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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.

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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Social Security Benefit Questions Answered

Ask the Experts by Matthew Swegles

Q: Can a newly divorced client who is 50 yrs. old, has not worked in 15 years or more, her ex owns a small company and takes a small salary, file to get some sort of benefit under his Social Security benefits now or at age 62 etc.? Will it affect his or her regular SS benefit later at retirement? How does that feature work if she wants more income eventually?

A: First, your client is not eligible to receive Social Security benefits until age 62 with an exception ...

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About Hybrid Long-term Care Policies

Ask the Experts by Dan H. Tripp, CLU

Q: I keep hearing about a "hybrid" form of long-term care insurance.  What is this and should I consider it?

A: Basically, a hybrid long-term care policy is life insurance with a long-term care rider. The rider allows the policy owner to use the death benefit to pay for any expenses related to long-term care.

Developed in the early 2000's as an alternative to traditional policies, hybrids offered guarantee premiums. Many traditional policies, due to ...

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Time Mastery for Moms

Ask the Experts by Charmaine Johnson-Fuller

Q: How do I create the perfect schedule to make sure I have enough time for it all without feeling like a zombie at day's end?

A: Well first of all, there is no such thing as a perfect schedule. Relax.

In being a SAHM (stay at home mom) and Mompreneur (mom entrepreneur) I had to learn that not every day will look the same. The schedule I had for Monday might not work on Tuesday. I had to learn to be flexible with myself, my business and my family. ...

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is Your Loved One Considering Suicide? Warning Signs to Look For

Ask the Experts by Gigi Colombini, LMSW - Kevin's Song

In the US, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, accounting for 44,193 fatalities in 2015, the most recent year data is available. For youth aged 10-24, it is the 2nd leading cause of death. Each day, 121 people die from suicide, yet still most people have little or no idea what is needed to help when someone may be experiencing a suicidal crisis.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, research based estimates suggest ...

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The Tragedy of Suicide

Ask the Experts by Megan Gunnell, LMSW, MT-BC - Psychotherapist

Yesterday a student at my son's high school went to school in the morning, sat through all his AM classes, left campus for lunch and committed suicide.  An absolutely unthinkable tragedy for his family and those who knew and loved him.

The principal shared the news with the student body sending shock waves from room to room. Kids were sobbing in the halls, hugging each other as they left school for the day in a shocked and saddened ...

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The Bridge Between Suicide and Life

The Family Center wishes to share a powerful message about suicide that is presented in this very special TED Talk. See the Video here >

From TED: "For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken - and listened - to standing on the edge of life.

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Teens & Screens: Locked Into an Online World

Ask the Experts by Nicole Runyon

Q: I am witnessing my teenage son experience emotional problems and I think his screen is the culprit. I would like to remove the screen from his life in order for him to reset and get back to himself. However, I worry that he will be disconnected from his friends and risk feeling lonely and alienated. How do I help him find a balance?

A: This is a common issue among parents who are worried that screens are creating a situation for their children to be locked ...

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Raising Young Men and Women in a Culture of Sexual Assault

Ask the Experts by Peter Henry and Mary Petersen

Q: With so much sexual assault rampant these days, I worry about raising teenagers in our society. How can you help me?

A: Human beings have lived in a culture of sexual assault for centuries. What’s different today is that we talk about it more, and thus we have a better chance to help our children consciously break the cycle.

Young men and women are in a particularly vulnerable position. They’re learning about themselves and how ...

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