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If your resolutions this year address money matters, here’s how to improve your chances of success, Page 2

FUNERAL PREPLANNING Conversations are gifts to those you love, Page 4

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Editor’s note This issue of Creative Living will get you to think about rearranging the priorities on your to-do list. Or to act spontaneously. Do it! Pick up the phone to inquire about a new swimming pool. Book that doctor’s appointment. Pamper yourself with a visit to a beauty or cosmetic salon – you deserve it. And why continue to postpone preplanning your funeral? Funeral preplanning is a loving gesture to your survivors at a time full of emotion and stress. And do you know that prefunding a funeral locks in today’s burial costs for overall services? For now, be jovial and celebrate the leap year, an extra day to visit Creative Living advertisers. I hope you are enjoying winter.

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The SMART way to make financial New Year’s resolutions If your resolutions this year address money matters like savings, spending and credit use, you can improve your chances of success by making “SMART” promises to yourself. In self-improvement circles, “SMART” is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Keeping those qualities in mind when setting a goal – or making a resolution – can help you accomplish what you set out to do. » Specific – Zeroing in on a goal makes it more manageable and achievable. Start out by thinking about your

dreams. Do you want to get out of debt? Build an emergency fund? Start or increase retirement or education savings? Decide what your priority is and then hone in on a specific aspect of that priority. For example, if your ultimate goal is to get out of debt, resolve to completely pay off one credit card by mid-year. Want to boost your savings? Resolve to set up an automatic bank transfer from your checking account to your savings account every month. » Measurable – Your resolution should be something you can monitor and track, so that you can see how well

you’re doing and, if needed, adjust your actions to ensure you’ll be able to meet your goal. Make sure your resolution addresses how you will measure your progress and results. » Attainable – To have the most positive effect possible, a resolution or goal should be just a hair beyond your comfort level. That way, it’s just enough to challenge you without leaving you frustrated and disappointed. Applying this concept to your financial resolutions could mean that instead of resolving to eliminate See SMART, Page 7

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March 5-11 is National Sleep Awareness Week, an annual public awareness and education program to promote the importance of sleep. Many factors can affect your sleep, but at Cincinnati Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Kitzmiller and his team focus primarily on the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. While snoring can be annoying, it is often a symptom of a life-threatening condition called obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway collapses during sleep and causes the person to stop breathing and awaken multiple times per hour with a gasp. Untreated, sleep apnea can lead to excessive fatigue, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and even death. During Sleep Awareness Week, Dr. Kitzmiller will be hosting free public awareness open houses at various locations throughout Cincinnati to help educate the public about the importance of quality sleep. Dr. Kitzmiller, his team and representatives from local sleep labs will be on hand to provide free screening and information on diagnosis and treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea, including CPAP, Oral Appliance Therapy, and surgery. A sleep apnea sufferer, Dr. Kitzmiller has been treating himself as well as hundreds of others with Oral Appliance Therapy. An Oral







Start young planning for the inevitable Ashley, a vibrant, active 37-year-old lawyer, mother of three young children and part-time Pilates instructor has a to-do list longer than her combined client case load. When she learned that her next-door neighbor, a mother of four children who pal around with her kids, had terminal cancer, her mind went in many directions. How could she help? What should she say? How will the children respond? How was her friend handling this crisis? But one thought intruded regularly into her daily routine – if this happened to her, how would she and her family handle the impending end to her life? She was clueless on how to approach the subject, but day by day, as she realized the

fragility of life, she became more convinced that a conversation was critical regarding her wishes and her husband’s. This is both an ordinary and an unusual scenario. Ordinary because few people younger than 40 have thoughts of planning for dying. Unusual because Ashley didn’t dismiss her concerns. Rather, she wanted to tackle the issue and get to-do items done. Hospice of the Western Reserve recognizes the courage it takes to approach one’s end of life. As one of the country’s best-known hospice and palliative care providers, the agency offers this kind of advice for all ages in a booklet called “Courage in Conversation: A Personal Guide.”

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The guide tackles not only the care you want in the event that you are no longer able to speak or think for yourself, but also how to begin the discussion – as early in your adulthood as possible. There are a few points to consider as you begin this process: 1. Have a plan as to how you will share your

wishes. Will you have things written down? With whom will you be talking? 2. Create an environment that is conducive to listening. It is usually helpful to sit down with your loved ones and try to be at the same eye level. 3. Share the information in small segments.

Avoid apologizing for the information you are sharing. These are your wishes for one of life’s most important moments. 4. Allow time for your loved ones to process information and respond. This is one of the most important things you can do. They may have questions or feelings to share with you, but may need time to process your desires. Next steps may include researching resources to help support your loved ones, such as funeral and financial arrangements, creation of advance care documents – your living will and your powers of attorney - or simply stating where your advance care planning documents will be stored. – ARAContent

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Snooze your way to good dental health Does the thought of going to the dentist make you physically ill? You are not alone. Such real fears can keep you postponing that dreaded visit until you find yourself with excruciating pain or a swollen jaw. If this sounds like you, IV sedation may be the answer you have been looking for. Put your mind at rest. Dr. Dallmann and her capable staff at Gentle Dental Care will make your dental visit as painless and comfortable as possible. You’ll feel welcome, regardless of how long it’s been since you’ve seen a dentist. Helping fearful patients just like you is what they do best. Consider the stories of three women who had put off visits for so long they

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or no discomfort and little memory of the visit. Sedation helped another patient, Beverly, who also held a longtime fear of dentists. “I needed my teeth cleaned, I had problems with my gums and a filling that needed replaced,” said Beverly. “I told them they’d better get as much done as possible because I might not be coming back.” She called the Gentle Dental staff’s treatment “unbelievable.” Beverly said, “It seemed like I was out for only 10 minutes although it was a lot longer.” Beverly’s experience was so good that she now comes into the office once a year to get sedated for her cleaning, checkup, X-rays and any addi-

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varicose veins in one or two treatments. Cincinnati Cosmetic & Vein Specialists provide nonsurgical treatments for varicose and spider veins that are done in about an hour in a comfortable clinic office. In some cases there is a deeper issue that causes the troubling visible veins. Before treating the visible signs of varicose veins, our physicians will examine

your legs to determine if an underlying cause of the visible varicosities exists. It is important to treat the cause of the varicosity in order to ensure that any future or more serious conditions can be avoided, and so that the visible signs can be effectively treated. Therefore, it is equally important to ensure that your physician is able to treat not only the surface veins,

but diagnose and treat the deeper issue that may be present. Cincinnati Cosmetic & Vein Specialists physicians consider the best treatment for the individual, and discuss the treatment plan with the patient to ensure that they fully understand their options. Some treatments are covered by medical insurance. For those that are not covered, there are two

affordable treatment options available: Sclerotherapy and Laser Vein Treatment. Both treatments are affordable, well tolerated and have very minimal pain or side effects. Sclerotherapy treatment is indicated for small and medium sized veins. Laser vein treatment works best on the smallest spider veins. See NICE LEGS, Page 7

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glass over vinyl liner and gunite pools are clear. “Compared to vinyl, there are no liners to replace, no tears or holes in liners, no fading, no floating of liners with ground water, and liners have a 12- to 15-year warranty, with only the first 2 or 3 years covered at full warranty,” he said. Ionna adds, “The only advantage a gunite pool has over fiberglass is that you can make the pool larger. Cost, strength, flexibility and warranty are all on the side of a fiberglass pool.” If you already have a pool that needs some work, S.I. Pool Care has you covered there, too. Renovation services they

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offer include installing a new liner, pump or filter or adding a heater or salt generator. You can also resurface your gunite pool with fiberglass and get a 25-year warranty, opposed to the one-year warranty you’d get if you make plaster repairs, at about the same cost. Finally, think about replacing, refurbishing or expanding that concrete pool deck for the days of summer entertaining ahead. S.I. Pool Care is at 3145 Dixie Highway in Erlanger. They’re open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 859331-4110. Or visit

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all debt in 2012, you resolve to pay off one or two specific debts. Or, perhaps you simply resolve not to accrue any new debt in the coming year. » Realistic – If your goal is realistic, you’re more likely to stick with the steps you need to make it happen. For example, if you resolve to limit unnecessary spending by budgeting a set amount of “mad money” to use as you wish every month,

you’ve made a realistic decision about how to reduce spending. » Timely – Keep your resolution timely by establishing a time frame for success. For example, if you resolve to take control of your credit in 2012, be specific about how much progress you can reasonably expect to make by midyear. Come June, reassess your results to see if you’ve made the progress you hoped for. If you haven’t, think of what you’ll need to do to get back on track to achieving your goal in the last half of the year. – ARAContent


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Hospice services: It’s all about a loved one’s life There are some who think that the word “hospice” means that death is imminent. They equate hospice with the last days or even hours of life, and that can be a frightening thought. There are others who have the perception that receiving hospice care hastens death. But the truth is, that’s a misconception. Hospice services are, indeed, available to those who have a diagnosis of six months or less to live. But many hospice patients live longer than that and, in fact, several studies have shown that those receiving hospice care live longer and with an enhanced quality of life. Why hospice and what does it provide? Hospice services have existed since the late 1960s, when Dame Cicely Saunders founded the first modern hospice in a suburb of London, England. Hospice came to the U.S. just a few years later and was

publicly supported in her breakthrough work, “On Death and Dying,” by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Kubler-Ross testified in support of hospice services before the U.S. Congress, stating, “We live in a very particular death-denying society. We isolate both the dying and the old, and it serves a purpose. They are reminders of our own mortality. We should not institutionalize people. We should give families more help with home care and visiting nurse, giving the families and the patients the spiritual, emotional and financial help in order to facilitate the final care at home.” Although hospice benefits became legislatively covered in the late 1970s, hospice is far more than a Medicare-funded program. Hospice services incorporate the use of a multidisciplinary team which includes physicians, nurses, social

workers, chaplains and volunteers. The emphasis is on pain control, palliative care rather than curative treatment. And the goal of hospice is to provide an optimal quality of life for whatever time the person has remaining, meeting their needs as a whole person – physically, emotionally and spiritually. The team not only works with the patient but also with the loved ones, both family and friends, as appropriate. Helping the loved ones to support the patient through the journey can make a tremendous difference. Family care continues with a full year of bereavement services following the patient’s death to help with grief and move loved ones forward. Hospice provides the extra care and support to ease the transition for patient and family. It is not about death – rather, it is about life.


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Tax time is a stressful time, even for the most prepared filer. This year, don’t let yourself be affected by the stress – or at least find ways to cut back on it. By avoiding these six common mistakes, you’ll be making the process of filing your taxes a lot easier on yourself. 1. Rushing to file by April 15 If you aren’t ready by the 15th, you don't need to panic. Six-month extensions are now an easy-to-use option. 2. Being a perfectionist

The IRS isn’t going to hunt you down and send you to jail over a simple mistake. If you’ve lost some information that’s necessary to your tax return, do your best to fill it out using reasonable estimates. 3. Going it alone Getting help from a tax professional is much more affordable than you might imagine, and can pay off in a lot of ways, not least of which could be a lower overall tax bill. 4. Not reviewing your work Going back to your

taxes with fresh eyes can help you catch mistakes or areas that were simply missed. Check the details. 5. Being afraid to ask questions Go directly to the IRS website or the IRS help line, but if you still need more assistance, check with a tax professional. 6. Not being careful with direct deposit The IRS can only deposit the funds into the account you tell them to use, so make sure that the information you provide is correct. – ARAContent

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