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3 years after transplant, Long Islander's on a mission for organ donation

Gratitude seems to come naturally to Ken Abbott: He’s thankful for the medical team that got him through his heart transplant and for the donor who gave him a second chance at life. Abbott, 54, of Centerport, is also grateful for his blood type (A-positive) and self-proclaimed smaller stature. “Those two factors helped to contribute to my not waiting as long as most people for a heart transplant,” he said. His transplant doctor, he recalled, explained to him and his two brothers that...

Should I stay or should I go? Long Island senior citizens decide where to age

Having lived in his East Meadow home for nearly 65 years, Bernard Banks doesn’t plan to move. “It’s very comfortable here,” said Banks, 95. “It’s well maintained. It’s a well-built house.” Bernard, who worked as a mechanical engineer for Republic Aviation, lives with Steven, the youngest of his three sons. In addition, for the past two years Bernard has had a full-time aide who cooks and keeps him company while Steven’s at work. Bernard’s wife, Gladys, died 12 years ago. “I used to drive...

Long Island parents share secrets to getting kids to eat well

If your child would be disappointed that her hamburger came with fries instead of a salad, then read no further — what follows are secrets from Long Island parents who have raised their children to eat well and enjoy it... Jennette Watt, 46, a nurse from Roosevelt, grows tomatoes, peppers, arugula, bok choy, thyme and basil at the North Shore Land Alliance’s Roosevelt Community Garden. This year, Watt has three plots that her four sons, ages 10 to 19, help her cultivate...

St. Catherine's menopause program LI doctor's labor of love

Although the word “men” is part of menopause, men don’t typically figure into conversations about the subject. Dr. Frank Bonura, who recently became director of menopausal health at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, proves the exception to the rule. And not just because he’s a man, but because Bonura spent the bulk of his 50-year medical career delivering babies — nearly 10,000 of them. “It’s been my dream for the past 10 years,” Bonura said of the new position. As he began to...

Mindfulness classes to ease stress and distractions

Put down the phone, close your eyes and be totally still — and quiet — for an hour, maybe two. That’s how it was for Jim Goldfuss of Glen Cove when he first tried a form of meditation called mindfulness a few years ago to deal with stress and anxiety. “You would close your eyes and you would sit there and within 10 seconds, there was the urge to move, the need to twitch, the pain. The discomfort was so intense for me, that I couldn’t relax,” says Goldfuss, 52. During the fourth session...
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