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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 ...

My Best Christmas Present Ever

My Best Christmas Present Ever

Thirty years ago, on Christmas Eve, I went into labor with my daughter Stephanie. My husband Barry wasn't feeling well and jokingly (more or less) said, "Please don't have the baby tonight."

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A List of Foods That Are Hidden Sources of Salt. You May Be Surprised.

A List of Foods That Are Hidden Sources of Salt. You May Be Surprised.

Salt, which is 40% sodium and 60% chloride, is an essential nutrient that we need to survive. The problem is, too much sodium may lead to high blood pressure, strokes and kidney disease.  Read more ...