Friday, November 4, 2016

Caring for Veterans and Their Caregivers Resource Fair

Our veterans have served our country with pride, and AARP Ohio is proud to host our first Caring for Veterans and Their Caregivers information and resource fair with the Cleveland VA. We want to ensure that veterans and their caregivers have access to resources that help them live a healthy life.

AARP Ohio and the VA are hosting a free information and resource fair for veterans of any age, their family members, and caregivers.

From 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, the resource fair will include representatives from several departments within the VA, caregiving resources from AARP Ohio, and community support organizations. Walgreens will be on hand to provide free flu shots for all attendees.

At 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon, VA's National Program Manager for Purchased Care, Christopher Esmurdoc, LISW-S will present information. He will be joined by Major General Tony Taguba, US Army, Retired. Their presentation will focus on caring for veterans and their caregivers and will answer questions.
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Saturday, November 12, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

VA Outpatient Clinic
8787 Brookpark Road
Parma, OH 44129
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Register online or call 1-877-926-8300.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How to Pause the Internet

Source: National PTA One Voice Blog
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Parents have always played catch-up to their children’s technology use. As a parent of four sons ages 13-21, I feel this struggle more than ever. The iPhone was brand new technology when my oldest son entered seventh grade, but by the time my youngest got to middle school, most of his friends had smart phones. Our family rules became obsolete within seven years. We had to get creative.

The Struggle Is Real
This year, from his high school Cell Phone Bill of Rights, my child learned “phones and other technology are the greatest distraction to academic focus ever invented and will be treated as such.”

But on his Chromebook check-out forms, we learned the school district is “excited to bring innovation into the classroom.”

As our children face these conflicting messages, I’ve watched huddled groups of parents whisper, “What are you doing about the Chromebooks?”

We Use Circle
When other parents ask us how we manage devices and time online, I tell them that we have Circle.

Circle is a device that pairs wirelessly with your home Wi-Fi and allows you to manage every device on your network. Using the Circle app, families can create unique profiles for each family member.

We use Circle to set time limits for YouTube, Netflix and online games to remind our kids to prioritize school work. Because sleep is important, we set a Bedtime so the Wi-Fi turns off on every one of their devices. They still choose when to go to sleep, but they have a fighting chance with that early alarm.

On the weekends, I sometimes Pause the Internet (which is easy with Circle) so that we can reconnect and the kids can rediscover offline activities they love.

It’s Made an Impact
My eighth grader recently confessed that it was “actually good” that he had a Time Limit. Circle helps me encourage good tech habits. When the “Looks like you’ve hit your Time Limit” message appears, my kids know I care about them.

Want to pause the internet and reclaim some family time at your house, too? Learn more about Circle and use code PTA2016 to get $10 OFF at

Editor’s Note: In addition to considering devices like Circle, check out for a free resource from National PTA and LifeLock that gets parents and kids together for a guided conversation about being responsible with new technology.

Circle is a financial sponsor of National PTA. National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service, and no endorsement is implied by this content.

Anne Bryan is a long-time school volunteer and served as President and Treasurer at her local middle school parent group. She is an advisor to Circle Media Inc.

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