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Healthy Caregiving During the Holidays

Holidays bring out the best and worst in us. Just the thought of festive gatherings surrounded by the people you love most may elicit warm feelings inside. For others, anticipation of the holidays creates an internal feeling resembling a knotted rope. This latter reaction is more common among caregivers. If you are like the average caregiver, you love certain aspects about the holidays but dread others. More...

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Facing Grief and Loss during the Holidays

The holiday season which unofficially begins somewhere in early November and ends after New Year’s Day can be devastating for those who are grieving. This is a time of year where there is lots of hustle and bustle, socializing with family and shopping. More...

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A Lighthearted Response to Holiday Family Dysfunction

This time of year, if you watch TV, surf the Web or open a catalog you're faced with images of happy families, gathered around and sharing good cheer. These images can seep into our consciousness and effect our beliefs and behavior. So what do you do, if your family doesn't fit into the happy, close-knit, festive ideal portrayed in the media? More...

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A Christmas Wish

Some people's holiday is undercut by worry; over illness (mental or otherwise), over finances, over struggles to stay sober or calm or solvent, over personal concerns. Some people are simply alone, or away from home and wish they weren't. Their awareness of being alone and apart from loved ones is magnified on this particular night. More...

 
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Here's a question I was recently asked and I share it here along with a response to help parents who may be struggling with the same issues: My 14 and 16-year-old kids are constantly texting their friends. We bought them phones so we could stay in touch when we're apart. But they are so preoccupied with texting their friends, we barely communicate with each other anymore. Any suggestions of how we can reduce the texting while improving our communication? More...


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Older Americans Month: Preventing Falls to Enhance Wellbeing
In a nutshell, our nation's elders have given us so much and have so much more to contribute in their later years - it makes sense for us to show our gratitude and to help them learn how to stay well both physically and emotionally. One way to do that is to reduce the risk of falls. Falls claim the lives of over 21,000 older adults and send over 2 million older people to the emergency room each year. Because the older population is growing, falls will only become more prevalent unless we take steps to reduce fall risk among our elders. More...


Holidays and Family Conflict
There are many clients in my practice who look upon their visits family gathering at holiday time with lots of ambivalence and even trepidation because. Instead of the visit with family and friends being filled with warmth and happiness, it becomes a time of stress, tension and direct conflict. More...


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