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Adam Veron: Digital wellbeing during COVID-19 and beyond

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When you talk about digital wellbeing, you essentially hint at reducing screen time and eye strain, protecting mental health from excess use of social media, paying more attention to diet and exercises, and getting sound sleep. Due to widespread lockdown and quarantine, it is not possible to meet people personally. So, the dependence on mobile devices has massively increased, which you otherwise had to keep away as much as possible. You can use it for information, games, social interactions, and so on. All this is acceptable as these things give a sense of normalcy. Now, the situation is – how do you take advantage of these technological devices during the pandemic and ahead? Here are some suggestions.

Tips for using digital technology for overall wellbeing by Adam Veron

Online tools

You can take control of your life with digital tools, even during a crisis. Search for a digital course that you can do post your work or early morning. Check apps where you can make your shopping list, create events calendar, and keep an eye on household tasks that you want to finish. You can fix a time for all the activities and keep them private. You don’t have to tell when you will work out or call your friend or complete a chore. Make sure you allow some time for your rest also. It is up to you to decide how you intend to achieve it. You can watch TV or play games too.

Health and wellness apps

Mind and body experts, such as Adam Veron, recommend using different mobile apps for your mental and physical health. For instance, you can find a sleep tracking app to record how much you sleep and your dreams. Dietary trackers can alert you about calorie intake and hydration while you plan your meals. You can look for physical activity platforms that wake you up and help you with yoga, cycling, and other things. For meditation and mental relaxation, you again have certain apps. You can find them useful to deal with anxiety, stress, and so on.

The pandemic’s chaotic situation may easily disrupt your daily routine and force you to postpone your wellness activities. But remind yourself that mental and physical health is equally important or even more than a priority in this crisis. Hence, it would be best if you tried to include it in your new lifestyle.

Tips for keeping a check on the use of digital devices

There is no doubt you need mobile and the latest technology to survive this pandemic and beyond. Still, anything done in excess is not good. You can keep your mobile phone somewhere else at the time of dinner. Before you go to bed, put it somewhere outside your room. Also, make sure you stop using it a minimum of 30 minutes before hitting the bed. If you have to charge it, you can do it in the kitchen or living area. Just fix a place, so you don’t have any confusion. Some people suggest that you should limit or avoid using your mobile device during the weekend. If it seems impossible right now, you can take baby steps towards this and make it a habit once normalcy is back.

These are some of the constructive ways of including digital tools and devices in your life and also restricting dependence on them beyond a certain point.

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John Constantine’s ARCPoint Labs is Changing the Face of Accessible Medical Care

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Over the course of the past two decades, ARCPoint Labs has carved out a significant space for itself in the healthcare industry, founded with a mission of tackling the systemic hurdles which make healthcare both costly and unreliable for consumers.

John Constantine

For ARCPoint’s President and CEO, John Constantine, the vision has always been to make testing and diagnostics technology as efficient, accessible, and high-quality as possible for users, leveling the playing field by providing comprehensive lab resources without exorbitant price tags, regardless of location, identity, or insurance status.

This objective has seen extraordinary growth throughout Constantine’s tenure as CEO throughout the past six years, with its reach expanding to almost 140 branches across the nation. Through this expansion, ARCpoint Labs has ensured that top-notch, reliable healthcare is not a luxury, but a right for all.

“As I got deeper into working in the American medicine and healthcare system in the 2000s, I realized how incredibly broken the whole framework was,” Constantine says. “I mean, if you go into Google and type ‘The healthcare industry is…’, the first result that pops up is ‘The healthcare industry is broken.’ That should really tell you something.”

The path ARCpoint Labs has traversed has been challenging, yet immensely rewarding. Aiming to create an environment wherein people have access to the best versions of themselves through improved healthcare, Constantine has consistently pushed forward to generate nationwide awareness for ARCPoint as an affordable, accessible diagnostic alternative.

“To say that this has been a slightly overwhelming journey would be an understatement,” Constantine admits, “But the process in and of itself should have been simplified decades ago. There’s no reason access to first-rate medical care in the United States shouldn’t be almost as easy as making a reservation at a restaurant. Equitable efficiency has always been the vision.”

Since its founding in 1998, the company has steadily launched itself into the national healthcare landscape as a practical, economical, and obtainable alternative to traditional diagnostic pathways. However, the real measure of ARCpoint Labs’ success extends beyond its nationwide growth or increased awareness; for Constantine, ARCPoint’s true impact lies with the work they have accomplished on a community level.

“I always love hearing the testimonials of patients who otherwise never would have had these tests run,” Constantine says, “It brings me great joy to know that ARCPoint has, in a tangible way, provided people with the basics to make life worth living. What a gift.”

Looking ahead to the next five years, Constantine confirms that ARCPoint Labs is still seeking to open further testing locations across the US, already serving more than 100 million patients and families nationwide.

As it continues its evolution, ARCpoint Labs remains unwavering in its mission to simplify access to healthcare and ensure that affordable, high-quality care remains an available resource for all. The company is committed to its forward-thinking trajectory, constantly exploring innovative strategies to enhance its services and meet the dynamic, ever-changing needs of its customer base. ARCpoint Labs represents more than just a healthcare company – it embodies a movement towards superior, universally accessible healthcare for all.

To stay up-to-date on future ARCPoint Labs news and developments, visit their official website.

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Adrienne Warren To Perform At DIFFA’s 40th Anniversary Gala

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DIFFA is excited to announce its highly anticipated 40th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in NYC. It will feature a star-studded lineup of entertainment including Tony Award-winner Adrienne Warren (Tina –The Tina Turner Musical), vocalist and trumpeter Brian Newman and celebrity DJ Michaelangelo L’Acqua. The Gala will commemorate a remarkable legacy—forty years of impactful DIFFA initiatives — and raise critical funds to further support vital causes. Tickets and more details are available here.

The announcement comes on the heels of an incredibly successful Après Ski event held earlier this month, which raised over $100,000 for DIFFA grantees. Established in 1984 in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis, DIFFA has since expanded its mission to encompass broader community challenges such as homelessness and mental wellness.

“What started as a group of designers and manufacturer’s gathering in an NYC basement to raise money to help support their ailing friends and co-workers’ doctor’s visits and living expenses, has grown into a catalyst for change. Since our founding, we’ve granted more than $55 million to organizations which provide direct care to those most in need of assistance,” remarks Dawn Roberson, Executive Director of DIFFA.

“DIFFA has been a cause very close to my heart for more than 30 years. I’ve seen first-hand how the organization has galvanized the design community to rally our talents, resources, and creativity in the face of some of the most intractable social and healthcare challenges of our era. I’m so proud to celebrate 40 years of giving back and am excited about DIFFA’s next chapter,” said David Rockwell, who currently serves as Chair Emeritus of DIFFA.

“Serving as a rallying point for the design community, the Gala event will allow us to continue DIFFA’s legacy of giving. An opportunity for brands and individuals to demonstrate their solidarity, it will also pay tribute to those pioneering individuals who were champions of the cause and instrumental in making a DIFFA-rence—from the 1980s when AIDS was a mysterious illness with little hope for a cure, to DIFFA’s work today in line with its expanded mission,” adds current Board Chair Thomas Polucci.

The gala will feature an award ceremony and special video segment highlighting an honoree from each decade of DIFFA’s history. Fern Mallis and Steven Cole of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are among those offering video tributes to former DIFFA chairs Cindy Allen, David Rockwell, and George Slowik, and former executive director David Sheppard. The event will also recognize the incredible work of DIFFA’s grantees, including organizations such as Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Housing Works, God’s Love We Deliver, Bailey House, SAGE, Health, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. These grantees provide direct care through several different initiatives—from funding pantry bag meals to supporting outreach programs for underserved and disenfranchised LGBTQ homeless and street-involved youth.

Thoughtfully designed installations by students at FIT, SVA, Pratt, and NYSID will provide an inspiring backdrop to the evening’s festivities. Each imaginative vignette will illustrate a different decade in DIFFA’s rich history. Guests will be treated to performances by Tony-award-winning actress Adrienne Warren, who recently played Tina Turner in TINA – The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway, as well as the dynamic sounds of DJ Michaelangelo L’Acqua.

DIFFA is deeply grateful to Benjamin Moore, presenting sponsor of the 40th Anniversary Gala, as well as gold sponsors Empire Office with Steelcase, EvensonBest, HOK, MillerKnoll, Rockwell Group, and Shaw Contract.

The DIFFA gala is just one in several 40th anniversary fundraising events. Lip Sync for Life—a drag event originally founded by DIFFA Chicago—is scheduled for the last week of June in conjunction with PRIDE festivities.

For more information on DIFFA and the full list of grantees, visit diffa.org.

DIFFA: grants funds to organizations providing treatment, assistance, and access to healthcare for a diverse group of people affected by HIV/AIDS, food & housing insecurities, and mental health issues. For four decades, DIFFA has created legendary programs and events that highlight a cause that has impacted the industry. As times change and we face a new set of challenges, DIFFA answers the community’s needs by expanding our mission to include funding for those with food and housing insecurities and to support mental wellbeing.

Harnessing the design industry’s resources and creativity to respond to critical health issues and build a healthier, robust, and inclusive community. Making a DIFFA-rence!

DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community, DIFFA has granted more than $55 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. Including Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Housing Works, God’s Love We Deliver, Bailey House, SAGE, Health, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, among many others. www.diffa.org.

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Jose Verdugo: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 3

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Sabrina E. Morrissey, Credit: Facebook

Just released, Wendy Williams’ guardian has been accused of a scheme to rob her client in a $30 million lawsuit while controlling Wendy Williams’ finances and countless others. The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed that Wendy’s guardian, Sabrina Morrissey, her firm Morrissey & Morrissey LLP, and about 10 other attorneys have been named as defendants in another lawsuit.

If you remember from yesterday’s story these are the same individuals that were and are involved in Errol Rapports mother’s case and Libra Max with her father the artist Peter Max.

The case Morrissey and the attorneys are accused in, is for Jose Verdugo, who had won $5.5 million in a personal injury claim. For more than a decade, the defendants imprisoned Verdugo in a humiliating and oppressive guardianship by manipulating and serially deceiving him, as well as New York Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. The fraudulently-based attorney and guardian fees, plundered Verdugo’s multi-million dollar personal injury recovery.

This case is not an isolated case look for more tomorrow.

 

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Your Inner Dialogue: Positive Affirmations for Addiction Recovery

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Positive affirmations are of help to many people working to recover from an addiction. The uplifting messages, when repeated regularly, train the brain to think positively. They focus on the present and future, providing motivation and inspiration to continue on the road to recovery.

How Affirmations Work

The brain is a malleable organ. Affirmations help take advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity by repeating positive messages about ourselves or our goals. Each time we verbalise the affirmation, that statement fires along certain neural pathways in support of the affirmed idea or belief. Repeated over and over, affirmations strengthen those supportive pathways until, with enough repetition, the affirmation becomes the default outlook programmed into our brains. As a result, drug rehab programs in texas often make affirmations a priority.

Creating Effective Affirmations

Telling yourself “I no longer crave drugs” likely rings hollow in early recovery. More realistic affirmations like “If a craving comes, I can get through it” set reasonable expectations. Over time, as these affirmations prove true, they can lay the groundwork for more ambitious statements. By starting small with positive, solution-focused affirmations, we can start retraining our brains with helpful messaging. Repeated regularly, effective affirmations help cement the attitudes and behaviours that allow people in recovery to cope with challenges and continue healing.

Integrating Affirmations into Daily Life

To fully benefit from affirmations, they must be put into consistent practice. Simply thinking about them from time to time is not enough for real change. Affirmations should become ingrained into one’s daily routine.

Ways to effectively integrate affirmations include:

Writing Them Down

Writing affirmations by hand helps imprint them into the mind. Keep a running list of affirmations to review regularly. Also, keep individual affirmations in multiple places, such as on sticky notes around the home, the car dashboard, and more. These little reminders help facilitate the repetition of positive phrases throughout the day.

Reciting Them Out Loud

Vocalising the affirmations is powerful too, engaging more of the brain through auditory pathways. Set reminders to repeat affirmations out loud at certain times, such as morning and evening. Doing them in front of a mirror can also help increase effectiveness. Making Them Digital

Digital applications provide another way to practise daily affirmations. Apps will send daily reminders to view inspiring quotes and phrases. Some affirmation apps allow users to select or create their affirmations as well. Viewing these positive messages right on a frequently-checked device helps reinforce them.

Affirmations Take Practice

Keep in mind that integrating affirmations into one’s mindset requires consistency and practice. At first, the concepts expressed may feel silly or untrue. However, with routine use, their effects become cumulatively powerful in supporting continued recovery. Affirmations lay the groundwork for emotional and spiritual growth that sustains people through challenges on their journey.

Affirmations are a simple yet powerful technique that can lead to profound changes for those in addiction recovery. By overriding negative thought patterns and activating motivation centres of the brain, affirmations promote personal growth and healthy decision-making. When consistently integrated into one’s daily routine through written, vocal, and digital practice, affirmations retrain the mind to be more supportive of recovery goals. Maintaining focus each day on positive visions of self-worth, forgiveness, strength, and hope builds the emotional resilience needed for the lifelong journey of recovery. Though challenging at first, committing to regular affirmations lays the groundwork for lasting transformation one phrase at a time.

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Errol Rappaport: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 2

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Wendy Williams, Peter Max and Errol Rappaport’s mother guardian were all Sabrina Morrissey. Here is one of the horror stories.

New York fashion design team David and Frances Rappaport were married for seventy-two years. They had three sons—Michael, Errol, and Richard—and a spectacular penthouse apartment in a landmark building at 200 Central Park South. A few years before David died, the couple asked Errol to leave his publicist job in Los Angeles and return to New York to care for them. Errol, a Vietnam veteran and trained medic who wears fashionable designer eyeglasses and his graying hair in a ponytail, agreed to return. He moved into the sprawling twenty-fifth floor apartment where his parents had lived for more than four decades. At the pinnacle of their success, the elder Rappaport’s are said to have amassed a fortune of between $9 and $10 million, thanks to the popularity of David’s Italian knitwear line, and the elegant Frances’s famous silk blouses (marketed under the name Francesca of Damon) favored by celebrities like Lucille Ball, Princess Aga Khan, and Manhattan fashion icon Iris Apfel.

In keeping with their Jewish tradition of trusting the first-born son with the family business, brother Michael was groomed to take control. According to court documents uncovered during my research, after small bequeathments to their grandchildren, it was always the elder Rappaport’s plan to split their estate equally between all three brothers.
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After patriarch David died in 2010, the ever-devoted Errol stayed on to care for his mother with help from two trusted healthcare assistants. He was paid $2,500 a month for his services, a payment that attorneys for brother Michael would criticize as “self-dealing.” Michael Rappaport initiated a guardianship petition in September 2011, which resulted in the court assigning a Park Avenue attorney named R. Demarest Duckworth III as guardian ad litem for Frances Rappaport.9 Serious disagreements erupted, as Errol raised pointed questions about how brother Michael had handled his parents’ finances over the years. Court documents show that in the late 1990s Michael had purchased the elder Rappaports’ five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom lakeside home in New Milford, Connecticut, for $500,000, as part of a tax shelter move. That was $300,000 below the appraised value.
In February 2012 the home Guarding against Guardianship 241 sold for $2 million, and Errol maintains this older brother kept that money for himself instead of using it to care for their mother. In addition, court papers show that Michael had possession of some $450,000 in bearer bonds that he claimed were a “gift” from his father and therefore should not be included in the estate. There was also a question about why this oldest son was charging his parents to rent a home he owned in Florida long after they were too old to travel there. Michael asked the estate to reimburse him for $133,680 in unpaid rent. Guardian
ad litem Duckworth III’s report to the court concluded: “The administration of Decedent’s estate brings to mind Marcellus in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet stating, ‘Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.’”
The GAL’s conclusion was that there was not enough available money to continue to care for Frances Rappaport in the home she so loved. The apartment, appraised at about $3 million, would have to be sold. Michael Rappaport did not respond to my repeated requests for comment. Errol fought against relocating their ninety-five-year-old mother, arguing that as her dementia worsened she should live out her life in familiar surroundings and in full view of her beloved Central Park. The apartment was, as the family liked to describe it, “overlooking God’s television.” During this time, Errol posted poignant videos of his mother on YouTube as they performed the traditional lighting of Saturday evening Shabbat candles and had long conversations during which Frances cried about the possibility of being sent to a nursing home. In one video, Frances is seen sitting at a table overlooking Central Park, with a porcelain mug of tea and a tissue box before her. She asks in a tearful voice, “Errol, would you ever put me in a nursing home?” Off camera her son is heard to say, “Mother, on my life, and on a stack of Jewish bibles, I will never put you in a nursing home.” Even after Errol moves in to comfort her, Frances was not consoled. She relates the story of how a good friend’s daughter has just sent her to a nursing home. “She put her there, and that’s where you go to die,” Frances laments. Errol sits next to her, gives her kisses, and says, “Mother, you are never going to a nursing home. Stop crying. You don’t have to worry at all.” And the old woman simply says, “Thank you.” In another video, the pair discusses where several members of their family have gone to live outside of New York. Frances Rappaport holds her son’s hand, looks intently into his eyes, and says, “I would be alone without you. Errol, you are wonderful. I love you so much.” She refers to him as “my Errol-ah.”
Errol alleged that brother Michael, as executor of the estate, stopped paying the monthly co-op fee of $4,500, and in January 2014 the building 242. We’re Here to Help sued for nonpayment. Errol was served with a notice to vacate the home, and he was forced to leave his mother for the first time in seven years.

Soon the penthouse was listed for sale, and the guardian moved Frances Rappaport out of her cherished Manhattan home of forty-six years and into a small apartment miles away in Queens, New York. Errol, then in his early seventies, said he was left homeless after having exhausted his savings battling his older brother. At his age, he said, he had zero job prospects. “I have to take two different buses to get out to Queens just to visit with my mother, and right now I’m couch surfing with various friends.” Errol said.

Errol and his mother Francesca

He spoke to me in the courthouse hallway during a break in yet another guardianship-related proceeding he was summoned to attend in downtown Manhattan. This proceeding was called to take Errol to task for

posting so many revelatory YouTube videos of his mother. On this day, the judge ordered Errol to remove the videos or face serious contempt of court charges. Many of those videos still remain online. When asked at the time how frequently he is able to see his mother, he said, “I have to call forty-eight hours in advance for approval [of visits] so a paid monitor can be there to supervise, and I can only stay for two hours.” After scheduled appointments to see his mother were canceled at the last minute, Errol became so angry and frustrated at his lack of access to her, he took to pacing outside her Queens apartment building with a large sign that read, “I want my mommy!” The guardian would not relent on the ironfisted visitation policy, and that included nixing a celebration Errol wanted to throw for his mother’s hundredth birthday. “So, I got a hundred people to do short video messages for her birthday,” he said. “That’s all the guardian would allow.”
Frances Rappaport would live another year in near isolation inside that small Queens apartment, far from
her familiar view of Central Park. She died in December 2018 at the age of 101. When contacted in December 2022, Errol Rappaport said his mother’s case continued to linger in New York’s surrogate court, and the remaining $1.4 million estate was still sitting in an escrow account.
I have known Errol Rappaport and his mother for over years twelve years. I often visited and saw a lot of this story first hand. I wrote several articles trying to help. It was also written about in the New York Post.
What you have just read, is in the newly released book by Diane Diamond  “We’re Here to Help: When Guardianship Goes Wrong,” published by Brandeis University Press.
This case is not an isolated case look for more tomorrow.

 

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