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How to Help a Parent Who Has Cancer

Start by being a great note-taker to capture doctors' plans and creating a support system for both you and your ill loved one. Nothing is worse than hearing that someone you love has cancer. It's even harder when it's your parent. As children, we typically see our parents as... more

Managing the Challenging Behaviors of Alzheimer's Disease

We all know that forgetfulness is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease. But as language skills diminish, more disturbing behaviors may develop. The Mayo Clinic explains that damage to the brain's neurotransmitters, can cause your loved one to act out in new ways. These new behaviors can often be... more

All About Speech Therapy

What is it? And do my children need it?Michelle considers herself an expert on obtaining and receiving speech-language therapy services. "All three of my children needed speech therapy," she says. "If there's one thing I learned, the earlier you start, the better!" We are reminded that children crawl... more


How to talk to friends and family about Neurofibromatosis

I think for many parents one of the hardest things is to explain what NF actually is. It's often difficult to understand all of the different feature of NF, how people get NF, and just the basic ideas of NF.  Why is it hard to talk about Neurofibromatosis... more

Cystic Fibrosis: Information for Parents with Newly Diagnosed Children

I'm often asked by my friends about CF when they find out someone they know who has a child that is newly diagnosed and is searching for information. I thought that if I condensed the information down and shared it with the group that it would be helpful. If... more

The Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

Early detection for better care.     In April of 2011, new guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease were issued for the first time in 27 years. This was prompted by encouraging research that found reliable links between the disease and certain biological markers in brain tissue and spinal fluid... more


Down Syndrome Program

Massachusetts General Hospital has a special team of folks who deal only with DS patients.  Boston is a hike for us from Dutchess Co., NY.  We've made one visit so far, and are returning in early March.  I am impressed with their interest, even before you... more


Sleeping child syndrome

Does any one have a this problem with there child.So our child is 18 yrs old. No matter what time of the day it is how short the drive it is he falls a sleep in a matter of 5 minutes in to the ride. Yes our son has... more