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Are You Doing Doctor Appointments Right?

Navigating the medical system can be a daunting process. It’s challenging enough to find any doctor with openings, let alone a good doctor. And the internet isn’t always much help.
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April 9, 2018

Why Your Funeral Director Will Likely Be Female

Funeral director Jan Smith of Flanner Buchanan in Indianapolis guides a casket into a hearse. [Photo credit: courtesy of Jan Smith][/caption]By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueJan Smith was in the final semester of her training to be a funeral director when her 8-year-old nephew died after a heart transplant.
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March 26, 2018

5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family Leave

On the federal law's 25th anniversary, who can't take the leave and what lies ahead? [Photo credit: Adobe Stock][/caption]By Diane Harris for Next AvenueThis week marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work to care for a new child or sick relative or to manage their own serious medical condition without fear of losing their job. The biggest cause for celebration, however, isn’t for what the law has accomplished over the past quarter century, but rather what may come next.
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March 2, 2018

A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About

You’re sitting down to enjoy a nice steak at your favorite restaurant, maybe sipping a little wine. Suddenly a piece of meat gets stuck in your throat. It’s not enough to block your breathing, so you’re not quite choking —but you also can’t get it down. You excuse yourself and go to the restroom, hoping you can dislodge the food by either coughing it up, inducing vomiting or drinking water.
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January 7, 2018

The Long-Term Care Benefit Many Veterans Are Missing Out On

How to find out if you or your spouse qualify for this long-term care benefit [Photo credit: Adobe Stock][/caption]By Joan Lunden for Next AvenueWhen my mom’s dementia no longer made it possible for her to live alone, I began searching for an assisted living community. After I started working with an adviser from A Place for Mom — the senior-living referral service where I’m now a spokeswoman — I learned that my mother was eligible to receive Veterans Administration (VA) benefits that would help offset the costs of her care.
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December 27, 2017
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