End Ageism

Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks as well as writer of several blogs and an in-demand speaker, is an activist leading the fight to end ageism. I’ve discussed her work several times in earlier posts because I find it compelling.  While my focus is on personal strategies for aging well from the inside out, Ashton is a staunch advocate for social …

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Coming of Age

I attended a documentary film screening in Atlanta yesterday on living in an aging society. In the first part, a Stanford professor asked a group of college students to describe their lives under two scenarios—as if they would live to age 60 and as if they would live to age 100. Their answers were surprisingly similar. Unable to envision how they …

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What’s Your Bracket?

I rarely answer my phone when I know it’s a sales call or robo-call coming in. But after being hounded by Neilsen for weeks, I finally relented and picked up the phone. They were seeking volunteers for a survey on radio station listening and they asked if I’d participate. Since I skip broadcast stations in favor of satellite and Internet radio, …

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Behind Bars?

Many people are imprisoned and don’t realize it. They walk around thinking they are free, but in reality they are trapped by myths and stereotypes about aging. These myths push them to buy products or undergo procedures in an effort to hide every sign of aging. They unconsciously buy into the belief that getting older is only about disease and disability. …

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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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Let’s Get Together

Reading another chapter in Ashton Applewhite’s book, This Chair Rocks, I found her discussion about having friends of all ages fascinating. She says that we tend to choose friends who are close to our own age. It’s nice when other share a common social history with you. Whoopi Goldberg once said that she knew it was time to end a relationship …

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Sticks and Stones…

I read a post published online about whether life is what you make of it. The piece was written by a graduate student in gerontology—the study of aging and older adults. Having recently completed a Masters of Gerontology myself, I was surprised by some of the language she used. In my gerontology classes, we were taught the negative impact of such …

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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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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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The New Scarlet Letter

Back in high school many of us read Nathanial Hawthorne’s classic novel, The Scarlet Letter. While the book was published back in 1850, its story is relevant today, but in a new way. Hawthorne wrote about Hester Prynne, a young woman who had a child with a man who was not her husband. As punishment for her sin as well as …

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