THE NEW FORTY Like looking in the mirror...
Today I had an awkward realization. It happened while I was sitting in the turn lane on Main at 45th waiting for the light to change. It was then that I looked in the rear view mirror and saw the woma... Posted on 9/24/13 at 7:37 PM
FARMBLEAT Progressively aging
I knew when I went to the eye doctor a couple of years ago that this day would come. Id even received a little advanced notice. Bifocals were in my future.
After wearing eye glasses since the age of ... Posted on 9/16/13 at 4:17 PM
THE PERIPHERY The Best Use of Video I Have Ever Seen
I watched the latest installment of the "Up Series". This English documentary follows the lives of 14 individuals starting from the time they were seven, starting back in 1964. This first black and wh... Posted on 7/30/13 at 7:42 AM
IPAT NORTH DAKOTA ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY Beat the Dizzies with Assistive Technology
Taking prescription medication is part of everyday life for 34% of American adults. Unfortunately, a common side effect of medication is dizziness, which can lead to falls and sometimes result in ho... Posted on 4/15/13 at 8:59 AM
Dear Readers: When memory slips become more persistent and we begin to wonder if “something is wrong,” testing for Alzheimer’s is often in the forefront of our thinking. Because of the prevalence of Alzheimer’s in news and research, it’s a natural response.
Dear Readers: I’ve written about personal joys and sorrows during my many years of caregiving. I’ve also often mentioned that the spiritual side of helping others often got me through difficult circumstances.
Dear Readers: I receive many questions from readers. I also receive many responses about columns I’ve written. However, no response has had such wisdom to share, along with such eloquent delivery, as the one that follows.
Dear Carol: I’ve got a good friend whose father, once the caregiver of her mother, has now developed Alzheimer’s disease. Her mother is dying from cancer. This is obviously a family in distress, however they are well-versed in how to get professional care and have people coming in from both hospice and in-home care. My question is what do I do as a friend? I want to do something, but everything I think of seems so trivial. – Erica
Dear Erica: I can assure you your friends won’t find your efforts trivial. They obviously have a great deal to handle. Even with the most efficient and caring professionals at their sides, they need their friends. Sometimes all you have to do is ask specifically if they need something.
Dear Carol: My parents are doing well, however they are in their early 70s, and I’m worried about how to bring up sensitive topics like living wills and a power of attorney. How do we start asking about money issues and what they want when they die? It’s hard to bring these things up without sounding like we’re waiting for them to die, which we certainly are not. – Arnie
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