Understanding Depression and Suicide

By Shannon Traphagen Junior Seau, L’Wren Scott, Robin Williams, and just this week Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade–what do these individuals have in common? Unfortunately, they all took their own lives due to mental health struggles. Kate Spade, fashion designer icon, and billionaire had been battling with

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Finding the Spark that Connects Us All

Our Cover Model – Amy Pinder by Shannon Traphagen A Buffalo native, Amy Pinder, MA, CCC-SLP, is co-founder, owner, and executive director of Inclusion Festival. She is also a yogi, hula hooper, arts enthusiast, and speech-language pathologist at Celebrate the Children in New Jersey with over ten

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Hospice of Buffalo National Healthcare Decisions Day–April 16th

Hospice Buffalo, along with 1000 other national, state and community organizations, is promoting National Healthcare Decisions Day (#NHDD) April 16. National Healthcare Decisions Day is a collaborative effort of organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity have the information and resources to communicate and

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Veggie Vans – UB study

Do Veggie Vans change the way people eat? New UB study aims to find out National Cancer Institute is funding $3.1 million study to measure the effectiveness of mobile produce markets BUFFALO, N.Y. — Communities across the United States are turning to mobile produce markets as a

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Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Expands its Opportunity to Impact Caregivers

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation (RCWJRF) today announced a partnership with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (Health Fund) and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York (HFWCNY) along with a $2 million grant to each organization to endow a new staff position focused on

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Home Care Social Workers: Being the Change They Want to See, Everyday

By Chandra Wilson National Social Work Month is a great time to learn about and acknowledge the meaningful impact that social workers have on so many lives. Social workers help individuals, families and community groups cope or navigate the obstacles they encounter in life, from medical or emotional challenges

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A Family Caregiver’s Medication Management Checklist

by Alicia Schwartz, R.N. and Care Coordinator, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans Picture this: Your elderly father lives alone and sees a doctor for several chronic conditions, but his latest checkup has you troubled. His high blood pressure has been creeping up again, chronic pain seems unmanageable and,

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Creating Healthier Neighborhoods

By Krista Ehasz What does a healthy neighborhood look like to you? What does it feel like? Taste like? Smell like? These are the questions that lead conversations when Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative asks residents to envision what they want for Niagara Falls. The organization

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Kids Get Arthritis Too!

By Joan G. Calkins, MD Juvenile arthritis (JA) describes many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions but can also describe pediatric rheumatic diseases that affect nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 16. JA targets the musculoskeletal system and muscles. Most types of JA share symptoms

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