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LIVING WELL

August 6 — 19, 2020 | Since 1986

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

SCHOOL NEWS SPOTLIGHT .............................................................. 4

Creating Jobs & Educating Children

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................... 6

THE ARTS .......................................................................................... 9

ON THE SUBJECT OF ....................................................................... 11

Getting the Most Out of Your Home Theater

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ................................................................. 12

A Lifeline for Mental Health / Central Florida Behavioral Hospital

LIVING WELL ................................................................................... 13

Top Recommended Immunizations for Adults

Concerned About Asthma and Allergies During COVID-19?

Feeling Lonely During Social Isolation?

Tips for Caregivers Facing a Pandemic

Pandemic Pandemonium

SOUTHWEST SPORTS ...................................................................... 21

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COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 22

SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 24

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August 6, 2020

Vol. XXXIV, No. 19

VICE PRESIDENT

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MANAGING EDITOR

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Orange County Public Schools

officials announced the results of a

report by PFM Group Consulting on

the economic impact of the public

school construction program from

2014 to 2021. During that time, the

construction program will have put

$2.27 billion back into the Orange

County economy and generated

an average of 1,930 jobs per year.

When the additional impact of projects

that maintain existing schools is

included, the total impact is $2.6 billion,

with an average of 2,155 jobs a

year. This includes new high schools

that will serve students currently

zoned for Windermere, Freedom

and Dr. Phillips high schools,

as well as elementary and middle

school projects underway or completed

in every part of the county.

OCPS has one of the largest,

most successful school construction

programs in the nation. From 2003

through 2021, the district will have

opened 59 new schools to accommodate

growth and relieve overcrowding.

An additional 132 schools will

have been replaced or renovated.

SCHOOL NEWS

The aggressive construction plan is

possible thanks to the support of the

community through the half-penny

SPOTLIGHT

Creating Jobs & Educating Children

OCPS Grows in Southwest!

by Lauren Salinero

As the

Southwest

community

grows,

Orange

County Public

Schools

must relieve

overcrowding

by building

new schools.

sales tax extended by voters in

2014, plus residential development

impact fees and property taxes.

Three new schools in southwest

Orange County that opened

last year were part of this program:

Castleview Elementary

School, Horizon West Middle

School, and Water Spring

Elementary School. Also, two

new high schools that are opening in

2021 to relieve Dr. Phillips, Freedom

and Windermere high schools were

also included in these calculations.

The economic impact of 2020 construction

projects alone is $292.2

million and 1,907 jobs. These projects

remain on schedule despite the

economic downturn:

• Comprehensive renovation of

Acceleration West High School, an

alternative high school, for $14.8

million.

• New auditorium, gym and cafeteria

at Boone High School for $31

million.

• New campus for Magnolia

School and a new ESE Learning

Center for $47.6 million.

• Comprehensive renovation of

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The

economic

impact of

2020 school

construction

projects is

$292.2

million and

1,907 jobs.

31

• Three replacements of existing

elementary schools: Pinar Elementary

School ($20 million), Rolling Hills

Elementary School ($20.1 million),

and Winegard Elementary School

($23.1 million).

• Three new elementary schools to

relieve overcrowding: Summerlake

Elementary School ($24.3 million),

Sunshine Elementary School

($24.3 million), and Vista Pointe

Elementary School ($25.5 million).

Although the 2019-20 school year

was cut short by COVID-19, the three

new schools that opened last year

— Castleview Elementary School,

Horizon West Middle School, and

Water Spring Elementary School

— were highly successful. Teachers,

parents and students rose to the occasion

of not only starting fresh in

brand-new schools, but then having

to adjust to distance learning.

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teachers and students prevailed for

an unprecedented inaugural year.

The 2020-21 school year will see

two more openings in Southwest

Orlando to relieve Horizon West

schools, Summerlake Elementary

School in Winter Garden and

Sunshine Elementary School on

International Drive. Delaine

Bender, who served as principal

of Citrus Elementary School

for more than 10 years and OCPS

for 26 years, will be the principal of

Summerlake Elementary School. The

principal of Sunshine Elementary

School will be Laura Suprenard,

previously the principal of Sand

Lake Elementary School.

The two high schools opening in

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West Orange Political Alliance, Inc.

A non-parsan polical commiee, the

polical acon arm of the West

Orange Chamber of Commerce,

formed to represent the best interests

of West Orange County urges you to

vote Early, By Mail or on

Tuesday, August 18th.

Our endorsed candidates

for the Elections:

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Mayra Uribe - District 3

Mike Miller – District 5

John Mina – Sheriff

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Orange County Public School Board

Pam Gould – District 4

Bruce Antone – District 5

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Florida Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

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n Cypress Landing

Congratulations to Delroy

Ramnought, who was granted U.S.

citizenship by USCIS. Cypress Landing

neighbors Garr and Elizabeth

Williams, Carlton Hudson and

Wilson Johnson held a beautiful

garden party and outdoor dinner to celebrate

Delroy’s citizenship, since family

and friends were not allowed to be present

during his naturalization ceremony,

due to COVID-19 preventative measures.

n MetroWest

IN YOURNEIGHBORHOOD

Roshni

Patel, M.D.,

is the associate

medical director

of Community

Health

Centers.

MetroWest resident Roshni Patel,

M.D., was promoted to associate medical

director of Community Health

Centers. She joined Community Health

Centers in 2015 as a pediatrician and

has held the title of chief of pediatrics

since October 2018. Dr. Patel is a graduate

of Rosalind Franklin University of

Medicine and Science and completed

her residency in 2012 at Orlando

Health’s Arnold Palmer Hospital

for Children and Winnie Palmer

Hospital for Women & Babies. She

will continue to provide quality, compassionate

health care to the community as

associate medical director. Dr. Patel will

also continue her role as chief of pediatrics,

leading the pediatric department

to improve the lives of children and the

community.

n Oakland

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Cypress Landing

residents (l. to r.)

Carlton Hudson,

Elizabeth

Williams, Delroy

Ramnought,

Wilson Johnson

and Garr

Williams toast to

Delroy’s new status

as a U.S. citizen.

The Oakland Police Department

awarded resident Cory Rutland with

the Oakland Police Chief’s Award,

commending him for his unselfish devotion

and support to a neighbor in

need. During a severe thunderstorm in

February, Sheena Rodriguez and her

husband were crossing State Road 50

near Tubb Street when she was struck by

a vehicle heading westbound. Sheena

later died of her injuries. Cory, a passerby,

stopped to aid Sheena’s husband,

and he remained on the scene while police

investigated the fatal hit and run.

Oakland resident Cory Rutland

receives an Oakland Police Chief’s Award

for his unselfish devotion and support to a

neighbor in need.


“During this horrific tragedy, you provided

comfort and emotional support to

a stranger who was suffering a great anguish,”

said Oakland Police Chief John

Peek. “Throughout the evening, you

helped this man whom you had never

met [and] provided emotional, psychological

and physical support during his

time of crisis. Many officers couldn’t help

but notice your compassion and empathy

during this tragic event.”

n Windermere

Kylie Brewer of Windermere

earned a scholarship from Augustana

University for the upcoming year for

achievements both inside and outside

the classroom. Founded in 1860,

Augustana University is located in Sioux

Falls, South Dakota.

FujiFilm North America Corp. held a

competition for college students to win

up to $3,000 of camera gear to help

document and tell their stories, Students

of Storytelling. Thirty winners were announced

out of more than 650 entries,

and among them was Windermere resident

Billy Schuerman of the University

of Mississippi.

“I looked at how quarantine provides

a familiar obstacle for those afflicted

with substance abuse disorder. Social

isolation can be dangerous for addicts

and may even cause relapse,” Billy said

about his project.

n Winter Garden

Winter Garden resident Travis

Finlayson was initiated into The Honor

Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s

oldest, most selective, all-discipline collegiate

honor society. He was initiated at

Florida State University. Travis is among

approximately 30,000 students, faculty

members, professional staff and alumni

to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each

year. Membership is by invitation only

and requires nomination and approval

by a chapter.

n Et Al

Congratulations to the following

Southwest-area residents on their recent

graduations:

• Windermere resident Ethan

Billhime graduated cum laude from

McPherson College with a Bachelor of

Science.

• Zachary Bowie of Celebration

received a Master of Biomedical

Science from the University of Northern

Colorado.

• Mercer University graduates included

Windermere resident Kaitlynn Clark,

Juris Doctor from the School of Law,

and Winter Garden resident Carter

Varga, Master of Business Administration

from the School of Business.

• Stephanie Cortes of Winter

Garden earned a Master of Business

Administration from the University of

South Carolina Aiken.

• Hannah Futo of Southwest

Orlando graduated from Fairfield

University.

• Celebration resident Donald

Matsen received a Master of Laws from

Baylor University Law School.

• Windermere resident Rose

McAvoy graduated from Dickinson

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College with a Bachelor of Arts in art,

art history and psychology. Rose’s

proud parents are Jim and Joanne

McAvoy.

• Windermere resident Branden

Medary graduated from Ithaca College

with a Bachelor of Science in psychology.

• Celebration resident Luke

Montalbano earned a Bachelor of

Arts at Emory & Henry College.

• University of Utah graduates included

Winter Garden resident Megan

Peterson, Bachelor of Science in communication,

and Dr. Phillips resident

James Sellers, Bachelor of Science in

geography.

• Winter Garden resident Rebecca

Sackett earned a Master of Business

Administration at the University of

Wisconsin-Whitewater.

• Kylie Stewart of Ocoee graduated

from Wisconsin Lutheran College

with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Kylie is an alumnus of Ocoee High

School.

Southwest Orlando resident and

Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany

Moore Russell was installed as the next

secretary of the Florida Court Clerks and

Comptroller’s 2020-21 board of directors.

She was officially sworn in during the

Leadership Transition Ceremony, which

was part of the FCCC virtual Summer

Conference. Clerk Russell is the newest

member of the executive committee. She

has served on the board of directors since

2016 and now takes on the role of secretary

and communications committee chair.

(L. to r.) This year’s Rotary District 6980 assistant governor, Kevin Shendok; 2020-21

Rotary District 6980 Assistant Gov. Sonya Hightower-LaBosco; and 2019-20 former

Rotary President Augustine Campana pass the gavel to Rotary Club of Lake Buena

Vista 2020-21 President Robert Gentile. They are joined by Jean Campana, the club’s

foundation chair.

Rotary Club of

Dr. Phillips former

District Gov. Art

Brown installs Mary

Ellen Kerber as club

president.

Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista

members and friends gathered at the

Celebration Golf Clubhouse for cocktails,

dinner and the induction of their

2020-21 club President Robert Gentile.

Through its foundation, the club has donated

more than $18,000 to local groups

in need during the coronavirus pandemic,

and members promise to continue raising

funds for needy causes.

Although we try to ensure that all information presented above is the

most current, correct and dependable available, we do rely on others

for the source of our news. Therefore, the Southwest Orlando Bulletin

and Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC cannot be held responsible for the

validity of the information presented here, nor does mentioning it constitute an

endorsement. In Your Neighborhood news is welcome and may be mailed to P.O.

Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786; or emailed to Lauren@kearneypublishing.com. ª


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THE ARTS

Orlando boasts an eclectic variety

of cultural events, performance troupes

and arts centers. Theater groups, museums

and local attractions offer something

to suit everyone. For those looking

to learn for themselves, there are numerous

music and dance schools, as

well as art and acting studios that can

teach students the skills they need to

become true artists. Southwest Orlando

Bulletin’s 16th annual The Arts segment

offers an up-close look at three of the

area’s most popular groups and experienced

schools.

Orlando Ballet

Now in its 20th season, Orlando

Ballet’s 2020-21 season includes

an exciting lineup of all Orlando

premieres: Robert Hill’s new production

of The Sleeping Beauty, Moulin

Rouge The Ballet, The Premiere

Collection and Peter Pan, alongside

the beloved holiday tradition, The

Nutcracker. Subscriptions are on

sale now at www.orlandoballet.org.

Opera Orlando

Opera Orlando celebrates

its fifth season with a slate of new

productions “On the MainStage” at

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing

Arts. The season starts at the Walt

Disney Theater with Johann Strauss

II’s Die Fledermaus: The Revenge of

the Bat, followed by the remount of

Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel &

Gretel, presented in the Alexis and

Jim Pugh Theater; and finally, the

curtain rises on Steinmetz Hall with

the opera’s production of Georges

Bizet’s Carmen. All productions

feature musicians from the Orlando

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9

FALL 2020

Walt Disney Theater

Philharmonic Orchestra. Ticket prices

range from $19-$129. To purchase

tickets, visit www.drphillips

center.org/events/subscriptions/

opera-orlando-2020-21-season. For

more information, call 407-512-1900

or visit www.operaorlando.org.

Windermere

Preparatory School

At Windermere Preparatory

School, the visual and performing

arts are not only an integral part

of the curriculum — they are a passion.

The processes of creation and

exploration form the cornerstone of

its philosophy. WPS students are provided

with many fine arts opportunities.

The staff is deeply committed to

the learning process and setting expectations

high for all of its students.

Though creativity is spontaneous and

natural in children, WPS encourages

its students to explore, imagine and

dream big. Through collaboration,

WPS students inspire and challenge

each other to new levels of artistry.

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Then, gigantic flat screens and highdefinition

technology came along,

and the video game industry upped

the ante with Xbox, PlayStation and

Wii products that appealed to every

age group. With so many different

uses, the home theater has morphed

into an auxiliary family room. How

can one room be made flexible

enough to suit all of the activities

performed there? Easy! According

to officials of the American Lighting

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is make a few tweaks in your lighting

to satisfy the sports fan, the electronic

game player, and the movie buff.

“The affordability and popularity

of big-screen TVs, high-quality sound

and home entertainment systems

[have] created many opportunities

for using specialized lighting to enhance

the experience,” said architect

Joe Rey-Barreau, education

consultant for the ALA and an associate

professor at the University of

Kentucky’s School of Interior Design.

Whether your home theater is part

of new construction or a remodeling

project, think in layers. According

to Rey-Barreau, a lighting layer is

defined as a specific type of fixture

that is unique from others in that same

area. For example, a room that has

recessed downlights, a decorative

fixture in the center of the room, plus

wall sconces on one wall would be

defined as having three layers. Each

of the three types of fixtures would

be controlled by separate switches

and dimmers.

“The objective of using layers is to

create lighting options for different

tasks and activities in that space,”

Rey-Barreau said.

The ideal lighting for the entire family

to watch a full-length movie in the

evening might be with the recessed

lighting turned off and the decorative

lighting at the ceiling and the

wall sconces dimmed to a low level.

If the kids are watching cartoons or

playing video games, Rey-Barreau

advises turning on the recessed lighting

to the maximum output and turning

off the decorative lighting.

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A Lifeline for Mental Health

Central Florida Behavioral Hospital Offers Telehealth Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected

our daily lives in many ways,

and although social distancing measures

have pushed us to stay apart,

treatment for your mental health or

substance abuse recovery needs are

more accessible than ever.

With Central Florida Behavioral

Hospital’s recently added service of

telehealth, clients now have the option

to continue receiving the psychiatric

and therapeutic care they need from

the comfort of their homes, all virtually

and in real time.

“This is a new step toward maintaining

patient care and keeping our

community safe during these challenging

times,” said Vickie Lewis,

CEO of CFBH. “Providing telehealth

allows the hospital to continue supporting

the mental health needs of

the community while being respectful

of social distancing practices.”

Telehealth Provides Options

Central Florida Behavioral

Hospital has served the community

since 2008, providing both inpatient

and outpatient mental health services

to adults, mature adults, adolescents

and kids. With the arrival

of COVID-19, those already dealing

with mental health issues faced even

more difficult challenges.

Since the start of COVID-19, the

community has seen a massive

growth in the need for mental health

services, but safety measures have

made access to care more difficult.

And, looking forward, mental health

care providers and facilities are preparing

for an outpouring of need from

people who are self-isolating and/or

those who have yet to seek care as

the pandemic continues to unfold.

Central Florida Behavioral

Hospital’s goal has been to find a

way to continue to provide mental

health services to people who have

not had access due to stay-at-home

orders and other barriers to receiving

care. Through telehealth, the hospital

is able to continue its mission

of providing the very best in mental

health care while keeping the community

healthy and safe.

CFBH offers both an Intensive

Outpatient Program (IOP) and a

Partial Hospitalization Program

(PHP) via telehealth. Telehealth services

include participation in comprehensive

group therapy, individual

and family sessions as needed, psychiatric

consultations and ongoing

psychopharmacology.

Seeing psychiatrists and being

able to participate in group therapy

virtually have become the convenient

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The Intensive Outpatient Program

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interfering with their daily lives, such

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The partial hospitalization program

offers a safe, structured environment

designed for patients that

require an intensive, comprehensive

level of care. The program, which is

five days a week from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,

utilizes group therapy to provide

skill-based knowledge for patients

to create change in their lives by

understanding the psychiatric diagnosis;

the impact of life stressors; and

by learning to identify triggers and

coping mechanisms for a successful,

healthy lifestyle.

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“The advantages of telehealth

ensure that patients not only have

access to the care they need, but

also can experience the social interaction

that many are so sorely

missing during this pandemic," said

Kim Hornak, director of outpatient

programs.

Telehealth has been a lifeline for

patients, allowing them to maintain

their routines while continuing to stay

safe and self-isolate at home, as well

as experience the social benefits of

attending therapy in person.

The success of telehealth for Central

Florida Behavioral Hospital has led

to plans to provide telehealth services

to adolescents, shortly following

the start of the 2020-21 school year.

CFBH is anticipating meeting the

mental health needs of adolescents

following the anxiety and uncertainty

they may experience regarding the

reopening of schools.

“With the implementation and

success of telehealth, the landscape

of mental health care has

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and clinicians appreciate the convenience

of having alternative options

to in-person appointments. We

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and provider for the community of

Central Florida, and telehealth has

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to ensure essential mental health services

are accessible and delivered,

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Immunization isn’t just for children.

Some of those vaccinations you may

have had as a child can wear off

over time, becoming less effective.

You may need additional vaccinations

if you’re traveling to a different

country or if you’re going to be

around young children who may not

yet be immunized. In addition, with

age, your immune system becomes

weaker, and complications from illnesses

can be more serious.

For most adults, officials of the

Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC) recommend these

vaccines:

• Influenza (flu) vaccine: All adults

should get a flu shot every year.

Although the shot does not provide

100% protection, it cuts the risk of

getting the flu by 40% to 60%.

• Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis

(Tdap or Td): This combination vaccination

protects against the bacterial

infection that causes lockjaw as well

as diphtheria (a respiratory infection)

and whooping cough. You only need

the Tdap once, but you should have

the Td booster dose every 10 years.

Top Recommended

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by Benjamin Kaplan, M.D.

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• Chickenpox: Chickenpox can

be serious, particularly for adults. If

you have not had chickenpox, you

should get the vaccine.

Adults are

recommended

to keep up with

immunizations

throughout their

lives.

• Shingles: If you have had chickenpox,

the virus can remain dormant

for years, reactivating later

in life to cause shingles. The CDC

recommends the shingles vaccine for

adults 50 and older.

• Pneumococcal vaccine: Recommended

for adults 65 and older, the

pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent

the infection that causes pneumonia,

meningitis and the bloodstream infection

sepsis. The vaccine also is recommended

for adults under age 65 who

smoke or have asthma, diabetes or

other immune problems.

• MMR (Measles, Mumps,

Rubella): For adults born in 1957

or later, the CDC recommends the

MMR if you have not yet received it.

• HPV: Young adults, especially

women ages 19 to 26 and men

ages 19 to 21, should get the vaccine

to guard against the human

papillomavirus.

Are you up-to-date on your immunizations?

Talk with your doctor to

find out if you need any additional

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Allergy season is causing congestion,

coughing, itchy eyes and

other classic symptoms for people

across the country. However,

this year brings new concerns as

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted

everyone’s lives, and people with

asthma and allergies have many

questions.

“With the coronavirus pandemic

coinciding with allergy season,

many people with asthma and allergies

have questions about symptoms,

risks and medication,” says

allergist Dr. J. Allen Meadows,

president of the American College

of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

(ACAAI). “It’s more important than

ever to use medications to control

symptoms while taking precautions

to stay healthy. Remember that your

allergy symptoms usually happen annually.

So, if symptoms seem familiar

and you’ve had them in the past,

there’s a pretty good chance it’s your

allergies at work again.”

Officials of the U.S. Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention

consider asthma to be one of the

chronic illnesses that may increase

the chance of a severe case of

COVID-19. Here’s what you need to

know if you or a family member suffers

from asthma:

• Respiratory viruses trigger asthma

flares. Respiratory viruses are

the most common trigger for asthma

flares — the severe worsening of the

condition that typically requires oral

steroids to relieve symptoms. Not all

viruses affect asthma patients equally,

and some viruses such as influenza

and rhinovirus are more likely

to trigger asthma flares than others.

“Right now, we don’t know if

COVID-19 is one of those viruses that

tends to trigger an asthma flare,” Dr.

Meadows said.

• There’s not a higher risk of contracting

COVID-19. Currently, there is

no clear evidence that patients with

asthma are at a higher risk of contracting

COVID-19. However, asthma

is an underlying medical condition

that may be associated with a more

severe disease if you are infected

with this virus.

“ACAAI recommends that anyone

with allergies or asthma should

Concerned About Asthma

and Allergies During COVID-19?

Allergists advise maintaining regular allergy treatment during COVID-19.

follow CDC guidelines, such as using

a face mask while in public; keeping

an appropriate distance from others;

washing your hands with soap and

water for at least 20 seconds; and

avoiding touching your eyes, nose

and mouth,” Dr. Meadows said.

• Asthma and allergy medications

don’t increase COVID-19 risks. You

may be concerned about using your

intranasal corticosteroids for nasal

allergies and your inhaled corticosteroids

or biologic therapy for your

asthma. There is no data to show

that continuing these allergy and

asthma medications will have any effect

on increasing your risk of getting

COVID-19, or if you get the infection,

lead to a worse outcome.

“It’s more important than ever to

take medications and control allergy

and asthma symptoms, because [if

you don’t, it] may lead to misdiagnosis

of COVID-19 as there is some

overlap of symptoms,” Dr. Meadows

said.

• Take precautions if you do get

COVID-19. It is important if you have

been diagnosed with COVID-19 (or

suspect you may have COVID-19)

and are using a nebulizer at home,

that you know the virus may persist

in droplets in the air for one to two

hours. Therefore, you should use

a nebulizer in a location that minimizes

exposure of droplets to members

of your household who are not

infected.

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“Choose a location for your treatment

where air is not recirculated

into the home,” Dr. Meadows said.

“Places like a porch, patio or garage

with surfaces that can be cleaned

more easily are good options.”

• Reach out to an allergist with

questions. Allergists recommend people

with asthma stay on medications

to control symptoms. If you have

questions about your symptoms or

current medications, contact your

allergist. Many now offer telemedicine,

where they meet with you remotely

via video or phone. And,

many telemedicine visits are covered

by insurance.

“Allergists are asthma specialists,”

Dr. Meadows said. “They can help

answer questions, provide guidance

and ease concerns regarding both

asthma and allergies. You can find a

local allergist at acaai.org/locate-anallergist.

If you do become infected

with COVID-19, use caution and avoid

experimental treatments unless the

treatment is specifically recommended

by the physician caring for you.”

(BPT) ª


4 | August 2020 | Living Well

As millions of people around the country

practice social distancing and are

staying at home for weeks on end, many

people may find themselves feeling lonely

and alone, maybe even anxious or

uneasy, for the first time.

Others are all too familiar with the

emotional impact of feeling alone and

separated from friends and loved ones

while also managing their emotional

health. Among them are people who live

with a mental illness, such as depression,

bipolar disorder or anxiety, who sometimes

opt to social distance because

being around other people makes them

uncomfortable or self-conscious.

One in five adults live with some form

of mental illness in the U.S., and many of

them also deal with a relatively unknown

involuntary movement disorder called

tardive dyskinesia (TD). TD is associated

with prolonged use of antipsychotics prescribed

to treat mental illnesses, such as

depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

The physical symptoms of TD can

impact one’s emotional and social well-being,

causing them to feel embarrassed or

withdrawn from society. At least 500,000

people in the U.S. are living with TD.

Feeling

Lonely During Social Isolation?

Shelly, a married mother of one, was

diagnosed with bipolar disorder and

spent two years with her physician trying

to find an antipsychotic medication that

helped. After being prescribed a few different

options, she finally found a treatment

that worked for her. Just as things

started to get better, however, she began

noticing uncontrollable movements in her

legs, mouth and tongue.

After noticing these movements, her

doctor advised that she might have TD.

She learned that while the symptoms can

look and feel different from day to day,

they may remain persistent and often irreversible.

Shelly’s symptoms sometimes

embarrass her so much that she often

avoids communication with others.

“The days my TD symptoms are really

bad, I won’t answer the phone because

my voice is so slurred from my tongue

movements, it’s hard for people to understand

me,” she said.

One memory is especially painful.

“I was at a parent/teacher conference,”

Shelly said. “My hands were

swinging all over the place, and I could

feel the teachers staring at me. My husband

and I tried to explain what was going

on, but they didn’t believe me. It was

very hurtful.”

She explains that situations like those

are difficult to handle.

“I was working so hard to be a better

person and deal with my mental health

issues, and strangers who didn’t understand

were judging me for things beyond

my control,” Shelly said.

As Shelly reflects on how her mental

health has been impacted by the global

pandemic, she says it “brings so many

overwhelming thoughts and emotions to

the forefront. I know what it feels like to

not want to go out and stay at home, so,

for those people who are dealing with it

during this pandemic, I can relate.”

To cope with these challenging times,

Shelly says, “I try to keep up-to-date with

Shelly helps those socially distancing to

cope by sharing her story living with TD.

current events but also try to read uplifting

and funny articles.”

It is especially important that people

are aware of the challenges of living with

mental illness, including TD, and that they

can reach out to their physicians and

have access to the appropriate therapies.

During this time of unprecedented

anxiety, treating TD is a critical strategy

for maintaining overall mental health and


wellness, so that those living with the condition

can live an active, productive life.

Whether people are in self-imposed or

mandated social isolation, Shelly offers

the following suggestions to weather the

storm:

• Seek virtual support groups or connect

with family and friends. Comparing

stories and information with others facing

similar challenges can be enormously

helpful.

“It’s so important for people with TD to

feel connected and have a community,

because we are often so isolated and

stigmatized,” Shelly said.

It is important to stay connected to

family, friends and those who make you

feel supported, listen and can help uplift

your spirits.

“I know what it feels like to be alone,

so I can relate to those people out there

struggling through this tough time,"

Shelly said.

• Reflect on your individual needs.

Acknowledge and legitimize your own

feelings. Know that your feelings are valid.

Connect with people who make you

feel better and avoid those who bring

you down.

“I call my friends and family weekly

and my mother daily, and I set a weekly

phone session with my therapist to help

me cope,” Shelly said.

• Stick to healthy routines. Do everything

possible to take care of your own

physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Take time for yourself to exercise,

try meditating and connect with loved

ones.

“Taking short walks with my husband

every evening around my neighborhood

makes all the difference,” Shelly said.

• Optimize resources. Take advantage

of the wealth of online mental

health resources. There are a lot of advocacy

groups that have support services

available to help manage your mental

well-being, and if you are living with

the challenges of mental illness, including

TD, you can learn more about the

disorder and how to get help by visiting

talkabouttd.com.

This article was sponsored and developed by

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. Shelly was compensated

by Neurocrine Biosciences for sharing her story.

(BPT) ª

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6 | August 2020 | Living Well

Whether your role as a caregiver

has you looking out for an elderly

relative, children or both, chances

are good that you’ve worried about

how the COVID-19 pandemic may

continue to affect your ability to provide

necessary care.

Following the most up-to-date

guidelines from the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention is

the first step for caregivers. As caregivers

continue to adjust during the

pandemic, keep the following considerations

in mind:

• Contact health care providers to

obtain extra necessary medications

and stock up on over-the-counter

drugs.

• Monitor needed medical

supplies related to a loved one’s

condition or treatments (oxygen, incontinence,

dialysis, wound care,

etc.) and common supplies, such as

tissues and cough syrup.

• Those with a loved one in a

long-term care facility should inquire

about any positive COVID-19 cases

in the facility, testing procedures for

the residents and staff members, and

Tips for

Caregivers Facing a Pandemic

be aware of the facility’s protocol if

there is an outbreak or positive tests

among residents and staff.

The following additional tips can

help caregivers reduce the pandemic’s

impact:

• Make backup plans. Most caregivers

have plans in place for temporary

assistance when things go

awry, but COVID-19 is putting many

of those short-term solutions to the

test. It’s a good time to pull in additional

resources, so you have extra

help waiting if someone you’re

counting on falls ill or can’t fill in as

planned. A meal delivery service

may be a good option if grocery

shopping and meal preparation continue

to be affected.

• Reduce exposure. Those who

take care of loved ones in their

homes or are regular care providers

to family members and friends

have concerns about exposing

this vulnerable group to the virus.

Many long-term care facilities have

changed their visitation policies. You

might be able to visit a loved one

through a window, via a balcony or

through video chat. It’s also important

to minimize time spent out in the

community where you could unknowingly

contract the virus and pass it to

a vulnerable loved one.

• Shop smart. Because supermarkets

and stores with goods

identified as “essential” are still

bustling with people, it’s important

to minimize extra trips and wear a

mask when in public. If possible,

drop groceries and essentials at

the door or arrange for delivery.

In addition, some major pharmacies

— where AARP members get

special benefits on health, wellness

and beauty purchases — have introduced

special shopping hours

for seniors and drive-thru shopping

options to minimize person-to-person

contact.

• Reschedule wellness appointments.

Not only are doctor’s offices

short on resources, a waiting room

can be filled with germs that may

cause illness. Try to arrange for telephone

or video-based appointments

when possible, and cancel any

appointments that aren’t urgently

necessary.

• Keep germs away. Thorough

hand-washing with soap and water

is critical. In addition to washing

hands after eating and using the

restroom, anyone entering and leaving

the house should wash his or her

hands. Also wipe down high-touch

surfaces like doorknobs, remotes

and phone keypads.

• Combat boredom. Despite the

good intentions of staying away, social

isolation can be a real concern

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is important for their health, but

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Through Aug. 16 — Drive-Thru

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McDonald’s restaurants in Central Florida

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The United Arts of Central Florida sponsors

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campaign, to help support small

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to make a donation, call 407-628-0333

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Sept. 12 — Hats & Roses

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt

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gourmet luncheon, and fashion show. Time:

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Sept. 21-Oct. 31 — BigWigs Campaign

Susan G. Komen sponsors its 2020

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breast health programs and services, and

along the way, they are treated to prizes,

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Oct. 3 — Dinner Gala

Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International

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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as keynote

speaker. COVID-19 precautions will

be taken. Time: 5:30 p.m. Cost: $125;

$500 for VIP, with proceeds benefiting

FFPC. Sponsorships are available. For

more information, visit flfamily.org.

Oct. 9 — A Grand Night For Singing

The Alford Inn at Rollins College, 300 E.

New England Ave., Winter Park, hosts

Opera Orlando’s fifth annual gala, A

Grand Night for Singing, a black-tie event

hosted by Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott

Maxwell and honoring Mary and Frank J.

Doherty. Activities include dinner, drinks,

dancing, silent and live auctions, and operatic

selections performed by renowned

soloists. Time: 6 p.m. for cocktail hour, 7

p.m. for formal dinner. Cost: $250, with

proceeds benefiting Opera Orlando’s

future seasons as it prepares to move to

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or visit operaorlando.org/gala.

Oct. 10 — Dream Village Virtual Gala

Sunshine Foundation hosts its 11th

annual Dream Village Gala, featuring

a “Decades: 60s, 70s and 80s”

theme, silent and live auctions, and

entertainment. This year’s event is virtual.

Time: 6-8 p.m. Sponsorships are

available. For more information, visit

www.sunshinefoundation.org/all-events.

Oct. 15 — Celebration Of Motherhood

2020

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest

Ave., Orlando, hosts the Celebration of

Motherhood 2020, including a plated

breakfast. Time: 8:30-11 a.m. Cost:

$50, with proceeds benefiting Healthy

Start Coalition of Orange County families.

Donations are appreciated, and

sponsorships are available. For more

information, call 407-228-1481 or email

info@healthystartorange.org.

Nov. 14 — Harvest Of Hope Garden

Party

Matthew’s Hope Ministries’ seventh

annual Harvest of Hope Garden Party,

including light hor’doeuvres, music and

fellowship, takes place at the Pines

of Windermere. Cost: $75, includes

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n Classes/Programs

Aug. 12 — Cuisine Corner: Seasonal

Veggies

The Orange County Library System sponsors

Cuisine Corner — Seasonal Veggies,

a virtual program during which participants

watch live as Yamira Lee Johnson,

head chef and founder of Breaking

Bread with Mira and a certified holistic

life coach, shows how to cook satisfying

seasonal veggies. A device with access

to the internet and speakers/headset are

required. Time: 6-7 p.m. For more information

about Breaking Bread with Mira, visit

breakingbreadwithmira.com. For more information

about the library program or to register,

visit attend.ocls.info/event/4394702.

Aug. 27 — Ghosts Of Murders Past

The Orange County Library System sponsors

Ghosts of Murders Past, a presentation

about some of Florida’s murders,

serial killers and ghost stories. The event

is presented using Facebook and YouTube

Live. Registrants must provide an email

address, so they can receive instructions

on how to log in. A device with access

to the internet and speakers/headset are

required. Time: 9 p.m. For more information,

visit attend.ocls.info/event/4316116

or www.trippingonlegends.com.

n Events/Performances

Through Aug. 20 — Pulse Remembrance

Exhibition

Orange County Regional History Center,

65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, hosts

The Stories They Could Tell, the fourth

annual Pulse remembrance exhibition.

Also available online, the display is

fully bilingual with text in both English

and Spanish. For more information, visit

thehistorycenter.org.

Through Oct. 31 — Enchanted Fairy Doors

Exhibit

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest

Ave., Orlando, hosts the Enchanted Fairy

Doors exhibit, featuring 20 one-of-a-kind,

whimsical fairy doors that inspire your

child’s imaginative world of enchanted

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forests and secret gardens. A map of the

doors and narrative of each fairy is given

to every guest. Cost: included in daytime

garden admission of $10, adults; $5,

children 4-17. For more information, call

407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.

Aug. 8, 15 & 22 — Summer Serenades

Concerts

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs

all-virtual Summer Serenades concerts

that include favorite works of chamber

music. Time: 8 p.m. Concerts are free

and open to the public, but donations are

appreciated. For more information, visit

orlandophil.org/summer-serenades.

n Miscellaneous

Through Aug. 25 — Helping Hometown

Heroes Initiative

Schick Roofing holds its Helping

Hometown Heroes annual initiative to

give away a free shingle roof to a deserving

first responder or health care worker

in Orlando. Anyone can nominate a

deserving first responder or health care

worker by submitting a nomination form

and brief story about the nominee. One

recipient will be chosen from the entries.

For more information, including terms and

conditions, visit orlandoroofingpros.com/

hometown-heroes.

Through Aug. 27 — Call For Artists

The city of Orlando seeks an artist or artist

team to create a 3-D artwork for a prominent

site in downtown Orlando along the

new Ultimate I-4. The proposed artwork

should capture the distinct character and

culture of the community and visually

enhance the public space. Submissions

must be received by midnight mountain

time Aug. 27, 2020, via the CaFÉ online

service at artist.callforentry.org/festivals_

unique_info.php?ID=7927. For more

information, call Mary-Stewart Droege,

project manager, 407-246-3276; or email

mary-stewart.droege@cityoforlando.net.

Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 & Dec. 7 — First

Free Mondays

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest

Ave., Orlando, hosts First Free Mondays,

during which guests can visit the 50-acre

garden and explore more than 8,000

varieties of plants. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information,

call 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.

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n Networking/Clubs

Ongoing — Members Wanted

The West Orange Women seeks women of

all ages to join its group for fun, friendship

and philanthropy. Members can participate

in more than 20 activity groups and

attend a monthly charity luncheon. Annual

dues are $20. For more information, call

Mary Borgan, 407-929-3030; or visit

www.westorangewomen.com.

Aug. 11, 18 & 25 — Toastmasters

Meetings

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall,

4100 McKinnon Road, Windermere,

hosts Windermere Toastmasters Club No.

4662754 meetings. Attendees learn to

develop their oral communication and

leadership skills in a supportive and positive

learning environment. Time: Tuesdays

at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.

windermeretoastmasters.org.

Aug. 12, 19 & 26 — Toastmasters

Meetings

The Florida Turnpike Headquarters Building

No. 5315 in the Turkey Lake Service Area

on Florida’s Turnpike at Mile Marker 263,

hosts Turnpike Toastmasters meetings.

Guests must check in at the reception desk

for meeting access. Time: Wednesdays

from noon-1 p.m. For more information,

visit 2362.toastmastersclubs.org.

Aug. 13, 20 & 27 — Toastmasters

Meetings

The Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips,

7255 Della Drive, Orlando, hosts Vista

Toastmasters meetings. Time: Thursdays

from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information,

visit www.vistatoastmasters.org.

Aug. 27 — Virtual Book Club Meeting

The Winter Garden Book Club holds a

virtual meeting on Zoom for a lively book

discussion about the National Endowment

for the Arts Big Read, Pretty Monsters by

Kelly Link. Registration is required, and an

email address must be provided to participate.

Time: 6-7 p.m. For more information,

visit attend.ocls.info/event/4366039.

n Support Groups

Aug. 9 — GriefShare: Loss Of A Spouse

Virtual Support Group Meeting

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851

S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts

GriefShare: Loss of a Spouse, a free, virtual,

support group meeting for anyone who

is grieving the loss of a spouse or partner,

no matter how long ago the loss occurred.

Participants learn how to process grief and

to face the future with hope. The program

is offered via Zoom. Time: 2-4 p.m. To

RSVP, visit st.lukes.org/griefsharespouse.

For more information, including how to

connect on Zoom, call 407-876-4991, ext.

262; or email care@st.lukes.org.

Aug. 11 — Support Group Meeting For

Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource

Center sponsors a free support group

meeting for caregivers in the Suite 281

Conference Room (next to the south elevators

on the second floor) at Health Central

Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee.

Time: second Tuesday of each month at 6

p.m. For more information, call 407-843-

1910 or visit www.adrccares.org.

Aug. 11 & 25 — Mental Health Support

Group Meetings

Room 201 in Building B at St. Luke’s United

Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts a free individual

and family support group meeting

for individuals affected by mental illness.

The 90-minute meeting is peer-led and helps

participants connect with each other, learn

from each other’s experiences, share coping

strategies and offer each other encouragement

and understanding. Time: the second

and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30

p.m. For more information, call 407-253-

1900, email information@namigo.org or

visit www.namigo.org.

Aug. 20 — GriefShare Support Group

Meetings Begin

Room 210 of the Barnes Learning Center

(second floor of Founder’s Hall) at St.

Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851

S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando,

hosts 14-week grief support group meetings

beginning Aug. 20. Registration is

required. Time: Thursdays from 10:30

a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Another daytime class from 10 a.m.-noon

begins Sept. 2. To register, visit st.lukes.

org/care/#grief. For more information,

call 407-876-4991, ext. 262; or email

care@st.lukes.org.

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