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Chapter Two: A life plan for the next 50 years p. 27

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Knowing the signs and getting support p. 59

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Finding Fulfillment Keeping an active mind and body will make the next phase of your life a fun and fulfilling one. There’s no better time than the present to learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby or meet new friends. Some questions to ask yourself when you’re moving into your next act: What makes me happy? What will keep me happy long term? How will I continue to grow and thrive? “As we age, our body changes, but our spirit is always youthful. Our spirit is what keeps us going,” says Keisa Leprell Davis, a certified life coach. Davis, who works with a variety of people, says the best thing you can do later in life

is get active, which will keep you thriving and satisfied. “Volunteer with a local organization, become active in the community or church,” she says. “Find what you love and do it.” Jason Flurry, president of the National Center for College Planning, sees many people head back to school once they move out of the workforce. “A lot of people find purpose specifically at that season in their life. There are still things they want to accomplish,” he says. “The retiree is more of the non-traditional student with non-traditional wants and needs. They can reinvent themselves, and the reward of their own accomplishment can be more weighted than a paycheck.” And it’s never too late! Many schools offer programs for adults who want to continue learning

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bridge and is in charge of the welcome committee to greet new residents. “It’s a good way to give back to the community. We’re grateful for being here,” she says.

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class three days a week, is finished by 2 p.m. each day, and will have completed the program after only 18 months. This flexible school schedule allows her to continue massage until she fully transitions into her new career in the medical field. Her new career will not only provide her with many opportunities to work with doctors, hospitals or home health care, but it will also allow her to secure her financial future relatively quickly. “There are many options for our second phase of life,” she says. “It just takes a little research, understanding of what’s available to us with each job, as well as creative scheduling with school.” After that, the sky is the limit.

The Adventurers Jean Reiss retired a few years ago from her role as a psychiatric social worker and, along with her good friend Sharon “Scottie” Scott, seems to have conquered the globe. “We travel a lot. We have a trip planned to Antarctica. Scottie just got back from the Amazon. We’ve gone to Turkey, Ireland and the Panama Canal,” Reiss says. “We go through our list of places we want to see and try to look at things neither one of us has gone to, like China, India and Thailand,” Scott adds. About 10 years ago, the pair decided to start what they called “Ladies’ Poker Night,” a club which has nothing to do with poker, but more about trying something new or attending a new event. “It’s the luck of the draw. We try to keep the events limited in terms of money and output. One of us will come up with an idea, and we will tell everyone to meet us at such and such parking lot on a Thursday, and no one will know where we’re going. We have a ball,” Reiss says. So far, the group has gone to a roller

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Fitness & Weight Loss Adrenaline Group Xercise

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This facility offers a variety of classes and training options to keep your heart pumping, like Zumba, hot yoga, CrossFit and more.

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Best Small/Medium Workout Facility

North Point Fitness

Having been in business for 20 years, this facility has cultivated quite a following, offering their members services such as personal training, team training, nutrition, massage therapy and golf fitness. www.northpointfitness.com Greatest trainers you will find anywhere! Can’t imagine a more caring group of people who are there to help you achieve your goals, whatever those may be. – Debbie B.

Best New Gym Rowbot Fitness

This unique indoor rowing gym uses the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing machines that are designed to approximate the motion of rowing on the water. The technique uses every major muscle group to burn up calories. www.rowbotfitness.com Excellent workout, amusing and informative instruction! – Walter A.

Best Workout Pure Barre

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Best Personal Trainer Jeff Baird

Jeff is a former national competitor and instructor in martial arts who earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2004. He owns and teaches at Chaos Conditioning. www.chaosconditioning.com

Best Yoga Studio Lift Yoga Therapy

This studio offers different styles of yoga classes based on your personal needs, goals and abilities. Classes include Lift Yoga Flow, bodyART Fitness Yoga and even a kids’ yoga class. www.liftyogatherapy.com Love this studio! The instructors and classes are amazing. – LeeAnn R.

Best Yoga Instructor Cindy Olah

Cindy received her yoga certification in 2002 and opened Sacred Garden Yoga in 2003. She has led yoga retreats in Georgia, North Carolina and Peru, and she teaches multiple times per week at her studio. www.sacredgardenyoga.com

Absolute Pilates is a friendly and warm place to get fit. The instructors are excellent. – Rose W.

Best Pilates Instructor Megan Fields

Megan, a nursing student at Kennesaw State University, has over 200 hours of training with a Pilates Method Alliance certified teacher trainer. She teaches at Launch Awareness Yoga Centre. www.launchawareness.com Megan is the best ever! – Felicia B.

Best Indoor Cycling Studio Energy Lab

This indoor cycling class uses CycleOps Pro 400 Indoor Cycles which offer the rider control over the power, slope and gearing of the bike for a challenging workout. www.energylabatl.com

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“Best of 2013” Contest Winners Best Indoor Cycling Instructor Jeremy Levison

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Jeremy began his passion for fitness spending countless hours hiking and biking. He has been a fixture in the indoor cycling community for over six years. When not in the Flywheel studio, he can be found riding the streets of Atlanta. www.flywheelsports.com

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This man has done the impossible. He has made me not only like to exercise, I love it, I look forward to it, and I count down the time until I get to go to class again. Yeah, he is that good. – Jennifer W.

CrossFit Atlanta

This CrossFit gym began with Saturday afternoon meet ups in the fall of 2005 in the backyard of Dan MacDougald. Today they still have a huge following.

Dance Stop Studios With both dance and fitness classes to choose from, this studio offers up many different ways to break a sweat and stay in shape. www.dancestopstudios.com Nobody does Zumba better. The most fun you will ever have! Thanks Omega for all the fun! – Lesley S.

Best Group Fitness Class Complete Chaos

This unique interval training class aims to keep people motivated with a full-body workout that includes strength and cardiovascular training. www.chaosconditioning.com

backpacking, hiking, trail running, surfing, travel and more outdoor adventure. www.halfmoonoutfitters.com

www.crossfitatlanta.com I have known Dan through rugby and CrossFit and can’t recommend his operation highly enough. Definitely worthy of accolades among fitness alternatives. – Glenn B.

Best CrossFit Instructor Gaby Sanjurjo

In addition to being an instructor at CrossFit AGX, Gaby is an International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) certified personal trainer and a former Naval rescue swimmer. www.crossfitagx.com I know Gaby’s level of dedication and effort. He is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. – Gabriel N.

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Best CrossFit Gym

Knockout CrossFit & MMA This 12,000 square foot facility offers strength and conditioning equipment as well as a multitude of different fitness classes like boxing and mixed martial arts. www.knockout-crossfit.com

Best Place to Buy Running/Walking Gear Big Peach Running Co.

Make sure to check out their online calendar of events to see when the next fun 5K, 10K or 30K race will be going on. www.bigpeachrunningco.com

Best Cycling Shop Cannon Cyclery

Best Martial Arts/Boxing Instructor Dhiego Lima

Originally from Brazil, Dhiego is a professional mixed martial artist who teaches at American Top Team Gwinnett. He is a Jiu-Jitsu purple belt.

Started by Curtis Henry in the summer of 2007, they provide many different mechanical and fitting services for cyclists of all levels. www.cannoncyclery.com Great shop, great expertise to get you out and keep you out on the road and in the competition! – Trevor B.

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Best Boot Camp

Great workout! – Lynn G.

Best Group Fitness Instructor Ashley Watt

Ashley is an owner and partner at The Bar Method. The technique used at The Bar Method has its foundation in physical therapy, and it combines dance conditioning with interval training to strengthen and elongate your muscles. Catch Ashley’s classes several times a week in East Cobb. www.atlanta-eastcobb.barmethod.com

Best Place to Rock Climb Indoors

Stone Summit Rock Climbing & Fitness Stone Summit, the nation’s largest climbing gym, has walls extending 25 feet to 60 feet high to challenge both your strength and mind. www.ssclimbing.com

Camp Gladiator

Inspired by their experience on the NBC show “American Gladiator,” owners Ally and Jeff Davidson founded Camp Gladiator as a motivating and

Best Place for Kids Fitness DYNO Fitness & Training

This unique fitness facility offers a space where young athletes can practice and hone their skills on an indoor turf field. Kids can also get homework and SAT tutoring before or after a workout. www.dynofitness.com

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“Best of 2013” Contest Winners Best Over 40 Rec Sport League

Best New Outdoor Sport or Activity

O.G.L. (Over 40 Guys League) for Basketball Since its inception, the O.G.L. at the Concourse Athletic Club has grown from four teams to 23 teams offering fierce competition, laidback physical activity and everything in between.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

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Best Place to Hike

Sweetwater Creek State Park This 2,549 acre Georgia state park, located in the New Manchester area of east Douglas County, is named after Sweetwater Creek which runs through the park. www.gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek

Such a beautiful setting! I love walking upstream on the rocks out in the creek - so fun! - Patti S.

Best Place to Run/Walk The Atlanta BeltLine

This sustainable project is providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit by re-using 22 miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods to each other. www.beltline.org

High Country Outfitters SUP race

This fast-growing sport is a fun way to get fit on the water.

Best Triathlon Club Atlanta Triathlon Club

If you are thinking of participating in a triathlon, this club offers a variety of unique training opportunities for the beginner to the advanced athlete on a monthly basis.

Whether you want to learn about all the upcoming races or simply volunteer at one of their many events, there are plenty of ways to get involved and get fit. www.atlantatrackclub.org

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Weight Loss Program

West Stride, www.weststride.com

While it’s great for helping you lose weight responsibly, it is also a well-balanced meal option. I love all the tasty gourmet choices! – David R.

Best Place to Play Tennis

Blackburn Tennis Center

This center offers 18 lighted hard courts, a staff of highly trained tennis professionals, a fully stocked pro shop with Nike apparel and shoes, a 48-hour stringing service and a variety of tennis accessories. www.blackburntenniscenter.net

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Best Tennis Instructor Patrick Shell

Patrick graduated from Auburn University and has been with Indian Hills Country Club since 2011. He has 11 years of experience in the tennis industry. www.indianhillscc.com Pat brings passion, energy and tons of experience with him to the court every single day. He’s way better than Andy Roddick. It’s not even close. – Ryan T.

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Best Running Club

Katie McNeight at Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy, www.stabilityatlanta.com

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Best Place to Play Golf Atlanta Country Club

Originally designed by Willard C. Byrd, the course is built adjacent to historic Sope Creek and Confederate paper mill ruins from the Civil War era. www.atlantacountryclub.org

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Best Groomer

Best Bookstore

This fun, family-friendly trail is a free, non-motorized trail that runs through Smyrna, Georgia to central Alabama. www.silvercometga.com

Uptown Pups not only provides grooming services, but also fun pet products, foods, treats, pet toys and more. www.uptownpupsonline.com

This independent neighborhood bookstore specializes in good quality used, new and discount books. www.boundtobereadbooks.com

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Uptown Pups

This is the best pet boutique in Atlanta. The groomers are great and they do not crate which reduces the stress on your pup. - Debby B.

Best Local Vet

Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic

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Best Doggie Daycare Puppy Haven

This dog daycare offers plenty of room for your furry friends to have fun. Services include overnight dog boarding, dog grooming and retail services.

This full-service small animal hospital has been serving the community since 1971. They offer comprehensive medical and surgical care for cats and dogs. www.pacesvet.com I have been a client for 13+ years and cannot say enough good things about Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic. The practice and the people are friendly, caring & professional. - Christopher C.

Best Park

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Chastain Park

Best Dog Park

From tennis to horseback riding, art fairs to concerts, this green space in Buckhead offers a variety of ways to enjoy the outdoors. www.chastainpark.org

Brook Run Dog Park This park is located in the Liane Levitan Park at Brook Run in Dunwoody. The dog park is roughly four acres, with completely fenced-in areas. www.brookrundogpark.com Not only is this the best dog park, but the dog park patrons are the best here, too. The dog park association is very proactive in keeping it clean and safe for dogs and “parents.” – Nancy W.

Awesome place for running! – Cathy K.

Best Charity Running Event Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race

The annual Junior League of Atlanta’s Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race includes runners, walkers, kilts, strollers and dogs that come together to help raise funds to train and educate the membership of the Junior League of Atlanta for effective community service. www.shamrocknroll.org

Best Local Festival

Chastain Park Arts Festival The Chastain Park Arts Festival is a two-day celebration of the arts presented by Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. www.chastainparkartsfestival.com

Best Music Venue Tabernacle

Catch such acts as Panic! At The Disco and The Wanted next year at this famous local concert venue. www.tabernacleatl.com

Best Cooking Classes Cook’s Warehouse

This gourmet store and cooking school has four convenient locations in Midtown, Brookhaven, Decatur and East Cobb as well as an online store for the professional and budding chef. www.cookswarehouse.com

Best Financial Counseling Laura Schilling

Laura Schilling’s Financial Innovations is a financial planning and wealth management firm that offers a customized, caring approach to their clients’ financial well being. www.financialinnovations.biz

Best School

International School of Skin, Nailcare & Massage Therapy This local school offers programs for nail care, massage therapy and esthetics. The school also provides a full line of spa services to the public at school prices. www.issnschoolspa.com ISSNMT gave me the foundation I needed to pursue my goals and execute my dream of being an entrepreneur. – Yolonda C.

Best Hypnotherapist

– Rosa R.

Valerie Cobbin, who attended the Sylvia Browne School of Hypnosis, offers hypnosis services to help with weight loss, smoking, relationship development and self-improvement.

Best Local Vineyard

This pet store is committed to offering healthy, allnatural foods, toys and products for cats and dogs. They also have wash stations for owners who want to give their pets a quick and easy bath.

This luxurious getaway spot in Braselton has everything you need to relax – spa, winery, golf courses and more. www.chateauelan.com

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Friendly and knowledgeable staff! Love to come in here and check out the variety of titles. – Luke S.

As an artist I can say that Chastain Park Arts Festival is not only my favorite show but also the best art show in Atlanta.

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“Best of 2013” Contest Winners Beauty & Anti-Aging

Best Place for Waxing

Best Hair Colorist

Since 1975 they have been offering their waxing services to men and women. They take care of unwanted hair from brows, underarms, backs and more. www.waxcenter.com

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Mitchell Barnes

Mitchell Barnes of Carter Barnes Hair Artisans has 30 years of experience in the hair salon industry and is known for creating beautiful hair color and great looks for any occasion. www.carterbarnes.com

Best place I have ever gone! – Gordon M.

Best Men’s Grooming American Haircuts

Best Hair Salon for Blowouts

They offer men’s haircuts, hot lather shaves, straight razor neck shaves and, at the end of each haircut, a signature hot towel treatment. Their first shop opened in 2005 in Roswell, followed by a Midtown location in 2008. www.americanhaircuts.com

DryBar

This new “blow dry bar” concept was created to offer a simple service: just blowouts for only $40. www.thedrybar.com

Best Hair Extensions White Salon & Spa

The creation of Max Sanchez, a stylist with over 20 years of experience, this salon offers hair, skin and nail services. www.whitesalonandspa.com My experience with White Salon & Spa was incredible. A truly unique gem and by far the best salon experience I have ever had! – Camilla R.

Best Hair Salon Bob Steele Salon

With several locations throughout the city, this salon offers a friendly environment with many different hair care services. www.bobsteele.com I’ve been going here for years. Great colorists, stylists and overall customer experience! – Joanie C.

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“Best of 2013” Contest Winners Best Hair Stylist Harry Wood

Harry is a leading stylist and educator for Van Michael Salons, and he has been in the business for over 20 years. www.sixfigurehairdresser.com, www.vanmichael.com

Best Makeup Artist

Best Local Skincare Products

Julian has over 14 years experience in the retail cosmetics industry. He has done makeup for TV, print, stage and NYC fashion week. He also has extensive experience with numerous cosmetics and skincare lines. www.julianscosmetics.com

Founded in 2005 by Sally Larsen, this line of skincare and makeup products avoids toxic ingredients and instead provides customers with a natural, safe, ecofriendly option.

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Best Botox and Filler Injections

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Marc E. Yune, MD

Best Place for Sugaring

Dr. Yune is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with Aesthetic Specialty Centre. He has been featured on CNN, NBC and Discovery Health Channel, among others.

Defined Sugaring Studio

These natural-ingredient hair removal services are performed by sugaring specialists who are Georgia licensed estheticians. Services are available for teens, ladies and men. www.definedsugaringstudio.com

www.aestheticspecialtycentre.com Dr. Yune is an excellent plastic surgeon! His professionalism is beyond reproach. He comports himself in a professional manner and is kind and understanding. – Heather K.

A wonderful place to feel mentally and physically beautiful without the stress! Complete Southern comfort! – Marquita N.

Best Place for Eyebrows Authentic Beauty

With over five years in the community, this one-stop beauty spot has been recognized nationally in magazines like Allure. www.myimagejourney.com Best brows and makeup anywhere! Plus Aly and the rest of the ladies are so fun! – Angela S.

Best Esthetician Bonny Domoto

Bonny earned her esthetics license from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics and began her career working in dermatology. Today she works with Dr. Benjamin Stong at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery as the primary medical esthetician and laser technician. www.kalos-plasticsurgery.com

Best Facial This spa offers relaxing and pampering treatments. Treatments are designed to accommodate just one person at a time, providing a more tranquil experience. www.soloasis.net

Best Laser Hair Removal This center begins your treatment process with a free consultation to create a personalized program and treatment schedule to meet your goals. www.fountainlaser.com Leah Wansley [medical esthetician] is the best! – Imelda R.

Best Eyelash Extensions

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Best Permanent Cosmetics Michael Lynch

As a medical esthetician and makeup artist with over 30 years of experience, Michael is an accomplished laser technician. He currently works at the Aesthetic Specialty Centre and the Beauty Bar of Buckhead. www.aestheticspecialtycentre. com, www.beautybarofbuckhead.com

Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa This practice treats everything from acne to hair loss, as well as providing spa treatments like peels, oxygen facials and CoolSculpting. www.gardnerdermatology.com No question, the nicest and most caring people always. I love Dr. G., and the results are always terrific! – Bonnie F.

Best Mani/Pedi

Gallery Spa of Historic Roswell This spa offers a full range of services like massages, facials, microdermabrasion, anti-aging light pulse therapy, peels, men’s facials and waxing, detoxifying and exfoliating body treatments and more. www.gallerysparoswell.com

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Rika Anamayatana After attending cosmetology school, Rika entered the beauty industry in 2011. She specializes in all forms of high-end, semipermanent eyelash extensions at White Salon & Spa, including glamour lashes and mink lashes.

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Love Sally B’s! Great company, products that are safe and healthy for your skin, and the customer service is fantastic! – Lea Ann O.

The Fountain Laser Hair Removal

Best Plastic Surgeon

I can’t imagine a more skilled facial plastic surgeon than Dr. Maloney. He works wonders! – Anne T.

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Best Microdermabrasion

Sol Oasis

Bonnie is amazing! She is the most knowledgeable about having amazing looking skin! – Angela M.

At The Maloney Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Maloney spends one-on-one time with each patient to ensure the best outcomes for their surgical or non-surgical procedures. www.maloneycenter.com

Sally B’s Skin Yummies

Rika Anamayatana/ White Salon & Spa

www.whitesalonandspa.com Rika is the best. – Pranee N.

Esthetician

Alicia Nicely, Aesthetic Specialty Centre www.aestheticspecialtycentre.com

Hair Salon for Blowouts

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Hair Stylist

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“Best of 2013” Contest Winners Health & Wellness

Best Chiropractor Austin Cohen, DC

Best Place to go for Eye Health

Thomas Eye Group

Since 1974 this full-service eye care center has been providing a variety of eye care services to their patients including routine eye exams, LASIK, as well as medical, surgical and cosmetic services. www.thomaseye.com

Dr. Cohen received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University and is currently a structural chiropractor at Corrective Chiropractic. In his spare time, Dr. Cohen loves spending time with his wife and competing in CrossFit competitions. www.cohenchiropracticcentre.com

Best Integrative Medical Facility Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine

This center combines conventional and alternative medicine, offering everything from acupuncture and Ayurveda to fertility planning and cancer risk evaluation. www.atlantaholisticmedicine.com

Best Hormone Doctor

Best Eye Doctor

Scott Isaacs, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Richard Pare

Dr. Isaacs, a board-certified endocrinologist, is a faculty member at Emory University School of Medicine and the medical director for Atlanta Endocrine Associates. Author Jillian Michaels called him the “guru of all things hormonal” in her New York Times bestselling book “Master Your Metabolism.” www.intelligenthealthcenter.com

Dr. Pare joined the North Fulton Eye Center in 1993 and was board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1996. He served as the Section Chief of Ophthalmology for the North Fulton Regional Hospital for several years and is currently on staff at the Northside Forsyth Hospital. www.northfultoneyecenter.com Dr. Pare is the most knowledgeable, kindest, patient, and all around wonderful ophthalmologist in the South! - Maryleigh H.

Best Podiatrist Perry Julien, DPM

Dr. Julien specializes in the medical, biomechanical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle with an emphasis on sports medicine of the lower extremity. He is the co-medical director for the Peachtree Road Race and Atlanta Marathon. www.atlantafootandankle.com

Best Vein Treatment Vein Atlanta

Among other conditions, Dr. Louis Prevosti and his team treat varicose and spider veins, lymphedema, Restless Leg Syndrome and venous insufficiency. www.veinatlanta.com Good staff, awesome doctor, wonderful treatment. A person could not come to a better place. Great service from top to bottom! – Stephanie C.

Best Orthopedist Reuben Sloan, MD

Dr. Sloan is a physical medicine and rehabilitation spine physician who specializes in spine care with Resurgens Orthopaedics. www.resurgens.com

Dr. Isaacs is ahead of his time. He is honest, connected and compassionate to his patients and their struggles. He stays on top of the research and shares his knowledge and what works. But most importantly, he is a great motivator for obtaining optimum health in a balanced fashion. - Danamarie D.

Best Naturopathic Doctor Debra MacIntyre, ND

As a naturopath, board-certified by the American Naturopathic Certification Board, Debra has over 37 years of health experience. She practices at Natural Health Solutions. www.nature-heals.com Deb is one of the most caring health care professionals I have ever been to. She seemed “ahead of the pack” with her knowledge and her technology and she 100 percent genuinely cares about her clients. She listens. She has a desire to help people improve their health, and she is determined to make a difference. – Jenny L.

Best Integrative Medical Doctor Best Physical Therapy Center One on One Physical therapy

With a team of physical therapists, massage therapists, Pilates and Gyrotonic Fit instructors, as well as state-of-the-art equipment, they offer a wide range of treatment options. www.onetherapy.com www.bestselfconnect.com

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Dr. Rezvani is board-certified in both internal medicine and allergy and immunology. He is currently training at the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil, and he practices at Avicenna Integrative Medicine. www.avicennamd.com BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Discover what we already know…. Dr. Richard E. Pare, Dr. Susanne M. Hewitt & Dr. Mark Dunbar are the BEST Eye Doctors! North Fulton Eye Center & Cumming Eye Clinic, where your eye sight is our vision! Our Ophthalmologists, Drs, Pare, Dunbar and Hewitt are Physicians and Surgeons that take great pride in offering every patient the absolute best in vision care-whether through diagnosing and treating cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases, or recommending other eye surgery procedures. With the expertise of our Doctors, the knowledge and experience of our staff, we will take time to answer all of your questions, explain treatment options and provide the highest quality of eye health treatments available. We specialize in….

Cataracts & cataract/lens implant surgeries LASIK & PRK/surface ablation surgery Glaucoma, including Glaucoma laser procedures Treatment of Corneal conditions Pterygium surgery

Built on the foundation of patient convenience and satisfaction, North Fulton Eye Center and Cumming Eye Clinic serves all of your family’s eye care needs. Richard E. Pare MD, Susanne M. Hewitt MD, Mark R. Dunbar MD

Call 770-475-0123 to schedule your appointment with our BEST Eye Doctors, Dr. Pare, Hewitt and Dunbar.

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“Best of 2013” Contest Winners Best Cosmetic Dentistry

Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Debra Gray King, who has appeared on “The Doctors” and “Extreme Makeover,” founded this practice in 1987. They offer a variety of services that span both general and cosmetic dentistry. www.atlantacenterforcosmeticdentistry.com They’re the best! – Kendra K.

Best Cancer Treatment Support

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Best Dermatology Practice Dermatology Center of Atlanta

Specializing in medical, surgical and customized cosmetic services provided by board-certified dermatologists, they offer numerous options to help you look your best. www.dermatology-atlanta.com Love these people. The best and most professional! – Clare B.

Best Massage Therapist Corey Dobyns

Corey has been practicing massage since 2006. Today, Corey offers neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, myofascial release, and Swedish massage at her practice Core Balance + Wellness. www.corebalanceandwellness.com Hands down, Corey gives the best massage I’ve ever had. – Sara R.

The Staff at Avicenna Integrative Medicine would like to offer CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Maziar Rezvani on being voted the Best Integrative Medical Doctor in Atlanta 2013.

Dr. Rezvani serves as director of Avicenna Integrative Medicine and Avicenna Allergy and Asthma. His interests include the role of inflammation in various disease states, diet and nutrition, and botanical medicine.

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This treatment center provides a two-hour Multidisciplinary Breast Conference for women diagnosed with breast cancer. www.kp.org The center’s coordinated approach is unmatched. – Cheryl B.

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Scott Isaacs, M.D.

Specializing in endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism and weight loss.

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“Best of 2013” Contest Winners Best Urologist Scott Miller, MD

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Dr. Miller was one of the first to utilize urologic laparoscopic techniques in Georgia, and he has been board-certified by the American Board of Urology since 1997. He practices at Georgia Urology. www.gaurology.com Nothing but top notch! A pioneer in his field, and an excellent teacher. – Susan R.

Best Primary Care Doctor

Physical Therapy Center

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Best Farmers Market DeKalb Farmers Market

Chiropractor

Norman Eng, 14th Street Chiropractic www.14thstreetchiropractic.com

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Hugh Flax of Flax Dental www.flaxdental.com

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Hypnotherapist

Michael Miller from Miller Hypnosis www.millerhypnosisatlanta.com

Massage Therapist

Shannon Greenhill at Apogee 18 www.apogee18.com

Food & Nutrition

Richard Ellin, MD

Dr. Ellin has been practicing internal medicine since 1985. He attended Emory University and completed his residency there. www.kp.org Dr. Ellin definitely has my vote for best doctor! – Robin A.

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Reuben Sloan, MD Founding member of Resurgens Spine Center

“What makes this award so special is that it’s given by the Atlanta community. Getting this kind of positive feedback from the community members themselves is extremely validating.”

• Specializes in Non-operative spine care, Interventional Spine Injections and Electrodiagnostic Medicine • Committed to providing compassionate, conservative, individualized spine care for each patient • Received his medical degree from University of California, Irvine/California College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY and his fellowship in Sports Medicine at Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia Resurgens Spine Center is a member of Resurgens Orthopaedics, PC with 21 offices across Metro Atlanta and more than 90 physicians.

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“Best of 2013” Contest Winners Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant

Chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere opened this local eatery which features high quality allnatural pastured chicken and seasonal, organic vegetables. www.bantamandbiddy.com

In business for 30 years, this Sandy Springs cafe not only boasts a delicious Southern-comfortstyle menu, but also an open-air patio for your pooch. www.nancygscafe.com

Best Food Truck

Best Health Food Store

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Genki Food Truck

The Genki-To-Go food truck is the perfect option for enjoying Japanese-fusion cuisine on a dime. www.genkitogo.com So, so good! – Jennifer W.

Nancy G’s Café

Whole Foods Market

Best Juice Bar

With a wide range of organic food options from regional producers, their multiple Atlanta locations offer regular events and promotions to support the organic food movement. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

With a variety of organic juices, teas and treats to choose from, dTox has something healthy for everyone to enjoy. www.dtoxjuice.com

Best Vegetarian Restaurant Café Sunflower

They serve vegetarian cuisine in their two Atlanta locations, Buckhead and Sandy Springs. Their menu offers everything from tofu entrees to veggie loaf that even the staunchest meatlover would enjoy. www.cafesunflower.com

dTox

Hands down, always fresh, organic and consistent goodness in a glass! – Anne C.

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“Best of 2013” Contest Winners The Best Self community also nominated people and places in these unique categories: Best Lingerie Store

company outings to sports games and provides a workout room in the office. www.commissionsinc.com

Duane Legate, president/owner, believes in family first so our number one core value is work/life balance. We celebrate our goals as we meet them with fun company outings. – Verdery T.

Best Pet Portrait Emily Griffith

Emily hand paints custom portraits of your pet based on photographs. www.ehgriffithstudios.com A nominator said: “She really captures your pet’s personality!”

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Best Local Farm

Best Dog Training

My Dad and Me Family Farm

Angie Woods

Angie has been working with dogs for over 20 years. She currently operates U.S. Canine, a canine rehabilitation center in Buford, GA. www.uscanine.com

Owners Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker help women of all shapes and sizes find the proper bra fit and understand the health benefits that come along with it. www.liviraelingerie.com

Best Place to Work Commissions, Inc.

This company welcomes employees’ dogs, offers in-office chef-cooked lunches each day, sponsors

A nominator said: “Angie is the Georgia dog whisperer – she helps get you and your dog back in balance.”

This farm in Powder Springs aims to produce fresh, wholesome, sustainable, healthy food for the local community. www.mydadandmefamilyfarm.com A nominator said: “The Hammonds are committed to raising and offering truly clean and sustainable food.”

Best Career Counseling Hallie Crawford

Best Posing Coaches

House of Payne Personal Trainers Steve Payne is nationally recognized as an IAFS Master Presenter and Trainer. The co-owner of House of Payne Personal Training, along with his wife Rachel, is also one of the premier posing coaches in the country. www.trainwithpayne.com

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going the wrong way. “Over the last eight years, its prevalence has increased by 66 percent,” she says. “Now our biggest concern is the baby boomer generation. Every day, 10,000 people are turning 65, which means that every day, one in eight of those people will develop Alzheimer’s.”

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Where to Go for Help If you or a loved one is showing any signs of memory loss, first make an appointment with your family physician or general practitioner. “Lots of things can cause memory loss that are not necessarily due to dementia, for example, medication side effects, stroke, depression or infection,” says Dr. Allan Levey, chair of the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. If your physician cannot rule out dementia, however, you will generally be referred to a neuropsychologist for further testing. And if you still suspect dementia even though your physician has ruled it out, get a second opinion. “Request a consultation by an expert, because people are often right when they suspect memory loss.” The next step is collecting information about your symptoms for your doctor. “Often this involves meeting with a family member who may have insight,” Dr. Levey explains. “Then we assess memory and thinking ability. For example, we’ll ask the person to draw a clock and then ask them to remember three words. Then we’ll ask them to recall those three words after drawing the clock. This is usually coupled with a questionnaire for family members about their functional abilities. Functional abilities are critical to how advanced somebody is in their illness, so if somebody doesn’t need much help driving or managing finances, it is pretty mild. If they can’t live independently, it is more severe.”

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Vascular dementia is a decline in thinking skills due to reduced blood flow to the brain. It is generally considered the second most common cause of dementia, accounting for 20 to 30 percent of the cases, but the FDA has not approved any drugs to treat vascular dementia.

Parkinson’s disease dementia is an impairment in thinking that ultimately affects many people struggling with Parkinson’s disease. To date, there are no treatments to slow or stop the brain cell damage caused by Parkinson’s disease dementia, so most physicians focus on managing the symptoms with a number of medications including antidepressants and cholinesterase inhibitors.

Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a type of progressive dementia that leads to decline in thinking, reasoning and independent function due to abnormal deposits that damage the brain over time. Most experts estimate that dementia with Lewy bodies is the third most common cause of dementia, accounting for 10 to 25 percent of cases. Currently there are no treatments that can slow or stop the brain cell damage caused by dementia with Lewy bodies.

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a group of disorders caused by progressive cell degeneration in the brain’s frontal or temporal lobes, which control planning and judgment, emotions, speech and certain types of movement. FTD was once considered rare, but it’s now thought to account for up to 10 to 15 percent of all dementia cases. Antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs are the most common medications used to treat behavioral FTD symptoms. However, none of these drugs have been approved by the FDA for use in FTD. — Information courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association

Editorial Resources Leslie Anderson, The Alzheimer’s Association - www.alz.org Dr. Lisa M. Billars, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia - www.kaiserpermanente.org Dr. Jay Faber, Amen Clinics - www.amenclinics.com Dr. James Lah, The Emory ADRC - www.med.emory.edu/ADRC/ Dr. Allan Levey, Emory University School of Medicine - www.emoryhealthcare.org Dr. Shravantika Reddy, WellStar Medical Group - www.wellstar.org

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Managing ADHD in Teens How do the hormonal changes of adolescence affect ADHD in teenagers? ADHD symptoms include distractibility, poor concentration, hyperactivity and irritability. During teenage years, as hormonal changes emerge, ADHD symptoms may worsen. To compound this, if a teenager is mercury toxic, chances are their endocrine system (which regulates hormones) is disrupted, which can cause or contribute to further neurological and behavioral disorders.

Save early and automatically – and keep an eye on the clock Saving for retirement requires as much discipline as watching your diet or exercising regularly. But if you learn to delay immediate rewards – whether they’re bagels or baubles – you’ll be in better shape for a retirement that’s both physically healthy and financially sound. First step, make it easy for yourself by contributing to an employer plan that automatically withdraws from your paycheck each week or establish a monthly direct deposit into an IRA to build your savings without extra effort. Also, consider the amount and source of any additional savings; •

Using a raise to increase your retirement savings

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Second, choose the right kind of savings vehicle. Popular options include: •

401(k) s and other employer-match programs, which are usually the first choice, for those who employer offers such plans

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Retirement accounts for the self-employed and traditional IRAs, which may give you a deduction that lowers this year’s tax bill

The advantage of managing ADHD naturally means that any nutritional deficiencies such as decreased essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals are balanced through proper nutrition. Also, food sensitivity and toxic metal testing will reveal any allergies/sensitivities and toxicity, which through elimination, will increase immune system function and achieve better health.

Contributions to a Roth IRA, which don’t lower taxes now but do allow for tax-free, qualified distributions

Leaving retirement money in the former employer’s plan depending upon specific plan rules

What are some common side effects in teenagers who manage their ADHD symptoms with stimulant medications?

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Taking a cash distribution

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NEUROLOGY

Amen Clinic ...............................................2

Midtown Neurology, PC ...........................32

Metro Atlanta...........................................66

Natural Health Atlanta ...................... 12, 69

Piper Lillies Gift Shoppe ...........................44

Georgia Urology ......................................26 Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia ............11

AMBULANCE

BOUTIQUES/RETAILERS CHIROPRACTORS

Body Core ................................................24 Sweat Institute .........................................66 Tedeschi Wellness ....................................57 Total Health Care.....................................64

COLON HYDROTHERAPY

Atlanta Colonic & Massage ...................73

NUTRITIONAL LAB TESTING ONCOLOGY

ORTHOPEDICS

OUTFITTERS/APPAREL

High Country Outfitters............................23

PAIN MANAGEMENT

P3 Compounding Pharmacy ...................4 TrustDale Health ......................................66

PERSONAL GROWTH AND TRANSFORMATION

Flying Change .........................................62

Brighter Tomorrow Hypnotherapy ...........52 Venus Hypnotherapy, LLC .......................14

CONSUMER ADVOCACY

CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING COSMETIC SURGERY

Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery .........................................24 Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery........20 Southern Plastic Surgery .........................11 Vinings Surgery Center ...........................61

COSMETICS

Julian’s Cosmetics + Skincare ................44

DANCE

Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta ..........63

DEMENTIA TREATMENT

Amen Clinic ...............................................2

DENTISTRY

Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry .....9 Atlanta Smiles and Wellness ...................17 Cann Dentistry.........................................68 Kimball Bridge Dental Commons ...........34 Valerie Fuller Dentistry .............................70

DERMATOLOGY

Dermatology Center of Atlanta ..............31 Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa...........5 North Atlanta Dermatology ....................25 Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery........20

EVENTS

Global Winter Wonderland .....................14

EYE HEALTH

North Fulton Eye Center ..........................50

PERSONAL TRAINING

Catalyst Fitness ........................................71 House of Payne Personal Training ..........68

PHARMACY

P3 Compounding Pharmacy ...................4

PILATES

Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy .....30

PODIATRY

Marietta Podiatry Group .........................33

PRIMARY CARE

Kaiser Permanente ............................ 74, 76

SCHOOLS

International School of Skin, Nailcare & Massage Therapy ....................................57

SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION

Georgia Urology ......................................26

SKINCARE/MED SPA/SPAS

Bella by Alethea ......................................68 Dermatology Center of Atlanta ..............53 Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa...........5 Institut’ DERMed .......................................18 JeJu Sauna..............................................58 Nerium .....................................................55 Nirvana Med Spa & Laser Centre ..........29 North Atlanta Dermatology ....................25 Renew Laser & Cosmetics ......................20

SLEEP

FINANCIAL COUNSELING

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Financial Innovations ..............................71 National Center for College Planning ...67

Resurgens Spine Center .........................54

FITNESS/FITNESS CENTERS

SPINE HEALTH

TAX SERVICES

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H&R Block.................................................69

Anderson Hair Sciences & Research .....70

Circulatory Centers .................................29 Georgia Vein Specialists .........................35 Northside Vascular Surgery ....................21 Vein Atlanta .............................................75 VeinInnovations .........................................7

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HOME HEALTH CARE

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HOSPITALS

Emory Adventist Hospital at Smyrna ........3 Northside Hospital ...................................13

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Avicenna Integrative Medicine ..............51

JEWELRY

Louise Loirette Jewelry .............................67

MASSAGE THERAPY

Elements Massage..................................31

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The evidence is overwhelming. Toxins are everywhere, in our water, air, food, soaps, shampoos, even in the clothes we wear. We read about mercury in our fish, jet fuel in our lettuce, and heavy metals in our air. Our bodies carry a chemical cocktail of industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, and residues of many pharmaceuticals, as well as toxins from alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and illegal drugs. Colon Hydrotherapy can help to minimize the effects of toxins and environmental stresses that can lead to imbalances in the immune system. The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT) protocol suggests: Week 1 & 2 = two sessions per week and Weeks 3 to 10 = one session per week. Our trained therapists can help you to determine the best number of sessions for your unique needs. We believe Colon Hydrotherapy, supported by a proper diet, water, exercise, and stress management can accelerate the healing potential of your body. In her book Detox or Die by Dr Sherry Rogers, MD says toxicity is like a one-way street leading to disease; the key to healing is to reverse the toxicity. Dr Rogers suggests some of the best ways to detoxify are through Colon Hydrotherapy and Infrared Sauna. Atlanta Colonic & Massage offers the best in Colon Hydrotherapy and Infrared Sauna Therapy in the Atlanta area. Our modern world is toxic; a problem that is not going away anytime soon. Cleansing is no longer just an option, it is a necessity!

URGENT CARE

North Georgia Urgent Care ....................60

UROLOGY

Georgia Urology ......................................26

VEIN TREATMENT

VETERINARY CLINICS

Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic...................48

WAXING

European Wax Center .............................42

WEIGHT LOSS/NUTRITION

Georgetown Clinic ..................................71 Good Measure Meals .............................36 Meant Spa & Lounge..............................22 Tedeschi Wellness ....................................57 Woodson, Dr. Grattan .............................10

WELLNESS CENTER

Avicenna Integrative Medicine ..............51 Georgetown Clinic ..................................71 Natural Health Atlanta ...................... 12, 69 Natural Health Solutions .........................46 Woodson, Dr. Grattan .............................10 Kaiser Permanente ............................ 74, 76

YOGA

Lift Yoga Therapy ......................................40

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Resurgens Spine Center .........................54

Georgetown Clinic ..................................70 Physician Pain & Wellness .......................28 Total Health Care.....................................64

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Shopping For Your Health Our quality of life is inextricably linked to the quality of our health, which is why it is so important to make informed decisions when selecting health coverage and care providers. But if you are not a health care industry insider, it can be difficult to determine if you are really getting the most for your medical dollars. So, here are answers to some frequently asked questions to help you make a better choice when shopping for your health.

How can I obtain health insurance? Is healthcare.gov the only option for purchasing coverage on my own? Most Americans obtain health insurance through their employers. If you are covered under an employer-sponsored insurance plan, your employer should notify you of any changes to your coverage during the open enrollment period. Healthcare.gov, the online health insurance marketplace or “exchange,” is just a new avenue to health coverage. Employers and individuals can still purchase plans directly from insurance companies or through brokers. You can visit GoKP.org to learn more about Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s health plan options. However, shopping on the exchange could have an advantage — federal subsidies. HealthCare.gov requires users to fill out an application to determine eligibility for financial assistance, which can reduce the out-of-pocket cost of health plans and medical expenses. The federal subsidies are only available to those who purchase coverage through HealthCare.gov, where you can also find a selection of Kaiser Permanente health plans.

What should I look for in a health plan? When considering a new insurer, find out how its plans compare to the competition. Each year, the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) and J.D. Power and Associates rank health plans based on a number of factors, ranging from quality of care to customer satisfaction. Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s commercial and Medicare health plans are the highest ranked in the state and among the top 20 in the country, according to NCQA. A J.D. Power and Associates’ study also ranked Kaiser Permanente of Georgia highest in member satisfaction in the South Atlantic region for the fourth consecutive year.

Health insurers and providers are using the term “coordinated care.” What does it mean, and why is it important? Care is coordinated when your primary care physician, specialists

and clinicians work together to manage your health. When all of your health care providers are working as a team, they are able to make more informed decisions when it comes to treating you. Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, which offers both health coverage and medical care, has been operating a coordinated care system in metro Atlanta for nearly 30 years. We have one of the largest multi-specialty medical groups in the state with more than 450 board-certified physicians, who care exclusively for Kaiser Permanente members. So, whether you are seeing your primary care physician, dermatologist or cardiologist, they have access to your complete medical history through our electronic medical records system.

What major changes under the Affordable Care Act should I be aware of? Under the Affordable Care Act, or health care reform, all U.S. citizens will be eligible for some form of health coverage starting in 2014, and they cannot be turned down for coverage because of a medical condition. Health plans must provide many preventive services, such as screenings for cancer, diabetes and hypertension, at no additional cost. After January 1, 2014, if you choose to go without health insurance for more than three consecutive months, you could face a tax penalty.

I’ve seen Kaiser Permanente medical offices across metro Atlanta. Where can I go to learn more about the organization? Kaiser Permanente has 29 medical offices conveniently located throughout metro Atlanta and a location in Athens to better serve our members. Our medical offices are staffed physicians with The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, which has doctors in more than 20 specialties. To learn more about Kaiser Permanente, just log on to GoKP.org. Kerry W. Kohnen President

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