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    One a recent visit, my nephew told me he deliberately forces himself to stop and be keenly aware of time, place, sights, smells, colors and emotions during special moments, especially when with his wife and sons. Life is always moving forward, and the joys of the current moment will bring hi…

      It is a brave first step to boldly state to your physician, "I am worried about increasing confusion. I want help." Trust me when I say, the earlier the better.

        I recently had the honor of being the guest host for an Alzheimer's support group. As always, I received more than I gave. I felt awe at the diverse group of people providing care for someone they love. Awe for the wisdom they have acquired and chose to share with a diverse group of caregivers.

          After years of caregiving and much urging from his family, a husband acquiesced to "trying" assisted living for his wife with Alzheimer's. Previously he insisted it was his responsibility to care for her, no matter the strain on his health, nor her apparent unhappiness and lack of basic hygiene.

            For the past 10 years or more, the breakthrough that's been longed for is an ability to intervene in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, long before any signs show up in the brain or memory loss occurs. Of course, the best breakthrough would be a barrier to the disease entirely.

            A reusable water bottle is good for the environment, but can also harbor bacteria. In fact, it could have more bacteria than a toilet. The Water Filter Guru says a study found that a squeeze top water bottle can have 6000 times more bacteria than a toilet. Your water bottle might be harborin…

            Q: I am 76 and my wife is 58. I own our home outright, and she will inherit the house when I die through a living trust. Is it to her advantage to maintain the situation the way it is from a capital gains perspective, or should I add her to the deed now? I am thinking of the step-up in valuation of the house when she inherits it to minimize her capital gains tax if/when she sells the house.

            Because home prices have risen so dramatically since 2020, tax assessments are rising as well—which means larger annual property tax bills. Higher property taxes can be daunting for homeowners, but they are a boon for state and local governments that rely heavily on property tax revenue. Pro…

            Any COVID-19 vaccine requirement by public schools, state agencies or local governments would be blocked by legislation given final approval by the Georgia House. Representatives voted 99-69 on Thursday to make the current 1-year ban permanent. The measure now goes to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature or veto. Republican Rep. Todd Jones says it should be up to individuals to decide on whether to get a vaccine. Opponents warn lawmakers are tying the hands of government in a future pandemic. They also warn supporters are contributing to wrongful beliefs that are driving down vaccination rates for all diseases.

            The Georgia Senate has passed a budget that cuts $87 million from teaching at the state’s public universities. That money is connected to a dispute with the House over hospital permitting and funding. Senators voted 51-1 on Thursday for a budget that would spend $32.4 billion in state money in the year beginning July 1. Senators agree with Gov. Brian Kemp’s plans to pay full tuition for everyone receiving a HOPE college scholarship and to give all state employees and public school teachers $2,000 raises. The Senate and the House must work out the budget differences by Wednesday, the last day of the 2023 legislative session.

            The specter of missing GoPro camera footage documenting the 2016 ski collision between Gwyneth Paltrow and a retired optometrist has been raised at trial in Park City. The daughter of a man suing Paltrow testifies Thursday that her father Terry Sanderson's health and cognitive function deteriorated after the collision, when he broke his ribs and suffered from a concussion. Paltrow has claimed that Sanderson was actually the culprit for the collision, and her attorneys also questioned the daughter about her father's mentions of Paltrow's wealth and celebrity. Paltrow is likely to be called to testify Friday or early next week.

            A Missouri grade school that was shut down last year amid concerns of possible radioactive contamination will not reopen. Jana Elementary School, in the St. Louis County town of Florissant, closed in October after a private study indicated the presence of contamination. The study was funded by lawyers whose clients were suing over radioactive waste in Coldwater Creek, which runs near the school. Though a follow-up study by the Army Corps of Engineers and a third study found no signs of contamination, the school never reopened. A statement from the Hazelwood School District Thursday said staff and students will remain in the schools they were moved to.

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            For the first time in three decades, the U.S. has a new favorite dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club. Adorable in some eyes, deplorable in others, the sturdy, push-faced, perky-eared, world-weary-looking and distinctively droll French bulldog became the nation's most prevalent p…

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