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.

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The Tips that Protect

We inherit our genes from our parents. That genetic material is stored in our cells in chromosomes. Like the plastic tips on shoelaces, each end of our chromosomes is protected by tips called telomeres. We have the ability to delay age-related disease and slow the process of our aging by protecting those tips. Telomeres get shorter as we get older, and …

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The Brain Game

Good health becomes more important as we age. That’s why last Sunday, while much of the world was watching the Super Bowl, I watched the movie “Concussion.” It’s the true story of a doctor trying to make the world aware of the serious brain damage being done to football players. Professional football players use their heads as battering rams. Even though …

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Get a Grip!

Did you know that your hand grip strength is an indicator of future disability? Flipping through a journal of gerontology, I found an article describing an interesting experiment. Many studies show that how a person thinks or feels about age actually impacts their health. This study was unusual in that it had mostly female participants. And the results were encouraging. The …

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Gray-cial Profiling as Noted by AARP

A recent AARP email grabbed my attention and I ended up reading several of their Disrupt Aging blog posts. One introduced a term that creatively captures the concept of age discrimination: “gray-cial profiling.” According to the January 18 post, at least two major companies are guilty of this offense. First, there is the tech giant Google, which has my favorite web …

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Who Are You…Now?

Sometimes we flounder in an effort to figure out who we are at this stage of life. As someone who has always been driven, who always sought challenging work and opportunities to advance, this time of life has thrown me a curve ball. It seems that much of what I had used to identify myself is falling away. Joan Chittister writes …

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Acres of Diamonds

I’m still working on my next book, about conscious aging. It’s taken longer to finish than I’d expected, and part of the reason is I keep doing more research and more reading. I was about to order a few more books that were mentioned by Ashton Applewhite, the advocate against ageism. They were really good titles and the descriptions compelled me …

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Through a Dark Night

Sometimes getting older sucks. I know I am known for being an uplifting motivator, but let’s get real. Sometimes this whole aging thing really sucks. Like when loved ones make their transition. Like when you wake up with another part of your body in pain. Like when it looks like there’s nothing but trouble ahead. Superficial things, like seeing new wrinkles …

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A Non-Resolution?

I was flipping through the January issue of O, The Oprah Magazine when Martha Beck’s piece caught my eye. It is titled, “You Say You Want a Resolution…” Before reading it, I looked over the subheadings: Gain weight. Spend more. Make messes. Be self-involved. Forget what I’ve learned. It was as if she was turning traditional New Year’s resolutions on their …

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No Place Like Home

A family member recently made the shift from working in cold Indiana to retiring in sunny Nevada. A lot of people move to a warmer climate when they retire. After years of shoveling snow they look forward to enjoying better weather year ‘round. Each of us deserves to find the living environment that best suits us—now and in the future. As …

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It’s Not Always about Age

Too often I hear people say things like “It hurts, but what can I expect at my age?” Friends may complain that they can no longer walk or dance or hike or whatever as much or as fast as they used to, and they assume it has to do with getting older. But that’s not always the case. Not long ago, …

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