About Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that primarily affects the elderly. Although researchers do not fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s, recent research provides new insight into when the disease begins and how it progresses. It has become clear that Alzheimer’s begins years, even decades, before symptoms begin to emerge, and is now considered a spectrum of disorders. The disease begins silently with no outward sign that anything is wrong. In this stage memory and thinking are normal, but there are subtle signs of the diseases presence. These signs can only be detected using sophisticated imaging techniques…
It’s a sad reality that, as we age, we become less independent than we once were – but for most blessed with longevity, it’s inevitable. With an estimated 13 million baby boomers throughout the U.S. caring for elderly parents, throngs of adult caregivers struggle with determining if their parent is fit to remain living alone. It’s a difficult, multi-faceted decision not to be made lightly as there is much at stake – both the physical and emotional well-being of the parent in question and for the extended family at large. To help ease the process of determining if an elderly…
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Boston Uncommon

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Boston feels like a small town where you can’t turn around without bumping into a gravestone of a Son of Liberty, running into an historical landmark or stumbling upon a legendary building. It’s the Cradle of Liberty full of lessons from history; it’s Beantown, heavy with cultural significance; it’s America’s Walking City, full of pedestrians who dig their rickety old subway cars because they’re the oldest and the coolest. Boston famously offers its Freedom Trail, a path of bricks that takes a walker throughout the city past its most significant sites. The Freedom Trail Tour took us from Boston Common…
Mankind has found causes for celebration from earliest recorded history. These early celebrations often had important social, political and religious implications, and often were not so different from the champagne, parties and fireworks of today. The Greeks celebrated the New Year beginning around midsummer at the new moon before the summer solstice. From the music, singing, and dancing at the festivals of Dionysus developed the dithyramb (choral lyric with exchanges between the leader and the chorus) which ultimately became Greek drama. The Greek festival Lenaea took place in the beginning of winter and celebrated the birth (final fermentation) of the…
Over the years of helping people hear well again, I get this question “Can I just wear one hearing aid” and I always say you can but you lose a lot in the ear you choose not to help. There are those ‘situations” which allows for one hearing aid. One reason is the ear is completely deaf and the other ear is correctible, in which case you could wear just an aid in the correctible ear. However, we sometimes use a Bi-Cross to bring the sound from the bad ear to the correctible ear. This allows the person to feel as…
South County locals looking for the ideal destination for fine wine, delicious cuisine and live entertainment need look no further than Tannins Restaurant and Wine Bar in San Juan Capistrano. Located at 27211 Ortega Highway, Tannins is characterized by a blend of Old World charm and rustic décor artfully enhanced with a modern flair – from its strong focus on wine and food pairings to its expansive menu of Northern and Mediterranean and Southern Italian cuisine along with delectable desserts and specials prepared fresh daily. I personally love Tannins for a few reasons; the food is exquisite, the service always…
You might think that staying up-to-date with vaccinations ends when you are a child. The truth is older adults also need to follow a regular vaccination schedule to reduce the risk of spreading diseases, developing serious illnesses, and even death. Immunizations play a role in lowering your risk of contracting diseases, and are an integral part of staying healthy. Vaccines have played a huge part in reducing and even eliminating severe illnesses, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, thousands of adults in the United States are hospitalized, treated, and even die from diseases that have…
When you’re feeling under the weather and need your prescription filled, there is something said for speedy service that is professional and above all: caring. Chances are, you’ve spent more time than you wanted to in the waiting room at your doctor’s office. You don’t feel well, and the last thing you want to do is stop somewhere else to fill your prescriptions. All of it is enough to make you want to call your mother to come take care of you. Well, that’s exactly what the folks at OC Pharmacy had in mind when they opened for business. We’ve…
The short answer is, well, maybe. While it depends on why a person is not qualified for long-term care (LTC) insurance, there is an option, a, single premium, fixed, deferred annuity that is designed with built-in long-term care benefits. The advantages of this option are that it is easier to qualify for than insurance, has long-term care benefits, and if you don’t need long-term care, the money in the annuity can be used as income or passed on to heirs. What is a fixed annuity? Simply stated it is a long-term, tax deferred, insurance contract designed for retirement. With a…
According to the Orange County Register, a 91-year-old woman from Brea died in mid-2014, and left her entire estate to her caregiver. After officials discovered the transfer, they removed her assistant as trustee and took away the home she left  him. Why? According to the District Attorney and the ruling Judge, the facts of the case demonstrated “Fraud and Undue Influence” by the caregiver. A caregiver has worked for you in your later years; How can you to safely include this person in your will or your trust? Can you avoid the accusations that destroyed this 91-year-old’s wishes? To avoid…
When was the last time your banker, broker, advisor, CPA, attorney and insurance agent all sat at the same table to discuss ways to lower your taxes, increase your income, protect your nest egg, create an income stream that you cannot outlive, and make sure you have tax free In-Home care for as long as you live, should you need it? The answer is probably never. The Stoddard Group is a true estate-planning firm in Orange County. Our 17 years of first hand experience has found areas of concern that can dramatically affect your family and your finances. Families having…
Whoever said two things in life are certain - Death and Taxes – should have added a third one to that list: Sibling Rivalry. Unless you subscribe to the old Chinese rule of only one child, chances are you have experienced the ugliness of sibling rivalry in your own family. We expect to see this undesirable behavior during childhood but we certainly don’t expect grown adults to exhibit this immaturity after the death of one or both of their parents when they should be pulling together & cooperating with each other. Raising competitive kids in America unknowingly helps breed contempt…
The reverse mortgage products offered today have gone through a major makeover of sorts in recent years in the pursuit of consumer protection. The overwhelming majority of the reverse mortgages originated in recent years are the FHA Insured Reverse Mortgage product known as the HECM, an acronym for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. These are some of the questions I have received recently from clients. Q: I have heard there are some new changes that have to do with qualifying. How does that work? A: Financial Analysis is a relatively new qualifying process that is required for all new reverse mortgage…
Long-term care (sometimes referred to as LTC) can be confusing and there are lots of misconceptions regarding what it actually is and who pays for it. While it is impossible to cover everything about LTC in these few words, we can get a good start. What is Long-term Care (LTC)? Simply put, LTC is services and assistance to an individual who has severe limitations in his/her ability to function independently and will require assistance and care over an extended period of time. Long-term Care is not medical care and is not provided by medical professionals such as nurses and therapists…
Technological advancements are moving at a rapid pace. A new device seems to appear nearly every day. For many seniors, this pace can be overwhelming to stay up-to-date, especially when most devices aren’t created with the senior user in mind. Although advancements in technology can be frustrating at times, studies show that older adults are beginning to slowly adapt to the digital age. Pew Research reports that 77 percent of adults over 65 owned a cell phone in 2014, but only 18 percent of those are smart phone users. This slow incline to adjust to technology can be partially attributed…
Jul 27, 2015

Concierge Podiatry

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Dr. Ivar Roth’s practice an exclusive, revolutionary laser treatment for toenail fungus A staggering 40 million people in the United States struggle with toenail fungus (onychomycosis). This condition often starts as a small white or yellow spot under the toenail, but if left untreated can spread and cause the nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. As the nail becomes more brittle, it may lead to pain and inflammation. If there’s currently no pain involved, many people will put off addressing the condition or ignore the problem altogether, opting instead to cover their feet and turn a blind…
Back in the early 1900’s George Bernard Shaw said that the three most famous names in history were Jesus Christ, Sherlock Holmes and Houdini. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, is almost as famous as the characters he created, but have any of you heard of a novel entitled The Narrative of John Smith? This was a first novel by Doyle, found in family papers and published 128 years after it was written. John Smith exhibited exceptional observational skills and the early novel hints broadly at other now familiar characters including a doctor who partners in adventures,…
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Cirque Du Soleil

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  Performing under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top   OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER in Costa Mesa: October 15 through November 29, 2015 KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving: “KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s strongest act in years…one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on a stage” (Toronto Star) and “KURIOS is the best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time.” (San Francisco Chronicle). Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of…
Exceptional cuisine, live entertainment and unobtrusive service define this popular Dana Point restaurant Thanks to Brio Tuscany Grille, I recently indulged in an evening filled with impeccable service, amazing Italian food and live music. If you haven’t had a chance to try this restaurant out, it will undeniably exceed your expectations. From the moment I walked in I knew I was going to have an enjoyable experience. I didn’t have a reservation, but they graciously sat our party right away. The lighting was turned down and the live music was just starting, adding to the overall ambiance. The music to…
Offer many ways to conquer stress and balance your life If you feel like your stress is robbing you of your life, your connection to your loved ones, and a deep feeling of joy, it’s probably because it is. Recent research has pointed to stress as a trigger for inflammation, which plays a significant role in the development and progression of a multitude of chronic conditions, from digestive problems to heart disease, from weight gain to diabetes to sleep issues. Regardless of the physiological mechanisms, it’s clear that if we want to be physically and mentally well, we must conquer…

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