Selecting the level of care for the special people in your life is a challenge that PlacingParents.com strives to help you with. Different types of care enable you to choose a solution that allows independence where appropriate while giving each individual the attention and care that they need. Foster care for adults is an option that may work for your family.
With adult foster care services, you can rest assured that your family member’s needs are met and an appropriate level of supervision is supplied. In addition, your loved one is free to do the things that they love and live as independently as they are able within a secure environment. Choosing adult foster care in Portland can seem like a daunting task with the differences in facilities and amenities, but PlacingParents.com helps to simplify the process for you.
Adult foster care facilities offer a home-like atmosphere with some assistance available to residents. Medical care is not provided in adult foster care, setting it apart from nursing facilities. While this limits the residents that can enjoy this type of care, it also keeps the cost down for adults who do not need daily nursing care.
PlacingParents.com provides referrals for appropriate facilities for your adult foster care needs free of charge. We are dedicated to helping you and your family choose the adult foster care that is right for you. We put our expertise to work for you to help you make an educated decision regarding your loved one’s foster care needs.
By analyzing your needs, location desires, and budget, we will suggest care providers that may work best for your family. Our care consultants are always ready to answer your questions and give you peace of mind about your care decisions. Contact us for a free consultation when you are looking into adult foster care in Portland. We are here to help.
Marietta, GA, October 12, 2014 –(PR.com)– Retirement planning, much like many other long-term lifestyle decisions, requires strategy. It’s not something that can be pin-pointed in the blink of an eye or even one time over coffee. Retirement planning requires time and attention, and unlike a common myth, is an ongoing action. To assist consumers with tackling the Retirement planning landscape of options and choices, Torrid Technologies, producer of professional and consumer-based RetirementView software, lists the top three common mistakes when planning for retirement along with how to avoid them.
Top Three Mistakes to Avoid When Planning for Retirement
Waiting too long to start planning. The sooner, the cheaper, the better.
Retirement planning is most beneficial to you the sooner you begin planning. Don’t wait until you can’t wait anymore. Start today. The power of compounding and dollar cost averaging your investment contributions has a massive effect over the long haul. Waiting until 50 to start saving for retirement is a huge mistake.
Counting on government programs.
The government programs that you qualify for may provide a small contribution to your retirement. However, don’t be fooled. The Government’s retirement programs will not completely substitute your income because they weren’t designed to. You may get Social Security but it’s not going to cover all your expenses. And based on the growing number of retirees, increasing life expectancies and shrinking work force it is possible that benefits are inevitably going to be cut.
Not working with a long-term retirement planning professional or at least high grade software.
If you are a professional doctor or lawyer then it makes sense why you wouldn’t be so great at the initial steps necessary to develop a solid comprehensive retirement plan. That’s what a professional is for. Hire a professional advisor or sign up for a software program that gets you going. If you think you are really going to plan your retirement using “free internet calculators,” then you are fooling yourself. Any decent advisor or software program needs to take into account the entire picture including the correct taxation, required minimum distributions, and reasonable assumptions. These are just a few items. There are hundreds of other nuances, if not thousands, that need to be accounted for in your planning.
Retirement can be spent in peace when the planning is done right. By avoiding the three outlined commonly made mistakes; by, 1. starting early, 2. not relying solely on government programs and 3. hiring a professional adviser or using a high grade software like RetirementView by Torrid Technologies, you will steer clear of obstacles and difficulty that will arise by doing the opposite.
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Bellevue, WA, February 26, 2014 –(PR.com)– Luna Family Hearing is now offering the world’s first “Made for iPhone” hearing aid. The ReSound LiNX® works with an intuitive app that lets you adjust volume and personalized settings using Bluetooth Smart low-energy Bluetooth technology. In addition, you can use preset options for easy adjustments to different listening environments directly from your iPhone®. And if you lose your hearing aid? It even has a “Find My Hearing Aid” option! “The LiNX hearing aid is an amazing advancement in technology and wireless application for hearing aid wearers who demand the best sound quality and wireless connectivity to their world,” says John R. Luna, CEO Luna Family Hearing. “We have been waiting for years for hearing aids to advance to the level of LiNX,” Luna continues, “with a connection to iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch devices and using Apple’s FaceTime® application directly streaming to LiNX hearing aids – it is truly an optimal listening experience through your wireless stereo headphones which just happen to be your LiNX hearing aids!” Luna Family Hearing is proud to be among the first to offer the world’s smartest hearing aid to consumers in Washington and Oregon at its 11 locations.
ReSound LiNX represents the next step forward in hearing aid technology. Designed to connect directly with your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, ReSound LiNX provides 360-degree hearing in a package that’s smarter, smaller and more connected. In addition to connecting to your phone calls, music and media, flexible settings and the fully-customizable companion app, ReSound Smart™ app makes ReSound LiNX the perfect option for nearly all levels of hearing loss, and all lifestyles. ReSound LiNX also features Surround Sound by ReSound™ providing the hearing experience that is right for you. ReSound LiNX is a revolutionary hearing aid, and so much more—built to help you hear life to the fullest.
For nearly 40 million Americans, hearing loss is part of life. Most frequently, it results from repeat exposure to loud noises—like at concerts, nightclubs, sporting events, crowded restaurants, loud workplaces, and so on.
In many ways, hearing loss is the unintended by-product of life fully lived—that is, before we knew better about how to protect our hearing in such noisy environments. But when ignored and left unaddressed, hearing loss robs from life. It isolates. It debilitates. And it diminishes quality of life. It even takes a toll on fiscal wellbeing by cutting into earnings potential. Perhaps most notable, unaddressed hearing loss creates barriers and unnecessarily strains even the best of relationships.
The overwhelming majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Eight out of ten hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids. From how they feel about themselves to the positive changes they see in their relationships, social interactions, and work lives, hearing aid users benefit from today’s technology.
When people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they often improve their job performance; enhance their communication skills; increase their earnings potential; improve their professional and interpersonal relationships; stave off depression; gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives; and better their quality of life.
What few people realize, though, is how easy it is to get a hearing test by a licensed hearing care professional. And it’s free at any of Luna Family Hearing’s 11 locations in Washington and Oregon.
If it turns out that hearing aids are needed, today’s technology allows wearers to hear from all directions, in all sorts of sound environments and can even connect your directly to your iPhone, smartphone or your television.
“Made for iPhone,” means that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPhone and has been certified to meet Apple performance standards. LiNX is trademarked by GN ReSound Group, all rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPad, iPhone, iOS and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is service mark of Apple Inc. ReSound LiNX is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation, using iOS 7.X or later.
For more information: Call 1-855-HEAR-NOW to schedule an appointment at one of the 11 convenient Luna Family Hearing locations; 8 locations in Washington [Wenatchee, Everett, Edmonds, Bellevue, Renton, Tacoma, Puyallup, Vancouver], and 3 locations in Portland, Oregon [Portland, E. Portland/Gresham, Clackamas/Happy Valley]. Visit www.lunafamilyhearing.com for location information..
Miami, FL, July 17, 2014 –(PR.com)– Silicium Laboratories introduces G5 Siliplant, the highest bioavailable silica product available today. Their product was created by the finest specialist in his field, Dr. Loic Le Ribault. G5 Siliplant provides the ideal amount and absorption of this essential mineral. The main component is monomethylsilanteriol, CH3 (SIOH)3, the most effective silica transporter and activator of other processes. This extra strength formula offers superior nutritional support and delivers numerous collateral benefits in terms of improved calcium absorption leading to stronger and denser bones, cartilage production, connective tissue flexibility, increased collagen & elastin production, higher tensile strength hair follicles, stronger finger & toenails, toxic aluminum elimination and improved nerve synapse (signaling) function.
Orgono G5 Siliplant is beneficial for health but essential for those people with joint problems, or those suffering from tiredness or the elderly. Silica forms part of phosphorus, magnesium and calcium metabolism. In the ossification process, silica is linked to calcium, making it essential for calcium absorption and utilization in bone. It benefits joint flexibility, cartilage regeneration, skin flexibility, and helps preserving hair and nails.
Silicium Laboratories has reformulated the Original Orgono Living Silica (G5 in Europe) to provide this Extra Strength version of the famous original product. The new Silicium G5 Siliplant is fully adapted to the latest European rules on food supplements and possesses a National Code of Pharmacy reference. Their product is FDA inspected as well. G5 Siliplant combines the benefits of silicic acid and Horsetail extract, a plant with a high content of crystallized silicon, which provides organic compounds (Equisetum arvense extract). With these ingredients and applying the methods of Dr. Loic Le Ribault, they achieve an organic soluble silica which is highly bioavailable with the same qualities of its famous sister product.
Silicium Laboratories sponsored an independent study in 2012 consisting of examining the effects of consuming Siliplant G5 and topically applying the G5 Silica gel over a six week period in a sample group of males and females aged 50 years and older who were experiencing various degrees of osteoarthritis. The results are shown in the chart attached.
Ingredients: Purified water, Silicic Acid, Horsetail plant silica extract, rosemary (as a natural preservative). Instructions: One tablespoon (15ml), per day. Siliplant G5 is safe, effective and well tolerated with no contraindications or drug interactions. There are 67.5 servings per 1000ml bottle. 67 days at 1 tablespoon per day. Packaging: 1000 ml (34 oz) bottle. Remains fresh for up to 6 months after opening and up to 3 years when unopened and sealed.
Read more at the company website including a detailed Silica Research Abstract itemizing the known benefits of silica.
Siliplant G5 is available direct from the manufacturer at orgonosilica.com or many Internet resellers including Amazon.com or at local supplement or health food store..
Wood Dale, IL, July 12, 2014 –(PR.com)– Bright Oaks Group Announces New Senior Living Development in Wood Dale
Bright Oaks Group will collaborate with Ecumen, a Minnesota-based nonprofit senior housing and services company, to develop a new senior living community in Wood Dale, Ill. Bright Oaks of Wood Dale will be built on the south side of Irving Park Road, in the heart of Wood Dale. Construction is slated to begin in 2014 with an opening in 2016. The community will offer 150 units of assisted living and memory care in a six-story building. The ground floor will feature retail space for companies and healthcare organizations that cater to mature adults.
Bright Oaks of Wood Dale is one of 20 Bright Oaks branded communities that will be built in Chicagoland and the Midwest. It will be professionally managed by Ecumen.
Bright Oaks of Wood Dale will be the first community of its kind to offer vertical integration of health services in a residential setting. All staff will be highly trained to engage residents and families in the vibrant atmosphere that feels alive and celebrates living.
“Our buildings are designed to offer a setting conducive to active living and social engagement,” according to Nader Kameli, CEO of Bright Oaks Group. “Our communities are made up of residents and employees who live together, work together, and create a social environment that is enriching and rewarding for all.” The community will employ the latest techniques, technologies, and know how to offer a secure, safe, and therapeutic environment for its inhabitants. “We have designed Bright Oaks as an environment that adapts to its residents and not the other way around,” continues Kameli. “At Bright Oaks of Wood Dale, we will offer services that are essential to comfortable living to our residents, and senior members of the surrounding neighborhoods. We invite them all to come and join our community and enjoy living an experience-rich and purposeful life.”
The proposed development will feature multiple neighborhoods for assisted living and memory care residents, which will function as communities within Bright Oaks of Wood Dale. Bright Oaks of Wood Dale is introducing a new concept called “The Bridge” to the Chicagoland market. In The Bridge neighborhoods couples are able to continue to live together, even when one needs memory-related care. “We want to ensure that the emotional bond and the familiar face of a loved one remain present in the life of our memory care residents as much as possible,” said Kameli.
In addition, multiple dining areas, intergenerational spaces (that bring all ages together), and a robust life enrichment curriculum will set Bright Oaks apart from other senior living communities.
“The City of Wood Dale is pleased to welcome Bright Oaks to our community,” said Nunzio Pulice, Mayor of Wood Dale. “This senior living community will add much to our business, civic and social growth opportunities along the Irving Park Road corridor. And, Bright Oaks also fits our plan for streetscape revitalization and improvement of our downtown center. Not to mention, the number of jobs created and the numerous seniors and families who will be served by Bright Oaks’ assisted living and memory care.”
Bright Oaks of Wood Dale will be Ecumen’s first managed community in Illinois. “We are happy to partner with such a highly-experienced operating company that understands the customer’s needs and has a proven track-record of success in care and quality of service in the industry,” said Kameli.
“Ecumen is very excited to partner with Bright Oaks and to bring this new senior living concept to market. We are eager to combine our strengths and advance the progressive philosophy that permeates every perspective of Bright Oaks,” said Julie Murray, vice president of sales, marketing and new business development for Ecumen.
In addition to the 20 senior living communities planned for the Midwest, Bright Oaks Group is currently developing five communities in Florida with plans to grow to 20 more communities in the southeast region.
Founded more than 150 years ago, Ecumen is one of the nation’s top 20 largest non-profit providers of senior housing and services. Based in Shoreview, Minn., Ecumen operates in 37 cities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Idaho and Tennessee.
About Bright Oaks Group
Bright Oaks Group is founded on the philosophy that everyone deserves the best life has to offer. Seniors deserve their independence, in community with others, in neighborhoods that provide a sense of belonging and meaning, with whatever assistance is needed to maintain the fullest quality of life possible. Based out of Illinois, Bright Oaks Group is developing assisted living and memory care communities in Illinois and Florida. To learn more about Bright Oaks Group, please visit BrightOaksGroup.com, email email@example.com, or call 312-888-4800.
Portland, OR, June 18, 2014 –(PR.com)– Spread your blankets and folding chairs under shady fir trees along the scenic Sandy River in Troutdale, Oregon and enjoy a fun-filled day on Saturday, August 2nd from noon to 8pm at the fourth annual “21 and over” Soulful Giving Blanket Concert with Pete Ferryman, Anchor at Good Day Oregon on KPTV Fox-12, presiding as Master of Ceremonies. Junki and Linda Yoshida will open the beautiful gardens surrounding their sprawling 15-acre estate once again to 2,500 ticketholders. This year’s musical line-up features: The Slide Brothers, California Honeydrops, Lilla D’Mone and Portland’s own…Soul Vaccination. Participating restaurants include: El Gaucho, Morton’s, Salty’s, Jamison, Davis Street Tavern, Tree’s Catering, Fuji’s Clackamas, Urban Fondue, Brix Tavern, Bumper’s Grill & Bar, La Bamba, Wilfs, No Ka Oi Catering, and The Riverview. As an additional treat, Man-with-a-pan chef Mark Staggs will be showcasing his talent by creating blazing calamari, and Duck Pond Cellars, General Distributors, K&F Coffee, Crater Lake Vodka, Earth 2o Water, and Sake One will have drinks and assorted beverages available to enjoy.
With cancer being the leading cause of death by disease among children in the U.S., this year’s event will benefit the pediatric cancer unit at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as well as the Providence Cancer Research Center. To honor the dedication of medical teams in this field, Governor Kitzhaber has issued an official proclamation designating August 2nd as Oregon Children’s Cancer Awareness Day. Although cure rates are increasing, close to 35% of children diagnosed with cancer will not survive and there has been an increase in cancer over the past 20 years. Doctors and scientists studying and identifying the causes and cures of childhood cancers need the public’s assistance to support advances in treatment. With this in mind, the Soulful Giving Foundation encourages you to join us in making a difference in the lives of children in Oregon State.
Tickets are now available on line at www.soulfulgiving.org and at the Customer Service Desk at participating Fred Meyer stores. General admission is $25; Premier tickets (which include food & beverage tokens) are $50, and $100 VIP tickets include tokens, limo service, champagne, VIP seating and a commemorative gift. Parking is provided at MHCC. Downtown & Westside ticket holders can catch one of the Cascadia Cruiser “Soul Buses” from the Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot in downtown Portland for only $1 and will in turn receive a complimentary beer. Be sure to visit our website for event schedule, maps, purchase link and additional details.
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Incline Village, NV, June 25, 2014 –(PR.com)– N-Style ID, a leading manufacturer of medical jewelry, today announced the addition of a new medical bangle charm bracelet to their growing line of jewelry for medical patients — along with necklaces, charms, ID tags, and other accessories for men, women, kids and teens. The company began stocking and selling the new bracelets starting at $39, and includes a unique engraving on each charm bracelet at no extra cost to customers.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to add such high quality medical bangle charm bracelets to our jewelry product line,” said Toni Bissell, N-Style ID’s president and founder. “We know that our customers have a pretty wide variety of options available to them when they are out shopping for medical jewelry. With the new addition of products like this medical bangle charm bracelet to our line, we hope to continue leading the field in providing the best fashion-conscious medical jewelry, just as we’ve done for the past 14 years.”
The company promises a more modern alternative to typical medical charm bracelets consumers might find elsewhere. A company spokesperson noted, “This is the perfect bracelet for anyone — particularly teens and young women — to showcase their own unique styles and charms.” N-Style ID offers each customer the ability to choose from a number of different medical charm colors based on their personal tastes to include on their bracelets. Customers can also choose from a variety of related charms and products from N-Style if they choose.
“It’s always been our goal at N-Style ID to offer medical jewelry that is not only fashion conscious, but also provides the most reliable medical information they can,” stated Bissell. “With products like this new medical charm bracelet and others in our line, we’re able to reach even more people in need and provide the best possible medical jewelry on the market.”
N-Style ID was created out of a mother’s love. Founded in 2000, Toni Bissell wanted to create a medical bracelet her fashion-cautious daughter could wear. N-Style ID now features medical ID bracelets for women, children and men. The company features a variety of designs that include beaded bracelets, charm bracelets, lockets, leather bracelets and sports bands. N-Style ID goes beyond just providing beautiful jewelry; they also are an informational hub for those who have severe allergies, diabetes, epilepsy or lymphedema. For more information please visit; http://www.n-styleid.com or call 877-445-0030..
Newport Beach, CA, June 23, 2014 –(PR.com)– After two years of product development and nutritional research to leverage the nourishing benefits of fresh artichokes, the Arty Water Company today announced its launch on Amazon.
ARTY™ Water made its debut at the 2014 Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim and was nominated as a finalist for “Best New Product of 2014.” More recently at the Healthy Beverage and World Tea Expo in Long Beach, ARTY™ Water was selected as one of the top 5 rising beverage brands addressing unmet needs from hydration to digestive health.
ARTY™ Water is setting the bar with a premium water made from fresh California artichokes and natural flavors lemon, apple, monk fruit and spearmint. The product is sold on Amazon.com as a 4-pack and a 24 pack of 8-ounce, “Made With Love From California Artichokes” bottles. ARTY™ Water can soon be found across the country in major retailers and many health and fitness establishments.
ARTY™ Water has a mission to educate and offer consumers water-based vegetable products that leverage the artichoke’s healthful phytonutrient and mineral properties into every bottle. Most consumers love artichoke hearts but are missing key nutritional benefits from the outer leaves. ARTY™ Water has patented a process that is able to use whole artichokes and pack each bottle with antioxidants such as silymarin and chlorogenic acid, vitamins and minerals.
“We have put tremendous passion and effort into bringing this nutritious, multifunctional water to the marketplace and believe it will become a major global player in the premium water beverage category for both adults and children seeking great tasting alternatives to coconut water and fruit juices,” said CEO Howard Ketelson, Ph.D. “When we started the company working out of a homemade test lab kitchen and sampling the product at cafes and fitness clubs, we immediately knew the product had a significant “Wow” factor. ARTY™ Water offers tremendous benefits over fruit-based beverages with lower sugar and calories. It is exciting to provide a product with the multifunctional nutrition benefits from artichokes to consumers looking to improve their lives and their family’s health.”
New York, NY, June 12, 2014 –(PR.com)– Dr. Oz’s name has been used so much as an endorser of products, that he cautions people how to tell if a message comes from him or not. Icons like this have to take precautions, part of the reason is that they want to protect themselves from liability in the event that someone suffers a loss that is traceable to a product or service they allegedly endorsed. An Access Hollywood article dated May 27, 2009 describes how Oprah’s endorsement has helped products, including books to soar in popularity. Dubbed, “The Oprah Effect,” this phenomenon was described as helping Spanx and Carol’s Daughter, to name a few. Attention from such icons can make a company giddy, because it has shown to make their reputation race to the top and to cause profits to spike. It’s a small wonder that the developer of Spunky Seniors Club is sitting on the edge of her seat after discovering that people who work for Oprah’s OWN Network is following her on Twitter.
The Spunky Seniors Club launched in 2014 as a one-stop-resource for the over 50 generation. They appeal to the 50+ demographic through a slate of services, including a blog, newsletter and cut-rate club membership with perks and more. See http://www.spunkyseniorsclub.com/about-us/
What the founder of Spunky Seniors Club is wondering, is how those critical followers might be a gateway to recognition by Oprah Winfrey herself. Winfrey, born in 1954, certainly is a member of the targeted demographic. While Spunky Seniors Club is not endorsed by Winfrey, the founder can’t help but hope that something along those lines could happen.
This begs the question of how does one become a true magnet of The Oprah Effect, and what can be done to get one’s name in the hat?
This amounts to Spunky Seniors Club’s Catch-22. Wikipedia describes Catch-22 as a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules. Catch-22s often result from rules, regulations, or procedures that an individual is subject to but has no control over.
It would seem that the club founder’s situation fits this description. It’s not that the rules themselves exactly contradict, it’s just that she doesn’t want to cross the line into the wrong territory. She’s not unlike any other businessperson, she wants to get her service known by the masses. So, she dangles between the hope of not doing anything to offend or attract the media mogul’s attention in the wrong way and the dream of gaining a nod or outright endorsement so that her membership rolls soar.
Followers from Oprah’s OWN camp certainly has appeal, but sitting on one’s hands to see if it goes further? Well – that’s Spunky Seniors Club’s Catch-22.
“He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.”
– William James Mayo [Mayo Clinic]
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Bellevue, WA, May 27, 2014 –(PR.com)– Pet Partners, a leader in promoting the health benefits of the human-animal bond, is excited to announce that Catherine “Annie” Magnant is their new President and CEO. A visionary leader, strategic thinker and exceptional communicator, Magnant brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the Pet Partners team. Magnant departs Special Olympics International where she served as Vice President of Personal Giving and Special Events and had a broad and positive impact by introducing innovative fundraising strategies and engaging staff globally. Additionally, Magnant has served as Executive Director for the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation and had significant leadership roles at the Arthritis Foundation, Virginia Chapter and the Leukemia Society of America.
“After a comprehensive search, we feel like we have found a great match, the right person for the job,” says Pet Partners Board Chair Brenda Bax. “The breadth and depth of her experience and her strong leadership abilities are just what we need to accelerate the excellence of our programming and achieve our growth goals for touching more lives with best-in-class pet interactions to improve health and wellbeing.”
“It’s an honor to be joining such a wonderful community and cause, and I look forward to working collaboratively with so many passionate individuals. From my first experience visiting a local hospital with a Pet Partners team, to the great-hearted – yet practical – vision of what we can accomplish going forward, Pet Partners has proven inspiring. I’m thrilled that we can shape the future together!” offered Magnant.
Magnant joined Pet Partners May 27.
About Pet Partners
Pet Partners, established in Portland, Oregon as Delta Society in 1977, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal interactions which improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those they serve. Each year, Pet Partners’ nearly 11,000 therapy animal teams visit more than 1 million people across North America. For more information, visit www.petpartners.org. Pet Partners Caring Companies Program offers corporations the opportunity to support the mission of promoting the benefits of the human-animal bond. For more information, including a detailed benefits grid for membership levels, please visit www.petpartners.org/CaringCompanies.
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