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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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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