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Making Cookies

A John Ratliff family story repeated millions of times all over the world, but each time, a memory to cherish. Making Cookies Smiling and laughing, they work together, mother and daughter, making cookies. As I watch them, my…
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Ten Years After

The people entrusted to us by their caregivers all have 'amazing brains.' Often they have served our country with distinction, taught in our schools and universities, nursed in our hospitals, developed rocket engines, and traveled the globe…
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Tiny Dancer

Some days are memorable. Here is a story from John Ratliff: Tiny Dancer She held her baby close, clutching the doll’s shoulder gently with one hand while she raised her fingers to her lips. “Shhhhhhh - my baby is sleeping!”,…
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Hard Work

A lesson John Ratliff learned along the way. It sounds like his life has been a rich tapestry! Hard Work Paperboy, babysitter, apple picker, fuel pumper, warehouse worker, lifeguard, pots and pans salesman, bus driver, bouncer, computer…
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Whole Grains Fact Sheet

Whole Grain (and some seeds) Factsheet Healthy and filling (protein, B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron, fiber). Linked to many health benefits, especially when part of a Mediterranean lifestyle. This includes less brain shrinkage,…
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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…
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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…