Volunteer BRINGING JOY ...
3:02 AM, May 21, 2015
PROVIDED PHOTO/ComForCare: Tino Negri receives his volunteer appreciation award. Copyright 2015 Journal Media Group. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
PROVIDED PHOTO/ComForCare: Tino Negri performs for residents at Tequesta Terrace. Copyright 2015 Journal Media Group. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
There are some songs that are so ingrained in your mind that they become a part of you. When you hear them, vivid memories come flooding back. According to the latest Alzheimer's research, music therapy brings back memories and feelings of familiarity and increases emotion for individuals living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. It can also help manage stress, shift mood and stimulate positive interactions, decreasing their need for medications.
For the last two years, Tino Negri, community volunteer, National Certified Alzheimer's Educator and owner of ComForCare Senior Services, has brought the joy of music to residents at Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living once a month in an interactive and highly stimulating way. He pours his heart out and wakes up the residents' senses. Negri has helped develop a type of therapeutic music program specialized for memory care residents that allows them to sing, dance and play instruments together called "Joyful Memories." Through his dedication, the residents' spirits are lifted and their loved ones see glimpses of the people they knew and loved.
Tequesta Terrace recently honored Negri for his commitment and time during National Volunteer Appreciation Week with an award ceremony and party.
"Tequesta Terrace is a community that feels like home, and when I'm able to get the residents laughing and having fun along with the music, there's no other feeling like lifting these seniors' spirits," said Negri.
"I'm not a doctor or a therapist, but I truly believe that where medicine falls short, I know music, laughter and a big hug can cure someone's soul. You can never overdose on it, it doesn't cost you anything and there are no bad side effects."
Throughout the 45-minute activity, Negri focuses on music from time periods the seniors grew up with, including patriotic, folk and classic Americana music from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s. To get the group in the spirit, he brings percussion instruments like tambourines and maracas to engage the residents.
PROUD TO PRESENT
"We are proud to present Tino with our Volunteer Award," said Lisa Gallagher, executive director at Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living.
"His visits are something our community looks forward to, and it makes such a difference in the residents' lives when they interact with him through music. Anyone can press "play" on an iPod, but Tino is what makes the program so beneficial for our residents. He's an irreplaceable asset to our whole community."
"I am honored to be recognized by Tequesta Terrace and am thankful to have found a community where I can combine two of my life's passions: music and caring for people. After seeing my grandmother battle dementia, I'm glad I can help improve the quality of life for others battling this disease. It's hard to grow tired of doing something that brings people so much joy."
If you are a member of the media interested in attending the ceremony, covering this story or setting up an interview, please contact Amy Jones via phone at 214-890-7912 ext. 30 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ashley Wessel via phone at 214-890-7912 ext. 27 or email at email@example.com.
ABOUT TEQUESTA TERRACE ASSISTED LIVING
Tequesta Terrace is the premier assisted living community in Tequesta. It is conveniently situated near the water, shopping, restaurants, and other services.
Not only does Tequesta Terrace offer 24-hour nurse staffing, but it also is within minutes of additional physician offices and medical care – including Jupiter Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Martin Memorial Hospital. For more information, please see Tequesta Terrace's web page located at www.terracecommunities.com.
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Palm Beach County Pushing
for Tighter Regulations on
By Charlie Keegan
Palm Beach County leaders want stricter rules for the people taking care of your loved ones. A committee is meeting later this month to help draft a new ordinance regulating in-home caregivers.
The bad stories pile up: Tiffany Spraggs and Heather Young are just two examples. Both women were caregivers arrested and accused of stealing from their patients. "It breaks my heart," said Scott Greenberg. He's heard too many stories. He runs ComForCare Senior Services in Palm Beach County. Now he's part of a committee assembled to create tighter regulations on caregivers in Palm Beach County.
"[It's about] giving them the confidence, and giving their families the confidence - who often live very remotely, that the person going into that house has been properly vetted and properly trained," Greenberg explained.
The state requires most caregivers to pass a background check. Greenberg said several private caregivers work independently, and under the radar, without a way of checking their backgrounds. "We want to weed out the bad players and attract the good players," Greenberg added. He hopes the ordinance creates a registry of licensed professionals, giving you a pool of verified caregivers to choose from.
It could save people like Steve Aranoff and his father from falling victim. The woman he hired to care for his father is now in prison, convicted of stealing from him. "She was just doing this for her own benefit and he knew nothing about it," Aranoff said.
Greenberg pointed out most caregivers do a great job. This proposal would put all caregivers on a level playing field, helping you ensure you get a trustworthy caregivers.
The committee is meeting for the first time later this month. It will determine when and how to move forward with this ordinance.
The Boomer Counselor
By Leslie Gray Streeter
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Baby boomers are said to be aging differently than any other generation previously. In their 60s, which must have seemed ancient to them in their youth, they're starting new careers, new marriages, new hobbies, 65 is the new 45, or so they'd like to think. They're not going to be old like their folks were. Norsiree.
But they are aging, nonetheless. And Scott Greenberg thinks he can help.
We don't give into aging as much, which I see as a positive. It keeps plastic surgeons in business," says the host of "Oh My God I'm Getting Older and So Is My Mom," heard Mondays on Seaview Radio, and the president of ComForcare, which provides health services for seniors from its Palm Beach Gardens offices. To read more, click here.
Taking Care of Aging Parents 101
Sun-Sentinel June 25, 2014
By Marci Shatzman
Nothing he tells people to do hasn't happened to him, said Scott Greenberg, who wrote the book on taking care of aging parents.
"Oh My God, I'm Getting Older and So is my Mom" is indicative of Greenberg's light touch with a serious issue nobody wants to talk about. That's also the title of this Boca Raton's weekly radio show on seniors and aging from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays on 95.9 FM, 106.9 FM and 960 AM, and simulcast at seaviewradio.com.
Why did you write this book on such a touchy subject?
People typically make decisions in crisis and invariably the wrong decisions. I wanted to highlight in an upbeat, huorous way the things you should be focused on while you make those decisions with reasonable forethought.
Why do you call "I can do it myself!" the battle cry of a generation?
The Greatest Generation is accustomed to taking care of their own problems. They can no longer carry the heavy packages from the supermarket, so instead of eating healthy food the are eating not what they want, but what they can carry.
Where can people buy the book?
To read more, click here.
LOCAL AUTHOR/SENIOR ADVOCATE SCOTT GREENBERG WINS FIRST PLACE IN 2014 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS; Places as Finalist in Secondary Category
The Michael Dresser Show
Listen to an interview with Scott when he appeared as a guest on The Michael Dresser Show June 5th to introduce "Oh My God, I'm Getting Older and So Is My Mom" and discuss the potholes that appear along the aging highway. Listen
The Mantz and Mitchell Show
Scott appeared as a guest on The Mantz and Mitchell Show on June 7th, 2014 to discuss his book "Oh My God, I'm Getting Older and So Is My Mom" and all the things we are unprepared for as we begin the aging process...from sibling rivalry to estate planning to funeral planning and so much more. Listen
Through Scott Greenberg’s experience as a weekly radio show host dealing with issues that are confronting boomers and their parents, coupled with his tenure as President of a private duty home health care agency, Scott addresses many serious topics in a humorous but informative way.
The later-years road is often believed to look like midnight rides on a sailboat with a glass of wine in our hand or a pleasant bike ride through a nature preserve. All too often, Scott has learned, reality gets in the way. Bottom line: getting older can be tougher than we thought.
Enjoy as Scott addresses topics as diverse as dealing with sibling rivalry (mom always loved you more), sex after sixty (yes, it still happens), funeral options (who knew there were so many), the value
of volunteerism, along with other situations you never thought you would need to deal with. With a humorous look at aging, coupled with practical advice, Scott hopes this book will encourage you to
look at where you are today and where you are going to be in the not too distant future so as to prevent crisis decision-making at the time when you are at your most vulnerable.
If you’re spending more time at health fairs than at art fairs these days, then this book is for you. Purchase Here
ComForcare in the News
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