Photo by Mark Paton on Unsplash Technology has brought us some amazing sensory-enhancing devices--everything from eyesight improving lenses (centuries old) to portable phones that let us communicate (and hear) people from thousands of miles away. (Think iphones).  Wonders never cease. Besides nearsigtedness (myopia)--I'm 73--the one...
As a former mental health and substance abuse therapist, it was easy to see that many of my clients were using or used some form of illegal or controlled substances or alcohol to hide from unwanted memories. Crack cocaine...
Photo by MayoFi on Unsplash Is it "nifty" after 50?   Is there sex after 60?   Is there success after 70?   Relevant to these questions is how much the coronaviris has affected your life--surely a stressor and disrupter for everyone (and particularly dangerous for us seniors.)   2020 wasn't very...

LET ME GO

On a typical sunny afternoon in Santa Monica, I went to visit mother.   When I opened the door, I found her on the floor of the entry hall, lying on her back with her eyes closed, as if she were...
Although, the following events occurred at an award-winning institution, they can occur at any institution. This account is offered as a service to you so that you or a loved one have a better chance of avoiding anything similar. In service:...
Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash Travel USED to be fairly straightforward before coronavirus-- you chose your destination(s), then your mode of transportation. Somewhat simple perhaps. Both mode and place have been severely compromised.   My wife and I had our retirement plans pretty much laid...
Patients recovering from lengthy battles with COVID-19 face many obstacles, even when free from the disease. In addition to being weakened from confinement in a bed for weeks or months, their breathing capacity is compromised, making it extremely challenging...

AGING WITHOUT CHILDREN

When we are born, none of us slide into the world with labels stating who we will be as adults. No matter what our parent's plans for us would be, we are the ultimate chooser of our destiny. Although...
By the time I was 52, I had been married three times. If the courts had not documented the first two marriages, I would pretend that they never happened. During both, my husbands and I were smoking crack before,...
No one likes wearing marks (duh!) but I am impressed by how many in North America are doing it - even if somewhat begrudgingly. Call the "masking up" mandate herd cooperation or just plain fear response, but thankfully transcends politics...