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Choose a Nursing Home Wisely.

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When choosing a nursing home for a loved one, it is important to find the right fit both personally and financially. The National Institute of Aging recommends the following: determine what’s most important for your loved one, such as nursing care, meals, physical therapy, hospice care, or special-care services; ask for recommendations from friends, relatives, healthcare providers, social workers, and religious groups; inquire about the cost of each facility and how many people live there; and meet with the facility ...

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Talking To Children About Divorce.

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When it comes to divorce, it’s important to be open and honest with children. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following suggestions for divorcing parents: keep communication clear and simple; do not promote the idea that the divorce is the child’s fault or that the child can help rectify the situation; reassure the child that they will be safe; mention that mom and dad will both be happier; and emphasize that there will be two homes in which the ...

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Get Healthy.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommends the following to achieve a healthier lifestyle: don’t smoke or abuse drugs; limit alcohol intake; make healthy food choices; exercise regularly; maintain a healthy weight; manage your blood pressure; get enough sleep; and maintain a strong relationship with your healthcare provider and ask your them about any health concerns.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, January 2018

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Start Brushing Habits Early.

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To instill lifelong habits to protect one’s smile, experts recommend that tooth brushing begin early in childhood. To accomplish this, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises the following: wipe your baby’s gums with a soft, clean washcloth; never give your baby a bottle in the crib; introduce solid healthy food choices to avoid tooth decay; brush your child’s teeth twice daily until the age of three using a smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice; and children ...

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Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression triggered by decreased exposure to daylight, which makes it more common in winter months. Common symptoms include feeling down, having low energy, sleeping a lot, and craving sweet or starchy foods. To help manage SAD, the National Sleep Foundation suggests the following: expose yourself to more daylight by going for a walk outside during the day or buy an artificial light source that mimics sunlight; consume a healthy diet; stay active ...

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