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Coping with dementia: What’s in a word?

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/29/2015 - 01:31 pm
Categories: Community, Home, Smart Living

By Christine Dabramo
Founder, MindSet
 
My sister—Gloria Grant—suffers from frontal lobe dementia. Only in her early 60s, the sister I’d always looked up to, who went to Hollywood and made a name for herself in television and movies, has deteriorated to the point that she can only speak a few words. To raise awareness about dementia, I’ve been writing about our journey together. This is our story, but we’d like to hear yours, too. Share with us on our website or Facebook page.
 
What’s in a word?
 
It certainly depends on who is speaking. When my sister starting losing her vocabulary, she would say, “goody goody,” “ ...

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Which gutters are right for my home?

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/29/2015 - 01:22 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Vance Ferrari
Owner, The Gutter Guy
 
When it comes to selecting gutters for your home, A little research goes a long way. The main function of gutters is to keep rain water running safely away from your home, protecting it from costly damage. However, there are many options designed to keep the water flowing, so it’s important to choose the product that fits your particular needs.
 
Gutters are generally available in aluminum, steel, copper and vinyl. Aluminum gutters are lightweight, corrosion resistant, provide color options to match your home and are typically the least expensive. Gutters made from steel are durable but can rust. They may be coated with aluminum ...

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David Sekerak: Your Medicare and Affo...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/28/2015 - 03:52 pm
Categories: Community, Health & Beauty, Home, Smart Living

If you’ve had your fill of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), you’re not alone. And if you still have no idea how it works or how it applies to you, you’re also not alone. For the past 16 years, David Sekerak, of Sekerak Insurance, has been helping his clients understand the nitty gritty details about health and life insurance. He is an independent broker who represents most companies.
 
David M. Sekerak can answer your questions about Medicare and/or the Affordable Care Act at your local Giant Eagle–free of charge. Now through December 7th, you can discuss your health insurance options with David at the Medicare/Affordable Care Act kiosk in the following Gi ...

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The origins of spooky musical instrum...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/28/2015 - 12:58 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Home, Smart Living

By Lauren Amanfoh
Owner, Royalton Music Center
 
Even in the digital age we live in, with super graphics and amazing special effects, it is the music that best helps set the scene for spooky movies—foreshadowing that something is about to happen and keeping us on the edge of our seats with anticipation.
While an organ pipe or escalating violin pitch can add drama, it is the lesser-known instruments that are most often used to create spooky sounds. So when you get your fix of scary movies this Halloween, take note of these instruments that you are sure to hear.
 
Theremin
Invented almost a century ago by Russian physicist Lev Termen, the theremin is played without any p ...

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How to keep your dog active over the ...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/27/2015 - 09:41 am
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Smart Living

By Sandra Jenkins
Owner, Dog Gone Crazy
 
“A tired dog is a good dog.”

This old saying actually rings true. Dogs, like people, are much happier and better behaved when they get the right balance of exercise and activity each day. According to the Association for Pet Obesity, more than half of dogs in the United States are overweight and have an increased risk of injury, disease and shorter lifespan.
 
Don’t let cold weather get in the way of your precious pooch’s exercise this winter. Here are a few tips:
 
• Looking for a plus one? Just getting out of the house for new adventures helps stave off cabin fever. Take your dog with you on err ...

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The benefits of hiring an employee wi...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/27/2015 - 09:37 am
Categories: Community, Smart Living

By Cheryl Senko
Marketing Director, Koinonia Homes
 
 
While the old saying “good help is hard to find” may still ring true today, if you know where to look you will find a slew of qualified, skilled and dedicated employees. An untapped workforce, people with developmental disabilities make excellent employees who are willing and eager to work.
 
Hiring someone with a disability can bring out the best in your business. Here’s how:
 
• Here to stay. Retention rates are higher among employees with disabilities, so there are less training and turnover costs.
• Unsurpassed loyalty and dedication. You can count on these employees because th ...

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Regaining post-mastectomy confidence

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/27/2015 - 09:24 am
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Robin Savon Ivany
Pink Promises Boutique
 
 
From start to finish, surviving breast cancer is an uphill battle, especially for women who have endured a mastectomy. A mastectomy can be a vital battle in the fight against breast cancer, but living without breasts post-procedure can take a devastating emotional toll on a woman and her body image.
 
The loss of breasts can affect a woman’s libido, her self-esteem, and how she feels about herself as a female. She may think that she is no longer sexy or attractive to her partner. She may not feel comfortable in what was once her favorite little black dress. The emotions experienced after this procedure are tenfold.
& ...

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Dressing your pet for Halloween

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/26/2015 - 01:02 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Health & Beauty, Home, Smart Living

By Dr. Jeffrey Peacock
 
This time of year, the sidewalks are dotted with ghoulies and goblins, super heroes and action figures. And costumes for our four-legged friends are more popular than ever.
 
We've all laughed at the delicious irony of a wiener breed in a hot dog suit. But if you really want to let your creativity run wild, why not put together a costume for your pet from simple household items?
 
Here are a few crafty notions:
• Drape a pillowcase over the head with holes cut out for the eyes and mouth to conjure a ghost dog or cat.
• For a ballerina, adorn the lower legs with pink wristbands that make perfect leg warmers, and add a tutu around ...

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How to enjoy the flavors of fall

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/26/2015 - 12:54 pm
Categories: Community, Food

By Meghan Pender
Owner, One Eleven Bistro
 
For those of us who love fall, it’s not just the collage of colorful leaves or the cooler weather that stirs our senses, but the array of foods found only at this time of year as well.
 
Let’s start with squash. After getting our fill of zucchini and yellow squash this past summer, it’s time to move on to the exceptional varieties of squash fall has to offer— pumpkin, acorn, butternut, spaghetti, hubbard, kabocha and more. If you’re a bit intimidated by these choices or how to prepare them, the answer is simple—roasting.
 
Almost all squashes can be split down the middle with a very sharp kn ...

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Amp up your makeup

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/22/2015 - 11:39 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Alice Woodrum, Alice Woodrum Salon
 
Q: Do I need to consider anti-aging makeup? My usual makeup routine doesn’t look good anymore.A: Pro-aging is my preferred term, but, yes, your makeup application may need to change. Here is a list of makeup “dos” and “don’ts” as well as some ideas on how to transition into the perfect glamour phase of your life:
 
Less is more. Forget about heavy eye makeup. Your eyebrows, cheeks and lips are now the focus.
 
Eyebrows are the framework for your eyes. A professional beauty expert will be able to shape them perfectly and teach you how to fill in sparse areas with indelible pencils and color-matchi ...

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