California’s Master Plan on Aging

Aging is changing, and in response to this, the California Department of Aging has created a platform to create age-friendly communities statewide. During a recent webinar presented by the Department of Aging, we learned that 25 percent of Californians are now 60 years or older, and 68 percent believe they will lose independence as they… Read more »

FDA Approves New Alzheimer’s Drug Amid Controversy

After several months of delay, in June, the FDA approved a new drug, aducanumab, for treating early-stage Alzheimer’s disease in the hopes of slowing – if not reserving – cognitive decline. This medication is the first drug in nearly 20 years that targets the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease, not just the symptoms. Aducanumab will go… Read more »

Embrace the Unexpected

On April 27 of this year, I was sitting on my sofa in the TV room, and something appeared outside my window. At first, I couldn’t make out what it was. Perhaps a large rat? I could see it was missing hair on half its body, including a hairless tail, until a very full pompadour… Read more »

Your Life Insurance Policy: Your “Hidden Asset”

Did you know your life insurance policy is an asset you own? It is — just like your car or house. The Insurance Studies Institute estimates that 500,000 seniors a year will lapse their life insurance policies, walking away with little or nothing and leaving behind almost $100 billion in benefits. Why? The short answer… Read more »

Living Wellness with Jennifer

Trusting the Flow

As we arrive in the moment and witness what is set before us, we choose how to relate while stepping into empowerment. We inadvertently toggle back and forth between judgments, such as assessing things as good or bad and comparing experiences, people or situations while trying to fix perceived problems.  Embedded in our culture and… Read more »

COVID Dreams, Pets and Peace of Mind

“Dreams tell us many an unpleasant biological truth about ourselves, and only very free minds can thrive on such a diet.” — Sigmund Freud, Dream Psychology Freud viewed dreams as attempts by the unconscious to resolve conflicts through dream-work.1,2 Dreams are often a microcosm of our waking world. Dream-work may prepare us for the future.… Read more »

Increasing Positivity

7 Tips to Increase Your Positivity

You become what you think about. Throughout history, philosophers, historians and even poets have written about the power of the mind. Your thoughts become your reality. Norman Vincent Peele said, “Change your thoughts, and you change your life. If you think in negative thoughts, you will get negative results; if you think in positive terms,… Read more »

Pandemic Turned “Petdemic”

The global pandemic is affecting people on many levels. Questions arise as to whether we’ll get back to normal and when? And, what might that new normal look like? If ever we needed a daily affirming mantra, it would be, ‘one day at a time.’  We are social beings by nature. Not only do we… Read more »

Dreams and Nightmares During COVID-19

Have you had strange dreams during the COVID lock-down? You are not alone. As a dream expert, many have reached out to me during this time with similar descriptions of recurrent nightmares such as this concerned dreamer: “There is a dark shadow chasing me down a dark street, and I keep looking back over my… Read more »

Promising New Alzheimer’s Drug

In February, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) requested additional testing and data for aducanumab, a promising new drug for Alzheimer’s disease. The FDA pushed the date to July 7, 2021, before making its decision to approve the new treatment. “If approved, aducanumab would be the first available treatment to potentially change the progression of Alzheimer’s,… Read more »

A Secret to Beautiful Winter Skin

Oh, baby, it’s cold outside! You can feel it – and often see it – on your skin. So, tonight, plan something soothing and rehydrating for yourself…take a relaxing olive oil bath. Yes, many generations have known the secret to beautiful winter skin can be found in your kitchen. How intriguing is that?  Often, secrets… Read more »

Technology Can Help Reduce Isolation Among Seniors

One thing experts do agree on is that technology is changing the way we’re interacting socially.  Technology can be a very effective tool in reducing social isolation, especially among senior citizens, by enhancing communication and connectivity between friends, family and caregivers. Research shows belonging to social groups and networks is just as important a predictor… Read more »

Coping with Bereavement

Grieving is a normal process of reacting to the loss of a loved one and affects you mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. While there is no real order to the grieving process, those affected may experience a range of feelings, including denial, disbelief, anger, confusion, shock, sadness, despair, guilt and anxiety.  It can also cause… Read more »

Home is (Still) Where the Heart is

Home: “Relating to the place where one lives. The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” My definition of home during a pandemic: “The place where one survives.” And not just in the literal sense because we are all dealing with the serious challenges of trying to remain… Read more »

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

The invitation read, “Zombies and Vampires are not welcome, but the dead are invited to dine with the living at a Dumb Supper on All Hallows’ Eve.” Was it trick or treat? Think about it… Rather than mourning our deceased with tears, why not celebrate their memory with love, because love never dies? And, under… Read more »

Beauty Superhero Retin-A

The iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel once said, “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. It is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” And, of course, beyond.  Most of us realize that a diligent skin care routine is a must if you want to stave off the effects… Read more »