FRC Weekly Articles

Stress and adolescence: Reach out for help

05/28/2022
Cathy Brownfield

Many moons ago when I started classes at Kent State-Salem, there was a class called “Listening.” Seriously. I took the class because it meant I didn’t have to take speech. I dreaded standing in a crowd of people, the center of attention, speaking. I’m a much better writer than orator, even today.

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Stress and adolescence: Reach out

05/28/2022
Cathy Brownfield

Many moons ago when I started classes at Kent State-Salem, there was a class called “Listening.” Seriously. I took the class because it meant I didn’t have to take speech. I dreaded standing in a crowd of people, the center of attention, speaking. I’m a much better writer than orator, even today.

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Alzheimer’s: Aging my way

05/21/2022
Cathy Brownfield

In 2021, there were 6.25 million Americans with Alzheimer’s: 1.1 million black, .76 million Latino, and 4.4 million non-Hispanic white. By 2060 those numbers are expected to double or more. (Black, 3.1 million; Latino, 3.7 million and non-Hispanic white, 7 million). More than 260,000 deaths annually are Alzheimer’s or dementia-related.

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Reaching our best potential

05/14/2022
Cathy Brownfield

This article is rooted in a search for words such as compassion, empathy, and mindfulness. The term “mindfulness” caught on a snag. How can there be a controversy about the meaning of “mindfulness”?

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Deaths of despair: A loss of hope

05/07/2022
Cathy Brownfield

Many of us remember the great recession of 2008. Others of us lived through the Economic Malaise of the late 1970s into the 1980s. (Economic Malaise was a gentler term than Great Depression.) How terrible it was for the families who depended on the steel mills for their livelihoods. And then everyone learned about ‘ripple effect.’ Contractors who worked for the steel industry were devastated as the dominoes continued to fall. Local stores were stricken when there were fewer customer dollars. You were fortunate if you could afford to have what you needed. Homes – and everything else families had worked hard to possess – were lost. And the quality of life declined. There was no stigma attached to the free lunch program at school.

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