Taking Care of Your Life

The correlation between diabetes and hearing loss

Written by Dianna Randolph, AuD, CCC-A. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects about 30 million Americans. When one thinks of diabetes, the impact it has on other organs such as the kidneys, heart, eyes, and nervous system comes to mind first, and physicians tend to concentrate on these organs when treating diabetes. But recent studies have shown that people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop hearing loss.

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How to apply for your newborn’s social security number

Written by Erin Thompson. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Getting a newborn a Social Security number is important for their future. If your child is born in a hospital, the easiest way to apply for a Social Security number is right at the hospital. When you give information for your child’s birth certificate at the hospital, you’ll be asked whether you want to apply for a Social Security number for your child. If you say “yes,” you will be asked to provide both parents’ Social Security numbers, if you can. Even if you don’t know both parents’ Social Security numbers, you can still apply for a number for your child.

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A Walk in the Park: Where should we camp?

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Shirley and I have been campers since 1975, first in tents and then an RV. Our favorite places to visit have always been the national parks because they are such splendid repositories of magnificent scenery, wildlife, and historical and cultural significance. Still, our camping is not limited to the national parks because there is a wide range of other attractive options. Even in the national parks, some places are more desirable than others. Sometimes you learn where to camp by first learning where not to camp.

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On the road, your best offense is a good defense

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Safe driving isn’t a matter of luck. The safest drivers on the road are those who adopt a defensive approach every time they get behind the wheel. Defensive drivers always expect the unexpected and know how to adjust their driving habits in order to minimize the likelihood of accidents, thereby making the road a safer place for everyone. Here is a sampling of their safe-driving secrets:

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The Devil and Mrs. Jones, Part 10: I need an ombudsman

Written by Megan Benner Senecal. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Mrs. Jones has lived in her assisted-living apartment for some time now. She moved in during the pandemic, so things thus far have been an altogether atypical experience. Last month, we discussed how Mrs. Jones relies on the facility staff for care and support when her family can’t visit. Similarly, we discussed that in many cases, staff members find the same fulfillment with the interpersonal relationships they build with facility residents. However, like any relationship, there are always a few struggles.

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Seven steps to maximize your creativity

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

We tend to think of creativity as the “muse” that inspires painters, sculptors, musicians, and writers to achieve their best work. In actuality, creativity is a vital factor in virtually every walk of life. Think of creativity as the force that shapes and directs raw talent. Whether your calling is business, medicine, law, teaching, ministry, politics, athletics, parenting, or any other pursuit, success depends, at least in some part, on your ability to think creatively and find innovative solutions.

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Resolutions fading? Here's how to Motiv-Eight yourself

Written by Dennis Bova. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

After a year in which many things familiar were turned upside-down, there’s one time-honored tradition that opens 2021, as it does the start of every other year: the making of New Year’s resolutions. Research shows that about half of all Americans resolve to lose weight, save more money and spend less, be a better partner and person, be more organized—or any other type of personal improvement—in the new year. However, fewer than one out of 10 of those resolvers carry through with those good intentions.

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Lessons from the Great Blizzard of '78

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Readers of a certain age will undoubtedly recall the Great Blizzard of 1978. (Where was Global Warming when we really needed it?) Actually, the Great Blizzard was a series of three separate storms that struck in January and February. The first storm bypassed Ohio but hit New England with nearly two feet of snow within 48 hours. We got our share during the second phase of the Blizzard.

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