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About Marlene Anne Bumgarner

Marlene Bumgarner is a retired college instructor and author of four books. She lives on the California coast and enjoys walking with her Border Collie, Kismet. Her memoir, Back to the Land in Silicon Valley, is expected in the summer of 2020. Marlene blogs about family life, cooking, and gardening at http://www.marlenebumgarner.com.
Latest Posts | By Marlene Anne Bumgarner
The Growing Trend of Older Women Living Alone
1 month ago

The Growing Trend of Older Women Living Alone

After a very emotional and fast-moving turn of events, my partner of 18 years was bundled into a car by his concerned daughter, and I watched them drive away, feeling very alone.  Read More

Love at First Touch – Massaging Pain Away with the Hendrickson Method
2 months ago

Love at First Touch – Massaging Pain Away with the Hendrickson Method

I never expected a simple trip to buy vegetables to change my life, but it did. I met Maria at the Santa Cruz Farmer’s Market where she was offering five-minute massages. My body hurt that day, as it always did. Figuring I had nothing to lose…
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How a Healthy Mediterranean Diet Might Reduce Inflammation and Pain
5 months ago

How a Healthy Mediterranean Diet Might Reduce Inflammation and Pain

Do you ever wake up feeling like you haven’t slept all night or with joints that hurt as you struggle out of bed? Me too.

These discomforts may be caused by ‘inflammaging’, chronic low-grade inflammation common in older adults, even in the absence of infection. Other possible symptoms of inflammaging are fatigue, a low fever, abdominal and/or chest pain. Read More

Making Memories While Visiting Friends and Family with Dementia
1 year ago

Making Memories While Visiting Friends and Family with Dementia

“I’m Losing My Mind”

When my mother began to lose her memory, she laughed about it. “Sometimes I feel like my brain is made of Swiss cheese,” she’d say, “and I keep putting my keys in one of the holes.” Read More

How Our Perception of Time Changes as We Get Older
1 year ago

How Our Perception of Time Changes as We Get Older

“When will Mommy come, Grandma?” my granddaughter used to ask several times a day when she was little. At first, I assumed she missed her mother. I’m sure that was true some of the time, but usually she didn’t seem sad. Read More