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Universal Design in Kitchen Utensils
February 15th, 2024

Chop, Chop, Scrap, Scrap, Swish, Swish. Sounds similar to these come from my kitchen many hours a week. Repeat, MANY hours. It dawned on me recently that there’s a great variety displayed in our kitchen utensils, and their quality. Over the years, I’ve accumulated 4 vegetable (potato) peelers. Not all are created equal. As we age, we can get fussier about the material things around us, and why not? We want reliable, consistent function. Universal Design One of those chop/scrap/swish times got me thinking about universal design and aging in place. No doubt, you’ve read something about universal... Continue Reading

February 15th, 2024
B-E-F-A-S-T – Regarding Stroke
February 1st, 2024

Have you noticed, the color red adorns half the store aisles currently, promotions for the next holiday marketing opportunity? How about a different kind of ‘valentine’ for yourself or a loved one this year? I often attend or listen to presentations on health care, aging and a multitude of other issues. This is aside from all the political policy ones in which I take part. These days with the aid of zoom and webinars near and far, there are really too many to consider. We have to pick carefully. Frankly, I don’t always. Some are disappointing. Not this one. I listened to a local neurologist... Continue Reading

February 1st, 2024
Don’t Fall….in line with Leaders
January 15th, 2024

I remember the day that Sonia Sotomayer was sworn into office, replacing Justice David Souter and being the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. Yet, perhaps receiving more attention was a summer day before that in 2009. She had 6 meetings scheduled with Senate leaders (who would decide her fate). While rushing through the LaGuardia airport en route to the consultations, she stumbled and fractured her ankle. She arrived at the meetings on crutches and all the pictures (like a famous one with Senator Grasley) showed her in a big white cast. These types of headlines caught mishaps of others... Continue Reading

January 15th, 2024
A Dozen Things Learned During 2023
January 1st, 2024

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with Interest. It’s that time again. Sharing a few things that I’ve learned each year is always difficult. Picking out a variety and not getting too much into the weeds is tricky. The latter is tough because as I start reading more and more and the hour is gone, and then the next hour is gone. I know that you are – like I am – overwhelmed with news and materials from myriad sources. I send thanks to loyal readers who keep Aging_With_Pizzazz as one of those sources. Admittedly, my dozen fragments are just tidbits to consider, but hopefully a bit of fun... Continue Reading

January 1st, 2024
Year End Gift – ABC’s of Maturity
December 1st, 2023

For years now, I have periodically re-visited a chart I made for myself eons ago.  It has undergone numerous reincarnations; presumably following the evolution of my own life and ideas. It was originally produced for my first (and now out-of-print) book, cited in the footnote.  However, I had actually been working on it long before that.  So, taking it out of the closet once again and shaking off the virtual mothball-smelling dust, I updated it (at least) one more time. My Gift to You I offer this ABCs chart to you as a year-end gift.  I hope you can relate to it for the reminders we all... Continue Reading

December 1st, 2023
Effect of Social Isolation on Wellbeing not a Myth
November 15th, 2023

We’ve all read about loneliness in senior-hood. I know I’ve “been there.” Most of us have. Some of us experience it all too often, to one degree or another. I recently heard a statistic from my (current) home state of Oregon that shocked me. The state has the highest rate of suicide in males over 85 years old. We have a large population in rural settings. That frequently results in both economic hardships and social isolation. This is despite the stereotype of traditional civic groups and church activities that are thought to be more active and common in small towns and rural areas. When... Continue Reading

November 15th, 2023
Top 10 Deficiencies in Typical Senior Diet
November 1st, 2023

Are you weary of articles and experts telling you how poor your diet is? You’ve lived this long, right? I too, may be guilty of these proclamations. However, my approach frequently brings the phase ‘grain of salt’ to mind. And of course, I’m not referring to the saltshaker. Our bodies are amazing, they can deal with lots that we throw at them, or put in them. We survive bad injuries, bad habits and bad diets. You may continue to endure all of these. If you just want to ‘endure’, you might ignore or take the following suggestions with that aforementioned “grain of salt.” But if... Continue Reading

November 1st, 2023
Neuroscientist’s Advice on Memory & Dementia
October 16th, 2023

Late last year I had the opportunity to hear a (surprisingly) amusing lecture by David Tullar, a neurology expert specializing in memory. Now, who would expect to chuckle and even laugh out loud during a talk on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementia issues? Especially puzzling to enjoy the humor as we ourselves age. Yet, that was the situation as Dr. Tullar gave practical advice on how to deal with those having memory problems.  (Hint: sticky notes have limited success.)  He considers the two most difficult challenges for caretakers to be: The never-ending question(s). Did the person... Continue Reading

October 16th, 2023
Aging in Place: Practical Home Improvement Tips for Seniors
October 1st, 2023

GUEST WRITER – Hazel Bridges It’s no secret that aging can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. I’m not yet in the advanced senior category, but already starting to understand the next life stage. As we grow older, our bodies change and we often find it harder to do things we once nonchalantly took for granted (think walking up and down the stairs or getting in and out of bed). Many seniors opt to age in place, which essentially means living in the same home they’ve lived in for years — instead of relocating to another home or moving into a facility or community. Aging in place... Continue Reading

October 1st, 2023
Longevity and Savings Connection
September 15th, 2023

“We may not have a lot of money, but we’ve done better than our parents,” my husband said one recent morning. We were discussing the advantages of being rich vs. poor (in philosophical terms). The chatting began with our concern for younger people coming of age now. Surprisingly, after a few other observations of how we managed with our limited familial opportunities, he added another. I didn’t expect it. “I think one of our advantages was 120 years” he explained, referencing a book I wrote (now out-of-print) that was not commercially successful. I was amazed. How could he be thinking... Continue Reading

September 15th, 2023