Families

How My Sister Manages Her Fear of Needles

How My Sister Manages Her Fear of Needles

My sister Becky has always been afraid of needles. When she was little and needed a shot, she might make it through the procedure, but would faint half way to the car. The incident that probably put her over the edge happened when she was about 10 and needed a tooth filled. Read more ...

How Yoga Helps People with Parkinson's Disease

How Yoga Helps People with Parkinson's Disease

Elizabeth Burd is a Parkinson's Superstar. Seriously. During Parkinson's Awareness month in 2012, the National Parkinson's Foundation honored people from around the country, including Elizabeth, who make a difference in the Parkinson's community.

What Can Happen When Adult Children Care for Their Elderly Parents

What Can Happen When Adult Children Care for Their Elderly Parents

This is the first of a series of guest posts by Kate Fallon, a licensed clinical professional counselor in Portland. For the past 10 years Kate has been associated with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, providing support and education to people who are caring for an elderly parent or friend. She recently opened a private practice — Ageless Journeys — in Portland.

New Stroke Prevention Guidelines for Women

 New Stroke Prevention Guidelines for Women

For the first time ever, there are now guidelines for preventing strokes in women. A stroke, which is also known as a brain attack, happens when blood suddenly stops flowing to the brain. The most common reason why is because a clot has formed inside a blood vessel. About 20 percent of the time, a stroke occurs because an artery bursts and bleeds into the brain. Read more ...

When Your Spirits Need Lifting, Turn to Your Friends

When Your Spirits Need Lifting, Turn to Your Friends

I've been in a funk lately.

Maybe I'm tired of winter. Maybe I've got a few too many things on my plate. Maybe I need a vacation.

Probably all of the above.

Worried About Your Memory? The SAGE Test Helps Spot Early Dementia

Worried About Your Memory? The SAGE Test Helps Spot Early Dementia

Less than 15 minutes is all it takes to complete a written test that could uncover early signs of Alzheimer's or other causes of dementia. It's called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination or SAGE test and consists of 22 questions. Read more ...

Winter Safety Tips for Your Children

Winter Safety Tips for Your Children

With the winter solstice just behind us and months of cold weather to come, are you aware of the best way to keep your children safe? Read more ...