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Telomeres: Aglets…or Ticking Time Bombs?!? (Answer: Both)

Telomeres: Aglets…or Ticking Time Bombs?!? (Answer: Both)

In 1938 a very bright boy named Hermann J. Muller discovered a protective cap at the end of chromosomes that protects your DNA from damage. He called this a ‘terminal gene’ but because scientists and attorneys like to use Latin (a lot!) he formally named his finding a telomere, from two Greek terms: telos (end) and meros (part).

I Got a “D” on My Exam, and You Probably Will Too

I Got a “D” on My Exam, and You Probably Will Too

Last week my very thorough doctor, Winni Loesch, performed my annual physical which is important for happy, healthy active retirement living and independent senior living. As we were going over my lab results, I had to ask her to stop with the name calling when she...

September 15 is Always a Taxing Day

September 15 is Always a Taxing Day

I am blessed and I know it. I try hard never to complain. But, I’ve gotta tell ya’, paying estimated taxes ruins my day. Estimated tax is the method used to pay tax on (usually self-employed) income that is not subject to the withholding requirements that apply on...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – Improved Nutrition By Moving Back in Time

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – Improved Nutrition By Moving Back in Time

Earlier in this series we talked about what was inside a kernel of wheat and why eating ‘whole wheat’ products is a much better idea than consuming ‘enriched wheat’ foods. We went on to learn how wheat itself changed in the 50’s and 60’s. Now we are nearing the end of...

Why Did Zelda’s Amazing Bread Stop Rising?

Why Did Zelda’s Amazing Bread Stop Rising?

Or: What Happened to Grain and How Celiac Disease Became an Epidemic My mother baked bread three times a week while I grew up. Sometimes if there was extra dough she would fry it and make what she called scones. They were really something—spectacular with her...

Senior Nutrition: The ‘Whole’ Truth About Wheat

Senior Nutrition: The ‘Whole’ Truth About Wheat

At Rincon del Rio, we're blessed to be located in Nevada County, CA, which is not only stunningly beautiful on the outside, but also quite lovely on the inside, featuring some of the kindest-hearted people you'll find anywhere. And we're not too shabby on our insides...

What is Palliative Medicine, and How Do You Say It?

What is Palliative Medicine, and How Do You Say It?

First the undisputable: pal·li·a·tive ˈpalēˌātiv,ˈpalēətiv, Noun or Adjective. Next a proviso: Palliative Care is not the same as Hospice. (And a quick aside: Who actually is ‘Hospice’? Shocking to me when I found out, hospice is a [actually the only] Medicare benefit...

Managing the “Wanderlust” of Memory-Impaired Seniors

Managing the “Wanderlust” of Memory-Impaired Seniors

Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are characterized by some confusing behaviors such as “sundowners” or a sudden display of an alter ego or angry, violent behaviors. It just seems reasonable that some of this troubling conduct might be the result of a...

Study: Mini-strokes being misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s

Study: Mini-strokes being misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that damages and eventually destroys brain cells, leading to a loss of memory, thinking and other brain functions. Ultimately, Alzheimer’s is fatal.

Recently, there has been research showing that some cases of Alzheimer’s are actually misdiagnosed.

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