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A Veteran’s Miracle – Manuel’s Story

In the U.S., currently thousands of veterans are being declined from receiving services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to their health issues or injuries while being on duty. Many are told their diagnoses are not severe enough to receive treatment in a prompt manner, or at

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A Typical Day for Caregivers

Taking care of aging or sick elderly loved ones takes a toll on you. Finding out more about what a typical day for caregivers is like can help you determine what kind of help and assistance is right for your loved ones. Nothing is “Typical” The first thing you will

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Mental Health Services for Seniors

There is an unfortunate stigma associated with receiving mental health services in our society. Perhaps nowhere is this stigma stronger than in the senior community, since the generations that make up this community were some of the first to truly experience mental health care as it is known today –

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Sleepless in Sun City: Chapter 12

So let’s see…where to start? Oh yeah, I know! So, as you guys may know, I had a grandbaby on the way…well, she’s here and she’s a delight! I won’t deny that caring for my own husband and son, along with my parents while trying to get acquainted with our

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December is National Car Donation Month

December is National Car Donation Month – a friendly reminder to those in the giving spirit that there is more than one way to donate to their favorite charitable organizations, without having to open their checkbooks. In the U.S., nearly 800,000 vehicles are donated each year, with the most donations

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Sleepless in Sun City: Chapter 11

Imagine this…. The sun, freshly risen, pours a gentle stream of light through the partially open kitchen bay window. The birds outside are squabbling amongst themselves, floating musical notes indoors. The 82 year old woman of the house pads down the hallway and enters the kitchen. She takes in the beauty of

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Why Food Pantries Matter

Have you ever woken up with an empty stomach, wondering whether you’ll be able to eat that day? As a child, did you ever sit through a school day, hoping that there would be food at home when you arrived? Have you ever had to choose between eating and paying

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A Christmas Gift Beyond Care – Care by Design

He walked in through our front door. But it wasn’t easy for him. Daniel had lost both of his legs in a recent surgery. He was still learning to navigate on two prostheses. As cheerful as he tried to be, this big-hearted grandfather was still struggling. He had always been

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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are nearly 5.7 million Americans of all ages living with Alzheimer’s dementia. An estimated 5.5 million of those are older than 65 years old; approximately 200,000 under the age of 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia which leads to

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Sleepless in Sun City: Chapter 10

When I was a girl, my younger sister, Kitty, and I would wait eagerly at our playtime tea set table for my mother to deliver our afternoon tea. I remember the deliciousness of the tea almost as vividly as the tea parties themselves. My mother, she’d always drop a cherry

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How Do Family Caregivers Reduce Stress?

Friends or family who take care of sick or elderly loved ones often experience high levels of stress. If you’ve taken on this role, you’re likely suffering from caregiver stress. Here are some helpful tips to reduce stress and why sometimes hiring the services of family caregivers is the better

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