commentary · lifestyle

You know you’re getting old when . . .

. . . you have too many candles on your cake!   In the warm New England summers of my youth, I spent a great deal of time with my maternal grandmother. I can remember my parents making the trek to Burlington Vermont, packing my grandmother into the Buick sedan and bringing her to our… Continue reading You know you’re getting old when . . .

experiences · lifestyle

A home away from home

Finding companionship in a simple coffee shop The other day I found refuge in an unfamiliar Dunkin’ Donuts; trying to kill a few hours while my husband attended a meeting. As I walked toward the entrance, I encountered two elderly people grabbing a quick puff before entering the establishment; they followed me in.  As I stood… Continue reading A home away from home

health · lifestyle

Beyond words: the power of touch

Don’t throw away those holiday hugs with the gift wrap just yet.  Those warm embraces given so unselfishly in December are just as important every day of the new year as well! One of the most memorable experiences I had over the holidays was when I made a quick pit stop at my neighbor’s house.  With gift in… Continue reading Beyond words: the power of touch

health · lifestyle

Eldercare: Why social contact is crucial for the elderly!

  How old are your parents, your grandparents? How often do you text, call, drop by for a little conversation over a cup of tea and why does it matter? Webmd.com reported on a 2013 study on social isolation, loneliness, and all-cause mortality in older men and women, published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the… Continue reading Eldercare: Why social contact is crucial for the elderly!