Healthy Aging (Joan Watson)

When I shared with a friend of mine that I was writing this message on healthy aging, the response was “you can sum that up in two words—Not Possible!” My intent today is to explain how healthy aging not only is possible but quite achievable. Most of us have built our lives on a foundation of independence. From the first time I gently told my parents, “ME do it,” I have grown to value and sometimes…

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Families Caring Together

Donald and Kathryn lived many miles apart – Donald in Missouri and Kathryn in Virginia. Their parents were in their eighties and in failing health: mom with physical decline that necessitated placement in a skilled nursing facility; dad in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and still living in the family home. Kathryn lived just several miles from their parents and, thus, bore the main res…

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Peaceful Living (Joan Watson)

Clearly it is desirable for our overall health to maintain a peaceful existence. Living in peace, an outward and inward process, involves living harmoniously with yourself, others, and all beings around you. Unfortunately, a completely peaceful environment isn’t always likely in today’s world--stress finds us, accidents happen, diseases appear, relationships can be challenging, and social justice elu…

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End of Life Caregiving

Embed from Getty Images It doesn’t happen much anymore in our modern era of automobiles and public transit, but in the “olden days” one would often walk a companion to his or her home…Walking someone home allowed the opportunity to give protection and guidance to the destined dwelling place…Sometimes this walking was done mostly in silence. Sometimes there was much talking going on. In any event, th…

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Inflammation (Joan Watson)

Inflammation is the new “buzz word” in the health care literature. When you hear the word, inflammation, you probably think of redness and burning around a cut or insect bite, or a swollen join, or tenderness around an injury, or even the pain of a broken bone. This reaction is acute inflammation, the good kind, which protects and heals the body after injury or infection. Known as the inf…

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