It’s probably overstating the case to say that Lettice Graham has found the fountain of youth.
But there’s no doubt that there’s something in the water at the Hansborough Recreation Center. That’s the home of the Harlem Honeys and Bears, an all-black co-ed synchronized swimming team for seniors. It’s the only 55+ competitive synchronized swim team in New York City, and one of only a few in the state.
At 97, Graham is the team’s oldest member.
My mother had a massive stroke in 2012. Within the next few years we lost her, as well as my father and my father-in-law. If I hadn’t been introduced to the world of palliative care and hospice care I would not have survived.
I’ve come to have great respect for the doctors, nurses, social workers and other professionals and volunteers in this field. They give their time and compassion to help patients weather serious health issues. They not only provide physical care, but emotional support.
Hearing loss is a common symptom of aging, and it can wreak havoc on our brains. One quarter of U.S. seniors between the ages of 65 and 74, and half of those over 75, have a disabling form of hearing loss, according to the National Institutes of Health. And people with hearing loss are twice as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
MemoryWell spoke with Dr. Angela Loavenbruck, a long-time audiologist and former president of the American Academy of Audiology.
Feature Article: Interview, Research, Writing
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