ProfNet Experts Available on Holiday Conflicts, Assisted Living, More

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Nov 22, 2013, 15:30 ET from ProfNet

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Tips to Avoid Holiday Conflicts
Geoffrey Tumlin
Founder and CEO
Mouthpeace Consulting, LLC
"We want joy and peace with our family and friends during the holidays, but we often end up with frustration and conflict. Spending time in close quarters with people who know how to push our buttons frequently leads to volatile interactions.  It's no surprise that 24 percent of respondents to a Consumer Reports poll admit that a few relatives make them dread the holidays."
Tumlin, an expert on personal and professional communications and the author of Stop Talking, Start Communicating, offers quick tips for avoiding harmful holiday fights with five of the most common types of difficult people. The common theme is to pause before responding, let the other person run their verbal course, and try to put a cap on potentially explosive verbal exchanges.  
Media Contact: Ann Pryor,

The New York City Taxi Medallion Sale
James Weisman
SVP and General Counsel
United Spinal Association
"The New York City taxi medallion sale that raised over $200 million instantly proves that the industry can accommodate passengers who use wheelchairs. The Mayor and the TLC had to be forced by people with disabilities to sell accessible taxi medallions but should take notice -- acknowledging the needs and rights of wheelchair users cost the city nothing, attracted medallion purchasers and will reduce the $700 million spent annually on Access-A-Ride and Medicaid transportation."
Weisman, who was at the negotiating table with Governor Cuomo for this plan, is available to discuss the New York City taxi medallion sale.
Media Contact: Ahvi Spindell,

Choosing the Right Nursing Home for Your Loved One
Anthony Cirillo, FACHE
Fast Forward Consulting
"A recent Frontline special exposed the darker side of assisted living, a lightly regulated industry. That's why it's important to look past the fancy amenities and sales pitches and choose an assisted living facility that is best for your loved one."
Cirillo is a healthcare and aging expert and president of Fast Forward Consulting, he consults with physician practices, hospitals and long-term care facilities around strategic marketing and patient experience. He is the author of "Who Moved My Dentures?" which debunks myths about aging and long-term care. He is active in boomer and senior issues and serves as the assisted living expert for He has a Masters from Wharton in Organizational Dynamics.
In addition to numerous radio and TV appearances, he has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, CBS Interactive, Business Journal publications, Charlotte Observer, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Diego Union Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Information Week and more.
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