Preserving Family History

by Natalie A. Hale, CECC

We all have aging family members. For some of us we are the ‘oldest generation’ in our family line. How do we preserve family? Well, one way is through interactions with our succeeding generations. Cell phone photographs of family gatherings are great for capturing moments in time, but how do you truly pass along ‘the family’?

Make sure the younger generations of your family are involved with the older generations. I address that generically, because our universal family structure has evolved since ‘Leave It to Beaver’ and other such wonderful family oriented programs that many of us remember…or at least have been exposed to on television. Despite time constraints and the re-structuring of the modern family, time spent with family and learning about their stories can enrich everyone’s lives including the youngest member to the most senior.

Involve your children in their aging ‘family’ member’s lives—visit, encourage family history relating and documenting, have the younger members of the family begin a family history book, have them interview family members of all generations to gather family stories and anecdotes– just get involved. Your older family members will be gone before you know it, so preserve what you can going forward.

Kit Kat

Ask Kit Kat – Cats and Fat

Hook Law Center:  Kit Kat, what can you tell us about cats and fat or what is sometimes known as cholesterol?

Kit Kat: Well, that’s an interesting question. You might not think of animals having problems with cholesterol, but they do. It’s called hyperlipidemia according to scientists who edited a textbook called Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals. Hyperlipidemia has been identified in dogs, cats, and rabbits. For some unknown reason, miniature schnauzers, have a higher incidence of cholesterol problems than most other dog breeds.

Now back to cats—a cholesterol problem for them usually manifests itself as skin lesions related to fat deposits or nerve problems resulting in partial paralysis. Your vet will be able to assess this through an examination and blood work. In dogs, cholesterol buildup will be evident through such symptoms as an inflamed pancreas, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or loss of appetite. There may even be a fatty buildup in the eye.

So, be alert to your pet’s subtle symptoms of malaise before things get too advanced. Veterinarians tell us that high cholesterol can be a warning that something else is wrong. High cholesterol can point to such problems as endocrine imbalances, liver disease, diabetes, and thyroid or kidney disease. All of these are treatable if caught in time. Otherwise, high cholesterol absent any other conditions can be treated via diet and drugs. The outlook is very good, no matter the cause.

(C.Claiborne Ray, “It’s Probably Not the Cat Eating Too Much Fat,” Science, The New York Times, April 12, 2016) (http://nyti.ms/20vwhNf)

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