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As their numbers grow, centenarians get more company

BALTIMORE - Each Thursday, Dr. Walter Ehrlich can be found along busy 41st Street in Roland Park, surrounded by signs protesting excessive war and expressing concerns about climate change. The 100-year-old regularly talks with family on Skype, sends emails and recently learned to use the Uber transportation app.

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Parents @ Play: Fun? You can count on it!

A lot of the STEM-related toys and games we review here focus on science and engineering (building). This week we take a look at five entertaining games that emphasize math. They're all from Jax, Ltd., and you can find out more at http://www.jaxgames.com/

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How to talk to people with Alzheimer's

Expect to say "I'm sorry" a lot if you decide to try one of the trendier ways to communicate with people who have Alzheimer's. There was a time when caregivers tried orienting people with dementia to reality. That often feels like the natural thing to do. "No, Mom, I actually did tell you that. Like, five times."

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Ask Mr. Dad: Is it OK to defend your family with martial arts?

Dear Mr. Dad: Every day there's a story in the news about violence - whether it's a terrorist, a mass shooter, or some other nut job. I feel bad for the victims of this violence, but I'm also feeling extremely helpless. I'm thinking about signing all of us up for some kind of martial arts lessons but I don't want to teach my kids to be violent. I read in one of your columns that you have a background in martial arts. Do you recommend a particular style?

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