136 N. La Salle Street
Old World charm and authentic Italian cuisine is at its finest in the heart of the Chicago Loop. Located adjacent to the Cadillac Palace Theatre inside the Hotel Allegro, 312 Chicago is presided over by executive chef and Italian native Luca Corazzina. Taste your way through plates of silken Burrata cheese, pappardella bolognese, and Mediterranean branzino (a skin-on sea bass with yellow pepper puree, crab meat, green onions, radishes, fresno peppers, lime juice, olive oil and micro cilantro) so fresh you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Italy for dinner.
Eleven City Diner
1112 S. Wabash Avenue
This classic hybrid Jewish deli/American family diner tips its hat to a bygone era by balancing the warmth of a 1940’s soda fountain nostalgia with a clean, modern design. Vintage revolving doors, fully functional antique silver soda jerks, an old-fashioned candy counter, white pharmacy tiles and 1920s art-nouveau fixtures add to its charm. And to our kids’ delight, breakfast is served all day!
The 11 City French Toast is crafted from fresh baked challah, strawberries, bananas and toasted coconut. Our kiddos absolutely LOVED their fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with chocolate chips and whipped cream, while I went for the delicious Smoked Scottish Salmon platter (friction smoked, hand-cut, no nitrates, no sugar).
The super friendly, attentive service here is worth a special mention: even though we were tourists and first-time diners, we were greeted and treated like neighborhood regulars.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
438 N. Wells Street
Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati’s has stayed true to the original Chicago style deep dish pizza recipe first created in the 1950’s. Lou’s is famous for its buttery, flakey crust; sweet and tangy tomatoes; gooey mozzarella cheese; and perfectly seasoned sausage. If you’re craving the best deep dish around, Lou Malnati’s is the place to go!
Revival Food Hall
125 S. Clark Street
Revival Food Hall is a massive 24,000 square foot venue located in the heart of The Loop on the ground floor of The National—a 20-story restoration of a historic 1907 Daniel Burnham-designed building.
A kaleidoscope of all-local, artisanal purveyors prepare a variety of dishes for virtually every discriminating palate: Mexican fare, pizza, sandwiches, barbecue, baked goods, ramen, poke (my favorite), seafood, gelato, salads, coffee, cocktails and wine. You won’t find any restaurant chains here - most of the stalls are occupied as offshoots of small restaurants and food trucks that have been established in other neighborhoods.
43 E. Ohio Street
With 63,000 square feet of space, dozens upon dozens of aisles of groceries, and 20-plus different restaurants and bars – Eataly’s is a foodie’s Italian-cuisine themed Disneyland.
Arguably the most popular restaurant here is La Pizza & La Pasta features two of the best-loved Italian dishes: Napoli-style pizza and al dente pasta. Grouped together in the southwest corner of the second floor, they share a menu - making this the most immediately appealing area for a group that includes all ages.
True to form, the kids opted for the Margherita pizza, and then had to stave off the adults grabbing a slice (or two). This delicious dish is the real deal folks and quite possibly the best Neapolitan pizza in the city – boasting both a beautifully charred crust and the perfect balance of crisp exterior to airy, soft interior, a light brushing of tart and slightly sweet tomato sauce and a smattering of just-melted tangy mozzarella. Yum!
Historically, great change has been associated with fire. A great crucible, reforming lives beneath the purifying heat of flame. The sea however, with its unfathomable depths, hold a great mystery to the effects of change over time. After all, the phrase “sea change” originated from the power of the ocean to alter landscapes. Thanks to Shakespeare: an idiom that can cool the fan of flame, and still signify our lives taking shape in ways they would never have before, as we are reformed under the great heat or weight of tragedy.
John “Tripp” H. Smith, III and his wife Loretta are no strangers to that indescribable pressure. When their son Michael took his own life on November 10, 2007, their lives were altered forever. Despite being a successful young man in his earlier life, Michael had “devolved” into an unrecognizable person as a result of his depression, and subsequent dependence on chemical substance to help self-medicate his problems. After his passing, bound to create something beautiful, Tripp and his close friend Dr. Richard Granese, MD, a well-respected Orange County psychiatrist joined together to found A Mission for Michael, Inc. to help remember Michael, and carry his legacy forward: helping others escape the ravages of drug and alcohol through a dual diagnosis treatment.
A Mission for Michael (AMFM) offers a structured answer to what can be a wildly volatile and fluid situation. After their 45-90 day treatment program, patients transition to Sober Living and Outpatient: getting them back on their feet, refining that which is detrimental to their continued health and success. Based in South Orange County, AMFM programs are designed to treat individuals with co-occurring disorders. Dr. Granese notes “substance use disorders and mood and anxiety disorders that develop independently of intoxication, dependence and withdrawal are the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the United States.” Helping to rebuild those individuals from foundation up helps ensure they will not relapse, and can dramatically assist in stabilizing their mental health illness. Operating the only recovery facility owned by a psychiatrist, Dr. Granese is doubly dedicated to tackling the issues he has seen first hand, with more and more regularity.
When sources like Mental Health America state that the number of individuals affected by mental health illnesses outpaces the populations of both New York and Florida, lines are drawn in the sand. We can reach out and assist, or let more than 40 million Americans persist in their downward spiral, towards an outbreak of devastation that is greater than many of us would like to imagine. “AMFM is not a 12-step based program, but we believe the 12-steps are another relapse prevention tool. We have found that working them in conjunction with therapy, psychiatric care, family participation, and small group therapy sets the patient up for success.” Often, however, the roots that Dr. Granese and his team are trying to reach are buried in a mess of underlying psychological factors and trauma that drives physical and emotional addiction.
A unique way of approaching such trauma is the “step-down” feature offered through the program. The patient begins intensively - then steadily drops down to less intensive treatment as they progress. Continuing with their therapist and psychiatrist every week, in conjunction with a weekly family group helps keep the individual accountable, to themselves and those they love. “We want to reduce the incidence of triggers that signal relapse, and a return to the addiction spiral.” With a team of mental health professionals ranging from Clinical Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, etc. - all Masters or PhD level cross-trained psychotherapists, patients are in the immense care of folks who recognize the changes necessary to alter mental perceptions and distortions. “The psychological restructuring starts the client on a path of growth moving beyond the confines and entanglements of addiction. This continuum of care can provide the strong foundation necessary to build a base of recovery.”
When facing down anything beyond one’s own capability, a great humility is necessary. Big wave surfers, emergency medical personnel, firefighters, even educators can attest to the power of collected thinking when facing down unknown situations with potentially extreme consequences. Addiction, similarly, attacks from all directions, with remarkable disregard and abandon. “It’s a family disease”, Dr. Granese states. But what does that mean? Tripp and Loretta learned volumes from their son’s addictions and helped build into the treatment program a family humility that speaks to the entire system failing when one member falls apart at the seams.
But isn’t the addict the one with the problem? “The addiction is not only destroying the addict, it’s likely destroying the family too. You’re all involved in the addiction. Parents and loved ones can’t function: they worry, their job suffers, they fight and argue amongst themselves. They can’t take care of the rest of the family and their physical, emotional, and spiritual health suffers.” The family becomes addicted to their loved one’s addiction. Chaos, codependency, and a lack of boundaries all compound the issues at hand.
While patients are certainly encouraged after they leave treatment to continue working with a sponsor and start step work within a Sober Living Outpatient Intensive, families are also encouraged to learn steps and tools to help get out of the toxic and repetitive cycles of abuse. Stepping outside the manipulations and co-dependencies that have been formed help the patient discover how it feels to escape isolation, fear, and anxiety, and practice healthy self-care. “Sometimes, what we think of as ‘helping’ the addict is not helping at all,” Dr. Granese notes. “You can actually do more harm than good.”
With the presence of an ever changing healthcare system and the uncertainty of being able to receive quality care, AMFM is furthering its vision to include a separate intensive outpatient Mental Health track. This patient-centered outpatient program specializes in working with those suffering from an array of mental health diagnosis. The need for mental health treatment is expanding in Orange County and it is our aim to fill this increased need and be a center that strives for a healthier community.
“Patients get to choose not only the times that work for their own schedule, but most of all, they get to decide which groups yield the best personal results.” While a base level of care may look the same for everyone, a key component at AMFM are non-standard time allotments for treatment. Most programs, via insurance companies, place restrictions on a patient’s treatment. Conversely, each person’s needs are continually evaluated to carefully negotiate their duration of care. “This means attendees can slowly transition out at a time they feel confident and are not limited by the coverage of their insurance plan. We allow for complete rehabilitation and optimal individual success.” Designed for both individuals who are coming into care for the first time, and those taking the step-down approach to their treatment, AMFM’s Outpatient Program has found it’s patient’s success rates easily outpace those in other programs.
“Many individuals are successful starting with and remaining in outpatient. For some, outpatient can be a great indicator that a higher level of care is needed.” Every individual coming to the program, whether from another facility, or transitioning from AMFM’s 45-90 day program sees a psychiatrist. Each therapist in the program is an employee, not a contractor. “They are therefore highly committed to working as a team, and have high standards of care to maintain.” The outpatient program is led by Terrence Kelleman, a Licensed, Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor. 30 years of experience to back his title, a remarkably outgoing personality, and direct leadership style allows him to facilitate the most effective group meetings possible.
While in the program, patients are held accountable with the help of drug testing, yet they have also discovered that by testing for a myriad of toxicities, both man-made and natural, therapists within AMFM can help diagnose disorders or dysfunctions based on underlying contributors, like amino acid or zinc deficiencies. “Most care facilities treat symptoms: we look at root cause.” A holistic approach to each patient helps care for the person, as well as the addiction. “We want to get our patients out of the isolation and stigma of addiction- not just out from underneath the day to day problems they might be experiencing.” Nutrition, exercise, and accountability work together to create a whole picture of wellness for each patient that comes needing care. Strongly recommending patients to stay within the boundaries of a Sober Living Outpatient aftercare program is essential for anyone serious about recovery. “Many patients stay in aftercare for one year or more, increasing their chance of long-term sobriety.”
Addiction isn’t discriminating. It doesn’t single out specific personality types, or only the wealthy. Only the poverty stricken, only males. It doesn’t care. Originally starting as a recovery center that specifically dealt with men, and the unique issues they deal with, A Mission for Michael has now expanded to include treatment for women. “When it comes to treatment, there are definitely differences in how drugs affect women and men, and thus the treatment methods must take into account the social and biological factors that must be used.” Hormones, for example, affect brain chemistry, altering long term thought and behavior patterns for women, especially from a young age. There are varying societal pressures that contribute to expectations of success, maintaining relationships, and careers. “Unique stresses create expectations ripe for fostering anxious mental states where substance abuse thrives.”
In addition to expanding to accept women for treatment and having an intensive outpatient program for Mental Health, A Mission For Michael has also implemented an Integrative Wellness division to enhance treatment protocols.
“This means our clients have more resources than ever before available to help them achieve and maintain sobriety as well as to identify and learn possible root causes related to their addiction and mental illness,” says Lori R. Kelly, Ph.D., Director of Integrative Wellness. “If we have a thorough picture then we can develop a deeper understanding of what led the client to our door.”
Dr. Kelly explains that integrative wellness is the utilization of conventional and complementary approaches to the treatment of addiction and mental illness in a coordinated way in order to achieve optimal results. Digestive health issues, nutritional deficiencies, metabolic dysfunction and toxic chemical exposure are all factors, which contribute to symptoms and illness within the body.
“These areas are among those screened through our integrative analysis now available to our clients,” she says. “This provides an individualized treatment regimen that is unparalleled and encompasses the uniqueness of each person. Any deficiency or abnormality is addressed by our team through the use of natural products such as food, vitamins, minerals and probiotics along with mind-body practices including yoga, meditation and Pilates.
“My goal is for every client to evolve from a passive recipient, at the beginning of treatment to an active participant in their achievement of a healthy recovery and lifelong wellness.”
For more information, call (800) 807-0631 or visit www.amfmtreatment.com
Ask any resident of The Towers why he or she moved there and you’ll get a similar response: “I was ready to give up all the hassle of home ownership. For me, living in a hotel-style condo was the answer. All utilities, basic cable, on-site maintenance, weekly housekeeping, a meal plan, and entertainment, it’s all included in the monthly assessment.”
KZ Morihiro, 55 when she moved in, was traveling when she came across an article about the Laguna Woods Village. She looked at some real estate listings and then saw the picture of The Towers – and fell in love. “It’s like living in a hotel! I like that I can be gone for a month and not have to worry about spider webs or break-ins.” She likes the live entertainment and the fact that she can choose to socialize or be by herself without noisy neighbors. “I can’t believe that I actually get to live in a place like this.”
Nestled in the heart of fabled Orange County, The Towers is the premier active adult gated community in Southern California for those 55+, working or retired. The Towers is close to the gate on Santa Maria (and Moulton Parkway) and has easy access to the 405 and 5 freeways and the John Wayne/Santa Ana Airport. And it’s a short drive to Laguna Beach and world-class professional theaters – Laguna Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts – and lots of fine dining and casual restaurants.
Living in a condo in Reseda, recently retired, and only 59, Steve Handelman was considering simplifying his life. He was searching the web and came across a website on The Towers. “The information about the food service and the vast menu choices caught my attention. I certainly wasn’t much of a cook, so I decided to check it out. And when I found out about the variety of activities and professional entertainment, I was sold. And since I moved in, I couldn’t be happier with the quality of life I’ve found.”
Consider for a moment that you live in a spacious condominium with panoramic views in a 14-story building. The Towers features two dining rooms, a pub, a game room, two lounges with private meeting nooks, an auditorium, two hearth rooms serving twice-daily complimentary coffee and cookies, Wi-Fi in the common areas, two outdoor entertainment patios, covered carports and a 9-hole executive golf course across the street.
“Why not trade up to the carefree life The Towers provides?” asks Board President, Ryna Rothberg, 74 when she moved in. “In addition to all the amenities, our residents enjoy a variety of weekly activities at no additional cost, such as movies, happy hours, professional entertainment, billiards and table tennis, and a great meal plan that offers a choice of lunch or a 3-course dinner. All this and you can even bring your pet!”
The pet friendly policy was the selling point for Maureen Mamula, 58 and still working, and her beloved Chihuahua, Charlie Brown. “Sure it was nice not to have to cook dinner when I got home, and the weekly housekeeping was a plus, too. But what I really wanted was a pet-friendly environment. It was very important to me to find a place where neighbors also had dogs so Charlie wouldn’t be alone all day.”
As a member of The Towers, residents have full access to all the Village recreational facilities. In addition to tennis and golf, there’s lawn bowling greens, pickle ball courts, 5 swimming pools, 2 fitness centers, and a community transportation system with buses that stop right in front of The Towers.
No doubt about it, life at The Towers offers everything any 55+ year old can dream of.
The Towers at Laguna Woods Village is located at 24055 Paseo del Lago West in Laguna Woods.
For information, visit www.towersatlagunawoodsvillage.com
Friday, October 20, 2017 @8:00 PM
John Welsh Band creates a sound that blends high energy Latin, West African, reggae, and folk-rock rhythms that get crowds moving wherever they perform.
A world traveler by nature, John Welsh lived and studied in Central America where he was heavily influenced by the music, language, and culture. Joined by his brother Chris, bass; Nathan Larsen, drums; Devin Modugno, lead guitarist; and Nigerian born, Courage Eigbike, who brings his reggae and West African influenced sound to the group. Together, the band creates songs with the vision of bringing their world music sound to a mainstream audience.
Performing in both English and Spanish the John Welsh Band wins over audiences with a high energy show that emphasizes crowd participation, upbeat rhythms, and singalong choruses. Winner of the 2016 Fraser Valley Music Award and declared one of Vancouver’s best bands of 2016 by Vanmusic, the John Welsh Band has “a natural command of the stage combined with infectious toe-tapping songs that puts one in mind of sunny beaches and happy times” (CBC Vancouver). www.soka.edu
Tickets: $20 ($16 student/senior/military)
Average temperatures in White Bear Lake, Minnesota range from -6 degrees Fahrenheit to 106. It isn’t difficult to calculate the beneficial cost of installing new windows and doors against the price of keeping a heater or air conditioning unit running year round, just to take the edge off.
Dan and Jackie Gagan are no strangers to the highs and lows of a Minnesota season, and have taken their weather expertise straight to the market with Shamrock Windows and Doors. In 1986, Dan began in the business sweeping the shop floor of a wood window and door company. Quickly progressing to building the doors and windows which led him to the field, where he began installing them himself. “I started my own business because I felt we could do it better.”
Escaping to the milder California climate 31 years ago, Dan and Jackie have built their business on the firm belief that they are giving customers the best quality service and products, “in today’s technological market.” Being comfortable in one’s home is tantamount to their customer service guarantee: “we want to make sure our customer is happy. We have a 93% referral rate, and repeat customer base.”
Carrying both a glazing and a general contracting license, Shamrock is also unique in that they do not need to subcontract jobs out. “Our installers are all company employees: and we back the work all our people perform,” says Dan. With experience of more than 32 years, and an installation crew boss with more than 18 years of knowledge backing his own work, Dan and Jackie Gagan have an immense amount of pride in their team. At times, with specific jobs, they call on a structural engineer to ensure that expansions of openings do not compromise the stability of the home during an earthquake. But as general contractors, “we’re licensed to perform changes in window or door size, and location.”
With everything from single hung windows to casement or bay windows, Shamrock has the frame you’re looking for, to match the style and price you want. Don’t know much about materials? Their team of industry professionals can help you sort out the differences between wood, fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum. Some require more upkeep - some are simply more efficient at enabling ventilation during inclement weather. Regardless of the conditions you’re facing: be it -6 or balmy 75 degrees, replacing old windows and doors can provide extra savings in your pocket and a high level of comfort in your home.
Shamrock Windows and Doors is located at 23288 Del Lago Drive in Laguna Hills. Connect with Dan, Jackie and their team by calling (949) 586-8570 or visit www.shamrockwindowsanddoors.com
The idea of a time capsule is not a new one. Made with the intention that they should be opened at a later date to help future generations understand the current time more accurately, or to recall a celebratory time in history: like a World’s Fair, or momentous birthday. A collection of moments, or trinkets, or letters of memory are often included: personal artifacts that shed light on a distilled moment in time.
Tom and Nicole Ladegaard are no strangers to the idea of personal artifact. In fact, they make it their business to gently tread through the stories of seemingly run-of-the-mill lives and dredge up the extraordinary details. The details that make the finding so sweet- and the telling worth the time.
Originally dedicated to practicing law, Tom found that one of the most critical tasks he performed on a daily basis was recording witness testimony in depositions. “I developed a knack for arriving prepared, asking probing questions, and following verbal and nonverbal cues of the interview subject.”
Being deeply empathetic led Tom to ask questions of his own grandfather - “I began with a couple (questions) and it just snowballed. What began as a simple project to share with the family became a video and a book about his life.” My own grandfather passed away a little over a year ago. We were close: he, a regular attendee of my soccer games from the time I could walk; I, visiting him during office hours at the college campus at which he taught. And yet, there were so many things I wish I had to carry with me now that he is gone. I stumbled upon Eternal Roots after his passing, and wished that I had found it sooner.
“We launched Eternal Roots after realizing that the value of these pieces was not just something I enjoyed- that a person’s oral history was hugely important to their family and by pairing it with photographs, we could create a memory capsule to cherish forever.” Offering a variety of package options, clients can choose from just the highlights, to a three-hour interview, complete with photos, a fully transcribed book divided into chapters, and memory stick flash drive, ready to upload on any device.
“Take comfort knowing your story will live on,” says Tom. “We’re just a vehicle to celebrate your individuality. The things I found out about my 96-year-old grandfather were some of the most valuable memories of my life - imagine what might surface under guided introspection and reflection, and reconnect your family with its past.”
It comes as little surprise that the project is starting to gain momentum. Tom has interviewed a lumber executive, a pet foods executive, a painter, an author, and anesthesiologist, and an attorney. Next up? A race car driver. “Each of these people now have a priceless artifact connecting them with their children and grandchildren.”
People are starting to pick up on the idea in smaller ways too - with tribute videos that can be shown at anniversaries, birthdays, or other celebrations. “When someone records their story, it provides a bridge between them and their offspring. They’ll learn details about their heritage they never knew, as I spend ⅓ of the interviews detailing my client’s ancestry, as far back as they can go.” Where else can a moment in time be explored over the span of five generations?
The second phase of the interviews cover the client’s own timeline and life story: a personal topography, if you will, charting the lay of a life and exhibiting it for those most cherished to discover. The third phase? Reflection. “We cover the client’s philosophies, spirituality, life lessons, successes or failures. Future generations may see glimpses of themselves in the storyteller, and grow from the experience.” I always knew that my grandfather and I shared a deep love for the outdoors, but how I would love to be able to listen as he told his favorite stories from the trail over and over now that he is gone. Sharing his vast experience in the wild: and living on, collected, in legacy.
The earliest example of a time capsule referenced is typically the Detroit Century Box. Brought to life from the imagination of then mayor, William C. Maybury, it was created on December 31, 1900 - scheduled to be opened a century later. With Eternal Roots, your handcrafted capsule from Tom’s detailed interviews and Nicole’s concept and graphic design assistance, you can relive those distilled moments every day if you like, for the next century and beyond.
Connect with Tom and Nicole by calling (858) 699-2461 or visit www.eternal-roots.com
Live Music Performed by Pacific Symphony
December 7 - 17, 2017
Misty Copeland and Daniil Simkin will lead the opening night cast on December 7 dancing the roles of Clara, the Princess and Nutcracker, the Prince, respectively. Subsequent casts include Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo, Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside, Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, and Hee Seo and Cory Stearns in the leading roles. The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday story set to the magical score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. The Los Angeles Times declared, “Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has made his own Christmas miracle: a joyful ‘Nutcracker’ ballet that is ravishing and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings.”
Scenery and costumes are by award-winning designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Jennifer Tipton. Pacific Symphony performs the evocative holiday music. Select students from the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center are afforded the opportunity to perform alongside the renowned ABT troupe in this classic tale that takes the young, romantic Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a dreamlike journey.
Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker start at $29 are now available online at 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 discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Hearing loss is the third most common health issue in the United States, affecting 36 million U.S. adults. To raise awareness about this growing health concern, in 2008 the American Academy of Audiology designated October as National Audiology Awareness Month.
Every October is devoted to educating the public about the key role audiologists play in hearing care, the importance of regular hearing checkups, and effective methods of hearing protection. In conjunction with the American Academy of Audiology, our goal at Mission Audiology is to improve your quality of life through better hearing.
Hearing loss can result from the normal aging process, but also from excessive loud noise (earbuds, concerts, machinery), ear infections or trauma, damage to the ear by foreign objects (e.g., cotton swabs, bobby pins, etc.), illness, or certain medications.
Better hearing begins with protecting your hearing. If you know you’ll be exposed to extended periods of loud sound, make sure you wear hearing protection such as earmuffs, foam earplugs, or custom hearing protection.
Second, if you experience any of these symptoms, get a hearing test to see if treatment is necessary:
Getting regular hearing checkups is a normal part of maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. Hearing technology helps to maintain your brain’s connection to the world, to people, and to opportunity.
Third, if you are a candidate for hearing aids, seek treatment sooner rather than later. Without treatment, hearing loss can greatly decrease your quality of life and could lead to anxiety, depression, embarrassment, and withdrawal or isolation from normal activities. Hearing aids can bring back the sounds you’re missing to keep you connected to the world around you.
Dr. Burnett from Mission Audiology will be hosting a
free educational seminar
on October 12, 2017.
To learn more about hearing and hearing health,
call Mission Audiology at 949.855.7898
to reserve your seat at the seminar!
Dr. Rachel Burnett is the audiologist currently seeing patients at Mission Audiology, located at 26302 La Paz Road, Suite 107 in Mission Viejo.
Phone: (949) 855-7898 or visit www.missionaudiology.com
My sister was hit by a snowboarder when she was sixteen. On skis, just a couple of turns from the bottom of the hill - in plain sight of a SLOW sign. The snowboarder was young; not as young as my sister, but still, a young man. My parents, long-time skiers, contacted him directly, trying to see if they could get any results at all: any reparations for their high-school sophomore, laid up on the couch for innumerable weeks. There was nothing they could do. I remember feeling helpless as a child, watching the entire drama unfold. I can’t imagine what my parents must have felt. No one could help. No loopholes. No empathy, from anyone else involved.
There is a longstanding joke in the mainstream media that all lawyers are snakes. The word attorney no longer brings to mind the grainy black and white image of Gregory Peck defending the downtrodden as Atticus Finch. Certainly, in some cases, the joke must contain some shred of truth. But at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, the welcoming, family-like environment they’ve curated isn’t too far off from the home ambience of the fictional Finch family. Folks who actually want to do good in the world. Right wrongs. Obtain real results.
Suzanne Leslie is a managing partner and attorney at Allen Flatt for more than 30 years, and prides herself on the reputation they have built. “Our years of experience have given us more knowledge in the personal industry field than other law firms can claim. What sets us apart is exactly as our tagline says: experience, compassion, results.”
As a firm, Allen Flatt have helped many families through the emotional trauma of a great many personal injury cases. Though they have attorneys that focus on estate planning, preparing wills, trusts, and contest matters, personal injury hits the closest to home. “We care about our clients, and our primary focus is to help them deal with the difficulties of being involved in an accident- be it pedestrian accident, automobile accident, slip and fall, or dog bite.” Handling the claims process for their clients lets them pursue their medical recoveries in peace, unlike my sister, or my parents. Fighting a losing cause often takes more energy than simply healing - or letting someone else rest, to do battle with their own body and take the necessary steps to get back to normal: whatever the new normal looks like.
Offering a free consultation, with the promise that no recovery means no fee, attorneys like Suzanne offer their services on a personal level. “I started out in the personal injury field to help people. I want to make sure my clients feel taken care of through every second of their claim.” Recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys and the National Association of Professional Women, Ms. Leslie has recovered millions of dollars for clients and thousands of settlements for clients.
“Everyone in the firm shares compassion for the clients more than on a business level, and many of us have had first hand personal experience in what they may be going through,” she says.
As a leader in her field, it is imperative to stay abreast of the newest strictures and developments in insurance law. The more she knows, the better her chances of winning your case. Atticus Finch would probably tell you that winning isn’t everything. But sometimes, to folks like my parents, to whom winning would mean seeing my sister get the reparations for her accident paid out, and letting her find her way back to walking again, winning is the only thing.
Falls are the fourth leading cause of death among those 65 and older.
75% of those 75 years and older who fall will never return to their previous level of function.
Men are three times as likely to die from a head injury resulting from a fall than women.
90% of hip fractures are caused by falls.
Statistics such as these stoke Adapt 2 It’s passion to educate the community regarding fall prevention and reduction.
Adapt 2 It is a premier Medical Supply Store with 2 locations in Laguna Woods and in Costa Mesa. We are owned by an Occupational Therapist and a Mechanical Engineer and employ the Founder of the Down With Falls Coalition.
These qualifications uniquely position us to speak, educate, and provide those products which will help decrease or eliminate the risk of falls. There are three factors that influence falls. These are Medical, which includes medications and possible disease processes. Environmental, both community and home, and Physical which includes personal attributes such as footwear and attitude. These factors need to be in harmony and balance, and if they are not, just like a two-legged stool, the person will fall. Many ways exist to reduce falls such as deliberately walking, monitoring medications, and maintaining a clutter free environment.
We also recognize that one of the main causes of falls is loss of balance when people rise from a moving chair.
You know the type; big, comfy, worn in, and they rock and swivel. The one thing that folks require when moving from sit to stand is stability. How, then, can one attain needed stability when the surface they are standing from swivels and rocks out from underneath them, effectively assisting them to fall?
Enter the Stable, Comfortable, and Versatile Lift Chair.
One may ask “What is the difference between a recliner from somewhere such as Lazy Boy, and these Lift Chairs? ”
Basically, Lift chairs are Medically designed to assist with a myriad of health issues such as pain, blood pressure fluctuations, and insomnia. The Lazy boy style is a great football chair because it reclines.
Lift chairs recline using a remote control into various positions for comfort, watching tv, reading or visiting, but will then gently assist the user to a standing position when they wish to get out of the chair. They come in multiple fabrics, sizes, and styles, so they fit any size person, and décor.
The standing mechanism is electrically controlled by the user so they can attain exact amount of desired lift appropriate for that moment. The nice thing about these chairs are that some are programable allowing one touch positioning for maximal comfort.
Some even recline fully for sleeping or back pain relief. Because of the ability to attain any position, these chairs also can aid with vital functions such more efficient respiration, and improved digestion.
So, if you are ready to stop falling out of your chair and to start enjoying the safety and comfort that comes with owning a lift chair, please stop by either well stocked Adapt 2 It store today.
Adapt 2 It 24100 El Toro Road Laguna Woods 92637 (15 chairs in stock) 949-457-1600
Adapt 2 It 1590 Newport Blvd Costa Mesa, 92627 (10 chairs in stock) 949-873-5905