Mediterranean Diet

Changing to the Mediterranean diet now may lead to a longer, healthier life Lisa M. Davila, B.S.N., M.S. October 22nd, 2018 If you think revamping your diet isn’t going to make much difference for your health or longevity, think again. The health benefits of the Mediterranean  diet have been known for years, but it has mainly been studied in younger adults. Now results of a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition show that the Mediterranean diet is associated with longer life in older…

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Appendectomies

The Case Against Appendectomies by Jane Brody / NYTimes  November 2018 The appendix is turning out to contain biologically useful tissue that may help prevent nasty gastrointestinal ills. Pity the poor appendix, a 2- to 4-inch-long wormlike pouch dangling from the head of the cecum, where the large and small intestines meet. For most of its medical history — anatomists have known about it for well over five centuries — it was maligned as a mysterious, vestigial and seemingly useless organ that…

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The Art of Falling Safely

  Simple rules for hitting the ground as softly as possible by Michael Zimmerman, AARP The Magazine, December 2017/January 2018  It was nearly 30 years ago that Mrs. Fletcher from the LifeCall commercials first uttered her plaintive cry: “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!”  Back then, it was campy and funny. But in the intervening years, chances are that you, and perhaps some of your loved ones, have taken some nasty spills. It’s not just the elderly, though, who end up on…

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How to Be a More Patient Person

Excerpts from the New York Times article.  Anna Goldfarb / November 5, 2018 My jaw clenches when Hulu videos buffer. I huff and puff when stuck in a sluggish line at a coffee shop. Slow cars in the fast lane send me into a curse-filled tizzy. I’m ashamed how quickly I lose my cool over these minor things. I’ve often wished I could be a more patient person, but it’s overwhelming to know where to start Patience, the ability to keep calm…

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End-of-Life Care: Signs That Death Is Near

Most people take on the role of family caregiver without fully knowing what to expect. These responsibilities may last for only a few weeks or may go on for many years. Sadly, the one constant variable in these situations is that the aging loved ones we care for will eventually pass away. Some people die unexpectedly while others decline slowly over weeks, months or even years. Through close communication with a loved one’s health care team, it may be possible to obtain…

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A Perfect Retirement Village for Seniors with Dementia

The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJUPQRZf1H8 Today, the isolated village of Hogewey lies on the outskirts of Amsterdam in the small town of Wheesp. Dubbed “Dementia Village” by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility—roughly the size of 10 football fields—where residents are given the chance to live seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it’s run like a more benevolent version of The Truman Show, if The Truman Show were about dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Like most small villages,…

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Using the Word, “Deaf Mute”

Dear Media: Stop Describing the Deaf as ‘Mute’ By Lydia L. Callis - Huff Post . Dec. 2017 An unusual tale about a young Indian woman named Geeta has been making its way around the internet after a Bollywood film helped spark interest in her story. As a child, Geeta accidentally crossed the border into Pakistan all alone. She lived there in the care of a social welfare group for more than ten years until last month, when she finally returned to…

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