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Depression and Suicide Prevention: What to Do When a Loved One is Depressed

The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade last week left most people in shock. Two exceptionally creative talents, who shared their passions with the world and seemed to have it all, took their own lives. Their untimely … [Read more...]

The Graduation Gift Every 18-year-old Really Needs

Q. My daughter, Becca, is graduating from high school next week and attending college in Richmond in the fall. We couldn't be more proud of all of her accomplishments. We are thrilled that she is just a little over two hours away, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Should I Make Changes to My Incapacity Plan?

Dear Ribbit, I saw the unthinkable happen to a friend of mine in college, and like most college students, he didn't have incapacity planning in place. I saw it as a sign and got my own planning in order. Now that I graduated, I … [Read more...]

Medicaid Expansion Passed – What it Means for Healthcare in Virginia

It's true! After years of advocacy and a long-delayed budget, the Virginia General Assembly passed a state budget that includes the Medicaid expansion coverage created under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. … [Read more...]

The Ecosystem of Family Caregiving

Q. My family is new to caregiving, and we're trying to figure out how to best support each other, but it seems like a tangled web. For instance, I am divorced, but I have a son who can help with practical responsibilities as I … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Including Grandchildren in Caregiving

Dear Magic, My mother moved close by after my father passed away. She suffers from diabetes and has hip problems. My 13-year-old daughter, Bella, and my 9 year old, Rex, want to visit to help with grandmother's caregiving and … [Read more...]

How to Maintain an Emotional Connection to Someone with Alzheimer’s

Geri Taylor (69) had recently retired from her job in health administration, when she started noticing changes in herself. For some time, she had experienced forgetfulness at work. For instance, when she was leading a staff … [Read more...]