Heather Schaewe, MSN, RN

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Expert Articles by Heather Schaewe, MSN, RN

Burns

First aid treatment and prevention for burns in children
Each year, thousands of children are injured or killed in home fires, and 40 percent of them are under age five. A little prevention can go a long way in preventing fires and burn related injuries in ...

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Life Insurance

Selecting term life insurance
Life insurance is a product that has been helping to provide financial stability to families and their loved ones for decades, during challenging times of grieving and loss. This article has discussed...
Selecting whole life insurance when you're newly married
Whole life insurance can be the heart of a strong, full financial plan. Bought properly and structured appropriately, it can serve both the insured and their beneficiaries safely throughout their life...
Selecting whole life insurance
These guidelines will help in making one aware of a few aspects in selecting a whole life policy, but it is imperative that one seek proper financial counsel to ensure that one’s financial objective...
How to use life insurance to protect assets
This article is meant to be an introduction to the use of life insurance in a tactical and specific way. There are countless nuances in policy construction and features, as well as the individual need...
Understanding your Canadian permanent insurance options
Selecting Canada's Term-to-100 life insurance
Term-to-100 Insurance is a very simple product, and is one of the more affordable types of Permanent Insurance available. Although it is simple, care and proper planning must still go into selecting t...
Selecting Canada's whole life insurance
Permanent cash value whole life insurance can be a complicated product, but as long as it is structured properly and the right fit exists within your personal situation, it can prove to be a great add...
Selecting Canada's universal life insurance
Everyone wants to protect and give their family financial security in case of an unforeseen disaster. Life insurance is one of the most convenient methods to achieve this goal. But, which life insuran...
Shop online for term life insurance that is right for you
Many people find life insurance too complex, and they put off the decision of buying a policy. Let’s face it, who wants to think about their death? However, life insurance is the cornerstone of any ...
Protect your family in your 40's with right term life insurance
Without adequate life insurance to protect your dependents, they will surely be left behind to fend for themselves while facing the burden of certain financial hardship. Term life insurance is the lea...
Financially protect your family’s future with term life insurance
While life insurance is not a glamorous purchase that you can show off, it provides money for your family to carry on without you when it is needed most. It means your spouse is not working day and ni...
Between 20 and 25, protect your financial future and buy term life insurance
Term life insurance is the right product for a short term protection need. It also gives you significant coverage when wealth and cash flow do not allow a permanent insurance solution. However, in the...
Saving money is easy when you buy term life insurance in your 20s
Make sure your life insurance policy has a “convertibility” feature to give you options down the road. Always purchase your term insurance with the “Waiver of Premium” rider in the event of a ...
Buy term life insurance when you are young, married or have a baby
The best time to purchase a term policy is right after you are married and have some assets and definitely after the birth of a child. In deciding the dollar amount and time period for the policy, you...
How to get term life insurance with pre-existing health challenges
As society lives longer, insurance companies have become more apt to approve people that have a pre-existing health condition. Work with an experienced agent that has experience in impaired risk life ...
New parents: Understand whole life insurance before buying
Regardless of the type of life insurance you want to buy, the most important factor to consider is how much life insurance your family will need if the primary income earner were to die unexpectedly. ...
Read and understand the life insurance policy before you make a claim
For most people the life insurance they own at death can be their single largest estate asset. Making certain that the proceeds are paid correctly and to whom you want is critical for the successful t...
Advice on using permanent life insurance as an investment vehicle
Permanent life insurance is a self-completing accumulation vehicle used by those who understand how it fits into their overall financial goals for a lifetime full of changes and milestones. The level ...
Expert advice for getting a high risk life insurance policy
If you are looking for a life insurance policy but pose a higher risk than a standard adult, you’ll need to take a few extra steps to ensure you get the best coverage at the best possible rates. It ...
Options for life insurance when diagnosed with prostate cancer
Applying for life insurance with prostate cancer takes patience, and it is important to be informed of what to expect when applying for life insurance coverage. Despite popular belief, affordable life...
Learn the benefits of a No Medical Exam life insurance policy
As life expectancies increase, life insurance companies are more likely to accept a policy from an applicant without having to undergo a health exam. When you work with an experienced life insurance b...

Health Insurance

Manage your health savings account
When managing your HSA, you should always keep in mind the fine print. In particular, it is important to be aware of your deductible, your maximum out of pocket payment, and your annual contribution l...
Selecting disability income insurance
Income protection is important because your income is important. Your ability to earn an income is the basis for your standard of living, your financial goals and your retirement savings. Look at it t...
Why you need travel insurance for your trip
Good travel insurance coverage shouldn’t cost you a fortune. In fact, you should expect to budget no more than an additional 7 to 8 percent of the cost of y...
Purchasing travel medical insurance
Travel medical insurance is an integral part of your next international vacation. Make sure you go over plans carefully and ensure that you are getting the best deal and coverage for your specific tra...
Dealing with a family member's long-term care insurance
In reality, long-term care insurance policies are expensive but we can’t disregard the fact that they are very valuable. Getting one for yourself or for a loved one ensures that the beneficiary will...
Considering a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?
FSAs or Flexible Spending Accounts offer a valid and easy vehicle to utilize pre-tax dollars and achieve significant tax savings for common eligible expenses. Given the wide array of eligible expenses...
No longer covered by your parents’ health insurance?
Since the late 1970’s, we have been conditioned that health care should be free or almost free. Consumer’s wanted low-co-pays and low premiums. With the advent of an amazing amount of medical adva...
Buy travel medical insurance for a safe study-abroad experience
As you can see, travel medical insurance is an integral part of your next trip to study abroad. Just as important as broadening your educational horizons, so to is making sure your health and wellness...
Best pet insurance policy to protect your cat or dog and budget
For many of us, dogs and cats are not just pets – they’re members of the family. While every parent wants to provide their pets with the best care possible, sometimes the high costs can force you ...
Long term care insurance ensures you're covered for medical costs
Following this suggested advice should give you a good idea of what the costs are and which long term care option works best for your particular situation. Every person has different needs, but it is ...
Know how to navigate the Affordable Care Act to get the best coverage
The ACA aims to transform the U.S. healthcare system, and has already expanded coverage of young adults, eliminated lifetime limits on what insurance will cover, lowered the cost of drugs for seniors ...
Recent college grads should understand their health care options
Young, health Americans make up a large percentage of America’s uninsured. In fact, 16 million young adults are uninsured in the U.S. Under the Affordable Care Act, 82% of them will qualify for fede...
Prepare for higher medical costs during senior and retirement years
Heathcare could bankrupt this country as it has millions of Americans. There is still no real assurance that you can avoid a catastrophe if something unexpected happens. But if you do the best to prep...
Plan ahead for Alzheimer's and obtain long-term health insurance
Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that is on the rise as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age. It behooves Americans to prepare for this disease by making sure the proper insurance ...
Advice for women on getting long-term care insurance
Long-term care insurance is an important part of an overall financial plan, especially for women. By doing a bit of homework, you can be prepared and put a plan in place to cover any future long-term ...
Health and disability insurance can protect you when playing baseball
You may not think of disability insurance as a necessity for your career but disabling sports injuries seem to be happening with increasing frequency. The benefits from this insurance will keep you an...
How to get the right health insurance coverage for you and your family
Health insurance and the cost of medical care can be intimidating, but there are creative ways to save money within the system. To learn more about your health insurance options and what the health re...
Protect your family's financial security with the right insurance
Insurance has become an important part of life, as it should be. The likelihood of disability or a significant injury increases every year, not to mention disasters that can destroy your home in a spl...
Determine your need to buy a long-term care insurance policy
Not everyone needs a long-term care insurance policy but it always pays to be well informed. Get in touch with your insurance agent or a trusted expert to talk to you about your current insurance need...
Think ahead when purchasing a long-term care insurance policy
Many states offer a list of websites and companies you can go to with questions regarding a LTC insurance policy. By taking the time now to decide on your long-term care, the more stability and comfor...
How to apply and receive veteran's benefits and services
Many veterans are eligible for benefits and services as a result of their military service. Although the process can be frustrating, there are a lot of options that can help you work through it to rec...
How to mitigate and avoid the denial of a health insurance claim
When a health insurance claim is denied or delayed, it only adds to the existing problems for customers. That is why it is so important to know what your policy covers and the steps you can take to he...
Understand the financial benefits of voluntary insurance
If you were to become disabled or ill for a long time, hopefully you and your family would be taken care of. However, if you're uncertain of your financial situation, now is the time to cover that ris...
Advice to recent college graduates on buying necessary insurance
These are not the only insurance policies out there. Have someone guide you through which policies are the most important for you to have upon graduation and save the others for when you have the stab...

Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Children with autism need special care to ensure oral health
Children with autism cannot always communicate their needs. Consider the aforementioned tips to make sure your child receives the care he or she deserves. A child’s mouth is a gateway to the rest of...
Early detection for autism can significantly impact your child's life
The best policy is to be open with your pediatrician. No question is a silly question. When it comes to your child’s health and wellness, being a little over-cautious is a good thing. If you find th...
Children with autism spectrum disorder will grow with help at home
Every child progresses at different rates and has different interests. Be patient with your child and celebrate the small achievements. As a parent, join an autism parenting group where you can meet o...
Communicating at home with your child on the autism spectrum can be rewarding
First, take care of yourself. Second, you should start thinking about communicating in a fun way that is natural and doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Think about how to interact with your child i...
Understanding a child on the autism spectrum can help them thrive
Parents raising children with ASD no longer need to feel hopeless and lost. As the number of children with neurobehavioral issues steadily increases, so has the number of resources and programs availa...
Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle for kids with autism
Exercise is extremely important for kids, whether it takes place in a class setting or at home. Be sure to make the exercises appropriate for your child by changing the movements, environments or prog...
Doing your homework before using nutrition to treat ASD
Before starting supplements or a new diet, it is important to check with your child’s doctor or a registered dietitian. Because few studies have looked at the total intake of nutrients from food and...
Helping kids on the spectrum learn to use their vision is vital
To function optimally, every individual needs a visual system that works efficiently and correctly. Allowing kids with ASD the opportunity to learn how to effectively use their vision will help them r...
Helping kids on the autism spectrum to use their vision is vital
To function optimally, every individual needs a visual system that works efficiently and correctly. Allowing kids with ASD the opportunity to learn how to effectively use their vision will help them r...
Advice for providing grief support to kids on the autism spectrum
Grief is a chaotic and difficult time for all of us. It is a normal and natural response to the death of someone we love. Each person mourns and grieves through the lens of their own particular way of...
Help kids on the autism spectrum improve language and reasoning
The key to helping children with ASD is to understand what causes them to become emotionally dysregulated. By helping them use language to express their feelings, they can help us better understand wh...
Making exercise part of life for children on the autism spectrum
Exercise is the gateway to improve self-esteem, fitness and relationships for individuals on the autism spectrum. While physical activity promotes a healthy lifestyle, it is vital to adapt to your chi...
Reaping the benefits of exercise for those on the autism spectrum
Physical activity has been shown to improve fitness levels and motor coordination in individuals with ASD. Increasing aerobic exercise can greatly reduce negative, self-stimming behaviors that are com...
Managing picky eating in children with autism spectrum disorders
It can be very difficult when your child doesn’t have a healthy diet and you end up cooking two dinners every night--a hotdog for your child and roast chicken for the rest of the family. But it is n...
Helping your children to understand their autism spectrum disorder
Don’t keep secrets. Help your children to conceptualize their ASD in their own way, on their own developmental terms, so they can explain themselves to themselves--and to others. Not understanding t...
Helping children with autism spectrum disorders face their fears
Children with ASD and anxiety face a variety of obstacles in school, home and community environments. However, these children also have tremendous strength. With the right tools and support from an al...
Teach social skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Social skill proficiency is an integral and essential part of our daily life. By diagnostic definition, individuals with ASD often struggle to learn and demonstrate appropriate social behavior in acad...
Ensuring safety and security for children on the autism spectrum
As adults, we practice our risk management skills every time we lock a door or put on a car seat belt. Taking these precautions becomes part of our daily routine. While developing the resiliency to ad...
Evaluating educational programs for kids on the autism spectrum
Evaluating educational programs and determining which one is best for your child is an arduous task that takes much time and patience. Remember that you are the person who knows your child best. Be pr...
Helping kids with autism spectrum disorder bond over music
Music is a powerful way to express oneself and feel connected with others. Bringing music into the home setting can help family members bond with each other in a creative and motivating atmosphere. No...
Creating Halloween traditions with kids on the autism spectrum
It is vital for kids with ASD to feel safe and comfortable. However, the holiday of Halloween is full of traditions that do not support these needs. As a result, families must find a way to create the...
Teaching vital safety skills to kids with autism spectrum disorder
Safety is critical for all kids--especially kids on the autism spectrum. Teaching the skills necessary to maintain personal safety is essential to promoting independence for those with a developmental...
Learning to connect with nonverbal kids on the autism spectrum
Children with ASD often develop on a different timetable or in a different order than is expected. It is important to relax, respect, and be authentic and humble. Remember to try and connect with the ...
Positive behavioral supports for children on the autism spectrum
When building habits, it is vital to rehearse in order to create synchronicity and behavioral momentum. To implement positive guidance techniques, don’t forget to keep it simple and achievable. Prac...
Build connections and self-esteem with Autism Movement Therapy
By using Autism Movement Therapy with kids on the autism spectrum, the brain can be cognitively redirected or re-mapped. AMT’s repetition of movement patterns and sequences establishes pathways for ...
Kids on the autism spectrum can improve social skills through play
Every child speaks the language of play. Kids know when you are playing to get something versus when you are playing to have fun. All parents have witnessed their child’s tenacity and persistence wh...
Celebrating a happy holiday season with kids on the autism spectrum
Be sure to have fun this holiday with all of the members of your family. Let each one know how much you enjoy their company. Don’t forget to meet kids with ASD at their developmental level, which ma...
Communicate and connect with children on the autism spectrum
Many people have a difficult time communicating with children with ASD. While communication can be challenging at times, it is possible if you meet each child with the intention of connecting and you ...
Managing the wandering tendencies of kids on the autism spectrum
The issue of wandering is a serious concern for many families in the autism community. But with appropriate precautions and education, caregivers can significantly reduce the risk of wandering....
Using service dogs to help kids with autism spectrum disorder
Service dogs can help children and their families--not the disability. A service dog can be valuable medicine for a child with ASD. In a world that is frequently marked by criticism and loneliness, a ...
How can kids on the autism spectrum get the most out of an iPad?
Getting familiar with your new iPad is just the beginning of a steep learning curve. It is not that the iPad is so difficult to access. In fact, it is fairly intuitive and simple. The learning comes w...
How to parent siblings of a child with an autistic spectrum disorder
Parenting is a challenge, and that challenge may be complicated if you have neurodiverse children. Creating a bond between siblings when one has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder takes understanding. The ...
Help young kids on the autism spectrum avoid behavior challenges
Parents usually see a huge improvement in their child’s behavior when they begin to use visual strategies for challenging situations. It’s not difficult for parents to learn how to use simple visu...

Kids with ADD/ADHD

Your child with ADHD needs your support to help them grow and succeed
Raising a child with ADHD does not come without its challenges. Knowledge about ADHD and understanding who to call for help are the key components of parenting your child with ADHD. Some very simple s...
Embracing differences and strengths will help your child manage ADHD
Having a diagnosis of ADHD is not a bad thing. It is just different. Help your child embrace these differences, learn to live with them and focus on their strengths, instead of their weaknesses. Remem...
Understanding ADD/ADHD drugs will help families make good choices
Ultimately, the decision to begin drugs for a child with ADD/ADHD rests on parents--and should be made with confidence and security. It is essential for parents to get the facts and understand the ram...
A parent's approach can set the tone for how kids manage ADHD
As parents, how you approach your child’s ADHD will set the tone for how your child manages ADHD. When you show your kids compassion and understanding, you teach them to love themselves and see thei...
Improve attention span at home for your child with ADD/ADHD
By following these tips for home structure, children with ADD/ADHD learn proper study habits, improve hygiene and take back control of their lives. This way, parents reduce the chaos and create succes...
Understanding natural treatments for kids diagnosed with ADD/ADHD
The common solution for parents raising kids with ADD and ADHD is to hastily medicate. Many parents are not given suggestions for natural treatments and lifestyle modifications. Consequently, it is vi...
Recognizing the possible signs of ADD and ADHD in your children
The first step to addressing ADD/ADHD is recognizing the signs and symptoms. If your child does receive a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, work with your pediatrician, therapist and school to develop a personal...
Parents must understand the causes of ADHD and then seek solutions
While ADHD is widely recognized, it is not well understood. Rather than a specific disorder, it is a collection of symptoms that can be brought on by many different things—some which took place befo...
Provide support and guidance for your child diagnosed with ADHD
If you are comfortable with the decision that your child has ADHD, or characteristics of ADHD, then you know it will not be effective to make the task easier, more challenging, or more suitable to the...
Parents can improve sleep habits for children diagnosed with ADHD
Many behaviors, such as those related to ADD/ADHD, are exacerbated by a lack of sleep. The effects don’t stop with the child, but invariably affect at least one of the parents. Take some time to fig...
Focus on structure and passions when raising a child with ADD/ADHD
The most important thing to remember is that you, as your child’s parent, serves as his or her best advocate. Raising children with ADD/ADHD can be challenging, but it also can be an immensely rewar...

Kids with Eating Disorders

Coping with a teenage daughter suffering from an eating disorder
On the surface it may look like a teenager is controlling eating habits in a desire to be thin, but in reality dangerous behaviors are a response to deeper emotional pain, depression, anxiety and othe...
Help your child struggling with an eating disorder such as anorexia
If your child is battling an eating disorder, the best thing that you can do is keep on loving and supporting them. If you ever feel that you need help with your child, don’t ever hesitate to get tr...
Supporting your child with an eating disorder is vital to recovery
Education and understanding are keys that will help you prevent, and if necessary, effectively deal with disordered eating or an eating disorder. Your attitudes about health and wellness will impact y...
Advice for parents to help their child overcome an eating disorder
Eating disorders are challenging and scary. Parents don’t cause their child’s eating disorder, and they aren’t to blame. It is equally important not to blame the child for his or her eating diso...
Advice for parents to help their child who binge eats
Failure to address binge eating can lead to binge-eating disorder, a life-threatening illness. Taking action by seeking professional help and talking to your child can lead to a full recovery, so if y...
I think my child might have an eating disorder. What should I do?
Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life threatening if not treated. Remember to act quickly and seek support for your child and yourself, so you can begin your path toward recovery....
What parents should do if they think their child has anorexia
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder and should be taken seriously. If you suspect that your child has anorexia or is developing unhealthy eating habits, talk to your ch...
Helping your child with an eating disorder move towards recovery
Recovering from an eating disorder is a road full of big challenges and little triumphs. It is a lengthy process without quick fixes or miracle cures. Have patience and compassion, and don’t come up...
Helping children who may be struggling with an eating disorder
Any child can find themselves dealing with the challenges of body image or eating disorder issues. It is vital for parents to understand what they are dealing with, so they can feel comfortable and co...

Estate Planning

Planning your funeral service in advance gives you peace of mind
Beginning the pre-planning process presents several choices to consider. A good start is by searching online for a funeral service that suits your needs. Simply making an appointment at a funeral home...
Advice for selecting the right estate planner for your situation
Like any other professional engagement, the biggest problem is often finding the one you are comfortable with and who possesses the skill and knowledge to address your situation properly. The list of ...
Having a baby? Create an estate plan to protect your family
Don’t feel that setting up an estate plan when preparing for a baby is one more burdensome item on your list. Embrace the moment but think about how you’ll want your spouse and new addition taken ...
Create a well-designed estate plan for you and your family
There are many shapes and sizes of estate plans, from basic to very complex. Finding the one that is right for you takes some thought and planning, but is not that difficult to do. Approach the proble...
A well-rounded estate plan will help protect your family
Compile and evaluate all of your assets and think about how you’d want them safeguarded after you’re gone. Think about how you’d like your spouse and kids cared for. Finally, consult with an att...
Receive an inheritance recently? Here is expert financial advice
Receiving an inheritance leaves most people feeling overwhelmed and confused. Figuring out how to manage it can be financially and emotionally draining on something that should be a real blessing. Pla...
No family to pass your assets to? Advice for creating an estate plan
An estate plan is a personal thing, so make sure your assets go where you would like them to after you’re gone. Trusting those who are put in charge of caring for those assets is important and you s...
Plan your funeral service and ensure your wishes are fulfilled
Funerals are meant to provide ceremony around the loss of a loved one, which will help those left behind to grieve. Grief is a complicated and difficult emotion, so helping families walk the path of g...
Choose the right casket for your loved one when planning the funeral
The purpose of a funeral is to celebrate a life well-lived. Choosing the right casket is just part of the funeral experience, but it can be one of the most overwhelming given the sheer number of optio...
Advice for choosing a qualified estate planner
Creating a legacy for your family is important. If you want a will or trust that will ensure that the wealth you have created is passed to the people you want, they way you want, with the least cost a...
Save your family the time and stress of probate with your estate
Taking the time to understand your options and to set up non-probate options such as revocable trusts, TOD accounts, or lifetime gifts can protect your privacy, simplify your estate administration, an...
Create an estate plan that works for you and your beneficiaries
Planning and creating a will is an important step in your life, and it is not one that should be taken lightly. However, it does not have to be daunting or depressing. It can be an assurance that your...
Financial steps you must take immediately on the death of a spouse
The next few months (and years) will be a transition period in many different areas, including your finances. Get organized and recruit professionals, family and friends to help. Tackle the time sensi...
A new baby is good reason to review and update your estate plan
These are a few general do’s and don’ts for a new parent to consider, but certainly not a complete list. Consult with experienced professionals for guidance in how to make the best plan possible. ...
Create a will and estate plan: what every young mom should know
So once you have completed your estate plan, give yourself kudos! You have done what so many people fail to do—even the rich and famous. As you begin to work on your estate plan, make sure that it i...

Child Safety

Teaching children to be safe, strong and free
Parents, grandparents, teachers and others who take care of children can be afraid to talk with them about potential abuse. They worry they might say the wrong thing and make things worse. They worry ...
Navigating the many risks of summer begins with parental awareness
Summer affords a welcome change of pace from the hectic school year. It is a time for families to connect and enjoy each other. However, with increased outdoor time and freedom come unique challenges ...
Keep kids safe outdoors from bees, wasps, ticks and mosquitos
While summer is the perfect time to get your family outdoors into the fresh air and sunshine, it does not necessarily mean you will get eaten alive by the outdoor bugs. These simple tips will help you...
Expert advice for surviving a school shooting
A school shooting incident is dynamic and ever-changing. Actions taken by victims must be based on the information they have at the time of the event, making the best decisions possible based on the c...
Create a safe family home by minimizing your exposure to toxins
To create a safe, healthy and happy home for yourself and your children, it is vital to reduce your family’s exposure to environmental toxins. The first step is learning about the toxins and their e...
Keep children safe and secure during the holiday season
If you have a young child who can crawl, toddle or walk, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. You don’t have to avoid holiday decorations altogether, but in some instances, cutting back o...
Parents must communicate with their children about internet safety
With parenting, nobody gets a second chance. We do the best we can with what we have. If you are a parent of tweens and teens, you need to understand technology and what your child is exposed to via t...
Educating your kids about body safety can help prevent sexual abuse
Knowledge is power, and children need to learn to be assertive over their body from a very young age. They need to grasp the importance of always speaking out if they are touched inappropriately or to...
Sports safety: Make eye protection a priority for your child
It’s important for parents to take the proper precautions to protect their children’s eyes and vision during sports games and practices. Educating children early on about the importance of eye pro...

Urgent Mental Issues

Help your friend who is having major depression and suicidal thoughts
We want to think that those whom we love and care about will lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. When we are faced with the reality that someone close to us is in pain, unable to function, losin...
Help your loved one who is having a PTSD episode
PTSD can occur following a traumatic event. PTSD develops differently in people and one may not experience all of the symptoms. The symptoms can occur immediately, gradually, or over a period of time....
Help calming yourself down when having a panic attack or anxiety
Remember that in many cases panic is a habit, and the neural pathways have been established over years of believing that panic was your only answer to a problem or crisis. Perhaps someone stepped in a...
Help your loved one heal after a suicide attempt by drug overdose
Here the advice surrounding the support of a loved one who has tried – or you think will try – to commit suicide. Remember to be supportive and watch the warning signs of suicidal behavior. Though...
Learn to heal and take back your life after a attempting suicide
This difficult chapter in one’s life is likely to be agonizingly stressful. Suicide attempts and all the factors leading up to it are traumatic. Having the courage to seek professional help, and cre...
What to do if your loved one is having a severe panic attack
Panic attacks can be a debilitating experience for an individual, as he or she is faced with terrifying anxiety and subsequent feelings of embarrassment, isolation, and even helplessness. Watching a l...
What to do if you walk in on someone trying to commit suicide
Suicide can affect all individuals regardless of their age, gender, cultural background, socioeconomic status, or religious affiliation. People who have attempted suicide are typically overwhelmed by ...
Managing migraine triggers and help getting treatment
We all want our headaches to have a clear cause. We also want the cause to be avoidable! When we are in pain, we often attribute the attack to an immediate event. These observations are not always acc...
Get past the danger zone safely when having suicidal thoughts
It is a most heartbreaking situation when someone takes their life. Those that knew the person wish they had known the pain this individual was experiencing. They wish they had the opportunity to help...

Fertility

Expert advice when your having a hard time getting pregnant
The journey of conceiving can be way more difficult than you ever imagined it could be. And while much of it is not within your control, this article highlights some ways that you can take back a semb...
Low sperm count? Consider IVF to improve chances of conception
If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, it may be that the male is experiencing sperm problems either with their sperm count, motility, progression, or morphology. Because of the great ...
Reduce toxins and increase fertility and chances to conceive
In summary, it is important to be in the best health possible to maximize your chances for conception, and for a healthy baby. Many simple factors are often overlooked that are important for fertility...
Get pregnant faster: Advice for boosting your chances of conceiving
You’re not alone. If you have questions about conceiving, talk to your doctor – whether it’s your regular OB-GYN or a fertility specialist, they are the best sources for accurate information abo...
How to protect your fertility after a cancer diagnosis
Any reproductive age patient receiving chemotherapy or radiation is at risk for reduced fertility. Asking your doctor about options and seeking a consult with a fertility preservation expert can help ...
Considering In Vitro Fertilization? How to pay for IVF costs
Even if IVF costs seem daunting at first, be assured you have many options to help you pay for your fertility treatment. You may be lucky and have insurance coverage for IVF costs. But even if not, yo...
A healthy and balanced diet can have a great impact on fertility
Women and men trying to conceive a child would benefit from eating a healthy and varied diet coupled with moderate exercise. It is best to avoid alcohol, smoking, drug use, and excessive caffeine. Fer...
Having a baby: What you should know when trying to conceive
Following these tips can increase your chances of pregnancy, and remove some of the uncertainty that can arise when trying. While there can be a lot to keep in mind, don’t let the details bog you do...
Couples can make conception more successful and less stressful
Trying to get pregnant can seem like a laborious and lengthy process. Educate yourself, know the facts and recognize when to get help. There are many available resources to help make this process less...
Endometriosis can affect fertility. Here’s how to get help
With proper diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms of endometriosis can be greatly lessened and fertility improved. If you feel as if you are experiencing severe pain during your menstrual cycles, then...

Heart Disease

A heart healthy diet is your first step to prevent heart disease
Follow this advice for a healthier heart and healthier you. Instead of viewing these guidelines as a new diet, instead try to make changes that become incorporated into your healthy eating lifestyle. ...
Reduce your sodium intake to help lower your blood pressure
Reducing your sodium intake doesn’t have to be difficult, but it will require some small changes in how you buy, prepare and think about food choices. Try implementing these simple steps to see your...
Stay healthy and out of the hospital when living with heart failure
Heart failure is a chronic medical condition and has become a major burden on our healthcare system resulting in multiple hospitalizations annually. Heart failure is also generally a progressive disea...
Achieve balance emotionally to ensure the best heart health
Our emotional health is intimately tied into our physical health. Every thought and every emotion leads to the instantaneous cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones that either orchestrates a benefi...
Expert advice on diagnosing and treating atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation can hijack a person’s life. The heart beats irregularly and can affect everyday living, making even small chores, such as carrying a basket of laundry up the stairs, difficult. N...
Expert advice for managing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
PAD is a prevalent disease but can easily go undetected and untreated. Make sure to take charge of your health as a patient and consult with your physician if you experience any symptoms, even if they...
Simple lifestyle changes that will boost your heart health
Achieving an optimal lifestyle is a key part of improving heart health. With such pleasurable and easy changes as adding chocolate to your diet, getting enough sleep, and laughing, following this pres...
Ensure you are ready for sexual activity after having a heart attack
Engaging in sexual activity following a heart attack is safe and even healthy when precautionary measures are taken. Work with your doctor to better understand your health status and physical capabili...
Prevent heart disease with simple lifestyle changes
Small changes can reduce your risk of heart disease stroke and cancer. Keep a positive attitude, engage a buddy and start today to make healthy choices. You’ll love the way you look and feel. Rememb...

Aging and Longevity

Your elderly parent fell? This could change everything
There are rarely any easy answers when circumstances for seniors change quickly due to illness or injury. The best approach for adult children is to gather as much information as possible, turn to tru...
Choose a trustworthy and qualified caregiver for your elderly parent
Choosing a caregiver for your parent is an important decision, and it can be an emotional one as well. The caregiver that you choose assumes a great deal of responsibility; he or she becomes a part of...
Empower yourself as a senior because you deserve a better lifestyle
This may seem pretty serious and business-like, but when you think about it, the business of life is very serious and your future independence relies on it. You have earned your seniority position in ...
Prevent falls as a senior by creating a safer living environment
Fall prevention is protecting our seniors. This issue has become such a meaningful matter that our Senate has passed a bill making September 22, National Fall Prevention Awareness day. We don’t want...
Discover in-home healthcare options that are safe and comfortable
Today’s healthcare options range from home care and medical alert systems to assisted living and skilled nursing homes. When choosing the right care option, it’s important to consider your health ...
Live longer and feel younger by delaying old age as late as possible
Aging is inevitable, however, old age is optional and personal. It depends on your state of mind and your beliefs about aging. Becoming a vibrant youthful thinking independent 80 year old is far more ...
Embrace the change of moving into an assisted living facility
You can choose to view your move to an assisted living facility as a life sentence or as a new chapter, brimming with possibilities. The way in which you view your circumstances is your choice to make...
Choose a qualified in-home caregiver from a reliable provider
Everyone is different and has unique support needs, so the biggest piece of advice I can offer is to ask a lot of questions and get to know the individuals and companies well before committing to them...
Keep your independence with the help of an in-home care agency
Choosing a caregiver agency can be a daunting prospect, but the information presented here should provide a checklist to make the interviewing and selection easier.The main things to remember are that...
Reduce the effects of aging using vitamin and nutrient supplements
Supplementing your diet with the correct amount of vitamins and other dietary supplements is key in optimizing your health, especially at old age. Make sure you get your fill of omega-3 fats, probioti...
Overcome your fear of death by embracing love and happiness
So as you can see, most of this advice is about living with love, and in the present moment. Whether we’re living a normal life in normal time, or whether we’re in the end or last stages of life, ...
A life coach can help you reduce stressful decisions in retirement
Those of us who have coached clients know the extraordinary impact coaching can have on people’s lives. Be committed to having a fulfilling life and don’t settle for anything less. Feel empowered ...
Planning and preparation can help with the care of aging parents
While no one likes to talk about these issues, it is critical to have a legal and financial plan in place. There are many situations in which a medical crisis occurs, and while last minute planning ma...
Age gracefully with a positive attitude, strong mind and healthy body
The secret to aging gracefully is taking good care of yourself as you age. Drastic measures like plastic surgery can be avoided by taking the right steps to stay healthy, strong and lean. The sooner y...
Expect spiritual expansion and change when experiencing hospice
The above material hopefully has help you see how your spiritual life can greatly expand through the hospice experience. Let’s all take the time and energy to dive deeper into our spiritual lives an...
Forgetful? Memory enhancement is still possible as you age
Medical advances have made it possible for us to have a much longer lifespan. We all know we should eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and control our stress, but now there is another factor to c...
Help managing Parkinson's disease symptoms and getting treatment
There are still many questions that need to be answered about PD related to causes, diagnosis, symptoms and treatments. Studies and clinical trials are being conducted around the globe. It is imperati...
Embrace hospice as a guide on the journey through terminal illness
There arguably is no more compelling example of compassionate care in our healthcare system today than hospice. Hospice staff and volunteers can be angels on earth, whether they are providing care in ...
Ensure you track and take your medications on time
It is very important that you take your medications as prescribed, on time, and in the correct dosage. It is also equally important to ensure you are taking the medication you are supposed to be takin...
What can older adults expect from assisted living communities?
Assisted living communities provide a wonderful option for seniors to maintain as much independence as possible, with the security of knowing that, as their needs change, they can receive support and ...
Understand Alzheimer’s disease and the care options available
The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in our country is increasing rapidly. It is critical to understand the distinctions between normal memory loss associated with aging and very specific impairmen...
Using modern technology can help elderly people with dementia
While researchers and scientists focus on finding a cure for dementia, the person living with the disease is often left out in the cold. Technology, when delivered appropriately, can be a huge tool in...
Age beautifully and gracefully to help stay healthy and happy
Aging well is really all about being happy and healthy at each stage of life. No age is better than another and being young is no better than being old- each one has its charm. You are the creator of ...
You may be able to stay in your house with home care assistance
Home care is right choice for millions of Americans to help them stay in their homes for many years safely and comfortably. Often times this option is more cost efficient than skilled nursing homes fo...

Heart Attacks and Strokes

Know what to do if you or someone you know is having a heart attack
When someone has a heart attack, the goal is to prevent or limit damage to the heart muscle. Know the signs of a heart attack, and seek medical help the moment you think you might be having one. Fast ...
What to do if you think you are having a stroke
The bottom line is clear: Know the symptoms of stroke and act quickly if you or someone you love experiences the signs and symptoms. Prompt medical attention can prevent a life of disability, or even ...
What you do during a heart attack could save your life
When it comes to heart attacks, it pays to be prepared. Having a fast-acting aspirin on hand, and knowing your medical information and the name of your doctor may just save your life. Call 911 right a...

Kids with Special Needs

Sustain a happy marriage while raising a child with special needs
Successful marriages lead to successful families. Parents are capable of stronger parenting only when their marital relationship is healthy and solid. As a result, it is important to recognize the imp...
Build a positive sibling relationship within a special needs family
Because a great deal of complexity and individuality exists within families, the effects of having a sibling with disabilities can vary greatly depending on the child. Typical siblings are at risk for...
Giving much-needed support to parents of children with special needs
Parents raising a child with special needs must work to rebuild their dreams to accommodate the reality of their child’s disability and limitations. They must re-imagine the life their child will le...
Educate and communicate with special needs children to prevent abuse
When parents think of abuse prevention for typical children and for children with special needs, they may assume that information should be completely different. In truth, the same information needs t...
Special needs children's skills improve with Applied Behavior Analysis
Starting an ABA program for a child with special needs can be overwhelming for any family. Your ABA providers should help you navigate through the process and create a plan that will help you and your...
Helping your child overcome anxiety is not an impossible task
Helping children overcome anxiety can be quite overwhelming for a parent, caregiver or teacher. However, it is not impossible. Focusing more on “being” with the child, instead of “doing” for t...
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Managing a child’s mental illness begins with an informed parent
Parents raising a child with mental illness have a choice: View your child’s illness as a huge life setback -- or consider this an opportunity to grow in a way you never dreamed possible. The tips i...
Successfully tackling learning challenges at school begins at home
Life is one, big learning experience. As parents of students with learning difficulties begin to apply the advice described above, they may witness a renewed sense of academic self-esteem in their stu...
Music therapy can help improve learning, growth and development
Music is an extremely useful motivator for children with special needs. Because they are constantly exploring their environment, music therapy is an excellent modality to achieve learning, growth and ...
What is music therapy?
Successfully manage disagreements and conflict in the IEP process
Parents play an active role in their child’s IEP process, but this experience often feels extremely daunting and overwhelming. Successfully managing disagreements and conflict within the process is ...
Inclusive education for students with disabilities benefits everyone
Inclusion brings about many wonderful benefits for ALL students. With a few simple tools and a strong belief that it can work, teachers will be successful at welcoming students of all abilities into t...
A successful IEP meeting requires effective parent participation
The IEP is the most important tool parents have when their child is receiving special education services. However, in order for the tool to be effective, parents must learn how to navigate the process...
Preparation is critical when relocating a family with disabilities
Relocating a family to a new state or city can be very stressful and overwhelming--and this stress tends to increase when a child has disabilities. Because it is critical for families to be prepared b...
Focus on basic human needs to help kids with difficult behaviors
Children with disabilities have basic needs just like everyone else. If you don't have the time or energy to follow all of these do’s and don’ts, be sure to remember these two critical ideas: Taki...
Animal-assisted interventions are beneficial for kids with needs
AAI can be very helpful for kids with special needs. If you are interested in trying this therapy modality, research local therapy dog groups in your area. Another option is training your own dog -- i...
Ensure a smooth new school year for your child with special needs
It is very important to get the school year off to a great start and keep the momentum going throughout the entire year. Develop positive relationships with your child’s entire educational team, as ...
Well-planned vacations are critical for kids with special needs
Most importantly, never forget that your family vacation is supposed to be FUN. A little extra planning may take time, but could make your adventure more enjoyable....
Planning transportation services for students with disabilities
The best educational program for a child will not be effective if the child can’t get to and from school. Thus, special education law requires that students with disabilities, who need transportatio...
Addressing the issue of sexuality with kids with special needs
As parents and supporters, we need to be ready for puberty. Unfortunately, there are no manuals that tell us how to talk to our children with disabilities about sexuality. This advice provides parents...
Choose a safe therapeutic barn for kids involved in equine therapy
There is a growing trend in the use of horses as a fun, therapeutic tool. This trend ultimately leads to more and more barns and riding centers providing EAAT. Choosing a safe barn with qualified inst...
Dads must be present when helping raise a child with special needs
Raising a child with special needs is a moment-by-moment experience. Average men show their love and support through action. However, sometimes pausing, taking a step back and being calm and present i...
Develop open communication with the teacher of your special needs child
It is very important to create consistent and open communication with your child’s teacher. Keeping a daily communication log is the key to this communication. Be sure to develop two-way communicati...
Emergency preparedness is critical for individuals with disabilities
Emergency preparedness is the personal responsibility of every individual and every family. Individuals have the duty to think about--and plan--for their own safety and the safety of their family. Whi...
Encouraging independence is critical for kids with special needs
Families need to decide how much their child with special needs is able to make educational, vocational and medical decisions. From an early age, children should be encouraged to be as independent as ...
Make airline travel easy for families with physical disabilities
Flying is the most convenient and safest way to travel. Once you master the details, traveling with your disabled child will be no more difficult than getting out of bed every day. The travel experien...
Encouraging friendships between kids with disabilities and peers
The grade school years should be filled with friendships and learning for all students, including those with special needs. Teaching typically-developing students how to be friends with those who are ...
Helping sibs of kids with disabilities manage embarrassment
Growing up is not always easy. Standing out in a crowd and managing extreme feelings of embarrassment can make life even more difficult. While you may just want to belong to a typical family at times,...
Helping sibs advocate for people with intellectual disabilities
Don’t be afraid to use your creative skills in advocating for individuals with disabilities. The ideas are endless. Just remember that even though you are just one person, you can make a difference....
Helping children with special needs improve health and fitness
To become ambassadors for our own health, we have to start somewhere. Using this advice will help your family make the right choices for a healthy lifestyle, so that they, too, can become ambassadors ...
Help your child with sensory processing disorder to succeed
Children with sensory processing disorder may have difficulty completing everyday activities, leading to frustration and behavioral difficulties. Consistency of approach, predictable routines and plan...
Navigating swim lessons for kids with and without disabilities
Swimming is a great physical and social activity that promotes health and wellness for all individuals. The key to having successful swim lessons is preparing your child for expectations and the envir...
Support groups help mothers raising kids with disabilities
Being a member of a support group can provide moms with strength and help them feel less alone in the world. A support group gives them a much-needed outlet when they have difficulty communicating wit...
Easing the stress of airline travel for children with special needs
Parents must be thoughtful and strategic when traveling with a child with special needs. While the advice in this article will make travel less daunting, it is important to have an open, frank discuss...
Meltdowns: help for kids with special needs and their parents
It can be extremely stressful to experience a meltdown. But with a little planning and organization, you can stay calm to provide support, structure and reassurance....
Help to prepare your kid with disabilities for employment success
Young adults with developmental disabilities are capable of incredible things, including careers that allow them to live happily and independently. But finding this career involves a great deal of pla...
Providing access to dance classes for kids with special needs
Every individual who enjoys dance should have the opportunity to participate. The experience of enjoying the movement, costumes, music and social interaction of dance is quite fulfilling. Giving child...
Providing lifetime care for your child with special needs
Handling all aspects of special needs planning creates the greatest piece of mind that a caregiver can have. If one aspect is missed, it can disrupt all of the other planning, creating disastrous resu...
Expert advice on helping your child with dyslexia learn to read
Understanding dyslexia and how it works is the first step in helping your child. While dyslexia can make it quite challenging for kids to learn to read, it is not an impossible feat. There are numerou...
Planning for the future care of your child with special needs
These financial conversations are not fun. They are uncomfortable, scary and overwhelming. The key is to surround yourself with the appropriate supports and commit to take action to reduce the stress....
Using music to bring together kids with and without special needs
Having typically-developing siblings and peers join in musical experiences with children with special needs can be wonderful if done correctly. The key is to create a positive, fulfilling experience f...
Obtaining a school evaluation for kids with possible special needs
It is difficult for parents to watch their children struggle in school. However, parents should not feel alone. It is the job of the school to help your child. As a result, it is very important for pa...
Managing embarrassment of a brother or sister with special needs
During embarrassing situations, all siblings and parents must remember that this is their family and the best support they can receive is from each other. Talk to each other and, most importantly, lis...
Teach home and community safety skills to kids with special needs
It is important to teach safety skills to children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Having a good safety plan, teaching safety skills across a variety of settings and situations, and ens...
Donating your child's blood and tissue samples for research
One of the main barriers to finding treatments or cures for rare, genetic diseases is the lack of available human cell and tissue resources for scientists to use to test potential drug compounds or ge...
Art therapy helps cultivate development in children with special needs
Children living with special needs, like all children, want to be able to express themselves and be successful. Art therapy is a beneficial and enjoyable way to help support your child’s development...
Self-care is critical for parents raising kids with disabilities
The greatest gift that parents can give their children is to be a healthy mom and dad. While we often start the New Year with promises of changing our lifestyle--and improving our lives and the lives ...
Find the best adaptive dance class for your child with special needs
There are many benefits to enrolling your child in a dance or movement class. As advances are made in adaptive dance education, more options are becoming available. With just a few extra steps, you ca...
What is sensory processing disorder and how parents manage it
Children with sensory processing issues live in a world that is confusing, disruptive and often scary to their nervous system. Tackling these issues therapeutically can be a lot of work for children a...
Your special needs child can feel free and bloom at summer camp
Going to camp is an exciting experience for any child--and it is an opportunity worth pursuing for your child with special needs. Take time to review each and every camp opportunity. Don’t limit you...
Families with disabilities must help maintain balance for siblings
Siblings of kids with disabilities are in a unique position and require extra caution and sensitivity from parents. Helping your typical kids to have a balanced life without overwhelming expectations ...
Understanding how to achieve inclusion for kids with disabilities
Any question of school inclusion can be answered with an enthusiastic YES! With intentionality and care, inclusion can be planned and carried out joyfully and creatively in direct consultation with th...
Parents must effectively communicate with their child's IEP team
As a parent, communicating effectively with the IEP team is a skill you must master to assure your child is receiving an appropriate education. You are your child’s IEP team leader. Documenting conc...
Stress-free IEP meetings can lead to better outcomes for students
It is possible to have less stress at IEP meetings, which will lead to better outcomes for students. Meetings are more successful when parents come prepared to give their valuable input, are committed...
Planning for the future needs of your child with a disability
When you are gone, nobody can replace the love and understanding you have for your son or daughter. However, with proper planning, you can leave family members and professionals with the tools they ne...

Pregnancy

Nutritional advice for you and your baby while pregnant
By achieving optimum nutritional well-being prior to and during pregnancy, you are optimizing the environment for your baby draws their nutrients, as well as maximizing your own body's ability to adap...
Hypnosis can remove stress and hormonal cravings when pregnant
Pregnancy is the journey of creation, happiness and health moving forward for a mother and her family. What a wonderful expression of health and well being when this journey is successful and health, ...
Successfully treat postpartum depression after having a baby
Being depressed does not mean you are a bad parent. However, it is a sign that something chemical or situational may be going on. There is help out there. You deserve to enjoy being a parent, and your...
Your wife needs your support to help her beat postpartum disorder
Postpartum disorders are serious business. Men often feel helpless when they can’t fix their partners mood. However, you are being a great husband by supporting her in these other ways mentioned. Do...
Prevention and treatment for pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders
Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can overwhelm women both during pregnancy and after having a baby. We call these Perinatal Mood Disorders (PPMDs).If you are a pregnant or postpartum woma...
Cope with the loss of a baby after having a miscarriage
The loss of a baby can also mean the loss of a dream. Your journey will be individual and different from someone else that you may know. It’s important to give yourself time for that journey, and st...
Help surviving a summer pregnancy and staying cool in the heat
Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant mothers. Although the summer heat and humidity can make you uncomfortable, it’s still possible to enjoy and survive the summertime while pregnant. By know...
Have a healthy baby and pregnancy with this expert advice
When planning the arrival of your newborn, you want to do everything you can to ensure a healthy baby and pregnancy. With so many tips and decisions associated with pregnancy, it’s easy to feel over...
Holistically treat post-pregnancy nutritional deficiencies
The more pregnancies a woman has had, the more likely she is to suffer afterward with physical and “mental” ailments due to nutritional deficiencies. These symptoms may occur soon after the pregna...
Control the risk factors of autism and ADHD prior to pregnancy
With the prevalence of autism and ADHD increasing, most people know someone with a child affected by these disorders. The good news is that researchers are studying autism and ADHD, and they are learn...
Collect and store cord blood to protect your newborn's future health
When it comes to your child’s health, it’s important to have options to ensure he or she will grow up to be strong and healthy. Cord blood banking can provide you and your family with reassurance ...
Treat common pregnancy ailments at the first sign of discomfort
Pregnancy can bring its own set of challenges before you meet your new bundle of joy at the end of a long nine (technically, ten!) month waiting period. Don’t be afraid to speak up and talk with you...
Reduce and treat pregnancy swelling in your feet and ankles
After your baby arrives the swelling should subside. Your body will shed the excess fluid throughout the first few days, mostly through urination. If you are concerned about your swelling or have any ...
An online baby registry is a great way to get the gifts you want
The best way to avoid unwanted gifts and those that you will need to return is to create an online registry. No longer restricted to weddings and baby showers, online gift registries have become commo...
Avoid developing gestational diabetes to ensure a healthy pregnancy
Your risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus can be reduced by the choices you make before and during pregnancy. And if you develop GDM, you can have a successful pregnancy if you work with y...
How you should prepare for pregnancy when you have diabetes
Monitoring diabetes is even more important leading up to and during pregnancy. In order to ensure the health of you and your baby during pregnancy, you should work closely with your doctor beginning b...
Exercising while you are pregnant is healthy for you and your baby
Exercise during pregnancy is important for many reasons, including reducing your risk of excess weight gain and gestational diabetes, preparing your body for labor, and helping with returning to your ...
Varicose veins can be prevented during and after pregnancy
Varicose veins are common for women to develop during pregnancy. By following this advice you can prevent and deal with varicose veins. It is important to remember to keep your blood flowing, exercise...
How to recover after experiencing a traumatic birth
Having a baby rarely goes as planned, and sometimes, things that are completely out of your control happen, which can cause a lot of emotion, and sometimes lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Usin...
Reduce the worry, anxiety, and stress experienced during pregnancy
Preparing for the birth of a baby can bring up all sorts of complicated and exciting feelings. It is often a time of stress, but can also be a time of profound introspection and contemplation. If the ...

Cancer

Expert advice on undergoing breast reconstruction due to breast cancer
Breast reconstruction is complex. It requires time, energy, and patience. There are a wide variety of options - implant or tissue. Do your homework. Seek an experienced, board-certified reconstructive...
Take a DNA test to avoid a breast cancer biopsy misdiagnosis
If you or a loved one is going through this difficult process, talk to your physician about steps that can be taken to ensure you receive your confirmed biopsy results. With the emotional, life-changi...
Integrate acupuncture and Western medicine to help treat cancer
There are many benefits to utilizing acupuncture therapy along with traditional Western medical treatment. Further research, education and clinical trials are being conducted to continue the validatio...
Advice on getting lymph node transfer for lymphedema patients
Lymphedema is a common problem when it comes to mastectomy for breast cancer treatment. A lot of times the problem doesn’t show up right away and may take years for it to become apparent. Lymphedema...
Recognizing moles and skin as cancerous and getting help
It’s important to remember that you are not responsible for making a diagnosis! Your task is to identify any suspicious lesions and have your internist, family physician, or dermatologist check them...
Maintain your femininity when diagnosed with breast cancer
When first diagnosed, it can be an overwhelming experience; however, taking the right steps to breathe, learn and release emotion, as well as find ways to exude your personal style, will lead to a str...
Breast cancer treatments: How to choose the best option for you
Hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer and begin treatment each year. While the discovery of a positive diagnosis can be difficult, choosing a treatment option doesn't have to...
Cancer rehabilitation can help you recover and tolerate treatment
The bottom line with patients undergoing cancer treatments and in need of cancer rehabilitation is to know yourself and your symptoms. Talk to your doctors, therapists, friends, etc. Develop and keep ...
Mohs micrographic surgery can help treat skin cancer
Ensuring that you are ready for surgery also involves ensuring you are prepared for aftercare. Following your surgeon’s aftercare instructions is important so that you are able to heal properly with...
Advice for getting proton therapy treatment for prostate cancer
Proton therapy can be an ideal treatment for prostate cancer for a patient who is looking to avoid surgery or spare surrounding healthy tissue from damage that might occur during standard radiation tr...
Little known things that can reduce your cancer risk
This may be recommending dramatic changes from normal life, but getting cancer (eventually) is very normal. If you want to reduce risk you have to move from normal to optimal. That’s the science. Ev...
A patient’s survival guide: Prevent medical mistakes and misdiagnosis
The best way to prevent medical errors from happening is to take an active role in your care and the care of your family. Following these tips and being responsible will help to keep you and your fami...
Prevent cervical cancer with early detection and education
Cervical cancer is a preventable disease and is treatable when discovered early on. Regular screening and understanding the symptoms of this disease are the best way to stay healthy. Making sure the w...
Advice on helping a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer
Being there for a loved one with cancer isn’t always easy, but being genuine, caring and thoughtful in your efforts to support them will help make the difference. While there’s no rule book to thi...
Preventing melanoma starts with protecting your skin from UV rays
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so make skin health a priority during all months of the year. It is vital to take the lead in your skin health, educate yourself and your loved ones on sun sa...
Find the right dermatologist to remove precancerous moles
Your skin is the largest organ in the human body. It is the site of the most common type of cancer, skin cancer. Your dermatologist is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat all types of skin disord...
Steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer
Lung cancer can be extremely difficult to detect and treat, which is why it is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. While screening options are limited, it is important to follow up with your...
What to expect and how to prepare for undergoing chemotherapy
Everyone is different, their treatment for cancer is different and they react to chemotherapy differently. Your health care team wants to help you have the best possible experience. Keep them informed...
Advice on treating and managing cervical cancer
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for anyone but now there are treatment options for cervical cancer that are very encouraging. Under the guidance and care of a gynecologic oncologist, women can c...
You can reduce the risk of skin cancer and enjoy the great outdoors
The skin is the largest organ we have so we need to remember to protect it. Most skin cancer can be prevented with proactive protection. Follow this advice for your best chances for preventing melanom...
How to manage lymphedema when undergoing cancer treatments
If you are facing treatment that could harm your lymph nodes, it is good to know that you have resources and qualified experts to help you learn about and manage lymphedema. If you think you may be at...
Stay positive when diagnosed with cervical cancer
After being diagnosed with cervical cancer, it’s essential that you take time to understand your diagnosis, talk to your doctor about treatment options, find systems of support and treat yourself ri...
How to emotionally cope when you are diagnosed with cancer
If you are diagnosed with cancer you must take the time to survey your feelings and see how the diagnosis is really impacting you. Once you understand your feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression, ...
Prepare for surgery by speaking with your anesthesiologist
Remember, your anesthesiologist is most likely a board-certified physician, just as your surgeon is. There’s every reason to entrust your anesthesiologist with your total care. But it’s also smart...

Caring for Aging Parents

Advice for elderly families in transition
Having parents or elders age forces conversations between parents and children around elder’s wishes on housing, care and end of life directives. These can be uncomfortable conversations but are nec...
Help your elderly parent maintain independence with good communication
Many of these suggestions are common themes in successful communication between adults. Mutual respect and courtesy is a must, and developing new skills, along with practice, is a constant. The reward...
Get help caring for an elderly parent with this expert advice
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Get long-term care that is the right fit for your elderly parent
Finding long term care for your loved ones is not something to be taken lightly. There are many options and it’s important to know the wishes of your loved ones and to be informed about the differen...
Discussing difficult life issues with aging family members
Talking with aging family members about difficult life issues is not easy. But mapping out the conversation ahead of time and avoiding major pitfalls can make important family discussions more positiv...
Managing the stress often associated with family caregiving
Reaching out for love and support can be a sure-fire way of sustaining yourself as a caregiver and the well-being of your loved one. When done mindfully, respecting your own needs and preferences, as ...
Minimize the holiday blues for seniors suffering from depression
As a caregiver or family member of a depressed older person, make it your responsibility to get involved. You can make a significant difference and remove or lessen the holiday blues for seniors suffe...
Talk openly by starting a care conversation with aging parents
After conversing with a loved one’s doctor or care provider and determining what type of care center is most appropriate, a family can explore options within their community that fits their budget a...
Preserve the dignity of your elderly parents by caring for their needs
Together we can work toward making a difference in the overall well-being and preservation of dignity of the elders in our communities, who, indeed, are deserving of our care and respect. Help your el...
Navigating the challenges of becoming a caregiver to aging parents
Caring for aging or sick parents can bring rewards, but it also comes with challenges. Take the steps to assist your parents in getting their legal documents in order before caregiving becomes require...
Advice for seniors moving to a smaller home or retirement community
Move while you are the one in charge. If you put in the work up front, during the planning and sorting phase, your move will be much smoother. Let experienced movers, such as Senior Move Managers, ass...
Advice for managing the depression of your aging loved ones
Depression is the most common mental illness affecting seniors, and the signs should not be ignored. In fact, the elderly have the highest rate of suicide out of all age groups. While today’s treatm...
How to best approach your parent on moving into a nursing home
Responding to the needs of aging parents is a difficult and emotional process for everyone. Adult children need to communicate clearly and directly with the parent while being respectful and caring. A...
How to find a good home care agency and stay in your home
Mom and dad have made the decision to stay at home instead of moving to a assisted living facility. You know that in order for them to be safe and comfortable they are going to need assistance. Home C...
Loved ones can help seniors though the progression of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans, and the disease has an impact on the entire family. While adult children become caregivers for aging parents, young children and teens need support...
How to ensure the safety of your aging parents behind the wheel
Aging does not necessarily mean a person's driving days are over. However, it is vital to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road. This begins with learning more about how to detect problems,...
Maximize rewards and minimize stress when caring for aging parents
Having parents age and fail is unsettling emotionally and disruptive in many other ways. Caregiving can be extremely taxing and very tricky to navigate, but it can be deeply rewarding. A major key to ...
How to adapt to the change in lifestyle of your aging parents
Keeping these simple guidelines in mind will not only help improve the relationship you have with your parents, but it will also ease the stress that invariably accompanies changing roles. We all want...
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