Overeating in seniors tied to memory loss

A new study tying overeating and memory loss in seniors was recently presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting.The research suggests that older people who overeat might DOUBLE their risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is the stage between normal age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer's. Here's the study:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/241570.php...more

Coping with the Stresses of Elder Care: Doctor visits and Time Out

In my previous post on Speaking Up For Yourself, I set out some tips for those caring for an aging parent, on how to start speaking up for what you need and what you want.  For me, as my mother aged with dementia, speaking up was an essential skill for regaining some control over my universe. I often think back to that time (my mother passed away a year and a half ago), on what I could have done differently or better.  Here are some things related to speaking up that I found invaluable. ...more


Hitting the road to attend our final hearing to finalize guardianship and conservatorship.  Ready for this to all be over...really need some light at the end of the tunnel....more

My Life: A really bad made for TV movie...

I don't really know where to start to describe the events of the past four days.  The outrage I feel right now is palpable and has taken over every thought in my tired brain.  I feel as though I'm living in a really bad Lifetime movie. ...more

The Generation Gap

One interesting thing about gathering over the Christmas season is watching what happens when multiple generations come together. While children run around like buzzing bees high on the sweetness of candy and presents, the adults catch up on life. My husband and I had the opportunity this Christmas to spend time with family and their friends who were much older than us; seniors. I discovered there are a few things that separate us and more things that don’t....more

A Child of Divorce - at 49

This past weekend I went to a bridal shower for my mother. At seventy-something, she is remarrying after nearly 30 years of being single. Her fiance is a loving and warm man whom our family has welcomed with open arms, and who has brought so much to my mother's life. To see them together is to see the true meaning of miraculous - that they have found each other at this point in their lives, that they are healthy and can enjoy being together, and that they are making this commitment to each other with the excitement of two people decades younger....more

Saturday Funnies II

If you have read my blog long enough you know I like to share my Email Gems! I have a group of email buddies and we send each other those jokes that most people choose to delete. It is a shame you delete all of them. A good laugh or even a slight smile does a lot for the soul. Take a moment to giggle! Ear InfectionThis is so true!They always ask at the doctor’s reception why you are there, and you have to answer in front of others what’s wrong and sometimes it is embarrassing....more

And on the 10th day we said, 'let there be bread'

Yesterday an old Greek lady, I imagine a widow because she was dressed entirely in black, came up and asked me directly to please give her some money for bread.  It's not the first time this has happened here and I think it's another example of the crisis that is gripping this country.  Greece has never been known for having a liberal approach to social welfare, preferring instead to rely on the family (I can't hear family without imagining this being shouted by Peggy Mitchell which is odd because I haven't been close to an episode of East Enders for about 10 years). ...more

Six things that differentiate a boomer from a senior


How Do You Spell Contentment? 70 and Mighty Active!

Note From Cece: Yun and I have a friend named Barry Stone. We all met training for an endurance bike ride several years ago. Barry is pressing 70 and has had serious heart problems but has remained stubbornly active his entire life. Recently, post heart surgery, one of his daughters was going to take his bike saddle off his bike, so he could not ride off when he should have been recovering from surgery….they also planned to hide his running shoes!...more