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 sellers of countless products and procedures. But like Dorothy who visited the Land of Oz, you already hold the key within.

Rogena laughingWhen I first noticed my own signs of aging, I became eager to learn how to maintain my energy and health. I wanted to age well. Two graduate degrees later, I separated anti-aging myths from scientific evidence and was thrilled to learn each of us has the power to influence the way we age.

Our attitudes and thoughts have a greater impact on how well and how long we live than smoking or genetics. Research supports a long-established philosophy that if you change your thoughts you change your life. You can take charge of how you age by taking charge of how you think.

It starts by refusing to conform to arbitrary restrictions how_old_would_you_be tied to your birth year. Don’t squeeze yourself into social expectations. Release artificial limits on what you can do. Stop identifying with a number—that’s for prisoners.

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.

Make the rest of your life the best of your life. 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 grow up, you’re just a click away!

Avoid Alzheimer’s?

In clearing out my DVR queue recently, I ran across a PBS program that featured psychiatrist Daniel Amen, the author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. He was giving a presentation on how to improve memory and decrease the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Amen described how each of us can affect our brain health in positive ways to …

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The Crash

Yesterday I sat down to write my weekly blog message, but when I went online to post it, I discovered that my website had crashed. For me, that’s a big deal. No blog, no email, my entire site contents out of reach. I freaked out. I don’t know about you, but when something unexpected pulls the rug out from under me …

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To Your Health

It’s the last week of January. How’s it going with your New Year’s resolutions? Some of the most popular ones are about getting in more exercise, but somehow the long, dark days weaken your resolve until goals of exercising float away in favor of (if you’re like me) cuddling under warm blankets in front of the TV. But there’s more to …

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The Glass Half Full

When it comes to being either the glass-is-half-full or the glass-is-half-empty kind of person, I’ve found there’s wisdom in taking the half-full view. Especially as I age. I am amazed at what I can still do, but see changes I’m not so crazy about. Then I stop and reflect on how much time I spent as a kid, a teenager, and …

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The Health Connection

Supportive social connections do a world of good for your emotional and physical health. This is especially true as you age, so nurture those ties that feed your soul. Remember that old Barbra Streisand song? The lyrics suggest that people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. Studies now show that they are also among the healthiest people …

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Leaping into a New Year

This is a leap year, which means we get an extra day for doing or being whatever we choose. Something I am doing is spending more time feeding my spirit, so I watched Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sessions. She showcased three speakers in each of four hour-long sessions and the presentation by Rob Bell was on the joy of growing younger. …

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Transitions and Change

All of life is about growth and change. When the change is the loss of a loved one, it can cause grief and turmoil. But death can also be a reminder of just how precious life is. A friend of mine made her transition recently and after the initial shock, I began reflecting on my own life and how I wanted …

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Correcting a Warped View of Long Life

Ashton Applewhite, the ageism activist and author behind the This Chair Rocks blog, gave a webinar this past week for the American Society on Aging. In it, she shared information that contradicts what many of us think about aging. For example, she described data showing that only 4% of people over 65 live in nursing homes now—down from 5% a decade …

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Eyeglasses and Posture

I was caught off guard recently. A happy occasion led to a revealing picture. Last week, my godson was awarded a Medal of Valor for his heroism as a Detroit police officer. I hopped a plane and joined family members attending the ceremony. Lots of photos were taken by each of us, but one taken by a professional photographer outside the …

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Longer Healthy Lifespan on the Horizon

There is an interesting 6-week program on the National Geographic channel called Breakthrough. In the “Age of Aging” episode, we get a peek into new science that could slow the aging process by delaying or preventing chronic conditions often associated with aging. The takeaway message: aging is modifiable. Ron Howard narrates the journey of a group of experts, starting with their …

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