Beth Walsh-Sahutske, vice president, The Family Center, addresses more than 200 attendees at the organization's annual fundraiser, HOLLYFEST, last Thursday at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. "The Family Center provides resources for life's issues at all ages and stages," said Walsh-Sahutske. "Our winter, 2018 free programming includes technology in the classroom, dementia, empathy in our youth, the role family plays in recovery and many more topics. As a mom and a school counselor, I see the need for information on these important and emerging topics every day."

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Set the Right Tone when Talking with Your Teen

Ask the Experts by Lisa Kalinski

Q: I am worried that I am not setting the right tone in my home for open communication. I have a 13-year-old and hope that I'm not too late to change that as she moves further into the teen years?

A: It's not too late to work one better communication and trust with your children. We have a system called pro-active parenting that includes these seven key behaviors:

  1. Show interest in their activities, likes and dislikes
  2. Listen carefully to what your child says ...

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Get the Right Boot for Winter

Ask the Experts by David Gilboe

Q: With the winter fast-approaching, I worry about my parents walking on the snow and ice. Do you have any tips for getting them good boots that help with their stability?

A: You are right to be concerned as we all need to exercise caution when we're walking on slippery surfaces. Just like our vehicles need good tires to weather the challenges of winter, so do our feet.

A good pair of boots give us stability, keep us firmly connected to the ground, and offer ...

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On the Front Lines of Alzheimer's & Dementia

Ask the Experts by The Family Center

A special Ask the Experts interview with documentary film director, Keith Famie

On December 6, 2017, The Family Center, in partnership with The War Memorial, Grosse Pointe News, Grosse Pointe Magazine and producer/director Keith Famie, will be showing a special long-format trailer for the upcoming documentary film in production "On the Front Lines of Alzheimer's & Dementia." Mr. Famie spoke with us about the film and the devastating illness it highlights....

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What to Look for in Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage Plans

Ask the Experts by Dan H. Tripp CLU

Q: I'll be turning 65 in a few months. I keep hearing about Medicare Supplement plans and Medicare Advantage plans. What should I look for?

A: The first thing you need to know is if you are within 3 months of turning 65 or turned 65 less than 3 months ago, you are in the "open enrollment" period, meaning you are guaranteed coverage regardless of your health. You have a 7-month window to get Medicare without having to answer any health questions. Don't wait; ...

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Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Ask the Experts by Dr. Banu Kumar

Q: How can I tell the difference between a cold or the flu in my child? When should I be concerned?

A: As a parent, your first goal is always to get your child comfortable when they aren't feeling well. Then you begin to question how serious is this? Has anyone else been sick lately? Is this the flu or just a cold?

It can be difficult to tell the difference, because flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses. They can have the same sore throat, ...

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