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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:31

Being Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

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This article will start a new series of general information to answer different questions sent to us by you! Please submit your questions through the web site at Contact Us. Always remember that the thoughts expressed at Sallycares.com are never intended to take the place of the advice of your treating medical professionals. I often hear people say things like: "Why are there so many more people getting Parkinson’s Disease now, than you ever heard about years ago? You never used to hear about Parkinson’s Disease so much." From my experience it does feel like the diagnosis is seen more often, but it is happening for at least three reasons. • There is more awareness of the disease on the part of general practitioners and internal medicine professionals. • We have an aging population that will start to demonstrate symptoms that look like Parkinson’s Disease, by default – associated with…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:47

An Unsung Hero…The Family Caregiver

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  In 2004, my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s-related dementia and a few months later, my mother with Alzheimer’s disease. That was the year I became a caregiver. While my parents didn’t reside with me, I was still intimately involved in their daily care for the next 4 and 5 years. Traveling down that rabbit hole of dementia with my parents was difficult and sad. I watched helplessly as this disease steadily and ruthlessly chipped away at their brains, one memory at a time. That said, it was also a time of considerable personal growth for me. I learned to parent my parents with patience and compassion, caring for them much as they’d cared for me as a child so many years before. Interspersed with the challenges were times of fleeting lucidity, as well as moments of poignant tenderness, which I still remember and cherish, even today. These are moments…
  It was the weekend of our family reunion and almost everyone was gathered together at my parent’s condo to celebrate a milestone. Our patriarch, my dad, was turning 90. When the front doorbell rang, Mom opened the door, took one look at her oldest granddaughter and asked in a perplexed tone of voice, “Who are you?” After a moment of silence, we all laughed a little uncomfortably, but brushed it off, rationalizing the comment as a manifestation of Mom’s stress in caring for Dad, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It was not mentioned again. Our family continued tosomehow normalize or overlook the ever-increasing signs that something was not quite right with Mom’s behavior. Another twoyears passed before she finally agreed to be evaluated by her health care provider, around the same time Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s-related dementia. Although by this time our family wasn’t completely surprised…
Saturday, 25 April 2015 21:02

April is Parkinsons Disease Awareness Month

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Since April is Parkinsons Disease Awareness Month, I wanted to extend my heartfelt blessings to all of you who are dealing with the challenges of this disease.  To the caregivers, I know that you are living this disease daily.  Your assistance is invaluable.  Whether you are the patient, caregiver or family member, you need to believe that you are not only an important part of the team, you need to continue to be your own advocate, as tiring as it is.  Here are a few reminders about medications, that are important to review: 1.  Keep good records of the medications you are currently using as well as the ones that have been used in the past, and the ones that didn't work.  There are forms on the web site to organize your medications.  If you had a bad side effect from a medication, write it down.  Remind your medical professionals…
Question #1: When I am taking my chemotherapy drugs I feel so weak that it is hard to take a shower. What would make it easier?      Taking a shower is one of the most underestimated things I know. Not only does it help you to feel refreshed, it can simply brighten your day. It is important to take a shower, and if you need some equipment in the shower to make it less difficult, then get the equipment but remember these simple rules:      If you are going to use a stall shower, you need to sit to shower. The heat that is generated from the steam when you shower can actually weaken you, during the showering process and make it more difficult to breathe. A good shower seat should have a back, and have adjustable legs, to make it easy to get up and down from. If you…
Your Questions mean everything to me and finding Answers for you is why we are here. Here are some recent questions that we have been asked. If you have something you would like to add, please send in your thoughts through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave your comments below: Q: My husband was told that he has Parkinsons Disease by his neurologist. When we go to a local Parkinson’s Support Group and I meet the other patients and caregivers, it does not seem like my husband’s symptoms are the same as the others. How can I be sure that he has Parkinsons Disease? Unfortunately, there is not a clinical test that can accurately diagnose Parkinsons Disease. There are more advanced imaging studies that can be done, but the most helpful thing to do is to go to a Neurologist that is familiar with Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders. A general…
Friday, 06 December 2013 13:05

3 Things To Know About ObamaCare

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Meet Lori-Ann Rickard, JD CPC,CAC: Ms. Rickard has specialized in advising clients for twenty-seven (27) years. She is an accomplished litigator and expereinced corporate lawyer. She is the President of Rickard & Associates, P.C. which serves health care clients throughout the country. As former partner of the Detroit law firm Clark Hill, Ms. Rickard is an experienced public speaker and educator. She also served as corporate counsel for St. John Health System, whose parent corporation, Acension Health, is the largest non-profit health system in the country. While at St. John, Ms. Rickard implemented a broad based compliance program for all of St. John Health System's 20,000 employees and 2,500 physicans. Ms. Rickard speaks throughout the country on healthcare issues. Ms. Rickard has published several books and authored numerous articles. She is a recongnized leader in the ever-changing field of healthcare law. Ms. Rickard has been honored as "Best Lawyers" and "Best…
Friday, 22 November 2013 15:00

What Causes Falls?

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A fall” is a familiar cause of injuries suffered by the elderly—but what caused the fall? Don’t just assume it comes with age, warns Sarasota occupational therapist Sally Thimm. “It’s not unusual to have patients in their 80s and 90s be independent, live alone and continue to drive safely,” she says. “There is always a reason that a person falls.” It’s important to treat not just the fall itself, but the underlying cause, which may be (or lead to) an even more serious condition. “In a perfect world, our muscles support our bones in harmony when we’re standing and adjust when we take on different postures—walking, moving forward to stand from a chair, getting out of bed, getting on and off the toilet, and so on,” she says. Thimm cites six reasons falls occur, all of which call for a doctor’s follow-up to explore treatment options: •    Vision: “Limitations in…
Friday, 01 November 2013 13:48

How Can I Make Them (or Myself) Change?

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Meet Dr. Laura Schlessinger:   As one of the most popular talk show hosts in radio history, Dr. Laura Schlessinger offers no-nonsense advice infused with a strong sense of ethics, accountability, and personal responsibility; she’s been doing it successfully for more than 30 years, reaching millions of listeners weekly. Her internationally syndicated radio program is now heard exclusively on Sirius/XM Radio’s Stars Channel 106, and is streamed on the Internet and podcast. She’s a best-selling author of thirteen adult books and four children’s books, which range from the provocative (New York Times chart topper “The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands”) to the poignant (children’s book title “Why Do You Love Me?”). Her support of children and family values is legendary, and she is, indeed, “her kid’s mom.” She writes a monthly column for NewsMax, a daily blog (www.drlaurablog.com), posts videos weekly on The Dr. Laura YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/drlaura), and…
  Meet Laurie E. Ohall: Link: The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall Laurie Ohall is a Florida Board Certified Elder law attorney who has been practicing law since 1994. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning and elder law which includes the related fields of asset protection planning, probate, guardianship and trust administration. Ms. Ohall is Of Counsel at the law firm of Browning, Meyer and Ball Co., LPA. Ms. Ohall is a member of the Florida Bar (1994) and the Ohio Bar (2010) and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. She is a member of the Brandon Bar Association (Past President, 2009 – 2010, Treasurer 2010-2011), the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and the Academy of Florida Elder Law attorneys (AFELA). She is also a section member of the Real…
Meet Laurie E. Ohall: Link: The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall Laurie Ohall is a Florida Board Certified Elder law attorney who has been practicing law since 1994. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning and elder law which includes the related fields of asset protection planning, probate, guardianship and trust administration. Ms. Ohall is Of Counsel at the law firm of Browning, Meyer and Ball Co., LPA. Ms. Ohall is a member of the Florida Bar (1994) and the Ohio Bar (2010) and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. She is a member of the Brandon Bar Association (Past President, 2009 – 2010, Treasurer 2010-2011), the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and the Academy of Florida Elder Law attorneys (AFELA). She is also a section member of the Real Property,…
Monday, 09 September 2013 07:11

Who Is Your Power of Attorney?

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Life has a way of moving quickly. We are focused on so many things to get through each day, that we often can overlook some necessary things that should always stay current. One of the documents that you should have drawn up by your legal counsel is your Power of Attorney document. Your situation needs to be reviewed by an attorney affiliated with the state that you are a resident of. When it comes to Florida, you may be a resident of New York, but reside in Florida six months out of the year. Some people change their state of residency to Florida, due to the tax advantages, and go up north for six months out of the year. Either way, if your original documents were written in New York, and you have changed your residency to Florida, you need to have your Will, Power of Attorney and Health Care…
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 08:32

Your Legal Documents

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"I had my Will and Power of Attorney paperwork done a long time ago, why should I worry about it?"   Some people seem to avoid having their legal documents drawn up.  Things like a Living Will, Power of Attorney, Health Care Surrogate, and even a Trust.  Let me say right now that I am not an attorney, nor do I profess to know the ins and outs of preparing those types of documents.   But this is what I do know:  people tend to avoid getting their affairs in order and keeping them updated.   I usually find that people will have their initial documents drawn up when they have reached their 40’s, mainly because they have children and there is a sense of responsibility to protect the family if an unexpected death or illness were to occur.  Those documents are usually put in a safe or filed somewhere,…

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Senior Citizens Discounts

This information was passed along to us; we thought this would be interesting information to post on our website, since we all love a good deal!

In order to receive the Senior Citizen discounts listed below, you have to mention the discount prior to paying.

If you find that some of these locations do not offer the discount any longer, or if you come across a vendor that should be added to the list, please go the “Contact US” Tab on the homepage of the website.  Send us an email, for a vendor to be added or removed. Happy Shopping& Saving! ~ From the staff at Sallycares.com


RESTAURANTS:
Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili's: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddruckers: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gaetti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)

Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations ( 55+)

McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney's: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy's: 10% off ( 55 +)
Whataburger: 10% off (62+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

RETAIL & APPAREL :
Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Big Lots: 30% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 40% off (Wednesdays only) ( 50+)
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)Modell's Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

GROCERY :
Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)

Food Lion: 60% off every Monday (60+)

Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Publix: 15% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

TRAVEL :
Airlines:
Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods. (Tuesdays - Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations.
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount).
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount).
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Rail:
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)

Bus:
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:
Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 40% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria - NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT :
AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
Massage Envy - NYC 20% off all "Happy Endings" (62 +)
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)
SeaWorld, Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS :
AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).


MISCELLANEOUS:
Great Clips: $8 off haircuts (60+)
Supercuts: $8 off haircuts (60+)

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