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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.

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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Digital Distractions: Phubbing

Ask the Experts by Dr. Lori Warner

Q: My husband told me I'm "phubbing" him. What does he mean??

A: The term Phubber combines "phone" and "snubber". But are you a Phubber?

Let's find out - here are a few of the indicators. Do you:

  • Check your phone during meals with others?
  • Check your phone during a lull in the conversation?
  • Glance often at your phone while talking to someone?
  • Place your cell phone where you can see it when with others?

Read more: Digital Distractions: Phubbing


Online College Search Tools

Ask the Experts by Milissa Pierce, MA, LPC

Q: What are some good online tools to help with my college search?

A: There are many easy-to-use and useful tools that parents and students can use to aid in their college search. Most are free of charge and many will often help you personalize your search.

In the Grosse Pointe Public School system we use a tool called NAVIANCE which is an all-in-one tool that can not only help students search for colleges, but also compare themselves to other students ...

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