My husband sent me a link to a short Ted Talks video about aging. After watching it, I’m wondering if I’ve been going about aging the wrong way.
The video is about an inspiring woman, Olga Kotelko, who took up amateur track and field at the age of 77. At age 91, she was competing in the long jump! She had more than 50 world records!
How did she think …
read on I’ve been AWOL on the blog for a couple of weeks because my 93-year-old father has been hospitalized with multiple health issues. Each day brings us a mixed bag of improvement and decline.
As a family, we are in agreement that we don’t want Dad to suffer. We don’t want him to linger with a low quality of life. Although he is confused and unable to communicate with us, we …
This is an addendum to
yesterday’s post about Ebola. I wish I had seen this first, because really he says it all. In only 3 minutes. FN Start the conversation early
There’s an ongoing joke in health care circles that
“Scientific studies continue to show that 100% of Americans eventually die.”
And yet, judging by
, we make every effort to deny that eventuality. the amount of money spent on medical care in the last 6 months of life
It seems that no matter how much money you use during that last year/month, if the person is
read on The what?
No, it’s not a new main dish like the
turducken or tofurkey.
A churkendoose is the imaginary barnyard creature created for a children’s story by Ben Ross Berenberg in 1946. A definite oddball, it’s part chicken, turkey, duck and goose.
Sadly out of print,
The Churkendoose was a popular Golden Book and 45-rpm record that delighted several generations of children and their parents. Beautifully orchestrated, the 9-minute … read on Farewell to a beloved husband and father
Today I am in Idaho attending the memorial service of my father-in-law.
He passed away two weeks ago at the age of 85, after suffering for several years from declining health and increasing dementia. His wife of 59 years and all four of his children were at his bedside when he died.
Death is not pretty, but neither is childbirth. Both involve pain, …
read on The depression epidemic
I posted last week that
prescriptions for antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications have soared in the last 20 years.
I like to blame the pharmaceutical companies that reap the huge profits, but the relentless output of bleak news from the media sure doesn’t help. Political scandals and inertia, the economic roller coaster, global warming (or do we call it climate change?) resulting in natural disasters, terrorists, international crises, …
read on The unloved woman
I recently read two books that provoked my thoughts. The first was
by Dr. Eric Manheimer, the medical director of what is probably the largest public hospital in America. Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital
Located in New York City, Bellevue sees patients from all demographics—incarcerated, homeless, undocumented, uninsured, mentally ill, addicted—and treats the worst trauma cases in the city.
Dr. Manheimer sees it all, …
read on Sleep cycle tracking apps
Have you ever been wrenched out of a deep sleep by your alarm clock? Or been in such a deep sleep that you slept right through the &#%!@ alarm?
When this happens to me, I wake up feeling groggy and sleep deprived, even if I slept “enough” hours the night before.
Other mornings when the alarm goes off I am full of energy, feeling well rested …