Monthly Archives: April 2014

Preparedness Counts, by Chris and Judy Chauncey April 22, 2014

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Chris told about how his business helps families and businesses prepare for emergencies. He said people are very interested in preparedness right after an emergency, but their interest fades quickly.
He said a recent study showed only 10% of the population is prepared for emergencies. He categorized the types of people who are not prepared: “Entitled” people feel that government or agencies will come to their aid. “Survivors” feel that they will do OK on their own without help. “Procrastinators” feel there will always be time later to get prepared. “Deniers” do not believe they will have a problem.
But he said the odds are good there will be problems, and that the odds of getting help are not so good. He spoke of several earthquake faults that are overdue for a very large quake. There are also potential threats from wildfires, tsunamis, and economic upheaval.
He said there could be disruptions of water service for six months or more, that it could be two to four weeks before emergency help arrives, and that the help will be concentrated in the worst-hit areas even though the damage is widespread.

Elder Care Management: Josh. Kari Buist-Baker, RN and Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH – April 15, 2014

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An interesting program brought to us today by Josh. Kari Buist-Baker, RN and Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH spoke to us about elder care management. As the population ages, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for families to make informed decisions regarding what is the best and most appropriate choices for the care and living arrangements for their elderly relatives. Often, these decisions are made in times of crisis. There are so many avenues and choices out there, that it becomes overwhelming and stressful to make decisions about what is best for each individual. This is where a certified Care Manager can be very useful and cost effective.

Essentially, they function as a liaison or mediator for a family to assist them in making the hard decisions about elder care. Sometimes they may simply provide an assessment of the situation and a personalized plan, while at other times, they may be engaged for an extended period with a family. Often, they can also provide Counseling Services.

The services are not covered by insurance or Medicare, and Care Managers typically charge by the hour. The other key component is to hire a Care Manager who is certified by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. There are no state regulators of Geriatric Care Managers, so it’s important to engage an individual that subscribes to, and upholds the ethical standards of the national organization. Kari and Amy each run their own business. Kari, in Orange County, founded Senior Life Management, Inc. and Amy operates Elder Care Guides in San Diego.

Josh, Kari Buist-Baker, RN and Amy Abrams, Elder Care Management April 15, 2014

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An interesting program brought to us today by Josh. Kari Buist-Baker, RN and Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH
spoke to us about elder care management. As the population ages, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for
families to make informed decisions regarding what is the best and most appropriate choices for the care
and living arrangements for their elderly relatives. Often, these decisions are made in times of crisis.
There are so many avenues and choices out there, that it becomes overwhelming and stressful to make
decisions about what is best for each individual. This is where a certified Care Manager can be very
useful and cost-effective.
Essentially, they function as a liaison or mediator for a family to assist them in making the hard decisions
about elder care. Sometimes they may simply provide an assessment of the situation and a personalized
plan, while at other times, they may be engaged for an extended period with a family. Often, they can
also provide Counseling Services.
The services are not covered by insurance or Medicare, and Care Managers typically charge by the
hour. The other key component is to hire a Care Manager who is certified by the National Association of
Professional Geriatric Care Managers. There are no state regulators of Geriatric Care Managers, so it’s
important to engage an individual that subscribes to, and upholds the ethical standards of the national
organization. Kari and Amy each run their own business.
Kari, in Orange County, founded Senior Life Management, Inc. and Amy operates Elder Care Guides in
San Diego.

DARPA Grand Challenge: Josh Bernheim – April 1, 2014

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Josh Bernheim presented our program today. It was about a project that he and four of his buddies undertook ten years ago to build a robotic jeep capable of operating in desert terrain to participate in the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Grand Challenge. This was sponsored by the Dept of Defense and the prize for the winner was two million dollars. Josh and his Team Aion (Autonomous intelligent object navigation) did make it to the semi-finals, where they competed in a field of forty robotic vehicles, but unfortunately were not chosen to compete in the finals for the big bucks. Congrats though on a job well done!

(Ed note) Keith, do you suppose the Harbor Days’ boat racing committee would allow us to enter a robotic boat this year? We could have Jim Czarnowski build us a catamaran and Josh do the robotics: we should be a cinch to win.

Josh Bernheim, DARPA, April 1, 2014

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Josh Bernheim presented our program today. It was about a project that he and four of his buddies undertook ten years ago to build a robotic jeep capable of operating in desert terrain to participate in the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Grand Challenge. This was sponsored by the Dept of Defense and the prize for
the winner was two million dollars. Josh and his Team Aion (Autonomous intelligent object navigation) did make it to the semi-finals, where they competed in a field of forty robotic vehicles, but unfortunately were not chosen to compete in the finals for the big bucks. Congrats though on a job well done!
(Ed note) Keith, do you suppose the Harbor Days’ boat racing committee would allow us to enter a robotic boat this year? We could have Jim Czarnowski build us a catamaran and Josh do the robotics: we should be a cinch to win

Josh Bernheim about Robotic Jeep DARPA, April 1, 2014

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Josh Bernheim presented our program today. It was about a project that he and four of his buddies undertook ten years ago to build a robotic jeep capable of operating in desert terrain to participate in the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Grand Challenge. This was sponsored by the Dept of Defense and the prize for the winner was two million dollars. Josh and his Team Aion (Autonomous intelligent object navigation) did make it to the semi-finals, where they competed in a field of forty robotic vehicles, but unfortunately were not chosen to compete in the finals for the big bucks. Congrats though on a job well done! (Ed note) Keith, do you suppose the Harbor Days’ boat racing committee would allow us to enter a robotic boat this year? We could have Jim Czarnowski build us a catamaran and Josh do the robotics: we should be a cinch to win.