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Hearing Protection is Essential - and Easy to Use

Ask the Experts by Lynn Shawl

Q: When should I be wearing ear protection?

A: Auto racing has grown into one of North America's favorite summer pastimes. Unfortunately, it might be the most dangerous pastimes for our hearing.

A researcher from the University of Texas Austin attended a Formula 1 Grand Prix with a sound-level meter in hand. He measured noise at three locations within 25 feet of the track. He found the cars produced up to 8,500% of the daily allowed noise dosage established by ...

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Navigating the Advance Funeral Planning Process

Ask the Experts by Jon O'Hara

Q: When completing my advance funeral plan, are there any additional considerations to further help my family at the time of my passing?

A: There are many important considerations while navigating the advance funeral planning process, but one recent change in Michigan stands out.

An important law was passed last year to make things a bit easier when a death occurs for Michigan families. The Michigan Public Act 57 of 2016, which became effective June 27, 2016, allows ...

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Be Vigilant About Signs of Suicide

Ask the Experts by Megan Gunnell, LMSW

Q: I've been hearing more and more about suicide recently, both in our community and nationwide. Is there a trend in the spring? What are the warning signs I should be looking out for and what can we do as a community?

A: A recent publication on health.com stated: "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates spike in the spring and to a lesser extent in the fall - not around the holidays as everyone suspects. And suicides in ...

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Reflective Listening Helps Parents Communicate with Children

Ask the Experts by Teresa Sandner

Q: Why do I have to tell my children something ten times and then threaten them with punishment before they actually do what I say?"

A: Most children tune out because they don't feel listened to or we say way too much.

Reflective listening is a way to let children know their feelings are being heard and understood. I-Messages are a way to let children know how their behavior affects us without shaming or blaming which helps to create an atmosphere of mutual ...

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Social Security Benefit Questions Answered

Ask the Experts by Matthew Swegles

Q: Can a newly divorced client who is 50 yrs. old, has not worked in 15 years or more, her ex owns a small company and takes a small salary, file to get some sort of benefit under his Social Security benefits now or at age 62 etc.? Will it affect his or her regular SS benefit later at retirement? How does that feature work if she wants more income eventually?

A: First, your client is not eligible to receive Social Security benefits until age 62 with an exception ...

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