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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.

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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