Health & WellnessFebruary 18, 2016
Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients
Service dogs have long been used to help humans with disabilities ranging from blindness, deafness, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. There is an International Assistance Dog Week to celebrate the work of these devoted animals. And now the emotional and physical benefits of pet ownership are being demonstrated in a new way by helping people who need the comfort and support of a furry friend at a critical turning point in their lives, specifically those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.Read the full article
December 30, 2015
Turning Point: STEPPING STONES TO SUCCESS
As the New Year approaches, you may be thinking about making New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you hope to improve your life by eliminating self-defeating habits or establishing new positive habits. While you contemplate what you want to do in the coming year, you might find yourself thinking about resolutions you made but didn’t keep during the past year. But, if you only focus on what you didn’t accomplish this past year, you can end up feeling like you’re not good enough or that you’re a failure.Read more...
November 11, 2015
Turning Point: More Simple Ways To Practice Mindfulness Meditation
Begin a mindfulness meditation by selecting an object for focus, such as concentrating on the sensations in your nose or your abdomen as you inhale and exhale. Once you have established concentration, you can begin to widen your focus to include your sensations, thoughts and/or emotions. As you do this, you may find yourself noticing things that you might ordinarily overlook. The goal is to notice them without judging, accepting or rejecting them: just acknowledge your experiences with an attitude of curiosity, and then allow them to pass. As you practice mindfulness meditation, you may begin to recognize that all thoughts, emotions and sensations are temporary. While meditating, if you find yourself latching onto particular experiences, or thinking about the past or future, you can return to the present moment by once again focusing on your breathing.Read more...
September 10, 2015
Turning Point: Happiness and Wellness Part Nine - Mindfulness
“Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake.” – William James • Do you sometimes find that you haven’t really been paying attention to what you’ve been doing, and have instead been running on autopilot? • As you’ve gotten older, do you sometimes find it more challenging to maintain focus on things you’re doing?Read more...
July 24, 2015
Who Took The Fun Out Of Eating?
Who invented chia seeds? When did make-your-own salad places start asking “Do you want arugula or kale?” Salad used to start with iceberg lettuce and end with Kraft dressing – Italian, French, Thousand Island or the enticingly exotic Seven Seas. Now I choose an extra virgin (immaculately conceived?) olive oil and add vinegar (not the clean-the-coffeepot kind): a palate-pleasing balsamic.Read the full article