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Death and Dying..Have that Conversation!

Yesterday at a senior forum I attended there was a discussion on communication and what you want to happen when you reach your end of life times. The one absolute certainty in life (taxes aside) is if you are alive today, you will die sometime in the future. Unfortunately our society seems to be in…

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Joining the Journey

I attended a great presentation today on how to reduce hospitalization in persons with dementia. There were about 80 participants that asked very good questions. Most in attendance either had a spouse or close friend who were in varies stages of dementia. The one question that struck me was from a gentleman whose wife was…

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Living to 100 and Beyond

Characteristics of Centenarians A study by the Boston University School of Medicine found that centenarians varied widely in years of education (zero years to post-graduate), socioeconomic status (very poor to very rich), religion, ethnicity and patterns of diet (strictly vegetarian to extremely rich in saturated fats), they found a number of characteristics in common: •…

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How to Have a Good Retirement on a Budget

Article is from the Senior Spirit newsletter. The concept of a golden retirement is a relatively new idea. It was not until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that workers started getting pensions and lived long enough to enjoy their later years. Before that, people worked until they died. More recently, we’ve created the…

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How good is your memory?

Wanted-1,000,000 people to participate in a memory study. Matthew Huentelman from T-GEN, a non-profit research facility in Phoenix, Arizona, is doing a worldwide study on how thinking and memory change as we age. Matt is looking for a range of ages, from 18-80 with a variety of backgrounds and cognitive abilities. The goal is to…

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Relax Away the Stresses of Caregiving

With an aging population and changes in health care, such as shorter hospital stays, more and more caregiving is being provided by family members. If you’re a caregiver, you know that taking care of a loved one can be very rewarding. But being a caregiver can be stressful at times. It is important to take…

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Personal Environment-Make it Safe and Comfortable

The word environment usually produces images of the great outdoors, but let’s take it a step further and consider our personal environment, especially as baby boomers age in place or mom and dad move in with their children. The space needs to be both safe and comforting. As we age, the risk of falling increases…

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Simplify Your Life

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. …Confucius This is so true. As we move through life we tend to gather unnecessary stuff, whether it is material possessions, unrealistic expectations or emotional baggage and it all complicates our life. I have recently decided to down size my life to reduce the…

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4 Myths About How to Act When Someone’s Dying

By Paula Spencer Scott, senior editor (This is often an unspoken topic in our society, but so important in the transition from this life to the next. Please help spread this message by reposting. Steve Kramer) People often adhere to a code of conduct about the end of life that’s just not rooted in…

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