Cleveland Housing Network – Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

chnEvery year, hundreds of people die and thousands are injured from unsuspected exposure to an odorless, colorless gas—carbon monoxide (CO). Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that, while people recognize CO gas is poisonous, they perceive CO as less dangerous than other household hazards.

CO poisoning is most prevalent when furnaces are turned back on to fight cold winter temperatures, but also commonly occur after summer and winter storms and accompanying power outages, when people tend to rely on portable generators for electricity.

The Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) operates numerous programs to assist with energy conservation and weatherization. CHN averages 8,000 energy conservation jobs a year. Whenever an inspector is dispatched to a property, if there is not a working CO detector and/or smoke detector one is installed.

During cold weather it is important to provide simple reminders to encourage individuals to protect themselves and their families:

  • Install battery-operated CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home.
  • Check CO detectors regularly to be sure they are functioning properly.
  • Have gas or oil furnaces inspected by a qualified professional every year.
  • Never use a generator inside the home or garage, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Only use generators and power washers outside, more than 20 feet away from the home, doors, and windows.
  • Never use a charcoal grill inside the home.

About Cleveland Housing Network
CHN’s mission is to build strong families and vibrant neighborhoods through quality affordable housing and strengthened financial stability. Check out more info at www.chnnet.com

9 Ways Hospice Helps Family Caregivers

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-39-41-amBY GWEN RIFICI

THE MOST COMMON STATEMENT I hear from families after their experience with us is, “Gee, I wish we had gone with hospice sooner.” Although each of us is mortal, death and dying are not something we spend much time thinking about. We’re too busy living day to day.

When a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, it is hard for them, and for their families, to come to terms with the fact that time is limited. Time together suddenly becomes a precious commodity.

Hospice does its best work when life is measured in weeks or months, supporting not only our patients by managing pain and other chronic disease symptoms, but supporting the family members caring for them. Here are just a few of the ways we support family caregivers:

1. We teach you techniques to make your job easier and your loved one
more comfortable, such as how to safely transfer from a wheelchair into a
bed without straining your back.

2. Our team arranges delivery of medically appropriate supplies to make your loved one
more comfortable while easing your burdens. Examples include walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds and bedside commodes.

3. A hospice nurse provides instructions and support to help you organize and administer medications, change dressings, and assist with care between visits. Our hotline gives you aroundthe-clock access to a nurse.

4. A hospice nursing assistant (HNA) frees up more family time by providing compassionate care that preserves your loved one’s dignity. The HNA assists as needed with toileting, showering, personal grooming, the changing of bed linens and other needs.

5. It is vital that family caregivers take breaks to preserve their wellbeing. We help by providing care for your loved one at our HMC Hospice of Medina County in-patient care unit, or by sending a trained, respite care volunteer to your home so you can run errands, meet friends or relax and unwind.

6. Frequently, family business affairs must be put in order. Our social worker assists
you in accessing the community resources needed.

7. Members of the trans-disciplinary hospice care team – such as a social worker or an advanced practice nurse – can assist in completing an Advance Directive (AD). This is an important set of documents that communicate end-of-life care preferences.

8. A spiritual care coordinator is also available, if desired. Your hospice care team will help you manage stress, provide coping strategies and help the entire family understand what is happening, and what to expect.

9. Bereavement specialists are available to help you and your family prepare for the
upcoming loss and to provide grief support for 13 months after a loved one’s death.

About the Author
Gwen Rifici, a resident of Medina, has 25 years of experience as a social worker.
She is Clinical Team Leader at HMC Hospice of Medina County, a Hospice of the
Western Reserve affiliate.

Reproductive Fertility Center Explains Ways Women Over 50 May Become Pregnant

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — For the past several weeks, the Reproductive Fertility Center offices have been bombarded with phone calls inquiring about Janet Jackson and how she was able to get pregnant, even though she is over 50 years old.

While we cannot disclose specific information about any of our patients in particular, due to HIPPA compliance, in general there are several ways a woman 50 years or older can get pregnant,” says Dr. Peyman Saadat, Medical Director of the West Hollywood-area Reproductive Fertility Center.

1) The first way is through natural pregnancy. The chance of this happening in a woman over the age of 50 is extremely rare. Statistics show an actual rate of less than a 1 in 1000.

2) In vitro fertilization (IVF) for a patient over the age of 50, using her own eggs. Again the chance of this happening is very unlikely.

3) An IVF cycle, using an egg donor. An egg donor is usually a healthy woman under the age of 30.  The egg donor will undergo IVF treatment, and her eggs will then be given to the intended mother for the purpose of achieving pregnancy.

a) The egg donor alternative has a very high rate of success, and very low rate of congenital complications, such as Down Syndrome or other anomalies, since the eggs are harvested from a healthy young donor.

b) The women receiving the eggs will undergo a comprehensive evaluation of her heart and lungs, numerous blood tests and other diagnostic testing, to insure it is safe for her to undergo treatment, and to safely carry a baby to term.

c) Although there are complications that are more common in women who become pregnant after 40, these complications are usually managed well by the patient and her physician. These complications include a higher chance of pregnancy induced hypertension and diabetes and increased risks of c-section and operative delivery.

4) Pregnancy can also be achieved at age 50 or older if the woman has frozen her eggs at a younger age, preferably at age 30 or under, as the quality of a woman’s eggs starts to decrease around age 30.

When patients call the Reproductive Fertility Center with questions, the office usually recommends the following: if you are young, and not ready to have children, freeze your eggs. If you are past the age when good quality eggs are produced, consider using eggs from a young egg donor for a higher chance of a healthy and successful pregnancy. Above all, before becoming pregnant, make sure your doctor evaluates your health to insure you are a good candidate to become pregnant using one of the above methods.Visit www.reproductivefertility.com.

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Do Women Face Greater Retirement Challenges Than Men?

If so, how can they plan to meet those challenges?

By Rebecca Bar-Shain, CFP®, Cedar Brook Group

Why are women so challenged to retire comfortably? A woman may spend less time in the workforce during her life than a man due to childrearing and caregiving needs with a corresponding interruption in both wages and workplace retirement plan participation. A divorce can hugely alter a woman’s financial outlook. As women live longer on average than men, they face the risk of eventually outliving retirement savings. There is also the gender wage gap, narrowing, but still evident.

What can women do to respond to these financial challenges?

Invest early & consistently Women should realize that on average they may need more years of retirement income than men. Social Security will not provide all the money they need. Accumulated retirement savings will need to be tapped as an income stream. So saving and investing regularly through IRAs and workplace retirement accounts is vital, the earlier the better. So is getting the employer match, if one is offered. Catch-up contributions after 50 should also be a goal.

Consider HSAs An HSA (Health Savings Account) is funded with pre-tax dollars, so an HSA owner can potentially get tax-deductible contributions as well as tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals. HSAs are used with high-deductible health plans and HSA savings must be withdrawn to pay for qualified health expenses in order to be tax-exempt. One intriguing HSA detail: after attaining age 65 an HSA owner can withdraw HSA funds for non-medical expenses (these types of withdrawals are characterized as taxable income). That fact has prompted some journalists to label HSAs “backdoor IRAs.”

Work longer in pursuit of greater monthly Social Security benefits Working even two years longer means two years less of retirement to fund and for each year she refrains from filing for Social Security after age 62, her monthly Social Security benefit rises by about 8%.

Find a method to fund eldercare Many women are going to outlive their spouses. While many women may not need months of rehabilitation, in-home care or hospice care, many other women will.

Today, financially aware women are planning to meet retirement challenges. They are conferring with financial advisors and strategizing to take greater control over their financial futures.

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

Rebecca L. Bar-Shain, CFP, MBA, Financial Planner & Partner
Cedar Brook Group
440.683.9258
Cleveland, Ohio 44124

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L’Oréal USA Announces The 2016 For Women In Science Fellows

U.S. Female Scientists to be Awarded $60,000 Each to Advance their Postdoctoral Research; Visit White House, National Academy of Sciences, New Jersey Public School and L’Oréal Headquarters

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-56-amPRNewswire/ — L’Oréal USA today announced the five recipients of the 2016 For Women in Science Fellowship, which awards $60,000 grants to exemplary female scientists to advance their postdoctoral research. Over the last 13 years, L’Oréal USA’s For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 65 postdoctoral women scientists over $3 million in grants at this critical stage of their career.

From neurology to astrophysics, the five 2016 fellows are being honored for their groundbreaking research across a broad range of  fields: Carolyn “Anela” Choy, a postdoctoral fellow in biological oceanography and marine ecology at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI); Shruti Naiki, a postdoctoral scientist in immunology and stem cell biology at The Rockefeller University; Amy Orsborn, a postdoctoral scientist in neuroscience at New York University; Laura Samson, a postdoctoral fellow in physics at Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA); and Moriel Zelikowsky, a postdoctoral neuroscientist in the Department of Biology & Biological Engineering at California Institute of Technology.

“We are proud to recognize this group of exceptional female scientists for their innovative research and dedication to inspiring the next generation of women in STEM,” said Frédéric Rozé, President and CEO of L’Oréal USA. “By providing support at a pivotal moment in their careers, we hope to empower them to further their work, continue on a path to become future leaders in their fields and perhaps one day join our previous Laureates and win a Nobel Prize.”

Created in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards identifies and supports accomplished female scientists around the world. Specifically, the program recognizes Laureates for their contributions to the advancement of life or physical sciences and encourages more young women to pursue STEM—a field where women remain underrepresented. Through the international program and the nearly 50 national and regional programs, such as the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program, nearly 2,500 female scientists from more than 100 countries have been granted fellowships to pursue promising research projects.

The 2016 fellowship candidates were evaluated based on their intellectual merit, research potential, scientific excellence and their commitment to supporting women and girls in science. The U.S. fellowship program also includes a requirement to ensure recipients are committed to serving as role models for younger generations. Applications were reviewed by experienced scientists in the candidates’ respective fields through a partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which manages the application process.

L’Oréal USA will host an award ceremony for the fellows in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

This year’s awards will recognize and support the following female scientists and their research:

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-13-amAnela Choy is a postdoctoral fellow in biological oceanography and marine ecology at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Choy’s research focuses on how food webs within the ocean work, and how they are impacted by plastic pollution and environmental change. Her work seeks to better understand how all life within the open ocean fits together into a complex network of feeding interactions. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will enable Choy to extend her research tenure at MBARI, specifically to gather samples and to conduct the analyses necessary to explore the chemical fingerprints of plastic in marine food webs of the Pacific Ocean. As a fifth-generation local of Hawai’i, Choy is committed to increasing the participation of ethnically diverse women in academic, stakeholder and resource management positions in Hawai’i and beyond. In college, Choy cofounded and managed the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge program at the University of Hawai’i to support Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented ethnic minorities in ocean and earth sciences. Choy, 33, received her B.A. in Environmental Sciences, M.S. in Oceanography and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawai’i. Raised on O’ahu and the Big Island, Choy now lives in Santa Cruz, Calif., where she enjoys surfing and playing her guitar.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-25-amShruti Naik is a postdoctoral scientist in immunology and stem cell biology at The Rockefeller University. Naik’s research focuses on understanding the role adult stem cells play in inflammation and how they can be used to treat inflammatory disorders of the skin, like psoriasis. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will enable Naik to produce a series of interviews with prominent female scientists in hopes of inspiring the next generation of women in STEM careers. This work will build on Naik’s long-standing commitment to advocacy for gender equality, mentorship and community outreach. At The Rockefeller University, Naik has grown the Women in Science at Rockefeller (WISeR) program from six to over 250 members and has established a weekly breakfast series for trainees to network with prominent female scientists. Naik, 31, received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania and the National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program. Raised in India until she was 12 and then Maryland, Naik now lives in New York City, where she loves seeing performance theatre, including opera, ballet, plays, musicals and improv.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-40-amAmy Orsborn is a postdoctoral scientist in neuroscience at New York University. Orsborn’s research focuses on how the brain learns to tell our bodies to move and approaches to restore function loss due to neurological diseases and disorders. Specifically, her research aims to create new and improved treatments, like state-of-the-art prosthetics, for people with motor disabilities caused by limb loss, stroke or spinal injury. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will enable Orsborn to invest in and maintain new advanced laboratory equipment, including a specialized computer to analyze large-scale data sets generated by this research. Outside of her lab, Orsborn is part of a team developing a new web-based resource aimed to increase diversity at scientific conferences. While currently in development, the STEMM Role Models app seeks to increase the visibility of minorities in science and makes it easier for conference organizers to find outstanding and diverse speakers. Orsborn, 32, received her B.S. in Engineering Physics from Case Western Reserve University and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley. Raised in Illinois, Orsborn now lives in New York City where she bakes any chance she gets, and is cultivating her interest in graphic design and scientific illustration.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-45-amLaura Sampson is a postdoctoral fellow in physics at Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA). Sampson’s research focuses on gravitational wave astrophysics. Gravitational waves are a new way of observing the universe predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity and was first observed last year. Sampson develops data analysis algorithms to learn about the physical processes that lead to the systems that produce gravitational waves in the universe. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will allow Sampson to extend her research appointment, as well as work on a music-based outreach program. In addition to research, mentoring has been a strong focus for Sampson, who during her graduate studies co-founded and served as President of a Women in Science & Engineering chapter that organized retreats for female graduate students, monthly lunches with female faculty and postdoctoral researchers, and social networking events. Sampson, 31, received her B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado and her Ph.D. in Physics from Montana State University. Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Sampson now lives in Evanston, Ill., with her dog, Jax.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-35-51-amMoriel Zelikowsky is a postdoctoral neuroscientist in the Department of Biology & Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. Zelikowsky is researching how neurons in the brain encode traumatic emotional experiences. Specifically, this research is aimed at identifying and mapping the neuronal populations that control the effects of stress on subsequent anxiety, fear and social behavior, with the goal of leading to more advanced and targeted treatments for debilitating mental health disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship will allow Zelikowsky to bring on a young female research mentee, who will receive training in cutting-edge, genetically-targeted molecular neuroscience technologies necessary for a more comprehensive understanding of the neural circuits that underlie emotional phenomena. Zelikowsky’s commitment to mentoring began in graduate school when she created the group Women in Learning (WIL), which offers a forum where young women in neuroscience can receive mentorship, support and guidance to advance women in STEM. Zelikowsky, 33, received her B.A. in Philosophy (Metaphysics) and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Born, raised and currently living in Los Angeles, Zelikowsky enjoys a very active lifestyle of rock climbing, trail running and backpacking with her chocolate Labrador, Pica.

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Malnutrition Dramatically Impacting Mothers & Infants Across America

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 1,000 Days, a leading nutrition advocacy organization, released a new report today showing that the majority of children in America do not benefit from the nutrition they need for proper brain development and lifelong health.

The report, titled The First 1,000 Days: Nourishing America’s Future, finds that malnutrition is not just a challenge for mothers and babies globally—unhealthy diets, suboptimal infant and toddler feeding practices, and food insecurity have dire consequences for the health and prosperity of families in the United States. The report specifically focuses on the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s second birthday, when the right nutrition has a life-changing impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and succeed.
“The science behind the impact of poor nutrition during the first 1,000 days is clear. This is a time of incredible growth for children’s brains and bodies and they need to be fueled with good nutrition,” said Lucy Sullivan, Executive Director of 1,000 Days. “All children, regardless of where they are born, deserve a strong start in life and the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to ensuring women and children everywhere have the healthiest first 1,000 days, and that includes women and children here in the United States.”

1,000 Days has issued a set of recommendations where greater action and investment can have a transformative impact on the future health and well-being of America’s youngest children. Among other priorities, the organization is calling for:

  • Increased support for healthy pregnancies by ensuring access to high quality preconception and prenatal care, nutrition education and obesity prevention programs;
  • Improved support for mothers to breastfeed by creating breastfeeding-friendly communities, workplaces and healthcare facilities; and
  • Strengthened programs that reach low-income babies, toddlers and their families.

“Nutrient deficiency is robbing children of their potential,” said Hugh Welsh, President and General Counsel of DSM North America, a manufacturer of nutritional and food ingredients. “It is time to focus on nourishing our country’s youngest children—the health and well-being of our nation depends on it.”

Among the findings, the report identifies ten building blocks essential for all children to have the strongest start to life, including:

  • A nutritious diet for expectant moms and moms-to-be
    A healthy baby starts with a healthy mother, however half of American women enter pregnancy either obese or overweight and nearly half gain more weight during pregnancy than is recommended.
  • Nurturing, responsive care and feeding of babies and toddlers  
    Less than half of mothers receive any paid time off to care for their newborn. Paid parental leave can reduce infant mortality and illness, increase the likelihood of timely pediatric care, improve breastfeeding practices, and reduce the likelihood of maternal depression which impacts mothers’ ability to nourish and nurture their children.
  • Consistent access to enough nutritious food for families
    Nearly 1 in 5 children under the age of 6 live in families that struggle to put enough nutritious food on the table. Family food insecurity negatively impacts young children’s development, even when the children themselves have enough to eat. Household food insecurity also makes it harder for mothers to maintain healthy diets and healthy weights.

A full list of the building blocks and a snapshot of how the U.S. is faring is available here: http://thousanddays.org/tdays-content/uploads/StandaloneCharts-2_Scorecard-Logo.pdf

The full list of recommendations can be found here:
http://thousanddays.org/tdays-content/uploads/StandaloneCharts-3_Wins-Logo.pdf

To read and download the full report, visit:
http://thousanddays.org/resource/nourishing-americas-future

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About 1,000 Days  
1,000 Days is the leading non-profit advocacy organization working in the U.S. and around the world to improve nutrition, particularly during the 1,000 day window between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday, when the right nutrition has a life-changing impact on a child’s future. 1,000 Days promotes greater action and investment in nutrition in order to build a strong foundation for children, their families and their nations to thrive. To learn more visit www.thousanddays.org.

Sugar addiction, nicotine addiction, laser therapy? What’s the Connection?

By Luciana McCartney

The method, relies on an FDA approved cold low-level laser, that is applied to certain pressure points of the body. Although it is not very well known, the benefits of laser therapy are well documented throughout the world.

Each year, thousands of people make up their minds to lose weight or to quit smoking. It is a goal that is always on their minds. Unfortunately, within a few days, weeks or months, most of their goals have gone up in smoke. Don’t give up hope because help has arrived!

By replacing traditional acupuncture needles with advanced laser technology, cold low-level laser has been successfully helping thousands of people recover from their addiction to nicotine, or to sugar.  This is done by providing a safe, painless, and highly effective solution to the problem which strengthens their resolve. Operating on principals similar to acupuncture, which is an ancient art of healing, cold low-level laser therapy stimulates pressure points that can reduce tension, increase circulation, and enable the body to relax more deeply allowing the person the control needed to succeed.

The average American today is considered to be overweight, but there are no miracle cures to solve this problem. Achieving your ultimate healthy goal takes time and commitment. Many people suffer from sugar addiction, which can be just as hard to break as certain drugs. Laser therapy will not only enhance and stimulate the metabolism, which enables the body to burn calories at an accelerated rate while increasing your sense of energy, but it will allow you to experience minimal withdrawal and cravings as you detox from carbohydrates. Key points are targeted to encourage feelings of relaxation, and to decrease the sense of stress and anxiety.  is is most important for those who consider themselves stress eaters. The use of low-level laser therapy makes it easier for one to stay motivated. With the advantage of laser therapy, combined with proper nutrition and regular daily exercise, you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

For the smoker, points are targeted that control addiction to nicotine, which eliminates the physical connection the brain and body have to this powerful drug. Stress and relaxation points are stimulated to help avoid withdrawal symptoms. The laser helps to re-balance the body without harmful side effects.  e entire procedure is external, noninvasive, and non-thermal. Laser therapy has been successful in the fight against tobacco for the last 20 years. Clients report laser treatments are nothing less than amazing.

Since 2005, AcuLaser has had a significant success rate in helping clients quit smoking and lose weight. AcuLaser combines the ancient practice of acupuncture with the new technology of FDA approved low level laser. LLL provides one of the most advanced forms of therapy used today to help clients rid themselves of nicotine and sugar
addictions. Our clients are amazed by how the relaxing, calming, and pain free treatment provides the final answer to end their vice. We deal with every aspect of change in the most supportive way enabling clients to move on with confidence and to ensure continued success.

Growing my practice has brought me a great deal of satisfaction. I see such positive change happening in my clients’ lives. Beating the odds to fight addictions once and for all is such an accomplishment, and I am proud to be a part of that.

AcuLaser Treatment Center is Located in Broadview Heights.
For an appointment, call Luciana McCartney,
Clinical Director at 440-740-1020.

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Where Do You Belong?

By Diane Helbig

We all know that networking is a key to business growth. And we know that there are a lot of opportunities to network. There are the places our friends go, the places in our communities, online, offline, and industry-related organizations.

Sometimes the sheer number of options can feel overwhelming. So how do we decide where to invest our time and money? Try this 3 step plan:

1. Determine what you hope to achieve. What do you want to get out of your membership or involvement in an organization? This is a huge question. Sometimes we confuse our goals, and that can cause us to join the wrong group or organization. For example, The Rotary is a philanthropic organization first and foremost. Yet, some people join it thinking they will be able to sell to the other members. Not, in my opinion, a good reason to join the Rotary.

So, be clear on why you are joining that particular organization. And if I may add, your reason should align with the main purpose of said organization.

2. Explore what is out there. First do your research. Discover what exists that matches with your goals. Take a deep look at them.
a. What do they value?
b. Who else is a member?
c. What kinds of events do they have?
d. What do they expect of their members?
e. What is the investment, both in time and dollars, to be a member or participate?

You may find that some are worth exploring for membership while others are good to just visit periodically as a guest. And don’t be swayed by your friends. Just because something works for them doesn’t mean it is the right solution for you!

3. Once you’ve narrowed your list, go visit. When you are there be open to really experiencing what it’s like. What are the people like? The programming? The structure? You are really trying them on for size to see if they are a good fi t for you and your business. Visit twice if you can. First impressions can sometimes be deceiving.

Now that you’ve found where you think you should be, join. And get involved. Give it all you’ve got proportional to what they expect. You can’t just join and expect good things to happen. You have to be participating; you have to build relationships. I hear it all the time, “I joined the Chamber but didn’t get any business out of it.” Did you go to the events? Did you get on a committee? Did you follow up with the people you met at the luncheon?

Right! Networking is an investment of time and energy. You have to work it. When you are looking for different venues to network, think about exploring the different types of organizations. There are chambers, industry associations, constituent specific groups (like women’s groups), and structured networking like BNI. There are also group coaching like Business Opportunity Network, mastermind like Vistage, and affiliate groups.

There is a lot to explore out there. Use the 3 step process above and get started. The sooner you are connecting with others on a deeper level, the sooner you will be growing your business.

Copyright© 2016 Seize this Day

Diane Helbig is an internationally recognized business and leadership development coach, author, speaker, and radio show host. As a certified, professional coach, president of Seize This Day, Diane helps businesses and organizations operate more constructively and profitably.

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Upcoming Windows 10 Upgrade Deadline

For those of you who are interested in getting the free upgrade to Windows 10 keep in mind that at this point Microsoft is giving a deadline of July 29, 2016.

Who qualifies for this?

Windows 7 and Windows 8 users who see the pop up at the bottom right of their screens and it indicates that you are eligible for it.

Should you upgrade?

Pieri from PC Computing suggest, if you have Windows 7 and are eligible and your computer is less than 4 years old you may take advantage of it.  Keep in mind there “may” be some programs that may not be compatible. If your Windows 7 pc is older it may still work but you might notice it will be very slow and sluggish—so you decide if you wish to try it or not. Windows 8 and 8.1 users should take advantage of the upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 7 users: if you decide not to upgrade that is also ok –it is not mandatory.

If you end up not liking Windows 10 you have a 30-day window to revert back to your previous operating system.

Can you do the upgrade yourself?

Yes, but before you do, you may want to do some “prep” work to ensure a smooth upgrade:

  • Back up your data —just in case.
  • Scan your system to ensure you don’t have any spyware or viruses.
  • Make sure your PC has all the windows updates and is up to date.
  • Give yourself a good 2-3 hours for this entire process.

The computer will restart several times until it is finally completed. In some cases if the printer is too old (5+ yrs) the printer will no longer work. In other cases you may need to reinstall the printer driver for it to work in Windows 10. You can go to the manufacturer’s website to download the printer from there..because your printer CD won’t work.

If all this sounds like too much of a hassle and you don’t want to take a chance. Contact PC Computing and Pieri will do it for you. 

If you have any questions about this upgrade or other technical computer questions contact Pieri from PC Computing, LLC

Call 330-461-1945 or visit www.pccomputing1.com

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Women’s No. 1 Thought is Money More Often Than Men

LOS ANGELES / PRNewswire/ – Women are less scared than men about losing their jobs, according to new survey data from leading personal finance website GOBankingRates.com. In their just released 2015 Life + Money survey, GoBankingRates.com discovered the biggest money challenges and fears men and women have today.

• 1 in 5 people say their biggest money challenge is sticking to a budget.
• Always living paycheck to paycheck is the No. 1 financial fear of Americans today,  followed by living in debt forever.
• 20% of Americans say planning for retirement is their primary financial focus.

“We want to help Americans understand how to process their financial concerns and prioritize goals, especially as it relates to their various life stages,” said Casey Bond, editor-in-chief of GOBankingRates.com. “Our studies show younger generations think differently about money and debt than their parents and grandparents, but the common theme is all types of people need some level of assistance with financial planning. This data offers insights for men and women of all ages that can help them change how they think about money for the better.”

  • Millennials Vs. Boomers*

    • While older millennials’ (25-34) No. 1 daily thought is money, younger millennials (18-24) ponder most about their love lives, and boomers think most about work.
    • Planning for retirement is five times more challenging for baby boomers than it is for young millennials (34% vs. 7%).
    • Baby boomers are almost three times more afraid of never being able to retire than young millennials (24% vs. 9%) and twice as likely to be afraid of having their identity stolen.
    • Young millennials are twice as afraid of always living paycheck to paycheck as baby boomers.

  • Men Vs. Women
    • Women’s No. 1 thought is money more often than men.
    • Men are more afraid than women of losing money in the stock market, losing their jobs and not being able to retire.
    • Women are more fearful of always living paycheck to paycheck than men (25% vs. 18%).
    • Planning for retirement is more of a financial challenge for men than it is for women (20% vs. 17%).

The complete 2015 Life + Money survey findings are presented in whitepaper format as well as an infographic, click here.

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* For this survey analysis, young millennials were defined as adults ages 18-24; older millennials were defined as adults ages 25-34; and baby boomers were defined as adults ages 55-64. These are the ranges provided by Google Consumer Surveys.