I'm a Sun Sentinel multi-tasker, covering aging issues and consumer stuff. Oh, and sometimes pets cuz I love them.

Grandparents' rights inch forward with new visitation law

orlandosentinel.com — A new Florida law is being trumpeted as the first advancement in grandparent visitation rights in decades. Despite this measure, which goes into effect July 1, grandparents still have almost no legal standing in Florida when it comes to visiting their grandchildren - even if those youngsters lived with them for years while their parents struggled with addiction, divorce or other problems. "Sometimes, we get calls from grandparents whose children are going through a divorce.

Is that legal flag behavior? Some state laws may surprise you

orlandosentinel.com — It's a grand old flag. And there are some interesting state laws governing how it's purchased, displayed and treated in Florida. The All-American Flag Act, which becomes law on July 1, is the latest in more than a century's worth of legislation governing the symbols of the nation, state and even the Confederacy.

Is that legal flag behavior? Some state laws may surprise you

sun-sentinel.com — It's a grand old flag. And there are some interesting state laws governing how it's purchased, displayed and treated in Florida. The All-American Flag Act, which becomes law on July 1, is the latest in more than a century's worth of legislation governing the symbols of the nation, state and even the Confederacy.

Precision medicine trial at University of Miami will design customized cancer treatments

sun-sentinel.com — South Floridians with cancer could receive promising new treatments, literally custom-designed for them, through a new study coming to the University of Miami. Researchers next month will start enrolling patients in the National Cancer Institute's Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice, or NCI-MATCH, program.

Grandparents¿ rights inch forward with new visitation law

sun-sentinel.com — A new Florida law is being trumpeted as the first advancement in grandparent visitation rights in decades. Despite this measure, which goes into effect July 1, grandparents still have almost no legal standing in Florida when it comes to visiting their grandchildren - even if those youngsters lived with them for years while their parents struggled with addiction, divorce or other problems. "Sometimes, we get calls from grandparents whose children are going through a divorce.

Centenarians share secrets of longevity

sun-sentinel.com — In life's race, they're the marathoners. They're South Florida's centenarians, and they've been around longer than network television, antibiotics, interstate highways and the Empire State Building. How did they do it? "Pretty girls, and a little bit of good vodka every night," said Tom Snedeker, of Pompano Beach, with a sly smile.

UF survey collects spiders, identifies Miami-area species

sun-sentinel.com — Is it safe sharing your home with those creepy crawlers that have set up shop in your sun room? Wonder about the owner of that massive web shimmering in your backyard? Time to call your friendly neighborhood spider man.

Study finds that among senior and community services, only one-third trains staff on LGBT issues

sun-sentinel.com — A recent University of Miami study found three-fourths of elder service and other agencies surveyed reported having gay and lesbian clients. Yet less than a third had any specialized training in the needs concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

LCpl Janos. V. Lutz memorial wall honors veterans with PTS who committed suicide

sun-sentinel.com — Not all who lost their lives serving their country died on the battlefield. Startling numbers of veterans commit suicide. Janine Lutz, of Davie, thinks they deserve to be remembered this Memorial Day, too. The mother of a 24-year-old Marine who took his life two years ago, she has created the LCpl Janos V.

24 Miami-area hospitals earn 'A,' one earns 'D' in new safety ratings from Leapfrog

sun-sentinel.com — Most South Florida hospitals are continuing to maintain high safety standards, according to the latest biannual report by The Leapfrog Group. The nonprofit organization, which advocates for safer health care delivery, gave 24 of South Florida's 45 hospitals an "A" in its latest rankings, released Wednesday.
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May 09, 2014

@AARPBroward @sunserveftl @Helpchick @TheBowTieGuy Great to be at SunServe luncheon today, talking about our story re #LGBT end of life.

Apr 17, 2014

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Apr 17, 2014

Our moving look at an LGBT couple's end-of-life journey is getting lots of tears and cheers. We r proud. bit.ly/OY2uND #lgbtaging

Feb 15, 2013

It's a state of mind, not geography. RT @ryan_mcneill77: Today I learned there are Yankee rednecks! t.co/bTID5Dbi

Feb 15, 2013

Love -- and Viagra jokes -- were in the air at this #senior dating game. t.co/eTAoP7GJ #VDay

Feb 15, 2013

Good morning, TGIF! Breaking news on the state of #cat litter advertising. More #catvideos for you! t.co/iLbmMp1P

Feb 14, 2013

Beyond gold & silver: What do you give for an 80th anniversary? List of world's longest married couples. Happy #Vday! t.co/HPFDdXOJ

Feb 14, 2013

Broward's new #pet laws could put many owners in the doghouse. Do they go too far or are they good for pets? t.co/navye1dH

Feb 14, 2013

Happy V-Day:Touching photos/video of #LGBT couples, many of them #seniors, on their wedding days.@sageusa: t.co/9bZtjF5a #LGBTaging

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