August 22, 2011

Seniors! Planning a Cruise? – Shower Essentials For Your Cruise

Filed under: seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 9:26 am

Regular Cruise Diva Blog readers may recall our story last November about An Updated Paper Luggage Tag Solution. We’ve used those Cruise Luggage Tag Holders from Favors by Serendipity* when boarding a half dozen cruise ships since then and they never fail to draw favorable comments from our fellow passengers about how useful they are. Not only useful, they are sturdy and hold up so well that we plan to use them many more times.

In addition to recognizing the need for luggage tag holders, the creative folks at Favors by Serendipity have obviously taken note of the old cruise director’s joke about cruise ship cabin showers being less than spacious—”Don’t drop the soap, there isn’t room in the shower to bend over to retrieve it”—and have come up with a couple solutions to make those tight showers a bit more cruiser-friendly.

First is the Cruise/Travel Shower Caddy, designed to be perfectly sized for cruise ship showers, whether you bring your own travel size products, or use the ones provided. Custom designed to hold travel size bottles, it’s lightweight and flat so it doesn’t take up room in your suitcase (or the shower). It also doesn’t interfere with any existing shelving, thus doubling or even tripling your toiletry storage space.

The Cruise/Travel Shower Caddy features:

• 3 Velcro straps that fit any horizontal bar
• 3 pockets for travel size products
• 2 pockets for other essentials
• Side tab with Velcro for razor or shower puff
• Sturdy loops to be used with suction cup hooks (hooks included)

The Shower Caddy is machine washable and comes in a reusable vinyl pouch. Cruise Diva installed it in her shower at home following the directions (mount on a smooth clean surface by moistening the cups and pushing directly onto wall, then press hooks down for a strong seal) and it’s stayed put for days, even fully loaded as illustrated above. To remove, you just raise the hooks to release the seal.

Also in the above photo is the second new product from Favors by Serendipity, the Soap Pocket On-A-Rope. We knotted it to hang it from the Shower Caddy suction hook for illustration purposes, but the rope is lengthy enough to hang freely well below the caddy. In your cruise ship shower, simply find a place to hang the rope, keep your soap in the soft mesh Soap Pocket, and when you lather up you will never drop it again (cruise directors will just have to find something else to joke about in the future). Leave your soap in the pocket after your shower since it dries well between uses.

Both the Shower Caddy and Soap Pocket On-A-Rope are well made and the Cruise Diva family plans to use them on all our future cruises.

Check out more tips from Cruise Dive – http://cruisediva.blogspot.com/2011/07/shower-essentials-for-your-cruise.html

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August 17, 2011

LINC to present a seminar for Women Cancer Patients in Richmond VA

Filed under: senior living guide,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 4:08 pm

LINC will present a seminar for Women Cancer Patients, site Survivors, their families and caregivers on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9 a.m. in the 4th floor Auditorium, the Atrium building at Johnston Willis Hospital.  The seminar will be 4 hours long and is entitlted “Women – The Financial Heart of the Home”.  Topics to be discussed are:  Financial Planning for Women, Debt Management for Women, The Legalities of Reconstruction and Lymphedema , and Live Through This:  Managing the Cancer Change-a life coaching session.

The seminar is free but registration is required by either calling 804-562-0592 ext 2 or emailing Education@cancerlinc.org.

There is free parking at the hospital.  Enter via the Atrium doorway and take the elevators to the 4th floor.  Turn left and follow the hall to the Atrium Auditorium.  Coffee and sweet rolls will be available before 9 a.m. and a box lunch will be served at noon.  The seminar will adjourn at 1 p.m.  Door prizes will also be given.

Register early.  Only  35 seats remain. If you have questions, please call 804-562-0592 ext 2.

Hope to see you there!

Sharon Caldwell, PMP
LINC
Outreach and Education Director
PO Box 73281
Richmond, VA 23235
804-562-0592 option 2
sharon.caldwell@cancerlinc.org
Website: http://www.cancerlinc.org

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Staying Independent – Home Safety Tips

Filed under: home health care,senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 12:27 pm

Question:  I just returned home from a hospital stay for a recent fall. Thankfully I did not break any bones. My biggest fear is breaking a hip and having to leave my home.  What can I do to make my home safer?

Answer: You are wise to plan ahead to prevent another fall!  Here are some tips:

Main Living Areas: Remove throw rugs, unhealthy cords or clutter in the walkways.  Install night lights in the hallways and bathrooms. Replace any worn or torn carpet and broken railings near steps.

Bathroom: Install grab bars on the walls, pills near the toilet and shower.  Use a shower chair so you can sit while bathing.  Lower water heater temperature to 120 degrees F. to avoid burns.

Kitchen: Set utensils and food at a comfortable height to avoid reaching or standing on
a stool. Look for sharp corner counters or tables which can be padded.

Your physician can also order a home safety evaluation for you.

You also may want to consider having in-home assistance with some of the daily tasks so that you can reserve your energy for the more enjoyable things in life.  A home care company such as Comfort Keepers may be your answer.  Comfort Keepers provides assistance in your own home to those needing a little extra help.

Mark Sheets, Greater Richmond Area Comfort Keepers owner.  For more information go to www.comfortkeepers.com or call 750-1123.

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August 16, 2011

The Oaks at Whitaker Glen is excited to announce the new, multi-million dollar community improvement and addition plans that are underway.

Filed under: senior housing,senior living guide,seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 1:48 pm

A Southern Tradition of Caring:

What started as a dream for the Tomlinson Family, troche became reality in 1957 when the doors to what is now The Oaks at Mayview opened. Several years later, the campus expanded its services with the addition of The Oaks at Whitaker Glen, providing independent living in an elegant and secure environment.

Since opening their doors, the staff has been dedicated to providing an excellent living environment while delivering quality customer service. The Oaks at Whitaker Glen has always been committed to being the best retirement comm-unity in the Raleigh area. Offering southern charm and peace of mind, The Oaks at Whitaker Glen is a place you can proudly call home.

Building for the Future:

The Oaks at Whitaker Glen is excited to announce the new, multi-million dollar community improvement and addition plans that are underway. Once it is completed, visitors will notice the new gatehouse providing secure access to members and families.

Additionally, members will have access to the new community clubhouse, featuring a state-of-the-art wellness center, library, card room, barber and beauty shop, general store, arts and crafts center, three restaurants and more! Brand new premium level independent living suites are available for reservation now. In addition, we are now renovating suites at the request of our current and future members.

For more information or to schedule a guided tour please contact our Admissions Director.

 

501 E. Whitaker Mill Road

Raleigh, NC 27608

Phone: (919) 839-5604

Fax: (919) 839-5604

www.URReady.com

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August 11, 2011

Seniors – need help selling your car?

Filed under: seniorlivingguide — seniorlivingguide @ 2:21 pm

CarLotz, a Consigment Store for Cars – Helping You Sell your Vehicle.

“I want a reasonable value for my used car, but I can’t deal with the hassle and headache of selling my car myself.”

“I’m too busy to deal with selling my car and too leery of dealing with strangers, I’ll just take the low-ball trade-in offer.”

“I never know whether I’m getting a good deal…I just don’t know enough about how to price a used car.”

My partners and I heard these quotes enough and, with the knowledge of the economics that run the industry, set out to problem solve. What we learned is that consumers are not being served in a way that is comfortable, transparent, and enjoyable and the used car market is an annoyance at best and a source of fear at worst.  We decided to come up with a way for people to get the value of the private market with the ancillary services and benefits of a dealership…an idea in which everyone wins. CarLotz was born – a consignment store for cars.

We opened CarLotz a couple of months ago. Since opening, we’ve had over 80 cars consigned to us and we’ve sold about half of them. It seems that some people are pretty excited about having a new option in the used car market. They love the information we provide to them to help them price their car, they love the way they are treated, and they love the speed at which their cars sell and the values they are getting. We’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time speaking with our customers and getting to know how they want to do business. We’ve molded the business plan to make sure that the service levels we can provide are more than, what our customers demand.

As it turns out, a large portion of our customers is comprised of Seniors or their adult children looking to sell an extra or unwanted car or a car that will no longer be used due to a life transition.  We’ve greatly enjoyed working with Seniors and their adult children and helping them get a great value for their car without having to do a thing!  Our customers drop off their cars, we get them checked by a mechanic, professionally cleaned and photographed, listed through all the major print and on-line vehicle marketing services, and then we manage test-drives, and help buyers with financing and warranties and ultimately the DMV paperwork.  The customer then gets their check…its that easy!

Now, with CarLotz, a consignment store for cars, we provide the private market value to both sellers and buyers and save them the traditional hassles and headaches. We are still learning, and we have a long way to go, but we are very excited about serving the local community with a new service that let’s them be the used car dealer. If you want to see first hand how we can help you, please come by and talk to us.

Michael W. Bor

Founder

CarLotz, Inc.

11944B Midlothian Turnpike

Richmond, VA 23113

mbor@CarLotz.com

(804) 399-0600

www.CarLotz.com

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August 10, 2011

Join The Alzheimer’s Association and WALK TO END ALZHEIMER”S

Filed under: Alzheimer's — seniorlivingguide @ 3:15 pm

NEW URGENCY, NEW NAME!! Please join us October 29th at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Coral Gables(across from the Coral Gables City Hall).  Broward residents can join the Walk on November 5th at Hollywood’s North Beach Park.  Start your team at: www.alz.org/walk or join my team by clicking: http://2011Walktoendalz.kintera.org/miami/ricardo_mualin . The end of Alzheimer’s disease starts with YOU! Please mark your calendars and join us in this effort.  With your help, we can raise awareness and funds to enhance Alzheimer’s care and support and advance critical research for a cure.

Together, we are an unstoppable force in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Ricardo Mualin
Associate Director of Development
Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter

Miami Jewish Health Systems

5200 NE 2nd Avenue, Ablin Bldg, 1st Floor

Miami, FL 33137
Office    800.861.7826  Ext. 403
Fax       305.751.5551
Mobile  305.785.2121
Ricardo.Mualin@alz.org
www.alz.org/seflorida

Please click on the following link to join my “Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team”: http://2011Walktoendalz.kintera.org/miami/ricardo_mualin

“the compassion to care , the leadership to conquer”
24-hour HELPLINE 800.272.3900

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August 7, 2011

Women – The Financial Heart of the Home – A seminar for Women Cancer Patients

Filed under: Senior Housing Events — seniorlivingguide @ 9:35 am

LINC will present a seminar for Women Cancer Patients, diagnosis Survivors, decease their families and caregivers on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9 a.m. in the 4th floor Auditorium, the Atrium building at Johnston Willis Hospital.  The seminar will be 4 hours long and is entitlted “Women – The Financial Heart of the Home”.  Topics to be discussed are:  Financial Planning for Women, Debt Management for Women, The Legalities of Reconstruction and Lymphedema , and Live Through This:  Managing the Cancer Change-a life coaching session.

The seminar is free but registration is required by either calling 804-562-0592 ext 2 or emailing Education@cancerlinc.org.

There is free parking at the hospital.  Enter via the Atrium doorway and take the elevators to the 4th floor.  Turn left and follow the hall to the Atrium Auditorium.  Coffee and sweet rolls will be available before 9 a.m. and a box lunch will be served at noon.  The seminar will adjourn at 1 p.m.  Door prizes will also be given.

Register early.  Only  35 seats remain. If you have questions, please call 804-562-0592 ext 2.

Hope to see you there!

Sharon Caldwell, PMP
LINC
Outreach and Education Director
PO Box 73281
Richmond, VA 23235
804-562-0592 option 2
sharon.caldwell@cancerlinc.org
Website: http://www.cancerlinc.org

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August 4, 2011

Support an End to Alzheimer’s Disease

Filed under: Alzheimer's — seniorlivingguide @ 11:32 am

Save the Date

Support an End to Alzheimer’s Disease

The Ivey’s Second Annual Auction

October 13, look 2011

6:00-7:30

The Ivey Adult Day Care

6030 Park South Drive

Charlotte, remedy NC 28210

Portion of proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association 2011 Memory Walk

We are accepting donations of all kinds…

Do you have a special talent to share – landscaping, chef services, beauty services, golf or tennis lessons?

A vacation home or frequent flyer miles?

Tickets to sporting events or sports memorabilia?

Art objects, home décor, jewelry or accessories?

There will be special art work and quilts created by Ivey members.

We appreciate your auction contributions in advance!

Please contact Kelly at 704-909-2078 or kelly.gibson@theivey.com

(we’ll be glad to arrange pick up your donated items)

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