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Five Ways to Make Holidays Happier for Children with Different Abilities

Five Ways to Make Holidays Happier for Children with Different Abilities

By Dr. Ben Spitalnick, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, Board of Directors

Every parent wants the holiday season to be a special, joyous time for their child, and parents of children with different abilities or special needs usually have to take a couple of extra steps to ensure the holidays are just that.

To help along the way, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society offers five tips to help make the holiday season run smoothly and keep your kids happy.

1. Prepare Your Child
Your child wants to know the plans for the holiday season as much as you do. To reduce stress and prepare your child for upcoming activities, explain what you’ll be doing, who will be there and what the schedule is for the day. Write down the schedule for them and include pictures.

2. Prepare Your Family
Remind your family of the needs of your child. If there are other little ones, ask their parents to talk to them about your child’s differences. This can help reduce confusion and will foster a sense of understanding. It might help, a few days before everyone gets together, to send family members an informational email with 10 things to know about your child.

3. Bring Familiar Toys
The holidays are a chaotic time. Familiarity will help your child remain calm and feel comfortable. Bring his or her favorite toy, book or something that soothes your child at home. When things get a little too crazy, that may help your child feel comfortable.

4. Ask For Help
Don’t feel guilty for asking for help. Every parent needs help, and you do too. Explain the needs of your child to another family member or two and ask them to step in when you need a break. Explain to your child, too, that this person will be playing with them or watching them for a few minutes while you are busy.

5. Let Your Child Help
Preparing for the holidays can be stressful, but if you let your child help, you can create family traditions and keep everyone a little happier. Give your child a task such as greeting everyone at the door or stirring the sauce. This will keep your child focused, reduce his or her stress levels and give you an extra hand.

To create a happier time of celebration, we encourage all parents of children with different abilities to prepare their little ones a bit extra this holiday season. These small proactive measures can do a lot to help your child adjust to large crowds, new situations and days off-schedule. We hope this will make your holiday season a little jollier.

Dr. Ben Spitalnick is managing partner of Pediatric Associates of Savannah and currently serves as Representative for the Savannah area to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Spitalnick is from North Atlanta and is a graduate of the University of Georgia, received his medical degree from MCG, and did his Pediatric Residency at Memorial Health University here in Savannah. He serves on the board of directors for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society.

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

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Moonlight Mingle Raised Over $3,000 for Alzheimer’s Association

Moonlight Mingle Raised Over $3,000 for Alzheimer’s Association
Public Event honored Carole Arpin at her Whitemarsh Island home.

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a “Marsh Harbor High Tide Moonlight Mingle” raised a grand total of $3,426 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter.

Featuring music, dancing, food and drink, the event was held at the Whitemarsh Island home of Donald and Carole Arpin. The waterfront estate is located on Turner’s Creek in the Marsh Harbor community.

Festivities included an appearance by Tommy Arpin to honor his mother, Carole, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Arpin is a participant in the 2018 Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia and offered a sneak peek of the dance he will perform at the annual Alzheimer’s fundraiser in May. Last year, Dancing Stars events generated more than $2.6 million across the state, including nearly $400,000 at the Savannah event.

Guests at Moonlight Mingle were encouraged to support the Alzheimer’s Association with a donation in honor of Carole Arpin. Music was provided by the Marshall Brothers Band featuring Stewart Marshall (Stewart & Winfield, Junkyard Angel) as one of the Low Country Rock five-piece band’s three vocalists and guitarists.

“My parents, who have been married for nearly 60 years, moved to Savannah in 1978 to expand the family’s moving and storage business, and both have been actively involved in the community ever since,” said Tommy Arpin. “Mother was on the Savannah Film Commission and helped bring the ‘Forrest Gump’ movie to Savannah. She played a big part in the St. Mary’s Home fundraisers as well as her children’s school fundraisers. She believes in giving back to the church and other worthy causes. That’s one reason we decided to do this fundraiser to honor her and help find a cure for this disease that is slowly taking her from us.”

Tommy Arpin

Tommy Arpin

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and, every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed with the disease. Two-thirds of them are women. It is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

The fundraiser also showcased the Arpin home, which is listed for sale. The brick home with four bedrooms and three full and three half bathrooms is located on Turner’s Creek at 8 Marsh Harbor Drive. It features sweeping views of the marsh and river, along with a library, two fireplaces, a stately dining room, gourmet kitchen, split floor plan and exquisite custom woodwork.

“This house was built for entertaining,” said Tommy Arpin. “My parents hosted annual Christmas parties there for many years, and my brothers and I often entertained our friends in the game room or out on the dock. We made many good memories in this house, and hopefully, someone else will enjoy this house as much as we did.”

Photos and additional details on the home are available at http://www.celiadunnsir.com/eng/sales/detail/519-l-965-bv28l5/8-marsh-harbor-drive-savannah-ga-31410

CONTACT
Stewart Marshall
Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty
912-655-5599
www.celiadunnsir.com
Stewart.Marshall@SothebysRealty.com

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Moonlight Mingle to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association Planned for Nov. 15

Moonlight Mingle to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association Planned for Nov. 15

Public Event to honor Carole Arpin to be held at her Whitemarsh Island home

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a “Marsh Harbor High Tide Moonlight Mingle” is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 15, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter.

Featuring music, dancing, food and drink, the event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Whitemarsh Island home of Donald and Carole Arpin. The waterfront estate is located on Turner’s Creek in the Marsh Harbor community.

Festivities will include an appearance by Tommy Arpin to honor his mother, Carole, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Arpin is a participant in the 2018 Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia and will offer a sneak peek of the dance he will perform at the annual Alzheimer’s fundraiser in May. Last year, Dancing Stars events generated more than $2.6 million across the state, including nearly $400,000 at the Savannah event.

Guests at Moonlight Mingle also are encouraged to support the Alzheimer’s Association with a donation in honor of Carole Arpin. Music will be provided by the Marshall Brothers Band featuring Stewart Marshall (Stewart & Winfield, Junkyard Angel) as one of the Low Country Rock five-piece band’s three vocalists and guitarists.

“My parents, who have been married for nearly 60 years, moved to Savannah in 1978 to expand the family’s moving and storage business, and both have been actively involved in the community ever since,” said Tommy Arpin. “Mother was on the Savannah Film Commission and helped bring the ‘Forrest Gump’ movie to Savannah. She played a big part in the St. Mary’s Home fundraisers as well as her children’s school fundraisers. She believes in giving back to the church and other worthy causes. That’s one reason we decided to do this fundraiser to honor her and help find a cure for this disease that is slowly taking her from us.”

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and, every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed with the disease. Two-thirds of them are women. It is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

The Nov. 15 fundraiser also will showcase the Arpin home, which is listed for sale. The brick home with four bedrooms and three full and three half bathrooms is located on Turner’s Creek at 8 Marsh Harbor Drive. It features sweeping views of the marsh and river, along with a library, two fireplaces, a stately dining room, gourmet kitchen, split floor plan and exquisite custom woodwork.

“This house was built for entertaining,” said Tommy Arpin. “My parents hosted annual Christmas parties there for many years, and my brothers and I often entertained our friends in the game room or out on the dock. We made many good memories in this house, and hopefully, someone else will enjoy this house as much as we did. It made a lot of sense to use the house that we have entertained in so many times for this fundraiser.”

To request Moonlight Mingle event information or to RSVP, please email SavMoonlightMingle@gmail.com.

Photos and additional details on the home are available at http://www.celiadunnsir.com/eng/sales/detail/519-l-965-bv28l5/8-marsh-harbor-drive-savannah-ga-31410

High Tide Moonlight Mingle

CONTACT
Stewart Marshall
Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty
912-655-5599
www.celiadunnsir.com
Stewart.Marshall@SothebysRealty.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
www.carriagetradepr.com 
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Announces Annual Buddy Walk To Be Held On October 7

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Announces Annual Buddy Walk To Be Held On October 7

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will hold their 12th annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park. The event is open to all ages and abilities; LDSS encourages those in wheelchairs, carriages and strollers to attend. Pets are welcome too.

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Last year’s event welcomed over 5,000 participants. This year, LDSS hopes to have even more of the community come out to raise awareness and support local programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.

Tickets for the walk will be $15.00 per person or $50.00 for a family of four. Registration includes a T-shirt, lunch and admission to the family-fun festival.

The family-fun festival will take place in the park immediately following the walk. Participants can expect activities such as face painting, pumpkin painting, princess and pirate booths, bounce houses, games, music and refreshments.

“October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month,” said Candy Bogardus, President of LDSS. “Each year we celebrate by promoting acceptance and inclusion. Our mission with this walk is to positively influence local and national policies and practices towards people with Down syndrome.”

Proceeds from Savannah’s Buddy Walk help sponsor LDSS events such as the Night of Champions, Camp Buddy and many other services.

For more information, contact John or Candy Bogardus at 912-728-8505, jcbogardus@gmail.com or visit www.ldssga.org to register online.

MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

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Candy Bogardus
jcbogardus@gmail.com
912-728-8505

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Low Country Dermatology Presents The Anderson Cancer Institute With Donation From “Melanoma, Take a Hike!” Skin Cancer Awareness Excursion

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology presented $500 to the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. This donation was made possible by proceeds raised during the inaugural skin cancer awareness excursion, “Melanoma, Take a Hike!

Low Country Dermatology Dr. Corinne Howington Donates 500 to the Anderson Cancer Institute and Memorial Health Foundation 2017

Karen Terry, Director of Operations at the Anderson Cancer Institute; Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology; and Robyn Rotunda, Development Director at the Memorial Health Foundation.

The event took place through the scenic trails of Skidaway Island State Park during the high afternoon sun in recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month which is designated by the American Academy of Dermatology to raise awareness about the risk of skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection. Along the way, Dr. Howington and her staff shared prevention techniques for melanoma and answered questions from participants.

“With events like Melanoma, Take a Hike!, we hope not only to prevent skin cancer by teaching people how to protect themselves from harmful UV rays,” said Dr. Howington, “but also to support those organizations, like the Anderson Cancer Institute, who are fighting cancer’s devastating effects every day.”

The Anderson Cancer Institute provides cancer screening, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, support services and long-term follow-up for cancer patients. Their disease management teams specialize in breast, colorectal, urology, melanoma, thoracic, head and neck, upper gastrointestinal, and gynecologic cancers.

Dr. Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff also distributed SPF 30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of some types of skin cancer by 80 percent.

For more information on Low Country Dermatology, visit lcderm.com. For more information on the Anderson Cancer Institute, visit aci.memorialhealth.com.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

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The Center for a Sustainable Coast’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Center for a Sustainable Coast’s 20th-Anniversary Celebration Features Renowned Environmental Economist as Keynote Speaker

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Center for a Sustainable Coast will host their 20th-anniversary conference on Saturday, June 17, to celebrate their continued efforts in protecting Georgia’s coast. The program will include a retrospective of Georgia’s coastal issues and a discussion about the profound challenges that lie ahead.

The 20th-anniversary event will take place at 5 p.m. at the DeSoto Hilton of Savannah, 15 E. Liberty St. General admission is $20 and includes a buffet dinner. The Center for a Sustainable Coast encourages guests to RSVP in advance by phone at 912-506-5088 or email at susdev@gate.net.

Since its opening in 1997, the Center for a Sustainable Coast’s board and staff have defended the public’s interest on a variety of topics including protecting water quality, tidal marshes, wildlife, and ocean shorelines. The Center for a Sustainable Coast was also an active member of the “Push Back the Pipeline” collaboration in coastal Georgia.

The Center was awarded the Sapelo Foundation’s “Smith Bagley Advocacy Grant Award” in 2016 and was the 2007 recipient of the Common Cause Freedom Award for leadership in coastal marsh protection. The organization also co-founded the Coal Ash Legal Fund to campaign against high-risk landfill disposal of millions of tons of cancer-causing coal ash near the Altamaha River.

“The Center is proud of our record but difficult challenges remain,” said Steve Willis, board president. “We’re continually striving to accomplish more by keeping the public informed and involved in pivotal coastal issues.”

Professor Geoffrey Heal of Columbia University will be featured as the keynote speaker. He will discuss how neglecting nature threatens our prosperity. An open discussion will follow his address. Heal believes the only way to achieve long-term economic prosperity is to protect the environment.

Geoffrey Heal, Keynote Speaker for The Center for a Sustainable Coast

Geoffrey Heal

“If we want to survive and move forward as a nation and as a world, we have to recognize how the environment and the economy interact and how they can work in harmony,” Heal said. “I like to start out with a simple picture of our reliance on the planet, help my listeners visualize the larger problem at hand and give my audience an outline of solutions that will lead us in the right direction.”

For more information, please visit http://sustainablecoast.org/.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR A SUSTAINABLE COAST
The Center for a Sustainable Coast was formed in 1997 by a group of public-spirited environmental professionals and concerned citizens. The Center’s mission is advocating responsible decisions that sustain coastal Georgia’s environment and quality of life. The organization seeks to improve our region’s ability to resolve key issues affecting the health and diversity of natural, cultural and economic resources by educating the public, using research, advocacy, training, technical assistance and – when needed – taking legal action. The Center for a Sustainable Coast also helped launch two of the region’s Riverkeeper groups. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Center-for-a-Sustainable-Coast-141003446180/timeline/ and www.sustainablecoast.org for more information.

ABOUT GEOFFREY HEAL
Geoffrey Heal is noted for contributions to economic theory and resource and environmental economics. He holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Cambridge University and an honorary doctorate from the Universite´ de Paris Dauphine.

He is the author of 18 books and about two hundred articles and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, past president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, recipient of its prize for publications of enduring quality and life fellow, a director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a founder, director and chairman of the board of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations and a member of the economic advisory board of the Environmental Defense Fund.

Heal chaired a committee of the National Academy of Sciences on valuing ecosystem services, was a commissioner of the Pew Oceans Commission, an IPCC coordinating lead author for the fifth assessment report, a member of President Sarkozy’s Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and of the advisory board for the World Bank’s 2010 World Development Report and UNEP’s 2011 Human Development Report.

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David Kyler
221 Mallery Suite B
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
912-506-5088
susdev@gate.net

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Deterring Tooth Decay: The Facts Behind Cavities and Sugar

Deterring Tooth Decay: The Facts Behind Cavities and Sugar
By Angela Canfield DDS

Angela Canfield, DDS

Angela Canfield, DDS

Tooth decay is actually one of the most common non-infectious diseases in the world. Many parents know at sugar intake is linked to cavities, but most don’t understand the science behind it.

Looking at public health records, researchers from University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that, in America, tooth decay from sugar was far too high. About 60 to 90% of school-age children and 92% of adults in the U.S. have experienced tooth decay.

Now, as shocking as this may seem, sugar does not directly break down tooth enamel. Sugars found in candy and sweets are known as ‘simple sugars’, which are immediately consumed by the body. So how is it that sugar is the reputation for causing cavities?

Unfortunately, when you enjoy a sugary treat, there is a special kind of bacteria that responds, called streptococcus mutans. This bacteria actively breaks down the sugar, converting it to acid. The acid, in turn, can eat away the enamel on teeth.

Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices that include over-processed and sugar-laden convenience meals and snack foods, and many are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than ever before. For example, the average teenage boy in the U.S. consumes 81 gallons of soft drinks each year.

Snacking throughout the day can really speed up the tooth decaying process. When sugar is consumed over and over again in large, often hidden amounts, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic. It’s important to be very mindful with your snacking, and always check the nutritional value of the item.

When and what children eat may affect not only their general health but also their dental health.

So, how do you stop these acids? Well, the combined forces of brushing and flossing are still the best methods for removing harmful bacteria and acid over your teeth. It’s important to start educating your child as early as possible on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay and to discuss proper brushing and flossing techniques.

To access free online resources that can help with teaching children about good oral health, visit ADA.org.

Angela Canfield, DDS, is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, Ga., and Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah, Ga. Contact Dr. Canfield at molar799@yahoo.com or 912-826-4037.