Asthma or Allergy? Find Out and Breathe Easier

pollen dandelion weed webHaving Difficulty Breathing? You Could Have
Asthma — Often Undiagnosed in Older Adults

A disease that typically first develops in children and teens, asthma can develop at any age but is often more difficult to diagnose in older adults, says St. Luke’s pulmonologist Neal M. Fitzpatrick, MD, of St. Luke’s Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates.

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The Drive to Create Self-Driving Cars

Knight Rider Kitt Pontiac Firebird Interior webLet us drift back in time to when you first learned to drive. Forget the panicked look on your instructor's face and think about the feeling of freedom you had as you anticipated going where you wanted when you wanted. Ah, the dreams of youth!
There is another dream driving automotive engineers, entrepreneurs, and expectant techies in the 21st century: self-driving cars. Somewhere between 2018 and 2020, they would be available to the public. Ooops. It turns out that mimicking the nuances of human drivers is a lot more difficult than first thought.

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Getting Help When a Loved One Cannot Safely Drive

elderly driver webRemember your sense of freedom when you passed the driver’s test and got that coveted license? Suddenly, with keys in hand, you were no longer dependent on others to take you where you wanted to go. It is no wonder then, that taking away a license can be heartbreaking for both the driver and those forced to revoke it, says geriatrician Roopa Anmolsingh, MD.
“There’s a well-defined entry point for starting to drive, but there’s no exit point that tells you when you should stop driving,” says Anmolsingh, of St. Luke’s Senior Care Associates. “I always get asked if driving is a right or a privilege. Regardless, we know it’s very important for a person’s self-esteem and independence. It provides a sense of freedom.”

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Mini Golf for Maxi Fun

Lucky Strokes Miniature Golf webWhat is the history of miniature golf?
In these days of gender sensitivity, it is interesting to note that miniature golf had its beginnings as a lady's sport.
If you played stickball as a child, then you followed along a tradition that goes back to the 13th century and perhaps beyond. There are records of the Dutch playing a game where a leather ball was hit in order to reach a target several hundred yards away. The player who succeeded with the fewest strokes won.

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Masters of Mirth, Gurus of Guffaws (Part 2)

Sid Caesar webAlthough the origins of the television set are kind of sketchy, there is one thing for sure: It helped bring back the visual element of Vaudeville-style entertainment that was lost to radio. Dancers, dog acts, and dangerous acrobatics, didn't fare well on radio, so many such acts faded away, along with "sketch comedy," a fast-moving style of madness that was lost to the half-hour situation comedy format.

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Things To Do With Grandkids - Late Summer 2021

library books child reading webPublic libraries are quiet places to introduce your grandchildren to the great events and thoughts of history. Show them that books don't have to be read on little screens or recharged. Let the kids pick out books that interest them and share your thoughts and experiences regarding that subject. Borrow some videos of old shows and documentaries and discuss them. Libraries often have special programs, contests, and author presentations for children. Check out your local library!

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