June 18, 2021

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Study reaffirms importance of maintaining healthy lifestyle after 80

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ExploreStudy reveals how cholesterol can contribute to Alzheimer’s risk

A past study indicated that people with low and intermediate genetic risk and favorable lifestyle characteristics were linked to decreased dementia risk compared to people with unfavorable characteristics. Such links were not discovered in people with high genetic risk, however. Yet the study indicated an association between lifestyle and cognitive impairment didn’t have a noticeable change based on APOE ε4 being present.

“Our results suggest the importance of a healthier lifestyle for cognition regardless of genetic dementia risk and increases our understanding of this relationship in the oldest older adults (80 years and older),” the authors wrote.

Next, the team will investigate the link using the polygenetic risk score for Alzheimer’s disease. They’ll also look into the relationship between that score and lifestyle and how it affects cognition.

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Care navigators are calling these members frequently and telling them “now that you’re vaccinated, it’s safe to go see your doctor in person,” said Eve Gelb, SCAN’s senior vice president of health care services. Doctors can then evaluate unmet health needs and make referrals to physical and occupational therapists, if necessary.","_id":"ILGFK3G5J5EOVA23OMWPYP3LME","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622032123873,"type":"text","content":"Another SCAN program, Member2Member, pairs older adult “peer health advocates” with members who have noted physical or emotional difficulties on health risk assessments. That’s how Lindquist in Palm Springs connected with Jerry Payne, 79, a peer advocate who calls him regularly and helped him come up with a plan to emerge from his pandemic-induced funk.","_id":"ML6LFXJDNJDKJAP45Y2CMIMIPU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622032123874,"type":"text","content":"“First, he said, ‘Ron, you should try getting up every hour and taking a few steps’ — that was the start of it,” Lindquist told me. “Then, he’d suggest walking another block when I would take my dog out. It was painful. Walking was not pleasant. But he was very encouraging.”","_id":"SG6QBEW65RE5RNCOBTT4GKKFIM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622032123875,"type":"text","content":"A month ago, Payne had a Fitbit sent to Lindquist. At first, Lindquist walked about 1,500 steps a day; now, he’s up to more than 5,000 steps a day and has a goal of reaching 10,000 steps. “I’m sleeping better and I feel so much better all around,” Lindquist said. “My whole attitude and physicality has changed. I tell you, this has been an answer to my prayers.”","_id":"4R4HDXJYNFFYXO3JSSCKDBWYME","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622032123876,"type":"text","content":"To get specialized news and articles about aging in place, health information and more, sign up for our Aging in Atlanta newsletter.","_id":"R42PB7OQARHU3N5WXRWHQU4HU4","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"ELUSGBYGVVGVVD7T3HYNRXRBLA","type":"divider","_id":"YJYUBT6QRVBJ7FHWNOQKYKZVM4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622032123878,"type":"text","content":"Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. 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People complain it’s not the same as being in a room with others, but would you prefer not to see them at all? For older Americans, it’s vital to have this technology so we can be connected. I’ve been online with people from my church, from around the country, from around the world. And I like that I can order online and get curbside pickup.”","_id":"EFQRNVDNEZHCVI4WYUEIQONZXE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621449566741,"type":"text","content":"Hawkins said she is hopeful about the future, as long as people don’t expect a return to pre-pandemic normalcy. “We’ve got to realize that things aren’t going back to ‘normal.’ There will be more access to technology, and we’ll see the benefits of working remotely. As we get older, we tend to get mentally stuck and think we want everything to stay the way it has been. 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But while live interactions were curtailed, the Chamblee resident found new social connections through online classes. “With Zoom, you can have people from anywhere in the country. I’m a member of the Atlanta Music Teachers Association, and we had a program with a professor from Arizona State. I’ve taken courses through Senior University with people who weren’t in Georgia. The technology isn’t limited by geography or Atlanta traffic.”","_id":"3OSG5TBM5FCXPKQMVTUA6VZERY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621449566747,"type":"text","content":"As restrictions ease, Ackermann plans to return to her volunteer performances. “It’s taken quite a while to feel like playing again,” she said. “But I’m most hopeful about being about to go out to concerts, plays, opera, theater — anything. I just signed up for an ASO subscription this fall. 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This causes you to break down your bones faster than you rebuild them.","_id":"QBAIVSM5VJANVCTOXWZ6KYFDDI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501311,"type":"text","content":"You can help prevent bone breakdown to a substantial degree through weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, jogging, aerobics or resistance training, and through a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamins. Also, speak to your primary health care provider about appropriate screening for your risk of osteoporosis. Though screening recommendations differ, most organizations suggest screening universally at 65 for women and 75 for men. 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This issue can result from many causes, including pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, overactive bladder muscles, weakened pelvic muscles and nerve damage. The right treatment will require a proper diagnosis. Making the right diagnosis will include a full history of symptoms; a physical exam; urine testing; and possibly more advanced studies, such as urodynamic testing, or ultrasound and X-ray imaging.","_id":"WWYY2LICNZHLLLJKC7PWQURSKA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501314,"type":"text","content":"Treatments are helpful, and they include behavioral modifications, dietary changes, pelvic muscle strengthening, medications and surgery. Incontinence or voiding difficulties in men can be a sign of an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. 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This is usually caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, which is an enlarged prostate. However, there are other causes, including medications; alcohol; caffeine; nighttime drinking and dietary habits; diabetes; heart conditions; and sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.","_id":"HGSK44H5IJHZHINMUVNUBVH5W4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501317,"type":"text","content":"Treatment for nocturia requires a proper diagnosis by your health care provider. This visit will involve a history, an exam and simple laboratory testing to start. Treatments include behavioral modifications, dietary changes, medications or surgical intervention.","_id":"Z4LBZDYAWNCPZBCMKNSNHHUWWE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501318,"type":"text","content":"Q: Why do I have so many wrinkles?","_id":"U72JI6CJWRGTNC3J5EFGV4HNS4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501319,"type":"text","content":"A: Wrinkles are a natural part of aging that can be caused by several factors. Some common factors can include stress and sun exposure — both of which break down the elastin fibers and collagen in skin. Exposure to air pollutants and tobacco smoke also can play a significant role.","_id":"22UFLCDAAVCC3ADU2NV6XCSVRY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501320,"type":"text","content":"As you age, skin becomes less elastic, and the natural oil production in skin decreases, causing it to dry out. You start to lose the fat in the deeper layers of your skin, and the crevices and lines become more prominent. Wrinkles are also genetic.","_id":"V6Q7KVA6KVFHVIJZJIFWLEEUXI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501321,"type":"text","content":"You can slow the effects on the skin by using sunscreen; wearing protective clothing, including hats; using moisturizers; eliminating smoking; and eating a diet full of natural antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables.","_id":"O3Z2OJJHSJBOTCLCIHCPPQW2G4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501322,"type":"text","content":"If you are interested in treatment beyond these tips, talk to your health care provider or a dermatologist who can suggest more specific cosmetic options.","_id":"5NIA2A57XZHHHCQ3NJEDJO7DYM","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"VL6E4ULNZFCI5K75FXD54SSLL4","type":"interstitial_link","url":"https://www.ajc.com/life/more-older-adults-turn-to-cannabis-to-treat-common-ailments/YENEWHERK5CRNNRYD6HGWGTTQQ/","content":"More older adults turn to cannabis to treat common ailments","_id":"CME63RYVVVBGDI7NG6DL7C2L3E","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501323,"type":"text","content":"Q: Every day I seem to lose my reading glasses. Why can’t I remember the simplest things anymore?","_id":"2XVHWKKPWFGHTJNC33N7WBYJPM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501324,"type":"text","content":"A: Just like your joints, muscles and skin, your brain ages, too. While it may seem like your glasses are misplacing themselves, your brain is simply having a harder time with recall. You may notice that you forget names or can’t remember a loved one’s birthday. You also may find it takes longer to learn new things. All of these are usually signs of normal aging.","_id":"64JAE4JABZBUJFQTQ6YJTPSUKE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501325,"type":"text","content":"Just as staying physically fit is important as you age, so, too, is keeping your mind active. You’re encouraged to keep active physically, mentally and socially to the best of your ability.","_id":"SHRZUCEM4RANPARD3FEDQYOW4A","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501326,"type":"text","content":"Certainly, there are other causes of memory loss, including medication interactions; vitamin deficiencies; metabolic conditions, such as a thyroid disorder; depression; anxiety; or ongoing infections. If you or your loved ones have noticed that memory is a problem for you, you’re encouraged to talk with your health care provider to determine if it is normal aging or something more significant.","_id":"S5LJTWMUBJEOPGNFBGGZTQPUGU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620390501327,"type":"text","content":"Aging can be challenging, so continue to maintain regular touch points with your health care provider so you can address any concerns in a timely fashion. 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I have a space to ideate, all while being surrounded by beautiful and functional objects.","_id":"FJU6GB7BIFESTI7J22Q7W7OJTA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985084,"type":"text","content":"Q: What contemporary Knoll designs reference your favorite classics?","_id":"AQIKEIYA5FDGBFFVW7BKRA6DUQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985086,"type":"text","content":"A: The Fiber chair family from our Muuto brand, which offers a new perspective on Scandinavian design, is a great example of a contemporary interpretation of a classic form. Saarinen thought long and hard about the figure of an object in architectural space. His landmark chairs reflect this idea with proper back support, which allows you to sit fully back in the chair.","_id":"E7QGYDIWARC7XP37XVTYHDLMLU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985088,"type":"text","content":"Q: What’s your favorite lounge chair for a modern and comfortable living room where children also live?","_id":"URSFCRYQGNGMTNP7V7TZ3GSYWY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985090,"type":"text","content":"A: You need a Womb chair by Saarinen. Designed as a chair for Florence Knoll to sit with her dog, Cartree, it’s a classic.","_id":"OEVIWV4Y5JEABAQIA5HXTPG2DU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985092,"type":"text","content":"Q: We have a Finn Juhl teak dining table but have been given conflicting information about how to care for the wood. 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I just got four classic Nakashima spindle-back chairs in a small dining nook for breakfast in the country.","_id":"PNAGANUEM5BNVKGFNEOYHO72KE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985100,"type":"text","content":"Q: Is there any material that you’re partial to?","_id":"6DI5L4DPE5ADPPQCEQGRWWLDZM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985102,"type":"text","content":"A: I love the way Warren Platner used polished steel rods as a decorative and structural element in an entirely different way from Bertoia. His table and chair designs require precise alignment. The result makes a statement in any room. Paired with Saarinen’s chairs, you can create a setting with an enduring mid-century vibe.","_id":"KQXADOIHGBESZE7KU6NS5B7AVA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985104,"type":"text","content":"Q: What modern furniture do you recommend for outside?","_id":"GUK7ME4VKZH3RLCET2OEZP4NVY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985106,"type":"text","content":"A: I suggest the 1966 Schultz collection. These pieces were developed by Richard Schultz with Florence Knoll. She needed outdoor furniture for her new home in Coral Gables, Fla. It set the standard for contemporary classic outdoor furniture.","_id":"FL2ZT7DRGFDR3COTEPKN6B5LRY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985108,"type":"text","content":"Q: I see you collect the work of Ettore Sottsass. 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They work well with the Mandarin chair by Sottsass for Knoll and the wonderful Muuto baskets for quick storage.","_id":"HNVAOHGUENBWFOSHIHX73ULQDI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985112,"type":"text","content":"Q: Do you have any tips on how to spot an authentic piece when purchasing vintage furniture to avoid buying a knockoff?","_id":"HXK5COZMHFHFPAAKECCBEDSHXY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985114,"type":"text","content":"A: Start by going to our website, knoll.com, to see the pieces, forms, materials and dimensions of works. We have an entire section devoted to classics, and the Knoll archive has a complete history of our products. Next, choose a reputable dealer. Check the labels for Knoll’s address. Some pieces even carry a distinctive label designed by the Swiss graphic designer Herbert Matter. 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The Muuto Oslo chair also has a wonderful organic form and is perfect for dining and working with Saarinen.","_id":"R5JKLPWDWBB5NMSYLMNPV6JRC4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985120,"type":"text","content":"Q: So much of the work of the Bauhaus and modernist traditions is connected to a philosophy and theory on how we should live, same for postmodern design. Where do you think we are headed in terms of design and the philosophy connected to it? What artists display this new direction?","_id":"E4EPFPZBURCNHKLOYK2MXX5TRI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985122,"type":"text","content":"A: This question is not so easy. Bauhaus design and American modern tradition were the prewar and postwar ideas of living and working in modern environments; this is true for work in architecture, interiors, furniture and objects. The modern idea asked architecture to create and divide space. 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The use of copper reflecting light in his chair can make the chair invisible at certain times of day or give it a “friend” with a shadow, similar to Harry Bertoia’s classic seating form.","_id":"VQXPNBYC3NAF3HWEM6XHTYXNVU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985124,"type":"text","content":"Q: What are your favorite books that relate to the philosophy of design?","_id":"LF5BRFYHE5BINBRHGQL4CQ77UA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619120985126,"type":"text","content":"A: “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson. Don’t laugh at me. 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Whatever you have heard, it probably did not include “tomatoes love radishes” or “zucchini love nasturtiums” — or more specifically, that certain insect pests of tomatoes and summer squash don’t love those things and can be thrown off course by them.","_id":"2KFV7SAKFNH4JANLBXMH3IVJVE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191776,"type":"text","content":"Walliser — a horticulturist, self-described “science nerd” and the author of two other books on garden insects — wanted to know which pairings would help control pests and improve pollination, providing those and other ecosystem services to desired plants. Not satisfied with anecdotal recommendations, she turned to the scientific literature.","_id":"XTM474NAGNFIJPH7QLL7GPNJGE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191777,"type":"text","content":"Admittedly, other than a few studies at botanic gardens and university extension facilities that mimicked the smaller scale of home garden beds, most of the literature she found was derived from research in agricultural settings. Nevertheless, the insights represented a leap forward from folklore, so she dug in.","_id":"GBAINMLNHRHAZC5T3O7UTB5WPU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191778,"type":"text","content":"If one idea unites the partnership possibilities Walliser discovered, it is this: Whether in farm fields, home gardens or the natural landscape, diversity is a powerful tool. 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(A 2019 paper from Newcastle University in England credits French marigolds as an effective tool against greenhouse whitefly infestations in hothouse tomatoes, too.)","_id":"ZNGWBH2S35DEVDH43RQMSL4IXA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191790,"type":"text","content":"Rather than repelling the flies, the marigolds’ volatile organic compounds may serve to mask the scent of the plant the insect is seeking, interfering with egg laying.","_id":"SGLUYO6RLVC4TMSBRENEHHLLLY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191791,"type":"text","content":"“They can’t home in on their host plants, because of the marigolds,” said Walliser, who is quick to add: “I’m not telling you not to plant marigolds — but by understanding better what’s at work, you can make more informed pairings.”","level":2,"_id":"YC6OOPV6ENDTZHBHELT337TQMA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191792,"type":"header","content":"Setting a Botanical Trap","_id":"ASREXIPNRZDE7PMEO6YHKXH52Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191793,"type":"text","content":"A particular insect may seek to lay eggs on a vegetable, or use it as food, or both. To disrupt such host-seeking behaviors, Walliser suggests a scaled-down version of trap cropping, a tactic used for centuries in farming.","_id":"VPGFPTZQ3FC2RGWNTUSKAJYBKA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191794,"type":"text","content":"Well-placed plants, grown at a distance from insects’ desired ones, become a decoy — a sacrificial offering. That’s how those radishes work if planted among young tomatoes: The flea beetles have at the radish foliage, not the tomato leaves. A radish trap crop can also protect young eggplants and peppers. Bok choy works as a decoy, too, but if you use radishes instead, you can salvage the roots to eat.","_id":"Z55KM2QXNNAZ5PVGB7RYDL5GN4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191795,"type":"text","content":"Where to plant the trap crop? That depends on which insect you’re trying to lure away. If it’s highly mobile (like the Colorado potato beetle or squash bugs) or it’s the offspring of something highly mobile (like imported cabbage worms, the larvae of the cabbage white butterfly), then plant the trap crop on the perimeter of your garden, several feet from the crop you’re protecting.","_id":"6MGDAWYXBNFG7NBEKSUZOMQRF4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191796,"type":"text","content":"But if you’re fighting tiny pests with limited mobility, like aphids, mites, flea beetles and whiteflies, Walliser recommends planting the trap crop very close, in alternate rows with the crop you want to protect.","_id":"MV5VC27ULNCAXI2DSFFRNEXMPE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191797,"type":"text","content":"Sow or transplant the trap crops a couple of weeks earlier than the crops that need protection, so they get the pests’ attention, at a mass of about 10% to 20% of the total area of the vegetable you’re protecting.","level":2,"_id":"RVQGKB2ARRG7VCLOVG4XTLZUZA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191798,"type":"header","content":"Herbal Remedies, Vegetable-Garden Style","_id":"4ZHM6V3MFVBBDIHNJHNYKO5LVQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191799,"type":"text","content":"Who doesn’t want herbs like basil in the vegetable garden?","_id":"SSSZP7UJNFCKNGSCM2AHYUER5E","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191800,"type":"text","content":"“I was so pleased to find out that the power of basil was pointed out in various studies,” said Walliser, who plants it liberally in her home garden near Pittsburgh.","_id":"XXXPQUVKJVG4ZGB5RBRJW46XGQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191801,"type":"text","content":"Studies show that it can help against thrips that stunt tomato plant growth and cause early fruit drop, and may limit egg laying by adult moths whose larvae are the all-too-familiar (and voracious) tobacco and tomato hornworms. It also works against yellow-striped armyworm moths.","_id":"GMQGMK3RN5HDHBVRWBW6ZM4C6M","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191802,"type":"text","content":"Pair your potatoes with catmint (Nepeta) to deter Colorado potato beetles; partner calendula with collards to keep aphids at bay. To limit cabbage worms, plant brassicas with sage, hyssop or chamomile. (The bonus with chamomile: plenty to harvest and dry for tea.)","_id":"6IILO6HT7BFDTOYXF5Z2S7N4K4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191803,"type":"text","content":"Other useful herbs include many umbellifers, members of the carrot family (Apiaceae). Flowers of dill, fennel, cilantro, parsley and chervil may attract predators of various species of aphids and caterpillars, luring helpers like parasitic wasps, tachinid flies, ladybugs and lacewings.","_id":"MS52U7SOCNBQVBAAI3WFXXFZLY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191804,"type":"text","content":"Umbellifers can help with aphid control among lettuce and leafy greens; with cabbages, try leaving the cilantro to flower. Dill’s ferny foliage has also been shown to protect broccoli from imported cabbage worms, reducing their egg-laying behavior. And if you have Colorado potato beetle problems with your eggplants, dill and cilantro may help there, too.","level":2,"_id":"TESXSRGEJBHZVEJVXESUWPTH4E","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191805,"type":"header","content":"More Flower Power","_id":"LAEJRIL4SJDDHBG6DKI72SO3BY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191806,"type":"text","content":"Besides the nasturtiums and the flowering herbs, there are two familiar annual flowers that Walliser has come to rely on after consulting the research: sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) and cosmos.","_id":"IVDJENGAOFEWTNEFORQA6KV4QQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191807,"type":"text","content":"In organic lettuce farms in California, she said, strips of sweet alyssum are alternated with lettuce to enhance biological aphid control.","_id":"A2VV2VVWHZA3VGXRQ24SDA2B2Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191808,"type":"text","content":"Cosmos help against aphids, too, particularly around brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower. And so do other aster family members, including sunflowers, Rudbeckia, Coreopsis and zinnias, by attracting beneficial predatory insects.","level":2,"_id":"4QIDNKZATJBGTI5XIQRHLM3KZ4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191809,"type":"header","content":"Tolerance and Vigilance (Just Don’t Overdo It)","_id":"ANAWSSN6IRDXBNQRAGXAF3GQGI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191810,"type":"text","content":"One thing is certain: There is seldom a season in the vegetable garden without a pest infestation of some kind. As organic gardeners, Walliser recommends that we develop a realistic tolerance for some pest pressure.","_id":"MXBOCWFC4RAZHAX2EBJOHPJA7Y","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191811,"type":"text","content":"She also urges that we do our part by practicing good garden hygiene, removing faded or diseased foliage as it appears.","_id":"EDV76NKP25G67KM34ID3HHU6UQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191812,"type":"text","content":"“Partnering companion planting with smart mechanical controls, for me, is key,” said Walliser, who puts row covers on vulnerable crops to protect against flying pests during sowing and transplanting.","_id":"P6ULJPUSBFFOVA6XNTVKRJMERM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191813,"type":"text","content":"“I know squash bugs will be problematic,” she said. “And even if I plant nasturtiums with my squash, I still keep an eye out.”","_id":"72OQLX37GFGI3AFU5VZVGHYR5U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191814,"type":"text","content":"She wraps a piece of duct tape, sticky side out, around the flattened fingers of one hand, she said, “and wherever I see cluster of eggs on the leaf undersides I tap them, and they end up on the tape.”","_id":"66HXTRYLB5ESTPAWS33AEAI5WA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191815,"type":"text","content":"The same technique works on the undersides of brassica leaves for cabbage white butterfly eggs, and at the base of squash stems, if female vine borers have deposited their progeny.","_id":"VPNXLSXGGRFYBEGYKPIXZHCKE4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619123191816,"type":"text","content":"And please, she said, give everybody enough room. 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So, while writing down appointments is important, reminding myself to wake up at a certain time, to meditate, my 1 p.m. work and phone break are the acts of reminding myself where the calm waters are going to be in what could turn out to be a rough sea.","_id":"V7X23FX5O5BQTFTR7QNNIF2AM4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619119478653,"type":"text","content":"“When you change a habit in your life that you previously found to be important,” Duhigg said, “you just need to be cognizant of how you change that habit deliberately.”","_id":"PFL4BMLHZZFTRA5TMCKC7NOQ3Y","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619119478657,"type":"text","content":"But sometimes, outside forces overwhelm the ability to maintain. After five years of consistent routines, the pandemic hit. The first day working from home, my routine fell apart. We were told it would be a week, then two, then next month, then late summer, then maybe after Thanksgiving. Sooner or later, we’d go back to the office, maybe. I started sleeping in later; when the gym closed, I had to figure out a new way to work out; and as every little thing I had considered part of a normal day for me started to go away, I didn’t realize how depressed I was.","_id":"6N6FWTZQMVCY7CFDDQ6HSNO6CA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619119478659,"type":"text","content":"By the time I started lifting myself out of my depression, realizing that I was going to have to learn to adapt, it was fall. There was still no office or gym or place I could go to safely see people in person and talk to them. I avoided my therapist for months because I felt awkward doing sessions on Zoom. I’d skip morning meditation from time to time. I would open and eat a bag of chips in a few minutes. 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I told myself I’d walk for the duration of the first track — 17 minutes, 22 seconds — before going home. I was doing something I did every morning, but as I turned a corner, I realized I was also setting myself up for the day, and I felt a comfort I hadn’t felt in months. Eno’s wordless, drifting tape loops of piano rhythms simply served as the background noise to my unplanned walking meditation — and a reminder of how necessary it was.","_id":"AMNU6P55HBDD3BS7AGKCCF7VUQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619119478665,"type":"text","content":"That was when I started putting my routine back together. Within a week, I was back on some sort of normal schedule of when I woke up, when I walked the dog, when I let myself look at Instagram. I was getting to as comfortable a spot as one could be in during a pandemic. Then I got the Slack message that I was needed in a meeting with a human-resources person. 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