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Mark Balsom - Biography

Mark BalsomMark Balsom, Esq., is an attorney at The Presser Law Firm in Boca Raton. Mark represents individuals and businesses in connection with the establishment of asset protection plans that incorporate both domestic and international components as well as estate planning.

Mark is an alumnus of The University of Miami School of Law and attended Arizona State University for his undergraduate degree.

Mark grew up in Buffalo, New York and moved down to South Florida in 2013 for law school. Mark is very active in the South Palm Beach County division of Jewish Federation.

In his free time, Mark enjoys golfing, live music and the beach!
Mark Balsom, Esq., is an attorney at The Presser Law Firm in Boca Raton. Mark represents individuals and businesses in connection with the establishment of asset protection plans that incorporate both domestic and international components as well as estate planning.

Mark is an alumnus of The University of Miami School of Law and attended Arizona State University for his undergraduate degree.

Mark grew up in Buffalo, New York and moved down to South Florida in 2013 for law school. Mark is very active in the South Palm Beach County division of Jewish Federation.

In his free time, Mark enjoys golfing, live music and the beach!

Daniel Polen - Biography

20180427 153550 EditedDaniel Polen is a marketing and operations manager at Photo and Go, LLC. He moved to Boca Raton, FL with his family in 2002. He did his undergraduate at the University of Miami and is involved in their alumni network. He believes in a strong commitment to volunteer and charity work. Daniel is active with the Jimmy V Foundation to End Cancer, Tri-County Animal Rescue, Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Miami, and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.He has been a mentor with AACY for nearly two years. ​

Kid's Health and Wellness list from Learnfit.org

While my own health and fitness is a huge priority for me, the well-being of my children is even more important. And really, when I think about it, the healthier they are, the happier they are - and if they’re happy, *I’m* happy, so it’s a win-win for all of us!

I know how important kids’ health and safety is to parents (being one myself), and I’ve found lots of great, informative resources on the subject. I’m passing them on.

Gardening at Home with Kids

Nutrition for Kids: Helping Children Get Off to a Good Start

Motivating Kids to be Active

How to Create an Autism-Friendly Environment for Kids

Minding the Kids in Divorce: Minimizing the Mental Health Impact

Mental Illness in Children: Signs, Types, & Causes

5 Serious Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore in Kids

Coping with a Child’s Illness While You’re in Recovery: Learn Coping Methods While Going Through This Difficult Time

Open Educators Resource List

Open Educators listed some great parenting resources below that they hope you find value in. They’ve included some articles with practical parenting advice as well as some focused on kids’ and parents’ mental health (They know how difficult this type of information can be to find).  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elder Impact Resource List

As more and more seniors choose to age in place in the homes where they raised their families, there is more need than ever for all of us - regardless of age - to make sure we know how to be safe in our homes.

A to Z Guide to Security, Safety and Prevention

Tips to Ensure Safety of Seniors at Home

Home Construction & Design Techniques for Child Safety

Have a House Fire Evacuation Plan

Guide to Handling a Hoarding Spouse

20 Ways to Keep Kids Safe When They Are Home Alone

How to Make Your Home Handicap Accessible

Child Safety Guide: Making the Move from an Urban Area to a Rural One

Elder Spark Resource List

Here are some links to senior wellness articles that Elderspark thought you might like.

 

The Quiet Epidemic of Senior Drug Abuse

 

Substance Abuse and Caregiving: When to Ask for Help for Your Own Health and Well-Being

 

8 Ways For Seniors To Stay Active This Holiday Season

 

The Ultimate Guide to Senior Finance: Fiscal Fitness for The Over Fifty Crowd

 

A Guide to Downsizing for Seniors and Their Loved Ones

 

10 Early Symptoms of Dementia

 

Moving an Aging or Disabled Parent Into Your Home: 4 Things You Should Know

 

Moving Beyond Grief After Losing a Spouse

Previous Items from WHAT'S NEW (2017)

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Univision did a story on Alejandro.  Alejandro is a youth caregiver who cares for both his younger and older brothers. AACY Caregiving Youth Project supports students like Alejandro to achieve success in balancing their school and caregiving responsibilities. This video was produced by Univision. Yes, this is in Spanish 

https://www.univision.com/shows/primer-impacto/con-solo-14-anos-de-edad-este-joven-se-ha-visto-obligado-a-convertirse-en-el-hombre-de-la-casa-video

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Listen to Dr. Ann Faraone discuss youth caregivers on ArtistFirst.com Radio Network with Harriet Tramer from Jan 17, 2018.    
http://www.artistfirst2.com/ArtistFirst_Harriet_Tramer_2018-01-17.mp3

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What it's like to care for multiple family members at age 15

Jonathan is 15 years old and lives in Palm Beach, FL with his mother, who has MS; his younger brother, who has a cranial disorder; and his grandmother, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Jonathan, the only able-bodied person in his home during the week, cares for his mother, brother and grandmother before and after school, while simultaneously managing his football and school schedule.  See the HBO segment at https://news.vice.com/en_us/ar ticle/paqdny/what-its-like-to- take-care-of-multiple-family- members-at-age-15

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AACY would like to thank The Palm Beach Post for selecting and sharing the Cius Family’s story in your Season to Share article.  

http://seasontoshare.org/generous-high-school-student-is-ailing-mothers-main-caregiver/

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Caregiving Youth in Ireland receives Carer of the Year award.

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The latest blog in the Back to School Series of the APA Public Interest Directorate’s Psychology Benefits Society is “The Hidden Population of Caregiving Youth in Our Schools” written by Ann Farone, EdD (Director of Education Services, American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD (Founder, AACY), and Carol D. Goodheart, EdD (APA 2010 President). It discusses the challenges caregiving youth may face, both at home and at school, and how schools can identify and support these students. Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/2xLyT4p

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 Family Caregivers Win in Hawaii!

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Palm Beach Post Article:

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 American Association of Caregiving Youth: Helping caregivers

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Matrix Care Introduces 2K4Care Program

MatrixCare, the largest long term post-acute care (LTPAC) technology provider in the United States, introduces the 2K4Care program as a new component of the MatrixCare Gives corporate philanthropy initiative. The MatrixCare 2K4Care program recognizes the hard work and dedication of caregivers by awarding $1,000 each month to a caregiver of a MatrixCare Home Care client for utilizing the mobile time and attendance or telephony solutions. Each clock-in and clock-out event generates an additional opportunity for that caregiver to win the monthly drawing. In addition, MatrixCare will donate $1,000 each month to the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), a non-profit organization based in Boca Raton, Florida, that assists youth who serve as a caregiver for someone in their own home..  Read More 

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CS Todays Caregiver

Link to caregiver.com

Link to the September-October Edition

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Going Back to School is Stressful for Children Caring for Disabled or Elderly Family
State Farm® and ADT® Donate Medical Alert Devices to Caregiving Youth Project
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Click here to view the Back to School Brunch Presentation.

FAU's first lady tells her caregiving story at brunch (Sun-Sentinel) 

 

Previous News from 2016

Marcia Andrews Biography

Marcia AndrewsOn November 2, 2010, Marcia Andrews was elected to the Palm Beach County School Board for District 6 and was reelected on November 18, 2014. As a School Board member, Marcia’s focus is on student academics and personal achievement. Marcia works closely with the Superintendent and the School Board to assure policies are in place that meets the needs for our students’ success. Marcia is actively involved with the Educational Advisory Boards in the communities of District 6. Marcia visits schools and is available to assist Area Superintendents, principals, teachers and staff. She is always available to assist parents. As of 2012, she established a School Board Members’ satellite office in the Glades and School Board meetings were simulcast from there as well. Marcia’s work with the School Board is highlighted by the approval of the School Board to build three new schools for the Glades area. One school, Gove Elementary, opened August 2013. Two additional schools, Gladeview Elementary and Rosenwald Elementary opened August 2015. Mrs. Andrews has and continues to hold leadership roles in education, community, social, and civic organizations. She has received numerous honors received from many groups for her work. Marcia currently sits on the Board of the following organizations: 15th Circuit Juvenile Justice Board; Palm Beach County Communities In Schools; Take Stock In Children and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. She stays connected with businesses in District 6 with membership in the following Chambers' of Commerce: Central Palm Beach County, Wellington, Belle Glade and Pahokee. Marcia is a dedicated professional with 35 years of experience as an educator in the Palm Beach County School District. Her passion for helping others led her into the field of teaching at the middle school level. Through the years she has served as an Assistant Principal, Principal, Director, and Chief Officer of Human Resources. After retirement, Marcia started volunteering in the community and later founded her company Up Front Consulting, LLC. Marcia grew up in Palm Beach County and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She holds a Bachelor in Education from FAU and a Masters in Administration and Supervision from Nova University. She enjoyed teaching her students and worked hard to make sure they were successful. Marcia wants to continue to be a change agent for building better school and community relations. Mrs. Andrews has been married to Robert Andrews for 44 years and has one daughter, a teacher and five grandchildren. She has been a resident of the western communities for 29 years. She enjoys tennis, exercising, and jogging.

Alzheimer's Resources for Caregivers

 

  Careervitals.com has provided  this list of tips for Caregivers of those with dementia. 

 


How to Make a Home Safer for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers at HelpGuide

Music Therapy For Those With Alzheimer's

Alz.org Brain Tour Including Guidance On Alzheimer's and Dementia

The Caregiver's Guide To Understanding Dementia Behaviors

Caregiver Dos and Don'ts: Dealing With Dementia Behavior Problems

Ten Real Life Strategies for Dementia Caregiving

8 Things To Do When You First Learn Your Loved One Has Alzheimer's

Joseph Pores, CEO

Joseph Pores, CEO

Joe PoresJoseph Pores’ career is rooted in hospitality and excellent customer service. Having survived heart surgery as a young man, Pores truly understands the challenges and stress which arise when dealing with life-threatening situations. Because of this he is able to ensure that Call 4 Health responds to every call with the necessary concern and efficiency.
As CEO of Call 4 Health, Pores makes certain that all employees are specifically trained in providing professional and accurate service, based on compassion and integrity. Pores is committed to the betterment of his industry.
Since Pores believes that health care and education are two of the most imperative issues affecting communities nationwide, he is especially committed to his hometown community. A pivotal figure in the health care industry, he remains devoted to providing both personal and professional support in the areas of education and health care.

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