Dementia Journey
Health & Medical Senior Stories

Dementia Journey: Memory Decline

Though I knew my mom was slipping, I did not know how much until I went for an extended visit. It quickly became apparent that her life as I had remembered it, had significantly changed. I noted that she had become thin and drawn in the face. As I began to answer her same questions…

Loving My Sister Through Ovarian Cancer
Health & Medical Senior Stories

Ovarian Cancer: Loving My Sister Through Cancer

During the summer of 1998, my older sister Catherine and I would meet every Tuesday at a lovely restaurant for lunch. We referred to it as our ‘tea party’. We decided that while formal attire was not mandatory, wearing a dress and hat were. The restaurant had an immense wrap around porch where patrons could…

Old People Pains
Health & Medical Senior Stories

Old People Pains: Swearing Optional

I remember being young and thinking the only thing old people talked about was which body parts hurt and which ones might be trying to kill them. And I swore I’d never do that. Turns out, I may need to recant all that youthful swearing. Cussing: Lost Art Turns Swearing Vulgar In a frightening turn…

Hug Therapy
Health & Medical

Hug Therapy: 3 Seconds of Joy and Stress Relief

Have a hug! It only takes about three seconds on the average and the main benefit is simply joy. Several studies have been done by people studying human responses following the Olympics. They learned that athletes have a tendency to hug each other following their events for — on the average — three seconds. Interesting…

Senior Eye Charts Exam
Health & Medical

Eye Charts: I Can See You Now!

I don’t know why eye charts give me the chills but they have for most of my life. That chill caught up with me again recently when it came time to renew my Florida driver’s license. I didn’t know I needed glasses until I was in the eighth grade. Someone hit me in the eye…

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