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How to Care for a Loved One with Dementia

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

Dementia touches most everyone, whether they have it or know someone who does. Dementia is the gradual loss of cognitive functioning (thinking, remembering and reasoning), which eventually interferes with a person’s daily life. Dementia is a set of symptoms, not a disease. Memory loss is a common dementia symptom and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. As dementia progresses, people cannot manage their lives on their own and depend more on others for help. Their caregivers are often family. When caring for a loved one...

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Running for Beginners

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Fitness | 0 comments

According to research done by Running USA, about 17.1 million people participated in running events in 2015, about 57% of those female and 43% male. With the start of the new year, many of us look for new workout ideas, to start something different or to restart something old. For many, this includes a running or walking program. Sometimes it’s the “I want to run a marathon before I turn (insert age)” or a search to experience that runner’s high. Regardless the reason, finding the right program with appropriate progress and balance can...

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Five Step Weight Loss Guide for the New Year

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

Weight loss is one of the top items that appear on New Year’s resolution lists. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of people succeed, while most see it as a reoccurring item for the next new year. What most people do not realize is that is takes more than just desire to lose weight. It takes commitment and planning, beginning with our step-by-step guide. Step 1: Make a Commitment Rather than just committing to losing weight, commit to specifics. Commit yourself to the amount of weight you want to lose, the date by which you want to lose...

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The Essence of Lace: Benefits of Handmade Gifts

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

The Essence of Lace: Benefits of Handmade Gifts

The winter holiday season is joyful for many reasons. You get to spend time with friends and family, decorations are all around, the crisp air and blankets of snow bring a stillness like no other season, uplifting music swirls through the air, and the power of giving is in full force- just to name a few. This holiday season, I decided I wanted to hand make as many gifts as possible and spend less money. I found myself getting too caught up in the consumerism aspect of the holidays and didn’t like what I was feeling. I love giving and...

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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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