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Expecting the Unexpected

Expecting the Unexpected

Contemplating the total solar eclipse that will be visible across a wide swath of the continental United States next week , I kept imagining how awe inspiring and terrifying an event like this would have seemed to ancient people. Even for those of us who know the eclipse  is coming and how to safely view it; we can't really know what we will feel to witness such an unusual event.  Feels like imagining one's old age. There are so many variables for all of us and no one knows how it will play out. We can take care with exercise,...

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Integration of Generations: The Treasured Grandchild-Grandparent Relationship

Integration of Generations: The Treasured Grandchild-Grandparent Relationship

The increasing average life expectancy that our world is seeing thanks to medical advances has led to an increase in time that generations are coexisting. Simply put, more people are living at the same time as their grandparents for longer periods of time! This is why it is good news for all of us... A study by Boston College published in The Gerontologist in 2016 found that close relationships between adult grandchildren and their grandparents led to reduced depressive symptoms in both groups.  Spending time with grandparents can help develop emotional intelligence in young children as it is an additional example, other...

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No One Wants to be that Stinky Person

No One Wants to be that Stinky Person

              Do you remember puberty? Lots of good and bad memories for sure. One of the tough ones for many people was realizing that they stink; armpits, groin & yikes FEET ! Your sweat glands become much more active than they were when you were younger. When your sweat comes into contact with bacteria on your skin, it cause – body odor.  Personal hygiene is not only a source of comfort and well being for each individual, but a way to feel good in social situations. As we age, there are new changes to the skin and new potential body...

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- A Lesson On Living

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- A Lesson On Living

One fantastic example of embracing life into older age is the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. If you have not seen John Madden’s 2011 motion picture starring Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith you are SERIOUSLY missing out. This movie is suitable for all ages and really epitomizes how life can and should be lived. It is based on Deborah Moggach’s book, These Foolish Things, which is also worth checking out.  It follows the lives of seven seniors as they meet at what they believe to be an upmarket picturesque hotel in India after seeing an online...

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A Marriage 65 Years Old

A Marriage 65 Years Old

          August 2 is my parent's 65th anniversary. When I look at their wedding pictures I can't help but think, yikes they are too young to be getting married!           And yet, here they are a lifetime later and still married. When in the traditional marriage ceremony a couple commits to "to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish ... no one knows what they are really getting into. And isn't that part of...

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