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

Healthcare Bill of Rights promotes equality for gay, lesbian patients

sun-sentinel.com — Gay rights advocates say some health care providers continue to mistreat or turn away patients because of sexual orientation, despite a growing number of regulations prohibiting such discrimination. They say many patients don't know they can fight back. A new health care document could help change that.

Westminster: West Palm Beach family of five participating in elite show

sun-sentinel.com — This year's event - so famous it's known by people who can't tell a poodle from a pomeranian - will feature 2,711 dogs representing 192 breeds. No Sunderman, two or four-legged, wants to be left behind at showtime. "The dogs love it when they see us start packing," Jennifer said.

More at-home help coming for sick, disabled seniors

sun-sentinel.com — Meanwhile, Broward County would get its first PACE site by early 2016. This new PACE center in Miramar would have room for 125 seniors and be run by Miami Jewish Health Systems, which already hasthree centers in Miami-Dade County.

Chris Evert Children's Hospital receives $2 million gift for renovation

sun-sentinel.com — Pediatrix Medical Group - a Sunrise-based provider of neonatal, pediatric and maternity services - on Wednesday announced it will contribute $2 million toward renovating the Chris Evert Children's Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Health care speed dating: a new way to find Dr. Right

sun-sentinel.com — Is health care speed-dating the way to find the doctor of your dreams? Florida Medical Center in Lauderdale Lakes will be hosting a free event on Valentine's Day to let prospective patients meet physicians through a rotating series of five-minute conversations. Once a bell rings, the person will move on to the next doctor.

Brookdale purchases, renames senior retirement communities

sun-sentinel.com — Twelve senior retirement communities in Palm Beach County and four in Broward County were renamed in January, following the merger of two major senior living providers last year. Brookdale Senior Living Inc., based in Tennessee, has rebranded its local properties with its corporate name, replacing other well-known names that included Emeritus, Homewood and Newport Place.

Isis and Joan: A cat is reunited with her sick owner

sun-sentinel.com — As she was rushed into hospice care, Joan Price had one main fear: What would happen to her beloved Isis? The black cat she had found as a stray in her Fort Lauderdale apartment complex was her constant companion.

Chris Evert hospital project aims to give kids comfort, privacy

sun-sentinel.com — Chris Evert Children's Hospital is bustling. Dozens of high-tech beds cradling premature babies tethered to monitors are packed into a single room at the hospital, which is at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Many seriously ill young patients have a roommate, leaving their parents little privacy to comfort and cuddle them.

Veterans Affairs on mission to build genetic database

sun-sentinel.com — Veterans, Uncle Sam wants you - your DNA, that is. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is stepping up recruitment efforts in South Florida for its Million Veteran Program. The information gathered from participants, VA researchers say, could reveal important connections between chronic medical conditions and genetics, and pave the way for innovative treatments not just for veterans but for everyone.

Electronic nature tours let visitors guide themselves with smartphones, iPads

sun-sentinel.com — Mother Nature is going high-tech. If you're taking a hike through some of South Florida's preserved wetlands, dunes and hammocks, you may be guided by an "electronic naturalist." Three natural areas managed by the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division now are equipped with eNature tours, and the county is expandingthe program.
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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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