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  • Home Access for Everyone

    Lea Ann Skogsberg, Founder, Dollars and Sense

    The number one desire of people as we age is to remain in our own homes. Yet many of us are one mobility impairment away from not even being able to enter or exit our homes. This challenge for society will continue to grow as Baby Boomers age. Most needs are short-term yet most commercial answers require permanent changes to a property making them undesirable to homeowners and impossible for renters. MORE >

    There is a community-based solution to address this growing need to make home accessibility affordable for everyone. If you ever carried anyone into your home for a Holiday meal or experienced even "minor" surgery that affected mobility, you'll know why this is such an important topic.

    Ramps provide access for people with both temporary and long-term mobility issues. Yet while Medicare and Medicaid as well as private insurance programs underwrite the wheelchairs, walkers and assistive devices individuals require for mobility—except in some cases for veterans—there is no standard way to acquire and/or pay for the ramps. This concept, a community-based inventory of modular ramps, seeks to establish a pilot project to demonstrate the value of borrowing (rather than owning) home access products. Rentals respond to occasional as well as temporary needs for residential ramps. Except for the screws, each component is reusable; the units are American made.

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  • Chapters – Caring for Caregivers

    Roger Renik, Support Group Facilitator for "Chapters"

    Whether for an aging parent, neighbor or friend, most people will be a caregiver at some point in life if they're not already. This can sometimes be a challenging role when combined with everyday living and one's own daily responsibilities. MORE >

    Sharing experiences, especially in the care giving capacity, creates an informative and overall helpful environment in which you can realize that you are not alone in your role. Roger, a caregiver for over 10 years provides a supportive and interactive seminar with a distinct awareness of Senior Care.
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  • My New Normal: Living with a life altering illness

    Dr. Stuart Pinkwater, Psychosocial Oncology Partners in Health, LLC

    Living with a life altering or life limiting illness takes an emotional toll on everyone connected to the patient. This talk examines the impact of a diagnosis, the treatment and aftercare plans on the social emotional well being of the patient and family.

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  • Traditional, Alternative and Optional Health Treatments for Long Life

    Karon Gibson, RN, CCM, Host and Producer of health Television, Outspokentvshows, AmericaNurse. com Wellness Education TV

    Hear what the experts say: reflexologists, iridologists, biochemists, dentists and professors. An author and TV host, Karen brings experience as an ER, psychiatric and home care nurse.

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  • 15 Days to Better Health-The 30 minute workout

    Michael Gow, CEO, Vision Worldwide Consultants, LLC

    My presentation is intended for all those who want to become healthier as soon as possible. For as little as 30 minutes a day you can achieve better health and fitness. I believe there is nothing more important in our lives than good health. Many days we wake up either feeling great or not and how we deal with our health dictates how our lives will be mentally or physically. I am not a physician or a professional physical trainer/therapist. MORE >

    I have taken no medical classes or use trainers at health clubs. But what I have is a lifetime of sports activities and experiences that I believe will be beneficial to everyone. It is very important to take action sooner versus later not only to maintain good health but to address any health related issues where physical activity will be beneficial. Why did I choose the title “15 days to better health? I believe if someone who dedicates 15 consecutive days of proactive exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes they will not only see signs of better health but more importantly it will lay the foundation to a change in your lifestyle as your health is very important and those 15 days will be the start of a lifetime of better health.
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  • The Solution to America’s Health Crisis

    Robert Zoboski, DC, DACO, MS, President, Family Chiropractic Care, S.C.

    By following an individualized three step approach, patients can realize reduction of cardiovascular risk, increased energy, and a much greater quality of life. This presentation also describes a novel concept of redesigning the system of health care delivery in the United States.

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  • Optimal Performance

    Dr. Frank Sassetti, PsyD, CPT

    Dr, Sassetti has created a curriculum of how to be at your best to do your best. By creating a healthy body along with a focused and resilient mind, anyone can position him/herself to perform at optimal levels, no matter what the endeavor. Any audience will learn the importance of the relationship between the body and mind and how a this relationship forms the foundation for optimal performance/success. Participants will learn practical tools to implement immediately to being on their path to optimal performance. MORE >

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  • I Promise Not to Make You Quack Like a Chicken!

    Melanie Griffis Jones, MA, LPC, ACCTH, TraceSuccessful and Griffis/Jones & Associates

    Every time I am someplace with a new group of people and am asked what I do for a living, my response usually gets all the attention. All I have to do is say I am a clinical hypnotherapist and the room goes quiet. Then, when I hear someone say they can't be hypnotized, I simply smile. The truth is no one can be unless they are willing. The opposite is true too. Everyone can be hypnotized because hypnosis is actually self hypnosis. Also, you won't "cluck like a chicken" unless you really want to do that. On the other hand, you can release unwanted weight, stop smoking, eliminate your fear of flying, or improve your athletic abilities with just a few sessions of clinical hypnosis. MORE >

    About eight years ago, I took a six day intensive hypnotherapy training as a creative way to get the continuing education credits I needed to keep my professional licensure. I was intent on "just doing the 6-day and not any of the additional long term training that was offered." That was until the 5th day when I saw first hand how very powerful this was. The instructor said you can see greater results in five sessions of hypnotherapy than you can in 90 sessions of talk therapy. By day five, I was a believer. I went on for a two year internship and another five years of advanced training.

    I also started to assistant teach the process. Clinical hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnosis. It can help people deal with PTSD, anxiety, abuse issues from childhood and even change the way we deal with grief. Did I mention past lives and how we can explore who we were or why we keep doing some things we don't want to do anymore? Even if all you want to do is learn how to relax, I can share easy tools for calming yourself when stressed. And if you want to bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken, go to a stage show and the hypnotist there can make it happen for you.

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  • 3 Myths about diabetes that are keeping your health hostage

    Iuliana Lixandru, L.Ac., MSOM, Vitality Natural Wellness

    If you suffer from diabetes it's important to understand as much as you can about this condition and how it impacts your health and one of the best ways to do this is by first learning common myths that can lead to a misunderstanding about what's going on in your body. Once you are aware of the myths that can be harming you, you can move on to focusing on your health and finding solutions that can help improve it. MORE >

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  • How Antioxidants can Lead You to a Higher Quality of Life.

    Gregg S. Kuhnen, Health Consultant, Circle of Well Being, Inc.

    Learn about the way food works to give the body what it needs to keep it healthy, shown from a raw food chef perspective with research to back it all up.

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