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FIGHTING THE FEAR FACTOR

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 -- The holidays are a time of joy and community for many families. However, the media reminds us how vulnerable and exposed we are with international “insecurity.” CyberMonday Internet purchases often are suspect, if consumers are not careful. For individuals who have lost their jobs, their health or perhaps a loved one, things can get rather bleak and empty and at times, scary.

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BEGIN 2016 WITH A DOWNSIZING DISCUSSION

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 — The new year always brings about thoughts of change and plans for the future. The changes can be as simple as vowing to change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles or as elaborate as beginning a new diet/exercise regimen.

Regardless of what your resolutions are, they are always made with the thought of bettering your life. Have you given any thought to really big changes? Could there be a residential move for you in 2016?

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CARING FOR THOSE WITH MEMORY LOSS AT THE HOLIDAYS

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 -- We are now in the midst of the holiday season. For many families this may be the only time throughout the year when everyone is together sharing good food, memories and companionship. Traditionally, many families travel between each other’s homes and enjoy the chaos of the holidays.

As certain as the arrival of the holidays, many Alzheimer’s care partners find themselves coping with new and puzzling situations. It is not uncommon for a loved one with memory loss to exhibit unusual behaviors during this holiday time.

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'TIS THE SEASON FOR LOVED ONES...AND MEMORIES

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 -- With the “Holiday Season” officially underway, take a moment away from the mall madness and make a commitment to yourself to connect with those that matter most in your life — your spouse, family , friends and colleagues, etc.

Believe it or not, “the right gift” may be within you and your home! Yes, this means: no crowd fighting, parking lot frenzy, bag carrying or endless lines and searching! That, in itself, is a gift right there!

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12 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON HEART-HEALTHY

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 -- It’s time to get into the holiday spirit!  From twinkle lights and holiday tunes to warm beverages and delicious cookies, the sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays are everywhere.  But among the joys of the season, it’s important to maintain healthy habits to protect yourself from heart disease and stroke, the No.1 and No. 4 health threats.  

So how do you stay heart-healthy when prepping and preening for the happiest of holidays?

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THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US: THOUGHTS FROM A FELLOW JOURNEYMAN

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 -- Time passes too quickly, especially as we age. As we do during this time of year, I find myself reflecting and recounting many past experiences both positive and negative. 

Here we are again…Turkey Day around the corner followed by Black Friday sales and then the "holiday slide” (that time from Thanksgiving through January 2).

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EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 -- Regardless of your age, we have all witnessed the truth in the saying that “everything old is new again.”

From clothing to cars and movies to hairstyles, it all seems to be cyclical. Even when it comes to raising a family, trends appear, disappear and reappear again. Think back to your own childhood and you will, no doubt, see some things make an appearance time and again.

Something that I will always remember as a child in a large family was the need to keep everything neat and tidy. Now that I too am a parent, I definitely see the wisdom in my parents’ ways. I too now enforce the personal tidiness that was required from each of us and seemed pointless at the time.

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AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO LEARN "F.A.S.T. SONG" TO BOOST STROKE WARNING SIGN KNOWLEDGE

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 -- Last week the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association released a song to help people learn the warning signs of stroke. It’s a song that can save lives.

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10 TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER

Monday, Oct. 26, 2015 -- Autumn is a great time to prepare your home for the dropping temperatures and inclement weather that winter brings. It’s important to keep your home in tip-top condition to ride out the season ahead. Here are 10 tips to help you prepare your home and ensure that you have a comfortable and safe winter season.

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 -- With age, comes change and adjustment.  It’s a fact of life.  As my mom always said, ”moderation is the key.”  As we approach, or accept (as the case may be), the senior phase of our lives, diet is an important consideration.  Realizing that there are many variables and situations that dictate our intake of certain food groups, the following information is designed as a basis for understanding — and a goal towards — which we should all strive.

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