Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host National Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Educational Conference in Cleveland

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) national Educating America Tour will visit Cleveland on Friday, September 21 for a free Alzheimer’s and caregiver educational conference.  The conference is open to family and professional caregivers,
individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and the general public, and will be held at the InterContinental Cleveland Hotel, located at 9801 Carnegie Avenue, in Cleveland, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The conference is designed to connect people with information about Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, healthy aging and caregiving, as well as to give them a place to have their questions answered. Guests will hear from leading dementia and caregiving experts who will share their research, services and stories and teach attendees about dementia, practical steps on how to be a better caregiver, and improving quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Knowledge is a powerful tool.  We want to equip as many people as possible with important information that will help them,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “With more than 220,000 people in Ohio living with the disease, and many more serving as caregivers, we aim to help individuals understand Alzheimer’s disease and improve their quality of life through education and empowerment.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. James Leverenz, the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and the Joseph Hahn, MD Endowed Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute.  Prior to his current position, he was a Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington, where he was an investigator in the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  His primary clinical and research interests are aging-associated neurological disorders, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  Dr. Leverenz will provide an update on Alzheimer’s research and clinical trials, and what we can expect on the horizon.

The next session will feature a presentation by Jean Makesh, President and CEO of The Lantern, an assisted living and memory care facility, with three locations in Ohio.  He will talk about disrupting Alzheimer’s and dementia care.  He will talk about dementia, why it is not a normal part of aging, and what people can do to combat cognitive decline.  He will provide strategies on how to facilitate healthy living and provide superior services consistent with the needs of the elderly.

There will be a panel discussion on long-term care options led by Larry Mason, President of Senior Helpers Cleveland.  He will review the different types of care plans available, and their benefits, and which one is the best option for you.  He will discuss how to ensure a better quality of life for your loved ones by providing dependable and affordable care.

The conference will conclude with a session on ensuring the safety of our aging parents who drive.  The discussion will be led by Matt Gurwell, the Founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe.  He will provide a game plan on how to help overcome the challenges of an older driver’s safety.  He will review older driver demographics, understanding the fears of an older driver and their family, vision, hearing and memory concerns, vehicle adaptations, and other precautions to take.  Matt and his team have devised programs that provide senior drivers and their families with direction in helping to ensure a smooth transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s seat.

Free, confidential memory screenings will be conducted throughout the day.

For more information or to register, please visit: https://alzfdn.org/event/afa-educating-america-tour-cleveland/.

About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, the National Memory Screening Program, educational conferences and materials, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn

One Mom’s Battle

Founder Tina Swithin to Host Retreat for Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse

The common denominator in most high-conflict custody battles is Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) or other Cluster B personality disorders such as antisocial and borderline personality disorders. When a person finds themselves in the midst of a custody battle with a narcissist, there are a variety of fears and concerns related to the court process, the children, marital assets, and finances. Many times, the victim of narcissistic abuse is left operating in survival mode, and their own health and well-being is placed on the backburner.

Author Tina Swithin is no stranger to the trials and tribulations of high-conflict custody battles. Her books “Divorcing a Narcissist” and “The Narc Decoder: Understanding the Language of the Narcissist,” delve deep into the psyche of a partner who uses (and abuses) their significant other (and the family court system). In 2015, Tina began offering annual retreats affectionately known as The Lemonade Power Retreats. Tina created this retreat in an effort to share not only her own experiences, but to create a safe, healing place for attendees to share their own journeys with like-minded individuals. “I have dedicated my life to providing resources and support to survivors of narcissistic abuse through my books, coaching services, and advocacy in the family court system,” Tina explains. “The Lemonade Power Retreat is where my heart is – these women are amazing and the connections that are formed during the retreats will last a lifetime. This is such an isolating journey that few understand. We are taking lemons and making lemonade – together.”

The retreat also emphasizes the importance of sisterhood; the idea that “Lemonade Sisters” provide a sympathetic ear was resonant among many attendees. “The camaraderie we shared in a very short time period of time created a very strong bond among us,” the Lemonade Power Retreat attendee explained. “When we left the retreat, each of us was stronger and better equipped to deal with what our ex-husbands would be throwing our way in only a matter of time.”

“Each of us left with a long-awaited sense of peace and renewal,” explained one Lemonade Power Retreat attendee. “As with any trauma in life, unless someone has actually experienced it, the people around them just don’t get it. Each of us who attended were victims of either emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse. Each of us could relate to something in everyone’s journey.”

The 2018 Lemonade Power Retreat takes place September 21st (4:30pm) -23rd (11:30am) in Sedona, Arizona, and the retreat will feature a host of activities that will help any struggling parent feel like they are standing on more solid ground. Some topics covered at Tina’s retreats include the NPD relationship, custody battle tips and strategies, PTSD and coping strategies, boundaries, communication, documentation, healing and empowerment. Retreats are limited to groups of 20 attendees which allows for each attendee to feel equally heard and supported.

Bio: Tina Swithin survived a Category Five Divorce Hurricane while acting as her own attorney in a custody battle that turned her family’s life upside-down. While divorces are never easy, Tina quickly learned that a divorce involving an individual with Narcissistic Personality Disorder takes the term “high-conflict” to a level that few can comprehend. In an effort to articulate what was happening in her life and custody battle, Tina took shelter from the storm by chronicling her journey in her (now) internationally recognized blog, “One Mom’s Battle.” Tina’s battle came to an end in October 2014 when she prevailed and the courts acted in the best interest of her daughters by revoking all visits and contact with her ex-husband.
SOURCE One Mom’s Battle

Fatigue Named Top Health Concern for Women

You are not alone! Worn out and weary, women across the country named fatigue among their top five health concerns. (webmd.com) Dr. Sharma shares several possible causes of fatigue and suggestions to put the spring back into your step.

  1. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck and produces the hormones that regulate how your body burns fuel for energy. It can be overactive or underactive, but either way you’ll feel sleepy.
    An underactive thyroid can make feel like you can’t get your engine going. With an overactive thyroid your engine’s on overdrive and you start to burn out. A simple test can determine if there is an issue.
  2. When your heart isn’t pumping efficiently, it can’t get enough blood out to your body, and that can make you tired. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints of women with heart disease. If you have heart risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and a family history of heart conditions, have your heart checked out. Measuring your blood pressure and other simple tests such as an electrocardiogram or an echocardiogram can pinpoint whether your heart is the source of your weariness.
  3. There’s been an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency over the last few decades because we’ve been avoiding the sun. Too little of this essential vitamin can sap your bone strength, and some research links a deficiency of vitamin D to chronic fatigue syndrome.

    A blood test can determine whether you’re getting enough of your daily D. If not, a supplement can get you to the amount you need each day. The Institute of Medicine, which published new guidelines in 2010, recommends that most adults get 600 international units a day.

    Dr. Priyanka Sharma specializes in really listening to her patients and she is trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems. Dr. Sharma is trained and equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings, no matter how common or rare or how simple or complex. She is specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.

If It Doesn’t Hurt…..

By Dr. Scott L. Rose

I am not sure who came up with that saying, but whoever did is probably partly responsible for a lot of pain and misery. The human body is an amazing thing, but one perceived flaw is that when something is wrong it may not always cause pain, illness, or discomfort. I don’t think this is a flaw, but really part of a very well thought out design. If every time something hurts we would just react to that situation, there would be little reason to do otherwise. No pain can be a dangerous illusion.   Understanding this should lead one to be an active participant in their health. We should always be working towards leading a healthier life with the key words of “working towards.” Health is not a destination, it’s an ongoing journey. And one of the best things you can do for yourself is preventative care.

Concerning oral health, there are so many things people CAN do, but unfortunately don’t. Many people think that absence of discomfort is absence of dental issues, until something painful happens. By that time, treatment options become limited, more expensive, and more time consuming. It’s sad, but I see this every day. What I suggest to patients is an Oral Wellness Plan. A plan that sees what is good and builds upon that; a plan that looks for potential problems and stops them from beginning. And a plan that takes existing problems and fixes them before they become larger issues.

Choose a dentist/healthcare provider who is willing to work not only on you, but with you; someone who will take a holistic approach and a wholistic approach is an important step in the right direction. I think a good ending to the opening phrase would be:

“If it doesn’t hurt…it’s a good time to make a plan to keep healthy and pain free.”

Flower Power

Ask any bride what their favorite part of wedding planning is and nine times out of ten they’ll give the same response: flowers, flowers, flowers! Whether you’re picking out the bouquets or designing the centerpieces, choosing the right flower arrangements is a fun but crucial part of planning a wedding. And have you seen the hottest floral trend of 2018?

Floral hoops and wreaths are the latest trend taking the wedding world by storm, and we have one word for it: Yes! For years weddings have been subjected to the same format of floral arrangements, but this new trend brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘flower power’! Use these hoops as chandelier decorations on the ceiling, bridesmaids’ bouquets, or even as an alternative to a boutonniere for the men. The possibilities are endless! Using this modern design technique will bring a fresh, trendy vibe to your wedding.

Not planning a wedding? These hoops can be used in a number of ways for other events as well. They make for cute centerpieces at dinner parties or wall decorations at brunch! How would you use these floral wreaths at your events?

Interested in learning more about hiring an event planner? Check out Creative Transformations at www.ctstyling.com.

Simple, Safe, Natural Solution for Sugar & Nicotine Addiction

By Jennifer LaRiccia

Luciana McCartney is no stranger to working hard. The daughter of immigrants from Calabria, Italy, she’s always known the value of a strong work ethic. McCartney, the owner and clinical director of AcuLaser Treatment Centre has built a reputable business from the ground up, working with diverse clients from all over the world. It’s hard not to be surprised upon meeting this 5’1” bundle of energy. As beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, one quickly senses how dedicated she is to helping others find solutions to their addictions. McCartney, a striking brunette with a smile the size of Montana, grew up in Middleburg Heights, the oldest child of three. She graduated from Ashland University and married her college sweetheart. They are proud parents of two high school aged sons.

Whether it is smoking cessation, weight loss, or reducing stress, McCartney is someone who has the answers to many who struggle with these lifelong issues. For one thing, she is passionate about holistic, alternative and integrative health. “I believe that healing does not come from a pill alone. It comes from within; our energy, our soul, our mental health and the foods we eat.”

So what exactly does her treatment center do? Aculaser Treatment Centre, located in Broadview Heights and an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, has successfully assisted hundreds of people to quit smoking, lose weight and manage stress without the use of medication. Laser therapy has developed into the safest, most effective way to surrender addictions of our time. Similar to the principals of acupuncture, an ancient art of healing, it is the application of an FDA approved, cold, low level laser to specific pressure points on the body. is includes the outer parts of the ears as well as the hands and wrist. is can reduce tension, increase circulation, and enable the body to relax more deeply allowing the person the control needed to succeed. The procedure takes place in a calm and comfortable room. It is safe and painless with no side effects. The results are almost immediate.

In simple terms, this process stimulates the natural endorphins which are responsible for our general sense of well-being. Just ask client Sheri Bement. She’s a true believer. “Look,” she says bluntly, “this was a last resort. After forty years of smoking and having close family members with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) I knew this was a matter of life and death. My parents had been begging me to quit and get healthy. I simply did not have the strength to do it on my own. I had tried everything and was desperate for a solution. Initially, I kept canceling my appointment out of fear, but she was patient and flexible and worked around my anxiety about making the first step. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that this treatment was non-invasive and painless. When I met Luciana, I immediately felt at ease. She was caring and empathetic, an angel from heaven. After one 45 minute session of lifestyle coaching and the light therapy itself, I was cured. I know it seems hard to believe, but I suddenly had no cravings, not one. I still don’t to this day. AcuLaser made such a difference in my life that I decided to go back and work on other issues. I am a believer in the process and the center so much, that I have sent all my family and friends there for treatment. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner,” she says wistfully.

Make an appointment at AcuLaser Treatment Centre today by dialing 440-740-1020. You are only a step away from changing your life.

PRESSING ON: Life After the Unexpected Death of a Child

PRESSING ON: Life After the Unexpected Death of a Child

By Mindy & Mitchell Rivas, M.S. – Founders and President Maryssa’s Mission Foundation

“If anyone ever told us we would transform tragedy into triumph after losing our beautiful twin daughter Maryssa, we’d think they were crazy.” says Mitchell Rivas, Co-Founder of The Maryssa’s Mission Foundation. The unexpected trials following the death of a child seemed to include isolation, depression, family division, and most frightening, fighting for our marriage. We knew the Congenital Heart Defect statistics were scary but NEVER did we think those statistics would strike our home.

Maryssa was born a 29-week premature twin with complex congenital heart issues. Her parents Mitch and Mindy were thrust into the chaotic reality of raising a medically fragile child. It began with their twin’s premature birth at Fairview Hospital; within minutes Maryssa would need to be separated from her twin to undergo life-saving heart surgery hours after being born. The chaos continued for five months while Maryssa stabilized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cleveland Clinic Children’s main campus. After much uncertainty, the Rivas Family found themselves seeking a second opinion at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. From the moment they met Cardiologist Dr. Russel Hirsch, they knew this would be the hospital that would treat their daughter’s heart condition. For two years, the Rivas’ would travel back and forth, often left displaced in Cincinnati when Maryssa’s routine appointments turned into hospital admissions.

Mitch and Mindy recollect, “All we could do is pray and journal our hearts desires.” These journal entries ranged from financial needs, to basic needs such as hygiene products. Luckily, the Rivas’ were introduced to Drs. Ana and Nelson Soto. These Cincinnati area educators took the Rivas family under their wing so they could have access to amenities, meals, and even a place to stay. Dr. Nelson Soto knew Mitch was a Marine Corp Veteran and began encouraging him to use his Veteran Education GI Bill Benefits to supplement their dwindling savings and paychecks. Little did he know that invitation would change the lives of many families in the medically fragile community.

Maryssa passed away unexpectedly after an emergency open-heart procedure in November 2015. Picking up the pieces of their shattered life and scattered journals, the entire Rivas family wanted to do something to help families who endure the traumatic experiences of raising a medically fragile child. The Rivas’ founded The Maryssa’s Mission Foundation in December 2015. They envisioned a platform where they can advocate, educate, and assist the medically fragile community. In February 2016, they secured their first five-figure donation to launch their Home Away from Home Initiative, a project credited with keeping displaced families in temporary lodging for over three consecutive months. They also serve the medically fragile community by traveling to various children’s hospitals across the state bringing in love and food. Their signature blessing bags provide basic hygiene products and other things to help families during their unexpected hospital stay. They also bring delicious catered meals and activities to both the hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses/Rooms so families do not have to use their personal and often over stretched resources to sustain them during their difficult times.

Treating Matting More Effectively

By Kristi Holzman, Owner & Professional Pet Stylist

Long-haired dogs need greater attention in regard to grooming so they do not develop mats.

Long-haired dogs can be beautiful to behold, but their lustrous locks require more grooming than short-fur breeds. If tangles are left to their own devices, a condition called matting can occur. Matting is not only a hassle for pet owners, but also uncomfortable for dogs. Understanding matting can help pet owners stay on top of the problem so dogs stay healthy and look their best.

Poodles, bichon frises and cocker spaniels are prone to matting. Other breeds, such as Yorkshire terriers and malteses, have single soft coats that tend to tangle quite easily and are susceptible to matting as well.

Mats tend to form underneath the fur and quite close to the skin, and in areas of friction, such as under the collar, behind the ears or on the lower legs. Light daily brushing may not reach the matting. Long-haired breeds often need detailed grooming so mats can be uncovered and addressed early on before they contribute to greater problems.

Grooming experts and even vets warn that matting is not just a cosmetic problem. Over time, severe matting can tug endlessly at the skin and deny fresh air and stimulation to areas of the dog’s body. This can lead to rashes or sores. Furthermore, mats can harbor bacteria, feces, parasites, and dirt, creating an unsanitary situation for the dog.

Pet owners can discuss grooming treatments and brushing regimens to keep mats from becoming a headache for all involved.

Here are a few strategies when it comes to matting:
• Prevention is the best solution, with a detangling spray and using a slick brush that will detangle fur every day will help. Separate sections of fur and gently lift and brush away tangles.

• If mats are already present, retailers offer dematting tools and mat-splitting devices that will gently slice and separate the mat without tugging too much on the pet’s fur and skin.

• If matting is extensive, or if it is proving troublesome to handle the task alone, a professional groomer may be needed. If he or she determines that the mats are just too dense to comb out, it may be necessary to use hair clippers to trim away the mats.

Groomers have the expertise to delicately cut away mats and avoid nicking the skin.

Summertime Reading

By Mary Olson, Readers’ Advisory Librarian, Medina County District Library

Summer is in full bloom and so is an abundance of new books! Visit your favorite Medina County District Library branch to check out something new to read on vacation. Or, easier yet, download an eBook or eAudiobook onto your mobile device for zero-weight reading!

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. What was to be a well-deserved night out for a group of new mothers becomes a nightmare when one of their babies is abducted from his crib. As the investigation reaches one dead end after another, the mothers’ friendships are tested in ways none of them saw coming. The Perfect Mother will be adapted for the big screen by actress Kerry Washington.

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine. A modern, dark fairy tale with an old-fashioned feel. Maisie was born cursed: she can kill other people just by touching them. For her own protection, Maisie’s father has raised her in near isolation for all sixteen years of her life. He has taught her to avoid going into the woods, because strange things happen to those who do. When her father disappears, Maisie has no choice but to search for him in the woods, where she encounters a most unexpected world and revelations about her curse and those it has touched before her.

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. A debut novel rich in drama, romance, and suspense. Emma and Zadie, physicians and each other’s most loyal friend, are forced to confront a secret from their past when a tragedy threatens to destroy not only Emma’s career, but her friendship with Zadie. The author is a former emergency room doctor whose knowledge of the medical profession adds great depth to the characters and setting.

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. Sarah Green lives a perfectly ordered life: a career managing numbers; an uncomplicated, convenient relationship; a monochromatic, practical wardrobe; and regular visits with her aging mother. But when her mother passes away, leaving the family home to Sarah’s ne’er-do-well younger brother, and Sarah herself approaches another major life event, her delightfully regimented routine begins to crack open. For readers who enjoyed The Rosie Project or Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

#MeToo Moves to the Workplace: Low Wage Workers, Safety, Labor and Women’s Groups Say It’s “Our Turn”

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Spearheads Alliance to End Sexual Harassment on the Job

Janitors, factory workers, farmworkers and other low-wage workers joined with safety, labor, anti-violence and women’s rights advocates to announce today the launch of “Our Turn,” a new alliance brought together by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health to put a halt to sexual abuse and harassment, with a special focus on low-wage and vulnerable workers.

“It’s inspiring to see movie stars and media celebrities talk about the terrible incidents they have faced in their workplaces,” said Veronica Lagunas, a janitor in Los Angeles and a member of SEIU-United Service Workers West (USSW). “A lot of us who earn a regular paycheck face the same problems, like sexual assault and physical and verbal abuse. It’s our turn to unite and take action to stop the abuse and hold abusers accountable.”

Our Turn will unite workers, community allies and organizations across the country who are fighting – and winning – new protections against abuse and harassment in union contracts, state laws, municipal ordinances and company policies.

“For far too long, sexual harassment and other forms of abuse have been rampant in workplaces of all kinds,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “I’m glad to stand side-by-side with working people committed to ending it.”

Our Turn was convened by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), the nation’s leading grassroots advocate for workplace safety. More than 100 organizations and individuals have already signed on to the Our TurnCommitment to Unity and Action.”  

The Our Turn steering committee includes representatives from COSH groups, labor unions, women’s organizations, and community-based organizations.  Commitments include a pledge by participating organizations to:
  • Support workplace, community and political organizing;
  • Advocate for laws and policies that protect workers and provide tools for prevention of abuse and harassment;
  • Elevate stories of workers who have fought back against abuse;
  • Hold government agencies and employers accountable for harassment and violence in workplaces they oversee.
“The movement to end sexual violence is growing – and Our Turn brings together workers’ rights, women’s rights, and anti-violence organizations to support survivors and workers in taking back their workplaces,” said Linda Seabrook, General Counsel and Director of Workplace Safety & Equity for Futures Without Violence, a national social justice organization dedicated to ending violence against women.

“Low-wage workers are fed up are saying ‘We will not tolerate abuse as a condition of earning a living,” said National COSH co-executive director Jessica Martinez. “Every worker – regardless of race, gender, income or sexual orientation – has a fundamental right to a workplace free from abuse and harassment.”

The new coalition will mobilize members and allies to promote workplace organizing, legislative advocacy and hands-on training, and also serve as a national clearinghouse for best practices and policies to prevent workplace sexual violence and abuse.
The Our Turn pledge is available at http://coshnetwork.org/our-turn-pledge
Contact:  Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535; 197767@email4pr.com

SOURCE National Council for Occupational Safety and Health