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Aventura has only one seat open for its voters Turning 21 next month, the City is in great shape with its elected officials • SECOND OF A FOURPART SERIES ON THE 2016 COMMUNITY ELECTION. By Larry Blustein email@example.com Aventura - For those who remember what it was like to grow up in this area - before it was a city - and before it was developed, have the respect for what this prestigious address means. Ellen Kravitz was one of the first residents with her family back in 1970 as this part of unincor-
Joshua Mandall prated Miami-Dade looked to build on the swamp land that sat between Biscayne Blvd. (U.S. 1) and the Intra-
coastal Waterway. As development in northeast Miami-Dade began to take hold - with businesses and condos the first to take hold many felt that this was an area that would take off - and with its proximity to so many area destinations - it was only a matter of time when things would truly explode. “I always remember thinking that if the right
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Dr. Donoway celebrates 25 years Hollywood Police Department Unveils Police-to-Citizen Website of Surgical Oncology Practice with Opening of Atlas Oncology for Pancreatic and Liver Cancer (P2C) Website. The new website p2c.hollywoodfl.org allows the public to search, view and print a free PDF file of many police reports including accident, arrest and incident reports. Additionally, residents can view the Daily Bulletin which consists of a list of arrests, incidents and citations that occurred on any chosen day. You can access the P2C Portal directly (p2c.hollywoodfl.org) or go to the main police website.
Broward County • Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center (410 SE 3rd Street, Hallandale Beach, 33009) • Hollywood Branch Library (2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 33020). • South Regional Library/BC (7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, 33024).
Hollywood - On September 28th, the Grand Atrium of the Presidential Circle Building in Hollywood was aglow in Pink and Purple to celebrate two milestones with the help of Morton's of Chicago catering, the 25th anniversary of Dr. Robert Donoway practicing world class Cancer Surgery in South Florida and the announcement of the opening of Atlas Oncology - the Institute for Advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancer Ablation. Speaking to an audience of 150 physicians and colleagues Dr Donoway, a native of Philadelphia moved to South Florida in 1990 and he has remained here ever since. Having completed his medical education, surgical training and oncologic fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center he has been a prolific fixture of our oncologic community, serving as Director
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Early voting can save you plenty of time With the upcoming Nov. 8 election expected to attract large crowds, the early voting period in Miami-Dade and Broward will be huge. Many are urged to take advantage of the much shorter lines as many issues and offices are up for grabs in this very important election. Early voting takes place from Monday, October 24th – Sunday, November 6th - from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here are where you can get things done early:
• Northeast Dade-Aventura Branch Library (2930 Aventura Boulevard, Aventura, 33180). • North Miami Public Library (835 NE 132ND Street, North Miami, 33161).
For more information on any of the services provided, please contact the office of Dr. Robert Donoway at 954-986-6366. of several area Cancer Centers and served on the Boards of numerous organizations such American Cancer Society and Gilda's Club. Dr Donoway identified the
many "firsts" he had introduced here but was especially proud of the sentinel lymph node mapping for Breast Can-
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Dr. Donoway celebrates 25 years of Surgical Oncology Practice with Opening of Atlas Oncology for Pancreatic and Liver Cancer
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cer he introduced in 1995 and Ablation for Liver tumors in 1992. His dedication to providing personalized cancer care has been a hallmark of his career, By bringing advanced techniques, such as the NanoKnife for the treatment of Pancreatic, Liver and other advanced Cancers, which is available through Atlas Oncology he feels will make a significant difference in patient outcomes. Dr Donoway introduced the NanoKnife over 4 years ago and currently has the largest international experience, drawing patients from all over the US, South America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and even Asia. In receiving the 20 inch swarovski crystal award for Service Dr. Donoway was ever so proud of the many thousands of cancer patients he has had the privilege to treat and the doctors he has served. He concluded by saying...." It is my hope that by continuing to push with more technologically advanced options for cancers once felt to be untreatable that more lives can be extended and saved. The mission and vision of Atlas Oncology is to provide HOPE where patients have been misinformed."
For more information about the NanoKnife and its uses please contact the office of Dr. Robert Donoway at 954-986-6366 and asking specifically for Kathryn Anderson, Practice Administrator. Dr Donoway's office is located at 4000 Hollywood Blvd Presidential Circle suite N-160 Hollywood, Florida, 33021.
New hope for Pancreatic & Liver Cancer Patients Patients once diagnosed with locally advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancers were given little hope and often offered limited treatment options all with certain short life expectancies despite the treatment they were receiving. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation, also known as IRE or NANOKNIFE for short, has changed all that. Patients are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies based on recently published reports. Though currently used in patients with known locally advanced diseases it has now found its place in the operating room and used when patients are “unexpectedly” found to have more advanced disease than pre-operative imaging shows. Dr. Robert Donoway, a surgical oncologist trained at Sloan- Kettering, is the only surgeon performing these procedures. During the procedure, in the operating room, after it has been determined that the patient’s tumor is non-resectable, fine needle probes are placed through the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure there is no injury to critical structures such as the Bile Ducts and Portal Vein. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is delivered through the probes in 90 microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The procedure lasts between 1 and 2 hours using imaging to follow the ablative process. After the procedure is completed, the probes are removed and the patient is closed and taken to ICU step down for a 24-hour observation period. Most patients are discharged in 2 or 3 days following surgery and because there is no major surgery to recover from, they are able to start postoperative neo-adjuvant type chemotherapy and radiation sooner. After 3 to 6 months of combination treatment patients are re-evaluated and restaged. A number have been converted to Resection candidates, which is still deemed the standard of care. The preliminary results have been very encouraging and have more than doubled many patients life expectancies. Clinical trials are ongoing to use new novel agents including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines as the next line of treatment in this highly selected and heavily pre-treated group. Dr. Donoway is the only surgeon performing this procedure in Florida. Dr. Donoway has one of the largest international NanoKnife experiences having treated over 600 patients from all over the US, Central and South America, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Hawaii.
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Robert B. Donoway, FACS Medical Director Institute for Pancreatic, Liver and Advanced Cancer Ablation at Atlas Oncology Aventura Office Locations: Donoway Center for Cancer Treatment and Prevention Aventura~Hollywood~Miramar Aventura 305-682-4993 Hollywood 954-986-6366 Fax 954-986-4355 Former Chairman Cancer Committee Aventura Cancer Center Aventura Hospital and Medical center Former Medical Director Memorial Cancer Institute Past Chairman, Department of Surgery Past Director, Division of Surgical Oncology Former Cancer Committee Chairman Memorial Healthcare System American Cancer Society Past President (Broward County) Past Chairman Medical Evaluation and Advisory Board(Florida Division) Gilda's Club South Florida Founding Member Medical Advisory Board
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There are many things that we will all be voting for By Mayor Joy Cooper Hallandale Beach - Since the absentee ballots have been mailed and early voting starts this Monday I have been receiving many questions about the proposed local and state questions that are on the ballot. The short answer is vote yes on every question accept the “solar” choice question. Of course they then ask why. You may have seen the many commercials on TV purporting the amendment will allow consumers to place solar panels on their roofs, that this will help Florida and keep the proposal out of the government process by putting the change into the Florida constitution while still protecting the consumer. These commercials are probably the most misleading I have seen in years. The facts are you can put solar on your roof now. In our city you can even utilize the value in you home to add energy efficient solar panels and do other improvements through the PACE program. The only thing this amendment will do is lock up the Florida energy monopolies like FPL and others. I have written about this before, but wanted to make sure our readers knew to VOTE NO on the first question. The other questions should be supported. Medical marijuana has been on the ballot before but did not receive that necessary 60% to pass. Since that amendment failed the proposers have addressed many of the original concerns raised by the opposition. The majority of people that I speak with support this amendment. I have had the opportunity to watch first hand the MM industry grow in Colorado since having a vacation condo there for over 16 years. It went from underground to MM and now it is legal for recreational use for the individual. It has changed that state in so many ways and most importantly improved the lives of many people who use MM to address their health needs. It has helped their economy by creating more jobs. These jobs are not just in the industry, but in all areas. The revenue from the industry has helped many localities and the state with much needed revenue to address infrastructure. It has also reduced costs to the criminal justice system with less individuals incarcerated for procession. This amendment should pass it is time to get it right here in our state and the amendment should get a YES vote. The 2 Penny Tax question should both be supported. These questions are a result of the hard work of both the county and cities to bring forward their plans for both improved transportation and municipality infrastructure needs throughout the county. 30% of the penny will come from tourist dollars. The penny will not be on food, prescription drugs or purchases over 5000. All trust fund revenues will be regulated by an independent oversite committee that will monitor and approve all projects. It is mandated that the committee be comprised of only industry experts with
Bunny Basics Class Scheduled for Nov. 19
Fort Lauderdale – Mark your calendars, a FREE Bunny Basics class will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Humane Society of Broward County. While rabbits are cute and come in a variety of breeds just like dogs and cats, rabbits require a lot of special care. Did you know rabbits can be trained to use a litter box? Or did you know that a pet rabbit can live 10 or more years? Hop on over and learn about rabbit care and behavior at this educational class. Topics will include: creative housing ideas, socialization, exercise, rabbit health and much more! This class is a must for new rabbit owners or
for those thinking about getting a rabbit. Reservations are required, so please visit www.humanebroward.co m/rabbits or call 954266-6822 for more details. The Humane Society of Broward County is a private, non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any local or national organization with a similar name. The HSBC relies on donations from people and businesses in our community to help carry out the programs and services offered. To see pets available for adoption, please visit www.humanebroward.com or stop by, adoption hours are Monday - Saturday 10:30 - 6:30 and Sunday 10:30 - 5:30.
no elected officials or people doing work on the any project. Inspector General Scott will also provide additional oversite and enforcement. Both questions should be supported and both must pass. VOTE YES and YES. There are two other county questions. The proposals include eliminating the Management and Efficiency Board. This may sound bad but it should be supported. The committee is costly and there are other mechanisms in place to insure our county government is running. The other is to change the Charter Board that is basically housekeeping. VOTE YES on both! The other amendment if for an addition of a housing tax exemption for income restrained seniors. I see
on a daily basis our many seniors struggling to make ends meet. We should all do our part to make sure residents are protected in their senior years and have a roof over their heads. VOTE YES. Most importantly vote! Every single vote will ensure our city county and state move in the right direction. As always, please feel free to contact me any time with your questions/concerns and ideas on how to make our city a better place at my office: (954) 457-1318. On my cell/text at: (954) 632-5700. Or visit my web-site at: www.mayor joycooper.com.
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people came in here and made this area a city and played on its location, the sky would be the limit,” Kravitz said. “This was the perfect location - and by the time they built Publix and the Aventura Mall, the direction was indeed plain to see.” With the Founders Day event coming up on Nov. 13 to celebrate 21 years, dating back to 1995, which was the year the City of Aventura incorporated and became a new city within Miami-Dade County under its own local government. From the hiring of Thomas E. Ribel in 1996 to be its first Police Chief to the City of Aventura Police Department acquiring the law
enforcement duties for its new city from the Miami-Dade County Police Department in 1997, things have progressed. But the difference over the years in the way this community has become elite and so prestigious is the way city government has worked. Top mayors and commissioners, from the beginning, were instrumental in shaping and molding this area. Being progressive and understanding that this was a destination and not a stopover was indeed the difference. “I can tell you that for as long as I have been
living here, and it’s 14 years now, I cannot say enough about what this City has done to elevate and continue to make it special,” Roy Marks explained. “I lived in a few other areas here in southern Florida that were not open and not transparent, always hiding things from the residents.” It was because of the way the commission, which today includes Mayor Enid Weisman and Commissioners Teri Holzberg (Seat 1), Denise Landman (Seat 2), Howard Weinberg (Seat 3), Robert Shelley (Seat 4), Dr. Linda Marks (Seat 5) and Marc Narotsky (Seat 6)
- always remained progressive and looking out for what was best for all of Aventura. The Nov. 8 municipal election will not change too much as voters are really looking at one seat that will be contested. With Marks unopposed for Seat 1 - which had Holzberg stepping down; and Weinberg unopposed for for Seat 3, only the race for Seat 5 is what all will be watching. With Enbar Cohen and Gary Pyott withdrawing from the race, political newcomers Joshua Mandall and Gladys Mizrahi will be what voters are making a choice on - with the
other vital issues on the ballot. Founder Day Coming Up On Sunday, Nov. 13, Aventura celebrates its 21st anniversary of incorporation - with its annual Founders Day celebration, including the kick-off of the City’s seasonal Green Market. The celebration and market will take place from noon – 5 PM at Founders Park located at 3105 NE 190 Street. When you come to help celebrate the City's 21st anniversary bash, you will see plenty. From stilt walkers, jugglers, activities, food, and the opening of the impressive Green Mar-
ket, to a variety of outdoor and recreational activities. Join in and participate in fun games; get creative at the interactive art and science stations, or unleash your fun, personal style in the Makeover Madness station. In addition, share the excitement with little ones at Toddler Town; relax under the dining tents while catching a game of football on HDTVs and feast on a bite from any of the fantastic food trucks. Become dazzled by the acts on the community stage featuring the Aventura STAR talent competition and many more surprises!
Double dose of comedy: The talented Jo Koy makes two stops in south Florida The supremely witty Koy is an audience favorite thanks to an explosive personality and captivating storytelling that draws on his experiences as both a parent as well as his own childhood.
Dania Beach – October 12, 2016 – Comedian Jo Koy will perform two consecutive nights in South Florida the weekend of November 4. Koy will make his first stop at Stage 954 at The Casino @ Dania Beach on Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. Then, he will perform at Stage 305 on Saturday, November 5 at 9 p.m. at Magic City Casino. ”Jo Koy is one of the few comics who have had the honor of getting a standing ovation on The Tonight Show,” said Scott Savin, Chief Executive Officer of The Casino @ Dania Beach and Chief Operating Officer of Magic City Casino. “Known for his two blockbuster Comedy Central specials, as well as frequent appearances on The Adam Carolla Show and Chelsea Lately, Koy is one of the hottest comedians in the industry. I have no doubt he is
going to bring down the house at both of his back-to-back shows.” The supremely witty Koy is an audience favorite thanks to an explosive personality and captivating storytelling that draws on his experiences as both a parent as well as his own childhood as a kid growing up in a Filipino-American household. Koy is a weekly guest on The Adam Carolla Show podcast and recently started his own podcast, The Koy Pond with Jo Koy. In addition to having two Comedy Central specials in his repertoire, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out, Koy has also appeared on more than 100 episodes of Chelsea Lately, World’s Funniest Fails, The Joy Behar Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly and Jamie Foxx: Laffapalooza. Both comedy shows are 21 and over. Tickets
Hollywood From Page 1A “We are excited about this new resource for Hollywood residents, media, and anyone who wants to gain access to police reports. This program is a convenient tool that provides information in a timely manner. We want to be as transparent as we can be without compromising our investiga-
begin at $30/person at Stage 954 and $35/person at Stage 305. VIP tables are available for $400 and include seating for four. Tickets can be purchased online at www.casinodania b e a c h . c o m , www.magicitycasino.co m or by calling 844-234SHOW. The Casino @ Dania Beach will also present the following shows: October 29 The Box Tops, The Crystals & The Brooklyn Bridge (8 p.m.) November 5 The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston (8 p.m.) December 3 An Evening with Styx (8 p.m.) December 10 Taylor Dayne (8 p.m.) January 7 Atlanta Rhythm Section (8 p.m.) January 14 J. Anthony Brown (8 p.m.) January 28 Blood, Sweat & Tears (8 p.m.) March 11 Sandra Bernhard (8 p.m.) Magic City Casino’s entertainment schedule includes the following performers: October 15 Esta Noche Si (10 p.m.) FREE October 21 Fight Time 33 (8 p.m.) October 28 SAVE’s 22nd Halloween Ball (9 p.m.) November 12 Wiener Bash featuring The
Guess Who, War and Foghat (5 p.m.) November 19 Orquesta Brava (8 p.m.) FREE December 2 An Evening with Styx (8 p.m.) December 9 Francisco Duran Live DVD Taping (9 p.m.) December 10 A Night at the Copacabana featuring Kevin Ceballo (8:30 p.m.) FREE December 17 Rare Earth (8 p.m.) FREE About The Casino @ Dania Beach After undergoing more than $60 million in renovations, The Casino @ Dania Beach features 900 Las Vegas-style slot machines, a luxurious Card Room, electronic table games including blackjack, craps and roulette, live Jai-Alai and a multipurpose indoor entertainment venue. The Casino @ Dania Beach also features Luxe, an upscale gourmet buffet, and an outpost of Roasters’ n Toasters, a South Florida institution beloved for its New York-style deli and bagels. The Casino @ Dania Beach is open every day (Sunday Thursday: 9am to 3am; Friday - Saturday: 9am to 4am). The casino is located at 301 E. Dania Beach Boulevard in
tions,” said Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez. The P2C site will not show information related to active investigations, homicide, sex crimes and fraud cases. Anyone needing an official copy of a record will still need to go in person to the Hollywood Police Department. Visit www.hollywoodpolice.org for a video tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to use the system.
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Let’s Start Talking: Discussing police-race relations is vital Let’s Start Talking: Solutions in General, an inCity of novative Hallandale Beach program designed to engage the community in discussing police-race relations, was honored this week by the White House. President Barack Obama sent a letter to the City citing the City for taking a pro-active lead in discussing these sensitive issues. The letter comes on the heels of the second Let’s Start Talking program, held last Thursday night at the Hallandale Beach Community Center. A 14-member panel of experts, community leaders, ministers and residents came together to discuss the programs and issue a call to action. Seeking a solution to make police work more transparent, community
leaders asked if police would post complaints and records online, including complaints against police officers. Panel members also questioned if all complaints against police officers were logged into the system. “This not just in Hallandale Beach, but can we do this (open all records) countywide,” asked Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anthony Sanders, who sponsored the program and served as one of the moderators. “Is this even doable to get the transparency?” “All of this is very possible, but we are slightly limited,” Hallandale Beach Assistant Chief Mike Martinez told the in house audience and those watching live on LiveStream. The limits
include open Internal Affairs investigations, active investigations or investigations protected under the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights (F.S. 112.532). Once a case is closed, all records are available. Broward’s Sheriff’s Major Nathan Osgood said the system works. “We have a Public Corruption Unit. I’m not proud to admit it, but we have arrested corrupt, bad cops.” Major Osgood said the Broward Sheriff’s Policy is that every complaint is logged and a public record. Hallandale Beach stepped up this week and launched the Policeto-Citizen complaint portal. Visit www.cohb.org /p2c and residents can search cases, com-
Members of a distinguished panel of experts get together after the second Let’s Start Talking: Solutions in General, forum at the Cultural Community Center. Getting together are, from left, Gordon Weeks, Broward County Public Defender’s Office, Maria Schneider, Broward County State Attorney’s Office, Broward County Sheriff’s Major Nathan Osgood, Hallandale Beach Assistant Chief Mike Martinez, and Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anthony Sanders. (Photo courtesy City of Hallandale Beach Public Relations)
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Health in the Hood, a community initiative to bring healthy lifestyles to the area Crews placed stakes on the property recently and measured plots Health in the Hood, a community initiative to bring healthy lifestyles to the area, is working with the City of Hallandale Beach to plant a community garden on SW 9th Street. Crews placed stakes on the property recently and measured plots to get ready for the community planting, tentatively scheduled for
Anyone looking for work? The Hallandale Opportunity Project (HOP) is hosting “JOBtober,” a job fair, next Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the new O.B. Johnson Park, 1000 NW 8th Ave. The event is the second job fair hosted by the HOP program in recent months. Industry representatives from retail, hospitality, manufacturing, staffing agencies, trans-
portation, healthcare, government and more will be on hand to meet with residents and job applicants. Applicants are urged to “dress for success,” and come with resumes in hand. The event will include giveaways and refreshments. For more information, please contact Larette Alexander, 954457-2982, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Nov. 5. A project headed by Health in the Hood executive director Asha Loring in cooperation with the City of Hallandale Beach, the garden will be managed by a master gardener and will include a variety of vegetables. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CityOfHallandaleBeach) and on
Twitter @MYHBeach for more information as the gets near. planting
(Photo courtesy City of Hallandale Beach Public Relations).
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DisasterStruck Public Adjusters Inc. While it's been a number of years since we have had a hurricane hit our area, Condo and Homeowners need to be informed and ready!
With the recent brush of south Florida by devastating Hurricane Matthew, fighting the good fight isn't always the easiest of tasks. Going to battle against the wrong doings of the world can be a strenuous battle, but at the end of the day somebody has to do it. In talking to Ilya Levitis, owner of Disasterstruck Public Adjusters, you will find a man who is on that same very mission. From coping with the still lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew as well are various other housing losses from leaks, fires, roof damage, and even vandalism, the everyday public still has a security blanket in the form of Disasterstruck Public Adjusters. "What we do is pretty simple," Levitis said. "We basically fight for the rights of the homeowners, condo association owners, and condo associations. We try to get our clients the maximum reward possible so that they can get their property back in order." Although it has been a few weeks since Hurricane Matthew came within 100 miles of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, the aftermath is still very visible and all one has to do is drive through various communities to get a full understanding of just how the damage affected parts of our own communities. With the changes being made with the insurance companies only paying out what their adjusters advised, that leaves many homeowners and condo associations without sufficient funds in order to perform all of the repairs. "That's where we come in," Levitis explains. "The truth of the matter is that a lot of individuals get a fraction of what they need to fully fix their house. After the hurricane or storm hits a lot of insurance companies use out of state adjusters which results in less money for the policy holders." When it comes to using a public adjuster, Levitis is serious about correcting the mistakes that the insurance companies have left behind. It happens every year, and without Disaster-
Struck Public Adjusters Inc., homeowners would be lost. "Teaming up with Disasterstruck Public Adjusters is a simple process," Levitis pointed out. "When someone signs with us, we take on the full responsibility of readjusting their claim. We use as much evidence that is possible to us, from old pictures to receipts, and anything else that helps prove their point. We then take a look at the numbers they were compensated with before and decide to go after the fair amount.” “ At times, we can also work with attorneys, engineers, and architects if they are beneficial towards helping us with the claim, he added.” Levitis is also quick to point out that just because certain things change over time, that doesn't mean old rules still don't apply when it comes to evaluating a claim. Despite the new condo boards, not always being aware of the situation, Levitis is up to date on all rules "A lot of new boards aren't aware
that we can work with them under any and all situations. The old boards very often are not cooperating with the new boards and just don't want to reveal any information about the claims.” “I had an instance where the old board did not want to provide insurance info to the new board, even though, they are supposed to do that. It's very important that we get that message across to all new boards, he continued.” While admitting that he is willing to come to the aid of homeowners in a variety of loss claims cases, Levitis concedes that the majority of the damages he deals with, are from the after effects of Hurricanes or storms. "Our company can help with any kind of damage," Levitis adds. "At the moment, however, we find ourselves dealing with the damage inflicted from the recent storm - and while it didn’t affect everyone here in south Florida, there are claims being filed as we speak.” While dealing with
ATTENTION: Condo Associations And South Florida Home Owners Disasterstruck Public Adjusters handles losses in many areas, including: Air-conditioning Leaks • Broken Pipes • Dishwasher Leaks • Fire Damage • Hot Water Leaks • Hurricane Damage • Loss by Collapse • Mold Damage • Plumbing Damage • Roof Leaks • Sink Holes • Smoke Damage • Storm Damage • Theft • Tornado Damage • Vandalism • Vehicle Hitting a Building • Water Damage • Wind Damage several homeowners in the past, Levitis made a point to mention his efforts towards working with Condo Associations in the present and near future. "We are able to work with both homeowners and Condo Associations," Levitis states clearly. "To me, a Condo Association manages and represents the entire building. I basically work with the Condo Association towards helping them recover the proper fees towards repairing their buildings.” Levi’s also noticed that a lot of Condo Asso-
"What we do is pretty simple. We basically fight for the rights of the homeowners, condo association owners, and condo associations. We try to get our clients the maximum reward possible so that they can get their property back in order." Ilya Levitis, Owner of Disasterstruck
ciations are strapped for budgets and can't get financing from banks. They have to use other means that is where Condo Associations And Home Owners comes in and works for you. When talking further about Condo Associations in the south Florida area, Levitis insists that there are an abundance of cases that go unnoticed. "I've been working with a lot of Condo Associations in Aventura and in Hollywood," Levitis notes. "A lot of them had their roofs torn off back in 2005 during Hurricane Wilma and they weren't compensated for it. A lot of the balconies were ripped off and you can find situations like that all throughout Aventura. The insurance company tried to say that it was old damage and that it didn't meet the deductible." "When we're there with you from the beginning, we can work beside
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Art and Culture Center/Hollywood Announces the Hiring of Laura Marsh as Curator of Exhibitions Marsh previously served as Director and Curator for the University of New Haven, CT
Hollywood – The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is pleased to announce Laura Marsh as its Curator of Exhibitions. Marsh is the former Gallery Director and Curator for Seton Gallery at the University
of New Haven, West Haven, CT. “We are very excited for Laura to join the Art and Culture Center as our new curator,” said Joy Satterlee, Executive Director of the Art and Culture Cen-
ter/Hollywood. “Laura possesses the attributes we are looking for as the Center’s curator. She’s an accomplished individual who brings a background in contemporary art, museum education, and public
outreach.” “I am eager to work with the team at the Art and Culture Center,” said Marsh. “I’m impressed with the quality and variety of exhibitions, outreach, and programming in the galleries. I particularly enjoy learning about how previous installations engaged viewers as participants in the dialogue of artist’s works. My goal is to support interdisciplinary practices, form partnerships, and utilize all of the resources of the Center to engage the community.” Marsh has a wealth of curatorial experience along with a history of event programming, grant writing, and teaching at nonprofit galleries and museums. She has a Masters of Fine Arts
from Yale University School of Art in Sculpture; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She’s also an accomplished artist with several solo and group exhibitions as well as residencies in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Beijing, China, among others. During her tenure at the University of New Haven, she curated exhibitions that featured regional artists and promoted contemporary discourse. She also taught a variety of courses, including Art History and Digital Design, and assisted with curriculum revisions in the Art & Design Department. Marsh was involved with the community in New Haven, serving on the Curatorial Advisory
Board of Artspace, and cofounding a studio and exhibitions venue called, No Pop. The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, the City Hollywood, the of Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work.
Memorial Healthcare System launches its first direct-to-consumer ‘MemorialDocNow’ App Hollywood - Are you not feeling well? Is your eye looking a little pink? Are you experiencing flu-like symptoms? Well, no need to make an appointment, the doctor will see you now through your computer or mobile device. Memorial Healthcare System has unveiled a direct-to-consumer tool, MemorialDoccalled Now, which provides consumers with the ability to connect 24/7 with a doctor and get diagnosed online for nonemergency cases quicker than if the patient was sitting in the emergency room seeking that same level of care. In some cases, the $49 fee to connect with MemorialDocNow may be even more affordable than a co-pay for ER or Urgent Care visits. “We are providing consumers a direct connection to doctors and the ability to access immediate care by taking advantage of today’s technologies,” said William Manzie, administrative director of Telehealth Strategy for Memorial Healthcare System. “MemorialDocNow, and many of the other initiatives we will offer in the future through our Telehealth program, provides easy to use applications for consumers, and more importantly, access to care anytime, anywhere.” Consumers and patients who want to use MemorialDocNow may download the mobile application onto their smartphone or tablet. It is available, at no cost for Apple and Android devices. The service is also available through the website, w w w. M e m o r i a l D o c Now.com, where consumers can create a profile and sign in for a consultation, similar to
the mobile application. To deliver this service, Memorial Healthcare System teamed up with American Well, a national telehealth technology and services company. American Well’s telehealth platform enables Memorial doctors and patients to connect for immediate, live video visits over mobile and web. “Through our collaboration with Memorial Healthcare System, we are enabling doctors to use telehealth with their patients to deliver care anywhere that patient may be. This means Memorial doctors can now provide remote care that spans the entire care continuum, making it more affordable, accessible and connected than ever before,” said Danielle Russella, president, client solutions, American Well. Telehealth interest and use is on the rise. According to a 2015 consumer survey conducted on behalf of
American Well, 64 percent of consumers would see a doctor over video. While MemorialDocNow is the first direct-toconsumer application that Memorial launches under its telehealth program, it is not the System’s only endeavor in this technological arena. Already, Memorial has been offering other telehealth services, including remote patient monitoring for cardiac patients, ER patient stroke evaluation and treatment through smart devices, virtual pediatric dermatology consults physician-to-physician and home health monitoring. Future strategies include telehealth programs for behavioral health services, disease-based caregiver connection; post-hospital follow up; and virtual ground rounds for physicians. “We feel our telehealth initiatives will enhance the already advanced technological capabilities that we have
developed through the years at Memorial Healthcare System and align with our strategy to become the most technologically advanced healthcare system in South Florida,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, president and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System. “Memorial Healthcare System will remain committed to providing the highest quality patient care whether we do it through a virtual venue or through our personal touch with every one of our patients.” About Memorial Healthcare System Memorial Healthcare System is one of the largest public healthcare systems in the country and is a national leader in quality care and patient satisfaction. Its facilities include Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Mira-
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Pension plan funding shortfalls threaten retirees in all 50 states (BPT) - Everyone knows it is important to save for retirement in order to build a nest egg and enjoy the "golden years." So why is it that state and local governments many times act irresponsibly when it comes to saving for the future of public employees? Government pensions are the way in which state and local public employees like teachers, police officers and firefighters receive retirement benefits. Typically both the employee and the government set aside money each year to be invested. The investments will hopefully grow over time, and both the annual contributions and the investment growth is understood to form the pool of money public employees will be able to use once they reach retirement. That's the theory. Unfortunately, according to Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016, a new, state-by state analysis from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), government pensions are being massively underfunded across the states, and now hardworking taxpayers are on the hook. What is the
price tag? Across the 50 states, unfunded pension obligations now total $5.6 trillion. Now, that number sounds large at a national scale, but what does it mean for the average American? To be exact, this state pension debt equates to an average price tag of $17,427 for every man, woman and child in the United States. There are numerous reasons why pension liabilities are so large. For one, the stock market is not growing as quickly as many assumed it would, exiting the recent economic downturn. Therefore, investments for many pension funds are not meeting expectations. The average pension fund assumes they will earn a whopping 7.37 percent on their investments over the long term. These overly-optimistic assumptions fly in the face of what many financial experts are calling a "new normal" of lower than expected investment earnings in the future. Another inconvenient truth is that many state governments have failed to deposit the annually required contributions into pension funds every year.
The urge to spend more money on other government projects, however well intentioned, has diverted muchneeded contributions away from pensions and has contributed significantly to unfunded liabilities. When pensions are unstable, millions of Americans are faced with an uncertain retirement. However, this is not only a problem for government workers - it affects all Americans. Without a sustainable solution to underfunded pensions, higher taxes will be the reality for all hardworking taxpayers. What's more, an increasing percent-
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for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for best costume. Tickets are $15.00 donation and are available at the Post. Dress up in your best costume and come to the Post and join in the fun while supporting the Veterans. For more information, call (954)923-2760. The Auxiliary has bingo every Thursday night beginning, at 6p.m. with our Season Special: "When you buy your 1st 2 cards, you receive your 3rd card free,". We have the "lucky ball" and the "jackpot". Food is available.
• Attention: Mental Health Professionals – Explore your opportunity to treat clients in the brief modality protocol of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for PTSD or other trauma based events in one to three sessions. Evidence based and 4 year efficacy studies are published. Call toll free 877-6757153 or visit ARTworksNow.com for training schedule or to contact a staff member.
• American Legion Auxiliary Unit 310, We are having a Halloween costume party on Sat, Oct. 29, 2016, food, fun, 50-50's Drink specials, cash prizes for best costumes,Time: 7:00PM-9; 0PM, Amt $ 6.00 for more info call 954-454-6444, Address 225se 1st Ave, Hallandale, Fl no need to dress up to come in and enjoy the fun.
• Attention: Sufferers from PTSD or other trauma based issues, seek a qualified Accelerated Resolution Therapist (ART) or visit ARTworksNow.com for a list of therapists closest to you. Study participants in ongoing trials may be in your area. Toll free 877675-7153 for confidential call. • The Friends of the Stirling Road Library are celebrating National Friends of the Library Week on Thursday, October 20th from 5-6:30 pm. Each child who visits the library will receive a brand new Scholastic book and a free raffle ticket to win an Amazon gift card. Members of the Friends will read stories to young children from 5:30 pm to 6 and a Family Sing-along will take place from 6-6:20 pm. The celebration takes place at the Stirling Road Branch Library, 3151 Stirling Road, in Hollywood. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email: email@example.com. • Jubilee Center of South Broward annual gala and gaming. This is the 7th annual event to raise money for the homeless. Friday, Oct. 21st will be a fun night with a cocktail reception, dinner, music and gaming. Casino winnings are exchanged for tickets for raffles to win very nice prizes. All money goes to the Jubilee Center which serves more than 100 hot meals five days a week and helps over 400 families a month with social services. The price is $100. Corporate sponsorships are available. The event will be held at SIGNATURE GRAND, 6900 W. State Road 84, Davie, FL33317. Please call (954)920-0106 for tickets and information. All contributions are tax deductible. • American Legion Post 92 - "THE FRIENDLY POST" 211 North 21st Avenue, Hollywood. The Auxiliary will have their annual Halloween Dinner Dance on Saturday, October 29, dinner will be from 5:00PM till 8:00PM and dancing from 7:00PM till 11:00PM. We will have a Chicken Fricassee dinner complete with sides, salad and dessert. There will be prizes
• Leads@Lunch Tuesday November 1st 11:30a1:00p Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach/Aventura 1000 South Federal Highway Hallandale Beach Prepay $ 20 Members / $25 Guests At the Door $25 Members / $30 Guests Must RSVP to Attend Chamber 954 454 0541 www.hallandalebeachchamber.com. • On Saturday, November 5th from 9 am to 2 pm at Little Flower Church (under the pavilion) 1805 Pierce Street, Hollywood, The Little Flower Columbiettes' is holding a Trash and Treasure yard sale, various items for sale. Furniture, kitchen items, jewelry, clothes, shoes, etc. Hot dogs and soda by the Knights of Columbus and Car wash by the Youth Group. • Business Network Exchange Tuesday November 8th 5:00p-7:00p TooJays Restaurant 1430 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale Beach $ 5.00 Members $15.00 Guests Chamber 954 454 0541, www.hallandalebeachchamber.com • Music lovers if you love to sing, join the weekly rehearsal of the Choruspondents of Hollywood, Inc. every Thurs. from 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon at McNicol's Community Center, 1411 S. 28th Ave., Hollywood. We perform recitals at schools, condos and special events. We feature Broadway and other favorite works. For more info, contact Director Elaine at (305) 947-5108. • Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach meets the second and fourth Thursday at Noon at Brio Tuscan Grille in Gulfstream Village. 600 Silks Run. Join in our efforts to support our local youth. For more information please call 954-907-2392. • The Rotary Club of Hallandale Beach-Aventura meets every Wednesday at 12:15 at Brio Tuscan Grille, 600 Silks Run, Suite 1205 Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. Please join us to experience Rotary, the world's oldest civic organization.
age of state budgets are being drained to pay pension benefits, with less money available for important functions like funding public schools and fixing roads. One especially sobering story comes from Illinois, where since 2009, this trend is so extreme that 89 cents out of every new dollar of education spending has gone to teacher pensions, leaving just 11 cents for salaries, textbooks, building costs and the various in-classroom costs of education. And by 2025, Illinois will spend more on teacher-retirement costs than it will spend on the classroom. Pension funding is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue. It's a retirement issue that affects all Americans. Unfunded pension liabilities will be harmful to the future of workers, retirees and taxpayers alike, if forward-thinking policymakers do not tackle pension reform in a timely fashion. To find out more about how prepared your state is and to see the full report, Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016, is available at Alec.org/PensionDebt2016.
• Steps To Enlightenment Vedanta - Philosophy Meditation. For people who have illnesses such as cancer, pain, lack, headaches, depression, insomnia. Every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month. Located at Hollywood Beach, 10:00 a.m. Sharp! Required: Cushion, notebook, text book. For more details, call (754) 703-4815 & to register. • Learn Ballroom & Latin Dance from Swing to Salsa and everything in between. Classes are on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Memorial Senior Partners & Community Center, 1301 South Ocean Dr., Hollywood. Singles and Couples welcome. $8.00. Free Parking with pass from Center. Add'l Infor. 954.924.2954. • Memorial Senior Partners Hollywood Beach Culture & Community Center. 1301 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida 33019. 954-924-2954. Yoga class with Carol Parvati Cohen You will need your own mat & towel. $10 for members, non-members pay additional $5. Tuesday 2:00 p.m. Friday 10:45 a.m. • Bellydance with Sandi - Every Tuesday. Noon 1:00 p.m $10 per hour. $15.00 Non-member's $10 to instructor. $5 non-member fee to Memorial Senior Partners. For information, call: 305-705-0427. • Hollywood - Fridays - For Non-Catholics, a bible study on "The bible proves the teachings of the Catholic Church." Call John at: (954) 925-3729. • HATHA YOGA with Karen. Thursdays 2-3:15PM, Hollywood Beach Cultural Center, 1301 S Ocean Dr (b/t Azalea and Beauganvilla) $7/free parking! 954454-6308. • Hatha Yoga Classes (Sivananda Method), Breathing, exercise, relaxation ...Tuesday & Thursday Evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm at the Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center, 1301 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Plus-sized Yoga Instructor Saraswati has been teaching the HBCCC evening Yoga class for 11 years and welcomes students of ALL sizes and ages who are interested in the practice of Yoga. For more information, call Saraswati directly at 954-922-2515. Mention the South Florida Sun Times for special class discount. • Join us for a weekly one hour class. No artistic ability necessary. But if you would like to improve your memory, concentration, eye-hand co-ordination, reduce stress and anxiety — this is the class for you! Excellent outlet for artistic inner self. Appropriate for recovering stroke victims. MEMORIAL SENIOR PARTNERS @ Hollywood Cultural Center, 1301 So. Ocean Drive, HollywoodBeach. Every Monday 10:00-11:00 AM. Members $7, non-members $12. For more info call: 954-665-4393.
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Classic grilled cheese sandwiches with a twist Delicious meals that have a variety of unique favors and tastes wiches over; cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Roast Beef & 2 Chile Grilled Cheese • 1/4 cup mayonnaise • 1 tablespoon minced canned • chipotle chiles (about 4) • 4 onion rolls • About 2 tsp. olive oil • 1/2 pound pepper jack cheese, thinly sliced • 1/2 pound thinly sliced rare roast beef • 4 canned mild green chiles, seeded, • split, and dried with paper towels
As a youngster, there were a lot of things that our moms served us that we remember like it happened yesterday. Remember those delicious grilled cheese sandwiches with the melty cheese and that taste of comfort? Here are some delicious sandwiches to serve friends and family. Grilled Cheese, Ham & Turkey • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 8 (1-ounce) slices country white bread • 4 (1-ounce) slices deli, lower-salt turkey breast • 4 (1/2-ounce) slices deli, lower-salt ham • 4 (1/2-ounce) slices reduced-fat • cheddar cheese • 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato • Cooking spray Combine mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl. Spread about 1 teaspoon mayonnaise mixture over 1 side of each of 4 bread slices. Top each slice with 1 turkey slice, 1 ham slice, 1 cheese slice, and 2 tomato slices. Top with remaining bread slices. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sandwiches to pan; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn sand-
Stir together mayonnaise and chipotles and set aside. Preheat a panini press* to 350° (medium heat). Brush the outsides of rolls with oil. Split rolls. Spread bottom halves with 1 1/2 tsp. chipotle mayo each, then top each with 2 slices cheese; 2 or 3 slices roast beef; 1 chile, opened up flat; and 2 more slices cheese. Spread top halves of rolls with 1 1/2 tsp. chipotle mayo each and place on tops of sandwiches. Grill sandwiches 2 at a time until crisp and bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes. Repeat with remaining 2 sandwiches. Let sandwiches cool slightly, then slice with a serrated knife and serve. • If you don't have a panini press, use two pans to achieve the same effect: Cook your sandwiches in a frying pan or cast iron skillet and weight them with a heated cast iron skillet. Grilled Mozzarella & Olive Sandwich • About 1/3 cup chunky green or black • olive tapenade, drained if oily • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest • 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes • 1/4 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced • 4 slices ciabatta, rosemary bread, • or mild sourdough • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, • at room temperature
Mix tapenade with orange zest and chile flakes in a small bowl. Layer mozzarella with tapenade on 2 bread slices. Top with remaining slices. Butter outsides of each sandwich. Heat a large well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or a large, heavy nonstick pan over medium heat for a minute. Place sandwiches in skillet and cook until goldenbrown underneath, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until it's just as toasty. Low and slow is the key. Cheese will probably ooze out, but that's okay. It gives the sandwiches a nice crunchy fringe. The Classic • 2 1/2 ounces fromage blanc • 2 1/2 ounces sharp cheddar, coarsely grated • 2 1/2 ounces Monterey jack, coarsely grated • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, • chives, or parsley • 4 slices (1/2-in.-thick) levain • (mild, crusty sourdough bread) • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, • at room temperature In a medium bowl, combine all 3 cheeses and the basil. And adding a creamy cheese, like fromage blanc or cream cheese, distributes the grated cheese evenly over the bread. Top 2 bread slices with cheese mixture, smushing it evenly onto the bread. Butter the outsides of each sandwich - all the way to the edges, so every part gets toasted. Heat a large well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or a large, heavy nonstick pan over medium heat for a minute. The heavy bottom is important: It conducts heat evenly, so your sandwiches won't scorch. Place 2 sandwiches in skillet and cook until goldenbrown underneath, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip and cook the other side.
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Are you ready for flu season? Help protect you and your loved ones by getting vaccinated (BPT) - Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, sore throat and headache these are just a few of the common symptoms of seasonal influenza, also known as the flu. While you may think you can weather the storm, the flu can be a major health concern for you and your family, especially for children and the elderly. The flu is a highly contagious infectious discaused by ease influenza viruses that attacks the nose, throat and lungs. Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, flu symptoms vary from mild respiratory illness to severe complications, hospitalization and in some cases death. An average of 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu complications in the U.S. each year. To reduce illness and potential death resulting from the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages annual vaccination for everyone aged 6 months and older. "Despite strong recommendations for everyone in the U.S. 6 months of age and older to be vaccinated against the flu every year, fewer than half of eligible people did so in the 2014-2015 season. This includes children, the group with the highest incidence during community outbreaks," said Kim Tran, MS, PharmD, pharmacist, PillPack, Inc. "Even healthy people are at risk - they should be vaccinated to help protect themselves and to prevent transmission to others." Due to the variety of factors that can determine a person's suitabilfor a vaccine, ity including age, health and allergies, different flu vaccines are approved for use in different populations of people. In par-
ticular, quadrivalent vaccines, which help protect against four strains of the flu, approved for both children and adults aim to broaden flu coverage. The traditional seasonal influenza vaccine is a trivalent formula consisting of two strains of influenza A viruses and a single strain of influenza B virus. Although there are two very different lineages of B viruses that both circulate during most seasons, experts are limited to choosing only one of the B virus strains for inclusion in the trivalent vaccine. The use of a quadrivalent influenza vaccine may now provide protection against both B lineages, which may provide broader protection against circulating flu viruses. In addition, studies have shown that seasonal flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses have a safety profile similar to vaccines made to protect against
three viruses. Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people with the flu beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming sick. Some people can even be infected with the flu and spread the virus to others without having any symptoms. While the
best way to help prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every year, you should also take everyday precautions against the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and try to avoid close contact with sick people.
You could protect yourself and your family against the inconvenient and potentially lifethreatening complications of the flu by simply getting vaccinated. For additional resources regarding what is best suited for you, please visit www.whatsyourfluplan.com.
Ask Dr. Ron: ‘Care-taking for Alzheimer’s Patients’ Q… Dr. Ron, I have been care-taking for my mom, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Life has not been the same since. I feel guilty to put her in a home. Are other people in my situation as stressed as me? A… The feelings that you have expressed are very common ones, and they are very understandable to anyone that has been a caretaker for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. I hope after you read my response you feel a little less alone, and troubled. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of irreversible dementia. It is normally not diagnosed until later in
life. By age 65 approximately 5% of the adult population will be diagnosed with this disease, by age 75 approximately 20-40%, and almost half of all Americans will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s if they live to age 85. Although under much speculation, at this point there is no known cause for the onset of Alzheimer’s, and no known cure. While certain drugs have been developed that temporarily offer some relief of symptoms for some people, their effectiveness can diminish rapidly. Symptoms include severe memory and cognitive decline (to the point of not even recognizing one’s family members), physical dys-
function, and disruptive change in mood and personality. Death will normally occur within 8 years from the time of diagnosis. The effects of this sinister disease not only causes suffering to the diagnosed individual, but wreaks havoc upon the entire family. The effect on the main care-taker can be overwhelming……. Many people suffering with Alzheimer’s are not in nursing homes, or assisted living facilities. Rather, they are often being cared for by their offspring, usually a daughter. Care-taking can take a deep toll, both psychologically & physically. I have counseled a few people in this situation, and the
Student Backpacks Are Literally a Big Pain If you wonder why more kids than ever before are complaining about back and neck pain -- and you should be, what with classes starting up again -- a likely reason is that they're weighed down by backpacks crammed with everything from textbooks to laptops to musical instruments. Consider this: "The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission calculated that carrying a 12-pound backpack to and from school and lifting it 10 times a day for an entire school year puts a cumulative load on youngsters' bodies of 21,600 pounds," The New York Times reported, "or the equivalent of six mid-sized cars." No wonder experts warn that kids are putting themselves at risk of even more serious conditions like stress fractures in the back, inflammation of growth cartilage and nerve damage in the neck and shoulders. "Over time, the heavy weight of a backpack can cause an unnatural alignment of the spine as students are forced to offset the pressure by arching the back or bending forward at the hips," said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the notfor-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, adding that students who are already prone to slouching may experience further pain from sitting at a desk for prolonged periods. Doctors of chiropractic, who have a minimum seven years of higher learning, specialize in providing drug-free, hands-on care that helps to naturally align and strengthen the spine. And since they also routinely advise on proper body positioning -- especially important to ensure while children are still growing -- the foundation knows from whence it speaks on these backpack-related tips: • Limit packs to no more than 10 percent of a kid's weight. • Packs with padded straps and multiple compartments help distribute weight.
fatigue, anger & sadness they are experiencing can be unbearable.. Feelings of guilt often exist about whether or not to put their loved one in a facility that could better take care of their needs. Strong intense guilt feelings may also occur when the care-takers succumb to feelings of helplessness, and at times, wish their lovedone would finally die to end the suffering for everybody. … This is a tough place to be. The decision about finding a nursing home for your mom involves many factors. They include the current condition of your mom, your financial resources, your personal resources, in-
cluding your own support system, and the resources available for your mom in the local community. During the final stages of the disease, it is almost impossible not to consider a 24 hour care facility. You have my utmost respect & admiration for being a good daughter. Dr. Ron
Dr. Ron is in private practice in Hallandale Florida, …. Have a question?… You can contact Dr. Ronald J. Schlossberg Psy.D; ( Licensed Clinical Psychologist ) by mail: 1250 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd Hallandale Fl., or phone (954) 2704226 or E-mail AskDocRon@aol.com.
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