• November 03, 2013
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Tis The Season For...Farmers Markets

We are entering the best time of the year in South Florida--- when the humidity goes away, and being outdoors feels great and invigorating. Have family or friends visiting? Looking for a productive outing?  Check out our list of local Farmers' Markets throughout South Florida and find the one closest to you.  We're always updating this list, so...

If there's a Farmers' Market that you go to that's not included below please comment below and let us know! 

Broward County

  • Southwest Ranches Farmers Market-5150 South Flamingo Road, Cooper City- Contact: Sheila @ 754-423-3786. 10am - 7pm everyday but Thursday- Click here to view their website
  • Miramar Green Market- Miramar Square, in parking lot near Kohl's- Every Saturday: 9am-1pm-Fresh food and family fun. Local produce, plats, herbs, cheeses and more!
  • The Yellow Green Farmer's Market-1940 North 30th Road, Hollywood-954-513-3990-Thursday: 7pm-11pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7am-4pm- This is the largest outdoor market in South Florida. They have a lot of organic foods and products and is open all year. Click to view their website. Follow them on twitter @ygfarmersmarket
  • Las Olas Outdoor Urban Gourmet Market- Las Olas Blvd and 12th Avenue- Fort Lauderdale-954-347-1474.Sundays: 9am-2pm- Fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods and more. Is open all year.
  • Plantation Community Farmer's Market- Plantation Volunteer Park-954-452-2558- Fresh certified organic vegetables and fruits, breads, orchids and more- Saturdays: 8am-2pm- For more information visit their website.
  • Marando Farms- 1401 SW First Avenue (Downtown Fort Lauderdale)- Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 4pm.
  • Parkland Farmers' Market- Equestrian Center-8350 Ranch Road- 954-757-4120- Sundays: 9am-2pm.
  • Pompano Beach Green Market-104 SW 1st Street (just east of City Hall)- 954-782-3015- Saturdays: 8am - 1pm

Miami-Dade County

  • Surfside/Bal Harbor/Bay Harbor Green Market- Location alternates between 1177 Kane Concourse (96th St.) in Bay harbor Island and Collins and 95th St in Surfside- Sundays: 9am-2pm. Fresh fruit and vegetables, tropical plants, baked goods and more. For more information click here to view last season's Miami Herald article about this market.
  • Pinecrest Market- Pinecrest Gardens Parking Lot @ 11100 Red Road- Every Sunday 9am-2pm. Fresh vegetables and fruit, homemade crafts, breads, plants and more- Lots of organic products.
  • Coconut Grove Organic Farmers' Market-3300 Grand Avenue-305-238-7744- Fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Market includes a raw food deli. Every Saturday (rain or shine) from 10am-2pm- Click here for website.
  • Homestead Harvest Farmers' Market @ Verde Gardens-12700 SW 280 Street- Local and organic foods plus sustainable produce and products, juice bar and more-786-427-4698-Fridays: 4pm-8pm. click here for website.
  • Key Biscayne Farmers Market: Located at the Community Church, this market offers a wide variety of fresh local and organic produce as well as a diverse selection of speciality items.  355 Glenridge Road. Call for schedule. 305-531-0038
  • Lincoln Road Farmers' Market- On Lincoln Road between Meridian and Washington Avenues. Fresh vegetables and fruits, jellies, jams and more-305-531-0038-Sundays:9am-6:30pm, year round. For more information visit their website.
  • Normany Village Marketplace- In the 900 block of 71st Street and Rue Vendome on Normandy Isle- Saturdays:9am -5pm-305-531-0038.
  • Mary Brickell Village Sunday Market- Mary Brickell Village in the 900 Block of South Miami Avenue-Saturdays:10am-4pm- 305-531-0038.
  • FIU Farmers Market, Maidque Campus (11200 SW 8th Street, Miami)- Wednesdays: 12noon - 3pm, between the Green Library and Central Fountain.
  • Roots in the City Farmers Market (beginning December, 2012)-  NW 10th Street and 2nd Avenue, Miami- Wednesday and Friday:1pm - 4pm.
  • Southwest Community Farmer's Market: Features outdoor market with organic local produce, artisan baked goods, local arts, community music, organic solar-powered jam and massage. Tropical Park 7900 SW 40th Street. 305-223-8710. Call for schedule.
  • Fairchild Farmers' Market: Located in Fairchild's lowlands parking. Stock up every Saturday (9am- 2pm) (excluding Festival weekends). Local vendors sell frest produce, honey, artisan products, handmade soaps, herb and vegetable plants, baked goods and so much more. 10900 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL

Palm Beach County

  • Boca Raton Green Market- Corner of S. Federal Highway and S. Mizner Blvd (Royal Palm Place Shopping Center)-Saturdays: 8am-1pm. Rain or Shine- Fresh produce and vegetables and more. Contact: 561-239-1536, or visit their website.
  • Wellington Green Market-12100 Forrest Blvd. Near the Amphitheater- Saturdays: 8am-1pm, now through April 12, 2012. This is a brand new Farmers' Market. For more information call 561-283-5886.
  • Delray Beach Green Market: SE 4th Street (1/2 Block south of Atlantic Avenue, downtown Delray Beach. Sundays 8am - 2pm. 
  • Lake Worth Farmers' Market (Waterside)- A1A and Lake Avenue. Park in lot behind John G's restaurant. Sells Palm Beach County fruits and vegetables as well as a large selection of organic products, plants, baked goods and more. Saturdays: 8am-1pm- Now through May, 2013 . 561-547-3100.
  • Sunset Green market at Glades Plaza: Located in the south parking lot of Glades Plaza (near Hooters), 2240 NE 19th Street, Boca Raton: Wednesdays: 4pm-8pm
  • Woolbright Farmers Market: 141 West Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach- Fresh local and organically grown fruits and vegetables. Open all year-Tuesday thru Saturday: 8am-6pm. Contact: Jesse @ 561-722-2454 or visit their website.
  • Palm Beach Gardens Green Market: 4301 Burns Road. Sundays, 8am -1pm.  561-630-1100.
  • West Palm Beach Green Market: 101 South Flagler Drive (downtown at Clematis Street and Flagler Drive at Waterfront Park). Saturdays 8am - 1pm.
  • November 25, 2013
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Exercising Over The Holiday Season

It's no wonder that people complain about gaining weight over the holiday season. Between holiday parties with lots of rich food and alcohol, and the loss of normal routines caused by travel and family reunions, the exercise schedule seems to just fall apart. But it really doesn't have to be that way.

You can always get some exercise during the holidays! When I first wanted to start running, but couldn't find the time, a runner gave me some great advice. She said, "Get up an hour earlier!" I took her advice and ran for the next 20 years. So, if you're attending lots of parties this season, just remember that you still have to get up in the morning for your workout.

There are many exercises you can do even while travelling. Click here to view my previous blogpost "Exercise While You Travel...Literally." As a preview, when travelling, try walking the airports before flights.

Once you're in your destination city, you can always do some resistance training (wherever you're staying) by using your own body weight. There are so many exercises you can do that don't require any equipment. For example: do some push ups and dips for upper body, squats and walking lunges for lower body and sit ups for abs.

If you're hosting house guests, you can still get a workout in by encouraging them to join you. There's always someone in my family willing to take a walk with me. Now that there are young children in the mix, I know that we'll spend a lot of time in the pool or on the beach playing. You can do the same and have fun too, at least for a little while.

We're having a week-long family reunion over Thanksgiving, when my brother comes from Australia,  We'll be taking lots of walks, swimming and paddle boarding. Since I carry weights and equipment in my car, I'll be lifting in my motel room.

Wishing you all a fit and healthy holiday season!

  • December 04, 2013
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The Time To Talk Is Now

Remember all those times your parents sat you down for “a talk?” Well, now it’s your turn. You can’t have an “emergency” plan for those daunting life-or-death issues unless you know what your parents do - and do not - want regarding their health care. Do they want a DNR order? How about a feeding tube? Are they comfortable going to hospice?  Do they want to remain at home? These aren’t easy questions. But hey, do you think they were comfortable talking to you about sex? It’s just one of those things that has to be done. And, like most things in life, timing is everything, This is not a conversation to initiate during a Mother's Day or Father's Day celebration or during a Thanksgiving meal.

Find a quiet moment for what is bound to be an emotional chat. Make sure you are prepared, and start slowly. Don’t try to cover all issues at once. It takes time. Figure out an easy way to broach the topic. (My friend had an experience that got me thinking….my insurance agent asked me questions about my long term needs that I had never thought of...remember so and so, well they’re in an Assisted Living Community now…or simply, we really need to talk)

Need more guidance? Peruse Jane Gross' book "A Bittersweet Season: Caring For Our Aging Parents -- and Ourselves", or David Solie’s "How To Say It To Seniors." 

It’s essential to have a list of the issues - and make sure your siblings are included (you do not want to take this on yourself, even if you are Mom’s favorite). Be empathetic - you may not agree with their wishes but remember, it’s their life. Parents fear losing control and their independence while children are hesitant to open a Pandora’s box. So it’s crucial that they don’t think you are trying to take over their lives.

Explain your motivation for the discussion (perhaps you’re concerned for their physical safety or want to make sure that they aren’t being financially scammed). Having these conversations and being prepared will make the care giving journey so much easier for everyone.

Talking to your parents in advance of a crisis - when they are able to communicate their desires and thoughts in a relaxed setting will result in better outcomes both for them and the rest of the family.

You may be surprised - your parents may have wanted to broach the subject, but didn’t want to worry you. And, sometimes just talking about things makes you feel a whole lot better.

  • December 28, 2013
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Keeping Your New Year Resolutions With The "New Years Shuffle"

I take the process of making New Years' Resolutions very seriously. Every year I make the resolutions just before December 25--- and spend the final week of the year thinking about what I will do to make them a part of my routine seamlessly.  I like the idea of starting anew with a clean slate in areas that I have failed at during the year.

And then, beginning on January 1--- I'm off and running!

Last year was the first year that I did not fall "off the wagon" two weeks into the year. I attribute that to the New Year's Shuffle!

An article in the WSJ from a few years ago made me realize that perhaps my lack of resolve was not entirely my fault. I’d just been going about it all wrong. According to Sue Shellenbarger, it’s not so much about willpower and discipline as it is about retraining the brain to form new habits. In other words, saying that I’m going to change my behavior just wasn't enough.

New Years' Resolutions require a more detailed plan of action that looks something like the diagram of the New Year's Shuffle shown in the article (diagram on right). It's a process. So for each resolution I make I do the following:

  1. Decide on my goal and make a plan.
  2. Practice beforehand.
  3. Think about what I do that makes me slip up.
  4. Plan for rewards when I practice my resolution.
  5. Practice focusing on my improved behavior.
  6. Reduce other stresses that get in the way.
  7. Plan punishments that will help to get started.
  8. Have a plan to get myself back on track if I slip.

I think this makes good sense, and it worked for me last year so I am going start practicing my 2012 resolutions...tomorrow.

What about you? Have you ever been able to stick to a New Years resolution? If so, how?

  • February 27, 2014
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Helping Our Parents Combat Loneliness

Over the past three years, I've spoken with hundreds of family caregivers who are concerned about a parent's loneliness and isolation. A recent study, described in this  USA Today article,  confirmed that these feelings, so common among seniors, can raise the risk of premature death by as much as 14 percent. 

What can we do to help our parents be as active and engaged as they're able? I'm posting some suggestions below in hopes that some - at least one or two - will appeal to your parent enough to want to give it a try.  If he or she likes the idea, but it's not geographically convenient, perhaps you can find something similar where your parent lives.

  • If your parent is mobile, a volunteer position may be the answer. There have many volunteer opportunities listed in the program section of our website, including those at the Aventura HospitalBRAVO (volunteer opportunities in the arts for boomers and retired people), Fairchild Tropical Gardens, and RSVP, a service that connects those ages 55+ to volunteer opportunities of their interest in Broward County. We've also told you about ReServe Miami, an organization that places retired persons in paid positions in non-profit companies.
  • Check out your local community center. You can find many throughout south Florida and you just may be surprised to see how much is going on for your parents. Check out the Senior Lift Center or the Pinecrest Community Center in South Dade, or the Herb Skolnick Community Center in Pompano Beach, or the Senior Centers in Boynton and Delray Beaches, just to name a few.
  • Meal time is often the most lonely hour of the day.  If you live near your parent, try to have them over at dinnertime or bring them a meal when you can. Another solution to the meal-time loneliness is to engage companion care for a few hours each week.  A companion from a licensed company can take your parent grocery shopping and/or prepare a meal and eat with them, and can provide just the right amount of company needed. 
  • Help your parent enroll in a class. Most Universities (and even the Delray Beach Public Library) offer wonderful classes on a wide variety of subjects. Please check out an older post on Going Back to School. You'll find all the contact information you need to learn more.
  • If your parent is able and willing, try to work with them to learn how to use some of the most simple technologies available. Maybe an iPad could provide them with the opportunity to communicate online with children and grandchildren using Skype or learning how to play brain games online, or perhaps you can help them to download books with large print or movies.
  • Adopt a pet.  It's true that pets love unconditionally and most people don't feel alone if they have a pet. If your parent is mobile, this may be a good solution.

Do you have any suggestions for tackling the loneliness issue? If so, please email them to me. I'm happy to post your suggestions.

  • March 11, 2014
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Does Your Parents' Doctor Still Make The Grade?

Breaking up with your physician, someone who’s been there for you for a long time - maybe decades - isn’t easy. It’s awkward and difficult to give up a comfortable relationship with the doctor and his or her staff. This is especially true for our parents, who, in their senior years, are loathe to start anew with someone who doesn’t know them well, and is often young enough to be a grandchild. 

Of course, no one wants to change doctors unnecessarily. There's something to be said for a parent's decision to stick with someone who is familiar with their medical history and they feel comfortable with. But is their physician trained in the unique and complex needs of a geriatric population? If so, their expertise can make a huge difference in your parent's health and vitality. If not, it would be wise to discuss finding a new doctor with your parents.

What characteristics should the ideal physician-candidate possess?

First, you want someone whose daily practice includes a large proportion of elderly patients. Taking care of seniors requires a different set of personal skills than is required for a younger generation. Often, as much time needs to be devoted to family caregivers as the patient.

High marks go to doctors with excellent “bedside manners,” and a high quotient of patience. Does he or she bristle when asked questions, or shown research reports culled from an internet search? 

The best advice I have found for evaluating physicians for elderly patients comes from Dr. David Bernstein (photo, right)  a geriatrician from Tampa, Florida and author of the book "I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You're Old,"  He’s summarizes five important characteristics to look for in this easy, five-letter acronym called,Q.U.I.L.L.;

Q: Quality of Care

U: Understanding: being treated with dignity and respect

I: Promoting Independence - to live on your own, taking care of yourself, which allows “aging in place.”  

L: Listening attentively to your parents. Patient’s loook for the professional who can be a confidant, who provides good eye contact

L:  Lean In:  Showing a genuine interest and empathy.

Having been a caregiver for a parent with multiple medical needs, I can tell you first hand how helpful and true this physician-evaluation list is. I suggest printing it out and bringing it with you when you accompany your parent on their appointment with their doctor.  Do they make the grade? If not, the QUILL list will serve as a good starting point for a conversation with your parent about the need to find a new doctor.  

A good place to start your search for a geriatric-certified physician is on the website of the American Geriatrics Society, where you can search by zip code or state to find a doctor near where your parent lives.

Also, don't overlook the importance of a well-run office either. A doctor's support staff who is accustomed to handing the sudden needs of a senior when there's a health "event," can make all the difference to family members when additional help is needed.

  • March 15, 2014
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Vitas Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Groups In Miami-Dade County

Here's an updated list of Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups (English AND Spanish) in Miami that are offered by Vitas Healthcare. For more information and to reserve to attend, please contact Norma Trabanco at 786-306-8450.

  • VITAS: Kendall Office: 11731 Milles, Drive, Suite 400, Miami  33183: Spanish Support Groups: 2nd Tuesday of the month, English Support Groups: 3rd Tuesday of the month: 6:30-8:30pm.
  • Residential Plaza ALF: 5617 NW 7th Street, MIami, 33126: English and Spanish Support Groups: 4th Tuesday of the month: 6:30-8:30pm.
  • East Ridge Retirement Community: 19301 SW 87th Avenue, MIami, 33157: English Support Group: Last Friday of the month: 2:00-4:00pm.
  • Homestead Manor: 1330 NW 1st Avenue, Homestead, 33030: English Support Groups: 1st Monday of the month. 3:30-5:30pm.
  • Sunny Hills of Homestead: 25268 SW 134th Avenue, Homestead, 33032: English Support Groups: 3rd Wednesday of the month: 10:30am-Noon.
  • Easter Seal of South Florida: 1475 NW 14th Avenue (Behind the Miami VA Hospital): Miami, FL 33125: English and Spanish Support Groups: 1st Friday of the month: 4:30-6:30pm.
  • Easter Seal of South Florida, Hialeah Center: 489 Hialeah Drive, Suite 7, Hialeah, 33010: English and Spanish Support Groups: 2nd Friday of the month: 4:00-6:00pm.
  • Riviera Health Resort: 6901 Yumuri Street, Coral Gables, 33146: Spanish Support Groups: 1st Tuesday of the month: 6:30-8:30pm.
  • Fair Haven Center: 201 Curtis Parkway, Miami Springs, 33165: Spanish Support Groups: 3rd Wednesday of the month: 3:30-5:30pm.
  • West Gables Rehabilitation Center: 2525 SW 75th Avenue, Miami, 33155: Spanish Support Group: 1st Tuesday of the month: 6:30-8:30pm.
  • Floridian Nursing and Rehab Center: 47 NW 32 Pl. Miami 33135: Spanish Support Groups: 2nd Wednesday of the month: 6:30-8:30pm.
  • FIU Student Health Center: Room #230: 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, 33199: English Support Groups: Last Friday of the month: 11:00am-1:00pm.

For more information please call (786) 306-8450

  • April 05, 2014
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Rally Round: A New Website And APP That Makes The Day-to-Day Caregiving Tasks Easier

Rally Round is a fabulous new website and iPhone app that was developed in the UK but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, can be used anywhere in the world!

Have you ever wondered how you might be able to coordinate with others to assist in the everyday, must-do tasks for your homebound loved one? Rally Round offers a practical solution by allowing you to create your own private page, identify tasks to be completed and then inviting friends or family that have expressed interest in helping! The free website – and iPhone app -- is simple and very easy to use.

You simply create a private page for your loved one (or even you for that matter) , create a to do list, and invite helpers, i.e., trusted family and friends who then commit to one of the tasks and then confirms the task’s completion. Boom that’s it. You can make periodic checks to see who’s committed to what, and what tasks are remaining.

Bottom line this website helps alleviate some of the pressure you may have placed on yourself in the day-to-day caring for your loved one, and allows others to take an active role.

  • May 19, 2014
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Seniors Never Alone Program: A Wonderful Resource And Program From The Switchboard Of Miami

If you're concerned about a parent, or other relative or friend who's over 65, and who lives alone in Miami-- or is just in need of friendly conversation, you're going to be thrilled and relieved to learn about the free Seniors Never Alone Program run by the Switchboard of Miami. Last week I had the pleasure to tour the Switchboard's center and observe first-hand what this dedicated group of workers (six telephone reassurance specialists and four volunteers) do every day.

When a senior enrolls in the program they are assigned to a specialist who speaks their language.  Each specialist calls the same seniors every week. If you think this sounds impersonal, think again.  Each time they call they take copious notes so they are aware if the senior had a doctor's appointment, if their son was expected to visit, if they are going out of town, as well as other pieces of their lives that they wish to share.

If during the conversation something doesn't seem right, or if the senior cannot be located, the specialist can also provide coordination of emergency services, tracking of missing seniors, and coordination with medical practitioners. Thus far 650 seniors are enrolled.

I sat with Bianca, who spoke English and Creole. My plan was to observe how she conducted a call or two -- however I was so capitvated by what I heard that I listened to several calls which ranged anywhere from 3 to 25 minutes, depending on the level of engagement that the senior wanted. It was clear that relationships and bonds had developed between Bianca and the individuals she was spoke with.

It's easy for your parent or other relative or friend to enroll. There is a very short form to be completed One can call 2-1-1 to enroll or can call Alexandra Schneider, the Senior Manager of the program at (305) 646-3606 for more information. Or email me at Nancy@senioritymatters.com and I will send you the form.  You'll be glad that you did!

Sometimes it's the most simple ideas that are the best!

  • June 06, 2014
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Know Your Loved Ones Wishes In The Case Of Serious Illness Or Incapacity

It happens all too often: families come to see me, distressed, because they don’t know what to do when their loved one has suffered a serious illness or becomes incapacitated. They don’t know what type of medical interventions their loved one would want, how they feel about artificial nutrition, like a feeding tube, or if they should just try and keep them comfortable. It adds tremendous pressure on an already difficult situation.

That’s why I counsel all my patients to set up an advance directive. An advanced directive lets families and doctors know what type of medical treatment a person would want when they are no longer able to speak for themselves.

Miami Jewish Health Systems recently conducted a Harris Poll and found that nearly three out of five adult Americans surveyed – 59% − said their loved ones do not have an advanced directive in place, or are not sure if they do.

Although this is alarming, I am not surprised by the results. This is a topic that rarely gets spoken about. There’s a feeling, “Oh, they’ll know what to do in this situation.” But without an advanced directive, family members don’t always know what to do.

I often refer patients to Aging with Dignity, a non-profit organization that has a simple living will on its website that meets the legal requirements for an advance directive. It’s called Five Wishes and lets family and doctors know the following:

  • Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them.
  • The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want.
  • How comfortable you want to be.
  • How you want people to treat you.
  • What you want your loved ones to know.

I also like to remind patients that an advance directive can be modified at any time and it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. A time-limited trial of care to allow for certain interventions or therapies a chance to work is highly recommended. And just as important as it is to put advanced directives in writing, the person you choose as a surrogate is also very important. Someone too close to you may not be the best choice because they may not be able to carry through on the decisions you want.

Seniority Matters note: Guest Blogger Brian J Kiedrowski is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Miami Jewish Health System, a large healthcare providers for seniors in South Florida. 

  • July 14, 2014
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Meet Jane Guirola And Lady Jane Hair Services, A Welcomed New Addition To Seniority Matters

“When you look great, you feel great,” says Jane Guirola, the owner of Lady Jane Hair Services.

What makes Lady Jane’s service unique? She will travel to yours or your mother's home – or even an Assisted Living Facility to offer you just the type of pampering you both deserve.  

No cookie cutter approach here. Jane is committed to providing personalized service by first listening to your needs and then offering potential solutions. As a professional licensed hair stylist and beauty consultant she's able create a wide array of styles.  

So what do you say? If you live anywhere from the Upper Keys throughout Broward County, you can easily arrange a special visit to your Mom. It just takes a phone call---

It makes a fabulous gift!

Click here for her contact information. You'll be glad you did!

  • September 12, 2014
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The New Tablet From AARP: Just What Your Parents Have Been Waiting For

Do your parents have a tablet?  If they feel that they're too techie, complicated, and expensive then they will want to check out AARP's new tablet, the "Real Pad," that will be available starting mid-October.

The tablet features oversized texts and icons, built-in tutorials, and easy to access 24/7 tech support.  It has a 7.85-inch screen (smaller than the average tablet, but larger than a smartphone), a 2.0 megapixel front-facing and 5.0 megapixel rear-facing cameras -- and 16GB of memory!  An exclusive feature of RealPad – and one which many of us with more complex tablets wish we had available – is a “RealQuickFix” button – which monitors the tablet’s performance and allow you to diagnose and fix problems on the fly!  The retail price of $189 makes very appealing and a great gift.

You can learn more about it now by clicking here--- It's available now for pre-order or you can wait until mid-October when they'll be sold exclusively at WalMart stores. 

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