Families

Understanding Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Understanding Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Look at the picture of this beautiful little girl. Her name is Emerson Brown, Eme for short. She's five-years-old and just started kindergarten.

Eme and her oldesr sister Finley were born only 11 months apart. That's why their mother Kim was so tuned into Eme's development. It wasn't happening the same way it did with Finley. Now, every child is different, and Kim certainly knew that, but by the time Eme was about a year old, she knew something wasn't quite as it should be. Read more ...

Shalom House Honors Cheryl Ramsay with Hope Award

Shalom House Honors Cheryl Ramsay with Hope Award

Shalom House provides community-based support services and safe, affordable housing for people with serious mental illness. When it opened in 1972,  the organization operated one halfway house in Portland. Today, it offers nearly two-dozen housing choices, from independent apartments to group homes and rooming houses throughout southern Maine.

Ten Things You Should Know About Head Lice

Ten Things You Should Know About Head Lice

Head lice. Ugh. Been there, done that. Twice. The first time: The school sent home instructions to check our kids for lice because they were going around. Sure enough, after searching and searching my husband found one. One is enough to start the purge.

How to Handle Family Conflicts When Caring for an Elderly Relative

How to Handle Family Conflicts When Caring for an Elderly Relative

John was blessed with a large family. He would be the first to tell you so. Now that he is elderly — a widower well into his 80s — and has dementia, all of his children are committed to seeing that he gets the best care possible. Even though most live out of state, and the primary responsibility for managing caregiving falls to the ones who live nearby, for the most part, there have been few family conflicts.

Every once in a while though, a family member becomes upset about something and if the situation isn’t handled well it could quickly escalate.

Caregivers: Take a Moment Just for You

Caregivers: Take a Moment Just for You

As Sid Halligan slipped deeper and deeper into Alzheimer's disease, his wife Ginny realized that if she wasn't careful, she might lose her own identity. He was 73 when they got the diagnosis, and 82 when he died last January. Until the last five months of his life, which he spent in a nursing home, Ginny took care of her husband at home.

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

If you’re looking for a farm that will let you pick your own blueberries, you’re in luck because there are several in Maine. Most places are opening mid to late July, but some not until the first of August. If a farm has a website or Facebook page, I included a link. Otherwise, you might want to call ahead to make sure it’s open for picking. Read more ...