Everything listed under: Consumer education

  • Are You Doing Doctor Appointments Right?

    [caption id="attachment_6343" align="alignnone" width="625"] [Photo credit: Adobe Stock][/caption]By Grace Birnstengel for Next AvenueNavigating the medical system can be a daunting process. It’s challenging enough to find any doctor with openings, let alone a good doctor. And the internet isn’t always much help.What is helpful, however, is this in-depth guide to having a good doctor’s appointment written for The New York Times by Dr.   Read More...

  • Why Your Funeral Director Will Likely Be Female

    [caption id="attachment_6307" align="alignnone" width="625"] Funeral director Jan Smith of Flanner Buchanan in Indianapolis guides a casket into a hearse. [Photo credit: courtesy of Jan Smith][/caption]By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueJan Smith was in the final semester of her training to be a funeral director when her 8-year-old nephew died after a heart transplant.Her family’s heartbreak deepened her understanding of the value of the work she was preparing for.“I was able to be an observer of ho...  Read More...

  • 5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family Leave

    [caption id="attachment_6309" align="alignnone" width="625"] On the federal law's 25th anniversary, who can't take the leave and what lies ahead? [Photo credit: Adobe Stock][/caption]By Diane Harris for Next AvenueThis week marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work to care for a new child or sick relative or to manage their own serious medical condition without fear of losing their job. The bi...  Read More...

  • A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About

    [caption id="attachment_6245" align="alignnone" width="625"] The risk increases with age, but there are ways to prevent it (Photo credit: Getty Images)[/caption]By Linda Melone, CSCS for Next AvenueYou’re sitting down to enjoy a nice steak at your favorite restaurant, maybe sipping a little wine. Suddenly a piece of meat gets stuck in your throat. It’s not enough to block your breathing, so you’re not quite choking —but you also can’t get it down.   Read More...

  • The Long-Term Care Benefit Many Veterans Are Missing Out On

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