Friends Jump-Start Fitness (and Hotness) Together

As National Women’s Health Week comes to a close, my thoughts turn to physical activity … or lack thereof, which has been my problem. As a working caregiver (for both of my parents), I am typical: I focus on those two necessities of my life first and taking care of myself falls to the bottom of the list. It’s a terrible conundrum – I can’t let my work or caregiving slip, but there are only so many hours in the …

Things Grandparents Never Thought They’d Do

Do you find yourself at an imaginary tea party? What about slaying a dragon with a cardboard sword? Rolling down a hill at high speed? Listening to Justin Bieber? Laughing repeatedly at knock-knock jokes? How about umpiring a wiffle-ball game? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, and you are not under the age of 14 – you may be a grandparent. If you are a grandparent and have found yourself doing something you never thought you would, we …

College Reunion Uplifts the Caregiver In Me

As the jukebox blared, we all danced and raucously sang (OK, shouted really) out the words to “Bye Bye Miss American Pie”, “Aimee” (my personal favorite of course) and yes, even “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” at the top of our lungs. I looked around the circle of about 35 of my college sorority Chi Omega sisters and it felt like thirty years had simply melted away. Our early 1980′s hair and clothing may have changed over time, but our …

The Importance of Making Time for Fun

Taking care of my parents involves juggling many aspects of their lives. At times, their health  issues seem to overwhelm everything else. So much of our time goes to doctor appointments, physical, speech and occupational therapy, and dealing with my mom’s cuts and bruises.  I know, of course, this is critical to keeping them as healthy as possible. But I believe that quality of life is pretty important, too. Even if we have good health, without the moments of joy, …

Saving Gets Better With Age

In keeping with this week’s “Frugal Fun” Savings Challenge, I wanted to share a story of my own about how you can have fun without paying full price. Emma, our 13-year old niece from Ohio, was visiting my wife and me here in Maryland back in August. It was sort of the last hurrah of Emma’s summer vacation. One evening Denise, my long-suffering wife, took Emma to a minor league baseball game. Both girls are avid baseball fans, so they …

Never Too Old for a Thrill!

I loved this story! And not just because I’m from Pittsburgh and have ridden the Jack Rabbit myself a few times! Vic Kleman, 78, rode the Jack Rabbit – a wooden roller coaster at Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh – 90 times on Sunday. Ninety times in one day! It was appropriate though, because the Jack Rabbit is celebrating its 90th anniversary at the park. Those 90 rides brought Kleman’s grand total of times on the Jack Rabbit and its regionally …