Living in Community – Part Two

March 20, 2017

In part one of Living in Community, we wrote about the basic human need for social ties.  As we age, however, some seniors who live alone can become adamant that they don’t want to leave their family home—even when they are the only one left in it.  For them, home is a strong link to Read more…

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Living in Community – Part One

March 13, 2017

In 1845 Henry David Thoreau was told by a fellow writer to “Go…build yourself a hut,” and live a solitary life in the woods.  Walden; or, Life in the Woods, the chronicle of that two year period, has inspired countless others to live the introspective life—at least for a time.  Others work out their beliefs Read more…

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“Murdering Sleep” is Hard on the Brain

March 6, 2017

Macbeth, in Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s great play, thinks he hears a voice cry out, “Sleep no more!  Macbeth does murder sleep”.  But Macbeth has done more than kill sleep—he’s just murdered King Duncan while he slept as a guest in Macbeth’s castle.  Macbeth rambles on a bit more, lamenting his loss of Read more…

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Sugartime

February 27, 2017

Once upon a time, people ate sweets on special occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays.  A sugar-sweet treat turned the drab and ordinary into a celebration.  According to Shakespeare (and who would argue?) a little sugar makes the “hard way sweet and delectable”.  Remember the game, Candyland? It was fun to imagine a land made of candy. Read more…

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

February 20, 2017

Newsflash:  A Swedish-led study from the 2014 International Alzheimer’s Association Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, demonstrated that engaging in “multi-domain” activity as part of a healthy lifestyle can slow the onset or delay the symptoms of cognitive impairment.  Reuters Article on Alzheimer’s Prevention Trial In other words, if we remain socially engaged, eat regular meals that Read more…

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Tips for Senior Dating

February 13, 2017

Dating in your senior years may sound scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether it’s been a few months or 50 years since you went on a date, here are a few pieces of advice every senior should think about before heading out into the dating scene.   Know what you’re looking for (and Read more…

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The Eyes Have It

February 6, 2017

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world.  Almost six million Americans have some vision loss from AMD, with 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year. AMD is beginning to be discussed in the same breath as the word “epidemic.”  My own mother, at 88, has AMD, Read more…

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Staying Safe This Winter

January 30, 2017

The winter months are a great time to get together with family, spend time out in the snow, and participate in various holiday activities. That being said, it can also be a tricky time for the elderly to get around safely. Don’t fret – we’ve come up with a few ideas to keep everyone safe Read more…

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Thanks for the Memories

January 23, 2017

I sat on the stool at the narrow counter in the old brick building in New Orleans and stared at the wall in front of me. It was covered in signed and framed photos of the sports teams, jazz greats, movie stars and Marines who have eaten at this classic restaurant since 1938. I was Read more…

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A Life Worth Living

January 16, 2017

I have seen people write about ending it all when it comes to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. They assume they know what it will be like to deteriorate in terms of their own self -awareness and personality. Such is the case in the movie, Still Alice. A college professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, Alice desires to Read more…

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