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Substance use disorder issue for older adults

A gentleman fell on ice. He spent several hours at the emergency room to assure that he was not seriously injured. The injuries proved to be minor but painful. The ER doctor prescribed medication for the pain. The man requested Vicodin, an opioid. His wife worried about him taking the ...

Addiction can happen to anyone

What do you want to know about drug and alcohol use? What do you needto know? You can find a thorough resource about the effects of addiction on the brain at https://teens.,drugabuse.gov/teens/drug-facts. Youth — indeed everyone – needs to be educated about drug and alcohol use and ...

Combating symptoms of Sundowning

Sundowning, or Sundown Syndrome, is a condition affecting older adults in which they may become agitated, aggressive or confused as natural sunlight starts to fade at the end of the day. While it is primarily found in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, it can occur ...

Feelings: Don’t ignore yours

In writing about feelings, E.G. Wishart says, “If we want to be loved, we must reveal ourselves. If we want to love someone, they must allow us to know them.” This profound thought strikes fear in the hearts of people who have been conditioned to believe they are unworthy, who have been ...

Recovery journey: The Twelve Steps

This may read like an American history lesson. There are valuable pieces of life’s puzzle in those lessons. So many students have never been able to grasp the need to know about things that happened so very long ago. How could those things possibly hold any value now? Please read on. Betty ...

Sleep — it’s good for your health

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep. But as we get older, many adults find a restful night’s sleep harder and harder to come by. The physical changes that accompany aging, coupled with changes in our habits and medication, often lead to difficulty falling or staying asleep. In fact, studies ...

Can Ohio’s electricity market become competitive again?

Americans keep hearing bold claims about wind and solar power. Advocates say wind and solar are growing more affordable, and are cheaper than natural gas or coal. But much of that advantage actually comes from significant taxpayer support. And without such hefty subsidies, a different picture ...

Looking back at the 2019 accomplishments

The new year is a time to look back on the accomplishments of 2019 and look forward into the new year. Reflecting back on 2019, I’m really proud of the work my team and I have done in Congress to help Ohioans and their families.  Despite the partisanship and media focus on impeachment, ...

Back to normal

Making that 180-degree turn to “normal” after the holidays may be a bit challenging. First we have to understand what “normal” is, and depending on the culture or society in which we live, that definition varies. “Normal” in the 17thcentury meant “forming a right angle, done ...

Resolve to rediscover yourself in 2020

You made your list, checked it twice for naughty and nice. Christmas 2019 is tucked away in personal journals and history books. Your thoughts may now be on New Year’s resolutions … ways in which you want to make a few changes in your way of life. The changes can be looked at as ...

Make sure medications don’t hurt you

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

A word of thanks from the FRC

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. It is that time of year when I take the helm of this column to personally wish each and every one of you a very special holiday season. It is also my time to say “Thank You” for all of your support shown the Family Recovery Center and its ...

Healthy Holiday eating tips from SRMC

SALEM –The holiday season can be a challenge for anyone trying to eat responsibly. With a little forethought and planning, however, you can still enjoy your favorite foods of the season. Food is generally the center of many social gatherings especially around the holidays. There are ...

It begins with you

As you go about with your plans for the holidays, there is a gift that you can give yourself because it begins with you and spreads to others. It is the gift of self-love. Self-love is not a selfish kind of love, the kind associated with narcissism, but is self-respect, confidant that no matter ...

Holiday blues may lead to depression

It’s normal for most of us to get a little melancholy over the holidays. As we reflect on the year gone by and those family and friends no longer here to celebrate with us, it’s not unusual to feel the “holiday blues” set in. The stress of rushing to find that perfect gift, coupled with ...

Tis the season to be jolly

Some regional radio stations have been playing Christmas music for a month. A few Christmas trees have been in evidence. Christmas merchandise has been on display since before Halloween. And that seemed to some of us to be jumping the gun a bit. Now, these few days into December, everyone is ...

Learn to avoid the Alzheimer triggers

The changes in mood and personality that accompany Alzheimer’s can be especially devastating for those caring for loved ones with the disease. The physical changes to the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease can lead to intensified feelings of anger and aggression in some people or can ...

What happens to the children?

Our region has recognized the realities of the opioid epidemic, and that it spreads across the country, not just in our area. There has been a lot of discussion about overdose deaths and Naloxone. But how much discussion have you heard about the effects of the opioid epidemic on the children, ...

Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to fuel rise of China

When U.S. taxpayers send their hard-earned money to the government, they shouldn't worry that it's being used to fuel economic and military growth in China. But that's exactly what's happening today. Every year, more than $150 billion in U.S. taxpayer money goes toward cutting-edge research ...

Fun, friends, and food safety for the holidays

Can you believe 2019 is winding down? Many of us can remember the fears of Y2K a mere 20 years ago! Halloween is behind us and in less than a week it will be Thanksgiving, the prelude to all of the festivities to be celebrated in December. There will be a lot of sharing of food and fun with ...