Health and Wellness Directory

Health and Wellness Directory

Michael Ocilka, CLTC LTCEPP The biggest financial risk Americans face today is “not dying.” One’s Longevity Planning (retirement, life and LTC insurance, Medicare) should be a comprehensive, holistic process. As a Long-Term Care Education and Planning Specialist, I’ve discovered that paying for LTC services are another expense in life. The only two questions are where will the money come from and what will be the

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Identity Theft Is a Growing Crime

Identity Theft Is a Growing Crime

“Is your husband there? His loan is ready,” said the bank officer on the phone. After questioning him, I told him that neither my husband nor I had applied for any loan, especially one from a bank in Turtle Creek since we lived in the North Hills. I could hear the condescension in his voice when he replied, “Are you sure he didn’t apply for

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Pittsburgh Fountains: There’s Something in the Water

Pittsburgh Fountains: There’s Something in the Water

Whether bubbling, spraying, dancing, or cascading, there’s something inviting, relaxing, and hypnotic about a fountain. Pittsburgh has no shortage of fountains. In fact, the calling card to our city is a water fountain—the Point State Park fountain—and fittingly so, since our city’s founding hinged upon the favorable location of being near our three large, navigable rivers. The landmark fountain at the point is majestic, with

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Theater Venues in the Pittsburgh Area

Theater Venues in the Pittsburgh Area

The Pittsburgh area is home to several impressive theatrical venues such as Heinz Hall, the Benedum and Byham theaters. However, there is a thriving theater culture beyond the Cultural District. The following are some of the other theatrical venues in the area that help to create a vibrant cultural scene. Apple Hill Playhouse The Apple Hill Playhouse is a community theater located in Delmont and

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Centennial+ Pittsburgh Businesses

Centennial+ Pittsburgh Businesses

It is estimated that only 56% of businesses make it past their fifth year. How fortunate is Pittsburgh, then, that the city has numerous businesses that have been around for more than 100 years. Many of them are now large, multi-national corporations—household names–but there are some smaller, lesser-known entities that have survived for more than a century that you should know. The following are some

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An Interview with Brooklyn Based Band Charming Disaster

An Interview with Brooklyn Based Band Charming Disaster

Embodying both the devilish and divine, Brooklyn based goth-folk duo, Charming Disaster, is set to perform at the Wigle Whiskey Barrel House and Beer Garden on 1055 Spring Garden Avenue from 7-9pm on July 27th. This is not Charming Disaster’s first time playing in Pittsburgh, but their return is greatly anticipated from fans and local music lovers alike as they will perform songs from their

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Wizard World is taking over Pittsburgh July 26-28th

Wizard World is taking over Pittsburgh July 26-28th

Get ready for one of Pittsburgh’s most supernatural events with Wizard World! Featuring a star-studded panel and celebrity appearances, Wizard World is  a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Pittsburghers of all ages will enjoy. The lineup features actors from a wide variety of cinematic works including Zachary Levi from Shazam, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Thor: The Dark World, Teddy Sears from CW’s The Flash and American Horror

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GoodTaste Pittsburgh! Presents PizzaFest- A Slice of Delish!

GoodTaste Pittsburgh! Presents PizzaFest- A Slice of Delish!

It’s time to get a little cheesy- and grab a slice of Pittsburgh’s best pizza pies! On Sunday June 23rd from 6-9 PM, GoodTaste! Pittsburgh is presenting PizzaFest- A Slice of Delish! at the Pennsylvania Market in the Strip District. This event is sure to have mouths watering as 7 local, artisan chefs are sharing their delicious creations straight from the oven. Guests will also

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Finding a Forever Home: A Shelter Series Tale

Finding a Forever Home: A Shelter Series Tale

It was a dark and stormy night. A dog, lost, hungry and afraid, seeks refuge in an abandoned garage. He is eventually discovered and taken to a local pet shelter by a sympathetic police officer. And so begins the tale of Ducky, named by a shelter employee for his peculiar appearance, part Pit Bull, part Basset Hound, making him an “odd duck” indeed. The book

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Book Review: Best Seven Years of my Life

Book Review: Best Seven Years of my Life

When I began reading The Best Seven Years of My Life: The Story of an Unlikely Caregiver, co-written by George Shannon and his son Chad Patrick Shannon, it was with a sense of scepticism. It is the story of a couple from Sewickley, PA nearing retirement age whose lives are cruelly disrupted when the wife suffers several devastating strokes. Told from the viewpoint of Carol’s

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