McDonnell’s “masterpiece fighting jet,” the F-4 Phantom, rolled off the production line in December 1960, as a fleet defender built to intercept nuclear foes. Delivered to Miramar Naval Air Station, the jet was eventually bound for nearly four decades of service in the U.S. military. For a rookie pilot, the F-4 could be a little hard to handle, its two-seater capacity requiring a little more of a team effort than fighter pilots were used to; and a nose that rose notoriously slowly off the deck of an aircraft carrier. For those of us who know nothing about planes, let alone…
If you have not bought or sold a home in a number of years or maybe decades, it is likely there are a few new trends in real estate you should know about when you interview real estate agents.One trend now common among many real estate brokerage firms is called the practice of “going paperless.” This can be a bit scary for some people, especially senior adults who are not accustomed to using computers and tablets in their personal or professional lives. If you have any reservations about the paperless process, you should talk with your agent about any concerns.…
Hospitality has its origins in antiquity, with the first records of guest baths in Greek villages in early biblical times. Over the last two thousand years, the simple act of offering care for others has grown into a massive industry: from the first French and English rural inns and stables for travelers, to the splendor of the Plaza Hotel in New York. Caring for others can be complicated, or it can be simple: and the San Clemente Villas are looking to keep it simple. Aileen Brazeau and her husband Paul own and operate the Villas, and they’d like to think…
Many times when patients come to Mission Audiology for a consultation they have done some research on hearing aids prior to their appointment.  Often, that research involves getting the opinions of friends or family that have hearing aids. Patients then give me the mixed reviews: their friends love their hearing aids, they hate their hearing aids, the hearing aids whistle, their friends like a specific brand, and the list goes on and on. My next question is always “do you know what their hearing loss looks like?” The answer is always a resounding “no”. If we don’t know what someone…
When people are concerned about osteoporosis or bone loss, doctors often advise a healthy diet and exercise, but exercise may not have the impact most people facing bone loss are hoping for. To fight bone loss, doctors commonly prescribe medications that either increase bone formation or slow the rate of loss. Why? Medications work better and faster than exercise alone. However, these medications can induce side effects that range from inconvenient to painful. In some cases, side effects can be fatal. This article will help you understand some of the latest physiotherapy research that has come out of the National…
Mission Viejo Wigs is truly a family business. Not in the traditional sense, where its owners and operators share the same genes. But rather in such a way that every person who has walked through Owner Betty Darroch’s doors in the 30+ years she has been in operation immediately felt like a member of Darroch’s extended family. As a professional hair and wig stylist since 1962, Betty began her career at CBS where her résumé reads like a celebrity screenplay starring the coifs of a veritable “who’s who” of Hollywood: Ann Margaret, Carol Lawrence, the Midnight Specials and the Sonny…
Estate planning attorneys typically find out that their clients have entered into a reverse mortgage twenty seconds after the indebted client or clients have died. The typical situation involves a telephone call to ask the lawyer why Dad’s home is going into foreclosure “so soon after he died.” The conversation typically then continues: “I don’t think Dad knew that the bank would go into this attack mode so soon after his passing. It hasn’t given us time to react.” Or, another common response: “ Things didn’t happen this quickly when my husband’s parents passed.” There is a different reason for…
That is one of our most frequently asked questions. The short answer is - possibly. Before the question can be answered we need to drill into your parent’s specific situation. We will ask some questions to determine some factors that influence the final answer. Eventually, your parents will need to be directly involved in answering these questions. Do you understand what services are paid for under long-term care coverage? Does one or both of your parents currently require substantial assistance with two or more of the six Activities of Daily Living (called ADLs which are eating, bathing, dressing, continence, transferring,…
It can be scary to find out that a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer. This can become even more complicated when your family members live far away and have questions about a love one’s care. Breast cancer is talked about a lot when it comes to women’s health – the male variation gets little attention and deserves more. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer in men is typically detected between 60 and 70 years age and can occur at any age. Dr. Donald Sharps, medical director for Behavioral Heath Integration with CalOptima, the health insurance provider…
Fullerton Municipal Airport event is first of its kind in O.C A 94-year-old U.S. Army WWII veteran (B-29 radio operator), Vince Van Velzer, along with four other senior veterans and three female seniors, ages 83 to 97, will each take flight in an open-cockpit, 1944 Boeing Stearman biplane at Fullerton Municipal Airport, Thursday, April 7. Two of the other veterans also served in WWII. The flights are courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF), a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to honor U.S. military veterans living in long-term care facilities. All eight “Dream Flyers” are community members of Rowntree Gardens…
  1.Independence When giving advice, your fiduciary works solely for you. Working as your fiduciary, your advisor is obligated not to engage in any self-dealing or other conflicts of interest. In fulfilling his or her obligations and duties to you, your fiduciary should perform required due diligence prior to making recommendations. Thus, acting in a proactive manner on your behalf. 2. Education Your fiduciary follows a duty of care. Your fiduciary works for you, educating you on the different aspects of your financial plan and ensuring your understanding of how all the pieces fit together to create a sound plan.…
SOKA UNIVERSITY’S 15TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Saturday, May 7 @10:30am Soka University’s 15th Annual International Festival on May 7, 2016 from 10:30 to 5:00 will feature over 900 international musicians and dancers, 250 exhibitors, international food, children’s Adventure Land with games and inflatable rides, children’s clay workshop, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demonstrations! The International Festival is a proud partner of Orange County Imagination Celebration.  Admission is FREE! Parking on campus is $10 cash.  www.soka.edu/festival Soka Performing Arts Center presents: STORM LARGE AND LE BONHEUR Friday, April 1 @8pm Storm Large has made a name for herself as one of the singers of the retro…
Mar 30, 2016

enoSTEAK

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Delicious dishes, an extensive - and impressive - wine selection and impeccable service defines this signature restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel The menu at this intimate, contemporary steakhouse highlights “sustainability-focused cuisine” - each grilled-to-perfection, mouthwatering steak comes from prime grass-fed, pasture-raised beef with no growth hormones or antibiotics. The organic produce used to create the inventive salads (think asparagus Ibérico salad with a poached egg and caviar crème fraîche) and side dishes (including the sauteed wild mushrooms and petite peas) is grown locally and harvested at the peak of the season, allowing for maximum flavor. Everything is sourced from…
The origin of the idea for The Odd Couple play varies depending upon the source. One version in Danny Simon's obituary (Neil Simon’s brother) reported in The Washington Post by Adam Bernstein was that the idea for the play came from Danny’s divorce. "Mr. Simon had moved in with a newly single theatrical agent named Roy Gerber in Hollywood, and they invited friends over one night. Mr. Simon botched the pot roast. The next day, Gerber said: "Sweetheart, that was a lovely dinner last night. What are we going to have tonight?" Mr. Simon replied: "What do you mean, cook…
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Your Vulnerable Brain

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Bumps to the head can impact your brain for years to come How many times have you bumped your head throughout your lifetime? My granddaughter slipped and fell on a marble floor running through the kitchen in her socks when she was three years old - the blow to the back of her head sent blood flying in all directions. Rushing her to the hospital, we realized she was going to have a concussion. She will never remember that incident, yet in that moment the Neuro Net of her brain went into shock and her brain activity ramped up to…
I live in Orange County and many of us are still working even after the age of 65…Many people are postponing enrolling into Medicare because they are still on their employer health insurance benefits or their spouses. Below is some information that may clear up a few mysteries… Q: What if I’m still working and on my employer group plan or my spouses employer plan? A: Typically Part A (hospital), is sent to you prior to your 65th birthday. You earned it through your taxes paid. Part B (doctors, specialist, those services outside the hospital), does not need to be…
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Shirley McDonnell

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Some say life review is like a movie screen in the back of our mind replaying pivotal scenes, points of conflict or glory or moments of regret. This article seeks to provide a snapshot into the life of Hospice Care of the West (HCOTW) patient Shirley McDonnell as she shares meaningful moments, milestones she’s achieved and the people who matter most because “what is important at the end of it all is the people you love and who love you.” A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Shirley originally came to California during World War II. Clutching her Phi Beta Key and…
The Saddleback College Emeritus Institute is California’s largest, lifelong learning program specifically designed for older adults. We welcome you to join us as we enter our 40th anniversary year of providing over 215 sections of lifelong learning courses at over thirty locations throughout South Orange County. TOP 5 BENEFITS OF LIFELONG LEARNING 1. IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH Have you been looking for a free program that emphasizes health improvement? The Emeritus Institute offers specific courses for older adults in weight control, nutrition, and healthful living. Since students can repeat courses an unlimited number of times, the Emeritus Institute is proud to…
Stem cells treat heart disease and stroke – and change the way we age The vast majority of treatments for chronic and life-threatening diseases concentrate on treating the symptoms, not finding a cure. For this reason, regenerative medicine – including stem cell therapy aided by the use of modalities like hyperbaric oxygen therapy - represents one of the fastest growing biomedical industries in the world today for the treatment of heart disease, stroke and neurodegenerative disorders by helping repair, and even regenerate, body parts and tissues damaged by disease, trauma or age. In terms of stem cell therapy, researchers are…
Many people take calcium supplements in the hope that the vitamin pills will make the aging process a little easier and less painful. However, a new study found that calcium supplements can’t offer the health benefits people hope for when it comes to bone health. In fact, says the research, calcium supplements may even be harmful. The findings from the study, which were reported in the British Medical Journal online publication BMJ.com, showed that calcium supplements don’t strengthen bones. Instead, extra calcium builds up in arteries, which can cause heart disease and excruciating kidney stones. According to The Telegraph, up…

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