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How Much Insight Should One Generation Share With Another?

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 2 minutes, 7 seconds
{24th Annual West Point Triathlon}Yesterday Marty competed in the West Point Triathlon and I tagged along to take pictures and offer moral support. I go to his competitions because they are inspiring and fun to cheer on the athletes. As the groups began to line up for their starts, I saw a father and son saying their "goodbyes". The young man put...
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Foodie Friday: Creating Light Summertime Meals As We Age

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 3 minutes, 28 seconds
Growing up, my family lived in Jacksonville in a classic 1950's mid-century Florida style home. I am sure you can visualize the look complete with jalousie windows and terrazzo floors. As with most homes in Florida during that period, it was not air-conditioned and during late afternoons it was as hot inside the house as it was outside only cooling down after the sunset. I rememb...
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Foodie Friday: Cooking For One

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 2 minutes, 59 seconds
{Cheese Soufflé For One}My mother was a great cook in "her day" but after my father died she lost interest in cooking and started substituting snacks for "real" food. I understand the impulse to just grab a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and call it an evening but I also know that nutrition becomes even more important as we age and
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Foodie Friday: Cooking Together

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 2 minutes, 47 seconds
{Homemade Stir-Fry}When Marty and I first moved in together, we spent one or two evenings a week cooking dinner as a couple. We enjoyed creating meals as a team and learned quite a bit about one another through the process of meal planning and cooking. Marty is the more adventurous cook while I rely on trusted recipes to guide me. Turning meal pre...
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Foodie Friday: Popsicles Bring Out The Kid In Everyone!

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 3 minutes, 23 seconds
Temperatures at 100° along with high humidity is a dangerous combination for anyone but especially the elderly. So what can help relieve the heat? Popsicles. I remember the excitement generated by the sound of the music coming from the ice cream truck as it rounded the corner. I would run home to plead and beg with mom for money to buy a popsicle; all the kids in the neighborhood...
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Is A Funeral Optional?

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 2 minutes, 6 seconds
This past week as I was reading the obituary of the mother of a friend of mine, I started thinking about funerals and the traditions behind them. As I mentioned before my family tends to rely on black humor during times of stress and when asked about the kind of funeral I want when the day comes, I responded that I want an American Indian burial. My vision, whether historically...
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Is The By-Product Of Experience, Empathy?

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 2 minutes, 2 seconds
{Early morning at the Lake}Until you personally experience the loss of a parent, the depth of that loss is unknowable. While I was genuinely saddened by the pain my friend’s felt over the death of their parents; I didn’t understand the magnitude of their loss until I experienced it myself. Today when I hear from a friend that their mom or da...
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Guidelines For Visiting A Friend In The Hospital, Rehab Center Or Nursing Home?

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 3 minutes, 27 seconds
{Pershing Square}What are the dos and don'ts of visiting friends in the hospital, rehab centers and nursing homes? Based on the experience with my parents, I have a few guidelines that I follow in terms of visitation of friends and their family in these group situations. My goal is to support my friends during a difficult period but at the same ti...
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