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By the Way, You've Got Mail!

My son headed off to college this year and being the nice mom that I am, I decided to send him a letter to let him know that I miss him and was thinking about him. We talked on the phone a couple of times after I thought he would have received the letter and he didn't mention it. Finally, a week later I asked him if he ever received the letter. He said that he never thought to go and check his...

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Aging in a Positive Light

From the time you are born, you start to age. Everyone on this earth is aging. The word "aging" is associated with positive words like "wisdom", "timeless", "experienced". But it also generates as many or more negative words and visuals. Why is there such a negative perception of...

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Take a Stand Against Falls - discover extension 8 25 2015

What You Need to Know to Help Your Loved One Prevent Falls

The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on September 22, 2016—the first day of fall. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in the emergency department for a fall-related injury. 1 in 3 older Americans fall every year. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for people age 65+. If you have an aging parent, grandp...

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Healthy Adult Sibling Relationships

Recently my four siblings, their spouses, and I got together for our annual sibs weekend. (I'd post a picture of us, but at least one of my sisters would, shall we say, object STRONGLY.) I can always count on my siblings for a lot of laughter, gentle ribbing, and reminiscing and this led me to wonder about the importance of adult sibling relationships. After all, our siblings are the pe...

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