VOL. 1 NO. 8 FEBRUARY 2019
WESTCHESTER WELLNESSSERVING WESTCHESTER & PUTNAM COUNTIES
American Heart Association
Go Red for Women | Survivors of heart disease
• Tips on sticking with your New Year’s resolutions
• Important advice on caring for aging pets
• How to avoid a back injury when shoveling snow
And much more
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Table of Contents Live Well
12 6 SAVE YOUR BACK
8 Shoveling snow shouldn’t be painful
28 8 NEW YORK SPORTS MEDICINE INSTITUTE
18-19 EMBRACES INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
Editor’s letter Acupuncturist broadens treatment options
There’s no way not to be inspired reading through 10 TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE?
this month’s issue of Westchester Wellness,
especially if you’ve already given up on your New See whether any of these signs resonate with you
12 DISCOVERING HEART DISEASE
Personally, I like the fresh start of a New Year for taking on challenges. DURING PREGNANCY
roughout these pages you’ll learn how to keep that enthusiasm going One woman’s story
month after month no matter what project or personal goal you want 13 THE SECRET RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
DIABETES AND CANCER
Prevention is key
We have some new contributors to the magazine as well, sharing
their perspective on a whole host of issues. Linda Samuels lays out a
14 HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST YEAR EVER
clear guide for recognizing when it’s time to make a change and Caryn
Put the Universe to work
McCurry details the inward journey she took to gure out why she
15 A MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE TO
was always running short on patience with her teenage son. Shari Suss STICKING WITH YOUR RESOLUTIONS
provides insights on why your child might be struggling to read and January was just the beginning
the American Heart Association shares one woman’s scary scenario of 16 LEARNING TO DO BETTER
nding out she had heart disease while pregnant. Living by the Golden Rule
We aim to cover a wide range of topics in each issue setting you on a 18 A NEW TYPE OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
path live to live well, be well and do well with whatever aspect of your Align your goals to the seasons
life needs a wellness tune-up. 20 THE RESOLUTION SOLUTION
We also want you to have some fun, so toward the back we tucked in a A new method to achieving your goals
list of date night spots to cozy up with your love in front of a roaring re 22 TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR WELLNESS
and an explainer for all the reasons to add more chocolate to your life. Willpower alone won’t get you there
Dig in and be prepared to carry the articles with you, both literally 24 TAPPING INTO YOUR BODY’S
and guratively, as February marches on. Jodi
Ayurvedic principles offer a path to healing
ON THE COVER
Go Red for Women campaign featuring survivors of
heart disease from the American Heart Association 26 SNUGGLE UP AT THESE DATE NIGHT SPOTS
Find a seat by the ﬁreplace
27 IF MY CHILD IS SO SMART,
WHY CAN’T SHE READ?
An underlying issue may be to blame
28 CHOCOLATE, PLEASE!
There’s more than meets the eye to this delicious treat
29 LOVING YOUR PET THROUGH
THE GOLDEN YEARS
Caring for your furry friends as they age
30 BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO RECOVERY
Don’t suffer in silence
32 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
YOU CAN ACTUALLY KEEP
An attorney’s checklist
33 NORTHERN WESTCHESTER
Money raised supports innovative treatments
FEBRUARY 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 5
Westchester Wellness Contributors
The Staff LOUIS BISOGNI KIM KOVACH
Kim teaches ction writing
EDITORIAL TEAM Dr. Louis Bisogni is a workshops for adults and
JODI WEINBERGER certi ed Chiropractic Sports creative writing classes for
Physician with certi cations children and teens.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF in ergonomics and industrial
WW@HALSTONMEDIA.COM consulting. DIANE LOTTO
Diane Lotto, LCSW, is the
ADVERTISING TEAM MILLIE ELIA Team Leader for Senior
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oncology, and the owner of CARYN MCCURRY
SORBELLA@HALSTONMEDIA.COM M. Elia Wellness, LLC Caryn McCurry, CLC,
BRUCE HELLER located in Westchester County. ACC, has been helping
people move through change
ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER ANTHONY J. ENEA since 2004.
HELLER@HALSTONMEDIA.COM Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is a ELIZABETH PASQUALE
member of the rm of Enea, Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT,
LISA KAIN Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP CST, NLP is the creator and
914-351-2424 of White Plains. His o ce director of Well On e Way®
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PAUL FORHAN Plains and he has a home Ossining and White Plains.
914-202-2392 o ce in Somers.
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CORINNE STANTON DEBORAH HARDY Jaime Roche, MSW, RYT is
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CONNELLY@HALSTONMEDIA.COM Linda Samuels, CPO-
focused on assisting students CD® is a compassionate,
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of Oh, So Organized!
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KILCOYNE@HALSTONMEDIA.COM LESLEE KAVANAGH using multisensory reading
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SOMERS, NY 10589 Leslee works with a wellness team at Bisogni
Chiropractic Center in Somers.
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Save Your Back
Shoveling snow shouldn’t
BY LOUIS BISOGNI
Snow shoveling is one of the more common causes of
back injuries during the winter months. However, this
type of injury is preventable if you know the best ways
to remove snow without straining your back.
The following tips can help you avoid low back injuries.
Remember, you only have one spine and it cannot be
replaced, so if it is damaged, you may have to live with
post-traumatic back issues for years to come.
Warm up. Cold, tight muscles are more prone to injury.
Warm up five to 10 minutes by stretching, walking
Pick the right shovel. A shovel with a curved handle
minimizes painful bending, requiring you to bend your
knees and slightly arch your back.
A small, light-weight plastic blade is best to minimize
weight being lifted.
Use ergonomic lifting techniques:
• Avoid twisting your back–pivot your whole body.
• Keep the shovel with snow close to your body; do not
extend your arms.
• Walk to the area to deposit the snow. DO NOT
TOSS OR REACH.
• Bend at your knees and lift with your legs.
• Grip the shovel with hands 12 inches apart. Put one
hand low, as close to the blade as possible.
Wear correct shoes or boots to prevent slipping and/or falls and
Stop shoveling and use a snow blower instead. Use the power
of your legs to push the snow blower while keeping your
back straight and knees bent.
Keeping these guidelines in mind will lessen the
chances of a new back injury or worsening an already-
existing back condition.
Dr. Louis Bisogni is a certified chiropractic sports physician
with certifications in ergonomics and industrial consulting.
Dr. Bisogni practices in both Somers (Citibank Building,
Route 100) & White Plains, N.Y.
FEBRUARY 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 7
2019 Limits for HSA Contributions, HDHP Minimum Deductibles, A
and HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximums s
By Andrew J. Cavaliere, CLTC
The 2019 limits on contribution and out-of-pocket spending amounts for Health Savings n
Accounts (HSAs) as well as for High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) were set again
to reﬂect the cost-of-living adjustment and rounding rules of Internal Revenue Code
Section 223. A comparison chart of the 2018 and 2019 limits is shown below:
Contribution and Out-of-Pocket Limits
for Health Savings Accounts and High-Deductible Health Plans
HSA contribution limit 2019 2018 Change
(employer + employee)
Self-only: $3,500 Self-only: $3,450 Self-only: +$50
HSA catch-up contributions Family: $7,000 Family: $6,900 Family: +$100
(age 55 or older)*
$1,000 $1,000 No Change**
HDHP minimum deductibles
Self-only: $1,350 Self-only: $1,350 No Change
HDHP maximum out-of-pocket amounts Family: $2,700 Family: $2,700 No Change
(deductibles, co-payments and other amounts,
but not premiums) Self-only: $6,750 Self-only: $6,550 Self-only: +$100
Family: $13,500 Family: $13,300 Family: +$200
* Catch-up contributions can be made during the year by HSA-eligible participants who will turn 55 by year-end.
** Unlike other limits, the HSA catch-up contribution amount is not indexed; any increase would require statutory change.
Contributions for a given year may be made until the individual's federal tax return due date for that year, without extensions,
in which case the HSA administrator must indicate that post-yearend contributions are attributed to the prior calendar year.
* Catch-up contributions can be made during the year by HSA-eligible participants who will turn 55 by year-end.
** Unlike other limits, the HSA catch-up contribution amount is not indexed; any increase would require statutory change.
Contributions for a given year may be made until the individual’s federal tax return due date for that year, without
extensions, in which case the HSA administrator must indicate that post year-end contributions are attributed to the prior
The 2019 annual HSA contribution limit for individuals with self-only HDHP coverage will be $3,500 (a $50 increase E
from 2018), and the 2019 limit for individuals with family HDHP coverage will be $7,000 (a $100 increase from 2018). x
The 2019 minimum annual deductible for self-only HDHP coverage will be $1,350 (no change from 2018) and the e
2019 minimum annual deductible for family HDHP coverage will be $2,700 (no change from 2018). r
The 2019 limit on out-of-pocket expenses (including items such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, but
not premiums) for self-only HDHP coverage will be $6,750 (a $100 increase from 2018), and the 2019 out-of-pocket
limit for family HDHP coverage will be $13,500 (a $200 increase from 2018).
An HSA is always in an individual’s name. There are no joint HSAs, even when the HSA is linked to a family coverage
HDHP and subject to the higher family coverage contribution limit. Some employer plans include an “employee plus
one” tier in addition to self-only and family coverage. An “employee plus one” such as an eligible employee and her
dependent child, would fall under the HSA family coverage limits.
HSAs and coverage of adult children under age 26
While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) allows parents to add their adult children (up to age 26)
to their health plans, the IRS has not changed its deﬁnition of a dependent for health savings accounts. This means
that an employee whose 24-year-old child is covered on their HSA qualiﬁed high-deductible health plan is not eligible
to use HSA funds to pay for medical bills for that 24-year-old. If account holders can’t claim a child as a dependent
on their tax returns, then they can’t spend HSA dollars on services provided to that child.
According to the IRS deﬁnition, a dependent is a qualifying child (son, daughter, stepchild, sibling or stepsibling, or
any descendant of these) who:
• Has same principal place of abode as the employee for more than one-half of the taxable year.
• Has not provided over one-half of their own support during the taxable year.
• Is not yet age 19 (or not yet age 24 if a student) at the end of the tax year.
• Is permanently and totally disabled.
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New York Sports Medicine Institute
Embraces Integrative Medicine
Acupuncturist broadens treatment options
BY JODI WEINBERGER
Expanding the New York Sports Medi- and like each other,” Ben-Dov said of NYS- to its popularity among patients seeking a
cine Institute to include acupuncturist MI. “ at, to me, is a big thing.” whole-body approach to healing.
Doron Ben-Dov is just one of the ways
the White Plains facility continues to stay Roth has consistently been recognized as Acupuncture works on its own and in con-
ahead of the game. one of New York’s best doctors by New York junction with many of the services NYSMI
Magazine. He transformed his practice, rst already o ers. It can be used as a conserva-
A decade ago, the move might have caused just a few rooms at 222 N. Westchester Ave. tive approach for an injury before surgery is
some to scratch their heads, but in recent in White Plains, to a sprawling set of treat- considered and for patients post-surgery who
years, integrative medicine is what patients ment rooms for orthopedic patients, physical want to avoid pain medications.
are seeking, said NYSMI founder Dr. Neil therapy patients,concussion care patients and
S. Roth. now acupuncture patients. Within 70,000 “During my trips to China,I met with acu-
square feet, NYSMI has three doctors, three puncturists there and the level of what they
And Ben-Dov, a graduate of Paci c Col- physician assistants, three physical therapists, were doing and ailments they were treating,
lege of Oriental Medicine, was the right doc- three personal trainers, a nurse practitioner some were skeptical, but if they’re treating
tor to bring into the practice. and an administrative sta . billions of people this way and it’s working,
there has to be some validity to it,”Roth said.
“Over the years there has been more and Roth himself became interested in inte-
more of an interest from our patients who are grative medicine about eight years ago when e list of ailments Ben-Dov treats in-
seeking acupuncture treatment outside of our he began traveling to China with a group of cludes pain, sports related injuries, lifestyle
practice because we didn’t o er our own servic- surgeons to share Western techniques and diseases such as obesity, hypertension and
es,”Roth said.“Doron is the right t for us,and was “fascinated” by the widespread use of type 2 diabetes and women’s health issues.
timing-wise, patients were looking for that.” acupuncture. Ben-Dov also studies the eld of mind-body
medicine exploring the emotional, psycho-
Ben-Dov started out on the traditional “People utilize it for their primary needs logical, spiritual and familial relationship to
medicine track, but his own shoulder injury on a host of health issues, so that peaked my pain and lifestyle diseases.
and healing journey led him to pursue Chi- interest and led me to want to bring some of
nese medicine instead. that to the orthopedic practice,” Roth said. “I was fascinated by the philosophy,” Ben-
“Adding an acupuncturist is a natural addi- Dov said. “For me, I felt that something (in
He ended up at the New York Sports tion to the comprehensive care and services medical school) was lacking and I needed to
Medicine Institute because he wanted to that we want to provide.” go deeper. e Chinese medicine philosophy
work in a well-known, esteemed practice resonated with me.”
and because he was impressed by the friendly As the scienti c research has grown show-
front-desk sta . ing acupuncture works, insurance companies Find out more at doronbendov.com and
have started covering the treatment, adding nysportsmedicineinstitute.com.
“I liked the front desk, and when I see a
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Time to Make a Change?
See whether any of these signs resonate with you
BY LINDA SAMUELS
As we know, change is inevitable. Sometimes it just happens without our participation and
other times we proactively seek it out. How do we know when it’s time for a change? How do
we know when it’s time to be proactive? What are the clues or change indicators?
A change indicator, of which there are many, begs your attention. Before change can occur, you
will sense that something is bothering you. Awareness of change indicators is crucial. Once they are
brought to your consciousness, they become the seeds that beget motivation and action.
FEBRUARY 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 11
13 CHANGE INDICATORS
1 Boredom. While I’m not an continually losing focus and your environment? When your e rst step toward proactive
advocate of the need to be feeling disjointed? e dings, space isn’t working, you might feel change is noticing the indicators.
continuously entertained, beeps and addictive nature of overwhelmed or frustrated. is is Once we observe what we’re see-
there’s something to be said for your digital devices might be another change indicator. ing and feeling, we can identify
being too bored. A little bore- the cause. Is it time for a digital the next steps. at might mean
dom is healthy. However, if pro- detox? at next ding could be Thoughts. What are you merely acknowledging our feel-
longed stretches of boredom are an indicator. thinking about? Is your ings. It might mean enlisting
mind lled with negative help from a professional. Or, it
12what you’re regularly experienc-
7ing, this could mean that some- Exhaustion. Are you getting thoughts? Do you nd yourself might mean changing what we
lots of sleep yet you always wishing you were somewhere eat, where we work or how we
thing needs to change. feel tired? Do you have low else? Are you having challenges live. ese indicators provide an
2 Spark. Do you remember energy or motivation? Physio- experiencing gratitude, joy and opening for change.
recently hearing, reading or logical or emotional issues might mindfulness? e restlessness Which change indicators res-
discussing an idea that got be the cause. Seeking profession- and discontent we feel inter- onate with you?
you jazzed up? Perhaps you had al help could be bene cial. is is nally can be an indicator of the
an “ah-ha” moment. Maybe it another change indicator. need for change. Linda Samuels, CPO-CD®, is
was something that connected a compassionate, enthusiastic
8the dots or something new you Lateness. Are you per- Opportunity. Elyse Som- professional organizer and coach,
petually running late to mer said, “Sometimes founder of Oh, So Organized!,
could imagine pursuing. Per- appointments and missing opportunity knocks like author of “ e Other Side of
haps you are experiencing some
positive anticipation. e energy deadlines? Do you wish there a loud wind burst; more often it Organized”, and blogger on
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could mean change is calling you. If your life revolves around a pears before you realize it was facilitates change in others’ lives.
steady ow of activities and re- there.”You weren’t looking for it, She is an empty-nester living with
3 Agitation. Are you in a per- sponsibilities with little or no but an o er or opportunity has her husband in the Hudson Valley
petual state of irritation? Ev- time to catch your breath, this appeared before you. A change in a small, colorful home with a
erything annoys you? Noth- could be a sign that it’s time for indicator is at your doorstep. purple front door.
ing ows? More of your day is a change.
spent angry and agitated than
9happy and relaxed? is is a sig- Plateau. ere are times
when we hit that wall.
ni cant change indicator. What’s We’ve learned all we can
your next step for moving ahead?
from a situation. We’ve seen all
4 Sleeplessness. We need there is to see in a place. We feel
sleep. It renews us. It allows like the opportunity to learn
our bodies and minds to re- and grow has leveled o . We’re
lax from the active part of our ready for that next challenge.
day. Lack of or interrupted sleep We might experience this in
negatively a ects us. Sleeping is- our careers, a job or a place we
sues can require a major change. live. Reaching a plateau could
What might be the cause? make us chase change.
5 10Drama. Have you recently Fear. We’re all scared
experienced a big life event of something, whether
such as marriage, birth, it’s spiders, tight spaces
death, divorce, job loss or move? or facing our disorganization
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Connecticut Woman Has New Perspective American Heart Association
On Health After Discovering Heart Launches Community
Disease During Pregnancy Impact Committee
The following is from the American Heart Association: The American Heart Association announced
the launch of their Community Impact
Stacy-Ann Walker’s last tion may have been triggered Committee which is goaled with building a
months of pregnancy by the strain of pregnancy on culture of health in the Westchester community
had been unbearable. the pre-existing scarring while improving cardiovascular health for all. The
Community Impact Committee, or CIC, is a
She was constantly from rheumatic fever. standing committee of the Westchester American
Heart Regional Board and responsible for advising
exhausted and out of Walker continued the Board on local and statewide health issues
related to cardiovascular disease, and on programs
breath. She was retaining to take medications it supports or initiates.
so much fluid that her as doctors monitored After completing a local needs assessment, based
on the Association’s health priorities, the CIC will
legs “looked like an ice whether she would im- create a comprehensive plan with recommendations
to fill in the gaps and health needs in the market.
cream cone” when she prove. But after a year, Some initial projects will address high blood
pressure control, healthy food access and increasing
wore socks. She also had her heart was still en- physical activity opportunities for residents.
a fluttering in her heart. larged and the regurgita- “The AHA’s Community Impact Committee has
brought together the brightest minds in the county
Then, during what tion in her mitral valve was to collaboratively address food insecurity, access to
healthy foods, and to share and adopt best practices
Walker expected to be a rou- Stacy-Ann now severe. in blood pressure control.There is an African proverb
that says ‘if you want to go quickly, go alone. If you
tine exam, the 29 year old got WalkerderwIenntDaecreempabierr 2012, she un- want to go far, go together.’The members of the CIC
devastating results: her baby was for her mitral understand the value of bringing to bear the individual
and collective expertise, resources and community
undersized with a dangerously low heart and tricuspid valves. insights together with the input of the residents of
the community to ensure a healthy Westchester,”
rate. So she underwent an emergency “I thought that would be the end of said CIC co-chair, Sophia McIntyre, MD, MPH,
MBA, FAAFP, CPE. McIntyre is the Chief Medical
C-section. Her daughter was born at it and that I would not have to worry Officer, Hudson River Healthcare, Inc.
just 2 pounds, 12 ounces. about it,” Walker said. CIC volunteer members are leaders from a wide
range of public and private health organizations
“It had been going on throughout my But during a routine check-up in Oc- and include: Dr. Sherlita Amler, Westchester
Health Department Commissioner; Renee
pregnancy, but we didn’t know,” Walker tober 2015, testing showed the valves Recchia, Acting Deputy Commissioner for
Administration, Westchester Health Department;
said. “If my daughter hadn’t been so tiny, were leaking again. In May 2016, she Leslie Gordon, President and CEP, Feeding
Westchester; Mary Molina, Founder, Owner,
who knows what would have happened.” got a mitral valve replacement. Lola Granola; Dr. Daren Wu, CMO, Open Door;
Shauna Porteus, Community Librarian, Yonkers
That evening, Walker couldn’t sleep, Walker, now 37 and living in Hart- Public Library; Deborah Viola MBA, PhD, VP,
Data Management and Analytics, WMC Health
struggling to breathe. The next morn- ford,Connecticut,maintains close com- Network; Zachary Swierat, Program Director,
YMCA White Plains and Yonkers; Francine
ing, she got a breathing treatment and munication with her doctor to monitor Carl, Director of Westchester Comm College
Extension Center,Mount Vernon;and Dr.Markos
an echocardiogram that revealed scar- any changes in her heart. She also keeps Asamenew, Medical Director, Mount Vernon
Neighborhood Health Center.
ring on her heart from rheumatic fe- active and maintains a healthy diet.
To learn more about American Heart Association
ver—something she never even knew Nearly half of non-Hispanic black events and programs in the Westchester area, contact
Jennifer Miller at Jennifer.email@example.com or
she had. She also had fluid in her lungs. women age 20 and older have some 914-806-0962.Visit www.heart.org for information
about healthy lifestyles.
On her second night in the hospital, form of cardiovascular disease. While
Walker went into acute respiratory dis- more than 50 percent of women are
tress. She was given more diuretics to aware that heart disease is their leading
drain fluid quickly and was transferred cause of death, non-Hispanic black and
to the cardiac care unit. Additional test- Hispanic women are less aware than
ing showed Walker had heart failure, an non-Hispanic white females.
enlarged heart and problems with mul- “My story could have been tragic if
tiple heart valves. Her heart was operat- I wasn’t in the right place at the right
ing at just 36 percent. time,” she said. “I’m just grateful to be
The diagnosis stunned Walker. here and have a daughter that is fine.
“For me, health was a look,” she said. They saved her and saved me, too.”
“If you’re young and skinny, then you Walker is sharing her story to raise
were healthy. I was active, worked out awareness about heart disease and in-
and ate healthy. This really changed spire women to take charge of their
my whole concept of what healthy is. I heart health—just like she did.
never thought that as a young woman I “I want to educate and empower other
could have heart disease.” women to be their own advocate and to
A cardiologist told Walker her condi- know that they’re not alone,” she said.
FEBRUARY 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 13
The Secret Relationship Between Diabetes and Cancer
BY MILLIE ELIA
Weight loss is typi- of prevention is indeed
cally one of the top worth its weight in gold!
New Year’s resolu-
tions made in America, betic medication known as “Met- style changes may decrease the Millie Elia, ANP-
right along with healthier formin” and found that women likelihood of developing cancer BC,CHWC, is an Nurse
eating and getting more who were diabetic and taking for these women as well. Practitioner in oncology,
exercise. is makes per- metformin had a 25 percent lesser and the owner of M. Elia
fect sense considering risk of developing breast cancer So as you work towards your Wellness, LLC located in
more than two-thirds than non-diabetic women who goals this year remember the old Westchester County, NY.
of adults in the United weren’t taking the drug. adage still holds true: an ounce She o ers integrative
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obese. is is a serious While this research contin- consulting to women with
health crisis as obesity is ues, o ering hope and insight hereditary risk factors for
linked to more then 60 into reducing the risk of breast breast cancer. To learn more
chronic conditions in- cancer, what is equally power- about her services visit
cluding Type 2 diabetes. ful is that women can have good meliawellness.com. She is
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percent increase in ALL cancers. higher risk of breast cancer then
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only reason why insulin resis- Obesity can likewise be a tip-
tance may occur, it is certainly ping factor for disease for them,
considered a leading cause. and studies are suggesting that
implementing these same life-
For women that already have
Type 2 diabetes, their risk for
breast cancer can go up to as
much as 20-27 percent, accord-
ing to sites like Susan G. Komen.
is link between diabetes
and breast cancer is still be be-
ing studied. One cause thought
to contribute to cancer, beyond
the chronically high insulin and
glucose associated with Type 2
diabetes, is a state of low grade
in ammation in the body. is
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ciated with obesity alone.
Researchers have begun to
study the e ects of a common dia-
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How to Have Your
Best Year Ever
Put the universe to work
BY ELIZABETH PASQUALE
How was your 2019? You read that right. believe it, rather than increasing your disbelief, I told a friend about this as she and her
It’s not a typo. like, “Yeah, right, that will never happen.” family were about to take o for vacation. She
If you act as if January 2019 is January is is called pre-paving.We are pre-paving told me they couldn’t get seats together on
2020 and you are looking back at all the high- our upcoming year to have the best year ever, the plane, so this family of ve was scattered
lights of the past year, it will guarantee you the without a care in the world about HOW it all over the plane and the ight was so early,
best year yet! will unfold. HOW is actually none of our they had to leave at 4 a.m.! She said in her
is might be mine, for example: 2019 was business. We turn the unfolding over to the pre-paving, “We made the ight comfortably
a wonderful year, the best year of my life so far. universe, to the spirit, God, whatever you call in plenty of time. ey bumped us up to all
I felt great all year! My clients received so much it. We turn it over to the cooperating energies sit together and we slept comfortably on the
bene t from our services. We expanded and that wish for us everything that we wish for ight.”
reached more people. It is such a thrill to help oth- ourselves, and MORE! She messaged me from the runway, “Guess
ers’ dreams come true! It was the very best year for And since they can make ANY dream what! We all woke up in a good mood and
our businesses. Money just came pouring in from come true, they wish we wouldn’t be so darn got to the airport early. At pre-boarding, they
every direction. All our ventures took o ! I was meager in our dreaming! issued us all new seats together in the front
able to keep up a great tness schedule, walking After you’ve pre-paved your year, then get and the guys got extra leg room! Is it really
miles every day, and my body feels great! into the habit of pre-paving day by day. Get a this easy?”
As for the family, my daughter, Catherine, blank notebook and write the date of the next Yes, yes and YES! Just take the time to fo-
had her most proli c and abundant year, with so day at the top of the page and write, “What a cus your energy, to enlist the friendly vibra-
many projects completed successfully to enthusias- great day I had today!” Describe in detail the tions around you in co-creation and refrain
tic acclaim. Sam’s projects continue to be a big hit day to come as if it already passed very happily. from muddying the frequency with doubt
everywhere and Sam was even more energized. Especially do this before you have an impor- or any other resistant, negative thought. Re-
My grandson, Atlas, at 2 years old, continues tant meeting or before taking a trip! member, you are much more an energy being
to be my best mentor. He lives completely in the I would never have a meeting or take a trip than physical being and you have countless
NOW moment, joyful and expecting the best at without pre-paving it. You might say about energy relatives who are eager to assist you.
every turn, greeting everyone like a brother. 2019 an upcoming meeting, “After the meeting, ey know where everything you want is and
has been a most satisfying and delightful year. my boss said, ‘ at was a great presentation! how to get it to you! ey just need you to be
What seemed like obstacles just enriched us and ank you so much! etc.’”and then try to hide receptive. Positive expectation and optimism
we walked away saying, “Can it be this easy?” A your surprise when the hour comes and you are receptive states.
resounding “YES!” are actually hearing those words. en you re- Your dreams are supposed to come true.
OK, now your turn. It’s got to be said alize how wonderful a creator you really are. Wishing you a dream-come-true life. With
in a way that you can believe it. If I were to at’s deliberate creation, not haphazard. much love and adoration, Elizabeth
say, “My net worth is now $2 billion!” that If you are about to go on a trip, say,“What a
wouldn’t work for me because that’s a lot of wonderful trip we had! e weather was won- Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, NLP is the
money I don’t have, so I’m looking more at derful! Flights were all on time and our lug- creator and director of Well On e Way® LLC,
what I don’t have rather than at my prosperity. gage was always rst o the carousel!” en holistic therapies in Ossining and White Plains.
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FEBRUARY 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 15
Guide to Sticking With
January is just the beginning
BY DEBORAH HARDY
The beginning of a new year is often a time my goal of leading a happy life. Here’s what creativity and growth.
of reflection and transformation. It is a my calender would look like: June through August: Time to get together
time to think about new events, let go of January: I will have a jar at work or home and enjoy others during summer vacation.
the past and open one’s mind to new ideas. I where I can put a slip of paper each time I will plan moments that make me happy. I
always enjoy seeing the quote, “Today is the something good, positive or happy happens. will search for new adventures that will be-
first day of your 365-page book. What will I will continue to do so for each day of the come a happy memory.
you write?” when the first of the year arrives. year, so on Dec. 31, I can reflect on my goal. September: A return to sharing new ideas
It is also a time to check in on resolutions. In addition to putting a slip of paper in the and experiences with people I may not have
What promises did you make and have you jar, I can set another goal each month that seen for a while and an opportunity to let
kept them? Resolutions are goals that we embraces being happy. them share their happiness as I share mine.
determine with new beginnings. Setting February: I will reach out to people and To be happy requires the ability to support
goals and, more importantly, sustaining them thank them for their support. Being grateful others and listen to their journeys.
require a disciplined routine and an open is a wonderful and positive attitude. October through December: Time to rejoice in
mindset to deal with obstacles. March: The month may bring weather the experiences that remain for the year. Ask
January gives us an opportunity to set changes and the possible end of the winter yourself, how have I grown in the obstacles
the foundation to achieve these resolutions. season for some of us. I will focus on happy I have been faced with? How has my mind-
Don’t make them big, complex or involve thoughts. Every time I feel down or stressed, set changed with the different experiences? I
intense change. Keep it simple and try one. I will spend a few minutes breathing and give thanks for all that I have and what I have
And who says that goals are only set on the thinking about a happy place or event that achieved. What do I still want to accomplish
first of each year? Try creating a new one has happened. with the few months left for the year that
each month that brings you toward the main April: I see the flowers beginning to bloom. would make me happy?
goal that you established as the clock count- Plant a seed of happiness and watch it bloom. At the end of the 365-page journal, your
ed down toward 2019. What might you plant? I will make a posi- story will be a personal best seller, a guiding
Let’s walk through an example: My reso- tive comment to a friend, family member or document for future goals and an emotional
lution is to lead a happy life in 2019. This co-worker on a positive action that will help reflection of growth and joy.
is certainly a general goal that could bring make them grow.
many challenges, as life will throw some tests May: As the sun warms up, nature calls. I Dr. Deborah Hardy is an educational
my way. My process is to establish a monthly will take a walk outdoors in the garden, feed consultant focused on assisting students to
calendar on which I can write down what I the birds and embrace nature. I will contin- achieve their post-secondary journeys.
would like to achieve that month to support ue to search for new activities that provide Learn more at guidedconsult.com.
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Learning to Do Better
The old advice is still good advice:
Treat others the way you want to be treated
BY CARYN MCCURRY
Iremember Ms. Stephanie, Sean’s kindergarten teacher, telling
me, “He’s a classic underachiever. I was like that, too. He’s in-
credibly smart but if he doesn’t want it, if he doesn’t reach for
it…well, that’s going to be up to Sean.”
Ahhhh, Ms. Stephanie. She was a force to be reckoned with,
had a booming voice and worked those little munchkins hard.
She expected a lot but she gave a lot.
Not only did her proud little graduates know how to read and
write by the time they went into first grade, they had learned
what it meant to be with and around other people. She taught
them about being a kind person, a considerate person and to
think about the friend sitting next to them. Ms. Stephanie un-
derlined the invaluable lesson of treating others the way you
would want to be treated.
Years later, I still think about Ms. Stephanie’s words and how
much truth her assessment of my son contained. Sean was re-
ally smart. As a toddler, things came effortlessly to him, and in
grade school, he easily tested into the Gifted and Talented Pro-
gram, an accelerated academic class in the New York City school
system. In second grade, he was accepted into Anderson, a top-
rated school in New York State whose curriculum was geared to-
ward highly gifted students with a capacity to fast-track through
above-grade level material, typically with ease.
One of Sean’s greatest assets was his memory. Until fifth grade,
he didn’t even need to think about studying. When he got to
middle school, things became a bit more challenging, but still, his
memory helped him about 90 percent of the time. Sixth grade
involved transitioning into the expanded freedom of going from
class to class, juggling the requirements set forth by each indi-
vidual teacher and figuring out how to best use his time. His
grades were OK but certainly far from what he could truly do. In
seventh grade, his marks went up quite a bit, but you could tell
he just didn’t need to try that hard. He was coasting and, at some
point, I feared it was going to catch up with him.
I wasn’t always so patient when Sean came home with a “just
OK” grade. Sometimes I was quick to shout, questioning his
lackluster performance, insisting he could do so much better. We
would have angry exchanges, hurling accusations at each other.
He would insist through unshed tears, “You always yell at me
when I get bad grades!” And sometimes I did. My fuse was short
and he didn’t seem to want to acknowledge the reason why he
didn’t get such hot grades. “No, I get upset when you get poor
FEBRUARY 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 17
grades because you don’t study and prepare son seeing only the failure of her amazing him or love and support him as he found his
yourself,” I would say. “If you got a 70 be- son? Is this your truth? Is this what you really way to being the amazing and inspired young
cause that was truly the best you could do, I believe? Who do you choose to be? Where man I knew him to be? He had the kindest
would celebrate it. But you didn’t study and is the inspired mommy you insist you want heart, was lled with love and laughter, and
your grade re ects it. You can do better, Sean, to be, focusing on what Sean is doing versus was so very capable. Instead of screaming my
and that’s what I’m looking for!” screaming about what you aren’t seeing? fears, I needed to remain calm and model
I would feel so angry. I would point out And then I stopped, choking on my tears, coping. I needed to show him how one navi-
how he was more concerned about his video feeling the full weight of my fears. Inhaling gates the challenges of life. I wanted to in-
games and playing online with his friends deeply, I thought to myself, “Oh, no. is is spire him to nd his own wisdom and ability
than he was about doing his best. I’d tell him, not my truth. ese are not my values or my to gracefully and skillfully walk his path in
“If you were inspired to do your schoolwork idea of parenting.” I then recalled the astute his own unique way.
the same way you play your video games, you words of a close friend, “If within, so with- And so I made some changes. I told my
would get A’s all the time!” out.” I let the wisdom of this philosophy husband he couldn’t leave at the crack of
Why wouldn’t he study?! Why couldn’t wash over me. It means that what is going dawn in the middle of morning business. A
he apply himself?! Why wasn’t he doing his on inside of me always manages to be re ect- few days during the week, he needed to stay
best?! ed outside of myself in the people or world until the boys were o to school so we could
Sean was so smart. He could so easily be around me. manage our hectic routine together. I created
at the top of his class. I was agitated and As I thought about this perspective, my a bit of a schedule for myself in order to have
anxious, almost waiting for a hammer to mind went to the way in which I was also time for my career and continued learning.
fall. Ugh! is was so frustrating! I’d stew struggling with my husband’s job sucking I needed space to be the strong and capable
for a while, righteous in my indignation, but him into the vortex of busy season. He was professional that I am. I built rest and nour-
I couldn’t ignore the nagging question that gone. His hours were long and demanding ishment into my day. Forty- ve minutes
quietly raised its hand from within. Why did and oftentimes we didn’t see him from be- before Sean got home was my time to nap,
his grades get me into such a tizzy? Why was fore the sun came up until long after the boys meditate or simply rest quietly so I was re-
I so reactive and explosive? And then I real- went to bed. I felt abandoned. All of a sud- freshed and ready for the second wave of my
ized, I felt overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed den, from one day to the next, I was a single day when the boys came home from school.
because I was afraid. mom, juggling it all, desperate for another set I gured out what I needed and went about
I was afraid of what his getting “just OK” of hands but knowing that, in the end, it was putting my supports in place.
grades might mean for him, and Ms. Stepha- all on me. I so very much wanted my boys to is weekend I’m going to share my jour-
nie’s words came back to me. Sean was an understand how hard it was to run the show ney with Sean. I’ve already told him how we
underachiever and was just going to coast all on my own; feeling like I was barely keep- are in similar situations, both needing to cope
through life and maybe never apply himself. ing my head above water most of the day with our own trying circumstances. I’m hop-
In high school, he’d sit back, never stepping and, at night, collapsing into bed, spent and ing he will see the connection between the
out and allowing his abilities to separate him exhausted, passing out only to start it all over roads we travel, parallel yet so very individual.
from the pack. He would settle for substan- again the following morning. It was like be- I will help him gure out what he needs to
dard performance, never realizing his true ing on a gerbil wheel, feverishly running as succeed as he moves through his nal year
potential. He’d let opportunity pass him by. fast as I could, never getting anywhere. of middle school. I will support him in con-
If he didn’t get good grades, he might not And then the epiphany. I realized I needed structing his own plan and be the sca olding
amount to anything. Oh, how horrible! He to be more patient with myself and those of understanding and stability as he slowly
had the capacity to be excellent and achieve around me. I needed to give myself what I learns to stand on his own.
so much. He was exceptional. Why wasn’t needed to be successful in my job as “single I will treat Sean the way I want to be treated.
he inspired to be the best he could be?! And mom.” How could I expect Sean to know
down I spiraled into the pit of catastrophe, how to handle this if I didn’t inspire him to Caryn McCurry is a certi ed life coach. She
seeing only the demise of my handsome and know it for himself? has been helping people move through change
amazing Little Man. I am “mom” now to a teenager, no longer since 2004. She lives in Northern Westchester
And then I heard that inner, all-knowing, “mommy”to a little boy. My son was growing, with her husband, two teenage boys and two
truthful voice questioning me. What? What beginning his journey, turning into an excep- rambunctious dogs. Reach her at Caryn@
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A New Type of New Year’s Resolution
Align your goals with the season
BY JAIME ROCHE
It’s February. e parties are over, the hol- ese are activities you can take part in Exercise with intention. Winter is not PARTNER FAN POSE
iday is over, the indulging is done and during the winter months that will help a time to embark on a new rigorous ex-
the guilt is upon us. For many of us, the you conserve your energy and increase ercise program. Instead, think about tak- Sit facing your partner in Fan pose. Grasp their
post-holiday season is the time we make self-awareness. Use as many or as few as ing part in gentler, slower and more mindful hands and gently pull them towards you as
our new year’s resolutions. We may resolve you like, but remember: e best type of exercises such as tai chi and yoga. Yin Yoga, you lean back. Stop when your partner feels
to change unhealthy habits such as con- new year’s resolutions are those that re- in particular, is a wonderful winter yoga prac- the stretch on the groin/inner hamstrings.
suming too much sugar, junk food or al- quire the least amount of energy drain tice and below you will nd a Yin pose spe- Hold pose for 5 breaths. Remember sensation
cohol. We may plan to start exercising and and help you prepare for the real season of ci cally designed to assist you in nding rest, should be mild to moderate and children
even join a local gym to help motivate us. change, spring. conserving energy and turning inward. Feel should never feel uncomfortable.
We may tell ourselves that the year 2019 free to add this pose to the winter Yin se-
will be di erent! And perhaps it starts out Get more rest. Winter is a time for rest quence in the December/January issue. PARTNER CHILD’S POSE/
that way. Yet by February, the “new year’s and, of course, sleep is the best kind of FULL RELEASE
resolution” gym crowds will start to thin rest, so make sure you get plenty of it. Jaime Roche, MSW, RYT is a 200 hr OM Yoga
out and by spring, most of us will have for- and Yin Yoga certi ed teacher. She is a seasoned Have an adult come to Child’s Pose.
gotten what those new year’s resolutions Increase self-awareness. Beginning practitioner who enjoys helping her clients develop Once settled with arms by the sides,
even were. a daily meditation practice, even if it’s a practice that supports their physical, mental
only for ve minutes a day, can greatly and emotional needs. Jaime is also a trained have the child come to lie on the
Why does this happen to so many of us increase one’s self-awareness and help you psychotherapist and certi ed parent coach for adult’s back. Make sure the child’s
year after year? Why is it so di cult for us get more in touch with your true intentions Tournesol Kids, a non-pro t organization that seat is low enough down the adult’s
to follow through with typical new year’s and purpose. empowers children, families and communities spine so not to compress the adult’s
resolutions? Well, according to traditional by teaching holistic healthy child development lumbar discs. Have the child release
Chinese medicine, the problem is not with Eat more mindfully. Mindful eating strategies. You can nd Jaime’s current yoga class
the type of goals we have set or even with can help us become more aware of schedule as well the other services she o ers to completely back into a modiﬁed
our discipline; the issue is that it’s simply our relationship with food. Although children, adults, families, schools and communities backbend. Hold the pose for 5 breaths.
not the right time of year to set such goals. dieting can be helpful for weight loss, un- on her website; thespecialneedscoach.com.
derstanding our relationship with food can To contact her directly email, jaime@ SEASONAL PRACTICES FOR CHILDREN
Traditional Chinese medicine states greatly impact how, what and when we eat. thespecialneedscoach.com.
that winter is a time for rest, inward re- During these cold, slow winter months, we cannot forget the importance of getting our children involved in winter-aligned
activities, as well.
ection and regeneration and not the sea-
son to make major life changes. ink of While home with the kids on their next snow day, try these two fun partner-style yoga poses that target the kidney meridian,
it in terms of the natural environment. In strengthening your child’s water element.
the winter, you will not see plants trying
to grow new leaves. Instead, they draw Note: Always remember to check with your child frequently about how these poses feel and always consult with your child’s
their energy inward and wait until spring physician before starting any new exercise program with them.
for new growth to occur. We need to do
just the same, as the willpower necessary
to sustain long-term change is depen-
dent upon rest, strong intention and clear
Below you will nd a short list of some
winter-aligned new year’s resolutions. I
call them the “new” new year’s resolutions.
From all fours, extend your seat back TADPOLE POSE
towards your heels. If possible rest your
seat on heels, if not place a folded blanket
between hamstrings and calf muscles. From
here extend your arms forward, lengthening
the spine and resting the head on the mat or
a blanket. Hold this pose for 3-6 minutes.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JAIME ROCHE
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The Resolution Solution
Embrace the SMART way to achieve
your New Year’s goals
BY LESLEE KAVANAGH
I t’s 2019 and you started the new year with a Is your resolution specific? Take a vague
fresh perspective. Hands up if you decided goal, such as “to make 2019 your healthiest
this was the year you’d finally achieve your year yet,” and make more specific and mean-
resolutions. ingful smaller goals by determining the “what”
Perhaps you have your sights set on losing and the “why.”Perhaps you could instead strive
weight, exercising regularly, getting more sleep for seven to eight hours of sleep at night; exer-
or eating healthier. You probably started Jan. cise three to five times per week or replace pro-
1 on a high note, ready to take on the world. cessed food with whole foods. Determining
Maybe a few weeks later, your motivation has specific, realistic actions, along with the reason
started to wane. You’ve possibly gone back to why they are important to you, will help keep
some, if not all, of your old habits. Does this you focused on the grand prize.
sound familiar? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Is your resolution measurable? Measuring
According to a 2018 Psychology Today article, your goals can be very motivational. A check-
nearly 90 percent of Americans make one or list or chart can keep you accountable and
more resolutions to better themselves each provide a clear picture of the progress you’re
year, though only an estimated 10 percent ac- making and what might be holding you back.
tually achieve their goals by year’s end. Each goal should be small so you’re not over-
Our intent is always to make a positive whelmed.
change. We certainly don’t set out to gain Perhaps it’s documenting how many fruits
more weight, eat more fast food or to exercise and vegetables you eat each day for two weeks
less. So, why is it that resolutions are so hard or how many days per week you took a kick-
to keep? boxing class. When what you’re measuring
The answer is simple: Our goals are too becomes a healthy habit and part of your new
big and too vague to actually accomplish. You healthier routine, give yourself a big pat on the
wouldn’t attempt to put that IKEA furniture back, reward yourself and create a few new
together without the instruction booklet or goals to measure. Achieving many small goals
make your mother’s famous apple pie with- along the way helps you to get one step closer
out following her secret family recipe. So why to reaching your ultimate goal.
would you try to tackle an enormous goal Is your resolution attainable? Is the goal do-
without a plan? Don’t give up on your resolu- able? Setting a goal to lose 20 pounds in one
tions, just make them SMARTer. month might not be reasonable or safe, espe-
While first used by corporate planners, the cially if you want the weight loss to be sus-
SMART model is now being used by behav- tainable. Make sure the goal is challenging but
iorists, medical professionals and fitness ex- achievable. Setting a weight loss goal of one to
perts to help their patients and clients achieve two pounds per week is much more attainable,
their health goals. SMART goals can assist safe and will be easier to maintain.
you, as well, to create a realistic and clearly de- Is your resolution realistic? Remember that
fined plan to help you stay on track and reach big things come in small packages. Even a
your objectives. SMART is an acronym for Specific, simple goal of drinking six to eight cups of wa-
Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based. ter daily may take some time to achieve. You
FEBRUARY 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 21
need to be realistic about what you’re expect- tive daily habits. Making healthy changes 6. Improve your flexibility and strength. If you
ing of yourself. If your goal is to eat more - while keeping these principles in mind is don’t move it, you lose it.
ber, perhaps eating a big bowl full of beans on the SMARTer way to keep your New Year’s 7. Reduce chronic inflammation with a diet high
the rst day would not be the best thing for resolution. in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fer-
your body or the people around you. Looking for some healthy habits to im- mented foods, and a wide variety of berries,
Is your resolution time-based? Putting plement into your lifestyle this year? Here’s herbs and spices (turmeric, garlic, cinnamon,
things o till tomorrow is good while you’re a list of small, achievable and realistic goals cayenne, cloves, sage, rosemary and ginger).
on vacation, but not when you’re trying to you can start implementing any day of the 8. Practice mindful breathing. Taking a few
commit to a goal. Setting reasonable dead- year. minutes out of your busy day to concentrate
lines will help motivate you to maintain 1. Drink warm lemon water first thing each on your breathing will help you to increase
focus without room for procrastination. It’s morning. It aids in digestion and its rich positive emotions and mood, tune out dis-
all about replacing old habits with newer, source of vitamin C may help boost your tractions, reduce stress and improve focus.
healthier ones. Habit researchers suggest immune system. 9. Get outside for 10 to 15 minutes during daylight
you start by combining a new habit with 2. Sitting is the new smoking. Sitting for too hours. Sensible sun exposure will help you
an already established one. Bring a pair of long every day increases your risk of chron- soak in much needed vitamin D. Natural
sneakers to work tomorrow. Replace your ic health issues. For every hour you sit dur- sunlight will also enhance your mood and
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taking a brisk walk around the block. Not minutes. 10. Focus on gratitude. Research shows that
only will you feel more alert for the rest of 3. Have a healthy smoothie a day. It’s the easiest thinking positively helps people cope bet-
the day, you’ll be one day closer to establish- way to get many of the recommended serv- ter with stress, strengthens your immunity,
ing a new, healthier habit. ings of fruit and vegetables into your diet. helps to lower blood pressure and makes
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Tips for Taking Control of Your
Wellness in the New Year
Willpower alone won’t get you there
BY MARA SCHIFFREN
I t’s already a few weeks past the start of 2019 and your health resolutions might have started feeling a bit shaky. Some days,
they just feel like too much work for you to continue.
Does this sound like you? Or can you relate from previous years?
It’s ironic, in a way, that the majority of people start up their health resolutions in the winter, arguably the hardest season
to keep them, particularly in the cold North East. Personally, I find the crystalline air quality of early winter inspiring, at least
when it is sunny and cold. When the snow falls and accumulates, there’s an intensity to the light, a magnification of sunlight
on snow, unmediated by greenery that brings me a sense of spiritual uplift and grit. My body naturally rises to the challenge to
face the cold in the weeks ahead. But when the cold weather devolves into weeks of sunless days, bleak and gray, with endless
ice and wind and sleet storms, that’s another story altogether. Those are the kind of days where a primal part of our biology
urges us to huddle indoors, around the hearth. And to eat plenty of fat and carbs to survive bone-chilling cold.
Not exactly the best circumstances for sticking to your health resolutions!
Keep in mind, too, that willpower is a limited, daily resource. This means people under pressure can easily use up
their willpower reserve early in the day, as they constantly push through to their goals. Know that, relying fulltime on
discipline to get you through your daily temptations will not always be an effective strategy. And it will be even less
successful if you are feeling low energy, overtired and stressed, or in a depressed mood.
For myself, when it comes to taking care of my health, “forewarned is forearmed.” If I know beforehand about
traps that can waylay me, it is far easier to evade them. And this is essential at a time of new habit formation,
because it allows you to anticipate factors that may cause you to fall back into bad patterns. Understanding
these traps in advance is key.
So what are these impeding patterns? And how can you stop them in their tracks?
FEBRUARY 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 23
1. To begin with, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real phenomenon. been optimal, structure your day to get feel-good neurotransmit-
None of us who live in the north get su cient Vitamin D from ter rewards in other ways, so you do not feel deprived.
natural sunshine in the winter. In some people, this lack causes
symptoms of low energy and depression, or worsens pre-existing 3. Most importantly, learn to partner with your body. ink of maintain-
tendencies. If you suspect your vitamin D levels are low, the rst ing your wellness as a collaborative e ort between your mind and
step is to supplement with a good quality vitamin D3. Go outside your body. Too often, in the West, we think of health goals as an
in the mornings and look into the sun to reset your daily circadian achievement the rational mind imposes on the chaotic body. e
rhythm, the earlier, the better. mind forces the body to behave in order to reach goals that the mind
But if your spirits are really low and you have a hard time push- has set.
ing yourself out of bed in the winter months, another option is is kind of thinking, which emphasizes the mind/body split, re-
purchasing either a sunrise simulating alarm clock or a light box. sults in a very imbalanced approach to health. Contrast this to the
If your energy is low all year round, that is most likely a di erent Yogic and Traditional Chinese Medicine traditions, where there
problem. Have your vitamin B12 levels checked. exists no mind/body split. Instead, good health is reached through
the uni cation of mind and body. at is why the move to self-care
2. Staying on a healthy diet to lose weight is the number one New Year’s that exists in the practice of Yoga or Qi Gong is so invaluable as a
resolution. Yet, people soon ditch these diets from boredom and stepping stone to health. Both traditions lead their practitioners to
frustration. greater levels of harmonization between body and mind by teaching
One way to prevent this is by making sure to vary your meals. them—subconsciously at rst—to decipher the subtleties of what
Yes, it will make more work for you. But eating new foods with dif- their bodies are telling them.
ferent avors and textures transmits dopamine rewards each time As the recently passed Yogi Master BKS Iyengar once declared:
you eat. Dopamine is the same chemical that is released when you “Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.
eat sugar or take recreational drugs. It is a feel-good neurotrans- When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions,
mitter produced in the brain and the kidneys that makes you feel the gates of the soul open.”
terri c. And your body naturally craves more of that feeling. But Wellness is a journey not a destination. Take proactive steps today
if you have the same food all the time, you get little reward. is to put yourself on that road. And if you are already on the road, take
is one reason, for example, that leftovers soon pall. e same food care to mind pitfalls that lay ahead. For they will derail you unknow-
that once tasted great now just tastes blah. And blah food never ingly if you are not watchful for them.
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Tapping Into Your
Body’s Natural Wisdom
Ayurvedic principles offer a path to healing
BY SOMESH KAUSHIK
Ayurveda, the oldest medical system in the world, be- or constitution (called dosha) to make an assessment. In
lieves in the body’s intelligence and the healing pow- Ayurveda, our dosha is made up of a combination of the
er within. The objective of Ayurveda is to assist the five universal elements: space, air, water, fire, earth. The
natural wisdom of the body and not disturb its inherent dosha that is a combination of space and air is called Vata;
process for healing. fire and water, Pitta; and earth and water, Kapha. Each
Ayurveda in Sanskrit means “science of life” (“ayu” means person contains elements of all three doshas in their own
life and “veda” means knowledge of ). Ayurveda is com- unique balance with one predominating.
monly referred to as “mother of all sciences” and has been Doshas affect various aspects of the body’s functioning.
practiced in India for more than 6,000 years. Rooted in the Vata governs movements in the body, such as nerve im-
ancient books of wisdom, the Vedas, Ayurveda is deeply pulses, circulation, respiration, elimination. Pitta governs
spiritual and encompasses life in its totality. It epitomizes a metabolism, including digestion and absorption. Kapha is
true body-mind approach to health and wellness. responsible for growth and the immune system.
Ayurveda defines health as a balance of body, mind The seat of all doshas in the body is the gastrointes-
and spirit, a balance that includes being in harmony with tinal tract. Kapha is the stomach and lungs; Pitta is the
one’s environment and the cosmos. The goal of Ayurveda stomach and small intestine; Vata is the colon. Therefore,
is to achieve this balance and harmony so that one lives an imbalance in any of the doshas will have an impact on
life to its fullest potential. When imbalance occurs, one’s digestion and can eventually result in illness or disease.
outlook and approach to life suffers and illness can result. Western medicine is now realizing the connection of the
To restore balance, Ayurveda combines natural therapies gastrointestinal system to illness and often refers to it as
with a highly individualized regimen. “the second brain.”
Recognizing that we are all unique, Ayurveda addresses By observing the tongue, eyes and posture and feel-
that uniqueness in its specific approach to treating every ing the pulse and skin, an Ayurvedic practitioner can
individual. By evaluating the whole person, the aim of determine whether the doshas are out of balance, with
Ayurveda is to uncover and treat the cause of the health one excessive or depleted. This, along with an in-depth
concern. The emphasis is on cure, not just treating the discussion about lifestyle, environment, stressors, work,
symptom. relationships, etc., will determine a plan to correct the
To determine whether a balance or imbalance is
present, Ayurveda uses the patient’s body type
FEBRUARY 2019 WESTCHESTER WELLNESS – PAGE 25
imbalance. The healing process is supported in three
ways: first, purifying the body by excreting waste prod-
ucts (digestive or metabolic); second, calming the
excessive dosha so the disease process ceases and/or
providing rejuvenation herbal therapy to compensate
for dosha depletion; third, reinforcing the power of the
mind and body so a healthy state is maintained.
Ayurveda has been used successfully to treat some of
the major health conditions prevalent in our society, includ-
ing hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis and diabetes,
as well as anxiety, allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue,
depression, insomnia, migraines, male/female issues,
skin disorders, ulcers, and many more.
Treatment also takes into account the fact that Vata,
Pitta and Kapha are present in the food we eat and
our environment. And so, as Ayurveda takes a holistic
approach to healing, a regimen might include specific life-
style and nutritional guidelines, vitamin and mineral supple-
ments, herbs and homeopathy and a detox or cleansing program
for toxins. Ayurveda’s signature detox regimen is Panchakarma
and it entails five elements that gently detox the body, lymph
and blood systems. Panchakarma is often used as a seasonal
detox, as well. Some herbs that are used in Ayurveda include
turmeric, cumin, cloves, garlic, ginger, coriander and fenu-
greek, to name a few. These are well-known for their anti-
inflammatory, antibiotic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-
allergenic and antimutagenic properties and their abilities
with digestive, immune and cardiac function. Breathing
techniques, yoga exercises and meditation might also be
part of the plan. When back in balance, and with health
restored, one’s outlook is in sync with life, the environ-
ment and the well-ordered universe.
Ayurveda is a healing regimen as well as a health main-
tenance program. And, since imbalances can be detected
before the manifestation of illness, Ayurveda is an
effective prevention program, as well. Prevention is
a main focus of Ayurveda. Overall, Ayurveda is a
way of life, a path to fulfillment, health, happiness,
harmony and bliss.
It is important to remember that to avoid any
complications from self-medicating, a qualified
Ayurvedic practitioner should be consulted
when embarking on any health or wellness
Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic
Clinic, 792 Route 35, Cross River, NY 10518;
914-875-9088 (M, T, W); drkaushik@
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Snuggle Up at These Date Night Spots
BY NANCY SORBELLA
When planning a date night in winter, are several dining venues from casual, White low ceiling,intimate space with simple,fresh
the first thing I think of is cozy, the Hart Provisions, to The Dining Room at the style match the contemporary/classic farm-
second, fireplace and after that, off the White Hart Inn; simple, but more romantic to-table fusion of cuisines on the menu.
beaten track. Don’t get me wrong, I love try- and intimate.Lunch,dinner and a really nice, They serve lunch, dinner and brunch, and
ing new places and our area does not disap- relaxed brunch provide options if you hap- feature an extensive, creative cocktail, craft
point, but on a cold, dark night I want to pen to be day tripping in Millerton, Con- beer and wine selection menu.
warm up by a roaring fire and embrace the necticut or the Berkshires. Fireplace, check,
season. Perhaps it goes back to spending cozy atmosphere, check, updated yet vintage, Peter Pratt’s Inn
much of my life in a ski lodge, or trailside, check, and you can also stay the night in one
673 Croton Heights Road, Yorktown
and winter date nights are best when they of their tastefully classic rooms.
evoke that vibe. Crabtree’s Kittle House Since 1965 the Pratt family has owned
Dogwood Restaurant and Inn and operated this Westchester landmark
and hosted events and intimate dinners
47 East Main Street, Beacon 11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua (date nights are a specialty). Everyone needs
dogwoodbar.com kittlehouse.com to have a Peter Pratt’s experience and a fire-
Off the beaten track yet a part of one I honestly didn’t think of this until just side date on a cold winter night is a favorite
of the Hudson Valley’s coolest towns, The now, but this is where my parents had their of mine. Dining in the historic, warmly lit,
Dogwood is both highbrow and lowbrow wedding reception! A Westchester classic for wood and stone converted barn dining room
at the same time. Cozy booths with an old date nights and much more, this storied inn evokes romantic times past, surpassed only
fashioned feel, fabulous bar, plenty of wood, has been owned and operated by the Crab- by the classic, hearty American cuisine. The
black and white tile floor and exposed brick. tree family since 1981. There are numerous impeccable service and warm atmosphere
They offer live music regularly, great food dining options, all serving unique farm to ta- allows for lingering well into the evening.
(burgers, sandwiches, and plenty of vegetari- ble selections.My favorite spot for date night
an/vegan and gluten free choices) and a well- is in the Tap Room with live music and small La Camelia Restaurant
stocked bar with a great selection of locally plates or a classic burger and a glass of wine
234 North Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco
sourced craft beer, (16 taps) wine, mead and from their extensive wine cellar collection.
signature cocktails. The staff is outgoing and
knowledgeable and no one rushes you out. Travelers Rest One fireplace is all I need for that quint-
essential winter date night but La Camelia
Brookside Grille 25 Saw Mill River Road, Ossining has more. This charming country inn-style
travelersrestrestaurant.com restaurant features classic Spanish and Por-
1 Oscawanna Lake Road, Putnam Valley Westchester’s oldest (since 1876) fam- tuguese cuisine including a large tapas selec-
brooksidebarandgrille.com ily owned and operated restaurant, Trav- tion, all made with fresh, often grown on the
Formerly House of O’Connor on Or- elers Rest has a fireplace in every dining premises ingredients, and an extensive wine
egon Corners, this recently reopened tavern room and my personal favorite, the Lantern list. The windows around the perimeter of
fits my winter date night perfectly. Knotty Room, also has cozy leather booths. Long the restaurant highlight the lovely landscap-
pine, fireplace, and cozy corners to dine in. known for hosting generations of special ing and seasonal gardens.
The menu is classic pub fare, great service, events and their generous portions of clas-
a large bar (featuring a robust happy hour) sic German and American fare, there are Half Moon
and plenty of vintage reminders of the old also small plate and a la carte options, ideal
rustic casino style restaurant it once was in for that romantic date night. The extensive 1 High Street, Dobbs Ferry
another incarnation. Your date night can manicured gardens are lit throughout the halfmoonhudson.com
be enhanced now with live music and trivia year, but are especially stunning during the I just can’t complete my date night list
nights, which have recently been added. holiday season. When making a reservation, without including at least one of my Dobbs
choose either window or fireside seating and Ferry faves. Half Moon, formerly The Chart
White Hart Inn you won’t be disappointed. House, is a date night classic. It has the req-
uisite fireplace; large and contemporary and
15 Under Mountain Road, Salisbury, Conn. Restaurant 121 great for enjoying cocktails around before
whitehartinn.com dinner. On a clear night you can see the Pal-
Full disclosure: I only know about this 2 Dingle Ridge Road, North Salem isades, the Manhattan skyline and the new
place because my parents honeymooned 121restaurant.com Tappan Zee Bridge. The menu is extensive
there en route to skiing in New England. I This charming North Salem staple has and creative; it’s a very busy spot, but I have
have been visiting many times over the years, a fireplace which keeps it cozy during the never felt rushed to leave. Lingering while
but in its current incarnation it is hands winter months and a classic, clean-lined watching the winter sun set on the river is a
down a great date spot, day or night. There aesthetic. The fusion of the older building, sight I will never tire of.
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If My Child Is
So Smart, Why
Can’t She Read?
An underlying issue may be to blame
BY SHARI SUSS
“Look, Mom!” shouted Mia from the car Auditory processing disorder describes medical causes, especially any problems with
as she pointed to a stop sign. “ at sign what the brain does with the information the your child’s vision.
has eight sides. It’s shaped like an octa- ear hears. is impacts a child’s ability to pro-
gon. ‘Oct’ means eight… like an octopus that cess the information they hear and can a ect Consult with specialists. ere are a number of
has eight arms!” reading skills by an inability to discriminate professionals who can help gure out why your
di erent sounds (i.e., shin and chin). child is struggling to read. A special education
It was no surprise to her mom that Mia re- teacher can perform informal assessments to de-
membered these fun facts or that she had a Visual processing disorder describes how the termine the best teaching approach that would
great vocabulary and loved learning about ani- brain processes visual information. Children serve the learning style of your child. Children
mals and sea creatures, but what puzzled her may not be able to di erentiate between letters with reading disabilities can greatly bene t from
the most was her 7-year-old’s inability to read. or shapes (p, q). ey may not see letters in the personalized instruction that is explicit, system-
After all, she had been reading to Mia since correct order or could have di culty writing or ized and multisensory in nature. Individualized
she was just 6 months old. copying letters. Visual processing issues may instruction can be tailored to meet your child’s
cause the reader to skip lines or reread lines. learning needs and provide them with the skills
How can my daughter be so smart, yet to become a pro cient reader.
have such di culty when it comes to reading? Attention de cit hyperactivity disorder is
Mia’s mom began searching for answers. characterized by inattention, di culty focus- Mia is not alone. Presently, up to 20 percent
ing and staying on task, impulsivity and hy- of school-age students have a reading disabil-
Most people will be surprised to learn that peractivity. ity that negatively a ects their con dence and
reading, unlike speaking, is not a skill that self-esteem. Early detection and intervention
develops naturally. While the human brain is WHAT YOU CAN DO: is key to helping your child feel con dent and
hardwired to speak, it is not hardwired to read successful in school and may carry over to
and write. Reading, instead, is a skill that must Speak with your child’s teacher to understand all areas of his or her life. Remember, when
be acquired. Unfortunately, not all children how your child’s struggle with reading may be it comes to your child’s well-being, YOU are
learn how to read easily as many have under- a ecting him or her in school. is informa- your child’s most important advocate.
lying issues. tion can be instrumental when speaking to
your child’s doctor or other specialists. Shari Suss is a certi ed Early Ed and Special Ed teacher
ere are several causes of reading di cul- who tutors children individually using multisensory
ties, including dyslexia, an auditory or a visual Request an educational evaluation. If your child reading techniques. She is the owner and founder of
processing disorder (APD, VPD), and atten- is eligible, the school will provide, through an Early Academic Achievement, providing children
tion de cit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Individualized Education Program (IEP) or from Pre-K–Grade 4, with a warm, quiet, nurturing
a 504 plan, additional support in school to environment to help them gain the con dence and
Children with dyslexia have di culty rec- help your child read. reading skills they need to become the best that they can
ognizing letters and their names, as well as be.To learn more, visit earlyacademicachievement.com
associating the written symbol (letters) with Talk with your child’s doctor. Tell the doctor or call 914-293-7688 or via email at
their sounds. ey may also struggle with what you’ve noticed at home and what the Shari@earlyacademicachievement.com.
rhyming. Dyslexia is neurological in nature in teacher has detected in school as far as dif-
that di erent areas of the brain are being acti-
vated rather than the typical pathways. culty in reading or behavioral issues. e
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There’s more than meets the eye to this delicious treat
BY KIM KOVACH
Chocolate is not just for Valentine’s Day! certainly come a long way from my first TRY SOMETHING NEW
This delectable confection has been tan- birthday cupcake with chocolate icing Why not sign up for chocolate candy-
talizing taste buds for centuries. Choco- and the Yodels and Hostess CupCakes making classes to have fun while satisfying
late truffles, bars, cookies, cakes, brownies packed in my lunchbox. When I was living your chocolate cravings? The Chocolate Flo-
and beverages are popular all year long. and working in Manhattan, I discovered rist in Croton-on-Hudson and Chocolate
ORIGINS OF CHOCOLATE Teuscher Chocolates in Rockefeller Cen- Works in Scarsdale offer classes for adults
ter. These divine high-end gourmet choco- and children to mold, dip and decorate choc-
Chocolate originated in early Mesoamer- late truffles are made in Switzerland and olate. What a great way to spend a winter
ica, produced from the beans of the cacao shipped to the U.S. in a variety of flavors afternoon or evening!
trees. Chocolate was first used as a ceremo- including the famous champagne truffles. I’m always looking for new chocolate fla-
nial beverage (the beans were ground into a My quest for the perfect chocolate con- vor combinations to try. I particularly enjoy
bitter paste and combined with chili peppers tinued with a long-ago February weekend dark chocolate with crystallized ginger piec-
and water) around 1,000 B.C. The Mayan at a chocolate festival at Mohonk Moun- es. Yum! Be adventurous and savor luscious
word for chocolate, xocolatl, means “bitter tain House in New Paltz. The entire week- chocolates with flavors including cardamom,
water.” The Mayans and Aztecs revered this end was filled with chocolate morning, red pepper, cocoanut and cinnamon. For a
beverage for its aphrodisiac powers. noon and night! I enjoyed chocolate chip nice crunch, milk chocolate pairs well with
Chocolate was imported to Europe and pancakes for breakfast and chocolate chili pecans, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts.
consumed as a beverage until the 1850s, for lunch. One evening there was a 20-foot I keep my pantry stocked with a selec-
when the first solid chocolate was produced. chocolate dessert table after dinner featur- tion of chocolate bars, cookies, candies and
In 1875, milk chocolate was invented by ing an array of decadent chocolate cakes, ingredients to bake brownies for those cold
adding powdered milk to the dark choco- tortes, mousses and pastries. We partici- winter snow days. In a chocolate emergency,
late. Across the Atlantic, Milton Hershey pated in chocolate ice cream tastings, a a spoonful of Nutella can be a lifesaver.
took chocolate making up a few notches lecture on Belgian chocolates (with more In the mood for a special chocolate treat?
when his factories started producing the samples than you can possibly eat) and I recommend the outrageously delicious
delicious treats in bars and individually many more themed activities. Sarah Bernhardt cookies at Sweet Delites
wrapped “kisses.” A couple of years ago on a trip, I was Pastry Shop in Somers. These scrumptious
CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU surprised to find a wonderful source of confections combine an almond macaroon
mouth-watering chocolate fudge at the base with a chocolate buttercream filling and
Chocolate is one of my major food groups. Howe Caverns Sweet Shop. Go for the a coating of semi-sweet chocolate. Heavenly!
In recent years, we’ve learned that there actu- cave tours and stay for the fudge! The
ally are health benefits to eating dark choco- fudge has been made on the site in Scho- Kim Kovach enjoys eating chocolate and writing
late. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of harie County since 1985 with classic and about chocolate. Kim teaches fiction writing
antioxidants (which can protect the body seasonal flavors including chocolate, rocky workshops for adults and creative writing classes for
from cell damage) and contains caffeine (a road, chocolate walnut, chocolate peanut children and teens. Please visit her website at www.
stimulant) and serotonin (which acts as an butter and chocolate cookie monster. The kimkovachwrites.com.
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Loving Your Pet Through the Golden Years
How to care for your good boy or girl as they grow older
BY JASON KLATSKY
Fifty percent of pet percent of dogs, but the sup-
owners share their plement Cholodin also works
hearts with a senior pet. pretty well. e saying “use it
Dog trainer Eric Albert or lose it” also applies to our
shared his tips about a pets, so delay the onset of se-
few of the most common nility by exercising your pet’s
medical conditions your brains with obedience drills,
older pet may experi- interactive play and puzzles.
ence. Below are a few of
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Breaking Down Barriers to Recovery
Seniors need not su er substance addictions in silence
BY DIANE LOTTO
After her husband died, Sandra began out of the conversation. ing how to nd the nearest meeting.
having trouble sleeping. She tried many ere are many factors that can in uence One positive way to engage seniors and
over-the-counter remedies, but nothing seniors’ use of substances. Older adults are help them secure the substance use treatment
helped. Sandra was hesitant to speak with more likely to be facing issues related to grief they need is through a combination of peer
her doctor about it as she knew that many and bereavement due to the loss of spouses, support and home-based services. e Senior
prescription sleeping aides were addictive, parents and sometimes even children. At Partnership Services mobile team at CoveC-
and she was concerned about becoming de- times, grief can lead to depression and other are Center integrates peer support into home-
pendent on them. Instead, Sandra found that mental health issues, which in turn can lead based services and helps seniors nd the treat-
when she had two glasses of wine before bed, to substance use if left untreated. Also, many ment they need. A certi ed peer recovery
she was able to fall asleep just ne. older adults face issues related to chronic coach meets with seniors in their homes or
is is a common scenario for millions pain and illnesses and may be prescribed at a convenient place in the community and
of seniors across the United States. In fact, medications that are potentially addictive helps them create an individualized plan to
drug and alcohol use is rapidly rising among or come with a risk of adverse interactions begin their path toward recovery. Recovery
the 65-plus population as the baby boomer with alcohol and other drugs. Older adults coaching gives individuals the opportunity to
generation moves into older adulthood. Ac- are more likely to be living alone, thereby al- talk face to face with someone who has expe-
cording to the National Institute of Health lowing their behavior to go undetected by rience with mental health and substance use
(NIH), approximately 2.8 million Americans friends and loved ones. and is on his or her own journey to recovery.
over the age of 50 struggled with alcohol or Older adults also face a distinct set of is type of coaching empowers seniors to de-
substance use from 2002-2006 (www.nih. barriers when identifying substance use is- termine what type of treatment they are inter-
gov). It is estimated that by the year 2020, sues and looking for support in their com- ested in and how they envision a life without
that number will reach nearly 6 million. munities. When it comes to treatment op- alcohol and drugs while eliminating many of
While we are aware of these statistics, tions, many seniors feel they don’t even know the barriers to joining the recovery commu-
treatment options for older adults remain where to start. Medicare only covers a very nity. Recovery coaching allows seniors to feel
scarce. Seniors are often left to su er in si- small range of substance use treatment facili- supported, hopeful and less alone on their
lence with their addictions, afraid of facing ties and often for a very limited duration of journey toward recovery.
judgment, rejection, and eliciting shame time. Also, there are few treatment facilities
from their families, friends and medical pro- with programs speci cally designed for se- Diane Lotto, LCSW, is the Team Leader for
viders. And despite the statistics, in a study niors, so many individuals feel out of place. Senior Partnership Services at CoveCare Center
by Project SHARE and NIH, only 11 per- Many seniors in recovery rely on Alcoholics in Carmel. CoveCare Center partners with
cent of older adults were asked about alcohol Anonymous (AA) for support in their recov- individuals, families, and the community to
use in the previous year during their annual ery; however, some feel uncomfortable at- foster hope, wellness and recovery, and to restore
physical exams (www.nih.gov). So, while tending AA because of the potential stigma quality of life by addressing mental health needs,
substance use issues have become a major and resulting shame. Other individuals face substance use, and social and emotional issues.
part of the dialogue about health across the more practical barriers, such as being home- For more information, visit CoveCareCenter.org
country, older adults are nearly always left bound, lacking transportation and not know- or call 845-225-2700.
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4 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep!
BY ANTHONY ENEA
All too often as the New Year in good health and someone in Durable Power of Attorney, the changed, you may wish to consid-
approaches, many of us feel which you have full faith and con- incapacitated person’s family must er changing your Last Will.
compelled to make resolu- dence? Please ensure that you often commence a guardianship Additionally, as one’s family
tions that are often very di cult have selected an alternate agent in proceeding with the court to ob- grows, the possibility exists that a
to keep. the event the primary agent can tain the powers to make the nec- grandchild may have a disability.If
e most notable ones are ex- no longer act. essary transfer. It is an expensive the possibility exists that a disabled
ercising more, eating healthier Review the Power of Attorney and time-consuming procedure. or incapacitated grandchild may
and losing weight. While those to determine if the agent is given If you have not executed a Du- be a bene ciary under the term
are admirable resolutions, they are broad powers to handle your af- rable Power of Attorney with very of your Last Will and/or Trust, it
often doomed for failure (trust fairs. For example, does he or she broad powers, I suggest you con- might be prudent to consider hav-
me, I know!). have unlimited gifting power? sider doing so. ing the disabled bene ciary’s share
e following are four resolu- Does the agent have the ability held in a Special Needs Trust for
tions that can be made and easily to create and fund an irrevocable 2. Take all appropriate steps to pro- them. is would help ensure that
kept that will help ensure your es- trust, transfer assets to that trust tect your life savings from the cost of the amount inherited by the dis-
tate and elder law planning needs and transfer assets to your spouse long-term care. abled person does not impact their
are in good order: and other loved ones without any Unfortunately, the cost of long- eligibility for any federal and/
limits. e most frequently seen term care has well surpassed estate or state programs for which they
1. If you have executed a Durable problem with a standard short taxes as the No. 1 factor in reduc- might be entitled.
Power of Attorney, take it out of the form Durable Power of Attorney ing an inheritance to one’s spouse,
drawer and review it. form is its lack of broad gifting children and grandchildren for the 4. Last, but not least, review your
Check to see if the person you powers. is prevents the agent vast majority of Americans. With health care proxy to ensure that you
have appointed as the agent is still from making transfers to protect the federal and New York estate have only one named agent and alter-
the person you wish to handle the assets of a principal that has tax exemptions being relatively nate agent.
your nancial a airs if you are become disabled or taken ill. us, high ($11.18 million per person All too often the proxy is ex-
unable to do so. Is that person still without these broad powers in the federally and $5.49 million in ecuted with two named agents,
New York for 2019), they are of which is not legally permitted in
little concern to more than 99 per- New York.
cent of Americans. However, the It is also important that your
exorbitant costs of long-term care, agent speci cally knows your
whether it be a nursing home or wishes regarding your health care
homecare, are real and impactful. and end-of-life wishes if you are
Whether you are considering no longer able to make these de-
the purchase of long-term care cisions. You should have a candid
insurance or creating a Medicaid conversation as to whether or not
When did you last update your last will Asset Protection Trust to protect you wish to be placed on life sup-
and testament and power of attorney? your house and other non-IRA port and the conditions that need
assets, take the steps to learn your to be present in doing so or not
options. is is a lot easier than doing so.
• Asset Protection • Past Chair of Elder Law going to the gym ve times per In sharp contrast to the resolu-
week and not eating any carbs. tion of going to the gym daily and
• Elder Law Section of NYS Bar Association ey are generally no more than losing weight, which could take
one phone call and one or two hundreds of hours of time and
• Medicaid Applications • “Super Lawyer” In Elder Law meetings away with a quali ed e ort, the above stated resolu-
(Nursing Home/Home Care) for 10 consecutive years
elder law attorney. tions can be easily accomplished
in a relatively short period of time.
• Guardianships Contact 3. Review any Last Wills and/or A handful of hours at the most!
(Contested/Non-Contested) Trusts you have executed so as to If anything, think of it as a wel-
ANTHONY J. ENEA, ESQ. determine that the executors and comed pre-workout exercise!
• Wills, Trusts & Estates trustees named therein are still in
Managing Member conformity with your present wishes Anthony J. Enea is a member of
Fluent in Italian
and are still able to perform the duties Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano, LLP
of an executor and/or trustee. of White Plains and an o ce in
It is also not unusual for one Somers. Mr. Enea is the Past Chair of
to have had a falling out with the Elder Law and Special Needs Section
WHITE PLAINS • SOMERS • WWW.ESSLAWFIRM.COM person previously named as a ben- of the New York State Bar Association
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Northern Westchester Hospital Benefit Tops $1.5 M
More than 750 supporters of centered care to all members of our
Northern Westchester Hospital community.”
attended the 2018 Annual Ben- e gala’s underwriter was longtime
e t Gala, raising over $1.5 million, NWH supporter and philanthropist
which will support the Bruce and An- Seema Boesky and the event was spon-
drea Yablon Cancer Health & Wellness sored by e Durst Organization, Dia-
Program, the hospital’s music therapy mond Properties, Polaner Selections
program, and professional development and Intuitive®, maker of the da Vinci®
for clinicians and nurses. e event hon- Surgical System.
ored philanthropists Ellen and Kamran Longtime supporters of NWH, the
Hakim, and physicians Drs. Adina and Hakims have hosted two fundraising
Je rey Keller, and was co-chaired by galas for the hospital at their Old Sa- Tyler Keller, Dr. Jeffrey Keller, Dr. Adina Keller and Justin Keller
Jennifer and Jon Klein, Luba and Steve lem Farm. e couple are married for Ellen and Kamran Hakim with three of their 12 grandchildren
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PETER REITZFELD
Seidman and Cathy and Adam Brodsky. 53 years and have lived in Westchester
“ anks to the generosity of our for just as long. ey have four chil-
community, NWH is able to o er dren, 12 grandchildren and reside in
innovative practices, treatments and Chappaqua.
therapies that move us all toward a Adina Keller, MD, FACOG, a
healthier future,” said NWH Presi- community-based physician, has ded-
dent and CEO Joel Seligman. “We icated her professional life to women’s
are delighted to honor the Hakims for health and cancer prevention. Je rey
their long-term, generous support of Keller, MD, FACS, FAAP, is board
Northern Westchester Hospital, and certi ed in Otolaryngology/Head
the Kellers for their clinical excellence and Neck Surgery and a Pediatric
and leadership roles. ese couples ex- Otolaryngologist who has devoted his
emplify the community support, com- career to taking care of children. e
mitment and dedication that enables Kellers live in Chappaqua with their
NWH to provide high quality, patient- two teenage sons.
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