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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A Course in Gerontology

I recently completed a 9-month program on gerontology at Kennesaw State University. The course was facilitated by Dr. Lois Ricci and she covered a wide range of topics, including theories on aging, anti-aging myths, successful aging, and:

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Can’t Wait Till I’m Old Enough

Remember when you were a kid and the older kids got to do things you weren’t allowed to do? Like when your older siblings could stay up late and you had to go to bed? Or when grown folks would always tell you you’d understand something when you were older? You couldn’t wait till you were old enough to ride a …

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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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