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Boomers are changing what we have culturally believed about growing old. We're putting our own twist on everything from comprsock by Crazy Compressionession socks to adaptive home designs. Together with advances in science and technology we're expanding America's ideas of what's possible in later years. We're living at home longer, staying fit longer, and dressing in jeans---- regardless of our age. Yet some stereotypes about aging persist. This blog is my attempt to bust the top five.

Is tea in your daily diet? If not you're missing out on powerful health benefits from green, black, and some herbal varieties. Tea protects against cardiovascular disease and diabetes and eases digestion. It cleanses the liver, offers strong prevention against cognitive decline and boosts immunity. Once used as a currency, tea holds value today as a health supplement. Since 2737 BC humans have consumed tea and now recent studies corroborate most of the health advantages professed throughout the years.

Take a look at your watch. Every 66 seconds someone is learning that they have dementia. Over 5 million people live with the condition in the USA. In this installment of the digital library you'll find stories of families and loved ones helping someone who has Lewy Body dementia. If you love someone or know someone challenged by that condition my hope is that this library will bring you comfort and assure you that, though your experience is unique, others recognize what you're going through and can understand.

At the very beginning of the digital age, when we traded our simple TV on/off switches for a remote with over two dozen arrows and buttons, we left "easy" and "accessible" behind. Amazing devices created a world suddenly so complex that ill or aging parents and loved ones could no longer manage life without an advocate while we ourselves became more reliant on Millennials to navigate the marvels. Today brick and mortar services are crumbling into a pile of passwords and pins that unlock virtual commerce and there seems to be no end in sight to the discoveries that unintentionally leave those who are less tech savvy behind. Before we find generations lost in a digital world I call for more user friendly, age friendly, accessible design. With intentionality everyone can enjoy the potential of this promising century.

We're full speed ahead now leaving 2016 in the dust so why read a review? Because underneath last year's headlines, political waves and tweets you probably missed important news of lifesaving progress in medicine, long awaited discoveries in science and promising advances in technology that will improve our lives in days to come.  Already 2017's politics are snatching headlines from medicine and science. Don't be left out. The landscape of our future, made possible by this century's innovation, got much clearer in 2016 and it's bold and amazing. So, turn off the TV, set down that smart phone and get an edge on this fast moving year by reviewing the trends for tomorrow fresh off last year's press!

Festivities, family gatherings, religious celebration...the magic of Christmas is behind us now or is it? As we face the challenges of aging and the events of a new year how can we harness that magic to help us year-round? Three concepts- faith, giving/receiving, and celebration- define the winter holidays and each are strong enough to create magic in our lives every day of the year. Nurture the magic in your life for greater year-round joy.

Over 5 million people live with dementia in the USA. That's a number larger than the population of 29 states in America and roughly the size of Phoenix and Los Angeles combined. Worldwide 47 million live with the condition. Yet if you are caring for a loved one who has dementia you may feel like you're alone in the world. There are no sure preventions and no cures. As the disease progresses it requires more hours of caregiving. Later stages may drain assets, cause work absences, and intensify a sense of isolation. This is a digital library of the stories about those individuals and families struggling to cope with the disorder even as education and awareness is sparse in many communities and stigmas are strong.

About the library: Though medicine doesn't fully understand dementia there has been progress into learning the basic trajectory and patterns of various subtypes and, where possible, I've categorized the library by each type. I will also categorize by familial perspective as well ie: spouse caregiver, daughter/son caregiver etc. This dynamic digital library will spread over several blogs. This section, on frontotemporal dementia, is the first in the series. It is by no means a complete library of everything online but it contains highlights of testimonials and stories that are well documented. Check back frequently for new entries.

Is America's jury system in need of reform? Should 90-somethings be receiving a jury summons? Should anyone having to close their business to serve be summoned?  Should there be a standard governing all courts?   Should we expect everyone to serve regardless of employment status or annual income? Should we allow jurors to use mobile devices? Should juries have mandated diversity? State and federal laws govern everything from juror age limits to employee rights during jury duty but they vary state to state. Are they up to date? What do you think? Does the jury system need 21st century reforms?

Berries, melons, plums, grapes, mangoes..summer brings fresh aromatic fruits into our lives. They're delicious, beautiful, high in fiber, low in fat and vitamin rich. Summer fruits can boost immunity, reduce inflammation, and protect our cells. Some aid digestion. Still others are said to have anti aging properties and to help with disease prevention. Bottom line? Indulge in the sweet fruits of summer-- they're good for body and soul.

Meditation, a thousands year old practice originating in Asia, is still new to America. It entered our popular culture in the 50's, sprung to widespread awareness in the 60's and took root in the 70's.  Today it's offered in schools, at major corporations and well respected medical facilities as a means of reducing stress and improving mental and physical health. Now advancements in neuroscience and imaging are enabling studies that suggest it may also slow aging.


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