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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 six 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 “Healthy Kids” section and a “Community” 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”. Mark Helms Kim Helms Publisher Publisher

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Inside This Issue… Cover Spotlight From Holy Innocents to Children’s Hospital and Beyond. . . . . . . . . 5

Articles of Interest Choices In Home Health and Hospice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Dignity Memorial: There is a Difference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Navigating The Complex World of Social Security Disability. . . . . . 9 Joey is a Child of Children’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fair Haven’s Golden Anniversary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Community Focus Thousands Fired Up At Kampfire For King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Healthy Kids The Crippled Children’s Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Three Keys To A Child’s Heart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Identification. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Fun & Games Sudoku Puzzle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Word Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Funny Jokes: How to Start A Fight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Emergency Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Wellness Resource Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 National Helpful Numbers Directory. . . . . . . . . 26

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Choices in Home Health and Hospice Article submitted by Alacare


hances are good that at some time in your life, you or someone you love is going to need home health or hospice care. Selecting the correct agency and type of care is an important decision, but by doing a little research you can find quality care that’s professional, reliable, and compassionate. Choosing a Home Health Agency Look at the agency’s history. An agency should gladly supply references from other patients or referring physicians. Quality comparative measures that healthcare providers can use to evaluate their level of compliance against state and national standards are available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). You can check out any home care agency’s patient outcomes by going to and clicking on “Home Health Compare” or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. Ask questions about the people working for the agency. All employees should have the proper certification and licensure for the duties they perform, and the agency should perform background checks to ensure that all employees are qualified. Healthcare is an everchanging business, so a home health agency should require its workers to undergo continuing education. Be sure the provider you choose is certified by Medicare. Medicare will fully cover home health and hospice services for qualified patients. Not every problem for home health patients can wait for the next regularly scheduled visit. There should be someone available to answer questions

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there should be care providers on call to make urgent visits if necessary. The Hospice Option Sometimes hospice is the right choice. When a doctor has indicated that someone probably has less than six months to live and the patient’s goal is comfort rather than cure, then hospice care may be the best option. Why Choose Alacare Hospice? The journey to the end of life is complex. Alacare Hospice can help make that road less frightening. Choosing hospice does not mean giving up hope. In fact, it provides hope for a peaceful, meaningful endof-life experience. How can Alacare Hospice make a difference? • Hospice focuses on the whole family. Helping loved ones deal with grief issues is a vital part of hospice. • Hospice allows patients to spend the end of life in the comfort of their own homes. • Hospice relieves pain and other symptoms, providing patients with the opportunity to live as fully as possible for as long as possible. Alacare Hospice has a compassionate team of healthcare experts to provide the many services required by patients with a terminal diagnosis: • Home Care Aides assist with the patient’s personal hygiene and other activities of daily living. • Medical Social Workers are experts in helping the patient and family locate and manage community resources for financial, social and emotional needs. • Chaplains can provide spiritual support for patients and their families, regardless of denomination or belief system. • Speech Therapists and Physical Therapists are available when appropriate to assist patients in maintaining quality of life.

“Selecting the correct agency and type of care is an important decision, but by doing a little research you can find quality care that’s professional, reliable, and compassionate.” • Volunteers provide companionship for patients, provide short respite breaks for caregivers and assist with providing emotional support to families for up to a year after the patient’s death. When is Alacare Hospice the right choice? The journey to the end of life is complex. Alacare Hospice can help make that road less frightening. Choosing hospice does not mean giving up hope. In fact, it provides hope for a peaceful, meaningful endof-life experience. When a doctor has indicated that someone probably has less than six months to live and the patient’s goal is comfort rather than cure, then hospice care may be the best option.

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Children’s Health System has a rich history of caring for Alabama’s youngsters. For nearly a century, Children’s has provided quality, comprehensive health care to Alabama’s pediatric population and excludes no child in that effort. Situated in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside medical community, it also serves as the primary teaching facility for the UAB Department of Pediatrics and boasts a medical research division that is second to none. One hundred years of growth has brought the small community hospital to its current position as the 10th busiest pediatric medical center in America where ill and injured children find help and healing from the primary care physicians, specialists, educators and child advocates who work there.

In The Beginning

At the turn of the 20th Century, Birmingham, Alabama was overcrowded with newcomers seeking work in the steel mills and filled with children sick with diphtheria and other severe illnesses. The city’s hospitals were overflowing and not equipped to care for children. This desperate need for pediatric health care prompted a small group of local Episcopalians to form, in 1911, The Holy Innocents Hospital, “a charity institution for children alone,” according to founder Rev. Carl Henckell, rector of All Saints Church. The limited availability of funds


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prohibited the construction of a building to house the new hospital, so the founders made the best use of the only existing facility they could initially acquire, the All Saints Parish House. Shortly thereafter, the group rented a simple frame residence and converted it to a 12-bed hospital. In 1913, under the leadership of Mrs. Crawford Johnson, the hospital association raised enough money to enlarge and renovate the house. Soon Holy Innocents Hospital had a model kitchen with a nutrition program, a laboratory and three wards with space enough to care for 25 children from infancy to age 15. The operating room was said to be the South’s finest. In the Hospital’s first year, 89 patients were admitted; that number doubled the following year. In 1914, Holy Innocents Hospital was removed from the patronage of the Episcopal Church and was renamed Children’s Hospital. For the first dozen years, Children’s Hospital was supported by voluntary donations with much of the funds raised through doll bazaars sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary. Then, in 1923, the Community Chest, now known as the United Way of Central Alabama, made the Hospital one of its first beneficiaries, and reimbursed the difference between the actual cost of service and the amount the patient’s family could afford to pay.

The Growth Continues

On July 2, 1924, a new brick structure on the southwest corner of 31st Street and 7th Avenue was built to accommodate 60 children. On March 9, 1925, Children’s Hospital opened its first free clinic, a permanent “outpatient ward.” In 1932, a second building increased bed capacity by 50 and added urgently needed surgical facilities. By the early 1950s, this newest facility failed to comply with the city’s fire and safety

codes. With substantial assistance from the Meyer Foundation and other contributors, land was purchased and a four-story, 100bed facility was constructed. On April 30, 1961, the first patients were moved to the Hospital’s present location at 1600 7th Avenue South. That year, Children’s and nearby University Hospital entered into a unique agreement whereby Children’s would provide care for University’s pediatric patients while serving as a learning and teaching resource for the University of Alabama Medical School. This partnership created an excellent environment for the training of pediatricians and nurses. By 1967, University Hospital had phased out most of its pediatric beds. In 1968, a fifth floor addition to Children’s Hospital brought bed capacity to 160, and by 1972 outpatient space had doubled. In 1982, another extension was added. Still, more space was needed. In 1989, a tower expansion added 30 more beds to the facility, bringing the total inpatient capacity to 190. To welcome patients, families and visitors, the main lobby was renovated in a two-story atrium design. By 1991, a two-year construction project of the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) was completed and many of the Hospital’s outpatient clinics were relocated to the new 190,000-square-foot space. The new ACC featured a 12-room surgery suite and a 29bed one-day admission center. Also that year, the Hospital opened its own helipad for critical care transports. Highlights for 1992 included the opening of the Rooftop Garden on the Hospital’s fourth floor and state approval to add 35 new beds. In 2001, another 15 beds were added. In 2007, 50 more beds brought the Hospital’s capacity to its current 275 beds. Children’s Harbor, built in 2001, is the

newest addition to the main CHS campus. The fivestory building, owned by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, houses the Children’s Harbor Family Center at Children’s Hospital, as well as the Bradley Lecture Center. In 1999, the construction of Children’s South expanded the reach of services provided by the Hospital to the southern edge of the metro area. Ten one-day surgery suites, a pediatric imaging center, specialty care offices and an after-hours clinic are all offered on the Children’s South campus.

Today and Beyond

One hundred years after its founding, Children’s Hospital shows no signs of slowing the pace of its growth. Children’s is the premier health care institution for the children of Alabama and neighboring states, providing for approximately 13,904 hospital admissions, 658,919 outpatient visits and more than 56,000 emergency room visits in 2010. Though much has changed since 1911, Children’s commitment to Alabama’s most precious resource - its children - has never wavered. Children’s Health System holds high its mission of providing care for any child in Alabama who needs its services,

ranging in scope from care for the critically ill to providing public awareness of current medical and social issues. The strength of this commitment was evidenced recently when five Children’s Hospital services – Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology – were named among the top children’s hospitals in the nation by US News and World Report. An even more visible sign of Children’s commitment to youngsters is the $400 million Expansion Facility currently taking shape on the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children campus just north of the Hospital’s main building. A topping out ceremony was held last month for the Expansion, which is scheduled for completion in 2012. This facility will help Children’s realize its vision of providing a better childhood for all children by expanding and enhancing the Hospital’s ability to provide the excellent care every Alabama child deserves.

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Dignity Memorial: There is a difference…

Article submitted by Dignity Memorial Ridout’s-Brown-Service locations have been serving the Birmingham area for over 50 years. Our continued goal is to be the preferred funeral home and cemetery. We have served thousands of families at their most difficult time. Arranging a service for someone you love is not an easy task and we take that very seriously. We serve one family at a time just as though they are a part of our family. We have found that there are an increasing number of families making arrangements in advance to ease the stress on families at the time of a death. This has proven to eliminate families from disagreements, difficult decisions, and save them hundreds of dollars in the future.

As a result of being a Dignity Provider there are differences in our funeral homes that set us apart from other funeral providers. They include Child and Grandchild Protection, After Care Planner, 24 hour Compassion Help Line, Making Everlasting Memories, a Grief Management Library, National Transferability of Arrangements, Dignity Personal Planning Guide, Bereavement Travel Discount, Away from Home Protection Plan, and a 100% Service Guarantee Policy. We are making every effort to supply families with helpful programs that have not been offered in the funeral industry in the past. We have s e ven f unera l homes and four cemeteries conveniently located throughout the Birmingham area. We also have a floral shop that has served not only our family’s funeral needs, but also

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Navigating the Complex World of Social Security Disability


Article submitted by Cox & Reynolds

uch confusion, frustration and misinformation exists on the topic of Social Security Disability. This is not surprising. The SSA disability program is a governmental structure of great and growing complexity. Its structure and procedures with essential determinations numbering into the millions are of a size and extent difficult to understand. All too often, individuals find the enormity and complexity of the system daunting and simply give up. This brief article encourages adults of all ages who are not working and who have a good faith belief that they cannot work to pursue a claim for Social Security disability and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Social Security Act provides for the payment of cash benefits to persons who have paid into Social Security and who meet Social Security’s definition of disability. Additionally, the Act provides for the payment of disability benefits to indigent persons under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Both programs define disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. What does this definition mean? If your impairments prevent you from performing your past work and any other work on a regular and continuing basis, then you probably meet Social Security’s definition of disability. A regular and continuing basis is defined as eight hours a day, five days a week. Consequently, a worker whose impairments would cause unreasonably high absentee-

ism or cause them to be unable to perform full-time work should meet Social Security’s definition. Another component of the definition of disability is the requirement that you cannot work and draw benefits. While this is generally true, Social Security employs an earnings test to determine whether work actually is gainful. For example, for the year 2008, Social Security will not consider work as gainful if you earn less than $940 a month. In 2009, the monthly earnings test will increase to $980.00. Another aspect of the definition is that if you are unable to perform your past work, Social Security will consider any adverse vocational factors relating to your age, education and work experience in determining whether there is other work you can perform. For example, if you are limited to unskilled work and are 50 years of age or older, then Social Security will find you disabled even if you can perform sedentary jobs, and at

“If you have been denied Social Security Disability there is something you can do! Call Cox & Reynolds today!” No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

age 55 and older you are disabled even if you can perform light work. In essence, Social Security recognizes that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. The application of Social Security’s definition of disability often involves subjective judgments by decision-makers based on conflicting medical and nonmedicalevidence. To protect against the complicated and subjective nature of a disability determinations, and to encourage uniformity, Social Security has created an elaborate system of appeals. There are three levels of appeal within Social Security, and three more potential levels of appeal within the federal court system. It pays to appeal an unfavorable decision. Statistics compiled by Social Security over the years show that only 25 to 30 percent of all disability applicants will be found disabled based on their initial application. However, if those unfavorable decisions are appealed the odds of being found disabled improve dramatically– up to approximately 70 percent or greater– if appealed to the hearing level. In conclusion, adults of all ages who are not performing gainful activity and who have a good faith belief they are unable to sustain any gainful work should apply for Social Security and/or SSI disability and appeal if they are denied. In the complex world of Social Security, pursuing a claim for disability is not easy or fast, but the odds are in your favor and an experienced attorney knows how to navigate the waters.

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Joey is a Child of Children’s When Joey Paulin was born on April 12, 2004, it was almost immediately obvious that something was wrong. “Within 12 hours, I noticed that Joey’s eyes were rolling back into his head,” his mother, Roseanna Borelli recalls. “The rest of the day is a blur. I remember a team of specialists coming into my room and telling me that Joey was being admitted to the NICU immediately.” After an anxious week of hospitalization, Joey was able to go home with his parents. But eight weeks later, there was another setback. “At about 1:30 a.m., I noticed that Joey felt cold and was shaking, so I turned on a light. Joey was blue and you couldn’t see his eyes. He was having what I now know was a seizure.” His initial diagnosis was epilepsy, but more problems – and many more tests – followed. In November, came the definitive diagnosis of Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy with Complex I & V Defect. Mitochondrial Disease is a still relatively unknown and under-researched disease. About 1 in every 4,000 children will be diagnosed with it by age 10. The onset and diagnosis is most common in children, but the percentage of adults being diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease is on the increase. The symptoms, which depend on which cells are affected, may include: seizures, developmental delay, mental retardation, muscle pain and weakness, loss of motor control, difficulty swallowing,


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gastrointestinal problems, liver disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, problems with vision or hearing, heart disease and susceptibility to infection. Mitochondria function as the powerhouse of a cell, creating over 90% of the energy needed to live and grow. When mitochondria fail, less energy is produced and the cells can become injured or die. According to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation,“If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised.” Joey suffers from a particularly severe form of the disease. “We were told that he would never walk, talk, sit or stand and that his life expectancy would be 4 to 7 years,” says Roseanna. “We learned that Joey’s disease would progress as he grows and that his seizures would ultimately be his demise.” A year after he was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease, Joey lost the ability to swallow. Now he receives all nourishment and medications through a gastrostomy feeding tube and is confined to a wheelchair. Yet, despite Joey’s discouraging diagnosis and many setbacks – including the time in fall of 2009 when he lapsed into a coma and was not expected to survive – the courageous little boy with

the infectious smile has been making a positive impact on his hometown of Alabaster for all of his almost seven years. And his mother and sister have made it their mission to educate the public about Mitochondrial Disease.

Last year, because of the efforts of the Borellis and their friends, Alabama Governor Bob Riley proclaimed September as Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Month. “Joey’s parents are the most passionate advocates for a cause that I have ever met,” says Alabama State Senator Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, a family friend who accompanied them to Montgomery for the proclamation celebration. “While many of us would look at these circumstances with gloom and despair, they embraced them as an opportunity to educate the rest of the community about this disease. It was obvious from the Governor’s extended conversation with the family how inspired he and the entire crowd were with little Joey’s life and his strength to survive despite the overwhelming odds. “This should remind us that while governing often involves lofty philosophical debates and sometimes old-fashioned hardball political tactics, the advocacy of a young child and his family can make just as big a difference in the lives of thousands of people in our community.” Roseanna says the years since her son’s diagnosis have been “a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows.” And, it’s been a journey Joey and his family have shared with both the Alabaster Fire and Rescue Service and Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

“Each time Joey is discharged, he has a smile on his face – and that’s because of the wonderful care he was given.”

In May 2008, Joey was made an honorary firefighter by the Alabas ter Fire and Rescue service, which has come to his aid on numerous occasions over the years when he has needed CPR. In January of last yea r, Roseanna started the “Joey Pau lin Firestation Tour – Fanning the Flames of Awareness” program, through which fire dep artments from all over the United States and from seve ral foreign countries have sent fire department T-shirts to Alabama’s “littlest firefighter.” And, in June 2010, Joey received an honorary graduate degree from the Alabama Fire Col lege in Tuscaloosa. During the cere mony, Captain Curtis Poe recognized Joey and the charact eristics he has displayed in battling his disease. He said, “Joey has had, for his entire life, all the traits a firefighter should possess – bravery, courage, beating the odds and never giving up.” Roseanna said, “I never though t Joey would be a part of any graduation ceremony because of his prognosis. I was so proud that day.”

To date, Joey has had nine surgeries and been admitted to Children’s more than 30 times. “Children’s Hospital has been our home away from home since June 12, 2004,” Roseanna says. “Our first few visits to Children’s were terrifying, but now – after being there so much – it’s not so frightening. So many of the doctors and nurses know Joey and, more importantly, know exactly how to take care of him. Of course, we’d rather have our little guy at home with us, but we know he is in wonderful hands at Children’s Hospital. “Each time Joey is discharged, he has

a smile on his face – and that’s because of the wonderful care he was given,” she adds. “Joey is often rushed to the ER via ambulance, and we usually are greeted by caregivers who already are familiar with him. You can’t put a price on that kind of care. Our family feels so blessed to have such a wonderful hospital so close by. “Because Joey visits Children’s so often, we are close to many of his nurses and I only have wonderful things to say about each and every one of them. A room full of nurses – that has to be Joey’s idea of Heaven!”

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Sometimes: Less is More! Written by Elizabeth Gulledge, PhD, MSN, RN

What is Childhood Obesity? According to the Department of Health and Human Services (2009) childhood obesity is a serious public health concern. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers an additional 15% of children are at risk for becoming overweight. Current measurements of overweight in children consist of body mass index (BMI) at the 85th – 94th percentile and BMI above the 95th percentile designated as obese (CDC, 2009). These staggering statistics suggest a national crisis in children of all age ranges. The Consequences of Childhood Obesity The Institute of Medicine (IOM) advocates that more than 9 million U.S. children, over the age of 6, are overweight. The increase in overweight and obesity in children has also added to the increase in health problems in children. Diseases such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes, orthopedic concerns, and sleep apnea are now a concern (Ludwig, 2007). Being an overweight child or adolescent also adds to the increased risk of developing coronary artery disease. Because of the increase in childhood obesity, children in the United States have a predicted life span less than those of their parents (American Heart Association [AHA], 2009). The health concerns of a lifetime of being overweight or obese are serious; however, there are also socioeconomic, social, and legal consequences associated with a health crisis this serious. Such consequences include: poor school performance, decrease in productivity, social stigma, and the financial burden of increasing health care costs (Morrill & Chinn, 2004). Factors contributing to this rise in childhood obesity include changes in school curriculum and the decrease of physical education classes, parental influences related to poor diet and a lack of exercise, and the increase in technology, i.e., computer and video games.

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Encourage healthy eating habits Remove tempting , high caloric foods in the home Participate in healthy activities and exercise with your children Talk about healthy eating

What Are the Factors Influencing the Development of Childhood Obesity?

Genetics Particular genetic disorders or illnesses may produce a predisposition to obesity Behaviors Excessive caloric intake Limited physical activity Sedentary behaviors The Environment Influence of the home environment related to food intake and exercise Influence in day cares. Many children spend up to 40 hours per week in a daycare setting. Within the school system. Some schools are developing innovative programs geared toward nutrition. Within the community. This includes the access and availability of healthy foods.

American Heart Association. (2009). Cardiovascular disease cost. Retrieved on January 13, 2011, at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). About BMI for children and teens. Retrieved January 13, 2011 from Department of Health and Human Services. Childhood Obesity. Retrieved January 13, 2011, from Institute of Medicine. (2006). Progress in preventing childhood obesity: How do we measure up? Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Ludwig, D. (2007). Childhood obesity-the shape of things to come? The New England Journal of Medicine, 357(23), 2325-2327. Morrill, A., & Chinn, C. (2004). The obesity epidemic in the United States. Journal of Public Health Policy, 25(3/4), 353-366.


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Three Keys to a Child’s Heart By Pastor David Weir

As parents of the Millenial Generation we all feel a tremendous amount of pressure to raise healthy, happy, kids. We want our kids to live good lives. We want them to eat healthy foods, do well in school, be successful in sports, and have good friends. But do these popular areas of focus really produce healthy kids? How should we prioritize these factors of development in our children? I believe the Bible has the answer. The Bible says in Proverbs chapter four and verse twenty-three, that we need to pay attention to our hearts because that’s where the issues of life come from. If we want to live healthy lives, we have to know how to detect the condition of our hearts. If this is true, then it is more important for me to know the hearts of my children than just to fix all their problems. I mean, what if just fixing their problems only magnifies what was at the heart of the issue?

I have found three important keys that have helped me become more aware of the condition of my heart, and the hearts of people I am responsible for:


Really take time to listen to what is being said. Jesus said, “Out of the mouth, the heart speaks”. Bitterness and unforgiveness will always be evident in our words. Let’s help our children hear themselves, and develop a healthy habit of forgiveness. The healthiest, happiest people in the world forgive quickly and ask for forgiveness without making excuses.

2 Evaluate attitudes with the Word of God. Jeremiah 17:9 states that the heart is deceitful. We cannot just let our kids follow

their hearts, we have to evaluate feelings based on the only Truth, the Bible. I read Proverbs everyday and look for attitudes in my life that are unscriptural. This practice keeps me level emotionally, despite the ups and downs of life. We can help our kids do this. They can be incredibly honest with themselves, they just need to know what God says, and not feel condemned.


Make a commitment to memorize Scripture. David said in Psalm 119, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You”. The more of God’s Word that our sons and daughters hide in their hearts, the healthier their souls will be. There is a direct correlation between the amount of God’s Word in our hearts and the health of our emotions. We really need to listen to the hearts of our children. God gives them their own desires and their own gifts. In Malachi the prophet says God will turn the hearts of the fathers towards the children and the hearts of the children towards the fathers, so they will really listen to each other. I believe this prophecy is for us, if we desire it. I believe the other things we desire for our kids, all the things that define a successful life, will easily fall into place, when we develop healthy hearts.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Identification

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Unusual crying pattern, often high pitched or can be monotone Poor interaction with environment. Does not notice surroundings or people. May prefer objects over people Limited use of sounds or words by age 1 Poor eye contact Does not respond to name

Please note that a child can display any or all of these symptoms and this is not a comprehensive list. The most essential observer is the parent who notices that their baby is not responding to them or others, and may be described as “something’s just not right.” At the first notice of anything questionable, speak to your child’s physician or seek the help of one of the professionals listed above. Raising the awareness of ASD is supported by many books and films. As can be seen in films such as “Rainman” and “The Way I See It”, the personal experiences of autistic individuals and their families is compelling. Books include writings by Emily Colson (daughter of Chuck Colson),“ Dancing with Max” and “The Best Kind of Different” by Shonda and Curt Shilling. Article by: April B. Joyner M.S., CCC-SLP Krista K. Snyder M.S., CCC-SLP

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Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder which appears in the first 3 years of a child’s life. It affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. Severity of the disorder ranges from mild to severe and can be identified by a qualified team of professionals. This team may include: Neurologist, Clinical Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist, and Physical Therapist. Other professionals who may observe atypical behavior are Preschool teachers, Developmental Pediatricians, and of course, the informed parent. Early identification is essential in the treatment of autism. Research has shown that early intervention is beneficial for

both the autistic child and their families. It is imperative that each significant person in the child’s world be informed and trained of strategies to help minimize adverse affects of the disorder, as well as increase successful social and communication behaviors. A team approach to diagnosis and treatment of children on the Autism Spectrum is crucial. Although many children are not actually diagnosed until 18 months or later, earlier signs of autism have been noted by parents and other professionals. The following is a sample of early signals to autism spectrum behavior:

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Selfishness Sins We Have Come to Tolerate:

Article written by Richard O’ Connor, Minister, BS Secondary Education and Masters Degree in Ministry

Have you noticed how our world, society and even our churches have come to accept certain bad behaviors as the “norm”? We look at certain sins and since everyone seems to be “doing it” – we simply go along and treat them as accepted behaviors. I think that God would tell us that such thinking will lead us down a very dangerous path. Many of these “tolerated” sins of which we and others are guilty are more serious than we might like to think. Now we need to realize that God will forgive us of these sins – but He also will help us to walk more closely to Him and overcome these sins. In this first article we will be talking about the sin of selfishness – and if you think this one’s NOT for you – you just proved that it is! Many Bible characters such as Cain, Ahab, David, James & John and the elder brother of Luke 15 point to the fact that selfishness can affect us all and lead us down a treacherous life path. So how do we, as Christians, overcome a selfish attitude? The Bible, in Philippians 2:1-11, charts a proven course for us to follow in order to leave a life of selfishness. Please take a minute to read that passage right now. Having read the text, let’s examine three ways we can overcome selfishness and truly become what God wants us to be.

1. Deny Self

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves (Phil. 2:34). Ever watch a group of kids around a box of toys? They don’t want what’s in the box nor do they want what they have in their hand…they want what the other kid has (even if they haven’t played


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with it for a year). Why? Because they are selfish. They haven’t been trained or haven’t yet learned the lesson of sharing. It’s understandable when the children are 3 but when they are 33 or 43 or 63 or 83, not so much. Denying self is a prerequisite to becoming a disciple of Jesus: “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).But just stating the verses doesn’t make it happen – just hearing a sermon or sitting in a Bible class doesn’t change my selfish ways. It starts with a change of mind or heart …we call that repentance. Remember the boy in Matthew 21? His father made a request of him, “Son, go, work today in my vineyard. The boy answered and said, ‘I won’t’, but afterward repented and went” (Matthew 21:28-29). He decided the mature thing was to look to the interest of others. Sometimes we are so consumed with how the world treats “me”, how my family treats “me”, how the church treats “me”, etc. that we lose sight of the fact that God has called us not to focus solely on self but on the welfare of others as well.

2. Be a Servant

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant…” (Phil. 2:5-7). Jesus came to earth not for fame or fortune or position and honor. “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Matt.20:28). While everyone around Him wanted positions of honor (even His own disciples), Jesus sought to serve.

Isn’t that why he washed the disciples’ feet in John 13? He was teaching them that the greatest in the kingdom doesn’t wait to be served but denies self and accepts the role of a servant.

3. Be Willing to Sacrifice

“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Phil. 2:8). Jesus’ mindset was “I’m not coming to be God – “I’m coming to do the will of God.” The mindset of most people is “let me get all I can”. Jesus thought like this: “Let me give all I can.” And that’s what He did. Have you read an account of the beating, mocking and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus lately? The spitting, the mocking, the crown, the laughter, the whipping, the nails, they all point to sacrifice. He deserved none of it, but He willingly sacrificed his life for ours to fulfill God’s plan. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Now doesn’t all that make our selfishness even more pitiful? We make comments like, “I want what I want.” “I’ll do what I want to do.” “I want a family that waits on me.” “A workplace that always takes my ideas.” “A church that serves me.” And yet, if Jesus had taken our selfish attitude He would have stayed in heaven, we would still be lost in our sins and all we would have to look forward to is a miserable existence here and an eternity of torment.

As Christians, we must trust in God to work daily on our selfish attitudes for it is only then that God and others will begin to see Christ in us.



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The words that we speak absolutely set the tone for the outcomes of our life. Jesus said in Mark 4 that the words we speak are seeds. When we speak words, they immediately disappear into a realm that most of us understand as the supernatural or the spiritual realm. These words immediately become seeds and are sown into the harvest system of God. The book of Proverbs declares that life and death are in the power of the tongue. James writes in his epistle that if you can figure out how to control your tongue then you can be a perfect man. These are very bold statements about the power of this small member of our body. When we speak words in the natural realm, there is an immediate response in the spiritual. We have angels that are waiting on us to declare words so that they can carry our seed to and from the spiritual soil (YHVH). This is why we have to be so particular about what comes out of our mouth. Jesus was not trying to burden us with rules when He gave us the guidelines during the Sermon on the Mount. He was trying to make us aware of the fact that if we listened to what He was saying, then we would experience life and life more abundantly. In Matthew 12, Jesus tells us that it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. It is extremely vital that we have our hearts filled with good things so that we are constantly declaring good things.

Words: The Good, The Bad, and the Idle Jesus went on to say in Matthew 12 that we would not only be judged for the good and bad words, but we would also be judged for the idle words. The word idle in the Greek is the word argos. It means unemployed, lazy, and useless. This is why it is so crucial that we realize the power that is in our words. We are made in the image and likeness of God. The way God created things in Genesis 1 was by speaking things. By being in His image and likeness we also have the authority to create by our words. The reason a lot of bad things happen to righteous people is because righteous people have not understood the power of their words. “Tickle me to death” “I feel like my head is about to bust wide open” I almost laughed my head off ”. Although these are all unemployed, lazy, and useless words we have to realize that the spiritual world is still reacting because the image of God is speaking. Righteous people are no longer perishing because of the harvest of sin. The cause of death now is the same cause that was spoken in the book of Hosea in chapter 4. “My people are destroyed for knowledge.” lack of knowledge.” Written by Cody Shelton

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Business 2 Business Expo Anniston City Meeting Center • Anniston, AL Left: David with Chick-Fil-A Cow • Right: Expo participants moving from booth to booth enjoying food & fun

Jackson Hospital Foundation “Swinging Fore Healthcare” Charity Golf Tournament Montgomery, AL • Above: David and Teresa at Healthy Horizons booth waiting for the next team

RMC Foundation Charity Golf Tournament Silver Lakes Country Club Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Glencoe, AL

Baptist Health Care Foundation Prattville Baptist Hospital Golf Classic Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Course Prattville, AL Top: Tommy McKinnon and David with the Healthy Horizons sponsor sign Bottom: David and Mark teeing off for Charity University of Alabama Staff & Faculty Health Fair University of Alabama Campus • Tuscaloosa, AL Top Left: Teresa and Big Al Top Right: David at Booth Bottom: Front of Coleman Coliseum where the event was held

Anniston Army Depot Employee Appreciation Day Anniston Army Depot • Anniston, AL Top: Healthy Horizons booth with both golf carts used at many functions. Bottom: Healthy Horizons Boat to be used for Kid’s Fishing events, etc.

Children’s Hospital Teddy Bear Giveaway Birmingham, AL • Top: Front of Hospital Bottom: David, Teresa and Mark holding the bears given away to patients


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Thousands fired up at Kampfire For The King King’s Home kicked off the Christmas season in a big way with its first-ever Kampfire for The King on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at the main campus in Chelsea, Ala. Several thousand gathered at this very special event to help raise funds and increase awareness of the King’s Home mission to provide hope and healing to youth, women, and moms and their children fleeing abuse, neglect, abandonment and other difficult circumstances. “We wanted Kampfire for The King to be a way to give back to the community and have a great Christmas celebration in a fun atmosphere while helping people learn more about King’s Home and what we do,” says Lew Burdette, president of King’s Home. Headlining the event was Kirk Cameron, best known for his memorable roles on Growing Pains, the feature film Fireproof, and the Left Behind movies. Cameron shared his faith, his life story and his tireless efforts to bring people to Christ. Matt Pitt of The Basement and David Nasser also spoke from their hearts and shared their amazing testimonies. Musicians Aaron Keyes, DPB, Canton Jones, Kevin Derryberry, Groove Daddy, Emily Herring, The Foundry Band and Carson Bruce thrilled the audience with wonderful performances while Master of Ceremonies, ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann, set the pace with professionalism and engaging humor. Children especially enjoyed visiting with Santa, a petting zoo, a live Nativity and inflatables. The event wrapped up with a festive bonfire and a spectacular fireworks show. The 2nd Annual Kampfire for The King is set for Sunday, Dec. 6, 2011. Main Stage at Kampfire For The King

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About King’s Home

King’s Home seeks to serve and glorify God by providing Christ-centered homes and services in which compassion and competence combine to meet the needs of women, children and families. King’s Home has served thousands of youth, moms and children seeking help from abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness and other extreme circumstances. The program operates 18 homes located in Jefferson, Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties in Alabama. Along with the opportunity for spiritual development, King’s Home teaches necessary skills and provides tangible services to help residents heal from their devastating pasts, break the cycle of abuse, build healthy relationships and become independent, productive members of the community. The King’s Home women’s program, formerly known as Hannah Homes, serves women and moms with children escaping domestic violence with nine residential group homes in three counties. Services include domestic violence counseling, parenting skills, substance abuse classes, education, employment, housing and childcare. The structured program lasts for up to two years.

To date, all Hannah Homes are 100% funded by private gifts.

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The King’s Home youth program, formerly known as The King’s Ranch, serves boys and girls, ages 10 to 21 with nine residential youth homes on two campuses. Approximately 75% of these youth come from Jefferson and Shelby counties. Some 93% have been abused, 75% are classified with severe behavioral problems and 90% arrive at least one grade level behind. Tangible services include social skills, education, employment and independent living skills. The average length of stay is two years. More information is available at

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Funny! How To Start A Fight.....

Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat to the van, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed.. I cuddled up to my wife’s back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, “The weather out there is terrible.” My loving wife of 5 years replied, “And, can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?” And that’s how the fight started... One year, I decided to buy my mother-inMy wife was hinting about what she I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift. wanted for our upcoming anniverfor some reason, took my order first. “I’ll The next year, I didn’t buy her a gift. sary. She said, “I want something have the rump steak, rare, please.” He When she asked me why, I replied, shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in said, “Aren’t you worried about the mad “Well, you still haven’t used the gift I about 3 seconds.” cow?” “Nah, she can order for herself.” bought you last year!” I bought her a bathroom scale. And that’s when the fight started..... And that’s how the fight started..... And then the fight started......

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Healthy Horizons: Making a Difference

Healthy Horizons is very fortunate to be engaged in community events and Health Fair shows throughout the Southeast. Involvement in various activities enables the team at Healthy Horizons to provide health education to vulnerable populations in the community. These opportunities allow valuable interaction between health educators and the public. Healthy Horizons has formed collaborative relationships with sponsors in the area who share our vision of improving the health status of consumers, patients and families. Charitable donations from our sponsors and continued support from local advertisers enable our team to participate in community events such as fishing events and benefit golf tournaments. We appreciate your continued patronage to our sponsors and advertisers. We are grateful that “Healthy Horizons” is “Making a Difference”.


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Long Term Hospital of Birmingham, LLC 50 Medical Park East Drive, 8th floor Birmingham, AL 35261 (205)838-5100 P.O. Box 610306


Medical Center East 50 Medical Park East Drive Birmingham, 35235 (205)838-3000

Trinity Medical Center Montclair 800 Montclair Road Birmingham, AL 35213 (205)592-1000 Baptist Medical Center– Princeton 701 Princeton Avenue. S.W. Birmingham, AL 35211 (205)783-3000 Birmingham VA Medical Center 700 South 19th Street Birmingham, AL 35233 (205)933-8101 Brookwood Medical Center 2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive Birmingham, AL 35259 (205)877-1000 Callahan Eye Foundation Hosptial 1720 University Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35233 (205)325-8100

Select Specialty Hospital– Birmingham 800 Montclair Road, 9th floor Birmingham, AL 35213 (205)599-4595 St. Vincent’s Hospital 810 St. Vincent’s Drive Birmingham, AL 35205 (205)939-7000 UAB Medical West 995 Ninth Avenue, SW Bessemer, AL 35021 (205)481-7000 University of Alabama Hospital 619 South Nineteenth St. Birmingham, AL 35233 (205)934-4444

Other Emergency Numbers

Carraway Methodist Medcial Center 1600 Carraway Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35234 (205)502-6000

Alabama Bureau of Investigation 322-4691

Children’s Hospital of Alabama 1600 Seventh Ave. South Birmingham, AL 35233 (205)939-9100

Alabama Forestry Commision

Cooper Green Hosptial 1515 South Sixth Ave. Birmingham, AL 35233 (205)930-3600

Emergency Management 254-2039

Healthsouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital 3800 Ridgeway Drive Birmingham, AL 35209 (205)868-2000 Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services 6869 Fifth Avenue, South Birmingham, AL 35212 (205)833-9000

Alabama State Troppers 322-4691 631-2000

Crisis Center 323-7777

Federal Bureau Of Investigation 326-6166 National Response Center (Toxic Chemical and Oil Spills) 1-800-424-2530 Poison Control 1-800-462-0800 Alagasco 326-8200 Alabama Power Company 1-800-245-2244 Birmingham Water Works 251-5634


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Bessemer Water Department 481-4333 Shelby County Water Operations 669-3869 Sheriffs Blount County (205)625-4127 Jefferson County (205)-325-1450 Shelby County (205)669-4181 Walker County (205)302-6464 Bellsouth Repair 1-877-737-2478 Residential 1-888-757-6500 Business 1-866-620-6000

Ambulance Services Lifecare of Alabama (205) 945-6065 Lifeguard Transportation (205) 933-1911 (205) 327-9911 Northstar Paramedic (205) 424-1911 Regional Paramedical (205) 991-8668 (205) 979-8999 Rural Metro (205) 425-7911 References: Retrieved January 8, 2010 from Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging Office of Senior Citizens Services on Aging from The Real Yellow Pages, Greater Birmingham Area 2009-2010


Wellness Resource Directory Adult Day Care Emeritus Assisted Living (866) 288-7620 Sunshine Manor (205) 403-0556

Assisted Living

St. Martin’s In the Pines Assisted Living Homes (205) 956-1831

Comfort Keepers (205) 981-1800 The First Care (205) 313-2800

Tannehill Haven (205) 477-5724

Gentiva Health Services --Midsouth (205) 945-4859

Funeral Homes

Country Cottages Magnolia Cottages (205) 987-0847

Johns-Ridouts Chapels (205) 251-7227--Elmwood (205) 631-6252--Gardendale (205) 879-3401—Homewood (205) 833-7171—Roebuck (205) 251-5254--Southside (205) 655-2173—Trussville

Country Cottages Oakleaf Cottages (205) 987-0847

Southern Heritage Funeral Home (205) 988-3511

Covenant Place of Gardendale (205) 608-2200

Heart Care Centers

Fair Haven Retirement Center (205) 956-4150

Birmingham Heart Clinic PC (205) 856-2284

Chateau Vestavia, LLC (205) 822-4773 Columbia Cottage Mountain Brook (205) 968-0000

Galleria Woods Assisted Living Homes (205) 985-7537 Golden Year (205) 833-9478 Greenbriar At the Altamont Living Homes (205) 323-2724 Heartstone at Greystone Valley (205) 854-2888 Home Sweet Homes, INC (205) 631-8489 Hueytown Retirement Homes (205) 497-1985 Kirkwood By the River (205) 956-2184 Oaks on Parkwood Assisted Living Homes (205) 497-4522 Peachtree Assisted Living (205) 655-1999 Riverchase Village (205) 982-7000

Cardiovascular Associates Brookwood Medical Center (205) 877-9290

Shelby Baptist Medical Center (205) 621-7935 Trinity Medical Center (205) 599-3500 Womens’ Cardiovascular Center (205) 877-8526

Jefferson County Health Department Home Health Agency (205) 933-9110 Mid South Home Health (205) 739-7800 Soleus Healthcare Services of North Central Alabama (205) 945-9281

Hospice Alacare Home Health & Hospice (205) 979-2659 Amedisys Hospice of Birmingham (205) 868-9221 Aseracare Hospice (877) 758-1450 Birmingham Area Hospice (205) 930-1341 Family Comfort Hospice (205) 502-5959

Heart South Cardiovascular Group (205) 663-5775

Hospice Compasssive (205) 970-8888

Southview Cardiovascular Associates (205) 933-4679

Hospice Service of Alabama (205) 682-9996

Thoracic Cardiac and Vascular Surgery of Alabama (205) 780-8980 (205) 664-4842 UAB Cardiovascular—Kirklin Clinic (205) 996-4000

Home Health Agencies

Smith’s Rest Home (205) 323-0193

Alacare Home Health & Hospice 205-981-8550

Somerby At University Park (205) 870-0786

Angel Care (205) 822-1000

Elder Law

Caretenders (205) 783-7900

Cox & Reynolds (205) 870-1205

Homecare Plus (205) 298-9886

Kindred Hospice (205) 380-1023 Medical Center Hospice (205) 838-5745 New Beacon of Birmingham (205) 939-8799 Odyssey Healthcare of Birmingham (205) 870-4340 Southerncare Birmingham (205) 854-7252 Wiregrass Hospice (205) 682-9441

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Long Term Care Facilities Beverly Healthcare Riverchase (205) 987-0901 Birmingham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (205) 798-8780 Birmingham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center East (205) 854-1361 Brookdale Senior Living 615-564-8061 Cherry Hill Healthcare Center (205) 796-0214 Care Center of Vernon (205) 695-9313 Civic Center Health and Rehabilitation Center (205) 251-5271 Consultamerica Cottage Hills (205) 744-8120 Consultamerica Health and Rehabilitation (205) 836-4080 Danberry at Inverness (901) 685-5350

Golden Living Center--Riverchase (205) 987-0901 Greenbriar At The Altamont Skilled Nursing Facility (205) 323-2724 Hanover Health and Rehabilitation Center (205) 933-1828 Jefferson Health and Rehabilitation Center (205) 849-2352 Kirkwood By the River (205) 956-2184 Lakeview (205) 836-4231 Medical Surgical Recovery Center (SNF) (205) 783-3550 Mount Royal Towers (205) 870-5666 Mountain View Healthcare Center (205) 428-3292 Oak Knoll Health and Rehabilitation (205) 787-2619 Oak Trace Care & Rehabilitation Center (205) 428-9383 Plantation Manor Nursing Home (205) 477-6161 Pleasant Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (205) 744-8226

Eastview Healthcare Center (205) 833-0146

Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center of Birmingham (205) 933-7010

Estes Nursing Facility Northway (205) 328-5870

Self Health Care & Rehab Center Inc. (205) 491-2411

Fair Haven Retirement Center (205) 956-4150

Somerby at St Vincents 119 913-491-0600

Fairfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (205) 780-3920

South Haven Health and Rehabilitation, LLC. (205) 822-1580

Fairview Health and Rehabilitation Center (205) 923-1777

South Health and Rehabilitation, LLC (205) 933-2180

Galleria Woods Skilled Nursing Facility (205) 985-7537 Golden Living Center--Meadowood (205) 425-5241


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St. Martin’s In the Pines (205) 956-1831 Sunbridge Care & Rehabilitation for Gardendale (205) 631-8709

Terrace Oaks Care & Rehabilitation Center (205) 428-3249 Trinity Medical Center Montclair (205) 592-1200 Trussville Healthcare (205) 655-3226

Meals On Wheels & Senior Meal Programs Area Agency of Aging (205) 325-1416 Crane Hill Senior Citizens Center (256) 7476241 Homewood Senior Center (205) 943-8564 JCCEO Senior Nutrition St. Joseph’s (205) 786-5402 Meals on Wheels (205) 592-0413 Senior Citizen’s Services of Alabama Inc (205) 942-5775 Shepard’s Center (205) 933-1273 United Methodists Center For Senior Citizens (205) 925-0451

Mobility Specialist Central Alabama Mobility (205) 879-3401

Oncologists Alabama Skin Institute (205) 426-5507 Hematology and Oncology Associates of Alabama (205) 502-4700 Shelby Cancer Care Center (205) 664-4051 UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center (205) 934-2760


Alabama Orthopedic Center (205) 802-6700

Alabama Orthopedic Spine & Sports Medicine Center (205) 838-3900 Alabama Spine & Joint Center (205) 802-4577 Andrews Sports Medicine (205) 939-3699 Birmingham Bone & Joint Surgeons PC (205) 786-0315 Brookwood Orthopedics (205) 408-1500 Orthopedic Specialists of Alabama (205) 838-3090—St Vincent’s East (205) 781-1950—Princeton Baptist Medical Center (205) 591-2516—Trinity Medical Center (205) 424-1160—UAB Medical West (205) 621-3778—Shelby Baptist Medical Center (205) 939-0447—St Vincent’s Birmingham Southern Orthopedic Specialists PC (205) 397-2663 Southlake Orthopaedics Sports Medicine & Spine Center PC (205) 503-4060--Brookwood (205) 985-4111—Hoover St Vincent’s Orthopedics (205) 933-7838 UAB Orthopedics at UAB Highlands (205) 975-2663

Physical Therapy Accelerated Physical Therapy (205) 655-8866

Rehabilitation Centers ARC Therapy Services, LLC (205) 870-0786 Children’s Hospital of Alabama Outpatient Rehabilitation Center (205) 939-9621 Healthsouth Sports and Rehabilitation Center (205) 930-4700 The Kirkland ClinicRehabilitation Services (205) 801-8700

Natural Wellness Center (205) 933-0404

Fresh Air Accessible Transportation (205) 744-7475

Rehab Associates- Gardendale (205) 608-3606

J & B Passenger Service (205) 781-5702

Senior Services

Metro Transportation Inc (205) 838-0960

Jefferson County Area Agency of Aging (205) 325-1416 Shelby County Senior Services (205) 669-3828

Specialty Care Assisted Living

Need A Ride (205) 942-7715 Potluck Delivery (205) 980-6877 Serenity Transport (205) 591-1990

Faith Assisted Living (205) 925-3285

Special Needs Transportation (205) 426-8307

Galleria Oaks (205) 823-2393

Transporting For You (205) 322-2228

Holly Cottage at County Cottages (205) 987-0847

We Care Transport Services (205) 942-1517

Kirkwood by the River (205) 956-2184

Wheelchair Services

Mount Royal Towers (205) 870-5666

Alabama Wheelchair Specialists (205) 322-3250

Oaks on Parkwood (205) 497-4522

Wheelchair Getaways Van Rental (800) 554-6893

Plantation Manor Assisted Living I (205) 477-2213

References: Retrieved December 23, 2010 from Retrieved January 8, 2006 from Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging Office of Senior Citizens Services on Aging from w w w. A l ab ama D e p ar t mentof S en i orS e r v i c e s. The Real Yellow Pages, Greater Birmingham Area 2003-2004, 2010

Plantation Manor Assisted Living II (205) 477-2218 Plantation Manor Assisted Living III (205) 477-7666 Somberby at University Park (205) 870-0786 St. Martin’s in the Pines (205) 956-1831 Tannehill Haven (205) 477-5724

Transportation Alabama Medical Transporters (205) 324-4506 Angel Flight of Birmingham (205) 592-2645 Angel’s Transportation Service (205) 322-3099 Associated Global Systems (205) 592-2471

Birmingham Door To Door (205) 592-5550

Disclaimer: Healthy Horizons provides this elder resource directory free of charge. Healthy Horizons strives to assure that the information contained in this directory is accurate and up to date. However, the user is advised that Healthy Horizons does not endorse the organizations listed in this directory, nor does exclusion in this directory signify disapproval. The consumer is strongly encouraged to seek information from the organization and assess if this organization meets your particular needs.

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National Helpful Numbers Directory Aging American Health Assistance Foundation (800) 437-2423 Eldercare Locator (800) 677-1116 National Institute on Aging Information Center (800) 222-2225 (800) 222-4225

Allergy/ Asthma Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (800) 929-4040

Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Association (800) 272-3900 Alzheimer ’s Disease Education and Referral Center (800) 438-4380

Arthritis American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (800) 283-7800 Arthritis Foundation (800) 283-7800 Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. (800) 886-5963 National Institute of Arthritis (877) 226-4267

Brain Tumors American Brain Tumor Association (800) 886-2282 Brain Tumor Society (800) 770-8287 Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (800) 228-4673 National Brain Tumor Foundation (800) 934-2873

Cancer American Cancer Society, National Cancer Information Center (800) 227-2345

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation (800) 366-2223 Kidney Cancer Association (800) 850-9132 National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (800) 546-5268 National Cancer Information Center (800) 422-6237 National Marrow Donor Program (800) 627-7692 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (800) 462-9273 Us Too! International  (800) 808-7866 Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization (800) 221-2141 English (800) 986-9505 Spanish Diabetes/Digestive Disorders American Association of Diabetes Educators (800) 338-3633 American Diabetes Association (800) 342-2383 Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. (800) 932-2423 Division of Diabetes Translation (877) 232-3422 Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International Hotline (800) 223-1138

Drug Abuse Drug Free Workplace Helpline (800) 967-5752 Drug Help (800) 488-3784 Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse (800) 666-3332 Housing and Urban Development Drug Clearinghouse (800) 955-2232

American Institute for Cancer Research (800) 843-8114

Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE) (800) 279-6361

Cancer Hope Network (877) 467-3638

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National Fire Protection Association (800) 344-3555

Fitness Aerobics and Fitness Foundation of America (800) 446-2322 For Professionals (800) 968-7263 Consumer Hotline American Council on Exercise (800) 825-3636 American Running Association (800) 776-2732 TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Club (800) 932-8677 Weight Control Information Network (877) 946-4627 YMCA of the USA (800) 872-9622

Headache/Head Injury American Council for Headache Education (800) 255-2243 Brain Injury Association, Inc. (800) 444-6443 National Headache Foundation (888) 643-5552

Hearing/Speech American Society for Deaf Children (800) 942-2732 American Speech-LanguageHearing Association (800) 638-8255 DB-Link (800) 438-9376 Dial A Hearing Screening Test (800) 222-3277 The Ear Foundation at Baptist Hospital (800) 545-4327 Hear Now (800) 648-4327 John Tracy Clinic (800) 522-4582 International Hearing Society (800) 521-5247 National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

National Helpful Numbers Directory (800) 255-0411 x 275

(800) 586-4872

National Institute on Deafness and Other Disorders (800) 241-1044

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (800) 727-8462

Vestibular Disordered Association (800) 837-8428

Asthma Information Line (800) 822-2762

Heart Disease

National Jewish Medical and Research Center (800) 222-5864 (Lung Line) (800) 552-5864 (Lung Facts)

American Heart Association (800) 242-8721 Heart Information Service (800) 292-2221 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Center (800) 575-9355

Homelessness National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness (800) 444-7415 Hospital/Hospice Care Children’s Hospice International (800) 242-4453 Hill-Burton Free Medical Care Program (800) 638-0742 National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. (800) 542-9730 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (800) 658-8898 Shriners Hospital for Children Referral Line (800) 237-5055

Immunizations National Immunization Information Hotline (800) 232-2522

Impotence Impotence Information Center (800) 328-3881

Liver Disease American Liver Foundation (800) 223-0179 Hepatitis Foundation International (800) 891-0707 Lung Disease/Asthma/Allergy American Lung Association

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (800) 635-1196 Association of Operating Room Nurses (800) 755-2676 CDC National Prevention Information Network (800) 458-5231 College of American Pathologists (800) 323-4040

Parkinson’s Disease American Parkinson’s Disease Association (800) 223-2732 National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. (800) 327-4545 Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (800) 457-6676

Professionals Americans with Disabilities Act Information Center (800) 949-4232

Alliance for Aging Research (800) 639-2421 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (800) 822-2762 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (800) 213-7193 American Association of Critical Care Nurses (800) 899-2226 American Council for the Blind (800) 424-8666 American Counseling Association (800) 347-6647 American Nurses Association (800) 274-4262 American Occupational Therapy Association (800) 729-2682

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (800) 377-3978 Federal Emergency Management Agency (800) 879-6076 Federal Information Center, GSA (800) 688-9889 Glaucoma Research Foundation (800) 826-6693 Immune Deficiency Foundation (800) 296-4433 International Childbirth Education Association (800) 624-4934 International Chiropractors Association (800) 423-4690 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (800) 955-4572 Lighthouse International (800) 829-0500 Medical Institute for Sexual Health (800) 892-9484 National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (888) 232-3228 National Child Care Information Center, ACF (800) 616-2242 National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (800) 223-5219 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Service (800) 356-4674

Arthritis National Research Foundation (800) 588-2873 Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (800) 477-8892

National Jewish Medical and Research Center (800) 222-5864 National Pediculosis Association (800) 446-4672

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National Helpful Numbers Directory National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (800) 537-2238 National Technical Information Service (800) 553-6847 Prevent Child Abuse America (800) 556-2722 Research to Prevent Blindness (800) 621-0026

Radiation National Association of Radiation Survivors (800) 798-5102

the National Cancer Institute (877) 448-7848

Braille Institute (800) 272-4553

Smoking, Tobacco and Health Information Line (800) 232-1311

Foundation Fighting Blindness (800) 683-5555

Stroke American Heart Association Stroke Connection (800) 478-7653 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (800) 352-9424 National Stroke Association (800) 787-6537


Substance Abuse

Abledata (800) 227-0216

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (800) 269-4237

National Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering (800) 736-2216 Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors (800) 888-2876 United Ostomy Association (800) 826-0826

Safety Danny Foundation (800) 833-2669 National Highway Traffic Safety Hotline (800) 424-9393

SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (800) 729-6686

Surgery/Plastic Surgery American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (800) 332-3223 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. (800) 441-2737 American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc. (800) 475-2784

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Service (800) 356-4674

Suicide Prevention

National Program for Playground Safety (800) 554-7529

The Trevor Helpline (800) 850-8078

National Safety Council (800) 621-7615 Office of Boating Safety, U.S. Coast Guard InfoLine (800) 368-5647 Safe Sitter (800) 255-4089 U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission Hotline (800) 638-2772

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National Hopeline Network (800) 784-2433

Trauma American Trauma Society (800) 556-7890

Vision American Council of the Blind (800) 424-8666 Better Vision Institute/Vision Council of America (800) 424-8422 Blind Children’s Center (800) 222-3566

Glaucoma Research Foundation (800) 826-6693 Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. (800) 548-4337 Guide Dogs for the Blind (800) 295-4050 Lighthouse International (800) 829-0500 Louisiana Center for the Blind (800) 234-4166 National Alliance of the Blind Students (800) 424-8666 National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (800) 255-0411 x275 Prevent Blindness Center for Sight (800) 331-2020 Seniors Eye Care Program (800) 222-3937

Violence National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233

Women Endometriosis Association (800) 992-3636 National Osteoporosis Foundation (800) 223-9994 National Women’s Health Information Center (800) 994-9662 PMS Access (800) 222-4767 Women’s Health America Group (800) 558-7046 Women’s Sports Foundation (800) 227-3988 Reference: Print Source: 2010 Toll-Free Numbers for Health information, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Fair Haven’s Golden Anniversary On October 13th of this year, Fair journey, Fair Haven’s corporate office in the skilled nursing section. Haven Retirement Community will and its board of directors updated Residents at Fair Haven enjoy celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The their mission statement to the a sense of community that fosters flagship of the Methodist Homes following: The mission of Methodist friendships and empowers them Corporation, Fair Haven is a well Homes is to enrich the lives of older and those providing the care for known landmark on Montclair adults and all those who serve them them to develop close ongoing Road and in the Eastwood Mall area in faith-based communities, where relationships with each other. In of Birmingham, having been there life is celebrated, relationships are this way, residents are able to direct since the 1960’s. and shape the course of While the building their daily life. Fair Haven Firm Foundations Form Its Future is not new, what is residents are encouraged happening inside Fair to live life to its fullest, Haven is innovative knowing there is a support and has people talking. system available should it Not only have the large be needed. studio, one and two Tours of Fair Haven bedroom apartment are available throughout homes been renovated the week, and a lunch and updated, so has Fair tour may be arranged Haven’s philosophy for by calling 205.956.4150 caring for older adults. for an appointment time Bill Thomas, MD, a convenient for you. To noted author, writes that find out more about Fair there are three plagues Haven or any of the other to old age: loneliness, Methodist Homes of helplessness and boredom. Fair valued, teamwork is embraced, Alabama and Northwest Florida, Haven has begun a journey called service excellence is expected and visit us at www.methodisthomes. Culture Change in an effort to end the touch of God’s love is ever- org. these plagues in retirement living. present and ageless. As a continual care retirement This journey is not short or easy, but Fair Haven is committed to community, Fair Haven has five providing a true home for older levels of care. Independent living adults. Culture Change seeks to offers the ability to maintain a transform the medical model of care high level of independence in a helpful info to one of person-directed care in a maintenance free environment while having the assurance that setting that is more home-like. Phone: higher levels of care are available As part of the Culture Change 205-956-4150 should circumstances change. Assisted Living continues to Address: afford independence while living 1424 Montclair Road in a community environment Birmingham, AL 35210 where help is available as needed. Email: Specialty Care Assisted Living is available for older adults who need a more secure surrounding Website: because of mild to moderate dementia. Rehabilitative services and long-term care are available

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