spinal stenosis

What is Spinal Stenosis?

In medical terms, stenosis refers to the abnormal narrowing of a body channel. When this process occurs in the spinal region, it is called Spinal Stenosis – a narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves or the spinal cord. This narrowing can put pressure on nerves that travel through the spine, leading to symptoms which may include pain, numbness, tingling sensations and muscle weakness. READ MORE

Helping Those Who are Grieving

Grieving is something we never want to go through, but unfortunately, it’s a part of life. Most of us at one time or another have experienced grief, either first-hand through the loss of a loved-one or by trying to help a friend who was going through the process. In order to understand grief, it’s important to know that losing a loved one can be a life-changing event. It’s an emotional roller coaster that can take a while to get off. Some people never do.READ MORE

Letting Your Legacy Live On

Have you ever thought about how much your children and grandchildren actually know about your life?

It may be surprising to learn that many of us have very little knowledge about the lives of our grandparents and we know even less about our great grandparents. According to a survey conducted by Ancestry.com, one in three adults couldn’t name any of their great-grandparents. Why is this important? Because knowing more about who and where we came from can help us learn more about ourselves. Passing on stories and traditions to your children and grandchildren not only helps to preserve your legacy, it helps teach some valuable life lessons as well.

And don’t worry if you think you’ve lived a less than exciting life. What may not seem like a big deal to you might have a lot of meaning to others. We all have interesting stories to tell, so tell them. Here are a few ways that you can start preserving your legacy:

 

Write down family traditions

Even if you no longer do them, traditions give us all a sense of belonging. Think about some of the family traditions you had as a child, or even those you’ve heard about from long-lost relatives.

 

Write down family stories

Maybe your grandfather ran away from home at 12 years old to join the circus. Or you’re your great uncle Bob was a minor league baseball player. Or Aunt Helen served in the Army Nurse Corps in WWII. Maybe your parents got engaged on the Empire State Building, or maybe they got engaged on the farm. It doesn’t matter. What’s important is being able to pass on the story.

 

Write down stories about you

Don’t forget about yourself. Nobody knows more about you than you do. You can also record a video.

 

Pass along skills

Even the skills you think are not important might offer a fun learning and bonding experience for your grandchildren.

 

Write down family recipes

It might be fun to gather up all of your family recipes (the good ones!), make multiple copies and put them in a binder for your children or grandchildren.

 

Family photos (who’s who)

Most of us have a collection of family photos. In fact, you may have several old photos that your parents and grandparents had collected. The problem most of us have with old family photos is that we don’t always know who is in the picture. Don’t let this happen to your grandchildren and great grandchildren. Make a note on the back of your photos (recent and not-so-recent) as to who everyone is.

 

Take a DNA test

DNA tests are relatively inexpensive and very easy to do. You might be surprised to find out that what you thought were your roots, aren’t really your roots at all.

 

Start a Family Tree

Most of us have someone in the family who maintains the family tree, but if your family is lacking one, then by all means, start one. You can begin by listing information on everyone you know about and how they are all connected. Once you’ve done that, there are plenty of online resources available to help you get more information.

End of life conversation

Have you discussed your end of life plans with your children?

The end of life conversation is not an easy conversation to have, and that’s why many people simply choose not to partake in the discussion. But not discussing your plans with your adult children can sometimes lead to issues down the road. Issues that can easily be prevented with a simple conversation. With families gathering together for the holiday season, now may be your best opportunity to have this important discussion.READ MORE

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