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The Difference Between Hearing and Listening

Did she say high blood pressure or high cholesterol? No, I’m not losing my hearing. There were just too many things going on. I was cooking and worrying about my husband’s mysterious malaise. I wasn’t sure how the new stove worked. There were people talking in the other room. I should have asked again but … Continue reading

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Excerpts from “In Elderly Hands, Firearms Can Be Even Deadlier”

Here is an article from the New York Times that brought up a rarely addressed topic Excerpts from “In Elderly Hands, Firearms Can Be Even Deadlier” “Barbara Herrington, a geriatric care manager in Polk County, Fla., was calling on a 72-year-old woman with dementia and a long history of alcoholism. Ms. Herrington knew her client would be … Continue reading

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It Isn’t Always Alzheimer’s

  My friend Sarah was in a panic. She had started forgetting words. She couldn’t remember some names. They had all gone into the bucket of lost words. So, she went to her doctor and moaned: “I think I have Alzheimer’s.” Her doctor listened patiently to her complaints and said: “You may look 20 years … Continue reading

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Immortally Yours

Alzheimer’s, loss of hearing, dementia and other physical conditions can take our loved ones partially away and eventually completely away. With Alzheimer’s, our loved ones are sometimes there and sometimes not. Loss of hearing makes it practically impossible to communicate if they don’t want to wear a hearing aid and some people turn their hearing aid … Continue reading

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