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The Family Center: Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

Serving our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.

Finding the Best College for Your Academic and Financial Situation

Ask the Experts by Harry H. Gemuend, III

Q: I know there are many things to consider, but what would you say are the top two factors to consider prior to my child applying to college?

A: Finding the best fit for your son or daughters social and academic needs is difficult. Couple that with several myths surrounding affordability (i.e. out of state being too expensive, eligibility of financial aid) and the process becomes even more frustrating.

Academic preparedness and positioning your family'...

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Helping Children Improve Language Skills in Social Situations

Ask the Experts by Michelle Harr and Amy McIntyre

Q: My son does well when he is with his speech therapist, but doesn't seem to be able to manage his communication disability in social situations. How can I help him?

A: This can be frustrating but hang in there! Children first need to master goals in an individual setting and then begin to transfer these skills into other environments. Often children need some assistance in transferring these skills into social situations, as well as a number ...

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Help for Caregivers: the Creating Confident Caregivers Program

Ask the Experts by Carolyn Van Dorn

Q: I am taking care of my aging mother who has dementia and have been feeling overwhelmed and anxious - like I'm not doing things right. What might be available to people in my situation that could help me feel secure in taking care of her?

A: Yours is a very common reaction. Most people in your stage of life worry about giving their parents the best possible care, just as your parents likely did when you were growing up.

Many communities have options - through ...

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Groups for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Ask the Experts by Maurya Kay

Q: My son recently told us he was gay. My husband and I are very supportive and accepting, but would like to know what groups might be available to him/us as we move together on this path?

A: As we discover that our children will evolved and be shaped differently than we might have imagined, we can sometimes fear we might all be judged by our community to be an "other" rather than "one of us." This may be a reason many individuals struggle with their own, their ...

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Is "Life Insurance for Less" Really a Good Deal?

Ask the Experts by Dan H. Tripp CLU

Q: I've seen several ads for touting life insurance for less if I call an 800 number. I know I need life insurance, but is this the way I should go?

A: My initial response to this question is that you should do what is the most comfortable or convenient for you. If you don't have the time or the inclination to meet with an agent, then perhaps this is for you.

But before you do, here are some things to consider:

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Refocus and Improve Your Mood

Ask the Experts by Marla Ruhana

Q: I often feel depressed as I don't seem to have enough time to complete projects or be with family and friends. I'm drawn to social media and worry I'm missing out. How can I refocus?

A: This is a real problem for many. Sadly, social media often consumes too much of our time.

Insignificant distractions can do irreversible damage. The key is learning to manage our distractions by implementing increased focus and self-awareness.

Technology can become a rut, a ...

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Social Isolation in Seniors

Ask the Experts by Kris Scarfone and Kristin Whitney

Q: With summer upon us I feel as though my mother needs to get out of the house more often and possibly go on a vacation. She seems to staying home more, putting off dinner invitations and saying "no" to social engagements. What can I do to help?

A: Identify reasons why your mother may be isolating herself and commit to encouraging and helping her get out of the house to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Schedule an appointment with your ...

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EMDR Therapy Can Reduce the Trauma of Bad Memories

Ask the Experts by Rebecca L. Palen

Q: The other day one of my friends told me about a therapy called EMDR that helps you when you feel stuck inside really bad memories. What is EMDR?

A:  Memories have a huge influence on the quality of our lives. We are wired for survival and use our past experiences to help us navigate through life. Many of us experience anxiety, depression, addictions, PTSD and more, as a direct result of unresolved bad memories. Sometimes we know what caused them, sometimes ...

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Anxiety – normal or not?

Ask the Experts by Christina Zachar, M.D.

Q: My daughter is away from home in her first year of college and is having what I think are signs of anxiety. She has started calling home frequently, is having a lot of physical symptoms and frequent crying spells. What is normal and what may be a sign of something more serious?

A: Anxiety is something we can all relate to. We can react to stress in physical and emotional ways. Anxiety Disorders include panic attacks, excessive worry, phobias, fear ...

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Hearing Protection is Essential - and Easy to Use

Ask the Experts by Lynn Shawl

Q: When should I be wearing ear protection?

A: Auto racing has grown into one of North America's favorite summer pastimes. Unfortunately, it might be the most dangerous pastimes for our hearing.

A researcher from the University of Texas Austin attended a Formula 1 Grand Prix with a sound-level meter in hand. He measured noise at three locations within 25 feet of the track. He found the cars produced up to 8,500% of the daily allowed noise dosage established by ...

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Navigating the Advance Funeral Planning Process

Ask the Experts by Jon O'Hara

Q: When completing my advance funeral plan, are there any additional considerations to further help my family at the time of my passing?

A: There are many important considerations while navigating the advance funeral planning process, but one recent change in Michigan stands out.

An important law was passed last year to make things a bit easier when a death occurs for Michigan families. The Michigan Public Act 57 of 2016, which became effective June 27, 2016, allows ...

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Be Vigilant About Signs of Suicide

Ask the Experts by Megan Gunnell, LMSW

Q: I've been hearing more and more about suicide recently, both in our community and nationwide. Is there a trend in the spring? What are the warning signs I should be looking out for and what can we do as a community?

A: A recent publication on health.com stated: "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates spike in the spring and to a lesser extent in the fall - not around the holidays as everyone suspects. And suicides in ...

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Reflective Listening Helps Parents Communicate with Children

Ask the Experts by Teresa Sandner

Q: Why do I have to tell my children something ten times and then threaten them with punishment before they actually do what I say?"

A: Most children tune out because they don't feel listened to or we say way too much.

Reflective listening is a way to let children know their feelings are being heard and understood. I-Messages are a way to let children know how their behavior affects us without shaming or blaming which helps to create an atmosphere of mutual ...

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