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The Back Nine

Embracing the second half of life by Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper I love it when readers send me emails that pertain to the second half of life.  There is so much written, and occasionally, there is a gem. Someone sent along an article that used the phrase…

The Aging Placebo, Mind Over Matter

Connection between successful aging and Mental Attitude by Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper 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…

Searching for Happiness

The common thread that brings happiness to everyone by Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper A young friend of mine was given an opportunity to travel around the world on a Happiness Project. She and her colleges researched what makes people of all nationalities and cultures happy, or what…

Love Conquers All

by Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper The head of the Harvard Study on Aging, George Valliant, although trained as a psychoanalyst, bluntly declares that, "Freud vastly overestimated the importance of childhood." After reading many articles on the study it was clear that a great deal of emphasis was…

New Year, New You!

by Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper Time does seem to fly.  We’re already through January and on our way to Spring.  In February, we will gain one hour and eight minutes of daylight.  What will 2019 hold for you?  Do you anticipate any major events this new year? …

Who Packs Your Parachute

by Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant for The Piper A friend recently sent me a link to an inspirational website that asked the question, “Who packs your parachute?” It is based on a true story about Captain Charles Plumb, US Navy Pilot, who flew 75 missions in Vietnam. He was shot…

Age Appropriate

by Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant for The Piper   What does it mean to be age appropriate? Remember the phrase “Act your age, not your shoe size?” Your mom said it to shame you into acting more grown-up! I read recently in a fashion magazine that older women should only…

Fun Is Anti-Aging

by Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant for The Piper I’ve got a product for you. It's guaranteed to reduce signs of aging such as grumpiness, boredom, irritability, loneliness, poor appetite, insomnia, dementia, weakness, stiffness, pain, arthritis, ad nauseam. The magic elixir for all these ailments is having fun. Remember you don’t…

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…

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…