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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Raising Young Men and Women in a Culture of Sexual Assault

Ask the Experts by Mary Petersen

Q: With so much sexual assault rampant these days, I worry about raising teenagers in our society.  How can you help me?

A: Human beings have lived in a culture of sexual assault for centuries. What's different today is that we talk about it more, and thus we have a better chance to help our children consciously break the cycle.

Young men and women are in a particularly vulnerable position: they are innocently growing into developing adult bodies and minds.&...

Read more: Raising Young Men and Women in a Culture of Sexual Assault


Reduce Inflammation with Better Food Choices

Ask the Experts by Stephanie Popso

Q: What can I do to reduce inflammation in my body?

A: Surface level inflammation is commonly described as pain, heat, swelling and redness. Below the surface, inflammation develops without pain and can lead to obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

There are many causes of inflammation including diet, stressors, environment, physical injury, environmental factors and genetics.

Diet and stressors are the contributing factors that are the easiest to ...

Read more: Reduce Inflammation with Better Food Choices


Recognizing and Preventing Delirium in People with Dementia

Ask the Experts by Christine P. Chelladurai, D.O.

Q: My husband has dementia, and we are adjusting to his normal decline. I have also heard about something called delirium that affects dementia patients. What is it and what should I know to look for?

A: Delirium is a brain disorder that causes a worsening state of confusion usually due to one or more inciting factors.  People who have delirium have trouble paying attention, orientation (knowing where they are or what day it is) and fluctuating ...

Read more: Recognizing and Preventing Delirium in People with Dementia


Help for Seasonal Allergies

Ask the Experts by Milind Pansare, M.D.

Q: My son has seasonal allergies and this year has been particularly rough for him. What are some things I can do at home to help alleviate his symptoms?

A: According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children and adolescents. Asthma is also a major cause of hospitalization in children and the leading cause of school absenteeism.

The most effective ways to treat allergies are avoidance, ...

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Children with Autism or Special Needs Face Greater Risk of Bullying in School

Ask the Experts by Kristy Piana Schena

Q: With so much focus on anti-bullying in the media today, I am surprised by a recent statistic I just heard - that nearly 1 in 4 students report being bullied during the school year. That number is even greater for students diagnosed with Autism or students with special needs. What can we do as parents on a local level?

A: We can begin by teaching our children at an early age that not everyone learns the same way. It is our job as parents to help our ...

Read more: Children with Autism or Special Needs Face Greater Risk of Bullying in School


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