Posts Tagged: family

Planning for the worst case scenario — Alzheimer’s at 50

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The Lund Family, 1988

Dementia costs more to treat each year in the U.S. than cancer or heart disease and much of that cost is borne by family members in a caregiver role. Here is the story of one Minnesota family — the parents who couldn’t plan for early-onset Alzheimer’s, and their daughter, who is ready for the worst.

The FMLA at 20: Room for improvement?

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Dr. Marc Downing is a pediatric surgeon in Kalamazoo, Mich. He says the leave application process under the FMLA puts the doctor in the middle of a potentially tense relationship between employer and employee. (Photo shared by Marc Downing)

We heard from parents who have taken FMLA time to care for sick children, others who have lamented the law's time limitations -- and from a doctor who's found himself caught in the middle of delicate negotiations between his patients and their employers.

Have you applied for family or medical leave?

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President Bill Clinton signed the FMLA into law on Feb. 5, 1993.

Twenty years ago today President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) into law, granting 12 weeks of job protection to workers recovering from an accident, tending to a sick loved one or caring for a new baby.

Life changes: Leaving the mountains for love

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First in a series about how life changes impact our health: When Carolyn Waters left the Cascade Mountains for Kentucky, she replaced birdsong with traffic noise and pristine vistas with parking lots. But a continent no longer separates her from the people she loves.