Category Archives: holistic health

Partnering with Doctors for Better Care: Essential Assertiveness

I’ve had a handful of invaluable phone appointments with my mother’s doctors over the past few months that I had to specially request, but they were granted quickly and generously.  Mom has finally turned the corner on severe depression that … Continue reading

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Holistic, Intergenerational Living for Seniors with Gardens Galore

  A better way to spend your last years?                         Photo Credit: High Point Community Garden, Seattle, WA   I remember feeling as a young child that locking older people away in their own buildings until they died was … Continue reading

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New Year’s, Quarantined

My husband and I made the long drive tonight to liberate Mom for a New Year’s Eve dinner out.  She’s been in low spirits since the flu hysteria started (see my last post), and is now calling her residence full of … Continue reading

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Flu Hysteria Decends – Keep Your Wits and Promote Health

Yesterday Mom called me and said she was quarantined.  “It’s just terrifying,” she said.  “They came in to wake me up in gas masks.”  “I’m not allowed to leave,” she continued, “And if I do, I can never come back, so you better do … Continue reading

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Christmas

The facility where my mother lives is suddenly flooded by families I’ve never seen before, lugging in bags toppling out of their arms, filled with food and gifts.  It’s wonderful to see them congregating where their loved ones are “stuck”, bringing their … Continue reading

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Great Advice on How to Heal Holiday Stress For Good

I just received a holiday newsletter from one of my favorite inspirational writers, Brenda Shoshanna, the founder of Compassionate Care. (See end of this post for her website and more info.)  Not only do I find Dr. Shoshanna’s advice to be incredibly wise, but … Continue reading

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Resisting the Medicalization of Brain Aging – Essential Advice from a Geriatric Neurologist with Brilliance and Heart

I’d planned on reviewing a few different books on Alzheimer’s disease today, but one struck me as so riveting and essential to thought on this topic that it overwhelmingly merited it’s own distinct post.  The refreshing and future-changing thoughts of the author, Dr. … Continue reading

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