TAG: Memories

Making Music

Making Music

Researchers have been taking a deeper look into medical issues that affect aging populations, like Alzheimer’s disease. Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. are projected to increase by threefold in the next few decades, rising to 13.8 million individuals aged 65 and older that will potentially have the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is known that being physically and mentally active can help with forms of dementia, and a lot of attention has been directed toward musical ability and activity as a beneficial factor in therapy. Many studies have shown that musicians might have an advantage in cognitive… read more

The Child in Nature

Childhood memories

As a child, I spent much of my time outdoors and discovered an early fascination with the nonhuman world. It became the site for rich imaginings and great adventures. And it was home to the animals who became my friends, my confidants, the creatures whose comings and goings showed me many truths about life and death. Growing up in New Zealand, I lived with my grandparents on a 12 acre farm in the Waikato, central North Island. I was surrounded by farm animals – sheep and cattle, pigs, chooks, rabbits, cats and dogs. It was a simultaneously beautiful and brutal… read more