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What is Mindfulness, Anyway?

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present. A reawakening of the moment.   Wait. Huh? What? What exactly does that mean?   We talk a lot about mindfulness here at the Miller-Dwan Foundation. Mindfulness is the basis for much of the mental health care funded by the foundation. It’s the core of […]

Animal-Assisted Therapy

So, what does it entail to become a therapy dog? We are animal lovers here at the Miller-Dwan Foundation and we understand the importance of having our furry friends as our partners in healthcare. In March, we adopted an Australian Cattle Dog names Lou Ann, in hopes of her being our therapy-dog-in-training and ambassador for […]

The Doctor is Still In

From artificial intelligence, insurance on demand and virtual reality, healthcare is changing. I recently attended a day-long Future of Health conference that suggests, as we already know, that things are changing at break neck pace. These changes, however, might not be as scary as we fear. Let’s talk artificial intelligence. I recently heard that DARPA, […]

National Philanthropy Day

Today is National Philanthropy Day, a day to celebrate the extraordinary impact that philanthropy has had in our world. It is a day that celebrates the charitable work that makes a difference and creates change in communities.   Right here in our own community, you are changing lives.   Some examples of how your gifts […]

What is Your Favorite Music?

What’s your favorite music? We used to believe that it was classical music that made us smarter. Today, thanks to more than 25 years of research, we know that whether it’s rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, hip-hop or classical, your gray matter prefers the same music you do. And it doesn’t just impact your smarts. Music can […]

Have You Taken a Shower?

Have you taken a shower? Eaten breakfast? Pooped yet? For most of us these are routine everyday tasks. For many served by the Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center, every move, every step, requires gargantuan effort.   Dolly was right-handed. When she had a stroke, she lost the use of her hand and used a walker to […]

Superior’s Up and Coming Mental Health Programming

If you live in Bayfield, Ashland, Douglas, Burnett, Sawyer, Washburn, Polk, Barron or Rusk County in northwestern Wisconsin AND you have a serious mental illness, you have a less than 40 percent chance of getting help. If you have a substance abuse problem, the chances are even less.   While stunning, these stats are not […]