Mindful Aging with a Touch of Spring

March and a Carolina spring are about to be in full bloom, so that always makes me smile. Speaking of smiles and happiness, our theme this month is “Mindful Aging” and runs the gamut from your brain health to planning ahead, and as always, there’s plenty of helpful advice to help you age with success in between.

We continue our salute to World War II veterans series and spend some quality time with Andy Anderson in Pinehurst to hear a valiant tale from the battlefield, which took place while he had his lucky charm, a photo of his future wife, tucked in his boot. A double Purple Heart recipient, thank you, Mr. Anderson, for your service and sharing your time and stories with us!

To learn about the science of neuropsychology, we delve into the benefits of baseline testing, addressing memory concerns and early diagnoses for the most effective treatment options. This editor is very grateful to Drs. Contardo, Stuart and Sullivan for lending their expertise.

We also go behind the scenes in another specialty-occupational therapy-to learn about the many useful tools it provides for recovering from an injury or illness to Parkinson’s disease and the side effects of cancer treatments.

Another tool used by many with positive effects is some form of meditation, and maybe a new endeavor for the editor, since the photo shoot was in such a beautiful and tranquil setting in downtown Southern Pines.

While you’re pondering meditation, think back to the good ol’ days of television, 40 years ago, and remember “Little House on the Prairie’s” Nellie Oleson. Actress Alison Arngrim is all grown up now, of course, and coming to Pinehurst for Judson’s Theatre’s performance of “And Then There Were None,” March 23-26. It was so much fun to speak with her for this month’s Carolina Conversations, and her classic voice is the same, although she will be using a British accent for her character of Emily Brent.

And since it is March, may the luck of the Irish be with you and my Florida State Seminoles in the ACC tourney and March Madness. Thank you so much for turning these pages with us! Co-editor Jeeves has his lucky collar on for his next adventure, which may be a nap.

Until next month…

Click here to read the March 2017 Mindful Aging issue of OutreachNC

 

-Carrie Frye, Editor