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Overcoming A Life Filled With Eye Problems....................................PG 10 It’s A Festive Time Of Year...................................................................PG 22

City News Pages 2-16

3 Strategies For Living A Life That Makes A Difference In 2017.........PG 5 Black String From South Korea Makes U.S. Debut At The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center...............................................PG 6 Community Calendar............................................................................PG 8 Designer Perfumes & Sunglasses.......................................................PG 12 Lessons Learned In Hiring A Private Aide.........................................PG 14 5 Tips For Success That Nobel Laureates Can Teach Us...................PG 15 Give The Gift Of Donations................................................................PG 16

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Financial Issues: • How to divide assets, like bank and investment accounts • How to divide debts, like credit card balances and loans • What to do with real estate holdings, including your marital home • Alimony

Lifestyle Pages 21-23

Issues Involving Your Children: • Custody • Visitation schedules

La Navidad en el Mundo Latino.........................................................PG 17 Como Cumplir con sus Resoluciones de Fin de Año........................PG 18 Consejos para visitar Perú..................................................................PG 18 Lo que se debe hacer en caso de enfermarse....................................PG 19 100 Dias Del Gobierno De Donald Trump........................................PG 20

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It’s common for people to think about putting their mark on the world and leaving it a better place than when they arrived. But in many cases people fail to put those thoughts into action – possibly because they’re hesitant to step outside their comfort zones. “Too often we’re taught to be fearful and that hampers the actions we take and the decisions we make,” says John C. Neyland, author of How to Live the Life You’ve Yet to Dream ( “We need to be taught to be courageous.” He experienced his own challenges growing up, suffering the wrath of an abu-

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have. Neyland grew up watching his father abuse his mother and he vowed things would be different for him. “If I accomplish every goal I have in life but if I don’t treat my wife the way I should, then for me my life would have no purpose,” Neyland says. He suggests an unusual benchmark – eulogies – for setting the standard for how you treat your spouse. People usually speak with great respect of the deceased in eulogies, Neyland says, but why wait until then to show someone how much you honor them? “Why not treat your loved ones as if you honor them every day?” • Be the kind of parent you would have liked to have had. Think back on your childhood and consider what your parents did right and what they did wrong. You can learn from both. Everyone understands the value of loving parents who invest time in their children and set a good example. “There have been times I haven’t measured up,” Neyland says, “but I truly give it my all.” • Enable others to have a life they otherwise would not have had. Human

nature often causes us to think about ourselves. But to live better lives, we also need to think about others, Neyland says. He has made it a mission to help underprivileged young people improve their lives. “When you help that one person, good things can result,” Neyland says. “Imagine if the person you helped also is inspired to help someone else. And that person helps someone else, and so on.” “The value of our lives is measured by how we leave others in our wake, whether it’s our spouses, our children or the person down the street,” Neyland says. “Plan on helping someone, somewhere or somehow on a regular basis. If you do this and do it earnestly, you’ll be surprised at what it does for your own life.” About John C. Neyland John C. Neyland, president and Investment Advisor Representative at JCN Financial & Tax Planning Group, is author of How to Live the Life You’ve Yet to Dream (, a book that is part memoir and part blueprint for readers who want to get more out of life and leave a positive mark on the world.


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BLACK STRING From South Korea Makes U.S. Debut at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center On Friday, January 13 at 8 p.m. Jazz Academy Miami (JAM) will present the U.S. debut of contemporary ensemble BLACK STRING at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Rooted in the rich, folkloric traditions of Korea, as well as in modern Jazz, this exciting quartet creates a unique language that is traditional yet unpredictable. As a truly borderless contemporary ensemble, BLACK STRING broadens the appreciation for world music by presenting an ancient tradition within a modern setting. The Washington Post wrote, “This is music fully of the 21st century, in all its global, postmodernist glory.” The evening of music is presented as part of the Arts Access Program, which assists community-based organizations in presenting arts and cultural performances at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. The program provides technical assistance and marketing support to local community groups enabling them to develop and build their audiences. Arts Access has collaborated with nearly 50 performing arts companies, nonprofit organizations and cultural and community groups to present all genres of the performing arts including music, dance, theater, poetry and comedy. A one hour pre-show panel discussion and Q&A with the artists will be held at

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Growing up in West Palm Beach, Dr. Martha Jacobson remembers a childhood that was not the easiest for her. Born with amblyopia, Dr. Jacobson’s early years came with an emotional scar of having to wear eye patches, use drops and deal with 20/200 vision and the ridicule of her peers in school. Amblyopia is the medical term used when the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together properly. The eye itself looks normal, but it is not being used normally because the brain is favoring the other eye. This condition is also sometimes called lazy eye. Because her father was an optometrist, and was always there for support and to provide knowledge, it didn’t make it any easier that she was getting bullied in school, but it did provide the information and understanding of the disease. “Things were rough,” the 71-year-old psychologist pointed out. “I never knew anything but poor vision in that one eye while having perfect vision in the other. It was the way I went through life.” Dr. Jacobson’s father felt that wearing a patch would eventually allow the weak eye to get stronger. That has long been the thinking when treating the disease. As the years moved on, Dr. Jacobson always had in the back of her mind that the one good eye was the only link to her sight. While it was scary, it was indeed a reality. It wasn’t until the last year, after developing cataracts in both eyes that Dr. Jacobson began to start to worry about losing sight. It was something that her Hollywood Optometrist Dr. Justine Chen was concerned with as well. Initially sending her to one ophthalmologist and then finally to the person that helped to change her life. “When I found out that I needed the procedure done, you think about it and then say, wow, that is my only good eye,” she recalled. “You are really apprehensive because that one eye is all you really have.” When Dr. Jacobson went to her first appointment, it was a huge turnoff to wait three hours and actually something that she feared. It was an assembly line doctor with no personal touch, and being around the profession all of her life, with her father, she knew there had to be a better experience waiting. “My sister had the cataract surgery and suggested someone else to go see,” Dr. Jacobson explained. “That was when everything changed.”

belongs to the patient. Your optometrist or Dr. Braverman may prescribe glasses, medication or surgery depending on your symptoms, complaints and age. Usually surgery will not be recommended until glasses no longer work to make you visually happy. In the case of clear lensectomy surgery, the patient cosmetically wants to get rid of their glasses, but they are out of the LASIK treatment range.

Dr Stanley Braverman and satisified patient Martha Jacobson. From the first visit to the Braverman Eye Center in Hallandale Beach, she was sold. The professional manner in which the staff took care of her - to the consultation with Dr. Stanley Braverman, this was something that was getting a lot more comfortable. Not only was the cataract surgery with Multifocal lenses going to be performed on her good eye, but she was going to have it done on the other eye as well. “Dr. Braverman sat me down and went over everything - and when I had questions, he was there with the answers,” Dr. Jacobson pointed out. “He knew exactly what was going through my mind - with the good eye and being apprehensive about the surgery.” Performed in September, Dr. Jacobson is still working and doing what she’s done all of her adult life. But now, with vision that she never thought would be this great, she is living life and seeing everything clearly - in both eyes. Said Dr. Braverman, “Her father did a great job treating her amblyopia! After surgery, she recovered 20/30 uncorrected vision in the right amblyopic eye, and 20/ 25 uncorrected vision in her left eye. With multifocal implants that I used, she sees 20/20 to read without glasses!” “I am not one who uses the word

amazing too much, but my approach to life is much different than it was just two months ago,” Dr. Jacobson concluded. What Are Cataracts? A cataract is formed when the natural lens of the eye, responsible for focusing light and producing sharp images, becomes cloudy and hardens, resulting in a loss of visual function. The lens of the eye is clear at birth but is one of the first parts of the body to show the effects of aging. A cataract is painless and usually develops gradually over several months or years. The onset of a cataract in one or both eyes may cause decreased night vision, impaired depth perception, and increased color distortion. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 55 and older. In fact, poor vision from cataracts affects 60 percent of all adults over age 60. However, cataracts also can result from injury, heredity, or medications, so they can affect people of all ages. Understanding that no two conditions or patients are the same, Dr. Braverman analyzes the patient’s symptoms, performs a comprehensive eye exam, and may test for glare disability and contrast sensitivity before making a diagnosis. The final decision to proceed with the surgery

Cataract Surgery: What To Expect Thanks to new advancements, this is a great time to have cataract surgery. Your eye is like a camera. It has photographic paper (the retina), and a camera lens. Two excellent options exist for cataract surgery. The choice is yours. Traditional Cataract Surgery is the removal of your cloudy natural camera lens, which is usually dissolved using high frequency ultrasound through a small (less than 3 millimeter) opening. If your eye qualifies, the second option, Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery can now be done using state of the art Femtosecond Laser technology to assist with parts of the cataract surgical procedure, including softening up the cloudy camera lens. This reduces the amount of high frequency ultrasound needed. Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery takes a delicate procedure and refines it even more, so that the surgical precision is unparalleled. The computer-guided accuracy of the laser compliments your doctor’s skills with today’s latest technology. An artificial man made lens is then placed inside the eye where the cloudy lens used to be. There are several types of high quality premium vision lenses that can be used, giving you potentially better results than with a standard basic lens. After the surgery, eye drops are given to the patient to aid in the healing of the eye, which takes a few months, but the patient is able to return to normal activity almost immediately after surgery and usually sees well within just days. If the eye is otherwise healthy, cataract surgery is successful in more than 98% of patients and they enjoy improved vision after the procedure. Cataract surgery continues to improve. Recent developments include no-stitch surgery, topical anesthesia, surgical correction of astigmatism, new upgraded premium lens designs, Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery, and Dr. Braverman’s newly trademarked LACE™ procedure. The LACE™ procedure, if you are deemed


CITY NEWS BRAVERMAN Continued From Pg 10 a candidate, can nearly always guarantee that the patient will need no glasses for distance vision, and no glasses for distance or near vision if a multifocal lens implant is used. At the Braverman Eye Center, we are proud to offer the advanced AMO CATALYS® Precision Laser System, for unsurpassed Femtosecond Laser Assisted cataract surgery performance. About Dr. Stanley Braverman Dr. Stanley Braverman is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/ Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is also an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the Nova Southeastern School of Optometry. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Braverman, a board certified ophthalmologist, has been a medical researcher, and is the inventor of several eye surgical instruments, and author of many articles for medical journals. Dr. Braverman’s newly trademarked LACE™ procedure (Laser Assisted Cataract Extraction) provides the best possible cataract surgical

The Braverman Eye Center is located at: 1935 East Hallandale Beach Boulevard, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. results. He has lectured at professional meetings about upgraded lens implants, advanced cataract surgery and LASIK, both nationally and internationally. He has recently been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the Fifteen Leaders in Laser Eye Surgery in 2011, and

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CITY NEWS Lessons Learned In Hiring A Private Aide By the daughter of an Aventura mom

Finally, I found the perfect person to look after mom, who could no longer live alone safely. Marie, the aide, was referred by another aide in mom’s building, who seemed to take great care of a very demanding neighbor who was showing signs of confusion like my mother. During the interview process, Marie demonstrated patience, attentiveness to mom’s needs, and had glowing references. I even called two of them, who were out of state, but who affirmed how good Marie was to them or their family member. What a relief! After three weeks in Florida, I finally was able to return to my family in Ohio and feel that mom was in good hands. At first, all was fabulous. Mom said Marie helped her with showering, picking out her clothes, made small meals, and they went to dinner a lot. Mom also said Marie helped her clean out her drawers and closets, and helped her organize her things. Then, mom began to complain that Marie moves things around, and mom cannot find them. She told Marie to keep things in one place, and that Marie raised her voice to her. I spoke to Marie, who

said mom moves things around herself, and then cannot find them. I suggested that since mom can get confused, it might be best to organize things the way it would be easier for her. The next day, mom called and said her diamond ring and earrings were missing, and the $400 spare money that she has kept in the corner of her bedside table for years was also missing. I asked to speak to Marie. Mom informed me that Marie went down to the store and had not yet returned. When I called back later, mom said Marie still had not returned and she did not know what she should do for dinner. I called Security in mom’s building. They had not seen the aide since she left in the morning. I asked them to check on mom. Feeling upset myself, I called another neighbor, asking if she could either include my mother in her dinner plans or help mom order delivery from a local restaurant, and then see to it that she had something for breakfast in the morning. I called the Aventura police to report a possible theft, and booked an early morning flight back to Florida. What an ordeal followed. However, at least mom was not physically harmed! Although I had resisted going through

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an agency due to a slightly higher cost, I began a rapid search of getting competent help as soon as possible, calling mom’s doctors and going online. The name Always Classic Care came up several times. When I called, the staff was most professional asking about mom’s status and needs. The owner, Terry Adler, joined the conversation with more specific questions about mom’s personality and capability status, as well as my concerns and services I felt mom would need. Terry advised me that she and her staff would confer immediately to select the most suitable aide, and that she would personally supervise the case. To my surprise, once paperwork was completed with staff, Terry called me back to report she had someone very special for mom who could start later that evening or first thing in the morning. I was amazed. Well, mom hit it off with the new aide immediately, and she has now been with mom for the over a year. It definitely was a great match. Although I had avoided going through an agency because of the slightly higher cost, it took a bad experience for me to realize the many advantages of using a home health agency or nurse registry. Aside from dealing with professionals, home health agencies are regulated by the State of Florida. All of their healthcare

workers must submit to a rigorous screening process that includes FBI fingerprinting for any history of wrong doing. A registered agency such as Always Classic Care requires a personal interview conducted by a professional staff who also scrutinize documentation of training, references and work history, and applicants are required to complete pre-employment testing as to knowledge of various levels of care. Also, if there is any problem, question, personality or communication issue once the aide is assigned, the agency will get involved and make immediate changes. And, as in the case of the missing Marie, Terry told me they would have become integrally involved in the investigation. I found that the agency may cost a few dollars more per hour than a private hiring, but now, the cost seems minimal when compared to the open communication and peace of mind that it can bring. Always Classic Care has offices in three counties and is prepared to meet all your care needs. Feel free to check them out at, or call for more detailed information at 305-403-2622. Lic Dade 302-11301 • Lic Broward 302-11508


5 Tips For Success That Nobel Laureates Can Teach Us

The scientists, artists and peacemakers who win the Nobel Prize every year are as diverse as the work that ultimately brings them to the world’s attention. That makes it a daunting task to try to glean any secrets they might have for reaching the pinnacle of achievement. “Their personalities and paths to accomplishment are so varied that generalizations are elusive,” says David Pratt, author of “Nobel Laureates: The Secret of Their Success” ( Though the typical laureate is from a professional or academic family, and grew up in the rela-

tive privilege of the middle class, that profile doesn’t hold true for all. Some spent their childhood in absolute poverty, in poor health or were on their own from an early age. Others were eccentric loners or late-bloomers. But even if their backgrounds aren’t that revealing, Pratt says, there are lessons to be learned from how they pushed and challenged themselves. He says ways to emulate them include: • Seek out good teachers/mentors. The advantages of being

born into an academic family are obvious, Pratt says. Family friends and relatives provide intellectual stimulation and emphasize scholarship and achievement. But laureates also cite the value of finding a good mentor along the way – a teacher, boss or patron who generously cleared the path to success and gently (or not so gently) prodded them down it. • Be a teacher/mentor yourself. “There is no better way of getting a good grasp of your subject, or one more likely to start more ideas for research, than teaching it,” said Daniel Tsui, who won the prize in physics in 1998. Pratt says many laureates, including novelist Toni Morrison, take their teaching as seriously as their award-winning work, because it allows them to share their passion with others and keeps the fire burning. • Persevere. Pratt notes that President Jimmy Carter, who won the Peace Prize in 2002, was

the first American politician to be awarded for work undertaken after his presidency. Though he failed to win a second term, and many of his policies were reversed during the Reagan administration, Carter was determined to keep working on the causes that were dear to him. Groundbreakers have to be prepared for push-back, Pratt says. “Great discoveries are rarely made by people who are averse to risks.” • Be ready to be lucky. Many laureates have spoken of the role luck played in their discoveries and successes. Some do it with humor, some with humility. But always there is the understanding that, to be lucky, you have to recognize what you have when you see it. “As Louis Pasteur said, ‘Fortune favors the prepared mind,’ ” Pratt says. • Be passionate about what you do. Again and again, the laureates show that zeal is the key to achievement, Pratt says. They

work very hard. They take many risks. But their work is their joy. That final characteristic may be the most important. That passion for their work comes close to obsession, Pratt says. It leads to a level of industry that’s extraordinary, a near-total immersion in their field of endeavor and a dedication that makes their work supremely fulfilling. That may be the true secret of their success. About David Pratt David Pratt is the author of “Nobel Laureates: The Secret of Their Success” ( A longtime teacher and freelance writer for scholarly and literary publications, he has published eight books. Pratt was born in Britain in 1939 and moved to Canada in 1962. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.



Give the Gift of Donations (Family Features) With the season of giving in full swing, try turning your attention away from gift giving in the traditional sense and instead focus on a whole different kind of giving. Charitable giving comes in many forms, and there are numerous causes in nearly every community that accept donations of more than just money. In addition to giving back to those in need during one of the most critical times of the year, by donating time, money or material items you may reap positive benefits of your own, such as feeling better about yourself, instilling generosity and a sense of giving in your children or family members, or finding a cause that truly inspires you.

These tips can help you find a meaningful way to give this holiday season. Give Money: Vivid red kettles and the tinkling of jingle bells are icons of the holiday season. The kettles, which are found outside retail locations throughout communities nationwide and are staffed by both volunteer and paid bell ringers, are part of The Salvation Army’s Red

Kettle Campaign, one of the country’s oldest and largest charitable campaigns. Donations to The Salvation Army stay in the local community where the donation is made, and you can feel extra good about how your money is used within the organization; 82 cents of every dollar is used to support social services that fight hunger, provide shelter and ensure Christmas assistance for families in 5,000 communities nationwide. Give Time: During the holiday season and all year long, non-profit organizations thrive on the contributions of volunteers. If you have a special skill or service, check to see if the organization you favor could benefit from your expertise. Many other agencies offer ongoing training so you can easily learn what you need to know to contribute. Remember that the holiday season brings a spike in volunteering each year, so making a pledge to continue giving your time after the holidays have passed (and your schedule is less hectic) is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Give Food: Hunger is a problem that numerous non-profit groups work to answer year-round, but the holiday season is a time when that need is

pronounced. Giving non-perishable food items or donating money toward an organization that supplies food to those in need are important gestures. A hearty holiday meal is a special blessing for families of all sizes and circumstances, and a relatively meager donation can make a big difference for numerous families in need. Give Items: You may not realize it, but there is actually value to the unwanted items you have laying around. Items like automobiles, furniture, household goods and clothing can be donated and converted into cash to

benefit charities. Larger items can be picked up at the curb and are often sold at auction with the proceeds going back to the charitable organization. Smaller items may go directly to retail facilities, such as thrift stores, where sales also go to benefit the charity. Some organizations also allow you to provide new toys and gifts for kids in need specifically during the holidays like The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Find more ways to give back this holiday season and throughout the year at


HOLA AVENTURA hechos en casa, en Cuba; más o menos lo mismo en Puerto Rico pero el arroz es con gandules y los deliciosos pasteles (con plátano verde molido y carne, envueltos en hojas de plátano). La Navidad fue suspendida en Cuba desde los primeros años de la década de 1960 y eliminada oficialmente del calendario a partir de 1970. Posteriormente, en 1997, como preparación a la visita del Papa Juan Pablo II, el gobierno permitió una pequeña apertura religiosa. “La gente muy religiosa nunca dejó de celebrar, a veces de manera oculta, la Navidad. Ahora ya la celebración es imparable. Las iglesias se repletan y los que tienen dólares pueden comprar arbolitos y comestibles”, dijo María López, durante un viaje para visitar a su madre en La Habana.

La Navidad en el Mundo Latino en su carticas. Posiblemente Santa Claus reciba escasa correspondencia de España y de la América al sur del Río Grande. En España, hasta hace algunos años, la Navidad no se celebraba intercambiando presentes, por lo que en los días precedentes a ella el ajetreo es de gente divirtiéndose, no buscando regalos en los comercios. Allí es una fiesta de alegría. Es a los necesitados, a las personas de respeto y a las que han hecho algo por otros a quienes se regalaba. Hoy día, España se ha sumado a la febril actividad del consumo, con hábitos similares a los del resto de Europa. A continuación, ciertos rasgos destacados de las celebraciones en algunos de los países de América Latina: MEXICO Las celebraciones del nacimiento de Jesús en México tienen un colorido muy festivo.

Alegría desbordante y profunda fe religiosa. Son famosas sus posadas, que comienzan nueve días antes de Navidad y representan el peregrinaje de José y María buscando una posada en la que ella pueda alumbrar a su hijo. Se trata de grupos más o menos grandes, en procesiones iluminadas con velas y precedidas por niños que llevan un nacimiento de barro cocido. Pueden visitar uno o más hogares y siempre cantan unos versos a nombre de José pidiendo posada. Los de la casa responden que no hay y, después de la “conversación” cantada entre los “peregrinos” y los “posaderos”, finalmente éstos abren la puerta y les ofrecen tamales, atole de chocolate (bebida caliente a base de harina de maíz y sabor de chocolate) y otras golosinas. Los niños reciben siempre dulces y regalitos previamente colocados en una piñata.

Como son diferentes grupos visitando distintos hogares, las calles resuenan con la alegría contagiosa de un jolgorio de carnaval. El día de Navidad se celebra una misa solemne y los festejos continúan hasta la Epifanía, cuando los tres Reyes Magos pasan en el silencio de la noche dejando regalos para los niños. Con sus más de 120 millones de habitantes, México es el país con mayor número de católicos de habla español en el mundo. EL CARIBE En Puerto Rico, República Dominicana y Cuba (exceptuando esta última en un período de varias décadas), la Nochebuena tiene diferencias muy pequeñas: en las tres hay Misa de Gallo y, tras ésta, la cena con puerco asado, fricasé de pollo o de gallinas de Guinea, congrí (arroz con frijoles negros), plátanos verdes fritos, ensalada, turrones españoles y dulces


Navidad y Año Nuevo son motivo de celebraciones en todo el mundo cristiano; pero probablemente los festejos más pintorescos, variados y salpimentados sean aquéllos que tienen lugar en España y los países de América Latina. La celebración de la Navidad ha variado a través de las centurias transcurridas desde la colonización. Las primeras tradiciones traídas de España al Nuevo Mundo fueron castizas, pero más tarde se acriollaron y cada región las revistió con su propio sabor local. Sin embargo, las devociones religiosas, los cantos, las oraciones en honor de la Sagrada Familia, continúan festejando el milagro de Belén. A pesar de la influencia de Estados Unidos a través de la televisión que llega a Hispanoamérica, en sus naciones la mayor parte de los niños aún esperan ilusionados que los Reyes Magos les traigan los regalos que ellos les pidieron

AMERICA DEL SUR En pueblos del Departamento del Cauca en Colombia existe una costumbre de origen muy antiguo. Trovadores llamados chirimias recorren las calles entonando villancicos que son acompañados con música de flautas. Al terminar sus cantos, los oyentes les recompensan con algunas monedas y los trovadores continúan su jornada hacia otra zona. En Venezuela el 25 de diciembre es un día para estrechar lazos familiares y amistosos; se visitan unos a otros. En estos dos países los regalos son traídos a los pequeños nada menos que por el Niño Dios. En Sicuani, Perú, la fiesta de los Reyes Magos se ha apartado del significado religioso. Los Reyes representando tres culturas compiten en carreras de caballo. Si gana el rey blanco español, es señal de pobreza y malas cosechas. Si la victoria es del rey negro, el pueblo sufrirá terribles epidemias. Solamente la victoria del rey indio les asegura felicidad y abundancia. En las grandes ciudades de Argentina y Brasil se han importado el nevado arbolito de Navidad y el muerdago que, junto con el Nacimiento, adornan las ciudades, las tiendas y los hogares.


Como Cumplir con sus Resoluciones de Fin de Año Rebajar de peso? Hacer ejercicios? Dejar de fumar? alcanzar cualquier meta que desea”, dice la psicóloga Lynn Bufka, PhD. “Acuérdese que no es la amplitud del cambio que cuenta, sino el acto de reconocer que los cambios positivos en su vida son importantes y trabajar hacía lograr esa meta un paso a la vez”. Al hacer resoluciones realistas, tendrá una mayor probabilidad de mantenerlas durante el año, incorporando comportamientos sanos en su vida diaria. La Asociación Americana de Psicología sugiere seguir estos consejos al hacer sus resoluciones de Año Nuevo: Puede ser agobiante cuando la lista de resoluciones de Año Nuevo es tan larga como la lista de compra para los días de fiesta. Además de la falta de ánimo después de los días festivos, el no poder mantener sus resoluciones de Año Nuevo en febrero, marzo, y ni a fin de enero, le puede aumentar la ansiedad. Cuando ya estén guardadas las decoraciones festivas, la frustración de no haber ido al gimnasio u otras metas malogradas puede hacer

que los últimos meses del invierno parezcan no tener esperanza. Aun así, es importante recordar que el Año Nuevo no es el tiempo indicado para hacer cambios de carácter extraordinarios. Es el tiempo para reflejar sobre su comportamiento del año pasado y prometerse hacer cambios positivos en su vida. “Establecer metas moderadas y alcanzables durante todo el año, en vez de ponerse una meta enorme el primero de enero, le ayudará

Empiece con moderación Haga resoluciones que cree poder mantener. Si, por ejemplo, su meta es hacer ejercicios más a menudo, planifique ir al gimnasio tres o cuatro veces a la semana en vez de siete veces a la semana. Si le gustaría comer equilibradamente, intente reemplazar el postre con otra comida que le gusta, como la fruta o el yogur, en vez de ver a su dieta como un castigo.

Consejos para visitar Perú


Perú es un país grande, algunos viajeros quienes tienen tiempo limitado toman vuelos internos. Hay compañías grandes de vuelo. Existe también una serie de aerolíneas pequeñas que vuelan a todos los destinos en pequeños aviones. Hay un 18% de impuestos en vuelos domésticos. Los buses públicos son la forma usual de transporte para largas distancias. Estos son baratos, frecuentes y relativamente cómodos, por lo menos en la mayoría de las rutas. Al viajar por los pueblos, lleve su pasaporte con usted, por que necesitará mostrarlo en puntos de control policial. Los robos a mano armada en buses nocturnos no son frecuentes en Perú, pero trate de viajar en bus de día (o vuelos) si usted tiene la oportunidad. Los camiones son a menudo como buses en las áreas lejanas. Los buses locales son lentos, baratos y aglomerados; si usted quiere conseguir uno sólo llame en voz alta. Las tarifas de taxi necesitan ser

consultadas; no hay ningún taxímetro. Póngase de acuerdo en la tarifa antes de tomarlo. Que Llevar? Debido a que el Perú es un país muy diverso, lo que usted debe traer depende del viaje que planea realizar después del Curso de español. Traiga ropa abrigadora para las zonas altas, ropa ligera para la selva y una combinación para los desiertos costeros que son calurosos durante el día y fríos durante la noche. Algunos artículos que son difíciles de obtener en el país incluyen: suministros médicos personales, cinturón para guardar dinero, cremas para el sol, buenos libros en su idioma nativo y cualquier equipo eléctrico para su uso. Algunas otras sugerencias incluyen: algo pequeño y típico de su país (para su familia huésped). Diccionario; direcciones de correo electrónico; libro guía (no existen buenas librerías). Si usted

Cambie un comportamiento a la vez El comportamiento dañino se desarrolla a través del tiempo. Así que el reemplazar comportamientos insalubres con comportamientos saludables también requiere tiempo. No se desanime ni piense que tiene que reevaluar todo en su vida. Más bien, esfuércese en cambiar una cosa a la vez. Converse Comparta sus experiencias con sus familiares y sus amigos. Considere unirse a un grupo de apoyo para alcanzar sus metas, como una clase de ejercicios en su gimnasio o un grupo de colegas que estén en el proceso de dejar de fumar. Tener con quien compartir sus luchas y éxitos hará que su camino a una vida saludable sea mucho más fácil y que le cause menos preocupación. No se frustre La perfección no es alcanzable. Acuérdese que el cometer errores menores en el

planea realizar el Camino Inca u otro viaje de campamento sugerimos traer un jumper/chompa abrigadora; impermeable; zapatos para hacer caminatas; bolsa para dormir “sleeping” (para el camino inca, aunque estas pueden alquilarse); pastillas para purificar agua (también pueden comprarse en Cusco); navaja de bolsillo; fósforos / linterna porque hay una escasez de suministros de luz en los caminos de viaje en el país. Para viajes a la selva: pastillas para la malaria, mosquitero y un impermeable (todos pueden comprarse en Cusco). La Moneda En Peru La moneda nacional del Perú es el Nuevo Sol. Hay 100 centavos por cada sol. Al momento de pagar, un US$ 1.00 equivale a S/.3.41. Hay numerosos cajeros automáticos que reciben tarjetas de crédito y hay numerosas “Casas de Cambio” dónde pueden cobrarse Cheques de Viajeros o puede cambiarse dólares por moneda nacional. Hay también ATM que exceptúan Eurocards, los cuales son el Banco Latino y el Banco

proceso de lograr sus metas es normal. No sé de por vencido completamente porque comió un pastel de chocolate y rompió la dieta, o porque dejó de ir al gimnasio por una semana porque estuvo ocupado. Todo el mundo tiene sus momentos altos y bajos. Resuelva recuperarse de sus errores y seguir adelante. Pida apoyo Aceptar ayuda de las personas que más le quiere a usted y que le escucharán, le dará fuerza a su deber y habilidad de manejar el estrés causado por sus resoluciones. Si se siente angustiado o incapaz de alcanzar sus metas por si solo, considere obtener ayuda profesional. Los psicólogos son adiestrados para entender la conexión entre la mente y el cuerpo. Pueden ofrecerle estrategias para ajustar sus metas para que sean más alcanzables, y al tiempo pueden ayudarle cambiar su comportamiento insalubre y hablar sobre asuntos emocionales.

del Sur. Es usual llegar con dólares americanos. Cuando cambie dinero, tenga cuidado y no se distraiga con nada que pueda hacerle perder la cuenta de lo que usted ha recibido, sugerimos hacer cambios en bancos y en casas de cambio y pida su comprobante para cualquier reclamo posterior. El Clima En El Peru La temporada de lluvias en Cusco se da entre los meses de Diciembre y Abril. Los estudiantes todavía pueden hacer el Camino Inca, sin embargo, hay que tener en cuenta que puede llover algunas veces. Durante la temporada seca, las temperaturas son altas durante el día y muy frías por la noche. Se recomienda traer una casaca impermeable y una casaca abrigadora para las noches frías y dentro de casa, ya que estas no tienen calefacción. Durante la temporada seca, hace bastante calor bajo el sol, durante el día. En Mayo, Junio y Julio la temperatura realmente es muy baja y hace mucho frío. Sin embargo, es (casi) siempre soleado durante el día.


LA INFLUENZA: lo que se debe hacer en caso de enfermarse ¿Cómo sé si tengo influenza? Puede tener influenza si presenta algunos de estos síntomas o todos: • fiebre* • tos • dolor de garganta • secreción o congestión nasal • dolores corporales • dolor de cabeza • escalofríos • fatiga • diarrea y vómitos eventuales *Es importante destacar que no todas las personas con influenza tienen fiebre.

antes comienza el tratamiento. ¿Debo ir a una sala de emergencias si me siento sólo un poco enfermo? No. La sala de emergencias debe ser utilizada por las personas que están muy enfermas. No debe concurrir a una sala de emergencias si está levemente enfermo. Si presenta las señales de advertencia de emergencia de la influenza, debe ir a una sala de emergencias. Si presenta síntomas de influenza y si está en alto riesgo de padecer complicaciones a causa de la influenza o si está preocupado por su enfermedad, llame a su proveedor de atención médica para que lo aconseje. Si concurre a la sala de emergencias y no tiene influenza, podría contagiársela de las personas que sí la tienen.

que mejoran pero luego reaparecen con fiebre y agravamiento de la tos • Fiebre con sarpullido Además de estos síntomas, busque atención médica de inmediato si algún niño presenta cualquiera de los siguientes signos: • No poder comer • Dificultad para respirar • Llorar sin lágrimas • Cantidad significativamente menor de pañales mojados que la normal

¿Cuáles son las señales de advertencia de emergencia de la influenza?

En los adultos • Dificultad para respirar o falta de aire • Dolor o presión en el pecho o abdomen • Mareos repentinos • Confusión • Vómitos graves o persistentes • Síntomas similares a los de la influenza que mejoran pero luego reaparecen con fiebre y agravamiento de la tos.

En los niños • Respiración acelerada o problemas para respirar • Coloración azulada de la piel (cianosis) • Consumo insuficiente de líquidos • Dificultad para despertarse o falta de interacción • Estado de irritación tal que el niño no quiere que lo carguen en brazos • Síntomas similares a los de la influenza

¿Existen medicamentos para tratar la influenza? Sí. Existen medicamentos que su médico puede recetarle para tratar la influenza llamados “antivirales”. Estos medicamentos pueden hacer que se sienta mejor rápidamente y prevenir complicaciones graves. Ver Tratamiento Medicamentos antivirales para obtener más información.

¿Cuánto tiempo debo permanecer en casa si estoy enfermo? Los CDC recomiendan que permanezca en su casa durante al menos 24 horas después de que la fiebre haya desaparecido, excepto para buscar cuidados de salud o por necesidades de otro tipo. La fiebre debe desaparecer sin haber utilizado medicamentos antifebriles, como Tylenol®. Debe permanecer en su casa y no asistir al trabajo, la escuela, eventos sociales o reuniones públicas, ni viajar o ir de compras. ¿Qué debo hacer si estoy enfermo? Guarde distancia de los demás tanto como sea posible para evitar contagiarlos. Si debe salir de su casa, por ejemplo para buscar atención médica, use una mascarilla, si tiene una, o cúbrase la boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar. Lávese las manos frecuentemente para evitar contagiar la influenza a otras personas. Tipos de influenza • Influenza estacional • Aviar • Porcina/Variante • Pandemia • Otros


¿Qué debo hacer si me enfermo? La mayoría de las personas enfermas de influenza padecerán una enfermedad leve y no necesitarán atención médica o medicamentos antivirales. Si presenta síntomas de influenza, en la mayoría de los casos debe permanecer en su casa y evitar el contacto con otras personas, excepto para recibir atención médica. Sin embargo, si presenta síntomas de la influenza y forma parte de un grupo de alto riesgo, o está muy enfermo o muy preocupado por su enfermedad, comuníquese con su proveedor de atención médica (médico, asistente médico, etc.). Algunas personas corren alto riesgo de presentar complicaciones graves por la influenza (incluidos los niños, las personas mayores de 65 años, las mujeres embarazadas y las personas con ciertas afecciones médicas). Esto aplica tanto para la influenza estacional como para las infecciones por virus nuevos de la influenza. (Para obtener una lista completa de las personas que corren mayor riesgo de sufrir complicaciones por la influenza, consulte Personas con alto riesgo de desarrollar complicaciones por la influenza). Si forma parte de un grupo de alto riesgo y presenta síntomas de la influenza, lo mejor que puede hacer es comunicarse con su médico. Recuérdele sobre su situación de alto riesgo por la influenza. Los proveedores de atención médica determinarán si es necesario realizar exámenes de influenza y seguir un tratamiento. Su médico puede recetarle medicamentos antivirales que pueden tratar la influenza. Estos medicamentos producen mejores resultados cuanto

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Público-privadas Y Fuentes Privadas, Impulsadas Por Una Baja Impositiva. ¿Cómo Pagar Por Esas Iniciativas? ¿Cuánto Puede Lograr? Muchos Expertos Dudan Que Efectivamente Pueda Lograr Sus Promesas. Durante Su Discurso En Gettysburg No Ofreció Detalles Sobre Cómo Será Su Estrategia En Política Exterior Para Los Primeros Cien Días. En Los Últimos Días De Campaña Prometió Que “Suspenderá El Programa De Refugiados Sirios” Para Impedir La Entrada De “Terroristas Islámicos”, Pero No Volvió A Mencionar Su Idea De Deportar A Los 11 Millones De Inmigrantes Indocumentados. Además Tiene Otros Asuntos Pendientes: Actuar Ante La Justicia Contra La Docena De Mujeres Que Lo Acusaron De Manosearlas. Según Él, Todas Son Unas Mentirosas.


LIFESTYLES Turn Holiday Gatherings Into A Family-History Research Project The holiday season represents the perfect opportunity for anyone who’s been thinking of taking a deep dive into their family history. All those grandparents, aunts,

uncles and cousins gathering to feast on turkey or exchange gifts possess a treasure trove of genealogical information and family stories. All you need to do is ask – and perhaps turn on a recording device – and soon you may be learning about great-great grandfather’s treacherous journey across the Atlantic or Uncle

Phil’s courageous actions during World War II. “Interviewing family members is one of the best places to start when you want to learn about or write about your family’s story,” says Ceil Lucas, a sociolinguist, amateur genealogist and author of How I Got Here: A Memoir. “Older relatives especially may have wonderful tales from decades ago involving people you never heard about. If you’re lucky, you may even learn that they have stashed away somewhere letters, diaries or photographs that belonged to those long dead ancestors.” But be warned, Lucas says. While people dream about learning they descended from royalty or happen to be distantly related to Benjamin Franklin, genealogi-

cal research is just as likely to turn up horse thieves, drifters and scandals of every sort. “You’re going to find stuff you might not want to know,” Lucas says. “But who knows, those might be your most fascinating finds.” Lucas began working on her family history three decades ago, about the same time she began making notes on what would become a memoir of her childhood in Guatemala City and Rome, Italy. This upbringing left her with a sense of “I’m not from here” – “here” being the U.S., where she was born. But her genealogical research, which revealed her first ancestors coming to the U.S. from Scotland in 1654 and England in 1679, showed her just how “from here” she is. Lucas realized that the stories of her ancestors needed to be included in her memoir and the result was a genealogical memoir. “The thing is, once the genea-


logical story is learned, it simply can’t be unlearned,” she says. Interviewing relatives between sips of eggnog is just the beginning. Lucas has other suggestions for those who want to explore their family histories: • Check census records. Every 10 years since 1790 the census has taken a snapshot of who’s living in the United States. Valuable information can be found in census records, and you might even discover relatives you never heard about. • Sign up for a genealogy class. Many community colleges offer non-credit courses in genealogy that will help you understand how to research your family and interpret what you find. • Consider DNA testing. People often think they know their ethnic lineage, but discover surprises when they have a DNA test. Lucas’ DNA test revealed that she is descended not only

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You can see it when you drive around your neighborhood. On a visit to the Aventura Mall - or just about everywhere you go these days. The holiday season is certainly in the air. Over the next few weeks, we will see more commercials for this holiday season that lasts right up until Chanukah and ends at the end of the calendar year. Aventura comes alive this time of year as throngs of visitors pour into neighboring Hallandale Beach for the casinos and racing as well as the beaches which are getting crowded. The holiday season in Aventura is indeed an experience that those who have never been here before, are truly impressed by the way things can be festive and traditional, yet hover around the 80 degree mark with plenty of sunshine. “This is a community we used to visit when we were living in New York,” said Alison Moreno, who has lived in Aventura - with her mother and two sons - for three years now. “I have never been a cold weather person - or enjoyed the snow but the thing you got out of that is the holiday season which is equated with cold weather.” Moreno, like so many others found out that Aventura has become a city

that wants the crowds to come in and shop, eat and use everything that the residents have to use 12 months a year. Still one of the most prestigious addresses in south Florida, Aventura has created the ultimate community -with a festive feel throughout the entire city. No matter if you live here year round or just come to visit, the appeal of riding down just about any street is something that everyone talks about. The Holidays Fall Together Perhaps the perfect storm of the holiday season is having Christmas and Chanukah starting on the same day - and seeing the 8 nights extend right down that last week of December. With so much going on in south Florida as the year comes to an end, Aventura, Sunny Isles Beach and other communities benefit in a great way. So, having both holidays running at the same time, and many heading down for the week, really gives the area a huge financial boost. What’s Going On? The best thing about the holidays is to take in some of the area’s most notable events. Things that are attractions that add to the experience of this season. The

main attraction, and it has been for decades, is the Aventura Mall. There are a number of activities that you can take full advantage of at the Mall: Photos With Santa A photo with Santa is a must during the holiday season. Through Saturday, December 24, visit Santa’s Workshop for a family portrait to capture your holiday memories. Every child visiting Santa receives a complimentary book. See Santa’s hours and photo package pricing below. Santa’s Hours Monday - Thursday 12:00PM - 8:00PM Friday & Saturday 11:00AM - 8:00PM Sunday: 12:00PM - 7:00 PM Extended Hours Starting December 9-23 Santa’s Workshop Aventura Mall’s magnificent Santa’s Workshop is highlighted by a mountain of glistening, mirrored gift boxes stacked 60 feet high, adorned with cuddly 10-foot teddy bears, classic English-style rocking horses, 12-foot tall toy soldiers, and 13foot candy canes. The workshop is topped by a storybook 19th century sleigh pulled by eight pecan-covered reindeer and a rotating, 14-point Millennium Star. Every

Twinkling Snowfall Led Installation At Nordstrom Court, shoppers experience the sensation of being swept into the middle of a wintery snowfall seemingly floating down through the skylight of the three-story atrium. The 3-D continuous motion LED display lets visitors “feel” the snow being blown past their face as it falls…at first gently, then harder, seemingly accumulating on the ground. It’s an immersive experience not to be missed! Also, right down the road, Gulfstream Park also has a destination that will give this time of year a festive feel to it, with the Symphony of Lights. Featuring a 50-foot tree decorated with thousands of lights synchronized to holiday music, and an array of free entertainment for the whole family, including selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus and train rides, Symphony of Lights will run nightly through December 31st from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., with light shows every hour on the hour. The complete schedule of activities for the 2016 season of Symphony of Lights is as follows: Santa & Mrs. Claus, toy soldiers, juggling acts and stilt walkers will have appearances every Friday and Saturday through December 24th. Catabella Express Train Rides will be available to take children on a tour of Gulfstream Park from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the following dates: • Friday, December 16th • Saturday, December 17th • Friday, December 23rd • Saturday, December 24th From all of us at the Aventura Digest, we wish all of our loyal readers and advertisers a very Happy Holiday Season. We will see you next year!



High-Tech Habits Linked to Dry Eye Disease - Are You at Risk? (BPT) - Nearly nine in 10 (89 percent) of eye care professionals (ECPs) who participated in the National Eye C.A.R.E. (Current Attitudes Related to Eye Health) Survey believe our modern, multi-screen lifestyle (i.e., everyday use of mobile, tablet and computer screens) is partly responsible for an increase in dry eye disease (DED). The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll in July 2015 on behalf of Shire. The survey included more than 1,000 ECPs (optometrists and ophthalmologists) and more than 1,200 adults with dry eye symptoms (U.S. adults diagnosed with dry eye disease or experiencing dry eye symptoms who have used artificial tears in the past month). While women ages 50 and older are still most likely to be affected by DED, ECPs surveyed also report that use of modern technology is changing the face of the condition, saying that they are seeing an increased number of younger patients aged 18-34 with dry eye symptoms now vs. 10 years ago (76 percent). “Many adults aren’t familiar with key symptoms of DED and wait years between symptom onset and seeking medical advice,” explained Marguerite McDonald,

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Active Adult Programs: Trips & Tours – Winter 2017 The City of Aventura announces the following trips for its upcoming Trips & Tours Winter 2017 season. Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - Actors’ Playhouse Presents “Carousel” and Lunch On Your Own. Saturday, February 25, 2017 - The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Presents “The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater”.

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Losing weight to maintain a healthier lifestyle: Advice from a board-certified endocrinologist (BPT) - This piece is brought to you by Eisai Inc. Did you know more than two-thirds of American adults are considered either overweight or obese? In fact, obesity rates in the US are dramatically higher than they were 30 years ago, making obesity a growing public health concern. Obesity is linked to conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer - some of the leading causes of preventable death in the US. Without appropriate interventions, about half of the adult population in this country could be obese by 2030, leading to significant increases in associated health problems. The good news for those struggling with obesity is that even losing 5 percent of your body weight can be meaningful. Cheryl R. Rosenfeld, DO, FACE, FACP, clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, New York, and practicing endocrinologist at North Jersey Endocrine Consultants in Denville, New Jersey, frequently works with patients trying to lose weight. She shares the following tips for starting a weight loss regimen:

by talking to your doctor. Together you can assess the state of your health and identify appropriate weight loss goals and methods for you. In the beginning, your goal may not even be a number on a scale; it could be something like “adopt a healthier lifestyle, including increased physical activity and mindful eating habits.” It’s important, especially in the beginning, to keep your goals small and realistic, and to check in with your doctor to review your progress. Don’t think of weight loss in terms of the total amount you’d like to lose - that can be intimidating and discouraging. Instead, focus on short-term goals, like smaller amounts of weight loss or having more energy, to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Your doctor can advise you on the appropriate weight loss strategies for your health needs and lifestyle. Most weight loss plans include healthy eating (which may mean reducing overall calorie intake and eating unprocessed foods, including fruits and vegetables) and increasing physical activity. Your doctor may also recommend medication to supplement your weight loss program.


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How can I integrate physical activity into my lifestyle? Dr. Rosenfeld: If physical activity is new to you, make sure to discuss with your doctor what type of activity will be appropriate for you. Again, you can start small and work your way up to bigger goals. You can also find ways to work fitness into your everyday activities. For example, you can take the stairs instead of the elevator, or walk a lap around the office each time you go to refill your coffee or water cup. Walking is a simple and free way to increase your physical activity, plus it’s something you can do with a friend, partner, or even your whole family. Having a “fitness buddy” is a good way to stay accountable for your fitness goals. Question:

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Heryl R. Rosenfeld, DO, FACE, FACP, a practicing endocrinologist in Denville, New Jersey, and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, New York, frequently works with patients trying to lose weight to meet health goals. Here, she shares her tips for starting a weight loss regimen. products intended for weight loss including prescription drugs (e.g., phentermine), over-the-counter drugs, and herbal preparations have not been established. The effect of BELVIQ on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been established. Starting on your weight-loss journey can be challenging. But by sticking with manageable and measurable goals, and working closely with your doctor, you can make a difference. If you have an “off” day or fail to meet a particular goal, don’t get discouraged! Just focus on what you can do right now, and make your next choice a healthy one.

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Dr. Rosenfeld: We look at what is considered a healthy weight based on a person’s height. For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index,” or BMI. An adult with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight, and an adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. Once your BMI has been determined, you can work with your doctor to identify weight loss strategies.


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office. If working remotely isn’t an option, it is best to take a sick day. “When you’re sick, it’s so important to take precautions to keep your germs from infecting others, which should always include staying home from work or other activities until symptoms have subsided,” says Gottsman. “I understand that sometimes life seems too busy to get sick or a workplace may not offer enough paid time off. So staying home and putting work on the back burner until you’re well is not an option for everyone. Still, productivity will decline when you are sick and you may prolong your illness by overexerting yourself.” With that, Gottsman says the name of the game is keeping those germs to yourself. Don’t be afraid to be demonstrative about that so you send a clear signal that you care and you don’t want to infect anyone - it will put your friends and colleagues at ease. Here are Gottsman’s sick etiquette tips: Telecommute: If it is physically possible for you to complete a day’s work at home, that is probably

the second most ideal solution to taking a sick day. If that’s not a typical arrangement at your place of employment, though, frame it as being beneficial to your boss and your fellow employees. For example: “I understand we have this important deadline coming up, which is why I would prefer not to spread this bug to others. What if I worked on the project from my home office today instead of coming in? If you sent me the call-in information, I could still join the conference call later. Of course, if you need anything at all, I’m just a phone call or email away.” Touch no one: If a friend moves in for a hug or a handshake, kindly warn them that you are recovering from a cold and would prefer to “play it safe” before extending your hand or leaning in for a hug. Keep a sickness arsenal: Keep your desk well stocked to help you treat your symptoms and keep common areas germfree. For your kit, consider items like tissues, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer, as well as relief for sick symptoms, like

pain relievers and a cough syrup like Robitussin. Avoid shared surfaces: Cold viruses can survive several hours on surfaces, transferring easily to your colleagues. Germs can be hard to contain and avoid, but you can do your part by wiping down shared areas like a table or chair with a disinfecting wipe when you are finished using them. Cover your mouth wisely: Coughs and sneezes give germs and viruses a nice little vehicle to get around and infect others nearby. When you must cough or sneeze, use a tissue or cough into your arm or elbow - never your hand, because the hands help spread the germs around. When using a tissue, promptly dispose of it and sanitize your hands. Minimize coughing: When people hear someone cough in a crowded space, 26% feel annoyed, and 46% feel anxious about getting sick themselves, according to a recent online survey conducted by the Harris Poll. Keeping the medicine cabinet stocked with a powerful cough reliever is one effective way to suppress your cough.

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According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 40% of patients visiting a podiatrist have complaints or signs of toe fungus. It may begin with tenderness or pain in the toe, developing into an unsightly thick, darkened nail, and it can spread from toe to toe. In fact, the fungus can get so out of control that it can infect the foot and ankle. Topical treatment such as Lamisil cream usually is the first course of therapy for a mild or moderate case. However, long-term use or oral antifungal medication is not recommended due to the toxic side effects Lamisil can have on the liver. This is a special risk if a patient is taking other medications, including excessive use of Tylenol that can manifest the same hepatic damage. Over the past few years, Dr. Charlton Adler has been following closely the application and reported results of laser therapy on fungus toenails and other podiatric and wound situations. He is pleased to announce that he now is able to add this service as a therapeutic option in his office in North Miami Beach.

“The introduction of laser in treating toe fungus has had a major impact on attacking this uncomfortable and unsightly problem,” says Dr. Adler. He further explains that Onychomycosis, the medical term for fungal infection of the nail, is often ignored because it can be present for years without causing pain. “When the fungus imbeds itself under the nail,” he adds, “the nail surface can become darker in color and the area can develop an odor. The fungus lives on debris under the nail, and white marks can appear on the nail plate.” Approved for the treatment of nail fungus five years ago by the Food and Drug Administration, the special appeal of lasers is that it selectively heats and destroys harmful fungi while sparing healthy surrounding skin. Because of the intensity of the heat generated by laser rays, Enrique Mechulon a specially trained and certified laser technician working with Dr. Adler, says that both he and the patient wear laser protective glasses and take several rest periods during the 40-minute process. “I have already witnessed many suc-

cess stories where patients have spent years and thousands of dollars to get rid of their nail fungus,” says Mechulon. “Depending on the patient’s general health and nail problem, it can take anywhere from one to nine treatments, but the results are there with minimum risk to the body,” he adds. “I wanted to offer this therapy for quite a while,” says Dr. Adler. “However, I am cautious in my approach, and I needed more proof on studies and reports.” Dr. Adler adds that research shows that 80% of all toe fungus has been healed using laser therapy. “This is in contrast to topical ointments that only work 50% of the time,” says Adler, “and with topical treatment, the infection usually returns.”

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possible to use above-floor plumbing where no below-floor drainage exists, transporting wastewater away from a kitchen, laundry, bar sink, shower or bathroom sink. Learn more at Establish communal areas Successful compartmentalization means plenty of privacy, and privacy ensures your family shares time together because they want to - not because they’re elbow-toelbow in one space. Communal areas allow you to fully enjoy time spent together, so when planning the space, think about the activities you’ll want to do together. Will you share daily dinner or a big breakfast every Sunday? Will you have a family movie night? Does Grandma need a comfortable space where she can pass on to the grandchildren the finer points of her favorite craft activities? Shared space should be easily accessible to each generation’s compartment, and incorporate features that are universally useful and appealing. As more baby boomers enter their golden years, and millennials strive to establish their own households in the wake of the Great Recession, experts predict the number of multi-generational households will continue to grow. Multi-gen living is already at an all-time high; Pew says there were 57 million multi-generational households in the U.S. in 2012, representing more than 18 percent of the total population. In the bygone era of the 1940s, there were only 32 million multi-generational homes, Pew says.


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