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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…

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…

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…