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Live well. Age well.

JOY TO YOUR WORLD

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 -- The 2007 movie, “The Bucket List," had many wisdoms. As you might recall, there was a segment referring to the meaning of life and joy.  The value of life is based on two questions: did we find joy in our life and did we bring joy to others? This movie made a real impression on me, and undoubtedly many others too.

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FIVE F.A.S.T. THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STROKE

Thursday, April 28, 2016 -- You don’t need superpowers to be a hero when it comes to stroke, you just need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs.

Stroke is largely preventable and treatable. The best way to beat a stroke is to never have one – about 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The second best way to beat a stroke is to identify one immediately when it occurs and call 911.

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ALZHEIMER'S AND SPIRITUALITY

"Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling, the wind is passing through." -Christina Rossetti

Our bodies we can see, weigh, touch, and even decorate.Our minds we can see in operation when someone solves a difficult problem or memorizes a poem. We can measure intelligence and observe the inner workings of the brain through modern imaging.

But there is no CT scan of the spirit. Like the wind, it cannot be seen, but it is a strong force in our lives. We see evidence of the spirit in a parent’s love for a child. It motivates heroes, fuels curiosity of a scientist, and sustains a Holocaust survivor. We see signs of the spirit in the mother who cannot recall her child’s name, but can recite an Emily Dickinson poem; in the father who cannot learn even a simple tune on the piano, but plays previously learned complex tunes.

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SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 -- Spring is here and that means home maintenance thoughts quickly start turning from inside to outside.

Whether you’re considering getting your home ready to sell and need to enhance its “curb appeal,” or are just getting ready for the upcoming outdoor season, the following checklist will help you spruce things up, while also giving you a head start on warding off future maintenance problems.

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SPRING INTO SPRING CLEANING!

Thursday, April 7, 2016 — Organize Senior Moves is a senior relocation service whose mission is to assist senior citizens who are preparing to move from one home to another, removing the stress that often accompanies this task.

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LACE UP AND GO!

Friday, April 1, 2016 -- On Wednesday, April 6, Capital Region residents will lace up their sneakers and walk to commemorate the annual American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.

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STAGE YOUR HOME FOR A QUICKER SALE

Tuesday, March 23, 2016 — Home staging or adjusting the decor of a home to appeal to buyers can give sellers an edge in an overcrowded market. Staged homes not only look bigger, newer and warmer, but also invite buyers to see themselves actually living in the home. Staging projects can range from rearranging furniture (inexpensive) to renting contemporary living room sets (more costly).

Here are some simple tips for staging your home:

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ALLOW YOURSELF TO FEEL, HEAL

Monday, March 16, 2016 -- During our life journey, there are many events involving loss, distress and grief. To add to the mix is an inability to accept ourselves and reality. In the case of loss/grief, it is important for us to allow ourselves the time and patience to feel and heal from our loss, whether it be from job loss, partner or financial loss.

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GET READY FOR CAPITAL REGION'S 2016 HEART WALK!

Wednesday, March 2 -- Eliana is seven. She was born with four congenital heart defects, and had her first open heart surgery when she was two days old.

Paula Symanski was 52 when she got up one night seven years ago, and fell. She reached her arm out to break her fall, then looked over and wondered why her arm wasn’t where it was supposed to be to catch her. She was having a stroke.

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