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Coping with holiday loss

Dr. Paul
Holding photograph of family member.

On these gray winter mornings, I like to walk around Green Lake and watch the sun rise. This time of year, I think about my mom’s brief illness and death four years ago, which quickly followed Christmas. It was both a sad and sweet time. I was able to help take care of her and comfort her during her final weeks. On my early morning walks I find myself recalling those last mornings, watching the sun rise from her Florida terrace, listening to the sounds of tropical birds, wondering if each day would be her last. I think about her often.

I miss her terribly. Read more about Coping with holiday loss

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DaVita Medical Group to Join Optum

December 06, 2017
  • Combination designed to improve care quality, cost and patient experience through multiple payer relationships across physician-led, patient-centered ambulatory care services
  • Applying Optum capabilities enables DaVita Medical Group community care practices to focus more on providing high quality care, less on administration
  • DaVita Inc. sells DaVita Medical Group to Optum

Recipe for a joyful holiday

Dr. Paul
Three children make a mess in the kitchen.

I can always tell when the holidays are around the corner—drivers start to take out all of the slack! Gone are the polite Northwesterner’s who always let someone into their lane. Beware of those four-way stops! It’s everyone for themselves!

For many adults, the holidays are a mixture of sweet, sad, and stressful moments. Here’s my recipe for a rewarding holiday season for yourself and your loved ones. Read more about Recipe for a joyful holiday

Experiencing stillness, wonder, and grace

Dr. Paul
Beginning your day with relaxing coffee.

The hustle bustle of everyday life can keep us from experiencing stillness, wonder, and grace. It prevents us from being aware of the moment and cultivates impatience with our here and now. Read more about Experiencing stillness, wonder, and grace

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Maintaining balance amid change

Boe
Pacific Northwest road with mountains.

Everything changes. Every day our kids grow older. Companies enlarge, shrink, and become something else. Relationships develop or die. Our bodies age. New technology replaces old gadgets.  Intellectually we know—Don’t get too comfortable with the status quo. But when something changes that we value, we’re angry. Why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this? We react. And unless it’s something that we wanted---not too well. Read more about Maintaining balance amid change

What is hoarseness?

Hoarseness is a very common problem and refers to abnormal voice changes. Hoarseness is a symptom, not a disease and one-third of the US population experiences this symptom at some point in their lives. Hoarseness is more common in those with significant voice strains, such as construction workers, teachers and telephone operators. All ages can be affected, from newborns to seniors. Women are typically affected more often than men. If you are experiencing hoarseness, you should see a healthcare provider for evaluation and care, whether medical or surgical.  Read more about What is hoarseness?

Older adult alcohol abuse, a growing problem

Dr. Paul
Pouring a glass of wine.

Alcohol abuse is a growing problem for older adults. According to public health surveys, older adult alcohol use disorders are on the rise. Read more about Older adult alcohol abuse, a growing problem

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Turn on the lights!

Dr. Paul
Illuminated bedroom table lamp.

When I moved to the Northwest 25 years ago, I was surprised by the short winter days. It got dark so early! I was ready for rain (after all, isn’t Seattle the rain capital of the Northwest?), but I was unprepared for the long dark nights that start in the late afternoon. Read more about Turn on the lights!

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