Dodd-Frank Senate Vote Looms Large in Affordable Housing Crisis

“A good home is a powerful platform to spark progress in people’s lives. It connects families to the communities that surround them, and it lays the foundation for their health, their happiness and their future success.”

Julian Castro, head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

LAKELAND, FL November 26, 2015
— Earlier this month, HUD Secretary Julian Castro took time out to address what he called the nation’s “affordable housing crisis.”

In a video message to the Manufactured Housing Institute’s National Communities Council, Castro focused on manufactured homes as “a vital solution for folks of modest means” and an important component in fulfilling HUD’s mission to provide more families with “quality, safe and affordable housing.”

HUD, he said, is “the department of opportunity.”

Yet many of those opportunities are being curtailed by the unintended consequences of the Dodd-Frank legislation that was meant to deal with the subprime mortgage crisis.

Hardest hit are the folks who can afford it least — families of modest means, who have discovered that loans are hard to come by for the least expensive “shade and shelter” resale homes, priced under $20,000.

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a bill (HR 650) designed to restore access to manufactured housing, and the Senate is expected to decide the fate of its companion (S 682) in the coming weeks as rider on the must-pass omnibus appropriations package that funds the federal government. has delved deeply into the issues surrounding Dodd-Frank and its role in the affordable housing crisis.

The latest report features a video interview with Tom Fath, an engineer and owner of a modest manufactured home, purchased after his student years, who is now faced with some of the pitfalls created by Dodd-Frank.

Fath, whose family owns and operates a manufactured home community in Westfield, Indiana, is in a unique position to speak from the point of view of home owner, home seller and third-generation manufactured housing specialist.

“It’s very important that our government give everybody the opportunity to purchase their own home and live that lifestyle,” Fath says.

The current regulations serve to eliminate people’s choices in the matter, and too many are forced to rent and give up on their dream of homeownership.

“Let’s just get it done,” Fath says, of removing the obstacles placed in the path to home ownership.

The full text of the story and interview is linked here. ##

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Cyber Monday Travel Deals

For Cyber Monday, luxury hotels and resorts are offering limited time deals on their best activities and rooms. From getting up close and personal with a rhinoceros in South Africa to lounging on a Caribbean beach to custom blending wines in Napa Valley, below are the best offers available this Cyber Monday.


andBeyond, Cyber Monday Exclusive

Only available on Cyber Monday (Monday, November 30), andBeyond is offering guests 50% off a Rhino Notching or Elephant Collaring at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. This adventure allow guests to join a team of conservationists in locating and darting a rhino while they capture data from the sleeping animal to monitor the population, ensure they are healthy, and protect them from poachers. Or guests can participate in Elephant Collaring where they will can witness an elephant darting and assist in the changing of the sleeping pachyderm’s radio collar. Prices start at $1,713 for Rhino Notching and $1,998 for Elephant Collaring for a maximum of 8 people. (Original prices start at $3,425 and $3,995 respectively.) This offer is valid for travel between January 10, 2016 and December 20, 2016 and must be booked in conjunction with a minimum of three nights at any andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve lodge. Booking code: ANDBEYONDCYBER


Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, Cyber Monday Special

Exclusive only on Cyber Monday, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is offering guests 25% off rates. Only available on Cyber Monday (Monday, November 30) this offer is valid for travel from December 18, 2015 to December 24, 2015 as well as June 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016. Right between St. Lucia’s famous Pitons, Sugar Beach is an idyllic Caribbean getaway.


The Wine Foundry, Custom blending offer

Cyber Monday is just the starting point for specials at The Wine Foundry. Beginning November 30, guests have the opportunity to receive 30% off wine purchases and the custom blending experience for groups of six. The special on wine is valid through December 6. The two-hour hands-on custom blending offer will be available through the end of 2016. Guests will be able to follow the same process as winemakers to craft their own unique blends. Both offers can be used online and by visiting the tasting room. Prices start at $60 per person. Booking code: TWFCYBER30


Platypus Tours Limited, Two for One Wine Tour

Two can enjoy Platypus Tours Limited’s intimate wine tour for the price of one. On November 30, guests can book an exclusive tour of four boutique-style wineries. Limited to two purchases per person, this offer includes an outstanding tour, picnic lunch, bottled water and a decadent cheese platter. Offer is valid from December 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016 – excluding Christmas Day, February 13 and May 28. Prices start at $110 per couple. Booking code: CYBER


Silverado Resort & Spa, Cyber Monday all year-round

Take advantage of Silverado Resort & Spa’s Cyber Monday offer by booking your Napa Valley stay November 27 through November 30, 2015. With this offer, receive a $50 resort credit per night (*must be used on a nightly basis and does not accumulate) and 25% off the best available room rates. Dates available for travel: November 30, 2015 – March 31, 2016 and Sunday through Thursday for April 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016. Please note: prices are subject to change without notice and based on availability. Resort credit does not apply to room rate, taxes or resort fees and will not be refunded if unused.


Brannan Cottage Inn, Cyber Monday hideaway special

Escape this winter to a cozy room at Brannan Cottage Inn. On Cyber Monday, book the Inn’s special package which includes one-of-a-kind accommodations, breakfast vouchers for two at Café Sarafornia, complimentary wine tasting passes for two, and on-demand shuttle around captivating Calistoga. This offer is valid from December 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016 – excluding December 5, 24-26, 2015 and December 31-January 2, 2016. Please note: this promotion may not be combined with any other offer and is subject to availability. Rates start at $189 per night. Booking code: CYBER

SHE Centre Of Excellence Releases Health and Safety Management System Implementation- A Practitioners Guide and Approach


Self-Directed Guide Helps with OHSAS18001Certification; Saves Time and Money

CORK, Ireland – Nov. 25, 2015 – The Safety, Health, Environment, Quality (SHEQ) Centre of Excellence, a management consulting firm that helps clients with compliance in occupational health and safety and other areas, announced today that it has published the book Health and Safety Management System Implementation – A Practitioners Guide and Approach.  Written by Centre of Excellence co-founder, Dr. Dan Gallagher, and published by Health and Safety Publishers, the book is designed to help organisations get certified to the international health and safety risk standard OHSAS18001.  The purpose of the book is, as the title describes, to guide employers and their safety advisors who have decided to adopt a health and safety management system. The book can be described as a walk through guide with 17 detailed chapters covering topics from the health and safety policy, risk assessment, training to management review etc. There are 10 useful appendices which are a mixture of checklists and notes. The style is easy to read for anyone interested in health and safety management, and is a useful refresher guide and prompter of ideas.  


“Unfortunately, we live in a world where over 2 million people globally are killed on the job every year and many more get injured or ill from work, according the UN data,” said Gallagher.  “To make the workplace safer, companies can get certified to this standard – the only globally recognised standard that helps bring health and safety into mainstream management.  This book uses simple language to walk people through what they need to do to implement a health and safety management system to a level that can be certified. If certification is not required, it can help users to at least be more compliant and improve their existing methodologies.”


The OHSAS18001 standard is for health and safety what ISO9001 is for quality.  Organisations who implement the voluntary standard, can expect to prevent or reduce accidents and stay compliant with myriad health and safety (H&S) regulations. It’s also useful for keeping regulators happier, helping reduce insurance premia and improving employee morale.


The book is expected to save readers time and money. Many companies pick up international standards and want to get certified. The challenge is that the standard says what the company needs to do, but not how to do it. The book fills in critical gaps, serving as a substitute or augmentation for consultants, saving thousands of dollars during a typical 15-20 day engagement to implement the standard.  The book, which costs less than a typical monthly mobile phone bill, will help reduce the implementation timeframe and act as a learning tool for other people in the company to learn what’s involved. Purchasers of the book can join a private LinkedIn group where further resources will be made available. The book is available on Amazon and hardcopies can be ordered at


About the SHEQ Centre of Excellence

The SHEQ Centre of Excellence is a management consulting firm focussed on helping businesses solve the complex challenges and decisions facing their company today. Centre of Excellence consultants have helped many clients to achieve and maintain compliance in the areas of occupational health and safety, quality, food safety, environmental, energy, business continuity and information security by delivering specialised products and services to meet their specific requirements.


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Paras Biopharmaceuticals forms partnership with Novozymes to embrace Veltis® technology for once-a-week Teriparatide Biobetter for Osteoporosis.

Oulu, Finland 24th November 2015, – In collaboration with Novozymes (Denmark), Paras Biopharmaceuticals (Finland) has announced that the partnership will use the successful VELTIS® technology to develop an improved version of a leading osteoporosis treatment.

Paras Biopharmaceuticals has teamed up with Novozymes to generate a ‘once-a-week’ biobetter of Teriparatide, a leading treatment for a debilitating bone disease largely affecting women over the age of 50. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 200 million women worldwide by weakening bones and increasing the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures. One in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime.

Paras Biopharmaceuticals has developed a highly efficient production technology platform for the biosimilar of Recombinant Teriparatide (Forteo Biosimilar). Extending the release of the base molecule (to once-a-week) by incorporating Novozymes’ VELTIS technology will offer new solutions. Already well-established in the fields of diabetes, hemophilia and neutropenia, the VELTIS platform is able to provide once-weekly, once bi-weekly or once-monthly peptide or protein dosing. As a result, VELTIS offers the potential for enhanced patient adherence and improved therapeutic impact.

 “Collective strengths of Paras Biopharmaceuticals’ and Novozymes’ technical expertise will bring solutions and treatment options for further convenience of osteoporosis patients” says Dr Hans Söderlund, Director of Global Strategic Alliance at Paras Biopharmaceuticals Finland Oy. “Novozymes’ VELTIS technology and Paras Biopharmaceuticals’ Diabrid NobleCleav technology will create a superior osteoporosis medicine” adds Dr Ashesh Kumar, Director of Biologics and Licensing at Paras Biopharmaceuticals Finland Oy.

“This is further market validation of the Novozymes Biopharma’s VELTIS technology”, says Svend Licht, Director, Novozymes Biopharma. “The versatile capabilities of our solution are being continually demonstrated by our customers. We are happy to enable the development of this biobetter, this in addition to running numerous collaborations in life cycle management and new drug candidates”.


About Paras Biopharmaceuticals Finland Oy 


Based in Oulu, Finland, Paras Biopharmaceuticals is an award winning, privately-held Finnish company focused on developing biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies for biosimilars and long therapeutic peptides. The company’s facilities (European GMP US-FDA compliant) in Finland are dedicated to the development, scale-up and GMP production of recombinant products for osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic disorders (diabetes) and oncology, in addition to high value recombinant enzymes such as Enterokinase (and other enzymes in pipeline). Paras Biopharmaceuticals has successfully developed its Diabrid Technology Platform (Diabrid® Technology, NobleCleav® Technolgy and Biomultifold® Microbial High Expression Technolgy) for the high level expression of biosimilars in specially designed genetically stable clones.


About Novozymes

Novozymes is the world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, its aim is to improve industrial performance while preserving the planet’s resources and helping build better lives. As the world’s largest provider of enzyme and microbial technologies, its bioinnovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many other benefits that we rely on today and in the future. We call it Rethink Tomorrow.




VELTIS is a clinically-proven technology based on engineered albumins delivered to allow the drug developer to optimize dose size and frequency to achieve stricter patient adherence (compliance) for improved therapeutic impact by targeting once weekly, once bi-weekly, or once monthly dosing.

VELTIS is delivered by Novozymes Biopharma and is provided with access to Novzymes extensive technical and regulatory support as well as to partner providers. The technology is well-established in the fields of diabetes, haemophilia and neutropenia by Novozymes’ customers.

Today, Novozymes Biopharma is working together with a number of pharma companies who are exploring the possibilities of VELTIS as a platform for half-life extension. These companies include CSL, EpiVaX while GlaxoSmithKline is using VELTIS in a marketed drug for treatment of diabetes.


Paras Biopharmaceuticals Finland Oy

Oulu, Finland   

Dr Mark Jackson -

+358 442905993

Kiviharjunlenkki 2, Oulu, FI-90220, Finland

Local Caregiver Services Company, Premier Caregiver Services, Launches New Geriatric Home Care Website

Premier Caregiver Services Louisville KY and London KY

Louisville, KY. Premier Caregiver Services is excited to introduce a new website ( for their senior home care business serving Louisville and London, Kentucky. This independent, locally-owned geriatric care services agency provides the very best “non-medical” home care and support to area seniors. With a consultative, hands-on approach, and the best handpicked and highest paid caregivers in the region, Premier is the caregiver agency of choice for those seeking the highest level of service. By taking advantage of home care services, seniors can maintain their freedom and independence, while remaining safe and comfortable at home. 

The new Premier Caregiver Services website is easily accessible and full of great features. These include a detailed overview of the variety of home care services Premier caregivers provide to area seniors including assistance with bathing, grooming, toileting and dressing, meal planning and preparation, transportation, grocery shopping / errands, laundry and light housekeeping, medication reminders, respite care and family relief, help with pet care and much more.  

In order to make sure that the website is accessible from any type of device, the company chose a responsive design that is easily viewable on any size screen including laptops, desktops, pads and mobile phones. In addition to the responsive web design and the information about home care services, the Premier Caregiver Services website also includes: 

  • An introduction to the Premier Caregiver Services team, led by Louisville-native John O’Callaghan, who has nearly a decade of experience in the home care industry.
  • Recent customer testimonials from clients who have used or are currently using the company’s caregiver services.
  • A simple and convenient email contact form for those interested in requesting more information from Premier Caregiver Services.
  • A caregiving blog with informative articles covering key topics about home care, senior health issues, caregiver support, recent research findings, and more.
  • An FAQ section that offers helpful responses to some of the most frequently asked questions about senior home care.

Those looking for a caregiving career will also find home care job opportunities with Premier Caregiver Services. This includes information about how to apply, along with an easy-to-use link to the company’s online application portal. Premier Caregiver Services offers many benefits to employees including flexible full and part-time work opportunities, and some of the highest pay in the region. 

Employees with Premier Caregiver Services also receive hands-on-training in how to use the latest equipment and technology including accessible bathing products, overhead lifts, slings and unique transfer devices, as well as the best hygiene and incontinence products (well beyond the standard items available at the grocery).  Seniors served by Premier Caregiver Services are treated with the most personalized care, and with the highest level of comfort and dignity.

About Premier Caregiver Services 

With office locations in Louisville, KY and London, KY, Premier Caregiver Services provides comprehensive “non-medical” in-home care to Kentucky Seniors. As a locally-owned business, Premier offers a personalized approach to caregiving that gives seniors and their families comfort, confidence and peace of mind. Premier’s caregiver services are available on a full and part-time basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Company President John O’Callaghan is involved in every aspect of the business. And his extensive experience in home accessibility and safety needs brings a whole new level of geriatric care to the services Premier provides.  John’s passion for senior care is immediately evident when he talks about growing up with his grandmother living in the same home as his family. “Mama Cass” left a powerful impression, reaching a healthy and happy 101 years of age.

Premier Caregiver Services recruits and hires the very best caregivers, offering on-going support and training and highly competitive pay. For a free home care evaluation or more information about Premier Caregiver Services, call 1-877-724-3678 today. You’ll also find Premier Caregiver Services on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Holidays – Great Time to Review Long Term Care Issues

The holidays bring families together. Many times you get to see family members you have not seen in sometime. This is a good time check on how older relatives are doing and evaluate your own planning for the physical, emotional and financial burdens Long Term Health Care can have on loved ones.

Before you review how your retirement plans deal with Long Term Health Care, use the holidays to spot changes in aging relatives. This may help avoid the crisis planning that comes when an issue is forced on a family. 

Look to spot personality or behavior changes that sometimes go unnoticed by those who see your loved one on a regular basis. It is important to speak-up about these issues with other family members so proper planning can be done prior to a crisis.

Matt McCann, a nationally recognized specialist in Long Term Health Care Planning, says to look for things like a relative repeating the same story over and over or general forgetfulness. Also look at overall confusion, neglect of appearance and hygiene, and balance issues.

“If you notice some of these things you should start asking more questions. The loved one may require help with normal activities of daily living or even supervision due to memory issues,” McCann said.

McCann says families need to be aware of the aging issues of family members and address these changes for their own protection.

“We brush off these changes as natural aging problems. However, some aging issues need to be addressed to help the overall welfare of the individual,” McCann noted.

He also suggests reviewing if the loved one has Long Term Care Insurance, and key documents such as powers of attorneys and healthcare directives.

McCann suggests you also review your own retirement plan and assess how you would pay for extended Long Term Health Care. Health insurance and Medicare will pay only a very limited amount for Long Term Care. This means the cost will come out-of-pocket which places a huge financial burden on your family. Affordable Long Term Care Insurance can pay for care and provide services which will protect assets and relieve the burden on family.

“Long Term Care insurance protects your 401k’s, IRA’s and other assets. It also allows the family to be family and not caregivers. Most of the people I speak with are ages 45 to 65 when planning is generally much more affordable and coverage easier to obtain,” McCann explained. “This is something you want to do when you are younger and more healthy. Premiums are based on the age and health at the time of application.”

He also notes that most states have partnership programs which provide additional asset protection. 43 states have passed milestone legislation creating a public-private “Long Term Care Partnership” which provides dollar-for-dollar asset protection or what is called “asset disregard”. Tax incentives also are available.

Consumers can learn more about Long Term Health Care Planning by going to his website: Additional online resources include:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

American Association for Long Term Care Insurance:

Long Term Care Planning News:

Life Happens:


When two British expats in Florida, Nigel P. Beatty and Christopher (Mark) Abba decided to start their own risk management firm in early 2015, neither knew exactly how things would progress with this insurance startup in an already established industry.

SGRM stands for ‘Someya Group Risk Management’, born out of a larger (non-insurance) investment management firm based in Asia and then established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in early 2015. Ten months on and the firm is still relatively small but ‘flying’ and gaining a solid reputation, as people are starting to talk and encourage others to take advantage of SGRM’s services.

“We never wanted to be a small cottage style firm”, explains Nigel Beatty, “We always wanted to be more corporate, dealing with very large accounts; working with big corporations or firms with hundreds or even thousands of personnel. Even so, we do deal with individual people we know, families and smaller companies and we treat these of course with the same care and attention as the big accounts. However our focus going forward is definitely larger entities.”

Beatty continues “We were obviously a very small firm at the beginning, just three of us, but using connections we were able to build quickly and get important customers. I used to be a captain on large yachts and the majority of the owners I worked for had large workforce; they are captains of industry. I am still in contact with many of these guys and some I consider friends. So I called them up and gave them a push in our direction. We are still a relatively small firm to be dealing with big corporations, so maybe our little startup is more of an upstart!”

Abba jumps into the conversation at this point, “This is not being an upstart in the arrogant sense of the word. More that we were suddenly working with entities that large, long established firms would usually work with… you know those firms with the logo rights on the tops of buildings in major cities!”
“However you have to understand,” Abba continues “that these guys Nigel has contacted are businessmen first and foremost. They are not going to blindly come over put the welfare of their workforce in our hands, just because their former yacht Captain asked them to. We had to prove ourselves and there was some suspicion at first. We showed them that we were licensed in 46 states of the US and were affiliated with over 50 domestic and worldwide carriers and that we could handle the national and international structures in their companies. But it still took time.”

As mentioned Nigel Beatty started as a yacht Captain, but in 2005 he came ashore and started building companies. His first was Super Yacht Logistics (SYL), which started with a bedroom office in Florida and a spare desk in a friend’s office in Japan. SYL soon moved out of the bedroom and now has 2 offices in Japan, and one in Florida, Australia, Taiwan and the UK.

SYL was acquired by The Someya Group (a Hong Kong company) in 2011 and Beatty retained as a director. Since then he has gone on to set up and Fathom Supply, Yotfix, Creation USA and now SGRM.

“I am not an insurance person” explains Beatty, “I am a maritime person and my full time job is being a luxury asset broker (primarily yachts) for private clients, while others run the various companies I own. Although I promote and bring clients to the firm, I stay away from the day to day stuff; insurance is Mark’s field of expertise.”

Christopher (Mark) Abba, he is generally referred to by his middle name, is an experienced insurance professional, with particular areas of expertise being Project and Risk Management and before joining SGRM, he created and headed up the Life and Health division for a major international brokerage.

However, he has not always been in the risk management business. Prior to insurance he spent more than twenty years working in the cruise and hospitality industries in various corporate management capacities, most notably in casinos worldwide and this considerable experience has provided an excellent background for the transition into risk management and insurance.

Luckily with Abba’s insurance pedigree and Beatty’s connections, SGRM has already signed major clients in the USA, Singapore, Japan, Europe and in the UK.

“It has been good,” says Abba, “June through August 2015 was a massive turning point for the firm with some high profile corporate clients coming onboard from the offshore oil and gas industry in Texas [SGRM has a licensed brokerage branch in Houston]. As well as this new clients from the yachting industry have moved over to work with SGRM, both large yacht crews themselves, management companies and local companies that support and maintain large yachts. In addition a medium to large bank based on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA is now working with us and loving our dynamic approach to managing their risk and protecting their workforce, whilst finding solutions particular to them. Now we have just partnered with a major European long haul airline to oversee their risk management and broker their insurance needs for their staff in the USA, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore. They are blown away by our approach to this business and their employees are over the moon.”

Both Beatty and Abba explain that by working diligently for the clients of SGRM, greater rewards will come.

“It is a big market out there and there are many solutions” says Beatty “Every client is different and needs a different solution, so hard selling one type of policy to everyone is just unacceptable. It may make more money in the short term, but that is just short term and plain short sighted! Every single case that SGRM deals with, I want carefully analyzed and for the firm to work closely with the client so that they get as near to the perfect solution as possible. Clients appreciate this kind of diligence and I refuse to have the firm work to a lesser standard.”
So are you a startup or an upstart?
“A little bit of both” Beatty laughs, “we have certainly ruffled some feathers with other outfits, but these companies that are getting ruffled must be doing something wrong to be so afraid of a little firm like ours! I prefer to be a regarded disruptor; this is why we started SGRM. Because other firms are stale, they are not adapting to the needs of large entities and are not moving with the times, whereas SGRM is… we can think outside of that box.”

Abba agrees “we have been an ‘upstart startup’ but we are moving away from this. We already have branch offices in Houston and Tokyo and affiliate offices in Singapore and Hong Kong now, with a view to establish permanent offices there, plus a UK office in mid-2016. We are becoming more established and therefore soon neither “startup” or “upstart” will apply to SGRM, but we will never stop acting the way we do by being at the forefront, pushing new ideas into this industry and  trying to be the absolute best in the business.”

Joanne Banks spoke to Mark Abba and Nigel Beatty, principles at SGRM – Someya Group Risk Management.

As Air Pollution Rises Globally, Blueair Calls For Greater Public Awareness Of Symptoms Of Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Now World’s 4th Largest Killer

Stockholm, November, 18, 2015 –– Blueair, a world leader in health enhancing mobile indoor air purification technologies, today issued a call for greater public awareness about the causes and alleviation of chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD), which kills over 3 million people every year. WHO says 600 million people worldwide today have chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD), which will be the third leading cause of death by 2030 after heart disease and cerebrovascular disease.

“Known also as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, COPD is a preventable disease of the lungs caused by exposure to tobacco smoke as well as dust and airborne chemicals,” said Bengt Rittri, founder and CEO of Blueair, a Swedish company that sells life-transforming indoor air purifiers in 64 countries globally.

Mr. Rittri said there is an urgent need for the public to be made more aware that COPD is a global epidemic caused by many more factors than smoking cigarettes. He noted that while COPD is not curable, WHO says it is preventable by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution such as dust, smoke, fumes, air freshener sprays, and household cleaning products.

“Humans on average take around 960 breaths an hour, which means we breathe in something like 10,000 liters of air – and all the nasty stuff in it – each day,” Mr. Rittri said. “Even worse, airborne pollution impacts children more than adults because their young lungs are still developing.”

Speaking at Blueair’s Stockholm head office, Mr. Rittri urged people to take greater individual responsibility for the indoor air they and those around them breathe.

“There is not much we can do as individuals about the air pollution in our cities. But we can take simple steps to alleviate the potential consequences of indoor airborne pollution such as COPD by simply installing an air purifier, like those made by Blueair, which can capture up to 99.97% of airborne particles such as smoke, dust, chemicals and fumes,” Mr. Rittri said.    



- It is now recognized that 10-20% of COPD patients have never smoked! Furthermore, only a fraction of smokers develop COPD, suggesting that both genetic and environmental factors influence the risk of developing COPD.

- COPD death rates for women have risen steadily. Today, more women than men die from COPD each year.

- Approximately 12 million adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with COPD, and 120,000 die from it each year. An additional 12 million adults in the U.S. are thought to have undiagnosed COPD.

- WHO says mortality due to COPD in the Southeast Asia region is expected to grow by 160% to 2020, totaling more than the combined numbers of deaths due to malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

- In India, approximately 30 million people are estimated to have COPD and half a million die every year from it, according to

- In China, WHO says chronic respiratory diseases are the second leading cause of death

- In Europe 4-10% of adults have COPD.

– Total COPD related expenses for outpatient care (= not in hospital) in the EU is approximately € 4,7 billion per year

(sources: various, including U.S. National, Heart, Lung & Blood Institute:


For more information, please contact:

David Noble, Blueair International PR Manager


T: +44 7785 302 694

About Blueair
Sold in over 60 countries around the world, Blueair delivers home and office users clean indoor air for enhanced health and wellbeing faster than any competing air purifier. Thanks to its high-performance tech­nology, energy economy, and eco-friendly design, a Blueair air purifier works efficiently and silently to remove 99.97% of allergens, asthma triggers, viruses, bacteria and other airborne pollutants.

Comfort for Alzheimer’s Patients

Comfort Companions for Security and Therapy

Sparta, NC, November 18, 2015– Just in time for National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month, Comfort Companion releases several new versions of their Alzheimer’s comfort doll, Comfort Companion. Please visit our website for all options –

“I have always had a fondness for the geriatric community, so I wanted to create something especially for them.” Janet Tompkins, Founder Speechpath Tools, LLC.

Approximately 5.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association predicts that by 2025 there will be 7.1 million seniors, aged 65 and older, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number will likely almost triple to 13.8 million.

Another 15+ million Americans are caregivers. In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided care valued at $216 billion. Nearly 15% of these caregivers are long-distance. More than 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high. More than one-third report symptoms of depression. The physical and emotional toll of caregiving cost Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers an additional $9.1 billion in health care costs of their own, in 2012.

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. 44% of Americans between the ages of 75 to 84 have Alzheimer’s disease. More than two-thirds of the Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women. African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia, compared to older whites.

Alzheimer’s disease causes problems with memory, thoughts and behavior. Comfort Companion dolls are designed with substance, weight and scientifically-proven soothing scents to make them huggable, and offer physical comfort and security.

Alzheimer’s patients typically have issues with ‘busy hands.’ In an effort to help with that issue, the dolls provide tactile stimulation with flowers, bows and bandanas.

Memory loss, likely the most familiar symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, is addressed by the Comfort Companion dolls with a memory pocket to allow patients to store photos of loved ones and other important keepsakes that will stimulate memory and interaction.

“I think they are absolutely wonderful. The more senses you explore with people with dementia, the more they are going to understand and be able to see and feel. Their mind is still available to make some memories.” Kathy Long, VP of Adult Day Services for Senior Services Inc. in Winston-Salem

My Comfort Companion . . . Always There When You Can’t Be.

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