Make the rest of your life the best of your life—from the inside out

Look younger. Live longer. That’s the promise hyped by countless sellers of products and procedures. But like Dorothy who visited the Land of Oz, you already hold the key—within. Each of us has the power to influence the way we age.

Rogena laughingOur attitude has greater impact on how well and how long we live than smoking, exercise, or genes. Research supports a long-established philosophy that as you change your thoughts, you change your life. Take charge of how you age by taking charge of how you think.

Stop conforming to arbitrary restrictions how_old_would_you_be because of your birth year. Release artificial limits and break the habit of identifying with a number.

The Spanish language suggests a way out. Instead of saying “I am sixty years old,” they say “Tengo sesenta años” which literally translates to “I have 60 years.” I have rather than I am—an important distinction.

Check out my blog below. See my new Thrive topics. If you’re ready to hold on to your self-confidence, sanity, and sense of humor while you continue to grow up, you’re just a click away!

Can Your Faith Help You Age Well?

Between 2010 and 2011, I interviewed women over 60 to understand their experience of aging and the impact their religious beliefs had on how well they aged. It was a study conducted for my doctoral dissertation on spirituality and aging. I wanted to understand how someone’s faith impacted their experience as they aged. The results were amazing. I conducted in-depth interviews …

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Brain Games

Preserving cognitive capability is something I am very interested in. I would like to avoid mental decline or delay it for as long as possible. A number of things have been found to help keep the brain fit, including being engaged in challenging and stimulating activities on a regular basis. That’s how I ended up with a group of fascinating women …

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A Woman Like That!

She dares to do stuff that people tell her she shouldn’t. She doesn’t know the meaning of old. Do you know a woman like that? In a recent documentary, actress Virginia Madsen and her Emmy Award-winning mother Elaine interviewed 17 women, ages 64 to 95. They recorded the insights and perspectives and pearls of wisdom shared by people continuing to live …

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Tackling the Tough Topic

I like the streaming Netflix service. It allows me to enjoy such programs as “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards.” Last night I watched an episode of “Grace and Frankie” which stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the title roles. The show is in its second season and I absolutely love the way it explores the realities …

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Tradeoffs

Back in 1989, I quit smoking. It wasn’t the first time I tried, but it turned out to be the last. What helped was a really bad cough that led to a hairline fracture in a rib. That pain was the motivation I needed to finally quit for good. While there were obvious health benefits to ending my pack-a-day habit, there …

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How Long Do You Want to Live?

My godson’s daughter went to her prom last week. As I look over the photos of her standing in her lovely pink gown in front of the house, I’m amazed. It seems like just yesterday that she was riding her tricycle in the same spot. When I think about my own senior prom, I don’t remember being at all like the …

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Food Determines Health

More than 30 years ago, I found a lump in my breast and went to my ob/gyn. She sent me to a surgeon who aspirated and ordered mammography every few months. More lumps occurred. Then a friend recommended I see a top cancer specialist, but what he did surprised me. Instead of more needles or tests, he examined me and interviewed …

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The Invasion of Social Media

I was flipping through the May issue of O magazine which features a cover story about social media. Before I knew it, I started to feel like a victim in a horror movie. While I pride myself on staying current with technology, this is one area that has sent me screaming in terror and running away, despite its huge popularity. First …

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A Word about Aging

Not everyone is fascinated with the topic of aging the way I am. But what I find amazing is the way people disassociate themselves from it. As if aging is something to avoid or that only happens to other people. Sometimes a person will see my business card with Don’t Act Your Age across the top and quickly say they know …

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Pro-Aging

Many of us grew up with the story of Peter Pan, the mythical boy who could fly and would never grow up. It was one of many images that seared into our subconscious the idea that to stay young forever was ideal. Now that we are adults, anti-aging seems all the rage. There are hundreds of products advertised every day, each …

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