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I have a new logo, and I’m pleased to say that the day I purchased it and printed it out, I was able to ask a client what he thought about it, and he immediately recognized it as a tree

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The High Price of Death Denial

My best friend in Sacramento sent me a link yesterday morning about (Dr.) Atul Gawande’s latest book:  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.  Thanks Liz!   This title is also inspired by a couple other occurrences too –

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Dementia and Memory: Out of Time, Out of Mind II

This second part of the post focuses a bit more on the qualitative aspect of memory – memory as meaningful life activity, not just a necessity of daily functioning and detail management that holds together moving parts.  I will include

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Denial of Aging and Death as Source of Conflict

  Autumn here in the Denver metropolitan area is beautiful.  Some of our trees’ leaves have started turning while others have not.  The apple tree in my backyard is producing many fine apples, which I am happy to eat.  Her

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Dementia and Memory: Out of Time, Out of Mind I

So I’m back to that rather slippery theme of memory again – this is the first of two parts. The online Merriam-Webster defines memory as: (1) the power or process of remembering what has been learned; (2) something that is

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A Follow-Up to Annuities and Elders – a Complicated Mix

Here is a timely follow-up to the blog post I wrote a few weeks ago about annuities and elders.  The Colorado Division of Insurance recently amended its regulations applicable to advertising and sales promotion of insurance and annuities, effective July

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Aging, Meaning and Memory

This is another contemplative post – so please forgive me.   I am preparing for a retreat on this exquisite topic of memory. . . . !   Since I find the topic of spirituality and dementia fascinating, I have been reading

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Have You Had the Conversation Yet?

Yesterday morning I attended an informative program put on by the Colorado Guardianship Alliance (of which I am a member) which featured palliative care specialist Dr. Hillary Lum, speaking on Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care and Hospice.  I recently posted

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Annuities and Elders – a Complicated Mix

  Annuities are sometimes described as an emotional investment vehicle because they guarantee lifetime income for a person.  This can help an elder feel more secure about their money, at least about their monthly income.  This security comes at a

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Dementia, Music, Identity and Memory

    Recently my colleague Kristin D. mentioned an NPR story about the Sundance award-winning documentary film “Alive Inside” – she knew I would be interested in it and I did get a chance to see the film at Chez

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