‘Red flags’ to watch for with aging parents

During the holidays, as families gather, they may be overwhelmed at the changes they see in their older parents. They want to help, so many make suggestions for Mom or Dad. But parents often resist – because they don’t want to lose control or because the adult children don’t really know how to approach this […]

Helping kids cope with cancer

Michelle’s Place, the Women’s Breast Cancer Resource Center, welcomes a new program just for kids. On Nov.17 at 10 a.m. Michelle’s Place and Kids Konnected will together bring support to children who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent to cancer. Through funding from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Inland […]

Slow Food Temecula Valley holding membership fair

Slow Food Temecula Valley, a local chapter of Slow Food USA, will have its first membership fair in Old Town Temecula on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. The fair is free and open to the public and designed to educate attendees about Slow Food events and issues relating to local food traditions. The fair will […]

A Mental Moment – Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder is form of depression that is affected by the seasons. There are rare cases of SAD where sunlight and warmth brings on the depression, but for most sufferers it happens when the days get shorter. It is more common in northern climates than southern, and women report it more often than men. […]

Diabetes wellness for life

Diabetes is a manageable disease. Daily self-management skills can help people lead full and active lives, prevent and/or reduce the health problems associated with diabetes. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not make insulin or use the insulin effectively. Insulin is a hormone (made from the pancreas) that converts […]

A Mental Moment – Sleep for your health

An Irish proverb says, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” Science is catching up with Celtic wisdom, and we now know that we cut back on sleep at our peril. Sleep deprivation can give rise to emotional problems, car accidents, and even obesity. UC Berkeley’s Sleep […]

A Mental Moment – Focusing on girls and aggression

Maria Keller, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology, spoke on Oct. 13 at the American Association of University Women’s monthly meeting. The topic was “Girls and Indirect Aggression,” and Keller peppered her lively presentation with studies and anecdotes illustrating the social lives (and the dark sides of said lives) of middle and high school girls. […]

A Word from the Wise – Taylor’s Tips

I’m on information overload. The health fair at Temecula Senior Center last month was overflowing with good information on getting healthy and/or staying well. Most is just common sense. All of our lives we have been told to eat smart, know when to check with the doctor and that old bug-a-boo, get more exercise. We […]

Asperger’s patients learn to read body language

You take your son to the pediatrician. The doctor checks his ears, his nose, his eyes. The nurse makes sure he is a healthy weight and talks to you about his diet. You discuss school, boo-boos, and sleep problems. Then the doctor throws the zinger: “I think your child may have Asperger’s syndrome.” What is […]