This orphaned senior was very dear to me

RONA BARRETT’S GRAY MATTERS She cared for my home and she cared for my parents. She loved me and I loved her for over 40 years. She refused to move with us when we came to the Valley because she didn’t want to leave her church. She suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Every few weeks … [Read more...]

The science of…whatta ya call those things again?

Senior moments. We joke about them: My memory is getting so bad, I'm the only one I know who can plan a surprise party for herself! We deny them: I was just momentarily distracted. We overreact: This is it! I'm done for! I must have Alzheimer's! Yes, senior moments can be … [Read more...]

Something to sink our teeth into

I know of too many struggling seniors whose dental care plans have been reduced to: “I guess I’ll have to chew on the other side for a while.” We are shocked to hear 36 million Americans live without health insurance. But how many of us know that three times that number lack dental … [Read more...]

HOPE for 21st Century’s Great Depression

Most of us don't realize it but we 21st Centurions are in the midst of another great depression. I’m talking about the widespread and insidious depression suffered by the unpaid, untrained and under-equipped caregivers fighting the good fight against the unchecked Alzheimer’s … [Read more...]

This topic could be hazardous to your health

Rubbing your feet with a dead mouse.  Brushing your teeth with your dog’s earwax.  Shampooing with pig bile.  Noshing on Sea Slug sushi. Just the thought of all this grossness is enough to keep us awake at night.  But, I kid you not, at some point all of them were considered 100% reliable … [Read more...]

Dehydration: I’ll drink to that!

These days my friends and I are more apt to get together at the emergency room than we are for lunch. Small talk and catching up have been replaced by playing "Can You Top This?" about our chronic aches and pains.  Our joints can now predict changes in the weather better than local TV weather … [Read more...]

A forgotten memory in no time?

My doctor asked me how I feel these days when I wake up in the morning. “Surprised” I told her.  And I wasn't kidding. But whilst the ol' bones creak and the slower I move, time goes faster! The good news is that I don't have Alzheimer's.  And I intend to keep it that way! How? Recent … [Read more...]

Don’t get your tassels in a tizzy!

Hello? Is this on? Greetings high school class of 2016! I know you don't know me and were expecting another guest speaker, but she's tied up at the moment. Now don't get your tassels in a tizzy! I promise to untie your guest speaker after these unsolicited words of advice. I don't have to tell … [Read more...]

If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother…

By Rona Barrett This past Mother's Day, I was lashing myself for not getting out of bed, buying flowers and placing them on my mother's gravesite. But I didn't feel well, couldn't move. Funny how, when we're flat on our backs, thoughts and memories swarm inside our heads and sting our … [Read more...]

A tale of two very different travellers

By Rona Barrett This is a tale of two very different travellers — going in two different directions — on two different journeys — for two very different reasons. But in the end their journeys shared much in common. Let's call the first traveller, “Mighty 90.”  That's because … [Read more...]