HOW OLD GUYS STAY IN SHAPE
Thank Darlene Costner for this video.
THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
Mental Floss has a nice list of things I mostly didn't know about the now-damaged cathedral:
All Roads Lead To Notre-Dame De Paris
Also: Bees live on its roof and its bells were once melted down for artillery. There are more, all with explanations, at Mental Floss.
Dementia is a terrible and growing affliction of old age with not many good options for the large numbers who will need full-time care. For 25 years, the the Hogeweyk dementia care center in Amsterdam has been developing a non-traditional type of caring that seems to be working well.
From the Youtube page:
“How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance?
“[Here is] a glimpse at what a reimagined nursing home based on freedom, meaning and social life could look like.”
AOC SPEAKS FROM THE FUTURE
One of the new and youngest members of Congress, narrates a video that asks, What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez narrates a film investigating those questions.
There is more at The Intercept.
END GAME MOVIE
This Academy Award-nominated documentary, End Game, captures human nature, reports a NextAvenue story,
“...and the delicate dilemma doctors and patients face at the end of life, under the best circumstances.
“Filmed in the serene hospital rooms and corridors of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and the recently-closed Zen Hospice Project, situated in a tastefully-appointed Victorian house, we see firsthand the inner workings of hospice and palliative care.”
This is longer that I usually link to, 40 minutes, but worth your time, I think. It is available to stream on Netflix, and you can read more at Next Avenue. Here is a trailer:
And now, our weekly collection of pet stories:
DOG RESCUED FROM OCEAN 135 MILES FROM SHORE
This story has been widely distributed so you've probably seen it. Still, it's amazing. How did she get there? My guess is the dog fell off a boat or was thrown by some awful person. Here is a video:
There is more information at the Washington Post.
ARE DOG OWNERS HAPPIER THAN CAT OWNERS?
According to a recent study, dog owners are happier than cat owners. From Mental Floss:
”The ranking goes like this: Dog owners are the likeliest group of people to consider themselves 'very happy.' People who don't own any pets came in second on the happiness spectrum, and people who own a dog and a cat rank third. Cat owners trail far behind them all, with only 18 percent reporting that they feel very happy.”
”However...these findings don't necessarily mean that dogs are the sole source of happiness (even though pup owners might beg to differ). 'The General Social Survey data show that dog owners, for instance, are more likely to be married and own their own homes than cat owners, both factors known to affect happiness and life satisfaction,' the newspaper notes.”
You will find the full story at the Washington Post. Where do you stand on this?
I don't usually care for compilation videos but this one shows some spectacularly clever thieving kitties. Good laughs.
CAT SNEAKS IN TO NAP WITH NEIGHBOR
As the Twitter page notes:
”My Dad is recovering from an operation. Mum went out and left a door slightly ajar. My parents do not have a cat.”
Bored Panda expanded on the story:
”...when the man awoke from a nap he was met with a mystery feline cuddler cozied up by his neck. It seems the pawed stranger had wandered in through the door and decided the recovering patient could use some extra love.”
More at Bored Panda.
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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