Live well. Age well.
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Several years ago I was visiting with a man who cared for his wife with Alzheimer’s disease. His concern was that for the past year she had been delightful and easy to care for. Then, as they approached the holidays, she became restless, anxious, and combative. He asked for help in understanding what had caused the change. As I looked around the couple’s home I noticed that there were Christmas decorations in every room and on every surface. I felt overwhelmed and suggested that there were so many decorations that the house may no longer seem familiar to his wife. “But she loves Christmas!” he protested. “I did this all for her.” I commended him for all his effort, but encouraged him to limit the decorations to a few of her favorites. A few days later he called to let me know that his wife was back to her old self again.
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 -- Newly released high blood pressure guidelines mean that nearly half of the US population might have high blood pressure. High blood pressure accounts for the second largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths, second only to smoking. It’s known as the “silent killer” because often there are no symptoms, despite its role in significantly increasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 -- The upcoming holidays have me in the mood to clear the decks around the house. The other day I got a little crazy and began cleaning out the cabinets and drawers in my dining room. While the amount of trash that was generated both amazed and saddened me, I chuckled to myself when I saw my good china. It dawned on me that for the past 25 years, this china has been used exactly three times!
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 -- Periodically we are asked to speak to audiences about the downsizing process. One of the challenges has been to develop creative answers to audience member questions about parting with treasures. At one of the most recent events, it dawned on me that some of the most valuable material that we share with the audience has actually been provided by our audiences! Here are some of those nuggets of wisdom.
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 -- Seasonal sweet treats and multi-course meals tempt even the most dedicated healthy eaters during the holidays. That’s why the American Heart Association is designating November as Eat Smart Month.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 -- When my mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, my father embraced the role of a “solo” caregiver. In one of our many phone conversations he explained, “Your mother was there for me during my drinking years (He was a recovering alcoholic.), now it’s my turn to be there for her.” His rationale made perfect sense, but a few years after the diagnosis it became clear that he would need help to care for my mother. In fact, he needed an entire team to care for her.
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 -- Making resolutions is easy, but like most things in life, consistent follow through is what creates results and sustains positive change. People of all ages and abilities benefit from being more active. Here are some strategies to help you stick with your physical activity goals after New Year’s resolutions begin to fade and old habits resume.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 -- The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) will host its ninth annual Low-Vision Technology Fairs on Oct. 16, 2017 at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church (440 Whitehall Road, Albany) and Oct. 17, 2017 at the Saratoga Springs City Center (522 Broadway) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.