to do. I would learn later that she said no to giving me the recipe, because she never wrote any of it down, she always just did it as she had done for decades. As the years rolled on, my Grandmother began to take more of a relaxed role in cooking the massive holiday feasts for our family; but she would always make sure she made her rice and beans. In fact, as I took over more of the responsibility of cooking the bulk of our holiday meals, family members would always ask if Grandma was bringing her rice and beans before fully committing to their own menu items. We lost Grandma last summer and making her rice and beans for the first holiday meals we shared as family without her was an honor that I will cherish always. From the kitchen of

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How to Play Sudoku

The goal of Sudoku is to fill in a 9x9 grid with digits so that each column, row, and 3x3 section contain the numbers between 1 to 9. At the beginning of the game, the 9x9 grid will have some of the squares filled in. Your job is to use logic to fill in the missing digits and complete the grid. Don’t forget, a move is incorrect if: • Any row contains more than one of the same number from 1 to 9 • Any column contains more than one of the same number from 1 to 9 • Any 3x3 grid contains more than one of the same number from 1 to 9

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Sudoku is a fun puzzle game once you get the hang of it. At the same time, learning to play Sudoku can be a bit intimidating for beginners. So, if you are a complete beginner, here are a few Sudoku tips that you can use to improve your Sudoku skills. Tip 1: Look for rows, columns of 3x3 sections that contain 5 or more numbers. Work through the remaining empty cells, trying the numbers that have not been used. In many cases, you will find numbers that can only be placed in one position considering the other numbers that are already in its row, column, and 3×3 grid. Tip 2: Break the grid up visually into 3 columns and 3 rows. Each large column will have 3, 3x3 grids and each row will have 3, 3x3 grids. Now, look for columns or grids that have 2 of the same number. Logically, there must be a 3rd copy of the same number in the only remaining 9-cell section. Look at each of the remaining 9 positions and see if you can find the location of the missing number.

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