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Protect yourself from hospital errors Learn how to keep yourself safe while in the hospital.

A spook-tacular home How to make your home spook-tacularly haunted for one day.

Living independently Tips for seniors on living safe and independent.

Editor’s note Oh, I can’t wait! Pretty soon all the cute little neighborhood ghosts and goblins will be scurrying about, going from house to house, collecting yummy treats. Halloween is so much fun. What other time do you get to dress in costume and parade the streets collecting all kinds of candy? It’s not only fun to dress up yourself and the little ones, but also your home for this delightfully spooky occasion. Be sure to check out the feature on how to make your home spook-tacularly haunted for one day. The kids will just love it and you will, too!

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No one cries alone Karen Murphy and Melissa Morris are used to giving and receiving lot’s of hugs. They’re used to sharing tears as well. “No one cries in this room a lone,” said Karen, a 15-year certified mastectomy fitter at Burlington Pharmacy. Breast cancer is the most common cancer occurring in women (excluding cancers of the skin) and the second most common cause of death from cancer in women after lung cancer. Mastectomy fitting is the practice of addressing medical conditions of the upper extremities and post-mastectomy surgical outcomes. Pursuant to a physi-

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cian’s order, a mastectomy fitter measures a patient and properly fits, dispenses and adjusts external breast prostheses, bras and related supplies. Trained and certified mastectomy fitters are integral to the physical and emotional well-being of patients, providing instruction and training on how to properly use and maintain post-mastectomy devices. The loss of a woman’s breasts to cancer can affect her self-esteem, her sex drive, and just how she feels about herself as a woman. “The goal is to give them their self worth back,” Karen said. “It’s not that they just have a

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light weight silicone forms, swim forms, bras that are functional and some “have attitude,” Karen explained. “They are really nice, stylish pieces.” Karen and Melissa enjoy their work and credit Burlington Pharmacy’s former certified mastectomy fitter Clydette Huddleston as their inspiThe Burlington Pharmacy fitting room is both beautiful and comfortable. ration. Clydette, who had lower self esteem, they get what they want and breast cancer herself, feel different and we need. instilled within them a bring them back to their “We talk,” said Melissa, value and desire for comself and make them feel a six-year certified maspassion. whole again.” tectomy fitter. “We listen. Karen called Clydette These women are com- Doctors often tell you “an angel on earth.” forted and treated with what you need and Melissa said “you respect. Karen and they’re tired of that, we never met a better perMelissa answer their listen to what they want.” son.” questions and work with Burlington Pharmacy They enjoyed watching them and their doctor to carries Amoena products, her work with the women who visited Burlington Pharmacy and aspired to have her kind of impact. “I like helping people,” Karen explained. “A lot of ladies come in here wondering how they will be feminine again – after they leave, they feel fantastic. That is a blessing to be a part of.” Appointments and walk ins are welcome and in-home fittings can be arranged, as well. Burlington Pharmacy Health Care has been serving the Tristate area home medical equipment and supply needs since 1976. As one of the area's largest retail suppliers of home health products and services, we provide superior customer service and top quality, state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies. For more information call 586-6700 or visit www.burlingtonpharmacy.com.

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Hand hygiene It’s your right to remind a health care provider to sanitize his or her hands before touching you or your surroundings while you’re in the hospital. Multiple studies have found hand hygiene is sorely lacking in hospitals, with best practices being followed as little as 20 to 30 percent of the time in some cases. Patients should also be aware if surfaces are disinfected regularly. Bedrails, table surfaces and many items in a patient’s room need disinfection, as well as telephones, remote controls, call buttons, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and portable shared devices such as blood glucose meters and hair clippers.

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Doctors and hospital staff diligently work to ensure that every patient experiences a safe and positive hospital stay. Yet, not all doctors or staffs can guarantee perfection, leaving patients at risk. Nearly 2 million people will acquire an infection while hospitalized in 2010, and nearly 100,000 will die as a result, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Speaking up for yourself and taking ownership of your own health care can help you from becoming a statistic.

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Poor hand hygiene and catheters are two of the most common causes of hospitalacquired infections. Patients can prevent these infections by knowing the causes and monitoring them. Here are some tips for patients on how to take a more collaborative, active role in their hospital care.

Too much of a good thing? Well, it’s Halloween once again, the time to hand out and collect way too much candy! The costumes are fun and the trick or treating is an adventure, but the amount of candy the kids collect is scary! Not only should we sort through their candy for safety purposes but we should consider thinning out the pile a little. Most children will eat candy three times a day for the next month. Most of us allow this because it was “free.” The fillings that

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may be required due to excessive consumption of candy, however, are not free as we all know too well. Want to hear an even scarier thought? If hard or chewy candies are eaten when teeth are already decayed or broken the potential for further damage is almost inevitable leading to more extensive dental work such as a root canal, crown, or – worst case scenario – the loss of a tooth. To give younger patients incentive to part with their “loot,” Mortenson Family

Dental is handing out special Trick or Treat bags that can be returned to the office full of candy through the month of November in exchange for $5 cash per bag. Now that’s a treat!!! Stop in and pick up your Trick or Treat bag before Halloween! Local court houses and airports have offered their scanning services to check candies and treats for metal objects. This is just another way you as a parent can help to keep your children safe during this spooktacular holiday.

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Medical spa promises beauty Anyone who has ever noticed a wrinkle, excessive brown spots or veins showing in their legs will be happy to know about Elements, a medical spa located at 25 Town Center Blvd. in Crestview Hills. The elegant salon is staffed with two nurse practitioners and one registered nurse, as well as the Medical Director Dr. Ruth Hussey. “Physician direct- Dr. Ruth Hussey and Mary Jo Meek, office manager for Elements, take a break in one of the treatment rooms. ed services were developed to aid the skin, prevent damage, and deep peel done with radio patient in choices of proenhance one’s outward frequency waves, so that cedures to achieve maxiappearance, thus improv- the peel occurs from the mum health, beauty and ing the patient’s outlook inside out. They also do overall fitness,” Dr. on life.” leg vein removal, hair Hussey explained. “Our The spa specializes in goal is to promote radiant Matrix, which is a very MEDICAL see page 10

Trick or treat at Gentle Dental This October give yourself a treat by scheduling your long-awaited dental check up. Dr. Tara Dallmann and her staff know that a lot of you are afraid of the dentist. They have created a no-stress environment just for you. The team is ready and waiting to take your call and they know the butterflies you suffer while picking up the phone to schedule an appointment. Understand that you are their normal type of patient and you will not be made to feel guilty for not seeing a regular dentist. Brenda makes homemade cookies, Kim heats

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neck pillows and blankets, Wendy makes you feel all fresh and new after she cleans your teeth, and Dr. Tara Dallmann creates several options in the

most caring way ever to give you back your beautiful healthy smile. If you are in an emergency situation the team

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Find your motivation to get fit, healthy at Curves Have you lost your fitness motivation? At Curves, we know motivation is generally easy to find, but mostly hard to keep. That’s why we invented Curves Smart. Imagine having the world’s most advanced fitness coach at your disposal. A coach who customizes workouts based on your body type and endurance, and adjusts each exercise machine’s intensity to your results. This coach monitors your energy level and range of motion continuously to ensure you are achieving your personal potential. Then, the coach automatically computes your workout data to produce a progress report, including the number of calories you burned, and 3-D anatomical diagrams to show which muscles you’ve worked and how successfully. This is exactly the role of the Curves Smart personal coaching system, a technology pioneered by Curves that offers a precision-

designed workout, moment to moment feedback, and progress reports to keep members motivated while they work out. It’s the world’s most advanced fitness technology, and it’s only available at Curves. It’s the knowledge and motivation you need to get the results you want. Diane Sowards, Circuit Coach at the Independence Curves, senses how excited members get when they have a great workout. “They are so proud when they view their results and see how many calories they burned. It gives them such energy and a renewed belief in their abilities,” she said. If you’ve lost your fitness motivation, find it again at Curves. Women all over Northern Kentucky are doing just that with Curves Smart. With special discounts available through October, it’s a great time to join a Curves near you.

Circuit Coach Charms Mynhier helps member Judy O'Connor watch her level of energy and range of motion on the Personal Smart Coach.

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Catheter-associated infections While most hope they’ll never need a urinary catheter, the reality of hospitalization is that one in four patients will need it at some point during their stay. Catheters can lead to the most frequent type of hospital-acquired infection, a urinary tract infection (UTI). In fact, 40 percent of all hospitalacquired infections are catheter-associated UTIs. Maintaining the sterility of the catheter and application kit minimizes infections. Some catheterization kits are packed in a single layer with each item – gloves, antiseptic swabs, drapes and so forth – available in the order they’ll be needed. This

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helps the clinician follow the best practices for avoiding infections, but you, the patient, can also do your part. In addition to reminding the nurse about hand hygiene, you can continue to ask “Why do I need this catheter, and when is it going to be removed?” Studies show that if the reasons for the catheter and its “remove by” date are noted on a patient’s chart before the catheter is placed, they don’t stay in as long. Shortening the time a catheter remains in place reduces the risk of a UTI. Doctors don’t have a chance to “forget” that a patient has a catheter, remembering to order its removal. Today, everyone in the picture gets a say. “The doctor” may now really be a team of doctors, nurses, specialists and assistant care providers with plenty of other people monitoring

the patient’s care. If patients want to take it further, the website wakeupdoctor.org states, they can ask for another doctor if they find out he or she has been working more than 10 to 12 hours. Clearly in an environment such as this, the patient can exercise greater control over his or her own treatment and prevent hospital-acquired infections. In the future, the patient may be expected to play an even larger role. There is an abundance of information from healthcare providers and a broad scope of Internet sources – ranging from reliable and trustworthy to questionable and dishonest. The question for most of us will be: “How do I make myself the best patient and the best advocate to help ensure the best outcome from my treatment?” Courtesy of ARAcontent

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A contractor that cares John Batchalor, whose house is on the river, admits that he was taken by surprise. The Bellevue home owner never expected to be treated as well as he was by the staff at Roof Time. In fact, their attention to detail and dedication to quality craftsmanship left him breathless. “They went above and beyond, they exceeded my personal expectation,” Batchalor said. “The final project is great, it’s outstanding. It was done right.” The work done to his Fairfield Avenue home was extensive. The Roof Time team stripped three

layers of roof from the three-story high house, added 16 inches of Owens Corning fiberglass blowin insulation, replaced the aging box gutters and rebuilt his chimney. Roof Time used the Owens Corning’s 30-year DURATION, Energy Star Shingle. This shingle reduces utility bills by reflecting the sun. In addition, Batchalor qualified for the $1,500 tax credit. Batchalor will save energy, make his home quieter and more comfortable and improve his property value. “There are good people at Roof Time,” Batchalor said. “I didn’t believe there was a roofing com-

pany that cares like they do.” His lengthy Angie’s List report about his experience is a featured article in the December magazine that is mailed to every member in the region! He adds, “I invited 12 different companies and took two years to decide exactly what I wanted. My bids were all over the place from $6,000 to $16,000. It was ridiculous! The staff at Roof Time submitted a bid in 2008, stuck with their ideas and answered all my questions promptly and professionally each and every time!” Roof Time conducts a

The latest masterpiece of Roof Time, John Batchalor’s Bellevue home.

free Energy Audit checkup with every quote. By using a thermal image camera (like the ones the cable TV ghost hunters use) and digital thermometers, their estima-

tors can pinpoint the problem areas that hide under the roof. Roof Time is an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor and is one of only three roofers locally who have obtained the added certification as a TOP OF THE HOUSE roofer- attic insulator. A Roof Time quote includes options for installing a roof ventilation system that meets or exceeds the FHA specification; increases the attic insulation to the DOE recommended level of R-60, and a radiant barrier that reduces the attic’s temperature by as much as 50 degrees every day. Using these techniques Roof Time is confidant that most homeowners can extend their roof’s warranty. Roof Time began in 1995, when Ricky and Sandy Feltner started a small family business that they operated out of their home. By 1999, Preferred Roofing’s four office staff (which included one daughter, one son and one son-in-law) and their terROOFING see page 12

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Lasting Impressions Fall … is here … and Christmas is right around the corner … Lasting Impressions Design Center is ready and waiting to help you move forward into a wonderful, warm living space with those beautiful fall and holiday touches that can

the-way nook with a “wow” piece from Lasting Impressions. Don’t forget that you can also find some very classy Halloween witches, goblins, and ghouls to add some fun to your home. Maybe you need something special like “flicker feet” or “spell books” to add that clever little memorable touch that makes everyone love to visit your home or office. You will even find spider rings and bracelets! This beautiful Halloween display makes decorating for Halloween so easy . . . and definitely a lot of fun! You will see unusual items here that you won’t find any-

“When you care enough to make your home a warm, welcoming place for family and friends … you need to visit us.” make your home so special for family and friends. Do you need a beautiful swag, garland, or wreath? Brighten up your dining room table, front door, or out-of-

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where else! What else is new at Lasting Impressions Design Center? New pieces of furniture have Take Exit 5 (Newport/Bellevue) begun to arrive as Turn right onto Route 8 (Fairfield the showroom begins Avenue) to take shape with Continue to Taylor Avenue and turn Bernhardt, Hooker, right Charleston House, Travel 6 blocks to Grandview Avenue and several other Turn right on Grandview well-known lines. Enter the warehouse through You will also want the center door by the dock. to see the new line of Prepare to be amazed … quilted bedding and table linens which What is a “Comfort” candle? brings an elegant touch to triedWell, it is a line of candles (newly and-true, comfortable quilted arrived from the July market) styles. Don’t forget to check out handmade in Comfort Texas. You the new Shaw rug displays have to experience firsthand the which feature breathtaking area fantastic new scents such as rug colors and designs for all decorating styles! IMPRESSIONS see page 11

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The war on bed bugs We have all seen the news – bed bugs are a serious problem here in the Tristate. These hitchhikers are everywhere and are nearly impossible to detect until they have multiplied and taken over. Unless Beddy the bed bug K-9 is on the job! Perfection Pest Control has been treating for bed bugs for over five years and was the first Kentucky based company to use a certified bed bug detection K-9 team. Beddy, the rescue dog, is a single-scent trained dog certified through the Action Canine Institute in Michigan. Beddy can find one bed bug (or a viable egg) in a room in eight to 10 minutes. Perfection K-9 Services can efficiently search not only private residences

but also theaters, office buildings, hotels, university dorms and hospitals. Beddy’s K-9 handler, Darren Bowman, has over 10 years of experience in pest management. Perfection’s services include a treatment proposal and instructions on bed bug management. They also provide a planet-friendly approach to pest management and ongoing preventive inspections to keep your property protected. Perfection Pest Control also provides seminars for businesses interested in educating their employees on bed bugs. For more information on bed bug control or to schedule a K9 inspection call 859-525-8560 or visit www.perfectionk9services.com.

Unlock the secrets of your home The holidays are just around the corner, so spruce up your kitchen with new cabinets and furnishings. Fort Mitchell Interiors in Crescent Springs can redo any room in your house, and they don’t contract out any work – familiar faces are on the job from start to finish. “Cornices and Roman shades are very popular right now in window treatments, and we have thousands of fabric samples books to browse through,” said Mary Pennington-Wolfe, owner. “Darker finishes on cabinets are in style right now, but we have 40 different styles of cabinets to choose from,” she said. “And we can do any flooring, from ceramic tile to carpet to the newest trend, which is bamboo flooring.”

With more than 30 years of experience, Wolf and her technicians can create any look that will unlock the secrets of your home, and make you fall in love with your home all over again. “Since everything is blooming fresh and new in spring, it is exciting to bring new life into your home with new window treatments, or new cabinets, or new flooring. “When you call us, we sit down with you and work out a plan that fits both your dreams and your budget.” So come into Fort Mitchell Interiors on Hazelwood Drive, across from McDonald’s, and begin to create the look you want for your home. Mary Pennington-Wolfe can be reached at 3315327 for an appointment.

MEDICAL from page 6 removal, chemical peels, skin rejuvenation, botox and skin tightening. Clinics that perform these non-surgical, noninvasive procedures are very popular on the east and west coasts, as well as the south, but are just beginning to appear in this area. “With our procedures, patients can gain years of beautiful skin without having to undergo more drastic means,” said Dr. Hussey. “Because the procedures are non-invasive, patients have

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very little down time.” Mary Jo Meek, office manager for the spa, thinks the ELOS technology they use makes a difference. “I feel we are kind of a one stop for easy beauty,” she said. “It is a simple method of maintaining beauty, and people appreciate that.” Bridal packages, and other specials are available, and consultations are free. Appointments can be made by calling 578-8499.

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Make your home, the home of your dreams Do you want a beautiful home? You don’t have to move to get what you want. Make your home, the home of your dreams with the help of All Around Exteriors. All Around Exteriors’ is Northern Kentucky’s top choice for all of your home improvement needs, including windows, siding, roofs, gutters, basement remodels, decks, landscape, driveways, etc. They guarantee all of their work and always complete each project with a professional touch.

Their unsurpassed workmanship and attention to detail will amaze you. All Around Exteriors is a DBA of Generation 2 Construction which was founded in 1999, offers quality home improvements at affordable prices. There are no subcontractors and they are a member of the Better Business Bureau, HBA, NARI, and have made it onto Angie’s List. They also cary $2,000,000 liability insurance and workman’s comp so you can be assured that your project is fully covered. Job site safety is a top

priority on every project. All Around Exteriors uses Alside building products to give you the highest home improvement project materials available, lifetime warranties and beautiful finishes are available in a variety of colors and textures. Alside has been the professional choice for more than 60 years. They offer a complete line of more than 30,000 building products, a national network of company-owned supply centers and independent distributors, and a commitment to providing

world-class customer service. Alside believes by only selling to professional remodelers, contractors and builders, we can be sure the best people in the industry install our premium products. The end result is a beautiful home, every time. To make your home the home of your dreams or for more information call All Around Exteriors at 992-7363 or at their Website www.allaroundexteriors.com. All Around Exteriors offers its own financing through Wells Fargo, as well as one year same as cash.

IMPRESSIONS from page 9 “Divine,” “Cashmere,” “Apple Strudel,” “Pumpkin Bread,” and many more. Santa-in-the-City is ready and waiting for your visit on the fourth floor! You won’t want to miss special areas like Bearly Surviving Christmas, the Polar Bear Slide, the Great Pumpkin Coach, the Gingerbread House, Home for the Holidays, and many more wonderful surprises. New items continue to arrive and will be added to the third and fourth floor showrooms daily. Last year marked the opening of this fabulous Christmas showroom, and it is newly designed this year with even more of your favorite, unique Christmas decorating items such as unusual ornaments, ornamental garlands, Holy Family nativity sets, pine garlands, pine swags, holiday floral stems, and much, much more. Do you have a group of friends or belong to a club that might enjoy a special shopping evening

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together at 241 Grandview? We can help you with a wonderful evening by providing snacks and drinks while you shop (with a special discount, of course). Just call Linda or Judy at 859655-8187 for more information about setting up your special event evening. Each time you visit Lasting Impressions or Santa-in-the City, you will find that merchandise has been added and there are many things you haven’t seen during your previous visits. Furniture arranged in room settings will help you visualize a finished room arrangement in your home. Yes, you’ll still find oodles of hidden treasures if you dare to go on a “scavenger hunt” in “The Attic at Lasting Impressions.” Just venture through the doors at the back of the main showroom and enter a world of 30 to 50 percent markdowns! The friendly folks at Lasting Impressions take pride in excellent customer

service and they are looking forward to seeing you soon at 241 Grandview in Bellevue, Ky. It’s a shopping experi-

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ence you are going to enjoy and repeat again and again! The direct phone line to the third floor is 859-655-8187. You

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How to make your house spectacularly for one day Most days, you probably want visitors to feel welcome and secure in your home. But one day a year, it’s fun to scare the dickens out of them - so make the most of Halloween and all the good-natured frights that come along with the spookiest of holidays. HAUNTED see page 16

ROOFING from page 8 rific work crews had earned a ranking in the Top 100 Contractors in America, and had sales in excess of $2 million! Ricky passed away at the end of 1999, and the company struggled to carry on without his dynamic leadership. Today Ricky’s legacy has been preserved by no less than FIVE roofing contractors that were once part of his vision, all successfully operating their own companies using the same

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principles and ideals he established over 15 years ago! At Roof Time, Sandy’s daughter Missy is still answering the calls (even at nights and on the weekends) and Ricky’s grandson Justin is now a project estimator! Terry Littleton, who started as a member of one of Ricky’s roof crews in 1997, now runs his own crew as a job site foreman, and oversees any service calls that may be received.

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Roof Time is a true family-owned and -operated business with deep community roots; over 15 year’s business experience, and is now into its third generation of serving Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky! Roof Time’s attention to the details has earned them the prestigious Angie’s List Super Service Award for the past four years in a row, as well as the Community Press Readers’ Choice for 2009!

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Estimators arrive on time and prepared, in neatly lettered vehicles and uniforms; inspect the attic portion of the roof, then inspect and measure from the rooftop (not from the ground like most companies have started to do). An estimate can be prepared right from their vehicles or e-mailed back the same day! Estimates are free and include color digital pictures of what they find. Roof Time utilizes all the

best of today’s technology such as Thermal imaging cameras to pinpoint hidden leaks and decay, and satellite measurement software to offer “to the inch measurements” for “to the penny pricing.” Visit www.newrooftime.com or call Missy at 513-753-TIME (8463) to get a free inspection of your roof, attic insulation, siding or gutter system!

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Live the dream at Scuba Shack You awaken to the sounds of the “wild” parrots in the swaying palm trees. As you step off your porch, you spy the numerous other colorful, tropical birds amid the lush foliage surrounding the gently flowing stream in front of your cottage. Down the path – two quick turns – and you’re passing the lounge chairs and umbrellas around the crystal clear water of the swimming pool. A few more steps and the azure blue water of the Caribbean comes into view directly in front of you. Turn right – and you’re in the spectacular outdoor dining room overlooking the sea, where both old and new friends are waiting with warm greetings and hot coffee. Following a good breakfast and great camaraderie, you leave your table and head down the walkway to the waiting

boat where more friends welcome you aboard. Ten minutes later, you’re under way to enjoy the thrill of “Flying without wings” while you “visit” some of the most fascinating creatures – in the most beautiful scenery – imaginable. You have set-aside your everyday life for a time … You are a SCUBA diver. “This is the lifestyle we live… where we enjoy ‘The Experience of a Lifetime – Every Time’” says Jim Barrie, owner of The Scuba Shack in Florence. If you are ready to, as Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Visit the Scuba Shack website at www.TheScubaPlace.com and call 859283-1550 to find out how easy it is to become a SCUBA diver. (Gift certificates are available)

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Hearing technology breakthrough Want to get back to the world of hearing? Let us transport you with a communication device so advanced, so comfortable, so stylish, and so discreet that only a few years ago, we could hardly imagine it. Today through Saturday, Christopherson & Clark Hearing Center invites you to come meet GN ReSound’s Alera. Alera hearing instruments

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to keep you comfortable and in synch with your environment. Alera means freedom. These hearing devices employ a 2.4 GHz sound transmission to allow you to wirelessly connect to your TV and cell phone. That means there are no other devices to attach to your body or wear around your neck, so you’re free to carry on your day-today activities without

being tied to bulky receivers. For your comfort and convenience, Alera offers built-in whistle control so you don’t get buzzing, whistling, or other feedback. It also offers protection from humidity, sweat, rain, and even earwax. With its discreet receiverin-the-ear design, color choices, and other personalized settings, Alera is a hearing aid with a natu-

ral-feeling fit you’ll actually want to wear. If you or someone you know is considering replacing current hearing aids with upgraded technology or considering a first pair of hearing devices, now is the right time to come in to Christopherson & Clark for a demonstration of this remarkable technology. Improved technology is available at several affordable price points, so getting back to hearing well is attainable on almost any budget. When you make an appointment during our Special Event, Oct. 20-23, you will receive a complimentary hearing consultation; a complimentary hearing aid consultation and demonstration; and a complimentary choice of wireless accessory (ReSound Unite TV Streamer, Remote Control, or Phone Clip) with a ReSound Alera purchase during this Event. And you’ll meet Sharon Christopherson, a hearing professional with a reputation for caring professionalism, honesty, and attention to personal service. To schedule your appointment, or to request a free copy of The Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids, please call 513-598-9444 today.

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Retirement is a great time to enjoy life – especially in your own home. But if you - or your parents – are starting to slow down, suffering from occasional imbalance or are having difficulty living safely in your home, it could limit your independence, and potentially cause you harm. Falling is the leading cause of injury and death among people 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And if you look around your home, or your loved-one’s home, you probably can find many tripping hazards, increasing the risk of a fall. Here are some tips you can follow to help yourself or your loved one continue to live independently in their own home and age in place safely: • Incorporate walk-in showers in your bathrooms, so you don’t have to climb over the edge of a tub. Premier Care in Bathing Inspire Walk-in Shower or Refresh Walk-in Shower have Delta brand shower heads, shower chairs in case you need to sit down, secure hand rails and leak-free construction. Alternatively, Premier also has a broad range of walk-in baths, which are versatile

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enough for any member of the family to use, but provide the safety equipment needed to help keep older members protected from falls. Visit www.premier-bathrooms.com or call 800-925-0865 and ask for more information about walk-in baths or showers. • Install telephones in every room, and have a cell phone always charged and accessible. Communication is important, and having a phone easily accessible can determine how swiftly help arrives in an emergency like a fall. • Switch under-counter shelves into pullout drawers, so you or your loved one don’t have to get down on your hands and knees to find something at the rear of the cabinet. This not only helps prevent falls, but also prevents strains on the body from bending over.

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• Install as much extra lighting as you can around the house. This includes nightlights and extra light switches at all door entrances so nobody ends up stumbling around in the dark. • Create safe walking passages. If loose rugs are lying around, consider removing them. Check to see if any of the flooring in your house is slippery. You might want to consider installing carpet - not only to get rid of the slippery floor, but also to keep feet warmer as well. Also, review the layout of each room. Keep entrances clear of lamps or furniture so someone doesn’t accidentally become bruised from bumping into them, or tripping and falling to the floor. Aging in place isn’t overly difficult, and you can keep yourself or your loved one safe at home, and living in comfort with some of these tips. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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While your neighbors may pull out all the stops decorating outdoors for Christmas, an overthe-top Halloween display can also earn you a place in neighborhood lore. The Halloween decor experts at online retailer SeventhAvenue.com offer some tips to consider as you create a spooky playground to impress the trick-or-treaters: • Know your audience. It might be a good idea to match the level of scary in your Halloween decorations with the age of the children you expect to come trickor-treating. For younger children, think fun. Older kids might appreciate a good scare. • Choose a theme. Halloween is the perfect holiday for creativity, so when it comes to the front

yard, don’t limit yourself. Decorations that center around a theme are the most impactful and will delight children when walking to your doorstep. You could choose something as simple as a graveyard theme, leading visitors through a path of gravestones and creaky gates, with zombie decorations for good measure. Or use ideas from your favorite scary movie. If you need ideas, try browsing outdoor Halloween decor at online retailers like www.seventhavenue.com. • Direct traffic. Now that you’ve chosen a theme, think about how you want your guests to experience it, beginning with the sidewalk and ending with your front door. For example, if you went with a Dracula theme you could lead your visitors to

the front door with lights that resemble chandelier candles. Solar lanterns could also be used to light the path, as they won’t leave you burning through batteries or electricity. Well lit signs could also be used to lead visitors through a scavenger hunt through your front yard. • Dress the part. To make your theme really work for you, wear a costume to the door that goes along with it. It’s a great way to get in touch with your inner child and to thrill the kids in your neighborhood. • Safety first. While it’s great to create the scariest yard on the block, you should also make sure it’s safe. Walkways and hazards like ponds or stairs should be well-lit.

• Get help from nature. The trees in your yard make a great place to hang spooky decorations. Use old grass clippings to give a spookier feel to zombies and gravestones. You can use leaves as stuffing paper for bags and figurines, filling them with life. • Treats matter. We all know the number one reason kids look forward to Halloween is the bounty they’ll bring home from a long night of trick-or-treating. Considering that everyone else will give out candy, make your house more memorable by giving a toy related to your theme. Or, give glow bracelets that are not only fun but will also keep them safe by making them visible in the dark. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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