Written by Laura Quarantiello

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Tell your children who you would send to pick them up in an emergency or when you simply canít be there. Set up a code word that a person legitimately sent to pick up your child can use to prove itís OK to go with them.

Donít focus their fear on strangers. Remember, many abductors are known by their victims. Instead, teach them about inappropriate behavior or actions

Give you child permission to say no to an adult if inappropriate touching or other actions occur.

Warn your kids not to answerrepparttar door or telephone if they are home alone.

Ifrepparttar 132632 unthinkable happens and you discover that your child is missing, hereís what you should do:

Reportrepparttar 132633 disappearance to your local law enforcement immediately. Itís important to get authorities involved quickly.

Ask that your childís information be entered intorepparttar 132634 National Crime Information Computer (NCIC).

Search your home including closets and other hiding places.

Call your neighbors, friends and any nearby relatives to make sure your child isnít with one of them.

Contactrepparttar 132635 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for further information and assistance. (1-800-843-5678).


Freelance writer Laura Quarantiello hates crime and those who perpetrate It. Thatís why she wrote the personal security/family safety handbookďOn Guard Ė How to Win the War Against the Bad Guys.Ē More aboutthis informational shield can be found at: http://www.tiare.con/onguard.htm

The Graying of America

Written by Stephania Munson-Bishop

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People are living longer. The birth rate is decreasing. Many are opting for early retirement, and buying into Social Security sooner, even for a reduced monthly benefit. Some haven't had a choice but to retire early, thanks to downsizing and buy-out offers posed by employers to reducerepparttar number of older, higher- salaried employees.

Problems of normal aging are, of course, exacerbated by additional problems, such as loss of vision, dementia or Alzheimer's, physical problems or disability. But why is it that some seem to age so gracefully, with a minimum of trouble, while others age much more rapidly? Much of it is probably genetic, but an equal emphasis has to be placed on lifestyle.

Take an aspirin a day, and a multi-purpose vitamin. Don't smoke. Eat two servings of fish per week. Exercise is a proven age-reducer, even if it's walking 15 to 20 minutes per day. Owning a dog or cat is supposed to add new life torepparttar 132630 owner. And dental flossing once per day is said to add up to six years to your life. One's mental attitude might be key, for optimists are said to live longer than pessimists.

Nursing and other medical professionals are enteringrepparttar 132631 field of gerontology care in greater numbers. That's whererepparttar 132632 jobs will be inrepparttar 132633 not-so-distant future.

Ageism is a social problem, right up there with racism or sexism. But with more and more seniors dottingrepparttar 132634 American landscape, expect ageism to decrease markedly. Seniors arerepparttar 132635 one reliable voting group and, asrepparttar 132636 Association for Retired Persons (AARP) has proved, a powerful lobby in Washington, D.C.

Editor of "Tidbits from the Pantry," a monthly ezine to 10,000 subscribers, Stephania is a human services professional with nearly 40 years in the field. Visit her site at

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