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Charity Choice Monday – FamilyWorks Seattle – Real Change 26

By Lauren Williams | November 4, 2019 |

FamilyWorks Seattle maintains food banks in Wallingford and Greenwood. And a Resource Center for the essentials like diapers and school supplies, and playgroups for children up to age five, and parenting classes and workshops, and many more life-enhancing programs. Its wishlists are posted on those pages.

Charity Choice Monday – Country Doctor Community Health Centers – Real Change 26

By Lauren Williams | October 28, 2019 |

“Country Doctor Community Health Centers (CDCHC) has a rich history of providing high quality, caring, culturally appropriate primary health care to our neighbors, regardless of their ability to pay. We understand that choosing a primary care provider is one of the most important health decisions you can make. Here at Country Doctor Community Health Centers we…

Expect the Unexpected – nope

By Lauren Williams | October 25, 2019 |

“How thoughtful of him!  To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” That is a quote from the Third Act of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. The quote, in horrible fashion, always seems to be shortened to “Expect the Unexpected.” That always sets my teeth on edge: it feels like an exhortation to paranoia,…

Mental Health First Aid – Thank you Australia

By Lauren Williams | October 23, 2019 |

Mental Health First Aid International is an even better import than koalas. The following paragraphs are from its website: “An evidence-based program,” “an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and…

Casual Uncluttering in garage

Just another day at a garage

By Lauren Williams | October 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Just another day at a garage

Day 1 of a major decluttering and organizing for Christian Pincock and Mark Chavez. Even though they did a decluttering a month ago look at all the trash and donation items they identified just from the garage in two hours. “We’re taking this room by room and targeting to finish the entire house by Christmas…

Charity Choice Monday – Children’s Home Society of Washington – Real Change 25

By Lauren Williams | October 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Children’s Home Society of Washington – Real Change 25

Children’s Home Society of Washington isn’t too proud to post a full gifts-in-kind wishlist page on its website.   “Just as a sturdy house needs certain materials, our children need many supports and opportunities to be successful in school and life. Children’s Home Society of Washington helps create a solid foundation for today’s children that…

Charity Choice Monday – FareStart – Real Change 24

By Lauren Williams | October 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – FareStart – Real Change 24

FareStart: “Great Food, Better Lives.   Providing real solutions to poverty, homelessness and hunger FareStart has been helping people transform their lives through food for over 25 years — one person, one job and one community at a time. People in poverty struggle to escape the cycle they are in and often face other compounding…

The Secret Language of Healthcare

By Lauren Williams | October 13, 2019 | Comments Off on The Secret Language of Healthcare

A colleague of mine, Annie Jacobsen Jacobsen Dementia Care Coaching 206-617-6683 Jacobsen Dementia Care Coaching 10116 Edmonds Way Suite C – Box 302 Edmonds, WA 98020 shared her expertise, focused on a specific client of hers, for “When the Diagnosis is Dementia”, the third chapter of The Secret Language of Healthcare, How to Ask…

My Mother, Your Mother Dennis MCullough, M.D.

By Lauren Williams | October 10, 2019 | Comments Off on My Mother, Your Mother Dennis MCullough, M.D.

One of my highest words of praise for any book is “lyrical.” Dennis McCullough’s My Mother, Your Mother is lyrical, meditative and compelling. Dr. McCullough dissects the current state of medical care for Seniors with authority: he is a family physician and geriatrician in practice for over 30 years, faculty at Dartmouth Medical School, and…

Stages of Senior Care Paul and Lori Hogan

By Lauren Williams | October 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Stages of Senior Care Paul and Lori Hogan

There is a bewildering selection of “how to care for the elderly” books. Paul and Lori Hogan, in Stages of Senior Care, wrote one which is worth finding. They teach their readers about critical potential resources for the challenges: professional, non-familial service providers, for example through home health agencies which can provide in-home nursing assistance,…