Elder Sexual Violence: The Abuse We Can Never Imagine Happening

By C.J. Boggs Bernier According to AARP, there are 76.4 million baby boomers in the U.S and more than 3 million of them are already in their 70’s and 80’s. Many families are transitioning into the sandwich generation, taking care of elderly parents and still caring for children at home. 

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Fun For Everyone at the Fall Family Festival

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain's Fall Family Festival will be back again this year with great family-friendly activities to welcome in the fall season. In addition to pumpkin painting, sing-a-longs, a photo booth, dance performances, face painting and seasonal crafts, there will be local farm fresh food!  Community Wellness Director

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10 Reasons to Get Off the Couch

By Prof. David Cameron Smith Straight out of science, we bring you ten of the best research-backed, age-defying reasons to get moving. 1. Youthful looks: Exercise protects against wrinkles, crows feet and other signs of skin aging. Exercise triggers the release of interleukin 15 (IL-15) which prevents the loss of

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The Role of the YWCA in a Trauma Informed City

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey Trauma is described as a deeply distressing event that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope.(Center for Non-Violence and Social Justice). Many equate it with victims of violence, however, trauma can be created by many factors that include: • Interpersonal violence – such as abuse, rape, domestic violence,

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How I Let Love Lead the Way On My Weight Loss Journey

By Heather Labbe I knew I was about 75 pounds overweight, but coming face to face with it in the three-way mirrors of the Lord & Taylor dressing room 12 years ago still caught be by surprise.  At first, I honestly thought someone else had come into the dressing room

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Guard Children’s Health and Wellness Against Spring Allergies

By Linda Boucher, RN Happy spring!  Don’t we all welcome these longer days of sunlight, the green grass, the rebirth of foliage on our trees, and all those lovely flowers in bloom once again?  Of course we do! Well, even if it's not the first thing you associate with spring,

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The Truth About Coffee

By Margo White- Fit Planet by Les Mills Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks in the world, yet it’s still often perceived as an indulgence, or a habit to be kicked. Why the bad rap? Coffee and its impact on human health have been the subject of

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The Health Benefits of Massage

By Jeff Payne Massage therapy is an ancient form of healing that has steadily gained traction and popularity over the years. Although it is often seen as an adjunct treatment for a variety of conditions, massage therapy on its own can be useful for preventing and treating certain conditions. Despite

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Make Time For Your Wellbeing: A Mindfulness Exercise

By Nuriye Rumeli One of the hottest topics these days is whole body person wellness. Often this is followed by the importance of mindfulness. According to professional therapist Johnathan Banks “There is growing evidence that mindfulness can alter the brain and resulting from that, the body and health of regular

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