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Roll The Dice

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A few weeks ago, my husband and I went out of town for a few days and left our son in the care of his parents. I’d never been away from my son overnight before, and even though I was so ready to get away for a few days, I had to prepare for this […]

Home For The Holidays

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As the marketing team at a Continuing Care Retirement Community, we had the distinct pleasure of meeting a wide variety of fascinating, wonderful people. Very few of them walked into our offices because they had nothing better to do, though. Typically there was some kind of significant change or precipitating event that scared them, or […]

In the Deep End

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My older sister, Karen, is a registered nurse who started her career in pediatric oncology. I remember her telling me that at parties nobody wanted to talk to her about her work. People would wrinkle their brow, wave their hand as if to stop her from speaking and say something like, “That is so sad!” […]

Peters & Love Pop Quiz: Unrealistic Expectations

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How good are you at spotting someone else’s unrealistic expectations? Question 1: Susan had macular degeneration and was considered legally blind. Despite her visual limitations, she was very independent. She wanted a large, sunny apartment located close to an elevator. After working with her for over 9 months, Jill finally had the perfect place for […]

Mother May I? – In Reverse

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I have been blessed with a father who is what you would call a “communicator.”  My mother has a bit more difficulty verbalizing her feelings and needs, which we jokingly blame on her Swedish heritage.  Ultimately, their communication styles are complementary, and together they have made sure that each of their four children is crystal clear […]

The Heart-Brain Connection

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Leslie and I recently attended an event called, “Keeping Your Brain and Heart Healthy in 2013 and Beyond,” sponsored by The Judy Fund.  In addition to highlighting the connection between the mind and the heart, the salon focused on how Alzheimer’s research can be patterned after cardiovascular research. Dr. Maria Carillo talked about the latest Alzheimer’s […]

80% Chance of Sun

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Recently, I watched a TED talk given by Tali Sharot, Ph.D., a researcher who studies “The Optimism Bias.”  In a nutshell, this bias is “a tendency to overestimate our likelihood of experiencing good events in our lives, and a tendency to underestimate our likelihood of experiencing bad events.”  You can watch Dr. Sharot’s TED talk here. It is a […]

Caregiving Challenges in Blended Families

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A recent New York Times article highlighted specific challenges that blended families face when it comes to caregiving.  For these families, communication is especially important because expectations are likely unclear for stepchildren.  An already stressful situation can become even more tense when stepchildren and stepparents do not agree on the type of care needed, who will […]

Ducks in a Row

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A friend sent me an email recently that said, “I love the sense of possibility and freshness that come with each new year”.  I feel the same way.  My habit of creating a long list of resolutions each year is proof.  These overreaching, unrealistic gems are designed to encourage my instant transformation into a kinder, […]