Dear First-Time Caregiver…
The “gotcha” of caregiving is that you never see it coming. There was a time when multiple generations of families lived together and took care of each other through the various cycles of life. And while millennials have moved back home in record numbers, we are not a society that prepares younger generations for the unexpected responsibilities that befall them when the all-nurturing, always-in-charge parent is incapacitated… More
Dear First-Time Caregiver…
I hope you have been noticing the purple and white signs announcing local Alzheimer’s Walks. The walk season is now coming to a close. Below is a video with the latest facts and figures about Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association Great Lakes Chapter was last Sunday. The walks are always enjoyable and bittersweet.
Volunteers rev up the energy and make sure everyone has a good time.You might even get a free massage.
Families walk as… More
This week’s Wall Street Journal article, “Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress”, by Jeanne Whalen, confirms something I already believed. It is nice to know I am right.
Reading is Good For You…
…but we are reading less effectively. Our technology-infused lives are interrupted by Google, 140 character tweets, smartphones, social media, noise, blinking lights, and concurrent demands for our attention. According… More
A (slightly) Guilty Vacation
I didn’t need a vacation. Michigan is luscious in the summer. But when my friend, Kathy, called last spring and asked me to think about joining her and her aunts for their annual September trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I put it on my calendar. That was before I took up our new business of installing hidden dog fences and pool safety fences. By August we were really, really busy. I hated to leave David alone with the business for five… More
Low Vision Rehab from Glacier Hills
Last month’s meeting of the Washtenaw County Senior Leaders (WCSL), a local senior services and networking organization, was hosted by Glacier Hills Senior Living Community (which needs an article just devoted to its fabulous CCRC) in Ann Arbor. The guest speaker was Jane Holt, OTRL, Glacier Hills’ Low Vision Therapy expert.
I made sure to attend this meeting because my eyesight bothers me more each year. I have four… More
I never met BKS Iyengar, yet he has a key influence on who I am today. When I heard that he had died this week at the age of 96 I felt I had lost a personal friend. See Obituary: BKS Iyengar…
Iyengar helped popularize yoga around the world and is credited with introducing it to the West. His website carried a picture of Iyengar’s smiling face beside a message that read: “I always tell people, ‘live happily and die majestically’ 14-Dec 1918-20… More
My memory of meeting Robin Williams in Los Angeles: Mork and the City of Angels takes on new meaning.
Stuck in LA
For once, I wasn’t upset about being stuck out of town over a weekend while on business. A close family friend had recently moved to Hollywood after accepting a terrific new job in advertising art, and we had plans to explore some of the L.A. sites together on a Saturday night.
Loretta was from a small town somewhere in Kansas as well as being new in town working… More