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The Relationship Between Humans And Loud Music

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While out walking our dogs with a neighbor on a warm, autumn Sunday morning, we discussed plans for the day. She mentioned she and her husband were going to the theater that evening to hear a New Orleans jazz trombone player and his ensemble. My husband’s ears perked up, as he played trombone in his high school marching band. Too late to buy tickets beforehand, we were in the ticket line 30 minutes before the performance began. End seats on the main floor or center seats in the third row of the balcony? Center seats topped end seats, so the balcony it was. Climbing the steps to the upper level, my husband commented to me, “If you don’t like it, we’ll leave at half-time.” I laughed, teasing him, asking if he meant “intermission.” I then said, “Why would I want to leave? I love music.” We waited with anticipation for…
WGCU Public Media Announces 2016 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida. WGCU Public Media, in partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida, announces the 2016 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida. Nominated by the public, the 2016 MAKERS were selected based on their impact in the arts, business, education, environment, health/wellness, politics or social justice in Southwest Florida. For the fourth year, Sanibel-based freelance producer Chelle Koster Walton will conduct the studio interviews and produce the video portrait tributes to these remarkable women. The five women selected are: Sister Maureen Kelleher, J.D., Immokalee Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and Legal Aid Services of Collier County Denise McNulty, Naples Director, Nursing Program, Ave Maria University and Educator, Lee Memorial Health System Steffanie Pearce, Naples General Director, Gulfshore Opera Ricky Pires, Naples Director, FGCU Wings of Hope/Panther Posse Myra Roberts, Sanibel Artist/Social Activist The following women were nominated for 2016 MAKERS for leaving…
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Cortico Basilar Degeneration

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Cortico Basilar Degeneration (CBD) or Corticobasal Ganglionic Degeneration (CBGD) is a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease that involves the cerebral cortex and the basal ganglia.  It is often referred to as one of the neurological disorders that falls under the title of "parkinsonism" because as the disease evolves, a person begins to demonstrate characteristics that can be confused with Parkinsons disease.  In fact there are many patients who are initially diagnosed with Parkinsons disease, only to be told "down the road" that they don't have true or ideopathic Parkinsons disease, but rather one of the "imitators," which CBD is sometimes called. You can find information about this disease on the internet, but one of the frustrating things about being diagnosed with a condition like CBD, is that the symptoms are not as consistently similar from patient to patient, like the symptoms that most Parkinsons patients have, and the disease does not respond to…
The "2016 Parkinson's Disease Patient's Forum" Is coming To Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center -Punta Gorda, Florida, Wednesday April 27, 2016. This event is FREE of charge! Join Us from 1:00pm to 5:15pm as we talk about the topics below. REGISTER NOW SPACE IS LIMITED: CALL 941-743-4987 Mention you saw this on the sallycares.com website. I will be presenting in this forum as well, hope to meet you in person! 1:00pm - Doors open for Registration & Refreshments 1:50pm - Opening Remarks Presented By: Dr. Ramon Gil of the Parkinson's Disease Treatment Center of SWFL 2:00pm - Tips for Better Home Management - Presented By:Sally Thimm OTR/L 2:30pm - Fall Prevention in Parkinson's Disease -Presented By: Sergio Valdivia PT, DPT 3:00pm - The Importance of Clinical Research - Presented By: Judy Seymour, CMA (AAMA) CCRC 3:30pm - BREAK 4:00pm - Speech Therapy for PD: beyond LSVT  - Presented By:…
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month Take some time this month to learn more about this illness, to understand what it means to those who love someone afflicted, to those who dedicate themselves to seeing they are cared for, and ensuring that their lives continue to have meaning and dignity. There are many ways to become educated about a condition or disease. With Alzheimer’s, there are hundreds of books available to explain it, advise what to do about it, how to handle it, and offer solutions and support for caregivers. These are excellent resources. However, stories that enlighten through the careful balance of useful facts and a cast of relatable and realistic characters may be a better way to shed light on this and many other medical issues. This type of presentation enables the reader to get inside the head of the Alzheimer’s patient, their caregivers, spouse, children, and…
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Pocket Door Challenges

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Here is something I came up with, to help a person with peripheral neuropathy in his hands. He couldn't close a bathroom pocket door, because he couldn't grasp the metal piece that allows you to open and close it. Not all pocket doors are the same, but consider trying something like this; a key ring attached to a clasp.  It worked for this guy and may work for someone you know! If you have some ideas to share just email us and let us know if we can give you "Sally's Spotlight" to share your tricks and tips! xo Sally  
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Vote for Sally Cares Inc.

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  Dear Friends,   I have had a lot of goals for this web site, and it has been a journey of learning and commitment to  make it grow.  I want to be able to use this web site to meet people where they are, and help them problem solve their issues, to get them to the next level of their success.   Whether you are a caregiver or the patient, we need to hear from you and help you with your challenge.   Starting March 1, 2015 whoever joins our email list will get a free 30 day trial of Sallycares.com  You will be able to email questions to Sally and see how beneficial the site could be for you.  We will announce the coupon code you will need to use to sign up on March 1st.  Join us.  We'll be waiting to hear from you! Voting for the…
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New Year - New You?

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Here we are.  Happy New Year!  2015 is a new year.  No matter what happened in the past, it's history.  It is time to look in the mirror and be the person you know you can be. It doesn't matter how old you are, what color your hair is, or how aggravated you are with your situation.  This is the year we have to take responsibility for who we are.  No more excuses.  If we are angry and we make our families miserable, we need to own it, and we need to change. If we need to get in better shape and improve our health, we are the ones that will benefit.  (actually so will our families...) There is no need to say things like; "I can't," "That doesn't work," "What does it matter,"...no those comments are going to be forbidden in 2015. The reality is that you can change. …
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Make this Christmas and holiday season one to remember. In the hustle and bustle of all that surrounds you, think back to your best memories of the past Christmas holidays you shared with family and friends. What stands out as being your favorite things that you recall? When I was growing up in Michigan, my Mother had the market on baking cookies. In fact that was what she was known for. The house we lived in had a side porch that acted like an extra freezer, because the temperatures were always freezing in December and January. She would stack 12-14 tins of cookies out there, and pull them in one by one to make assorted platters of cookies for friends and families. My children still talk about it. Even though Mom and Dad are now in heaven with the angels, we can still recall similar feelings of warmth, family, and…
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Thanksgiving deserves the "Spotlight."  It is a wonderful holiday, where people set aside the day to give thanks for family, friends, and the opportunity to show people that we care. Thanksgiving is also the kick off point for the holiday season.  There are so many who have needs around us.  There is illness, fatigue related to caregiving, and the need we all have to be sensitive to what others are going through.  What do you plan to do to be a light to another during this holiday season?  There are many organizations and opportunites to help others.  Please consider donating your resources or your time (or both) to be a gift to someone else. Don't forget about our men and women who serve our Country!  They make sacrifices for us each and every day!  Sending a card is always appreciated, if funds are low.  Remember it's the thought that counts! Some organizations…
A few months ago I had the pleasure of attending a presentation given by Anne Curtis, MA, RDT, CTSS (Drama Therapist) and Anissa Mitchell, LCSW (Social Worker). They have a very creative approach to their Parkinsons Disease Support Group at the Florida Hospital. Their Drama Therapy based intervention was featured recently at the North American Drama Therapy Association's Conference and the World Parkinsons Congress.  They incorporate drama, fun, creativity, music, singing and movement in each session they have.  So, instead of focusing on the disease and the problems that the patients and caregivers have, they tend to focus on removing the conventional approach to the support group, and replace it with so much alternative activity, that the participants forget they have Parkinsons, and their caregivers forget about being caregivers.  They just have fun.  Would this approach work for all types of support groups?  Absolutely!  Their example is with Parkinsons Patients,…
Meet Leah Korkis BSN, RN: Leah Korkis is a registered nurse and family caregiver. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Bradley University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing as an Adult-Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (MSN, AG-CNS). Her nursing career started in neurology, and she has since worked in acute care, long-term care, community health, and nursing continued education. In addition to nursing, Leah is the primary caregiver for her Grandparents and disabled Aunt. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband John and their fish Thor. She can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "As an outlet for my passion of sustaining quality of life and person-centered care, I created Healthy Now and Later for individuals and caregivers. This hub for learning and community brings to light hard to discuss topics and hard to find resources. I want to partner with you so that you can continue to live well, eat well, and love well, now and in the future." - Leah Korkis, BSN, RN  Food…
Caring for a family member or friend can be a challenge, whether it is your home or theirs. It often turns into a full time job and it is difficult to find enough time to do things well. In our current healthcare maze, it is often asked whether or not Medicare pays for help in the home. The answer is “no.” That leaves many families on their own when it comes to choosing an agency to provide caregivers that they can trust. In my practice I most frequently turn to Visiting Angels. They are a national network of franchised, non-medical, senior homecare agencies providing up to 24 hour care in the comfort of the home where the patient is staying. There is no better example of a great Visiting Angel’s Agency than the local agency in Punta Gorda, Florida. Sunny Cavanaugh is the owner of the agency. When writing this,…
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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

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+)

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 +)

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+)

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)

Amtrak: 15% off (62+)

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+)

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 +)

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+).

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