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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

While some seniors view moving to smaller, simpler living quarters as a loss — of possessions, a lifestyle or a family home — more and more see it as pure freedom. After all, without a sprawling house and yard to maintain, they can spend more time on experiences: pursuing hobbies, traveling, entertaining or visiting family. Isabel Robitaille, owner of Robitaille Real…

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Meals on Wheels volunteers bring a lot more than nutritious daily meals to the elderly and disabled of Western New York — they also deliver much-needed companionship. In some cases — especially when family members live far away — deliveries can serve as the only social time clients have all day. “It’s a deep and abiding relationship that you see between the volunteer…

Pet ownership has tripled since the 1970s, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Today, approximately 62 percent of American households include at least one pet. That’s roughly 69 million dogs and 74 million cats (not to mention birds, reptiles, hamsters and other critters). Collectively, we spend $50 billion each year keeping our pets safe, happy and he…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Part of the fallout of Buffalo expatriatism is the distance between grandparents in Buffalo — and their grandkids who live far away. Of course, that’s not just a Buffalo thing. A 2011 AARP survey indicates that 43 percent of grandparents nationwide live more than 200 miles from some of their grandchildren. Fortunately, research shows that the grandparent/grandchild bond…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

An afternoon at the ballpark in 2003 changed Denise Poland’s life forever. On the way home from a Buffalo Bisons game, Poland was in the front passenger seat of the family’s Chevy Yukon when a drunk driver with a suspended license tore through a city street intersection at 80 mph and T-boned their vehicle. “I took the full brunt of the impact,” Poland said. Her husba…

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A few years ago when my kids were about 7, 5 and 3, a (wise) friend emailed me in January asking about my kids’ camp plans for the summer. I thought she was crazy — I barely knew what we were having for dinner that night. I scoffed, emailed back and told her I wasn’t there yet —and ended up scrambling in a panic for activities once May rolled around. I learned that when…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When she was 3 years old, Ellie DeLucia of Hamburg was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that took away her sight. She’s legally blind and has been on and off chemotherapy for the past decade. Now 13, Ellie has gone skiing with her parents and two sisters every year since she was 4. Ellie is a student at the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley. It’s …

The “aha” moment that prompts a commitment to a formal weight loss program can take many forms — an unflattering picture that reveals the body you’ve denied you inhabit, or maybe a terse directive from your doctor: drop the extra weight or face medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. For Jennifer Kiener, a 41-year-old Clarence mother of four, her “aha” …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Progressive employers are always looking for creative ways to enhance employee benefits (and maybe shave some dollars off the bottom line, too). Workplace wellness programs can achieve both goals, and they’re part of a strategy that’s breathing new life into some local job sites – often with minimal investment. “You don’t need to have a big budget to make wellness succe…

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Al Bella lay on his kitchen floor as the muscles in his neck convulsed, leaving him unable to speak and struggling to breathe. His panicked daughter called to her mother, “Daddy is sleeping on the floor." Bella — a fit marathon runner — was having a stroke at age 39. Carin Stahlka thought someone stabbed her in the back of the head. When she turned around, no one wa…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

For many families, sports are a step away from the mind-numbing, obesity-fueling world of electronics and a way to develop physical skills while learning to win and lose with grace. But along with that comes the threat of injury — from the minor to the cataclysmic — that can sideline a child for a season, or alter his life forever. During one of his son’s football g…

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Over 500 women on one island for a girls-only weekend may sound like a setup for a raucous reality show primed with wine slushies, feather boas and lots of shrieking. In reality, that island is Grand Island — and the 500 participants of the first-ever Western New York “Wild Women Unite” will be forgoing pink drinks for guns, compasses, paddles and zip lines. The weekend…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

If there’s one thing that local quilters agree on, it’s that quilting has never been strictly a craft. Quilts are also examples of art, as planning and admiring them transcends decades. What’s more, quilting creates a respite in our increasingly busy lives. “Fabric is fun to do, but it is also tactile and soothing,” said Ann Shaw, owner of Sew What? Quilt Shop in Wil…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Sometimes paint and glue bond and repair things; other times they bond and repair people. That’s the short way to describe the therapeutic power of art, an activity that’s more than a fun distraction; art can promote mindfulness, channel anger, treat physical ailments, foster communication and measure and achieve goals. Take, for instance, Barbara Murak’s work. O…

Donna Propis, 67, rushes to the yoga class she takes twice a week at the Amherst Senior Center. She’s in a hurry but the hooting from the lounge makes her stop for a moment to see what’s going on. A group of seniors are clapping, sighing, and catcalling as two 80-somethings square off against each other … at the bowling alley … on the computer screen. Totally engaged in th…