• August 29, 2013 /  Special Needs

    I had a blind guitar instructor in college. He knew his way around campus (Sac State) and was more than proficient playing the guitar. He didn’t need help, taught me the right way to “guide” him (he held on to my arm) when he needed help in negotiating or was lazy in using his stick, and amazed me with his independence.

    One day he was teaching me a fancy lick on the guitar and all of a sudden he “disappeared”. I mean, not physically but mentally…personality left. He was quite for a few moments and then asked, “Where am I, who are you?” I asked him if he was okay and he started getting agitated so I told him my name and that we were in his house. He asked what was going on and why he couldn’t see anything. At that moment I remembered that sometimes when someone “blanks” out that it could be a form of epilepsy.

    the arc logoI don’t know why I should think of that right then but I decided to “play along” with him. I told him that the lights went out, we were waiting for them to come back on and that, in the meantime, I was playing guitar for him. So I asked if I could continue and he was okay with that.

    When he “came back” he again, asked what happened. This time I used his name and asked him, “Is that you?” Answering in the affirmative he asked if I understood what just happened. I told him that I guessed that he had an epileptic episode and he confirmed it. He was pleasantly surprised that I would know that and apologetic that he hadn’t told me that he had seizures in the past but hadn’t had any for a couple of years. He was the best guitar instructor I ever had and miss him and his corny jokes.

    The point is that I was prepared and that is one of the messages of The Arc organization. They want the public to understand and be prepared for including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities into their world. They also advocate on their behalf and provide resources.

    Please visit the national website http://www.thearc.org/who-we-are and then go to the state site http://www.thearcca.org/ and finally our local site in Roseville http://www.thearc.org/.

    Serving Auburn, Lincoln, Roseville, Rocklin, Sacramento, and the counties of Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba, El Dorado, Nevada and even Humboldt.

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  • May 24, 2011 /  Basics

    Sue’s comments: I’ve known Michael for several years now and have always found him to be an ethical person to work with and a fun person to be around. I got Michael on the telephone and asked him to tell me a little bit about working with his clients. What you find below is what I wrote based on that conversation.

    There are many reasons a person may choose a fiduciary to handle their estate and financial matters. There can be issues, both real and perceived, in having a family member or friend handle these matters but appointing a fiduciary like Michael alleviates any appearance of a family member or friend taking advantage. Michael helps you maintain those friendships and family relations so there are no feelings of mistrust or misuse of funds.

    A client may have financial issues such as outstanding debts to deal with. Michael can help that client put their life back together by putting together a plan to deal with those debts as well as a plan to work together on a regular basis to manage the bills.

    Michael’s goal is to keep a person as independent as possible for as long as possible. He can help promote peace and avoid the wars so often heard of in families when it comes to money matters. There’s no need for ‘sides’ or ‘war’ to gain control when a third party handles those matters.

    Let Michael remove your additional burden in your time of grief. He keeps everyone informed and helps alleviate misunderstandings and mistrust. He removes causes of dissension. He engenders trust, answers your questions, handles the matters you don’t have time for or aren’t in a position to handle because you are out-of-state.

    Benefits of Working with Storz Fiduciary:

    • Maintain friendships and family relations
    • Put your life back together
    • Put together a financial plan
    • Remain independent
    • Promote peace
    • Remove burdens
    • Stay informed
    • Alleviate misunderstandings
    • Remove causes of dissension
    • Engender trust

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