Sunday, November 29, 2015

Reflections on Thanksgiving and the Circle of Life

This is one of the few times in decades that Thanksgiving dinner has not been at our home. Now that Sr. Advisor R has died, the celebration has passed to the younger generation (in their 40's). 

"Every twist of the  kaleidoscope moves us all in turn."--Elton John

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Outsmarting Toilet-paper-lacking and/or Seat-cover-deficient stalls in Women's Restrooms

How often have we found ourselves waiting in a long, slow line for the Ladies' Restroom--then finally entering a vacated stall that is unacceptable or even disgusting? And how extra-bad is it if our aging--or old--mother or grandmother is with us and must deal with it too? 

A friend (I think) just said: "Your blog on a practical, less-than-tasty subject treats it with good taste, I think."  

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Celebrating Veteran's Day 2015

Honoring Those Who Served ~ 5th Avenue New York City

Again we honor those who serve, have served,
and made the ultimate sacrifice. 

We also learn that ongoing research focusing on the "transition of veterans from military to civilian life," is underway at Teachers College, Columbia U.  Today's just-received email, Beyond PTSD: Exploring the stresses of veterans’ transition back to civilian life gives details about the newly established Resilience Center for Veterans & Families.

 Also check out this short, well-done, video that spans the generations--grandfather,  grandsons and those in between. It caught my attention this year.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Help Aging Parents--Hospice: Why Wait To Call?

                         Call Hospice for Your Mom!

I meddled! A former neighbor sounded awful when I phoned the other night. She's very old; has had cancer successfully treated over decades, but it sounds like the end may be near. There's no "maybe" about the pain she says she has had for some time.  There's an aide with her 24/7 so I didn't think hospice was involved, although it sounded like they should be.

Bottom line: Calling hospice--or suggesting someone contact hospice--may be uncomfortable. But calling sooner--rather than later--offers professional, appropriate comfort to patient and family and a better chance for a satisfying ending. So many have said "I wish I'd called hospice sooner."

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