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Healthy Aging

‘Ultimate gift’ can save a life

Over the years, I’ve offered holiday-giving ideas for my readers’ consideration. But this year, I offer a “direct request.” Hold it in your heart for a minute ...

CBD diminishes dog’s anxiety

“The cat’s taking Prozac, and the dog’s on CBD.” That was the headline on a recent article buried deep inside this past week’s Tuesday issue of the New York Ti...

Let’s talk turkey

Count on me to prepare you for the Thanksgiving holiday. Be advised, it’s coming three weeks after the midterm elections, which means there will no longer be a...

Give it a shot

“We should be flooding people with information to the point that it gets irritating.” Those are the words of Anne N. Soskin, a researcher at Dartmouth’s Rockef...

Kindness and the 3-breath hug

Over the past several months I’ve regularly received friendly advice from widows or widowers who follow this column. Their suggestions range from authors I sho...

Fuel young athletes with macronutrients

I have a 9-year-old grandson. I’ve written about him before — but not lately. His father (Chinese, Filipino) is from Hawaii, and his mother is Norwegian. We ref...

In remembrance of a four-legged force

As dogs go, he was not remarkable. A 16-year-old, mid-sized, mixed-breed canine who ambled quietly through his final days, sniffing more selectively, sleeping m...

The aftermath of being vulnerable

If you have been with a beloved spouse or partner for decades, you probably shared your personal history and life story with this individual — any underbellies ...

Wise reminders for healing, happiness

I am still wrestling with grief after the death of my husband in June this year. It is autumn now. I tell myself I should be feeling less sorrow-filled. And on...

‘The Magazine’ deserves closer look

What happened? The August/September 2022 issue of AARP’s “The Magazine” is bursting with rich insight and provocative suggestions. I have always held a love-hat...

An ode to furry friends

The animals owned by my children and grandchildren number more than a dozen. My granddaughter, Sarah, was given two kittens for her recent birthday and my daugh...

It’s the really little things

I’ve found the smallest things make me happy. It’s the little moments that bring real joy. It’s that simple. At least, according to the magazine that’s helping ...

Can you hear me now?

I’ve worn hearing aids for well over a decade. I am actually on my second pair. Without them, conversations with my soft-voiced, 9-year-old grandson would be i...

Chance encounter turns to love

I have a new love interest. Ted Lasso has touched my heart. I’d heard the name previously, but I never totally understood who he was. I recall people smiling ...

Stay grounded while digesting news

I have taken a break from engaging in the news of the world lately. It’s time to go back. I have a strong desire to re-reinvest and reconnect in knowing what’s...

Generous heart expresses gratitude

Please allow me a moment of nostalgia. It was 40 years ago, the first Christmas my husband and I celebrated that holiday together. We were staying in a cabin in...

Keep calm and write it down

Here’s the scene. I am in my dentist’s office. I know of very few people who look forward to going to the dentist, and during the past year — for a multitude of...

Books find you when you need them

It was a gift from a caring friend. She gave me a pile of books and the command to “take your time with them.” In the middle of the pile was “The Reading List”...