High Tech Tool Helps People and Families Coping With Dementia

April 24, 2017

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has launched a new program that allows early-stage dementia patients to participate in their own care planning, potentially easing the burden for both the person with dementia and their concerned family members. Known as SHARE, the program outlines a care plan for loved ones to follow as the condition progresses. Based on Read more…

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Debunking Common Assisted Living Misconceptions

April 17, 2017

Assisted living can be a feasible option for many families. It gives seniors the opportunity to live their lives as independently as possible in a safe and caring environment, which makes a positive impact on well being. But often families hesitate to explore assisted living as an option for their loved ones, based on assumptions about Read more…

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Walking to Wake Up the Brain

Remember in elementary school when kids got to choose who would be on their teams for sports?  I wasn’t high on anyone’s list, thanks to my limited athletic ability.  But there is one activity almost anyone can excel in—walking.  In an earlier post (Moving More in 2014) we noted that even 20 minutes of walking Read more…

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Got Bacteria?

April 10, 2017

We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat.”  Of course we don’t take it literally—not really.  But that statement is actually true in some fascinating, microscopic ways that earlier generations could never have imagined.  Turns out that everything we eat and drink either helps or hinders the amazing population of bacteria that inhabit Read more…

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More About Microbes

April 3, 2017

We grow up learning about germs. We can’t see them—but we accept that they are there, and that someone with a really big magnifying glass or microscope has seen them.  We understand that they are “bad” and that we need to get rid of them. We use bleach and disinfectants, and hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap. Read more…

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Real Food and Fat Phobia

March 27, 2017

“Bill Warner’s new bride promised to love, honor and Polyunsaturate…with a big assist from Mazola.”  So began the vintage ad for Mazola corn oil and margarine.  The ad insists that this wife is following the recommendations of “more and more medical authorities”—who were convincing everyone that fat was bad, and polyunsaturated oils were the way Read more…

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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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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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