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Broken Heart Syndrome

Broken Heart Syndrome

“Pain may well remind us that we are alive, but love reminds us why we are alive.” ~Trystan Owen Hughes A great quote and so true, love makes …

Honor Your Single Friend on Valentine’s Day

Honor Your Single Friend on Valentine’s Day

What's your Relationship Status this Valentine's Day? It has nothing to do with how you're feeling, happy, content, excited, ecstatic, depressed, …

4 Ways to Turn Exercise Into a Habit

4 Ways to Turn Exercise Into a Habit

The overall obesity trend continues to worsen across the board. The super-sizing of our waist size is driven by our American lifestyle, not our …

Does Your Love, Love Like You?

Does Your Love, Love Like You?

Does listening to love songs on the radio make you feel that you’re in love or would like being in love with someone? For those who aren’t …

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How Being Curious Can Lead to Better Relationships

How Being Curious Can Lead to Better Relationships

Imagine you are at an all day seminar with about 150 people to learn important in depth information. Early in the afternoon, a man in the audience (tall, assertive, ex-military) stands and questions the presenter about …

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

The Centers for Disease Control recently conducted a study that showed single moms are the most sleep deprived in America. Of course, my first thought was, “Did we really need a study to prove that?” It seemed like …

Honor Your Single Friend on Valentine’s Day

Honor Your Single Friend on Valentine’s Day

What's your Relationship Status this Valentine's Day? It has nothing to do with how you're feeling, happy, content, excited, ecstatic, depressed, etc. It has to do with your relationship status with another person. …

Does Your Love, Love Like You?

Does Your Love, Love Like You?

Does listening to love songs on the radio make you feel that you’re in love or would like being in love with someone? For those who aren’t partnered and would like to be, the dreaminess of love songs offers the …

Aging Family Members

Family Caregivers are Finally Becoming Visible

Family Caregivers are Finally Becoming Visible

Sort of... In early December, the US Senate passed a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Wisconsin’s senator, Tammy Baldwin (D), and Maine’s senator, Susan Collins (R). This is a real step forward in recognizing the …

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care, The Black Hole in Our Society

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care, The Black Hole in Our Society

Caring for loved ones with dementia or alzheimer's is one of the hardest jobs. Besides the physical and emotional care there is the care of meeting their daily needs.  It's well known that dementia and alzheimer's is a …

Giving Up the Car Keys

Giving Up the Car Keys

Creative and Humorous Interventions I speak to community groups regularly to help advance Alzheimer’s awareness and lend support to families in crisis. When and how to get a compromised “parent” to stop driving …

Being a Friend to Someone with Late Stage Dementia

Being a Friend to Someone with Late Stage Dementia

I was giving a presentation on dementia and friendship last spring at one of the assisted living facilities in Charlottesville, where I live. A few attendants had set out dinner for the audience. Among this group, …

A Complete Guide for Selecting a Nursing Home

A Complete Guide for Selecting a Nursing Home

Selecting a nursing home for a loved one can be an emotionally wrenching and intimidating process. Touring facilities and wading through the marketing pitches and materials to identify the facility that will provide the …

The Stories We Tell About Seniors

The Stories We Tell About Seniors

The way Americans view seniors leaves a lot to be desired; many in our society see our honored elders as outdated, irrelevant annoyances that mostly just take up resources that could be passed along to the young, …

Managing Holiday Family Dynamics with Aging Loved Ones

Managing Holiday Family Dynamics with Aging Loved Ones

When Aging Parents Are Involved The dynamics of taking care of aging parents, especially during the holidays, can be complicated. There are a number of factors that come into play when you are trying to provide …

4 Common Holiday Accidents & How Seniors Can Avoid Them

4 Common Holiday Accidents & How Seniors Can Avoid Them

The holidays are a time of joy, togetherness and celebration… and also injuries. That’s right, all this festivity tends to result in a whole lot of accidents and injuries every year. And seniors are among those …

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