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With a Stoke, Time = Brain Survival

With a Stoke, Time = Brain Survival

      I only knew my paternal Grandmother after her stroke. She was a slightly scary creature for me as a child, with one lame leg and a dysfunctional hand that curled in on itself. She had regained her brain function (as far as I know) so the only lingering aftermath of her stroke was that one side of her body no longer worked.        She smoked. Constantly. Lighting one cigarette with the next. Her ashtray stood on a stand next to her favorite chair, it too was a piece of furniture, it's surface area was that of a pizza pan. I don't...

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It begins at the Feet

It begins at the Feet

If you Google pedicures for older adults a few intriguing things pop up.   - Tips on cleaning big toe build up which has been viewed over 2 million times.  And then this question - "Does Medicare pay for a pedicure?" The answer is no.  The longer answer from Medicare.com; "Medicare covers limited podiatry. Medicare may cover nail fungus treatment if it’s determined to be medically necessary foot care. According to the Mayo Clinic, nail fungus may lead to a serious infection that spreads beyond your feet if you have a suppressed immune system. People with diabetes are particularly at risk...

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The Weather Outside is Frightful ...

The Weather Outside is Frightful ...

... and we can't always stay inside where it is so delightful. Winter can be made safer, easier and more comfortable by following a few tips found in this great article by Madel ine Vann from Caring.com  Acknowledging that one of the things that truly changes with age is one's ability to regulate temperature; staying warm is essential. I have a running battle with my Dad, who lives in Canada, about wearing warmer clothing and boots. He has never found the just right winter wardrobe that will keep him warm and fit his sense of style. This is a battle worth...

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Not Just Rude - Elderspeak does Damage

Not Just Rude - Elderspeak does Damage

         Many people were raised to say Thank You Ma'am or Sir to someone they perceived to be their elder, BUT  Ma'aming is something I hate! I hate language that separates; from something reasonably trivial like Ma'am and Sir to the actual divisive language used to truly harm. I have long thought that you can be respectful and polite and in no way use words that may offend.  If a server is passing me my coffee - they can simply say " Here you go" no need to add Ma'am at the end of the phrase. They wouldn't if they...

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Be Inspired, Be Very Inspired

Be Inspired, Be Very Inspired

 Read this: Article Jessica Bennett wrote in the New York Times: "I Am (an Older) Woman hear me Roar!" the Read this: Opinion piece by Bari Weiss also from the New York Times Try to Keep Up with Australia's Fastest 92- year -Old Woman Then listen to Glenn Close speak:  https://youtu.be/8Wg14oDYm48 AND always remember : It is never too late to begin!

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