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Recognizing depression in seniors

Everyone feels sad at times. Numerous things in life can leave people feeling blue. For most people, this feeling is usually a... — Updated 3/15/2019


Are you ready to help a friend?

Humans beings are naturally social creatures, some people more so than others. Most people enjoy their interactions with others, sh... — Updated 3/11/2019


Do your children think vaping is a safe alternative?

While adults are aware that cigarette smoking is dangerous and unhealthy, it’s still a serious and difficult addiction for many... — Updated 3/1/2019


Balance aging parents and family demands

Today more people are living longer. The changes in people’s lifestyles, along with improved health care, have meant that people... — Updated 3/1/2019


Developmental Disabilities Deserve Funding

California has been transitioning from residential to community-based care for people with developmental disabilities, with the... — Updated 2/8/2019


Helping children with the death of a pet

A child's first experience with death is often the loss of a pet. This can be a traumatic experience, but it's also a time to learn... — Updated 2/8/2019


Big issues are on the table

California has a new governor, a new budget plan and a new legislative session that just began. Needless to say, many important... — Updated 1/23/2019 Full story


Are the winter blues getting you down?

With winter here, perhaps you’re not quite feeling your normal self. Maybe you’re a bit sluggish, a little irritable, sleeping... — Updated 1/23/2019


Sleeping well is vital to good health

Want to have less stress and anxiety, along with generally better health? Then start getting more, and better, sleep. It’s simple... — Updated 1/19/2019


Get the most from a doctor's visit

This time of year tends to bring on more illnesses. So it’s especially important for people to pay attention if they have an elde... — Updated 1/14/2019


Midlife dating can actually be fun

As the holiday season ends, it’s not uncommon for someone who is not in a relationship to feel a need to be with a significant... — Updated 1/7/2019


Stick with exercise for better physical and mental health

It isn’t news that there are many benefits to regular exercise, yet this nation still faces a growing obesity problem, high... — Updated 12/31/2018


Holiday celebrating without the guilt

The holidays are a fairly emotional time of the year for most of us. For some people, the holiday period brings memories of warm... — Updated 12/26/2018


Saying 'no' to a child's holiday demands

The holidays can make all of us feel like "kids" again. It's mostly a happy time, but also a season with heavy doses of marketing p... — Updated 12/18/2018


Can the news affect your waistline?

Today's headlines often carry an overwhelming amount of bad news. Whether your information is coming from TV news, your local... — Updated 12/4/2018


Making holiday travel a better experience

Americans are entering one of the busiest, and most stressful, travel periods of the year. According to the U.S. Department of... — Updated 11/13/2018


Understand and overcome road rage

Today’s streets and highways are more crowded than ever. Drivers almost anywhere these days often encounter bad drivers, traffic... — Updated 10/22/2018


Don't let tests overwhelm your child

Testing is a fact of life for students from elementary through high school. Whether it’s a school system required standardized... — Updated 10/22/2018


Parents can help teenagers deal with peer pressure

Parents like to think they’re the most important influence in their children’s lives, and that’s probably true up to a... — Updated 10/8/2018


Talking about drugs is part of being a parent

With the new school year just underway, it’s an excellent time for parents to have a serious discussion with their children. No,... — Updated 9/28/2018


Handle a teenager's need to be more responsible

One of the hardest things for many parents to deal with is their children’s demand for more freedoms as they grow into... — Updated 8/10/2018


Good mental health is no different from good physical health

Seeing a physician isn’t embarrassing if someone has the flu, a high fever or other serious health problems. No one criticizes... — Updated 8/6/2018


Don't let alcohol get the best of you

Yes, you enjoy that glass of wine with dinner, or a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon. Is this a problem? In most cases the answe... — Updated 7/30/2018


California's economic prosperity

Though California is the world’s fifth-largest economy, we must expand economic prosperity. With over 20 percent of our... — Updated 7/20/2018 Full story


Are college campus tours part of your summer vacation?

Do your summer plans include one or more visits to campuses of schools being considered by a teen in the family? Such tours can be... — Updated 7/17/2018


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