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Are You Doing Doctor Appointments Right?

Navigating the medical system can be a daunting process. It’s challenging enough to find any doctor with openings, let alone a good doctor. And the internet isn’t always much help.
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April 9, 2018

Why Your Funeral Director Will Likely Be Female

Jan Smith was in the final semester of her training to be a funeral director when her 8-year-old nephew died after a heart transplant. Her family’s heartbreak deepened her understanding of the value of the work she was preparing for. “I was able to be an observer of how my profession can help a family with a traumatic experience like the loss of a young child. I saw what a difference we make with creating that meaningful last experience,” said Smith, of Indianapolis.
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March 26, 2018

5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family Leave

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work to care for a new child or sick relative or to manage their own serious medical condition without fear of losing their job. The biggest cause for celebration, however, isn’t for what the law has accomplished over the past quarter century, but rather what may come next.
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March 2, 2018

A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About

By Linda Melone, CSCS for Next Avenue You’re sitting down to enjoy a nice steak at your favorite restaurant, maybe sipping a little wine. Suddenly a piece of meat gets stuck in your throat. It’s not enough to block your breathing, so you’re not quite choking —but you also can’t get it down. You excuse yourself and go to the restroom, hoping you can dislodge the food by either coughing it up, inducing vomiting or drinking water.
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January 7, 2018

The Long-Term Care Benefit Many Veterans Are Missing Out On

By Joan Lunden for Next Avenue When my mom’s dementia no longer made it possible for her to live alone, I began searching for an assisted living community. After I started working with an adviser from A Place for Mom — the senior-living referral service where I’m now a spokeswoman — I learned that my mother was eligible to receive Veterans Administration (VA) benefits that would help offset the costs of her care.
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December 27, 2017
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