Category - Growing Older

Retirement planning involves more than finances

One of the biggest surprises people find when they retire is that retirement is not the panacea they expected. Too often, they view it as winning the lottery — as though retirement is going to take away all their problems. They fail to realize they’re still going to face many of the same challenges they […]

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Grandparenting at its best

Many middle-aged and senior adults will tell you one of the best things about getting older is becoming a grandparent. Often the joy of grandparenting rivals that of parenting, but it comes without the exhausting responsibility of raising the child. The benefits of inter-generational relationships are significant. For both generations, healthy relationships mean extended family […]

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Depression when growing older is not uncommon…nor is it untreatable

It’s surprising that so many people refer to our older years as our golden ones. Growing older can be difficult. We tend to experience more illness and less stamina. Plus, our 50s, 60s and beyond tend to be full of big life changes. We or our spouses may retire, we may become empty nesters or […]

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Improve memory and forget ‘senior moments’

When you consider what’s happening in most people’s lives in their 40s and 50s, it’s no wonder they struggle to remember everything they’d like. At this point in life, people often find themselves tending to aging parents and raising adolescent children all at the same time their careers are peaking. Complicating matters, the information age […]

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Suicide Awareness in the La Crosse Community

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, GCDF, Professional Counselor The 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Event will be held Tuesday evening on September 15th from 6pm-7:30 at Riverside Park in La  Crosse. It is free and open to the public. The purpose of the event is in the title; it is to cultivate awareness about this very […]

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Mental Health First Aid

Craig Putz, MHFA Instructor Over the past several months, mental illness has come into the spotlight more and more as we hear countless stories in the media about people who have attempted or completed suicide. The story that seemed to have brought it first to light was the passing of Robin Williams, a long time […]

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Substance Use Disorders: A Complex Brain Disease

Melony Hansen, MA, CSW, CSAC, IDP-IT, Substance Abuse Counselor at Family & Children’s Center According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual […]

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Menopause Can Mark New Beginning

Mere mention of the word menopause among many women over age 35 invokes fears of hot flashes, memory lapses and wild mood swings. While it is a very individual experience with widely varying symptoms, menopause can be a complicated time in a woman’s life. For starters, many experience menopause at the same time they’re going […]

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Retirement Planning Involves More Than Finances

If you’re like many people, you’ve probably been planning the financial aspects of your retirement for years. You’ve saved in a company-sponsored retirement plan, earned a pension and accrued Social Security benefits. Certainly, these steps will add to your peace of mind, but to make the most of your retirement years, you’ll also be wise […]

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