By Martie Cruz
Erin go Bragh! For those who need a refresher course on their Gaelic, this is actually an anglicized version of Éirinn go Brách, or "Ireland until the end of time."
Whether they're actually Irish, or just Irish for the day, St. Patrick's Day tends to be one of those holidays when folks fiercely protect their traditions -- until the end of time. Sometimes that means spending an hour (or 12) at the nearest pub with O' in the name. Sometimes it means eating a boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage.
The trouble is, as we age, these traditions tend to feel less like holiday revelry and more like dangerous behaviors. A few pints of Guinness or shots of whisky could have drastically different effects on an 80-year-old than on a 25-year-old. Same with a salty, fatty, starchy meal of corned beef and cabbage.
Luckily, there are ways to celebrate the day that don't involve major health risks to older adults. Here are some new St. Patrick's Day traditions to consider starting:
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