Dementia diagnoses on the rise in New Mexico

April 5, 2023

Everything is in its place at Carolyn and Royce Stewart’s pin-neat south Santa Fe home. The cupboards are labeled: mugs, bowls, baking supplies. Labels in the bedroom remind Royce Stewart, 75, where his athletic socks and undershirts are kept. Carolyn Stewart said the labels are part of the couple’s united front in their battle against…

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Karen St. Clair: More than a support group

April 5, 2023

Karen St. Clair went on a search for the perfect man in 2011. “I decided to give one year, and so I wrote a very detailed intention statement,” she said. She dated, but no one came close to sparking her interest. Then Rob Barteletti’s profile crossed her path, and fireworks exploded. Their first date lasted five…

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At the end, quality of life matters

January 5, 2023

For the last 18 months, the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act has provided New Mexicans with a terminal condition who are suffering and want to have some measure of control in hastening their death an additional choice at the end of life. The bill authorizes terminally ill patients who meet certain other criteria to make…

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UNM Memory and Aging Center Update with Dr. Janice Knoefel

October 1, 2020

Dr. Knoefel joins us to go over the health services offered thru UNM’s Memory and Aging Center. Along with this we talk plans for the center’s future with regard to specialized services for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. 

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May Lunch & Learn with Reverend Hollis Walker and Mayor Alan Webber

May 20, 2020

Hi all, We had a great virtual BYOL event for the month on Wednesday, May 13th. We’ve posted a recording of the talks to our Youtube channel for those that may have missed. We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe! Sincerely, Ken

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Some Thoughts on Death and Dying in the Time of COVID 19 by Barak Wolff

April 14, 2020

Where to begin…? Like many of you, wife Leah and I are homebound on our ridge top in Tesuque, safe, well fed and basically healthy for now…as far as we know. We count our many blessings as we are trying to be compliant with all the new guidelines, following recommended precautions, and only going outdoors…

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Home for the Holidays: Making the most of visits with aging parents

December 5, 2019

By Heather Imhoff MSW, LMSW Holidays are occasions that many of us spend with family, whether we live down the block or across the country. For those with aging loved ones, these visits are an important time to take stock amidst the hustle and bustle, and to make plans. Notable changes in an aging person’s…

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Self-Care and Spiritual Wellness During Cancer

April 24, 2019

Dealing with cancer is extremely hard on the body, but it can be difficult to understand just how hard it is on the mind and spirit as well until it happens to you or a loved one. Cancer patients regularly experience a roller coaster of emotions and psychological effects, with feelings of anger, despair, and…

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When is the right time to downsize into an assisted or independent living community?

April 12, 2019

The decision to leave one’s cherished family home and move into a smaller apartment at an independent or assisted living community is one of the most important and impactful decisions we or our loved ones will ever make.  This new home will likely be our last, and it’s essential that it be a good fit…

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4 Fears Surrounding End of Life Care and How to Overcome Them

February 14, 2019

  Many families find conversations about end of life care difficult to broach with a parent or aging loved one, but surely they have come up. Perhaps you were driving away from a nursing home visit with your mother when she told you she “never wants to live in a place like that.” Or, maybe…

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