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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.

Know the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women

Ask the Experts by Dr. Joan Crawford, DO

Q: I was surprised to learn that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. How are the signs and symptoms different for women than men?

A: You're not alone. According to an American Heart Association survey, only 45% of U.S. women know that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer. About 400,000 women died from cardiovascular disease in 2016.

The signs and symptoms of coronary heart disease are different in women than in ...

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Raising Empathic Children in a Disconnected Age

Ask the Experts by Bart Bronk

Q: I'm worried about the considerable amount of time my teenager spends staring at her phone, but I also recognize what a powerful tool technology can be. What are long-term impacts should I consider?

A: You are certainly not alone in your anxiety about screen time. Common Sense Media, a leading nonprofit dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, reports that the average teen today spends an incredible 6.5 hours per day staring at a portable ...

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Caring for a Parent with Dementia

Ask the Exerts by Barbara Roden

Q: My mom was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's -type dementia. She lives alone, so when I visit she is always very excited to see me. Over the course of my visits, she keeps repeating herself over and over. I tell her she's already told me that, but then a little while later, she tells me again! How can I help her memory so she doesn't keep repeating everything?

A: Unfortunately, you won't be able to "help" her memory. It is a physical change, and currently ...

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Program Offerings from The Family Center

Ask the Experts 1/18/18 

Q. I'm hoping to take advantage of the enrichment and educational programs offered by organizations in our community. Where can I find opportunities to do that?

A: The Grosse Pointe community has a number of helpful organizations that offer various types of enrichment and educational programs throughout the year. You will have no trouble finding something that fits into your schedule and your interest.

In addition to The Family Center, The War Memorial, Grosse ...

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Manage Sobriety by Avoiding Relapse Triggers

Ask the Experts by Marilyn Spiller

Q: I have been in recovery from substance abuse for almost a year now. I constantly worry about maintaining my sobriety and want to know how to deal with triggers that I encounter?

A: A trigger is an event that gives someone the perceived justification to return to addictive behavior. These can be internal or external, and both can be equally disturbing to your new sober lifestyle.

In early recovery, it's best to avoid situations that can be a trigger. If ...

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