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How Can We Open Conversations about Aging with our Elderly Parents? An Interview with Katharina Dress

Katharina Dress from Aging in Harmony talks about faciliating discussions between the elderly and their families

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Katharina Dress from Aging in Harmony, an organization that provides communication support for elders and their families and caretakers. Katharina has a masters degree in communications from San Francisco State University and has completed extensive training … Continue reading

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“Old age is always fifteen years older than I am.”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Film Review: Away from Her by director Sarah Polley

Of all the films made about the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's, Polley's ranks as one of the most graceful -- and honest

“Away from Her” (2006) is a rare film about Alzheimer’s disease, and in my opinion, one of the best. As a film adaptation of the talented Alice Munro’s short story, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” Sarah Polley’s film already … Continue reading

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Replacing Nerves Damaged by Parkinson’s Disease

Cutting-edge stem cell research shows hope for those living with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Disease affects one’s nervous system through its progressive degeneration. Consequentially, an individual’s motor skills depreciate in their operation over time. There’s no “cure” for Parkinson’s Disease, but a recent publication in the journal Cell Stem Cell shares that “stem … Continue reading

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Fighting Dementia with Music

There's mounting evidence that music can help combat aspects of dementia in the elderly

It’s no secret that music and memory seem to be inextricably bound – how many times does a song come on the radio and you feel instantly transported to a moment you thought you’d forgotten? This remarkable aspect of music … Continue reading

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How Can the Elderly Keep Their Independence?

This Sandwich Generation Month, we look at Personal Emergency Response Systems for aging parents

July is Sandwich Generation Month, a time for us to celebrate the dedication and loving kindness of adults who are currently taking care of both their children and their parents. Imagine the pressures they must deal with every day — … Continue reading

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