Protecting Your Senior Loved Ones in Tampa Bay With Home Instead Senior Care – #ThatBusinessShow Featuring Kristi Campbell, Jessica Rivelli, Lauren Silva, and Alexis Carra

Protecting Your Senior Loved Ones in Tampa Bay With Home Instead Senior Care – #ThatBusinessShow Featuring Kristi Campbell, Jessica Rivelli, Lauren Silva, and Alexis Carra

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities now on sale for The Tampa Bay Business Owner’s Business Symposium Presented by the Walk Law Firm.  Being held October 28th at the Hilton Hotel on Lake Carillon in St. Petersburg, this event will be an action packed day of information and networking featuring a Shark Tank Panel of Experts and over 400 attendees expected to attend.  Tickets are $59 and $39 for TBBO members and currently on sale at and you can learn about sponsorship opportunities here We will also be celebrating World Chocolate Day with Award Winning Chocolatier William Dean Chocolates.

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At 7am, we spoke with Regular Contributor Kristi Campbell, Owner of HomeInstead Senior Care.  She has over 13 years of experience in this industry and has amassed a team of over 100 caregivers.  Today’s topic was how to handle “wandering” in seniors.  Six out of 10 living with Alzheimer’s or dementia illnesses will wander, according to the Alzheimer’s Association and any senior living with Alzheimer’s and dementia is at risk for wandering. This behavior can affect individuals in all stages of the disease for as long as that person is mobile.   Wandering can happen at any time – and is not just limited to seniors on foot. Wandering can occur by anyone – even in a car or wheelchair.  Wandering often leads many to think a person is going somewhere aimlessly, but, in fact, many seniors who “wander” are going somewhere with intent – “to work,” “home,”  “to the store,” etc.  A senior loved one wandering or getting lost can be one of worst scenarios for families caring with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or dementia illnesses. A wandering event causes immediate panic and unfortunately happens all too often.  To prevent wandering, it is critical for families to understand what triggers these events and steps they can take to reduce or discourage loved ones from wandering.  Common triggers for wandering include, delusions or hallucinations and those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias may misinterpret sights or sounds, causing them to feel fearful and wander to escape their environment.  Individuals with dementia can be easily upset in noisy or crowded environments, triggering them to look for an escape from the chaos and fatigue, especially during late afternoons and evenings, individuals may become tired, causing restless pacing, and eventually, wandering.  To help families take proactive precautions against wandering, Home Instead has launched a free tool, the Missing Senior Network, available at WWW.MISSINGSENIORNETWORK.COM. This mobile-ready platform enables family caregivers to alert a network of friends, family and businesses, via text or email, to be on the lookout for a missing senior. This resource is part of Home Instead’s free Prevent Wandering program, available at that site which includes helpful tips and resources, including what triggers wandering events and how to keep loved ones safe.  In addition to setting up an alert network with the Missing Senior Network, other proactive steps families can take to help manage wandering behaviors in addition include, ensuring an individual who may be at risk is always wearing a form of identification, such as an ID bracelet and preparing the home for wandering. Families can do this by considering products that can keep seniors living with dementia safe at home, such as higher security locks or alarms for doors. In addition, families should keep walkways well-lit and create a safe space for seniors to wander by closing off certain parts of a room and locking door.  If you have a loved one in need of care, reach out to Kristi and her staff at or via phone at 813-684-1972!

The 7:30 segment was information on HUD homes.  Jamie is a HUD listing agent and broke down some of the incentives of buying HUD homes including the $100 down program available on all HUD owned homes that are FHA insurable as well as the Good Neighbor Next Door program where teachers, firefighters and emergency responders can buy a HUD home for 50% off of the appraised value.  To learn more about these programs and the available inventory, visit

At 8am, Jamie spoke with Jessica Rivelli, CEO and Founder of the Working Women of Tampa Bay networking group.  Just one day away from the Working Women State Conference, Jessica was online to talk about the event and push for the sale of the last 5 tickets!  Available at, use promo code Meloni for 10% off of the tickets and take advantage of hearing the stories of 28 professional women at the event!

My next guest was Lauren Silva, Financial Advisor and Owner of Silva and Associates, an Amerprise franchise.  Lauren is an expert in all things related to retirement planning and has personally helped Jamie in his attempt to someday retire although Jamie doesn’t think he’ll ever retire.  Located at 1103 W Cleveland St in Tampa, Lauren and her team regularly put on events aimed at retirement education including an upcoming event on the 29th at the Edison.  To register for this and inquire about all of her events, give them a call at 813-870-0892.  The discussion today was focused on paths for retirement for high dollar earners as they cannot use some of the conventional retirement vessels that others can use.  Life insurance is an excellent retirement solution and Lauren touches on that during this segment as well.  Through life insurance, you can amass a cash reserve without the tax penalties of other alternatives.  Learn more and schedule a consultation today with Lauren by visiting!

At 8:30, we welcomed the Keynote speaker of the Working Women Conference, Alexis Carra.  She is a Speaker, Author, Dancer and Actress and will be speaking at 1:30 on Friday about how she works through her own struggles and ups and downs in an industry (acting) that is full of them.  With a focus on resiliency, the talk is one you do not want to miss as a professional woman.  Again tickets are available at www.workingwomenconference, but only a few remain.  Alexis has been onstage since age 2 and graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University. Alexis has worked on and off Broadway. Credits include Fosse, Fame on 42nd Street, Wicked, Sweet Charity, and The Pirate Queen. Cast album recordings: The Pirate Queen and Sweet Charity. Film and TV credits: Major Crimes, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Mentalist, Bones and ABC series, Mixology, originating the series lead role, “Jessica.” Currently you can see Alexis on the ABC Family/Freeform series, Recovery Road. Alexis is also an internationally acclaimed dance teacher and is on faculty at The EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood.  She dreams of originating roles on stage and on screen, and strives to collaborate with creative, open artists.  Alexis is also on the Board of Covenant House of California, a youth homeless organization, and of a women’s philanthropy and goal group, The New Hollywood. She is the VP of Content Creation and supports women achieving their personal, professional, and philanthropic goals.  Alexis brings a great attitude and enthusiasm to all she does and you can learn more about Alexis at!

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