Commentary: Medicare and osteoporosis

Brittle bones could shatter your life. Every year, more Americans are diagnosed with osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to weaken and become more likely to break. You may not know that you have this “silent” disease until your bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump or fall causes your wrist to break…

Commentary: May and July peak months for grilling fires

Grilling season is right around the corner, and grill gurus everywhere are preparing for many family parties and barbecues. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages grillers to pay attention to safety during the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often. In 2011–2015, fire departments responded to an average…

Therapeutic play in action

My decade-plus tenure as a clinician at The Guidance Center has provided me with the privilege of being with hundreds of children of all ages. Notice the choice of word, “being” rather than the word “working.” In my opinion, and experience, therapeutic healing comes from a place of oneness between the wounded and healer. When…

It’s National Social Security Month!

National Social Security Month is celebrated in April and is dedicated to educating you about Social Security programs and services. From programs that help support you through life’s journey, to services that help put you in control, to systems that help protect what’s important to you, Social Security is committed to helping secure today and tomorrow…

Frequently asked questions about child therapy

We’re taught throughout our lives how to treat or get help for physical ailments. We know to put a bandage on a scraped knee or see our doctor for a sore throat. We call 9-1-1 for more serious, life-threatening emergencies. When a child experiences an emotional challenge or mental-health crisis, the treatment for healing can…

New Medicare cards are coming!

Starting in April 2018, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, to help protect you from identity fraud. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number, so we’re removing those numbers from Medicare cards to make them safer. Your new card will have a new Medicare number…

Five facts you might not know about Social Security

What kind of questions do you and your friends ask about Social Security? When do my benefits arrive? What are Social Security work credits, and do they have anything to do with the way my benefits are figured? Will I be automatically enrolled in Medicare? Read on to find the answers to these questions. 1.…

Women’s history and Social Security

March is Women’s History Month. This is a time to focus not just on women’s achievements, but on the challenges women continue to face. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Knowing this, you can…

Medicare can help protect your eyesight

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision—usually side vision—by damaging the optic nerve, which sends information from your eyes to your brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it even if you don’t have trouble seeing or feel any pain.…

Social Security celebrates Black History Month

In February, we honor African-Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. African-American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over 90 years. Honoring our shared history is one way we can remember that we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared…

Building healthy relationships through prevention education

Statistics indicate that nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by their dating partner. Reports further indicate that the severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern…

Ending bed-wetting takes time and commitment

About 15 percent of 5-year-olds experience some type of bed-wetting at night. Nocturnal enuresis, or bed-wetting, affects six to eight million American kids ages 5 to 15. Fortunately, the majority of children will become dry at night as they become older. By 15 years of age, just 1 to 2 percent will still be wetting…