Keeping Up or Cutting Back Financially

Sometimes, life and the cost of living may seem to overtake our paychecks, or income has dropped, or there are unexpected expenses.  Getting a handle on finances and financial stress can feel daunting, or even embarrassing.  But financial stress is a common stress, and many people find themselves needing assistance at one point or another. Financial stress can make us feel like we need to keep it a secret or hide it from friends or family.  Talking about our stress to the people who care about us can help us feel better (financial stress is normal and more common than we think!), give us a sounding board, and can help us come up with some creative solutions.

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International Women’s Day

“International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for moving towards gender parity.” – International Women’s Day Website

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Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge by Heather Quackenboss, Human Development and Relationships Educator, Extension La Crosse County February 17th marks National Random Acts of Kindness Day and the beginning of Random Acts of Kindness Week. Researchers have found that our own wellbeing and happiness increase when we perform random acts of kindness for others. We […]

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Caregiving

Caregiving by Heather Quackenboss, Human Development and Relationships Educator, Extension La Crosse County According to an AARP survey, more than 70 percent of people over 50 plan to “age in place,” or stay in their homes or communities (2014). Rodney Harrell, director of AARP’s Livable Communities program explains, “Across the country, people are getting older, […]

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Heart Health

Heart Health by Heather Quackenboss, Human Development and Relationships Educator, Extension La Crosse County About $1 in $6 US healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease each year. It’s the most costly condition in America. When you factor in lost productivity, the CDC estimates heart disease and stroke costs our country more than $320 billion a year. […]

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