Family briefing for Dec. 6, 2013

Published Dec 6, 2013 at 12:01AM

Parenting classes being offered

The Family Resource Center of Central Oregon is offering parenting classes in La Pine and Redmond.

The first class in La Pine, aimed at parents who want to help children manage their behavior, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at La Pine Elementary School. The workshop includes information on discipline and strategies. Child care is provided. The second class will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 8 at La Pine Elementary School and will help parents understand why children do what they do and focus on brain development and temperament. Both of these offerings are free.

The five-week class in Redmond is aimed at parents of children age 10-17 and is called Staying Connected to Your Teen. It takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 7 at Obsidian Middle School. A light dinner and child care is provided. Cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple (some financial assistance is available). Contact: 541-389-5468.

Marital status, education linked

A new report from the Pew Research Center shows a strong link between parents’ marital status, education attainment and the living arrangements of their children.

Of parents who live with children, 89 percent of college graduates are married, compared with 70 percent of those who have a high school diploma and 64 percent of those without a high school diploma.

Those with less education who are married are also more likely to get divorced than those with a college education.

Of moms without a college degree, 30 percent are living without a spouse or partner (just 7 percent of similarly educated dads are living alone with children). Among college-educated moms, 13 percent live without a spouse or partner.

Health tech falls short for seniors

A recent survey conducted by Accenture, a management and technology services company, found the demands many seniors have for digital solutions that would help them manage their health care are not being met.

According to the survey, 42 percent of seniors want to consult with their physicians and health care providers in a virtual environment and 62 percent want self-service tools such as the ability to schedule doctor appointments online. The survey found only a third of health care providers offer these services.

The survey also found 67 percent of seniors want access to their electronic health records but only 28 percent have it; 70 percent want to refill prescriptions electronically but only 46 percent can; and 59 percent want to be able to email their health care providers but only 15 percent have this ability.

— From staff reports