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This is the second of four articles discussing lessons Bill McIntyre learned while assisting his father, who was diagnosed with dementia in October 2016. These are lessons that no one prepared him for. Lesson 2: The differences between a Power of Attorney, Guardianship, and Conservatorship. At the end of last month’s article, my father’s power of attorney was activated, which allowed my brother Mike to act on my father’s behalf. My brother began the difficult process of working with my dad to make sure he was getting the medical help he needed and began to keep a watchful eye on… Read more...
Cars, cars and—you guessed it—more cars! Parked at the DeVos Place, running February 1 – 4, 2018, the Michigan International Auto Show has been the most highly attended annual event in Grand Rapids since it was first held in 1999. Here are five reasons you won’t want to miss the 20th annual show: 1. You’ll discover what drives you. With hundreds of cars on display, Michigan international Auto Show is the perfect place to find your next new car. Auto manufacturers from around the world highlight their finest traveling displays—sedans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids, performance vehicles—all in one place. Unlike some… Read more...
Did you know 7 to 10 million people around the world have Parkinson’s disease? A progressive neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson’s is known for its hallmark symptoms—tremor, slowed movement, rigidity and stilted gait—yet also marked by many others, such as cognitive decline and loss of sense of smell. Currently, there are no definite methods to diagnose Parkinson’s and there are limited treatment options. Scientists at Van Andel Institute (VAI) are working hard to change this reality. Through cutting-edge research and international partnerships, VAI is working to translate scientific discoveries into new therapies that impede the progress of Parkinson’s, in hopes of improving… Read more...

The Sex Talk

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 07:57
Nearly every family sitcom has an episode about it. There are pages and pages of websites you can scroll through about how to do it right. Every parent has to—or should—do it at some point. It’s the sex talk. Some dread it, some avoid it, some have already been giving it for years. Everyone is different, as is every kid. There’s no perfect way to talk to your kids about sex, just as there’s no perfect way to parent. However, there are certain things you can do to maximize the effects of the conversation and create a safe environment for… Read more...

How ‘Annie’ Captured Our Hearts

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 09:12
After 40 years on the Broadway stage, the sun continues to shine for one of the most endearing stage characters of all time: Annie. What makes this spunky little girl’s story resonate with each generation? The original Annie first appeared in a comic strip, started in 1924 by Harold Gray, and ran in papers across America until 1968. Throughout the decades, Annie found her voice with readers by solving crimes, unraveling mysteries and fighting Nazi efforts. One of the early heroines of pop culture, Annie had blank eyeballs, designed so readers could impose their own feelings into the narrative. The… Read more...

Michigan’s Premier Resort Experience

Monday, 25 September 2017 15:02
Spa Grand Traverse opened in 1999 at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City. Inspired by the rejuvenating nature of Northern Michigan, Spa Grand Traverse offers a wide array of massage therapies, skin care and signature treatments with natural products that focus on de-stressing, detoxifying and rebalancing body, mind and spirit. The services incorporate the elements, flavors, textures and scents of Michigan’s Northwoods, with seasonal services ensuring rejuvenation and revitalization year-round. Whether you desire a few soothing hours or an all-embracing spa vacation, the Northern Michigan setting stimulates renewal with its 7,000-square-foot escape that occupies two floors and comprises… Read more...

Right Next to the Runway

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:33
The 12th annual Couture for a Cure event puts guests right next to the runway on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Van Andel Institute. This special evening features a runway fall fashion presentation by Leigh’s and a personal appearance by the designers of Creatures of the Wind, along with an exclusive preview of their spring 2018 collection. Creatures of the Wind has received critical acclaim from international press and media—the collection has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Paper, W, Dazed & Confused, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair Italia and Flaunt, among others. The best part about the evening? One… Read more...

What in the World is Vaginal Renewal?

Friday, 14 July 2017 13:31
It’s not a bad word, but it often feels like one. Sometimes, it seems we’ jump through any hoop to avoid saying it. Even Grey’s Anatomy, a medical show (albeit fictional), used the phrase ‘”va-jay-jay’”—coined by the ever-present Oprah—to keep it out of scripts. What’s so scary about this word? Read more...

VAI Curiosity and Cocktails

Friday, 30 June 2017 10:14
Making the perfect cocktail is a science. Discovering the right balance of flavors, elements and presentation takes creativity, experimentation and inspiration. On August 10, join Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) for a night of hand-crafted cocktails and scientific discovery at the first annual Curiosity and Cocktails event. Guests can mix and mingle in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids while enjoying a strolling dinner and cocktails, live entertainment and interactive “curiosity stations.” Relive your childhood science class experiments by participating in hands-on interactive demonstrations—witness or create multiple chemical reactions, take home your DNA, meet VAEI’s giant tortoise Toby and other… Read more...

VAEI Summer Camp

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 09:39
Looking for a fun, hands-on and educational camp for your child this summer? Van Andel Education institute (VAEI) is offering week-long , half day summer camps for students going into fourth through seventh grade. Students entering the fourth or fifth grade camp will love getting their hands on some of nature’s most interesting creatures: Animal Survivor: Pill Bugs, Newts & Geckos, Oh My! In this camp, kids will explore the world of animal adaptations, including studying animal behavior, observing structural traits and discovering what helps animals survive in the wild. They will also have the chance to learn about a… Read more...
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