It’s Not Ben Franklin’s Library Anymore

I encourage any retired person to spend some time in their local library and see everything that is offered there. It’s a great place to get out and meet new people. Read a different newspaper than the one you usually do. Get a new political perspective. Check out a cookbook and try a new recipe. Read a book of poems to your spouse and see what happens. If your library doesn’t have a book club start one choose a subject, mysteries or romance and start reading, and then ask questions about the writers plot, or the characters believability.

Pretend It’s Halloween and Wear Your Mask

I appreciate when people wear their masks. I wear my mask when I go out and I don’t go out very often in order to keep myself safe. I don’t understand why some people are so adamantly against wearing a face mask that might keep my heart healthy. The stakes are so high. The inconvenience so minimal, I understand feeling claustrophobic with something covering my face. It’s not the most comfortable thing, but would you really want to be the one who cause my illness to get worse or heaven forbid cause my death because we had a brief encounter and you didn’t wear your mask. It just makes good sense to wear a mask. So finally, I’d like to ask everyone to respect life enough to wear a mask.

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.