Ryan Companies Announces Two Senior Living Communities in Texas

Sugar Land and Georgetown will be newest locations for Grand Living

Riverstone Rendering -Ryan Companies

Riverstone Rendering -Ryan Companies

Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Grand Living announced today their intent to develop two senior living communities in Texas: Grand Living at Riverstone and Grand Living at Georgetown.   These projects are located in Sugar Land and Georgetown Texas respectively.  The communities will follow the age-in-place model and include all Grand Living amenities available at other locations.

Grand Living and Ryan Companies have eight communities currently under construction and development across the US in Florida, Iowa and now Texas.  The Grand Living experience has been identified as a distinctive lifestyle and healthcare service for seniors. Each Texas project will include 180 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care.  Well known for their amenities and services the Texas Grand Living projects will include: 24 hour on-site staffing, multiple dining venues, a performance theater, the Grand Spa and Salon, an outdoor pool, Club Room, Library, and many other offerings.   Both projects are expected to break ground in early 2019.

“Grand Living has been delivering upscale senior living communities in Florida and Iowa since 2015, now Texas will be the home of their next two,” said Eric Anderson, Vice President of Development, Ryan Companies. “Aside from the one of a kind amenities offered, Grand Living offers the best healthcare and lifestyle service offerings available in the market.”Grand Living at Riverstone will be located in Sugar Land Texas, at 4814 LJ Parkway, Sugar Land TX  77479. Grand Living at Georgetown is located north of Austin at 1330 W. University Avenue, Georgetown TX  78628.  Both Texas communities will be developed and built by Ryan Companies, designed by Ryan Companies A + E and managed by Grand Living.

About Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Founded in 1938, Ryan Companies offers comprehensive commercial real estate services as a national developer, architect, capital investment consultant, builder and real estate manager with a focus on bringing lasting value to its customers and the communities in which it works. Ryan market depth includes retail, industrial, healthcare and senior living. Ryan development and corporate build-to-suit work spans a wide range of product types including office, mixed-use, hospitality, multifamily housing and mission critical facilities. Ryan has nearly 1,300 employees in 15 offices and has completed projects in 38 states. For more information, visit ryancompanies.com.

Hot Diggety Dog – July is National Grilling Month!

Keep it simple and delicious with these backyard BBQ Tips & Recipes from Kosher.com.

Danielle Steak Sandwich

Danielle Steak Sandwich

Heat up your Weber and get ready for backyard barbecue season. Whether you’re hosting an Independence Day bash or just enjoying the sunset from your deck, grilling and summer go together like hot dogs and mustard. Kosher.com, the premier online community for kosher cooking and living, welcomes National Grilling Month (a.k.a. July) with a slew of ideas, tips, and recipes for BBQ season.

“We love the relaxed vibe of summer that just makes everything seem easier,” said cookbook author Chanie Nayman, editor in chief of Kosher.com. “Nobody wants to fuss much – especially in the kitchen. Anyone can and should make the most of barbecue season, no matter what their level of culinary expertise may be.”

It’s all about the burger. Case in point: in Six 3-Ingredient Burger Recipes, Nayman shows how easy it is to transform plain ground beef into something special with the addition of basic items you probably already have on hand, like onions, ketchup, and dried herbs – and no need to measure!

Speaking of burgers…If you want to take sliders to the next level and don’t mind doing a bit of prep work, this “beefed up” version of commercially available Barbecue Sliders is the starting point for Sam Adler’s over-the-top Garlic Bread Pull-Apart Mushroom Beef Sliders.

More of a dog person?  Check out Jenna Grunfeld’s twist on the frank in Make Your July 4th BBQ Low-Key Amazing as well as her brilliant “hot dog bar” idea, guaranteeing that everyone gets exactly what they want.

It’s not a BBQ without BBQ sauce. Danielle Renov’s https://www.kosher.com/recipe/steak-sandwich-4111 may be your go-to source for a sauce that works not only with steak but also chicken, turkey, ribs, brisket, and even veggie burgers.

Grilled salad? Why not? Many veggies love an open flame – corn on the cob, portabella mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini…the list goes on. Although this Grilled Vegetable Salad from Mishpacha Magazine’s Brynie Greisman calls for oven roasting, there’s no reason the grill can’t take some of the heat off.

Yes, even dessert can be tossed on the barbie. Nothing could be easier than Grilled Fruit with Whipped Cream and Streusel Topping, a delectable, parve creation by food writer and recipe developer Estee Kafra.

And to drink…okay, even the pros at Kosher.com can’t come up with any barbecued beverages. But Honeydew Granita with a Hint of Lemon is such an irresistible match for all things grilled, it would be a shame not to share it.

Six 3-Ingredient Burgers (courtesy of Chanie Nayman)

Enhance ground beef with these flavorsome trios.

  1. Splash of Soy sauce + sprinkle of fresh or dried basil + crushed garlic clove
  2. Squeeze of ketchup + hefty sprinkle of seasoned salt + splash of soy sauce
  3. Loads of sautéed onions + fresh parsley + kosher salt
  4. Diced raw onion + teriyaki sauce + dried mushroom powder (or if you’re not a purist, mushroom soup mix)
  5. Crispy beef fry + sautéed onions + hefty pinch of Trader Joe’s coffee rub
  6. Generous squeeze of sriracha + sprinkle of dried ginger+ dollop of Bone Suckin Sauce

Garlic Bread Pull-Apart Mushroom Beef Sliders (courtesy of Sam Adler)

You can use store-bought slider buns, or see recipe for homemade buns.

For sliders

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil

2 (13-ounce) packages Meal Mart Barbeque Sliders, defrosted

1 medium yellow onion diced small

1 (10-ounce) package button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thin

1/3 cup  Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc or other white wine

3/4 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup non-dairy sour cream

salt to taste

  1. In a large skillet, heat two Tbsp. of olive oil over high heat.
  2. Add in the sliders, about 5 at a time, and sear 2 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat with the remaining sliders.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium and add in the chopped onion and ½ tsp. salt. You may need to add in another Tbsp. of olive oil.
  4. Sauté for 5 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent.
  5. Add in the sliced mushrooms and sauté another 3-4 minutes until softened.
  6. Add the wine and chicken stock and stir, making sure to break up the bits that may be stuck to the pan.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated and you have a thick sauce.
  8. Add in the parve sour cream, stir to combine, and turn off the heat.

For garlic “butter”

3 Tbsp. margarine or Earth Balance melted

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. minced parsley or 2 cubes Dorot Frozen Parsley

In a small pot, melt the margarine or Earth Balance. Add the garlic powder and chopped fresh parsley and stir. Keep on low heat.


  1. Place slider on bun and top with mushroom sauce.
  2. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and brush tops with “butter.” Serve immediately.

Jenna Grunfeld’s Hot Dog Worth Savoring

Simply buy some packaged beef “bacon” and wrap one piece around each hot dog before throwing it on the grill (or delicately placing, depending on your grilling style). For a fun serving idea, create a build-your-own hot dog bar with toppings such a sautéed onions, mushrooms, and diced jalapeño peppers. Everyone will be happy, and it’s less work for you!

Best BBQ Sauce (courtesy of Danielle Renov)

BBQ Sauce

2 tablespoons oil

5 cloves garlic minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons Gefen Tomato Paste

1/2 teaspoon allspice

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoons mustard powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 cup molasses

1/2 cup Bartenura Balsamic Vinegar

2 tablespoons Gefen Worcestershire Sauce (fish-free)

1 cup cider vinegar

2 and 1/4 cups brown sugar packed

1 (15-ounce) can Gefen Tomato Sauce

2 and 1/4 cups water

Add oil and garlic to a large pot and sauté over low heat. Add tomato paste, allspice, smoked paprika, mustard powder, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes, and stir to combine. Add the molasses, vinegars, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, tomato sauce, and water to the pot. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and allow mixture to simmer until it has reduced by half (about an hour).

Grilled Vegetable Salad (adapted from a recipe by Brynie Greisman)

For the salad

1 generous handful of Romaine lettuce leaves, torn into pieces

2 medium zucchinis cut into half circles

Handful of portobello mushrooms or 1 small box button mushrooms, cut up

1½ Tbsp. soy sauce

1 generous tsp. sugar

1 generous shake of garlic powder

cooking spray

1 carrot peeled into strips

½ avocado, cubed (optional)

sushi rice, to taste (see note)

  1. Prepare sushi rice according to package directions and reserve.
  2. Place sliced zucchini and mushrooms in a medium-sized container.
  3. Add soy sauce, sugar, and garlic powder and toss in container until coated.
  4. Spray vegetables with oil spray and grill for 10-15 minutes until they begin to wilt. Remove from grill and cool.
  5. Mix all dressing ingredients together until well combined.

For the dressing

3 Tbsp. mayonnaise

1 clove garlic, minced, or one frozen garlic cube

1 tsp. soy sauce

½ – 1 tsp. sugar

salt to taste


  1. Place veggies in a large bowl
  2. Add sushi rice to taste.
  3. Pour dressing just before serving and toss or serve with dressing on the side.

Grilling safety tips

  • Clean your grill and trays regularly to avoid flare-ups from grease or fat.
  • Never use propane or charcoal grills indoors.
  • Keep your grill away from the house, deck, and shrubs.
  • Keep decorations away from grill.
  • Prevent food poisoning from cross-contamination. Use separate plates and utensils for cooked and uncooked meat, and boil marinades before serving.
  • Keep charcoal starter fluid away from children and heat sources.
  • If using a gas or propane grill, check for leaks. Turn grill off immediately if you smell gas. If the smell continues, contact the fire department immediately and move away from the grill.

About Kosher.com

Kosher.com is the premier site for kosher cooking and conversation and the place to go for all things kosher food. With thousands of recipes, unique and original cooking shows, articles and how-to guides, kosher.com has something for everyone. Its massive, fully-searchable library lets users filter by holiday, type of cuisine, ingredient, level of difficulty, and even by chef. You can also search by dietary choices such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or dairy-free. There’s a menu generator to create a customized meal for any occasion, and a forum where users can ask the experts, share recipes, and exchange tips. Go to kosher.com for more summer inspired recipes and outdoor tablescape ideas.

Improving Your Appearance and Loving Your Smile Just Got Easier

 New product helps people love their teeth and lose the bad breath

When it comes to loving what we see in the mirror, our teeth and smile have a lot to do with how we feel about ourselves. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 86 percent of those getting cosmetic dentistry do so to improve their physical appearance. One of the most popular services that people seek cosmetic dentistry for is teeth whitening. Now people can save money, whiten their teeth, and love the smile they see in the mirror once again with a new, patent pending product that has hit the market called WhitenFresh.

“We have created the product that just about everyone can benefit from,” explains Dr. Michael Florman, a Los Angeles-based orthodontist and the chief executive officer of EverSmile, Inc. “Not only is it more affordable than making a cosmetic dentistry appointment, but it’s also simple to use, tastes great and helps with oral hygiene on the go.”

NY Jets Darryl Roberts

NY Jets Darryl Roberts

The product is so revolutionary in the industry that it’s sure to put smiles on faces from coast to coast. WhitenFresh is a product that comes in a small airless spray bottle that can be carried in your purse or pocket. It has been specially designed to whiten teeth, get rid of bad breath and kill germs at the same time. Plus, it’s something that has been formulated so it won’t cause sensitivity. People can use it up to six times per day.

Bravo star Gretchen Rossi

Bravo star Gretchen Rossi

WhitenFresh has numerous benefits, including:

  • High bacteria-killing power. According to the National Institutes of Health, bad breath is often caused by bacteria that builds up in the mouth. WhitenFresh gives people a way to quickly get rid of the bacteria that may lead to bad breath.
  • Providing a great whitening tool for sensitive teeth. Those with sensitive teeth may find it difficult to use other tooth whitening products, because they often make the condition worse. WhitenFresh does not cause sensitivity because it uses a low dose of hydrogen peroxide to whiten gradually.
  • Keeping the mouth fresh between brushing and flossing. Since it’s easy to carry in a purse or pocket, people can freshen up on the go, even when they are not near their toothbrush. It can be used before or after meals, drinking coffee, after wine, before heading into a meeting, or anytime a fresh mouth is needed.
  • Having a great flavor. Nobody likes to try to whiten their teeth with products that are messy or don’t taste good. WhitenFresh has a great mint flavor and there is no messiness.
  • Offering versatility. Just spray and go. WhitenFresh can be used by just about everyone, and they can all benefit. It’s effective at helping to diminish wine and smoking stains.
  • Being simple to use. You just spray one pump into the mouth on the teeth and tongue, swish it around for up to 20 seconds, and then spit out the excess or swallow it. The formula is so gentle that it can be swallowed if spitting is not convenient.

“No matter where you are or who you are with, you want great breath, clean teeth, and a nice white smile. It gives us confidence and makes us feel good,” added Dr. Florman. “WhitenFresh has been designed to help people love their smile and feel confident with their look.”

Bravo star Brandon Liberati

Bravo star Brandon Liberati

EverSmile has created a line of products that will help those with braces, aligners, and retainers keep their devices clean. At the same time, they will be able to clean their aligners, whiten their teeth, and freshen their breath. The products are now available in 4,600 CVS stores around the nation. The line of products includes EverSmile WhiteFoam, which gently cleans aligners or trays, EverSmile OrthoFoam, which cleans under and over braces, and EverSmile WhitenFresh, which is a freshening and tooth whitening spray that kills bacteria that cause bad breath and tooth decay on the go.

EverSmile products use patent pending EverClean™ technology, which cleans and whitens using proprietary surfactants, solvents, and hydrogen peroxide. It breaks up organic stain particles that discolor the teeth and dental appliances.

Dr. Florman, who practices in Los Angeles, is considered to be one of the top Invisalign providers in the country and has over 25 years of consulting experience for oral care companies including for Colgate, Arm & Hammer, and others. Dr. Florman has invented multiple dental products and has brought several products from inception to commercial success. For more information about the company and products, visit their site at: www.eversmilewhite.com.

About EverSmile

Located in Los Angeles, EverSmile’s mission is to create new and advanced oral care products that will change patients’ lives. Currently in development are our new sensitivity-free whitening agents, dry mouth formulations, low-abrasion toothpastes, and a complete children’s dental line. For more information about the company and products, visit their site at: www.eversmilewhite.com.


American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD survey results. https://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=express&cmd=newsviewpost&id=10025.

National Institutes of Health. Halitosis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0025397/.

Taco! Taco! Taco!

Great Recipe Ideas for Summer

Tacos are the perfect food–uniquely versatile and great for breakfast, lunch, dinner… even dessert. Taco! Taco! Taco! features 100 savory and sweet taco recipes that are as easy to prepare as they are to love with options for omnivores as well as vegetarians and vegans alike. Make it part of your summer plans!

Enjoy these two delicious recipes from the book:

Recipe #1: Jerk Chicken Tacos with Mango Avocado Salad
Servings: 4


For the marinade:
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
2 scallions, white and green parts only, thinly sliced
1 2-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
2 Scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, stems removed and roughly chopped
¼ cup canola oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 ¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast

For the mango avocado salsa:
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
1 ripe avocado, seeded and diced
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
¼ cup packed, fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

For the tacos:
8 corn tortillas, warmed

First, make the marinade. To a blender or bowl of a small food processor, add the cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, thyme, garlic, scallions, ginger, peppers, oil and lime juice. Puree until smooth. Transfer the marinade to a gallon-size, sealable bag. Add the chicken, press out any excess air from the bag, then seal and turn to coat. Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. For the mango avocado salsa, combine the mango, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime zest, and lime juice in a bowl. Toss to combine. Season with salt, as needed. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat or set a grill pan over medium-high heat. If using a grill, clean the grill grates and brush them with oil. If using a grill pan, coat pan lightly with oil. Once hot, remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry; discard marinade. Season with a little kosher salt. Grill the chicken, turning once, until internal temperature reaches 165℉, 10 to 14 minutes total. Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Serve sliced chicken in warmed tortillas and top with mango avocado salsa.

Recipe #2: Brown Sugar Chili Salmon Tacos
Servings: 4


For the salmon:
1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 (1 pound) skin-on, wild salmon fillet

For the guacamole topping:
1 ripe avocado
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ jalapeño, diced
1 scallion, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

For serving:
8 (6-inch) corn or flour tortillas, warmed
2 to 3 cups shredded green cabbage

Position the oven rack about 5 to 6 inches from the heating element and preheat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, and oil. Place the salmon on the prepared pan, skin-side down. Sprinkle with salt then place in the oven and broil for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread brown sugar mixture over the salmon, then cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork and in-ternal temperature reaches 145°F. While salmon is cooking, prepare the guacamole. Remove the avocado seed and scoop the avocado flesh out of the skin into a medium bowl. Mash with a fork then add the salt, jalapeño, scallion, and lime juice. Stir to combine. Using a fork, break salmon into large pieces. Portion cooked salmon among tortillas and top with guacamole and cabbage.
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SARA HAAS, RDN, is a food and nutrition expert with formal training in the culinary arts. She works as a freelance writer, recipe developer, media authority, public speaker and consultant dietitian/chef. Sara is a former culinary and nutrition instructor and served as a National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Spokesperson. Sara has been featured in Eating Well Magazine, Shape Magazine, Parents Magazine, U.S.A. Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Epicurious, BabyCenter, O Magazine and Today’s Dietitian Magazine. Sara also shares her love of food and nutrition on her website, SaraHaasRDN.com and on Instagram (@cookinRD) where she posts recipes, as well as nutrition and cooking tips.

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When Lost Becomes Found

Introducing Cube Tracker, a small Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use-app that helps you find everyday items quickly.

Selfies may seem like a real superficial pastime, but studies actually show seeing a good picture of yourself can boost your confidence. For suggestions on improving your selfie game, Cube Tracker comes in handy as well.

In addition to being able to help you find your lost keys, purse, and phone, Cube can take photos! Just open up the Cube app and then choose which unit you want to serve as the shutter for your selfie camera. Then select the camera icon, which opens the camera. Then you can press the button on the tracker device to snap a selfie.

Why You Have to Have a Cube Tracker:

  • 1 Year Battery life - Replaceable Battery – When your battery dies, just replace it.
  • Long Distance – The Cube Tracker app’s map shows you the location where your item was last seen. Once you’re there, your item will be within 100 feet.
  • Phone Finder - It can also work in reverse instead of locating your lost keys you can push the button on the CUBE device and find your lost phone.
  • Takes Photos - The Cube tracker can even be set up to use as a shutter button for the camera on your phone. Just open up the Cube app and then choose which unit you want to serve as the shutter for your selfie camera. Then select the camera icon. Then you can press the button on the tracker device to snap a selfie.
  • Waterproof! Cube is Waterproof – Can withstand more than 1.5 inches of water.

For more info on the Cube Tracker visit www.cubetracker.com.

Don’t Forget This Travel Must Have in Your Toiletry Bag!

It’s the summer travel season.

When you travel make sure you add Dr. Ronald Plotka’s Mouth Watchers travel toothbrush to your packing list. Don’t sacrifice clean teeth on your trip with a cheap disposable toothbrush. Dr. Plotka is a nationally renowned Boston area dentist with over 40 years of dentistry leadership.

Dr. Plotka’s travel toothbrush will keep the germs away while you’re on vacation with their silver bristle technology and foldable version. With 10x thinner bristles than your average brush, these bristles help to properly reach and brush away food and plaque in normally missed areas, you will be glad your brought this with you.

Pack your bags but don’t forget your travel toothbrush. Explore the features of this travel essential:


For Better Health - Infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows on the bristles between uses, this innovative tool is always clean and ready for the next use! Doctor Plotka’s™ helps achieve better overall health by not reintroducing harmful bacteria into your mouth and body.


Revolutionary, dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the outer bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss. Getting deep down the groves, this toothbrush cleans where 90% of cavities form. With thicker inner bristles, you’ll get a complete cleaning of the teeth and gums every time.


You’ll get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester bending and upgraded properties. (The ADA – American Dental Association- recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about four.)

Dentist Developed 

Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice. Its technology has helped hundreds of his patients prevent cavities and achieve better oral health.

According to William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, “My mouth felt amazing after just one use of Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watcher tooth bruch.  Due to my sensitive gums and teeth, my dentist has recommended I only use brushes with soft bristles and my Mouth Watcher is superb in this regard. I recommend it highly”.   

Read more about Mouth Waters by visiting www.mouthwatchers.com.

Wedding Oak Winery to Open New Tasting Room in Burnet, Texas  

Wedding Oak Winery has entered a multi-year agreement with the Burnet Economic Development Corp. to lease the Badger Building and adjacent property on the Burnet County Courthouse Square. Wedding Oak Winery will operate a tasting room and winery production facility at 229 S. Pierce in the historic building, originally constructed in 1888. The new facility is scheduled to be open for guests by April, 2019.

“This is a great development for our winery, and for people who enjoy wine made with 100 percent Texas-grown grapes,” says Mike McHenry, managing partner, Wedding Oak Winery. “The new facility makes it easier for people to visit us, relish the experience, and purchase wine. The Burnet location is the third retail wine operation for Wedding Oak Winery, after our primary winery in downtown San Saba, and tasting room at Wildseed Farms Fredericksburg, all within the Texas Hill Country appellation. The partnership with Burnet EDC reinforces our determination to play a significant role in the ongoing economic growth of the Texas towns we all cherish.”

The Badger Building, which is undergoing significant renovations, is approximately 5,400 square feet with additional space in adjacent buildings for a total of 8,000 square feet to be occupied by the winery. The project will retain the historic charm of the building to exude a similar appeal as the winery’s primary location in San Saba.

In addition to the tasting room and production facility, the gracious facility will feature a large ground-level patio, shaded open-air roof top terrace, expanded event space and wine club members area. The new Wedding Oak Winery facility is conveniently located within two blocks of the heavily-travelled intersection of US 281 and Texas 29.

About Wedding Oak Winery

Wedding Oak Winery was established in May 2012 by viticulturist Mike McHenry and a group of friends with the passion to bring the burgeoning Texas wine industry to the heart of small town Texas. The historic 1926 tasting room and 10,000 case winery, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and State Highway 16, is a central part of the renaissance of San Saba. Wedding Oak Winery takes its inspiration and name from the majestic, 400-year-old oak tree, known as the Wedding Oak Tree, which grows about 2.5 miles northwest from the winery. With the its location at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg in 2016, and with the pending opening of the Burnet facility, Wedding Oak Winery offers Texas-grown wines of distinction from the top of the Hill Country appellation in San Saba to the heart of Wine Road 290. Wedding Oak Winery embodies the casual beauty, friendly personalities and relaxing hospitality that defines small town Texas, continuing the commitment to making Texas wines that celebrate our Texas terroir and wine-growing conditions. Connect with Wedding Oak Winery on the winery BlogFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Older Americans Who Neglect Oral Care Put Overall Health at Risk

Written By Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz

Conscientious parents constantly remind their children to brush and floss, and routinely schedule dental checkups to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy – and staying that way.

But youngsters aren’t the only ones who who can use such reminders. Older Americans need to put a priority on their oral health as well, and research shows that as a group they aren’t doing so.

In fact, the statistics are grim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost every single American over age 65 (96 percent) has had a cavity, and 20 percent have untreated tooth decay. Another 65 percent suffer from gum disease, an ailment that has been linked to a host of other problems, such as strokes, heart disease and diabetes.

“Anyone who thinks they can ease up on dental care as they age is making a big mistake,” says Dr. Harold Katz, a dentist, bacteriologist and developer of TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse (www.therabreath.com).

“Not only do poor dental habits affect what’s going on in your mouth, they also affect your overall health.”

Some of the CDC’s findings that Katz says are troubling include:

  • Tooth loss. Nearly one in five adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth. Complete tooth loss is twice as prevalent among adults aged 75 and older (26 percent) compared with adults aged 65 to 74 (13 percent).  The CDC points out that having missing teeth, or wearing dentures, can have a detrimental effect on nutrition. “It’s not surprising that people who have lost teeth, or wear denture, often are going to choose soft food they chew easily,” Katz says. “They will pass up fresh fruits and vegetables that are more nutritious, but are more difficult for them to eat.”
  • Oral cancer. Cancers of the mouth (oral and pharyngeal cancers) are primarily diagnosed in older adults; median age at diagnosis is 62 years. “That’s another reason it’s important for older people to have regular checkups,” Katz says. “Your dentist can check for signs of oral cancer during those visits.”
  • Dry mouth caused by medications. Most older Americans take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, many of which can cause dry mouth. Reduced saliva flow increases the risk of cavities. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, and also lubricates the mouth, making it easier to eat, swallow, speak and taste food. “Sometimes dry mouth might just cause mild discomfort,” Katz says. “At other times it can lead to significant oral disease that can compromise the person’s health, dietary intake and quality of life.”

“As  you age, proper oral care is just as important as ever,” Katz says. “It’s not something you want to ignore because your overall health is at stake.”

About Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com), developer of TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse, received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of The Bad Breath Bible. He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website offers a free online bad breath test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.


Reader Package: Alzheimer’s: How to Talk to Loved Ones about the Disease

Together with Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and The Longest Day (June 21), we’re thrilled to share a reader package to help educate readers / viewers to talk to loved ones about Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association has published a digital news release that includes b-roll, patient stories and other assets. Additionally, here are anchor / reporter talking points:

  • June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and June 21st is The Longest Day, a day focused on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5.7 million Americans.
  • It is estimated that by 2050, nearly 14 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • However, an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis can offer access to more effective medical and lifestyle interventions and the ability to help families plan for the future.
  • An early diagnosis also means spending time with family and friends before the disease progresses.
  • On The Longest Day, take the time to review the Alzheimer’s Association’s 6 Tips for Approaching Alzheimer’s to talk to a friend or loved one that may be showing symptoms.
  • The 6 Tips include:

o    Have the conversation as early as possible

o    Think about who’s best suited to initiate the conversation

o    Practice conversation starters

o    Offer your support and companionship

o    Anticipate gaps in self-awareness

o    Recognize the conversation may not go as planned

  • New findings from the Alzheimer’s Association show that 76-percent of Americans expressed concern about offending family members by raising the issue.
  • Also, 69-percent feared it would ruin their relationship with the person.
  • On The Longest Day, don’t be one of 38-percent of people who said they would wait until a family member’s Alzheimer’s symptoms worsened.
  • To learn more about Alzheimer’s symptoms and resources available for patients and caregivers, visit alz.org.

5 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids

Parenting, while providing plenty of excitement, comes with a certain set of challenges. With years of outdoor playtime ahead, one of those challenges is ensuring safety while still promoting an adventurous spirit.

A child’s ability to push through, endure struggle, fail and try again can help encourage long-term success and happiness. Still, many parents feel pressure to be overprotective and prevent their kids from any bumps and scrapes along the road of life.

Jessie Graff, Hollywood stuntwoman and a breakout star of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, and Nexcare recommend these “tough love” tips that encourage parents to overcome their fears, take a step back and let their kids build resiliency and mental toughness by taking reasonable risks.

“As a child, my parents supported me when I wanted to push myself and take some physical risks,” Graff said. “That led to plenty of scrapes and bruises, but ultimately helped me build confidence and mental toughness while I honed my physical skills. That freedom is what helped me accomplish my dreams.”

  1. Teach Them How to Fall: When kids know how to fall safely, they have the freedom and confidence to try almost anything. Additionally, it can help reinforce your confidence as a parent that your little ones are watching out for themselves.
  2. Every Fall is a Lesson: After a fall, your first instinct as a parent likely is to run over and coddle your kids. Instead, congratulate them on the risk they took and work on building their mental and physical toughness by reminding them everyone falls and persistence makes them heroic.
  3. Train to Treat a Scratch: Instead of “fixing boo boos,” use every scrape as a lesson on caring for broken skin. One way to promote that healthy way of thinking is with Nexcare Waterproof bandages, which have staying power and provide a four-sided seal, protecting against water, dirt and germs.
  4. Teach Risk Evaluation: Help instill and build the skill of risk evaluation in your kids. Then you’ll be able to trust them – and they’ll trust themselves – to make decisions on their own.
  5. Building Confidence for Both of You: It takes time for kids to be daring on their own, but building trust and confidence in them can be done through practice. Start with small risks, then slowly build in fun, new challenges. This allows them to master risks with you by their side, which makes trusting them to handle it on their own a natural next step.

For more tips on raising resilient kids and taking appropriate risks, visit Nexcare.com/toughlove. (Family Features)