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PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE

My father adjusted nicely to his apartment and new routine in an assisted living facility. In spite of Parkinson’s disease, he quickly made friends with other residents who nicknamed him The Mayor. Dad enjoyed his affectionate cat as well as a daily visit from a family member. After six months or so, however, Dad had [...]

PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE2020-08-08T19:12:33+00:00

A—Z, THE BLESSINGS OF LONG LIFE

Have you noticed how often we Christians adopt our culture’s despair over aging? To verify the reality of ageism, go shopping for a birthday card! God’s viewpoint is strangely different. Scripture refers to LONG LIFE as a reward, a gift, and a blessing. To prompt our thankfulness as the birthdays accumulate, I’ve identified 26 blessings [...]

A—Z, THE BLESSINGS OF LONG LIFE2020-06-22T02:56:48+00:00

IN A PARK NEAR YOU

There is a park near our home, and the Lewis River runs through it, tumbling over rocks and tree roots to create the most soothing sound I know. As much as I love to walk rapidly up, down, and around the three-mile loop through the forest, I am inevitably drawn to one bench by the [...]

IN A PARK NEAR YOU2020-01-18T02:30:58+00:00

THRIVE TIME

by Donna Scales What a rotten week it’s been! Nothing seems to have gone right. But tomorrow is Thursday—THRIVE TIME—something to look forward to. What is THRIVE TIME? Well, let me tell you. It’s one of those many examples of God turning something not-so-good into something very good. I’d waited most of my married life [...]

THRIVE TIME2019-08-21T02:42:23+00:00

AFFORDABLE, AVAILABLE, ALL-AROUND EFFECTIVE STRESS RELIEF

What form of stress relief . . . . . . . . . . . . is ECONOMICALLY advantageous?                                        No gym membership is needed. It requires no special equipment or expensive clothing. It can be done [...]

AFFORDABLE, AVAILABLE, ALL-AROUND EFFECTIVE STRESS RELIEF2020-01-06T00:32:25+00:00

INTENTIONALITY ABOUT THE 2ND HALF

If we receive God’s blessing of long life, we will age. How we age, however, seems to be surprisingly dependent upon us. Will we intentionally treasure the gift of life? Please observe the huge disparity between those who are positive about the second half of life and those who are not. This attitudinal difference is [...]

INTENTIONALITY ABOUT THE 2ND HALF2018-11-18T00:37:43+00:00

ONE SOLUTION TO THE EXERCISE RESOLUTION

WE KNOW THAT . . . Exercise speeds up our metabolism. Exercise produces sweat to release harmful toxins. Exercise produces muscle that burn calories more efficiently. Exercise lowers blood pressure and cholesterol over time. Exercise increases energy, strength, balance, and improves agility. Exercise firms and shapes our bodies, improves our appearance. Exercise burns fat so [...]

ONE SOLUTION TO THE EXERCISE RESOLUTION2018-11-18T00:41:49+00:00

Three AVOIDABLE Plagues of Old Age: #2 DEPENDENCY

The author of Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, identified the three plagues of old age as #1 Loneliness, #2 Dependency, and #3 Boredom. Much could be done to alleviate those three plagues! See if you agree with me. Consider Plague #2—DEPENDENCY It is possible to delay physical decline for decades with good nutrition and exercise. Eventually, [...]

Three AVOIDABLE Plagues of Old Age: #2 DEPENDENCY2018-08-17T01:03:49+00:00

Three AVOIDABLE Plagues of Old Age: #3 BOREDOM

The author of Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, identified the three plagues of old age as #1 Loneliness, #2 Dependency, and #3 Boredom. Much could be done to alleviate those three plagues! See if you agree with me. Consider Plague #3—BOREDOM It is very pleasant to be entertained—to attend a concert, watch a live play, or [...]

Three AVOIDABLE Plagues of Old Age: #3 BOREDOM2018-08-17T01:19:12+00:00

Three AVOIDABLE Plagues of Old Age: #1 LONELINESS

The author of Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, identified the three plagues of old age as #1 Loneliness, #2 Dependency, and #3 Boredom. Much could be done to alleviate those three plagues! See if you agree with me. Consider Plague #1—LONELINESS. I once asked my ninety year old grandmother what she considered the most difficult aspect [...]

Three AVOIDABLE Plagues of Old Age: #1 LONELINESS2018-08-17T01:22:34+00:00