Learning to Live the Mediterranean Lifestyle

Brain Healthy Eating:  Learning to Live the Mediterranean Lifestyle   The Mediterranean Lifestyle is proven: Ancel Keys 7 Countries study from the 1950’s World Health Organization Guidelines, 1990 Blue Zones by Dan…
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Yo-Yo

John Ratliff writes about the importance of music in our lives. Here at Memory Matters music is an everyday therapy that is employed to entertain, but also to calm and relax.  To many of our memory care participants, it…
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A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace A story from John Ratliff: As has often been the case, we read the book together.  This time, however, she was away at camp and unavailable for our normal daily discussions of the chapters we had recently devoured.…
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Trimming the Fat

Would it not be a better world, if everyone had access to the excellent education John Ratliff refers to in his story? As part of Memory Matters' service to the community at large, we have increased the scope of our Brain Health Education…

Olive Oil Cake

By Chef Kim Baretta This recipe was featured in Bon Appetit.  It is so moist with a lovely texture.   I use a good quality grocery store olive oil in the cake, but an expensive finishing olive oil or lemon flavored olive oil to drizzle…
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No Reply Anxiety

A little 20-minute meditation per day can cool the brain and allow you to smell the roses along the way. This new post from John Ratliff also features two more beautiful images from nature captured by my wife Barbara's God-daughter, Nick…
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Forest Daydreams

Forest Daydreams Alone in the woods you never know what you may discover. Each step an adventure. Each twist, each turn reveals something completely unexpected. All you have to do is take your time and really see.....from John Ratliff A wooden…

Fresh Macerated Strawberries

By Chef Kim Baretta This is a perfect summer recipe for dessert.  It’s quick, easy, healthy and requires no heating up of the kitchen!  You can easily substitute other berries or peaches.  You could serve with a small dollop of lightly…

Grilled Shrimp Wrapped in Mango

By Chef Kim Baretta   This is a light and fresh appetizer.  While its flavors are more Indian than the Mediterranean, it fits all the guidelines to the Mediterranean lifestyle.  Make sure you buy ripe, but not overripe mangoes.   Makes…

Stuffed Eggplant with Tzatziki

By Chef Kim Baretta This is a wonderful make ahead dish.  The original recipe calls for ground lamb, but I substituted cooked lentils the first time I made it.   It’s perfect to serve at room temperature on a hot day.  …