What’s New

If you all remember I told you a while back that my husband and I were approved to adopt a dog. Remember how excited I was about the whole thing. I’ve been away for the last month because I have a beautiful Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. And she is beautiful. We brought her home and immediately started house breaking her and training her to learn her new name (Katie.)

The Not So Sweet Story About Sugar

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. It’s been just rolling around in my brain and I just need to get it out of there and out into the world, so here it goes. I just ate 12 black jelly beans. I hate jelly beans, but I ate them anyway because they were kind of sweet. I have a sugar addiction and it’s bad. Sugar at the levels that I eat it is very bad for me. It causes inflammation in my body and I just learned that it causes inflammation in my brain.

Five Best Dogs For Older Adults

I am so excited today in the middle of the COVID -19 quarantine I am going to go and get my dog form National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR.) I haven’t met Cinders but I have heard about her and I have read her biography, and I have fallen head over hills in love with her she is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Before I chose her I did lots of research I talked to a vet about the breed and I looked the breed up on American Kennel Club Web Site I also talked to people who had the breed.

Let The Sun In But Have A Glass Of Milk

I need more vitamin D than I used to. I know this because I got vitamin D deficiency. I slept a lot and was moody my hair fell out. My back hurt. It was awful, and it could have been dangerous because you lose bone when you have a vitamin D deficiency. Older adults like me need 800 International Units (IU) of vitamin D every day. We used to only need 600 IU a day.

Hair, Hair, Beautiful Hair, But Bald Is Beautiful Too

Female balding it’s a secret no one wants to talk about. Including me, but it’s happening to me. It happens because of stress, or hormones, or medicines. It’s embarrassing to lose hair in great mass. Even though you don’t have great bald spots I do have thinning hair it’s embarrassing. So I cut my shoulder length hair short very short. I went to the Doctor and asked for a blood test to see if my Hashimoto’s was under control and it is, and so are my hormones, so that leaves stress. How can you control your stress when our hair is falling out?

It’s All About The Relationship

Research from Stanford supports the idea that aging adults could play a critical role in younger individuals and that younger generations could benefit from a relationship with older adults. I would like to suggest that society could benefit from intentionally forming generational relationships outside the family. Too often we help those who are just like us, but we need to help those who are different. This will increase understanding and help bolster valuable relationships for the future.

Getting To Know Each Other

Sooo, I’ve written a couple of articles now and you are getting to know me a little. But, today I thought I’d tell you more about me. My name is Billie Daddario. I was named after my father, who I adore. I’ve been married for forever since the dark ages or 10 years. I forget, because my husband, and I dated for a long time before we moved in together. And we lived together for a long time before we got married. We got married because I promised his dying mother that we would, and it has worked out well for us.

All The Reasons To Adopt A Dog

I am so excited my husband and I have been approved to adopt a dog from #NationalMillDogRescue. When we started looking we were looking strictly for a Cocker Spaniel but we are interested in adopting one of four dogs and none of them are Cocker Spaniels, One is a King Charles spaniel and the others are all Wheaten Terriers. The reason I’m excited is that my husband works in his retirement and I don’t work and I don’t drive, so I am stuck at home a lot. I needed a companion.

Mental Health and Social Isolation

Social isolation in the age of COVID-19 has become the norm not the rarity in fact it has become the life saving measure. But there is still a cost. And shouldn’t we at least consider that cost. Loneliness is a serious health risk. Studies of elderly people and social isolation concluded that those without adequateContinue reading “Mental Health and Social Isolation”

Not COVID-19, But Pneumonia

So today I’m going to focus on the pneumonia that we know he has along with about 250,000 individuals that are hospitalized each year with pneumonia my husband spent 4 days in the hospital in October and now my Father is in the hospital. It is a common ailment that touches both the young and the old. However it is more serious and more deadly for the elderly.