Three Cheeky Monkeys – Learning Done Away From The Computer

Posted in caregiver, Educational Toys, Toys with tags , , , on February 1, 2008 by Michael Yager

Three Cheeky Monkeys
It is odd that I am writing this review with my face planted in my iMac, when you consider that the philosophy behind Three Cheeky Monkeys is to provide top quality educational toys that don’t encourage the use of a computers or other digital types of interface. All of the toys in the store are specifically picked by Wallace Harvey, the young and playful owner, who is heading to the Nuremburg Toy Festival to shop for one of kind items that only his store will carry. His goal is to encourage tactile learning. Using real objects in space and time is the most effective learning that can be done.

He’s on the middle floor of the West Pavilion Mall. My sister and I found his store while we were shopping for some toys for her kids and the big name toy store elsewhere in the mall didn’t have the specialty item she wanted. They recommended we try Three Cheeky Monkeys. We do too!

10800 West Pavilion Blvd.

West Pavilion Mall 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Call and talk to Wallace.


Michael Yager


Adult Day Health Care For The Loved One Who Cared For You

Posted in Adult Day Health Care, Alzheimers, caregiver, Free Health Care, Medi-Cal, Mental Therapy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2008 by Michael Yager


The mark of a truly advanced society is the legacy left behind of the way it cared for it’s elderly. Our parents and our grandparents.Not even so much as the amount of money we spend, but finding the right people with the heart and willingness to give the absolute best care is a rare prize. The state provides a beautiful structure upon which the joy of the caregiver can express itself. In most cases Medi-Cal covers all the costs of Adult Day Health Care, including free transportation.

This joy and delight of the caring heart is in full expression at the Olympic Adult Day Health Care facility in Los Angeles. Hattie Connerly is one of the most appreciative of the program participants. She is thankful to God to have this place and remembers just what her health and life was like previously.
“I used to sit around my daughter’s house getting weaker and weaker. Now I look forward to getting up in the mornings and coming here.” She shows it too. She dresses up for her time at the center and looks rather like she’s heading for Sunday Service once we conclude our talk. Moving slowly with her cane, she sat right next to me in the spotless therapy room with several other women as well.

Hattie has come a long way, not only physically and mentally, but geographically as well. She is a true survivor. A displaced resident of New Orleans, Hattie had to move in with her daughter in Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina took everything she had.

You can still see the experience in her eyes when she speaks of it. It is still very vivid to her. I could almost see her actual belongings floating down the river as she talked. And for a moment it seemed as though she was standing alongside the banks once again, but this time watching the muddy waters from the banks of her new perspective. A touch of melancholy still colors her memory, but her expression settles on one of hope and rebuilding as she continues to praise the staff at Olympic.

God willing and with the help of the good people and friends she has at the Olympic ADHC, she will stay healthy enough to return to her own home one day. Until then, she’s happy and healthy here.

Olympic Adult Day Health Care
1221 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

310.300-1111. Ask for Luba.

Michael Yager

Olympic Adult Day Care-A Solution For Boomers Who Care For Their Parents

Posted in Adult Day Health Care, Alzheimers, caregiver, Free Health Care, Innovator, Medi-Cal, Mental Therapy on January 31, 2008 by Michael Yager


I started thinking about what it will take for me to be able to care for my parents once they get to the place of needing more attention during the day than I can provide. My career is very demanding; I travel a lot as a stand-up comedian and writer. Both parents are still very active and independent now, but even so, I accept that I am going to one day be caring for one or both of my parents. The likelihood that they will stay independent and more active longer is increased through programs like the one I found at Olympic Adult Day Health Care. I am the one charged with providing for their future, so I thought I’d take some time and visit Luba Anissinoza, Program Director at the Olympic Adult Day Health Care. Her passion for providing high quality care was obvious. I watched her as she worked with a program participant before we sat down. When she’s working with the people she’s in her element. She cares deeply for everyone, with a tender touch to each who greets her as she guides me on a tour.The place is impeccable. One of the cleanest facilities I have ever seen. And the people there are truly enjoying the facility. One of them stopped me in the hallway to tell me how much this place has meant to her. When people like their program enough to do that, I know there must be a special spirit afoot. I plan to talk in depth with some program participants next.

She also told me about the much need Medi-Cal assistance program that began paying for Adult Day Health Care about 7 years ago, and for the free transportation to the people in the program. It’s good to know there are healthy alternatives for my mother and father as they become more needy. There is also some great info about how ADHC centers work at this site.

Olympic has all three of the model types of ADHC.

1. The traditional model with social services, activities, crafts and some individual attention from workers.

2. The medical model with services above but also skilled services from nurses, therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, geriatric physicians and others.

3. The Alzheimer’s model with services specifically designed to support and care for Alzheimer’s patients.

All Free Services include:

Transportation pick up and home delivery,
Nurse check-ups and vital taken daily
Reports to family doctors,
Mental Therapies,
Physical Therapies,
Alzheimer’s Care,
Social workers,
Games and socializing,
Psychological Counseling,
Hot Breakfast,
Food Every Two Hours,
Stroke Recovery Care.

Stop by for a visit:
1227 La Cienega Ave.
Los Angeles, 90035

or call:
Ask for Luba.

Michael Yager

In A Time of Deceit, The Truth Is A Revolution

Posted in Artist, Innovator, Marketing, Public Relations with tags on January 30, 2008 by Michael Yager

“In a time of deceit, the truth is a revolution.” – Mark Twain

I began with the idea that somehow our daily lives should be fulfilling – daily. Work, play, rest – it should all flow seamlessly, right? To every time there is a season and all that. It is however an ideal that seems absent in the hustle and schemes that we pull together to earn our next cup of coffee, gallon of gas, or mortgage payment. I started theRevolution™ as a means to give professional voice to great ideas. Ones that affirm the value of human dignity. We work with businesses who have a heart. Often these people are artists, innovators and revolutionaries. It takes heart to know what people need. It takes heart to be a visionary.

Myself and a 3 other people form the core of theRevolution. We were tired of the lies of petty, selfish, and greedy leaders whose decisions and manipulations have rendered us unto a state of pure trance-like apathy. But, mostly we were tired of talking about it. Tired of talking about our trance, from my own trance like state.

What is theRevolution™?

theRevolution™ is a private membership of business owners who envision a marketplace in which the soul of man is nourished and we take steps to see it become our reality, first (1) by examining just exactly what nourishes us and how our reality is created and secondly (2) by creating the reality we fully desire through writing, painting, singing, playing, building, giving and receiving.

theRevolution™ is a philosophy to the marketplace unlike anything you will find.

You will not find this philosophy in the mainstream media, alternative media or any other, because this philosophy lies within you – the true compass of your company.

Only you know the kind of business you want.

Only you know what kind of life you want to live.

theRevolution™ is for those in business who want to do more than just business.

Members of theRevolution™ ask the next questions.

Members of theRevolution™ are awake and ready to achieve.

theRevolution™ has an uncompromising compassion for theArtist™, theInnovator™, and theRevolutionary™.

Want to do something never done before.

1. Stop taking advice from anyone who has not innovated.
2. Start trusting yourself.
3. Gain or hire the skills to be the best at your business, family, or community
4. Build your business as and artist does a masterpiece.
5. theRevolution™ will Shepard you through.

Our team produces results that resonate with innovators.
1. Idea/Business Development
2. Principled Communication/Marketing Strategies
3. Kick Ass Design
4. Rock Star Contacts
5. Gadget Masters

We produce the material realizations of a vision.

[vision]: the act of seeing | a picture formed in the mind | a supernatural apparition.

[visionary] : someone who imagines how thing should be and pays little regard to how they actually are or are likely in fact to be.

We seek out the visionaries.


Michael Yager