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Community center to offer services for Brazilian population

Dec. 31, 2019 3:11 PM EST

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Other people might see 70 Center St. as a former fitness studio in need of a coat of paint. Mental health clinician and medical interpreter Michael Mecenas sees it as something much bigger. In his mind, it’s a community center serving the health, social and wellness needs of...

Grand Junction group stands by all who’ve lost a pet

Dec. 28, 2019 5:06 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — For just one night, every other month, social worker Stacy Schoolfield sets up a spartan room for people to come and share the heaviness in their hearts. It’s especially poignant during the holidays, a time to connect with those we love — and raise a glass to...

Ivy Dremon, left, drinks tea with a client, Rashida (no last name to be disclosed). Ivy is a cuddlist, which means she gets paid to cuddle and hold people in non-sexual ways.(Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

‘Cuddlists’ hug and spoon clients in nonsexual sessions

Dec. 7, 2019 8:43 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ivy Dremon opens the door to her South Philadelphia apartment and greets the stranger she will be cuddling for the next hour. “I’m super-excited,” Dremon, 24, a professional “cuddlist,” tells her visitor, Rashida, a 42-year-old divorced mother of two...

Local caregivers share their joys and struggles

Nov. 30, 2019 3:05 AM EST

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) — Cathy Johnson moved home from Philadelphia in 2013 to help care for her father, former California University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. David L. Johnson, when he was diagnosed with dementia. She often spoke to her mother, Connie Johnson, on the phone, but recalled a change in her...