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Cover Story Nick's Kids Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief An Electronic Interview with Terry Saban, pg. 4

Proudly Serving the Tuscaloosa & Surrounding Areas

Camp Daybreak: One-day Grief Camp for Children, pg. 38

Your first step home.

Glen Haven Health and Rehabilitation, LLC provides therapy programs tailored to your needs and can make all the difference in your recovery. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY • SPEECH THERAPY • PHYSICAL THERAPY Step Forward Toward Independence

Dr. Bony Barrineau oversees your custom therapy program.

Our Step Forward program at Glen Haven Health and Rehabilitation will provide you with: ~ Monitoring of your post-surgical condition following hospital discharge ~ Daily therapy services to jump start your recovery ~ Trained physicians and nurses to help you with pain management ~ A home assessment prior to discharge

Rehabilitation Clinical Director Dr. Bony Barrineau has over 30 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Bony Barrineau

Medicare and some private insurers cover in-house rehabilitation services depending on patient needs.

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Nick's Kids Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief

Healthcare Close to Home Doctor's Profiles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 On the Horizon Live without the limitations of Dentures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Faith & Family Rebuilding after the Storm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Faith without "Work". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Center Spread Magnolia Chapel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The Fitness Factor What hinders you from reaching optimal health? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Insight into Mental Health 10 Steps to Maintaining Brain Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Removing the Stigma of Attention Deficit Disorder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Kids Korner Where Everyone is a Musician. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Mentoring in a Big Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Fun & Games Word Search. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Sodoku Puzzle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 An Ounce of Prevention Influenza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Heart of the Matter Time is Tissue: Every Minute Counts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Our Community Camp Daybreak. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 White Wings Over America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Directories Emergency Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Resource Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 2

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ealthy Horizons is a community wellness magazine that is distributed free throughout the Southeast U. S. The goal of the magazine is to provide health education to the community and promote healthy living. Articles in the magazine are provided by healthcare professionals who are committed to: (a) disease prevention, (b) early detection of disease, (c) prompt treatment of illness, and (d) promotion of quality of life.

The magazine began as a wellness resource guide for aging Americans. This key aspect of the magazine has proven to be a great resource for our consumers. Input from our local advertisers and consumers reinforce our belief that health education provides our readers with insight and knowledge to assist in making informed decisions regarding his/her healthcare. In the past eight years our market area has grown significantly and feedback from our consumers has been positive. In an effort to meet the desires of the market area we have expanded the magazine to include a “Kids Korner,” “Our Community,” “An Ounce of Prevention,” and an “On the Horizon” section. Again, response regarding the inclusion of this content has been constructive. As many of you are aware, acute and chronic health problems are very prevalent in our society. However, many of these health problems are preventable. Individuals lack the knowledge that is necessary to make informed decisions regarding their health. It is imperative that each individual, regardless of age, race or gender, engage in opportunities that will enhance their well being on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. This holistic approach to health will enable individuals to make educated decisions that are appropriate to maintain their current health status or to seek prompt treatment when disease or illness occurs. Healthy Horizons strives to provide information in the community that is relevant and will hopefully improve the health status of aging Americans. The goal is that Healthy Horizons will serve as a valuable community resource tool and promote quality of life. God bless you as you strive for “Healthy Horizons.” Contact Us:

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Cover Spotlight

Nick's Kids Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief

An Electronic Interview with Terry Saban

As of October 2011, Nicks Kid’s has donated the following to tornado relief: • $537,000 – Habitat for Humanity • $92,500- Clean up, Cars, Rent, Clothing, School Supplies, Household items • $215,000- Project Team Up Thanks to many generous donations we are happy to announce 13 for 13; a project to build 13 houses for 13 national championships. Nick’s Kids, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has completed construction on 3 houses and many more are in the works. Following is a breakdown of what we have accomplished for, but not limited to, several families in the community: House #1: Completed The family that received this home lost their home in the Tornado and most of their belongings. Their home was the very first house to commence under this project. Work began on July 5. The family’s new home was completely outfitted with furniture and supplies through generous donations by individuals in the surrounding community. House # 2: COMPLETED

City when the tornado hit. They lost everything and have been living in a FEMA trailer since the storm. Within the next two weeks they will move into their new Habitat home! House #4 – 80% COMPLETE The family that will receive this home was renting an apartment in Alberta City on April 27th. The storm left them with nothing. Several local churches embraced the family to help them recover. Construction on their new home will be completed in the next few weeks.

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House #6: Recipient to be announced Ground was broken a few weeks ago on this house. It is in the front of the impact zone in Alberta City. Foundation work has commenced on this home and the family will be introduced next week. House #7: The family that will receive this home lost their home in Brookwood. The family has been instrumental with helping other families affected by the storm. They have volunteered with several disasterresponse organizations and continue to reach out to help others even though their family has incredible need. Site preparation has begun and construction will begin in a few weeks.

Cover Spotlight In addition, Project Team Up, working together with Nick’s Kids, has made a commitment to build 2 houses. Project Team Up takes a multi-faceted approach to the redevelopment of some of Alabama’s hardest hit communities in the aftermath of the April 2011 tornadoes. Project Team Up’s commitment will assist in achieving the 13 for 13 goal. The two project addresses are: House #8: The family that will receive this home lost their home in the storm. The husband and wife are both hard working with three children. One child has multiple sclerosis and is wheelchair bound. In addition to the normal repair of the home, PTU is adding a handicap-accessible bathroom and an ADA compliant deck and ramp.

House # 9: The family that will receive this home lost their home in the storm. The mother, lost her life during the tornado, two boys and their father suffered severe injuries.

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DCH Can Help You Live Independently Submitted by: DCH Home Health Care Agency


ith its unmatched quality and range of services, DCH Home Health Care Agency is uniquely qualified to help West Alabamians live independently at home with a disability or chronic illness.

DCH Home Care has been named in the top 5 percent of the home health agencies in the United States by a national health care information company. The 2011 HomeCare Elite™ is a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the U.S. This annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. The report ranked DCH Home Care in the Top 500 of the nation’s almost 10,000 Medicare-certified home health agencies, placing it in the top 5 percent. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.

provider. DCH Home Care offers skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy, nutritional services, medical social services and personal care. The licensed, professional staff at DCH Home Care can provide many services in the home, including cardiac monitoring and teaching, diabetes education and management, pain management, IV therapy, and medication education and administration. The staff includes registered nurses with three to five years of experience in a variety of patient care areas and dietitians; respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists; social workers; and home health aides. Products To Make The Transition Home Easier

In addition to home nursing care, DCH can help with quality products patients need to make the transition from hospital to home. DCH Home Medical Equipment, “We’ve ranked in the top 25 percent in a division of DCH Home Care, offers the nation since the study began in 2006, a wide range of equipment, including and this is the fourth time we’ve been wheelchairs, hospital beds, bathroom named in the top 100 or 500 home health aids, walking aids and diabetic supplies. agencies in the nation,” said Marcia Medical equipment and supplies can be delivered to the home, Bailey, director of DCH or families can pick up Home Health Care “What sets the DCH Home Care equipment and supplies Agency. “Our patient services apart from others is at a retail store in the satisfaction scores have that the services are part of the Phelps Outpatient Center also been among the on the campus of DCH highest in the country for Health System,” Ms. Bailey said. Regional Medical several years.” “This is important because the Center. clinical information available DCH Home Care is accredited by the Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Alabama and certified as a Medicare


to the caregivers is just a phone call away or at their fingertips on their computers.”

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DCH Home Medical Equipment also offers home oxygen therapy with a system that allows

patients to fill their own oxygen cylinders. DCH Home Medical Equipment is also helping thousands of West Alabamians get a good night sleep. Patients who are found to have sleep apnea are prescribed CPAP, a specially-fitted mask that is connected to an air flow device that stimulates normal breathing and promotes restful sleep. DCH Lifeline is often the solution when a family member suddenly becomes ill or injured, and care assistance is not available around the clock. Lifeline is a personal response system used to summon help when needed any hour of the day or night. Lifeline also offers a Medication Dispensing Service, a machine that helps maintain your loved one’s proper medication schedule. To qualify for home health care, you must be under the care of a physician and need skilled services related to a medical diagnosis. Your insurance policy establishes the criteria for home health coverage. Some require individuals to be “homebound,” while others do not. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies pay for home health care when it is reasonable, necessary and prescribed by your physician.

For information, call 205-759-7010 or toll-free at 1-800-833-0687 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or go to homecare. For more information about DCH Home Medical Equipment, call 205-330-3177.


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LIMB AND BRACE Who We Are For over thirty years Norris Limb and Brace, formerly West Alabama Limb Company and Tuscaloosa Orthopedic Appliance, have been providing complete prosthetic and orthotic services to Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas. Norris Limb and Brace has moved to a new location conveniently located on McFarland Boulevard near Northport DCH. Their new facility will enhance the quality of their services while continuing to provide personal care. T. Mark Norris, owner of West Alabama Limb Company, combined his business with Tuscaloosa Orthopedic Appliance Company after the retirement of James “Buddy” Mason. Norris Limb and Brace is a local, family owned business. After Mark’s son, Josh, graduated from the University of Alabama and completed his training at Northwestern University in Chicago, he

joined the staff. He provides the expert assistance needed to help accommodate the increasing number of patients seeking the individualized care that patients have come to expect from Norris Limb and Brace. The staff now has over a hundred years of combined experience and service. Their team approach assures that the individual needs of each patient are met. The custom designed orthotics and prosthetics are made on site. Patients have learned that the Norris Limb and Brace commitment to their philosophy, “Our family cares for your family”, can make the difference between ordinary or outstanding when it comes to orthotics and prosthetics. Prosthetics Norris Limb and Brace strives to restore all the mobility and function that is possible in each individual case. Their products are designed to balance function, durability, comfort, and pleasing appearance. Free evaluations are provided upon request, and help determine the appropriate level of technology

appropriate for any amputee. Orthotics Norris Limb and Brace provides multiple types of orthotic and prosthetic appliances to our clientele. Our Certified Orthotists, Wanda Reedy and Melody Harrell specialize in orthotics for the lower limbs, knees, feet, upper limbs, hands, and spine. Their expertise extends from pediatric to adult geriatric bracing. Norris Limb and Brace offers a wide variety of compression therapy garments, diabetic shoes and inserts along with mastectomy products and bracing for individuals with congenital conditions or post-polio symptoms. Norris Limb and Brace thanks the people of West Alabama for their support over the years and welcomes you to come visit us at our new facility in Northport.

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MD Anderson again ranks No. 1 in cancer care in the U.S. “America’s Best Hospitals” survey was recently published by U.S. News & World Report, and once again The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ranked No. 1 in cancer care. MD Anderson has been in the top two rankings since the survey’s inception in 1990. Through the DCH Cancer Center’s affiliation with MD Anderson Physicians Network®, West Alabama residents now have access to cancer care based on guidelines developed by MD Anderson. Our credentialed physicians closely collaborate with MD Anderson and bring evidence-based clinical care for almost every type and phase of cancer. This exclusive local affiliation brings a higher level of cancer care to Central Alabama. That’s why we say, hope looks like the DCH Cancer Center.

809 University Boulevard East | Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 | 205.759.7800 | 800.338.2948 Accredited with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons


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Healthcare Close to Home Tuscaloosa Weight Loss Center

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Tuscaloosa Rehabilitation and Hand Center

• Individualized, medically-monitored program with board certified on-site physician • Weekly weigh-ins with Nutritional Consultants • No contracts or joining fees • Lipotropic injections and appetite suppressants dispensed on-site • Call today at (205) 633-3669

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Convenient location on Veterans Memorial Pkwy Extended weekday and weekend hours In-house labs and x-rays Specialized treatment for the whole family Call today at (205) 507-1100

• Specializing in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Women’s Health, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine • Board certification from the American College of Family Physicians • (205) 553-1900

North River Village Retirement Community • • • • • • • •

Assisted Living Suites/Studios Respite Care Available No Buy-In Required Planned Activities/Outings Nurses On Staff 5810 Rice Mine Rd. NE Tuscaloosa (205) 759-9875

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Board Certified in Podiatric Medicine Board Certified in Podiatric Surgery Foot Pain? Find out Why! Offices in Tuscaloosa and Demopolis (205) 759-9100

Child Abuse Prevention Services of Tuscaloosa • • • • • •

Parent Education Programs School-Based Prevention Education Programs Community-Based Programs 618 14th St. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 (205) 758-1159

• Relaxing, luxury spa environment with physician administered services • Laser treatments including tattoo & hair removal • BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers • Photo facials, chemical peels and acne treatments • Complimentary VISIA™ skin analysis • Call today at (205) 553-1500

• Specializing in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Bariatric Medicine • Board certification from the American College of Family Physicians • (205) 553-1900

• Services: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Certified Hand Therapy, Industrial Rehabilitation, Sports Rehabilitation, Splinting, Spine Care, Wound Care, Workman’s Compensation. • Owners: Derek Babin OTR/L, CHT and Greg Hobbs OT,PT,CHT • 3835 Watermelon Rd, Ste E  Northport, AL • (205) 759-2211 •

The Radiology Clinic

• "Serving Our Community For over 50 Years" • 208 McFarland Circle, North Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 • 205-345-7000

Wellness Center of Tuscaloosa, Dr. Wayne Rhodes • • • •

Doctor of Chiropractic Gentle Activator technique: Advanced Rating Exercise specialist: Master's and Doctoral degrees Non-surgical treatments including cold laser for all musculo-skeletal problems • Disc decompression expert • New downtown Tuscaloosa location • 205-345-3452

Dr. Earvin Lindsey

• Attended University of Alabama & graduated Life University School of Chiropractic • Has been practicing Chiropractic Care for 15 years; 13 years in the Tuscaloosa Area • Treatment of neck & back disc injuries • 205-339-0001

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 As physically fit as we strive to be, everyday healthy people face unexpected disabilities. An injury, illness or disease may in an instant, prevent you from earning a living and providing for your family. With community offices near you, the expert staff and accomplished attorneys at Pitts & Zanaty stand committed to helping good people find solutions to the difficult challenges of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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On the Horizon The Latest Option In Implan t Dentistry

Live without the limitations of Dentures… Submitted By: Drs. McIlwain, Carlson, Link and Fairburn

If you wear dentures or are missing one or more of your teeth, dental implant technology from University Oral and Facial Surgery, P.C. can transform your smile and your life.

Drs. McIlwain, Carlson, Link and Fairburn offer the latest option in implant dentistry for dependable, affordable, nonremovable, top-quality teeth replacement. If you are suffering from failed crowns and bridges, are tired of dentures or have been told you are not a candidate for traditional implants; All on 4 may be for you. The ALL ON 4 Process: Everyone deserves a confident smile. Now, there is no need to settle for anything less. With the All-On-4 solution, you can replace everything you’ve lost—from a great smile to the ability to eat anything you want!


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All-On-4 is designed for patients who have limited amount of bone and/or a limited budget. This non-removable dental implant option is designed to maximize the use of available bone on just 4 implants. Plus, you’ll have teeth attached immediately.

After all four implants are placed; a new or existing denture may be used as a temporary set of teeth to be attached. Patients leave the office with teeth in place, ready to smile, laugh, and eat over the period of time it takes for the bone to join together to the implant.

Normal anatomy of the upper jaw and lower jaw has specific points where dental implants cannot be secured. In the upper jaw, the sinuses may be too large or too low to place implants in a proper position. In the lower jaw, a nerve that runs vertically through the bone may be too shallow for implant placement.

In approximately 6 months the implants will be fully secured by the bone. Your temporary teeth are removed and a quality, new set are permanently attached.

As a solution, Board Certified Oral Surgeons Dr. McIlwain, Carlson, Link or Fairburn angle the insertion of the back implants to avoid these areas. This allows for placement of 1. Variety of longer implants replacement options. to achieve better stability to support immediate placement of 2. High stability with only four implants. teeth.

If you’ve thought about dental implants but didn’t think you could have them, the All-On-4 process is: •


Works even when bone loss has occurred

Gives you teeth immediately

Provides eating

Helps prevent further bone loss

Placement is done in just one appointment

Replaces your denture for a lifetime.




With one phone call, you can arrange at-home nursing care from DCH Home Health Care Agency and delivery of home medical equipment from DCH Home Medical Equipment. Because we’re a locally owned agency and part of the DCH Health System, the health of patients in our community is our highest priority. So whether you need home health care, home medical equipment or both, DCH is the ONE to call. If you or someone you love needs home

health care or medical equipment, just call 205-759-7010.

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Back Hurts? Get Immediate Relief.

The board certified specialists at the SpineCare Center provide a comprehensive approach to spine-related pain and injury. That includes access to the region’s most advanced MRI/CT scans, therapeutic injections, on-site physical therapy and our spine wellness exercise program. The SpineCare Center offers same-day evaluation and treatment.

No Physician Referral Required. Immediate Appointments Available.

Call us direct at 205.759.7246 • 1050 Ruby Tyler Parkway •

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The Do’s and Don’ts of an Accident By Stuart D. Albea

If you are ever involved in an accident, there are certain things you should absolutely do, and some things you should absolutely not do. These things are extremely important, not just for your well-being, but also to help you should a claim need to be filed, regardless of the type of accident.

The DOs…

• DO seek medical attention immediately if you need it. This is the most important thing. • DO call the police. It is critical to get a police report. • DO get the names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, and license plate numbers of every party involved in the accident. • DO get the names, addresses and phone numbers of every witness to the accident. • DO take photographs of the accident. Most people can now do this easily with their cell phones. If it is an auto accident, take pictures of the vehicles and any visible injuries. If it is a slip and fall, take pictures of whatever caused the slip. If it is a dog bite, take pictures of the dog, the injuries and the area.

• DO take detailed notes of what happened. Make sure you include every thought, feeling and impression you have. Include what you saw, heard, felt, smelled, and experienced. Make notes of what happened before, during and after the accident. • DO contact your own insurance company. That could include your auto insurance, your medical insurance or even, in some situations, your homeowner’s insurance. • DO get the name and address of the animal’s owner and any license information if you were injured by an animal bite or attack. Also, make sure to note the breed of animal and take pictures of the animal if possible.

If you follow this simple list of Do’s and Don’ts, you will be better able to help your attorney, when you are ready to file your claim.

The DON’Ts…

• DON’T move your vehicle after an automobile accident unless necessary for safety or required by law. Many cities now require that you move your vehicle from a roadway if possible. • DON’T leave the scene of an accident until the police tell you it is okay to do so.

• DON’T dispose of anything that might be evidence. This evidence could include car parts, bloodstained clothes or anything else that might help an investigator. It is better to collect more than you need and not use it than to not have something that would help your claim. • DON’T engage in discussions as to fault with anyone, and make sure you don’t apologize for anything — it can be considered evidence that you were legally at fault. • DON’T agree to settlement terms without contacting your attorney.



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Top 10 Tips for Financial Wellness Submitted by: DCH Credit Union We all understand the behaviors to achieve physical wellness, we may not follow them but most of us know what to do. Eat right, exercise, know your health numbers, see your doctor regularly, and on and on. Most of us even know how to maintain our mental wellness. Reduce stress, relax, take a yoga class, and the list goes on. But do you know how to have financial wellness in your life? Do you ever think about it other than when making a large purchase or paying your monthly bills?

Here are 10 tips to help you with your financial wellness: 1. Budget, budget, budget – just like location, location, location is the key to great real estate, budgeting is the key to your financial wellness. Start budgeting by listing what you owe (expenses) and what you have (income). Determine where your extra money is going and work to balance your income and expenses. 2. Pay your bills on time – almost everyone has some debt. It may be a mortgage, a car loan, credit cards, or any other bill. Always pay these bills on time. On time payments are the number 1 contributor to your overall credit score. 3. Invest in yourself, SAVE! – whether it’s with your companies 401K program or just a few dollars a week, commit to a savings plan and stick with it. Always put your savings as an expense in your budget. Be sure it is part of your total plan and not an afterthought. By having savings, you can be prepared for emergencies without using expensive debt to cover it.

4. Plan purchases – think about, research and plan for large purchase such as a car, home, vacation or college education. Don’t go into large purchases unprepared. 5. Take a class – many local agencies and credit unions offer free financial education classes on everything from basic budgeting to buying a house. Research opportunities in your area for these classes. 6. Look for a deal – when borrowing money or applying for a credit card, look for the lowest rates and fees. Always research before you make a decision. Some deals may have a great interest rate but high fees. Also, when investing and saving, look for the highest return on your investment. 7. Live within your means or “Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses” – The Joneses are probably over their head in credit card debit and upside down in their mortgage! Keep your spending in balance with your income. We all want things we can’t afford. Rely on your budgeting and savings to get the things you really want.

8. Know your credit score – use the resources available to you to find out your credit score. Learn ways to improve or maintain your score. Paying on time and having “good” debt can help with your credit score. A high credit score can help you by allowing you to get better loan rates and a low credit score can hurt you by keeping you from getting the best rate available and even affect your ability to get a job or rent an apartment. Visit and request a one free credit report per year. 9. Build goals – set goals for yourself when it comes to saving and paying down debt. Your goals should be broken down into 3 types: short-term (next 6 months), intermediate-term (next 1-5 years), and long-term (over 5 years). Each type is important to staying on task with your budget and goals. 10. Review your progress – take a look at your budget and plan every 6 months. Take time to review your progress and make any changes.

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Rebuilding after the Storm Submitted by Kris Sullivan


Helpers after the storm.

n April 27, 2011 Tuscaloosa, Alabama experienced the most devastating natural disaster in its history, a Category 4 (some report Category 5) tornado. More than 40 people were killed in Tuscaloosa and nearly 6,000 structures were damaged or destroyed as the tornado cut a one and one-half mile wide path as it traveled over six miles on the ground. While I am a resident of Tuscaloosa, I can’t claim a perspective on that particular day that is unique to the majority of you who are reading this article. I am the Business Administrator at the First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. Two hours prior to the tornado, God led us to close the church offices and our daycare because of the impending storm. Most of our staff and daycare students were safely tucked away in our homes when the tornado passed just 12 blocks southeast of our church. Due to the advances of today’s electronic media and tower cams, the majority of us were merely spectators as the Tuscaloosa Tornado blew through town while we watched on television. Twelve of our church families did experience total loss of property, but by the grace of God none were injured or killed. By and large, it is April 28, the day after the tornado, where I can begin to relay a unique perspective. April 28 was a busy day at First Baptist Church. The majority of the staff arrived early on that day. The staff members who weren’t able to come were affected directly by the tornado. Those of us that were able to come immediately went to work turning our Fellowship Hall into a makeshift warehouse for water, food and hygiene items that could go to affected areas. We received countless phone calls


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from people needing help, assembled clean up teams and prepared sack lunches for people who were affected by the tornado. Yet, as appropriate as our actions were, and the Lord was leading us during those early hours, we did not know how God intended to most effectively use First Baptist Church to help people in the aftermath of the storm. We did know our church was spared from the storm and that in the weeks ahead, we would be an important contributor in recovery efforts. At 2:30 p.m. on April 28, things became clear; our mission was delivered. That is the time I returned a phone call to Wade Hamner from Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Northport, Alabama. Wade told me that he was involved in the Samaritan’s Purse ministry and that Samaritan’s Purse was looking for a church to partner with in Tuscaloosa. He said he thought about First Baptist Church and gave me the phone number for Samaritan’s Helpers after the storm. Purse in Boone, North Carolina. Two phone calls and two hours later, Jason Sutherland from Samaritan’s Purse called and notified me that he had already traveled as far as Chattanooga, Tennessee and he was headed our way to begin set up. On the following day, our partnership with Samaritan’s Purse was underway. Over 1,500 people passed through the doors of our church and registered to volunteer during the first weekend following the tornado. God’s mission for First Baptist Church was clear. We were to become a major hub for coordinating volunteer efforts in our city. Over the next ten weeks, nearly 9,000 volunteers were deployed through our doors and those volunteers worked over 54,000 hours in the heat and humidity to clean up homes

and the community as a demonstration of the love of Jesus. Overnight, our church moved from a congregation of Christians, those that bear the name of Christ, to a congregation geared more toward being disciples of Christ. We were mobilized from our comfort zone to being in uncomfortable situations. That is exactly where we should have been. Author Timothy Keller writes in his book Counterfeit Gods that Jesus gave up all His treasure and His place in heaven in order to come to earth to take our place in death and to make us his treasure. As Christians, we are God’s treasured people (1 Peter 2:9-10). Jesus tells us to go into the world and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). How could we not obey the clear mission God gave us to open our doors to the hurting and to go help anyone who needed help as a demonstration of the love Jesus had already shown us? As we helped people during the weeks following the tornado, we experienced the providence of God as never before. We learned to depend on Him to meet our needs because there was no other way our needs could have been met (Phil. 4:19). Time and time again, God provided exactly the resources we needed to support our Samaritan’s Purse partners and the people we were ministering to in the community. Now, seven months later, God’s provision continues as we are helping people whose homes were destroyed in the tornado to re-establish their residences. The Tuscaloosa Tornado taught us not to be just spectators in what goes on in our community, but to make it our focus to actively reach out to bring others to a relationship with Christ. God is showing us that when we seek to do His will, He will meet our needs every time.

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Faith without “Work” Submitted by John Seale Keeping the faith in the face of a struggling economy is an exercise in perseverance, particularly if you are one of those out of work. In his book, Three Steps Forward and Two Steps Backward, Chuck Swindoll (Insight for Living) writes “Living in a pressure filled world is tough—really tough. People like you and me often find ourselves hanging dangerously heavy weights of anxiety on very thin threads of patience. Those threads often snap and need mending. Competition requires high performance. ‘People demands’ add to the pressure. Some drop out but most tighten their grip and hang on.” Mr. Swindoll wrote that book in 1980 when unemployment was bouncing between 6.0% and 7.5% and interest rates as high as 21% in the U.S. Currently interest rates are below 4% but jobless is hanging around 9% with more than 400,000 filing for first time unemployment benefits. If you are one of those unemployed, that is what I call a real misery index. The book could have very well been written today with even a greater stress ratio. I make these observations not to introduce any political statement or to reflect on the economic conditions but to simply say that many are struggling even within our own families. Building a strong faith is a work in progress. I use the analogy of building a muscle. It is only through some toil (exercise) and discipline that the muscle is strengthened. Without this exercise (no pain, no gain) the muscle will finally become useless. In our analogy, our faith muscle is made stronger in circumstances where we have lost control of a situation, in some instances not of our own doing, and are forced to turn to God. If we want to find people whose faith is great, we need to look to those who have been tested by adversity---loss of job, illness, overcoming addictions, heartbreak,

poverty---and who have persevered. I recently spoke to three such people. First, one who suffered job loss because the business closed but was able to find temporary employment only to find himself in the same predicament a second time and yet has maintained a positive attitude with hope and expectations every day of finding new employment. Only with unrelenting emphasis on his spiritual values and faith has he been able to continue. The second, a person who owned her business but underwent three surgeries in a matter of months. There were some very dark days and overwhelming expenses during the recovery process. Yet she never blamed God for her condition but did have great concern for the dedicated employee/leaders that were left in charge of the business in her absence. As a result of her faith in the employees and strong belief that God would see them through, she is back at work and the business is doing well. Thirdly, this person has been through an addiction, a divorce and lost the custody of her children in a very long, stressful and unjust process. Yet, she has come through all this and looking forward to a better day and a better life by experiencing the love of God and help from some faithful friends. Lest you may think this writer knows nothing of the burden and stress joblessness brings, I can confidently tell you I have been there twice in my working experience---Once when we had children growing up and once much later when the company decided to go in a different direction. It’s always a blow to the ego and

feels as though you’ve been struck in the mid-section. In times like these when the clouds of self-doubt begin to gather and the realization of your own imperfections are glaringly before you, it’s time for self evaluation and an examination of your priorities. I’m one of the fortunate who had the upbringing of Godly parents. The Bible was front and center especially with my mother. She read to me from The Word each night at bedtime for as long as I can remember. Mother was always the model of a Christian life not only before me but all who came in contact with her. There was a special aura about her that everyone felt when she was near. When you grow up under that kind of tutelage you don’t question God but by faith you seek to overcome what has befallen you (i.e. loss of job, illness, loss of loved ones, unattained goals, etc). It is with these strong roots coupled with a loving, incredible wife who has stood by me and with me in the victories and failures of life that has caused a humble heart to connect with the grace of God in faith. Psalm 46 comes to mind as I reflect on that time in my life. God is our refuge and our strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, And though the mountains slip into the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy place where the Most High dwells---

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Caring for the Caregiver C ompassionate A vailable R esponsible E mpathetic G iving I nspirational V ulnerable E xceptional R esilient


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aregiving at the end of life involves much more than the physical tasks of helping a loved one with a life limiting disease. It’s also about letting your loved one know through your words and actions, of your love and commitment. You will need support too, as you do the important work of comforting and supporting your loved one. There is no doubt that caregiving, in even the best of circumstances is stressful. Stress, however is not always bad, it’s how we respond to it that can challenge our well being. There are many terms used to describe well being. Well being can be described as: contentment, happiness, health, prosperity and wellness. Well being is a state of balance or harmony. These terms in the dictionary actually describe well being. The actual definition is changeable and different for each person. Caregivers, people who devote themselves to care for a disabled, chronically or terminally ill loved one, are prone to “burnout”. Burnout is defined as: the experience of long term exhaustion and diminished interest, and exhaustion Caregivers Tips

Tips for caring for yourself (the caregiver)


Caregiving is a “job” and you earn the right to time off. Reward yourself with breaks away from your caregiving role often.


Watch for signs of depression, and don’t delay getting professional help from your physician or mental health professional as needed.

Participate in activities that give you pleasure (even if you don’t feel like it). Listen to music, work in the garden, engage in a hobby…………whatever it is that you enjoy.

Pamper yourself. Take a long, warm bath, get your hair done,……. Find time for a manicure or massage.


When others offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do that are the most beneficial for you and your loved one.

Eat balanced meals to nurture your body. Find time to exercise even if it’s a short walk daily. Try to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep.


Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals.

Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s illness and about how to care for them. The more you know, the more effective you’ll be, and you will feel proud of your efforts.


Allow your loved one to be as independent as possible.

Laugh long, hard and often! Laughter really is the best medicine. Read a lighthearted book or rent a comedy. As often as you can, find some humor in everyday situations.


Trust your instincts, gut feelings. Most of the time they will lead you in the right direction.

Know your limits. Be realistic about how much of your time and yourself you can give. Set clear boundaries, and communicate those limits to healthcare professionals, family members and others involved in the care.


Be good to your back! Caregiving often involves lifting, pulling and pushing.

Keep a journal. Write down your thoughts and feelings. This helps you keep perspective, and serves as an important release of your emotions.


Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.


Seek support from other caregivers. There is strength in knowing that you are not alone.

Try to arrange a time for your breaks (your respite). Seek out family and friends to help so that you can have some time away. If it is difficult or impossible to leave, invite family and friends over to visit with you to share coffee or tea. It is important to maintain interaction with others.

of physical, emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress. The demands of care giving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or that you are in over your head. If you let the stress of care giving progress to burnout it can damage both your physical and emotional health. So if you are caring for a loved one it is essential that you get the help and support that you need. Caregiving involves many stressors: changes in family structure, financial pressure and physical demands. As the stress mounds, frustration and despair can cause burnout to become a real danger. Care giver burnout can be diminished or eliminated by following a few essential guidelines: •


Accept your feelings. Caregiving can trigger many different emotions, including anger, fear, resentment, guilt, helplessness, and grief. It is important that you validate these feelings but avoid compromising the care given to your loved one. Confide in others. Talk to others about how you feel; don’t keep your emotions “bottled” up inside. Talk with other family members and trusted friends, encourage their participation in the care. Support groups or counseling may be beneficial.

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10. Stand up for your rights as a caregiver! (National Family Caregiver’s Association) When you are a caregiver, finding time to nurture yourself might seem impossible. But you owe it to yourself to find the time. Without making a conscious effort to have some “you” time, you may not have the mental or physical strength to deal with the stress you experience as a caregiver. Give yourself permission to rest and to do the things that you enjoy on a daily basis. You will be a better caregiver by doing so.

Caregivers, to be and remain effective, must make sure that they take care of themselves. Promoting and supporting your well being is essential to your role as a caregiver.

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Rehabilitation Clinical Director As an orthopedic surgeon for 30 years, I have seen thousands of cases where rehabilitation after surgery has made all the difference for people. For a number of reasons, some people have trouble getting the maximum benefit from outpatient rehabilitation programs. But in the structured environment of a dedicated rehabilitation facility the potential for successful rehabilitation goes up dramatically. In dedicated rehabilitation facilities that are part of a skilled nursing facility, the patient’s total condition and needs for recovery can be met more easily and efficiently. With a nursing staff on hand 24 hours a day, a patient’s response to rehabilitation activities can be monitored more closely, and adjustments to the rehabilitation regimen can be made. When rehabilitation takes place in a skilled nursing facility there are usually fewer complications from surgery and improved long-term functional ability. These benefits result

in a more independent lifestyle and longer, fuller lives for most patients. Rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility is recommended for a wide range of post-surgical conditions. Hip and knee replacement and recovery from fractures that affect mobility are common. But in recent years, I have witnessed many patients who are simply debilitated from extended illness and hospital stays who benefit significantly from a rehabilitation program in a skilled nursing facility. For 10 years, I have referred my patients needing rehabilitation services to Glen Haven. The facility offers physical, occupational and speech therapy. The staff is well trained and caring. I have been extremely impressed with the staff’s willingness and ability to work with complex cases and patients who need a special and tailored therapy program. I am honored, at this point in my career, to be associated with the excellent caregivers at Glen Haven.

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The Fitness Factor

What hinders you from reaching optimal health?

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while being physically inactive; in fact, individuals may go all day without eating or performing some type of physical activity, which will also hinder their process in achieving optimal health. To really achieve great results those individuals must realize what hinders them from achieving their goals. In order to do that they must find what their limiting factors are and remove them. What are limiting factors? Limiting factors are anything that hinders an individual from achieving optimal results. The most common limiting factor is being physically inactive. When an individual does not exercise consistently he/she will develop creeping obesity. This disorder occur when an individual is taking in more food as energy and not expending it through exercise. To prevent this disorder from occurring, that individual must exercise at least thirty minutes to an hour a day to eliminate a sedentary lifestyle; in fact, if an individual daily activity consists of nothing more than sitting at the house or job all day, he/ she has a sedentary lifestyle. In order for that individual to improve their


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health, he/she must have an active lifestyle and make a commitment to eliminate those limiting factors that are hindering them from reaching optimal health. When there is low to no physical activity being performed numerous disorders or symptoms occur. The most common disorders and symptoms are the following: Depression, diabetes, anger, binge eating, low self-esteem, loneliness and trouble expressing emotions just to name a few. Individuals with those symptoms or disorders are at serious risk of creating a bigger problem depending on the severity and duration of their limiting factors. They can eliminate this just by becoming moderately active. Depending on the individual, exercise does not have to be strenuous to reach optimal health and cardiovascular benefits. If an individual burns one thousand calories a week by exercising it will increase their cognitive functions (problem solving skills, mood, and thinking) performance, decrease stress levels, decrease obesity, and most of all increase health. Remember, greater health benefits can only be achieved by increasing physical activity. If individuals chose not to perform any type of moderate activity then disorder will establish and be present within the body. Try to perform at least thirty minutes to an hour of physical activity to reach optimal health. Individuals who are overweight with little lean muscle tissue and too much fat usually have contraindications (problems) that cause problems for them to perform certain exercises. Due to those contraindications, individuals use that as an excuse to isolate themselves from the public or performing moderate exercise to increase strength and lose weight. As discussed above, moving more will help

increase lean muscle tissue, endurance, and prevent disease from occurring; in fact, a prerequisite of them graduating to weight loss is exercise! Individuals who live a sedentary lifestyle must perform moderate activity for the duration of four to five hours a week to lose weight and gain more lean muscle tissue. Whether an individual wants to lose fat, gain muscle, compete at the highest level, or even gain muscle they must perform specific exercises to reach their goals. Increasing physical activity will help increase mode, recovery, endurance and performance. Increasing exercise duration weekly will get an individual the body they never thought they could have. How can you reach your goal? The first step is to ask questions, see what motivates and triggers what will push you towards reaching that goal. The second step is to lead by example and getting yourself in shape. Third step is to display your commitment to live longer by increasing physical activity and being disciplined. Fourth step is to take responsibility, if there is no success in your training, do not blame others for it. Fifth step consists of challenging the process by coming up with unique ways of training yourself to reach that goal. The final step is sharing your vision by inspiring others to reach their goals. Understanding and knowing yourself is very vital in reaching optimal health. In conclusion, becoming more active equals living a longer and healthier life. An individual can achieve this by either taking more steps a day or joining a gym. When an individual increases their physical activity level and practices eliminating their limiting factors they will minimize the risk of, disorders such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease will decrease; furthermore, those individuals will live a healthier and longer life than those who are not physically active.

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10 Steps to Maintaining Brain Health


ost of us have a fairly good idea of what it takes to keep our bodies in good shape. We watch our diet, try to control our weight, get regular check-ups, and exercise. But are there things that we should be doing to help maintain our brain health and preserve our cognitive abilities as we enter our "golden years" as well? As it turns out, there are a number of things that can help us do exactly that. According to the Harvard Health Letter, "Preserving and Boosting Your Memory," here are 10 things that will help us all fine tune our memory abilities and help maintain our overall brain health.

1. Exercise your mind. Several studies have shown that keeping your mind challenged increases the capacity of your memory and may delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. So, pick up that musical instrument you’ve always wanted to play, get together with friends to play challenging board games or card games, learn that foreign language you’ve always wanted to learn, read a good book, pick up a new hobby, or start a new career. Although any challenging activity is better than no activity, those that are novel and require the acquisition of new skills and information appear to be particularly beneficial. 2. Exercise your body and lower your blood pressure. Studies show that just 6 hours of leisurely walking, or 1 1/2 hours of brisk walking, per week will increase cerebral blood flow, improve mental abilities such as memory, and protect against dementia, heart disease, and stroke. Engaging in strength training and stretching has additional benefits as well. 3. Eat, drink, and be healthy. The guidelines are simple: eat diets high in whole grains, plant fats, fruits, vegetables, and nuts to lower weight

and reduce the risk of cerebral artery disease. Drink sufficient water, reduce alcohol intake, and eliminate smoking. Guidelines of the “Mediterranean Diet” represent an excellent example of these recommendations. 4. Develop reminders and cues. With normal aging comes difficulty freely recalling information. To help compensate, write things down, keep objects in designated locations, set up cues to remind you about certain tasks and activities, and use repetition to help remember important things like appointments and names. 5. Take your time. As we age, our thinking speed declines naturally and it may take longer to retrieve information. Try to slow down and allow more time to devote your full attention to what you are trying to remember. If this doesn’t work, go on to think about something entirely different, and you will be surprised how often the information that you were trying to remember will come to you. 6. Learn to relax. Too much anxiety and muscle tension markedly impairs learning and memory abilities. Calming your body and mind will allow your

memory to work at its full potential. 7. Maintain a positive attitude. Positive thinking creates positive emotional states, which markedly influences how our memory works. Interestingly, optimists live longer and maintain higher mental abilities, including memory, into old age. 8. Get regular check-ups. Work with your doctor to identify any health factors that can affect your memory, including fatigue, stress, medication side effects, vitamin deficiencies, depression, poor vision and hearing, and numerous other illnesses. 9. Keep stress under control. Chronic high stress can result in the shrinkage of the part of the brain responsible for learning new information, which results in significant memory problems. 10. Keep a rational perspective. Remember that EVERYONE forgets things sometimes, and that some forgetting is NORMAL. “Senior moments” are a part of the privilege of growing older.

Following these guidelines will help us to maximize our memory abilities well into our old age. Links to valuable resources for obtaining more information about maintaining brain health can be found at However, if you have concerns about your memory abilities, consult your doctor for a thorough physical examination and a review of your medications. If the cause of your memory problem is not found, seek a referral to a neurologist for a thorough neurological evaluation. This will likely include taking some pictures of your brain (a CT scan or MRI) and a referral for a neuropsychological evaluation to get a detailed analysis of your memory functioning and other cognitive abilities. There are many causes of memory problems, some of which are reversible with appropriate treatment. If you or a loved one is experiencing memory problems or other cognitive loss that appears to be beyond “normal” aging or is interfering with daily functioning, talk to your doctor today. Mark Prohaska, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and director of the Neuropsychology Clinic, P.C. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Prohaska specializes in evaluating memory and other cognitive abilities in children and adults, with particular passions for dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder as well as the issues and challenges of aging. 100 Rice Mine Road Loop, Suite 303, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406, (205) 344-6169,


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Insight into Mental Health

Removing the Stigma of Attention Deficit Disorder


he number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) has grown tremendously over the last decade. The AD/HD diagnosis rate increased an average of three percent per year from 1997 to 2006 and, in 2007 the Centers for Disease Control estimated that over five million children between the ages of four and 17-years-old were diagnosed with the disorder. The diagnosis rate has continued to grow exponentially over the past four years as public awareness campaigns have increased parents’ ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of the disorder. Unfortunately, there remains a huge gap between knowledge of the symptoms and an understanding of what it means to have an attention deficit disorder and how to effectively intervene to minimize its impact.

Many children who come to our clinic for testing have experienced the difficulties associated with AD/HD for years, though their parents put off addressing the symptoms until the impact on the child’s behavior and/or academic performance became so great that it could no longer be ignored. Such delays in addressing the symptoms, which typically keep a child from performing up to his or her full potential, frequently result in a tragic blow to the child’s self-image and self-esteem that leads to a life-long pattern of self-doubt and underachievement. In some cases, by the time the symptoms are addressed, the child has fallen so far behind peers in terms of confidence and academic attainment that catching up proves to be a nearly insurmountable task. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention are critical factors in the successful management of AD/HD, and much work has yet to be done to help parents feel comfortable addressing their child’s symptoms when they first become evident. Many parents believe the disorder only really affects their child in the classroom. However, untreated AD/HD can cause serious negative effects not only throughout childhood but into adulthood as well. For example, children with AD/HD have nearly three times as many problems in peer relationships as children without the disorder, and they are also more likely to suffer major injuries that require inpatient hospital stays or Emergency Room care. More significant problems often emerge as children with AD/HD become adolescents. For example, AD/HD drivers receive more traffic citations and license suspensions/ revocations, and they are more likely to cause traffic accidents, which tend to be more severe than those involving non-AD/HD drivers. Adolescents with AD/HD also tend to become sexually active at an earlier age, to have more sexual partners over their lifetime, and are less likely to use contraception. As a result, these kids are at greater risk for teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). Substance abuse, dropping out of school, involvement in the legal system, and emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression are also much more common in adolescents with ADHD, particularly when the disorder goes

undiagnosed and untreated. In adulthood, individuals with AD/HD are more likely to have difficulty competing in the job market with them changing jobs more frequently, being more likely to be fired from their job, and having a higher rate of unemployment. The interpersonal problems experienced in childhood and adolescence tend to carry over into adulthood, with AD/ HD adults having fewer and briefer close relationships. They often experience lower levels of marital satisfaction and greater difficulty in their role as parents. In addition, adults with AD/HD are less likely to engage in activities that promote health and well-being, which contributes to higher rates of medical problems such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension in this population. One of the most common reasons parents give for delaying evaluation of their child’s symptoms is the fear of placing a “label” on the child. In the past, it was rare to have a child in the classroom who suffered from AD/ HD. This created a stigma that was amplified among peers by the embarrassment of having to take several doses of medication over the course of the school day. Today, it is rare to find a classroom without at least one child struggling with AD/HD, and extended-release medications available for the treatment of AD/ HD now make once-a-day dosing the norm. Although these two factors have helped reduce the stigma associated with the disorder in the classroom, changes in beliefs and attitudes among adults do not always keep pace with advances in scientific knowledge and understanding. Unfortunately, parents often put off addressing AD/HD symptoms out of reluctance to expose their child to the “stigma” that they still attach to this diagnosis. With so many aspects of our children’s lives at risk, we need to do a better job of educating physicians, parents, and teachers about the importance of early diagnosis and intervention in AD/HD, and work to remove the residual

stigma associated with this diagnosis. From a “diagnostic label” standpoint, AD/HD is no different than diabetes or asthma – it is one among many common medical conditions that requires treatment to minimize potential serious negative impacts. These diagnostic labels do not imply that the individual is in some way defective or any less valuable, nor do they define the person. They simply reflect the existence of a condition for which there is treatment that can greatly improve the quality of life of not only the child, but of the entire family. Parents who suspect their child has an attention deficit disorder should be encouraged to address this possibility as early as possible, particularly once their child has started school. The first step is to discuss the symptoms with their pediatrician to rule out any other underlying medical conditions that may contribute to or exacerbate the symptoms. The next logical step is to have him or her evaluated neuropsychologically to determine whether AD/HD is an accurate diagnosis, identify factors other than AD/HD that may be the primary cause of the symptoms, and check for other difficulties commonly associated with the disorder that also need to be addressed (e.g., learning disability, anxiety, etc.). If the child is diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder, parents should approach the diagnosis as they would any other medical condition. They should consider not only medical treatment, but also non-medication interventions tailored to address their child’s needs and minimize the impact of AD/HD on their lives, both in and out of the classroom. Mark Prohaska, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and director of the Neuropsychology Clinic, P.C. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Prohaska specializes in evaluating memory and other cognitive abilities in children and adults, with particular passions for dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder as well as the issues and challenges of aging. 100 Rice Mine Road Loop, Suite 303, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406, (205) 3446169,

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How’s your Headache? Submitted by: The Smile Design Center

An alternative treatment that you might consider. America’s 29 million migraine headache sufferers spend dizzying sums of money purchasing medication to treat their pain. Most are unaware that there is a new alternative to prescription drugs. Dentists all over the country are recommending a treatment for migraine (and other types) headaches using a dental mouthpiece referred to as “NTItss”. “NTI-tss” is an acronym for Nociceptive Triqeminal InhibitionTension Suppression System. The “NTI-tss Plus” is an FDA approved dentist provided mouthpiece for the treatment of “migraine type” headaches. In clinical trials reviewed by the FDA, 82% of medically diagnosed migraine suffers using the NTI-tss had a 77% average reduction of migraine attacks within the first eight weeks of use. The NTI-tss works by reducing jaw clenching during sleep. It fits over the central teeth on the bottom arch of the mouth and keeps the molars and canines from touching. Many patients unconsciously clench and grind their teeth, mostly at night. For some, clenching serves as a catalyst for migraine inducing strain on the muscles in the head, face, and neck. To demonstrate how the NTI-tss works, touch the muscles of the temples while biting down 30

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on a pencil with the back teeth. The temporal muscles will bulge and intensely contract. Now bite down on a pencil with only the front teeth. Those same temporal muscles remain relaxed. This diminished clenching intensity prevents a hyperactive nerve response, and thus, prevents migraines and other clenching stress type headaches. Often an appliance (“Night Guard”) that covers all of the upper (or sometimes lower) teeth is prescribed for clinchers and grinders. This type appliance usually works well if bruxing (grinding) is occurring in the absence of clenching. However, if clenching is occurring with or without bruxing, then headache symptoms along with tired muscles usually occur. This is because a “full coverage” appliance provides

a good surface to clench against. By separating the back teeth the NTItss prevents the hyperactive muscle activity which leads to headaches and tired jaw muscles. We have been using the NTI appliance at The Smile Design Center for several years and have seen it help patients who prior to using it relied heavily on both over the counter and prescription drugs to help get through the day. The NTI appliance was developed by a dentist, Dr. James Boyd, to treat him for chronic daily headaches and frequent migraines he had suffered for 12 years. If chronic headaches have been plaguing you, you might be a candidate for an NTI appliance.

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This year we celebrate our 100th year of providing care to children and families. In 1911, in response to great community need, a group of concerned citizens formed Holy Innocents, a hospital for children. Today, as Children’s of Alabama, we continue the mission of meeting a great community need in Birmingham, the region and throughout the state. 1600 7th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233 (205) 939.9100


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guitar in high school and manage a successful family furniture business in Florence. Even today, he remains thankful for the care he received at Children’s. “They basically gave me a life,” he says. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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“Little did I know what I was in store for that night.” Last year, Children’s Hospital of Alabama recorded 27,086 inpatient discharges & outpatient visits for children from North Alabama.


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A Tuscaloosa resident, Shaw was running behind on her commute to Birmingham, where she works as a nurse at Children’s of Alabama, and noticed on her route to work that many of the streets were lined with damage. Once she was certain her husband and daughter were out of harm’s way, Shaw proceeded to have a relatively normal day working on her unit, where she primarily works with cancer patients. Near the end of her shift she heard the hospital’s public address system announce “Code T is in effect” meaning patients needed to quickly be moved into the hallways due to a possible tornado in the area. After moving her patients, Shaw completed her shift around 6 p.m. when she heard the hospital’s “Code Yellow is in effect” announcement, a warning that meant Children’s was activating its emergency plan, something she had not experienced in her eight years working at the hospital outside of routine emergency preparedness drills. But this night was different. Typically, drills take place in mornings when the hospital is fully staffed, she said. On this Wednesday night the hospital was in the middle of its shift-change, which, because of the weather, meant that some caregivers

Command Center on April 27th.

Angela was now off duty and free to drive home, but because of the tornado warning she decided to stay and help. “I felt pretty confident that I could help do whatever needed to be done,” she said. Angela assumed she would go to the Emergency Department (ED), help start IVs and triage patients. “Little did I know what I was in store for that night.” On her way to the ED, Shaw saw the nursing supervisor who prompted her to come into the Command Center where she saw several administrators, including, Children’s Chief Nursing Officer Deb Wesley. Angela was now, almost incidentally, part of the team that was opening the hospital’s Command Center that would run the operations for the hospital for the next eight hours. Shaw fielded calls and coordinated care into the morning, communicating with each nursing unit to ensure each area of the hospital was adequately staffed for both acute and critical care patients. She also monitored each new patient’s status and location, and coordinated a walking wounded clinic plan. Outside the quiet lounge, patients filled every available room with injuries ranging from minor cuts and lacerations to broken bones and severe trauma from debris. Doctors, nurses, techs and staff members went into overdrive to accommodate the influx of patients. Children’s cared for 60 trauma patients that night, the most in its 100-year history.

Staff during the Emergency.

When the crisis was over and the Command Center closed early the next morning and the hospital resumed its normal operations, or as normal as they could be given the circumstances, Shaw drove home. Shaw was at Children’s for 26 hours, having worked 18 straight. Her only meal was pizza Wesley and Children’s CEO Mike Warren had ordered for employees working in areas where there wasn’t immediate access to food. Despite her demanding day, Shaw’s service to the community at large wasn’t over. After driving home, Shaw went to the Red Cross in Tuscaloosa and volunteered. She helped triage patients for the next six days, walking the streets of Tuscaloosa at times armed with a 20 pound backpack full of medical/first aid supplies. Shaw’s story, as remarkable as it is, joins those hundreds of other health providers across the state. She is one of many Children’s of Alabama employees who came together that night for the children of our state. “I really commend our ER, nurses, doctors and our staff,” Shaw said. “I know there were lots of people here who came in on their own good will to take care of patients. I think that really shows the passion that our staff has at Children’s.”

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"Where Everyone is A Musician"

Submitted by: Mrs. Cynthia R. Patton

AAA Music Academy & Store, American Arts & Achievements “Where Everyone is A Musician” currently offers an exciting opportunity as a full service, high-quality, musical instrument retailer and music academy with one-on-one piano and other music instruction in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Tuesday through Saturday at 9730 Suite F Highway 69 South. Our wide-variety of musical instruments are online at www.aaamusicacademy. com with a select variety in-store. In addition to affordable high-quality musical instruments and lessons, AAA Music Academy & Store offers “Music Clinics” for healing. Music is one of the most therapeutic and healing methods for the mind, body and soul. When one is in disease or disharmony, there is no organ system in the body that is not affected by sound or music vibration. Therefore, music as a whole is healing. Berthold Auerbach once said “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

the people and both parents and children of Tuscaloosa in healing and regaining their self-esteem. Scientific studies have proven that children who play musical instruments score higher scholastically than those who do not play an instrument. We offer a comprehensive music curriculum that includes music theory and musicianship skills and techniques from every genre of music. Students can perform/participate in ongoing music community events, concerts, recitals, music festivals and auditions for various guilds. In addition to the devastating storms, there is also the weak economy that causes obstacles for those who want to take music lessons, but cannot afford to. AAA Music Academy & Store will host benefits and fundraisers for the purpose of donating a percentage of the proceeds to free music lessons and musical instruments for families affected by these sudden life changing events.

After the devastating tornadoes of 2011, we wanted to do something to help aid

In light of these emotions and individual tragedies, AAA


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Music Academy & Store, American Arts and Achievements - “Where Everyone is A Musician,” was born. We attempt to bring understanding that one of the greater joys of life is music and being able to have something positive to look forward to. AAA MUSIC ACADEMY & STORE, American Arts & Achievements- “Where Everyone is A Musician” AAA Music Academy & Store 9730 Highway 69 South Suite F Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405 1-866-473-9693 Fax: 205-409-3563 Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook: AAA MUSIC ACADEMY & STORE

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Mentoring in a BIG way!

Submitted by: Zelda Lavender, Director of Programs

On September 9, 2011- Big Brothers Big Sisters earned Philanthropedia’s top ranking on a list of most recommended, high-impact national nonprofits serving at-risk youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama has been serving children throughout the community since 1982. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported oneto-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters continues to demonstrate its ability to strategically engage families, volunteers and the community through centralized resources. We help provide assistance to single parents/ guardians that need the support in giving their children every possible opportunity to achieve academically and socially. Backed by research supporting its effectiveness, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for helping children who face adversity achieve positive, measurable outcomes, including educational success, higher aspirations and confidence, improved relationships and risky behavior avoidance. Big Brothers Big Sisters is recognized as the leading non- profit to serve this population of young people who are facing many challenges in life. There are over 370 agencies in communities across the country that works diligently to serve young people. Partnering with parents/ guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports them in one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in the program, were: • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol • 52% less likely to skip school • 37% less likely to skip class • 33% less likely to hit someone They also found out that the Littles were more confident of their performance in schoolwork

and getting along with their families. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring has a long-lasting, positive effect on children’s confidence, grades and social skills. When Little Brothers and Little Sisters feel good about themselves, they can positively impact their friends, families, their schools and their communities. These young people believe in themselves because a Big brother or Big Sister believed in them. Impact studies scientifically confirm this. Public/Private Ventures, a national research organization with more than 30 years of experience in studying child development and social service issues, conducted the independent research. Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are found to “focus less on specific problems after they occur, and more on meeting the youths’ more basic developmental needs.” The matches do activities like playing sports, going to the movies, sightseeing, eating out, and just hanging out together. One of our matches at Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama is a prime example. Big sister Ashley and Little sister Evelyn were matched in 2003 and they have developed a healthy friendship that is strong. Evelyn was only 9 years old when she was matched with her big sister. Evelyn lives with her grandmother and she really needed another role model to assist her grandmother in helping prepare her for the challenges in life. Ashley has helped Evelyn and her grandmother so much. They have spent a lot of time with schoolwork, and very early on Ashley helped Evelyn improve her reading and comprehension skills. It has not been a bed of roses all of the time, but the relationship works. They have done so many fun things together. They have been to movies, out to eat, skating, baseball games, shopping, and just hanging out talking. Ashley also gives Evelyn cooking lessons, so Evelyn is becoming quite the chief. One of the most special times for them is Christmas. They really enjoy decorating for the season.

Medical Center. While in high school Ashley has helped Evelyn prepare for her ACT test. They have also been on prospective college road trips. Evelyn is a senior in high school this year so being ready for college is at the top of her list and Ashley is there to keep her focused. When it’s time for Evelyn to start college she will be ready. They have also gone shopping to select that perfect prom dress. Evelyn said that having Ashley as a big sister is great and Ashley has been like family since the match began. Evelyn’s grandmother feels the same way. Ashley feels much the same way. She said she does not see her relationship with Evelyn and her family as just doing a BBBS program, “we are like family”. This is only one of many success stories that BBBS have in West AL. The matches have also come together as a group to share in fun activities. The younger Littles got to take a trip to the governor’s mansion in Montgomery AL, for a big Easter Egg Hunt. The matches have also come together to go skating, paint pottery, attend the McWane Science Center, bowling, and the movies. The biggest event the matches attended this year was to Atlanta to see a Braves baseball game. What a way to have such positive impact in the lives of children forever. It’s so easy to start something special in the life of a child. Big Brother Big Sisters of West AL. under the direction of Nikki Richardson, CEO can show you how. If you want to place a child or become that special mentor please join today. Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama, 2720 6th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, website: , email:, phone: 205.758.5734. Big Sister spending time with her little sister.

Mentor with his Little Brother Bowling

Evelyn and Ashley do have a lot of fun together but they don’t lose sight of things that are really important, one of them being education. During the summer Ashley assisted Evelyn in getting into an engineering camp and she also volunteered at DCH Regional

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Story from a Kansas State Highway Patrol officer: I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding on U.S. 166 Eastbound at Mile Marker 73 just East of Sedan , KS. I asked for her driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the required information and handed it to me. In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and ask if she had a weapon in her possession at this time. She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box. Something---body language, or the way she said it---made me want to ask if she had any other firearms. She did admit to also having a 9 mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what was she so afraid of. She looked me right in the eye and said, "Not a thing!" Information received from an email, author unknown.


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Sudoku Puzzle

Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9. There is only one solution to the puzzle.




STC: Senior Texting Code Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting, there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting codes) ATD: At the Doctor's BTW: Bring the Wheelchair BYOT: Bring your own teeth CBM: Covered by medicare CUATSC: See you at the Senior Center FWB: Friend wit Beta Blockers FWIW: Forgot where I was FYI: Found your insulin GGPBL: Gotta go, pacemaker battery low! GHA: Got heartburn again IMHO: Is my hearing-aid on?

LMDO: Laughing my dentures out LOL: Living on Lipitor LWO: Lawrence Welk's on OMMR: On my massage recliner ROFL... CGU: Rolling on the floor laughing... and can't get up TTYL: Talk to you louder WAITT: Who am I talking to? WTP: Where's the prunes? WWNO: Walker wheels need oil

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An Ounce of Prevention

Influenza Submitted by: Phillip K. Bobo, M.D.

Influenza (“the flu”)

is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It is spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. The flu occurs most often from January to February in the United States, but can also be seen from October to May. Symptoms include fever/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and less frequently, vomiting and diarrhea. Young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with certain health conditions – such as heart, lung, or kidney disease, or a weakened immune system – can get much sicker. Flu can cause pneumonia and high fever, and make existing medical conditions worse, and can cause diarrhea and seizures in children. Thousands of people each year die from the flu or complications from the flu, and even more require hospitalization. There are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent the flu, the most important of which is the flu vaccination.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for EVERYONE that is 6 months of age and older. The Flu vaccination protects against the three flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness


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during the flu season. There are two types of vaccinations: 1. Live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) contains live, but weakened influenza virus, and is sprayed into the nostrils. It is recommended for healthy people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant and who do not have certain health conditions (see CDC website for specific conditions). 2. Inactivated (killed) vaccine. The “flu shot,” is given by injection with a needle into the muscle. There is a new injection called the Fluzone Intradermal that is injected into the subcutaneous tissue. It uses a shorter needle and a smaller amount of the vaccine (0.1mL vs. 0.5mL). There are no published studies on its clinical efficacy, however. There are a few side effects that can occur from the injection, including redness, soreness, and swelling at the injection site. Other side effects can include hoarseness, red or itchy eyes, cough, fever, aches, headache, itching, or fatigue. These symptoms usually only last 1-2 days. Almost all people who receive the influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it. Life-threatening allergic reactions are very rare, but usually occur within a few minutes of administration. Besides the flu vaccine, other steps can also be taken to help prevent the flu. These include staying away from sick people and washing hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs. Those with the flu should stay away from work or school to avoid spreading the disease and

should not return to work or school until they have gone without fever for at least 24 hours. A mask can help prevent the spread of the disease, and can be worn by the person with the flu and/or those in close proximity to them. There are a few drugs used to treat the flu illness called antiviral drugs. They lessen the severity and length of the illness and help prevent serious complications, like pneumonia. There are two drugs recommended by the CDC for treatment of the flu: Tamiflu and Relenza. Treatment should be started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting later can still be beneficial if the sick person has a high risk health condition or is very sick from the flu. The side effects of antiviral drugs can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, runny or stuffy nose, cough, diarrhea, headache, and a few behavioral side effects. Tamiflu is available as a pill and a liquid and is indicated for prophylaxis and treatment in those ages one year and older. It is taken twice daily for treatment and once daily for prophylaxis. Relenza is a powder inhaled through the mouth that is indicated for treatment in those at least 7 years old and prophylaxis in those 5 years and older. It is not recommended in those with underlying airway disease. In summary, steps must be taken to prevent the flu, including vaccinations and proper hygiene. Those with the flu can shorten the severity and duration of the illness with the use of antiviral medications. Those with the flu should avoid contact as much as possible with others. By following these steps, the number of flu cases and their severity can be minimized as much as possible.

The Heart of the Matter

Time is Tissue: Every Minute Counts The American Heart Association (AHA) highlights the importance of women seeking healthcare as soon as possible to avoid becoming a statistic. According to the AHA (2011) more women die from cardiovascular disease than cancer. However, the majority of cardiac events encountered by women are preventable. That is why it is imperative to learn all that you can about the importance of diet, exercise and smoking cessation (AHA, 2011). A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is compromised or is interrupted. This can occur for various reasons. The outcome is the same regardless of the reason. When the heart does not get enough oxygenated blood, the tissue begins to die. So when it comes to the heart remember……TIME IS TISSUE! Call 911 if you suspect you are having a heart attack.

There are some cardinal symptoms of a heart attack. These symptoms include: • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

• Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1...Get to a hospital right away…Remember TIME IS TISSUE. Reference: American Heart Association (2011). Go Red for Women. Retrieved from about_heart_disease_and_stroke.aspx

Adapted for use from the American Heart Association, 2011

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Camp Daybreak: One-day Grief Camp for Children Submitted by: Doris Vaughans

counselors and social workers, facilitate support groups and activities designed to meet this need. Bereaved children also need ways to remember the person that has died. Camp Daybreak is held each October at the Pat Faucett Sunrise Center, a division of Hospice of West Alabama. The date University of Alabama volunteers and campers. of camp this year was October 1st, 2011 from o you know a child that is coping 9am – 12 noon. The theme was “Things to with the death of a parent, sibling, do other than hurt”! The group activities other relative, or friend? Hospice around this theme were designed to meet the of West Alabama knows, as stated by emotional, behavioral, and physical aspects Dr. Alan Wolfelt author of Healing the of dealing with loss. The participants Bereaved Child, the experience of loss created a memory collage of their loved does not wait for children to grow into one using an analogy of a dragonfly. In adulthood. He further states, “If you are the dragonfly story, a part of the transition old enough to love, you are old enough to involved growing wings and creating a grieve”. Hospice of West Alabama offers an happy and meaningful life following the annual one-day bereavement camp, Camp loss of a loved-one. The dragonfly explores Daybreak, specifically for children, ages 6 new and different ‘things to do other than to 13, who have experienced the death of hurt’. They also played a game of “Grief someone close to them. Jenga” that allowed them to normalize the Dr. J. William Worden, researcher of grieving experience. Lastly, they learned a children’s grief, says children’s grief needs hip hop dance to a popular hit tune. This may be met through many sources, not taught them the importance and benefit of a just the surviving parent and family. The healthy lifestyle as a means of coping with purpose of Camp Daybreak is to show grief. They participated in many other fun children that there are adults who care activities. Lunch was donated in part by about them and who want to help them get Joshua Mroue of Hungry Howie’s Pizza. on with their lives. The camp’s activities Camp Day Break has wonderful volunteer are therapeutic in nature and are also fun! opportunities for everyone. This year’s The participants enjoy a variety of exciting volunteers included the staff and volunteers activities and games that are specifically of Hospice of West Alabama, graduate designed to promote and demonstrate students from the University of Alabama healthy ways for grieving. The camp allows majoring in Child Life, and Tiffany participants to interact with other children Vaughans King, owner and artistic director who share the same fates, showing them of Dancers 4 Life Studio in Tuscaloosa. they are not alone. Thanks to professor Quinn Franklin, MS, Hospice of West Alabama is aware that CCLS, who is also a Research Specialist at most children do not need formal “grief Texas Children’s Hospital, for coordinating counseling” and that childhood grief is best her child life volunteers from the University facilitated in an environment that helps of Alabama. Each camper was assigned the child express feelings about the loss. a volunteer that provided one-on-one Bereaved children need someone to listen attention and assistance during the entire to their questions. Trained volunteers,



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camp. The campers seemed to enjoy having a personal buddy for the day. The camp also addressed the needs of parents and caregivers providing resources to educate them as they support their children during the grief experience. They were provided with information packets containing grief manifestations based on the age of a child. The resources also included kit from Sesame Street titled “When Families Grieve” containing a DVD, a guide for parents and caregivers, and a children’s story book. They also received a DVD by Nancy Weil, “Bandages for the Heart” containing techniques to promote healthy grieving. The parents and caregivers reported that the question and answer session was very helpful and therapeutic for them. The closing ceremony was another way to highlight our theme, “Things to do other than hurt”. The campers wrote a note to their deceased loved-one describing things that would make them proud. They attached their notes to balloons and released them simultaneously. Hospice of West Alabama is very proud of being able to serve the community’s grief needs through Camp Day Break in addition to our existing services. Camp participation is not contingent upon having a loved-one in our program. Every child ages 6 to 13 is welcome to attend the camp. The staff and volunteers of Hospice of West Alabama look forward each year to this meaningful event at our Sunrise Center. The facility is located on the campus of the Tuscaloosa Veterans Administration Hospital, adjacent to Hospice of West Alabama’s facility. The camp is free, but pre-registration is necessary. To register for 2012 camp, a form will be available from Hospice of West Alabama, the child’s school counselor or social worker, or on the web at www. For additional information on Camp Daybreak and other services call Doris Vaughans, counselor at Hospice of West Alabama (205) 523-0101.

Having fun during Camp Daybreak.

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Our Community 9/11 Memorial Release

White Wings Over America Submitted by: LeAnn Rhinehart

In Honor of the 10 Anniversary of the 9/11 Tragedies th

White Wings over America and the National White Dove Release Society joined together with Dove Release Companies and Hobbyists across America to coordinate the Largest White Dove Release the World Has Ever Seen. All in memorial tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the 9/11 attacks. Whether they were a victim of the attack on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, a plane hijacking, or one of our brave policemen, firemen or rescue personnel, we couldn't think of a better way to pay tribute to all these brave Americans than by doing what we do every day...releasing white doves. But we wanted to take it to a level of national prominence where the American people as a whole could participate in releases being held wherever we had interested dove releasers available. White Wings Over America is the largest 9/11 ceremony in the world of it's kind. This event was held all across the United States of America in 84 cities (28 states), Canada & UK, from 120 release sites. Individuals and White Dove Release companies who had pledged doves for this event participated in a Memorial Service in or near their home towns at approximately the same time of day. Information can be viewed at A total of 4,851 White Doves were released worldwide to symbolize peace, in memory of those lives lost during the 2001 attacks. This is a new world record for the most doves released for a single event. Up Up & Away Dove Release of Moundville, a National White Dove Release Society member, contributed 100 Doves at the Moundville Event. This was the largest release in all of Alabama. We give thanks to all those who volunteered to work so hard to make this event happen and to all the wonderful people who participated. We are hoping to make White Wings Over America an annual event here in Moundville through the support of it’s great and patriotic citizens. Our Doves are Homing Pigeons, members of the Rock Dove family. They are highly trained and will return home to their loft after the release. *The use of white ring-neck doves and other species of “non-homing” birds (like those found in pet shops) is strictly prohibited. Who Are We? We are the National White Dove Release Society. The NWDRS is an association of responsible professionals dedicated to promoting the White Dove Release Business. Visit our website at: http://

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