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Arizona – Governor’s Conference on Aging 2008

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Please join us for the 2008 Governor’s Conference on Aging

Myth Busters – Breaking the Myths of Aging –  May 14 – 16, 2008 (more…)

Laughter – The Best Medicine For Growing Older

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It’s Monday so let’s get our week off with a good laugh!

DRIVING
> Two elderly women were out driving in a large car – both could barely see
> over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an
> intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through The
> woman in the passenger seat thought to herself ‘I must be losing it. I
> could have sworn we just went through a red light.’ After a few more
> minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red again.
> Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost
> sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was
> losing it. She was getting nervous. At the next intersection, sure enough,
> the light was red and they went on through. So, she turned to the other
> woman and said, ‘Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red
> lights in a row? You could have killed us both!’
> Mildred turned to her and said, ‘Oh, crap, am I driving ?’

Generations Unite – Right Here In Arizona

 

This video brought me to tears. Happy tears. It is great to see so many different generations of families playing together. We should have local parks and senior centers merged together in every city in America. The level of joy on the faces of the children and our senior adults made me want to drive right down to Apache Junction just to view this incredible multi-generational gathering. I have little doubt that after55.com will create another video at the Generations Unite Center in Apache Junction, Arizona. Enjoy this wonderful concept that has become a reality. It brings hope that the family values in America will continued to be respected and preserved.

Long Term Care Planning

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As the wave of baby boomers move toward retirement, long-term care is becoming more important. A federal state initiative called, “Own Your Future”, has been launched to urge consumers to focus on their finances. The campaign offers a Long Term Care Planning Kit, downloadable at no cost in English and Spanish. Consumers may order the Long Term Care Planning Kit by phone, (1-866-PLAN-LTC) or view online at www.longtermcare.gov/campaign

Older Women and Their Lack of Sexual Desire

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My commentary on why the medical profession is jumping on the bandwagon to develop a medication to help increase an older woman’s sex drive might cause a few heads to spin. I got on this rant when I read an article which you can read at the end of this blog. First of all, viagra is here to stay. With the divorce rate climbing, something better be done so the woman can keep up with her husband’s falsely restored sexual energy. Let’s stop right there and repeat, “falsely restored sexual energy”.   Has anyone stopped to consider (more…)

Food For Thought For Caring For A Parent

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It’s inevitable that our parents will grow older, the roles will reverse and the time will come when taking care of your parent (s) becomes a reality. Make these times as happy for your parents as you can. With rising health costs, more and more families are chipping in to either be their parent’s caregiver in their parent’s home or the parents get moved into the home of their adult child. Let’s take a look at moving your parent (s) into your home. (more…)

Pulling Together As A Family As Our Parents Age

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I am not sure when that moment comes when, as a family, everyone begins to understand that time together is limited. It drives some families apart while others unite. If there are expectations from siblings usually strife begins. We all love our parents with varying (more…)

Honoring Our Parents As They Have Honored Us

I stumble upon emotionally moving videos on a regular basis. This video entitled, “Parent’s Wish”, struck me on so many levels. Josh Groban’s music in the background made the video touch my soul and brought me back to that moment sitting in the church as the service was given in memory of my mother. The only thing missing was Josh’s music. Secondly, the video, which I will share with you shortly, discusses the parent’s side of what they want as their life nears it’s end or even as they begin to age. Why do so many people find it so hard to honor our aging elders? Of all the gifts I have been given in life, none is more rich than benefiting from and truly understanding the value of our seniors. When my mother told me she was ready to die, I never once asked her to want to continue to live. Some part of me understood she was ready and my acceptance would help her on her journey. I hope many people who watch this video put what is learned into practice with the understanding that in it lies the destiny of each of our own lives. Click Here to play the video.

Dedicated to Dad – It’s Been A Long 3 Years…

 

When I watched this youtube video I could not help but think of my mom and dad. They were married 64 years and therefore I should not have been shocked when they died within 3 months of one another. They found beauty in each other right to the very end. It was February 12, 2005 when dad seemed to be heading into a coma. I remember saying to him, “Dad, it’s only 2 days to Valentine’s Day. You better hurry on over to the other side or mom is going to dance with someone else”. My father died within 4 hours. Today it was 3 years since his passing and though I miss both mom and dad, I see this youtube video as a tribute to my parents. They had a long and happy marriage and I know they will be dancing with each-other throughout all eternity.

Love Songs – Top 10 Through The Decades

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AARP has a section called Fun and Games. Last week writer, Richard Gehr, wrote an article entitled, “Top 10 Songs Across The Decades”, which I thought would be of interest to our readers. Are you ready for the countdown? Here we go, starting at number 10 is (more…)