are we sleeping yet?

Mom and I have both had some difficulty sleeping, so are turning to Fitbit.

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Sleep is a precious commodity – as one learns when it is disturbed on a regular basis. I am a night owl and Mom used to be an early riser, though now tends to sleep in a bit more. Sometimes it is apparent that she hasn’t slept well, as she is exhausted in the morning and sleeps in longer than usual. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to get up for work, unlike some of us! I have not been sleeping well either, so we have two grouchy people living in a small space – not a good scenario.  Continue reading “are we sleeping yet?”

books on aging #1

Dancing with Elephants by Jarem Sawatsky

Just a note, I don’t do formal book reviews or critiques. I merely comment on what I thought was useful or interesting. I do this with all books; some of my comments are posted on the Goodreads site, though may bring some of my comments over to the blog.

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I thought I would mention some books that I am reading on aging. The first is: Dancing with Elephants and is described/reviewed on Goodreads; the author also has a blogContinue reading “books on aging #1”

rant: manners, really?

It’s been a while since my last rant, so here we go ….

emotion-1293365_1280Every so often, I am struck by the lack of basic manners displayed by some people, many of then in their early 20s. They don’t offer a seat to an older person or they cut in front of others in line or they don’t consider that their actions may affect people around them. They talk loudly. They don’t move over a little to allow two-way traffic on the sidewalk. Sometimes, people don’t seem to notice they are sharing the space with other people. They focus on their smartphones or otherwise ignore anyone they don’t know.  Continue reading “rant: manners, really?”

finding the positive

Sometimes it’s not easy to find the good when the bad seems all-consuming.

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My mother can be a fun and funny person, who likes to laugh and make crafty things and read stories and do puzzles. Sometimes, though, she gets a bit blue … her lost memory loss, her arthritic knee, her absent friends, and so on. I understand that she is dealing with a lot of loss, but it is frustrating when she cannot shift her mindset. Her doctor tried to convince her that she could look at this as a time to relax and to be thankful for what she has. I’ve tried to convince her of that, as have others. But to no avail – the hope is that she is distracted by something entertaining that takes her mind off her problems.  Continue reading “finding the positive”

are treats on my diet?

With little exercise, diet is important for an older person but what about ice cream?

popsicle-295088_1280As Mom has gotten older, she doesn’t get as much exercise so when eating increases, there is no real counter measure in place to get rid of the weight. She has put on about five pounds since her last doctor visit, so it’s back to a stricter diet.  Continue reading “are treats on my diet?”

link #2: being elderly in japan is no picnic

I’m not sure what is going on in Japan, but I’ve read several articles and posts lately about the plight of the elderly – particularly of women. 

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The first article I read was from The New York Times and followed the stories of several older people. One woman sends deliveries of pears to her neighbor across the way so that she will check to see that she opens her blinds (screen) every morning. That way, if she is in trouble or dies, someone will notice and call for the body to be taken away.  Continue reading “link #2: being elderly in japan is no picnic”