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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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STUFF

STUFF

After almost three decades of living in homes with basements and attics (phew at least no garages) I learned over and over again the danger of having space. Turns out that we humans "abhor a vacuum" Thanks, Aristotle. When the kids no longer fit into, played with and/or needed something it went down or up in our house, but alas not out! We all know this is a terrible idea as truly out of sight out of mind.  More and more though people are accumulating so much stuff that it spills out of those storage places into their daily living space....

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Old, Yet?

Old, Yet?

How old is old? Depending on who you ask you may get very different answers. A woman who once worked for me was an energetic 83, as a volunteer at the local senior center she would often refer to the people there as old. I asked her one time how old is old and she said, " anyone older than me." In his recent article for the New York Times  Steven Petrow writes "  the definition of “old” is changing, as life spans have grown longer. “Someone who is 60 years old today is middle-aged,” said Sergei Scherbov, the lead researcher of...

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JOB DONE - take care of yourself when the caregiving ends

JOB DONE - take care of yourself when the caregiving ends

There are millions of unpaid caregivers in the U.S. most of them are family members. For many people who spend all or part of their day taking care of the needs of someone else it is easy to be consumed by the task.  No matter how much you think you have prepared yourself for the inevitable loss of the person you are caring for - you can not anticipate how you will feel. Writing in the AARP Bulletin Mary Helen Berg quotes one  Sylvia Brown who spent 13 years caring for her mother as saying "it’s like a huge hole,...

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