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Here you will find helpful tips, loving advice, and useful information to make caring for an aging loved one a bit easier.

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Fall into a New Hobby This Autumn!

The leaves are changing color and littering the streets and sidewalks. Bright-eyed kids—and even the dull-eyed ones—are making their way back to school. Pumpkin time and the holidays are around the corner. With the end of one season another begins; there are always new beginnings and another chance to find new beginnings.

Smile!

Smile, smile, smile Smile is the longest word in the dictionary: there's a mile between the "s" and the "e". But, seriously, in that "mile" there's a lot of goodies that can affect your health and longevity. Smiling is good for you. Many studies show that smiling makes you more attracting or attractive. Mark Twain said it beautifully: “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”

St. Paddy's Day March!

Walking is a great way to exercise. A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation suggests that a walking routine may be as effective in alleviating lower back pain as more specialized programs offered by some rehabilitation clinics. And who hasn’t had lower back pain at some point in their life?

Walking For Health

There are many wonderful places to walk in the East Bay, some mostly flat and some with more challenging features like gains in elevation. Some of my favorites in Berkeley are the flat track at King Middle School, accessed off Hopkins Street (and near Monterey Market) and the mostly flat track around the Berkeley Marina.

So Much To Be Thankful For!

The things that fill my life with thankfulness come in all shapes and sizes, all personalities and quirks. When the rainy months roll around in the Bay Area, I can't help but be prompted to think about the people, things, and experiences I am thankful for. That is why Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. Whether you have long standing traditions or do something new each year, we all have something in our lives that makes it worth making memories. We have Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, and catch up on what everyone has done since we last got together. (OK, there may be some football involved also.) The day after Thanksgiving we take advantage of living in the East Bay and go wine tasting. We like to visit some of our old favorites to stock up on their new releases, and also visit some wineries for the first time. This year the weather was perfect and the fall foliage seemed especially colorful.

Give the Gift of Care

We've all been there. You've dropped hints about the gift you want–something fun, exciting or different. You think you've spotted it under the festive wrapping paper, but when you finally unwrap it, you're disappointed and want to think of something nice to say other than “Oh…” It might be thoughtful, functional or even comfortable, but it doesn't quite have the “wow” factor. Well, we have a creative idea for you this year: instead of another sweater, consider giving someone you love the gift of care. You may be wondering what that means–essentially, it's the gift of whom or what you need, when you need it.

Avoiding Holiday Stress

Can we get straight to the point? Some parts of the holidays are wonderful, but we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t admit that other parts can be a little stressful. If you love planning and organizing, the logistics of pulling off a family get-together can be exhilarating. If you don’t, however, your stress level may be firing on all cylinders. In the same way, being surrounded by loved ones can provide comfort, peace, and festive holiday energy, but can also bring with it the challenge of looking out for the aging members of your family. The holidays change when you factor in caring for an elderly relative, but often a helpful conversation can help you ease into the new situation.