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From Me To You... Have you heard of the Sandwich Generation? It sounds like a great place to be, right? Grilled cheese, or ham and cheddar on wheat bread with a pickle on the side? Actually it is none of those. What it does involve is having children who are growing up (or have grown and fled the nest) then all of a sudden, your reliably independent parents slip and break a hip, or they don’t seem to remember like they used to, or they just need you to help them get by with daily tasks. You are sandwiched in between both generations, taking on the burden - sometimes all at once - of caring for everyone. It is a tough spot to be in, not one that most of us prepare for, and not one that most of our parents desire either. The awkward conversations arise. Who tells Dad he should not be driving anymore? Is someone able to help Mom make sure she takes her medication? Did anyone mention plans for later life? Is there money put aside for long term care? Is there a will? Did anyone talk to Mom and Dad about funerals, or cremation?

I have had most of these conversations with my parents and my in-laws in the last few months. Some of them out of necessity and some so we can all be prepared. Let me tell you, it is not easy. Then, just when you think you have it all locked in place, the future you were preparing for may end up not being the one that comes about. My mother has always planned on aging in place. She has a chair lift so she can get to her room, a life alert device so she can call for help if necessary, a cleaning service to keep up with the housework and a local meal delivery service so her freezer is fully stocked. Then there are the friends who pop by to check on her and keep her spirits up should she feel lonely. Sounds perfect, right? Well all of this was premeditated on her declining physically. The problem that is beginning to arise is that due to Long Covid (the lasting, nasty effects of the disease), she is facing other challenges. My sharp-as-a-tack mother is losing words, and it is driving her crazy. She is most likely having mini strokes causing the memory and coherence issues, and that is creating a situation we did not anticipate. How long can she stay in her perfect home? That is a question I am having to come to terms with. The future we all planned together has gone and a new alternative is before us. We will navigate it, sandwiched between other responsibilities and the need to parent our parents. What I would like you to come away from this letter with, is the understanding that planning is key. Not just for the obvious things, but for other eventualities. If you have a resolution this year that you follow through on, it should be this. Plan your estate. I don’t care if you are 24 or 74, you need to let people know what your wishes are- in every eventuality you can imagine. Start a conversation with your loved ones and take some of that burden away from them - you can even bring sandwiches.

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2022 Wellness

If you’re seeking ways to boost your well-being for the new year, consider taking a holistic approach. Don’t focus on one specific habit to conquer, but instead look at supporting the different systems within you - like your respiratory, immune, digestive and cardiovascular systems. A holistic approach focuses on those interconnected systems, not just aiming for a specific number on the scale. Registered dietitian nutritionist and certified yoga teacher Keri Gans offers three tips that can help revamp your wellness routine this year to focus on your whole self: 1. Move more and breathe When you’re stressed, you take shallower breaths, which can reduce your oxygen intake. Deep breathing helps you take in more oxygen, which travels throughout your body and gives you more energy. According to Healthline.com, deep breathing can help relieve stress while supporting a number of your body’s systems. * Take “breathing breaks” daily, closing your eyes and taking a few slow breaths.

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* Practice guided meditation or mindfulness techniques using breathing. Try a meditation app to help you learn easy techniques. * Move more, daily. Steady walking or cycling promotes deeper breathing, as does more rigorous exercise. 2. Support your gut health Gut health is vital for keeping your digestive system working as it should - and also supporting your immune system. These fermented foods help support your gut health: * Sourdough bread * Yogurt * Kombucha * Kefir * Sauerkraut 3. Improve the quality of your sleep According to WebMD, deep, restorative sleep is crucial for resetting all of your body’s vital systems, from your brain to your immune system and more. Taking positive actions toward better health doesn’t need to be just a New Year’s activity. Taking time to care for your whole self throughout the year will pay dividends, all year long.

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Eczema Tips On top of the physical, chronic symptoms including intense and persistent itching, patches and skin dryness - eczema can affect everything from a child’s concentration in school to their ability to do everyday activities. A new eBook, My ECZ-ellent Day at Camp, is raising awareness and understanding about the experiences of children with eczema and how, together, we can help them better navigate the challenges. The book tells the story of Taylor, a child living with eczema, who learns to overcome difficulties and have a fun day at camp. Written for parents and caregivers, the book aims to share important tips for helping young children with eczema - as a caregiver and as a peer or friend. Here are three crucial things to know: 1. Learn as much as you can about the disease Eczema is complex and can affect children both physically and emotionally. That’s why it’s critical for caregivers to understand how it works, what the symptoms are and how to manage it. In addition to sharing Taylor’s summertime adventures, My ECZ-ellent Day at Camp includes a helpful field guide to give caregivers a basic understanding of the disease and its potential unseen impacts, like isolation and anxiety. These challenges can be difficult to navigate for children and caregivers alike. That’s why www.UnderstandAD.com has even more tools and resources available to help the eczema community. 2. Find different ways to have fun Children with eczema are often forced to avoid activities that can trigger their symptoms, like swimming. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options for them. It’s important for caregivers to help their kids focus on things they can do, as opposed to things they cannot do. Estrella Publishing - The Park magazine

3. Talk openly about eczema Many children don’t know what eczema is or even how to say it. But talking about it can help spread awareness. “My daughter Hadley is often asked questions about eczema that embarrass her,” says Ashley Ellis, whose daughter has severe eczema. “But many people just don’t understand what it can be like to live with eczema every day. That’s why stories like My ECZ-ellent Day at Camp are so meaningful.” The eBook is one of many free resources available to caregivers at UnderstandAD.com. “NEA wants children living with eczema and their families to know that they are not alone, they have a whole big community to help support them and to help them find support in their journey,” said Julie Block, President and CEO, National Eczema Association. Visit www. UnderstandAD.com to read My ECZ-ellent Day at Camp and discover more helpful eczema resources and videos.

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Dental Care It’s no secret, the holidays are a sweet time of year with seemingly endless sugary snacks, drinks and desserts. That, coupled with a long break from school can mean grazing in-between meals is at an all-time high for families across the nation. Dr. Jeannie Beauchamp, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, shares her top teeth tips. * Schedule (or reschedule) those dental appointments: Like many other medical appointments, pediatric dental check-ups have been pushed off during the pandemic, causing cavity-prone kids. Dr. Beauchamp has noticed an increase in cavities, tooth decay and longer cleaning times in patients. Preventive dental appointments not only catch compromised teeth but offer children educational reinforcement on proper dental cleaning and habits. Leaving cavities untreated can result in larger, lasting health issues. * Teeth are NOT package openers: Teeth make for excellent tools when it comes to eating, drinking and enunciating. But spare those tiny

teeth when it comes to opening packages, snacks or presents. This can lead to weakened enamel and expensive and painful repairs. * Avoid constant snacking: It’s important to limit in-between meal snacking to prevent unwanted wear and tear on teeth that can cause the tooth enamel to weaken and lead to tooth decay or cavities. Dr. Beauchamp also warned, many children might have fallen into a pattern of grazing throughout the day due to digital learning and encourages families to set boundaries when snacking. * Keep a routine: Make brushing and flossing a priority and ensure kids brush thoroughly for two minutes at least twice a day. Keeping a routine means preventive dental appoints as well, shared Dr. Beauchamp. With regular pediatric dental appointments, there are fewer dental emergencies. * Water, water, water! Drinking water in between meals encourages saliva, washes away bacteria/ food debris, and neutralizes plaque acids. This includes drinking fluoridated water, proven to keep teeth strong and reduce cavities. For more information about children’s oral health or to find a pediatric dentist in your area, visit mychildrensteeth.org.

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Insurance Myths Insurance is one of the most useful investments you can make to protect your family, belongings and financial assets, but it’s important to know what is actually being purchased. Here are four things you should know about your auto, homeowners or renters insurance policy to ensure adequate protection in the event of an unforeseen or unexpected loss.

1. Myth: Your homeowners insurance policy covers everything Homeowners insurance covers losses or damages to your house and personal belongings in the event of a fire, sudden flooding caused by a broken pipe, or theft, but there are some situations that your policy may not cover. 2. Myth: You only need the minimum auto liability insurance coverage required by your state • Most states require drivers to carry auto liability insurance but this coverage only provides financial protection if you’re found to be legally responsible for causing injury to another person or their property. • Auto liability coverage doesn’t cover damage to your vehicle, items stolen from your vehicle, or damage from a storm or vandalism. • Collision insurance covers you if, while your vehicle is in motion, you crash into another vehicle or a fixed object, like a pothole, guardrail or light post.

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• Comprehensive insurance is coverage that protects your vehicle when it is damaged while not in motion. This could include vandalism, theft or weatherrelated damage like a hailstorm or fire. 3. Myth: Renters don’t need insurance Without renters insurance, you’ll have to pay out of pocket if your personal belongings are damaged in a fire or are stolen. 4. Myth: If you’re hurt in an accident caused by another driver, their auto insurance will pay Even if an auto accident is caused through no fault of your own, you may not be able to recover damages if you are hit by someone who is uninsured or underinsured. The best way to safeguard yourself is to have uninsured motorist coverage. Insurance is a sound investment, but can be complicated, so it’s always a good idea to speak to an insurance agent.

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Shop Local

There are millions of small businesses in the United States owned by passionate people working hard to make their dreams a reality. Rather than buying from a big retailer the next time you need something, consider supporting the locally owned businesses around you. When you support a small business, you’re not only helping build your community, but also directly impacting someone’s life. Every customer counts when it comes to small business, which means your dollars can help that small business owner thrive. This is the perfect time to support your local businesses. Here are three simple ways to support small businesses and have a positive impact this holiday season and beyond: Get to know your community through its businesses While holidays are important times to shop local, your support matters all year long. For many people, this means shifting their mindset to thinking about local options first and getting to know the types of products and services your

local businesses are providing. Whether you are purchasing items for yourself or someone else, start to understand how these local businesses can fill your needs. Don’t forget, many small businesses offer gift cards, which are wonderful ways to show ongoing support. Support small business service providers Small businesses aren’t just for tangible goods. Many provide important services, such as your local mechanic, dentist or insurance agent. So, no matter your needs, try and find businesses that are active in the community. Share your experience Many small businesses rely on satisfied customers to tell others so they can grow their client base. In fact, more than eight out of 10 people around the world said they completely or somewhat trust the recommendations of friends and family, according to Nielsen. So, tell a friend in person, share a post on social media, or leave a positive review online. The next time you have a need arise, think of how a small business can help. Every effort counts to build your community, show your support, and ensure you continue to have thriving small businesses near you.

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Covid Tests

When you think about efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19, vaccinations, hand washing and masking likely come to mind. However, one important effort that must remain the first line of defense is effective testing. Testing, combined with other defensive measures, is essential to keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe. The two main types of tests authorized for detecting COVID-19 are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and antigen tests. Here is what you need to know about both: Antigen tests Also referred to as rapid tests or rapid antigen tests, these tests work by quickly identifying protein fragments from a virus and providing test results in about 15 minutes. Despite being fast, antigen tests can be less accurate than other testing options because they are less sensitive. Because no special equipment is needed, antigen tests may be performed in various community settings or at home. This convenience has made antigen tests, particularly at-home options, popular when quick results are needed, as when returning to an office or preparing for an event like a vacation. However, there is more room for error when self-testing, as opposed to having a test administered by a trained professional.

these tests are mostly available in healthcare environments, such as hospitals. Why would someone use a test that takes longer to get results? The answer: accuracy. PCR tests have remained a touchstone in diagnostics due to their heightened accuracy over antigen tests. They are highly sensitive and can detect very small amounts of virus genetic material in a sample, such as viral DNA. These tests have a sensitivity of about 98%, much higher than comparative data for antigen tests. This is why PCR tests can detect active infections nearly every time, and it is rare for someone uninfected to receive a positive test. When to take it: When in need of extremely accurate results Speed: Results usually take 24 hours; may require an appointment Chance of error: Low Ease of use: Requires equipment, chemicals and trained specialists; point-of-care options available but limited Effectiveness on variants: High

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Plasma Donation Throughout the past year, you may have heard about plasma in terms of its potential use in treating COVID-19. However, for more than 80 years, plasma has been a lifeline for thousands of people who live with rare and chronic complex conditions. Even with the global pandemic shedding light on the role of plasma in fighting disease, many people may not know how thousands around the country rely on plasma every day. Here are five key reasons to consider donating plasma today. 1. Plasma is used to make life-saving medicine Plasma carries out a variety of functions in the body, including helping the body fight disease. Plasma donations are processed into life-saving medicine for people with rare and chronic conditions including immunodeficiency disorders. Often, there are no alternative treatments for these conditions. Plasma donations are life-changing and provide an opportunity for patients around the country to live a happier and healthier life. 2. Plasma cannot be manufactured in a lab Even with the scientific advances in the health care industry, medicine developed from plasma can only be made from plasma donated from healthy adults. Plasma cannot be manufactured in a lab or any other artificial environment.

Because of this, plasma has become a scarce yet life-changing resource for people who rely on these plasma-based medicines.

3. The plasma donation process is safe and fast Thousands of people donate plasma safely every day. Donating plasma is a low-risk procedure with minimal or no side effects. On a donor’s first visit to a plasma donation center, the whole process, including a physical examination, medical screening and the plasma donation, usually takes about two hours. Future visits take less time. Because the body quickly replenishes the plasma removed during the donation process, healthy individuals may donate as often as twice in a seven-day period, with at least one day between donations. To learn more about the donation process visit www.biolifeplasma.com. 4. Many individuals are eligible to donate plasma To donate plasma, an individual must be at least 18 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and pass all other required donor eligibility criteria to protect the donor’s health and safety of the plasma. Healthy individuals who are eligible to donate their plasma can do so, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. 5. There is an urgent need for plasma donations With plasma donations lower than usual through the pandemic and the demand for medicine developed from plasma growing worldwide, the need for plasma is more urgent than ever. Global demand for these therapies has increased over the past 20 years - and continues to grow due to more rare diseases being identified as well as more patients being diagnosed. Everyone has the power to make a difference through plasma donation and potentially help save lives. In addition to potentially making a positive impact on someone’s life, plasma donors are compensated in recognition of the time, commitment and the effort required for their donation.

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Samurai Sudoku for January This samurai sudoku puzzle is a great way to engage the brain and help develop logic skills. There are 5 overlapping grids with one unique solution. Each of 4 corners are shaded. To solve this Samurai puzzle use standard sudoku rules for every 9x9 grid: each digit from 1 to 9 can only appear once in Samurai Sudoku Puzzle #25www.EstrellaPublishing.com every row, column and 3x3 box. Good Luck! Solutions are on our website This samurai sudoku puzzle is a great way to engage the brain and help develop logic skills. There are 5 overlapping grids with one unique solution. Each of 4 corners are shaded. To solve this Samurai puzzle use standard sudoku rules for every 9x9 grid. Each digit from 1 to 9 can only appear once in every row, column and 3x3 box.

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