• Changing Pace: Relocation After Loss

    People move for many reasons, and the loss of a spouse or other family member is one of these. If you find yourself in this situation, you should know that moving is an excellent way to give yourself a new start. But it is a challenging and emotional process. The Purple Vine shares a few tips on how to get through making the decision and prepping your current home for sale. STAY OR GO? The only real advice to give here is that no one can tell you if you are making the right decision, though it’s easier to leave if you have a remote job that allows you to…

  • 10 Ways to Delay Alzheimer’s

    Are you older and get your exercise by hunting for your cell phone and car keys? There’s likely no reason to be concerned. Senior moments, as they’ve been dubbed, happen to all of us. If those moments expand to the point of disrupting normal life, then there may be cause to see a physician. “Memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging,” says Beth Kallmyer, Alzheimer’s Association Vice President of care and support. “It may be a symptom of a form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s.” Dementia Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of brain conditions that impair memory, reasoning, and thinking. Under…

  • What to Expect at my first Doctor visit

    Going to the doctor can be stressful, especially if you are fearful of the diagnosis. When you are experiencing memory concerns, you can be especially fearful and/or resistant to see the doctor at all. Being prepared and having an idea of what to expect, reduces stress and anxiety. I suggest getting a notebook or taking notes on your phone before and during the doctor visit to record information and suggestions the doctor may offer. Information for you to gather in advance will include: complete list of medications along with strength and dosages list all supplements or natural herbs you take a list of all surgeries a history of prominent medical…

  • 7 Natural Ways To Calm Anxiety

    According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 18% of the American population struggles with some form of anxiety at any given time. Coping with anxiety can be complicated, especially since there’s no single treatment that works for everyone. So, let’s talk about 7 completely natural ways that you can calm your anxiety today. 1. Meditation & Deep Breathing Anxiety attacks and persistent anxiety typically come with the same few symptoms. You may notice that your heart rate is twice as fast as normal, that your blood pressure has skyrocketed, and that thoughts are racing through your mind at lightning speed. Meditation and deep breathing techniques can help…

  • Benefits of Being Optimistic

    The Benefits of Being Optimistic for Ourselves Feeling in Control While there are many benefits of being optimistic, one of the most important benefits is the feeling of control. While we may not have the ability to control every single circumstance or outcome, we are in control of ourselves and our attitude toward those circumstances and outcomes. The feeling of being in control of even some of life’s ups and downs put us back in the driver’s seat. It takes away the victim mentality.  We are not victims of life; life just happens. I believe God is in control and has a plan for each of us. Believing that gives…

  • The Power of Optimism

    It is so easy to focus on all that does, can, and will go wrong. After all, this is life. It is not perfect by any means. We all have ups and downs along with twists and turns. We cannot control every single circumstance; however, we can control how we handle those twists, turns, peaks, and valleys. That is where the power of optimism comes in handy. There is much power in optimism. Being optimistic can make a journey, circumstance, or situation much more doable. While situations such as an Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or Parkinson’s diagnosis, for example, is never a situation that feels good, tackling it with hope is the…

  • 4 WAYS TO STAY GROUNDED

    The world that we are living in today is anything but peaceful and predictable. It seems that every day there is some new tragedy or cause for fear that demands every ounce of our attention.    These incidences come from every direction and in all shapes and sizes. Whether a personal issue arises that completely disrupts your peace of mind but seems to only affect you personally or a global event transpires that uproots the happiness and joy of millions of people simultaneously, (ever hear of COVID–19?) our world can be a very uneasy place to exist.    With everything going on around you, maintaining a sense of security and…

  • 6 Ways to Deal with Critical People

    Constructive criticism is fine, but some people are so relentlessly negative that they can suck the joy out of life. No matter what happy news you might have, they are guaranteed to find the cloud to fit your silver lining. Here are 6 strategies you can use to deal with critical people. It’s a safe bet that it’s not you, it’s them. Some people just hug their negativity around them like a security blanket, and it colors their view of the world. They criticize everything because that suits them. Watch how they treat other people. It’s guaranteed they criticize everybody, not just you. Listen to The Message Is the person…