Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

Caregiving for an aging parent can be challenging. Follow these tips to make the process easier. Prepare for Doctor’s Visits Older patients often have more health issues to discuss. Create an agenda and questions for the appointment. Attend appointments with your loved one, if you can, or send someone you trust, who can take notes and help remember and understand everything that was said. Also bring all of their prescription bottles to their appointment. Elderly patients are more susceptible to side effects and interactions between...

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How to Relieve Your Holiday Stress

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

This is an emotional time of year for many of us. We can feel happy, sad, and stressed at the same time. Right now, I am happy that my kids will soon be home from college, but I am stressed that I won’t be able to clear the clutter off the dining room table in time for Thanksgiving dinner. I am also sad that this is the first Thanksgiving that my oldest son will not be home, because he recently moved across country. There is so much to do in a finite amount of time- cleaning, decorating, cooking, baking, and let’s not forget...

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A Quick Guide on Lung Cancer: Screenings and Risk Factors

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Cancer | 0 comments

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States, though it is not often detected early. It usually has no noticeable symptoms until it is in an advanced stage, when a tumor grows so large that it starts pressing against other organs, causing pain and discomfort. However, screenings offer hope for early detection, and avoiding risks can help prevent lung cancer from developing. Know what to expect from lung cancer screenings and what risks to avoid. Lung Cancer Screenings Why screen for lung cancer? More people die of lung...

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The Essence of Lace: Yoga

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Fitness, Reviews | 0 comments

I have often heard in both videos and in person that the hardest part of yoga is showing up to your mat. I have to say from experience that this is most certainly true. Yoga is just as much a mental exercise as it is a physical one and once you make it to your mat, the journey begins. Yoga is a relatively new practice for me. I started in April 2015 and have been drawn to it’s benefits ever since. I love yoga for many reasons. The fact that it’s the only exercise I’ve genuinely enjoyed is a noteworthy part of it but...

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The Facts on Falling Back and Sleep

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

Most of us love the extra hour we gain when daylight savings time ends in the fall. However, feeling better rested may not result from simply sleeping in an extra hour. Rather, aligning your waking time more with daylight – a physical cue that makes all the difference – is the more likely explanation. Your biological internal clock, known as circadian rhythm, responds to light and darkness. When your activity does not correspond with sunlight cues, it throws off your circadian rhythm, causing your sleep to be disturbed. The extra hour helps...

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Promoting Girl Power Is Healthy

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Classes, Mental Health, Parenting, Reviews | 0 comments

Promoting Girl Power Is Healthy

Do we need Girl Power today when girls have caught up and often outperform boys in school STEM-related subjects? When they are earning more college diplomas than boys, and are increasingly represented in STEM-related careers? So then, why Girl Power? At the Central Branch of Howard County Library System, girls have an outlet for building self-confidence, developing friendships, and doing STEAM-related activities. If you ask these tween customers why they feel Girl Power is important, this is what you’ll hear: “So we can encourage girls...

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Stroke: What You Need to Know

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

You’ve most likely heard the term “stroke” and may even know people who suffered from a stroke, but how much do you really know about stroke? Do you know risk factors, warning signs and what to do in the event of a stroke? Saturday, Oct. 29 is World Stroke Day, and to help you learn about stroke, we’ve included the basics to help you take preventive measures, and understand what to do if you or someone you know is experiencing a stroke. About Stroke Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, either by a blood clot that blocks...

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The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Parenting, Reviews | 0 comments

A wonderful resource for children, caregivers, teachers, and practitioners, The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses is remarkable and even life-changing. Author Lauren Brukner knows how to keep things real and simple and sincere and children and emotions are two topics that go together and need to be talked about more, especially in the frank and charming way that Brukner does. Though it is specifically designed for children (and it is children who need it the...

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Flu Shot Tips for Comforting Children

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Health, Parenting | 0 comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Children younger than 5 years old typically need medical care, and severe cases are more common in children younger than 2 years old. Children with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes and brain and nervous system disorders are especially at high risk of developing serious complications from the flu. The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for children as being the single best way to protect them from the flu....

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Fitness Programs Designed For You, By You

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Fitness | 0 comments

Editor’s Note: Please consult your physician before starting an exercise program. Do you feel like you’ve spent quite a bit of time over the years “restarting” your fitness program? Are you discouraged with a lack of results? Have you repeatedly told yourself you will work out more, only to continue with the same habits? This article will require a little doing on your part but, in the end, you will design a program that fits your schedule, gives you options, and builds opportunities for a lifetime of health. The biggest struggles...

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