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The Joy of Being a Woman in Her 70’s

February 4, 2019 3:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Sunday New York Times often drops a gift in my lap – a startling photograph, an engrossing article, an opinion piece that makes me wish I could chat with the author. Yesterday I read “The Joy of Being a Woman in her 70’s” by Mary Pipher, renowned psychologist, and author of Finding Ophelia, about adolescent girls. Her new book, due mid January, deals with another chapter of life, the one I myself have entered (small wonder it caught my eye!) This chapter may bring challenges, yet most women here describe themselves as being in a vibrant and happy life... View Article

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Thanks

December 23, 2018 8:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The holidays are here, a time to reflect on blessings and gratitude. With that in mind I would like to offer a huge shout-out to the caretakers who come into our offices every day. Thank you to the working daughter or son who makes time to bring in a parent so that together the stories of each day are told and heard. “Mom is so much more engaged – I’ve got my mom back!” one patient told me. Yes, and that is thanks to your support and encouragement. Thank you to the neighbor or friend or niece, nephew or cousin... View Article

Face to Face

December 11, 2018 2:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I just finished reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean. She quotes a librarian: “My hero is Albert Schweitzer. He said, ‘All true living takes place face to face.” This caught my attention, because I truly think the world would be a better place if we lived in a more “face to face” way. That thought led me on a Google path, and I came across a TED talk by journalist Celeste Headlee on how to have better conversations with more real connection. Let me share some of her points (with my own spin) – it’s relevant to the hearing... View Article

Please Pass the Pie!

December 3, 2018 8:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Please pass the pie! Now that you’ve finished your shopping, chosen the wines, cleaned the house, baked the pies, and taken out the platters, let’s add one more thing to your holiday preparations: plan how you can make it easier for your guests who have some hearing loss to fully partake in the conversation. Folks with hearing loss may have challenges hearing conversation at the holiday table. The table is bigger, more than one conversation may be happening at the same time, and yes, people chatter while chewing. As host, we can take a few easy thoughtful steps to facilitate... View Article

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Calling All Grandchildren!

August 31, 2018 6:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hearing aid technology has made phenomenal advances, and is highly interactive with the soundscape so that the listener has a better chance than ever to hear well and comfortably. And yet, hearing aids are only part of the prescription for better hearing. Good listening strategies and strong, kind family support are as important as ever. If you are lucky enough to have grandchildren in your family scene, you have a built-in resource to help in the adjustment to hearing aids. I say this on the basis of years of observations of the families I see in my practice. Children are,... View Article

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