Many of us remember Howard Zinn from his days of being a critic of the Vietnam War. I found his thoughts here to be highly inspirational and fitting to post as we celebrate our nation’s Independence and try to make sense out of recent developments in our country. “To
Life is stranger than fiction, they say. And there are lessons we can learn from both life and fiction. I came across this article and thought to share it with you, our POP community, since it offers a listing of books and movies about the variety of huge challenges the
A recent posting to my Facebook page by a friend was intended to remind readers, including me, that instead of complaining about gas prices going up, we had a choice: to be grateful. Huh? Yes, the post noted, we can be grateful that we “aren’t sitting on a concrete floor
Friends, All evidence is pointing towards how we can take action in order to prevent the impact of aging and specifically of developing Alzheimer’s. There are a simple series of things to do early on in life but even later on. One of the keys is to keep physically fit.
At age 60, an extensive study says: you reach the top of your potential and this continues into your 80s! That tells us intelligent folks that it’s time to rethink aging as an inevitable decline and properly envision it as a glorious gateway to our best possible years. An
Individuals with dementia often experience behavioral and psychological symptoms such as depression, aggression and anxiety. Although these symptoms are generally treated with antipsychotics, antidepressants and benzodiazepines, those pharmaceuticals may have significant undesired “side effects.” Pet therapy is increasingly becoming known to be a cost effective and helpful therapeutic intervention
Blue Zones are the five regions of the world that contain the highest percentage of centenarians, those people who live to 100 and beyond. The term was first coined in 2005 by Dan Buettner. These 5 regions are: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and here in
COVID brought us many things – most of which we may not wish to replicate, ever. But COVID has also provided us some opportunities for lessons that wise families with older members will want to take to heart, and thereafter, to act upon. The lessons? We learned about the vulnerability
I read a lot of studies about aging and about people who are doing ParentingOurParents (POP). Today I read a study that stated older people have a “positive bias,” described as a default position that resembles: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I stopped in my tracks reading on that one.
Although death is inevitable, by addressing certain specific needs, it need not be feared. Generous author and caregiver, Annette Kam, shares what no one wants to think about (but everyone needs to know!) and provides for free her step-by-step guide to all things before, during, and after a loved one’s