Family Caregivers Need Breaks: The Rockaway Care Center Respite Program

-You deserve a break today, at McDonald’s. -Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that KitKat bar! -Calgon, take me away! The above ’80s ad campaign slogans might still ring in your head whenever the topic of needing a break comes up. Everyone needs breaks. That’s why recess.. read more →

02 Feb 2015
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When Bariatric Surgery Is the First Step

It’s happened to so many people you know – it may have even happened to you. Somehow, over the years, the weight kept creeping up, despite all efforts to lose it. Even when people lost weight, they’d gain it all back – and more. They tried every diet on the planet, but it was always.. read more →

26 Jan 2015
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Born in January? A Carnation for You

Perennial, prevalent, and pleasing – such are the lovely carnation flowers. Suitable for any occasion, carnations are often the default choice in a single flower or bouquet. And if you’re born in January, the carnation is your birth flower. Since it’s carnation month, we put together some trivia ins and outs about this flower. Winner.. read more →

20 Jan 2015
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Rockaway Care Center Highlight: Respiratory Therapists

Under healthy circumstances, breathing is automatic, from the moment a newborn takes its first breath, cutting off its need for the placenta to supply its oxygen. It’s easy to take healthy breathing for granted because, simply put, we don’t think about it. The diaphragm, the muscle located just underneath the lungs, is an involuntary muscle.. read more →

12 Jan 2015
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Play Your Cards Right on December 28th

When we’re young, we start out with Go Fish, move onto War, escalate to Spit, and dabble in Solitaire if no one’s around.  We then graduate from the single or duo card playing games to group games, such as Rummy, Hearts, Black Jack, and Bull(shhh). Finally, you hit playing-card maturity when you’re up to Poker… read more →

28 Dec 2014
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Winter Solstice: Mid-Year Reflection

Winter solstice has garnered more intrigue than any other season’s solstice. Perhaps the reason is its association with Christmas, whereas no other solstice has any major holiday associated with it. Or perhaps it’s the mysterious quality of being the longest period of darkness during the year.  Either way, the lure of discussing winter solstice can.. read more →

21 Dec 2014
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PB & J: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

First you take the peanuts And you crunch ’em, you crunch ’em Peanut, peanut butter, and jelly! Peanut, peanut butter, and jelly! These lyrics are sung at the top of children’s lungs at elementary schools, Scout gatherings, and summer camps, likely all across the 50 States.  The peanut butter and jelly (“PB&J”) sandwich is so ubiquitous.. read more →

17 Nov 2014
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November is National Diabetes Month: How to Keep Type 2 At Bay

“Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes.” – American Diabetes Association, National Diabetes Month 2014 Fact Sheet Type 2 diabetes – the kind where insulin is not used or produced most efficiently – is usually preventable. And yet.. read more →

11 Nov 2014
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Trivia for a Treat: Test Your Halloween Knowledge

The date of October 31st is imprinted on the rubric of American culture as synonymous with Halloween. Ironically, Halloween’s origins are European pagan, yet the holiday takes full hold on a country whose religious tradition is almost 100% Judeo-Christian. Apparently, some old habits die hard – the incessant medieval fear of ghosts and goblins immigrated.. read more →

27 Oct 2014
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Pop Goes the…Corn!

We know candy corn is popular in October what with Halloween, but did you know that popcorn is featured in October, too? It is! In fact, October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month.  Why October? Because the corn harvest takes place in the autumn in the US Midwest, and consequently the holiday month was celebrated in.. read more →

15 Oct 2014
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