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Seven tips to keep the holidays happy and avoid family meltdowns

holiday stressIs your family more like The Sopranos than The Waltons? For many people, the holidays -- and in particular family get-togethers -- means tension and stress.

Community Connections program to benefit state's growing senior population

The face of North Carolina is growing increasingly older. 

By 2030, aging and adult services officials project that 75 of the state’s counties will have more residents age 60 and older than age 17 and younger. Many of these seniors will live in UNC’s backyard -- Orange County -- where the older adult population is expected to top out at 17 percent over the next 22 years.

Such projected growth is beginning to spur dialog about how these older residents as well as  adults with disabilities, will be cared for and what long-term medical and support services will be needed to help them remain healthy and when possible, independent. 

UNC project helps students with mental illnesses, support services prepare for ‘what if’ scenarios

Psychiatric Advance DirectivesNationally, an estimated 15 percent of students experience some form of mental illness such as major depression while in college. Many often struggle with where to get support.

UNC study: 'chilling' hardship rates among families raising disabled children

Girl with cerebral palsyFamilies with disabled children are struggling to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and to pay for needed health and dental care.  But according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, these challenges are now falling on middle-income households and not just on poor families as previous research has found.

UNC School of Social Work helps China tackle growing pains

ShanghaiA burgeoning relationship between U.S. and Chinese social workers is helping ensure that the world’s most populous nation can deal with its growing pains at the same time that it’s coming of age.

The problems vary widely – from helping victims of the recent Sichuan earthquake cope with trauma, to managing the impact that China’s one-child policy and a booming elderly population are having on the nation’s social fabric.

Such tasks aren’t made easier by the fact that social work as a discipline is still quite new in China and the number of trained professionals is relatively low.