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Report: Arizona bucks national autism trend

In late April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released findings showing a 15 percent increase in autism spectrum disorder over previous estimates. But Arizona bucked this trend by reporting a slight decrease.

Wednesday 06/13/2018
Local woman puts creative energy into citywide fitness initiative
Posted: June 13, 2018

Lauren Saks barely breaks a sweat as she jumps and squats while cheering on a panting crowd via her headset. You’d never know the leader of Fall into Fitness, a free group exercise class offered by the city of Phoenix through its FitPHX initiative, once avoided exercise.

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Wednesday 05/16/2018
Valley groups cater to caregivers during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
Posted: May 16, 2018

In 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association designated June Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in order to support those with Alzheimer’s and those caring for them, in addition to promoting early detection. This year, the monthlong observance culminates on the summer solstice, June 21, with The Longest Day, an event offering individuals and groups the opportunity to host private or public events in order to raise money and awareness to support the organization’s continuing service.

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Wednesday 05/09/2018
Valley breast cancer survivor starts support group with Jewish focus
Posted: May 09, 2018

Jessica Knight was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in September 2013. Married to a marine, Knight and her family moved around every couple of years. At the time of her diagnosis. they were living in Vienna, Virginia, and Knight hadn’t yet connected with a synagogue.

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Wednesday 02/28/2018
A colonoscopy is a crystal ball for your health
Posted: February 28, 2018

Have you ever just wished for a crystal ball, an opportunity to peer into the future for a concrete fact to help make a decision? Does this 60-minute window give me enough time to make a connecting flight? Should I travel ahead of schedule based on the weather forecast of treacherous driving conditions?

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
Valley residents get lesson in communicating with loved ones with dementia
Posted: February 07, 2018

When is it OK to lie to someone you love?

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
Stitching a legacy for 43 great-grandchildren
Posted: January 31, 2018

It’s not an unusual sight to see a bubbe sewing, knitting or crocheting a special something for her grandchild. But for Nita Quint, who has 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, sewing personalized fabrics for them is an extraordinary feat of patience.

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Holocaust survivor still runs family business
Posted: January 31, 2018

At the age of 90, Suzy Ressler still comes into work every day.She owns Mrs. Ressler’s Food Products, which she founded in 1954 with her husband, Emerich, soon after they arrived to the United States. They started with only one employee by selling chopped liver and, in the decades since, expanded to selling more than 50 kinds of meat and employing more than 100 workers.

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Johns Hopkins dementia study aims to improve quality of life
Posted: January 31, 2018

Today, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. About 80 percent live at home and are cared for by about 15 million unpaid, informal caregivers — often spouses or adult children. And while impacts on patients include medical and psychological problems, reduced quality of life and high costs for care, impacts on caregivers can be severe.

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
Granddaughter opens assisted living facility to get it right for Nana
Posted: January 31, 2018

Jesse and Shira Charyn decided to open their own assisted living home, Shalom Home, after watching Shira’s grandmother, Clara Esther Shinder, move from one facility to the next, never receiving the care or attention she needed.

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Heart health and gender bias
Posted: January 31, 2018

If my 20-year-old self could see me now — living in the Valley of the Sun, where it is bathing suit season 10 months of the year, and surrounded by women ... Wait, let me explain.

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
Congregation gives previously owned medical gear new life
Posted: January 03, 2018

Congregation Kehillah’s Helping Hearts and Hands Committee recently started a program to help congregants share previously owned medical equipment.

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Wednesday 12/27/2017
New group expands cancer support safety net
Posted: December 27, 2017

From the fear and endless jargon to the paperwork and financial questions, being diagnosed with cancer is an overwhelming experience. Creating a support and information network is often an important first step, and now Valley cancer patients and their families have one additional resource to turn to.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
Whole Foods, The J team up for nutrition education
Posted: October 04, 2017

The Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) and Whole Foods are teaming up to offer free nutritional shopping tours to help educate people about the benefits of eating organic and whole foods.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
Memory Cafes offer window into the past, community and doo-wop dancing
Posted: September 20, 2017

When Janet Arnold, the Creative Aging coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS), showed up for a Memory Cafe event in Surprise, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But it turned out to be an emotional experience.

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Genetic testing emphasized during Tay-Sachs Awareness Month
Posted: September 20, 2017

For parents, there is nothing more painful than watching their newborn baby suffer and being powerless to help.

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Wednesday 08/30/2017
It’s time for a digital detox
Posted: August 30, 2017

Raise your right hand (put your smartphone down first) and repeat after me: “I am ready for a digital detox.”

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Wednesday 08/16/2017
Four great ways to get connected and engaged with your community
Posted: August 16, 2017

Social interaction is part of being a happy, healthy human being. But all too often, we get caught up with family and work. We forget to go outside and get connected to our neighbors.

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
Seniors face extra dangers during Arizona summer
Posted: August 02, 2017

When it comes to weather, Minnesota is the opposite of Arizona. In the depths of winter, Minnesota residents hunker down in their homes and wait for the spring thaw to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, here in Arizona, we hunker down in the summer months when temperatures can get as high as 120 degrees and wait for the coolness of fall and winter. One thing both places have in common, though, is that extreme temperatures can take a toll on older adults.

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A new home for a new phase in life
Posted: August 02, 2017

It’s tough to see Mom and Dad moving into the stage of life where they need additional care. But just because they’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to “put them in a home.”

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Valley synagogues challenged to go vegan
Posted: July 26, 2017

The Valley could have one of the first synagogues in the nation to go vegan.

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Program will teach people with special needs to cook healthy
Posted: July 19, 2017

Thanks to seed funding from a Phoenix-based natural and organic food store chain, adults with autism and other neuro-diversities will be able to take cooking classes to help them eat healthy.

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Keep children physically active in the summer
Posted: July 19, 2017

During the summer when temperatures are high, children’s levels of physical activity can drop, which can have several negative effects.

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Wednesday 07/05/2017
Duet offers a variety of support groups for caregivers
Posted: July 05, 2017

The interfaith organization Duet: Partners in Health & Aging, provides a number of support groups across the Valley to caregivers that are specific to their needs.

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Food for thought
Posted: July 05, 2017

If you can finish this advertising jingle — “When it says Libby’s, Libby’s, Libby’s on the label, label, label, you will...” — you are most likely a baby boomer and can remember canned mush posing as vegetables that you could not even get the dog to eat.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
Caregiver mentor program seeks volunteers
Posted: June 28, 2017

Duet: Partners in Health & Aging, a nonprofit interfaith organization, will hold a training session for its caregiver-to-caregiver mentor program noon-4 p.m. Monday, July 3, at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.

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The World Egg Bank balances infertility, egg donations and Jewish law
Posted: June 28, 2017

The first mitzvah in the Torah is “to be fruitful and multiply.” Yet, throughout the Bible there are stories of women dealing with infertility; three of the four matriarchs had infertility struggles. But today’s technology offers hope to all women who are having difficulty conceiving.

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
Discover the healing power of expressing gratitude
Posted: June 14, 2017

Six months ago, when Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, it is likely that most of us acknowledged the blessings of a good life. At the midway mark, I ask you, how often have you expressed gratitude since then? According to a 2011 Harvard Mental Health Letter, people who routinely express gratitude sleep better, go to the doctor less often and show less depressive symptoms. It is amazing how many positive correlates there are to gratitude. So many, in fact, that you’d think we’d all be chasing after it all the time. So why aren’t we?

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Israeli researchers develop new treatment for ALS patients
Posted: June 07, 2017

Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) announced the development of a new treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Naturopathic center offers alternative treatment methods
Posted: June 07, 2017

The Arizona Natural Health Center’s signature Heal & VibeOnLife system was designed to address the six major pillars that govern health, according to the center. These include nutrition, fitness, sleep, stress management, detoxification, and community and social support.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Better hearing, mental health care should be made available to all
Posted: May 17, 2017

With more than 1 million individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in Arizona and more than 48 million nationwide, it is natural to assume that access to quality health care for those with a hearing loss would be the same as for those whose hearing is intact. The reality is that it is not. May is both Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) and Mental Health Month (MHM), and together, both causes connect on an important issue within the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Aging today: Playlists in the key of life
Posted: May 03, 2017

“Miracles” by Jefferson Starship, “Beautiful Day” by U2 and “Promised Land” by the Boss (Bruce Springsteen) are just three of the songs on my “Favorite Songs of All Time” playlist. I started making this playlist after seeing the 2014 documentary, “Alive Inside.” The film details the healing power of music by following the journey of social worker Dan Cohen as he delivered pre-loaded iPods with personalized music to nursing home residents.

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Tips to help care for parents suffering from a chronic illness
Posted: May 03, 2017

It’s not easy seeing your parent suffer through a long-term chronic illness. It is even harder for them to go through it. As you begin your caregiving journey, remember these tips.

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Writer David Sheff honored by American Society of Addiction Medicine
Posted: April 19, 2017

Acclaimed writer and former Scottsdale resident David Sheff is the recipient of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 2017 Media Award.

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