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Well, it happened again. The family of a former patient of our agency called with a horror story of how the patient was taken advantage of by an aide that the client hired privately. Mrs. R. had been our patient throughout the three years that her long term care insurance paid for aide services, and she was very happy with the aides we had assigned to her. However, once she was faced with paying for the aide out-of-pocket, her friends convinced her that she could pay less money for help that she could hire herself, rather than work through an agency. At first, Mrs. R was very happy. The aide she hired was kind and attentive. She helped shower and dress Mrs R, helping pick out her clothes, accessories, even her jewelry. The aide liked to listen to Mrs. R’s stories about her trips and the lovely momentos she bought back. Mrs. R also

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As the cars race by on Biscayne Boulevard, heading north into Hallandale Beach and Hollywood, it is amazing to look around at the roads, buildings and growth the City of Aventura has endured through the years. Before it officially became a city in 1995, Aventura was home to one of the largest shopping malls and residential destinations anywhere in the country. It had become a community - in North Miami-Dade that helped shaped the region as much as any other city. Christian Torres grew up in the shadow of those condos and watched the growth of Aventura before it officially became one of the nation’s most prestigious addresses. Living in North Miami Beach and moving into one of the first condos back in the early 1970s, Torres recalls the two lane highway and swampland and vegetation that would engulf the 1 mile between U.S. 1 and the intracoastal waterway. “To see the growth here over the past 46 years is amazing,” Torres explained, pointing to a destination at Ives Dairy Road and Biscayne Blvd. “Right here was a small bar called Lena’s, and it was the only thing between this destination and Gulfstream Race Track up the road.” It’s memories of Aventura like that and so many more that have made this city special for so long. The first Publix Supermarket on Aventura Blvd. that was a major destination. Arlene Zimmerman Lloyd was a cashier when the store first opened in 1970. Even though it’s been well over 40 years, she remembers it like it happened yesterday. Lloyd recalls all the trucks and machinery that cleared brush and paved roads that widened every other year. “I know it sounds funny to most who see this beautiful, bustling area now, but there was nothing here,” Lloyd explained. “I think to fully understand the city today, knowing that this was one of those communities that grew from the ground up right before many of our eyes - is what really should be appreciated.” 20 GREAT YEARS As the City of Aventura celebrates its 20th anniversary (1995-2015), residents, city officials and those who have thriving businesses that have kept this impressive community in the spotlight, take pride in what this community has become. In 1995, the City of Aventura incor-

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4 paws and a wet nose can save a wounded veteran’s life (BPT) - Combat-wounded veterans often face a new kind of battle when they return home. Of the 51,000 service members that the Congressional Research Service reports have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands have come home to find that not even the love and support of family and friends is enough to help them cope with their physical and mental health disabilities. They struggle with physical challenges, depression, post-traumatic stress (PTS) and suicidal thoughts. For some of those veterans, salvation comes with four paws and a wet nose. “I was done. I was ready to leave this body and this pain,” says Roger Lintz, a now-retired Infantry and Special Operations officer who suffered a back injury while on combat duty in Iraq. Two botched surgeries to repair the damage left him severely disabled and in excruciating pain. “I had it all planned out. I knew how I was going to end it.” Lying in bed, pistol in hand, “I just couldn’t do it,” he recalls. “I couldn’t do it in front of my dog.” In February 2012, while between surgeries, the father of two was paired with Niles, a 5year-old, 100-pound chocolate

lab, by Paws for Purple Hearts. The non-profit organization trains and provides service dogs free of charge to veterans with physical disabilities and PTS. The group is one of the many veterans’ organizations supported by the Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The foundation also supports other non-profits that provide service dogs to wounded veterans, such as NEADS. “Service dogs are making the lives of wounded veterans better, and in some cases they’re even saving lives,” says Jeffrey Roy, president of the board of the Purple Heart Foundation. “Veterans returning from combat face many difficulties. Service dogs help disabled veterans meet physical challenges in day-to-day life, and provide a foundation of stable support and love for those suffering from PTS. The Veteran’s Administration does not fund service dog programs for issues like PTS, so it’s up to organizations like ours to help these veterans.” Often, a service dog helps his or her veteran in multiple ways. For example, Niles assists Lintz with physical tasks and provides emotional support to help Lintz

cope with his PTS. “I can’t always tell my wife what I’m going through; I don’t want her suffering anymore,” says Lintz, who served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army. “Every day I have to put on my Superman suit for the people around me, but I can tell my dog anything. He listens and he understands me without judgment.” “We take great care to identify dogs with the right personality to help someone with PTS,” says John Moon, director of client programs and community engagement for NEADS. “Only 50 percent of all the dogs we train will qualify to work with humans, and fewer will be right for working with veterans.” Dogs train for months - Niles trained for a year and a half - as veteran service dogs. Service dogs learn to do a variety of tasks, such as stabilize veterans with mobility issues as they walk, climb stairs, sit or stand; turn lights off and on; open doors and retrieve dropped items (Niles can pick up a single sheet of paper from the floor). They also learn to recognize and respond to a veteran’s emotional state, providing calm, comfort and emotional support. And while all service dogs receive task and obedience training, those helping veterans with

Service dog Niles and his human companion, retired Infantry and Special Operations Officer Roger Lintz. PTS must have a special personality. “We choose the most stable dogs for PTS veterans, and we train them in a variety of situations and settings so that no matter what they experience when they’re working with their veteran, no matter what sights or sounds they’re exposed to, they’ll be able to do their job and provide a stabilizing effect for that veteran,” Moon says. While NEADS and PAWS provide dogs to veterans for free, it costs tens of thousands to train just one dog. Moon says NEADs spends about $47,000 to fully train a service dog for a veteran,

and PAWS’ website says it spends about $25,000. The support of the Purple Heart Foundation is vital in helping NEADS and other organizations continue to provide dogs to veterans, Moon says. To make a donation in support of veterans, visit www.purpleheartfoundation.org. His pain controlled by a morphine pump, and with Niles by his side, Lintz now volunteers for PAWS as his way of giving back and helping other veterans. “I could never repay them for what they’ve done for me,” he says. “They gave me my best friend. They gave me a dog who saved my life.”

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(Family Features) Just because you don’t own your home or have a permanent abode, does not mean you can’t be neat and organized in the place you currently hang your hat. “Even if you are not able to drill holes in the walls, even if you are always on the move and prefer not to invest in costly storage solutions, there are still plenty of portable and attractive options for you,” said professional organizer Lorie Marrero. “Find those that work best for your needs and can be as portable as you are.” Creative closet space Some of the most frustrating things about renting can be the lack of storage space and the inability to install permanent fixtures in closets. Typically equipped with one rod and a top shelf, rental closets don’t provide the best configurations for maximizing the available area. You can make the most of those limited resources with a system such as ClosetMaid’s brand-new Closet Maximizer. This tool-free system securely clips to an existing wire or wood hang rod, but easily detaches if the

need arises. The functional modern design features laminate shelves with a double-hang rod, and storage accessories like fabric bins and hanging organizers. The system is affordable and available in three finishes (white, dark cherry and chocolate), and the adjustable, doublehang rod can be positioned on either side to customize the space. Hidden in plain view Attractive, colorful storage pieces can enhance existing decor and brighten up the lackluster neutral walls found in most rentals. Anyone living in an apartment or smaller quarters knows that storage needs to not only look good, but also be completely functional. Add style to spruce up your living space while containing clutter with Decorative Storage products from ClosetMaid. Available in three, six and nine cube designs, they are available in three finishes to blend with any inte-

rior and help take organization to the next level. Coordinating fabric bins in various shades ensure pops of color will complement any existing palate. Ready access for everyday items Create a system to keep your place tidy. A drop zone, whether in your entryway, kitchen or living area, is a good designated place to keep your mail, keys, shoes, bags or whatever you always need, readily available. A small bench by the door for a briefcase or a colorful coat tree for hanging outerwear are good options to keep belongings off the floor. Once you’ve gotten your system down, be vigilant about sticking to the plan. With the right products and a little creative thinking, adding moveable, functional, attractive and affordable storage can be quite simple for any renter. Take charge of your space and get organized so you can feel better about where you call home.

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(StatePoint) Whether you’ll be sunning by the pool or traveling on an outdoor adventure, your accessories should match your lifestyle this summer. Here are three great ways to gear up for a season of outdoor fun. Sleek Shades: Defend your eyes from the sun with a great pair of shades that feature both UVA and UVB protection. Test several pairs of lenses with visual contrast in mind, as you won’t want to sacrifice your depth perception when you’re playing sports or out on a nature hike. If you wear glasses regularly, you may also want to consider transition lenses, which are a convenient feature for an active lifestyle, eliminating the need to switch between pairs. Great Timepieces: A great watch should not only be stylish, but also have functionality suited for the season. For example, the versatile Ladies Solar Easy Readers series from Casio features solarpowered operation as well as water resistance up to 50 meters. That means wearers can go fishing, hiking or swimming and not worry about damaging their watch. It comes in four stylish designs for every occasion. For a timeless look that never goes out of style, check out Casio’s Vintage Series, which are water resistant, and feature a backlight for easy-reading in the sun. For runners, bikers and anyone up for a timed personal challenge, the stopwatch feature will come in handy. The Go-Everywhere Bag: Accessorizing for the warmer weather should be all about simplicity. Pare down your wardrobe and stick with one eclectic, multifunctional bag you can take with you everywhere. Ideally, it could serve as both tote or sling bag, be useful for work and play, and, for light packers, even work as a weekend bag. Lots of compartments can help you keep your items organized and your valuables dry. For patterns, think bright colors, tropical flowers, nautical stripes and other themes evocative of the season. This season, don’t just accessorize for style, accessorize for your lifestyle.

A Kitchen Designer Tells All Five tried-and-true tips for rocking your kitchen remodel (Family Features) When remodeling your kitchen, it can be tricky to know where to start. Certified Kitchen Designer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways than one. As a designer certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Camp has designed thousands of kitchens in her 35-year career - including her own. With a newfound personal understanding of remodeling challenges, Camp has pulled together her top tips for a successful kitchen revamp. Require references from your contractor - and call them As you start to look for kitchen designers and contractors, ask for references from their last few jobs and call those references to ask about the experience. Ask specific questions: How did they leave the jobsite? Are they loud? Did they show up too early? If sticking to a budget is critical, yet a reference says, “Well, he came in way over budget, but he did such an amazing job,” this isn’t the guy for you. Traditional vs. contemporary You may find yourself gravitating toward a kitchen style that will look foreign in your current house. By adding unexpected elements, you can incorporate more contemporary finishes in a traditional space, or vice versa, without completely disconnecting from the house style. Look for brands like Neolith, www.neolith.com, that offer a multitude

of style options for the larger surface areas of your kitchen - including flooring, wall surfaces and countertops - with triedand-true designs that mimic looks of marble or granite, as well as more modern options in blue, green, black and much more. A little space can add a lot Remodeling because you’re tight on space? You’re not alone. “The top complaints I hear - no room for seating, too little counter area - all go back to a lack of space,” said Camp. “We borrowed space from a closet in our entryway, which only added about 20 square feet, but it made a big difference.” When working with a smaller kitchen, resist the urge to put cabinets everywhere. Less-common design options, like running cabinets along only one wall, selecting mid-high cabinets, or implementing an art wall, can do wonders to break up the space. Pick the materials and finishes that work for you When you’re ready to choose materials and finishes, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Keep in mind that practicality is key, especially when it comes to countertops. Softer stones like marble are beautiful, but also very delicate and require special care. If you’re looking for a material that gives the look of a natural stone, but can stand up to anything, consider an all-

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HOROSCOPES Aries (March 21 - April 19) In matters of love, the month starts out with a very special cosmic event. Jupiter will embrace Venus a sensational vibration, just made for you, for both planets will conjoin in your fifth house of true love. Uranus, the planet of surprise, will be in Aries too, and is perfectly positioned to help Jupiter and Venus spin their magic for you.

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moment to act, but that won’t be the case in July. Finally, you have your moment to call the shots, and others around you will have to follow what you say. Leo (July 23- August 22) As the month begins, you will be in the mood to catch your breath and slow down. By taking time to rest and think about your new birthday year ahead, you will ensure a happier, more productive year. A lot of planetary activity will light your solar twelfth house in July, considered the last house of the horoscope. Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) You find pleasure in being productive, which is why you so rarely allow yourself time off. Work accomplished makes you feel great, but there is a limit to how much you can do before you get exhausted. This month will be about having fun and getting your mind off work for a while. Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) The month starts off with a beautiful coming together of beauty and luxury planet Venus and good fortune Jupiter at the start of this month. This oncea-year event will make everyone, of every sign, happy for different reasons, but you will enjoy this cosmic event more than most, for Venus is your guardian planet. Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) As you begin July, you might want to consider taking a vacation. Your horoscope this month is practically screaming, “Take a break!” The month

starts off with a juicy full moon in Capricorn 10 degrees, making a short trip possible immediately or in the days leading to the weekend. Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Dear Sagittarius, for a moment, turn away from other activities to focus on money. The full moon will appear in Capricorn 10 degrees and will start the ball rolling. This full moon is a happy one, so it will allow you to be highly productive. Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) This month may feel as though it will focus you completely on your partner, but July will be equally as much about you, too, for you will have to decide, once and for all, what will make you happy in life. You won’t have to wait long to find out what July is all about, for the full moon at the start of the month. Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb18) July will sneak in quietly and softly. You will have a full moon in Capricorn, 10 degrees, to light your twelfth house of rest, secrets, and behindthe-scenes activities. You may feel an overwhelming need to slow down, and rightly so, for although early June was great for fun and love. Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20) You have been consumed with career talks and assignments, but now that Saturn has temporarily moved out of your tenth house of career honors, awards, and achievement, you can slow down just long enough to smell the roses, dear Pisces.

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Living a longer healthy life is a joint venture between you, your family and your doctor. Prevention is the key. Regular checkups are critical. Lab studies and diagnostic tests reveal a lot, alerting the doctor to a developing problem that can be controlled at an early stage. When symptoms appear, the problem already has had an effect. Medications play their role. Although they are compounded with certain actions in mind, medications react differently with each patient. The doctor’s decision is based on symptoms, current medications being taken, other conditions, status of the heart and blood pressure, effects other systems, and general lifestyle of the patient. The doctor monitors them carefully and may try a different plan of treatment. I am a cardiologist, and when I prescribe for my patient, it is a careful balance of medications that are suited to the heart problem in conjunction with

other medications that the patient is taking. For example, medications for high blood pressure are not all the same. There are alpha blockers, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, diuretics, etc. They all have a particular function in controlling the pressure it takes for blood to pump through the heart and then out to the body. Sometimes, we prescribe two or more at the same time. They need to be taken as directed since their interaction has a direct effect on your heart. Supplements. Even though they are over-the-counter, claim to be natural and require no prescription, does not mean that herbals, vitamins and minerals cannot effect your body or medications that you are already taking. As an example, Vitamins A, C and E have anticoagulant qualities. If you are taking Warfarin, and possibly baby aspirin, think about how you may be intensifying the anticoagulant effects in your blood, putting you at risk for additional bleeding. If an herbal sleep aid helps with

your insomnia, it is affecting a level of brain action, which is a chemical reaction. Advise your doctor of the supplements you are considering or already taking. Diet and hydration. When advised to limit salt, sugar, white flour and fried foods, take that seriously. Taking medication to stabilize your blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol is a wakeup call, not a license to continue bad habits. A sufficient amount of fluids, particularly water, provides volume in the blood for proper distribution of oxygen through your red blood cells. It is necessary for digestion and elimination, and provides general hydration throughout your system. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrating. Patient’s role. It is very important

for patients to take all medications as directed and for the entire time prescribed, many patients will stop taking their antibiotic when they feel better. This is the worst thing to do, since your body is not entirely rid of the bacteria, and it can re-flourish and return with a vengeance, now resistant to that particular type of medication. Be sure to take medication with at least a half glass of water for quick delivery to the stomach, where it will begin to break up for proper digestion and absorption. Family support is equally important. However, with their concern for you and best intentions, their guidance and advice should be checked out with the doctor, and that includes all the supplements that they are quick to suggest. Remember. Good health and living a healthier, longer life is a team effort, and each player has his or her very important role to play. How is your team doing?

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How to tackle your home’s stubborn stains and odors (BPT) - From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home. Conceal wall stains with primer: Have your kids made artwork of your walls, or has your leaky roof caused a waterdamaged mess? Tough wall stains like these can be hard to get rid of, but are easily sealed by applying a high-quality, stainblocking primer. For example, KILZ Hide-All Primer Sealer covers problem areas on surfaces from drywall and woodwork to concrete and brick. It even masks over dark stains without allowing color to bleed through. With only a one-hour drying time before applying a topcoat, this is the perfect oneweekend project to cross off your list. KILZ primer can also seal off odors caused by pets or smoke.

Cover stubborn stains fast with a coat of primer Eliminate refrigerator odors: Refrigerators are subject to a variety of spills and odors. Making time for fridge maintenance can help prevent unusual odors and keep your food fresh longer. To cleanse and polish your fridge, begin by emptying the contents of your fridge and throwing out, recycling or composting any food that is expired or beginning to smell. Next, pull out any

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resulting paste into the cracks and crevices, then douse with water again. If the grout lines are stained, spray a mixture of equal parts vinegar and warm water onto the area and brush. After a final rinse, the grime will be gone. Prevent a moldy washing machine: If you own a front-loading washing machine, you’ve probably noticed the unpleasant smell that can linger after completing a load of laundry. Despite being more energyefficient, these machines have a tendency to hold odors and harbor mold. To clean and prevent grimy buildup, try this: instead of detergent, cycle two cups of vinegar and a quartercup of baking soda on a hot setting. When it’s done, use a clean sponge to scrub down the inside. Finally, rinse with a plainwater cycle, and you’ll see (and smell) the results. Whether in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, tricky stains and odors in your home can be a tough job, but with these four tips you’ll be able to eliminate a few messy tasks in no time.

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Miami Beach: Parkview Point, 2/2, Hi Floor, incredible views of water, Miami skyline, $236K Spinnaker Bay: 4/2.5 gorgeous, redone, in the Waterways $575K Waterview: #1448, 2/2 great unit, great views, $340K Waterview: #1748, high floor, corner unit, nicely redone, $355K. Waterview: #847, Beautiful 3/3, amazing views, great kitchen, (Ocean & Intracoastal), $389K. Coronado: 2/2, 1st fl, facing Golf course, completely renovated, one-of-a-kind! $279K. Hallandale Meadowbrook: 1/1, completely redone! Superb! $119K. 76 Isle Of Venice: on the water, 2/2, with dock, redone, $495K Hollywood Station: Rented 2/2 perfect for investors $250K Hollywood Station: 2/2 rented $255K. Very good buy! Regent Park: 1/1 rented $160K Hollywood Station: 2/2 $240K firm! Eldrodo: Low floor, very nice, 1/2 great condition, only $210K

FOR RENT • Waterview: 2/2, gorgeous redone top to bottom, water views, 5th floor, $2,400 month.

New Developments • Brickell City Center: High Floor, nice view, $1.2M • Prive: Magnificent project on private island, 800 sf terraces, superb amenities, marina, beach... starting at $1.2 Million. • Echo - Aventura: 188th Street, next to auditorium, beautiful, best price in Aventura. Near School, call for details. • Aria: Downtown, near the Omni. Take advantage of pre-launch prices, call for details.

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