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ABOUT DR. THOMAS W. MILLER

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

THE FLORAL BEAUTY OF KEUKENHOF GARDENS

Perhaps one of the most special gardens on earth is in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Keukenhof Gardens is the international independent showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, with a special emphasis on flower bulbs. Keukenhof is considered the royal supplier of flowers.

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CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the most common name used to designate a significantly debilitating medical disorder or group of disorders generally defined by persistent fatigue. CFS is often accompanied by other specific symptoms that persist for at least six months, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT BEEKEEPING

Kentucky has its share of beekeepers. They range from very experienced to “just learning.” Dr. Lee Edgerton, a retired professor and Great Teacher Award recipient in animal sciences at the University of Kentucky, has been enjoying this hobby for a number of years.

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THE ABBEY OF GETHSEMANI: A GLIMPSE INSIDE MONASIC LIFE

A visit to beautiful Bardstown, Ky., offers visitors several options for escaping from the challenges of everyday life. One of these options can be found 12 miles away, nestled in the hills of Trappist, accented by a simple white edifice towering above the tree line. The tower leads you to the Abbey of Gethsemani, founded in 1848....

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AQUARIUMS COULD IMPROVE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELL-BEING

How do you seek tranquility and relieve the stresses of everyday life? A friend and I recently took a trip to the Newport Aquarium and found it to be a fun and relaxing day trip. Most memorable were the colorful fish, waddling penguins, smooth swimming sharks and beautiful coral.

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UNDERSTANDING THE NEUROLOGICAL IMPACT OF STROKE

Cerebral vascular accidents – more commonly known as strokes – are a leading cause of serious long-term disability. The National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates approximately 130,000 Americans experience some form of stroke each year - that’s one out of every 20 deaths.

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NEVER A DILL MOMENT WHEN YOU PLAY PICKLEBALL

Perhaps you, like many others, enjoyed playing ping pong, paddleball, racquet ball and even tennis earlier in life. Then as the years passed, those hips, legs, knees and shoulders gave way to aging. There is still hope for anyone Living Well 60+ in the golden years who wants to keep playing racquet sports, and it’s called pickleball.

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HEALTH, WELLNESS AND LONGEVITY IN WOMEN

Women who are maintaining healthy families serve as a litmus test for the economic strength of communities. Across her lifespan, a woman’s health status matters to herself, her family and to her community. While life expectancy is higher for women than men in most countries, a number of health and social factors combine to create a lower....

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THE FUN OF BUILDING A MODEL RAILROAD

Model railroading is a wonderful journey through life. Since retiring, it has provided me an important ingredient in adjusting to these senior years. Specifically, it has given me the opportunity to utilize the talents I’ve accumulated over a lifetime. Creating a miniature world makes scale-model railroading such a great hobby.

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BALANCE AND VISION IMPORTANT FOR PREVENTING FALLS

Vision and balance are highly integrated in the brain, but we don’t fully understand the relative contributions of the visual, proprioceptive and vestibular systems in maintaining balance and preventing falls. We do know there are several possible causes of balance problems. Balance erodes naturally and gradually with age, but several....

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SLEDDING AND SAFETY: ENJOY SOME FAMILY FUN

Snow sledding with family members has long been a part of winter fun. You probably went sledding as a child, and you’ll want to share this fun activity with your children. From a health and wellness perspective, sledding can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious, such as head injuries, the most common sledding accidents seen in....

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NARROW YOUR BUCKET LIST

By definition, a bucket list is a list of experiences or accomplishments a person hopes to have or complete during his or her lifetime. It takes time to examine your life and decide which experiences really count. You can spend an enormous amount of time reading bucket list books and visiting Web sites looking for inspiration, realizing....

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STUDYING THE OLDEST OLD

The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging hosted its seventh annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 4 at the Lexington Convention Center. The program offered sessions for both scientific and community audiences.

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STAYING FIT THROUGH VOLUNTEERING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Broadly defined, a volunteer is a person who performs a service willingly and without pay for another person, group or organization. Volunteering is generally considered to be an altruistic activity. It is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life.

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PSEUDOBULBAR AFFECT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Mental health professionals have encountered pseudobulbar affect (PBA) when dealing with traumatic brain injury and some neuropsychological issues people face. Associated with this condition are frequent, uncontrollable outbursts of crying or laughing in people with certain neurologic conditions or brain injuries.

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