Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How Much Do You Know About Alzheimer’s Disease?

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number could climb to 16 million by 2050. Women face a higher risk of developing it than men, and are also more likely to become caregivers. Take this quiz to see how much you know about Alzheimer’s.

Cancer Vaccine Could See Light In 2017

Vaxil BioTherapeutics, a biotechnical company based in Ness Ziona, near Tel Aviv, Israel has produced a ground-breaking therapeutic vaccine for cancer patients which could prevent about 90 percent of cancers from coming back.

Vaxil was founded in 2006 by Dr. Lior Carmon and the vaccine is now in clinical trials at the Hadassah University Medical Centre in Jerusalem. The vaccine could be available as early as 2017 to administer on a regular basis, not only to help treat cancer but in order to keep the disease from recurring.


New Blood Test Could Detect Cancer

Soroka hospital and Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, Israel, are developing a unique method to detect various types of cancer through a simple blood test.

Researchers say that in a first trial conducted recently, they succeeded in detecting cancer in almost 90 percent of cancer patients tested.


7 little-known Social Security benefits

In the first season of "Friends," Rachel Green looks at her first paycheck as a waitress and asks, "Who's this FICA guy, and why is he getting all my money?"

That's one hard lesson about Social Security. Another is that when it's time to claim, you can't depend on the Social Security Administration to be your personal adviser.

In an effort to save time and cut costs, Social Security employees generally don't give case-specific advice. So that means you are on your own to make the most important financial decision of a lifetime. You have to read the rules and do the research yourself.

William Meyer, whose website, Social Security Solutions, gives Social Security advice for a fee, says you also can't depend on Social Security to follow instructions you give them electronically. If you have a request that is not the most common choice, you'll need to go to the Social Security office and make the request in person, he says.

Read on to brush up on Social Security benefits that are not commonly known. CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Shopper

"So today I was in Hallmark buying my mom a Happy Birthday card when I noticed this old man standing in front of the Valentines card section contemplating which one to get. I decide to go over and I ask him “Are you getting a Valentine’s Day for your wife?” in which he replies "'No my wife died 3 years ago from breast cancer but I still buy her roses and a card and bring them to her grave to prove to her that she was the only one that will ever have my heart' "

[VIDEO] Rosemary Clooney - I"ll Be Seeing You

Coping With Loneliness: Tips for Seniors

On the old television show “The Golden Girls,” four, over-60 widows live together, providing each other companionship, friendship and emotional support. Many seniors, however, lack this kind of social network. In fact, loneliness is a serious problem among elderly people. Fortunately, loneliness can be overcome, although doing so takes some initiative. You might find the following strategies and tips helpful.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Senior Journal Guide to Assistance for Senior Citizens and the Elderly

"The most common mail we receive at is from people seeking information on how to care for an aging relative and from seniors trying to solve their own problems. This is a list of helpful information on the Web."

Help in Your Hometown or State

Most of the problems presented to us by readers need to be solved by local experts. These are links to help find help at home.

Local Help - Eldercare Locator by Administration on Aging

Guide to finding local help with eldercare. You enter your state and zip code (where the senior needs help) and General Help from the U.S. Government 

Caregivers' Resources
Help providing care, benefits, long-distance caregiving, legal matters, support for caregivers...

Consumer Protection for Seniors
Consumer fraud, elder rights, advocates for nursing home residents...

Education, Jobs, and Volunteerism for Seniors
Adult education, AARP working options, Senior Corps...

End-of-Life Issues
Advance directives, estate planning, hospice...

Federal and State Agencies for Seniors
Administration on Aging, Social Security Administration, Veterans' Health Administration...

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Benefits and assistance, health and safety, state resources...

Health for Seniors
Disease, health care facilities, medicare, nutrition...

Housing for Seniors
Reverse mortgages, eldercare, nursing home comparison...

Laws and Regulations Concerning Seniors
Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Medicare Modernization Act, Social Security Act...

Medicare Information for Caregivers

Money and Taxes for Seniors
Investing, tax counseling, estate planning...

Pension plans, benefits calculator, retirement ages...

Travel and Recreation for Seniors
Amtrak senior discount, older drivers, travel tips...a page opens with your nearest contact agency. - Click

Local Help - State Resources for Assistance (State agencies on aging)

Links provided by Health & Human Services to state and regional assistance with Medicare and Medicaid on the Web - Click

Local Help -Need Help with Medicare? It’s available in your state

BEST SOURCE - Every state has a "State Health Insurance Assistance Program" (SHIP). These programs offer free help to Medicare beneficiaries and their families with their health insurance choices and with problems that might arise. Click Here to Home Page. For assistance in your area, Click Here.


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Buying Bread - How fresh is it?

Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Each day has a different color twist tie. They are:

Monday = Blue
Tuesday = Green
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow

So if today was Thursday, you would want a red twist tie -- not a white tie which is Fridays (almost a week old)!


[VIDEO] Interview with Elderly Couple from Funny Webcam Video

I made an earlier post of this couple's extremely funny video where they were trying to figure out how to use a webcam and they didn't know they were actually recording themselves. Now they are an internet sensation and getting used to their newfound fame. This video is an interview they did to discuss all the excitement over the original funny video.

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What are "liver spots?"

Liver spots (also known as "Solar lentigo", "Lentigo senilis", "Old age spot," "Senile freckle" are blemishes on the skin associated with aging and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. They range in color from light brown to red or black and are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead, and the scalp if bald.

The spots derive their name from the fact that they were once incorrectly believed to be caused by liver problems, they are physiologically unrelated to the liver, save for a similar color. From the age of 40 onward the skin is less able to regenerate from sun exposure, and liver spots are very common in this age group, particularly in those who spend time in the sun.

In the vast majority of cases, liver spots pose no threat and require no treatment, though they occasionally have been known to obscure the detection of skin cancer. However, despite being a benign condition, liver spots are sometimes considered unsightly and some people choose to have them removed. This can be done by electrosurgery, laser treatment, cryotherapy and alternatively, many people claim to have success with simple remedies made with apple cider vinegar.

FINE ART: Old Woman Dozing

Old Woman Dozing by Nicolaes Maes (1656). Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels

Alzheimer's disease: 7 things that raise your risk

Think Alzheimer's disease strikes out of the blue? Maybe not. A new study published in The Lancet Neurology shows that healthy living can help prevent Alzheimer's. The study found seven conditions in particular that account for up to half of the 35 million cases of Alzheimer's around the world and in the U.S. What are these behaviors? READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Overeating may double odds of memory loss in elderly

Can stuffing your mouth clog your brain? A new study suggests overeating may double the risk for memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among people age 70 and older.

The study - to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting in April - involved over 1,200 dementia-free people between ages 70 and 89. Of those, 163 people had MCI. Participants filled out a questionnaire about the amount of calories they consumed daily.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more pronounced decline of dementia, according to the Mayo Clinic. It increases a person's risk for developing later dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, but some people with MCI never get worse.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Doris Day - Que Sera Sera [VIDEO]

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother what will I be
Will I be pretty will I be rich
Here's what she said to me

Que Sera Sera
Whatever will be will be
The future's not ours to see
Que Sera Sera
What will be will be

When I grew up and fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows day after day
Here's what my sweetheart said

Que Sera Sera
Whatever will be will be
The future's not ours to see
Que Sera Sera
What will be will be

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother what will I be
Will I be handsome will I be rich
I tell them tenderly

Que Sera Sera
Whatever will be will be
The future's not ours to see
Que Sera Sera
What will be will be
Que Sera Sera

Does Anyone Remember "Mystery Date?" [VIDEO]

My problem, I think, is that I kind of favored the "dud" guy because he was a non-conformist and I could invent any identity I wanted for him whereas the other date boys were rigid stereotypes and locked in - no imagination necessary. I used to piss off my girlfriends by HOPING to get The Dud then I'd create backstories like, "He looks that way because he just came back from Africa after working at the Albert Schweitzer Institute, curing blindness and saving lives by giving free medical care to poor people." And so on. A little imagination can be a dangerous thing. And heck no, I don't even know if there really is an Albert Schweitzer Institute. Sounds about right, though. I'm also the nonconforming child who refused to buy Barbie when she came out because I thought her shape was degrading to women. I think I was on my second or third chemistry set by then.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pay It Forward Coffee Shop, where generous people pay for your coffee

Imagine you go into a coffee shop,have a cup, and when it comes to paying your bill they tell you it’s already been paid for.

Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening at the Corner Perk Cafe in Bluffton, South Carolina. It all started in 2010 with a random act of kindness.


New drug quickly reverses Alzheimer's symptoms

U.S. researchers have found that use of a drug in mice appears to quickly reverse the pathological, cognitive and memory deficits caused by the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published online in journal Science on Thursday.

The results point to the significant potential that the medication, bexarotene, has to help the roughly 5.4 million Americans suffering from the progressive brain disease, the researchers said.

Bexarotene has been approved for thetreatment of cancer by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for more than a decade. These experiments explored whether the medication might also be used to help patients with Alzheimer's disease, and the results were more than promising.

Alzheimer's disease arises in large part from the body's inability to clear naturally-occurring amyloid beta from the brain. In 2008 Case Western Reserve University researcher Gary Landreth, professor of neurosciences at School of Medicine, discovered that the main cholesterol carrier in the brain, Apolipoprotein E (ApoE), facilitated the clearance of the amyloid beta proteins.

Landreth and his colleagues chose to explore the effectiveness of bexarotene for increasing ApoE expression. The elevation of brain ApoE levels, in turn, speeds the clearance of amyloid beta from the brain. Bexarotene acts by stimulating retinoid X receptors, which control how much ApoE is produced.

In particular, the researchers were struck by the speed with which bexarotene improved memory deficits and behavior even as it also acted to reverse the pathology of Alzheimer's disease.


Whitney Houston sings the National Anthem


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FUNNY PICTURE: Cat and Mouse

FUN ACTIVITY: Letterboxing

LETTERBOXING is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming "treasure hunt" style outdoor quest. A wide variety of adventures can be found to suit all ages and experience levels.

This is something ALL age levels can enjoy. VISIT THE WEBSITE to find out if letterboxing might be a fun activity for you or someone you know.

Activity Ideas for Elderly Senior Citizens

Improve Visits - Easy Games and Ideas to Keep Seniors Active & Alert

Elderly seniors need interesting activities, fun games & things to do to help keep memory sharp and bodies strong. These simple activity ideas help senior citizen health.

Family members, friends, activity directors, and senior citizen companions are often looking for interesting ideas for things to do with home-bound seniors and the elderly in adult care facilities. Engaging and taking pleasure in visits with failing, forgetful, or weak senior citizens is possible with a little effort and creativity. Improved time spent together is uplifting to all involved and can create nice memories.

Every individual older person will have their own tastes, capabilities and preferences, of course. The ideas presented here may be adapted to fit your own situation and your senior's likes. Senior care should always be as personalized as possible.

VISIT THIS WEBPAGE for easy ideas for things to do to bring out the personality, energy, and humor in your older family members or friends with simple activities.

Pen Pals Wanted

Are you looking for a pen pal? Someone you can communicate with online or by snail mail? Would you like to have more friends even if you don't leave the house? Have a look here at this list of folks who are looking for pen pals or put yourself on the list. Who knows... you just might make a new friend!


Friday, February 10, 2012

RECIPE: Melt-In-Your-Mouth Lemon Bars


2 c all purpose flour
1 c butter softened (no substituting)
1/2 c powdered sugar

4 eggs (slightly beaten)
2 c sugar
4 Tbsp flour
6 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 c butter (softened)
1 c powdered sugar
1 tsp milk
2 Tbsp cold water





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Broken heart syndrome

On Valentine's Day, people who have been unlucky in love will be said to suffer from a "broken heart." It turns out that a broken heart is an actual medical condition. Broken heart syndrome occurs during highly stressful or emotional times, such as a painful breakup, the death of a spouse, the loss of a job or extreme anger, said Loyola University Health System cardiologist Dr. Binh An P. Phan.

Broken heart syndrome also is called stress cardiomyopathy.Symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, including chest pain and difficulty breathing. The good news is that, over time, the symptoms go away. And unlike heart attackpatients, people with broken heart syndrome do not suffer lasting damage to their hearts, Phan said.

"Most people will get better in a few weeks without medical treatment," Phan said.

During an extremely stressful event, the heart can be overwhelmed with a surge of adrenalin and other stress hormones. This can cause a narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. It's similar to what happens during aheart attack, when a blood clot in a coronary artery restricts blood supply to heart muscle. But unlike a heart attack,broken heart syndrome is reversible, Phan said.



How to Find Free Stuff For Your Birthday

Some stores, fast food places, and other establishments, give out free stuff on your birthday. CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE to find out how you can get free stuff for your birthday.

Center for Elders' Independence (CEI)

Center for Elders' Independence (CEI) is a non-profit Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) health plan for seniors age 55 and older who prefer not to move into a nursing home but whose health problems make it impossible for them to stay at home without the help of caregivers.

Older adults can maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life because CEI provides all medical care (24 hours-a-day), a PACE Day Center, home care services and transportation so they do not need to move to a nursing home.

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE. Serving the East Bay area (Alameda County, CA.) but their resources and advice may be helpful to all.

Paul McCartney finally gets his star

Paul McCartney speaks as he is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a dedication ceremony in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012.

Watch What This 90 Year Old Couple Does at the Clinic

At the age of 90 and married 62 years, these two are acting like they're in their 20s. This is a great video that shows we are only as old as our attitude. These two were an inspiration to everyone at the clinic that day.

This video was found at (a Christian website).

Thursday, February 9, 2012

And you tell me to exercise?

As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don't really give a rat's behind. It's the tortoise life for me!

1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.

3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.

4. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.

And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.

I'm a senior. Go around me!

Tracking My Cookies?

Ghost Ships - Is It Real?

This could be a fun thing to study. I love a good ghost story. How about you?

Ocean-going vessels mysteriously missing their crews; ships long ago sunk damned to eternally sail the seas with the dead at the helm. Stories of ghost ships have been told by superstious sailors for centuries, but is there any truth to them? Modern science attempts to explain some of the more baffling cases like that of the Mary Celeste which was found without her crew and no signs of foul play.

Cat's Revenge [GAME]

The stray cat Banzai dreams to penetrate to the farm full in cheese, milk and souse cream. But the farm is guarded by the evil dogs. This vigilant surveillance protects the food zealously. Fling the cat at the troop of dogs, break wooden and glass beams, clear the way to the farm. There are 20 skill levels for addictive and continuous gameplay. Silly and simple, but fun. Created by: Free skill games

Hidden Kitten Attack [VIDEO]

SENIOR ALERT: Adding Plavix to Aspirin for Preventing Small Strokes May Increase Death Risk

Study stopped early due to increased bleeding compared to aspirin alone

Feb. 6, 2012 - The anti-blood clot regimen that adds the drug Plavix (clopidogrel) to aspirin treatment is unlikely to prevent recurrent strokes and may increase the risk of bleeding and death in patients with subcortical stroke according to late-breaking research presented Friday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2012.

Because of these preliminary results, researchers ended the anti-clotting part of the Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes Trial (SPS3) in August 2011. The part of the study that examines the effect of high blood pressure treatments will continue.

The SPS3 trial is the first large-scale study of patients with subcortical strokes, which occur when small blood vessels deep in the middle of the brain are blocked, damaging small areas of brain tissue.

This type of stroke affects about 150,000 Americans each year, and is the most common cause of vascular dementia according to Oscar Benavente, M.D., lead author of the study and a professor of neurology at Canada’s University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. Co-investigator is Robert G. Hart, M.D.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines for preventing recurrent strokes recommend anti-clotting medications like aspirin, the customary treatment, or other clot preventives like clopidogrel(Plavix), but not the combination of aspirin plus clopidogrel.

Treatments have not been compared in patients with subcortical strokes specifically.

In the United States, stroke is the No. 4 killer and a leading cause of disability among adults.


Senior Woman Hailed as Hero for Saving Man from Croc

From an old news story...
Oct. 11, 2004 – A 60-year-old woman jumped on the back of a giant crocodile that was dragging a 34-year-old man toward the ocean, preyed the man free and then was grabbed by the croc. Another camper shot the reptile before it reached the water.

It all happened at a campsite at Cape Melville, north of Cooktown, Australia. It is estimated there are around 100,000 salt water crocodiles living in tropical northern Australia, that have killed more than a dozen people in the last 20 years.

The two victims were air-lifted to a hospital, where they are said to be in stable but serious condition. Authorities have not released their names or nationalities.

The crocodile's first victim was asleep with his wife and child when the 12.5 foot long reptile dragged him from the tent. The heroic senior citizen was in a tent nearby and came to the rescue when she heard the commotion.


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Pets for the Elderly Foundation

The most serious disease for older persons is not cancer or heart disease - it's loneliness. Pets offer affection, unconditional love, fight loneliness, and can help ease the loss of a loved one. The Pets for the Elderly Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that pays the fees to participating animal shelters throughout the United States for senior citizens (age 60 and over) who adopt a companion dog or cat — including pre-adoption veterinary exams and spay/neuter, if part of the adoption fee, from one of our 52 participating shelters in 29 states.


[VIDEO] Grandma on Helium

RECIPE: Brownie Sundae Cheesecake

This recipe is fantastic! It has everything I love in it!


1 bx brownie mixed and baked according to directions

1 1/2 c crushed vanilla wafer(about 45 cookies)
6 Tbsp powdered sugar
6 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 stk butter melted

4(8oz) pkg cream cheese, room temperature
1 c sugar
4 eggs
choclate sundae syrups in a bottle..or any kind
1 tsp pure vanilla


1 Make brownies and allow to cool

2 Preheat oven to 350
Mix crust ingredients, spray pan with cooking mixture into a 9 inch springform pan. bake 8 min and allow to cool slightly..

3 Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Gradually add eggs one at a time. Pour batter into crust.

4 Cube up about half the pan of brownies. sprinkle the pieces into the batter and push them down. Drizzle chocolate sundae syrup on top and with a butter knife swirl gently to give it the marble effect.

5 Bake 50-55 min

6 Lossen from pan after cooled. Cover and refrigerate.
Better served cold


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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Senior Citizen Guide for College

This blog lists all colleges in all States that offer reduced or free tuition for senior citizens.

RECIPE: Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry Coffee Cake


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup blueberries
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar and egg. Stir in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Fold in the blueberries. Pour batter into prepared pan. Cover with streusel topping.
For the topping: In a bowl, combine 1/3 cup flour, cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 262 | Total Fat: 9.3g | Cholesterol: 29mg


Be On Ellen's Show and Help Somebody, Too!

Do you know someone in need in your community who could use Ellen DeGeneres' help? You can nominate them by using this webpage. If you know someone who really could use help, now you really can do something about it. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

Cat Wisdom

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Message to Susan G. Komen Foundation

A very brave lady has something to say...

Alfred Hitchcock - Rope [Full Movie]

Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. It seems every Hitchcock movie is a "masterpiece" and this is yet another example. 

This movie is perfect viewing for any Hitchcock fan... of course. But, it's also great for Jimmy Stewart fans and film students and writers who want to study how to peel off the layers of great storytelling and character definition. And it all takes place in one location. Now, that's some great storytelling.

Betty White's TV Show, "Off Their Rockers!"

Betty White has a new show called, "Off Their Rockers!" and it shows a bunch of senior citizens pulling pranks (some actually quite naughty) on unsuspecting younger people. It is a very funny show but if you might be offended by the idea of seniors getting away with naughty pranks, this show is not for you. It WILL make you laugh! You can find out more HERE and even watch episodes online.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Free Sample Of TUMS Freshers

Note: Their site is slow to load at the moment

Click here to visit the TUMS facebook page and like them. Then on the “TUMS Freshers” tab, fill out the quick form to request your free sample. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

D.O.A. (1950) - Film Noir Classic [COMPLETE MOVIE]

A guy is poisoned by radiation poisoning put in his drink and he knows he is going to die but, with his remaining time, he dedicates himself to discovering who killed him and why.

Israelis make headway in cure for Crohn's

Weizmann Institute scientists manage to trick immune systems of mice into targeting one of body's players in autoimmune process 

In diseases such as Crohn's and rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's tissues.

But today, thanks to a group of Weizmann Institute scientists, the immune system is learning that “turnabout is fair play."

The Weizmann Institute of Science, located in Rehovot,Israel, is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research institutions.

The scientists at the Weizmann have managed to trick the immune systems of mice into targeting one of the body's players in the autoimmune process, an enzyme known as MMP9.

Prof. Irit Sagi of the Biological Regulation Department, along with her research group, has spent years looking for ways to block members of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) enzyme family.

But, when these proteins, which expedite wound-healing and offer other benefits, get out of control, they can actually help autoimmune disease and cancer metastasis. Blocking these proteins might lead to effective treatments for a number of diseases.


A Great Quote from John Wayne

Why Your Dog Needs a Dog Tag and a Microchip: Lost Dog Stories

Dog Tag or Microchip? How about both? Three methods of identification for dogs and cats include the traditional collar and tag with phone number and name of pet, and also tattoos and microchips. Pets need more than one form of ID. Because even if the dog tag and collar come off, the microchip isn't going anywhere, and a shelter or vet can scan it. Even the animal control people can do a limited scan. But remember, the average person doesn't know how to find a microchip or think to look for a tattoo. That's why you need the collar and dog tag too for identification, and to advertise the fact that this dog belongs to somebody who cares. Dogs do get out and wander away, no matter what precautions you employ. An unidentified lost dog has a high likelihood of being taken to a shelter and euthanized. A Los Angeles study showed that 30% of dogs who were euthanized were unidentified. (

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE (and find out how microchips and dog collars can make a difference - you might save your dog's life one day!)

Also, learn about GPS tracking of your dog or cat or car or anything else you'd like to locate if it should ever become lost.

Younger onset Alzheimer's patients stay active

Keeping busy 'gives you a cognitive advantage,' physician says

Younger onset Alzheimer's is diagnosed in those younger than age 65 and strikes 250,000 Americans a year, according to the Alzheimer's Association. "More people are being diagnosed with younger onset," Kerwin said. "Typically, they're in their 50s, but we see them as young as their 30s and 40s."

The first hurdle is often a proper diagnosis, a process of elimination that can take years as doctors tell patients they are too young to have Alzheimer's. Pati Hoffman, 57, of Carol Stream, had to give up the corporate marketing job she loved after Alzheimer's struck her at age 55, but only after an excruciating period of medical tests and ambiguous findings.

She went to so many doctors and had so many tests that her diagnosis was a relief, she said. "They kept telling me it was just stress," said Hoffman, who is now an adviser for the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. "So at least I finally had an answer."


Senior Citizens Defend Their Lives - Would-Be Assailant Dies

FROM A 2007 ARTICLE (note the mention of the 70-year-old Marine - once a Marine, always a Marine, right?):

U.S. tourists kill mugger, Costa Rica says
February 23, 2007|From Times Wire Services

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA — A tour group of U.S. senior citizens killed a Costa Rican mugger by breaking his neck after he pulled a gun, a local police official said Thursday.

The cruise ship passengers told police they jumped on Wagner Segura, 20, to defend themselves when he pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them Wednesday near the Caribbean port of Limon, regional police director Luis Hernandez said.

One of the dozen tourists, a retired Marine about 70 years old, reportedly put Segura in a headlock.

"He was probably the one who broke [Segura's] neck," Hernandez said. "His neck was completely snapped."

The cause of death was not clear. A statement from Carnival Cruise Lines said the assailant had apparently died of asphyxiation, and some reports identified the broken bone as the clavicle, not the neck.

No charges will be filed against the tourists because police viewed the incident as an act of self-defense.


Etch-A-Sketch Keychain

Remember your old Etch-A-Sketch? Now you can have one hanging around on your keychain! This looks like fun. I love to junk up my keychains and purses with dangly stuff like this. What about you? See more HERE.

See some incredible Etch-A-Sketch artwork HERE.

Remembering Don Cornelius

Did you ever watch "Soul Train" and try to copy the dance moves you saw there? This Flash Mob in Time Square, New York honored Don Cornelius' memory by reenacting one of the more famous parts of that show.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Donate a Vehicle to the Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States' expanded program builds humane communities by helping animals and the people who love them. Donate a vehicle you're not using, and the One Car One Difference® program will auction your donation vehicle for cash for The Humane Society of the United States. Proceeds will go to the Pets For Life program to reduce suffering and cruelty, prevent shelter overpopulation, and promote veterinary care, thus improving the lives of people and animals in underserved communities. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

Be on an NBC TV Show

Now casting! Fashion, trivia, bargain hunting - show off your skills for a chance to star in one of NBC's new shows! Check it out HERE.

Play Solitaire Game - Right Here!

Free Living the Boomer Life for Dummies Book

As a baby boomer, approaching the retirement age, you are entering a beautiful chapter in your life. Yes, approaching retirement involves some unknowns. However, with preparation those unknowns can help you do what everyone should do in their retirement years – enjoy them! This book empowers you with helpful tips and expert advice on how you can enjoy retirement to the fullest. Check out this freebie offer's webpage.


I love getting free stuff, online or in real life, so I decided to go poking around the internet to see what I could see and here's some of what I found... click the links to find out more about the freebies. NOTE: Some freebie offers may be time-limited.

FREE WELCH'S FRUIT SNACKS - submit email and then follow instructions. You have the option of not signing up for their newsletter. LINK

FREE Quaker Oatmeal Squares - Get a FREE sample box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares when you "Like" their Facebook page. LINK

FREE MEDIUM BEVERAGE FROM DUNKIN' DONUTS - Get a free medium beverage when you enroll in Dunkin’ Perks® Rewards (also get a free beverage on your birthday) - LINK 

Free Shout Color Catcher Sample - With Color Catcher® you can mix whites, lights and colors without worrying about color runs. A limited number of Shout® Color Catcher® samples are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one per household. LINK

Free Sample of Purex Triple Action - LINK

Free Valentine's Day DVD Rental - Like Redbox's Facebook Page LINK


FREE FLAT TIRE REPAIR - from Mr. Tire, print out coupon - offer expires 2/29/2012 - LINK 

Free EIB Active™ Kit Across the country, people with EIB (exercise-induced bronchospasm) are committed to being active! Our free EIB Active™ Kit can help you achieve your goals. You’ll receive an inhaler pouch, perfect for keeping a quick-relief inhaler close at hand. LINK

Send a FREE Kleenex® Brand Share Package - Send a pack, get a pack - LINK

Free "I Love Vegetable Gardening" bumper sticker - LINK

Free Sample of Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash - for sensitive skin - LINK

Free Sample of Prilosec OTC - One Pill a day. 24 hours. Zero heartburn. LINK 

Free Sample of 1200mg Omega-3 Fish Oil from Sundown Naturals - Like their Facebook Page. LINK 

Free Sample of Versace Yellow Diamond Fragrance - Like their Facebook Page. LINK

Free Breathe Right Nasal Strips - LINK 

FREE Gas-X Thin Strips™ Sample Offer - LINK 

Free Depend Sample Pack - LINK

Free sample of Lactaid Fast Act Dietary supplement - LINK 

Free Book ‘The Coastal Lifestyle’ - Whether you wish to scuba dive in Laguna Beach or simply relax on the shore, we hope this four color, bound, beautifully photographed edition will begin to acquaint you with the lifestyle of Laguna and surrounding areas, and to introduce you to The Coastal Property Experts, who will help to make 'Living Your Dream In Southern California' a reality. LINK  

Free Australian Lamb Recipe Book Our newest Australian Lamb recipe book takes you around the world to sample some of the finest and simplest recipes with regional flare. From Brazilian Style Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Chimichurri Sauce to Aussie Lamb, Mushroom and Beer Pot Pies, you'll see why lamb is a global staple. LINK  

Free Jiffy Mix Recipe Book - LINK 

Free 2011 Wildflower Reference Guide and Seed Catalog - send for free print book or download free .pdf version - LINK 

Free Proven Winners Gardener’s Idea Book -  Once per year, Proven Winners® is happy to provide you with a FREE gardener's idea book to elevate your gardening skills to a new level. Just provide us with some additional information about yourself. Your idea book should arrive in three to four weeks. LINK  

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