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12-26-2015
How Let It Snow Would Have Been Written If The Person Lived In Arizona… (Imangine music and good singing) Oh, the weather outside isn’t frightful, And the cool air is so delightful. And since we've got nothing but sun, Let It Shine! Let It Shine! Let It Shine! Oh, it doesn't show signs of stopping, That’s why Arizona is always hopping. All the blinds are open for sun, Let It Shine! Let It Shine! Let It Shine! When we finally kiss goodnight, How I'll love going out in the Sun! Doesn’t matter if you hold me tight, All the way home I'll be warm! The fire is slowly dying, And my dear, we're still good-by-in ...
12-21-2015
Early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s or other challenges associated with aging are often first detected or otherwise confirmed at holiday family gatherings.  Here are a few easy and non-intrusive ideas for checking up your loved one. Look in the refrigerator. Is there food or expired food? Drive the car. Check the state of the tires, oil, antifreeze. Has the cleanliness of the person deteriorated? Look for potential fall risks such as loose rugs, poor lighting, or opportunities for water on the floor such as, pet bowls. Has mobility lessened? Consider offering to install stair railings or grab bars in the bathroom. Is the mail piling up? Be aware but b ...
12-14-2015
  Blankets or throws: A cozy blanket feels like love. You can customize throws with a family photo or a picture of a favorite vacation spot at many places online such as, Shutterfly or Costco. Custom gift basket: They will know you care when you give them a basket of their favorite things. Slippers, lotions, bath soaps, cologne or perfume, movies, or a food basket of your loved ones favorite meats, cheeses, chocolates or sauces. Tablets and iPads: Surprisingly easy to use and in many ways tailored for seniors with their touch-screen technology and large print options. Good for entertainment, medication management and brain-exercising fun. Smartphone: Phones are not only impo ...
12-12-2015
Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio: The Independent Guide to Children’s Media Looking for a place to find age appropriate toys in which someone has thought about whether the toy is adapted for kids with special needs? Here they are and here’s how they do it.  Joanne and Stephanie are child development experts. The founded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio in 1989 as the only independent reviewers of toys consumers. Each year in February they attend the International Toy Fair in NYC where all of the toys for this holiday season are previewed. They pick out the most promising toys. In her blog, Stephanie says that by July it looks like they are in Santa’s Workshop. Sounds l ...
12-07-2015
This place is incredible. Ideas that caused me shock and awe. I was fortunate to present on Healthcare Advanced Directives at FSL’s Annual Caregivers Retreat. Caregivers are heroes, providing selfless services while facing many challenges, often with little reward. In Arizona alone, there are 855,000 family caregivers. They are super heroes with super powers. The Caregiver House is located in Phoenix at 12th street and Thomas. It’s an older home renovated to demonstrate modification options. One half of the home uses Universal Design and the other half is modified with less expensive, often removable adaptations. It is truly amazing how much a home renovation, no matte ...
12-06-2015
Internship opportunity that sounds amazing with the United States International Council on Disabilities. The USICD is a federation of US-based non-governmental organizations, federal agencies and individuals committed to advocacy and action on behalf
12-06-2015
Internship opportunity that sounds amazing with the United States International Council on Disabilities. The USICD is a federation of US-based non-governmental organizations, federal agencies and individuals committed to advocacy and action on behalf of the global disability rights agenda. USICD is looking for applicants for the: YOUTH IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Internship program is open for applications until January 12, 2016. SO HURRY!!!!  That’s only a few weeks away. The USICD's internship program focuses on youth with disabilities from across the U.S. who intend to pursue careers in int ...
12-01-2015
This day is marked around the world every year on December 3rd to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, that’s 1 in 7 More than 100 million disabled persons are children Children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence 80% of all people with disabilities live in a developing country 50% of disabled persons cannot afford health care 153 countries signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The United States is a signatory but has not yet ratified ...


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