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How the Young Can Help

“Mary,” a City of Hope patient and a 70-something grandmother from Beverly Hills, worries that COVID-19 and the calls to practice social distancing may actually make things worse for many seniors who already lack the close personal connections they desperately need.

“I just wish that people would not think that older people are invisible or incompetent,” she said. “I think that many of us seniors are very isolated and lonesome.”

“Eleanor,” another patient in her 80s, lives a few miles away. She feels the same, with an added concern: quickly getting up to speed on the latest technology.

“I am trying to stay positive and be kind. Not to say that it always works for me,” she said. “I had a real meltdown last week, prompted by my frustrations with the computer, the new reliance on Zoom and other sites that I find difficult to deal with.”

As we all adapt to the new normal of sheltering in place and keeping our distance, experts say older Americans need extra care and vigilance, not only for medical reasons but for emotional ones too. People over 60 have diminished immune systems, putting them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering more if they do.

Many seniors may also have underlying health conditions — such as cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular disease — that can make a bout with this virus more dangerous.

But it’s the risk to seniors’ mental and emotional well-being that most concerns William Dale, M.D., Ph.D., director of City of Hope’s Center for Cancer and Aging Research and chair of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine. It’s also why he dislikes the term “social distancing.”

“Those two words should never be together,” he said. “The key is physical distancing. You mustn’t stop being social. We need to maintain emotional connections even if we can’t be physically close, because isolation can be a terrible thing, leading to depression and cutting folks off from the help they need.”

Dale wants to see all people — young and old — increase their connections to one another, taking advantage of available technology, matching it to each person’s capabilities. Not every older adult can figure out a Zoom video conference, for example, but there’s no reason not to pick up the phone and talk to them, or send an email. To reach the un-savvy, anti-tech types, Dale recommends a secret weapon.

“Use the grandkids!” he said. “Ask them to check in” with grandma and grandpa, and watch what happens. “The grandparents will be motivated to learn the new technology to stay connected with the kids.”

And whenever possible, find ways to maintain face-to-face interaction. Perhaps hugs and kisses can’t happen right now, but seeing friends and loved ones from 6 feet away and with other proper precautions can still mean a lot.

“Mary” and her family have figured this out.

“When one grandchild came home [from an overseas trip], she stood on the sidewalk and we were on the porch so we could share love and throw kisses,” she said.

And “Eleanor” makes a point of reaching out.

“We must dig into ourselves and find more love to give away, especially at this time,” she said, “So I decided to give gifts to someone twice a week, like a delivery of pizza or fruit, and to send at least two emails or phone calls every day to friends.”

Importance of Connection

Dale knows from personal experience — as a young resident at a VA hospital and in his current City of Hope job — the importance of personal contact. He remembers how disappointed some of his outpatient older veterans would be when he’d tell them, “You’re doing OK, no need to come in this week.”

“I was stunned,” he recalled, by the way they’d argue, ‘But I do need to see you! I need to talk to you!’

“It took me a while to recognize just how important it was to them to make a regular connection.”

William Dale, M.D., Ph.D., director of City of Hope’s Center for Cancer and Aging Research William Dale, M.D., Ph.D., director of City of Hope’s Center for Cancer and Aging Research He encounters similar challenges as City of Hope attempts to balance the infection risks of close contact with the emotional needs of each individual patient. Who should come in? Who can be better served with a telemedicine session? Who should get a home visit by a nurse? The staff uses a special assessment to help make those decisions, analyzing each patient’s unique needs and vulnerabilities, including the strength of their social networks and support systems.

Dale feels a heightened sense of responsibility now, in the face of this crisis, more determined than ever to do the right, meaningful thing for each patient. He hopes the day never comes when care is narrowly “triaged,” with seniors’ chronological age and physical condition placing them at the back of the line. “Disadvantages must never become a reason or excuse to further disadvantage people,” he said.

Do These Three Things

He’s urging every older person to do three things, right now:

“First,” he counseled, “if you do go out, remember that physical distance. Second, find ways to remain emotionally connected to friends and family. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Don’t worry about ‘bothering’ them. They want to hear from you. And third, identify what brings you peace in these anxious times — walking, meditation, whatever works for you.”

He has another list for young people with elders in their lives.

“Give a call, check in, make a visit, not in an infantilizing way, but in a ‘Hey, how you doin?’ way. Reminisce with them. Sharing happy memories goes a very long way. And if you haven’t already, run through their medical scenarios. Do they have all the medications they need? Enough food? Their doctors’ phone numbers? Make sure.”

One last thing. Dale wants all of us to carefully think about our actions, because they will matter for a long time.

“Let’s have a sense of the moment,” he advised. “This is a historic event.

“How will we feel, six months from now, based on what we do today?”


City of Hope, a world-renowned cancer research and treatment center, recently opened a location in Newport Beach. City of Hope plans to invest $1 billion to develop and operate a state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer care and network of care in Orange County. To make an appointment with a physician at Newport Beach, call (949) 763-2204.

Bringing a Different Kind of CBD Company to Consumers

An exciting new CBD company has emerged, capturing market share in the crowded CBD space. Isolate Pure CBD is making a name for itself, not only because of the way they make and market their CBD, but primarily because of the people who make up the company.

From marketing executives, entertainment company heads, professional athletes and college students to diamond dealers, a superfood expert and a physician for the NFL, Isolate Pure CBD is backed by a wealth of well educated and experienced professionals to bring a different kind of CBD company to consumers.

Isolate Pure CBD as a company has one common dominator and that is they all use CBD and for the most part, for different, wide-ranging reasons including insomnia, workouts, pain, arthritis and anxiety.

Taking in all of the important issues of health, the opioid crisis, climate crisis and sustainability issues of today, Isolate Pure CBD has focused on where to grow, how to grow, how to harvest and how to deliver CBD.

Isolate product family

Isolate Pure CBD is cultivated in the lush Kentucky heartland by dedicated farmers where hemp has been grown successfully since the 1700’s. They sustainably farm premium hemp-derived CBD products in an FDA registered and inspected GMP-Compliant faciity, All of their products are tested by third parties for safety and quality. With that said, they are now working to make consumers as safe and knowledgeable about CBD as they can.

Simultaneously, Isolate Pure CBD is working on a medical study that will help accurately prescribe CBD for a myriad of health issues ranging from anxiety, inflammation, headaches, epilepsy to insomnia, arthritis, gut health, chronic and acute pain. They are working to publish the first medical paper on how best to use CBD for all of these health issues.

Dr. Gazzaniga, who serves on Isolate Pure CBD’s Board of Advisors states that “we are in the early stages of looking at CBD for acute pain treatment in order to reduce or eliminate the need for opiates.”

Isolate Pure CBD currently has four products they have released for public use: 50 mg. CBD capsules that are full spectrum; full spectrum oil droppers that come in both 500mg and 1000mg; a topical cream in a pump form that is 500mg; and lastly, an incredible acne treatment cream that combines Manuka honey and CBD.

You can find and order all of these products online at www.isolatepurecbd.com or you can call 800-284-1293 to order by phone.

Isolate Pure CBD is currently working on additional proprietary products as an alternative to using opioids and for college and professional athletes. They are working to have these products available in 2020.

A Q & A with Kristy Fleming, MD, FAAD
Board-Certified Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon

Question: Why is fall the season for dermatology?

Answer:

1. Weather

In truth, many dermatologic treatments are technically a form of very controlled skin damage. Damage activates the bodies innate repair system to replace old injured cells with new healthy cells, generate collagen, and restore fragmented elastin. Temperate fall weather provides a much more comfortable healing environment than the summer heat of Southern California.

2. Untanned Skin

Lasers are incredibly powerful exact devices designed to target a precise wavelength (color). Be it brown sunspots on the face, red vessels around the nose, or hair on the legs, the laser treatment is most safe and effective when there is the greatest differentiation between your skin color and the desired target.

3. Sun avoidance

One of my favorite treatments is photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT is a medical procedure that clears pre-cancers (so usually covered by Medicare/most insurance companies), but also provides an excellent cosmetic result.

However, this treatment requires strict sun protection. I tell my patients: “Pretend you are allergic to the sun. Better yet, pretend you are a vampire.” Even a quick jaunt to the mailbox without appropriate sun protection will leave you feeling like your skin is on fire!

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4. The Holiday Rush

The holidays are quickly approaching and everyone is eager to look their best for visiting family and annual parties. This is our busiest time of year for cosmetic treatments and appointment availability can be scarce. Nevertheless, we can almost always accommodate a “Botox emergency.”

Quick tip: If you have a big event, we recommend scheduling your cosmetic procedure at least 2 weeks prior in order to ensure you’re looking your best!

The holidays also mean schools are on break. This is a great time for kids and college students to catch up on their skin issues without having to miss school or incur additional travel expenses.

5. Insurance Woes

Unfortunately, medical insurances dictate much of our ability to treat our patients. Some patients are losing their insurance at the end of the year, while others have met their extremely high deductible and are anxiously trying to have any outstanding procedures performed before the deductible is reinstated anew. We understand these concerns. Our office stays open during winter break and we frequently extend our hours, but we definitely recommend scheduling your appointment as soon as possible.

Question: Now that summer is over, are we safe to put away our sunblock until next year?

Answer: Definitely not! Don’t be fooled by overcast skies, clouds are poor protection from harmful UV rays. I’ve treated many patients with severe sunburns who mistakenly believed sunblock was unnecessary without sunshine.


Fleming Dermatology & Aesthetic Center
23141 Moulton Parkway, Suite 110, Laguna Hills
(949) 916-5956 | FlemingDerm.com

St Joseph Hoag Health is here to help

You know the routine:

Step 1: Get your prescription from your physician.

Step 2: Get it filled by your pharmacist.

But do you know about Step 3?

Step 3: Have your medications reviewed once a year or more.

Everyone who takes medication has good reason to periodically ask their pharmacist or health care provider to review the medications they are taking. This is particularly important for older adults.

Your body changes as you age. Your drugs may interact differently, especially if you’ve added or subtracted one recently. And your diet or alcohol intake may have changed.

As the U.S. Food & Drug Administration says: “It is important to be aware that more use of medicines and normal body changes caused by aging can increase the chance of unwanted or maybe even harmful drug interactions.”

Tips for avoiding prescription problems

The National Council on Patient Information and Education offers a checklist to help you maximize the benefits of your medications while avoiding errors:

  • When your doctor writes a prescription, make sure you can read it, because if you can’t, it’s possible your pharmacist won’t be able to either. Perhaps your doctor can enter your prescription electronically.
  • Make sure you can understand the instructions your doctor and your pharmacist give you so you can avoid mistakes.
  • When you pick up or are given your medication, confirm that it’s the medication your physician prescribed.
  • If you’re getting liquid medicine, ask your pharmacist for the best device, such as a marked cup or oral plastic syringe, to get the proper dose.
  • Make sure your doctor and pharmacist know about any allergies or adverse reactions you’ve had to medicines.
  • Read about the potential side effects of your medication on the information sheets that come with your medicine. You may need to recognize them if you experience one later.
  • Make sure all your providers know all the medicines you’re taking, including over-the-counter pain relievers, dietary supplements and vitamins.

The Council also notes that some errors, such as taking someone else’s medication or mismeasuring a dose, most often occur at home. In some cases, a person may take more than one medication with the same active ingredient.

For example, if you’re taking a prescription pain medicine with acetaminophen, and then take an over-the-counter medication that also contains acetaminophen, you could exceed the recommended dose and damage your liver.

If you need to dispose of expired or unwanted medications, turn them in safely on the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, October 26, 2019 or find a year-round authorized collection site near you.

Talk to the Experts

But before you make any moves, it’s a good idea to talk to the experts. Signing up for the right Medicare plan can be confusing and, although we may wish they didn’t, plans change from year to year.

To help you, St. Joseph Hoag Health, Orange County’s most trusted health care network, provides extensive resources and information about your Medicare options. You don’t even have to be a current patient to take advantage of our no cost offerings. This year, you can:

  • Seminar - Attend one of our conveniently located meetings throughout open enrollment where representatives from our partner health plans will discuss 2020 benefits. Feel free to bring a friend or family member with you.
  • Phone - Arrange a phone call or meeting with a trusted, independent licensed agent about your Medicare options. After October 15, you can even enroll in coverage right over the phone.
  • Online - Compare our contracted health plans’ 2020 benefits online by visiting our website at sjhh.org/medicare.

All these options are at no cost to you and will help guide you in making the best Medicare choices for your 2020 coverage. To get started and RSVP for a meeting, call (855) 670-1938 or visit sjhh.org/medicare.

Compassion & Experience are necessary in the complex Medicare Insurance Industry. We’ve got the couple for you!

Early in my writing career, I had the opportunity to interview many successful entrepreneurs for an OC-based regional business/lifestyle publication. While the scope of the featured businesses was diverse, the owner/operators all shared an unerring passion for their profession and a common belief that “if you love what you do, the money will follow.”

It didn’t take long after meeting Denice and Stephen Merrill for me to discover this energetic, enthusiastic couple were obviously cut from the same entrepreneurial cloth. As specialists in the often confusing Medicare insurance industry, they educate seniors on the ever-changing nuances of Medicare and the myriad of Medicare Insurance plans available.

For the past sixteen years, Denice has been working in the insurance industry, first as an independent agent, and then as an incorporated business owner, as Merrill Insurance Services Inc. entered the market in 2009. Like any other field, there are the requisite hoops to jump through on the way to owning one’s own insurance business, and Denice has leapt through them all. State board exams, licensing, yearly certifications. “Even with all the classes, there is nothing that can beat years and years of experience,” she says. “I continue to learn and that is what keeps my interest”. It is like a puzzle to fit the unique plan for that unique person. This is not something you can easily do on your own without some guidance from a professional.

As an independent agent, broker and business owner, Denice found that there was not just one approach to the process of “guiding people, organization and staying in touch. “Keeping myself open, selfless and available started setting Merrill Insurance Services apart from others in the industry, and I’ve always tried to operate in a way that I would want to be treated in any given market - to never approach anyone as a salesperson.” I like to find what we might have in common. Enjoy people. It’s easy - Today’s seniors are so diverse, active, and great travel stories! Once we help someone, its usually a relationship for life.

It’s also important to Know your product and services inside and out. Don’t try to be the jack of all trades! Lots of agents try to do it all, and end up knowing very little about the products they are recommending. This leaves the client vulnerable - typically in the area of prescriptions.

Clients began flooding in. In the ensuing years, Denice and her husband Stephen (who joined the agency in 2012 have focused their efforts to exclusively supporting the senior market. “We have both found incredible contentment and passion in our day to day lives and helping seniors. Education and taking the time to explain the details is what makes us different.” We always look at what makes the best financial sense for the client, even if it means suggesting they hold off on activating their Medicare and not enroll with us for a period of time.... (sometimes staying with an employer plan can be the most prudent).

Even with all the classes, there is nothing that can beat years and years of experience. I continue to learn and that is what keeps my interest.

Toward that end, Denice is a regular editorial contributor to Sorbet - a SoCal Senior publication and is the sole presenter at a series of educational seminars on Medicare each month at Mission Hospital. Standing in the spotlight is usually outside her comfort zone and she found the idea of speaking to a large group unnerving. But she talks to the audience like she does to each and every one of her clients: as individuals, with families, and history, and legitimate concerns about their future. “By offering or showing all options, we can help everyone that is 65 and over. There is just not a one plan that fits all.” At these seminars, Denice explains Medicare Basics and the Full Benefits of Medicare in a side-by-side comparison model and finds that “everyone benefits because it is so interactive and lots of questions get asked.”

Questions like “What does Medicare A or B Cost?” and “Do I have to activate Medicare when I turn age 65?” Or Questions like “How will MY personal prescriptions be covered?” This is what might make one plan a better fit for you than another!,” she says. “Honestly, I can simplify and help you to understand your options of a Medi-Gap Supplemental policy which is a PPO Style of coverage or a Medicare Advantage HMO style of plan and they all offer amazing coverages, but its the everyday or every month usages of medications that can really break the bank!” I want to protect people and have the skills to help them. We do reviews every year!

Being self-employed has given Denice the opportunity to grow without limitations. “My agency now trains other agents and we are helping them replicate what has worked so well for us.”

My success has come from being honest and just being human and down to earth. I’ve always felt blessed to have found this business, actually out of a time in my life that was difficult financially.

Staying true to her core values has helped everything fall gracefully into place, one hour at a time. “I truly enjoy people and hearing their stories,” says Denice, and these stories are what make her days. “Today, many businesses are so hands-off, so computerized. You’re told to call an 800# and then possibly get disconnected. I am told daily that clients appreciate when they call me, I actually answer the phone: it’s unheard of!” And we are still happy to meet with folks face to face rather than calling someone they’ve never met or may never talk to again. Denice’s husband, Stephen, is a product of the theory too. He’s the one that has always loved public speaking and has taken to this very naturally once you understand your products inside and out, then its a matter of simplifying it to help others understand it too. The personal aspect of still making house calls and sitting across from someone at their kitchen table is not a lost concept.

“When you love what you do, it doesn’t seem like work,” says Denice. “My success has come from being honest and just being human and down to earth. I’ve always felt blessed to have found this business, actually out of a time in my life that was difficult financially. It took a few years and finding my stride before I was able to convince my husband to leave his engineering and sales background to join the company. Now the only thing he can say is that he wishes he’d done it sooner. We tend to draw people in that we can relate to, and Stephen found his success with folks who share similar interests like being outdoors, golfing, fishing, etc. We try and keep it fun. We love our clients and hope that is what comes through.”

Here is some Helpful Information.

WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW - OCT 15TH - DEC 7TH (Annual Election Period)?

You are able to switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another or from one Part D drug plan to another. The new policy will take effect on Jan 1 2020.

You are able to apply for a Supplemental policy (PPO Style) and Part D prescription plan. The new policy will take effect on Jan 1 2020.

If you are coming off of an employer plan and age 65+, you can enroll with either solution and the start date will be the first day you’ve chosen to come off the employer plan.

If you already have a Supplemental plan, Example like a “Plan F” - please do not fear that your plan is going away!

The Plan F isn’t going away, it is simply being discontinued to be offered for folks that are turning age 65 as of Jan 1, 2020 and after. If you currently have the plan in place or are already age 65 before Jan 1, 2020, it will still be offered to you. You will not lose your plan if you are currently on Plan F.

MEDICARE INSURANCE IS COMPLICATED, we can SIMPLIFY IT FOR YOU ~

There are multiple ways of getting informed about Medicare and the Plans available to you - it is unique not only by state, but also by county! The Plans Do Change each year. Find an Advocate which can be a Medicare Insurance Broker that can show you side x side comparisons so you can make the best decision as it pertains to YOUR prescriptions, and keeping YOUR doctors, and keeping YOUR costs the lowest for the up coming year.

A Broker offers all the same exact plans being offered by the insurance companies, and at the same exact costs if you had chosen on your own and enrolled over the phone (possibly an 800# with a sales person you’ll never talk to again and that possibly doesn’t even live in your state), so consider using a Specialist in their field….a local, in your town, Agent/Broker Advocate to help you understand the overwhelming and sometimes confusing Medicare Options - Remember this is a no cost service available to you.

If you’d like to contact us directly, please do

Or if you prefer a group setting please stop in at one of these locations and talk to one of us or our agents - we are here to serve you.


TEAR OUT THIS PAGE TO REFERENCE UPCOMING MEDICARE MEETINGS


DJS 7588 65 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - RSVP Denice
Oct 5th 9:00a (Saturday)
Marie Callendar
31791 Del Obispo St
San Juan Capistrano 92675

Oct 12th 9:00a (Saturday) - RSVP Denice
Marie Callendar
31791 Del Obispo St
San Juan Capistrano 92675

SAN CLEMENTE
Oct 16th 10:30a (Wednesday)
Nov 6th 10:30 (Wednesday)
Nov 21st 1:00p (Thursday)
San Clemente Senior Center
117 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente 92672

MISSION VIEJO
Oct 17th 6:00p (Thursday)
Mission Hospital Conf Ctr
26726 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo 92691
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MISSION VIEJO
Oct 24th 6:00p (Thursday)
Mission Hospital Conf Ctr
26726 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo 92691
Free Validation for Parking

MISSION VIEJO
Oct 30th 6:00p (Wednesday)
Mission Hospital Conf Ctr
26726 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo 92691
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Connect with Denice directly by calling (949) 584-2646. You can also connect with Stephen Merrill by calling (949) 584-2634.
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Stephens CA LIC # 0E31931


Let St. Joseph Hoag Health Guide You Through Open Enrollment

If you’re 65 or older, it’s almost time to take stock of your health care coverage needs. Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7, 2019, during this period, you’re able to make the following important decisions:

• You can change from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage or vice versa. With Original Medicare, the government pays directly for health care costs you incur, but your out-of-pocket costs can be costly.[CL1] With Medicare Advantage, you have the same level of coverage as Original Medicare as well as options such as vision care, hearing aids, routine dental care, prescription drug coverage, and fitness center membership (check the plan to confirm). However, you’ll need to see a doctor within a specific network.

• You may switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another or from one Medicare Part D plan (for prescription drugs) to another.

• If you didn’t enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when you became eligible for Medicare, you could do it during open enrollment. A late fee may apply.
Here are some tips on making smart decisions:

Know your options

When choosing a Medicare plan, consider annual deductible, prescription drug co-pays, out-of-pocket costs, and coverage options. Also review the plan’s customer ratings, both for convenience and satisfaction with the doctors and care provided.

Make sure your doctors are available

Even if you’re not planning on switching plans, doctors can change each year. Make sure your favorite St. Joseph Hoag Health providers are still available under your plan. If they aren’t and you want to access their care, you could end up with hefty out-of-network fees. You can find out who is in which plan by calling your doctor’s office.

Know that Medicare is not your employer’s health plan

Many people think that Medicare is similar to their old workplace insurance. Unfortunately, it’s more complicated at first, and if you don’t choose certain elements, such as Part D, you may incur a penalty if you want it later on.

The good news is you don’t have to make Medicare decisions on your own. St. Joseph Hoag Health, Orange County’s most trusted health care network, provides extensive resources and information about your Medicare options. You don’t even have to be a current patient to take advantage of our offerings:

• Seminar: Attend one of our conveniently located meetings throughout open enrollment where representatives from our partner health plans will discuss 2020 benefits. Find a complete schedule of meetings at sjhh.org/medicare.

• Phone: Speak with a trusted, independent licensed agent about your Medicare options. After Oct. 15, you’ll even be able to enroll in coverage right over the phone.

• 1:1 Meeting: Call (855) 670-1938 to schedule a personal appointment and a licensed agent will review plans with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

• Online: Compare our contracted health plans’ 2020 benefits online by visiting our website at sjhh.org/medicare.


All these options are at no cost to you and will help guide you in making the best Medicare choices for your 2020 coverage. To get started and to RSVP for our meetings, visit sjhh.org/medicare or call (855) 670-1938.

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UC Irvine (UCI) is one of the Institutions selected by the National Institute of Health to lead the All of Us Research Program in California, and Dr. Hoda Anton-Culver is the Principal Investigator at UCI. This Research Program is a national effort that aims at engaging one million or more participants nationwide to change the future of health.

UC Irvine has been very successful in leading this effort in California. More than 194,000 people have already joined across the country.

Dr. Anton-Culver, what is the All of Us Research Program?

Dr. Hoda Anton-CulverThe All of Us Research Program is led by the National Institutes of Health and part of the larger Precision Medicine Initiative. The goal is to engage one million or more volunteers living in the U.S. to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of evidence-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment. The mission of All of Us is simple: we want to speed up health research and change the future of health towards individualized care. Participants will share different kinds of health information over time to help build one of the largest, most diverse biomedical resources of its kind. Researchers will be able to access the data for a wide range of studies on different health conditions.

What is precision medicine?

Precision medicine is health care that is based on each individual. It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history. At the moment, health care is often one-size-fits-all. But imagine a future where your health treatments are tailored to you. This is called precision medicine. We can help make that future possible.

Why is UCI so successful in conducting the All of Us Research Program?

I think we are successful for a number of reasons. Our research team strongly believes in the importance of this research program as an unprecedented opportunity to change the future of health for our people, our community and our society. We created an amazing network of local healthcare providers, clinic staff members, and collaborators who are enthusiastically helping to promote the mission of the program in different ways. Our staff members are very well trained and mostly bilingual to overcome participants’ language barriers and cultural differences, and the positive experience of our participants is of paramount priority. We work together as a team to accomplish this important mission.

Why should someone consider joining All of Us?

People join for many reasons: to learn more about their health, to help improve the health of their communities and future generations, to help researchers find the best ways for people to stay healthy, and to help researchers one day create better tests and treatments. The longer a person stays involved with All of Us, the more they can learn about themselves and help speed up health research and medical breakthroughs.

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Can anyone join?

Yes, all eligible adults, 18 years old or older can join.

What does participation involve?

People can create an account by visiting JoinAllofUs.org and provide their consent to get started. Then they’ll be asked to share their electronic health record and complete surveys. They can do all of this from their computer, tablet, or smartphone, or at one of our locations listed below. They will come to our clinics to have their physical measurements taken and to provide blood and urine sample. At completion of these steps, they will receive a $25 gift card. The All of Us Program will last for at least 10 years. We hope that participants will stay involved over time, responding to questionnaires and participating in other activities as they become available.
What do people need to do to participate at UCI?

The All of Us Research Program is important in Orange County because of the diversity of our population in this area, which includes Asians, Hispanics and other diverse populations including low socioeconomic people who are in general underrepresented in biomedical research.

They can contact us by phone (949 824-0282) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to schedule an appointment with us at one of the following locations: UCI Clinics in Irvine (Gottschalk Plaza Clinic or Gavin Herbert Eye Institute), UCI Medical Center in Orange, UCI Family Medicine in Santa Ana and Anaheim, Westminster Medical Center, and the Florence Sylvester Memorial Senior Center in Laguna Woods. They can also self-schedule the appointment at allofus.health.uci.edu.

What will you do to protect participant’s privacy?

We will take great care to protect participants’ information. Here are a few of the steps we will take: a) Information we have about participants will be stored on protected computers. We will limit and keep track of who sees the information; b) we will remove names and other direct identifiers (like your Social Security number) from the participants’ information and replace them with a code; c) Researchers must promise not to try to find out who the participants are. d) We will tell the participant if there is a risk to privacy because of a data breach. e) The All of Us Research Program has Certificates of Confidentiality from the U.S. government. This will help us fight legal demands (such as a court order) to give out information that could identify the participant.

Why is All of Us Research important for Orange County?

The All of Us Research Program is important in Orange County because of the diversity of our population in this area, which includes Asians, Hispanics and other diverse populations including low socioeconomic people who are in general underrepresented in biomedical research. This helps to know more about their health and their risk factors for developing diseases. If we want to do meaningful research for the entire country and not just certain subsets of communities, we’re going to need broad participation. We are particularly interested in groups that are currently underrepresented in biomedical research. As leaders of this research program it is our responsibility to make sure that “all of us” have the opportunity to participate in the program and make a difference. Therefore, we will do our best to engage our community, earn people’s trust and give them the opportunity to participate in this research program.

Where can someone learn more about the All of Us Research Program?

Our staff members will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call us at (949) 824-0282. You can also visit allofus.health.uci.edu to learn more about the program.

Quality, In-Home Care & Specialists in Serving People Living with Parkinson’s Disease

There are a number of frustrating things about a disease which presents itself differently in each of its patients. The first, quite obviously, is that the disease is present at all.

Next, perhaps, is that each conversation is marked by a tangle of personal history: for each individual has a background that informs how the disease will inhabit their lives and attempt to inhibit their futures. Lori Renaud, R.N., is no stranger to these frustrations, particularly when it comes to Parkinson’s Disease.

With symptoms like muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech, for people suffering from Parkinson’s, it can be easy to feel as though easy living has come to an end. But Lori and her team at Acti-Kare refuse to give up. April marks the beginning of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, engaging the global Parkinson’s community to raise the antenna on a disease which impacts an estimated 7 to 10 million worldwide. Local events, social media pushes, walking and running events all hope to foster understanding and encourage those who are affected by the disease to share their stories.

Providing oversight, check-ins, in-home care, and exercise programs tailored to her clients’ individual needs, Lori incorporates “a healthy well balanced diet, a safe at-home environment, companionship, and the chance to maintain and improve socialization.” Most afflictions impacting the elderly force them behind the doors of their homes: and what were once cherished creature comforts become cramped, confined spaces. Lori’s team of professional caregivers are there to swing open the doors once more.

An industry leader in providing highly qualified, compassionate, and trustworthy caregivers, Acti-Kare is dedicated to in-home care, and Lori Renaud, R.N., is at the helm in South Orange County, steering her team towards excellence. Especially when it comes to senior care. Acti-Kare offers affordable in-home care - both hourly and live-in services - including transportation, meal preparation, personal care services, companionship from professionals who are screened, bonded and insured.

The knowledge that your loved ones are in careful hands is priceless, and the understanding that those hands are leading your loved ones to a safer, more independent lifestyle in their advanced years is immeasurable.

“I began Acti-Kare in April of 2015. Working in healthcare provided me with the opportunity to recognize the value and benefit of high-quality in-home care,” says Lori. “Too many seniors only have a life of existence, leading to isolation and depression.” Indeed, for those struggling with even minor memory or recovery issues, like a friend’s mother after she broke her hip, life becomes smaller and smaller. Until the house you raised your children in can start to feel more like a trap than a triumph.

Caregiving through memory loss, Alzheimer’s - offering both long-term care and hospice, Acti-Kare is committed to providing outstanding service. “Our caregivers go to the client’s residence, and we are daily achieving my goal of providing seniors the opportunity to have a life with meaning, and a more active, social, and independent lifestyle in a safe environment,” says Lori.

As a Registered Nurse, Lori takes each initial consultation herself, developing an individualized plan of care for every client, and checking back in regularly to provide personalized health assessments. The Acti-Vate Program takes customized care one step further, challenging the norm of an age-induced fatigue, and balancing mind, body and spirit to improve the wellbeing of clients holistically. The knowledge that your loved ones are in careful hands is priceless, and the understanding that those hands are leading your loved ones to a safer, more independent lifestyle in their advanced years is immeasurable.

“I can now sleep at night, knowing my mother is safe,” says Mary, a client from Laguna Beach. “Not only does my mother now have a constant companion, her laundry is taken care of, mail sorted - but if she wants to go out and run errands or meet a friend, her transportation is arranged.” Clients can still do their own grocery shopping; but if they’d rather not bother with the task of preparing and cleaning up afterwards, or perhaps are dealing with a restricted diet, “Acti-Kare caregivers can prepare meals that maintain a healthy diet, as well as monitor their daily nutritional needs to insure sufficient nutrition.” Unfortunately, a great many seniors fail to meet those demands, leading to frustration, and often, a heightened risk of illness.

“I educate the public on disease management and prevention,” says Lori. “But sometimes it takes the presence of a competent, compassionate caregiver to ensure that corners aren’t being cut on health in some of the most important years of your life.” Treating every client as if they were a family member of their own, Lori’s team is confident that their suite of senior care solutions will surpass your expectations for care - without committing to a long-term contract or minimum hour block of service.

A unique disease calls for a unique approach, and Lori’s team at Acti-Kare certainly aren’t strangers to the challenges that lie before them. Lori’s main frustration isn’t the tremors that come with Parkinson’s, or the lack of awareness surrounding diseases like it, but the cost to living facing people diagnosed with debilitating disease. “I want to keep people living independently: but mostly, just to keep people truly alive.”


WCP 43 2Connect with Lori directly by calling (949) 397-6069 or visit www.actikare.com/southorangecounty

It’s impossible to say what we love most about our issue release parties, especially the most recent one at Villa Roma!

Situated in a shopping center just off La Paz at McIntyre (25254 La Paz Rd) in Laguna Hills, Villa Roma serves up amazing Italian and Argentine cuisine.

When it comes to deciding between hand battered and fried calamari, bufalo mozzarella appetizers, mini chicken, spinach and cheese empanadas, delicious meatballs and an amazing charcuterie boards of cured meats, cheeses and roasted peppers. Guests noshed on the aforementioned apps and raved about the flavor in every bite.

Villa Roma has an incredible selection of fine wines, great specials (on facebook), and the kind of attentive-yet-unobtrusive service you’re always hoping to get. Visit website: www.villaromarest.com for their menu and catering options. For reservations, call (949) 454-8585 or visit www.villarest.com

We know we’re lucky to have such great relationships with our amazing advertisers and that getting together is always a celebration each month! We feel lucky to do what we love, and hope that you enjoy Sorbet - a SoCal Senior Publication as much as we do!

Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Samueli Theater

Segerstrom Center for the Arts launches its 2018-2019 Chamber Series with the acclaimed Escher String Quartet on November 1, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Since its founding in 2005, the quartet has quickly garnered the reputation as one of the finest young string ensembles performing today. Their instrumental interplay, which combines technical precision with warmth and vitality, has reaped accolades nationally and abroad, and elicited invitations from Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman to be the quartet-in-residence at their respective summer festivals. In a review, The Strad wrote, “…a level of individual technical precision and a collective musical purpose that is endlessly compelling … Sheer brilliance.” Quartet members include Adam Barnett-Hart and Danbi Um, violins; Pierre Lapointe, viola; and Brook Speltz, cello.

Single tickets start at $39 and are available at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

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