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June 15, 2019

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – a day to stand strong against physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse of the elderly. Abuse of any kind against such a vulnerable population is despicable and should always be reported.

So it’s perhaps the perfect day t...

June 7, 2019

Old people. Politics.

It’s not too often that the 2 intersect.

Maybe when Grandma Sue goes off on a rant about the state of the world at Thanksgiving dinner. Or when Uncle Bob shows up at Red Lobster wearing his “Where’s My Senior Discount?” shirt.

But that’s about it. By...

May 23, 2019

Are you a support group kind of person? Are you a big believer in talk therapy?

Why do I ask?

Because it is as predictable as the sun rising in the east that sooner or later, some well-meaning person is going to suggest that you consider a support group or therapy to dea...

May 17, 2019

I have started the process of researching memory care centers for my 92-year-old mother.

As you might imagine, not fun.

Ironically, I have begun the process not because she is not doing reasonably well in her current home care situation, but because I am working to conse...

May 3, 2019

Are you the type of person who picks up the latest self-help book, in the hope that it will solve your latest life crisis?

Are you regularly sucked in by clickbait headlines for articles promising “10 Surefire Ways to…” or “The Top 5 Reasons Why…” that may or may not re...

April 26, 2019

Do you notice the term “servant” seems to be popping up everywhere these days? In business it’s all about “servant leadership” and a “servant mindset.” At church it’s all about “servant ministry.”

Serving is a good thing. Business leader John C. Maxwell recognized the v...

April 12, 2019

I can see!

This morning I had my day-after checkup for the YAG laser capsulotomy procedure I had on my right eye yesterday.

The YAG what?

The YAG laser capsulotomy procedure removes a film or secondary cataract that you can get following an initial cataract procedure. Tha...

April 5, 2019

When your elderly loved one has dementia and a challenging personality, doing the simplest things within their view can quickly escalate to “a big deal.”

Filing bills? “What are you doing? Who’s paying for the helpers? I don’t need anyone to take care of me.”

Looking for...

March 29, 2019

The other day, just as the temperature here in Phoenix was inching toward the 90-degree-mark for the first time this year, the air conditioning went out.

Of course! No surprise here. You can always tell that the “warm” weather is fast approaching when the winter visitor...

March 22, 2019

Are you one of those people who hates statistics? Do you mentally shut down when forced to read your latest 401K update? Slump deeper in your seat when your professor starts asking questions about the sample mean, median, and standard deviation? Develop a sudden urge t...

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