While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million young people spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance misuse. According to a release from the American Academy of Pediatrics, these “caregiving youth” are a hidden population who are at risk of school failure and poor health due to the chronic physical and emotional stress of their responsibilities at home, said Julia Belkowitz, MD, FAAP, author of an abstract titled “Caregiving Youth Project: A School-Based Intervention to Support a Hidden Population in Need.” The study was presented Saturday, October 11th 2014 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. The release explains that Dr.
Most of you probably go for annual mammograms, but currently the experts disagree as to when and how often you should have pictures taken of your “breast friends.” The American Cancer Society (ACS); the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the US Preventive Services Taskforce (USPSTF) have issued varying guidelines on mammography screening so I sought clarification from Dr. Anees Chagpar, Associate Professor of Surgery (Oncology) and Director of The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.
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Breast Cancer Month: Mammography Controversy Update
Adult Day Health is an affordable care option that provides your loved one with opportunities for social stimulation and continued independence. Rather than just sitting at home, Adult Day Health provides activities with others in a structured, safe setting, and provides a variety of additional beneficial support services.
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Adult Day Health: A Healthy Choice for the Entire Family
One of the perks of writing a book is getting to meet some amazing people. I guess I need a stronger word than “perk.” It’s one of the things that actually makes it worth it
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Editor’s note: Americans have become increasingly concerned about the possibility of an outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in this country following the death of Thomas Eric Duncan on October 8th 2014 in Dallas and the CDC confirmation on October 12th that a nurse who had cared for Duncan has tested positive for the deadly disease. Duncan, who had recently traveled from Liberia where he had contact with a woman who died of Ebola, was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola on our shores. In response to the population’s fears and questions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published the following fact sheet
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CDC: The Facts About Ebola
Helping someone with depression can be a challenge. If someone in your life has depression, you may feel helpless and wonder what to do.
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Depression: Supporting a Family Member or Friend
Culture has a major influence on us as individuals and as groups. Think about the traditions you cherish, everything from family events, foods that nurture you, to remedies that soothe you.
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Cultural Traditions Influence Caregiving with Cancer Patients
After I finished writing my book Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome , I decided I needed a physical challenge to get myself out of my head and into my body
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My First Marathon: 7 Essential Life-Lessons Learned at Age 66
Editor’s note: These days, people are more vulnerable than ever to identity theft, and many seniors find themselves faced with it at the most vulnerable time in their lives. A lifetime’s savings can suddenly disappear, leaving you without the money to provide the best possible health care for yourself and your family
6 Ways to Steer Clear of Identity Theft
By Nancy Wurtzel I’ve been surrounded by Alzheimer’s disease my whole life. Decades ago, both of my grandmothers had the disease. When I was in my early 40s, the illness claimed my father.
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The Global Alzheimer’s Crisis: Are You Ready to Take Action?