AB 480: Was recently passed and becomes law on July 1, 2019. It is a far less restrictive way to care for seniors that would be at risk of entering guardianship. To quote a section of this bill; “An adult should receive the most effective, yet least restrictive and intrusive form of support, assistance or protection when the adult is unable to manage his or her affairs alone. The values, beliefs, wishes, cultural norms and traditions that an adult holds should be respected in managing his or her affairs. This act must be interpreted in accordance with the following principles: An adult should be able to live in the manner in which he or she wishes and to accept, or refuse support, assistance or protection as long as the adult does not harm others and is capable of making decisions about such matters.” The bottom line: it enables the senior to name someone he/she trusts to help in making financial, medical and other important decisions. This allows the senior to remain in their home and in control of their own lives and estate. I first found out about Supported Decision Making when I was invited to a seminar on this topic by Reno District Court Judge Frances Doherty. The speaker was a New York attorney who had represented a young woman with Downs Syndrome who had lived independently as an adult. Under Supported Decision Making, she was able to continue to 20 Supported Decision Making By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox TV Doesn’t Define Stardom By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V. In this era of reality television and its search for a “star,” the public has seen many talented people, young and old. I suspect many of these hopeful stars spend hours in front of their mirror, with their karaoke, practicing their song or working on their dance moves, or simply perfecting their killer monologue. Most of these wannabe stars have heard from their friends and family, year-after-year, how gifted they are and how their day is coming. And, unfortunately, some of these families are praying they in fact have the winning lotto number in their loved ones. A few of these people, with their financial and emotional lives balanced, get to perform in big public venues - homing their act and talent. However, it is the others I address here. Regardless of how big or small the venue is, they won’t give up their dream. Lack of luck in their timing will not silence the spirit within these performers. I hope most of these performers, with their dream of stardom, realize the winner of these hyped television shows is only participating in a network numbers’ game. It is the “hype” of the show and not the onscreen talent, which generates revenue for the networks. The performers that appear on these shows are simply in the right May 2019 do so. He was so inspiring that I became sold on this method of helping seniors who may suffer from dementia and other age-related illnesses. The very thought of robbing someone of their basic rights, like control of their estate, or where they reside, who they see, where they go; the very freedoms we all take for granted gives me chills. I’m gratified we now have a new way to care for our “protected persons.” You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at: Anthemtoday.com place, at the right time, in front of the right young producer for their audition. The reality is the majority will not achieve riches and celebrity status. Nevertheless, if you have that fire in the gut drive inside you to perform, do so. Realize regardless of your age and what will be many rejections you will receive - if you can walk off that stage knowing you did the best you could do and it puts a smile on your own face, you are the winner. Morris Heldt is a retired award winning film and television producer and published author. He and his wife moved to the Las Vegas valley from the beach in 2004.