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Wait! Don’t flush those pills!

Grandma just passed away, leaving a medicine cabinet stocked with bottles of prescription medication—some never opened. What should you do with them? Water companies and environmentalists discourage flushing drugs down the toilet because they pollute the water system; You can’t throw them in the trash because they could end up in the hands of a child or someone who they weren’t prescribed for...

Pennsylvania Autistic Children Benefit from Grandparents' Involvement

A new survey shows that many grandparents play a key role in the lives of children with the developmental disorder called autism. Dr. Paul Law, director of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, says "Grandparents have resources and time they can offer. But they also have their own needs, and they're impacted by their grandchild's autism, too."

Exercise strengthens bodies and souls

Studies show that older adults with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes benefit greatly from regular exercise as do people with high blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking. But exercise isn’t just good for your body. A National Institutes of Health Senior Health report states that being regularly active can help manage stress, improve your mood, reduce feelings of depression, and improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function.

A Grand Prize Phone Call

Nurture long distance relationships with grandparents

Encouraging Teens in Central PA to Spend Time with Grandparents

Is your child’s lackadaisical attitude toward spending the night at her grandparent’s house bewildering? At 8 years old she longed to seek refuge from her siblings at grandma’s house.

Leaving a financial legacy, the truth about reverse mortgages and other money tips

What does it mean to you to leave a financial legacy? For some, it means leaving accumulated wealth to their heirs. To others, it means subscribing to their children and grandchildren values upon which to place money and other items of significance. To others still, it means giving to a charitable organization or other reputable institutions.

Da Vinci comes to the Whitaker Center

Da Vinci comes to the Whitaker Center

When Wesley Longacre spent a week with his grandfather in Sunbury, there was somewhere special the 9-year-old wanted to go. Wesley, who lives in Maryland, remembered a place he and his grandfather, Irvin, used to visit frequently—the Whitaker Center...

Lancaster grandparent's tips on overcoming tough spots

“Most people know me as the lady in the power chair or the woman who waives at cars as they drive by—and that’s the way I like it,” says a Lancaster county native, who is referred to in this story as Beth to preserve her anonymity. While many could tell you that Beth is a caring and lovely individual, few could tell you about the struggles she has endured as a parent...

14 Tips on Downsizing in Pennsylvania

Like a lot of Boomers, he also does not know if he is going to stay retired. “I don't know if this is a real permanent retirement, although must say I am busy,” he says. “It is not clear what sort of part-time or self-managed opportunities might arise.” In rural areas, the idea of selling the old family homestead and buying something new and smaller is hard to pull off, says Steve Niebler, director of the Adams County Office for Aging...

Parent vs. Grandparent

Divorce is never an easy thing, especially when children are involved. It’s often mom vs. dad, with children stuck in the middle. But what happens when grandparents step in and demand visitation or custody?




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