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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…
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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…
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LIFE

LIFE It was my first day back in the Compass Plus program after the New Year Holiday and as ever Maureen was leading the participants in a creative and thought-provoking manner. My 11- year old Grandson, Brody, himself a seasoned volunteer,…
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Breathe Deep

Image Courtesy of Nick Follett  John Ratliff continues to write about the power of meditation. Breathe Deep Deep Breathing is a very powerful tool we all can use to improve our focus, reduce stress and help calm our minds. It only takes…
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Bizzy Beez

John Ratliff's poem about the "Bizzy Beez" brought a number of images and thoughts to my mind. The first being an artistic  photograph created by Barbara's God-daughter, Nicky Follett, who lives in England. She has a gift for capturing…
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Make me an Angel

From John Ratliff......... Make me an Angel Amélie accompanied me yesterday at Summit Place. During our set, one of the residents asked if Amélie might play a solo for her. Although she hadn’t prepared anything specific for the…
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Book Boxes

Purposeful reminiscing is good for your brain! From John Ratliff....... “Finally!” my wife exclaimed as I shared with her my intention to go through the three boxes of books in the garage that have been patiently waiting…