Mindfulness

Overuse of alcohol among older adults is a mostly hidden story – for instance, National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (March 22-28 in 2021) is aimed at teens.  However, research suggests that one third of older drinkers develop the dependency later in life and that was before Covid-related stress and isolation.   How much drinking is
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With 2020 thankfully fizzling to a close, we’re all hoping 2021 will be better. If you haven’t thought about New Year’s resolutions yet, here are our 5 suggestions to make next year better for you and yours—and the planet. Bonus: we asked experts for stick-with-it tips. 1-Demand Better Health Care for All  It’s no secret
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For nine long months of COVID, we’ve done everything possible to stay safe. Many of us can say, ever so cautiously, that we haven’t been affected directly. Nevertheless, stories of hardship and loss seep through, increasing our anxiety and impacting our state of mind. How can we continue to age gratefully when our worlds remain
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Amid all the political and electoral turmoil and strife, I look for solace and inner strength by focusing on getting through the next day or even the next eight hours.  Sometimes its just a matter of focusing on what makes me happy just for today. Sometimes it’s a walk by the dog run near my
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We’re now in Week (cough cough) of the Lockdown. Every person I’ve spoken to in the past week has announced they are “over,” “so over” and “so incredibly over” the lockdown. People have disturbed sleep cycles, increased snack consumption, overspent on online shopping, and snapped at their spouses. I knew I was in trouble when
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We’ve all heard of famous people with fantastic memories. Actress Marilu Henner, known for roles such as playing Elaine Nardo on TV’s “Taxi,” is said to have a highly superior autobiographical memory.  Tell her what year you got married, or graduated, or had a kid, and she’s likely to say, ”Really, a Sunday?” Former president
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If you’re feeling the raw edge of the terrifying world pandemic of COVID-19, you are not alone. And while now might seem a tough time to experience gratitude, doing just that can provide soothing comfort in these scary weeks.  Look around. If you’re healthy with a roof overhead, there’s lots to be grateful for. Are
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This lockdown seems like it will go on forever, but there will be an end…but how do we keep our attitudes up in the meantime, and combat depression or other mental/emotional challenges? Some studies suggest that gratitude can be a major influence in our level of happiness, and can even have lasting positive changes in
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