Advent: A season for preparing

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer It’s a season of giving to those in need, of decorating, but most of all of preparing — Advent, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, begins this Sunday. Area churches have many special sermons and musical events planned, but pastors...

‘Kids don’t come with instructions’

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer It’s hard not to take it personally when your child is yelling “I hate you!” but parents shouldn’t lose their own tempers when disciplining their children. It’s never an easy job, but help is available. “Kids...

The many facets of bereavement

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The death of a loved one is never easy, but bereaved seniors may face particular issues younger people don’t experience. This may include multiple losses at once. Beth Wechta, a geriatric therapist at Century Health, said people in their 80s or...

Time to quit? Make a plan

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s time to quit! Quit smoking, that is. Today is the Great American Smokeout and the American Cancer Society is encouraging smokers to quit, or to make a plan to quit, on this day. Carole Leeman of Findlay, a lung cancer survivor, is glad she...

Signup period starting for 2015 health insurance

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Signups for 2015 health insurance under Obamacare start today, and they are expected to go much smoother. Last year, people going to healthcare.gov encountered glitches, but these have been fixed and the application is “more streamlined,”...

Caregivers play an important role in cancer treatment

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer A cancer diagnosis is not only life-altering for the patient, but it also poses challenges for their caregiver. Caregivers are generally spouses but sometimes parents or other relatives, said Joanne Reinhart, patient guide at Cancer Patient Services....

Vietnam veterans feel new respect

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Veterans of the Vietnam War were often poorly treated when they first came home, but 40 years later, many are seeing a renewed respect, and are forging close ties with younger veterans. Protests against the war were widespread in the 1960s and 1970s....

Say it with confidence

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Public speaking may be often cited as one of the most common fears, but if a recent Toastmasters meeting is any indication, it can also be cause for laughter and good-natured camaraderie. About 16 people attended the meeting of the Findlay Old...

Managing diabetes is a 24-hour job

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER November is National Diabetes Month, and the Findlay Health Department is holding several events to raise awareness that the disease is prevalent but physical activity and a healthy diet can prevent long-term complications. Events include a walking...

Take the scare out of Halloween treats

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer One of the scariest things at Halloween for many families isn’t a ghost or goblin — it’s a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Children with allergies to peanuts or other foods are at risk during trick or treating and...