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CO-PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet

Happy Valentine’s Day!

CALENDAR 10 FEBRUARY 2018

MANAGING EDITOR Beverly Perkins

COMMUNITY NEWS

OFFICE MANAGER Gabriela Moscoso

12 Plantation Residents Catch Some Z’s and Raise $’s for Homeless Youth

ART DIRECTOR Jacqueline Allard

14 Yes, Sunrise, There Really Is a Santa Claus! Sawgrass Mills Gives Back!

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Tom Rowe, Barry Stock

16 There She Is…Miss Arc Broward 2018! 20 Sharing the Love – JAFCO Receives Romero Britto Sculpture 24 Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! – Plantation Couple Bring in 15 Tons of Snow for Foster Children 28 US Olympic Medal Swimmer Made a Splash at the Baby Otter Swim School in Central Park

FEATURE STORY 19 Buon Appetito! Vivace Gourmet Pizza & Pasta Delivers a Taste of Italy to Plantation

INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 24 Back to School and Back to Life – Plantation Resident Graduates from Broward College

CROSSWORD PUZZLE 26 Happy Valentine’s Day

HEALTH & WELLNESS

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30 Dementia: More Than Just Memory

POSITIVE PARENTING 32 Sports Specialization: Should Kids Focus on What They are Best At?

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Co-Sleeping Safety Pajama Party – Come out and enjoy a guest reader, arts and crafts, and light morning refreshments while learning from guest speaker and pediatrician, Deborah Ingram, MD. Free – 10:30am-12:30pm at Barnes & Noble, 591 S. University Drive, Plantation. Please call 954321-4099 to RSVP.

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honor, and appreciation for the service and sacrifice our revered Veterans have given to America. For those veterans that cannot fly on an Honor Flight to Washington DC, a special night of honor presented by Honor Flight South Florida, will begin at 6:00 pm at South Plantation High School- 1300 SW 54th Avenue, Plantation. For more information, please visit virtualhonorflight.org.

Plantation free of charge and with proof of residency. City of Plantation Public Works Compound- 750 NW 91st Avenue, Plantation from 8:00am-1:00pm.

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For the Love of Kid – All levels are welcome to the inaugural tennis clinic and social to Broward County Library Job benefit Kids in Distress (KID). Seeking Resources Class – Bring your library card & rough 7 courts, 7 tennis pros, live music, food, tennis, and more. drafts of your resume and/ $150 per participant, $100 or cover letter for critiquing. per dinner guest/spectator. Job resource databases will Space is limited, please be reviewed:  BrainFuse JobNow, CareerTransitions, and register at KIDTennisClinic. org. Registration begins Reference USA databases plus at 5pm, Clinic 6-8:00pm, other local job websites. Classes meet in the 2nd floor Computer Exhibition match/dinner 8:15 pm at The Hawks Landing Center from 10:45 am – 11:45 Club in Plantation. am. (Also on February 23rd) West Regional Library – 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324. For more information, please call 954-765-1577.

Sunrise Pops in Concert – The Sunrise Pops orchestra is celebrating its 31st season. Enjoy the Pops’ delightful renditions of Broadway show tunes; popular and dance music; light classical and opera favorites; and movie themes. Guest vocalist, Lisanne Lyons sings jazz. 2:00 PM at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise. * Reserved seating: Singleperformance tickets are $38 (premium reserved) and $35 (general reserved) each. Group discounts, student discounts, and prorated season subscriptions are also available. Coupons will not be accepted. For more information, visit sunrisepops. org or call 954-747-4646.

Tunes ‘N Trucks Concert Series – The city’s seasonal outdoor concert series, sponsored by Memorial Healthcare System features live music and food trucks. Admission is FREE. Tonight’s performance is reggae by Brothers United. Food trucks start serving at 6:00pm and music begins at 7:00pm. Bring a lawn chair and/or a blanket to the Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Call (954)747-4600 for more information.

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Special Night of Honor – Join a special evening of remembrance, reflection,

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event – The City of Sunrise and the City of Plantation have partnered to provide residents with opportunities to safely dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronics. Drop-off events are held on Saturdays throughout the year, and are open exclusively to residents of Sunrise and

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Violin Kids Play for Kids – Story Time Special – Suzuki Music Academy children violinists, ages 3 and up, return to the Children’s Library ‘Story Time’ program to present a kid-friendly interactive presentation giving children and their parents the opportunity to experience the children violinists in performance and an ideal introduction to classical music and violin study. Free admission. 10:00am for 1 and 2-year-olds and 10:30am for 2 to 4-year-olds at the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Children’s Library – 501 North Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. For more information, please call 954-797-2145.

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“Taste of the World” International Festival – All ages welcome to join an international celebration of food tasting, crafts and exciting entertainment from some of the best international entertainers.  1:00-3:00pm at the West Regional Library-8601 W. Broward Blvd.-Plantation. For more information, please call 954-765-1585.

March 3rd Scottish Festival and Highland Games – Highlights include massed bagpipe bands, heavy athletics, country dancing, highland dancing, clans and societies, fiddling and singing, piping and drumming competitions, children’s games, sheepherding, Scottish food, drink, and merchandise. Live music performances feature Seven Nations, Dunedin City Pipe Band and Celtic Conundrum- 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM., rain or shine. Admission is $15 at ticket outlets in advance, on line with no service charge, and $20 at the gate. Children 6-14, $3. Under 6 free. Ticket price includes Park entry fee and parking. Plantation Heritage Park – 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. For further information and advance tickets, please go to www.SASSF.org or call 954-460-5000

Library – 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation – 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 954-765-1585 or visit www. broward.org/library. Book Sale – Friends of the Library are selling the best used books at the best prices. 9:00am-5:00pm at the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library – 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. For more information, please call (954)-797-2140. (February 2nd, 3rd, 16th and 17th) Plantation Farmers Market – Every Saturday year-round from 8:00am-2:00pm, Plantation hosts a Farmers Market featuring fresh, certified Organic and nonOrganic produce, locally produced honey, homemade hummus, plants and orchids, fresh cut flowers, breads and Danishes, olive oils, cheeses, dips, spreads and more.  Volunteer Park – 12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation. For more information call (954)452-2558.

Open Chess – All ages, novice or expert, are welcome. Come with a partner or play with who is here. Member of the U.S. Chess Federation. Every Friday from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library – 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. For more information, please call (954)797-2140. Open-Play Chess – Each Friday, The Sunrise Senior Center hosts a free chess club from 10:00am-12:00pm for all ages and skill levels, 10650 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. For details, call (954)746-3670. College SAT/ACT Prep Open-Play Chess – Every Program – This program is Saturday chess players of all for High School grades 10, 11 ages and skill levels, including & 12.  5-session course meets newcomers, are invited to on January 10, 17, 24, 31 & participate in free, supervised February 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm open play each week. Free (All Wednesdays). Student must instruction is provided. Call commit to all five sessions. (954) 746-3207 for details. 10:00 Parents are encouraged to am-12:00 pm – Sunrise Civic attend the first ½ hour of the Center Lobby – 10610 West 1st session. West Regional Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.

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Plantation Residents Catch Some Z’s and Raise $’s for Homeless Youth The ambitious group raised $126,200, and a chaladly, not everyone is fortunate to have a roof over lenge grant from The Salah Foundation brought the their head and a comfortable bed to sleep on every total to $226,200. night. In order to bring awareness to this problem, “We’re very grateful to The Salah Foundation for the “Sleep Out” nationwide initiative is a great way to its generosity and thankful for each participant who be a part of the solution. The program is designed to not only raised funds but also braved the elements to increase awareness of homeless youth while raising experience the fear, uncertainty and discomfort felt funds for Covenant House Florida. The organization by homeless young people who end up our streets,” provides shelter and services to homeless, runaway, at- said Jim Gress, Executive Director of Covenant House risk, and trafficked youth and young adults under the Florida. “These funds support our work of providing age of 21, including moms and their babies. shelter and services to help these young people turn Volunteers came out to show their support across the corner from homelessness to independence.” the United States and Canada at nineteen Covenant Prior to the event, each participant raised funds House shelters on the designated night last November. in support of their sleep out effort by reaching out to Forty-nine local volunteer “sleepers”, including family, friends, and colleagues. Lunny, also a Covenant Plantation residents Donald Lunny and Scott Aaron, House Florida board member, has slept out five years participated in the Executive Sleep Out for Homeless in a row and raised $5,250 this year. Aaron was right Youth at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale. behind with $3,075. Top fundraiser, Bill Lewis of Fort The evening started with the “sleepers” sharing Lauderdale, slept out four years in a row raising a total dinner with Covenant House Florida residents at of $47,501 for Covenant House Florida. The Old River House Restaurant. They had a moving With facilities in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Covenant House discussion with the young people before embarking Florida is one of the largest providers of services for homeless youth in on their night sleeping on the ground wrapped in the state, having served more than 37,000 young people since opena sleeping bag and sheltered by a cardboard box at ing its doors in 1985.  For more information, call 954-568-7914 or Esplanade Park. visit www.CovenantHouseFL.org. BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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t was an exciting night as participants and attendees anxiously awaited the crowning of the 2018 Miss Arc Broward winner. Families, friends and more than 700 community supporters came to celebrate twenty talented young women, ages 6-17 years old, with various developmental disabilities at the Fifth Annual Miss Arc Broward Pageant presented by Holland & Knight at the historic Parker Playhouse. The one-of-a-kind pageant was founded by Arc Broward, a nonprofit agency headquartered in Sunrise, that supports those with disabilities and other life challenges by encouraging and providing opportunities throughout Broward County. Events such as this one, give young girls the confidence and ability to showcase their talents during the personality round, to share their unique abilities in the interview round and to shine in the evening wear round. However, the real beauty of a pageant such as this is that no one leaves empty-handed, everyone is a winner. Publix Super Markets, Inc. Media and Community Relations Manager Nicole Krauss and NBC6 South Florida Morning Anchor Sheli Muñiz served as the event’s emcees and held an inspiring question and

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answer session with the 20 contestants. Genesis Altamiranda (13) was crowned as 2018 Miss Arc Broward and Saylor Burgoyne (10) was crowned as 2018 Little Miss Arc Broward by 2017 Miss Florida USA, Linette De Los Santos and 2017 Miss Florida Teen USA, Victoria DiSorbo. Both girls will represent their fellow contestants throughout the year at various Judges with 2018 Little Miss Arc Broward and Miss Arc Broward community events including kicking-off the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade, attending the annual highly anticipated Arc Broward’s Delish 2018, and appearing on television on behalf of Arc Broward to share their experience with the community. “For more than 60 years, Arc Broward has worked to change the perception of individuals with disabilities and life Victoria DiSorbo, Little challenges throughout the South Florida Miss Arc Broward Saylor community,” said Jessica Rodriguez Chief Burgoyne and Linette De Miss Arc Broward Genesis Altamiranda. Los Santos.Photo Credit Marketing & Development Officer for Arc Photo Credit KaraStarzyk Kara Starzyk Broward. “This effort of changing perspecSince its inception, the pageant has nearly tripled tives truly came to life as the girls competed and shared their dreams and talents in front of their in size and has not only changed the lives of the participants, but also has brought the community entire community”. together to celebrate, accept and support those with “I was excited to represent special needs girls like different and special abilities. myself and that disabilities do not define who we are or who we will be in life”, stated first time contesTo learn more about Arc Broward or to donate visit www.arcbrotant and now the reigning 2018 Miss Arc Broward ward.com or call 954-746-9400. Genesis Altamiranda.


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veryone loves a neighborhood pizza restaurant, especially one that delivers. Unlike typical delivery of only pizza and pastas, Vivace Gourmet Pizza & Pasta delivers a whole lot more than a traditional pie and some noodles. From oven roasted Branzino to Bone in Rib Eye Steak, Italian specialties are brought fresh and hot right to the door. The trendy, family-owned, fullservice Italian restaurant is casual, yet sophisticated, and most definitely inviting. They have a unique one-ofa-kind concept featuring wines from around the globe, craft beers, and local produce. However, they are most proud of their “made from scratch” cooking technique, which has become a lost art in our modern-day times, as well as their hand tossed pizzas and true hospitable service. Vivace is a musical term meaning “lively, brisk, quick and bright”, and no doubt the owners reflect the meaning just as their restaurant does. Vito and Santina DiSalvo recently took the time to answer a few questions about their fine establishment. Tell us about Executive Chef Vito DiSalvo’s culinary background. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was first drawn to the culinary world through my upbringing in a traditional Italian home where the making of traditional Italian foods was a part of everyday life. At the young age of 10, I decided I would become a chef. I was fortunate to attend the prestigious Culinary Arts Institute of America in New York, and then complete a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management from Florida

International University in Miami by the age of 21. Where did you gain such experience? For three years I was employed by Chef Allen’s in Aventura. I then went on to be the Sous Chef at Mark’s South Beach where the restaurant was named #1 in Miami by Gourmet Magazine, best new restaurant by Bon Appetit, and one of the 50 best hotel restaurants by Conde Nast Traveler. However, the best experience I obtained was when I moved to Florence, Italy for 3 years. I had the opportunity to work at 3 Michelin

Enoteca Pinchiorri, one of the top 4 restaurants in the world. We heard you also had your own cooking show. Tell us more. Yes! I returned from Italy and starred and co-produced “La Dolce Vita”, a cooking and lifestyle show, which aired on NBC in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. I was fortunate to receive rave reviews from newspaper food critics during its two-year span in the tri-state area.

When did you open Vivace? Being a Plantation resident for the past ten years with my wife, Santina, we wanted to open a local eatery close to home where families can enjoy real Italian cuisine in a comfortable setting. So, 2 years ago we decided to do so. Our son, Vito Giuliano, is our inspiration for the restaurant and concept. What type of cuisine will diners find? We serve a variety of Italian and Mediterranean foods. Aside from pasta and gourmet pizza, we also offer steaks, seafood and chicken dishes alongside antipasti, insalate, and

homemade soups. Our menu also features hoagies, paninis, strombolis, and calzones. We certainly have something for everyone including a family style menu. It’s recommended to also save room for desserts, as we have authentic Italian specialties such as homemade tiramisu, gelato and cannoli, just to name a few. Do you have specialty dishes that you are known for? We always have guests coming back for Polenta Fries with Truffle Aioli, Oven Roasted Branzino, Italian Chopped Salad, Black & White Truffle Pizza, Bone in Rib Eye Steak, and the Dessert Calzone stuffed with Nutella  & Mascarpone cheese.  What can diners expect when they visit the restaurant? The restaurant’s warm inviting atmosphere is the perfect place for a quick bite, an intimate meal, or a fun meeting place to gather with friends and family. In addition to dining in, take-out, delivery, we also provide catering packages. Special private event services are also available. We have done

numerous off premise caterings for celebrities, dignitaries, and corporate functions, as well as weddings. How do customers place a delivery order? Well, besides calling our restaurant the traditional way, we accept online orders from our website, vivacepizza. com. We also launched a VIP Mobile Club. Text Vivace to 51660 and get a free dessert or glass of wine when signing up. Customers will receive exclusive offers to their phones. However, we still like to speak to customers the old-fashioned way, so call 954-440-2189 and we will deliver all menu items hot and fresh straight to your door. Is there anything else you would like readers to know about you or your restaurant? We are a husband and wife team, and Plantation residents. Often nights you will find Santina, greeting customers at the restaurant with our two-yearold son, Vito, who has become quite the little foodie. When Santina is not at the restaurant, she is an active realtor with the Hopkins Team at Coldwell Banker in the community. We strive for our customers to feel like they are a part of our family when they are dining at Vivace. Buon Appetito! Vivace is located at 9763 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324. To place a delivery order, make a reservation, or inquire about catering and private events, please call 954-440-2189. To see the menu and learn more, please visit www.vivacepizza.com. OURCITYPLANTATION.COM | FEBRUARY 2018 19


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he holiday spirit was abundant this past season, and the JAFCO Children’s Ability had much to celebrate during their annual Family Funday. Besides a delicious meal and a huge selection of toys, donated in part through a toy drive held by The Craig Zinn Automotive Group, famed artist Romero Britto unveiled one of his distinct sculptures at the facility. During the festivities, an 8-foot tall monumental sculpture created by the world-renowned artist was unveiled. The colorful figure will adorn the entrance to the JAFCO Children’s Ability Center. The sculpture was generously donated by Craig and Martine Zinn of Top Left (L-R) Romero Britto, Martine Zinn, Zachary The Craig Zinn Automotive Group and Zinn and Craig Zinn represents the creative ability children Top Right (L-R) Stacey Mager Amy Sylvetsky, Duane have to design their future. Massa, Zachary Zinn, Craig JAFCO was selected by Craig and and Martine Zinn, Romero Britto, Rachel Saprozoic, Fred Katzin and Louise Allen, JAFCO Children’s Ability Center Board of Director members  Martine Zinn, and The Craig Zinn $250 of each vehicle sold or leased through January 2, Automotive Group (CZAG) who own and 2018 to the JAFCO Children’s Ability Center. operate Subaru of Pembroke Pines, as the 2017-2018 “We are here with our hearts, we accept everyone, Subaru of Pembroke Pines “Share the Love Event” we appreciate what everyone does, this is all about charity partner. Subaru of Pembroke Pines donated

sharing the love. We want the children and families served at the JAFCO Ability’s Center to be inspired by Britto’s art, the same way we are inspired by his art,” said Craig Zinn, founder and CEO, of The Craig Zinn Automotive Group. JAFCO’s mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with disabilities in the Jewish community and to work in partnership with families and the entire community. They believe that the care of children in our community is everyone’s responsibility, one they accept with joy, pride, and love. Giving every child a place to belong. “Martine and Craig Zinn have shared the beauty of artist Romero Britto by dedicating this sculpture that will welcome each family as they enter the Ability Center that gives every child and their family a place to belong. In conjunction with the Subaru of Pembroke Pines ‘Share the Love Event’, we are able to receive life changing funds to support our programs and services thanks to their kind hearts and support,” said Randi Winter, philanthropy director at the JAFCO Children’s Ability Center.

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Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! – Plantation Couple Bring in 15 Tons of Snow for Foster Children BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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t certainly was a Hannukah miracle that took place in South Florida last December. Children who live in the JAFCO Village along with those who have been adopted, or placed in foster care through JAFCO programs put on their warmest winter gear and mittens to play in the snow in the Sunshine State. This was part of the Jewish holiday celebration at the JAFCO Children’s Village in Sunrise. Longtime JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options) supporters Howard and Julie Talenfield once again sponsored the anticipated snow-filled event. The Plantation couple’s generous donation has become a holiday tradition that they have been carrying on for the past decade. Howard is a managing partner at Talenfeld Law and Julie is president of BoardroomPR in Fort Lauderdale They brought in 15 tons of snow, latkes, and more for the annual party. The eager children made snow balls, created snow angels, and were even able to slide down a snowy hill right in their backyard. The smiles were contagious and the joy instantaneous. Additionally, the traditional menorah lighting was done by JAFCO Director, Sarah Franco, and a gift table was available for children to choose something special. The Talenfelds have a reputation for giving back to the community and making an impact. The big-hearted couple sponsors the Chanukah party so that foster children who live in the residences at the Children’s Village and children who have been adopted through JAFCO can celebrate the holiday in a unique fashion.  “There’s no better feeling than bringing smiles to children’s faces during the holiday season,” said Julie Talenfeld.  “Chanukah was my favorite holiday as a child – and remains at the top, even today.  My husband and I are proud to continue this tradition of the snow-filled party at the JAFCO Village.”

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JAFCO was established in 1992 to provide services to abused and neglected children. In September 2014 JAFCO expanded its mission to include children with autism and other developmental disabilities with the opening of the JAFCO Children’s Ability Center, a family enrichment, resource and respite center for families raising a child (ages 0-22) with a developmental disability. The center is in Sunrise and is the only center of its kind in the country offering families intensive support, case management services and overnight and extended out-of-home respite care all under one roof.

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Back to School and Back to Life – Plantation Resident Graduates from Broward College BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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t was not too long ago that Travis Donnell was unsure of what his future would hold. For 25 years, the Plantation resident worked in the hospitality industry as a food and beverage manager. Many know that a career of this nature often comes with long hours, a hectic lifestyle, and much physical work. Although he enjoyed it, he did not think he could do possibly do anything else without a college degree. Donnell was soon hired as a food and beverage manager at the Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood President Armstrong (l) and Travis Donnell (r) International Airport, and three months into his new position he began to get ill. After visiting the emergency room, and assuming it was the flu, Donnell learned otherwise. A series of tests and results showed that this hard-working individual had leukemia. The next six months started with a 31-day stay at Memorial West Hospital, and then recurring stays for rounds of chemo. During this life-threatening time, Donnell realized he wanted more from life. So, once he was in remission the 45-year-old decided it was time to go back to school. He quickly enrolled at

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Broward College in the accelerated Bachelors of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management. “I wanted to develop more, learn more, and do more. I wasn’t done yet,” exclaimed Donnell. “It certainly wasn’t easy being out of school for 20 years, and adjusting to life as a student, but I chose to work hard, apply myself, and focus. If it weren’t for my classmates’ support, I don’t think I would have graduated.” Once Donnell passed the milestone of earning an associate degree, he was hired by Hydraulic Supply Company at its Sunrise distribution center. Being in the Broward College program was a selling point for his new employers, and they encouraged his studies. On December 14th, 2017, Donnell was one of the recipients of more than 5,588 degrees and certificates presented during Broward College’s 86th commencement ceremony at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. He is truly a testament that it’s never too late for a fresh start, and that a positive attitude can get anyone whatever they desire.


Artis Senior Living to Open New Memory Care Assisted Living Community in Davie

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n July 2018, Artis Senior Living will be opening a 72-suite memory care community in Davie for seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Residents will be able to move freely among neighborhoods in the one-story, 35,000 square foot community. They can also take advantage of an outdoor area on three acres of secured land. The community is strategically located at 2794 S. Flamingo Road, so it is easily accessible from Florida’s Turnpike, I-595, and I-75. Amy DePreker, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, answered some questions about the new Memory Care Assisted Living Community. Describe the community. The community will be comprised of four neighborhoods designed to create

an intimate environment with familiar living spaces. The central core, known as the “Town Center,” will feature a host of amenities, including a neighborhood center for community gatherings and a studio for activities, as well as a health center, beauty and barber shop. How do you tailor each person’s living experience? Artis Senior Living of Davie strives to make sure that its residents and their families have a say in how they live. Our philosophy centers around empowerment, pride and fulfillment for all our residents. Instead of a one-size-fits-all philosophy, the experience is tailored specifically to each person to ensure independence, dignity and quality of life. What is “The Artis Way? ” We follow what we call “The Artis Way.” Each letter of the word Artis stands for a tenet of the organization.

▸ “A” is the ability to have a voice. We want residents and their families to engage in open communication with our associates to make sure that what we’re doing is the right fit for them.

▸ “R” is about respecting and maintaining relationships. ▸ “T” stands for treasuring each person’s uniqueness. ▸ “I” is for integrity. We promote dignity and respect. ▸ “S” is for success and recognition.

How many people are affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia? Every 67 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, the number of people ages 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million. Dementia is becoming more and more of an epidemic. Therefore, the more quality care we can offer, the more fulfilling the lives of those with dementia can lead.

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hen people hear Alzheimer’s, they usually think about memory. Does the person remember her family? Does he remember where he lives? But Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia, impact more than memory. Because Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain, there are many other aspects of a person’s life that are affected. A person with dementia often losses the ability to recognize objects, faces, sounds, colors, and/or smells. This is known as agnosia. The damage in certain parts of the brain because of dementia is the cause of this. A person with dementia does not necessarily forget what a cup is. But instead, the eyes see the cup but the brain cannot process that it is a cup. A mom could tell you her daughter’s name and describe what she looks like. But when she sees her, the brain is unable to process recognition. A dad could hear the phone ring, but interprets it as a siren. Communication is also a common aspect of life that is impaired because of dementia. This loss of ability to understand or express speech is called aphasia. Not being able to call a fork a fork is not necessarily because the person forgot that it is a fork. The person may see it as a fork and know what it is used for, but the brain is unable to formulate the right word. Other signs of aphasia include substituting the intended word with another word, using made up words, and having difficulty putting words together. Aphasia does not only affect how the person expresses himself, but also in the ability to understand written and/or verbal communication from others. It is not uncommon for a person to lose the ability to read. Even when they are able to grammatically read the word, there may not be comprehension of what was read. Also, understanding what others are saying or asking could be difficult. This is especially true when there is too much information provided at once or when there are too many outside distractions. There are also changes and deficits in physical ability due to dementia. Completing physical tasks due to a disconnect in the brain is known as apraxia. This can be seen in everyday tasks, such as dressing, brushing one’s teeth, and even walking. The person could feel the button of his shirt and have the dexterity in his fingers to button the shirt. But the message the brain is sending is disconnected from the rest of the body. When you ask the person to stand up, he may understand you and have the physical capabilities, but his brain is unable to send the messages needed to make the movements happen. Caregivers sometimes interpret this as the person being stubborn or resistant. Unfortunately, agnosia, apraxia, and aphasia can all be impacting the person at the same time at varying levels. It is important to understand that an impairment in one area does not necessarily mean the same level of impairments in others. These areas are all separate from the person’s memory issues related to dementia. Artis Senior Living of Davie is a new Memory Care Assisted Living located at 2794 South Flamingo Road in Davie. The community includes a central core, known as the “Town Center” flanked by four distinct “neighborhoods” that serve as intimate living spaces. It was designed to provide residents with the comforts of home, as well as the opportunity to engage as a member of our community. For information, call 954-990-8941, send an email to davie@artismgmt.com or visit www.artisseniorliving.com.


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▸▸ Cover your cough - Influenza is an airborne virus and spreads through coughing and sneezing. By placing your hand or forearm over your mouth when you cough, you keep most of the germs from going into the air. ▸▸ Do the vampire sneeze - Instead of placing your hand over your nose, sneeze into your elbow. Sneezing into your hand causes germs get on your palm, which then touch the environment around you. The flu virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours. If you touch someone else, like shaking hands, you have potentially spread the virus directly to them. ▸▸ Wash your hands - The most effective method of reducing the spread of germs is to wash your hands. It’s simple, quick, and can make a big difference in reducing the spread of the flu virus. Remember to use soap and warm water. ▸▸ Get a Flu shot - Flu vaccines are readily available through your physician’s office or local pharmacy. They are inexpensive and very effective. There are a hypoallergenic variety, and even one you can take through your nose, so you don’t have to get a needle in the arm. Reducing the spread of the flu, especially during the height of flu season is a community-wide responsibility. If we all do our part we can help make our community healthier, safer, and more enjoyable for everyone. Stay well! For more information and safety tips, visit www.Plantation.org or Facebook.com/City of Plantation Fire Department.

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Well-Woman Visits BY JAY COHEN, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

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his time of year, everyone is still trying hard to keep those new year resolutions. Usually on the list with eating healthier and exercising more, is “taking better care of oneself”. To do so, it’s important to schedule annual check-ups with your physician. Just like taking a car in for service, females need to not just get a physical, but a well-woman check-up as well. A well-woman check-up (also known as a gynecological exam) is all about you, your body, and your reproductive health. From pap smears to bone-mass measurements and prenatal care, the yearly physical helps identify any serious health concerns before they become life threatening. For those that go several years between exams run the risk of a health problem going undetected. The actual type of exam depends upon a few things such as age, sexual history, and medical history.

Visits may start as young as 13-years-old where a teen can get a basic physical including her height, weight, and blood pressure checked. A discussion about the regularity of the menstrual cycle and the symptoms that come with it are often a primary topic. Also, those under 18 will learn about the HPV vaccine with a parent/guardian and determine if it’s right for them. For those sexually active, birth control counseling, and STD testing may need to be a part of the conversation. Usually at the age of 21 is when regular pelvic exams, pap tests, and breast examinations begin. These screenings check for early signs of breast and cervical cancer. Mammograms are recommended later on around the age of 40 depending on family history and any other possible health risks. The patient should be prepared to talk about health history, allergies, illnesses, infections, surgeries, alcohol and drug use, and any other issues happening with your body or otherwise. However, not only will the patient answer questions, the patient will have the opportunity to ask questions just the same. No topic should be off-limits when regarding one’s health. All these things can affect one’s reproductive, emotional, physical, and mental health. Regardless of age, a good, honest relationship with your doctor or nurse is crucial to receiving the best possible care. Typically, a well-woman visit is covered 100% by insurance if using a network provider, so there is no excuse to not keeping the resolution of staying healthy and taking care of oneself. Dr. Jay Cohen specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology and is affiliated with Plantation General Hospital. He received his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and has been in practice for more than 20 years.    All Women’s Healthcare of West Broward is located at 140 SW 84th Avenue, Suite D, Plantation, FL. 33324. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 954-452-5850, or visit www. obgynwestbroward.com. OURCITYPLANTATION.COM | FEBRUARY 2018 31


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Aquatics Director Noel Acosta (left) welcomes new head coach of the Plantation Swim Team Terrell Woods (right) at the Plantation Central Park pool. To join the team, call 954-452-2526 or visit SwimPST.com. The Plantation Aquatic Complex also offers diving programs, swim-on-your-own hours, water aerobics, a master’s team, lifeguard training and a water playground for tots.

SEASON’S GREETINGS

The Sunrise Fire-Rescue Department, the Sunrise Police Department, and the Sunrise Veterans Advisory Board teamed up with VITAS Healthcare to visit military veterans residing in retirement and assisted-living facilities throughout the City, and pass out holiday bags with an assortment of small gift items. Also included were handmade cards from the students of Nob Hill Elementary School, expressing reverent gratitude for these hero’s service to our nation, along with seasonal glad tidings.

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The Greater Plantation Chamber of Commerce began the 2018 year by swearing in their Executive Board and Board of Directors. Tiana Blount has agreed to take on the role of the Greater Plantation Chamber of Commerce 2018 Chair. Siobhan Edwards, Executive Director for the Greater Plantation Chamber of Commerce says, “Tiana’s continued dedication to the Chamber is much appreciated by all, and I look forward to working with her to continue our joint vision in growing our Greater Plantation Chamber of Commerce!”

PARADISE FOUND

Besides an incredible showing at the annual Plantation Junior Women’s Club (PJWC) Art in the Park event, visitors enjoyed viewing the Art Search competition display. The theme for this year’s Art Search was “Art in Paradise”. The awards ceremony was a collaborative sponsorship between the Plantation Junior Women’s Club and the City of Plantation.

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Plantation officials came out to the ribbon cutting for Riverside Market. The new establishment has earned the title of a “Craft Beer Hangout”. The cozy environment and self-serve coolers make it the ultimate location to kick back and pop open a cold brew while enjoying some of the many delicious items on the menu.

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Lawyers and staff members at Kelley Kronenberg, a diverse business law firm with nine offices across Florida, teamed up to adopt more than 50 children during the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree donation drive. The Plantation office was sure to be a part of the magic this past holiday season.

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