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Strength in Numbers: How Your Association Membership Benefits You

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For many people, retirement is surprisingly one of the most stressful times in their entire lives. The sudden transition from a day filled with tasks working alongside peers to a life of leisure can be jarring and isolating. The good news: there’s a group of people with a similar background to you who are eager to have you join them (if you haven’t already). Your association! Whether you’re an...

Screen Time Is Strain Time: Protecting Your Eyes While Online

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The news is full of stories about how the pandemic is putting economic and emotional strains on many of us. But what’s frequently overlooked – no pun intended – is the indirect effect the situation is putting on our eyes. With more people spending a greater amount of time at home, the use of digital devices such as using computers for web browsing, checking social media, and making video...

New Season, New Sunglasses

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September might be here, but summer is still going strong – and so are the sun’s UV rays. Sunglasses with UV protection are critical to protect your eyes and even multiple other structures surrounding the eyes. Even eyelids can be damaged from the sun. One way to test if the UV protection in your sunglasses has expired is to buy a UV flashlight. Shine the light on some paper money. When the...

Tips For Safe Fall Hiking

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Fall hiking fanatics, rejoice! The season for cooling temperatures, changing colors, and spectacular views has finally arrived. As picturesque as fall hikes are, the season also brings many dangers and challenges for those looking forward to getting outdoors. Here are some things to watch for along with tips on how to stay safe: Falling is the #1 Hazard For Fall Hikers. As beautiful as fall...

Should You Brush Your Teeth Before or After Breakfast?

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We all know the dental community recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day. But what about when to brush in the morning, before or after breakfast? Many people who brush after breakfast say they prefer it because they want to avoid the unpleasant flavor that occurs when you drink orange juice after brushing with minty toothpaste and it clears debris left over from their meal and...

A Can of Peas, A Bag of Rice, and A Determination That No One Should Go Hungry: A History of the First Food Bank

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A broken heart inspired John van Hengel to fill the stomachs of people in need. Born in Waupun, Wisconsin in 1923, van Hengel eventually was sent to Phoenix, Arizona for rehabilitation after he became partially paralyzed while breaking up a bar fight.  Upon recovering from his injuries (at 44, he even became the oldest public lifeguard in Phoenix), van Hengel vowed to dedicate his life to...

Should You Switch From Contact Lenses to Glasses in the Age of Covid-19?

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“Contact Tracing” is an important measure that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “Contactless Pick-Up” can also keep you safe. Here’s another way to help stay safe: “Rethink Wearing Contact Lenses.” Experts report that switching from your contact lenses to glasses is worth considering, both for the risks of wearing contacts, and the protection that glasses can provide. The Risk of...

Ignore Your Gums And They’ll Go Away

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Maybe your first sign of the problem was tooth sensitivity. Maybe you noticed a tooth looks longer than normal. Most people are unaware the issue even exists because it occurs so gradually. But gum recession is not something you want to ignore. Gum recession is the process in which the gum tissue surrounding your teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth and/or its...

Can You Get Covid-19 Again? Experts Say It’s Unlikely.

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In early July, a handful of outlying reports appeared in some news publications with alarming headlines that implied immunity to COVID-19 is short-lived. Many people were alarmed by these articles and shared them with friends and family and also posted them across social media. However, the World Health Organization has issued guidance that reassures that this claim is based in worry, not science...

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