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St. Patrick's Day

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

There have been many influential Irish people:

- Bram Stoker (1847-1912) : novelist and short story writer, best known as the author of the Gothic novel Dracula.
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) : writer and poet, known for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his plays Salome and The Importance of Being Earnest.
- William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) : poet and playwright considered as one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. He was the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1923). His greatest works include The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems. He also served two terms as an Irish Senator.
- James Joyce (1882-1941): novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. His best-known works include Ulysses, Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake.
- Charles Thomson (1729-1824) : was a Patriot leader during the American Revolution. He was the secretary of the Continental Congress of America throughout its 15 years of existence. He was born in Maghera, County Londonderry.
- Constance Markievicz (née Gore-Booth, 1868-1927) was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons (in December 1918). She was also one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922).
- Robert Boyle (1627-1691), was an Anglo-Irish natural philosopher, chemist, physicist, and inventor. He has been dubbed the "father of modern chemistry", and is also one of the pioneers of the modern experimental scientific method. He is best remembered for Boyle's law, which states that the absolute pressure and volume of a given mass of confined gas are inversely proportional, if the temperature remains unchanged within a closed system.
- Liam Neeson is an Irish actor who sports an impressive filmography. Neeson has appeared in franchises like Star Wars and Batman, and also played the lead in Schindler's List and Taken.
- U2 is one of the biggest rock bands in the world, and certainly the biggest ever to emerge from Ireland. Singer Bono is active in many social causes, including efforts to combat world poverty and the African AIDS pandemic.
- Pierce Brosnan was the first - and, thus far, only - Irish actor to play the role of British secret agent James Bond. Brosnan first rocketed to stardom in the television series Remington Steele, and went on to appear in such blockbusters as Mrs. Doubtfire, Mars Attacks! and Dante's Peak.

In This Issue

  • Forgetting Is Needed and Actively Regulated
  • Education Boosts Brain Function Long After School
  • Creating A Sense Of Community
  • 'Senior Moment' Are Not Signs Of Dementia
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions

Mon, March 17th Parades

- New York, NY 11:00 am

Fifth Avenue bet 44th & 45th

- New Orleans, LA 6:00 pm

Corner of Burgundy & Piety

- South Boston, MA 1:00 pm

West Broadway

- Savannah, GA 10:15 am

Gwinette Street

St. Patrick's Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

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Forgetting Is Needed and Actively Regulated

(Source: Science Daily) - In order to function properly, the human brain requires the ability not only to store but also to forget: Through memory loss, unnecessary information is deleted and the nervous system retains its plasticity. A disruption of this process can lead to serious mental disorders. Basel scientists have now discovered a molecular mechanism that actively regulates the process of forgetting. The scientific journal Cell has published their results.

The human brain is build in such a way, that only necessary information is stored permanently -- the rest is forgotten over time. However, so far it was not clear if this process was active or passive. Scientists from the transfaculty research platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences (MCN) at the University of Basel have now found a molecule that actively regulates memory loss. The so-called musashi protein is responsible for the structure and function of the synaptic connections of the brain, the place where information is communicated from one neuron to the next.

Creating A Sense Of Community

(Source: PR Newswire) - Lift Caregiving wants caregivers to share a picture of themselves with their loved one in the month of March as a part of the healthy image #loveyourselfie social media campaign. The goal of the campaign is to capture the happy moments in the caregiving journey and to combat the feeling of isolation commonly found in the family caregiving community.

Caregiver can feel like a lonely journey, with many caregivers finding much of their spare time spent caring for and tending to the needs of their loved one. This is an important consideration because loneliness and isolation can contribute to caregiver burnout and depression; in fact, a recent report from the National Consensus Development Conference found that "40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression with about a quarter to half of these caregivers meeting the diagnostic criteria for major depression."

Education Boosts Brain Function Long After School

(Source: Medical News Today) - European populations are growing older on average, a trend that could pose serious challenges to health care, budgets, and economic growth. As a greater proportion of a country's population grows into old age, average cognition levels and national productivity tend to decline, and the incidence of dementia increases.

"Finding ways to improve the cognition of seniors is of central importance to the economic well-being of aging countries," says IIASA researcher Vegard Skirbekk, who worked on the study with researchers Nicole Schneeweis and Rudolf Winter Ebmer at Linz University
The study examined variation in years of schooling arising from compulsory educational reforms implemented in six European countries during the 1950s and 1960s, measuring mental functioning in seniors with various levels of schooling.

'Senior Moment' Are Not Signs Of Dementia

(Source: Science World Report) - Ah the 'senior moment.' What's typically characterized by forgetfulness, memory lapses and our inability to forget where we parked the dang car. Though many of us blame these times of poor judgment on part of the aging process, a recent study shows that only around one in five people who deal with these problems end up being diagnosed with some kind of serious brain-related disorder, including Alzheimer's disease.

"Patients should not be alarmed unnecessarily by receiving a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment," said lead researcher Dr. Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, of the Institute of Primary Medical Care in Kiel, Germany, via WebMD.
For the study, German researchers followed more than 350 adults with mild cognitive impairment for three years, all of whom were 75 or older. Researchers then tested their cognitive functions by observing whether or not they were capable of learning new material that included such activities as memorizing lists to help test memory and depression levels.

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Recipe Of The Week
What's more Irish than a traditional recipe for corned beef and cabbage? Serve with mustard or horseradish if desired. -Recipe From Taste Of Home
Corned Beef 'N' Cabbage

4 cups water
1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (2 pounds)
1 medium head cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
2 large red potatoes, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
4 large carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 medium onion, cut into 2-inch pieces

In a 6-qt. pressure cooker, combine water and contents of corned beef seasoning packet; add beef. Close cover securely. Turn regulator knob to pressure and select high pressure. Cook for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the cabbage, potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add carrots and onion. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender; drain.
Release pressure according to manual instructions. Remove beef to a serving platter. Discard cooking liquid. Serve beef with cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onion. Yield: 4-6 servings.

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Take a guess at these trivia questions ..answers will be posted in next week's newsletter

1. According to legend, what are leprechauns really?

2. Which two US rivers are dyed green every St. Patrick's Day?

3. What does kissing the Blarney Stone do for you?

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Answers to last week's trivia; Bonsai trees, Koifish pond & rock formations / JoRyoEn (Garden of Quiet Listening) / Romaji, Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji

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