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Adjusting to Adulthood: Managing the First Year of College

October 26, 2017 1 Comment

The High School to College Transition

By: Shannon McCarren, BS
Dr. Don's Care Packages, LLC - President 

Senior year of high school can be either the happiest year of your life or an anxiety ridden nine months. It is much easier to stay on the happy side of the spectrum when your college plans solidify. Stress and responsibilities often...

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Great News in Cancer Research

October 19, 2017

What a Cancer Diagnosis Means in 2017

By: Sarah McCarren RN, MSN, CPNP

The advances in prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of cancer are staggering! If you are one of the 1,688,780 diagnosed with cancer this year, you might want to know...

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Grief & Loss: From Mourning to Happy Memories

October 12, 2017

Memorializing and Respecting Lost Lives

Sarah McCarren, RN, MSN, CPNP

A few days after the horrendous event in Las Vegas, I watched a picture scroll of the 58 beautiful people who lost their lives. I thought if I could possibly...

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Self Care For The College Student

October 05, 2017

College Student Wellness

By: Sarah McCarren RN, MSN, CPNP
Co-Founder of Dr. Don's Care Packages

There are more than 20 million college and university students in the U.S., many of whom are transitioning to adult life. Often, college students focus so intensely on their academic and social success that they forego acts of self-care. The health of...

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The Privilege of Caregiving

September 28, 2017

My Story

By: Sarah McCarren, RN, MSN, CPNP, CEO

Today I would like to address the joys and privilege of helping someone through a life-challenge. This is my story.

Two weeks after a tearful call from my fifty-four-year-old mother-in-law, she and my father-in-law moved into our Philadelphia home. Marianne decided to take her battle...

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Time Management Strategies

September 14, 2017

Why Is Time Management So Hard?

By: Sarah McCarren, RN, MSN, CPNP

There are always one or two people that you encounter on a daily basis who are chronically late. Perhaps it's the new employee that wanders in late regularly when you have worked there for ten years and have only been late twice; or maybe it's the student who is outrageously creative at coming up with excuses as to why their assignments are always late. Why do so many people struggle with time management?

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A Grieving Friend: Lending a Helpful Hand

September 07, 2017

Grieving Is Personal

By: Cathy Young MA, LPC, Grief Counselor

The response to losing a loved-one is very personal. Everyone feels, acts, and needs something a little different... there is no right way to grieve. Remember, you never "get over" grief, the hope is to create...

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Preparing to Visit Friends and Family with Dementia

August 31, 2017

Dr. Don's Blog Graphic: Preparing to Visit Friends and Family with Dementia

Visiting Grandma McCarren

By: Dr. Don McCarren

Planning for a meaningful visit with a friend or family member with dementia is a win-win idea. As a Neurologist, I encounter families dealing with loved-ones in various stages of dementia. The degree of compassion and creativity that caregivers are capable of bestowing...

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Increasing Organization & Productivity

August 17, 2017

Finding Flow

By Sarah McCarren, RN, MSN, CPNP

"Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom."
— Sir Francis Bacon.

The power of positive thinking and awareness of our mental state plays a crucial role in creating a happy environment for you and your brain to reside harmoniously. Positive psychology is the study of how humans flourish. This area of study has taken leaps and bounds in the last two decades...

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The Sleep Blog: Part II

August 10, 2017 1 Comment

Dr. Don's Good Sleep Blog Part 2 graphicSleep

Picking up where we left off in our last article, Dr. Don explains further benefits of proper sleep and the cause and treatment for common sleep disturbances.

About Sleep Disturbances

Sleep is vital for overall health. Poor sleep can cause:

Daytime Sleepiness and Fatigue, Mood Deterioration, Weight Gain...

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The Sleep Blog: Part I

August 01, 2017

Dr. Don's Good Sleep Blog Part 1 GraphicSleep

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”  Thomas Dekker

Definition of Sleep

In this blog, our own Dr. Don explains how sleep works and why it is essential to a person's well-being...

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Gratitude: The Art of Thanksgiving

February 16, 2017 3 Comments

Grace and Gratitude


Have you ever met a person who has outrageous challenges throughout his/her life but continue to talk about “blessings” or readily flashes a genuine smile? You might walk away from that encounter wondering what they could possibly be grateful for...

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