Debtors Anonymous

debtorsAre you constantly in debt?  Are you ashamed to even look at your receipts?  Afraid to answer your phone, or check your email or snail mail?  This site may definitely be what you are looking for.

While everyone from time to time may spend a little more money than they intended, it does become a problem when you spend way too much more than you have, or when creditors are calling your house daily, or when you cannot afford to get yourself out of the hole  you just spent yourself into.

You can get started in Debtors Anonymous, you can join and find a way to help with your problem, acknowledge that you have a problem, and find telephone or online meetings.  Today is the first step in your life to becoming debt-free.  Don’t let another day go by without making a change for the good.

Make the Connection: Veterans Stories & Support

make the connectionIf you are a veteran, or a family member or a friend of a veteran and searching for help, you are not alone.  Through the US Department of Veterans Affairs, this website will offer you a plethora of help.  With connections through Facebook and through Youtube, not to mention videos onsite and self-assessments; this site is a very good place to visit when needing help that you earned.

There is also a free Veterans Crisis Line to call, a resource locator, and a very awesome site customizer.  You served our country, and served it selflessly.  Don’t let this site pass you by!

Alzheimer Research Forum Home

alzhiemers research foundationThe Alzheimer Research Forum Home is a one stop site for those who have to deal with the awful experience of alzheimers.  What can a person or a family do?  First step:  knowledge is indeed power.

This site definitely has a lot of knowledge  inside its’ boundaries.  There are lots of news, research and discussion about Alzheimer’s and ways to go about treating it [mostly be it at a professional/researcher stance] and dealing with the issues at hand.  Discuss possible issues with other members by becoming a member and leaving a comment.  Best of all, become a better informed Alzheimer’s caregiver or researcher.

Knowledge is indeed power, and to those who have Alzheimer’s–some of their memory has disappeared–let’s increase ours and fight this insidious disease.

 

 

Animal Hoarding: An In-Depth Look At The Phenomenon

animal hoardingMany times animals need good homes.  They are often brought into a home where a person wants to take good care of them, feed them, water them and make sure their every need is taken care of.  However; there are certain people whose idea of taking care of animals, while meaning to be a good provider of animal security, ends up being one of animal destruction and unneeded cruelty.  These unfortunate few do not mean to harm these animals, and actually mean to help the pets they so lovingly bring into their homes–matter of fact, they normally know them by their names or by the dates the brought them in or where they found them or what shelter they got them from.

How do these people (and these animals) get help that they desperately need?  What is the most important thing to treat first–is it to get the animals out, then treat the animal hoarder or is it to treat the hoarder while helping the animals then help get the animals out?

Animal Hoarding:  An In-Depth Look At The Phenomenon helps us to understand this issue.  There are, according to Dr. Patronek, on the website, 1500 new cases every year.  On this website, you will see:

*  Characteristics of Animal Hoarding

* How Animal Hoarding Develops

* Inside Animal Hoarding

* Treatment and Prevention of Animal Hoarding

* Resources

*and a place to report Animal Hoarding

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The International OCD Foundation: Hoarding Center

international OCDHave you seen the television show The Hoarders?  Many people who watch this show may feel that this is just a very few people who experience such things, and those people on that show are not exactly “normal.”  Well, unfortunately, this is more normal than most people think.  Hoarding is very closely related to obsessive compulsive disorder, and there are people who have rooms and buildings and storage sheds that are full of items of things that they may never see again (or know they even have to begin with).

Thankfully, there are places that know about this kind of situation and are willing to help.  The International OCD Foundation:  Hoarding Center has many different options:  Journal Articles, Facebook Page, Research, Training, Assessments, and Resources such as Books, Videos, Links and more.  There are Community Services as well, and very importantly, Help for Hoarding for those who need it the most.

By opening the crack of light on hoarding a little more, we can make a light shine on this, and get more help for those who need it.

Homeless Resource Center

homeless resource centerSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) has an interactive learning community about homelessness and how to deal with and hopefully abolish it.

There are people from Federal, State and local levels, as well as those in need of services.  Offered as well is free online training, a library, and topics.

National Coalition for the Homeless

national coalition for the homelessThe National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.

We envision a world where everyone has a safe, decent, affordable and accessible home. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work. Our programs are centered around public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing, and are focused on the issues of housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.

Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

UCI MIND seeks to conduct research to enhance the quality of life for the elderly by identifying factors and life-style approaches that promote successful brain aging. Toward this end, the Institute facilitates and coordinates a number of activities, some of which are listed below:

  • Recruit subjects to maintain a research cohort of memory disorder patients, mild cognitively impaired patients, Down syndrome patients, and healthy elderly control subjects.
  • Follow patients longterm to evaluate their clinical and neuropsychological health.
  • Provide investigators with biological resources such as human brain tissue, serum, DNA and cerebrospinal fluid from well-characterized clinical subjects.
  • Cultivate community-based AD-related programs and transmit new information to community professionals and the general public.
  • Sponsor seminars and meetings to promote scholarship and information exchange.
  • Pursue resource development to stimulate research through individual and collaborative grants.
  • Train and educate the next generation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of brain aging and neurodegeneration.
  • Develop and maintain common facilities.
  • Develop a base of community supporters to facilitate fundraising.
  • Support interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated research and recruit and train the next generation of investigators.