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Talk Turkey About End-of-Life Plans

The holiday season is upon us! We gather to cheer for our football team, dive into our favorite foods, find bargains for our gift lists and spend extra time with our loved ones. It’s also the perfect time to share our advance care planning decisions and end-of-life preferences. Why? Because everyone around the table will… Read More

Gratitude Is Good for Your Health

Thanksgiving is a time when we show appreciation for our blessings and celebrate the bounties of delicious food with loved ones. Science suggests that it would be good for our mental and physical health to extend this practice of thankfulness throughout the year! After dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for more than two years, we… Read More

How to Cope with the End of Daylight Saving Time

It’s a fall ritual that follows Halloween every year. On the first Sunday of November we “fall back” into standard time by setting our clocks back one hour. This gives us back the hour of sleep we lost in the spring when we “sprang forward” to preserve evening sunshine. An extra hour of sleep—sounds great,… Read More

Mental Health Matters

On a recent episode of “Archetypes” podcast, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wife to Prince Harry, former actor, and mother of two, deconstructs the label of “crazy.” Meghan, who has been open with her struggles since marrying into the British royal family, talks about seeking help after the lowest point in her life when, at… Read More

Caring for Someone Who Hoards

Lots of us have collections. Maybe you bring home a new refrigerator magnet from every vacation destination you visit. Perhaps you love jewelry and have a statement necklace for every occasion. Maybe rare baseball cards are carefully stored and organized in a box in your basement. But compulsive hoarding is different from an out-of-control collection… Read More

The Gift of Getting Older

“It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.” — Jules Renard Conversation topics center on the weather or latest ailments. Getting up elicits grunts and groans. Birthday cards poke fun about impending death. Dinner after 6 p.m. seems tiring. Face it: you are getting older. While the adage that age is just… Read More

Meditation for Health: 7 Scientific Takeaways

What do the Beatles, Oprah, and Stephen Curry all have in common? Meditation. All found meditation beneficial and helped make it mainstream. Today, meditation is popular, with over 14% of Americans practicing some type of meditation. In 2017, more than 5% of children aged 4 to 17 years were participating in mediation, with some schools… Read More

Understanding Lewy Body Dementia

It would be understandable to have never heard of—or know much about—Lewy body dementia. It is a form of dementia that has only received global scientific attention in the last few decades. Scientists did not fully understand how common this form of dementia is until the 1990s. October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness month, a… Read More

Overcoming the Stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease

With more than six million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 11 million providing unpaid care, the impact of dementia is huge. Between 2000 and 2019, while death from heart disease was declining, death from Alzheimer’s disease increased 145%. But that doesn’t mean people want to talk about it. The Alzheimer Society of… Read More

Protecting Seniors During Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are devastating. They cost lives. They cost communities. They cost money. But they are particularly deadly for seniors. Gustavo E. Flores, M.D., a member of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Emergency Cardiovascular Care committee, explains, “During and after a storm, many people experience extreme stress and trauma, which research shows can lead to… Read More