Think and Age Better

There is mounting evidence that our thoughts have an effect on how well or poorly we age. A study conducted in 1996 had two groups of people solving anagrams. In one group, the words were age-stereotype terms like “forgetful” and in the other group, the words were neutral and not age related. After the two groups solved the word puzzles, they …

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One Size Does Not Fit All

I don’t know about you, but it really riles me when I hear someone on TV say that we need to keep our waist size below a particular number of inches in order to avoid heart problems. While it’s true that abdominal fat, which seems to creep on us as we age, is more dangerous than other kinds of fat, setting a …

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Savor the Seasons of Your Life

I find it odd that we celebrate the milestones of a child’s life, but after  X-number of years no one acknowledges the growth that continues to happen as long as we are alive. We “ooh” and “aah” when a baby says its first word or takes its first step. We marvel over how our pre-teen niece or nephew has grown since …

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A New Year, A New You

After completing a research study about women in their 60s and then completing a master’s program through the oldest and largest school of gerontology at the University of Southern California, I am devoting myself to getting out the word on how to age well. There is plenty of scary and confusing information out there. This blog will appear regularly to provide …

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The Ninth Life

I never liked cats much. Always thought dogs made better pets. But when I lived in an old farmhouse in Kentucky and the temperature dipped below zero, I couldn’t bear to leave the two kittens that lived in the barn outside all night. That was 18 years ago and things were never the same again. My first book had just been …

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Move It or Lose It

On my 61st birthday, I faced a choice: spend the rest of my life in pain with declining mobility, take pain meds and/or have surgery, or exercise regularly. Two summers ago, I fell in my yard and broke my ankle. That was followed by weeks of pain as I gradually moved from crutches to a walker to a cane. I was …

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Teach an Old Dog

When I returned to school nearly 25 years after completing my last degree, I was in for a shock. All my life I have loved reading, but reading the textbook in that first class was a real challenge. I would get to the bottom of the page and realize I couldn’t remember anything about what I had just read. Was this …

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A Wrinkle in Time

We learn in science class that skin is the largest organ in the human body. We learn through experience that skin is the first thing to announce our age to the world. The skin on our face, neck, arms, and hands reveals that we are not as young as we used to be, and that can be aggravating. Whether it’s the …

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

As a kid, I loved fairy tales and Disney movies. The beautiful princesses dancing about in their long, flowing gowns put me in a state of fantasy for hours. The images and messages of those old stories stayed with me and influenced the way I viewed the world around me. The story of Snow White, with her wicked stepmother and those …

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Can You Hear Me Now?

A common belief about aging is that people lose some or all of their hearing by the time they get to their 70s. Sometimes, the first thing they notice is that it is harder to understand what people are saying on television. The music and sound effects are more than loud enough, but what the characters say, especially when music is …

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