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Why The Stigma?

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support The world I work in is filled with people concerned about the effects of ageing. New research is changing this field daily. With the advent of the Baby Boomers hitting their 70’s, it is at the forefront of the medical and public conversation. …

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Do You Remember The Shivaree?

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support My Mother, who would have been 102 years old this year, used to talk about the fun they had creating housewarming parties for newlyweds called a Shivaree. It was a combination of a welcome to the neighborhood party and some ornery friends creating …

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Words Matter

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support I was listening to a podcast by one of my favorite authors and speakers, Dr. Bill Thomas. His crusade is for successful, outrageous ageing! The tag line of his Disrupt Aging nationwide tour is, “What if everything you know about aging is wrong?” …

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Filial Piety

Are you familiar with the term filial (fi-lē-əl) piety? Years ago, I was at the Institute on Aging at the University of Kansas and coincidently ended up observing a Chinese woman presenting her doctoral thesis to an audience of professors. She explained that her research compared over 5,000 print and film advertisements to see differences …

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Searching For Happiness

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support A young friend of mine has accepted an opportunity to travel around the world on a Happiness Project. She and her colleges are researching what makes people of all nationalities and cultures happy, or what they say makes them happy. It sounds fascinating, …

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The Water We Swim In

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support I recently heard a powerful expression, “We no longer recognize the water we swim in.” The context of the statement was failing to appreciate how good we have it or acknowledging our many blessings that we may take for granted. This message is …

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New Year, New You

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support Time does seem to fly. We’re already through January and on our way to Spring. In February, we will gain one hour and eight minutes of daylight. What will 2017 hold for you? Do you anticipate any major events this new year? My …

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Happy-Well Or Sad-Sick, The Harvard Study Final Thoughts

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support Indulge me with one more personal editorial on the Harvard Study on aging. The head of the study George Valliant, although trained as a psychoanalyst, bluntly declares that “Freud vastly overestimated the importance of childhood.” After reading many articles on the study it …

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Happy-Well Or Sad-Sick, The Harvard Study Part II

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support Can you imagine reading a full-page ad in the newspaper saying that a major scientific discovery has been made that will extend healthy living by 10 to 15 years? For a mere $19.95 the ‘secret remedy’ is yours. When the package arrives the …

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Happy-Well Or Sad-Sick, The Harvard Study Part I

Connie Michaelis, Marketing Consultant for The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support Have you been hearing about the Harvard Study on aging recently? It is back in the news and on the talk show circuit. It originated in 1937 to follow the aging process of 237 Harvard students (males in their sophomore year). Later, disadvantaged …

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