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Still More Lessons From the Fall

Connie Mason Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support The lessons from my fall and the resulting handicap continue to teach me lessons. Probably the most profound realization is the way strangers look or don’t look at you when riding in a wheelchair. You get a navel-level view of the world, …

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More Lessons From the Fall

Connie Mason Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support The fall created a deep sense of vulnerability.  Most of us are not fond of feeling helpless. Laying head down on concrete with my legs still on the stairs, I was temporarily frozen. Everyone raced over to help and all I could …

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Another Lesson From the Fall

Connie Mason Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support In my last article I shared about a recent incident that earned me a ride in an ambulance. During that ride and in the ER, I heard the following statement several times: “Elderly woman has fallen down a flight of stairs.”  I …

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The Fall or The Fall Becomes a Teacher

Connie Mason Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support It happened August 12, 2018, or did it happen thousands of years ago in the book of Genesis. I took a shortcut down a flight of stairs ending head down on concrete.  The left side of my body took a beating which …

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The Back Nine

Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant, The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support I love it when readers send me emails that pertain to issues on aging.  There is so much written, and occasionally, there is a gem. Someone sent along an article that used the phrase “being on the back nine” as a metaphor for growing …

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Plan For A Future

Connie Michaelis Lifestyle consultant at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support Everyone talks about planning for the future.  Financial advisors, funeral home directors, health and life Insurance companies are in the business of helping you plan. Physicians will predict your future health status based on your current physical indicators. If your A1C keeps going …

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Where’s Your Owner’s Manual?

Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support Wouldn’t it be nice to have an Owner’s Manual for becoming a Superager? The chapters would be: installation, powering on, operating the controls, changing the settings, servicing the machine, ordering replacement parts, and of course, the handy troubleshooting section.  Oh, and wouldn’t we …

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Home is Healing

Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support When you’re sick, do you automatically think about getting home as quickly as possible?  When employees leave work because of illness, they want to go home to get better. We all want to crawl into our own bed, have a loved one bring …

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Superagers

Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support An article by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer, described a new designation for those Seniors over 80 that have amazing memories. They are now called Superagers. I love the title and will adopt it going forward. She says, “It’s pretty extraordinary for people …

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The Aging Placebo

Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support Placebo comes from the Latin word meaning ‘I shall please.’  It is a substance with no active therapeutic effect.  A placebo is given to a person in order to deceive them into thinking that it is an active treatment. In drug testing, a …

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