The Gift That Gives Back

December 5, 2023 — ‘Tis the season for gifting and giving! Whether it’s a homemade scarf for a close relative or the sought-after toy for a young one, we all spend time finding the perfect present to bring joy to others. But there is one gift you can give that will give you something: volunteering! International Volunteering Day is... Read More

Self-Care Tips for the Caregivers

November 10, 2023 — November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. There are nearly 48 million caregivers in the U.S., and many are caring for more than one person. Unpaid family caregivers provide 36 billion hours of care every year; if paid, that would be valued at $600 billion.... Read More

Your Local Park Grows Community

July 10, 2023 — July is Park and Recreation Month, and a great opportunity to revisit all the ways your local parks build strong, vibrant, and resilient communities. It’s also a good time to recognize more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals and the hundreds of thousands of additional workers and volunteers who make sure our local, state,... Read More

Daytime Habits for a Dreamy Nighttime

March 23, 2023 — Is anything more annoying for your sleep schedule than the shift to Daylight Saving Time? Even the happy-sounding reminder “spring forward!” does little to ease the dread and undereye circles. As if that isn’t enough, John Spira, a professor of mental health at Johns Hopkins, notes, “The scientific evidence points to acute increases in adverse... Read More

The Difference Between Grief and Depression

October 21, 2022 — October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. Often, grieving gets confused with depression – and they are not the same thing. It’s important to know the difference so appropriate support can be provided. What is grief? Grief is pain that accompanies a loss that can feel all-encompassing. Grief usually follows the loss of... Read More

How to Help a Veteran Get the Support They Need

June 10, 2022 — Leaving military service can be planned (like retirement) or it may be sudden—for example, if a service member gets injured. The transition out of service can be hard for anyone, even if it’s what the person wants. If you notice a difference in a veteran after service, it might be worth talking to them about... Read More

Why Am I So Tired?

May 6, 2022 — Ever have one of those days where it feels like you’re moving in slo-mo and you’re too tired to do much of anything? Sometimes the reason is obvious – unusual physical exertion, or a late night out. Other times it may be an ailment or chronic condition we’re living with. And sometimes the culprit can... Read More

When a Loved One Hoards

March 17, 2022 — Many of us get the spring cleaning impulse this time of year. Out go old possessions that don’t “spark joy,” as organizing guru Marie Kondo would say. But for some people, asking if an item “sparks joy” is futile—because they are tied emotionally to all their possessions. For people living with a hoarding disorder, discarding... Read More

Loneliness is Bad for Our Brains

January 18, 2022 — Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. was seeing what was called an “epidemic” of loneliness among seniors. Just before the pandemic, a study from the University of Michigan found that 25% of older adults reported feeling lonely. Experts believe that number has risen during the pandemic, due mostly to the isolation and distancing needed... Read More

Seven Great Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

March 2, 2021 — March 14-20 is Sleep Awareness Week. Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, this recognition week is a great time to learn more about the many health benefits of getting enough good quality sleep. Need some motivation? Here are seven ways good sleep keeps us healthier: Sleep may act as a “fountain of youth,” protecting against... Read More