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Things I Wish I Knew as a Caregiver

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You can never be fully prepared to take on the role of a caregiver. Whether it is caring for an elderly adult in your life or a child with special needs, you will need to be able to face the challenges of caregiving on a regular basis. At the same time, you should know that there...
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How to Be an Effective Caregiver

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It only took one diagnosis for my life to be completely altered. The first time I heard that my father was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy I knew immediately that everything else was going to be put on hold so that I could be there for him. I packed up my bags and moved back...
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Best Ways to Stay Happy and Healthy as You Age

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Taking care of yourself is a continuously evolving strategy—there’s no right way to do it. Your needs change over time so it’s natural to adjust the way you stay happy and healthy over time. One of the most important factors in this process is to remain self-aware of your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. Once...
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Difficult Decisions: What to Do After a Terminal Diagnosis

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Being diagnosed with a terminal illness changes everything in an instant. Priorities immediately shift, questions about insurance and your estate arise, and final dispositions must be made for end-of-life care and funeral arrangements. If you’re too ill to take on these tasks yourself, it'll be necessary to call on a spouse, friend, or family member...
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What You May Not Know About Mesothelioma

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Healthy Lung Month, observed each October, reminds us how important our lung health is and how lung diseases affect millions of Americans. For those with mesothelioma, October means something extra special. Asbestos diseases are more rare than other common lung diseases and are much more difficult to diagnose. Although more rare, mesothelioma is equally as...
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A Special Night Out

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It was an exciting game. The Dean E. Smith Center was a sea of Carolina blue and the men’s basketball team didn’t disappoint. Together with more than 20,000 other fans we cheered the Tar Heels on to victory.  Final score: UNC 83, Notre Dame 66. But what I was most impressed with was the family...
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