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Her Mind Went Traveling

Posted Date: January 11, 2018

The North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association supports caregivers, families and individuals whose lives have changed due to dementia or Alzheimer’s. One caregiver, Laura, used to write poetry with her mother, and has shared her family’s journey with the Alzheimer’s Association. Laura’s Story My mother, Avis, is 85 years old this year. She… Read more »

Home for the Holidays: Reflections on Social Connectedness

Posted Date: December 16, 2017

I was in my early 20’s when I held my first “real” job as a social worker, serving as a counselor for a domestic violence shelter.  In my first year there, I was scheduled to work on Christmas day and I recall how I dreaded the arrival of Christmas morning. I had driven across the… Read more »

Community Blog-Prostate cancer and African-American men: A call for health equity

Posted Date: November 16, 2017

Two years ago, County Commissioner Roy Brooks underwent surgery to remove prostate cancer.  Two years prior to that, his brother died of prostate cancer. When interviewed prior to his surgery, Commissioner Brooks said: “Men of color are at much higher risk of prostate cancer, even more so if there is a family history.  It’s prudent… Read more »

October is Health Literacy Month: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Posted Date: October 24, 2017

Introduction My daughter, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), recently relayed a story about a call to which she responded. It involved an elderly couple in which the husband nearly killed his wife. How? Miscommunication, or a lack of health literacy. Healthcare miscommunication is the number one cause of medical error (AMA, 2007). The Institute of… Read more »

Community Blog:- How communities can help nursing moms sustain breastfeeding

Posted Date: May 26, 2017

Engaging the Community Guest Blogger: Dani Cagle, MPH, CPH, IBCLC Few mommy-moments are as intimate as breastfeeding. From the perspective of a health professional, there is no question that breast milk is the best nutrition for a newborn. As a new mom, I had many concerns. Like so many new mothers, I wanted the health advantages… Read more »