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When we each have learned that friends and family were ill, sometimes seriously, or if they passed away, we knew how to act. We might send a stack of magazines, a few books, lovely cards with handwritten notes, and in the case of death, a donation and food. We used to attend services when permissible before COVID-19 struck.  However, we’ve been stumped about what to do or how to react when a family member announces that someone is going into hospice, the path many take when there is no more that can be done medically and the road to death...

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NOTE: Before you read this blog, take a look at our lifelessonsat50plus.com homepage. Scroll down to "See how two age-defiers enjoy life!" Hit the button under the heading and check us out. Barbara and Margaret                                     ******************************** Never before have so many worthy options for cooking and eating presented themselves. Long ago, our grandmothers and mothers unhurriedly flipped through Ladies’ Home Journal and McCall’s magazines to update their recipes for standard fare that to us now seems unimaginative. And, oh, so many casseroles that lasted for days or recycled other...

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NOTE: Before you plug in your earphones to listen to your favorite audio book, first take a look at our lifelessonsat50plus.com homepage. Hit the homepage button and see how two age-defiers--us--enjoy life!  Barbara and Margaret                                               ****************** Whether you drive often and far or are in a car for short trips or like to take walks, many find it more pleasurable to be accompanied on their journey with an audiobook (many can be checked out of a public library...

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If you are of a certain age, before photographic or movie images could be digitized, you remember using real film in our cameras, which produced slick or matte prints or slides kept in sleeves and boxes. Once the technology surfaced, we video recorded our events. Now, we all have a surfeit of these visual reminders of our lives well lived. These images are the most personal and precious of items for they freeze in time activities we did and people who may no longer be alive. However, as we get older and accumulate too much stuff, many of us know...

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Having a way to visualize your life can make a difference in seeing things more clearly and help you make changes. We do it with our diets. You list what you ate one day, and then you grasp why you didn’t lose weight. Oh, that bag of chips and ice cream cone must have made the difference, as did never exercising! A pie chart can work as the perfect symbol to picture activities and map time allocated over a week, month or several months. The chart--a round circle--can be divided into any number of different pieces to display the relative...

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