High heels

The shoes fit, but are they safe to wear at “my age?”

August 30th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
  A while ago, I was browsing in the shoe section at TJ Maxx when a friend spotted me and came over to say hello. But before she offered a loving greeting, she exclaimed, "OMG, you're NOT going to get those are you?" Read the Rest »
Older woman paring an apple

Lost your appetite? It could be your age!

August 26th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Eating nutritious meals is important no matter what stage of life you're in. In fact, the older we get, the more important the quality of our diet becomes. That's because as we age, getting adequate amounts of certain nutrients from our food becomes more difficult and the need for calories decreases. In addition, our bodies simply don't absorb some nutrients as well as they used to. Read the Rest »
Diane with nurses Lauren and Elizabeth

Stage 0 Breast Cancer (DCIS). Does it need to be treated?

August 21st, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
I am one of 60,000 women in the United States diagnosed every year with Stage 0 breast cancer. At that stage, the cancerous cells are confined to the insides of a milk duct and are not considered dangerous. The question is, what are the chances the cells will break through the walls of the duct and invade other tissues? Currently, there is no foolproof way to predict. Read the Rest »
Raindrops on tomatoes

What Brought You Joy This Week?

August 21st, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Our two-week stay upta camp is over, which is not such a joyful thing. But we had a great time with mostly beautiful weather and some amazing light shows at sunset. I love sitting on the dock and watching the sun go down. Read the Rest »
Morning Report set

Quick guide to heat stroke and heat exhaustion: On the Morning Report

August 19th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
In this neck of the woods, we're usually worrying about frostbite and hypothermia. But lately, we've been havin' a heat wave, so I shared some tips about heat-related illnesses on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
Kalamata olives

What you need to know about Kalamatas and other useful olive trivia

August 17th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

Little green olives stuffed with pimento. Growing up, that's the only olive I ever knew. Years later I had the good fortune to travel throughout Greece, beginning with a stop in Corfu. My friends and I toured the island on rented motorbikes and stopped at a hillside café — really just someone's backyard. We were served a plate filled with chunks of cucumber and different kinds of olives. They were definitely not my mother's olives — not to mention that they were accompanied by glasses of ouzo!

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Upta camp

What Brought You Joy?

August 12th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
We're upta camp. So peaceful. When you're upta camp on vacation, there's joy in almost every minute. From sitting on the porch with a good book to kayaking for hours to going to the movies on a rainy afternoon. Read the Rest »
Gas tank image

How to keep your brain fit

August 9th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

We lift weights, jog, swim, participate in marathons and triathlons — all kinds of ways to exercise our bodies and keep them strong and healthy. But what do we do to keep our brains physically fit? The daily crossword puzzle? It's not enough. Read the Rest »
Stacking wood

What Brought You Joy Last Week?

August 4th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Who'd ever think a new vacuum cleaner could bring such joy! Can anybody relate? Read the Rest »
Woman with sunburn

Painful sunburn? Look in your kitchen for quick relief

August 3rd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

My best advice? Don't get a sunburn

If you didn't follow my best advice and are now suffering from a mild to moderate sunburn, relief could be as close as your kitchen. Try one of these home remedies. Read the Rest »

Diane's mother

How to stay cool and safe when the sun’s baking down

July 29th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
When the rest of us are sweating because of the heat, my 88 year old mother may insist on wearing a sweater. As far back as I remember, she's often chilly when others are not. Thankfully, she's not one for lingering too long under a hot sun because elderly people are especially susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Read the Rest »
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What Brought You Joy This Week?

July 27th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
I got to stroll through Treworgy Garden in Gorham Sunday morning. The grass was wet, but I wore my trusty rubber boots. Thank you, Linda Faatz, for being a gracious hostess. Your hard work in the garden shows at every turn. I even discovered some delicious just ripe blueberries! Read the Rest »
Kathy and Sara

A Maine woman who helped write the ADA celebrates its 25th anniversary

July 27th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 25 years ago, a woman from Maine was there to bear witness to the historic event. She even had a front row seat. That's because Kathy McInnis Misenor, who is now 56, was one of the bill's authors. Read the Rest »
Bowl of blueberries

Picking blueberries: On the Morning Report

July 22nd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
I did a little blueberry picking at Orchard Ridge Farm in Gorham (Maine) this week and then baked a delish blueberry cake. Nothing's too good for the Morning Report team! I also shared some blueberry wisdom that was passed on to me by blueberry experts. In my opinion, it was a lucky day for Cindy Williams, who was filling in for Sharon Vaznis. Read the Rest »
Woman with thermometer

Bladder infections: The older you get, the more you need to pay attention

July 20th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
As we get older, unfortunately, we become more susceptible to infections. That’s because, with age, the immune system doesn’t work as well as it used to. Read the Rest »
screenshot from mylatestart.com

What Brought You Joy This Week?

July 19th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
I followed through on something. That's what brought me joy this week. Read the Rest »
Alexander's Wild Maine Blueberries in Greenfield

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

July 16th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
If you're looking for a farm that will let you pick your own blueberries, you're in luck because there are several in Maine. Read the Rest »
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Preventing Deadly Medical Errors: On the Morning Report

July 15th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
Too many people die or suffer serious consequences because of medical errors and hospital-acquired infections. On the Morning Report, Sharon Vaznis and I talk about things we all can do to lower the risk. Read the Rest »
Cosmos painting

What Brought You Joy This Week?

July 12th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!

[Tweet "When you look for joy, it will find you."] Read the Rest »

Painting by Rabih

Seeing color and perspective through the eyes of a blind man

July 9th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
The route to college was a circuitous one for Rabih Dow. Literally. In order to catch a bus to Boston College, he had to circumvent a couple of city blocks rather than simply walk straight ahead and cross one street. That's because Rabih is totally blind and in order to cross that one street safely, he had to go to the nearest intersection with a traffic signal. The white dots on the painting above, which was done by Rabih, represent the tip of his cane as he makes his way up the sidewalk, across the street and down the other side to the bus stop. Read the Rest »
My cats on the mantle

What brought you joy this week?

July 5th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!

Here's what I believe:

[Tweet "If you look for joy, it will find you."] Read the Rest »

Pat Jordan and Julie Marchese

Tri for a Cure: How it really began

July 1st, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
If it weren’t for Pat Jordan, who passed away in May, there would be no Tri for a Cure (an annual women's triathlon in Maine.) It was Pat who lovingly pointed that out to her daughter Julie Jordan Marchese, who founded the Tri eight years ago. “When she reminded me,” Julie chuckles, “I said Mum, you’re right!“  Read the Rest »
Morning Report

Does your family know your final wishes? On the Morning Report

June 29th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
If you could no longer speak for yourself, would the people who love you know your final wishes? If they did, could you count on them to carry them out? Sharon and I talk about how to start the conversation — on the Morning Report. Read the Rest »
John McCleary

10 important tips for preventing deadly medical errors and infections

June 24th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
John McCleary died at the age of 83. He lived a nice long life, you might say. Maybe, but John's life was still unexpectedly cut short. Not by an accident or a heart attack or cancer. By an infection. That he picked up as a patient in the hospital. Read the Rest »
Wisteria

What Brought You Joy Today?

June 24th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Today is the fifth installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. Read the Rest »
Diane's mother

What Brought You Joy Today?

June 22nd, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Today is the fourth installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. Read the Rest »
Amy and Porter 2015

What Brought You Joy Today?

June 19th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
Today is the third installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. If you missed the previous posts, about a month ago, I was inspired to share a picture of a lilac tree and asked my followers what brought them joy that day. People responded! Day 30 is tomorrow, but I’ve decided to continue sharing and asking “What brought you joy today?” here on the Catching Health blog. Read the Rest »
Hammock

What Brought You Joy Today?

June 18th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!

Today is the second installment of a series of updates on joy from the Catching Health Facebook page. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog post, about a month ago, I was inspired to share a picture of a lilac tree and asked my followers what brought them joy that day. People responded!

I decided to keep doing it for the next 30 days and now I've decided to continue sharing and asking "What brought you joy today?" here on the Catching Health blog.

I'm beginning by sharing the Facebook posts and responses from the past month.

I hope you'll be inspired to share you own moments of joy. It can be contagious! Read the Rest »
Diane and her Dad a few years back

Some difficult but important advice about planning ahead — now

June 18th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories
If you could no longer speak for yourself, would the people who love you know your final wishes? If they did, could you count on them to carry them out? Have you even thought about what your wishes might be? Read the Rest »
Lake Champlain

What Brought You Joy Today?

June 17th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories, Joy!
The sight and scent of lilacs in my backyard last for such a short time but bring me immense joy. We have a lilac bush that we bought years ago as a tiny plant from the McLaughlin Garden in South Paris, Maine. The flowers are pink and this year, they were in abundance. A month ago, I took a picture, which I shared on the Catching Health Facebook page. I also decided that for the next 30 days I would continue sharing pictures of things that brought me joy. Read the Rest »
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Delicious, healthy strawberries: On the Morning Report

June 16th, 2015 | Catching Health Stories

Freshly picked strawberries. Wicked good! Sharon and I talk about their health benefits and share some advice on the Morning Report. I also ask viewers for a little help with the Catching Health list of where you can pick strawberries in Maine. Read the Rest »