THE WISHING WELL: Protecting the next generation

When we moved into daylight savings time last month, we moved our clocks forward. And less than a year from now our State Legislature convenes, so let’s hope these forward-looking lawmakers step forward as well.

May 16, 2018 3:44 p.m. read more..

A focus on aging

Phyllis Yes has taken the real-life challenge of caring for her aging parents and turned it into a screenplay that examines the issues facing adult children as caregivers.

April 20, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..

Old idea brings new lifeline to shut-ins

Nobody knows in advance which of us seniors will end up being homebound. It could be those we least expect. The needs of our shut-ins often get marginalized. That may be because our lawmakers seek votes with the “well” elderly in senior centers but have virtually no personal contact with the homebound seniors.

April 6, 2018 midnight read more..

Finding love: You’re never too old

Tenderly holding hands and with a sparkle in their eyes, Bernie Charlebois and Marie Shaw can’t stop smiling. They are like two young lovebirds basking in their good fortune.

December 6, 2017 2:20 p.m. read more..

Getting his diabetes under control

“Get off your lazy behind and do it.” That’s Eugene Boyce’s advice for anyone not actively managing their diabetes. Boyce, 70, used to be among their ranks. A former truck driver, Boyce knew for years that his blood sugars were high but didn’t want to think about taking insulin.

November 4, 2017 7:49 p.m. read more..

Make your end of life wishes known

When a 92-year-old patient of mine came to my office to discuss end-of-life wishes, he already had an idea to ensure that his plans would be respected. He said he would have “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed on his chest in large letters so when paramedics came to revive him, they would see the message and stop their efforts.

September 5, 2017 3 p.m. read more..

Conscious aging: Research supports a ‘plasticity’ of the brain that we can learn from

We all know we’re getting older, don’t we? After all, it’s hard not to wake up in the morning and realize you’re a day older. The physical changes become more obvious, and there are mental changes as well — it can be depressing. Eugene’s Emily Rice, 62, and Nancy Sawtelle, 60, have been helping women navigate these changes through a series of “conscious aging” workshops, which focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of the aging process.

August 25, 2017 10:36 a.m. read more..