Pepper Evans

Pepper Evans is a community activist, a versatile entrepreneur and the empty-nest mother of two daughters. She has worked as a researcher and editor for authors and filmmakers. She puts her time and resources to use in the nonprofit sector and serves on the Board of Education in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. She has also had extensive personal and professional experience as a caregiver.

  • Taking a Stand April 18, 2016 by Pepper Evans - By now you have probably read the headlines about the negative health effects of sitting too long. The studies show that not only couch potatoes, but desk jockeys as well, are compromising health and longevity by sitting for long periods
  • Getting Out Alive (and Staying That Way) March 25, 2016 by Pepper Evans - My role as caregiver and advocate has me quite familiar with transitioning a patient from hospital back to home sweet home. In my experience, the weak link in the process is almost always with discharge instructions and expectations. Patients leaving
  • In Dog Years March 2, 2016 by Pepper Evans - Have you met my dog, Ruffles? At her annual well-dog visit, my vet referred to her as geriatric. Ruffles is almost a decade young, and sure, she is a little grayer and sometimes doesn’t make the leap onto the bed
  • Check This Out February 12, 2016 by Pepper Evans - One day last summer when I was wearing cropped pants and flip flops, I thought my ankles looked swollen. Was I retaining water? Standing too long? Did I need a new pair of shoes? (Let’s hope.) Looking for a quick answer, I
  • Mentors for Med Students February 2, 2016 by Pepper Evans - When my mother was alive, her medical care was spread out among specialists. She had an internist as her go-to, primary doctor, but she had a Rolodex of others to manage specific health issues: dermatologist, podiatrist, cardiologist. At one point
  • Books to Give or Keep December 7, 2015 by Pepper Evans - I am reprising my blog from 2014 with new suggestions for books to give or to keep this season. I have a few I’ve loved and can’t wait to share, and I get unparalleled joy from matching a book to
  • Addicted to Tech November 24, 2015 by Pepper Evans - My teens are considered “digital natives,” because they grew up with computers and other tech marvels. I, on the other hand, am considered a “digital immigrant,” because computing is a foreign language to me and people in my age bracket.
  • I Shopped, I Dropped November 15, 2015 by Pepper Evans - Not too long ago my daughter needed some retail therapy. She works part time, had just gotten paid, and she could hear the stores calling her. The mall was the last place I wanted to be on the weekend, but
  • Coming Up Short October 22, 2015 by Pepper Evans - Can you talk about your finances without feeling uncomfortable? Let's face it: some topics are still off limits, even among the closest friends. I'm going to talk about income disparity, even if it IS the last taboo.  I am on
  • Good Scents October 12, 2015 by Pepper Evans - As I get older, I find it harder to get a good night’s sleep. I know I function better on seven (or more) hours of uninterrupted sleep, but it’s elusive. Night sweats wake me or the furry friends purr too
  • Beyond Books September 14, 2015 by Pepper Evans - My friend's mom was a voracious reader. Well into her 90s, Bernice, having only recently retired, would read several books each week. When I took her to the library, she would check out a huge stack at every visit, give
  • Betrayed by an Author August 28, 2015 by Pepper Evans - Why wouldn’t I read a memoir by Joyce Carol Oates? She is a widow, as am I, she lives nearby, and books from her prolific writing career have graced my nightstand frequently over the years. So I bought a copy
  • Spanning the Generations August 10, 2015 by Pepper Evans - I wore bell-bottoms and collected troll dolls; my mother had saddle shoes and jitterbugged. For most of my young life, I couldn’t see many areas where we overlapped. Then in my 20s I worked at a restaurant with live music
  • The 411 on 911 July 13, 2015 by Pepper Evans - Do you ever worry about what could happen if you ended up in a hospital and no one knew who you were? What would happen to you if you were in an accident and unable to tell first responders whom
  • Grandma Took the iPad June 22, 2015 by Pepper Evans - I am a reader who reads all the time, for work and pleasure. I even read about what to read next so I am never caught without something to read! My idea of hell would be to lose that ability. 
  • From Babyproofing to Grannyproofing, Don’t Ignore This Health Checkup! June 12, 2015 by Pepper Evans - My mother’s safety became a concern to me as she aged.  My mom lived alone and hated to ask for help. We both wanted to keep her safe and independent. Thinking about the problem, I remembered what a very wise
  • Something’s Fishy May 1, 2015 by Pepper Evans - Pick up any women’s magazine or any healthy-living publication and you are sure to be admonished to eat more fish. It’s good for your brain, your weight, your longevity. I know! But in my house of picky eaters, I can
  • Live to 100: Do You Have What It Takes? April 17, 2015 by Pepper Evans - There's an old joke that goes something like this: The Japanese drink very little wine and experience fewer heart attacks than US or British citizens, while the French and Italians drink wine at every meal and experience fewer heart attacks
  • New Cream on the Block March 23, 2015 by Pepper Evans - Here at the Silver Century Foundation, we are all about the positive aspects of aging. That said, I confess that hope springs eternal when I read about the age-defying beauty products on the market.  I’m in my mid-50s and the
  • Step It Up March 9, 2015 by Pepper Evans - I just learned that fewer than half of adults are getting enough physical activity to benefit their health. (Um, yes, that would be me.) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while 60 percent of us are walking