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Let’s Get Brainy… 11 of the Best Science Podcasts for Curious Kids & the Whole Family, Too! “Podcasts might be thought of as a form of academic gift!” – Less Back Listening to podcasts can be a wonderfully engaging activity that facilitates learning, reduces screen time, develops auditory skills, and provides learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Thankfully, podcasts made for kids are becoming more readily available and easily accessible. If your child has a smart device, they can listen to podcasts while going to and from school, in the car during family trips, or at home while hanging out or doing chores. Best of all, they’re free! All you need is a smart device, a set of headphones or speakers, and internet connection (or you can pre-download episodes for your child to listen to). Looking for the perfect podcast for your child? Here are 11 of the most favorite science podcasts that will entertain and educate kids interested in STEM/STEAM or for those curious kids who seem to always ask a bazillion questions about science! 4
SCIENCE PODCASTS FOR YOUNGER KIDS Brains On!
This award-winning podcast answers questions from kid listeners all around the world. What’s even better? A different kid joins host Molly Bloom each week to interview scientists and co-host the show. The show’s mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history and there’s no age limit on curiosity as episodes can be enjoyed by the whole family!
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
This podcast answers all the “bazillion” questions that kids ask each and every day and it’s led by kids! But Why tackles topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. In addition, they bring in experts in a variety of fields and have kids join the discussion and ask the experts their own questions.
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Is your child curious about space? Then you should check out this podcast from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Each week, they teach something cool about space exploration and life in space. Although this podcast isn’t
Cuteness overload! This podcast was created by the inquisitive Nate Butkus when he was just five years old, and is an awesome adventure into the wonderful world of science, research, and discovery. Now nine, Nate, along with his scientist and educator guests, explores everything from chemistry and climate change to the human brain and bat biology. Nate truly does a fantastic job and if your child is curious about science, then this show is well worth a listen!
Described as a “kid-friendly Radiolab,” Tumble explores a variety of science topics, from outer space and bacteria to dinosaurs and the human body, interviewing experts in the field. Tumble is hosted by Lindsay, a science journalist, and Marshall, a teacher. Most episodes run from 10 to 20 minutes long and can be enjoyed by kids of all ages, as well as their parents.
Wow in the World
Produced by NPR, Wow in the World delves into topics involving space, technology, and the human brain in each 20 to 30 minute episode. Tech geeks will love episodes that explore 3D printing and artificial intelligence, and space lovers can learn all about black holes and alien asteroids. There are also plenty of other topics sure to interest listeners of all ages: What makes chili peppers hot? Can we make ice cream melt more slowly? What makes that sound when you crack your knuckles?
SCIENCE PODCASTS FOR OLDER KIDS 60-Second Science
Even shorter, but no less entertaining and engaging, 60-Second Science is hosted by the award-winning magazine Scientific American. Every episode is not quite a mere one minute;
most are actually around two to three minutes in length. 60-Second Science examines all kinds of topics on health, animals, technology, and more. This podcast will pique the interest of kids who might not have the attention span for longer episodes yet.
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
This is not your typical science podcast, but if your kids love Harry Potter and you love rationality, it’s the perfect fit. It’s fan fiction, in audio form. As their website states: “This is an alternate universe story, where Petunia married a scientist. Harry enters the wizarding world armed with enlightenment ideals and the experimental spirit.”
Older kids who love to read science fiction and fantasy books will get a kick out of the bi-weekly Imaginary Worlds podcast. Host Eric Molinsky interviews writers, artists, filmmakers, and game designers about how they create fictional worlds and why fans love them. Molinsky takes on topics in half-hourlong episodes such as, food in science fiction worlds, the plight of androids, fictional languages, and more.
SCIENCE PODCASTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Star Talk
Astrophysicist and pop culture icon Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses astronomy, physics, and life in the universe with a new co-host each week. Co-hosts run the gamut from celebrities (Katy Perry, Kevin Smith) to fellow scientists (Alan Alda, Bill Nye) and everyone in between. Each episode is about 50 minutes to an hour long and great for the whole family to listen to at home or on a road trip.
Science Friday (or “SciFri”) is a call-in talk show that typically broadcasts on public radio stations every Friday, and is also available to listen to in podcast form. Science journalist and host Ira Flatow discusses current news on science, nature, and technology. Each episode is composed of two hour-long segments, and topics are as varied as can be: voting, how genetics affect your sleep, theories on dark matter, and a week devoted to cephalopod science.
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Mindful Behavior Modification for Beginners By Anthony Cupo, TMF
What is behavior modification in the context of mindfulness? For many of us, behavior modification involves changing the way we act in order to live more authentic and enriching lives. But this definition, while somewhat helpful, does not capture the full scope of mindful behavior modification.
he process of changing our behaviors is a scientifically studied technique — one that involves positive or negative reinforcement to achieve the desired outcome. By introducing a reward and punishment system to our everyday behaviors, we can systematically increase the amount of good, mindful behaviors we engage in and reduce the amount of anti-mindfulness actions we take. This is great news for adults and children alike trying to change their lifestyle habits. If you are a parent looking for a way to reduce the amount of TV your kids watch, or a spouse who wants to reinforce the amount of support your husband or wife gives you, behavior modification can help you do exactly that.
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION DEFINED Before we go over behavior modification techniques, it is important to understand exactly what behavior modification is and does. The process of changing behavior is a standard therapeutic treatment used by many mental health professionals to 6
reinforce good habits and break old ones. Based on this, behavior modification uses operant conditioning to change existing behaviors by replacing them with others. With this definition, it becomes possible to start modifying our behavior in pursuit of a specific goal. The following are three different types of behavior modification tactics you can use to improve your everyday wellbeing and become more mindful.
MODIFICATION METHOD NUMBER ONE: POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT Positive reinforcement is probably the most commonly understood form of behavior modification. This involves encouraging desired activities through a reward-based initiative. What does this mean in a real-life context? For adults, this might involve drafting a predetermined contract between the person trying to modify their behavior and the one holding them accountable. So, if you are trying to become more mindful — such
as wanting to appreciate and spend more quality time with your spouse — you would agree with your spouse to write up a list of behaviors that qualify as quality time and engage in positive reinforcement every time you correctly display those behaviors. Positive reinforcement could mean receiving compliments from your husband or wife every time you spend quality time together unprompted. Or, it could take the shape of a weekly reward — a night out on the town or a movie date — if you successfully engage in mindful behavior with your spouse that week. For children, the process becomes more rudimentary: if you want your child to be more mindful, you might give them a treat or celebrate their behavior every time they engage in the behavior you outlined for them. This might be drawing more, spending more time outside, or even making new friends at school.
MODIFICATION METHOD NUMBER TWO: NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT When it comes to behavior modification, the opposite of positive reinforcement is negative reinforcement. And while many adults think that negative reinforcement involves punishment, the process simply means removing an unwanted enforcer upon successfully engaging in the desired behavior. For example, until you become more mindful, you might commit yourself to exercising heavily every day — an exhausting process that you do not particularly enjoy. Your incentive is to stop exercising so heavily, and so to remove this negative reinforcer you spend more time with your spouse. This is negative reinforcement in a nutshell: taking away unwanted stimuli once your behavior consistently changes. A negative reinforcer for children might be taking away additional afterschool teaching once they have successfully learned a subject or im-
proved their grades. The goal here is not to punish the person whose behavior you are trying to modify — with negative reinforcement, the objective is simply to remove an external factor once behaviors have changed.
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MODIFICATION METHOD NUMBER THREE: PUNISHMENT While positive reinforcement means introducing rewards and negative reinforcement deals with removing stimuli, punishment involves instating something specifically unpleasant as a result of the unwanted behavior. This is the kind of behavior modification most parents are intimately familiar with — factors such as verbal reprimands and early bedtimes are a key part of teaching children that inappropriate behavior is not tolerated. For adults, punishment is more nuanced. You cannot exactly send your spouse to bed early for their bad behavior. But, if both parties mutually agree upon the principle, you can work together with your spouse to develop a list of potential punishments that can be applied if one of you fails to change their behavior. The most important part of this method is that the punishment should not be done out of spite, anger, or resentment — doing so can undermine the behavior modification. After all, a spiteful child or spouse is not the best recipient of mindful instruction. Another important thing to remember is that punishment should not be the first behavior modification method you rely on when trying to change your behavior or the behavior of others. Having new tools in your mindfulness toolbelt — such as positive and negative reinforcement — means you have other ways to modify behavior before automatically resorting to punishment.
BECOMING MORE MINDFUL THROUGH BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION It makes sense that mindfulness and behavior modification go hand in hand. After all, mindfulness starts with modifying your behavior to be more present, aware, and appreciative. Introducing reinforcements to encourage that mindset can be a radically transformative way to quickly become more mindful. The next time you or a close family member is engaging in unwanted actions, consider the prospect of behavior modification — you may just find it helpful. Alternatively, if you want more ways to increase your mindfulness or the mindfulness of others, check out the following books: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, Atomic Habits by James Clear, and The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Anthony Cupo is a trained mindfulness facilitator (TMF) from the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He is a co-owner of Stepping Forward Counseling Center, LLC and has been meditating for over 30 years.
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ince then, Futures has helped more than 19,000 students achieve their educational success through personalized instruction that instills confidence, character, and a lifelong love of learning. In education, one size does not fit all. When teachers tailor instruction to the unique needs of each student, the chance of learning success increases exponentially. At Futures Academy, teachers use a variety of techniques to present course work in creative and engaging ways that help students retain information and enjoy the learning process. The one student-one teacher classroom allows for flexibility and customization, both in class scheduling and curriculum design, creating a space where students can learn without distractions while mastering the skills and material presented in the course. Futures Academy’s EMPOWER Learning Philosophy sets it apart from other schools and drives its programs and services. Students develop EMPOWER characteristics throughout the course of middle and high school so they can graduate with the mindsets, habits and skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. What also sets Futures Academy apart is a belief that schools should adapt to the needs of its students, not the other way around. It fosters a learning environment that is an evolving, adaptive, innovative, and welcoming place where students and teachers work as a team—whether in person or online. Students build healthy relationships with teachers who serve as mentors and advocates for learning success and quickly find they are in a school where they are seen, known and belong. Futures Academy helps students develop a healthy mindset about learning. Through research-based principles, students learn how to improve study habits, manage stress, overcome obstacles, approach homework successfully, and meet deadlines. It also in-
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iane Silverstein had never heard of the show “Absolutely Fabulous” when she named her aptly-titled gifts and décor boutique in central Huntington Beach. But the fun-loving, irreverent, blonde, champagne-promoting show does give a glimpse into what makes Absolutely Fabulous such a treasure. Absolutely Fabulous is not your runof-the-mill, Hallmark-style gift shop; they are as fun and irreverent as the show they share a name with. “We’re like family here,” glows Diane. “I give my regulars a 10% discount on everything, and we often know what they’re looking for before they do.” The nature of gift purchasing has changed greatly since The nature of gift purchasing has changed greatly since the advent of the internet. How has Absolutely Fabulous stayed above the fray and blossomed while the rest of the gift industry flounders? “That’s easy,” responds Diane Silverstein, “quality, selection, price range, and ease of shopping.” After many visits to her “absolutely fabulous” gift and décor shop, I would have to agree. “Plus – we ship world-wide, so you can mail your stuff right from here!”
While the internet excels at making home shopping the easiest experience, when you know exactly what you’re looking for, much of holiday gift-giving starts with “who is this for, and how much do I want to spend on them?” Absolutely Fabulous makes this type of shopping easy with their “you know the personality, we know the product” approach to holiday gift-giving. “You see,” Diane explains in her charming English accent, “we spend hours and hours searching for the best new products offered in the gift industry. When our customers come in with their lists, we walk them around and point out options that our customers would never have found in an internet search.” Diane is not kidding on that last point. The variety and uniqueness of products at Absolutely Fabulous is astounding: hand-made jewelry, Miche Bag purses (the ones where you just drop the “insides” of your purse into a new shell, rather than having to dump all of your stuff out!), $10 silk scarves, old-school shaving kits for men, a “Daddy’s Tool Bag” that includes diaper changing equipment, and instructional DVD, face mask and other funny items, rare paintings by successful artists, large crystal chandeliers, crystal perfume bottles, stuffed animal baby bottle covers, piggy banks for kids, “dorm survival kits” for new students, wedding party gifts, rare Disney art 11
and collectibles, Halloween-themed decor and gifts, Christmas decorations that range from very inexpensive bottle stoppers and tree decorations to 6-foot high collectible Santa dolls. Absolutely really does cover the gamut of gifts for anyone: “from birth to death and everything in-between is our moniker” Diane proudly states. I tend to agree. Let’s see what other people have had to say about Absolutely Fabulous (we checked their reviews): “nicest ladies
who took terrific care of me,” “Love this store. It’s amazing and wonderful to shop in.” The raves go on and on. Absolutely Fabulous is not only a local treasure, however, they have been awarded multiple national awards for her visual merchandising (did I mention that they have the best windows in the country – an honor repeatedly bestowed upon them by industry publications) and marketing. Diane was even flown to the United Kingdom by Gifts and Decorative Accessories Magazine (the leading magazine in the gift industry), put up in a hotel, and honored with the title of “VIP buyer.” “I guess they just like the selections I’ve made over the years,” Diane
humbly responds when I ask why they chose her for this honor. So what are you waiting for? For every dollar spent at a local shop, 48% goes back into the community. If you purchase from a major, non-local, retailer, the number is 13%. For the internet - nothing (unless the business or distributor happens to be close to you, which is highly unlikely)!! This holiday season, find out why Absolutely Fabulous is so appropriately-named. Give local family businesses your time. You will find that you spend both less time and less money, all while adding to the local economy. It’s a no-brainer! Connect with Diane and the crew at Absolutely Fabulous located at 6026 Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach, call (714) 842-1608 or visit www.absolutelyfabulous1.com
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A Promise Fulfilled in Orange County Patients across the region gain increased access to advanced cancer care When City of Hope unveiled its bold vision to bring its lifesaving care and pioneering research to Orange County, it was in response to a pressing need in the community.
early 20% of patients with cancer left the region for advanced care, which created a burden on patients and their families. Additionally, cancer rates are expected to grow in Orange County by nearly 20% in by 2028. City of Hope Newport Beach, the first phase of City of Hope Orange County’s expansion, opened in January 2020 and a comprehensive cancer campus is opening in Irvine next year. With the addition of the Pacific Shores Medical Group locations, City of Hope Orange County now has four locations in Orange County providing highly specialized cancer care for patients and their families. The Orange County locations are in Huntington Beach, Irvine Sand Canyon and two locations in Newport Beach (Fashion Island and Lido). 14
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highly specialized cancer expertise. Additionally, our physicians and staff welcome the opportunity to count on many world-renowned scientists and clinicians as colleagues and collaborators,” said N. Simon Tchekmedyian, M.D., founder and CEO of Pacific Shores Medical Group. “As a Pacific Shores patient for 23 years, I am grateful that I will continue to have my trusted physician’s care now at City of Hope — known for saving the lives of people with cancer,” said Elizabeth Lucas, 84, of Long Beach. “This is care that is the best of all possible combinations. I’m getting world-renowned care close to my home.”
Edward Kim, M.D., M.B.A., physician-in-chief, City of Hope Orange County, presents N. Simon Tchekmedyian, M.D., founder and CEO of Pacific Shores Medical Group, with his City of Hope coat.
“By welcoming Pacific Shores patients, physicians and staff to City of Hope, we are fulfilling our promise of bringing our advanced cancer care into the heart of our communities. City of Hope is honored to work with the nation’s leading researchers and clinicians, and we are privileged to welcome these like-minded experts from Pacific Shores to our team. Hope is indeed growing across the Southern California region,” said Annette M. Walker, president, City of Hope Orange County. With 1 in 3 Americans receiving a cancer diagnosis and with everyone impacted by cancer in some way, that’s good news. City of Hope is investing $1 billion to develop and operate a cancer campus of the future and network of advanced cancer care in Orange County. Lennar Foundation Cancer Center will open in the summer of 2022, followed by the county’s only specialty hospital exclusively focused on treating and curing cancer scheduled to open in 2025. “This expansion means that we’ve quadrupled outreach in the county,” Walker said. “As we look to the fu-
ture and open the Irvine campus, we will have a comprehensive network of cancer care established, with breakthrough treatments and expert cancer care within reach throughout Orange County.” Pacific Shores’ 14 physicians, 11 nurse practitioners and physicians and more than 200 staff became part of City of Hope on Aug. 6. Established in 1986, Pacific Shores Medical Group has locations across Los Angeles and Orange counties. A cancer care pioneer, Pacific Shores is recognized for excellence in cancer therapy practices, receiving certification from the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative. It is also one of the most experienced cancer groups in the country, with more than 80,000 patient visits a year. “Pacific Shores physicians chose to join City of Hope because of a shared interest in advancing cancer medicine through research, clinical trials and breakthrough treatments. We are delighted that our patients will have unprecedented access to City of Hope’s leading-edge treatments, extensive clinical trials and
Orange County patients can also access care in adjacent locations in Long Beach in the Elm and Worsham neighborhoods. These locations will provide Northern OC residents with more options. “It is heartening to watch City of Hope expand its reach throughout Orange County so that those undergoing cancer treatment can find care within a few minutes from their homes,” said Orange County patient Rob Montgomery. “Since going to the Newport Beach location, I’ve had more time to spend with my family, and that is my hope for others in Orange County. No one wants to undergo cancer treatment, but it is good to know that hope is here, in our community.” Learn more at cityofhope.org/OC. Make an appointment at any of the four City of Hope Orange County locations: City of Hope Huntington Beach, 714-252-9415 City of Hope Irvine Sand Canyon: 949-333-7580 City of Hope Newport Beach (Fashion Island): 949-763-2204 City of Hope Newport Beach Lido: 949-999-1400 15
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o start, some basics. Distributions from 401(k) plans and most other employer-sponsored retirement plans are taxed as ordinary income, and if you take one before age 59½, a 10% federal income tax penalty commonly applies. In addition, 20% of the withdrawn amount is withheld for tax purposes. Generally, once you reach age 72, you must begin taking required minimum distributions.1 Now, the fine print. You may be able to take a distribution from your qualified, employer-sponsored retirement plan while still working, via an in-service non-hardship withdrawal. This is done by arranging a direct rollover of these assets to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) in order to potentially avoid both the 10% penalty and the 20% tax withholding in the process. It’s important to note that this option is only available if allowed by your employer.2 It may be smart to speak to your financial professional before making any changes. Generally, distributions from traditional IRAs must begin once you reach age 72. The money distributed to you is taxed as ordinary income. When such distributions are taken before age 59½, they may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. The criteria for making in-service non-hardship withdrawals can vary. Some workplace retirement plans simply prohibit them. Others permit them when you have been on the job for at least five years or when assets in your plan have accumulated for at least two years or you are 100% vested in your account.2 Weigh the pros and cons. Who knows if your reinvested assets will perform better in an IRA than they did in your 16
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You might be surprised to learn what the country’s fastest growing industry is and it’s not RV sales, in spite of a year of lockdown. But the demand to get on the road is certainly fueling the drive toward recreational activities in North America, and e-bikes are running away with the market.
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Over a half-century ago, a former fabric salesman named Steve Bursten had a vision: an unparalleled interior design catalogue that would match creatives to homes across the US and Canada.
riginally known as American Drapery Consultants, Steve took his dream to the streets, and within a single year, the first franchise was born. Today, with designers scattered across the states and our neighbor to the north, Decorating Den Interiors (DDI) can tackle a single room or build an entirely new home with you. To your style, with your specifications, using the best product possible.
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A longtime Orange County resident, Bronwyn embraces the unique lifestyle of its population, and the indoor-outdoor spaces that reflect it. Where else can you hit the waves and the ski hill in the same day? “A house isn’t just a home, it is your refuge, your sanctuary at the end of the day, and responsible for ushering you into each new one," she says. "I want to promote health and happiness with my designs - from the ease of process to the details in your favorite room.” Bronwyn's business, a reflection of her personal values and ideals, takes the leap from outstanding customer service into genuine respect and care for her clients. “I’m passionate and motivated to understand each individual I have the pleasure of working with." And it shows in her projects.
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A partnership between Protea Senior Living and Agemark Senior Living two of the foremost names in senior residence care - Serra Sol Memory Care prides itself on offering “a truly inspired life” for its residents. As with all things, there are homes that feel like sterile hospitals and communities that feel like home. Serra Sol certainly falls in the latter category. Providing exceptional care is the tip of the iceberg at the new South Orange County location, and like most icebergs, the weight of their mission hovers below the surface, imbuing each day with meaning derived from little things that mean a lot. As the management company who will oversee all day-today operations, Agemark creates true communities that are warm and wel-
coming, and works diligently to give those in their care love, laughter and joy and encourages residents to live life fully - despite the challenges they face. Renowned for turning the traditional image of an old-folks home into a passionate, engaging, mission-driven community, Agemark’s custom touches at Serra Sol include an onsite Director of Nursing, Physician oversight, assisted telemedicine appointments, balanced menus and dining services, on-site physical, occupational, and speech therapy from preferred partners, and regular communication of resident’s assessment and needs with loved ones. My friend later shared that her grandmother’s room at the senior care residence might not have been a replica of her bedroom in the home she lived in for years, but all of the important things were there - photos, cards from the grandkids, her favorite reading chair. At Serra Sol, they understand that in addition to making sure your loved one’s health-related needs are met, equally important is the warmhearted staff who care deeply about their feelings, and the routine and familiarity of place that sparks an awareness of the positive memories they carried in with them. As far as personalized care goes, Serra Sol has it all. In fact, through the 26
An Agemark facility, in conjunction with Protea Capital Partners - two of the foremost names in senior residence care - Serra Sol Memory Care prides itself on offering “a truly inspired life” for its residents.”
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My friend’s grandmother passed away a few years after she moved into the home, at a ripe old 93. I’m told she was surrounded every day by the comforts of her own memories until the end, and remained a hilarious, crisp fighter regardless of what came her way. I understand the perils that a disease like dementia can bring a bit better now that I’m older, but that only amplifies my gratitude for the safety and sense of community that the residents of Serra Sol Memory Care enjoy. Set the standard for care for your own loved ones, at Serra Sol.
Secured entries and exits, alarm systems, and emergency call buttons complement lovely natural vegetation and water features in the residence’s secure outdoor courtyard, perfect for dining or simply enjoying an afternoon chat. Restaurant-style meals are served in a beautifully appointed dining room, and a multipurpose area serves to house crafts, cooking, games, film screenings and more. A state-of-the-art Tovertafel table features a game system providing cognitive stimulation to its players in the form of movement and interaction. Don’t miss the ice cream sundae dipping station in the dining area,
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YOUR ANNUAL NOTICE OF CHANGE By Stephanie Frisch
In the Medicare Insurance world we refer to it as an “ANOC” (we love using acronyms, unfortunately we’re just about the only ones that know what they mean).
f you’re currently on Medicare this applies to you if you have a Medicare drug plan or if you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan (HMO or PPO). This does NOT apply to your Medicare Supplement plans; such as Plan F, G, N etc.
The Annual Notice of Change is a document you receive in the mail (or online if you signed up for that) that explains the changes that your Medicare plan may have made for the upcoming year. Some changes that you would see on your ANOC are increases or decreases in your monthly premium, changes to your co-pays, deductibles, the annual out of pocket maximum and the plan’s drug formulary. (the prescription drugs that the plan gives you access to at a set copay or co-insurance amount) You will receive your Annual Notice of Change every year around the end of September. It’s not a fancy envelope with bright red letters reading, “Open Me, I’m Important to Read” rather it’s generally printed on an inexpensive paper resembling a newspaper, and it usually reads and looks like a pamphlet. All plans have some type of change for the upcoming year. An ANOC will list 2 columns, one is what your benefit is for the current year, the other column will show what it will change to in the new year. Sometimes the change is good; a lower premium,
deductible, co-pay or maximum out of pocket known as a MOOP (see, there’s another acronym for you!) What you want to make sure of is that you are aware and informed when the change is not good news; a higher deductible, higher co-pays or premium or MOOP. At that point, you can decide if it’s going to affect you enough to want to look at making a change to your coverage for the new year. In the Medicare Advantage plan world, the HMO plans seem to have positive changes for the most part, but the few PPO’s out there in Orange County not so much. The biggest offender of changes prompting people to look elsewhere is the “Stand Alone Medicare RX plans” that people who use Medicare as their primary insurance coupled with a Medicare supplement plan pay for. These plans seem to always be giving an increase to their deductible, premium and co-pay amounts. Unfortunately knowing how to go about finding the right Medicare drug plan on their own isn’t something most Medicare beneficiaries know how to do. The good news is that I do! So, if you get surprised by your ANOC this Fall, feel free to reach out to me, I’d be happy to help you.
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Complication Rates After Surgery for BPH (Benign Prostate Enlargement): Real-World Data Robert Pugach, MD
A very important large clinical study was presented at the European Association of Urology 2021 Annual Meeting (EAU 2021). The findings from the largest United States analysis for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) reveal that overall complication rates are lowest after treatment with the Urolift® System when compared to surgery other minimally invasive procedures. withoutand medications or major surgery
he study clearly demonstrates that complication rates following surgery for BPH are higher than treatment with the minimally invasive Urolift® System. Dr. Daniel Rukstalis explains the importance of this study as research in the area of surgical or minimally invasive procedures for BPH is sparse. “We found the UroLift System had the lowest overall rate of complications at 300days post-treatment,” says Dr. Rukstalis1.
As an early user of the Urolift® System and a certified Urolift® Center of Excellence2, and certified instructor for the Urolift technique, I am very excited to see clinical data that confirms the excellent outcomes my BPH patients experience in my private urology practice. Treating men with BPH, also known as enlarged prostate, is a major focus for minimally invasive treatments at Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center.
The past, UroLift®the System is a minimallyisinvasive procedure that affords patients the in the treatment oftentreatment that alleviates urinary symptoms due to enlarged Nitinol relief of symptoms without the efinadequate. Many patients do not Suture prostate and delivers results that matter. fects and complications 8 mmof surgery or experience adequate relief of sympsymptom relief Stainless Steel medications. If you’re taking a meditoms.• RapidThere are a number of side • Risk profile better than reported for surgical procedures such as TURP cation, you should know that Urolift is effects including, sexual dysfunction, • Symptom relief better than reported for medications 3 times as effective as any medication • Preservation of sexual function dizziness, episodes of falling down A quick return to normal activity for prostate growth symptoms. and •headaches. AND, NOW THERE • Increased quality of life IS MEDICAL DATA THAT SHOWS • No need for ongoing BPH medication The FDA-cleared Prostatic Urethral MEDICATION HAS BEEN LINKED For more information, ask your doctor today or visit us at UroLift.com Lift procedure using the UroLift® SysTO DEMENTIA AND DEPRESSION. Most common side effects are mild to moderate and include pain or burning with urination, tem is a clinically proven, minimally blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate and/or the inability to control the urge. Most symptoms resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure. invasive technology for treating lower When medication does not improve urinary tract symptoms due to BPH. If the quality of life for patients, the you would like to treat your BPH and next treatment alternative often reclearn more about the UroLift® Sysommended by urologists is surgery. tem - done in an outpatient setting Unfortunately, surgery requires cutwithout cutting, heating, or removing ting, heating and/or removal of the prostate tissue, call to schedule your prostate tissue to open the blocked consultation. urethra and can have numerous com1
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Many of my patients are surprised to learn that over 40 million men in the United States are affected by BPH. This condition occurs when the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system. While BPH is not life-threatening, the symptoms include interrupted sleep, daytime frequent urination, leakage of urine and an urgent need to urinate. Sometimes, it’s not possible to get to the bathroom in time! Urinary problems can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life. While medication has been the firstline therapy for enlarged prostate 50
This large study documents that while surgical options can be effective in relieving symptoms, they can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and retrograde ejaculation. With the FDA approved in-office Prostatic Urethral Lift Procedure we now have a truly minimally invasive
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It’s a new year. I, along with everyone I know, made resolutions: mostly hoping that this year would be better than the last, but some that genuinely reflected an optimistic mindset. Said mindset led my husband and I to craft one that hadn't topped our previous lists: fix broken things.
ike most everyone we know, our family has spent considerably more time at home these past months - and knocking around the house all day, we've made a priority
of a dizzying array of home improvement projects - both indoors and out - that we'd previously deferred. Turns out, we're not alone. A common refrain among our friend group? Countless home appliances to be replaced. Garden and landscaping projects to embark on. And a rather surprising number of sliding glass doors in need of repair in our collective Southern California homes. Enter Shy Hadan. Known as Dr. SlideDoor, Shy's father was in the business of selling sliding doors, but when he saw that there was no one to fix them,
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any people travel long distances and have to remain seated for two or three hours or even longer. They might not think much of it, but when movement is constrained, the blood circulation in the legs is restricted. This can contribute to heavy legs, leg pain and swollen feet and ankles. Prolonged sitting is also a major risk factor for the development of phlebitis and Deep-vein Thrombosis (DVT). Deep-vein Thrombosis involves the formation of blood clots (thrombi) in the deep leg veins during prolonged inactivity. In some cases, blood clots 54
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PULSED NEUROCARE Pulsed Light Medical Technology for Neuropathy and Nerve Pain In the Comfort of Your Own Home and at a Fraction of the Cost of Competitors or In-Office Treatments
By Jody Robinson
here’s a lovely quote by the author Isak Dinesen, “the cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.” But the real medicine of the natural world isn’t the ocean. It is Polychromatic light utilizing Red and Near Infrared light waves, to be exact. Treatment with polychromatic light is simple, and painless. David Christenson, owner and manufacturer of Pulsed Neurocare technologies, saw something special in NIR and red light, and has spent years perfecting the system. But how exactly does light therapy treat anything? Flexible pads, with chipsets containing multiple diodes, red and Near Infrared in this case, are placed directly on
the skin - right over the injured area. And then in layman’s terms, “light energy from the diodes is
absorbed by proteins within cells, releasing nitric oxide, the body’s natural vasodilator.” If you didn’t get any of that, it’s ok. All you need to remember is that in just 20 minutes of treatment, your blood flow increases, and the boost in circulation heals just about everything. Especially peripheral neuropathy. One of the more common causes of neuropathy is diabetes, but a number of injuries, infections, and even toxins can cause symptoms. Typical treatments include heavy pain medications and antidepres-
Pulsed NeuroCare is simply the highest quality, most advanced, and powerful system on the market, utilizing technology originally developed by NASA for use on shuttle missions. sants. David and his Pulsed Neurocare system think otherwise. “The net result of photobiomodulation is a cascade of beneficial chemical reactions throughout damaged nerve cells that stimulate healing.” Without the need of pills, the light energy boosts local circulation, persisting for several hours after the pads are removed. Since the pads are ergonomic, safe, relaxing, and easy to use, you’ll find it simple to place your trust in a Pulsed Neurocare System to deliver effective results. Improved circulation increases the number of new capillaries that replace and damaged ones, which boosts collagen production, keeping cells elastic, and allows less scar tissue to form. And since you can purchase a Pulsed Neurocare system, you’ll be able to take the results home with you. The Neurocare Systems Group, which includes Pulsed Neurocare, has been around for the last 7 years, “specializing in photobiomodulation class II medical equipment for lumbar, nerve pain, brain care, and peripheral neuropathy.” Pulsed Neurocare is simply the highest quality, most advanced, and powerful system on the market, utilizing technology originally developed by NASA for use on shuttle missions. The Pulsed Neurocare light therapy boots contain twice the diodes as the next neuropathy boot, with more advanced firmware in controllers with 2 backlit displays for two-thirds the price of its competitor.
Pulsed Neurocare boots are so versatile, they can be used on other areas of the body you are experiencing pain.
“I went from victim, to advocate, to distributor, to manufacturer of the equipment. Using this remarkable technology on myself for decades and being against dangerous drugs and unnecessary surgeries, committing my life to continue advancing this technology is a passion of mine” he says. “My philosophy is simple; create the most elite systems on the market...and sell them for less.” American designed and engineered, the light therapy stimulates the release of Nitric Oxide and ATP in cells, which Vaso dilates significantly increasing the blood flow and allows them to accept nutrients faster, and get rid of waste products at the same time. Increasing lymphatic system activity and reducing excitability of nervous tissue stimulates the repair process: invisibly. David speaks to his background with advanced non-invasive and effective alternatives to drugs and surgeries with an emotional tone. Eliminating the middleman and costly mark-ups are trademarks to his approach, as a brand owner and manufacturer in the business of keeping pain at bay, and it isn’t an approach he takes lightly. “Net results are less pain, to get you back to your life.” Into the sea, if you were Dinesen.
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By Jody Robinson
When I was younger, my Mom loved to read me the book “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” The plot essentially revolves around an ever-growing list of to-do’s that had to be accomplished, all set into motion by the simple act of giving a mouse a cookie. This tale came back to me recently when I purchased a new television at Best Buy.
hat was a simple shopping trip ended up being an adult’s version of that circular tale. If you give a grownup a television, they’ll have to measure their wall. When they measure the wall, they’ll realize they may actually 58
have room for a bigger television. When they buy the bigger television, they’ll find out they have no idea how to mount it to the wall. When they start mounting it to the wall, they’ll see that the power outlets are all in the wrong places. When they realize
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service, the rabbit hole of home automation doesn’t have to swallow you entirely. With the help of their independent certified Control4 dealer, it’s easy to update your home without upending your entire life. After all, the true luxury of an integrated entertainment system is really dependent on its ability to deliver seamless entertainment. By placing every control at your fingertips, the team at ReelTime helps homeowners manage everything from how brightly lit your family room is, to your streaming devices - all with a single remote. And best yet? You can control your whole home from the comfort of your couch- even seeing who is at the front door, without ever leaving your seat. Simple, clean, and uncluttered. And on the home entertainment front … when you started planning for your ultimate home theater set-up and sound system, could you find the right media cabinetry for your particular space – cabinetry that wouldn’t catch on fire from the heat of the equipment, or that would simply look good in the room? Did you understand half of what the televisions, receivers and other devices could
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and send you off to figure it out at home. That’s what they do. And that’s all they do.
Big box retailers, the professed champions of value, are happy to sell you any home theater and sound equipment you think you might like,
If you want the home theater system that you envision, seek the services of Skip Myers and his team of experienced professionals at ReelTime to take you from start to finish for the home theater or sound system of your dreams. “Usually there is a part of the job that you find you just can’t do by yourself,” says Skip, who has overseen the design and installation of thousands of home theater and sound systems over the course of 40-plus years in the business. “You get your brand new television home, you’re so excited, then you realize you need to move an outlet or none of the cabinets you can find will fit your space. We’re here to make sure you get the equipment that will give you what you want and the system that will work with that equipment, without leaving you to fend for yourself.” 59
“You can buy everything you want to, but if you can’t operate it, what’s the point?” he says. “There’s the television, DVD and Blue-ray; there’s the receiver, there’s Apple TV… it’s all great, but how do you get them to work together? We’re big advocates of the universal remote. Not everyone knows how to get the most out of their systems with one powerful remote – they’re not expensive, but the best ones are computer-based. We’ll set that up for you so you’re getting the most out of your custom system.”
We’re here to make sure you get the equipment that will give you what you want and the system that will work with that equipment, without leaving you to fend for yourself.
It’s easy to assume that personal service is expensive, but a conversation with Skip and the experts at ReelTime is free. Ultimately, in planning your purchases for the right outcome, you’re likely to save money while avoiding chilling setbacks. The only chilling you want to be doing is in front of your fantasy home theater system.
Skip opened the doors at ReelTime in 1983. Today, the technicians and designers that Skip assigns to clients are all ReelTime employees, knowledgeable in all home theater and sound technologies. First, they work closely with you to determine what you’re looking for. Then they custom design every aspect of the project, from wiring to custom-built cabinets, frames, or built-in wall designs. Finally, licensed, in-house contractors install your entertainment system with care and precision. There are a couple of things that people may not think about when they embark upon the road to their own home entertainment system. “You need to think about your home theater goals,” says Skip. “You don’t have to do everything at once – you can do it bit by bit – but if you know where you’re going, you’ll save money and when it’s all said and done, you’ll have exactly what you want and what you will actually use. We’re here to help you determine your goals.” Skip is also an advocate for getting what you’ll use, which is part of the design and planning process. 60
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