Speaking of a Better Age

I attended the Georgia Gerontology Society conference last week, and as in years past, there was lots of inspiration and information shared on how to improve the experience of aging. There were sessions on using technology, self-help wellness programs, and a beautiful and touching look at the realities of living with dementia. There was also a session on spirituality that engaged …

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What Do You Expect?

What’s your life going to look like 10 or 20 years from now? How will your body or relationships or income or capabilities change? Expecting lots of decline and disability? You might be surprised by how things could turn out. A Pew study found a significant difference between what adults expected life over 65 to be like and what people over …

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Having the Last Word

Shirley MacLaine plays the lead in a movie out this spring, “The Last Word.” This movie made me reflect on how I want to be remembered. It’s the story of retired advertising executive Harriet Lauler, who spent her life being critical of everyone she met. A life-long control freak and perfectionist, she strives to be in control of what will go …

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Change Your Mind, Change Your Aging

People are living longer. It’s projected that half of children born today will live past 100. What about you? What can you do to boost your chances for greater health and longer life? There are many common prescriptions offered by the experts. They tell us that regular physical activity can add between 1 and 3 years to your life. So can …

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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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Live Out Loud—Secrets to Longevity

Looking for some inspiration to make the most of your life? Check out the new HBO documentary, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.” The title comes from Carl Reiner’s daily habit of getting the paper and going straight to the obituaries to see if he’s in them. If not, he has his breakfast. At age 95, he wondered about …

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Prescription for Uncertainty

There are times when we might worry about the future. Especially as that future becomes shorter. In my wellness classes we spend time talking about what most troubles the older women in the group. The number one concern that is brought up is not knowing what the future will bring. Some women describe being worried about what may happen to their …

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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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Take 10 Years off Your Face

I typically do not promote or advocate any anti-aging strategies. It’s mostly because I find they don’t do much good and many are the snake oil of the day. Ads mislead people into thinking a cream or procedure will make them look younger—remove wrinkles, smooth skin, and restore youthful appearance. At the least, they don’t make any difference at all. At …

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Falling Off the Wagon

Some people mistakenly assume that because I give wellness workshops and lead exercise classes that I am always behaving in healthy ways. It just isn’t so. Like many others, I have my good days and my not-so-good ones. I strive to do most things right but every now and then, I slip up. If I am mindful of what I’m doing, …

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