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Make 2016 the Year of Less Stress

  Lately, it seems like everyone I know is under a lot of stress. Loved ones to care for, events to plan, finances to balance, and paperwork to complete – these are just a few of the culprits behind their stress. No one can prevent stress,...

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Alzheimer's Prevention

As the population in America ages, the number of people with dementia, including Alzheimer's, will continue to rise.  These increasing numbers will mean a burden to our health care system and to the family members called upon to provide care.  In an article posted at, Dr. Khalsa of the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation discussed what he calls the "Four Pill...

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Make Time for Mealtime

Many things can happen spontaneously during a family meal - We share family stories We support one another by offering help for concerns or struggles We share family values and expectations We problem solve But many families feel they are just too busy to make time for mealtime.  So, if your life is hectic, how can you begin...

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Family Night In - January

What is a family night in?  It's doing something together at home that everyone in the family can enjoy.  Busy families have to intentionally plan some relaxed time together.  Family night in doesn't have to be a major event.  In fact, simple things are often the most fun and relaxing. Here are some ideas to get you thinking: Have a picnic on your living room floo...

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Healthy New Year's Resolutions: Make them Last a Lifetime


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Who will get Grandma's yellow pie plate?

Who will get Grandma's yellow pie plate? Have you ever thought about where your personal belongings would go after you are gone? Have you started downsizing your house? Almost everyone has personal belongings such as photographs, jewelry, tools or simple everyday household items that hold meaning for them and for family members. You can make decisions now that will hopefully save family...

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