Jun 18

How often have you, or someone you know, tripped over something in the dark?

The smallest thing, like the edge of a rug, can send you tumbling. Here are some crucial suggestions for staying safer at home at night: Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 8

After his stroke in 1961, doctors wondered if Joseph Kennedy would ever walk again.

To play to his determination, his daughter-in-law, Jacqueline, bought him a beautiful walking stick — and engraved it with “To Grandpa, with love, Jackie.” When, six months later, he took his first steps, he did so using Jackie’s gift for support.”

From What would Jackie Do — An inspired guide to the distinctive living of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Click to buy the book.

Jun 8

Hybrid cars are quiet – too quiet for blind people trying to cross a street. Michael Osborn, a blind marketing consultant from Laguna Beach, Calif., and his guide dog, Hastings, were in the middle of an intersection when Hastings stopped short.

Osborn took the cue and halted just in time to feel the breeze from a car passing right in front of them, reports the Wall Street Journal. “Half an inch and it would have hit us. It wasn’t making any noise,” says Osborn, 50, who has been blind for 12 years.

Witnesses say the car was a Toyota Prius, a hybrid vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 8

An estimated 10 million people suffer with what is called “essential tremors, often for decades without knowing what is wrong. Katharine Hepburn had it as does Gov. Jim Gibbons of Nevada and Terry Link, a state senator from Illinois.
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Jun 8

As many as one woman in four and one man in 15 over the age of 50 can expect to suffer a fracture during their remaining years. Knowing the underlying causes of falls can help you take the steps experts recommend to prevent them.
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Jun 8

“The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon spends a fortune helping stray canines to a better life. He talks to Morley Safer of 60 Minutes about his dog shelter and the show that makes it possible. Watch the video

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