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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 ...

Making something good out of past regretsAdam Johnson

As we get older, our relationship to the past becomes increasingly complicated. Our sense of self is interwoven with past relationships, memories and unresolved emotions. Maria Benoit, director of Mission ...

Friends are good for your health Adam Johnson

While our social instincts may become less intense as we age, our friendships can have a significant impact on how we feel. In various studies, older adults who maintained active friendships were shown ...