Category Archives: Health

National Social Workers Month

Social workers help you with any psychological and social needs in a stressful situation.

It’s a broad definition, but the field is broad. You’ll find social workers in hospitals, senior living homes, government organizations, and community services.

Here’s an article talking about what services social workers offer for seniors and hospice care.

And, another good article describing how social workers may help you after a fire or natural disaster.

– Susan

Mind Field

Everyone wants to think that they will be able to remember key facts and important details no matter what.  Sadly, for me, I’m at that point where if it wasn’t written down – it never existed.

Lately, people have been downloading forms – and specifically health forms from the web site. Sure you can remember everything, but why? We think there should be ready-to-print guidelines for most of life’s little surprises.

– Susan

Happy 4th – and Stay Safe!

Good info from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

1. Use fireworks outdoors only.
2. Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
3. Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
4. Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
5. Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
6. Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
7. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
8. Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
9. Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

Have a wonderful 4th!

– Susan

June 1-7, 2009 is Sun Safety Week–A Great Reminder to Protect Yourself and Your Family.

Sun safety should start at birth! There are so many reasons and ways to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful rays. Since it is Sun Safety Week, we are reminded to take a few moments to educate ourselves and our families about sun dangers and protection.

I witnessed the painful devastation of melanoma while two of my relatives tried valiantly to fight it. In the end, it is such a dangerous and pervasive disease, it took both of their lives. One of the victims was just 35 years old. He left a wife and young daughter behind. The total years spent in his battle? Eight. At the five-year mark, he was deemed cancer-free. They had waited for that milestone to start a family. Unfortunately, cancer came back with a vengeance and his child was only 18 months old when he died.

The best way to fight melanoma, other skin cancers and the aging effects of the sun is prevention. Click here for great information and links prepared by the National Safety Council. Sun protection should be part of our ritual all year long. In the summer months, when the sun’s impact is heightened and we tend to wear lighter clothing, it is especially important to protect ourselves!

If you have questions or would like to share your experiences, please email me: Leann (at)