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Opening Minds through Art at Youville PlaceAdam Johnson

All too often, Alzheimer's disease is an emotionally isolating condition. Those who live with the disease experience memory loss, confusion and trouble with language, all of which interfere with the ability ...

Laughter and health Adam K. Johnson

The last time you walked into a room full of laughing people, you most likely searched the room for a visible source of hilarity. You may have asked someone to explain the joke. Of course, people were ...

Celebrating the feast day of St. Marguerite d'YouvilleAdam K. Johnson

Marguerite d'Youville, foundress of the Grey Nuns of Montreal and the namesake of numerous hospitals and assisted living residences in New England, lived during the 18th century in Montreal. Left a poor ...

Aging well may start in the mind Adam Johnson

How old do you feel? The answer likely varies depending on your level of energy, optimism and engagement at a given moment. In the midst of a strenuous uphill hike in the sun, you might "feel your age" ...

The healing power of natureAdam Johnson

''In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." -- John Muir Do you remember the first time you saw the ocean or reached the peak of a tall mountain? Or a time you first encountered ...

Building a community of support for Parkinson's Adam Johnson

People with Parkinson's seek out support for good reason: they confront chronic physical and non-physical symptoms that become increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. Parkinson's disease affects ...

The romance of ballroom danceAdam Johnson

"To be fond of dancing was a certain step toward falling in love." -- Jane Austen In Jane Austen's time, dancing brought young people together in much the same ways as it does in our time. Dances gave ...

Christmas in the making Adam Johnson

While it may not command the same level of veneration as Easter, Christmas has profound personal significance for those who have spent their lives celebrating it. The customs of gift-giving, family togetherness ...