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What you need to know about sickle cell disease

October 11, 2018

Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that’s passed down from parents to their kids. Babies are born with sickle cell disease when they inherit 2 abnormal genes (one from each parent). These genes cause the body’s red blood cells to change shape. What sickle cell disease does to the blood Instead of moving through… [Read More]

Choosing the best assisted living facility for your loved one

October 11, 2018

With the array of assisted living facilities available throughout the United States, the sheer amount of choices can seem overwhelming; however, making the right choice is made easier when you start the search prepared. Think of the process in three steps: • Decide what you need • Find locations that match your needs • Evaluate… [Read More]

Alzheimer’s disease: black Americans are hardest hit

October 4, 2018

As the aging population continues to grow, so will the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and worse yet, Blacks will be hit hardest. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, an estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and 1.1 million of them are Black Americans. Alzheimer’s disease is currently ranked as… [Read More]

Transitioning your workout from outdoor to indoor

September 27, 2018

By: Jasmine Danielle Well, that was fun. Summer is fleeting and the temperature is dropping. This means that you’re either prepping your cold weather gear for outdoor workouts or trying to figure out how to bring those workouts indoors. The best thing about warm weather is having a number of workout options, but when living… [Read More]

Relatives, friends can provide care to Family Care members through self-directed supports program

September 27, 2018

When Josephine Ivy has her hair brushed by her in-home personal care worker, it’s done with love. That’s because Ivy’s caregiver is her daughter, Unity Brown, who is a paid caregiver for her mother 22 hours a week. She does this through a Family Care program known as Self- Directed Supports, in which Family Care… [Read More]

Fall is coming! #ANewSeason: Week4 – eat healthy! (cont’d)

September 20, 2018

The Counseling Corner By Rev. Judith T. Lester, B.Min. M.Th “Somewhere along the way, I realized that the new year doesn’t begin for me in January. The new and fresh has always come for me in the Fall. Ironically, as leaves are falling like rain, crunching beneath my feet with finality, I am vibrating with… [Read More]

Three healthy ways to get the most out of your trips

September 20, 2018

Whether you are planning a local staycation, cross-country family getaway, or even an international excursion, for most Americans the summer and holiday months are full of travel. In fact more than half of Americans report that they intend to vacation in July, followed in quantity by August, June and September. With so many of us… [Read More]

Six ways to boost your energy without caffeine

September 13, 2018

Just can’t say no to Starbucks? Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this caffeinated battle. According to a research study, more than 85 percent of American adults consume some form of caffeine daily, with 164 mg a day being the average. Furthermore, at least 68 million Americans drink three cups of coffee every single day… [Read More]

Children and mental health: What can you do to help your child?

September 13, 2018

By: Priscilla Q. Williams, RN Author, Speaker, Certified Life Coach, Global Nurse According to the Children’s Mental Health Report, mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood. An estimated 17.1 million children have or have had a psychiatric disorder more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. This is… [Read More]

Healthy eyes for back to school

September 6, 2018

By Dr. Linda Chous Chief Eye Care Officer, United Healthcare Back-to-school season is in full swing and an ideal time to get your child’s eyes checked. Good eye health is important, in part because 80 percent of what children learn is through their eyes. The American Optometric Association recommends that a child’s first comprehensive eye… [Read More]