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The Difference Between West Nile Virus and EEE

The Difference Between West Nile Virus and EEE

INFECTED MOSQUITOS IN MAINE

Maine health officials have confirmed that a pool of mosquitos collected on July 16 in the town of Alfred tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). A health alert issued by the Maine Center for Disease Control states that, "This is the earliest in the season that Maine has identified EEE, previously the earliest detection was in the beginning of August." Read more ...

How to Get Into a Hammock

How to Get Into a Hammock

A few days ago, I received an email from Malcolm Henderson. He found my Catching Health blog on Google and thought I might be interested in a book he wrote called "Granddad in the Back: A Guide to Adventurous Senior Living." He told me that he was " ...  born in 1933 but feel as though I am coming up on sixty and not eighty."

Catching Health is a blog about general health and wellness, not aging, but I was curious so visited Malcolm's website. Among other things, I learned that he was originally from England and had been an art dealer in London. He emigrated to the United States in the late 70s and owned an art gallery in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. He now lives in Panama.

Phenomenal Fitness in Your 40s and 50s!

Phenomenal Fitness in Your 40s and 50s!

If you think that just because you are middle-aged your best years of fitness and fun are behind you ... think again! Here are some stories about people who are finding their “inner athlete” and using their middle years to get into the best shape of their lives and having fun doing it! Read more ...

Movies: "2 Guns"

Movies: "2 Guns"

 

Actually, there are a lot more than two guns in this slickly-made action movie.  

 

There are a couple of direct references to the work of the late, great action director Sam Peckinpah (“The Wild Bunch”):  a scene in which a band of Mexican banditos do some target practice on chickens buried in the desert sand (“Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid”) and another bandito’s lopped-off head glimpsed in a satchel (“Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia”).  But Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur (“Contraband”) amps up the action even more than Peckinpah did.  (The screenplay by Blake Masters is based on the appropriately-named Boom!

Caregivers: Take a Moment Just for You

Caregivers: Take a Moment Just for You

As Sid Halligan slipped deeper and deeper into Alzheimer's disease, his wife Ginny realized that if she wasn't careful, she might lose her own identity. He was 73 when they got the diagnosis, and 82 when he died last January. Until the last five months of his life, which he spent in a nursing home, Ginny took care of her husband at home.

Dirigo Health Insurance Goes Away in December. What Should I Do?

Dirigo Health Insurance Goes Away in December. What Should I Do?

One of my followers recently asked me what I thought her daughter should do about health insurance coverage. She is 27-years-old and has been covered by Dirigo Health for the past two years. She's been extremely happy with the coverage and is quite upset that the plan is going away the end of this year.

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Movies: "Fruitvale Station"

Movies: "Fruitvale Station"

Arriving on the heels of the George Zimmerman trial, this is a fact-based movie about another horrific incident: the fatal shooting of an unarmed, young black man by an Oakland, California transit cop.  It happened on the morning of New Year’s Day, 2009, and sparked protests and violence around the San Francisco area. 

Michael B. Jordan (who played Wallace in “The Wire”) is Oscar Grant, a 22-year old with a loving girlfriend, Sophina (Melonie Diaz) and a cherubic daughter, Tatiana (7-year old Ariana Neal).  But Oscar is no saint.  When we first encounter him, Sophina is furious over an affair he’s had with another woman.  He’s just lost his job at a supermarket for chronic lateness, and (speaking of chronic) he’s got an ounce of marijuana to peddle.