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Clinic Providers Add Second Location

As an added convenience to our patients, two Watson Clinic providers now offer expanded appointment availability at second locations. Appointments with Chiropractor Jalen Banks, DC may now be scheduled at our Center for Rehabilitative Medicine at 1430 Lakeland Hills Blvd., as well as our Center for Specialized Rehabilitation at 2190 E. County Road 540A. Call 863-680-7718 to schedule an appointment for either location. Paul J. Champino, APRN , a registered nurse practitioner who works alongside b...

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5/28/2024 12:59:00 PM Comments(0)

Same Day Pediatric & Rheumatology Appointments

Does your child need same day access to a pediatrician? Board-certified Pediatric specialist Dr. Jolie Szocki currently offers open availability for new and established pediatric patients, including those who need sports physicals, sick care, vaccinations and much more. Appointments with Dr. Szocki may be scheduled at our North Pediatrics location by calling 863-680-7337. Meanwhile, same day appointments are also available through our Rheumatology department. Our four department specialists R...

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5/28/2024 12:58:00 PM Comments(0)

Weekend Healthcare Services Now Available

Sometimes it can be difficult to accommodate your healthcare appointments during a busy work week. That’s why a number of Watson Clinic specialists offer appointment availability on Saturdays. Michelle Espanto, OD, FAAO , an Optometry specialist at our Watson Clinic Main location, sees patients on select Saturdays between the hours of 8 am and 11:30 am. Saturday Optometry appointments may be scheduled by calling 863-680-7486. Caitlyn Beacham, APRN , a registered nurse practitioner who work...

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5/22/2024 4:00:00 PM Comments(0)

Help Us Celebrate National Doctors Day!

Doctors are there in times of great distress to alleviate illness, promote healing, and offer guidance and comfort to patients and their caregivers. Taking place on Saturday, March 30, National Doctors Day presents an ideal opportunity to recognize those physicians who have made a positive impact in our lives. Watson Clinic’s team of over 220 board-certified physicians work every day from exam rooms and operating rooms to ensure a healthier community one patient at a time. They carry on ou...

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3/28/2024 10:08:00 AM Comments(0)

Clinic Supports FSC Nursing Program

As a result of our donation to Florida Southern College’s Nursing Program, Watson Clinic was honored with three "simulators" and beds that are to be used for student training. Wearing specially embroidered gowns, each simulator was named after an influential nurse of our choosing from medical history. A sign hangs on the classroom wall spotlighting photos and biographies of each nurse who "paved the way for generations of nurses to come." There’s Clara Barton, who was known as the An...

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3/27/2024 1:29:00 PM Comments(0)

Saturday Appointments Available with Optometry & ENT

Watson Clinic’s Otolaryngology ENT and Optometry departments are pleased to offer appointment availability on select Saturdays for both new and established patients. This service provides enhanced convenience and flexibility for patients who have yet to establish their own specialist from either department or are too busy to attend an appointment during the week. Watson Clinic Main Optometry specialist Michelle Espanto, OD, FAAO is offering appointment openings on two upcoming Saturdays &#...

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3/27/2024 1:04:00 PM Comments(0)

Be a blood donor—and a hero

Every blood donor is a hero. One generous donation can save multiple lives. If you have never donated blood before, or if it has been a while, now is a perfect time to roll up your sleeve. A constant need Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Blood is needed every day of the year. Blood is essential for emergencies, such as when someone experiences a severe injury in a car accident. It is also needed daily for various medical procedures, including cancer treatment, surgery and bloo...

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1/24/2024 1:07:00 PM Comments(0)

Technologist Saves Child from Choking

Whether they’re working in a doctor’s office or an operating room, our team members impact the lives of patients every day by calling upon their extensive training and expertise. Sometimes, their training can make all the difference outside of a medical setting as well. This was the case recently at a child’s birthday party attended by Jennifer Elliott, CST , a certified surgical technologist who works alongside board-certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Phuc Vo . As the kids were...

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12/28/2023 10:35:00 AM Comments(1)

Be Aware of Spoofing Scams

Cyber security attacks and scammers continue to pose a threat to many consumers and internet users. It’s important to know the steps you can take to avoid vulnerability to these attacks. Watson Clinic remains vigilant in our attempts to identify and thwart scammers. We encourage our patients and online visitors to keep the following points in mind: Watson Clinic will never ask you for personal financial information under any circumstances in any online or social media forum. Refrain from c...

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10/16/2023 12:34:00 PM Comments(0)

General Surgeon Retires After 42 Years

Watson Clinic recently celebrated the contributions of a treasured physician as he marked his retirement after many decades of service. General Surgeon Dr. Jack B. Thigpen, Jr. started at Watson Clinic on September 11, 1981. His retirement party was held 42 years later on that exact date. "The reason I joined Watson Clinic was to be a part of a nationally recognized group of physicians under one roof," he shared. "I knew that I could relate to and provide the best care for my patients." After hi...

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9/26/2023 12:56:00 PM Comments(12)

Two Anesthesiology Nurses Honored by USF

The USF School of Nursing recently presented awards to two members of Watson Clinic’s CRNA team – Andrew Eisner, CRNA and Desmond Johnson, CRNA . Andrew Eisner was the recipient of USF’s Proud Bull Award, an honor that signifies "extraordinary distinction and success in the field of Nurse Anesthesia". This elite honor is presented to those who significantly contribute to the USF legacy through their commitment to quality improvement, research, community outreach, and much more....

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9/26/2023 12:56:00 PM Comments(0)

Community Voters Award Clinic During Annual Ceremony

The people voted, and Watson Clinic won big during the 2023 Best of Central Florida Community’s Choice Awards ceremony held at the RP Funding Center on Thursday, September 14. Many Watson Clinic departments, locations and specialists were announced as finalists across multiple Beauty & Health categories. Finalists and winners were chosen from thousands of entries cast by The Ledger’s sizeable readership. Watson Clinic was recognized as finalists in the following categories: Hospi...

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9/22/2023 11:49:00 AM Comments(0)

Are You Following Us on Social Media?

Want to be in the know on the latest news throughout Watson Clinic? Then like and follow us on our social media platforms! Meet our new physicians and providers, learn about the many services we offer, and keep up-to-date on special events we take part in throughout the community. We even host occasional giveaways filled with terrific prizes! Help us spread the word by inviting your social media friends and family to join our pages too! Use the links below to follow Watson Clinic on the social m...

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8/3/2023 10:22:00 AM Comments(0)

Urgent Care Nurse Goes Above and Beyond

An elderly gentleman had been hit by a car a month earlier. When he pulled up to Watson Clinic Urgent Care Main in an Uber, he was disheveled, tattered, and in desperate need of medical attention. Luckily, licensed practical nurse Dawn Lash-Bazemore was there to lend a hand. "He kept saying over and over again that he didn’t want to be a burden," Dawn recalled. But once he was seated in the lobby, Dawn could see he need immediate assistance. After the car accident, the man had received car...

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7/24/2023 12:44:00 PM Comments(23)

Protect yourself from ticks

When you're heading outside, take a moment to prepare for ticks. Ticks will hitch rides on animals and humans. A tick bite can lead to illness, including Lyme disease. How to avoid ticks and bites • Don't walk through high grasses, brushy areas or fallen leaves. Stay on the center of trails. • Go outdoors often? Treat your clothing with a tick repellant that has permethrin. That way you don't have to put a bug repellent like DEET on your skin. • Check your clothing for ticks wh...

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7/24/2023 11:03:00 AM Comments(0)

Clinic Physicians Awarded by UnitedHealthcare

What is a United Hero? They’re the doctors that go above and beyond to deliver personalized care, providing the services patients need to stay healthy and ensuring a smooth coordination between other physicians when additional specialized care is necessary. UnitedHealthcare® recently awarded United Hero awards to a group of distinguished Watson Clinic physicians – Internal Medicine specialists Dr. Donna Asupan , Dr. Robert Estupinan , Dr. Julia McNeice , Dr. M. Mabel Martinez Re...

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5/17/2023 2:14:00 PM Comments(9)

Physicians On the Move

Several popular specialists are on the move. Please make note of the following changes: Pain Management specialist Dr. Osman Latif , and registered nurse practitioners Heather Holst, APRN and Michnitza Brutus, APRN , have also moved their Watson Clinic Highlands offices from the second to the first floor. Please make note that Dr. Latif and his care team continue to offer appointment availability at our Watson Clinic Main facility as well. Watson Clinic Gastroenterologist Dr. Tammy Gebo-Seaman n...

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5/17/2023 1:13:00 PM Comments(0)

What to do with old medicines

Don't forget the medicine cabinet the next time you clean your bathroom. Unless you are conscientious about disposing of expired and unused medicines, that cabinet probably needs a look. Getting rid of them ensures that they won't end up with people or pets who shouldn't have them. Although it's tempting to toss those old meds into the trash or flush them down the toilet, you should take a minute to make sure you are disposing of them properly. Here are some safe ways to dispose of unused or exp...

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3/27/2023 9:25:00 AM Comments(0)

Water safety 101

There is no better way to stay cool, have a fun time with family and be active in hot months than water recreation. Water parks, pools, lakes and beaches are great summer destinations. Stay safe and enjoy the water by following these safety tips: • Learn how to swim. You and your children must learn to swim. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children ages 1 to 4. • Supervise children. Stay alert when children are in or around water. Consider safety features such as fe...

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2/27/2023 10:50:00 AM Comments(0)

News Briefs - February 2023

Please make note of the following updates involving Watson Clinic medical providers, including those who have expanded their locations and appointment availability in recent weeks. Brooke Livingston, APRN, FNP-C , a registered nurse practitioner working alongside Family Medicine physician Dr. Rony Alvarado at Watson Clinic Highlands , recently changed her last name to Pate. Please make a note of this change when scheduling appointments. Watson Clinic South board-certified Dermatologist Dr. Cathe...

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2/10/2023 1:04:00 PM Comments(0)

Make time for yourself

From family obligations to work responsibilities, chances are you have a lot on your plate. But one thing you can't afford to skimp on is self-care. We're talking about taking time for yourself to engage in habits that help you live and feel your best. What follows are a few good ways to be good to your body and your mind. Keep in mind that many of these tips can help improve both your physical and your mental health. For your body Eat healthy foods. Along with giving you energy to focus, good n...

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1/3/2023 12:52:00 PM Comments(0)

Enjoy an allergy-safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of feasts. But if you or a family member has food allergies, it's also a time to be careful about what you eat. Here are three tips for accommodating your guests with food allergies this Thanksgiving. Talk to your guests The best way to keep your guests safe is to talk to them ahead of time. Find out what their specific allergies are and their level of sensitivity. Food allergy reactions can vary from mild to life-threatening. Remember that people with food allergies know ...

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11/18/2022 9:31:00 AM Comments(0)

Simple things help make healthy aging possible

Have you noticed that the numbers you read seem to be getting smaller? Do you find it harder to get down on your knees to look under the bed—and to get up again? There’s no question that age brings changes to our lives. And yes, some of them we’d prefer to avoid. Physically, for example, stiffening joints can make it harder to get around. And many people find that their short-term memory just isn’t what it used to be. Often, difficult personal situations, such as the deat...

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9/22/2022 12:44:00 PM Comments(0)

Clinic Awarded Elite Gold Status by EPIC

Here’s an accomplishment that’s nothing short of Epic! For the second year in a row, Watson Clinic has been recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in our use of the Epic Electronic Health Record system. Epic presented us with a perfect ‘Gold Stars level 10 ranking’ after reviewing our comprehensive utilization of the system. The official public announcement was made during their annual Users Group Meeting held on August 22 nd at their campus in Verona, Wisc...

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8/23/2022 9:27:00 AM Comments(0)

Risk Management Staffer Named a Healthcare Hero

Bravo to Lou Nino, the Assistant director of Safety and Infection Control in our Risk Management department, for being named the Healthcare Hero of the Month by The Ledger and their parent media company Gannett! In addition to this prestigious honor, Lou was awarded a $5,000 prize for being chosen as the winner among the nation’s other monthly heroes. Lou works tirelessly to prevent infections and promote a safe environment for patients, staff members and visitors of Watson Clinic. We than...

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7/28/2022 4:03:00 PM Comments(0)

Bone up on calcium and vitamin D

Are you getting enough calcium and vitamin D? Your bones depend on it. Consider: About 99% of the calcium in your body is in your bones and teeth. Your body can't make its own calcium. It has to come from what you eat. Without enough calcium on board—and vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium—your bones can weaken over time, putting you at risk for osteoporosis, the brittle bone disease that affects millions of older adults. Take action now to strengthen your skeleton. Make ...

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6/23/2022 2:57:00 PM Comments(0)

Get mosquitoes to bug off!

In warm weather, mosquitoes are a hot topic. Generally, these insect bites are just itchy and uncomfortable. In rare instances, though, mosquitoes can carry disease, such as West Nile virus, which can cause flu-like symptoms. In other cases, mosquito bites can cause a serious allergic reaction. To prevent your skin from becoming a mosquito picnic—and reduce the chances of mosquito-borne illness—limit your contact with mosquitoes as much as you can. Start by putting these pest-free po...

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6/23/2022 2:56:00 PM Comments(0)

The benefits of staying well-hydrated

Every cell, tissue and organ in the human body contains water. Without water, your body can't maintain its temperature, get rid of waste or perform a host of other essential functions. At the same time, you are constantly losing water—through urine, sweat and even your breath. And you lose more fluids than usual in hot weather, when exercising, while running a fever, or if you have diarrhea or are throwing up. All of that means you need to take in water every day—and plenty of it. Wh...

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6/23/2022 2:54:00 PM Comments(0)

Develop healthy social media habits

Social media can be great for connecting and keeping in touch with people. But it can have a dark side too. If you've ever felt lonely, depressed, inadequate or anxious after scrolling through social media, you're not alone. Recent studies have found links between increased social media use and negative feelings and behaviors. Those include: • Spending less time with people in person. • Being distracted at work or school. • Developing low self-esteem, a negative body image or d...

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5/3/2022 2:02:00 PM Comments(0)

Bartow Locations Receive New Names & Revised Hours

Our two popular Bartow facilities have been rebranded to eliminate confusion and better reflect the diverse range of services they offer. The former Watson Clinic Bartow facility will now be known as Watson Clinic Bartow Building A . Located in Suite 100 at 2250 Osprey Blvd in Bartow, Building A houses specialists in the departments of family medicine , endocrinology , and podiatric surgery . Additional features of the facility include bone density DEXA scanning , electrocardiograms, dietary cou...

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2/24/2022 9:39:00 AM Comments(0)

Give the gift of organ donation

If you could save a life, would you? Or better yet, several lives? That's something you can easily do by signing up to become an organ donor. Your generosity, in fact, could save as many as eight lives. It might also help many others who need donated tissue to recover from burns and other injuries or to regain lost vision or hearing. A widespread need Your generosity is sorely needed. On any given day in this country, about 100 people receive organ transplants, according to the U.S. Department o...

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2/14/2022 9:54:00 AM Comments(0)

Your Guide to Gallstones

Here are two basic things you need to know about gallstones: They are painfully common—and commonly painful. Nearly 1 million people in the U.S. every year learn they have gallstones. And about a quarter of them will need to have some sort of treatment, usually surgery to remove their gallbladder. So what exactly are gallstones and why can they sometimes be so painful? The trouble with stones Gallstones are hard, abnormal masses that form in the gallbladder—a small, saclike structure...

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12/9/2021 3:39:00 PM Comments(0)

Washing your hands thoroughly helps prevent infections

Shaking hands. Lending a hand. Holding hands. Our hands are just right for all kinds of wholesome activities. Unfortunately, they're also very good at spreading germs. That's why proper handwashing is so important, especially with diseases like COVID-19 around. In addition to other preventive measures, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wash their hands often to help stop the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Washing your hands the right way invol...

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10/14/2021 6:04:00 PM Comments(0)

When Drinking Becomes a Problem

It's not always easy to tell someone they have a problem with alcohol—and it may be even harder to admit that you may have one yourself. Alcohol use disorder AUD is considered a medical condition. Its hallmark trait is an inability to control the use of alcohol despite the negative effects drinking is having on someone's life. AUD can be mild, moderate or severe. No matter how severe it is, though, there are treatments that can help. Warning signs Among the possible signs that someone has ...

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7/30/2021 12:31:00 PM Comments(0)

Talking to Your Teen about Drugs

Parents often have to have tough talks with their teens. And one of the most challenging topics for many parents is the use of drugs, including alcohol, marijuana and other substances like prescription medications. If you are a parent of a teen, you may be unsure how to begin that conversation—or that your teen will even listen. But it's important to let your teen know how you feel about drugs because research shows that you play a pivotal role in preventing your child from using them. Her...

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7/30/2021 12:30:00 PM Comments(0)

80 Years of Quality Healthcare

In the summer of 1941, the classic Citizen Kane premiered in theaters, baseball great Joe DiMaggio began a 56-game hitting streak for the New York Yankees, and a new car would set you back an average of $925. It also marked the season when Watson Clinic first opened our doors to the community. The seedlings of Watson Clinic were planted long before they sprouted into existence 80 years ago. The future of healthcare for residents of Lakeland and surrounding communities had its origins in Metter, ...

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6/9/2021 4:14:00 PM Comments(15)

Hand sanitizers: 5 do's and don'ts

With the COVID-19 pandemic going on, you want to keep your hands as germ-free as possible. But if you regularly reach for hand sanitizer, it pays to know a few key facts. Start with this one: Washing your hands with soap and running water for 20 seconds is typically the best way to clean your hands. If you can't get to soap and water, a hand sanitizer can be a good choice. Even so, you have to use the right product—in the right way—to get the most out of it. Here are some good-to-kno...

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5/5/2021 12:59:00 PM Comments(0)

Donating blood: Learn the facts

The American Red Cross says there is an urgent need for blood and platelet donors. Donated blood is used to help people who have: • Cancer. • Sickle cell disease. • Chronic diseases. • Injuries from accidents or fires. It's also used in lifesaving procedures, such as heart surgeries and organ transplants. In addition, blood donors who have fully recovered from COVID-19 may have antibodies in their blood plasma. Their blood could help seriously ill COVID-19 patients. There...

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1/29/2021 10:14:00 AM Comments(0)

What You Should Know about Thyroid Disorders

Sitting at the base of your neck is a small gland that can cause big trouble if it's not working right. The thyroid makes hormones that control how fast your body burns calories and how fast your heart beats. If the gland produces too much—or too little—of these hormones, it can set off a long list of health problems. When the thyroid is overactive—makes too many hormones—it's called hyperthyroidism. Someone with an overactive thyroid may have signs or symptoms such as: &...

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1/26/2021 1:02:00 PM Comments(0)

Holiday Safety Is on the Menu

Food is a big part of how we celebrate the holidays. But you don't want spoiled food to spoil the fun. So remember to add a dash of safety with the foods you whip up. Doing so can help reduce the risk of foodborne illness, or food poisoning. That's a possibility in any kitchen. The culprit? Harmful bacteria that can find their way into foods. To help reduce this risk: Keep it clean. This is an important step to help keep bacteria from spreading. • Remember to wash your hands with soap and ...

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11/18/2020 3:55:00 PM Comments(0)

Healthy Aging is Possible

Does the text in a book look smaller than it once did? Do you find it harder to get down on your knees to look under the bed—and to get up again? There's no question that age brings changes to our lives and yes, some of them we'd prefer to avoid. Physically, for example, stiffening joints can make it harder to get around. And many people find that their short-term memory just isn't what it used to be. Often, difficult personal situations, such as the death of a spouse, can add to the negat...

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9/30/2020 10:34:00 AM Comments(0)

Finding meaning and joy as we age

If there’s one guarantee in life, it’s this: change is inevitable. This reality becomes more obvious as we get older. Careers end in retirement. Kids move out of the house. Loved ones and close friends may pass away. We may endure our own health struggles as we advance in years. Change has its fair share of challenges, but it can also present opportunities to evolve, grow and find new avenues of happiness. Focus on the things that give you pleasure . Indulge in family, hobbies or oth...

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8/21/2020 2:20:00 PM Comments(0)

Coping with addiction while socially distancing

The isolation brought on by social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic can be hard on anyone. It may be especially tough for people in recovery from a substance use disorder. The isolation you may feel from social distancing can stoke feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety. All of these things can make it harder to stay away from alcohol and drugs. If you're in recovery and worried about a relapse, there is some good news. For example, groups like AA and Narcotics Anonymous are offer...

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8/19/2020 5:00:00 PM Comments(0)

Ask Questions about Your New Prescription

You want the medicine you take to make you feel better, not worse. If you don't take your medicine correctly, however, it may not work well—and it could cause serious, but preventable, side effects. That's why when your doctor prescribes a new medicine, you want to clear up any confusion you may have about the right way to take it. So before you fill your prescription, be sure you know the answers to these questions: • What's the name of the medicine? And what is it supposed to ...

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1/27/2020 3:49:00 PM Comments(0)

Simplify your life for better physical and mental health

The start of a new year is a great time to take a close look at your life and take charge of the things that are weighing you down—both physically and emotionally. Here are six ways to simplify—and empower—your life in 2020. 1.Organize your time. Are you always running behind or forgetting important dates? Smart time management can reduce stress and make life easier. Use lists and calendars to keep track of tasks, projects and appointments. There are many daily planner formats ...

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1/27/2020 3:44:00 PM Comments(0)

5 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

First you make 'em. Then you break 'em. Does that pretty much sum up your past history with New Year's resolutions? You're jazzed in January to get in shape, stop smoking, eat better--to achieve your goal, whatever it is. But by February, your resolution is kaput. As you've likely discovered, good intentions aren't enough to make resolutions stick. You've got to stack the odds in your favor. Here's how: 1. Be specific. Rather than a fuzzy resolution--for instance, "I'm finally going to get fit"-...

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12/13/2019 9:32:00 AM Comments(0)

Caring for an Aging Parent?

Stepping into the role of caregiver for your older parent can be very rewarding. It's heartfelt work—and it's also often stressful work. Over time, too much stress can wear anyone down. If the stress becomes overwhelming, you could begin to experience a sense of exhaustion and hopelessness that experts call caregiver burnout. And at that point, you can't properly take care of your own health, much less tend to your parent's health and needs. The symptoms of caregiver burnout can inclu...

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9/28/2019 9:36:00 AM Comments(0)

Simple steps for safe grilling

Grilling is a favorite pastime for many, but cooking outdoors poses challenges for handling food safely. These six simple steps can help protect you, your family and hungry guests from a nasty bout of food poisoning the next time you fire up the grill: 1.Start with a clean grill. Always remove charred food from the grill before cooking. This reduces the risk that fresh foods will be exposed to bacteria. 2.Refrigerate. Keep meat, poultry and fish in the fridge until you're ready to grill. Then on...

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8/28/2019 2:15:00 PM Comments(0)

Good for your body and soul

Is the gym your usual go-to-place for exercise? Then you may need a change of scenery, and one with lots of it: the great outdoors. If you need a nudge to move your exercise outside, there's plenty of incentive. Research suggests that outdoor exercise delivers health benefits that can't be duplicated indoors. And a key one is a bigger boost in positive emotions. One study, for example, found that outdoor workouts can lift your mood more and help you feel more energetic and revitalized than indoo...

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1/28/2019 1:50:00 PM Comments(0)

Make the most of Medicare's free wellness visits

If you are insured through Medicare, you may not know that you qualify for free, annual wellness visits with your primary care provider. Seeing your provider regularly is essential to both your current and future health. If you have been enrolled in Medicare Part B for more than 12 months, you are eligible for one free wellness visit each year. If you just enrolled, don't worry—you also receive a free "welcome" visit. These appointments allow your provider to monitor your well-being and de...

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12/18/2018 10:01:00 AM Comments(0)

Manage your health in the New Year

A new year brings the promise of a new beginning. For many, this means a renewed sense of commitment to health-related goals. By far, the most popular of these goals involves weight loss. It may be tempting to try something exotic and short-term for fast weight loss—an all-kumquat diet, perhaps, or a one-weekend exercise marathon. It wouldn't be healthy, however, and any weight you lost would probably be back in a heartbeat. It's not new and it may not be the fad of the moment but if you w...

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11/20/2018 2:14:00 PM Comments(0)

Seniors: Reduce your risk of food poisoning

Food is one of those essentials of life. It's also essential to make sure that the food you eat is prepared, cooked and stored in such a way that it doesn't make you sick—especially as you get older. The reason? Adults 65 and older are more vulnerable to food poisoning than younger folk. A weakened immune system is one reason why. A reduced immune response makes your body less able to fight off germs and illness. Older adults also have less stomach acid to fight bacteria and other germs. F...

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9/27/2018 11:35:00 AM Comments(0)

5 tips for taking over the counter drugs safely

From pain relievers to cold remedies, you can easily buy over-the-counter OTC medicines at many stores—and without a prescription from a doctor, but that doesn't mean these medications are free of health risks. Like prescription drugs, OTC products can cause side effects or bad reactions—for instance, if you take them in the wrong way or mix them with certain other medicines. That's why you need to be careful when it comes to OTC medicines too. Here are five safety tips: 1. Read the ...

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8/29/2018 11:45:00 AM Comments(0)

Adult vaccines: 7 reasons to roll up your sleeve

Still think shots are just for kids? Check out this list of reasons why you shouldn't skimp on adult vaccinations. 1.Your age or situation could put you at risk for a preventable disease. For example, shingles and pneumonia shots are recommended for people in their 60s. You could be at risk for other diseases, too, because of your job or any chronic health conditions you may have, such as asthma or diabetes. 2.Vaccine protection fades over time. Just because you had a shot years ago doesn't nece...

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7/16/2018 5:06:00 PM Comments(0)

Learn the truth about cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made naturally by your body. You also can get cholesterol from the foods you eat. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, you may be at risk for heart disease or stroke. Those are some key facts you should know about cholesterol, but you should also be aware of some common myths, along with the important truths: Myth: As long as you eat a healthy diet and exercise, your cholesterol levels will be fine. Truth: Diet and physical activity are big pl...

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7/16/2018 5:04:00 PM Comments(0)

How to choose an assisted living facility

The U.S. Administration on Aging offers the following advice to help you and your loved one find an appropriate assisted living facility: • Look around. Visit more than one facility. And visit each facility more than once. • Visit during meal times, and sample some food. • Talk to the residents. • Watch how the residents and staff interact. • Ask for a written statement of the facility's philosophy of care. • Find out what kinds of social, recreational an...

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6/27/2018 9:13:00 AM Comments(0)

Hands-Only CPR: When You Should Consider Doing It

You don't need to know how to perform mouth-to-mouth cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest. You can use hands-only CPR. Hands-only CPR consists of just two steps: 1. Call 911 if you see a teen or an adult collapse and they're not responsive when you ask them if they're okay. 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the person's chest. Use the beat of the disco classic "Stayin' Alive" to guide your compressions. No mouth-to-mouth breathing is required. Acco...

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2/23/2018 3:42:00 PM Comments(0)

Steer Clear of Weight Loss Scams

Should you try a fad diet or a special supplement to help you reach your weight-loss goals faster? Get-slim-quick schemes can be tempting, but they're often ineffective, and they can sometimes even be dangerous. Pills, teas and herbal supplements that promise to help you lose lots of weight quickly or melt fat in certain parts of your body don't work, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Plus, they can contain unsafe or untested ingredients that could have harmful side effectsR...

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2/23/2018 3:40:00 PM Comments(0)

Healthy Aging is Possible

Does the text in a book look smaller than it once did? Do you find it harder to get down on your knees to look under the bed—and to get up again? There's no question that age brings changes to our lives and yes, some of them we'd prefer to avoid. Physically, for example, stiffening joints can make it harder to get around. And many people find that their short-term memory just isn't what it used to be. Often, difficult personal situations, such as the death of a spouse, can add to the negat...

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1/23/2018 3:12:00 PM Comments(0)

5 Tips for Happier Holidays

This year, give yourself the best holiday gift ever: more merry, magical moments and fewer frazzled ones. Here are five ways to make this year's celebrations high on joy and low on stress—and help you keep the happy in the holidays. 1. Ratchet down those expectations. Chasing after picture-perfect get-togethers can create the perfect storm of stress. It's OK really! if your guests arrive while you're still setting the table, if you burn the carrots or if the sweater you bought for your fav...

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12/19/2017 3:26:00 PM Comments(0)

Give Your Child the Gift of a Positive Body Image

If you're the parent of a young child, you might think you don't have to worry about body image messages until your child nears their teen years, but experts say even children as young as 3 years old can worry about their size and weight. So how can you help your child—girl or boy—feel good about their body at any age? Pay close attention to the messages you either intentionally—or unintentionally—share with your child. Check out these examples of do's and don'ts. DO DON'...

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11/27/2017 4:19:00 PM Comments(0)

Make Those New Year's Resolutions Stick

First you make 'em. Then you break 'em. Does that pretty much sum up your past history with New Year's resolutions? You're jazzed in January to get in shape, stop smoking, eat better—to achieve your goal, whatever it is. But by February, your resolution is kaput. As you've likely discovered, good intentions aren't enough to make resolutions stick. You've got to stack the odds in your favor. Here's how: 1. Be specific. Rather than a fuzzy resolution—for instance, "I'm finally going to...

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11/27/2017 4:17:00 PM Comments(0)

5 Ways to Avoid a Return Trip to the Hospital

Having to stay in the hospital is probably not your idea of a good time. And when you're discharged, chances are you don't want to return. It's nice to have skilled, compassionate care you can depend on when you need it. But staying healthy—and avoiding a return trip to the hospital—is everyone's preference, and it's what we want for you too. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of people discharged from hospitals nationwide are readmitted within 30 days. Reducing readmission rate...

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10/25/2017 10:03:00 AM Comments(0)

Why You Need a Will

Do you have a will? If not, then it's time to get serious about putting one in place. Experts say that virtually everyone with anything of value should have a will—a legal document in which you say how your money,property and other assets should be distributed after you die. Having a proper will in place can help you accomplish a lot of things that may be important to you. For instance, you can: • Say how much of your estate you'd like to leave to your family and your favorite charit...

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10/25/2017 10:02:00 AM Comments(0)

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Thomas McMicken

We are deeply saddened to announce that Watson Clinic Bartow family medicine physician Dr. Thomas McMicken passed away on Wednesday, October 11. Dr. Tom McMicken will be deeply missed here at Watson Clinic and in our greater community. Tom was one of our Clinic’s most beloved physicians. The McMicken family will receive friends Friday, October 20, 2017 in the afternoon,2-4 pm, and in the evening, 6-8 pm, at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 EastMain Street, Bartow, Florida. The fun...

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10/12/2017 2:36:00 PM Comments(34)

Be an Active Participant in Your Healthcare Decisions

When you make a big purchase or have an important decision to make, you're likely to seek others' opinions. You might ask, "What are the pros and cons of this choice or that?" Or you might read up on the topic so that you feel informed. The same process is important when it comes to your healthcare. When people are involved in their healthcare decisions and talk them through with their doctor, the benefits can be big. Research shows, for example, that people often feel less anxious when they are...

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9/26/2017 2:40:00 PM Comments(0)

Spread hope in your world

We can each make the world a kinder, brighter place with our everyday actions. Here are some ideas to inspire you to make a difference, even in the smallest ways. Share something hopeful. Tell someone about a charitable cause that's doing good work. Post or share an upbeat news story. Say "I believe in you." Encourage someone who's working toward a goal. Let them know that you see them succeeding. Reach out to someone who seems to be struggling. Ask, "What can I do now to help and support you?" ...

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9/26/2017 2:38:00 PM Comments(0)

The surprising benefits of volunteering

We lead such busy lives these days that even thinking about volunteering can make our stress levels rise, but volunteering actually might be just the right medicine for a hectic life. One of the many benefits of volunteering is that it can help ease stress. Connecting with other people in a meaningful way can provide a profound sense of pleasure that boosts our physical and psychological well-being. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, research shows that people who v...

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7/25/2017 4:32:00 PM Comments(0)

Parents: Talk to your college kids about drinking

You're the parent of a newly admitted college freshman—and it won't be long before you deposit your child in the dorm and drive away, but before you do, it's important to make sure your child is fully aware of the risks of college drinking. They can't be overstated. Every year in the U.S., college drinking contributes to: • 1,569 accidental deaths, including fatal car crashes. • 97,000 sexual assaults and date rapes. • 696,000 assaults by another student who has been drin...

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7/25/2017 4:28:00 PM Comments(0)

Pack the Perfect Picnic Basket

Looking for a fun and inexpensive weekend activity to do with friends and family? Nothing says summer like an old-fashioned picnic. Whether you picnic in a park or in your own backyard, packing something tasty and healthful is easier than you might think. Start by following these five tips: 1.Bring what's in season. From berries to cherries, bell peppers to green beans, many fruits and veggies are freshest in summer. So make a colorful and healthful variety a part of your picnic. Enjoy them raw ...

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6/20/2017 9:43:00 AM Comments(0)

Register Now for Alert Polk

A category four hurricane is threatening the Florida peninsula. A tornado is headed for Mulberry. A lift station leak is spreading raw sewage onto South Florida Avenue. Armed criminals are loose in a Winter Haven neighborhood that includes an elementary school. Before, people were solely reliant on learning about emergencies like these through the media. Today, you can get immediate notification on your smartphone, tablet, home phone, email, text and social media thanks to a new system that Po...

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4/24/2017 3:33:00 PM Comments(0)

Cultivate Some Happiness

Studies show that some fairly simple habits can help you be more upbeat and happier overall. Here are three key ones: 1.Practice being grateful. How to do it: Make it a point to regularly count your blessings—large and small, from a friend who helped you during a difficult time to the food on your table every night. Also: • Pick up a pen. Write down the good things that happen to you in a gratitude journal. It's a powerful happiness booster. • Find the silver lining. There's of...

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3/28/2017 3:15:00 PM Comments(0)

Watson Clinic & The Tigers

In our ever changing world, there are traditions we can always count on. Baseball is one of them. Generations have enjoyed the excitement of the ballpark, and the thrill of the games played there by our great athletes. There is a strong sense of camaraderie shared between both players and fans. The Watson Clinic shares a special bond of our own with the Tigers organization. For many years, we’ve been proud to serve as the official medical provider for the Detroit Tigers Florida Operations ...

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2/27/2017 10:04:00 AM Comments(0)

Coping with the Emotional Effects of a Disaster

Probably one of the last feelings you can expect to have after a natural disaster is calm. Whether you're dealing with the aftermath of a tornado, flood, or hurricane, your emotions are more likely to be a mix of fear and anxiety than complacency. And that's normal, according to the American Psychological Association APA . We're rarely emotionally prepared for a sudden disaster. It can leave us feeling stunned and overwhelmed—at least initially. A first step toward regaining a sense of con...

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1/24/2017 10:29:00 AM Comments(0)

How We Defend Against Hospital Infections

Hospitals are places of healing—we go there to get well when we're injured or ill. And while hospitals are very safe, there is some risk of getting an infection while you're receiving medical treatment. We want you to know that we take hospital-acquired infections HAIs seriously—and we do everything possible to prevent them. Some common HAIs include: Central line infections. A central line is a catheter placed in a large vein. It's used to give medicines or fluids or to collect blood...

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1/24/2017 10:28:00 AM Comments(0)

Should You Be Pro Probiotics?

You've probably heard of probiotics, especially if you spend any time in the yogurt aisles of supermarkets, but what are they exactly? Are they good for your heath? And should you join the millions of Americans who already take them? To answer those questions, here's a primer. First, most probiotics are live cultures of microorganisms. These bacteria are similar or just like those that are naturally found in your gut and help your body function properly. You can find probiotics not only in yogur...

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1/24/2017 10:26:00 AM Comments(0)

Watson Clinic Expands in South Lakeland and Bartow

Watson Clinic has long cherished the opportunity to serve the medical needs of our patients who reside in Bartow and the surrounding communities, including south Lakeland and Fort Meade. Recently, we’ve taken steps to increase our presence in the area like never before. Watson Clinic Bartow : Located adjacent to Bartow Regional Medical Center – where an increasing number of our specialists treat in-patients – our Watson Clinic Bartow offices house an assortment of popul...

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1/12/2017 4:24:00 PM Comments(0)

Long-Time Staffer Recalls 47 Years of Clinic History

February of 1969 seems so long ago. The Beatles had begun recording Abbey Road. Vince Lombardi was named the head coach of the Washington Redskins. The Vietnam War was raging. Registered medical assistant Kathy Smoot recalls this period of time vividly; it was the month she was hired to work for Watson Clinic. The interview process was strenuous. There were three separate interviews, and a 500 question personality test, she recalls. Once hired, she started in the physical therapy department. Lit...

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12/20/2016 12:59:00 PM Comments(11)

Get Your Volunteerism On

Volunteering is a wonderful win-win opportunity. The people or organizations you decide to help may seem like the most obvious winners. After all, you're offering them your time, your skills, your hands and your mind. But it's hard to overestimate the good things you can get in return—like meeting new friends or learning a new computer program and then there are those special and satisfying little perks—like the happily wagging tail of a shelter dog who knows you're there to go for a...

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8/18/2016 5:03:00 PM Comments(0)

Stay Safe and Healthy at Work

You go to work to bring home a paycheck—not the flu, carpal tunnel syndrome or some other health problem. So how do you stay safe and healthy on the job? Here are five key safeguards. 1. Protect yourself from disease-causing germs. Get a flu vaccine every year—as soon as you're able. It's the best way to avoid getting a nasty case of the flu from a co-worker and missing work—or worse, getting sick enough to be hospitalized. Also: • Wash your hands often with soap and wate...

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8/18/2016 4:58:00 PM Comments(0)

Watson Clinic Celebrates 75 Years of Healthcare Excellence

Dr. Herman Watson was born on a farm near Metter, Georgia in 1889. He achieved his medical degree from the University of Georgia in 1912. Two years later, after completing his postgraduate medical studies, he arrived in Lakeland and opened his own practice. He proudly answered the call of duty in 1917 when he entered the Army during World War I. When he returned from the battlefield, he soon assembled a core group of medical specialists with which to practice alongside. These included his nephew...

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8/1/2016 9:20:00 AM Comments(0)

Keep Pets Cool in the Heat

Summer's heat can be dangerous for people and pets. Help keep your furry friends safe and cool with these five tips: 1. Supply water and shade. If pets must be outdoors, make sure they have protection from the heat and sun. Provide plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water. No trees for shade? A tarp can do the trick. It's better than a doghouse—which can become a sauna on a hot day. 2. Never leave a pet in a parked car—not even for a minute. A hot car can be deadl...

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7/19/2016 11:15:00 AM Comments(1)

Set the Stage for Your Produce to Shine

Let's give a hand to fruits and vegetables! They're the nutritional stars of your diet. But how can you make sure they are giving their best performance at every meal? Try these four tips for coaxing the most out of produce. Give them proper accommodations. Store perishable fresh produce in the refrigerator, and make sure the temperature in your fridge is set to 40 degrees or below. If a fruit or veggie wasn't sold refrigerated at the market, it probably doesn't need refrigeration at home. Think...

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3/22/2016 2:47:00 PM Comments(0)

Clinic Staffer Brings Joy to Children as Santa

By day, Dale Hastings is the store room supervisor at Watson Clinic, but on his off hours during the holiday season, he assumes an entirely different identity. It happened six years ago, Dale recalls. I was walking with my wife through a shopping mall and I was approached by a five year old girl who mistook my bearded face for Santa. That inspired a tradition in Dale’s life that continues to this day. Every holiday, he pulls an elaborately authentic red, white and black costume from h...

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12/17/2015 9:16:00 AM Comments(2)

Preventing Foodborne Illness

This holiday weekend, the Florida Department of Health in Polk County FDOH-Polk encourages residents to properly prepare and store food in order to prevent foodborne-illness. Preventing foodborne-illness is an important way to keep your family safe and healthy during the holidays, as well as year round, said Dr. Ulyee Choe, FDOH-Polk Director. Everyone should practice four simple steps to stay healthy while preparing food: clean, cook, chill, and separate. An easy way to prevent foodborne-illnes...

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7/2/2015 1:34:00 PM Comments(0)

Make the Most of Your Doctor's Appointment

In order to receive the best care possible, it’s crucial that both the patient and the physician be as informed as possible. Open communication is the key to achieving this for both parties. To get the most out of your patient care experience, be sure to keep the following three points in mind during your next appointment: 1. Don’t be afraid to confront potential embarrassment. Some symptoms and conditions can be embarrassing to discuss. But your doctor is there to help you, and they...

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6/24/2015 12:01:00 PM Comments(0)

Caring for Yourself While Raising a Grandchild

It's an Act 2 you didn't anticipate. After your last child left home, you thought your childrearing days were over. But now you're raising a grandchild—and are back on the job again. As much as your love your grandson or granddaughter, watching over a child late in life can be challenging—physically, emotionally and financially. Still, there are ways to lighten your load. First, ask for help. If you're hesitant, be aware that turning to others for support is a sign of strength, not w...

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6/24/2015 12:00:00 PM Comments(1)