Tips for protecting seniors at risk for coronavirus

Other Side of 50

The importance of social distancing as a tool to limit disease transmission is clear, especially for older adults. The mortality rate for those over 80 diagnosed with coronavirus can run as high as 15%. Throughout the region, adult day programs and residential care facilities are being asked to update their plans for protecting their participants or residents from interaction with […]

Virus affecting air travel now and in the future

I never thought I’d write a column where the term “travel” might not be defined as some kind of long-distance experience but rather the act of simply leaving your house. Yes, I’m writing about the impact of the coronavirus story on how we travel. Because of the fast-developing nature of this story, it would be almost impossible to provide specific […]

Older adults most at risk for coronavirus

Other Side of 50

One of the first references to “getting old ain’t for sissies” was published in 1968. Fast-forward 52 years and whoever made the statement had no idea how true it would become. In a world where we’re experiencing exponential growth in the number of people who are over 80, little is being said about the impact viruses and infections have on […]

Winter flowers spring up

On the Trail

Thanks to the grace of rain in fall and early winter, our fire-charred meadows and mountains are continuing to rally and recover. Two sure signs are a pervasive, spreading green fuzz and, on closer inspection, the first flush of early-season native wildflowers breaking ground. Wild as they are, our native plants tend to follow a schedule. It’s not usually a […]

Birds of different feathers flock together

On the Trail

All through December and into the early new year the backyard patio of my new home was very quiet. Where were the birds? Things began to change this month in my Conejo Valley neighborhood when a grove of gangly privets in the corner of my patio came to the attention of sparrows. The privets produce bushels of berries after flowering, […]

When planning to travel, also plan to ask a lot of questions

Flying Squirrel

One year from now, I’ll celebrate a milestone birthday with a big trip. Better start planning now. I’m not necessarily someone who needs a year to plan a trip. But given that I know this milestone event will arrive no matter what, why not start planning? For context, I want to travel to Paris for my big birthday. How do […]

The prophets channel divine medicine

Roots of Faith

In the second article in our series on healing, we look at Bible stories that show how mind and spirit are integrated, that healing must come to both. In Numbers 21:4-9, the Israelites were wandering in the desert and they grew impatient. God spent seraph serpents as punishment, and many died from the bites. Seraph is a type of snake; […]

Daughter must care for mom, brother

Dealing with sudden, unexpected health issues

This month, another adult child was drafted into the world of caregiving. Her name is Janet, and she is a 50-something schoolteacher with a husband and two adult children. One would think that the most logical subject of her caregiving would be her frail 86-year-old mother who lives 2,000 miles away. And in some ways, you would be right. But […]

Finding healing and wholeness from God’s grace and goodness

Roots of Faith

This new series will examine physical, mental and spiritual healing. All three are needed for wholeness. God promises health to his people. “I will take sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span” (Deuteronomy 23:25b-26 NIV). The faithful are to praise God “who forgives all your […]

Time’s up for dad, who is cuckoo for grandfather’s clock

Family Man

My 16-year-old son is like me. He’s half me. Half Italian. We Italians are a passionate, sentimental, nostalgic people. So he understood that holding on to that grandfather clock wasn’t hoarding. That was my family’s clock! Handed down to me! But my wife didn’t like it—too big and it didn’t match the decor. “I’m not gettin’ rid of that clock,” […]

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