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Shirley Rebello (center) joins the Silver Sneakers meet at the Concord YMCA on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.  The class meets every Monday and Wedesday.

(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor Staff)

Don’t take a vacation from exercise

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summer poses many challenges to those of us trying to maintain our fitness routine during the hot and sticky dog days: barbecues, vacations, parties, weddings, sweltering heat and humidity and those pesky buckets of beer just to name a few. What can you do to ensure that you stay on the right track and don’t let summer get the best …

Gardening as your grow older

Thursday, August 6, 2015

As gardeners age, the work to keep a flower garden flourishing seems to take more of a toll on knees and backs. There are a few ways to keep your yard looking vibrant while working within your own limitations. 1. Plant hardy, reliable perennials that truly come back year after year. Select black-eyed …

Delightfully sour pickles

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Humans have been scheming about how to put aside the plentiful food of summer for the lean times of winter for millennia. As early as 7000 b.c., the Chinese had figured out how to ferment fruit and honey into an alcoholic beverage. Archeologists are pretty certain fermentation had been going on for thousands …

Camping with kids: You might not be able to get away from it all

Thursday, June 4, 2015

First, let’s get one thing straight: Camping is not, as they say, “getting away from it all.” This is true whether you’re a devotee of old-school, roughing-it style camping, handy with an ax and happy with a can …

June is for roses

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Roses add to enjoyment and well-being, whether you grow them yourself or purchase them. Here are some tips to use roses: Home Decorating ∎ When selecting a container, choose a bud vase or tall stem jar for a single …

Exercise safely and consistently this summer

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer is fast approaching and odds are that you are one of the people that is trying to figure out how you can best get ready for the beach. There are an incredible number of ways that you …

4 hikes to get epic adventurers and families alike into the mountains

Thursday, April 30, 2015

If you’re not out hiking in the nearby mountains, you’re missing out on one of New Hampshire’s great advantages. Maybe you don’t know where to go? Try these. I’ll offer two easy trails with other attractions nearby for …

Make your own ricotta

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Making your own ricotta is easy and the results are far more delicious than what comes from the grocery store. Better yet, the recipe can be tinkered with to suit your needs. Like your ricotta creamy? Swap in …

Families make videos to reassure patients with dementia

Thursday, April 30, 2015

For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition. “Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake …

Spring clean your flower beds: Tips and tricks for your May garden

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It is time to find your gardening gloves, dust off your garden shoes and sharpen and oil your pruning tools, hoes and shovels if you did not already do so last fall. ∎ By now you should have had …

Your growing family: Children and gardening go well together

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Claude Monet knew it. Frances Hodgson Burnett knew it. And the early Americans sure as heck knew it. Children and gardens just naturally go together. If you’ve got little people, a little patience and even a smidge of …

Keeping more people alive by making CPR simpler

Thursday, April 30, 2015

You need only two things to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and possibly save a life: a willingness to press hard on someone’s chest and familiarity with the Bee Gees’ disco hit “Stayin’ Alive.” Yes, CPR has changed. The American Heart Association and other organizations, including the American Red Cross, …

Take two doses of nature and call in the morning

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stop and smell the roses along the way, American singer-songwriter Mac Davis advised in a top 10 hit in the 1970s. In the more than three decades Davis imparted that wisdom, numerous studies have confirmed the link between exposure to nature and improved physical, psychological and social well-being. …

Make it healthy, make it tempting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In schools where trained chefs jazzed up fare, children ate more fruits and vegetables – and the schools themselves saved money, according to a study released in JAMA Pediatrics. Getting them to drink plain milk instead of chocolate …

The newest fitness trend: Mixing it up

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The latest workout crazes promise to stimulate your brain and your muscles in new ways with barre plies in the air (think aerial ballet), dance cardio (think a night out) or a killer routine modeled after a popular …